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A highlight from Zechariah Evangelism
"Good morning. Our third Sunday sermon series through Zechariah is coming to a close here. I'm not sure if we'll have another message after this one. Usually, after I get to the end of a book, we'll go back and do a review message, which was last month, and then a message relating, whatever the book was, to evangelism. So that's today. Zechariah evangelism. And so let's pray that God will bless us today. Lord God, we thank you that all of your Word is an evangelistic tool, for faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. And we know that we see scriptures that we can identify better as evangelistic, but we know that all of your Word is truth, and truth convicts of sin, and conviction of sin then can lead to repentance. And so we pray, Lord, that you would make us wise evangelists. And so help us in that today. We ask it for Jesus' sake. Amen. The book of Zechariah is a revelation or a revealing of Jesus the Messiah. As such, it is a good resource for evangelism. Today we utilize Zechariah for evangelism in the form of a letter to an unbelieving friend. So I hadn't done this before, so it may seem a little bit strange. It's going to seem a little strange to me. But I have always found that evangelism encourages the saints to say, well, I don't need to come to faith in Christ, but I love hearing, well, it's kind of like the hymn, isn't it? I love to tell the story. I love to hear the story of unseen things above. And so if it just falls flat, then I know you all will still love me. And you'll just say, don't do that again. That was silly. Just send your letter to your friend and preach us a regular message, OK, if it doesn't work out. But I think it's going to encourage you. OK. Kids speak. Kids, what book are we looking at today? Zechariah. What are we going to do with Zechariah today? We're going to use it to write a letter to a friend telling them how important it is to trust Jesus. So I sent you an email with this without anything but the letter. So if you actually wanted to use it and instead of friend put somebody's name, you could do that. Dear friend, would you allow me to share some observations about a certain book in the Bible? I have found this book particularly beneficial, and I believe you may benefit from its content as well. It's the book of Zechariah, the second to the last book in our English Old Testament. God showed Zechariah some strange things, and probably many today would think he wasn't quite in his right mind when he saw them. But all his visions had their basis in what Moses and the preceding prophets had been shown. First, though, a little historical setting for the book. It was written when the Jews came back from captivity in Babylon. God had allowed his own people to be defeated by Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon. That was because they had done just about everything he had told them not to do and had stopped doing the things they were supposed to do. As Zechariah reminded his audience, the Lord of Heaven's assembly said, exercise true judgment and show brotherhood and compassion to each other. You must not oppress the widow, the orphan, the resident foreigner, or the poor, nor should anyone secretly plot evil against his fellow citizen. But they refused to pay attention, turning away stubbornly and stopping their ears so they could not hear. Indeed, they made their hearts as hard as diamond so that they could not obey the Torah and the other words the Lord of Heaven's assembly had sent by his spirit through the former prophets. Therefore, the Lord of Heaven's assembly has poured out to great wrath. You can see that God had given them very sensible directions for treating each other right. Who would not agree that these rules were fair and just? Yet they had turned a deaf ear mistreating one another. And even though we agree that compassion and helping the disadvantaged are right, would it take much digging to where we too have turned a deaf ear to divine instructions? Kids speak. Kids, God gives us the rules for how to treat each other right. But have we broken those rules? Yeah. Do we need God to forgive us? Zechariah had opened his message with a similar reminder. He didn't place the responsibility in the past. Rather, he laid the impetus to respond on his own generation. Therefore, say to the people, the Lord of Heaven's assembly says, turn to me, says the Lord of Heaven's armies, and I will turn to you, says the Lord of Heaven's armies. Do not be like your ancestors, to whom the former prophets called out, saying, this is what the Lord of Heaven's assembly has said, turn now from your evil wickedness. But they would by no means obey me, says the Lord. God told the people to turn to him, even though it appeared that they had already started obeying God again, since they had made the dangerous journey from Babylon to rebuild a burned -down Jerusalem, the walls of which had been completely leveled, exposing them to dangerous enemies. But God saw that their hearts were still not turned to him. Even though they were facing many difficult and discouraging circumstances, God knew that no obstacle could be greater than having their attention divided from him. Kid Speed, if we obey some things, God says, does that mean we obey everything he says? No. All of us probably could say we obey some things. He told them if they turned to him, he would turn to them. Well, that's certainly a square deal. Before God gave them into Babylon's hands, he had spent generations trying to turn them from their misdeeds. Now he was patiently starting over with them again. And how did they respond? Zechariah 1 .6, and they turned and said, the Lord of Heaven's assembly planned to do with us according to our ways, yes, according to our deeds, so he has dealt with us. God told them to turn, and they turned. Zechariah's audience responded favorably to his message of repentance, at least at first. They took responsibility for their waywardness, and they accepted God's gracious invitation to fellowship, that he would turn to them as well. Now they were ready to hear how God would bring them a final deliverance from all danger. It would come through a single man. Kids speak. Kids, the people Zechariah was talking to knew that they hadn't done what God said, so they turned back to him. Is that what we should do, too? Come on, nod your head with me. They were rebuilding Solomon's temple, but Zechariah had a message of another temple that would have to be built if they were going to be finally saved, Zechariah 6 .12. This is what the Lord of Heaven's assembly says, here is the man whose name is the sprig. He will branch out from where he is and will rebuild the temple of the Lord. They were rebuilding the temple, so it must have been a surprise to hear about someone else who needed to come and build another new one. Ezra and Zerubbabel were leading the present rebuilding effort. Who was this other man in such a strange name, the sprig? But Zechariah and his colleagues had already been told about the sprig. They had already been told that the sprig had something to do with the priesthood. God had spoken to their own high priest, Joshua, not the Joshua of the book of Joshua, Zechariah 3 .8. Listen, high priest Joshua, you and those companions of yours who sit with you, for these men are a sign that I am presenting my servant the sprig. The very fact that God's people needed a new high priest every time the last one died showed that a final permanent priest was needed. The fact that they had a day of atonement every year showed that their sins were not being removed permanently. They needed a once for all payment for sin. That was apparently going to be the work of the sprig. And why call the sprig? Simply because he would start fresh. He wouldn't build onto the existing structure of the Levitical priesthood, and that is exactly what has come about. Jesus came from the tribe of Judah, not Levi. Yet he acted as a priest, offering himself as a sacrifice for sins. Kids, one of the names for Jesus in Zechariah is sprig. What's a sprig? Well, it's a plant when it first starts growing. Why was Jesus called sprig? Because he had to do everything over right from the start. We had messed everything up, so he had to start all over like a little sprig. God then immediately added a new name to Christ the sprig, calling him a stone. For he grew from his small beginning to become the sacrifice for sin, both permanent and solid qualities a stone represents. Zechariah 3 .9. Look, the stone that I put in place in Joshua's presence, on that one stone are seven eyes. And look, I will do the engraving myself, declares the Lord of Heaven's assembly. And I will remove the perversity of that land in a single day. There's one of the strange symbols of Zechariah, a stone with seven eyes. Of course, it's figurative. The mental image of a seven -eyed stone probably confuses us at first, but the stone is made less mysterious in light of the engraving, an engraved stone. The eyes most simply symbolize sight. Really the most elusive aspect of the image is the seven. That one takes a little bit of biblical familiarity. We find by induction, looking at places where seven occurs, that seven connotes completeness. So seven eyes indicate complete sight. The stone then is a figurative way to tell us that the Messiah would be omniscient. To see everything is to know everything. In other words, the Messiah would be God. Kids speak. Kids, another name for Jesus in Zechariah is the stone. Why is he a stone? Because he stays the same, like a rock, when he says he will save us. That word is as firm as a rock. Well, what about the engraving on the stone? Well, in light of the prompt removal of the land's perversity, the engraving is most likely the engraving of the land's perversity into the stone. It's an engraving God does himself. And isn't this what God the Father did when Jesus was on the cross, engrave his people's sins into him? Kids speak. Zechariah calls Jesus a rock that God carves on. Well, what did God carve into Jesus? Our sins. When our sins were carved into Jesus, did that take the sins away from us? Yep, carved onto him. That's how it works. This sprig who became the stone was God's way of explaining to Joshua the high priest what had just happened to him. So rewind to the beginning of the chapter, Zechariah 3, 1 through 4, and he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the messenger of the Lord, and Satan was standing on his right to accuse him. But the Lord said to Satan, the Lord rebukes you, oh Satan, the Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebukes you. Is this not a stick snatched from the fire? And Joshua was clothed in filthy garments and was standing before the messenger. And he answered and said to the one standing before him, saying, remove the filthy garments from him. And he said to him, see, I have taken away your guilt from you and will clothe you with rich garments. The high priest, the man in Israel who presided over the sacrifices for removing sin, he himself stood unclean before God. Satan was there accusing him. But God did not argue the basic fact of Joshua's defilement. No, in fact, God's rebuke of Satan got right to the matter of Joshua's deficiency. He called Joshua a stick snatched from the fire. Joshua was like a stick that was going to burn, but God had pulled him out of the fire. Kids, God said that Joshua the high priest was like a stick that was about to burn, but God pulled it out of the fire. Is that what God does when Jesus saves us? Pulls us out of hell? Yeah. We were headed right for hell. So, wow, we should really thank Jesus, shouldn't we? Ah, dear friend, I can tell you that describes me as well. I was a stick ready to burn, already as good as it ignited. Yes, that has me listening to God's words as closely as I'm sure Joshua was. Remove his filthy garments. Men on earth couldn't see the dirty clothing, but there in heaven we see the reality. Joshua already believed that he needed spiritual cleansing, otherwise he would not have made the annual sacrifice on the Day of Atonement for his own sins. But now he got to see how his defilement looked in God's presence. Satan didn't even have to lie, though he's good at it. A defiled Joshua was his exhibit A, and he needed no further proof. Friend, if the highest religious official amongst God's people was tarnished by sin, everyone else on earth was as well. The high priest needed the engraved stone to be engraved with his own sins. That's why God showed Joshua that vision, so that Israel's high priest could model for the nation their need to hope in God's final high priest. I have that same hope. I have trusted in Jesus of Nazareth as the sacrifice that covers my sin, dear friend. Kids, if Satan came before God and said, look at Pastor Cain, he's a dirty sinner, how can he be a Christian? What would God say? He would say, but I cleaned Pastor Cain up by what Jesus did on the cross. You can say the same thing for you, right? You may have noticed that I am referring to Jesus as both the high priest and the sacrifice. That is correct. He is both. If our sins were engraved into him, that makes him the sacrifice. But he was the one who offered himself up to be sacrificed. He is also the priest. In fact, Jesus fulfilled virtually every aspect of the temple, the furniture, its procedures, and the priests processing them. He puts the fill in fulfillment. I have been to your ear a long time. Thank you for your patience. I will bring this to an end. Zechariah 12, 10. And I will pour upon the house of David and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem the spirit of grace and of prayer, then they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn over him. Jesus was a Jew, and he came to his countrymen first. They passed him by. But one day God promises that they will recognize him. Zechariah 13, 1. On that day, a well will be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem to cleanse them from sin and from impurity. And they will recognize their Messiah. They will recognize what he did for them. Kids speak. Another thing Zechariah says Jesus is like is a well. Why is that? Well, because you can wash with water from a well just like you can have your sins washed away by Jesus' blood. Until then, that same well is open to all men. Zechariah 2, 11. Many nations will join themselves to the Lord on the day of salvation, and they will also be my people. And here we are. Christ's saving message reaches more and more people groups year by year. But the end gathering will not last indefinitely. Christ will return to finalize his work on earth. Zechariah 14, 4. On that day, his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives. That was the location from which he left the earth in the sight of his apostles ascending into heaven. That is where he has an appointment to return. Kids, where is Jesus right now? Heaven. Will he always stay there? No. He's coming back here to be king of everybody in the world. Oh, that'll be a great day, won't it? Dear friend, there is a sacrifice that washes away our sins and renews us. Do we need cleansing and new life? Zechariah, like the rest of scriptures, tells us that if we have dishonored God and broken his commandments, we need Jesus' purifying sacrifice. I pray to God that you will join me as one who confesses Christ as Lord and Savior. For the walking wounded, as 1 Thessalonians 5, 14 says, uphold the strengthless. It's easy to forget that when we first came to God, we were complete spiritual invalids. I think most of us continue to think, hmm, I don't think I've changed much since then, but we're supposed to mature. All scripture is profitable for teaching, for conviction. The gospel is good news. May fear not cause me to hesitate in telling it as though it were basically bad news. It does contain bad news, but the gospel is basically good news. If you just tell good news without contexting it with the bad news, unless the person already gives you that and says, oh, I'm a defiled sinner. What can I do? Well, of course, you can just march right into, here's the means of cleansing. But if not, you need to let them know that, yes, we are sinners headed for hell. But the gospel is basically good news, which is how we should present it. All scripture is profitable for correction. I will remember that the good news is what properly contexts the bad news of our sinfulness, our enmity with God, and our coming judgment. God justly put all these aside in the cross. And all scripture is profitable for teaching, conviction, correction, for schooling in righteousness. Nothing wrong with asking God to just drop witnessing opportunities into our lap rather than worrying about segues. How do I get from a regular conversation into a gospel conversation? And, of course, we want to be able to do segues, too. But in the meantime, it's a good thing to ask every day who knows who I'll meet today. Maybe the door will just swing wide open, and I need to be ready to walk in. Wrap up, Colossians 4, 5, and 6. You can see it on the left side there. Walk in wisdom toward those on the outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech be always with grace, having been seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one. And then breaking it down phrase by phrase, walk in wisdom toward those on the outside. God give me a special wisdom like a person on a mission. Redeeming the time, God give me sufficient urgency. Let your speech be always with grace. God give me words that make good transitions to the gospel. Having been seasoned with salt, God give me a bright countenance and inviting words that you may know how you ought to answer each one. God give me increasing sensitivity to see particular burdens in the lives of others that I may point them to the burden -bearer. Amen. Let's pray. Lord God, thank you for your words. We pray, Lord, that you will grant a day of revival when the subject of God and of being right with God is simply part of the national conversation. And we know that you have done this before in days of revival, that people simply become curious again. And you pique their curiosity and we can simply walk right into witnessing situations. But until then, Lord, we pray that we would remember Colossians 4, 5, and 6, that we would walk in wisdom towards them, that we would seek out opportunities, that we would always have gracious speech, and that we would season it with salt and make it attractive. And that you might help us better and better to recognize needs in people's lives that will present the gospel's introduction. Lord, bless these, your people, all your people here on earth, worshiping you today. In Jesus' name, amen.
Fresh update on "11" discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show
"Yeah, exactly. Stephen Prothero wrote a terrific book about 10 or 12 years ago called Religious Literacy, and he said Americans are very religious, more religious, let's say, than people in Western Europe. But they typically don't know much of anything about religion, including their own, which he thought was a paradox. We're much more religious than secular Europe, but he said secular Europeans tend to know more about religion, even though they're not religious. Americans tend to be religious, but are pretty ignorant about the religion they identify with and other religions as well. So one of the things my book can do is give you the basics on the world religions. Now, it is written from a Christian viewpoint, but I try to be fair with the other religions, and I do critique the other religions philosophically, and I compare them to Christianity. But we live in a religiously plural world, especially if you're in a cosmopolitan area like you are, I am in Denver. So you are going to meet Buddhists and Muslims and New Age people and the rest of it, so we need to understand some basic beliefs. And of course, if we're followers of Christ, we need to understand what we believe and why, which is just vital. And you know, I've stopped looking at the Barna polls because they're always such bad news about how Christians don't even really know what Christianity is. Well, we certainly should. Well, when you talk about, you know, the Hindu caste system, for example, people need to know that that is racism, that is as racist as it gets. One group is better than another group that's better than another group. That group is inferior. Those groups, those people are untouchable by definition. That is as antithetical to what the Bible teaches as anything ever could be. It's fundamentally un-American. But that's the actual teaching of Hinduism.
A highlight from WM 290: Sermon Review: Five Dangers of Calvinism: Part 4
"Greetings and welcome to Word Magazine. This is Jeff Riddle, I'm the pastor of Christ Reformed Baptist Church in Louisa, Virginia. And in this episode of Word Magazine, we're going to be continuing and hopefully completing the series we've been doing recently of reviewing an anti -Calvinistic sermon. Now this sermon is preached by a man named Yankee Arnold. And we have been looking at this sermon that was titled Five Dangers of Calvinism. I've done three previous episodes and hopefully again this is going to be the fourth and last in this series. I was talking to some people at church on Sunday who were following this and including with the man who was really the reason for the series, a fellow who asked me what my reaction was to this video. Someone had shared it with him and I told him that I would try to do a review of it and so I've been doing that and it's been appreciated by him and I'm glad of that and he has given us some good ground for some conversation. In reviewing this video, we've seen that not only is there a question at stake about the sovereignty of God and salvation but also what the perseverance of saints is. If we persevere in the faith, is it our work or is it God's work? And we believe that both salvation and perseverance in the faith is a work of God. One of the other key things we have noted is the importance of the doctrine of regeneration. That when God saves a man, that he transforms him, he changes his heart. Like Lydia in Acts 16, the Lord opened her heart to heed the things that were spoken by Paul and so there's a change of heart, there's a change of nature. It's not complete in this life because we're not yet in the state of glory but there is a work of progressive sanctification and we sort of have uncovered this as we've gone through it. This is another aspect of the Bible's teaching that Pastor Arnold seems to be denying. Well again, I hope that we can listen in and complete this series today. I think there's about 11 or so minutes left and so without any further ado, I'm going to pull this up and let me just say once again, I've just got my Bible in front of me. I've got some notes. I have my second London Baptist confession of faith and also have a copy of a little book that I've written that's available on Amazon on the doctrines of grace, an introduction to the five points of Calvinism and if this is something you weren't previously aware of, a teaching in scripture you weren't aware of, I would commend my book to you. So let's go ahead and again see if we can pull up Pastor Arnold's message here on YouTube, Five Dangers of Calvinism. We're going to pick it up here about the 38 minute, 50 second mark and so let me just say where we are. You might remember if you listened to the last episode, he had been talking about Romans 9 and he had tried to give an alternative explanation to the understanding of the potter and clay image that Paul uses in Romans 9, beginning in verse 21. And he gave, I think, a very fanciful explanation of it. He said, it's not about the potter being sovereign over the clay, but it's really about the sovereignty of the clay. The clay can change itself. The clay can make itself malleable. The clay can allow the potter to work upon it. And I suggested the last time that that interpretation just doesn't work on a plain sense level. Paul was saying that God is like the potter and the potter is sovereign over the clay. The clay doesn't dictate to the potter, but the potter is sovereign and he takes the clay and shapes it and uses it as he wills.
Fresh update on "11" discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show
"Sean, you referred last week there was the the Republican, quote unquote, debate. I was on the day after to mock it because I thought to myself, first of all, I didn't watch it because I tuned in to a couple of parts of it and I thought to myself, wow, these guys could not be more out of touch. Now, you know, maybe Ron DeSantis is the only one that doesn't really fall into that category, but I still felt like they don't understand. It would be like people coming to murder and rape your family and you say, you know what, I'm just going to I'm going to just check on the stew because we're having dinner. Do you understand where we are? The nation is being taken over. We have strangers, many of them, I'm sure, hostile crossing our borders. We have fentanyl pouring into the country. We have sex trafficking, raping of children. I mean, that's just the beginning of the list of the there's no other word for it. Evil being unleashed in America. My hope and I think your hope is that the Lord will use this to wake people up to say, how bad does it have to get before you're willing to say this is evil? I need to do something about it. Yeah, I mean, a lot of times, unfortunately, biblically, you see that misery and darkness and horror is the thing that causes people to turn. I think when I look at the current political climate as one that's been engaged in that for years, I just feel like, man, like none of these people really have solutions. And I am starting to see like as we go city to city, you know, we've been to 27 capitals this year, 27 U.S. capitals. I've stood on the steps of 27 U.S. capitals. I've taken communion. I've done altar calls. I've seen people give their life to Jesus. I've seen drugs. The last capitals we were at, we had a pile of drugs. You talk about drugs. America is overdosing on levels we've never seen. I mean, the drugs that are coming in from the southern border, the stupid laws that we have that enable this, kids are committing suicide. People don't really understand unless you're out there how bad it is. Like there's no way to even for me to even on your show, Eric, articulate how devastating it is. And yet in the midst of all this, when you call on God, he's near, he comes and he breaks in. And so we're just at an hour in America where we need a move of God. And, you know, it's going to be very, very interesting to see, you know, as this begins to unfold in the coming months, what happens, what the church does, what God, who God uses, who he raises up. And I know we witnessed in 2020, this is what makes me excited about 24. In 2020, leading up to that election and the COVID pandemic, we saw more hunger in America than I've ever seen in my entire life. In the darkest day, we saw such an urgency for God to move. And so I'm really praying and believing that 24 is going to be a year marked for revival. Revival always rises in seasons of catastrophe and hopelessness. It always seems like God has a counter movement. And so anyway, that's what gets me excited about next year and even this fall.
A highlight from Sean Feucht
"Hey, folks, welcome to the program and to what I like to call Monday. And it's Miracle Monday because it's a miracle we were finally able to get our schedules aligned with our dear friend, Sean Foyt. Sean, welcome back to this program. I like your hat. Thanks. Good to be here. It says, make holiness great again. Yeah. Awesome message. You know, people often say to me that, Eric, I don't know how you do it. You travel, you travel, you're everywhere. I'm doing nothing compared to you. You're significantly younger than I am, but you're bouncing around. You've got a family. In fact, I think you've got several families. You've got a few in different states and stuff, but you honestly, you travel basically nonstop. So a lot has been happening with you, and I want to talk about any of it that you have time to talk about because you're dealing with what we Christians call spiritual warfare, and it's real. It's not something we've invented, but talk about some of the stuff you've been seeing lately because it's unbelievable. Yeah. I mean, well, it's funny because I just got an email actually just now from our production guy, one of our production guys that does all of our, you know, helping us with our sound and our lights and all of our stuff for venues, and Antifa has been using these hidden emails to attack his servers to get all the information on what we spend on all of our events. This is like a normal day, right? And so his team tracked back the emails, and they tracked back to a psychic and Wiccan facility in Portland, Oregon. So anyway, I share that with you because it's true. We are living in a spiritual war. And yesterday I went on live news to talk about this Knott's Berry Farm issue and how this that's place an amusement park that my kids have gone to in Southern California for Halloween this year. They're doing a demonic bondage strip show with I mean, it's pornographic. It's insane. It's they're letting all ages into it. And this is the same location that hosted a love song from the Jesus People movement back in the 70s and 80s. It's the location that hosted revivals. And now it's been let's be clear, Knott's Berry Farms. Now, when I hear that, I kind of think, oh, that's kind of Americana. Yeah, telling me. And again, I say this on this program and everywhere I go, folks, you need to wake up to where we are. This is literally satanic. Knott's Berry Farms is doing something openly evil, as openly evil as you can imagine. It would be like the fever dream of somebody from from 30 years ago, like this is going to happen in the satanic future. And you'd say like, yeah, you're nuts. But Sean, you're telling me that they're doing this. Knott's Berry Farms is why would they do something as openly sick? It's so sick. It's almost unbelievable. Yeah, I mean, it's it's the full on assault on the next generation. I mean, the enemy always, always picks the most vulnerable. You know, he always attacks the weakest. And that's our kids. And of course, you know, I'm passionate about this because I got four kids, ages 13, 11, nine and five. I just finished a book on boldness for teens and preteens like it would basically be my field manual to my own kids for how to how to grow up in this atmosphere and culture. But I think what we're seeing and, you know, the acceleration of the elections, the political climate, the the sexual perversion on overload, the demonic. I mean, this this what's happening in Knott's Berry Farm makes the Sam Smith Grammy show look like child's play. I mean, it is so absolutely grotesque and disgusting. And yet it's happening right down the road, like from where I live. And so anyway, just referencing the spiritual war climate, it's true. It's what we're living in right now. We have to open our eyes. We have to put on the full armor of God. You know, we have to literally return back to the reality that we're facing this every day. And it's only going to increase as we approach next year and the general election. I mean, it's it's it's insane.
Fresh update on "11" discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show
"Ken, you were just talking about some stuff that, again, look, I get annoyed at the weirdness of some of this stuff because I realize how it just pushes some people away. They go, that's nuts. That's not my kind of Christianity. I'm a Presbyterian. Well, good for you. The question is, is this God or isn't it? And what you just said, I mean, to have a man in 1970 say that there's going to be a long drought for the Kansas City Chiefs, but when they win the Super Bowl again, pay attention and they will win it twice. I mean, they could have won it in 1980, 1990, 2000. They don't. They win it in 2020 and then again in 2023. I just have to say in the natural, in those, if you're just kind of looking at the odds, you should be paying attention to this stuff. And I think that we have to stop being afraid of looking weird. This is either true or it isn't. God's ways are not our ways. And that doesn't mean we need to check our brains at the door. On the contrary, some people do check their brains at the door and they annoy the heck out of me. But we're not doing that here. But so you say something happened, therefore, in February of 2023 of this year, that a line was crossed. What do you see as the outworking of that? In other words, the line is crossed and then what? So these apostolic chiefs, these figures in the church, in God's church, part of the remnant, I'm not talking about the dead religious church, but we're talking about God's generals or God's chiefs have been somehow activated as a result of February. So what about it? What do we expect to see? Well, I think the most important thing of it is that there is harvest going on. There are people coming to the Lord and there is an increase in, I would say, dramatic signs and wonders. Now, they may not be on a national scale or a global scale marked by sporting events. Bob in particular, by the way, had a gift for prophesying using sporting events as signs. He talked about the San Francisco earthquake when the World Series was going on in San Francisco. I think it was in 1989 from memory, if my memory isn't too bad.
A highlight from URGENT! How To Get Your Real Estate Listings SOLD NOW! (Part 2)
"Welcome to Real Estate Coaching Radio, starring award -winning real estate coaches and number one international bestselling authors, Tim and Julie Harris. This is the number one daily radio show for realtors looking for a no BS, authentic, real time coaching experience. What's really working in today's market, how to generate more leads, make more money and have more time for what you love in your life. And now your hosts, Tim and Julie Harris. Welcome back. Today is day two, how to get your real estate listing sold. So Julie, without any further delay. Yes, that's right. So this is the continuation. We did points one through five. We're starting on six today, about 11 unexpected ways in addition to a price reduction or instead of in some cases to get those listings to move. And remember this is point number six. So if you've not heard the first few points, make sure you go back and listen to those points because they're really critical that you are tuning your mind to the fact that there are a lot of ways to get properties correctly positioned on the market so they meet the buyer's expectation, i .e. priced correctly. And also if you happen to have a listing that is out of alignment with the market's expectation, how you can make it more competitive in addition to or maybe instead of, thank you, a price reduction. So make sure you read our notes. All of our notes from today's podcast, all of our notes from every podcast are down below in the show description. If you're on YouTube, it's very easy. Just click Show More or on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, all the billions of different places you guys listen to us. Scroll down, read the notes. They're all there. We obviously include about 1 ,000 % more in addition to the notes. When you were listening, you were noticing that Julie and I, because in the comments I'm reading what you guys are saying, we often do talk about things that are I think more drilled down than what our notes are. But the notes are there for you to use to remind you to essentially what to say, how to say it when you're speaking with your sellers or buyers or whatever's relevant. But also there's a link for you to join Premier Coaching. Thousands of you have joined Premier Coaching in the last year. From what we understand, it is the nation's number one coaching program. Why are so many agents joining Premier Coaching program? Well, a whole bunch of reasons, but the best reason is because it's a coaching program designed for this new market, for the agents that are willing to do what they don't want to do and they don't want to do it at the highest level. As a result of that mindset, on the other side of that mindset, when you have the skill set necessary, you're going to experience success at levels that you can only dream of because how do I know that's true? Because we have, guess what, thousands of coaching clients that are telling us that. So the link to join Premier Coaching is below. So scroll down and click the link or just go to premiercoaching .com. Take 17 seconds to join. Yes, we've timed it. If you type faster than me, you could probably do it in 10 seconds, but the link to join is right there and you have immediate access to the entire first level of Premier Coaching. All right, so again, this is part two, starting on point number six, 11 unexpected ways to get your listings to sell faster. Now, any of these ways can happen upfront as soon as you take the listing. They can also be added to the comments after you've had the listing for a while, as some of you are sitting on listings you're surprised that haven't sold yet. And we can also do more than one of these points at the same time on those listings. So you have some flexibility on this. All right, so other ways to add some perks and get these listings to go faster. Point number six, add a $1 ,000 commission bonus to a buyer's agent if it's pending by a certain date. Now, if it is more expensive, you could add a $5 ,000 bonus. You can add a $10 ,000 bonus if it's over a million dollars. If it's over $5 million, adjust accordingly, but add a commission bonus to the buyer's agent if it's pending by a certain date. The builders are doing this. You better do it as well, especially if you have a lot of builder competition. I know, I saw, I think it's from Lenar, it might've been KB homes in San Antonio. There are some agent bonuses as high as a 6 % to the buyer side. That's amazing. And it's not just on one house either. There's like lists and lists of this stuff. Do you remember, Julie, back in 2007, 2008, we had coaching clients who their sellers had like, I remember one in particular is a Lamborghini. It was like a year old Lamborghini and it was during a hard time for the seller and the car had depreciated. The house was, they still had equity, but they wanted to sell the house before the house was worth less than they owed on it. This was a totally different market, not work that we're experiencing now. So they actually included the Lamborghini in the sale of the property and the buyer's agent that ended up buying it, ended up representing the buyer to purchase it, took the Lamborghini in lieu of their commission because the buyer didn't give a rat's, you know, what about a car? I know. Well, I mean way to be creative, right? Right. I recently saw back and forth on one of the Facebook agent pages where an agent was talking about how their broker had invested in some kind of thing where it was like a vacation voucher that they could use on any listing. And you know, I was, what was crazy was the, the other agents on this social media thing like piled on, well, if you have to do that, you must have overpriced it and that seller must be crazy. And what is this, a timeshare? And it was like insane back and forth. And go you, whoever posted that, who said, no, actually we feel it's a smart thing to do to put on all of our listings, to have a little extra something to make sure that we're shown first. I mean, that was a very professional response. There were two vacation vouchers. One was for the buyer's agent. One was for the buyer and they didn't have to use it, but it was like X percent off of their travel. I thought it was pretty crafty. Okay. So along those lines, hopefully we're motivating you guys for what we're motivating you towards is wanting to sell more expensive listings because the tchotchkes obviously are better. Well, they get better. If our first two stories didn't do it, this one might. So Ben Salem, I know you're going to mention this. Yeah. Well, cause he sells a lot of beautiful luxury real estate and he works with a lot of, you know, high end, not in Los Angeles, exactly, uh, buyers and the bird streets and the rest of it. And he's not very, I, Ben's one of my favorite coaching clients of all time cause he's not high profile and yet he sells a lot of expensive homes and he doesn't, you know, he's not, he's not peacocking around about his success. He just gets the job done. That's right. So, uh, one of the things he did on a particular really weird house that was owned by a, I won't mention who is, it was a celebrity, uh, well fallen celebrity, I should say a fallen star. In any event. So this property in particular was very difficult to sell, had a lot of condition issues, um, the whole thing. And so what Ben did is he put an incentive on it that he would pay for the buyer's agent. It was all disclosed. Everyone knew about it. Nothing under the table, nothing like that to take a private jet and fly to Las Vegas stay at the wind and he was going to pay like the whole thing. It was just some ridiculous, some sporting thing or something. I don't remember. You know, I think it was not related to some event. It was something. Yeah, something like that. Anyway, that's what he ended up doing and he took a bunch of pictures and it became a big, you know, hoopty do for the buyer's agent. And it was something that got Ben's name on the radar for other listings that may have been a little cantankerous to sell and he got more listings from it. Point being, if you're in a marketplace where something isn't selling, the answer isn't always lower the price or if it is, it's lower the price and do some things that are more creative to hype up the listing, especially true in upper end listings where the house needs a lot of repairs, updates, that type of thing. Yeah, that's right. One of the problems with big luxury homes is there's more to do when it gets outdated and it's more expensive. You know, I can just see, I can just, I feel in the collective unconscious of all of the, you know, worn out buyer's agents from the previous market. They're like right up, you know, about time we get a few perks out of this, right? We feel you guys, we understand. So we were talking about doing a commission bonus. Always do a new seller's net sheet when you're adding any of these sellers concessions to the transaction. Make sure the seller knows how their bottom line will be impacted. Many of these concessions will actually cost less than a price reduction would have or make the price reduction smaller when combined with the concession. But make sure you're translating it into actual dollars so your seller's not surprised. And you know, again, advanced coaching here, but sometimes you can get your title escrow company to actually make those for you. So they're actually seeing all the expenses. I'm not saying your net sheets aren't accurate, but it's a little bit more authoritative in some sellers eyes when it's coming from the title escrow attorney type thing. So another thing you can do to give yourself a more professional veneer in the marketplace where it's the agent has the skill set that's going to get the listing. So don't avoid doing a seller's net sheet just because you don't know how to do it. Get some help. And there are some MLS is that allow you to plug in those numbers and they know how to figure your taxes and all that. But I agree with you. The title or the closing attorney can certainly do that for you. And it's not weird to ask them to do that. That's normal. Okay. Number seven, seller does not require inspections waived. Again, a new concept that replaces the old markets as is requirements. We talked about that a lot yesterday, so make sure you go back and listen to that, especially at how we tied it in at the end of yesterday's podcast to buying a home warranty at the time you take the listing and including seller's coverage and then having the house pre -inspected and having the repairs on the property done. So that when the buyer walks in, they're seeing that the property was pre -inspected, the repairs are done and the house comes with a home warranty. We are trying to position you so that you can compete against not just other resales, but also new construction. Very well put. Point number eight, have your favorite lender create a rate sheet to give away at showings and open houses. The rate sheet should show three different ways of purchasing the home. You can also attach that to your home brochure in your home brochure box. You could do a 30 year fixed, a 321 buy down, a 723 adjustable or a 525 adjustable. All of these can get a lower interest rate and lower payment. My favorite one is to just buy down points like the builders do and to lock in a lower rate for a 30 year fixed. But there are other creative ways to combat higher interest rates. We didn't say this yesterday, we should say it today. When you're doing things like what we suggested yesterday and today and you're being more creative and the seller is contributing money to buy the points down, in the description you can say at list price seller agrees to buy the points down, making the interest rate in a 30 year fixed rate mortgage, this payment range and that type of thing. So at list price, you can buy a little bit of insurance for the seller so that if the buyer comes in low and the seller is even inclined to accept it, that they're not also then going to have to concede to all those other concessions that they used as incentives to get the offer in the first place. Great point because you don't want to sign the seller up to both have to take something lower and to contribute 10 ,000 in closing costs or what have you. But don't be surprised when you do have, especially in a market where listings are harder to sell, where the buyer's agents do come in and they do ask for a lot of different things, you're just going to have to work through it. And again, we teach you how to do that in Premier Coaching, except the old days of throwing a dart against the board to price it and then waiting for the offers to come in over list price or long over. You have to have the skill set now, not just to list properties correctly and get them sold, but also how to counsel your buyers to get the properties. This is a new market. This is a skills -based market. Those of you are willing to learn the skills and do what you don't want to do and you don't want to do at the highest level, you're going to have an unprecedented, massive, unbelievably exciting real estate future. Yes, you brought up a little minor but important point because we're working through the transition of a super hot seller's market on every single listing that hits the market, no matter where you live, to a more adjusted, more reasonable, more normalized market. Now, we've been talking about how to buy down interest rates and do some more creative financing, which freaks some of you guys out. It makes you think, oh, I heard about that during the housing crash and adjustable rates are evil and we can't do that. I've seen some of this manifest in things like a seller will have an offer brought to them by their listing agent where the buyer is asking for closing costs. And the seller and the listing agent, their reaction is, well, if they need closing costs, they must not be a very strong buyer. That's a weak, truthfully, that's a weak agent. But you understand where they're coming from. Totally, completely. You understand why that's happening. But that's a weak agent who did not properly position the seller when they put the house for sale. This goes back to skills, guys. Now, I even have an instance of that, Federico in L .A. had a builder react like that when somebody asked for closing costs, even though they came in at list price doing what the builder asked because they asked for some closing costs. Builder was like, well, they, you know, why would I take that? They must not be very strong of a buyer. Just because somebody asks to get help getting a better interest rate does not mean they are a weak borrower. It means they're actually pretty smart about what they're doing. So you'll have a choice, Mr. Seller. You either lower the price by $30 ,000 or we actually give concessions to the buyer so that they can buy the interest rate down or cover the buyer's closing costs. Because the buyer is using all of their money, they need all their cash basically as their down payment to qualify for the mortgage. Now interest rates went up, they're going to need concessions to basically buy the rate down so they can afford the payment, qualify for it. Or Mr. Seller, you can just lower the price by 30 grand and we can hope and pray that we get another offer six months from now. It's up to you. Right. And in fact, if the seller were to counter it, you know, up for 10 grand and I'm going to pay 10 grand in closing costs, their net, you guys get focused on the wrong thing sometimes. Do the net sheet. The net to the seller is list price minus coming down 10 grand minus 10 grand to closing costs. Isn't that the same as taking a price of 20 grand less? It is. But that's, by the way, one of the techniques we show you when you have someone that's trying to fight with you over your commission is you don't get them to focus on the commission. You get them to focus on what their net is and in a marketplace where what almost all the houses, well, most, most, all real estate in the United States, according to Julie's statistics two days ago on podcast has increased by at least 45, 49 % since 2019, 49 % okay. So here's the thing. If they have to come down 2%, they're probably going to be okay. And if you're having them battle you over price or I'm not paying the $360 for a home warranty, you need to move their eyes to the bottom of the net sheet and circle with a red pen, their net, and then you need to get, have them understand that they've won the real estate lottery. Congratulations. Exactly. Okay. Number nine, find out if your seller has an assumeable mortgage. What's the rate and what are the requirements? Advertise this in your MLS description as well as in your home brochures. all Just note FHA, VA, and USDA mortgages are assumeable and some other loans are as well. All you have to do to find out is call whoever's servicing the mortgage. There are ways to look it up online as well, especially if it's FHA and VA, you can go to hud .gov and look it up by loan number. My beautiful wife, what are you, what assumption are you making? That they even know what an assumeable mortgage is. Correct. You're assuming, you're assuming they knew what an assumeable was. You were making an assumption. Well, I'll explain it quickly. So basically, someone's taken out one of these FHA, VA, USDA mortgages and let's say they have a fixed interest rate of say 3%. And let's say the property is worth, they paid $400 for it and now it's worth $500. If the buyer comes up with $100 ,000 or whatever the spread is between the market value and what they own the loan and they qualify with release, in other words, the FHA, VA, USDA has to, the person has to have decent credit and obviously... They have to be able to qualify for the mortgage. They can assume, they can actually assume the mortgage of that seller. So they themselves can have that ridiculously low 30 -year fixed rate mortgage. Now I'll even make it more interesting for you. Let's say your buyer only has $50 ,000 down, the house is worth $500, the USDA mortgage is only $400, the interest rate is 3%, the payment's obviously a heck of a lot less than it would be if they went out into the marketplace now and got a loan. But the buyer only has $50 ,000, but other than that, they qualify. You can get the seller to give them a second mortgage for the $50 ,000. And I don't want to get into the weeds on that, but this is something we talked about in Premier Coaching and we talked about in previous podcasts, but you can make deals happen where other people don't even see opportunity. That's called skill. Yeah, and that's even better than doing a rate buy down or an adjustable. I mean, potentially it's pretty killer. Just to overview, if you want to, you know, hopefully some of you are having some sparks fly in your minds, what would happen is the seller would give the buyer a second mortgage, I'll stick with $50 ,000, that is an actual lien against the property. So that means every month the buyer is going to be making the payment, now the owner of the new house is going to be making a payment on the first mortgage and on the second mortgage. You can do, and you will use an attorney to do this obviously, but then what will happen is the second mortgage, let's say the first mortgage is 30 -year fixed, the second mortgage might have a three -year arm. In other words, they're going to make the payment on that $50 ,000 for three years and then they have to pay the seller back the $50 ,000 or refinance it or there could even be a covenant in there, a carve out where if the seller agrees, you know, they can continue the mortgage, right? It's not just a balloon payment. It could be essentially... You can write it however you want. Exactly. You can write it however you want and if the interest rate makes sense and the payment's been made on time, I bet you that a seller is going to be more than happy to continue to have that $50 ,000 paid over terms because maybe the interest rate is great and they're making more money on it than they would investing in other places. You have just put a buyer in a house that they normally wouldn't have necessarily been able to buy because they didn't have the down payment and now you put them in a house or they can get the mortgage assumed. The reason that this is very powerful because a lot of the properties that are FHA, I'm not going to say VA, but FHA, well, I'll just lean into USDA. They're going to be more rural type properties and some of them are going to be working farms and small farms and things like that where you're going to have to be more creative to get the property sold. This is the type of information that gives you an unfair advantage and every marketplace makes you more confident, makes it so that when you wake up every morning, you're bouncing off the walls wanting to share with the world your real estate knowledge. I have seen some of these assumables already happening because smart agents have figured this out. I have a question for you. Maybe you don't know. I need to research this. Let's say that you have a seller that has an FHA assumable, but they've owned the house for like five years, which means they only owe 25 years. If I assume that, you pick up a 25, that's another advantage, right? I mean, that's huge. Yeah. You've just shaved off five years that you don't even have a 30 year. You've got a 25. They don't recast the mortgage, Julie. That's what I thought. That's what I thought. I just wanted to make sure I had it right. But the same goes true. Like when you and I started selling real estate, there was a whole bunch, well, they were hard to find, but they were just sweetheart deals. And there were assumables out there where people had paid off half the loan. It was a 30 year and it was 15 years left. You'd pay them their equity and you'd basically have a 15 year loan. I know. It's amazing. And I was just reading, I think on housing wire, that a surprisingly large amount of this recent, you know, when we had all these low interest rates for several years, a lot of those, and some of them will be assumable, because rates were so low, people got 15 year loans when they refi'd or when they purchased in the first place because the payment was, you know, normally you wouldn't do a 15 year because the payment is higher, but with rates the way they were, it made sense to do 15 year. How are you going to use this information? First of all, ask your seller what type of mortgage that they have. Don't assume, here, I'll give you, assume they have an FHA mortgage or a Fannie or Freddie until proven otherwise, or a VA or, you just assume that they have a mortgage where there's a carve out for it to be assumable. And if you're in a marketplace where things are hard to sell, you can find out if they do because I promise you again, your sellers won't know. Find out if it's assumable. And then if it is, you have the ultimate unfair advantage when getting that property sold. A hundred percent. Because again, back to our example from yesterday, if it's that listing, which is an assumable at some outrageously, now outrageously low interest rate, and you're advertising that in your agent comments and there's four other homes that meet the buyers criteria, who do you think is going to get shown first? I'm going to even take this to the next level. If you are smart, which all of you are, otherwise you would be listening to our podcast, you're going to think, well, how can I pick up rental property this way? Because a lot of these mortgages, FHA, VA, USDA, the mortgage criteria to qualify in the first place is a little lower. You can actually use what would have been your commission as a, towards your down payment. And you can assume these low rate mortgages and you can actually start walking into rental properties. There you are. See? All right. So point number 10, use 1 -800 -HOME -HOTLINE on your for sale signs to generate leads and possibly sell your listing yourself. One of the best solutions to a listing sitting on the market too long is to sell it yourself. 1 -800 -HOME -HOTLINE .com. So also refer to past podcasts about that system. We're not going to dive too deep into that today, but capture unlisted phone numbers, answer zero transfer calls, or immediately call the prospect back. Secret, many of your initial calls will actually be from neighbors of your listing. Those are also listing leads guys. And that website, by the way, and the product is getting totally revamped. So anyway, go to 1 -800 -HOME -HOTLINE .com. Full disclosure, Julie and I own 50 % of that company. Yes. With a partner with one of our original listings, oddly enough. Actually, he was our first seller, wasn't he? Oh my gosh. We forget that sometimes. I know. Well, it's all related, right? Yep. Okay. Point number 11, use a home brochure box next to or attached to your for sale sign. There is an art to the home brochure. Of course, highlight all the attributes of your listing using 800 -HOME -HOTLINE and including your email address. But in addition to this, there's lots of different ways you can utilize the home brochure to make your phone ring. Now we have a podcast that we've done two or three times in the past called How to Hot Rod Your Real Estate Sign or Your Brochure Box. So there's all kinds of things that we did in a dedicated podcast on that. This is all about the fact that in many cases, you're going to have to sell your own listing because the buyers, agents, you know, a whole bunch of reasons. I'll give you guys a really good example. You'll remember this. It was our neighborhood in New Albany Country Club and there was a listing that was for sale when we moved there, expired, got listed with somebody else and expired again. I remember. And it was like caddy cornered to our backyard and they were moving back to Hungary. I think it was Hungary. Something like that. Yeah. And they're the nicest people ever. Super nice people. So we ended up listing the property and I was shocked the house hadn't sold. Me too. It's a good house. It was great. It was a typical expired where it basically gets a lot of activity when it's new. The local agents, you know, stopped showing it because there's other new listings, the whole thing, right? If you look at the curve on showing activity, it's really, you know, two weeks, three weeks and after that it starts to drop off pretty precipitously and after it's been for sale for 30 or 45 days in virtually all markets, the showing activity stops. Well that's what had happened to this property. But even worse, or I should say better for our advantage, even worse, the local agents were assuming that the house had some sort of problem, otherwise it would have sold. And how do I know that? I had, Julie and I had that listing. This listing I remember was five or 600 grand and this was back in. And so this house was, we had a for sale sign obviously and we had 800 home hotline. There was somebody parked in front of the listing.
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A highlight from 1275. Ethereum ETF Launches! | VanEck Predicts $11,000 Ethereum
"All right, so let's roll into the ETF futures launch today. It has happened. This is going to be a big episode for you guys. You don't want to miss this one. If you're an Ethereum lover or maybe you're just trying to venture into crypto for the first time and you're finding out, hey, there's an ETF futures out there on this thing. We're going to teach you a little bit about that. My name is Paul Baron. Welcome back in The Tech Path. Let's talk a little bit about Ethereum, some of the projects it could affect, and also its future. That's what we're going to try to break down for you. I think you guys are going to like this. James Seaford, he's been on our show before, one of the ETF experts over at Bloomberg. He tweeted, updated version reflecting the change due to the end of the Kelly and Hashtag's partnership will just be the Kelly ETF's product. And he kind of breaks it down. But the point is, is you've got the ETFs that have launched here with VanEck leading the way right now. Of course, we've got a whole litany of these starting to roll out now. So this is going to get interesting around the ETFs as when it comes to the futures ETF for Ethereum. And we'll show some stuff on this and how this plays out. But very, very interesting. So further over here, here's kind of just the layout of the VanEck. Obviously the cheapest total expense ratio at about 0 .66. So one of the lowest fees out there in being able to get into an ETF for sure. VanEck also is starting to do a little bit of advertising. This is kind of interesting with them actually starting to promote an Ethereum ETF future. This is crazy. So truly, and this is obviously institutional finance, so good stuff out there. I want to play a clip of them talking about this. Let's go to that. Ethereum has emerged as the system for an age where connections are no longer bound by location or space. We're not just using the network. We are the network. So when you're ready, enter the ether. Now you can tap into Ethereum's potential with the VanEck Ethereum strategy ETF, EFUT. All right, there you go. Big, big news because that is mainstream advertising. And when you get into mainstream advertising, it means you're going to be getting into mainstream investing and investing is going to start to shift that. That's why ETH and this ETF is such a big thing. It's why we're seeing a little bit of movement on Ethereum itself. VanEck, of course, their Twitter account says, what sets the EFUT apart? Typical ETF setups don't give futures, good tax benefits. C Corp is set up now designed to have potential for better performance after taxes for people who invest in a long time. So there are some apparent tax benefits here that VanEck, of course, is touting. So if you are in that case, make sure and, you know, investigate it. Let me know what you guys think. Further into this, just to show you where you can get this, now you can invest through your brokerage account in Robinhood, SoFi, Charles Schwab, E -Trade, Fidelity, pretty much anywhere you can buy EFUT. So easy to do and easy to get into. I want to go to this next clip right here that kind of breaks down a little bit further into what VanEck is trying to do with Ethereum as a whole. And this is Mr. VanEck himself What do you see coming in the crypto space that you thought it was important enough to get your firm that was established in the 50s moving towards this new area? Talk about Ethereum and there was CryptoKitties and all the potential of the blockchain. It felt like a lot of talk back then and a lot of PowerPoint presentations. But over the last three years, especially this year, I mean, it's just amazing how many software projects are not only coming to the market, but also upgrading in a very significant extent. And that includes Ethereum. I see three major areas of finance being potentially disrupted. One is the banking and brokerage. The second is payments. And the third is banking and lending. I think the larger point is that Ethereum is the leader and Ethereum is making enhancements, if you will, to its software. And so it's getting better over time. I like the fact that we're starting to see real business people recognize what's happening because this is one of those things that happens in those early curves. And that I think VanEck is obviously all in. But there's many of them that are all in on this. And that's including companies like Fidelity. You look at what ARK and Cathie Wood has been talking about in terms of Ethereum growth. So where is Ethereum going as a whole? Well, here is a report by VanEck talking about Ethereum's price prediction. And this was $11 .8K by 2030. Now, I want you to think about that because Ethereum right now trading around $1 ,700. And look at that kind of growth in a very short period of time. We're talking about 2023, end of right now as we're recording this video. That's an accelerant that's pretty heavy. Let me go through a couple of things they highlighted in the report. So it's revenue rising from an annual rate of $2 .6 billion to $51 billion in 2030. Big move. ETH takes a 70 % market share amongst smart contract protocols, which implies a token price of around $11K by 2030, which we discount to around $5 .3K today. So that's what they think the core value is. And then we value Ethereum by estimating cash flows because they're kind of treating the chain much like a business would be treated in terms of revenue and et cetera. A couple of points here that they look at here in their revenue price targets. You see the base case, bear case, and then the bull case. $11 .8K right there on the base case. $3 .43K on the bear case 2030. And then a $51K bull case. That's $51 ,000 per token right there on the bull case. So a lot in terms of confidence around what this is in terms of Ethereum as a whole. There was a We introduced a novel revenue item called security as a service, which is interesting, which is going to help businesses will be utilizing security through the ETH ecosystem to enhance, obviously, security around businesses themselves. So another big advantage there. Since ETH is a bearer asset, ETH can be locked behind some businesses or protocol guarantees to act honestly. So it's another way for how blockchain is permissionless. And it makes it easier for so much of what we see in Web2 to be completely revamped in Web3, which is what Van Eck was talking about there around blockchain and what Ethereum is doing in the banking space, the investment space, tokenizing a lot of things that we typically have to have these intermediaries to be talking to. Further into this report, we assume that 5%, 20%, and 10 % of the finance, metaverse, media, and tech infrastructure activity will move on chain. And what they're looking at is the base case, bull case kind of scenario that plays into finance, metaverse, and media, which is kind of an interesting mix between those. But media, we've talked about one of the reasons we do what we do. We believe that media is going to be moving on chain in the future. Further into this, let's see, we have one more couple of points here. Yeah, all right. Base case 2030 price target $11 .8 to Dermot valuation today's dollars. And then we find today's discounted price to be around $5 ,300. So not a bad value if you're looking at the overall on this. Let's go over to another clip here. And the other clip I want to get into is Matthew Siegel and kind of how they got to this level. Listen in. We're seeing a base case for 5 % or so of revenue banking is applied in some way to crypto and public blockchain. So that'd be the base. And so we dial it up a notch to 10%. Likewise, we do the same thing with each of the other categories, metaverse infrastructure, the bear case, we pull that down to 1%, 5%, 1 % respectively. And the idea behind that is that we see regulatory climate or adoption curve failing in each of those from the bear, hyper bear scenario. Not only is like the end markets not using blockchain, but Ethereum has a very small market share. Our assumption in the base and in the bull case is there's thousands of interchangeable L2s that don't have any real way to differentiate themselves. And so in that kind of scenario, you can see the cut rate that Ethereum can take of those settlements would be much, much higher or the underlying businesses. In our base case, we assume that Ethereum will take 70 % market share of all open source blockchains. And when we do our models on Solana, like that, our base case is that Solana takes 70%. And then we see what type of upside we get when we put in those assumptions. And we look at owning each of these tokens is basically we're owning a bunch of call options that each protocol will become the dominant protocol, even though it's impossible that they all could do so. And then we manage our position size based on what type of upside we see. Most of our deep dives have been on either layer ones or application specific. We have not done one of these models for L2s. And I think there's just more uncertainty around how that's going to play out. All right. So those were the VanEck analysts breaking this down that were part of that report that we just showed just a minute ago. So both of them kind of indicating that obviously ETH in a very bullish case, also Solana in a very bullish case. So another thing that is happening within VanEck, which is kind of interesting, is this right here. So they announced, let me kind of zoom in on this for you guys, that they intend to donate 10 % of our ETF profits into Protocol Guild for at least 10 years. So Protocol Guild obviously designed to help the ETH ecosystem develop, prosper, build on new Ethereum projects that are really kind of growing the ecosystem. So that is a pretty big statement, but it's also kind of investing in the infrastructure. It's interesting because you didn't really see that happen during the evolution of Silicon Valley, which is kind of where I case what's is we're in that kind of zone. They talked a little bit more about it. I'm not going to buy ETH Futures ETFs, but if I was, I would buy VanEcks mainly because they're doing what they should be doing, and that is supporting the industry and supporting where the growth is going to come from. So that's always benefited. I think the interesting thing there is that the space likes it. Here's Eric Balshunis, and they're off. ETH Futures Derby underway. VanEck is in slight early lead. Although it looks like a few of them are not necessarily out of the gate. We'll post updates as we go. VanEck, of course, leading the way right there and you've got Valkyrie coming in with a little bit of activity as well. VanEck with their low fees and what they're doing as an overall strategy might be the winner here. Remember, they were the first one. So it goes back to first mover. If you look at the current ETH Fut, of course, it's very early trading, but you can kind of see the big boom and then a little bit of a slight down where they are holding right around $16 .91. So interesting stuff. Let's go over to this next clip. This will break down a couple of things, I think, when you really consider what the store of value argument is around Ethereum. Let's just play this next clip. You'll get what I'm saying. So the whole exercise of the store value discussion is a little bit, you know, I really have to put a big caveat in there because what I'm really doing is mind reading. I can't point to a statistic and say, people, there was no poll that says I bought Bitcoin because it's a store of value. Things could be built on top of Bitcoin as well. And maybe they're just saying, oh, no, actually, I think Bitcoin's the best smart contract software. So I'm not a mind reader. So these are kind of generalizations and best guesses based on the narrative. And if you look at the transactions, on -chain Bitcoin transactions are about $400 ,000 a day. And that hasn't changed a lot over the last several years, which I think is interesting. But if you look at Ethereum, the Ethereum transactions, the total amount of transactions on the Ethereum blockchain is in the trillions annually now. That's a big number. Ethereum is the most famous. Solana has performed really well this year. I actually think that will continue next year. That category of digital asset tokens has been the best performing this year. We think that's kind of accessing the blockchain and that's the space that we're most interested as a firm. All right. Well, it's good to know. I mean, because I think they hit on both the tokens that we like, which is Solana and ETH. And if you do look at Bitcoin's transactions that it was mentioning there, and I meant to say Bitcoin transactions, but this is the one year and if you just go out to the three year, there has been a little bit of an uptick here. But I think some of this has been the idea of where all of this is going, because just in the essence of what is happening in crypto in general, it's starting to accelerate in a big way. And what he mentioned there, meaning Van Eck mentioned, is that the explosion has been happening around Ethereum. Of course, if you look at Ethereum's transactions, almost same period of time, you see the kind of movement that we're talking about here all the way back from 2019 right there into 2020, all the way to where we are right now, which is in the depth of a bear market. We are in the depth of a bear market when all this is happening. And when NFTs are dead and all those kind of things that really cause pain in the ETH that's ecosystem, the kind of transaction levels that we're continuing to see. Now, other things that are driving this, there's been a couple of projects that have launched here recently. One, of course, is Pudgy Penguins. We did a full report on this, but Pudgy Penguins ran a live shopping experience on TechTok. And there are some interesting things within this that is going on. And what I want you to think about is just forget that it's Pudgy Penguin, I just want to think about retail in general, because retail in general is going to start to implicate. Now, obviously, a Pudgy Penguins project, they're very native to what's happening in crypto. But the cool thing is, is direct sales, they have some key insights. Let me zoom in on this for you. Direct sales showcase products, increase discoverability, audience engagement, global reach. Any retailer out there, especially direct consumer, etc., would love those kinds of insights coming out of something in terms of a digital campaign. So, big deal. A couple of things that came, they did a pin appeared, allowing viewers to add the featured toy to their cart and then check out directly within the app. Remember, this is the digital version of the NFT. And then Pudgy Penguins received over 33 ,000 likes. TechTok Shop recently launched in the U .S. It was available through parts of Asia and the United Kingdom. And then live shopping is expected to reach around $235 billion in sales this year in China. That's insane. And then Pudgy Penguins obviously is a unique position to leverage TikTok Shop to expand their brand. This will grow globally for them, but I think what you're going to see is more retail and also more projects that understand how to leverage all of this. Remember, this is all riding on Ethereum. So, it plays right into the hands of think of what's happening here. So, it's not all friendly Penguins. Now, we've got the Swiss bank UBS launching tokenized money market fund on ETH. And I think this is just one of those things. They're doing an exploratory initiative, but they are going to go through traditional financial institutions, fintech providers, etc. Further into this, you get Ethereum applications from the New York Stock Exchange to the SEC. All of this riding on Ethereum. This is the point that I talk about often, and that is this whole adoption curve. Many people think it's that slow curve, and then all of a sudden it's just straight up. I don't know if we're there yet, but what I am thinking is that there's so much activity in this space and the timing through this bear market has been so suppressive of some of these digital assets that we could be right there on the cusp of an explosion. Now, obviously, there's a lot of other things that have to happen. Some of the things that could happen to cause that kind of explosion are things like this. Is BlackRock's next to file for a spot ETF? That would be huge. If BlackRock said, we're going to go the Ethereum route as well, absolutely massive for the ETH ecosystem. So, for sure. Now, this was an interesting statement. Ripple effect of grayscale decisions is massive. SEC would have faced similar legal challenges for denying ETH futures and ETFs. By approving ETH futures, ETF, now the SEC is effectively conceding that ETH is not a security. This will no doubt impact the Coinbase and Binance litigation. All of that starts to play into this. You start to get a picture of this global reaction that is going to happen within this ETH ecosystem. And I think this is the kind of thing that starts to put you in a position where you can really start to leverage against these. Now, it's not all beautiful, but this was Dave Levine. He talks about this whole ETF futures thing as a scam. I want to play a clip for you. Listen to what he had to say. Do not be fooled by the news that there is an Ethereum ETF. There is an Ethereum ETF, but it's not buying Ethereum. In other words, Bitcoin went up 35%. It's a pretty big game. But if you bought the fake ETF that is not buying Bitcoin, you only went up 14%. So where did that other, where did 50 % of your gains go? They're lying in the pockets of the bankers. Again, it's supposed to be protecting investors. You know, that's why I call these ETFs a scam and they use the name Bitcoin to say what you're buying and it's not what you're buying and it's guaranteed to underperform. I mean, what is the definition of a scam, right? He is a hired gun to do that stuff, right? And the, and the court ruled on it. They said that the SEC loses on all counts because its case and its, and its, uh, its arguments are capricious and incoherent. And there is this risk that, you know, ETH goes up so much, so fast. The Wall Street bank that is trying to track the price because they don't actually own ETH can't actually track it because whatever they're holding doesn't go up anything close as much. And then they go bankrupt because they can't meet the obligations. Believe me, if some Wall Street bank goes bankrupt because ETH goes up or Bitcoin goes up so much because they were playing games and they got exposed, they're going to blame crypto, not their shenanigans. So the whole thing stinks. Coinbase has a thing, it's called stand with crypto click. It tells you who your Congress person is, gives you a little script. I went off script and gave them an air full. Do it. All right. So he hits on a few things with point with these future ETFs is it happens in all markets. This is, this is just one of many out there that are non crypto related. It's obviously being crypto related. So I would dispel the fact that these are scam. These are yes, they're high fee scenarios. There are other ways to invest in these assets, but people look at this in a different way. Mainly this is mainstream investors wanting to go in on these assets and they're not ready to open an account with Coinbase or other things like that. But he did mention something at the end and that is stand with crypto. Listen, this, if you're not already doing it, you should be doing it. Go out and just hit stand with crypto. You can call your Congressman, email your Congressman and it helps you kind of go through the process of letting people know where you stand on all of the 16 ,000 contacts right now at the Congress. So huge, huge movement here. 150 ,000 crypto advocates. This is going to be a big part of next year because next year we are talking about an election year. So it's going to be huge. So definitely. Now if you are interested in buying ETH directly, you can actually do this in a traditional finance way right through the Fidelity app. So check it out if you're not a Fidelity customer. They're not a sponsor, but we've used it, we've tested it and it's fantastic. So that's another way to go. All right guys, we're going to wrap that one up from here. One thing to remember, and I'll leave you with this, this is Mr. Patrick McHenry hitting it in right there home. And that is SEC Chair Gensler refuses scheduled commission vote to provide Congress with requested documents. They are talking about the first subpoena to the SEC ever. That would be huge in the way of who knows what they'll find. What would we see in the way of bipartisan, you know, enforcement that we've seen the FCC pretty much put at will to go out. This may play its course right now with Patrick McHenry. He's not playing around anymore. We'll see how it all plays out. But you guys know what to do and that is join the diamond circle so you can follow what's playing it out. Not only the legislative side but also taking a look at some of the projects that we break down and of course some of our additional content including our Web3 podcast over there with Kyle. We do a We'll leave a link down below if you guys want to catch me on Twitter. It's out there at Paul Baron. We'll catch you next time right here on Tech Path.
Fresh update on "11" discussed on Simply Bitcoin
"Wait guys, before I get into my little rant for the, and Dell come over here too. Shouts out to Jay Dev says, I love my gold chains. It's a Mexican thing. We just liked that shit on our necks. So true. So true. Okay. Anyways, that cracked me up. All right. As a Mexican you're saying that. Yes. Yes. As a, as a, as exactly as who I am. All right. Uh, Dell put the headphones on. We got a mic. I'll move over a little bit. Sorry. You're going to have to stand a little bit, but, uh, guys. Yeah. So yesterday night, uh, Dell and I were having these conversations. I was having these conversations with Sophie as well. It's, it's kind of the idea of like, how do, were you a big spoon or a little spoon? Obviously the big spin. Um, we were having these conversations and it always boils down to like, what is the goal here at Simply Bitcoin? What are we trying to accomplish? And I say it all the time. Let's see. Um, I say it all the time and, and Sophie and I, Sophie and I have, uh, have quoted it as the idea of like, make Bitcoin fun, sexy, and cool. Like the whole goal here is to explain Bitcoin in such a way that the average everyday person doesn't get their eyes glossed over and is like, okay, wow, maybe I should hold some Bitcoin. Maybe even if it's a little bit, I should hold some Bitcoin because I say all the time, look, if telling people the facts and bringing the receipts actually helped. And if you were logical with most people, if that actually worked, then everyone would already be a Bitcoiner. I think the signal is very strong when it comes to the facts and the receipts of why Bitcoin, but it's all about telling a great story and having receipts on the side so that people understand why they should hold some Bitcoin, why they should get involved. And I think I might've put this tweet up here last week. Um, I only, no, it was in spaces. Sorry guys. This is in spaces. Uh, I only Appleburg did this tweet here and I kind of agree with it. I kind of disagree with it, but I think the first point is the most important point. So he goes, the decent recipe for orange pilling one, let them explain what political problem they like to solve to explain how Fiat is the root of that problem. Three, send them some Bitcoin. Listen, don't talk. The third one, the third point is probably one that, that might be a little tough because, uh, you know, if you give someone something for free, then they don't value it. So make them download a Bitcoin wallet and then, you know, get them involved in it. But the first point I think is the most important point. Let people explain what political problem they'd like to solve and then you angle it into, yeah, well, Fiat is the problem and it kind of goes back to what I tell you guys all the time is bait the hook for the fish you're trying to catch. Try to explain Bitcoin in a way that gets people emotionally charged. And I think the point here though is what we've been talking about. Shouts out to Guy Swan, cause I haven't heard you say this, but I totally agree. And this is exactly what I've been trying to tell you guys all the time. It's like explain to people how Bitcoin can better their lives. All people want to do is live a good life. Explain to them how Bitcoin will make their life better. And Guy Swan, I guess it's quoted here saying, explain to people how Bitcoin relates to them, not what it is. And I absolutely love this message here. And anyways, last night, Dell and I were having these conversations, actually, even this morning, the idea of like, what's the best way to orange pill people? Like what should we be doing? And it kind of boiled down to like, we here at Simply Bitcoin, what we want to do is we want to explain Bitcoin to everyone that is awake and furthermore, everyone that is still asleep. And how do I do this is by telling them a compelling story and telling it in such a way that people get emotionally charged and emotionally involved in this. And it's, this is all we got to do is live a good life and show people that Bitcoin is a way for them to live a better life. And so again, just to wrap up this cause I want to get Dell's thoughts on this. I got this tweet here from Dr. Bitcoin MD and he goes, you are a node on the network. You are a node on the Bitcoin network. Seek inspiration, build yourself up, bet on yourself, thrive, help those around you prosper, activate another node in the network. That's all we're doing here is living a good life, looking at the world at large and funneling everything into a Bitcoin message, because I really do think that we have the answers here, whether I'm right or wrong, Hey, I'll go down with the ship. I'm going to take all my L's with me, but I think we're right. And I think more people are waking up to the problem. That is of course, the out of control money printer. And so as more people feel that pain, then we will have the solution. It's the classic field of dreams. If you build it, they will come. So I was talking to Dell last night and I was telling him like, what's the goal here at Simply Bitcoin.
Humane Iguana Control Shares a Crazy Bedroom Invasion Story
"So what is one of the craziest stories that you can tell us in regards to catching one of these animals? All right. So one night we were servicing a house in Coral Gables. I think Gables Estates it was. I got a phone call like 11 o 'clock at night. He's like, Hey, you guys remove iguanas? I'm like, yeah, yeah. He's like, I need you to come right now. There's no one at my house. You know, I need to get out right now. I don't know what to do. It's in my kid's bedroom and my kid's bed. How did that happen? So I go, listen, we could be there right away. Where are you? She's like, well, we're in Pinecrest. I'm like, oh, I'm like 10 minutes away from you. You know, we could be there in 10 minutes. Come take them out. We'll be 10 minutes. Send me your address. So we went over there, you know, she's like, it's over there in that room. It's in there. Just looking at us. She's freaking out. She's freaking out. Imagine. And it's a kid's room and iguana. So we walk in, we always walk in super sketchy, you know, like we don't know what's going to happen. No, we don't know. It's, you know, like, you know, jump on us, but we don't know where it's at. And we don't want to scare it off to a harder position that we can't catch it. Exactly. So we were in the room for like 10 minutes to look and we couldn't find like, Mom, you sure it's in here? She's like, yeah, like, I don't see it. Let me look again. So we look around and we look at the top of his bed and it was right over his pillow. He has this pillow said comfort that was all different colors. So it's camouflage, of course, into that. So the head was just sticking out behind the backboard of the bed and just looking at us. I'm like, look at where he is at. All right. So we just, we went carefully away, you know, with our grabbers, you know, we go with our grabbers because they have a better chance of grabbing him. What's a grabber? A grabber is like a long extension that has, you know, kind of like, like to pick up garbage a lot more. Exactly. Yeah. Yeah. The same thing, you know, so it gives us an advantage, you know, to like, get closer because if we get too close ourselves, they want you to run off. So we went up to him, we grabbed them and then we took them out. That's crazy. How big was that one? That was about, it was about two feet with tail and everything about two feet. Yeah, but think about it. That's scary for, for her and her kid, you know, I'm sure they were devastated. Imagine the kid would have went to lay down and how are you? Good morning. Well, nothing would happen because they don't attack. They don't attack humans. No, no, they're not really known to attack. They're more to flee than anything else, you know, but if they get cornered, if a bigger, if a larger one gets cornered, he will try and tail whip you because he needs to defend himself. Which is, which is normal. Exactly. Like when I grab him, he wants to bite me, scratch me with me because if I grab you with him, like you want to bite me, scratch me with me. They have teeth that can penetrate skin. Oh, definitely. Yeah. They have these sharp little razor teeth that's made to like, you know, just cut leaves. If you think about a leaf and it's just a sharp, clean cut, you know, so there's your skin, you know, and that's another thing. People don't know that when they want his poop, their tail drags along that poop. Oh yeah. So when you go grab the, you want to buy a tail, you gotta make sure you clean your hands, you know, because then you get some little poison like that as well. That's very
A highlight from The People of God
"His people are protected by God. You may think, but Ethan, we look through church history and they're martyred. Yes, because God had chosen for them to go through that persecution and to go through that martyrdom. One of my favorite eras of church history that I've just been in baked with and I'm reading a book right now with my family is through the book and life of Jonathan Edwards. I love the era of the Puritans. When Charles I goes up into Edinburgh in Scotland, if you haven't read these story, they're the covenanters who are these individuals to that refused compromise on the truths of scripture and they covenanted by their own blood thumbprint on a covenant saying, we will stand by scripture alone. Those people were slaughtered in the streets of Edinburgh where historians say that blood flowed through that city like a river. Can you imagine that? Well, God, why would you do that? Look at the example those individuals set because they knew that their life was not their own, their body was not their own and if this isn't God's will for this to happen, then so be it. And the example that they have set for us today and we're like, oh, America is such a bad spot, all borders and this. God's in control, get off your high horse and just trust in God and pray in God. I'm not saying we can't be active in politics, we should be with Christian individuals but how dare you think that we are somehow God's chosen nation as the country of America, we are not. God rises emperors up, he crushes emperors down, he rises civilizations up, he crushes civilizations down and far be it from us to think that this is the bleakest time in history, then you know nothing about church history. But we are still protected by God. Even if our body is killed, Jesus talks about this in Luke, do not fear those who can kill the body but fear those who cannot just kill the body but also the soul and that is Christ. Because we know where our trajectory is, we will enter into that Sabbath rest. His people have no claim to anything of their own. His people, guys, this is the biggest one that if we walk away with nothing else today, his people, you and I, if we're in Christ, we exist for his glory and for his majestic purpose. Why? Because his people were purchased with his own blood. The final three, his people comprise a spiritual family united together in Christ. There's no races, there's no ethnicities, there's no slave, there's no Greek, there's no Jude, there's none of that. We are all together if we are together in Christ. That goes much deeper than any surface level connectivity we have here on the earth. Christ is this glue that melds us together that is only in the unity of Christ that comprises his 1 Peter 2, 9. We are a chosen family. We are the church local here, but then there is the church universal of our brothers and sisters around the world that are sharing in that common bond of Christ. Might we have slight theological variances? Of course, I guarantee in this room we have a hundred different variances in theology, but what we do understand is that salvation is by grace alone, in faith alone, through the work of Christ alone. That is what we know and that is what we can agree on. Last two things. His people will live, die, breathe, eat, and drink, what, for God's glory. Whatever you do, do it for the glory of God. If you're a garbage person, you're taking out garbage and you're thinking, what am I doing, do it for the glory of God. If you're scrubbing the bottom of boat barnacles and stuff like that, do it for the glory of God. If you're a receptionist, do it for the glory of God. If you're a real estate agent, do it for the glory of God. If you're a lawyer, yes, do it for the glory of God. If you're a mom, do it for the glory of God. If you're a father, for God's glory. Everything you do needs to be done to bring exaltation, rejoicing, and majestic glory to God. Do you view God this way? Is that who God is for you? If that is not how you are living your life, if that is not how you view God, then you have made God in your own image. Because the God of the Bible has all power and all authority. Everything in this earth is subjected unto him. With the blink of an eye, a wisp of his hand, this entire universe will cease to exist should God will it. So I don't need to worry about climate change, I don't need to worry about aliens, I don't need to worry about any of this other stuff, because God is in control. We must live this way, glorify God this way, because God is in control. And we must give God glory. And even if you are a person that is bedridden, and you can't get out of bed, and you think that your life is over, one of our elders' fathers is a beautiful testament to this. Faithful man, pursuing after Christ his whole life, and even though he can barely turn, he's still glorifying God. As long as there is breath in my lungs, I pray that we can follow that testimony. That if we find ourselves paralyzed or debilitated or whatever else, that we can still bring God glory, even in the horrific circumstances, we can bring God glory. But we so often get so focused on ourselves, we lose focus of the majesty and glory of God. We must remind ourselves who God is, and we must be completely dependent on God. So we must always begin with God, then work backwards to ourselves. The world tells us the exact opposite. The world says, look deeper into yourself, and you can figure it out for yourself. The culture, news, media, and everything else is continually promoting and encouraging you to dig deeper, and you'll find the true meaning of happiness. Here's what we need to remember. I belong to Christ, I was created to glorify him, I was purchased. That finds so much solace in my own soul. So as we finish up Acts chapter 18, you're like, Ethan, we've got seven more verses, don't worry. Get back into verse 10. I have many people, we answered this. So how long did Paul stay there? Verse 11, he stayed there for one year and six months doing what? Teaching the word of God. That is the priority for Christians. If you're his people, you should have a desire to hear the word of God proclaimed. You should have the desire to read the word of God. Verse 12, here's what's great. When you look at verse 12, down to verse 17, remember what I said in the beginning, when Claudius expelled the Jews from Rome, why did he expel the Jews from Rome? Because they were continually creating an uproar against the Christians. Do you think that the pro -counsel in this province knew that? Yeah, because it was issued by the emperor. And so what happened here? God's promise comes to fulfillment when he says, don't worry about anything. No harm's going to happen to you because I have many people in the city. And then look what happens. The Jews rose up against Paul and Paul's like, here we go again. I'm going to have to defend myself. This man persuades people to worship God contrary to the law. Paul's about to open his mouth. I would love to see his pause probably. And then Galileo is like, he puts them in their place. Not because Galileo was a righteous person, he wasn't a believer, but because he was being used by God for God's purpose to protect Paul. And so this happened, and look at what happens with this. The Jews were so outraged, they took the leader of the synagogue and beat him in front of Galileo. You talk about a flip. Instead of beating Paul, who do they beat? The leader of the synagogue. And no, let me quickly iterate. When you read in 1 Corinthians, this is not the same. So Synaethus, wow, Sophonis, as is mentioned in 1 Corinthians. Sophonis, wow. These are Greek names, I tell you what. But what happened? Galileo was not concerned about anything. So what does this mean for us? As we see that God is continually protecting people. We must understand that the deeper we study God, the deeper we know God, the better you understand who you are. It's not the other way around. It's not starting with yourself. You start with God, you'll know who you are better. Let me say this again, too. If you are in Christ, you are one of his people. No matter what you may think or feel, you are not alone because Christ lives in you. The word that we read, the word that we hear, it gives life. We are owned by Christ. There is no place we can go, no mountain too high or valley too deep. And I leave us with this promise in Romans 8 verse 31. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? And we as a people of God, God is for us.
A highlight from The Manual Flores' God Story
"Welcome to Evangelism on Fire podcast. My name is Mark Thomas, an ordained pastor, a teacher of the best selling book of all time, your host, and most importantly, your evangelism coach. Every episode, I bring you an inspiring message to help you live the most exciting life God has created you to live by actively sharing your faith in Jesus with others. I believe in the power of the gospel and the potential of all Christians to live out the mission of the great commission. I believe the best way for Christians to grow is to go. It's time for a revolution in every Christian's life around the world so that every person everywhere around the world can hear the gospel of Jesus Christ from a friend or a family member through one -on -one evangelism. I'm so thankful for our time together today. I absolutely love spending time with you, evangelism on fire nation. I believe this podcast will truly inspire you and I believe it will inspire so many people that you know. And if you're inspired and feeling moved to share this, then please message some friends, post this on social media and let people know about this episode so we can get this message out there more. I appreciate you and everyone listening right now. And a quick reminder, I encourage you to subscribe to the podcast, to rate it, to review it, spread the word on social media and spread the message of evangelism on fire forward. The youth today represent the future of our country. Many of them are putting their hope in everything other than God. They are being deceived. Grandparents aren't taking their grandkids to church like they did in the past. The church has been dwindling which means the younger generation is not hearing about God and his word nearly as much as they used to. That's why it is so important for us to get in front of them and make sure that worldly desire is not leading them astray. 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All right, welcome Evangelism on Fire nation to today's special God story episode. I have a great friend of mine with us today. He's here to share his amazing God story. His name is Emmanuel Flores and I just want to thank you, my brother, my good friend for being here today with us here at Evangelism on Fire studios. How are you doing, man? Hey, thanks for having me back. It feels great to be here and opportunities to talk about God again. Yeah, I know one thing about you, man, any opportunity that you have to talk about God, you're all about that. Absolutely, gotta put them first and put them in the front of the conversation, yes. That's what I'm talking about. Now, you originally came on our podcast episode 11th, on November 2021, and this is round two for you. Yeah, feels good to be back. Man, it's so great to have you here. Now, you and I, we were talking the other day and you recently, now, one thing I love about you, man, is you're always living your life on mission. Trying my hardest. Everywhere you go, you are living on mission. You're taking the gospel to whatever people put in your path. Here in our city, we live in the Richmond Metro area, RVA, and you're just living on mission, taking God's love throughout our city, man. And that's one of the things, many things I love about you, but that's one of the things that I love. Yeah. This time, you went out of the country on a mission trip to take God's love. Where did you go, man? Tell our audience where you went. Yeah, so this is my third trip. We went down to Nicaragua. We flew into Messiah, then drove over to, I'm sorry, we flew into Managua and then drove over to Messiah. We went down there with Chosen Children's Ministry. We flew in on Saturday, flew out on Saturday. We worked in the barrio called Mount Zion for the week. We worked there Monday through basically Friday. We visited the community we went to last time and did Sunday church with them on that Sunday. So we visited them. And then on that last Friday, we went to the third neighborhood called Paradise and I visited with them. Paradise. That's where my little girl was. Your little girl. Yeah, I adopted a little girl many years ago and this is the first time meeting her this time down in Paradise. She was six years old. I met her mom. I was able to bless her with a bunch of stuff. It was great. Yeah, that's awesome. What's your little girl's name? Oh Lord, Yaris, but it sounds real different than that. I can't say it right. Right. Yeah, but you know, it was great meeting her, absolutely. That's awesome. Now, you know, one of the amazing things is when you go there and you see a child that God puts in front of you and you become their sponsor. What has been one of the greatest things about sponsoring Yaris? What kind of joy does that bring you? Well, you know, what we get to do is through Chosen Children's, we are able to share pictures of me, my wife and Isabel with her. We're able to write letters to her. We wish her happy birthday. Merry Christmas. So it's a relationship that builds. And then when you get down there and you actually are able to see them and hug them, it just adds to it. It's like, that's my child now, you know? So I care for her, you know, like you would, another child. And we send her gifts and, you know, just love spending time with her. And the number one thing she wants from us is pictures and letters. Can't go wrong with that. You got that right, brother. And then when we met her, obviously we've already shared the word of Christ with her and showed her God's love. So it's just building on top of that. That's beautiful, man. And one of the great things that you did on this mission trip, I didn't go on this mission trip with you guys. Manuel and I were on a mission trip a few years back. And listen, if you haven't heard his amazing story of The Nine, go back to Evangelism on Fire podcast on November 11th, 2021, okay? Episode 64, man, you've got to go back after listening to this episode and the hear miracle of The Nine, okay? So go back and listen to that. If you've listened to it, you're going to want to listen to it again. If you've never listened to it, you're going to need to go back there. After you listened to this episode, you got to hear this miraculous story. I'm getting pumped up just talking about it, man. The Nine. This time around, when you went to Nicaragua, walk us through that trip. Like when you first got there, man, all right, you landed in the airport. How'd you feel, man? It felt, it was almost like being home. I missed a year, so I was really anticipating going back. Before I got down there, I was very anxious, to be honest with you, because I missed that trip. So I was very focused on what God was trying to tell me. I felt like on this trip, he wanted me to focus on, obviously him, but patience and trusting him. We just finished up a Bible study in Job, and I felt like that was a couple of the big principles is patience and then just trust him. So that's what we did this trip. I made sure I focused on patience and trusting him. When you say patience and trust in him in regards to the mission trip, what specifically do you mean? Like, what are you talking about? Well, a lot of times opportunities arise, and I tend not to give God the opportunity or the option for him to move, and instead I move. I make decisions on things that I think are a good idea, but in time, I haven't prayed about it to see what his will is. So this time, I really took the opportunity when something was asked of me to pray about it, even if it's eyes wide open, to give God the opportunity to move. It was amazing. It was amazing when that happened. Yeah, so what did you experience when you're focusing on those things? So it's opportunities of when people are standing in front of you and when you're talking to them about Christ, it's not mentioning the first word that comes to mind. It's when they say something, you have to absorb those words that they had and then give God an opportunity to fill your mind with the words that need to be repeated back. It's not me first conversations. It's God first conversations. That's so good, man. That is so good. What's that expression? People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care? Right. That type of thing. Is that what you're talking about? Exactly what I'm talking about. Yeah, so when you were telling me some of the things that you experienced over there, some of the encounters you had, you were over there building in homes for people. What was the highlight for you, man, when you were over there? So there was a bunch of highlights over there. Wait a minute, wait a minute. He said there were a bunch of highlights. Come on, talk to us, share that with us. Yeah, so a lot of times what I did was door -to -door. I didn't necessarily work on the construction team, so I did door -to -door. So for our listeners and they're hearing door -to -door, what exactly is door -to -door? Yeah, so it literally means door -to -door. It's a team, three to six of us, usually two interpreters, and then we walk out the front door of the church and take a left or take a right, and then we try to meet everybody we can on every street and go door -to -door meeting everybody. This time it was a lot different. Last time we went, it was basically barbed wire and sticks, so you were able to see inside a lot of their houses. What they'd done this time is they put up a lot of metal, and so it was really hard to see. But what we learned is if you're a little bit louder walking down the street, the dogs will start barking, and then they come to see what the dogs are barking at. So generally, it took us about an hour to figure this out, but once we figured it out, we were in the middle of the street just being loud, basically, and dogs would start barking, and when we heard the dogs starting to bark, we would kind of walk that direction, and then there they were. Their number one question is, what are y 'all doing? What's going on? And so what we would do is we were down there with the church called Mount Zion. That's where the church was daily. What we were doing is we were doing vacation Bible school. We were having a time for adults to have a special time for them, and then we had a time after that for the feeding. So we were planning on feeding 150 to 250 kids daily. 150 to 200 kids daily? Yeah. Man. And it was more like 250 daily. It was never a 150 day. Right. We were usually running out of plates and cups and stuff like that, and they would run up to the store and get more. Now, when you're feeding all these people, you're talking about 150 to 250 some people. Now, I remember when I went there as part of your team, when we went together, right? I remember that that's the meals that we were giving out. It could be their only meal of the day. Absolutely. So you're feeding 250 people, and that could potentially be the only food that they get for that day. Yeah. I know for sure that happened multiple times. Yeah. That that was the only meal they were eating. Yeah. Yeah. And then a couple of conversations of just meeting people in door to door, I haven't eaten in two days was a pretty common statement. Wow. Yeah. Like they're drinking water, but they haven't eaten food of substance. Yeah. Yeah. That's normal there. Right. Yeah. So when you're going to door to door, what is the main goal of meeting people when you go door to door? So there's a couple of goals. Obviously the first one is to make sure they're connected with God somehow. In some way, shape or form, have they heard of them? You know, did they deny them? But at least start that conversation. The second thing is we point everybody back to the church so that one, they can be fed physically, but they can also be fed spiritually. So we're trying to connect on that too. And then, you know, if they choose not to go, we're still there to pray with them. So we ask what they want prayer for. You know, 99 % of everybody says house and health and you know, their job situation. And that's when this trip was very different because we started asking, well, specifically, what do you need God to do for you? You know? And then that way, when it happened, you would know that God did that for them. Cause let's be honest, we can all get a new job and you know, somebody can all help us with some food, but to have a God encountered movement, that's, you would have to know what it was that you were specifically asking for. And then when it happened, you knew it was God moving on your part. Yeah. That's so powerful. So you're asking people, what specifically do you want prayer for? What specifically do you, you know, want God to help you out with? So when you're asking those questions, what were some of the things that people told you? Yeah. So I think it was the second day we were behind the church. It was in the afternoons and it was, you know, right after vacation Bible school. So you can hear the kids just yelling and going crazy and we're a street or two away and you can still hear it. So we walked up on this one lady, I can't remember her name, but she was sitting there. She had her feet up. She, we just started talking to her and she was a Christian. She believed in God. She had all those bases covered, but I asked her, do you hear the kids yelling? And she was like, yeah, yeah, yeah, I do. But I don't know what that is. And the church was literally in her backyard. Yeah. So we told her what was going on at the church. We invited her to come eat some food. And that's what she told us. She was like, I can't, I can't walk. And I, you know, her knees are right there. I looked down and she doesn't have any scars. She's not wearing any braces, nothing out of the ordinary. I was like, well, why can't you walk? And she says she has like, I can't think of the word, arthritis in both of her knees so bad that it hurts. So the only time she walks is when she has to go use the bathroom or get something to eat. I was like, when was the last time you ate? And just like we were talking earlier, I haven't eaten in two days. I was like, oh, that's why you're a believer. Why don't we, why don't we pray for God to fix these knees? Yeah. And she gets, you know, it's something to the fact of, you know, God's got better things to do, or I don't know if God would pay and fix my knees or, you know, it was a disbelief and that God would help her. Yeah. You know, so I asked her, I said, well, you know, I believe God can move mountains and I think he can heal these two little knees of yours too. You know what I mean? I heard that bro. So, yeah. So, you know, I was with, I think it was three others of us right there. And you know, before this encounter, I'd, you know, I'd put my hand on someone's shoulder to pray with them in belief, but you know, I felt like God was telling me that day, put your hands on her knees and pray because her knees are going to, her knees are going to get healed. And I'd never done that before. So I was extremely nervous, but you know what? I prayed about it and he said, put your hands on them little knees. So that's what I did. We put our hands on our knees, prayed for our knees and said, amen. And I said, so how do the knees feel? And she said, I don't want to test it yet. And they said, I don't want to test it yet. Yeah. I don't want to test it yet. They usually always hurt. Let's just leave them where they are. Right. I said, all right, cool. We're going to bring you two plates of food today. So you don't have to walk anywhere, but be ready for them knees to work. You told, you told her that you declared that be ready for those knees to work. Right. Right. So what we did is, you know, we said, amen. And we moved on down the street, looking for someone else to talk to. We brought her a couple of plates at the end of the day, you know, fast forward to the next day. And we're out doing door to door again. We, you know, we've found a knee brace for her actually in the convenience store. So we're going to take the knee brace back to her, you know, bring her another plate or two to make sure she was taken care of. So we turned the corner of the street that she was on, you know, she's maybe a block away and we could see someone hobbling across the street. And so we take a couple more steps and it's her. So, you know, we quickly move up to her. We give her our arms so she can support herself. And as soon as she seen us, she was just crying. I mean, Niagara folks crying. Yeah. And so she grabbed her arms and we went back across the street and she, the first thing she says, my knees have never felt so good in my life. Come on. I said, what do you mean? She goes, I can't remember the last time my knees felt like this. Yeah. They're still sore, but they feel wonderful. Yeah. I said, this is one day one. God's going to keep moving. Yeah. I said, come on. Let's pray with his knees some more. And we sat down. We put her knee brace on. We kept on praying for these knees. Yeah.
A highlight from 1419: Bitcoin ETF Will Push BTC Price to $400,000 - Scaramucci
"Say goodbye to your credit card rewards. Big -box retailers led by Walmart and Target are pushing for a bill in Congress to take away your hard -earned cash back and travel points to line their pockets. Senate Bill 1838 would enact harmful credit card routing mandates that would end credit card rewards as we know it. If you love your credit card rewards, visit HandsOffMyRewards .com and tell them to oppose credit card routing legislation paid for by the Electronic Payments Coalition. And here's your prescription. I know just the pharmacy to get this filled. Who are you? A pharmacy benefit manager. A middleman your insurer uses to decide which medicines you can get, what you pay, and sometimes even which pharmacy you should go to. Why can't I go to a pharmacy in my neighborhood? Because I make more money when you go to a pharmacy I own. No one should stand between you and your medicine. Visit PHRMA .org slash middleman to learn more. Paid for by pharma. Welcome everyone to the number one daily Bitcoin pod. Let's get it. In today's show we'll be breaking down the latest technical analysis as Bitcoin recaptures $28 ,000. In this just in, Japanese 10 -year bond yields are surging, hitting the highest levels not seen in a decade. Max Kaiser's response, the yen -carry trade borrowing yen at virtually zero and investing in higher yielding currencies is broken. This has been the mother of all Ponzi schemes funding global financialization for 30 years and now it's moving in reverse. He also says the Bitcoin is a state of heaven that exists entirely beyond anyone's reach except the owner preach. Also in today's show VanEck, Ethereum strategy ETF set for the CBOE listing. We'll also be discussing FTX founder Sam Bankman -Fried. Mold giving Donald Trump five billion dollars to not run for president. That's right. We'll also be discussing Grayscale submits and SEC filing to convert the Ethereum trust to a spot ETF. I'm also going to be sharing with you a Bitcoin price prediction model which suggests $170 ,000 per BTC in 2025 as well as skybridge capital's Anthony Scaramucci says Bitcoin ETF can push the Bitcoin price much higher in early 2024. In fact they'll be sharing with you Scaramucci's $400 ,000 Bitcoin price prediction alongside 1 billion Bitcoin users. We'll market all this plus so much more in today's show. Yo what's good crypto fam. This is first and foremost a video show so if you want the full premium experience with video visit my youtube channel at Cryptonewsalerts .net. Again that's Cryptonewsalerts .net. Welcome everyone just joining us. This is pod episode number 1419. I'm your host JV. Today is October 2023 2nd as the October pump continues. Let's freaking go. Shout out to everyone today in the live chat. Make sure to let me know where you're tuning in from. Of course at the end of the show I'll be reading everyone's comments out loud as this is a live and interactive show. Seven days a week and the after party FYI will be on rumble. So let's get it. Let's kick off today's show with our market watch as we do each and every day shall we. As you can see here on coin 360 we got Bitcoin up roughly 3 % for the day trading at roughly that 28 ,000 mark just under it. We have Ether consolidating trading under $1 ,700 while BNB, Cardano and Solana are all in the green and checking out coinmarketcap .com. We're finally climbing again at a market cap of 1 .09 trillion. We've been stuck around this 1 trillion level for quite some time. We got roughly 46 billion in volume in the past 24 hours meaning volume is up roughly 60 % and Bitcoin dominance is massively on the climb. I think the bull market is in full gear 49 .6 % for BTC with the ETH dominance at 18 .3 % and checking out the top 100 crypto gainers in the past 24 hours Satoshi vision leading the pack up 23 % trading at $39 .37 followed by e cash up roughly 9 % followed by Bitcoin cash. Now it's interesting that the Bitcoin forks are the top gainers for the day. I think anything associated with the name Bitcoin is pumping. It is what it is and checking out the top 100 crypto gainers of the past week Satoshi vision lead in the pack here up 23 and a half percent alongside our LB up roughly 12 % and XCC up roughly 9 % and checking out the crypto greed and fear index we're dead in the middle 50 which is neutral yesterday was a 48 last week a 47 and last month a 39 in fear. So there you have it fam how many of you are currently bullish on the king crypto now that we in October let me know and make some noise and put God candle and maybe the Satoshi and God's watching above will send it let's freaking go and with that being shared fam now let's dive into today's Bitcoin technical analysis and check out some of the charts and what's popping with the king crypto where Bitcoin is likely to go next Bitcoin aim for 25 at the October 2nd Wall Street open at a bullish start as the month continued which you can see here in the Bitcoin one -day candle chart data from Cointelegraph and trading view showed Bitcoin price action staying strong into October's first US trading session Bitcoin made swift gains into the weekly close following a contrastingly cool monthly candle completion that saw Bitcoin finish at 26 ,000 970 now popular analyst right capital says this monthly close despite now being more than 5 % below the spot price called for caution quoting him here Bitcoin performed a September monthly candle close below twenty seven thousand one hundred and he also said technically that black line was solidified as resistance for September so he acknowledged the October breakout but said this would invalidate the bearish predicament should it endure now he also says because the Bitcoin monthly closed below the black line there's always going to be a chance that this price action could end up as an upside wick as he shares here alongside this chart Bitcoin offered upside wicks of up to 8 % long before but right now Bitcoin is up four and a half percent this month so technically anything up to twenty nine thousand four hundred could theoretically end as an upside wick so there you have it let me know if you agree disagree with the analysts say goodbye to your credit card rewards big box retailers led by Walmart and Target are pushing for a bill in Congress to take away your hard -earned cash back and travel points to line their pockets Senate bill 1838 would enact harmful credit card routing mandates that would end credit card rewards as we know it if you love your credit card rewards visit handsoffmyrewards .com and tell them to oppose credit card routing legislation paid for by the electronic payments coalition now closer to home market observers noted the ongoing encouraging signals on the exchange order books quoting jelly here spot bid continues while funding is negative this reeks of disbelief and as he shared here Bitcoin still spot -driven perhaps haven't done much yet to be honest yeah so Bitcoin shrugs off fresh US dollar surge just as eager to hit new local highs in the day was the US dollar after Congress avoided a government shutdown the US dollar stays the sharp rebound from losses seen late last week and at this time the DXY circled 106 .7 barely point two points off its recent 2023 highs and for crypto analyst Nebraskan Gooner a breakout from here would put 108 in play mark in new 11 -month highs as outlined right here now it's interesting the Bitcoin is pumping alongside with the dollar is usually it's inversely correlated maybe it's a sign of the times now together with the hype on yields and the oil prices economist Mohammed el -irian described the DXY strength as neither the US economy nor the markets enjoy Bitcoin nonetheless remain unfazed let's freaking go and as Kaiser points out here well he responded to this news the Japanese 10 -year bond yields are surging hitting the highest levels not seen in over a decade max responded the yen carry trade borrowing and at virtually zero and investing in higher yield currencies is broken this has been the mother of all the Ponzi schemes funding the global financial ization for 30 years and now it's moving in reverse and quitting max again Bitcoin is a state of heaven that exists entirely beyond anyone's reach except the owner preach that's why everyone needs to be stacking them sass and with that being shared fam now let's break down our next breaking story of the day a theorem ETF futures launch today October 2nd that's right check it out investment management firm Vanek is set to launch as a theorem strategy ETF today October 2nd with the product now listed on the website under the ticker EF UT and set for trading on the CBOE the Vanek a theorem strategy ETF will look to accrue capital by investing into a theorem futures contracts and has no direct exposure to eat the fund will expose cash settled eat futures contracts on CFTC regulated commodity exchanges Vanek also touts the benefits of the product being a C Corp structure which includes tax benefits the long investors compared with registered investment company structures here's the announcement here on X from Vanek when you are ready enter the ether how many of you have seen this commercial let me know in fact they launched two of them they're quite fascinating the investment manner has been advertising the launch of the East spot ETF on its social media accounts over the past few days with to enter the ETH themed TV commercials promising the upcoming launch now Vanek also announced that intends to donate 10 % of all their profits from its upcoming ether futures ETF to a theorem core developers over the next decade and as reported 15 different ether futures ETFs from nine issuers are currently awaiting approval from the US SEC and I guess they have until the end of September of 2023 analysts cited sources with the SEC of saying the regulator wanted to approve either future ETFs before potential US government shutdown but meanwhile bitwise asset management confirmed that trading for its to ether if futures ETFs would commence October 2nd as well with investors getting access to eat futures trading on the CB OE so there you have it we all know that futures are not in investors best interest in fact investors are most likely going to get wrecked we want the real deal baby which is the spot ETF and a little later in the show we're gonna be discussing grayscale converting their product to not only a Bitcoin spot ETF but also a spot a theorem ETF here in just a little bit but first we have some breaking news coming in surrounding FTX founder Sam Bankman freed I mean you can't make this stuff up he allegedly was trying to bribe Donald Trump with five billion dollars to not run for president good freaking Lord check this out how many of you seen this story let me know former FTX CEO SPF once looked into paying Donald Trump not to run for president of the United States according to Michael Lewis the author of the new book documented the rise and fall of SPF Michael Lewis author of going infinite the rise and the fall of a new tycoon spoke about the former crypto billionaire and the FTX founder in a 60 minutes interview yesterday October 1st one of the revelations in the book is that SPF looked into paying Donald Trump to not run for president that only shocks you if you don't know Sam as Lewis added the following Sam's thinking that we could pay Donald Trump not to run for president like how much would it take the number that he was kicking around was five billion dollars and he added before saying that SPF was unsure if that number came directly from Donald Trump and here's your prescription I know just the pharmacy to get this filled who are you a pharmacy benefit manager a middleman your insurer uses to decide which medicines you can get what you pay and sometimes even which pharmacy you should go to why can't I go to a pharmacy in my neighborhood because I make more money when you go to a pharmacy I own no one should stand between you and your medicine visit ph RMA org slash middlemen to learn more paid for by pharma SPF was also looking into the legality of it according to Lewis who added that they were still having these conversations when FTX blew up it just didn't happen because SPF didn't have the five billion any longer very interesting if you haven't watched the video check the show notes below the video in the description and after the show you can catch it out this clip taken from 60 minutes now according to Lewis SPF saw Trump as trying to undermine the democracy of the United States thinking he belongs on a list of existential risk crazy Lewis spent more than 70 days in the Bahamas on a dozen different trips to visit SPF in 2022 and the pair became close I would say in spare bedrooms I had codes to every room including the penthouse he told the Wall Street Journal and speaking on the fallout between the collapse of FTX in November he shared it was like the aftermath of Pompeii clothes and belongings left behind frozen in time many headed to the airport leaving company cars with the keys inside at the curb now Cointelegraph contacted legal representatives for SPF and Trump mark botnik who handles communications for SPF case said there was no comment from his legal team and according to the trial schedule calendar released last week the high -profile SPF trial begins October 3rd which is tomorrow less than 24 hours out with their jury selection the trial then begins on October 4th so it's going to be an interesting week the trial will involve seven fraud cases against SPF two substantive charges where the prosecution most convinced the jury that Bankman freed committed the crime and five other conspiracy charges so there you have it I wouldn't put it past Bankman freed whatsoever he was supporting the Democratic Party making mass donations to the Dems in support of Biden and heavily against Trump so I mean good lord could you say fraud I mean I could see Trump saying hey give me you want to give me five billion and not run for president sure let's make it happen but fortunately enough Sam Bankman freed didn't get away with that particular crime that we are aware of as he lost the company and the company went kaboom thanks to CZ calling him out firsthand on his FTT scam tokens but anyways fam let me know if that's surprising or shocking to you or you're not surprised at all now let's discuss the etherium spot ETF which is way more significant than any futures ETFs will ever be let's break this one down following the approval of the first ether futures exchange traded fund grayscale investments is looking to convert its grayscale aetherium trust to a spot aetherium ETF kudos to them because they're doing the same thing with their Bitcoin product as well they want to spot Bitcoin ETF the new New York Stock Exchange arca filed the conversion with the United States SEC October 2nd today grayscale's existing trust invested in ether futures contracts as an indirect means of exposure to aetherium but a spot ETF will invest in the underlying asset itself that's what makes it that much greater it's not derivatives or paper it's the real deal they have to hold the underlying asset as Michael Sun and shine shared here grayscale has filed to convert their grayscale aetherium trust to a spot ETF thank you for your continued support we can't wait to get started yeah so he also says as we file to convert the ethe to an ETF the natural next step in the products evolution we recognize this as an important moment to bring aetherium even further into the u .s.
A highlight from GENC: Three-Part Strategies for Growing International Brands with with Jess Chin, CMO of The Algorand Foundation
"The Internet. new In Gen C. The C stands for crypto, but it also stands for creators, the connected consumer and collectibles, both digital and physical with on chain provenance. It stands for culture and characters, the ones we play in games and the companion ones that a I is building alongside us. It stands for community and digital citizenship and the new set of transparent and trustless tools being built to govern them. These are the people who were raised on a different philosophy on how they look at money, how they look at identity, how they look at privacy and how they look at the hybrid digital and physical spaces being built all around us. And finally, how they reimagine their relationships with the communities and companies they interact with. We focus on how brands large and small are building for these audiences. Welcome to Gen C. Hey, Sam. Avery, how's it going? It is a wonderful fall day. Excited to start the week. How about you? Good. I'm a little jet lagged. I just landed this morning in Madrid for an event that we're being involved with. We have a big celebrity interview we're not going to be able to talk about next week. But let's just say next week, you are going to want to know me even more, Avery. The internet's going to break. I can't wait for it. And how's everything in Madrid? I'm unimpressed so far, but it's just because I had, like in my head, I was like, great, check into the hotel, go find some little cafe, have the best ham I've ever had in my life. And just nothing worked well. So I think I just chose the wrong cafe. I was too late to get the right meal, you know, three hours of sleep. So we're just running on fumes, Avery, but I'm very excited to be here with our friends at Stellar who we're doing a bunch of work with. And then I think towards the end of the week, I go to Lisbon and I know you spend a bunch of time there. I love Lisbon and keep your Hey Gen handy in case you need to do any immediate translations. I will. Keep your 11 labs at your fingertips.
Republicans Agree We're Going Bankrupt yet Approve Stopgap Bill
"How is it that we have a Republican Party that universally agrees in Washington DC universally agrees on what I'm about to tell you they all know it's true this country is going absolutely bankrupt yeah yes not like a chapter 11 I get that because we can print money but in every other essence of the word bankrupt the country's going bankrupt you lose purchasing power the country loses economic clout debts won't be repaid and the value given in the in the debt will not be repaid with equal value in every essence the United States is unquestionably on that path every single person who has a brain in Washington DC who's a Republican agrees with that so you're probably saying well why can't we do anything about it because they all suck and the problem is because I watched it on social media this weekend and man did it tick me off I'm sitting there and I'm watching this Auburn game because that school's got a special place in my heart they almost beat Georgia this weekend and I'm still working and Jim I ask you this morning what time roughly did I start sending show prep material on Sunday around 1130 central time thank you folks I'm at it all weekend because I can't stop so I don't want you to think what I'm telling you I'm telling you at a peak or I'm telling you because I'm upset yeah I'm emotional but there's nothing to do with this all weekend I was fielding calls from people telling me how the other guy and they all screwed you no no but this guy wears a hat up on Capitol Hill like a cowboy hat he's a cowboy no he has never seen a he's never seen a cow a cowboy or a horse or a so or a revolver so what do you think he is the lone freaking Ranger
A highlight from The Mike and Mark Davis Daily Chat - 10/02/23
"The United States Border Patrol has exciting and rewarding career opportunities with the nation's largest law enforcement organization. Earn great pay with outstanding federal benefits and up to $20 ,000 in recruitment incentives. Learn more online at cbp .gov slash careers slash USBP. I went and read a book on Marx, a quartet practiced in the park, and we sang dirigence. The great Don McLean, Don McLean, McLean, the music died, is 78. We were singing bye bye. So Mike Gallagher is 11 years old for American Pie and I do too. Is this eight and a half minutes of masterpiece or just a butt whipping? I run across people who go, American Pie, ugh, what's the matter with you? I think it's a masterpiece. You know, disc jockeys always loved it because it was the song they put on when they had to go to the bathroom. Stairway to Heaven, Sweet Judy Blue Eyes, Mike Crosby, Stump Fashion Young, yeah buddy. I need a potty break. It is time. Well listen, here we go, first Monday in October, a Supreme Court in session and some fascinating decisions they're going to have. We got all kinds of shenanigans and hijinks happening with the Republicans and Matt Gaetz and I want to start something, I want to start a conversation with you about this rift between Kevin McCarthy and Matt Gaetz and the punditry that has decided to go after Matt Gaetz. This is very interesting to me. I get it. I appreciate, I'm going to speak for me and then I want to find out, pick your brain on where you think this is all going with the aversion of averting the government shutdown, no funding for Ukraine in this particular resolution. That's right. So we've taken out the funding for Ukraine, the government doesn't get shut down and the Democrats continue to implode as Gavin Newsom appoints a woman from Maryland to replace the Dianne Feinstein. Now they're scrubbing all references to the fact that she lives in Maryland because her dedication to abortion trumps everything else. Yes it does. You don't have to be a Californian to be a California senator. You've got to be all about abortion, which is we have got to, boy, I've got my final week of my preborn campaign and I hope people will make a contribution just to counter the nonsense going on in California right now with Gavin Newsom and this Emily's List lady. But let me go back to Matt Gaetz for just a moment.
A highlight from Versatus - The Most Versatile DevEx in Web3
"Hi everyone, Andy Pickering here, I'm your host and welcome to the Crypto Conversation, a Brave New Coin podcast where we talk to the people building the future in the Bitcoin, blockchain and cryptocurrency space. Hey team, we have a new sponsor here at the Crypto Conversation, BitGet, one of the world's leading copy trading cryptocurrency exchanges, yes indeed. What happens if you've got the funds to invest but you don't have the time to keep track of the market? You still want to make smart money moves, what do you do? Well copy trading is a popular choice for beginner traders. You can shorten your learning curve by uncovering tips and strategies from more experienced traders. BitGet's copy trading platform has over 80 ,000 elite traders to choose from and 380 ,000 followers just like yourself who are already using the BitGet copy trading platform as a potential passive income stream. All it takes is one click, you can subscribe to an elite profitable strategist, set your limits, automate your orders and monitor their trades. I've got some links in the show notes below, one link will take you through to the BitGet sign up page, give you a VIP discount. So learn all about it for yourself, thanks to BitGet. And now it is on with the show. My guest today is Andrew Smith, Andrew is the founder of Versatus Labs, building out the most versatile DevEx in Web3. Welcome to the show Andrew. Thanks for having me Andy. It is a pleasure, let's do what we do at the beginning of the show Andrew, it would be great if you could please introduce yourself. I'd love to hear a little bit about your, I guess, personal and professional backstory, what you've been doing that has led you to founding Versatus Labs. Yeah, absolutely. So I was born and raised in Miami, Florida, which is where I now reside again. I did do a stint in Denver, Colorado and an extended stint in Los Angeles. So I was gone from my hometown for about 12 years. I programming started at the age of 14, a technology teacher and seventh grade enemy, the classic, the C programming language book and said, learn this, I think it's going to be important. And so I did, never really did much as a kid other than like, you build like space invader clones and C and a couple of other things. Picked up Python and C++ a little bit later in life, during high school and, you know, was very, very interested in the cross -section of like machine learning and AI and economics. Economics is really sort of my first love, even though I'm a programmer, I kind of always wanted to be an economist, but just found that there's not really a lot of money in it unless you work for a political campaign. So it wasn't going to do that. And programming and machine learning in particular was something that I thought I could apply my love and knowledge of economics to. So it was building machine learning algorithms very, very early on before you add any of the sort of open source tools that you have today that makes it easy. And was sending my resume and GitHub around to a bunch of different hedge funds. Yes, this was going back about 10, 11 years now. And finally found one that was willing to give me a little bit of money to play around with. It's a group called Trident Asset Management. They're based part -time out of Connecticut and part -time out of Colorado, wasn't going to move to Connecticut. So that's what took me to Denver, then did the same thing for a fixed income shop based out of Newport Beach. That's how I ended up in Los Angeles. Started my first startup there, it's called Owl ESG, it's a environmental, social and governance data company built out, you know, some machine learning models and, you know, from PDFs, sort of scraping about 30 ,000 documents a day and extracting the data and building out a ESG data set. Grew that company and then in 2020 decided to start Versatus. So started this sort of hobby project, was doing a solo build on it, spent about 18 months solo building and was talking to a few friends in the space and they thought I was really onto something. So made some introductions, next thing you knew we were raising our first round from jumping big brain, hiring out an engineering team and now 14 months later, here we are. Very nice, very nice. Thank you, Andrew. Give us an idea then of, I guess, your vision for Versatus. What are you guys building? What's the vision? Yeah, so the vision is like the best way to put it, even though this is an imperfect if analogy is you think of like the cloud compute providers, AWS, Google Cloud, Azure, et cetera, you know, they own these huge data centers and these data centers are effectively a commodity business. You know, they build out a warehouse and put a bunch of servers in it, connect those servers to the Internet, occasionally maintain them and update them in and of themselves. They're not really that valuable. What makes them really valuable is that they provide all these tools that make it easy and efficient for developers to interact with those data centers and build applications on top of them to store data inside of them, et cetera. We believe that blockchain is analogous to that. It's not, again, it's an imperfect analogy. But if you kind of view the blockchains that exist in the world today and the ones that will come in the future as those data centers, next generation data centers where we provide value is we provide that program ability layer and compute layer that makes it easy and efficient for developers to build on top of blockchains. So we what we're building is a decentralized compute stack that enables developers to build in any language on any chain. And I think this is really powerful for a number of different reasons, which I'm sure we'll get to. But one of the major barriers to entry for developers is the language barrier. There's also a pretty big tooling barrier as well, which we saw that the language barrier, you know, if you're you want to build in Web3, the first thing you need to do is either go learn Solidity or Rust or one of the other languages. And Rust is a general purpose language. There are some people that already know it, but anybody that's entering into Web3 at the very beginning and they've got to go learn Solidity. Right. So a lot of them just don't view it as worthwhile to go learn Solidity. It's a domain specific language. The only thing you'll ever be able to do with that is build EVM compatible smart contracts. So until and unless there's a robust enough financial incentive for them to actually go and learn Solidity, they're probably not going to. But what we found from doing some pretty significant market research is if they could just use their existing languages and existing tools, they'd be happy to hobby hack and maybe even look for a job or start their own project and build on top of blockchains. So we want to make that process easier. We want to reduce the barrier to entry for developers. We believe that developers precede users, that you need developers to build applications that users actually want to use if we're ever going to see mass adoption for Web3. Yeah, I mean, that's a great point, Andrew. And I've seen you guys talk about this and some of your comms, I guess, because that's kind of it is flipping the script, right? Because everyone thinks, yeah, OK, it's the transition to Web3, easy as just got to build some user user friendly apps and and and if you build it, they will come. But of course, real life has has not been that simple. So so your philosophy is essentially the reverse of that. So you want to attract as many developers as possible. So just talk us through that again. I mean, you have a little bit, but just explain why you think that is really the key to the paradigm shift for Web2 to Web3. Yeah, absolutely. I think like just kind of telling the story of some case studies probably helps here, right? So you never know where a killer app is going to come from. I mean, Facebook started as a dating app for Ivy Leaguers, right? And it's Harvard and Yale dating app. You know, Slack started as a video game studio and Slack was their internal messaging network. So and now that is the product. Killer applications oftentimes come from experimentation. And the more experiments you have going on, the higher the probability that you're going to find stuff that people actually want to interact with and use. There are some precursors to what makes a killer app, things that make people's lives more convenient. That's just undeniably is going to make their life better, makes their work more productive. These are usually more business applications, makes the world more connected. These are social media type of applications or makes their life more affordable. So things that create efficiencies that reduce the cost of things that they were already doing. So, look, if I knew what that killer app was going to be, I'd probably go build that. It probably would be easier. But what I what I think where I think killer apps come from is lots of developers trying lots of things and competing for the limited funding and resources out there. And then you have unfortunately you do have gatekeepers in the world that you have VCs and you have investors and angel investors. So typically, yeah, there's going to be some stuff that's lost in the process of gathering funding and everything else that might have been really cool. But really, like if you have lots of things competing, probably the cream rises to the top and you're going to get well -funded, really interesting application ideas that can then promote themselves and attract users. The users are going to come for the applications right now. We have sort of the most users will ever have. If this is all we ever have to offer, which is effectively gambling and speculation, I think we've captured the gambling market pretty, pretty, pretty well. The speculator market we captured pretty well. They're here to make money off of token price fluctuations. If we want people that are here for the long term to use applications, well, we need to offer the applications that they want to use. And I think where that comes from, it's largely a numbers game. It's Pareto principle, you know, 10 percent, 20 percent of the developers are going to create the applications that get 80 percent, 90 percent of the users. So if we want to have a bigger 20 percent of applications that get lots of users, we need a bigger 100 percent. We need a bigger pie in general. And the only way to get a bigger pie is to reduce the cost, both time and money cost of building in Web3. And that's what we're attempting to do, particularly on the on the time cost of things, reduce the opportunity cost of learning how to build in Web3 by making it easier for them to build in Web3. So that's really sort of how we think about this. We think that developers necessarily are a precursor to users. If you look at like some of the market research we've done, it's kind of an either or like if there were more users, developers would take the time to learn this stuff. But the problem is, is that there's not going to be more users until developers learn how to build this stuff. So that's kind of where we see ourselves. We we believe we can be the catalyst for a Cambrian explosion of Web3 developers coming from all different walks of life, bring in product managers that they can understand how to manage a project that's being built in Python or Go or C++, but may not understand how to manage a project that's being built in Solidity, bring in on, you know, entrepreneurs that they come into this space and they look at, OK, well, how do I build a team out to build this? And what they see is extremely high cost of talent acquisition because there just isn't that big of a pool of Solidity developers. So make the talent pools that they can hire from significantly bigger, reduce that cost. Now you get some of those non -technical entrepreneurs looking at Web3 as a way to build their application. That's kind of the way we look at it. Just make the process easier, reduce those barriers. You'll get that first wave who's like jumping at the bit to come into Web3 and then they'll build some apps. You'll get more users. You'll then get the next wave of developers who see that there's financial incentives to doing so. It's going to be a process. It's going to take time. But we believe within the next seven to 10 years, if you offer up the correct tools and stacks, that about a third of all applications will be built on decentralized stacks for a number of different reasons, which we could talk to if you'd like. But that's where we see our value proposition is we make it easier for them. They come in, they build, then you get the users, then more come in and build, and so forth and so forth. You create a flywheel effect. OK, well, thank you, Andrew. And look, we don't need to get too deep into the weeds, but just talking about that decentralized stack, I suppose that you guys are building at Versatus. You have your own layer one blockchain, right? And there's the consensus mechanism, I believe, is proof of claim. So maybe just give us the kind of the two minute overview of your stack, I suppose. Yeah, so our L1 is primarily used for content addressing programs that are deployed to our network. So this is a way that our compute nodes can verify that they're executing the correct programs and such that watcher nodes and validators can also ensure that those compute nodes are not acting maliciously, that they're executing the correct programs. Our consensus mechanism, so proof of claim is actually our election mechanism. So this is how we elect nodes to quorums. Our consensus mechanism, we call it farmer harvester. Basically, it's a modification of what many distributed systems engineers would know as the worker collector model, but to fit a Byzantine fault tolerant model. So in your worker collector model, you basically have worker nodes that are individual nodes that they're allocated compute tasks. They execute those compute tasks and return the results to a collector node, which collects them and does batch updates into a database or to wherever they're storing state in our model. You don't want to have single nodes doing this work because then if a single node is malicious, they can actually create have state altering transactions that are incorrect. So we do have we form quorums as opposed to having single nodes. And then 60 percent of that quorum needs to what we call redundant, redundantly execute the program. So redundantly execute the program, return results, agree on results and then send votes to the what we call the harvester quorum. So, again, instead of having a single collector, we have a quorum of collectors that they then need to agree on the threshold of votes being reached before they would commit that to a block. So that's sort of very high level overview of how our architecture works. Now, again, like our goal is to enable language agnosticism on top of every chain. So not just for our L1, but on top of Ethereum, on top of other chains as well. And the primary reason for having our own L1 is it's a place where we can efficiently prove that compute nodes in our network are using the correct program, they're executing the correct program. And it's also a place where we can accrue value to those compute nodes. So whether they're being paid by another network's native token or they're being paid for executing compute on our network, we can emit our native tokens to them as an L1. So they're bootstrapped. And that way they're earning some money off of it. And then also it's a place where we can accrue fees back to our own L1 so that those compute nodes have a place where they're getting paid. Got it. Thank you, Andrew. If we kind of zoom out then to some more kind of, I guess, just a general state of where we are and the slow transition from Web 2 to Web 3. You saw a lot of the big brands, big financial institutions start to experiment with blockchain, but they were kind of like, they weren't really interested in building on Bitcoin or Ethereum. They went down the route of building their own private blockchains, which was a little bit pointless perhaps in hindsight. And now we're seeing with so many different chains around now and much more interoperability, brands and institutions are recognizing that it's to their benefit and everyone to build on the decentralized stacks that you're talking about. So maybe just you look at, I'd love you to paint a picture of, I suppose, your ideas of where we are now and your vision for what the next steps are just over, I guess, the next wave of adoption, maybe what's going to ignite the next hype cycle. How do you think about this? Yeah, so it's an interesting question. I try to steer away from predictions as much as possible. If I were a better investor, I probably would just be investing and making money that way. I do think the key, going back to hate to just sort of beat a dead horse, but the key is going to be getting more developers and whether those are enterprise developers, which I think what we're building provides a lot of value to enterprises. Again, they don't need to go out and hire a bunch of solidity developers that have four or five, six years experience. They can hire much more experienced developers or use the existing developers they have on staff. That to me is the key. I think we need more people trying things, pushing the limits of what's possible on top of this technology in order for us to find the use cases that are going to lead to mass adoption. I also think that enterprises, there are potentially some use cases for enterprise blockchains, but for the most part, I think one of the things that steered enterprises away from using public blockchains were privacy concerns. Right now, if you were to have a corporate wallet on top of Ethereum, everybody knows how much money you have in that. I think that level of transparency is something that scares a lot of enterprises and the closer we move towards being able to have on -chain privacy, so provability, but without revealing the underlying values, the more you'll see enterprises adopt public blockchains as a place, as a development environment, as a place to build and deploy applications to both internal applications as well as consumer facing or other business facing applications. But I think you've got to solve that privacy issue. Transparency is good when needed. It's also something that can be a deterrent to particularly large publicly traded companies who have to report to the SEC, who get audited, all these other things. They don't want all of this information, their financial information public. So finding ways to create some privacy around that I think will probably help with enterprise adoption. Yeah, yeah. Makes perfect sense, Andrew. What about, how does AI fit into this? I know it's a little bit of a tangent, but I've seen you guys talk a little bit about AI. I think you've probably got some opinions. So yeah, I mean, anything you want to kind of speculate on in terms of the, I guess the intersection of AI and web3 in the future? So in one word, trust, I think that's the key is that we're able to offer trust is very, very expensive. And I'm not talking about just necessarily blockchain trust, but trust in general. It's very expensive and it's at the core of how and why society works. If you don't have trust, society breaks down. So we have to trust each other, that we have our individual best interests in mind. And as a result of us trusting that we each want to do what's best for ourselves, we know that we're not going to put ourselves in a situation to damage each other because that might hurt ourselves. So having trust in AI models is going to be really, really important. And right now that mechanism works because OpenAI runs it and OpenAI is a big company, they have profit motives, but it's all centralized. As we move to a world where there's decentralized AI models, there needs to be some way to trust that that AI model is not malicious. And I think blockchain can be a huge component of that and tokenization, staking, and being able to lend trust to compute models is a really important component of it. I think it's an area where we fit in really, really well in particular. So that to me is the most obvious intersection of AI and blockchain. Particularly when it comes to things like deep fakes, I think you want to be able to have some verifiability behind images. You want to have some verifiability behind videos. You can just imagine a scenario where somebody creates a deep fake there's and no way to prove that this came from an AI model, and all of a sudden chaos ensues in a city or in a region or in a country because of some deep fake that people think is real. So there are a lot of concerns around fake news use cases for AI, and how do we solve for that problem? How do we put a marker on that image or on that video that proves that this came from a model and having some sort of watermark of trust? I think that crypto can provide that in some ways. So that's one area. I also think there's a lot of concern about existential threats related to AI and decentralizing AI models and getting them out of the hands of individuals and into the hands of communities, open sourcing them, and then providing incentives around building these models in a way to where they won't create existential threats. I don't think we're quite there yet. I'm less of an AI doomer than a lot of people. But to the AI doomers, I would say use crypto as a way to provide some of these guarantees that your model is not going to go off the rails.
Monitor Show 16:00 09-29-2023 16:00
"Today, ophthalmologists can get countless hours to practice their surgical skills before operating on real patients, thanks to fundamental VR and Orbis's Metaverse training platform. Learn more at meta .com slash metaverse impact. Despite all these losses this month, I'll mention is if we see that reset, because there's been a lot of talk about how valuations have come down those multiples, if you will here, but they still are sort of camped out above those historical averages. And of course, right now, a lot of the key technical indicators are in play as well here. Let's walk through the numbers here. We have a lot to parse here. The Dow Jones Industrial Average down on the day here by roughly about half a percent as we wait for these numbers to settle. That's going to give it a loss on the month of about three and a half percent and a loss in the quarter of about 2 .6 percent. The S &P 500 down 11 points on the day or three tenths of a percent, nursing a five percent loss on the month and four percent for the quarter. The NASDAQ composite actually holding into the green here on this Friday afternoon, only about a tenth of a percent here. But that's not good enough to raise some of the losses that it had earlier. Six percent down on the month for September, four percent for the quarter. And the Russell 2000 also going to close out on a down note. A half a percent on the day, Carol, and six percent on both the month and the quarter. All right. A great check right on the month, on the quarter in terms of where we're ending up. I am pulling up the S &P 500 and taking a look at the individual names for the third quarter. And it is at the top of the list, largely, Katie, those energy names, Marathon Petroleum up almost actually about 30 percent in the third quarter. But there's a lot of energy names. At the top of the pack, you're looking at names like Dollar General, Insulate Corporation, Solar Edge. They are some of your laggards for the third quarter. Well, to your point on energy, it had a great quarter, but it had a terrible Friday today. Energy, that industry group off by nearly two percent. And of course, that has been the outperformer of the week of the past three months. Not so high.
SBF TRIAL: 09/29 Update
"Welcome to the SBF trial, a Coindesk podcast network newsletter bringing you daily insights from inside the courtroom where Sam Bankman -Fried will try to stay out of prison. Follow the Coindesk podcast network to get the audio each morning with content from the Coindesk regulation team and voiced by Wondercraft AI. In a rare display of candor or as part of a calculated exercise in reputation management, Sam Bankman -Fried delved deep into his mental health struggles in a trove of unposted tweets obtained by Coindesk's Christine Lee and published for the first time on Friday. I don't really know what happiness means, he said in one of the tweets, which he wrote just weeks after his crypto empire blew up last year as he was facing down a tidal wave of public scorn. The tweets published by Coindesk strike a similar tone to those obtained earlier this month by the New York Times. In both cases, it's difficult to discern whether Bankman -Fried's musings provide an authentic glimpse into the beleaguered crypto founder's psyche or whether his mental health battles and personal anecdotes have been played up for sympathy. On this front, it's impossible to fairly speculate, though it seems likely that Bankman -Fried's mental health struggles could play a role in his defense. Also this week, Judge Lewis Kaplan, who is overseeing Bankman -Fried's trial, struck down a request from the FTX founder's lawyers asking that he be temporarily released from prison. Bankman -Fried has been held in Brooklyn's Metropolitan Detention Center since his bail was revoked in July, and his lawyers argued for the third time on Thursday that this has made it difficult for them to prepare for trial. With Bankman -Fried's trial set to begin next week, the argument from his lawyers this time around was that Bankman -Fried would need time to strategize during his trial. Previously, they'd asked he be granted release ahead of time. Kaplan again denied the motion arguing the FTX founder has had ample opportunity to review the evidence and prep his defense over the past several months. Kaplan did make some concessions, however, ordering the Department of Prisons to ensure Bankman -Fried be delivered to court at a brisk 7 a .m. on most days of the trial, designed to give him and his lawyers a bit of extra time to incorporate fresh testimony into their defense. Part of Kaplan's rationale for denying the release request came from his belief, as a seasoned jurist, that Bankman -Fried might present a flight risk. "'Your client could be looking at a very long sentence,' Kaplan told Bankman -Fried's lawyers. If things looked bleak and he had the opportunity, maybe he would seek to flee." On a housekeeping note, we officially have the court calendar for the trial through November 11. The court will meet four days a week except for the week of October 22, when it will only be in session two days.
A highlight from ROLLUP: Coinbase Crashes DC | Gary Grilled By Congress | Vitalik Deepfakes
"Miss Wagner is like, yo, MIT version of Gary was pro -blockchain, but SEC Gary is anti -blockchain. And then Richie Torres is like, yo, it's a Pokemon card of security? These people are listening to crypto Twitter. They are like, these are our things. The power of crypto Twitter is like getting into Congress. Well, it's because it's distilled logic. I mean, Bankless Nation, it is the last Friday of September. David, what time is it? It's the Bankless Friday Weekly Rollup Ryan where we cover the entire weekly news in crypto, which is always an ambitious endeavor, yet we persevere nonetheless into the frontier this week with a bunch of clips of Gary getting grilled. So everyone, everyone prepare for that one. If you're not listening to this with coffee, because it's too late in the day, well then you should get your popcorn, because that is what you will need. I mean, this is a catharsis, I think, for many of you in this episode. You'll enjoy this very much. Also, crypto was present in Washington this week. Yeah, Coinbase's stand with crypto day was held at Capitol Hill the same day that Gensler was giving testimony in front of Congress. Convenient. What about the timing of that? David, what else we got? After that, we'll talk about pudgy penguins in Walmart landing a huge deal, a ton of distribution for pudgy penguins, also with each toy purchase having an on -chain identity on ZKSync. So we'll talk about that. And then after, also not only are penguins getting identity, but citizens of Buenos Aires perhaps also getting some on -chain presence as well. We'll talk about that. And then, of course, we're going to do the PSA of deepfakes and phishing attacks that are out there. We got a Vitalik deepfake that we want to show you. It's pretty hilarious, but not if you believe it. Notable VC Fred Wilson got phished for 40 NFTs this week. So if Fred Wilson can get phished, so can you. We will talk about this and more. What else we got, Ryan? You know, the usual Bitcoin ETF stuff. ETH might be getting futures. There's a ton to talk about every week. This is a bullish week, I think. I'm declaring it such, David. It is a bullish week. And we got some green candles when we get to the markets. But before we get in, David, we got a message from our friends and sponsors over at Layer Zero. What do they want the folks at home to know? They want you to know that after a year, over a year of combined effort, Layer Zero and Google Cloud have announced their partnership, and they are ready to build the interoperable cross -chain apps of the future. What is Layer Zero? Of course, Layer Zero is a set of smart contracts that are deployed on every single chain. These smart contracts connect to each other. How do they connect to each other? Well, they need some Oracle service in the center to be the chatterboxes, the passing messages between all of the Layer Zero smart contracts across all of the 50 different chains. Google Cloud is that new default Oracle. That is the partnership that they have created. So there is a link in the show notes for you to go explore more if you're a builder who wants to build on Layer Zero. LayerZero .network is also the URL. Well, you know what I want to learn more about this week, David, is markets. Tell me about the old markets. I think, I think, I haven't looked at this yet, but I think we got some green on the week. We got some green, dude. Let's look at the Bitcoin charts first. What's Bitcoin showing us? Some single digit green. Look at that green right on the right. That's your dose of dopamine for this week. It's like, whoo, Bitcoin up 2%, whopping 2%. Started the week at 26 ,600, ending the week at, well, Thursday morning, if you call it the end of the week. It's not the end of the week. 27 ,150, up 2%. Ether price up a little bit more, starting the week at 1660, up 4 .5 % to the current price, excuse me, starting the week at 1560, ending the week at right around 1660, where we are right now. 1660. I mean, it's still low. That is a low price. We are getting excited about very little right now. Yeah. It's up such a small degree, you shouldn't even be excited about this. And yet we are. Yeah, we are. 4 .5 % on the week, I'll tell you. It's better than flat. When's the last time we had a double digit week, man? Double digit up or down? Up. I can't remember either, actually. We've been in the flatlands for so long. It's just like kind of a little bit of a bleed out all the way from 1900. Weren't we over 2000 a few weeks ago? Yeah, we have touched over 2000 in this bear market, but man, it certainly doesn't feel like it. Last time we were at 2K was July. In July, briefly. We weren't at 2K. Yeah, I can't remember July. Well, I was in the mountains. It's been downhill ever since I caught back for the mountains. Yeah, it really was. It's been all downhill since you guys. The only thing you can do, David, is go to the mountains. Bad things happen to Gary Gensler when you go to the mountains. Although, I guess nothing bad happened to him this week. Anyway, I'm skipping too far ahead. We'll have our Gary later in the episode. ETH, Bitcoin, up 2%. Total crypto market cap, $1 .11 trillion. Layer 2 scaling factor, touched 6 % this week, down to 5 .5%. Still at all -time highs. Layer 0. Wait, what touched 6 %? Excuse me, not 6%. Total value loss? 6x. 6x is what I meant. Oh, activity. That's what you like to look at. Yes, layer 2 activity touched 6x of Ethereum, but now it's at 5 .69. Nice. 60 transactions per second, 64 transactions per second. Yeah, that's where we get the 6x. We got more transactions per second left in this tank, I think. Oh, yeah. David, you want to talk about the general markets, like all the TradFi markets? You want to talk about macro really quick, because it's been super confusing to me. It's been super confusing. And then I read this tweet. We're also doing a macro show on Tuesday as well. So a macro show, so talking about the state of macro from a crypto person, so it's a crypto person who understands macro, so I'm really excited for that show. Are you a crypto person that understands macro, David? Do you understand macro? When I have a smarter macro person with me, then yes, I understand macro. My question to you is, does anybody really understand macro, particularly right now? Oh, you mean current snapshot? Definitely not. Yeah, all right. So here's the tweet. Current situation. One, stocks are falling like a recession is coming. Two, oil prices are rising like there's no recession in sight. That's contradictory. Three, interest rates are rising like we have 10 % inflation. Yes, they are. Four, gold is falling like inflation is gone. Five, housing prices are rising like rates are falling. And six, commercial real estate is falling like it's 2008. Nothing adds up here. That's the way I feel about macro right now. It's very confusing. There is a confusing set of signals going on, and it's not adding up in my head. What do you think about this? Yeah, they follow through, and they say it's beginning to feel like a pivot point in sentiment. I don't know if I'm about to say what I think they are meaning by this, but when there's a bunch of confusion, people, I think, brace for something, brace for clarity, and then whatever that clarity is will define sentiment. Where are we going? We don't know. As soon as we find out, we'll know how we feel about it. But we know it's going to be different from here. Different good or different bad? Those are the only two directions. Yeah, I guess that's the reductive take about it. But it's basically like we don't really know. That's why I'm very interested in doing this macro episode next week to see what the newest macro person kind of knows. I will say one thing, though. I think volatility is back on the menu. I think that's what this means. Because when the market doesn't know what direction it's going to go in, then it can kind of lurch in one direction or the other. So weird macro climate right now. On the back of stimulus, on the back of money printing, like what's going on here? And just to be clear about something, we've previously talked about stocks being at all time highs. That's been kind of the theme of the last two months, I would say. Well, so from looking at the SPY, you don't have the chart up, but it has declined by 7 % since July. So the SPY is down 7%, which is more. That goes to the first bullet point. Stocks are falling like a recession is coming up. I don't know. It's down 7%, just doesn't feel like a lot to me. Well, in the trade market, 7 % is a lot historically, but not recently. 7 % in the trade market is actually, that's just like, trade markets are also volatile. OK, well, we'll try to make sense of this, but let's get back to crypto. This is a negative report from JP Morgan, who said, Ethereum's activity post -Shanghai that was the last hard fork back in March, has been disappointing. JP Morgan calling Ethereum's progress disappointing. They've got some reasons for this. While the shift from proof of work to proof of stake meant that the energy consumption from Ethereum collapsed by 99%, the Ethereum supply is shrinking and staking rose sharply by 50 % since the Shanghai upgrade. While that happened, the increase in network activity has been rather disappointing. Ethereum's daily transactions, daily active addresses, and total value locked on DeFi protocols on the network have all experienced declines since the last hard fork. So JP Morgan, their analysts expressing some bearishness here over the last six months or so. Yes. I'm not mad, just disappointed with that activity. My response to that is, who the hell are you? JP Morgan doesn't know how to analyze these things. Well, I don't know. Ethereum post -Shanghai activity, it's just the broader crypto downturn. And also, they're just wrong, JP Morgan, he is wrong. They say layer twos have displayed mixed results. Well, no, TVL and economic activity on layer twos across the board are all up. I don't know where the hell they're getting their data from, but not only is their data wrong, but their analysis is poor. Well, let's go to the actual numbers, Stephen. Layer two beat provides a good source for value locked on layer twos. What are we looking at? At the 180 -day time frame, it's basically flat. It's marginally up, it's basically flat. It's a flat TVL, $10 .5 billion. Activity is up, it's up so much. It's unequivocally up by a lot. I'm disappointed in JP Morgan. Wow. Have you ever been not disappointed with JP Morgan, David? I'm generally disappointed by banking in general. Really? You should start a podcast called Bankless, David, about escaping your bank over time, slowly. I think Vance Spencer put that tweet in perspective as well. Actually, I don't think he was responding to that tweet in particular. But we are. We got some perspective here from Vance Spencer. This is Ethereum, if you chart it against some of the fastest growing tech companies in human history, companies like Alphabet was Google, of course, and Meta or Zoom or Microsoft, and how quickly, over time, it took them to surpass $10 billion in revenue. How long did it take them? It took Ethereum seven years. When charted against these other tech companies, there's only one that did that faster, and that is Google. Yeah. Ethereum really did all of its $10 billion of revenue inside of 2020 to 2023. I mean, so look at this line. It's just kind of like a slope line up. So I mean, doing pretty well, all things considered, JP Morgan. Not disappointing. I'm not disappointed by this. And I'm not disappointed. Also, long -term perspective, not disappointed in the price of ETH over the last seven years either. And we can keep going. Uniswap this week hit 300 million in swaps. 300 unique million trades, swaps, has happened on Uniswap. Uniswap was invented in 2019. 300 million swaps since 2019. Is that disappointing? Is that disappointing? I'm not disappointed by that in the slightest. I feel great about that. Maintain my disappointment about JP Morgan. You know, I think it's part of a broader crypto sentiment, and I've seen a lot of takes just in general in news, but even in financial analyst news like JP Morgan research, that sort of thing. It comes back down to this, David. Mainstream thinks that crypto is dead, again, like always. This always happens. And this is what makes this a buying opportunity, as with previous cycles. And when crypto 10x's the next cycle, don't let anybody tell you you didn't earn it. Because if you're buying here, when everyone is saying crypto is dead, it's never coming back. That they're disappointed. That's how you earn. It's so easy. The signals are just being laid at our feet right now. They really are. I tweeted something like that out, and somebody responded with this life cycle. What are we looking at here? Yeah, just like the cycle of the bull bear market. So in the top of the bull market, some crypto friend of you will tell you, a bankless listener, you're so lucky. I wish that I bought two. And then the crypto market will go down and be like, you're an idiot. I told you crypto was a scam. Yeah, so especially when they say the words disappointing, it's such an emotional word. It's kind of just playing into the readership. I don't know if JP Morgan is about that game. I mean, we're in the stage of the cycle where everyone thinks you're an idiot. And they told you it was a scam. And you can't talk about crypto at your family events or parties because you're just the crypto moron who knows nothing. And ha, ha, ha, SPF, FTX, that's so stupid. Scams, frauds, NFTs are such a joke. Well, granted, some of those things are actually true. Sure, sure. But if you're still in crypto and you know why you're here. And you're no longer buying the scams because you can identify them. And then you'll swing back to like, I am a genius. I am amazing. I am lucky. Or third parties will say you're lucky when that happens and you'll feel like a genius. You've been chewing glass for three years, but you know, you got lucky, though. You got lucky. How about the Bitcoin ETF, David? Here's a tweet from James Seyfert. What's this about? He just says that the SEC has come out super early and delayed the ARK Invest and 21 shares Bitcoin ETF filing. There wasn't a decision due until November 11th. And typically up until recently, the SEC has always gone up right up until the buzzer. But they decided to delay their decision on this earlier than usual. You know why? Partially? It's some speculation. It's because the government's about to shut down. The U .S. government's about to shut down. That's on Monday, right? On Monday? Yeah. So apparently if by Sunday night, this Sunday night, Congress doesn't reach some sort of compromise resolution, whatever agreement to keep the government running, then it shuts down yet again. I mean, how many times have we been through this? And so this is the SEC just getting ahead of that so that the stuff doesn't expire while the government shut down. And I guess, I don't know what would happen if the government shut down and these deadlines were missed. But maybe they would de facto be approved. I think that could be how it works. Is this some sort of pseudo oracle about how the SEC thinks that if we do go for a shutdown, we'll get shut down all the way until at least November 11th? I have no idea. I have no idea what this could mean. I do know this is good news. So Congress, both Democrats and Republican lawmakers, sent a letter to Gary Gensler pleading that he approve a spot Bitcoin ETF.
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We did the big chill. It was very, very exciting. I have Kyle Brandt coming on Monday's podcast. I'm just gonna tell you the movie now because it is gonna be the best moment of your weekend if you spent two hours watching this classic. We're doing Toy Soldiers. It really brings everything possible to the table. So if you wanna watch it ahead of time, there it is. That podcast is going up Monday night. If you wanna hear stuff about the debate, we have Tara Paul and Mary's podcast, Somebody's Gotta Win. That reacted to it as well as the press box with Brian Curtis and David Shoemaker. So there you go. Our debate coverage has been on point. Also, higher learning. Van and Rachel had Larry Elder on this weekend. It made a lot of noise, man. That podcast is great. I hope you check that out as well. Hope you're checking out theringer .com. And on this podcast, gonna talk about the dame trade at the top. We're gonna bring in Ben Thompson from the Techery newsletter, which he's been on this podcast I think four weeks ago. And he's a huge Bucks fan. He's gonna give the Bucks fan side of things. We're gonna do million dollar picks. And then old friend Seth Meyers talking about a whole bunch of stuff. So really good podcast. It's all next. First, our friends from Pro Jam. What's up? All right, I'm taping this on Thursday afternoon. Normally when there's a big MBA trade, I always do the emergency trade reaction right after the podcast. But we just put up a podcast on Tuesday. So I decided to play it a little differently this time. I wanted a little distance, I wanted to listen to stuff, read stuff, and try to form some big picture opinions coming out of this. So I have four smaller ones, then one big one. First one, I thought Portland did an incredible job with this trade. I really liked this trade, especially everyone was trying to bully them in June and July about, oh, you got to take Miami's offer. You just got to. It's where he wants to go. It's the only offer you're going to get. And guess what? They waited. They played it perfectly. They stared Miami down, and they got a much better deal. First of all, they get the Drew Holiday piece that they can flip into a bunch out of their stuff, which we'll talk about in one second. I love the DeAndre Ayton gamble. As you know, on this podcast, I am a big DeAndre Ayton guy. Not in the sense of I'm the biggest fan of his in the world, but I'm a fan of the asset. I just think I love the valued assets, no matter what it is. Whatever market we're talking about, DeAndre Ayton, 18 and 10 for his career, 60 % field goals percentage, 25 years old. He's played in 45 playoff games. He played four rounds in the 2021 finals. Last year, he got his ass kicked by Jokic. Oh, sorry. Like, that never happens. And Phoenix just sold on him, which I can't wait to talk about. But just from a Portland standpoint, they not only get Ayton in whatever they get for holiday, they get the 29 first, they get the two swaps, and they dump Nurkic. Nurkic hasn't had a healthy start to finish all the way through the playoffs here since 2018, which I'm positive was a long time ago. He's basically 12 and 8. He's, you know, a 50 % shooter. I made a list of the top 30 centers. I encourage you to do this at home, because what's more fun than making lists of NBA centers? I can't imagine anything. I made a list of who I thought were the best assets of the center position for talent, contract, everything. He was 29th on my list. The only person I had ahead of him who's technically a starter, unless you start talking about the Detroit or Charlotte guys, was Zubats on the Clippers. I thought he was the 29th best center asset in the league. And Phoenix, you know, just quickly to go to them, they're trying to win this year. They got worse. They turned Ayton's money into Nurkic and Grayson Allen and Nasir Little. Grayson Allen, we already know with him, he can't play in playoff series. We saw him 22. We saw it last year. I heard and read in some places like that, I got two rotation players. Did they? Is Nurkic a playoff rotation player? Is Grayson Allen a playoff rotation player? Because I'm positive he's not. So for the same money that they were spending on Ayton, they got three guys that I don't think are going to help them. In 25, the money comes down a little bit to 23 million just for Nurkic and Little, which is 7 million less than Ayton. And then in 26, that money goes up to 25 .5. But I don't understand what Phoenix was doing. Why not wait to see if Ayton clicks with Vogel? Vogel has such a good history with centers. He rejuvenated Dwight Howard on the 2020 Lakers. He basically created Roy Hibbert's career in 2013 with the defense verticality thing. I thought he was going to do a good job with Ayton. I'm stunned that they gave up on him. I'm almost waiting for one of those, now they tell us stories when, you know, that's where Brian Curtis calls them, where like a week after something happens, there's this kind of notebook dump where it's like, here's seven terrible DeAndre Ayton stories. So maybe that'll happen. But for Phoenix just to be like, cool, we locked this down, man. We got Nurkic. You're trying to win the title. You have KD and Booker and Beal. And like, what are you guys doing? Anyway, from Portland's standpoint, I love the Ayton thing. I love that they didn't get bullied. And I know they're going to turn Drew Holliday into something. So this to me was at least an A minus for them, for where they were two months ago, where Dave's like, I want to go to Miami. That's it. And if you don't trade me there, that's kind of fucked up. And they made this work as it got reported that, uh, I think in the athletic, that he expanded his list to Brooklyn and to Milwaukee in the last two weeks. And that's what Portland was waiting on. You know, they were banking on the fact that he's a competitive dude. He's one of the best 75 pairs ever. He wanted a situation settled. So, you know, you wait, you wait, you wait, they expand the list and then you go. Uh, there's a Drew Holliday piece to this. That's awesome. He becomes a contender prize. I wouldn't call this a Drew Holliday sweepstakes. I reserved sweepstakes for the superstars, but it's a mini sweepstakes. This is somebody that could have a huge impact on the playoff race. You know, not only the usual suspects, everybody's talking about Boston, ironically, Miami is a really good fit for him. And in some ways, um, I'm a little more scared of them with Miami than Dame in some ways, especially at a much cheaper contract with giving up less and keeping some of their assets. Philly, if they could pull it off, they have to be in there in Golden State, Minnesota. I think I have to mention Sacramento, I think is a team that if they could figure out how to get Drew without giving up their core, which is basically Keegan Murray and Sabonis and Fox, like that's, you know, could Davion Mitchell be in that trade with some, with a salary and some picks, who knows. The team that I love for Drew Holliday is OKC. I have OKC, you know, I started doing my MBA research for the over -under spot and I haven't landed on a number for them yet, but to me, they feel like a high forties team with Chet and with the growth of their young guys. And if you just like, let's say they traded Lou Dort and a bunch of their picks, maybe two firsts and two of their lesser picks or three firsts and a second, whatever it is. And they just say, fuck it. And they get Drew and you put him with Giddy and SGA and Jalen fucking awesome Williams and Chet Holmgren and all these other dudes they have, that might be a top three team in the West. I mean, that, that's starting to give me some early 2010s OKC vibes. So where he goes is going to be important. I just feel like there was so much Drew Holliday slander the last couple of days. You know, he's one of my favorite players. Even Haralabob, who was the chairman of the board of the Drew Holliday fan club for years and would have the benefit dinners there and, you know, just did a lot of yeoman's work on that front. And even he was like, yeah, yeah, Dame's better than Drew. That trade makes sense for Milwaukee. I was hurt, Haralabob. I was 100 % hurt by that. But you know, Drew got his ass kicked by Jimmy Butler in the playoffs last year. I get it. It happens. Jimmy was unbelievable. I feel like he would have kicked anybody's ass. By the way, why is Drew Holliday guarding Jimmy Butler? That speaks more to some of the issues with Milwaukee. He was never supposed to be a point guard and a creator. I think he was always better as an off -the -ball guy. We saw that with Rondo and New Orleans and just in general. I want to see him with a point guard. I want to see him just being unleashed, not having the ball a lot, just worrying about hitting threes, being an occasional, you know, make -shit -happen guy and being like the third or fourth best guy on a team without having the offensive responsibility to have. All their half court issues got blamed on him for the last couple of years. And I get it. They weren't like an awesome half -court team, even the other one in the finals, but I really value that dude. I had him, even I did the trade value list in August and I had him 37th and I had Dame 23rd. I think he's one of the best 30 players in the league still. He's 33 years old, which, you know, I'm going to talk in a second about when guards hit their mid -30s, but just in general, I think he's a real asset. If he goes to a team like the Celtics and they can keep Derek White and Tatum and Brown in the center, it's like, look out, man. So little mini sweepstakes, rarely do we get the trade, but then we still get another asset to talk about. Thank you for everyone involved in the trade. And then the fourth small point is just that, you know, not rocket science, Milwaukee bought some Giannis time here. They have one of the best 20 players of all time. They were staring down the barrel of a situation that was not good. I was talking about it on this podcast in late June and early July. I thought he was going to put them on the clock. I thought Mark Lasry selling his stake was a really bad sign for all of this because that dude is smart. As I laid out in June, that guy is really smart. And if he's feeling like, you know what, it's time for me to sell my buck stock, that makes me nervous. And then all the stuff that Giannis said and did, which I thought he did really fairly and really smartly. And I think that dude's about titles and that's it. And I know we say that about players, but I think in his case, I don't think he cares about, you know, what's my legacy, how do I compare against Dirk DeWhisky, any of that stuff. I just think he wants more rings. I mean, think about the guys who have won two rings out of the best 35 guys on my list of my pyramid. Those are all guys in my top 35 that won multiple wings. You go to the one -ring side, Jerry West, Oscar, Moses, Dirk, Jokic, Giannis, Pettit, Garnett, Kawhi, Rick Barry. That's the list he's on now. I certainly don't think he's looking at that list going, I got to get away from these guys, but it's a slightly different list. I think when you win multiple rings in multiple situations, it elevates you in a certain way. I think he fundamentally understands that at least a little bit. I want to be the best player since LeBron James. I think that's a thing that he wants. How am I going to do that? I need more rings. I need more finals trips. He knew from last year and maybe even the Boston series that they just weren't good enough. Whether this trade is going to be the thing that propels them, we'll find out, but he's been in the league 10 years, two MVPs, five first teams, two second teams, and now we have this little two -year window. Kawhi and the Raptors was a one -year window. This is a two -year window, I feel like. With Giannis, he's got two years left in his deals. So does Lopez. Middleton has two in a player option. Dame's got two, and then this crazy $120 million player option extension thingy that he has that just keeps going and going. It's probably two years. There's a world where this could go terribly this season, at least for what the expectations are, and then maybe it becomes Kawhi, Raptors. Maybe Giannis is like, you know what? That didn't work. Trade me. And the Bucks, who have no picks left and no future, they look at it next summer, and they go, all right. We tried it. Giannis, what can we get for you? Dame, what can we get? And they just do a reboot, rehaul. Remember, they won in 2021, which just takes so much pressure out of this. It's so much different than the Clippers situation, where they went all in on Kawhi and Paul George. They give up all those picks and SGA, and they've gotten nothing out of it. They haven't even made the finals. So it's got to happen. I think they at least probably have to make the finals. If they get bounced in round two, do I think Giannis is going to stay because they made this Dame -Mower trade? Probably not. So that leads to the big question, is how good of a trade was this? So there's a big picture angle on Dame, and it's going to sound negative, but I really don't want it to sound negative because I think Dame, I voted for him for NBA Top 75. I think he's been one of the best guards in the last 15 years. I think there's a ton of great things you can say, and there's a chance that he goes to Milwaukee, and this thing is fucking awesome. I know any Celtic fan I've talked to, including Isaiah, who's helping produce this podcast today, the Giannis -Dame pick and roll is just terrifying. Other than Jokic and Murray, it's going to be the single most unstoppable offensive play in the league. It is. We are conceding that point. The spot Dame is in right now, big picture -wise, it's weird. He's a superstar, but he's not, and we've seen guys like this before. I judge superstars by, do you have the resume statistically, and is your team succeeding consistently at a certain level? You can't totally say that about Dame. He's never been on a 55 -win team. He's missed the playoffs completely four times in 11 years. He said three first -round exits. He made the Final Four once in 2019, which was really lucky because Golden State and Houston were the two best teams, and then they got smoked. He's never been on a true contender ever. Instinctively, you go, well, that's not his fault. Who's he played with? Well, he played with LaMarcus Aldridge and CJ McCollum and a couple other guys, but not really anybody. The reason I'm putting this up is there's a success element that he has not had yet that for somebody with his resume is actually kind of unusual. I went and I looked up how many guards in the history of the league averaged 22 points a game for their career and played at least 700 games. I thought the list would be like 20. I didn't know. I didn't know what I was walking into. Only I think 75 guys have averaged 22 a game. So I went and I looked up the list, and it was 10 guys, 700 games, 22 a game for their career. There were some guys who came close like David Thompson, who I think is one of the best guards I've seen in the last 45 years, but had a short career and had some drug issues. He didn't make it. He didn't play enough games. Pete Maravich, 24 .2 points a game, but he didn't play enough games. Kyrie hasn't played enough games yet. Bradley Beale is five games away. I'm actually kind of glad the cutoff's at 700 so we don't have to talk about him. And then Mitchell and Trey Young aren't there yet. There's only 10 guys that made it, and the 10 guys are all fucking awesome. And again, I mentioned this in the context of Dame, who we think he is versus the success he's had. So the 10 guys, Michael Jordan, 30 .1, Jerry West, 27 .1, Allen Averson, 26 .7, George Gervin, 26 .2, Oscar Robertson, 25 .7, Kobe, 25 .0, Harden, 24 .7, Curry, 24 .6, Wade, 22, barely made it, and Russ, 22 .4, and then Dame is at 25 again. All right, what does he not have that those other guys have? Well, MJ, don't need to talk about him. Don't need to talk about Jerry West, who's the freaking logo. Allen Averson, pretty good comparison, right? Big stats, really memorable player, but not a ton of success. Here's the difference. Averson made the finals once. He won an MVP. Dame has done neither of those things. George Gervin was the best scoring guard of the 70s. He made two final fours. He had some bad luck. He really, in 79, really should have came close. And some of it's on him, right? He could have come through. Bobby Dandridge is the one that ended up coming through for the Bullets. They lose. But two final fours, he had four top five MVP finishes, five first teams, four second teams. He was just unassailably the best guard in the league until MJ. Oscar Robertson, don't need to go through him, but he won a ring and an MVP. Kobe, five rings and an MVP. Eleven first teams for Kobe, by the way. James Harden, three final fours, an MVP, six top five MVP finishes, six first team MBAs. And even though Harden has never made the finals as the best guy, he made it with OKC as the sixth man, you could build a contender around Harden. We saw it. We haven't really seen it with Dame. I think that's a fair thing to bring up. Curry, four rings, two MVPs, you know, the Curry thing. Dwayne Wade, three rings, two top five MVPs, two first teams, three second teams. He's more in the Dame waters a little bit, but he had the 2006 finals and he was the second best guy with LeBron on those heat teams. And then Westbrook, who you would say, well, Dame had a better career than Westbrook. Did he? Westbrook made the finals in 2012. He was second best guy on that team. Almost made the finals in 2016. He won an MVP. He had two first teams and five second teams. It's at least like a real argument. And I think when you look at Dame, he only had that one 2019 round three, got bounced. He's only had one top five MVP finish. He's only had one first team MBA and four second team MBAs. Really, really good top 75 career. But the piece that's missing is, have you been on a really good team? Have you made a real run at it? Which is why, you know, I think this Milwaukee trade is so much fun. This is his real chance. I get nervous about a couple things with this trade. One is that, you know, if you look at the 33 and older guards who average 22 points a game in a season. Jordan did it twice. Curry did it twice. Still going. Kobe did it three times. Jerry West twice. Sam Jones once. Hal Greer once. That's the entire list. Now the NBA is different. We have more three -pointers now. It's easier to score. Scoring is the easiest it's ever been. Guys can play at a longer age. So I'm not ruling out Dane being good for the next three years. But just pointing out, history is saying, be a little nervous. In general with guards, like Chris Paul, we saw from age 35 to 36 to 37, like it just dropped. But that's two years older than Dane. Maybe it's fine. I just worry about guards. We have not a lot of instances with guards in their mid -30s of them either peaking as players or being able to sustain whatever success they had during their prime. It always starts to go down with really no exceptions, except for Steph Curry. He's the only non -exception. So if your case is Dane's as good as Steph Curry, or Dane can be as potent as Steph Curry on a winning team, like, you know, Steph Curry is better than Dane, but I'm not going to argue that he couldn't do a lot of the stuff that Curry did in Golden State. The bigger issue for me, the age I'm definitely worried about. Dane has not been healthy the last couple of years, and we have not seen him play nine straight months at playoff basketball with a big bullseye on his back. Everybody coming after you, you're the best team. We haven't seen him do that ever, much less than the last couple of seasons. So can he stay up? Can he stay healthy? That's one thing. The defense with Dane just got kind of swept under the rug the last couple days, and I don't really understand it because there's five categories of defensive player I feel like. There's excellent, there's good, there's average, there's not so good, and then there's bad. And I think Dane's a bad defender. I think the stats back it up. Like, his defensive rating last year was 245 out of the guards. He's the 245th guard for defensive rating. You know, 117 .4 individual defensive rating is 483 overall. Portland's team's always defensively, it was the Achilles heel for them. Partly because of Dane, because he couldn't guard anybody. He's too small. And, you know, think about what we saw from the playoffs the last couple years. I think about the 2020 bubble Celtics playoffs, not infrequently, because I think that team had a chance to potentially win a title. What happened? Everyone hunted Kemba Walker. It was hunting season. It's like, where is he? Got to get a switch. Got to get Kemba Walker guarding somebody who's bigger, or got to beat him off the dribble, and it just became a hunt session with him. And basically, he got played out of the league. He's not in the league anymore. You know, we had this with Isaiah Thomas, too, in the mid -2010s. I think it's been an issue with Kyrie Irving. The Celtics certainly went at him in the playoff series with Brooklyn a couple years ago. Curry, you saw, who I think is a better defender than people give him credit for, but the And he's a much better defender than Dame is. Jordan Poole is somebody that got hunted in playoff series recently. Chris Paul, obviously, is a big one. Jalen Brunson, remember what the Heat did to him? Mitchell, when he was on Utah, this was a huge issue. And then Trae Young, obviously. My fear with Dame is he's a DH, and I think in Portland, part of the reasons he was able to put up the stats he did was because he wasn't playing defense, right? It was just, how many points can I score? My team isn't very good, and I'm just going to do my thing. He's an incredible offensive player. But how much of a trade -off is the defense, right? Well, you think, all right, well, Milwaukee, they're really good defensively. They'll be able to protect him. Here's the team. Giannis, Dame, Lopez, Portis, Middleton, Conaton, Beauchamp, Crowder. Who's guarding Trae Young on this team? Who's guarding Jason Tatum? Here's a partial list of guys that I don't think this team will be able to guard this season. Devin Booker, Tatum, Butler, Trae Young, Kyrie, Curry. Who's going to be chasing Curry around the screens? Dame lowered? Good luck. SGA, Luca, Mitchell, Murray, Edwards, Brunson, Ja, Garland, Fox, Halburn. Are they going to be able to cover Derek White? I don't know. The way this team is constructed, they are not going to have the ability to guard other guards at all, which means they're just going to have to be in a shooting match with them, right? It's going to be not much different than what's going to happen with Phoenix, where they're just literally going to have to outscore the other team. I've just watched too much playoff basketball over the last couple years, where it's like, if you have that weak link on defense, and you're playing a team that's smart enough, they're going to go after that weak link. Like, think about them against the Lakers, right? The Lakers figure their crunch time. Let's say they make the finals. It's Milwaukee and the Lakers, and Lakers crunch time. They're going to have LeBron and Davis and Austin Reeves and, I don't know, a shooter and a point guard, whatever. All they're going to be doing is trying to find where Dame is on the court and going after him. What about when they play Boston? Boston puts out White and Brogdon and Tatum and Brown and a center, and all they're going to be doing is trying to make sure Dame is covering somebody who has the ball who's now torturing him. I think it's a real problem for them. And what's funny is they gave up Drew's defense and, you know, they, what they gave up on defense, which is significant, and they gained an offense, it might end up just being a wash and they might just be a different version of the same team where they still have a huge flaw. It's just on the other end of the court. I'm just shocked that nobody brought up the defense. I agree he's an amazing offensive player and what's cool about this trade and what I'm excited about as a basketball fan is, can he go up a level? Right? A lot of these stats he put up, especially the last couple years. They didn't mean anything. They were, he was on bad teams. Like, who cares? Ultimately, Bradley Beal scored 30 points a game on the Wizards. Who cares? I think most really good offensive players, if they're on a bad team, can get between 25 and 30 a night. Can you do it nine months in a row? Can you do it when you're getting hunted on defense all over the place? How much can Milwaukee protect him? And what does he have in the tank at age 33 with 900 plus games on the O 'Dominor already? I'm still afraid of the Bucks, but people have, like, FanDuel had them as best odds in basketball and I think most people feel like they're the favorite now. I don't feel like there's a favorite. I think you can go through every team. Boston, I could, I'm scared of Porzingis. What's going to happen with Jalen Brown out there? He has contracts. Can Peyton Pritchard, all these different things. Philly, God only knows. Miami, they're unquestionably worse. Yeah, Milwaukee is going to be really good, but depending where Holiday lands and how this all plays out, I just think it's still wide open. And the other piece, so if you're just talking Boston, Miami, Tatum kills Milwaukee. I have no idea why. Boston is kind of built to at least stay with Dame and, you know, Derek White is about as good of a person you're going to have to try to keep Dame in check, at least. And Boston's done a really good job of guarding Giannis over the years. They don't have Grant Williams this year, but I just don't think, I think there's as many ways this goes wrong as it goes right, I guess would be my final thought on this because for what they gave up, especially with that 29 unprotected and the two swaps and, you know, they are all in on this team. And you know my theory, when you go all in on a team, you better think you can win. Not positive, but it's an awesome trade. It really is. It makes the league so much more fun. Dame and Giannis together. I'm going to enjoy watching Portland. I still have my eating stock. Watching Phoenix fans slowly realize that Derkiszna isn't the answer is going to be fun and then we'll see where Drew Holliday goes. So really fun trade. We're going to talk about it a little bit more with Die Hard Bucks fan, Ben Thompson in one second. Let's take a break.
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"Welcome to the Eric Mataxas Show. Do you like your gravy thick and rich and loaded with creamy mushrooms? If no one was looking, would you chug the whole gravy boat? Chug! Chug! Chug! Chug! Stay tuned. Here comes Mr. Chug -a -Lug himself, Eric Mataxas. Hey folks, welcome to the program. If you're like me, last night you were able to watch the debate and you deliberately skipped it for your mental health. That's just where I am in life right now. I caught parts of it which made me wince and cringe, sometimes wince and cringe. I never wept, but you know what, it's probably better for me to find out what my guest thought. He may have watched the debate. My friend, Kevin McCullough, we call you votes tridamus because you are a prognosticator, a seer, a prophet politically speaking. Kevin McCullough of that Kevin show, how are you? I'm well and I can see some things very clearly today. There should be no more debates. These exercises in futility, and that's what they've turned into, are becoming embarrassing to the cause of what this election should be about. And last night, it's just hard to put into words how bad this debate was, from its execution to the policies, to the answers. It was just nothing good about it. Some people in my audience care about this. I'm in Irvine, California. I'm in a hotel room you people can see. I'm speaking today, so today's Thursday in Costa Mesa. So if anybody wants to come and hold my hand and hug me about the sadness of the debate, or just talk to me or get book signed or whatever I'm going to be tonight in Costa Mesa, you go to my website, ericmataxas .com, and you can see me and talk to me and hang out and whatever tonight in Costa Mesa. This is Thursday, folks. And tomorrow, there's a prayer breakfast here in Irvine that I'm speaking at. But the reason I bring this up, Kevin, is because I rarely have time to turn on the TV. And last night, I realized, oh, I'm pretty wiped out. Let me turn on the TV. Let me just look at the debate just to see. I literally really couldn't bear to watch it. So as someone who watched it, I'm talking to you. Am I being cruel or unfair? Because it was unfair. What little I saw was genuinely unbearable. No, as I was saying just a second ago, from the way it was structured, to the execution, to the answers to the substance, the format's wild and out of control. There's not really a possibility of getting very deep on any one of the single questions. And I think a lot of the questions that are being asked are not the right ones. And so as I've watched, and I didn't watch all of last night's debate in real time, I caught up on a bunch of it after the fact. But as I've sat through both of them now, it is easy for me to ascertain that no one in this field on that stage last night is serious about becoming president. And they're not biting into the enormous lead that the former president has only built on since the first debate occurred. The first debate, they had 11 million viewers put to put that in perspective, Eric, in 2015. For the first debate, they had more than 15 million viewers in 2020. For the first debate, they had about 18 million viewers. You're talking about a diminishing return a, a much less interested Republican base watching these, and they're not they're not going anywhere. And in the meantime, it's putting even with some of our better idea people on display as amateurs, even with Doug Burgum on the stage, hard to believe. Yeah. That would be like a rematch between Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson. You're telling me people, Lisa Hutchinson was not able to be on the stage this time, as far as we know. Yeah, I think he took a, he took a face shot in the early rounds, and he was in his dressing room. Honestly, the thing there, what I said on Twitter this morning, was that they acted like it was 1985. We are living in a time in America, where most people see, we are in freefall, hell has been unleashed. Things have gotten so bad on so many fronts that it is, if you don't believe in God, which I do, and I trust in him, but if it weren't for that, I'd be scared to death. What is happening in this country? And they acted like it's 1985. And we're gonna, we're gonna have this conversation. And I thought, this is this is bad. I mean, the way the the deep state has been weaponized to go after Donald Trump, for example, I don't care if you're running against Trump, if you like Trump, but if that doesn't strike you as, as fundamentally un -American and sick as anything, as though, you know, we were being bombed by China, it's pretty bad. They seem not to be concerned. Well, they're responding to questions that have been supposedly thoughtfully put together by the moderators that are doing the debate. And Ron DeSantis did a little bit more of this last night, all of them to have done more of this, where he actually came with a little bit of an agenda to give little speeches every time that he was given the opportunity to speak. And he got more things out on the record than what he was asked about. But that should be the strategy of every candidate going into every debate. That should be the strategy of every thinker going on every media outlet that you can. Sometimes, Eric, it's better for me to go on Fox or Newsmax or somewhere and have something that I'm more intent on saying that what they want to ask me about. And if you're, if you're running for president in times of crisis, and I don't, I don't view the period that we're in right now as a peaceful time. We're not actively at war with anybody, but we are actively at war with evil on, on almost every front. So we need, there needs to be an urgency. There needs to be a sense of, we cannot phone it in and do it like we've done it in the past, especially knowing that we are going to run up against probably illicit, illegal, cheating schemes, trying to keep the election from actually being determined by the people that have the right to determine it. And before people criticize me for that, we've replaced the population of the bottom eight states in just illegal entries into the country over the last three years. Well, let's do that in a minute, because you wrote an article at townhall .com. That is one of the stunning nightmares that they acted like not, not really a big problem. But what you just said about cheating, I think most Americans know the Democrats cheat at elections. How is that not the most important thing to discuss when you're talking about a presidential election? Are you and I imagining, are millions and millions and millions and millions of Democrats actually cheat? Now they've done it for decades, but now we know that they have turned it into a science. They are at war with we, the people, they don't actually care about winning in a fair way. They just care about winning. How is that not unbelievably important and something that has to be discussed? But the Fox hosts and the Latina from Univision, which is another bizarre thing, they seem to act like January 6 was Trump supporters being violent. They seem to act like the election was fair. Biden won. What world are they living in? All of them. I don't know what to say. And obviously, I think Vivek and Ron DeSantis, they're the only two candidates that I can take seriously. I've got problems with them a little bit. But the whole thing was like, they were all play acting like we're living in a different America than the one most of us are living in. Well, I will hold one exception out to what you just said. And I believe that Nikki Haley had a sense of urgency about her last night. And she did in the first debate as well. And I think that's why she's now out polling DeSantis in several polls, is that people are beginning to understand that as a former governor, she probably has a shot at the VP pick. I don't think the VP pick is going to come out of this group. But if Trump did want one that I'm seeing kind of be serious on the issues that are the most pressing, she's the one that kind of gets the vote in terms of... I think of her as deep state, neo -con, next. All right. That's fine. I'm just saying in terms of her performance thus far. We've got you our wonderfully. I'm so glad that we do. We'll be right back. With the overturn of Roe v. Wade, lots of companies are coming out saying they'll pay for employee abortion travel and expenses. Most of you have heard about some of these companies. 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"Sky blue radio. There's a place in your heart and I know that it is love and to play other than tomorrow and if you really try you'll find there's no need to cry it was placed to feel there's no murder sorrow there are ways to get there if you care enough for the living make a little space make a bed of this you the one who can't get a better place for you and for me and the entire human race there are even one night if you care enough for the living make a better place for you than for me. If you want to know why there's a love that can not lie love is strong and only cares for joyful give me we tried but you'll see in this bliss we can not feel there are three stop existing and start living. Feels that always nothing else is growing make a better world and make a better world you were thinking better place for you and for me and the entire human race there are people like if you care enough make a better place for you and for me and the dream we're working with the joyful things and the world we want to leave and we'll try to get it great then what keeps drinking this earth comes to find so there's plain to see that this one is heavenly be good. So high and I spirit never die in my heart I feel you are all my brothers creating a world with no fear together we'll cry happy tears for something there's certain deploys here we can really get there if you care enough for the living make a little space to make a perfect place give me a better place for you and for me and be like you and me are you not if you can't remember me in a place of you for me you. Get a better place for you and for me and the fight you can face there are you not alone if you can't just not believe in think a better place for you than for me in the world and get a better place for you for me and the time to make all your love. For me make a better place for you and for me. And make a better place for you for me the better I love. You make a better place for you and for me you and for me you like me yeah I love you and for me when we live for sleep for our children on the world we live and see you for that moment for me for a long time and for me the world will live my life sky we radio.
"11" Discussed on Sky Blue Radio
"Getting better all the time there's nothing you will I want to. I'll stop the world and love with you. Dream of better lives that kind which never hates something. Very crazy I made a pilgrimage to save this human race never comprehending the race I know. It's not the world I love. You sing a different side that's getting faster all the time there's nothing new and I won't do it I'll stop the world I melt with you. The futures open why. Future open why. I'll stop the world and I'll give you. I've seen some changes but it's getting better all the time there's nothing you and I won't do. I'll stop the world with you. The future why. The world got melt with you. You seem to different side it's getting better all the time there's nothing you will and I won't do it I'll stop the world and melt with you. I'll stop the world. I'll stop the world I melt with you. I'll stop the world and melt. I'll stop the world I love you holy just gentlemen this is your pilot speaking. If you look to your right you'll see some beautiful mountains and if you look to your left you'll see one of the passengers was clearly high on magic mushrooms going absolutely crazy. I'm gonna have to go ahead and ask you to not do what he's doing. I'm not sure how he got the mushrooms in the first place and I wait. I'm being informed that there might have been magic mushrooms in the sandwiches the flight attendants passed out during food service. I ate one of those sandwiches. Anyway, please be advised that the purple tap dancing gorilla in the corner may be temperamental. So please do not look him in the eye. I've turned on the fasten seat belt sign and it looks like there are spiders coming out of it. Yikes. We know you have a choice which airline you fly and it looks like you chose the one with the play and that's actually a big flying banana. I can't be the only one who sees this. Thank you. They've seen better days, but I'm sure they're all function all right. Get up on our web page WWW dot sky blue radio dot com. Up on the gamers lounge, we got Mongo Regan myself sky blue stomach. I were talking having fun. Check out the spy cam. You can see inside the DJ skip studio. 51 minutes past the hour. Let's do some Zeppelin. Since I've been loving you. Working from 7. To the level here. For drag. I don't think that's right. I really mean the best the best of food. I did what I could but for some love you baby how I love you don't have a love you made for my love girl little girl. Famous since I've been loving you yeah. I'm about to lose my war in my. Head. Every man to try to tell me. That I need me to. Try no one let me tell you let me tell you the first time. I've been working for 7. To 11 every night I said it kind of makes me laugh for drag drag drag drag. I've been loving you. I'm about to lose my worthy. Baby. Shit up and cry yeah yeah. Walmart is a great. Don't you hear that I can hear the fire. I think it's wrong. Do you remember mama when I got to know you I said you had to move damn you didn't open my mind. Over my front door I hit my bed too slow. I've been working from 7 11 every time and I make a lot of drag. Drank. The ground. Baby since I've been loving you. I'm about to lose I'm about to lose. I just want more that's wrong. It's not too long I worry. Sky blue radio. Coming up on CSI cruise ship investigation. All right lady, I know what you did at that buffet. Oh yeah? I have witnesses you saw you take three plates of prime rib when you know the limit was two. So what? Then you peed in the pool and on the waterslide. You can't prove anything. We have you on video. Take a look. That wasn't me. That was someone else's tinkle. It's all coming up on CSI, cruise ship investigation. Looks like this lady's cruising for jail. Check your local listing. Don't touch that dial. Coming up next, grab some information on world flight. I'm not always like this in the morning. 6, 7, 8, 19. The bigger or the trip what you all come in with a little bit I miss saying a little bit I got you can get what you see you can see what you got and I'm about to catch you off a little bit excited if you need an autograph on the occupied. I got girls swear what under flaming some call witness some call Jenny I got a girl in Paris I got a girl. I even got a girl in the bed if you don't I got a girl right here. I got a girl right there and I got a girlfriend everywhere I got a girl in the moon I got a girl on Mars. I even got a girl to like dance at the stars you gotta go right here and one right there and I got a girlfriend everywhere. From Miami beats to beluga bank from the Milky Way to easily from saint tropez to my home to fade that's my way and I do it like day by day and Africa America you're a random Australia Asia, Canada and take your morning area India Arabia to the concentrating all around the planet you can
"11" Discussed on Sky Blue Radio
"Been loving you. Working from 7. To the level here. For drag. I don't think that's right. I really mean the best the best of food. I did what I could but for some love you baby how I love you don't have a love you made for my love girl little girl. Famous since I've been loving you yeah. I'm about to lose my war in my. Head. Every man to try to tell me. That I need me to. Try no one let me tell you let me tell you the first time. I've been working for 7. To 11 every night I said it kind of makes me laugh for drag drag drag drag. I've been loving you. I'm about to lose my worthy. Baby. Shit up and cry yeah yeah. Walmart is a great. Don't you hear that I can hear the fire. I think it's wrong. Do you remember mama when I got to know you I said you had to move damn you didn't open my mind. Over my front door I hit my bed too slow. I've been working from 7 11 every time and I make a lot of drag. Drank. The ground. Baby since I've been loving you. I'm about to lose I'm about to lose. I just want more that's wrong. It's not too long I worry.
"11" Discussed on Sky Blue Radio
"Day. I need to get to a hospital. 30 8 minutes past the hour, DJ skip. We all say her more than I can say. On the big blue sky blue radio. I love you more than I can say I love you twice as much tomorrow. Love you more than I can say. Oh yeah. I'm scared every single day why does my life be filled with sorrow love you more than I can see I don't you know I need to know I tell me please I gotta know. Do you mean to make me cry. Am I just another guy. I never knew more than I could say why must my life be filled with sorrow oh love you more than I would say. Never let me know. Oh don't you know I need you so. Tell me please I gotta know. Do you mean to make me cry. Am I used to never go. Away. I love you more than I could say I love you twice as much tomorrow. Night. I love you more than I miss you I love you more than I do. I love you quite as much tomorrow night I love it my sorrow. And all the love I love you more than I could say. I love you more than once.
"11" Discussed on Sky Blue Radio
"Sky blue radio. Loving. The perfect combination for flights entertainment. DJ skip and sky blue radio sounding great at any people are gross and they're also stupid. You are the sunshine of my life. That's why I'll always be around. You are the ever. Forever you'll stay in my heart. I feel like this is the feeling. Though I love you for a million years. And it was the thought of love was. I find myself founding. The sunshine of my life yeah that's why I always stay around. Yeah yeah you are the only. Love forever you stay in the hole. You must have known that I wasn't. Because you came to my rescue. And I know that this must be. I could so much love be inside of you oh you are the sunshine of my life yeah that's why I always stay around. You are the only. Ones wherever you stand. Yeah but my sunshine love my life baby that's wild. I got 8 minutes past the hour. I got a whole bunch of songs that are coming up for a very young special lady. And the answer to the question is yes. This is DJ skip you're listening to big blue sky blue radio. When I'm with you it doesn't matter where we are oh what would you wake up with you that's all that matters. Time passes much too quickly when we're together the laughing I wish I could sing it to you oh no I wish I could sing it to you oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh. Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh smell I'm silent. Silence my life. Never think of the right words to say. When I kiss you I feel a thousand different feelings of change. Over my body. And what I feel there I quickly try to decide which one I should try to put into words oh no try to put into words. Mostly I'm silent. Silent like my man. Silence. Oh let me give you what I want to feel whenever. I begin what I'm going to feel forever. Look at that. Oh that's just a star yeah I got to get your hand on that path from us got to next to it yeah or in the beginning. Oh I just started. Having. Breakfast. Got me thinking. All the time. Oh without thinking. That we can. Only begin. I'll be back in it. Hold it up to give me. I'll be there. Only without thinking. Oh my God. Oh my God. I'm gonna be giving it. Up. Hold it up. Hold it up. Don't think I'll be giving it up. DJ skip definitely connects with
"11" Discussed on Sky Blue Radio
"We should listen to her here with hear me. Yeah, so you better hear me now. This is Susan Tedeschi, will the tedeschi track spend on scalpel radio, you are listening to the big two show on Friday evening. I knew I'd gone too far. I'm a knees to plead for mercy the only man alone. Is if you feel like I feel like I'm on baby you must be remembered. That we wanted a million years in that day you will be remembered we were always gonna work it out. I just wanna say I don't wanna see that dance I don't wanna wait until all love is gone come on and feel me I don't wanna live in pain I don't wanna love it baby can you hear me. Since you saved me from myself I'm gonna live alone. The wind wherever it may take us and lay it down and roll oh yeah. If you feel like I feel can come on baby you must remember. There will be a million years and then maybe we can do it over. Each other just disappear. I just wanna say I don't wanna see that day I don't wanna wait until I go go to sleep I don't wanna live at day I don't wanna love and take care of you. And if you turn your back on me I won't believe you don't be leaving. Everything pass up by I think we'll get you. I just want to say that I don't wanna wait until I don't. Feel me I don't wanna live again I don't wanna love you baby you hear me. Oh lord. And I don't wanna wait until I run this oh no can you feel me I wanna live and play I don't wanna love you. Sky blue radio dot com where the in flight entertainment is always 70s and 80s. Lying in the winding road I've got a name I've got a name. Like a singing bird in the crook and told I've got a name I've got an angel. In a carry it with me like my daddy did, but I'm living the dream that he kept feeling. Me down the highway rolling me down the highway moving to heads a lot more pastor by. The north wind whistle it down the sky. I've got a song I've got his own. Like a welcome will and the beavis cry I've got a song I got a song. And I gave with me I sing it loud yeah it gets me nowhere I know they're proud baby down the highway don't let me down the highway moving to hell so I won't testify. And I'm gonna go every. Like a fool I am and I'll always be I've got a dream I've got. They can change their mind but they can't change me I got a dream I got a dream. I know I could share it if you want me to if you're going my way I'll go with you. Baby down to highway won't let me down the highway oh man it hits the light more messed up and get down the highway rolling me down the highway moving the hills a lot won't pass me by.
"11" Discussed on Sky Blue Radio
"Most got the radio. So. It's a game 'cause you don't. Time but still. A scene comes. Look for me under. They fall they love me all. The time. Even. Love me. Baby in the long dark. Slice of. Jesus. Do the little lonely come on in front of me. Damn all that good is me it's me. Leave all these tears leave. Party through me old love space they go baby. But. Most times they all start it's tears mix me slow. I need you but we use my speech by. Saying it's me. Baby. Sky blue radio. On TV. That's all the more shawty inside of the other half of my fun time and blick blood next time I don't know why he still knows that I'm talking. We didn't take a common game. He didn't know it more than let's make it really cool on that arm strong up to a certain. Size foggy. You'll keep the switch and deal us off. Until. Then she won't show you inside of the other half of the funds I blink life makes for sure. It's been on starting the board. I love I have a kind of mine augmented here much less for them. Or when I go to school done business could eventually buy the different level over. Can someone stay down more on the shocking time of the other half of the time when time break like this far she's on a guitar on the D ever gets on the top gun so much deep down on the ocean top off the other. Time and make life next round sure. You did it for you. I feel. Sorry. For. That shocking time of the scavenger.
"11" Discussed on Sky Blue Radio
"Some thought music, crazy Chapman from 1989. Crossroads. Are you fucking on my life? You never made you sacrifice. Demons are on my trail. Standing out across the roads over here. I look to the left I look to the right and to grab me on the every side. Are you supposed to get my prize yourself that is my big money rules and all upstairs the same so keep your shout I'm trying to protect what I keep inside all the reasons why I live my life. Sincere the devil being mister goes back I see the devil you walking back you pull your light underneath try to tell you what you want try to tell you what you need. Standing at the point roll it across your down. What is at your back which way do you turn. Look on find you first. You're gone. Are you supposed to run my life? I should be playing compromise tell you demons go back to hell see my soul see myself. Save myself save myself from still myself to save myself stay myself to see myself see myself say myself.
"11" Discussed on Sky Blue Radio
"Marvin. Slang on the joy and pain he opened up by my I still can hear him say. Oh talk to me so you can see what's going on. So he will sing your songs for him forevermore wanna be some sweet songs come and dance you. And that you'll sing and cry oh I'm the true crime. There'll be a long line it's gonna be all right when the night you. Found another home I know you're not alone in the night shift. Jackie Jackie may what you doing now. It seems like yesterday. When we were working out. Jackie Jackie you set the world on fire you came and gifted us your love had lifted up higher and higher keep it up and we'll be there at your side. We'll say you will sing your songs for everyone. Wanna be some sweet songs coming down on my night shift like shit I bet you singing pride oh of the truth full of crime. It's gonna be a long night it's gonna be all right on the night shift but my shit you found another home I know you're not alone on the night shift wanna miss your sweet voice that's so wrong on the night shift. We all remember you. Song is coming through. Gonna be a long night it's gonna be your night shift like shit you found another home. I know you're not alone on the night shift. And someone never home I know you're not alone the night shift. Sky blue radio. The music is reversible. But time. Back
"11" Discussed on Sky Blue Radio
"Walked into this room, you hardly knew anyone see full of strangers crashing on the runs. When the band strikes by the end of the night, strangers no more. I wanna dance with everybody who came through that door whether you came here to party or you came here to cry when that means somebody cheats somebody get low I get high so coming all you people with your feet on this floor I wanna dance with everybody who came through that door oh no I'll go oh shake up your soul throw your hands in the air throw your hat in the ring throw your hips in your heart into every thing get lost in the crowd. Get down on the floor. Let's dance with everybody who came through that door. Come on you saints and sinners poets profits and fools all you cowboy tricks is hipsters trying so hard to be cool. All you dreamers and schemers thirsty for more I wanna dance with everybody who came through that door. I'll go oh shake up your soul throw your hands in the air throw your head in The Rain throw your hips in your heart into everything get lost in the crowd get down on the floor let's dance with everybody that goes away. Let's put aside our differences lace up our shoes. Let's narrow the distance between me and you meet me in the middle. Let's quick keep in school. I wanna dance with everybody who came through that door. This night is on fire like never before I would dance with everybody who came through that door. Let all go oh shake up your soul of your hands in the air throw your hat in the ring throw your hands in your heart into everything turn the world on a string turn the winds all the time turn the wheel to the rest of the water wide get lost in the crowd. Get down on the floor. Let's dance with everybody get through that door. I wanna dance with everybody who came through that door. Drag your tail and dip your wings toward sky blue radio dot com. Your number one aviation community station, serving the entire aviation community. And you plugged in or am I just beating my gums?
"11" Discussed on Sky Blue Radio
"Me a Huron, sky blue radio. Got a hold on me. She got a hold on me God grim like my some heart and my soul love a little lady to the day I'm old and dead and got nothing no since the day we met. Two love was the same book so I thought just a nice story and then I got caught. No one could have saved me I couldn't have known the most powerful form of someone giving her now I sitting in the Nile the way the house. Was left with me she know it's up for me now and then I submitted and all we came never thought I was never heaven the same she got a heart she had a heart moment she got a heart. She got a grip like a fires on my heart on the soul of the little lady to the day I'm home then I'm not I know it's just a day we met. It was a good time and all of the best all of its years and hours and all of this we have I know it might be hard I'd do it all again such a nice and children story such a nice little story and all to have got a woman gotta hold on me I've got a woman got a hold on me. I got a woman got a hold on me. I got a woman got a who knows I got a woman got a hold on me I got a woman got a hold on me oh I got a woman got a hold on me so I got a woman got a whole she got a hold on me she got a hold on me but you gotta hold on. To your grip like a fire to my heart I'm the soul the only till the day I'm holding down my under since the day we met she got a hold on. She got a hold on me. She got a hold on me
"11" Discussed on Sky Blue Radio
"11" Discussed on Sky Blue Radio
"I can see clearly now that The Rain is gone. I can see all of the gold in my way. Of the dark clouds and used to make me blind boy the storm be a pride oh my down sunshine day oh it's gonna be a while oh my love so shiny. I think I can make it now that's a rain is gone. All of the time disappear. Here is a rainbow I have been praying for this lovely bright oh my I'm the sunshine day wow that's gonna be. Sunshine. Oh look all around you there ain't nothing but blue sky I I want you to look straight ahead there ain't nothing but blue sky. Look all around you there ain't nothing but blue sky although you don't look straight ahead there ain't nothing but blue sky. I can see clearly now The Rain is gone. I can see all of the walls in my way. All of the dark clouds used to make me blind oh it's gonna be a bright light oh my God. Oh it's gonna be alive oh my God it's such a day wow. Right now sunshine day yeah oh it's gonna be fine now I'm right inside the day my mind my mind I'm not so sorry. What a great tune to return back to the array of good evening and welcome to the show everyone
"11" Discussed on Sky Blue Radio
"This is DJ's skipped for sky blue radio news, and I have Gracie here with the latest FS news update. Thank you skip, and here