35 Burst results for "Almost Two Years"
Successful People Don't Get Stuck on Failure
"Second year in my business, second year, not first year, not first month, second year in business, my phone didn't ring for two weeks. And a lot of people were saying, what are you going to do? I mean, you know, how are you going to make this work? Your phone's not ringing. What are you going to do? I could have easily quit. I could have easily tapped out right there. And then a few years later, I didn't tap out. It's gradually started growing. And my sixth year in business, I was applying for a building loan because we had plans to build a new building to get out of the garage that we had built the second year in business. And I went to five banks, five banks. They said, no way, no way, no way, no way, no way. And I could have easily thrown in the towel, tapped out right there. But I didn't. The sixth, the bank said, yes. And we were in business. I mean, we were building a building. And I got, you know, I got all the walls built on that building and I hired a contractor and we had to do a lot of, remove a lot of trees and do all the foundational work and all that kind of stuff. But they were putting the walls up and got all four walls up and they didn't have them supported well. And one Saturday they collapsed. Yeah, that's, a lot of people would have thrown in a towel right there because it's just, I don't give up easily. The contractor, it was his fault. He didn't have them supported properly. He fixed it, ended up building the building, blah, blah, blah. So you know, things happen. The list, my list of obstacles and failures go on and on and on and on and on. And successful people, they don't get stuck on failure. Failure is just part of the process to succeeding. And that's what you got to know.
What Is the Richmond Promise? Executive Director Chris Whitmore Explains
"What is the Richmond Promise and what are your goals with the organization in the community? Absolutely. So Richmond Promise is a post -secondary access and success initiative that launched here in Richmond in 2016. And Richmond Promise is actually an initiative of the Richmond City Council. So our, our city leaders created Richmond Promise and created our organization using $35 million in seed funding that has been on a pay schedule here at Richmond Promise over the course of nine years. And so our seed funding that the city council secured for us actually sunsets next year. But as a post -secondary access and success initiative, our goals are to help young people in Richmond access higher education pathways and educate young people about what higher education pathways exist for them to access. We support students with a scholarship that is applicable for up to six years of their undergraduate experience. And our scholars, and that's a scholarship of $1 ,500 per year, again, for up to six years of a student's undergraduate education. And our scholars can use that scholarship at any not -for -profit and accredited two -year college, four -year college or university or career technical education program throughout the United States. Now I'll talk about that a little bit more. So that's higher education access and scholarship support. When our students are in college or are in a career technical education program, we also support them with scholar success programming. And this is wraparound support to ensure that students not only get accepted into a degree program or into a career technical education program, but they're also supported to ensure that they earn their degrees, earn their certifications. And then after they've reached that milestone, and this is a growing portion of our organization, we are building out our career access and success programming to ensure, again, that young people not only go to college, but they can come back home to Richmond. They can come back home to the Bay Area or wherever in the world they choose to be and have support in pursuit of their career ambitions and career goals. So since 2016, our organization has supported more than 3 ,300 Richmond youth, and on average, we serve a little more than 1 ,300 youth per year who are scholars in our program. So that's a quick snapshot of what we
Jared Asch Talks With Chris Whitmore of the Richmond Promise
"I am joined by Christopher Whitmore of Richmond Promise. And Chris, first, tell us a little bit about your background and how you came to Richmond Promise. And then tell us, what is the Richmond Promise? Absolutely. First off, thank you for inviting me on the podcast. Really great to be here and have this conversation. So I was raised here in the city of Richmond. I still live in Richmond, and growing up here in our community, like so many other young people, I wanted to enter into a career pathway and build an adult life in which I could support the Richmond community and try to make this city, this community, the kind of place that I always envisioned it to be, which is a place where everyone can thrive. Everyone can feel welcome here in Richmond, feel like they have opportunities from the city, from the community to be who they want to be, to contribute to this space and to make this city better for everyone. And so with that really broad, general goal in mind, I decided at a very young age, elementary school age, that I wanted to be a public official when I grew up. I wanted to work specifically in the mayor's office of the city of Richmond when I grew up. And my godmother, Erma Anderson, was mayor when I was in elementary school. She was the first African -American woman elected mayor of the city of Richmond. I grew up with folks like John Gioia, who's our county supervisor and has been our representative for several years on the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors and several other folks who really inspired me to want to build out a career in public service. And so with that in mind, I went off to college. I went out of state to Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. I studied political science with an emphasis in public law. After graduating from Webster in 2014, I moved to Washington, D .C., where I was accepted into a congressional fellowship. And through that fellowship, I worked in the office of then U .S. Senator Bill Nelson's office of Florida. I moved back to Richmond in December 2014 and got my first job, first full time job working for Congressman Mark DeSaulnier, who at the time was the representative, newly elected representative for California's 11th congressional district. I had the privilege of working as an outreach coordinator in his Richmond office, which is actually just down the hall from where my current office is today. A year later, 2016, I got to accomplish that childhood goal of mine of working in the mayor's office. I worked for Mayor Tom Butt, starting off initially as his director of community engagement, later promoted to be his director of policy and strategy. After about two years in that office, I went over to the city and county of San Francisco, where I went to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and worked on their policy and government affairs team. And for about a year and a half, I wrote, along with my supervisor, all of the water, power and wastewater legislation for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. And I'll speed up the story. So about a year and a half later, I came back here to the city of Richmond and served as Tom Butt's chief of staff for exactly two years. And two years ago, October 4th, 2021, I started as Richmond Promise's second executive director. And it's been a great journey over the last two years, and I was really inspired to make the transition from the mayor's office to Richmond Promise. Just thinking back on my experience growing up in Richmond, having a goal to go to college at a young age for the sake and purpose of really accomplishing my career goals. And just being reminded constantly that there are so many other young people in Richmond who have educational and career goals for themselves. And those young people also deserve to have really strong support systems in our community to help them go off and do the things that they want to do. And I came over to Richmond Promise to strengthen that support system for our entire community.
We're 5 Minutes Away From Biden Getting Booted From the 2024 Race
"Serious campaign operatives charge top dollar if the donors go to Biden and say Joey boom bots we are not going to donate to you anymore it's over it doesn't matter if he wants to run he is gonna be out and we are about five minutes away from that happening for a number reasons the guy's polls are terrible and second he as we've said often has oatmeal for brains my wife eats that mush stuff sometimes that like cold oatmeal that's his brain it's like cause not even hot oatmeal it's like mush he can't think straight here Jim queue up for me James Rosen James Rosen is a great reporter he's at the White House yesterday and in probably the first honest question outside of Peter Doocy in the Brady press room in forever I'm not even gonna play the answer cuz you don't even need to hear it Jimmy turns it's dumb she's like a key creature appears it's a question about polls oh yeah we listen to people to dumb answer it doesn't matter you don't need the answer I just want you to listen to the question because she freaked out when Rosen asked this question about the polls know and didn't what to say check this out in February the president conducted an interview with I believe it was Telemundo and he was asked about the dismal state of his job approval ratings and he answered in words to this effect do you know that believes the polling these days and he talked in some detail about the difficulty of getting people on the phone and compiling accurate polling whenever you're asked about the president's dismal job approval ratings you say we're not going to look at polls we look at his accomplishments and yet when you are asked about various domestic policy initiatives you will say these poll very well people support what the president wants to do if you look at the individual subjects on the polling they support what the president's agenda is so once and for all are only certain polls valid in your eyes the ones that support your agenda or is the polling data that shows that president has been stuck for two years at the low 40s and his approval ratings are those valid maybe the greatest question to ever come out of the press room one minute Biden's citing the polls when they reflect nicely or not badly nothing reflects well on Biden but they're just not bad and then when other polls come out showing Biden in a catastrophic freefall black voters Hispanic voters economic public approval border safety oh yeah don't pay attention to the polls the answer was just dumb that's why I didn't bother if to I didn't waste want your time how to cut a minute and you know I don't like clips more than a minute and she's like no no not you're not listening to the people they are clearly disturbed that is lack of mental fitness and here's how I'll prove they're not listening to the people Jim cut 10 this is short it's only a little over 10 seconds Korean John Piers asked about mush brains Biden how this guy obviously has some cognitive deficit it's serious they got folks listen to me and I you know so now if I've ever meant anything on this show I mean this yell at me scream at me I want I don't care it is unethical and immoral to champion someone's cognitive decline it just is refused to do it I do not want to see this guy fall on his face and smash his face open in front of the high world he's an 81 year old man yes he's the single most destructive political force in US history and I wish he'd died but I'm telling you that it is we are potentially minutes or days away from this guy taking a massive tumble down the stairs I'm not kidding and getting seriously hurt it is that bad look at his gate and his shuffle he can't do anything anymore everybody sees it yet here's Karine Jean -Pierre's answer when asked the question the whole world can see about his mental fitness check this out I would put the president's stamina, president's wisdom ability to get this done on behalf of the American people against anyone on any day of the week I mean really man again that's why Karine Jean Jean -Pierre's just a buffoon that's your answer I'm not saying she's got to go up there and go listen my boss is cognitively struggling I guess she's not gonna say that I do of course but just be candid here's how you do it I'm not no I'm serious if you were a PR person they're not gonna take my advisor
Nova Hardscapes' Nasir Acikgoz on Thriving in Uncertain Times
"Think right now the way the economy is the way things have let's say slowed down the way interest rates have risen Politics, okay world governments and all this stuff that's going on They they you know, I feel it in the air that people just want to like curl up, you know And and they don't want to continue to push in a certain way It's kind of like let me hold all my money whatever I have left and I'm not gonna let it go, you know But you have to invest to create if you don't invest you can't create don't be scared to do that when it comes to what he's selling but My question for you is all of this stuff that's going on and you are full throttle you have I see you in the venture 36 -foot venture with quad 500 Merc's And you're flooring the throttles Why do you feel that way? When it comes to that, are you scared about anything that's coming up or you just go based off of off of what? Opportunity vision what I I don't stop I go full throttle all the time and What drives me that when I wake up I think I said I mean God has a plan and I believe in God and I I in he says it work be honest work and it's gonna happen and In this country opportunities are limitless. I mean, there's no limit. There's no There's no product you're gonna say all about people are yes, they're they're holding off They're not gonna they're you know, they're not gonna spend I will never think that way I still keep bringing and I'm gonna bring it We're gonna invest as a matter of fact The green industry has an advantage one of the biggest advantages that I've noticed is if the people are stressed They're stressed with things politics and all that how do they relax of course they go they do sports and stuff One of the things they'd relax is they work in the garden. They work in the backyard They work, you know, they do things or just looking at plants to look at plants. What did what does it do to you relaxes you? One of the things that I'm realizing because we do a lot of pool pools and you know Like we sell a lot of natural stone for pool pool decks and pool coping like for pool products That business is still booming because During the pandemic, obviously people were spending time outside and whatnot But also after the pandemic still that kept going it never stopped And the green industry picked up right right during the the pandemic. Yeah, it keeps going crazy boom Yes, it's still going. Yes. It's a little bit see slow down a little bit, but it's not gonna stop Nobody's gonna stop buying things. Well, we saw wasn't normal first of all. Yeah, it was out You know, it wasn't normal normal growth, you know normal growth year over year at least for me was 20 20 percent growth Correct, maybe 25. So I was able to do 20 to 25 percent more than I did the previous year Let's say that's normal. That's normal average, you know, but you have guys that went up a hundred two hundred three hundred percent in two years You know, so it's just a lot like even the the smaller landscapers they were used to doing, you know Three four hundred thousand dollars to say a small landscaper and a lot of them crossed a million in in two years I know, you know the Amelia 1 .5 to 2 .5 and how did that happen because of this crazy boom? So now what they're seeing is the slowdown effect a lot of people weren't prepared for this to slow down They weren't they didn't let's say understand what was going on or see what was going on And they didn't think it was gonna, you know finish so I hope everyone put you know something away for For this if not, you're gonna learn the next one. You need to yeah, you need to save obviously I'm not saying you need to spend everything but you know It's a cycle then the economy is a cycle four years five years up and then four year five years down four years So if you don't invest when it's down Obviously within your you know budget and and and means and means You're not gonna gain when it picks up again So what I'm doing is when it's up you keep investing anyway when it's down you keep going Obviously, I'm not in I'm investing. I'm actually reinvesting per se Not so aggressively as I did it during the pandemic because the demand was huge. Yeah, you saw it's still going I'm still going like I'm like, okay, so I was adding maybe five products back then but now I'm adding one two But I keep adding because I'm trying to prepare myself for the next rush. Yep, you know Hopefully we'll see those numbers again, but you know, it's gonna be tough. You'll see those numbers as more people use
We're Digging Deep Into Nasir Acikgoz's Journey to the American Dream
"So talk to me you're you are from Turkey that you were telling me I'm from Turkey originally. How did you end up here? Well Right after college finishing undergraduate undergrad in Turkey in electronics engineering. Okay, I talked to my father You know father I said, you know, I just want to go to America United States. He said to me Okay, but why United States you want to learn English? Yes, I want to learn English, but there's England here, huh? Right here three hours away. Why do you want to go all the way to 12 hours with plane? I said, I love the American culture I left the American, you know American dream the the colleges their lifestyle and this was all in the this was in the 1996 okay when I graduated from my from college and I graduate college a little bit earlier I was nineteen nineteen and a half years. Wow. Yes, man. Thank you. I Started going to school like five and a half years old because they had that like a program there different programs at that time They allowed kids to to be the first graders. Yeah to accelerate. Yeah, I took advantage of that and Thank God I passed all the grades, you know, I never missed anything. So as a matter of fact, I'm a third year of college I told my dad this, you know, hey, I want to go to the United States, please, you know, would you will you support me? He's so what you told me Whatever you do son. I'm gonna support you. Mm -hmm. So right after college I started applying to college. I mean the you know, yeah colleges for MBA program Okay, because I said I want to do MBA. I want to do master's in business administration If you ask me why because it was the hit thing in Turkey at that time if you have your Engineering background. I mean undergrad and then you have the MBA all the companies all the corporate guys, you know They want you and especially from the United States, you know the MBA so I had two friends in Orlando Back then and I applied other states as well And one of the guys in Orlando called me, you know, he said look Nasir I know you're applying to other states. We have the house here. We have you know, the dorms everything Yeah, the dorms and everything and and we know people in the college will help you out and we love you come over We'll hang out, you know first I was hesitant I said, you know, I'm gonna go there instead of learning English right away And now we're gonna be hanging out Turkish people, you know, so I had that doubt Yeah, from my town, yes, we know their families my dad knows their dads and but my father told me look It's better to know someone there when you start off and then you don't like it you move somewhere else It's easy, you know easier. It breaks the ice. It breaks the ice So I said, okay, so they send me the application from it's called seminal community college. Okay, it's where the Seminoles India All speakers English all like, you know, and you didn't know any English at this point very very little you speak it Very well. Yeah, I practiced there so much, you know, they applied to college community college. I said, oh, it's a community college It's not a it's not a university and my friends told me look, you know, it's this little college close by to our house It doesn't matter if you call you you're just gonna learn English and here there's no Turkish people only there were some Latins like Puerto Ricans. Yeah, a lot of Puerto Ricans. You're in Orlando. Yeah, that's the Puerto Rican capital. Puerto Rican capital. Yes Back then it was like this 1996 1997. So I loved the idea. I said, okay, no problem So we I applied and they said, okay, no problem. You can start the English as a second language program. I started going there Yes, I was the only Turkish guy. So I had no option but to learn the language So I loved it. So I said, you know what? I'm just gonna stay here I'm not gonna move anywhere else and I started getting to know people Okay I had I met a lot of people there and we started hanging out even though our English all of our our English were a Little bit, you know, like it's off. Yeah, but still with hand gestures with moves and stuff like that You you manage you manage to engage So I finished English as a second language course, then I applied to UCF University of Santa, Florida Okay for the MBA program they accepted me, but they said I need to take a lot of prerequisite courses and I said, okay, and they gave me a list. It was like 12 courses I said, wow, it's too much and I gave you my transcripts guys, you know, I'm an I'm an engineer I mean, but they said hey, you didn't take financial accounting. You didn't take managerial accounting They saw me like economics macro economics micro economics all these courses, you know, you know, and they said You know, you have to take them, okay, so I don't want to say I lost another year year and a half No, you felt like it I felt like it at first but then I appreciate it because that taught me a lot because you're learning the fundamental of Economics financials actually the courses that I took financial and managerial accounting courses They teach you how to read your balance sheet of the company, which is great A lot of people are clueless to that exactly and I actually I'm doing my old balance sheets PNLs That's awesome. I'm looking at every month and I'm kind of you know Looking through it, even though my CPA looks at it almost every month But when he talks about something I already know or you already know So that's why I was like that time out to me like oh my god I'm gonna lose another one year and a half two years, but it ended up working out working out for me so I started MBA program right after I finished it and Study administration business administration, so you studied what you wanted to study when you were with your dad Yes telling them this is what I want to do exactly, okay One little detail I left off before before I got into UCF the first year when I was in seminar community college My roommate told me hey, let's apply for a green card lottery. Oh, I said, what is that? I'm like lottery also is we're gonna win money is like no it's it's called green card lottery I still didn't understand the concept and he told me look you're gonna apply a lot of people are applying and they Pick you and if you they pick you you can stay in this country and you get the residency Okay, I'm like you're kidding for me to get my student visa I have to go through so much so much and they're just gonna give me my green card and that's it over like, you know Yeah, that easy. It's like yes, that's easy. I'm like Let's apply. Let's apply and I'm thinking welcome to the United States. Welcome to American dream.
Recovering Food Addict Colleen Y. Shares the Ups and Downs of Her Journey
"On the podcast, our guest is a recovered food addict, Colleen Y. Welcome Colleen. Colleen Y. Thank you. It's a pleasure to be here. Susan Branscombe Yeah, it's great. I heard about your story. I've read about your story and I'm looking forward to sharing it with our listeners. We're going to talk about your story and how you found recovery from food addiction. I understand you became abstinent at 55 years old in 2018 when you joined a 12 -step food recovery program. Talk about that and what brought you into recovery. Colleen Y. Yes, it was late getting into. I had never heard of any 12 -step recovery programs. I had never heard about food addiction. I was just a person who thought I had a moral issue that I needed to diet, that I didn't have willpower, that that was the only way that I could overcome the excess weight. I was getting up there. I was 250. I was up to 300 pounds when I finally went into the rooms. So up until that point, I just thought that I just had no willpower. But it got to the point where all I could do was think about the food. I could not function unless I was thinking about food. So that's what brought me into the rooms. Talk about you got into recovery when you realized that you needed help in this way. And then you relapsed after two months. What happened there? Well, actually, it was after five years. I was in the program for five years. So for the first two years following the program, I was good. I followed it. I lost weight. I was working the steps in the program. But then I thought I didn't need it anymore, that I knew what I was doing and slowly started deviating from the program to the point where I left it and just started doing diets again and the weight started creeping back on. But I was still not eating the sugar flower wheat. So that's what I considered as still being abstinent. But the weight came on. I was still eating high fat. And then finally, after five years, I just couldn't white knuckle the diets anymore. And I relapsed. And in that two months that I relapsed, I gained over 25 pounds and really came to believe that I had a serious problem with food addiction. I just could not function at all over that two months. And I just did not want to live anymore. I just did not want to wake up in the morning. It was a brutal experience for two months. For critical level food addicts, some of us can get suicidal, where we just can't see a way out and that we're always going to suffer from this and food controls our lives. Yeah, I prayed every night that I wouldn't wake up in the morning. And that was the thing. And then I'd be so devastated that I had another day in this disease and that somehow I had to function. So talk about this history then. You got into recovery, five years, doing well, lost weight. Then you relapsed. Tell me about the weight that went off and came back on. You said you gained 25 pounds. You got up to 300, but were you close to maintenance weight during that five years? I had never been a normal weight my entire life, never. So I got close. I had lost, by this point I started at 300, so I was probably down to 170, which was just absolutely new territory for me. Then I gained some weight back, but then I knew I could not get abstinent on my own. It didn't matter what I did, I could not keep it. So I tried to go to Renasant and Renasant was running an outpatient program and I signed up for that. And then just before they were going to run it, they contacted me and said that they weren't prepared to run it anymore. And I was devastated. I ended up getting in touch with Dr. Vera Tarmon, who is a director at Renasant, and she told me about, in fact, was going to run their intensive for their students. And Esther usually does it in Iceland, but this time she was actually doing it in Ontario where I'm from. So it's like three hours away from me, I had this opportunity. So I jumped at it and I went and did that intensive where Esther Helga had Amanda from Shift come in and run the intensive. And it was mind -altering. It changed everything about the way that I looked at food addiction, totally, totally opened my eyes.
Dan Abrams Conceals Stunning Family Secrets
"Of transition between a legal analyst a journalist slash porter and a TV clown but known I've for some time since I think I've told you this but I should have been more prudent Dan Abrams has a family secret no not that one Dan Abrams has a family secret and it's this Dan Abrams has failed to reveal on numerous of his platforms and he has many including I believe a Trump hating America hating Hamas supporting platform he has failed to reveal on a number of these platforms that said his brother -in -law brother -in -law Greg Andres you've never heard probably of before Greg Andres was assistant special counsel on Robert Mueller's team remember them investigating the Russia collusion hoax President Trump leaking like sieves two years millions of dollars later interfering in the election I don't remember Dan Abrams ever making a statement at media or most of his platforms that that's his brother -in -law while he's a legal analyst as a news reporter you know news reporter saved an obligation to be impartial and to be objective they're not supposed to be opinion makers you so an actual news reporters and journalists conceal such relationships it's a big deal it's a big deal so his brother -in -law obviously married to his sister who's a sister Ronnie Abrams who's Ronnie Abrams he's a federal judge in New York a federal judge in New York really appointed by Barack Obama another Democrat does he reveal that not to my knowledge but that's not my focus Greg Andres is my focus when you have wanted to know that this reporter that this journalist and ABC legal analyst that his family member was prominently involved in trying to put Donald Trump in prison? when the wouldn't that be relevant to know from a legal analyst and a journalist and a reporter? now obviously all analysts the other over at media I denounce where they're well aware they must be maybe they're not wouldn't be
"almost two years" Discussed on WTOP
"This year has been sentenced to almost two years in prison for using marijuana while owning a gun. Deja Taylor's son took her gun to school and used it to shoot his first grade teacher Abby's corner at rich neck elementary in Newport News Taylor sentencing is the first measure of accountability for the January shooting still faces a separate sentencing next month for felony child neglect. Zwirner is also suing the Newport News school system for 40 million dollars a Prince George's County man has been found guilty of killing ex his -girlfriend on Christmas Eve nearly a decade ago a jury found 44 year old Marvin Lopez guilty of first -degree murder while armed for the shooting death of Evelyn Guerra Lopez was found in El Salvador earlier year this and brought back to DC after being charged with her murder Lopez is accused of shooting and killing his ex in front a of restaurant on 14th Street in 2014 where she worked as a waitress he faces up to life in prison the DC government is making moves to get more city residents working in high demand trade the 64 million dollar renovation happening here at the old Spingarn High School will allow the city to double the size of its DC Infrastructure Academy 2 ,700 square foot specialty mechanical lab interior classroom space also will refurbish the courtyard I will have social spaces and also an exterior training yard auto bays for lessons in car repairs are also coming Delano Hunter who leads the Department of General which Services will oversee the renovation of this school is also a Spingarn grand and because the school is not just old but considered historic we're gonna preserve the rich history and legacy of this building we will in being sure to preserve the facade enhance the facade in Northeast John dome in WTOP News Carjackings by young teens have become a huge problem in our area now we've learned on Monday alone Montgomery County police made 13 packing some arrests of the kids were 15 16 and 18 and they were picked up in connection with a couple of these one of them in Silver Spring but a total of 13 teenagers under arrest for carjackings in the area sports at 25 and 55 powered by Red River decisions technology aren't black and white think red let's get back to Frank Hanrahan well the Wizards blues again 131 17
Jared Asch Welcomes Walnut Creek's Teri Killgore to Capstone Conversation
"To this episode of The Capstone Conversation. I am your host, Jared Ash. Today, we are joined by Terri Kilgore from the city of Walnut Creek, where she serves as the assistant city manager in overseas economic development. One of the themes of this podcast is to talk about where are our communities going, but it's also important to look at economic development and how cities are continuing to improve post COVID in the new era with increased online shopping. And Walnut Creek has dove into a number of economic development studies and has a plan for the future of its city to grow. So we're going to introduce Terri here to tell us a little bit more about herself. Welcome. Thanks, Jared. It's nice to be here. So I've been with the city of Walnut Creek five years now, and it's been a wild five years with COVID thrown in the middle, as everyone has experienced. It's been a pleasure to serve both as the assistant city manager and economic development director. And while we had to pivot really quickly to help keep our businesses open during the pandemic and that involved outdoor dining and streamlining permitting for HVAC systems and other things people needed to do to survive, it's exciting that we're now back to working on real economic development work is what I would call it, where we're building a strategy and an approach. And we took the intentional path of picking an action plan with a two year horizon. As you mentioned, we did several studies to help inform us on this journey. As you can imagine, most of the data sets that we traditionally rely on, like the census and the American Community Survey, are just really dated and don't reflect the world post -COVID. So we went out to our brokerage community, got some quick updates on the state of the market and different subsectors. And so we think we've built a plan that is going to set our community up for long term success. And the future is bright for Walnut Creek. We obviously have challenges, as does every community. But we're starting from a really strong base. And so we're excited to really dig in and get working on these elements that will really move the ball forward. Awesome. So let's dive in to it. I like the fact that you're talking strategy, short term, long term. A lot of cities are going after just a big fish, right? They looking are to get a company that's going to have five or ten thousand high paying jobs in there. Walnut Creek is having multiple elements into their plans. So let's talk through what did you learn in the study first and then we'll go through elements of the plan. Yeah, the studies kind of reconfirmed a lot of what we already knew about our economy, which is that we are very driven by small to medium companies. We've got some notable headquarters located here as well. But that our bread and butter is really folks who live in the community and work in the community and grow their businesses here. And so there there is one strategy and economic development, like you said, where you go elephant searching and hope to get the one big thing. But that's a really risky strategy. It often takes a very long time to pay off. And so you've got to find a very specific niche where you can market what you have available that meets exactly with these unique needs of these mega companies. And so we looked at it and said that that's one approach. But we already have a nice mix of companies in our economic ecosystem. And I think the growing wisdom over the years in economic development is it's better to do economic gardening, is what they call it, where you help your local companies grow, you try to attract similar industries based on industries that are already present. And so for us, our big market drivers are medical, finance, insurance, real estate, a little bit of tech software, more so. And then a lot of small businesses that thrive in the retail and in the restaurant sectors. And so how do we really help those businesses that are here grow? And that includes reaching out to them and figuring out who do they know, who else might be looking for space, who are their vendors that they wish were close by so that we can continue to build on the existing strength of our market instead of kind of placing a bet on red and hoping everything just lands perfectly.
A highlight from Chinese Communist Bitcoin Miners? And Lobbying For Bitcoin Mining W/ Dennis Porter
"Welcome back to the mining pod on this week's show. We're joined by Dennis Porter of the Satoshi Action Group to discuss Bitcoin mining and Politics we're mainly focused on the national security concerns when it comes to Bitcoin mining So we discussed with Dennis about moving into state houses and lobbying on behalf of the Bitcoin mining industry as a note Dennis is throwing a dinner at the end of this week on Friday at the North American blockchain summit Be sure to use promo code mining pod to get 25 % off your ticket. We'll be seeing you down in Fort Worth Do you have dinner plans November 17th? Well you do now down in Fort Worth, Texas at the North American blockchain summit Satoshi Action Group is hosting a dinner along with a lot of our friends in the Bitcoin mining industry You can join us November 17th at 6 30 p .m By going to Satoshi dinner calm and using promo code mining pod to get 25 % off your ticket again That's Satoshi dinner calm use code mining pod to get 25 % off your ticket. We'll be seeing you there Did you know that you can make more money by merge mining other networks check out make more money mining dot -com for information on bits 300 and 301 a proposal to bring more revenue to Bitcoin miners through side chains and merge mining called drive chains increase your mining revenues And learn more about participating in Bitcoin governance by visiting make more money mining dot -com Are you a miner who wants to activate Bitcoin improvements check out activation dot watch see what Bitcoin improvements the Bitcoin community? Developers and miners are considering and show support by signaling for one of many bits up for consideration activation dot watch Is your mining operation happening ready take control of your own future with the right energy strategy Link coin energy training platform is a tool used by miners to design monitor and seamlessly orchestrate sophisticated energy strategies within electricity markets such as or caught New York and PJM avoid penalties Participate demand response programs and capture hundreds of thousands of dollars per megawatt per year by deploying the right block and index strategy secure your competitive edge at link coin calm Are you a retail or institutional investor interested in Bitcoin mining companies the minor mag brings you free data and analysis from all major Nasdaq listed Bitcoin mining operations to know who stands out check out visualize metrics and data dependent stories at the minor mag Welcome back to the mining pod. Dennis is joining me today. Dennis Porter. Welcome to the show. How are you today? I'm doing excellent. Just coming back from a break. So are ready to dive into a jam -packed week of back -to -back calls Yeah, nice and tan back from your travels, right? Yeah, this is as tan as I get too So it's like, you know, ten days ten days in the Sun and this is as good as it gets So just everyone's prepared for that Are you ready to jump back into the Bitcoin grind or did you like really stop when you were vacationing? I oh, I never really truly fully stopped working the tweets keep coming, huh? Yeah It's an unfortunate byproduct of working in a 24 -7 365 non -stop nascent ever faster moving Industry that is Bitcoin Bitcoin mining when it combines two crazy worlds the one that I work in which is Bitcoin Bitcoin mining side which is the 24 -7 365 thing and then it's the Political realm which is just a total mess all the time. So it's a great combo. Yeah, I remember talking I want to stay sane Yeah, exactly my point. I was about to make you took the words out my mouth I remember talking to you like a year ago about the political side of things I was like, I don't know why anyone would ever want to get in that world at all. You're like, oh, I love it I love the I love the pool. I love being in the midst of it and still today don't get it Probably won't ever but I'm glad there's people like you who care about it And we you know agree on most things when it's firstly when it comes to Bitcoin mining so glad that's there Okay was transition over to Satoshi Action Fund. So you're the president and CEO you founded it. It's been two years Or so, it's a little over a year. We launched in June of last year and I am yeah I'm the president CEO I say CEO and president of Satoshi Action I'm there are two organizations now actually one is Satoshi Action Fund and one is Satoshi Action Education one I'm the CEO of and one of the president of so for simplicity's sake we just say it's all under the Satoshi Action umbrella But yeah, it's been going really really well We've had a ton of success and I'm sure we'll jump into that But I launched that in June of last year and we've been off to the races ever since Yeah, let's go into a little bit and then we have much more talking to show specifically We brought you on to talk about all the recent headlines with like rural Bitcoin mining and like the pushback We had a New York Times article about that there's some stuff in Arkansas going on So we'll get to that probably towards the second half of the show But let's talk about Satoshi Action Fund some wins recently and then maybe like a little more Flushed out what you guys are trying to to work on is like the product if you could say that for I guess a lobbying organization Yeah, yeah I mean it's good and that's that's probably one good area to start though with when it talk what comes talking about Satoshi Action is The one big difference between us and let's say like a lobbying organization or even a trade association Is that we don't we don't actually like do most of the lobbying. In fact, we hire lobbyists and we don't have members We have donors like more or less the premise of Satoshi Action Is that if you believe in the mission that we have pursued which is to make the United States? One of the best places in the world to be a Bitcoin miner or to be a Bitcoin er Then you want to support us if you agree with you know having the opportunity to stay here in America That's thriving off of this new technology versus being forced to move abroad You know that again is why I created Satoshi Action I think it's why people buy buy into the vision and the mission of what we're doing but we're very very structured very very different from from any of these other organizations that you might see out there and Once we launched Satoshi Action, the first thing that we wanted to do was try to go out there and show Right off the bat. What could we do? How could we be successful? How could we show that we can be effective because one of the most dangerous things that you can do with a political organization is You know get out there do all this, you know, make all this noise and then you don't produce any results You can do that a couple times you can even do it for years But eventually people will grow tired and they will move on and they will want to hear from someone else They will want to see someone else produce results There's definitely two the unfortunate part about politics Is there sort of two things you have to do one is you do have to produce results and the other is you have to? market your results market even what you're trying to do so that you can get people to buy into that they should buy into what you're trying to accomplish and fund essentially fund your operation because 100 almost 100 percent aside from our like You know, two three little s19 miners that we have plugged in that were donated to us The vast majority of our money comes from either donations or people that we get to come to our events was essentially a form of a donation So we rely a lot on on our donors to support the work that we do on a constant basis But right away we wanted to make sure that we were proving to our donors that we were having success So we said, okay, what can we do? We we got to the drawing board right away We brought on Eric Peterson who is our current policy director. Who's a wizard on the policy world and We had my two co -founders Mandy and Syria and we sat down we were like, alright, what are we gonna do? We started crafting public policy model policy For the Bitcoin Bitcoin mining space and what that means is that we created sort of like this like, okay here is a Example of a bill you could pass in your state that helps you advance this industry You know what we would do is we'd go in we'd say okay We have this great bill that we wrote up and we think you should pass it It'll really help you and they'll say like, you know, why would you want me to do that? Like we go in we pitch we say okay Bitcoin mining is great for jobs Great for local investment grid stability environmental cleanup the ability to enhance green and renewable energy projects really any energy project But policymakers particularly like when you can help solve some of the problems with green energy And then we win then we give them that bill the most popular of those bills that we did We know we have four of them Two of them have sort of moved or I should say three of them have moved around like have been introduced Or been worked on at the state level So far only one has passed into law which is a very big accomplishment but not to say only one but yeah I'm pretty yeah, it's pretty big deal Yeah, just one. It's just one of dates. So yeah so in then, um that bill ended up being called our right to mine bill initially originally was called the Digital Protection Act and then it transformed into becoming the rights mind bill and essentially that bill just protects Bitcoin miners from various forms of discrimination We saw real -time discrimination taking place across the country and we created real -time protections for that form of discrimination And we ended up being able to pass that bill into law in two states, Arkansas and Montana in fact in Montana is one of the states where Two things happen one. We actually saw some of the discrimination taking place where I don't know if you heard of the Missoula County there Where they changed the zoning laws and they like went drove a twenty million dollar bank when mining operation completely bankrupt because of it so Completely wiped them out all because they were concerned about things that were not true about Bitcoin mining, you know environmental concerns Oftentimes we see at the local level not necessarily in Montana But a big one is a concern is around Chinese mining particularly CCP mining I should say not Chinese owned but just that they're concerned that the CCP controls them So we saw real -time discrimination taking place in Montana We solved that problem the other problem. The other thing we discovered while we're there that we learned is That we can add things to this bill And we'll get into sort of like where we got to from that point But it was an important moment in the history of Satoshi action We added in a ban on any additional taxes on Bitcoin when uses a form of payment Which is critical because in the state of Montana, you know If you let's say you sell me a car like they'll tax that like peer -to -peer transaction Let's tax it like right off the top. So if I just sell you some Bitcoin or pay you in Bitcoin They would do the same thing. They'd be like, oh are we you owe us a tax for that? So we banned that which was great. And um, yeah, we'll talk about a little later but that was our big initial success huge success a small tear came down my eye when I When I passed my first bill into law Eric was like, you know done 10 ,000 times So he didn't he didn't really care as much but it was it was a big moment But I was like, we've done it. We've done it, you know, like he was like, ah Alright now I'm time for the next one right? So yeah right to mine. How'd you guys come up with that? It's like a very it's very catchy right and it's hard to argue against that Yeah, I don't know. I just can't use Brilliant top ahead. Okay, I came up with it sent it to I sent it to someone and said hey You should call this right to mine. I didn't even we didn't publicize it a really large news account I said hey just call it right to mine. That makes more sense. Yeah, and they did and then it just took off. Yes It was interesting for sure it's very amenable in a good way Okay, so you guys have passed some bills you're creating like this donor network to be able to to move it forward You've told me about a few wins here. I want to hear about some of like the obstacles which you already kind of alluded to so and we'll get to that later in the show the discrimination which we're seeing pop up right now, whether it be Chinese Bitcoin miners who are being Unfairly maligned for being associated with the CCP or not. And then also just like other Bitcoin miners who are unwelcome in certain areas But to the obstacles, what are some things that you've sort of like learned about why you come through this process creating Satoshi Action Fund and moving forward into these different these different State houses to lobby on behalf of Bitcoin Yeah, I would say that an overarching theme to the work that we do is that Things can go wrong very quickly and can be can be unrecoverable. They can be recoverable, but they can also be unrecoverable You know politics is very much like the real world so when real -world actions occur, there will be Consequences or there will be you know, either good or bad, right? You'll have good things or bad things happen because of real -world actions I'll give an example of a positive real -world example that Leads to us to do where we are today having a lot of success and that is the current consistent worry and fear around central bank digital currencies, so for some reason Which I definitely am aware of I Can't share too much on the story but definitely aware of a lot of Americans became very very concerned around central bank digital currencies and so Eventually, what happened was you had governors across the country including Governor Noem and Governor DeSantis eventually Working to ban central bank digital currencies at the state level There was this big huge kerfuffle around it and everyone was like doing everything they could to like stake their claim Literally Governor Noem took out like a steel Stamp of like a veto stamp and was like like stamped it into the bill. Like it was very it was very cool Actually, I loved it. Um so all of a sudden this like firestorm picks up where central bank digital currencies become this thing that Generally, I would say conservatives are against or Republicans are against but like really really opposed to like hyper opposed to it more so than I have seen anything in the The crypto space broadly I would I would consider CC central bank digital currencies to sort of be adjacent to the to the crypto space and because of that fervent Fear and concern around central bank digital currencies we've actually been able to use it as an effective way to demonstrate the value of Bitcoin because What happened was initially when they said Oh central bank digital currencies are a problem people started to say oh Well Bitcoin is a digital currency Is that also going to have the same problems as a CBDC and of course, we know we started education right away No These things are like way way different and then we just started to realize that it was best to classify them as polar opposites because they literally are like one is You know authoritarian sort of at least you when used on the retail level go ahead Yeah, send a CBDC between a bank or an institution. I don't I don't care at all force it on individuals In the United States without proper regular regulations and regulatory frameworks and then all of a sudden you have something that could be used in a way that you know is Sort of unimaginable to some extent to manipulate human behavior. So We started saying okay, these things are opposite and now when we're going into these states and we're saying okay, you should pass this bill It's pro Bitcoin. Also, it's anti CBDC people are like, oh hell yeah, let's go like we want to pass that bill So that's what that's one positive example of like how real -world things have had a really positive impact on what we're doing There's a lot of headwinds around creating or doing anything that you can to oppose CBDCs and so and as we pitch Bitcoin Bitcoin mining and You know all of our digital asset policy where there's always that thought in mind of how can we tie this into? Concerns around CBDCs which are valid and are linked We are not making some sort of leap here Bitcoin and CBDCs couldn't possibly be more more polar opposite. Gotcha Tell tell me about the some other stories Involving I have one video in mind of you going to Montana and speaking in front of Yeah, and there was someone before you who was just like going off and like kind of rabid It was good. And then you came in after and like kind of calmly presented some is Counter information this typically how the process is? Because I just think you are basically working in like the Parks and Rec version of Bitcoin. You have to like go deal like these Officials and like they don't know anything about it and they're like China bad Bitcoin bad That's that's my understanding every time I see this which is a really unfair characterization of it, but it's also it's stuck in my mind So lay it on yeah. No, it's it's you got you got it. You nailed it, right? Is the funnest example of Just how wild that can be out there So we go and we are getting ready to testify and every time we testify You know Especially because it's around Bitcoin mining we do get some sort of pushback usually at the local level typically from environmental groups Which is unfortunate because there's so much. I mean everybody knows in the mining space There are so many benefits from the methane component to balancing renewables to balancing the grid there's so many benefits that the You know Bitcoin mining space can offer to those that have come from even staunchly environmental the staunchly environmental realm so Needless to say there was two Opponents strong opponents to the bill one was a gal from an environmental group. She didn't get too out of control but the second guy he was a young a young gentleman from from Montana not originally and he worked at UCLA and he Was very opposed to Bitcoin and he started to go on this like speech like this really long drawn -out like monologue and Eventually at one point he says that that Montana will will like Die on the cross of Bitcoin essentially, right? It'll burn on the cross of Bitcoin I can't remember the exact word he uses but it's like very extreme very dramatic and Then he goes on to say that people are dying because of Bitcoin mine houses. I wish the camera was on me There's these cameras in every single Hearing room generally speaking every state Capital building when you're testifying in front of these hearings like they have cameras just like DC but obviously a lot lower tech But I just remember when he said that people are dying because of it He was so people are dying because of Bitcoin. He was so serious about it I just remember looking down my notes and just my face looked looking up at him was like So confused and I just wish the camera would have caught it because it would have been a perfectly it would have been a meme Like forever, but yeah, fortunately, there's a lot of great policymakers out there and actually, you know sometimes you love to rag on these guys, but You know, they do a good job a lot of these guys. They do a good job one guy asks him he says You know, he tries to run out actually that's part of the stories and this is important part of the story So let me backtrack so he finishes his speech. He tries to leave right away, which you don't do never do very rude tries to leave And as he gets to the door one of the people was like hey before you go even you usually we do questions at the End let's have you do some questions right now. We want to be able to talk to you a little bit Bring him back up to the podium He's like now son You made some pretty egregious claims there around Bitcoin mining Do you have anything to back up the statement that Bitcoin mining is killing people and the guy just is like well I don't have it here with me, but I can I can get it to you and He just like this this guy just is like, I mean you gotta remember this you see you sell a guy's like 22 years old he's a kid. Yeah Great great on him though. Great. Love the love the getting active at a young age, but he's just like son if You're gonna come in here and make egregious claims. You better have something to back it up and The kid just was like so upset like cuz he just got he's gave this great speech And he wanted to just walk out like drop the mic and walk out So he just blew him up I was anyways, it was it was definitely the most entertaining moments in the entire history of my experience And it's only been a year and a half So I I'm really looking forward to other stories that I can tell in the future Please catalog all these because I just like very Specifically remember watching that entire video and laughing pretty hard because it was it was pretty funny Okay, let's keep diving into this a little bit more. What have you been seeing in a lobbying front? That's been sort of helpful that you would encourage other people to look at we've had the call lines We've had the emails. We've had people going speaking to people I Think for the Bitcoin community we can all take like a breather and be like a lot of what we've been doing has not been working What has been working to speak with these people in state houses who need to learn about Bitcoin because Bitcoin's coming their backyard What has been working from your year and a half of doing this actively and putting boots on the ground? The things that have helped the most are Well, first of all getting clear of FTX collapse. I mean that is this is what I just tweeted this out yesterday. It's like I Still can't believe that we passed two bills into law in the middle of that collapse and it was a very testy time in the space so getting clear of FTX is Only gonna help us the other is just the way we Approach the conversation around Bitcoin and Bitcoin mining the way we pitch it is that we really focus on the benefits We do not talk about the technical side We do not try to explain how Bitcoin or Bitcoin mining works We give a very brief overview if they want more information Of course, we will dive deeper with them and we are very good at doing that you always have to be ready for those questions, but It's very important to just keep it as simple as possible Most of these policymakers have not made up their minds at all about any of this stuff They hear it in the news over there. They're their nephews trading crypto You know, like they're it's like they've got stuff all over the place, you know, you got some hardline anti -crypto anti -bitcoin Democrats You know, you've got some vocal Republicans, but they're not really like hardline yet. Like there's just not a lot of like really built -in statements or viewpoints on this on this technology and So what we do is we just go in and we say okay like Out of everything you've heard a lot of some of it is true some of it is not but most importantly what we're here to do is try to explain to you the value of Bitcoin mining for your state so we pitch Bitcoin mining and we it's a five benefits I mentioned earlier it can bring jobs local investment great stability Environmental cleanup and the ability to enhance green and renewable energy projects and out of those five No one ever says anything bad about it But out of those five usually a policy maker will say oh What kind of jobs does it make or like, you know, oh I I didn't know it could clean up the environment it's like an instant like gateway to being able to have a conversation about something they care about because usually you're hitting on something there like if it's not the economy if It's not the environment if it's not energy like at the local state level like those topics are huge Because the vast majority of energy policy is set at the state level. The vast majority of job creation is done at the state level And then a lot of this these like sort of decisions around how much green energy they're going to be building done at the state Level a lot of environmental stuff done in the state level Yeah, DC throws around big pockets big buckets of money at everybody and they certainly have regulations But a lot of these decisions are made by local state policymakers And so they care if they care a lot about these issues probably themselves, but also their voters care a lot about those issues Particularly the jobs one comes up a lot because we we know in the mining space that we create a lot of rule And jobs and jobs and economically depressed zones where it's very difficult to create jobs nearly impossible to create like long -lasting jobs So the moment you say oh we create jobs in rural areas. They're like boom the brain turns on like well How do you do that? Because that's really important to me As an example in New Hampshire, we've I've been there a few times now In the there's an area called the North Country. There's like no jobs It's a whole thing like they call it jobs for the North Country is like one of their pitches So when we go there and we talk about Bitcoin mining, we're like jobs for the North Country jobs for the North Country It's because it's true and it's something they care a lot about so that yeah, that's that's generally how we pitch it We do not talk about Too much about Bitcoin in the past We haven't talked too much about Bitcoin to the extent that it's like oh you're gonna need this because it's good as hedge for inflation or XYZ like we sort of stay away from that and focus on things that Like mining that we know will deliver value now, we've expanded our policy. We've expanded the way that we that we talk about it But we haven't gone into this new legislative cycle yet So yeah, that was all done everything that we just talked about that we've done and that we have done It was done in early 2023. We prep for it in early 20 or in late 2022 Now we are prepping for 2024 in late 2023 So we got we sort of have an idea of where things are gonna go and what we're gonna do and we're in a really Great position. In fact, we could be active in up to 20 states we probably won't be active in that many but we have the opportunity to be active in up to 20 states and as a Form of context we only introduced law or excuse me introduced policy in seven states, so we were only able to actually convince seven states to Try to pass our bills Whereas like this cycle, I think that number will be closer to like 10 or 15 only seven states That sounds like a lot of airline miles to me so it can be yeah. Yeah, this seems seems like a lot of work Okay, so we got a lot of that laid out Let's go and talk about some of the more aggressive headlines We've seen recently and we're speaking about the New York Times article that dropped to believe a week ago for listeners Check out that in the show notes will include that I think we also talked about the news roundup last week Essentially, there's a Cheyenne Wyoming based Bitcoin miner They are owned and operated by a Chinese national group that has some ties according to the New York Times to the Chinese Communist Party essentially the story boiled down to Microsoft is near this plant it's Bitcoin mining plant the US government has a missile siloed nearby an Air Force base nearby and Microsoft is worried that this Bitcoin mining base could be used for foreign intelligence reasons Then we also have the story down in Arkansas, which we'll get down to in a second But let's start with this first one this this thing with Chinese nationalist groups Bitcoin mining obviously to to you and I is more of an energy game and it's very simple, right? It's just like plugging machine. Let it hash I'm gonna collect some Bitcoin and then there's those five benefits you talked about to outsiders though. They're not thinking about that They're thinking about all these people coming into rural areas and even foreign investment Has that been a struggle when you've been talking to lobbyists groups or talking to people in state houses have they brought this up to you? Yeah, definitely it's um, it's a major concern I would say Most Americans like average American especially rural Americans care a lot about the encroachment of the CCP on on the United States from from a physical perspective so like from a geographical perspective they don't like the idea of a CCP owned controlled or even highly influenced business You know being next to them and then definitely not being in and around me sort of military installations I believe the location in Cheyenne is near a Also, is that the one that's also near a nuclear plant or a nuclear missile site as well? So yeah, something like that Yeah, so I share the concern like that I think the premise is like Do you want foreign adversaries to be in and around any sort of? Military installation any sort of critical infrastructure You know generally I like my stance is like I'm very like pro people coming here starting their businesses You know trying to accomplish the American dream, but at the same time We also have to be concerned about whether or not those businesses have strong links to You know the CCP or you know A lot of people care a lot about also like Russian oligarchs and their ability to influence America American politics American infrastructure you know the big argument today is that the electrical infrastructure is a critical part of national security and That we need to be doing everything we can to protect it and I agree I think that's important all of those things are important that we should we should keep an eye on them The the thing that I don't like is when the New York Times tried to spin this article as if like Bitcoin mining was some sort of like really powerful tool in the hands of the CCP like next to these sites I don't think it really matters what business was there.
A highlight from STIR/SHAKEN: understanding the basics, how it works, how to get compliant, ClearlyIP Podcast
"This is Doug Greenan, I'm the publisher of TR Publications and I'm very pleased to have with us Tony Lewis, who's the co -founder and CEO of Clearly IP. Tony, thank you for joining me today. Hey Doug, thanks for having me. I look forward to it. It's been a long time since we had one of these. Well, I'm delighted we were able to get together and as we were just talking about, we're very excited to have you as a new client and that we're reporting on Clearly IP. You're doing a lot of interesting things, you're creating a lot of interesting content and a lot of new ideas, I think, for our readers' thoughts about how they can approach some of the problems and challenges they've had in growing and in delivering services and so on. Today we're talking about a topic that everybody's sort of been buzzing about and has different takes on it and it'll be great to have sort of a fresh take on Stir -Shaken. Let's start with, as much as we've been reporting on it for all this time, I always feel like there's some readers out there that are almost too embarrassed to say, I don't know all I probably should know about Stir -Shaken. Let's start with some basic stuff. What does Stir -Shaken actually stand for? Oh, geez. It's an acronym. The STIR portion stands for Secure Telephony Identity Revisited. Our government loves to come up with crazy names and acronyms and then they make the acronym fit some English words that are somewhat informative of what it's doing. The STIR portion stands for Secure Telephony Identity Revisited. And here I thought it was sort of James Bond kind of deal. Yeah, exactly. And then the signature based stands for, so the SHAKEN stands for Signature Based Handling of Asserted Information Using Tokens. How that comes out to SHAKEN is you got me. Well, that's how they got there. And as we know, it kind of rolled out with a lot of fanfare and a lot of promise. So we understand it as a technology to combat spam calls and robo calls, but does it work? Sure. In principle and what it does work. So the idea behind it is the carrier who's initiating the call signs that call with a unique token. So we go through a government agency or the government agency FCC has allocated a company called iConnective as the single token authority in the US. So we as a carrier have to go to iConnective and get a token issued to us. We then use that token to go buy a, for all intents and purposes, an SSL certificate from a certificate authority. It's not an SSL cert, but it works the same way. So we buy a certificate from one of the certificate authorities. And then we use that every time we make an outbound call from a customer makes an outbound call to us, we sign that call saying, hey, we are the carrier of record for this call. So we're placing this call onto the network. And we attest to a certain level of caller ID, either an a, a b, or a c. And we can talk more about that later, what that a, b, and c means. But this process only works if the originating carrier, so whoever owns the end customer is the one who signs the call. And what we're seeing a ton of in the US is it's actually a carrier or two above the carrier who owns the customer who finally signs the call. And what we're seeing in the US, again, is the know your customer, KYC. So how can a carrier who's two layers up know the customer who actually is placing that call the end customer? And that's where it's still struggling to be effective. So you know, I have a sort of civilian question. How does this technology benefit me other than the obvious that it's supposed to stop me from receiving those annoying calls? Well, it's actually not supposed to. That's a myth. It's not supposed to stop spam calling. It's supposed to give the industry a way of quickly tracing back spam call to figure out who originated it. So let's say you have a company who's doing spam calling. Prior to stir -shaking, let's say that company buys from a reseller, their VoIP services. And that reseller buys from a aggregate who takes numerous carriers and aggregates together. And then that aggregate used a CLAC finally to place that outbound call. And then that CLAC saw, oh, that calls an AT &T wireless number, and they might go straight to AT &T with it, or they might use another intermediate party to send it to AT &T. So then the customer who receives the spam call reports to the government or to AT &T, I got this spoofing call. They tried to pretend they were my bank. So the first thing the FCC would have to do is say, okay, contact AT &T. Who sent you this call? AT &T would say, this carrier XYZ. Then they go to XYZ and say, who gave you this call? And that carrier would take a day or two or three or a week or two to respond back, I got it from this carrier here. And they have to go all the way down the chain. It would take them weeks or months to find out who actually placed that call. And half the time, some intermediate carrier would never respond back to them. And now the chain was broken, and they couldn't figure out who actually placed that spam call trying to impersonate a bank. So with stir shaking, when that call makes it AT &T, AT &T can look at which carrier signed that call and goes and report that to this company or this organization called the Traceback organization, who can immediately come to the person who signed the call and said, this call was illegal. What do you know about your customer? Give us all the information about your customer so we can figure out what we have to do to stop this. Does that make sense? It does. And so that brings up the obvious question. Does this actually work in practice? Does this happen? It does. So the problem is, remember the first question we're asking about is, one of the first things I brought up is, the problem right now is too many of the small resellers who sit between the end customer and someone else aren't doing stir shaking still. And they're too small. They're flying under the radar. The FCC doesn't even know that they exist because they're not registered with the FCC because they're flying under the radar. So you're two or three layers up still half the time when that call is finally getting signed. So when Traceback group wants to go figure out who made this spam call, they're still a lot of times one, two, three layers deep from the end customer. So you know, no system is perfect, but and stir shaking obviously has its challenges. You know, how do you guys manage this? What's the difference if I go with clearly IP? So we manage it multiple ways. So as a VoIP reseller, we sign all of our calls with our own token. And when we sign those calls, there's three different layers or three different levels of optimization. There's an A, a B, and a C. I'll simplify it. An A says, this is where the know your customer comes in. I know who my customer is. So it's not just the business name. For example, we request a copy of a photo ID for the person signing up. We log the IP address they're coming from. We do some validations on their credit card and verify that that address matches the IP address they're signing up. There's all these things we do to help verify that the customer is legit. So as the carrier, we have to do a bunch of know your customer requirements. And then once we can attest that we know our customer, we then sign that call with an A or a B. An A says, I know my customer, and I can verify they have a right to use the caller ID they're sending. B says, I know my customer, but I don't know if they have a right to use that caller ID. So in our world, a right to use a caller ID is based off of, do you own that DID, that phone number with us? If so, we know you have a right to use it. If it's a DID with someone else, we don't know if you have a right to use it, and we sign that call with a B. Does that make sense? It makes sense. And why don't you connect the dots for me to your stir shaken, with stir shaken to your SIP trunking products and offerings? Yeah, so in our world, if we're selling to an end customer, we take care of the signing of that call with an A or a B. If we have a reseller involved who owns the relationship to the customer, they're supposed to sign that call. So they don't have their own SBC. So they can't sign that call because we're the ones taking the call from their customer directly to us a lot of times with resellers. Most resellers don't put in their own SBCs. So in that world, we offer a service where they can go get their own token and certificate. They upload it to us, and we sign their calls from their customers underneath them with their own certificate. So if the resellers don't trace back, they know that the reseller who actually sold that to the end customer. So we give a really simple way. Our resellers don't have to go put in their own SBCs. They don't have to go subscribe to some stir shaken service from some third party who will sign the calls. We'll sign it for them using their certificate on their behalf. And that's a big advantage by if you work with Clearly IP then? Yes, a lot. There are a couple other providers starting to do it. We've been doing it for two years. I think we're one of the first that would let you load your own certificate. We have a little form you fill out for it, provide it all, and within 24 hours it's loaded and we're signing your calls for you. Well, Tony, I really want to thank you for joining me. This has been interesting and taking a glimpse at stir shaken. I think I really appreciate you having the patience to lay out for us some of the basics. Maybe we heard back then, but I think a lot of us civilians may have lost track of it and all the excitement, and also laying out some of the advantages that Clearly IP brings to the table. Where can we learn more about stir shaken and the Clearly IP approach to this problem? You can go to our website. We have some information on our website under our products page, under our SIP trunking on the stir shaken for our resellers underneath us. Otherwise, if you're a reseller and you have your own SPC or PBX, we can send you the whole identity header on inbound calls so that you can see the identity header and make decisions based on the identity header. Sounds like we have a lot to look forward to, Tony. We're going to move on to the next one.
A highlight from The Worlds She Sees with Godmother of AI, Fei-Fei Li
"That just kind of changed me to this day. Physics is still, you know, first love. Learning is organic, learning is messy, learning is big data, learning is reinforcement, you know, trial and error. It took me two years of agony. It's hard to resist Stanford and Silicon Valley when AI was taking off. Not a single university today in America can train a chat GPT model, not even probably GPT. Sweet. The quest for artificial intelligence has spanned for decades, with the field really kicking off in the 1950s. Each era was marked by unique breakthroughs, and despite the recent flourish of advancements, the foundational work has long been underway by a cast of characters dedicated to pushing this frontier. One notable figure, some even referring to her as the grandmother of AI, is Fei -Fei Li, a professor of the computer science department at Stanford University and co -director of Stanford's Human -Centered AI Institute. And in today's episode, we have the pleasure of her joining Bio and Health founding partner Vijay Pandey to discuss her journey through the years, from uprooting as a teenager from Chengdu, China to Persephone, New Jersey, and barely speaking English at the time, all the way to building ImageNet, an instrumental project taking computer vision projects from tens of thousands of images to tens of millions. Throughout the episode, you'll also hear many of Fei -Fei's very human stories, like running a dry cleaning shop while she was at Princeton to her mother's role in allowing her to pursue physics, all of which helps to shape her vision for the very technology that she helped bring to life. Fei -Fei also just released her new book, The Worlds I See, that dives even deeper into her history and relationship with technology. You can find the link to that book in our show notes, and I can tell you as a daughter of two immigrants, this story really resonated. I hope it does for you too. And this episode comes from our sister podcast, BioEats World, so make sure to go check that out too. Let's dive in. As a reminder, the content here is for informational purposes only, should not be taken as legal, business, tax, or investment advice, or be used to evaluate any investment or security, and is not directed at any investors or potential investors in any A16Z fund. Please note that A16Z and its affiliates may also maintain investments in the companies discussed in this podcast. For more details, including a link to our investments, please see a16z .com slash disclosures.
A highlight from EP148 Decoding SaaS Security: Demystifying Breaches, Vulnerabilities, and Vendor Responsibilities
A highlight from Introduction to Philippians
"Brothers and sisters, I would encourage you to open up your Bibles this evening to Philippians. We're going to be taking a look at Philippians chapter 1 and verses 1 and 2. We are beginning the book of Philippians. Today will be more of an introduction to that particular book than anything else. I will attempt to talk about the author, the themes, the aim of the epistle, the things that we can learn from it without spoiling too much of the content so that later on as we preach on individual portions, it becomes anticlimax after anticlimax. I don't want to give away the entire book, but I do want you to have an idea of where it came from, why it is so very important to us today, what we can learn from it, and to see the similarities that exist between this book and indeed our own time. As I'll be discussing in the sermon, Philippi was actually a military colony, and you may have noticed we live in a military colony for the most part. So the resemblances between us and the Philippians, apart from the fact that we have microwaves and cell phones and things like that, and they did not, are very strong. They are still the same kind of people who deal with the same kind of difficulties. They too had a state which was sometimes nice to them and sometimes which oppressed them very badly. They also dealt with the problems of relationships and all of the things that the fall has brought in. So as we look at Philippians and we hear Paul writing to this beloved congregation of his, let us seek to apply it to our own time, but before we come to the word of God, let go us to the God who has given us this word and let's ask him to bless it. Please join me. Oh sovereign Lord, we do pray now that you would be the illuminator of our minds, that you would help us to understand your word. I pray that you would help me to divide it to write, that you would give me liberty and power and unction as I do so, that oh Lord, I would not say anything that goes against your word. I know I am a man with feet of clay. I am capable of interpreting the word or wrong, but I pray Lord that you would prevent me from doing so. I do pray also Lord that you would give me the sustaining power to go through this book, a right, and to apply it to your people. May you give us ears to hear and hearts to receive all that you have to tell us. We pray this in Jesus' holy name. Amen and amen. Philippians chapter one and I'll be reading verses one and two. It says the word of the Lord. Paul and Timothy bond servants of Jesus Christ to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi with the bishops and deacons. Grace to you and peace from God our father and the Lord Jesus Christ. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. I wonder if say 10 or 11 years from now, if I was in jail in Washington for my preaching of the gospel and possibly facing the federal death penalty and this congregation had sent me a gift in jail to help me along and I was writing a letter in reply to your generous gift. What would that letter sound like? What would I say? How would I come across in writing to you? Would it be complaining about the government and my situation? Would I be going on and on about the unfairness of it all? And speaking about how my liberties had been infringed or would I be writing to you to know a little about how I was doing and then spend the vast majority, not talking about myself and my own situation as dire as it was, but to spend the vast majority of my letter attempting to stir you up to joy and in the Lord to encourage you to be full of peace and grace and joy even in the midst of adversity. Would I think so little of myself that my letter would seek to lovingly correct problems of disunity that I knew about in the congregation? Would I push back against those who perhaps were on the fringes or in the congregation itself who were teaching bad doctrine in the community? And above all, would I urge you to keep the person and power of the Lord Jesus Christ at the center of everything you did? I hope that I would. I hope I would not send you a letter merely of whining or a simple thank you note that said very little. In my case, though, we're going to have to find out. But in the case of Paul and the Philippian Christians, we already know how he spoke in the midst of those circumstances because that is the letter that we have in front of us. Paul is in the midst of serious adversity, serious difficulty. He is struggling, we know, with loneliness, with persecution, and he writes a letter to his much beloved Philippines that is full of joy and encouragement in spite of all of those difficulties that stood against him in the world. So much so this letter is so full of joy that it has been often called the epistle of joy. Paul writing from jail, remember, and a Roman jail was not like the jails today. We speak today of jails as being three hots and a cot. You have TV, recreation yards, things like that. In Paul's day, that was not the case. You either had to pay for a place to stay if the charges weren't that serious yourself or if you were thrown into a Roman dungeon, you could often die of exposure. You went in with the clothes on your back, and if your friends and your family did not provide you with the things that you needed, including food in jail, you could die very, very easily while awaiting your trial. But Paul, writing from that kind of jail, he uses the Greek words for joy and rejoice, imploring the Philippian saints to rejoice. He uses those words kara and kairo more than a dozen times, and this is just a four -chapter letter, remember. So joy is one of the most prominent themes in what he is writing. He is, as I said, in a Roman jail. This is possibly the second time. I think it's probably the first time that he was there. He is waiting a trial on a capital charge of treason, and the people who will judge him are members of Emperor Nero's brutal and corrupt administration. And as we know, Paul was not somebody who was going to give them a bribe, so there's no way out of his imprisonment that way. And yet, as we shall see, Paul is able to look well beyond the circumstances that surround him, and he's able to actually see Christ in heaven and the work that Christ is doing in the world and indeed in Philippi and throughout the church and to know that God throughout is in control and that all of God's promises are coming to pass. Let me just stop and ask that question right now of you. Do you know those things as well? Do you have that solid trust no matter what your circumstances are in the Lord Jesus Christ, that no matter what afflictions, adversities, difficulties, diseases you're dealing with today, yet still you know that the Lord is in control and that his will is coming to pass and that none of his promises will ever fail. I pray that that is the case, and if not, I pray that you will take encouragement from Paul. He was writing to encourage the Philippians, but we remember that he wasn't writing just to the Philippian congregation. Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, he was writing to us as well. And so I pray that he would be encouraging you in whatever situation you are in. But we see him trusting absolutely in God, trusting in the Christ whom he knew and that therefore there was this inner principle of joy in his heart, an inner principle that no one could take away and that he still wants to share with others. He wants that joy inexpressible that we heard about this morning to overflow to others. The Romans might take his life. They could do that, but they cannot take away his joy or his peace. That is one of the great promises that is given to the Christian. Nobody can take away the Holy Spirit dwelling within you. Nobody can take away your salvation, and nobody can steal your joy and your peace in those things. But let's take a moment now to discuss how all of this came to pass, how he came to be writing this letter from jail. Where is Philippi? What was it like? Who were the Philippians, and how did Paul come to know them? Incidentally, this is a picture of the Philippian ruins that you will find in Macedonia. I am told they are amazing. It is a UNESCO historic site. Maybe one day as I got to see Ephesus, I will also have a chance to see Philippi. But in the meantime, let's talk about the city. Philippi was originally founded as a colony in northeastern Macedonia by colonists from the island of Thanos. They were called Thacians in 359 BC. But it was captured by Alexander the Great's father, Philip, and renamed Philippi three years later. So it didn't have much of a long run of independence. But in saying that, I have told you very little about Philippi itself. Because the Philippi that Paul knew came along much later on. It is like me telling you that Fayetteville was settled by colonists from Scotland. Because almost 400 years had passed between the founding of Philippi and the time that Paul was writing. Just as almost 400 years have passed between the time of the founding of Fayetteville in our own time. So the Philippi that Paul first visited in around 51 or 52 AD was a very different place. The Romans had captured it from the Macedonians in 168 BC. And in 42 BC during the Roman Civil War that brought an end to the Roman Republic. It was the scene of the final defeat of the forces of Brutus and Cassius by the forces of Anthony and Octavian. Who later of course became Augustus Caesar. And that final battle occurred just outside of this city. This was critical because after the city Octavian turned Philippi into a Roman colony and a military outpost. They released some of their veteran soldiers. The war to defeat the men who had stabbed Caesar had finished as far as they were concerned. And they released some of their legionaries from Legion 28 to colonize the city. Which was founded and I apologize for my terrible Latin here. Colonia Victrix Philippensium meaning the colony of the victory of Philippi. From that point onwards it was a place where Italian veterans from the Roman army were given land. And it sat upon an important Roman road called the Via Ignatia. Which was a road that was constructed by the Romans in the 2nd century BC. Incidentally I learned while we were on our trip that the Greeks joke particularly in Cyprus. That the only roads in Greece that last were built by the Romans. The modern ones all fall apart. It crossed through Illyricum, Macedonia, Thracia and runs into the territory that is now part of Albania. North Macedonia, Greece and European Turkey. Why is that important? Well it's important because it meant that Philippi was a center not only of trade. And they had mines we'll talk about in a little while where they mined gold and silver. But it was a place where it was possible to go from Philippi to other areas of Macedonia. Or to turn south and to go into Greece. They had their own route 95 so to speak running right through the city. That allowed them to have concourse with all the people in Greece and up in Macedonia and into the Roman Empire. This meant that the Lord in founding his church there. Put it in a place where the inhabitants could as they did their daily trade. Carry not only letters to Rome but they could also carry the gospel to the surrounding areas. Now the citizens of this colony were regarded as citizens of Rome. And they were given a number of special privileges that ordinary inhabitants of the empire didn't have. It was in many senses a miniature Rome. Literally because they were under the municipal law of Rome. It was as though they were a colony that was in Italy actually attached to Rome. That was the way the law functioned. And they were governed by two military officers the Duumviri who were appointed directly from Rome. And the colony itself although it was relatively small. It was only about 10 ,000 people when Paul reached it. It was very wealthy as a general rule. They had gold and silver mines just outside the city. And those mines were still productive in Paul's day. It was as I said a little Rome in the midst of Macedonia. And not just in the government. It was laid out like a Roman city. And so to this day you can see that they have a Roman forum in addition to a Greek Agora. But how did Paul get to this city? How did he get there? Well let's read a little from Acts 16 which actually tells us. So if you would turn in your Bible to Acts chapter 16. And I want to begin with verse one which will tell us that Paul was actually when this all started. He was in Asia Minor. He was over in modern day Turkey on his second missionary journey. We read then he came to Derby in Lystra and behold a certain disciple was there named Timothy. The son of a certain Jewish woman who believed but his father was Greek. He was well spoken of by the brethren who were at Lystra and Iconium. Paul wanted to have him go with him and he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in that region. For they all knew that his father was Greek. And as they went through the cities they delivered to them the decrees to keep which were determined by the apostles and elders of Jerusalem. So the churches were strengthened in the faith and increased in number daily. Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia. After they had come to Mysia they tried to go into Bithynia but the Spirit did not permit them. So passing by Mysia they came down to Troas and a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him saying come over to Macedonia and help us. Now many people have speculated just as an aside that this is Luke who was speaking to Paul in a vision. Now after he had seen the vision immediately we sought to go to Macedonia concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them. Therefore sailing from Troas we ran a straight course to Samothrace and the next day came to Neapolis and from there to Philippi which is the foremost city of that part of Macedonia, a colony. And we were staying in that city for some days and on the Sabbath day we went out of the city to the riverside where prayer was customarily made and we sat down and spoke to the women who met there. Now a certain woman named Lydia heard us. She was a seller of purple from the city of Thyatira who worshiped God. The Lord opened her heart to heed the things spoken by Paul and when she and her household were baptized she begged us saying if you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord come to my house and stay so she persuaded us. And we know that Paul and Timothy stayed with Lydia for some days. They had some other encounters. I'm not going to read the rest of chapter 16 but I would encourage you to actually read all of chapter 16 tonight. It won't take you that long but you will read about the exorcism of the demon possessed slave girl which unfortunately got them into trouble because the demon allowed her unfortunately to know about things that men didn't know about. And so her owners used to get money from her that way. We'll also tell you about Paul and Silas's unjust imprisonment and then the household baptism of the Philippian jailer which is marvelous and of course one of those household baptisms that shows us that we are to be baptizing not just parents on their confession of faith but also their children. This was the first church established in Europe. Note that. And that at the explicit direction of the Holy Spirit who made it very clear that Paul was to turn the direction of his labors from Asia Minor which is modern day Turkey to Europe. He goes through Macedonia and then after that he goes into Greece and brings the gospel into Europe. Now the bond as you will read through the Philippi you can't help but notice the friendship, the love that exists between Paul and this congregation. It was peculiarly close though others had abandoned him in his imprisonment as we shall see these Philippians had not. They continued to pray for him and they continued to provide for his needs in this world. They sent him a gift. As I said I don't want to give away too many spoilers but they had sent a man by the name of Epaphroditus with a gift for him in jail and then he had sent Epaphroditus back to them with this letter. That's how he got it. And as I mentioned this letter was written from Rome during his imprisonment. The beginning of that is related in Acts 28. The reference to Caesar's household which you will read in Philippians 4 22 and the palace in Philippians 1 13. In the Greek it's Praetorium. It was probably the barrack of the Praetorium guard attached to the palace of Nero and that confirms this. So I tend to think it was during his first imprisonment at Rome. That would tend to sit with the mention of the Praetorium and that he was in the custody of the Praetorium prefect and his situation agrees with the situation in the first two years of his imprisonment that you can read about in Acts. In Acts 28 30 and 31. It's not that important whether it was the first or the second imprisonment. The fact is he's in prison. He's in prison for his faith. He's in prison for his preaching. But he does not allow that to destroy him or even to to drive him down or to change the nature of his ministry. Many people might have switched over perhaps to a martyr's ministry at this point in time and yet he does not. He continues to encourage the people to go about their their business preaching the gospel and being members of the church no matter what the circumstances are. Now the tone of this letter as we go through it you'll notice this. It's unlike most of his other letters. It contains no long doctrinal discussions. It contains no rebukes of evils that were festering in the particular church. But it is an outpouring rather of happy love and also confidence in these brothers and sisters. He loves them. He is confident in them and he wants them to be confident not in themselves. He wants them to be confident in Christ and in his promises. Like all of Paul's epistles, as you saw, it starts with a salutation. Our letters, of course, and with the identification of the person who's sending it. But the letters back there started with who this letter was from. And like most of his letters, it also starts with a prayer for the people that he is writing to. He isn't just in intending to give them information. He wants to bless them, to bless them with his letter and to bless them with his prayer. And one commentator calls the entire letter a long gush of love towards the Philippians. And it is. There's nothing wrong with that. Verses 1 and 2 that we read there, they contain an apostolic greeting. The senders are identified there. Timothy is associated with Paul. Timothy was with Paul, therefore, in his imprisonment. We remember from 2 Timothy in his second imprisonment that Paul noted that only Timothy had stayed with him. Or rather that he wanted Timothy to come to him in his imprisonment to bring things to him. Timothy remained loyal to Paul no matter what. Timothy also, you remember, was going to become very important to Paul in the Ephesian church and building them up and so on. Timothy was a genuine, he was more than just an amanuensis or a secretary for Paul. He was a helper to Paul. He was a brother in Christ, somebody who would stand with him in thick or thin. Now, Paul mentions him and he often does that. He brings the friends who are about him into prominence. That also indicates that the people in Philippi knew of him and would be interested to hear how he was doing. Timothy is in Rome with Paul when the letter is being dictated. And although Timothy is not the one who is inspired to write the letter, Paul is using him as his secretary to take it down. It's very possible that Paul had an eye disease, which made it very difficult for him to write. He calls Timothy and himself, he addresses himself as a bondservant of Jesus Christ. Now, that's a nice little word, bondservant. It conjures up the idea of indentured bondage, the idea that we're just working off a debt. But when he says bondservant, he's actually using the Greek word doulos. Doulos means literally slave. He is a slave of Christ. Some prefer the translation bondservant to kind of neaten it up. We don't like the idea of Paul calling himself a slave of Christ because of the bad connotations of that. But we remember that most of the Roman Empire, in fact, 20 % of the city there, and this would have had, as a Roman colony, a military colony, Philippi would have had a lower than normal slave population, more free men than slaves. But they still speculate that at least 20 % of those 10 ,000 people within the colony were slaves. And here is Paul saying, I too am a slave. But who is he a slave of? He's a slave of Jesus Christ. He and Timothy are slaves, and they aren't complaining about that. They understood that they were bought with a price by the Lord Jesus Christ in his sacrifice for their sake, and therefore they were owned by their master. They are completely dependent upon him, and they give him their undivided allegiance. They love this master of theirs, the Lord Jesus Christ. In fact, Paul clearly, he views it as the highest honor that we can attain to serve Christ, to have his light yoke upon us instead of the heavy chains of sin which he takes away. And he is bound to absolute submission to this Lord who is all worthy and who gave everything for his sake. Paul, note in all of his letters, never forgot what Christ had done for him, never forgot where he was when Christ found him, how he was an enemy of the church, a persecutor of the church. Somebody whom Christ, you remember, addressed on the road to Damascus saying, Paul, Paul, or rather at that time, Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? Jesus associates himself so keenly with his people that to persecute them is to persecute him. I was thinking about that as we were hearing about how the Pakistanis are wretchedly persecuted. What their persecutors in Pakistan, the Muslims, do not recognize or realize is that in persecuting them, they are persecuting God the Son. And it will not go well for them to be counted amongst the persecutors on the last day. But he had once been a persecutor. Now he is no longer. He is a slave, a willing servant of the Lord Jesus Christ who loves him with all of his heart. Now note also at the beginning, he doesn't mention that he's an apostle. And so there's a great contrast here between letters like Galatians where he asserts his apostolic authority when he's teaching them. This is a very friendly letter. He doesn't actually need to. He knows they know that he's an apostle of the Lord. Jesus greets all of the saints in Christ. Jesus, who are in Philippi, and he abused them. He calls them saints. And what is he talking about there when he calls them saints? Haggai, literally holy ones. These are people who he considers as they are in Christ. Have you ever thought about this? We may think of ourselves as wretches. We may think of ourselves as people in whom there is nothing worthy of praise. And yet the way that the Lord looks at us is his holy ones, his ones who are set apart. His chosen ones who are even now being conformed to the image of Jesus Christ. If you are in Christ, that is who you are. You are one of his special people. In the Old Testament, the word was segula, his special treasure. Brothers and sisters, the devil wants us to think of ourselves as only what we can accomplish by our meager efforts. And let's face it, that's not much. Isaiah, at the end of his long, his long prophetic letter in Isaiah 66, he talks about righteousness, the righteousness that a holy man like himself might be able to accomplish by himself. And he says these things, our righteousnesses are but filthy rags. But Christ, what does he do? He endows us with robes of righteousness. He enrobes us, as Luther put it so very well, so that when we stand before God on the last day, the saints are seen as they are in Christ. That is who Paul sees them as. They are people who are called to be holy and who are being made holy. We have been saved by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, but we are also, and this will come out from this letter, we are also being conformed to the image of Christ. It is as that example that was given to us a little while ago of the, as we were going through the Bible study of the princess who had been made, or rather the commoner who had been made into the queen. She was given the title, but then gradually she was taught the courtly graces and made into somebody who everybody understood and saw was the wife of the king. They are the people of God. They are the saints of Christ and that because of their union with the Lord Jesus Christ. All of the saints together in their communal sense are being addressed by Paul. This letter would have been probably read just as we read it in the midst of worship and so on, and then copied and passed on to the other congregations, the other saints throughout the world.
Monitor Show 07:00 11-10-2023 07:00
"Access a vast selection of global fixed income securities at Interactive Brokers Bond Marketplace. Search their deep availability of over 1 million bonds globally. IBKR has no markups or built -in spreads and low fully transparent commissions on bonds. IBKR displays the highest bids and lowest offers received from the electronic venues they access. In addition, clients can interact with each other by placing bids and offers online to execute their trades. Learn more at ibkr .com slash bonds. The equity market has become more expensive in absolute terms and more expensive relative to fixed income. Markets are a little bit more volatile right now than the underlying economy is. Ultimately, you will get to an earnings reset. We think that's part of next year's narrative. I think that you have to look for opportunities and things that have struggled as you go into 2024. This is Bloomberg Surveillance with Tom Kean, Jonathan Ferro and Lisa Abramowitz. The longest winning streak in two years is over. Live from New York City this morning. Good morning, good morning. For our audience worldwide, this is Bloomberg Surveillance on TV and radio. Alongside Tom Kean and Lisa Abramowitz, I'm Jonathan Ferro. Your equity market on the S &P totally unchanged. Down and down hard yesterday. TK, pick your poison. Do you want to blame Powell or do you want to blame the soft auction yesterday afternoon? I'm going to blame Powell. That's where I'm going to go. But I think the auction was of value. And as I've said all morning, Bramo was right. I was wrong on the auction. But you know what, John? I'm going to blame Powell on the idea that he pulled back. But this morning, I got to fix, John, a 15 .32 and we were 21 a worried cup of coffee ago. So even with a one -day pullback, it's remarkable where we are. I'm going to blame the auction. I think, once again, spooking equity investors' developments in bond markets. Lisa, to see that yield move higher by more than 20 basis points following that auction speaks to how nervous people still are about fixed income. And the lack of certainty around benchmark yields and where they're going to end up. I also think it's interesting.
A highlight from Gary Gensler Wants To Relaunch FTX | SEC vs Crypto
"All right, so a lot happening this week, and today is no different. Gary Gensler is on the Warpath, we're going to be talking about that, and also breaking into what's happening with Bitcoin and some of the markets. We'll get into all that good stuff for you guys today. My name is Paul Bearer. Welcome back to Tech Path. Before we get started, I want to take a moment and thank our sponsor. On November 14th and 15th, Human Protocol is hosting Nukeonomics 2023 in Lisbon to discuss the impact of AI and Web3 on the world and the economy of tomorrow. Make sure and use our promo code PB50 for 50 % off. Nukeonomics is planned to set to explore the future of Web3 with thought leaders around the world. Cool thing, across the program, they're going to be doing a full kickoff. On starting the event, you'll be able to get access to new speakers. They're going to discuss the impact of blockchain and creating human -centric economies and the future of crypto. They'll also have this thing called the L -Room, which is going to be a startup pitch, so make sure and check that out. And then the following day, you'll be able to go to what they call the LX Mainstage, and all of that is going to be where we'll see Web3 in music, along with AI and other influences in digital media. Some of the guest speakers include Sam Weeks from Google, Erica Wykes -Snade from Adidas, Cyrus Faisal from Swisborg, and Javier Garcia de la Torre from Binance. Make sure and check them all out. Don't forget to use our code down below. We'll leave a link. All right, so let's break into it today. Let's go over to the first tweet. This is the Kobayisi letter just in. Market cap of Bitcoin officially rises above $750 billion for the first time since April 2022. I want to zoom in on that for you guys a little bit. The entire crypto space is nearing $1 .5 trillion market cap. That's nice to see, $1 .5 trillion. First time nearly two years that we've seen this. Bitcoin prices are now 35 % over the last month, 120 % on the year. I want you to take a moment for all you guys out there that are buying in Bitcoin, have been buying maybe since the beginning of the year. You're 120 % up. How do you say that to people when you look at that? I'm just kind of curious. How do you play it? And also, what tokens are you playing right now? Make sure and leave some comments down below. Smash the like button if you guys like breakdowns like this. Let us know. These are the kind of things. So we'll kind of guide you along here. But the resilience of crypto is incredible. The statement here, can't really deny what's happening out there. You guys are in the right place at the right time. The cool thing is, is when you like this video, it's going to share it to others who will start to learn what's happening out there in crypto as a whole. A couple of posts here. I want to go to Scott Johnson. And it looks like we've got some confirmation. One with a hard timeline, so almost certainly decided along with other open apps, the most likely outcome, US SEC said open talks with Grayscale on the spot Bitcoin ETF push is underway. So this came in further on him and he said, my guess is Grayscale is one of the two positions they received assurances that they will receive a new order, X number of days alongside the open apps. And then they have not received assurances, maybe demanding a new order. Kind of curious which one you think would be the case. Will Grayscale be aligned with the rest because with this alignment of discussions happening, you get back into the scenario of, yes, ETF is going to start positioning and maybe that's the opportunity. Now, the real question is how does Bitcoin respond once an ETF does come through? Pentoshi kind of hits on a couple of points here. A lot of people argue that Bitcoin ETF is going to be sell the news. Yes, some pricing is going on, but we have no idea what the demand will be and there will be some to start. Sure, illiquid supply is at an all -time high. That's one thing. A lot of Bitcoin is now in diamond handlers. Yes, we know that. And then don't pretend you know what's going to happen. I agree. I don't think anybody really knows for sure. You can assume, I think with some reason, that there's going to be some demand movement. But the biggest point, I think, is a little bit of a ephemeral approach to it. And what I mean by that is that when BlackRock comes into the space, if BlackRock is the one that, say, leads the way out, maybe there will be another winner here. Could be ARK, could be Fidelity. Whoever wins that marketing war, I think that's the point in which traditional investors will start to question their resolve around crypto. And when that happens, there will be a tipping point and I think that's the point in which a lot of this is going to start to peak. Now, maybe the timing is going to be perfect too because you've got, obviously, next year we've got the halving occurring. Hopefully we're out of what could be a recession. Hopefully we're out of these conflicts and other things are starting to settle. We'll talk about that in a second. Here's Will Quamente. He kind of jumps in on this. It's pretty obvious that if BlackRock is filing an ETH ETF, then the Bitcoin ETF must be a dumb deal. I don't know if it's a done deal, but this is interesting that they bring this up front. Now, granted, they may have enough indicators there that this is going to happen and they don't want to be left behind in the sense of a strategy around an ETH ETF. I just had James Saferd on. He and I had kind of been going back and forth. First time I had James on, he mentioned to us and we asked him straight blank, what about an ETH ETF? He wasn't really a fan of that, but he's changed his position. So I think that he, along with other Wall Streeters out there, are in a position now that ETH is going to make it through as an ETF. Here's John Deaton. Although I believe a spot ETF, Bitcoin ETF, should have been approved a long time ago, I believe the timing of a spot ETF approval is going to help create a perfect storm for Bitcoin. Whether you look at, you know, Wall Street getting what they want or you know what's happening overall, what he talks about here is we all know no matter what happens in the not too distant future, second and third quarter, rate cuts going to happen combined with rate cuts. This is my point is that you're going to get into some scenarios for 2024 where the cycle starts to feed upon itself. Rate cuts, the market looking at a much more structured capital alignment with an asset class that has now maybe come of age, along with all the technical components of what's happening with Bitcoin, and then what I think will be an absolute barnstorm of what's going to happen in Web3. That's going to include all the traditional tokens that we talk about here all the time, including, you know, ETH, AVAC, SOL, and many others in the Web3 ecosystem. So a lot definitely kind of lining up here for good news. SEC Chair Gensler says rebooted FTX is maybe a possibility if it's done within the law. All right. So this I would tread on very, very lightly in the sense that I think the brand damage has been done. I just cannot imagine, it would take maybe years to get way past where we are today. Any of the people that know about crypto today are going to most likely be feeding into the crypto investors of the future, and what I mean by the future, the next two to three years. FTX is still going to be a memory that's not one that's easy forgotten. And I think because of that, just the brand ethos that FTX pretty much imposed itself on the industry, I don't think is going to be forgotten. So I think it's going to be a scenario. They will not be overcoming it. And the thing that, you know, Gensler might be trying to do here is maybe just set it up for failure so he can do what I told you at some moment. I don't know. But I would not. Why? Go that route. Why would you bring that sore back up into the industry when there's so many great projects out there and great exchanges and places where you can do things, including all these new entities? I just don't know. I'm not sure. Let's listen to a clip right here. This is Brad Garment House. He's talking about FTX. Listen in. I've spoken with a lot of Democratic lawmakers, crypto skeptics about this, and they cite fraud often, that a lot of people are defrauded through crypto scams. How much more work needs to be done to push back against that kind of narrative? The fraud FTX wasn't a crypto fraud. I mean, yes, it was a fraud. Maybe if Gary Gensler and the SEC weren't so focused on going after Ripple and meeting openly with Sam Bankman -Fried, maybe we could have actually avoided some of that, right? Marty bracing myself for when I go check Twitter after this to see everything the XRP army had to say about this conversation. All right. So you can kind of see maybe with Brad Garment House, obviously I'm trying to take this to the Supreme Court, will maybe adjust his opinion of how they negotiate with the SEC. And maybe that's what he's talking about there. It would be interesting if that actually occurred. Maybe there is something that could be done and salvaged between that relationship. I don't know. I want to go over to another clip here. This gets into Garment House talking about Coinbase and what their current status is. Listen in. I followed the Coinbase case a little more closely. And so maybe I can comment there a little bit more. You know, the SEC is not trending well there. And again, if at some point you would think if you keep getting losses, you would say, okay, wait a minute, let's step back, let's reevaluate. Or even better, let's be part of championing a legislative solution. Well, you say you're hopeful that something happens legislatively, but ultimately the way things are going right now, do you think more clarity is likely to come from Congress or is it just going to continue to come from the courts and the judicial branch? I think that's a question for Chair Gensler.
A highlight from 1456: THIS Is Why BlackRock Is Buying So Much Bitcoin - Michael Saylor
"In today's show, I'm going to be breaking down the latest Bitcoin technical analysis as Bitcoin price reached $38 ,000 and is pumping like a mofo. Did you know two years ago today Bitcoin hit that $69 ,000 all time high? Only a matter of time before we return to all time high levels. Also breaking news, the BlackRock iShares Ethereum Trust is officially registered in Delaware. That's right. Max Kaiser responded to this news and Ethereum ETF will create an interesting arbitrage between proof of work and proof of stake. Properly managed ETH ETF short positions will perpetually generate profits to roll into the Bitcoin ETF. He also points out that used derivatives to make his short sell ETH ETF to zero and use the proceeds to buy Bitcoin. He also shares that it's an open secret that Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger are both crooks. They hate Bitcoin because it makes them look stupid on top of being crooked. Also in today's show, ARK Invest and 21Shares partnered to launch their digital asset ETF suite. Also breaking news, the SEC's first window to approve all 12 spot Bitcoin ETFs is officially beginning today. The clock is ticking. We'll also be discussing Bitcoin ETF launch could be delayed by more than a month after the official SEC approval. Now MicroStrategy is now up $1 .27 billion in profit in their Bitcoin stash. Let's freaking go. And speaking of Michael Saylor, he shares why BlackRock is buying so much Bitcoin right now, and he also expects Bitcoin demand to double after the halving and spot Bitcoin ETF approvals. We're also going to be discussing why Saylor believes you need to own at least 0 .1 Bitcoin as well as his latest 2024 Bitcoin price prediction. All this plus so much more in today's show.
A highlight from THE PROTOCOL: Krakens Potential Layer 2 Development and Coinbases Influence
"Dive deep into the blockchain realm with The Protocol Podcast with Coindesk founding editor of The Protocol newsletter Brad Count and tech journalists Sam Kessler and Margo Nykerk. They unravel the intricate technologies powering cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum one block at a time. Just a reminder, Coindesk is a news source and does not provide investment advice. Hello and welcome to The Protocol Podcast. I'm Brad Count here with my co -hosts Margo Nykerk and Sam Kessler. Please first don't forget to subscribe to our weekly newsletter The Protocol on Coindesk .com. And real quick, let's just take a second. We've got Sam Kessler here. He's actually missed a couple of our recordings over the past few weeks because he was down covering the Sam Bankman free trial, which is a story that Coindesk owns. Or we did break the story that led to the ultimate collapse of his business empire. Sam, you've been down at this trial and just like getting up at what, like 3 a .m. to get in line to get in the courtroom. Tell us what has it been like covering that trial? Yeah, it was a crazy experience. I'm glad to kind of be back to my normal life. Like you said, some days you had to wake up as early as 3 a .m. Somebody showed up at 10 p .m. the previous evening once to see Sam testify. I was not that crazy. I can only do that a few times the early day. But anyway, overall, it was a pretty insane experience. And yesterday we did sort of a panel with Coindesk reporters, four of the five Coindesk reporters who have covered this throughout the month long run of the trial to hear from members of the crypto community about questions they had and reflections on what was going on. And one of the questions that we received was around whether this trial was, in fact, the indictment of the cryptocurrency industry that everybody in the mainstream seems to frame it as. Or is this kind of this anomalous thing that exists outside of crypto, particularly because FTX was a centralized exchange? The question being, why did it feel like such a big deal? And I think the place where we all landed, like why this got the sort of breathless coverage that it did is because there is a difference between the crypto technology and the crypto industry. And I do still feel and I think those the folks who joined me on the panel agreed that this whole thing, even though it doesn't say much about the technology that undergirds all of these projects that we talk about on this podcast, this whole fiasco was an indictment of the crypto industry. The money, the attention, the focus, you know, the panels that people are willing to go on with Sandbank Manfried all just go to show that it does matter. The companies and the folks who we associate ourselves with cover. I mean, media plays a role in this, too, regardless of whether it has anything to do with the core blockchain technology itself as a centralized exchange in this case. That's super interesting, Sam. I mean, one thing I would just add, you always see giant frauds around new technologies, right? I mean, it's just like inevitable. People are always taking advantage of the opacity and the incredible, complicated stuff. And I mean, we see it all the time. But it's just stuff so hard to understand that it's pretty easy to like pull the wool over people's eyes. You know, I mean, I think we can talk a little more freely about this now that he's convicted. Anyway. OK, well, thank you, Sam. We're so glad to have you here. All right. Let's get right into it now, as we say, with the latest news and developments in technology behind crypto and blockchains. In our first segment, we will be talking about Arbitrum's governance. Of course, Arbitrum is the biggest layer two network atop Ethereum. Margo covers them all the time and they are super interesting project. But Sam, you know, this story you wrote yesterday focuses on some dissension in that community. Why don't you just give us a little brief overview of what that story is? Yeah. So like you said, Arbitrum is one of the people that I might be aware, I might remember last spring when they switched over to a decentralized governance model. So they made this big shift where they launched a token ARB and allowed holders of that token to be a part of something called the Arbitrum DAO that would govern the protocol. And the thing that we're seeing here is a nod to the growing pain, one of the growing pains that we see with all decentralized autonomous organizations, which is the difficulty of reconciling the need for decentralized governance, vast networks of people governing these protocols in like the spirit of crypto, with the reality that you need some somewhat centralized or at least professionalized decision making expertise in order to guide the direction of these really important platforms. Arbitrum has, you know, over two billion dollars locked in it as of today, if I recall correctly. But anyway, in this specific case, Arbitrum's community is currently grappling with a proposal to introduce a research coalition that will be helmed by BlockWorks Research, the research arm of the media organization, Gauntlet, a risk firm and one other cybersecurity firm that's not as specific to crypto. And those folks will kind of serve as this guidepost for the wider DAO to make its decisions. And there's been a lot of controversy around how much they'd be set to get paid under the proposal that BlockWorks presented in conjunction with these other. Let's just, Margo, what were your thoughts reading this story? So, well, two things. I sort of want to know what's in it for BlockWorks. Like, why are they putting themselves forward in this kind of proposal? But also this sort of like what Sam was alluding to drew us back to last spring when there was a controversial proposal about the DAO and there was like a ratification and they started transferring tokens before like that period had even ended. So I feel like ever since that happened, there's been a lot more attention on the DAO and like the proposals it puts forward. So there's always these controversies around DAOs and like the grapple they have to do with centralization and decentralization or professionalism in that case and having some kind of an authoritative figure that will make decisions. And so I wonder if we're looking at this more with a critical eye because of what happened six months ago and because we've sort of seen some controversy with the Arbitrum DAO. But I don't know, what are your guys thoughts on that? So it's a really good question. So that event that you're talking about was essentially when the DAO was established, there was also this foundation that was established, the Arbitrum Foundation. And you see this set up a lot of times where you have a foundation, you have a centralized company that builds a product, and then you have a DAO. The foundation kind of straddles the middle where it's like a real incorporated entity. But anyway, the foundation was suddenly granted a bunch of tokens from the initial mint of ARB. And members of this new DAO who had also just been airdropped a bunch of tokens were like, whoa, wait a minute, we didn't really have a formal vote on where those tokens should go. So it essentially looked like what it was, which was the people who initially created the blockchain granting a bunch of tokens to this foundation, which people think had some links to the old organization, the firm that ran things. So the chief irony here is that the whole idea of a DAO and the whole idea of this specific proposal is to decentralize things further so that something like a centralized foundation, something like the organization that created Arbitrum don't have an outweighed role in the direction of the chain. But the irony is that people see the same centralization issues with this new format. So one of the comments that we have in this article came from one of the voters in this Arbitrum DAO who said, quote, having the same parties review and provide opinions on proposals, cover those proposals publicly via media networks, vote on proposals, review the security concerns of a proposal, and then execute the Arbitrum network upgrades is fundamentally lacking separation of powers, which is a nod to the role that all of these different entities who would be on this coalition currently serve for Arbitrum. And this person showed that these folks who would be on this coalition also hold a huge number of ARB tokens. They'd now be kind of suggesting proposals or at least giving research on these proposals that they're also voting on and have an outweighed weight in terms of, you know, I mean, it's so interesting. It gets right at the heart of this debate, you know, the topic that just keeps coming up over and over again, which is, is all of this really about the tech or is it really about the money? It's like everybody wants the money and some people are providing value. Sometimes it's hard to tell whether this is going to actually be valuable or if it's just somebody who wants money, right? I say I'm curious, the research they're talking about, what kind of research is this? Like, why do why does Arbitrum DAO need research? Yeah, it's a good question. So it's quite interesting. One of the cool things about DAOs is you can go into the governance forums of any of them and you can see people weighing different proposals and those proposals will. So when it comes to research, sometimes there's going to be financial sort of research that they'll do into like what kinds of rewards we should give users of our protocol for doing certain things like what sort of interest should accrue to a token. Not really relevant in this case, but in the future, you know, if ARB should accrue interest, which it doesn't currently, it would kind of help make that call. You'll see a lot of risk assessment. So if Arbitrum is deciding on what bridge partners to use to transact with different chains, somebody like Gauntlet might come in or the cybersecurity firm might come in and do research to determine, hey, which of these bridge partners, given the technology we use and whatever platform we're bridging to uses would be the most secure. That's something that you saw in the past blew up on Uniswap when there's questions around conflicts of interest between the people doing the research and the bridge platforms themselves. But that's the kind of research you'll see, kind of like the technical and financial. Very briefly, the reason why this, you know, bristled so many people was the fact that it would cost two million dollars over the course of a year. And based on the cost breakdown, one person wrote, can the organizations involved demonstrate their time is worth, quote, six hundred fifty dollars to fifteen hundred dollars an hour? That seems exorbitant, as in more than I pay for a Harvard lawyer's exorbitant, literally. So these folks are asking for a ton of money in exchange for their services and they've had to defend themselves. And currently the proposal is really 50 -50 in terms of whether this is a temperature check, whether it goes to a real vote. The community can't decide whether that's a fair breakdown of costs. When does the temperature check end? It ends tomorrow. It ends tomorrow. And there's still some big voters that haven't weighed in yet. So we might be talking about this next week. One thing that is kind of cool, I will say, is in companies, modern companies, you know, the CEO and the board make the decisions and, you know, shareholders do not get to weigh in real time on kind of major strategy stuff or even like line item costs, initiatives or whatever. So that part of it is kind of cool that, you know, people are voting on whether they should spend the two million dollars. So let's turn to our next segment here. Well, there's a project called The Graph, and they came out with some news this past week. We wrote a short story about that. They call themselves the Google of Web3, or they say that people call them the Google of Web3. And the idea is that what they do is they basically look at the data that's on the blockchain and then kind of figure out how to, and then deliver that to protocols or teams and for whatever they need that blockchain data from. It's sort of like, my comment was the opposite of what Chainlink does, which is deliver, you know, stuff data onto the blockchain for protocols that need it. But they came out with this new era roadmap. I mean, a lot of it's pretty technical stuff, you know, it's like features, but they, you know, the line in the story was that this was one of their biggest upgrades since they had a 50 million dollar fundraising last year. And the development team, you know, similar to the decentralization in the previous segment, there's always, there's a development team and then there's the project. The development team is called Edgenone. And we sat down with their CEO, Tegan Klein, who, by the way, I think they said she was going to go on her honeymoon this week. So shout out to you. Congrats, Tegan. But anyway, Margo, you know, you were on this call with Tegan and you wrote up the Q &A. What were kind of your big, big ideas on this? Yeah, I thought it was interesting to hear her talk about like what the graph is, like who they serve, sort of like what entities, what protocols they serve. What I'm still sort of grappling with is like, I understand, like obviously there's a need for decentralizing data, but, you know, we'd asked sort of who her competitors are, who in the space is sort of similar to what she does. And her answer was that there isn't really anyone else in the space that does indexing like they do. Like if they do do indexing, it's something in -house. And so, yes, there's been efforts, I think, which one of, you know, Sam or Brad, you guys can talk about that because I know you have talked to Tegan about that before. But if there's no one else that does the indexing like the graph does, like how much of a hold do they have over organizing data on blockchains, especially because she claims that most of DeFi uses the graph? You know, I think that is a rare position to have in this industry, if that's true. You know, I think we haven't done a ton of reporting on this particular space. I think we're sort of more focused on the blockchain stuff that's kind of infrastructure layer of things and who's winning that race and all the apps. These are, they're kind of one of these middle players. They're not really front -facing, you know, they're sort of B2B in the sense that they're, you know, taking stuff from blockchains and delivery it to kind of like the backend of somebody's website or whatever. But I mean, in general, you know, we're going to get in the next segment, we're going to talk about all the layer twos, you know, that are developing and there's tons of layer one blockchains. But I don't know, that's kind of interesting to have a dominant position in anything in blockchain. It seems like there's tons of competition. I don't know. What do you think, Sam? Yeah, nothing comes to mind that does exactly what they do, which is they serve as a kind of like Chainlink sort of Oracle -ish function, but they're completely on chain. So they aggregate and index data on blockchains so that entities like Chainlink, like Uniswap and so on can use them. But I think that there are some, like I remember reporting on them a while ago and one of the problems that The Graph had and continues to have is just that it's extraordinarily complicated. They have their GRT token, they have these things called subgraphs, this role like indexers. And there's like all of these different, you know, jargon that you find all throughout crypto, but is particularly pronounced on The Graph that some people think is wholly unnecessary and it wouldn't be worth getting into all of it on Coindesk on this podcast, you know, is something that they still haven't been able to fix entirely at the same time. Yeah, I do think that they are somewhat unique in this intersection, but I also noticed that like some of the folks that they mentioned to you, Margo, that they, you know, are partnered with are the same folks that they've mentioned to me over almost like, I think like a year and a half ago when I last wrote about The Graph. So it's like art blocks, which is an NFT project that is really cool, but hasn't like been, you know, super huge in a while. They mentioned Uniswap. I also mentioned them, but if I recall from at least when I was, you know, writing about The Graph, their Uniswap thing is used for Uniswap to display prices on its website. It's not something used in the protocol itself, which is a distinction that might matter. The Graph is like certainly a really exciting project and it is the only one that I'm aware of that's doing, you know, this whole indexing decentralized role. I think that they are still kind of trying to exactly find their place and reach that level of ubiquity that they've wanted for a while. That's really interesting. You know, especially given that these projects that they help haven't really changed over the last two years. And one of the things we had asked her sort of is like, where are these new users that they can cater to? Especially, you know, we're in winter, so where's the growth? Like who are you poaching users from? So that's interesting. Yeah. I mean, to their credit, they did make a big gamble a while ago where they got rid of this centralized, this hosted service that they had, which is more akin to a Web2 service where they would index things and then you would query their own kind of hosted server in order to read off the data. They moved to this decentralized model a while ago and there were questions around whether they'd be able to kind of sustain those operations. And it seems like they have, you know, they really are working in alignment with that whole decentralized crypto ethos in a way that a lot of these sorts of information providers, aggregators aren't. They've had some staying power, at least as a result of that, regardless of whatever their user numbers and partners are. I mean, it's interesting when you were mentioning how technical some of this stuff is. All right. Well, let's take a quick break. And when we come back, we're going to talk about the story of the week. Margo Scoop, Kraken coming out with a layer two. We'll be right back. Calling all developers. Consensus 2024 is happening May 29th through the 31st in Austin, Texas. Experience three days of intensive learning with technical talks, 40 plus expert speakers and 20 or more in -depth workshops, including dedicated half days for Ethereum and Bitcoin. 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"almost two years" Discussed on Bloomberg Radio New York
"I think that five quarter and a to five and a half is probably as high as the terminal rate shall go and i my my guess is that uh... we'll relatively will see weaker employment numbers coming out over the course of the next uh... thirty to sixty days that'll be enough to keep the fed from moving in september but it will be a long time a very long time probably twenty twenty twenty four before the fed begins the policy of uh... allowing the overnight fed funds right to reduce yeah we've heard that message from you for for uh... quite some time here that this market isn't pricing in the uh... rate cuts the way you think they should why is that why do you think the the uh... market at this point is a fighting back against this idea that higher or that higher for longer longer isn't going to mean what the fed is kind of indicated that it's going to it's a very good question and it seems to be beyond my ken when the fed began the policy of raising rates but almost two years ago i said at that time that rates are going to go a lot higher said at the time that we'd probably see the fed funds rate gets up four and a half or five percent before it was done which seemed to uh... contrary to almost what anybody had had anticipated and i've always said that when the fed begins the policy of changing rates from lower to higher or from higher to lower they take rates demonstrably farther and much for a longer much period of time than anybody wants to anticipate here the full conversation on the latest bloomberg daybreak u .s addition podcast subscribe apple spotify anywhere else you get your podcast plus listen anytime on the bloomberg business at and bloomberg dot com with no fees or minimums and no overdraft fees banking with capital one is the easiest decision in the history of decisions kinda like choosing derek cheater is here for your baseball team jeeter you're in we need a home run i'll give it a try i swung a bat once or twice that's outta here yep even easier than that with no fees or minimums and no overdraft fees is it even a decision that's banking reimagined what's in your wallet terms apply see capital one dot com slash bank details for capital one and a member fdic daily podcast from bloomberg and i heart radio highlighting the best reporting by bloomberg news from around the globe this is a really fast -moving story it's caused a lot of outrage among the best is it will really set the economy on a road to disaster each
"almost two years" Discussed on WLS-AM 890
"Jim we've been at this over two years. Well, no, no, not almost two years, I should say. May will be two years. So in about a week, it'll be two years. So no, no, Jim says I've never seen this stand on the radio. I am rarely, if ever, at a loss to describe what's going on like I am today. But I'm going to tell you, and again, to be fair, when I say I'm speculating, unlike left wing media idiots who thought there was a pee pee tape, when I say I'm speculum, but I'm speculating I'm speculating. I think given my business experience, what's going on here is someone must have gotten some wind, probably about the idea that there was going to be some feathers being ruffled in the media landscape this weekend. And sometimes Fox was still dealing with a lot of the PR about me not being on the air Saturday night. I thought I explained that on Thursday. Apparently not, I got a ton of questions this weekend. People were confused why my show wasn't on the air. So they have this expression in business. I've discussed with you often. You teach in business school and all this other stuff. It's called taking a bath. It's just, no, it's not about cleanliness or hygiene. It's when you get some really bad news. I say you're gonna get some HR problem or PR problem or whatever it may be. And then you have bad earnings too. There's a theory in the business world that just put it all out on the same day. They call it taking a bath. Let this stock get crushed. Just let the investors because if you trickle it out, well, winds up happening is you get, I guess what I'll call, is this some official business term or like the black cat effect. Like, oh my gosh, these people are just jinxed every day. It's more bad news. So if you have a litany of bad stories dripping out drip drip drip date by day, day by day, you know, it gives the perception that a company is just jinxed for lack of a better term. So they have this thing again called take it a bad. I'm guessing you're a bit, but I wouldn't be surprised if the writing was on the wall. They probably got wind something was probably going to go down or maybe and then basically said, listen, let's just get this out today. Folks, this may not be the end too. Again, I'm not privy to internal negotiations with Fox. Because I work at the company, I'm rarely in New York. I work out of my own studio. I'm friendly with a lot of the people, but you know, I don't have that kind of relationship with the management crew anything, that nor should I. I mean, I'm a content producer. I'm not involved in management decisions. So I don't know what happened here. But I got to tell you, I wouldn't be stunned if this isn't the end of it. If more stuff comes out over the next day or something, I remember what I told you. I'm just basing it on not some inside knowledge. I don't want you to read into it. I'm not trying to clickbait. You know, look, the inside scoop, and that's what we're doing here. I'm just telling you as a commentator in the space would be irresponsible for me to have to talk about the biggest news story today, Tucker being out of Fox. That given my business background on this stuff, and I deal with a lot of business every single day, as a matter of fact, I got a call after the show. I wouldn't be surprised if you see some more news in the next couple hours or days. That is just speculation. No one's told me anything. Well, you're going to see a lot of speculation about this. They 60 minutes did a headpiece yesterday on Tucker Carlson and Fox News, for asking questions about ray ep, who nobody seriously questions was a participant in the January 6th stop. The steel rally. Now a couple of things about ray apps. Up front. It's awfully odd that 60 minutes would take the opportunity to try and suppress conservatives from asking questions about January 6th. It's like you can't have it both ways, guys. If January 6th was the most destructive insurrection in human history, Jim, is this a valid point? By the way, I miss Joan Jett too, didn't I? Because I'm so like, I'm so sorry. Yeah. Our official Joan Jett recognizer is a Jeremy, I'm sorry, but yeah, it's just a lot going on. You can't have it both ways left wing media. You can't say it's the worst thing that ever happened. And then when conservatives try to get answers about why it happened, you're like, no, no, don't ask any questions. You know what you see where we're going with this gym? We have a no one's denying what happened. The stuff with the police officers. We see it. We saw the video, disgusted at length. Nobody's saying like, oh my gosh, what a great day, banner day for America. And nobody I know is saying that. I think we've covered the day fairly, told you it was a really bad day for conservatives, gosh. I mean, I lost while locked that day. The whole inside story I haven't even told you about all the attacks we were suffering after that. It was really horrible. But again, you can't have it both ways. Conservatives are saying, well, we got this guy on video seems awfully suspicious and he's saying, hey, we're going to go into the capitol and any sent this text saying, I orchestrated it. So we have some questions. It doesn't mean that the guy was a fed. It doesn't mean that. The FBI to be clear is denying that saying we have no relationship with this guy. So was Epps? However, the FBI was, I think it's fair enough to say very shady about answering that same question a while ago. So we have questions. We have questions. Ray ups could be telling the truth. Rey ups could have just been a guy who was a big puffer puffs his chest out, AI orchestrated. It happens. People do that stuff all the time. They want to look like ballers in players. That doesn't mean we don't get to ask questions. Here's the interview. Queue up for me come on, Jim. Here's 60 minutes. They play the video of apps, saying the night before, we're gonna go into the capitol, and then they try to pretend like nothing happened. Check this out. We're gonna go to jail
"almost two years" Discussed on Bloomberg Radio New York
"Have a common problem Interest in having a Santa Claus entertainer come to somebody's home office or retail location is up over a 100% from pre-pandemic levels And yet we have about 10% fewer Santa's this year Demand for in person Santa visits is back to pre-pandemic levels around Detroit where Santa Randle says he's also staying busy online Live appearances have added on more than two years ago But virtual is just as busy as last year And in New Jersey Santa Marc roger has less time for single appearances this year because he is working at a mall but requests keep pouring in I'm getting about 25 a day Jeff Bellinger Bloomberg radio Greg solder is president of wgi which provides engineering solutions for public infrastructure and real estate development projects He's also on the board of overseers for New Jersey institute of technology and sees firsthand the intense demand by companies to hire and JIT graduates It's become almost cliche to say but a large percentage of the jobs required in the not too distant future have not even been identified yet What that means is we need graduates with problem solving skills and an understanding of technology Technological dexterity to be the leaders and innovators of the future And JIT is rising to that challenge It's not just about the engineering and the science but it's also about the application of those in problem solving Understanding how to apply is something that njit is outstanding And that's one of the reasons that their student body.
"almost two years" Discussed on MyTalk 107.1
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"almost two years" Discussed on The Audible with Feldman And Mandel
"And the other one is at umass. Who's really bad too. So you know basically umass is your best hope to win a to win an fbs game so he asked what would be a progress. A rainy first three seasons three nine one in eleven to intend those last two were in the sea and they went one eight in the ac now have no idea what the teams will look like. They didn't play last year so they've spent a year really almost two years just developing in developing if they were to come out after that hibernation and go three and nine like feel great about that. As you say like oh. They won more games than last time. Yeah i think it's realistically. I don't think they're beaten fresno on the road. I think it's you gotta beat holy cross. You definitely gotta be yale you you need to be umass like i said the really bad so then that leaves you is. Are you beaten wyoming. You're not probably beaten army Or middle tennessee. You gotta be one of those schools. I think you need to get to four wins to show why people around that program should pay any attention to it you. I really hope that there is at least one. Holy cross football fan out there who listens to the podcast who who who download it. Never in a million years expecting they would hear hear their school's name mentioned on this. You know holy cross. Football would probably make for a really good story because back in the eighties. Holy cross football was is. It was not just gordy lock bomb. They were really really good. And then a cer- a bunch of factors happened at a tragedy with a with a head coach who has kind of a rising star who ended up Who ended up passing away and then they deemphasize football like holy cross. I'm not saying there were north dakota state wise at at one aa but they were really really good and then You know everything kind of turned for them in the around like nineteen nine hundred ninety so enough holy cross history on that but all right as always you can send.
"almost two years" Discussed on Reinvention Radio
"And i'll settle for the back cover. The back cover is an advertisement so if you would like to pay a sales oh damn all right. All right so Backstory on me was is that i've been basically an entrepreneur my whole life my my father. runs in the family He started a background screening company. And which i was involved in with him which we raised it up to twelve twelve million dollar valuation And then after. I left that i started my own thing. I had an apparel company. I started making my own t shirts i had them on. Mma may fighter on hbo. And and then. I started dabbling in my art. Because i'm an autistic guy you know and a paint and draw and all this so and then i fell in love with podcasting and and podcasting i think is is the conglomeration of of art. I think you know it's it's designed. It's audio video visual if you have a camera but so i've been doing it for almost two years now and i started livestreaming not too long after that and i instantly fell in love with the medium When i started broadcasting. I was having lock people asking you. How do you do that. Teach me so many people. In fact that i built a whole course around live streaming and podcasting. I sat down with people. Like perez hilton. Joe pardo To talk about the industry on my show in part because of this platform and this platform is amazing podcasters But then you gotta think well next for vodka astor's for the people who record on video and you know so. Do i keep telling everyone to keep uploading their content to youtube where the get lost in the masses and do i tell them to get their own websites host their own content. So i got to thinking about the evolution of the industry and really led me to television. So i'm building a platform. Launching in july called vodka where vodkas will get the chance to be on television Roku fire tv and apple tv to be exact The platform will roll out in phases. Stage one starting in july..
"almost two years" Discussed on Reality TV RHAP-ups: Reality TV Podcasts
"With pen to parchment before i started crediting those relationships by doing the math reducing it down near is i'll winna with five points this week to At the moment to four necessary to for nella one. Amy that is where we're at now on next segment is something. We haven't done for almost two years to clarify any new listeners. What is this well. They used to be a sponsor on the show called five. Strath norden gone. It's so upsetting we'll talk about maybe why it's gone in the segment. It's called the bias. Draft variety hour where we check in with the sponsors. It's called that. Because i remember about the sponsors for ages one podcast and mark was like what is variety hour. Anyway take it away. Jacob the weinstein and the us army blues new theme song updated for twenty twenty. One is the bias breath variety hour on our with your set in this way. What one one one. So that is on new theme song. That has audio of us trying by a stress and asking. Hey what happened to buy stress. Why are they sponsor anymore. I'm thinking maybe a couple of idiots gonna go to hold of some bias dress for sure. They're paying pot of tasted. It had that reaction and biased. Tried to not renew the contract. I don't want to put that on off my but i'm genuinely.
"almost two years" Discussed on Off The Vine with Kaitlyn Bristowe
"High quite flop. How are you. I am so good. How are you awesome. welcome back. Oh my gosh. Every time i go somewhere like it seems to be for way too long period of time. And then i come home and i'm like why do i leave. I love at home so much. Well because you have a thing called a job. I don't think right right right way. Did you see my posts other day. Oh yes i did. Yes i did. It was among dogs. Well tell me again. I forget it was like the purpose of going for a walk as a sammy dogs. You can yeah yes facing a larry. Issue notes phillies. I didn't even realize. I had the sweater on to podcast with you. I've had it on all day. And then i was coming on the perfect. 'cause you like are obsessive dogs the same way. I am an working out so burbank. Right the guys too many dogs Such thing there's actually no. I wouldn't live on a farm full of dogs. I say like sometimes in this world do want kids or just want all dogs dogs. Yeah like and you can work out with. Actually you work your kids now to They're getting rich bright. I'm so excited for them. They both so did your hunters a trainer now a trainer for almost two years and Hayden's working on soccer but you need to put aside so starting with star january six and he gained twenty pounds. I'm so proud of my holy grab. Oh that's august. Yeah because i saw his before and after pictures that he posted. And i was like wow good for him. Bat is incredible we should just address the elephant in the room of like what like our history like what when we became friends how he became friends of why we had to take a break from me friends and then our friends again. Because we're vashem friend again round robin and so funny. Because i feel like i just don't really have that with people where i like..
"almost two years" Discussed on KDWN 720AM
"So we want to make sure that you protect all of our clients and this is how we do it. We'd never give a recorded statement to the axle insurance. We let the demand speak for itself. So, Henry. So can the Uh, fault insurance company. Have a deposition that has been given I'm already beginning of it, and then they try to find something different in another statement later on and trying to do a cross examination of the two statements and confused with clients. Yeah, So any type of inconsistency and might be just and we're just people and these things happen. We might say something that's inconsistent from the last one. And, yeah, that would be used against you. I've seen it happen, and that's what we do to protect our clients from that happening. You know, I used to be on the other side for about almost two years, and that was part of our Tactics was, if you could get multiple statements from these people, you can find the consistency. And if you find the consistency, you can, uh, really hammer that they're not being honest. And when it's just a innocent mistake, you can. You can twist that and make it not innocent mistake and make the person look either, like they don't know what they're talking about. Meaning they're stupid or that they're not being honest and it's in. It frustrates that person. And it makes them look bad. And that's kind of the tactics that we used to employ. When we were on the defense and I couldn't stomach it for me. You thanks. We work for an insurance Come down. Think you told me? Yeah. It was a Yeah, I did. I worked here in Las Vegas. It's ah National insurance defense firm and we handled, you know, large, catastrophic cases we represented like Pizza delivery. Big companies you see on TV and corner stores. When you're stepping falls an apartment complex complexes, whether his injuries on the premise and Yes. So we defended those big corporations. And you know they're crashes. You know, some pizza delivery guy comes flying out of a parking lot. And now someone will be there to.
"almost two years" Discussed on Marketing for Consultants
"You know so i think there is a there's a big part of it is to to actually being open to that. The other part of that is the industry association. It wasn't just one client in the industry. You actually got in on the ground floor with a group. I think that's really important as well. Because if it was just that you picked up a client a single client in the industry sector. I think he'll probably would have gotten a bit differently. Do you think i. I fully agree. I fully agree. Of course if you have a client right from the beginning. It's the advantages that you at least get paid for your for your education a little bit so i. I didn't get paid for my for my own education in this area for for i would say almost two years but but at the end you get right into the as you said you right into the headwork you don't have to go through the Through the through the handwork. And and yeah and build your build your relationship up. You're starting there because you are already known expert in this area right and by the way just just for anybody listening. There's another way of thinking of do the headwork enhance worker strategy implementation I can't remember who who who came up with this or if it's been around for a long time but it's a it's it's Diagnosis prescription implementation reimplementation. Just another way of thinking about that as as the different type of of of work that you can do. I know in in web design. Which is the world that i came from. It was a you know your marketing strategy at the top and then building your websites and then maintaining that websites and that's kind of the different layers a near dropping in value each time because the maintenance work is very very low value and it's essential but it's very low value you'll get get to charge a premium farce but for the marketing strategy work..
"almost two years" Discussed on Merkaba Chakras
"And and opening and then There would be manifestations of what apparently were toxic symptoms that he removed from the body and then and then he would run his hand like this over the body Close up in there with just be this slight like pink lying. There was really fascinating. And i worked with him for almost two years because i said well i'll work with you because it's such a phenomenal experience. Humans that they don't get what just happened because it happens in maybe three minutes and and they need to their bodies need energy work to support this. So that's what i did with it. I didn't we did. Tend to work. And i learned even more than i thought i even knew was available in working with him and we're understanding energy from that place and then that and so it just has continued that was by then that was Very early ninety s Wow long long journey. Now dare darik. What got you into energy hailing with your wife. Well i was I was always been kind of interested in in spirituality. I was exploring my own spirituality. And and it was soon. It was actually soon after within several months after i'd met nature that's a whole nother story but we've met basement energy energy workshop and oh and they just can't allow said i just feel her energy honey. I was attracted to this woman just nineties. Yes and i was in love with her after birthday. I knew you're like me. So i have to ask about this. Because i hear this. A lot. I actually do wedding flowers on the side Supplemental income and i hear a lot of these kind of stories. I don't know what it is. But i attract these kind of clients Even in my wedding business and even have noses Side practices well but a lot of finding met love a metaphysical or spiritual and they end up finding each other in these kind of unusual ways and they can be in a huge auditorium auditorium of like five hundred people going to different booths and.
"almost two years" Discussed on The Path Distilled Podcast
"Now it's kind of interesting how things turn out I don't think that if my son hadn't had special needs that. I would have ever considered going into coaching training learning and development. It just wasn't on my radar screen. And so what happened. Was you know he was born. And for the first almost two years everything seems pretty hunky dory there started being some questions of him developing properly and then he ultimately was diagnosed with autism in which is not unusual. These days for back. Then will you know. He's he's as we're talking he's about to turn eighteen. So you know this is going back fifteen sixteen years when we first found out about this and it wasn't like we knew a lot of people who had kids on the spectrum. I mean now everybody knows somebody and they can be sort of anywhere on the spectrum so we just it was so blindsiding overwhelming and i say you know the way i describe it is that i felt like somebody took my baby away from me and gave me back a different baby right because i had these expectations of who he was and that wasn't going to be who he turned out to be. And so there was a lot of you know it took a few years to wrap our heads around it right you. Everybody has to go through their own process For some people. It's harder for some people it's easier. I think every stage as with parenting typical kids every stage has has its opportunities and challenges But you know not only. Was it like the blind leading the blind. When i had kids because i didn't have siblings or anybody. Who had done this before. But then this was like a whole other level of not knowing what you're doing Until it took us some time to figure that out. And when. I decided that i wanted to go back to work. I thought well i i know what it's like to go to a firm where someone else has the power right. Someone else has the control over your schedule on. Someone else sets the expectations. And i really as much as i love practicing law. Because i really did. I know some people don't enjoy it I really loved it. I didn't feel that it was going to be a good fit. And i've learned since then that there are lots of ways that i probably could have made it fit into my life but again i didn't know i didn't have role models for this. I didn't have people that i could go to and say. Hey how are you making this work. And so i thought why can't do it. I literally will take the kids to school and go to barnes and noble and start hanging around in the in the In the job you know section or career section entrepreneur section and in the self help section and. I read a book where i found out that there was this thing coaching.
"almost two years" Discussed on The Sportscaster and Her Son
"In her son. From apple pod being or wherever you are listening please continue to do so and spread the word to your family and friends. Don't forget to rate us as well because that is our podcast. Lifeblood is ratings. It's how we actually move up and help new listeners. Find us okay so typically with the podcast we always say we don't get along but we both share a passion for sports. Geez i have to say that in last almost two years now that we have been doing the podcast together It really has brought us together in a different kind of way and You you've matured. i've mellowed. We get along great and we get to talk about not only sports but lots of other things as well. Would you agree. No i totally do agree with that. I'd say the only like little snag when i'm away. School sometimes is waking up a little earlier than i normally would but i really do enjoy it and it's kind of nice being able to be away from school and take a little break from like the grind schoolwork or like going out with friends all the time. It's kind of nice to have like a little bit hiatus from that and just talk about sports with my mom which a lotta people don't really have the privilege to do I just. I feel like i've talked to wait. You buddy people who are like. Oh yeah my mom doesn't.
"almost two years" Discussed on Pantheon
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"almost two years" Discussed on Pop Culture Leftovers
"And i'm not saying you have to have the character cursing and all this other shit but i i'm going to go on a limb and say that kevin five years now that he's opened up the door for deadpool. He's gonna look at blade as a fan and he's gonna give us what we want an r. rated blade movie like we've gotten with the previous three copyrighted beyond. I'm not. i'm not sure when this blade movies gonna come out. I mean seems like there are the tv show. Whatever it is just seems like they're played so full and we got that announcement almost two years ago. I mean it doesn't seem that long ago but it's been almost two years in a track you know any any work has been done on it to move forward. And marshall is like he's like in his mid forties i just i mean you're starting franchise with a guy who's going to be like near fifty very physical look mocking roles. Jamie look at all the bras. Jamie fox is getting his fucking fifties. Now yeah i think i think jamie fox is a little bit more physically entomb then marschall. Shali den tastic actor. Yeah i mean like man like you're going to have to match. What was least nights was doing in his thirties. That's wesley snipes. Went all out pros blade movies especially with the fighting and the choreography. Yeah it's i mean. I'm looking forward to just wonder. I mean because you don't hear anything about it. I just wonder if it's one of those things that they thought was a great idea and they just realized track typically. It's not something that's in the cards for them right now. I mean just. I just don't see when it's going to come out or how it's going to be anything that we're going to see in the next three or four years then. I don't know dude. I don't know there's so much that they could do with a blade series. I see him. Like i don't know jake still see him like teaming up with maybe like moon knight on a future thing on a future project. You know what i mean. That's what i. That's what i thought we were. I think that we're going to see him. Cameo and something like moonlight before we saloon night before we see anything that resembles like a solo blade series. That would be cool. I'd i'd like that. I would like to see him. Show up something. Get the hype. Make make sure that the hype is real for this character. Yeah yeah. I think that's what makes it harder to make it our though you start doing stuff like that. 'cause i mean even though deadpool's gonna be r it's going to be in the mcu. I still don't think that.
"almost two years" Discussed on News Talk 1130 WISN
"Welcome back to money Sense. I'm Heather Deaton Wealth advisers Alan Becker Investment group, and My guest Today is Amber Lee Child's of plant Joy. Let's get into the financial impacts and benefits of using plant based living for prevention and even treatment. Yeah, it's this is my favorite topic because no, not only does food help me today, but food is going to help me tomorrow. And the way I like to think about it is, you know I'm a older parent. My daughter is almost two years old. You know, we started our family late. And so when I think about her, I think, man, I gotta be here down the road when she is Graduating from high school when she's hitting some of these milestones in the way that my husband and I plan to be here for those huge events in her life is we take care of ourselves now with diet exercise and living a healthy lifestyle, and we talk about it all the time. We support each other and in our habits. Trying to be healthier. You know, I don't nail it every day. But I'm working recorded every day. You know, on the train. We're going in the right direction. It's not home Run. That's great. That's right completely. That's a great analogy. But you know, one of the things I like to think about with plant based living and the lifestyle in general. It's going to help you die young, you know, because you're going to die down the road, right? We're all have a finite time. We all have. Ah, but but not literally today, but hopefully when you were in your eighties and your nineties you're feeling like you're 70. You know, I want you to feel better longer, so you could be on this earth longer. You can celebrate all of that money that you've put away all of the savings in the planning that you've taken care of. In your life. I want you to be here to talk about it. You know something like, think about. I go to the store. Heather and I want to get my protein as a plant based Peter. I'm going to go to my being, and I'm going to stock up on beings. And if I want to even go even more economic I'm gonna buy dry beans, which you're going to cause me a fraction of what the cooked beans will cost. And that's a fraction of what your meat might cost. So by changing your diet to a plant based diet, you're removing the most expensive part of your grocery bill, which is your meat and your cheeses. And so that's where most of us are spending money. You're spending money on the youngsters, and you're buying process deli meat, which has been proven to cause cancer. It is the same category category one as cigarettes and tobacco. So we have to really say Wait a minute. Why am I spending good money on organic deli meat that's known to cause cancer. Do you buy organic cigarettes? Probably not. You know, so I'm not picking on the deli meat, but what we know is you know, one day there was a time when we could smoke cigarettes, and we didn't think that it was harmful to our health. And when we learn different than people started to change their habits on, we saw her lung cancer incidences decrease. So what we want to see is if we can get people eating more plants, we're going to start to see chronic illness Start to decrease. And if you eat more plants also, your pocketbook is your will initiate your grocery bills will decrease your copybook will increase right. You'll have a little bit more money and then instead of spending that money and going well, maybe I'll buy some cookies. What if you put that money aside and you say, Hey, my food savings is now going to be my daughter's college. I'm gonna put that in her college fund. Could I recycle my savings and put it into part of my financial planning? And it's really kind of looking as you're talking about this. It's day to day spending. Yeah, really, But having that bigger picture, so being able to look and feel committed as to how you're spending your resource is and is it more important? To spend it in certain ways about your grocery bill. Or is that more important to really be mindful of that grocery bill in order to like you said, Save for college, you know, save for retirement safe for a house save for a future trip. When we can travel again someday, you know that's going to bring you joy and, um And memories than build relationships in different ways to Yeah, 110%. I wish we were when we were younger. We don't really start to see the future as as big right. We're like we're gonna have a great job. You have a family. But then you get into the family in those years and your career years and then you start thinking How can I prepare my family for retirement? Where? What is retirement look like What? No one plans on no one plans on their cancer diagnosis. No one plans for their heart attack. But what happens is is you end up having that coronary event you end up in the hospital and what happens? You're not working. When you're not working. You're not putting money into your 41 K. Your investments are now decreasing because we're not adding into them. And so you're starting the feel that financial pressure off being sick on what? Maybe maybe it's not you. Maybe it's someone in your family that gets sick and then now you're frustrated and you're feeling that financial burden. Wow, that really takes the Ah stressor a toll on the physical body, so help eating well..