35 Burst results for "Billion Dollars"
New CEO Calls FTX 'Unprecedented' Mess in Filing
"The executive who cleaned up enron says FTX is even worse John ray the third has experienced dealing with corporate meltdowns He had to sort out the mess at enron when it failed Ray was named the new CEO at FTX following the dramatic collapse of the cryptocurrency exchange earlier this month In the filing he describes a complete failure of a multi-billion dollar business with compromise integrity with control concentrated quote in the hands of a very small group of inexperienced unsophisticated and potentially compromised individuals Ray says after the company's short billions of dollars was hit with the digital equivalent of a bank run only $740 million in cryptocurrency has
Binance Signs LOI to Acquire FTX.com
"Binance signed a non binding letter of intent to acquire its rival FTX dot com. The deal does not include FTX U.S., which operates as a separate entity. Binance CEO CZ said FTX CEO Sam bankman fried reached out for help amid a liquidity crunch. FTX dot com has seen over $6 billion in user withdrawal requests over the last 72 hours. The move comes after binance announced plans to liquidate its position in FTX and declined and offered to have its position purchased from Alameda research, which is also owned by SPF. According to Reuters SPF approached other cryptocurrency exchanges, including oks before reaching a deal with binance, semaphore also reported the FTX was looking to raise more than a $1 billion from investors by midday on November 8th, the exchange is suspected of having a multi-billion dollar hole on its balance sheet after reportedly landing assets to Alameda research. The acquisition is currently pending due diligence from binance before a decision is made. Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong assured users that the exchange has no material exposure to FTX or FTT and no exposure to Alameda research. Coinbase also published a blog post disclosing it holds $15 million worth of operational deposits on FTX, coinbase claims it never repurposes customer assets and holds user funds one to one. The statement comes as FT axis liquidity crisis ripples through the market akin to the collapse of Luna three arrows capital and Celsius,
Some Perspective on the 'Friends' Cast's Wealth
"The Friends reunion has been delayed because of the coronavirus. It's not going to be available until late May. So let me take you on a quick class on perspective, okay? Aniston Cox kudrow Leblanc Perry and schwimmer are each teach going to receive between two and a half 1 million 3 $1 million to appear in this special. All they got to do is sit on their ass and answer questions. And they could receive up to 4 million for this brief reunion. That's four times what Jennifer Aniston already receives for each episode of her Apple streaming drama the morning show. She's got one of the highest salaries in the industry. So, you make a million a week on one show. You sit down on the other show to tell some fucking stories. Maybe you wear a white top so you nipples can pop out like they always used to. They better for that kind of fucking money. You better show some nip Aniston. All 6 of these cock suckers. All 6 of them are gonna be, you have no idea the kind of money they're making is astronomical. All 6 of these people receive 2% of the syndication income. That's about $20 million per person. Per year. In other words, every year since Friends has been off the air, all of them have made $20 million apiece. Now Matt LeBlanc has worked on two different sitcoms, which have been funny and great and he makes a lot of money. Shrimp has been a successful director. Matthew Perry's out some troubles, but he's had some TV shows that have fared pretty well. Kudrow does very well in movies and TV, Courtney Cox, of course, had cougar town, Aniston, high and away, far and away the biggest of all of them with what she's commanding now. The shell brings in one billion dollars a year for Warner Brothers.
Tudor Dixon: Gretchen Whitmer Is Watching Businesses Leave
"Because in tutor when you think about the history of Michigan I mean the American industrial revolution is tied glove to hand with the state of Michigan and to see high quality Potentially 6 figure blue collar jobs Evacuate the state I love Florida I mean you're welcome down here We'd love to have you But I don't wish any ill will on Michigan either I wish people like you where you would win the election I think you got a good shot And say you know what Stay here We can do it here too It's not just a Florida Texas thing No that's exactly what we're going to do We're going to save this state and you're right We've seen the automotive industry leaving the state of Michigan You see Ford putting 11 and a half $1 billion into Kentucky and Tennessee and think about how bizarre this is When the governor was asked about it she said I think we didn't know Ford was leaving and she didn't know Because Ford is tired of dealing with her shutdowns with her regulations with the inability to open a new business in the state of Michigan because the regulations are so strict So Ford is leaving We see Ford choosing to go to other states and open up We see groundbreaking and Louisville We see groundbreaking in Ohio but we're not seeing those companies come here except for one now she's using our Michigan taxpayer dollars to recruit a business a Chinese corporation to come to the state of Michigan Listen this is insane We have projects on the lakeshore that are on the whole billion dollar as a per policies that would be bringing thousands of jobs to the state of Michigan but she's going to take our taxpayer dollars and instead of helping existing corporations or American companies she's going to give it to a Chinese corporation to come into the state of Michigan It's unheard of
Dems' Inflation Reduction Act Will Double the Size of the IRS
"This is all going to reduce inflation. It's not it's going to blow up the economy. And folks, if we're not careful, we could be talking about something worse than a recession here. So anyway, a $700 billion in new spit in new taxes, 400 billion dollars in new spending. We're setting a lot more money over to Ukraine, but the bigger concern I have is tucked away in the legislation where and it's going to pass the House of Representatives. Biden's going to sign it at all. There's just no way around that. But anyway, we've got Ted Cruz out there and Ted Cruz was sounding the alarm. Ted Cruz was warning us that this in fact was a danger to law abiding middle class small business owners of America. So the IRS, as far as we can tell, they're going to be given permission to hire 87,000 new agents. That's going to double the size of the IRS. And what do you think they're going to be doing here, folks? They're going to be coming after you and me. They're going to be coming. That's why they wanted access to our bank accounts. They want to come after you the law abiding, hardworking taxpayers of America. Now, again, 87,000 IRS agents, they're going to double the size of the IRS. By the time they get finished, they're going to be larger now. You listen to this, we're going to put this in perspective for you. 87,000 additional agents makes the IRS larger than the State Department. The Pentagon, the FBI and border patrol combined. So what does that tell you about the direction of this administration?
Sinema's Billion Dollar Gamble
"News of the day is that senator sinema of Arizona has caved, and the Democrats in the Senate will pass. There are 725 pages of $433 billion in new spending and 739 billion in new taxes. It's astonishing. What did senator sinema get for it? She got a protection measure for billionaires. A $14 billion tax increase on some wealthy hedge fund managers and private equity executives. That's what her price was. I'm actually jaw droppingly gap mouth opened astonished at this bill. Again, 725 pages long, it spent another $433 billion, which will be amazingly inflationary on this economy already struggling to keep inflation below 10%.
Sylvester Stallone Doesn't Own Even 1% of Rocky
"I can go on and on when it comes to actors who are known worldwide for specific characters, but none of them created those characters. None of them sat down and wrote those characters stories out and then made a multi-billion dollar franchise out of both those characters. There were 5 rambos and 6 rockies. And of course, creed was spawned from rocky and I think there are two of those and one more is coming. They don't count. I don't like them anywhere near as much as rocky. I don't see what people see in Michael B. Jordan and Stallone didn't create them, so we'll take those out of the equation. But think about this. The Rambo franchise is inching close to having grossed over a $1 billion worldwide. Probably by now it has. Rocky has grossed a billion and a half worldwide. And every time another creed movie comes out a bunch of nickels drop into the rocky bucket, if you will. And even with all that, all the money he's lined into the pockets of the studio and one producer in particular, Sylvester Stallone doesn't own not even 1% of rocky. Could you ever think about that? Has it ever dawned on you? I never even dreamed that. Who could ever do that? What kind of business is it that robs a man blind right in front of everyone? For nearly half a century after the character he created, wrote, built up, crafted, promoted, choreographed, sometimes directed. It's not fair. Well, what kind of business is that? That's the business we call show.
Big Pharma Sees Big Money in Pushing Hormone Blockers
"And the same pharmaceutical companies that pushed forward all these vaccines see a multi-billion dollar annual opportunity in trying to push this hormone blockers and puberty blockers. They're the ones that are pushing this. AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson. They have billions of dollars of drugs in front of the FDA right now in research and development phase one phase two phase three trials that they want to try to push to 5.6 and 70 year olds that might have transition regret. There has not been a gold rush in the pharmaceutical industry like this in decades. All they have to do is get more kids to want to think that they are what they're not, and they start to print more
Musk: Doubt about spam accounts could scuttle Twitter deal
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The Preposterous Bipartisan Plan of Sending $40 Billion to Ukraine
"But I want to start with the story that is now kind of developed over the last weekend, which is why our leaders are trying to send another $40 billion to Ukraine. Now, this is something that we deserve answers to for very obvious reasons, not just because we don't know what success looks like in Ukraine. No one has actually told us that. They say, well, you know, it's to help zelensky and his government fight against Russia, okay? Well, where exactly are those $40 billion going to be deployed? And why is that the urgent need or why is that the urgent project of the federal government? Now, this passed through the House of Representatives with near unanimous consent, the Republicans had some opposition, but very little. It is a bipartisan agreement that we should continue to meddle further and deep into the affairs of other countries. So $40 billion, even though Joe Biden only asked for 33 billion dollars, which will further antagonize Russia and get us closer to a war. In fact, steny Hoyer said, we're in a war last week, said it very clearly and plainly that we are in a war. He said, in a time of war, why are we attacking Joe Biden? And so while our western inheritance is alarmingly vanishing in front of us, we have to be lectured by our leaders why we have to go spend and send $40 billion to a far off and distant
Buttigieg sends $5B to cities for safety as road deaths soar
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McConnell, GOP senators meet Zelenskyy in surprise Kyiv stop
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Elon Musk Tweets Twitter Deal Is on Hold
"I don't know Again I have no inside baseball on this It would be illegal to share if I was profiting off it and I don't I don't have any inside baseball but I can kind of process what's going on being in the tech space being an investor myself bet there's definitely some signs here that lead me in a certain direction Elon has to do if he has banks and financial firms involved in this operation to take over Twitter which he obviously does He's not paying in suitcases full of cash He's not walking up to piragua we're like hey is this suitcase kicking it under the table I mean it's a multi-billion dollar deal There's going to be financial institutions and banks involved and Elon being the richest man in the world Obviously has a legal team and a financial team that does due diligence So I'm guessing here did they go into Twitter Have Twitter open up the books here on this deal Do their financial due diligence And find out some really shady stuff Now he was asking if Elon says listen the deal is on hold until we can verify basically how many Twitter users are real That's what he's saying in the tweet He says it and he phrases it in terms of the percentage of bots but what Elon's really asking in that tweet is are these Twitter users real people Now why is that important Well outside of the obvious you want to believe on a social media platform that you're talking to people socially correct I mean there's no point being on Twitter if it has 239 million users but it really has a million users all the way up 220 plus fake accounts and then you got a couple of spam bots in
Elon Musk says Twitter deal 'temporarily on hold'
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Senate leaders push for quick OK for fresh $40B for Ukraine
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Jim Jordan and Mike Johnson's Letter to Merrick Garland
"So this is from Jim Jordan and Mike Johnson's letter to Merrick Garland. It says, and one investigation following your directive, the FBI's field office, interviewed a mom for allegedly telling a local school board we are coming for you. The complaint, which came into the FBI through the national threat operations center snitch line that he set up, the Carlin set up, alleged that the mom was a threat because she belonged to a right-wing moms group known as moms for liberty. Moms for liberty. And because she is a gun owner. When the FBI agent interviewed the mob, she told the agent that she was upset about the school board mask mandates and that her statement was a warning that her organization would seek to replace the school board with new members through the electoral process. Bravo, it's exactly what you're supposed to do. I thought this was a democracy, gets everybody's favorite word on the left these days. There's another one. The FBI's field office opened an investigation subsequent to your directive into a dad opposed to mask mandates. The complaint came in through the national threat operations center snitch line that, again, Merrick Garland set up, and alleged that the dad fit the profile of an insurrectionist. Because, quote, he rails against the government, believes all conspiracy theories and has a lot of guns and threatens to use them. When an FBI agent interviewed the complainant, the complainant admitted they had no specific information or observations of any crimes or threats, but they contacted the FBI after learning. The Justice Department had a website to submit tips to the FBI in regards to any concerning behavior directed towards school boards. You see how this works, folks? You give them a snitch line and then every wacko left left wing crazy starts calling in conservatives.
The FBI Is Spying on Parents: A Timeline
"29th, the school board association sends a letter to the Biden White House. 5 days later on October 4th, Merrick Garland issues this memorandum with a press release that lays out and puts a snitch line together to go after parents, then 16 days later, the FBI sends out the email that establishes this threat tag designation that was put on these parents. In 22 days. So I have this letter printed out here from Jim Jordan and Mike Johnson, who's the ranking member on the subcommittee on the constitution civil rights civil liberties, and it's addressed to the honorable Merrick Garland. He says in sworn testimony before this committee, you denied that the Department of Justice or its components were using counter terrorism statutes and resources to target parents at school board meetings. We now have evidence that contrary to your testimony, the FBI is labeled at least dozens of investigations into parents with a threat tag created by the FBI's counter terrorism division to assess and track investigations related to school boards. These cases, now listen closely, include investigations into parents upset about mask mandates. And state elected officials who publicly voiced opposition to vaccine mandates. These investigations into concerned parents are the direct result of and would not have occurred but for your directive to federal law enforcement to target these categories of people. These laying down the gauntlet, both of these representatives are. Laying down the gauntlet saying, this would not have happened, had you not directed the FBI to do so. So what is this testimony that they are referencing? To play cut one ten, this is Merrick Garland assuring Congress, under sworn testimony under oath that the Department of Justice was not using its resources to target concerned parents. Cut one ten. I can't imagine any circumstance in which the Patriot Act would be used in the circumstances of parents complaining about their children, nor can I imagine the circumstance where they would be labeled as domestic terrorism. So then why mister Garland, honorable mister Garland? Are you using counter terrorism tools to label these concerned parents about mask mandates and vaccine mandates, which, by the way, they will be proven completely true. They basically already are. They will be absolutely vindicated. This show will be vindicated, concerned parents across the country will be vindicated. Because masks did not work, they did not stop the spread, nor will they ever. Nevertheless, this is the state of things as they now stand that if parents express concern, if they voice their opposition, they were surveilled by the FBI using counter terrorism tools. We now know
Did FBI Target Parents Despite Garland's Sworn Testimony?
"Breaking last night from congressman Jim Jordan, who's going to be joining the show next week when Charlie is back. From his much needed vacation, he's going to be detailing what he's uncovered. There is a whistleblower, a smoking gun with new information that shows the FBI used terrorism tools to target concerned parents. This is despite attorney general Merrick Garland's assurances to Congress, under sworn testimony, mind you that the Department of Justice was not using its resources to target concerned parents. And now a whistleblower is confirming that the FBI has labeled dozens of you as with a special counter terrorism label in its investigation. Now, I want to play some sound here to build this out. Now, how did we get here? Let's play cut one 12. This is Jim Jordan on Jesse watters prime time last night, play cut one 12. And again, if you're a mom, you're a dad, you're a gun owner, you're a Republican, and you're standing up for your kids. Oh my goodness, look out because here comes the FBI. And again, in a direct contradiction to what he told us under oath in the committee. And never forget that this Jesse, look, remember how quickly this happened. September 29th, the school board association sends a letter to the Biden White House. 5 days later, October 4th, Merrick Garland issues this memorandum that lays out this snitch line together, go after parents, and then 16 days later, the FBI sends out the email that's establishes this threat tag designation that was put on these parents. All that happened last fall in 22 days. When have you ever seen the federal government move that fast? So they moved that fast because they were going after people. As you just pointed out, just like the Obama White House went after a new Obama IRS went after conservative same dynamic here,
"billion dollars" Discussed on Scrubbing In with Becca Tilley
"Oh so yeah so. It's not in the same. My podcast but i just wanted to bring it up. Because it's something that i think is just It's amazing thing. You know. When i was dancing with amy purdy on the asking the stars it was one of my favorite seasons of all time Mainly because she just introduced me to this world of paralympian in the paralympics And actually went to sochi russia. Spend time with her train her right before she went and did olympic competition like it was it was crazy. I'm like you cooler in this chat before you're about to go like train for rbm dogo compete for the paralympics are you. Are you search and wish she was she you know she medaled which is incredible and As as in snowboarder but she introduced me to that world in right now. We're gearing up for the tokyo tokyo. Twenty paralympics right now. And there's this beautiful podcast a six part series And it's called equal to and it's It's hosted by sophie. Morgan and basically it's about six years exports biggest challenges faced by disability community and It just brings up a conversation about. What's new dr equality and it's it's really cool because the creators of this stay actually the Call harder than you think. And they've produced this movie. That's called rising phoenix on netflix. And got one always awards. It's amazing amazing. But yeah it's it's a really really great. Ben go check it out. It's called equal to find on iheart. You know all the different platforms. Listen to podcasts. it's It's really cool but yeah apr people always ask me like. What is my favorite season desk cards. And i'm all always right up there. I isla yeah. She's became yeah. She's incredible yeah. She was on our podcast and i remember and then even just the last few years she's been through a it's her strength mentally and her physical strength is beyond anything that i can even understand. She is yeah absolutely incredible. It's amazing because you know people like look at the physical disabilities right. Perhaps you know they're like oh. She has two prosthetic legs but be emotional fitness in the mental fitness. That is that they acquire during always difficult. Times is unbelievable. You know so you. So you and right now i feel like one of the strongest currencies to have in. The world is is emotional and mental fitness. Honestly i think especially with someone's going on. I think we all get sucked into certain things. And we all get sort of hijacked mentally And that's i would say that we live in a time now where i feel like that bad. is as important if not more important than just physical fitness and. I think that somebody like her. Who's been through so much Is a huge inspiration. Yeah so i have a question for you regarding the season dancing with the stars because they announced the joe c was going to be dancing with the same sex partner for the first time. And it's awesome..
"billion dollars" Discussed on Scrubbing In with Becca Tilley
"For six years. What's your biggest would. You say is your biggest. Like how do you guys keep a relationship healthy. What's like your number one rule or do you have anything like that. Yeah oh definitely lots of things like paper and this is something that i need to work on honestly But when you know if you ever have a confrontation or or something in you're like hey. I need some space. I just kind of like you know. If you're the one that says hey had take some space for a moment just to kind of gather my feelings or thoughts and things that it's your responsibility to come back to say okay. Let's let's he'll this. Let's talk about this. Lets you know repair this. Because that's the thing too. Is i think sometimes if you can get into fights do get into conversations or arguments or screams. Whatever it is as okay. That's good. it's it's about the repair right. It's always the repair and then if you realize that no that a relationship than if there's always that repair that happens but it just strengthens your just keep growing and growing and growing Instead of thinking like oh my gosh. We always fight. We must not be right for you. So you know it's it's like all this disagreement but let's repair and before but for the most part we're we're It's been awesome for us. It really was as far as just like spain. Time with each other being homebodies arts and crafts and stuff being creative. We were dancing together So it's been good man it's been it's been really good. I feel like quarantine for a lot of couples. It was like they decided. Do i really like this person or is this. Yeah yeah yeah. It was And i saw that lot like in my circle. You know the same same things and and Yeah no i'm it's been. It's been really good really good. Some really cool trips to we were in africa recently and disassembly Bucket l'estang is pretty cool. I know i. I remember last time we talked to you. You had just gone on a trip. Y'all had just gone on a trip with the bucket lists family and the things that y'all did and the videos and so i was just like that is the coolest the experiences and also things that i find so scary like swimming with barge underwater animals one of my biggest fears. But it's so beautiful like watching someone else do it. i just. I'm so fascinated by it so get to do that. Kind of travelling and experiences together always been good. We've had some friends and it's been a it's been good now. We're doing the vegas show together. Which is awesome. Were dancing It's like we're like it's a cool journey. Cooil the unknown. You know. i've never done it before you know in a residency in vegas so remediating together and it's gonna be great first of all. I definitely want. We should go out to vegas. Go to long for sure happening. And then you're going to be doing that you're judging dancing with the stars and then when he fitting in you're.
"billion dollars" Discussed on Power Corrupts
"Man when jack up back to new york landed and interview with narrow president at the time a man who had fittingly left the island and set up shop on another one that also had plenty of illicit cash flowing within it manhattan. I get this phone call from. I think the pr agent for the country of narrow. They have one. She says that. I can meet bernard do yoga. The president of nauru in his hotel at the you know such and such on you know midtown for an hour. The have breakfast with him. Sounds like crate. So i grabbed my reporters and run up there. Check asked him. what's the next. Move your country. Now that these get rich quick schemes. Have all fizzled out. And he explained that some geologists had come to the island and had noted that those strange pinnacles that formed in the in topside channels created these pinnacles of coral. And that if you cut these down with these very special sauce because it's rock is the hardest rock on the planet could cut it flat and then polish it and make it into coffee tables and he was saying that you know. We're thinking that that might be.
"billion dollars" Discussed on Power Corrupts
"Five dollars or something or fifty bucks. And so of course that allowed for all kinds of people that create identities. That were very handy. If you were an international man of mystery or say a mad bomber any of those job descriptions would require a second identity and narrow ha. You could do that on the on. The internet to you could apply for a passport sentence and pictures and all of a sudden poof. You had a narrow passport.
"billion dollars" Discussed on Power Corrupts
"After the musical flopped and nauru's government lost seven million bucks. There was even more pressure to make the illicit finance machine hums to life and by the late nineteen ninety s it had some estimates even suggest that to seventy billion dollars was flowing through banks registered in their at the time banks that we're all operating out of a single billion dollars shack filled with computer equipment that hosted the servers so in one thousand nine hundred nine. Jack hit decided. Try and visit the shack. Well when i first tried to go there. They told me that didn't allow journalists. And so i just took rather semantic perspective and went there as a tourist and never had to misrepresent myself. Because when. I got to the customs in brisbane australia so that was the only city that had a flight on air narrow at the time to the island c. You had to fly to australia. I sydney and then after brisbane and then and then fly over to narrow. And when i was checking in their ad book the flight. That was not a problem but when i was checking with their customs they asked me what was my preferred description of my profession. And i said i was an essayist which is true. It also turns out that there was a about a dozen australian scientists who were all assay tests. As s. a. y. On the plane with me an assayas by the way is a person who analyzes rocks and metals to determine the quantity and quality of the oars hiding within and so we were all just assured onto the plan then i spelled correctly on my documentation and walked onto the plane and landed in their room after that they were. I was sort of like on the run the time i was there almost immediately. Jack got a sense of how parochial the island was and how badly the ruins had ruined their tropical paradise. This just a bit of a hike from the airport to the one motel but they had when i got there and it looked like any other hotel except that there was no really any running water and for the tire like i think it was there for about five days. I never had any water. Except one when i tried to shower and it came out for about a minute. There's no natural water left on the island so all water has to be either desalinated or flown in in these large plastic crates sitter fitted customized to fit into the chairs of a boeing seven thirty-seven. This is what. I the air narrow had one plane and the back half of it was filled with these customized crates which were filled with mostly water settled in but without having a shower. Jack set off to find the euphemistically named new agency corporation. The entity that was responsible for hosting all the shell banks. Those hubs of illicit finance. Anyone who wanted to open one of those banks just needed to visit. Www dot anti taxes dot com and fork over twenty five grand and voila. You've got yourself a bank. The websites pitch was that you could quote improve your image by owning your own bank or that. You could start a bank to hide money from a quote vindictive. Ex-spouse of course the so-called vindictive ex-spouse usually referred to tax collectors back in your home country which in the late nineteen ninety s for the clientele of nauru was most likely be russia. One estimate from the us treasury department around this time suggested that roughly four hundred of these banks were set up in this. Illicit bonanza so. You know i'm there. And i'm very upfront about what i'm doing. I want to see where the banks are. And they'll tell me. Oh yes well all of that. In this building down here and sure enough it was just a simple little like duplex structure to doors centered in the middle of this little building and i could see that out of every window was a an air conditioning unit because having obviously that many computers in a hot equatorial climate as dangerous for computers. So this is a little building was just this giant refrigerator. As jack stood there. He contemplated what that building represented. millions of. People were poor because of that building because of that shack robbed of their countries wealth by greedy oligarchs and criminals from russia's rapidly expanding underworld people thousands of miles away. Had almost certainly been murdered over. The vast sums squirrelled away in that shack. Jack was there to check it out not to ponder it And so i went up there and banged on the door and said i wanted to see if i could. I want to see if i could find somebody there who would give me a tour of inside this building and this middle aged woman with a broom answered the door and defied herself as the cleaning lady of this place and said that probably she would be the only person i'd be able to talk to so i did meet the cleaning lady of the emerging global economy. I never got any closer to anyone there. The strange thing about the whole operation was that new room wasn't even taking that big of a cut. They mostly made money from that. Twenty five thousand dollar bank startup fee. They weren't raking in big bucks from the billions that were digitally stored in that check so even as they started to face a lot of international pressure from western governments to crack down on their offshore banks the government of neuro kept trying out new schemes hoping to diversify their portfolio of offerings to people. Who didn't want to be traced another thing they did was You could basically get a narrow passport.
"billion dollars" Discussed on Power Corrupts
"Research you'll find a lot of other shows. That have lost an awful lot more money every day every night every joe however try out the mind.
"billion dollars" Discussed on Power Corrupts
"I hate ads dream. Podcasts i bet you do too. That's why i've decided not to have any the season and it's possible to do that. Because i make power corrupts independently and i do it for fun rather than to make money but it does cost money to produce each episode so if you want to support my work. There are two ways that you can help out. The first is a bit unconventional here. Goes preorder my new book. Corruptible who gets power and how it changes us. Which comes out on november ninth from ceos and criminals to cult leaders and homeowners association tyrants. I explored the bizarre relationship between humans and power. And it's the most fun thing that i've ever written so i hope you'll enjoy it second. You can become a subscriber on patron where you'll get access to bonus content including uncut interviews the chance to win having beers or coffee with me over zoom depending on your preferences and time zone of course and even a full bonus episode of the season on the history of corruption good a patriot dot com slash power corrupts for more details. And thank you for listening and for your support now. Back to duke minks and too narrow. So jake makes back in the sixties was a rhody for a band. I think the bamboo cooled unit to plus full or unit. Four plus two a. Checked by the way it's unit four plus two. They had one hit wonder in the nineteen sixties. He spends a few years as a rhody in the sixty s in the music scene and then he eventually moves into the finance sector. I guess and at some point in his career he eventually becomes one of nauru's financial advisers. And so he's in conversation with neru advising them on different investments can make and he's still in touch with the lead singer of this band that he was a rhody fall back in the sixties and one day they're chatting and the singer of the band guy called tummy mola. He puts his idea to mix and he says oh you know. Wouldn't it be wonderful to write the next big musical and maybe new neru could invest in it. So it's actually disguise idea and he puts it to jeer and then she takes it to the president of noor and somewhat unexpectedly. The president accepts and agrees that noor will financially back this musical that this musician from the uk is writing for the low low price of just seven million dollars. Duke minks promised the powerbrokers in the rule that he would deliver a west. End and broadway bonanza because as everyone knows musicals are the surest way to make big money. I lived in new york most of my life and that was kind of a running joke. Was that anyone who invest in a theater production a theater angel with someone who had to do it for love and for no other reason because almost certainly you. We're gonna lose your shirt of course. If you've got an amazing idea for a musical you might just get lucky. And the rue decided to hang its financial fate. Partly on well. I wouldn't say it's an amazing idea but certainly it was a unique one. The show was to be about leonardo davinci falling in love with the mona lisa. There were only two problems with that idea but to be fair they were reasonably big ones. We can perhaps discuss what was the flow of having a musical based on leonardo davinci's love life. It's a pretty sloppy concept because my understanding is that it's pretty widely accepted that leonardo davinci was probably gay. And there's no historical evidence to support that he ever had any relationship. That was romantic with the mona lisa. But the musical is about their love and it's full of love songs between them and serenading and him agonizing over not being able to painter. Maybe someone should have rethought that attacks haven musical partly funded by seagulls and partly funded by russian oligarchs and bob stors. I was hooked tracked down an old playbill for leonardo the musical. A portrait of love. I started googling the names of actors and actresses who had appeared in major roles hoping to track one of them down to ask them about the production finally got hit. I believed i'd found lisa. Hollander an actress who had top billing in the show for playing one of the main roles. I found what i thought was her phone number and texted her out of the blue in. What must have been the most insane message. She'd received in some time asking her. Whether i could speak to her about musicals. Money seabirds corruption. An island called narrow. She responded almost immediately with one line. Sorry you've got the wrong lisa so i just made an assumption. I went no. You've obviously got the wrong person. Because they didn't read it properly. What i read was leonardo da vinci museum. I didn't read musical so hence my sort of all know not definitely not me thankfully persisted insisting that i was pretty sure she was the right lisa when she reread my message. She was a bit taken aback as she hadn't thought about leonardo da vinci the musical for a few decades and she knew next to nothing about where it came from. Who paid for it or why it would be of interest to someone for a podcast more than a quarter century later and so i told her the whole story much to her bewilderment and amusement and then i asked her how she ended up in the seemingly doomed to fail production. Yes it's quite funny. Actually i was in a production at the new reward mill theater. Which if i had a little over here. I couldn't even find out what it was called on approval on approval at the water mill thatcher. Newbury the days before mobile phones. Which might children think is hysterical. We would get the payphone there with rings and i remember i was standing there. I got to call from my agent saying okay lisa. We've got an audition for you say tomorrow or next day for the musical. Leonardo and immediately i said. But that's the one that's gonna close isn't it which is an extraordinary at reaction and my agent said. Oh yeah but works work so sure enough. I auditioned for it. And i got the part of catherine which now i look back is hardly even mentioned you to the character doesn't exist as far as i can google but it was in the days before the internet so but i was definitely in it. The reason lisa had that extraordinary reaction knowing it was likely to close before it even opened is because the reviews for the musicals. Preliminary run in oxford were in and they were awful. One critic even called it quote utter bilge. Lisa wasn't naive so she knew that reviews like that meant that this musical wasn't going to be the next cats and that its days were numbered certainly. In those days the press had a huge influence on what was going to succeed and what was going to fail before it even been written virtually. And that's very much much. What happened very much. What happened with this story. Lisa's mom who attended the show remembers things a bit differently than the reviewers did. I was asking my mom. I said you know what your memories of the show. And she said it wasn't as bad as they said and she got very upset because she was standing outside on the first night. Listening to these dare. I say slightly pumpers reviewers going blah blah about this dreadful production blah. She was sitting there you know. Have they been watching the same show. It isn't bad yes. There are bits of it. That are a bit willow but as a story. And i think i saw somewhere it said it was the biggest flop in london and i thought i think so. I'm sure if you do the.
"billion dollars" Discussed on Power Corrupts
"billion dollars" Discussed on Scrubbing In with Becca Tilley
"I'm the postal even more pictures of them together like but we had so much fun so we had dinner and then we went back to red stars house and we played this game where we all wrote down questions and we put them in this like bull right and you pick out the. What's so funny more. Are you shaking. I just play monopoly or something. Whatever they did this minds. Yeah make yes. I did talk and we all got our way which we'll get doing a little bit. Taboo becca back. Wanted to make a take talk. Redstar wanted to dislike. Chill and drink. And i wanted to play this game so we play the game and one of the questions in the fish bowl was if you were offered a billion dollars to break up with your significant other and never get to be with them again. Would you take the billion dollars. That was my question so red star answered it and he said no he would not he would stay. He would stay. He went he. Because he's like i want. He says something about like remember what he said. But he's like. I'll make a billion dollars and keep her or something like that. Yes it was very yeah. Good answer is good answer. And then i answered it and i said no. I'd rather be the how we are now and have him than a billion dollars without him. Like no chance. Becca answered you know. Go practical. I've.
"billion dollars" Discussed on Power Corrupts
"Power imbalances and bad people taking advantage of the weak links in the global system. It's a tale of greed corruption environmental destruction. And how and why. The david's of the globe can become goliaths of illicit finance. I think the country was worth at one point close to a billion dollars. And what do you do if you have money. But no island easy you buy another ireland unexpectedly the president excess and will financially back this musical. Probably they're failing was they. Were very naive and they had no idea. They were being laughed at. We all know that offshore areas financial secrecy exist today. We're going to take a look at the origin story of one of them. It's a story that will make you question the caricature that you probably have in your head about why shadowy offshore economies develop and it's a story that involves quite improbably. Seabirds that made people rich a failed musical about leonardo da vinci and a shack worth a billion dollars Many of you will never have heard of this country. Be you can rest assured russian mobsters terrorists on the run and kingpins of the criminal. Underworld know all about it. I'm talking about the islands. The united nations administration is exercised by australia on behalf of the administering authority australia zealand and the united kingdom it is the home of about two thousand five hundred ruins louis I am hammurabi h. E. of pinero and people are island this far out in the pacific. We have basically polynesian people by beginnings and much of our history. I lost in the pot okay. I'm recording jacket. And i'm a writer for the new york times magazine and sometimes for this american life for public radio program here in the united states. If you look at a map of the pacific there's hundreds of islands scattered throughout. But if you look at the very center of the belly of the pacific kind of mostly empty but right there in the center like a little belly button. Little follows of the globe is narrow and it is the one piece of land that you can be on the farthest away from any other piece of land on the plant. I think twelve hundred miles to the nearest spit of land from narrow all ocean in every direction. So it's the most isolated or certainly among the most isolated places on the earth in seventeen ninety eight a british trading captain named john. Fern became the first westerner to spot. Neru this little blip of land. He named it pleasant island because it was such an idyllic little place but the name nero later replaced it a word. That means fittingly. I go to the beach. It was paradise earth. The island itself is like a perfect pacific at tall. If you google it right now you'll see that it's pretty much a circle. Coral atolls are formed by an eruption from an underwater volcano that lava eventually hardens and comes close to the surface or to the surface and then essentially bird droppings and other things that have gathered onto the atoll and fill it in and it becomes an island and over a huge stretch of time. The birds that helped form the island kept coming. Selena shannon a senior producer for audio craft and a journalist who reported on narrow for abc. Australia explains those birds. Use the island as a layover though. They'd always leave some of their unnecessary baggage behind. So basically this tiny pacific nation in the middle of the ocean was a great stopover. The seagulls that were flying over and they would land on november and basically they waste all over it and then after many millennia topsoil formed trees arrived through bird droppings of course and then you had a kind of island paradise the kind we all picture in our heads when we think of an island in the pacific. When you say that. We're tahiti or samoa to the eyes of european sailing around the pacific. This beautiful tiny island seem like decent prize to add to an empire so neru which had mostly kept to itself for quite a long time. Entered the world geopolitics. So new rule was colonized. I think about one hundred years ago and in the first few decades after being colonized it was passed around. Different countries was originally a german colony. And while the germans were there a little fluke of history played out a bit unexpectedly when one of the german colonizers happened to take a closer look at the rock that he'd been using to keep his office store. Propped open some engineer. Was there and he said man. What is this rocket. Looked like they thought it was petrified. Wood or something and it turns out. It was just the densest phosphate. I e compacted. Composted bird droppings that this engineer had ever seen and so that awakened in. Everyone's imagination. The idea that now rue might be this gold mine of what was then a much sought after element or chemical ingredient in farming. Seabirds had given a roo unexpected riches some of the best phosphates in the world. The change began when european explorers moved into the pacific and was accelerated when prostate was discovered. Yeah at the end of the century frost. Fate is the only economic resources of the island and from it stem the improved living standards health education and other services enjoyed by the narrow in community today. And it's actually a really valuable fertilizer particularly in australia. Because australian soil is really lacking in phosphates. There's a huge need for it over here. But the nineteen sixties neru began to forge its own destiny paid for by the seagull gold that formed the interior of the island so they became independent in the late. Sixty s and so. They very suddenly came into this. Huge amount of money from the phosphate trade. It was millions and millions of dollars per person on this really tiny island. That didn't really have much else going on. The country was worth at one point close to a billion dollars for the next few decades just with spending really big buying 'cause even though the island only had one outbuilding golf courses all this kind of stuff narrow would have been the richest country on the planet per capita since the everyone on the island shared in the wealth. And what you had. Was these cinder block. Houses went up. Cars were purchased. All the food was flown in from australia and a life of luxury really for one of these islands. The problem of course was that the richest were being produced by a decidedly finite resource. Birds kept stopping over on the rue but is huge quantities of phosphates. Were being shipped off the island. You would have taken millennia for the phosphates to be replenished. The boom time quickly turned to bust a cbs news. Report from the island in the nineteen eighty s happens when the fuss. That's a good question. I don't know ruins. Don't seem terribly worried about it. Island is don't see much point in worrying. And besides there's the phosphate trust fund. The island will be worth at least one billion dollars from the island has gone. Nauru may have sold it soil to the devil but has gotten a good price. And what do you do if you have money but no island easy. You buy another ireland. We need our own island weekend bother island to have our own right but easy.
"billion dollars" Discussed on We Study Billionaires - The Investors Podcast
"Let's go to the second week of may here in in twenty nine thousand nine so this is a few days before uber listed. It's yes at a seventy billion dollar valuation gonna sachs gave his presentation to we work with evaluation of ninety six billion dollars. At this time there were calling. We work to be the lead underwriter of this upcoming ipo goldman sachs even had a slight call your path to a trillion dollars. Then there were comparing we work with. Salesforce and baba google and amazon with this ego boosting. Modifier you are scaling faster which is kind of interesting because this was a real estate company that by definition have a harder time time. Scaling real estate is already too fragmented industry compared to something like google for instance scalable but these were much higher than the lace round where we work valued at forty seven billion dollars and already outrageous valuation considering that it was essential in the agreement between massar and at a newman that both have incentive to boost valuation. This famous. that can deal you know. They both wanted to boost that so so. In the second week of september twenty nineteen epi morgan's goldman sachs topi work that the companies had to go public all of a sudden with evaluation. Closer to twenty billion dollars and the press wrote about even even low valuations. You know at this point in time. That the uber thing really didn't work out their evacuation. Lot of stuff going on before the office of timber. Numerous fate was sealed..
"billion dollars" Discussed on Cracking the Code of Spy Movies!
"There but the first line of richard the third was now is the winter of our discontent in that play. Richard the last line is a horse. A horse my kingdom for a horse now in this scene mid-winter doesn't say anything. And i would love some line like that from midwinter. When he was going under the water to me it would have brought the whole movie home with a type of continuity based on this key phrase of now is the winter of our discontent instead. We just see midwinter slowly sinking into the water. That would have been a great idea for the movie tom here. We get another quick cut to stack. As he takes the marker from the map that represented bid windsors army and toss us aside with a wry smile on his face. Then back the harry on the ice the score has gone quiet. Harry is once again alone on the ice and needs to walk a long way to get outta there. The dead silence is broken by the sound of a helicopter. Well stock gets out of the helicopter and talked about patriotism and how some people like midwinter can be both a patriot and a very stupid man or brings that out in people. It's a great short speech by stock. Oh absolutely that actually was good. Yeah gary the eggs and leaves so once again harrys alone on his vast amount of ice. He's hitting lafayette now. And we see him walking. Just like when ross left him and finally finally we get a transition. The scene fades to trafalgar square to. Ross how so when. He's in his office to figure out what the picture on the wall. In ross office was it was kind of covered by by their heads. But if you remember the butterflies from funeral in berlin they're gone and there's a new picture hanging there but again i couldn't really tell what it was. I'd love to know because that's spot has held significance in the prior to movies. There's another surprise in this scene which we're not gonna give away but palmer will work for us. Again was a mission successful. Yes and no. He prevented the invasion by the nut. Midwinter but did he get the eggs back and who england produced these virus eggs anyway. Well there was the macguffin. It really doesn't matter. It's just like this movie for me now. I wanna i wanna close by talking about this being the third harry palmer movie. We've talked in the past. About how the third james bond movie with new actor tended to be a really good movie if not that actress. Best ya goldfinger. the spy. Who loved me. The world is not enough sky. Fall for bonn. I'd question sky fall over casino royale true but mission impossible three. The godfather come to mind is third movies. That didn't live up to the series godfather. Three better than a lot of the critics. But it still wasn't as good as the first two and this is another example. Michael caine god of his five movie deal after this movie yet another antibody tribute to billion dollar brain. It didn't follow the bond pattern of the third movie being so good. Yeah i liked it. But funeral in berlin is still my favorite harry palmer movie with michael. Cain and billion dollar brain is probably my least favorite of the three. So maybe it should have been million dollar brain. Well that's a wrap. You can tell that time then like this one as much as i did but let us know what you think. Thanks for listening. This has been dancing. Vestry in town a spy movie navigator dot com. We hope you enjoyed.
"billion dollars" Discussed on Cracking the Code of Spy Movies!
"He says we're going into the twenty first century. This is how wars are going to be fought and life is going to be lived. I'll tell harry of the computer center my brain. It costs me one billion dollars. This is where the title comes from. this is a honeywell computer facility and it looks great. Yes it stated by today's standard but it was absolutely state of the art. Nineteen sixty seven on. This movie was made and look it up prophetic. It was in terms of how wars are going to be fought. I mean this is exactly what goes on today so that was actually pretty prophetic. This is my favorite line is whole crazy. Seen it makes the pentagon look like a room. In the alamo and talking about the computer that's just terrific and of course i don't know if you've ever been to the alamo small. It is now at this point. I'm wondering why. The general is so trusting of harry. Harry was supposed to be killed. Brains orders yet. Here he is. I stopped trying to put logic in this movie. Longtime there's twist this where it's like. Why why would he be doing that. Yeah leo's in the computer center and there's constant motion going on general midwinter is raging on and on about communism the russians china. You name it. He's going to take it all down. What really cracks me up. But really i thought was funny. Was that during all of this. The general grabs a deck of about thirty to fifty computer cards and says this is the program for revolution when we feed them into this machine. Latvia is going to be in one big turmoil. These send out orders to all of our agents and latvia to begin the uprising. They take over the radio stations. The police the post office the airports and then the general shows them punched paper tape. This was another way. Computers could read programs so maybe that deck was just the instructions to the agents. Today they would do it by text message but there's no way that small little check in and of itself would have been enough of a program to take down latvia. They they came so close to getting this whole computer thing right here. This one just correct. I think the deck was more of a symbol of what the computer can do anyway..
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"That i think was one of the most clever things. That harry doesn't whole series. I mean this was really. You've got this thing can't open it up. How do i see what's in it. Oh i'll take an x ray of the shoe store brilliant. Yeah it was terrific and so okay. So he's got to bring these eggs to helsinki. That's his instructions. This is the basis of the plot. And the rest of the movie details harry palmer's efforts to deliver these eggs and what these eggs might mean and who is who and so on so to me. The fun of this movie is what happens as we move from piece to piece of the platte and who is doing what for who and why sounds confusing. Yeah i'm not even sure. I've watched movie ten times. I'm not sure. I one hundred percent get the whole plot of this movie. It is confusing. But eventually if you watch it a lot it makes and we're gonna make some sense of it here. Which is oh okay. We're gonna try right so we eventually do come to find out that these eggs are carrying a virus on nasty virus and as we're dealing with the covid thing right now. It's kind of apropos. We talk about this now. This virus theme something. We also see in mission impossible to where the camera virus is going to be unleashed in order to sell the antidote so a slightly different twist on it but the virus is getting released to do bad things so in either case with what we're doing what we're going through with the corona virus or what's happening with the virus in this movie the viruses are not going to be used in a nice way there all right so we're going to focus on a few key scenes. Here palmer has to helsinki. This is a great setting. I went to helsinki a few summers ago. It was a beautiful warm day. The swimming area next to the docks was opened was packed with the locals. The farmers market was alive. Lots of boats on the water. Lots of activity. We went out to the island. Were parts of this. Movie are filled. It looked like a vibrant city. Let's shift to the movie in this movie. It's winter remember. We said eglise role as general mid-winter their snow and ice. All around you get the feeling of relations. Most of the shots are wide shots with very few close ups in our podcast where we interviewed yohannes ekelund. He mentioned that. Helsinki was more right in the winter. It was made for the winter. This movie sure gives us that impression. We also just did a podcast on the two thousand twenty one movie cliff walkers that was sad and snow as well but at a very different feel. They're the snow was beautiful. And billion dollar brain snow and ice makes me think of desolation and harry is alone in this environment a few times throughout this movie and also the code phrase mentioned earlier now is the winter of our discontent this setting states. That perfectly yeah it really and you see him walking there. Sometimes you feel like oh my god you are really in the middle of nowhere on your own and you have no idea what's happening. Which is you know the whole thing in the movie. So we'd helsinki harry meets anya. Who brings him to asana the steam billows out of the room when the doors opened in the cold i thought that was so cool that affect me too. That's nice that makes you. It makes you cold and it kind of like a warm up. When i go in in case we forget it was gold there..
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"Own biggest fan. Yes if it was coming to the conclusion is there any final thoughts You guys have on the film. Shane referred to. I know It's it's when i would watch again with some large glasses of scotch late on a saturday night. you know. maybe. I wouldn't turn it over on tv but it no aena. It doesn't have the pedigree of funeral in berlin. Or if chris filed for me and apparently the next two that came out in the eighties atrocious. I've never watched them. They are on my list to pick up a party just dreadful so shame radi the character and i just think it's a missed opportunity. They worry where where tackling them all look forward to that. I have no idea what we subs into. But yeah the the nineties. Tv movies We'll be revisiting. Harry palmer again. What about you cami final Tidbits this is a movie. That reminds me because i don't have a huge background with harry palmer but i do have a big background with batman movies and growing up. I absolutely loved the first two timber and batmans. And i remember watching batman forever and just being like what the hell was that after. Those first two. I feel like billion dollar. Brain is kind of the batman forever. It's better than batman forever to be fair. I don't want to get people to rankled up but more the sense that just totally. It feels like a whole other beast and when you try to watch it in connection to those first two. It's just kind of frustrating. And so like. It's a movie that i can totally recommended people in the sense that if you've watched the first to just kind of see though the bizarro realms that the sequels go in the franchise goes but it's also a movie that it's just i don't know you know it's just something that exists that i'm glad i watched. I felt a certain amount of you know. I felt like it was when i could walk away from an actually have a bit of reward from say men in black two but it just kind of frustrated me a lot and i just want to say well eat kelloggs cornflakes. They're good for you. They great vitamins to you. Where i will say though is that. I think the three of us are pretty much agreement about the movie but what i will say is if if our listeners if i can share this on your show if you google double o section billion dollar brain there's a gentleman called matthew bradford who you absolutely need to have on an episode of spy hans. He is a film expert and he loves this movie and he's written a very glowing review of this movie. And i would urge spy haden's needs to go listen to this and then go checkout matthew bradford's review as well just to get the pro sight of this for sure and there's a lot of actually critical reappraisals of this movie. Some of them that will tackle it from the point of view of being somewhat of a satire on the sixties five movement. There's a lot of good writing out there on this movie so definitely check it out. It's not like we're going to tackle on this podcast sequels that maybe even the next two harry palmer sequels. That are just like you know. There's nothing really to say about the. Maybe but this will be..
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"I heard about this being edited out. And i wondered where fell in film. Do either of you not yet sis. Thirty two seconds were cut from the movie. As there was a scene in which a beatles song was playing in the background in finland was it. The scene where harry palmer goes into latvia and meets up with that basically ragtag crew. That are the you know the secret You know spy agency or whatever that he's trying to track down. It's kind of all a ruse but there's a reference to the beatles in that scene but the beatles are hurt and i was wondering if that's where it was placed. I don't know i can find out for you and you can add it to your show notes. Cetera assures scholars will tell you exactly when that was because apparently. It is on the vhs vision right because it goes. Hey english by a beatles record and you'd like yeah. Is that what you ask. Lingers people often metoo by record well. It was the sixties. What do i mean at least onto the topic. What did you think of the soundtrack. I actually really dug it. I wasn't as impressed with the score for funeral in berlin. But i really dug the score for april. And this one. By richard rodney bennett. It's very distinct. It feels you know you can totally feel some of the score as being similar to something you would hear one of ken..
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"That wraps up basically what i've got on Billion dollar brain. So i think we move on crack well. Shane guest of. You've come back to this film. He wasn't a big family sort originally. Has you'll revisit changed your opinion. I'm afraid it hasn't. I still very much see this as movie of to hobbs What i will say is i've been pretty negative on this A couple of positives really I love the the selection of helsinki as a location and if finland was used for most of the european seed so the scenes in latvia were filmed in in finland having been to fit on. It's a very quirky place. Bright standard looking european cities. So i think helsinki was a good choice for a lot of the filming. I liked the camera shots. I think it was beautifully. Shot how you how you see finland. It looked pretty desolate parts but nonetheless beautifully shot so that they were elements of the movie. That i liked i also liked. I did laugh at some of the humor. Particularly the scene. And i think every brit will laugh at this when he's in the zone with you know the hot woman and column walden meows. Invited me wants a brandy or vodka. His cup let's be good. I thoroughly agree with him up to being out in the snow for that long i could. I could actually imagine me saying. I thought you were as you say about the soreness in just being awkward. Because we do that well. I lived in sweden for two years from that being awkward out. He kidding No you're right. I mean just complete awkward are and actually i. I remember when i was seventeen. I was in strasbourg at a conference and being very naive i went into the sole owner of this conference and they were actually three naked. Scandinavian women in there. And i did not know where to look so i i under mr cain. In this regard. I remember when i was in australia. I was at this hostel. And my friend. And i were like. We're the showers. No oh the communal showers there just right around the corner and we were like oh.