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Capstone's Jared Asch Welcomes Loella Haskew and Cindy Darling of Walnut Creek
"Jared Esch, the host of The Capstone Conversation. Today, we are joined by not one, but two awesome women from the city of Walnut Creek. And we are going to hear about what inspired them to run for city council. What are some things that they want to encourage in other candidates who are considering to run or not to run as you make the decision ahead of next year's elections? And that applies to people throughout the whole East Bay area. That's not just here in Walnut Creek. So hopefully their message will resonate with people throughout. So first thing we will do, Mayor Pro Tem Luella Haskiw, do you want to go ahead and tell us a little bit more about yourself? In my career, I was a CPA specializing in tax, but I also did family law consulting and other business consulting. And I was inspired to run for a couple of reasons, one of which is I was close to many of the people who were on council and I just absorbed a lot of what they could accomplish by talking to them and watching them work. But also, I believe that we were going into an interesting economic cycle and maybe somebody who had my experience would be a good addition to the council. And our next guest is Councilwoman Cindy Darling. Cindy, tell us a little bit about your background and what convinced you to run. Well, I'm one of the newest members of the council. I was elected in 2020. Before that, I'd served 10 years on the planning commission for Walnut Creek. So I'd seen a lot of the issues that were working in the development end of things kind of bubbling up that were going to council. And I was interested in having a bigger voice on those than you just have a planning commission. I'm also a small business owner here in the city, and I spent most of my career working on really tough, naughty environmental problems around the Delta endangered species. And I felt like I developed a lot of skills there in helping people work together and solve problems creatively. And I wanted to take those skills and bring them to the council and help move Walnut Creek in a great direction. That's great. I appreciate that. Luella, you've been mayor two times, including 2020 during the start of the pandemic. Pandemic issues, businesses shutting down and then lots of looting here in Walnut Creek. What was it like to be mayor during that time? Can I say that the first round was was sweet. I really enjoyed the first time when it wasn't quite so stressful. But I will say about 2020, whenever I've talked to anybody who have had been mayor in Walnut Creek the last year to have been assigned a job with mayor, there were so many issues. We had a police shooting that was under scrutiny. We had looting. And I'm not even sure anybody knows to this hour what triggered the big looting that was at Broadway Plaza. It could have just been the gangs that were beginning to form and take over other places. But we forgot about Walnut Creek has some really nice high end stores to do. And then they all came. I don't think it had anything to do with the political choice. Nevertheless, it was incredibly damaging to the people who were at Broadway Plaza and it didn't stop there. Other people were involved in it. I make a joke about the fact that when George Floyd had been killed and people were really involved in making protests, a whole group of people showed up at nine o 'clock at night on a Wednesday and had a riot in our front yard doing a significant amount of damage to our garage doors, burning flags, scaring the bejeebers out of our neighbors. The police did call us and say, get out of the house. So we were safe, but it was an ugly experience for the neighborhood trying to find the best of the worst. We did have to buy a new garage door and we now have a battery pack up. And then I made it onto the news the next day. So good spads, but it was tough and the fiscal issues were tough. We started out with anticipating a comfortable excess budget. It turned out that when everything had to close up, sales tax went away and then we had to figure out what to do about that. And we got lucky that we came upon the pop -ups, the restaurant pop -ups, and we tried every way we could to save all the businesses, did away with our now famous parking meters and let people park. There weren't that many people using the parking meters. And so it was a very difficult time. Nevertheless, a sense of proportion, a great council, a great staff got the city through probably one of the most difficult years the city had to survive.
Fresh update on "delta" discussed on Capstone Conversation
"Welcome to the East Bay's best podcast, The Capstone Conversation. This is a show that interviews political government and community leaders in Alameda, Contra Costa, and Solano counties. We look at what is going on in your city, how are we developing things economically, and where are we going from here? I'm your host, Jared Esch. I'm Jared Esch, the host of The Capstone Conversation. Today, we are joined by not one, but two awesome women from the city of Walnut Creek. And we are going to hear about what inspired them to run for city council. What are some things that they want to encourage in other candidates who are considering to run or not to run as you make the decision ahead of next year's elections? And that applies to people throughout the whole East Bay area. That's not just here in Walnut Creek. So hopefully their message will resonate with people throughout. So first thing we will do, Mayor Pro Tem Luella Haskiw, do you want to go ahead and tell us a little bit more about yourself? In my career, I was a CPA specializing in tax, but I also did family law consulting and other business consulting. And I was inspired to run for a couple of reasons, one of which is I was close to many of the people who were on council and I just absorbed a lot of what they could accomplish by talking to them and watching them work. But also, I believe that we were going into an interesting economic cycle and maybe somebody who had my experience would be a good addition to the council. And our next guest is Councilwoman Cindy Darling. Cindy, tell us a little bit about your background and what convinced you to run. Well, I'm one of the newest members of the council. I was elected in 2020. Before that, I'd served 10 years on the planning commission for Walnut Creek. So I'd seen a lot of the issues that were working in the development end of things kind of bubbling up that were going to council. And I was interested in having a bigger voice on those than you just have a planning commission. I'm also a small business owner here in the city, and I spent most of my career working on really tough, naughty environmental problems around the Delta endangered species. And I felt like I developed a lot of skills there in helping people work together and solve problems creatively. And I wanted to take those skills and bring them to the council and help move Walnut Creek in a great direction. That's great. I appreciate that. Luella, you've been mayor two times, including 2020 during the start of the pandemic. Pandemic issues, businesses shutting down and then lots of looting here in Walnut Creek. What was it like to be mayor during that time? Can I say that the first round was was sweet. I really enjoyed the first time when it wasn't quite so stressful. But I will say about 2020, whenever I've talked to anybody who have had been mayor in Walnut Creek the last year to have been assigned a job with mayor, there were so many issues. We had a police shooting that was under scrutiny. We had looting. And I'm not even sure anybody knows to this hour what triggered the big looting that was at Broadway Plaza. It could have just been the gangs that were beginning to form and take over other places. But we forgot about Walnut Creek has some really nice high end stores to do. And then they all came. I don't think it had anything to do with the political choice. Nevertheless, it was incredibly damaging to the people who were at Broadway Plaza and it didn't stop there. Other people were involved in it. I make a joke about the fact that when George Floyd had been killed and people were really involved in making protests, a whole group of people showed up at nine o'clock at night on a Wednesday and had a riot in our front yard doing a significant amount of damage to our garage doors, burning flags, scaring the bejeebers out of our neighbors. The police did call us and say, get out of the house. So we were safe, but it was an ugly experience for the neighborhood trying to find the best of the worst. We did have to buy a new garage door and we now have a battery pack up. And then I made it onto the news the next day. So good spads, but it was tough and the fiscal issues were tough. We started out with anticipating a comfortable excess budget. It turned out that when everything had to close up, sales tax went away and then we had to figure out what to do about that. And we got lucky that we came upon the pop-ups, the restaurant pop-ups, and we tried every way we could to save all the businesses, did away with our now famous parking meters and let people park. There weren't that many people using the parking meters. And so it was a very difficult time. Nevertheless, a sense of proportion, a great council, a great staff got the city through probably one of the most difficult years the city had to survive. Yeah, it was interesting. The morning after the looting on May 31st, I went downtown with a bunch of my friends. And that was part of what makes Walnut Creek special is there was a bunch of people down there with brooms and dustbins and sweeping up the glass and pulling the designer tennis shoes out of the fountain and just doing part of the cleanup and part of what makes Walnut Creek one for all and all for one.
A highlight from Adam and Jen Vs the Apocalypse
"Hey guys, welcome to Mutually Codependent with Adam and Jen. I'm Jen. I'm Adam. Welcome, welcome, welcome. How is everybody? I hope you're doing well. Hopefully, hopefully, hopefully, hopefully, hopefully, we're going to enjoy this strain of the show, which today is Mac one, uh, which is a short for miracle alien cookies. Yes. All right. Um, Mac one, according to this is an out of the world experience with powerful mood lifting effects and a bodily relaxation. That's cool. Yeah, that's cool. So, uh, it's a labeled as a hybrid. You got another spilled drink. Nope. Just a couple of drops, just a couple of drops. It's just like six counted, um, T H C a 23 .6 % plenty. Little dab will do you, uh, the, uh, Delta nine is a barely legal 0 .29%. That's about as close as you can get. Did you know you can actually go slightly above 0 .3 if it's within the, um, the, the minimum quantification of the tool that you're using. Oh, so, uh, cause there's, each tool has kind of a margin of error, if you will. And if you're within that margin error, then they're like, yeah, it's fine. It makes sense. Yeah, it does. It's, uh, one of the few things that I've been like, oh yeah, that did make sense. Maybe they do know what they're doing. But, uh, yeah, so that's our strain of the show. Mac one, miracle alien cookies. How do you like it? We've had this a few times. Yeah. Not on the show, but we have on the show, but we've personally had it a few times. It's a, it's a good string. I like it. It's a solid hybrid. A solid, it's a solid hybrid as opposed to a liquid. No, like it's a good hybrid. It's not a weak ass hybrid. It's a, it's a good one. I am just looking for my lighter. Cause I want to smoke some. Yeah, you should tell people what, what, what we have coming up for them. Okay. I will do that. So today on mutually codependent Adam and Jen are going to talk about the apocalypse. No, seriously guys. Like a lot of shit has happened in the past three years, like since COVID hit. And like, I don't think our world is ever going to be quote unquote, normal again. And just with everything that is going on with, I mean, for the past year with Ukraine and Russia to Israel and Gaza and the Palestinians, like all the sadness and death and destruction, like I feel as if, and I've seen it on social media. Like there's a lot of people that feel like the apocalypse is inevitable. Like it's coming. The people who aren't crazy. People who aren't crazy, like normal people who are not preppers. They're not people who are just becoming preppers or they're like just normal everyday people that don't buy into any conspiracy theories and stuff. That's what I've been seeing. Like all of those people are starting to be like, what the fuck is happening in our world and should we be afraid? And yes, I think everyone should be, to be honest, I always have trouble getting raps King size lit. So it's taken me a little longer than normal. Not to, not to take away from what you were talking about. That's kind of what the weed does though. Yeah. So we're going to talk about that and we're going to, we can just, we're going to talk. We got a new shit. The kid did. Yeah. We got a new shit. The kid did. I'm going to, I'm going to start with that cause that's super happy. Not that this isn't a happy episode, but cause it's kind of silly, but yeah. Um, so Landon on Saturday, our middle son Landon, he's 17. He has an electric bike that he rides to and from work and going to and from work. He passes by the skate park, which he frequents because he's a skateboard. Um, and he has friends there. Well, their internet was down at his restaurant job on Saturday night. So door dash in like Uber eats, couldn't come pick up their orders. So he took like over well over a hundred dollars worth of food and he just took it and he went to the skate park on his way home and he passed it out to some of the people that he knows that are there staying the night because they're homeless. They don't have anywhere to go and he knows they're hungry. So he went and he passed out this food to them because otherwise it was just going to get thrown away. Yeah. So cause they couldn't come get it and I was really proud of him for that. Cause I feel like, yeah, not all, not everybody would choose to do that. Certainly not every 17 year old, right? He's a good, he's a, he's an amazing kid. Sometimes kids, the shit the kid did is good. It's a good thing. We wanted to have a good, yeah, the kid did good shit. The kid did cause I got a short other shit. The kid did. I went downstairs to make some tea and our coffee maker rinsing out the little bowl, make sure and get all the coffee grounds out so that don't affect my tea. And, uh, I, I, there was a precariously perched pan on the drying rack atop several other pans, all of which was being leaned on by a cutting board. Oh, yeah, that sounds, yeah. And on top of the cutting board was one of my knives. So when I bumped the pan, the knife fell and almost hit my foot. Was that Ben? Yeah. Yeah. He heard me cuss him out from the other room. I didn't even know he was in there the first time. Yeah, no, I didn't cuss him out. I just said, Ben, like you heard that just happened, right? He's like, yeah, it was like, you need to not stack the shits dangerously. Like I need you to do things in a safer way, please. That's what I actually said. That's not what I wanted to say. I wish, I wish we could see both sides of our children. You know, like if, if we had just like, okay, we're in the middle, right? We make these choices back and forth regularly. We're, we're on the mean side. Sometimes we're on the nicer side. Most of the time I want to, I want to view, I want to see what our kids would look like if, if we chose one side strong or the other. Like your light side, dark side child. Um, well, I can tell you how different would your kids be? You think, um, well, if I only chose the dark side, their anxiety would be like way worse and they would hate me probably. Um, but if I only chose the light side, they would just be dirty slobs out of control, like because they wouldn't have learned any kind of discipline, no discipline, no manners, like, so no, that wouldn't have never worked. Yeah. Oh, but I mean, for a lot of, to see what, how bad would they be if we were just like assholes all the time? I don't know, but like people who are terrible to their kids and the kids grew up with like complex PTSD, like it's pretty severe, like it's a constant fucking cycle, like that person then treats their kids shitty and so on and so forth and their friends and their coworkers and the people around them. And so, you know, you have one shitty person, you know, breeds, and then they have a shitty kid and if a person is raised shitty, then they become a shitty person, which affects everybody around them. What I've seen though, like in the past few years, as I've like, as I've spent a lot of time on my personal growth is that a lot of people are breaking that curse, that generational curse of treating their kids badly or being the cycle. They're, they're breaking that and they're trying to be that parent that wasn't there for them because they grew up into this person realizing how desperate they were for attention or love or support or somebody being proud of them. So there's actually a TikToker who is one of my favorites and I've sent her, she has POTS, which is a dysautonomia disease condition. That helped. Um, yes, I know I was going to go. So dysautonomia is a disorder that some people have and it causes like, you can't breathe in the heat, you can't walk upstairs, you'll just randomly faint because of blood flow issues. You're, you're dizzy a lot. It's, it's a, it's pretty severe. It's usually, it affects women, usually younger girls like teenage years, but if you get it when you're older, like you're kind of fucked, which is what happened to my mom and why she's had so many issues. But so this girl named Kimberly is, she has POTS, but she does skits as her cigarette mom. Her mom, both of her parents are dead, but she uses a straw and she acts like her mom did. And it's her way of therapy because she said, I had a horrible childhood. It was abusive. And my parent, my dad was a drunk, my mom was a drunk and they smoked constantly. But like she uses it as like therapy to not, she'd be like, I will never be this shitty person. Like my mom was. Yeah. Yeah. It's, it's kind of sad, but I have seen that. I mean, and that's, I thought about that as a kid. Like if I ever had children, I would be the kind of mom that I wanted as a kid. Cause I mean, for lots of reasons, your mom just didn't understand you, let alone have a good idea of how to, you know, raise you. But yeah, I was different. Yeah. Now, now that I'm diagnosed with autism, I look back at my life and I'm like, how in the fuck did people not know? Like my own self, my therapist knew two and a half years before I did. Yeah. Well, and they were pushing for it. They were asking to get a different diagnosis from the beginning. Yeah. I don't think you're bi -boliced. She keeps saying, I just, I don't think you're bi -boliced. Have you ever had a manic episode? No, never got the good stuff. When I was 19 and I had to leave it. We come to, we don't even think it was mania. We just think it was maybe a 19, a little out of control, a little party girl. It wasn't technically like, yeah. So I don't know. Yeah. You, you were just a, a monopolar instead of bipolar. Yeah. Monopole. Monopole. So any who, but yeah. But I think that people are kind of changing that and being better parents now, I hope, I mean, I know some people are still absolutely terrible parents. You know, so I think, uh, our kids' generation are going to be some of the most prepared parents. Well, yeah, I agree. No, but it's not just the most recent magazine that you may or may not have grabbed at the grocery store or picked up at the doctor's office. You know, like that's literally, you know, reading a book on how to raise your kid was like looked down on. Yeah. And, uh, you know, but with us, we've encouraged that kind of behavior and our children will, will encourage it even more. And it's because our world is fucked and our generation and the next generations are seeing that firsthand, how the people before us really screwed things up and not just financially. I'm not talking about economy and politics. I'm talking about mental health, mental health, ethics, the way we live life, the kind of human being you're supposed to be like, that is so much more important than learning some, you know, I wish that that was what was taught to people, like the common sense to be a decent human being that should have been health class. That should be other side of health. I mean, that should, I've always told my boys and you know, I know that you're, you're the same way, like being a good kind person and being nice to people is more important than being right or being really smart or, you know, having a lot of money. I mean, all those things are great, but at the end of the day, the kind of person you are when you go to bed at night is what really matters. I feel like, yeah, your happiness and how appreciative you are of your life or not. Cause it, that reflects outwards. So yeah, I want that for our kids and for people in general and for the future generations, for our grandkids and great grandkids. If we get there. Yeah. Or if the apocalypse comes. Yeah, fun, fun fact. When I was in like sixth, seventh grade, I was so obsessed with Buffy, the vampire Slayer and the apocalypse that I wasn't allowed to say the word in my own home for a few months. The word apocalypse or apocalypse. She, how often were boards banned for certain amounts of time? Like, what is that a regular thing? Yeah. How many words do you think got banned over the years? About 20. Oh yeah. How many of them do you remember? Exuberant. Oh, that's a weird one to say a lot. Five was five. Why your mom started banning words at five? I was younger. Oh gosh. I wasn't allowed to say, um, diaphragm. Oh God. Which I've probably, I may have told you about this. But when I was seven, I drew like a head and like a neck and a chest, like of a person and I drew body parts in it and I was labeling it because I wanted my own little like human poster of somebody. So I like copied it out of the world book and I went to show her and was explaining how your diaphragm works. And she told me that we didn't have a diaphragm in our body, that that was a word again. Who was that? My mother. Your mom. Yeah. Dang. And so that I wasn't allowed to say diaphragm exuberant because I, I looked it up in the dictionary and then I would use it all the time. Um, was your dad upset by these words? I don't think, no, I don't, I, he, he worked so much when I was little. Like, I don't remember him and I have been like a whole lot of heart to heart conversations. I get that. Um, I like, I don't remember what else it was. Lackadaisical. I wasn't allowed to say that for a while. Lackadaisical. And none of these were small words.
A highlight from Reunions and Red Flags
"Hello! We are Mutually Codependent, and this is also Mutually Codependent with Adam and Jen. I'm Adam. And I'm Jen. That's Jen. Hi guys. Hello. We're excited to be here, here at our house, in our room, we're excited, just so excited to just be in our room and do whatever the fuck we want, and sometimes record it. So welcome to the show, you should know a little bit by now if this is your first one, sorry. If it's your first one, start at another one. Pick a different intro, and then come back here, go to a normal intro, and then like fast forward one minute, which it was exactly one minute when I said that, I was watching on the screen. So, we have a show for you today, and we're excited to do it for you, that's what I really meant to say, but before we get started, we have to start every show with our strain of the show, and Jen's gonna go over, what are we smoking? This week on Mutually Codependent, we are smoking tropical cookies, a THCA strain, courtesy of Syntex CBD and Texas Canna Health, find it at syntexcbd .net. It is a THCA strain that is sativa dominant, with 20 .6 % THCA, and 0 .28 % Delta 9. It's supposed to help, this strain is supposed to help the user feel creative, focused, and relaxed, which I'm really hoping it does, because that sounds pretty fucking cool. I'm on my way. I Yep. like when you announce the strain of the show, so I have a chance to smoke it. Yeah, that's cool. It's good, the beta -carotylene is the main terpene, but I taste a lot of others too. There's a lot of citrus in it apparently. It is, it's tasty, it's real bright. It's Girl Scout cookies and orange something. Oh, that makes sense. So, yeah, we have more to the show too, we're going to talk about, well, we went to our 20 -year reunion, and it's kind of been a theme we've noticed over the past, I don't know, all the episodes. We keep talking about how we're getting older, or Jen's birthday, we talked, you know, several things. So, we went to our 20 -year... Yeah, the change of perspective, we went to our 20 -year reunion, so if you ever needed to know whether or not you're getting older, that's a really good indication, going to your 20 -year reunion. So we did that, and not only did we do that, we actually helped organize it, which, that's a thing. If you would have told me or Jen when we were in high school that we were going to be the ones responsible, not the only ones, but, you know, we were a big part of it. Part of the planning committee. Yeah, for like, hey, you know what, the 20 -year reunion isn't going to happen without your guys' help. I would have been like, I guess it's not going to happen. But we made a different decision as adults. Yeah, definitely. I would have been like, I would have laughed. I would have just been like, oh, okay. Yeah, because I'm going to come back to Texas, that's probably. And, but, we're both here. And it was kind of like when we were driving back from it, it's basically like one road that goes all the way from our neighborhood that we met in to our neighborhood now. It's literally just Heather Wilde connected the two. It didn't at the time. No, it did not. But now it goes all the way up to Round Rock and that's, you know, where we are. So it was kind of weird like going back to that area and then that was before even talking about people, you know, like we went and saw people that we hadn't even thought about it and who knows how long, but it was good. We decided, hey, you know what, there was like seven or eight of us that decided, hey, you know, we'll have one for ourselves and then, you know, we'll see if there's any interest and if there is, then we'll put together, you know, we'll just do the whole thing. And that's what ended up happening. How many people do you think showed up? 50? Probably about 50. It was a lot more than I expected, to be honest. Yeah, and there were some people that said they were coming, that it didn't show. And then there were people that didn't say anything that showed up. But honestly, it was a good time. I have a lot of social anxiety, especially when it's regarding anything from my teenage years. So being there at that reunion, I was really worried, but honestly, it was fine. I had a really great time and I really enjoyed getting to reconnect with some of the people that we did. I got to see one of my best friends from high school for the first time in 20 years. So that was fantastic and we had a really good time. And we got to smoke weed with some of these people. Yeah, we did. We brought a bunch of party favors. We got the syrup and the gummies and pre -rolls and I even took three or four disposable vapes and passed them out. Yeah, so we got people high and was it a brewery? So we drank. That was fun. But we had a really good time, I think. I got to see Sarah. So I got to see another one of my best friends from high school. Out of my three close girlfriends from high school, two of them were there. Yeah, and you saw the night before you saw it. And then the night before we got to hang out with Tina because we went to our school's homecoming game. And then the bar after. The bar after was a lot of fun, actually. That was, so you and I and then Valerie and Chance and Tina went to Preyston's Bar and Waylon came and met us. That was fun. Yeah, I like that. I like naming all these people for people that don't know who these people are. Yeah, I don't mean to do that. It's just the way that my autistic brain works. I have to like line it up to figure it for me to figure out who was what we were doing. I'm sorry about that. So we were with all these peoples that we've known for like 20 something years. I probably would have told the story the same way. But yeah, so we had a good time though. But I, yesterday I kept singing, when she's not too pretty in the face, but she's super thick. I'm just thinking with my dick. And I was like, why am I thinking, why am I singing that song? Why is that song stuck in my head? And then I remembered when we were out Friday night with people, with everybody from school. We, somebody played that song at the bar like three times in a row. Yeah, it was that weirdo, really big guy that, I don't know. He was strange. Something about him. The one with the beard? No, not that guy. The Hispanic guy? Yeah. I don't know him. The other guy. No, we didn't know them. No, the guy with the beard, he's always there. Yeah. I don't know. He, he like kept trying to insert himself because we were a pretty obviously close group that were there. He was like totally jealous of how well we were all getting along. And he seemed to kind of be ignoring the woman that he was with. And she was probably way out of his league. So you think that he'd appreciate it more? It was probably his sister. I hope not. Based on some of the hand placements I saw. Oh. Who knows? People are fucking weird. I've touched my sister's butt, but it was just to hit it. It wasn't to, you know, there was no grabbing. Not like that guy was a grabber. Anyways, but then on Saturday we had our 20 year reunion at the, at a brewery and it was a lot of fun. And I'd mentioned the brewery, but the beer wasn't really very good and there was like other problems that we had. So yeah, we're excluding the name. To be nice. Yeah. They have like concrete floors and you know, when somebody like digs up the concrete to work on like plumbing or pipes. Dig a trench for a drainage or something, then you have to fill that back in. But they didn't fill it all the way up or maybe it was bad concrete or bad mix or something. And they, uh, the top layer of it was kind of crumbling. So people were tripping on it. Um, and including Jen who fell. Yours truly. I fell, um, hit my knees in the concrete and also landed and caught myself with my right hand, which is the hand that I just had carpal tunnel on two months ago. So that was fun. So that, that feels good. Yeah, that feels fricking fantastic. It's, I went to the, or the urgent care the next morning. It is not broken or fractured. It is only sprained, but it hurts really badly. And we'll see what the hand doctor says on Thursday. Right. Cause the surgery recovery, like you're still during the recovery from your surgery when this happened. So who knows what it's going to do? Hopefully they don't have to like do any more surgery. Hopefully it's just, Oh, that just, it sucks, but it's, it'll heal. Yeah. That's what I'm hoping for, but we don't know. So that's so, yeah, it's so frustrating because you've already been recovering and not able to use your hand for so many different things like lighting your joint, what you're doing, but, uh, yeah, so that's really frustrating. I imagine. I know it is. Um, so yeah, it's super frustrating. It's very annoying. So we did that, but it was really good to see people like everybody. It was a good group that showed up to be honest. Like everybody seemed pretty good. Yeah. Yeah. Who, uh, I mean, I don't think anybody showed up that I wasn't expecting to in like a bad way. Like nobody showed up that I would have been like, no, I don't want that person here. No. And so that's cool. Um, not that there's very many of those, but, um, I feel like I even kind of knew like 90 % of the people there. Yeah. And, and it was, I guess that's what happens when like, we're the ones using like Facebook to do the reunion. Like we're only going to see the people that we already had exposure to. Um, but there were, there were lots of people outside of those groups that didn't show and I know that they know about it, so yeah. Well, I mean, and then, you know, there's like a lot of people have to work on Saturday night. Yeah. A lot of people in the service industry at all. Then, yeah, we had a lot of classmates out to work. Um, you know, a lot of classmates that aren't local or that don't care. We've, we've had people who passed away. Um, we, it, it seems as though we have people who maybe got along a few years ago and we're still their group of friends from high school, we're still a pretty tight knit group and then maybe a few election phases ago is what it kind of seems that that group separated. And then that some of those people, as from what I understand shattered, it's done. Yeah. So, you know, like it's not justifiably, you know, anybody on, you know, one side should, shouldn't put up with the other. Uh, yeah, but, and I, and I know some people like had, you know, have kids and stuff, so they couldn't come, but there were some people, it was good to see some teachers too. That was really cool to see some teachers. We haven't seen them forever. One of my favorite stories to tell from high school, I was about a teacher that I didn't even remember his name, but he was there and I coach Smith, coach Smith. Yeah. Um, I didn't know he was a coach. I'm sure I did when I was in the class, but right this, I was okay. It was integrated chemistry, physics and chemistry, integrated physics and chemistry. ICP. No, IPC. I know. Sorry. We, that was the thing. Cause that was like at the height of Insane Clown Posse's, you know, popularity. I would assume, do you think they have more fans now than they did then? And it is, is it only because of population gain? Like it's just the families of the people who already were fans that now their kids are fans. Uh, anyway, so I had this, uh, integrated physics and chemistry class, which is a pretty entry level class, right? It's your freshmen that you could skip it. Like they're like, you don't really need this class, but it counts for a credit. And so I didn't take it because I wanted to take biology and then I took anatomy and then I took chemistry and then I needed one more. And I didn't want to take physics for whatever reason. I looking back on it, I totally should have taken physics. Yeah, I've been fascinated by physics as an adult. And if I would have really understood what it was or like my potential interest in it, I would have absolutely taken it. I should have, that was dumb, but I did take it. So, uh, didn't take it. Uh, so what, what I did was go backwards to the class that you take freshman year, uh, my senior year. And that's actually all I needed to say for him to like glow up and realize who I was. He's like, Oh yeah, I remember you. So that was fun. Um, but I was also glad that he didn't remember me right away in a negative way because that would have been like, cause I was kind of a shit. Well, yeah, you were a shit. So I didn't know how much of a shit I had been in his class. Um, but he was actually the only teacher that I think I had. I don't know. Maybe I had vineyard, but I just don't remember. But anyway, she taught Spanish. Yeah. Yeah. I think I, for Spanish too, after Treplinsky failed me. So, um, I say that like I actually did all my work and she's failed and still failed me. That's definitely not true. Come to find out she failed everybody. Yeah, she did fail a lot of people that she fought with. Yeah. If she didn't get along with it, she didn't like you. She fought, she failed you. So I'm good for her. So there's a, yeah, so he's, he's there and, and I told him why I remembered him and this story, um, he would, it actually starts with a joke and he would always, uh, you know, mentioned something about a pot for. And, and, uh, and, and he did this and there was a particular person in the class that fell for it every time frequently. Like he did it often enough that everybody else was looking at her like, please don't fall for it again. And she was just, I don't know. I don't even, I think of her and I immediately think of her little friend too. Like they're one person because they were just like, to me, I only ever saw them coming into class together right at the last second and then leaving the class together. And so I just only, and I didn't even look like see them outside of class ever. So my only thought was like these two people together and I don't even remember the other girl's name. Um, and I'm not going to say the name of her because the story is kind of not nice towards her because she kept falling for this joke over and over and over again. And he would just be like, Hey, what, what are you doing over there with that pot for? And she was like, what? You know, the pot for, and what's a pot for? Well, cooking stupid.
A highlight from Gas Station Hobbies
"Hey guys, welcome to Mutually Codependent with Adam and Jen. I am Jen. I'm Adam. Welcome to the show today, guys. How is everybody? We doing stellar? I'm in a really happy mood today. That's good. I hope I don't fuck that up. We got a show today. This is the first time we've gone more than a week without recording. We skipped last week because we've had a couple extras and last week we just decided to take a break. So it was good. I'm feeling refreshed. Ready to go. But also for some reason not as prepared as usual. But I know that we are because we're doing exactly all the same things because we write it down. Yeah. Yeah, we do have some new things. It might sound a little different. I got these little preamp amps. So we're using an SM58, which is a dynamic microphone that's not a condenser mic. So it doesn't need power. But what this does is adds power through phantom power of the audio interface to raise by about 27, it says, decibels of clean gain. Phantom power preamp for ribbon and dynamic microphones. That's 27 decibels of clean gain. So if it sounds different, that's why I'm excited about it. It means that we can have the adjustments at like 50 % and still get good recordings as opposed to before we were at like 90 % and still getting buzz. And so I'm excited about that. So anyway, we have a strain of the show. Like every show. Yes, we do. And this is a new one. It's called Gold Cache. It is a THCA flower. It's 24 .2%. It's a good one. It's a good one. The Delta 9 is under the 0 .3%, 0 .2%. It is, we found some information, burst of euphoria with relaxation slash chocolate. It has a chocolate diesel flavor. Oh, the chocolate diesel flavor and a menthol aroma. Okay. Well, I did. So when I smoked it the first time, I did find like an unusual brightness to it. That's how I described it. But let's do it right now. We have these. Yeah. I'm surprised you haven't lit up already. Yeah. I usually like when you're announcing the strain of the show so I can just get there puffing away. Yeah, it's your turn. For the strain of the show. Yeah. So you have to do it. I'm doing it. I know you did. That's what I was saying. It was your turn. We did it. We did it. We did it. We did it. We did it. We did it. Hurray. We did some other things this week. You would think that I wouldn't know that song because I would refuse to let my kids watch Dora. I don't even know what it was. Bob the Builder? It was a Dora song. Oh, that's Dora. I don't know. See, I don't know. I guess I was able to like sit next to Ethan and let him watch things without me. What happened? I am using an Irish cream paper, like a hemp roll cone, and when I popped it open, it like exploded in my mouth. Oh, God. One of those popped into my eye. You know that, but I'm telling the audience, hey, one of those popped in my eye. Yeah. There's like three. I don't even know where the dog is. Is she here? No, she's not in here. Lily's with us today. Lily? You won't hear anything from her. No, she's a... She's quite quiet. A quiet kitty. Well, she's not a kitty. She's an adult. I don't know if this is going to work because it like popped a hole in the... Oh, that sucks. Okay, so we paused it, and I... I'm back with a fresh smoke. I filled a new one, and I had a chance to try this pre -roll, and then it went out because I was doing the rolling, but that's fine, so I'm going to light it again. It's gold cash, for those of you who forgot, because it's been like 10 minutes for us and 30 seconds for you, so... Five seconds. We wanted to talk about the things we're going to talk about, I guess. We wanted to talk about hobbies a little bit. We picked up a couple canoes the other day, or not canoes, kayaks. Kayaks. Kayaks. Oh, no. No. Canoe. So there's that. We've got a good story, I'm going to tell you, and that's fun. And I started some new meds, and we could mention it to take up time, or... And also, that shit you're getting at the gas station? Just stop. We'll talk about why later. So yeah. What... Jen wrote the subjects, so I'm going to let you kind of lead the way. I did. Like, hobbies, I feel... So, like, I've always had a few hobbies here and there. I haven't had a lot of hobbies, but I guess I say that, but I just... I've been so busy, like, as an adult, I feel like up until recently, that I... I mean, we're still busy, but the kids are getting older, so we have a little bit more free time. And I was just thinking about, like, this past weekend, we bought some used kayaks so we can start kayaking, because that's something we did in upstate New York while we were there this summer, and we had... And we both really enjoyed it. Yeah, it just was a really... It's very freeing. Helps you feel very peaceful and relaxed. When you're not worried about dying. Yeah. Yeah. So we got some kayaks off Facebook Marketplace. Adam's is really cool. It's like a fishing kayak, and he sits up on a little... It's a sit -on -top. Yeah, sit -on -top. A little chair. And they modified it to make the chair six inches taller than from the thing. And I think that's why I felt so, like, top -heavy, aside from the fact that I'm 300 pounds.
A highlight from BlackRock Bitcoin ETF Bringing $TRILLIONS! (Who Is Larry Fink?)
"But most importantly, when I think about most of these cryptocurrencies, it just identifies how much money laundering there is being done in the world. This is Larry Fink, CEO and co -founder of BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager. Is it time yet for BlackRock to either trade in digital assets or digital virtual currencies if you prefer, or to create a product for your clients? We're not hearing any demand from any of our clients. Is it true that you're building out a cryptocurrency capability? Uh, no. His initial attitude towards Bitcoin was one filled with skepticism and disdain. Don't your clients want crypto exposure? No, I don't believe any client has sought out crypto exposure. Really? Yes, but at some point they might. Do you need to be prepared? I don't at the moment, no. Larry, has your view on crypto changed at all two years ago? I think you called Bitcoin an index of money laundering. You remember that? I do. Another broad statement. Another casual dismissal, laughing off Bitcoin like he was told the world's funniest joke. But eventually his stance slowly softens. About cryptocurrency and Bitcoin, you have been, I think, skeptical, a bit reluctant. Well, I'm still fascinated about it. Encouraged by how many people are focusing on it. I'm encouraged about the narrative. It may become a great asset class. We have seen a spate of new Bitcoin ETF offerings recently, including from BlackRock. Those paying attention could tell a change was underway. We're going to follow this very carefully, folks, because again, they're not going to waste their time. Trust me, BlackRock isn't, if they don't think they have some chance of doing something here. We're hearing from clients around the world about the need for crypto. And I think there's more people running into a fight to quality, whether that is in treasuries, gold, or crypto, depending on how you think about it. And I believe crypto will play that type of role as a flight to quality. A flight to quality. Quite the 180 there, Larry. The world's most influential asset manager has gone from openly mocking Bitcoin to accepting Satoshi's warm embrace. So now the race is on. Can you outbuy the world's largest asset manager? And if you can, what does that mean for your future? Is Larry going to pump Bitcoin to the moon? Or is he hedging his bets and simply trying to take over the Bitcoin network for him and his banking cronies? Let's find out on Discover Crypto. BlackRock was founded by Larry Fink and several partners in 1988. Previously, Larry was a hot shot at first Boston, but a $100 million bad bet on a deal sent his career into a tailspin. Forcing him out. Rising from those ashes, he launched with some former partners with a renewed interest in strong risk management. I guess losing $100 million will do that to you. Within months, the company was profitable, and by the next year had $2 .7 billion in assets. Five years later, in 1993, that ballooned to over $50 billion. Five years after that, BlackRock went public. Their holdings have grown from $50 billion to $165 billion at this point. But they still aren't the world's largest asset manager. That wouldn't happen until 2009, 10 years later. By that point, BlackRock had hit the trillions. They now have $3 .2 trillion at their disposal to invest. But if you fast forward to today, that number is near $10 trillion. But is BlackRock too big? Do they have too much influence? Critics point out BlackRock owns a majority in several of the largest companies in the world, including companies that compete against each other. Many would say this is anti -competitive, monopolistic. It sure sounds sketchy, but is it really? Well, let's use airlines as an example. BlackRock is the second largest stakeholder of American Airlines with 5 .5%. But lo and behold, they also have a 6 % stake in Delta Airlines. Oh, and did I forget, Alaskan Airlines, they own some of that too. And JetBlue. And while on the surface, you might say, Well, Deezy, what's wrong with owning several different airlines competing against each other? A whole lot is wrong with it, and let me tell you why. A 2014 study analyzed the effects of this exact scenario on airline ticket prices. The study found that when airlines are owned by the same investor, quality goes down while prices go up. Sounds like how a monopoly would behave if you ask me. Well, what does that mean for Bitcoin? Well, if you go by Larry's comments, BlackRock might have ignored Bitcoin in the past, but they can ignore it no longer. What was it he said again? And I believe crypto will play that type of role as a flight to quality. Flight to quality. Well, if Bitcoin is a quality asset, that means BlackRock wants exposure, right? They're going to buy millions of Bitcoin to hodl, correct? Well, let's look at the facts. The first major shift towards crypto happened in April 2022. That's when BlackRock invested in a $400 million round in Circle, the company behind the USDC stablecoin. Well, why would BlackRock team up with a crypto company if their clients have no interest in crypto? Because their clients are interested in crypto, and BlackRock understands that. Plus, according to Circle's press release, BlackRock will function as a primary asset manager of USDC cash reserves. Not a bad deal since Circle has over $25 billion in reserves. Four months later, in August 2022, BlackRock scored another major crypto partnership, this time with Coinbase. BlackRock began offering Bitcoin custody and trading services to their clients. That's right, they're onboarding their clients, which are primarily large institutions. And even though Larry had previously said there was no demand from clients, their own global head of strategic partnerships disagreed. Our institutional clients are increasingly interested in gaining exposure to digital asset markets. You know, there's a Maya Angelou quote, When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time. BlackRock is showing us they are secret Bitcoin bulls. And that brings us to recent events. BlackRock is gearing up to offer a Bitcoin ETF. This ETF would be a major milestone for the crypto industry, making Bitcoin more accessible to the mainstream. It opens up opportunities for retirement accounts and 401ks, allowing millions of Americans to invest in Bitcoin more easily and reducing several tax burdens. Approval is still pending, but judging by BlackRock's record for ETF approvals, 575 to 1, I feel pretty good about its chances. Approval is not expected until Q1 2024. If and when that happens, there might not be any more chances for cheap Bitcoin, at least compared to today's prices. BlackRock isn't known for picking losers, and no asset class has a better track record than Bitcoin. I know I'm spending this time now to load up my bag of Bitcoin. Hopefully you're doing the same. My name is DZ for Discover Crypto, and I'll see you at the top.
A highlight from Guy Young: Ethena - USDe Synthetic Dollar via Delta-Neutral Staked Ethereum Hedging
"Welcome to Epicenter, the show which talks about the technologies, projects, and people driving decentralization and the blockchain revolution. I'm Felix, and today I'm speaking with Gai Yang, who's the founder and CEO of Ethina Labs. Dina is building EUSD, a delta neutral stablecoin backed by Staked Ether. We're going to dive into what that all means, but yeah, first of all, welcome, Gai. So glad to have you on. Yeah, thanks. Awesome. Yeah. So generally, we start more about your personal journey to crypto, you know, Epicenter is mostly about kind of how did people get into the space, what were their vision or why they're trying to work on future of decentralized finance. So yeah, when we start there, how do you like learn about crypto and get into the space and what did you do before? Yeah, sure. So before crypto, I was working at a hedge fund in the US. They focus primarily on financial services. So we're investing into everything from banks to insurance companies, specialty finance, and that was across the capital structure as well. I had a friend who was a DeFi founder back in 2019, introduced me to Ethereum and to DeFi back then. And it was just something that was immediately interesting to me. And I was investing into it on the side of my day job all the way through until when Luna collapsed. And it was when Luna went down, Arthur came out with his sort of thought piece around how we might think about a more secure and scalable crypto narrative step coin. And that's how we sort of landed with the idea of Athena. Yeah, that's a really interesting post there and sort of origins with Arthur's post and also like he's a founding advisor to Athena. And in the post, if you look through it in the ad, it actually says, right, if I find a team that does this, let's do it. So that recall you guys found each other there, I guess, we'd be curious to hear actually how that went down. Did you reach out to him? You started building it and then later when it had some shape, you were like, hey, Arthur, it's happening? Yeah, that's exactly right. I thought we wanted to flesh out the idea a bit. So you actually had a bit of a game plan and architecture behind the whole thing and a business plan that actually made sense that he could get behind rather than just sort of putting our hands up. So we put that together, had this sort of design and everything ready to go. And then had a connection into Akshat, who's the guy who's running his family office Maelstrom, had a few calls with them and then got introduced to Arthur directly there. Awesome. Yeah, that's pretty cool. So I also like, I guess, for our listeners, I think many people know Arthur Ace, right? It's like BitMax founder and like a sort of person that's very famed in the crypto space around macroeconomics and trading in general. And he wrote this post called, actually, I don't know, Dust on Crust, I think. It starts about skiing and kind of draws parallels to the crypto space. I think in general, Arthur is a pretty great writer. So I recommend reading some of his blog posts. And it goes into this idea of the NACA dollar, which is essentially sort of a new type of stablecoin that he was thinking about that is based around derivatives and sort of hedging out the price risk of cryptocurrencies. But we'll get into that. I think I wanted to start because I guess stablecoins, like huge topic. You also already mentioned Luna there, right? In general, stablecoins seem to be one of the kind of use cases of crypto that has gotten the most traction. So yeah, I wanted to kind of get your view of the history of stablecoins in the space. What did you find interesting and what was lacking, like going from DAI and these sort of like more centrally backed stablecoins? Can you just kind of talk through a bit how you were thinking about stablecoins before you started Ifti now? Yeah, sure. So the history of stablecoins goes all the way back to Tether and it was originally called Realcoin back in 2014. And then they launched officially as Tether on Bitfinex back in January 2015. So that really the key innovation there was a lot of the crypto businesses that existed were really struggling with banking relationships and being able to off -board and to interfere. And really the only innovation that they had there was if Tether could get the right banking rails set up, you only really needed them to be able to do that as sort of an off -ramp to the real world. And then everyone else within the crypto ecosystem could rely on Tether as transactional money within the space. And so that was really the first use case, which was just a trading pair on exchanges. And it's obviously evolved pretty significantly from then onwards. After that, I think actually the origins of Athena was probably the next example of how a stablecoin -like asset sort of surfaced. And so it was actually on Bitfinex where everything was BTC denominated. So single every instrument that in order to margin the derivative required Bitcoin as the collateral asset. And so if you wanted to get into a flower position, they got a short inverse perpetual against that BTC collateral. And that would in effect create a synthetic gold position out of those two things and ending off. And really that's kind of the origin of the Athena story, which is what we're trying to do is tokenize and export that as an actual product rather than just a trade that was sitting on Bitmax. Since those days of Bitmax, I think you saw a few different evolutions going away from the centralized model of stablecoins. So you saw MakerDAO and originally it was called SAI with single collateral being ETH and then move to DAO, which allowed different collateral types to come in there. At a very basic level, what was happening is you're putting up collateral on one side and then you're able to borrow the stablecoin into existence on the other. Really the key moment though for MakerDAO was in the March 2020 crash where the system basically became insolvent with what happened with the price crash in ETH. And in order to actually remedy that situation, they needed to onboard USDC as a collateral asset there. And so I think really that changed the course of history for MakerDAO where they sort of made the decision that they were going to take on centralized assets and that fundamentally sort of changed the actual profile of DAI as an asset going forward. And now you sort of look at it and it's more than 50 percent centralized assets, whether it's or RWAs USDC sitting in there. And then we obviously get to Luna. I think everyone's pretty aware of what went on then, happy to sort of jump into what we think went right and wrong there. But I think it's a pretty well spoken story at the moment. All right. Yeah, totally. I think very interesting to hear that I guess on BitMEX there was already this product there, but I guess it was only on the exchange, right? It didn't make its way into on -chain or DeFi. And that's sort of what you were after, since that also has evolved a lot. So it goes back quite far, which I guess most people maybe don't know. I think you were also mentioning in some of your materials the stablecoin Phrylema. Can you sort of expand on what's the trade -offs that stablecoins generally make and then how Athena fits in that? Yeah. Well, I think Trilemmas are used quite a bit within pitch decks in crypto, I think to make up problems and pretend that we're solving them to get a capital raise. But I think actually the Trilemma as it relates to stablecoins is actually a very real one. So the basic idea here is you've got decentralization, scalability and stability, and you only can really have two of those three components. We personally think that it's a pretty unhelpful sort of definition of the world where if you're focusing on these words, which are just very broad, like decentralization and scalability, it's quite unhelpful to actually say, are you actually attaining those qualities that you're actually after? And so for us, we're trying to think a bit more deeply about what are the more narrow qualities of each of those three pieces that we actually want to try and retain within our product. And what we arrived at is within this decentralization phase, what is actually the base that you're trying to solve for here? And that is actually having censorship resistance. So for us, that meant you don't want bonds or real world assets sitting within SPVs or banking structures in the real world, which a regulator or some of the entities can come in and shut down in the space of the day. And so for us, that was really the piece that we were trying to unlock. And it's something that was echoed in the sentiment of Arthur's piece, which is you're not actually trying to create a purely decentralized stablecoin because I don't actually think that they exist in reality. What you're trying to do is create a stablecoin, which is independent of the fiat system. And that's actually the quality that you're going for. So for us, yeah, like I said, it's a more narrow definition that we're going for. I don't think we've solved anything when it comes to the trilamor that's sort of presented as it is. But we are more narrowly defining what it is that we're trying to achieve. And in doing so, I hope that we're just presenting something that's honest to our users in terms of the type of trade -offs that we're making. Let's get into this in a sec. I think another one that's very common, like fear or concern in the stablecoin space, especially around Tether, is sort of this transparency angle. Is that kind of related to the censorship resistance for you or how do you think about that? Since I guess in Tether's case, many think, is the backing actually there, there's not enough audits? And yeah, is that something you're addressing as well? Yeah, 100%. So I think we felt like we weren't leveraging the openness and transparency of DeFi within our product. We'd be doing our users a massive disservice with the way that we put it together. So it does look slightly different here because we are leveraging centralized liquidity to put on the hedges. And we can jump into the reasons for that later on. But what you do have are wallets where you can see where the collateral is actually sitting. And then the corresponding hedges that offset that collateral, you can obviously just have a read from the exchange APIs to display that. So really what we're trying to do is elevate the local transparency here well beyond anything that you see, even from like a USDC where you're often waiting a month to get watered down or the reports come back. And here you can see a real -time dashboard of every single cent of collateral and hedge that sort of corresponds to that. And we think that showing that to our users and being fully transparent about it is the way that we really want to present the product to our users. Right. Yeah. Let's definitely get a bit more into this. I think maybe we take it back a bit around this actual principle of how the stable coin is created. So I guess in Athena it's called EUSD. And it mostly relies on this principle that you already said that you have the long asset, the core asset and a short position against it. Can you explain that maybe in a few sentences again for our listeners that maybe are not so familiar with financial products? Yeah, for sure. And maybe just before we jump into that, I know we've mentioned stable coins a few times on this. I think it's a word that we as a team have been thinking a bit more deeply around in terms of how we're marketing these type of products to people outside the space. So I just wanted to be clear before we jump to the mechanics that really the risks around this product look very different to having a normal stable coin with bonds basically sitting in a bank account in the real world. And so I think we're just thinking about repositioning the way that we describe the product as something that is closer to that synthetic dollar concept that I described earlier on. And yeah, really what goes into the synthetic dollar idea is you have, in Arthur's case, his idea was long BTC on one side and then short inverse perpetual on the other. And the basic idea there is that for every percentage change in the underlying collateral, those two positions are essentially netting off so that you always have one dollar of collateral that's in and out. One key change that we made to Arthur's post was thinking about swapping out Bitcoin for a stake Ethereum. There's a bunch of different reasons why we thought that that made sense. The main one being that you now have a positive carry to being long stake Ethereum. So you get paid some yield that's ranged between three and a half to six percent this year. And what that does is not only enable you to create what we think are really interesting yield products around the synthetic dollar, but then also it gives you a really interesting margin of safety because these hedges often do pay you to be short. So over the last three years, you get paid roughly seven percent to be short the ETH contract. But that's not always the case. And sometimes it is negative. So for periods during 2022, when the whole space was blowing up and centralized entities were getting liquidated, you did see that sort of briefly dip into into negative funding territory. And so having that stake return on one side obviously helps for you to be able to cover that risk as well and just create a more secure product. Right. So this funding rate, just to go into this a bit more, right, if you're shorting pay this funding rate to the other side, essentially. Right. And usually you get paid for putting on the short. So it's you can sort of think about it as there's a natural long demand for leverage within the system. And crypto is a long biased market where most people who are in the space think it's going up. And so they're willing to pay for that leverage to be longer than one X they're not worth. And so in our case, we're taking the opposite side of that position with a short and they're getting paid for that. But essentially the underlying to what if it's like negative or positive, the funding rate is essentially like a market dynamic of like supply and demand for short longs. Right. Yeah, exactly right. Yeah. Okay. And you mentioned already. So they that mostly it's like long bias, I guess we'll maybe get into a bit more like how this could turn out in the future and things. But I guess one other question that I had around, you know, like you already said, you know, switching out Bitcoin for Ether, but is there also a potential to, you know, have multiple assets as collateral in a system like also Bitcoin maybe or even like other proof of stake assets? Yeah, absolutely. For us, it's really just a question of sequencing. So Bitcoin's obviously got the deepest derivative market sitting behind it, but it's obviously got that issue of not having as much interesting yield for you to be able to create a product. And so the way that we thought about this is in order to bootstrap something from zero and, you know, fund an insurance fund that can sit behind the whole thing and ultimately actually just drive demand for it, we know that people within crypto respond to yields. And that's how you can sort of address that cold start problem in the beginning by interesting people with something that has a bit more yield. But as we sort of grow in scale and you start to tap out the potential of derivative market and staked Ethereum, you can obviously generalize that to look at Bitcoin and then also other proof of stake assets like Solana. The issue here is that on one hand, Bitcoin's more scalable due to the size of the derivative market that exists around it, but you don't have the yield. But then on the other hand, you've got something like Solana, which, yes, it's got a proof of stake yield that's attached to it, but the derivative market is like a 20th of the size of Ethereum. So really, it is a question of sequencing for us. But who knows where these markets grow over the next three to five years. But we are sort of restricting ourselves to staked Ethereum, aren't they? Right. Yeah, makes sense. Makes no sense. I think what's also interesting, I guess, is this insurance one you just mentioned or like sinking fund, I think it's called in Arthur's post. So like that's basically for these periods where the funding rate goes negative. Can you like expand a bit? How does it exist in how are you building this? What like sort of, I guess, portion of the yield is diverted to that? How do you how are you thinking about the system to do that? Yeah, you can you can think about the sources and uses for the insurance fund in basically two ways. So the first is just raising capital. So when we're raising capital at the equity for the Ethereum Labs business or within the if we eventually have a token and do treasury sales through that, you obviously have an ability to basically raise dollar capital in exchange for the equity yield tokens. And I think that that's just a pretty clean and easy way to get to get an initial insurance fund set up. The other interesting piece about this is to the extent that you're generating yields on the product that are above market. So roughly this year, this product has been running at around 12 percent unlevered. And that's with crypto rates being pretty close to the low of their cycles versus like the real rates in the real world at 5 percent. What's interesting there, I think, is, yes, initially you want to pay out most of that yield, I think, to users in order to sort of bootstrap liquidity and supply in the beginning. But there does come a point where that interest rate differential to rates in the real world. I'm not convinced that you need to pay out the full amount to keep sort of users in the product. And so there might be an equilibrium where, you know, rates in the real world are at five, four, three. And this product's at 10, 12, 15. That obviously gives you some scope there to be able to capture some of that yield to the insurance fund going forward. I think the interesting piece about that is obviously, as I mentioned, funding is typically skewed positive where you get 7 percent over the last three years. And if you just look at the distribution of sort of the days of positive funding versus negative, when you include the stakeholder yields, you get 89 percent of the days you're getting paid and you can add cash to the insurance fund and only 11 percent where you're going to be drawing from it. So really, it is in your favor that you're going to be accumulating cash into the insurance fund through the life of the product. And we think it's quite interesting because you're capturing, you know, some value within the token, within the product and actually helping to create a more safe and secure product going forward by capitalizing the insurance fund. Right. Right. That makes sense. And then I guess if it turns negative, the insurance fund would like sort of subsidize that to get the yield back for a while. Is that sort of the mechanic that it would? Yeah. Well, what itself performs is zero in that case. So we don't want to be in a position like with what you saw with Anker and Luna, where I think actually creating that inflexible endogenous interest rate there, I think was one of the biggest mistakes that they made because you really need external market forces, I think, to be calibrating the supply of the whole system. And whenever you're stepping in and trying to pay more yield than it's naturally producing, I think it's just a bit of a slippery slope where it eventually leads to breakages in the system at some other point. And so really what the insurance fund is doing there is when it would be negative, you're just getting it to zero so that, you know, users aren't losing principle in the stablecoin. And then naturally what's going to happen is when you get paid zero percent to hold the stablecoin, we expect that some users would step out of the product. And in the process of doing so, we'd have to lift the shorts on the exchanges, which causes funding to mean Roberta going back above zero. So just to be totally clear on this one, the funding rate is not something that we're scared of. It really is like core to the whole design here, which is we want users to be responding to positive and negative interest rates. And when it does get too low, that means the supply of the stablecoin is too high relative to dynamics in the rest of the market and it needs to shrink. And we're not going to stand in the way of that. Right. I read this tweet where you answered basically some concerns of like each and Spartan there. And I found it very interesting that essentially the stablecoin can adjust by just people withdrawing and then you're closing out the shorts, like you just said. But there's also the just like general mechanics are not as many people might think, I think, in the that are like scarred from from Luna that it would be like totally collapsing at once or it's very, very hard to do that. Can you can you explain maybe why the like a deep hacking wouldn't be like, you know, from one dollar to zero versus instead maybe going like more gradually losing value in this sort of case? Yeah, for sure. So I think the the the key difference here is that you've actually got the collateral sitting behind the stablecoin. So Luna was obviously backed by basically just the faith that the Luna token had some sort of value and then market maker's ability to stand in and save the system a bit like a central backward in the real world. And the key difference here is, yes, even if you do have some of these issues and there are other risks outside of the negative funding, but we can just focus on this one, even if it does go negative, if you look at sort of the bottom twenty five centile of funding, are you like the worst quarter of where funding gets to, it's typically around sort of the negative five percent range. If you think about that on an annualized basis, if you're bringing that down to a daily attrition that you'd see within the stablecoin, it's literally one basis point per day. Right. So it's like not even comparable to a swap on curve or a little bit of slippage that you'd be paying like anywhere within this entire system. That's how much you're losing every day if this thing is at like the bottom quartile of the funding. And so really the risks are very different here where if something is going wrong, it's a very slow, gradual attrition of the principal of the stablecoin rather than something that sort of collapses to zero in the space of a day like you saw with Luna. Right. Totally. I think that's very interesting. I think maybe we can get a bit into like technically how it works. I think the interesting piece in Isina's case is I guess it has like the sort of interaction between CeFi and DeFi. So like there's there's elements on chain and there is like interaction with centralized parties. Can you just explain how that works and why you need that maybe? Yeah, for sure. So this is something that Arthur was pretty interesting on on his piece, which is the demand for this type of product we think is is here right now. And it's it's a product that sort of the need is immediate and urgent. And we don't really have the time to be able to wait for perpetual DEXs on chain to go to a size that would be able to accommodate for it. So centralized liquidity, rough numbers is between 25 to 30 times larger than what you see on chain. And part of the issue is that even on -chain DEXs, they're not a single unified source of liquidity. So you have Synthetix sitting on Optimism, you got GMX and Arbitrum, you got DYDX doing their app chain on Cosmos. These are all disparate areas and pools of liquidity, which you can't even sort of aggregate into one place to try and build this product. And so for us, it was really accepting the fact that you needed centralized liquidity in order to get this to scale, to achieve the goals that we have as a team and deliver a product that we think is useful for millions of people rather than thousands. And given that fact that you need to make those trade -offs, we ask ourselves the question of, can you do that in a trust -minimized way while you still retain the core pieces of decentralization that we care about? And so just going back to that original point that you're making around the trilemma, for us it was really asking a more narrow question of what is it that you actually care about when you have your assets on an exchange and what is it that you're trying to protect yourself from? And for us, it's really just you don't want your assets sitting on a centralized exchange. And so we've seen this over, if you have FTX 2 .0 out and again, where you want to be able to hold your assets and make sure that a centralized exchange is not going to basically withhold you being able to take them out. And so we've seen really interesting unlocks when it comes to custodian setups that have been put in place since FTX, where you have an ability now to hold your assets outside of the exchange, but then still use them as a marketing instrument for the derivative on the other side. And so what that unlocks is our ability to be able to, A, provide the transparency that I was describing earlier, so you can actually see those wallets and be able to read into them as a user on the other side. And we'll be providing that in dashboards on the app. And then B, it reduces that counterparty risk to the exchanges obviously enormously by being able to disaggregate the assets from sitting on that service.
A highlight from Cannabis Marketing is a Dumpster Fire
"Hello! It's Adam, with Mutually Codependent, hosted by Adam and Jen. I'm Adam. And I'm Jen. And we have a really fun podcast, I hope, for you today, because we're doing one thing a little bit different, and Jen's going to tell you what it is. We are not going to have a strain of the show today. We may be using a vape, or you may hear one of us smoking, but we are actually using a Texas Can of Health product, who is our exclusive sponsor. It is the nano -emulsified Delta 9 THC syrup. Oh. What does that mean? Well, it is a Delta 9 THC syrup that comes in three flavors, strawberry, lemonade, and blue raspberry. It contains 150 milligrams of Delta 9 THC. Oh. It has 10 servings per bottle, so it's a drink mix, or not a mix, but it's a drink additive, so you can add it to Sprite. We have strawberry in Sprite right now. Delicious. Lemonade and tea. Also delicious. We added a little bit of strawberry to some margarita last year. Dangerous. Dangerous. Yeah, I don't know if I suggest that. It's delicious. It kicks in really quick. You can take it to go. Because it was inedible, we decided to start early. Yes. While we were discussing what we were going to talk about, we had these drinks prepared. Yes. We finished the drinks, basically. The nano -emulsified means that it absorbs into your body really efficiently, but also really quickly. Yes. So inedible that generally, if you're a person who it takes an hour, then it could be like 10 or 15 minutes. That's pretty quick. Yeah, so it's very quick for inedible. It fades a little faster, but that's because you get it all at once. We like it, and it's good, and it's working. Yeah, those are available at SyntexCBD or SyntexCBD .net.
Simon Luthi Tells Us Why Applied Neuro-Cellular Therapy Is the Future
"Want to ask you because this is what you, you really do is the applied neurocellular therapy. So what is that and how is it different from some of the other modalities? Yeah, it's really the future of medicine, the way that I would, would look at it, right? So I go back to the last category that I mentioned, uh, clients that I have that come to me that it just doesn't work and I was dumbfounded by it and I had to separate my ego from it, like, we want people to get better, right? I mean, they're selling the same money and I want them to walk out and you know, I kind of felt guilty when someone would say, Oh man, like, you know, it was a great session with you. Enjoyed it very much, but I'm still not any better. And so I've been researching a little bit of like, what is really happening of course, so the subconscious mind can say, yeah, you know, I'm going to come see this guy who doesn't, if it doesn't work, it doesn't hurt or we'll give it a try, you know, this is not the other end. Um, so what I wanted to do is I wanted to figure out a way to separate the, um, um, the failure body really from, uh, from kind of the brain structure, right? So the neuro path, their neurological pathways. Um, and because I, it was my theory that if I could separate kind of those pathways long enough that I could go deeper into either the physical body and, or some of the emotional things that would, uh, prevent this person from really getting, getting healthy. And if you think about, uh, you know, now drugs such as, or I shouldn't say drugs, the plant medicine, such as, uh, psilocybin that they, uh, having kind of a renaissance now, it does kind of that, you know, kind of inhibits some of those neurological pathways. So specifically, uh, around the applied neuro cell therapy, um, I use a hypnagogic lamp that you have to kind of picture this as a device that emits, um, stroboscope and led lights, uh, and it's, and it penetrates your pineal gland. So that's like your third eye or behind your third eye. Um, and it activates all of your alpha, beta, theta, Delta waves in your brain. And it's, uh, for those of you familiar with Joe dispenser, he had a, I think a seminar around the kaleidoscope and he had these big, beautiful kind of visions of his kaleidoscope and colors and things are changing. Um, and that's really what it does in your brain. So you're sitting or you're, you're laying on my table and you're going through kind of a 20 minute light, uh, therapy session where you're activating your own brain cells and your brain functions and your brain waves and something spectacular seems to happen afterwards. So it's, it's kind of around the 15 minutes to 20 minutes, um, time where you really go more in a trance state and you seem to be forgetting subconsciously again that you don't actually believe that this can help me and, and so I can then go in and go back with my, you know, regular train modalities. Uh, so a lot of it is, you know, dealing with my hands or with crystals or other, uh, other things and the fascinating part that about 80 or 90 % of the people that, uh, I couldn't have better and, or well afterwards. Um, and I find this just absolutely fascinating, right? So that apparently our subconscious mind plays a role in probably everything, right? Even if you think about you, you go through a surgery and you tell yourself, well, they tell me four months recovery, oh, this is going to be horrible, or you go in like, Hey, I'm going to be better than two months. I'm going to be super, super positive and you know, work on my body, give myself time to heal. And, uh, I would say in most cases that, that, uh, you know, it's a manifestation that you can do practically. How do you go into any kind of procedure?
A highlight from Bitcoin "Under the Hood" with D++ and Wicked, + Hot Sauce for Bitcoiners with Sam Sa'house - October 18th, 2023
"Hello and welcome to the Cafe Bitcoin Podcast, brought to you by Swan Bitcoin, the best way to buy and learn about Bitcoin. I'm your host, Alex Danzig, and we're excited to announce that we're bringing the Cafe Bitcoin conversation from Twitter Spaces to you on this show, the Cafe Bitcoin Podcast, Monday through Friday every week. Join us as we speak to guests like Michael Saylor, Lynn Alden, Corey Clipston, Greg Foss, Thomas Strahleit, and many others in the Bitcoin space. Also be sure to hit that subscribe button. Make sure you get notifications when we launch a new episode. You can join us live on Twitter Spaces Monday through Friday starting at 7 a .m. Pacific and 10 a .m. Eastern every morning to become part of the conversation yourself. Thanks again. We look forward to bringing you the best Bitcoin content daily here on the Cafe Bitcoin Podcast. All right, all right. Good morning to all of you Cafe Bitcoiners out there. It is Wednesday, October 18th, 2023, and it's another awesome day in Bitcoin. Morning, Peter, Dambay, Mickey, Jordan, I assume, macro, good morning, and producer Jacob. Good morning. What up? What up? If you think you're having a bad day, just remember that Bank of America reported $131 billion in losses, so our bad days aren't so bad. Unrealized losses, unrealized. Yeah, they're not real if they're not realized. In a hand -wavy kind of way, they're just kind of there. Like don't look at this, you know? It's all fine. This is fine. I mean, that just goes to speak to how massive that bank is, right? I mean, when you can just say, yeah, we got $131 billion in unrealized losses, don't worry about it. Not a big deal. That's going to be you one day, Peter, on a little volatility day. No, that's not going to be me, Dom. I'm just a pleb. I'm just a pleb trying to get through life like everybody else. A pleb today, but tomorrow, a king, brother. No, never going to be a king. I was talking to, I just got back. I'm back in town now, but I did talk to a real estate fund manager and no news story, but he was just saying that like, hey, the office space retail situation is only just beginning. That was his major takeaway to me. He was a pretty soft -spoken, not like, wasn't saying much, but I was able to talk to him a little bit and that was his takeaway. Man, I would love to do a deep dive with somebody who's an expert in that industry and that could give us an idea of what they're seeing. I did talk to a guy who works in the residential mortgage industry. He's a client, but he's also an expert in that space and just listening to what he's saying right now for 30 -year fixed mortgages is basically crazy. According to him, like this discussion I just had with him this week, he's like, yeah, the Fed is messaging this message, but apparently the market does not believe them. They're saying one thing and the actual rates are kind of diverging. There's a delta being created in his opinion, the way he describes it, between what the market actually believes and what they're saying and that's pretty interesting. There's two adages, right? One is don't fight the tape and one is don't fight the Fed. This entire year, the tape has been winning. Well, yeah, there's that old saying, don't fight the Fed, but the thing about that is that the reason that's true is that the Fed has tremendous power both really and also in what they say, right, because what they say moves markets. However, if we're starting to see this thing happen where they're seeing a thing and the market doesn't believe them, that's interesting. The market hasn't believed him for the last year, Alex. The tape has been winning for the last year, Alex. Come on, man. I mean, I got wrecked because I thought that the downturn was coming and it didn't. Well, I mean, hey, Peter, don't talk to me like I should know about this shit because I don't follow it and quite honestly, I mostly don't care. Macro, macro, macro, macro. Oh, my God. Macro, do you have any thoughts or opinions on this? Yeah, no. I was just going to say. I mean, it's funny because if you look at like spreads for the past year, it's pretty clear the market's been in denial that like the Fed is going to keep raising and just hold things where they have for as long as they have. And I think, you know, just in all the different conversations I've listened to, been a part of, it's like there's been a constant slow grind, kind of kicking and dragging feet, you know, as people are just sitting there going, oh, no, they can't keep rates this high. Everything's going to break. And then nothing has broken yet. Not saying it won't, but it's just I think, at least for me, I've been super surprised at just kind of how long things could keep going. I was thinking early this year something was going to shit was really going to hit the fan and I guess really it would have without the BPFP program. Right. Because to me, that's just QE for the banks, which is what's keeping everything going for now. And you have all these unrealized losses. If those actually had to be marked to market, things would be chaos right now. But because they can just hand wave, oh, no, this isn't real, you know, that's why we're still at where we're at right now.
A highlight from My Guide To Making Generational Crypto Wealth By 2025!
"I'm going to show you my exact roadmap to making generational wealth in crypto over the next 12 to 24 months. The road is not going to be easy, but I believe if you stick to the principles that I'm about to outline in this video, you'll be in a great position to benefit from the growth of crypto in the coming years. So, before I tell you exactly what my plan is, firstly, I want to discuss where we currently sit as a market. Because in order for us to succeed in this market, we need to know exactly what the market dynamics are and how they're going to evolve over the next six months to one year. And of course, we don't know exactly what's going to happen, but there is past historic data that can help guide us on our journey to make ourselves more profitable investors. So, the first thing I want to discuss is whether this time is different from this time in previous cycles. Because you hear a lot of talk on Twitter and social circles that 2021 was the last bull run, and now we're in a completely new paradigm because of quantitative tightening, and we're not in an easing environment. And that means that the industry won't experience these four -year cycles again. I do hear this quite a lot, and I think there are valid points for and against. But let's just kind of look at where we currently sit. Bitcoin dominance is rising. Alts are getting absolutely smashed. If you look in front of you, you can see that VC funding is diminishing. So, the amount of money coming into the crypto ecosystem is less and less. Good news is having no impact on prices. We had a massive win in the Ripple case, XRP pumped, and then it sold right after the news. We saw Grayscale win, a pretty monumental case against the SEC. And then just weeks later, I mean the price essentially reversed and we had this week, but price ended up coming right back down after the event. So, good news is having no impact on prices and bad news, liquidation fears, supply overhang. That's having a really bad effect on prices. So, is this normal? Do we typically experience this at this point in the cycle? The answer is absolutely yes. Although these things are super scary at face value, this is very typical market behavior for this point in the crypto cycle. You can see the previous cycle, 2019, the exact same thing happened. We had that major drawdown towards the end of the year. And yes, we had the blimp. And yes, we had that flash crash in 2020. But 2019, by and large, was a sideways year where price, although it chopped in a range and ended up eventually going down, was pretty much just moving in a pretty boring range. And all coins were bleeding against Bitcoin during that period. And this is where time capitulation really starts to set in. So, if there's anything worse than price capitulation, which is price crashing, it's actually time capitulation, which is where the market maintains this boring slash neutral state for an extended period of time. Because that's when investors really start to get hit. That's when their confidence takes a knock. That's when people get bored. They feel apathetic for the market. So, for that reason, most retail participants have opted out of the crypto market. They're either out of cash or just completely feeling apathetic towards the market. So, this is why I believe we're currently in the most difficult period for crypto that's undeniable. Yet, it's a pretty normal period for crypto historically to go through these ranges where prices move sideways. Take a look at the chart in front of you, for example. We saw 51 weeks of decline from the 2018 peak followed by 96 weeks worth of sideways action. The same thing happened during 2022. We had 51 weeks of decline. It looks like we've put in a bottom. And now, we're in this period which is going sideways. And if we line it up to 2019, we are around halfway through this period. So, there's a lot more time capitulation to come if we want to look at the 2019 cycle. Yes, every single cycle is going to be different. I don't like using exact data points in order to substantiate a thesis. But if we can take one thing away from this, it's that we're in the hardest period for crypto right now. Stablecoins are exiting the crypto market en masse, which means overall, the industry is shrinking. We're seeing active crypto developers shrink. So, even they're capitulating off the back of funding. We're seeing active addresses and transactions go down across the board. Google Trends for Bitcoin and crypto are starting to flatline because retail is genuinely checking out of the market. They are bored. You may be tempted to check out of the market as well. There's probably a lot of our subscribers, you know, we have 650k but a lot of them aren't active right now and aren't watching the videos. Look at the view account of this video. How many views does it have? 4 ,000? 5 ,000? Maybe 10 ,000 on a good day? That's significantly less than 650. It's because people are bored and they've checked out. But this is actually historically the worst time to do so. As much as you want to check out, as much as this feels like the right thing to do, everything's boring. It's not worth being in crypto right now. It's actually a very important phase. This is a pivotal accumulation phase and historically a very, very bad time to check out of crypto. So, the question now becomes, if it is such an important phase, how do we approach this phase? What's the roadmap to succeeding during this phase? Well, in order to understand how to succeed during this phase, the first thing you have to do is accept the realities of the market. The first reality is that cycle to cycle, Bitcoin tends to lead the early stages of a bull run. So, that's the first acceptance we have to make. That Bitcoin dominance, although it's been going up and up and up, is unlikely to significantly pivot into some sort of alt season anytime soon and in fact could continue to outperform altcoins for a significant period of time. You can see here Bitcoin price performance around each halving. You can see that we're currently in this sideways period where I said the market gets apathetic. That's typically followed by a significant uptick in price. Bitcoin tends to lead this uptick. As you can see, this is Bitcoin price performance as it typically leads cycle to cycle. And this is because the market phases prioritize Bitcoin and Ethereum before the other large caps. And there's also many Bitcoin specific catalysts at the moment like the Bitcoin halving and the Bitcoin spot ETF, which are Bitcoin specific. For that reason, I think Bitcoin has the strongest narrative in the market right now. It is stronger than altcoins. Does that mean I'm not investing in altcoins? No, I am. And I'll get into how I'm doing so in a second. But you do have to accept that Bitcoin can definitely lead for a substantial period of time. And this is okay. It's good for the market. In order to get an eventual alt season, in order to eventually get liquidity flowing into other sectors of crypto, you need a healthy Bitcoin and you need a highly capitalized Bitcoin. So you need inflows coming into the Bitcoin ecosystem. And although this chart has become kind of a meme in recent times, anytime we get a small Bitcoin pump, people point to it. I've been guilty of this at times. This is really a macro cycle chart. This phase one can last for a year and phase two might last for six months and phase three and four might last for three or four months. These are over large timeframes. You don't really see the mini cycles fully play out into this phase because people will front run by speculating on low caps. That's what we saw earlier in the year with the Pepe run. This path to alt season graphic actually makes a lot of sense if you consider the macro picture of crypto and where we currently sit. So because of this and because of the fact that many of the current market catalysts are Bitcoin specific, investing solely in alts, now depending on your So what I prefer to do is employ a top -down approach to the market. So this is essentially starting with the pillars like Bitcoin and ETH and working my way down the risk spectrum whilst prioritizing quality first. Now isn't the time to blindly ape into low quality assets. You can get away with that in the peak of bull mania. You can't get away with that in a bear market. You can't try and catch a falling knife and assume that low quality assets are necessarily going to survive because they may not next cycle and we don't necessarily know what the top narratives are going to be next cycle. So you got to start with the pillars. For me that's Bitcoin ETH and then once I'm capitalizing those assets I make my way down the list keeping in mind that there's no rush right now. If you're going to remember any line from this video it's that when you're trying to make money act slowly. When you're trying to preserve money act quickly. Most people do the opposite of this but cash is still king during this phase. Protecting capital that is a priority you do that quickly. Making money it's a priority but you do that slowly because you can't make money without having a strong capital base. Capital preservation oftentimes can be more profitable than capital growth. Now that may sound counterintuitive at first but not getting wrecked is half of the game here. If you can just survive and stay in the game that's half of the battle and if you get wrecked on a trade it you don't have as much capital to begin with you're not going to be able to multiply or amplify in that next trade. So that's why right now it's really important to prioritize quality and accept that during this phase cash is still king. Now many of next cycle's top performers likely aren't even released yet. If you look at the historic graph from November 2018 you'll notice the top 50 is vastly different. Half of these coins I've never heard of like Lisk, like QTUM, Bytecoin, Nano, Status, Komodo. I mean some of these are still around but they're not top 50 coins anymore right. A lot of them have faded into oblivion and even the top 10 although you still do have some in here. Bitcoin Cash isn't, Stellar isn't, EOS isn't. The market shifts every single cycle so having cash and maintaining ample amounts of liquidity and dry powder means you can get into the new projects and the new narratives of next cycle. That's so so important and I think should be a major takeaway of today's video. And when the market does start to turn and when you start to identify trends that is when you can start to pull the trigger on a lot of alts. Now I do DCA during to altcoins during this period because I do believe we're in a macro accumulation phase but I'm prioritizing quality. Remember that top down approach. Bitcoin ETH, quality alts. Quality doesn't necessarily mean large cap and I don't necessarily mean majors in the top 10. It can be a low cap but you have to have some sort of measure on whether it's a quality asset or not. And there's a variety of things that constitute this that I talk about in my research shows like tokenomics, like the strength of the team, like their vision, like their roadmap, like the problem they're trying to solve, like their partnerships etc. And all that information will comprise whether I think a project is quality or not. And after I've determined whether a project is quality or not then it comes to how to actually buy that project. For most people the best thing to do is really just not even try and trade it and just DCA in over a large period of time and kind of sit on your hands because that prevents you from doing anything stupid. A lot of people get too aggressive when the market's going up and they get too bearish when the market's going down and that impedes their ability to make sustained profits over the long term. So DCAing slowly over time enables you to maintain a strong weighted average cost into an asset over a period of time. But using that top -down approach as I discussed before and once I've determined I want to buy an asset there are things that I can stack on to the basic strategy of DCAing to give me an edge in terms of entering those positions. One of them is TA. Using TA for entries and exits is a good idea. If you're in a macro accumulation range there's nothing wrong and I actually think in most cases it's advisable on major psychological support which will show itself in the form of support adding more on those areas and taking profits on areas of resistance. That's a smart thing to do in my opinion. So DCAing doesn't necessarily mean repeat buying. There's a misconception in the market that it means DCAing has to be you know linear. It can be adaptive. Some months when Bitcoin is at crucial support I will DCA more. Some months I'll DCA less if I think we're into resistance I may even take profits. The whole point of DCAing is getting your average weighted down over time. How you get there really depends on you and how good you are at trading. If you're really bad at trading you probably just want to set up an automatic investment that just takes a percentage of your salary and invest it every single month. Simple. If you're a little better at trading and you think you've got a bit of an edge which some of you may I mean you watch crypto videos every day then it may be worth starting to add these little tweaks in terms of doing a bit of active trading. As long as you're segregating your mindset when it comes to active trading and DCAing and holding long term. So when I'm stacking on to my DCAs I will use different strategies for example on -chain analysis to get a good idea as to whether momentum for a coin is bullish or bearish. And one thing I do is I go onto Kyber AI and I can search up specific tokens to find out what their Kyber scores are. This will give me an indicator as to whether they're trending in bullish or bearish direction and you can get exact data which shows you for the last three days where that tokens momentum is trending. Now this may be slightly better for short -term traders but it's also a valuable tool for long -term trading as well because it can help you get better entries and exits. So all this information does add up. Now Kyber AI who are also a partner of the channel just added a bunch of improvements to their platform which by the way crypto banter users get early access to via the link in the description. So they've added a bunch of things like Kyber Score Delta which is a new ranking list that allows users to spot tokens transitioning for bullish to bearish and vice versa in terms of their momentum. They've added multiple custom watch lists. This is amazing so now you'll be able to create different categories with watch lists so you can add all your favorite game fire projects, all your favorite HODL projects, all your favorite meme coins if you want and you can kind of see how they're going. So it's something that you could essentially just wake up every single morning and monitor how your tokens are performing not in terms of price, well you can look at price but actually in terms of an aggregated AI metric that's based on on -chain data which is going to give you more of an insight as to how that token is actually shifting in terms of momentum. You can't always say that with price because it doesn't take into account the amount of buys, the centralized inflow and outflow and the quantity of buys at a certain period. So it's essentially using volume data and price data and activity data to give you a metric instead of you having to look at them as individual metrics. It's very very cool stuff and as a bit of a data and DeFi note I really enjoy this stuff but it's really cool. They've also added funding rate overviews which is good for the traders, enhanced filtering and sorting and a bunch of UI upgrades. So if you don't want to use Kyber AI there's a link in the description below but the main point I'm trying to get across here is that DCAing although it can be your printable strategy there are tools in your tool belt that you can stack on top of this to get better entries and exits and that's where you can start to get a slightly bigger edge as a trader and an investor. But the thing to note is that we are in an accumulation range so your end goal if you're looking to build a successful portfolio for let's say 2025 which is when we typically see post Bitcoin halving peaks happen. No it's a common misconception that happened in halving years which would be 2024 that's not true the peaks tend to happen in 2015. Will the next cycle be exactly the same? I'm not sure but we do have a couple data sets to look at in terms of previous cycles and for crypto because it hasn't been around for decades that's the best information we've got and I think it does go to answer the question is this time different? The answer is no this time is not different at all so I'm not going to change my approach. I will be adaptive though because of the macro environment that's why I believe that cash is still king it's still important to have a large cash base and I accept that Bitcoin has stronger catalysts and especially what's happening in the world right now Bitcoin does have more of a safe haven narrative behind it for that reason I'm definitely prioritizing like you know majors and Bitcoin accumulation but I do have a plan for the altcoins as well. You just have to be prepared as an investor if you're DCing over the long term that if you're taking the slow approach to accumulation you're likely going to experience periods where your portfolio is drastically down and that's okay your goal is to get the lowest weighted price possible so you have to stay adaptive but you're never going to be able to time the market exactly and sometimes your portfolio is going to be significantly down if you have disposable income of course that helps because you can essentially just allocate a certain amount except that you might be down during certain periods and then in the good periods well then you end up reaping the rewards. I'd rather miss an opportunity or two now that exhaust liquidity too early and scramble when there's a clear play on the table.
A highlight from E13 Reefer Madness
"This is a THCA strain that's grown in California. It's a medical marijuana grow. It just happens to conform with hemp loss, so we get it. We got it. We pay a lot more for it, but we get it. This is Blue Dream. Blue Dream is probably becoming one of my favorites. I hadn't had a chance to try it until just a couple days ago. And it has a really unique flavor profile that I noticed immediately, and I'm not one to really notice those things. It just, it's... It smell doesn't like your typical cannabis. It doesn't taste like your typical cannabis even. It's more floral. Floral is really... It's very floral, very like almost lavender -y. I would say like a lavender. But the effects are phenomenal. I dig it. It kicks in, it hits real quick, and yeah. It's a sativa. So yeah, I was supposed to talk about all this stuff instead of my own experience. The strain of the show, Blue Dream. They label it as a sativa. So I thought to be more cerebral high, euphoric, focused feeling. Man, I read a lot of things like that, and sometimes I agree with them, but most of the time I'm just like, I got high. It tasted good. That'll do it. I didn't fall asleep, you know. But for this, I just, I like Blue Dream quite a bit, actually. It's delicious. This is squeaking under the 0 .3 % by barely. It is 0 .26 % Delta 9 THC and 26 .1 % THCA, so. Yeah. It's a good one. It's a good one. I like it. It's a newer strain that we just started carrying, but it's a well -known strain. It's a talked -about strain, but not always very available. Yes, very much so. And this is like a descendant of original Blue Dream. This is an exotic version or something like that. They basically, I think when they were isolating strains 20 years ago, they just didn't stop, or they stopped early. They didn't finish, and think I they could have had these strains, you know. They're probably trying to hurry so they didn't get caught. Well, I don't think they were really that concerned with, you know, terpene profiles like we are now. No, they're not. They weren't, but now they are.
Monitor Show 16:00 10-12-2023 16:00
"With Bloomberg, you get the story behind the story, the story behind the global birth rate, behind your EV battery's environmental impact, behind sand, yeah, sand, you get context. And context changes everything. Go to Bloomberg .com to get context. After a $20 billion auction of the securities, Drew, we demand. So heading into the closing bell, we've got the Dow, the S &P, NezStack, all in the red with the S &P 500 in the halting a four -day advance. And there you have it, sound of the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange. S &P at the close, down 26, drop there at 6 tenths of 1%. Dow Jones Industrial Average down 173, decline there of 5 tenths of 1%, and NezStack lower by 85, a drop there of 6 tenths of 1%. After earnings, shares of Walgreens, Boots, Alliance up 7 % today, Delta after earnings down by 2 .3%. I'm Charlie Pellet, and that is a Bloomberg Business Flash. All right, Charlie Pellet, thank you so much. You are listening and watching Bloomberg Business Week. We're live at Bloomberg Screen Time on the West Coast. We're talking about what's going on in terms of content, where it's being created, and we're going to get back to some of those conversations. We, of course, are on YouTube, Bloomberg Originals, and on Bloomberg Radio. Having said that, in terms of some of the conversations we're going to have, gaming is such a big part of content creation, and Laura Miele is president of entertainment and technology over at Electronic Arts. We're talking about EA. We're going to talk about how they are after a long -term relationship, moving on and doing their own thing. Yeah, we're going to look forward to that conversation in just a few minutes. Also, live from Screen Time here in Hollywood, California, we've got Sundance CEO Joanna Visent on the state of independent films here in the U .S. and everything they do at Sundance outside of the festival to foster creatives.
A highlight from 119: Part 1: Ed Calderon Fights Cartels, Corruption, and Crime in Tijuana, Mexico
"It's been a recurring thing that I hear like, oh, the DEA arrested him. No, we didn't say that. The guys we talked to made it very clear it was the Mexican Marines who went in, you know, they were working with them, but you're saying it was two federal police officers? He carjacked us. No, I mean, eventually, but I'm talking about the operation. I know what you're getting at, the actual arrest. The actual arrest was done by two federal roadside cops. He's in a dirty white, he's in a dirty t -shirt, you know. Yeah, he went through a sewer because he had some of the most advanced escape safe houses that anybody's ever seen in Mexico. At least on that end, he was the top of the game. And I say this because it seems to me that a lot of effort was put into the narrative of this operation, you know, and it was boggling the mind to some of us that have been in that field for years to try Why all that effort over some specific guy? You know, because if you designate somebody as a big figurehead and then you get that figurehead, you claim victory, you go, hey, we've done something about it, as opposed to have you really. I mean, is it about the stat or is it about the actual impact? And I know, Murph, we've had these discussions before. Well, even, and so the reason I was in Mexico City on those original meetings is as I was working out of our special operations division and I was running the Mexico Central America section. And I can't get into a lot of detail on some of this because it's, some of it's still classified and some of it you just don't want people to know capabilities. But there was a lot of discussion about that guy, about Chapo, and there were assets in place that could monitor certain things. The execution part was the problem. And this was back in, what do you say, 2003? I was there from 01 to 06, so this was 03 or 04. And my suggestion to everybody was let's bring in our special operators, just like we did in Columbia against Pablo. The problem is, once we got, we had Dev Groom, we had Delta down there with us, but then their general said, well, you can only be in the base, you can't go out in the field. Special mission unit Delta, Delta Force doesn't exist. Not the best frickin' operators in the world were confined to base. I mean, these guys are the frickin' studs of the world. But here was the difference. The Colombians invited us down there, the Mexicans won't. Mexico has a very, and I'm Mexican by birth, and I'm making my way into being a citizen in the U .S. Mexico in general has a very difficult relationship with the United States foreign policy, and it's historically been pretty bad on the Mexican end. So inviting the U .S. military to operate in Mexico is political suicide in every single way, shape, or form you can have in Mexico. If you do that, you're dead politically, and the army knows this. You go all the way back to Pancho Villa and the Alamo, and this is not something that just happened yesterday. Yeah, but I've heard rumors of very tall people wearing federal police uniforms that didn't know how to respond in Spanish. I was around for some of those weird fuckin' events. The main issue, I think, is that Mexico is realistically free -for -all and lawless. If the United States really wanted to stop the fentanyl flow through its borders, it would probably have to set up some sort of military or naval blockade on the Pacific and the Atlantic side. I've floated this idea of actually discussing this with the guy at DOD this morning, talking about the legalities of it. You almost get to the point where you have to declare a demilitarized zone. You have to say three miles either side of this is open for military action. To your point, you've got to blockade everything from the border to the water to the airspace. We're almost back into a Tom Clancy, clear and present danger thing, where you have to declare, until they declare the cartels a terrorist organization or something that gives them an official designation to go after them. To your point, it's a political issue and it's not been handled well. The whole terrorist designation thing, it's interesting. They're in politicized every way. That's why Mexico has one of the most... They assassinate a lot of political candidates in Mexico. I think it's one of the places where it's one of the most dangerous places to be one in the world. They also go after the press a lot because members of the press report on one side or the other. They're very much politicized and they're very much in the political sphere. They hang people from bridges and the amounts of the ISIS execution videos that you would see back in the day were all realistically inspired by the Mexican ones. The cartels they were doing this year, this wasn't anything new to them, beheading people. We got so upset, and we should have, when ISIS beheaded a couple of captors. But then there'd be 10 people you'd find buried in a mass grave all had their heads taken off and it was like just another day in news reporting. The ones that really pioneered the whole projecting horrible events aspect of it was Mexico. The cartels were posting some of these execution videos before ISIS. It's been interesting to see them basically express every single element that you would consider for a terrorist organization. It's a transnational group engaging in violence for a political end. They affect elections, they affect spending, they affect... I don't know why we haven't designated them that, but then the question is even if we did, what would change? I think I know one of the reasons why that hasn't happened, and it's a political and immigration reason. As soon as you declare all these organizations a terrorist organization, everybody coming over that border, fleeing from the violence, now has a legal claim to asylum. And that is a big issue. I think that is at the core of things. It's not like it's stopping anything at this point either. I mean, it's when you look at what's coming across, it's like everybody's claiming asylum anyway. Yeah. I mean, it's a hard issue. It's a complex one. Something has to be done, and if it isn't done, something's going to be forced upon the United States to react, and I think that's where we're headed. Five years ago, I said in five years, not two years ago, I said in five years, we're going to see some sort of military intervention by the U .S. and Mexico. And with everything that's going on, I think I'm pretty well on my way to kind of be right about that. Members of Congress have talked about that. It's a bipartisan thing, so something's coming. We're heading into elections now in Mexico. And what do you think about the woman candidate? Do you think she's got a shot? There seems to be absolutely nobody in the political realm that has any sort of name behind them. I think she's going to be a sure win for these coming elections. guy The other that was running, Evrat, who was basically taken out, he had some interesting ideas about the state of security in Mexico. And I think some of these are going to be rehashed by this political candidate. He had something called the Plan Anquil for Mexico, which is basically an AI -ran, Chinese state -provided security plan that involves social credit. Social credit, here we go again. Yeah, it's social credit and surveillance and drones and you name it, basically. And he showcases video of the people that were involved in the creation of this. There's a big segment of that on the Chinese president showing up in that video. I think that's where we're headed. There's open hostility and there's an open political hostility between Mexico and the United States now. There's a lot of tension going on and China's being invited in. And you can see that in different letters of the politics in Mexico and anti -Americanism in Mexico is at an all -time high. So it's a perfect storm. Let's rewind a little bit because I want to talk a little bit more about your time on the police force now and on this experimental group. What were some of the things that you got involved in that you started... At some point you felt like you could make a difference, right? So what were the things that you were doing that you thought, hey, man, I really can make a difference. I really can impact things. What kind of operations or things were you guys doing? We would basically get information from basically a national platform of information that just got started through leadership. And our leadership was basically the military members that were working in a civilian capacity at this point, like Lezola. Since they were members of the military and they were high ranking officers, they had access to information that none of us could ever have access to. So there was a clear line of communication from the top all the way to the bottom. And we had people that we can trust, that we can work with. And we had actual secrecy within the groups once we were settled. So we'd basically be going out every night, figuring some of these target packages out. From growth sites to laboratories to people who were running some of the most sophisticated abduction and ransom operations the world had ever seen back then. To just figuring out where things were coming from and where they were going to. A lot of that work was done in cooperation with the United States. I got to work on a lot of stuff with our liaison unit. So it was basically, you could see the pace of it as soon as Lezola got involved in actually being the director of us. And getting everything lined up so we could operate, it was clear. It was work being done, it was fear being felt on the other side of the table, the people we were fighting. Our weapons changed. Before we were on, it was unheard of to see a police officer carrying around a fully automatic rifle. Or a grenade launcher for that fact. Slowly but surely he started arming us and preparing us for a war. He very much treated it as a war, or as a counter -insurgency is what he would say. He would, instead of sending us out in small groups, he would send us out in big groups and we would operate in different parts of the city during the night and we would move around. So it was an unknown where we were going to be or what was going to happen. We didn't even know where we were going to be sometimes. Some nights we would just be moved around randomly. What was your area of responsibility? Just Tijuana or the state? All of Baja. I worked outside of Baja a few times on loan, but mostly all of Baja. And Mexico, if I remember, is structured, is it 38 states or 37 states? 37 states, I think. So you've got state police forces, right? Then you've got a federal police force. So back then the federal police was basically army guys dressed in grey and they would ride in the back of our trucks. That was the federal police back then when it first got started. It eventually professionalized and they were trying to figure out, so they were trying to catch up with what we were doing basically. But back then the federal police was army guys dressed in grey in the back of the truck. So there's federal police, state police, and local municipal police. The municipal police historically and all over the country has been the issue. Because it's local police that live there, that have their families living there, and obviously it's a very easy target to go after. And since there's a lot of them, you know, it's hard to move anything in a city without them knowing. So that's who the cartels basically didn't get involved with directly. And I think you mentioned it in an interview you did, it basically boils down to right, plateau or plomo, right? These guys are living there. Yeah, Lezola had a very interesting approach to cleaning up some of those municipal institutions. He basically took, when Tijuana was very corrupt, back then it still is now, but there was a time when he cleaned it up for a bit. He would go into the police precincts and say, hey, who's in charge? This guy. Oh, cool. Obviously he's in leagues with one of the two cartels that are fighting over Tijuana. So he would send him, move him to the precinct that was being ran by the other cartel. They would switch him. So they would immediately quit and then he would put his people in, you know? It was basically the best confident exam ever. Immediately most of these people would quit the next day. This sounds like Northern Ireland, the Protestants and the Catholics, you know, you switch things up. That's an issue in Mexico. I mean, some of this corruption just goes deep and is blood related. It's historic and it's very fractured. Even within a single city, you'll see one side of the city is involved with one group and the other side is involved with the other. So politics are always, it's a game of thrones almost, a level thing. But he did a lot of, we were working daily to get things back to a sense of normal or a sense of safety. When we were, when I got started, these cartel groups would broad daylight run around the city in convoys with AKs out the window, this Tijuana. And by the time we were probably five or six years in, that didn't happen anymore. They were hiding now. So things were changing. So we did feel that things were changing. How did you make it change? I mean, what did you do to make it? Because obviously at some point there's got to be, I mean, violence is inherent in things that happen like this. But how did you, from an operational standpoint, you talk about even like an insurgency. Do you get the public to work with you on this or is this just simply your tactics and your own resources? I think the municipal police was key. Lieutenant Colonel Isaulabe specifically went after cleaning up, professionalizing and sorting out the municipal police locally and using us as a brace to hold things while that was happening. And the municipal police was disarmed for a few weeks at some point. All of the municipal police in Tijuana, their guns were taken. So all of us were basically used and the military were used as an auxiliary police force in Tijuana. I remember going out on a few responding calls and that's probably the bulk of my real community policing experience was when I was basically replacing the municipal police. So he went at things systematically and I think he was allowed to do a lot at different layers of the government, which is why he was so successful. Since he came from the federal branch of the military, he was involved directly in basically institutionalizing a professional police force at a state level with us. And then he was put in charge of the municipal police in Tijuana. So he attacked it from three layers and from three sides. And I think that's what led to his success cleaning up the city, at least for the time it was, because it's pretty much back to square one right now. Was that during the Arellano Felix days? It was at the tail end of them. Something happened to the Arellano Felix cartel, probably related to most of their members being arrested or killed. There was a fracture there. A few of their top level lieutenants basically switched sides to the Sinaloa cartel. Among them, a guy named, they used to call him the three letters El Teo. He basically formed a hyper violent Sinaloa cartel cell in Tijuana and then went to war with the remnants of the Arellano Felix cartel. That's the bulk of the violence that I saw during the time that it was initially active down there. You would see 12 people show up dead one night. You would see shootouts in the middle of the day in different parts of the city. You would see the military basically show up and be involved in some of these shootouts as well. So it was very much an urban warfare setting. With a lot of the things I saw, I think when we would go to foreign training and learn from other people, I think I remember having this moment where we were being shown some of the IRA violence that happened back in the day in Ireland. How they were fighting the military, the English basically. That very much reminded me of some of the stuff that was happening in Baja at that time. I was going to say, we had two of my friends on from New Scotland Yard, the Counterterrorism Command, and one of them was working back in the day when it was the Royal Ulster Constabulary during the troubles in Northern Ireland and some of the tactics they did. He was there. He actually responded when they blew up Lord Mountbatten and the boat that he was on. We always wondered how much cross -pollination, was there any cross -pollination between the provisional IRA and some of those folks that are ending up in Mexico to teach them techniques to resist? Bomb making in Mexico comes directly from the IRA. There's no question about it. IRA people were arrested and detained in Colombia training the FARC members. Some of those same techniques and tactics have shown up in bomb testing fields in Guadalajara and Jalisco, for example. Those homemade mortar devices, mining explosives being utilized to arm civilian drones and to disperse very poisonous chemical pesticides as part of the payload. A lot of these actually do stem from some IRA influence, so there's definitely an influence there as far as the explosives that have been found all over Mexico. We've been experiencing this renaissance of explosives all over Mexico recently. Roadside IEDs are now a thing, and the military is actually learning and preparing for them now. It's something that hadn't happened realistically. We've had car bombs before, but roadside IEDs are now being utilized in places like Michoacán, for example. Murph, when you and Javier were down there going after Pablo, how many bombs a day were going off at the peak? It wasn't unusual to have 10 or 15 per day. There was one evening when we'd been out on ops all day, we came back, we were at the base in Medellín. That night we heard 17 different bombs go off. Wow. In Mexico, there's places where these bombs are being utilized, specifically drone ones. We don't have a lot of ordnance laying around all over the place, but we do have a shit ton of mining explosives that are all over the place. Do you see them using the ammonium nitrate to blow things up also? Every now and then, specifically what they utilize is a thing called Cemex, which is basically mining -level plastic explosives. Those loads are usually made with that. It's controlled and restricted, but it's Mexico. You can't have a gun unless you're poor. If you're poor, you can't have a gun, but if you have money, you can get whatever you want here. Let's talk a little bit more, because this leads into a discussion about, you're on for a long time, but you kind of crossed, as they say, the Rubicon. There becomes a point to where you realize, hey, what I'm doing isn't making a difference anymore. There are some changes in the government, changes in the unit. What starts happening where you start seeing going, yeah, this is not something I think I can do for the next 20 years. I've got to start thinking of an exit strategy. When does that kind of thinking start happening for you? I mean, it lays all the leaves, and it leaves under very bad terms, basically. Bad terms with who? With the government. He's basically pushed out by people who think he's doing too well of a job. Two of our guys get brutally killed, and one of them came out of the academy with me. I knew his family. Great guy. What's his name? Arenas. All right. We salute him. We dedicate this to your buddy. Absolutely. He was a lawyer. He had no reason to go into the police force. He just wanted to make a difference, and he had a giant heart. He was picked up outside of the hotel we were staying at by some dudes dressed in federal police uniforms who were not federal police. And while we were all being basically concentrated in the city to find these people, he was told to step down. That was the first major blow. Was he getting too close to something or just being too effective? I think he was being too effective. He was being too effective and too broad in his approach is what I think probably happened. He was basically going after everybody, and that is not something you could do for a long period in Mexico, apparently. Did he eventually suffer an injury? He over had nine assassination attempts on his life. They tried to poison him with the fruit juice that they would put in his fridge in the office. A military convoy was cloned. They found Hummers painted exactly like the military, and they were going to ambush him in some part of the city. A friend of mine was involved in the security, and he did some legendary shit to get him out of that. Eventually, when he was the police chief of Juarez, when he was leaving that job, he got shot in the back by somebody. That cost him the use of his legs. He's in a wheelchair now. He's still smart as hell, and I'm still afraid of him as a man, but when he left, it basically gutted us. He created a very velocos, forward -driven, militarized police force with a lot of dudes running around with machine guns just ready to respond to shit. All of a sudden, we were neutered. We were told to quiet down. We were told to be less overt. We were told to go back to community policing. We were told to stand down, basically. Things started slowly changing. Politically, this to -the -right presidency left office and was replaced by a central leftist presidency that was more of the old guard of politics in Mexico, the PRI as its own. The PRI, right. They had ruled for a long time. They lost the first election, I think. Wasn't it after Vicente Fox? Didn't he lose? In the PRI, that was their last. Vicente Fox and Calderón got back to the PRI with Pena Nieto. When he came in, a lot of stuff happened. It's the amnesia effect, is what I call it. Every presidential cycle ends, and anything that worked, if it worked because it was because of the other party, fuck that. It's gone. Gee, that sounds familiar. It certainly does. It's not unique to Mexico, pal. I think what's unique to Mexico is that they will throw out everybody. I mean, it doesn't matter if you have, there's no job security. Imagine this. Every five years, you would fire everybody from the FBI and rehire everybody new. This is the level of retardation that I'm talking about. You had these institutions that were built up over the span of two presidential cycles, like the one that I belong to. They were doing the job, they were getting good at it in a lot of ways, and then a lot of the people that were fired because of the polygraph exams being failed sued the government and were hired back because that's not illegal grounds to fire anybody, even though they were on the take. You would see people that hadn't been on the force in six years, seven years, just all of a sudden just show back off the office, people that you clearly knew that were working on the other side or back. And some of these guys you had actually arrested, right? Some of them were arrested by the unit that I was in, yeah, and they were back. That's got to be a weird feeling is that you realize you were in handcuffs, you were kicked off, you were charged, and now you're back. I mean, you talk about trust issues, I mean, inherently. They were laughing in the office. The cars that were in the parking lot, I didn't earn an absurd amount of money and I basically drove the same car driving into that job as the one that left that job just for discretion purposes. But some of the absurdity you would see in those parking lots after these changes were made, it was pretty fascinating. The overt nature of the corruption was like, oh, yeah, we're not going to hide anymore. Let's just take my Hummer H2 to work. In the meantime, go check us out. Also, patreon .com slash Game of Crimes. It's where we put a lot more content you won't hear on our regular podcast. We go into a lot more topics and folks, it is a lot of fun. So go check us out. Patreon .com slash Game of Crimes. In the meantime, everybody stay safe. We'll see you tomorrow for part two.
A highlight from An Analyst Warns on TUSD, stUSDT, and Huobi/HTX
"Welcome back to The Breakdown with me, N .L .W. It's a daily podcast on macro, Bitcoin, and the big picture power shifts remaking our world. What's going on, guys? It is Sunday, October 8th, and that means it's time for Long Read Sunday. Before we get into that, however, if you're 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, welcome back to The Breakdown. As you might imagine, a huge portion of people's commentary and op -ed writing this week is about SPF and the trial, but man, we are doing a lot of coverage around that, and I kind of get a chance to editorialize constantly about it. So I wanted to do something different, although it may be a little less unrelated than it might at first seem. Today's Long Read is going to come from Twitter. It's around a viral thread by analyst Dylan LeClair, which has some pretty serious allegations around Justin Sun and Huobi. Now, I am not presenting this as definitive. I'm not presenting this as smoking guns. I'm presenting this because I think it's imperative in the world that we live in now, the post -Sam world, to be just a little bit more cautious, to pull on threads that seem strange, to explore and dive in and use the tools of on -chain analysis that we have available to us, to ask if the leaders in the space are behaving the way that they're supposed to be behaving. I think, unfortunately for exchange owners and for basically any other leaders in the space, they're just going to have to answer more questions now than they might have needed to in the past. I think that many of us have a sense that had we asked harder questions of people like Sam, we might not be in the situation that we're in now. I certainly feel that on a deeply personal level. So, like I said, the spirit that I present this to you is one, a desire to see a cleaner, better, more above board crypto space in general, and two, an offering for you to do your own investigations, to go explore what Dylan has to say and come to your own conclusions. On October 4th, Dylan tweeted, Thread on the web of deception with Justin Sun around Huobi, STUSD -T, and TUSD, as well as the TUSD relationship with Binance and the drain of real USD liquidity from the crypto ecosystem. In late 2022, Justin Sun reportedly acquired a controlling stake in Huobi, now named HTX, which had over 1 .5 billion Tether deposits at the time. Over the summer, deposited Tether funds started getting replaced by STUSD -T. This substitution has been largely unnoticed by Huobi users. What is STUSD -T? STUSD -T, controlled by Justin Sun, claims to provide a yield by investing in quote real world assets, such as treasury bills, while the actual flow of funds from Huobi's USDT to STUSD -T, and then to just lend DAO, indicates that no such investment into real world assets occurs. We can follow these swaps very clearly on chain, and let's remember that STUSD -T and USDT are considered as the same asset natively on Huobi, as evidenced by their lack of STUSD -T trading pairs. Instead, it goes to just lend under Sun's control, and the USDT is not burned. Huobi wallets have been found to transfer significant amounts of USDT to STUSD -T's staking contract, then STUSD -T circles back to Huobi. As seen in Bloomberg, you can see a shift in Huobi's reserves from July 1st to September 15th. On July 1st, USDT made up 18 .8 % of reserves, but by September 15th, this had dwindled to just 4 .7%, while Sun's STUSD -T grew to represent 14 .5 % of reserves. As an NLW aside here, Bloomberg was actually looking at the complete set of Huobi reserve assets and found that on July 1st before STUSD -T was introduced, tokens associated with Sun, which include Tron, made up around 38 .7 % of Huobi's reserves, and now tokens that are linked to him make up about 60 % of Huobi's reserves. This is obviously very top of mind, given the fact that FTX's collapse was associated with people realizing how much of Alameda's balance sheet was just SAM coins. Now back to Dylan's thread. Huobi USDT gets staked for STUSD -T, which then moves to just lend, a platform Sun controls. The USDT never invests in RWAs, but just sits in just lend, while Huobi users end up with STUSD -T instead of the USDT they thought they owned. Looking at just lend, currently there is 1 .3 billion STUSD -Ts supplied, earning 4 .23%, with only 15 .15K of borrowing, earning 0 .01%. The real -world asset story is a lie. However, it isn't uniquely USDT this is happening with. TUSD, which is also controlled by Sun, plays a part. Over the past six months, a significant portion of TUSD burns have been attributed to just two wallets, both associated with Sun. So, isn't it convenient that you can now quote -unquote stake TUSD to mint STUSD -T? In theory, the TUSD slash USDT is burned, so that the supply decreases, and the supposed cash -backing it invests in T -bills that earn a yield that's passed on to the holders of STUSD -T, i .e., 500 million of TUSD is minted, sent to Huobi, then sent to Sun's wallets, parked in just lend, mints STUSD -T, STUSD -T goes to Huobi, TUSD gets burned, STUSD -T on Huobi remains. TLDR? Use the Tether or USDT brand and its reputation internationally, swap it for fake STUSD -T, while it appears as regular USDT in the UI -UX on Huobi. And then what? What's the end goal? Why create an IOU of another stable and trick your users behind the user interface? For one, selling the USDT, which is actually mostly STUSD -T, for USDC, on Huobi. Data from Keiko shows this clearly through the USDC -USDT cumulative volume delta on Huobi, with 350 million of Tether being sold off for USDC in just over two months. Data from just over the last few days shows every single transaction over 100k is swapping USDT for USDC on the pair. To reiterate, it's mostly STUSD -T under the surface, being sold in hoards for USDC, which can then be redeemed for US dollars at Circle. This is not unique to just HTX -slash -Huobi, though. We have seen similar developments on Binance, albeit without the STUSD -T sleight of hand, since the SVB collapse, CVD shows an $8 .9 billion difference for the USDC -USDT pair, indicating $8 .9 billion of USDC buying while selling Tether on Binance. Even if you remove the first month post -SVD collapse, the CVD for the pair is still plus $4 -5 billion of net buying for USDC. Also according to Arkham, Binance wallets preceding the SVB crash to today are minus $4 .27 billion USDC and up $384 .1 million Tether. Let's also note Binance's curious relationship with TUSD. On March 15th, mere days after the SVB collapse and Binance re -enabling USDC trading on the platform, 0 % fee trading on little -known TUSD was enabled for the Bitcoin, ETH and BNB pairs. While zero fee trading is obviously anything but organic, the chart comparing Bitcoin to Tether pairs versus Bitcoin to TUSD pairs is something to behold. Dylan then shows a chart of Bitcoin TUSD volume absolutely leaping up. He then adds, but to be fair, it was an expected development from the 0 % fee trading promo. The real interesting chart, Dylan continues, is a look at the TUSD outstanding supply and the timing of its largest mints. Convenient timing for billion dollar increases in the stablecoin sent directly to Binance at a time where zero fee trading is enabled. Quite the timing, isn't it? Never mind that TUSD attestations are blatantly unreliable and shady, and its largest mints are coincidentally timed perfectly with market sell -offs. But the world's largest exchange is promoting said stablecoin with zero fee trading for its largest pairs? By the way, let's note the token distribution for TUSD, shall we? Dylan then shares a chart from Arkham that shows the vast, vast majority of TUSD controlled by either Binance or entities associated with Justin Sun. Dylan wraps up, One, Sun is creating a web of deception in order to siphon USD liquidity out of crypto using a multitude of fake stablecoins. And dare I say, he is a fraud. Two, CZ and his embrace of TUSD, despite it being very suspect, is also ominous and reeks of desperation. Three, TUSD minting patterns during sell -offs are suspect and must be noted. Four, Huobi users get out of USDT into another asset and withdraw immediately. Number five, it's no wonder the Chief Strategy Officer for Circle is saying that the crypto ecosystem is blatantly counterfeiting USD. Alright guys, back to NLW. Now Justin Sun for his part responded to this just by blocking Dylan. I haven't seen any commentary specifically addressing this, and I also haven't seen any follow -up reporting from other outlets like Blockworks or Coindesk, but what I do see is a lot of people retweeting this, quote -tweeting this, and saying basically, this is something that needs to have an eye kept on it. Travis Kling said, read this. Now imagine a world where we collectively held our leaders to some semblance of accountability, where Justin Sun would actually have to respond to this thread thoughtfully and with evidence rather than post four. Why don't we demand a world like that? Well, friends, it is in that spirit that I share this Long Read Sunday. Go check it out, and let's see if we can't start the next bull run in a much cleaner, better, more above board kind of space. Until next time, be safe and take care of each other.
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"Interactive brokers' clients earn up to 4 .83 % on their uninvested, instantly available USD cash balances. Rates subject to change. Visit ibkr .com slash interest rates to learn more. As it enters a new term with guns, abortion, the limits of federal power, and much more on the docket. This is Bloomberg Business Week. I'm Carol Masser. And I'm Tim Steneveck. Stay with us. Today's top stories and global business headlines are coming up right now. Broadcasting 24 hours a day at Bloomberg .com and the Bloomberg Business Act. This is Bloomberg Radio. At least 100 people are dead after two powerful earthquakes hit Afghanistan. The U .S. Geological Survey says it was two 6 .3 magnitude earthquakes that hit western Afghanistan late Saturday morning. The U .N. agency in Afghanistan says initial assessments show there's at least 100 killed in 8 villages with hundreds more injured. Authorities expect the death toll to rise. New York City Mayor Eric Adams is joining the ranks of leaders worldwide condemning the deadly attack on Israel by Hamas terrorists. The mayor notes in a statement Saturday his city is home to the world's largest Jewish population outside of Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says his country's now at war after the unprecedented multi -front attack and a televised address. Netanyahu says he was mobilizing forces for a major assault in Gaza after what he describes as a murderous surprise attack. Also, as a result, flights from the U .S. to Israel are largely being canceled. American, United, and Delta Airlines have canceled weekend flights to Tel Aviv from major U .S. cities, including Chicago, New York, and San Francisco. For his part, former President Donald Trump, who's running again for the White House, says the recent attacks on Israel were made in part after the attack.
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"Interactive brokers' clients earn up to 4 .83 % on their uninvested, instantly available USD cash balances. Rates subject to change. Visit ibkr .com slash interest rates to learn more. I'm Barry Ritholtz. You've been listening to Masters in Business on Bloomberg Radio. Broadcasting 24 hours a day at Bloomberg .com and the Bloomberg Business Act. This is Bloomberg Radio. President Biden is condemning today's deadly terror attack on Israel. Speaking from the White House this afternoon, Biden called it a moment of tragedy and warned Hamas and other groups the U .S. stands with Israel. The surprise attack left hundreds dead and more than 1000 people wounded. Biden noted the world has seen the appalling images of thousands of rockets raining down on Israeli cities. The president said that the U .S. will make sure Israel will have the help it needs to defend their citizens. Several major U .S. airlines have canceled flights to Israel because of the ongoing conflict. American, United and Delta have canceled weekend flights to Tel Aviv from major U .S. cities, including Chicago, New York, New Jersey and San Francisco. A spokesperson for Delta said the airline will work with the U .S. government to assist with the safe return of any Americans who want to come home. There's a nine thousand dollar reward for information leading to arrests in the Morgan State University shooting. Dena Kodiak has more. Baltimore police say based on ballistics evidence, investigators believe two shooters opened fire Tuesday night, injuring five people. Four victims have been released from the hospital and the fifth is in stable condition. The shooting led to the cancellation of classes and homecoming events this week, but classes will resume as scheduled on Monday. University police say there are now more security officers in residence halls.
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"Interactive brokers clients earn up to 4 .83 % on their uninvested, instantly available USD cash balances. Rates subject to change. Visit ibkr .com slash interest rates to learn more. Today's top stories and global business headlines are coming up right now. 24 hours a day at Bloomberg .com and the Bloomberg Business Act. This is Bloomberg Radio. President Biden is condemning today's deadly terror attack on Israel. Speaking from the White House this afternoon, Biden called it a moment of tragedy and warned Hamas and other groups the U .S. stands with Israel. The surprise attack left hundreds dead and more than 1000 people wounded. Biden noted the world has seen the appalling images of thousands of rockets raining down on Israeli cities. The president said that the U .S. will make sure Israel will have the help it needs to defend their citizens. Several major U .S. airlines have canceled flights to Israel because of the ongoing conflict. American, United and Delta have canceled weekend flights to Tel Aviv from major U .S. cities including Chicago, New York, New Jersey and San Francisco. A spokesperson for Delta said the airline will work with the U .S. government to assist with the safe return of any Americans who want to come home. There's a $9 ,000 reward for information leading to arrests in the Morgan State University shooting. Dena Kodiak has more. Baltimore police say based on ballistics evidence, investigators believe two shooters opened fire Tuesday night, injuring five people. Four victims have been released from the hospital and the fifth is in stable condition. The shooting led to the cancellation of classes and homecoming events this week, but classes will resume as scheduled on Monday. University police say there are now more security officers in residence halls and city police have increased.
"delta" Discussed on Seek Outside Podcast
"In the hunting realm, right? And even if you're just a bird watcher you probably have heard of ducks unlimited, but sounds like you guys are have been there been around a little bit longer and not to say that it's like competitive. I'm sure it's not and any money that's going any conservation money that's going towards ducks, maybe ducks unlimited is probably helping your guys efforts and stuff like that. But would you just kind of break down people for people like what is there a difference between Delta waterfowl and ducks unlimited or are you guys collab on a lot of stuff or what's the deal there? Yeah, that's a good question. It's a common question. I don't want to say all the time, but it's not a foreign question. But I would say that ducks unlimited and Delta waterfowl are perfect complements to each other. We do have yes, we're interested in the same resource, but we at Delta at least try to occupy a niche that is different. Trying to avoid overlap. But of course, the overlap is waterfowl. And habitat. But we call ourselves the duck hunters organization. And literally Ryan, our business model, if hunting went away, Delta waterfowl would go away. So we have anchored firmly into our mission statement that we are here to secure the future of waterfowl and waterfowl hunting. So everything we do has waterfowl hunting in perspective. And so we don't buy land directly manage purchase and manage that land. I know that's a big portion of what a lot of other waterfowl organizations do. So we play to our strengths. Research research and education, hunting advocacy, conservation advocacy, duck production. And so I do tell people that my dad was on a committee Dex limited committee when I was a kid as well. And I have a lot of great memories. And so I do recommend to people. I said, pick up a membership to both organizations. You've got it all covered. Yeah. Yeah, yeah. I mean, I tried to always
"delta" Discussed on Seek Outside Podcast
"That way. Yeah, so we got Joel Bryce on the podcast. He is the chief conservation officer at Delta waterfowl. You want to give yourself a little introduction there, Joel? Yeah, no problem. No problem. Hey, first of all, thanks for having me on the podcast. A long time admirer of, I guess, both the seek outside product and I think even as much the mindset mentality, you know, having shaken a few hands from people at seek outside. I just love that family attitude and the high quality U.S. made product. So again, thanks. It's considered an honor to be on here. Yeah. Well, we're glad to have you, man. Glad to have you. Good deal. Good deal. Yeah, so Joel Bryce, chief conservation officer for Delta waterfowl. For those that might not know about Delta waterfowl that well, we are the oldest waterfowl conservation organization in North America. We were founded in 1911. Cut our teeth on research. What makes ducks and geese and wetlands tick, what's proper wetland management, habitat management, but it modern day delta, the world is obviously changed a lot. And so we kind of, all of our activities fall into about four buckets. So we have research and education, which is definitely our core. We have habitat conservation and a lot of policy efforts that go with that. We have duck production. So we have a bunch of field programs that are looking to enhance wild duck populations. And then also we have this big group. We call it bucket called hunter three hunter recruitment retention and reactivation. So we have a bunch of hundred recruitment hunting advocacy programs. Myself, I think march of 2001 is when I started here, I'm a Wisconsin native. Living in North Dakota now, but I've spent my whole life outdoors, hunting fishing camping, I guess since I moved to North Dakota, I haven't incorporated horses into my life quite extensively. Wife in a couple kids and just living the dream, I guess.
"delta" Discussed on The Curious About Cannabis Podcast
"I don't really get that like prickly anxiety feeling. Yeah and that's been my experience. I've only experienced it through vaping. But it's kind of like that just kind of a softer kind of feeling and i think there's a good place for delta eight t c and that's kind of another side to this whole thing is as we unpack more of these concerns and everything it's molecules like delta eighty which actually has gone through some clinical trials that has been given to humans and the safeties been evaluated and everything we actually know a good bit about delta teach and so one thing that on sort of a flip side that makes me nervous as a lot of the journalism i've seen around delta eight just talks about delta eight not recognizing that really the concern are all of the things that aren't delta eight delta thc as molecule itself like. There's no reason to vilify or demonize that molecule it. It does belong. I think more so you know in a controlled market with delta nine. Thc and everything else but you know it's free seems to be just as safe as delta nine. Thc is just have to worry about how it's made. Yeah and there's a lot of counterfeit delta eight products out there and we can get into the whole valley vaping issue where a lot of like elicit stuff or stuff you buy at a gas station. Just real isn't very well regulated. And you know you're inhaling this stuff so that can create all kinds of health problems that are a little bit unforeseen. We don't really know a lot about this stuff. And so yeah. I i agree with you. It's not really worth anyone's time to vilify a compound. I think every compound has some application to some degree it just needs to be pure and it needs to be applied correctly you know. And the communication to the customer needs to be honest. I think that's a big part of this to that. Does you know Segue really well into the valley stuff just customers knowing what they're consuming and being able to make an informed decision and before going into the valley stuff something..
"delta" Discussed on Delta Juliet Mike Media
"And so it's one of those where a it's got a lot of like scienc- techno babble stuff has got some action it's got some and it's one of those ones that sort of deconstructs the original sin. What you're seeing right. What you think you're seeing is a battle between the enterprise and the romulo wilbert in process and so then the thing is like well how do we. How do we figure out how to get the good guys to be the bad guys. But then as the episode goes on it slowly. Deconstructs that to show you that actually. That's not what's happening. It's much more complicated than that. And an everybody ends up working together which courses like the sort of classic of star trekkie idea that was seized six episode twenty five. This one was actually directed by adam. Nimoy how about that yet. That's right one of the one of the like three or four. That he did mr terry farrell while we're at it heather how 'bout you If you have like one episode of star trek series it can be from any of them that you would say like vistas is star trek episode. That i would show to a new viewer of the franchise. Do you think you have one. Oh see that's a hard question. That's a hard question for me. Because i honestly believe that especially with the amount of star trek that is available that it really just depends on the person to find the show that would really hook them out of all of them. If i had to pick one television episode seattle like how specified television episode one television episode. It would actually be The series premiere of enterprise. Roeken bow. Interesting choice why broken bow. I'm really interested. That's an interest. I i just. I think Like a lot of times. If i'm suggesting the someone where they should start star trek. I actually tell them. To start with enterprise. Because i think enterprise really personifies the drive and the lake human need or want for exploration which is the basis of what star trek is about even though it has nothing to do with the federation or anything like that But it really personifies some of the human traits that are a big part of star trek. So yeah that's i would pick broken out now if we're talking about movies as well star trek. Oh nine definitely. I think that would be the one. I would suggest for anyone and everyone who might be possibly interested in diving into the star. Trek universe is to watch star trek. I feel like that's a good starting point. It's fairly recent so film and production or are still pretty enjoyable in pretty good That first reboot movie is pretty enjoyable. I think There's action we get introduced to some two semi conic characters or reintroduced to some iconic characters. Yeah that's a good choice. But now i'm really going to press you since you brought up the point about the television heather if there was something on. Cbs all access that someone were to say or or rather paramount plus. Sorry i did that Paramount plus If there was maybe an episode on paramount plus of star trek with would you say would be a good kind of gateway know.
"delta" Discussed on Delta Juliet Mike Media
"Hundred thousand signatures. So this was coming from all over the place Star trek fans reading rainbow fans. Just everyone that has been touched and influenced by lavar burton's work There really hasn't been anyone else quite like this. As far as the idea of replacing alex trebek's the host of I think in a lot of ways if you look at the internet it really is his to lose and it's going to happen. July twenty sixth through the thirtieth So heather Here on the podcast. Before you and i have talked about what happens sometimes when the internet gets very loud and makes demands and businesses kind of acquiesced to those demands We saw that with star trek strange new worlds. And now we're seeing that with lavar burton What do you think about levar burton's chances to be on jeopardy. I off as i have. Obviously i want to keep the same position that i have with strange worlds and i don't believe in thin petitions and fans banning together to get businesses to acquiesce to their will. That being said. I'm really happy that this worked out for lavar and i really glad that he's getting a chance to show his skills and guest host because this is something that like. It didn't just come out of the blue. It's something that he actually tweeted on twitter. Like back in twenty seventeen or something so at least like four years ago stating that when alex trebek's retired his dream job was to get to host jeopardy and so it's something that he's wanted for a long time. It's something that the fans got behind and not even just the fans. I mean we were talking. That petition was shared by other members of hollywood like in professionals getting behind this this petition to give him a chance to guest host on the show. So that's saying a lot about lavarra's character and how he is really not just revered by the fans but also revered by his peers. I'm so glad he's getting the chance and it definitely is his to lose. I think because when they announced when. Jeffrey tweeted the deputy Site on twitter tweeted about their last set of guest host for this season and they listed all their names and then they had lavar at the bottom with an exclamation point next to it. Nobody else had an exclamation point. I mean come on. It's just a little signs there that are saying. Hey it really is his job to lose. And i hope you succeed. I do definitely although this may or may not impede on him in a future season. Star trek ricard. So we'll just have to see and leave that open i. He stated like. I mentioned in the weekly track episode. I did last week. He stated unequivocally that he was not going to be in season two but he definitely hinted around the idea of him being in season three but only if he gets the job would it really impact him. Because i mean the card films in. La jeopardy films in la so we make it work. He could probably make it work. Yeah he was gonna show up on the card. I think if he he gets the job he could definitely make it work and if he does get the job and somehow can't make it work and showing up in the card. The fans would be okay with that because they'll just be happy that he's hosting jeopardy.
"delta" Discussed on Delta Juliet Mike Media
"So we're we're going to have some star trek very soon Speaking of star trek discovery we got a teaser for season. Ask we're getting what looks to be another disastrous event Something with a large gravitational pull according to pulse. Damn it's in this teaser. And the thing that everyone is talking about with. This teaser is a great season uniforms. Look how great these uniforms look. Because they do. Yes oh my gosh yes. Those uniforms are beautiful. And i said i kind of like the greys from the season finale of season three but i love the tweaks that they did to this uniform for season four. I think they just pop. They completely pop. They stand out so well look great on all of them. I want one somebody get like the chinese knockoffs over in china. Going to make me one of those. Because i want one. There's so beautiful. I still not sure which color i want. I loved seeing joanna. Wilson coon in the goldwyn like that one up the redwood and was really nice to the red one was nice. So i'm still kind of deciding When it shows up on wish which it will. I'm still deciding which one i want. But yet they looked really nice In star trek discovery. I feel like people are really excited for star trek discovery which is great it just it really does feel like it's just getting better and better each season doesn't it. Yeah i mean it really does. It's a show that has very much started out well but is still coming into its own and it really found. Its its own footing in season. Three and i i just. I'm interested really really interested in seeing where they go here in season four because there are a couple hints in that teaser. That make it. Seem like there's a bit of a a time jump between season three and season four because a lot of our fantastic crew members have gotten promoted..
"delta" Discussed on Delta Juliet Mike Media
"Expert on the stuff that they experience there. So it's a wonderful concept and it's a unique way to once again explore these strange new worlds that only star trek voyager has explored before. I thought with your question heather is. How did these kids find a federation starship in the delta quadrant is. Was it the equinox from great episode. The episode that i absolutely loved was it the us equinox For everyone that doesn't know that was an episode where voyager ran into another federation starship lost in the delta quadrant but they had gone insane. Yeah and i had felt be. It's the equinox. Then then as i was looking in scrolling through the internet it seems as though the equinoxes actually got destroyed so that was one that i kind of scrapped. It's an interesting question I like that so far. We still have questions about the show for me. Personally you don't have to tell me everything and give me all of the details right away. I kind of like going in with a little bit of mystery it. It makes me more interested in what you're going to show. Maybe maybe it's a shuttle craft. Maybe it's run about. I don't know maybe it's a. Maybe it's the serena who knows but i think it's kinda cool that we don't really know everything. Yeah that's kind of cool to me. Yeah i mean if there's one thing star trek is very good at it's just giving you a whole bunch of hints and nowhere near the entire story as to what's going to happen because they want you tune in and watch the new show and figure out what's going to happen that way so i can't wait to see it. I can't wait to it and speaking of getting hints show's coming up. We got some of those for new business to of star trek cart season two. We saw a trailer a teaser. And we heard the voice of one. John delancey who will be reprising his role as q in season two of star trek cart. So as it stands right now. We have whoopi goldberg. Reprising her role as guinan. I imagine i feel like at this point. Lavar burton and or michael dorn is probably showing up. Cow wouldn't surprise me of gates mcfadden comes back as beverly crusher but now that john delancey is confirmed as q but there was something in this trailer..
"delta" Discussed on Delta Juliet Mike Media
"I think what it was at the very least somewhere. In the first two or three seasons of the next generation that was my first contact with star trek. And yeah i think it's it's shaped both of us over the years and star. Trek is still here and still going strong. Yeah like i honestly. I'll admit. I probably did not watch the next generation while it was running in its original run on tv. Because i was born in one thousand nine hundred seven the next generation premiered in one thousand nine hundred eighty seven so i am as exactly as old as the show. His three years older than the show. Okay yeah so. I'm exactly as well as the show is and like i said i remember the first episode i watched was cue which was season three. I think so. I definitely didn't watch it when i was three years old. I was older. So i was a syndication baby when it comes to tng. But that's also a a huge testament to the impact that star trek has because star. Trek would not be what it is today. Without the ways syndication was set up back. Then i mean that's what really hooked fans that's what hooked fans of the original series was going into syndication. And that's what hooked fans like me on the No doubt we're still in old business but we're going to move to star trek voyager now or sort of sort of that really it's star trek prodigy Because along with first contact day As it had been mentioned a kate mulgrew will be reprising. Her role as kathryn janeway for the upcoming animated series star trek prodigy and during first contact day of the creators of the show revealed that jane way will be known as the emergency training hologram on this ship for the alien characters in star trek prodigy The ship will be in the delta quadrant and star trek prodigy will be taking place in the year twenty three eighty three after voyager in the delta quadrant. So now we have an idea. We're starting to get a little bit more information about star trek prodigy. And how kathryn janeway. We'll play into this and we gotta look at janeway In cg holographic form with her coffee mug. And the i guess. This is the voyager uniform. This would be the voyager uniform. Yes and yeah. I think it looks great and i love as she had the coffee mug. It looks fantastic. I love the concept. My only question is how did a bunch of random kids in the delta quadrant somehow find and or steel an abandoned starfleet ship there. That's the biggest question in my head. But i think it makes complete sense to that jane way would have recorded her voice or whatever you wanna call it for some sort of training program for other starfleet vessels that were going into the delta quadrant Coming back she would have been the foremost.
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"I want to watch it with everyone. So i signed up for some random thing on so that was like my emotional watch for the impacts of of what this means to me and then i watched it a couple of times with like a an i for one. Am i taking out of this. What are what are the big themes. And where can we go from here. And what's the arcs. And what is important to the writers. So that i can no like. I can temper my expectations for it. Going forward and so i took notes and i have my little google doc. It's like almost two pages long and the organized crime section is two sentences. Because i was at the only things i liked in organized crime. Or that's not the right phrasing. The only things in the organized crime that i paid attention to or like wanted to pay attention to were the character moments mostly with olivia and then also with his children. The plot i. I don't think i could describe what happened in the episode. Elliot speaks italian. He's like investigating. He's honor revenge spree. He goes on ferris wheel like a lot of stuff happens. But i don't have a sense for who the new characters are. I can sort of like a hacker is important. Because he brought her up so she's going to be a recurring character. If not a major character and the supervisors like the person who's basically hiring elliott to be on. Her team is obviously important. But and then there's dylan mcdermott. In you know. I liked dylan mcdermott. He's great. I was sort of like i didn't know he was in the show and he started tweeting about it and i was like oh dilemma but then it turns out that he is like a bad guy. Yeah he's the antagonist which is a thing that like no other law and order every dime. Yeah this is like the closest that you and he was only in like three episodes of spf. So it's a little bit.
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"For watchmen to thank newton and westworld and reassigned horn and better call saul all up there with sunni martin green. So yeah that's that is some pretty tough competition. But we're all rooting for some nico and everyone in all of the star trek's where were excited and again star. Trek is booming. Right now and you'll love to see it man. You just love to see it absolutely absolutely and speaking of booming so will head on into upcoming business which we got a special announcement this week. concerning the production of strange new worlds in which they announced five new cast members Not exactly who. Each of these actors and actresses are playing but we have four women and one man that are joining. Rebecca romaine answered mount and ethan peck on strange new worlds. And that's going to lead into the actual upcoming business topic. Which is if you could see any other women character. Come back to star trek as we're getting number one in strange new worlds. Who would be suzy. I'll let you take. This wouldn't only because i've said i've wanted to come back over and over and over again. In so many episodes of the podcast i think regular listeners. Probably already know who. I'm going to say heather. You probably already figured out who. I'm going to say so suzie. Which woman in star trek would you like to see comeback. I mean they have like you. Also have to factor in the opportunities to come back right currently and so i think we should definitely see beverly and picard at some point. I don't see how we could not. And so i would like to see. I know we're all supposed to be getting guinan back. So i'm looking forward to that as well But yeah probably beverly crusher. Oh yeah beverly. Crusher is definitely tops of my list. Because i think we definitely need a reunion between crusher and picard in season two card. But i would also be remiss if i didn't mention the fact that we have some Characters that were introduced in ninety track that are literally like the next generation of our beloved ninety s trek characters which we could very easily see show up as the universe keeps moving forward. And that would be molly o'brien and morale row. I hope i'm not buttering. That pronounciation but murray paris. So i would love to see the two of them all. Show up in star trek. Because i think that's a really wonderful way as much as all of us old fans love seeing the old characters come back and make cameos an have a role to play as we move the universe forward. I think taking these characters that were kids back in the nineties and using them to also move the universe forward Is an excellent way to do that. Those are a couple of excellent choices. Heather especially molly o'brien. Because she is a two series star trek veteran She was born on. Tng and then moved to d. s. nine before her little brother carro. She was bored so she's as much star trek as anybody For me This is someone that. I've said that i'd like to see Whether it somehow either in pre card or maybe even lower deck's. I think this is a character that kind of got a raw deal in the star trek universe. And i think that there's room for her to be brought back and that says redux. I really liked the one season. We got a tax. I think nikki to bore is a really enjoyable actress. And i think whether it's through lower deck's somehow at either as a ship's counselor or higher up somewhere in starfleet or sometime in picard later on down the line. I think that that would be a perfectly adequate place for as redux to really find some kind of story arc of her own and we got a little bit of that india's nine season seven but in my opinion it was never really enough. So for it's as redact says redux all the way absolutely always team as very so with nothing. Nothing against nothing against jessia suzy. Nothing against jet zia. I like jazzy jazzy here. I do think we don't really coming for us because we're i. I may or may not have rage. Yes nine of the nineties. After zia died met. I did watch the whole thing when i watched it last year. So so yes. I came around to as rei. She sweet in. I just think she should have a little more. That's all just a little more. A few episodes maybe a cameo on lower deck's may maybe if lower deck's decides to acknowledge other shows besides the next generation as we think about it. So i'm saying i think we've seen seven of nine. I didn't expect that. Even when jerry ryan was announced i didn't expect it so i think anything is possible That that's the great thing about trek right now is that it really does feel like anything is possible because not only. Are we getting all of these shows but the shows that have come out have been successful and it really feels like the possibilities are endless. And i'm excited for how things are going to go especially for women in star trek. Because if you look at all of the shows that are being produced a new see how many women are in the writer's room and in the director's chair in our executive producers and show runners Suzy i think that seeing all of these especially now given what we knew about the history of star trek it set such a great precedent for the future agreed. Well i think that wall just about coverage then susie p thank you so much for coming on the podcast Let everyone know where they can find your terrific art and everything else. You've got going on while. I recently changed my twitter handle from real suzy. P to dr space susie. So i'm dr space susie on twitter now And you can find my art. Make suzy on twitter and also make it susie on instagram awesome. Everyone follow susie. She's fed tabula tabulates. I'm completely biased. In this when she's absolutely fantabulous and everyone should follow her heather. Everyone should follow heather to at nerdy gal thirty three. Especially if your a big fan of law and order. Svu jam. I like svu. She's helped me get back into.
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"So it's become the most successful campaign indigo goes history surpassing the amount raised for the documentary What was that. Two years ago in twenty eighteen So has anyone else besides me. 'cause i've already plenty of money towards it. Has anyone else donated. And are you looking forward to seeing documentary suzy. Are you ready to revoke my trekkie card with you. I haven't done it yet. But here's why. I have a good reason in. Actually it's topical. okay. I want to contribute at the level to get the janeway shirt. Obviously love the gun show but i got stock at like. I was looking at the size chart in the want. The women's cut but the women's size chart. I was just. I was overwhelmed because i think that might be like the measurements of the shirt. Not the measurements of the person. That's acoustic fit. And then i couldn't figure out what size i should get. It just seems really small yet. I mean and i don't wanna get the wrong size. And so i froze and so that's why haven't contributed yet but i'll revisit. I'll just yellow it. i'll just pick a size. it'll fit or it. won't i also talk with my mount. Owe money i've given them so far is also a bad trekkie because i wasn't even privy to the indie gogo campaign until already it But i am looking at this. And i'm saying a zoom with tim and even in Assume that would be tim. Russ and ethan phillips and that has my attention. That has my attention. I might keep that in mind. I might keep that in mind. I am intrigued by that. And there's fifteen out of fifty claimed at the moment so okay now normally with campaigns like this you look through and see what you might want what you might like and that one's actually pretty cool or maybe garrett and robbie and maybe i might sneak into an episode of their podcast. I don't know but these sound fun for me. Because i just can't help myself. I like talking into a microphone. But yeah i'm considering that might be what i do. But even though it doesn't look like they they need our help anymore. This could hit a million is could hit a million well. I mean they definitely don't need the extra help but i love how they keep adding more Struggles to it. So they show what they're putting the money towards and like. I said i have already considering. I am very much a blue-collar worker already donated way too much already. But i didn't get the opportunity to donate towards the nine campaign. And i'm definitely more of wager. Fan the ds That was mine. That is the woman i donated to. Obviously yeah so. I definitely had to go for the gun show shirt because yeah jane is my girl and then i ended up with the bragging rights thing which gets my name in the credits as well as physical and digital copy of the documentary because why not donate toward the unless you get a copy of it. So that's just me. But like i said it doesn't matter if you guys haven't donated yet that doesn't mean you're a bad trekkie like i said they've already had plenty of people will give them plenty of money and it's a amazing resounding success so moving on to something else that is also a success. The saturn award. Nominations came out this past week. they did. And there's a lot of star trek in here star. Trek discovery star. trek picard. Cinco martin green patrick stewart all getting nominations for various awards and the saturn awards. specialize in sci fi and horror and sort of the genres base. The not necessarily kind of mainstream drama prestige television but more on the the genre side and every by every measurable metric star. Trek in this era is a smash hit and a complete success. We talked previously on episode. About how the subscriber numbers for cbs. All access now paramount plus have made it very clear that star trek is generating actual billions of dollars for viacom. Cbs so you have this. And you have the saturn awards in the show's being recognized for their success by all accounts. It's it's just a great time to be a trekkie suzy. If you seen these nominations what do you think. How'd you feel about them. I'm so excited for everyone. Thinks sneak was so deserving. She had such an incredible job in season three of discovery. She deserves the moon. But i know isa is on there. Also for a young actor jerry ryan. I think best gassed. Doug jones supporting doug jones. Everything i want. I want doug jones to have like eighty awards every year and then does so much work. Especially sinica i would love to get it but honestly they are all incredibly deserving and the shows themselves are nominated to. Yes yes yes. That's the one category that both discovering picard. we'd go head to head in other ones. They are lucky enough that they don't have to go head to head with yellow star. Trek cast members. So i would love to see them sweep it. I remember Last year's saturn awards basically discovery one everything they were nominated for some doug and the show so i would love to see that happen again as well as patrick jerry isa gets recognition for what they did in star trek card. So hopefully fingers crossed. We'll see but it's just great to see them nominated because it shows that at least This word show which is geared towards the genre shows is recognizing how good of a content that star trek is putting out right now because the drawing chazan always get the love that they deserve on the mainstream awards right and so So yeah it's nice to see them get some love. I'm hoping for a sweep too and this will continue my campaign that doug jones should get a lifetime achievement award because he's just an icon in in hollywood any should be recognized for. All of the work is done as a creature artist as a guy who's done so much with special effects and visual acting and just recently he put in very great short performance That i saw earlier today. In new batman short film called dying is easy and he had a brief bit as the riddler and jud doug jones as the ridler. That's awesome that is so awesome Trekkies if you're into batman or even if you're not into batman it's on youtube it's a great fed tastic short film called batman. Dying is easy. Check it out It's it's really good. I highly recommend and doug jones is the riddler. What can you say. But back to these awards. I've just kind of scrolling through and there's actually some pretty stiff competition especially invest science fiction television series. We've got doctor who lost in space. Pandora raised by wolves. Discovery picard and westworld. So that that's actually some pretty stiff competition. And i especially saw this one in best actress on television series. Regina king.
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"Joined as always by outstanding jojo. Smith's heather curry. What's up heather. What is updated its march. It's spring is coming. Daylight savings is here The sun starting to shine. And i'm ready to talk some star trek with you and because it's episode twenty five special guest. We do have a special guest merchants and listeners as always heather has done an exemplary job in going through her rolodex finding another great guest out there in the world of star trek fandom and i especially liked this episode. Everybody that we're going to do. Because i'm gonna give heather of the con- so heather feel free to introduce our guest all right well so this past. Monday was international women's day so today in our recording. We're going to be celebrating women in general and i'd love to introduce you to our special guests. She is a fabulous part of our star trek community. She is a wonderful fan artist and a contributor to the women made trek initiative and thank you susie p. for joining us today. Hello everybody hey susie thank you so much for coming on. We really appreciate you joining us now as heather said Your fan art is awesome. That you are. I'm just going to go ahead and say you are my favorite star trek church twitter. Follow you are my absolute favorite. And it's just a joy to have you on so let's just jump in so to new listeners. Of the pod. We we do this in a format where we talk about old business where we cover kind of the classic era of star trek new business where we talk about. What's happening in the world of star trek right now and later upcoming business where we look beyond pawn always intended so starting with old business. Heather the women of star trek as you said we're celebrating women which i'm always in favor of gigi and i'm not sorry. I'm not saying so for me. This is kind of a no brainer guys because it was my mother and my sister who introduced me to star trek My mother was a big fan of guinan in the next generation So it could just go from there in heather. Like i said i'm gonna let you take the con- on this one old business. The women of star trek. Yeah i mean that's a very very broad topic when you think about it. Throughout the fifty five years of star trek there have been some amazing Inspiring and just all around all inducing women characters of star trek and so were just going to highlight some of the ones today. That inspire us. Personally i've talked multiple times about how much i love captain. Janeway she is my favorite captain. she is probably the first character i go to when i think of a woman character in star. Trek button aspires me. Because she really had everything thrown at her across the seven seasons of voyager and she handled it all with race in audacity the end just that classic. Jane waste snark where she wasn't going to let anything get her down even when it did occasionally get her down So suzy i'm going to start with you 'cause this is particularly why we chose to invite you today. So what inspires you about. The women characters of star trek and is there anyone in particular that you immediately go to when you think of that so first of all i wanna say i'm general generational trekkie too so like david. My mom introduced me to star trek. She watch star trek from the original series and then we watched together drain t and g when i was a kid. I love jamie to actually. Because i am a woman in business and so i admire her as a boss. I admire all the really difficult decisions that she has to make. Sometimes in the heat of the moment. I don't always agree with the difficult choices she makes. Although i do agree about to fix but the yes oh so. Jamie is on my shortlist bolanos. I'm doing a voyager. Watch right now. So i'm in a voyage or had space Lana i also love. 'cause there's not a lot of latino representation in track and so And so i just think she's a really cool strong character and then obviously my piece for women make track was dot zia. Janica is my favorite character in star trek The follow me on twitter. I call her my wife There's wedding pictures And so she is just really inspiring to me because You know she was queer presentation on tv when we didn't have a lot of that and so it was really important to me growing up and she's also this really just competent character and Shy meek kids. She was kind of the opposite of everything that i was and she just kind of lights up a room whenever she walks in and she just has such a commanding presence in such a joy of life that she is a character that i just really love and then just really resonates with me for having a of my anime compadres out there. What she said about jet zia would essentially make gen zia suzy's why fu to to translate the fans out there.
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"Well we're disagreeing a lot. Where i'm sorry. Seems like an episode where we've disagreed a lot. Which doesn't happen too often now really. But that's okay. That's okay one more thing just to wrap up from star trek prodigy or maybe lower deck's because he wasn't too sure himself billy campbell. Who is best known as the rockier of course Also played a role on an episode of star trek the next generation entitled the outrageous accounta- where he played fadi m o kona. I think that's how his name was pronounced From an episode of tng from season to Also noted that billy campbell was one of the two finalists in the audition. For william t. reicher in the next generation It was jonathan frakes. Who got picked over. Billy campbell He ended up doing all right for himself anyway but he has said that he will be in an animated series. He said it was kind of fuzzy But he mentioned that it was star trek prodigy that he would be reprising. The role of oke ona From the interview he said. I think it's on nickelodeon or somewhere. They're doing something called star trek prodigy and its animated. It's comedy it's an animated series and they're bringing back some characters from the star trek universe that are pause heritage characters so my guys coming back and it's hilarious. It's super funny. I come on. And i'm kind of basically schlumpy and roguish. I love the word slop but just kind but just kind of disgusting in a way and whoever the female character is just sort of goes over the moon for me much to the chagrin of the lead male character. So i'm getting some mixed messages here. He says that it star trek prodigy. And it's an animated series and nickelodeon but when he gives a little bit more detail. He says that it's a female character that goes over the moon and there's a lead male character that doesn't like it Wondering like does that sound like lower deck's like if mike mariner and boy more. Yeah yeah that sounds like lower deck's so i'm kinda like which one is it. Billy well i believe in my resources are spotty tonight. But i saw somewhere online..
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"Welcome to episode twenty four. I'm david majors and i'm alongside my fantastic co host. Miss heather kirby. What's up heather. What is david. We are almost march. You know the the snow is starting to melt here in the mid west. The sun is starting to shine on occasion when it's not raining outside and you know things are looking up. I think there's nothing more. I love than watching. The snow melt away. 'cause i am the snow. Melting away is just a a great sign for me My lady friend is visiting here from jacksonville. Florida she's originally from michigan. Like me and she was looking for snow and she's mad that there wasn't any in instinct she's crazy. Well you know. I could see the appeal when you haven't seen it in a while but when you've dealt with it every three years on it and you'll have basis then. Yeah no no appeal there. Alright so that's enough of that. Typical podcast talk the start of a show. Let's jump into the star trek stuff. Everybody this is a star trek. Podcast in case you missed the opening and we talk about old new and upcoming business. So let's start off with a topic that a conveniently is happening right now in. I was a little bit inspired. What can i say. Heather listeners as trekkies as lovers of star trek We we love a franchise that isn't always the most popular thing in the world It isn't it hasn't exactly been quote unquote mainstream in a little bit. And there are other franchises that take hold of pop culture and the lexicon more than star. Trek does from time to time and we have people in our lives. That don't necessarily get what we love about star trek. So i wanna ask this to you. Heather for our old business in. I would love to hear from the listeners. Out there on our twitter at prom trek pod and if you wanna send us an email make it a little long form..
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"We'll update you guys. But yeah i just think that it's okay for star trek to be a little bit lighter. It's not the super serious hard scifi show. Some people may make it out to be in. Did the beavis and butthead. An interstitial upset some people sure. It probably did. Because it is beavis and butthead but to a certain degree beavis and butthead are a relic of a type of now almost two and a half decades ago. If you're still getting upset by beavis and butthead then it's really no wonder why so much of recent star trek upsets you because you are just your way way way in the past and yeah all this means to me is that. Cbs viacom sees star trek as an important valuable brand to their company. And as trekkies. I'll ask you guys that heather. Isn't that what you want from your big conglomerate that just star. Trek is an important franchise yup because when paramount thought star. Trek wasn't an important franchises. When we have enterprise cancelled we had a break from star trek for a while. But now it's back in full force. Who boys back in full force But that's not a bad thing that they want star trek to be seen and to be a part of this. Oh yeah they are definitely winning into advertising as the place where you can watch star trek which is good because it makes sense because that was basically all cbs. All access was for a lot of people. I think with paramount. Plus it's going to have more appeal for with other things but they still want people to know. Hey we've got star trek coming get it. Yeah and like 'cause like didn't they want to bear super bowl. Ads like really focused on. Just the fifty five year anniversary of star trek. And someone a fall. Someone who was like well i wish they would have added lake older characters in there and not just focused.
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"Worldwide. And i think this is such a good thing. Because they're showing that they've recognized that the brands that they're producing the shows that they're producing especially a lot of a their original star. Trek content is something that worldwide fans they have fans just outside of the us and they couldn't make their brand bigger and better and make more money not just here in the united states but across the globe so ultimately i think it's a good move and i am very very excited for the fact that i will be able as someone who is a cord cutter and doesn't have cable at home will be able to watch star trek prodigy on paramount. Plus because i was a little worried about that earliest. I wasn't too worried at first. And then they announced the inclusion of janeway. Then i got kind of worried about how it was gonna watch it and now i'm certain i can watch it on that so very happy for that part. I'm happy for you. I'm happy for card cutters everywhere. Because i was really hoping that there would be an option and kudos to cbs. Viacom for giving people options everywhere to watch their programming. And i think nowadays. That's what people really want. They just want the option to be able to watch when they feel like. And that's great. I'm looking extremely forward to star trek prodigy. Just for everything everything. Heather just said about it. I'm excited i'm for parents to watch star trek prodigy with their kids and then maybe going back to what we talked about earlier. Maybe they'll want to check out star trek voyager which they will be able to quickly do what their paramount plus account i. I see what they're doing. I see what they're trying to do. They're building the synergy that they get the kids to watch star trek prodigy nickelodeon. And then they say. Hey mom dad that captain jade way ladies pretty cool. What else did she do. Then you can say well. Let's turn on star trek voyager and you can find out all about her and then and then i don't know i actually think the movies will be on there. They are on amazon prime. Though they can turn on star trek nemesis and see admiral. Janeway have her cameo and star trek nemesis and the and then the kids can say whoa were. Who are these guys whose this captain picard. Who's that robot data. Who are these guys. Oh that's lavar burton. I know him from tv and everything else was all these. These other guys doing. What's this other star trek and then you can say well. Let's watch star trek the next generation and boom another generation of trekkies. I see what you're doing. Alex kertzman and it's brilliant and i love it. Yeah it's definitely. It's a brilliant marketing..
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"Shows that are that are kind of far out on long range. Scans that strange new worlds and that start prodigy. Well what do we really know about them in. Twenty twenty one. Do we have anything at all. The first season the star trek prodigy is supposed to come out sometime in two thousand twenty one. Okay look. I hear your skepticism skepticism. But hear me out. You're out especially with the way things are right now. It is a lot easier to do animation from a safe distance and at home than it is to do live action. So i think when we're looking at the potential for what new star trek we're gonna get in twenty twenty one. I think we're definitely going to get season two of lower decks and we're definitely going to get season wanna prodigy because that can happen. It's very realistic. That they can get the voices recorded. They can get the animation done. They can put everything together safe and socially distance and out to us as a finished product before the end of this year. When it comes to the live action not gonna happen this year. I'm i'm saying it's highly unlikely and roof. How going to cope with such a lack of star trek podcast. That's a good question. I don't know how we're going to have to let things over and we're gonna see what will find things to talk about for for upcoming business. We we might just make this a little bit more loosey. Goosey of star trek podcast. Going forward we'll see what we do but it has been fantastic doing the show with you. It's been an absolute privilege to have you as my co host especially through two thousand twenty with everything happening in the world we've managed to have star trek to get it get us through it end. Doesn't that feel kind of appropriate that we have this show that has always been about optimism and looking forward to the future about how humanity can grow and change and do better and be better. Isn't it great. We've had this. I think Star trek has definitely been a gift in twenty twenty It was there when a lot of people needed at the most. And i said this before. And i'll say it again. Like timing as to how they release these shows was just perfect because we got lower deck's at a time where we needed something fun and something light and something to brighten our days and make a smile and make us laugh and then we get discovery right after that at the point where we really needed that. Hope and optimism and that true believer stuff to believe in our future and you know it has just been a gift in this year. That has been crazy in every sense of the word and i'm so thankful for it and even though we don't know if we're going to get any of that in the upcoming year you know we got it when we need and you know we can go into this year just being a little bit more optimistic in a little bit for what the year can break. Even if it's not going to bring us any live action star. Trek said so. Thank you all for coming along with us for all for all twenty three weeks of track. It's been real. It's been fun and it's been real fun Everybody this has been the prominent merchants podcast. Where on the web at my website delta mike dot com..