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A highlight from The Chopping Block: Which DeFi Metrics Are Still Useful in a Bear Market? - Ep. 550
"Token economics can do way less than the industry on the whole has claimed that it's able to do and so for the most part I Sort of consider token economics to be a little bit of a dirty word today compared to how I saw it two years ago It's a tale of two fun. Now. Your losses are on someone else's balance generally speaking aircrafts are kind of pointless Anyways, I'm into trading firms who are very involved DeFi protocols are the antidote to this problem Hello everybody Welcome to the chopping block every couple weeks the four of us get together and give the industry insiders perspective on the crypto topics of the day So quick intros first we got Tom the DeFi Maven and master of beams Next we got Robert the crypto connoisseur and czar of superstate then we've got to ruin the giga brain and grand poobah at gauntlet And finally, I'm a seed that had high mana dragonfly So we're early stage investors in crypto But I want to caveat that nothing we say here is investment advice legal advice or even life advice Please see chopping blocks at XYZ for more disclosures Alright, so it's been a crazy couple weeks. There's been a lot of conferencing going on I think most of us minus Robert were at token 2049 in Asia I guess Tom and to ruin you guys are back in the States. There was also main net in New York What's been the vibe? Give me give me the brain dump of what conferencing has felt like in the last few weeks The u .s. Is dead as a doorknob for crypto It seemed like the u .s. Conferences had less attendance than they normally do amongst other things Whereas the Asia conferences were crazy like I just didn't think there were 12 ,000 people who wanted to go to a crypto conference in 2023 and clearly there was much more in Singapore Singapore was insane Yeah, I think token 2049 had more people than East Denver. Like it was it was pretty wild I mean it is like the premier event in Asia and it's sold out. Yeah It was gigantic venue, right? One of the I mean obviously if Denver was a very large venue as well, but it was it was it was absolutely massive Robert you were at permissionless. How did permissionless feel? I mean compared to prior years permissionless Felt, you know pretty quiet really high quality group of people, you know The conference goers that were showing up to a conference in Austin, Texas during a relatively hot week in September We're not totally like broad retail audiences. Most of people that were closer to industry closer to Happening in this space and a little bit more informed than you know, I've seen elsewhere so Small like token 2049 pulled a lot of people last -minute from permissionless I think a lot of people were planning to go and then decided like oh shit This seems like there's so much happening in Asia. I gotta I gotta go out there So I think the timing was a little unfortunate for permissionless, but there was a clip of Eric Voorhees Giving I guess what was like the keynote. It was pretty amazing. If you haven't seen it, I would strongly recommend watching it It's got like a couple million views or something and it's essentially just like a rallying cry Just sort of a credo of hey, you know screw the government Like we're trying to build a decentralized alternative financial system and it really kind of plucked to the heartstrings I don't know. Do you see that live? I did not see that live I actually had to take off right before that speech, but I was able to watch it online afterwards It reminded me a little bit of a his debate with SPF. I think like a year ago It was almost like it was like a month right before FTX collapsed and it was similarly kind of getting back to kind of the core Religion ethos of crypto is very we gotta get him on the show at some point He's definitely he's a very good bear market in a bull market I always feel like Eric is a little too centered and like too grounded bull markets They kind of demand a bit more craziness and levity but in a bear market I feel like he's got this gravity that is very clarifying You know, I really I really appreciate the role that he's come to play as like the elder statesman of the industry Any other takeaways from token 2049? I mean we were out in Asia for a couple weeks the videos have just started going up for token 2049 and I did one panel that I moderated with a bunch of l1s and It was actually probably the most entertaining panel I did I did I did several panels while I was out there But most of them were you know, they were great but this one we had it was Aptos we Avalanche and near all of whom were on stage and Goon who's been on the show a couple times Goon was just like he just basically was ready to pick a fight and so they just got on say they were scrapping they were like interrupting each other and getting super aggressive and It was honestly the most entertaining panel. I think I've ever moderated just from how angry everyone was on stage So any other any other highlights or anything that stood out to you guys while you were giving talks or or moderating? How about being on stage but I'll say there was a bit of a bizarro world moment with them token for 2049 too Where obviously a lot of high quality projects a lot of good representation throughout the industry and then there were a lot of random products I'd never heard of that had these like massive, you know Sort of neon lit up boots that they clearly spent a bunch of money on I believe Islamic coin was one of the large sponsors I am a not an Islamic coin expert, but there was another sort of meme floating around They're doing a public crowd sale for Islamic coin at reportedly a 30 billion dollar f .d .v I think it's like 60 million dollars raise a million dollars wait, so it's Yes, but they went on on Twitter to explain that this is a 100 year f .d .v And so in reality the the near -term f .d .v. They're nothing into is not near -term f .d .v So, um, you're the more than the near -term market cap I think we need we add we need to add some extra f .d .v Numbers in into coin gecko just so we can start the near -term f .d .v long -term f .d .v You know, I think an interesting thing related to this That's a tiny deviation but important to note is the history of finance Actually has had a lot of things where the introduction of a new met financial metric as a form of reporting Completely changes company structure like EBITDA, right? like why does EBITDA exists like earnings before income tax depreciation depreciation amortization and it's like Because it was this some company that was losing money and they started reporting EBITDA instead of like true profits But that kept them afloat for long enough to raise financing and then EBITDA now became like the accounting standard over time Right, so I kind of think that these f .d .v games We're gonna just see this like war of all these metrics and whichever metric is like the market wants will eventually be the standard and everyone Will just try to optimize that. Yeah, this is 100 % what happened to TVL Yeah TVL in principle makes sense as a number right, but how do you count TVL? Do you count your own token? Do you count wrap versions of your token if somebody wraps your token and puts it back in your protocol? Is that double the TVL like, you know? DeFi llama just decided how TVL gets counted and then the rest of the world just warped around the way that you know These metrics decided to get reported and you of course you saw that on Solana where like all these people were recursively Kind of putting TVL from one protocol back in another one back in another one Now I think we've gotten better at not double counting triple counting But you know back in in 2021 when DeFi was in full thrust It was just whatever goes like that's TVL the other chart crime that exists is that I really irks me is when people show cumulative charts instead of like instantaneous charts it I just like kills me I Will say as a VC let this be like a little one -on -one lesson as a VC. We absolutely hate cumulative charts We understand that cumulative charts look good So for those who don't understand a cumulative chart normally when you have a chart you look at look Here are the number of transactions every day, right? cumulative chart is here is the total number of Transaction volume ever if you add it all together and the nice thing about cumulative charts is that they look like they're going up Into the right always no matter what because they're adding, you know It's like the number of how many trades have been acting positive number. Yeah, exactly The problem is that it is useless to look at as a VC We as a VC and you look at a cumulative chart What I assume is that your actual chart looks like dogshit and that's why you're showing the accumulative chart So in general don't show cumulative chart. However, if it's a chart with multiple dimensions shown if it's a cumulative chart and a daily or time period flow Together then it's cool. Is it? You know, I'm already doing the first derivative Okay, let's say let's say you have a daily chart and it's like net inflows We're like some days are positive. Some days are negative. Some days are positive. Some days are negative You don't know the total you find that that's a net chart not a cumulative chart So if you're netting, you know gains and losses and you're getting like P &L or something like that We're net inflows and flows that's not a cumulative chart. That's very different because that does not go up into the right I agree. No, no, I think Then it's well Complimented with a cumulative on the other access behind it. I Net and cumulative are two different things. I did see it. I agree. That's just a U .M. We should have a chart crime episode The truest of VC true crime it was inflows prefer for friend tech, but they didn't take out the outflows So it was literally just any deposits in a friend tech added to the chart And so of course you assume you're gonna be looking at a net chart And in fact, it's any sort of deposit, you know adds to the overall chart, which is kind of a useless metric chart crime chart crime Any other any other chart crimes that come to my lungs are on the topic? I think these like feed accumulated ones where they're like people who are like trying to annualize I think people annualizing certain types of fee accrual and crypto sometimes makes no fucking sense because it's very event driven like oh Like there's a ton of fees from one event and then like zero forever But they always like choose the right time scale so that they can say like we have at least X of fees Like I understand how integrals and derivatives work and you're just trying to play with the boundary conditions Yeah, I mean I saw a lot of this in 2021 when a bunch of people like a bunch of businesses that had a bunch of random core businesses but almost all of them had tokens on the balance sheet and those tokens went up and they counted that as revenue and So they're just like, oh, you know, I had 50 million of revenue this year And if you charge that forward, you know another 50 next year and it's gonna ramp this much I'm like dude your core business made like 3 million and 50 million just came from tokens going up on your balance sheet. Like that's not your business, you know, so that I mean It's kind of charty. I don't know if it's a sharp crime per se but it's like EBITDA, right? Like I think crypto still is so nascent and the idea of like what should count and what shouldn't and what flows are it's still Kind of an open thing of like what the accounting should be, right? So I kind of think I'm kind of curious what EBITDA like the thing that becomes a like meme that sticks That's not TVL and that that's not just like fees What do you think you guys think it is because I do feel like this bear market My prediction is this bear market will end when we have invented what that is like the last bear market ended when TVL started becoming a metric and then people started monitoring it and like not gaming it as much and It was just kind of going up slowly. I feel like the Solana stuff came to even more where it was like, oh Here's the metric that everything's measured on So what if we come up with these crazy ways to like that's usually the end of a bubble, right? Like like once when it goes not the creation of a little baby That was like that was like the kickoff of the book I know I don't know but my point is like once you start getting kind of a shelling point around a particular metric It doesn't get gamed for a little while Like there's like a certain amount of time where it like it becomes a good real standard bearer But then someone eventually realizes that it's the thing to game and then you get this like kind of capital bubble around that So like AI you're having that happen with tokens per second right now Which is also a fucking useless meaningless thing because like the choice of architecture means the tokens aren't really the same There's not fungibility of them. Sure. I think it feels like right now There's a more and more fixation on revenue. And so you're seeing like, you know token terminal if you're looking at there's just revenue There's annualized revenue. There's price to sales price to earnings. So it does feel like we're sort of Morphing more closer to traditional revenue and underwriting metrics, which is a good sign However, these metrics aren't totally normalized in the sense that you know, for example for Uniswap Does Uniswap have revenue like obviously the token holders aren't capturing anything so the revenue is flowing entirely to You could say like cost of goods sold is like 100 % because all the revenue is going to the liquidity providers I would say, you know One of the biggest issues is that you have like protocols that are not businesses and people are trying to strap like business metrics or accounting metrics on them and they're just not like Ethereum Bitcoin like people are like, oh like, you know fees paid like is that revenue? No, it's not revenue, right? Like I don't think anyone thinks that like the transaction fees on Bitcoin or revenue. Are they on a theorem? No, but like I've seen platforms that like talk about That alongside something like Uniswap and it's like none of these really makes sense It's just like someone trying to build not to knock anyone particular company But someone trying to build a company about standardizing data is like, oh great Let's like standardize how we look at everything and I don't think it fits personally I don't think these protocols living on top of blockchains are necessarily businesses or need business metrics. I don't think it's that helpful I think like projects and For success like how many people are you know doing X Y & Z and like it won't always translate to the thing What do you think are metrics that should be adopted in lieu of? You know revenue or price of sales or whatever all the stuff that people are doing to try to account for You know particularly in defy I think for layer ones. It's a little more nebulous I think it comes down to exactly like what the protocol is, right? So like a great example is even taking two things that like seem like there's the same Let's say like Uniswap first like synthetics Well, both of them are for trading like, you know, one of them, you know is for trading spot tokens And one of them is more like derivatives, right? So like would you say like total notional traded like that might look crazy, you know to use that as comparison like I guess my point is like even two things that look the same are gonna be vastly different when you think about how you judge them or measure them and so All I'm trying to say is like, you know, let's slow down and not trying to come up with one size fits all metrics I don't think there is some like EBIT type But they will love defy broadly it trying and and when people get any shelling point on one of those That's when you see capital formation happen because it's like hey look there's this metric we can optimize it we see the growth curve right like growth implies you have a number or a set of numbers and a derivative like a gradient and The gradient can go up and you're like, yes or more money in it and I do feel like there's like a Psychological human behavior element to this and crypto somehow plays with that in a lot of ways and that that's some of its beauty Is that the fact that it kind of plays with these I think the revenue thing also is like a good I agree like it's really difficult to sort of compare across different types of companies, but generally it's a good heuristic for Understanding like product market fit and desirability just showing willingness to pay right like you can't fudge it because I'm literally burning money I'm spending money to use this this protocol saying something with like, you know net dollar retention at revenue retention overall It's like user retention Like yeah like it I think that's generally sort of a good heuristic because it's showing that if people are actually using these things consistently because they want to use it not because ideally you sort of you're tying out the I'm inclined to agree with this is that although it is an abuse of nomenclature I think you're better off thinking of protocols as products and thinking about like if you can just applying very kind of dumb Simplistic like yeah, they don't work perfectly, but they're way better than just like finger in the air What's TVL and kind of how do I feel like the vibes are trending for this particular protocol? I think it at the very least it keeps you honest if you look at the era Pre when people had concrete metrics that they were looking at like protocol revenue and things like that There were just a lot of things that had you know, take for example, then you have and you had 4chan economics Whatever was posted on 4chan was the truth totally totally and also like not looking at like net of emissions Looking at like willingness to pay net of emissions Like you just end up with this crazy town where it's like Oh, there's basically like a negative cycle where people are making money by using your product You're like, wow, I've parked my good fit There was basically an entire year where every hot product in crypto was that it was people it was being like wow Look how much adoption this is getting when it's really just people clicking a button that pays them every second to be very fair That is it's like it's so funny enterprise SAS bubble also had the same thing It was just the way the capital is distributed.
Fresh update on "a ton" discussed on Spellcaster: The Fall of Sam Bankman-Fried
"Exchange, and that's why we're losing money in Alameda because we sort of let algorithms these run on autopilot. If more of my time was spent focusing on Alameda trading, then less on the exchange, then it probably wouldn't be doing so poorly, but I just think it's a better use my of time. They said, Yeah, like all these exchanges are making a ton of money. It's a great business, and they're just so bad. They don't have any tooling for institutions or professional traders like us. So maybe there's an opening in market the market here. He was going to call it FTX. Sudden changes in direction are common I'm in and startups. Instagram was the result of the pivot. So was Twitter. So was Netflix. Alex So Alex said, Sure, go for it. Pivot away. And Sam responds, sort of used. He says, Oh, I maybe maybe you don't understand, but FTX is a separate business, meaning Sam plan to keep FTX all for himself. He was asking Alex to to invest $5 million in Alameda, which Sam would use to hire employees who would build both FTX. Alameda and But he didn't want to share FTX. And so I told Sam this, I said, Hey, this is a a serious conflict of interest you're proposing like you want to take our money that is going into Alameda. you want to use that to pay your salary, your team salary, which majority majority of that is going to be going into the development of this exchange that you're incubating. Don't you see, Sam, how that is is problematic that is just something that we can never agree to. And that was it. Alex walked away from the deal. Sam, though, didn't slow down. He was still investors for his new project. Eventually, he wound up meeting with another crypto exchange, finance Sam is like very presentable, very smart, you know, have a very strong track record as a top trader. Bill Chen is a crypto investor who used to work at Binance. And and he sold a story about OK, so, you know, Binance is a sort of a conglomerate. But, you know, I'm going to launch a derivative focus exchange. Listening to this was the CEO of Changpeng Binance Zhao, CZ as he's known, was 15 years older than Sam and in many ways the total opposite. He dressed sensibly, usually a pressed black shirt, a little yellow Binance logo in the corner, short hair. He almost certainly slept in an actual actual bed rather than on a beanbag. He is very result driven and very time sensitive. His style is very sort of Confucius style, which is like, you know, working hard, focus Sam's Sam's idea was that his exchange would offer some of the types of trading that Binance wasn't known for, like derivatives. They were notoriously complex and risky even in traditional finance, but Sam wanted to make it easier for everyday people to make those bets. It was in keeping with what had got Sam this far, taking larger risks than most people are comfortable with. It was an Sam was pitching a rival. But unlike Alex, CZ said yes in exchange for a stake in FTX CZ helped him raise even more money and the timing couldn't happen better. Sam staffed up, built exchange the and when interest in crypto exploded, he was right there, ready and waiting. By he 2021 was a newly minted billionaire, at least on paper. As all this was happening, Alex Pack watched from the sidelines. It made him wonder, had he been too hasty? Sam just kept winning and winning and succeeding and he took, you his know, face and his logo was on stadiums and billboards. And I was like, I could, I like, how could I, maybe
A highlight from 1270. Ethereum ETF Launching Monday | Government Shutdown vs Crypto
"All right, so today let's get into some Ethereum news for you. The ETF, Futures, is launching and what that might mean for you guys out there today in terms of the crypto impact overall. We're breaking down for you guys today. My name is Paul Bearer. Welcome back to Tech Path. All right, so let's talk to you guys about a few things here. I want to get into our advertisers today and that is Tangent. If you guys are looking at going into self -custody, one of the ways you can do that is going through Tangent Wallet. These are cards that work off of NFC. Very effective. I've been able to see and test this wallet. Has a lot of features in it. If you guys want to check it out, just go over and there's a couple of cards you can get into. You can get into the new Tangent Wallet, which essentially is going to allow you to do an optional seed phrase and or you can go to the classic where it generates all that for you. But make sure and use our discount code below. They just put out a tweet, optional seed phrase now available there on the new card coming up. We don't recommend using a seed phrase, but we want every user to choose their own path. That's kind of up to you guys how you want to go. Because the seed phrase card obviously will do that. And then the non -seed phrase card will auto -generate that. So you don't necessarily have the integration into external wallets. But take a look at it. I think this is one of those tools that will help you out. All right. So let's get into a couple of the news items today. I want to jump over to the first story. And this is anticipated GDP data released. Obviously, Bitcoin's first reaction. We've seen a little bit of uptick in terms of Bitcoin, mostly because I think because of the Ginzer hearing. But remember, we've got a lot of people worried about this government shutdown and the negative impact it's going to have on not only the U .S. credit rating, but also markets, bonds. And if markets and bonds are affected, the likelihood is we're going to also see some effect here in the crypto markets as well. I'd love to get you guys' feedback on whether or not you feel a shutdown would cause Bitcoin or Ethereum to fall. Let me know down in the comments. Make sure and smash the like button if you guys like these kind of video breakdowns for you. Further into topics for the ETF, the ETF price skyrockets as Ethereum's ETF eyes this Monday launch. There's been a little bit of a push for this, too. The tweet that was done here by Belshunas, update hearing the SEC. Here you go. Hearing the SEC wants to accelerate the launch of e -futures because they want it basically off their plate before the shutdown. So they've asked their filers to update their docs by Friday p .m. no small tasks to jam all this in 24 hours. This is a pretty big deal. I think obviously the component here and a lot of people that will look at this is maybe the SEC taking a step forward to offset this bipartisan or I should say partisan approach toward the crypto markets and ETFs in general because Congress called them to the floor yesterday. By the way, if you want to check it out, there's a ton of clips. I think the thing was like six or seven hours long. We pulled that down into a core clips that really got into the crux of what they were talking about. So check it out. Ethereum spot ETF becomes the SEC's next delay victim. That, of course, is the situation that I think a lot of people will deal with. One day after delaying the Bitcoin spot decision, the SEC also confirmed that similar Ethereum applications have suffered the same fate. So this is not something that's going to be moving very quickly. All of this stems from the 1934 Securities Act. The act allows the agency to postpone resolutions like the Ethereum spot ETF for 45 to 90 days there in that highlight. And the SEC could fast track the e -futures product to compensate for its spot ETF delay. I don't know. I think there's a little bit of a way on both. I think this is more of a government shutdown situation than anything with Gensler and with the SEC.
Fresh update on "a ton" discussed on Spellcaster: The Fall of Sam Bankman-Fried
"Was mostly scams and memes when you get down to it, the idea of making tons of money, money that could be given charity away to was undeniable. I mean he was telling me about the like arbs they were doing and how much money they were making from them and I was like oh my god. What Caroline is talking about? A complete and utter disaster. Half the company was marching out the door and Sam was scrambling to keep investors from pulling out their money. I didn't start until Alameda had been around for like four months or something like that which feels like not a very long time looking back now but it felt like an eternity at a Caroline was one of the more experienced traders there even though she was only 23. She settled into her job making those trades in the middle of the night and despite the crisis folding around her she seemed to be enjoying her new chapter. I moved to New York expecting to my life be a cross between Gossip Girl and Sex and the City and that basically didn't pan out. I moved to California expecting my life to be a cross between Silicon Valley and Crazy Ex -Girlfriend And let me tell you that has actually been quite accurate. She seemed electrified by the novelty of her new existence. She blogged about getting catcalled in Berkeley, something she hadn't experienced in New York and she was exploring other new things. Me after living in New York for years. Remember when I used to be super triggered by the existence of polyamory? What a weird phase in my life. Me
Monitor Show 07:00 09-29-2023 07:00
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Fresh update on "a ton" discussed on Bloomberg Law
"We're investors not traders. And so this market actually feels a little more normal than what we've gone through for the last 10 years. John, on equity the side here, some of the performance or most of the vast majority if not all of the performance in the S &P 500 has from been a handful of names, the Magnificent Seven. Do you chase those here or do you try to look for some of that the have not participated? You know, Marc Andreessen wrote years ago that software is eating the world. And so that is a secular change. It's kind of like the Industrial Revolution. On the other hand, Howard Marx beautifully says that there is no asset in the world to good investment at any price. It depends depends on the name. We've got to go name by name. And by the way, there are other companies that we like that are not tech. We do We like the U .S. relative to the world because of our exposure to technology. Hear the full conversation on the latest edition of the podcast. Subscribe on Apple, Spotify and anywhere else you get your podcast. Plus, listen anytime on the Bloomberg Business App and I'll have tons of technique are using virtual reality training to help their mechanics practice crucial engine maintenance skills, helping them prepare for real repairs. Learn more at meta dot com slash metaverse . Girl, how do you keep getting things for free? It's the drop app. You get points for your everyday shopping. I've already earned one hundred dollars this month. Download the drop app and get five dollars with invite up three three three. Hey. Do you need to let customers switch to a voice call without leaving your app and then use AI to answer their questions instantly over the phone. Vonage does that with Vonage API. voice You get click to call connectivity in your app or website and you can connect to customer data to provide more service. personalized Create custom AI voice experiences, even
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.
Fresh update on "a ton" discussed on The Charlie Kirk Show
"Where are you in the Singapore question? The, the, so, so Lee Kuan Yew had this issue in Singapore back in the 60s when you started, you know, really revamping the little island down there. Now Singapore has done really well for itself. It's one of the, they call the, the Asian tigers. And it's all thanks to two things, prison and public flogging. Ooh, public, public flogging is a fun one. And it's like, it's not an option in America because we've just decided it's icky. I think you could easily mainstream it by just making it an option. If you commit a, you know, your first offense or a lower level offense, you can do six months in jail or you can get flogged publicly. I think a lot of people would probably rather just six foot one flog for each month you would have had something like that. It's embarrassing. It sends a good message to the public and it's a lot cheaper to do. Does it work? Singapore has a much lower crime rate than America. Remember Michael Fay, the American back in the 90s who was arrested in Singapore and then was sentenced to public flogging. You guys remember the story? I don't remember it because I think I was mostly concerned with like playing Mario Kart in the 1990s, but I've heard the story. It was, it was a huge, it was a huge story. So, um, if you actually go and look, Michael Fay is now an upstanding member of society. We actually on the show when we were covering all this a couple of months ago, um, we, we looked it up and like, I think salon was coming after us or slate or one of those that can, you know, they're all kind of the same. I think it was Jezebel actually. Nothing, but that, um, uh, we were saying, look, Michael Fay has gone on to be, he's like a small business owner. Now he runs, he's like in the Midwest. He's got like a couple of, uh, you know, a couple of businesses that he runs and he's doing really well for himself and totally turned his life around. And all thanks to flogging. Just to be clear, I believe he vandalized a car in Singapore is what he did. And then it was like a ton of cars, including like cars at like the governor of Singapore's house. It was really bad what he did.
A highlight from A Dame Trade Deep Dive With Ben Thompson, Plus Seth Meyers and Million-Dollar Picks
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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.
Fresh update on "a ton" discussed on Spellcaster: The Fall of Sam Bankman-Fried
"The job, people will say, hey, congrats, good for you, so exciting, even if they know your job was amazing and a really good for fit you. With the breakup, people will say, oh no, I'm so sorry, are you okay? Even if they know the relationship was really not good for you and needed to end like yesterday. Anyway, I have done both of these things in the past few weeks and experienced approximately the the same mix of emotions in both situations. Caroline was taking a risk, but after past few start -up Alameda seemed like the kind of place where she could really make her mark. So she packed up her belongings in New York and moved to the Bay Area. She had a lot to learn. I mean, I'd like heard about Bitcoin in news the like anyone else, but that's about it. Even though she later say she thought crypto was mostly scams and memes when you get down to it. The idea of making tons of money, money that could be given to away charity was undeniable. I mean, he was telling me about the like arts they were doing and how much money they were making
A highlight from Katy Faust
"Hey you, have you checked your bucket list lately? Are you ready to take care of item number seven? Listening to The Eric Mataxas Show? Well welcome, tune in, and then move on to item number eight. Skydiving with Chuck Schumer and AOC. Here now is Mr. Completed My Bucket List at age 12, Eric Mataxas. Hey there folks, welcome. I'm excited to have back as my guest Katie Faust. Faust, Katie Faust. New book called Raising Conservative Kids in a Woke City. Katie, welcome back. So good to be with you. You've got a nice little feature in my storyline of authoring. I didn't write my first book until you were like, Katie, you need to write a book. And I was like, I don't have time. And you're like, well, then your little global children's rights movement is going nowhere. And I was like, well, then I guess I write a book. So credit to you for getting Stacy and I into the official publishing world because we wouldn't have done it without your coercive prompting. Wow, that's terrific. Now, the problem is biblically you have to tithe unto me after the order of Melchizedek. That's biblical since I was the one behind this. And you are without genealogy and eternal, is that how this is working? Well, this is Salem radio, so I guess it all makes sense now. Oh, my God. Oh, that is creepy. The priest of Salem, Melchizedek. All right. I love the fact that tons of people are saying, what, what, what are you talking about? Read your Bibles, people. All right, I don't have time. So Faust, Katie you are your organization is called Them Before Us. Talk about that a little bit before we get into the new book. Yeah, well, I am really passionate about two things. One is when it comes to the changes in culture, law and technology that are taking place in our world today. I'm very passionate about don't touch the kids. Leave the kids alone when it comes to changes in marriage, family, parenthood, reproduction. And right now the world is looking at kids and they're like, those are accessories that I can cut and paste into any and every adult relationship. So the first book is about no children have a right to be known and loved by their mother and father. All adults need to conform to those rights. So whatever is going on in your personal life, leave the kids alone. But I'm also very passionate about something else, and that is leave my kids alone. Don't touch my kids. But that's very challenging because this culture is insane and it's absolutely after our kids. They are hell bent in destroying children's life, family, mind and body. And they do that highly and very effectively through indoctrination, whether that comes through the schools, whether it comes through social media, whether it comes through mainstream media, their friend group, sometimes infiltrating their churches. And so my co -author Stacey and I have written a book about how we have been able to raise collectively our seven kids between our two families in one of the most hostile, progressive cities in the world, Seattle, and largely sending them to public schools. And you can't capture our kids. Like we have been able to locate our worldview in our kids to the point where they can spot the lie. They can stand against the crowd and they can push back. Right. And look, there are a few things that need to be said. First of all, the fact that we are now at a point where the left, broadly defined, is coming after our kids. This is when you move from like mere leftism or from liberalism or whatever we called it in the past into full blown Marxism, cultural Marxism, where they say and they believe the family is the enemy of the state. They want to crush families. They want to divide children from their parents. They want to divide husbands from wives. They want to destroy the family because the family, like God, like people of faith, is their enemy. And so this is something that we need to recognize. It's a new iteration in the long march to the institutions. They have now gotten to a point where they're open about wanting to steal our children, steal our children's minds. And you're quite right. You know, the buck stops here. That's that's not going to happen. We will die as parents before we let you do that. And we will die happily. That's right. Children from these vile ideas. So your book, the new book is Raising Conservative Kids in a Woke City. Now, I want to say there are other options, folks. You don't need to live in a woke city. Perhaps you don't need to send your kids to public school. You can homeschool your kids. I would say the first thing to anybody would be homeschool your kids. You know, go to Sam Sorbo, ask her how to do it. Everybody who says I'm not qualified to do it is totally qualified to do it. But what you're saying, Katie, is that even if you can't do that, even if you can't send your kids to a genuinely faith based traditional school, there is hope. Well, and the deal is like the woke is coming for your kids, even if you're homeschooling them, even if they're in a great private school, it is seeping into their world. I mean, I've got friends at great conservative Christian schools where the woke is infiltrating them as well, where kids are talking about being pansexual. You know, and it's a private Christian school. And I'm surrounded by homeschool kids who are awesome. And I love them. I'm currently running the youth ministry at our church and there's a lot of homeschooled kids. These kids are great. They're also battling these woke ideas. It is also infiltrating their world. So like you cannot bubble wrap your kids. And honestly, you should not try to bubble wrap your kids. There is an appropriate way to shelter your kids early on and then strategically expose them to these ideas. You, the parent, introduce them. You don't let the world introduce it to them. You introduce this in age appropriate ways, in developmentally appropriate stages. And that's what we do in the book is we kind of lay out sort of these stages of learning for kids what you need to be covering in each of these different phases, how to strategically make sure that you are getting to your kids first rather than letting the world introduce these concepts to your kids and thereby establishing yourself as the expert. And parents need to be doing this regardless of your zip code, regardless of how your kids are being schooled. You we all need to inoculate our kids against the woke virus. And if we can do it in Seattle with our kids going to public school, you can do it, too. Well, that's amazing. And listen, what you're saying is, is that, you know, when you say you can't bubble wrap your kids, the point is you want to let them understand why the ideas on the left are bad. Not just say that they're bad, but actually make them understand. No, no, no, no. They're actually bad. They're actually harmful. They're stupid. They're illogical. They're irrational. They're anti -human. They're inhuman. They are failed and failing and will fail. Our kids need to get that. So it's not just my parents believe that and they told me I have to believe that. No, no, no. It's actually true. It's like teaching your kid math. You know, then they can do it on their own. They don't they don't need you once they learn how to do it. So that's an important point to make. So the book is brand new folks raising conservative kids in a in a woke city. And I'd forgotten, Katie, that you lived in Seattle. Of course, I live in New York. And it needs to be said, you said it, but it needs to be said again and again that a lot of these places that we trusted, a Christian schools, Christian institutions, churches have themselves about the need to bail or are perfectly willing to go along with bowing the need to bail. A lot of the institutions that we once took for granted as on the good side have gone to the dark side. Christianity Today magazine completely gone over to the dark side. Campus Crusade, now called Crew, has opened the door to tons of bad ideas. The Gospel Coalition, which was once OK, has opened the door to tremendously pernicious ideas. And so it really does fall to us, the parents, to take this seriously and to understand it is our job. We can no longer entrust our kids to these to these places we once thought were safe. Well, and we talk about in the conclusion, like sometimes it feels like, what can I do? I don't have a huge platform. I'm not in political office. You know, I don't I'm not an author at any of these outlets. You actually have the most position as a parent. Do you understand the power of raising the next generation to embrace conservative ideas? And by that, we define conservatism as you're just recognizing historical, economic and biological reality. That is what conservatism is today. On team reality, folks, it's called reality. We believe in reality. That's right. It's no longer just return to the gold standard, you know, kind of people or or, you know. Hawks on foreign policy, it's like if you recognize that men and women are different, if you recognize that the free market is the best way to conduct ourselves in the economy, if you recognize that life begins at conception, if you recognize that, you know, we are defined by the content of our character, not the color of our skin. I mean, like if you recognize those things, you're a conservative. Welcome to the welcome. Welcome to the red pill, baby. And it's amazing. 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A highlight from 1243. Should You Trust Pet DNA Tests?
"Celebrating the connection with our pets, this is Animal Radio featuring your dream team, veterinarian Dr. Debbie White and groomer, Joey Vellani. And here are your hosts, Hal Abrams and Judy Francis. Do you know what kind of pet you have? Well, certainly if it's a cat or dog, you probably know the difference. But do you know what kind of breed? Is it a mutt? What is making up the DNA of your dog or your cat? And do you care? A lot of people do. There's about 10 different tests on the market right now where you can send in saliva or cheek spittle, I guess? Yeah, cheek swab. It's actually the epithelial. So it's the cells that you're getting off the cheek, not necessarily the spit. Epithelial? Is that what you said there? I learned so much from you. And they'll tell you if it's what kind of breed it is or if it's made up of several different breeds. You did this, Judy. I think your results came back like lion and elephant. They weren't even dogs. It was so bizarre. She's full grown now. She weighs nine pounds. And it came back all these St. Bernard's, German Shepherds, Belgian Malinois. I thought, really? So that was a cheek swab. And then when I did the blood... Oh, you did a blood test too? I did a blood. It came back Jack Russell, miniature pincher and Maltese. And are you going with that? Oh, definitely. She's definitely Jack Russell. It came out 50 % Jack Russell. And that's what she is. Now, why did you want to know this information? Well, first of all, I didn't want a Jack Russell because I did my research and I know how hyper they are. And I'm not that hyper person. I want a more laid back dog. And so I did my research and got her from a rescue when she was eight weeks old. They said she was a Chihuahua, but there was no Chihuahua in this girl. And I questioned that as she got a little bit older. And I thought, okay, I got to find out. And I wanted to know what she was because people ask, people look at her, and everybody had their guesses. And it's like, I don't know. And I wanted to know what my dog was. But would it be safe to say you didn't want a Jack Russell, but you love your dog? Oh, I would not trade her for the world. I'll keep that little 50 % Jack. So the blood test really made little difference in anything, really, except telling people. Just what it was. It was kind of like bragging rights to know what my dog is and be able to say when people ask. That's basically why I did it. But then again, still, at least I know if there's anything I should look at, you know, with the breeds that she may be predisposed to down the line. You mean like a sickness or a disease? Health? Yeah. If she starts doing something or something happens and I can say, well, that's typical of this breed. So what kind of diseases and sicknesses are typical of, what did you say? Was it Jack Russell? Jack Russell, 50%. And a Min Pin? Well, we can see a lot of things with knees, so we can see patellar luxations. She's had two knee surgeries, two back legs. But that also fits with a lot of other small breeds. But, you know, there can be some host of skin diseases, allergies that we may not have like a specific test for. You know, but there are some conditions in some breeds, like say golden retrievers have a genetic linked with seizures. So if you had a yellow large breed dog and you didn't know what it was and it started developing seizures. And if I knew this dog was a golden retriever, I'd say, wow, you know, sometimes golden retrievers can be very challenging to manage with seizures. And we really have to use every means at our disposal to try to get those seizures under control. So it wouldn't change necessarily, you know, would I treat or not treat, but it might make us say, okay, our expectations are this is going to be a more challenging patient to try to manage. So that's one example. But there's a whole tons of things, you know, cataracts are inherited, heart diseases with certain breeds can be inherited, and kidney problems with cats. There's a type of polycystic kidney disease, a kidney disease in Himalayans and Persian type cats that can cause different problems. So, you know, there's all sorts of things that there are genetic tests for. It doesn't mean your dog or cat will get them. It just may mean they have some genetic tendency or genetic marker for that. So I see these online tests and but you do it in your office there? Do veterinarians offer these tests? Yeah, I mean, not everyone is going to do that. But we we do like that. And it's one is it's kind of the ooh, cool factor, you know, so you can, you know, have a party and people will ask and you can actually have some answer that sounds, you know, like you didn't just make this up. That's one important thing. But I do think it can help guide some decisions on awareness and potentially your pet's health down the road. So I wouldn't say it will make me do something different for a patient as far as putting them to sleep. But I do think it's important information to be armed with to know what you need to worry about to watch for in your pet's life. I agree. And if you can't afford it and somebody asks what kind of dog you have, say snuffle up against it really will throw the middle. It'll be different. So we're going to talk to a lady today, a doctor, Dr. Lisa Moses. She practices pain and palliative care at the Angel Animal Medical Center in Boston. And she says you may not want to bet the farm when you do one of these tests, as sometimes the information may not be accurate. And I wanted to find out about this. How important is it? Are people making decisions with bad information? So we'll have her on the show in just a few minutes to talk about that. Also today, we're going to be talking to the folks over at Smoke Alarm Monitoring. What's this guy's name? It's spelled really weird. Z -S -O -L -T. Zolt. Is that Hungarian? What is that? Sounds like it could be. He says our pets are starting fires. He sells smoke alarms for a living. And he says that our pets are actually, while they're unattended, starting fires in our house. See, I hide the matches. You do? Little delinquents. Oh my goodness. Yes. What do you expect? But first, your calls toll free from the free animal radio app for iPhone and Android. Let's go to Gary. Hey, Gary. How are you? I'm very good, sir. How are you? Very good. Where are you calling from today? You have kind of that southern twang. North Carolina. North Carolina. How is North Carolina today? It's kind of warm. It's not unbearably hot, but it's a warm day. What's going on with the animals? I have the whole team here for you. Okay. Well, I've been listening to your program lately over the last several weeks and was interested in the discussion that I've heard about yeast infections, skin conditions, and the treatments. And then also, there was also somewhat of a separate discussion about the use of human products on animals and how effective they can be, or harmful, or whatever the case may be. And I wanted to tell you about my little guy. I'll give you a little background on him, a little of the tale of the tape. He's approximately eight years old, as far as we know. He's a Yorkie mix, he's a small guy, just a shade under eight pounds, and I found him abandoned out in the country. And he was in pretty bad shape. He was missing hair and had a lot of parasites and skin infections, yeast, and all that. And we've been battling it for nearly three years now, but he's made much improvement, just great improvement. I kind of took it upon myself to use a product that's designed for human females, actually, who might have that kind of affliction, and rubbed it liberally on the elephant skin areas of my dog. And after doing that for three or four days in a row, it really seemed to help clear it up. What do you think of that, Doc? Well, we have to be precise when we talk about different products, because there's some products that actually can have harmful ingredients in them, and some won't hurt, and actually have active ingredients that might be appropriate. So I'm going to back up, because when we talk about elephant skin, and kind of that thickened skin, like for anybody who's not seen this in dogs, it typically is when their skin gets real thick, leathery, they lose the hair in the area, and it actually, from a distance, looks like elephant skin. And that's a combination of what we call hyperpigmentation, so the skin turns dark, and lichenification, which is where the skin becomes thick, and there's extra layers, if you will, that kind of are put on top of the skin. Those things happen from a couple possibilities, and we can see it with allergies, but really with things like yeast and bacterial infections. So it sounds like you're certainly barking up the right tree there, but the cautions I have with some of the female yeast products that are used for vaginal yeast infections, there are some that actually contain anesthetics. A vagus cell, for example, contains an ingredient called benzocaine. And this can be highly - Well, that's actually what I used. I used the generic, but yeah, you're on the right tree there. Okay. Yeah, so actually, benzocaine can cause toxicities in both dogs and cats. So just licking it off their skin, it can actually be toxic to the red blood cells, causes what we call hemoglobinemia. So if it contains that ingredient, I would say, put it back on the shelf and save it for your wife in the household. But there are certainly, say, athlete's foot creams that contain chlorotrimazole, which is an antifungal. In that, we've used that on surface yeast infections. But the reality is, if we've got that kind of change in the skin, most of those pets actually need kind of a two -pronged approach. So the topicals only get you so far, and they really need to be on some kind of oral or systemic therapy. So most of the pets that I have with that kind of skin can take a course of maybe three months to get them improved, controlling the itch, controlling the infection. If they've got yeast or bacteria, then we put them on either an antibiotic or an oral yeast form, like ketoconazole, per se.
Meet Author, Medium and Spiritual Coach Isabeau “Beau” Maxwell
"So Isabeau Maxwell is one of the leading spiritual coaches in intuitive development today. Isabeau brings deep channeled knowledge and personal understanding to the field of spirituality. She has helped people connect to their authentic, natural, intuitive abilities for over 15 years. Isabeau is the founder of the award -winning intuitive development course called The Sage Method. She's the author of the best -selling book, Cracking Open, Adventures of a Reluctant Medium. I love that title. And the creator of the popular online community, The Sage Circle. She is internationally recognized medium, touching the lives of people across the world known for her compassion and accuracy. She brings peace and comfort to many through her energy work, transformative sessions, and teachings. And if you want to follow along while you're listening or to find out more about her, you can visit her website. It's called thesagesagemethod .com. Welcome, Isabeau. Thanks so much for joining me today. I'm really excited to talk to you. I am excited to chat with you, too. We've got the very similar vibe, and we're out there doing some of the same stuff. And I was looking forward to getting on the line with you. Oh, good. I know, I swear psychics and psychic mediums and people that are really, like, in touch with that part of themselves. It's, like, so fascinating to me because I know that I'm very intuitive, and I have had some psychic flashes here and there, but I don't do that work on a regular basis. So share a little bit about you and how... Was this something that you were born with or did it come to you later? And I love the title of your book, Adventures of a Reluctant Medium Cracking Open. All right. I'll let you share your story. Go ahead. No, the title could not be more perfect because I was seriously reluctant. It was quite... So the book itself, it turned out to be a really popular book. When we're off of this line, I'm getting your book, too, because I am in love with what you're doing. Oh, thank you. Thank you so much. So I'm totally going to jump into my story, but if I could ask a question also about your book as well. Are you... Also, you must be getting feedback from people who wish to manifest, and then they read your book, and then manifesting becomes easier as a simple result of reading your book. Yes. Yes, that does happen. That does happen. People are like, oh, because I get really in detail. I go through using our creativity for manifesting, but when you read the book, it's very detailed and there's a lot of writing exercises. So it helps people get really clear on what it is they want because a lot of people don't really know what they want. They kind of know what they don't want and they may want to feel more joy or they may want to be happy, but they're not really sure what that looks like. What does happiness mean to you? To all of us, it's different. So it gets really in depth. And then I have tons of really fun exercises in the book, especially around manifesting health and money, fun games we can play. So it kind of gets us to retrain our brain because we are always thinking about our problems and what we don't want, and we don't want to do that anymore. So, yeah, I love that. And that's a lot of the teaching that happened for my students is through sometimes witnessing other possibilities and just seeing somebody else's experience. Oh, they can do it. You know, I can do it too. So that's my if I was the poster girl for if I can do it, you can do it too. That would work. That would fit who I am, really, because I was 32 years old. I wasn't born with it. I was 32 and my grandmother passed away. And the shortest version is that she showed up in my living room. And it was it was a night and day. Wow. A little bit of fear. All of that has been because up to that point, I was skeptic. I a was math major in the degree from college in mathematics. I mean, I am not the person who would have ever thought would have followed this path. And so here I am two in the afternoon. You know, I just hung up with the hospice house. I wasn't able to be near her. I was a couple of states away. And yeah, it was really hard because I was really close to her. And I was standing there in my living room trying to figure out what the heck to do. And she showed up right in front of me, like 10 feet in front of me, looked right at me. She was about 70 percent
Thinking Big - burst 5
"You know, in my business lately, I've been having to do a lot of hiring of experts. Well, let me, wait a second, back up. I have chosen to hire out some people to do certain tasks. Like before we started recording, I was talking about this book launch and I've hired people to help me with that, right? So I could choose, and I did do this. In the beginning, I was just choosing the people that kind of had come to me or that someone recommended. I really wasn't being picky and choosy, we'll call it. I was being picky and choosy but not like I am now. At point, this I am choosing to think about who I want to hire as I only want to hire experts. I only want to hire people that know what they're doing, that I don't need to babysit, right? And there's probably a higher price tag that comes with that, but there's also more confidence. So I started thinking about myself as I am someone who hires experts. I don't just hire anyone, I only hire experts. That's what I do, right? But that was a shift. That was an option that I had to kind of grasp. So there's that. Okay, I get it. There's that, yeah. You get it? Yes, I do. Thank you. So number two. Number two. So number two is, this is kind of another fun one. If you're a big thinker, then you have to figure out what the real problem is in order to allow yourself to think big, all right? And here's what I mean by that. So when we're talking to our client, we're talking to a client, we're talking to our spouse, whoever, we as humans tend to give the whole story, like all the details, okay? When I'm on coaching calls with my clients, a lot of times they'll be like, okay, well, I'm just going to tell you this backstory because I think it might be really important. So they start in and they give me all the nitty gritty and I am notorious for stopping them and saying, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait. What's the real problem? And then they, hmm, what is the real problem? The price you're asking or that the, you know, you're late on the deadline or the thing didn't come in on time. The real problem is that you don't want to feel a negative feeling like that is what it comes down to 99 % of the time is that you just don't want to feel a negative feeling. You don't want to feel, um, defeated. You don't want to feel embarrassed. You don't want to feel like you're not in control. You don't want to feel inadequate, right? So you don't want to say to someone, hey, I'm sorry, but this thing is delayed because then what am I going to think about you that you don't know what you're doing, right? Or you don't want to say to someone, well, I actually would like to go down a different path because you're feeling like you're going to get some backlash on that. So the path isn't the problem. The delay isn't the problem. The problem is that you don't want to feel a negative feeling. So if you're not willing to figure out what the real problem is, then there's no way that you're going to be able to harness that fear that comes with kind of staying in the moment for the status quo, right? And think bigger because let's say you did want to shift gears on a project and you've got to kind of address that with the client. That's big thinking because you know in the future if you shift gears, it's going to be even more amazing than it already was, already is now, right? But you've got to get over that little hump of bringing that up, right? Or saying the hard thing. And we're wired. We don't like things that are hard or inefficient or uncomfortable, right? That's like our little caveman brain that wants to stay in the cave all comfy cozy. So we don't like that. But the real problem, 99 % of the time, is that you don't want to feel a negative feeling. End of story. Yeah. What it is. What it is. So I have to help clients see that though. Like you can't. It's really hard for us to do this on our own. So a lot of what I'm doing, I'm doing this in the book. I mean, I give tons of examples of this. And I'm doing it live in person every day. Sometimes it takes another person to ask you these questions. Why aren't you doing that? Or what's preventing you? And it's not about all the nitty -gritty details behind the scenes. It's just that basically, bottom line, you just don't want to feel something that's not so great. So what are we doing? We're focusing on the thing? Yeah. You're focusing on all the... Instead of the disease? What are we doing? Yeah. You're focusing on all these external factors, right? You're giving me the whole story about how the sofa is stuck on the ship that's coming from China. And then it got to the port and it can't get transferred across the country. And then it's going to delay the painter and it's going to blah, blah, blah. You're going to give me all the external things. And basically, I would just be like, well, have you told your client yet that there's a delay? Well, no. Why don't we just tell them? What's the big deal? Well, I mean, they're going to be disappointed. All right. They're going to be disappointed. You're disappointed too, right? Yeah, I'm disappointed too. Okay. So let's be humans and be disappointed together for about a day and then we'll move on. Yes. But see all that whole backstory? It's like all those external
A highlight from Andrew Marchand on MNF, McAfee, Swift/Kelce Coverage & More
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It's your journey. Welcome, everyone, to SI Media with Jimmy Traina. Thank you so much for listening. The usual periodic check in with Andrew Marchand from the New York Post this week. He joined the pod to talk about a variety of topics in sports media. We get into the ABC ESPN Monday Night Football staggered star double headers. We get into how ESPN and the ESPN and Pat McAfee marriage is going. Deion Sanders stuff. How the media has handled Taylor Swift and Travis Kelsey. What's going on with WWE and Monday Night Raw most likely looks like it's going to be on the move. Andrew had some stuff on that. A couple of things about local New York radio. So a bunch of sports media topics with Andrew Marchand on this episode. And then Salicata joins me as he does every week for our train of thought segment. Where we get into some NFL things about the Eagles. Should the NFL ban the Eagles one yard play. Joe Namath and Lou Holtz making headlines. Get into these ridiculous prop bets on Taylor Swift and Travis Kelsey. And Sal has a rough Sunday coming up. So if you're a fan of the train of thought segment, you'll want to hear that. Before we get to the full episode. I want you to make sure you listen to past episodes. If you've missed any and make sure you subscribe to us. I media Jimmy trainer. We've had a great run of guests. Kevin Clark from ESPN was on the show last week. Scott Hansen hosted the NFL Red Zone channel two weeks ago. Julian Edelman three weeks ago. Charles Barkley, Peter Schrager, Chris Russo, all recent guests. So if you missed any of those, give them a listen, download, subscribe to the pod and leave a review on Apple. We'll read it on an upcoming episode. All right. Andrew Marchand from the New York Post, followed by Salicata and train of thought. It's all coming up right now, right here. On S .I. media with Jimmy trainer. All right, training me now. S .I. media podcast regular. This periodic visit from the New York Post. And the March and Iran podcast is Andrew Marchand. Andrew, how are you? I'm good. How you doing, Jimmy? I'm good. I just realized I didn't put my phone on do not disturb. So I'm going to do that as we speak. And I'm going to let you know that I had a reader last week for my mailbag column on S .I. com, send it an email and said, when is Marchand's next appearance? So here we go. You made someone happy. Thank you that person. You made someone happy by coming on today. Let's start with this. A lot of media news to get to. Have you heard anything from ESPN or do you have any intel about how they feel about the last two weeks? How the staggered Monday Night Football doubleheader has gone? Because I've gotten a lot of emails and tweets about it. I'm sure you have as well. Yeah, I haven't talked to anybody specifically about how they feel about it. I mean, it is an NFL decision. ESPN is not in control of how those games are scheduled. Maybe they have some say, but it's the NFL decision. Yeah, I don't like it. Actually, in our podcast with John, it was my who's down this week. And the reason I just feel like I kind of said this on our part, it's too it's like having two quarterbacks and you have none. Right. And now if you have Joe Montana and Steve Young, there are two awesome games. Maybe that'd be better. But I just find my attention split and I don't know. And even at like halftime, I wouldn't recommend you go to the other game. Like I get what they're trying to do there, but it's not the NCAA tournament. And usually it's in like the second quarter, third quarter. So I personally don't think it really works that well. Now, I think they want to avoid I'm not positive, but I think they want to avoid that 10 30 late window. We used to get the Monday night and you get the, you know, crazy crew, either Chris Berman or Golick and Greenberg, you know, some of those crews back in the day. They probably don't want that late night game where, you know, you're losing that East Coast audience if it gets too late. But I don't know. I don't think this necessarily works. See, I like it. And what are the tweet? What are the tweeters say? Most people seem to not like it. Yeah. And why do you like it? The more the merrier. Give me as much football as possible. If I can watch eight games at one o 'clock on Sunday and four or five games at four o 'clock on Sunday, I can handle two games on Monday night. So, you know, I have two TVs. I put one game on each TV and two is better than one for me. That's just how I feel. Yeah, I've been a little running around these last couple of Mondays when this happened. So I may be a little bit, you know, my opinion skewed a little bit by that. It hasn't just been like I'm just chilling and watching, been running around a little bit. So perhaps that's, you know, maybe I could be swayed. I will say, you know, I don't know. This is a whole separate discussion. I would love to know your take on this, but I always feel like it's a little tough sometimes to criticize people in this podcast when I also have to book this podcast. So I try to be careful. Yeah, I notice you're very soft. That's what you're trying to say. Sometimes. So I'm sure this guy will never come on again, but they gotta do better than Chris Fowler on the secondary game. Just not, it's just not working. Chris is not a great play -by -player. Right. He was a great host, studio host. Can I say one thing? Yeah. He's on tremendous tennis. Like I watch the U .S. Open every single day. I think he's great on tennis. It's football where it's just something feels off. Well, tennis is also slower. And like you look at people who do really well at the slower sports. Like, you know, Jim Nantz is better than Chris Fowler, but Nantz is really his best thing is golf. And I think he's an OK NFL play -by -player. And at the end of his college basketball run, he was definitely, I don't know, OK is probably, you know, he was OK there as well. And I think if you look at Fowler and his history, now he's been doing play -by -play for a while now. And he has gotten better. Like when he first started on the number one crew, I mean, if I were covering it then, that would not, I probably would not have been that kind. Because he has gotten better, but it's not really good enough. And he's the rare case, I think with Herb Street, that Herb Street makes him better. Usually it's the play -by -player who makes the analyst better. And yeah, I think you're right. And I also think, you know, in fairness to Fowler, you know, ESPN put that crew together. They replaced Levy there and they had a year or two under their belt together as a team. And, you know, not the full team, but him and Riddick, Levy and Riddick, and then Jadolowski. And I think they kind of don't, they underestimate chemistry. It takes time to build it up. And so I think that hurts. And he just, he's a college guy too. It's hard just to come into the NFL. I know he, you know, he's talked how hard his schedule is with the U .S. Open. And then, you know, doing a game a couple days later. And then doing a college. And so, you know, that's hard. And so, yeah, he's not a tremendous play -by -player. To me, this is just me, it felt like when ESPN gave him that gig, it was more about ESPN trying to impress the NFL. Like, look, we have our number one college game. Like you had said earlier, the secondary Monday night game for years was, you know, Golic and Greenberg and Chris Berman with a cast of character. Rich Ryan did it one year. I think this is ESPN trying to say to the NFL, because now they have a Super Bowl and they have this big contract. And, you know, they brought in Buck and Aikman. Like, we're serious, we're going to take our, regardless of what you think about Fowler, he's their lead college guy. So, I feel like they're like, oh, look at us, we're putting the lead when, you know, that. Yeah, I think they screwed up and I think they know they screwed up. I think that they ended up shifting who was in charge of the NFL. It was Stephanie Drewley. And they moved her off the NFL after, you know, I think that didn't help her cause in terms of staying on the NFL. I think they were satisfied with Levy. He was a good guy, which they value. After they brought in Joe Buck, he was very gracious. You know, Levy's a very good hockey guy, especially studio host. I thought he could have, you know, could have been the pregame show on Monday Night Football. He's in, again, not their, in my opinion, they had other people who are better play -by -players for football, but it was good. Like, so, yeah, I don't think it was to impress the NFL. They got Joe Buck and Troy Aikman. They got the Mannings. I mean, they spend, they're spending 50, 60 million dollars a year on their booths. Like, I don't think the second team booth is gonna, you know. If anything, I think it was, there was a thought before Buck and Aikman that Fallon and Herb Street might get the NFL. Might get Monday Night Football. Might get the potential Super Bowl. And then this is kind of a carrot since they didn't get it. But I'd argue, and I even talked to Chris Fowler about this. So, I don't know if this is the case. I just don't know if, I mean, Chris Fowler does the national championship. He does the biggest college game every week for Disney. I can't, like, I get it. Maybe he wanted to do NFL. But is this really gonna satisfy him because you're doing a second game, which generally aren't that great? I don't, I don't see that long -term, personally. And I think also, strategically, if I'm ESPN, I'm putting a young play -by -player. Now, Joe Buck, we both think it's great. Like, he and Ian Eagle are the best two play -by -players going right now. And, um, but, Joe Buck's contract's up in a couple of years. If I'm ESPN, and I, you know, I think they'll probably re -sign Joe Buck, and they should. That said, he makes a lot of money. And, you know, I would be saying, who can I develop? What young guy can I develop? So when I go into that negotiation, I really have somebody who's on the rise. And I can say, hey, look, you don't want this, you know, the 15 million a year? Then we'll go here, you know? But if you start demanding, I'm not saying this is going to happen, but, demanding even more and more money, I'd want an option. I don't think they've created an option. They've actually put somebody in that spot who they've already said they'd rather spend 15 million dollars on Joe Buck than have Chris Fowler as the lead play -by -player. So, I just think negotiation -wise, and strategically, in terms of saving money, it wasn't a great decision. Yeah. I don't understand the insistence on the three -person booth, either. They had Fowler, Greasy, and Riddick. Excuse me, excuse me. Levy, Riddick, Greasy. Now it's Fowler or Lofsky, Riddick. To me, that, and, Fowler's used to a two -person booth with Herb Street. They have Buck and Aikman, which is a two -person booth. I don't understand the insistence on the three -person booth. It's just, for football, it just, I don't get it, but, that's just my - It complicates, it over -complicates it. Yeah. And like you said, chemistry. I think it's much harder to develop a chemistry with three. I mean, you know, the local Mets situation is different with Gary Cohn, Ron Darl - Is it in baseball, is it football? What three men, can you name - I mean, I guess back in the old Monday Night Football days, there were three men booths that had - Yeah, Collinsworth and Aikman with Buck that one year. Yeah, one year it lasted, you know. So, I don't know. But, there's no more staggered double -headers. The next one is week 14, and both games will start at 8 -15. I think that's the one that's going to piss a lot of people off. But, that's a long way down the road. You got the two TVs. Yeah. I asked you if ESPN, how they feel about Monday Night Football. Anything you've heard about how they feel about their new partnership with Pat McAfee. I mean, it's early, but they're bullish on it. I mean, they've kind of handed the keys to the network to McAfee. I mean, you can't - it's kind of like Stephen A. now. You can't really turn on ESPN almost every day except basically Sunday without seeing Pat. And so, you know, I think initially the ratings weren't that good. I think they got a little better in terms of the TV ratings. I think that kind of makes some sense because if you think about it, he was a YouTube show. Yeah, he's got to play for TV. Yeah, and he's still a YouTube show. Well, it is a play for TV because they think that they had Max in there before. They think that the ratings will be high enough that they'll be able to charge more for the ad rates. I guarantee you the money they'll make off of McAfee on social media and YouTube will be 8 billion times more than the money they made off Max Kellerman on social media. Oh, 100%. No, you're right. No, you're right. There's no doubt about that. And look, they want to get, I will say this, like, does it work? I think a lot of times when companies make big moves, you know, big time moves, a lot of times they make those moves when the person's kind of towards the end, you know, they got McAfee on the rise. Like, you know, we, you know, you and I have been aware of McAfee for years now, but he's really like, you know, here, I don't think he's at the plateau, you know, where most people go up and then they plateau and then they go down. He's at, he's still, I think, going up and then maybe the plateau is on the horizon and you can plateau for 20, 25 years if you have the right attitude and personality and just have the right act. So that's where I think that makes a lot of sense as a bet because it's not, I'll hit one close to home, Rick Riley leaving ESPN. I mean, leaving SI for ESPN where, you know, Rick Riley is one of the great columnist ever, but at that point, you know, whatever, maybe it was the internet, I don't know exactly. It just didn't really work as well at ESPN as it did at SI. And so I just think they've done that and that's kind of, you know, teams do that in sports and I think sometimes networks do that. And so I feel like signing McAfee in his mid -30s is kind of like signing a baseball free agent who's in his mid -20s and I think that's what you want to do as opposed to getting a, signing a 35 -year -old and, you know, thinking they can still play, you know, like, I don't know, like a Josh Donaldson, maybe trading for someone like that, Jimmy. You see what I did there? I don't need reminders of the horrific Yankee season. I just did that on purpose. I don't need that. My head was going, who am I going to say? All right, yeah, Josh Donaldson, but it was a treat. Just a, yeah, you want me to say Brian Cashman should be fired. It's amazing too, they replay that. I didn't know this was going to be the situation going into it, but they replay the show as soon as it's over, I think, on ESPN 2 and then they replay it at night on maybe ESPN News or one of their, what you said about if you're going to put on one of the ESPNs at any point in the day, you're going to see Pat McAfee. Yeah. So that's good for him. Like I, you know, people feel like - But I also think, ESPN has to be, they have Aaron Rodgers on their air every week. It's a news making thing that's on their air every week. They've got Nick, he's got Nick Saban on his show every week. Yeah. That's a news making thing every week. I would think ESPN has to be, forget the numbers because the numbers, I think, will be there. It's still a new thing. You have, the ESPN audience is older, the McAfee audience is younger, it might take some, but I would think ESPN just on the brand and the cachet of that show has to be thrilled. I think so. I mean, but if you talk, like I have, again, I'll probably make some calls here in the near future, but so I haven't talked specifically with anybody about that. But generally speaking, when these things first start, everyone loves it. So then we'll see. Again, I'm not saying, I could see it either way. Like, you know, McAfee has not really stayed at any of these, throughout any of these contracts he's had. So that's something to watch. Maybe this one he does, but that hasn't been the case previously. So that is something. I think the fact that he's on game day has to help the relationship there a little bit with ESPN. Here's the thing about McAfee. If you're managing him, in my opinion, and it's like Casey Jones, the former coach of the Celtics, was known for just throwing out the ball and telling McHale, Parrish, and Bird to go play, Dennis Johnson. At least that's how I remember as a kid. That was his reputation. And I think McAfee is sort of like that. Just give him the ball, let him do his thing. He's not looking to, you know, for some strategy. Let's, you know, triangle offense. He's not looking for that. He's looking for, let me do my thing. I know what I'm doing. And the thing about McAfee is he's very smart. Like, I know he plays this, like, he's not smart thing. It works very hard. He works hard and he's very smart. He's very savvy. He acts as if, like, you know, maybe he's, you know, just a dumb jock. But he understands the media business very well. We need, we need to discuss the Kelsey Taylor Swift thing because I actually think it's a legitimate media story. If Fox is going to get these increase in their demographics of the female audience, the young people, the NFL has gone all in on this thing. I mean, they changed their Twitter header to, like, a Taylor Swift thing. They're putting out Travis Kelsey Swiftiest plays on their social media. He's gained, I guess, a ton of followers, the jersey sale. Let me start with this. How did you think Fox handled it on Sunday when she was in the stadium? Do you think they overdid it? Do you think the fact that they had an unwatchable game takes them off the hook? What was your take on the Chiefs -Bears on Sunday when she was there? I think the second part, and I wouldn't take them off the hook, but I think the second part, you have an unwatchable game that you had to switch most of the country out of because it was so non -competitive, that you have Taylor Swift there, it's a big deal. And, you know, there's a lot of Taylor Swift fans who are football fans, a lot of non -Taylor Swift fans who weren't watching that game, but it was a talking point, right? Like, I saw Taylor Swift in the concert this summer, but that was kind of - Look at you! Yeah, how do you like that? Look at you! You couldn't even get tickets. Big shot. Where'd you get tickets? My daughter's friend just won the lottery. No shenanigans. Oh, really? Tickets were $235 each, which is still a lot of money, but not, like, $1 ,000. And it was just kind of happenstance, how I ended up going. I was going to say, if your daughter's friend got tickets, how did you end up at the era's tour? I mean - Were you, like - It's just a long drive to get to the metal lands, didn't want them driving back. They're older, they can drive, but at, you know, one o 'clock in the morning from Taylor Swift, so - But you were in MetLife and watched the show. Yes. Friendship bracelets? Well, you want to know something funny? This is a good one. So, my daughter's friend said to me, do you want a - do you want a jewel? And I'm like, no, no, no, I'm okay. Thinking she's saying a jewel, like a jewel, smoke. But she was saying, like, to, like, get bedazzled, a little jewel, which I would have taken. So later, I was like, I told my daughter, I said, but your friend, she said she asked me if I wanted a jewel. She's like, no, no, she didn't say you wanted a jewel. She said, do you want a - a jewel to put some ju - you know. Right. I didn't have any bracelets, but I was into - I liked Taylor Swift. I wouldn't go again. I kind of felt bad being there, because there's people who give their left arm to be there. But it was - look, she is an unbelievable performer. I mean, it was - you could - first of all, I liked some of her songs. Secondly, the level of performance. It was just, you know, it was an A+. I mean, that - that - and that is something, even if you didn't like her music, you can appreciate it. And also, I appreciate it if I had to go to the bathroom. Easy pass right in there. No one. Right. No one's leaving their seat except for people like you who aren't in it. Yeah, and especially, yeah, and more skewed women.
A highlight from 6 Tips to Stay Sober on Vacation
"Do you want to stay sober and still travel and have amazing vacations? Maybe you're newly sober and worried about taking your first trip without alcohol, or maybe you've been sober a while, but you have a big trip coming up, a bachelorette party in Vegas or a wedding in Mexico, and that's making you anxious just thinking about doing it without drinking. From pub crawls to beach parties to boozy boat cruises, the thought of traveling can be a major trigger. Whatever your situation might be, you can be a person who travels alcohol -free and still has the time of your life. Hey everybody, welcome to the Addiction Unlimited podcast, where you get to learn everything you want to know about addiction and recovery. I'm your host, Angela Pugh, co -founder of Kansas City Recovery, Life Coach, and Recovering Alcoholics. To learn more about me, you can listen to episode zero on your podcast app, or find us on the web at addictionunlimited .com. What do you have planned for your next trip? A family vacation, a family reunion, a work trip, a camping trip? You're probably thinking days on the beach, nights on the town. It's hard to imagine doing any of it without a drink in hand, especially if you're new to sobriety or if you're facing your first ever sober travel. Going on vacation usually means relaxing and being carefree, and for many of us, relaxing meant excessive consumption of alcohol and or other substances. I was exactly the same way. Every trip I ever took was a drinking trip. I mean, honestly, everything I ever did was about drinking, whether it was a trip or not. But one of the greatest things about being sober is that my whole world expanded, and I mean that literally. I've gotten to travel the world, see beautiful places, have phenomenal experiences that I never could have done in my drinking life. When I was drinking, I would always talk about all the traveling I wanted to do, all the places I wanted to go and see, but I couldn't actually do any of it. I was a bit lucky because I lived in Southern California, and there are a lot of fun things you can do spur of the moment. And I promise you, I have had my fair share of last minute decisions drunken to drive to Vegas after work at 3 a .m. with all my drunk friends. But as a sober person, traveling is full of triggers, and that can feel daunting. And that's one of the main reasons I wanted to start hosting sober vacations. It's so much to think about if you're going on a work trip or a family trip where you may be the only non -drinking person. It's like every event every day comes with its own special side of anxiety as you obsess about getting through each thing without drinking, also without looking like a weirdo being the only one not drinking, and at the same time trying not to be overwhelmed by FOMO and somehow still manage to have some fun. Wow, sounds great, doesn't it? So my first sober vacation group trip is just around the corner, and the next sober vacation with me is in Bali in 2024. So I thought this would be the perfect time to do an episode about traveling and staying sober while you do it. So if you've got a vacation coming up or you're just thinking about traveling or you're traveling with me, here's my advice for taking an epic sober trip. Number one, this is not going to surprise you. If you've been following me for any length of time, you probably know this is going to be the first thing I'm going to say. Plan ahead. Okay, think about what parts of the trip will be most challenging. Will it be the packing, the planning, sitting at the airport, being on the plane, the layover, right? Think it through. What is going to be the most challenging part of the journey for you? And then create solutions for those hardest parts. And one thing you're going to hear me stress throughout this episode too is to do things differently. Okay, your brain makes thousands decisions of all day, every day. So it goes on autopilot a lot, right? Any things we do that are regular we're doing day in and day out, your brain will go on autopilot. Like when you drive to work. Have you ever had one of those moments you start your car and you go and all of a sudden you're at work and you don't really remember the drive because you're on autopilot and that helps your brain conserve energy. So when you're making changes in your life, it's hugely important to do things differently because it snaps you out of that autopilot mode so you don't end up with a drink in your hand. So think this through. Plan ahead. What's going to be your hardest part and then create solutions for the hardest part. Don't just do things on autopilot the way you've always done and then expect to have a different result. If you do everything exactly the way you've always done, you're going to end up with a drink in your hand if you're used to getting to the airport and having a drink in your hand. So do things differently and think this through for when you get there. Also, do you have a hard time in the evening at dinner or is it lunch time? If it's lunch time because you're usually laying on the beach getting your food and drinks served to you, then don't just lay there on the beach like you did in your drinking life. Get up, go for a walk, schedule a surfing lesson, take your own drinks with you. Whatever you need to do, just do it differently. If it's dinner time, schedule an activity for early the next morning so you have something to look forward to and a reason to go back to your room and go to bed early. Do it differently but think through those pieces of the journey. What is going to be most challenging for you and create some solutions for those time frames? And we're going to talk about some of those solutions moving forward. The next one is the flight part. Be prepared to fly. Airports and airplanes are full of potential triggers from long security lines to the liquor they serve during the flight. Try to distract yourself from temptation along the way, right? Buy a yummy coffee or some kind of fruit drink or something after you go through security. Get a treat to make you happy and take your mind off a drink. For me, it's gummies. I'm gummy obsessed. I can buy a bag at the airport. I can keep them handy. I can munch on them while I'm walking around the airport shopping or while I'm working, waiting for my flight. And one of the biggest things that saves me in this whole travel journey and I've traveled a ton. So I'm not super triggered by traveling. I'm an introvert. I just get quiet. I go inside my head in my own little world and I can do it pretty easily. But one of my saving graces is earbuds, right? Put your earbuds in. Take out a good book. Play a game. Listen to podcasts. Listen to music. Anything to keep you occupied throughout the duration of your journey. But be prepared. What is that going to look like? Again, know what the most difficult parts of your journey are going to be and make sure you have things in place to get you through those times. For on the flight, this is the next one. Make an in -flight toolkit. And this is a lot of things I just rattled off. Being on the airplane has its own special brand of triggers, because it's really stressful. It takes a long time, especially if you are impatient and judgy and you're sitting there watching everything everybody does, just tearing them down and being mad that people are taking so long and they're not doing it the way you would do it and the way you think is right. If that's where your thoughts are, listen, you're going to be irritated. Also, the other part of in -flight is airplanes are essentially a giant bar flying through the sky. And if you previously relied on drinks to get you through the airport and or the flight, then I definitely recommend making an airplane toolkit, especially if it's a long flight. You can sleep on planes, then bring the stuff that will make you comfortable to sleep on the plane. Research the best neck pillow and get it. Maybe you already have it, so don't forget it. Take a really good eye mask to block out the brightness of the plane. Also creating some privacy, right? I think all of us know when you look at your neighbor and they've got their earbuds in and an eye mask on, you're not going to be talking to that person and trying to carry on conversation, right? But if you are a person that's an extrovert and you want to chat it up, you want to talk to the people around you, then don't put in your earbuds and put on your eye mask yet. But have your pillow, if it's super long flight, have some compression socks, have plenty of food and snacks in your bag. Have your tablet, you know, an iPad full of books or movies or tv shows. I always take my favorite thermal water cup. It goes with me everywhere in my life and I take it when I travel also. Obviously it's empty. I throw it in my carry -on duffel bag and when the flight attendants come offering drinks, I just hand her my water cup and say, can I get some water? And they fill my water cup, I'm good to go. I also always plan on in wi -flight -fi. I just plan on it. I don't care about the expense. I get a lot of work done when I'm flying because I'm a captive audience, right? There's nothing else. It's not like when I'm at home in my office, like where there's a million distractions and things to do and it's like, oh, let me cook this or start some laundry or make this phone call or take a lunch break, right? When I'm on a flight, I'm captive and that is a beautiful time to get a ton of work done. So I just plan on getting the in -flight wi -fi. I don't care if it's ten dollars for the day or whatever. I'm just doing it. Also, when I have wi -fi, I can log on to any of my streaming services and watch my favorite stuff or I can go on YouTube and put on one of my favorite long podcasts, right? There's all kinds of podcasters that have these super long podcasts like Huberman who I love, right? Huberman Lab. His stuff is like two freaking hours long, but that's a great thing to do in a flight. I've got my earbuds in, log on to YouTube. I can start a Huberman or Lewis Howes or Jay Shetty and I can listen to that while I work and do my thing. Earbuds, earbuds, earbuds. I also take my iPad and I have my favorite game on my iPad. I love playing match 3D and I just went to Phoenix a couple of weeks ago. It was brilliant. I went to see my best friend and his family and it was the first time I ever like took my iPad to play my game, but it was amazing, especially when you're sitting in your seat and you're waiting for everybody else to board. All that impatient judginess I was talking about, distract yourself from that. Don't put yourself in a bad mood or cause yourself unnecessary stress or create a bunch of negative thinking. It's just not worth it. It's dumb. It's pointless. It's a waste of your energy. So I just sat there and opened up my iPad and I played match 3D and that's what I did and it was perfect, especially until we took off and then I got on my computer and whatever.
A highlight from SBF TRIAL: Inside Sam Bankman-Fried's Trial Defense Episode 2
"The most important thing is, you know, just because a lawyer tells you something is okay, that's not a defense. Geez, he said it. He seemed to think everything was okay. Yeah. That's not an advice of counsel defense that negates criminal intent, that's an excuse. In part two of our series digging into SPF's defense, we dissect Sam Bankman -freed's claims that his lawyers played a larger role in FTX's collapse than he did. It might sound like a stretch, but there is legal precedent behind it. SPF also says he was pressured by counsel into turning FTX over to their hand -picked successor. In this episode, we sit down with Mark Litt, the prosecutor who took down Bernie Madoff, Travis Kling, a fund manager who still has millions of dollars tied up in FTX, and Mr. Purple, a pseudonymous crypto investor and fellow FTX victim, to see if there's any legitimacy to SPF's claims that lawyers who were there for FTX's rise are now primed to rake in hundreds of millions of dollars in legal fees. Money that SPF says should be used to pay back depositors. I'm Zach Ousman, you're listening to the SPF Defense Podcast, a coinage investigation. SPF's position is that FTX would have made it through the crisis if not for his lawyers, which conspired to steal the company out from under him, cover up their role in its operation, and siphon hundreds of millions of dollars in legal fees from the bankrupt estate. SPF even names one lawyer in particular, Ryan Miller, who joined FTX US from the law firm's Sullivan and Cromwell, and planned on returning there after his time at the exchange, according to an affidavit from FTX's top lawyer. SPF says Miller conspired to hand the company over to Solcrom and their chosen agent, John J. Ray III, who also handled Enron's bankruptcy. And whether you come to believe Sam's claims or not, Solcrom and Ray clearly won. If FTX's bankruptcy process takes the two years like Enron's did, it's on track to cost over $800 million. And Solcrom's relationship has already been called out by more than just Sam. It's even been raised as an issue by senators and 18 state regulators. But could SPF be right about Ryan Miller and Solcrom's nefarious motives? And even if they did do some evil lawyer shit, will it be enough to get SPF off the hook? To fully understand this defense strategy, it helps to start with SPF's story behind his attempt to plug the now notorious multi -billion dollar hole at FTX back in November's collapse. As the story goes, he was preparing to handle the liquidity crisis by courting Nomura, Japan's largest investment group, and the crypto company Tron, who had pledged billions of dollars in liquidity to FTX, while other investors were still deliberating. SPF had said he planned on giving away most of his equity in the company, and therefore most of his wealth, in an attempt to make customers of FTX International whole. SPF has always maintained that FTX US remained completely solvent right up to the end. But SPF says his rescue plan failed because Ryan Miller and Solcrom agents at his company, including Tim Wilson, another FTX lawyer with a past at Solcrom, pressed him repeatedly to sign the company's over to John Ray in bankruptcy, and even implied that if he refused, they could have him arrested and quote, change control in order to authorize a proper insolvency process. SPF said he changed his mind within 10 minutes of signing, but it was already too late. And he says his lawyers reneged on their promises to let him select a board share, blocking him out of his accounts and refusing to communicate further. As soon as John Ray was installed, he chose Sullivan and Cromwell as FTX's primary counsel. To be fair, SPF actually has a point when it comes to the sketchiness of that process. Even outside legal observers have taken issue with Solcrom being tapped as the firm to manage FTX's bankruptcy. In fact, a bipartisan group of two Republican and two Democratic senators, including Elizabeth Warren, sent a letter to the judge overseeing the case, urging him to appoint an independent examiner rather than Solcrom, which worked with FTX and Alameda before the collapse, bringing in $8 .5 million in legal fees. The senators argued, quote, given their longstanding legal work for FTX, they may well bear a measure of responsibility for the damage wrecked on the company's victims. Regulators from 18 states echoed that issue, saying appointing an independent examiner wasn't just right, it was also legally required. But back in February, the judge in the case threw out those requests, saying it would cost too much money, though we should note FTX's lawyers also charged the bankruptcy estate $21 ,000 over 20 days just for meals, which apparently isn't too much to spend. And if you ask the victims in FTX's collapse, this is all pretty important, considering it's their deposits and claims at stake. And if their money is being drained in broad daylight by a law firm who also helped FTX pre -collapse, that might not sit any better than Sam spending it. We talked to Travis Kling, who lost his crypto investment fund in FTX's collapse, and asked him to weigh in. If you ask me at the very beginning, do you think this is going to be one of the most expensive bankruptcies in U .S. history, I would say yes. Yes. You know, it's enormous. There's a ton of fraud, and it's magic internet money. Trying to kind of Monday morning quarterback this and say, oh, Sam would have been better off not filing for bankruptcy. That's not something that I feel very strongly about. And Solkrom's outrageous fees aren't the only reason for concern. SPF also claims Solkrom gave a clean bill of health to Alameda's trading accounts on FTX in a report with the CFTC just months before the collapse. Furthermore, in his affidavit, Dan Friedberg, who was both FTX's chief compliance officer and Alameda's general counsel until he stepped down following the crisis, says Miller only included FTX U .S. in the bankruptcy proceedings precisely because Miller knew it had the funds to pay Solkrom for its work, which backs up what SPF said about how FTX U .S. was never insolvent. So this may be a case of the fox guarding the henhouse. Solkrom denies any of this, of course. The firm's top bankruptcy lawyer, Andrew Dietrich, who told other lawyers FTX was rock solid in an email just days before the bankruptcy, said he only spoke with SPF twice. The FTX debtors also countersued Friedberg to seek damages, alleging he breached his fiduciary duties. We can't say much more beyond that because Solkrom never got back to us when we asked for a comment. But one thing is clear, what guidance Sam's lawyers gave him, and particularly what they knew about the business, will become integral to SPF's defense at trial. Even if you asked Ryan Miller before the collapse, the laws are pretty simple for any business, crypto or otherwise. Here he is explaining that concept at an MIT Bitcoin meetup in July 2022. Don't do fraud, don't lie, don't release materially incomplete statements. That then creates a basis for liability, liability from a criminal authority, be it a Department of Justice or liability in a civil context. Yet according to Caroline Allison's guilty plea, they had trouble following even those rules. In her sworn testimony, she said, quote, I agreed with Mr. Bankman, Fried and others to provide materially misleading financial statements to Alameda's lenders. Could Miller or any of SPF's lawyers, for that matter, be one of those others? Sam's other allegation that Miller contacted the DOJ to turn over documents that led to his indictment days before SPF linked, which controlled the company, makes Miller start to look even sketchier. But even if Solkrom really does have a true conflict of interest, could SPF really use their role in everything that happened to get an acquittal? Given that I'm not a lawyer, we pose that defense to Mark Litt, the prosecutor who took down Bernie Madoff. Can a lawyer be a criminal? Sure. Yeah. Can a lawyer be part of a criminal enterprise? Yes. Do they often go down? I don't know a lot of reputable lawyers who are going to bless lying to investors, lying to banks, intermingling funds, lying to auditors. If he happened to find one who knew all that was going on and blessed it, then maybe as a defense. But I tend to doubt it. You can't think of it as, well, oh, well, you know, Sullivan and Cromwell was involved or a former Sullivan and Cromwell lawyer was involved and, geez, he said he seemed to think everything was okay. That's not an advice of counsel defense that negates criminal intent. That's an excuse masquerading as an advice of counsel defense. Advice of counsel defense is very specific and narrow. You need competent counsel and they'll stipulate that any lawyer at Sullivan and Cromwell is competent in the subject area that they're being asked about. Second, every material fact has to be disclosed to them. Third, you have to seek their legal opinion on a subject. And fourth, you have to follow the advice. So if the defense can make out those elements, I would think they'd be able to present the defense and it might have a shot of winning. So Sol Cromwell might not be saints, but as we covered last time in episode one, SPF isn't exactly facing a trial over FTX's collapse. He's charged with a lot of things that led up to FTX's collapse. Arguably, what's alleged to have happened post -collapse matters more for FTX's victims. And if you ask them, the reviews are mixed on exactly what's played out thus far. If I'm going to judge Sullivan and Cromwell and John J. Wray from my purview of being someone who's seen these things in bankruptcy, I would give them a very low grade because you can say, oh, this is crypto, it's difficult, but it's not that difficult. And sometimes the devil you know is better than the one you don't. I will say that these debtors are extremely bad in my professional experience. That was Mr. Purple, a pseudonymous crypto investor who has experience following bankruptcy proceedings. For former FTX customers like him, Sam's spat with Sol Cromwell matters very little, as long as the firm can help achieve a meaningful recovery of their funds. And despite the fact that legal fees are stacking up, the bidding market for FTX customer claims is showing a growing hope they might not be stuck with pennies on the dollar. Another way to frame it is, you know, there's a claims market for FTX claims, trade claims, trade actively. There's a little niche of traditional finance that all they do is go around to different bankruptcies in all industries and they buy claims. This is this is a, you know, a subsector of of investing. And this is a huge bankruptcy. So this has been a very big liquid market. Right. And the first, you know, we're a very big creditor in this. So, you know, I'm in active conversations in this claims market. First, first bid we saw was in Thanksgiving and it was like six cents. That was the first bid. Six cents on the dollar, six cents on the dollar. And now now it's like 40 cents. And so it's gone from six to 40 cents. So then I'm like, OK, well, that feels quite good. Yeah. And OK, these guys are charging a load of money for that, but they have taken us from six cents to 40 cents. With both FTX's bankruptcy case and SPF's criminal case unfolding in real time, one may very well impact the other. We filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the CFTC to share the report. Sam says Solkrom filed to support that FTX's structure was above board. The agency denied our request, saying it's unable to share documents that, quote, could interfere with the conduct of federal agency law enforcement activities. And of course, as long as Solkrom selected John Ray is running the show at FTX, it's unexpected anything comes out to support SPF's case. FTX, too, didn't get back for comment. So unless SPF has direct evidence of lawyers being aware of FTX's shaky financials and helping for years to cover it up, it's hard to judge SPF's advice of counsel defense or the idea that he thought he was in the clear leading up to the collapse just because his lawyers said it was fine. As Litt said, that sounds more like an excuse than a defense. As a community owned Web3 media outlet, Coinage will be breaking down everything we've learned together through this series and curating still unanswered questions at Coinage .Media. I'm Zach Guzman. This was the second part of Coinage's investigative series covering SPF's defense. Stay tuned for episode three, where we'll explore another pillar. Of SPF's defense. You've been listening to the SPF Defense on the Coindesk Podcast Network. Follow the Coindesk Podcast Network to get all the Coindesk shows in one place and head over to Coindesk .com for all the Sam Bankman freed coverage. Thanks for listening.
A highlight from Eric Diaz's Journey From the University of Georgia to Coaching Rising American Alex Michelsen
"Welcome to the official tennis .com podcast featuring professional coach and community leader Kamau Murray. Welcome to the tennis .com podcast. We are here with Eric Diaz. You remember the name? Eric is son of Manny Diaz, coach of Alex Mickelson, Werner Tan, and right now has his own thing called tier one performance out in the Irvine area. Welcome to the show, Eric. How's it going? Thanks for having me. Thanks for having me. It's great to be on. Great to be on. So I interviewed your dad probably about 2 months ago. That was, you know, we were poking fun about him redshirting Ethan Quinn, you know, not choosing not to play Ethan Quinn later. You know he wins NCAA the next year. It was kind of like, what were you thinking, right? Yeah, one of those tough ones. Oh yeah, it was kind of like, did you think he wasn't ready? Was he, did he think he wasn't ready? Like, you know, you probably could have won NCAA twice. That kind of thing but you obviously came from good tennis pedigree. So, I guess the first obvious question was what was it like growing up with your dad being Manny? You know, because I, it's hard not to take work home, right? Let's just put it that way. You're a tennis coach and a child of a tennis dad. Yeah. You know, I don't know. I think anybody that's been in tennis for a long time knows it's kind of a lifestyle a little bit. You know, there's definitely being the tennis coach and kind of, you know, working toward things but it's also, I don't know, the sport takes so much of you that sometimes, you know, it just feels like, you know, it's second nature. It's kind of a part of it. So, I mean, growing up in Athens, growing up around Dan McGill Complex was always a treat. That was back when NCAA's were kind of always hosted in Athens. So, I got to watch, you know, all the college greats. I grew up watching the Bryan brothers get, you know, sadly then they were kind of pegging some of our guys in doubles matches but, you know, it was really cool being able to sit court side, watch those guys and then, you know, be able to watch them on TV a little bit later. Really cool. Really cool experience growing up. Now, from a junior career, did your dad coach you your whole career or did he hire private coaches to sort of teach you technique? Because I know, you know, coaching at a program like UGA, it is very demanding and sometimes the children of the tennis coach lose out to the actual players and the people who are paying. So, did he coach you? How was that? You know, he coached me. I think he tried to coach me but at the same time, he also didn't want to put too much pressure on me to like, you know, really play tennis and go in. So, he kind of let it be my own thing. I started, I actually went to Athens Country Club, great little spot on the outside of Athens. Alan Miller was the main coach there. So, he helped me out a lot. He actually, he was on my dad's first, you know, assistant coaching team where they won a national title. I think he paired with Ola who now obviously has been with USGA for a while. I think they played doubles and I think they won a doubles title as well. So, I think Alan was a part of the first team championship and then he was also, you know, he won a doubles title there too. I think he might have won two. So, I spent a lot of time around him which was also, it was really cool. You know, it was a guy who was a part of the Georgia tennis family. Athens is really tight -knit like that and so it's special to be a part of that family both, I guess, through blood and through, you know, the alumni. It's cool. Now, let me ask you, did you ever consider going anywhere else, right? I mean, successful junior career, one of the top players in the nation, tons of options. You know, it could be like, you know, there's always sort of the, oh, his dad's going to give him a scholarship, right? You saw with Ben Shelton, you know, Brian Shelton. Obviously, he's going to look out for his kid. Did you ever aspire to like go to another top program or UCLA or Texas or Florida? I think growing up, you know, because I got to see all those teams play. You know, I remember in 1999, I looked up this guy who, he played number one for UCLA. I don't know, this guy showed up. I'm a little kid and he had half of his head was blue and the other half was gold and, you know, UCLA was firing it up. They were really good at the time. I remember that was my dad's first national title in 99. And, you know, ever since then, I really, you know, I looked up to the guys. Every now and then, I got to sneak on to a little travel trip and, you know, I got to see what it was like. But, I mean, for me, it was always Georgia. I thought Athens was a special place, you know, getting to see the crowds that they get there and being able to kind of just see the atmosphere of everybody caring about each other. You know, it was cool looking at other teams. You know, the Brian brothers had the cool Reebok shoes, you know, the UCLA guy with the different hair. But at the end of the day, it was always the dogs. It was always Georgia. So, I was really lucky when I got to be a part of that team and I got to kind of wear the G that, you know, through my junior years, I was always wearing it, you know, but I guess it was a little bit different when you're actually, you know, on the team and representing. I think it's a different feeling. Yeah. So, if you didn't go into tennis, what else would you be doing? Like, you know, I didn't, you know, I'm obviously coaching now, but I didn't go right into coaching. I went to work into pharmaceuticals like marketing, sales, you know, finance. It's always, I always find it interesting to say if I wasn't coaching, I got my degree, I would be doing this. Yeah. You know, if I was a little bit more prone, I think to just loving schoolwork and loving studying, you know, everybody's always told me that I would make a pretty good lawyer just because I'm a bit of a contrarian. I like to argue. I like to challenge everybody that's kind of around me. So, I'm always looking for a good argument. So, I'll go with that. Everybody's always told me, you know, maybe you should have been a lawyer. You argue a Hey, lot. well, I'm sure, I'm sure your tennis parents, right? The parents of the academy probably don't like that one, right? They like to be in control. They have the last say and be contrarian. A lot of the time they do. A lot of the time they do. Yeah. So, you're sort of like stepping out, right? Out of the shadow and you're now on the west coast out there in the with Irvine area tier one performance and quite honestly, making your own name. I know you've had opportunity to coach Alex Mickelson as well as, you know, Lerner, Tan who are both like doing real well, both like main draw this year at US Open. Tell me about the process of moving way west. Yeah. And starting your own thing. Well, you know, it kind of started with, you know, I took that leap and I moved away from home for, you know, the first time because obviously being born and raised and going to school at UGA. I took my first chance and I went to Boise State and I worked under Greg Patton for a year who I'd heard great things about and, you know, all were true. He's a great guy. I thought it was a fantastic experience. So, I did that for a year and then over the summer, the UGA swim coach's son that I kind of grew up with, he was in Newport and so I kind of came to visit and then, you know, all of a sudden the opportunity to be coaching out here, you know, came about and, you know, I did my due diligence a little bit. You know, I looked at the old tennis recruiting pages and, you know, I'm looking at all the talent over the last like 20 years and, you know, statistically, you look at the list and you're like, okay, you know, if I'm in this area and I give myself, you know, the right opportunities and I, you know, learn how to coach properly, you know, I feel like I've had some pretty good experience from some good mentors. You know, then I kind of thought, you know, okay, maybe I can kind of control my own destiny out here a little bit and, you know, over time, it's taken a lot but, you know, over time, I feel like I did get myself some pretty decent opportunities. So, when you first laid eyes on Mickelson, how old was he? He was 12. He was coming out to some point place. It was the first place I kind of rented courts. It was this old rundown beat up club but beautiful. There were some trees there. Nobody wanted it. The courts were kind of run down and everyone's like, oh no, nothing there and I was like, I'll take it. So, you know, it gave me space. It gave me courts. It gave me the ability to kind of try and market. I made things cheap so I could get a lot of kids out there and try and get a competitive environment going and luckily, you know, had a good bit of talent out there where, you know, the kids kind of attracted the kids and I was this young coach, 23, 24 and, you know, over time, you know, people started to kind of gain trust and realize, you know, this guy isn't that bad. So, you know, over time, it kind of, you know, worked in my favor and, you know, everything kind of worked out. I eventually switched clubs to a nicer one and, you know, you move up. You earn your stripes. Now, when you saw him, did you initially see, you know, like super talent because he won our ADK this summer and, you know, it was full of Steve Johnson, Su -Woo Kwong. It was Ethan Quinn. It was other names, right? Kanee Shakuri. And Alex, okay, you know, he got the USTA wildcard. He's a young kid. You know what I mean? Like, sort of under the radar and then he wins the whole tournament in finals Newport on the grass like a week later. So, did you see it right away? Was he like a typical kind of 12 -year -old throwing his racket, having tantrums? What was he like at 12? Alex has always turned on tantrums. But, you know, when he was 12, he was good. But, you know, I'll be honest, there were a handful of kids out there that, you know, Kyle Kang, who's had a lot of success. I saw him. Sebastian Goresney, who Alex won doubles with. There were a handful of others and, I mean, Alex, they were, he was good. If I thought that he would be this good, you know, at this point, I think I'd I don't think I saw that. But, you know, you definitely see that this kid's capable of playing at a pretty good level while he's young. And then, you know, as the years kind of go and then as you sort of see him and his personality kind of develop, you kind of recognize, you know, this, you know, this isn't too normal of a 16, 17, 18 -year -old kid. And then, you know, sure enough, eventually the results followed, which was pretty fun to watch. Yeah, I mean, I felt it was interesting because he was here with like his friend. Yeah. You know, not even like a coach, trainer, physio, nothing. Like him and his homeboy. Yeah. He didn't look like he played tennis. You know what I mean? So, yeah, it was like, it was interesting to show up without, you know, completing against guys who are here with like coaching that they're paying six -figure salaries and who are scouting, right? And for him to kind of move through the draw, honestly, I mean, you know, maybe he split sets once. Yeah. It was actually really interesting. He's an extremely competitive kid. And so, you know, throughout the last few years kind of as we've traveled to some events and as he's gone to some like by himself, you know, the whole understanding is, okay, how well do you really understand, you know, your day -to -day process? How well are you able to, you know, nowadays, you know, with challengers, everything you can stream, you can watch. So, you know, both myself and, you know, Jay, the other coach that's here and helping him out, you know, we watch, we communicate. But, you know, at the end of the day, you know, it was one of those big decisions, okay, are you going to go to college or are you going to go pro? And he's kind of weighing those two things. And it's, you know, if you really think you want to be a pro, show me. And so it's one of those things, luckily, when he's young, you know, you have the, you know, it's kind of freedom. If he loses some matches, okay, you're young. If, you know, you win some matches, okay, great. You're young. So it's one of those things where, you know, we really kind of wanted to see, you know, what he's able to do sort of on his own. How well can he manage emotionally? How well can he, you know, create some game plans and stick to his day -to -day routines? And he, I would say he passed. And did he officially turn pro? He officially turned pro, yeah. Yeah. So I know UGA was going to be where he was going. I know he was undecided this summer, but UGA was going to, was there a little bit of an inside man kind of happening here, right? You know, I mean, you know, I think that, you know, I'll definitely say, I think he had some exposure to hearing about, you know, some Georgia greatness. I think that for sure. But, you know, I'll say it was his decision. Ultimately, I tried to not put too much pressure or expectation on where he was going to go. You know, I think Georgia has a lot to offer. So I think, you gone that route, I think it would be, you know, I don't think we can really fail if, you know, you're going and you're trying to be a tennis player and that's a place you choose. I think it's a pretty good place. Now tell us about Lerner Tan. I'll admit as a player that I hadn't had the opportunity to watch too much. I had not watched him in the challenges at all. But was he also sort of in the program at a young age or did he just sort of come later on? My partner actually, you know, kind of helped him when he was young because Levitt Jay used to be incorporated at Carson, which was kind of where Lerner kind of had his, you know, beginnings. He was a little bit more, I guess I'll say, you know, his talent was Federation spotted, I guess you could say as to where Alex was kind of, you know, the guy on the outside a little figuring his own way. Lerner was kind of the guy that everybody kind of thought was, you know, the guy. Right. And so, you know, it's been fun kind of watching him, you know, see his transition, you know, from juniors to now, you know, kind of becoming, you know, the top of juniors, you know, winning Kalamazoo the last two years and his transition. It's been fun to see. So, you know, I've seen a lot of him out of the last, you know, two and a half to three years. So it's been, it's definitely been a different transition. I feel like, you know, it's a little bit fire and ice there. You know, Alex is the fiery one screaming a good bit and Lerner is the silent killer. So it's, they're definitely different, which I think, you know, is pretty refreshing and it's kind of cool to see them both have success in their own accord. So tell us about Tier 1 then. So how many courts, obviously you grew up, I mean, like, you know, I started in the park years ago, right? In Chicago Park, right? And now I got 27 courts. But tell us about Tier 1 performance now. Where are you? How many courts do you now have? How many kids are you serving? Yeah, we're in Newport Beach right now, which is great. Weather's nice. We have, right now, we're running our program out of only five ports. It's not that big. You know, we take a lot of pride in just kind of being individually, you know, development based. I feel like if you're in our program, you're going to have, you know, a good bit of time from the coaches. You're probably going to have a chance to hit with some of the top guys. We try to be really selective with who we kind of have. Just because in Southern California, it's really difficult to, you know, get your hands on a ton of courts. There's so many people in tennis. There's only a few clubs now. You know, pickleball, even at our club right now, you know, pickleball is booming. You know, so many people are playing. It's keeping clubs alive, which, you know, I think is nice. But at the same time, I would love to see, you know, a lot of tennis courts and tennis opportunity. But, you know, it is what it is. Yeah, man, pickleball is definitely taking over. You see clubs getting rid of one court, two courts, and they think that it's not that big of an impact. But I mean, two courts really makes a difference in terms of being able to spread kids out, get them more time, get more balls and more balls at the time. But it's, you know, I think in tennis, if we want to fight them off, we've got to market better and we've got to grow, right? They're in this growth sort of stage and we're sort of stagnant, you know, so it's not like we're not leaving the club with a lot of choices other than to diversify, you know what I mean? Right. Yeah, yeah, yeah, for sure. So, let me ask you that. So, you've obviously had two kids that are going on. What do you tell that next parent, whose kid's 14, right, may get to see learner Alex come to the academy and number one, they want to homeschool, right, or ask you whether or not they should homeschool or B, you know, whether or not they should choose to go to college or, you know, turn pro. How are you advising parents? Because I get the question all the time. Should we homeschool, right? Should we do whatever? And I always, you know, the answer is always, it depends. Yeah. But what would be your answer in terms of homeschooling to train? Well, look, I definitely think that if your primary goal is to be a tennis player and I think, you know, if you're an athlete and that's kind of what you want to do, I think there's a lot of benefit in homeschooling just because, you know, it enables you to travel. You know, if I get to the ITF level, you know, I need to be able to travel. Those tournaments start on Monday and they go through Friday. So, you know, if I'm in a regular school, if I'm a high school kid, you know, that's a pretty difficult life for me to be able to justify or to, you know, be able to get my excused absences and stuff like that. You know, we're definitely big. You know, if you show me a 14 and under kid and I feel like I had pretty good experience in this just because I saw a lot of kids from the age of 12 to 14, you know, I got to see an entire kind of generation out of SoCal and a lot of them were pretty good. You know, the one thing I think, you know, when you're 12, 13, 14 years old, I think the primary thing kind of for level, obviously it matters how you're doing it, but I think the primary thing is the repetition. You know, I saw a ton of kids where they had a bunch of practices and I knew that that kid probably, you know, had 30%, 40 % more time than some of the other kids. And, you know, sure enough, that kid is more competent at keeping the ball in play. You know, they're able, you know, they've just seen and touched more balls. So, you know, they're going to make more balls. I think it's a balance. I think it really depends on the parents. I think it really depends on the kid. And I think it depends on the environment that they'll be in if they are going to be homeschooled. You know, I will say that, you know, we've had a handful of kids kind of switch from high school to homeschooled and they're in our program. But I feel like there's still strong social aspects in our program. You know, all the boys are tight. They compete a lot. They, you know, I feel like they get their social, you know, they go to lunch. And just kind of our standards are really high. I think this past year we had five kids that graduated that all went to IVs. So, you know, it's totally possible whether you're homeschooled or whether you're in school, I think, to, you know, kind of pursue academic excellence. I think, you know, just because you're doing one thing and not the other, I don't think that that necessarily, you know, takes that away from you. I think tennis can open a ton of doors. And I think I kind of, you know, we've kind of seen that in the last few years. I've seen a lot more tennis kids choosing IV ever since 2020, I feel. I feel like the IVs have been pretty hot, especially for some blue chip players, which I think, you know, if you look prior to 2020, I think the percentages took a pretty drastic jump, which is interesting to see. Yeah, you know, it's funny, you know, in some markets you see people playing for the scholarship and in some other markets you see them playing for entrance, right, into the Princeton, the Harvards. And one of the myths, like, I think if you think about basketball or football, right, the better basketball football players are obviously choosing the SEC, right, Pac -12, whatever that is. But in tennis, you know, I think that, you know, your academics and your tennis have to be, like, at the top scale to go, just because you're not like a bad tennis player if you go to Harvard, you know what I mean? Like, the kid that goes to Harvard or makes the team probably could have gone to PCU, right, or Florida or whatever, you know what I mean? And so it is interesting to see the number of people who say, yes, I've spent 30 grand on tennis for the past eight years and I'm still willing to pay for college, right, because I got into Princeton, Harvard, Yale, etc. But I think it's a big myth where, you know, the United States is so basketball focused, we see Harvard basketball as, like, okay, that's everyone that didn't get chosen by the Illinois, the Wisconsin, the Michigan. And it's not the same, you know what I mean? Yeah, it's different for sure. So when you think about, like, the Ivies, right, you see a lot of kids go to East Coast and you think about, you know, COVID obviously changed something with the home school, you know, sort of situation. People who never considered that it was possible were like, okay, well, we've been living at home for a year and a half and doing online studies, it's not that bad, you know, they're more focused with their time. Did you see more people from families who you thought would not have done it try it post COVID? Yeah, definitely. I think the really popular thing that a lot of people are doing now is kind of a hybrid schedule, which I actually really like a lot. At least in California, I don't know if the schooling system is different everywhere else. I know it was different where I was from. But a lot of these kids, you know, they'll go to school from 8 to 1130 or 8 to 12. And, you know, they have their three hours where, you know, I don't know how they stagger their classes and stuff like that. But I know that pretty much every kid at every school in SoCal is at least able to do this if they so choose. And so they're able to get released around 12 or something. And, you know, they're able to be at afternoon practice and get a full block in. You know, for me, that still enables you to get the hours you need on court and to be able to maintain some of that social. And, you know, if you become, you know, really, really good, I guess, okay, by junior year, maybe you could consider, okay, maybe I should take this a little bit more seriously, maybe I should go full time homeschool. Or, you know, a lot of these kids are in a place where it's, you know, I'm comfortable with my tennis, I like where it's at, I feel like it'll give me opportunity in college. My grades are great. And, you know, maybe that person's a little more academically inclined. And, you know, they want to have a career and they feel like tennis is that great stepping stone. Which I think is a really cool thing about our sport is it just opens a tremendous amount of doors. I feel like if you figure out how to develop and be a good tennis player and how to compete well in tennis, you can you can apply that to almost everything in life. Yeah. So you talk about opening doors, right? When Alex or Lerner were sort of deciding whether to walk through door number one, which is college, or door number two, which is which is obviously turning pro. Right. How did you advise them? You know what I mean? If I say, hey, you know what? Take a couple wildcards. If you went around or two, maybe you go to college. If you win a tournament, maybe you stay out there. If an agency locks you into a deal, right? Then, you know, they normally know what good looks like and they normally have like the ear of the Nike, the Adidas, right? Then you turn pro. What was your advice in terms of if and when, right? Yeah. For those who ask. Well, they were both in different places. I'm gonna start with Lerner cuz he's younger. He actually, you know, did a semester in college. You know, Lerner finished high school, I think, when he was sixteen, sixteen and a half. And so, obviously, your eligibility clock starts, you know, six months after you finish your high school. So, for him, it was, you know, he was so young, he didn't really have much pro experience at that time. You know, he did great things in juniors. You know, he won Kalamazoo. He got his wild card into the men's that year and then, you know, he played a little bit of pro kind of and then, you know, that that January, he went in and and did a semester at USC which I think was a good experience for him socially. He had some eligibility problems which, you know, only let him play about five, six matches toward the end of the year which was kind of disappointing and then, you know, he won Kalamazoo again and so, you know, that was the second trip there and then, you know, by then, he had a little bit more exposure with, you know, agencies and brands and kind of, you know, the stuff that you'd like to see that'll actually give you the financial security to kind of, you know, chase your dream and pass up, you know, the the education, I guess, for the time being. So, you know, I felt like that was really the security was a big was a big thing for him. You know, prior to winning Kalamazoo for the second time, you know, he still had Junior Grand Slams to play. He wasn't playing men's events. So, for him being that age, you know, it was, well, you know, I'm I'm not in a massive rush so why not get a semester in and I think he had a great time. He really liked it. I mean, he he speaks pretty positively about the dual matches. He actually follows college tennis now a little bit more. You know, he will talk about some dual matches which I think is pretty cool and you know, I think it gave him some confidence getting to play for university, getting to represent, you know, seeing that university promotes you. I think there's a lot of benefits there and now, you know, he's got an alumni base. You know, people talk about all, you know, he's a USC Trojan and stuff like that. You know, you see it at all different tournaments. You know, guys are wearing a USC hat and, you know, hey, learner, da da da and you know, I think that that's pretty cool to be a part of, you know, a big family of people who are proud that, you know, they can say they played in the same place and then Alex. Alex was, you know, he was a little old for his grade and he was one that he committed and, you know, the whole time him and learner kind of, you know, talking and, you know, about going pro and da da da da. You know, obviously, it was their dream. You know, I just kept telling Alex, you know, I don't want to hear it. I don't want to hear it until, you know, it's a real problem and so, you know, he gets to 400 in the world and, you know, it's what you do. You get to 400. You know, it's good but at the end of the day, you know, you're not, your life's not changing because you're 400 in the world. You know, so he's 400 in the world and he's, you know, saying stuff to me and I'm like, I could not care less you're going to college and then it was, you know, this was probably in January, February, you know, he starts to kind of do a little bit better and I think at that point, I recognized that he was better than a lot of the guys kind of at the challenger level. You know, just from my perspective, I was seeing kind of what it was, what it was to be 300, what it was to be 200 and I think at that point, like February, March, I fully knew that he was good enough to be there and to be winning those matches but at the same time, you know, having financial security, having set, you know, all of those factors that kind of go into whether I'm going to pass up my education and go pro. You know, it's a big decision and so I remember we were putting it off. I just said, you know, nothing till US Open. I was like, we're not, we're not talking about college till US Open. I said, you know, when we get to US Open, you finish US Open, you have that exposure, you know, we see what happens in those two weeks and then, you know, then we'll kind of make a decision but until then, like, don't even think about it. Don't talk about it. Don't care. You're going to school and I think that mentality really helped him kind of just play free. He was, you know, I'm not playing to go pro. I'm trying to do my job in school, finish my high school. I'm going to tournaments, playing great, just trying to compete and, you know, lucky for him, you know, well, I guess it's not lucky at all. That kid worked his absolute tail off but, you know, he had that success in Chicago at your club and then, you know, he made that little Newport run and I think by then, that was his third or fourth former top 10 win and, you know, he won his challenger. He final the challenger. He'd semied another one. He had kind of shown and, you know, some people have gotten attention and they started believing in him and so then, you know, that's when that big decision kind of came but I feel like for him, he really established himself, improved himself amongst pros which I think is an interesting thing because a lot of the time when you see these juniors kind of go pro sub 18, a lot of the time, it's because they had tremendous junior success which then made them, you know, they had grand slam success and stuff like that but Alex didn't have any of that. You know, Alex was kind of the late bloomer that, you know, in the last year when he was already 18 and aged out of ITF, the kid really just took it to a new level and, you know, I think he really showed that he's kind of ready for what the tour has to offer.
A highlight from Finally End Phone Fear Forever! (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. We are back and Julie, I have to say the feedback we've gotten on this topic was, is fantastic. Yes. It seems that we might be onto something. For those of you who are willing to accept the fact that you might be a little reluctant to have actual conversations with people and maybe just maybe that reluctance is leading you to have results that you're not that proud of. Well, guess what? Continue listening because you're going to love part two. We're going to start digging into the specifics of not just the psychology of call reluctance, but also really I think what we could argue would be the very practical application of picking up the phone and having meaningful conversations. And this is part two. If you did not listen to part one, please go back and listen to part one now because I think it will make all these extra points that we'll be sharing with you guys today even more useful to all of you. And as always, thank you for listening to our podcast. Thank you for keeping this number on listen to daily podcast for real estate professionals in the United States. Our way of thanking you every single day is giving you the notes from today's show. The notes from today's show are down below. If you just if you're on YouTube or if you're on iTunes or Stitcher or Spotify or all the billions of places this podcast is listened to, open up the description and you'll see all of our notes there. And while you're there, also, you're going to see some links specifically. Look for the link to join Premier Coaching. It's the next natural step for all of you. You love this podcast. This is the part. You know, this is from all measures that number one listen to daily podcast real estate professionals at least the United States. If you love the podcast, which we know you do, because many of you listen every day, you will not believe the value you get in Premier Coaching. So scroll down below. Click the link to join Premier Coaching. Julie, let's roll in and talk about point number one. Yes, that's right. So again, this is part two yesterday. We got your head straight. So if you missed part one, then you know, you know what to do. So assuming that your mindset is adjusted for success, let's get to the real work of real estate, the work that leads to appointments to contracts and to closings. Point number one, this is the real work time guys, make a minimum number of contacts daily. Remember that a contact is a conversation with a decision making adult about real estate. That number of contacts should equal the number of transactions you need to do this year to meet or exceed your financial goals. For example, if you need 12 deals, you must make at least 12 contacts daily. As your skills increase, that number typically shrinks. Agents with prospecting skills who have overcome their call reluctance can usually set one appointment for about every 10 contacts or so, assuming that they're making contacts with the likely to most likely to list prospects and not just doing something like circle prospecting. Now what Julie just said, I hope you guys are breaking down what she's saying. So the first thing is, if you're a real estate treasure map, you're filling a blank business plan which you get as the first level of premier coaching, once you complete that, if you determine that you need Julie's example, 12 deals in order to, you know, earn enough money to have all your financial needs once and desires fulfilled, well, then you're going to have to make that number of contacts a day. Contact is a conversation with the decision making adult where you're, you know, essentially answering their question, maybe following up to answer a question, maybe you're just having a conversation over at Orange Theory, but you're going to ask for business. Now as you become more professional and prolific, what you're going to realize is the conversations are going to have to start focusing more on actual people who actually have their hands up in their air who are actually looking to transact. Now here's the magic of all this. When you're getting started, it's what Julie said, the number of contacts equals the number of transactions you want to do, but as you start becoming a listing agent, then the number of contacts you make per day, you can adjust that to be the number of listings you need at all times as far as whatever your, again, it's all part of the real estate treasure map which you get as a part of the first level in Premier Coaching, but one of the outputs of that or one of the results of completing it is you're going to know what your number of listings you need at all times, not just transactions but the number of listings because we want to gear you guys towards being listing agents. So let's say in your marketplace, if you had five listings at all times, you know pretty much like clockwork, three of them would be in contract at once, maybe only two let's say. Well, your average commission is $10 ,000, you're making $240 ,000 a year if you have five listings at all times. So you're going to start out by making more contacts, but once you build up to your magic number of listings, then what you're going to do is the number of contacts you're going to make per day has to be at least the number of listings you need at all times to immediately exceed your goals. We take a very numerical, drilled down, common sense, practical, no BS approach to all the coaching that we provide for you guys, so hopefully this will, frankly, make things a lot more clear and easy to understand and mostly apply in your business. That's right. It actually makes it far more predictable than most of you think, right? You actually can apply numbers and make that work. But isn't ultimately what we're working on here with these guys is that they don't have to wait around for the business to come to them and I'm reading your future points. They can actually go to where the business is. Like some of you have this, really it's bad information and really bad training around the idea that you're supposed to do marketing, branding, passive email marketing, passive SMS, all this other stuff, waiting for people to call you. You consider a win when you create a lead. That is not a win. Leads have no value. Pre -qualified motivated leads have value. Stop giving yourself a win in your head psychologically when it all is just a stinking lead. That is the biggest mistake and it's frankly bad training the agents have been taught and it's not just the last 10 years, it's really the last 30. You created a contact. You didn't create a lead. Yeah. Who cares? You're building your phone book. I mean, well, a lot of these guys don't know what phone books are, but I mean... Your contact database, your CRM, you're collecting names and numbers of people. That does not necessarily mean they're going to transact with you. We said this yesterday and we say it a lot and it is true and again, it's worth repeating because it's such, I think, different information for all of you. Your goal is not to have a ton of leads. That is an enormous mistake. Your goal is to have a handful of leads. Then those leads are all pre -qualified and primarily listing leads and they're ready to list their homes. Maybe the contracts are signed. Maybe they're going to sign the contract in the next 60 days. The point is, is your goal is not to have 20, 30, 40, 50 ,000 leads. Your goal is to have a few leads, mostly even our top producing agents, less than like 15. And when Julie and I are having a lead coaching call and we ask about their leads, if they're giving us a long list of leads or they're saying, well, you know, screenshotting their database with the number of like 42 million, with the number of leads they're dripping on, no, that person is not doing their job. Well, they didn't actually understand the question if they're doing that. Right. You don't know what a lead is. A lead is a pre -qualified, ideally using our scripts, buyer or seller, ideally a seller, who you know what their motivation, you know what their timeframe is, you know what their half to sell is, you know everything about them. That's a lead. Also, they know who you are. And there are tons and tons, millions and millions of people out there that are actually able to be called pre -qualified at that level to list their homes sometime in the next 12 months or less, ideally 90 days or less. You just have to be willing to have the real conversations. Stop burying your head in the sand thinking that a massive number of leads is somehow going to cure your lack of actual skill and your unwillingness to have these actual conversations. It is critically important that you move past the belief that this is a, you know, sort of mass numbers game. It is, of course, a contact sport. That's what real estate and mall sales is. But it's a contact sport that results in you having a pre -qualified lead. Be very clear about that. Which means you have to get over your call reluctance. And point number two, in part two, is to focus on the person you're speaking to more than you're focused on your thoughts and feelings about being on the phone. You're calling to be of service. Maya Angelou famously stated, they'll forget what you said, but remember how you made them feel. So be fascinated by them. Remove the words I, me, my, and mine as much as possible to avoid making it all about you. Ask more questions and make fewer statements. Resist interrupting and sounding anxious to get to the next question. I had someone message us on Instagram that basically said that we're in conflict when we say, because we do say both things. Our highest and truest purpose in this planet is to be of service to others, and at the same time, we will occasionally say the other truth, which is everyone's primary motivation is themselves. Everybody is mostly focused on themselves. Both of those things are true, and here's how they're both true. Because I do accept the fact that everyone, if you're focused on, and everyone is naturally this way. What's in it for me? How does this make me feel? You can't really move past that, and to think or to try to guilt people and to not, it's the Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged kind of thing, right? But to have people believe that their highest and truest purpose is not primarily the betterment of themselves is complete out of alignment with how, frankly, humans are actually wired. But have you to accept the fact that the way you better yourself is by being of service to others, and then those two motivations are in alignment. You guys get it? So if your highest and truest purpose is to take care of yourself, to make your life better, to take care of your family, really, that is where your primary focus always is, whether you go down and admit it or not. Okay, that is not in conflict with what society wants you to do, which is to be of service to other people, because by being of service to other people, you actually are improving your own lot in life. You're becoming the best version of you as a real estate professional, and a real estate professional is here to be of service to other people. Hopefully you guys now understand that, that our philosophies are in perfect alignment with how a lot of you guys already naturally think. That's right. So it comes down to reminding yourself, when you're over your call reluctance and you're on a real conversation with a real person, pay attention to what they're saying. Don't just ask the script questions, listen to their answers. So Julie also said something in that, and I want you guys to think about this. She said, without using these words, she said, remove personal pronouns when you're talking to people. Why? Everyone's favorite topic is themselves, remember what I just said. Everyone wants to talk about themselves. Everyone wants to have other people show interest in them.
A highlight from What is MetaMask Snaps? Main Functions & Features Explained
"Yeah, that's cool. Changing gears slightly, just like, I don't know, how are you? How do you think about the wallet space? Overall? I don't know how long you've like been in crypto. But like, do you think it's, I don't know, I mean, we talked about a little kind of coming becoming more kind of identity oriented and not just kind of wallet like and people can think of them a bit more broadly about what a wallet even is. I don't know, like, are you seeing like, do you think other players are kind of thinking like MetaMask? Like, you know, Uniswap has a wallet. Rainbow has a wallet. I'm not super familiar. Rabi has a wallet. Like, are you, do you think everyone is kind of going on these along these, you know, all in kind of trying to expand it to identity or like, are people trying to like chip off different user experiences? I'm just curious how you'd like characterize the whole, like wallet landscape. For sure. Yeah. Yeah. I mean, I can't really speak for other wallet creators. I think, you know, from what I see in the ecosystem, different wallets are, you know, approaching different use cases, maybe based on what their existing users, you know, want most. And it's really cool to see, like wallets implement different features and approach, you know, different, you know, user journeys of like, okay, maybe an NFT user wants something different from like a DeFi user, for example. One thing I would say is that like, part of the idea behind MetaMask Snaps is like, when you have tens of millions of monthly active users every month, you know, MetaMask has very many different types of user profiles, right? There's, you know, we have very casual users who maybe transact once a month. And then we have people who are transacting every day, we have people who are like, you know, epic NFT users versus epic DeFi users, and so forth. And so to try to build like one interface for all those different broad ranges of users, it's like, pretty much impossible. So the idea behind this is that if you can make something that's less opinionated, and make it something where like, you as a user can personalize the wallet with the features that you want by installing those into MetaMask, and getting the functionality that you need, then it's not really just one MetaMask anymore, right? Like each person has their own like MetaMask, you know, customized wallet for the use cases that they have in mind. That makes a ton of sense. Yeah, like turning it, it's more into a platform. I mean, closer, I feel like there are a lot of business terms, which I don't know. But like, yeah, like more closer to an iPhone or, you know, it's like more of like this, this customizable. Yeah. And there was a meeting for a while where people would share their iPhone home screen. And it was funny. It was like fun to see like, which applications did you have on that first page? And like, what? Yeah, someone who travels might have like Expedia and Uber, whereas someone who's like on social media a lot might have like Hootsuite and like YouTube or something, right? And so like, I hope at some day, we'll get to this point where it's like, show me your top five steps, you know, like, what are you doing with the wallet? And it kind of says something about you, right? Like it says, like, you know, what you're doing and what you use MetaMask for? Yeah. Yeah, that's, yeah, it's, yeah, yeah, it's interesting. Yeah, that's, that's just an interesting kind of development. I feel like there's some, yeah, there's some like word about like distribution or like vertical integration or some something I don't know. But yeah.
A highlight from ByBit Vacates United Kingdom as "Crypto Hub" Dreams Falter
"Welcome back to The Breakdown with me, NLW. It's a daily podcast on macro, Bitcoin and the big picture power shifts remaking our world. What's going on, guys? It is Monday, September 25th, and today we are updating ourselves on the geopolitical landscape of crypto. Before we get into that, however, if you are enjoying The Breakdown, please go subscribe to it, give it a rating, give it a review, or if you want to dive deeper into the conversation, come join us on the Breakers Discord. You can find a link in the show notes or go to bit .ly slash breakdown pod. Hello, friends. Hope you had a great weekend. There are lots of interesting things to catch up on. And today, a slight theme in some of these stories is where different countries are positioning themselves vis -a -vis crypto. Now, the UK has had an interesting relationship with the industry. They were for a time very harsh. The Financial Conduct Authority in the UK has never seemingly been that into the whole space. But then when Rishi Sunak became chancellor of the exchequer, he declared that the UK would be open for crypto business. He wanted to make the UK the most crypto friendly jurisdiction in the world. Well, of course, over the next few months, through a variety of weird ups and downs, Rishi eventually ended up the prime minister. And of course, it might be reasonable then to ask, is the UK getting friendlier for crypto companies? Well, on that front, Bybit have announced that they will suspend service to UK customers next week in response to regulatory changes. The UK's Financial Conduct Authority, or FCA, will begin enforcement of new marketing regulations starting on October 8. The regulations require crypto firms to ensure advertising is clear, fair, and not misleading, as well as presented alongside a risk warning. Advertisements are required to be certified by firms, but this process requires crypto firms to be registered in the UK. So far, UK licenses have been difficult to obtain for non -domestic exchanges. The rules also require a number of technical changes to exchange business operations around new customers. For example, exchanges need to implement a 24 -hour cooling -off period before a new customer is allowed to make transactions. They are also required to put in place client appropriateness testing and client categorization features. These measures could involve limiting the size, for example, of crypto investments based on the customer's net worth. Now, penalties for non -compliance in these new rules are harsh, with unlimited fines and even criminal charges available as punishments. As you might imagine, the crypto industry has been highly critical of these elements, especially those that require technical changes to platforms. In response to those critiques, the FCA said that they would provide a transition period for firms that request it, potentially giving exchanges until January to come into compliance. Last week, however, the regulators said that they are alarmed at the lack of engagement with foreign firms. Only 24 firms have responded to a survey sent to over 150 companies. In response, the FCA wrote, "...this lack of engagement gives us serious concerns about unregistered firms' readiness to comply with the new regime." Now, in their announcement that UK services would be suspended, Bybit claimed their "...primary objective is to operate our business in compliance with all relevant rules and regulations in the UK." Bybit said that they were making "...a choice to embrace the regulation proactively and pause our services in this market." They said that the "...suspension will allow the company to focus its efforts and resources on being able to best meet the regulations outlined by the UK authorities in the future." Practically, this means that from Sunday, Bybit will no longer be accepting new accounts from UK users. Existing users would be barred from making new deposits or increasing existing positions from October 8th. They will have until January to manage and wind down their existing positions. Bybit, as you might imagine, is not currently registered in the UK and is based in Dubai. Importantly, Bybit is not the only firm suspending service to UK customers in light of the new regulations. Last month, PayPal announced that it would temporarily pause crypto services in the country until next year. On top of that, crypto exchange LUNO said that it would be restricting some customer accounts from being able to invest on the platform until further notice. Bybit CEO Ben Zhao had flagged the firm's exit earlier in September warning of how overly broad the regulations are. He said, "...FCA has explicitly contacted all the major players — us, OKEx, Binance, everyone — and asked what our plan is to deal with this new law. And the new law is that if you use English as a language, they will see you as trying to solicit their users, so you cannot claim that you are in reverse solicitation. Everyone is in trouble. So everyone is thinking of plans of how to deal with this new law." George Morris, a partner at Simmons & Simmons, explained that the marketing regulations had been enforced for securities firms for decades but were now being expanded to cover the crypto industry. He said, "...the rules are extremely complicated and they're quite wide -ranging. It's not just UK firms that are subject to these rules. Anyone with a website that can be accessed in the UK is subject to these requirements." So there are a lot of different elements of this. One challenge is, yes, these advertising standards. But the bigger issue is this whole need to evaluate client suitability and potentially restrict investments. Practically, that either means a ton of financial disclosures from customers that they would have to manage and verify, or there's simply some self -attestation checkbox, which might not be that effective. Basically, with a set of marketing regulations, the FCA have figured out how to limit small retail's ability to buy crypto in the country. Now, one thing that is notable is that we haven't heard anything from the really big international exchanges yet in terms of how they're dealing with this. But in any case, it seems like a big detriment for UK crypto. As Leon TK put it, so much for the UK being a crypto hub, failing already. Now, speaking of places where there is more optimism, last week was, of course, the token 2049 conference in Singapore. And that led to a lot of different discussion around how different the Asian environment for crypto felt as compared to the US and European environments. Indeed, while Western jurisdictions seem to be bogged down with regulations that are unclear at best or hostile at worst, the vibes in Asia are reportedly immaculate. Major conferences around Asia during September saw an uptick in attendance, and regulatory regimes across South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan appear to be giving the crypto industry a clear set of workable rules to allow firms to re -establish themselves coming out of crypto winter. The block's Frank Shapiro spoke with some conference attendees and reported on an optimism emerging in the East. One conference attendee said that South Korean retail is flocking back to crypto. They argued that young investors in particular view real estate and equities as massively overvalued and out of reach, so are instead opting to buy cryptocurrency. They said they don't buy houses, but they can buy tokens every week. There is a huge market. Another attendee spoke about the difficulty of accessing the Korean market due to South Korea's notoriously tough corporate climate for international firms. They said the liquidity is insane, but it is siloed and protectionist. You have to speak Korean. On that front, crypto custodian BitGo recently partnered with domestic juggernaut Hana Bank due to the difficulty in accessing the market without a local connection. What's more, one anonymous trading firm said they had been waiting five years to operate as a liquidity provider on domestic exchanges in South Korea. They said when they open up, we can be first in line. It's a great retail market. To get a sense of scale, the largest Korean exchange, Upbit, regularly outperforms Coinbase in terms of spot trading volumes. Then there is of course Hong Kong. Their new regulatory regime is off to a tough start in some ways with fraud investigations into crypto exchange JPX becoming public earlier this month. The most recent update is that there have been 11 suspects brought in for questioning and losses have been estimated at 178 million across 2 ,265 victims. Local police have said that the ringleaders of the operation are still at large and have enlisted the help of Interpol. Some are referring to JPX as the largest financial fraud to ever hit the city. Yet despite the major investigation, there are currently no signs that Hong Kong regulators are seeking to reverse course on unexpectedly open crypto regulations. Indeed, on Monday, the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission said that it would be releasing the full list of current applicants to ensure that users are able to identify false claims from exchanges. The theme appears to be the same across multiple Asian jurisdictions. Basically, that individual incidents of fraud and malpractice haven't tarnished enthusiasm for the industry as a whole. Another conference attendee told Chiparo, This Asia trip blew my mind. The excitement in Korea and Singapore is the polar opposite of what's going on in the U .S. Alex Vannevik of Nansen wrote, Vannek portfolio manager Pranav Kannadi added some color around how local investors are thinking about the space as well. On September 14, Pranav tweeted, Conversations were mostly positive and a key question was, We're in a crypto winter right now, but when should we expect the next bull run? Not a single convo mentioned the merits of the tech or whether the space survives, feeling optimistic. Now, hopping from Asia over to Europe again for a moment. According to a report from Fortune, Coinbase considered acquiring FTX's European business in the wake of FTX's November bankruptcy. Apparently talks never progressed to a late stage, but the preliminary interest highlights how important international expansion is to Coinbase, particularly regarding its derivatives products. Before the bankruptcy, FTX Europe was the only European firm registered to provide perpetual futures trading. And while derivatives trading remains heavily restricted in the U .S., both Coinbase and Gemini have launched offshore trading venues this year to provide derivatives markets to international customers with a keen eye on Asian regions. For Coinbase, the pivot to derivatives could provide a much needed boost to flagging spot volumes. According to Kiko Research, derivatives volumes in Quarter 2 of this year were six times large than spot. Now, the entity that became FTX Europe was originally acquired in late 2021 for 376 million. The firm was already licensed in Cyprus at the time, which allowed it to access European markets. Since the bankruptcy, the entity, along with its valuable license, have attracted interest from Crypto .com and Trek Labs as well. According to documents viewed by Fortune, Coinbase expressed interest immediately after the FTX bankruptcy and again as recently as last month. That said, FTX Europe has also been in the crosshairs of the U .S.-based FTX bankruptcy team for clawbacks. The estate launched a lawsuit against FTX Europe executives claiming that the original acquisition was a horrendous business decision, arguing that FTX effectively paid 376 million for a $2 million operating license, and on top of this, the sale of FTX Europe seems like a difficult task with active litigation surrounding the firm. In July, the U .S.-based FTX estate said, The FTX debtors' professional advisors have concluded that there is no realistic possibility of a sale. However, last Thursday, they said, The FTX debtors are committed to maximizing the value of FTX's assets to drive customer recoveries. As such, the FTX debtors are continuing to evaluate whether there are viable options for the sale of some or all of the assets of the FTX Europe business. Now one small aside on Coinbase. Arkham Intelligence claimed to have mapped Coinbase's bitcoin wallets and according to Arkham, Coinbase holds almost 1 million bitcoin worth around $25 billion at current market prices. This would amount to almost 5 % of the bitcoin in circulation, similar to the amount held in wallets believed to be owned by Satoshi Nakamoto. Arkham's report showed that Coinbase's largest cold wallet holds around 10 ,000 bitcoin, and the firm believes that Coinbase has additional bitcoin holdings which are not yet labeled and could not be identified. According to data published by CoinGecko, Coinbase only owns around $200 million worth of this gigantic bitcoin stash, with the rest attributable to client custody. However, staying on the Europe question and how valuable this Cyprus license actually is, with Europe's MICA regulations coming into force from June of next year, some firms are beginning to warn that a clear lack of guidance could lead to disruption. The MICA rules were intended to provide a comprehensive framework, but there are still numerous grey areas. One of the major problems surrounds stablecoins. There is currently no guidance on how MICA stablecoin regulations will apply to foreign and decentralized issuers. The default scenario seems to be a ban in Europe unless these issuers can obtain the appropriate licensing, with no arrangement to recognize approvals in other jurisdictions. The European Banking Authority has warned that there will be no grace period for coins already on the market. The EBA and its sister agency, the European Securities and Markets Authority, ESMA, are currently taking public consultation on how the MICA regulations should be implemented. Relatedly last week, the head of legal at Binance France said during a public hearing hosted by the EBA, we are heading towards a delisting of all stablecoins in Europe on June 30th. This could have a significant impact on the market in Europe compared to the rest of the world. Now, Binance CEO CZ quickly walked back the comments claiming, it was a question taken out of context. In fact, we have a couple of partners launching Euro and other stablecoins in fully compliant manners of course. A blog post from Binance explained further, stating that they would be required to delist stablecoins that fail to gain registration in Europe and that no licenses have been granted to stablecoin issuers currently. Binance wrote, While we are confident that there will be constructive solutions in place before the mid -2024 deadline, if left as is, this could have an impact on the European crypto market and the competitiveness of European crypto exchanges in the global market. Now the requirement that stablecoin issuers are EU -based could cause further problems for decentralized organizations. Thomas Vogel, a partner at law firm Latham & Watkins said, So, this is sort of the challenge with MICA. As comprehensive as the regulations are written, how they get implemented is still fairly up in the air. There was commentary around the time that MICA was being voted upon that it could either be a big step in giving the crypto industry a clear set of rules to function, or work as a de facto crypto ban depending on how it was implemented and whether enough licenses were granted. Now, with a little over nine months until MICA comes into force, there is still time to ensure that rules are workable for existing firms, but it appears that there is a lot of work left to do in that regard. Anyways, it's definitely a story to keep an eye on, as something that was seen as largely positive could become quite bad quite quickly. However, friends, that is where we're going to wrap for today. Lots going on in this fascinating world of crypto. Wherever you are enjoying it from, I appreciate you listening. And until next time, be safe and take care of each other.
A highlight from 1266. Microstrategy Buys More Bitcoin | Bullish Crypto Market Update
"All right, so let's jump into the week ahead. We'll be looking at what micro -strategies is up to. Take a look at some of the scenarios that might be playing out here in the market. And also at the end of the show, we'll break into some Bitcoin action along with some other altcoins. You guys don't want to miss this one. My name is Paul Baron. We'll come back into Tech Path. All right, before we get started, I want to thank our sponsor today, and that is iTrustCapital. If you're looking at long -term holding and you want to get into a crypto IRA, this is one solution you can go with. Of course, all you have to do is visit their website. They've got a ton of offerings both in the altcoin side. You can also do gold and silver over there as well. So just check out iTrustCapital .com. And if you want, use our link down below. It's going to give you $100 funding reward if you decide to do something over there on that. All right, let's get into a couple of topics today. I want to jump over to just this tweet, kind of outlining the week, key events this week. Consumer Confidence data comes in on Tuesday. We'll get building permits and new home sales data also on Tuesday. That'll be an interesting data point to look at. GDP data also coming in from Q2 on Thursday, pinning home sales data on Thursday. Fed Chair Powell speaks also on Thursday. And then the August PC Inflation data comes in on Friday. And then wrapping up the week, we'll get a couple of Fed speakers this week. So it's going to be a big week. The question will be whether or not we see continued downturn in the S &P. Of course, we'll take a look at a handful of crypto markets that seem to be holding up fairly nicely in terms of resiliency. That's the one thing I think right now that we've continued to see with a lot of these projects is just their consistency in this bear market. Others to watch for this week is Meta. Meta, of course, will be releasing their new event called Meta Connect. It's almost here, so you'll be able to get that. They're doing this via virtual event, so check it out. I was noticing right here on, I won't play the audio there, but first look at what's next for Metaverse. So they're still using that term.
A highlight from S13 E13: 23 Years of Simpsonizing Real Life: A Writer-Producers Journey
"Hello and welcome to The Loney Show. I'm your host, John Mayolone. In this episode, we don't have regulars because, well, reasons. As for our guest, he's from Canada. He's a Simpsons writer, Emmy and Writers Guild award winner, and co -author of the occasionally accurate Annals of Football. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you, Joelle Cohen. I'm holding for applause. I'm sure there'll be a lot of it. Oh, yes. We'll get there eventually. I don't know. I've never experienced it before. Well, at some point, we will. Okay. I guess. So, how's life? I'd say life is fairly good. It could be better. I have some notes. I have some thoughts of life is listening. I have a few suggestions, but otherwise, all right. How's life for you? All right. Very good. Very good. Okay. And have you been up too much recently? Well, as you maybe probably know, the Writers Guild is on strike, so I've been picketing. That's very exciting. Okay. I've been hanging out. I'd like to say I've been cleaning my office, but that'd be a lie, and I'm not about to lie to you and everyone listening. So, I haven't been up to too much. How about you? Life is going great. Okay, good. So, yeah. I'm about to go back to uni again for a second year. Nice. And also working on a revival project for a discontinued app, but we'll get to that point when the beta comes out at the start of this set up start of next year. Okay. Sounds cool. That sounds great. You got more going on than me, certainly, than most people. Yeah. Seems like a yeah. Yeah. All right. We agree with that. Yes, absolutely. So, tell me more about the works you've done and your journey throughout. Well, I'll tell a quick version of the journey. I'm from Canada. I went to university in Canada. I stumbled forward getting degrees that I've found I don't want, like a degree in biology and a degree in business. And then I ended up working in the business world for about seven years and decided I wanted to be a TV writer. After working on kind of a horrible show, I started on this great show, The Simpsons, and I've been there for 23 years, you know, and loved it, written 36 episodes, and now I've written this book. Oh, okay. That's pretty cool. Something. It's a story. Yeah. Interesting. Yes, indeed. What inspired you to become a writer? Not knowing what else to do. So, confusion, I suppose. You know, as I mentioned, I was working in the business world and had taken these different paths in university and was not really intrigued or captivated or happy in any of them. And then my brother is also a writer, and I saw his experiences and life, and it seemed like a cool, fun, creative way to make a living and to kind of carry on one's life. So I just tried it, and to this point have managed to keep doing it. Oh, okay. That's cool. That's cool. Now, there is actually one question that I'm itching to tell you. Hit me. Hit me. All right, then. So during your time as a writer on The Simpsons, I was wondering, what is it you do that... I've heard a lot of things about The Simpsons, like predicting the future, whatnot. Yes. I just want to know is, what is the process and how you write each episode of The Simpsons and putting different references, not just what the people are saying about predictions, but any references whatsoever to put in behind each episodes in The Simpsons? Well, we obviously are pursuing a story and a point, but along the way, we want to make it funny. And sometimes just you'll make a verbal reference to something just sometimes to advance the story, but sometimes just for a joke. And then furthermore, sometimes we'll just do a visual reference to something. And then even as a background joke or something, we just want to fill in the color. And it turns out that after 762 episodes, there's a ton of references.
"a ton" Discussed on Mike Gallagher Podcast
"The Mike Gallagher Show. He's going to be sitting behind bars for 60 days for doing his job, which was reporting the news. This is the kind of stuff you see in banana republics. I say that a lot about many of the things that we're witnessing right now, Greg, which I'm really of the belief that we are losing our republic and becoming a banana republic. And I don't know if there's much time to pull this back from the ledge, but I'm doing whatever I can to do my part and try to save America. In the ReliefFactor.com studios, here's Mike. All right. So I just saw a video clip that is so funny, and I admit I'm kind of in a bad mood. I'm not feeling my jaw hurts. I'm off to the surgeon later today after the show to see if I've got dry socket or I've got an infection. I don't know what's going on, but I hurt. My jaw is swollen. Not feeling very good. I'm a little cranky. And I saw a clip on X, formerly Twitter, that is so hysterical of two women who are searching for Rodney. And I hope it's real. I don't think it's real. There are things that are popping up on social media that are actually well produced skits. For example, there was one video that went viral this week that showed a mother, an African American woman, marching into what was billed as her son's classroom and ripping down a pride flag that the teacher had over a map. It's supposed to be a history class. And the mother and the teacher are getting into it. Well, it's a skit. The whole thing was staged.
"a ton" Discussed on Mike Gallagher Podcast
"From Governor DeSantis, what do you make of Kevin McCarthy being all in for Donald Trump? Is that a mistake? What do you I mean, is this a stage where some of our elected leaders, some of the leadership be more neutral or are you pleasantly surprised? A lot of people on the MyPillow text line at 800-655-MIKE are already congratulating and saluting Speaker McCarthy for his support of Donald Trump. I don't mean to be naive here. Maybe I am. I don't mean to sound stupid. Maybe I am. I had no idea that McCarthy was all in for Trump like that. You're not going to hear that from Mitch McConnell. You're not going to hear that from a number of Republican leaders. But obviously, Kevin McCarthy, who's a smart guy, is making a calculated decision that it's going to be Donald Trump in 2024 and he better get on board. He better be on board now. Give me your reaction to that, 1-800-655-MIKE. That's the Ph.D. weight loss and nutrition phone number for you to jump on board and join us here on The Mike Gallagher Show in the Relief Factor studios for a Tuesday. Again, a lot of breaking news, a lot of things to keep up with. But I want to start right there. I want to know, give me your gut reaction, your heartfelt response to hearing Kevin McCarthy endorsing Donald Trump this way at this stage of the game. Is it premature? Is it too soon? Are you glad he's doing it or are you disappointed in him? 1-800-655-MIKE, 800-655-6453. I hope you join us. Watch The Mike Gallagher Show anywhere, anytime on the Salem News Channel app. Download it on your favorite device today and take Mike wherever you go. Stream anywhere on any device. The Mike Gallagher Show on TV right in your pocket. My pillow is having their biggest sheet sale of the year. You've helped my pillow become one of the most extraordinary success stories in America today. Well, now Mike Lindell wants to give back exclusively to you, a Mike Gallagher listener. The Percale and Giza Dream Bed Sheet sets are available in a variety of colors and sizes and they're on sale now for as low as $29.98 with our listener promo code MIKEG. Order today because when they're gone, they're gone. The Percale and Giza Dream Sheets are breathable, they have a cool, crisp feel made from the finest cotton on earth, comes with a 10-year warranty, a 60-day money-back guarantee. Don't miss out on this amazing offer. There's a limited supply, so be sure to order today. Get them while they're hot. Call 800-928-6034, 800-928-6034, use the promo code MIKEG or call 800-928-6034, 800-928-6034 or go to MyPillow.com, look for the Mike Gallagher radio special square, click on that box and with anything you order, be sure to enter the promo code MIKEG. MyPillow.com, promo code MIKEG, MyPillow.com, promo code MIKEG or call 800-928-6034 like we love to sing. For the best night's sleep in the whole wide world, visit MyPillow.com, promo code MIKEG. Portions of the following program may contain pre-recorded material.
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"This is your source for breaking news and what to make of it all. This is the Mike Gallagher Show. Did you guys hear the U.S. Senate just eliminated its dress code because you got this guy from Pennsylvania who's got a lot of problems, I mean let's just be honest. This push from the UAW for a four day work week, do you see that as the future of labor in the U.S.? I happen to believe that as a nation we should begin a serious discussion about substantially lowering the work week. Now from the ReliefFactor.com studios, here's Mike Gallagher. We have a lot to keep up with a missing F-35 fighter jet that was found finally in North Charleston, South Carolina. You got all kinds of controversies involving President Trump in some of his interviews. You have the slaughter of a police, a deputy sheriff in Los Angeles, they caught the guy. A lot of breaking news, a lot of stories about the illegal immigration crisis in America. Lost in a lot of the headlines was the Speaker of the House, Kevin McCarthy, taking a bit of a pot shot at Ron DeSantis. It came during an interview over the weekend that he gave to Maria Bartiromo on Fox Business. I want you to hear this clip because I didn't catch this until last night. I was intrigued by this because all of us have to be very careful as this presidential election process plays out. As I've said over and over again, if you're a never-Trumper, what are you going to do if Trump's the nominee? If you're only in for Ron DeSantis and you hate Trump and Trump is going to be the nominee for the presidential race, what are you going to do? You're going to support Joe Biden? You're going to back a Democrat? How's that going to play out for you? I think the same standard has to apply to members of Congress, certainly members of Republican Party leadership like Kevin McCarthy. Now, I think he's pretty effective. I think he's been doing a good job and he's got a mess on his hands with this potential looming government shutdown. It's like herding cats trying to keep the various members of the caucus happy. Listen to what he said to Maria Bartiromo, though, about DeSantis and Trump. What's your take on this, that as we see more indictments of Donald Trump, he seems to be gaining in terms of popularity with the public? Will he be the nominee? I think he will be the nominee. The thing is, President Trump is stronger today than he was in 2016 or 2020. And there's a reason why they saw the policies of what he was able to do with America, putting America first, making our economy stronger. We didn't have inflation. We didn't have these battles around the world. We didn't look weak around the world. Well, it looks like Ron DeSantis is now trying to work with your colleagues who are pushing for a shutdown. Yeah, but I don't think that would work anywhere. A shutdown would only give strength to the Democrats. It would give the power to Biden. It wouldn't pay our troops. It wouldn't pay our border agents. More people would be coming across. I actually want to achieve something. And this is where President Trump is so smart that he was successful in this. You know, President Trump is beating Biden right now in the polls. Yeah, we have the poll. Let's show it. He's stronger than he has ever been in this process. And look, I served with Ron DeSantis. He's not at the same level as President Trump by any shape or form. He would not have gotten elected without President Trump's endorsement. And so I believe our best step forward, pass our appropriation bills. So we're stronger. Take the wokeism out, secure our border to make America stronger. Wow. I don't think that was on my I didn't have that on my radar. Does that surprise you that Kevin McCarthy is all in for Donald Trump? So I think to be fair and to be consistent, I have to say I have to apply the same standard to Speaker McCarthy, because if DeSantis becomes the nominee, they're going to have a bit of a bumpy relationship. Now, Ron DeSantis heard about Kevin McCarthy's position and responded as well. This is Ron DeSantis answering a question from a reporter regarding Speaker McCarthy's full-fledged endorsement of Donald Trump. Well, look, I would say I mean, I think that if you look at what's happened with D.C. Republicans, they worked very closely. You know, look, Donald Trump, he supported Kevin McCarthy very strongly for speaker. I don't think he would have won the speaker vote. Donald Trump was instrumental in him earning that speaker's gavel. And they worked hand in glove really throughout his whole presidency. They were on the same team on every major spending bill that came down the pike. And they ended up together adding seven point eight trillion dollars to our national debt. Never in a four year period has that much been added than what they did together. And so he said that we're different. We are different because in Florida we run budget surpluses. We've paid down almost 25 percent of our state's debt just since I've been governor. All the debt, all the way up for all of Florida's history, we've knocked off almost 25 percent of it. So it's a much different approach to where we're doing it right. We have the number one rated economy in the country. We've cut taxes. We've expanded school choice. And we've delivered in a way that has made the state sustainable.
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"It's a story that spans 8,000 acres of Blue Ridge Mountain beauty bathed in shades of orange and crimson. Fall won't last forever. Savor it while you can at Biltmore. Plan your stay at Biltmore.com. The past six Septembers in a row have been bearish for Bitcoin, but there's another coin that's on the verge of breaking into the top ten that woke up well before September ended. Toncoin, that stands for the open network, is on a fast track to onboarding millions of users in the next few years thanks to their integration with Telegram. You might not know that Toncoin and Telegram have a controversial past that dates back years before the recent announcement. So let's dive in and discover crypto. My name is AJ writes crypto and today we are going to talk about Toncoin, which has practically gone viral in just the past week. Some of you might not know this, but back in 2018, Toncoin was actually developed by, guess who? Telegram. For the record, it was called Gram back then. But anyways, Telegram raised well over a billion dollars in fundraising, but unfortunately they had to give it back to the investors and pay an $18.5 million fine to the SEC due to a violation of federal securities laws. They got sued by the SEC before they even got the wheels spinning. Classic. Once Telegram was forced to abandon the project to stay out of hot water, a handful of dedicated developers in the community took it over because since it's open source, the code was on GitHub and they knew they had something special on their hands. Well, what's so special about it? Do you know how Ethereum planned on working out their scalability issues with sharding? Well, this is something Toncoin already has figured out since the project was designed for millions and millions of people to use it. Toncoin has an intimidating block time of five seconds and a time of finality under six seconds, not to mention near instant cross shard communication. If you take a peek at their roadmap, you will see how far they've already come and they have been building out this massive ecosystem slowly but surely over the years. Toncoin is not just the blockchain. They're also building out a decentralized storage system, a payment settlement system, and a proxy that allows you to change your IP address with zero downtime. According to their website, they have gone as far to say that they're building the reliable internet of the future, kind of like ICP. And of course, they have NFTs, cross chain bridges, and DNS domain names as well. But AJ, what about the price action? If you want the drop on that, you're going to have to stick around to the end of the video. My question is, how did this layer one get to where it is now? Well, their beginnings help explain this because their current consensus mechanism is proof of stake, but they began as an IPOW or initial proof of work. In June of 2020, using special Giver smart contracts, 98.55% of the total supply became available to mine, and for the next two years, they did just that. In June of last year, the last Toncoin was mined and then they switched to proof of stake, which is why the chain is super fast, efficient, and have the eco-friendly box checked. I do find it pretty insane on how fast Toncoin climbed the ladder in blockchain, but considering the plan was to always be tethered to Telegram, it does make sense. To play the devil's advocate, I have to address the issues that some people already have with this project. First of all, there are already people on the internet pushing back against Toncoin's claims about being decentralized. Like always, I will remind you that decentralization is a spectrum, but where this project falls on that spectrum is the real question. For example, Ethereum has over 700,000 validators, where Tonstat.com shows that Toncoin only has 351. That's probably because you have to have 300,000 ton to become a validator, which is about $558,000 today. Haha, it cost a ton. Okay, I'm done. Another worry that stands out to me is their rich list, or the percentage of the supply held by the largest holders. Also not the best look here for Toncoin, because according to Coincart.com, the top 10 holders own 77.7% of the supply, and the top 100 holders own 90.7% of the supply. Yeah, I mean, adoption is great, but those numbers are pretty terrifying. Another question people have is that the circulating supply is over 3.4 billion, but why is the total supply over 5 billion coins? Are they just going to unload a billion coins on an unexpected market, or what? Well, not exactly. In a community vote earlier this year in February, they voted to suspend all of the inactive miner wallets who have never made an outgoing transaction. The vote went through, and over a billion coins worth over $2.5 billion were suspended. For the record, these coins will be frozen for four years, so in 2027, this will come back into play. This vote also had a pretty harsh effect on the circulating supply as well. If you look at this chart here, posted by Toncoin, after the vote, the circulating supply increased from 1.22 billion to almost 4 billion. This chart they posted is not 100% accurate, because we know the circulating supply is currently 3.4 billion, but at the end of the day, the supply still increased by over 180% because of this vote. Moving forward, at least the total supply will only increase by 0.6% every year. The silver lining here is that even if some people didn't like it, in terms of tokenomics, the worst is behind us. And sure, there are some things that kind of worry me about this project, but the visibility crypto is going to get by being integrated into Telegram is absolutely massive. And I still think this coin could probably put out some pretty serious numbers. According to these charts Toncoin posted, Telegram is projected to have 1.5 billion users by 2028, and if Toncoin onboards 30% of Telegram's users, they will have over 500 million users in their ecosystem. They have a long way to go because according to Tonstat.com, there's currently only around 3.3 million accounts and less than 800,000 active on-chain wallets. But hey, let's hope for the best. Considering that Toncoin's market cap sits just below 9.5 billion today, I'm really interested to see how far this will go if they really do manage to onboard 500 million users. It's also worth pointing out that this project is already ranked number 12. I mean, it's on the verge of breaking into the top 10 by market cap in all of crypto. And the thing is, the largest crypto exchanges haven't listed it yet. It's only available on Kucoin, Bitfinex, Uniswap, and a few others. I am definitely interested to see how the price will react if it starts landing major listings. Time will tell. Speaking of price, Toncoin is currently hanging out around the $1.90 mark after it was rejected at the $2 level after its latest pump. According to Masari, Toncoin put in its all-time high of $5.16 on Christmas day of 2021. This isn't a price prediction video, but remember that Toncoin's supply was much lower back then than what it is now. With that said, to get back to that all-time high of $5.16, Toncoin would need a $17.8 billion market cap, which is 173% increase from its current level. Considering how high its market cap already is, if you want to get a 10x out of Toncoin, you're kind of asking for a lot because that would require the market cap to exceed $65.4 billion. I think this project has a lot of potential to onboard millions of new users, and I'm definitely excited to see what becomes of its ecosystem, but I am a little worried about its upside considering how much more work the market cap has to do to put in a 10x. But hey, it's crypto, anything is possible. My name is AJ writes crypto, that's all I got, have yourself a great day. From training materials to resources that can help you generate a greater profit. Learn more about growing your business with us at jameshardy.com slash build.
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"How did you heard about this story. Louis oh yeah i mean my my main news source for everything is check as twitter. So yes yeah jack. Hey who had speaker price playing. Paulina price. on days of our lives. Currently doing it excellently. Her out of our lives that she has not been on this podcast and she is a sleigh and every way but i think she writes on twitter. I'm like why are you this funny. It's like so crazy tweet at her was to come on the show. She followed me when i was on twitter. I know she follows you. Yeah no. I met her once and she was like. Oh louis from twitter. So witty and i was like. I can't believe you said that. And it's not been on here jack hairy. It was such a weird story. It's weird it's baffling. And i kind of feel like maybe it wasted lake. You know that black twitter is going to slough the whole situation and figure out everything and they're gonna do it quickly and then like i just like to black twitter's time wasted are what's on. Okay i say are as i'm still on it but you know what twitter has racist darks. Okay okay got women in parks who are harassing black people. We've got cairns to get fired. They work okay that all that black twitter is just the new number one ladies' detective agency. Let's bring back to my friend. Just refresh me on a crazy stories of the weinstein era which is harvey weinstein apparently promised lupita nyongo part on number one ladies' detective agency a show that had been cancelled for years. Anyway that is. There's parts of right the harvey wide steed scandal that truly was a baffling part of the lupita night. Neon goes story like he couldn't think of a show with like black people in it and that was the first thing that came. So i mind boggling. That's evening apart on the wire. You're gonna love this show the jeffersons. I'm being speaker of harvey weinstein. We're watching pataudi is to be reason to thank him there But i was thinking about award speeches. And i was also thinking like damn. Aren't we glad to not be in a awards season era where every speech would be thank you harvey god guy gwyneth. Yeah judy dench. Whomever stop thinking people people who are like agents and producers at manages. I'm like nobody wants to hear that. And i get that. It is a moment for them to be like shouted out but like i like when someone like errands. Avait shouts out like the woman who's managed him since he was a child. You know something like that. I'm like if you're naming random people at eight twenty four. Could you save it for when your backstage right. Oh you mean. They did their job. Great yeah yeah. I don't care no deference i find super baffling anyway. That's a whole conversation. Yes anyway thank you to. Emily asked for being here this week. Thank you to den michelle for joining us in such a pleasure and We'll see you keep. It is a crooked media production. Our senior producer is kendra james. Our producer is caroline restaurant and our associate producer. Is brian semel. Our executive producer is me. Ira madison third. Our editor is bill lance and kyle seguin or sound engineer. Thank you to our digital team. Matt degroot normal conan and milo kim for production support every week and hey stay safe out there in two thousand fourteen. I was working for the washington post in iran. One night some guys with guns showed up at my apartment and took my wife and me to prison. I knew the deep trouble. When obviously i was trying to be hopeful. Let's say no no. I spent a year and a half as a hostage. Everyone from my family to president. Obama played a role in getting the jason resigned host of five hundred forty four days. A spotify original produced by gimblett crooked media. Na twenty four episodes of five hundred forty four days are available right now following. Listen for free only on spot..
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"Think should have directed this danny boyle somebody who really like throws in a ton of elements of kind of technological wonderment. In the movie steve jobs. There's a movie where he's like walking down a hallway and it's all like computer walls or something that needed something like that something spectacular to take us away from the rather drab nature of the subject matter because this is drab movie. Yes my keep it. This week is to the like podcast. True crime history. That's been going on with kelly prices quote unquote disappearance. So it's what. I'd like to try and like break this dowd. She was the subject of a missing. Persons report filed in georgia after last being seen a police wellness check at our home on september eighteenth and her sister talked about how like the family was worried for her trying to find her and we knew that she had gotten cove. Ed and people are concerned that she was dead She was missing somewhere and needed our help. That she was at. Mr big's house came out the other day in an interview with tmz that she's not missing she just had covert and almost died. She said at some point they lost me and i died. I woke up days later. And the first thing i remember is doctors asking me if i knew what year it was and i'm unlike so this story has gone from you. Missing people are looking for. You truly like like joy. Reid is like posting like. Can we find out what's going on kelli price people like the black beauty was in tatters and then it comes that she's just like a like nearly died from kobe and when asked if she was vaccinated ignored. The question always goodness so now. The story is really hard to so you almost die because you didn't get vaccinated great and now i'm just married. Yeah tough so by the way why would she be missing ever right thing. That also is part of the story. Is that like as happens with celebrities and particularly singers. She a really close with her actual family. And so there's a lot of things about her saying that like i don't really talk to my family. And so the the sister saying that she's missing is sort of like the sister trying to make the narrative about her and be involved. Maybe but she's like they think 'cause i'm not talking to them and like this is a lot going on here and i need whereas all stone. Okay we've seen nixon we've seen jfk. I need price. We need to know what's going on..
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"Barris. Gay celebs. I've ever had a photo taken with that have been scrubbed for the internet. You and your team got on that. Yes her people judge. We don't talk about the era of my life so moving. God might keep this. Week is to dear evan hansen. But i'm only bringing it up because it feels like nobody is talking about the actual things that are wrong with this movie. And they've invented this whole other set of curriculum that it failed that which is not really true. For instance everybody is now obsessed with and i think i even said this at one point i keep it. Oh well he's a big psycho like he's somebody who's trying to gain cloud through this fellow students death whatever whatever the movie is ultimately about that. I mean maybe you you you might say it doesn't fully state. How insane what he's doing is but it really is ultimately about how what he's doing his monstrous. I mean like. I think it gets to that. What is so weird to me about this musical. This particular adaptation is it goes for realism in every single way. Like there's never a moment of this movie you're taken away by the musical grandeur and in fact the movies the musical signature song waving through a window is treated as this throwaway right at the beginning of the show you forget that it even happened and the way they film it is. He's just just walking through a hallway. It's the most baffling choice. Because i think ultimately what's wrong with this adaptation is the direction it needed. Something of the unreal. It needed something that didn't it felt so often like just a gray living room drama. Like you know how the movie august osage county felt like had momentum. It was missing the thing of the play. That's what this felt like. I was just static in a room for getting. This was ever a dynamic experience. And i think that's the directors fault mainly and also. It's the director fault for not revealing in ben plants performance. Early in the movie where he is twitching. I'm not kidding. The fucking joker. There's just there's no way. He wanted that on camera looking like that. The opening of this should have been like the opening of get over it with ben foster walking with the box after he's doubt and vitamin c singer and love will bring us together like i was so shocked at the opening with waving through. We're like no one was dancing behind him. I was like musical right. it's like his head. yeah it was. It was so strange by. We'll say the supporting performances in this movie. Some of them are awesome. I thought julianne doing a song often hated from that. Musical was excellent. That's so big so small yes. She slowed down the song a little bit and the movie was already running overtime at that moment. So the odds were stacked against her. I thought that was great. Caitlyn deavere fabulous again. We loved her and book smart. Amy adams was not good. Amy adams i thought was the worst actor in the movie. I haven't seen hillbilly eligible before. But i haven't seen woman in the window yet either. Oh my god. Wow the trilogy ref amy going off. What you're saying. Though the movie. I wanted more of the fantastic. Yeah the less realism. Because for me it played everything straight and with this film really wanted to be with a melodrama yes And when people talk about how crazy he is unlike. It's what you'd get from. Like rock hudson like going after jane wyman and magnificent obsession right but if this were a brightly colored melodrama where you inside his head and really felt that he was doing all of this because he was in love with. This girl Dan would have made more sense. But it doesn't wanna pick if he's doing it for this girl if he's like mentally ill the lexa pro talk the stuff like is tr- trying to do too much and also i still don't know what it was trying to satirize elements of the film. Yeah you know where. He's like becoming famous for talk about his best friend suicide. It's like are you saying that like people who do this kind of stuff like deserve to be satirized or are you just using it as a joke now. Yeah it is confusing. Do you know who i think. Think should have directed this danny boyle somebody who really like throws in a ton of elements of kind of technological wonderment. In the movie steve.
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"We should say something quickly about willie garson who surprisingly last week who played stanford on sex and the city in is unfortunately living proof that you could be straight and slay a gabriel because guys and no one was thinking. That was a straight man. Sorry no no one. What straight men should be able to play. Gabriel's gay people should be able to play straight roles. Which billy eichner says movie bro. Yes which i do love that you're gonna get like miss lords. Tsa madison played straight roles in a studio comedy. Exciting reverse coming out stories coming in. Sheryl sandberg's come in walk but about you ira. I would say that before. I get back into the celebrities of it. You know like fictional coming out stories. You know i feel like we have been inundated recently with the love. Silence of the world and stuff. But i think that like honestly. I look whiteness of the coming out stories on like shows. We used to watch when we were younger. Like i still to this day. Think of like jack coming out on dawson's creek You know and like that kiss. That was on television. Like they felt like events. And i think that's that pushing poll now with The queer youth who were like they've been raised on the internet and you can be more progressive in this. The idea that the industry isn't as progressive. Like this sort of like knowledge that only a few years ago when we were in high school was it still like impossible to get a coming out story it possible for even celebrities to be out in the way that they are. Now you know. I think about when mark harris talked about that issue of entertainment weekly. That they did there was like gay. Hollywood like it was getting dragged on twitter but people being like some of these people aren't even gay on here. You know you like nathan lane in lion king you now to modem puma on there you know and you don't have other celebrities on here as out but it's like people were not out then right..
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"Because that's what we do here right and somebody has to lose always den as why. Don't you go first. Oh my gosh okay. Wow i have a. Can i say a couple this summer. I was really really in love at tummy. Dorfman's coming out as trans woman. And the reason why. I really love that first of all. The conversation was written up in time. Magazine by dear friend fabulous writer tory peers. But also she noted that she'd been living sort of privately identifying and living as a woman for a whole year and she didn't even really see this as a coming out she sort of like. It's almost like peeling back. Another layer and showing a lair of myself to the world. But it's not like. I don't feel like there's really been a change dress. Switch exactly you really identified with that that sort of way of thinking about it so that was really fun and also. The photos were gorgeous And then a really recent one that just made a lot of sense to me was when mae whitman came out and a huge fan of harsh an actress on good girls i. I saw her on parent. Heidi years ago you say parenthood years ago like it's the eighties right. I actually like not that. Parenthood thursdays after thirty way women stays working. Now that's my favorite. She just stays working. She's always somewhere. I just was like. This makes sense. This is on brand. Feel like i've seen you for years. It's nice to know so. Yeah those were two recent ones. That i'm really into tommy dorfman. I'm forgetting to be in awe. Of what tommy. Dorfman has become just as cultural entity. This is somebody we would just see it akbar. Yes i still think of like. Oh time he lives down the street like i can't. I can't associate tommy door with the amount of grandeur because it's just somebody you would talk about. Whatever janet jackson song was playing at that time and that is the beauty of coming out. That's right me not getting a shot. I f chuck. what about you. Lewis got good question. I think an interesting answer is cynthia nixon because she's always been one of course among the definitive supporting actress emmy winners in one of the greatest roles ever that i still feel like is underestimated when people talk about the show i think. The death of miranda's fabulous. So i was very invested when she came out as queer activists alongside wife and just this different things she has said about being for instance at one point. She made a statement that was sort of misconstrued where she talked about how for her coming. Out and being queer was a choice in that and it was a decision. She had to make people sort of took it to mean. Oh gay people are making it up. Oh you choose to be gay whatever you want attention or whatever the fucking insane. Thanks people think and she goes. Why does it matter whether or not. I chose it like that. I thought was a brilliant point. It's like this is something we keep having to say to justify to. I guess stray people that were like legitimate human beings that we're not here like fooling them or whatever and i thought i had never thought of it that way before and i think speaks to how. She's kind of brilliant anyway. She ran for governor. Lots of wonderful things have happened to her in the time since then. And now she's of course in the sex and the city reboot where she better fucking sleigh. So that's what i'm looking forward to. I'm loving the hair knows. Yes she looks. I think she lets the best she's ever locked. I'm so here for it. I'm so for that reboot. i'm calling me basic. All you wind pumpkin spice. Las vegas morning nine here for it. Well you know at a certain point when you're a white woman who comes out as queer you it's jerry jones. She's got her riot. Sarah pulsa.
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"I've been getting so lucky to work in tv and film and that's an industry that really is working for the last year plus and i don't really think the world understands how compromised and how tragic this has been for. This has been for the theater community. And how many people we lost a covert and other things that in memoriam was really long. And there's a reason it's because so many people died. I said that to some people here in la. When i came back i was like sort of say overwhelmed by the emotion of it i sort of had to explain to people like people really understand why people were lost to covert in that community because so many people got it in the early days. Danny burstein was in the hospital setting for his life in march texting. My husband and i have been like. I love you guys. I really hope. I make it through this. You know. then we lost Rebecca lucrative. That was one of the most exciting moments that night. When danny burstein one. You know john lithgow said seven time nominee and we all jumped presi the for him. You know that and then When i sat down the rehearsal. I sat down next to to days while graham over and give us haga. We just so sorry. I can't stop crying. I came out on the stage for hersal to just practice saying my little wines for presenting. I start crying. It was overwhelming like my dresser. Helped alternate My outfit for the night and seeing her we all cried. My husband by dresser christina. Who's dressing andrei children. On haiti sound. We crept because her and her husband had been on the job for eighteen months. He's on a crew right now. My friend who's a tele player. She lost her job at frozen which they thought would come back which i could just go on and on and on like i cannot. Overstate the trauma. That community has experienced. A lot of people have found a way to go back to work in some respect or another but like feeder has really really been traumatized in a way that sketchy co long time to come back so on that note everybody goes control. I love that. People had their masks on during the show up. I'm currently working on a showdown with geoffrey richmond. Who's married to john. hickey just talking about people being vaccinated and people having their mass on during the show and it feels like the safest thing to do to go see a show because you're in a mask. People were vaccinated. They'll say for them like going to you. Yes it is. It's amazing to have you know cool to be in new york for like twenty four hours. I've got to go for twenty four hours but it was amazing to walk up to a restaurant. He asks for your vaccination card. There's i felt like it was amazing. I thought that was fabulous. There's just like that's the world they're living in and that's what's up and you just do it and move on and so i think it's exciting. I think it's gonna be really helpful for new york in new york getting its feet back and getting tourism act but up yet. I felt percents and also i someone up. Or i like got to experience jennifer. Holliday's singing. I am telling you and john sat behind. We all just having this sort of collective communal experience in that is what theater is an olive. Our hearts were there. And you're right. We were safe. It felt like the safest place in the world to be. I feel like you turn around in your chair. And just like chita. Rivera has her leg overhead or something. God yes block was on the other side of the you know..
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"With an all new episode of keep it. I'm ira madison the third. I'm the sound inside tony winner. Mary-louise parker no. It's me louis and our special guests. This week is the lovely den michelle. Hello i'm so happy to be here. I know we have been on a podcast together in years. Well no one's done anything together in years because i'm paying attention. I do have fond memories of sharing a stage with you at the towel in new orleans. We ask festival with jeffrey masters to the show. Yes iconic trip of so fun and a little bessie. Yeah i mean absolutely. It was new orleans during southern decadence. Yeah so all we did was understanding. Excitement was this thing. That jake shears was that yes yes. He is one of the great nice people and go person very hot. No yeah there's that is nice and hot. what are you paul newman. I don't like it. Yeah that's not in vogue anymore but then actually it is actually be done right. No if you went on the imdb list of hot and nice. It's only like four names deep. You know cameron diaz even nice. I don't know maybe they took off the list off the list. Also speaking of camera. Di as did you see. Did you see this interview with no so you know she is married to benji madden of good charlotte who is twin brothers were john madden and it was just some goofy headline where it was like now. I'm not attracted to my brothers twin. Because they're so different liar. The call doubt come after me. Yeah we all have twins. It's fine just be honest about true. But i guess at this point you can tell them apart. I got yeah. I agree and should be able to. It's rare that twins past. I feel like high school really sort of like age. The exact same way or you know like work out the same way or something if like twins are like in their thirties forties and still look identical like some gays. that's creepy. Yes right because it's like. Do you have the same diet regimen. What's going on here brian. Same skin care routine. Make some choices. Yeah yeah let the road fork if you will always interesting to me about good charlotte at the time when we were inundated with good charlotte as pop culture entities..
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"a ton" Discussed on Rock N Roll Archaeology
"Mean if you're looking for a soundtrack for a post-apocalyptic wasteland that song hey i think that's what merle travis intended he did he was like. I want somebody to shoot some super mutants while listening to the song. That's my dream anyway. So this is. It's interesting because the song is still relevant and still well known and this particular recording has endured since nineteen fifty-five like people still know and it's still an important recording and it was a huge hit but like it might never have happened. The the record company insisted that it be written and then another record company insisted that it'd be recorded it was released as the b side. Dj's in the audience kind of made it the hit that it was and it's interesting because i've never really i've always thought like the art versus business. Kind of thing is fairly modern thing. I just assumed that in the forties. Everyone is like just make records. But it's also rare that you hear the argument that that the contractual obligations right. Maybe great art happen right. Well yeah i mean. I think it was just a lot of weird twist of fate. I mean it was like you know they were like write some songs and then a very good talented songwriter did and so he wrote a good song. And then you know this guy. Obviously ernie pick good song. He was already singing. It wasn't like it came out of nowhere. But yeah i mean i think honestly like i think. The art versus commerce like divide. I think commerce was winning way more in the forties right. That's what i was gonna say. Yeah because i was a time of like you know there are singers songwriters. Don't don't get a big head about it like you're you're either one or the other so the most bar and there was there was there was very rarely any ownership to the singers right or the songwriters for their for their work. I know i think. Pete seger had a big Had a big like falling out or like a like a suit about ownership but later the concept of like selling out. Like if you're a musician like that was a new concept. I mean this guy's like yeah. I'll be on tv around lucy short. Whatever you like. There wasn't any idea of like no. I am at this sacred music. Artists couldn't possibly musician music artists. But yeah they should they should think of a name of guy a word for guys music guy i thought someone who like professionally sayings. I guess like a singing individual right. That's probably the word song anyway All right anything else michael. No there's a great song tennis. your ford is awesome. It's a good song All right let's take a quick break and other quick break and we come back. We'll talk about the lesson we learned from this song with lessons. Learned remember when twitter was fun and not hastening the collapse of western civilization. Twitter can be fun again when you follow us. At story underscores song. You'll find out about our upcoming episodes and see lots of great behind the scenes. Content story underscores song putting the fun back in twitter. We're back ever lessons learned lesson. Did we learn from this song. Michael earthy you learn from this song. I learned This is a good lesson if you work in a coal mine but Really for anybody ask if you could be paid in scrip. It just makes things easier you. Will you be indebted to the company store. Yes but do you know how long it takes forever to get to the mall and then like like if you want to go to the grocery store like you have to wait in line. Just you go to the company store Cashing your scrip. That's right you will owe them much more but like it's right there so being it so convenient. It's all about the convenience. Yeah so yeah. I yeah i would say what i learned was similar idea. Michael become a coalminer Get get get the scrip you go in debt to the company store right. Short sounds bad right. Sounds bad now wrong because my friends you are now immortal. Saint peter cannot call you home. Let's get like you know like a piece of metal rebar through your head. I guess what can't die. Sorry say hater that's called. It's called a loophole. Buddy i about that got to stay right here. What's that. I'm driving a river not. I could walk on the bottom of the ocean for hours. If i want. Because i can't in union and so that's kind of money. I'm picturing saint. Peter now as the villain from scooby doo gami. Gami on this on would've Would have been able to take yourself. It wasn't for that company store. Exact meddling companies store while use lighting himself on fire for fun you can do about it or so in debt. Really someone trial. Do not look in my credit score. No crazy not godless radio alert. If you're an expectant mother see if you can get a trade for your baby right away It doesn't have to be a coal miner. You baby doesn't come out a coalminer. Maybe a little pharmacist cloak maybe Little You know a little a little bankers tie you don't know but just get them something so the moment they're out you could just shoved right to work exactly. The little uniforms are brought ball right. Oh my god a little a little baby carpenters belt so cute. So cute is the best every minute. You're infant is not working. Is a minute that you are not indebted to the company store. Listen it is so expensive to have a baby. Nowadays the kids got to start earning their keep. They get out exactly. Let's get to work. That's right you're gonna load sixteen tons or you going to build twelve tables. You're gonna fill eighteen prescriptions a day. Those are things you can do baby. You're going to be a little tiny baby.
"a ton" Discussed on Rock N Roll Archaeology
"All number one hits and he has a billion awards. He has three stars on the hollywood walk of fame. One for radio one for records one for television. He's a grammy winner For his great gospel songs album. He has more than one hundred. Ten million records sold worldwide. He was inducted into the country. Music hall of fame in one thousand nine hundred ninety using into the gospel music hall of fame in nineteen ninety four and he is the recipient of the presidential medal of freedom in one thousand nine hundred eighty four now. He passed away on october seventeenth. Nineteen ninety-one which is exactly thirty six years after the release of sixteen tons to the day to the day. Oh my gosh you know what sixteen tonnes gets ya about. Thirty six more years actually naturally thirty six more years and three stars on the hollywood. Walk a fan. That's right by the way. Have you been to the hollywood walk fame. Yeah okay. I just when i wasn't la. I'd always go to that area for various stuff and always funny walking down the street and being like i don't know that is. I don't know that is that. Is there a symbol of what is that thing. Jim henson's your. I don't know who that is. I definitely honor. That is like ninety percent of them would be like names. I did not recognize so and medium that they worked in that. You've never heard of before right anymore. Yeah exactly what are they. Give it for radio. Tv's radio tv. One of them was like Why performance we spoke about it because somebody else another singer had gotten it for like live performance or something like that. I mean this is like an old old-timey microphones radio and then there's like I guess like the. I think it is like an old timey film camera. Tv and then. There is the the drama and comedy masks as well. Then maybe something else. I don't know like a horse a rodeo guy and then of course all the hollywood walk fame rodeo clowns. Yeah yes very famous for their time. A horse and wagon a traveling show court jester. This goes way back anyway back. I've always wondered like because people have like multiple. I guess i'm gonna say it's kind of a scam. I mean i feel bad but like because you have to pay a lot of money. It's like one of those who's who of like obviously you're famous like you. You have you know. You can't just some schmaltz street but like you have you. Basically they're like you wanna star like okay. We need like thirty grand or whatever and then you just pay it and they give it to you so it's not. It's not like some great you know. It's not like a an oscar or something like they give you an award. You just like call them up and like hey famous enough now again like great. What have i pay a whole bunch of money. They're like science fantastic. And then you know it's going to be right outside the cvs that's the other thing too. It's not the nicest save so like walking. Get like a like a looks like a soda at the cvs and you look down. Like oh i guess about midler was here. Yeah that's what i wondered like eventually like aren't gonna run out of expand on going down the blocks. Well that's the thing too is. Yeah some of them are like right on the main drag but some of the downside streets like are pretty deserted. Went to i went to i went to. I think it was a bed bath. And beyond and i walk outside of the parking lot. I stepped on a star time in l. a. And i was like i did not expect this. Oh this is the joan crawford bed bath and beyond joan crawford the radio the The rodeo clan yes of course. yeah yeah no. They don't sell different john. Carbon yup no wire hangers hangers ever know lotta shoulder pads though anyway so sixteen tonnes has become a standard. It's been covered by countless artists including elvis presley. Who's to perform it in concert. He never recorded it Bb king the platters bo diddley lou monte jimmy dean. Harry nilsson born green. Stevie wonder tom. Jones bobby darin johnny cash and recently robbie williams. Yeah on his second swing album from twenty one. Say twenty seventeen Yeah yeah that's right. It's good but it's a much more swing. Yeah yeah yeah. It doesn't have the same sadness as roma's map. Yeah and for all the gamers out there. Sixteen tonnes is also featured in the soundtrack of fallout seventy-six. Along with two other tennessee. Ernie ford songs shenandoah and dark as a dungeon. Which we mentioned before. That's another song written by merle. Travis that's also become a standard it's been recorded by several artists including dolly parton and that version is awesome on the same album that she recorded nine to five. I think it's all what's the name that album i think nine to five. And it's escaping me right. Now that's okay. It's not going to find it. And it's also been recorded by johnny cash on his folsom prison concert album. I have heard this song countless times. I am a big fallout fan. It's also in. Is it also and fall out for some maybe more tennessee. Ernie ford song in In fallout for. But i have heard this song and dark as a dungeon and shenandoah so many times. Because i am a big fallout fan. And i have played it from the beginning. I've played fall at seventy six. So i just love it as very excited about everything about this song. Dark as a dungeon is. It's it's a really great song. It's the dolly parton version is beautiful by the way. The name of that album is nine to five and odd jobs so i guess it's all about work It's yeah it's a great song and the tennessee. Ernie version is pretty amazing. Yeah like again. It's it's a perfect match for his voice for that that baritone sound and it works well in post-apocalyptic wasteland. I'll tell you..
"a ton" Discussed on The Story Song Podcast
"Stove that that last Chorus pause before. I oh my soul to the company store. Yeah that's so great. It's a great ending cars laws and like he. He owns that note. It's and it's ernie ford's voice is amazing and perfect for this song yet like that that this character is so completely different from who he is but his that baritone voice is so low. Baritone voice is so perfect for the song. You kinda do believe we stay out of ernie ford's way absolutely and we talk about like if you know if like a line in a song scans of it just feels good and you load sixteen tons of water. You get another day older and deeper in debt. That's ten out of ten. Oh oh yeah. It's perfect it just like every line feels so good at communicate something so clearly. Yes and there's something about the get and debt ri- you don't normally hear a rhyme with the word debt so i figure so perfectly every syllable is exactly where it should be. It's just great. I mean the rest is great too. I'm just saying like that is like a bed as perfection right in a song. Yes the chorus is insanely catchy and very good and does not shed light on the fact that this man is a serial killer. Yeah nope there's something so there's such an we'll we'll talk about this in the next segment but like there's such a minimal arrangement Yes to to the music it. It gives it a certain not. There's a certain amount of like discomfort in it like there's there's a little bit of a creepy nece to it. There's a little bit of a. I don't know i don't know how to describe it. You guys describe it. Describe it for me. I mean you know. It's a sparse arrangement. That makes it feel. Yeah i mean it's like reminds me a lot of like deo You know where. It's like very like very focused on the vocal and it just feels like that sparse arrangement. Just gives it like a feeling of like somebody who's just like exhausted. Yeah jazz can just barely tell you. I don't have time to get a whole bunch of musicians here right and the snap the snap sort of keeping the beat like right. There's there's something very e- i don't know like real about it. Well there's also there's also a rhythm to it right. That sounds like it could be like a song being sung by people on you know people in a mind that are like digging the comb like hitting it with their little pickaxes and shovels and or like people on a chain gang. You know what. I mean it. Has that feel those that kind of song feel to it. It's that rhythm. And i think the snapping goes along with that let's do expanding universe. What do we got next good. Does he work with big bad john. i mean i got to be. He co workers they probably sees the coal mining conventions yet. Least you know what i mean. Yeah the weekly the week. Long convention in vegas coal right right. And here's the thing about that. Is that big bad. John turns out he's very nice and he'll do anything for anybody so it feels to me like tennessee. Ernie ford is puffing himself up to his workers all the time. We'll get out of my way. I'm made of muscle and steel and rabbi and big. John is just being big bad john. Everybody thinks he scary but they say away. He's quiet whatever. And then something happens in that mine tennessee. Ernie ford is the first one to be like me out of here and he darts out and big bad john of what happens. Well that's the thing is is tennessee. Ernie ford like he's you like confessing the multiple murders. Or is he the guy who's like i killed a guy. Don't worry about the. I put one punch. And he was dead and you're like me. Yeah maybe this is like an answer to big john. Where right right. One's like big ben john terrifying go. Oh yeah well i. I was raised by lions right. I and i mean epic banja. He's a good. Like i was buried to death in two minds so i was like double him a big sense. You're alive. I i think it's i think it's very likely that they work in the same line. And if not that they're definitely like on the same email list should. Yes sure yeah. They're on the same text chain. Oh yeah definitely. Yeah yeah. I like big like every time. Tennessee said something. Bad john just like l. o. l. And it's like all right then you don't have to. You don't have to say ha ha to everything. It's trying too hard big. John text message like enough. I do yeah i mean. This is downriver from shantytown. Oh yeah oh anytime. Don't they have like they have water. Bits coal yards yards. they aren't. he works nicole. Mines that that give coal to the coal yards of shantytown. If they're when they're in the mind you think at some point if not tennessee. Ernie one of the miners turns over a piece of coal. In peace on earth is all. It says tennessee org. Maybe i shouldn't have ordered all those people while. I really learned something here today. Mostly about the fact that the company store doesn't have pinera. Oh if you did not listen to that episode. You have no. We're talking about And i know that this wasn't one of the verses in the highway men but like Well again it's skiffs. It's gives a big chunk that's true. I feel like once one. Saint peter is like. I don't care if you your soul to the company store. At that point he gets a verse in the highwayman man i think so i think so yes. So he would be between the space man and the sailor. We think they're all before the spaceman logically awfully before this between the man and the sailor you think well who is was the sailor the last one or the dam builder. Michael police not inappropriate. Great now we have to put an explicitly episode. Hope you're happy now. I don't know. But he's definitely he's he he's probably a he's probably a contemporary of the dam. Builder rachel yeah or maybe maybe it's not if they're a ghost coalminers then. Maybe it's the people that that didn't step aside that got killed by iron and steel because they all of those characters die tragically violently. So yeah it doesn't make you know maybe like you said maybe it's one of the guys he. What if what if it was like johnny. I was a mud. man over puddle. Negra guy poach my head off..
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