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A highlight from Andrew Marchand on MNF, McAfee, Swift/Kelce Coverage & More
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It's your journey. Welcome, everyone, to SI Media with Jimmy Traina. Thank you so much for listening. The usual periodic check in with Andrew Marchand from the New York Post this week. He joined the pod to talk about a variety of topics in sports media. We get into the ABC ESPN Monday Night Football staggered star double headers. We get into how ESPN and the ESPN and Pat McAfee marriage is going. Deion Sanders stuff. How the media has handled Taylor Swift and Travis Kelsey. What's going on with WWE and Monday Night Raw most likely looks like it's going to be on the move. Andrew had some stuff on that. A couple of things about local New York radio. So a bunch of sports media topics with Andrew Marchand on this episode. And then Salicata joins me as he does every week for our train of thought segment. Where we get into some NFL things about the Eagles. Should the NFL ban the Eagles one yard play. Joe Namath and Lou Holtz making headlines. Get into these ridiculous prop bets on Taylor Swift and Travis Kelsey. And Sal has a rough Sunday coming up. So if you're a fan of the train of thought segment, you'll want to hear that. Before we get to the full episode. I want you to make sure you listen to past episodes. If you've missed any and make sure you subscribe to us. I media Jimmy trainer. We've had a great run of guests. Kevin Clark from ESPN was on the show last week. Scott Hansen hosted the NFL Red Zone channel two weeks ago. Julian Edelman three weeks ago. Charles Barkley, Peter Schrager, Chris Russo, all recent guests. So if you missed any of those, give them a listen, download, subscribe to the pod and leave a review on Apple. We'll read it on an upcoming episode. All right. Andrew Marchand from the New York Post, followed by Salicata and train of thought. It's all coming up right now, right here. On S .I. media with Jimmy trainer. All right, training me now. S .I. media podcast regular. This periodic visit from the New York Post. And the March and Iran podcast is Andrew Marchand. Andrew, how are you? I'm good. How you doing, Jimmy? I'm good. I just realized I didn't put my phone on do not disturb. So I'm going to do that as we speak. And I'm going to let you know that I had a reader last week for my mailbag column on S .I. com, send it an email and said, when is Marchand's next appearance? So here we go. You made someone happy. Thank you that person. You made someone happy by coming on today. Let's start with this. A lot of media news to get to. Have you heard anything from ESPN or do you have any intel about how they feel about the last two weeks? How the staggered Monday Night Football doubleheader has gone? Because I've gotten a lot of emails and tweets about it. I'm sure you have as well. Yeah, I haven't talked to anybody specifically about how they feel about it. I mean, it is an NFL decision. ESPN is not in control of how those games are scheduled. Maybe they have some say, but it's the NFL decision. Yeah, I don't like it. Actually, in our podcast with John, it was my who's down this week. And the reason I just feel like I kind of said this on our part, it's too it's like having two quarterbacks and you have none. Right. And now if you have Joe Montana and Steve Young, there are two awesome games. Maybe that'd be better. But I just find my attention split and I don't know. And even at like halftime, I wouldn't recommend you go to the other game. Like I get what they're trying to do there, but it's not the NCAA tournament. And usually it's in like the second quarter, third quarter. So I personally don't think it really works that well. Now, I think they want to avoid I'm not positive, but I think they want to avoid that 10 30 late window. We used to get the Monday night and you get the, you know, crazy crew, either Chris Berman or Golick and Greenberg, you know, some of those crews back in the day. They probably don't want that late night game where, you know, you're losing that East Coast audience if it gets too late. But I don't know. I don't think this necessarily works. See, I like it. And what are the tweet? What are the tweeters say? Most people seem to not like it. Yeah. And why do you like it? The more the merrier. Give me as much football as possible. If I can watch eight games at one o 'clock on Sunday and four or five games at four o 'clock on Sunday, I can handle two games on Monday night. So, you know, I have two TVs. I put one game on each TV and two is better than one for me. That's just how I feel. Yeah, I've been a little running around these last couple of Mondays when this happened. So I may be a little bit, you know, my opinion skewed a little bit by that. It hasn't just been like I'm just chilling and watching, been running around a little bit. So perhaps that's, you know, maybe I could be swayed. I will say, you know, I don't know. This is a whole separate discussion. I would love to know your take on this, but I always feel like it's a little tough sometimes to criticize people in this podcast when I also have to book this podcast. So I try to be careful. Yeah, I notice you're very soft. That's what you're trying to say. Sometimes. So I'm sure this guy will never come on again, but they gotta do better than Chris Fowler on the secondary game. Just not, it's just not working. Chris is not a great play -by -player. Right. He was a great host, studio host. Can I say one thing? Yeah. He's on tremendous tennis. Like I watch the U .S. Open every single day. I think he's great on tennis. It's football where it's just something feels off. Well, tennis is also slower. And like you look at people who do really well at the slower sports. Like, you know, Jim Nantz is better than Chris Fowler, but Nantz is really his best thing is golf. And I think he's an OK NFL play -by -player. And at the end of his college basketball run, he was definitely, I don't know, OK is probably, you know, he was OK there as well. And I think if you look at Fowler and his history, now he's been doing play -by -play for a while now. And he has gotten better. Like when he first started on the number one crew, I mean, if I were covering it then, that would not, I probably would not have been that kind. Because he has gotten better, but it's not really good enough. And he's the rare case, I think with Herb Street, that Herb Street makes him better. Usually it's the play -by -player who makes the analyst better. And yeah, I think you're right. And I also think, you know, in fairness to Fowler, you know, ESPN put that crew together. They replaced Levy there and they had a year or two under their belt together as a team. And, you know, not the full team, but him and Riddick, Levy and Riddick, and then Jadolowski. And I think they kind of don't, they underestimate chemistry. It takes time to build it up. And so I think that hurts. And he just, he's a college guy too. It's hard just to come into the NFL. I know he, you know, he's talked how hard his schedule is with the U .S. Open. And then, you know, doing a game a couple days later. And then doing a college. And so, you know, that's hard. And so, yeah, he's not a tremendous play -by -player. To me, this is just me, it felt like when ESPN gave him that gig, it was more about ESPN trying to impress the NFL. Like, look, we have our number one college game. Like you had said earlier, the secondary Monday night game for years was, you know, Golic and Greenberg and Chris Berman with a cast of character. Rich Ryan did it one year. I think this is ESPN trying to say to the NFL, because now they have a Super Bowl and they have this big contract. And, you know, they brought in Buck and Aikman. Like, we're serious, we're going to take our, regardless of what you think about Fowler, he's their lead college guy. So, I feel like they're like, oh, look at us, we're putting the lead when, you know, that. Yeah, I think they screwed up and I think they know they screwed up. I think that they ended up shifting who was in charge of the NFL. It was Stephanie Drewley. And they moved her off the NFL after, you know, I think that didn't help her cause in terms of staying on the NFL. I think they were satisfied with Levy. He was a good guy, which they value. After they brought in Joe Buck, he was very gracious. You know, Levy's a very good hockey guy, especially studio host. I thought he could have, you know, could have been the pregame show on Monday Night Football. He's in, again, not their, in my opinion, they had other people who are better play -by -players for football, but it was good. Like, so, yeah, I don't think it was to impress the NFL. They got Joe Buck and Troy Aikman. They got the Mannings. I mean, they spend, they're spending 50, 60 million dollars a year on their booths. Like, I don't think the second team booth is gonna, you know. If anything, I think it was, there was a thought before Buck and Aikman that Fallon and Herb Street might get the NFL. Might get Monday Night Football. Might get the potential Super Bowl. And then this is kind of a carrot since they didn't get it. But I'd argue, and I even talked to Chris Fowler about this. So, I don't know if this is the case. I just don't know if, I mean, Chris Fowler does the national championship. He does the biggest college game every week for Disney. I can't, like, I get it. Maybe he wanted to do NFL. But is this really gonna satisfy him because you're doing a second game, which generally aren't that great? I don't, I don't see that long -term, personally. And I think also, strategically, if I'm ESPN, I'm putting a young play -by -player. Now, Joe Buck, we both think it's great. Like, he and Ian Eagle are the best two play -by -players going right now. And, um, but, Joe Buck's contract's up in a couple of years. If I'm ESPN, and I, you know, I think they'll probably re -sign Joe Buck, and they should. That said, he makes a lot of money. And, you know, I would be saying, who can I develop? What young guy can I develop? So when I go into that negotiation, I really have somebody who's on the rise. And I can say, hey, look, you don't want this, you know, the 15 million a year? Then we'll go here, you know? But if you start demanding, I'm not saying this is going to happen, but, demanding even more and more money, I'd want an option. I don't think they've created an option. They've actually put somebody in that spot who they've already said they'd rather spend 15 million dollars on Joe Buck than have Chris Fowler as the lead play -by -player. So, I just think negotiation -wise, and strategically, in terms of saving money, it wasn't a great decision. Yeah. I don't understand the insistence on the three -person booth, either. They had Fowler, Greasy, and Riddick. Excuse me, excuse me. Levy, Riddick, Greasy. Now it's Fowler or Lofsky, Riddick. To me, that, and, Fowler's used to a two -person booth with Herb Street. They have Buck and Aikman, which is a two -person booth. I don't understand the insistence on the three -person booth. It's just, for football, it just, I don't get it, but, that's just my - It complicates, it over -complicates it. Yeah. And like you said, chemistry. I think it's much harder to develop a chemistry with three. I mean, you know, the local Mets situation is different with Gary Cohn, Ron Darl - Is it in baseball, is it football? What three men, can you name - I mean, I guess back in the old Monday Night Football days, there were three men booths that had - Yeah, Collinsworth and Aikman with Buck that one year. Yeah, one year it lasted, you know. So, I don't know. But, there's no more staggered double -headers. The next one is week 14, and both games will start at 8 -15. I think that's the one that's going to piss a lot of people off. But, that's a long way down the road. You got the two TVs. Yeah. I asked you if ESPN, how they feel about Monday Night Football. Anything you've heard about how they feel about their new partnership with Pat McAfee. I mean, it's early, but they're bullish on it. I mean, they've kind of handed the keys to the network to McAfee. I mean, you can't - it's kind of like Stephen A. now. You can't really turn on ESPN almost every day except basically Sunday without seeing Pat. And so, you know, I think initially the ratings weren't that good. I think they got a little better in terms of the TV ratings. I think that kind of makes some sense because if you think about it, he was a YouTube show. Yeah, he's got to play for TV. Yeah, and he's still a YouTube show. Well, it is a play for TV because they think that they had Max in there before. They think that the ratings will be high enough that they'll be able to charge more for the ad rates. I guarantee you the money they'll make off of McAfee on social media and YouTube will be 8 billion times more than the money they made off Max Kellerman on social media. Oh, 100%. No, you're right. No, you're right. There's no doubt about that. And look, they want to get, I will say this, like, does it work? I think a lot of times when companies make big moves, you know, big time moves, a lot of times they make those moves when the person's kind of towards the end, you know, they got McAfee on the rise. Like, you know, we, you know, you and I have been aware of McAfee for years now, but he's really like, you know, here, I don't think he's at the plateau, you know, where most people go up and then they plateau and then they go down. He's at, he's still, I think, going up and then maybe the plateau is on the horizon and you can plateau for 20, 25 years if you have the right attitude and personality and just have the right act. So that's where I think that makes a lot of sense as a bet because it's not, I'll hit one close to home, Rick Riley leaving ESPN. I mean, leaving SI for ESPN where, you know, Rick Riley is one of the great columnist ever, but at that point, you know, whatever, maybe it was the internet, I don't know exactly. It just didn't really work as well at ESPN as it did at SI. And so I just think they've done that and that's kind of, you know, teams do that in sports and I think sometimes networks do that. And so I feel like signing McAfee in his mid -30s is kind of like signing a baseball free agent who's in his mid -20s and I think that's what you want to do as opposed to getting a, signing a 35 -year -old and, you know, thinking they can still play, you know, like, I don't know, like a Josh Donaldson, maybe trading for someone like that, Jimmy. You see what I did there? I don't need reminders of the horrific Yankee season. I just did that on purpose. I don't need that. My head was going, who am I going to say? All right, yeah, Josh Donaldson, but it was a treat. Just a, yeah, you want me to say Brian Cashman should be fired. It's amazing too, they replay that. I didn't know this was going to be the situation going into it, but they replay the show as soon as it's over, I think, on ESPN 2 and then they replay it at night on maybe ESPN News or one of their, what you said about if you're going to put on one of the ESPNs at any point in the day, you're going to see Pat McAfee. Yeah. So that's good for him. Like I, you know, people feel like - But I also think, ESPN has to be, they have Aaron Rodgers on their air every week. It's a news making thing that's on their air every week. They've got Nick, he's got Nick Saban on his show every week. Yeah. That's a news making thing every week. I would think ESPN has to be, forget the numbers because the numbers, I think, will be there. It's still a new thing. You have, the ESPN audience is older, the McAfee audience is younger, it might take some, but I would think ESPN just on the brand and the cachet of that show has to be thrilled. I think so. I mean, but if you talk, like I have, again, I'll probably make some calls here in the near future, but so I haven't talked specifically with anybody about that. But generally speaking, when these things first start, everyone loves it. So then we'll see. Again, I'm not saying, I could see it either way. Like, you know, McAfee has not really stayed at any of these, throughout any of these contracts he's had. So that's something to watch. Maybe this one he does, but that hasn't been the case previously. So that is something. I think the fact that he's on game day has to help the relationship there a little bit with ESPN. Here's the thing about McAfee. If you're managing him, in my opinion, and it's like Casey Jones, the former coach of the Celtics, was known for just throwing out the ball and telling McHale, Parrish, and Bird to go play, Dennis Johnson. At least that's how I remember as a kid. That was his reputation. And I think McAfee is sort of like that. Just give him the ball, let him do his thing. He's not looking to, you know, for some strategy. Let's, you know, triangle offense. He's not looking for that. He's looking for, let me do my thing. I know what I'm doing. And the thing about McAfee is he's very smart. Like, I know he plays this, like, he's not smart thing. It works very hard. He works hard and he's very smart. He's very savvy. He acts as if, like, you know, maybe he's, you know, just a dumb jock. But he understands the media business very well. We need, we need to discuss the Kelsey Taylor Swift thing because I actually think it's a legitimate media story. If Fox is going to get these increase in their demographics of the female audience, the young people, the NFL has gone all in on this thing. I mean, they changed their Twitter header to, like, a Taylor Swift thing. They're putting out Travis Kelsey Swiftiest plays on their social media. He's gained, I guess, a ton of followers, the jersey sale. Let me start with this. How did you think Fox handled it on Sunday when she was in the stadium? Do you think they overdid it? Do you think the fact that they had an unwatchable game takes them off the hook? What was your take on the Chiefs -Bears on Sunday when she was there? I think the second part, and I wouldn't take them off the hook, but I think the second part, you have an unwatchable game that you had to switch most of the country out of because it was so non -competitive, that you have Taylor Swift there, it's a big deal. And, you know, there's a lot of Taylor Swift fans who are football fans, a lot of non -Taylor Swift fans who weren't watching that game, but it was a talking point, right? Like, I saw Taylor Swift in the concert this summer, but that was kind of - Look at you! Yeah, how do you like that? Look at you! You couldn't even get tickets. Big shot. Where'd you get tickets? My daughter's friend just won the lottery. No shenanigans. Oh, really? Tickets were $235 each, which is still a lot of money, but not, like, $1 ,000. And it was just kind of happenstance, how I ended up going. I was going to say, if your daughter's friend got tickets, how did you end up at the era's tour? I mean - Were you, like - It's just a long drive to get to the metal lands, didn't want them driving back. They're older, they can drive, but at, you know, one o 'clock in the morning from Taylor Swift, so - But you were in MetLife and watched the show. Yes. Friendship bracelets? Well, you want to know something funny? This is a good one. So, my daughter's friend said to me, do you want a - do you want a jewel? And I'm like, no, no, no, I'm okay. Thinking she's saying a jewel, like a jewel, smoke. But she was saying, like, to, like, get bedazzled, a little jewel, which I would have taken. So later, I was like, I told my daughter, I said, but your friend, she said she asked me if I wanted a jewel. She's like, no, no, she didn't say you wanted a jewel. She said, do you want a - a jewel to put some ju - you know. Right. I didn't have any bracelets, but I was into - I liked Taylor Swift. I wouldn't go again. I kind of felt bad being there, because there's people who give their left arm to be there. But it was - look, she is an unbelievable performer. I mean, it was - you could - first of all, I liked some of her songs. Secondly, the level of performance. It was just, you know, it was an A+. I mean, that - that - and that is something, even if you didn't like her music, you can appreciate it. And also, I appreciate it if I had to go to the bathroom. Easy pass right in there. No one. Right. No one's leaving their seat except for people like you who aren't in it. Yeah, and especially, yeah, and more skewed women.
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A highlight from The Bitcoin Debate with Jeff Booth & George Gammon
"Bitcoin us gives the ability to transact outside of the system. I think there is massive, massive, massive value and Bitcoin is sensational and Bitcoin will, in my opinion, overachieve. Hello there. Happy Wednesday. Hope you are all doing well. Just getting ready. It's a few days. I'm going to be heading out to California. We're going to be heading out to Pacific Bitcoin. Got loads of interviews planned and we can't wait to get to the conference. Corey and the Swan team, they absolutely smashed it last year. It's a great conference. So looking forward to seeing some of you out there, catching up, talking Bitcoin and catching up with some LA friends. Also, I think we've got a real Bedford game out there, so I'll be finding somewhere to hide away and watch that game. Hopefully some of you will come and watch it with me. Anyway, welcome to the What Bitcoin Did podcast, which is brought to you by the absolute legends at Iris Energy, the largest NASDAQ listed Bitcoin miner using 100 % renewable energy. I'm your host, Peter McCormack. And today I have perhaps my favorite show of the year. We've got Jeff Booth and George Gammon on the show to discuss and debate Bitcoin. Now, these two have gone back and forth a bit on Twitter. Actually, it started quite a while back and I kind of threw myself into the conversation and said, hey, guys, let's do this. Let's get on the podcast. Let's talk this through. And they both agreed, but it's taken some time to get together. And listen, while they certainly disagree on some things, they were both very respectful of each other. And I think they both made excellent points. I think, I don't know, it's really difficult. I kind of found myself agreeing with both of them at times. I think it comes down to like, are we entering a new world or is Bitcoin existing in the old world? Because if Bitcoin is existing in the old world, then I think George makes some really great points and I kind of agree with him. But if like Jeff thinks like Bitcoin is creating a new world, well then I find myself agreeing with Jeff. So yeah, it was a great interview. Got about 90 minutes out of this one. I felt like a spare part of time sat there with two heavyweights. But anyway, I love doing this. I love hanging out with you super smart people. I think you're going to love this one. I certainly did. But if you've got any questions or feedback, you know what to do. You can hit me up on hello or what Bitcoin did dot com. All righty. Smashed it, right? What a show. And you know, what a nice ending. What a really nice and pleasant ending. I think they're both really respected each other. They didn't come for the fight. They came to get their points across. But I think they both listened to each other. It was great. I really enjoyed this. I'm also going to get George back on the show. I like George. I think he's asking good questions. I think he's prodding and poking in the right areas. And I think that's an important thing to have happen in this world of Bitcoin. So yes, big, big thanks. I'm very grateful to both Jeff and George for doing this, for coming on and making this happen. It's very hard to sit in the middle of a conversation like this when they both make such good points. I've found myself going back and forth a little, but maybe you do too. So I would love your feedback. Please do get in touch. I think the crux of the debate comes down to, as I said in the intro, Jeff's framework is for a new system in which Bitcoin has emerged and is the dominant form of money, whereas George looks at how Bitcoin fits into the current system. I pushed back on both of them. I think a couple of times they both got things that are slightly wrong. But yeah, I want your feedback. Let me know what you think. It's hello or what Bitcoin did dot com.
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A highlight from FULL INTERVIEW - Jason Rantz, Conservative Radio Host
"Right now, during Jeep adventure days, well -qualified Washington DC lessees get a low mileage lease on the 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4 by E for $399 a month for 27 months with $5 ,699 to its signing. Tax title license extra. No security deposit required. Call 1 -888 -925 -JEAP for details. Requires dealer contribution and lease through Stellantis Financial. Extra charge for miles over $22 ,500. Includes 7 ,500 EV cap cost reduction. Not all customers will qualify. Residency restrictions apply. Take delivery by 10 -2. Jeep is a registered trademark. You've probably seen Jason Rantz on Fox News Channel. He's a conservative radio talk show host out of Seattle. I felt so stupid a few months ago. There was some event. I think it was in Tampa even. I was at some event and he was at a booth and like a dopey fan boy, I go creeping up to him, Jason, I'm Mike Gallagher. I'm a big fan of your work. And of course, he looked at me like I was the stalker that I was. And so when we had an opportunity to talk to him about his new book, we thought it would be fun to bring him on the show because his new book has a title that is right up my alley, What's Killing America? Inside the Radical Left's Tragic Destruction of Our Cities. Jason, admit it. When I came up to you, you were looking for security. I'm still looking for security. I'm still deeply uncomfortable. I dragged you onto the show to try to stalk you about your new book. That's how obsessed I am. Now congratulations on all the great work you do. Like I told you in person, you are fearless and man, you go into some of these cities and you've been covering for a long time now something that I really am obsessed with and that is what seems to be the Democrats' intentional destruction upon our American cities. This to me is one of the great unanswered questions. We see prosecutors that don't prosecute crime. We see cashless bail. We see the shoplifters. We see the murder, the mayhem in places like Seattle and Portland and New York and all over the country. But the big question is, if it's intentional, and I think you and I believe it is, why? Why are they doing it, Jason? So it's intentional, but I don't think they realize that the destruction that is happening as a result of their policies are actually tied to their policies. I think ultimately these are folks, and I make a differentiation between Democrats and the radical left because I don't see the Democrat party itself per se, at least not the voters, responsible for the destruction. I see the radical sect of the Democrat party, and they believe that there is going to be some short -term pain for what will ultimately be long -term gain, whether we're talking about crime, homelessness, drug use, housing costs, immigration, you name it, all of which is covered in the book. But I think they just understand that to make this kind of transformative change, you're going to have to cause some chaos. I think certainly there's some people who just like the chaos, and I think that those are the most particularly destructive people. We see some of them in local politics. I think we see some of them at the national level. But ultimately what's killing America is about why they believe what they believe and why they're implementing certain kinds of policy. What is it that motivates them? What is that ideology that motivates them? Because when you truly understand the why in addition to the what, that's when we can actually fight back and win some of these battles. Otherwise you're going into war completely blind, and that's not a great way to fight. It goes back to one of the most famous quotes of Barack Obama's presidency and the whole history of Barack Obama, we want to fundamentally transform America. And I remember when he said that, I got chills. I thought, I think he means it.
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A highlight from Europe's Anti-Bitcoin Bill Reveals Plan to Stop Adoption | EP 829
"It's all going to zero against bitcoin it's going up for ever more you're against bitcoin you're against freedom yo welcome to simp with bitcoin live we're the number one source for the peaceful bitcoin revolution we will be your guide through the separation of money and state speaking of the separation of money and state interesting news coming out of Europe kind of not as bad as the proposed bill by Elizabeth Warren that we covered on one of simply bitcoins simply bitcoin lives episode this week but it's something very similar right this idea that every single transaction needs to be KY seed right and then I think that will inevitably lead to the any host unhosted wallet needs to be KY seed all right the the wording specifically in the Elizabeth Warren bill included any minor any validator any software wallet so you know it's just of course the powers that be that tremendously benefit from having a monopoly on the creation of money having controls on money of course to benefit themselves of course they're not going to be okay with this and this was the theory that was originally you know put out back in the 90s in the book the sovereign individual I'm going to read you guys a passage from that book because I think it correctly predicted exactly the reactions from governments I don't think governments have been able to they're not used to this environment where they have competition and most importantly not only do they have competition but they can't shut down the competition right because we remember we saw Facebook try to launch their own you know digital currency and they got shut down real quick the thing with Bitcoin right and Bitcoin only right because aetherium is inherently centralized meaning it will inevitably be co -opted so they have no choice but to ally with the state and they were in order to survive but with Bitcoin can't be stopped and because it can't be stopped it creates a forcing function in the long term as more and more individuals choose to opt out of inflationary money into deflationary money so yes of course times are changing but it's not only on the money front right we're not only living through the disintermediation of money but we're also living through the disintermediation of information and yesterday was a historic day I've never seen this in my life the UK Parliament sent Russell Brand an extremely popular independent content creator a letter to rumble we love rumble by the way we're on there subscribe to us on there and shout out to our rumble audience as well it's been growing by the day so we appreciate you all they sent a letter to rumble asking rumble to demonetize Russell Brand like YouTube did so we have governments that are directly asking platforms to demonetize content creators of which they don't did they don't agree with that is absolutely absurd and these are the same governments that want you to trust them with central bank digital currencies if they had central bank digital currencies in place they wouldn't even have to ask the platforms they could just flick the switch themselves so when we say Bitcoin or slavery or how beauty on said it and I'm starting to lean this way to Bitcoin or death we are not exaggerating and you have to choose what world do you want to live in in the future and most importantly what world do you want the future generations your children your children's children to live in so it's gonna be a great episode I'm really looking forward to it you have to stay on top of what's going on anyways we also we also have a very special treat for you guys we have the head of customer experience from foundation devices the maker of the passport hardware wallet and he's gonna do a live demo for us during the culture cement segment so I'm really really pumped about that let me bring up let me bring him up on stage Bitcoin Q &A you're quite well known on Bitcoin Twitter as well how you doing buddy yeah doing very well thank you very much for having me I'm psyched to shoot the shit with you guys this evening well even in my time but yeah certainly some interesting goings on especially around the Russell brand thing so I'm sure we'll be able to share some insights on that one but not a good look yeah I completely agree man it's it's some some interesting times we are living through people some people call it the fourth turning I don't know man but the phrase that sticks with me the most is weak men create hard times hard times create strong men strong strong men create good times we're definitely going through this era and then I think it was actually Vladimir Lenin that said the very very famous quote right where there are decades that nothing happened and then there are weeks that decades happen I think we're definitely living through this moment of time anyways no more delay let's bring up my legendary co -host not optimistic today no smile oh there's this smile sorry I was caught reading the channels optimistic fields how you doing bro well I am doing wonderful and I'm actually really excited for this culture segment today guys I got a sneak peek of the demo that we're going to see and I think there's gonna be awesome this might be a simply Bitcoin first for the live show but to the news stories and stuff it really just goes to show that if you speak the truth you are the enemy of the state and I think more and more and more people are waking up to this because they either continue to de -platform you from your banks or de -platform you from social media for saying what they don't want to be said you know for saying the quiet part out loud and you know this is why we do our show in a very particular way so that we can survive on YouTube but man it really just goes to show that the powers that be are completely terrified of people talking about the truth hence why you guys need to talk about it more and continue to spread that signal but it just goes to show that this is the the last I don't know the last gasp of the great Leviathan you know what's them saying like darker before the dawn like this is their last grasping at straws to control the truth and and I mean I've been saying for a while I think the monopoly on truth is slowly and dwindling they're going to try to make examples of this so you know just be prepared we know what's coming so protect yourselves protect your family and continue to spread the Bitcoin truth the Bitcoin signal actually just truth with a capital T I suppose anyways Niko let's let's get into this one let's get into this one let's get into the show man I'm really really excited alright guys let's get to the numbers we have a lot to talk about today and I'm super is your Bitcoin in cold storage really secure is your seed phrase really secure stamp seeds do -it -yourself kit has everything you need to hammer your seed words into commercial grade titanium plates instead of just writing them on paper don't store your generational wealth on paper papers prone to water 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website at the time of recording the Bitcoin price is twenty six thousand five hundred and seventy sats per dollar three thousand seven hundred sixty four block height eight hundred eight thousand seven hundred twenty nine blocks to having thirty one thousand two hundred seventy one having estimate April 21st 2024 total lightning network capacity four thousand eight hundred fifty five Bitcoin capacity value one hundred twenty nine million US dollars realized monetary inflation one point seven five percent the market capitalization of Bitcoin currently sitting at five hundred and seventeen billion dollars Bitcoin versus gold market cap four point zero one percent in the grand scheme of things Bitcoin is still a baby if Bitcoin reaches not if when Bitcoin reaches the gold market cap that is five hundred thousand dollars per coin and I think that's just getting started anyways we played you guys a video yesterday of a member of the United Nations talking about how we are in an information war we played you guys the video and she was basically recommending that that that they no longer have people to call on on Twitter to censor information she was also saying how there's an army of people that are propagating United Nations approved information well you know she's she's talking about as if the information that's coming out of the United Nations is a matter of fact right she's talking about the problem of disinformation disinformation well my question to you guys is who gets to decide what is disinformation and what is information right well we advocate for on simply Bitcoin is individuals not central planners not governments using their own critical thinking abilities right to dictate okay this is a good idea this is a bad idea right this is how the American this how the American Constitution it's literally written like that that there's a reason that the First Amendment is the way it is right the government or Congress should make no law you know basically censoring or stopping the freedom of the speech of people right and they made it that way for a reason because if there is a central authority if there's a government that gets to dictate what information is true what information is not true history has shown that they'll use that power to protect their own political mode right so thank God for the internet thank God for technologies like Bitcoin thank God for technologies like Noster for example they can't do this anymore and because they're not able to do that they're freaking out number one and number two and number two it becomes a forcing function over a long period of time but that doesn't stop them from trying here is the former New Zealand Prime Minister at the United Nations saying that that words are weapons of war right weapons of war if so if you say something against the government that all of a sudden becomes a weapon of war and again this has escalated it is escalated to the point where the UK Parliament has asked rumble to demonetize Russell Brand who's a very popular content creator who goes against the legacy corporate media's narratives right and it kind of embarrasses them so what are they doing they're attacking his money they're saying rumble okay they can't they've tried to deplatform people before they've gotten a lot of pushback so what they do instead is that they attack his pocketbook obviously YouTube complied they demonetize Russell Brand's content but rumble said no we're not doing that so love that of rumble we're on rumble we support rumble that's awesome but another thing that I want to say is that the allegations against rubble Russell Brand are just that they are allegations they have not been proven so something that has not been proven is a justification to shut off someone's living that is insane anyways let's check out this letter and this is a letter by part by the UK Parliament the specifically the cultural culture media and sport committee to the CEO of rumble Chris Palavoski who says dear Chris I'm writing concerning the serious allegations regarding Russell Brand in the context of of his being a content provider on rumble for more than 1 .4 million followers the cultural the culture media and sports committee is raising questions with the broadcasters and production companies who previously employed mr. brand to examine both the culture of the industry in the past and whether that culture still prevails today however we are also looking at his use of social media including on rumble where he issued his preemptive response to the accusations made against him by the Sunday Times and Channel 4 his dispatches while we recognize that rumble is not the creator of the content published published by mr. brand we are concerned that he may be able to profit from his content on the platform did you hear what they said the government is concerned that Russell Brand might be able to profit from his content because there was some allegations made against him conveniently a lot of Russell Brand's content is criticisms of the government so I mean big coincidence I guess you would you could say we would be grateful if you could confirm whether mr. brand is able to monetize his content including his videos relating to the serious accusations against him is so we would like to know whether rumble intends to join ryu tube in suspending mr. brand's ability to earn money on the platform we would also like to know what rumble is doing to ensure that creators are not able to use the platform to undermine to undermine the welfare of victims of inappropriate and potential potentially illegal behavior so they asked rumble to demonetize a content creator an independent content creator that's the key word when we had Parker Lewis on the show and I was talking about the legacy corporate media he didn't say no Nico it's not the legacy corporate media it's the legacy government media so anyways why is this happening I think Jeff Booth said this perfectly we read this to you guys the other day and this all boils down to the money this is why we say as Bitcoiners fix the money fix the world here's Jeff Booth he says because broken money Elon Musk said how did most of the legacy media go from superheroes of free speech to supervillains of speech suppression and Jeff Booth says because broken money ensures the centralization of power by stealing the productivity through inflation that should flow to society in the form of lower prices then those enriched by that theft and subsequent power must control the messaging to keep it but it all it wasn't only Jeff Booth that said this here's an article from our friends over at Bitcoin magazine of nine Bukele the president of the country shining on the hill the Savior El Salvador the first country that made Bitcoin legal tender the beachhead for the Bitcoin movement around the world he goes on to say the most vocal detractors the ones who are afraid and pressuring us to reverse our decision are the world's most powerful elites and the people who work or benefit from them they used to own everything and in a way they still do the media the banks the NGOs international organizations and almost all the governments and corporations in the world and with that of course they own the armies the loans the money supply the credit ratings the narrative the propaganda the factories of food supply they control international trade and international law but their most powerful weapon is their control of the truth and they're willing to fight lie smear destroy confiscate print and do whatever it takes to maintain and increase their control over the truth and everything and everyone I think come from Nico or simply Bitcoin that came from the president of El Salvador name Bukele so what is happening here two things are happening here thing number one the internet has empowered individuals and those individuals can now use the internet to uh to grow these massive platforms themselves and because they're individuals they're a lot harder to co -opt and at the same time we are witnessing the distance remediation of money that internet has allowed Bitcoin and Bitcoin has empowered individuals to choose their own money too so government states NGOs international institutions right that have had this privilege of having not only having the monopoly in the control over money but also the monopoly in the control over information it's quickly diminishing in front of their eyes and of course that system is fighting back they can't take that they've been used to operating in a system where they've been able to control the narrative they've been able to control the truth and that is slipping through their fingers and they don't know what to do and that's why they're short -circuiting the way they are that's why we've gotten to a point where the UK Parliament is literally asking a platform to D monetize an independent content creator not to mention all the stuff that was revealed during the Twitter files where it was exposed that the US government even though that is explicitly against the US Constitution the government should not be censoring speech was asking Twitter to D platform D boost and censor certain speech and these are the same governments that also want you to trust them with central bank digital currencies and they expect you to believe that they're not going to use central bank digital currencies as a weapon as a forcing function in order to control your actions as a individual and this was all predicted I might add in the book the sovereign individual which we'll get to during the new segment but this is some crazy times now what can you do to protect yourself in this particular situation do your own research pick what information sources you choose you you want to choose I love Twitter because it's like a news aggregator and the the news that you know pops up pops up Noster is a great platform rumbles a great platform YouTube is is good to do your own research don't rely on a single information source and then most importantly the most empowering thing you could do is to opt out of state money opt into Bitcoin I think that's the most powerful thing you could do look the most important the most important vote you can make that voting for a Democrat or Republican it's not to say that it's not important to vote but the most powerful vote that you can do that will actually change things is voting with your wallet opt out and the way that you do that is you buy Bitcoin earn Bitcoin mine Bitcoin and take that said Bitcoin into self custody the moment you do that you're part of the peaceful Bitcoin revolution whether you are aware of it or not and that is how we win if enough people take self custody we win and there's nothing they could do about it speaking of self custody we have the head of customer experience with us today Bitcoin QA and you guys make it super fucking easy to take self custody with the hardware wallet that you guys make and not to mention the awesome application that you guys make so Bitcoin QA what's your take on this whole Russell brand stuff I can't believe we've reached this point if I would have been told this five five six years ago I would have said that's impossible there's no way that's that that's so ridiculous what's your take on all this yeah before I enter you I've just got to say that was one hell of a fucking monologue I take my half to you that was fantastic yeah kudos and yeah the whole Russell brand thing man just completely shocking another example yet another example of government overreach Russell brands been a thorn in the side of the UK government if you can't tell by the action by the way to anybody's listening that I'm from the UK and he's been a thorn in their side for years and he's a very well educated man he's very well spoken and he has drawn a lot of following by speaking out against money printing against government policy he was rabid about the whole covert thing pharmaceuticals getting rich because of you know yeah you know all of the corruption that went on over those couple of years and I see this recent letter as that them seeing the opportunity as they're into trying you know get one back on him you've touched on earlier that the fact that all of these are just allegations at the moment and the fact that they're going around trying to take money off him from you know he's not been convicted of anything at all that's not see won't be but right now they're just allegations and they're trying to take his money off him it's just completely shocking and they're just trying to lash out because he's been a pain in their ass royally for years so yeah I mean they're just they're just overreaching and leveraging their powers wherever they can just to kind of deep platform and then hurt his wallet as well unfortunately yeah 100 % they attack his money they attack and again like they attack his money and they're also like hey guys these CBDCs like we'll respect your privacy you could trust us what are you talking about anyways Opti what's your take well I actually I kind of want to ask Q &A question because there is some talk about this in the chat what's your thoughts on Russell Brand being like controlled demolition Q &A whoo how do you mean like basically that this is like an orchestrated attack you know once everyone's talking about this maybe Russell Brand isn't necessarily as much of a truth speaker as people are making him out to be like does he actually believe what he's saying or is this just kind of one of those things where you know you create a figure and then you kind of tear him down to discredit the whole movement in general the whole truth movement yeah possibly I think I think most of what he says is genuine he before he started doing all of the YouTube stuff like he was he was a you know some form of a celebrity he had a big following and could have monetized himself as a product in many many other ways by coming out and being as outspoken as he has against the the prickly topics of like money printing and you know COVID etc he must have known you know he's smart enough to know that would have been incredibly divisive to people that followed him so I lean towards the fact that he's genuine and the fact that they're probably gonna try and use him as a scapegoat to warn ward off other people that kind of speak out against any government policy etc etc yeah I'd agree I mean like especially considering what his status was it's hard to follow the incentives and be like yeah he's got a lot to gain from this when in reality he's on the verge of losing everything so I'd agree with you and then just kind of going back to the beginning of this rant and and people are saying epic daily Nico Jones rant today so good job Nico I like when Nico gets get animated remember growing up guys when I grew up I had a saying and I'm sure your mother told it to you as well and we all probably said it in kindergarten you know sticks and stones but words may never hurt me and now we grow up in a world where words are violence like what is going on guys and that's a convenient it's a convenient way I know Nico I was getting there I'm asking rhetorical questions on the show now okay I'm learning some Nico Jones tactics but as we know guys as we know guys you know if you can stop words from being said then you can stop thought and if you can stop thought then you can ultimately stop behavior and this is where they're going they want to ensure that you guys sell censors so that you guys don't lose everything and this is where we are guys that they are absolutely afraid of people speaking the truth they're absolutely afraid of the average person waking up and exposing all of their lives because that's all they have they have lies and favors and they have the monopoly on truth as we think now is more important than ever to speak your minds to make sure you're having these conversations to as the saying goes you know speak truth to power and all that good stuff because there's been a constant theme throughout 2023 or actually rather since 2020 basically is that if your voice is too big and you talk against the establishment then the powers that be will do anything they can to put you back in line and whether that means you know breaking your reputation taking all your money dragging you through the court of public opinion we know what their tactics are and if you're following along closely then you know what the playbook is and it's almost like they're doing the same thing over and over and over again but I think the silver lining of this is that it seems like their playbook isn't working as well as it used to which in some sense should be absolutely terrifying because then they're going to go to even more extremes and you know I'm not gonna say what everyone's thinking but it's gonna get crazy guys and so I think it's just becoming very very clear that as an individual just even a normal person that doesn't have a platform like you want to do whatever you can in your power to protect yourself and hence why we always say that it always boils down to the money guys so protect your money protect your livelihood by taking your Bitcoin into self -custody by saving in Bitcoin and because remember guys this is always about theft they want to take your wealth and put you back in your place and then distribute it and make everyone feel good and we're seeing this happen in real time and it isn't lost on me that this is done via a letter you know it's just like hey how nefarious can a letter be but if you're reading in between the lines then you know how nefarious this letter actually is and that this is a coordinated attack on someone that's talking against the establishment and if people like Russell Brand you know say what you want about him but if people like him can't speak about the truth and they also get run through the grinder like imagine what would happen to an average individual like there's no hope for us if people of that stature can't talk about what's actually going on in the world and hence why it's so important to continue to double down on independent content creation spreading the truth talking about all this stuff because this is all we have we have the truth on our side and as the saying goes you know the truth will set us free so just just don't be afraid you know be brave but also be smart out there and the best thing you can do is just protect yourself and protect your money protect your family and I think as more people do this then the world will slowly but surely start to fix itself anyways you know amen we'll see what happens amen preach brother all right everybody let's get to the news we got a lot to talk about today let's check it out no no no no no no before we do that before we do that I have to give a shout out to our awesome sponsor Bitcoin 2024 it's gonna be the largest Bitcoin conference on planet earth 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A highlight from Melody Wright: Housing Market 'Hurricane' Approaching
"I track over 70 cities, and each one of them, if you look at these, it just blows your mind. You have all this inventory that's going to hit the market because of affordability. Welcome to the Coin Stories podcast, where we get to explore the future of money, business, technology, and Bitcoin's revolutionary promise to boost economic prosperity around the world and mend our broken financial system. I'm Natalie Brunell, and I'm here to learn with you. This podcast is for educational and entertainment purposes only. None of the discussions should constitute as official investment advice, and you should always do your own research. Please make sure to subscribe to the show so you don't miss out on any new episodes. This podcast is made possible through partnerships with companies I trust, and I'm very picky about who I choose to partner with, so I hope you take the time to listen to ad reads throughout the show. Thanks for joining me. If you like this type of content and want to see more of it, make sure to hit that like button. All right, it's time for the show. Welcome back to the show. Joining me this week is Melody Wright. She is a strategist, author, and technologist. I heard about her for the first time from Danielle DiMartino Booth, who also follows all of her amazing research on the housing market and what's happening underneath the surface of our economy. Melody, thank you so much for joining me. Thank you so much for having me. It's a pleasure to be here. Well, before we dive into all of your research, I just want to hear a little bit more about you and how you got into this because one thing that you say on your Twitter or X page is that you're a great financial crisis survivor, and I can relate to that. I am too. So just tell me a little bit about your background and how you got into this work. Yeah, so I fell into this by accident, which is what most people do when they get into the housing or mortgage space, and so kind of showed up as a project analyst back in 2006. But it was at a really, of course, that year should tell you it was an interesting time. I was at a top five originator and servicer who had just, we were finalizing a purchase with Cerberus, which was private equity, and they needed to learn all about the mortgage business. And so I became their girl Friday, going across the company, kind of getting reports, and with them, I started understanding the business. And kind of from there, so I was in kind of the finance side of it, got sort of transitioned to strategy when we got into a lot of trouble, like the AG settlement, the consent orders, these are things from back then, that's when all of the banks sort of got in trouble for perhaps not following the procedures for foreclosure or default, things like that. So I helped out with that. And then our company, we held on for a long time, but we ultimately kind of had to file bankruptcy, which I helped manage as well. It was a very big bankruptcy at the time. We were the first company to go into bankruptcy and still originate loans. That's the first time it had ever happened. A lot of interest in our auction. But once I was done with that, they needed help with the default crisis. They needed someone to help manage that operational unit. So I went in and spent the next year just really traveling all across the country to help manage that crisis as there were just foreclosures across the country, stuck, et cetera. Wow. So how did that whole experience, the great financial crisis, how did it shape you? I think that it... Well, it took a lot of time from my life, I would say.
A highlight from Phone Booth (2002) (Thriller/Psychological Thriller) Movie Review
"What's everyone? happening It's Kira and Ben back again. Today, we're doing a user suggestion phone booth from 2003 starring Colin Farrell. So I saw this movie when it first came out and then I had not seen it again, and re -watching it for this podcast was an absolute wild ride. Ben, let's talk a little bit about your history with the film before we get in it. So I never watched it. Naziru Wanda from Ghana suggested it, and this is my first time actually watching it too. This is your first? Okay. So I knew going in, I had remembered the main plot points of this movie. I had forgotten a lot of the other plot points of this movie, and I forgot what big of a cast this has. So our main man, Stu, is played by Colin Farrell. Our main police detective is played by Forest Whitaker. Colin Farrell's wife is played by Rahata Mitchell, and then his wannabe mistress is played by Katie Holmes, and then the voice over the phone is Keither Sutherland. So a wildly large cast for this film. Obviously, this movie has come out post 9 -11, which I think you can see a lot in the blue tint of the film. If you guys look at color theory, and we're not going to talk about color theory too much about this because the movie is so wild, but if you look at movies that come out directly after 9 -11, there is this very odd bluish tint to a lot of them. I think in my heart, like when I've done research about this and what I've viewed from it as well, is when you're watching films like this, I think it's because it kind of portrays this surreal sadness that everyone was feeling. Kind of like when you look at films made in that time that are set in the Middle East, they film everything with this yellowish tint to make it seem more like third world. So I thought the bluish tint of this movie was so insane, especially having it be set in New York. Then when I was doing some research about the film, this movie was actually supposed to be released in 2002, but it didn't get released until 2003 because there were actual sniper attacks in DC that delayed the release of this film because this movie is about a sniper terrorizing a man in a phone booth. Like I said, first time seeing it and the character of Colin Farrell reminded me of the character from Fast Timer at Ridgemont High that was selling the tickets. They mimicked each other. I was sitting there going, wait, I'm expecting Spicoli to walk out any second. I mean, they were just to the T, the exact same character. I was like, whoa, what's going on here? Yeah. I think that character is such a classic archetype of asshole. I think that was the point. Colin Farrell is this publicist. He's a liar, he's a slick talker, he's a fast talker, he dresses well, he uses people, he manipulates people, he doesn't care, he's all about himself. We see this in the way that he treats his assistant. We see this in the way that he treats one of his clients, which was an uncredited Ben Foster. I was losing my mind when I saw that. I was like, Ben Foster, what are you doing here? Then he manipulates the owner of a restaurant. He smooth talks this client that he has that wants to be an actress. It's Katie Holmes, she's a waitress. Then he even smooth talks his wife into being like in the beginning when he's not confessing his crimes. So this movie is so insane and I do not want to rag too hard on this movie because it was a user suggestion. But the plot points made to me legitimately no sense. So the pacing of this movie is incredibly fast. It's only an hour 20 and I swear to God, if this movie was longer, I would be like, Keith or Sutherland, shoot me because I can't handle it. So obviously, Stu goes into the phone booth to call his mistress because his wife tracks the phone calls that he makes on his cell phone. Which I was like, first of all, if you're keeping tabs on like your, you don't do that unless you don't trust your husband automatically. Then it comes out later in the film that they've only been together for three years married for one. So they're very new in their relationship. So Colin Farrell goes in to make a phone call to Katie Holmes. You can see he's trying to be slimy and she's rebuffing him. She's like, no, I have work, I have this. He's like, well, let's do this. He takes his wedding ring off. Very just much not a nice guy. Then that phone call ends and the phone starts ringing so he picks it up and on the phone, dun, dun, dun, is Keith or Sutherland's voice. He starts terrorizing him and being like, you can't leave this phone booth. If you leave this phone booth, you're going to die. A pizza man comes up to him and tries to deliver a pizza to him and he's like, you're a dick, I didn't order a pizza. Who orders a pizza to a phone booth? We have this other sub -storyline of sex workers, which to me was the most pointless storyline. I get the point of the storyline. So we have to have him have this interaction with these sex workers to then get their bouncer involved, to then have Keith or Sutherland kill the bouncer and frame Colin Farrell for it. Which first of all, makes no sense because you can see the bullet marks on the outside of the phone booth. So how is he shooting? How is he shooting? How could he shoot? That makes no sense. Then everyone's like, he killed him. It's like, no, he didn't. So this sub -storyline is so insane because first of all, it's like 2003, so you either have a beeper or a cell phone or you're using this phone booth. If all these girls work in this club, that's right across the street where this bouncer is, that Leon, that they get involved, why can't they just use the phone in the club? Why are they terrorizing Colin Farrell? He's just like, let me use the phone and then they're all screaming. I thought it was such a weak portrayal too, such a cop -out portrayal of sex workers. Like very, I don't know, just like what you would think of when you think of a man -written sex worker. Just loud, brash, unkempt, very, do you know what I'm trying to say? Yes, I'm a street kid. So yeah, I hung around with the prostitutes and drug addicts and drug dealers. So I totally got it. I mean, I saw people that did act like that, but those are the ones that were really hooked on drugs and were just like, half the time when they were acting like that, they were on something. It wasn't like a normal way for them to behave. Most people don't want to draw attention to themselves because they don't want the cops on their ass. Exactly. So this dude dies and Kether Sutherland is like, look what you made me do. Actually, he's like, you had me kill him. The guy was like, no, I just want this to end. So Kether Sutherland is, in his own mind, a pioneer of justice. Entrapping these men that he watches somehow, he watches and listens and convinces them that they're either going to die or confess to their crimes. So the two examples of the people that he has done this to before, I view are actual bad people. We have a director of adult films who actually directs child pornography and is a pedophile. So I'm like, okay, deserves to die. Then we have another man who's an insider trader on Wall Street. I mean, you don't have to die for that, but it is like a real crime. Then we get to Colin Farrell, whose crime is wanting to cheat on his wife and being an asshole. So to me, none of these make sense. The first two, kind of get. The third, Colin Farrell, not at all. I get it because they're trying to make him more likable. We have to be on Colin Farrell's side, right? So if he's a real criminal, we're not going to be on his side. I wasn't on his side. But you know what I'm saying? He's our protagonist. So we can't have our protagonist be as awful. But at the same point, it's like, well, then maybe you should have just had him kill adulterers because this makes no sense. So he, in his mind, Keither Sutherland, is this vigilante that is cleaning up the streets in New York because he wants people to atone and commit their crimes. So he's holding Colin Farrell hostage. Forest Whitaker comes in. He's trying to negotiate with Colin Farrell. He thinks he killed this guy. He's like, let me help you, let me help you. Up until this point, they think he's armed and dangerous. It is not until Colin Farrell's wife, Kelly Rahada Mitchell, comes in, which for some reason in 2003, you can just run through police barricades and just be like, I'm his wife, run through police barricades, and then be on the front line with the cops. I'm sorry, that never happened. No, not at all. No, they would have her pushed to the side. She would not be in a hostage negotiation. It wouldn't happen. She would not be front and center to the point where he can put a mark on her. So then we see that Forest Whitaker kind of actually comes around to see that Colin Farrell is being terrorized. He is not doing this of his own free volition. He sees the little target on Rahada Mitchell and he's like, oh, OK, maybe this guy is like real. So then they start looking for him. They're like, OK, we're going to find him. We're going to find him. Colin Farrell's delaying him. And the guys and then obviously Colin Farrell comes clean. He's like, OK, I'll come clean. Like, I don't want to die. I don't want my wife to die. I don't want this girl who I want to be my mistress to die. So he confesses all his sins of being an asshole, which everyone's like, OK, you're a dick, whatever you're holding up the street. We got half the police force here. What? And then obviously when they think that they kill the killer, when they think that they kill Keither Sutherland because they go up to the apartment where they trace the call from, it is actually, plot twist, the pizza boy. And it's like, OK, so he's killed Keither Sutherland for this one person. Two people just sacrifice them for no reason to get this guy to confess that he's a slimeball. Feel like we could have done this a different way. And then so then another so we're going to get to all the insane points. But this is the end of the story. And this is the last insane point. Or one of them is that Colin Farrell is now alone in the ambulance. They put something in to make him fall asleep. So he's all loopy. He's all daisy. And then active crime scene in an ambulance. Keither Sutherland walks up and just starts talking to him just like, oh, like you passed the test. You did it right. Like what happens? Like and OK, so he's like talking to him like, oh, you did the right thing. You did the right thing. And Colin Farrell is like, what the fuck? I thought we killed you. And then he walks away. And the last thing he says, which I think is legitimately the stupidest thing. And if this is the point of the movie, it is the dumbest point when he goes, well, if a phone rings, do you have to answer it? I would say no. I would say no. And that is the last line of the film. And then it goes into this like ringing sound, goes all the way out into the satellite shot, goes to black, and then you hear another person pick up and say hello. So it's like obviously this is like a cycle for him. But the way that he picks his victims is makes no sense to me. Yeah, no. And if a phone rings, you don't have to answer. You don't have to answer it. Look at all the things like when a stranger calls bad. They picked up the phone, bad tidings, scream, scream, picked up the phone. Bad tidings. No, you don't have to pick up the phone, especially like if you don't know who the person is. Hang up, hang up. And I did think at some points the voice that Keith or Sutherland used did sound like the ghost face voice, like to the point where I was like, do they have the same voice actor? Is this even even Kiefer Sutherland? Like I was like, this movie is so bad. So I thought a lot. So let's talk about Keith or Sutherland's character. And I obviously am not a fan of this movie, but I thought the way that he was poorly written was like they were trying to make him like John Doe from seven, kind of this vigilante who lives by his own rules, has his own code of justice and kind of is enacting on that code of justice and terrorizing these people. I think in seven it is done much better with an actual point, with an. We have fully fledged characters. We have reasons that make sense in this. We have no back story. We don't know what he why or why he's doing this now. And you think you think they're given a back story when he when he's talking to about Nam and stuff and he's like, are you stupid? I'd be 70. Like and like I'm like, so who are you? Why are you doing this? Well, what is your point? I mean, did you just one day wake up and say, hey, you know what? I'm just going to execute people I feel are bad. I mean, and that's your concept of bad. And your concept of bad is another person's concept of good. I mean, it's like when people go to war. Yeah. The countries fight, but each country thinks they're right. Of course, there's a right and a wrong. But both countries think that they are the right ones. Of course. And the only one that actually like comes out to be the right one is the one that wins, is the one that wins. And I would say in this movie, no one wins now because everyone's motivations make absolutely no sense. I would say the only motivations that make sense is Forest Whitaker's, because he's literally just trying to do his job. Yeah. And then like I was watching when he's his his rapper talent comes on and I was like, what the hell is this, Malibu's Most Wanted? Oh, my God, I thought the same thing. I was like, why are we watching Malibu's Most Wanted? I was like, this is this is this. And then it looked really bad because they get these two big black guys and this little tiny white guy. And he looked terrified to be around the black. And I was like, this is so stereotyping. This is awful right here. It is awful. It was so stereotypical. It was like someone just kind of grabbed at archetypes that they see in pop culture and was like, yeah, we'll throw this in the film. So I also thought the film was shot horrendously. There is it felt like it wanted to be a Tony Scott film, which RIP Tony Scott, I love your films. But it had this kind of like shaky camera. We're switching in and out of views of like like digital versus like these split screens versus like this like granule kind of like VHS effect. And I was like we're like fast paced moving through the city. And I was like, this movie makes no sense at any point. Did this movie make any sense? It does not. No. Like I said, I thought the character was the guy from a fast time at Ridgemont High.
A highlight from Anti-CBDC Bills Advance in Congress
"Welcome back to The Breakdown with me, NLW. It's a daily podcast on macro, Bitcoin, and the big picture power shifts remaking our world. What's going on, guys? It is Monday, September 18th, and today we are talking about anti -CBDC legislation being advanced. Before we get into that, however, if you are enjoying The Breakdown, please go subscribe to it, give it a rating, give it a review, or, if you want to dive deeper into the conversation, come join us on the Breakers Discord. You can find a link in the show notes or go to bit .ly slash breakdown pod. Hello, friends. Happy Monday. Welcome to another week, another frankly weirdly quiet week right now. I don't know. There's something out there. There's some bad juju. I guess it could just be another example of this weird period of the cycle that we're in that's sort of past the worst, but definitely before the good stuff starts again, but I'm excited. But we are not going to dwell on that. Instead, we are going to hop, skip, and jump through a number of things that have happened over the last few days, kicking it off with what has become a surprising political issue this election cycle, which is central bank digital currencies. The House Financial Services Committee will hold a markup section on Wednesday, which will include two bills aimed at preventing the issuance of a US CBDC. The first bill is Tom Emmer's CBDC Anti -Surveillance State Act, which would prevent the Federal Reserve from offering any products or services directly to individuals. Fed branches would also be prohibited from keeping accounts for individuals or issuing a CBDC or similar digital assets. Emmer's bill was recently reintroduced during last week's CBDC hearing and now boasts 49 co -sponsors. On September 14th, the House Majority Whip tweeted, A governmental tool for financial surveillance is un -American. We must urgently develop a digital financial system that is 1. Open and freely accessible to all. 2. Without requiring permission from the government or anybody else. 3. Private safeguarding the user's identity. In a separate tweet, he had said, If not open, permissionless, and private, like cash, a CBDC is nothing more than a CCP -style surveillance tool that can be weaponized to oppress the American way of life. The second bill is sponsored by Alex Mooney and is called the Digital Dollar Pilot Prevention Act. That bill is structured as an amendment of the Federal Reserve Act of 1913 that would prevent Federal Reserve branches from even conducting CBDC testing and development. Now, of course, senior Fed officials have gone on the record to say they have no plans to issue a CBDC without the approval of Congress. In May, Minneapolis Fed President Neil Kashkari even questioned the need for a CBDC given the existence of instant payment fintech services. He noted that CBDCs would be a powerful financial surveillance tool and could enforce negative interest rates, but questioned why the U .S. government would have any interest in constructing such a system. Now, all that said, some Fed branches still do seem to be interested in the development of CBDC technology. The San Francisco Fed, for example, recently advertised a position for a crypto -architect for a CBDC project, and Project Hamilton was concluded and wound down in December after two years of collaboration between the Boston Fed and MIT. Now, in terms of where this legislation actually is, the markup process allows committee members to comment on the drafting of bills. A vote is then taken on whether or not to approve legislation for a full House vote. Both bills are only a few paragraphs long, so shouldn't drag out to an all -day, contested affair as we recently saw with the stablecoin bill. Instead, the bills could act as a bellwether for congressional sentiment around CBDCs. Multiple Republican presidential candidates have made opposition to a CBDC a part of their campaign. For example, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said at a July event, If I am president, on day one we will nix central bank digital currency. Done. Dead. Not happening in this country. Outsider Democrat candidate Robert F. Kennedy has also been outspoken on the need to oppose the issuance of a CBDC. So given all that, if either of these bills progress to a vote in the House, they could be an opportunity to put members of Congress on record about their support for a CBDC coming into election season. Now, we could spend shows and shows and shows talking about why this seemingly small issue, at least to the rest of the world. Obviously, I'm not talking about for our audience and our community. But this issue, which is for all intents and purposes very small to most people, has become such a central piece of the opposition narrative heading into this election cycle. I think there are probably a few different elements of it. One, I think it feels to many like an extension of government power. And as we've seen and discussed, it is quite clear that how much power governments have is going to be a major issue. And of course, while that's coming from the Republican side of the House, it's also coming from Democrats. And this is perhaps not surprising. It's not surprising because we're still coming off the COVID period, which brought up major questions of how much authority the government has to be involved in people's lives. And so in many ways, this is an extension of that conversation. I think there is also a little bit of nervousness around technology in general. This is something that we've seen in crypto. It's certainly something that we see in AI as well. And while this is technology in the hands of the government, not technology in the hands of big tech companies, it still has that feeling of lots of data, lots of power, lots of information, big black holes, and not a clear way for citizens to exert influence when it comes to this important domain of their lives. Anyway, right now, there's no one who's really actively arguing for a CBDC, which could frankly be another reason why it's a nice political issue. It gets to stay a little bit, at least in the realm of metaphor for some of these larger topics, but it's still something that can be legislated upon with lower stakes than going after government power directly. Anyways, it's one we're going to keep an eye on to see just to what extent it continues to be an issue in elections or whether it's just part of this early narrative testing process at this very nascent point in the election cycle. Next up, we go halfway around the world to Hong Kong, where the Hong Kong Monetary Authority has issued a warning to crypto users that unregistered crypto firms could be presenting themselves as banks. The HKMA, which serves as the region's banking regulator, said that firms which use language associated with the banking industry could be in violation of recently implemented Hong Kong crypto regulations. The regulator said it had become aware of firms using terms including crypto bank and offering quote banking services. They even went so far as to call out firms that use the word deposits or promote their quote savings plans as low risk with high return. The HKMA said in a statement that quote, The regulator noted that these firms advertising themselves as crypto banks were not supervised by the HKMA and are not covered by the region's deposit protection scheme. Now, Hong Kong's crypto regulations coming into force in June was one of the big stories of this year. The rules were intended to permit retail crypto trading on regulated exchanges and they're being administered by the local securities agency rather than the banking regulator. Since then, only a small handful of firms have been granted licenses. This includes HashKey and OSL, who were licensed to provide retail trading exchanges, as well as Swiss -based crypto bank Ciba, which has received in principle approval to offer over -the -counter derivatives trading and asset management services. Now, enforcement of Hong Kong's crypto regulations has also begun in earnest. Last Wednesday, the securities regulator issued a warning against Dubai -based crypto exchange J -PEX. They alleged the firm had been promoting its products and services in Hong Kong without applying for a license. A press release from the securities regulator included allegations that J -PEX were advertising their services using the prohibited terms deposits, savings or earnings. They noted that many J -PEX products had quote, The regulator also accused influencers and local OTC desks of making false and misleading statements on social media that J -PEX had applied for licensing. Following the warning, J -PEX employees seemingly disappeared from their booth at the Token 2049 conference in Singapore, where they were a platinum sponsor. And on Sunday, the exchange ramped up withdrawal fees to $999 and also implemented $1 ,000 withdrawal limits, essentially being a withdrawal halt. Now, J -PEX addressed this on Sunday, blaming quote unfair treatment by relevant institutions in Hong Kong towards J -PEX. They said that quote, J -PEX said they were currently negotiating with these market makers to resolve liquidity issues. The exchange promised to quote, They claim that emergency withdrawals are still being dealt with manually and also announced that trading on their earned trading platform would be halted on Monday. Now, adding something to the story, on Monday, the South China Morning Post reported that local police had received at least 83 complaints about J -PEX involving assets worth around $4 .3 million. They say the securities regulator had escalated investigations to the Commercial Crime Bureau on suspicions of fraud. Follow -up reporting said that lawyer turned crypto influencer Joseph Lamb -Chalk had been arrested on Monday in connection to promotion of the exchange. Sources also said an office building had been raided on Monday morning. Now, there's a lot that's actually really worth watching here. Hong Kong creating this licensing regime is not just relevant for citizens of Hong Kong, although it certainly is for them. This has been seen, rightly so, as a marker of slightly shifting Chinese attitudes towards crypto in general. When these rules were first announced as forthcoming at the end of last year, it was widely anticipated that it would include a retail trading ban. Remember, crypto trading has been banned in China for the last few years. However, in the wake of FTX, and in particular the US's aggressive response to it, it appeared that the Chinese authorities might be reconsidering their position and in so doing using Hong Kong as a vehicle for testing the waters on the market without changing any policy in mainland China. In that light, I don't know exactly what this enforcement action around J -PEX actually signals. Arresting an influencer certainly sends a signal, but to what the ends of that signal are, I'm just not sure. I do think, however, it's probably worth weighting this issue as a little bit more significant than just a regional crackdown, as it may have bigger implications given the unique role Hong Kong plays relative to China when it comes to crypto. Next up, we move back to bankruptcy proceedings in the US where Gemini have slammed the proposed settlement between DCG and their subsidiary, Genesis, calling it misleading at best in a court filing on Friday. Now you'll remember that earlier last week, DCG had filed a proposed deal which would settle approximately $630 million in outstanding loan payments to Genesis. DCG said the deal could result in 90 % recoveries for unsecured creditors and recoveries as high as 95 % to 110 % for Gemini Earn customers who form the largest creditor entity in the Genesis bankruptcy. Gemini said in their court filing, however, that, quote, DCG touts proposed recovery rates that are a total mirage, misleading at best and deceptive at worst. Make no mistake, Gemini lenders will not actually receive anything close in real value terms to the proposed recovery rates under the current agreement in principle, end quote. DCG had proposed a repayment schedule for $1 .65 billion in total loans over seven years. Although the agreement had a substantial payment in the first year, criticism of the deal noted that recovery calculations were contingent on crypto -denominated payments becoming more valuable over time. I think the numbers were something like Bitcoin going to $85 ,000 and ETH going to $8 ,500. Gemini customers are owed around $1 .1 billion and it appears that taking on long -term risks associated with crypto prices and the continued solvency of DCG are simply not acceptable to them. Gemini said in their filing, quote, receiving a fractional share of interest in principal payments over seven years from an incredibly risky counterparty is not even remotely equivalent to receiving the actual cash and digital assets owed today by Genesis to the Gemini lenders. They added that, quote, DCG's proposal is markedly parallel to an attempt to satisfy its significant obligations through the issuance of IOUs instead of paying any real cash and digital assets. Gemini lawyers also slammed DCG's negotiation tactics, claiming they had made efforts to suggest that they would become desperate enough to take a significant haircut just to move on. On their creditors update blog, Gemini put it even more pointedly, stating that, quote, DCG is gaslighting creditors and testing earned users' resolve by baiting them with false promises of high recoveries. Now, hanging over the current state of the Genesis bankruptcy is the firm's right to exclusively propose recovery plans. The judge had granted a 30 -day extension to the exclusivity period through to early next month. That order was contested by Gemini and ended up falling short of the 60 -day extension requested by Genesis. After the exclusivity period has elapsed, creditors will be able to organize their own proposed deal to bring the bankruptcy to a close. Finally, separately on Friday, Gemini updated their lawsuit against DCG and CEO Barry Silbert. They now include four direct allegations that intercompany loans between DCG and Genesis were designed to, quote, make the market believe it had actually fixed Genesis's cratering financial condition. So there you have it. There are a number of other things that happened over the weekend or around the end of last week that we may touch on in conversations later. Mark Cuban got fished for almost a million bucks, for example. The New York Times leaked parts of a 15 ,000 -word Sam Bankman -Fried ramble that amounts to a very self -pitying reflection on the state of affairs. And Google's head of Web3 is begging the industry to build something actually useful. For now, though, we are going to wrap it there. We're going to get to the hard work of building back this industry from the ground up. I appreciate you hanging out here with me as we go about that work. So until next time, be safe and take care of each other. Peace.
A highlight from ROLLUP: CFTC's Attack On Crypto | FTX Offloading Billions | Live From Permissionless!
"Bankless nation, it is that time again for the weekly roll -up and David and I are doing it from a special location again. Oh my God, I forgot to set you up, David. Let me ask you the official question. Sure, let's do it. David, what time is it? Oh, it's the Bankless Friday weekly roll -up, but it's happening on Thursday because we are on Wednesday, the third day of permission list here in the Kraken booth on the floor of Austin, Texas. We have a live audience for the first time ever. It's a little bit intimidating. Live audience. studio There's 50 Bankless citizens, people in the Bankless Dow, all watching us as I speak these words right now. I don't know how I feel about that, but here we go. You know what? We're just going with it. This is a fantastic setup that we have here at Permissionless 2023, actually Permissionless 2. Permissionless 2. That's what they call it, and Kraken put this booth together for us. So extremely grateful for the hospitality. This is a professional setup. This is way better than my home office. Not to hit amateur shit, that's for sure. I know. So David and I are in person today, obviously, and are here to bring you The Week We Roll Up! All right. Topics of the week, David. What are we talking about, man? The CFTC has joined the SEC in the fight against crypto. Oh, wait. That's bad. That's a bad thing. Yeah, I thought they were the good guys. That's not great. Okay. Well, there's more. FTX is about to sell a huge portion of their token holdings. Should we? Oh, that's also bad. Oh, no. Ethereum Foundation just dropped a proposal on a native liquid staking. That's good. That's good. Okay. That's a good thing. And then finally, friend .tech, not dead yet. Okay. Also good. Also good. I came back from Burning Man, and I thought that friend's tech would be dead, and it was like four times larger than I ever thought that it would be. Is there some signal there? Yeah. And then my share price going into Burning Man was 0 .7. Dude, I don't want to hear about your share price. And I came back from Burning Man, and it was 0 .2, and I was sad. Well, that makes me happy, though. Sorry, David. And then some more bad news of the week. Vitalik's Twitter got hacked, X got hacked, some details around that, and how to protect yourself from Twitter, and how to make sure that you actually might be exposed. You might have your phone number in Twitter, and you don't know about it. So we're going to talk about that. There's one that I didn't know, like if Vitalik can get hacked, then what about the rest of us? David, before we get into the chatter of the week, and I know we want to talk about permission lists even before we get to the markets, we got to do a shout out to our friends and sponsors over at Aave, because a lot of you guys listening are still in Aave V2, and there's the opportunity to upgrade to Aave V3. Cool. Tell them why they should upgrade, David. Well, first off, the Aave V3 protocol is just better than V2. V3 is better than 2, it's a higher number, but why is it better? There's just a different amount of efficiency. There's asset efficiency in Aave V3, there's gas efficiency in Aave V3, there's some extra bells and whistles. There's asset isolation mode, so you can get some better parameters for specific assets inside of isolation mode, and then you can also just do a bunch of things all at once, like remove assets, swap assets, redeploy assets, all on a single transaction because of Aave V3. So if you are one of the users that has up to over a billion dollars in Aave V2, everything is better if we all have the same party rather than two different parties, so go and migrate from Aave V2 to Aave V3, you laggard. Yes, because three is better than two. Three is better than two. There's also Aave Grants DAO, so grants, that's free money for builders who are building on the Aave protocol with extra emphasis on the Go stablecoin, the brand new stablecoin out of Aave, so if you would like free money, do you like free money? Yeah, I mean this isn't quite free because I gotta build something, David. Sure, okay, you create your labor for money, but unconditional money after you build something or to build something, I don't know, details are in the show notes also at avegrants .org. I'd be down. All right, before we get to markets, I think the people deserve an update on Permissionless. Okay, so let's talk Permissionless. It's been great so far. We're on the second, the last third of the last day of Permissionless, so it's coming to a close. So do you want to tell me about some of your favorite talks so far? Let's start with the content. I've done eight talks. Done eight talks? Excuse me, I have moderated eight panels. Yes. So I'm racking up the content. How many did you get to? I did one, David. Eight to one. Wow. Is lower better or higher better? It depends on whether you like to do lots of panels or not. I love doing panels. Okay, I don't. So anytime someone asks me to do a panel, I'm like, David, would you like to do this panel? Wait, that's how I ended up with eight? Okay. I think that my favorite one was we did a Jesse Pollock and Ben Jones on chain is the new online conversation, which, I mean, we just had them on for the super chain, but this was a net new episode, net new conversation, and I really enjoyed that one. That one felt really fun, and that one I actually just did not prepare for because I just know these guys and I'm just haunted in sphere. What was the takeaway from that? So we have like on chain is the new online. This is the new top of funnel for base. Base is kind of like base in the front, optimism governance in the back. We have the golden era of web three design happening around base. Like we're getting better at design for attracting new people to get them on chain. And then we have retroactive public's good funding in the back. And so connecting that, those dots and filling in the gaps a little bit and then talking about how this is a flywheel, right? More people coming in on base leads to more retroactive public goods funding, which makes base better as a part of the OP stack, which leads to more people coming into base. And this is all a flywheel that hopefully scales public goods out to the world. That is a TLDR, the conversation doesn't mean that you shouldn't also go listen to it. It's available on the YouTube, on block works, YouTube, not bank this YouTube, actually. There's an, you know, yeah. Do you want to ask me what my favorite one was? Sure. You only did one. It was actually the one that I loved. And it wasn't because of me. It wasn't because of the moderator. But the panel that we got to do with the regulators. So it was Hester Purse. I think we'll talk about it later in the episode. Hester Purse, Brian Quinten CFTC regulator, Tom Emmer, House Majority Whip. So we got a member of Congress to come to our crypto conference. And then Kristen Smith. Of course. And she's kind of a crypto lobbyist. And this honestly, it gave me some hope, David. Because things are looking kind of bleak from a U .S. regulatory perspective. And this gave me some hope because these people are fired up and they were ready to fight for crypto. And they have some power in D .C. to do that. You say bleak, but it's definitely bleak with strong notes of optimism.
A highlight from A Niners and Cowboys Party, Tyreek Runs Amok, Six-Man Booths, Four-Box Bliss, and Parent Corner With Cousin Sal and Jimmy Kimmel
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A highlight from 12 Month Repeat and Referral Real Estate Lead Cash Flow Machine (Part 3)
"Welcome to Real Estate Coaching Radio, starring award -winning real estate coaches and number one international bestselling authors, Tim and Julie Harris. This is the number one daily radio show for realtors looking for a no BS, authentic, real time coaching experience. What's really working in today's market, how to generate more leads, make more money and have more time for what you love in your life. And now your hosts, Tim and Julie Harris. Welcome back. This is day three of your 12 month repeat and referral real estate lead cash flow machine. Oh my gosh, that title is officially too long, but this is day three and this is where we're going to get to a suggested calendar of events. Now we're going to go through a lot of ideas, but the ideas that we're going to share with you today are only the surface of the content and the detail you get when you join Premier Coaching. Now, the notes from today's show, as the notes are from every show that we do are below. So all you've got to do is scroll below. If you're an iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, wherever you're listening to us, even on YouTube, just scroll down, open it up, there are the notes, show description and therein you will also find a link to join Premier Coaching. Premier Coaching is the nation's number one selling coaching program with over 2000 agents joining Premier Coaching in the last 12 months alone. So please do consider becoming a member of Premier Coaching and I have to say, Premier Coaching has become somewhat of a movement, a community, it's something that really is actually, it's morphing into something we've always dreamed it would. So we'd love for you guys all to participate. We know you love this podcast, tens of thousands of you listen to us every single day. So Premier Coaching is the next natural step for all of you. So scroll down, click the link and of course you can also go to premiercoaching .com, but really the quick and easy button is just to scroll down and click the link or just go to premiercoaching .com and you can join Premier Coaching right now for free and yes that does include a daily semi -private coaching call. All right Julie, before we get to part three and the first point, you had some agents in our coaching program and podcast listeners that you wanted to recognize. Yes that's right and this is related to the topic of part three. I call this the fun part of working with your past client center of influence so that you can get lots of repeat and referral business and this is your schedule of events. So we'll talk about that in a second. Quick shout out. Speaking of events, what are some of you doing? Well, we have lots of examples from past coaching clients, current coaching clients, lots of action on the Facebook page here. From John Salman, one of my elite coaching clients, he says two things. Number one, our city does an annual vendor bazaar that has somewhere around 200 vendors. It's a big thing for our community. It benefits a charity. I'll be doing a drawing for a free seller side listing. Seller only has to pay for the buyer agent commission. During the bazaar, I'll be using my booth to answer questions to anyone that wants to know more about our local real estate market. And number two, his brokerage is him and his wife right now. Their company Christmas party will be them inviting their center of influence as well as some of those vendors from the other event that we work with, lenders, contractors, title company, et cetera. So those are two events that John's got planned. And then Aaron Wild, another coaching client, says I'm in the middle of planning a trick or trunk pumpkin patch. My daughter is a Halloween baby so she's keeping me accountable. Kids are always good at that, right? That's great. Let's see. A couple of people said they're really looking forward to this podcast. So Marilyn Hodgson, you are one of those. And let's see, from a coaching call today, Gray out in Ocean City, New Jersey, is doing a twist on the pumpkin patch. He's doing a scarecrow party for his neighborhood at his house. So basically you bring your own scarecrow clothes. He provides the stuffing. He's getting a bunch of hay or straw. And they're going to do a neighborhood scarecrow making party. And then he said that this becomes a thing in their neighborhood that a bunch of scarecrows are all over the neighborhood celebrating harvest and fall and autumn. And I thought that was a really great idea because who doesn't have old clothes laying around that you could turn into a scarecrow and make it fun? Absolutely. Well, the point is, is to make it fun, right? The point is to be yourself, doing what you love to do, and being around people that you actually like, you know? That's right. And here's the thing. When you do events like this, none of what we just talked about from any of these coaching clients costs very much money. In fact, you could probably do everything mentioned for free or real close to free. So this is really effective for connecting you to multiple past clients and people in your center of influence all on one day at one event. And it is important to recognize that we're not, and we won't be in any of these examples, be telling you to plaster everyone with your business card or put your real estate sign up everywhere or somehow make this into a big commercial exploitation. That's not at all what we're suggesting you to do. Well, how can you then generate leads off these ideas? Make sure you're paying very close attention. So we've created this list in sequential order, and we're going to start with January. Of course, you can take these ideas in any order. Some of them are going to be seasonal specific or time of year specific. Not all of them, though. Not all of them, right. And we're going to sprinkle in lots of ideas and other types of concepts. Actually, something just popped in my head. So if you, for example, were in a market where there, say, are occasionally hurricanes or there's other types of weather issues in where Julie and I are originally from in Ohio, there'd be a lot of snow, just things of that nature. You can also do things that are going to be timely for those weather events. And I remember very clearly we had a coaching client that was in, I think it was Big Bear, California. And this was years and years ago. But the area was essentially being plagued with fires. And as a result, the whole community was under threat of fire, so much so that they closed the road going to Big Bear. Now you could choose to leave or stay, and he chose to stay. And fortunately, the fires didn't really affect most of the community. But what he was able to do is communicate out of the fire zone, a .k .a. his hometown, and let everyone know, his neighbors. He was doing little press releases, just letting everyone know that the community was fine. And then going to the extent of going by people's houses and taking pictures. Now that, after what happened was within a short, maybe a year or less, he became the number one listing agent in that entire community, because people were so grateful for the service he provided. And that's really ultimately where all these types of feelings and all these types of events lead to, is people seeing that you are a person of contribution, that you're here to help other people. And no other better way than to start out with a January Happy New Year's party, Julie. That's right. So in January, for example, a Happy New Year's party or a how to winterize your home video message. Before we do this, I just want to make a quick message, I had a note up here. There are several categories of events. Events that you create, okay, then event that you create and promote and manage yourself. You can have events that you sponsor, which are created by somebody else, and then smaller get -togethers with select groups from your list. So all of these things can be small, medium, or large. But what matters is that you are there physically actually participating. That's what matters most. You're not going to hire a VA to do your center of influence event. Well, what agents are going to do, tragically, is they're going to... And we made this mistake when we sold real estate, and we would sponsor the local baseball teams and whatever. We never got any business from it. They always send us a nice picture. We pay for their... At the end of the season, them going to get... But there was never a single referral. Had we actually gone there... We should have gone and then it would have worked. We would have, yeah. Or I'm thinking... Good point. Or people that sponsor events and they put their logo up on some sort of big banner announcing something or another. You're not going to get any business from that. You're only going to get business from sponsoring things when you go there actually and really participate. Let people get to know you as a human, and they're going to want to do business with you. That's right. So good points. January, your Happy New Year party, how to winterize your home. If you're having a blizzard where you live, make a video about preparedness, emergency systems, where to get the best snowblower. You could have an event about that and have vendors before there was something happening. And in fact, you reminded me of a podcast you were talking about our client in Big Bear.
A highlight from EP137 Next 2023 Special: Conference Recap - AI, Cloud, Security, Magical Hallway Conversations
"Hi there, welcome to the Cloud Security Podcast by Google. Thanks for joining us today. Your hosts here are myself, Timothy Peacock, the Senior Product Manager for Threat Detection here at Google Cloud, and Anton Chevakin, a reformed analyst and senior staff in Google Cloud's Office of the CISO. You can find and subscribe to this podcast wherever you get your podcasts, as well as on our website, cloud .google .com slash podcasts. If you enjoy our content and want it delivered to you piping hot every Monday, please do hit that subscribe button. You can follow the show, argue with us, and the rest of our Cloud Security Podcast listeners all on LinkedIn. Anton, this is a fun episode today because we're talking and recording about stuff that's happening right now. Yes, we are doing it. I can't say we're doing it live from Google Cloud Next Conference because we're actually doing it from the Google Office. Four blocks away. Four blocks away, exactly. I wouldn't say next to next because it's going to be funny, but sorry for the four blocks thing. It was next to next, and this is airing next week. Yes, correct. It's airing next week, right after next. Got it. That's a mouthful. Listeners, this is fun though because Anton and I happen to be in the same room today, which we very rarely do. This is cool. Why did you see it next that you thought was interesting? As you know, I hate general broad questions. Hey, what are the trends? It's true, listeners. You told me this Monday, actually. Yeah. But I think that one thought that came to me, I was observing the expo floor in Moscone and watching the presentations, obviously, I got this intense RSA vibe, even though I realized that not every vendor is a security vendor in the next show floor. But it's interesting that I found our own booth for Google Cloud Security. So I thought, hey, we're finally a security vendor. And of course, that statement is probably like years overdue, but it sort of dawned on me when I was wandering the expo floor that we are now a bona fide real security vendor that delivers stuff to secures not just our cloud, but other clouds, other clients. Not just our browser, every browser. Yeah. We're a real security company. And this is like somehow dawned on me, and I guess maybe it's more of a personal observation rather than a fact or new launch, but I kind of felt it very intensely that we are a security vendor. We are the real thing. You know, it was funny, the RSA comparison you bring up because, listeners, the event happens in the same place as RSA happens every year. When you walk through show floor at RSA, everybody's a security vendor. At this event, there were vendors of all kinds of stuff. And it was kind of like, you know, I'm bi, so I hang out in both gay and straight spaces. It's kind of like when you're a gay bar, almost everybody's gay. But this time it was as if my usual gay bar was full of straight people. Not everybody was a security vendor. It was very strange. I didn't know what was going on. Felt so out of place. But it was nice to realize that, yeah, we're a real security vendor. We sell, we make, we secure a meaningful portion of the world now. It's really cool. So you have a presentation. I had a presentation. What other presentations did you think was cool, and then I want to talk about some of the stuff in my presentation. Yeah, I guess, yeah, it's the self -serving bit. It's a little self -serving. So rarely are we self -serving. We are very rarely self -serving, but I think that I kind of want to have a meta idea on this first before I go into the presentation I did. So one other thing that I observed, we observed when we were working in the vendor expo, is that a lot of security we see in the expo floor is sold to security people, obviously RSA, back to the traditional security show, security is meant to be sold to security teams, security leaders, but some cloud security is actually sold to cloud people, and it's used by cloud people, not security people. So my presentation is kind of about the encounter between these two worlds. It's a story about a more traditional security operation center, or SOC, that suddenly encounters cloud. So I'm taking the view that I'm talking to security people who met cloud for the first time, and maybe their encounters weren't very friendly in the beginning, but I'm also realizing that at this conference, it's more normal to have cloud people encounter security for the first time. So it gives me kind of a weird vibe in my brain. You know what's fun? My talk is about security people helping cloud people learn about security. So in my talk with two speakers from Uber, they describe how, as security professionals, they've integrated my product with the rest of Uber, and they use that to help the rest of Uber's cloud people understand security and respond to security, which is really great. You know, listeners, what you say in cloud, you really, because of the scale, because of the distributed responsibility, back to the Sunil Yu episode, security teams can't do it on their own. And we were talking about this earlier in the week, too, of how do we, as people move to the cloud, how do we abandon the traditional no -mindset and gatekeeper mindset of security, and instead have our security organizations become enablers of engineering and business teams to move quickly and safely? And I think there are other notable presentations, but I've noticed one by the team from Mandiant about cloud threats, which felt almost like a perfect prequel for my presentation, because I talk about how Salk, that just landed in the cloud, need to be aware of cloud threats, and there Prezo is a very solid view of what's real in the cloud, what's happening, and it's not just all crypto miners, there's actually fun stuff going on, not just crypto miners, crypto miners. Tim would say these are solved, these are solved, right? Well, I did talk about my million -dollar protection program against undetected crypto mining attacks, but did you see Kevin's slide during the keynote? No, I have not. Ah, so Kevin had a slide during the keynote, and I haven't actually seen it, I've just had it described to me, so this is third -hand description now, but in that slide, he talked about the number of critical vulnerabilities in public cloud providers that have been publicly disclosed over the past couple of years. Yeah, no, this was biased against us, meaning we don't have enough.
A highlight from News Block: Grayscale Victory, ETF Delays, Binance Troubles, Cost to Own Home Skyrockets
"Welcome to the CoinStories news block. I'm Nathalie Brunel and in the span of just 10 minutes, roughly the same time it takes to mine a new Bitcoin block, I'll provide you with concise, insightful updates on Bitcoin and the global financial landscape so you're well informed on the week's top stories. Everything you need to know, in one place, in one block. Let's go. The biggest news of the last week came out of Washington, D .C., when the U .S. Court of Appeals sided with Grayscale in its battle against the SEC. This case is all about potentially converting the Grayscale Bitcoin trust into a Bitcoin spot ETF. Better known for its ticker GBTC, the Grayscale Bitcoin trust is the world's largest Bitcoin investment fund. Today, it holds more than 600 ,000 Bitcoin, around 3 % of Bitcoin's circulating supply. Last Tuesday, the court ruled that the SEC was wrong in its decision to deny Grayscale's ETF application. An ETF, or Exchange Traded Fund, is similar to a stock. It trades on a stock exchange, but it tracks an asset or collection of assets like stocks, bonds or commodities. A spot Bitcoin ETF would make buying Bitcoin as easy as buying shares of a company. If you recall, the SEC approved multiple Bitcoin futures ETFs back in 2021, so the regulators' denial of Grayscale's spot ETF conversion confused a lot of people. Bitcoin futures ETFs allow investors to invest in paper Bitcoin contracts that settle in dollars. No actual Bitcoin is bought in the process. In the case of a spot Bitcoin ETF, a fund would have to buy and hold actual Bitcoin, and the performance of the ETF would be directly tied to the underlying asset. When the SEC denied Grayscale's spot Bitcoin ETF application, regulators argued it didn't meet investor protection standards and was prone to market manipulation. Grayscale sued, essentially saying, hey, if you're worried about market manipulation with a spot ETF, shouldn't you also be worried about manipulation with a futures ETF that tracks the same underlying Bitcoin? If so, then why did you approve one and not the other? Well, the court agreed with Grayscale. The judges called out the SEC, stating that the agency's denial was arbitrary and capricious and fell short of the standard for reasoned decision making. So where does that leave things? Well, the SEC has 45 days to decide whether or not to challenge this ruling. If regulators choose not to appeal, then we could see a spot Bitcoin ETF hit the market sooner than we thought. But the ball is in the SEC's court. The SEC can come up with a different argument for denying Grayscale's conversion, or they can agree with the court's ruling but instead choose to remove the futures ETFs. This seems unlikely given their size and popularity. So although this ruling doesn't necessarily mean that GBTC will be converted into a spot Bitcoin ETF, it certainly does increase the odds. Bloomberg ETF analysts Eric Belkounis and James Saifert have increased their odds of a spot Bitcoin ETF approval this year to 75 % in the wake of the Grayscale victory. On CNBC, former SEC chair Jay Clayton said that an approval of a spot Bitcoin ETF is inevitable. As you may know, Grayscale isn't the only player in town vying for a spot Bitcoin ETF. Large institutions like BlackRock, Fidelity, ARK Invest and Invesco are all waiting for their spot Bitcoin ETF applications to get approved by the SEC as well. We got an update last Friday when the SEC announced that it will delay making any decision on all of these ETF applications until at least mid -October. A spot Bitcoin ETF approval would mark a milestone for the industry. Not only would it be a signal of approval from regulators, but it would also make it easier than ever before for investors to gain exposure to Bitcoin, potentially bringing in a flood of new demand. Michael Saylor tweeted the approval of a spot BTC ETF will mark a crucial inflection point in the history of Bitcoin adoption. Whereas some investors appear optimistic about a potential ETF approval, others are taking a different stance. Investors podcast host Preston Pish tweeted, What Preston may be alluding to here is that Binance is still very much a looming shadow over the industry. If the SEC's main concern revolves around market manipulation, then perhaps it won't be approving any ETFs until Binance's market share of trading volume takes a serious dip. For perspective, Binance isn't just big, it's massive. Recent data shows that as of the end of July, Binance accounted for nearly half of all Bitcoin trading volume. Half. This doesn't bode well for the ETF chances given that Binance was recently accused of market manipulation and fraud in a recent SEC lawsuit. On top of that, Binance is currently under investigation by the Department of Justice in connection with potential money laundering and sanctions violations. Now here's where things got super interesting last week. The SEC took the uncommon step of filing sealed documents in its lawsuit against Binance. Filing a court document under seal means the SEC wants to keep sensitive information from going public. Former SEC chair John Reed Stark tweeted that the SEC would only take this action for two reasons. One, it doesn't want to interfere with an ongoing DOJ investigation. And two, it wants to protect companies or individuals involved with the investigation. This sealed motion raised eyebrows given that it hints that the SEC has submitted potentially incriminating evidence against Binance related to the DOJ's investigation. The developments surrounding Binance will continue to unfold. Whether or not the SEC will wait until there's some resolution there before approving a spot Bitcoin ETF is purely speculation right now. But given the serious charges of market manipulation against Binance, if more trading volume flowed away from Binance and into more regulated exchanges, it would likely help ease some of the SEC's concerns and potentially lead to a spot ETF approval. All of this uncertainty with Binance only reinforces how important it is to learn how to take self -custody of your Bitcoin. The whole point of Bitcoin is that you don't have to trust any exchange or third party to own it. The best time to take self -custody of your Bitcoin was yesterday. The second best time is today. As regulators and investors remain focused on Bitcoin ETFs and the activities of crypto exchanges, more and more Bitcoin miners are coming online, causing Bitcoin's hash rate to grow relentlessly in 2023. The hash rate refers to the amount of computational power being used to process Bitcoin transactions. And recently it surpassed 400 exahash per second for the first time in history, up over 50 % just this year. If you took all the computational power of Amazon, Google and Meta combined, you still wouldn't come close to this figure. It means that more energy is being used to secure the Bitcoin network than ever before. So where is the hash rate coming from? A recent mining report from Galaxy Research suggests a majority is coming from miners outside the United States. This theory is supported by recent news that the oil -producing country of Oman is investing more than a billion dollars in Bitcoin mining facilities. Oman government officials stated that these mining facilities will be used to make its stranded gas flares profitable to help develop new hydropower projects and to stabilize its electrical grid. Oman joins other nation states like Bhutan and El Salvador, which have also publicly announced their investment in Bitcoin mining. Finally this week, as Bitcoin's hash rate is going up, U .S. home affordability is in a freefall. The U .S. average 30 -year mortgage rate recently touched 7 .5%, the highest in 25 years. That rapid climb, a direct result of the Federal Reserve hiking interest rates at one of the fastest paces in history. According to the Cabeza letter, the monthly cost to own a home is up 90 % since 2020, and the median income earner is now spending 40 % of their monthly take -home pay on mortgage payments. That's the highest in history. This is a topic I discussed more in depth on my latest Coin Stories episode with Danielle DiMartino Booth. And to take it one step further, property taxes, homeowners insurance, and the cost of materials for maintenance have all increased as well due to inflation. This nasty combination has moved U .S. housing affordability to the lowest level in nearly four decades. And to make matters worse, according to recent data from the U .S. Census Bureau, more than 40 % of U .S. homes are owned by someone who does not live there. This means wealthy individuals that bought second homes or turned their property into Airbnbs, and large institutions like BlackRock that have been buying up whole neighborhoods for investment purposes. Real estate has now become the primary way investors save because the dollar doesn't hold its value over time. This drives up real estate prices, making the dream of owning a home more and more unattainable for families. What was once a staple of the American dream has grown almost completely out of reach, especially for younger generations. This is why so many are turning to investing in Bitcoin as a form of digital property, one with no maintenance or upkeep costs that you can carry with you wherever you go. And unlike a home, you can buy just a fraction of a Bitcoin to start saving for your future today. That's it for the News Block, your weekly Bitcoin and economic news update. I'm Natalie Brunell. Make sure you're subscribed to Coin Stories so you never miss an episode. Until next time, keep stacking.
A highlight from ESPN's Greg McElroy and Comedian Jared Freid
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We have a great show this week We have two guests Greg McElroy, who was just promoted to ESPN's number two booth for college football We'll be working with Sean McDonough calling a national championship playoff game This season comes on to talk about the upcoming college football season get into his broadcasting career stuff with Alabama Sleeper team, sleeper quarterback, new rule changes So we do all that with Greg and then comedian Jared Freed who has a Netflix special out called 37 and single joins the pod to discuss life as a comedian Shaping his act. He's a big sports fan talk about if Bill Belichick is funny and The business of being a stand -up comedian working with Netflix and stuff like that. No Sal this week He's off for the Labor Day holiday weekend. He'll be back next week as we kick off the NFL season and Obviously last week Charles Barkley was on the podcast the feedback on that was tremendous. You guys couldn't have been nicer really appreciate it I will get in depth on the Charles Barkley podcast next week when Sal is back because there's a lot to discuss there But really appreciate all you guys listening in the nice feedback. Also Peter Schrager and Chris Russo won in recent weeks So if you missed any of those episodes go into the archives check them out Subscribe to SI media with Jimmy Traina and leave a review on Apple. We're gonna read them next week Alright Greg McElroy from ESPN on college football followed by comedian Jared Freed all right here right now on SI media with Jimmy Traina All right joining me now. He is the new number two analyst for ABC's PN's college football coverage this year I'll be working with Sean McDonough placing Todd Blackledge is off the NBC Former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy Greg. How's it going? Congrats on the new gig? Thank you guys so much Glad to be with you guys I've listened for a while you guys between all the media podcast always enjoy how you guys cover Cover the world before I even got into it. I was into it. So it's like this it's addictive, right? It's addictive the sports media world, but you guys do an amazing job. So happy to be joined with y 'all Thank you very much. Appreciate it. And I mentioned you're gonna be working with Sean McDonough this year Sean I'm a big fan of Sean. I've had him on this podcast. We we had some fun with his famous voice cracks Tell me about working with you know, Sean who's done this for so long has done every sport He's done World Series. He's done the NFL obviously Icon on college football tell me about the season going into it with Sean McDonough on ESPN. Well, I'm really excited I think Sean is just phenomenal. I mean, it's just a complete legend and in some ways, you know, I When you're playing or when you're watching as a fan at least for me, I was almost oblivious to the To the names and the and the faces that were on television Of course, I grew up with you know, watching NFL football as a diehard cowboy fan So I was you know Pat summer all and and listen al Michaels and and all the others that have kind of graced the television screen but I I recognized voices before I recognized names and as soon as I became more aware of this side of The game broadcast as soon as I heard Sean McDonough's like, oh my gosh, I've been listening in my whole life To be able to I've only done one game with him and it was the national championship game and we did the radio call 2021 would have been the year and it was Alabama against Ohio State and I was nervous wreck I mean, I'm going and working with a guy that I've been listening to for 20 years 25 years knowingly And I'm like this guy's a legend I just want to get out of his way like I just don't want to mess this up because I've aspirations maybe one day down the road working with him and He couldn't have been more gracious. He couldn't have been more understanding. I was a little anxious I'd never been on a call for a game of that magnitude Either as far as the radio is concerned, but he was amazing and I'm just so grateful to to him and him Welcoming on to the team and they've been together for a long time and look Todd Blackledge. I've said this For a long time. I think he's the best the best guy doing what we do. I think he's just amazing and I've always looked up to him. I've always really admired how he calls the game and I've always appreciated very much all the things that that he kind of Interjects into the game and and just the perspective that he brings so replacing him is as an impossible feat But I'm gonna do the very best that I possibly can It's a big promotion because the number two team which is which is you and Sean gets to call one of the playoff games Around New Year's when that takes place On TV, so it's a big assignment you guys I should have mentioned at the top You have North Carolina South Carolina for week one and your first game together for the season We talked about Sean you're coming off a season where you work with Joe Tess who also in college football circles is one of those guys that viewers and fans Are big big fans of because of his exciting ways Tell me, you know now that you're moving on here. What was like working with Joe Tessitore in the past Well, I've been really lucky The Joe and and Dave Pash who I was with prior to that are two of my best friends Dave Pash is like my older brother. Like I didn't know anything about anything As it comes to calling a game if not for Dave Pash and Brian Ryder I would not at all ever be in a position to have found any level of success in this profession But they really showed me the ropes and took me under their wing and then three years ago I was fortunate to to be aligned with Joe and What I love so much about Joe is the passion and energy that he calls the game with he lives that Way all the time and the guys bouncing off the walls in the booth in the pregame Hitting me talking to three times a day on Monday Tuesday Wednesday and our week leading up as far as prep is concerned like he consumes college football 24 -7 365 I mean every podcast I do he's listening has comments has critiques has Has his own opinions that he wants to weigh in him. He is just an all -knowing consumer So it was a blast to work with him and we've developed such a close relationship I Joe love and I love Dave and and I love Scotty Matthews our producer last year who is just an amazing amazing person and Kim Belton who worked with us a few years back as Well, so I've been really really lucky to be around people that taught me to do it the way I think is the right way Everyone's got their own way of preparing for a game Everyone has their own way of calling a game and when to when to speak when to lay out But I've been very fortunate to been surrounded by very talented people that have helped me understand the dynamic of How to present a game and I've had Drake great truck support as well to kind of help me Figure out the best way to plan a review or a replay sequence or maybe do some art or some Telestrations things of that nature. So whether it's Joe or the or the truck the last few years with Scotty and Jeff for Dave and Ryder and Ryder's of course can be doing some Monday Night Football games now. It's a super pump for him I've just been very very lucky and and very very fortunate. I think Dave Pash is the most underrated play -by -play guy in He's phenomenal. He's And I love hearing that Joe Tess is Wacky, even when the mics are off before a game. I love hearing that that you know, it's the same energy Let me get I just want to be clear about something because I've messed up with math before on this podcast I I once called Roman Reigns 43 when he was 33, which I still saw what you're 35 I am yes, and you've been doing games for nine years This is year eight. Yes, you're gonna see I told you I would mess it up Okay, I was pretty close to be on I've said seven. So I've messed it up. You're not wrong It's my own once you get going. Yeah, my ultimate point is you started doing TV at 27, which is pretty young I think well, what do you remember back when I mean when you started out? How raw were you? How green were you? Did it take you a long time to get I mean because I think 27 is pretty Young to be doing TV. Well, it's it's really young when your NFL career is a dud But I feel like I didn't play as long in the league as I would have liked if I could have started at 33 after 10 years in the show, I would have been perfectly okay with that as well But I knew very quickly when I was wrapping things up in the league I probably could have grinded out a couple more perhaps But I was kind of looking at through the prism of I can start my next life now With the launch of the SEC Network and be aligned With a company at ESPN that I knew would cultivate and help us figure out how to do television It was the right time to go. I was still under contract with the Bengals when I agreed in principle with ESPN and Inevitably was in studio at first which I thought was a really good way to kind of get my feet wet and Understand just kind of the nuance of television lingo how to read a rundown how to Do the telestrator in the studio and more of a controlled setting? So if we busted something, it's like well, let's re rack it Let's go. Yeah, that was Comforting and and figuring out your cadence and your tone the following year Called a game that year but it was Lamar against Texas A &M a very forgettable game Jimmy if you didn't watch that one I'm not sure how you missed it. Well, I'm a better so I'm sure the line was about 50 So that'll that's all I need to know if it was that match I think you could have laid the points comfortably and come away a winner in that one. It got a little sideways Then the following year kind of had the perfect blend of studio and game by doing the SEC nation show With Joe Tess I might add so already developed a bit of a rapport with him and Kind of got to feel the energy of the crowd and the fact that yes, it's structured to an extent But you also kind of have to play to the audience some a little bit like doing a game It was almost the perfect blend and then in 2016 after a couple of games that I did in 2015 That's when I was given my first booth Alongside Dave Pash and I remember right out of the gate. Our first game was Houston and Oklahoma It was like number 11 against number four and I was a nervous wreck I mean just to complete I'm like, I'm gonna if I screw this up It's the last year my deal like I'll just be out and you know, go do whatever it is I need to do so I was a wreck and was very nervous. How long did it take you to get comfortable? Last year, maybe yeah, really For real I have I have butterflies before the game that are very comparable to when I played Still get them will always get them probably and I hope I do because that's part of what I love so much about doing this Job is that it is as close to being in the action as close to being a coach as close to being a player is any other professions In the industry, so I really enjoy it, but it probably took me. I was remarkably over prepared as Far as my week of prep is concerned all -consuming Totally dialed in I knew everything you need to know about the backup snapper you know to the point where it's like this is just I'm getting 2 % of my pregame prep into the show and it was almost it weighed me down some and I was trying to force things in so I Scaled back a lot over the course of a couple years to the point where I could be more efficient with my preparation Understand the things that I write down and notes that I take what's going to make air what might not what will benefit and allow? Me to have strong opinions on the air, even though it it might not necessarily come out exactly as I write it down I'll have a better fundamental understanding of what this team does and why they do it so I would say as far as my week of prep is concerned took me three years probably and then to get Really really comfortable and just having my voice and knowing when to go when to lay out when to allow the crowd to speak on Your behalf when to allow the players to speak on your behalf and to let my play -by -play guy really run with it I would say probably the last three years when I really started to hit a groove.
A highlight from Danielle DiMartino Booth: Economic Storm and Debt Collapses Approaching
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A highlight from Crypto Market Dip NOT OVER? (J. Powell Hints More Rate Hikes)
"We are here in the Bahamas working to make it right. If you can't have a millionaire, would you keep working? The commander is here. What's going on right now is California's trying to figure out if they can defeat the government that popped the pot. Yeah. Oh, I can. Welcome to BitBoy Crypto! Home of the BitSquad, the largest and greatest crypto community in all the Interwebs. No channel works harder to keep you in the know about crypto than this one right here. My name is Ben. Come to you live every single day at 11 .30am Eastern Standard Time. Exactly. Also known as 9 .40pm MST, is that what you call it? Mountain Time Zone. Anyways, regardless, I digress. We are here at RARE EVO. We've got our Bencoin booth. I don't know if you saw pictures of it on Twitter. Super exciting. And, you know, it really made me think when we got here about what was going on last year at this time. And I think that's really where I want to start before we get into the show is really thinking about last year, this event was in October. And it was very interesting. I just talked to Charles. Charles just gave a speech on stage. Charles Hoskinson, founder of Cardano, of course. And last year, him and I did an interview on stage. And the interesting thing that really occurred was not what people got to see. It's what people didn't get to see. The behind the scenes was so interesting. Because if you remember, I made my famous Sam Bankman -Fried rant around the middle of October. This event was towards the back half of October, if I remember correctly. And the thing is, I had already marked the enemy territory with Sam. And our bill was progressing. And I had sent my bill to Charles. And I sent everything that, oh, there's crypto India. She looks like a monkey. She's got a banana. The fact is that we're spending all of our time and our resources and, you know, really trying to put things into this bill, and I asked Charles if he would support it. Same reason we sent the bill originally to FTX. And, you know, there's different stuff going on, but the point is the conversation went kind of like this. Charles, I don't understand. Why do you not want to support our bill? Like either financially or kind of giving it a vote of confidence? And he said, well, you know, I don't think the CFTC is going to like it, is what he said. He's been, you know, on Capitol Hill on the behalf of the Department of Agriculture, which, you know, all crypto falls under. And he said, you know, but here's the thing. I've dug into what you've been saying about Sam. And he said, it's true. Sam is doing all the things that you said he was doing. And here's the line. He said, but, you know, in the end, he's Sam Bankman -Fried. He's going to mess up. He's incompetent. That's what he does. And let me tell you, you want to talk about an accurate statement. Look how everything played out last year. Like being here and talking to Charles a second ago, it just really reminded me of that event. But here's the thing. You've got bad actors, okay? And there's a lot of bad actors in crypto. We know that. But the bad actors, they almost, in a roundabout way, it's like one of those circular staircases where you can't ever find where it, you know, enters and exits. Where are the good actors? And where are the bad actors? And the thing is, is that the bad actors, they almost force the good actors to be shown and to be present. And I think that's what you've seen over this last year is with the contagion and with the Alex Wyshinsky and Sam Bankman -Fried, you know, you really start to see who the good guys are, and they're not who they told you they were. And, to me, being here at Rare Evo again and seeing where we've gone in the last year, of course, you got a lot of bad stuff, but there's something like Bitcoin that now, you know, we're running. We've got our booth here. Super exciting. And it's all about crypto adoption. It's about taking those things that, you know, aren't quite right with crypto, whether it's the public perception, whether it's the education about crypto, whether it's the government, the policies, regulations, or whether it's the media, you know, we've got a lot of stuff to fix. And this technology can be used for the good. And that's ultimately what's going to happen. It's just a matter of the good guys, I guess, outshine the bad guys. So, we're going to get started here. There's Wendy. Wendy, you want to come, just come be on the stage? Do you want a banana, you hungry? I must ask you a question. Where is Bitcoin going to? We're going to go to do our show later today, I think. Tomorrow. Tomorrow, yeah. Our show's tomorrow. We're going to film lots of episodes tomorrow. Yeah, we're going to do four. So, we're going to have four for you guys. And you're going to be wearing something, aren't you? Oh, yes, I bought an apron. Do you want me to wear a muumuu? I draw the line that started to look like a woman. It was a cat muumuu, but they had one in blue. Yeah, they did have one in blue. It is true. It's not the color. It's like a dress. I know, but you could have worn pants. You can't do it. It could have been like ATL shorty. Shoddy. It's shoddy. It's not shoddy. It's shoddy shoddy. Well, from the west side. I can tell. I can tell. ATL. Shoddy shorty. Okay, well, here's orange you glad that you brought that banana? Bye, guys. Okay, guys, let's go get started with MarketWatch here. As you do know, we did officially switch to CoinGecko from CoinMarketCap. Now, I can't really see the chat, I don't think. So, yeah. So, guys, I love you a lot. I can't see you today, but you get to see me. And we're probably going to, guys, we're probably going to plan on ending it about probably 12 .30 today. So we're going to go through the show kind of quick. Okay, so here we go. We are on CoinMarketCap. Okay, there we go. Is BJ manually switching this? He's in here. Okay, looking at the overall markets. By the way, CoinMarketCap did actually start fixing some stuff. So they did email me after my big tirade the other day. So we'll see what happens there. The market cap almost at $1 .1 trillion. You know, we were just barely over a trillion a couple of days ago. Volume, $36 billion. Bitcoin dominance, 46 .4%. ETH dominance, 18 .2%. I'm going to get a little more used to these CoinGecko numbers to know whether that's up or down. I don't even remember. Gas, 15 .0 Paraguay to send you an ETH transaction. And I hope you guys enjoyed us going live from this, thank you, we're going live from rare evo today. This is one of these things where, you know, the more we travel, the more we go to events, you know, we can have BJ with me. He's an animal with the tech. And there he is. There's BJ, ladies and gentlemen. So, you know, we want to be able to bring you guys more live shows even when I'm on the road instead of, you know, look, we love Deezy. He's great. He's here. But I know you guys don't necessarily want to fill in. And all my Deezy fans, I guess y 'all like around the blockchain anyway, so he's going to be going live or going to be doing a show from here as well. Bitcoin coming in at $26 ,000 approximately. Ethereum coming in at $16 ,400. Uh -oh. Scam. BJ, Scam Likely is calling you. Scam Likely is calling you. $16 .48. Let's see. Where is the old XRP coming in at $0 .51? Yeah, I mean, we pretty much wiped out the entire gain from the lawsuit. And I wasn't expecting it to retrace all the way, but I guess it kind of depended on how high that it went. If it had gone $3X, then it shouldn't have. It just doubled. $0 .50 to $1 and then, or whatever it was, $0 .45 to $0 .90, and now it's crashed back down. But, of course, that's a reaction to the overall market. A lot of people are really expecting a big drop here. And I'm just not. Like, I just don't see it. I try not to get too caught up in the narratives. And, yes, there are some things about the 4 -year cycle that do indicate that there should be more down action, especially compared to Ethereum to Bitcoin. You can chart it doesn't look good. But I almost feel like everybody talking about it, you know, it seems to sometimes negate that. When everybody's expecting a big drop, it doesn't really happen. That's the thing. When we got our big drop from $70K at the top, nobody was expecting that. When we got the FTX collapse, right? Out of nowhere, nobody was expecting that. And so right now, everybody's telling you a big drop is coming, and it's like Bitcoin just loves to defy the narrative. It fits within the fundamentals of the 4 -year cycle, but in the micro, Bitcoin likes to defy. So, or defies, I may say. Let's see. Albert Condi with Superchat. I actually have the chat now. Yobin, you guys have lawyers on your payroll, right? Of course, with all the legal attacks from the US government, I want to watch some streams of discussions with lawyers who know crypto. Okay. That might be something we could, you know, might be better for maybe pre -recorded video rather than live streaming. Live streaming would be good too. But, yeah, thank you for the Superchat. Turn noise cancelling off. What does that mean? Is that us? Okay. One. What are you doing, BJ? No. BJ says no. BJ says no. We can only do the best, guys. What do we got? So next time, BJ says we're going to be a little bit even better prepared, so. We got RollBit coming in, 19 .7 % gains. If you guys did not know, RollBit is kind of a competitor to Stake in a sense, so we can't be covering RollBit really too much on this channel other than to say, look, the price went up, went up 20%, nice pump, and it's one of these things that's been running in the bear market, and it's obvious because people just want to gamble in the bear market because there's not a lot of gains to be had in the crypto world, so unless you're shorting or leverage trading, so RollBit's one to watch. Now, you know, Stake doesn't have its own coin, which is very interesting. I doubt they would ever do that. I don't think it's somewhere they want to get it, something they want to get into. But, you know, are we seeing a decentralized version kind of pop up? We'll have to see how RollBit goes. We have some coins up, barely. Big Ed token, Quant, Mantle, Polkadot, DYDX. So, alright, so let's go ahead and move on. Don't forget, guys, in here at the booth over here, we have a ton of Bitcoin merch. You guys, don't forget to check out hitmerch .com. We got an entire Bitcoin collection. So, you know, it's some really cool merch. Hope you guys check it out. I'm going to be in a dunk tank later, and I guess I'm probably going to see if we have some Bitcoin tank tops and shorts for me to get in the dunk tank with. It'll be everywhere now for charity. Alright, guys, moving on here. US Fed's Jerome Powell and Jackson Hole prepare for more rate hikes, so kind of serious, kind of, kind of not necessarily unexpected news, but they are really committed to, you know, lowering these rates and getting inflation under control, at least making it appear that it's under control. It's kind of like this. It's like, you think of quantum easing or quantitative easing, you can kind of think of it as like a superpower for the Fed, I guess, right? Like, what happens is, you know, I used to remember this game we used to play, right? All the boys, the boys, we go to the arcade. There are two games, really three games, that were four -player games that people just loved when I was a kid. You had The Simpsons. Simpsons was a four -player arcade game. It's pretty cool. Whatever. One of my favorite one, but I did beat it because that's what I do. I'm a winner. You also had Ninja Turtles. Ninja Turtles, man, what a great game that was in the arcade. Man, 4x4 action, you and your buddies, birthday party, you know, go to a big place like, you know. We used to go to a place called American Adventures, but there's other places, Dave and Buster's. And so what happens on this X -Men game? They had this X -Men game. And that was the game we all loved more than any of the other ones because it had this cool superpower. You kind of like store the superpower up, and you are willing to go all the way down to like one bar of your energy. You just take the hits, take the hits, take the hits, because you knew the maximum value of when you use your special power that will blow up everything on the screen was worth it. The appeal to use the quantitative easing for the federal government and Jerome Powell for the Federal Reserve is more appealing than the temporary hits that the economy is taking. They know as soon as they turn the quantitative easing back on, that they're going to be able to fix everything just to mess everything up again. But that kicks the can down the road, right? So they're willing to take the hits going down to no energy, your economy not do well, there's tons of stats showing our economy is actually worse than the Great Depression right now. It's all fake, and it's all smoke and mirrors. That's what the government's learned to do better over time is create the optical illusion that everything's fine when it's clearly not. So, Jerome Powell is, you know, basically saying like, hey, here's the thing. Let's see if this is all part of the optics. We're going to keep raising rates. It's what has to happen for us to get inflation under control. There's no such thing as getting inflation under control, guys. Our money is worthless. There's nothing behind it. It's going to happen again. Powell revealed that the Fed staff intends to hold the interest rates at a restrictive level until they are confident that inflation is moving sustainably towards a 2 % target. They made their remarks at the Economic Policy Symposium, also popularly called Jackson Hole Symposium, or Jackson Hole Meeting, posted by the Federal Reserve of Kansas City. I actually took a picture outside that one time when I was there for a Chiefs Finals game. Prior to the speech, traders were anticipating the Fed chairs' comments on the long -term economic scenario amid the ongoing macroeconomic uncertainty. So, there we go. And, of course, Bitcoin price hasn't, doesn't seem like it's really done that much for the Bitcoin price one way or the other. Okay. So, also, guys, we have IRS spares, crypto miners and validators and new broker reporting requirements. And, you know, here's the thing, guys. I told you that this thing about who's a broker in crypto, right? It was in some language of the big Digital Currency Act that got, you know, implemented a couple years ago, and everybody was worried about this broker language because it was going to affect miners. I told you the whole time, guys, the system has a lot of different fail -safes in it, okay? And so when you see one of these stories like China banning Bitcoin, like, okay, cool, you know, it's not that big of a deal. I knew this broker stuff in the United States. I knew it was going to end up not being a big deal. The language was not clarified in the bill, but I said it would get clarified later. And here, you have the IRS saying basically exactly what I just told you, is that even though the bill said one thing, this is what the IRS is going to do and how they're actually going to legislate and regulate this, or I guess the IRS just keeps up with the money. How are they going to hold it financially accountable? The Department of Treasury released its highly anticipated proposed regulations for crypto currency brokers. Notably, it's chosen to exempt individual validators and miners under the proposed rules. And this is big for DAOs, too, guys. Under the proposed rules, crypto brokers will have to adhere to the same rules as securities brokers, including filing information returns and furnishing pay statements for all customers and traders. The Treasury stated that the proposed changes aimed to curb crypto tax evasion and prevent crypto investors and businesses from getting an unfair advantage. Biden said there's as much as $18 billion left on the table. We all know he wanted that so he could give it to Ukraine or his son could squirt it up his nose. The rules that passed would go into effect 2026 for the 2025 tax year, which is absolutely huge because the 2025 tax year is the year to harvest the gains, right? That's when the bull market is going to be thriving, probably ending somewhere around the summer of that year. So, let's see. Yup. You guys, we're in a big room here. This is what happens when you're live at a conference, is what it is. Okay. Alright. Let's move on here to the XRP trial here. And you guys know our XRP section is always brought to you by stake. You know, in my opinion, some of the best bread that exists is a golden crown. Golden crown has got these rolls there. Now, they don't have anything else that's good, but they've got these rolls. They're immaculate. They're so good. They're buttered. They're fantastic. And it really makes every other roll that you've ever had just taste mid. So, BJ, please play the mid roll. Thank you to our sponsor, Stake. Thank you to our sponsor, Stake. Also, thank you to Rare Evo as well. Okay. Why the SEC vs. Ripple trial may never happen. Insights crypto from lawyer Fred Rispoli. Talked to Fred a few times. Good guy. The SEC vs. Ripple Labs lawsuit has been a significant battle in the crypto world. On July 13, Annalisa Torres, the judge, delivered a complex ruling. It wasn't really that complex. Prominent crypto lawyer Fred Rispoli took to microblogging platform X. It's like calling Bitcoin the flagship cryptocurrency. Like, the microblogging platform X. Is that really what we're saying now? Come on. Ryder, I know you get paid for word, but come on. I can do better. Desiria's belief that the trial between the two Ripple Labs executives may never take place. Here's why Rispoli thinks so. Pressure tactics. He argues at Garlinghouse that suing Garlinghouse and Larson was a strategy to pressure Ripple into a weak settlement position agree 100%. Witness challenges. Imagining key SEC figures on the witness stand. Rispoli believes figures such as William Hinman and Jay Clayton could be tied to their roles in the Trump administration, which might not sit well with a New York City jury. Proving reckless. Rispoli questions about how the SEC could prove recklessness regarding institutional sales when the defendants can point to programmatic sales as being acceptable. Weak evidence. Of course, the evidence concerning domestic vs. international sales is considered weak. Reorganization of the SEC's trial team. They've already been making some internal changes to their trial team in this case. Back -to -back trials with the SEC's tight trial schedule may hinder its ability to focus on this case. It's one of these situations where Gary Gensler does not want to let go. He does not want to let go of this. But he's going to in the end see that this is a losing battle for him, and he's got to make the choice to move on. It's a hard decision because it basically means that everything he's been talking about, his entire stint at the SEC, is nullified. And what does that mean? That means that he himself becomes replaceable because he's been in charge forever and he's done nothing. That's the whole point. It's why we need someone to replace him. And the writing is on the wall for him, and he is going to fight until the last second, but at some point, he's going to have to give up the ghost because he's going to start getting pressure from people outside of him. When he starts feeling that pressure, that's when this is going to be over. The lack of bargaining chips. He's just as he has no bargaining chips left if the judge denies the motion for the appeal. So the Interlocutory Appeal, definitely something to watch, something to pay attention to. We had to find out and see, you know, where Judge Suarez rules on that. Alright, guys. Moving on here to Robinhood. And where do we have charts on there at all? Are we going to do charts at all today, BJ? We have it. It's on there, Ben. Did I go by? Where is it? It's after this. Okay. Okay. Perfect. Yeah. Okay. I got it. Okay. Oh, I see it. There it is. It's on my screen. I missed it. Can $1 .9 billion in expiring options shake the markets? You know, guys, we're getting to a place of decision point for the market. We're getting to a decision point. Bitcoin options expiry days come around again. And, guys, the end of Quarter 3 is going to be the end of September. That's going to be a, like I said, a decision point. Where is Bitcoin going to go? Are we going to continue upwards? And are we going to see things slowly ramp up to the halving? Do we need another bloodbath, another dump? Certainly don't see new lows come into play anywhere. But are we going to see a dump down to 20 before we have our resurrection point? It's all very interesting things to think about here. And if you look at traditionally when we were in the bull market, man, the end of those quarters would be absolutely brutal. They would destroy some of the pumps that we had. Now, we're on the backside. Now, we're in the bear market. Will the options within everyone's bearish attitude, will these actually counteract and go the opposite direction and cause a big pump? I certainly think it's possible. We could see that. Now, what does that mean? Well, the pain point for bulls and bears, the middle ground is $28 ,000. So at some point, it's going to either push up above $28 ,000 or it's got to show that $28 ,000 seems to be unachievable in the moment. Right now, with Bitcoin at $26 ,000, of course, it seems achievable. But are we going to dump down lower and make $28 ,000 kind of out of the picture again? We'd have to go below $25 .2K and hold below that. Here's some of the options. You guys can see here what this looks like right now. We are, you know, heading into the 1st of September. This is the 25th of August here on the left side. That, of course, is, yeah, the 25th of August. That's Friday. That's today. That's actually today. Today is, no, no, sorry, today's Thursday, right? No, it's Friday. It's Thursday. It's Friday. It is Friday. I forgot what day it is. We didn't do the show yesterday, so it got really turned off. It is Friday. Today's the day they expire. So, guys, we'll be watching for some interesting action. You know, see, you know, if Bitcoin is going to pumper down based on all this. Right now, it's holding strong. The overall market cap around $1 .1 trillion. So it doesn't seem to have that big of an effect so far. Okay, so let's go and move on to the charts.
A highlight from Dr. Susie Reilly: "Let's Sell Our House, Retire, and Buy More Bitcoin"
"So did you actually have a conversation with your husband at one point and say, you know what, we should sell our house and put all of that money into Bitcoin? Yes. I did. How did that go? Welcome to the Coin Stories podcast, where we talk about investing, hard money, Bitcoin, and how technology is revolutionizing the global economy. I'm Natalie Brunell, and I'm here to learn with you. So this is for educational and entertainment purposes only, none of the discussions should constitute as official investment advice, and you should always do your own research. Make sure you're subscribed to my page so you don't miss out on any new content. This show is made possible through partnerships with companies I trust, and I'm very picky about who I partner with, so I hope you take the time to listen to the ad reads throughout the show. First up, Swan. 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Earlybird tickets are now available, and this is the lowest cost you'll be able to secure for the conference all year. And if you use the code HODL, H -O -D -L, you'll get an extra 10 % off. So come join us for three great days of networking events, panels, keynotes, workshops, and more. You never know what big name might be announced when tickets are much, much higher in price. Head to b .tc slash conference and use the code HODL. I'll see you there. All right. It's time for the show. Hi, everyone. Welcome back. If you don't know this Bitcoiner, you are missing out. I'm so proud to call Dr. Susie Riley a friend, and you have to follow her on Twitter X, whatever you call it, because she has one of the funniest pages out there. Susie, thanks so much for joining me on the show. No, thanks so much for having me, Nat. I'm excited to be here and thankful to call you my friend as well. Well, I'm so excited to hear your Bitcoin journey because you have such an interesting backstory. A career dentist, retired recently. You have a clinic in El Zante I want to talk to you about, but let's just start from the very beginning. Where are you originally from? Tell me a little bit about your career in dentistry and how you got into Bitcoin. I grew up in San Francisco and then went to Ohio State for dental school where I met my husband. We settled on Atlanta to practice dentistry together, bought a practice there in 1998. And I've practiced until this year. Sold our practice and have retired to Hawaii. Along the way in 2018 is when I first started purchasing Bitcoin. My teen son at the time asked me to buy it. I just did it to appease him. It wasn't something that I studied or believed in at all. But that has led me down like so many Bitcoiners, just many rabbit holes. And I think it really changed how my husband and I saw our careers. We loved dentistry. We were incredibly successful, had all of the trappings of success, but Bitcoin made us realize that those trappings that we enjoyed, our cars, our homes, all of vacations, felt like traps. They no longer felt like a reward anymore. And so we started in 2021 looking at selling everything and trading our time for freedom instead of the up. Wow. OK. I want to dig into a little bit more of that because one of the things that amazed me is when you told me at one point that you sold your house to buy Bitcoin. So before we get there, let's just talk a little bit more about money. I mean, growing up, did you choose dentistry because it was going to potentially bring you financial stability, something that looked like it was going to be lucrative? Tell me a little bit about kind of your back story with money. So I didn't go into college thinking that I would be a dentist. In fact, it seemed like a disgusting career to me. I wanted to go into academia. I loved research. I loved publishing. But one of the grad students in our lab, his father was a dentist. He had a standing Friday date with him since dentists don't work on Friday generally. And he would tease me and say, this is a horrible idea for you to go into academia. I think. And I'd say, what do you think I should do, Dr. Kevin? You should be a dentist, which again, I just I couldn't imagine doing that. But he had me interned in his office and he was this beloved character. He had a great lifestyle. He lived a beautiful, beautiful family, family man, and it sold me. So I went all in knowing that I've always wanted a lot of kids. And so I then went to Ohio State for dental school, met my husband. We have four beautiful children and we practiced for 26 years together. Well, I mean, you have what so many people strive for, what they dream of, but you mentioned that it felt like trappings, like you were trapped by some of those things. So let's let's kind of dig into that a little bit more. I mean, having all of these things, especially being able to maybe afford the nice house, the nice car vacation, why did it feel like you weren't fully in the in the value of freedom and living out in a free sovereign way? Well, I think that when first of all, as a woman and a mom, a working mom, you always feel like you're never doing enough. I think when I was giving fully to my kids, I felt like I was neglecting my, you know, especially when you're a business owner, I'm like, oh, I'm neglecting running the business. When I would pour more time into the business, I definitely felt a lot of mom guilt about I wasn't giving to my kids the way I wanted to. So I think you're always balancing that, which is tough as a woman. And then so many times it's no matter how much we made over the years, we built this little practice to get this huge practice, very successful. But no matter how much we made, we somehow found a way to spend it. And, you know, we went to the bigger house we get. So it did begin to feel like it was this hamster wheel that we were constantly, you know, just we were working so hard that we wanted to reward ourselves. And so it'd be like we'd go on a bigger vacation, we'd get the fancier car, oh, we need another home. And you when look at it as a big winner, it starts to feel like this is a trap. This is what they want from us is to work harder and to just keep the system going. Did you notice just prices going up, especially in sort of those more scarce assets like real estate? I mean, I'm thinking about just the conversation that a lot of people are having this week about Paul Krugman saying, oh, we should move the inflation target to 3%. Yes. I feel like so many people, we don't study the financial system at a young age to be able to question something like the inflation rate. Did you kind of notice, oh, things are getting more expensive, but I can keep up? I think for me, and I think this is a lot of people, and it's sort of a shame to say it, again, as a business person that I thought I was educated, I thought I understood the financial system, but I really thought inflation is natural. Of course, things get more expensive over time. Of course, a soft drink costs 25 cents when our parents were young and it's $1 .50. I thought that it's just the way things are. I didn't question it. I didn't question fractional reserve banking. I thought the Fed was a government entity. I knew the dollar wasn't backed by gold, but I didn't realize it was backed by no gold. There's so many things that I didn't understand and just thought, why should I study that? I'm successful. I think that's by design. I think we're kept in the dark. I think it's meant to be that we're not supposed to understand. Even talking to so many of my normie friends now or my dentist friends now, if they're doing okay, they don't care to learn. It's like, it'll all be fine. That meme about it's fine, I hear it all the time. Why are you worrying about this? It always ends up fine. In order to preserve your wealth, were you investing essentially in real estate before and maybe a stock portfolio or how were you seeing that ability to plan for your kids to hopefully have some sort of a safety net and be able to take care of their needs into the future? Yeah. I mean, absolutely just pretty traditional stock portfolio. We had a wealth manager. We had commercial real estate, tried to always have some passive investment. We owned our building for our practice, all these things and did well. But when Tesla made the announcement in 2021 about that they had acquired Bitcoin, when that came out, my stupid little Bitcoin on my phone, rainy day that I would sock away a little bit, I looked at it and I was like, holy cow, my nothing investment that I really didn't pay attention to was now a significant amount of money and had outperformed everything else that I had invested in. And that's when, of course, I started to see Bitcoin differently. To me, it became, oh, this is something that people can get rich on. I think that's the first thought that comes to your head. So I went full, I'm going to invest in altcoins. I'm going to find the next Bitcoin again. I believed in all of those fallacies and I went full altcoin investing. I took trading classes, all those things. Oh, wow. Yeah. And did well, but it was a maxi on Twitter, a toxic maxi on Twitter. I just started to get on to Twitter in 2020. I'd been on for a long time, just not active. And it was a toxic maxi who told me I'm an idiot and that I knew nothing about Bitcoin. And here I was, I'm like, well, I'm going to be retiring from my Bitcoin holdings. And he's like, I'm not even talking to you about it until you read one book. You've obviously read nothing. And that was for me, of course, I had many people tell me, you need to study Bitcoin. You need to read more. You need to, and I was like, I'm watching YouTube videos. I need, I know all I need to know, but getting me where it hurt most, my ego, that is what caused me to really read the Bitcoin standard and it opened my eyes to everything. Same here. Thank you, Safedine. Yeah, Safedine changed my life too. Wait, so, okay. It was your son who first told you about Bitcoin. How did he know about it? And did you, I mean, you clearly had a journey, right? It's like, no, this isn't a thing. I'm skeptical. Yes, maybe it's a thing. I'm going to invest a little, but also venture out into all these other cryptocurrencies. Oh, no, this is the only, the real one that I should be relying on that has the properties of money. Can you talk about sort of that journey and how, how your son discovered it? Yeah, so my son, like most teenagers, you know, his age was 16, 17 at the time were gaming. And so a lot of these young guys would talk about Bitcoin. And so, I mean, he came to me and he was like, you need to put, you need to buy, you know, 10 ,000 And was I absolutely not. And, but he didn't let up. I mean, it must've been six, seven months. And eventually he put an app on my phone. It makes me laugh. It was called Coin Mama. And he was like, my mama, I don't even, I keep meaning to look if it's still around, but it's, that's where I got my first Bitcoin. And so, and I only did it because he installed it on my phone and it was too, he was relentless. So I, it was to shut him up. What year was this and how old was he? 2018, 17. And so, wow. Yeah. And, and so I think my first buy was $20 of Bitcoin. And then, and again, it wasn't, I genuinely believe this was something that criminals use, that it was dark web stuff that I didn't want anything to do with it. So I didn't look into it. I was, it was an easy buy on my phone. And so, but then I would kind of, I never really paid attention to news stories or anything like that. I would just, but if I didn't go to Starbucks that weren't that week or, Oh, I didn't, you know, get my hair cut or I'm just going to buy some Bitcoin this week. So I was buying like little $20 here, $10 there for, you know, three years. Wow. Okay. So, I mean, for you to go from kind of, you know, dipping your toe in, buying it here and there in, in place of what you might spend on a coffee to actually selling your home and putting it into Bitcoin, how did, how did you get to that level of conviction that this is something that's here to stay and it is the best investment I could possibly make? It really went, to me, the difference between crypto investors and Bitcoiners is Bitcoiners are always so well read and they study so much. And my life motto is to always be in this drunk environment around people smarter than me. And when I kept hearing from these people were smarter than me, this is what I believe in. You know, I mean, there's people, you pest a fish, James Lavish, so many of these people, Jeff Booth, you know, that I'm like, I look up to them so much and they put their money where their mouth is. And then I would study a little more and I'd read a book that they'd recommend and I'd, you know, learn a little more, something, some light bulb would go on and you know, things like, my real estate holdings, they've done well, but they didn't do as well as my Bitcoin. It was, and then when I say, oh, yeah, this inflation isn't natural. These things are, yes, it looks like it's, my homes are worth so much more, but it's really the money is worth that much less. There's such a shift when you study and you're not all about the money that you realize things are so broken and it makes you want to do something to help change the system. Well, you know, I'm curious because I totally agree with the people that have sort of made it in the fiat sense and they're doing okay financially. They probably don't have a reason to question the system that's working for them. But why do you think that we're having such a tough time breaking through to the normies and really getting a significant amount of the working class that is really struggling with the disadvantages of the current system and with inflation? Why aren't they taking a look at this as an alternative just in coming to it in droves? Well, I think when Bitcoin is doing well, I know my experiences at my phone, text messages, email is blowing up like in 21. I had everybody just so excited about Bitcoin and crypto at the time as well. Like, you know, everyone was ready to put their jobs and become full time traders. It seems like you could do no wrong. But I know since then, like there are some members of my family who are late 21, they were ready to invest a significant amount into Bitcoin. And then it's these terrible, you know, FBS and no plan and all these things. They hear these things and they just don't trust it. It sounds like some it sounds like a scam to them. And I think, again, that's intentional to have all of these things seem like they're Bitcoin. And it scares people off, especially like my parents generation. It's terrifying. Well, what will change that? I think one of the best things Bitcoiners do is to differentiate Bitcoin, not crypto. It's something that I say all the time is that, you know, if you understand what Bitcoin is and then if I have family members who start asking me about Dogecoin or something, you know, Ethereum. And I just start talking about this is how it's different. I will I'll see a little bit of the light bulb go on. But I think until we see, you know, legacy finance, really, I think I think these ETFs coming on the line will be terrific for older investors and give it more legitimacy. That will make a difference. It's time for a quick break to hear these messages from my partners. Fold is the best Bitcoin rewards debit card and shopping app in the world. You can earn Bitcoin on everything you purchase from Amazon to groceries to your Bitcoin conference tickets with Folds Bitcoin cashback debit card. And you can win free satoshis every day or even play for a whole Bitcoin by spinning the rewards wheel. You can also buy Bitcoin and Stacksats directly on Fold and earn even more incentives and rewards. This is a great app to get someone totally new into Bitcoin and way better than earning airline miles or hotel points. Head to foldapp .com slash Natalie. 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So did you actually have a conversation with your husband at one point and say, you know what, we should sell our house and put all of that money into Bitcoin? Yes, I did. How did that go? At first he said, okay, he was willing to sell the house because the carrot I had at the end is let's sell our house and retire.
A highlight from Freedom, Skepticism, and the Fight for Change
"But a lot of people don't have that, that ability. And that's what breaks my heart. These people continue to vote for the Joe Bidens of the world with the idea that yes, it will be better and I'll be able to work my way out of where I am. And it's actually going the other way. And welcome to another TFG podcast. I'm Mike Hayflick, along with my partner, Mike Speraza. Mike, how are you doing today? I am good. No complaints here. I can't elbow you. You're not, you're not like sitting right next to me. I can pretend I am, but it's not really working for me. We can figure it out. I don't know if you can see my arms over here, but we'll figure it out. Yeah, I see them. I see them. Yeah. Hey, so it's back. Not actually COVID, Mike, but mask mandates. Major movie studio Lionsgate reinstating the mask mandate. Effective immediately, Mike. It's serious. It's dangerous. Get those masks on. They will be required on certain floors in the Santa Monica offices until further notice. And, um, this is the official, uh, note here from let's see Summer McElroy, uh, is response the manager for Lionsgate slash stars. And, uh, she says employees must wear a medical grade face covering surgical mask, K on 95 or N 95. Geez. I forgot how much I, I hated those terms, Mike, until just now when indoors, except when alone in an office with the door closed, actively eating, actively drinking at their desk or workstation, or if they are the only individual present in a large open workspace. So there are some exceptions, Mike, but can you even imagine that they're thinking COVID COVID is back when a couple people, a couple people have, have gotten COVID again and have tested for COVID -19 amazing. Well, yeah, I'll tell you what's not actually back. It's COVID. Uh, COVID is not actually back. I know they're saying there's a new variance, Mike, that's the new thing, right? Whatever GB four, five, two, one dash four, whatever they're calling this new one. LGB, Q plus AI, 14, 17, and that we know isn't coming back, obviously. Um, you know, it's, this is another fear tactic gets to get people all juiced up. It's working, by the way. Um, you know, and Mike, what's coming in 2024? Hmm. What is happening in 2020? Oh, another election cycle. So we need to scare people and we need to get people worried about not going to the voting booth again. So we can do what we did in 2024. If it's not what we did in 2020, now in 2024, what we know is Mike, there's going to be a crisis. We just don't know what it is. Is it, is it more COVID? Is it going to be a climate change issue where we're afraid you can't walk in public or you're going to die. So they can't go wait in election lines. We don't know what it is. They're going to try COVID again. I'm interested to see how it works though, because I really will tell you, I don't think it's going to work the way they think it is. You know, obviously people like us aren't going to follow it just the way we did last time, but will they get all the people they scared last time based on vaccinations, Mike and booster schedules? I don't think it's going to work, but we'll see. Well, Hey, why not try it though? That's what they say. That's what they say. That's right. Yeah. Keep going. Double down, triple down, quadruple down. So, so the, there were several employees, Mike, testing positive for COVID -19. This was from Dr. Nicole Sapphire. She said, the reason you have an uptick in cases right now is not because you did something wrong. It's because for the last several years, we've seen an uptick in cases in the winter. And we also see one in the end of summer. This is just a normal cycle of this respiratory virus. Now to your point, Mike, I think this is just the normal cycle, the normal routine for liberals and Democrats. The normal cycle is to fear monger, make people anxious again, make them feel like they, they might peril from, from the COVID virus. So you, you've got to stay in and then eventually they're going to start saying, um, but don't worry, you'll be able to vote, but you're going to be able to do it by mailing in your ballots. You're going to be doing early voting, right? So to your point, this is just part of their playbook. And I swear in somebody's crazy laboratory, political laboratory on a whiteboard, this is there, I'm sure for mid to late August scare up people in, on COVID again, scare them up. And then are we going to hear about more boosters, Mike, do you think? Well, it'll be interesting to see what they do. Here's my thing. And I believe this, I think this could be a good thing for Republicans to be honest with you, Mike, because if you do this again and you, you fight this fight, like the way they did the last time, you actually may move more voters to Donald Trump, Ron DeSantis, Vivek Ramaswamy, whoever the candidate is, because people are just not going to do it. And I'm going to tell you right now, they think they're going to start to push this stuff in September, October, when kids are back to school and they're going to say the kids need to come back and mask. We need to put up the penalty boxes again. Um, it's going to cause mayhem. I thank God, Mike, I don't have a kid in school yet. Obviously both your girls are way out of school now, so you don't have to worry about that. But a lot of parents are going to have to worry about, I'll tell you if my kid was in school, I'd be ripping them out in homeschooling them so fast. I would make it work whatever my wife and I had to do. My child is not going to school and face diapers. My child is not getting boosted and vaccinated. It's not happening. Um, we'll see what happens though. I mean, again, do I think people are going to get scared and go boost up? I'm sure they will. The same way that all these people think that Donald Trump, you know, created an insurrection on January 6th, anything they hear from CNN or MSNBC, they'll run with and you know, some people, but I think a lot of the middle voters are going to say, wait a minute, I'm not dealing with this bullshit again. No way. So to use some of their terminology, do you think that literally the conservatives, the more moderate thinkers, the common sense thinkers, those that actually look at facts and evidence, do you think this is going to trigger, uh, their microaggressions, which I would say, if you tell them that they can't go out again, if you tell them that they need masks, that they must get vaccines, these are macroaggressions. These are aggressions far, far worse than not calling someone by the right pronoun. And, and do you, you think that this could really sway the more moderate thinker, maybe even the moderate Democrats and hopefully a whole bunch of independence? Yeah, I do. I think it's the same thing that we're seeing with the four indictments on Donald Trump. I think a lot of people in the middle that don't actually like Trump by the way are kind of like, wait a minute, this isn't adding up anymore. We're going after this guy on crimes that for the most part, Mike, they really have no evidence of, they just keep saying he does these things, but when called to bring evidence, they really haven't been able to. I mean, some of the crimes in New York with Alvin Bragg, you look at them and you're like, well, many people have made payments to people or, you know, many people have used different accounts and you know, you look at the one in Georgia, they're going after Mark Meadows for making a phone call to an attorney in Pennsylvania. What is the crime for that? Right. I think that's the same type of thing that we're seeing here with COVID where people are going to say, okay, enough is enough. I don't maybe love Trump as a man. I don't love Trump for who he is. However, I need to vote for someone that actually cares about me and that's not going to make my family and myself go through hell. And I do think there's fear out there too, Mike, with the indictment thing. I know I'm going back to that, but at some point, you know, it's kind of nerve wracking, isn't it? When are they coming after me? When are they coming after Mike Hayflick or Lomas or Wiggle or the financial guys as a whole? When you do these things that they've done, it begins to make you wonder again, not a conspiracy theory guy, but man, it's kind of scary what's going on right now. And if you don't see that, you're either blinded or you have a serious, serious form of Trump derangement syndrome, which I've said this on the record, Mike, and I'll let you get back in. Trump derangement syndrome has impacted and affected more infected, more people than COVID ever did. I can assure you that. Mm hmm. Yeah. You wonder, um, we'll, we'll talk a little bit more about Trump a bit later. Um, and then I want to talk to, uh, to you about our president, our president Biden, who, who, who visited Maui recently, just, just to wrap this though, many mainstream media outlets have actually been running a lot of, uh, of, of their programming on again, masking. So MSNBC, they ran a segment on kids masking to prevent the spread of the virus at the beginning of the new school year. Of course, PBS had one about wearing masks in crowded areas to prevent the spread. CBS mornings warned about the summer COVID spike that may happen due to people letting their guard down, Mike, they're letting their guard down. They're not, they're not behaving as they're supposed to. They're not, they're not, they're not programmed well enough yet, Mike, to know that they should have just been putting masks on Mike because the end of the summer was nearing. So, um, but we got to move on. It's making me, one thing I want to vomit. Let me say one more thing on that. This is, this is yet another thing that they're going to say as an Alex Jones conspiracy theory, because he was the one that came out and said, this is coming. Uh, it'll be another truth. Just like the Babylon B is now the, the full source of actual truth. Every time they joke about something, it happens. Um, Alex Jones has been called a conspiracy theorist for years now, some things he's been wrong and I will say that, but this is another one to say, Oh, they're not going to do that. Don't worry. They're not coming down with COVID mandates again. Oh, but they are. And there's evidence of it too. Target has gone to, you can pick stuff up now. They're creating pickup lines again. You have stuff talking about voting and elections again. I mean, it's, it's coming and I'm waiting for it, Mike. I'll tell you what's going to piss me off is when they do it with sports games again. Oh, you're not fully boosted yet. You don't have a mask on. Yes. Or you can't come into the bills or savers games. That will be the end of it for me. I think if they go to that, that, that extreme. I think you're right. I think when you start messing with people's sports and their inclination to want to go and get together and have some fun at a sports event, you really are. You really are needle in people at that point. Um, all right, let's talk about our president, Joe Biden. He finally makes it over to Maui to check out the conditions there. And, and this is what he does, Mike and his, I mean, literally moderate to maybe severe dementia state that he's in. he uses a minor fire at his house to claim he knows what it's like to lose a home while visiting Maui. So this is essentially what he said. I don't want to compare difficulties, but you know, he's going to as soon as he says that right, Mike. Um, but we have a little sense Jill and I have what it was like to lose a home years ago. Now, 15 years, I was in Washington doing meet the press, like to actually look this up by the way, and do some fact checking on this because you know, many of the things he said never, never proved to be true. He says, um, lightning struck at home on a little lake outside the home, not a lake, a big pond. It hit the wire and came up underneath our home into the air conditioning ducts. To make a long story short, I almost lost my wife, my Corvette 67 and my cat. So this isn't the first time he's recalled this Mike. He, uh, he, this happened in 2021. He said that his house burned down and, uh, you know, here, here he goes, you know, this is what I think people who are ill do. Um, this, this actually says it started a small fire that was contained to the kitchen. So this was not almost losing his wife and his Corvette and his cat, Mike, by the way. So a little bit of extra, what we call that hyperbole, exaggeration, um, just telling a damn right lie. So, so he is so out of touch. There's another, another thing I want to mention then about his visit there, but he is so out of touch that even in the worst of tragedies, literally standing on charred ground, looking at probably miles worth of, of nothing, it's got to look like a war zone in Maui. And he can only think of himself, Mike. Well, first thing is Joe was your house fire. Was that climate change too? Or was that just a faulty wire? That would be my first question. Number two, Mike. Yeah. I mean, look at, this is politics. One -on -one you try and reason with voters. You try and reason with people, you know, in ways that you can, just like he does with the, the Bo Biden stuff. But there's a point in time where it's not, it's just not comparable. Right. And you have to see that moment that have a brain in your head. And I don't think he has it personally. Um, this as, you know, as like you said, there's charred remains, thousands of people still missing, by the way, your, your pitch is, Hey, I almost lost my cat. I don't care about your kid that might be under the rub. In my Corvette. Your cat, your Corvette, the same Corvette that Hunter was putting the documents in and bringing hookers to same Corvette. I'm not sure. But the, the, the thing like, again, at the end of the day, these people don't know where their loved ones are and you're making comments about a small house fire that was probably from an oven that you left bread in. And you're talking to people like, Hey yo, your kid's underneath the rubble. Don't worry about it. I lost my cat in my Corvette. I mean, I know how it feels. No, you don't Joe. And that's not how you talk to people that are going through the single worst thing in their life, especially ones that lost loved ones. You know, the ones that lost their house, Mike, that obviously stinks. And you know, I deal with a home insurance that's terrible, but it's when you don't know where your loved ones are, or you don't know where your family is or your friends are because in children are right. That's, that's the stuff that to me that like, come on, Joe, man, don't, don't, don't patronize people like that and don't make people feel like crap. And then tell a story about you and your family. It's unbelievable. Yeah. It never ends. Here's a, another, another thought that he had as he, as he was walking around Maui, he basically says, you know, he he's walking amongst these people and he shaking hands with officials, of course, probably not even sure where he is at that point. Um, he stops in front of a search and rescue dog. And while petting the dog, he joked the boots, the canine was wearing. He says, you guys catch the boots here. He smiled and said, that's some hot ground, man. So here he goes with his man comments, again, just with no common sense, whatever, no compassion at all joking that the dog's got to wear boots because the ground is so hot. I mean, I just like, this just makes me wonder who still supports this man. This man is ill. This man should not be, he should not be leaving his home anymore. I don't think he could leave his home unattended and not get lost or maybe die in a tragedy himself. And who on earth is still support in this man? Well, he's, he's the guy that you're, you know, your parent, let's say that you're afraid to leave at home, or they're going to leave the stove on and burn the house down. And I'm not trying to make a, a fire comparison. That is not, that is not, I totally agree. I'm being serious, right? I mean, this is the type of guy we're talking about here. We've all had that in our family, grandparents, parents, you know, maybe even children that are, that are handicapped or something, right? I mean, we, we have these fears and they're legitimate, right? And for a guy that can barely talk in public, you do worry, is he forgetting things that, you know, whatever it may be. Um, I'll say this to him. I don't know if you saw the video. It's came out today and it's been circulating today of him at some kind of, uh, event in Maui and he's falling asleep. Did you see that? He's falling asleep. No, I thought you were going to, I thought you were going to say the one where he was doing the press conference and the guy offered him a glass of water and he kind of looked like he didn't even know what that meant and he wandered off to his left. But no, I didn't even hear about this next one. I don't think we can possibly keep up, Mike. We can't possibly keep up. And to our point, Mike, you know, we make jokes and we smirk sometimes we talk about this guy, but, but it's really not funny. And it really is a problem that we have that as our leader, again, dealing with, uh, president G in China, dealing with Putin in Russia, um, even dealing with Zelensky in Ukraine, like this is not the guy you want doing that. And again, what scares me is and not to make light of it, but you wouldn't trust this guy dog sitting for you, let alone running the country. Right. And again, to my point, how many like you you've had family, I've had family that you, you fear for their safety. If you're not around, right. That is this guy through and through. It's scary.
A highlight from The Spirit and Evangelism
"John chapter seven, the text we just looked at there. And it's a glorious passage, been called golden letters in your Bible, something that Christian can camp in on for their entire lives and dive deep into this well of a glorious speech that the Lord Jesus gives to us about the Holy Spirit and about the Spirit's work in our lives as believers and how he not only satisfies us but empowers us. And so this is the last day of the feast here and it's a great climactic message for us to consider. And so we've read our text and let's ask God now to bless the preaching of his word. Father, we thank you for another chance to study your word together. We confess our weakness. We confess that we are in need of the Spirit's help. Lord, as we listen to your voice, and Father, you tell us that your sheep hear the voice of Christ. And that's what we ask for. We ask for the voice of Christ to come into this place and to build up your church and to save those who are lost. And we pray you do this in Christ's name. My younger days when I was an unmarried man, I wasn't the best cook in town. Better said, I was no cook at all, actually. I also had no money so I couldn't eat out every night and so hot sauce became my best friend. I would put hot sauce on literally everything, rice, beans, broccoli, chicken, pasta, hamburger helper, all of it. Why hot sauce? Well, because my evening meal had no flavor. And so hot sauce was my attempt to make it taste better, to make an undesirable meal more palatable, more desirable, more attractive. And that might be fine to do with food. You might have your season of choice or sauce of choice, making it more palatable, but it's a disastrous thing to do with the gospel, to make the gospel more palatable. Do you, when you attempt, church, to share the gospel with your friends or family, do you ever attempt to make the gospel more palatable, more acceptable to modern ears? Never talk about sin and judgment, for example. Never talk about cross -carrying, self -denying discipleship. Or perhaps we tend to just speak general or vague truths or platitudes about Jesus Christ. Jesus loves you. Jesus wants you to be happy. Jesus has power to heal you. Jesus is the best example for you to follow. Jesus has a wonderful plan for your life. All of them true, all of them missing core components to the saving gospel. And so we can tend to make Jesus more palatable. And you know that's true, friend, beloved, when your gospel presentation is met with universal acceptance, when everybody likes the Jesus you preach, and when everyone likes the Jesus that you're preaching, you can be sure that you're not preaching the whole Jesus. You're not preaching a complete Jesus. You're making Jesus more palatable. And the fact is that when you preach the full Christ, his full identity, what he did to save us from sin and wrath your sharing of Christ will always be met with mixed results. And it's what we've been seeing in John chapter seven. Jesus is teaching this massive crowd in the temple at the Feast of Booths. And there are a diverse set of reactions. And here now we see at day number eight the crowds have been listening to Jesus and he's culminating in his speech and he gives this clear statement about his identity and the nature of salvation and why he's come. That Jesus is the son of God, fully divine God, who brings the spirit to satisfy thirsty souls and the results are mixed in how people respond. Some appear to be open to this message. Others in the crowd respond enthusiastically and emotionally but they have a little bit of knowledge and they need more teaching. Others more we're gonna see, they want Jesus dead, they're angry. And so if you've ever been driving down the interstate and that little sharp rock hits your windshield and it just kind of splashes into a spiderweb of cracks, you know what I'm talking about, that's what Jesus' teaching does to the crowd. He gives this teaching and there's these fissures throughout the crowd dividing into all of these different responses. And so actually look at verse 43 here, drop your eyes down to verse 43, it's what John wants you to conclude at the end of this feast scene. So there was a division among the people over him. And the idea is not merely that the people have different opinions about Jesus, rather the point is that a clear proclamation of the whole Christ divides people. The truth about Jesus divides families. It breaks friendships. It leads to the termination of your job at work. Leads you to break up with your boyfriend or girlfriend. This scene, this final scene here, this climactic scene at the Feast of Booths is meant to show you that Jesus Christ is a dividing savior. He divides relationships. Now when I say that, I don't mean he is a divisive savior. Jesus is not a quarrelsome jerk who likes to fight people with the truth. The point here is that given a clear statement about his identity and his mission, it creates all sorts of difficult divisions and fissures among people who love each other. Which is why, church, I wanna appeal to you with this thought, perhaps that's why we are so tempted to make the gospel palatable in our attempts to share it. We wanna keep the peace. We wanna guard the relationship. We wanna keep the relationship. We wanna keep the friendship. We don't wanna get fired. But beloved, Jesus has called every believer, without exception, to bear witness to Christ, to tell the whole of Christ, which means the reactions to your preaching and sharing of Christ will be met with all kinds of reaction, perhaps with division. And so I wanna give you a takeaway point if you need one for today. It's this. Only the Holy Spirit will enable you to preach a dividing Jesus. Only the Spirit in you, indwelling you, empowering you, will enable you to be faithful even in the face. Of the risk of losing a relationship for it. And so it's what we're gonna see unfold at the Feast of Booths here. And we wanna look at this in two scenes. Scene number one, let's look at a dividing speech. What does Jesus say that is so dividing of this crowd? We'll look at verse 37. On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, if anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the scriptures have said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water. Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet, the Spirit had not yet been given because Jesus was not yet glorified. Glorious speech, I wanna break it down into three claims. Here's the first claim Jesus is making. He's making a claim about his own, his own identity, his own identity. Now John tells you here in verse 37 that this speech happens on the last day of the Feast of Booths. It's probably day number eight of the seven day feast. And there's a closing worship assembly, a final time where the masses will meet up in the temple. It's probably the scene of what's happening here. But John wants you to know that this is what he would call the great day of the feast. The ultimate day, the climactic day, the crucial day is John's way of wanting you to understand the speech of Jesus as fulfilling what the Feast of Booths is ultimately about. In other words, the speech of Jesus is saying, what you're gathering together about right now in the temple, it's all about me. And so in order for you to understand the speech, you need to understand something about the Feast of Booths. So what is the Feast of Booths, huh? Well, think of it firstly on an historical level. The Feast of Booths, you might guess, is about booths. So Israel, they come out of Egypt, and they have no permanent home anymore. They were living in the land, but now they're redeemed, and now they're pilgrims, wandering through the wilderness. They don't make homes, they're going to the promised land. Therefore, in this pilgrim season, God makes them dwell in temporary shelters, booths, leafy sticks and those kind of things, bound together as temporary shelters. And when Israel finally reaches the promised land, God wants them to remember that pilgrim season. And to celebrate that pilgrim season, he commands them to celebrate once a year this Feast of Booths, pilgrims throughout the Mediterranean world need to travel to Jerusalem, and get this, live in booths again, live in tents. And so at this time in the city of Jerusalem, the city is sprinkled with tents everywhere. There's tents in the city square. There's tents out in the countryside. There's tents on the rooftops. People are living in tents. They're not living in their houses. And church, I know you. Your home, I hope so today, has air conditioning. I heard about a brother who maybe their air conditioning wasn't working so well, and so maybe they can relate to living in tents, I don't know. But you have carpet, electricity, refrigerator, a big sofa. And so living in tents in the desert is not something you wanna remember. That's something I wanna forget. Camping out for those years. It was hot, no water, miserable. We had to live in tents. So why is God wanting Israel to remember this pilgrim season of living in tents? And the answer, if you know the Old Testament, is that because although the pilgrim season was a time of dire need for God's people, God was there. And God was there as provider. And God, in Israel's dire need, provided abundantly and miraculously. Think about the manna from heaven. Every day, up from the ground, angel food. Quail from the wind. What about a pillar of fire guiding them? And for this feast, most importantly, rivers flowing from a rock. And so this idea of a thirst being quenched, that's what God did miraculously for God's people when they lived in booths. And so church is an encouragement. If you've ever been in a place of dire need, could be a time where God shows you his abundant provision in his glorious presence. So historically, that's what they're doing. They're reminding themselves of God's glorious abundance and his care for his people in the face of dire need. But this feast rooted in history is also looking forward. It's looking forward. This idea of water flowing from the rock, it becomes an image in the Old Testament for God's salvation. And especially his future salvation when Christ comes. And so look at verse 38 here. Notice how Jesus grounds his speech in the Old Testament scriptures. He says, whoever believes in me as the scripture, so he's alluding to what we call the Old Testament scriptures. As the scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water. Now some translations put this in quotation marks, others don't. I think the ones that don't are probably right. And the reason is because you can't find a direct quotation in the Old Testament of what Jesus says right here. Instead, what Jesus is probably doing is restating what dozens and dozens of Old Testament prophets say and he gives a little summary of what they say. So listen to Isaiah 44 for example. The prophet says, thinking about the final day, the last days, I will pour out water on the thirsty land and streams on the dry ground. I will pour out my spirit upon your offspring and my blessing on your descendants. So you see the parallel, the spirit poured out is like water poured out upon God's people. And you go read the prophets, this connection between water and the spirit upon God's people, it's all over the place. Isaiah, Zechariah, Ezekiel, Joel, each of them God is saying, in the future era of salvation when Christ comes, God will pour out like water the Holy Spirit upon his people. And so at the Feast of Booths, this is what they're thinking, this is what they're anticipating and hoping in, this final outpouring of God's spirit and now Jesus stands up and says, I'm the source of living water.
"booth" Discussed on Clubmarket Demo
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"booth" Discussed on The Projection Booth Podcast
"It sits. Yeah beautifully on. Of course we get all of those great you know mistaken identity or you know. This doesn't make sense kind of moments like the baby who has now turned into the woman and on what's her fiance while isabella's fiance in there with this quote unquote other woman. So looks like they're sleeping together or should get the young coming in and Like you said The the wife slash girlfriend. She's the girlfriend has suddenly decided well for your boy. I'm gonna find somebody else. And when he was in and just like she's pregnant with my baby and it's like what's this little boy accusing her of that. There's something really interesting as well in relation to the attitude to children isn't there. I think that the fact that you know you have these sort of adults in children's days. I think he's somebody you can relate to. I guess the way that as a society this wealth in some ways Infantilized society in the sense that people i the authorities authority sort of took down to people. And i don't know where i'm going with this but i think there is a sort of identification of you know they sort of average citizen in the way that treating treated with the way that hit the treated. Because i mean it's interesting when they are sent to that children's home it's just basically so they can catch somewhere before they go to jail and accept that identification between the children's harm on the jail and is that you're the way that kids are treated is in this kind of didactic authoritarian. Way as though it's like kind of a matching that with the an adult institution. And i don't know i just got this commentary somehow about this equation between i dunno authoritarian attitudes children authoritarian out. Choose to adults. I don't know if i'm just completely balking to portray here. But i have like hawthorne that doesn't really go anywhere that would like to let. Maybe i'll have the other hoffy. What they are essentially the same at every age is no way for them to grow or develop. It's kinda why it's not unhappy ending like. Yeah oh well don't to fade. Because they just like the only time they ever get praised by anybody is by the principal like very impressed by this. Very mature young lad but otherwise. It's like a winneke win there. When they all man they will they just they cut loose from everything they had will these connections that they aren't really seeing two main much than they don't hold them to anything at all. It's interesting that the cops place such a prominent role in hair because normally it's like there are no police in some of these films or the police are just there as a threat and you expect when the cops come in at one point in this movie which is fairly early on. It's like oh okay. Well that's it. Everything will be set right now and no they don't completely ineffective they don't do anything either. Way as far as helping people are hurting people they kinda stopped the action for a little bit and then it picks up and moves into a different gear rather than the cops having any real effect on. What's going on with the story. Yeah they they feel a bit more like not keep is a cleaner coming along afterwards and then going l. Let's just call. It is what it is. now move on. i guess he's kind of like a containment or a resolution in moral terms. Isn't it at the end where he's like this your bag. This is the consequences of your actions. But yet beyond that there's no actual after to rectify and i mean some of those characters are innocent. I mean it's not like they deserve to be you know sort of trapped in these circumstances and yeah it does really just leave it as well as there's no real attempt to write any of the wrongs the end couple of weekends Apartment i just went on like a weed regret wing americana tangent through like the agfa drug stories election. Death was three in combination with the but it was just like even when we stop watching those feelings. I think we had about eight films in a row out of america in the seventies and eighties with cops. Poor either jisk- ineffectual lazy or corrupt and it was every single film. Was that and this. Does that without the obvious about it. In a way that could be judged to his anti-authoritarian Instead of these just like too much paperwork. I'd like the fact that one of the cops is played by. I think it xiang crowds. I think there's this crisis jan crouch and even crowds. And i always get views. But it's the one where the two kid flash adults are asking for directions. Sir john kraus is one of those cops and apparently he was always in trouble with the law himself. He was basically a kind of a bit of a rebel and apparently relish the challenge to play a call. So i think in that casting choice. There is a little bit of subversive twist there because himself was ready. Kind of a reprobate. I think when he was a young man is hey the guy the very noticeable knows. Yeah i was like oh my god. He's inferred lost my shit completely. I love third. I've jahns spunk. Is way too many times. And i bet it just check yet. There it is. It might be might be the brother because the brother is in the i think he's yvonne krauss. Whose brother anything. He's in the flats. Now it's yang krause your ride as young krause and he was inferred. Yeah i would recognize that anyway. That's how many times i've watched food. He's in the creator as a child. Now has a chat show as well. In chat republic kind of an omnipresent one of those new president lacey's ready but yeah just a great phases and really with that kind of objectification repurposing of Monte fair bit of funk mile. Like i'm forgetting the name but now for the short he's one of these early short films where the delegates turned into bottom offense. It's a pretty loose connection of bollywood brains doing blah but for some reason remind me of that shore of this kind of slow introduction of no. It's fine we're just gonna everything's fine refrains. I'm going to look after you and suddenly you're offense literal fans not a Underground things that is not mentioned the song the opening song. Oh my god i thing as the credit enrolling like partner at worst music streaming Punk music Like this needs to be covered by punk band now. Those at least one cup of it that i found. It's not punk though. Unfortunately but i was doing some searching on. I can't remember the name of the website but it's basically like you can buy mp threes of check music. And i found a cover of it. I was just like okay. Well this will be the end song as go out but that's wrong. Oh my god it just hits you right between the eyes because it just starts right up and we're off to the races with this thing maybe just maybe does feel appropriate because it does sort of sound like restaurant. News like the craziest european that have disco slash restaurant. Music isn't it. i think so. I guess of fits well with those animations and with the you know the restaurant motif again. We talked about sex on a few weeks ago. Talk about us a score and then he got this thing. It's just he knew how to how to do it. How have some great theme songs to his films. And i think this is carol. Snobbery iran. dame's. I think the voltage jack stones and the polacks films and amazing that somebody who was pretty great composer just to think just to stay on the right side of caitriona and just make something that is just kind of you know so danceable ause of memorable and you know kind of funny but still a great june. I found some sort of weird clip of it looked like it was an award shower or something. And they're playing that song and like going through the audience and these guys are dressed like chefs. And i'm just like what the heck is this fantastic. I was like oh okay cool. This is good. I just did a quick bit of raised said as the short johnson komo short. I was trying to remember his dollar outta for you and it's written by funk ma and ivan krause yawns problem has i. I didn't know with my brand new that somewhere. Just visit really bizarre. He says want to talk about the ending here and i mentioned earlier. You know that things aren't set right at the end of this film. So you've got our main characters screw up once again and rather than going from old men to their regular age they end up going from old men into the regular age but they are Five inches tall. So there's that that's going on. And then the donna isabella and Marsal marceca The daughter they're never put back to the right ages. I mean. I guess it can fix that after the movie is done but we don't get that resolution of on isabella can back. Yeah it doesn't doesn't. I will say not entirely correct Because i mean like don loss. This coveted spinach and licked by out. Here ours- sarah. I feel like that's actually a pretty good Come up any does go to prison for attempting to have his Sister-in-law turned into lunch as a little bit of resolution..
"booth" Discussed on The Projection Booth Podcast
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"booth" Discussed on The Projection Booth Podcast
"Elipsoid craft. It would fly together then. Form the mcdonald's arginine fly out what time of money was spent on those kinds of things until he realized it was just too too cornball and so found a happy solution which was to us talk at toys and objects around the shop and put lights on them and shoot them in smoke. And you couldn't really tell what they were some of them we build out of plexiglas and some of them were just actually toys or objects so if you look closely at so. Ufo's flying around devil's tower. One of them is like a gas mask. But i your face and one of them is a talk truck flies in then when the mothership shows up melinda was there was him when when she looks back in the end. The mothership is rising up behind her r. Two d. two in a couple little volkswagen trucks in some airplanes from nineteen forty one or on the rim of the mothership is. We're all inside jokes. That we played as stephen leicht. If gaels like lighting some of those objects must have been a real challenge that police chase and the way that the ships go through the The toll booth. It seems like that must have been a real challenge to marry those elements. Well wasn't it wasn't all that hard. The toll booth was shot as alive location in mobile alabama but then we added the effects afterwards by a miniature version of that toll booth at just as black cutouts that we could smoke it and have the ufo's fly through there and have interactive lighting. Was pretty simple really. Felt like each of those ships had its own personality. Well that was. That was the idea that was stephen wanted to. Have you know personality. And a sense of humor and a little red dot that flying around looking at things was really kinda like tinkerbell and a disney cartoon. There was a version of the movie. Very few people know this story but they was. There was a version of the movie where the ending scene. Where the mothership us when you wish upon a star which was disney property and he got a kind of an al qaeda try licensing that and john williams wrote the score with when you wish upon a star in it and then he wrote the score with when you wish upon a star just kind of alluded to in the music. You'll you'll see a bit of that in the end of the movie. But we did have to back-to-back previews it was in denver or dallas. I'm not sure where it was but we did a preview where we watched the audience very closely during the previews as did steven to figure out which of the endings. And which of the music cues were best. And that's when stephen quoted that when you wish want to start was just a little bit over the top corny and decided leave that out go with the version without it. Tell me about the of the special edition. Because i was the first movie. I really remember being released multiple times. When i was growing up and having different versions of it when steven came up with the idea the special edition i said you know. I really don't think this is a good idea. And i don't want to participate in it and one of the there. Were a couple of reasons one was i thought it was going to undermine the mr mystery. What the mothership is like. And the going inside would be eddie. Climactic but also. I felt that his expectation. That he the i at all of our visual effects crew. Do it for free. Made no sense because he was gonna reap the profits. He was doing it for you to try to get some more revenue out of the movie. That's okay but i just said you know if i don't get paid i don't think i wanna do it kind of balls to ask you to work for free. It's you know everybody should favors for one another. Sometimes the favors cost nothing. Meaning if you ask rick dreyfuss to show up for a day for free. It's not a big deal for rick to do that. If you ask a crew have to read a stage. Don't have to pay the utilities optical printing and completion which caused serious money. That's a favor to big. Were you on sat at all or were you just kind of set a lot on his. What were you doing there. Supervise photography any photography on the stage in an airplane hair in alabama any photography that required visual effects added to it. A richard jurisdiction. I supervise. We had to set the camera. Angles locked the cameras down. We had blackout parts of the frame where we knew a painting or of visual effect was going to be added later and it was using all of our sixty five millimeter cameras so we were there constantly doing that and then there were some really complicated issues which was That we had built a motion control of specifically for close encounters which was a way that we could record the camera. Motion on the set is a camera on the set. We could record those welsh's capture them digitally and then take that back to our studio so that if the camera panned over and then reveal. Ufo's in that shot. He had to have a recording of that shop. In order to match the ufo's into the shot was the first time that ever been done. Digitally and it was a breakthrough. Motion control system. So that were great and it wasn't easy it was on the putting like -nology in we we're using a dual digital tape recorders that were cassette tape recorders that record digital data like you have for set audio recorder but it was digital so it had to be able to start this. Stop and start rewind. Does he's automatically. The scary part of it was that they weren't reliable and they would eat the tapes once in a while and you would never really know until it was too late so as always very risky to use these things and so one of the funny jokes on the sat. Because it was stephen because these recorders eight two tape. one of the recorders was called jaws. One one of the requires was called jaws to. That's just a little bit of lore movies. Everybody civil grazie. How did you end up doing all of those cloud effects especially the ones where the You could see ships inside of their see delights at least from them working one of the guys working with us scott squires who has had quite a career since then and he was a very ingenious non visual effects guy and he came up with this idea because we had committed to the idea of doing these clouds and tanks is. I knew that you could. You could inject the old paint or milk or something into a tank. It look kind of like a cloud and scott came up with this idea of filling the tank half full with saltwater which was a heavier specific gravity in the other half of the tank with fresh water or just lighter specific gravity in tuning the paint. Which in this case was half and half or milk mixed with water so that it would be injected into the freshwater and then fall down and then spread out across. The saltwater. Wasn't heavy enough to go through the saltwater so it gave kind of flat bottoms to the clouds which was really effective. Stunning a little bit of physical dynamics. So that was how that was done. it was all. It was a manipulator arm from an atomic hot room. And i had learned about this when i was working on. The andromeda strain for robert wise was a kind of an arm thing where these two arms that could move together through a connective tissue between the top. If you pull the trigger on one you were pulling the trigger on the other so as a way of picking up vials of radioactive liquids and being able to pick up a vial porat re carefully into.
"booth" Discussed on The Projection Booth Podcast
"They could've just had another kid be possessed or have reagan possessed again or whatever in standing when they shot it on three continents. I mean it was like crazy. The ambition they did in the black holes very similar. Because like you can tell. A good portion of the people involved in this movie wanted to do a great sci-fi movie like like a two thousand one like mixed with like you know twenty thousand leagues mixed with star wars mixed with like they wanted to be in that pantheon and they had the money. I mean had so much money for disney. I mean even for any be twenty million dollars in the late seventies. That is a huge budget. But the you know there were movies that were had bigger budgets than that. There are a few but not many. But then you have the people in charge who obviously are like no. We have to put some cute robots on some kids stuff. No we have to let you know. Keep it they. They didn't want to take those risks. Because it's just again. That's a huge amount of money and it would have put the company imperil. Had the movie tanked utterly that disney would have been in an enormous amount of trouble at this point in its history. Disney was not the human. It is now the most of the major studios it was basically at the back. Oh yeah it was a bargain basement. A lot of times. I mean they were talking about selling it. I mean you look at the history of the walt disney company like during this period and into the eighties. It was like they were very close to just not ever making movies ever again. Why remember spielberg wanted to buy for a little bit. The whole Dreamworks skg kind of came out of disney saying. No we're not going to sell. And they said okay. We'll just start our own business then and this was just a huge. I mean you look at a roulette table like they put a lot of money on a lot of chips on like or you know. One of the three in one of the they. They put a lot of chips on the table in this film was like tell you all his own not so much. As far as the box office goes although the mover. The black cauldron yellow the black halter in was a disaster. That was that was a movie that really really lost a lot of money. And that was eighty five. And i think that was ron miller's last official executive producer all that sounds right and if you watch waking sleeping beauty which is a really good documentary and i think that's on disney plus two that was about of the whole renaissance of disney animation. They go into the whole block cauldron. Where like i. I believe this is correct. I believe this is what happened. Jeffrey katzenberg had them like re-shoot most of the film because they had a cut in the i if if not the first one one of the first movies they were animated films. That were doing on seventy millimeter. They were shooting Seventy millimeter and they wanted to do these big gigantic. The kind of epic things except the movie wasn't working. It was a big big big disaster. The black hole when it came out was not a big disaster it actually. It was a moderate grocer. It was it was not a hit. It was not a flop. It did okay. It was eclipsed by star trek star trek. The motion picture came out. I think two weeks either. Before or after it i forget what it was right before. And then ailing was six months beforehand but yeah it was amazing how close black hole and the star trek. The motion picture were and ironically star. Trek was rated g. And the black hole distributed by walt disney productions was rated. Pg so the star trek ended up. Making i think a lot more than the black hole did. But i ended it. I believe it costs like almost twice as much as the back hole. That star trek was like one of the most expensive movies ever made for a very long time. The costumes of a lot of the people from the palomino were very star trek esque. I don't know if it was just that seventies feel that was going on or what. But i was just like. Wow these guys look like. They've just stepped off of because those costumes for star trek. The motion picture were very strange compared to what they were in the tv show or even in star trek to in the next generation. They were the most one thousand nine hundred seventy nine period appropriate costumes that you simply ask just like i mean not as good as David from star trek to with the sweater around his neck kind of thing but pretty damn close. I mean you can tell that. The film was influenced by every single sci-fi movie or television. Show possible up until this point and it's interesting because it doesn't really afford new ground in any particular way bought the way that it mixes up. All of these influences is very unique and again. I mean going back to what we've been saying this whole time completely schizophrenic. I wanna tell you about the ending. The film because i ran across a fantastic video on youtube the other day which was trying to explain the ending of the film but basically the guy said If i have to explain this to you you're stupid. Everybody should know exactly what is going on at this film. If you don't know your complete idiot and i was just like all right. I just got insulted but okay you just not sophisticated enough to understand the tragedy of the story rando on youtube. He's down a little. There is a A book on tape version of this or or like one of those storybook versions or had a i had i had the album with the narrator in the lights in the cygnus. Go up at once or something like that. That whole thing. Percy rodriguez the guy who used to do all those amazing voice overs for Horror previews tonight is the next chicago. So it's the same guy. Oh my god. That's amazing i. I haven't heard this album's since i was a kid i don't even know i'm sure it's digitally out there somewhere..
"booth" Discussed on The Projection Booth Podcast
"That approaches a bigger budget movie on an epic movie a disastrous. None of these. Things are walt disney so for them to take this on their taking on something. That is way way way way way out of their comfort zone which is why then you see. Oh there are a couple of cute robots for kids. Go like you know. Oh but there's a madman who literally murdered his entire crew. Oh my god. It is a really dark twisted movie. That like ostensibly is for kids because you have these cute robots and like space battles and stuff but then you have like again. The most horrifying was her liquids. As i've ever seen in a movie and this doom this this incredible sense of doom. That permeates the entire movie up from like about five minutes in where they like. See the ship and jon. Barry's score by the way we we have to talk about that. Because john barry score is really a lot of the the. The tension to this movie comes from his massive not like john williams at all or casserole bombastic crazy amazing score with a gigantic production for disney. Took over everything. And and it's this weird like dot kids movie not it's a sci-fi movie but is like dark light like don't even know what to do with it and even to this day watching it's just like it's it's kind of like having a steak dinner with spaghetti on top of it or something it's like it's like weird. It's this weird they it's like okay. It's unique and everything's done well but it's like and then and then there's the ending which is a whole nother conversation which we need to have which nobody even the lovers of this movie like me can really defend this ending. They didn't know what to do. It's amazing that gary nelson this because he was not the sci-fi guy the previous movie that he had made. That wasn't a tv movie was freaky. Friday which is little science fiction. Low magical that kind of stuff. But it's not like he's the steven spielberg or lucas of his day. You know it's not like they're even going to like another like a robert wise. No but this was the disney team. I mean you know you look at frank. Phillips a shot at fairfield is a very renowned cinematographer but he basically did a lot of those cheap as disney movies. That like you know look like you know. They were shot in two seconds. I mean and this all has to do with in the name. You're going to keep coming back to is a guy named ron miller. Ron miller was disney's son-in-law i think is that right. I think married his daughter if i recall league football guy football guy and he was as big like intimidating dude who was in charge. I believe of disney production. For a least. I don't have it in front of me but i had to be at least fifteen years because i want to say. He came out of it in the sixties. When the dexter riley movies kurt russell dexter riley moves were happening. You can see his name on those credits. But he was producing for disney all up through the black hole past the black hole and into the early eighties before he left but he basically his whole thing was. You want cheap. We're gonna shoot it in frigging burbank. If it's not on the disney it will be five minutes drive from the disney lot. At the end of the north avenue irregulars which allegedly takes place in new england. You see clarice lebron and all these women with the big you know car chase passing by signs of literally have the one thirty four on them like literally one thirty four pasadena literally and framed like they did not care. They're just like yeah. They're in connecticut with a pasadena in it or whatever. But ron miller was not some guy who's going to spend a lot of money or take a lot of risks so for this movie to come at a disney. This indicates an enormous amount of of forces. That were all. Probably you know colliding with each other to make this mishmash of a movie and it is that sort of disney house style. The two were alluding to their. That really does define a lots of the technical expertise of this film but also with that the disquieting of the disjointed view of the film of how flat a lot of the cinematography seems. I mean it was describing this film to friends of mine who had never seen him put put in this way. This film was released the same year as alien and yet it looks like it came out a decade before it was made on double the budget of alien and it looks like it costs half as much and so much of that and so much of it has to do with the way it was shot and i'm not counting the special effects and the incredible mat work that was done in this movie because from a technical standpoint. There's a lot of spectacular craftsmanship in this movie but so much gets drawn down by the kind of bog standard middle of the roadway of shooting. And i that it feels like it's so much of a piece with what disney was doing because as you said this was an in house production they they forced none of this. It all came directly from disney. Even to the point of which. I believe in correct me. If i'm wrong in this mike but this is something that i remember reading and i hope it's correct. I believe they tried to license john. Dykstra motion camera setup from that he did on star wars. He either wouldn't let them wanted too much money. Which theron miller would probably be any money and so disney spent a ton of money making their own motion control camera rigs and it was called. I think aces outright or my getting raises was and and it and this was a lot of are indeed. These league motion control shot in the seventies is not something no especially a full like not for miniatures. I mean because a lot of the tie fighters and all that stuff you see that. The motion control cameras. Those are stripped down cameras. That were that were. That had the word on blimps means that they had no soundproofing on them because he didn't need it. All sound is going to be restored for star wars. but it's like the black hole. There's one scene where they're having dinner literally the camera dollies laterally across these people having dinner so it's a full camera and there's dialogue is probably a loop but it was a full camera and it's out the window you can see the background of the gigantic spaceship which moves proportionally to that camera. There is absolutely no way. They could have done that without motion control. You're talking about the flat. Look it's like that. It's it's less about a flat. Look more about a risk averse. Look it's like they. They they simultaneously wanted to risk a lot and then risk almost nothing depending on what aspect you're looking at. It's it's very odd. I mean in those days in the seventies there were still running movies at drive ins a lot. And so if you shot a movie too dark and you can read. Francis coppola talks about this. With gordon willis when the shot the godfathers print those prints out because it wouldn't show up at the drive in which of course degraded the image. So disney was always very especially the disney productions. Were always very very neutral looking. Like everything was properly lit. There weren't a lot of like high contract alien of god. It's like you know all like key lights with shadows and almost fill half the time but the black hole is like this. Everything is lit ev. Even when there are shadows it's like they're grey shadows. They're not pitch black shadows where the spaces even the way space looks. You were talking about peter. Shaw's insanely beautiful work And we we have to go into that because the mats and the models and miniatures on this are i think of legend. I think anybody who ever wanted to get into this kind of special effects. This is one of their movies that they go to because it's just so intricate and gorgeous and lovely but even space isn't black. It's like this purple blue. It's like it's like you look at it. And especially on the transfers the hd transfers if you see a print it's not it's it's not as printed up in it shouldn't be. It's a little too bright on video honestly like even with disney plus and everything. But it's it's. It's this tactile approachable space. Like you know like all of these rooms are like you know they're utilitarian but everything is so lit its own kind of very unique and strange style. I mean i do like the stuff that shot on reinhart's ship where feels like there's kind of a key light way up above and i think that that stylistically very interesting but then there are other parts were just like okay you know when they go into like the cord or some things. It's just like yeah. It is very very flat and even though they are doing some great special effects. There are so many times. I'm just god. This looks like it was shot in front of a blue screen and it doesn't look that good. There's a moment when they're on like a trolley going at ao going along. And i'm just like okay. Yep i can really see those lines on everybody. Having event news hair that the lines of that were really kind of chunky. It's like okay digital composite halo that show around. Sometimes when it's not done quite right..
"booth" Discussed on The Projection Booth Podcast
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"booth" Discussed on The Projection Booth Podcast
"Wonderful archibald mcleish and the poem that i won four was called to the pickle lady and it was the colonel of the idea that became crossing delancey when a writer begins and where stories come from and how ideas are formed over the years what we carry with us and how those stories images koro. That's kind of a real key to that. That was an image that came to me. Because i visited my my bubby. My grandmother in the lower east side pickle stands were very much a part of the world there and there was a pickle lady who lived on her floor in in her building and i wrote a poem called. Oh typically that was inspired by her and then many many years later i moved to new york Your artists lonely young woman and my bubby who very much wanted to be happy in loved in in a good marriage had pointed out a matchmaker who is working benches in her housing project. And that you know the together with a poem that i've been many years before this lived experience became the stuff crossing delancey which i wrote. I is a play by character. Played had wonderful people in including melanie. Mehran surely stiller from seven beauties. The honeymoon killers. Which i'm sure you know. So the wonderful shirley stoler was in the play off broadway and that play became wrote it then is a screenplay crossing delancey when i wrote the screenplay crossing delancey i brought a lot of my life into a lot of the film was shot in my very apartment building. I had done a play with with someone who is dating one of the roaches. And so i got to know the roaches and i. I brought jones silver choose to hear them perform because i was writing the screenplay to one of those one of their albums so it was my soundtrack as i was writing it and i wrote the soundtrack into the script so the script is full theory personal details everything from if you know the movie. There's a scene.
"booth" Discussed on The Projection Booth Podcast
"You know where you are just really super clever people in this film on that loop that it does it goes down into the cave on the in the asteroid that music cue is so great to because it's just so swirling before it goes in and i i remember a friend of mine had the when they released all these things on laserdisc the definitive edition. Even though of ike empire was missing a few seconds of welding. they actually didn't start the transfer on time a little bit of that but we went through frame by frame in that asteroid fight and the shot of one of the asteroids hitting a tie fighter and you can see a body on fire flying out. Oh man. I was just so thrilled fizzles and pops phil good. Yeah i suppose. If i had to pick on one shot it would be the pod ship from best been and when it comes towards the camera. It's really kind of a black outline around it. Yes but otherwise. I'm i'm all right and they ended up. I think removing that in the special edition. But i'm just like just leave it. You know this is. It's quaint it's nineteen eighty and you guys are able to do all these amazing things. Just leave it alone. Just just keep it except for the shuttle. I have to see the shuttle going to. I think we just don't know how the one seen that always bugged me. Even from early on was when. Luke is finally done with the battle. Everybody's leaving and he watches the falcon leave and he's looking like a two hundred feet ahead of where it is time. That just a tiny bit better. I know exactly what the rest of the movie is to that perfect. Yeah i think there might have been an occasion where i saw. Yoda's i line not necessarily matching or luke's island not matching with yoda. I guess that might have been. But i was like okay again. Whatever i do like some of those I follow deep. Roy on facebook and i never realized that he's in the movie that he's in a yoda costume. So when you see. Yoda like across the way walking away. I'm like oh okay. That's actually deep roy in that outfit. So they're pretty smart year ago. Yeah i know idea. Did you not watch building empire in two thousand five. When i think i mentioned that in i think did you. Yeah i think i. That's the great thing about all of those yards you just using the version that was needed full that scene you know there was a that was so mechanical version as well. That would go on the back of mark hamill in those backpack scenes that they could operate with remote control. And yeah just just knowing what to use an where and where best to use it. I think it was a real skill. The again is just like the perfect storm in that movie. Everyone was just on their game in. You is very inspirational. I do like all of his dialogue. Especially when he his explanation of the force. Ben's explanation which is a good explanation but when iota talks about it and i love his lines about the luminous beings are we saw. That's nice. And i don't think that they like he. Does the backwards speaking in empire but feels like they really laid it on thick for like prequels when he would show up like yeah. Oh my god. Can you try to talk forwards every once in it. They was well do they. I like his lines to an you know when i spoke to the He said i know it sounds cheesy but he said i was nineteen years old when i worked till the empire strikes back is first film and he said i really took those words to heart do not there is no try He said from then on you know. I just jumped at the opportunities as they came to me so he was offered the job as chief puppeteer on on java the hop and he couldn't really do it because he was working on a think was he working on dot crystal. Something i think any have to us. Jim henson's permission but he said yeah. I'm gonna do it. I'm just going to jump in gonna get my best. I mean he would have been twenty two twenty three and he's he's the chief puppeteer the biggest puppet ever poll. I i think that some great philosophy in yarda and it's been kind of rehashed. It's been Coach series in people. Take the piss out of it. But i think at it's cool the empire strikes back in yoda's lines. Just tell us what we're capable of if we bam line two things and i that's great all right. Let's go ahead and take another break. You're going to hear from. J w rensselaer the author of the making of star wars. The empire strikes back. I want to know more about you to. I want to know more of like your history. How you got into writing and especially how you got writing star wars books because it feels like you've been doing it for a long time and just such a voluminous output. I was lucky you know people always say right time the right place arrived at lucas own at the right time to a whole bunch of books it was just the perfect time to arrive for a bunch of reasons that nobody couldn't have plan for but that's basically what happening before you get the lucasfilm gig. What were you doing. What was your your job. And how did you get into the writing field. Well how i got into writing field was really by accident. I guess. I guess there's also no such thing as accidents. I was living in france..
"booth" Discussed on The Projection Booth Podcast
"In another cave that i've always wondered how he survives that fall but i mean i'm okay with how it all happens. I have to say the one moment the freaks me out. Every time i watched the movie is when he gets dumped out of that tunnel and then reaches back up. He's trying to pull himself in. And i'm just like mike. God move your hand it is gonna get you know you've got one good hand now kid that hand because gonna get caught in that door and it just looks like it would be really painful and said no no. No no pullback Minutes i'm just gonna count so disney plus just remembered. They changed fed's voices well. Yeah in the long run though in the long run. I'm okay with that now because because it doesn't change the character it doesn't change the intention or anything else. I did like the original voice. Though it was gruff it sounded like he took a shot to the throat at some point. Maybe jason win. Green was his. Yes yes i mean. It's perfect that he doesn't say very much at all. We don't need him talking. You know. I think that that if it's in with that like what is his name. Blondie or joe or whatever you wanna call them from The man with no name trilogy. You don't have clint eastwood. Say too many things. You don't have boba fett. Say too many things then. Yeah like at least tomorrow. Morrison doesn't change the lines. That are you know other than he's no good to me. Dead sounds really weird. The way that the with that australian accent it just like our new zealand accent. I'm just like That doesn't sound right. What's wrong what's wrong. If he was deep. I kind of grew up with. We had a lot of america australian and new zealand. Soaps lights uk. So that's why sounds a bit off to me doesn't fit in. The cell was university feels like three. Pm tv united just off to school causing other than three pl. I think everybody with a british accent is evil in the star. Wars world especially an empire could character actors admiral. The guy who ends up playing. Hitler in the indian ask you say. He's famous for being an awful headmaster school in a tv show grange hill that ran for like twenty years here in the uk. Every kid knew that guy every kidney that guy at the time and So that was more of a cathartic thing for all the kids over there when he gets choked for being an incompetent. Absolutely absolutely mr brunson. His name was this head teacher. He was nasty piece of work. Yeah i was just watching. An episode of a british show called new tricks. I think it's called with out the guy who is in crawl alun armstrong. There was an episode. That i just watch where i was just like. Who is this guy. This guy looks so familiar and then it ended up. Being one of the admirals generals from back just like wow after all these years because this show is out like two thousand three two thousand and four and like wow. He's still looks very much. The same. I think dennis nilsen as well isn't he wedge of grid. Yeah yeah. I'm glad to see what show up again in the movie. Just he doesn't get enough praise for like you know. He's one of the few characters that manages to make it through all of these films. You know we didn't even talk about the actual battle on off one of the best things ever put film. Best use of stop motion animation ever seen in in modern times and really smart to do that at the beginning of the film to have the big battle at the beginning rather than the end which just need. Yeah just didn't happen. Yeah the animation as well as you say is is great because they were there was an original intention to make a robot that would move that would kinda animated self but then Dennis mironov phil tippett and the guys. Tom cinnamon the would would say you know. Hang on actually stop motion would lend itself to the mechanized nature of these beasts and the idea of shooting them against blue screen but in a minute to set with a matte painting behind them. You know it just works so well and using kind of goals to make the full perspective of the little attacks in the distance look further away than they were and it's just a masterclass that in in effects stop motion your head so many things going on. I love the talk about the first shot on hof of the taunton going cross the snow bank and how they shot that with a helicopter the the real shot and then how they had to match the movement of the helicopter camera with the camera for thought the tonton going across the snowscape. Wow is incredible. That show should not have been possible at the time and fidesz mirren and his team to think outside of the box in think actually if we plot the movement of the helicopter with the camera shake and everything you know moving is different planes of direction up down left right in and out will the diagonals at any moment and they managed to plot that stop motion as they refer to grow the stop motion tonight. I think and plotted in with the same movement as the helicopter and the law of shops began to be done. That way you know. They really made a rod for their banks in doing that. But it still holds up today. I mean that when they did the special edition they would fast-forwarded drink. Poss that been there was no need to tinker with it till the biggest thing that they did was cleaned up some of the matt. Lines around the snow speeders. But for me it's still perfect. I don't notice the matt lines. I don't say like oh that looks terrible. There's there really isn't. I'm trying to think i don't want to make myself a liar but i can't think of really any shots were just like ooh that looks bad. You know i really. I really like studied some of these. They were some shots. Where like with the rebel transports. And some of the snow speeders. Because everything was so bright. Some of the Some of the vehicles ended up being a little transparent. And once you see it. It's in your brands. Like those tie fighters in return of the jedi in the background that just passed through a foreground object Once you see it that's all you see. Then they did make them more solid honestly that that was the best thing that i saw them them end up doing because it it just puts them solidly in the scene. Instead of l look i can see a little bit of rock through that thing but that's just because i watched it like two hundred times you know when i was little there was one show that always used to jump how me and it's not an effect show but it's the short of luke in is copies snow speeder. And he's i think he's just delivered a line to deck and poor dak just before it cuts to the next show they were just these black scribbles on either side of the canopy roof. I houston every single time. I think they got rid of it to the special edition. But it's again as you say chris. Once you see uconn unseat that used to catch me out every time in take now the scene for a moment but yet most of the shots in our incredible some of the stuff with the ostrich that biglou the lutely fulton dozen goes into the cave. The one way does the kind of role over the cloud. That's my favorite one on testing. They really got the hang of how dynamic you could make those shots move and how we as an audience could perceive them in a very short takes in very short sequences and understand the geography of it. This clever things like in the asteroid field. You wouldn't know what was up. Down left the ryan and asteroid fields. So they came up with this idea of using like a a belt of asteroids so that she'll kind of horizon london..
"booth" Discussed on The Projection Booth Podcast
"We would have the dinner. You know and when i finally left norway in took the train to burden in from seen so which was to ask to fly back to oslo and then go home. I remember that the first time i saw tree as we sort of descended from the glacier and to lower elevations i started crying. It was just like it was just overwhelming to me just to see this being on another planet there was nothing there except rock and snow nothing at all for like eight weeks that sewing saw it was pretty wild and it was really quite an effort we sort of built a facility from scratch built new cameras new optical printers to do stuff that had never been done before bill new motion control setups and whatnot and it was an overall ethic to the movie was this is going to be better than star wars and that was certainly the dispirit and i eleven making the movie was that it wasn't just gonna be another sequel. That was going to be better than the first movie was. And i think in many ways it was that was you know you know it was the next movie. We all knew it sort of end up down note. You know as a would is the second piece trilogy and but nevertheless the visual effects are incredibly exciting. Just we were doing things that hasn't really been done to that degree before you know particularly with the new printers the cameras and then your motion control stuff and you know at times we were running a you know six seven day a week operation. Twenty four hours a day. 'cause you reach a point where he's got to get this out of work done and you know you don't let the equipment sit idle you kind of bring a night cruise to work and day cruise. So the shop was running all the time and that it was it was a teacher. Great collection of young talented. Really artistic people you know everybody. You know really young group of people. Everybody mostly in their twenties and thirties. Doing all this work and making all these miniatures was it was. It was quite remarkable. You know the amount of work that we have to do next time that we have but we finished it and it wasn't Chris the picture had to come down. You sort of had the deadline to it and it was. It was quite something of that work and then on top of it. Then he's got you know you've got this great group of post production sound. People you know led by ben burtt who you know who you know. Sorta truly appreciated health. Important sound is to a movie. You know how totally fills out what you're looking at onscreen. So it was it was it was. It was really quite a time. You know hard hard hard work long hours. You know difficult but you know it's it's a great. I'm it's my favorite movie. You know peter. Cichowski did a wonderful job. It's just a beautiful movie. You know ralph browse mcquarry dishonest. Great stuff norman. Rentals the production designer to view the for work and as a director. Kersh do great great work with with you know mark and harrison and carry you know. It's like their their best performances. You know i think in any of the movies and maybe they sort of have the range to do what they wanted to do. At that point in time but it was the was the second movie and it was just at that time before the star wars became this big merchandising. The ical you know were the you know the toys and everything else sort of took over the movie in a way. It was still. It was still.
"booth" Discussed on The Projection Booth Podcast
"I've never met an actor who's who's not who who isn't unhappy with certain aspects of their faces what they miss worried about the performance at the most beautiful actresses. Roy's feel the beautiful enough for something wrong with the nose or the chin with me. My see my work. I just wanted to do it all again. Because i think especially four or five six ten ten years. I'm i'm sure that i could have done it better. And i wish i had done. It had a chance to go into a. But i'm but at least i'm not seeing myself for my poces directly on the screen. The way the actress is forced to do. I know a lot of people. Were kind of shanghaied to be imperial officers or maybe not necessarily stormtroopers or fighters. Have you ever been press ganged into being in front of the cameras. Well i don't think so because man the jump is so solving the there's nobody else some film crew who has to work all the time the way the ups too. I watch Hassle of seen. I talk about with the director and we decide how many shots we have would be good to the scene and wet place the camera and just try lenses so then i prepare the first shops and shoot. I shot then the next show. We should next shot and he goes like that all day and the only when i'm not working is the brief lunch break you break. Everybody else has to wait. So i never have time to turn. I think i'd be a bad one. Anyway what is it like to see the effects integrated in there with the work that you had done. It's always usually turning. I can't remember when one occasion maurice was slightly less than threatening because movie had been shot in four k and the effects was still.
"booth" Discussed on The Projection Booth Podcast
"It was pretty big. I had many awesome. Many ten gaze up. Fat things have changed. The equipments changed a lot. Since then we use clients demise instead but yeah the things that are finger a lot easier in many ways. Now what was it like shooting. All of the scenes having a puppet as a main character was slow civil and underneath the character below the carry. Where number of people pulling pulling strings can move fast. Problem was the first difficulty. Was the tea in in house. Space to to highlight solidly any space to the highlights. And the first the first requirement shooting a miniature set is to have it bill as long as possible so that the focus visit didn't have to go to very close with the camera but the challenge is to make the skin look like real skin. That's the first challenge. I have any has to walk into carefully and closely with makeup department and the effect of the people who build the the character is interesting but very demanding should pat the closer shots. See the puppet. Do you have to run a lot of tests to be able to see how your lighting is going to make. Yoda look case for yoda that. We must have done some testing to be frank mcconnell that i can't believe that we didn't have a few hours in which to run some tests a day or two before we started shooting would have tight kennel. Remember that the vacation during the tests. I heard that with some of the things that and i almost said that. You shot on hoffy. But i should say that you shot in norway that the crew was safely ensconced inside of a hotel room or a hotel lobby while the action was taking place outside. Is that true no. I'm sure it's true. Sent members of the crew. Who didn't need to be.
"booth" Discussed on The Projection Booth Podcast
"I remember having a few different ones and the color of the chest armor which is different shades of green. So there's like eight nine year old me like which ones the real one and it just bothers. It bothers me to this day that there was that much difference that you know a little kid could notice the difference in color. That's come i. can't you get that accurate. And now i'm sitting here with like the most accurate stuff that can be made in a mike. It's right i remember having a coup- couple of them as well. Not i had one. The i would kinda save in one of the. I even chipped off a bit of his arm on his breastplate so they kind of match the screen version. Because i wanted like a beat up bubba i'll say wanted my pristine one i wasn't going to spoil it. Are they different colored. Because they're all clones different batches of them. I do have to say that. I'd like the nevena mation stuff better than that. Style of animation. They use for the clone wars. And the bad batch. Yes me too. Yeah i've not really watched much of today's i'll be honest with you. They feel like they don. I'm not invested in Like the animation style. I do kind of like the glue. P nitra animation there in the holiday special where everyone just looks deny they look high promptly that really sluggish even to the point where like rtd to kind of like more fish shape at times like what is happening in three peos neck out god yes very. Elastic comes off of his head and has a cable holding it down. It's like what may mimic that look in the droids cartoon years later didn't they ought to bow down. Yeah kind of have gestures and things yet. I don't know if that was the same animation company or not. I wanna say it was yeah. I feeling it was bummed will show if it is somebody said to them. Hey guys come on raven in a little bit. These kids aren't dropping acid before. Watching your cartoons. I don't know what it is about empire but it is the favorite of all the star wars films. And it's almost like it shouldn't be just because our heroes a separated through so much of it. It is really much darker film. I don't know what it is. But i just love this one more than any of the other ones. It just feels like the most mature. I suppose the most human centric well not even human centric. Because i have to say that this also shows the level of depths of chewbacca. More than any of the other films. I mean you can really feel his pain when that blast door shuts and he thinks he might be losing on solo forever. I mean there's some really touching moments with chewbacca here not to mention the fact that only talks about luke. I'm sure luke will be fine. Choose like dude really. And that's that's why in the in the last sequel where three po says You know you've always been my best friend and it's like you've been a jerk to everybody all right like the whole time you've kicked to. You've just come on give it up. You're not the best. When i revisited them pie my teens. I hadn't seen him for few years. Go to a permanent scan full by three chess. And i remember being quite shocked to how much dialogue there will walls. In comparison to style was amer ten of the djeddai. I think there's like twice as much Ten of the. I it really is as you say is a lot darker film. Miami looks so much better than the original star. Wars film cinematography by sushi ski. He really went to town to the point where i think. Lucas was worried about the not finishing on time. Because if he's elaborate lighting schemes and things but thank goodness he did because it really does hold up today. It looks gorgeous now as well. All right we're gonna take a little bit of a break and we are going to play an interview going to hear from cinematographer. Peter shitski all about the making of the empire strikes back as well as a few other things before you did empire strikes back. I believe you worked with ken russell. A few times and i was very curious. What was that relationship like. And how was it shooting something. Valentino enlisted mania. Are really wild movies. Yes we had had mentioned a few years two or three years before i show with him. Maybe more maybe five or six. 'cause he interviewed me for an earlier film his title. I kind of remember. It's about a polish sculptor who's active in person. Godia name contr remember the name of the film anyway. In the event he worked with another. Dop then he came back to me for main he. Was somebody very good for me to work with. At the time he was not an easy easy man to get on with the was to work within that his main interest was the visual side of film. They one wants to make scenes had struck strike the view in some way often. Quite honestly i don't mean the scene but he wanted to make a strong effect everything he did so we talked i and he said why. Don't we meet for lunch. And come down to meet me at studio ship in studio we'll go to the nearest village has been it's nibiru. And he was a man who has some tightfisted with money and he. He ended up paying for his lunch and his wife's lunch. Minute yes. He was not known for his fiscal general. And i think he was with russell that i had to learn how to shout back because he is idea of. I think of relations without people relationships with other people was trying to dominate. And believe them so. I had to learn to shout back at him. It wasn't in.
"booth" Discussed on The Projection Booth Podcast
"Figures because i was just like i kept all of that shit. Oh yeah yeah. I've had all these proofs of purchase and got the of fat and of unfortunately it was the one where he couldn't shoot the rocket at already. You know that kid had already died on the battle star galactica ship so they fix that thing and i do remember when i bought able at the store that they had a sticker over the back of it where you can feel it up seed instructions on how to shoot that missile out of his back and i was just like oh damn nick. Kid dinic useless staff. I remember getting a sheet of composition paper from school cutting out just the circle of the proof of purchase taping it to the paper and then writing one two three over each one. I don't know what i was thinking. Was it going to be somebody my age. Look at it. This and i had to spell out that there were five of them know here in the uk. We've got to cut out the names on the cob back which completely miller your car Grown up with this collection of call backs with all of the names missing. Because i offer fan. I sent for the emperor and for nine numb and for admiral akbar. Yeah so that was a shame. But i remember I didn't see the holiday special. Until i think nineteen ninety one ninety one. I was a toy fair. He a friend of mine. And i had found out. That style was figures. We're kind of gaining traction. In terms of the value we start going to garage sales boot fezzan things here and there was this particular dealer who was selling stuff he said guys. Have you ever seen this Over this won't key looking. Vhs tight with black and white photocopied cover and we light. What's sneeze and he said. This is the adventure between saw was strikes back and you find out What goes on to What what he's so. We handed over twenty pounds. We pay for it between that. Was my budget for the day probably end. We time to my friend monks house and we put it on within seconds. We knew that we've been done just an absolute abortion of a piece of tv. I mean how it ended up being made. Even the cartoon is the best bit it makes about the same amount of sense as the rest of it does but luckily it looks fun. And you don't have to win that the favorite actors trying to deliver these lines poor. Carrie fisher she just. She looks like she is three sheets to the wind. And just don't think she's wearing a bra under outfit and she's just flopping around. I'm just like what is going on with this. Then trying to sing her way through that star wars themed song at all man in the montana with moma scar on than anyone else in a movie. Ever oh yeah. He's one step away from kabuki stage actor. So when i saw empire and i saw the lafayette show up. She's like oh thank goodness good. This is the guy. And it's funny. Because i thought i was the only one who really liked bubble fat boba. Sure the rest of us that there was that much they did wasn't aaronson and somos well where somebody is come. L. a. dressed. Up as veda and carmen who it was somebody in the publicity department just above a fan. They kind of marched them around in this. Cnn parade that was happening. And there's some great so sixteen mill film of it And you can just see kids faces. Kind of home. My god it's hang on this cio and what a great piece of marketing that was just for word of mouth. I can imagine that spread like wildfire. I like the whole idea of him originally being like as a super storm trooper and the can even see like bits of him. Showing up in the rough mcquarry drawings or sketches and then joe johnston took it over and really built it out and they put a lot of thought into that. I love the whole idea of him having wookey scalps on his shoulder. I can't remember if it was the comic books but pretty soon after you find that. Find out that he's a mandalorian. All of that kind of stuff. Way before the mandalorian tv shows showed up when people are like. What does the mandalorian. What does that mean. I'm just like well go back to eight year old brain. Yeah and dig out will the info. That's the great thing about that. Is that nothing was explicitly explained to us so we got to make this stuff up in our minds and play with the action things. Did you ever have the twelve inch action. Figure what you could look through his science. You'd source like murky magnified view of the world was like steve austin. Yeah similar to the yeah. I think i had the jaw on the veda didn't have the buffet bar member. My friend down. The road did and i spent my time trying to swap my job of is bubba. If you had five dollars. I wouldn't swap it. I think he's was for whatever reason that that was like my favorite of the twelve inch which wasn't twelve inches shorter figures. But yeah. I loved jealous. But i did have a bunch of boba smaller figures. I remember losing one in a park and wind dot. And i was just like oh my god. I was so upset because a dropped down between these like polls that they had and i just thought to myself every night i just like how can i get him back. How can i string or fishing line. What's how can i say this bill. Perfect character..
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"booth" Discussed on True Mysteries of the Pacific Northwest
"Today that seventy five thousand dollars would have been split between all present who helped capture booth more than a dozen soldiers and several civilians were present evidence that it was booth didn't add up booth had jet black hair body pulled from the barn. had red. Hair lieutenant william. C allen worked for the united states secret service in eighteen sixty five in august nineteen thirty seven. His widow mrs helen. Allen told a journalist that her husband had told her that he saw the man at garrett's farm who had been killed and that man had red hair and that the government that that man was not booth but they were determined to foist this man on the nation as booth booth had a scar on the side of his face from surgery. The body pulled out when examined had burn mark in a exact same place. The body pulled from the barn didn't have injured a broken leg. Chains kenzi was a quartermaster in the union army and was free to go wherever he wanted basically within the military alliance at is and so he went with a companion to garrett's born because he had an interest in what was going to happen to booth in nineteen twenty two when he was seventy seven years. Old kenzi detail. What he saw gareth's farm in a sworn affidavit. As i wrote up he heard someone call out to say john wilkes booth at all. I could see the color of his hair. I knew at once it wasn't he. His body was exposed and he had no injured leg. The face had freckles now later under examination. The tattoo booth was notorious as having on his hand had appeared on his arm for the next few years washington. Dc was a buzz with the question of what really happened to. John wilkes booth in eighteen sixty nine booth. Mother was escorted down into the arsenal penitentiary. Morgue to identify her shun once and for all but she couldn't identify 'em because it wasn't him over the next seventy years witnesses to the assassination and those that had been present at the barn. He was allegedly dragged from passed away. But the question of what actually happened to booth persistent in one thousand nine hundred three in enid oklahoma. A young reporter took a confession of adine man who claimed to be john wilkes booth shortly after the body of the man claiming to be booth was mummified later in nineteen thirty one six chicago. Physicians examined the body of a man called. John saint harrison. Who was the man in enid who claimed to be booth and recorded their findings in an affidavit. They specifically noted a scarred right eyebrow. A crushed right thumb and a broken left leg john wilkes booth is known to have had all three of these unusual characteristics. Could he have escaped the barn and live for thirty eight years only to die..