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A highlight from Neil Mammen
"Ladies and gentlemen, looking for something new and original. Something unique and without equal. Look no further. Here comes the one and only Eric Metaxas. Folks, welcome to the program. I am so excited right now. I could burst almost literally, but not literally. I have on a friend, Neil Mammon, who is involved in something that I've been talking about for some time. It's really exciting. So before I tell you all about it, why don't I just say welcome, Neil Mammon. Thank you, Eric. Good to be here again. Okay. We're going to be talking about something. I can't believe it exists. I feel like I dreamt it up, but nobody would ever execute such a thing. But you and Roger Elswick have made this a reality. This is a big deal. This is an answer to a real problem we have. I say everywhere I go that folks, if you're going to a church that is not dealing with the issues in our culture, that is unwilling to face this and that is whistling in the wind, that is fiddling while Rome burns, you need to find another church. I say this over and over and I beg people, God will judge you for sitting in a church that is shrinking from its duty before God to speak to these issues. And then the question is, people say, well, where would I go to a church? So, Neil, tell us. Well, the problem is really, really obvious and I get that all the time. I go around speaking, people go, oh, do you know a good church in this area or that area? Well, it turns out that more than that, it turns out 1 .7 million people look for a new church every month. 1 .7 people look for a new church. A billion. A billion. And now if you assume that's a family unit here or there, that's about 5 million people looking for a new church every month. 5 million. Most of them, turns out, it's Sunday morning. So I wanted to do some research on it, so I went on, you know, the source of all information is Google's Bard Artificial Intelligence. And I said, tell me what sort of churches these people are looking for. And Bard comes back with, oh, they're looking for progressive, more loving, more accepting churches. That's what Google's Bard said. And I said, really? Is that true? I don't believe that. So I said, give me the information. Give me the evidence of that. By the way, before I start, I should mention this. I have a statistic. I want a statistic. I want your readers. I don't want you to guess because you'll know the answer. Here's a quote. Only 17 percent of Americans go to church. The interest in religion is minimal. And in New York, single women are more likely to be sexually active than attend a church. Worse, 33 percent of all pregnancies in New York are out of wedlock. Now, I ask people, what decade do they think that is? And they always say, oh, oh, that's 1990s, 2000s, whatever, right? You know, actually, this is 1990s because today is probably a lot worse. But we'll come back to that. But so so I asked Bard, I said, what what since you think that these are people looking for progressive churches, can you give me a list of the growth rate of progressive churches? And Bard said, OK, so it gives me this rate and it's you know, it shows me this list of people of churches and like the UMC. They've dropped like 50 percent, the Presbyterian, the USA, you know, the liberal Presbyterian Church, they've dropped by 38 percent. And so I go down that list and I ask I ask I say, well, give me the list of all the progressive churches and how they've grown in the last 20 years. So from 2000 to 2020. So in 2000, the progressive total people going to progressive total was about 18 .7 million. And today it's about 16 .8 million. So they've dropped by 10 percent total. There's no surprise people going to these ridiculous, you know, quote unquote progressive churches that have veered away from biblical doctrine. I'm surprised anybody goes to those. Exactly. I mean, the the Presbyterians, they've dropped. The Presbyterians were the ones that dropped by 50 percent. The UMC has dropped by 15 percent. Yeah, because why go to a church like that when you could go to to like a local, you know, Neil, where are you going? What's the punch line? Because I'm getting confused. Are you? I know there's my assumption would be that most people who actually care about church are trying to find a conservative church, a church that teaches biblical doctrine, but also that speaks to the issues that people like because many people can go to these ridiculous mega church or whatever, where they they're avoiding the hot button issues that everybody has to deal with when they leave that church, their kids are dealing with it, everybody's dealing with it. What's going on in America? So the idea is, how do you find those churches? So I know that's where you're heading with this. So I turned the bar and I said, OK, now give me the conservative churches. I'm on board just looking for liberal churches, progressives. I said, give me the conservative churches. And it gives me things like, oh, the Orthodox Presbyterians, they have grown by 50 percent in the last 20 years. The Orthodox Russians have gone by 29 percent. Independent Baptists have grown by 33 percent. The conservative. And so I did I said, what about the Calvary church? The Calvary churches have grown by one hundred and fifty percent. And then the you know, even the Southern Baptists who's stuck in the news all the time, they've grown by seven and a half percent. OK, but conservative total have grown from sixty seven million people in 2000 going to these conservative churches to ninety two million going to these conservatives. So they've grown by almost thirty seven percent in the last 20 years. Now, what's interesting about this and this is the kicker here. This is all pre covid data. It didn't have any data for twenty one, twenty two, twenty three. This is twenty twenty. And as you know, and you're going to be preaching in my church in Santa and in in San Jose and sometime in your future Calvary Chapel, San Jose, right. They grew from three hundred people to three thousand people over covid. Why? Because a couple of things is very important here. Pastor Mike said, I'm not going to let the state determine what I'm doing. I'm going to be legislated, be active with voter guides. We had candidates coming in who's fighting the state. Remember, we say we're the finest church in all of America because we have four million dollars in Calvary Chapel, San Jose, because we wouldn't shut down for covid. So churches like these have been exploding all over the nation. So just these numbers are three years old and I can't seem to get the twenty twenty three numbers. So, no, the people who are looking for church. And so I went back to Bartlett said, well, this is the growth rate. Our people are really looking for more progressive rates. And, you know, I always say, well, I'm really sorry. I apologize. Yes, you're right. They must be looking for conservative Bible believing fundamentalist churches is what it comes back to. So it actually says, oh, yeah, you're right. You were correcting me on it. Right. So the issue here is then why? How do we find these if five million people are looking for churches every single month, how are they going to find these conservative churches? OK, this is this is a very long way of getting to the punch line, because this is such an exciting punch line, Neil, that I am just at the bit to get to this. We started. I know what I mean. I just want to say.
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A highlight from Pastor Greg Locke
"Ladies and gentlemen, looking for something new and original, something unique and without equal. Look no further. Here comes the one and only Eric Metaxas. Hey there, folks. Welcome to Friday, which means I'm in California. I've never traveled this much. Chris, I don't know who I am anymore. I don't know where I am. It's unbelievable. I find it best to get a Sharpie with someone as busy as you are to kind of write it down on your arm so when you wake up in the morning, you know. You can just look over. Oh, Iowa. Thank you. Before I forget, in this hour, we're talking to our friend Pastor Greg Locke from the Nashville area in Tennessee. He has a book out. Very exciting. Yesterday, I was on the phone with my friend Ken Fish. And, you know, these are the two people, Ken Fish and Greg Locke, that are talking about deliverance and are involved in the ministry of casting out demons. Now, if you don't believe in that, you might as well say you don't believe in the periodic table or science. This is reality. If you've ever been around it, I defy you to tell me what you think is going on. But anyway, we're talking to Greg Locke and that'll be our one today. I'm not sure who we have an hour or two yet. It'll be somebody great. But it will be somebody great. That's the only thing I can say. And my hair looks like it was styled by Vivek Ramaswamy's people today. I don't know what's going on with my hair, so please try not to look at it. Yeah, Eric, it's very important. You don't want to go full Bollywood with your hair. It just will look too fantastic and terrific. That's what Vivek is doing. He's going full Bollywood. It's kind of like Elvis on steroids. Elvis, Prince, Jerry Lee Lewis is kind of a pompadour kind of thing happening. OK, but listen, we don't want to talk about that. We want to talk about the fact that I'm traveling so much. Why? I don't know why, but I will tell you next week I'll be in Grand Rapids doing an event at Cornerstone University. After that, I go back to Dallas, where I'm doing something Christ for the Nations. 7th. That's October Then I go to San Antonio. I'm speaking in San Antonio October 11th. Sorry, October 10th. Then I go back to Dallas. We're doing a number of Socrates in the City events, which are totally sold out. I'm sorry about that. But if you go to Socrates in the City dot com, you can watch it live. It's going to be October 12th live and you can watch it. I hope you will. I want people to understand that, you know, it can be fun to watch it live because it's not edited. So all the flubs and fluffs and a lot of cursing. I'm just being honest with you. A lot of cursing. We have some guests. It gets very wrong. It's very salty. But we edit that out eventually. But if you want to see it, if you want to hear it, if you've never heard. I was just going to say I now can just you tell it what you want to leave in. And, you know, if you want to keep in the word, you know, honky tonk, it will leave that in. But it'll it'll delete other words you don't want in there. So that's Socrates in the city dot com. You can sign up for that's that's the event we're doing on October 12th on October 13th. I'm going to stay there in Dallas, Fort Worth, and we're doing some Socrates in the studio sessions, one of which will be with the great John's Mirack. He has a book coming out called No First Amendment. No First Amendment. Sorry. No Second Amendment. No first. It is a book worthy of John's Mirack writing. So I'm glad he wrote it. So we're going to be doing a Socrates in the studio session with him on October 13th. It just gets crazy. After that, I go to Augusta, Georgia. I'm I'm reading this Augusta, Georgia, Houston. I'll be in Houston on October 19th. Johnson City, Tennessee. That's right. I'm going to Johnson City, Tennessee. From there, I'm doing a number of appearances where we're promoting the letter to the American Church documentary film. So I'm going to Albuquerque, going to San Diego. I'm going to the L .A. area again to promote that. Then I'm going to be in Omaha, Nebraska. Am I making this up? I'm going to be in Omaha, Nebraska. I'm going to be in Colorado Springs. I'm going to be in Rocky Mountain Cavalry Church in Colorado Springs. I'm going to be in Chino Hills with Jack Hibbs. It's crazy. And I actually ask you to pray for me because this is a very solid, crazy schedule that I will need. I need prayer support. And I believe in that. I know there are people who pray because it gets tough.
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A highlight from The Chopping Block: Which DeFi Metrics Are Still Useful in a Bear Market? - Ep. 550
"Token economics can do way less than the industry on the whole has claimed that it's able to do and so for the most part I Sort of consider token economics to be a little bit of a dirty word today compared to how I saw it two years ago It's a tale of two fun. Now. Your losses are on someone else's balance generally speaking aircrafts are kind of pointless Anyways, I'm into trading firms who are very involved DeFi protocols are the antidote to this problem Hello everybody Welcome to the chopping block every couple weeks the four of us get together and give the industry insiders perspective on the crypto topics of the day So quick intros first we got Tom the DeFi Maven and master of beams Next we got Robert the crypto connoisseur and czar of superstate then we've got to ruin the giga brain and grand poobah at gauntlet And finally, I'm a seed that had high mana dragonfly So we're early stage investors in crypto But I want to caveat that nothing we say here is investment advice legal advice or even life advice Please see chopping blocks at XYZ for more disclosures Alright, so it's been a crazy couple weeks. There's been a lot of conferencing going on I think most of us minus Robert were at token 2049 in Asia I guess Tom and to ruin you guys are back in the States. There was also main net in New York What's been the vibe? Give me give me the brain dump of what conferencing has felt like in the last few weeks The u .s. Is dead as a doorknob for crypto It seemed like the u .s. Conferences had less attendance than they normally do amongst other things Whereas the Asia conferences were crazy like I just didn't think there were 12 ,000 people who wanted to go to a crypto conference in 2023 and clearly there was much more in Singapore Singapore was insane Yeah, I think token 2049 had more people than East Denver. Like it was it was pretty wild I mean it is like the premier event in Asia and it's sold out. Yeah It was gigantic venue, right? One of the I mean obviously if Denver was a very large venue as well, but it was it was it was absolutely massive Robert you were at permissionless. How did permissionless feel? I mean compared to prior years permissionless Felt, you know pretty quiet really high quality group of people, you know The conference goers that were showing up to a conference in Austin, Texas during a relatively hot week in September We're not totally like broad retail audiences. Most of people that were closer to industry closer to Happening in this space and a little bit more informed than you know, I've seen elsewhere so Small like token 2049 pulled a lot of people last -minute from permissionless I think a lot of people were planning to go and then decided like oh shit This seems like there's so much happening in Asia. I gotta I gotta go out there So I think the timing was a little unfortunate for permissionless, but there was a clip of Eric Voorhees Giving I guess what was like the keynote. It was pretty amazing. If you haven't seen it, I would strongly recommend watching it It's got like a couple million views or something and it's essentially just like a rallying cry Just sort of a credo of hey, you know screw the government Like we're trying to build a decentralized alternative financial system and it really kind of plucked to the heartstrings I don't know. Do you see that live? I did not see that live I actually had to take off right before that speech, but I was able to watch it online afterwards It reminded me a little bit of a his debate with SPF. I think like a year ago It was almost like it was like a month right before FTX collapsed and it was similarly kind of getting back to kind of the core Religion ethos of crypto is very we gotta get him on the show at some point He's definitely he's a very good bear market in a bull market I always feel like Eric is a little too centered and like too grounded bull markets They kind of demand a bit more craziness and levity but in a bear market I feel like he's got this gravity that is very clarifying You know, I really I really appreciate the role that he's come to play as like the elder statesman of the industry Any other takeaways from token 2049? I mean we were out in Asia for a couple weeks the videos have just started going up for token 2049 and I did one panel that I moderated with a bunch of l1s and It was actually probably the most entertaining panel I did I did I did several panels while I was out there But most of them were you know, they were great but this one we had it was Aptos we Avalanche and near all of whom were on stage and Goon who's been on the show a couple times Goon was just like he just basically was ready to pick a fight and so they just got on say they were scrapping they were like interrupting each other and getting super aggressive and It was honestly the most entertaining panel. I think I've ever moderated just from how angry everyone was on stage So any other any other highlights or anything that stood out to you guys while you were giving talks or or moderating? How about being on stage but I'll say there was a bit of a bizarro world moment with them token for 2049 too Where obviously a lot of high quality projects a lot of good representation throughout the industry and then there were a lot of random products I'd never heard of that had these like massive, you know Sort of neon lit up boots that they clearly spent a bunch of money on I believe Islamic coin was one of the large sponsors I am a not an Islamic coin expert, but there was another sort of meme floating around They're doing a public crowd sale for Islamic coin at reportedly a 30 billion dollar f .d .v I think it's like 60 million dollars raise a million dollars wait, so it's Yes, but they went on on Twitter to explain that this is a 100 year f .d .v And so in reality the the near -term f .d .v. They're nothing into is not near -term f .d .v So, um, you're the more than the near -term market cap I think we need we add we need to add some extra f .d .v Numbers in into coin gecko just so we can start the near -term f .d .v long -term f .d .v You know, I think an interesting thing related to this That's a tiny deviation but important to note is the history of finance Actually has had a lot of things where the introduction of a new met financial metric as a form of reporting Completely changes company structure like EBITDA, right? like why does EBITDA exists like earnings before income tax depreciation depreciation amortization and it's like Because it was this some company that was losing money and they started reporting EBITDA instead of like true profits But that kept them afloat for long enough to raise financing and then EBITDA now became like the accounting standard over time Right, so I kind of think that these f .d .v games We're gonna just see this like war of all these metrics and whichever metric is like the market wants will eventually be the standard and everyone Will just try to optimize that. Yeah, this is 100 % what happened to TVL Yeah TVL in principle makes sense as a number right, but how do you count TVL? Do you count your own token? Do you count wrap versions of your token if somebody wraps your token and puts it back in your protocol? Is that double the TVL like, you know? DeFi llama just decided how TVL gets counted and then the rest of the world just warped around the way that you know These metrics decided to get reported and you of course you saw that on Solana where like all these people were recursively Kind of putting TVL from one protocol back in another one back in another one Now I think we've gotten better at not double counting triple counting But you know back in in 2021 when DeFi was in full thrust It was just whatever goes like that's TVL the other chart crime that exists is that I really irks me is when people show cumulative charts instead of like instantaneous charts it I just like kills me I Will say as a VC let this be like a little one -on -one lesson as a VC. We absolutely hate cumulative charts We understand that cumulative charts look good So for those who don't understand a cumulative chart normally when you have a chart you look at look Here are the number of transactions every day, right? cumulative chart is here is the total number of Transaction volume ever if you add it all together and the nice thing about cumulative charts is that they look like they're going up Into the right always no matter what because they're adding, you know It's like the number of how many trades have been acting positive number. Yeah, exactly The problem is that it is useless to look at as a VC We as a VC and you look at a cumulative chart What I assume is that your actual chart looks like dogshit and that's why you're showing the accumulative chart So in general don't show cumulative chart. However, if it's a chart with multiple dimensions shown if it's a cumulative chart and a daily or time period flow Together then it's cool. Is it? You know, I'm already doing the first derivative Okay, let's say let's say you have a daily chart and it's like net inflows We're like some days are positive. Some days are negative. Some days are positive. Some days are negative You don't know the total you find that that's a net chart not a cumulative chart So if you're netting, you know gains and losses and you're getting like P &L or something like that We're net inflows and flows that's not a cumulative chart. That's very different because that does not go up into the right I agree. No, no, I think Then it's well Complimented with a cumulative on the other access behind it. I Net and cumulative are two different things. I did see it. I agree. That's just a U .M. We should have a chart crime episode The truest of VC true crime it was inflows prefer for friend tech, but they didn't take out the outflows So it was literally just any deposits in a friend tech added to the chart And so of course you assume you're gonna be looking at a net chart And in fact, it's any sort of deposit, you know adds to the overall chart, which is kind of a useless metric chart crime chart crime Any other any other chart crimes that come to my lungs are on the topic? I think these like feed accumulated ones where they're like people who are like trying to annualize I think people annualizing certain types of fee accrual and crypto sometimes makes no fucking sense because it's very event driven like oh Like there's a ton of fees from one event and then like zero forever But they always like choose the right time scale so that they can say like we have at least X of fees Like I understand how integrals and derivatives work and you're just trying to play with the boundary conditions Yeah, I mean I saw a lot of this in 2021 when a bunch of people like a bunch of businesses that had a bunch of random core businesses but almost all of them had tokens on the balance sheet and those tokens went up and they counted that as revenue and So they're just like, oh, you know, I had 50 million of revenue this year And if you charge that forward, you know another 50 next year and it's gonna ramp this much I'm like dude your core business made like 3 million and 50 million just came from tokens going up on your balance sheet. Like that's not your business, you know, so that I mean It's kind of charty. I don't know if it's a sharp crime per se but it's like EBITDA, right? Like I think crypto still is so nascent and the idea of like what should count and what shouldn't and what flows are it's still Kind of an open thing of like what the accounting should be, right? So I kind of think I'm kind of curious what EBITDA like the thing that becomes a like meme that sticks That's not TVL and that that's not just like fees What do you think you guys think it is because I do feel like this bear market My prediction is this bear market will end when we have invented what that is like the last bear market ended when TVL started becoming a metric and then people started monitoring it and like not gaming it as much and It was just kind of going up slowly. I feel like the Solana stuff came to even more where it was like, oh Here's the metric that everything's measured on So what if we come up with these crazy ways to like that's usually the end of a bubble, right? Like like once when it goes not the creation of a little baby That was like that was like the kickoff of the book I know I don't know but my point is like once you start getting kind of a shelling point around a particular metric It doesn't get gamed for a little while Like there's like a certain amount of time where it like it becomes a good real standard bearer But then someone eventually realizes that it's the thing to game and then you get this like kind of capital bubble around that So like AI you're having that happen with tokens per second right now Which is also a fucking useless meaningless thing because like the choice of architecture means the tokens aren't really the same There's not fungibility of them. Sure. I think it feels like right now There's a more and more fixation on revenue. And so you're seeing like, you know token terminal if you're looking at there's just revenue There's annualized revenue. There's price to sales price to earnings. So it does feel like we're sort of Morphing more closer to traditional revenue and underwriting metrics, which is a good sign However, these metrics aren't totally normalized in the sense that you know, for example for Uniswap Does Uniswap have revenue like obviously the token holders aren't capturing anything so the revenue is flowing entirely to You could say like cost of goods sold is like 100 % because all the revenue is going to the liquidity providers I would say, you know One of the biggest issues is that you have like protocols that are not businesses and people are trying to strap like business metrics or accounting metrics on them and they're just not like Ethereum Bitcoin like people are like, oh like, you know fees paid like is that revenue? No, it's not revenue, right? Like I don't think anyone thinks that like the transaction fees on Bitcoin or revenue. Are they on a theorem? No, but like I've seen platforms that like talk about That alongside something like Uniswap and it's like none of these really makes sense It's just like someone trying to build not to knock anyone particular company But someone trying to build a company about standardizing data is like, oh great Let's like standardize how we look at everything and I don't think it fits personally I don't think these protocols living on top of blockchains are necessarily businesses or need business metrics. I don't think it's that helpful I think like projects and For success like how many people are you know doing X Y & Z and like it won't always translate to the thing What do you think are metrics that should be adopted in lieu of? You know revenue or price of sales or whatever all the stuff that people are doing to try to account for You know particularly in defy I think for layer ones. It's a little more nebulous I think it comes down to exactly like what the protocol is, right? So like a great example is even taking two things that like seem like there's the same Let's say like Uniswap first like synthetics Well, both of them are for trading like, you know, one of them, you know is for trading spot tokens And one of them is more like derivatives, right? So like would you say like total notional traded like that might look crazy, you know to use that as comparison like I guess my point is like even two things that look the same are gonna be vastly different when you think about how you judge them or measure them and so All I'm trying to say is like, you know, let's slow down and not trying to come up with one size fits all metrics I don't think there is some like EBIT type But they will love defy broadly it trying and and when people get any shelling point on one of those That's when you see capital formation happen because it's like hey look there's this metric we can optimize it we see the growth curve right like growth implies you have a number or a set of numbers and a derivative like a gradient and The gradient can go up and you're like, yes or more money in it and I do feel like there's like a Psychological human behavior element to this and crypto somehow plays with that in a lot of ways and that that's some of its beauty Is that the fact that it kind of plays with these I think the revenue thing also is like a good I agree like it's really difficult to sort of compare across different types of companies, but generally it's a good heuristic for Understanding like product market fit and desirability just showing willingness to pay right like you can't fudge it because I'm literally burning money I'm spending money to use this this protocol saying something with like, you know net dollar retention at revenue retention overall It's like user retention Like yeah like it I think that's generally sort of a good heuristic because it's showing that if people are actually using these things consistently because they want to use it not because ideally you sort of you're tying out the I'm inclined to agree with this is that although it is an abuse of nomenclature I think you're better off thinking of protocols as products and thinking about like if you can just applying very kind of dumb Simplistic like yeah, they don't work perfectly, but they're way better than just like finger in the air What's TVL and kind of how do I feel like the vibes are trending for this particular protocol? I think it at the very least it keeps you honest if you look at the era Pre when people had concrete metrics that they were looking at like protocol revenue and things like that There were just a lot of things that had you know, take for example, then you have and you had 4chan economics Whatever was posted on 4chan was the truth totally totally and also like not looking at like net of emissions Looking at like willingness to pay net of emissions Like you just end up with this crazy town where it's like Oh, there's basically like a negative cycle where people are making money by using your product You're like, wow, I've parked my good fit There was basically an entire year where every hot product in crypto was that it was people it was being like wow Look how much adoption this is getting when it's really just people clicking a button that pays them every second to be very fair That is it's like it's so funny enterprise SAS bubble also had the same thing It was just the way the capital is distributed.
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A highlight from ETH Futures ETFs Get Set to Trade as Government Shut Down Looms
"Welcome back to The Breakdown with me, N .L .W. It's a daily podcast on macro, Bitcoin and the big picture power shifts remaking our world. What's going on, guys? It is Friday, September 29th, and today we are talking ETF approvals. Before we get into that, however, if you are enjoying The Breakdown, please go subscribe to it, give it a rating, give it a review, or if you want to dive deeper into the conversation, come join us in the Breakers Discord. You can find the link in the show notes or go to bit .ly slash breakdown pod. All right, friends, lots of action to wrap up your week. We're going to talk a little bit of ETF announcements and then we're going to get into the government shutdown and, of course, give you all of the information that you need. Now we start with the SEC in the world of ETFs. That organization has been busy over the past few days making decisions on a variety of different crypto applications. Now, there are currently three major batches of crypto ETF applications that are being considered. On Thursday, four Spot Bitcoin ETFs were delayed, including the BlackRock application. Two additional Spot Bitcoin ETFs were already delayed on Tuesday. Announcements delaying the rest of the similar applications are expected to follow today and are likely to be published by the time the show is released. The next deadline for the SEC to consider approving Spot Bitcoin ETFs is on January 10th. That's an important one because it's the final deadline for the ARK21 shares application, so it will require an explanation from the SEC rather than just a simple delay. The second batch are the Ethereum Spot ETFs, which were also delayed. On Wednesday, the SEC deferred their decision on products from VanEck and ARK21 shares. The next deadline for regulatory consideration falls on December 26th. The SEC can delay further on these products with the final deadline falling in May. Now, overall, the delay of Spot crypto ETFs has not been particularly surprising. As much as people have wanted the legal decision from the Grayscale suit to force the SEC's hand, that court order is still able to be appealed, and there is nothing really compelling the SEC to move forward with Spot ETFs for the time being. Now, the more interesting developments surround Ethereum futures -based ETFs. Throughout August, at least 24 applications were filed, including some products offering short Ethereum exposure and combined long exposure to Bitcoin and Ethereum within a single fund. Throughout the week, there have been rumblings that the SEC was preparing to approve futures -based Ethereum products, asking investment firms to update their documents by Friday afternoon. The rumor was that ETFs could begin trading as soon as Tuesday. On Thursday morning, VanEck debuted two 30 -second advertisements for their Ethereum futures product, which would trade under the ticker eFute. VanEck are going with the tagline Enter the Ether and commenting on the ad, Eric Valkunas, the senior ETF analyst at Bloomberg said, Now, later in the day, VanEck updated their prospectus for the fund. The ETF will only charge 66 basis points in fees. This is below the dominant pro -shares Bitcoin futures ETF, which is ticker symbol BITO, which charges 95 basis points. The lowest fee product seems to be Roundhill at just 19 basis points. Also on Thursday, Valkyrie announced that they would begin buying Ethereum futures on Friday in anticipation of altering the strategy of their existing Bitcoin futures ETF. The fund will now hold half Bitcoin futures and half Ethereum futures. The new strategy will be formally adopted on Monday under the existing ticker symbol BTF. Later yesterday as well, Valkyrie's chief investment officer, Stephen McClurg, said that both VanEck and pro -shares had been given the green light to launch their dedicated Ethereum futures ETFs on Monday. A pro -shares spokesperson said no one is in a position to launch ahead of us but declined to elaborate further on timing. Now, part of the reason that the SEC may be trying to move up all these delays and announcements is the looming threat of a government shutdown. Indeed, a government shutdown is at this point all but certain to begin on Sunday after House Republicans failed to come to a suitable agreement during a tense closed -door meeting on Thursday night. The House passed several versions of an appropriations bill that would authorize government spending on Thursday, but reportedly none have any chance of passing the Senate. The Senate are working on a bipartisan proposal for short -term funding, but this measure is unlikely to be passed by House Republicans. Tensions have flared between House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and House Freedom Caucus member Matt Gaetz, who is playing a major role in pushing the government into a shutdown. The dispute is around demands to slash government spending with a more specific demand that war efforts in Ukraine are defunded. Now, a government shutdown would end all funding of non -essential government programs until an appropriations bill can be passed. The length of a shutdown would be unknown. However, most government agencies are making plans to shutter for multiple weeks if not well into November. The impact of a shutdown will be largely felt by government workers who will not receive paychecks, as well as the recipients of government benefits. Social Security and Medicare continue to operate as usual during a shutdown, but the patchwork of other social programs will be paused. Now, when it comes to the macro environment, one of the other implications is that a shutdown would halt the collection of economic data. The next Fed meeting isn't until the end of October, but if the shutdown stretches out for a substantial period, the Fed could be faced with making a decision without key economic reports gauging inflation, employment, and growth. That would, of course, leave the Fed flying blind as they attempt to bring the economy in for a soft landing.
Fresh update on "eric b" discussed on Fox News Sunday
"Pellegrini in the Bloomberg Newsroom, Ukraine, saying today it is working with Washington to ensure new wartime aid in its fight against Russia. That's after US lawmakers dropped new funding for Keeve in that last minute shutdown deal we've been telling you about to avoid a government shutdown. A Senate approved a 45 -day stopgap funding spending bill to keep the government open late yesterday. It does not include funding for aid to Ukraine, as I mentioned, and Colorado Democratic Senator Michael Putin for several hours yesterday, saying later on the Senate floor he wanted assurances of a later vote on supplemental aid to Ukraine. I did object earlier because I was worried that I thought it was important for us to make sure we sent a clear message that we're not leaving Washington without figuring out how to fund. Colorado Senator Bennett they're not clear what kind of assurances they actually did get, President but Biden has said he expects help from House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to secure additional aid for Ukraine and Bloomberg congressional reporter Eric Wesson says watch for some drama on Capitol Hill over Ukraine funding. What we're hearing is that when the White House comes back with a more definitive answer, if this was Amy Klobuchar, one of the Senators telling us that, from Minnesota, that if the White House says it can't weather it, the Senate should immediately begin processing the supplemental bill. it I think can pass the Senate, and then when it goes to the House, we see if they add border provisions, or they ignore it, or reduce it. And that will be a debate in the coming week. Bloomberg congressional reporter Eric Wesson Thank there. you, Eric. And now that this shutdown has been averted, or at least delayed, investors are eyeing other near -term risks to the economy, including signs of inflation and rising interest rates as we begin the final quarter of the year. Our story on up the Bloomberg terminal. Once unthinkable, bond yields now the new normal for markets. Dan Suzuki, deputy chief investment officer at Richard Bernstein Advisors, says that'll continue for stock buyers. I think that it's no surprise that that's coming at a time where markets actually have been selling off a little bit, priced in sort of that tighter liquidity, higher interest rate environment. And you can hear Suzuki with more of that conversation on the Bloomberg surveillance podcast. Download it wherever you get your podcasts and global news 24 hours a day, powered by more than 2 ,700 journalists and analysts in over 120 countries. the In newsroom, I'm Denise Pellegrini, this is Bloomberg. The Global Leader in Business is now live on YouTube. For our audience worldwide, this is Bloomberg surveillance. Watch Bloomberg Radio all the way up until next week. Those surveillance, markets, sound on and business week. We've got a rally in stocks. More breaking news today from the Supreme Court. Bloomberg Radio. Watch us every business day live on YouTube. Search Bloomberg Global News. Bloomberg Radio. Context changes everything. This is Masters in Business with Barry Ritholtz on Bloomberg Radio. I'm Barry Ritholtz. You're listening to Masters in Business on Bloomberg Radio. My extra special guest this week is Gary Cohn. He is the former director of the National Economic Forum. Previously,
A highlight from Black Privilege with Heather Mac Donald and MTG
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Fresh update on "eric b" discussed on Bloomberg Radio New York Show
"Future of law. The difference is Bloomberg Law. Learn more at BloombergLaw .com. And I'm Denise Pellegrini in the Bloomberg Mutiny among House Republicans. Kevin McCarthy's embrace of a bipartisan deal to avert a US government shutdown. Well, it has now triggered a mutiny by far -right Republicans to depose him as House Speaker, Florida Republican Matt Gaetz telling CNN's State of the Union, he will file a motion to vacate the chair this week. And Bloomberg's Eric Wesson says it looked to him like Gaetz also tried this yesterday when the House was voting for temporary that 45 -day funding that avoided a shutdown. This was an interesting moment right after the House passed the stock up spending bill where Matt Gaetz rose to be recognized, but Steve Womack was in the chair, a deep ally of McCarthy, banged the gavel down. Now, we believe that Matt Gaetz may have been trying to offer this vote right then and there. He says he was just trying
A highlight from Elon Musk's ESG Con (Feat. Eric Roesch)
"Welcome back everyone, I am Cas Pianci. I'm joined as usual by my partner in crime, Mr. Bennett Tomlin. How are you today? I'm doing pretty well. How are you Cas? I'm doing good. It's early morning here, but today we're joined by a really special guest, somebody who's going to be chatting us through some really fun kind of concepts of fraud, individuals involved that I'm surprised we haven't discussed before. Eric Roche. How are you today, sir? I'm all right. How are you guys? Hanging in there. As you said, when we first jumped on, there's a lot of fraud in the world and it is hard to find the time to constantly look into it, which is your job. I reached out to you because I've been reading some of your Elon Musk work, which has been incredibly informative. I'm honestly shocked that Bennett and I have never discussed, I guess we've never discussed in an episode, Elon Musk and our issues with him. I mean, I've made a bunch of videos and stuff about it. Yes. On your personal channel you have. You and I, who I think we almost equally don't like this guy, have somehow avoided this topic. But Eric, your work on SpaceX and some of the permitting, the issues around the chemicals and the sheer like, I don't give a shit about these regulations, been on the front lines of this. Can you talk about why you're so into this, why you're so fascinated by it? I actually want to start with a story from 1959. This is actually a piece I'm working on. We're going to go to the corporate headquarters of the Chisso Corporation in Myanmar, a province in Japan. In December of 1959, the CEO of the Chisso Corporation, which was a chemical company, had a big PR presentation. The company had just installed a new water purification system for their wastewater system, and he famously took a glass of water out of the bottom of this purification vessel and he drank it as a PR stunt. Just that moment in time is really interesting for me because it was preceded by multiple decades of the Chisso Corporation dumping organic methylmercury into the Bay of Myanmar. It's an organic liquid. It goes to the bottom. It bioaccumulates as it kind of goes up through the ecosystems. The bacteria will kind of incorporate the methylmercury. It stays in the cells and it'll go up to the muscles and then the fish. Cats started eating it and they started showing weird symptoms. Children started getting sick. The effects of this disease have gone on and it's still actually going on today. The reason that moment in time is so interesting is that people knew in advance that there were problems. It was very clear that this was the one kind of chemical dirty company in the area. And so it was easy for people to point at it. And what's really interesting about that PR event is that that was forced to be installed because finally government took action and this is in 1959, but they actually didn't stop discharging that chemical for about a decade afterwards. And what's fascinating about it is that treatment technique was basically to get out particulates didn't actually treat the methylmercury. The other reason I bring it up is that for the PR stunt and the fact that it was ineffective and then also the costs over this huge period of time were something that shareholders in the company would have wanted to know. That's something that we would have wanted to discuss. And so that's why my blog is kind of focused on these kind of ESG topics, which has become this really kind of crudely discussed topic. But really, it's about disclosure and how fraudulent things, fraudulent risks can kind of manifest in ways that people don't understand until after the fact. That's where I want to start off that discussion. That's an interesting story you told because I'm imagining this executive drinking this cup of water to prove it's clean. And I'm reminded of a more recent political event that kind of aped that same imagery. And I'm, of course, thinking of Barack Obama visiting Flint, Michigan, after they had completed the first wave of fixing some of the water issues. Yes. And they were holding this big press conference and he makes a big deal of getting this glass of water, he says is straight from the tap, and he drinks it up to prove it safe. Do you have any thoughts on that imagery, that parallel imagery between those two? Well, the reason I brought it up is is specifically because of that. Well, there's also an example where Halliburton executive and I believe Dick Cheney was at this event as well. They drank basically a diluted version of the fracking fluid out of out of champagne glasses and I will see it safe. And it's really fascinating because it's like, you know, look at like basically that was the first example of that. And we keep doing that. And Obama, I think he's kind of at the inflection point of why we are where we are. And he's a really great Segway into like Musk and how he's become kind of untouchable. How are you drinking the glass of water still? Right. Because even if even if it had a toxic amount, right, methyl mercury is dangerous because it accumulates slowly over time and then works its way up to the food chain. So you could drink glass that has a decent amount of methyl mercury in it. And like that water isn't going to do anything. You have to drink that same glass of water. You have to eat those shellfish or those oysters, you know, every day for years. And then it builds up, kind of manifests in this debilitating disease that the Obama example is exactly why I still bring that case up, because it's like, have we actually learned nothing? I actually have an even more recent example of exactly the same thing, which is crazy. But I don't know if you guys are familiar, there's a YouTuber named Kyle Hill who does science science YouTube stuff. And he was invited to Fukushima because, as you guys know, they're going to be releasing this this radioactive water that they've accumulated because they've if anyone is unfamiliar, they've had to kind of take seawater, pump it into this completely effed up clear reactor core and basically make sure that it doesn't explode again. And they're storing this water because they don't want to just pump it straight out into the ocean. Well, now they're going to be pumping it straight out into the ocean after they've tried to kind of dilute it down and ensure that it's not super full of radiation. But they're getting pushback from places like China and South Korea who are saying, hey, we're not going to eat your fish anymore. We're not going to eat your food anymore. Like this is unacceptable what you're doing. To be fair, I don't think this is on par with any of the things we've discussed so far. I'm bringing it up because Kyle Hill went to a Fukushima tour and they did exactly what you're talking about. They pulled out bottles of water and said, here, everyone, look at this radioactive water. It's not even radioactive. You guys are fine. Nothing's happening. You're you're not getting hit. Your Geiger counters aren't going crazy. Well, it turns out that they're using plastic bottles. So this is, I think, theta radiation. It doesn't go through thick plastic bottle anyway. Like nobody is drinking it. Nobody is doing like any of the proof isn't actually proof. This is actually part of what we're talking about in that this is just PR shit, whether it's Obama doing it, the Fukushima plant doing it, or in the 50s, Chisso Chisso. That's the other thing. All right. So the Fukushima water rights, you look at the data they've presented. I actually think it's probably not a problem because it's above background. That brings up the question, why do we distrust it? Right. And the Chisso Corporation is a perfect example. Well, you know, the government's lied about this before. It's the same thing that leaves a lot of vaccine skepticism we see about these things don't just come from nowhere. Right. So you see, you know, these these kinds of paranoia.
A highlight from Ethereum ETF LAUNCHING Monday?! (Leaked SEC Documents)
"Good morning, everybody. It is September 28th. It's 1130, and it is time to discover crypto. We got Tim and BJ on the ones and twos. How are you two doing today? I'm doing fantastic, man. Alright. Ready for the show. BJ, are you in the silent era? Yes. Okay. He's in the silent era. Guys, we got a great show today. We're going to talk about the Bitcoin 1 %ers. We're going to talk about ETH futures ETF and how a senior analyst of ETFs at Bloomberg thinks it is going to be approved on Tuesday, folks. And that's why maybe you're seeing this huge, huge pump in ETH and a lot of alts as well. Also, we're going to talk about Gary Gensler getting roasted. We're going to replay the clip of the Pokemon cards. It's just too good not to share. Also, AI is alive. It's alive right now. How soon do we have a Terminator 2 style D -Day? Give it about 30 years. 30 years, folks. 30 years. Alright. We'll go ahead and start building the bunker right now. Yes, DC's in the suspenders. I know. If you just had the green bow tie, you and McHenry. Alright. One, I'm not going to wear a bow tie. Nothing against bow ties. Just bow ties aren't for me. I'm going to wear a regular tie with the classic winds or not, or I'm going to wear the suspenders. Yeah. This used to be my old bartending get up. I'll tell you what. You wear the suspenders in the button -up shirt. I'll wear the hoodie, but I'll wear the bow tie with the hoodie, and then we'll complete the whole ensemble. Okay. Okay. So you'll be like Fetterman, and I'll be Fetterman's, like, lowest level employee. Exactly. Yes. What were you going to say, BJ? That's like Voltron, yeah. Yeah, yeah. Then we'll team up. Alright. Well, let's just get right to the market cap story here. Alright. Where are we at? Whoa. Did you see that pump right there? Yesterday, we were up around 0 .4%. Today, we are up 2 .3 % for the crypto market cap. We had passed 1 .1 trillion. 24 -hour volume for the first time in a long time is above $50 billion. We're coming in at $52 billion. Bitcoin dominance, Tim's looking a little happy here. It was 47 .1 for a few days. It is now up to 47 .3. Gas, surprisingly low, only 20 Gwei, but it's actually about double of what it was yesterday, but still pretty low. I was surprised to see that. Alright, let's look at the pricing here. We have Bitcoin up 2 .1%. It is now coming in at 26 ,858 bucks. We have Ethereum past 1600, now 1638. It is up 2 .5%. BNB up 1%. XRP up 0 .5%. And we have Cardano up 1 .6%. Solana. Solana is pumping, folks. We have it up 2 .6. And TonCoin erasing about a third of the losses of the past week. It is up 2 .7%. But I'm ready to look at some of these top gainers. Ooh, look at Bitcoin Cash as well. Have you ever thought about trading Bitcoin SV or Bitcoin Cash? Because they do have pretty big moves. Yeah, no, I mean, they definitely are probably better for trading, especially if you want to stay away from leverage, but you still want to be able to utilize the moves of Bitcoin. But yeah, I haven't ever done it. Don't think I will. Okay. Alright. Well, let's look at the top gainers. Let's look at the top losers here. Wow. We have Compound. It is skyrocketing, folks. And Compound has shot back into the top 100. I have RollBit up 12 % just for today. I have a little bit of exposure to RollBit and a little bit of exposure to Apecoin. And I have a couple comic book issues of Thor, but I don't know if that will affect my pricing there. But it is up 10 .8 % and Apecoin up 7 .4%. Bitcoin Cash coming in as the top five gainer here, followed by Lido, DAL, then Aave, GMX, Maker, Arbitrum, Stacks. And then, hey, look, a little Chainlink way down at the bottom. Do you have any of these alts? You're not much of an alt guy, right? No, I mean, I have alts, but I don't go that deep. The moment I have about eight of them, Aave is one that is close to being on the list of maybe I'll come into it. You know what? You don't want to get into, though. I've been watching a lot of maybe... I think he's going to come on the show in the future. Shout out to Crypto Archie. Archie's been going really deep in some degens that are sitting around like a $4 million market cap, and their chances of 100Xing are greater than others. I do think I'm going to start looking into a real good degen portfolio. It's probably not going to take up more than... 10 % is probably being generous in my entire portfolio, but I like where I am. I'm definitely very top -heavy when it comes to crypto. I'm more conservative with my investments, but I'm going to take a little bit of risk this market. All right, BG says, BCH is my secret crush. My dirty girl, he calls it. Where's the one person? A million dollar vision. We're going to give you a million dollar vision. Hopefully, you can stick around and just be part of that positive message. I believe you will. I'm believing in you. All right, well, speaking of believing, I'm believing today we'll not have any of these these coins in the biggest losers of the top 100 cryptocurrencies here. I'm manifesting it. It's failed in the past, but today I'm feeling good. Let's go ahead and look. What do we have? We have Casper. All right, I'm not pale as it goes just yet. Casper is down only 1 .2, then followed by tethered gold. So this is a peg to gold price here, then gate, then another gold. We have another gold coin essentially losing here, then injective, and then stable coins. Wow, I escaped it today. I escaped it today, but gold's on the way down and I have exposure to gold. So does that count? Any day that stable coins are in your top losers, it's a good day for crypto. All right, can we, before we jump over to the top story here, can we look at some gold pricing and silver pricing here? I want to look at gold on Kitco, and if you want to look at silver, maybe we could check out some prices. I like Kitco, K -I -T -C -O. Here we have gold pulling up. Gold is down $14 for the day, so not a whole lot there when the price is coming in at $18 .61. How soon until ETH passes an ounce of gold? One ETH almost equals one ounce of gold. Costco starting to sell gold. I looked into it. They sell out usually within hours whenever they limit two per customer, but they sell one ounce nuggets right around spot price. All right, what do we have for silver? I don't know if this is the right one or not. I looked it up. This says CFDs on silver. Oh, you're a trading view guy. We like trading view. Shout out to Marcus Seifer. Price slightly down, but it's definitely got a consolidation kind of pattern going on here. Yes, we're still kind of moving, setting some higher lows, but we kind of flat out here. After kind of getting kind of in this region, we've flattened out with these lows. The resistance is getting lower, but I'm going to go ahead and say, Deezy, I think that this is a pattern. Watch what happens to support. We're back down at support, but this is a pattern I would almost lean more towards a move to the upside. Let me look at oscillators on this. Yeah, I'm feeling like that's bullish. I'm feeling like that's bullish. Plus, silver has underperformed relative to gold in the past 10, 20 years. I'm feeling pretty good about it right now. Yeah, no, the charts on the daily chart look more bullish than bearish, I would say. It's kind of sitting somewhat in the middle, but more bullish than bearish. All right, and we have Danny Boy saying, look at 100 coin. Maybe, maybe. We'll see. I don't know. Maybe we'll get some time here. All right, well, let's get into the top story here. ETH, futures, ETFs. What is it going to mean? I also got some short form content. Guys, we have an article talking about these Bloomberg analysts. I'm just going to do the deep dive as well, so let's read paragraph or two, and then we'll just see what exactly they're talking about. Let's go to the source material. Let's go to the source code of the simulation here. Bloomberg analyst shares information leaked from the inside that SEC on Ethereum futures ETF. They gave the good news date, folks. We're talking about Eric Balchunas. He's the senior ETF analyst. We're not talking about the janitor there. We're not talking about, you know, the guy that makes a tweet every now then. We're talking about their senior ETF analyst. And he said in a statement, he has inside on info when the SEC will approve the ETH futures ETF. Now, we know there's inside information. Who's going to have better inside info than Bloomberg senior ETF analyst? I'm feeling pretty good about this guy's sources. Now, you got to be careful. Never trust anonymous sources. But if I'm going to trust one, I might end up having to trust this one. All right, let's see what exactly were they talking about? It all started. Let's James Safart here. Nothing yet, but watching for filings to indicate Ethereum futures are indeed being accelerated for launch next week. All right, so what was he talking about here? Here's a repost from Eric. So Ether future ETFs could be trading as early as Tuesday, folks, as the SEC looks to speed things up and in order to get it done before the looming shutdown, just like they sped up delays on spot Bitcoin ETFs. If so, issuers likely in mad scramble as we seek to update the doc. So we have the government shutdown to thank for this actually getting sped up because we covered it I think two days ago. We looked at when the government shutdown happens, what happens through the individual agencies. If you weren't here, guys, SEC will reduce 90 % of its workforce, CFTC along the same line. So 10 poise, there's only going to be one showing up in that office. That's going to be a very lonely office. So what they're trying to do, they're trying to clear all the paperwork off the desks before it's just that one guy alone. I feel bad for that guy. Who is that guy? Shoot us a message here. All right, well, let's go back to X here. So he was quote tweeting this tweet from 14 hours ago. Well, let's, uh, let's see looking like SEC is going to let a bunch of ETH futures ETFs go next week, potentially. And then he was quoting this tweet. So let's look at that tweet. And then that was the one earlier hearing they might update so they can go on effective on Monday and trade on Tuesday. They've asked filers to update their docs by fry, uh, Friday PM. Uh, I'm guessing that's the end of day Friday. So they have till tomorrow, 5 PM Eastern standard time, get your paperwork done. If you get your spot futures, I'm sorry, your futures ETF paperwork filed, you might be able to trade it on a Tuesday. We're going to go ahead and get that in submitted on a Monday. So this guys, this could be very, very big. Now we have to wait till Monday, you know, nothing set in stone here, but however, according to the analyst, they will approve, uh, of the applications that candidates who do update it by Friday afternoon, and they will begin trading on Tuesday. Uh, how speaker McCarthy rejected the stopgap funding bill advancing in the Senate on Wednesday, leaving us just four days from the fourth partial shutdown of the U S government in the past decade. It is thought that a closure event would deeply affect the sec. It is rumored that the spot ETF applications were postponed early for this reason. So chat, where are you coming in? Are we going to shut down? I didn't realize we had done it four times in the past 10 years. I would have maybe said two in the past 15. That makes me think guys, I'm, I'm starting to lean towards, you know, if you asked me three days ago, I'm under 50%. I'm leaning towards 50%. I might even exceed 50 % by tomorrow. Where were you guys coming in on the odds of a government shutdown? Yeah, I think I'm a little low. I think I'd say maybe 35, 40 % it shuts down. I think they're going to have to do with both sides, but it would not behoove Biden to have that shutdown happen. There's a lot of reasons why they'd want to keep it open. Of course, there's a lot of Republicans in Congress, they're kind of pushing for it. They probably like it. They want it. I think they come to some sort of deal. They don't do it. Guys, should we just break down the alpha for you? You know, a lot of part, what makes this live show exciting is we can do things like BJ, while you go, could you look up October 19, 2021 daily candles on Bitcoin, October 19, 2021? Well, I'm going to be the idiot in the room as usual. So if we removed the debt ceiling and put it on pause till 2025, why would we even have a shutdown? Because it wasn't the entire shutdown when we would hit the debt ceiling. So that's not relevant for another 18 months. Yeah, that is a very good point on the debt ceiling. I think that that's a great question. So maybe that debt ceiling isn't as final as they made it appear because I was being told, oh, once this debt ceiling is raised, we don't have anything to worry about. And then two weeks later, we all of a sudden have something to worry about. So now we need to think about the next time they give us a debt ceiling raise. What the f are you actually doing here? Is it actually nothing? These game devs really need to figure out how they're building their ecosystem, because these rules just don't make sense anymore. They don't make, yeah, yeah. There's a lot of bugs in the code here. All right, we have the daily candles. See the date again? October 19th, 2021. If we just look at about a 30 -day period, maybe 10 days before to 10, 20 days after. Yep. So this is getting close to the top, but it was the, there's the, we ended up beating it out. But October 19th is right here. So it's this candle. We have one more day. We topped out on the 20th. Hover over the 19th. Right there. That is the day we had a Bitcoin futures ETF here. Move more to the right side. Let's, let's get a little bit in. That's the top right here. Let's stretch that Y axis. Let's stretch it out. All right, here we go. Go back to the 19th. Yep. The 19th, right? Let me go over here. 19th is right here. So in the lead up, it pumped, it pumped, but guys, that was a buy the rumor, sell the news. We had one more day. All right. They probably didn't want, you know, Fox Business News and MSNBC to be like, oh yeah, it got approved yesterday. Look at the price. So they gave us another 24 hours of pump. We've got the pump of metal pumping. Then, you know, a new cycle, you're probably not going to want to talk about it 36 hours later, 48 hours. So we got that pump. We got a nice strong pump for 24 hours. And then it went down folks. And then it went down. We went from, I believe that was about 55K, right? No, no, I'm sorry. 65K. 64, 64 .3. And then we dropped down to what about a week later? We got dropped down about 57 .8. All right. So we went from 63, 64, all the way back down to 57. And then we set in a new all time high. What was the amount of days from that low? What's the date? If you just hover, it gives you the date, right? On the bottom, it gives you the date. So date October 28th, it peaked November 10th. All right. So 13 days later. So a week later, it put in a local low. And then two weeks later, new all time high. Will the spot or will the futures ETH ETF play out in a similar way? I don't think we're, obviously we're not going to go to 4 ,500. We're not sending in a new all time high. But what I'm thinking is we might have a similar chart pattern. You're the Bitcoin ETF. In reality, this is only a period. That means we might have. All right. So that's the date. That's we're five days away from Tuesday, right? Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday. Go back five days from that, from the 19th. So go to the 14th, October 14th. 14th is right here. Boom. Nice big pump. It pumped for five days. Buy the room or sell the news. And then it dropped. And so maybe we're going to have a really good next four days. Maybe. You know, maybe I would say that that's a little bit premature. I think we have to look at a lot of different things going on. Obviously, we're getting close to the part where the market was going to top out and go to the downside. I think there, if anything, the case to be made here, even though there was some pump in that happens here, I would only make the case that this is proof ETFs can't save you from the bear market starting. I think there's I think it's a mixed bag. I think it's a little bit too irresponsible to try to say, well, back in October 2021, this happened. Well, there was a lot of things with timing and a lot of other different things. I think let's watch ETF. It will be bullish long term. But remember, futures ETFs allow both longing and shorting. So volatility is more what I'm predicting, not necessarily a firm. Let me play devil's advocate. That was what a lot of smart people thought was going to be the top or near the top. So if you have some, I have to hold this instrument for six months, and it's October 2021, you have one choice. You open in a long in October 21, you open in a short in October 21. I feel like a lot of smart money is choosing short. Well, let's go to today. We're almost half a year from the having. You have a choice. Are you going to open a long today to cash in in six months? Are you going to open a short today to cash in in six months? I feel like then many more people are going to choose short relative to today. You know what, let's actually that takes us into our next story. Let's talk about the big investors. Will they choose Bitcoin? Will they choose Ethereum? Will they choose, you know, futures or will they wait for spot? Here's what this Fidelity executive has to say. Ethereum investment thesis could be easier for institutions to grasp than this big, then bitcoins. And here is why. This was with the interview with a bankless YouTube channel. I do like bankless Fidelity's director of research, Chris Cooper, I think says the firm's Ethereum investment thesis could be an easier concept for blue chips to understand. With traditional, it's probably more easily go with them something like ether, then show them things where they grasp much quicker than investment thesis for Bitcoin. The investment thesis for Bitcoin, according to Cooper, is to truly understand it, you got to first to dabble into politics, got no little philosophy, got to know some game theory, got to know some economics, got to know some other concepts, you got to know the Byzantine generals problem, you got to know what the white paper is, you got to hate the NSA and the surveillance state. It's a lot, right? It is a lot. I remember that feeling, you know, half a decade ago, maybe more. Well, you know, I learned about Bitcoin, I didn't really get into it to about half a decade ago. I remember watching Andreas Antonopoulos clips on YouTube. And I just, I'm just alone in my living room with, you know, with, you know, maybe Mary J was there, but you know, I'm just alone. I'm watching this and my mind's getting blown here. And I'm just like, my God, I'm just so into what this guy is putting down. And then you go to your friend, and you try to, you're full of zeal. You feel like a religious apostle. And you're like, oh, my God, have you heard this thing called Bitcoin and what it's doing? And then you just get a blank stare back. Yeah. It's like, oh, yeah, I ate the orange pill, didn't I? Yeah. It's taken me back to these feelings here. All right. So yeah, it's a lot. Basically, what I'm saying, it's a lot to wrap your head around Bitcoin, folks. That's all I'm saying. I had the my first exposure to Bitcoin whatsoever was back in 2013. And I was the opposite side of that. What you just said, the staring face. There is this kid I met. He was very passionate about Bitcoin, tried to convince me it was the one world currency that Revelation talks about. He also was a pot farmer. So I looked at him and I said, OK, buddy, good story. Now, it turns out I should have gotten in when he told me to. He he was right. I should have gotten into Bitcoin. But I do hold to when you hear a lunatic who is growing pot for a living tell you that this currency is what Revelation talks about. You got it. You got to at least question it a little bit. I understand people still being stone faced at this point. Yeah. My first two exposure was 4chan and I was like, oh, anything they suggest is a scam, is a honeypot. And they are trying to hack me. And so that honestly, like in a weird way, learning I learned about it from too shady of a source. I was like, oh, yeah, I'm going to stay away from that one. The second exposure was my buddy buying ecstasy pills of Silk Road. And I'm like, again, another thing I want to stay away from. No, man, I'm good. I'm good. And then Silk Road happened. And also he lost his Bitcoin on a hard drive. So I was just like, yeah, I don't know about this, man. I don't know about this. And then eventually, you know, the hook got me there. All right. Well, you know, that's what we're saying about Bitcoin to truly understand it. It is a whole lot, you know, but imagine that you can get in front of them and just say, look, talking about Ethereum, here's the metrics, here's the cash flow, you put in your inputs, and they're looking at it like another financial instrument. And they're like, oh, yeah, that makes sense to me, you can have these scenario analyses where you could get your head around the probabilities. And then that way, people can size their position accordingly. That's how an institutional investor thinks. That's how a good investor thinks. They think around probability scenario analysis. And in fact, they are so strongly about that they capitalize the eye there. That's how institutional investor thinks. They really, they think about the probability scenarios there. So yeah, I think that's a pretty good, pretty good point there.
"Raising Conservative Kids in a Woke City" With Katy Faust
"Talking to Katie Faust, the head of thembeforeus .com, them being kids, us being non -kids, thembeforeus .com. So, Katie, the new book is Raising Conservative Kids in a Woke City. And what I was just saying to you off the air is that I believe, you know, when people say, hey, what's the answer? There is no answer in the sense that everyone has to be realistic about what they are able to do. Some people, you know, can move to rural Iowa, where the whole culture is helping them inculcate reality -based values, biblical values, conservative values. Some people can send their kids to wonderful Christian schools. Other people send their kids to Christian schools, which are frankly awful. A lot of the Christian colleges have bought into a lot of these woke ideas. So, each of us has to figure it out for himself. But you are saying, in fact, it is possible, at least for you and a few others, to have raised your kids with conservative values, traditional values, biblical values, in a genuinely woke city like Seattle. And that, to me, is delightful to hear. Well, it is. And it's actually kind of what Christians and parents are supposed to be doing all the time. I really do think, you know, what we've had for decades is we've had conservative parents who have had more kids than liberal parents have, right? And yet, somehow, all of those kids end up becoming liberal, or a lot of them do. And it's because we have not taken seriously the mandate to be the primary educators of our kids. And, you know, my co -author Stacy, you know, people will say, why don't you homeschool? And she's like, I do. Oh, I do. I outsource some of it to the public schools, but my husband and I take very seriously that it is our job to educate our kids, and our kids know it. And so, like, this is actually something that I really think is going to turn the tide. Why is it that parents and parental rights are so under attack right now? It is because it is the greatest threat to the woke machine. Parents are the greatest threat. If we are influencing our kids, if we are the ones that are instilling our values in them, the woke are not having children. They're having, you know, my woke friends, my liberal friends, are having zero to two kids. My conservative friends are having two to twelve kids. If we can actually raise our kids and instill our values in them, do you understand how different this country is going to look in a couple of decades? I mean, it's going to be a radical turnaround, but we have to be very serious about instilling our values. And it's not impossible. It is hard. And honestly, I think that one of the reasons why our kids have been given over to the culture is because we've thought, I don't have to do much. Cruise control, feed them, love them, which is all important. But it is a time for very purposeful training. Very purposeful training. You can do this.
Katy Faust: "Kids Are Pawns"
"Katie Faust is the head of Them Before Us, which talks about putting children before the rest of us. And, you know, one of the ideas that you've dealt with in the past that you deal with now and we've talked about on this program is the idea that, you know, we need to protect children. And Them Before Us gets to one of these ideas that as people were pushing the idea of same sex marriage, they really weren't thinking about the fact that the best thing kids could ever have is a mother and a father. And I would argue that we are created by God to long for a mother and a father. We don't all get that, but that's the ideal. That's the best version. And that was just swept aside because of the agenda, you know, of same sex marriage. And we're seeing this down the line now. Same sex marriage sounds like a quaint conversation compared to where we are now. But it's so fascinating to me because we are talking about reality. Every kid wants a mother and a father. And we have statistics and anecdotes, you know, going back millennia, practically, on how that is the norm. That is unavoidable. But ideologies on the left don't seem to care about the kids. Yeah, they're pawns. I mean, kids are pawns. I mean, when you look at every single thing that's going on today, it's very hard to look at any policy that doesn't serve kids up as sacrifices on the altar of the woke. And you can see that whether any honestly, all the social issues come down to forcing kids to sacrifice, to advance adult agendas, adult sexual identities, adult ideologies. I mean, kids are last in almost every area. And, you know, at Them Before Us, we put kids first in matters of marriage and family, parenthood and reproduction. And I'll tell you what, people can't handle it, right? Because what we're saying is you're not first. You're not the most important. You need to bend for kids versus forcing kids to bend for you. So you can see that that is a very clear plank in our work at Them Before Us. The next book, we sort of take that into the world of we are the primary educators of our kids. We are the ones that are going to instill our values in them. They are not pawns to be co -opted for your woke agenda that is child destroying in a lot of ways. And so there is power in that activism when it comes to advocating on behalf of kids in the policy sphere. But never, never underestimate the power of instilling your own values in your kids. And you can do it, right? But this is a new landscape. I mean, like we are fighting a different kind of battle than I think parents in this country especially have ever had to fight. Our brothers and sisters who raised kids in communism, who are raising kids in very hostile cultures around the world, hostile to Christianity. They've done it, right? So we can do it too. Like you do have the ability to instill your values and replicate your values in your kids. But it doesn't happen by accident.
A highlight from Katy Faust
"Hey you, have you checked your bucket list lately? Are you ready to take care of item number seven? Listening to The Eric Mataxas Show? Well welcome, tune in, and then move on to item number eight. Skydiving with Chuck Schumer and AOC. Here now is Mr. Completed My Bucket List at age 12, Eric Mataxas. Hey there folks, welcome. I'm excited to have back as my guest Katie Faust. Faust, Katie Faust. New book called Raising Conservative Kids in a Woke City. Katie, welcome back. So good to be with you. You've got a nice little feature in my storyline of authoring. I didn't write my first book until you were like, Katie, you need to write a book. And I was like, I don't have time. And you're like, well, then your little global children's rights movement is going nowhere. And I was like, well, then I guess I write a book. So credit to you for getting Stacy and I into the official publishing world because we wouldn't have done it without your coercive prompting. Wow, that's terrific. Now, the problem is biblically you have to tithe unto me after the order of Melchizedek. That's biblical since I was the one behind this. And you are without genealogy and eternal, is that how this is working? Well, this is Salem radio, so I guess it all makes sense now. Oh, my God. Oh, that is creepy. The priest of Salem, Melchizedek. All right. I love the fact that tons of people are saying, what, what, what are you talking about? Read your Bibles, people. All right, I don't have time. So Faust, Katie you are your organization is called Them Before Us. Talk about that a little bit before we get into the new book. Yeah, well, I am really passionate about two things. One is when it comes to the changes in culture, law and technology that are taking place in our world today. I'm very passionate about don't touch the kids. Leave the kids alone when it comes to changes in marriage, family, parenthood, reproduction. And right now the world is looking at kids and they're like, those are accessories that I can cut and paste into any and every adult relationship. So the first book is about no children have a right to be known and loved by their mother and father. All adults need to conform to those rights. So whatever is going on in your personal life, leave the kids alone. But I'm also very passionate about something else, and that is leave my kids alone. Don't touch my kids. But that's very challenging because this culture is insane and it's absolutely after our kids. They are hell bent in destroying children's life, family, mind and body. And they do that highly and very effectively through indoctrination, whether that comes through the schools, whether it comes through social media, whether it comes through mainstream media, their friend group, sometimes infiltrating their churches. And so my co -author Stacey and I have written a book about how we have been able to raise collectively our seven kids between our two families in one of the most hostile, progressive cities in the world, Seattle, and largely sending them to public schools. And you can't capture our kids. Like we have been able to locate our worldview in our kids to the point where they can spot the lie. They can stand against the crowd and they can push back. Right. And look, there are a few things that need to be said. First of all, the fact that we are now at a point where the left, broadly defined, is coming after our kids. This is when you move from like mere leftism or from liberalism or whatever we called it in the past into full blown Marxism, cultural Marxism, where they say and they believe the family is the enemy of the state. They want to crush families. They want to divide children from their parents. They want to divide husbands from wives. They want to destroy the family because the family, like God, like people of faith, is their enemy. And so this is something that we need to recognize. It's a new iteration in the long march to the institutions. They have now gotten to a point where they're open about wanting to steal our children, steal our children's minds. And you're quite right. You know, the buck stops here. That's that's not going to happen. We will die as parents before we let you do that. And we will die happily. That's right. Children from these vile ideas. So your book, the new book is Raising Conservative Kids in a Woke City. Now, I want to say there are other options, folks. You don't need to live in a woke city. Perhaps you don't need to send your kids to public school. You can homeschool your kids. I would say the first thing to anybody would be homeschool your kids. You know, go to Sam Sorbo, ask her how to do it. Everybody who says I'm not qualified to do it is totally qualified to do it. But what you're saying, Katie, is that even if you can't do that, even if you can't send your kids to a genuinely faith based traditional school, there is hope. Well, and the deal is like the woke is coming for your kids, even if you're homeschooling them, even if they're in a great private school, it is seeping into their world. I mean, I've got friends at great conservative Christian schools where the woke is infiltrating them as well, where kids are talking about being pansexual. You know, and it's a private Christian school. And I'm surrounded by homeschool kids who are awesome. And I love them. I'm currently running the youth ministry at our church and there's a lot of homeschooled kids. These kids are great. They're also battling these woke ideas. It is also infiltrating their world. So like you cannot bubble wrap your kids. And honestly, you should not try to bubble wrap your kids. There is an appropriate way to shelter your kids early on and then strategically expose them to these ideas. You, the parent, introduce them. You don't let the world introduce it to them. You introduce this in age appropriate ways, in developmentally appropriate stages. And that's what we do in the book is we kind of lay out sort of these stages of learning for kids what you need to be covering in each of these different phases, how to strategically make sure that you are getting to your kids first rather than letting the world introduce these concepts to your kids and thereby establishing yourself as the expert. And parents need to be doing this regardless of your zip code, regardless of how your kids are being schooled. You we all need to inoculate our kids against the woke virus. And if we can do it in Seattle with our kids going to public school, you can do it, too. Well, that's amazing. And listen, what you're saying is, is that, you know, when you say you can't bubble wrap your kids, the point is you want to let them understand why the ideas on the left are bad. Not just say that they're bad, but actually make them understand. No, no, no, no. They're actually bad. They're actually harmful. They're stupid. They're illogical. They're irrational. They're anti -human. They're inhuman. They are failed and failing and will fail. Our kids need to get that. So it's not just my parents believe that and they told me I have to believe that. No, no, no. It's actually true. It's like teaching your kid math. You know, then they can do it on their own. They don't they don't need you once they learn how to do it. So that's an important point to make. So the book is brand new folks raising conservative kids in a in a woke city. And I'd forgotten, Katie, that you lived in Seattle. Of course, I live in New York. And it needs to be said, you said it, but it needs to be said again and again that a lot of these places that we trusted, a Christian schools, Christian institutions, churches have themselves about the need to bail or are perfectly willing to go along with bowing the need to bail. A lot of the institutions that we once took for granted as on the good side have gone to the dark side. Christianity Today magazine completely gone over to the dark side. Campus Crusade, now called Crew, has opened the door to tons of bad ideas. The Gospel Coalition, which was once OK, has opened the door to tremendously pernicious ideas. And so it really does fall to us, the parents, to take this seriously and to understand it is our job. We can no longer entrust our kids to these to these places we once thought were safe. Well, and we talk about in the conclusion, like sometimes it feels like, what can I do? I don't have a huge platform. I'm not in political office. You know, I don't I'm not an author at any of these outlets. You actually have the most position as a parent. Do you understand the power of raising the next generation to embrace conservative ideas? And by that, we define conservatism as you're just recognizing historical, economic and biological reality. That is what conservatism is today. On team reality, folks, it's called reality. We believe in reality. That's right. It's no longer just return to the gold standard, you know, kind of people or or, you know. Hawks on foreign policy, it's like if you recognize that men and women are different, if you recognize that the free market is the best way to conduct ourselves in the economy, if you recognize that life begins at conception, if you recognize that, you know, we are defined by the content of our character, not the color of our skin. I mean, like if you recognize those things, you're a conservative. Welcome to the welcome. Welcome to the red pill, baby. And it's amazing. 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A highlight from Kevin McCullough
"Welcome to the Eric Mataxas Show. Do you like your gravy thick and rich and loaded with creamy mushrooms? If no one was looking, would you chug the whole gravy boat? Chug! Chug! Chug! Chug! Stay tuned. Here comes Mr. Chug -a -Lug himself, Eric Mataxas. Hey folks, welcome to the program. If you're like me, last night you were able to watch the debate and you deliberately skipped it for your mental health. That's just where I am in life right now. I caught parts of it which made me wince and cringe, sometimes wince and cringe. I never wept, but you know what, it's probably better for me to find out what my guest thought. He may have watched the debate. My friend, Kevin McCullough, we call you votes tridamus because you are a prognosticator, a seer, a prophet politically speaking. Kevin McCullough of that Kevin show, how are you? I'm well and I can see some things very clearly today. There should be no more debates. These exercises in futility, and that's what they've turned into, are becoming embarrassing to the cause of what this election should be about. And last night, it's just hard to put into words how bad this debate was, from its execution to the policies, to the answers. It was just nothing good about it. Some people in my audience care about this. I'm in Irvine, California. I'm in a hotel room you people can see. I'm speaking today, so today's Thursday in Costa Mesa. So if anybody wants to come and hold my hand and hug me about the sadness of the debate, or just talk to me or get book signed or whatever I'm going to be tonight in Costa Mesa, you go to my website, ericmataxas .com, and you can see me and talk to me and hang out and whatever tonight in Costa Mesa. This is Thursday, folks. And tomorrow, there's a prayer breakfast here in Irvine that I'm speaking at. But the reason I bring this up, Kevin, is because I rarely have time to turn on the TV. And last night, I realized, oh, I'm pretty wiped out. Let me turn on the TV. Let me just look at the debate just to see. I literally really couldn't bear to watch it. So as someone who watched it, I'm talking to you. Am I being cruel or unfair? Because it was unfair. What little I saw was genuinely unbearable. No, as I was saying just a second ago, from the way it was structured, to the execution, to the answers to the substance, the format's wild and out of control. There's not really a possibility of getting very deep on any one of the single questions. And I think a lot of the questions that are being asked are not the right ones. And so as I've watched, and I didn't watch all of last night's debate in real time, I caught up on a bunch of it after the fact. But as I've sat through both of them now, it is easy for me to ascertain that no one in this field on that stage last night is serious about becoming president. And they're not biting into the enormous lead that the former president has only built on since the first debate occurred. The first debate, they had 11 million viewers put to put that in perspective, Eric, in 2015. For the first debate, they had more than 15 million viewers in 2020. For the first debate, they had about 18 million viewers. You're talking about a diminishing return a, a much less interested Republican base watching these, and they're not they're not going anywhere. And in the meantime, it's putting even with some of our better idea people on display as amateurs, even with Doug Burgum on the stage, hard to believe. Yeah. That would be like a rematch between Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson. You're telling me people, Lisa Hutchinson was not able to be on the stage this time, as far as we know. Yeah, I think he took a, he took a face shot in the early rounds, and he was in his dressing room. Honestly, the thing there, what I said on Twitter this morning, was that they acted like it was 1985. We are living in a time in America, where most people see, we are in freefall, hell has been unleashed. Things have gotten so bad on so many fronts that it is, if you don't believe in God, which I do, and I trust in him, but if it weren't for that, I'd be scared to death. What is happening in this country? And they acted like it's 1985. And we're gonna, we're gonna have this conversation. And I thought, this is this is bad. I mean, the way the the deep state has been weaponized to go after Donald Trump, for example, I don't care if you're running against Trump, if you like Trump, but if that doesn't strike you as, as fundamentally un -American and sick as anything, as though, you know, we were being bombed by China, it's pretty bad. They seem not to be concerned. Well, they're responding to questions that have been supposedly thoughtfully put together by the moderators that are doing the debate. And Ron DeSantis did a little bit more of this last night, all of them to have done more of this, where he actually came with a little bit of an agenda to give little speeches every time that he was given the opportunity to speak. And he got more things out on the record than what he was asked about. But that should be the strategy of every candidate going into every debate. That should be the strategy of every thinker going on every media outlet that you can. Sometimes, Eric, it's better for me to go on Fox or Newsmax or somewhere and have something that I'm more intent on saying that what they want to ask me about. And if you're, if you're running for president in times of crisis, and I don't, I don't view the period that we're in right now as a peaceful time. We're not actively at war with anybody, but we are actively at war with evil on, on almost every front. So we need, there needs to be an urgency. There needs to be a sense of, we cannot phone it in and do it like we've done it in the past, especially knowing that we are going to run up against probably illicit, illegal, cheating schemes, trying to keep the election from actually being determined by the people that have the right to determine it. And before people criticize me for that, we've replaced the population of the bottom eight states in just illegal entries into the country over the last three years. Well, let's do that in a minute, because you wrote an article at townhall .com. That is one of the stunning nightmares that they acted like not, not really a big problem. But what you just said about cheating, I think most Americans know the Democrats cheat at elections. How is that not the most important thing to discuss when you're talking about a presidential election? Are you and I imagining, are millions and millions and millions and millions of Democrats actually cheat? Now they've done it for decades, but now we know that they have turned it into a science. They are at war with we, the people, they don't actually care about winning in a fair way. They just care about winning. How is that not unbelievably important and something that has to be discussed? But the Fox hosts and the Latina from Univision, which is another bizarre thing, they seem to act like January 6 was Trump supporters being violent. They seem to act like the election was fair. Biden won. What world are they living in? All of them. I don't know what to say. And obviously, I think Vivek and Ron DeSantis, they're the only two candidates that I can take seriously. I've got problems with them a little bit. But the whole thing was like, they were all play acting like we're living in a different America than the one most of us are living in. Well, I will hold one exception out to what you just said. And I believe that Nikki Haley had a sense of urgency about her last night. And she did in the first debate as well. And I think that's why she's now out polling DeSantis in several polls, is that people are beginning to understand that as a former governor, she probably has a shot at the VP pick. I don't think the VP pick is going to come out of this group. But if Trump did want one that I'm seeing kind of be serious on the issues that are the most pressing, she's the one that kind of gets the vote in terms of... I think of her as deep state, neo -con, next. All right. That's fine. I'm just saying in terms of her performance thus far. We've got you our wonderfully. I'm so glad that we do. We'll be right back. With the overturn of Roe v. Wade, lots of companies are coming out saying they'll pay for employee abortion travel and expenses. Most of you have heard about some of these companies. 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A highlight from Michael and Thomas Pack
"Welcome to The Eric Mataxas Show. Have you heard that some people have a nose for news? Well, Eric has a nose for everything. That's why this is called The Show About Everything. Now welcome your host, who definitely passes the smell test, Eric Mataxas. Hey there, folks. Welcome to the show. It's The Eric Mataxas Show. I play the role of Eric Mataxas. In this show, which is nonfiction, I interview people, usually on subjects that are close to my heart or that I think are important. Today I'm talking to filmmaker Michael Pack, who's been on this show before, who is responsible for a brilliant documentary called Created Equal, Clarence Thomas in his own words, and other things, and also Michael's son, Thomas Pack. We are going to talk about something that is as close to my heart as anything could be. It's the idea of bringing, let's call them conservative values, although that's just a fancy way of saying truth and reality, into media. It is crucial. People of faith, people of Christian values have dropped the ball on this for, I don't know, about 100 years roughly. So whenever somebody is getting into this game, I want to do everything I can to get to know them and to bring them to you, the audience of this program. So Michael Pack and Thomas Pack, welcome and thank you for being with us today. Thank you for having us on, Eric. It's a pleasure to be back on your show. Well, as you know, Michael, I am hot to trot on the subject of what I just mentioned. Now, you just wrote an article at Real Clear Politics. I want to talk to you about that because you sort of summarize what I was just getting at or you explicate what I was just summarizing. Talk a little bit about that and you can mention upfront as well what Thomas is doing. So lead us into the conversation. Well, you're right. The Real Clear piece, which is a bit long, so I guess I explicate rather than summarize, but it tries to lay out what's happened in the culture war over the last at least 50 years, maybe you're right, closer to 100. And what we can do about it. I mean, the fact is, as everyone knows, the progressive left dominates the culture. And they have at least since the 60s where they announced a long march for the institutions and they said they were going to work to take over first the university and then other cultural institutions, and they have succeeded. But I say, Eric, that it is to their credit. This is a battle of ideas. And especially in the area of film and television, they're fighting for the ideas they believe in. You are quite right that we on our side have failed. They're to be commended for succeeding. They're fighting for what they believe in. I agree with you that what they believe in isn't right. So that's a negative, but they're commended for fighting for it. And over those years, they've built up institutions that supported and defended and make it possible. So I lay that out in the real clear piece, which people can also find on my on my Twitter page, Michael Pack underscore. But so I try to give how so over 50 years, the left has poured tens of billions of dollars into this process, and it is their right to do so. And we ought to say that they have allied themselves with a very powerful ally in the form of Satan. We don't need to we don't need to get more specific than that. But people need to understand that, you know, you're very gracious by saying, oh, they're fighting for their ideas. Their ideas are harmful to human beings, not to conservatives, not to people of faith, to human beings in general. And so you're right that they believe in these ideas. But I just have to say, speaking to you as a Jew, you know, Hitler believed in his ideas. So because somebody believes in their ideas, they get, oh, well, they've got their ideas. We have our ideas. I agree with you 100 percent. I know. No, of course, I know you do. And you're being gracious. So go ahead. But but the but but that's right. I mean, one way of looking at their ideas is they have a negative view of America just taking that one slice of it. And we have a positive, upbeat view of America. I mean, we we are documentary producers, and I think this is this left takeover of culture is both in drama, fiction and nonfiction and in the nonfiction realm. It's clear as a bell. The 1619 Project, which began in print, was now a multi -part Emmy nominated Netflix series. And and on like that is America based on racism and the defense of slavery, or is it based on the principles of the Enlightenment? Jefferson laid out in the Declaration of Independence and it matters for the country and the world which side you're on. So I agree with you. But their ideas are wrong. But given that they're wrong, they're right to fight for them. So we need to fight for ours. But but we have we have the model of what they have done and we need to just do it, too. It is not that hard. It's not that complicated. It was not a conspiracy on the part of the left. They announced they were going to do it. It's their right to do it. And they did it. I mean, I mean, even in America, communists, for example, have every right to promulgate their views, which I think is appropriate, given the First Amendment. It doesn't make their views right, but it does give them the right to promulgate them. And it's well, think of the irony, though, that the left is increasingly I mean, just to be fair, that it is because of biblical values, it is because of the values of the founders of this nation, that people on the left. On the wrong side, have the right, which we have given them to promulgate their views, it is why Nazis could march through Skokie, Illinois. It is right, so we believe in free speech. We believe in this kind of stuff. But the irony is that we're now living in a time where we're seeing the left having gained power, use it to squelch and censor voices with whom they disagree. So in other words, they were willing to ride the train of free speech as long as it helped them. And then now that they've gained the upper hand culturally and in other ways, they're suddenly deciding, you know what, free speech was nice. It was nice for a while. But now we don't want those conservatives to have a voice. So there's an irony here, which ought to be mentioned. There is. They're now the enemies of free speech. And in part, it's because, as you say, it's no longer convenient. But in part, it's because of the radicalization of liberalism, the sort of left liberal part of the Democratic Party. I mean, it used to be since the 60s, the new left has been an enemy of free speech. Herbert Mercuza and company never believed in free speech. But that was a minority view on the left. And now, as you say, it's increasingly popular under other rubrics like stopping disinformation and misinformation. And it is. Do they get that from Stalin? I'm always trying to trace these ideas back. I believe it was the Moscow School of Stalin. In any event, I think, you know, legally, you know, Karl Marx did not believe in human rights and individual rights. And he his whole worldview is opposed to that. If you believe in historical determinism and you know which way the world is going, why encourage freedom of speech? So both left and right, Hegelianism, Marx being left Hegelianism, was not really in favor of these kinds of freedoms, these Enlightenment freedoms. And in a sense, they were a reaction against it. I'm not an expert on this, though. Eric, you're going to get into topics too deep for me pretty soon. Well, obviously, we're not here really to talk about this exactly, but it's worth touching on. Well, look, the good news, the headline to me is that you and Thomas, whom we will let get a word in edgewise momentarily, are creating award winning, fabulous documentary films and trying to encourage others to do the same. It's it really is a wonderful thing, as you and I have discussed. I'm getting involved in that a number of media projects and yours have been done with such extraordinary excellence that, you know, even those on the left have had begrudgingly to honor you when we come back. I want to get into everything and I want to ask you, Thomas, about this kind of conservative incubator film project that that you're putting together. Folks, it's the Eric Metaxas show, ericmetaxas .com. Don't go away. Folks, have I told you about Moink? M -O -I -N -K. That's moo plus oink. I get all our meat and our salmon from them. M -O -I -N -K. Moink delivers grass fed and grass finished beef and lamb, pastured pork and chicken, sustainable wild caught salmon straight to your door.
A highlight from John Zmirak
"Welcome to the Eric Mataxas Show. We'll get you from point A to point B. But if you're looking for point C, well, buddy, you're on your own. But if you wait right here, in just about two minutes, the bus to point C will be coming right by. And now, here's your Ralph Kramden of the airwaves, Eric Mataxas. Hey, folks, welcome to the program, I like to call it. John Zmierak, you are such a special guest on this program that we were willing to just do a phone connection. Normally, we have to have our guests on video, but you're such a big shot now that you can demand phone only if you if you choose. So welcome to the show. Thank you, Eric. I'm sheltering in place in an undisclosed location. Well, the weird thing is we're both in Dallas. And I was at an event last night. Now, of course, I want to talk to you about the news of the day. But I was at an event last night where a guy claiming to be your landlord came up to me. And I just thought Dallas is such a great place where where where, you know, people like John Zmierak live, there are landlords that that that actually, you know, think the way that we do, it really was. It was a very encouraging event for me, I have to tell you, and I'm sorry you couldn't be there. But I know that you've got you've got a busy life. What I've got is dozens of an open boxes, I'm moving apartments into the house of this wonderful new landlord is really good guy and a fellow believer in America and in Christ. And but I've got two beagles who have to be taught that this new apartment is not a place to go to the bathroom because it's all new to them. And I just am moving everything I own from one place to another. And so we're not doing video because if we did video right now, you would think I was actually Hunter Biden at a Motel six hiding from my Chinese handlers. Yeah, we don't want to look like that. I do not look my best because I do not have any of my toiletries. I can't I have one toothbrush. I can't find any soap. It's not brushes. Do you need, John? I know you got the two beagles, but you really need one toothbrush. I want you to downsize. At this point in life, you should be downsizing to one toothbrush and maybe one and a half beagles at most. No, my God. I look if I my girlfriend would allow it, I would have nine beagles, but nine beagles. OK, negotiated. We negotiated. I told her I have a two beagle minimum. So I rescued two twins together and brother and sister. And they lick each other's faces and they play fight. And they still act like seeing them. They're so you could die. You could die just looking at them. All right. So what shall we talk about? There's a lot in the news. We could talk about any of it. What are you writing about, thinking about? Well, I took a few days off of the moon, so I don't have as many columns. But I did. I did have one that I I spent was actually inspired by a conversation you and I had here. And then I talked about it with the great Charlie Kirk for a full hour. And it relates to my new book, which is coming out in a few weeks. No Second Amendment, no first. The title of the piece, the stream is called Liberal Christians see us as pets who need to be declawed. And this is a theme we've talked about before.
A highlight from Willie and Korie Robertson
"Hey you, have you checked your bucket list lately? Are you ready to take care of item number seven? Listening to The Eric Mataxas Show? Well welcome, tune in, and then move on to item number eight. Skydiving with Chuck Schumer and AOC. Here now is Mr. Completed My Bucket List at age 12, Eric Mataxas. Hey there folks, welcome to the program. Hey Chris, do you know where I am? I believe you're in Texas. Yes, technically. I'm in Dallas, Texas, and I am in a hotel in Dallas, Texas. Tonight, I'm speaking at an event tonight for Parent Compass. That's going to be the Park City Baptist Church that's here in Dallas. I don't know, I think there's still tickets, but I will be signing books until the cows come home. I'd love that. So if there's anybody who can get to Dallas tonight, I'm speaking tonight, and I'm here for that. And I'm excited about it. I love being here, I have friends here. So with you in Dallas or Texas, you said till the cows come home. Technically, I think we need to state when that is, because that's literal in Texas. Yes, and they come home to Fort Worth, but they commute to Dallas. So tonight I got that event. Tomorrow I fly to California because I got three events in California. I mean, we got a whole bunch of stuff going on. It's a very crazy time. Now, before I forget, in this hour, I'm talking to Willie and Corey Robertson of the Duck Dynasty Robertsons. There's a film coming out this Thursday. Ladies and gentlemen, you need to support this film. These are the kind of films that I'm just telling you, if you don't like what's happening in the culture, which I would assume anybody with a half a brain understands that we're in trouble in American culture, in America, you need to support good things. And when somebody puts something like this out, you need to make an effort. It's the story of Phil Robertson. It's an unbelievable story. I'll be talking to them about it. But please make a note. This is going to be in theaters for, they give you like a week and then it goes away and then the garbage comes back. If it does well, they'll keep it in the theaters like Jesus Revolution, like Sound of Freedom. We need to do everything we can to support this kind of thing, especially when it's good, not just because it tells stories that we like, but it's actually artistically excellent and it tells stories we like. So it's called The Blind, obviously referring to a duck blind, at least in part, but The Blind, you can go to theblindmovie .com. It's important that you support this, that you tell your friends on social media.
A highlight from Gavin Wax
"Ladies and gentlemen, looking for something new and original, something unique and without equal. Look no further. Here comes the one and only Eric Mataxas. Hey there folks. Welcome. We have been told that tonight there's some kind of Republican debate. I'm not sure if that's a rumor, but it might be true. And in case it is, we thought maybe we should talk to somebody about it who can tell us what is going to happen. So we have back our friend Gavin Wax. He's with the New York Young Republicans. Gavin, welcome. Eric, it's great to be back and I'm looking forward to the vice presidential debate tonight. Oh, the vice presidential debate. Well, you know, I think Trump said it best that all these guys are looking for a job or trying to apply for a job. It's really just a job contest. No one actually on the stage is going to become president, certainly not this cycle. So we'll see how things unfold if that's how it's looking. It's funny and true, obviously. Many funny things are true. Many true things are funny, but you're right. Now, who tonight's debate? I'm planning not to watch it. What who has qualified, quote unquote, qualified to be in this debate? As far as I'm as I'm aware, it's nearly everyone from the original debate. I think maybe Asha Hutchinson has dropped off. You know, he was polling at, you know, point zero zero one. Now I think he's pointing at polling at point zero zero zero one. So, you know, that that decimal difference makes all the difference in getting on the stage. But you'll see the usual cast of characters. Ron DeSantis, Nikki Haley, Tim Scott, Chris Christie, you know, those are the guys that are probably most will get most of the eyeballs, will get most of the attention. People will be seeing, you know, what they do, what they say, if they mess up, if they don't mess up. And then the others are basically just background actors, you know, just adding some ambiance to the stage, I assume. Yeah, it's really not ambiance, actually is the opposite of ambiance. But I know what you mean. Let me ask you, though, for sure. Chris Christie doesn't want to be Trump's vice president because he seems to be there only to express his peak and animus toward Donald Trump. He seems to to be there only to fulminate and to pummel the air with his horrible words against Donald Trump. Yeah, no, you're correct. He probably falls into the camp of people that is not that is not looking for a job, but it is on a on a revenge tour. Many people have accused President Trump of only running for a revenge tour type of campaign. But in fact, you look at individuals like Chris Christie, the only reason he's Donald J. Trump, President Trump, who he believes wronged him or slighted him after the whole presidential transition in 2016 or, you know, Christie didn't even do his job.
Rep. Troy Nehls: Garland, Wray Will Do Everything to Cover Biden
"Willing to stop arresting political opponents and going full commie. So, until that point, we need more people willing to, cause it's radio, bust us bells if you know what I mean. We need bell busters. And you seem like one of them and I like that. So, this hearing is happening with Derek Farland the other day, otherwise known as Merrick Garland, and you were having none of this. You just sliced into this guy. This guy I think makes Eric Holder know what I mean? I'm a legitimate attorney general. This guy is the most corrupt person I in that office in my life. And I was glad you didn't get interrupted when you were calling him out. Your thoughts on the status of the Justice Department under Garland? Well, thank you. It's a great question and we I all know think the American people are figuring this out that there is that. We talk about the two -tier justice system, the justice system under Garland and even the FBI Director Wray that will do everything to provide that cover for the crime family named Biden and then what you're asking and what they've done to Donald Trump over the past several years. So no, there is a two -tier justice system. I guess I am one of those bell busters and I know that you served in NYPD for years. I'm a 30 -year lawman myself. I was a chair of a large county in Texas. So I just call it the way it is. I'm authentic and I think I think people appreciate it, but AG Garland, you know, you get five minutes and you want to seize that that moment sees that opportunity. I didn't give him a lot of time to answer the questions that I had for him because I knew I would just get nothing but delay tactics and lies. So I answered the questions to him, but he did the video, the video of Joe Biden up there talking about firing Viktor Shokin, the prosecutor, or Ukraine and get the one billion dollars to me. That is bribery. The quid
A highlight from 1415: Bitcoin Will Soon Hit $500,000 - Winklevoss Twins
"Welcome everybody to Crypto News Alerts, the number one daily Bitcoin pod. In today's show, I'll be breaking down the latest Bitcoin technical analysis as Bitcoin recaptures $27 ,000 and quoting Max Keiser, the high priest of Bitcoin, Bitcoin is the North Star guiding to the only safe haven asset in the world that protects against inflation, confiscation and censorship preach. Also in today's show, Ethereum futures ETFs can start trading as early as next week. According to top Bloomberg analysts, we'll also be discussing the SEC pushing back the deadline for spot Bitcoin ETF apps, definitely not a good look. And speaking of ETF apps, I'm also going to be sharing the five highlights of Gary Gensler's evasive testimony before Congress quoting Senator Warren Davidson. Gary Gensler's tenure at the SEC highlights two key problems. Number one, Gary Gensler's problem and number two, the SEC's structural problem. That's why I introduced the SEC Stabilization Act to fire Gary Gensler and restructure the SEC. Let's freaking go. Also in today's show, crypto analyst Michal van de Poppe predicts a very positive quarter four for 2023. I'll be sharing his targets in which he outlines. We're also going to be discussing the SEC's inaction on the spot Bitcoin ETF is a complete and utter disaster, according to the Winklevoss twins. And speaking of the Winklevoss twins, I'm also going to be sharing with you their $500 ,000 Bitcoin price prediction, which they say is coming soon. We'll also be taking a look at the overall crypto market. All this plus so much more in today's show. Yo what's good crypto fam? This is first and foremost, a video show. So if you want the full premium experience with video, visit my YouTube channel at cryptonewsalerts .net. Again that's cryptonewsalerts .net. Welcome everyone. This is pod episode number 1415. I'm your host JV. Today is September 28, 2023 and Bitcoin is finally back above 27 ,000 as we're pumping right when I hit the live button. We're currently above 27 ,100 up over 300 % today and we continue climbing. Welcome everyone in the live chat. I gracefully appreciate y 'all. Yeah, who knows? Maybe we'll hit 28 ,000 by the time today's live stream is over. Let's see. And make sure to let me know where you're tuning in from in that live chat as I'll be giving everyone a shout out towards the end of the show. And with that being shared, fam, now let's dive into today's market watch. As you can see here, every major crypto back in the green. Bitcoin above 27 G's. We got Ether up three and a half percent trading at $1 ,655 BNB, XRP, Cardano, you name it. And checking out coinmarketcap .com, we're currently sitting above $1 .07 trillion with about $26 billion in volume in the past 24 hours, Bitcoin dominance at 49 .1 % and even the Ether dominance on the rise today at 18 .5 % and checking out the top 100 crypto gainers of the past 24 hours, holy moly, compound up 20 % trading under 49 bucks, followed by Thor chain up 13 % trading at $1 .94, followed by Lido Dow up 8 % trading at $1 .59 and checking out the top 100 crypto gainers of the past week, massive gains, which we love to see, especially after a pretty bearish altcoin season to say the least. We got CompLead in the pack here as well up 20 % and Rune up 13 .4 % and RLB up 13 % and checking out the crypto greed and fear index, we're currently rated a 46 in fear yesterday at 44 last week, a 47 and last month, a 39 in fear. So there you have it, fam. How many of you are currently bullish on Bitcoin and how many of you took advantage of the recent dip? If so, let me know. It's good to see we pump in once again. So hopefully those positions are now in the green. Now let's break down today's Bitcoin technical analysis, check out the charts and why specifically the market is pumping right now. Here we go. Let's get it. Bitcoin hit new weekly highs after the September 28th Wall Street open as markets awaited fresh cues from the US Federal Reserve. And here you can see in the Bitcoin one hour Campbell chart, pretty freaking bullish to say the least. Data from Cointelegraph and TradingView showed Bitcoin price strength staging a comeback, having delivered what some referred to as a classic pump and dump 24 hours prior during the performance. Bitcoin hit a high of 26 .8, which appeared on Bitstamp as a result of 2 % daily gains before Bitcoin retraced all of its progress, then a slower grind higher than took hold with the bulls edging closer to 27 ,000, which we finally just recaptured here a few moments ago. Now GDP for quarter two grew by 1 .7 % year on year below the projected 2%, while the PCE index data for August came in in line with the expectations, quoting analyst Keith Allen, bring on the volatility. Now meanwhile, data from Binance's order book uploaded by Allen showed little by way of resistance standing in the way of the spot price under the 27 ,000 mark. So as you can see, just more bullishness for the king crypto, the macro data constituted just the prelude of the day's main event. Meanwhile, Jerome Powell, the chairman of the Federal Reserve due to the comment later on today, Powell, whose recent words failed to deliver noticeable volatility to the crypto markets was due to speak at the Fed's conversation with the chairman, a teacher town hall meeting event in Washington DC at 4 p .m. Eastern today. Now commenting on the state of play on Bitcoin markets, popular trader Dan crypto trades was a little more optimistic around the strength of the day's move compared to yesterday, September 27th, quoting him here back to yesterday's highs, but with considerably less open interests. No doubt there is longs chase in here, but it is less frothy than it was yesterday. Would still like to see longs chill out and not get to a full retrace later on. So there you have it. Let me know if you agree or disagree with the analysts. Meanwhile, quoting another analyst, right, capital Bitcoin is right back at the bull market support band cluster of moving averages, challenging to break out beyond them. Let's freaking go. Now, elsewhere in the day's analysis, he acknowledged that 29 ,000 could make a reappearance and still form a part of a broader come down for BTC. As he shares here, it's important to remember the Bitcoin could technically rally even as high as 29 ,000 to form a new lower high, which would be phase A and B. He explained alongside this chart. So there you have it. Let me know if you are currently more bullish or bearish on the King crypto and quoting the high priest of Bitcoin, Max Kaiser, Bitcoin is the North star guiding to the only safe haven asset in the world that protects against inflation confiscation and censorship preach. Now welcome to y 'all just joining us in today's podcast. As always, I appreciate everyone's daily support and means the world. And now let's discuss our next story of the day as Bitcoin continues to pump, shall we? We're going to be discussing the Ethereum futures ETFs, which can get approval. They say potentially as early as next week. So let's break this one down, shall we? Ether futures ETFs could start trading for the first time in the United States as early as next week. According to top Bloomberg analysts on September 28th, which is today, Bloomberg intelligence analyst, James Safart said in an ex post, it was looking like the sec is going to let a bunch of Ethereum futures ETFs go next week. Potentially. His comments were in response to fellow ETF analyst, Eric Balchunes, who said he was hearing that the U S SCC wanted to accelerate the launch of Ethereum future ETFs quitting him here. They want it off their plate before the shutdown, he said, adding that he's heard various filers updates on their documents by Friday afternoon so they can start trading as early as Tuesday next week. As outlined here on X. Now the U S S government's expected to shut down at 1201 a .m. Eastern on October 1st. If Congress fails to agree on or provide funding for the new fiscal year, which is expected to impact the country's financial regulators amongst federal agencies. Now neither specified their sources for the latest update on the long list of crypto ETFs in the queue. There are currently 15 ether futures ETFs from nine issuers currently awaiting approval. According to the analysts in a September 27th note, which is yesterday, companies proposing an Ethereum futures or hybrid ETF product include VanEck pro shares, grayscale volatility shares bitwise direction, as well as round Hill. The analysts gave ether future ETFs a 90 % chance of launching in October with Valkyrie's ether exposure on October 3rd, quoting them here. We expect pure Ethereum futures ETFs to start trading the following week, thanks to volatility shares actions. However, we don't expect all of them to launch. So do note that now as previously reported that ether futures ETFs may be approved in October causing the 11 % spike in ether prices and probably why the Ethereum dominance is up as it's been stagnant and down for quite some time. Ether prices are on the gain, currently just under $1 ,700 and we'll see how high we continue to pump, but do note crypto future products aren't as hotly as anticipated as their spot based alternatives. There are already been Bitcoin futures ETFs approved in the United States since 2021, which is a fact, which leads us to the million dollar question. Why have they approved a futures ETFs, but continue to deny and delay all the spot ETFs? We're going to be getting to that a little later as I share with you the highlights from Congress pressing the chairman of the SEC, Gary Gensler. It's going to get very interesting here in a little bit, but now let's dive a little deeper and discuss specifically the spot Bitcoin ETFs and what is happening and why they're being pushed back and the latest updates of where we're currently at. So here we go and welcome y 'all just tuning in. Make sure to smash that like fam. The US SEC has delayed deciding whether to approve or disapprove spot Ether ETFs. And like I said, we're going to be getting in October potentially get some approvals, but in separate notices filed September 27th, the SEC said it would designate a longer period on whether to approve or disapprove these proposed changes. The commission finds it inappropriate to designate a longer period within which to take action on the proposed rule change so that it has sufficient time to consider the proposed rule change and the issues raised there within. The delay came the same day as the NASDAQ market filed the proposed rule change with the SEC for listing its mix ETH basically ETF, a combination of Ether holdings and futures contracts and also proposed rule changes with the New York Stock Exchange, ARCA for the Grayscale Ethereum Futures Trust, hashtag Bitcoin Futures ETF and the CBOE BXE exchange for the Franklin Bitcoin ETF were all filed. September 27th, that's right. If you're not familiar with Franklin Templeton, there are one and a half trillion dollar asset manager. They're also applying for an ETF. Now the SEC announced September 26th, it would designate a longer period to decide on these spot ETF applications. And as James Safart shares here, here's VanEx delay as expected. So another one, I mean, exactly what we were expecting from the SEC. Now in August, ARK investment manager, founder and CEO Kathy Wood speculated that should the SEC move forward with the spot ETF approvals, it would allow multiple listings simultaneously to avoid giving any single company an advantage over another in the market. Her remarks came before Grayscale Investments won a court battle with the SEC over its spot Bitcoin ETF app, which will likely be reviewed in which they're trying to turn their GBTC product into a spot ETF. So hopefully it happens. To date, the SEC has never approved the spot crypto ETF in the United States, but has allowed the listing of crypto linked futures ETFs and a leveraged Bitcoin futures ETF. Manipulation, fam. The next deadlines for the spot crypto ETF apps from firms, which include the largest asset manager in the world, BlackRock, Wisdom Tree, Invesco, Galaxy, Valkyrie, Bitwise and Fidelity are all scheduled for October. So we'll see how this is likely to play out considering October is now only three days away. Are we going to get some ETF approvals by then? Who knows? I think more than likely they're going to push it back again. However, Congress right now is pressing Gary Gensler to approve a spot Bitcoin ETF and ETPs immediately. So now let's break this down. If you missed Gensler, he was pressed by Congress just yesterday. And I know it's on everyone's mind. So let's break down some of the highlights from this recent hearing with Congress and the chairman of the SEC, Gary Gensler. Let's break it down, shall we? Here we go. Blame for kneecapping capital markets in the U .S. and slam for dodging questions around Bitcoin and Pokemon cards. SEC chair Gensler appears to have had one hell of a grilling from Congress this week. September 27th, the U .S. SEC chief again found himself in front of lawmakers in a scheduled hearing to discuss his agency's oversight of the markets. Here are some of the highlights. First and foremost, you are the Tonya Harding of security regulations. We should create a Gary Gensler diss track, right? One of the more colorful analogies came from U .S. Representative Andy Barr, who accused Gensler of kneecapping the U .S. capital markets with regulatory red tape. Barr referred to the old testimony from Gensler where Gensler argued that the U .S. is the largest, most sophisticated and innovative capital market in the world and that shouldn't have been taken for granted as even gold medalists must keep training. With all due respect, Mr. Chairman, if the U .S. capital markets are gold medalists, you are the Tonya Harding of securities regulations. Ouch. You are kneecapping the U .S. capital markets with an avalanche of red tape coming out of your commission. Preach. Barr is presumably referring to a scandal where U .S. ice skater Tonya Harding, I'm sure you all remember the story, I was a kid when this happened, and an assailant to attack her rival Nancy Kerrigan in the lead up to the 94 U .S. Figure Skating Championships and Winter Olympics. Kerrigan ended up not competing in the U .S. Championships and here is John Dickens who shared it here. Mr. Barr to Gensler, it's hilarious, you gotta watch these clips for yourself if you haven't seen them. So the next highlight, I wish the Biden administration would say, you are fired. That's right, shout out to Warren Davidson who also ripped into Gensler saying he hoped that the Biden administration would fire him. Powerful words. Davidson accused Gensler of pushing a woke political and social agenda and abusing his role as the SEC chairman. Preach. Massive shout out to the senators here doing their job. Damn good job. The U .S. Representative added that he hopes that the SEC Stabilization Act he introduced with fellow representative Tom Emmer could make it happen. Quoting him here, you're making the case for this bill, which is the SEC Stabilization Act. Every day you're acting as a chairman, he concluded, and Gensler wasn't even given a chance to respond. Now next highlight, Gensler reiterates Bitcoin isn't a security. That's right. When asked by U .S. House Committee Financial Services Chair Patrick McHenry whether Bitcoin is a security, Gensler eventually relented stating the Bitcoin didn't meet the Howie test. Quoting him here, it does not meet the Howie test, which is the law of the land. Then McHenry suggested Bitcoin must be a commodity, which Gensler avoided answering. Mr. No Clarity Gary, hence how he got the nickname, saying the test for that is outside the scope of U .S. security laws. Mr. Gensler, we're living in a clown world with this guy. Henry also suggested that Gensler try to choke off the digital asset ecosystem facts and refuse to be transparent with Congress about the SEC's connections with the FTX and former CEO SBF facts. Gensler also wasn't given the chance to respond to the claims made by McHenry. Next highlight, are Pokemon trading card securities? Gensler says it depends. Can't make this stuff up. Quoting Representative Richie Torres, I cross -examine SEC Chair Gensler about the term investment contract, which is key to determining his authority over crypto. Gensler struggled to answer basic questions like whether an investment contract requires a contract. His evasions are defeating and damning. Suppose I was to purchase Pokemon card. Would you constitute a security for this transaction? Gensler responded, well, I don't know the context before eventually concluding it isn't a security if you purchased it in a store. And then Torres asked if I were to purchase a tokenized Pokemon card on a digital exchange via the blockchain. Is that then a transaction? And then Mr. No Clarity Gary said, I'd have to know more because I don't know anything. Yeah, you can't make this stuff up. Gensler then explained to it when it's investing the public can anticipate profits based upon the efforts of others. Then the core of the Howie test, which it is, Torres called Gensler's evasions as damning to say the least. And the next highlight, a sign of defiance. Meanwhile, amongst the back and forth cross examinations between Gensler and representatives, the eagle eyed observers noticed a Coinbase stand with crypto logo behind the SEC chairman. Isn't that interesting? The Coinbase led initiative is a 14 month long campaign that launched back in August aiming to push crypto legislation in the United States. Coinbase also ran a stand with crypto day, which took place in Washington, D .C. September 27th to advocate for better cryptocurrency innovation and policy. So again, shout out to Warren Davidson, Tom Emmer, all the senators for holding Gary Gensler accountable. Hopefully they do something about it. What's your thoughts, fam? Do you think Gary is likely to listen to them and follow their instructions and approve a Bitcoin ETF immediately? Or do you think he'll continue kicking the can down the road as long as possible until he leaves his position as the chairman of the SEC? Let me know your honest thoughts in the comments right down below. Now let's break down the latest prediction coming from crypto analyst Michael Vanay Pop for some price actions for Bitcoin for the fourth quarter, which we are currently in for 2023. Then we'll break down the latest from the Winklevoss twins and their five hundred thousand dollar Bitcoin price action as the price action of Bitcoin continues to pump, baby. Let's go. Here we go. Let's break this baby down. Crypto trader Michael Vanay Pop is expressing bullish sentiment on Bitcoin in the coming months. Despite the recent struggles in a new video, he says that Bitcoin is on the cusp of reaching levels that offer accumulation opportunities per inch. According to the analyst, the trader Bitcoin could subsequently start an uptrend. Ultimately, Bitcoin is into an area of consolidation here, which makes it very likely we're going to have to retest here at twenty five, six and twenty five eight. If we are having a recess in that region, then there is this zone where I want to start buying my entries because of the recess, which is the ultimate recess. And if we're not going to get that, the flip to twenty six thousand five hundred, that is going to be the area where I think I want to activate my positions as well. And then we can start targeting twenty eight thousand. And then we can also start targeting the higher numbers, thirty thousand dollars plus or even more in the projection of quarter four. That is going to be very positive overall. Let me know if you agree that we'll have an overall positive quarter as we about to enter October. Let's go. Vanay Pop also says Bitcoin's current price action is similar to what was witnessed in the prior pre halving year, quitting him again. As long as we stay above the 200 week exponential moving average, we most likely are going to continue to the upside. And it starts to be very comparable to the period that we witnessed in 2015 and 2016. In this case, we needed it, but we started to consolidate and start to trend up afterwards. It is very likely to this period to slowly but surely the price starts to crawl up. And then we are going to have a case of the upside in the markets overall. And to watch this video analysis, the analyst did check the show notes below the video in the description. It's entitled Bitcoin price. I am looking to buy. So there you have it. And let me know if you agree or disagree with the analysts and are you currently bullish on the King crypto or do you think we're going to dip and test the lower levels? Let me know your honest thoughts, fam. And now let's break down our next story of the day. And the Winklevoss twins on the spot, Bitcoin ETF continuously being basically denied and kicked back and pushed back for the past decade. And then we're going to dive into their half a million dollar Bitcoin price prediction and why they're so confident that the Bitcoin price is going to hit their big target. So here we go. Let's discuss them with the SEC first. This was a story which was, let's see when their tweet was actually, let's scroll down. This is Cameron Winklevoss. This was actually on July 1st, it got 1 .1 million views. Now let me read the tweet. Today marks 10 years since Tyler and I filed for the first spot Bitcoin ETF. That's right. Over a decade ago, the SEC governor's refusal to approve these products for a decade has been a complete and utter disaster for US investors and demonstrates how the SEC is a failed regulator. Here's why. They protected investors from the best performing asset of the last decade. They pushed investors into toxic products like the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust, GBTC, which trades at a massive discount to NAV and charges astronomical fees. They pushed spot Bitcoin activity offshore to unlicensed and unregulated venues. They pushed investors into the arms of FTX, subjecting them to one of the largest financial frauds in modern history. Preach. Maybe the SEC will reflect on its dismal record and instead of overstepping a statutory power and trying to act like a gatekeeper of economic life, it'll focus on fulfilling its mandate of investor protection, fostering fair and orderly markets and facilitating capital formation. This would have led to much better outcomes for US investors. Preach. In the meantime, best of luck to all those fighting the good fight to bring the US spot Bitcoin ETFs to life onwards. So much respect. I mean, 10 years of denying this ETF. I mean, you can't make this stuff up. I think they shared perfectly some of the reasoning. It's to hurt the investors and keep you poor and keep you wrecked and keep you desolate and dependent upon a broken government that threw us overboard so frickin long ago. So much respect to the Winklevoss twins. If you didn't know, they're the owners of the Gemini exchange and they were the very first ever to submit the spot Bitcoin ETF app to the SEC over a decade ago. And obviously they're sick and tired of Gary Gensler, his no clarity and his shenanigans. Just like the rest of us, it's time to fire Gensler. If you think Gensler should be investigated and potentially fired, let me know in the comments right down below and I'll be reading your comments out loud here in a little bit. Now for our breaking story of the day, let's discuss the Winklevoss twins and their case for a $500 ,000 Bitcoin price, which they believe is coming soon. So let's break this down, shall we? And welcome to y 'all just joining us in the live chat. Much love and much respect. So here we go. Winklevoss twins' prediction, Bitcoin will soon hit $500 ,000 per coin. And why? And again, shout out to Tyler and Cameron. Let's get, we already know their background, early Bitcoin investors, OGs, early investors as well with Facebook. Some claim that they're the real creators of Facebook and Zuckerberg stole it. But nonetheless, in a recent interview with the National News, the twins explained they remain convinced of the future of crypto. The main reason is the revolutionary and technical properties as well as the potential of Bitcoin to act as a store of value similar to gold. And in addition, crypto has many other advantages, mainly through programmability. Hence, the Winklevoss brothers believe that Bitcoin could even replace the precious metal. In the long term, Tyler Winklevoss shared the following. If you look at the properties that make gold valuable, Bitcoin matches each attribute or does better. The gold disruption story of Bitcoin is super powerful. We believe in it. Tyler Winklevoss explained his reasoning for the $500 ,000 Bitcoin price action, quitting him here. If you do the math, 21 million in the supply of Bitcoin, the market cap of gold, let's say it's 10 trillion, maybe it's 11 trillion, somewhere in that ballpark, that puts one Bitcoin if it disrupts gold and gets that market cap at $500 ,000 per coin. The two brothers did not want to give specific investment tips. However, Cameron reveals the strategy that they use, which is generally the simplest, which is simply HODL. Hold on for dear life, quitting him here. Generally speaking, if you subscribe to Bitcoin being a store of value type investment, then that strategy is HODL. The same way you would HODL gold is you buy and HODL long term investments. So according to the Winklevoss twins predicting the Bitcoin price will hit $500 ,000, they say predictions are difficult, but they believe that Bitcoin will hit the milestone within a decade. And when they were more recently interviewed and asked, where do you see Bitcoin in five years time? Here's what Cameron Winklevoss responded. We usually take a decade view on it. When we wrote a piece on the value that predicted it being $500 ,000 Bitcoin, we said within the decade. And I believe they wrote that in 2020. So they're basically saying by the year 2030, they're anticipating a $500 ,000 plus Bitcoin price with Bitcoin overtaking that of gold as far as the market cap. Now is that in three years from now or nine years? The timing part is hard, but I think the Bitcoin created $1 trillion worth of value in under a decade. That is fact. I believe back in November of 2021, Bitcoin's market cap surpassed a trillion dollar milestone and the total crypto market cap surpassed $3 trillion. But as of today, we're closer to a $500 billion Bitcoin market cap with the entire crypto market cap down to a trillion. Now, it also spawned many huge productions such as Ethereum and the entire asset class. He continues. If you look at the value increases in Bitcoin, it is this punctuated equilibrium where it is steady, steady, steady, and then boom, it reaches a new price level. This is the new normal. So it can happen very quickly. So there you have it, fam. Ultimately saying when Bitcoin takes off, it explodes quick and vast. And especially considering that two of the most bullish catalysts in Bitcoin history were on the cusp of. Six months away from a Bitcoin halving, we all know the Bitcoin cycles every four years, it drives the Bitcoin price up as it increases the scarcity as well as increase demand, basic stock to flow, numbers must go up. And we also have the approval of a Bitcoin ETF likely to take place in 2024, especially with Congress on Gensler's. But we also have the ETF experts such as Eric Balchunes given a 95 % chance probability that a spot Bitcoin ETF likely get approved in 2024. Those two catalysts will absolutely make Bitcoin rip to new all time highs entering price discovery mode like we have never seen before. So how high do you think the Bitcoin price will likely climb by the time of this next halving? Roughly six months out, scheduled to take place sometime in April of next year. Let me know your thoughts in the comments right down below. And don't forget to check out cryptonewsalerts .net for the full premium experience with video and to participate in the live Q &A. And I look forward to seeing you on tomorrow's episode. HODL.
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"This is episode 350 of the Voicebot Podcast. For this week's generative AI news rundown, we have the AI cloud wars, Nvidia's stellar revenue ramp, HubSpot, MailChimp, OpenAI, Telefonica, and more. Hello, Voicebot Nation and my friends from Synthetia. I'm Brett Kinsella, your host of the Voicebot Podcast. This week's generative AI news packs a punch and hopefully sheds some light on how fast this industry is evolving. I'm joined again this week by my colleague, Eric Schwartz, the head writer for Voicebot .ai. Here is the generative AI news rundown. We start out with a breakdown of Nvidia's blowout revenue numbers. This story is pretty interesting when you consider how transformational the last two quarters have been for the company and even bigger expectations for next quarter. Eric and I then walk through Synthetia's analysis of how the cloud wars are influencing and shaping the LM battles raging among the foundation model builders. I think you're going to like that. We also hit on the new Falcon 180B, so that's 180 billion parameter, LLM from TII. The new generative AI features from eBay, HubSpot, Intuit, and Zoom, and we talk about Apple sort of. We have funding stories from Contact AI and Ello, and we finish up with OpenAI's first developer conference, and of course, the generative AI winners and losers of the week. Next up, chips, clouds, LLMs, enterprise apps collide with generative AI and a bit more. Let's get started.
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"Big, big thanks to Eric Thompson. And of course, thanks to you for listening. You can find out more about Eric and his work through the links in the show notes at revisionpath.com. Revision Path is supported by Brevity & Witt. Brevity & Witt is a strategy and design firm committed to designing a more inclusive and equitable world. They're always looking to expand their roster of freelance design consultants in the US, particularly brand strategists, copywriters, graphic designers and web developers. If you know how to deliver excellent creative work reliably and enjoy the autonomy of a virtual-based freelance life with no non-competes, check them out at brevityandwitt.com. Brevity & Witt, creative excellence without the grind.Revision Path is brought to you by LUNCH, a multidisciplinary creative studio located in Atlanta, Georgia. Our executive producer is Maurice Cherry, and our editor and audio engineer is R.J. Basilio. Intro voiceover is by music man Dre, with intro and outro music by YellowSpeaker. Transcripts are courtesy of Brevity & Witt. If you liked this episode, please let us know. We're on social media on both Instagram and Twitter. Just search for Revision Path, just all one word, Revision Path. Or you could follow us on Spotify, on Amazon Music. You can leave us a rating and a review on Apple Podcasts, or you could leave a voicemail message on our hotline at 626-603-0310. As always, thank you so much for listening, and we'll see you next time.
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"Now for this week's interview. I'm talking with Eric Thompson. Eric is an entrepreneur, a maker, and a futurist. He's currently the assistant director of the Spelman Innovation Lab and the co-director of the Blackstone Launch Pad at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. Let's start the show. Alright, so tell us who you are and what you do. Hi, yes, I'm Eric Thompson. I'm the assistant director of the Spelman College Innovation Lab, and I'm the co-director of the Blackstone Launch Pad at Spelman College. I'm also a strategic advisor for my partner's business, Eat Unrestricted, where we make vegan cheddar cheese sauce, and I'm also an entrepreneur and innovator in my own right. That's a lot. That's a mouthful. Yeah, a couple things there for sure. How did last semester go at Spelman? It went really good. It was a whirlwind. We ran a ton of programming in the Innovation Lab last semester, including one of our signature programs from last semester was our HBCU Game Jam, spearheaded by J.C. Holmes. Basically, we had a hackathon where I think we had like 23 HBCU schools sent teams to the AUC and built a game, built games over a 24-hour period. They used everything from RPG Maker to Unity to put together concepts, games, functional games over that time period. And we had a competition at the end, and it was really empowering just seeing what these students could create in such a short amount of time. Everything from story and game theory into 3D and 2D assets and putting the mechanics together into game engines. It was really impressive. So game development is one of the verticals that we've developed an Innovation Lab that came out of the pandemic because we needed something that students could innovate and create with that wasn't an in-person maker space. So that was one of the things we did. And then, you know, entrepreneurship has grown quite a bit at Spelman over the past few years as well. You know, I'm the advisor for the Entrepreneurs Club in our Blackstone Launchpad. We took some students to Battle of the Brains in Austin during South by Southwest. We had our Spellpen newer competition. We have been kicking off with the Center for Black Entrepreneurship, which is a collaboration between Morehouse and Spelman to kind of bolster all the entrepreneurship programming and ecosystem and get our students beyond just the four walls of the schools and into the community, into the broader entrepreneurship ecosystem. Just our standard kind of situation at the Innovation Lab where we have students making everything from future fashion to eco-friendly packaging for cosmetic products and students who are graphic designers and animators and everything under the sun. We're kind of like a one-stop shop. That's one-stop shop is like the worst thing you can say as a designer. But we're the one-stop shop for creative and innovative entrepreneurial endeavors on campus, you know, and we try to make sure that everybody feels at home in the space. So workshops relating to everything from laser-cut business cards to building your own interactive robots to working with emerging AI tools to further your artistic filmmaking animation journeys. So we do a lot. Wow. That is a lot. It's an exhausting semester. I mean, I feel like I have like a dozen questions that I want to ask just from that, but I'm curious really about the game jam. I mean, 23 HBCUs sent teams to Spelman. Was that the first time Spelman had done a game jam? Yeah, this was the first time the program was run. So this was kind of like the brainchild of J.C. It was an event to kind of build the profile of what HBCUs are doing in these spaces. I think so often when people talk about gaming and HBCUs, it defaults to esports. And don't get me wrong, especially in a place like Georgia where the entertainment industry is such a big part of the local economy, esports is a huge opportunity space for students, right? But we also want to make sure that our students are on the creative side of the funnel here. Actually developing the games, developing the assets, writing the stories. And that's something that we've been focused on in the Innovation Lab is kind of building students up as creators. You know, upskilling them, writing code, learning how to do 3D modeling, learning. We even have a game theory class. We have a professor who's a lifelong D &D DM and teaching game theory to students so that they understand what really are the core components of a good game, of a good interactive story. This is what the game jam was kind of raising the profile for. And we have several classes also associated with this vertical. So we have a game design class. We have a class called interactive storytelling. We have creative coding. You know, students use P5JS to create interactive games and stories and experiences of all sorts. And then, like I said, the game theory class. We have a mixed reality club, which kind of works with anything from, you know, Unity to RPG Maker throughout the semester. And we have researcher students who work on projects that involve virtual reality training, mixed reality, even projects, you know, some of these students work on collaborative projects with other departments like literature and the creative writing department and, you know, or even experiences to tell the history of Spellman and so on, right? So we have projects with Georgia Tech. It ranges, but you know, all things in this space, Unity being a very central software to a lot of what we do in these programs. So, yeah, so that's a big, a big push right now in the innovation lab. And it fits in because, like I said, Georgia is very big into these creatives industries, whether it be video games, but even film. And I mean, on the film side, the skills are very transferable from what we're already doing. So that's something that personally I am, over this summer, I'm kind of putting together a framework for what that might look like of getting some of these same students who are doing this work in Unity, who are learning how to create these stories, who are developing these assets, how to get them more involved in the film industry locally as well. So that's something we're working on as well. I have to say this as a, as a Morehouse alum, it does not surprise me that Spellman is like light years ahead. I don't know if I can even say light years ahead of Morehouse because I don't, I don't really know what they're doing at Morehouse, but I just know, I remember when I was a student in yikes, 1999, Spellman was it, Spellman was like, had the Sun Microsystems computers. I think we had some also as well, but like we took all our programming classes at Spellman. I was, I came in the summer as part of the project space program, which I don't even know if Morehouse still has that, but like, I think Spellman had it too. It might've been called something different, but it's when you basically, if you're a STEM major, you can intern at two NASA facilities for two summers. And then afterwards, I think the goal is like, oh, you could go and work for NASA. Unfortunately for us, this happened right before 9-11. So that did not happen for me, but we took all our programming classes at Spellman and Spellman had like the decked out computer lab. And I was just like, why don't we have this at Morehouse? It was like going to Spellman and it was the future. And then we would come back to Morehouse and it's like the projects at good times, like what is going on? I can't speak to it exactly. I do. A lot of students do come into the innovation lab and like, especially Morehouse students, the way I have the innovation lab structure, it's supposed to be like chairs, you know, like the bar, like everybody knows, you know, it's the third place. That's how I organize it. Right. Okay. I want it to be a place where students feel welcome and like they want to be rather than they're just there for a class. Right. But Morehouse students always come in, they're like, yo, Spellman's always got the stuff. How do y'all have this space? And we don't. But I have some really great colleagues over at Morehouse, obviously Tiffany Busse over at MIEC, the Morehouse Innovation Entrepreneurship Center, but also Brian, who is running the Morehouse Makerspace. They have put in a tremendous amount of effort to rebuilding their Makerspace on campus. And so I think that that should be ramping up this coming semester. I think they just opened at the end of last semester. And they've come and talked with us, folks from their Makerspace who, you know, even some of their students are our regulars, right? And they're taking a lot of notes and applying some of those same things to how they're building out their space. Because traditionally their Makerspace was really focused on STEM engineering students and competitions. Whereas, you know, as I just mentioned, the Spellman Innovation Lab functions like a third space, where students of all disciplines can come in and feel like they can just hang out and have discussions at our big table where we host our informal Innovation Lab podcast that's never recorded but always involves good conversations. So they're building out the capabilities over there. And I think that's important because we want to kind of decentralize out some of the things that we do, you know, out of the space and let some of the best practices that have worked for us go other places, even if they have to be adapted to different populations. See, I didn't even know Morehouse had a Makerspace. So you put me onto something there. Yes. The Morehouse Maker Exploration Lab. I want to say that's what it's called, but yeah, it's coming on. It's coming along. They've had it, but they're really trying to revamp it and rejuvenate it now. So I think that's good. I think it's important. OK. So you mentioned the Innovation Lab being this third place, and I absolutely love that concept, especially now as we're sort of emerging out of this pandemic. And I think we've seen a general erosion of third spaces. Why did Spellman decide to create this kind of lab? The initial motivation, and to be frank, I wasn't there at the very beginning when it first came online, but it's taken many iterations because it's moved, like, this is the fourth location it's going to be moving again soon to our new building. But the initial motivation was that interdisciplinary work is important. It was even eight years ago, it was kind of apparent that the world where a student kind of gets one career and stays in that career their whole life and retires, that is not the reality for everybody anymore. Students, especially at a liberal arts college, are already encouraged to have a broad exposure to a variety of different areas. Dr. Volsey and his colleagues in the art department and some of the STEM departments, I guess they felt like it was necessary to create the space where makers could come together and work on interdisciplinary projects no matter what their background is. I feel like it should be a natural occurrence at a liberal arts school, right, where broad collaboration is already encouraged. Well, why not apply that to making and technology and innovation? So I think that was a lot of the initial motivation. You know, obviously, personalities involved are a big part of the initial kind of mandate. So Jerry, he's obviously a creator, a maker. He's a Georgia Tech PhD and worked at Bell Labs. And so this was his natural playground, being able to take some of the stuff that starts and stops in the classroom, but take it out of the classroom and make it a place that students can do it in a co-curricular fashion. I think that was a lot of the initial motivation. And then, you know, when President Mary Schmidt Campbell became president of the college, that just kind of got like boosted, like turbocharged because she's coming from running the NYU Tisch School of the Arts and, you know, working with the ITP program over at NYU. So she's seeing that, okay, we have kind of this nascent innovation collective starting. Let's just put more effort into growing that because, you know, in her mind, you know, that's also the future, our technology steam, that it just makes sense. It's where things are going. So that was also a big help. And so she just retired last year. So she was a great advocate for our space as we tried to grow it over the years. I mean, I think it's really great to see this type of expansion on curriculum and even like this expansion on just like interdisciplinary space for students at HBCUs. And I mean, I'm pulling from my own personal experience here. I mean, when I came in in 99, I was a dual degree major. I was computer science, computer engineering. And the only reason was two reasons. The first reason was because I wanted to be like Dwayne Wayne from a different world. That was the first reason. But the second reason was because I had already started learning or teaching myself, I should say, teaching myself HTML in high school. So by the time I got to college, I already knew how to make a Web page in like 1999. I remember making the first project space website for the scholarship program. And in my mind, because I didn't know, I mean, I was 18. I'm like, oh, yeah, you do Web design on a computer. So why not study computer science? Thinking that it was just like a direct kind of a direct path to take. And I remember my adviser at the time, Dr. Jones, who's who's passed on now. But I remember him saying like, you know, if this is what you want to do, you should probably change your major. Because like the Internet is a fad. This isn't going to be around. If this is what you want to do, you should probably like not look at computer science, because that's not what we do here. Like at the time, I mean, but at the time it was all it was like programming and assembly. It was doing a lot of like, I guess you could call it hardcore computer science work, but it was doing work on like SGI boxes and Java and all that sort of thing. Like this is like right after dot com crash, right? Yeah, this is like the fall of ninety nine. Yeah, absolutely. I mean, the fall is in the autumn, not the fall. You know what I mean? But like it's in nineteen ninety nine. And I did I changed my major that next semester in 2000 to math because I was like, I do really like web design, but if I'm not going to be able to pursue it in any sort of fashion, then like, why am I sitting in this class trying to learn C++? Like this is not going to get me any closer to where I want to go. Not that math did either, but I like math better and I had more credits. And I was like, I did the math. I literally did the math and was like, oh, I could graduate like a semester early if I just switch over to math. So I did and I did. But I wish that that kind of stuff was around. And although that was really just, I think, a consequence of the fact that the Internet and technology was still in such a nascent space that you couldn't have this type of environment to learn unless you went to a more specialized school. And that may be also a big part of it. Right. Just kind of a realization that especially right now, I mean, it's very apparent, but like where students are going is changing so much. And maybe those were lessons learned. Seeing that, you know, maybe maybe that was something that the folks at Morehouse like say, like, yo, this was a missed opportunity. We could have been ahead of the game on this. We had the infrastructure to be ahead of the game on this. You know, like I went to like there's like a secret VR research lab that like was heavy in existence in the 90s at Clark. Like they were doing work in VR, basically equivalent of VR training and metaverse in the late 90s, mid and late 90s. And their lab spaces are still there. But it's just like hasn't been touched. But I'm just saying the schools might have looked at this and been like, hey, these are missed opportunities. And it might be helpful to have an engine on campus that is not just a space for innovation for the students, but also kind of a driver of thinking differently about where our students are going for faculty and staff on campus. So, for instance, like the Innovation Lab, it's not purely a student facing space. It is open to staff and faculty. And we actively encourage staff and faculty to come and participate. And one of the advantages is that we have staff and faculty that are experts in their own fields, but maybe not experts in everybody else's field. And there's an idea exchange among them. And then we also, you know, the people who are staffing the Innovation Lab can suggest trends and things that are informative to staff and faculty on campus. And so what ends up happening is the third place effect doubles not just for students, but for faculty and the students sometimes, you know, jog ideas to the faculty. Yeah. Right. And the faculty jog ideas to the students outside of the typical classroom context where it's a respectful but still more peer kind of peer facing relationship where ideas are exchanged at the big table. And overall, the hope is that this brings people up to what's going on in the world. And this has been more very apparent now with the AI stuff or or even the mixed reality stuff, because we have, for instance, that same physics professor that teaches our game theory class is using Unity to teach putting together modules in Unity that will demonstrate and teach physics to students. He had never worked in Unity before. Not only is now he exposed to this game creation engine, but he'll probably expose his students to it as they're learning physics. So it becomes an engine of staying up to date with the latest actions on campus. So I think that's also kind of it's kind of an indirect but very important effect of what like why these kind of spaces are necessary. Yeah. On campuses, because, you know, obviously campuses are always centers of innovation, but internally, even a campus can become stagnant in its approach to education and academia. And yeah, I think more than ever, we need to be considerate of how technology and how cultural shifts are changing the way we teach or how or the way we have to teach. I mean, I went to Morehouse in the late 90s and early 2000s, so I know about a stagnant I know about what it is to be on a on kind of a stagnant college campus with perspective, that sort of stuff. So I think it's fascinating that this place is also somewhere that staff and faculty can be a part of. So now it's almost like this this forum where there's this exchange of ideas and it's facilitated by the technology and stuff that's in there. That's fascinating. Yep. That's how I like it.
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"Augustali is the the the center of the I'm sorry, it's the capital, and they created this amazing bridge in the 1830s, you know. So anyway, we're just about out of time. But I think I've covered almost everything. Then we went to Athens and we saw a lot at the archaeological museum. It's just I just have to say, I want to recommend people. You want to visit Cefalonia. Trust me, folks. Trust me on this one. You just want to go. We'll be back. Hey, folks, today is August 1st, and I want to say that today is actually day number two of our annual summer campaign to help the international nonprofit relief agency Food for the Poor. Today is day number two. I need your help today for our friends at Food for the Poor. Why? Well, because hurricane season is arriving. This means disruption of food supplies. This happens every year. This is very important. Disruption of food supplies. Clean water will become very scarce. Houses will be destroyed in the wake of powerful storms. The 17 countries that are served by Food for the Poor in the Caribbean and Latin America are all threatened by danger from hurricanes. So they really need our help. We do this every year at the end of the summer. So I'm urging you right now. Please go to Metaxas Talk dot com. Make a donation to Food for the Poor. They're a great organization. We partner with great organizations. They are a great organization. We all know we have to give back. We all know we've been blessed. But the question is, where do I give back? To whom do I give my hard earned money? Where could I trust it that it's going to be used for God's purposes? Food for the Poor is what we have determined is one of the very, very best places that you can give your hard earned money to help other people who are really struggling, who actually need our help. So Food for the Poor steps up, but we have to step up. So I want to say again, go to Metaxas Talk dot com and make a donation as a community recovers.
"eric b" Discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show
"Lord Byron, the famous poet, visited Cefalonia and spent a number of months there. And that's that's a whole other story. But once years ago, I was in Cefalonia driving around on a moped and I came upon a pizzeria, Byron. And I thought, I don't know, I don't know if you should name a pizzeria after Lord Byron, but they did. Did you get us? Did you grab a slice? I declined. I declined that the Greek pizza is not it's not great. But but but it just has this tremendous history. And we actually I mentioned yesterday when I was at the East India Club, when when when we were staying at the East India Club in London, we went up to this room. They have these beautiful rooms in these British clubs. I mean, just beautiful. And there was a huge painting of Napier, who was I think was James Napier. He was the the governor of Cefalonia from 1822 to 1830. And whenever you're in Cefalonia, they have this amazing road system. It's all thanks to Napier. And so here we were in the East India Club in London. And I'm looking up and there's this gigantic portrait of I always just kind of, you know, felt like he was a good influence. He was like, you know, when you think of Colin, when you think of colonialism, you think it's not a good thing, really. But of course, there was an upside to it. And I and when the British were there in Cefalonia, they created an astonishing road system. It's it's it's amazing. There would not be roads to this day, I don't think, because it was a huge, huge effort. And they built this bridge which goes over.
"eric b" Discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show
"Hey, get a rhythm when you get the blues. Come on, get a rhythm when you get the blues. Get a rock and roll. OK, folks, I think we've got John's miracle coming up in hour two, but I just want to finish the story about the wild horses in Cefalonia. So my whole life I've heard about the wild horses that wander around on. On this huge mountain and you think wild horses, really? I almost felt like they don't really exist. It's like I'm never going to see one of these wild horses. I get to Cefalonia. My cousin says to me, I have a problem. We are villages, Mavrata. My cousin says the wild horses for the first time that anyone can ever remember came down from the mountain. And they are now in the Mavrata Theramina area. I don't know why they came to our village of all the places they could have gone. But so when you're driving around, you see, you know, I think at some point I saw it had to be about 15 of them. So I don't know if that's all of them. They're probably more. But 15 wild horses just kind of wandering around the village. I mean, you see, you know, we're used to seeing things like deer, you know, wandering around, maybe wild horses, beautiful creatures having come down from Mount Enos. So it's really it was just it was it was it was surreal. How wild are they? Can you approach them or they recommend just leaving them along with that? That's what I don't that's what I don't know. I didn't we were always like in a hurry to go someplace. So we never kind of like my actually my cousin said that he was watering a plant and one of these horses came over and it was very, very like it wasn't spooked. It was he says that he could have. I don't know if he did pet it or or or not, but he basically said they were not like they were very calm, you know. So but it was I mean, anyway, the whole island is like magical. Everywhere you go, there's just kind of something else. The food. I mean, the restaurants there. I don't know. You know, it really is hard to be back in New York. Can I tell it? Can I say how hard it is to be back here? Because it was such a blessing to be there. And I think I mentioned we were, you know, we're seeing friends that we haven't seen in a number of years and relatives, obviously there. So it was so it was it was absolutely delightful. And I think, oh, and there was an electricity problem. One night, the electricity in the whole island went out and we were locked in our villa. Our villa had this gate. And I thought, why do they have a gate? Like, why is there an electronic gate? The electronic gate would not work. And so we couldn't go. The guy that I was referring to earlier, Marcus Metaxas, they had invited us for like a barbecue or whatever the Greek version of a barbecue is for the evening, and we couldn't leave the villa. Our car couldn't get out of the villa because the gate was locked. So you should have used the horses, Eric. You should have jumped on the wild horses. And so this there's a connection. There's a connection. So I'm thinking, why is there a gate here? Like, it doesn't really make sense is electronic. Turns out that there are obvious. Well, that there are goats that roam all over the island. And that night we saw the goats and later on, somebody said to me, oh, yeah, of course, that if they don't have that gate there, those goats would wander up and like eat all of the foliage around the villa and would destroy the place, basically. So the reason there was a gate, but it was bizarre because there was an electricity outage. So we literally couldn't get out. We were trapped. And so we had to do make all these phone calls and do this kind of override. And we eventually got out. But it was it was we had a lot of adventures with the Greek tragedy. That sounds like a Greek tragedy. Well, we it would have been if we couldn't eat this food that night. But we did it. We did eventually get there. And the electricity went came back on. And we we traveled all over the island. It's so beautiful. We drove to Fiskardo. Fiskardo is all the way on the northern part of Cefalonia. Now, I didn't mention this. The reason I exist is because in 1953, there was a major, major, massive, horrifying earthquake that struck Cefalonia and pretty much flattened every house on the island, except for the northern part, because the epicenter of the earthquake was just off of the western the southern shore. So because of that, there was an immigration quota. My father was able to come to United States, meet my mother and bring me into the world. But I say this because we drove every time we go to Cefalonia, one of the things we do besides visit Melusani Cave and these beaches and all this sort of stuff, we drive to Fiskardo, which is the northernmost part of this very large island. And it is it has not been destroyed by the earthquake. So there are a lot of buildings there from before 1953, all of which are built in the old style. So these are 19th century buildings and stuff. So it's really that's it's actually very sad that that, you know, most of of Cefalonia was destroyed. All like 800 people were killed. It's a major, major thing that happened. And if you talk to anybody about Cefalonia, that's one of the first things they'll bring up. But as I said, it's got this tremendous history in in the the Greek Revolution of 1821.
"eric b" Discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show
"But. My whole life, my dad would tell me and my cousin would tell me that there are wild horses on Mount Enos, wild horses on Mount Enos. Right. But I've never seen them, but I kept hearing about that. When we come back, I will tell you. Kind of a strange story about the wild horses. Stick around. Tell me why relief factor is so successful at lowering or eliminating pain. I'm often asked that question just the other night I was asked that question. Well, the owners of relief factor tell me they believe our bodies were designed to heal. That's right. Designed to heal. And I agree with them and the doctors who formulated relief factor for them selected the four best ingredients. Yes, 100 percent drug free ingredients. And each one of them helps your body deal with inflammation. Each of the four ingredients deals with inflammation from a different metabolic pathway. That's the point. So approaching from four different angles may be why so many people find such wonderful relief. If you've got back pain, shoulder, neck, hip, knee or foot pain from exercise or just getting older, you should order the three week quick start discounted to only nineteen ninety five to see if it'll work for you. It has worked for about 70 percent of the half a million people who've tried it and have ordered more on one of them. Go to relief factor dot com or call 800 for relief to find out about this offer. Feel the difference on my pillows 20 year anniversary with over 80 million. My pillow sold Mike Lindell with my pillow wants to thank you by giving you the lowest price in history on their my pillows. You'll receive a queen size my pillow for 1998. Regular price is sixty nine ninety eight and just ten dollars more for a king size with a special anniversary offer. You'll also receive deep discounts on all my pillow products, such as their bedsheets, mattress, toppers, pet beds, mattresses, my slippers and so much more. This is the time to try out some of their other amazing products. You've had your eye on for some time now. Go to my pillow dot com and click on the radio podcast square and use promo code Eric to receive this amazing offer on the queen size. My pillow for 1998 or call 800-978-3057 now 800-978-3057. This offer comes with a 10 year warranty and a 60 day money back guarantee. It's time to start getting the quality sleep you deserve. Go to my pillow dot com and use promo code Eric or call 800-978-3057 today.
"eric b" Discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show
"We toward the end of the trip, we get to this. Tiny island off of Cefalonia. And it's. It's a really tiny island, and at the top of a staircase, the staircase is like out of The Exorcist. It is like 100 something stairs straight up, like kind of dangerous, actually. But we stopped the boat. We dove in the water. We swam to the to the staircase, climbed the staircase. When you get to the top of this, I mean, trust me, it's way up. You get to the top, there is a chapel in the 19th century, some Greek monks built a chapel on this tiny, tiny island. There's nothing there except this chapel at the top of this staircase. And it is just so beautiful. It was locked. We couldn't get in. But there were bells outside these two gigantic. I would think, how do they get these bells up the staircase? Like these bells were cast in 1886. Beautiful bells. I put it on my Instagram and I put it on my I sent out my newsletter. But it was just absolutely it was just one of those magical days. I praise God that we got to do some stuff like this, but it was really beautiful. And the guy on the boat, the captain of the boat, this young guy, he says in a few minutes, we have a snack of spanakopita. So they kind of planned at some point. They're going to drop you off for a late lunch. But before that, they're going to give you a snack at some point of spanakopita. It was literally. Literally the best spanakopita I have ever had. I'm going to get the recipe. It was it was unbelievable. What was different about it? Did they do anything different? Because I have a box of that stuff from Trader Joe's in my freezer. I hate to admit it. That's what you I just have to say. My mother makes great spanakopita, even though she's German. She's an amazing cook. But I have never tasted anything like this. And I my daughter got the details. But the crust was unlike any. But usually it's too much crust, too much filo dough. This was like it was. But it was next level. It was like I've never tasted anything quite like it, but it was so good. We're going to we're going to get the recipe and we're going to have like a Cefalonian dinner party here in New York, because it was just it was unbelievable. Oh, wait, I forgot to say another thing. I was talking about the mountain my whole life. My father has it's called Mount Enos, AENOS, Mount Enos. It rises a mile out of the out of the out of the water. So it is. A completely different world at the top of Mount Enos. It's so high that it's cool up there. And as I said, it's covered with fir trees that were used through the centuries, even through the millennia as I mean, when when Venice was the you know, the maritime empire of Venice, when they were over Cefalonia, they used the wood from Mount Enos to build all of Venice. So most of Venice that was built between 1500 and 1800 uses wood from Cefalonia. So it's this amazing thing. But we didn't this time. We didn't get to do everything, so we didn't go to Mount Enos.
"eric b" Discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show
"Welcome back, folks. I'm talking about my trip to Greece. I hope this is not an unbearable saga for those who are listening. But I am just I love Cefalonia so much. Part of it is just because my family's there. My family's been there since the 15th century, at least. And I have so many friends and relatives that are there. So when I go there, it's just it's very, very meaningful for me. And we usually try to bring a friend or a relative who hasn't been there before. And this time, Suzanne, Suzanne's sister came along with her husband, my brother in law, Drew, and their daughter, Elizabeth. And it's it's kind of exciting to show them the island one day. Actually, they treated us to this boat trip along the southern shore of the island. And some of you know, there's been a heat wave in most of Europe. It finally broke, but it was brutal. It was absolutely I know there was a heat wave here while we were gone, but it was a brutal heat wave. So we went on this boat journey. And I recommend this to if you if you go to Cefalonia, there's so much I want to recommend. If you go to Cefalonia, there's a company that takes you on a boat, like a private boat for the day or not for the whole day, but part of the day, half the day. And I think they're called Sea, Sea Stories. I think if you go to Cefalonia and you look up at sea, maybe it's not Sea Stories. It's something like Sea Stories. I'll remember it. But they take you on this boat journey. And so you're on this boat wearing a bathing suit and it's so hot and they take you along the coast and they stop at these beaches that you can't get to, you know, by foot. And we just jumped in the water. It was it was heavenly. It was it was absolutely wonderful. And I think, you know, Eric, I was tracking a little bit. I know when you were gone. I know there was a there seemed to be one Greek island during your time there that was literally on fire. Was that near you? No, that was Rhodes. Rhodes is is an even larger Rhodes is one of the largest. I think it's the second largest island next to Crete. Rhodes was on fire and people kept emailing me like, what's going on in Greece for the with the fires? And I have I have less idea than anybody. I have no idea. They're often forest fires. I mean, do they call them forest fires? If it's just grass or it's forests, it's you know, they're they're fires. And there have been fires in Cefalonia over the years. But this year there weren't any. And Rhodes was it was bad. It was bad. I suspect, frankly, arson. I think that there are people who, you know, and then, of course, the climate change people say, oh, it's it's climate change. No, it's arson. Usually it's arson. So in any event, the but speaking about other islands on this boat trip.
"eric b" Discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show
"Hey, folks, welcome back. Speaking of welcome backs, I'm back from Greece. Welcome back to me. Welcome back, Chris. Chris, I'm back from Greece, and that's why I have this tan. You can't get a tan like this in New York. Some would say you had embarked on a real odyssey. I don't know what you mean by that. Like a Greek trip. It's kind of. Yeah. Well, no, I was just talking about the Odyssey wise guy, so I know what you mean by that. But listen, I was just telling the story of Heinrich Schliemann, the famous German archaeologist who discovered the whole Mycenaean world, which is the I saw that I saw that movie. It was like the Golden Idol and the darks and the face melts off of the Nazi at the end. I know that you're thinking of Indiana Jones clothes. Oh, but so Heinrich Schliemann discovers all of these centers of Mycenaean civilization written about in Homer. But he finds nothing in Ithaca. And I remember in 1992. Going to Cephalonia and asking my cousin, Yungos, who was with us on this trip, of course, because he lives there, I said to him, Yungos, I don't get it. When I read Homer, it always says Odysseus and his Cephalenians. It doesn't say Odysseus and his Ithacans. It says he's from Ithaca, but it says Odysseus and his Cephalenians. And I said, if you if you know the area, Ithaca is like a rock compared like like like like a rock in the ocean compared to this treasure of natural resources that is Cephalonia. Cephalonia is five times bigger and it is just bursting with natural resources, with this mountain covered with fir trees. That would be, you know, it would make you rich if you if you were the king over this area because of the trees, because for lumber, for everything. So I said, I don't get it. Isn't it possible that Odysseus was actually from Cephalonia and, you know, they called it Ithaca or maybe they conflated the two? And my cousin says to me, this is 1992. Says to me, yeah, there have been many books written about this, and he starts giving me the background on this puzzle, how. Schliemann discovers all these other places, but can't find Ithaca and how people began to try to interpret the Homeric text and say, maybe we're reading it wrong. Maybe like let's look at what does Homer say about Ithaca? How does he describe it? So Schliemann's protege Dorpfeld, when Schliemann dies, he starts to interpret the text of Homer. And he says it's it's saying some other things. I think it must be. I think Ithaca of Homer's text must be referring to Lefkava, which is to the north of Ithaca and Cephalonia. So he excavates there. He finds nothing. All these other people had other theories, other theories. So in 1992, when I asked my cousin about this, he's give me all this background. And he says, and this is the punch line. He says, a friend of mine, Marcus Metaxas, exactly the same last name as we have not related. He says a friend of mine named Marcus Metaxas metaxas and his Dutch wife have. Gotten involved in this puzzle to try to figure out what is Homer saying does. Can we find where Homer's Ithaca really is? And they have my cousin says to me in 1992, they have cracked the code. They have figured it out. They know they figured it out. It's not like they got a theory. They know they figured it out. And so Marcus, who in the last 30 years has become a close friend, he knows he's figured it out. He's so sure he's figured it out that he says there have to be Mycenaean ruins around here someplace, because I know that this part of Cephalonia is what Homer's referring to. And the way you get there, I'm going to write a book about this. I mentioned it in my email. I'm not working on that book right now. I'm working on another book, which is a sequel to Letter to the American Church. But next year, probably I will write this book. But the puzzle, he puzzles it out and he figures out exactly what Homer's saying. It's kind of like a Rubik's Cube, like when it clicks, you're like, boom, I got it. So he knows in 1990, he figures this out. So I go there in 92. I ask about it. My cousin says my friend has figured this out and. When he figured it out in 1991, he says, I know I got this, so they have to be Mycenaean ruins around here in this area, around this harbor. So he looks and looks and looks and looks. And discovers Mycenaean stones, calls the archaeologists from the mainland in Athens, they come and they go, boom. This is a major find. It is the largest Mycenaean era tomb in all of Western Greece. Obviously, when Homer is writing about this King Odysseus, whether he was fictionalized in the in the in the poems or not, he's clearly writing about the king of this area. And Marcus discovers the tomb and it is the details are what make it. So you're just having to take my word for it because maybe I'm blowing smoke here. But it is unbelievable that the text of Homer leads him to this area. And sure enough, he finds the largest Mycenaean tomb in Western Greece. So when I go there in 92, my cousin tells me this and I'm thinking, you got to be joking like you mean I just bring this up out of the blue, like maybe Odysseus is from Cephalonia. And you're telling me, yes, he is. And your friend who lives 20 minutes down the road just discovered this tomb like a year and a half ago. You're joking. No, my cousin was not joking. He says, would you like to meet him? So in 1992, I meet this guy. I ask him all these questions and I'm just like freaking out because, you know, I've written about archaeology in my book is atheism dead, but I've always been interested in archaeology. So. Marcus Metaxas, I meet with him and he says, they're going to be excavating the tombs again, this is 1992. This summer, he says to me and I said this summer. And he goes, Yeah, why don't you come back in August or September? You can see it. So I go back in August. Of 1992, and I'm one of the first non archaeologists to walk into the largest Mycenaean tomb in Western Greece. It's about 21 feet in diameter. It's a foolish tomb. They call it like a beehive tomb. So it's just insane. And so now well, so when I went back in 2012, I said, we need to make a documentary about this. I need to write a book about it. So all these years we've been working on that and we've created a documentary with Morgan Freeman's production company Revelation. And it's going to be on PBS this coming year. We'll be talking about it with the director Seth Ward in the in the months ahead, whenever it comes out to promote it. But it is very, very exciting. So now when I go to Cephalonia, I visit this tomb and there's a whole Mycenaean center. I mean, it's it's just insane. You know, Eric, I talked to Seth about it. And the thing he explained to me, which I didn't realize, but of course, it makes total sense. There is competition among the different islands of Greece for the, you know, staking the claim that this is where this is from. So the other families, they're very upset. This is this is why word hasn't gotten out, because the people in Ithaca are furious because their whole like tourist trade where Ithaca is like, again, it's it's it's a it's a beautiful island, but it's very small. It's nothing compared to Cephalonia. And this is kind of their thing. And so imagine, you know, you tell them, oh, by the way, it's like going to Stratford on Avon and saying, oh, by the way, Shakespeare's not from here. We just figured out that he's from, you know, from from 80 miles down the road. Sorry. Like they would just want to kill you. Sure. So the Ithacans in Ithaca are furious about this theory. And it's like, hey, sorry, but it's true. And where it gets weird is it's kind of like the district, the governmental district. So if you're in the Greek parliament, whoever is. In the Greek parliament is running in Cephalonia and Ithaca, so you would never in the government want to give credence to this theory because you lose every single Ithacan vote. So the government has squashed this. They don't want to talk about it. There's infighting among the arca. It's been an insane that itself is its own crazy story. But part of the reason I bring this up, because when I go to Cephalonia now, it's not just about my family and friends, because we've got so many friends and family there. But it's about this amazing history and this documentary. And so one of the things, for example, when you're reading the Odyssey, if you're trying to figure out like so if there's this real place called Ithaca, what does Homer say about it? One of the things he says about it is when when Odysseus is finally returned after 20 years away, Athena appears to him on the shore of Ithaca. And she says, here is Mount Neraton. And she describes the mountain. Now, Ithaca has like a nothing mountain. Cephalonia has this unbelievable mountain. It's literally a mile high for most of well, until fairly recently was utterly covered with these amazing fir trees. It's still mostly covered, but not as much as it used to be. But this was a wealth. I mean, if you were the king over this area, you know, the mountain and these fir trees were a big deal. So when Odysseus returns, if you read the Odyssey, Athena right away points to the mountain and says, you know, this is your mountain with the with the forests, you know. And then she talks about the cave of the nymphs. And that was the two things that would mark Cephalonia or would mark Ithaca that say this is your home. Odysseus were the mountain covered with trees, fir trees and this cave. Now, I posted it on my Instagram and I posted it on my email, Eric and Texas, dot com. My my my newsletter. But the famous Melasani Cave, it is an it is a an underground cave lake that the ceiling fell in like a hundred thousand years ago. And it is one of the most mind blowingly beautiful, wild, awesome places you've ever seen. Anybody who goes to Cephalonia makes a visit to Melasani Cave. And when you read the text in Homer, you realize it's describing this cave. Every every detail. I mean, look, it just goes on and on. When we come back, I'll tell you more about my trip to Cephalonia and much more stick around. But you only want the ones you can't get. Every day we hear about another familiar brand selling out their customers and going woke. Americans are sick and tired of having leftist propaganda jammed into every product they consume. Woke mobile companies are no different. 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"Heinrich Schliemann in the 19th century goes to Troy, excavates and uncovers the civilization from that era, proves that when Homer was writing about Troy, he was not writing about a fictional place. It's not Lord of the Rings. He didn't make it up. It's real. Schliemann then goes to Mycenae, which is where Agamemnon, the great, you know, hero, the great Agamemnon, the king Agamemnon, who was written about in the Iliad, and he he uncovers a civilization there in Mycenae. And that's why that whole era, 1600 till about 1100 B.C. is called Mycenaean era in Greece. So long story short. Heinrich Schliemann uncovers a number of these places mentioned in the Iliad and the Odyssey proves that that world was real. But then he goes to Ithaca, should be the easiest one, should be the layup to go to prove that this is where Odysseus is from. This is Odysseus's kingdom in the Mycenaean civilization. He goes to Ithaca, he digs, he digs, he digs, he finds nothing, nothing. Now, if you've listened to this program for several years, you've heard me tell this story before. But the bottom line is it was it made no sense. He goes to these other places that should be centers of that Mycenaean world. And he discovers a Mycenaean city and a fortress and a tomb. And he finds all the stuff. He goes to Ithaca. He finds absolutely nothing. So. Why, you know, you've got to ask the question, I mean, Odysseus is one of the main figures in the Iliad. He he he invented the Trojan horse. You know, next to Achilles, he's the main figure in the Iliad. And then, of course, there's the whole Odyssey, which is all about Odysseus and about Ithaca, why would Schliemann find absolutely nothing? The answer is bizarre. And it involves me in a weird way, because Schliemann finds nothing. And people then think, why did he find nothing? And they start like he has a protege named Dorpfeld who thinks, well, maybe he's misinterpreting the Homeric text. Maybe Homer is not writing about what's Ithaca today. Maybe it's another place. And so they try to puzzle it out. And when we come back, I will tell you the punch line. It's insane. This is insane. We've made a documentary. It's going to be on PBS this year with Morgan Freeman's production company about the very thing I'm talking about. We'll be right back. We're doing a campaign for Food for the Poor. People who listen to this program know that we partner with Food for the Poor. They are total heroes. Food for the Poor steps up because there is always there are always hurricanes flooding other natural disasters at this time of year. So because of poverty or collapse infrastructure in a lot of these countries. By the way, in case you didn't know, America is an amazing country. These other countries do not have a lot of infrastructure. So we need to step up. Those of us who have the ability to step up, I want to encourage you to go to MetaxasTalk.com and give what you can. Let's get a good start. Go to MetaxasTalk.com. Do what you can or just text Eric to nine one nine nine nine. Please do this. Text Eric to nine one nine nine nine or phone eight four four eight six three. Hope eight four four eight six three. Hope eight four four eight six three. Hope. I'd like to tell you about a stunning new movie called The Hiding Place. The Hiding Place takes you on a journey back to World War Two as the boots of the Third Reich echoed through Europe. One family chose to resist in this incredible true story loved by millions. Corrie ten Boom and her family risk everything to hide hundreds of Jewish refugees from Nazi invaders, and they ultimately face the consequences when they are discovered. The Hiding Place is an inspiring story of faith, hope, love and forgiveness in the face of unthinkable evil written for the stage film for the big screen. Broadway World calls The Hiding Place stunning, powerful and deeply moving. Don't miss the story of a brave woman who impacted generations. This global cinema event opens in theaters only August 3rd. Showtime's are selling out fast. Get your tickets now online at the hiding place film dot com. That's the hiding place film dot com. Get your tickets now online at the hiding place film dot com. That's the hiding place film dot com. Check it out.
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"Suddenly, I look to my right and there's a guy who looks familiar and he goes, Are you Eric Metaxas? And I said, Yeah. And it turns out to be this pastor from Prestonwood Baptist Church in Dallas, where I've preached a number of times. Well, I am blown away. That's bizarre to him. Is Jack Graham, the lead pastor of Prestonwood, who is a friend of mine? I thought this is insane. I'm looking at this black, the obelisk of Shalman Azar. And two friends pull up and we start talking. So it was absolutely so delightful to connect with Pastor Jack Graham of Prestonwood in Dallas. You know, as I say, he's a friend. We went to Israel together a few years ago, but it was totally bizarre. It was absolutely bizarre and joyful. And in Jeremiah, Johnston is he's an apologetics genius. We actually we need to get him on this program. So I'm making a note to get Jeremiah Johnson on this program. But it was so incredible seeing friends in in London and you know, going to the Victoria and Albert Museum and, you know, Hyde Park and just just experiencing everything. But but jumping into Pastor Jack Graham at the British Museum. I mean, there's so much there. I can't even tell you the Rosetta Stone is there to look at the Rosetta Stone. And then, of course, what are called the Elgin Marbles are there. Now, this is kind of a touchy subject for me because we went to Athens. Obviously, I'll talk about that tomorrow. But Lord Elgin took these sculptures from the Parthenon in, I guess, was the 1820s while it was still under the Turks, while Greece was under the Turks and basically saw them off and hauled them back to London. So they're in the British Museum. They actually ought not to be there. They actually ought to be returned. The Elgin Marbles ought to be returned to Greece, to Athens. Athens has created this glorious Acropolis Museum. It's not like it was in the past where you'd say, well, why should we give it back to them? What are they going to do with it? They so so this is something I'll probably have people on this program talking about that in the future. But to look at the Elgin Marbles in the British Museum is just kind of weird thinking these things were carved for the Acropolis, like they were carved specifically for the Acropolis and they were kind of, you know, hauled away. So it's kind of a bummer. Now, Eric, you had mentioned at the hotel in England, there were some stuffed hippos. Is it possible that those hippos had anything to do with stealing the marbles as hungry? You know, it's kind of weird you bring that up because the answer is a firm no. We'll be right back. OK, we're back tomorrow. I'm going to tell the story of our trip in Greece. Unbelievable stuff. Wild horses are involved in the story. I'm not making this up. Wild horses, two submarines. I'm not making this up. Crazy, crazy stuff. Great, crazy stuff. But I'll save that for tomorrow. We're going to go to John's Mirack an hour or two today. Talking to John's Mirack. Can't wait to talk. Can't wait to talk to John's Mirack. But Chris, I don't know if you realize in the month of August, which starts tomorrow. Yes, sir. I'm told we're doing a campaign for food for the poor. Actually, I take that back. It begins today, Monday, July 31st. People who listen to this program know that we partner with food for the poor. They are total heroes. And most people know we've been through like insane heat this summer, right? Well. Heat is pretty bad in Greece. It was insane. But imagine going through a hurricane. Imagine being a third world country and living through a hurricane. This is why we partner with food for the poor, OK, because food for the poor, they serve, I guess, 17 countries in the Caribbean, Latin American. They're going into a very bad season. So that's why we're doing this in August starts today. 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"eric b" Discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show
"So. That it gets to England, to London, they put it in the middle of the. The British Museum, and it becomes this cause celeb, everybody in Victorian society in early 1850s has to go see this thing because it's a magnificent trophy, right? Well. That's the first part of the story in 1851 or 52. Some clergymen, Irish clergymen, goes to the British Museum to see this thing. And he happens to be someone who can read. I guess it is the. The Acadian cuneiform writing that's on this obelisk. And he goes there and he's standing amidst the crowds reading. Like looking over it, and he sees something that blows him away. So there are crowds looking at it, but he knows what it says. And he recognizes what it says that they had misinterpreted, because I guess when it when it came through Baghdad and on its long journey, somebody was an expert in this ancient language had interpreted it, but he missed this middle part and refers to Jehu, this king in Israel. And so this clergyman suddenly realizes, I am looking at the first thing in the history of the world to have been discovered outside of the Bible that is referring to something inside the Bible that is corroborating the Bible as history. So once that got known, once he, you know, made his his discovery known, people completely freaked out and more and more people came. And it started this this flood of, you know, treasure hunters going to the Middle East to find out what else can we find? And I write about that, obviously, in my book, is atheism dead? But I wanted to see this thing. So I went with Suzanne and our daughter and we go there and I'm looking at this thing and I'm looking with my own eyes. I'm really close to this. Just finally looking at this thing. And I'm so excited and.
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"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.
"eric b" Discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show
"And probably a tie. Everybody happens if you don't. I mean, what I mean, I guess you get the memo for you. They keel haul you. Do you know what it is to be keel hauled? I don't know. Yeah, many people don't even survive that. They will kill all you. The captain will kill all you. If you do it twice or if your uniforms looking sloppy, you'll walk the plank. It's pretty tough. It's pretty tough. And also they decrease your rum rations for the remainder of the journey. That would get me right there. It's very tough. No, but I'm not kidding. Every night you get dressed up. Dinner is elegant. It really is so old school and so wonderful. So everybody's dressed up. Two nights of the seven are black tie gala nights. So I had to bring a stinking tuxedo with all the accoutrement on the journey. Suzanne brought all these dresses and so we got all dressed up one night. They had 20s night. So, Suzanne, I if people get my email, they saw the picture of Suzanne and me. I'm wearing my tuxedo and stuff, but it was just wonderful. Every night we go down to this bar. There's like a champagne bar and there's this other bar called the Chart Room. And we'd have a drink before dinner. It was really elegant. They had live music and I have never loved live music before. But this was like I'm hooked on live music. It was absolutely amazing. Every night they had a different little I mean, they had a lot of live music, but in this little bar that we would go to, it was usually elegant and delightful. And we would toast Georgie. Some people know just before a trip, we had to put down our sweet Georgie, our little dog who wasn't quite 12 years old and the last year at health problems. And that was really I did share that on the air. That was really tough for me. Very tough. So every night we would toast Georgie and I'd get all choked up. And it really was. But it was a really sweet thing that Suzanne and I did every night before dinner. And then after dinner, you go down to the Queen's Room, which is basically ballroom dancing, this big room. And I thought this is going to be fun, right? Everybody's dressed up. You go down there. But here's what really happened. You get down there and everybody's sitting around the edge of the dance floor. And the only people who get on the dance floor are people who are clearly experts in ballroom dancing. So if you don't actually know how to dance, like if you're not good at it, you don't do it. You just don't dare get up there because everybody has their eyes trained on you. So we just didn't have the guts to get up there. You can't just get up there and do a slow dance to, you know, Stairway to Heaven. This is like big band music and stuff. And all the people that were there were there. They're obviously going on these, you know, cruises or whatever, because they're into the ballroom dancing. So that was kind of intimidating. And then every day they have tea in the Queen's Room. And we only did that once. But it starts right at three thirty. And it's very the whole thing. I got to say it's very British because it is the canard line. This ship is actually what's the term they use, but it's it's officially registered in in Bermuda. But it has a very, very British flavor. And most of the people on the ship are British. Not all, but most of them are British as opposed to American. I mean, there were a number of Americans that we met. But every day they have tea. And right at three thirty, they had this kind of parade of all the waiters come out carrying the teapots and they sort of parade out and people clap. It's really like out of another world. It was it was just delightful. But I'm we want to do it again. And I do recommend it. They're not paying me. They're not advertisers on the show. But I really recommend it that the Queen Mary, too. It's just old school. It's beautiful. And it's as I say, it is affordable. There's like every price point. So it's really it was just delightful. All right. We're going to go to a break when we come back. I'm going to tell you the rest of the story. I'm going to try to tell you the rest of the story. Now, in the hour or two, we have John Smirak. Every day we hear about another familiar brand selling out their customers and going woke. Americans are sick and tired of having leftist propaganda jammed into every product they consume. Woke mobile companies are no different. For years, they've been dumping millions into liberal causes, and we've had to take it because you need a cell phone and probably thought there was no alternative. I've got news for you. There is. And I want you to make the switch today. Patriot Mobile is America's only Christian conservative wireless provider, offering dependable nationwide coverage on all three major networks so you can get the best possible service in your area minus the leftist propaganda. 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"eric b" Discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show
"Before that, we were in England for four days. And before that, we were on the Queen Mary, too. Maybe I should start there. And I kind of I feel like I've shared this on the program, but I think maybe I haven't shared this on the program. Who who would know? Some people in the audience are like, Yeah, Eric, you already shared this. Well, in case I think it's new, it's new. In case he didn't in case he didn't hear it. Suzanne and I for our 25th wedding anniversary, which was almost two years ago, we decided we needed to do something special. And we we decided that we wanted to sail all across the Atlantic on the Queen Mary, too. Now, the Queen Mary, too, is the only transatlantic ocean liner in the world. I think I've said that on this program. You can get on cruise ships and whatever. This is not a cruise ship. It's a transatlantic ocean liner. It was built in 2004. It's the only transatlantic ocean liner in the world today. So it is able to sail the high seas under heavy with really, really, you know, heavy weather and stuff. Of course, we were sailing in July so that the weather was beautiful. But I don't know how to put it. It's a bizarre thing. I mean, you know, we jumped in an Uber. And went to the Brooklyn Pier 12 in Brooklyn, and there is it's basically the largest ship in the world. Actually, it's the second largest ship in the world. There's some I think that there's a cruise ship that's technically larger, but it is monstrous. It is like 1100 feet long. It's it's absolutely gigantic. And to see this thing there and then to get on it, you know, it's like out of one of these movies that we've seen, because of course, I'm a fan of old films and my parents came here on ships in the 50s. And so to get on a transatlantic ocean liner and realize we're going to be on this thing for seven days going across the ocean, it was it was unbelievable. So I want to tell the story of everything that happened there. I want to talk about what happened in London. Some cool stuff happened in London. And then I'm going to get to the Greece stuff. And I guess in hour two, I'll interview John's Mirack. So John's Mirack, of course, you know, in terms of reentry, he's he's my first choice, like John's Mirack. Yeah, he's basically like a human ocean liner. He is himself like an ocean liner of humanity. So we're going to talk to John's Mirack when we come back. But a lot of a lot of really crazy stuff to share. And so I'll just share an hour one today. But my guess is that I'm not going to get to the end of it and then we'll play more of it tomorrow and then the next day. So stick around. I'm back. We're doing a campaign for Food for the Poor. Actually, I take that back. It begins today, Monday, July 31st. People who listen to this program know that we partner with Food for the Poor. They are total heroes. Food for the Poor steps up because there is always there are always hurricanes flooding other natural disasters at this time of year. So because of poverty or collapse infrastructure in a lot of these countries, by the way, in case you didn't know, America is an amazing country. These other countries do not have a lot of infrastructure. So we need to step up. Those of us who have the ability to step up, I want to encourage you to go to MetaxasTalk.com and give what you can. Let's get a good start. Go to MetaxasTalk.com. Do what you can or just text Eric to nine one nine nine nine. Please do this. Text Eric to nine one nine nine nine or phone eight four four eight six three hope eight four four eight six three hope eight four four eight six three hope. I'd like to tell you about a stunning new movie called The Hiding Place. The Hiding Place takes you on a journey back to World War II as the boots of the Third Reich echoed through Europe. One family chose to resist in this incredible true story loved by millions. Corey 10 Boom and her family risk everything to hide hundreds of Jewish refugees from Nazi invaders, and they ultimately face the consequences when they are discovered. The Hiding Place is an inspiring story of faith, hope, love and forgiveness in the face of unthinkable evil written for the stage filmed for the big screen Broadway world called The Hiding Place. Stunning, powerful and deeply moving. Don't miss the story of a brave woman who impacted generations. This global cinema event opens in theaters only August 3rd. Showtimes are selling out fast. Get your tickets now online at the hiding place film dot com. That's the hiding place film dot com. Get your tickets now online at the hiding place film dot com. That's the hiding place film dot com. Check it out.
"eric b" Discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show
"Folks, welcome to The Eric Metaxas Show, sponsored by Legacy Precious Metals. There's never been a better time to invest in precious metals. Visit LegacyPMInvestments.com. That's LegacyPMInvestments.com. Welcome to The Eric Metaxas Show. Would you consider yourself smart, insightful, precocious, astute, clever? Wise beyond your years and good at checking a thesaurus for synonyms. Well, then you've come to the right place. Here now is the handsome, attractive, striking, gorgeous, and quite frankly, breathtaking Eric Metaxas. Hey, Chris. Hello. I'm back. Welcome back. How was your trip? You went around the world in 80 days, I believe. Not exactly. But I am tan, and I wanted that to be the most important thing that I covered. I've been away for about three weeks. And the main thing that I did was work on my tan. And obviously I went to a clinic in Mexico and got hair plugs. And I wanted that to be all healed by now, but it got infected. And so that's why I'm wearing this wig. Yeah, the wig looks great. Whoever. Well, it's the same old wig that I've always worn on this program. But I wanted the I wanted the hair plugs to be ready now, but it just got it was not a good clinic. It was a hair plugs in Mexican. I don't know. I don't know. OK, so I hope I'm joking. I really am tan because I was in Greece. And today today is going to be a tough day. Today is like reentry, you know, like into the Earth's atmosphere because I've been away for quite a while. I needed this vacation. Now, if anybody who gets my email, if you subscribe to my email from Eric Metaxas dot com, I have shared a lot and a lot of photos, a lot of crazy stuff that's happened in the last three weeks, which I want to share on this program. But if you've gotten the emails, you've seen the photos. And that's you know, I think the cliche that a picture is worth a thousand words is kind of true. Like there's there's some fun pictures, but most people who listen to this program don't follow me on Instagram and probably don't get the email. Now, of course, you can get that. It's free. It's no commercials. Just go to Eric Metaxas dot com and we'll send you these emails once or twice a week with these most of the interviews and stuff. But I, I shared a lot of this stuff, but I wanted to share on this program today kind of where I've been for people who don't get my emails or who haven't been following me on Instagram, which, again, I think most people who listen to this as a radio program or podcast follow me in those ways. So the first thing I would add, I would add that this is kind of like, you know, you have a friend, the neighbors who go away on a trip and the cliche is they come back with it used to be on the slides and you would come over and they would show you their vacation photos and you'd be polite, but you really didn't want to sit through so many. But your trip was really actually very interesting. And I think your listeners actually do want to hear what you did. So this is the audio version of that. Oh, you're you're you're exactly. Well, listen, anybody who's read my book, Fish Out of Water. I don't think I say it in the book, but we had neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Right. They passed away many years ago. But I remember they came back from a vacation and they invited the neighborhood kids over. This was like 1973, I think, maybe even 72. But they wanted a vacation. They invited us over to see the slide. So that's what this is going to be like. Now, let me start. Instead of starting at the beginning, I'll start at the end. We flew in from Athens yesterday. And I don't know about you, but like overseas travel, when you get back, it's an 11 hour flight from Athens. We got back, we were totally fried. We were so fried last night that normally you'd want to stay up to a certain hour, but we couldn't do it. So we went to sleep way too early. Like I think I was in REM sleep by six thirty last night. Which means what? Which means I woke up at about two fifteen a.m. today. That's right in time for an early morning breakfast. What do you do at two fifteen a.m.? Well, you try to pretend it's not two fifteen and you try to sleep a little longer, but your body won't go to sleep because you've had your sleep. So what I did is I turned on the TV and Turner Classic Movies is featuring in the middle of the night Czech cinema from the 1960s. So I saw a 1963 film called Something Different, and it actually was amazing. I never thought I'd be talking about Czech cinema. New Wave Cinema from 1963 on this program. But it was actually bizarrely good. And what's the tone of these films? Are they comedies? Are they romances? Action? What is it? This was a film by a woman director. And now, ladies and gentlemen, I am going to talk about my vacation in Greece and London and on the Queen Mary to with Suzanne. I'm going to talk about that in a minute. But I'm just telling you, so last night we went to bed so early that I woke up so early that I know to do with myself, turn on the TV. And I'm watching Czech cinema, 1963. And it was it was really like, you know, when you recognize a film, when you basically say like, I know this is good. Like there were things about the direction of it that I thought this is next level. It was in some ways so bizarre. It was two stories. They kept cutting back and forth between them. And they were not linked. But one was about a gymnast. Am I really talking about this on the program? It was it was I'm all in. I'm intrigued. One was about a real gymnast. I can't think of her name right now, but she was a big deal gymnast. She competed in the Olympics in 56 and 60. And her father was a gymnast. Again, Czechoslovakian. And I got to tell you, they they made an actual film with her. It was a film, wasn't a documentary. So she's playing the role of a gymnast in the film. But it's like very intense and stuff. And then they had this other story of a woman and her husband and their young kid. It was just just bizarrely compelling. And it wasn't meant to be funny, but it was just good. I think my problem is that when you come from Europe to America, you just my body's not here yet. So I think this was the name of the film is called Something Different, which this segment is. And the gymnast was Ava Bosakova. That's correct. He was a gold medalist. Go to the head of the class. So, yeah, but but it's that's half of the story. But it was filmed very interestingly. I mean, filming her routines and stuff, as though it's part of like an actual movie versus a documentary film. Anyway, that's what I did in the middle of the night, because you wake up in the middle of the night. What do you do? I turn on turn to classic movies. And so I've been up for hours. I ran four miles in Central Park. Like basically, I'm ready to go to bed now. And and the show is just starting. So, OK, I want to tell the story of my vacation. We were we spent the last day, 10 or 11 days in Greece.