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A highlight from Courts Hand SEC Half an L in Binance US Case
"Welcome back to The Breakdown with me, NLW. It's a daily podcast on macro, Bitcoin, and the big picture power shifts remaking our world. What's going on, guys? It is Tuesday, September 19th, and today we are talking about Binance and their SEC court decision yesterday. Is it significant? And is it just kicking the can down the road? We will go through all of that. Before we do, however, if you are enjoying The Breakdown, please go subscribe to it, give it a rating, give it a review, or if you want to dive deeper into the conversation, come join us on the Breakers Discord. You can find a link in the show notes or go to bit .ly slash breakdown pod. Well, friends, it is a day that ends in Y, so there is, of course, another Binance story. Binance had a fairly big day in court on Monday in their legal battle with the SEC. Leading into the hearing, the allegations and speculation had started to reach a fever pitch. The SEC had begun to hone in on the theory that Binance U .S. did not and never had exclusive control over customer assets. That if true would be a big deal as Binance had always maintained that U .S. customer assets were strictly segregated from the international exchange. Indeed, they used this argument to defend an SEC injunction shortly after the legal proceedings commenced in June. If granted, the injunction would have frozen assets at Binance U .S., which would have functionally been a death sentence for the domestic exchange. In deciding that injunction, the court ordered the parties to come back with an agreement that they could both live with rather than making a decision on their own. As part of those consent orders, Binance agreed that they would ensure that only local U .S. staff would have access to customer assets. However, as the SEC dug further into their investigation, they claimed that Binance U .S. which they viewed as intimately linked to Binance International. Cefu was launched under the name Binance Custody in December 2021. It was renamed in February of this year, around the same time that rumors of an in -depth government investigation into Binance first emerged. On Friday, Cefu asserted in a press release that they were entirely separate from Binance International and that they don't even service BAM Trading, which is the company that operates Binance U .S. They wrote, We strongly reject this claim. As a custody technology services provider under Cefu Holdings, we are committed to servicing institutional clients with digital asset custody solutions in select jurisdictions, excluding the United States, among others. Furthermore, Cefu's operations and services are distinctly separate from BAM and Binance Holdings Limited." A Cefu spokesperson added that, Unfortunately, earlier in the week, Binance U .S. had contradicted parts of that claim in a legal filing. Rather than denying the use of Cefu in their operations, Binance U .S. acknowledged that the service was developed by Binance International and licensed to the U .S. entity. And while the specific origin of the Binance U .S. custody system might seem like a minor detail, this is the main focus of the lawsuit at the moment. The SEC is claiming that Binance International had de facto control over customer funds at the U .S. exchange. If that's the case, then Binance could be viewed as deliberately misleading the court surrounding this issue. It would also advance the SEC's argument that Binance U .S. was nothing more than a front to allow U .S. customers to access the international exchange and provide a veneer of domestic regulatory compliance. So that's a bit of the background. Now on Monday morning, the SEC filed additional material to support their order, which asked the court to compel Binance to cooperate with the discovery process. They said, quote, Indeed, in earlier filings, the regulator had raised issues surrounding the lack of disclosure. They noted that Binance had only produced 220 documents, many of them characterized as quote, unintelligible screenshots and documents without dates or signatures. Further, according to the SEC, Binance U .S. were resisting the deposition of a number of key executives. In a court filing in August, Binance claimed that the deposition of CEO Brian Schroeder would be, quote, You'll remember that Schroeder was confirmed to have left the company in early September, although his lack of social media presence has led some to speculate that his departure was closer to the beginning of the year. The SEC appears to have been informed of Schroeder's departure only recently and clearly haven't recruited him yet as a cooperating witness. They said that this strange turn of events and Binance's continued resistance to producing Schroeder, quote, Now, the SEC was primarily concerned that Binance U .S. was continuing to use SEFU for its custody, which could be used to shift customer assets offshore. They said that Binance U .S. had failed to convince the regulator that they had control over customer assets, adding that these claims were, quote, Binance U .S. had provided, quote, They said that, quote, BAM insists that this court, like the SEC, should accept packaged counsel narratives, carefully drafted declarations, and small curated sets of documents regarding control of BAM's customer assets, and that any lingering concerns are much ado about nothing. To top it all off, the SEC warned that Binance CEO CZ is, quote, The SEC claimed that they have demonstrated that, quote, Binance has a long history of controlling BAM to serve Binance's own unlawful purpose. Ultimately, the regulator asked the court for an order, quote, Now, in their opposing court filing placed on the record on Monday morning, Binance U .S. reiterated their claim that SEC demands were unreasonable. They called the documents requested overbroad and too much of an inconvenience. Binance U .S. further alleged that many of the documents requested are either not in the exchange's possession or fall outside the scope of the lawsuit. At 3 p .m., the parties entered the courtroom for what would be a tense hearing. Binance U .S. called the demand for documents so broad they would be impossible to produce. A lawyer representing the exchange said that, quote, The judge indicated that Binance U .S. really would need to provide a bit more documentation of their custody arrangements. They said, adding that they weren't, quote, The SEC lawyer, meanwhile, explained that the problem at the moment was that, quote, They argued that the SEC needed much more information about the wallet set up at Binance U .S. than they currently have. At one stage, the attorney for Binance exclaimed, They said that the exchange had responded to every targeted request from the regulator. The lawyer added that, quote, So what came out of all of this? Well, ultimately, the judge declined to make any orders to compel discovery from Binance, but it was made clear that the exchange would need to increase its cooperation, let's say. The judge said that they were not, adding that, quote, I'm not going to order from the bench right now that they produce or not produce things. Let's continue to try to work this out. I just want to keep things moving. The judge also noted that, quote, As investor Adam Cochran summed it up, the judge did deny the inspection but also said they needed Binance U .S. to comply and produce more documentation as the judge was not convinced of the asset backing. This is saying the inspection is overkill for now and giving Binance the chance to comply. Now, ultimately, these issues around Sifu are largely still about litigating whether the assets of Binance U .S. should be frozen to prevent customer funds from being sent offshore. However, given that volumes on the exchange have collapsed by more than 99 percent over the past six months, it seems likely that users have largely taken that issue off the table already. The matter is scheduled to return to court on October 12th for a follow -up hearing. Now, outside of the hearing, the court docket continues to bloat with additional evidence gleaned by the SEC. Much of this evidence was originally filed under seal or in a heavily redacted form, but the regulator is currently in the process of unsealing documents. Earlier this month, the SEC obtained the cooperation of the former auditor for Binance U .S., which produced in excess of 6 ,500 pages on the accounting at the exchange. The document was unredacted on Monday, revealing the auditor's conclusion that it was, quote, very difficult to ensure the company was fully collateralized at specific points in time. One of the SEC's requests for further information filed in June related to a 250 million dollar intercompany loan given to Binance U .S. by the international exchange in December of last year. The convertible note was funded using BUSD, 183 million of which was sent to Paxos to convert into dollars. The SEC wanted some additional details about the reason for this transaction. The topic was initially flagged as confidential by Binance, but that designation was apparently successfully rebutted by the SEC. Now, there was a lot of chatter on this on Twitter. With many people taking it as evidence of some smoking gun, Binance had been less than honest about their dealings with Binance U .S. Perhaps the most intriguing tidbit, however, filed recently was a declaration given by J. Emmett Murphy of the SEC's trial division. The document, again filed on Monday, introduced into evidence three additional depositions. All three were filed under seal, but were used to support the need for further examination of the SEFU system. The declaration identified one witness as Eric Kellogg, BAM's chief information security officer, but the other two identities were redacted. All three depositions occurred over the last month, with the latest taking place last Wednesday. So here's the way that Adam Cochrane summed this all up, which I think is a pretty good TLDR. He tweets, SEC seeks court order for inspection of Binance U .S., now expressly calling out that SEFU is indeed a Binance -related entity and that Binance U .S. has been misleading the court. The SEC calls out that this violates the consent decree that required new wallets expressly away from Binance International Control and Access, but interestingly specifically notes this is important as Binance has controlled BAM for its quote, own unlawful purposes. That's a claim we've not seen the SEC lobby here before, at least not outside of anything sealed or redacted. We also learned for the first time that the SEC sought the testimony of Brian Schroeder, U .S. CEO, and Jasmine Lee, U .S. CFO, but have been denied and fought on that and only just got told that Schroeder is no longer CEO, despite Schroeder being missing for eight plus months. They had argued that Schroeder's testimony would be too disruptive to business and now got told he isn't on the job, which is wild, as I think we all assumed he pulled a Catherine Coley Brian Brooks and gave testimony. Seems he's just disappeared and gone silent? Either way, the SEC here is suggesting, one, there is evidence of crimes, two, there is indeed evidence that SEFU is Binance International, three, SEFU is not simply a wallet provider, and four, BAM executives themselves lack insight on Binance U .S. assets and tooling. Now, for completeness, Adam Cochran also tweeted about the deposition from the auditor that said that it was impossible to tell whether Binance U .S. had been fully collateralized at specific points in time. He said, if your own external auditor can't say you are fully collateralized when you are supposed to be a 100 % reserves exchange and have your own proof of reserves that claim you're over collateralized, that is a problem. Binance uses the SEFU wallet custody system, previously Binance Custody, for both Binance International and Binance U .S., as noted in their filings. If this system is not capable of managing the small Binance U .S. numbers, how could it keep track of International? And if Binance U .S., its more compliant exchange, never commingled or misused client funds and was isolated from International as they claim, then it would be literally impossible to have a gap. The only way this is possible is the misuse of customer funds resulting in losses. I believe at some point in their scaling, they had material losses when misusing customer funds and exposing themselves to leverage via BNB. They've continued to misuse customer funds to try and cover this hole, but a declining market has made that an ongoing shell game. Whether you think that is a fair assessment or not, there should at this point be absolutely no doubt that the correct risk model is to move your assets off of Binance. Now, for the sake of a counterpoint, Bruce Fenton tweeted this morning, Binance is perhaps the most scrutinized and attacked company in modern history. The United States has investigated them and thrown everything they can at them. Yet, despite all this, we don't have a single accusation, let alone evidence, that Binance has lost customer funds. Now, trying to wrap this all up, a lot of the commentary around this is trying to figure out if the SEC won or lost this court trip. Will Clemente from Reflexivity Research tweeted, courts have been handing the SEC L after L lately, but others aren't so sure. CZ certainly didn't think so, retweeting someone who wrote, seems like they can't find anything but they want to continue making headlines. Maybe the most middle of the road interpretation came from the headline from Bloomberg, which read, SEC fails to win immediate inspection of Binance US software, and I think that that fails to win is probably a better representation at this point than actually getting the loss. But my friends, as you can tell, we are well in the minutia of this, but the details matter. There certainly is a feeling of crescendo to this story. And either way, it's hard for me to imagine that the industry isn't better on the other side of it. Better because Binance has vindicated, or better, unfortunately, because the last giant has fallen, and we can finally move on, largely rid of what came before. In either case, I will be sure to keep you updated. So until next time, be safe and take care of each other. Peace.
A highlight from POA5 Know your Commander and Comrades Put On The Armor A Manual for Spiritual Warfare w/Dr. Paul Thigpen Ph.D. Discerning Hears Catholic Podcasts
"Discerninghearts .com, in cooperation with TAN Books, presents Put on the Armor, A Manual for Spiritual Warfare, with Dr. Paul Thickepen. Dr. Thickepen is an internationally known speaker, bestselling author, and award -winning journalist who has published 43 books in a wide variety of genres and subjects, including The Rapture Trap, A Catholic Response to End Times Fever, and The Manual for Spiritual Warfare, the book on which this series is based. In 2008, Dr. Thickepen was appointed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to their National Advisory Council. He has served the Church as a theologian, historian, apologist, evangelist, and catechist in a number of settings, speaking frequently in Catholic and secular media broadcasts and at conferences, seminars, parish missions, and scholarly gatherings. Put on the Armor, A Manual for Spiritual Warfare, with Dr. Paul Thickepen. I'm your host, Chris McGregor. Paul, thank you again so much for joining me. Thanks for the invitation to be here, Chris. God bless you. Well, in our previous conversations, we've kind of delineated what the battle is and who the enemy and some of the different ways he and those evil spirits, essentially the diabolical spirits, can assail us. But in this particular series of conversations, we want to talk about the commanders and our comrades who are just incredible in why the victory has been won. And it's so important because it's the warfare can be intense. And you start thinking about the power that the devil has and his demons and those kinds of things. It could be easy to get terrified or intimidated. But the good news is that he's already been defeated and that our Lord, by his passion and death and resurrection, has already defeated him. And that's why St. Paul could say to the Corinthians, thanks be to God, who's given us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. So that's so incredible. We would be lost without him. It would be terrible. You know, I think back to the days when my final days as an atheist and where I had begun to encounter demonic powers, but still didn't believe in God. And it shocked me out of my materialist position that all that existed was kind of what you could see in here, matter and energy. And I finally realized there are other things out there that are beyond this nature that I see around me and they're evil and they're out to eat my lunch. And, you know, came close to despair at that moment. If those things are real, I don't have a chance. And yet I realized, but, you know, the same people and the same books that told me so long ago that these things were real also said that there was a God and a Lord Jesus Christ who conquered them. I'm going to go back and read and I'm going to go back to those people and talk again. If there's a devil and there's no God, I'm really in trouble. But if there's a devil and there is God, then there's hope. And that's that's the message. There's hope because of our commander. In the manual for spiritual warfare, over and over and over again, you cite scripture passage upon scripture passage that really helps us to kind of like our Lord in the desert, just identify constantly what that is and then talk back to it in the sense that it's not our words, but it's his words. And of course, I mean with a capital H. And it is so much more powerful. There's, you know, it's one thing for us and our own words are important, too. But it's one thing for us to resist the enemy and tell him to flee or contradict what he says to us. But when we do it in the words of Jesus himself, our faith is so much greater, our confidence is so much greater that that what we say is true. And the enemy goes to accuse us and we take the words of scripture that the accuser of the brethren has been cast down. He is an accuser and he's been cast down or that in his glorious triumph he'll come with all the saints in the armies of heaven or Saint John's words, which I come to again and again. He says, you are of God, dear children, and have overcome him, the devil, because greater is he who is in you than he who is in the world. And how many times have I had to say that to the enemy? The one who's in me is greater than you are. So get lost. That's right. And that's something that we always have to remember. We had those two incredible witnesses, and in so many of the writings and scriptures, but in particular of Saint Paul and Saint John, Saint Paul says, it's not I who live, but it's Christ who lives in me. And here, just as you cited in 1 John, John the Apostle tells us once again, he who is in you, he is greater than he who is in the world. Who is in us? The great commander, our Lord Jesus Christ. In the end, the enemy is only a creature. He's a very powerful one. He has powers we don't have, but he's not some God of equal power to the good God. You know, so we're not dualists. We don't believe that there's a good God and a bad God who have to fight it out through history. He's a creature who went wrong, and even though he's very powerful, God is still God. There's only one God who's omnipotent, who's all -powerful and all -knowing. And as Saint Paul says, that he will soon crush the devil beneath your feet. And that's such a powerful promise to hold on to. And you alluded to earlier as well, those armies of heaven, which consist, as Saint Paul said in the letters to the Thessalonians 1 and 2, it's with all his saints and it's with the angels. It's that beautiful reference in Revelation that talks about Christ coming back as a warrior. And I know a lot of folks aren't comfortable with that image of Christ as warrior because we just think of him as the suffering servant and the lamb of God. And all that's true, but the book of Revelation shows him not just as the lamb who was slain, but also as the conquering warrior at the end who does finally totally crush and corral all the enemies of the saints, all the evil that we're fighting against. And talks about when he comes, he comes with the armies of heaven. And so you ask, well, who would be the armies of heaven? Well, Saint Paul then comes in and he specifies that in 1 Thessalonians 3, 13, he says he will come with all his saints. And in 2 Thessalonians, he says he'll come with the angels of his power. So those are like the two great divisions, you might say, of his army, of his host. Those are the comrades we have in battle. The queen of the saints, the queen of the angels, Our Lady, the Blessed Virgin Mary, she is also referred to as the queen of humility. And yet it's in that humility that the irony of it, can we say, that she is able to crush the head of the servant. You know, I think it's important for us to see that what Our Lady did was to undo what Eve had done and to undo what the devil had done. How did the devil fall? Through his own pride. You know, we get in the book of Isaiah, the words that I will ascend to the mountain of the Lord, you know, and he wanted to take God's place. And so his great pride gets undone. It gets overturned by Our Lady's humility, by, you know, his fiat was, I will rule, and her fiat was, let it be done to me according to thy word. And so her humility overturns his. And she undoes what the devil did. She unties that knot that the devil tied, so to speak. And you get that predicted, prophesied all the way back in Genesis, when the Lord speaks to the serpent, who, of course, represents the devil, says, I will put enmity between you and the woman and between your seed and her seed. He shall bruise your head and you shall bruise his heel. And that's why, of course, we have all these wonderful images of Our Lady, not just with the crown of stars above her head and the moon beneath her feet, as we get the image in the book of Revelation, but also with the head of the serpent crushed underneath her heel. Because though Jesus did the direct battle, she, by her fiat, by her agreement with the Lord, yes, of course, do what you want and I will bear your son. By that fiat, she also took part in that crushing of the serpent's head. And Eve gave a yes to the enemy's temptation and brought death and the devil's domination to the world. But Mary's yes to God instead of the enemy opened the door for the ultimate victory of her son over Satan. That's why we call her the new Eve. By her obedience to God, she undid what the first Eve had done by her disobedience. Well, one of the great saints that you mentioned here is not only a doctor of the church, but a loyal son of St. Francis, that St. Bonaventure, who writes so very strongly that, and he was a brilliant, brilliant, intelligent man, but even he had to acknowledge that men do not fear a powerful, hostile army as much as the powers of hell fear the name and protection of Mary. And we get that, you know, it's not just a speculation. There's all kinds of experience of that and exorcisms. A recent exorcist who talks about how an enemy, a demon, was protesting over the praying of a Hail Mary and saying every time, I'm paraphrasing, but every time you say that Hail Mary, it's like a hammer hitting my head. They have such a hatred for Our Lady, and they know that she's overcome them. She's the Queen of Angels, and as I say in one of my prayers in here, she's the Queen of Angels, and she's the bane of devils. They fear her and they tremble before her. Her name is terrible and powerful, it's the name of Jesus. Well, to them particularly, it's so beautiful that in the Manual for Spiritual Warfare, you have a whole section on prayers to Our Lady.
A highlight from Cousins/Jets Momentum, Cowboys Fever, a Red Sox Reset, and Million Dollar Picks With Bryan Curtis and Kevin Hench
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Did a rewatchables on Monday night. We did Black Hat. Also was on the Big Picture. We did a big Denzel Washington movie draft. I got way too competitive. And then on Wednesday night, Amanda Dobbins and I on the Prestige TV Podcast, we broke down the first two episodes of season three of The Morning Show. The most ridiculous show on television, not just this year, but every year it's on. It just wins the title automatically. If they had a ridiculous show category at the Emmys, they wouldn't even have any of their nominees. I mean, maybe winning time would get nominated. I don't know. But Morning Show just clears it out. What a batshit, crazy, ridiculous show. Wow. It's really like they created a podcast thing so we could just break down the morning show. That's really, I think, the real reason behind podcasting in general. Coming up on this podcast, Million Dollar Picks and a little Vikes Eagles at the top. And then editor at large at the Ringer, Brian Curtis, who was also a giant Cowboys fan, comes on and talk about the Cowboys. Could this be the year? Keep saying that, but could this be the year? And we talked some NFL stuff. We talked some sports media stuff. We talked about documentaries and just all the stuff that happens when Brian Curtis comes on. Oh, we talked about Joe Buck and Troy Aikman as well, who have hit a really interesting milestone as a combo. So that happened. And then Kevin Hench, my buddy, the Red Sox fired their GM today, and we couldn't resist spending 20 minutes recapping. One of the four -year oddest, strangest four -year runs the Red Sox have ever had. And we're still in the middle of it. And I still don't understand why Mookie Betts isn't on the team but also like, man, since the 2018 World Series, the Red Sox have just been a hot dumpster fire. And I say that knowing that they almost made the World Series two years ago, but when you look at everything that happened, wow. So Hench comes on and talk about that. It is all next. First, our friends from Pearl Jam. ["Pearl Jam Theme Song"] All right, I'm taping this part of the podcast. It is 11 .31 East Coast time. East Coast Bill is here. East Coast Bill is in Boston. I was visiting my daughter and doing some other stuff. And Thursday Night Football came on and I thought it would be a great idea to do the top segment after Eagles Vikings. East Coast Bill fell asleep at halftime. It was a new record for me. I guess I'm old. I have another birthday coming up this week. This is why I live on the West Coast because I talk about sports for a living. And East Coast Bill gets a little sleepy when the game is kind of boring and plodding along. So East Coast Bill missed some time, had to catch up, had to do a little rewind. Fortunately, there's so many commercials. I was able to still watch anything, but the Eagles beat the Vikings. They're now 2 -0 on the season. And I would say it's an uninspiring 2 -0. They probably shouldn't have covered against the Pats. They could have lost. This game they win, they don't cover. I guess on the good side, the DeAndre Swift, they traded like a 15th round pick in 2038 for them. And this little way they put together their offense where they load up on wide receivers, they hit the jackpot with hurts, and then they just say, you know what we're going to do? Just grab running backs because there's 98 of them every year. We're just going to grab two and pay nothing for them. So offensively, they look great. Defensively, you saw it last week with the Pats. The Pats were able to throw it on them. Mack almost had 300 yards in the last three quarters of that game. This game, Kirk Cousins, over and over again, heroically going for the cover, finally gets it. The Vikings cover, they don't win. Home team's now 5 -12 against the spread this season. Underdogs are 10 -7 against the spread. But for the most part, not allowed to report, the Eagles just state. They messed around in the first quarter and then said, screw it, and ran the ball down Minnesota's throat. I was thinking, Eagles, Cowboys, if you were going to make a combined over or under for wins for them, and I gave you 26, would you go over or under 26 wins combined for the two teams? They're 3 -0 right now. I would probably go over, especially when you look at the NFC and you think Philly, Dallas, San Francisco, lock those three down. I like Green Bay, Detroit, maybe New Orleans, Atlanta, and maybe that's the seven for the playoffs. And then you have Tampa Bay and the Rams. Who knows what was real and what wasn't real. Tampa Bay beat Minnesota by three in week one. We're like, oh, Tampa Bay, that's interesting. But now Minnesota's 0 -2, maybe that doesn't even matter. Rams, who knows? I mean, they just have so few good players that the moment two of them get hurt, it feels like their free fall will happen. So the NFC is already kind of uninteresting, I guess is my bigger point. Unless the Giants can rally, and who knows after the 40 -0 debacle last week, they're playing Arizona this week, so they looked out of that. But for the most part, it seems like three good teams, maybe the Packers, maybe the Lions, maybe the Saints, and then we're going to have a really bad seven seed. So if you're Minnesota, and you're looking at 31 of 270 teams started 0 -2 and made the playoffs since 1990. 31 out of 270. I can't do math, but that's not good. If you're Minnesota, at what point do you consider trading Cousins? Cousins was all over the place on the internet this week as a possible Rogers replacement. He makes 35 million this year, that's it. The Jets, I think, could do some chicanery if they wanted to. They have this thing where the Packers, it's a conditional, I think second, that turns into a first, but the Packers would have to waive the right for the condition. Clearly, Rogers is going to play 70 % of the plays, but still, they'd have to figure out some way. But if you're the Jets, could you somehow trade for Cousins and save your season? We're going to find out a lot about the Jets this week against Dallas. They get annihilated and they're one -on -one for the season, but annihilates Dallas them and they have to look at their offense and go, all right, we have a really good team. What are we going to do? Is it Jacoby Brissett or do we swing big and try to get Cousins for a year? Cousins has over 700 yards and six TDs in the first two weeks. He's been a fantasy god. I don't know how that plays out. I wish it was like basketball where I could just put stuff in the trade machine and see if it's going to work. For some reason, we made football trades more complicated than basically anything on the earth. I have no idea how the Jets would trade for Cousins, how it'd work, what the mechanics of it would be. What's he worth? Is he worth a first rounder for one year? Is he worth a third rounder? You just never know. Again, DeAndre Swift went for a 15th rounder in 2038. Cousins, I have my eye on because if you're Minnesota, you're not good. You were completely lucky last year to go 13 and four, whatever it was. Now that's evened out and maybe you start looking around and going, all right, let's pack in this year. I don't know what would have to happen, what number they would have to get to. Would they have to be one and four, one and five, one and six? But Cousins to the Jets, it's a fun talk radio topic, at least. We're not doing talk radio here. We're doing sleepy sports podcasting, but Cousins to the Jets has always felt right. It's always felt kind of perfect. He always just felt like a Jet waited to happen at some point in his career. The Jets fans listening to this right now are like, how can he keep doing this to us? We just had the Rogers thing. We had Zach Wilson. Now you're gonna throw Cousins at us. But again, Cousins, a little bit of a turnaround. He was in that Netflix show. He's kind of the big winner of quarterbacks with Mariota being the big loser. But I feel like the tide's turning on Cousins. Even Primetime Kirk today, always a disaster, gets the cover. Who knows? Put him in New York. We'll see. Philly's got, they're just basically have to figure out what their team is. They've already had a bunch of injuries and they even had a little AJ Brown, Jalen Hurts. Who knows what happened on the sidelines there, but didn't look awesome. But they have two months here to figure out their team. They're a big stretch. Week nine, Sunday, Dallas, that's home in Philly. Bi -week, week 11 at Kansas City on a Monday night. Week 12, Buffalo home. Week 13, San Francisco home. And week 14 at Dallas. So again, Dallas at KC, Buffalo, San Francisco at Dallas. And that's gonna be the five game stretch that determines are we a one seed? Are we a two seed? What is our season gonna look like? And they just have to get there. They have to stay healthy and they have to get to that point. So not a lot of lessons from Philly, Minnesota. Do I regret staying up? Although I guess I didn't stay up because I got this little nap in at halftime.
A highlight from POA4 Extraordinary Activity Put On The Armor A Manual for Spiritual Warfare with Dr. Paul Thigpen Ph.D. Discerning Hears Catholic Podcasts
"Discerninghearts .com, in cooperation with TAN Books, presents Put on the Armor, A Manual for Spiritual Warfare, with Dr. Paul Thickepen. Dr. Thickepen is an internationally known speaker, bestselling author, and award -winning journalist who has published 43 books in a wide variety of genres and subjects, including The Rapture Trap, A Catholic Response to End Times Fever, and The Manual for Spiritual Warfare, the book on which this series is based. In 2008, Dr. Thickepen was appointed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to their National Advisory Council. He has served the Church as a theologian, historian, apologist, evangelist, and catechist in a number of settings, speaking frequently in Catholic and secular media broadcasts and at conferences, seminars, parish missions, and scholarly gatherings. Put on the Armor, A Manual for Spiritual Warfare, with Dr. Paul Thickepen. I'm your host, Chris McGregor. Well, we've talked about the ordinary act. We do need to touch upon the extraordinary demonic activity. Well, this is the kind of stuff that, you know, that Hollywood likes to glorify. It's extraordinary in that it really isn't as common as just temptation, which is common to every man, woman, and child. By extraordinary activity, we're talking about a destructive work that's more powerful and that manifests itself not only in our thought realm, but also in the physical realm. Most observers of demonic tactics agree that there's certain activities that occur. They often use different labels for them, and so I allow for that in my book. I have a certain terminology. There are others who would use a different terminology. The kind of a whole series of levels of activity, each one a little more serious than the last, that kind of finds its worst form in possession, which is what most people in the world, when they think about demons, that's what they think about. But the first is called infestation. It's demonic activity that's connected to a particular location or an object. So if there's a house, for instance, that's infested, and people often think it's, you know, they call it ghost or something, but it's actually demonic activity. But folks, witnesses in an infested house, may see physical objects moving on their own or seemingly on their own, levitating, flying through the air, disappearing and reappearing in other places. They may smell offensive odors, often like sulfur. They may hear noises they can't explain, like crashes or laughter or screaming. So when people talk about, you know, a haunted house, often that's what we're talking about, something where there's a demonic association with that building or that location. The next level then is what I would call oppression. It describes demonic attacks on a victim's exterior life. So it may be influences on their bodily health, influences on their finances, on their work situation, on their family relations and other social relations. In some severe cases, it may even include physical assaults, invisible blows to the body, a push out of bed or downstairs, mysterious scratches appearing on the skin. I've seen all of these before. A number of saints throughout the ages have spoken about enduring this kind of thing. So St. Anthony of the Desert, St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Ante, Padre Pio, St. Pio of Pietrelcina, a few of those. Next, then would be obsession. That refers to a more severe and relentless form of the struggle in the victim's interior life. It's a wrestling with disturbing thoughts planted by the enemy, but to a degree, not just temptation. So it's an inner torment that can be suffered while you're awake or in nightmares, becomes so intense that the sufferer may seem to be going insane to themselves and to others. There may be visual and auditory hallucinations, persistent temptations to suicide. We have to note that symptoms like this may well have physical causes and mental causes rather than spiritual ones. That's why the church is always careful and insists that those who experience these kinds of afflictions should first approach medical professionals for help before just, instead of just concluding that they're under attack from evil spirits. But then the most serious is possession, the one that's most dangerous and most rare form of extraordinary demonic activity. It involves periodic episodes in which an evil spirit controls the body of the victim, though the victim is usually not aware of what's taking place during that control. And we have several accounts of that in the Gospels, as we've talked about before. So the demon -possessed person may engage in bizarre bodily contortions that would normally be impossible. The body may levitate or act with superhuman strength. The victim may groan, hiss, make animal sounds. An alien voice may speak through the possessed person, sometimes without even the use of their vocal cords. Often they reveal knowledge of hidden things. Are they talking a language unknown to the victim and the victim's never studied? And at the same time, as in cases of infestation, often disturbing and even violent physical phenomena may take place in the victim's presence. And then finally, the victim of demon possession exhibits an extreme, sometimes violent, sense of to revulsion holy things, like the name of Mary and the name of Jesus, to the rites of the church, to a consecrated host, to sacred relics, to sacramental, such as holy water. So that would be the most serious thing. And I always like to make the point that a demon can never possess someone in the sense of owning that person, because all human beings, no matter what they've been through or what they've done, all human beings belong to God. They are his personal possession. Well, we speak of cases of demonic possession in which the enemy has basically become a usurper occupying the human body that was created to be indwelt by the Holy Spirit instead. Now one of the reasons why we are going over again this particular part of our conversation is to know the battle. And it doesn't necessarily mean that we're called to be the Navy SEALs that are called to go out there and engage in, OK, now we know what it is, so we're going to go out and deal with it. It's important, as you said, at certain levels that, yes, medical professionals absolutely have to be working in relationship with a person afflicted. In many cases now, Paul, isn't it true that in dioceses around the United States, as well as around the world, that if there are those who feel that they are encountering this, that they can go to the Chancery or maybe even to the local parish, and they will be able to work together to help bring that person once again to wholeness? Yes, and that's so important. If you're at the place where your sense is that it's beyond the ordinary and these other things, you find a priest that you're confident in and you trust, and lay it before them. If you have to go to several priests, but go and give them a chance to help you figure out if it may be something else than what you're thinking. They can make references, refer you to medical professionals who can help you to kind of rule those things out, and the church won't allow you to go through something of a major exorcism without having kind of ruled out the other things. But the church is there, resources are there to help you. Our Lord Jesus, who cast out demons very easily, has given his authority to them, and powers don't always come out with just a word because they're complex situations that involve kind of healing that has to go on in the soul, and sometimes a renunciation of certain things before it can all happen, but completely. If you have a trained exorcist, they'll know what to do. So the church has that help, and go to the church for sure while I'm meeting more and more folks who, you know, are, well, I hear there's this spiritual healer, you know, and often it's someone who's not even of a Christian background, but some kind of New Agey thing. Either you don't want to go that direction because folks who don't have the authority that Christ gave to, you know, leaders of his church, they can just get you into worse trouble than ever. Yeah, you can look at the Scriptures for an example, the one that jumps in my mind is Saul, King Saul, when he chose to go to an oracle because he was feeling, can we say, maybe oppressed or something like that, I'm not trying to diagnose this situation, but to the point where he went to the oracle to summon up Samuel, and it ended up leading to not only her madness, but to his. Well, it's just a very dangerous thing. Like I said, you know, in the book of Acts, you know, the other example where you have the seven sons of Seva who fancied themselves exorcists, and they see St. Paul casting out you out in the name of Paul or Jesus or whatever name they used, and the thing just looks at them and you can just hear the smirk and the words, Paul I know and Jesus I know, but who are you? And then jumps on them, you know, but especially folks, you know, kind of occult healers and that kind of thing. There's certain cultures that, you know, just have a tradition of this, it's extremely dangerous. Sometimes, you know, people accuse Jesus of casting out demons by the prince of demons, and in this case, it's almost like that, that they're not really casting them out, but by, they themselves can be demonically influenced in a way that will, you know, if there's actually a demonic power that's somehow oppressing someone, and they go to one of these healers who's actually demonically connected, yeah, that person can appeal to the demon, lay off of them for a while, and they'll seem to think, you know, they'll look like maybe they've been healed or helped. It's the wrong way to go about it because it's not the authority of Jesus that's overcoming the thing. It's just, you know, orders from a higher demon, so to speak. You have to be really careful. And I think it needs to be said, too, here, and I hope you agree, Paul, that as we spoke about the ordinary activity, that of temptation that is done, that even in this extraordinary activity, demonic activity, that trained exorcists will say that there, it usually begins with an entry point, you know, a demonic entry point. There's a point in which it's not necessarily where the guy's just walking down the street and all of a sudden, boom, this happens to him. I'm not going to say that it can happen that way, but most of the time, the overwhelming majority of the time, it's because there is some type of activity, whether it was an assault as a child or it's something that the person agreed to participate in, it might be a violent act that was perpetrated. There's usually some moment or a series of moments where this activity enters into the person's life and then it manifests itself into a greater situation. And that's when those who are trained in this area are able to untie those knots to get to those layers. Am I presenting that properly? Yeah, I think so. I'm certainly no expert in exorcism and I've never trained and I'm not a priest, so I couldn't be an exorcist, but I hear the same thing from those who are trained that often there is some particular point of access. And again, it's not necessarily that the person makes a choice to do something, but something could be done to them or they could even just move into a house that is infested for whatever reason because there's some earlier resident called some of the powers and into there by what they did, maybe the Ouija board or something, who knows. And that's why you do need some trained folks because it's not just so simple as snap my fingers, the devil's gone. There are certain kind of principles that seems to be of demonic activity like that that an exorcist is trained to look at, to understand and to begin to, as you say, untie the knot because these things usually are complicated knots because you still need the will of the victim to cooperate with what's going on. There needs to be some part of them that is saying, I want to be free of this and I will do what I need to to be free of this. And if it means renouncing what I did, you know, by going to that channel or going to the Ouija board or whatever, or if it means forgiving this person who did this to me or as a part of it, or if it means forgiving myself, making reparation in something, some demonstration that my will is to do the will of God and to be free, you know, always gets to me that one time, I don't want to read too much in it, but in the gospel where there's a man who's been ill all his life, he's lame all his life and Jesus looks at him and says, do you want to be healed? And that's always struck me that sometimes that's a question he has to ask us through the priest, through the counselor, through the exorcist that we go that far, do you want to be healed? Because it's going to require some cooperation on your part.
A highlight from Alex Returns!, "The Orange League" with Neil from Dustup, and Macro with Dr.Jeff - September 4th, 2023
"Hello, and welcome to the Cafe Bitcoin Podcast brought to you by Swan Bitcoin, the best way to buy and learn about Bitcoin. I'm your host, Alex Danson, and we're excited to announce that we're bringing the Cafe Bitcoin Conversations Twitter Spaces to you on this show, the Cafe Bitcoin Podcast, Monday through Friday every week. Join us as we speak to guests like Michael Saylor, Len Alden, Corey Clifston, Greg Foss, Tomer Strohle, and many others in the Bitcoin space. Also, be sure to hit that subscribe button. Make sure you get notifications when we launch a new episode. You can join us live on Twitter Spaces Monday through Friday, starting at 7 a .m. Pacific and 10 a .m. Eastern every morning to become part of the conversation yourself. Thanks again. We look forward to bringing you the best Bitcoin content daily here on the Cafe Bitcoin Podcast. What is up, all you Cafe Bitcoiners? It's good to be back. Good morning, guys. Good morning. Welcome back. Thank you. Good morning, Mike. Good morning, Mickey, Dom Bay, Peter, Jacob, all you Cafe Bitcoin regulars, all the hardcore, you know, the hardcore ones, they're the ones that show up. Bright and early on Labor Day. Yeah, you know what I'm saying? This is late for me, so it's just it's easy. I'm sorry, but this is late. I've been up since four thirty. Alex, man, it's good to have you back. Peter has just been out of control and it's great to have you back for things you just get like back in order. Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. You're the one who's been singing on the show, Dom, not me. Don't you try and push this off, Dom Peter. We all know you're the one that's getting unruly in here. I thought the best way to celebrate Labor Day would be we're waking up early and working hard to spite the communists. Love that. Hey, Mickey, are you are you out? Are you no longer active duty? Not quite yet. All right. I can tell you've already got that short time's attitude, though. He's got he's got the itch, that's for sure. He's already got he's already got one one foot off the wall. Well, I'm looking forward to when you're a civilian and you can actually say all the things that are running through your mind that you won't let come out of your mouth. I have no idea what you're talking about, Alex. I'm sure you don't. Can neither confirm nor deny. Ollie North, plausible deniability. Good times, good times. Yeah, I got to hang out on the way down here, so some crazy shit happened on the way down here, by the way. So where you took us? No, I didn't stop at Burning Man. That was some I heard. That's crazy, too. They're like, are they still there? Are they walking around in the mud right now? Is that what's happening, man? The stuff that is coming out of Burning Man is just crazy. Some of the like what I've heard, Denny fever, I've heard Ebola. I mean, all the crazy shit coming out there. Bro, what is that organ? Is that Oregon Trail you're talking about or Burning Man? But to answer your question, Alex, as far as I understand, they are still stuck there. It's wild, man, FEMA, FEMA went in apparently and and are not allowing them to leave. What? Apparently, FEMA responded and they are not allowing them to leave. So so Burning Man has become a quarantine zone. You know, it's really hard to tell. I mean, do I really trust TikTok? I don't know. Hey, but hey, at least Diplo and Chris Rock walked their way out of there and got out safely. No, good for them. I mean, there seems to be a a real lack of news coverage on some of these or traditional media news coverage on some of these events. I'm not you know, there's there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of information coming out of Maui. It doesn't seem to be a whole lot of information coming out of Burning Man now. I mean, except for what's what what we're getting on social media. And, you know, I'm just not so sure how much I trust any of that. What are you trying to suggest, Peter? I don't know. I think it's odd. I think it's odd that that, you know, that there's not, you know, CBS and ABC helicopters flying over Maui. You know, I mean, I mean, when when the when the campfire in Northern California happened, what, three years ago and that that town was just completely devastated. Or the one in Colorado, the news media was all over it. You know, I mean, they were there. We were seeing we were seeing pictures. We were, you know, I mean, Maui's different. I don't understand.
A highlight from POA3 Temptation Put On The Armor A Manual for Spiritual Warfare with Dr. Paul Thigpen Ph.D. Discerning Hears Catholic Podcasts
"Discerninghearts .com, in cooperation with Tan Books, presents Put on the Armor, A Manual for Spiritual Warfare, with Dr. Paul Thickepen. Dr. Thickepen is an internationally known speaker, best -selling author, and award -winning journalist who has published 43 books in a wide variety of genres and subjects, including The Rapture Trap, A Catholic Response to End Times Fever, and The Manual for Spiritual Warfare, the book on which this series is based. In 2008, Dr. Thickepen was appointed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to their National Advisory Council. He has served the Church as a theologian, historian, apologist, evangelist, and catechist in a number of settings, speaking frequently in Catholic and secular media broadcasts and at conferences, seminars, parish missions, and scholarly gatherings. Put on the Armor, A Manual for Spiritual Warfare, with Dr. Paul Thickepen. I'm your host, Chris McGregor.
A highlight from The Root Cause of Pain/Inflammation & Top 5 Anti-Inflammatory Supplements - Dr. Joshua Levitt
"All right, I'm here with Dr. Josh Levitt. He is a naturopathic physician. He's also the founder of Up Wellness and an expert in pain management. Dr. Josh, welcome to the show, brother. Hey, thank you for having me. This is going to be fun. Look forward to it. Yep, absolutely. I'm super excited to jam out with you. I only like to rock out with high vibe people. And from what I've gotten to see from you, that is what you do. You know, you're a naturopathic physician and I've had a couple of naturopaths on it, but I'm curious for you, you know, you kind of know my philosophy with the Western approach. And, you know, that was really actually how I, I'm not a naturopath. I'm a holistic health coach. And, but that is how I kind of went down my own path for a holistic health or medicine, whatever you want to call it, because I wasn't getting results from the Western, the Western side, more or less. And I wanted to start understanding more about root causes and like, how do we really get to it? I want to put a bandaid on things. So, but I'm just curious for you, like, how did, how did you get started on this? Was there a day you realize, like for same thing for you, was there a day you realize like, that's it, like, this is what I want to do with my life? Yeah, that's a great question. And we, we all have our personal stories, right? And there was a day, I can kind of pin it down. So let me give you a little background before we get to that particular day. So I grew up in Southern California, a surfer and a skater. And I was, I come from a family of doctors. I always wanted to be a doctor. I was like one of those kids who just always wanted to be a doctor. I went to UCLA on a pre -med track. I studied neurophysiology there. My dad at the time was training medical residents at, at UCLA. So I had kind of, I don't know, backstage access to doctors, you might call it. And, and then this is like in my early twenties, I'm in my late forties now. They were telling me that medicine was changing for the worse, right? These docs were all like, basically don't do it. You know, it was kind of what they were saying. And so it was like, well, what am I going to do? I kind of always wanted to be a doctor. Anyway, I had the good fortune to be able to take a year long trip. So I went and got a backpack, you know, some hiking boots and I went really on a walkabout around the world, all over the place, sleeping on beaches, hitchhiking, staying at youth hostels, all that sort of stuff. At one point I got a blister on the back of my foot from some sandals that I had bought and it turned into cellulitis and cellulitis is a bad thing, right? It was, it was creeping up my leg at this time when it was really advancing up my leg. I had a fever. It was really bad. And I was on route in an airplane, headed towards Zurich, Switzerland. So I landed in Switzerland and I had severe cellulitis with a fever. It was really bad. I called home. I got a prescription for antibiotics called into this pharmacy in Zurich where I went in and I was kind of tripped out because I was, you know, had a high fever and I was, my mind was playing tricks on me. And I picked up these antibiotics, which helped me. They cured my infection, saved my leg, maybe even saved my life. So that's part A, but part B, in contrast to anything I had ever known in Southern California, which is where my life was, I saw in this pharmacy, not only the antibiotics that I needed at the time, but also this whole world, right? Of like herbal stuff, homeopathic stuff, tea, and like natural things. And I was tripped out. Like I was like, wow. You know, I was probably also like a little febrile, you know, but like, this was amazing to me. There's medicine that's not just like medicine that like this antibiotic. And I was also in a journey of discovery at that time in my life anyway. And that just basically ignited a spark that became the passion that's basically led my entire career. And so I now still have that passion and enthusiasm for natural medicine. And I guess it's sort of, there's some irony there because like I'm the naturopathic doctor who got his start in naturopathic medicine on the day that I needed antibiotics, right? So it's like, and by the way, I'm no fan of antibiotics. Like, I think they're grossly overused. I think they're used for too long. I think they're used inappropriately all the time on humans and on livestock. So like, you know, but I think they're also great and necessary when they're necessary as they were in my case, in that particular case. But yeah, so that's my story, the origin story, if you will. And here I am now kind of like, you know, on what I see as a bridge that's still in construction between Western medicine, mainstream conventional medicine and alternative medicine. And when I got started and even before that, those worlds were just totally far apart from each other. Never the two shall meet. And I think as I've moved through my career, it's not just been me, but lots of people kind of trying to construct that bridge and bring the best of both worlds closer together. That's what I'm about.
A highlight from POA2 Why Does God Allow Evil? Put On The Armor A Manual for Spiritual Warfare w/Dr. Paul Thigpen Ph.D. Discerning Hearts Podcast
"Hi, this is Chris McGregor of Discerning Hearts. Can you please help support this vital ministry? Discerning Hearts is a 100 % listeners -supported Catholic apostolate. Now through the end of August, please prayerfully consider making a sacrificial gift to help us raise $30 ,000 to fund truly life -changing Catholic programming and prayer. The financial contributions of listeners like you enables us to continue this important ministry. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Your donations are fully tax -deductible. As an independent, non -for -profit lay organization that is not affiliated financially with any diocese, our apostolate is fully listener -supported. Again, between now and the end of August, please visit DiscerningHearts .com to make your donation. Thank you and God bless you from all of us at Discerning Hearts. DiscerningHearts .com, in cooperation with TAN Books, presents Put on the Armor, a manual for spiritual warfare with Dr. Paul Thickepen. Dr. Thickepen is an internationally known speaker, bestselling author, and award -winning journalist who has published 43 books in a wide variety of genres and subjects, including The Rapture Trap, a Catholic response to end times fever, and The Manual for Spiritual Warfare, the book on which this series is based. In 2008, Dr. Thickepen was appointed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to their National Advisory Council. He has served the Church as a theologian, historian, apologist, evangelist, and catechist in a number of settings, speaking frequently in Catholic and secular media broadcasts and at conferences, seminars, parish missions, and scholarly gatherings. Put on the Armor, a manual for spiritual warfare, with Dr. Paul Thickepen. I'm your host, Chris McGregor.
A highlight from POA1 Know Your Enemy Put On The Armor A Manual for Spiritual Warfare with Dr. Paul Thigpen Ph.D. Discerning Hears Catholic Podcasts
"Hi, this is Chris McGregor of Discerning Hearts. Can you please help support this vital ministry? Discerning Hearts is a 100 % listeners -supported Catholic apostolate. Now through the end of August, please prayerfully consider making a sacrificial gift to help us raise $30 ,000 to fund truly life -changing Catholic programming and prayer. The financial contributions of listeners like you enables us to continue this important ministry. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Your donations are fully tax -deductible. As an independent, non -for -profit lay organization that is not affiliated financially with any diocese, our apostolate is fully listener -supported. Again, between now and the end of August, please visit DiscerningHearts .com to make your donation. Thank you and God bless you from all of us at Discerning Hearts. DiscerningHearts .com, in cooperation with TAN Books, presents Put on the Armor, A Manual for Spiritual Warfare with Dr. Paul Thickepen. Dr. Thickepen is an internationally known speaker, bestselling author, and award -winning journalist who has published 43 books in a wide variety of genres and subjects, including The Rapture Trap, A Catholic Response to End Times Fever, and The Manual for Spiritual Warfare, the book on which this series is based. In 2008, Dr. Thickepen was appointed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to their National Advisory Council. He has served the Church as a theologian, historian, apologist, evangelist, and catechist in a number of settings, speaking frequently in Catholic and secular media broadcasts and at conferences, seminars, parish missions, and scholarly gatherings. Put on the Armor, A Manual for Spiritual Warfare with Dr. Paul Thickepen. I'm your host, Chris McGregor. Paul, thank you so much for joining me. Chris, it's a pleasure to be here. Thank you for having me. It's vital for us, isn't it, to understand things visible and invisible. We really need to have a comprehension of that, don't we, Paul? We do. I've seen old movies of Civil War battles where you have the two sides entrenched on either side of a beautiful meadow, and they're firing across at each other, and I've often had this picture in my mind of a little child wandering out on the battlefield and kind of enjoying the flowers, smelling the flowers, and looking at the butterflies and the birds and the pretty clouds with bullets whizzing on either side, not even aware that he's in the middle of a battle. And sometimes I think Christians are like this and folks who aren't Christians that there really is a battle for our souls going on. And if we're unaware of it, we're extremely vulnerable. It even tells us in the Scriptures, 1 Peter, chapter 5, Isn't it true, Paul, that even today there are many who will hear that in the Scriptures and yet somehow present to people and even to themselves that the devil isn't real, that that's some concoction that has been devised to maybe frighten us into capitulation? I call it the devil's stealth strategy. He's quite happy for us to believe that he doesn't even exist. That gives him all kinds of room to maneuver. And yet it is true. It seems remarkable that given that we have a dogmatic definition of the devil and demons in the fourth Lateran Council and Ecumenical Council, and it's in papal statements and it's in the liturgy and has been for centuries. The Church Fathers all talked about the devil, the great theologians, and the experience of all kinds of folks that we can't just write off as crazy, especially many of the saints whose moral integrity and intellectual soundness can't be really debated reasonably. We've got all that evidence and yet you still have folks who want to say there's no such thing. I had talked to a friend the other day who went to a, I won't say where it was, but it was a Catholic parish in another city and had a speaker there who out and out said there's no devil at the parish. And just thinking, my goodness, how can you come to that conclusion unless, I guess, perhaps you're an atheist, as I once was, and rule out the spiritual realm altogether. But even then, in my own experience, I began to come up against demonic powers that I thought were the human powers of the human mind. And that drove me back into the gospel to say, OK, if these things are real, if there really is some kind of spiritual world that's not just the matter and energy of this world, I better find out what's going on, because if there's a devil and there's no God, I'm in trouble. For the Christian, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who we profess, he experienced interaction with the evil one explicitly in the scriptures. How is it that we can deny that? Doesn't that say something about ultimately our belief in him? Him and in the scripture itself, too. You know, just look at the passage, most obvious passage, where he's in the wilderness being tempted by the devil and actually having a dialogue with him.
A highlight from Ep358: One Reason Your Show Isn't Growing: Thermometer vs. Thermostat
"Be that proactive influencer, be that proactive business owner, be the proactive podcaster, where you can set the energy, the level, the heat, the temperature that you want this to be, and those around you will fall into place. Most hosts never achieve the results they hoped for. They're falling short on listenership and monetization, meaning their message isn't being heard and their show ends up costing them money. This podcast was created to help you grow your listenership and make money while you're at it. Get ready to take notes. Here's your host, Adam Adams. Hey podcaster, it's your host, Adam A. Adams and AAA. And I'm joining you today on this episode, just with an idea thought where actually I stole the idea. I robbed the idea. No, don't remember where I saw it, but it was on some social, either maybe IG or possibly TikTok or Facebook. Those are the three. IG and Facebook are the ones that I use the most. So it's probably in one of those places. But it came across this quote. It basically just said, be the thermostat, not the thermometer. I thought it was an interesting idea and I wanted to process it with you. I wanted to think through it with you and consider if this can benefit you in your podcasting journey or benefit you for your business, for your company. And hopefully both of them, your podcast and your company, hopefully those go hand in hand. So one is more like the funnel, the top of the funnel that's going to get people to check you out. So first, I guess we've got to at least define a thermometer and a thermostat because a lot of people think that they're the same thing. I would say there are a good handful of people that I've met that don't know the difference between a thermometer and a thermostat. So since that's the case, I'm going to assume you don't. And you might be like, oh, obviously I know this. That's okay. I'm going to assume for a second that you don't because a different listener might not know. And so I'm going to explain it a little bit. A thermometer, a thermo meter, it meters it. It basically takes a snapshot of where are we. It doesn't affect the actual temperature gauge. It doesn't do anything but tell you what is the temperature. So when you were young and sick, your parent or guardian may have put a thermometer, a thermo meter under your tongue. And it metered, basically said, what is your temperature? If you're in the US, that might've been 98 .6 degrees, 99, 100, 101, 2, 3, 4, or 5. And we know that it's a real fever when it's above, I think it's 101 .8 or something. Now that's a real fever. And the thermometer, the thermo meter literally only tells you what is the temperature. It reads the temperature. It doesn't affect the temperature at all. A thermostat is a little bit different. A thermostat are generally the things that we put on our walls. And we say, I want my house to be 69 degrees Fahrenheit, or I want my house to be 18 degrees Celsius. And you set the thermostat. And in many cases, if it gets too hot, the air conditioning or the swamp cooler will kick on and it will cool the place. And in some cases, if it gets below the temperature, if you wanted it at 69 or 70 degrees and it's getting below that, maybe the heat's going to kick on. So the difference is when you're the thermostat, you're dictating what is the temperature going to be. When you're the thermometer, you're just telling what it is. One is more proactive. And so be that proactive influencer, be that proactive business owner, be the proactive podcaster, where you can set the energy, the level, the heat, the temperature that you want this to be. And those around you will fall into place versus you just pointing out, oh, it's hot. Oh, it's too cold. It's making me think of Goldilocks. And this one is just right. It'll be just right if you are the thermostat and you're affecting the change. If you're just reading the change, then you're going to sound more like a complainer. You're going to sound more like somebody who is helpless to make anything happen. And you're not helpless. So be the thermostat, not the thermometer. And I'll see you on the next episode. You're not alone. If you're ready to either get your very first affordable microphone, or if you're ready to upgrade your equipment to some legit podcasting studio equipment, because on all of the forums over the last few months, I'm seeing this all the time. Even my own personal clients that work with my team, they're ready to get that next microphone. They're asking us for it. Additionally, when I'm on discovery calls with potential clients, they're always asking for this stuff. Hey, what mic do you recommend? Hey, what lighting do you recommend? What we did? My whole team has put together a PDF so that if you're one of those people who is looking to either get your very first affordable microphone, or if you're ready to upgrade your equipment to more professional podcast studio equipment, whether it's soundproofing or whatever, we've got you covered by going to growyourshow .com forward slash PDF, and you can download the PDF for free or right there on the webpage is everything that you would have and you don't need to download the PDF. Either way, just go to growyourshow .com forward slash PDF, which will put you to the podcasting equipment that me and my team have personally vetted. I'll see you on the next episode. Bye.
A highlight from IDL77 Part 3 Chapter 33 Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales Discerning Hearts Podcast
"Hi, this is Chris McGregor of Discerning Hearts. Can you please help support this vital ministry? Discerning Hearts is a 100 % listeners -supported Catholic apostolate. Now through the end of August, please prayerfully consider making a sacrificial gift to help us raise $30 ,000 to fund truly life -changing Catholic programming and prayer. The financial contributions of listeners like you enables us to continue this important ministry. We are a 501c3 non -profit organization. Your donations are fully tax -deductible. As an independent, non -for -profit lay organization that is not affiliated financially with any diocese, our apostolate is fully listener -supported. Again, between now and the end of August, please visit discerninghearts .com to make your donation. Thank you and God bless you from all of us at Discerning Hearts. Part 3 Chapter 33 of the Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales This is a Discerning Hearts recording read by Corey Webb. Chapter 33 Of Balls and Other Lawful but Dangerous Amusements Dances and balls are things in themselves indifferent, but the circumstances ordinarily surrounding them have so generally an evil tendency that they become full of temptation and danger. The time of night at which they take place in itself conducive to harm, both as the season when people's nerves are most excited and open to evil impressions, and because after being up the greater part of the night they spend the mornings afterwards in sleep and lose the best part of the day for God's service. It is a senseless thing to turn day into night, light into darkness, and to exchange good works for mere trifling follies. Moreover, those who frequent balls almost inevitably foster their vanity, and vanity is very conducive to unholy desires and dangerous attachments. I am inclined to say about balls what doctors say of certain articles of food, such as mushrooms and the like. The best are not good for much, but if eat them you must at least mind that they are properly cooked. So if circumstances over which you have no control take you into such places, be watchful how you prepare to enter them. Let the dish be seasoned with moderation, dignity, and good intentions. The doctors say, still referring to the mushrooms, eat sparingly of them, and that but seldom for, however well -dressed, an excess is harmful. So dance but little, and that rarely, my daughter, lest you run the risk of growing over -fond of the amusement. Pliny says the mushrooms, from their porous spongy nature, easily imbibe meretricious matter, so that if they are near a serpent they are infected by its poison. So balls in similar gatherings are wont to attract all that is bad and vicious, all the quarrels, envying, slanders, and discreet tendencies of a place, will be found collected in the ballroom. While people's bodily pores are opened by the exercise of dancing, the heart's pores will also be opened by excitement, and if any serpent be at hand to whisper foolish words of levity or impurity, to insinuate unworthy thoughts and desires, the ears which listen are more than prepared to receive the contagion. Believe me, my daughter, these frivolous amusements are for the most part dangerous, they dissipate the spirit of devotion, enervate the mind, check true charity and arouse a multitude of evil inclinations in the soul, and therefore I would have you very reticent in their use. To return to the medical simile, it is said that after eating mushrooms you should drink some good wine, so after frequenting balls you should frame pious thoughts which may counteract the dangerous impressions made by such empty pleasures on your heart. Be think you then, one, that, while you were dancing, souls were groaning in hell by reason of sins committed when similarly occupied, or in consequence thereof. Two, remember how, at the self -same time, many religions and other devout persons were kneeling before God praying or praising Him, was not their time better spent than yours? Three, again, while you were dancing, many a soul has passed away amid sharp sufferings, thousands and tens of thousands were lying all the while on the beds of anguish, some perhaps untended, unconsoled, in fevers and all manner of painful diseases. Will you not rouse yourself to a sense of pity for them? At all events remember that a day will come when you in turn will lie on your bed of sickness while others dance and make merry. Four, be think you that our dear Lord, our Lady, all the angels and saints saw all that was passing, did they not look on with sorrowful pity while your heart, capable of better things, was engrossed with such mere follies? Five, and while you were dancing time passed by and death drew near, trifle as you may, the awful dance of death must come, the real pastime of men, since therein they must, whether they will or no, pass from time to an eternity of good or evil. If you think of the matter quietly and as in God's sight, He will suggest many a like thought which will steady and strengthen your heart. Discerning Hearts provides content dedicated to those on the spiritual journey. To continue production of these podcasts, prayers and more, go to discerninghearts .com and click the donate link found there, or inside the free Discerning Hearts app to make your donation. Thanks and God bless.
How and when to remove children from their homes? A federal lawsuit raises thorny questions
"A former Massachusetts family is hoping that a lawsuit will set a precedent for state child welfare agencies that want to remove children from their homes. Sarah Perkins says when she lived in Waltham Massachusetts last year, she took her three month old to a hospital emergency room for a high fever. She says when x-rays were done, doctors found a rib fracture and days later. We heard a knock at the door and it was armed police officers with several people from the department of children and families there to take our kids. Perkins says her son likely sustained the injury weeks earlier when her mother removed the baby from a car seat, he slipped and her mom caught him by grabbing one of his arms, still Perkins says it took her and her partner three months in about $50,000 in attorney's fees to have parental custody fully restored. Perkins and her partner are plaintiffs and a lawsuit alleging constitutional violations, including deprivation of parental rights without due process. I'm Donna water
Pope Francis resumes regular appointments after canceling schedule with a fever
"Pope Francis returned to work Saturday meeting with a famous American director after a fever interrupted his regular schedule. The pontiff met with Martin Scorsese and a number of other artists, while addressing a conference on the global ethics of the Catholic imagination, according to Vatican news, he also met with visitors from Georgetown university, the Vatican's confirmation of the 86 year old Pope's fever sparked concerns about Francis's health in March he was rushed to the hospital, diagnosed with acute bronchitis, the Vatican says the Pope will preside over Pentecost mass Sunday and meet with Italy's president Monday. I'm Julie Walker
Pope runs fever, skips meetings, Vatican says
"The Vatican has said that Pope Francis has skipped meetings because he was running a fever. No details have emerged of how sick Francis was. The last time he spiked a serious fever in March, the 86 year old pontiff was rushed to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with acute bronchitis. He received intravenous antibiotics and was released three days later. Francis has had a busy week presiding over a meeting of the Italian bishops conference as well as meeting with several other prelates and visiting dignitaries. However, in a sign that he was expected to recover quickly, the Vatican also announced a new official audience with Italian president Sergio mazzarella scheduled for Monday. I am Karen Chammas
Bitcoin's New Governance Challenge
"All right, Friends, well, as it is Bitcoin conference week, I thought why not do an LRS all focused on Bitcoin. So today we have two essays both sort of grounded in the recent feast bikes and both really focused on what happens next and more specifically what sort of additional emphasis on layer twos we might need as a Bitcoin community. The first piece was written by coin desk Michael Casey and is called frogs, fevers and fees, Bitcoin's new governance challenge. Michael Wright's this is why we can't have nice things. Just when we thought we'd learned our lessons from the blow ups of FTX, three arrows capital, Celsius at all, meme coin fever strikes again. Crazy crypto casinos are back. People are making ridiculous gobs of money from tokens based on a frog image, while others stand to lose massively as a rational bidding takes hold. At this time, the fever is not only infecting greedy human minds, but messing with the functioning of the most valuable blockchain in the world. The ability to create tokens based on the new BRC 20 standard, which was enabled by Bitcoin's taproot upgrade, has fostered a variety of new Bitcoin based meme coins, many mimicking those released on other chains that have recently experienced wild price movements. This past week, for example, the Ethereum based Pepe coin rose almost 5 million %, then lost 50% off its highs. This follows the creation of the ordinals protocol, which gave rise to Bitcoin based data inscriptions that function as non fungible tokens. These use up a lot more data than a basic Bitcoin transaction, which means they're driving up Bitcoin fees. Bitcoin miners have lately been earning more from transaction fees than from their routine 6.25 Bitcoin block reward, and that means if you want to send a small amount of Bitcoin on chain, it won't be accepted or you'll have to pay a prohibitively exorbitant price for doing so. I can hear Elizabeth Warren's anti crypto army snickering. These crypto Bros are so obsessed with mooning into lambos, that they're destroying what they claim to be this technology's core purpose as a better form of money and value exchange.
Steve Deace of "Nefarious" Fame Battles Mysterious Infection
"Talking to Steve dais DEA CE, the man behind the film and the book nefarious. Steve, you've been through hell. And before we skip to the second part of the hell that you've been through, I want to talk about the first part. You were in the hospital, you said you had all kinds of treatments. You had serious fevers. Talk about that because you didn't mention that. Yeah, I mean, I was delirious. I don't really remember other than the pain Eric. I don't remember much of the hospital experience because I mean, I was out if I was out of it. I was passed out for hours in the ER waiting my turn. You know, my wife's tweeting my condition, my small group guys come up to pray over me. I can barely remember that. I just remember it being in pain so much that basically I just passed out and this went on for hours in the ER before they finally got me back there and they were literally able to carve these things out of me. And I mean, my fever is spiking and everything else. I mean, I just was delirious mostly. I remember reading because I follow you on Twitter reading your wife's tweets on your behalf. I was like, what the heck is this? I got a phone call from John Z mirac. Have you heard what's going on with Steve day? Let's pray, this was very serious. And this is the beginning, okay? So you're telling me that you go through this stuff, you're in the hospital, and you're in the hospital for how long? I was in the hospital a total of about ten hours, and I'm told this is the most painful thing they will do nowadays without putting you under and admitting you is when you get these kinds of cysts and removing them. That's what I was told. And why wouldn't they put you under? I don't really know the answer to that. I don't know. I mean, I like I said, all I remember is the pain and the agony. I don't remember much of conversations or anything else. So you had fever, you had these cysts. This is an infection, a mysterious quote unquote infection that strikes you just days before this film comes out. And so you go through this, but they're able to dig this stuff out and you think you're fine now. Yeah, I mean, I'm not a discharging at all. The sit meaning the cyst have drained of the bacteria in them. I don't even, I don't even cover it anymore.
Steve Deace: On the Road to Recovery Following MRSA Infection
"Steve day Steve so good to have you on the show How are you feeling first I know you're getting that a lot but the audience was following this little health crisis She went to you doing all right I'm okay You know we're still fighting this infection off I get a little low grade fever every now and then as my body is still fighting this dreaded mrsa infection but and it's still draining but for the most part I'm out of the Woods and I appreciate you asking It was quite an ordeal and a very very painful one on top of that Listen that is no joke You know I hate when someone mentions it and then you're like oh I had this too but in this case when I was my first started doing the grappling stuff and they weren't cleaning the mats you know 15 20 years ago you just like went on the mad and whatever I got mercy in my lower leg and I was in the hospital for days I think I had to take it was it rocephin or something I forget that these injectable antibiotics had that serious stuff I mean that can quite literally kill you That's no joke No it is no joke There is one oral antibiotic on Planet Earth that will treat it And you can have a lot of reactions to it And if that doesn't work then you have to do what you did Still now years later you used to go to the hospital and intravenously have to have them put the antibiotics into you to beat it Luckily I am tolerating that antibiotic And so I was able to come back to work
Steve Deace of 'Nefarious' Reveals a Major Health Scare
"All of you to check out nefarious the new movie out. It's very powerful. Steve dace is the mastermind behind it, and I believe he has been spiritually under attack the last couple of days. Steve first, how is your health? Well, Charlie, I'm sitting here talking to you with a hole on the left side of my chest where bacteria is still draining. But other than that, man, I'm great. How are you? Well, I'm glad you have a good spirit about it. And what exactly happened? Well, we made a hell of a movie that exposes the enemy and pissed him off. That's really what happened. And then I played into it with some stupid fake macho stuff, you know, the old I got time to bleed. I'll worry about this later. I got back from our red carpet premiere in Dallas last week and I started having some swelling on the left side of my upper body. I thought, you know, I used to go away. I got too much to do for the movie, promotion. I'll worry about it later. Sunday, the pain just got to be really bad. Monday morning, I woke up and I was searing excruciating and they gave me an antibiotic shot at the urgent care that didn't really help by that by Monday night I was out of it running fevers, disoriented, trembling, wife rushed me to ER and they literally had to carve this bacteria out of my left upper torso and if I'd not listened to her and gone to the ER if this had gone on another 12 hours, you and I might be having a much different conversation right now or I might still be coming out of surgery and recovering and not able to talk to you. So luckily we got it when we did.