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A highlight from Time Travel to 1994: A Journey into the Music and Movies of that year.
"Well, here we are, episode 119. And on this episode, myself in the wrecking tube, Mark Smith and Lou Colicchio from the Music Relish Show. We'll be talking about the year 1994, in music and movies I think, it's always interesting. So sit back, relax, break out your flannel shirt, your grungy jeans, and enjoy 1994 music. It was an interesting year, so I think you'll enjoy it. More interesting than what Todd Zauchman thinks it is. He thinks it's nothing, so we'll see. The KLFB studio presents Milk Crate and Turntables, a music discussion podcast hosted by Scott McLean. Now, let's talk music, enjoy the show. Thank you, Amanda, for that wonderful introduction, as usual. Welcome back, my friends, to the show that never ends, and welcome to the podcast. You know the name, I'm not gonna say it. We're streaming live right now over Facebook, YouTube, Dlive, Twitch, and X, formerly known as Twitter, and I don't know how many other live platforms. Well, it's gonna be a good show tonight. It's gonna be an interesting show tonight. Yeah, 1994. As I said in the intro, my friend Todd Zauchman just absolutely sent me a text destroying the year 1994. Oh, I just looked up 1994, I don't know what you're gonna talk about, there's a few things and I don't know how you're gonna make a whole show out of it, and good luck with that, because that's how he talks. That's exactly how he talks. I'm just gonna do this, and you know, it's not gonna be a good, blah, blah, blah, blah. That's how he talks. Now, he'll deny that, and you'll never know if that's the way he talks or not. He'll just have to take my word for it. I'm Todd Zauchman, and I don't know about 1994. Well, enough about him. He'll probably be piping in pretty soon, but yeah, 1994, it's a good year. It was a good year for Mark Smith from the Music Rellers Show and Luke Colicchio from the Music Rellers Show. That's for damn sure. It was. What's up, gentlemen? It was a really good year. How you doing? I was just guessing. I figured for 94, listen, we were all younger, so it was better. It was a big year. Hey. So I have to stop right here. Dave Phillips, who's been watching the podcast from pretty much day one, Patty Yossi. Hi, Patty. Good evening. I love you. Dave Phillips, for the last couple of weeks, he's piped in at the end, and he's like, I missed it. Like something's changed. Ah, Tiffany Van Hill. That's my buddy. That's my buddy, Tiffany. She's one of the people that teaches me how to work with horses. Oh. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. So. And she knows what she's talking about. She's modest, but she's very good at what she does. As are all of my friends and teachers, trainers, mentors from The Herd Foundation in Delray Beach, Florida. It's a nonprofit if you're in the mood to donate today. Look them up. Herd Foundation. Give us some money. Nah, I'm not going like that. No. No, we do. We help veterans. We help veterans, and so it's a good cause. But back to Tiffany. Yep. That's my buddy. Good evening. The Herd Foundation teaches us so much. That's right. That's right. Maybe I'll do a Herd Foundation podcast. You should. Since I'm pretty good at it. You're going to have horses on? What's the horse named after the cookie? Huh? Isn't there a horse named after a cookie? What are some of the horses' names? Oh, Fig Newton. Fig Newton. Yeah. Fig Newton. That's my boy. That's my boy. Good looking horse. Yes. Yes, he is. And we have Stitch. Fig Newton is a retired dressage horse, dancing horse, right? Echoes of Echo and the Bunny Men bring on the dancing horses. We have Stitch. He's a retired racehorse. We have Miss America. She's a retired jumper. Then we have two mini horses. We have Cinnamon. She was a cot horse. You know, pulls the kids around. As would be Sammy. Sammy's the one that looks like Kaja Gugu for you people from the 80s. Looks like Lamal. It looks like Lamal from Kaja Gugu. Gotta do. And he was saved from a kill pen. Yeah. But he's a mini, but he thinks he's a Clydesdale. What do they do with horses after that? Is that the proverbial glue factory? All right. You know what? Right away. Penalty box. Oh. He's raining on my parade. I'm in a good mood. Now I'm all bummed out. Thanks. You feel sad for the drummer now. This is going to be a horrible show now. Leave it to the drummer. Right, Mark? Leave it to the drummer. Get out. It's always the drummer's fault. That's right. See, Tiffany says, that does not exist past our gates, Lou. Because nobody wants to talk. Back to the penalty box. Great start to the show. Lou is just in a mood tonight. I think he's been hitting the whistle. What's going to happen? You're going to come back and it's going to be an empty chair. He's very ornery tonight. Right away. He's very ornery. All right. He's filling his oats, as they would say. Yeah. All right. Lou's back. I'm all right. I'm all right. Okay. Enough about horses, although I could now, at this point, talk about horses for two hours. I love it. I love it. But instead, gentlemen, first of all, how's things on the music relish show? You. Take it away, Lou. Sure. It's fine. It was such an awful show. I thought I said the wrong show for a second there. It's been nothing short of amazing. Don't jump over each other to answer that question. It's always fun. Last week was fun. We got knocked down a bit by Warner Brothers because we played a clip of an America song featuring Dan Peake. Yeah. You're going to watch that. Yeah. We talked through the whole thing, but Spotify is much cooler than YouTube. YouTube sucks like that. YouTube, they have a very strong algorithm. They can kiss my rosy red ass over that. That's right. You tell them, Lou. Fuckers. That's right. Get me kicked off YouTube. That's right. Let me see. John Morris, he was our shift commander. When I met him, I was, I think, a two striper, and he was what they called a butterbot. He was a second lieutenant, I believe. He said, tell them stories from the Nipah Hut in the Philippines. That's a big no. That's a whole other podcast, but they would never make it on the air. Just leave it at that. It's like a chain of Nipah Huts? No. It was a bar slash club called the Nipah Hut. Tell one story. No. They had a giant spaceship that would come down from the top. It's kind of like George Clinton in parliament. At the end of the show, this big spaceship came down from the top. Smoke. Like you said, parliament fucking pelican. Then the thing went open, and everyone would walk up and get up on stage, all those drunk GIs. Like, yeah, I'm going in the spaceship, and you go down these stairs, and you're in a fucking basement. I don't think it was a basement. It's like something from a fucking horror movie. How do you get out? And then somebody goes, this way, this way, go, go, go, go. That's the cleanest story I can tell you. It's the cleanest story I can tell you. Sounds like fun. It was a lot of fun. It was a lot of fun. I got a story for you off the air one of these days. So okay, music relish show's going good. Excellent. I just wanted to say, Lou brought up, he made the show. His segment on bad love songs. That will go down in history as some of the best podcasting ever. Bad love songs? Really bad love songs. The worst love songs of all time, like in rock. It's a deep vein. Is that something, is that like content I could probably like borrow with Perry Mind? Because I'd love to hear that list someday. We voted him off the board. We're no longer a false triumvirate democracy. Wait a minute. We toppled the AI monarchy. There's three of us on this one. Are you two going to overthrow me too? Are you like rebels? None of those stories you're told, no. They're wrecking too. Instead I'll start calling you the Sandinistas. The hostile takeovers. You go on podcasts just to take them over? Like Amiens took over the White House. Really, yeah. Yeah, we could do that. I would love to. Maybe next week we'll do, we'll take a break from the years and we'll do like a, kind of a jambalaya, you know, of stuff. Like throw some music news in there. We'll do some trivia. Maybe I'll come up with some questions for you guys. You could give us that deep vein of worst love songs ever. And it's funny, we noticed that several of them made everyone's list of worst love songs. So it's got to be universally bad. Okay. If everyone said that, that fucking song. Then there were a couple where I said I liked the song, but Lou and Perry were like, what? I'm always, you know, on the one side. Yeah, the one. When it falls into like that kind of metal, metal category, you have a soft spot. Air metal. Metal ballads. Oh my God. How I grew up. Yeah, yeah. As young as Ron Mark, you didn't have to deal with those 70s ones. Yeah, that's true. I did. This fucking guy. Blah. See what I mean? He's setting the bar high. Remember, this is how he talks. I don't think there's anything good about 1994. Blah. So he talks like Arnold Schwarzenegger. Yeah, well, an American Arnold Schwarzenegger. He talks like Arnold Schwarzenegger without the accent. We're going to pass the bar on this one. I am here. Let me see if you can entertain me. 1994. Blah. All right. So let's actually get right into 1994. Yeah. So we'll start on January 19th, 1994. Bryan Adams becomes the first major Western music star to perform in Vietnam since the end of the Vietnam War. Oh, shit. Bryan Adams. Bryan Adams, yeah. Wow. On January 21st to February, as it's spelled, the Big Day Out Festival takes place, again, expanding from those previous years. Blah, blah, blah. Auckland, New Zealand. The festival is headlined by Soundgarden, Ramones, and Bjork. Nice. That's an interesting... Probably each night there were headlines. I would love to see Bjork. Me too. I would never want to see the Ramones. They'll never get back together again. Unless they perform in the Pet Sematary. Yeah. Hey, Lou, can you put him in the green room? No, I'd like that one. That's a good one. Come on, there's a little crossover. Put him in the green room. Put him in the green room. Okay, yeah, yeah. Oh, it's going to be a long show. It's going to be a long one tonight. I feel better about myself now. Got a little redemption? The redemption song? Yes. I got a Buffett story for you. Oh, yeah? His one song was The Pirate Looks at 40. He would segue into Bob Marley's redemption song. Oh, jeez. And it didn't quite... Wait a minute. Buddy, that is the quickest way to get to the penalty box. I'm not playing it, though. I know you're not. You're poking the rhino right now. I'm a guitarist. You're poking the rhino right now. You're not a rhino, you're a nice guy. Come on, we went through that last week. And so, as I've been saying each week, I'm just going to say right now, where's Jack? Okay, and we'll move on from that. Hey, Jack. Hey, Jack, please come back. He didn't listen before, so I don't think he's listening now. Let's see. January 25th, Alice in Chains released their Jar of Flies album, which makes its U .S. chart debut at number one on the Billboard 200, becoming the first ever EP to do that. Right? But they still are always talked about as like number three or number four out of the big four. Big four being? Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden. And Alice in Chains. Alice in Chains is never getting that kind of... Whereas... That first album, the record company made them sound like another band. Yeah. And that's not their fault. They were produced that way. Dirt was a great album. Yes, yes. And Layne Staley was one of the greatest frontmen ever. Just as cool as the other side of the pillow, as they say. Yeah. voice Very unique also. Today we were talking about what we were going to talk about in the show. And he goes, when I saw the videos, he goes, I didn't match his face with the way he looked. Right? He said he was expecting like a grungy, more... No, he was slick. He was slick. In the Man in the Box video, he's got the kind of long... But then he changed it up. He slicked the hair back, he wore the shades, you know. Just turned into a... Suzanne McPhail. Another one of my horse people. She's the one that introduced me to that whole thing. And she said, who's Jack? That's right, I guess. At this point. On January 29th, The Supremes' Mary Wilson is injured when her Jeep hits a freeway median and flips over just outside of LA. Wilson's 14 -year -old son is killed in the accident. What a good day. Ah, this fucking... I saw this and I was like... Dead horses was a bummer. I know, I know. I saw this and I'm like, there's no way around this. February 1st, Green Day releases their breakthrough album, Dookie. Ushering in the mid -1990s punk revival. Dookie eventually achieves diamond certification. Now, I did like them back then. I actually did. I was stationed in Southern California in Riverside. And I decided to get like a side job. You know, I was in the Air Force. But I was like, I want to make a little more money. I want to do something. So I got a job at a record store. Cool. Was it Spencer's or something? Forget the name of it. Oh, Spencer's. They sold all the trinkets, too. No, no, it wasn't Spencer's then. It was something like that. It was a chain. Hot topic. They sold DVDs, too. FYE. No, it wasn't that. I'll remember it. I was working there when Dookie came out and the fucking whole wall was covered with Dookie CDs and they were flying off the shelves. It had a pretty fresh sound. It was fresh then. And coming off the 80s were kind of slick in a lot of ways, except for some of the real heavy alternative. But to hear a song like that on the radio, that was like hearing Smells Like Teen Spirit on mainstream rock radio. Good drummer, too. As a band, whether you like him or not, I think he's really good. Billy Joe Armstrong. Oh, Trey Cool. Trey Cool, yeah. February 7th, Blind Melons lead singer is Shannon Poon forced to leave the American Music Awards ceremony because he is loud and disruptive behavior. Poon is later charged with battery assault, resisting arrest, and destroying a police station telephone. Now, this is the dude that sang, you know, And I don't really care if I sleep all day And he's in the daisy field, so you think he's like this really, like, chill dude. And like, you know, me and the B -girl, man, you know. The B -girl, yes. And the tap -dancing B -girl, and like, I'm just this dude's a fucking lunatic. He was taking substances that made him. Oh, yeah. That was a short career. Was it him that did a duet with Guns N' Roses? What was the video, a song from Guns N' Roses with a video where they're up on like a water tower and they jump into the water or something. I forget what it was called. Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe they did it with him.
A highlight from Episode 12 The Drama of Atheist Humanism Fr. Joseph Fessio S.J., Vivian Dudro, and Joseph Pearce FBC Podcast
"Welcome to the Foreign Book Club where David Duda, Joseph Pierce, and I, Father Fassio, continue to discuss Henri de Bloch's classic work, The Drama of Atheist Humanism, where he takes three great figures of the 19th century, whose thought influenced the whole of the 20th century, and is still influences now. We've covered Nietzsche, and then Feuerbach Marx, trying to take it as one moral person there. And now we're about to finish, the least known, I believe, in America anyway, Auguste Comte, who is the father of sociology. We're on page 248, in this chapter, positive transpositions, that is positivism, which was the form of thought and practice that was developed by Auguste Comte, transposed many elements of the Catholic church into its own humanist church. And we'll continue seeing how that happened on this section called Sociocracy, page 248. In the middle of that page, Lubbock says, in the last analysis, Christianity in general had been looking forward to the kingdom of heaven. Positivism in general, in the last analysis, an organization of the kingdom of the earth. That kind of sums it up. And then at the bottom of that page, the last word, if, and to the next page, if the advent of sociology had meant the elevation of politics to the rank of an exact science, the advent of sociocracy was to be the religious consecration of the said politics. It becomes a religion. Joseph, you're leading us in this book. Yeah, well, that's actually a good introduction to the first thing I had highlighted, which is really just three words, but I think very, an ominous few words. This is the middle of page 250, where Comte says that he has given his creed, that the motto order and progress, both words are capitalized. And in one sense, if you're going to look at those words sort of amorphously or ambivalently, everybody believes in order and progress, in the sense that the Catholic church will say an ordered life is a virtuous life, and that's progress towards the kingdom of heaven. No one's going to argue, if we're going to use the words very amorphously, what that means. But when you capitalize them as something subject to this sociology, the order is going to be state imposed order, and the progress is going to be worship of a utopia in the future for which everybody can be sacrificed. And that's what happens when you suck the divine out of notions of order and progress. So the next thing I have is 253, so I don't know if anybody beats me there. Well, the very last line of 252, I just barely squeezed in ahead of you, Joseph. The box says, since nothing could be done unless a, quote, proper nucleus of true sociocrats, those quotes, was formed. But in the field of action, the watcher was politics first. From the very outset, the new system must seek to lay hands on power. And, well, you, you may have done the same thing I'm going to do, so you take it away with 253, Joseph. Well, yeah, I mean, just commenting on that, that's the whole point is that we saw this with Nietzsche and with Marx, that it's no longer about truth, objectively understood, but about subjectively applied power and that in itself. But what I felt further down here is very interesting. This is different from Marx. Marx obviously believed somehow that the working class were going to be the people that would gain power, at least in theory, were very much an elitist. And for him, halfway down page 253, and this is ominous, it's almost like exactly what we're seeing in the capitalist ideologies, bankers. So it's actually the international financiers, the super rich, like the George Soros's. These men possessing great wealth must, provided they keep us to the pitch of their social vocation, also have the leading part in the government, that they are naturally trained for this role, by their habit of seeing things in perspective and by the spirit of calculation, that the middle classes are to disappear, leaving only a patriciate and a proletariat, that for the whole of the West, with its 120 million inhabitants, the patriciate is to number 2000 bankers. So he's actually saying that we're going to hand over the government of the world to 2000 super rich financiers. That's his idea.
A highlight from UNCHAINED: Why All 10,000 OnChainMonkey NFTs Will Move From Ethereum to Bitcoin
"Arbitrum's leading Layer 2 scaling solutions can provide you with lightning -fast transactions at a fraction of the cost, all while ensuring security rooted on Ethereum. Arbitrum's newest addition, Orbit, enables you to build your own tailor -made Layer 3. Visit arbitrum .io today. Buy, trade, and spend crypto on the crypto .com app. New users can enjoy zero credit card fees on crypto purchases in the first seven days. Download the crypto .com app and get $25 with the code LORA. Link in the description. Today's guests are Danny Yang and Bill Tai, co -founders of Medigood and creators of Onchain Monkey. Welcome, Danny and Bill. Hey, Laura. Great to be here. Thank you, Laura. Honored to be here again. Bill, you were my third guest, if I remember correctly. So… Yeah. Pleasure to have you back. You're the star of the industry, kind of, at the Necker Blockchain Summit. I know. I can't believe that was over seven years ago now. But anyway, so part of the reason that I brought you two here was to discuss some recent issues, you could call them, in the Bitcoin ordinals world. And it affects you as creators. But first, why don't we give everybody the backdrop of what you've been doing. And we'll start with your backgrounds pre -Medigood. So, Danny, would you like to start? Yeah. So, I'm Danny Yang, pre -Medigood. I started a Stanford Bitcoin meetup back in 2013. That's when I met Bill, actually. So that's how he connected. True OG. Yeah. Early days of Bitcoin when we were all very, I guess, excited by what we could do. And I had the sky's the limit. And Bitcoin was the center of attention for everything. It was really the only thing. And I started a cryptocurrency exchange in Taiwan called MyCoin, that's doing well today too. And then a couple of years later, I started a blockchain analytics company called Bloxier that was then sold a few years after that. And Bill also was the first investor in both of my, those two Bitcoin and crypto companies that have been busy in this space. And just excited to see what's happening today too, what we're going to talk about because of the new happenings for Bitcoin in particular. And Bill? Yeah. And Laura, I think obviously you've known me for quite a while, but I somehow was able to see some kind of interesting future for Bitcoin back in 2010. That led me to doing some work on a bunch of different things. Some of the more notable companies that came out of the industry at that time were Bitfury, of course, where I put together the funding for their first major ASIC chip. Still chairman of the board of Hut 8 Mining, which we spun out of Bitfury, it used to be our Canadian operation and had funded a bunch of interesting projects like AirSwap with Joe Lubin and Mike Novogratz and Power Ledger and some other things. But Danny, having been the founder of the Stanford Bitcoin Meetup Group, and Laura, you will remember even back on Necker Island, what I wanted to do was create something like the Homebrew Computer Club for this segment. And Danny had already done that. So as I was attending the Stanford Bitcoin Meetup Groups, young startups like Zappo or BitGo or Coinbase or whoever would come and present at his meetup. And I just identified Danny as a node with a lot of talent given his PhD in computer science at Stanford and every question that I had that was technical, he could answer. And so one day I walk up to him and I said, hey, if you ever start a company, I'm writing a check. And that became the first company he mentioned. And I funded it along with some real OGs like Charlie Lee, Bobby Lee, Jed McCaleb, people like that. And then that turned into another funding for Blockseer. Both of those companies have been successful. And third time around, you know, I was like, Danny, let's do this one together. So I wrote a check and we put together Medigood.
A highlight from Toronto Reignites The Lillard Trade
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A highlight from Am I Ready???
"Body odor? Body odor? B .O.? At this time, you are smelly. It's impossible. So you are what you attract. Develop yourself. We are live. I'm excited. I'm excited. How is everybody doing? I don't know, but that sounded like some cartoon song. It's true. You're thinking everybody clap your hands. That's not a cartoon. What's that from a cartoon? No, no. No, it looked like it sounded like it was. Okay, whatever. It isn't, but yeah, you got me. That was it. Everybody clap your hands. Clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap your hands. One hop this time. Two hops this time. Boom, boom. Slide to the right. Slide to the right. Criss cross. Criss cross. We're excited, as you can tell. Welcome to the club, everybody. Welcome to the club. We welcome you to the club today with the Cupid Shuffle. That's what you heard us singing. Uh oh, yes please. Go there, girl. I love that. That was a good one. It's a good one. You're welcome to the club, y 'all. And you are met with your favorite DJs, stroke hosts, today for the episode three. Oh my gosh, episode three. Wow. Already? Hi. Oh, I have exciting news, guys. So guess who is starting with our third episode. And we honestly cannot thank you, our lovely listeners in a breath super, super grateful. Y 'all holding us down. We are literally charting with our second episode. And this is our third episode, so we know we're going to be charting even higher when we release this one. Yes. And honestly, God richly, richly, richly, richly bless each and every single one of you that have been involved, that have been sharing, listening, leaving reviews, doing all of that. God richly, richly, richly, richly bless you for that. And with that being said, we go right into it for housekeeping. We entreat you to follow our social media pages, Twitter and Instagram at clap31pod, where you are kept up to deal with every single thing that's going to be happening in the club. Also, I run the Twitter page, so Twitter is lit. Honestly, you should engage on our Twitter page. Follow us on Twitter, follow us on Instagram so that when we post, you can contribute, share your stories, engage, tell us what you think about the podcast, tell us what you think about this week's next week, the week before, the week in 10 years. We're going to be here for a while. So yes, make sure to keep leaving us reviews and sharing. Subscribe to the podcast on all the streaming platforms you're going to be listening to this on. Leave a review. If you like this week's episode, please make sure to leave a review under it so that people will know about it and people can have access to the messages as well. Don't get keep. I know this is such a lovely podcast that you'd want to get keep, but please let's not get keep. Let's share, share, share, share, share. And that's it for this week. Thank you, girl. So y 'all, this episode is going to be a continuation of episode two. We're going to be picking up from where we left off in episode two. So if you haven't been able to listen to episode two and you jumped right into this, I would admonish you to kindly go back and listen to episode two before listening to this beautiful one. So maybe a little recap of last week's episode would help us transition better into this week's. So for last week, we delved into the world of dating and pursuit and we explored different perspectives, mainly biblical examples. And we established that the woman's responsibility is not to pursue, but to be pursued. And we looked at examples from Adam and Eve and Ruth and Boaz. And we also looked at a scripture from Proverbs 18, 22, where it says he who finds a wife found a good thing and not the other way around. It doesn't say she who finds a husband. Right. And for this week, we're going to be looking specifically at Ruth and how she prepared herself to be pursued by Boaz. And last week we established that Ruth was not concerned about how she was going to get Boaz to woo her and stuff like that. She was very much focused on herself and how she could, you know, make a living for herself and for her mother in law, because we all know that Ruth was a widow and she lived with her mother in law. And she was also very hard working and she just possessed a lot of great qualities that helped her flourish as a woman. And that allowed Boaz to notice her and pursue her. And so in this episode, we're going to be delving more into this period of self -discovery and preparation. And we're going to draw on personal examples as well as what we have seen other people do and what we have learned in general in our lives. So, yes, let's delve right into it. And so we befittingly called this episode, Am I Ready? And before we get right into the episode, we'd love for our very prayerful Joanna to pray us into the episode. Wow. Isn't that beautiful? I'll take it.
A highlight from Eric Diaz's Journey From the University of Georgia to Coaching Rising American Alex Michelsen
"Welcome to the official tennis .com podcast featuring professional coach and community leader Kamau Murray. Welcome to the tennis .com podcast. We are here with Eric Diaz. You remember the name? Eric is son of Manny Diaz, coach of Alex Mickelson, Werner Tan, and right now has his own thing called tier one performance out in the Irvine area. Welcome to the show, Eric. How's it going? Thanks for having me. Thanks for having me. It's great to be on. Great to be on. So I interviewed your dad probably about 2 months ago. That was, you know, we were poking fun about him redshirting Ethan Quinn, you know, not choosing not to play Ethan Quinn later. You know he wins NCAA the next year. It was kind of like, what were you thinking, right? Yeah, one of those tough ones. Oh yeah, it was kind of like, did you think he wasn't ready? Was he, did he think he wasn't ready? Like, you know, you probably could have won NCAA twice. That kind of thing but you obviously came from good tennis pedigree. So, I guess the first obvious question was what was it like growing up with your dad being Manny? You know, because I, it's hard not to take work home, right? Let's just put it that way. You're a tennis coach and a child of a tennis dad. Yeah. You know, I don't know. I think anybody that's been in tennis for a long time knows it's kind of a lifestyle a little bit. You know, there's definitely being the tennis coach and kind of, you know, working toward things but it's also, I don't know, the sport takes so much of you that sometimes, you know, it just feels like, you know, it's second nature. It's kind of a part of it. So, I mean, growing up in Athens, growing up around Dan McGill Complex was always a treat. That was back when NCAA's were kind of always hosted in Athens. So, I got to watch, you know, all the college greats. I grew up watching the Bryan brothers get, you know, sadly then they were kind of pegging some of our guys in doubles matches but, you know, it was really cool being able to sit court side, watch those guys and then, you know, be able to watch them on TV a little bit later. Really cool. Really cool experience growing up. Now, from a junior career, did your dad coach you your whole career or did he hire private coaches to sort of teach you technique? Because I know, you know, coaching at a program like UGA, it is very demanding and sometimes the children of the tennis coach lose out to the actual players and the people who are paying. So, did he coach you? How was that? You know, he coached me. I think he tried to coach me but at the same time, he also didn't want to put too much pressure on me to like, you know, really play tennis and go in. So, he kind of let it be my own thing. I started, I actually went to Athens Country Club, great little spot on the outside of Athens. Alan Miller was the main coach there. So, he helped me out a lot. He actually, he was on my dad's first, you know, assistant coaching team where they won a national title. I think he paired with Ola who now obviously has been with USGA for a while. I think they played doubles and I think they won a doubles title as well. So, I think Alan was a part of the first team championship and then he was also, you know, he won a doubles title there too. I think he might have won two. So, I spent a lot of time around him which was also, it was really cool. You know, it was a guy who was a part of the Georgia tennis family. Athens is really tight -knit like that and so it's special to be a part of that family both, I guess, through blood and through, you know, the alumni. It's cool. Now, let me ask you, did you ever consider going anywhere else, right? I mean, successful junior career, one of the top players in the nation, tons of options. You know, it could be like, you know, there's always sort of the, oh, his dad's going to give him a scholarship, right? You saw with Ben Shelton, you know, Brian Shelton. Obviously, he's going to look out for his kid. Did you ever aspire to like go to another top program or UCLA or Texas or Florida? I think growing up, you know, because I got to see all those teams play. You know, I remember in 1999, I looked up this guy who, he played number one for UCLA. I don't know, this guy showed up. I'm a little kid and he had half of his head was blue and the other half was gold and, you know, UCLA was firing it up. They were really good at the time. I remember that was my dad's first national title in 99. And, you know, ever since then, I really, you know, I looked up to the guys. Every now and then, I got to sneak on to a little travel trip and, you know, I got to see what it was like. But, I mean, for me, it was always Georgia. I thought Athens was a special place, you know, getting to see the crowds that they get there and being able to kind of just see the atmosphere of everybody caring about each other. You know, it was cool looking at other teams. You know, the Brian brothers had the cool Reebok shoes, you know, the UCLA guy with the different hair. But at the end of the day, it was always the dogs. It was always Georgia. So, I was really lucky when I got to be a part of that team and I got to kind of wear the G that, you know, through my junior years, I was always wearing it, you know, but I guess it was a little bit different when you're actually, you know, on the team and representing. I think it's a different feeling. Yeah. So, if you didn't go into tennis, what else would you be doing? Like, you know, I didn't, you know, I'm obviously coaching now, but I didn't go right into coaching. I went to work into pharmaceuticals like marketing, sales, you know, finance. It's always, I always find it interesting to say if I wasn't coaching, I got my degree, I would be doing this. Yeah. You know, if I was a little bit more prone, I think to just loving schoolwork and loving studying, you know, everybody's always told me that I would make a pretty good lawyer just because I'm a bit of a contrarian. I like to argue. I like to challenge everybody that's kind of around me. So, I'm always looking for a good argument. So, I'll go with that. Everybody's always told me, you know, maybe you should have been a lawyer. You argue a Hey, lot. well, I'm sure, I'm sure your tennis parents, right? The parents of the academy probably don't like that one, right? They like to be in control. They have the last say and be contrarian. A lot of the time they do. A lot of the time they do. Yeah. So, you're sort of like stepping out, right? Out of the shadow and you're now on the west coast out there in the with Irvine area tier one performance and quite honestly, making your own name. I know you've had opportunity to coach Alex Mickelson as well as, you know, Lerner, Tan who are both like doing real well, both like main draw this year at US Open. Tell me about the process of moving way west. Yeah. And starting your own thing. Well, you know, it kind of started with, you know, I took that leap and I moved away from home for, you know, the first time because obviously being born and raised and going to school at UGA. I took my first chance and I went to Boise State and I worked under Greg Patton for a year who I'd heard great things about and, you know, all were true. He's a great guy. I thought it was a fantastic experience. So, I did that for a year and then over the summer, the UGA swim coach's son that I kind of grew up with, he was in Newport and so I kind of came to visit and then, you know, all of a sudden the opportunity to be coaching out here, you know, came about and, you know, I did my due diligence a little bit. You know, I looked at the old tennis recruiting pages and, you know, I'm looking at all the talent over the last like 20 years and, you know, statistically, you look at the list and you're like, okay, you know, if I'm in this area and I give myself, you know, the right opportunities and I, you know, learn how to coach properly, you know, I feel like I've had some pretty good experience from some good mentors. You know, then I kind of thought, you know, okay, maybe I can kind of control my own destiny out here a little bit and, you know, over time, it's taken a lot but, you know, over time, I feel like I did get myself some pretty decent opportunities. So, when you first laid eyes on Mickelson, how old was he? He was 12. He was coming out to some point place. It was the first place I kind of rented courts. It was this old rundown beat up club but beautiful. There were some trees there. Nobody wanted it. The courts were kind of run down and everyone's like, oh no, nothing there and I was like, I'll take it. So, you know, it gave me space. It gave me courts. It gave me the ability to kind of try and market. I made things cheap so I could get a lot of kids out there and try and get a competitive environment going and luckily, you know, had a good bit of talent out there where, you know, the kids kind of attracted the kids and I was this young coach, 23, 24 and, you know, over time, you know, people started to kind of gain trust and realize, you know, this guy isn't that bad. So, you know, over time, it kind of, you know, worked in my favor and, you know, everything kind of worked out. I eventually switched clubs to a nicer one and, you know, you move up. You earn your stripes. Now, when you saw him, did you initially see, you know, like super talent because he won our ADK this summer and, you know, it was full of Steve Johnson, Su -Woo Kwong. It was Ethan Quinn. It was other names, right? Kanee Shakuri. And Alex, okay, you know, he got the USTA wildcard. He's a young kid. You know what I mean? Like, sort of under the radar and then he wins the whole tournament in finals Newport on the grass like a week later. So, did you see it right away? Was he like a typical kind of 12 -year -old throwing his racket, having tantrums? What was he like at 12? Alex has always turned on tantrums. But, you know, when he was 12, he was good. But, you know, I'll be honest, there were a handful of kids out there that, you know, Kyle Kang, who's had a lot of success. I saw him. Sebastian Goresney, who Alex won doubles with. There were a handful of others and, I mean, Alex, they were, he was good. If I thought that he would be this good, you know, at this point, I think I'd I don't think I saw that. But, you know, you definitely see that this kid's capable of playing at a pretty good level while he's young. And then, you know, as the years kind of go and then as you sort of see him and his personality kind of develop, you kind of recognize, you know, this, you know, this isn't too normal of a 16, 17, 18 -year -old kid. And then, you know, sure enough, eventually the results followed, which was pretty fun to watch. Yeah, I mean, I felt it was interesting because he was here with like his friend. Yeah. You know, not even like a coach, trainer, physio, nothing. Like him and his homeboy. Yeah. He didn't look like he played tennis. You know what I mean? So, yeah, it was like, it was interesting to show up without, you know, completing against guys who are here with like coaching that they're paying six -figure salaries and who are scouting, right? And for him to kind of move through the draw, honestly, I mean, you know, maybe he split sets once. Yeah. It was actually really interesting. He's an extremely competitive kid. And so, you know, throughout the last few years kind of as we've traveled to some events and as he's gone to some like by himself, you know, the whole understanding is, okay, how well do you really understand, you know, your day -to -day process? How well are you able to, you know, nowadays, you know, with challengers, everything you can stream, you can watch. So, you know, both myself and, you know, Jay, the other coach that's here and helping him out, you know, we watch, we communicate. But, you know, at the end of the day, you know, it was one of those big decisions, okay, are you going to go to college or are you going to go pro? And he's kind of weighing those two things. And it's, you know, if you really think you want to be a pro, show me. And so it's one of those things, luckily, when he's young, you know, you have the, you know, it's kind of freedom. If he loses some matches, okay, you're young. If, you know, you win some matches, okay, great. You're young. So it's one of those things where, you know, we really kind of wanted to see, you know, what he's able to do sort of on his own. How well can he manage emotionally? How well can he, you know, create some game plans and stick to his day -to -day routines? And he, I would say he passed. And did he officially turn pro? He officially turned pro, yeah. Yeah. So I know UGA was going to be where he was going. I know he was undecided this summer, but UGA was going to, was there a little bit of an inside man kind of happening here, right? You know, I mean, you know, I think that, you know, I'll definitely say, I think he had some exposure to hearing about, you know, some Georgia greatness. I think that for sure. But, you know, I'll say it was his decision. Ultimately, I tried to not put too much pressure or expectation on where he was going to go. You know, I think Georgia has a lot to offer. So I think, you gone that route, I think it would be, you know, I don't think we can really fail if, you know, you're going and you're trying to be a tennis player and that's a place you choose. I think it's a pretty good place. Now tell us about Lerner Tan. I'll admit as a player that I hadn't had the opportunity to watch too much. I had not watched him in the challenges at all. But was he also sort of in the program at a young age or did he just sort of come later on? My partner actually, you know, kind of helped him when he was young because Levitt Jay used to be incorporated at Carson, which was kind of where Lerner kind of had his, you know, beginnings. He was a little bit more, I guess I'll say, you know, his talent was Federation spotted, I guess you could say as to where Alex was kind of, you know, the guy on the outside a little figuring his own way. Lerner was kind of the guy that everybody kind of thought was, you know, the guy. Right. And so, you know, it's been fun kind of watching him, you know, see his transition, you know, from juniors to now, you know, kind of becoming, you know, the top of juniors, you know, winning Kalamazoo the last two years and his transition. It's been fun to see. So, you know, I've seen a lot of him out of the last, you know, two and a half to three years. So it's been, it's definitely been a different transition. I feel like, you know, it's a little bit fire and ice there. You know, Alex is the fiery one screaming a good bit and Lerner is the silent killer. So it's, they're definitely different, which I think, you know, is pretty refreshing and it's kind of cool to see them both have success in their own accord. So tell us about Tier 1 then. So how many courts, obviously you grew up, I mean, like, you know, I started in the park years ago, right? In Chicago Park, right? And now I got 27 courts. But tell us about Tier 1 performance now. Where are you? How many courts do you now have? How many kids are you serving? Yeah, we're in Newport Beach right now, which is great. Weather's nice. We have, right now, we're running our program out of only five ports. It's not that big. You know, we take a lot of pride in just kind of being individually, you know, development based. I feel like if you're in our program, you're going to have, you know, a good bit of time from the coaches. You're probably going to have a chance to hit with some of the top guys. We try to be really selective with who we kind of have. Just because in Southern California, it's really difficult to, you know, get your hands on a ton of courts. There's so many people in tennis. There's only a few clubs now. You know, pickleball, even at our club right now, you know, pickleball is booming. You know, so many people are playing. It's keeping clubs alive, which, you know, I think is nice. But at the same time, I would love to see, you know, a lot of tennis courts and tennis opportunity. But, you know, it is what it is. Yeah, man, pickleball is definitely taking over. You see clubs getting rid of one court, two courts, and they think that it's not that big of an impact. But I mean, two courts really makes a difference in terms of being able to spread kids out, get them more time, get more balls and more balls at the time. But it's, you know, I think in tennis, if we want to fight them off, we've got to market better and we've got to grow, right? They're in this growth sort of stage and we're sort of stagnant, you know, so it's not like we're not leaving the club with a lot of choices other than to diversify, you know what I mean? Right. Yeah, yeah, yeah, for sure. So, let me ask you that. So, you've obviously had two kids that are going on. What do you tell that next parent, whose kid's 14, right, may get to see learner Alex come to the academy and number one, they want to homeschool, right, or ask you whether or not they should homeschool or B, you know, whether or not they should choose to go to college or, you know, turn pro. How are you advising parents? Because I get the question all the time. Should we homeschool, right? Should we do whatever? And I always, you know, the answer is always, it depends. Yeah. But what would be your answer in terms of homeschooling to train? Well, look, I definitely think that if your primary goal is to be a tennis player and I think, you know, if you're an athlete and that's kind of what you want to do, I think there's a lot of benefit in homeschooling just because, you know, it enables you to travel. You know, if I get to the ITF level, you know, I need to be able to travel. Those tournaments start on Monday and they go through Friday. So, you know, if I'm in a regular school, if I'm a high school kid, you know, that's a pretty difficult life for me to be able to justify or to, you know, be able to get my excused absences and stuff like that. You know, we're definitely big. You know, if you show me a 14 and under kid and I feel like I had pretty good experience in this just because I saw a lot of kids from the age of 12 to 14, you know, I got to see an entire kind of generation out of SoCal and a lot of them were pretty good. You know, the one thing I think, you know, when you're 12, 13, 14 years old, I think the primary thing kind of for level, obviously it matters how you're doing it, but I think the primary thing is the repetition. You know, I saw a ton of kids where they had a bunch of practices and I knew that that kid probably, you know, had 30%, 40 % more time than some of the other kids. And, you know, sure enough, that kid is more competent at keeping the ball in play. You know, they're able, you know, they've just seen and touched more balls. So, you know, they're going to make more balls. I think it's a balance. I think it really depends on the parents. I think it really depends on the kid. And I think it depends on the environment that they'll be in if they are going to be homeschooled. You know, I will say that, you know, we've had a handful of kids kind of switch from high school to homeschooled and they're in our program. But I feel like there's still strong social aspects in our program. You know, all the boys are tight. They compete a lot. They, you know, I feel like they get their social, you know, they go to lunch. And just kind of our standards are really high. I think this past year we had five kids that graduated that all went to IVs. So, you know, it's totally possible whether you're homeschooled or whether you're in school, I think, to, you know, kind of pursue academic excellence. I think, you know, just because you're doing one thing and not the other, I don't think that that necessarily, you know, takes that away from you. I think tennis can open a ton of doors. And I think I kind of, you know, we've kind of seen that in the last few years. I've seen a lot more tennis kids choosing IV ever since 2020, I feel. I feel like the IVs have been pretty hot, especially for some blue chip players, which I think, you know, if you look prior to 2020, I think the percentages took a pretty drastic jump, which is interesting to see. Yeah, you know, it's funny, you know, in some markets you see people playing for the scholarship and in some other markets you see them playing for entrance, right, into the Princeton, the Harvards. And one of the myths, like, I think if you think about basketball or football, right, the better basketball football players are obviously choosing the SEC, right, Pac -12, whatever that is. But in tennis, you know, I think that, you know, your academics and your tennis have to be, like, at the top scale to go, just because you're not like a bad tennis player if you go to Harvard, you know what I mean? Like, the kid that goes to Harvard or makes the team probably could have gone to PCU, right, or Florida or whatever, you know what I mean? And so it is interesting to see the number of people who say, yes, I've spent 30 grand on tennis for the past eight years and I'm still willing to pay for college, right, because I got into Princeton, Harvard, Yale, etc. But I think it's a big myth where, you know, the United States is so basketball focused, we see Harvard basketball as, like, okay, that's everyone that didn't get chosen by the Illinois, the Wisconsin, the Michigan. And it's not the same, you know what I mean? Yeah, it's different for sure. So when you think about, like, the Ivies, right, you see a lot of kids go to East Coast and you think about, you know, COVID obviously changed something with the home school, you know, sort of situation. People who never considered that it was possible were like, okay, well, we've been living at home for a year and a half and doing online studies, it's not that bad, you know, they're more focused with their time. Did you see more people from families who you thought would not have done it try it post COVID? Yeah, definitely. I think the really popular thing that a lot of people are doing now is kind of a hybrid schedule, which I actually really like a lot. At least in California, I don't know if the schooling system is different everywhere else. I know it was different where I was from. But a lot of these kids, you know, they'll go to school from 8 to 1130 or 8 to 12. And, you know, they have their three hours where, you know, I don't know how they stagger their classes and stuff like that. But I know that pretty much every kid at every school in SoCal is at least able to do this if they so choose. And so they're able to get released around 12 or something. And, you know, they're able to be at afternoon practice and get a full block in. You know, for me, that still enables you to get the hours you need on court and to be able to maintain some of that social. And, you know, if you become, you know, really, really good, I guess, okay, by junior year, maybe you could consider, okay, maybe I should take this a little bit more seriously, maybe I should go full time homeschool. Or, you know, a lot of these kids are in a place where it's, you know, I'm comfortable with my tennis, I like where it's at, I feel like it'll give me opportunity in college. My grades are great. And, you know, maybe that person's a little more academically inclined. And, you know, they want to have a career and they feel like tennis is that great stepping stone. Which I think is a really cool thing about our sport is it just opens a tremendous amount of doors. I feel like if you figure out how to develop and be a good tennis player and how to compete well in tennis, you can you can apply that to almost everything in life. Yeah. So you talk about opening doors, right? When Alex or Lerner were sort of deciding whether to walk through door number one, which is college, or door number two, which is which is obviously turning pro. Right. How did you advise them? You know what I mean? If I say, hey, you know what? Take a couple wildcards. If you went around or two, maybe you go to college. If you win a tournament, maybe you stay out there. If an agency locks you into a deal, right? Then, you know, they normally know what good looks like and they normally have like the ear of the Nike, the Adidas, right? Then you turn pro. What was your advice in terms of if and when, right? Yeah. For those who ask. Well, they were both in different places. I'm gonna start with Lerner cuz he's younger. He actually, you know, did a semester in college. You know, Lerner finished high school, I think, when he was sixteen, sixteen and a half. And so, obviously, your eligibility clock starts, you know, six months after you finish your high school. So, for him, it was, you know, he was so young, he didn't really have much pro experience at that time. You know, he did great things in juniors. You know, he won Kalamazoo. He got his wild card into the men's that year and then, you know, he played a little bit of pro kind of and then, you know, that that January, he went in and and did a semester at USC which I think was a good experience for him socially. He had some eligibility problems which, you know, only let him play about five, six matches toward the end of the year which was kind of disappointing and then, you know, he won Kalamazoo again and so, you know, that was the second trip there and then, you know, by then, he had a little bit more exposure with, you know, agencies and brands and kind of, you know, the stuff that you'd like to see that'll actually give you the financial security to kind of, you know, chase your dream and pass up, you know, the the education, I guess, for the time being. So, you know, I felt like that was really the security was a big was a big thing for him. You know, prior to winning Kalamazoo for the second time, you know, he still had Junior Grand Slams to play. He wasn't playing men's events. So, for him being that age, you know, it was, well, you know, I'm I'm not in a massive rush so why not get a semester in and I think he had a great time. He really liked it. I mean, he he speaks pretty positively about the dual matches. He actually follows college tennis now a little bit more. You know, he will talk about some dual matches which I think is pretty cool and you know, I think it gave him some confidence getting to play for university, getting to represent, you know, seeing that university promotes you. I think there's a lot of benefits there and now, you know, he's got an alumni base. You know, people talk about all, you know, he's a USC Trojan and stuff like that. You know, you see it at all different tournaments. You know, guys are wearing a USC hat and, you know, hey, learner, da da da and you know, I think that that's pretty cool to be a part of, you know, a big family of people who are proud that, you know, they can say they played in the same place and then Alex. Alex was, you know, he was a little old for his grade and he was one that he committed and, you know, the whole time him and learner kind of, you know, talking and, you know, about going pro and da da da da. You know, obviously, it was their dream. You know, I just kept telling Alex, you know, I don't want to hear it. I don't want to hear it until, you know, it's a real problem and so, you know, he gets to 400 in the world and, you know, it's what you do. You get to 400. You know, it's good but at the end of the day, you know, you're not, your life's not changing because you're 400 in the world. You know, so he's 400 in the world and he's, you know, saying stuff to me and I'm like, I could not care less you're going to college and then it was, you know, this was probably in January, February, you know, he starts to kind of do a little bit better and I think at that point, I recognized that he was better than a lot of the guys kind of at the challenger level. You know, just from my perspective, I was seeing kind of what it was, what it was to be 300, what it was to be 200 and I think at that point, like February, March, I fully knew that he was good enough to be there and to be winning those matches but at the same time, you know, having financial security, having set, you know, all of those factors that kind of go into whether I'm going to pass up my education and go pro. You know, it's a big decision and so I remember we were putting it off. I just said, you know, nothing till US Open. I was like, we're not, we're not talking about college till US Open. I said, you know, when we get to US Open, you finish US Open, you have that exposure, you know, we see what happens in those two weeks and then, you know, then we'll kind of make a decision but until then, like, don't even think about it. Don't talk about it. Don't care. You're going to school and I think that mentality really helped him kind of just play free. He was, you know, I'm not playing to go pro. I'm trying to do my job in school, finish my high school. I'm going to tournaments, playing great, just trying to compete and, you know, lucky for him, you know, well, I guess it's not lucky at all. That kid worked his absolute tail off but, you know, he had that success in Chicago at your club and then, you know, he made that little Newport run and I think by then, that was his third or fourth former top 10 win and, you know, he won his challenger. He final the challenger. He'd semied another one. He had kind of shown and, you know, some people have gotten attention and they started believing in him and so then, you know, that's when that big decision kind of came but I feel like for him, he really established himself, improved himself amongst pros which I think is an interesting thing because a lot of the time when you see these juniors kind of go pro sub 18, a lot of the time, it's because they had tremendous junior success which then made them, you know, they had grand slam success and stuff like that but Alex didn't have any of that. You know, Alex was kind of the late bloomer that, you know, in the last year when he was already 18 and aged out of ITF, the kid really just took it to a new level and, you know, I think he really showed that he's kind of ready for what the tour has to offer.
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"Did you start going into the media and the coaching or did you have like other general areas? Yes. So in the process of running that doll business, that craft business, I gained 50 pounds. And because it was very sedentary, right? There was no activity to it at all. And I had never been overweight in my entire life. So I was literally miserable. I mean, except when I was pregnant, obviously, but I was miserable. And so I really hit this kind of a crossroads in my life. Okay, I'm stopping this business. I don't feel good about myself. I don't even know what's next for me. Like, I don't even know what I'm going to do. And I still didn't want to go back into retail management. I still didn't want that life. My kids were still in school. So I started thinking, okay, the only thing I have control of here is to take better care of myself. And so I started eating right, working out. Long story short, I got in the best shape of my life. And I fell in love with fitness. And so I decided, okay, I think I want to help other moms feel this good. And I know that there's nothing around now. At that time, there were not health clubs on every corner. There just were not those things out there. Again, this was a lot of years ago. And so I decided that I would get certified. And I had to order the books. Like, that's how far back this was. I had to actually get in a magazine and order these huge binders that came in the mail so I could get certified. But I thought, I'm going to start teaching fitness classes if I can get moms that want to do this with me. So I went to one of my kids' back to school barbecues, or both my kids' back to school barbecues. And I handed out flyers. I found a community hall where I could teach fitness classes. And I asked moms if they wanted to take fitness classes with me. Well, I was in the best shape of my life. So like, we want to look like you. So yes, we will take them. So I was charging, I don't know, $36 or $39 a month, something like that. Well, it kept growing and growing. And I kept growing. And then I came up with a program called Body Blast. And at that time, it was trademarked. And I was also doing nutrition with people. So I got certified nutrition. And so I had a small bedroom in my home where there were back steps. So I actually set that up as an office and I had people coming to my home and I was doing nutrition with them. But I got the idea to put the nutrition and a fitness program together. And I called it Body Blast. And they came five days a week. We worked out at five in the morning. And I gave them nutrition and we measured and we weighed and we did all the stuff that now you see now. So this would sound ridiculous to anybody, but it was very different back then. I was charging four times what my fitness fees were for this. So it was like $125 or something to do this Body Blast. Well, it literally took off. I mean, people had these phenomenal results. And before I knew it, I had people driving miles and carpooling to come to my Body Blast. And so that really helped my business explode. And then I started looking, okay, I have to move from this little bitty town. It was actually called The Village, 93 people. That should tell you something. I'm going to have to move into the bigger town and find another place. And my husband was going into bigger rent and all of that. Oh, I just don't know. He said, if you can find a place with no lease, no long lease and it's within what you're already making, he said, then I'll support you. That's really where we were. So I found a place where they didn't put me into a long lease and I quickly outgrew that. Then I moved into another building. And then long story short, by the time it was all done, I ended up with a 16 ,000 square foot health club. I had a big weight loss center. I had loads and loads of people. And then during the recession, I opened two more. I opened up Women's Fitness Club in another location about an hour away. And I opened another weight loss center and it was a high -end club. So it was more training, bootcamp style. I was still running Body Blast. That Body Blast program made me well over a million dollars. Just that one little program because I became known for that. Talk about brands. I really became known. We had a waiting list all the time because I was running them myself because I thought at that time, oh, no, this is my thing. This is my baby. And so I was running them myself and people would call and say, when's the next Body Blast? When's the next Body Blast? And so we would have a waiting list. And it got to where we were even turning people away for those. So I just kept up in the price and up in the price. And yeah, so it was a crazy ride.
A highlight from Bank of America Military Affairs with Lindsey Streeter
"Army veteran Lindsey Streeter leads the Military Affairs Strategy at Bank of America. He joined the Bank of America family in 2016 upon retiring from the U .S. Army as a highly decorated command sergeant major with 31 years of military service. He's been a leading voice in Bank of America's commitment to recruit, develop, and retain military talent, and Lindsey was recently named 2023 Veteran of the Year by the Military Times. Coming up next on Veteran on the Move. Welcome to Veteran on the Move. If you're a veteran in transition, an entrepreneur wannabe, or someone still stuck in that J -O -B trying to escape, this podcast is dedicated to your success. And now, your host, Joe Crane. As a member of Not -for -Profit, Navy Federal puts members at the heart of every single thing they do. Find out more at navyfederal .org. Alright, we're talking with Army veteran retired command sergeant major Lindsey Streeter, who leads the Military Affairs Strategy at Bank of America. Also, the 2023 Veteran of the Year by Military Times. Wow, what an awesome award there and great title. So, Sergeant Major Lindsey, thanks for being here today. Before we get to talk about all the great things Bank of America is doing for hiring America's veterans, take us back, tell us what you did in the Army. How many years was it, 33, 34? Hey, Joe Crane, I'll tell you what, man. I appreciate the opportunity to be on the show here today. And yeah, it was just a little north of 31 years that I did. Started out as a logistician, was an Army parts guy. Spent a lot of time in aviation units, you know, chasing Black Hawk helicopters around, trying to keep them flying, and I did that for 10 years, and then I transitioned over into recruiting command where I absolutely found my niche there as an Army recruiter. Ran a couple of recruiting stations, found a lot of success running those stations, a lot of promotions that came along with that, and ascended into leadership in recruiting command, ran the Army recruiting school, ran two companies as a first sergeant, and I was tagged to go to the Sergeant Major's Academy. Came out of the academy and pinned on Command Sergeant Major and headed up to Nashville, Tennessee, to head the Nashville recruiting battalion there and part of the command team there. Did that for about three and a half years, and then the Army saw fit to bring me out into training and doctrine command to run a leadership academy to round out my career, so I served as the commandant of the NCO Academy down here at Fort Stewart, Georgia, where I retired and then smoothly transitioned over into Bank of America. Yeah, so Bank of America was your first job out of the Army? It was. It was. I had a soldier that had worked for me about nine years earlier, and he had been with the bank about a year and a half, and he called me one day. I was driving home trying to contemplate whether or not I was going to retire or take another position in the Army, a nominal position as a sergeant major, and I got a call asking me to send him a resume. I believe there's a little divine intervention at play there because I prayed a prayer for some guidance with regards to transitioning, and I got the phone call and I quickly crafted a resume and sent it in, and said he something that was profound to me. He began to talk about the company, but he knew me very well, and he said to me that you fit here at this company, and I don't believe there was any more profound of a statement that could have been said to me. I think when veterans are transitioning, they're oftentimes looking for an organization that they believe they'll go there and do good, but where do you fit? Well, within that organization, and my colleague believed that from what he knew about me and my traits of character, there'd be a perfect marriage with me coming to Bank of America, and I thank goodness that he gave me that call. Yeah, no kidding. I mean, talk about using your network. I mean, a guy I know used to work with him in the Army. He's there. He brought me in. I'm good. I mean, that's how you get a job right there, but let's face it. Most guys aren't that lucky. I mean, you know, especially nine years before you're eight, you've actually kept in touch with him, and it worked, but ultimately that's the golden goose right there. Yeah, that's the formula. I think if they know you and then they know the organization, it automatically triggers in their mind where to stop on the Rolodex when they begin to seek referrals to bring it to the company. So I was thankful that he thought of me, and he got it right. Absolutely. Now, over the years I've heard a number of things with Bank of America, and before we hit the record button, I was talking with you about, over and over we talk about transition and getting out and getting a job. A lot of us want to go into entrepreneurship, run our own business, but let's face it. Some of us, if you're the main breadwinner, you've got to go get a JOB in the meantime and work on something on the side. So transitioning and getting a job as you get out of the military is definitely something you still end up having to do even though you want to run your own show. And some folks think, oh, you're retiring. You're a member of the Paycheck of the Month Club. What stress do you have, man? You already got a check coming in, whatever. Sometimes it's harder to find a job when you're retired from the Army because you're older, you're stuck in your own ways, you've never done anything else with the Army. You're kind of boxed in, and companies are looking at you like, well, what can you do for me? You spent almost all of your adult life in the Army. It can be much more difficult to convince a company that you can still speak civilian and you're able to put on a suit and you're able to show up to work and blend in, and sometimes it is harder, you know? Yeah, Joe, you really touched on a few things that I found were a challenge, and we continue to, as we invite new talent into the company, to work on these veterans with those attributes of assimilation, as I call them, demonstrated assimilation. You know, less than 1 % of the country serves, and so we're scared when we go in, but we're absolutely horrified when it comes time to take the uniform off and to depart. And, you know, so you're entering a realm of the 99 % that did not serve, and so what you owe to them is not for them to bend to you, but for you to bend and mold and become one of them and to really demonstrate that. And I believe it begins with being humble during your interview, especially as a senior leader in transition. You know, a lot of times we want to boast about our leadership ability and leadership demonstrate capability because of our past and those things that are contained within our resume. And those companies, if you can lead, they're going to afford you an opportunity to lead, but what they want to know is can they trust you with their brand and reputation of this company? Can you get here and humble yourself enough and be vulnerable enough so that they can hang some skills on you and you can demonstrate business acumen and how to dress and how to really work in a collaborative environment that's demanded by corporate America? And so I thank goodness I had some coaching and some grooming to help me with those things, and I work for a company that spends a lot of time trying to get that right. And what we do is we've invested into the scaffolding that's required to ensure that our veterans smoothly transition. So we charged ourselves with not just joining a crowd of being veteran friendly, but we wanted to demonstrate that we're veteran ready, and we did that by, or we do that by being meticulous in our selection process up front. We want to give the veteran the best opportunity to succeed at the company, and we do that by matching up their skill sets with an opening in the company. So we want to get this right fit piece fixed from the beginning. And then we want to make sure that the living room is straight inside the house. And so we have a robust ERG in our military support and assistance group that helps us with onboarding of our veterans, and we pair them up with a more tenured and seasoned veteran, and they hold their hands for about the first 90 days that they're here just to get them through the fits and jerks of assimilation. And it's a soft space, right? It allows them to ask the stupid questions to match a pair of loafers with a belt, you know, to understand which color suit pattern that they need to wear. And so it's those sorts of things that they feel like they can feel safe and feel welcome while they're going through that transition. And what we're hopeful is that what we're seeing is that it closes the back door, and we know that because we survey them. We use employee satisfaction surveys, and we gauge the morale and the motivation of our veteran cohort that way. And so we're proud of that work that we put into those challenging times. And the other thing is that, you know, we have a problem with our resumes and bridging the gaps, bridging our skill sets. And so we know that, we understand that, and we try and take that into account when we're placing talent that those resumes may have gaps in them, that they may be missing pertinent information. And so we've invested in a veteran recruiter that helps us to look at those resumes in detail and tell the story that the veteran's resume may not be telling. Absolutely. Hold that thought. We're going to take a quick break. We'll be right back.
A highlight from Pro Day Trader Teaches Me How To Make $100/Day
"What's up Banta fam? Welcome, welcome, welcome to a live trading stream. I am joined here today by Follis, one of the best traders that I've seen, primarily streams across Twitch. And he's also starting to gain a fair bit of traction across other platforms like Twitter and YouTube. So I thought today would be an amazing time for you to deep dive a little bit into Follis's trading style and maybe take some trades live. I don't know where this stream is going to take us. We're going to run it until, well, we'll see based on the market. We're going to run it until we see something or yeah, I guess we're just going to be a super chill stream. But thank you for joining Follis. If you just want to maybe introduce yourself to the audience, kind of explain who you are. You're a new face, sir. New face, yeah, baby. I'm class of 2021. So I haven't been around too long, to be fair. Yeah, I'm Follis, as Miles said. I've been trading for just over two years. And yeah, as he mentioned, I kind of got into the live trading, the Twitch trading side of things recently. And that's a lot of fun. I'll typically throw a couple of grand into an account and see how high we can run it up or run it down by taking trades live. So that's typically quite fun. I'm not sure how many trades we'll get to take today, but we can definitely have a look around. Market's been pretty dead as of late. But yeah, you can see there my Twitch channel, we just hit a year. So that's been a lot of fun. Yeah, live streaming is a lot of fun. It's something that I definitely recommend. Like even the guys in my Discord, we try and do live trading sessions whenever we can, because there's something about trading with an audience. You don't even have to trade big size. There's just something about trading with an audience, I think, that forces you to be a little bit more accountable, a little bit more responsible sometimes with the setups you take. I know for a fact, when I'm trading with 200 people watching me, I am way more risk averse. And that has upside and downside. Sometimes I'll find myself getting out of a trade too early, where if I was on my own, I would stay in that trade longer. Because, you know, the idea of losing money on stream with people watching you is not a good, you know, it's an ego thing. You can't take that well, you know. Your results are no joke though, like going through your Twitter, and you know, of course, we often want to post the good ones. But what I noticed through watching the YouTube and the Twitch and stuff is like, you're relatively consistent, like, you know, 28 % here, 298 % here, like, yeah, pretty much even at the club in Singapore, you'd open a huge position and you hit it nail like on their head. That was funny. That was funny. Yeah, I won't take credit for that. I was copy trading one of the traders I was with there, a guy called Miz, who's one of the best traders I know, but he said this thing is going to drop and I was inclined to believe him. So yeah, opened up a short so I could get a screenshot and about 30 minutes later, I was up like 1200 bucks. So yeah. You're in the club in Singapore, because we met at the conference. Wanted to get wanted to get a screenshot of me trading on the on the 40 something floor. And then yeah, this was like two hours later when we got back to the apartment. So wasn't too bad. Yeah.
Read the 5-Star Reviews on 'The Democrat Party Hates America'
"Or if you're going to go out this weekend, say to Costco or Walmart, Barnes and Noble, Books a Million, BJ's, Sam's Club, any independent book store, these various warehouse stores and so forth. You can pick up a copy. You can actually page through first, it take a look at it. And don't be afraid to pick it up because of the title and liberal is going to give you a look. Who cares? And if you go into one of these stores and I haven't they put it out yet. And I ask you to tell them to put it out and ask them why they haven't. Because I can tell you this, their headquarters want these books out. They've ordered a lot of them actually. And so this is an opportunity for us really to dig in, to spread the word, be the Thomas Pains. All the work's been done. It's between two covers. I think you're going to be extremely impressed and I think you're going to be so informed that you're going to be excited about communicating what's in the book including the family and friends and others. And it's the kind of book also that you may want to give to somebody else and say, hey look, before you have an opinion will you read it? I can tell you right now. I have a couple of friends who, they're not acquaintances. And I know they're Democrats. And some of them are African Americans. So I said to them, I want you to do me a favor. Before you read any other part of the book, read chapter 2. Go back to chapter 1, but I want you to read chapter 2 because I want to really hook them into what's taking place here.
A highlight from Ep.118 - Rewind to 1967: The Year That Changed Music Forever
"Well here we are episode 118 I think I think I forgot to list a few this might be like episode 120 or 121 I don't know I guess that's a good thing when you do so many you lose count anyway on this episode we're gonna be talking about the year in music 1967 and as usual I have the wrecking two in the house Mark Smith and Lou Colicchio of the music relish show very interesting yeah a lot happened sit back relax it's gonna be another two and a half hour podcast but we love it enjoy the show the KLFB studio presents milk rate and turntables a music discussion podcast hosted by Scott McLean now let's talk music enjoy the show yes let's talk music thank you Amanda for that wonderful introduction as usual welcome back my friends to the show that never ends welcome to the podcast you know the name I'm not gonna say it was streaming live right now over Facebook YouTube X formerly known as Twitter twitch D live and again I always I don't know how many other things and this podcast will be heard on every podcast platform yeah yeah 1967 so it was quite a year think you're in for a little little ride tonight yeah and you know who wasn't born in night oh he was three in 1967 marksmen from the music relish show good evening I was two years from being on this earth so you weren't even really thought of no you thought of it 67 think of that think of that yeah you weren't even thought of you weren't even like a sparkle in as they say in your father's eye there might have been the beginning of a sparkle who knows so let me see I'm looking at my is my screen still fuzzy on my end but I'm not even seeing it on YouTube right now I'm seeing it's live but I just got the image of the vinyl really yeah what the hell wait wait wait wait yeah no it's on it's on I see it I see it but my screen looks fuzzy right yeah that's how I'm seeing you from my end yeah what the hell let me check something here hold on okay let's do a little in show my you know that smooth little March of colors next to you when you open up the show yeah happy it's all like gone really weird I'm looking at this right let's go back to this see what happens I'm supposed to be in 1080 and I'm looking at it right now now you're sharp you just got sharp it goes back and forth it's a strange see like hearing yourself huh I guess I don't know what do a refresh here I'm playing it right Tom Benwald says it looks good patty says it's blurry that was in the beginning and it looks like it's sharp now so it goes back and forth you're starting to get blurry again it's strange got any storms down there no this this would this will drive me crazy now this is it's not supposed to be like this come on it's like a Grateful Dead show warts and all rice we're talking about 1967 there's no digital so it was still waiting for Luda come on so you know I'm going to do I hate doing this but I'm going to do it to you buddy what's that no don't cut me I'm not cutting you I'm gonna I'm gonna hit a refresh which might take me off the screen so the show is yours for about I don't know 60 seconds let's see what happens here let's see reload I'm gonna reload it so I'm going off the screen I guess it's time to advertise the music roll show with my friend Perry and my friend Lou we discuss opera we have fun how am I now you look better look yeah yeah looks better yep and I just advertised my podcast is that the opera I'll pay you I'll give you the money later on then I lose my this is like okay here we go you look better though all right good yeah good you know me I the technical stuff drives me crazy especially you know it's not only sound it has to be oh it's this is a live stream so it has to look yeah good and you don't want to drop out in the middle of the show no like me and Lou do once in a while race right let's see is the chat working let's see now I'm not seeing any I'm not seeing any comments so let me try this well sorry for the podcast listeners but I gotta get this shit right hey it's okay I should be seeing I should be seeing comments because people have already made three comments you over here maybe they're bored and they don't want to comment anymore no it's there it should be showing up on my screen over here right we know that my boss you busting balls only Bono does that let's see public so it should be getting huh this is crazy seven minutes in and I'm here we haven't done anything yet let me see send comment test I just sent a text to message I see I see you as I see mine okay good we're good we're good let me switch over to my other account and do the same thing I just want to make sure yes just our audience is bored they don't want to comment actually this is all Lou's fault yeah yeah always the you know I would probably lost the other comments is because I rebooted so hmm all right well you know what we're gonna start without Lou right as I say that as I say that does he have what does he what do you let's get the full screen nose is that why you were late you had to clean your nose and he's back in Paris again you brown nose er I've been a bad dog my laptop and he's back in pair you left here in Paris you must have left it back in the United States I did I left on the plane how you doing Lou I'm doing alright how are you guys doing well I just had a little technical difficulty and we blamed you because you weren't here so you left me alone and I had to talk opera with myself talked opera yeah rigoletto did you talk about rigoletto this time I'm just really boring you know I'm like all right this is why this is a two and a half hour podcast some of us have to work tomorrow all right here we go let's jump right into 1967 musical events in 1967 and the year kicks off right away with a bomb a bomb on January 4th the doors release can arguably one of the greatest debut records ever arguably if you had a top 25 greatest debut that albums would have to be in the top 10 it would have to be yeah you know if you had a top 50 that would have to be in the top 10 right even if you don't like them you have to say that was so ahead of its time oh it's so different nothing out there was like the needle and all you hear it kicks I mean fucking what a way to start an album it's a heavy song it with a bossa nova beat yeah I mean that's pretty clever yeah 67 so you know bossa nova was pretty hip again John Densmore over underrated underrated underappreciated I think you are you are so correct you know never gets the the the consideration that I I don't know you can't put him in greatest of all time but could he be okay if there's a top there's a top 25 drummer top 25 drummers is he in it good question and in rock we'll just say in rock I think he could be I could see him making so I don't know if he's a universal pick but I could see him on some list I mean he's something you'd have to think about like you said like it doesn't get noticed so much you know yeah yeah or it I mean although his drumming wasn't shy I mean he's jazzy as hell I heard um writers on the storm yesterday and his adjustment playing is great in his adjustments during the shows just for that yeah yeah the unpredictability of you know how the how the song was gonna go right because they could rehearse it all they want once Morrison got into that zone well in the drama keeps the beat right yeah yeah the drummer has to stay up with that yeah and played to the clown so to speak right you know and my my problem is if some of the clowns don't have the beat you know at one point they've got to give in like I said Morrison or even Dylan they'll set the tone but they've got to be steady themselves you know it's yeah otherwise it's just erratic but you know yeah guy like Dan's more I mean I had skill I had a lot of a lot of technical ability right feel yes cool so obviously his drums always sounded good yeah on the earlier on the other records even you know three years worth of music whatever I guess I would be who produced some Jack Holtzman was the producer did a good job Jekyll or now wait so no what was it Paul Rothchild yes yes yes I'm sorry Holtzman was he on the record company yeah yeah was that it was that chrysalis or chrysalis I think or just like yes that's a lecture a lecture weren't they on chrysalis though also I thought they were yeah maybe maybe chrysalis was a subsidiary but uh yeah Jack Holtzman's son is Adam Holtzman he's a keyboardist right now he plays with here we go Stephen Wilson but he does a little blog on Facebook and he talks about growing up and he was like six years old and his father brought him to a club to see the tour Wow at six years old he just talks about like yeah it's a great little blog Wow all right and four days later on January 8th Elvis Presley turned 32 on January 14th the human be in right the human be e -i -n human being takes place in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park polo fields with spoken words from Timothy Leary Allen Ginsberg Gary Snyder in others live music was provided by Jefferson Airplane the Grateful Dead Big Brother in the holding company and Quicksilver Messenger Service speeches from Jerry Rubin and others were also given at the event although it's one band there I liked yeah Quicksilver Messenger Service who was it on January 15th 1967 who is your favorite poet of all them I know you're not asking me Arthur Rimbaud who influenced Jim Morrison good answer good answer way to bring that first opening segment rough full circle we're getting better Scott we're good now you guys get a lot of good trust me I'm getting a lot of good feedback so let's keep it at that I don't want you son ask for more money and on January 15th 1967 the Rolling Stones appear on the Ed Sullivan show at Ed Sullivan's request finish it he asked them to let's spend sing let's spend some time together is that the one there you go yeah and then he told him a really big shoe I hate to do this I mean I come back on penalty box I don't say just he beat my record okay look he just got on the show after late and these are either he's stuck he's frozen put the dog nose back on where'd it go are you throw it at the camera like your headphones on January 16th 1967 the monkeys begin work on headquarters the first album to give them complete artistic and technical control over their material and it was fucking horrible fucking horrible what were they thinking they know they were thinking the egos got too big they thought they were the music well the argument can be made that you know Mike Nesmith did write different drum yeah so he could write songs but I don't think he was a pop songwriter you know headquarters and they try to be all fucking like 60 ish and shit they weren't looking for pop were they they're trying to be like more psychedelic yeah I think so there were their channel on the Beatles with those quirky little yeah with anti -grizzelles on that I don't know some weird shit I'll tell you what though I don't care about it myself but it was surely a harpsichord on it because that's what all those records had they had to have a harpsichord and I have the book this the 100 best -selling records of the 60s the monkeys got a they've had quite a few albums on there oh they do yeah they were they were but I mean I thought it was just a condensed period of the show which it probably was but it's still I mean they've got I mean most of their albums sold really well yeah yeah ah you like the show what's it is like the show I did I still like it I still love it I love that that that's so that humor is great like dumbed down brilliantly done though humor yeah way was what they were supposed to act like that yeah you know what I mean there was no like these guys are bad actors they knew exactly how to do that they pulled it off great it was campy it was great for its time it's still great to watch now yeah I do think that banana splits were a better band yeah that's I'll give you the banana splits were a kick -ass band yeah yeah kick -ass man did you see the movie recently came out it's a horror movie with the banana splits the banana splits movie it's a horror movie yeah yeah it takes place in an amusement park and they're they're robotic and in Dyson and slicing baby Dyson and slicing I have to say oh man that's yeah okay yeah Dyson and slicing it's good it's kids again campy movie but I couldn't not watch it yeah I have to say I'm sure Fleagle is a total psychopath well I'm not gonna give you any and no no no spoilers here those was it just Dyson and slicing on January 17 1967 the daily mail newspaper reports four thousand potholes in Blackburn Lancashire and Guinness air Tara Brown is killed in a car wreck these articles inspire lyrics for a day in the life a day in the life yes on January 22nd 1967 Simon and Garfunkel give live can't give a live concert at Phil harmonic Phil harmonic call in New York City some of this concert is released on October 4th 1997 on their box set old friends but most is not released until July 2002 that's some more okay January 29th mantra rock dance the quote ultimate high of the hippie era is organized at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco featuring Janis Joplin grateful dead big brother in the holding company for three Moby grape quirky that would've been interesting that's the best man that's the best as though for they're almost like the MC five kind of I think they were just kind of but they're they're a San Francisco band and beat poet once again Allen Ginsberg shows up to do his spoken word I heard he was a member of NAMBLA I wouldn't the National Association of Marlon Brando look -alikes I heard I'd someone I remember he actually he was a sponsor of NAMBLA but anyway on January 30th 1967 the Beatles shoot a promotional film for the forthcoming single strawberry fields forever at Noel Park in Seven Oaks have you seen it I have seen it I haven't seen it in a long time it's really cool yeah yeah it's kind of dark speaking of dark on February 3rd 1967 UK record producer Joe Meek murders is it his landlady and then commits suicide by shooting himself in the head in Holloway North in London it's kind of dark didn't he produce sleepwalk yes letter Telstar some early we talked we did it bit of a genius really yeah let's see February 7th Mickey Dolan's no let me stop February 6th Mike Nesmith and Mickey Dolan's of the monkeys fly into London Dolan sees till death do us part on British TV and uses the term Randy's scouse grit from the program for the title of the monkeys next single release Randy's scouse grit not releasing it is an offensive term Britain's British census forced the title to be changed to alternate title and then the next day Mickey Dolan's meets Paul McCartney at his home in st.
A highlight from UNCHAINED: Zeke Faux's Crypto Adventures and His Relationship With Former FTX CEO SBF
"Hi, everyone, welcome to Unchained, your no -hype resource for all things crypto. I'm your host, Laura Shin, author of The Cryptopians. I started covering crypto eight years ago, and as a senior editor, Forbes was the first mainstream media reporter to cover cryptocurrency full -time. This is the September 19th, 2023 episode of Unchained. Toku makes implementing global token compensation and incentive awards simple. With Toku, you get unmatched legal and tax tech support to grant and administer your global team's tokens. Make it simple today with Toku. The game has changed. The Google Cloud Oracle built for layer zero is now securing every layer zero message by default. Their custom end -to -end solution sets itself up to bring its world -class security to web three and establish itself as the HTTPS within layer zero messaging. Visit layerzero .network to learn more. 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And I was arguing with my friend about the reasonableness of a betting on Dogecoin. It's like the height of the pandemic. And I don't know, I got kind of sucked into investigating crypto. Two years later, I was cut to I'm in the Bahamas, going to Sam Begman Fried's penthouse just before the cops showed up interviewing him about the collapse of FTX. And so you said that this was your period of going down the crypto rabbit hole. What had you been doing before? So I've been an investigative reporter for Bloomberg for a long time. And at Bloomberg, I generally write about kind of the shady side of Wall Street. So I'd written exposes of predatory lenders, penny stock scams. One of my favorites was about a Patriots fan who stole the New York Giants Super Bowl rings after the 2008 helmet catch game. So I'd always been looking for like wild stories to tell in this world of business and finance. But I kind of resisted crypto as a potential topic. I just didn't really see it as like, I mean, you're going to laugh at me now, but I just didn't really see it as like a good target for an investigative reporter. And it wasn't because I thought crypto was like the future. It's just like this may be hard to believe if you're like a big time crypto guy, but actually maybe not because I'm sure you talk about it with your family and everybody. But like outside in the traditional finance world, a lot of people are so skeptical about crypto that they were like investigating a crypto company and finding out something bad about it, you wouldn't find anything surprising. I don't even care about that story. But what I realized was that my first crypto conference was Bitcoin 2021 in Miami. And I showed up there and I just met, I realized there were so many crazy characters in crypto. There were so many people that I'd love to write about. And I'm like, these are the kind of people who I need to get to know. One of the first people I sat down with was I met Sam Bankman -Fried there. I met Alex Mashinsky of Celsius, who was very prominent there. I had Michael Saylor saying all sorts of crazy things about Bitcoin. And I came back and I told my editor, like, I was wrong. There's all sorts of weird stuff going on in crypto. This would be a great topic and it'll be, you know, it'll be a long time before. There's too many stories to choose from. Yeah. Yeah. And it's funny in terms of the years that you, quote unquote, went down the crypto rabbit hole. Those were two of the craziest years and in a way, like some of the more unusual years of crypto, I would say. Just so before we dive into, you know, the different escapades you underwent in your book, you mentioned earlier that you were both curious about crypto, but also skeptical. So, you know, before we dive into what you were looking into, I wanted to hear your overall take on crypto. You know, when you say you're a skeptic, how much of a skeptic because there are some people who are skeptics and they completely dismiss crypto, but I didn't get that feeling from reading your book. I'm sort of like a skeptic in general. I'm skeptical of everything. That's why, like, I'm an investigative reporter. So if somebody tells me, hey, like Alex Mashinsky did, hey, I'm going to pay 18 percent interest. And if you want a loan from me, I charge like as low as zero percent. This is like in the world of traditional finance, a very backwards business model. When you say something like that to me, I'm going to say, yeah, I'm kind of, can you provide some evidence, like what, how are you investing your money? How does this how does this make sense? But I tried to keep like an open mind. And the question I was always asking was, what does your product do when I meet crypto founders? Can I see it in action? Can I talk to your users? Is it being used in the real world somewhere? That's one of my favorite questions, because as a writer, it's hard to write about things if you can't see them being used. And so that took me to El Salvador to see the Bitcoin experiment there. But it also took me to Ape Fest to see what it was like to be a member of the Bored Ape Yacht Club. And I was pleased I got one of the first reviews for the book the other day from Jeff John Roberts in Fortune. And he's, I think, feels fairly positively about crypto. He thought that my take on crypto was a little shallow, but that the book was so funny, he didn't care. And I'm like, you know what? I'll take that. I think we can all enjoy reliving these last two crazy years. And like whatever your take is on crypto, like there are crazy things that happened that we have all just like so much has happened. There's no way to like remember it all. But I have done the work of writing it down so you can go read it. Yeah. Yeah. No, it was definitely it covered the range of events. But let's actually talk about one of the main through lines. And I believe, you know, correct me if I'm wrong, that this was actually meant to be a book about Tether. And because I remember like a long time reading that it was coming out and I think that's what it said. And you kind of keep saying this to yourself that you keep saying it yourself in the book that, you know, you're getting these tips about Tether and you're trying to investigate them. You keep coming up against these dead ends. So before we go into all that, why don't you at least just tell us, so what do you feel were your main findings about Tether and like what were you trying to resolve? So probably old for like most people listening, but Tether is a big stable coin. Each coin is supposed to be worth a dollar because each coin is supposed to be backed by real dollars that are held in a bank somewhere. And I when started out, I wrote like a story for Businessweek about Tether. That was sort of the start of this project. I always thought as kind of like a good jumping off point, I pitched the book as like, this is the craziest financial mania we've ever seen in the world and it's not going to last. And I want to be there to chronicle it. And I see this like interesting central mystery that is going to like take me through. And that was Tether. At the time when I started, Tether said that they had, I think it was around 50 billion dollars in the bank. It was weird because on the one hand, it was pretty widespread to be, and correct me if I'm wrong, if I'm describing what crypto people think, because you probably know better than me, but like even people who are pretty into crypto in when they were talking to me, they'd be like, yeah, I'm not so sure about their assets like this. I don't know what's going on with Tether. This is like a good question to be asking. And it was being asked at like the highest levels of the U .S. government. Like Janet Yellen called a meeting of all the top financial regulators and the topic was like, what's going on with Tether and like, could this affect the world And I just thought it was a little when I started looking into Tether and I saw that, you know, among its co -founders was a child actor from the Mighty Ducks. I was just like, what is this in that the company I write in the book, the company was quilted out of red flags, like in the world of traditional finance, you did never you would never find a company with so many weird things to look into. And yet here it was like at the center of the crypto world. And I just thought it was it was funny to me that the heads of state were discussing this coin that was like dreamed up by a child actor from from the Mighty Ducks. And I was like, this is my kind of mystery. I want to dive in. I'm going to try and find Tether's 50 billion dollars. I see. So, you know, as we mentioned at different points in the book, you do talk about how you feel like you keep coming up against dead ends in your investigation. So what's your conclusion about that fact? Like, do you think it means that concerns about Tether are overblown? Does it make you more convinced that like the company is just really hitting everything really well or like what are your thoughts? Right now, Tether has only grown bigger. Midway through my reporting, I found that Tether had invested a lot of its assets into Chinese commercial paper. And there's kind of like this conflict of interest at the heart of Tether's business model, which is that if you give your money to Tether, you want them to keep it really safe. So it's there when you go to cash in your Tether tokens. But Tether doesn't pay any interest in the way that Tether makes money is they can take the money that you trusted them with and they can go invest it. And so there was this theory that especially when interest rates were very low, they might be doing weird things with your money in order to earn higher profits. And that so I found that they were doing some unusual things that included the Chinese commercial paper and also making loans to crypto companies like Celsius and others. So to me, that seemed like that's kind of risky. What's going to happen there? And as I followed along in the summer of 2022, like crypto companies fell one after the other and Tether did not. And there was even like a little run on Tether where users cashed in, I don't know, five, 10 billion dollars of Tether. And I'm sure if those people did not get their money back, like we would have heard about it. Right.
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A highlight from Episode 11 The Drama of Atheist Humanism Fr. Joseph Fessio S.J., Vivian Dudro, and Joseph Pearce FBC Podcast
"Welcome, and welcome back to the Forum Book Club, with Vivian Deutero, myself Father Fesser, and Joseph Pierce continuing to discuss Henri Robach's classic, modern classic, the drama of A .K. Schumann. The last session we actually finished on the end of the chapter. Let's see what we can do this time as we begin chapter three, Positivist Transpositions. The previous chapter was about the alliance that he sought with the Catholic Church as an instrument of promoting the final status of civilization, namely the positivist order. So let's see how the transpositions take place. Joseph? Well, yes, at the top of page 12 and 16, again, I like there's an irony, a role irony, I think, in Henri de Lubac's voice here. He says, then, speaking of Comte, then the new Aristotle, so the philosopher, had changed into a new Saint Paul, so basically a religious zealot, in order to complete the edifice. Quote, I have systematically devoted my life, he says, in the systeme de politicians positif, to making real science ultimately provide the necessary basis for the sound philosophy, according to which I should then build up the true religion. So we have the evolution here. Real science leads to sound philosophy, which leads to true religion. This is where this positivism is going. And I would like to back up, if I may, to the very first page of the chapter, where de Lubac points out that this alliance that Comte wants to create to bring about his true religion was intended to be purely temporary. He thought it expedient because he no longer hoped that the triumph of his own church at any rate among the masses was as near as he had at first predicted. And I would just like to editorialize that every time people outside the church try to co -opt the church for their own purposes, for them, it's a temporary phase. You know, think about concordats with Mussolini or Hitler or any of these attempts to co -opt the church. Ultimately, the end is to destroy the church or replace it with this regime having total power. And so, thankfully, as we pointed out in the last chapter, de Lubac said this temptation will come again and again, but that it won't in the end. The church will, because of the Holy Spirit, will not be prevailed upon. But it's important to know that that temptation is a perennial temptation on the part of people seeking power to use the church and on the part of people inside the church to seek a legitimization on the part of the powers that be that want to use the church for their own ends. Yeah, but again, I do love, and this is such a, we might say, a dry topic, that I do like the Lubac's raw sense of humor. So even the first part of this, the true Catholicism, positivism through Catholicism. On page 219, three lines down, according to Kant, the new Catholicism is modeled on the old. The church had her sacraments. Skipping a couple of lines, positive has his rights to consecrations or social sacraments. And he says there are nine of these sacraments in positivism, including one that is received after death. That's an innovation. Right. Yes, he, so the transposition that's happening here is, you know, for everything that the Catholic Church offers its flock, he's going to transpose that with something of his own invention that resembles it, but is actually emptying it of all of its original meaning. Well, only these got out. Yeah, just these got out. No big deal, right? Including a liturgical calendar with saints, the cults of saints, prayers. All of this is spelled out in the next few pages of all the things he's going to make. It's sort of, as Lubac says, again, perhaps broadly, this process of incorporation after death, which may rather be compared with canonization. And in fact, it is, in fact, I think canonization, it's secular canonization. These people will be immortalized as heroes. It's going right back to paganism, right? You build statues of them all over the place. You put them on the calendar. And so, you know, if you're a good servant of the positivist religion, you will be immortal, not in the sense of going to heaven, but in the sense of being remembered and revered. Yeah, I'm going to jump way ahead to the conclusion of everything here. That's fine. Just one little sentence, 266 at the bottom, where the little box says here, Cohen's spiritual itinerary is that of man himself. Lost faith cannot long remain unreplaced. You know, you leave out God, something, some idol is going to take God's place. That's right. My father going right back 46 pages, you see it on the top of page 220. He's talking about that man becomes, quote, a veritable organ of the great being, capital G and capital B. I mean, what on earth is the great being if we're not allowed to believe in God? Is it Comte? Or if it's not Comte, is it humanity in some sense? Yes, it's humanity. The abstract deity, the great being. Yeah, yeah. That's I think, Chesson referred to that as similar to being on a crowded tram, as you would say, humanity. Amorphous mass all around you. I have something on page 229. Anybody before that? Let's go for it. Like the last part of that paragraph at the top. Apart from all questions of doctrine, this is Judelbach speaking. One cannot take seriously the musings of a man who never understood a word of the gospel and who sank deeper every day into the monstrous egocentricity. The crude and lacrimose consolations to which Comte innocently abandoned himself in his sanctuary cannot be taken for genuine spirituality. Telling it out how it is, basically, that's somewhere at the end. This is a madman, egocentric, narcissistic madman. And here's the Judelbach exercising that discernment that he says needs to be when we're dealing with these intellectual systems or ideologies, there's an intellectual discernment you have to go through and think about it. But then there's the spiritual discernment, right? That's what he said in the previous part of this book with respect to you. If we can go back perhaps to 224, just a footnote there, because this, I think, is very interesting and it has this wonderful phrase moral eunuch. This is somebody writing about Comte in a pejorative way, in a negative way, I should say. Comte is a man whom the exclusive culture of scientific ideas has reduced to a true degradation. He is a moral eunuch, all feeling, all poetry, which is to say, all manifestation of feeling is something he has completely disregarded or rather that is completely unknown to him. And now this whole different moral eunuch, not only is it a good phrase, a powerful poetic phrase, but it's really, I think, also a description of many of the worst psychopaths, right? Is that they actually have no moral compass. They have no moral feeling, no moral emotion. They can do hideous, horrible things dispassionately because they're morally impotent. Yeah, it's a strange thing. We all have a moral sense and we can't be human without it. And yet it seems to be a submersion of something. I remember years ago, I heard a confession of a young woman who is from a good family and actually lived a pretty good life. But this priest kind of seduced her. And so she was spending time in his factory bedroom and she confessed it. But it wasn't like it was something really serious. She didn't feel any moral seriousness about that, even though she did come to confession. But it just seemed like, for whatever reason, there was a colorblindness almost, you know? She could see some things, but couldn't see others. So it happened. A desensitization, which is, of course, dangerous, right? When you suddenly become so habitual, you no longer see it as being anything unusual and therefore nothing too much of an aberration, right? If you do it all the time, we excuse ourselves for it. I want to jump back to 229, unless there's something in between. The second section is called The Priesthood of the Scientist, which is a good description here. So far, only the most general of the transpositions in Catholicism has been considered. But there are two others that complete it, although he divides it into three here. A form of worship, a dogma, and a regime. In other words, it has poetry, it's philosophy, and it's politics. Those are the three transpositions I'm going to talk about. Here's one on page 232. You mentioned the thing I brought up before about the specialization of science. The new paragraph there. For what type of scientist would be worthy to belong to such a priesthood? Well, keep going. Comp never cared for empty learning. See, this is this dismissal of the theoretical pursuit of knowledge just for its own sake, which is what the pure sciences are. He has no time for that because that's just empty learning. And another quote from him, cloudy erudition that contents itself with mechanically accumulating facts and which is equally fitted to serve the most contradictory opinions. Well, that is right. When people are, you know, you might have run into somewhat the different theory from your own. Anyway, he just can't abide that. The irony is that, as I understood it from our early discussions of Comp's philosophy and positivism, was it was building a philosophy which denied the existence of metaphysics. In other words, the empiricism and scientific materialism were the only building blocks upon which any truth could be built. And yet he seems to outgrow that and sort of like a Saturn five rocket jettisons, the very thing that got him into orbit. And so the next sentence there, the true positive spirit, as he conceives it, is at bottom just as far removed from empiricism as from mysticism. So he seems to have no real connection with the very, very ladder by which he's climbed. And that's a brilliant expression of the fact that he rejects what he sees as wrong in empiricism, being too specialized. And he rejects mysticism, which is a transcendent, basically. And in the middle is what? Something's going to take the place of the mysticism, which is humanity, and him he as as the pontiff of them all. At the bottom, a couple more lines down, he blames, quote, the exaggerated intellectual narrowness that comes from an empirical specialization. And that is true. But what he says on page 233, about 10 lines down, the aim in view should be systematic generality. Analysis should be subordinated to synthesis as progress is to order in egoism to altruism. At bottom, the whole thing should be one single science, namely human, or rather social science. Social science. There it is. There it is. That's how we have departments of social science on every university campus. That's where it came from. But look how scary that is, that basically all analysis, in other words, all reason, is subject to synthesis, which is, again, it's the inversion, perversion and reversion of the whole Hegelian thing, right? Where you're using reason, you have a thesis, then you have an antithesis, and then you come to a synthesis. Well, now you get to a synthesis. This is the final synthesis. We will have no more theses and antitheses. This is this synthesis and all future reasoning, all future analysis is subject to this final synthesis to which we've arrived, right? That's absolute ideological tyranny and totalitarianism of the 20th century encapsulated. That's right. But ironically, on 233, he wants the scientist to be, this is the top of the second paragraph, to be a man with an encyclopedic mind. Well, I thought you just said you didn't want all these, you know, this detail, this clutter, you know, with, no, I guess he's going to handpick the details that are important. Yeah, the encyclopedia would be the positivist cataclysm. That's the encyclopedia, and you can't read anything other than that. But again, you know, facts themselves, you know, mathematical quantities, these have to, we have to exercise our faculty of judgment to decide of all of this litter of facts, what's really important and what's the hierarchy of value that they have and what is all of this knowledge to be in the service of in the first place, but to God. So you take that out. Now you're just going to have an arbitrary selection of facts. Okay, what does this sound like? It's going to be settled science. We're going to arbitrarily pick the facts that fit our program. Anyone who makes any questions or complaints about it is antisocial, by definition, going to be canceled, right? Like what you just said, Joseph, this is exactly the totalitarian ideological mindset that we're up against, even now. Which is putting the template in place, which will lead to the murder of millions of people or several decades later. We'll return to the Forum Book Club with Fr. Joseph Fessio, Vivian Dudrow, and Joseph Pierce in just a moment. Thank you. Did you also know that you can listen to Discerning Hearts programming wherever you download your favorite podcast, like Apple Podcasts, Google Play, iHeartRadio, Spotify, even on Audible, as well as numerous other worldwide podcast streaming platforms. And did you know that Discerning Hearts also has a YouTube channel? Be sure to check out all these different places where you can find Discerning Hearts Catholic podcasts, dedicated to those on the spiritual journey. 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Your feedback fuels our mission to help others climb higher and go deeper in their spiritual growth. Like, review, and let your voice be a beacon of light for fellow seekers on this spiritual journey. We now return to The Formed Book Club with Father Joseph Fezzio, Vivian Dudro, and Joseph Pierce. Well, on page 234 in the middle, this is what I mentioned before. He talks about the heredity and its characteristic of science only in its academic degeneration, when dispersive particularity hampers ascetic culture and the moral urge. Genuine science, on the other hand, establishes a double synthesis, first between the various branches of intellectual research and then between poetry and philosophy. But it's true that genuine philosophy would seek to find the hierarchy of sciences and show where aesthetics require human anthropology and therefore where poetry fits in. That's what true philosophy would do. But he subsides for true philosophy a kind of mechanistic social synthesis of all these dispersed facts, with no principle except his own ego. Right. And so this is the reason why we call totalitarianism that expression because of the word total. So these men who presume to be able to see the whole, right? And now they're going to impose their view of the whole on everybody else. But it can't help but be reductionist because no human being on Earth can see the whole. That's why our knowledge is in fragments. Yeah, who wouldn't like to see the whole thing? Well, when we get to heaven, even then, we won't be able to... You know, God is so beyond us, we're going to spend eternity reaching the whole, I guess. I don't know. It's why we should not trust politically or philosophically anybody who doesn't trust mystery, right? If someone hates mystery and we have to get beyond all mystery to some totality, which is encapsulated in the human mind, that person is leading himself and others to destruction. Because it can't help but be reductionist. It can't help but be reductionist. So what does that do? Oh, the man doesn't fit in this bed? Then we have to chop off his head and chop off his feet and make him fit. And it's true what Joseph said that, you know, this leaves out the transcendent in God. It also leaves out the cross. So the two main pillars of Christianity, Trinitarian God, incarnation and redemption to the cross are still rejected by him. He wants to have a utopia where there's no cross and no God, just us. Oh, by the way, and I'm in charge. That's right. And his priesthood is on 235 to spell this out even more. This priesthood in the middle of that graph on 235, in all things, this is the total, right? In all things that will decide what should be thought. Man's understanding will be subjected to it. In the positive regime, in fact, there can be no more question of free thought or of freedom of conscience. Just look at these attempts at lawmaking going on in our own country, taking away from doctors the freedom of conscience not to perform or to perform certain procedures or certain medicines or whatever. I mean, there is an all -out attack on freedom of conscience in medicine in this country going on right now. And this is a little box thesis for this whole book, the drama of atheist humanism, namely if you leave out God, you destroy man. That's right. Because the very thing that's being done here is everything which is really human, freedom of thought, freedom of choice, freedom of conscience is being subjected to some abstraction. The look -back kind of sums this up on page 237, sums up this section actually at the bottom there. Furthermore, there's nothing now to fear from complete subordination of the reason to faith because according to Kant, it's a kind of faith, but you can actually prove it if you had to, but most of them aren't capable, so they have to submit themselves. It is tantamount to that of the mind to the heart. That is to say, it subordinates personal to social instincts or more briefly, man to humanity with a capital H, and then the look -back asks the question, can humanity be a tyrant? And that the next chapter is spiritual. That's when you say, where does this lead when you suppress man's freedom of conscience? Yeah, it's interesting. I mean, that question, can humanity be a tyrant, should be an essay prompt, really, because an abstract concept itself can't be a tyrant, but those who subject themselves to the abstract concept can become and do become tyrants. That's the way I would ask it, if someone sent me an essay prompt anyway. Yes, well, and humanity can't be a tyrant because abstractions can't do anything. Right. If you claim to be the sole reliable exponent of humanity, well, then, of course, you will be a tyrant. And you can certainly, yeah, humanity is the totality. Of course, you can sacrifice people on the order of humanity, right? And on 241, de Lubac points out that it all, the purge was beginning, de Lubac says, meaning Comte was already threatening to, quote -unquote, unmask his false adherents, you know, already the purge was beginning. So this wasn't even something that was going to be saved for later. Comte was already beginning in his own circles to weed out, you know, weed out the unbelievers or the people who aren't the true believers anyway. Yeah, on 239, about six lines down, he's quoted some of this. The social order will always be incompatible with permanent freedom to reopen at will, an indefinite discussion of the rare foundation of society. So that systematic tolerance cannot exist, and it's never really existed except in connection with opinions regarded as indifferent or doubtful. So in the bottom of the page, in short, positive faith is not open to abuses because it is always demonstrable, but people cannot demand that it should be demonstrated here and now. So we've come to the truth. We're brilliant ones. Yeah, take our word for it, or you'll be shocked. Again, this quote, I'm backtracking again to 238, the beginning of this section, that block quote there, an indented quote by Mr Jean Lacroix. Competent men are so far ahead of the masses that all sorts of political and social catastrophes have tried to happen before the latter have reached a positive stage. Besides, the community as a whole must always lag behind the elite. And here we have something which is sociological and in some sense sort of socialist and certainly secular humanist, which is also elitist. And again, that also is very much what we have now, right, where basically the socialists used to be, and I think authentically, certainly in British history, was the working class. The Labour Party was a political organisation begun by the working class in order to give the working class, to enfranchise the working class politically. But now we see the elites have completely and utterly hijacked the machine and treat the masses with complete contempt. So a word like populism has become a swear word. You know, heaven forbid that a member of the elite should be popular. You know, that people might actually like him or he might be speaking for them. So this is just really systematic elitism as now the voice of the people. Right. And yes, so we must listen to the experts and suppress any opinions that are different from those of the self -appointed experts. That's right. And these experts, we see it now, cannot tell that what's in a woman's womb is a human being or can't tell what sex a person is or whether there are only two sexes. They're the experts. If you can't figure those things out, I don't want to hear your opinions on taxation or foreign policy. Well, with the famous line by William F. Buckley, he'd rather be ruled by the first 20 people randomly chosen out of the phone book than by the faculty of Harvard.
A highlight from Phone Booth (2002) (Thriller/Psychological Thriller) Movie Review
"What's everyone? happening It's Kira and Ben back again. Today, we're doing a user suggestion phone booth from 2003 starring Colin Farrell. So I saw this movie when it first came out and then I had not seen it again, and re -watching it for this podcast was an absolute wild ride. Ben, let's talk a little bit about your history with the film before we get in it. So I never watched it. Naziru Wanda from Ghana suggested it, and this is my first time actually watching it too. This is your first? Okay. So I knew going in, I had remembered the main plot points of this movie. I had forgotten a lot of the other plot points of this movie, and I forgot what big of a cast this has. So our main man, Stu, is played by Colin Farrell. Our main police detective is played by Forest Whitaker. Colin Farrell's wife is played by Rahata Mitchell, and then his wannabe mistress is played by Katie Holmes, and then the voice over the phone is Keither Sutherland. So a wildly large cast for this film. Obviously, this movie has come out post 9 -11, which I think you can see a lot in the blue tint of the film. If you guys look at color theory, and we're not going to talk about color theory too much about this because the movie is so wild, but if you look at movies that come out directly after 9 -11, there is this very odd bluish tint to a lot of them. I think in my heart, like when I've done research about this and what I've viewed from it as well, is when you're watching films like this, I think it's because it kind of portrays this surreal sadness that everyone was feeling. Kind of like when you look at films made in that time that are set in the Middle East, they film everything with this yellowish tint to make it seem more like third world. So I thought the bluish tint of this movie was so insane, especially having it be set in New York. Then when I was doing some research about the film, this movie was actually supposed to be released in 2002, but it didn't get released until 2003 because there were actual sniper attacks in DC that delayed the release of this film because this movie is about a sniper terrorizing a man in a phone booth. Like I said, first time seeing it and the character of Colin Farrell reminded me of the character from Fast Timer at Ridgemont High that was selling the tickets. They mimicked each other. I was sitting there going, wait, I'm expecting Spicoli to walk out any second. I mean, they were just to the T, the exact same character. I was like, whoa, what's going on here? Yeah. I think that character is such a classic archetype of asshole. I think that was the point. Colin Farrell is this publicist. He's a liar, he's a slick talker, he's a fast talker, he dresses well, he uses people, he manipulates people, he doesn't care, he's all about himself. We see this in the way that he treats his assistant. We see this in the way that he treats one of his clients, which was an uncredited Ben Foster. I was losing my mind when I saw that. I was like, Ben Foster, what are you doing here? Then he manipulates the owner of a restaurant. He smooth talks this client that he has that wants to be an actress. It's Katie Holmes, she's a waitress. Then he even smooth talks his wife into being like in the beginning when he's not confessing his crimes. So this movie is so insane and I do not want to rag too hard on this movie because it was a user suggestion. But the plot points made to me legitimately no sense. So the pacing of this movie is incredibly fast. It's only an hour 20 and I swear to God, if this movie was longer, I would be like, Keith or Sutherland, shoot me because I can't handle it. So obviously, Stu goes into the phone booth to call his mistress because his wife tracks the phone calls that he makes on his cell phone. Which I was like, first of all, if you're keeping tabs on like your, you don't do that unless you don't trust your husband automatically. Then it comes out later in the film that they've only been together for three years married for one. So they're very new in their relationship. So Colin Farrell goes in to make a phone call to Katie Holmes. You can see he's trying to be slimy and she's rebuffing him. She's like, no, I have work, I have this. He's like, well, let's do this. He takes his wedding ring off. Very just much not a nice guy. Then that phone call ends and the phone starts ringing so he picks it up and on the phone, dun, dun, dun, is Keith or Sutherland's voice. He starts terrorizing him and being like, you can't leave this phone booth. If you leave this phone booth, you're going to die. A pizza man comes up to him and tries to deliver a pizza to him and he's like, you're a dick, I didn't order a pizza. Who orders a pizza to a phone booth? We have this other sub -storyline of sex workers, which to me was the most pointless storyline. I get the point of the storyline. So we have to have him have this interaction with these sex workers to then get their bouncer involved, to then have Keith or Sutherland kill the bouncer and frame Colin Farrell for it. Which first of all, makes no sense because you can see the bullet marks on the outside of the phone booth. So how is he shooting? How is he shooting? How could he shoot? That makes no sense. Then everyone's like, he killed him. It's like, no, he didn't. So this sub -storyline is so insane because first of all, it's like 2003, so you either have a beeper or a cell phone or you're using this phone booth. If all these girls work in this club, that's right across the street where this bouncer is, that Leon, that they get involved, why can't they just use the phone in the club? Why are they terrorizing Colin Farrell? He's just like, let me use the phone and then they're all screaming. I thought it was such a weak portrayal too, such a cop -out portrayal of sex workers. Like very, I don't know, just like what you would think of when you think of a man -written sex worker. Just loud, brash, unkempt, very, do you know what I'm trying to say? Yes, I'm a street kid. So yeah, I hung around with the prostitutes and drug addicts and drug dealers. So I totally got it. I mean, I saw people that did act like that, but those are the ones that were really hooked on drugs and were just like, half the time when they were acting like that, they were on something. It wasn't like a normal way for them to behave. Most people don't want to draw attention to themselves because they don't want the cops on their ass. Exactly. So this dude dies and Kether Sutherland is like, look what you made me do. Actually, he's like, you had me kill him. The guy was like, no, I just want this to end. So Kether Sutherland is, in his own mind, a pioneer of justice. Entrapping these men that he watches somehow, he watches and listens and convinces them that they're either going to die or confess to their crimes. So the two examples of the people that he has done this to before, I view are actual bad people. We have a director of adult films who actually directs child pornography and is a pedophile. So I'm like, okay, deserves to die. Then we have another man who's an insider trader on Wall Street. I mean, you don't have to die for that, but it is like a real crime. Then we get to Colin Farrell, whose crime is wanting to cheat on his wife and being an asshole. So to me, none of these make sense. The first two, kind of get. The third, Colin Farrell, not at all. I get it because they're trying to make him more likable. We have to be on Colin Farrell's side, right? So if he's a real criminal, we're not going to be on his side. I wasn't on his side. But you know what I'm saying? He's our protagonist. So we can't have our protagonist be as awful. But at the same point, it's like, well, then maybe you should have just had him kill adulterers because this makes no sense. So he, in his mind, Keither Sutherland, is this vigilante that is cleaning up the streets in New York because he wants people to atone and commit their crimes. So he's holding Colin Farrell hostage. Forest Whitaker comes in. He's trying to negotiate with Colin Farrell. He thinks he killed this guy. He's like, let me help you, let me help you. Up until this point, they think he's armed and dangerous. It is not until Colin Farrell's wife, Kelly Rahada Mitchell, comes in, which for some reason in 2003, you can just run through police barricades and just be like, I'm his wife, run through police barricades, and then be on the front line with the cops. I'm sorry, that never happened. No, not at all. No, they would have her pushed to the side. She would not be in a hostage negotiation. It wouldn't happen. She would not be front and center to the point where he can put a mark on her. So then we see that Forest Whitaker kind of actually comes around to see that Colin Farrell is being terrorized. He is not doing this of his own free volition. He sees the little target on Rahada Mitchell and he's like, oh, OK, maybe this guy is like real. So then they start looking for him. They're like, OK, we're going to find him. We're going to find him. Colin Farrell's delaying him. And the guys and then obviously Colin Farrell comes clean. He's like, OK, I'll come clean. Like, I don't want to die. I don't want my wife to die. I don't want this girl who I want to be my mistress to die. So he confesses all his sins of being an asshole, which everyone's like, OK, you're a dick, whatever you're holding up the street. We got half the police force here. What? And then obviously when they think that they kill the killer, when they think that they kill Keither Sutherland because they go up to the apartment where they trace the call from, it is actually, plot twist, the pizza boy. And it's like, OK, so he's killed Keither Sutherland for this one person. Two people just sacrifice them for no reason to get this guy to confess that he's a slimeball. Feel like we could have done this a different way. And then so then another so we're going to get to all the insane points. But this is the end of the story. And this is the last insane point. Or one of them is that Colin Farrell is now alone in the ambulance. They put something in to make him fall asleep. So he's all loopy. He's all daisy. And then active crime scene in an ambulance. Keither Sutherland walks up and just starts talking to him just like, oh, like you passed the test. You did it right. Like what happens? Like and OK, so he's like talking to him like, oh, you did the right thing. You did the right thing. And Colin Farrell is like, what the fuck? I thought we killed you. And then he walks away. And the last thing he says, which I think is legitimately the stupidest thing. And if this is the point of the movie, it is the dumbest point when he goes, well, if a phone rings, do you have to answer it? I would say no. I would say no. And that is the last line of the film. And then it goes into this like ringing sound, goes all the way out into the satellite shot, goes to black, and then you hear another person pick up and say hello. So it's like obviously this is like a cycle for him. But the way that he picks his victims is makes no sense to me. Yeah, no. And if a phone rings, you don't have to answer. You don't have to answer it. Look at all the things like when a stranger calls bad. They picked up the phone, bad tidings, scream, scream, picked up the phone. Bad tidings. No, you don't have to pick up the phone, especially like if you don't know who the person is. Hang up, hang up. And I did think at some points the voice that Keith or Sutherland used did sound like the ghost face voice, like to the point where I was like, do they have the same voice actor? Is this even even Kiefer Sutherland? Like I was like, this movie is so bad. So I thought a lot. So let's talk about Keith or Sutherland's character. And I obviously am not a fan of this movie, but I thought the way that he was poorly written was like they were trying to make him like John Doe from seven, kind of this vigilante who lives by his own rules, has his own code of justice and kind of is enacting on that code of justice and terrorizing these people. I think in seven it is done much better with an actual point, with an. We have fully fledged characters. We have reasons that make sense in this. We have no back story. We don't know what he why or why he's doing this now. And you think you think they're given a back story when he when he's talking to about Nam and stuff and he's like, are you stupid? I'd be 70. Like and like I'm like, so who are you? Why are you doing this? Well, what is your point? I mean, did you just one day wake up and say, hey, you know what? I'm just going to execute people I feel are bad. I mean, and that's your concept of bad. And your concept of bad is another person's concept of good. I mean, it's like when people go to war. Yeah. The countries fight, but each country thinks they're right. Of course, there's a right and a wrong. But both countries think that they are the right ones. Of course. And the only one that actually like comes out to be the right one is the one that wins, is the one that wins. And I would say in this movie, no one wins now because everyone's motivations make absolutely no sense. I would say the only motivations that make sense is Forest Whitaker's, because he's literally just trying to do his job. Yeah. And then like I was watching when he's his his rapper talent comes on and I was like, what the hell is this, Malibu's Most Wanted? Oh, my God, I thought the same thing. I was like, why are we watching Malibu's Most Wanted? I was like, this is this is this. And then it looked really bad because they get these two big black guys and this little tiny white guy. And he looked terrified to be around the black. And I was like, this is so stereotyping. This is awful right here. It is awful. It was so stereotypical. It was like someone just kind of grabbed at archetypes that they see in pop culture and was like, yeah, we'll throw this in the film. So I also thought the film was shot horrendously. There is it felt like it wanted to be a Tony Scott film, which RIP Tony Scott, I love your films. But it had this kind of like shaky camera. We're switching in and out of views of like like digital versus like these split screens versus like this like granule kind of like VHS effect. And I was like we're like fast paced moving through the city. And I was like, this movie makes no sense at any point. Did this movie make any sense? It does not. No. Like I said, I thought the character was the guy from a fast time at Ridgemont High.
A highlight from Joshua Stone Interview - Bringing Books To Web3, Book.io Books on the Blockchain, Mark Cuban Investment, Cardano ADA
"Welcome back to the Thinking Crypto podcast, your home for cryptocurrency news and interviews. With me today is Joshua Stone, who's the CEO and co -founder of Book .io. Joshua, great to have you on the show. Yeah, thanks for having me here. Appreciate it. Well, Joshua, I think it's timely that I'm speaking with you because I'm in the process of writing a book. And so I'm very curious about Book .io and what are the other options for me as a soon -to -be author where I can publish my book on the blockchain and get some additional benefits. Before we get into all that, though, tell us about yourself, where you're from, where you grew up. Yeah, for sure. So I grew up in Oklahoma. When I'm traveling, I like to tell people I grew up in Indian territory and, you know, kind of encapsulates this sort of free spirit, unregulated environment that I just kind of grew up in. And my dad was an electronics engineer. My mom is a really incredible amateur artist. So I grew up in a very left brain, right brain kind of background. And what was your professional career before founding or co -founding Book .io? Yeah. I got online. Like I said, my dad with the electronics engineering, I got online really, really early and kind of got fascinated with this intersection of graphic and engineering kind of where they cross over. So I really gravitated more towards like a product design and user experience strategy side of things. So I actually got my first large job out of school. I went to Oklahoma State University and worked on the very first version of Fandango for Subark. And that was back in 99 and then worked at some larger internet companies that did a bunch of stuff for AT &T, led the product group for hotels .com with Expedia, and then kind of got more into the startup scene, was in a social media startup that sold. And that kind of got my interest into the book publishing industry. So I actually previously had co -founded an ebook company that we specialized in bulk distribution of eBooks to universities and really large organizations. And we sold that back in 20, I think we sold in 2015, I stayed till 2018. And so, I had kind of approached the book industry from a technologist sort of standpoint. And yeah, and then took some time off after that, really got just super deep into crypto and tried to kind of determine my next startup. I wanted to be a Web3 based company. That's awesome, man. Because you have a Web1, well, you have experience in Web1 and Web2, and now you're building in Web3. That's pretty incredible. What was your first encounter with Bitcoin? I'm always fascinated by folks' different stories, and what was your aha moment? Yeah, I feel like a lot of the story is always like a story of frustration of, I wish I would have. And so, I read the first white paper pretty quickly after it came out, just because I was in a social media startup. So that stuff like circulated quickly of like, oh, there's this internet money thing. And I talked to some engineers and I'm not heavy engineer. I've done some engineering stuff, but at that time, I wasn't capable of studying, I guess I could have really went and stood up a stack and tried to figure out how to mine it, but I tried to convince some engineers to mine it. And that happened a couple of different times. And it was a kind of classic argument of like, hey, this will cost us more in electricity than we'll ever make. And in hindsight, it's like, dang it, I should have just put them in a headlock and made them do it. So, it wasn't really until 2017 that I came around and jumped back in where I could actually start to buy from exchanges easily. I think at that time, maybe Coinbase only had like four coins listed. And so, I spent a lot of time on like foreign based exchanges and just really like diving super, super deep and through all the kind of ICO crazes of 2018 and the crash and yeah, I think I really was becoming more obsessed with what does blockchain mean at like a bigger level from a, just like a decentralized nature and like how, my entire career up to that point, just like sort of thinking like what all would need to be re -architected in this way of like a decentralized blockchain based way. Oh yeah, for sure. So, tell us about book .io, how did that idea come about and what are the different services? How does it work and so forth? Yeah. So, Yeah. you know, one of the biggest hindrances in crypto in my mind has always been just like mass adoptability, right? Like making it accessible to the masses. A lot of times, like I pick on my mom and just say, you know, my mom's not going to use this, you know? Yeah. So, you know, it occurred to me at some point that, you know, all books could be decentralized, like the actual contents of them and be blockchain based. So, you know, a big issue in the book industry, which you'll definitely experience now that you're working on a book is, you know, if you buy an ebook or an audio book from Kindle or Audible or iBooks, you're not really buying the book. You just buy a license to view the content. So, you don't actually own anything, which is why you can't sell it or give it away when you're done reading it. So, making it a book, a blockchain based asset actually changes from a digital licensing to a digital ownership model and that allows you to resell the book. So, you know, when you look at the entire landscape of crypto, there's like, you know, less than a hundred million total wallets, but there's over a billion people that buy digital books every year. So, like by far and away, like digital books are the biggest digital asset that people currently buy on like an a la carte basis since most of music and movies are streaming. So, you know, we have a focus that's very, you know, targeted at true mass adoption and, you know, experiencing the tech benefits. So, really more of a, you know, web two usability, but with a web three functionality. And then even in, you know, inside of that current licensing model, what's really radical, you know, once you buy a book, of course it's stuck on your shelf, but then it also gives the retailer, the author, the publisher, anybody, the right to remove that book from you. It's like literally coming in your house and just like taking a book off your shelf that you bought or changing any of the contents inside of it. So, our mission really became two things. One is to decentralize all of human knowledge and put all books on the blockchain so they can't be changed or taken away. And then second is incentivizing reading. So, really, you know, the core kind of the process of how it works is like we take any media asset could be, you know, a book or a music or video, we break it into a bunch of shards and we encrypt all those and store them in decentralized storage. Then we have a DAP web based reader and we also have mobile apps, mobile reading apps that basically stream those contents in, reassemble and decrypt them and then allow you to read it. So, we sort of, you know, while we use an NFT and decentralized storage and like, you know, smart contracts to program and royalties and all that, we sort of summate all that into an asset that we call a decentralized encrypted asset. So, then you truly own it. You could lend it out. You can give it away. Has huge impact, you know, not just for the end user, but also for the creators, because as you know, you'll experience with your book, you know, once, you know, the traditional model on the payment side is very, is very archaic, you know, like you, if you go the traditional route, you're going to be looking at, you know, you might get some small advance. It's not nearly what the old advances were. And, and then it's going to be probably a year to 18 months before you see anything, you know, from that book. Whereas, you know, when it's blockchain based, it's immediate, it's instant, it's paid out. So yeah, we launched the platform a little over a year ago. We've already sold over 160 ,000 books. And, and we've had some books trade as high as like $10 ,000 for like really unique books. Wow. That's pretty incredible. So, and I want to make sure I emphasize the benefits because I know there's going to be people who are new to blockchain crypto and say, oh, so what I get my book on Amazon, but, um, as the author, uh, there, this feature creates a secondary market, right? For the book is let's say, um, Joe down the street buys my book. He has on a blockchain, he finished reading it. He's like, oh, you know what? I'm going to sell this. Now, if he sells it, he's making a return. And then I, as an author also getting a royalty there. Yeah, absolutely. So that, I mean, that really is the big difference, right? It's like on a traditional print side, you know, I have the freedom when I buy a print book, I can take it to a secondhand, you know, resell bookstore, but I don't even really know what it's worth, you know, and then they're giving me, you know, pennies on the dollar and I'm happy to take it. Cause I have no way to substantiate if that's what that book is worth versus if it's digital, then I can see, you know, multiple global marketplaces and see what the trading, you know, what the actual trading price for that book is right. And then every time it sells and resells and continues, like it's giving you the creator, you know, royalties back, which is really cool from a social side too. Right. So, you know, current kind of, you know, opaque kind of wall with, with an Amazon and iBooks is that, you know, publisher author doesn't have any connection to their audience. So they can't see who owns their books. They can't market to those people. So with this, it's like, it's all on chain, right? Like we couldn't hide it. If we wanted to hide it, they can see who has their book. So then as an author, right. You could go airdrop like, you know, an extra chapter of a book to everybody that has your book, or you could allow them, you know, if they have that book, then in their wallet, they could, they could get a discount on the second book. Like you can begin to merchandise and do things that are just like impossible in the traditional version. Wow. So that's pretty incredible. You said you can airdrop like additional chapters or I don't know, additional information or anything attached to the book. That's, that's pretty incredible. Yeah. It can be a short story or, you know, extra behind the scenes type stuff, like how the book was created. It could be video stuff, author interviews, like all kinds of additional content that you can't get or deliver in a traditional method. Plus, you know, like a social interactivity of, you know, we're building out a structure for, for book clubs as well. Right. So, you know, there's not, there hasn't really been a good solve for like online book clubs. And like, part of the problem is you get so many trolls that come in and you see this on Amazon, like with reviews, right. It's like a book hasn't even come out and all of a sudden it's got, you know, 8 ,000 negative reviews in our system. We can see and verify if you've actually read it. So not only would you have to own a book, but we could, we could put it in place where you have to own it and you would have had to read it in order to get access to a book club and maybe the authors in there participating as well. Right. So it creates a richer, like, you know, environment for discussion. Oh yeah. I was going to bring up the reviews thing and verifying users because that is a game or something that is gained, I should say, with ratings and reviews and it could be manipulated. Now you mentioned that there's a lending feature. So let's say once again, Joe down the street buys my book, he, that person, he or she can lend the book out. And tell us how that, how that works. Yeah. So a lot of times what we say is, you know, everybody's a bookstore, everybody's a library. Right. Because if I, if I have the ability, you know, globally to lend out my book or to sell it, like then you could come and you could rent it for a particular price. Right. And we put that in a smart contract. You could either pay it or it could just be like a free thing. And, you know, one party's covering the transaction costs or, you know, in our method, like we haven't really talked about yet, but we have a token, you know, the person reading it could earn the token that the person that owns it could read the token that somebody else is who's, who's borrowing it is, is reading it. Like there's a ton of different ways to, to construct it, but it really changes the, the idea of, you know, it almost like makes micro libraries of everybody. Right. Then I could borrow from anyone. That's great. Yeah. Because I think about that sometimes I see different books and I'm like, I don't know if I want to buy this or necessarily, and I don't want to have a ton of books in, in, in my home. I do appreciate physical books, but I do have some digital books, but to be able to rent something and then just go see, you know, is this, is this good or whatever, and, you know, I actually want to own this. That makes sense. So tell us about the incentivization of getting folks to read. Is that how the token plays a part in the ecosystem? And if you can tell us about the book token. Yeah, definitely. So it really, it really does like an issue inside of, of the publishing industry, really. And when you start to look at the statistics behind it, it's like, you know, people do buy books and the publishing industry in general is hoping that people read those books, but a lot of times it becomes like just very commoditized. And it's like, they're just trying to sell you the next book and selling the next book. And so when you look at the stats on like how many people per year are reading and like averaging down, and it's like, what we're trying to do is build in an incentive program. So people actually consume this knowledge because very clear data, you know, supports when people read books like society, like definitely progresses, there's less crime, there's more, you know, GDP. So the, you know, that kind of secondary part outside of decentralizing the incentivizing portion of it is we have a read to earn system. So whenever you get a book, you read it, you're earning tokens while you're reading it. And we have kind of a whole distribution schedule and like how the mechanics of all that work. We just released a new white paper that details in kind of great detail, like how all that functions. And then we actually have a initial token offering going on right now as well. We waited a long time to do that. Like we launched the product, we launched all the apps. We started selling books before, you know, and a lot of it was just like from a regulatory reason of wanting to do things exactly the right way. Oh yeah. Yeah, that definitely makes sense. Now there was news that Mark Cuban was collaborating with book .io to release an NFT ebook on the Polygon blockchain. Can you tell us about that and how that partnership came about? Yeah, for sure. So Mark was actually one of our earliest investors and came on board. And at the time we were Cardano based. So we argued back and forth a lot about other chains, which we had always had a very multi -chain strategy, which I'll say real quick too. Like our, you know, we deployed to four different blockchains. We deployed to Ethereum, to Polygon, to Cardano and to Algorand. But yeah, Mark was one of our first investors in. And so we worked through his publisher as well with him, created a bunch of different, the way that our construct kind of works is, we don't limit a book to like a single book cover, like it can have tons of different book covers. So that makes those different covers collectible for different reasons. So with him, I think we did about 400 different covers. Some of those were like rendered pictures of like him fighting sharks and stuff, like all kinds of fun stuff. And he actually thought it was really, really cool. So it just gives you a whole lot more flexibility. And I'll say too, like on the investor side, like Mark's been a great investor, like great advisor, lots of great like networking. I think I was a little hesitant, like just from all that, you know, what you see on Shark Tank, but like his group's fantastic. You know, we really only have two other investors. We have Ingram Content, which is the world's largest book distributor, and they actually distribute and warehouse all the books for Amazon. And then we also have Bertelsmann, which owns Penguin Random House, and they're the largest trade publisher. So we've tried to really be selective about our investors and working within the industry. But yeah, Mark's been great and all the guys at Polygon, the Polygon team has been great to work with as well. That's awesome. Are there other publishers that you're targeting and trying to work with and, you know, what's your strategy? Is it getting them to integrate book .io as another option? Tell us about that. And I don't know how much you can, you know, tell us about your strategy. Yeah. Yeah. So we've I think we, you know, we're somewhere around 20, maybe publishers or so that we've we've had sign up. You know, the publishing industry is very splintered. There's there's basically five main, you know, the big five publishers and they own a bunch of imprints and then there's a bunch of kind of mid tier and smaller ones. And so, like, you know, some total like our last publishing company, like we had close to 200000 different publishers signed with us. You kind of have to go like some of them you get like in big and big batches, right? Some of them are just like one on one. So like a lot of it right now, and especially over the last kind of beginning or last year was just a lot of experimentation, right? So it was going to publishers that we've worked with before in the past and saying, Hey, let's do like a test project together so we can like see what happens and gather some data and make some choices. So like this year's like much more on like the scale up side. We're going to be releasing audio books as well. And delving so into that and like how we do more mass ingestion. But, you know, ultimately, it's like what we're introducing back in is not necessarily say, you know, you know, we think we'll just dominate Amazon and it goes away or anything like that. It's more of a both end, right? Like you could, you know, I see that as like licensing and like streaming almost. And this is like ownership, right? So for the for the audiences and the authors and the people creators that care about ownership, like we provide like that mechanism and all the benefits that go with it. And it reintroduces the, you know, um, just the law of supply and demand, right? When it's digital licensing, there's, there's an infinite supply. It drives down, uh, you know, the price when there's a limited supply, then the price actually makes a difference. So then I can buy a book, you know, for $20, I can read it and maybe it's gone up in value and I can sell it for, you know, 25 or something. Even if I could sell it for half of what I bought it for, I still get more back than, than I do. If I buy that as an, you know, a licensed book. Yeah, no, that's great. And I love the secondary market options that open up with this new world of blockchain and tokenization. So Joshua, you know, you mentioned Amazon, uh, you guys are certainly a disruptive platform. Uh, if I could put it that way, let's say Amazon comes knocking on your door and saying, Hey, we want to acquire you. We want to integrate book .io into our, because we got the biggest marketplace, you know, what would be your thought process? And would you say yes, depending on the number? Yeah. I mean, you know, we get that question sort of semi often, which is kind of funny. Um, you know, I, I think that, uh, if, if this, if the situation was right and an Amazon was, you know, if, if we, if it was functioned in a way that like it kept the core model, right. So like if they didn't, uh, if, if the idea was to integrate and like expand what currently exists into digital ownership, right. Like, I think that makes sense. And some of the stuff they've done with like avalanche and, you know, some of the integration stuff, it's like, I think they, they see that, I think they're a bit more hesitant just from the regulatory perspective to like jump in to that kind of thing. And what we're doing is definitely, you know, quite, quite a bit different, but like, you know, we're, we're doing great. Like the team's grown in a bear market. Like we're adding employees and we're, you know, we're right at profitable. So we don't have any like reason to, to try to rush out and sell. And I think we're going to continue to grow. And I think we're, you know, we have an, you know, community that's, that has materialized behind it that just really agrees with the ethos of, you know, you really should own the things that you buy. So I don't see us, um, selling anytime soon. And even if we did, it would only be to like expand and, um, you know, continue the mission not to, to, uh, to end it or have it just shelved, you know? Oh yeah. I mean, I certainly, I think you and I being in this space, we can certainly agree. This is the future with block tokenization and fractionalization, secondary markets, and much more. It's just the adoption curve. And, uh, just like web one had its adoption curve web two, and now web three has its time. Um, you know, you mentioned Algorand, uh, polygon, Cardano and so forth. Are you planning to expand to other chains as well? Uh, yeah, we probably will. We don't have any plans to expand to any others. Right. Right now, um, we've done some interesting things with, with a few of the chains. Um, we gave a book away at consensus with Algorand to all the attendees. Like we're, we're doing some other expansion stuff or we'll be announcing some, some really cool stuff we're about to do with polygon as well. Um, so just trying to work with, with the chains that we have right now. And, you know, a big issue for publishers is really, uh, you know, I mean, when you get down to it, it's like they chop down trees to make print books. Right. So they, at first were very adverse to, um, to anything blockchain based, right. Especially when it was, you know, like when Ethereum was proof of stake. Um, so they, some of them have had corporate mandates where they would only work with it with a proof of work and they would only work with a proof of stake chain. So, you know, the ones that we've selected, I think, uh, encompass like a, a, a decent size portion of the market, not to say we won't integrate, but like, you know, kind of a thesis on being a multi -chain company is that we really want to be a platform. So creators could deploy to other chains. So we've talked to a couple of others as well. We just haven't put anything official on the roadmap yet. Hmm. Now more of a personal question for me and maybe other authors who are going to watch and listen to this, we'll have this question. So like I'm already in the process. I'm, I'm signed with a publisher. The book is right on tentative date launch next year. Could I go that traditional route, but also integrate with book .io and, you know, have you guys thought about a strategy for authors like myself who, you know, we would want to do both and how would that work? Yeah, for sure. So I think today, like of the hundred something books that we've done, like, um, a little over a third of them have been with, um, with publishers or with, um, with authors. So, you know, basically the way it works is, um, you know, you would just connect this with your publisher and then we work through like exactly what kind of program you would want to do. Right. So, um, we just kind of define those details. Um, we walked through with the publisher, what, you know, exactly how it works most of the time. Like, you know, we're doing limited quantity sort of collectible type stuff right now, but we have the capability to do like a mass, like we actually just, uh, sold a book yesterday that, you know, wasn't necessarily a collectible. It had just a regular singular cover. That's the same cover that's on the print book. Um, and, uh, you know, and it's sold out in like 20 seconds or something. Right. So the publisher's super excited because they've never seen anything like that in publishing. Um, and so it's a great way to drive, like kind of viral traffic and like excitement. So what we found too, is what ends up happening. We've seen this like multiple times in a row is like, we would do something with an author and then it will directly correlate to an increase in print sales because people get that book, they're excited about it. Then they would go and they're like, Hey, actually, you know, I want to own both. And so that's actually one of the things we're working on with our, our, um, uh, partnership with, with Ingram is what we call mint and print so that you could just buy the digital and automatically get the physical, uh, dropshipped to you at the same time. Oh, wow. Yeah. That's really cool. Um, so walk us through the user experience. Um, let's say someone's listening to this and like, you know, I want to go check out book .io. Maybe they have some books that I'll be interested in. Is there, obviously you have a website, is there an app and with purchasing, um, is it crypto and Fiat or both? Yeah. So, uh, so, I mean, we're trying to make it, um, very much, like I said, you know, web to functionality. So it's very easy to sign up. Um, we do take credit cards. So, um, on, uh, you know, you can, you can buy a book with a credit card. It's easy to set up an account. And actually like the, uh, the, the giveaway things that we're doing, the promotional stuff, like you don't even have to have a wallet. Um, we're getting to the point where you won't, you won't even have to have a wallet. You don't have to store seed phrase. You don't have to do any of that. All of it's like self -driven kind of in the background. Um, and so you don't have to buy with crypto. You don't have to know anything about crypto, um, and just making it real easy onboarding process for like, you know, the billion plus people that are honestly just not going to go take the time to learn crypto. Yeah. I've been talking a lot about that recently. With a variety of folks. Um, how do we make it easy for the next billion people? And like you, I've kind of used my mom, my dad as an example. Right. Cause like, they don't know that, like they see the wallet addresses. They're like, what the hell is that? They're scared of it. Right. It's intimidating. I still have to show my mom how to do certain things on her smartphone. So I, you know, but certainly like she's interested in, in crypto and blockchain and, you know, I've invested some of her funds in it, but yeah, to your point. How do we make it easy for the next billion people have the capabilities, but make it make the gooey easy for them. Right. Yeah. One of the funniest comments I got recently, which I won't say who it came from. Um, somebody within my family, um, was like, wait a minute, there's more than one blockchain. Cause like they thought blockchain was like internet, you know, thought it was one big blockchain, you know, which like from the outside, it was like, I never really thought about that, but it's like, if you really didn't know anything about it, you might think like, blockchain is just like internet. And they're like, you know, maybe there's only one and it's like, it's just, it's such a barrier. And so I feel like a lot of times, like in the crypto side, like we're in this bubble where it's like, you know, we're really excited about the technology and stuff, but other people just don't, they don't have the, it's not like, you know, intelligence thing. It's just like, they don't have the time to like onboard and figure all that stuff out. So like, how do we, how do we meet them where they are, bring the solutions and like the benefit of web three and what it actually provides to them, like directly to them. Yeah, yeah, absolutely. And I think more, more companies building in a space need to think about that. Not just for the crypto native folks here, but yeah, like you said, the next billion people who, you know, they've heard about it in passing, they don't, they haven't used any type of crypto or done anything and we got to make it easy for them. So what's on the remainder of your roadmap for 2023? We do have quite a bit of stuff planned. So a lot of it, you know, like I said, you know, we launched like a year ago, so we're really trying to kind of scale up in a lot of different spots. So you know, at the top of that list right now is, is definitely audio books. And then we have a marketplace also that we're launching. And actually on the audio book side, we have one of the larger audio book companies that we just signed with, which is super exciting to have some like celebrity read audio books. And that's like a real growing market segment as well, just in general within publishing, which is very exciting. We have a lot of AI tools and development that are maybe more focused on publisher author, like, you know, helping them out you know, continue updating the reading apps. And then we have some really big author launches coming up that are going to be like, they're pretty massive, like celebrity level authors that are going to be launching some projects with us, which is super exciting. No, that's awesome. Well, I certainly after this conversation, you and I need to chat because of my own book. But yeah, that's exciting, man. And I love the idea of well, you know, you mentioned it's a growing part of the market of celebrity read books. Yeah, I certainly would want to listen to Morgan Freeman read a book.
"english club" Discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show
"And we're back. So, Chris, I'm telling the audience about my Suzanne's and my journey on the Queen Mary, too. It's just incredible. One day they have these outdoor decks that you can like sunbathe on. But the weather was not such that you wanted to sunbathe. It was kind of cloudy, foggy, a little cool, unfortunately. But the last two days, we did a little of that. And it was beautiful. At one point, we're on this upper deck. And I look up and I recognize the captain. He was kind of like making these rounds or whatever. And we have mutton chops. That's when I'm a man. Someone was insubordinate to him and he pulled out his sword. And with the side of the sword beat the man. Well, it was really brutal. British seamanship is something that just makes me uncomfortable. But no, I may be kidding about that. But I'll tell you the truth. We did see the captain. And you realize, like he's the celebrity of the ship. Like everybody's like, that's the captain. That's the captain. He's he's like driving this monster thing. And it's cranking along. I mean, it's like, you know, it weighs like a billion pounds, literally. And it's cranking along at over 20 miles an hour. Like, how do you move this thing through the water at, you know, 22 miles? It was incredible. But anyway, I'm trying to think there's anything else that I need to cover. But it just was absolutely delightful. I'll think of other stuff and I'll throw it in later. But we end up in Southampton, England. And I think I shared it on the program. There's a British actor named James Fox. His brother is Edward Fox. They're both in their 80s. If you've ever watched British films from the 1960s to the present, they are in those films, many of them. James Fox is a delightful Christian, and he wrote me an email a couple of years ago that he enjoyed some of my books. He read my books and. We were emailing back and forth, and I said, I'm coming to London now. His son, I think I share this on the program. His son is Lawrence Fox, who starred as Hunter in My Son Hunter, which was a film that we've talked about on this program, Hunter. I'm sorry, Hunter. Lawrence James's son was also a big deal actor. But he said some stuff that the woke people totally canceled him like like three and a half years ago, completely canceled his career and everything. And he is such a hero. Lawrence Fox that he decides, like, I'm not going to apologize. I'm not I'm doubling down. So he's become more and more outspoken. And we had dinner with them in London. And Lawrence Fox is a stinking hero. The man is an absolute hero. He ran for parliament recently. He didn't win. But it was he he ran for for for the mayor of London about two years ago, whatever. So he's gotten very involved politically. But the thing is, in our dinner, he was just sharing about how the conservatives. This is kind of like in America, right? Like you've got the MAGA folks that are really fighting. And then you've got these like people that you once thought were conservatives who are now, you know, Mitch McConnell and, you know, Kevin McCarthy and whoever else that you don't really feel like they're willing to fight. And I think that that's the case in spades in England. So there are two members in all of parliament. Parliament's like 600 members, right? There are only two people or I'm sorry, probably one person. I can't think of his name who is utterly heroic. Everybody else is kind of like, you know, what do we need to do to get reelected? So it was utterly fascinating meeting Lawrence Fox. I follow him on Twitter and I retweet his stuff on Twitter. But total, total hero. And his father, of course, I don't think I mentioned this, said that he would pick us up from Southampton. This is like two and a half hours from London. He insisted. And I had one of the most delightful conversations of my life being driven to London with Suzanne by Lawrence Fox's father, James Fox, this amazing actor. Anybody who's seen a passage to India, have you ever seen that film? Chris, oh, I haven't seen that film. No, it's a shame on you who is in that. Maybe I saw it a long time ago. Was that it was it was it's about 1983, but it's it stars James Fox. You know, this is 40 years ago. He's been in a million films. He was in a big film in 1970 with Mick Jagger. It was some big film, but he's been in film since the 60s. The loneliness of the long distance runner was like 1962. But he's been in films all these years. So he insisted on picking us up. I thought, you can't do that. You're like this big deal actor. One of the most gracious, delightful Christian gentlemen I have ever met in my life. But anyway, so we had dinner with him our time in London, by the way. I got to say it's been a while since I've been in London. I forgot how much I loved England. Suzanne has relatives there. We actually did our honeymoon in London. No kidding. Twenty seven years ago. Yeah. And Suzanne has relatives, you know, English relatives. And we had the most delightful time. And I we stayed at the East India Club. And Douglas Murray, who when I had dinner with Jordan Peterson, Douglas Murray said, Where are you staying in London? Because he's from there. And we said the East India Club. And he said, Oh, I think it's a bit ropey now. And I thought a bit ropey. What do you mean by that? And I think he meant, you know, kind of like down at the heels or whatever. And it is a little bit. But it's so it was so delightful to stay in this old English club. They had a stuffed hippopotamus right outside our bedroom. That's amazing. Oh, just the head, just the head. But it's like it's an old club. You know, you've got to get dressed for breakfast. There's tippers at I mean, it was it was absolutely fantastic in London. I have to say I had forgotten. It's kind of an amazing city. I just thought New York has nothing on this place. Like, I don't know, maybe it was just where we were because we're hanging out near the Mayfair district. But it was so I don't know, just just it was delightful. And it made me realize that I need to get back to England. We'll probably do Socrates in the city there or do some Socrates events there. But it was absolutely delightful. I ran in in Hyde Park. I did my running thing there. But and then something crazy happened at the British Museum. I'm not making this up when I come back. I will tell you what happened at the British Museum unexpectedly.
"english club" Discussed on ESPN FC
"I'm Gabby. He's Jules, blue skies over West London. What a show, because the champion zig is back. Oh yeah. We'll be looking at both semifinals. We'll have a usual quick hits, all that stuff you love. But let's start with Real Madrid and Manchester City. It finishes one one and my Real Madrid's party friend said, this is great. I love the fact that the rules rule is gone. Second leg. This is like a final. You go in there, you win this game round Madrid by hooker that tends to win finals. And he's feeling really, really good about himself. Should he be feeling good about himself? And man city Friends saying this is great. Really good results. We take a draw back home, we played well. We didn't give them much. Which is what they wanted. And now we go home in our station. We favorite to go through to the final. We all wanted gap. I was there. All I wanted, I didn't want to give those two KG. In which KG. I think the two managers wanted it to be KG that they want to take too many risks, which in the end, maybe if you were watching on television and you thought the lack of tempo and rhythm was a bit, maybe it was all too slow, which I couldn't understand, especially the first half. But it's just perfectly poised for the second leg. And I saw that I think that's all what people should care about now is that we're going to have a hell of a game in the second leg. We had a hell of a game in this first line. Yeah, the different ways. You know what I mean? I come in a different way. I don't blame them about being, there's no question. Pep was more cautious. But this is Real Madrid against me. This is a Champions League semi final, right? You're not going and playing an opponent that you're familiar with. You're not playing some mid table side in England that's already intimidated by you. I think a lot when city play people or when ra Madrid play opponents, they're intimidated, right? So I don't expect them to play a million miles an hour, take chances, not when you've got Venus, the fastest thing on two legs. Although Kyle walker, as we found out, he's also pretty quick. So yeah, I got no issue with that. Whatsoever. I did think in the first 20 minutes and you were there in person. The atmosphere, I stuck to myself. Uh oh, how are they going to match Manchester City? Yeah. And they did. And they did with a very simple tactical shift. They brought Madrid started four three three, obviously, with Rodrigo and venetia's wide. And he moved Modric, essentially. Kind of in between stones who would set when they were in possession zones would obviously step into midfield as we've seen stones and Rodri, and all of a sudden that really, really blunted Manchester City's ability to move the ball quickly and kind of asphyxiate them the way they had done in the first 20 minutes. Yeah, that's right. And also Valverde's positioning, dropping next to cruise basically to make a double pivot. The whole midfielder that worked because, okay, Kevin De Bruyne scored, but apart from the goal, you didn't see much of them because I think crews and Val valley did a really good job there. And then for moderate, it made that city with stones and Rodri also had to be very careful in the kind of four two three one. Worked better for a Madrid in the second half where they were a bit more expensive with the ball and put city under more pressure than they did in the first half. I mean, the start of a half time. With the 32% of the ball for remade a 115 or a 125 passes were really low, the energy is 0.06 if you need to go. She was crazy a half time, but you also knew that in the second half that the second half would be would be different would be better. And to be fair, I think rabbit reads called at a moment where a city was a better team and cities called our moment where maybe Ramadan with ability in which, again, sums up very well again. It certainly happens two guys we didn't see much of were the reigning Ballon d'Or and the guy who scored 51 goals this season, Karim Benzema, an early Holland. Maybe different reasons for those two, we expect them in the second leg to pop up or is it just a case that both teams as we can't take a chance with these two guys? No, I think they would have more space more service in the second leg than they had in the first leg where we said it was a big KG although Benzema had the header to have high and hard. The true boulevard about the last attacker from Alabama and the one before in the first half on the de bruna pass. So it could have been different but yeah, we kind of, when we prepared the game and set up the game, we went out, he spends in my violin, different profile, but look, blah, blah, blah. One is 22, one is 35, et cetera and in the end, that matchup was a bit like, so let's hope for better than a second. After the first leg, you know, I love the percentages. You had city going through what I'd write when you're going through. How do you say? It might not even change 51, 49, or 55, 45 if you prefer like slightly bigger. For city. I'm going to lean Real Madrid again. I can go 51 49 if you're like, yeah. For one very, very simple reason, right? Mattress a city are in track to do a treble this season. And it's really difficult to do a treble. I think very few English clubs have done a trail, I think. In fact, I've just won just the one, right? And that was in the last millennium. So if I ask myself where are they most likely to derail? I look at who they have in the league. I feel better about their chances of letting the leave than I do of winning the Champions League. I gotta lose the FA Cup final, but I think they're overwhelming favorites for that. And so I say, most likely, they're gonna go, if they don't win the treble, it's gonna happen in the Champions League. And it's either going to happen against ra Madrid or whoever they play in the final, and it's more likely to happen against ram Madrid. This is my rationale. That's a marcotti method. So you don't think city would win the trouble this season. I think it's unlikely. It's certainly possible, but I think it's unlikely. No, and the reason is there's three component parts joining the trouble, right? So they have to be ra Madrid and beat whoever in the final. They have to beat Manchester United and they have to win the league, right? But I mean, you can work it out for yourself, how likely it is, right? What is the percentage chance that city win the Premier League? I'd say 70%. 30% for arsenal. And I think I'll tell you what, I think city will drop points against everything this weekend. There's another bull prediction. We give you for free, but let's say, sorry, so 70%. What is their percentage chance that they win the FA Cup? I go 60 40 because I really believe united over one game can cover them problem by defending and not playing much. And what is the percentage chance that they win 55 40 5? I believe if they be ra Madrid, then they're going to win the final, whether it's Milano in the final. Okay, you say 55%. You said 51% chance to be from Madrid. I said. Okay, well, if you gave them a 55% chance of Real Madrid, then it's a 100% chance that they'll be whatever team from a lot in the final. But right now they haven't beaten remade yet. So the way you establish yet is you multiply these three percentages together. And so .7 times .6 times .55. It's around, what do you say, 23%? Something like that? She was less than a one in four chance of them winning the trouble using your percentages, which mine would be a little bit lower. Like I said, but so no, I know he's tough. I think they can do it. I think they've got the squad to do it. No, no, I think nobody's doubting that they can do it. I think more likely than not, winning a trouble, especially for an English club, is extremely extremely difficult. Yeah. Right. But I think we're just taking it for granted. Like, oh look, they're on track. They'll do it. It's really, really hard. If they do it, it's tremendous achievement. It's incredible. It's incredible, but I still think that they've got enough to be rumored next week. I think in a way, for us, for them, for pep and Carlo and the players, it would have been better to have a two week break between the two semifinals. Like you used to before. Now, the fact that they're back to back, one is to choose the following one is a Wednesday. There's no time in between. There will be a lead game that remembers you don't care about. Let's be honest here because let you guys go on, but since you really care about going to Everton on Sunday afternoon,
"english club" Discussed on ESPN FC
"Either this time. San for Liverpool, and if you spend all your money on Bellingham like you did with Darwin Nunez and you don't strengthen in maybe other places that you should be strengthening, then that's why that's why you said I'm sorry, but Bellingham would love you, but we can't because we need to. I think borus Dortmund and Bellingham's people are playing an absolute blinder here. They have turned them into the player of the summer. It's almost like everybody's kind of forgotten that, hey, look, Killian and bop as a year away from the end of his contract. And it's not clear if his owner was being investigated for rape and torture. So torture and kidnapping, his dominate has become these shit. That'll be the second. Be like he was with Helen last summer, and I think right now city and PhD are the three clubs you can do for them. We want to afford him. So, you know, somebody might have to leave for that to happen. I don't think so. I don't think so. More much than united as well. There will be a third round of beating for the club with the qataris and surgeon Radcliffe, still very keen, but Gabby will be shocked to hear that Thomas zelia occurs, you know, that Finn businessman is out. Yeah, I'm absolutely shocked about the guy. That's ruled himself out of the building. Look, I said bid though. Why? What? Is the second one? Do you want more money? Do you want to see more money? Look, I'd say the glaciers do not need to sell. I don't know how many times I have to say, these deadlines, it's all nonsense. And the qataris know this in reckless know this. And they're not going to come back with higher big just because rain tells them to. I think it's a war of attrition. They're waiting to see how things develop, but what the glazers is a family want to do, not all the glazer siblings are interested in football. They're going to see what kind of deal they can get from the other pathway, which is basically to borrow money, whether it's from oaktree or Elliot or Aries, which is another option. I think the option of buying out the siblings is also there if somebody will give them money to do it. So I think the story is going to rumble on. And people are going to get angry and angry at the glazers. But you know what? Joel and I were used to it. People give them a hard time. With goals from Kareem Benzema, Marco sancio, your thoughts. Kareem, I mean, he loves playing against English. He loves scoring against English club him and finishes again where I was standing the best front two in Europe. This season and last season as well without doubt. I was very disappointed by Lampard's tactics by Chelsea overall. To be oppressing sight and yet Jesse could not get out of the press, the first girl comes like that. I mean, the sending off, but she well. If you watch it again, the two lines are so flat from a Chelsea point of view. You wonder what kind of code would coach a team like this and again and you know I'm not is it Lambert? Benzoin to midfield. And social drop anyway in the hole, but Enzo, as we've said many times, is not a 6 by he's not a defensive midfielder. Exactly. He has always played with one 6 next to him. And Lampard made me stick with his tactics and his formation. The players were not up for it. Let me bring you pull you up on the formation. So have you ever played back three against this front three of ramen? Put it that way. But gone. You had the three defensive midfielder or the three midfielders, right? Yeah. Conte. And coverage, right? That's not a mistake. But it does mean that you sacrifice wingers if you do that. Yeah. Away from home, I'm saying it's within the realm of possibility that you're going to play three midfielders, right? Yeah. For me, the issue where you're talking about more like Sterling and withdrawal Felix and say, let's just Nick something on the counter because that's the message you're sending. Yeah. But so just to start, that was some of the upper. The bag three is a mistake against that front three anyway. Venus is on his own, touched the ball 19 times in Chelsea's box. The whole Chelsea team, this is the whole or every player in that team that came on and started touchable ten times in the rum Madrid box. This is just not good enough. And I saw after some translation of Lampard's press conferences when he said Lao or we didn't, we didn't realize how good it were. How good that was that good? I don't think that's exactly what he said. I would hope it's not. I hope because then that would be an acceptable. But I just thought they didn't approach that game well, that's all. Did you have an issue with, because obviously, as you know, I'm a big fan of the best on earth. I don't understand. I don't understand this freaking obsession, which I'll Felix, where because I kind of feel that if mudrak, if Sterling, if averts, every time they got the ball, they did some sort of fancy trick. People would think that their jaw Felix. I don't I think he makes so many stupid decisions. The worst thing for me. Was and I think this is kind of an overshadowed. You know when he threw on gold and he's got 8 minutes out chasing the balls there, right? He gets there first, right? One of the most basic things you're taught from a very young age is kick the ball directly to the goal. Run across the center back. If you do that, the center back will either
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"Subject to change in terms of ply. Another big Darby and ligand and nice destroy Monaco three on the road. Jules sir Jim was very happy. It was very, because he's so his record signing time mophie who spent €30 million on in January is going his first goals for niece, two goals as well on the counter. As well. Maybe some say he may even be better than his brother. In front of his dad, by the way, with a lovely, lovely goal to make it three nil. When I still heard that thing by the defeat on penalties to buy a level cuisine on Thursday in the Europe playoffs. So I think it was three goals in the first half, like in the back center main game. In the nizam. Yeah. Yeah. So how do you get exposed the same highlight? The first two goals were identical. What was Felipe? Yeah, I think they knew they would have a lot of the ball, but this actually makes a mistake on the first one is to be too short for the header. The second one is really a proper counter from I think even the SAP or something. Yeah, terrible goals to consider in the third one. It's worth checking out the highlights on YouTube. You can see that there's an Aaron Ramsey appearance and waving his arms. And he's been amazing since the new manager arrived on this fantastic renaissance from Erwin Ramsay unreal. Andrea nili tells Holland that telegraph newspaper that there is already a Super League in Europe and is called the Premier League. All right, okay. Yeah, you know what? First of all, do you have a president anymore? He's not really relevant anymore and this is not something original to say. People have said this for a long time. The Premier League is dominant. But there's still something called timing. To say this in a week, I'm sorry, how many clubs how many English clubs in the Champions League? This season four? Yeah. Okay. There's four clubs, those four English clubs in the channel. None of them won in the first record of the last 16. For the first time, 2014. Three of them lost, right? This is not the time to say it. Like this is not like come up with something more. You're gonna go on about, wow, the premiership journey would probably generate 4 billion in the league. You repeating the same nonsense as before, it's just not, just come up with something original. Like you've got time to think now, right? Yeah. Because you're no longer your time is all sucked up by being president of ubi. Find something else. I don't know. There's a conversation to be had. He's not the one we should be in the conversation. I agree. James Ollie and others report that the contract between arsenal and bukayo saka has been agreed. It might take time to work out the details. Yeah, it's a bit contrived but obviously it was a hugely important one for us non considering that it would have become free agent very soon. And it's so instrumental and so important in everything that is building right now in the club by building and he joined the club as a kid went through the academy. I think it was very important on many levels for them to keep him. It looks that way now. It looks like it's going to get the contract and the pay rise. They deserve to. So wish I think a good thing for everyone. When they say it might take time to work out the details. I don't think he would take that. What did they read? If they agreed the amount of money, what? You were working on it. The bonus is the car parking space. No, it's just that I think that play a law you need a bit of time for everybody to check things out. But yeah, he's going to read the contract personally. He's not going to get some good points. In general, even for meetings for stuff like that, but I think the most important it takes is that you're right. It is the meetings is a much meaning. It's lawyers paid by the hour. Oh, exactly. It's a bunch of unnecessary rule lawyers probably involved in this one as well because it loves to talk about the government reforming football here in England, garb and the football league really would really want 25% of the Premier League TV money. Well, basically what they're arguing is that let's take a chunk of Premier League TV money and 25%. Obviously, I don't think Premier League is going to give them that money. Obviously, that would be a ton of money. But in exchange of that, let's get rid of parachute payments because they say the parachute payments, which when a team gets relegated for a certain number of years, they get a big chunk of money to help alleviate the costs of going down because the costs are much higher in the Premier League. But what it does is it distorts everything in the football. They mean the point that the team that won the championship last year thing caught. 8 million in the team who finished bottom last year got 96 million from the Premier League. I think there's a better solution in this. I think have some sort of centralized contract where if you get relegated, then your salaries go down automatically by X percentage points. I don't think it's that difficult to do. You can pay money up front if people are reluctant. I don't think they'll be reluctant to come. And you can sort it out that way. And that way you alleviate the sake and then you negotiate about the money. But there is a fair point. If I'm the primary league, why should I keep subsidizing the football league to this level, right? Do they produce this these many players? No, definitely not. I think you need some data. You need some real data about Premier League players or where did it come from? How many of them start out at League clubs? And then you can start having a decision. I think there's a tough negotiation and obviously the government is getting involved. France national team. Rock to their foundations. Wendy Renard not happy doesn't like the coach. But we know for a long time she didn't like the coach. Yeah, yeah, they've been tensioned between Corinthia, the France head coach and most of the prize, especially in the act, does not like very tall people. Is that right? She doesn't like many people for stop. And not many people like her. That's maybe certainly not her players, which is the most concerning here. When I think I've had enough unless she goes, I'm not coming back. I'm not playing for this national team ever again. A good thing there is in a World Cup in a couple months. And then obviously others followed, the captain, like a total, like others, to say like it's either us or her, basically saying that to the photo, so I think Jack will have to get either she goes herself if she has any pride because it's clearly it's not working and there's no future for her. All the federation has to get rid of it because it applies in a happy they haven't been. She's very difficult in the way she manages to start with. Not just the discipline because discipline is good in a way. But the way she works, her attitudes, the even in her own stuff, not people can work with her a lot. It's very difficult. And I think at the end at the bottom line is that a lot of the players don't find out good enough anyway. For them. So it's not a case where she's difficult, but she's such exactly that. She's such a great tactical genius or whatever you put up with it. That you've been with the eggs actually. Could heroes then ex man is on his way back in two management. Gab, tell us more. Yeah, are you talking about people who revolutionize the game as we know it? Not really. It's not that many people ended up following what he did, one of the most attack oriented coaches, legendary former lazo enrollment coach, great personal story. 76 years old. Wow. He's going to go back to pescara. It'll be his third time at the club. It'll be his 24th club overall. You put them up, of course, from Saturday B to Serie A when he adds. Variety, mobile, insignia in the incredible that's right. Well, remember, yeah, no, he also broke scoring records with lots. He's the only I think he's the only player in history. Coach in history, who is adored by both fans of Lazio and of Roma. He managed to draw mine two different spells to think. Pretty remarkable. Pretty remarkable character. And it's going to be entertaining. Yeah. I hope 6 years of age, I still want. I still want to get up and work. Something that gives me joy. Not a bad weekend for a Christian Ronaldo jewels. He backs a hat trick and I'll master three no wind against something called damac. And then gets to see Tommy Fury beat Jake Paul, which I know you were very excited about. Yeah, yeah, it was there. Of course, there was a few big names and big influences, big people out there, the influencer boxing fight if you want to call it out. But nobody bigger than christiano.
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"Our top stories and go inside everything. And a good morning, a pair of Federal Reserve officials who vote on policy this year have backed a downshift in the pace of rate rises, Dallas fed president, Laurie Logan, said the U.S. Central Bank needs to keep hiking rates put slowly, Laurie Logan's view was echo by Philadelphia fed president Patrick harker, who says he favors raising rates in quarter point increments. There are remarks or at odds with comments from FOMC hawks. James bollard and Loretta mester, who believe it's too soon for a policy downshift. Now Blackstone has raised a record $22.2 billion for a fun that will acquire stakes from pensions endowments and other investors. The whole which far exceeds the firm's initial target is the biggest secondary's fund ever raised and comes as a private equity giant further expands beyond its buyout routes. And finally, English football clubs have cemented their position as a leading revenue generators here in Europe, Manchester City took the top spot in Deloitte's annual money league for a second year running with 5 more English clubs filling out the top ten man cities revenue up 13% last year was boosted by sharp increase in commercial income, Liverpool and Manchester United, also made the top 5. Global news 24 hours a day on air and on Bloomberg quicktake powered by more than 2700 journalists and analysts in more than 120 countries. This is Bloomberg, Stephen. Leigh Anne, thank you very much now. It's cold out here in London. It's even colder in Davos, but our next guest EU economy commissioner Paolo gentiloni is thrilled about the weather, which he thinks will drive a Europe wide economic recovery. We'll hear more from that interview from Davos in just a moment. This is Bloomberg. Bloomberg television first in global business news. The markets matter and they are moving. Yields actually lower globally from New York to San Francisco. Headlines involving Twitter from London to Hong Kong. It has been a week off huge gyration. The world turns to Bloomberg for market moving headlines. All eyes are on what's going on in the tech space. The dollar really taking control here. Bloomberg television, the Bloomberg business happened, Bloomberg dot com. Check your local listings for the cable or satellite provider in your area. Wake up and text
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"Generators in Europe, Manchester City took the top spot in Deloitte's annual money league for a second year running with 5 more English clubs filling out the top ten man cities revenue up 13% last year was boosted by sharp increase in commercial income, Liverpool and Manchester United, also made the top 5. Global news 24 hours a day on air and on Bloomberg quicktake powered by more than 2700 journalists and analysts in more than 120 countries. I'm leann gerrans, this is Bloomberg. Do you know how much money Manchester City actually managed to generate? 794 million pounds. Oh, but that's not a I was expecting it to tip into the billions actually, but maybe that's just me. Oh, Caroline, and maybe if they take in how much they pay for the payers at wood. So maybe that's a different way to look at it, but this is more on commercial revenue, how much the club's bringing up. And obviously they've done so well Manchester City, but I always find that when it comes to money and it comes to football, it's extreme. Yeah, there are huge amounts of money. Interesting to see that Liverpool is the biggest mover in this ranking as well. Our revenue up almost 22% between the two years. So now just under 600 million pounds for them as well. So the kind of where the money plays out between those big names as well fascinating part of that data from Deloitte's lean garen, thank you very much for that look at our top stories. Coming up on Bloomberg daybreak here, but we're going to bring you another of our top interviews from Davos continued coverage, standard charted CEO Bill winter speaking to us. We'll have more live interviews from Davos later on this morning. This is Bloomberg. Bloomberg television first in global business news. The markets matter and they are moving. Yields actually lower globally from New York to San Francisco. Headlines involving Twitter. From London to Hong Kong. It has been a week of huge gyration. The world turns to Bloomberg for market moving headlines. All eyes are on what's going on in the tech space. The
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"On policy in the next rate meeting at the end of January, they join a chorus of U.S. monetary policy makers who are signaling rates will linger higher, for longer, and Jeffrey says profit fell 57% in the fiscal fourth quarter, amid a persistent slump in deals. Investment banking revenue plummeted in the first 9 months of the year, as Jeffries was hit by the market negativity of 2022. It's an early look at how Wall Street banks might fare in the coming earnings season. Meanwhile, Bloomberg has learned that Manchester United Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are among the football clubs being targeted for investment by Qatar, the Middle East and hosts of the recent World Cup. Sources tell us that the chairman of Qatar sports investments recently held talk with spurs about the purchase of a possible stake. A spokesperson for the English club denied a meeting took place regarding the sale of equity. Global news 24 hours a day on a and on Bloomberg quicktake, powered by more than 2700 journalists and analysts in more than 120 countries. I'm Louis moon, and this is Bloomberg, Caroline. Louise, thank you so much. For details of our top stories this morning still ahead of Bloomberg daybreak, Europe. So we've touched on it a little bit, core inflation is one of the crucial parts of the Bank of England's policy puzzle. So in the next part of the program, we're going to be speaking to Nielsen's head of Rita and business insight, Mike, Watkins, about how grossers are doing, the big grocery chains, yes, people did splurge, they braved a lot of cold weather to get out there and spend for Christmas, but of course part of that is because shop prices were simply so much harder than they were a year ago. So how is that kind of squeezed consumer in the UK now? And of course those companies now have to deal with less support from the government when it comes to energy costs as well. So yes, it's going to be interesting to see how all of that unfolds in the months ahead. Another topic was we'll be delving into the market reaction and right now across the benchmark here in Europe. You do have losses of 7 tenths of a percent here in the UK, the FTSE 100 down three tenths percent and the futures in the U.S. also lower after fed officials are warned of higher rates for longer, so we'll be getting analysis on how to position in these markets. The China reopening trade also taking something of a pause today, though our M live team thinks that will only be temporary. There's lots more coming up stay with us. This is Bloomberg. Bloomberg radio on demand and in your podcast feed. On the latest edition of the balance of power podcast, a conversation on the border crisis with former U.S. ambassador to Mexico, Tony Garza. Coming into this summit, President Biden pierce to want to have wanted to take the issue a bit off the table, announcing the changes to the immigration policy. Some coordination with Mexico on the Mexico immigrant protocols where those that don't go through the formal process in their own country will be deported to Mexico and held in Mexico. And they're still the use of title 42 for the expulsion of those seeking asylum. So I think while there was a sense that immigration might as a typically does dominate the bilateral discussions, I think President Biden by having teeth those up may have allowed for a little more discussion around the security and the trade issues which are also very important in these bilateral discussions. Mister investors, some people are remarking in the United States about the fact that the vice president of the United States Kamala Harris is not very prominent in all these discussions. She was early designated as the person who really take on this issue for President Biden. What do you see in that? This is a portfolio that President Biden, as president Obama's vice president was very intimately involved in President Biden seemed far more engaged than vice president Harris has been. So in that sense, she has talked about the need to address root causes in the northern triangle, and this was a year or so ago in that wave of migration that we had in 2021 and 22. But she's not been terribly engaged or visible on
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"Stake. However, a spokesman for the English club denied a meeting took place. Global news, 24 hours a day on air and on Bloomberg quicktake, I'm Leigh Anne garon's, this is Bloomberg, Caroline. Thank you so much, Lian Gary's coming up next. We'll speak to the recruitment and employment confederation as hiring of staff begins to cool down nil karri is our guest next. This is Bloomberg. Bloomberg radio on demand and in your podcast feed. On the latest edition of the sound on podcast the conversation with Leon fresco, partner at Holland and knight about criticism of President Biden's border policy. What was it now? If something that has shown to work and if it's implemented properly and here's the key of Mexico really allows you to robustly remove people who are coming into the United States without any sort of ability to actually claim a phylum, then that's going to work. People will take the legal pipe ways that the Biden administration is now offering. And they don't want to take the illegal pie plate, but they take them because there isn't a legal pathway to do it. And so it will also be interesting to see whether the state of Texas sues the president for actually offering these legal pathways to people from Cuba Haiti. Yes, right. So you're talking about this new policy that the president rolled out proposed policy that indeed would tighten immigration enforcement by blocking Cuban Haitian and Nicaraguan migrants at the border. How much of a difference it sounds like you're in favor of it with this policy change make? It will depend on scalability, ebit allows to be scaled, robustly. So that Mexico actually because the biggest problem is right now, Mexico does not accept people. We are trying to deport, who are not from Mexico or Central America. If Mexico allows us to deport people who tried to sneak in between the ports of entry. In exchange for giving people a legal pathway and we have a robust enough legal pathway that people won't choose to sneak across. You will see a dramatic reduction in the
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"More and what's going on around the world. And a good morning, Liz trusts here she is doing what she thinks is right for the UK speaking to local UK radio stations a prime minister didn't bunch from her controversial economic policies. This comes after the Bank of England dramatically intervened in the guilt market yesterday, pressure is piling on the government from within the Conservative Party. Now elsewhere officials inside the US Treasury Department are said to be concerned at volatility and financial markets from the UK's government plans. Bloomberg has learned the administration is working alongside the IMF to apply a pressure on Liz truss's government. Meanwhile, former treasury secretary Larry summers says the Bank of England did need to intervene yesterday. And football injuries cost Europe's top clubs more than half a billion pounds last season and players are getting hurt more often. The number of injuries in Europe's 5 biggest leagues rose 20% last season compared with a year earlier, the Premier League saw the most injuries with Chelsea actually been the worst affected English club. Global news 24 hours a day on air and on Bloomberg quicktake, powered by more than 2700 journalists and analysts in more than 120 countries. I'm leann guerin's, this is Bloomberg, Stephen. This is the sort of data that I find absolutely fascinating, so 97 injuries from Chelsea. At number two, worst affected league, Spain's La Liga, and Francis PSG reporting the highest injury cast for his club. And it's all from the insurance broker haldens European football injury index. I can't believe it exists. I didn't know it was out there. Now I know every day's a school day, but it's costing them a fortune isn't it? And I was thinking, why are people becoming more and more injured and you know why? They just playing way more football. And of course, we also seeing that we're going to have the football World Cup in Qatar coming up shortly. It's going to be a winter one. So that's the whole country. Yeah, which is disrupting the whole calendar. But injuries are just costing an absolute fortune because we know you normally have to sit out a few games if you are severely injured. I don't know. I know what it's like to be injured, it's not fun. Fascinating stuff, Leanne, thank you very much for that. Let's get back to our markets conversation. Guilty of rising today after that record slump we saw yesterday following the Bank of England's extraordinary intervention in the markets. This is we have the prime minister Liz truss. Insisting this morning that her economic policies are the right plan for the country. We're joined there by blue by asset management's chief investment officer Mark died in Mark good morning to you. Thanks for being with us on Bloomberg radio. Do you think Liz trust is being convincing and saying that her plan is the right one for the economy? Well, I think that clearly Liz truss is committed to her course of action, but I guess my concern is that the whole sort of V met here has been around energizing growth. But if the outcome here is going to be higher interest rates higher mortgage rates, it could end up having absolutely the opposite effect, couldn't it? So for my perspective, one of the things that I would look for here is perhaps an acknowledgment that the UK government can't control both the value of the pound and also keep interest rates where it wants to keep interest rates in order to promote growth and therefore we like need to be in a scenario where the power will continue to take the bond to the strain because you simply can't end up putting interest rates in the UK up to 6% next year. If you do that, you can just kill the housing market, aren't you? Okay, yeah, and we will see what would happen to the housing market as a result. Mark good morning to you, let me ask you where you think the pound heads then. I'm just watching in the context of what we just talked about, what Liz trust is saying this morning, seemingly doubling down on her commitment to growth policies rather than changing her mind on any of those, and the pound is weaker today, it's down by more than 1%, but it's still at one O 7. Would you expect it to be dropping more? I suppose I'm wondering, was the market not expecting any kind of Utah? Well, I think we've been very sure the power all year. And I think the parity is realistic both against the dollar and also against the Euro for that matter. Because I do think that the context of the UK is going to be one where ultimately you end up with an inflation overshoot that lasts for longer than will be the case in other countries. And so effectively, we will allow inflation to take, but it's strange here in the UK. I think we'll probably be the course of action because I simply can't see, as mentioned, the Bank of England reacting to this by slapping off interest rates and the way the markets currently discount because that will end up sort of crashing the economy rather than seeing a pro growth outcome. And I do think that there is a degree of sort of joint opposite of thinking here between the Bank of England and the government. I don't think that you're going to be seeing an inter meeting late height for example coming through from the Bank of England because frankly, if you end up seeing that the Bank of England needing to panic and stick rates off in the next couple of weeks, I think it's going to be a crisis of confidence moment in the trust government itself. I can really see a situation where it's not parting is going. Trust will end up going if you end up with a mortgage crisis. And although there was a lot of talk yesterday about a pension crisis, the reality is, I mean, if you think about this for a moment, yes, the value of pension assets has gone down because guilt yields have gone up. But the cost of the liabilities that are in pensions have also gone down by the same amount. So in terms of LDI matching, you sort of lose on the one hand, you gain on the other hand. So there was a sort of regulatory issue that needed addressing, but it wasn't so fundamental there. Is that why they had to produce that sort of sticking plaster Mark? Well, I think the yes these action was about sort of market stability and markets were becoming disorderly. And you were seeing fire sales of assets creating distortions in global markets as the fed was to kind of alluding to. So I certainly think that action was needed yesterday in order to restore orderly financial markets and ultimately financial market stability is something that's going to be paramount to any Central Bank. But I don't think it will ultimately invest the move that we've seen in guilt yields. Because ultimately, as I mentioned, I think that we're going to have to sort of address the fact that we will have a bigger miss premium on UK assets and a higher inflation risk premium in the UK. Then you get to see in other countries in developed markets. So what would it take then to restore that market faith market credibility in the UK over a longer term if the Bank of England's effect you see is being short term? Well, the way you go about this and we already sort of seeing a bit of the narrative is you end up saying, look, I'm going to slash taxes on the other side of the ledger. I'm going to slash government spending as well. Clearly, this is a political choice if the trust government wants to do this. I think that so she's speaking, it may be very controversial to taxes on the very wealthy, but then end up sort of
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"More than 2700 journalists in Alice in more than a 120 countries I am had a George this is Bloomberg Anna Hannah thank you very much Now with the rest of your morning sports news here's Colin and besley Liverpool became the first English club in Champions League history to win all 6 group stage matches after a two one victory against A.C. Milan They'd already progressed to the last 16 before the tie in Italy Manchester City were also through to the knockout stages before their two one defeats behind closed doors in Germany against RB Leipzig Chelsea confirmed top spot in their group with the victory as innocent Petersburg tonight Manchester United already know they've advanced the last 16 as group winners ahead of their match with Swiss side young boys at Old Trafford Meanwhile Chelsea going to tonight's home tie against Juventus knowing victory will see them progress to the quarterfinals of the women's Champions League the group a leaders will also advance if Wolfsburg leaves to serve that in the early kick-off Now still ahead on Bloomberg daybreak Europe a changing of the guard Olaf Schultz is set to become Germany's first new Chancellor in 16 years We will explore explore what the post Merkel era will look like as we go live to Berlin We'll get into that conversation next get an update on the ground European equity market is just to keep you updated of how they're dealing with this latest information around the Pfizer vaccine and we've had the early stage reports from one research research body in South Africa and it does show that there's been a real drop off in the effectiveness of the Pfizer vaccine against Oregon but they do suggest that a third booster may have still an impact and increase the ability of the vaccine to fight off the omicron variant And of course we still don't know the severity with all of that in mind Stocks taking a bit of time to think about where they want to go next after the strong gains of the last couple of days so really strong up by more than 3% on some of these European equity markets over the last couple of days or so So the stock 600 is up this morning by an 8th of a percent the.
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"Now top Colin besley Liverpool became the first English club in Champions League history to win all 6 group stage matches after a two one victory against A.C. Milan They'd already progressed to the last 16 before the time Italy Manchester City were also through to the knockout stages before their two one defeat behind closed doors in Germany against RB Leipzig Chelsea can confirm top spot in their group with the victory as innocent Petersburg tonight Manchester United already know they've advanced the last 16 as group winners ahead of their match with Swiss side young boys at Old Trafford Meanwhile Chelsea going to tonight's home tie against the Juventus knowing victory will see them progress to the quarter finals of the women's Champions League the group a leaders will also advance if Wolfsburg Louvre to serve vet in the early kick-off That was Colin besley with the sports news Coming up next our square miles segment flexible work in the telegraph says and is reporting that the government may well be drawing up a Christmas work from home order the government hasn't said that City of London workers though at the moment taking things into their own hands it would seem We've got reports from the likes of investor and PWC that they've seen an increase in staff working from home recently Is this to try to Dodge getting infected out with the coronavirus We'll discuss that next in our square mile segment Let's also bring you an update though in terms of the markets and we've seen futures turn this morning They had been in positive territory for the European market open but now you're successful futures are actually down two tenths of 1% and S&P 500 even features also coming down a little bit They are positive but only up by two tenths of 1% So optimism around the effectiveness of the Pfizer vaccine which does protect you somewhat against the overcome variant but is that optimism overdone The nikkei two two 5 are by 1.4% this.
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"Still flag added that the english clubs though six clubs decided to join the super league because they essentially have their own superleague. It's called the premier league and like what these clubs really want to do is join the premier league and and it's like they're now pulling their literally willing to cut leno's off despite the face and and just football is getting closer to be mass even more distorted even more distorted than it than it could. You could ever imagine. yeah anyway. That was a a careful one. We don't after dwell any any further moment. So hopefully you got. We're we're looking very poignant Do you wanna throw something less than yeah only because i do think about it is the heir of the promise. Land the premier league is still gives you the moments like thomas. Frank celebrating with the fans on friday night and the way brentford got that massive resort and i think the climbing of the football pyramid kind of marrying up. He was talking about. What kind of community of a club. Then becoming part of this promised land. That's still really magical thing. So we all love. The premier league is what is wants to capitalists. Is that what you're saying. Maybe now get human again. All right let me throw it over to you. We'll what's your question to us. Hopefully it's a question is. I am ridiculously excited to see romilly. Cocky combat to the premier league despite two calls quotes about him being chelsea needing a back to about to the go strike. So where does the cocky play in this chelsea team. What position does he play on. Who is he playing in attack with going teddy. He plays up front weights tonight. Same play with peggie play with inter who is to most of the mon- latinos and is two different to talk to about last thing. I'm actually going to about well. How he's gonna play. It would be..
"english club" Discussed on MMA Roasted
"Like from the actual from the rain goes to see, fucking huge Luke, Vince McMahon and Faith, nice, when he goes into the locker room because God Elvis of coming out of the shower, if I come out, I'm not going on the fuck out. He comes out you just you just he tells the camera crew to get out of there. You just see an through as like what happened. He goes. Yeah. He ran into my fist raised my fist. It was the hardest you ever had anybody and his wife at the time. They Advance wife is scolding Triple H of these guys. She's outside job. You guys think you're real fucking funny. You guys do that to my husband? And there's looking down and she's just berating them. It's one of the craziest things I've ever seen in my life. I highly recommend it. If you're a dead horse shoe is a ride or die. Bitched. Oh, man, you gotta fight and respect. I'd game dude. Like, you did not want to talk to this woman. I like AAA just looking down, you know, how to take, like, you're like in school and the teachers like reprimanding you just like sorry. Sorry. So, did you ever see the iron shake when he would go up to, like, The Comedy Store and newsstand. But yeah, it was, I thought it was funny, man. I mean, he was just saying, a lot of incredibly racist, rude ship. But it was very funny. That guy's crazy. I mean, he's like, next month. He really wanted to fight. I think that certain point certain wrestlers. They just stop thinking that it's fake. Like he really wanted to fight like the Macho, Man. Weren't me made a Wrap This Album about Hulk Hogan in real life. And so he was going to sell records. Like Joseph, all really were jealous of her. Uncle doesn't get to another level. You know, when he got into being in the Rocky movie and everything else. Oh, the jealousy was on high. I know a lot about wrestling but I remember that off, while all those guys were better wrestlers and Hulk Hogan. That was also the thing. It's like, they were out of it comes down to marketing, especially when it's scripted, you know, get it never and everything, bro. I got, I got a text from a comedy club promoter that goes. Hey, Phil this date, you know, when you go to any big tick Tok stars or like an English Club. Yeah. And say like, hey, is this funny or this? This said, hey, you know what, package it really crushes. This guy is great and I'm sick now. They're like, I need to Tik Tok star that's going to listen if they asked send them..
"english club" Discussed on What's Wrong With Wrestling? WWE Recap Show
"Yeah. Have like Ivar dunking butt Shack. S moment right in Spanish stunts in a movie right? You know yeah we're going to do fake shit. Yes. The best part of the best part was Sasha was smoking. Yeah you get. Did you see what she wore? Oh my god. Did you see her being stretched out on the inside? Said that it was being a threat. Oh my God! Some trainer. He would have been her version. Toyota. She was being a stretch like moaning. She's like oh he has. He's stretching her. Like if you play it on a loop you could finish. No, my point is dead. Yes she was barefoot. Yes. Yes. Been nice. Speaking of busting nuts. Sunny AKA Tammy. The 6th. Yeah. I feel like we're back in 2015. Yeah back when she was in the news every week right. Sunday. Tammy the snitch. She's back on onlyfans. Yeah and she's looking for some coat stars to be in her videos. Come on with you all know this is Joe pezzano spot here. I actually applied I was chosen. Yeah she sent me the waiver yeah and let me read it to you, okay. You are fucking at your own risk who knowing that she has the following. It's just all of them. Right? What the stitches. Yeah. But sit at home is all and thus it is for Life obviously, just kidding. But yeah. Eric said it's amazed like joke. Take one for the city and I was like sure, why dog? Sure. Why not? Now I have to say she looks worse than ever does she? Yeah, I mean, I wasn't sure. You know, I haven't really has been in jail still though like, Who's like your favorite of? All time of anything, you have a woman, human of all time, like hottest, okay? Let me just go and Stacy his face. You know, why not would have been Stacy got what stage? Well, she has fifty-five now. Probably not 55. Let's say Stacy was fifty-five. Yeah, and got way out of shape. Oh, that's the know if it's sunny, is a whole nother level like white trash ugly. Now, here's you still nice, but she's just chunky. You wouldn't just say chubby like State like a seat by. Like Sony's, chubby, how old is Sonny? I don't know, I like your age. I'm just saying she was like oh you know, like she was. Yeah, but I was like a kid who's in her forties. Yeah, they might both be in the. Yeah. Maybe she's a little older but still off. But I don't know, man. The son, he's like you can't. She's 48 Sunny. There you go. She's Forty-Eight. So no for me dawg. It's a no for me dawg. Preview for her sex tape alone. Like I just watching that Stacy's younger. Wow 41! Yeah! Wow. And she still looks amazing. Sure. Sure. The shame she's not looking for co-stars. All right, rumor time hit the music. There's no music, no, rumors, Finn Balor, more people to join the English Club maybe. So I've seen in their Brock know that's like a first one. That's going to work a full schedule. Okay. So many will be in Saudi Arabia, confirm that I missed the Kevin Owens, 170 ones will be, I don't even fucking remember on this thing. Anyway, spiteful is reporting that Sony event will be adding yourself to the Money in the Bank ladder match them..
"english club" Discussed on ESPN FC
"Got a community of guests. Did you feel like are your closest friends in not time to subscribe to the right time with bomani jones. Podcast wherever you get your podcasts. He pays your state jane. Extra time is next. Thank you very much shocked and the boys force on extra time. Speaking about turnout tobago abilities. Welcome delay of extra time. Everyone paying attention ready. Stay with us shock. Yeah as well yan take us through those new shirts. that's an addition that we haven't seen before i think mine. Yeah swaps now. Go hold original into euros drive cattle. You'll have tony adams and you have the famous give say that no way we were saying really ugly and ninety four world cup. We did the week in usa. It's enough poll around. At least you were there by right. Stevie now that scotland of tie netherlands and in the mighty luxembourg. How much more faith do you have in them to finish at least third in that group. Faith listen to the truth if you if he has to burke's netherlands What sex favorites so can't be done to buy. If you beating the favorite team in europe. German take italians the czech republic. I'll watch middle of the. And i thought they were absolutely awful. So we've got john. Sabine them so yeah. A lot more hopeful than the was Certainly six months ago. No process Yeah of all the national teams in europe. Which one do you expect a crash out of the year rose early germany. Yep i can put. Germany isn't a difficult group. Talking about group of death with with bullets golf for france and hungry being the weakest team that through but i pull up the game against denmark germany. There are some problems that are around there and this is going to be last tournament and everybody hope you get a great health evita sand but but i can't see this tiny balancing the team so they could be the team go in. I'll only having sat down because we'll probably see will be first. The cliche with germany's always good installments. hello from. Russia is any chance an english club manchester city chelsea and could get their hands on holland. This summit good one because they're developing things going on there ten days ago over for the champions league final said i would respect my contract on expect him to stay indoors for that things moving on because maybe one of those clubs. I've seen serious have series ideas to get a new number nine which one young both us we say we see them but Let's let's put it this way. I wasn't forced. So i'm jailed sakes so we'll see what happens. Could be developing coming off. But i just have to have one hundred percent confirmed but they need strike of both of them on. They have the money. And then we'll see how jordan would be on money coming up this summer. Given shocker almost toys hamstring last night trying to show his size. Nineteen shoe injuries. The guy still have goodness. That's a word words with six. I'll pretty shoney's united states word. What are some of the guys still say again. Yes but what what is how do you say the word jay. We get some last quarter. On the week we have a host lasting. It comes follow power. But i was trying to be professional asking what it means is what it means to say well..
"english club" Discussed on Heartland Newsfeed Radio Network
"I'm thirty three percent. Sure rick tittle is the father of my child. But i'm one hundred percent sure. Rick tiddle is a jackass. All right thank you for that and welcome back to the show. Rick tuttle with you coast to coast around the world on af and this is the only segment i have left. That's going to be open for calls. All my guests show up so let me know if you wanna talk by calling me up one. Eight hundred eight seven play as said there's not too many Local shows that would let me bleed on about european soccer and that's because they need a big rating and so. If i was in kansas city i'd have to be talking about mahomes of the royals nonstop and i get it but this This attempted coup schism. Whatever you want to call it with the european super league which didn't even last two full days. technically. I believe you venice. Barcelona madrid never laughed. They just said well if the other nine are out then we can't do it. Which is an interesting way of putting it as well. It's almost like saying. Hey you you were the guys that were fake. You're the guy that said you were in before you were out. I just wonder what's going to happen with what's now being called the dirty dozen And i was texting back and forth with my old boss Ken who's a chelsea fan and he was asking me about it. And i said i wonder if there's going to be penalties or points deductions and he said no way. They wouldn't have come back if that was on the table. And i think he's probably right. It was almost just like same before. Let's just pretend that this It it didn't happen but from the outset. It was remarkable how little thought had been been given to painting the picture of a super league that was a product that fans would gravitate to and as peres said something that our fans deserve. What and you about these guys like andrea and and joel glazer of man united laying out there to their vision of this and i said florentino perez of round madrid is said some of the most backwards things i've ever heard yesterday but it's it like i said it's a reminder how these these and i know it's easy just to say rich guy suck but just how some of these rich guys have no idea what makes us love sports. I mean to put it. And as i said i know it's hard to understand if you knew to all this about us exactly what's going on. It's a mid week league that happens during your domestic season but it would be like if let's say we got an announcement that one third of the nfl. Let's say it's the niners and the falcons and the seahawks and the bears and the eagles and the patriots and the jets and the giants and the cowboys have all decided that they will be in the playoffs every year and they will get a minimum of three playoff games every year. Let you will leave a couple spots open for like you. Know the raiders on the rams to qualify but where in the playoffs every year no matter even if for two and fourteen now. It's not exactly the same thing but it's kind of like if you wanna talk about. How ridiculous such a proposal was and then to say well. These are the teams. Everybody wants to see so. It's dumb that we have to qualify. I mean this is. This is what the this is. What the fans like and they kept talking about the asian streaming devices and look. There's no doubt that fans in asia and anywhere else you know. They want to see the good teams. But the whole thing about a draw when you had the champions league or the europa league you'd have the drawn pull out a little ball and it would say you know story out. Bucharesti is gonna play. Fc limassol everybody's like okay. And then you see the draw. And it says manchester united vs byron munich. And you're like whoa. Wow or rail. Madrid versus events s and. You're like oh damn rinaldo versus messy if you have that every week. How is that fun. I mean think about if the yankees and the red sox only played each other twice a year how big would be those games and playing each other. Nineteen times a year. And that's why. I think in a way i have gravitated over the last thirty years so much the soccer because winning and lease dammit southampton winning and losing just means so much more over there you know if you lose lose lose and lose one of the bottom three. You're kicked out of the league and if you win win win your top four or five six. Depending on your country you'll be rewarded next year by applying under us european lights and everybody wants to come to your team and bob la but as i said these. It's amazing how out of touch everybody was with the reaction on this and the reaction was going to be. I'm they said look what's going to happen is we're going to. We're going to get some backlash and we're probably going to you know for awhile just have to suffer a little bit but in the end it's going to be worth it as i said i don't blame chelsea and arsenal and tottenham for saying. Hey you want in on the big money making train or not Yes kim saying you know ten years from now. We were asked if we wanted to be in it and we said no. Why would you say no you idiot that type of thing so yesterday when chelsea play at brighton and hove albion at the bridge. In west london stanford bridge. The fans were out there Peter shack former goalkeeper was out in front trying to get people to get out of the way of the bus or the coach. They called it and you think. Why would these fans be mad. We just guaranteed ourselves to be because it's a joke league that's not worth watching and had these teams made it. Do you really think that tottenham playing south hampton right now would even care about playing southampton. Why would they care. They're already in the champions league the next year. They don't have to try that hard to risk their good players. They don't have to have the football. We don't want things handed to us like that. Not when it comes to sports if the irs wants to hand us check for fifty thousand dollars will say Okay thanks but like. I'm a raider fan right now if you said you know what. There's been some discrepancies with the other. Twenty nine or sorry thirty one. Nfl teams and the raiders are just going to be awarded the super bowl. How many raider fans want that. Well i shouldn't say that. Probably be at least three dozen. But moso say i don't want that piece of garbage because it's not real it's not real and so we have to. You know as. I said that olive branch that was offered by uefa alexander sarah fan. He said It is at admirable to admit a mistake and these clubs made a big mistake but they are back in the full now. I know they have a lot to offer. Not just to our competitions but to the whole of the european game the important thing now is that we move on rebuilding unity that the game enjoy before this and move forward. So as i said uefa has just happy that they're not losing barscelona. Rail madrid manchester united. You know they're they're happy. That.
"english club" Discussed on Yah Lah BUT...
"That you can't get couple is the remember the chili and me that supposedly came to sing of kale but was just cannot cappella when we in religious still so much better than the one in singapore really. I mean it's hard to find and is just not the same as nice. Guten obviously the price of different on site. This just isn't ila as it's on miller is actually Oh we got a. We have the of from shooters on the. Yeah me more. Friday night thing was that we have. We have trends transgress into food in a lighter. Topic context for our goofy topila. Says was a horrible. I admit i admit calling where i was like a primary school way of progressing. The story in your was horrible. You don't use shit on it. i'm shooting myself. I'll just hang. Never be silent fucker. But but i mean this goofy topic. It swallows issues. There is on serious thing but it's a bit goofy so what happened. Was that this player. Edison cavani who's a uruguayan who plays for manchester united the only transferred to manchester united A few months ago And i mentioned is on a resurgence ler and bank in november towards the end menu beat southampton which is a another english club and edison cavani. Who squid a big social Following he posted on his instagram Something that like a like a response to one or two comments on his instagram photo. He he message of the freeze. Kong garages negative right. So and it came out on like a few days ago that he's been ben for three games and fined one hundred thousand pounds la football the vision. Yeah yeah So there he hasn't chosen to appeal or anything. But now there's a lot of uruguayan academics who have come out to see that the term nato It in uruguay always used has a has a term of india. It does mean little black men but the they have to say it was referring the skin color wheat and other physical characteristics characteristics are often used among friends and relations in latin america. Especially in the diminutive which i guess would be like Actually what does that mean in the diminutive my little my little this one though that law or like the brother little as italy's so yeah so he sit so i mean he has been very About it but i think a lot of people from uruguay in arms about data thing but he still feels that he hasn't done anything wrong. You just apologizes that he. He didn't get the cultural nuances. I think 'cause Yeah he's in. My heart is at peace. Because i know that i always express myself with affection according to my culture and way of life so i guess i mean it was probably one of those things that he. He's he's probably one of uruguay's most famous exports your seven benign followers on silent benign million followers no seven nine followers on instagram. Seven point nine million followers but i think now a lot of the foreign language bodies in all are seeing at the f. as being very ignorant War i don't know what do you think about them. Because you know it's a i mean cavani is or i mean he's minority is. I mean he's a majority in his country right. Quite in england england his Some of them minority But overall he is he saying that the culture that in his culture. That's that's how they agreed. Each the terms of affection demand What so. I wanted to us as you what you think about it because you are in you are as you always mentioned a minority in singapore and chinese people s people of color officially So i saw explained Okay so right now. I think that because he's being in england and at this point in time where the real issue is the whole front of everyone's minds for him to use it the was gula but isn't it wrong. I think ease wrong. Yes i think it is wrong at this point okay. I think it is wrong so if he is off season. He's a holiday a user thumb on his social media when he's in some other country la though england is it. Okay.