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A highlight from Bitcoin Bull Market & Beginner Q&A with Tone Vays, D++, and Ant - November 14th, 2023
"Hello, and welcome to the Cafe Bitcoin Podcast brought to you by Swan Bitcoin, the best way to buy and learn about Bitcoin. I'm your host, Alex Dancic, and we're excited to announce that we're bringing the Cafe Bitcoin conversation from Twitter Spaces to you on this show, the Cafe Bitcoin Podcast, Monday through Friday every week. Join us as we speak to guests like Michael Saylor, Lynn Alden, Corey Clifston, Greg Foss, Tomer Strohleit, and many others in the Bitcoin space. Also be sure to hit that subscribe button. Make sure you get notifications when we launch a new episode. You can join us live on Twitter Spaces Monday through Friday, starting at 7 a .m. Pacific and 10 a .m. Eastern every morning to become part of the conversation yourself. Thanks again. We look forward to bringing you the best Bitcoin content daily here on the Cafe Bitcoin Podcast. Good morning. What is up, you Cafe Bitcoiners? What up? Hey, Alex, can you hear me? Yeah, man. Damn, the service is amazing. It's fantastic. I was going to have you co -host today, but if you have terrible interwebs, then we'll have to do it again a different time. Yeah, I'm sitting solid right now, but it's my last day in El Salvador, so it's touch and go, but it feels good right now. It feels real good. I people hear laughing and enjoying themselves in the background. Man. Yeah, that's Blake just got out of the surf, and now the homie Paul's taking my fish out, got a session in. I mean, this place is next level, but don't come here, the surf sucks. How you been, man? How's everyone doing? I know I've been off for a little bit, but keeping track of everything and saw that the SEC got dealt another, what looks like a little legal blow. Their legal department is, are they even batting 500 at this point? I don't know. I didn't hear anything. What are you talking about there? I thought I read some about Binance getting granted a confidentiality ruling that basically blocked a bunch of information from the grasp of the SEC for clients. I don't know. I just headlined Reddit, so don't quote me. Didn't dig a lot into it, but saw that that had occurred. Yeah, I didn't hear that. It would suck to be Gary Gunzler right now. Yeah, dude. They're sporting like city attorney type numbers, just getting mopped up, but I don't know. What do you mean? I'm sure he's gotten a job offer for BlackRock. He's sitting pretty. Oh, that's a good point, actually. Anybody want to take odds on Peter's thought there? I think Peter's probably right. I would say the likelihood of that is probably fairly high. That's a hell of a trifecta there. You should take that with Joe Carlos, sorry, Peter, like a ETF still within 2023 on top of a BlackRock job acceptance from Gensler thing. It's got to be like a hundred to one. Yeah, the theta on that is pretty high right now, so no. Yeah, that's like Buster Douglas numbers. It's wild. You know, we were joking in here the other day. Joe came in and we were talking a little bit about the ETFs and Joe was like, I don't understand why we're not seeing an ETF where you can see the actual addresses for the ETF you can verify on chain and then you have redemption directly to shareholders from the trust. And I was joking. I was like, man, somebody is going to do it. We should do it. Me and you, Joe. Let's do this thing. So people were tweeting at me like, is Swan going to do an ETF now? And it's like, dude, I was totally freaking joking about that. That's classic. Where's American HODL this morning? He was caffeinated up on fire yesterday. Dude, he was cracking me up and that guy is funny as hell. I was trying to hack a coconut up in El Salvador and I almost chopped my pinky off. Mickey Koss, good morning, Shelly. Good morning, Terrence. Good morning. Good morning. Good morning. So we're going to have a pretty chill day today. We're going to be doing some beginners Q &A. We have a couple of news items to discuss. There's a lot of Bitcoin mining rigs getting plugged in apparently. Also, we're going to revisit. It's fun to, you know, the Internet's an amazing thing. You can come back and revisit stupid shit people said about Bitcoin. You know, Bitcoin is dying. This is dying. That's dying. Bitcoin is going to boil the oceans, all that. There's some interesting comments from Dave Ramsey that we're going to bring back up. Apparently, the central bank over in England wants all systemically important stablecoin firms to back their issuance with non -interest bearing central bank deposits. I mean, that's like a full on lizard move, in my opinion. We'll discuss that a little more too. But yeah. All right. Let's do the intro to the show. You're listening to Cafe Bitcoin. Welcome to Cafe Bitcoin. This is episode 476. Shout -outs to supporters on Fountain Nosterness. Our mission for the show is to provide signal in a sea of noise, teaching the other seven billion people on this planet why there is hope because of this bright orange future that we call Bitcoin. Today is November the 14th, Tuesday, 2023. Man, we're on our way to the next halving. It's coming up. Where's Ant when I need him? Here he comes. Yeah, man. I think, Ant, I'm going to just like lead off right with you if you're ready. I don't know if you can hear me right now, but we should start with some stats. Let's get some orientation. We haven't done stats in a long time. So let's begin with the stats and get an idea of where we are. Ant, are you there? Are you ready? Yeah, I got some stats. I got time chain stats up right here. Let's go. Taco, talk to us about this impenetrable freedom force field. What's it at? Current USD price, $36 ,587. We are at block height, $816 ,745. Current hash rate, seven -day moving average is around 435 exahash per second. Let's see, mempool transaction is still full a little bit. We got $211 ,000 climbing. The fastest fee right now is around 79 sats per v -byte. Good news, we got 161 days about to the halving, and we are currently up 25 % on the 200 -day And right now, let's see, sats per fiat dollar, is that how you say it? It's 2 ,732 sats per dollar right now. The last block was found by Antpool, and the total subsidy and fees was just over 7 Bitcoin. And I think it was around 10 % of that block was fees, so very interesting. We're 88 % into the halving. $23 ,254, we just hit a block. Block's left. And that's pretty much it for now. I think that's it. Sats per dollar. You can buy 2 ,734 sats per dollar. I didn't hear you if you said that, so I'm just saying it. That's okay, it moved. Technically two different data points. And we have also, there is also 93 .05 % of the total supply of Bitcoin that will ever be mined in the history of mankind has already been mined and distributed. So you might want to get some just in case this thing catches on a little bit. Hey, Ant, if you're in a stable situation, let's get you up as a co -host, my man. Okay, I'm going to switch networks. Okay, you let us know when you're ready. D++, good morning. Thank you for joining us. I know it's super early for you over there on the West Coast. Good morning. I have a huge smile on my face because I'm actually driving over to Club Lab here in Austin, and I feel like I just got the weather report. I felt like I was experiencing the future in real time for a minute there, hearing all of the stats on what Bitcoin's up to. I want that every morning. It's so good. Isn't it cool? You know, to me, it's like an orientation thing. It's useful to know where you are to figure out where you're going. You have to know where you are to figure out where you're going or how you're going to get to where you're going. But it's also really useful because when I started hearing stats like this when I was a newbie Bitcoiner, I didn't know what they meant. I was like, you guys are saying all these words that I don't know the meaning to. And it caused me to look them up, which forced me to learn about it, which was awesome. Also, 435 ExaHash is crazy. Last I checked, it was 420. And it's just so crazy to me how the hash has completely decoupled from the price. I mean, going on for probably a couple of years now, ever since we left China, it's just wild. But the big news for me today is I am driving to PlubLab. As you guys know, it's the Bitcoin startup accelerator and community accelerator in Austin. You have to come through if you're ever in town. And what I'm so excited about is I am enrolled in Nifty Lisa Nye's Taproot class. So I'm taking her Taproot class. She's pretty much one of the only people on the planet that can teach it because what we're doing is we're taking the spec, which is to say the BIPs, and we're implementing them, which is to say we're creating our own library that makes Taproot happen. And she's one of the only people that can really do this because she's one of the only people who can translate from the BIPs into the code because there are certain things that are kind of missing or glossed over. Obviously, it's all in there, right? But it's pretty hard to take the BIP and to just translate it into creating your own Bitcoin library. So it's so fun. It's very challenging. Definitely, this class is for experts only. But if you ever wanted to learn how Taproot works, I highly recommend taking her base 58 class.
Fresh update on "blake" discussed on The Charlie Kirk Show
"The answer is simple. Why do Democrats not kick out their own? They don't kick out Elon, Omar, Rashida, Talib, because they they they love power more than we do. I'm not saying we should love power, but they know that power is necessary for them to be able to accomplish their goals. We have no interest in winning. What is the mission statement of the Republican Party? What is the mission statement of Rana McRomy? What is the mission statement of Speaker Johnson? To lose and not be called bad names. That's the current mission statement. As long as we are not called bad names and we lose, success. We need wartime Republicans. That beautiful quote from the Godfather. Either you're in charge as a wartime mindset or a peacetime. I'm going to name every Republican that voted for this. They go out of their way and they feel so good. They get in their little suit and tie. Narcissists, almost all of them. They could never get an honest job. Most of these people anywhere else. They feel so nice and good. They don't cut spending. They give the FBI more money, more money to Ukraine, more money to Zelensky, two trillion dollar deficits. The border remains wide open. They're transing our kids. But hey, you guys shrunk the majority because the Democrats demanded it. By the way, just on its surface, think about this. Who's demanding this? This was a media op. This was an establishment op. Just on the surface, anything they want, we should not take the premise. That alone. And they didn't just fall for it. They're gleeful. By the way, they're done for all votes for the day. The House is done voting. They did their job, everybody. They made themselves less powerful. Ryan Zinke from Montana. Rudy Yakum from Indiana. Steve Womack from Arkansas. Brandon Williams from New York. Bruce Westerman from Arkansas. Brad Wenstrup from Ohio. Daniel Webster from Florida. Ann Wagner from Missouri. Jeff Van Drew from New Jersey. David Valado from California. Glenn Thompson from Pennsylvania. Brian Stell from Wisconsin. Michelle Steele from California. Pete Stauber from Minnesota. Lloyd Schmucker from Pennsylvania. Christopher Smith from New Jersey. Mike Simpson from Idaho. Austin Scott from Georgia. David Schweikert. Oh, he'll be hearing from me. That's my congressman. You made a mistake, Mr. Schweikert. Hope you're not primaried. John Rutherford from Florida's 5th. David Rauser from North Carolina. By the way, the Schweikert one really upsets me. You want to talk about someone that could have been expelled at some point? Be careful. The grassroots are going to be very angry over that, Mr. Schweikert. Good luck. Don't call me for help. John Rose from Tennessee. Hal Rogers from Kentucky. August Flueger. No him. Waste of time. Texas 11th. Greg Pence from Indiana. Burgess Owens from Utah. Jay Olbernolte from California. By the way, what am I naming? I'm naming every Republican that voted to kick out Santos. For virtue signaling. Look how good of a person I am. I hope you like me, Washington Post. I feel good about myself. Self-righteous. Inward facing. Not committed to victory. Dan Newhouse from Washington. Zach Nunn from Iowa. Greg Murphy from North Carolina. Nathaniel Moran from Texas. Blake Moore from Utah. Mike Molinaro from New York. Marionette Miller-Meeks from Iowa. Max Miller from Ohio. Dan Muzer from Pennsylvania. Lisa McClain from Michigan. Tracy Mann from Kansas. Celeste Malloy from Utah. Nicole Malatakis from New York. Frank Lucas from Oklahoma. Julio Letlau from Louisiana. Mike Lawler from New York. Jake LaTurner from Kansas. Bob Latta from Ohio. Nick Langworthy from New York. Nick LaLotta from New York. Darren LaHood from Illinois. Young Kim. Big disappointment, California. Kevin Kiley, he's not coming back on the show, from California. Jen Kiggins from Virginia. Tom Kean from New Jersey. John Joyce from Pennsylvania. David Joyce from Ohio. Dusty Johnson from South Dakota. John James, he's been terrible, from Michigan. Richard Hudson from North Carolina. Aaron Hauschen from Indiana.
A highlight from 103 - Crypto Shockwaves: SBF Verdict, Safemoon Drama, and Coinbase Surprises!
"Welcome to the Crypto Curious Podcast, proudly brought to you by the Bamboo App. Crypto Curious is your go -to source for all things cryptocurrency, whether you're a seasoned pro or new to the world of crypto, we've got you covered. Each week we'll break down the top news stories of the past seven days, giving you the information you need to stay on top of the latest trends and developments. Plus we'll share the quick bites of news and insights that you won't want to miss. If you're new to crypto, we recommend starting with our early episodes where we break down the basics and give you a solid foundation to understand the crypto world. Join us as we explore the ever -evolving world of cryptocurrency and educate ourselves along the way. In this week's episode, we'll take a look at the news about Sam Bankman -Fried and his guilty verdict. We'll talk about SafeMoon, what's going on there with those founders. We'll also look at Coinbase and their earnings and what might be on the horizon. Join me. My name's Tracey and this week Blake is on leave and it's just Craig and I. Hey Craig, how are you going? We're so back. What, the market? I've taken a few weeks off and the market has been ripping and tearing and it's been good to see. You've been filling your bags, haven't you? Yes. Oh mate, I can't believe it's back. And people forget how quickly it moves up. It has, it's been good. It's been good to see. It's been good. It's been nice. It's been a relief. Things have been moving and all of a sudden everyone is, you know, these coins are moving. Some of them are moving 40 % in a day. It's been crazy and it feels a little bit like a pre -bull market. I don't want to jinx it but the degens are back, the apes are back. It is good to see. Yeah, so we've got the crypto conference this week. I really hope Alluvium are there like they were last year. I hope they're there again. I hope to see a bunch of crypto games hopefully that are there that we can have a look at because I think that's the big sector everyone's got their eyes on. They had their eyes on it last year but obviously last year it was a, literally FTX was hitting, that was going on last year. So and it was actually more than a year ago, Trace, it was last September was the last crypto conference. And we were there and we will be there again this weekend and like Craig said, we will give you the lowdown on that this time next week. And Tracy, what about, who are you interviewing? Have you told? Oh yes, yes we did. We spoke about that. Spoke about it, yeah. Yes we did. So I will be chatting with Michael Saylor so I'm really excited about that one.
Fresh update on "blake" discussed on WTOP 24 Hour News
"Good portion of the day. Not bad temp wise. We're going up to 50 for the high. We're 38 at in Washington right now. Glad you're in with us. WTOP at 313. Good morning to you. I'm Dean Blake. This is WTOP news. George Santos's days in Congress could be numbered to the single digits. The House is expected to vote later today, this Friday, December 1st, on whether or not to expel the New York Republican. He took to the House floor on Thursday to double down on his refusal to resign ahead of that expected vote. If I leave, they win. If I leave, the bullies take place. This is bullying. The chair of the committee putting out a motion to expel, just introducing it and not calling its privilege, was designed to force me to resign. The push to vote Santos out of Congress comes after a criminal indictment scathing The House ethics reports accused him of
A highlight from 102 - FTX Exchange Reboot, Record Token Staking, SBF takes the stand, and More!
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Whether you're a seasoned pro or new to the world of crypto, we've got you covered. Each week, we'll break down the top news stories of the past seven days, giving you the information you need to stay on top of the latest trends and developments. Plus, we'll share quick bites of news and insights that you won't want to miss. If you're new to crypto, we recommend starting with our early episodes where we break down the basics and give you the solid foundation to understand the crypto world. Join us as we explore the ever -evolving world of crypto currency and educate ourselves along the way. On this week's episode, we discuss the final stages of the FTX exchange reboot. We look at the huge increase in token staking of late and finish off with Sam Bankman -Fried and him taking the stand. Which is the final part of the trial happening in New York City. My name is Tracey and this week it's Blake and I as Craig has laryngitis. Get well soon buddy. Yeah, not too good Craig, Blake. Yeah, hey Tracey, great to be back. Some interesting stories and a brand new segment that we'll talk about a little bit into this week's episode, one that I'm super excited about. It is pretty funny. You have to hang around for that one folks. Too bad Craig's not here because he would love this one. Yeah, right up his alley. It is. Let's get started. Quick chat about the market. October finishing today, still sitting around the 35 ,000 mark where we were this time last week. That's right, Trace. We cracked $50 ,000 Australian dollars per Bitcoin. So, you know, I think we can say that the bear market might be over. I have been a bit of a bear and I'm feeling bullish, so yeah. Is it up only from here mate? I know November is notoriously a bad month, so we'll see. I'm feeling good, but yeah, it's pointing in the right direction. I think it all comes off the back of, you know, the speculation about the Bitcoin ETF. There's been more registrations for the tickers on the clearing system for the NASDAQ, which is where the Bitcoin ETFs will be listed for trading. Which suggests that the players that will be managing these ETFs are already preparing all of the groundwork for their product to be listed and traded. So there's nine all up potential and we will know by the 10th of January, so getting closer and closer. That's it. Let's move on to our first story, Blake. A FTX exchange is getting closer to its restart. The FTX are reportedly evaluating three proposals for its relaunch, with the final decision expected mid -December. The move, which follows discussions around a potential restart of the exchange, could be crucial for refunding those customers who lost money during its shutdown. Although the bidders' names remain undisclosed, potential options look to include a total sale of the exchange, a partnership or an independent relaunch by FTX. Although the latter, I'm told, is probably not going to happen. So it's interesting to see the timing of this as well. Obviously, we know the trials going on. What do you think? This is obviously good news for the customers. Yeah, you know, we spoke about this with Jax when we had him on as a guest. It's a great opportunity to restart a great business or at least the platform and the user experience and the product was great. And yeah, hopefully all the creditors get paid back in full and then people were happy with the product. There were millions of users on there, so they might be able to restart the business. Because obviously the funds get given back onto the exchange so that people decide to keep them on there, take them off. Correct, yeah. And interesting to see who those bidders are, those last three. Well, I think we had some leaks early on that there were large financial institutions like trading houses and banks. We'll see what deal comes of that one. Next up, according to new research, more tokens are being staked than ever. According to State, their latest report told us, staking rates for the top 35 proof of stake currencies hit a record high of 52 .4 % in quarter three. Marking an increase from the previous quarter of 49 .3%. The report also found the networks with the highest staking rates were Aptos, Su, Minasilana and Cosmos. However, these higher staking rates led to a decrease in staking yields with an average yield dropping to 10 .2%. Blake, do you want to explain a little bit more about this to the listener and why that drop in yield occurs? Yeah, of course. So, you know, these layer one blockchains and sometimes layer two chains, they incentivise their token holders to stake their tokens to validate transactions on the network. So it's kind of like a clearinghouse, they're lending their computing power and they're staking a financial incentive to say that, hey, we're trustworthy, we should be allowed to verify your transactions on the network. And this contributes to the security and the robustness as well as the availability of the blockchain. So as a result, the fees that you pay with your transactions on the blockchain go... Towards that yield. But there is a yield curve. And what I mean by that is that the more people that stake, the safer the network becomes. And that means proportionally, everyone will get a smaller percentage of the total fees that are being generated by the network. When there are less people staking, there's a larger incentive for more people to stake because people are getting proportionally more rewards on the network. So blockchains some have your higher rewards, others have less. I think Ethereum... Yeah, what's with Ethereum then? You're getting about four and a half percent per annum, probably not too dissimilar to what you would get in a bank account. And then you're contributing, it's kind of like a term deposit, you're contributing to the success of the network. What's interesting though is that Ethereum is on the lower end of total tokens staked proportional to the tokens on issue. With only about 22 % of all tokens on the Ethereum network being staked and validating transactions. So this is a slow process, but I think that overall, we can expect that these numbers increase over time as the tooling and the infrastructure for easy staking becomes available. Because there are risks associated with it. If you mess it up, you could lose your coins. Yeah, that is a little bit risky. Well, it's still a bit of a return on the bank, obviously. Yeah, that's right. If you're putting in a term deposit, it's quite similar. Okay, interesting. Well, we can put a link to that report in the show notes if everyone wants to read it. That's a good idea. Let's do that. We'll pop that in there for anyone that wants to delve a little further into staking. Moving on for an update on the SBF trial. In an unusual move, Sam Bankman -Fried was questioned without the jury present. We weren't sure whether he was actually going to stand and be questioned himself, but he was. While answering questions from both the defense and the prosecution, they asked the jury to leave. This is last Friday that this happened, and apparently the judge wanted to have a conversation with just him on his own. So this happened last Friday break, but then he was on the stand again yesterday, correct? Correct, yes. Then yesterday, he took the stand to be questioned again and by both his lawyer and by the prosecution. SBF had largely offered vague responses to date, often stating that he does not recall conversations or statements that he made in the past. In fact, he said, I don't recall more than 100 times in court on Monday, many times with regard to aspects of allegations directly involved in the theft of about $10 billion from FTX users. So that's basically all he's saying at the moment. He does not recall. That's his line. I think it was left there yesterday, and he's got one more day on the stand today. Tomorrow our time. So we'll see how that's going, but he's sticking with this story that he basically does not remember a lot, and he's denying any wrongdoing. And apparently the judge was none too happy with his time on the stand either. I don't think she's a big fan. So we will see how that goes, but that is the end of the questioning now, and I think they deliberate for the next two or three weeks, and then we'll get some kind of result. Moving on, folks. It's time to unveil our newest segment. It is Dobbin Degen. We want you to spill the crypto beans on one of your friends who is a real degenerate, whether they're riding pumps to the moon with speculative tokens or maybe selling their car to buy an NFT or meme coins. Maybe they've believed in the most obscure, unbelievable project that's really to their detriment, and they can't see reality. We've all got one of those mates. Some more than others, maybe. So drop us an email and Dobbin a mate for a chance to share their epic crypto adventures with the public. You can do this anonymously via an email or leave us a voice message. We'll put the details in the show notes below, and we'll read out the funniest stories that we receive. That's right, Trace. We have made all the mistakes in the book, and we've seen our friends and family make all the mistakes as well. From punting on shitcoins, leverage trading, speculative yield farming, and buying stupid looking JPEGs hoping that somebody in the future will buy them for a higher price. We've learned from our mistakes though, Tracee, and that's why we offer a product like Bamboo, because the DCA strategy is a tried and tested strategy for investing particularly into a volatile asset class. And our customers are yielding great results from that strategy even through the bear market. So Dobbin a DJ, so we can learn from their mistakes and have a laugh along the way. Absolutely. So this week, we are Dobbin in a mate of ours, aren't we Blake? That's right. We don't want to name and shame him completely, so let's call him Rod Sturges. Blake, what has Rod been up to? Rod's certainly a character, and I think he typifies this segment. And I've got a couple stories. There's probably many you could have chosen from. That Rod has. Well, first of all, he is a big fan of the Project Star Atlas. I don't know if anyone else has heard about this, but it's a metaverse game, a futuristic metaverse game.
A highlight from THOUGHTCRIME Ep. 19 Are College Sports Ruined? UFC and Bud Light? Da Jesus Book?
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A highlight from How to avoid corporate culture killing layoffs in 2024, AIQ Podcast
"This is Doug Green, and I'm the publisher of TR Publications, and I'm very pleased to have with us again, Blake Wetzel, who's the Chief Executive Officer at AIQ. Blake, thank you for joining me today. Doug, thanks for having me. Well, we're about to have a really timely podcast. I hope everyone stays and listens and watches, because I think this is like top of mind for everyone. It goes without saying, this week, next week, when you're listening to this, we are living in a year and an age of uncertainty. 2024 is going to be awfully hard to plan for, and I think everyone's sort of wondering how we're going to achieve financial goals. You know, you're really going to want to avoid maybe layoffs and stuff. You don't want to kill the culture. We still have labor shortages in some areas, and so on. So there's a huge number of things to consider. We're going to be talking about all that. But before we dive into that, Blake, just tell us a little bit about AIQ. Yeah, Doug, AIQ is a 20 -year -old business. It was founder -led up until the last year. It was actually, we were purchased by Private Equity. But what we do is we work with enterprises to actually help create EBITDA for them. EBITDA, earnings per share, any of the financial measures you're looking at the bottom line, and including cash. We do that through some patented processes we have, specifically driving IT costs down through a reverse auction process. In a lot of cases, we don't have to actually change technology, so we're not going in and looking to replace technologies. What we're doing is just going and making sure that our clients are actually getting the technologies they are purchasing at the best prices. And those prices are based off of what the market is actually really bearing, not necessarily what they're being quoted by the suppliers. So who is Joe or Jane typical client? Most of the time, our clients are, and enterprise generally, we look for a client who's about $100 million and above in annual revenues. The reason is because the complexity of their IT infrastructure and the scale they have really affords to that point where they actually can achieve those goals and see the results. You go below that, we actually have to start picking specific areas that they might have high density. But really, it's any enterprise who has a reasonably high percentage of tech spend. And in today's environment, that's pretty much anybody. You know, what's really amazing about AIQ, and I was fascinated last time we did this podcast is how you, you know, create markets where markets may not even exist, figure out pricing where pricing may be just completely opaque. So tell me all about how that factors into this sort of unique level services you use to get people to understand how they're overspending on technology. Yeah, so Doug, we go across first thing is, as we look across the entire IT spectrum, and I see IT and IT related, or IT adjacent, we're looking at everything from traditional IT infrastructure, telecom, cloud, data center, hardware, software, but we're also going into the services that people are now purchasing more and more. Managed security, billing services, business process outsourcing, identity protection, all of those things that go into that are IT like infrastructure, whether it's to deliver a product, or to just run your financial statements, such as an ERP system. Everyone's purchasing that today. And what we do in a condition, most organizations are actually dealing directly with suppliers. So they find one or two suppliers, and then they try to negotiate directly with that supplier. That works to some degree. What we have found actually is by taking multiple suppliers, qualifying them, making sure they can deliver the services for the client, then putting them in a reverse auction. So inviting them to an auction to participate. What they do is they actually then compete with each other. So like any economist knows, at that point, you're actually getting to a market equilibrium where the actual market, the suppliers actually create the market, and not the negotiation with the supplier. Because at that point, you're talking to an individual, maybe a management chain. What we're doing is we're not talking to a salesperson and trying to negotiate a salesperson. We're actually just putting supplier one, supplier two, and supplier three in an auction, and they're competing with each other for that business. Because of that, what we have seen over a large statistical sample is that you are 2 .6 times more likely to get savings out of that process than you are the traditional RFP or direct negotiation process. So Blake, you know, as we all know, the last thing anybody really wants to do is lay off people. That is just the hardest thing to pull the trigger on. A lot of business owners probably delay it to the last minute almost or even beyond. So is there a way to avoid those type of draconian measures? Yeah, and draconian is the right word. That's usually what's used by the finance organizations. And those are last resorts, having come from corporate finance functions. Those truly are the last resorts organizations want to default to. Yes, there are. So our process at AIQ has generally or actually statistically has produced a 44 % reduction for its clients on its IT spend. So if you think about an enterprise who is spending $100 million annually, you're talking about a $40 million savings to that business. That can do a significant dent in those targets that need to be achieved without having to go to those draconian solutions such as laying off people. We actually take pride in that because, you know, from our perspective, when you lay off people, not only is it affecting the organization and the individuals who are affected. And you're right, it's usually this time of year, which is a horrible time of year to be sending somebody home without a paycheck. But the other side is there's just other ways of doing it. And a lot of times it's organizational dysfunction inside that actually does it. So what we like to do is try to say you don't have to make those hard changes. You don't have to do things that are unnatural for your business. At minimum, go through a process where you look at what the normal possibility and then you can attack that problem. You always have the right if you have to have those problems of laying people off. But if there are other options, you should really put the effort in to try to find those things first. And I want to stick with that number, 44%. You know, it could be a percentage numbers are always tricky for people. Give me sort of a hard number on that, maybe a use case of actual dollars and cents. Yeah, we have we have one client who's actually has worked with us for a number of consecutive years. Last year alone in 2022, I should say, they saved 18 million dollars going through our process. That's real bucks. That's real bucks. And that particular CFO has made a comment publicly that that was the best ROI the company has ever seen. So if you look at 18 million dollars, how many jobs does that save? Even a couple million dollars saves hundreds of jobs. So if you can go through that process and you can make it where you don't have to resort to those types of reductions, I think people don't factor in. And I don't think a lot of guys just think about this is when you eliminate jobs, you hurt culture. You know, that's a long term detriment. You potentially slow the growth that you are already looking to achieve. But the other thing is, is it's a long term payback situation because you have to pay severance to those employees. It's not like tomorrow you stop paying for them. You're still going to pay them for a while, whether it's through severance packages or whether it is through some kind of unemployment. The business still has a cash outlay associated to it. Now, the interesting thing is, is with our process, we have seen statistically over the last decade, the average payback period of going through our process is one hundred and thirty one days. So one hundred thirty one days. You can't pay you can't even pay that back on severance. So not only do you avoid the draconian things, you get a faster payback. So this is a better way, not culture killing. And there's one other thing I want to find out also that people may not understand. You don't run in there and say and turn off a bunch of things and sort of turn off the light in order to save the jobs. People are still facing the same level of technological services that they had before. Am I right? The same, if not better. In a lot of cases, what we actually see is there's really two scenarios. About 70 percent of the time, they don't have to change providers. So they just haven't taken their providers and put them in a market competitive situation where they're actually getting what the true market rate is. Right. That's the majority of the scenarios. In some cases, though, when they do have to evaluate technology or not, I shouldn't say technology, but supplier shift. A lot of times they're actually not even getting the best suppliers. So part of our process is not just to look at the economic side of it, because that would be damaging to a business if they were going to switch providers to a secondary or inferior technology. What we do is do a technology evaluation in addition to the economic evaluation to make sure that they're actually getting at least at parity, if not better of a technology. And we we put that data and that information in front of the client and help them. They get to make the decision. We're supplying them with the right information and what the market really is going to bear. So in those cases, clients are getting the same, if not better, for a lot less. So it's partner planning time. It's also in addition to our enterprise friends looking at how maybe they can make the year. A lot of people out there trying to figure out, hey, how can I jazz up my portfolio? How can I be offering? How can I be telling these stories? Is this a partner opportunity? It is. And actually, with my background and channel, one of the first things I looked at was those significant relationships where partners are actually in and their strategic advisors to their enterprise clients. It was very clear that this is an opportunity for us to build a program. So we built a program where if someone refers us into an enterprise and understand they don't have to do anything, they just have to make an introduction to the right C -suite executive who can be empowered to make the decision to do this. They can actually get a significant amount of fee from what we are providing, what we actually earn. So we're paying it out of our pocket to the to the partners. The interesting thing is, is it's great because the partners don't have to learn a new technology. That's first and foremost. They can actually do this tomorrow. We actually have partners who actually have started referring businesses within the first two weeks of them actually coming on board, which is a pretty fast onboarding process. Number two, they don't have to sell anything. They don't have to go learn a new technology. They don't have to go learn anything. They just have to say, hey, I've got a company who's going through some very tough times and I can't get projects done with them because they're having to cut budgets because they're maybe their revenues aren't growing as fast as they thought. Or they have some organizational stuff or they've gone through mergers and acquisitions, which means they have to do some consolidation. So it's easy to come into those organizations, make an introduction. But the other thing it does for the partners, it makes them look good in front of their clients. They've put the client in a good position because they're not asking the client to go buy something new. They're asking them to say, hey, there's a service here that you can you can engage that will actually save you money, free up your balance sheet, free up cash flow, free up EBITDA. And we might be able to fund other projects that we were going to do anyhow that you might have to put on the back burner because you can't afford them going forward. So it's a you know, I look at I always look at things in a win win. Our process is completely a win win with our customers. And when we bring in a partner, it's a win win win. So the the partner actually gets not only some compensation out of it and with the size we're talking about, there's some significant compensation, but they also can engage and make themselves look, elevate themselves in this client's standing where they've actually brought them into something that has helped them relieve a significant pain point without selling them a new product. There's no product here. So what type of partner are you looking for? What's the typical profile of a good partner for this? It's interesting. There is no profile purely because it's anybody who actually just has a relationship with the right C level executive. The right executive is empowered. That could be a CFO, that could be a chief procurement officer, that could be a CIO, that could be a chief technology officer. In my short tenure here, we've actually seen all of them and they're all engaged because they all get value out of this. Even chief marketing officers potentially could be doing this because their budgets are getting cut for their marketing events. So if the partner knows somebody at the business who actually can get us in and wants to hear the evaluation, then they become a partner. All they do is sign a very simple referral agreement with us and they don't have to do anything but send maybe an introductory email to somebody who wants to take a meeting. And that's the beauty of it. The other thing that I think our process is somewhat unique. There's a lot of organizations, major consulting firms who do similar things, who try to come out and do an evaluation and they charge very significant dollars for this. We don't. We actually want to make sure that we can go into an engagement with a client to get outcome. We want to deliver a win win to those clients. So our first stage where we actually get our ERP data to do an evaluation to see if a client's even out of market condition, we do that for free. And so the client doesn't or the client, the partner, none of them have to pay for anything on that first stage purely because we all want to make sure this is actually a worthwhile exercise for both the client and ourselves.
A highlight from 100 - Crypto Curious Cracks A Ton: A Milestone Celebration
"Hey guys, this is Paige from Giggly Squad. This episode is brought to you by the new L 'Oreal Paris Bright Reveal Dark Spot Serum and Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Daily Lotion. Dark spots, game over. This visibly fades all types of dark spots and visibly reduces the look of dark spots in just one week. The Bright Reveal SPF 50 Daily UV Lotion visibly reduces the appearance of dark spots and resists sun -induced signs of aging. It also has vitamin C and E to help protect against environmental damage caused by free radicals. Visit Target online and in stores to buy yours today. Hey, Crypto Curious, congrats on the 100 episodes. You guys are crushing it. Can't wait for 2024, halving event on its way, Bitcoin going to the moon. Let's go. One of the big questions is, what is money? For practical purposes, it exists in a series of heterogeneous databases, very different databases. Do you believe in crypto? Digital currency may be an answer, but it is a highly respectable disaster. I do own Bitcoin. There is no second best. This is the Crypto Curious podcast, proudly brought to you by the Bamboo app. Welcome to what is our 100th episode of the Crypto Curious podcast. Crypto Curious is your go -to source for all things cryptocurrency, whether you're a seasoned pro or new in the world of crypto, we've got you covered. Usually we break down the top news stories of the past seven days, but today is a special episode. It's a little shy of two years that we have been talking about crypto, blockchain and all things Web3. It's been an adventure to say the least. My name is Tracey and today I'm joined by my partners of the past 100 episodes, Blake and Craig. Hey guys, and congratulations. Thanks Tracey, great to be back here. I'm celebrating this milestone.
A highlight from 99 - Sam Bankman-Fried Trial: Revealing the Drama, Plus Industry Layoffs news
"This is an Equity Beets Media podcast. Crypto Curious is your go -to source for all things cryptocurrency. Whether you're a seasoned pro or new to the world of crypto, we've got you covered. Each week we'll break down the top news stories of the past seven days, giving you the information you need to stay on top of the latest trends and developments. Plus we'll share quick bites of news and insights that you won't want to miss. If you're new to crypto then we recommend starting at the early episodes where we break down the basics and give you the solid foundations of understanding the crypto world. Join us as we explore the ever -evolving world of cryptocurrency and educate ourselves along the way. On today's episode we have all the courtroom drama of what's unfolded in an action -packed week of Sam Bankman -Fried's trial. It was a juicy one. We'll also talk about some crypto layoffs and does this signal a turning point? We'll break that down. My name is Tracey and I'm you this week's crypto news. Hey boys. Hey Tracey, how you doing? Very well. Hey Craig. G'day guys, another week of no crypto price movement and SPF in the news. This is the bear market trend continuing. It really is. I just saw somewhere that we've been around this 27k mark now for a record number of weeks. Yeah it wasn't, I think someone mentioned some stats to me the other day that the volatility index is at all -time low. It's even less volatile than the S &P 500. Wow. There you go. I may be wrong but something along those lines. I think definitely Bitcoin and Ethereum, it's been legit boring for months. It has been. But you know what, there's a lot of news and a lot of things going on and undoubtedly the most talked about news in the space has been the trial. So let's get into that. The United States versus Sam Bankman -Fried, the man behind the FTX collapse is facing seven criminal charges including fraud and money laundering. If convicted, Sam could face sentencing of up to a hundred years in prison and that will cement him as a spot of the world's worst fraudsters in history basically. And this last week was the first week of what will be six weeks of trial and the entire crypto world is watching this one ladies and gentlemen and has definitely taken up the social feeds of the last week. So we're going to give you a bit of a recap here as our first story and let you know what has happened in the last seven days. It was probably a bit of pre -trial chatter as well wasn't there Blake? Exactly right Tracy. Author Michael Lewis went on the US 60 minutes program and revealed that Sam Bankman -Fried wanted to offer Donald Trump five billion US dollars for him not to run for president in 2024.
A highlight from Solzhenitsyns Warning
"We get it. You're busy. You don't have time to waste on the mainstream media. That's why Salem News Channel is here. We have hosts worth watching, actually discussing the topics that matter. Andrew Wilkow, Dinesh D 'Souza, Brandon Tatum, and more. Open debate and free speech you won't find anywhere else. We're not like the other guys. We're Salem News Channel. Watch any time on any screen for free 24 -7 at snc .tv and on local now Channel 525. I want you to know we are lucky to have Charlie Kirk. Charlie Kirk's running the White House, folks. I want to thank Charlie. He's an incredible guy. His spirit, his love of this country. He's done an amazing job building one of the most powerful youth organizations ever created, Turning Point USA. We will not embrace the ideas that have destroyed countries, destroyed lives, and we are going to fight for freedom on campuses across the country. That's why we are here. Brought to you by the loan experts I trust, Andrew and Todd at Sierra Pacific Mortgage at andrewandtodd .com. There's a name that has been discussed more and more. I don't want to say it's a household name, but it needs to be. If you're looking for something to do this weekend, do some reading, some reflecting, some researching, some listening about the name Alexander Solzhenitsyn. Many of you in the audience say, I know who Alexander Solzhenitsyn is. I wonder, even at our nation's quote -unquote elite schools, if I went to Harvard, if I went to Yale, and I asked how many of them knew who Alexander Solzhenitsyn was and a single thing that he wrote, I wonder what percentage that would be. Blake, what do you think? You went to Dartmouth. I'm curious what percentage of Ivy Leaguers would know a single thing that Solzhenitsyn published. Blake says 10 percent. Okay, that's about right. Solzhenitsyn was one of the most influential people of the 20th century. Solzhenitsyn was born and raised in Russia. He actually served in the Red Army, and then he was arrested by the Soviet police, otherwise known as SMERSH, an umbrella organization, counterintelligence, because the Soviet Union was more focused on what was happening domestically when it came towards dissidents than anything else. You'd spoke against the regime. So Alexander Solzhenitsyn wrote a private letter just being critical of Joseph Stalin, and he was sent to a gulag. Solzhenitsyn then was let out of the gulag eight years later in something that was then known as the Khrushchev Thaw, and he started to write. He was an artist. He was a very, very gifted author. Publish and publish and write and he started to push the regime more and more, and then eventually his magnum opus was the Gulag Archipelago in 1973. If I could have my way and I could have every single young person in America read, study, and understand the Gulag Archipelago, we would not be in the mess that we are in, period. It's a very readable book. It's a very compelling book. Of course, that's the one book they don't want in our schools. They'll have gay pornography in our schools. They'll have 1619 Project, but to have a piece of literature that talks about how the Soviet Union went after their own citizens, how Marxism leads to outright totalitarianism and authoritarianism doesn't find its way into American schools. How long till that book is memory -hold? Some people say that this book, the Gulag Archipelago, was actually one of the most influential books that took down the Soviet Union, because it pierced the consciousness of the West. What's so amazing about this story is that Solzhenitsyn writes the book. Millions of people read it. The Soviet Union had a lot of explaining, too, about how they were sending their citizens out for death at the Gulag's work camps. And then Solzhenitsyn did a series of speeches. He started to travel the West, and the West thought he was going to come and speak about how amazing Western values are. He gave a famous speech in 1978 at Harvard, and the Harvard elite thought that Solzhenitsyn was going to come and talk about the inevitable victory of liberalism. Instead, Solzhenitsyn had a different tone. Solzhenitsyn was not there to pat the elites of the West on the back. Instead, the man who was imprisoned by the Soviets, who wrote a book that eventually brought down the Soviet Union, spoke to the West and said, you guys are headed in the wrong direction. This is 1978. Quote, Solzhenitsyn said to the people at Harvard, the speech was originally given in Russian, humanism, which has lost its Christian heritage, cannot prevail in this competition. Thus, during the past centuries and especially in recent decades, as the process becomes more acute, the alignment of forces was as follows. Liberalism was inevitably pushed aside by radicalism. Radicalism had to surrender to socialism, and socialism could not stand up to communism. The communist regime in the East could endure and grow due to enthusiastic support from an enormous number of Western intellectuals refused to see communism's crimes when they no longer could do so. They tried to justify these crimes. The problem persists in our Eastern countries. Communism has suffered a complete ideological defeat. It is zero and less than zero. And yet Western still intellectuals look at it with considerable interest and empathy. He said that at a Harvard commencement address, saying you intellectuals are just going to bring the very same Marxist idea toxins that we have ideologically defeated.
A highlight from Back in the Zoo York Mood
"In this house, wherever the rules are disregarded, chaos and mob rule. It has been said today, where is bravery? I'll tell you where bravery is found in courage, is found in this minority who has lived through the last year of nothing but rules being broken, people being put down, questions not being answered, and this majority say be damned with anything else. We're going to impeach and do whatever we want to do. Why? Because we won an election. I guarantee you one day you'll be back in the minority and it ain't going to be that fun. All right. Hey everybody, welcome back. It's Friday's Finest. Yes, it is Friday's Finest. We're back. We're back. We've got a great, it's been a crazy week. We're going to get into that a little bit, but joining me in just a minute after the break is the great and famous Chip Blake. Chip will be joining us again. Also, James, our Texan by way of New Jersey is always on the board ready to go. Thanks for both of them last week for filling in while I was doing one of those things that fathers do, and that is marry off their kids. And my oldest son got married. We're very happy about that. They're on their honeymoon and thank God the wedding's over. It was beautiful. My ride was beautiful. Everything went fine, but I am glad that, you know, as the old preacher in me says, Sunday is coming. Well, thank God Sunday came and, um, we got all that done, but it was really pretty, really nice, uh, for Copeland Holly. Congratulations as we go. Hey, before we get into the show today, before, after the break, uh, we got a lot to talk about Kevin McCarthy. We got a little bit of Washington. We're going to deal with, and then we're going to get into just the nuttiness of the world as we always do. And of course football, because right now we're in a 40 something day straight football every night until like November or something. It's going to be pretty crazy. So welcome back to Friday's glad to have you with us. We'll be ready after the break. Hey everybody, you know, about legacy precious metals, legacy, precious metals, you hear from, uh, we taught once a month, we talk about legacy, precious metals, talking about precious metals, being a part of your portfolio, how they're your navigator. Well, now they're not only navigating in a new way. Uh, they're actually giving you a new way to buy gold and silver. In fact, legacy, precious metals has put in developed a revolutionary new online platform that allows you to invest in real gold and silver online and a few easy steps. You can open an account online, select your metals of choice and choose to have them stored in a vault or shipped to your door. I'm more of a ship to my door kind of person. I enjoy having them, uh, with me. And, but they can do it either way and you can now do it online. It gives you real access to a dashboard where you can track your portfolio growth in real time. Anytime you'll see transparent pricing on each coin and bar. This puts you in complete control of your money. This platform is free to sign up for just visit legacy PM investments .com and open your account and see this new investing platform for yourself. Gold hedges against inflation and is against, uh, and against the volatile stock market. A true diversified portfolio is just more stocks and bonds, but a different asset class. This platform allows you to make investments in gold and silver, no matter how small or large, with just a few clicks. Remember do as I have done, go to legacy PM investments .com and get started today. And now you've got a new tool to help you along in your investments. Hey everybody, it's MyPillow's 20th year anniversary and over 80 million MyPillow's have been sold. Mike Lindell and MyPillow wants to thank each of you and every one of you for giving you the lowest price in history on their MyPillow's. You will receive a queen size MyPillow for $19 .98. Regular price is $69 .98 and just $10 more for a king size. You will receive deep discounts on all MyPillow products, such as bedsheets, mattress toppers, pet beds, mattresses, my slippers, and so much more. This is a time to try out something other than the amazing products that you've had your eye on. Go to mypillow .com, click on the radio podcast square and use the promo Collins, C -O -L -L -I -N -S to receive this amazing offer on the queen size MyPillow for $19 .98 or call 800 -986 -3994. This offer comes with a 10 year warranty and 60 day money back guarantee. It's time to start getting the quality sleep you deserve. You know how I know that? Because I sleep on my every night. Go to mypillow .com and use promo code Collins, C -O -L -L -I -N -S or call 800 -986 -3994 today.
A highlight from 98 - Gensler's Backlash, The SBF's Trial Kicks Off & Pudgy Penguins Hit Walmart
"This is an Equity Baits Media podcast. Welcome to the Crypto Curious podcast, proudly brought to you by the Bamboo app. Crypto Curious is your go -to source for all things cryptocurrency whether you're a seasoned pro or new to the world of crypto, we've got you covered. Each week we'll break down the top news stories of the past seven days, giving you the information you need to stay on top of the latest trends and developments. Plus we'll share quick bites of news and insights that you won't want to miss. If you're new to the crypto world, we recommend starting with our early episodes where we break down the basics and give you a solid foundation to understand the crypto world. Join us as we explore the ever evolving world of cryptocurrency and educate ourselves along the way. On today's episode, we'll discuss some recent moves by the SEC and some backlash against Gary Gensler. He's receiving it from all sides of the fence. We're also going to take a look at Sam Bankman -Fried and the trial, which starts this week. My name's Tracey and this week it's Blake and I on the mic as Craig is off attending a wedding. So, hey Blake, how are you going? Very well, Tracey. Good to be back and getting stuck into this week's news. There is always lots of news, but before we do get into the news, Blake, let's have a little look at the market. We don't often go through what's happening in the charts, but let's have a little look at what is going on because we've just finished the month of September, which has historically been a red month. Six out of the last seven years, September's been red and it actually finished green. A lot of the traders are very excited. It finished 4 % up and I've already seen a lot of the memes. October is up -tober, as they call it. There we go. Yeah, because apparently October is one of the better months of crypto. I think six out of the last seven has been green. So what do you think? Are we going to have a good month? What are we in for? It's really hard to say. No one has a crystal ball. I knew you were going to say that. What do you think though? How are you feeling? What's happening out there? Well, you know, if we had an up month in September when it's historically down, you know, it could do the opposite in October. Markets like to do what the opposite to what everyone's expecting. So yeah, we'll see how it plays out. But obviously there's a lot happening in the broader economy at the moment. People are very pessimistic about what's happening, you know, with inflation and specifically in the US, but really everywhere, and how that's affecting the broader economy. But hopefully we're seeing less and less correlation with the crypto market in relation to those items. But I still suspect that I can't fully disconnect. All right, well, we'll see what happens with up -tober at the end of the month. Moving on to our first story. It's been a big news item and colour us shocked, but the SEC has moved again to delay the Spot Bitcoin ETF. This one from BlackRock, Valkyrie and Bitwise. Gary Gensler needs additional proceedings to assess whether to approve or deny the proposed Bitcoin ETF. The process includes public comment and rebuttal periods indicating that the final decision may not be reached for several months, but then not even a few days later, and this happened yesterday, he has continued his filing frenzy and delayed the Bitcoin ETFs for Fidelity, Van Eyck and Wisdom Tree. So basically that's all of them because Ark was a few weeks ago. And the pressure is mounting on Gary himself this week, Blake. We saw him in the press. What happened there? Yeah, that's right Trace. Last week there was a US House lawmakers push on the SEC's chair Gary Gensler to approve the Spot ETF. Now they're kicking the can down the road. I don't actually think this is a bad thing, because if it happens early next year around the time of the halving, I think that's going to be maximum effect on the market. Members of the House of Financial Services Committee wrote a letter to him to take urgent action on the ETF. And you know, he's obviously taking his sweet ass time here. Gary actually faced criticism from lawmakers regarding his crypto regulation approach during this House hearing. He was questioned about his classification of Bitcoin, how that compared to other assets like Pokemon cards, and the approval of the Bitcoin ETFs. Lawmakers also expressed concerns over Gensler's transparency with Congress, especially regarding interactions with crypto exchanges like FTX. He was actually taken to task in so many different ways and he came up really short. I saw a few different videos. It was a bit of a train wreck. And what did you think of this Blake? Yeah, it's really interesting actually, you know, watching Gary dodge questions and be as vague as possible. But I think this example about the Pokemon cards really exemplifies the conversation. So one of the senators or one of the members of the House of Financial Services on the committee asked Gary, you know, are Pokemon card securities when they're traded because they are a collector's item. And of course, Pokemon cards are not securities. They're just collectibles. And then the example was proposed to Gary whether or not if those Pokemon cards were then tokenized and put on the blockchain as an NFT, would it be a security? And Gary said he's not sure. So I think the point here is that is the process of tokenization, does that create a security? And I think we can all agree that it doesn't. But the SEC is being quite coy here to keep their options open in order to suit, you know, potential NFT projects. When, you know, for example, you could take a photo of your foot trace to as an NFT, would that be a security? Yeah, look, it was it was a laughable video, that one. We've actually got a link to it as well, folks. So we'll put that in the show notes below. But they were there's four of those senators and they went really hard at him and he certainly did fumble his way through that, much like the videos from his Senate chat a few months earlier. Interesting to see him squirm, ladies and gentlemen, but there'll be more to come on that one. Moving on to our second story. The trial we have been waiting for starts this week with the jury selection today. Will Sam Bankman -Fried, the man who headed up failed crypto exchange FTX, get the comeuppance he so badly deserved? Get ready because your social feeds will definitely be taken up by all the drama that unfolds Blake over the coming weeks. How long will this take? You know, is he actually going to get done here? What are your thoughts? You know, how long is a piece of string really? I think with these scenarios, whoever has the most resourcing wins. We don't know how much cash Sam has tucked away. He could string this out for years. You know, we've seen other court cases. That long you reckon? Well, we've seen other court cases in the sector be strung out for literally like five, six years. So yeah, it could certainly happen. I think the Mount Gox court case for creditors is still going in 2013. You know, so these things can take time and there's many ways for parties to, to push this out. Yeah. In some information that came out today, Tracy, it looks like Sam won't be able to blame his lawyers for everything that happened. Under an advice of counsel defense, SPF wanted to argue that, you know, he was just taking the advice of his lawyers and was working within the legal bounds of the advice that was provided. So, you know, it's pretty interesting that if he was provided incorrect advice, then Sam will have the opportunity to sue his lawyers. But it looks like that you can't use that. You can't do that now. Oh no. Well, he just can't use that as a defense in court, but that doesn't mean that if he did receive poor legal advice at some point in time, he can't go back and sue those lawyers. Right. Interesting. All right. I'm sure there are many things that are going to come out of that as well. You know, this is, you can't write this thing as well, but just yesterday, some of the F that was taken by the hackers, so 2 ,500 F that was stolen as part of that exchange hack last year was moved yesterday. Oh, really? Yeah. So part of that was moved through two different protocols. One of them was the Thorchain router and another one was Railgun, which are private wallets that you can move things through secretly. We still don't know who took that in the hack last year. Yeah. We suspected at the time it could have been an inside job as, you know, the exchange was falling. Someone stole half a thousand Ethereum. Yeah. Yeah. But we still don't know who that was. Another quick one, too, guys, as we wrap this story up, because we are going to be hearing a lot about SPF and FTX. If you do want to catch up, there's a really good two parter out now on BBC Panorama called The Downfall of the Crypto King. And I'll add that in the show notes below. But it just it's a bit of a catch up on exactly what happened with SPF and the FTX exchange. So there's did you know that we are coming up on our 100th episode? I know time flies when you're having fun. And we'd like to invite you to become part of our 100th show and send us an audio question. If you have got something that you'd like to know about a coin, a token or a project you'd like us to cover off in our 100th episode, then send us a voice recording. 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A highlight from AIQ goes the distance in knocking down costs, delivering actual savings to IT spend, Podcast
"This is Doug Greenspan, Telecom Reseller. We are at Mobile World Congress and I'm with Blake Wetzel, who's the Chief Executive Officer at AIQ. Blake, thank you for joining me today. Thanks for having me. Well, I'm very pleased that we're able to do this here at this major event. And I think we're just going to get right into it. We're going to talk about AIQ. But you said something just now a few minutes ago where you saved a major company, many people know of, IP telephony company, 18 million dollars. And I want to hear about that story. Yeah. And it's 18 million dollars a year. 18 million dollars every year. Every year. So our process with a lot of companies involved in that particular company is on its third year of AIQ and helping them reduce unnecessary expenses. But what we do is go in and work with the finance organization, the criminal organization, and that particular company. We're looking across everything they're buying to deliver their services. That could be everything from the underlying technologies to equipment to actually things like how do they issue their goods. So we look constantly across these innovations. And because of our patented process, we can see they're buying things that the market maybe has shifted from an expense perspective. And we want to bring the best technologies to our clients. So in that particular case, we actually brought this was actually international. And we were able to reduce that client's expense by 18 million dollars on an annual basis. And we get rewarded out of that client success. And so it's pretty it's pretty phenomenal to see that with the client. And the great thing is, is because of that, the clients like that particular company come back to us year after year because there's always a cycle of being able to revisit certain expenses inside the IT infrastructure. So, Blake, let's let's start there because it's interesting how your business is structured. A lot of consultancies start with very big promises. Maybe that does happen. But I understand you actually don't get paid until results occur. Is that is that how this works? For the most part, we do a heavy evaluation prior to actually getting paid by anything. Which is very different. Yeah. Right. So you're already getting as a customer, potential customer, a good amount of insight even before we've done anything. Correct. And we do that for a couple of reasons. Number one, we want to make sure that we're going to bring value to it. There is no sense in us going to evaluate expenses that they might be buying in their key space if they're buying things at market. And there's many times we actually know a client say, you're three percent off of the market, so you're actually pretty good. You've done a good job procurement. That might be one category. There might be other areas where there's something wrong. We feel that we owe it to our clients to make sure they're honest with them. We don't want to go and just collect fees to do a bunch of analysis. That's that's where we're first differentiated as an organization is we don't want to get paid if there's no real savings. The other thing that I think differentiates us is two more things. One is actually we actually can touch their entire IT infrastructure over 100 categories. A lot of organizations have a very narrow perspective of what their expertise is. We've been doing this for over 20 years. So we have a very broad experience with the market, at least from the perspective of the market. We're constantly using options for clients, so we get to see what the market is like. The last thing that's really unique, which I don't know if I've heard of anybody, is we go all the way to helping the clients and negotiate their contracts for them. So they're going all the way to the end. This is not just advice. This is not your advice. We are actually committed. We actually will engage with their suppliers for them. We will actually help advise their internal employees and communicate with the suppliers. But we will also negotiate. We'll work with the legal departments, the finance departments to make sure all not just the typical terms you adhere to, but the business terms. And that's a very differentiating service because we know that today's enterprise doesn't have the resources to do a broad approach inside of their enterprise to create savings. So if we can be trusted advisor to them, then we can add value and they can get the highest. Who's your typical client? It's really enterprises. We've said a hundred million dollars in annual revenue and above.
A highlight from New England's Historic Loss & CJ Stroud Breaks Out
"Hello and welcome to the MMQB NFL podcast. I'm Conroe. That's my dog Ernie upstairs barking at the FedEx guy. Albert Breer's here and I'm going to start in New York because Albert I can't believe that we're still doing this Taylor Swift thing. And now the NFL is doing the Taylor Swift thing. Do you see that they are their subhead on their Twitter pages. The Chiefs are now 2 -0 as Swifties. I did not see that but I am more and more. It's fake. I think so too. I think on Friday like the radio show I did in Boston. They leave me at the like and these guys are really creative and they kind of like took me through their full like tinfoil hat like conspiracy theory. You know like you know what this actually really makes sense. Like because the NFL has forever chased the female demographic and they've struggled to get it. And they know that there's nothing more buzz worthy on that side of the aisle than Taylor Swift. And they were shameless enough to cut like I mean we've seen some of their shameless acts over the years to try and get the female audience. And this wouldn't even rank in like the top 10. You know what I mean like this would just be sort of par for the course that they would do something like this. So I really like I am officially on this Monday morning Connor especially after the 10 million shots that box last night. I'm all the way there. This is all fake. This is all like this is all contrived. This is it. Everyone wins situation. Taylor gets to promote her movie. What else is it? There's one other thing right is a new album coming out. I can't keep track of all of this. I have no idea. OK. So Taylor gets to promote that stuff with a different demographic. Right. Like football different demographics different than hers. The NFL gets to try to take a swing at the female audience. And then Travis Kelsey gets an enormous benefit from this. Travis Kelsey's following has exploded. Nine hundred thousand new followers. This is like an everyone wins situation. And it's all fake. A 14 point 14 whatever place jump in Jersey sales. Like we were taught in school to follow the money and it's right out in front of us. Like it's like you know we're not even it's not even like they're hiding it. And I think I'm only read some of this stuff sometimes, though, and like like over the last week, like actually clicking on some like people dot com links, you know, I've seen some stories she reads. And I always think that the page six type stuff, you know, and I always think it's funny when there's like an insider into somebody's relationship, like who would be the insider into your relationship? Connor, I, you know, when they when they when they when they put sources into your relation and then people's relationships. Yeah, the sources be I mean, it would be like my neighbor or like my mom or my wife's mom. It would be like, yeah, I think I think they're fighting, you know. Yeah. Yeah. I don't have a publicist. I always think that's great. Like is the sources into the like the insiders into the relationship? Like is that person like just coming over and hanging out on a Tuesday or something and that makes them an insider? So Brian Costello, who's awesome, Jets beat writer for the New York Post, and he tweeted the the bio for the NFL's Twitter page, which is the Chiefs two and O's Swifties. And he's totally right. This is the kind of stuff that fuels nutjob conspiracy theorists, not just the ones with the podcast. But the fans who watched that game last night and saw their saw the outcome derailed by an extraordinarily questionable call on Sauce Gardner. And listen, I'm not saying it's good, bad, right, wrong or indifferent. But if you're a Jets fan and you've already seen your entire season railroaded by the NFL's greed and desire to milk whatever they can out of this franchise and you had to do hard knocks. Every single game is on prime time. Your schedule is ridiculous, ridiculously front loaded and impossible at the beginning. You know, I don't know what else you could think right now other than your team is just being actively manipulated by by the league. And listen, I don't believe it. You know, Andy Benoit and I used to fight about the I used to get him going on the NFL's fake thing a while back. We had a lively discussion about that after Peyton Manning's second Super Bowl. But I don't believe it. I'm not one of those people. Well, you're not making them go away. I just noticed I just went to the NFL's Twitter page. It is now the header is three shots of tail left. And like if you look at the bio, I think this is a tailor. I think this is a tailor reference. We had the best day with you today. Maybe is that a reference? I think it has to be right to be clear. I'm not anti Taylor Swift. I think she's a fine musician. Yeah, I think she's a genius. Like, yeah, I think she's a legitimate genius and everything she touches turns to gold. And there's a reason for it. She's obviously incredible. Yeah, I just don't like I want you know what? I think I'm hot, too, because I'm coming off the I wrote about the way those are the lyrics to it. Those are those are lyrics from a Taylor Swift song titled The Best Day. Okay, I think I'm just a little hot coming off the Toy Story broadcast, too. Did you did you catch any of that? I was actually coaching third grade football during the Toy Story. Okay, good. Yeah, I threw that on and I was just like, what are they doing? And I get it. You're trying to get kids to watch football. But how about just allowing kids to watch football or to have kids play football and not to watch like a I mean, the technology was incredible. But it like it looked like a like a like Minecraft, you know, and like I just felt like I watch it with my son for a minute. And I was like, they're trying to just it's like cocoa melon. They're just trying to hypnotize them. So we we bang that thing fast. I mean, I just feel like that's like there are some people at the league office who don't have enough to do. And that's how things like that wind up coming to life. Like like fix, fix the problems. Like we're focused on Taylor Swift and the Toy Story broadcast, like like digital chains so that like chains don't break during the game. Grass fields like like like fix the actual problems with the games. My God. Anyway, twenty three twenty, the Chiefs beat the Jets. The Jets fall to one in three. The Chiefs are three and one. I think my takeaway from this game is the takeaway that everybody had, which was this was a feisty, very feisty Zach Wilson game. I think that Robert Sala, to me, win or lose, just earns so much credit because during the week he knew he was going to get demolished. And he said, you don't throw people away. You just don't throw people away. And I give him so much credit because honestly, this is job on the line stuff. And he stuck with Zach Wilson. He dug in. There was no sample size. And Zach played really well. I was very happy for them. And look, like I think that the biggest problem that Robert Sala had was like, can he continue to sell Zach Wilson to the locker room? Because the premise of that entire team, the construction of that team this year was we're going for it. Right. So there are guys in that locker room like Allen Lazard and Adrian Amos and Randall Cobb, guys that were like that are older vets that are there to chase the ring. And like guys like that aren't going to have patience. They don't care what this means for your franchise in 2025. They care about right now. And the younger guys in the roster are going to be worried about what's going to get them in a position to get paid. So it can be hard to sell a developing quarterback to a locker room. And I'll give Robert Sala credit for standing by Zach Wilson, because if he didn't do that, like it would have been impossible. It would have been impossible for Zach in that locker room. you And, know, it sort of made me think of something I said earlier in the day about how Josh Dobbs should get us to question everything about how we develop quarterbacks, how the NFL develops quarterbacks, how the NFL nurtures quarterbacks. Because, you know, you have this guy in Josh Dobbs who got what, six years to kind of learn away from the bright lights. And then because he was on different teams, because he had different experiences, because he was developed away from game action, because people invested in him, because he had a chance and people had patience with him. And, you know, every single movement of his wasn't, you know, litigated on a public level on a week to week basis. You know, he had a chance to kind of get better in the background. And now you have a guy who's so adaptable that he could be traded a week before the season and start and take maybe the worst roster in the league and have a competitive over the first month of the season. It really like to me, like looking at Josh Dobbs makes you question everything. And so if six years can do that for Josh Dobbs, why are we throwing guys out after two or three years? That's what I don't get about it. It's fair to make an assessment on a guy and say, like, he sucks now. But to say guys never going to be good, just ignore so much history. You know, like Alex Smith is a phenomenal example of it. Right. Like how many times was he given up on in San Francisco? Yeah. Like, oh, he can't play. But no one was looking at the fact that like he had five coordinators his first five years in the league. He had two head coaches. Everything was completely unstable around him. And then Jim Harbaugh gets there in 2011 says, no, I'm sticking with him. And he takes off and then he's in the league for another decade as a starter. You know, like it's just we have so many examples of the of why we shouldn't make definitive and declarative statements about young quarterbacks. And yet we do it over and over and over again. And like I do, I think like the intention of the Jets in the first place was we have to press the pause button with Zach Wilson. We may have wronged him by playing him too fast. Right. And by putting too much on him too early. And so the whole intention on bringing him back this year was to allow him the chance to do the Josh jobs and develop in the background for a year or two. And that got blown up. But just because that plan got blown up like that's not Zach Wilson's fault. That plan got blown up. It's not anybody's fault. So now you're going to just completely throw the kid out. Why? Because Aaron Rodgers got hurt. There's a lot of like really faulty logic that goes into the way that he's been talked about over the last couple of weeks, I think. I agree. I'm not just saying this because I wrote about it, but to not even, you know, I think we're in such a easy Twitter dunk society that when Zach Wilson and Nathaniel Hackett get paired up, everyone's just like, oh, this is going to be terrible. And without looking at any of the history of any of these guys. The AFC championship came with Blake, Blake Bortles. He got Ryan Nassib drafted out of Syracuse. I went to Syracuse. Do you know who was the quarter? The last quarterback drafted before Ryan Nassib, Donovan McNabb, Donovan McNabb. I was going to say I was going to say Troy Nunes. Like I think drafted as a quarterback. I think there was a couple of quarterbacks that turned into tight ends, but in literally broke all the school records with this guy. And then he got Kyle Wharton, I believe, to the doorstep of the playoffs. Yeah. Two MVPs with Aaron Rodgers after he was lost in the woods for a little while. The guy's good at what he does, you know, and we're seeing in Denver now, who knows? Make your own judgments about what happened there. But I think that this thing could work like, OK, yeah. The Jets are one in three, but their schedule softens up a little bit. They played a lot of their best defenses up front. You know, Zach Wilson is going to look bad against the Cowboys, but how many other people are going to look really bad against the Cowboys? Right. And now in the next few games, like they have the Broncos coming up. I mean, Zach Wilson could could legitimately put up 50 points against that team. The Eagles, who are really good defense giants, Jets, Giants before Halloween, which if he can handle the pressure. I think that's coming off a buy, too. So it's coming off a buy. You know what Wink Martindale is going to do. He does it well, but you know what he's going to do. And then the Chargers November six, the Raiders November 12th. You don't play a really good team. You play the Eagles in the bills in the next month and a half. Otherwise, you're good. Well, we're kind of like that's like and that was the whole logic behind this. And I think we talked about this last week. To me, the problem with going away from Zach Wilson, like in the whole in the first place, was a there's no better option out there right now. Right. And B, once you go away from him, you can't go back again. You know, so I think so. I think so. I knew that like it was if we bench him in consecutive years, we can't sell him to the locker room again.
A highlight from Ask Charlie Anything 162: The Roman Legacy? AOC's Tesla? 4-Day Workweek?
"Hey, feeling unsure about your finances these days? You're not alone. That's why Noble Gold Investments is here to help. Just hear it straight from the people who they've helped. The Noble crew walked me through everything with no stress. With their help, I could finally sleep easy at night. And now this month, Noble Gold Investments is handing out a free 5 -ounce silver America the Beautiful coin if you qualify for an IRA. Invest in gold and silver with Noble Gold Investments. Go to noblegoldinvestments .com right now. That is noblegoldinvestments .com right now. Hey, everybody. Happy Monday. How often do you think about the Roman Empire? Blake Knapp, producer of The Charlie Kirk Show, goes off on Rome and so much more. Email us as always, freedom at charliekirk .com. Get involved with Turning Point USA at tpusa .com. That is tpusa .com. Buckle up, everybody. Here we go. Charlie, what you've done is incredible here. Maybe Charlie Kirk is on the college campus. I want you to know we are lucky to have Charlie Kirk. Charlie Kirk's running the White House, folks.
A highlight from 97 - NFTs Are Dead - AGAIN, Amazon's AI Race Aids FTX Creditors and Immutable's Rise
"This is an Equity Baits Media podcast. ACAS powers the world's best podcasts. Here's a show that we recommend. Tell me about your mama's kitchen. That simple question opens up a flood of delicious memories and it's at the center of my new Audible original podcast called Your Mama's Kitchen. My mama's kitchen was chaos. This teeny tiny little room was where we did everything. We grew up there. We became teenagers, adults in that small space. I'm Michelle Norris. The kitchen is usually the heartbeat of our homes. It's the place where we're nourished physically and spiritually. Our loudest laughter is in the kitchen. But so too are some of our most vulnerable moments. Each week on Your Mama's Kitchen, I'll talk to guests, actors, authors, chefs, musicians and more about how the food and the culinary traditions of their youth shaped their lives in interesting and sometimes surprising ways. One of the big questions is, what is money? For practical purposes, it exists in a series of heterogeneous databases, very different databases. Do you believe in crypto digital currency? It may be an answer, but it is the highly respectable disaster. I'd go on a quick one. There is no second best. Welcome to the Crypto Curious podcast, proudly brought to you by the Bamboo app. Crypto Curious is your go to source for all things crypto currency, whether you're a seasoned pro or new to the world of crypto, we've got you covered. Each week we'll break down the top news stories of the past seven days, giving you the information you need to stay on top of the latest trends and developments. Plus we'll share quick bites of news and insights that you won't want to miss. If you're new to crypto, we recommend starting with our early episodes, we'll break down the basics and give you a solid foundation to understand the crypto world. Join us as we explore the ever evolving world of cryptocurrency and educate ourselves along the way. On today's episode, we'll discuss the supposed death of NFTs, how Amazon's race for AI affects FTX creditors. And we'll talk a little about the mover and the shaker this week, plus loads of short sharp news bites. So let's get on with it. My name is Tracy and I'm joined by my mates Blake and Craig as we catch up on the crypto news. Hey guys, how are you going? Very well, Trace. Good to be back. How are you? Yeah, very well. How are you going Craig? Very good. Thanks, Trace. I've just learned that tomorrow is 200 days until the halvening, which is very exciting. It is very exciting. Is it speeding up or is it just me? I don't know. It is speeding up. But have you guys noticed that it is popping up in a lot more fees and news at the moment? Like it's getting a little bit more traction now? I haven't noticed, but that wouldn't surprise me. I think until there's 100 days left. Oh, yeah. It's going to be good. There is a counter that you can get on Google, but I think there are a few more counters that pop up as we get a little bit more excited. So at the end of the year will be about 100 days. And I think that's when people will start to realize that the countdown is coming to an end. Exciting. Alrighty, let's jump into our first news story of the week and what was dominating headlines over the past seven days. There was some research put into the world recently, and like I said, it's made headlines in the crypto sphere, but filtered out into the normie news as well. I saw it covered in some mainstream news publications. It was on the project, Rolling Stones grabbed onto it as well, did a big story. And it was a big story because it had great headline pieces. 95 % of all NFT collections have zero value. NFTs are officially dead. These are some of the headlines that came. So NFTs have seen a bit of a boom and bust, especially over the last 12 to 18 months. The market has been flooded with a lack of buyers. But what has brought on this headline over the last week? It's a study that encompassed over 73 ,000 NFT collections and found a massive imbalance in the market and showed that 95 % of these collections had a zero value, Craig. That's right, Trace. The articles called it Debt NFTs, the Evolving Landscape of the NFT Market. It was by this group called DAP Gamble, which is a community of experts in the finance space. We'll chuck it in the show notes below. But I think looking back, as you just said, 73 ,000 NFTs, most of them were probably just art collections of apes, penguins, space aliens. Like we had peak euphoria. And I had me and my mates getting up at 6 a .m. for a Zoom call for mints on Solana. That doesn't scream peak euphoria. I don't know what does. But, you know, as it said, 95 % of these NFTs are worthless. But there seems to be a smaller pool of collections that people are still paying quite a bit of money for. Bored apes are still going for 24e. The nouns. The pudgy penguins are still going. Nouns, exactly. Yep. So this is a misleading figure, I feel. Well, of course, it's a misleading figure. You know, in the peak ball run, everyone's trying to figure it out. Every man and their dog was launching an NFT collection. I even had a mate that launched one. It was just peak hysteria, peak euphoria.
A highlight from THOUGHTCRIME Ep. 14 Ukraine's Top Tranny Gets Fired. Russell Brand vs. The World. Thinking About Rome?
"Hey, feeling unsure about your finances these days? You're not alone. That's why Noble Gold Investments is here to help. Just hear it straight from the people who they've helped. The Noble crew walked me through everything with no stress. With their help, I could finally sleep easy at night. And now this month, Noble Gold Investments is handing out a free 5 -ounce silver America the Beautiful coin if you qualify for an IRA. Invest in gold and silver with Noble Gold Investments. Go to noblegoldinvestments .com right now. That is noblegoldinvestments .com right now. Hey everybody, happy Saturday. Thought Crimes, how often do you think about the Roman Empire? We ask that question more than you might believe. We also talk about the differences between men and women, micro versus macro. We cover Russell Brand, Ukraine, and more. Email us as always, freedom at charliekirk .com. Get involved with Turning Point USA at tpusa .com. That is tpusa .com. Start a high school or college chapter today at tpusa .com. Become a member to listen to our show advertiser free at charliekirk .com and click on the members tab. And as always, you can email us freedom at charliekirk .com. Buckle up everybody, here we go. What you've done is incredible here. Maybe Charlie Kirk is on the college campus. I want you to know we are lucky to have Charlie Kirk. Charlie Kirk's running the White House folks. I want to thank Charlie, he's an incredible guy. His spirit, his love of this country, he's done an amazing job. Building one of the most powerful youth organizations ever created, Turning Point USA. We will not embrace the ideas that have destroyed countries, destroyed lives, and we are going to fight for freedom on campuses across the country. That's why we are here. The revolution continues, we can still commit thought crimes. For now, joining us tonight is fan favorite, 10 out of 10 rated, Blake Neff. Say hi, Blake. Hello. That's where he goes. Hi, Blake. Andrew. Andrew Colvitt. Yes. Hello, sir. Andrew and Jack Pessobic. I can't wait for the Halloween episode where Blake is like, Okay, let's dive right into it. Jack, true or false? We got a tranny fired. True. 100 % true. Although, if I might add, the tranny has not just been fired. This is in the quote unquote Sarah Ashton Cirillo, actually known as Mike Ashton Cirillo, the spokes tranny for the Ukrainian military. Not just fired, but actually placed under military investigation. So very excited. Not a good thing to be under military. So do we have the tape? We have the tape of her talking about the Russian devils. And then the question is, was there a Russian devil that was taken up by other means, which actually segues to our second topic? We'll see. That is a real thought, crime. But Jack, build this out. You're on some sort of Ukrainian hit list. Ukrainian government wants you dead. So Jack, tell us about it, and then we'll get to it. So yeah, the Ukrainian government, specifically their intelligence service, the SBU, has this roughly to peacemaker, but it's been referred to as a kill list or a hit list where they will place people that they consider to be quote enemies of Ukraine. And now Elon Musk appeared on this list at one point. The pope appeared on this list at one point. Tucker Carlson, Glenn Greenwald are on this list. And while we might think it's funny or silly, there's actually an American hostage right now that's being held by the Ukrainian government, a blogger and YouTuber by the name of Gonzalo Lira, who was living in Ukraine and was posting on his YouTube channel that he disagreed with Zelensky's government. He was then summarily arrested by the special services of Ukraine and has since disappeared. There have also been people that were placed on this list, including an Italian journalist, Andrea Rochelli, and numerous Russian bloggers, as well as one girl who's the daughter of a Russian political figure who were assassinated in Russia using car bombs and other improvised explosive devices after being placed on this list. After their killings, their entries on this dossier list wrote liquidated. So I was placed on this list and I was made aware of that earlier this week, right around the same time that you were really exposing everything, this American, I guess the word is American recruit for Ukrainian forces. Ashton Cirillo was saying in this completely unhinged rant, saying all Russian propagandists will be hunted down wherever you are and your teeth will Nash as we we we show you justice, only he's not the one who was dishing out the justice. It turns out he's actually the one who's facing justice now. And so let's play the tape here. And this is now play cut 22. Russia hates the truth that their obsessive focus on a Ukrainian volunteer is simply allowing the light of the Ukrainian nation's honesty to shine brightly.
A highlight from 96 - Token2049 Highlights, Binance's SEC Showdown, Yuga Labs Update & Friend.tech on roids!!
"One of the big questions is - What is money? For practical purposes, it exists in a series of heterogeneous databases, very different databases. Do you believe in crypto? Digital currency may be an answer, but it is a highly respectable disaster. I'd go on Bitcoin. There is no second best. Welcome to the Crypto Curious podcast, proudly brought to you by the Bamboo app. Crypto Curious is your go -to source for all things cryptocurrency. Whether you're a seasoned pro or new to the world of crypto, we've got you covered. Each week, we'll break down the top news stories of the past seven days, giving you the information you need to stay on top of the latest trends and developments. Plus, we'll share quick bites of news and insights that you won't want to miss. If you're new to crypto, we recommend starting in our early episodes, where we break down the basics and give you a solid foundation to understand the crypto world. Join us as we explore the ever -evolving world of cryptocurrency and educate ourselves along the way. On today's episode, we'll give you a complete rundown on the token 2049 event that Blake and I attended in Singapore last week. Sneak peek, it was pretty amazing. Then we'll get into a number of big stories over the past few weeks, including Yuga Labs producing a movie, Binance are in hot water again, the Friend Tech field day, and we can't miss out on more FTX shenanigans. So stay tuned. My name's Tracey, and I'm joined by my pals, Blake and Craig, as we catch up on the crypto news. Hey guys, how are you going? Very well, Trace. Back in the swing of things this week. How are you? Yeah, good. After a week off. Did you miss us, Craig? Yeah, sure. No. That convincing. was I got an extreme FOMO from the group chat photos that you were sending and the talks that you guys went to that looked like a lot of fun, and I wish I went, but maybe next year. Yeah, definitely. Definitely next year. Maybe we should just dive straight in then and talk all about the token 2049 conference, which is the largest annual digital asset events in Asia and Europe. And this year it was bringing together the leading voices and the most sensational projects in Web3. And we did. We had an awesome time. Singapore is amazing. It was my first trip to Singapore. And Blake, give us your initial impressions and what you loved about the event. Yeah, so this is probably the biggest crypto conference in Asia, really. And I think about 10 ,000 people came to the main event itself, but then there were also about 400 side events, more than you could pick, or even too many, too many, really. And really, I think it's an industry focused event. You know, there weren't that many retail investors coming along. Tickets were priced accordingly. And yeah, it was an incredible event. They brought the who's who of the crypto industry to speak, talk about where the other projects are at and what the future looks like, the state of regulation and where we are in the market cycle. And it was fascinating to be there learning and hearing about how everyone else in the industry is thinking. And there was certainly no indication of us being in a bear market. My God, no, it was money, wasn't it? It was out of control. You know, the big exchanges were, were splashing cash around. The Formula One was on at the same time. So lots of people added a bit of excitement, didn't it? Yeah, we're coming over for that. And yeah, we could probably, you know, maybe give us your high level thoughts, Trace, and then we can get into a couple of the interesting things that we learned. Yeah, look, I think it was a really vibrant atmosphere. There were some excellent speakers. I was impressed with the setup. And the event ran really smoothly trying to get 10 ,000 people in over two days. You know, you'd expect a few hiccups, but there wasn't. I thought it was pretty, it was pretty well done. You know, there was a real big emphasis on, on building. And like you said, you certainly didn't feel like you were in a bear market at all. There was just money being splashed everywhere. Lots of giveaways, you know, certainly went trying to get a bit of merch to make Craig feel jealous. Definitely got a few to pop into the chat. What about the talks, guys? Like, which one was your most impressive project, most impressive person that you saw? Yeah, there's a couple that really stood out for me. Firstly, there was a talk on stablecoins, looking at the data and the adoption rate. What was really interesting is that you're even through this bear market, the stablecoin adoption rate has is increasing as you know, the crypto prices go down and less activity happens on chain and on exchanges. And this is really pointing towards the utility of stablecoins and what they're going to mean for the future. And importantly, what was recognised in that talk was that in the US, US -based stablecoins are being used less and less and offshore and algorithmic stablecoins are being used more and more. And this is really because of the regulatory pressure in the US market. People don't want to interact with US businesses, essentially. And, you know, probably the second most interesting talk that I saw was, you know, the founders Yeah, that was my favourite. Yeah, that was interesting. I didn't think I'd love it as much as I did. But I think me and you both sat there and was like, this is really interesting. Yeah, we had the founder of Polygon, the founder of Arbitrum and the founder of ZK Sync. You can see that the ZK Sync group, probably the most technologically advanced and that's a scaling solution that uses zero knowledge protocols on top of Ethereum. And yeah, definitely the most advanced, you know, scaling solution on top of Ethereum. Secondly, your Arbitrum is very focused on research and creating a really great product that anybody could use. And of course, Polygon's focus is on business development and getting adoption from web two companies. So coming at it from three very different angles there, but all for the same purpose of increasing adoption and scalability of the layer ones. I really like that layer two talk, but much like a music festival, you had to pick who you wanted to see because they're all overlapping. There was, you know, there was a main stage upstairs, another one downstairs. There's a few different talks. I ended up stumbling into the Neo founder, do his chat, which was really interesting. I quite liked that one. And for everyone's information, Neo is a layer one blockchain that was founded in China, very much focused on, you know, being an Eastern kind of competitor to Ethereum or so on. You guys remember the Chinese Ethereum narrative and it pumped Neo like 200X? Been around for a long time. Yeah. So you just kind of, but there was a lot of stans, a lot of people, you know, shilling a lot of different things and, you know, you could kind of get lost there for a while. There was a strong push for mainstream adoption through Web3 and gaming. And I think that was on a lot of panel discussions and a lot of side events were also pushing that. I know Animoca Brands had a lot of big events as well. So I think that was a big focus also. I think we didn't get to see him, but Robbie from Immutable was over there speaking as well. Now, was there one project that you didn't hear of that sort of came across a token at the conference? Like, was there a project that you put into your watch list? Not really. Just the big dogs just reinforcing there. Yeah. Just talking about where the innovation is moving, you know. And one thing that really stood out to me is that, you know, the regulation conversation just isn't that prominent in Asia because the regulation in Asia, the regulation in Asia, there's no issues. And, you know, I think that we can easily have a US -centric point of view sometimes. But in Asia, they're ready to do business there. You know, there's lots of investment happening. There's lots of deals happening. There's lots of growth happening. And some of those stories we'll talk about in today's episode. All in all, the event was memorable one for us and worth attending for our team. And it really did reinforce, you know, our love for the industry and just how far we have all come. And so if anyone's referenced token 2049, the next event will happen in Dubai in early 2024, in April, I believe. So you can check that one out. In April? That's only like six months away. I know. I did say to Blake that I thought that was quite soon. I think they have multiple events. You know, they have them in different regions. There you go. Well, I'll go to that one for the crypto curious community. I'll fly the flag. Cheers. Now, folks, we're going to mix it up a little bit this week, and we're going to cut out our short, sharp news bites at the end, and we're going to go to a few biggest stories because, as you know, we missed our show last week. So we're going to cover off a few biggest stories, starting with Franklin Templeton, a large asset manager who has joined the race for the holy grail, the Spot Bitcoin ETF. As we've previously reported, the aim of many of these leading institutions applying for ETF is to attract large institutional investors, which could potentially bring trillions of dollars into the crypto industry. So Franklin Templeton's ETF will be based on a mix of crypto exchange Bitcoin prices to deter price manipulation. So just another big boy entering the space and solidifying the general thesis that it is inevitable that this Bitcoin Spot ETF will happen. There you go, boys. What else are we going to catch on that's happened in the last few weeks, Craig? Yeah. So last week Vitalik, the Ethereum founder, he had his Twitter or X account hacked, and he shared a malicious link, and it actually led to just under $700 ,000 that was drained from people's wallet. So it was just a scam. People connected their wallet, got drained. But it was coming from his official Twitter. Right. Okay. This was due to a SimSwap attack. Right. These big dogs, even they get hacked. So stay on it. Stay safe, everybody. Yeah, we had that story a couple of weeks ago where your people's private keys were being stolen from their password manager, which had a vulnerability. So even when you're doing best practice activities, you know, sometimes you're still not safe. Can't trust anything. All right. Next up, we have a story that came out on the 13th of September. So received FTX approval from the US bankruptcy court to sell and hedge its crypto holdings valued at $3 .4 billion. That's a lot of bloody crypto. This is when everyone was freaking out about where they were going to drop their salon. Yep. Yeah. So we talked about Galaxy Digital was engaged to help, which is a big crypto focused asset manager to help the liquidators or the administrators sell down these assets. So what they have is $1 .16 billion worth of Solana and they have $560 million in Bitcoin and the rest in other tokens. So, you know, this is a little bit concerning. I think the Bitcoin market could probably absorb, you know, the sell down of $560 million of Bitcoin over, you know, a period of time. But what's the market cap, Craig, of Solana? Well, Solana is still, you know, in the billions. Let me just fact check. They can't sell all the Solana at once or it's going to be $9 .2 million of Solana released for them to sell every month, which I think is fine. So not all the Solana will be dumped in the market, but they have an $8 billion market cap. Yeah. And Solana did take a bit of a dump. I think it dumped around 5 % off this news. It's about 20 % of 15 to 20 % of Solana's market cap. But if they're smart, they're going to do this strategically over time anyway. Yeah, well, the three biggest holdings are Solana, Bitcoin and Ethereum. And then the other ones I've got is APT, Updos, Doge, Tron, Matic, Ripple and BNB. Very minuscule amount of BNB. So, yeah, this caused a bit of a shakeout, didn't it guys? Yeah. But, you know, I'm sure that they'll work on a strategy to release those tokens back into the market over time. I will potentially suppress price, but, you know, hopefully not for too long. Next one. This has happened over the last four or five days. The SEC has gone after the Stoner Cats project. I remember this one from a few years ago and mainly for its connection with Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher because it was, you could buy the rights to, it was a TV show, a cartoon Stoner Cats show. I think they only produced a couple of episodes and Mila and Ashton were the voices of the Cats. I think Jane Fonda was also one of the voices. So the SEC has charged a project for conducting an unregistered NFT offering that raised $8 million and one of the arguments the SEC used was that the entire, the entity promoted the potential for its NFT prices to increase in the secondary market, similar to all NFTs. So Stoner Cats agreed to pay a $1 million penalty and to destroy all NFTs in its possession, but they did not have to admit that it was guilty of the charges. So setting precedent there, so I'm not sure if that was the best way to go for them. And the SEC, you know, are really going for different projects at the moment. This wasn't the first one in recent weeks. So one to watch here, I know Elliot from our marketing team, who you guys see sometimes on our Instagram page, sent an article around talking about the SEC going after NFT projects and Guy from the Coin Bureau also made a big statement about it recently that he's slightly concerned. What are your thoughts, Blake? Well, I think there's a big lesson here. Don't sell cryptographic assets to Americans. Stay the hell away and you'll be fine.
A highlight from THOUGHTCRIME Ep. 13 Willard Romney's Revenge? Dems Legitimizing Prostitution? Oliver The Fake?
"Hey, feeling unsure about your finances these days? You're not alone. That's why Noble Gold Investments is here to help. Just hear it straight from the people who they've helped. The Noble crew walked me through everything with no stress. With their help, I could finally sleep easy at night. And now this month, Noble Gold Investments is handing out a free 5 -ounce silver America the Beautiful coin if you qualify for an IRA. Invest in gold and silver with Noble Gold Investments. Go to noblegoldinvestments .com right now. That is noblegoldinvestments .com right now. Hey, everybody. Happy Saturday. Thought Crimes. I joined late to this because I was at our Pastor Summit. But Andrew, Blake, and Jack carry the water for the first part of the episode. Talk about Mitt Romney. Talk about the Virginia Hooker. And then we also talk about Oliver Anthony, who I call a ginger Bernie Sanders with a banjo. Thought Crimes, where we say things that you're not even allowed to think in Western society. This is your warning. I'm just warning you that, yes, there is things in this episode that are not always appropriate for homeschoolers. Email us as always freedom at charliekirk .com and get involved with Turning Point USA at tpusa .com. That is tpusa .com. Buckle up, everybody. Here we go. Charlie, what you've done is incredible here. Maybe Charlie Kirk is on the college campuses. I want you to know we are lucky to have Charlie Kirk. Charlie Kirk's running the White House, folks. I want to thank Charlie. He's an incredible guy. His spirit, his love of this country. He's done an amazing job building one of the most powerful youth organizations ever created, Turning Point USA. We will not embrace the ideas that have destroyed countries, destroyed lives, and we are going to fight for freedom on campuses across the country. That's why we are here. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to tonight's edition, this week's edition of Thought Crime. Are you ready to commit thought crime? Because we've got a lot. Let's go around the horn. I'm not even sure because we got a lot of craziness going on right now. Our gas prices are up almost a full dollar here since last week, almost. And I was in California about a week ago. And I think are you guys hitting about six, almost $6 a gallon right now? Yeah, we are. Yeah, it's about five. How do you do it? I mean, honestly, Santa Barbara is a small town, so we don't drive a whole bunch. We don't feel it as much as probably like, you know, our Los Angeles friends. But I mean, at the end of the day, I mean, California is and actually this, this includes Arizona, Nevada, I believe, Washington and Oregon are considered the same sort of gas island. So they are as it has to do with where the oil comes from. It has to do with where they're getting refined. California has all these special additives and regulations that the refineries, these these benchmarks that refineries need to hit. So it can only come from certain refineries. So it limits the supply even more. It's a whole problem. So Charlie will be here in a little bit. He's at the Pastor Summit right now. He's dealing with some stuff. He's taking care of business on assignment, of course, for Turning Point USA, the faith coalition. But we're here. We're going to hold down the fort until Charlie returns. So shoot us your emails freedom at Charlie kirk .com. Let's get into the first topic here. This one, I think we've all talked about it, but we haven't all mentioned it together. This one, the the revenge or should we say the elegy for Willard Romney? Willard Mitt Romney has announced he's quitting the Senate total rage quit right before the 2024 election. So he's going to serve out the remainder of his term. And of course, as befits his character, he's riding off into the sunset by having the globalists at the Atlantic publish a completely obnoxious passive aggressive interview, trashing his colleagues, trashing Trump, trashing the GOP base. So what is the final word on the GOP 2012 standard bearer, the man who was the nominee for president in 2012? And, Blake, I think you actually have an excerpt from the from this article that's by McKay Coppins in the Atlantic. Oh, well, yeah, exactly, Jack. It's it's amazing. So, of course, he's everything about Romney is, you know, the supposed like, you know, politeness and decorum and all the damage that Trump does to our democracy by being always the last Boy Scout. Yeah, yeah, the last Boy Scout. So naturally, what he does is he announces he's retiring. And then, you know, in perfect timing with it, McKay Coppins has this biography that he's putting out that's, you know, all about Romney and has all these like data points in it. And he's basically just like Romney doing like a drive by shooting on other members of the Republican Party as he leaves. Let's see, like one of the lines from it. This is a summary as Axios summarizes it helpfully for us. Romney shares a unique disgust for senators Josh Hawley of Missouri and Ted Cruz of Texas, who he thought were too smart to believe Trump won the 2020 election. But, quote, put politics above the interests of liberal democracy and the Constitution. And then the even wilder one is for Senator J .D. Vance of Ohio. He says, quote, I don't know that I can disrespect someone more than J .D. Vance. That is a direct quote from Senator Romney describing Senator Vance, who he still has to, you know, share a Senate chamber with for the next year before he actually quits. But, you know, J .D., I mean, can can someone explain what what what is J .D. Vance done in his time in the Senate that's been so ill reputable? It could. Does anyone have what when he went to East Palestine and it seems it seems his crime is that went on there? I'm trying to figure this out. It seems his crime is that, you know, J .D. Vance came out of Ohio. He went to Yale, I believe it was. And then he was in finance and was, you know, and then wrote his memoir, which was very well received. And he's this up and comer on the coast. And then I guess he moved back to Ohio, started doing too many appearances on Tucker Carlson tonight. And like, according to Romney, it was like the transformation was just was just too jarring, like it was too too much of a transformation for for Mr. Romney, who himself has basically transmuted into this like Democrat, I guess. But that doesn't count. This is an interesting this is an interesting take on on all of it. And Andrew, maybe you can give us a sense of it, because what I think that Romney is really upset about here is that he's considering J .D. Vance a class a class traitor. He's calling him a class traitor and saying, look, you're allowed to make money in finance. You're allowed to make go to Yale. You're allowed to go to the great schools. But the one thing and you're certainly allowed to run for the Senate. But the one thing you're not allowed to do is actually go out to the people of your state, listen to the their interests and listen to their issues and then grow and go and try to actually represent them in the United States Senate. This I is think class traitor. I think that's really smart framing, Jack, because at some level, a lot of this is much more about vibe. It's much more about what Mitt Romney thinks is classy versus gross or respectable versus, you know, essentially untoward and beyond the pale. Right. So it's all based on his own little framework of of class structure, of decorum, those sorts of things. So it says here in this, he says he was also highly critical of Senator J .D. Vance, Republican of Ohio, who reinvented his persona to become a Trump acolyte after publishing a bestselling memoir, Hillbilly Elegy about the working class that Romney loved. So Romney loved the book. So at some level, I think it was just like, so I love this book. And how can this kind of become like a Trump bootlicker? Go ahead. Right. So I can there's there and just real quickly, it's kind of like because in the book, J .D. Vance's conclusions, I would say I don't offer this as criticism. I just say it's sort of it's an evolution on J .D. Vance's part because he sort of just says in the book, well, that that sort of that blase classic Republican line of, you know, and everybody just needs to pull themselves up by their bootstraps. I can do it. So can you. And we should cut taxes for big businesses and the one percent pays most of the income tax and that that's kind of it. And then when he went to actually run for office and started really engaging with people politically, that's when he shifted, not socially. Right. But he shifted economically to become more of a populist. Blake, what you're saying? Well, what's so telling in this article is like some of the just a little specific anecdotes that it does pick. And I almost wonder if Coppins is like subtly trolling Romney. Apparently Romney lives by himself and his family in D .C. It mentions let me get let me get the line here. It talks about his his his pad that he lives in. And it says the place had not been Romney's first choice for Washington residents when he was elected in twenty eighteen. He'd had his eye on a newly remodeled condo at the Watergate with glittering views of the Potomac. His wife, Ann, fell in love with the place, but his soon to be staffers and colleagues warned him about the commute, which, by the way, it's like a mile and a half to the Capitol. So he grudgingly chose practicality over luxury and settled for the two point four million dollar townhouse instead. And then, of course, this is not good enough for for Ann. So she never visits him when he's in D .C. So it turns into a gross bachelor pad that has it mentions there's crumbs everywhere.
A highlight from Andrew Klavan (Encore Continued)
"Welcome to The Eric Metaxas Show with your host, Eric Metaxas. Hey there, folks. Welcome to the show. Today, we are actually doing something a little different. We've done it before. We are airing my conversation from Socrates in the City with the extraordinary Eric Metaxas Show. Andrew Klavan. One of the best ever. If you want more information, go to socratesinthecity .com. And now, here is that event. But in Paradise Lost, Milton is trying to show that there's a difference between rebelling against a king, which he had done. He had endorsed the beheading of Charles I and had to run for his life after Charles II came in. And he was trying to show that Paradise Lost is his attempt to show the difference between that and rebelling against God, which is rebelling against goodness and creation. And so that idea, well, how do we now rebel against kings and rebel against the church and yet not rebel against God, was where Wordsworth and Coleridge kind of started without even knowing it. They didn't know they were doing this. I mean, Coleridge might have. He was so brilliant. But they wrote this book called Lyrical Ballads, which transformed English poetry. And it's a book in which they sort of say, we're going to show how the imagination in collaboration with reality transforms and enchants reality and how it brings even the smallest of people nobility. And they basically reinvented this Christian ethos through nature, through looking at nature, which they didn't, like I said, Coleridge knew he was doing it, but Wordsworth, I'm not sure, actually understood. Wordsworth ended his life as a Christian, but it took him a long time to come there. And they sort of passed this journey on to John Keats, who was the greatest English poet since Shakespeare. He lived 25 years. He had about one month, about six weeks of writing some of the greatest poetry that has ever been written and then got tuberculosis and died. And this period of great creativity, I just want to say this one thing because it's so fascinating to me. His brother had died of tuberculosis. His was poetry getting terrible reviews. He was poor. He had a cough. He's probably starting to think, oh my God, I'm getting tuberculosis. He's absolutely depressed. He can't write. He's taking a walk in Hampstead Heath, and he looks up, and who's coming toward him? Coleridge. And Coleridge takes him on a 40 -minute walk during which Coleridge never shuts up. He just talks ceaselessly, and suddenly this poetry comes pouring out of Keats, Ode on a Grecian Urn, Ode on a Nightingale, Ode to Autumn, the greatest poetry since Shakespeare. And then he dies. And the poetry is about, almost all of it is about, okay, there is this beautiful eternal thing out there, and here am I in this world of death and pain. How do I cross the barrier? And he tries to do it through art, through the Grecian Urn. He tries to do it through the imagination, and he can't quite do it. And one day it just happens to him in his Ode to Autumn. He just writes this perfect poem where the observer and the scene meld into one. And he doesn't know it's Christianity, but that's what it is. I wonder, I constantly wonder, what if he had lived another 25 years? What would he have seen? He understood that the soul was immortal. He understood he's the one who said beauty is truth and truth is beauty, which can only make sense if that beauty is connecting us to something beyond ourselves. That's the only way that makes sense. And I just don't know what would have happened to him, but he didn't live, and basically the romantics fail. They kind of fade away, and this materialism that rules our lives now, where we think like, oh, you feel like a man? Well, we'll cut your body into a man costume and you'll be a man. And at the same time, you say, well, I feel this is immoral. You'll say, no, you're wrong. Follow the signs. Well, actually, that's the link, right? In other words, maybe I'm oversimplifying the romantics and the whole period, but what happened is feelings became paramount so that reality becomes subjective and whatever I feel is it. Well, it's a weird binary because the idea is the basic, if you boil theism down to its most basic idea, it's that matter has meaning. If I torture a child, that's bad. It's not bad because we all agree it's bad. If everybody in the world said it was great, it would still be bad. That's the idea that there is a supernatural, something above the nature. If that's gone, then not only do your feelings mean everything, your feelings also mean nothing, and that's where you get this kind of confusion from the left. Yes, if you feel like a woman, I can cut up your body and you'll be a woman, but if you say cutting up someone's body to make them a woman is wrong, so it's just your subjective feeling. That doesn't mean anything. So it's this kind of double paradox where your feelings become everything, but they are nothing. Well, that's the problem with that thing we call reality, right? I mean, it's kind of like it's a stacked deck. God created reality, and if you can convert people to reality, they will be led to him if they're gonna be intellectually consistent. Okay, so one of the things that I just loved about this book, and there's so many things, but you bring these figures to life. When you describe Coleridge and Keats and all of them, and I realize that's something that also had fallen out of fashion by the time that I was in college in the 80s, where we didn't seem to care about these figures as figures, and you sort of, you bring them to life, so in some ways, it's not a novel, but there are a lot of fun stories in this book about amazing, crazy, brilliant people trying to work these things out in their lives and in their art. Well, if you think about it, Britain is an island the size of Oregon, and on it in this one generation, or it's two generations, but it's the same time, is Coleridge, Wordsworth, Blake, Shelley, Keats, and Byron, the six greatest poets in the English language besides Shakespeare and Milton, are all living together on this island, and so they're all nuts, because they're poets, right? They're wild men, they're falling apart half the time. Coleridge is an absolute ruin of a human being. Byron is screwing everybody, male or female, he can get his hands on. Shelley wants to be doing that, but isn't quite, and then, and one of the people that I deal with is Mary Shelley. One of my favorite chapters in the book is on Frankenstein, because here's Mary Shelley who adores Shelley. She adores this man she's run off with. He's left his wife, and she's run off with him, and she adored and worshiped her father, and now she adores and worships Shelley, and he's basically treating her, as Byron and Shelley treated all the women they came in contact with, he's basically treating her like crap, and he believes in free love, and he doesn't know why she's so depressed when her children die. He's depressed that she's not paying attention to him, and she writes this book, Frankenstein, where she says it's about a man who tries to steal God's thunder by creating life, but I point out that we all create, people create life. We create life of the things that we have. What Frankenstein, what Dr. Frankenstein does is he creates life without a woman, and her nightmare is essentially the nightmare of femininity, the female aspect of life, and femininity and womanhood becoming obsolete, and if you follow, she invents, in that moment, she invents science fiction. She really invents the modern genre of science fiction, and if you follow science fiction, so much of it is about that.
"blake" Discussed on The Paul Finebaum Show
"Alter the topic briefly here. Thank you. Wake up, Murray joining us from the USA Today group to talk about who else. But Nick Saban, back in the news, again, the scheduling conflict continues to be a subject of news and Blake. Thank you very much. Great to have you on. So many things to catch up on. Let's get to your latest talking about what Saban said, squaring that with what Greg sankey indicated over the weekend. Yeah, it was interesting. Obviously, at a recent piece with Sports Illustrated Nick Saban was kind of groaning about what he says are the earmarks rivals for Alabama and potential 9 game schedule beginning in 2024. Those rivals being LSU auburn and Tennessee, but in my recent conversation with Greg sankey, I thought the commissioner made some important points now, Greg was not directly refuting Nick Saban's comments, but I think it's you see them and it's hard not to link the two of them together. You know, I thought the commissioner made a good point that putting so much focus on who a team's three rivals are sort of ignores the fact that this is a 9 game conference schedule and it's I think it's more I guess paramount to compare the schedules team to team in the totality of their 9 games. In other words, while we might get bogged down by some of this grumbling and comparison of one team set of rivals versus another, the collection of 9 conference games, the commissioner believes and I believe are going to be a lot more equitable across the board in terms of competitive balance, certainly than the current structure we have with the division format. And I think really from team to team, as you compare one schedule to the other across 9 games, I think you're going to see that the competitive balance is pretty similar from team to team in this format we're talking about. Blake, I don't know who's doing PR for Nick Saban these days. I know it's not the two of us, but it seems like they ought to refresh because what seemed like a good idea sitting down with a college football reporter has at least from here boomerang because he's gotten nothing but negativity as a result and I realized Nick Saban likes to be heard, but I know you I know what you said a minute ago about your conversations with sankey, but how do you think this is playing in relation to Nick Saban around the country? Not that it matters, but it's still part of the narrative right now. Well, as I wrote, Paul, it Nick Saban comes across in his recent groaning as if he's missing the forest for the trees. If you look at the that's pretty good. If you look at the current construct of the schedule, Paul, I mean, Georgia, for all intents and purposes, gets to waltz to Atlanta. Now, George has had the best team in college football the last two seasons. And I'm not trying to belittle what Georgia has achieved by any means. However, if we want to talk about incomparable competitive balance right now, I mean, Georgia every year gets to play Vanderbilt, Kentucky, South Carolina, all those teams from the east, whereas Alabama is in the west. I mean, you would think you would be cheering on the destruction of divisions and this format where you would play every team at a minimum of once every two years you would play a rival every year. You'd play everybody else once every two years on a rotating basis. But that's not what we're hearing here. And I think it's, frankly, I think it's flat out false. To say that Alabama would have the toughest collection of rivals if they get assigned LSU auburn and Tennessee. I mean, how about Florida, right? I mean, the projection that we've seen from Florida coming from Sports Illustrated and informed projection was that Florida would be paired with Georgia, Oklahoma and South Carolina. You telling me you'd rather face Georgia every year, I don't think so. How about LSU? Brian Kelly was saying, hey, bring them on. We want to play the toughest teams out there, which I think is better PR advice, right? And LSU is earmarked with Alabama with Texas a and M and with Ole miss. I think some of this is recency bias in terms of Tennessee. I mean, Nick Saban and Alabama had their way with Tennessee for what was it, 14 straight years, Tennessee wins on the last second field goal to finally end the streak and now all of a sudden it's as if Tennessee is world beaters and makes this rivalry assignment tilted in a too difficult direction. Well, let's go back two years ago when all this was playing in the sugar bowl in that season with Matt corral. So if you take like recency bias out of this, why does Tennessee look so much tougher than old miss if we had the 12 team playoffs? In the last 9 years, the playoff era, all this would have made the playoffs more times than what Tennessee would have. Ole miss would have made the playoffs more times than what auburn would have in the last 9 years. That's the playoff era. So I think I don't even think it's correct to say that this collection of three rivals from Alabama would be the toughest assignment in the conference. Bye bye. You've been around long enough to know. It's the world according to Nick Saban and no other world matters.
"blake" Discussed on Trading Secrets
"David Ortiz is behind it. That's really incredible. Congratulations. David, do you have any follow-up or last minute questions for Blake? No, I just hope he's got the percentage of his new savings goal. He's got a nice little engagement ring. Got to take care of the girls, you know. What you did there, yeah, are you putting a little stash away for that, don't you? Good. Good Blake, when you start looking, let me know. I went through the whole process. You know exactly what to do. You got a guy. I really got a guy. I got a guy too. I got a guy, he's got a guy we'll get G of ring, congratulations on all your happiness. Blake, thank you so much for your time. Thank you guys. That is the worst ding ding ding I've ever had. You
"blake" Discussed on Thyme 4 Tea with Mikita
"Time for tea with mikita is a podcast about redefining self care. It's about looking at every aspect of our life from music, career, family, relationships, and everything in between..
"blake" Discussed on Thyme 4 Tea with Mikita
"And we'll let you sit with that. I will let you all sit with that. You can not heal what you're not willing to face. That hit on so many different levels for me. And I hope it hits on some areas for you. And I hope this whole conversation helps you if you're already on that journey for transformation that you continue that you find the strength and fortitude that you need to keep going. If you're thinking about changing, you know, how your relationship with food and making it a more healthier relationship that fits you and your lifestyle that you continue with it that this conversation encourages you. And that you start loving every aspect about yourself, every curve, every smile, every wink of the eye, I want you to feel confident and beautiful because you are. You are in the image that you're supposed to be in, you should love everything about you, be proud of who you are, all right, you guys. That is all the tea that I'm spilling today on these key takeaways. But don't forget to join me each and every Tuesday as we come back. And spill more hot, delicious tea. That was definitely some hot tea. Don't forget to join me next week as we spill some more delicious tea. Until next time, namaste..
"blake" Discussed on Thyme 4 Tea with Mikita
"Like yourself. You're taking back power around the very thing that sometimes makes us feel powerless when we don't feel good about how we look on the outside. So miss Blake, welcome, thank you for just coming in and sharing some love with me and my audience today. Thank you so much for having me and I love how you explain the challenges and some of the emotional pain points that people suffer in science that when it comes to how they look at their soul, how they attach meaning to their self based on their body image and just shaming their soul for the fact that they like what they like but the messages that we inherit about food and about the way we should look connected to the impact how we allow ourselves to express ourselves how to enjoy life. So I really love how you said that. And it just made me think because this week has actually national disorder awareness week. So this is about awareness around eating this delicious and you're your guide to restrict a very common amount of women. There are studies that show that women probably 20 years of their life on and off. And that's really astonishing. Because dieting is not normal. It's not, it's not it's normal, it's not natural, I should use that word. It's not natural. That's not line natural in nature. You know, if you just think back to when we were little, how we ate everything, and we knew when we were following we stopped. Yeah, somewhere along the way that the eat healthy and diet became like this big confusion, you know, when you see people eating healthy, the first thing, are you on a diet? Just pay for this so many conditions attached to guide him, but if we go back to the English word of what a diet means in a dictionary, it's simply means your food intake. Nothing else. Not healthy with nothing just simply means your food intake. However, if we think about how we learned about dieting, I always remember this American guy in the spandex. And I think he was in a clip of not even better. I don't remember his name, but he always pushes fat people to like, yeah, do your aerobics, then go that cheeseburger kind of thing. You would know who he is, I can't remember his name, but it's just those types of stereotypical ideas about what it means to be fat. Being fat is a spinning. You need to burn off the fat. All you need to eat is that that's a culture that came from different people's ideas. And the reality is a lot of us internalize that by watching television programs by watching sitcoms. There's always some kind of nuance around food. So we pick up on all these subtleties in different bits and society. And even if you think about your own caregivers, the people that raise you. First of all time, I would say to anybody in respect and see how does your mom treat food? How does she treat her body? How does she speak to herself about how she looked like when she was trying to lose weight to fit into an outfit? Does she negatively about her body or other people's body by comparing? And all of these things, you're observing the observing. So this becomes what your condition to see and believe and understand about yourself. So I always say to people, it's really more about eating behaviors and learning. They're really off. And they're also adaptive because at the end of the day, everyone was safe for you, this is all I love being I enjoy food for spirit has no more character. Can't be anything too. Can't give me these all, it tastes good because yes, a human being spirited is something designed by nature flux in joy. And for nourishment, by the end of their food dog don't have any more character. Yes. But you know what you said something very, very important. You said, how did your parents treat food? How did your mom treat food? And I must say for me growing up, we didn't eat a lot of takeout, we mostly ate. You know, we had a garden in the saddest. We had a neighbor that had a cornfield. So in the summer, they would share crops and stuff like that. So we ate really, really well. But my mom would always sometimes surprise us with sweets. So it became when I got older, I would reward myself with junk food and sweets and ice cream that's like always worked really hard. You deserve to have this cake or to eat all of this junk food. And that's how I rationalize, oh, if you do well, you can eat this or you work really hard, you can have this. And no one ever actually said that, but that's how I associated that with treating myself with treats. Great because it comes from some place but people who got about how they do things where it comes from because it's such a normalized thing that you that's what you did as a child so you grew up with that pattern and it becomes subconscious that you forget about it, but you naturally start to do that when you feel like I've worked hard this week. Ice cream, but that pattern came from there. Yes. And sometimes I feel like we eat like we live if we live out of control and we don't have a whole lot of control in our life, then we start to eat like we are living. And it could be the opposite some people deny herself foods because you know I grew up with an aunt at one point I lived my aunt and she had a. She was very discriminative to people that were larger. She hated fat she thought that was a thin and when I look at her, she really controlled everything she ate the extreme. Till she actually became anorexic and she and her attitude towards black people in internally what I was also taking on subconsciously that I was something wrong with me if I became bad. So it can also have, again, when people are raising in your little children are just blowing pain because they're taking on other people's energy and how people affirm them. And it's indirect. So even her concept that I used to be and when I became fat again, it's.
"blake" Discussed on Daily Pop
"All right, let's start with you. You're really not gonna shake anything to get these. Oh, I'm gonna shake some. Okay. Let me give you a halfway through the commercial break. Ryan and his leading lady Blake Lively hit the red carpet last night for the premiere of the Adam project and we can talk about Blake for a minute. Can we just go ahead and talk about this lady? Her makeup artist says, she's still styles herself. Well, she obviously has the best taste in the world because she always looks stunning. I love that. I feel like, you know, even for me at times, I feel like majority of the time I style myself, but you know yourself best. You know, your body type, you know, your vibe, you know what feels good. And sometimes stylists, not that they could be a hit or miss, they just don't know you personally, but I've always loved that about Blake. For sure. You know, she's always just natural fashion icon. She's so beautiful. She is. Everyone thinks that when you're a celebrity and you get hair and makeup, that it's so fun that it's so amazing. And sometimes when you have hair and makeup and stylists always in your space, sometimes you just want to be by yourself. Yeah. And you don't want that extra person coming into your situation. At this point in my life, I am grateful as hell for the help. I will take it all the way to the right. I'm like, project runway. You got 20 minutes to get this hair, makeup, and styling done. Oh, I love that. Xana caught up with her man Ryan and Jen Gardner to talk time travel, parrington. Parenting and Jen's epic reunion. Nice to see you, all right. All right, good. Back in, we won the light when we need the light, right? Do you have a special spot? I don't. I do not. Oh, well, no, it's right here tonight. Congratulations. Thank you so much. That's classified. But yes. Time travel. Yeah. If you were to go back in time and tell your 12 year old self to give them some advice, what would it be? I would say that that pricks on his own. I'm not doing. I'm not helping him on anything. No, he's got a, you know, fall on his face, make mistakes, say dumb things do dumb things. You gotta make all those mistakes. That's the foundation of learning. Take it easy. Stop. You know, fall down and scream. There's a lot about obviously fatherhood in it. Was there anything you took from the role that you now translated into your own life? I have a lot of stories that I tell myself about my father to sort of account for some of my own deficits and, you know, as I get older, I sort of ask, I have to ask myself what those stories true and oftentimes they're not. You know, so it was interesting to have a sort of a much more sober truthful sort of look at my relationship with my dad and that's sort of what we put on the page for Adam project as well. I don't understand you. Dad would. Now, as he's very true to say, Ryan's mother. Yes, yes, of course. Why darling? You're darling. What advice would you like? Oh gosh. I think brands got it pretty handled. Ryan and Blake have a beautiful family and they have gorgeous careers. They're incredible. Would you have any advice variety if you were his father? Payments shot up and suffer. You know? Quit pitching so much. Because you have no idea what's around the corner for you. And that whole thing where the sidetrack of the Green Lantern don't worry about that. You don't know a secret? Yeah. Yeah, this one is kind of. What was it like working with? Being reunited with Jen again. That's great. You know, we've remained friends of all these years and we sort of came back and it was like a homecoming. It just felt so comforting to be back together and it felt like we were almost in a continuation of Jenna and Maddie from 13 going on 30 and they're kind of who they might have become 'cause they're such a sweet couple in this movie and even though you only see us together in one scene, it's a scene that has to inform a lot of the movie. And so I think that our history kind of helps give it a little more depth..
"blake" Discussed on SharkFarmer Podcast
"I noticed what he. I ain't got no strong arms. That many really took off didn't it. Yeah i've had a couple that gotten a million before it like you said it's just hit and miss never know now. Some of the other videos that you're doing do you ever do videos. Not from the drone. Yeah i do a couple but like we said before My faith nothing really show off. So i kinda keep those on a low okay. I mean people listening are gonna think you look like the elephant man. You look like a twenty four year. Old farmer are what i play some days. That's what you play on. Tv yeah what you see on. My talk is never the whole picture. I mean he always got anything and everything that can go wrong in a farm. None of that stuff is usually showed up your aren't people can use to that for social media a little bit. Yeah yeah because. I think that used to be the thing when social media was first starting to take off your like. Oh you're only showing the good stuff. Yeah i'm not gonna show myself cussing at a cat for twenty four hours but then it just kind of became accepted. I mean you're you're gonna see the pitcher book the the good stuff on farm for sure. Yeah and if i get stuck in a field i am not going to show that it's usually next to a road and that's enough people see. I don't know anybody else commenting on there saying what were you thinking. Well i'm what i'm told but i mean if everybody has that attitude. I don't know what i'm going to show on tv show. I cut out a lot of it. Though i just the tick tock comments can get bad and a hurry depending on what your show you know saying. Why are you doing it this way on my farm. We do it that way. I'm sure you know that whole deal. That i mean that is social media right. You're you've got one hundred and forty one thousand followers right now. Are you the kind of guy that are going to focus on the six jerk. Weeds out there. That comment on stuff like that. Because i'm gonna tell you most people do for sure. Yeah literally those people that are comedy like that They don't like you they hate you. Ain't you know saying you probably look at their accounts and they've got like thirty followers and they're probably just look blake with a center and forty one thousand. Let's make fun of them. I never understand. Is you know they just go out and buy this equipment. That will work better. Go out and buy this or that. Do you want to write the check for me. Because i will accept.
"blake" Discussed on The Thought Card
"Traveler is welcome back to another episode of the thought card podcast today. I have tom blake with me. And we're gonna be talking all about the pros and cons of the digital.
"blake" Discussed on Bachelor Party
"Like greg. I'm so suspicious of greg. i can't get there I thought who did so. Good on his one on one and then like sense. Then i'm like i don't really get you. There's nothing there and there's no there there from. He's the kind of guy that if your friend was dating him you like. How do you break like. There's nothing wrong with him. But like how do you break it to your friend like this is just not like this like all. Your friends are married. You can't but otherwise you're you're gonna do what they want to do. So you're kinda dislike all right. There's nothing wrong just going to be along for this ride. But then no one's gonna wanna hang out with katie and greg. They're not going to have a lot of couple of france because he's going to be so boring that like the in the couple's the guys are like maybe suck talking to greg. What are we gonna talk about and just store up talking points like it's just so boring scholley for heads Gone somewhere in written in your notes. Like things i can talk about I definitely prepared. I prepare talking points when i feel like. It's going to be awkward before and like okay could bring up this. I could survival strategy sometimes social situations so yeah probably but also part of is like. Is this really who he is. I don't know. I don't think so. I think he's like just trying to win. I really do. I feel like i don't think it's wrong reasons thing but i just feel like greg is into her. Wanted to work out but this happened stating you're just like i want this to work out just because like for the pride right and i think that's where out greg. Yeah for sure and you don't want to throw in the towel once you've put in a lot of energy. He's getting by that. She likes him being the like. Actually look i noticed you really yourself. And he's like okay. That makes her notice being i this cornell time i think she wants to know motive guidelines take care of kind of. That's i do. I think. I think blake gifts for that in spain. Yeah i don't think address says now. I think he's like he's also really fun. They just seemed like really good buddies. Her andros who who have good chemistry. But i don't see a long-term so who is your top two cause we're like halfway katie. This is week four. I'm curious to see what happens. No production was cut short. I think it was before only five Some curious to see what happens. Production was cut short. But who i think's in a winner. Who's my favorite. Oh i'm still going with greg. I just feel like he's got it in the bag for. Who thinks gonna win. Yeah from hurting. When he's not major is michael da. No question Do you see anything in the extremely long trailer for the rest of the season that you're like. Oh this looks interesting. tell me more I think michalis on his own spending this kid south exit yeah. That'd be the classy thing for him to do. And i can totally get why that would suck with katie. I think that she was going to pick him for small. Obviously like if he does leave. So i think pick him anyways. No but i think would be really hard to be like. He's definitely my top three. So like how. Do i know if i wind up victim and now i'm thinking someone just because they're the ones that are that are left in not because i want wanna pick. Yeah yeah it would if someone self eliminates dislike why like i understand he has even. If it's michael. I understand he's assigned but like if you really cared like if i was better like why wouldn't you just stay thank you. It opens the door to a lot of self doubt. Yeah i felt that way. Kind of with a serena on matt susan. It seemed like matt really liked her. She was one of the few people that i was like. I think they actually have chemistry. I think it was probably between serena and rachel to win and so when she south exited he liked fully jumped on. Yeah the rachel trade awesome matt seems the kind of guy who would who would respond to someone who's like i'm good. He'd just be like oh now now now now and then that would like thrown for a loop. So yeah so i i. I think that happens And that seems to like shake up the whole house who when tasteless like why are you here. Someone came and knocked on her door. I have no idea who that is. I think it's blake because like he has like the relationship potato where he's like you know. He knew her previously from her season. So i bet that's blake That's my guess. No one else would really make sense because don't also knows statia but they put it like right after. They showed someone knocking on katie storage. You were the last person. I thought was going to be here and i was like. Who's that. I don't know i don't know i i. I can't. i can't really tell what exactly she wants. She wants to be loved. And i think she wants a good connection but so far i really know what katie's typists 'cause all over the map with these guys which is cool like you know maybe he doesn't have a type. I can't tell the three people. We think she likes the most andrew. Ask greg michael and maybe maybe throw connor in there. I'm not sure cutter's not for me but like let's throw connor in there like couldn't beat. They're literally like the four corners of a square totally. They're all so different. Yeah i think maybe she doesn't. She totally doesn't know yet. Yeah interesting i also you know it just to see that she wanted to actually be engaged to get married or is this for fun right right right. Well we'll we'll see I'm looking. I'm looking more at the rest of the season. I feel like it's heating up. Yeah this episode find brought me back in before i was kind of like. Where's this going. Yeah i hear you i feel. Mis pretty good. But i mostly happy for you. Kelly people like blake to choose. Josie really like are coming back. It's all it's all coming together. It's your hate is coming together to quickly. 'cause i'm also like waist-deep on a scripted television show some trying to balance Start up a net flex. Oh i watch that. So good. And i'm a big. I don't know if you guys watched the oc back in the day course What's the guy's name. Adam brody adam brody. He's in it and i just think yes. I think i love his character okay. Alex dot com on a lot. I mean i. I loved the oc. I was completely obsessed with that. Like and i had never been to california when i was watching it hang. I have rewatch the. Oc like three times. Probably in my lifetime. I used to make all my brothers watched it with me when we were younger. It was like the one show that i could get them to buy in on being the only girl and i just like adams like quirkiness. Yeah i mean he's the massey lena's quirkiness by the way. Five courtney courtney alad. Apparently he something happens with courtney which reading it to see. Because i'm so proud of you or something like that. I don't know what that was about. I also this episode was like you know what it's not a bad guy kind like i wish. I hope he finds love soon. He seems very rational and he can't help that. His name spelled with a q. And they weird. The gave him like random interview. Time for someone who like never had time with. We never saw him with katie. But they would give him. I'm like really good guy. Production probably respectful. Yeah yeah totally totally Well we'll see what happens. Katie think katie halley. Thank you so much. I'll be back on monday and we'll be back next thursday. Thanks for listening. I think so much to isaiah blakely for producing this episode and have a great weekend..
"blake" Discussed on Makom Israel Teachers Lounge
"blake" Discussed on Makom Israel Teachers Lounge
"What have you you need to just basic. Political theory teaches us. That you will not boost ranks that you will not grow your membership and have a real shot at seizing power unless you have something to blame for why everything is going wrong. So it can be defined anti-semitism as the politics of the pointing finger. The left says what do we not like. We don't like racism. We don't like apartheid. We don't like colonialism. We don't like white power. We don't like a genocide. Obviously we don't like oppression in any form nationalism. So instead of dealing with how these things manifest in the world and where they're found in how they're supported which by the way they are found nearly every single corner of this planet in every single institution. What have you. It's far easier. To say. Israel israel israel israel israel israel the. Ju ju ju ju ju ju ju because not only are you. Fixating attention on one thing. That is so small and easily. Malleable to fit all of these definitions. But also by pointing the finger at the jew you're pointing away from something that we're not supposed to be seeing. Which is the corruption and the ridiculousness of the left as it is same thing with the right the right says what do we not like. We don't like socialism we don't like communism. We don't immigration. We don't like refugees. We don't like globalism. We like it or nationalism. We don't like judaism really i mean. That's more the christian right. But you get what i'm saying and so instead of dealing with how these things that we don't like affect our politics affect international international order effects finance whatever it's far easier to say the. Ju ju ju ju ju the now since nazi germany which we all know is very bad you know the both sides i agree with you. That nazi germany. Yeah yeah both sides. Yeah i'm glad. Both sides of the spectrum have been have become a lot smarter at not saying the word jew because that will ring alarm bells in a liberal democracy especially one that you know reasonably educated on what happened well and not even gonna say seles yet less and less leave recently. Edging decently educated on what happened in europe in the forty s. So the right obviously says you know globalist new york liberals which i always kinda liked Hollywood elite all of those kind of buzzwords recently like pedophile which is like a on a conspiracy theory lizard people all of that stuff and the left will say you know zionists. Which is what the soviet union famously called jews. Colonizers settlers colonialists imperialists You know could knicks. And how the league cooed. Nick has kind of become this antisemitic caricature for better for worse. Yeah and so. It's kinda funny because like even liberal zionists like myself and. I recently realized that a lot of students. When we're confronting are liberals linus believes will say something like but i'm a good zionist know the settlers. I'm not the ones you have ron. I'm not the and hilltop youth. But i'm like wait a minute. Is that different from a juicing. But i'm a good jew. I'm not zionist and is that different levels of like washing. Consciousness is just yourself from other jews and we falling into the same trap you can. You can disagree. With provisions zionism and be gets the settlement movement against the occupation non zero them under the buzz knox and throw them under the bus. Anti semite when you're dealing with an anti semite so i'm really i side when it comes to the right wing israelis so you should like me exactly. It's so i just. I get back to blake's goal. Your goal is win. Allies to back tying barter my goal is to teach people to teach people everything that i just said right. I want to make the younger generation who is very attune to the victim-victimizers oppressed depression. You know how. Racism intolerance shows itself. I want to teach them the history and contemporary politics of anti-semitism because there has been a significantly an abhorrence lack of that And so that's my mission essentially and that's why spend a little bit more time on anti-semitism His rome because i think like i don't have anything to say to somebody who doesn't think israel should exist. It's like okay. I don't think france should exist. Poor-quality ron's fight me. You know it's dumb argument. I don't want to waste my time. But i do wanna waste my time and i'm not wasted. I do wanna spend my time speaking hebrew already in english. Cabela's matt nice hackley. I i do want to spend my time same impressionable. Young people anti zionism is infected. Semitism here's why. I think a noble i agree earlier. When to put partisan politics aside to embrace their jewish identity or to being jewish or be activated as in a way that young jewish people can say. I'm actually more jewish than i am leftist or a social justice activists because perhaps might political ideology is not one hundred percent representative absolute truth and if i get married too it it could put my being jewish identity endanger an. Is there a way that we know. Firstly you know. I am whatever i am. But like my jewishness comes up for my political identity and it.
"blake" Discussed on Makom Israel Teachers Lounge
"To pick up on american right. Well yeah it's like. You know what i'm fascinated with when i'm kind of obsessed with all of my work kind of centers around the fact that anti-semitism carries a tiki torch would anti-semitism as a swastika. That's vandalized on a synagogue wall. When anti-semitism is saying the jews killed jesus christ in therefore i don't like jews everybody including jews especially jews obviously but everybody can recognize it forward thinking liberal progressive people have no problem calling it out because we understood immediately what it is. It's slaps us across the faces antisemitic. We were raised knowing that those types of things are are hateful and discriminatory but when anti-semitism comes wrapped in the language of human rights and equality and justice when it has an air of politics to it when it shows itself in the political realm end masquerades as this is something worth fighting for. This is the civil rights battle of our era. It's harder to see. And i think that's so stupid and immature. Because that's how anti-semitism that's how anti-semitic movements have always happened. There was always a lunatic fringe that everyone recognized as hateful in gross. But the way that anti-semitism enters a mainstream is by convincing enough people that one this is something that's liberal and forward thinking and of progress progressive and to house values. Yeah exactly and two that. The jews deserved it right and both of those things are happening right now and they're not coming from the right. It's interesting the way you talk about it because if you look at like. I don't know if this is too much of a stretch. I think about like nazism. They were progressive. They they were progressing. Towards something is utopian in a way the far left and the nazis. We're trying to china. The justice was on their side. According to them and said what you're talking about on the left is talking about in in phraseology of truth and justice. I'm curious do you. What do you think about that comparison. I don't know how it was left. Out of holocaust education and jewish education in general that the nazis made very. Let me rephrase that. I don't know how it's been out of jewish education and holocaust education that the nazis made use of leftist language encourage the boycott against jewish businesses in nineteen thirty three in one thousand nine thirty four. There's actually a poster that i read online that someone had shared on twitter. That said you know. Hitler's third reich is trying to bring in an era of social justice view. The poor surf you the poor peasant exploited by the jewish capitalists by the jewish money grabbers. The greedy jews understood the same thing. Exactly that language is pulled directly from karl marx on the jewish question. And i don't think it's actually. It makes sense. Mike half philosopher here. But they're just pulling from marks. Haggle and nazis went right. And you know the marks in the social critic critical social theorists on the marxist neo marxist postcolonial possessions up but yeah it comes from the same tree of you know we're progressing in history writer to ultimate truth and justice. German public at the time was upset in a state of distress because they had lost a war and there was out of control inflation and there was poverty and there was international humiliate humiliation and there was this sense of hopelessness among many even in the weimar republic was very successful but there were obviously social and economic problems that needed to be addressed. And so when people voted for hitler or when people you know in in in czechoslovakia waved handkerchiefs. When the nazis rolled in on the streets to occupy the country viewing them in a positive light they i. I don't think that at first they were like we're going to support these people because they hate jews and we hate jews too you know. Germany was established liberal democracy during the weimar republic. They voted for these people because they promised to build roads to improve the economy to socialize nationalize industries and to lift people off of their feet and put germany back to work again. Make germany great again. And so and so i mean it was an economic and i guess cultural movement forward rather than a. We're gonna vote for these people because we want the jews in concentration camps red. How are you your experience shippers. I use a college europe the new york times piece. When you've been really involved in this does your experience of your earlier in college up to now we'd be like i could've totally predicted would happen during this conflict between israel hamas and that the real threat wasn't actually towards israel which is a pretty strong country with iron dome it can protect itself but the real threat was actually people like you living. You know better activists that are out there actively jewish actively zionists and it seems to be you know less safe. And i don't know if that's something you were thinking about as an eighteen year old kid. Nineteen year old kid now almost graduating college. I mean when i first got to college. I could not have predicted it. But as i learned more and as he began educating myself on the facets of left-wing anti-semitism how it presents itself to the world. I totally could have predicted this if you would've asked me last year last summer. If there was a conflict between israel and hamas that ended in civilian casualties what would happen. I would tell you straight up without hesitation. There would be outbreak of anti semitism. That i asked her up. Because it's happened in europe during the second intifada it's been happening in europe. You know happened. In europe during a protective edge in two thousand and fourteen it violence between israel and palestine spilled over into europe since the start of the twenty first century and depending on your source even before that and so. I see what's happening in america right now. Just a continuation of what. We've already seen across the pond as co-organised ideologies ruminate here and gain an audience Very profoundly and i believe that audience is being whipped up and encouraged by certain members of congress who shower nameless. Can you explain what corporatization that what you're referring to that. How the head of the labor party in england what. What do you mean by.
"blake" Discussed on The BosBabes
"I think one of my favorite college memories and this will be a hockey memory, cuz that's really all I did was play hockey. We were losing on my birthday. We were in ncaa's, final eight and we had to win this game to go to the final four years. And it was my junior. We were down playing Saint Lawrence. And right before the second. I just like stopped this three on one page, the transition was going. People had changed and it was myself and Mary was Sushi. And we went down, I scored on my birthday and for whatever reason we won the game Thursday we celebrated like rock stars after because we had actually overcome adversity on my birthday which was amazing. I'm mentioning it again but it was just like the greatest birthday gift ever to be able to contribute and then go to the Frozen Four for like the second year in a row, which was school record-breaking history at that point. So, yeah, I think that was one of my favorite memories apart from winning home is being pods all that stuff. But that is an amazing memorable memory from attending college. It sounds like it happened, right? Around your birthday. We're going, you had a excellent game. Relate weekend. You guys went out, you separated. So I absolutely love that memory that you just shared with us. Again, you guys are not listening to Blake Bolden athlete and LA Kings Scout. She is talking all the boss name is where I'm from and this podcast is called boss. Pays for a reason not only for women empowerment but of course boss boss is short for Boston. So blink again, thank you so much for joining me today. Check to Blue Sky sports and entertainment. I love that company, they do so many amazing things in and around the Boston area and blink is actually teamed up with them now. So let's hop right into it hockey at Boston College. I'm going to read off some stats. For those of you guys that don't know, Blake actually played at Boston College. Not only did she attend Boston College, he obviously played there. She just gave you a memory from playing at b, c p. In thirty-seven games, as a captain, her senior year totaling 29.06 goals and 23 assists. She actually had seven multi-point games that year and ranked second all-time BC defenseman and points goals and assists. Lots and lots of accolades while in college, playing hockey and academically as well. Including first-team hockey's. All-Star first-team, New England, all star and you actually earns the athletic director's award for academic achievement honors. So you obviously have way more accolades than that, that I just picked out a couple of them. What is it mean to you? To be such a decorated athlete, both academically and as an.
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"Game is the degree of difficulty and when a goal is scored the euphoria involved. Especially when we've seen just incredible playmaking from the mkx david's in the matthews of the world. I'm i'm of the opinion that You know we. We should celebrate that. And e n when we when scoring expands. Let's say we go back to the eighties model and again goaltending was different than two. But is you know eight to six. Is it as special when a goal is scored anymore. Does it matter as much. I don't know. Yeah cross when i get my trick special. That's exactly hatrick. Once a week thing. I'm thinking about now. Is i still think. There's a ways to go in new modern material technology so for instance bulletproof vest type of thing where you can manufacturer protection. That is unquestioned. Goaltender will be protected at the same time smaller and lighter and i think that may be the next step where they've already taken that step but if they go a little further maybe again they accomplish things where they opened up and if they opened up another three or four inches in the net. That's enough that's enough for deflections to all of a sudden go in instead of hitting a shoulder. That's enough shrink the pads and other half inch and other insurer there i i have two words for you though on that carbon fiber some point. There's going to be a composite material that that has some sort of carbon fibre component. That'll be lighter than ever before and it'll be more protective than ever before when you think about a formula one race car right. They are built with the chassis. That has so much more carbon fiber than it did however many years ago and they are safer than they've ever been. I i look at that and save shin guards or state guards or in a chest protector or even a helmet like what y aren't components of that being involved just yet. I have a feeling that's the next thing. And then they those have to become affordable to them. Yeah of course well i. It's been a conversation. I'm glad we had a chance to to chat with with rob blake jimmy final thoughts here before we wrap up. Yeah you know. I keep the happy train going. You know adrian tempe kinda of use that phrase in just back to the kings are my expectations. I don't know if they've moved. That much mentioned it a couple of times on the air tom. Mclaughlin teams historically will be good on the power play. That's just one of his strengths. We're seeing that now.
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"That's it's not as serious as if it did happen but tells you know that's crying wolf if you're using that now while i. It has geopolitical implications for players coming from the national hockey league. That again i was way beyond whatever we could cover in a couple of minutes deal. They've already group them. They've always okay. This guy supports putin. This guy sports putin they've held the fundraiser than these guys. Don't that's that's That's i don't think that. Is this. The first of that type of thing that i've heard any sport like political political in nature like at least in the nhl at least north american sports. I mean i'm sure it happens with international athletes in olympic sports or maybe you know in leagues in europe. But i can't recall anything like that. You know released recently olympics sports the sixty olympics test that was circling. even beyond that boycotts. The i can't recall anything since then. That's kind of crossed over but like utica lines like that. You're potentially talking about pitting players on the same team each other Depending on their thoughts on who should be leading new certain countries gets a fascinating stuff on there. Were just at the start of it. Really feels like And then one other thing that came up last week Article in the athletic. That generated a lot of buzz from ken. Dryden who we know is can be a little bit long winded at times but had a boot presented a very very strong case for change in the national hockey league where he wants to expand the nets. And we've heard this talk before. I don't know if i've heard it quite in the in the same detailed way that he laid out like no no. I haven't made but And i'm sure he's done in the past. But i don't know what's your. What's your general impression of reading about this this week the nick nixon rule yeah. He's talking about this talking about it for good You know at least ten years not fifteen years of just in a what. The nets bigger. Now i'm seeing more and it coincides with the crackdown on the.
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"And just because the stage that the kings are in maybe better prepared but what is it like managing a flat cap because we talk about cap management all the time that all of a sudden the economics are hurt by cova and now the past to remain the same. Yeah and i think e prior to that we always figured on anywhere between two to three percent increase so anytime you looked at your roster where he wanted to get to next year possible re signings or free agency always factored that increase now. Now you're doing it fly. A in retrospect where we are with our situation. It probably works out fine for us Where we've had to you know kind of shed a lot of that contract and and cap situation so But going forward you you. You definitely need to be prepared for it and plan Were we were. We're doing a lot of planning is is where our kids coming out entry levels you know and and what kind of contracts would they be looking at and in different terms so you try to manage a you know two or three years out to see which kids will come out. Entry level based off of their success. What kind of contracts and factor in your tap into that. How many categories do you have like that blakey meaning entry level contract and then is there is they're like you know the second contract or the age categories where you kinda group guys together based on age. Well i think it's more right now. Probably contra if we look at the age aspect. We've got the five veterans ray. You copay andrew in their in their contracts long term you kind of know where they sit in a jeff and andy dawson and quick. You kinda know their contracts. And then you've got your secondary group that i follow and can't be I understand those. And but the ones i talk more will probably are the the more the entry level the guys just coming in And where they project to be You have to kind of project out where how they're going to play. And what level a contract. You think you'll be looking at forward if i can go one more in the same area guys There's no question. Your plan has been to stockpile assets younger players. that's part of the transition phase. The kings were in. Is it possible to put a timeline line on that. Meaning you wendy you group some guys together..
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