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A highlight from World Data Products Int. (WDPI) achieves ITAD certification, Podcast
"This is Doug Green, and I'm the publisher of Telecom Reseller, and this is a special podcast for the ASCDI, and I'm very pleased to have with us today Neil Vild of WDPI. Neil, thank you for joining us today. Thanks, Doug. Great to be with you. Well, it's really wonderful to be able to do this podcast on behalf of the ASCDI. You're a very long -term, very active member of this association, a very prominent person and company within this industry and within this organization, so it's really a pleasure to have you here today. We're going to be talking about your recent certification, or really certifications, with ITAD and how that changes the game and why that's important to ASCDI members, to the community and to many technology companies, enterprise companies that might be just happy to be listening or watching. So we're going to dive into that in a second, but Neil, first of all, what is WDPI? So WDPI stands for World Data Products Incorporated. We've been in business since 1987 in the Minneapolis suburbs, currently in Plymouth, Minnesota. We started off as an independent hardware reseller, selling brands originally manufactured by companies such as Cisco, HP, Dell, and IBM. We're also an authorized reseller of Dell. Along the way, over those last number of years, we developed an internal repair business, which we can offer to clients as well, where we repair all of those items I mentioned that we can go down to the board level, repair power supplies, other devices such as laptops and Chromebooks. And then about 10 years ago, we acquired a company in the certified tape media business that basically goes out and acquires used tape media, those cartridges that everybody remembers, and we bring those back to our facility, fully eradicate the data and resell them. And that's the business that really got us into ITAT services about 10 years ago. That company, and we still do that, has a team of people that goes onsite and does IT hardware decommissioning, onsite audits, data sanitization, secure transport, and a host of other ITAT related services. So in fact, you guys had really been sort of in the ITAT market already, and this sort of solidifies that position. It does. And we decided to pursue these certifications for a number of reasons. One, our customers started to ask for them, both on the end user side and the wholesale side. We deal direct with end users, we also go through other resellers, and we work with other ITATs as a subcontractor. And as a number of them have been paying more attention to data security and the environment, they've been asking us about these certifications. So one of the reasons we pursued these was to really be responsive to our customer requests. Another is we view it as a differentiator. Those are really confirmation of the standards that we have. Not everybody has that certification out there. More people are getting it, which is great for business and for the environment. And thirdly, it really helped us improve our processes in certain areas and kind of raised the bar. So it was a win -win among all three of those elements. Let's dive a little deeper into ITAT. So first of all, can you explain to me what ITAT is? What does that mean? ITAT, IT Asset Disposition. It's a whole host of offerings and processes where, you know, starting if a company is looking to, you know, upgrade or refresh its data center or close something down, it needs to really find a responsible home for the used equipment, whether that's in a resale environment or in a recycling environment. Part of that involves onsite services, such as I mentioned, you know, data center decommissioning, data sanitization, whether that's onsite or at our site, the commitment to either resell these devices, which could be economically beneficial to the seller and to the purchaser, also making sure that the data is fully eradicated. But then in some cases, the data bearing devices have to be destroyed either logically or physically. And that leads us into working with responsible recyclers who can track these devices, provide certificates that they've been disposed of in an environmentally sound manner. So it's a whole host of services and processes. We don't have the time to go through that. That'd be a several day podcast, Doug, but I know we're a little bit time constrained today. Well, you know, as you can see behind me, it looks like beams of light are coming off my head, I think, but I'm actually reporting live from Las Vegas at the Mobile World Congress. Lots of carriers here, lots of enterprises, lots of interests. You know, this is a good example for this question. Why does it matter to the outside world? Why does ITAD matter to really everybody? Well, it matters, it's the biggest issue is really sustainability and protecting the environment. But there are also other elements within these certifications that are more internally oriented for the welfare of businesses and our employees. You know, if you go down the list, the R2 -V3 is really a phenomenal standard. You know, really stands for responsible recycling and reuse. Some really strict requirements on data sanitization and eradication and data security, which is a real differentiator. Part of these certifications involve several ISO standards, ISO 9001, which is a quality management standard, your world data had been ISO 9001 certified for about the last 10 years. So we renewed that one. ISO 14001 is environmental management. ISO 45001 is employee health and safety. And we're very proud of world data. We've been have a track record of over three years of accident free operation in our facility in Plymouth. And we intend to keep that going, God willing. And then the ASCDI ITED certified certification is also very important where, you know, in addition to the processes and the operational aspects that those other standards focus on, ASCDI adds to it the commitment to a code of ethics, which is unique in the industry. And every ASCDI member has to adhere to that. You know, we have stringent membership requirements for that association. And so as a long time member, as our company, a long time board member and former chairman of ASCDI, I am very proud to see our association going in that direction as well. So, you know, Neil, it sounds like this is also a great opportunity for the channels to go out there and sell a really amazing value added service. It is, Doug, you know, it helps the channel in a number of ways. One, you know, given and also end users in terms of the resale value that we can achieve for the equipment that is, you know, coming through the ITED process, you know, the highest and best use of a piece of equipment is to keep it in use. And, you know, the origin of our business was hardware resale. So our wholesalers or equipment traders know how to maximize the value of that equipment for the client, whether that's an end user client or a wholesaler or another ITED who has the end user relationship. So that is a huge advantage, I think, that World Data can deliver, given our history of being in that resale market. We're not just turning it around and flipping it on eBay or somewhere else. We can really maximize value. So, you know, Neil, it also sounds like, you know, channels should be really alert to this because if you're working with customers and you're in the course of sales and working with them, you're pulling out equipment, you are really not doing them a service if you're disposing of it incorrectly. That's correct. And so by virtue of the processes we've always had, plus now with the new certifications, you know, we're disposing of everything appropriately. You know, items that can be reused will be reused and resold at the maximum value we can get. Items that are no longer suitable for reuse will be recycled in a proper manner. And so, you know, channel partners can trust us as they've trusted us with, you know, other areas of business since 1987 to do the right thing and to uphold, you know, the environmentally sound and business sound practices. Another advantage we can offer is additional resources and feed on the street. You know, some of these ITAT opportunities are, you know, to use a technical term, lumpy. You know, they're not necessarily regular. And if a project comes up where a channel partner needs additional resources, whether that's feed on the street or processing capability, warehousing or logistics, we can offer that through our facility in Plymouth, Minnesota, from a facilities perspective. But we can also send our team, you know, anywhere in the country to help with onsite projects. You know, Neil, with regard to the end users of the enterprises, we're living at a time of great transition, hybrid companies getting rid of whole floors of office space and all the equipment on those floors. Sounds like enterprises need to be alert to this too. They do. And hopefully, you know, with the movement toward ESG and environments, you know, social aspects, governance, I think more enterprises are becoming aware of this. In fact, they're adopting goals along these lines. So we're here to help in terms of achieving those particular goals. And again, it's the right thing for the business. There are certain business objectives that can be met and environmental objectives that can be met. Does – you said when we were preparing for a podcast today that it even has some opportunities for the other ITAT companies. The benefit we could offer to other ITAT companies is, as a subcontractor, we can facilitate your broader reach, the processing capability that we have, the resale capability that we have to maximize value, relationships we have with responsible recycling partners, and also logistics. We have a facility in the upper Midwest that is very convenient to several major cities, can help reduce costs of transportation for this equipment. You know, we can't – if we can ship it via ground versus air, for example, or the closer it is, we can go pick it up with our own people on secure trucks and that sort of things. We can help reduce costs and increase their reach and provide a better service to the end -user enterprise customers that the other ITATs have. So Neil, you were telling me something very interesting that is unique about WTPI amongst the companies in the ASCDI, maybe in the – really most of the ICAT industry as well. Well, we were fortunate, Doug, to actually buy back the company from a private equity investor about 18 months ago. And now we are 100 % owned by nine employees and we're not an ESOP. You know, these ESOPs have different kinds of restrictions. But I think it's unique in our industry that we're a fully employee -owned company of that nature. You know, many times it's founders, founder and spouse, sort of an inner circle of owners. And I'm really proud that we've been able to offer this common equity ownership to a broader range of employees. And it is unique, I believe, in our industry. And certainly our people are very revved up about that. And I'm very happy to see that. Well, Neil, you know, we've talked in our conversation today about enterprises, about channels, about different types of companies. How does everyone do business? How can we learn more about your company and these services? Well, we have our website, which has extensive content on that and contact information. Feel free to email me, neil .ville at wdpi .com. That might be on the screen later, maybe not. But I'm in the ASCDI directory. I'm on LinkedIn. We have a great team of people, too, who I could direct anybody to for particular, more detailed advice on resale, valuation of products and that sort of thing. But certainly please contact us in whatever is easiest method for you out there. And we'd be happy to help. Well, Neil, I really want to thank you for joining me today. This has been really interesting. I hope you get to do one in a few more months and find out how everything's going. Update us on what you guys are doing. But for now, thanks very much. Thank you, Doug. Look forward to that. Appreciate the time. Thanks very much.
A highlight from UNCHAINED: Heres How Sam Bankman-Frieds High-Stakes Trial Could Play Out
"Arbitrum's leading layer two scaling solution offers you ultra cheap and lightning fast transactions, all with security rooted on Ethereum. Visit arbitrum .io today. Toku makes implementing global token compensation and incentive awards simple. With Toku, you get unmatched legal and tax tech support to grant and administer your global team's tokens. Make it simple today with Toku. Today's guest is Nick Day, Coindesk's managing editor for global policy and regulation. Welcome, Nick. Thanks for having me. The trial for former FTX CEO Sam Bankman -Fried starts next Tuesday, October 3rd. There's been a lot happening pre -trial. For instance, Sam has requested release from jail multiple times and repeatedly been denied, including as recently as Thursday morning. My personal thought was that it seemed like all these requests that the defense was putting in at this critical juncture right before the trial was supposed to begin was maybe not the best use of their time, but that's just my personal opinion. I'm not a lawyer. Why do you think they made this such a point of focus in the last few days? Yeah. So I'm actually coming, you know, I was in the courthouse just a few hours ago where this very issue was brought up and the, you know, defense's arguments were, well, the first time we asked it was for pre -trial release. You know, this was right after Bankman -Fried was remanded into custody in mid -August. The second time was, you know, they were asking an appeals court to overrule the judge's decision to remand him and they lost that as well. In court today, the defense said, well, you know, now we want to ask for during trial, which is why we waited until this week to make that request. And they say that they want to, you know, the circumstances are different. They're not asking for Bankman -Fried to be released from jail in the weeks leading up to trial. Now they're saying, well, you know, during the trial, we're going to have to talk to him and check with him about defense witness testimony and cross -examination and things like that. So that's why we're making this request. And the judge didn't really find that compelling. And why do you think the judge has stuck to this position of keeping Bankman -Fried in jail? So in the judge's words, there's a couple of different reasons. One being that Bankman -Fried has had ample time to look at the defense materials. You know, one of the arguments was there are something like 1300 exhibits expected over the course of the trial. And the judge asked today, you know, were these all prepared and shared with you before, I think he said September 8th, so earlier this month. And the defense, they said, yes, we've seen all of this. We've had access to all of this. Bankman -Fried was out on bail for about seven and a half months. And so the judge's argument is, well, he's had time to look at this. You know, there's no surprises here. And he said that the defense has the chance to talk with Bankman -Fried in the Metropolitan Detention Center where he's currently being housed weekends during days that there are no trials. So, you know, the trial is not every weekday. It's going to be most weekdays. And he said, you know, you have the time, you have the opportunity, you are able to talk to your client. You're not really losing a whole lot. But he added kind of a, you know, made this ruling where Bankman -Fried will even be presented to the courthouse early on trial days where there's certain witness testimony that has to be discussed and let the attorneys just talk to him before the trial begins on those days. So he's saying basically, you know, you have opportunities to talk to your client and I'm going to give you more time to do so, but I'm not going to let Bankman -Fried out of jail. So the main focus next week as the trial begins will be jury selection. Tell us what you think that process will be like. It definitely will be interesting. I think it's probably going to be very boring from just kind of an observer perspective because it's a long process and we're going to be just sitting there watching this judge ask each individual, have you heard of FTX? Have you heard of Bankman -Fried? What do you think about cryptocurrencies? But it's going to be very interesting because this is the part where we're really going to get a sense of, okay, you know, these are the 12 or so people who are going to determine whether or not Bankman -Fried spends the next, you know, 10 to 20 years of his life behind bars and so I'm expecting to see maybe as mixed selection. I think if you pluck a random group of New Yorkers off the streets, some of them may have heard of cryptocurrency. Most of them probably will not have and they're going to be tasked with deciding whether or not one of the biggest figures in crypto committed fraud on the way up and on the way down. Something that was interesting to me was the prosecution said that they expected jury selection to take the better part of a day. I've seen some legal opinions that it will take longer than that. What do you think could potentially happen there and why do you think some analysts are saying that it would take longer? Yeah, no, I've spoken to a number of lawyers as well ahead of the trial, you know, where at Coindes we're trying to do a lot of kind of preview coverage, basically saying here's how it might go down. Everyone I spoke to said it will probably take a couple days. Part of that is because this is a fairly notorious case. A lot of people will have heard about Bankman -Fried and presumably formed some kind of opinion that would, you know, disqualify them from being a juror on the trial. I'm not sure where the DOJ is getting their estimate from. It's very possible that, you know, through the questionnaires that the jury pool is sent through the, you know, the kind of the mass selection process or deselection process that the judge engages in. Maybe that streamlines a big part of it by kind of, you know, reducing or like immediately filtering out the people who are most blatantly, you know, either knowledgeable or biased or otherwise have their own preformed viewpoints about the case. And so the jury selection might just be focused on, you know, those individuals who have made it through those initial filtering processes. But that's speculation on my part. I honestly am not sure if it is a better part of the day that we could see opening statements as soon as next Wednesday, October 4th, which would be a pretty rapid start to the trial. And Coindesk did some work to try to suss out what it is that Lower Manhattan New Yorkers might say if they were randomly picked for a jury. What did you discover there? Yeah, no. So Coindesk's Dylan and Victor went to Manhattan, downtown Manhattan to the financial district, and literally just went up to people and said, hey, we're with Coindesk. Have you heard of FTX? Have you heard of Sam Bankman Fried? And a fairly large part of this group just hadn't heard about it. You know, they weren't familiar with it. They weren't comfortable talking about crypto. They weren't familiar with crypto. And of those who were, you know, I think they found a fairly even mix. There were some individuals who had heard about Bankman Fried, some individuals who had only heard about crypto, some individuals who were very knowledgeable. They actually found a, you know, a Yahoo anchor who was the most knowledgeable about it, naturally, as you know, a reporter covering the financial space. But they also found people who were looking for jobs in crypto, people who were investors in the space. By and large, it seems to, you know, a lot of the people they spoke to just weren't interested or talking, interested in talking about crypto or in, you know, being part of this, being part of crypto. So if that is a representative sample of who we'll see next week at the jury pool, it'll be interesting because we'll see a large, potentially large, jury pool of people who aren't familiar with crypto. Again, on one of the biggest, you know, bang in on one of the biggest figures in the space. Recently, the defense proposed certain questions that it would ask the jurors and the government said that they felt these were quote unquote intrusive. What were some of the questions that were proposed and what was the government's response? Yeah. So, you know, the background here is both the DOJ and the defense team filed their proposed jury questions to help filter potential jurors. The defense team in particular had a number of questions about, you know, how these potential jurors felt about things like effective altruism, about political donations, about ADHD and people who have ADHD. And the DOJ response was really, you know, they felt that some of these questions, for example, about effective altruism and about political donations seemed kind of primed to or designed to prime the potential jurors to think, oh, well, Bankman Fried was trying to do all of this in service of this effective altruism philosophy. Therefore, he was trying to raise money to donate to better the world or designed to try and prime the jury to think, okay, well, you know, political donations is fine. So these allegations about breaking the law in the way he tried to donate funds maybe is, you know, overreach or whatever. And then the intrusive part, you know, treating just kind of this question of ADHD and whether or not people were, you know, involved with individuals who had it or the DOJ just felt that these questions were really designed to try and shape how the jury would see Bankman Fried as opposed to just kind of gauge their existing biases. And so the DOJ opposed these questions. And I think we're still waiting to see for sure if there's any public response on the judge prior to jury selection on Tuesday. All right. So in a moment, we're going to talk about different legal strategies that the defense might pursue. But first, a quick word from the sponsors who make this show possible. 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RedState: Hunter Team Used Threat of Joe Biden to Pressure, Coerce DOJ
"This is really bad. Here, Red State, Banshee. Hunter Biden team used It's the the threat of Joe Biden to pressure and coerce the DOJ. It's happening. This is why Biden's mad, not mad. They're targeting his kid. He's mad. They could be targeting him. He throw his kid under the bus in a what they say in the 80s in a jiffy. Remember the Brady Bunch? They would throw this guy under the bus tomorrow if it would make the political case against Joe Biden go away. Bank on it. Cash that check. Spend that money here. According to Politico, Politico, by the way, which is like to the left of the Communist Manifesto. According to Politico, which examined previously unknown communications between Hunter Biden's legal team and the DOJ. There was an actual threat issued to call Joe Biden as a witness if Weiss, the U .S. attorney, dared to charge the gun crime in question. OK, what goes on? Then he issued a warning if the Justice Department charged the president's son, his lawyers would put the president on the witness stand. President Biden now would be a fact witness fact witness for the defense in any criminal trial. There you go, folks. It's right there. Tell me Joe Biden loves his kid. He loves himself. He loves money. The gravy train dried up. Now he thinks he could find himself in jail if Hunter Biden flips on him. He'd throw this kid if he could.
Monitor Show 13:00 09-29-2023 13:00
"When professional soccer player Marcus Rashford injured his shoulder he turned to Resil's virtual reality training program to help him maintain his skills and return to the field with confidence. Learn more at meta .com slash metaverse impact. On tenth of one percent, Nasdaq up three tenths of one percent. Sound on with Joe Matthew from Washington DC. That starts right now. Broadcasting 24 hours a day at Bloomberg .com and the Bloomberg Business Act. This is Bloomberg Radio. Now from our nation's capital, this is Bloomberg Sound On. We're talking about red and blue division within states. How busy is Donald Trump's legal team gonna be? Is the economy stupid? Is that actually what will decide this race? Bloomberg Sound On. Politics, policy and perspective from DC's top names. Federal spending combined with too lax monetary policy has produced this 40 year high on inflation. China policy is driven basically by domestic politics. American families are finding themselves further behind the eight ball. To get anything done in this Congress, it's gonna have to be done in a bipartisan way. Bloomberg Sound On with Joe Matthew on Bloomberg Radio. The government shuts down tomorrow. The auto workers strike is expanding and Senator Dianne Feinstein has died. Welcome to the fastest show in politics. With three major political stories developing today, we're gonna spend the next two hours learning more. Beginning with our conversation with Congresswoman Haley Stevens. The Democrat from Michigan has been on the picket line and is in the midst of the budget debate right now. Joins us live from the Capitol in just a moment. We seek analysis from our political panel. Bloomberg politics contributor, Democratic analyst, Jeannie Chan.
SBF TRIAL: 09/29 Update
"Welcome to the SBF trial, a Coindesk podcast network newsletter bringing you daily insights from inside the courtroom where Sam Bankman -Fried will try to stay out of prison. Follow the Coindesk podcast network to get the audio each morning with content from the Coindesk regulation team and voiced by Wondercraft AI. In a rare display of candor or as part of a calculated exercise in reputation management, Sam Bankman -Fried delved deep into his mental health struggles in a trove of unposted tweets obtained by Coindesk's Christine Lee and published for the first time on Friday. I don't really know what happiness means, he said in one of the tweets, which he wrote just weeks after his crypto empire blew up last year as he was facing down a tidal wave of public scorn. The tweets published by Coindesk strike a similar tone to those obtained earlier this month by the New York Times. In both cases, it's difficult to discern whether Bankman -Fried's musings provide an authentic glimpse into the beleaguered crypto founder's psyche or whether his mental health battles and personal anecdotes have been played up for sympathy. On this front, it's impossible to fairly speculate, though it seems likely that Bankman -Fried's mental health struggles could play a role in his defense. Also this week, Judge Lewis Kaplan, who is overseeing Bankman -Fried's trial, struck down a request from the FTX founder's lawyers asking that he be temporarily released from prison. Bankman -Fried has been held in Brooklyn's Metropolitan Detention Center since his bail was revoked in July, and his lawyers argued for the third time on Thursday that this has made it difficult for them to prepare for trial. With Bankman -Fried's trial set to begin next week, the argument from his lawyers this time around was that Bankman -Fried would need time to strategize during his trial. Previously, they'd asked he be granted release ahead of time. Kaplan again denied the motion arguing the FTX founder has had ample opportunity to review the evidence and prep his defense over the past several months. Kaplan did make some concessions, however, ordering the Department of Prisons to ensure Bankman -Fried be delivered to court at a brisk 7 a .m. on most days of the trial, designed to give him and his lawyers a bit of extra time to incorporate fresh testimony into their defense. Part of Kaplan's rationale for denying the release request came from his belief, as a seasoned jurist, that Bankman -Fried might present a flight risk. "'Your client could be looking at a very long sentence,' Kaplan told Bankman -Fried's lawyers. If things looked bleak and he had the opportunity, maybe he would seek to flee." On a housekeeping note, we officially have the court calendar for the trial through November 11. The court will meet four days a week except for the week of October 22, when it will only be in session two days.
A highlight from IP#501 Adam Blai The History of Exorcism, Part 1 on Inside the Pages with Kris McGregor Discerning Hearts podcasts
"Discerninghearts .com presents inside the pages insights from today's most compelling authors I'm your host Chris McGregor and I am delighted to be joined by Adam Bly who is a church decreed expert on religious demonology and exorcism for the Pittsburgh Diocese he's helped train exorcists for over 15 years and has attended hundreds of solemn exorcisms his journey started in brain wave research and psychology and is now focused on the spiritual realities of miracles angels demons and possessions he's also the author of several books including the exorcism files with Adam Bly we go inside the pages of the history of exorcism published by Sophia Institute press Adam thank you so much for joining me sure Chris it's great to be back with you I'm very grateful for the history of exorcism I think it's an important work I think it's one of those things that needs to be brought out in the light because people have a lot of different ideas about what exorcism is but also maybe not an appreciation of its role in the life not only of the church but even before that and you bring that forward so clearly so thank you so much the history is all there so I really didn't do a whole lot except try to put it together and maybe synthesize it a little bit but I found it to be a really interesting story which is why I wanted to to get it out to people in the form of a book because yeah as you said most people really have no idea where this came from they've just kind of seen the movies you know they have their ideas from there which which is really distorted obviously Hollywood doesn't know much about this so yeah I'm hoping it'll kind of demystify it a little bit and and also it had some interesting twists in the road through the history of this so it's kind of a neat story I thought and I'm not saying that about like my own book I'm saying that the history of it is just it's a neat history well I'll say it for your book it is a neat book I found it fascinating and I think context is everything isn't it so to understand something more fully you need to be able to put things into context don't you mm -hmm yeah I think you do and hopefully it'll help not only with the idea of solemn exorcism but the whole deliverance world it kind of puts the whole range of prayers in a context because it shows back when it was more of a gray area and prayer was just prayer and you know deliverance and exorcism weren't well defined in the early church in terms of where the lines were between them so I hope it'll lead people to understand why exorcism is is really a qualitatively different thing than just deliverance prayers how did you become involved in the ministry that that helps to free people from a captivity that the church wants to be able to offer them well it's a long story but it's about 15 or 16 or 17 years ago I was doing graduate work in adult clinical psychology and mainly brainwave research and I was curious whether any of these strange experiences were real or if they were an artifact of the brain or mental illness and so I started looking into it stumbled across a possessed person early on it wasn't like anything I had seen clinically or been trained for clinically the interventions that you would do in psychology for psychosis had no impact and that led to you know obviously questions and then as I got to meet specialist clergy and got drawn into this and saw full -blown cases of solemn exorcisms I started seeing things that you can't explain and so once I realized it's a real phenomenon it's a real spiritual reality I then decided to basically as long as God was willing dedicate my life to it because there was so few exorcists around at that time you know 27 well about 17 years ago the ministry really you know it had faded out it was almost gone and so we've been working you know as a community for a lot of years and now there's a lot of exorcists trained up in the United States you know a few hundred at least and there's more every year so things are really kind of rolling at this point well the really good news about that is it as you said in the past maybe 15 years or so institutes have developed the one that I'm more familiar with is the Pope Leo XIII Institute that is established by priests and also their particular teams which include practitioners as you are someone who is not only devout in his faith but somebody who has an understanding of the human person which can help them to provide their ministry and then that's an important thing isn't it yeah and it's good to mention of course I'm a lay person I'm not a priest I don't actually do exorcisms only a priest with permission from their bishop can do that but God seems to have called me into a kind of unique role of training and teaching and essentially coaching priests and particularly new exorcists so the best way to learn is kind of in the situation so I do teach at the Leo Institute and I've taught at other national conferences for years and things like that but really the at the end of the day you have to do it and kind of be mentored by other exorcists and people with experience basically and just wanted to be clear so people don't make the mistake of assuming I'm an exorcist I know from the founders of the Pope Leo XIII Institute I know Monsignor John S.
A highlight from Ep384: People Don't Go To Reels To Find Podcasts
"I would recommend that you have a podcast as the top of the funnel because it's going to grow your business. It's going to support you because you need people to know, like, and trust you, I'll say on that podcast. You need people to know, like, and trust you. 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 Adams. And I was scrolling through a Facebook group, a Facebook group for podcasters. And why was I there? I'm looking for clients and I'm looking for guests. So here I am trying to see who it is, who's asking for help, who it is, who wants to be a guest. And I'm starting to maneuver through there. And this was just a few minutes ago. And once this ended up happening, I decided I needed to come to you and mention something that is thoughtful and that this gentleman, I'm trying to remember if his name is JJ, or if I'm mixing them up with, I read, I was on that scrolling through for a long time. Let's just pretend it was JJ. So that gentleman, he goes, I don't understand what's happening. I've been doing reels for, I don't remember the amount of time. Let's pretend, let's insert the word months. I don't know. But he goes, I've been doing reels for a long time and they're getting between 1000 and 3000 views, but I don't understand. Again, I'm getting one to 3000 views on my reels, but I don't understand why am I getting so few podcast listeners? And I think I was kind of feeling like an asshole or something. I think I was feeling like a jerk. Like I wanted to prove a point or something and I was frustrated and it gave me some weird thing in my heart where I wanted to freaking scream at this guy. And I kind of did. And I basically said, it's because people don't go to reels to find podcasts. People don't go to YouTube to find podcasts. People don't go to Facebook to find podcasts. And what I said to, we'll call him JJ, I can't remember if it was JJ or somebody else. What I said to him was, well, the reason why is people don't go to reels to find podcasts. I said it very matter of fact. And I felt like a jerk when I did it. I said it. And then all of a sudden, like all of these podcast coaches are liking and thumbing up my response to this guy. And so I felt at least like, okay, that's good because the people that really know they agree that people don't go to reels to find a podcast. So maybe I wasn't as mean or unthoughtful as I thought, but I did, I did jump right into it and like, I'm rolling my eyes and be like, bro, what are you thinking? You got to put your money into bringing people to the podcast, not growing a reel. It doesn't necessarily translate. It doesn't transfer over each and every time. There have been so many times that I go to Instagram, for example, and there's this guy that I really admire. I really respect. His name is Andrew Kuberman and Andrew constantly puts out good reels. Okay. I follow him on Insta and sometimes I'll watch him on YouTube, but I am technically subscribed to his podcast. I don't know that I've ever listened to his podcast through the podcast playing platform. And that's because I don't go to Instagram to find a freaking podcast and I'm scrolling through and I'm getting reels and I'm liking his stuff. And then I follow him. It doesn't mean he gained a subscriber and same thing. I've had clients, probably two or three clients, two are women. I remember the conversations very, very distinctly. And they said, I don't understand my podcast. Let's just say 3000 downloads per month, but my Instagram is still only getting five to 10 likes per post. And they're like, something's going on. And I want to say same thing as I said to, we'll call him JJ. It's because people don't go to podcasts to find people to follow on social. Yes, they might a certain percentages of them might some of the people that see me on Insta or LinkedIn might find my podcast. But if we want to really grow a podcast, there's two things to do. So get ready to take notes. Here's your host, Adam Adams. Now get ready to take notes. There's two things that you could do. One of them is to guest on other people's podcasts. Why? Because a hundred percent of the listeners of that podcast, listen to podcasts. A hundred percent of the listeners of that podcast in your genre are interested in your genre. It's really easy if you're being on somebody else's podcast to have a call to action that says, check out my podcast. If you would like another free resource in this area, if you're doing life coaching, then you would say I coach coaches. And if you want to become a life coach, this is a good podcast and I've got a free one as well. Go over here. Or if you're liking what this is about entrepreneurship, I would recommend, this is what Adam says often. I would recommend that you have a podcast as the top of the funnel because it's going to grow your business. It's going to support you because you need people to know, like, and trust you. I'll say on that podcast, you need people to know, like, and trust you. Well, the podcast is how do they know you? So I'm hoping that you, the listener of that other person's show is who I'm talking to right now. I'm being interviewed. Remember in this scenario, I'm being interviewed. I say this all the time. I say, if that's what you're looking for, jump over to my podcast, it's called the podcast on podcasting. This is the value that we drop. I would like to see you there, especially if it can help you. And it's totally for free. Okay. That's a great place to do it. The next place it costs more money than just being interviewed on somebody else's podcast. Okay. And that is to do advertising. So you can do advertising on Spotify. You can do advertising on Buzzsprout. My team does advertising with private messages where we personally invite the person, each and every person that fits your perfect avatar. We reach out to them on Facebook, LinkedIn, and meetup .com. And as we start a conversation with them, we make it go to the place where we ask them if they've heard of your podcast and then we bring it to them. So what I'm saying here is you want to do a couple of things. Go guest on other people's podcasts because people listen to podcasts that want podcasts. Secondarily, make sure that you are doing some type of paid marketing, paid ads, getting in front of that person time and time again in other ways. And sorry, I was starting to get distracted by a phone call coming in. That'll be a lesson for me and you to just put our phones away because I could tell that it was somebody that was important. And I was like, I need to answer that. So getting back to where we were before I started stuttering more is I want you to be on other people's podcasts. It's one of the biggest, best ways that you can grow your audience. And secondarily, I want you to find ways of doing paid ads because that investment could pay you dividends. For an example, we had a client, his name's Alex. Alex came to us and he said, I've been going with this big package with you and I've got this other guy helping me. My podcast has been costing me a couple thousand dollars a month. Do you think I'm at a place where I could make money? And I was like, Alex, yeah, I'm looking at the numbers right now and you could make great money through your podcast. How much do you want to make? And he goes, it'd be great if I could pay most of those expenses. I said, how much? And he goes, it's a little over $3 ,000 a month. Do you think that's even possible? I said, yeah, sit down with me. So Alex and I just sat down and we talked about him making money through his podcast. We talked about how many listeners he has because he was doing a package with us that we were doing some marketing. And now that package costs a little bit more. But anyway, we were doing that for him and he had plenty of listeners. So I spoke with Alex and I let him know you're who to talk to and how to talk to them. So we did that. He went and talked to one person one time. He had literally one phone call and he got five grand a month and he had another phone call just a couple of days later. And he called me and he says, I'm making $10 ,000 a month through my podcast. Thank you so much. Because he went from a place of not knowing that he had that ability. He went from a place of thinking that this was an expense and it became more of an investment that paid him dividends. Think about that. A, I want you to go out and get on other people's shows. B, I want you to find a way to put out paid marketing. We would love to help you with that if it's within your budget. If not, reach out to me, give me a call and I'll share with you a few things that you could do without having to hire us. Awesome. I'll see you on the next episode. Oh, hey, because three of my clients came to me recently looking to find a way to have their podcast make the money instead of cost them money. We put together a resource for some of our clients and I want to give it to you as well. It's something that did actually seem to help because one of them is now making $2600 a month. Another one $4500 a month. And the third is making between $5 ,000 and $10 ,000 each month. And so it's been a resource that's been incredibly valuable to them. It's our sponsor sheet template. It's a template of a sponsor sheet and it gives you something that you can hand to potential sponsors. And hopefully also be making $2600, $4500 or between $5K and $10K regularly each month with your podcast. So this has been a contributing factor to helping all 3 of those clients turn their podcast into an additional income stream for them. And the way that you can find it is just going to our website, growyourshow .com. But put in forward slash templates, growyourshow .com forward slash templates. And then you can actually download that template and others that could be valuable to your podcasting experience. I'll see you on the next episode.
A highlight from Taking consistent action for growth
"In this short episode I speak to Raul Karun Sharma about taking consistent action and the importance of knowing the purpose behind the actions we take in order to achieve our goals and to bring about positive change in ourselves and others. We discuss the importance of leaders adapting the leadership styles to their team members' individual needs and the concept of situational leadership. Raul shares his acronym BOLD and presents the business case for consistent action for growth. I create clear thinking and decisive leaders who can amplify their influence. Contact me to find out how I can help you or your organisation. And today our guest is Raul Karun Sharma. How are you doing? I'm doing very good Judith. How are you? I'm really good and you? Doing awesome. Awesome. What makes you awesome? It's the excitement to be in discussion with you. I had an amazing day so far and I'm looking forward for a conversation that will help our listeners. Brilliant. And do you want to share what's made your day so awesome? my It was daily rituals. I was able to commit to a few things which I was able to achieve. That really made me happy. I really recently started some lifestyle change in my daily routine, Judith, and I'm excited. It's been one week and I was successfully able to make it happen. Hey, that's really good. Staying to your commitments and getting things done like that is not always easy. Well done on that. Tell us a bit more about you. Sure. So I'm currently working as the head of learning and development for a global international company in headquarters in Morristown, New Jersey. Right now, I am focusing on establishing my public speaking business and I'm also a writer. I provide leadership training to all the employees of my organization worldwide. And I am focusing on right now at the moment, as you and me are talking, on my business of coaching. So I have been into this leadership training for over two decades and I'm very excited to share my learning, share my experience with the folks who are not part of my organization. So I can help them in meeting their goals, meeting their dreams and help them realize their dreams come true. Brilliant. That in itself is something very worthy. So that's a great segue into what we're going to discuss today. I know you do a lot of work with the mind and how we think things through. And one of the things that you focus on is how we can all take consistent action. Can you tell me more about that? Sure. So in my experience, I have seen that one of the prime reasons why we are not able to achieve what we want is we do not take consistent action. Action is something that will take us closer to our dreams, our reality. And one of the very critical reasons why we fail in taking consistent action is because we are not very clear about our why. Why we need to take that action. And I have realized in my personal life that once you know why you want to do it, you automatically your conscious mind helps you in taking that action. So number one thing in order for us to take consistent action is know our why. Why behind of taking that particular action. Okay, so when you say know our why, I'm assuming you're not meaning in terms of like Simon Sinek's why. Are you talking about the purpose of the action that you want to take? Is that what you mean when you're saying know your why? That is correct. That is correct. The purpose of taking action, as well as how that will change us, change the people around us, and how it will make us more meaningful, more joyful, and more happier. Okay, so once you know your why, then what happened? So once we know why that really creates momentum within us to take that action, and why it creates a momentum, because it gives us clarity on how things will happen once we take that action. For example, most of us, we want to take action to manage our lifestyle. Now, if we just want to manage our lifestyle, just because it is it is anything or it is something that has been done by many, that will not allow us to take action. However, if we want to change our lifestyle, and if we know our why, that why would could be, it will make me healthier, it may help me do more productive, it will help me do more more things, it will help me have a healthier lifestyle. That's what makes things happen for us. If we just do it for the sake of doing, then we will not be able to take that consistent action. So why is what is the purpose, what will happen once I take that action, and how my life life around me will change for better when we take that action.
A highlight from Heres How Sam Bankman-Frieds High-Stakes Trial Could Play Out - Ep 549
"Even though each of these charges, if you look at the DOJ press release says, oh, it contains a maximum sentence of 20 years or five years, whatever, it's not going to be consecutive. It'll be concurrent. So the estimate I'm getting from various attorneys that I've spoken to over the past few weeks is it'll probably be somewhere in the, you know, 10 to 20 year range. Hi everyone. Welcome to Unchained, your no hype resource for all things crypto. I'm your host, Laura Shin, author of The Cryptopians. I started covering crypto eight years ago, and as a senior editor at Forbes was the first mainstream media reporter to cover cryptocurrency full time. This is the September 29th, 2023 episode of Unchained. Thinking of launching your own stable coin? Start with the open source stable coin studio toolkit on Hedera. Start your journey at Hedera .com slash Unchained. Shape tomorrow today. With the crypto .com app, you can buy, trade and spend crypto in one place. Download and get $25 with the code Laura. Link in the description. Arbitrum's leading layer two scaling solution offers you ultra cheap and lightning fast transactions, all with security rooted on Ethereum. Visit arbitrum .io today. Toku makes implementing global token compensation and incentive awards simple. With Toku, you get unmatched legal and tax tech support to grant and administer your global team's tokens. Make it simple today with Toku. Today's guest is Nick Day, Coindesk's managing editor for global policy and regulation. Welcome, Nick. Thanks for having me. The trial for former FTX CEO Sam Bankman -Fried starts next Tuesday, October 3rd. There's been a lot happening pre -trial. For instance, Sam has requested release from jail multiple times and repeatedly been denied, including as recently as Thursday morning. My personal thought was that it seemed like all these requests that the defense was putting in at this critical juncture right before the trial was supposed to begin was maybe not the best use of their time, but that's just my personal opinion. I'm not a lawyer. Why do you think they made this such a point of focus in the last few days? Yeah, so I'm actually coming, you know, I was in the courthouse just a few hours ago where this very issue was brought up and the defense's arguments were, well, the first time we asked, it was for pre -trial release. You know, this was right after Bankman -Fried was remanded into custody in mid -August. The second time was, you know, they were asking the appeals court to overrule the judge's decision to remand him. And they lost that as well. In court today, the defense said, well, you know, now we want to ask for during trial, which is why we waited until this week to make that request. And they say that they want to, you know, the circumstances are different. They're not asking for Bankman -Fried to be released from jail in the weeks leading up to trial. Now they're saying, well, you know, during the trial, we're going to have to talk to him and check with him about defense witness testimony and cross -examination and things like that. So that's why we're making this request. And the judge didn't really find that compelling. And why do you think the judge has stuck to this position of keeping Bankman -Fried in jail? So in the judge's words, there's a couple of different reasons. One being that Bankman -Fried has had ample time to look at the defense materials. You know, one of the arguments was there are something like 1300 exhibits expected over the course of the trial. And the judge asked today, you know, were these all prepared and shared with you before, I think he said September 8th, so earlier this month. And the defense, they said, yes, we've seen all of this. We've had access to all of this. Bankman -Fried was out on bail for about seven and a half months. And so the judge's argument is, well, he's had time to look at this. You know, there's no surprises here. And he said that the defense has the chance to talk with Bankman -Fried in the Metropolitan Detention Center, where he's currently being housed weekends during days that there are no trials. So, you know, the trial is not every weekday. It's going to be most weekdays. And he said, you know, you have the time, you have the opportunity, you are able to talk to your client. You're not really losing a whole lot. But he added kind of a, you know, made this ruling where Bankman -Fried will even be presented to the courthouse early on trial days where there's certain witness testimony that has to be discussed and let the attorneys just talk to him before the trial begins on those days. So he's saying basically, you know, you have opportunities to talk to your client and I'm going to give you, you know, more time to do so, but I'm not going to let Bankman -Fried out of jail. So the main focus next week as the trial begins will be jury selection. Tell us what you think that process will be like. It definitely will be interesting. I think it's probably going to be very boring from just kind of an observer perspective because it's a long process and we're going to be just sitting there watching this judge ask each individual, you know, have you heard of FTX? Have you heard of Bankman -Fried? What do you think about cryptocurrencies? But it's going to be very interesting because this is the part where we're 12 or so people who are going to determine whether or not Bankman -Fried spends the next, you know, 10 to 20 years of his life behind bars. And so I'm expecting to see maybe as mixed selection. I think if you pluck a random group of New Yorkers off the streets, some of them may have heard of cryptocurrency, most of them probably will not have, and they're going to be tasked with deciding whether or not one of the biggest figures in crypto committed fraud on the way up and on the way down. Something that was interesting to me was the prosecution said that they expected jury selection to take the better part of a day. I've seen some legal opinions that it will take longer than that. What do you think could potentially happen there and why do you think some analysts are saying that it would take longer? Yeah, no, I've spoken to a number of lawyers as well ahead of the trial, you know, where at Coindes we're trying to do a lot of kind of preview coverage, basically saying here's how it might go down. Everyone I spoke to said it will probably take a couple of days. Part of that is because this is a fairly notorious case. A lot of people will have heard about Bankman Fried and presumably formed some kind of opinion that would, you know, disqualify them from being a juror on the trial. I'm not sure where the DOJ is getting their estimate from. It's very possible that, you know, through the questionnaires that the jury pool is sent through the, you know, the kind of the mass selection process or deselection process that the judge engages in, maybe that streamlines a big part of it by kind of, you know, reducing or like immediately filtering out the people who are most blatantly, you know, either knowledgeable or biased or otherwise have their own preformed viewpoints about the case. And so the jury selection might just be focused on, you know, those individuals who have made it through those initial filtering processes. But that's speculation on my part. I honestly am not sure if it is a better part of the day that we could see opening statements as soon as, you know, next Wednesday, October 4th, which would be a pretty rapid start to the trial. And Coindesk did some work to try to suss out what it is that lower Manhattan New Yorkers might say if they were randomly picked for a jury. What did you discover there? Yeah, no, so Coindesk's Dylan and Victor went to Manhattan, downtown Manhattan to the financial district, and literally just went up to people and said, hey, we're with Coindesk. Have you heard of FTX? Have you heard of Sam Bankman -Fried? And a fairly large part of this group just hadn't heard about it. You know, they weren't familiar with it. They weren't comfortable talking about crypto. They weren't familiar with crypto. And of those who were, you know, I think they found a fairly even mix. There were some individuals who had heard about Bankman -Fried, some individuals who had only heard about crypto, some individuals who were very knowledgeable. They actually found a, you know, a Yahoo anchor who was the most knowledgeable about it naturally as, you know, order covering the financial space. But they also found people who were looking for jobs in crypto, people who were investors in the space. By and large, it seems to, you know, a lot of the people they spoke to just weren't interested or talking, interested in talking about crypto or in, you know, being part of this, being part of crypto. So if that is a representative sample of who we'll see next week at the jury pool, it'll be interesting because we'll see a large, potentially large, jury pool of people who aren't familiar with crypto. Again, on one of the biggest, you know, bang in on one of the biggest figures in the space. Recently, the defense proposed certain questions that it would ask the jurors and the government said that they felt these were quote unquote intrusive. What were some of the questions that were proposed and what was the government's response? Yeah. So, you know, the background here is both the DOJ and the defense team filed their proposed jury questions to help filter potential jurors. The defense team in particular had a number of questions about, you know, how these potential jurors felt about things like effective altruism, about political donations, about ADHD and people who have ADHD. And the DOJ response was really, you know, they felt that some of these questions, for example, about effective altruism and about political donations seemed kind of primed to, or designed to prime the potential jurors to think, oh, well, Bankman Fried was trying to do all of this in service of this effective altruism philosophy. Therefore, he was trying to raise money to donate to better the world or designed to try and prime the jury to think, okay, well, you know, political donations is fine. So these allegations about breaking the law in the way he tried to donate funds maybe is, you know, overreach or whatever. And in the intrusive part, you know, treating just kind of this question of ADHD and whether or not people were, you know, involved with individuals who had it or the DOJ just felt that these questions were really designed to try and shape how the jury would see Bankman Fried as opposed to just kind of gauge their existing biases. And so the DOJ opposed these questions and I think we're still waiting to see for sure if there's any public response on the judge prior to jury selection on Tuesday. All right. So in a moment, we're going to talk about different legal strategies that the defense might pursue. But first, a quick word from the sponsors who make this show possible. 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Recently, the defense did propose a number of witnesses, but the judge denied most of them. Who were these proposed witnesses and why were they denied? Yeah, so the DOJ and defense both had a number of proposed expert witnesses. The defense in particular had a number of individuals that they said could speak to everything from the terms of service that FTX operated under to the FTX software to just rebutting certain DOJ witnesses. The judge basically said he agreed with the DOJ in rejecting all of these proposed witnesses. There were seven. He did allow the defense to call for four of them later on, but they have to meet certain requirements and fill out certain disclosure forms first. A big part of the judge's reasoning was the witnesses had just not adequately explained what they wanted to testify about or what they would say, and so they didn't have or he didn't have enough information to allow them to testify, which was functionally the DOJ's argument as well. That being said, some of these proposed witnesses are intended to act as rebuttal witnesses to DOJ's witnesses. I know we're saying the word witnesses a lot, but that's what it comes down to is four of these witnesses could come back and respond to, you know, either FTX intercircle members who are testifying on behalf of the DOJ. One of the potential witnesses that the defense can call forward is someone who can speak to the actual technical software underlying the, you know, FTX program, again, in response to DOJ witnesses. The judge did completely ban, for example, a British barrister who was supposed to explain the FTX terms of service as well as someone who was supposed to speak to kind of the crypto industry at large, saying that, you know, those witnesses and that proposed testimony seemed a bit too far afield from what the case would be about and could probably do more to confuse the jury than to clarify anything. And SPF's team also wanted to block a proposed government witness that was also denied. Who was that and why did the judge deny that motion? The DOJ proposed a University of Notre Dame professor to testify about some forensic analysis he did on FTX financials. The defense objected. They said that this witness would basically just reiterate the DOJ's claims, the allegations, but the DOJ argued that he was doing his own analysis of the data he had access to. And so it wouldn't just be stating the DOJ's claim. He would be providing his own expert insight based on his own work, you know, examining the databases that he had access to. And the judge agreed with that and said that based on what he'd saw and based on what the witness disclosure had provided, the witness was likely just speaking to his own expertise and looking at actual data as a third -party expert witness might do. And so those witnesses are allowed right now. We're still waiting on the full and final witness list, but we now know that there are probably at least a dozen witnesses that we're going to hear from over the next six weeks. And who are the ones that stick out to you on that list? I think the cooperating witnesses, so the FTX inner circle, that's former Alameda Research CEO Carolyn Ellison, former FTX director for engineering Nishat Singh and Gary Wang. I forget which one of them was the director of engineering. The other one was a fellow executive, but you know, these are the three individuals I think we're going to hear from probably first, maybe. Might hear from them as soon as next week, not certainly the week after. They're the ones who were in it, right? They were involved in this. They were part of FTX. They were part of the highs. I think we're going to probably hear from them, you know, how FTX might've fallen apart. I know from court filings, we know that DOJ wants to ask Carolyn Ellison about the FTT token and allegations that Sandbank and Freed was directly involved in trying to argue for Alameda to take a large sum of it and to potentially allegedly manipulate the price. So I think that testimony is going to be really interesting just because, again, it's the firsthand account of what happened. We're also probably going to see the defense try and discredit these witnesses to the extent possible, right? Straight out of the gate saying, well, you know, you weren't threatened with jail if you didn't testify in turn against your former boss. So I imagine we're just going to hear arguments like that from the defense during cross -examination, but either way, I think this is going to, you know, those are the three witnesses I think we're looking forward to most right now. And then once we're past that kind of initial surge of FTX insiders, that's when we'll get to kind of more, I don't because I don't think that is the right word for it, but, you know, people who are looking at it from kind of the, you know, again, forensic analysis perspective, people who are going to be able to kind of dig through and say, all right, well, you know, we've looked through the smoking remains and here's what we found. And I think that will also be interesting because it'll be really a third -party perspective on, you know, here's how this thing was set up and here's where things may have gone wrong or here's where things may have fallen apart. And getting a third -party perspective on that I think is going to be really fascinating because there'll be, I assume, a bit more objective about it than, you know, people who built it and worked on it maybe could be. One other kind of motion that happened this week that was pretty interesting or development, I should say, is that the judge did allow SPF's team to ask some of the witnesses about their drug use. What do you think will be the significance of that line of questioning? I think that goes back to, you know, a witness, cooperating FTX inner circle member saying, while we were at FTX, Sam directed us to manipulate FTT, whatever, you know, just speculating what someone could say. And the defense comes back and says, well, you know, are you sure that's what he said? Were you high at the time of these conversations or were you engaged in recreational drug use during the time you were running this company? You know, if I'm a member of the jury and I hear, okay, well, everyone was partying and on drugs and doing weird stuff or, you know, potentially, you know, in an altered state of mind, that might shape how I view the, you know, the defendant, the verdict, the whole case. So the judge did say that prior to making those, you know, kind of questions, the defense has to notify the prosecution and the judge about it. So it's not going to be a case of like they'll blindside the witnesses about this, but I imagine that's going to kind of go back to this effort to try and say like, okay, you know, Bankman Fried wasn't doing something wrong on his own or intentionally, it's just that things fell apart, but they were well -intentioned. The defense is going to attempt to, I think, pin some of the blame on legal advice that Bankman Fried received. How effective do you think that argument will be at trial? That's a really hard question to answer. I think the problem that the defense has is there's really no denying that FTX fell apart and it fell apart in like a very dramatic fashion, right? The day it filed for bankruptcy that evening, what, a couple hundred million dollars or tens of millions of dollars worth of crypto was stolen, I think. I forgot the exact amount, but you know, it was a pretty dramatic way to cap off what was already a chaotic week. So the problem the defense has is they can't say, well, FTX is fine. And so they're leaning on this advice of counsel defense. Their argument is going to be, you know, Bankman Fried was well -intentioned. He told his lawyers everything he wanted to do, and he did everything they told him to do. And so because it all fell apart, you can't really pin that on Bankman Fried. You have to look at the advice he was given and the information he was acting on. And so I guess part of the problem that the defense might have here is did they share or did Bankman Fried share everything he wanted to do with his attorneys? Did the attorneys have all the information and did he do exactly everything the way his attorneys told him to? And I don't know, you know, I'm sure we'll see answers to those questions over the next, you know, six weeks or so, but that seems to be kind of how that might play out. And it's going to be an interesting argument for sure. But again, I think it goes down to the central problem of FTX for sure collapsed and how you respond to that. One other issue is that the judge did rule that the prosecution could mention SPF's political donations. And there are charges specifically related to that that will be tried in a separate trial next year. So why were those allowed in this case? So this is where we get into what has become one of the new fun parts of being a court reporter in this case is Bahamas extradition treaties. So the original indictment that Bankman Fried was charged with back in December of 2022 did include campaign finance violations as one of the charges. But because it did not appear in the charging document that the Bahamas Police Department had, there's a Bahamas National Police, something like that, Bankman Fried's defense team successfully argued that they could not bring that charge right now because he had agreed to be extradited on the first seven charges, which were wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit securities and bodies fraud, et cetera. So what it seems like is going to happen is the prosecution is going to try and fold all of that into all the political donation stuff into the other charges, into the wire fraud charges, and say, well, you know, we have the evidence, we have the allegations, and here's what you have to look at what that means for the next trial. And, you know, you're absolutely correct. There is another trial currently tentatively scheduled for either March or April 2024, next spring, either way, where we will be going through all of this again. But a lot of that is dependent on the Bahamas. And yeah, we could probably talk about that for another hour if you wanted to. All right. Well, we'll leave that for another episode. But one thing I did want to ask about is earlier in this interview, you said that his sentence was likely to be in the range of 10 to 20 years. And obviously, you know, there's many charges and we don't know which ones he'll be found guilty of and which ones he won't. But how are you coming up with that estimate? So yeah, I should definitely be more precise there. So I personally am not a lawyer or an expert in this. I have spoken to a number of lawyers about this. And what they said is, if you have a defendant who is found guilty, so these assumption here is that he is convicted on at least one of these charges. But if he's found guilty on even several of the charges, because all of the conduct is similar, because it's all kind of identical conduct at the core, a judge, when making a sentencing determination, will basically fold all the charges into each other, right? All the conduct. And so even though each of these charges, if you look at the DOJ, press release says, oh, it contains a maximum sentence of 20 years or five years, whatever. It's not going to be consecutive. It'll be concurrent. So the estimate I'm getting from various attorneys that I've spoken to over the past few weeks is probably be somewhere in the, you know, 10 to 20 year range. Some estimates came down as low as five years, some as many as 36 years. But they all seem to base that on just kind of the allegations, the charges themselves combined with the amount of money allegedly lost, which is more than 50 million, combined with the severity and all of that. Yeah. And so 50 million is sort of like some thresholds because I think it goes in levels of severity. Yeah. And the higher the number goes, the longer the sentence. However, that's the largest threshold, obviously. Yeah. I literally looked up the federal sentencing guidelines, which by the way, is a very confusing document. I did not understand it. So I asked someone else to explain it to me, but yeah, it's the different thresholds that you mentioned. And it starts with the, I think the thousands range and then just kind of escalates up and 50 million seems to have been the uppermost that they had. So it's 50 million plus. I think the allegation is something like 10 billion loss from FTX. So 10 billions, a hair more than 50 million. Just as many multiples. So that will probably be kind of the way they calculate it, probably. And again, this is dependent on if he's convicted on one or more charges and all sorts of stuff. Yeah. Okay. Well, we will have to see how all that plays out. Thank you so much for explaining all of this on Unchained. Thanks for having me again. Always great to talk to you. Yes. Same here. Don't forget next up is the weekly news recap today presented by veteran crypto reporter and Columbia University night budget fellow, Michael Del Castillo. Stick around for this week in crypto after this short break. Join over 80 million people using crypto .com. One of the easiest places to buy, trade and spend over 250 cryptocurrencies.
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.
A highlight from 683:Binance Exits Russia & SECs High-Stakes Terraform Probe
"Good evening, and welcome to The Crypto Overnight -er. I'm Nick Ademus, and I will be your host as we take a look at the latest cryptocurrency news and analysis. So sit back, relax, and let's get started. And remember, none of this is financial advice. And it's 10 p .m. Pacific on Thursday, September 28th, 2023. Welcome back to The Crypto Overnight -er, where we have no sponsors, no hidden agendas, and no BS. But we do have the news, so let's talk about that. Tonight, we're diving deep into the intersections of law and crypto. Whether it's Binance cutting ties with Russia, the SEC's ongoing tussle with Terraform Labs, or the courtroom drama unfolding around Sam Bankman -Fried, legal battles are shaping the landscape. But that's not all. Central banks are toying with DeFi, while PayPal is making strategic crypto alliances. It's a jam -packed night tonight, folks. Let's get started. Binance sold its entire Russian business to ComEx. This move comes as Binance faces mounting legal risks in Russia. ComEx is a newly -launched crypto exchange. It offers a wide range of products, including Spot, Futures, and P2P services. Binance's chief compliance officer, Noah Perlman, stated that operating in Russia is not compatible with Binance's compliance strategy. He said they're focusing their energy on the 100 -plus other countries where they operate. Binance assured that all assets of existing Russian users are safe. The offboarding process may take up to a year. Binance will work with ComEx to migrate its assets. Unlike other international deals in Russia, Binance will have no ongoing revenue split from the sale, nor does it maintain any option to buy back shares in the business. Last month, Binance removed five sanctioned Russian lenders from its site. The Wall Street Journal reported that Binance was helping Russians move money abroad. This came after U .S. Justice Department investigations into whether Binance had been used by Russians to evade U .S. sanctions. Binance CEO, Chengpeng Zhao, took to Twitter to clarify some points. He said that ComEx does not service U .S. or EU users. They have IP address checks and KYC blocks in place, which was something that Binance asked for in the deal. CZ also clarified that he holds no shares in ComEx and didn't financially benefit from the deal. CZ also mentioned that some former Binance team members from the Commonwealth of the Independent States may transition to ComEx. He thinks that's a good thing. The sale of Binance's Russian unit to ComEx is a significant move. It speaks volumes about the regulatory landscape crypto businesses are navigating in. Binance's decision to exit Russia is a clear sign that the exchange is taking compliance seriously, especially in the face of U .S. sanctions and ongoing investigations. This could be seen as a strategic retreat to focus on markets where the regulatory environment is more favorable. CZ's denial of ownership in ComEx is noteworthy. It dispels rumors and adds a layer of transparency to the deal. The fact that ComEx will not service EU or U .S. users is also significant. It shows that the new exchange is taking a cautious approach to compliance, likely to avoid the pitfalls that Binance itself encountered. The offboarding process for existing Russian users will take up to a year, which raises questions about the logistics and security of such a transition. That's a long window that could be exploited if not managed carefully. The absence of an ongoing revenue split or a buyback option in the deal indicates that Binance is cutting ties with Russia in a very final manner. This isn't a temporary measure, but a calculated exit. It's clear that Binance is tightening its compliance strategy. They're exiting a market fraught with legal risks to focus on more compliant operations. Even giants like Binance have to play by some rules or at least know when to exit the game. All right, you've just heard about Binance's tactical exit from Russia, a development that cannot be ignored. Compliance is the new battlefield and it's reshaping the crypto world. But while Binance is navigating Russian law, let's pivot to U .S. shores where another legal battle is simmering. Make sure to hit that like button and subscribe to stay updated.
A highlight from A Dame Trade Deep Dive With Ben Thompson, Plus Seth Meyers and Million-Dollar Picks
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We did the big chill. It was very, very exciting. I have Kyle Brandt coming on Monday's podcast. I'm just gonna tell you the movie now because it is gonna be the best moment of your weekend if you spent two hours watching this classic. We're doing Toy Soldiers. It really brings everything possible to the table. So if you wanna watch it ahead of time, there it is. That podcast is going up Monday night. If you wanna hear stuff about the debate, we have Tara Paul and Mary's podcast, Somebody's Gotta Win. That reacted to it as well as the press box with Brian Curtis and David Shoemaker. So there you go. Our debate coverage has been on point. Also, higher learning. Van and Rachel had Larry Elder on this weekend. It made a lot of noise, man. That podcast is great. I hope you check that out as well. Hope you're checking out theringer .com. And on this podcast, gonna talk about the dame trade at the top. We're gonna bring in Ben Thompson from the Techery newsletter, which he's been on this podcast I think four weeks ago. And he's a huge Bucks fan. He's gonna give the Bucks fan side of things. We're gonna do million dollar picks. And then old friend Seth Meyers talking about a whole bunch of stuff. So really good podcast. It's all next. First, our friends from Pro Jam. What's up? All right, I'm taping this on Thursday afternoon. Normally when there's a big MBA trade, I always do the emergency trade reaction right after the podcast. But we just put up a podcast on Tuesday. So I decided to play it a little differently this time. I wanted a little distance, I wanted to listen to stuff, read stuff, and try to form some big picture opinions coming out of this. So I have four smaller ones, then one big one. First one, I thought Portland did an incredible job with this trade. I really liked this trade, especially everyone was trying to bully them in June and July about, oh, you got to take Miami's offer. You just got to. It's where he wants to go. It's the only offer you're going to get. And guess what? They waited. They played it perfectly. They stared Miami down, and they got a much better deal. First of all, they get the Drew Holiday piece that they can flip into a bunch out of their stuff, which we'll talk about in one second. I love the DeAndre Ayton gamble. As you know, on this podcast, I am a big DeAndre Ayton guy. Not in the sense of I'm the biggest fan of his in the world, but I'm a fan of the asset. I just think I love the valued assets, no matter what it is. Whatever market we're talking about, DeAndre Ayton, 18 and 10 for his career, 60 % field goals percentage, 25 years old. He's played in 45 playoff games. He played four rounds in the 2021 finals. Last year, he got his ass kicked by Jokic. Oh, sorry. Like, that never happens. And Phoenix just sold on him, which I can't wait to talk about. But just from a Portland standpoint, they not only get Ayton in whatever they get for holiday, they get the 29 first, they get the two swaps, and they dump Nurkic. Nurkic hasn't had a healthy start to finish all the way through the playoffs here since 2018, which I'm positive was a long time ago. He's basically 12 and 8. He's, you know, a 50 % shooter. I made a list of the top 30 centers. I encourage you to do this at home, because what's more fun than making lists of NBA centers? I can't imagine anything. I made a list of who I thought were the best assets of the center position for talent, contract, everything. He was 29th on my list. The only person I had ahead of him who's technically a starter, unless you start talking about the Detroit or Charlotte guys, was Zubats on the Clippers. I thought he was the 29th best center asset in the league. And Phoenix, you know, just quickly to go to them, they're trying to win this year. They got worse. They turned Ayton's money into Nurkic and Grayson Allen and Nasir Little. Grayson Allen, we already know with him, he can't play in playoff series. We saw him 22. We saw it last year. I heard and read in some places like that, I got two rotation players. Did they? Is Nurkic a playoff rotation player? Is Grayson Allen a playoff rotation player? Because I'm positive he's not. So for the same money that they were spending on Ayton, they got three guys that I don't think are going to help them. In 25, the money comes down a little bit to 23 million just for Nurkic and Little, which is 7 million less than Ayton. And then in 26, that money goes up to 25 .5. But I don't understand what Phoenix was doing. Why not wait to see if Ayton clicks with Vogel? Vogel has such a good history with centers. He rejuvenated Dwight Howard on the 2020 Lakers. He basically created Roy Hibbert's career in 2013 with the defense verticality thing. I thought he was going to do a good job with Ayton. I'm stunned that they gave up on him. I'm almost waiting for one of those, now they tell us stories when, you know, that's where Brian Curtis calls them, where like a week after something happens, there's this kind of notebook dump where it's like, here's seven terrible DeAndre Ayton stories. So maybe that'll happen. But for Phoenix just to be like, cool, we locked this down, man. We got Nurkic. You're trying to win the title. You have KD and Booker and Beal. And like, what are you guys doing? Anyway, from Portland's standpoint, I love the Ayton thing. I love that they didn't get bullied. And I know they're going to turn Drew Holliday into something. So this to me was at least an A minus for them, for where they were two months ago, where Dave's like, I want to go to Miami. That's it. And if you don't trade me there, that's kind of fucked up. And they made this work as it got reported that, uh, I think in the athletic, that he expanded his list to Brooklyn and to Milwaukee in the last two weeks. And that's what Portland was waiting on. You know, they were banking on the fact that he's a competitive dude. He's one of the best 75 pairs ever. He wanted a situation settled. So, you know, you wait, you wait, you wait, they expand the list and then you go. Uh, there's a Drew Holliday piece to this. That's awesome. He becomes a contender prize. I wouldn't call this a Drew Holliday sweepstakes. I reserved sweepstakes for the superstars, but it's a mini sweepstakes. This is somebody that could have a huge impact on the playoff race. You know, not only the usual suspects, everybody's talking about Boston, ironically, Miami is a really good fit for him. And in some ways, um, I'm a little more scared of them with Miami than Dame in some ways, especially at a much cheaper contract with giving up less and keeping some of their assets. Philly, if they could pull it off, they have to be in there in Golden State, Minnesota. I think I have to mention Sacramento, I think is a team that if they could figure out how to get Drew without giving up their core, which is basically Keegan Murray and Sabonis and Fox, like that's, you know, could Davion Mitchell be in that trade with some, with a salary and some picks, who knows. The team that I love for Drew Holliday is OKC. I have OKC, you know, I started doing my MBA research for the over -under spot and I haven't landed on a number for them yet, but to me, they feel like a high forties team with Chet and with the growth of their young guys. And if you just like, let's say they traded Lou Dort and a bunch of their picks, maybe two firsts and two of their lesser picks or three firsts and a second, whatever it is. And they just say, fuck it. And they get Drew and you put him with Giddy and SGA and Jalen fucking awesome Williams and Chet Holmgren and all these other dudes they have, that might be a top three team in the West. I mean, that, that's starting to give me some early 2010s OKC vibes. So where he goes is going to be important. I just feel like there was so much Drew Holliday slander the last couple of days. You know, he's one of my favorite players. Even Haralabob, who was the chairman of the board of the Drew Holliday fan club for years and would have the benefit dinners there and, you know, just did a lot of yeoman's work on that front. And even he was like, yeah, yeah, Dame's better than Drew. That trade makes sense for Milwaukee. I was hurt, Haralabob. I was 100 % hurt by that. But you know, Drew got his ass kicked by Jimmy Butler in the playoffs last year. I get it. It happens. Jimmy was unbelievable. I feel like he would have kicked anybody's ass. By the way, why is Drew Holliday guarding Jimmy Butler? That speaks more to some of the issues with Milwaukee. He was never supposed to be a point guard and a creator. I think he was always better as an off -the -ball guy. We saw that with Rondo and New Orleans and just in general. I want to see him with a point guard. I want to see him just being unleashed, not having the ball a lot, just worrying about hitting threes, being an occasional, you know, make -shit -happen guy and being like the third or fourth best guy on a team without having the offensive responsibility to have. All their half court issues got blamed on him for the last couple of years. And I get it. They weren't like an awesome half -court team, even the other one in the finals, but I really value that dude. I had him, even I did the trade value list in August and I had him 37th and I had Dame 23rd. I think he's one of the best 30 players in the league still. He's 33 years old, which, you know, I'm going to talk in a second about when guards hit their mid -30s, but just in general, I think he's a real asset. If he goes to a team like the Celtics and they can keep Derek White and Tatum and Brown in the center, it's like, look out, man. So little mini sweepstakes, rarely do we get the trade, but then we still get another asset to talk about. Thank you for everyone involved in the trade. And then the fourth small point is just that, you know, not rocket science, Milwaukee bought some Giannis time here. They have one of the best 20 players of all time. They were staring down the barrel of a situation that was not good. I was talking about it on this podcast in late June and early July. I thought he was going to put them on the clock. I thought Mark Lasry selling his stake was a really bad sign for all of this because that dude is smart. As I laid out in June, that guy is really smart. And if he's feeling like, you know what, it's time for me to sell my buck stock, that makes me nervous. And then all the stuff that Giannis said and did, which I thought he did really fairly and really smartly. And I think that dude's about titles and that's it. And I know we say that about players, but I think in his case, I don't think he cares about, you know, what's my legacy, how do I compare against Dirk DeWhisky, any of that stuff. I just think he wants more rings. I mean, think about the guys who have won two rings out of the best 35 guys on my list of my pyramid. Those are all guys in my top 35 that won multiple wings. You go to the one -ring side, Jerry West, Oscar, Moses, Dirk, Jokic, Giannis, Pettit, Garnett, Kawhi, Rick Barry. That's the list he's on now. I certainly don't think he's looking at that list going, I got to get away from these guys, but it's a slightly different list. I think when you win multiple rings in multiple situations, it elevates you in a certain way. I think he fundamentally understands that at least a little bit. I want to be the best player since LeBron James. I think that's a thing that he wants. How am I going to do that? I need more rings. I need more finals trips. He knew from last year and maybe even the Boston series that they just weren't good enough. Whether this trade is going to be the thing that propels them, we'll find out, but he's been in the league 10 years, two MVPs, five first teams, two second teams, and now we have this little two -year window. Kawhi and the Raptors was a one -year window. This is a two -year window, I feel like. With Giannis, he's got two years left in his deals. So does Lopez. Middleton has two in a player option. Dame's got two, and then this crazy $120 million player option extension thingy that he has that just keeps going and going. It's probably two years. There's a world where this could go terribly this season, at least for what the expectations are, and then maybe it becomes Kawhi, Raptors. Maybe Giannis is like, you know what? That didn't work. Trade me. And the Bucks, who have no picks left and no future, they look at it next summer, and they go, all right. We tried it. Giannis, what can we get for you? Dame, what can we get? And they just do a reboot, rehaul. Remember, they won in 2021, which just takes so much pressure out of this. It's so much different than the Clippers situation, where they went all in on Kawhi and Paul George. They give up all those picks and SGA, and they've gotten nothing out of it. They haven't even made the finals. So it's got to happen. I think they at least probably have to make the finals. If they get bounced in round two, do I think Giannis is going to stay because they made this Dame -Mower trade? Probably not. So that leads to the big question, is how good of a trade was this? So there's a big picture angle on Dame, and it's going to sound negative, but I really don't want it to sound negative because I think Dame, I voted for him for NBA Top 75. I think he's been one of the best guards in the last 15 years. I think there's a ton of great things you can say, and there's a chance that he goes to Milwaukee, and this thing is fucking awesome. I know any Celtic fan I've talked to, including Isaiah, who's helping produce this podcast today, the Giannis -Dame pick and roll is just terrifying. Other than Jokic and Murray, it's going to be the single most unstoppable offensive play in the league. It is. We are conceding that point. The spot Dame is in right now, big picture -wise, it's weird. He's a superstar, but he's not, and we've seen guys like this before. I judge superstars by, do you have the resume statistically, and is your team succeeding consistently at a certain level? You can't totally say that about Dame. He's never been on a 55 -win team. He's missed the playoffs completely four times in 11 years. He said three first -round exits. He made the Final Four once in 2019, which was really lucky because Golden State and Houston were the two best teams, and then they got smoked. He's never been on a true contender ever. Instinctively, you go, well, that's not his fault. Who's he played with? Well, he played with LaMarcus Aldridge and CJ McCollum and a couple other guys, but not really anybody. The reason I'm putting this up is there's a success element that he has not had yet that for somebody with his resume is actually kind of unusual. I went and I looked up how many guards in the history of the league averaged 22 points a game for their career and played at least 700 games. I thought the list would be like 20. I didn't know. I didn't know what I was walking into. Only I think 75 guys have averaged 22 a game. So I went and I looked up the list, and it was 10 guys, 700 games, 22 a game for their career. There were some guys who came close like David Thompson, who I think is one of the best guards I've seen in the last 45 years, but had a short career and had some drug issues. He didn't make it. He didn't play enough games. Pete Maravich, 24 .2 points a game, but he didn't play enough games. Kyrie hasn't played enough games yet. Bradley Beale is five games away. I'm actually kind of glad the cutoff's at 700 so we don't have to talk about him. And then Mitchell and Trey Young aren't there yet. There's only 10 guys that made it, and the 10 guys are all fucking awesome. And again, I mentioned this in the context of Dame, who we think he is versus the success he's had. So the 10 guys, Michael Jordan, 30 .1, Jerry West, 27 .1, Allen Averson, 26 .7, George Gervin, 26 .2, Oscar Robertson, 25 .7, Kobe, 25 .0, Harden, 24 .7, Curry, 24 .6, Wade, 22, barely made it, and Russ, 22 .4, and then Dame is at 25 again. All right, what does he not have that those other guys have? Well, MJ, don't need to talk about him. Don't need to talk about Jerry West, who's the freaking logo. Allen Averson, pretty good comparison, right? Big stats, really memorable player, but not a ton of success. Here's the difference. Averson made the finals once. He won an MVP. Dame has done neither of those things. George Gervin was the best scoring guard of the 70s. He made two final fours. He had some bad luck. He really, in 79, really should have came close. And some of it's on him, right? He could have come through. Bobby Dandridge is the one that ended up coming through for the Bullets. They lose. But two final fours, he had four top five MVP finishes, five first teams, four second teams. He was just unassailably the best guard in the league until MJ. Oscar Robertson, don't need to go through him, but he won a ring and an MVP. Kobe, five rings and an MVP. Eleven first teams for Kobe, by the way. James Harden, three final fours, an MVP, six top five MVP finishes, six first team MBAs. And even though Harden has never made the finals as the best guy, he made it with OKC as the sixth man, you could build a contender around Harden. We saw it. We haven't really seen it with Dame. I think that's a fair thing to bring up. Curry, four rings, two MVPs, you know, the Curry thing. Dwayne Wade, three rings, two top five MVPs, two first teams, three second teams. He's more in the Dame waters a little bit, but he had the 2006 finals and he was the second best guy with LeBron on those heat teams. And then Westbrook, who you would say, well, Dame had a better career than Westbrook. Did he? Westbrook made the finals in 2012. He was second best guy on that team. Almost made the finals in 2016. He won an MVP. He had two first teams and five second teams. It's at least like a real argument. And I think when you look at Dame, he only had that one 2019 round three, got bounced. He's only had one top five MVP finish. He's only had one first team MBA and four second team MBAs. Really, really good top 75 career. But the piece that's missing is, have you been on a really good team? Have you made a real run at it? Which is why, you know, I think this Milwaukee trade is so much fun. This is his real chance. I get nervous about a couple things with this trade. One is that, you know, if you look at the 33 and older guards who average 22 points a game in a season. Jordan did it twice. Curry did it twice. Still going. Kobe did it three times. Jerry West twice. Sam Jones once. Hal Greer once. That's the entire list. Now the NBA is different. We have more three -pointers now. It's easier to score. Scoring is the easiest it's ever been. Guys can play at a longer age. So I'm not ruling out Dane being good for the next three years. But just pointing out, history is saying, be a little nervous. In general with guards, like Chris Paul, we saw from age 35 to 36 to 37, like it just dropped. But that's two years older than Dane. Maybe it's fine. I just worry about guards. We have not a lot of instances with guards in their mid -30s of them either peaking as players or being able to sustain whatever success they had during their prime. It always starts to go down with really no exceptions, except for Steph Curry. He's the only non -exception. So if your case is Dane's as good as Steph Curry, or Dane can be as potent as Steph Curry on a winning team, like, you know, Steph Curry is better than Dane, but I'm not going to argue that he couldn't do a lot of the stuff that Curry did in Golden State. The bigger issue for me, the age I'm definitely worried about. Dane has not been healthy the last couple of years, and we have not seen him play nine straight months at playoff basketball with a big bullseye on his back. Everybody coming after you, you're the best team. We haven't seen him do that ever, much less than the last couple of seasons. So can he stay up? Can he stay healthy? That's one thing. The defense with Dane just got kind of swept under the rug the last couple days, and I don't really understand it because there's five categories of defensive player I feel like. There's excellent, there's good, there's average, there's not so good, and then there's bad. And I think Dane's a bad defender. I think the stats back it up. Like, his defensive rating last year was 245 out of the guards. He's the 245th guard for defensive rating. You know, 117 .4 individual defensive rating is 483 overall. Portland's team's always defensively, it was the Achilles heel for them. Partly because of Dane, because he couldn't guard anybody. He's too small. And, you know, think about what we saw from the playoffs the last couple years. I think about the 2020 bubble Celtics playoffs, not infrequently, because I think that team had a chance to potentially win a title. What happened? Everyone hunted Kemba Walker. It was hunting season. It's like, where is he? Got to get a switch. Got to get Kemba Walker guarding somebody who's bigger, or got to beat him off the dribble, and it just became a hunt session with him. And basically, he got played out of the league. He's not in the league anymore. You know, we had this with Isaiah Thomas, too, in the mid -2010s. I think it's been an issue with Kyrie Irving. The Celtics certainly went at him in the playoff series with Brooklyn a couple years ago. Curry, you saw, who I think is a better defender than people give him credit for, but the And he's a much better defender than Dame is. Jordan Poole is somebody that got hunted in playoff series recently. Chris Paul, obviously, is a big one. Jalen Brunson, remember what the Heat did to him? Mitchell, when he was on Utah, this was a huge issue. And then Trae Young, obviously. My fear with Dame is he's a DH, and I think in Portland, part of the reasons he was able to put up the stats he did was because he wasn't playing defense, right? It was just, how many points can I score? My team isn't very good, and I'm just going to do my thing. He's an incredible offensive player. But how much of a trade -off is the defense, right? Well, you think, all right, well, Milwaukee, they're really good defensively. They'll be able to protect him. Here's the team. Giannis, Dame, Lopez, Portis, Middleton, Conaton, Beauchamp, Crowder. Who's guarding Trae Young on this team? Who's guarding Jason Tatum? Here's a partial list of guys that I don't think this team will be able to guard this season. Devin Booker, Tatum, Butler, Trae Young, Kyrie, Curry. Who's going to be chasing Curry around the screens? Dame lowered? Good luck. SGA, Luca, Mitchell, Murray, Edwards, Brunson, Ja, Garland, Fox, Halburn. Are they going to be able to cover Derek White? I don't know. The way this team is constructed, they are not going to have the ability to guard other guards at all, which means they're just going to have to be in a shooting match with them, right? It's going to be not much different than what's going to happen with Phoenix, where they're just literally going to have to outscore the other team. I've just watched too much playoff basketball over the last couple years, where it's like, if you have that weak link on defense, and you're playing a team that's smart enough, they're going to go after that weak link. Like, think about them against the Lakers, right? The Lakers figure their crunch time. Let's say they make the finals. It's Milwaukee and the Lakers, and Lakers crunch time. They're going to have LeBron and Davis and Austin Reeves and, I don't know, a shooter and a point guard, whatever. All they're going to be doing is trying to find where Dame is on the court and going after him. What about when they play Boston? Boston puts out White and Brogdon and Tatum and Brown and a center, and all they're going to be doing is trying to make sure Dame is covering somebody who has the ball who's now torturing him. I think it's a real problem for them. And what's funny is they gave up Drew's defense and, you know, they, what they gave up on defense, which is significant, and they gained an offense, it might end up just being a wash and they might just be a different version of the same team where they still have a huge flaw. It's just on the other end of the court. I'm just shocked that nobody brought up the defense. I agree he's an amazing offensive player and what's cool about this trade and what I'm excited about as a basketball fan is, can he go up a level? Right? A lot of these stats he put up, especially the last couple years. They didn't mean anything. They were, he was on bad teams. Like, who cares? Ultimately, Bradley Beal scored 30 points a game on the Wizards. Who cares? I think most really good offensive players, if they're on a bad team, can get between 25 and 30 a night. Can you do it nine months in a row? Can you do it when you're getting hunted on defense all over the place? How much can Milwaukee protect him? And what does he have in the tank at age 33 with 900 plus games on the O 'Dominor already? I'm still afraid of the Bucks, but people have, like, FanDuel had them as best odds in basketball and I think most people feel like they're the favorite now. I don't feel like there's a favorite. I think you can go through every team. Boston, I could, I'm scared of Porzingis. What's going to happen with Jalen Brown out there? He has contracts. Can Peyton Pritchard, all these different things. Philly, God only knows. Miami, they're unquestionably worse. Yeah, Milwaukee is going to be really good, but depending where Holiday lands and how this all plays out, I just think it's still wide open. And the other piece, so if you're just talking Boston, Miami, Tatum kills Milwaukee. I have no idea why. Boston is kind of built to at least stay with Dame and, you know, Derek White is about as good of a person you're going to have to try to keep Dame in check, at least. And Boston's done a really good job of guarding Giannis over the years. They don't have Grant Williams this year, but I just don't think, I think there's as many ways this goes wrong as it goes right, I guess would be my final thought on this because for what they gave up, especially with that 29 unprotected and the two swaps and, you know, they are all in on this team. And you know my theory, when you go all in on a team, you better think you can win. Not positive, but it's an awesome trade. It really is. It makes the league so much more fun. Dame and Giannis together. I'm going to enjoy watching Portland. I still have my eating stock. Watching Phoenix fans slowly realize that Derkiszna isn't the answer is going to be fun and then we'll see where Drew Holliday goes. So really fun trade. We're going to talk about it a little bit more with Die Hard Bucks fan, Ben Thompson in one second. Let's take a break.
A highlight from SEC GARY GENSLER DELAYS BLACKROCK BITCOIN ETF, ETH FUTURES ETF APPROVED, RIPPLE FORTRESS, PAYPAL CRYPTO PATENTS
"Welcome back to the Thinking Crypto Podcast, your home for cryptocurrency news and interviews. If you are new here, please hit that subscribe button as well as the thumbs up button and leave a comment below. If you're listening on a podcast platform such as Spotify, Apple or Google, please leave a five star rating and review. It supports the podcast and it doesn't cost you anything. Well, folks, I want to start off with big news from the SEC. They have delayed a bunch of Bitcoin spot ETF applications, and the applications includes BlackRock's, Bitwise and some others. So not denials, but delays. So corrupt scumbag regulator Gary Gensler continues his clown show. We know he has approved futures ETFs, and in fact, we got news that Valkyrie got their approval for an Ethereum futures ETF. So why is he approving these futures ETFs without hesitation? Because, folks, they can be used to manipulate the market and drive the price down, right? It allows for folks to short the market. And that's why a Bitcoin futures ETF was approved, multiple Bitcoin futures ETF were approved over the years. And yet the SEC kept denying spot ETF approvals. And we know in the Grayscale lawsuit, the three judges said the SEC was arbitrary and Bitcoin spot ETF. So we have to keep putting the pressure. Again, we have a delay here and I think we can expect more delays, right? Until Gary starts feeling the pressure and we saw members of Congress send letters to Gary asking him to approve the Bitcoin spot ETF and highlighting the Grayscale lawsuit. So I think eventually the pressure will be on him where he's going to have to do this. And in one way, in one way, this is a good thing that it's not getting approved now, because in my opinion, I believe the Fed is going to continue to raise rates till the end of the year. And they're going to pause officially in Q1 of 2024, where I believe they're going to start quantitative easing next year. So global liquidity will come back. Right now we are in a tightening cycle, rates are up, inflation is still an issue. So the markets are not really primed for a lot of capital to come in. That doesn't mean that the approval can happen now. But in my opinion, the approval news will help drive the price up and eventually as these products are fully launched by BlackRock and others, a lot of capital will start flowing through them. So in a way it's a good thing, but still on principle, it just shows Gary Gensler is a scumbag regulator. So once again, Valkyrie got their futures ETF approved by the SEC, so expect more volatility around Ethereum. Now, speaking of Bitcoin, a luxury car maker, Bugatti, and that's a very expensive luxury car maker, Bugatti cars, many of them are like a million dollars and over, officially launches Bitcoin ordinals collection. So really cool that big brands are adopting crypto in different ways, whether it be tokenization, NFTs, and much more. The issue is the Bitcoin blockchain cannot handle these things. It more adds congestion to the network, which increases time of transactions as well as costs. So it's not made for that. And I know there are folks who say, oh, you know, this is a good thing, but I don't think it's a good thing for Bitcoin. I think there are other blockchains out there that can handle these things and not have ridiculous costs and fees. So but I think overall, this is good for the market. Now Ripple CEO, Brad Garlinghouse, tweeted out the following today, a few weeks ago, we signed a letter of intent to acquire Fortress Trust. We've since made the decision not to move forward with an outright acquisition. The Ripple will remain as an investor in Fortress. The Fortress team is incredibly talented and has built products solving real customer problems. While this outcome is different from what was originally planned, we'll continue to support them and hope to work together in the future. So obviously, we don't know the details as to why they're pulling out here, but they will remain an investor. So just an update on that, folks. Now a quick word from our sponsor, and that is Uphold, which makes crypto investing easy. Uphold is a great platform that I've been using since 2018, so I can certainly vouch for this platform. They have 10 plus million users, 250 plus crypto currencies, and they're available in 150 countries. You can also trade precious metals and equities on this platform. If you'd like to learn more, please visit the link in the description. Now we have big news around Coinbase. They tweeted out today, the expansion continues. Thrilled to announce that Coinbase International Exchange has secured regulatory approval from the Bermuda Monetary Authority to enable perpetual futures for non -U .S. retail customers. You may have seen the phase two of our go -broad, go -deep strategy for international expansion. Providing greater access to go -broad products, including derivatives, is a crucial part of that strategy, all with the support of forward -looking regulators. Coinbase Advance will begin to offer perpetual futures trading in the coming weeks as access to regulated derivatives expands to more global customers. So really big win here for Coinbase, obviously it excludes U .S. users, but they're going to be able to offer futures trading and much more to many parts of the world. And if only the United States could get its act together and pass regulations and do the right things, you know, U .S. users could benefit from this. But you know, once again, we're dealing with clowns like Gary Gensler. Now PayPal patent apps signal an interest in Layer 2's NFTs. PayPal continues, folks, to just go aggressive in the crypto market. Obviously, recently they launched a stablecoin. We know back in 2021, they launched crypto trading for both PayPal and Venmo. They've been four patent applications, which were published since September 21, suggesting that PayPal is taking a close look at distributed ledger tech. So they're going all in, folks, and I don't blame them, right? You better innovate and adapt to the new disruptive technology, or you will be disrupted and be put out of business. Just ask the folks at Blockbuster what happened to them as Netflix and the internet and streaming and much more went and took their lunch. So really, really bullish. Let me give some details on these applications. The most recent application, published Thursday and originally filed in March of 2022, delves into the details of how validators or miners should be selected during the process of adding transactions to the blockchain. The document states that the company's disclosed techniques could advantageously allow steering of blockchain requests to a desired subsets of miners slash validators. Three other patent applications released on September 21 were also filed in March of 2022. One offered up supposedly new methods and systems to enable off -chain transactions through NFT marketplaces. Boy, imagine PayPal launching an NFT marketplace. Another mentions the concept of a so -called omniverse, which in this context suggests a product that deals in multiple metaverses. The third describes another conceptual online transaction processor. This processor's goal is to facilitate payments between users and merchants operating on different network layers, layer ones and layer twos in a more efficient manner. So essentially looking to build interoperability, that is going to be key. And notice users and merchants, right? So you may have users, let's say on the XRP ledger and merchants on the Polygon blockchain, how do they connect, right? And I'm just giving an example, obviously they mentioned layer one and layer twos here. So it could be like Ethereum and Polygon is a layer two scaling solution, but also there's going to have to be compatibility with different blockchains. So really great stuff here from PayPal and a sign of what's to come folks. This is a stuff that makes me very bullish. Now Circle, they're expanding USDC on the Polygon blockchain, and that's going to be launched on October 10th. So Circle continues to make smart moves here, pretty much getting USDC on all the top blockchains. And once again, there's going to be interoperability and much more. So the ecosystem continues to grow. Now folks, some of you may have seen this, the New York Post did an article saying the Winklevoss twins, Tyler and Cameron, secretly withdrew $280 million in assets before the crypto firm collapsed. This is according to sources, right? So they didn't provide any proof. Well, the folks at Gemini, they addressed this issue and gave some clarity that it's actually false. They said, we are disappointed that the New York Post has chosen to recklessly publish a completely misleading story about the Gemini earn program. Everything the post alleges in its story is the exact opposite. The $282 million that was withdrawn from the Genesis in August of 2022 was in fact earned users money. It was not Gemini's corporate funds, and it was not the personal funds of our founders, Cameron and Tyler, or their investment from Winklevoss Capital. So they clarified that, but kind of a hit piece here from the New York Post. Now folks, speaking of the Winklevoss twins, Mark Zuckerberg, and many of you know the history of Facebook with the Winklevoss twins and Mark Zuckerberg, well, Mark was interviewed on the Lex Friedman podcast, and they did it through the metaverse. People have been roasting Mark and his version of metaverse for years, they've lost billions of dollars. Look, I've even roasted him a little bit, right? Because their metaverse product was not great, but boy, have they made a huge leap. Guys, go check out the interview with Mark Zuckerberg on the Lex Friedman podcast. They did it through the metaverse using the Oculus, and the new feature is this lifelike representation of their faces and their upper body, essentially, and it is incredible, folks. It is incredible. You have to see this. And you may say, Tony, why are we talking about this? Well, folks, this metaverse set up with full immersion, right, will eventually include a lot of NFTs and blockchain and tokens. It's all part of the same technological adoption. You're going to see more tokenization, once again, everything running on the blockchain, and you're going to need the blockchain in the metaverse because it's going to be hard to plug in Web2 payment apps, right? It's going to be hard to go use PayPal in the metaverse versus using stable coins or different tokens to exchange value. So this is incredible. I'm really blown away by what Mark and the folks at Meta did here. And I'm not some big advocate of you must live in the metaverse. I believe the metaverse is going to be useful. I think with everything in life, you've got to have balance. Will I be participating in some metaverses? Yes. Will I be spending all my time in the metaverse? No. I will be out getting fresh air, touching grass, going out for walks and so forth. That is how I grew up. Obviously, we live in a digital world, but we have to balance it out. But future generations, if you're listening, some of you younger kids, somebody listening to this 10 years from now, please don't be fully immersed in the metaverse. Have a balance, spend some of your life outside of it. But folks, this is incredible. Go check it out. Finally, some more good news here. Our judge denies temporary release for Sam Bankman -Fried suggests he could face a very long sentence. That is music to my ears. I love it. This guy is a fraud, a liar, a criminal. He should go to jail along with Alex Mashinsky. And we have to make sure we do a good job of flagging these guys, man, because we don't need this kind of stuff in the crypto industry. We're trying to mature, have good infrastructure and avoid any type of corruption and criminal activity as best as possible. Obviously, it's hard to stop those things. They happen because it's part of human nature. Just look at Bernie Madoff. He was in the most regulated financial markets, yet he was scamming people out of millions, if not billions. I hope this guy goes to jail for a long time and he doesn't get off because we know his parents are connected politically and there's a whole bunch of stuff that's been happening there where money from FTX was funneled to his parents. So, you know, I hope they are all held accountable, folks, friendly reminder, my interview with Congressman Warren Davidson will be published tomorrow. So be sure to check that out. Make sure you got the subscribe button hit, hit the five star rating on the podcast platforms. And I'll talk to you all later. Bye bye.
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 Torque Drift 2 - Motorsport comes to Web3
"Hi everyone, Andy Pickering here, I'm your host and welcome to the Crypto Conversation, a Brave New Coin podcast where we talk to the people building the future in the Bitcoin, blockchain and cryptocurrency space. Hey team, we have a new sponsor here at the Crypto Conversation, BitGet, one of the world's leading copy trading cryptocurrency exchanges, yes indeed. What happens if you've got the funds to invest but you don't have the time to keep track of the market? You still want to make smart money moves? What do you do? Well, copy trading is a popular choice for beginner traders. You can shorten your learning curve by uncovering tips and strategies from more experienced traders. BitGet's copy trading platform has over 80 ,000 elite traders to choose from and 380 ,000 followers just like yourself who are already using the BitGet copy trading platform as a potential passive income stream. All it takes is one click, you can subscribe to an elite profitable strategist, set your limits, automate your orders and monitor their trades. I've got some links in the show notes below, one link will take you through to the BitGet sign up page, give you a VIP discount. So learn all about it for yourself thanks to BitGet. And now it is on with the show. My guests today are Aaron Potter and Billy Sullivan. Aaron is the founder and Billy is the COO at Grease Monkey Games, a team I think based in Melbourne building immersive community driven games. For fans of motorsport, crypto, NFTs, Web3, all that good stuff, I'm sure we'll learn all about it today. Welcome Billy and welcome Aaron. Thanks for the invite. Oh yeah, great to be here. So I think what we'll do guys, it's always interesting having two people on the show, so I'll just kind of try and maybe direct questions to you in turn, but we'll do what we do at the beginning of the show. Be fantastic to just learn a little bit about both of you and I guess your personal and and professional backstory the lead up to founding and getting involved with the wonderful world of gaming. So let's start with you Aaron. Sure. So how I ended up in gaming, it goes kind of pretty far back. I come from a visual effects background and I used to do commercials and movies and things like that. So back in my 20s and even before that I kind of did some graphic design and print, but then came games about 12, 14 years ago, I started making games with my brother and together with my visual effects service work, yeah, it's kind of led us into making motorsport games and I haven't looked back really. I love making games. It's very hard, extremely difficult and time consuming, but a lot of fun. Absolutely. All right. Thank you Aaron and Billy. Yeah, for me as well, it kind of goes back quite a while. I've been at Grease Monkey Games for coming up to nine years, but I've been making games since I was about like nine or 10 actually. Discovered that you could make, choose your own adventure games in PowerPoint and in primary school and making kind of these little games and getting my friends to play them and that sort of a thing. And that kind of eventuated into me discovering and programming and modeling and all that good stuff, everything that kind of comes with making games, which was really interesting to me. And so once I kind of discovered games and got into games, especially getting into working with Aaron and on motorsport games, it's been a dream come true basically. And while it is very hard, like Aaron mentioned, it's very kind of fulfilling work. So yeah, great to be here talking with it about you, Andy. All right. Well, thank you, Billy. And Aaron, let's just start with the motorsport thing then. So why motorsport? And has motorsport kind of been a theme since the beginning? It's been, you know what, it does go back pretty far. So my first games that I made, as I mentioned, my brother used to make games very early on when mobile phones had just started making games as apps and stuff, in -app purchases and things like that. So we started doing car racing games back then, and we had some pretty good success. And then I kind of broke away and started doing my own one, set up my own games company. And I'm a bit of a motor head myself. I love cars. I love everything about cars, except building them. That's living up that to my friends. But yeah, it's a very fun kind of gaming genre to be in. It is challenging because when you think of car games, you're often going up against quite big budgets and big studios. So how we kind of tackle it is we try and find our niche within that. So it is very niche motorsport games that we focus on, particularly drifting, which I think is that niche, but it is a bit of a frowned motorsport compared to the rest of the motorsports out there anyway. Yeah. I mean, drifting, I guess it has a unique subculture around the world, but you see even like some of the seen lots of YouTube videos of some of the Formula One drivers practicing their drifting skills and so on. Absolutely. It's like everyone loves it. It's kind of like they're almost ashamed to admit it. Billy and myself go out drifting and we've got drift cars ourselves and it's very addictive to be honest. It's quite intense. It's very loud. And when you're shredding tires and there's a lot of smoke and it's just a lot of fun. It's crazy amount of fun. And just while we're talking about, I guess, real world and real life drifting. Yeah, Billy, what's the secret to a good drift car, do you reckon? A good drift car? Oh, well, rear wheel drive, I think is very critical. Having a hydro, an e -brake, it helps a lot just being able to, yeah, it's essentially an extra set of calipers on the rear wheel that separates it from the brake pedal kind of helps lock the rear wheels up. But outside of that, I think just a good seat and a harness goes a long way to bring that kind of connection to the car. Because if you have a stock seatbelt, you're going to be rolling around everywhere and it's hard to understand what the car is doing. So I think there's any aspiring drifters listening then do those things first. That's kind of what we do first and put a roll cage in for safety. I really enjoy the fact that you guys, you know, motorsport game developers, but also just, yeah, and real life drifters. So I think, Billy, you said at the beginning of the show that Greasemonkey Games, you founded it something like nine years ago. So there must be, give us a little bit of a sense of that journey then. So obviously the gaming industry has changed a lot during that time, of course, you know, the idea of Web3 games on Chain Games was still, wouldn't have been an existence when you founded the company. So just love to understand a little bit about, I guess, what the original vision was and how you've not necessarily pivoted, but just evolved, yeah, with the industry over that time. Yeah, I joined the company nine years ago, but Aaron founded it back in 2013. So I'll handball to you, Aaron, and then I'll kind of chime in at the end around how the vision's evolved. Yeah, cool. Okay, so initially we were doing a lot of service work, not game related. Well, it was interactive installations. So we were making games for large car companies that were set up at like the LA Auto Show and things like that. And so in 2014, we had four installations at the LA Auto Show, and that was with Honda Mazda and Nissan.
A highlight from 1243. Should You Trust Pet DNA Tests?
"Celebrating the connection with our pets, this is Animal Radio featuring your dream team, veterinarian Dr. Debbie White and groomer, Joey Vellani. And here are your hosts, Hal Abrams and Judy Francis. Do you know what kind of pet you have? Well, certainly if it's a cat or dog, you probably know the difference. But do you know what kind of breed? Is it a mutt? What is making up the DNA of your dog or your cat? And do you care? A lot of people do. There's about 10 different tests on the market right now where you can send in saliva or cheek spittle, I guess? Yeah, cheek swab. It's actually the epithelial. So it's the cells that you're getting off the cheek, not necessarily the spit. Epithelial? Is that what you said there? I learned so much from you. And they'll tell you if it's what kind of breed it is or if it's made up of several different breeds. You did this, Judy. I think your results came back like lion and elephant. They weren't even dogs. It was so bizarre. She's full grown now. She weighs nine pounds. And it came back all these St. Bernard's, German Shepherds, Belgian Malinois. I thought, really? So that was a cheek swab. And then when I did the blood... Oh, you did a blood test too? I did a blood. It came back Jack Russell, miniature pincher and Maltese. And are you going with that? Oh, definitely. She's definitely Jack Russell. It came out 50 % Jack Russell. And that's what she is. Now, why did you want to know this information? Well, first of all, I didn't want a Jack Russell because I did my research and I know how hyper they are. And I'm not that hyper person. I want a more laid back dog. And so I did my research and got her from a rescue when she was eight weeks old. They said she was a Chihuahua, but there was no Chihuahua in this girl. And I questioned that as she got a little bit older. And I thought, okay, I got to find out. And I wanted to know what she was because people ask, people look at her, and everybody had their guesses. And it's like, I don't know. And I wanted to know what my dog was. But would it be safe to say you didn't want a Jack Russell, but you love your dog? Oh, I would not trade her for the world. I'll keep that little 50 % Jack. So the blood test really made little difference in anything, really, except telling people. Just what it was. It was kind of like bragging rights to know what my dog is and be able to say when people ask. That's basically why I did it. But then again, still, at least I know if there's anything I should look at, you know, with the breeds that she may be predisposed to down the line. You mean like a sickness or a disease? Health? Yeah. If she starts doing something or something happens and I can say, well, that's typical of this breed. So what kind of diseases and sicknesses are typical of, what did you say? Was it Jack Russell? Jack Russell, 50%. And a Min Pin? Well, we can see a lot of things with knees, so we can see patellar luxations. She's had two knee surgeries, two back legs. But that also fits with a lot of other small breeds. But, you know, there can be some host of skin diseases, allergies that we may not have like a specific test for. You know, but there are some conditions in some breeds, like say golden retrievers have a genetic linked with seizures. So if you had a yellow large breed dog and you didn't know what it was and it started developing seizures. And if I knew this dog was a golden retriever, I'd say, wow, you know, sometimes golden retrievers can be very challenging to manage with seizures. And we really have to use every means at our disposal to try to get those seizures under control. So it wouldn't change necessarily, you know, would I treat or not treat, but it might make us say, okay, our expectations are this is going to be a more challenging patient to try to manage. So that's one example. But there's a whole tons of things, you know, cataracts are inherited, heart diseases with certain breeds can be inherited, and kidney problems with cats. There's a type of polycystic kidney disease, a kidney disease in Himalayans and Persian type cats that can cause different problems. So, you know, there's all sorts of things that there are genetic tests for. It doesn't mean your dog or cat will get them. It just may mean they have some genetic tendency or genetic marker for that. So I see these online tests and but you do it in your office there? Do veterinarians offer these tests? Yeah, I mean, not everyone is going to do that. But we we do like that. And it's one is it's kind of the ooh, cool factor, you know, so you can, you know, have a party and people will ask and you can actually have some answer that sounds, you know, like you didn't just make this up. That's one important thing. But I do think it can help guide some decisions on awareness and potentially your pet's health down the road. So I wouldn't say it will make me do something different for a patient as far as putting them to sleep. But I do think it's important information to be armed with to know what you need to worry about to watch for in your pet's life. I agree. And if you can't afford it and somebody asks what kind of dog you have, say snuffle up against it really will throw the middle. It'll be different. So we're going to talk to a lady today, a doctor, Dr. Lisa Moses. She practices pain and palliative care at the Angel Animal Medical Center in Boston. And she says you may not want to bet the farm when you do one of these tests, as sometimes the information may not be accurate. And I wanted to find out about this. How important is it? Are people making decisions with bad information? So we'll have her on the show in just a few minutes to talk about that. Also today, we're going to be talking to the folks over at Smoke Alarm Monitoring. What's this guy's name? It's spelled really weird. Z -S -O -L -T. Zolt. Is that Hungarian? What is that? Sounds like it could be. He says our pets are starting fires. He sells smoke alarms for a living. And he says that our pets are actually, while they're unattended, starting fires in our house. See, I hide the matches. You do? Little delinquents. Oh my goodness. Yes. What do you expect? But first, your calls toll free from the free animal radio app for iPhone and Android. Let's go to Gary. Hey, Gary. How are you? I'm very good, sir. How are you? Very good. Where are you calling from today? You have kind of that southern twang. North Carolina. North Carolina. How is North Carolina today? It's kind of warm. It's not unbearably hot, but it's a warm day. What's going on with the animals? I have the whole team here for you. Okay. Well, I've been listening to your program lately over the last several weeks and was interested in the discussion that I've heard about yeast infections, skin conditions, and the treatments. And then also, there was also somewhat of a separate discussion about the use of human products on animals and how effective they can be, or harmful, or whatever the case may be. And I wanted to tell you about my little guy. I'll give you a little background on him, a little of the tale of the tape. He's approximately eight years old, as far as we know. He's a Yorkie mix, he's a small guy, just a shade under eight pounds, and I found him abandoned out in the country. And he was in pretty bad shape. He was missing hair and had a lot of parasites and skin infections, yeast, and all that. And we've been battling it for nearly three years now, but he's made much improvement, just great improvement. I kind of took it upon myself to use a product that's designed for human females, actually, who might have that kind of affliction, and rubbed it liberally on the elephant skin areas of my dog. And after doing that for three or four days in a row, it really seemed to help clear it up. What do you think of that, Doc? Well, we have to be precise when we talk about different products, because there's some products that actually can have harmful ingredients in them, and some won't hurt, and actually have active ingredients that might be appropriate. So I'm going to back up, because when we talk about elephant skin, and kind of that thickened skin, like for anybody who's not seen this in dogs, it typically is when their skin gets real thick, leathery, they lose the hair in the area, and it actually, from a distance, looks like elephant skin. And that's a combination of what we call hyperpigmentation, so the skin turns dark, and lichenification, which is where the skin becomes thick, and there's extra layers, if you will, that kind of are put on top of the skin. Those things happen from a couple possibilities, and we can see it with allergies, but really with things like yeast and bacterial infections. So it sounds like you're certainly barking up the right tree there, but the cautions I have with some of the female yeast products that are used for vaginal yeast infections, there are some that actually contain anesthetics. A vagus cell, for example, contains an ingredient called benzocaine. And this can be highly - Well, that's actually what I used. I used the generic, but yeah, you're on the right tree there. Okay. Yeah, so actually, benzocaine can cause toxicities in both dogs and cats. So just licking it off their skin, it can actually be toxic to the red blood cells, causes what we call hemoglobinemia. So if it contains that ingredient, I would say, put it back on the shelf and save it for your wife in the household. But there are certainly, say, athlete's foot creams that contain chlorotrimazole, which is an antifungal. In that, we've used that on surface yeast infections. But the reality is, if we've got that kind of change in the skin, most of those pets actually need kind of a two -pronged approach. So the topicals only get you so far, and they really need to be on some kind of oral or systemic therapy. So most of the pets that I have with that kind of skin can take a course of maybe three months to get them improved, controlling the itch, controlling the infection. If they've got yeast or bacteria, then we put them on either an antibiotic or an oral yeast form, like ketoconazole, per se.
SBF TRIAL: 09/28 UPDATE
"Welcome to The SBF Trial, a Coindesk Podcast Network newsletter bringing you daily insights from inside the courtroom where Sam Bankman -Fried will try to stay out of prison. Follow the Coindesk Podcast Network to get the audio each morning with content from the Coindesk regulation team and voiced by Wondercraft AI. After multiple consecutive setbacks for the former FTX CEO and his defense team, Judge Lewis Kaplan seemed to have been in a slightly more generous mood yesterday. The once celebrated crypto mogul will be able to use an air -gapped laptop to take notes while in court during the entirety of his trial which starts October 3rd in New York City, the judge said in a ruling. We will spare you the Google search for what that means. Since the laptop is air -gapped, Bankman -Fried will have no connection to the internet or local area networks. The computer is physically isolated from unsecured networks which also means that data can only be uploaded through the computer via USB and the like. In other words, Bankman -Fried will have no way of messaging with reporters or attempting to contact witnesses. All he is able to do is take notes. Judge Kaplan also ruled that Bankman -Fried can wear suits in the courthouse as opposed to his prison uniform which he had worn to some court hearings since being remanded into custody in August. This may help with potential bias from jurors who might unconsciously perceive the FTX founder as an already convicted criminal just by his look if he wore the beige prison garb. Even though this week marked three wins for Bankman -Fried's team, Judge Kaplan on Tuesday said he will let Bankman -Fried's lawyers ask some of the Department of Justice's witnesses about their recreational drug use and other questions tied to their running of FTX and Alameda Research. These motions seem to be a lot less significant than some of the requests that the defense team had filed that had been denied. Bankman -Fried's lawyers, for example, are still fighting to release the FTX founder for the duration of his trial to ensure fairness. Judge Kaplan had previously denied the defense's motion to release him ahead of his trial. The prosecution late on Wednesday afternoon opposed the latest motion, saying that it largely recycles the defendant's generalized claims regarding the manner in which he would like to assist his counsel in his defense, it said in a filing. There will be a hearing at 10 a .m. Eastern time today on the motion. Want to follow along? Sign up for Coindesk's new daily newsletter, The SBF Trial, bringing you insights from the courthouse and around the case. You can get the podcast each day right here by following the Coindesk Podcast Network. Thanks for listening.
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"Right here we go. We'll see you Yeah here. That's Joe Buck on ESPN calling Joey Sly's 49 yard kick to lead the commanders to a 29 -28 victory over the Ravens and parenthetically I mean you heard that crowd right? Oh my gosh. That's a pre -season game. We haven't heard crowds like that at a regular season game in many years. It snaps the Ravens 24 game pre -season win streak. That was a record. Sly showing why he won the kicking competition three for three on field goals even will one with a bot snap. He still made it Jake Fromm threw a late touchdown pass to Jarrett Patterson as Washington scored the final nine points. First team offense a good Sam Howell threw it for an efficient 188 yards two touchdowns but still watching for Terry Mclaurin here at scary a moment in second quarter. He suffered a toe injury right before halftime x -rays were negative, but count on him not playing the third preseason game. Hopefully he's good to go for week one. Woodfork Rob W -T -O -P sports. Alright Rob thanks coming up after traffic and weather. More on the delayed response. I would have liked to have been able there to get earlier to a flooded doggy daycare in DC. I'm Mike Marillo and President Biden is on Valley talking to residents there who have lost so much and he's also reassuring them that the federal government will be there to help them rebuild. It's 1127. We all hear the radio ads about the IRS. They tell you to be afraid to be scared and they try to frighten you into calling. I'm not here to do that. Tax relief advocates is different. TRA is here to tell you that if you owe money to the IRS, whether it's 5 ,000, 50 ,000 or ,000, 500 we have a solution. It doesn't matter if you're sitting in your car, at work or with your kids, no matter where you are, call now. 800 -575 -1794. Don't lose hope. TRA can eliminate or reduce what you owe to the IRS. There is zero risk to you. If we can't reduce your tax debt, you pay then nothing. Our passion is taxes and helping individuals fix their IRS problems. We have a star five rating on Google and Yelp and an A plus with a Better Business Bureau. You don't need to be afraid of the IRS any longer. End your tax nightmare today by visiting us online at TRA .com or call 800 575 1794. That's 800 575 1794. Tax Relief Advocates. Real solutions for real people. Have you Googled yourself lately? Are there negative posts from an ex -employee or from a former client? Maybe an outdated news article or sensitive personal information about your family. Search engines don't always get it right. But right or wrong, it's your reputation on the line. That's where Reputation Defender by Norton comes in. One of the most trusted names in online reputation repair. Reputation Defender has been fixing people's search results for over 15 years. Their cutting edge approaches help you to wipe away unwanted information in your search results. They also promote the stuff good so that it rises to the top, helping you put your best foot forward. Your good name is too valuable to leave to the whims of a Google algorithm. Take control with Reputation Defender. You can start by getting your free reputation report card at reputationdefender .com or call 800 811 4975 to speak to an expert. That's 800 811 4975. Not a rich owner in the WZLP traffic
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"Celebrating the franchise's first NBA championship. We wanted to just come out and be the first team to ever do it. I'm excited to even just be a part history of the that we made tonight. Caldwell Pope the oldest of the starters at 30 years old. NBA draft brings the next crop of players and stars to the league one week from Thursday. NHL Stanley Cup final. Game five this evening Vegas leading Florida three games to one. Baseball Nationals after facing the top team in the NL visit the reigning Series World winner. Astros in Houston have hit a snag with five losses in their last six games. Patrick Corbett on the mound for tonight's 810 start on 1500 AM. Orioles are in second place of the AL East but they be leading four of the other five divisions. Tonight they tangle with Toronto. At Camden Yards WNBA Mystics third go for straight a win tonight when they visit Indiana. Dave Preston WTOP Sports. Thank you Dave. 11 26. Remodeling for how you live today. Here's Bob Gallagher president of Sun Design Remodeling sharing how remodeling can bring family and friends together. There's an aspect to universal design which is referred to often as aging in place and of course aging in place sometimes has not such a fun connotation so we like to call it thriving really what we're trying to do. We're trying to set up in a situation where in in that design and the environment that people are going to live in they can really thrive there for a very long time so that they feel empowered they feel really good about where they're living and how they're living and because of the environment that they're living in or moving around in. Join Sun Design at their virtual going better quality of life. Register at sundesigning .com. Concerned about the IRS plans to more or scrutinize intensely the tax returns of high net worth people and businesses. Showman Rogers tax lawyer Nancy Ortmeyer Kuhn shares advice about how to get out ahead of a potential audit. Advice that can help all taxpayers she says because people have been given this advance warning that the audits are going to increase. worth it. It's For them to go back and look at the last three years you know see if the positions taken on the tax returns are reasonable or if there are any very risky positions that were taken and if so they to might think want about amending a return. If they amend a return before the IRS comes in the penalties are really non consistent. I mean they can avoid penalties and the tax liability if they pay it upfront they'll avoid interest and all sorts of problems. Learn more about Shulman Rogers Tax Law Services at Shulman Rogers .com. It's 1128. Time for traffic
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"The start of the pandemic three years ago. The dream is over for the Maryland women's basketball team. They have been knocked out of this year's NCAA tournament. Marilyn women made it an exciting game, but eventually fell short to the number one team in the tournament, South Carolina, 86 to 75. Fans at cornerstone grill just off campus are disappointed but proud of the team. I mean, it sucks. We held the gap throughout the whole game. The first thing I think I just feel bad for this senior is it's a tough way to go out. South Carolina going into the game had won 41 games straight and has it lost for over a year, Maryland has not made it this far in the tournament since 2015. In college park Kyle Cooper, WTO news. Coming up after traffic and weather, how likely are you to pay extra for a better seat at the movies? It's 8 O 8. Michael and sons peting tune up for only $59. Michael. Traffic and weather on the 8s here's Jack Taylor. Still those bellway delays in Maryland and unfortunately this one we can not see. Beltway top side outer loop, we definitely see the brake lights, leaving 95 headed all the way over to Georgia avenue, but in that delay between New Hampshire avenue and university boulevard, near the northwest branch, we've had one broken down, unclear if it is still blocking that left center lane. Inner loop south of town still slows branch avenue down toward the Wilson bridge, slowing in buoy, southbound on route three. There was a crash after four 50 Annapolis road, two 70, kind of an off and on delay, as you leave the monocacy heading into urbana, where heavy down through Hyatt's town, slowing in Germantown, then again, at Montgomery village avenue with a little building delay again as you approach 28 headed to falls road, then we'll slow south on the spur getting onto the outer loop. Inner loops have been delayed now going into and through college park. There was a little delay on the outer loop out of land overpassing two O two toward the John Hanson, slowing inside the beltway 50 west, near two O two, and south on the bottom of Washington Parkway down near four 50. Everybody's trying to go into the district. By way of New York avenue, slowing toward Ladenburg road, and on to D.C. two 95, you're pace improves as you approach Pennsylvania avenue. Delays Maryland into the district by way of suitland Parkway toward first Sterling, slowing an oxen cove from the beltway north, I two 95 as you make the trip up toward laboratory road. Little heavier traffic now as you leave the 11th street bridge, you'll slow approaching the third street tunnel, but the delay continues past main avenue toward the outbound case bridge, south capital street near Malcolm X avenue were reported crash coming from Virginia. You will slow as you approach The Pentagon, crossing the 14th onto the freeway near the 12th street expressway. That's where we have the crash along the right side, staying in Virginia, slowing both sides of the George Washington Parkway, north to a work zone before one 23. Southbound as you head down toward the key bridge, also delays inside the beltway going west on 66 into and through Arlington. Looking for a safe used car, Fitzgerald autumn all has hundreds of good cars, trucks, and SUVs. Next to a new car, a fits way used car is best. Visit fit small dot com today. Jack Taylor TOP traffic. And here's WTO meteorologist Chad Merrill. Not a bad start to this Tuesday clouds will be on the increased temperatures near 60°, very close to yesterday,
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"Now. Fans of the Maryland women's basketball team are thanking them for a great year after they fell short, sadly. Their elite 8 game. Fans gathered here at cornerstone grill just off campus to watch the game. Maryland fell to the number one team of the tournament, South Carolina 86 to 75. Better than everyone thought they were gonna do, and that's something to be said for that. They just need to keep a positive attitude and we're here to support. The better thing I think I just feel bad for the seniors, I guess it's a tough way to go out. Maryland has not made it this far in the tournament since 2015. South Carolina came into the game having won 41 straight games in college park Kyle Cooper, WTO news. One O 7 Wednesday morning as the dance Snyder and Washington commander saga continues cowboys owner Jerry Jones. Confirming this week there will apparently be no conclusion, at least not this month, Jones was asked whether a resolution might come at the annual league meetings happening right now in Phoenix, his answer to reporters, no no, there won't be one here. Several bidders have been engaged right now in talks by the two by the commanders. In addition to the legal drama, surrounding the franchise Snyder is also apparently complicating the sale by reportedly barring certain buyers such as building their Jeff Bezos from trying to purchase the team. Stay tuned. The importance of child care was highlighted in a big way during the COVID pandemic. Now D.C.'s mayor on this issue says she wants to expand eligibility for child care subsidies. The plan from mayor muriel Bowser would raise the cap on who's allowed to benefit from D.C.'s child care subsidy program, which pays part or all of a family's child care expenses. Her plan could allow 2200 more children to be involved, raising the income eligibility camp for a family of four from $75,000 to $90,000. It's part of Bowser's budget proposal that the D.C. council is currently considering, so she acknowledged it's not a done deal yet. Sometimes when we expand eligibility, we get pushed back. So I would say to parents, talk to your counsel members. In the district, nickel and LA WTO news. Show me right up after money to use this morning in the 1 a.m. hour on WTO. It's very won't be reopening anytime soon. I'm Neil. It's one of England sons, peting tuna for only $59. Good morning to rich hunter at the WTO peace graphics center. All right, some good news on the beltway in Maryland, the crash that
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"1206, the dream is over this morning for this year for the Maryland women's basketball team anyway. They've been punched out of the NCAA tournament. Marilyn women made it an exciting game, but eventually fell short to the number one team in the tournament, South Carolina, 86 to 75, fans at cornerstone grill just off campus are disappointed but proud of the team. I mean, it sucks. We held the gap throughout the whole game. If anything, I think I just feel bad for the seniors. I guess it's a tough way to go out. South Carolina going into the game had won 41 games straight and has it lost for over a year, Maryland has not made it this far in the tournament since 2015. In college park Kyle Cooper news. 1206 double DT OP Tuesday morning. Plenty of commanders fans, the sale of the NFL franchise can not happen soon enough, but we're learning that it will not happen apparently during the annual league meetings happening right now in Phoenix. That's what cowboys owner Jerry Jones told reporters on Monday league meets through actually this Wednesday. Since the potential sale was announced, the meetings have actually been closely watched as a venue for the possibility of the sale to be finalized. Several bidders have been engaged to talks to buy the commanders, commanders owner Dan Snyder is also apparently complicating the sale we're told by reportedly barring certain buyers such as ability there, Jeff Bezos from actually trying to purchase the team. Double DTO P a two O 7, more kids these days would be eligible for child care subsidies under a plan being put forward by D.C. mayor muriel Bowser. We know just how critical our child care workers are to our
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"Street games that you guys used to play? Oh, snake ball. That was my forte. I was so good in stickball eventually. I was named a commissioner and stick ball when Rudy Giuliani became mayor, I was at for about a good 12 years. And I would actually travel other parts of Brooklyn, we would play against teams, we went to east Harlem one time, played against a team there. Queens, we were fairly good. And I knew how to put spin on the ball. I knew how to basically do tricks with disposing of the pensie pinky, whatever it was the ball we were playing with. But the guys who made playing stickball bed were the white guys who achieved game taking place, and they wanted to bet on anything. Cockroach races, horse races. They'd be sitting on the stoop and then they'd start betting on one team versus the other team, and now all of a sudden, the pressure was on because of these white guys lost money, they'd blame it on you, and then who knows, it might be a fight and all that. It wasn't fun when they would show up and they would stop betting on one team or another team. I didn't know that, mister Curtis. Oh, they were always looking for action. They always had a Philly roll, you know, they had a $100 on the outside, singles on the knee. They wanted to show you know that there were big timers, you know, tipping everybody everywhere and betting on anything. And they would see a stickball game right there on 89th and J where we had stick ball games all the time, and they would stop, sit on a suit, stoop, smoke there, then over a cigar. They're cooking Italian cigars. And they'd be betting with one another, but then you notice that when they put money down on it and maybe I dropped a ball or another player on my team dropped a ball, or we only had one swing to put the ball in play. Then they'd start I fornicating you and mad dogging you like somehow you would throw in the game. And then you felt like, you know, I'm not playing stick ball to catch a beatdown. I always hope that these guys would just not find our stick ball game, but they were a lot of guys who hung out on 89th street, right off of flatland avenue. Yeah, yeah, now was I guess that's where they got it from mister Curtis when parliamentary played in Bronx tale. It now. Yes, that was a great scene. By the way, tomorrow, I'm making a trip to Brooklyn, unexpectedly. I saw there was announcement on Friday that one of the greatest pizza parlors of all time would be closed and lemmings on 86 with the great scene it will be talking about it later, a Saturday night fever with John Travolta was filmed when he stacked the two slices in any walk down the street. The father who's been running the place for like, well, not him. But his father, 70 years, he's about 77, and I know his family was involved in running the business, they've decided to close, but boy, that was a quick decision. And by 10 o'clock tomorrow night, if you haven't gone to lennie's, you can forget getting any pizza from Lenny's underneath the yellow in 86, so I'm, I gotta get there between shows from all the mom from three to 5 in a few hours. I run out there, I sort of pay my respects because that's part of our tradition, you know, more and more of those traditional places that disappearing, Bobby, as are the people who grew up there, mostly Italians, they're either doing it in a hop skip and a jump to Staten Island down to the Jersey Shore next stop is Florida or the poconos. You know what? I'm walking distance to Lenny's, mister Curtis. Yeah, you got to go there. You remember, one thing about Lenny's is you could go for a slice or two slices at Lenny's, and then remember if you had to go to the diner. Right there was the diner you wanted to go to. And I mean, you would find all the wise guys there. The Vegas Steiner right up the block. Of course, of course. You know what, some of my friends were not going into details. They used to have their power wows at the memory old Americana on 65th street. That I don't remember. I remember on 64th street was the club that I went to, which was where they filmed Saturday night fever. They originally wanted to film Saturday night fever at the penthouse, which was over at 87th and fourth, which eventually became passed out. So I love pastels. 2001 Odyssey, which was on 64th street. So they ended up filming Saturday night fever there. But I mentioned the Americana, right? Yeah, she had 65th straight down by to go on is by 6th avenue 7th avenue. No, that I don't ever remember going to. Now a little tidbit too. We I for many, many years, I was in a limo business. Some dear Friends of mine owned a prominent company and we used to we were the limousine company for KT U for people's court for more repellent for Ricky Lake, you name it. We would a limousine company. Now, a friend of ours, who you might know very well, how about a mister veto Bruno? Yes, vino Bruno, who in fact, I spoke to tonight, he was at well, that's his name's concert. I call him, he's like the used to be married to J.Lo and he looks to me like, looks like a snake. You know what I'm talking about? I don't know. Mark Anthony. Oh, okay. Yeah, yeah, Mark antennae was having a concert in vino Bruno and I spoke
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"This does nothing. Also fractures in the Republican Party. Trump Ally, Aly Stefanik is angling to replace embattled Republican Conference chair Liz Cheney. I'm committed to being a voice, sending a clear message that we are one team now news Live from NPR news. I'm Janine Herbst. President Biden continued his push for his American jobs infrastructure plan in deeply Republican Louisiana today. At an event in Lake Charles, with an aging 70 year old bridge As a backdrop, Biden appealed for bipartisan support of his $2 trillion plan on across America. There are more than 45 here me now. 45,000 bridges that are structurally deficient. Structurally deficient. Every day. Americans cross these bridges 178 million times, and there are structurally deficient. Biden says he will pay for the new plan with higher corporate taxes, which he says could fund around $115 billion for roads and bridges. Florida's governor signed a controversial law today. The place is new restrictions on mail in voting. NPR's Greg Allen reports. It was an unusual event that was close to local media and broadcast live on Fox News. Andy said his hasn't kicked off his bid for reelection is Florida governor yet, But today's signing had the air of a campaign event filled with supporters and done our lives segment of Fox News Right now, I have what we think is the strongest election integrity measures in the country. I'm actually going to sign it right here. It's going to take effect law range in Florida's mail voting procedures requiring voters to request ballots for every general election instead of every four years as in the past. Also places new restrictions on the use of drop boxes. The law was passed by the Republican controlled legislature after election, which Democrats cast nearly 700,000 more mail ballots than Republicans. A number of groups have already filed a lawsuit challenging the new law, saying its intention is voter suppression. Greg Allen. NPR NEWS Miami Department of Education says almost 90% of public schools in the country are open for at least some in person learning. And here's ADA Susan Lar has more students are returning to the classroom, but according to the National Center for Education Statistics Aren't returning at the same rates with persistent racial and ethnic disparities. 45% of white students were enrolled full time for in person instruction, but only about a quarter of black and Hispanic students and just 13% of Asian students were back in school full time. Many schools are still offering in person classes on a limited hybrid schedule. The new numbers are based on surveys of 4th and 8th grade classes from roughly 5000 public schools. The latest data are from March and the Education Department plans to continue to provide updates through the rest of the school year. Data is in large. NPR NEWS. The number of people filing for first time jobless claims fell last week, the Labor Department says 498,000 people applied for unemployment benefits. First time That number has fallen below half a million and 14 months tomorrow. The federal government releases monthly jobless claims, and economists expect those numbers to show robust hiring in April. Wall Street higher by the clothes. You're listening to NPR news. Lie from news. 88 7 in Houston. I'm Gail DeLaughter. Bill that bans abortions in Texas when a fetal heartbeat is detected, is now headed to the governor's desk. The measure could prohibit abortions as early as six weeks into her pregnancy. The measure would also allow anyone to follow lawsuit against an abortion provider. Dallas Democratic representative Jasmine Crockett spoke against the legislation. You are a random, arbitrary person who normally would not have standing to sue for anything. What damages are you suffering and what type of money should be paid when you had nothing.
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"This happened this morning. JJ Watt, three time defense. Sive Player of the Year, five time first team all Pro lock for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, announced that he wants to be released and has been granted his release from the Houston Texans. Immediately stirring every fan base in the NFL. Because people have written in our text line. Should the Niners get what can the Niners get? What? Let's get what we're like yet Donna doesn't take. You don't gotta be Branch Rickey to figure that one out. Of course everybody wants JJ Watt. Here's the question a salary. He was due to make 17 million this year. I don't know if he's looking for that because Niners can't really fit that in and be where he wants to go and then see our mortal fear that everybody now wants to go play with Brady. Well, that's improbable. He's the perfect candidate because he's a guy who's like you said he's heavily decorated as an individual. We all know about how good he is, in all of his accomplishments with one thing that scene needs is a ring on that finger. So he's gonna look around its era will wear to Y You know what can best chance? Here's a question Blood thicker than water. How about Pittsburgh? Go be with his bro. Both of us have three brothers on one team, Polly. Not since the Hanson brothers and the alludes. Have you seen three brothers anyway? Here's the breaking news. J. J Watt announcing it. I have sat down with the McNair family, and I have asked them for my release. And we have mutually agreed to part ways at this time. Uh, I came here 10 years ago as a kid from Wisconsin who never really been to Texas before And now I can't imagine my life without Texas in it. Uh, the way that you guys have treated me Besides draft night..
"first team" Discussed on Bloomberg Radio New York
"The public health messages from the top. Right through down to the people in the trenches be consistent. That things might have been different. In fact, I'm pretty sure they would have been different. I understood that to go into the White House and try to support a comprehensive coronavirus response by utilizing the strength of the federal government would be a terminal event for my federal career. And she says it has taken a great toll on her family, and she will retire now. Dr Fauci says the right direction is now being said, So what we're going to be seeing over the next months is much more of a coordinated, synergistic partnership. Between the federal government in the states and hopes vaccines can get out more quickly. UK VACCINATION Drive Expanding, officials say six million vaccinations to date death toll is nearing 100,000. Hong Kong has lifted its first lockdown, which affected thousands of people over the weekend. Bloomberg's and a current kind of because I looked and over parts of overcoming to contain And I'll bring up the bars that's been lifted this morning to consider and 7000 people and apparently, they found 13 or so pause of infections. So they've opened up in San Francisco. I'm Ed Baxter. This is Bloomberg. Juliet. Thank you, Ed. Let's get to sports. Now it down. Schwartzman and down Barcelona continues to move up the league table. Yeah. Juliette Big day of European football. Let's start out in La Liga Barcelona, now third in that league table, they shut out El Che two nil while political Madrid they extend to a seven point lead in the table a 31 win over Valencia looking at the Premier League Riddle Fernandez scores in the 78th minute on a free kick. Extends Manchester United onto the fifth round of the F A cup over Liverpool. 3 to 2 Old Trafford as the Reds have now lost back to back matches for the first time since March of last year. Elsewhere, Chelsea advances three mil over Luton town Tame Abraham scores A hat trick. Leicester City knocks up rent for 3 to 1 while Everton shuts out Sheffield Tuesday three nil in Germany. Bayern Munich moves seven points up in the Bundesliga table of 4 to 1 win over Shall Co four In Syria event he shuts up Bologna Two nil on that plea False The Hellas Verona 3 to 1. It is the NFC Championship game 13 minutes remaining in the third quarter in Kansas City Chiefs leading the Buffalo Bills 21 to 12 Buffalo at one point lead nine. Nothing so far. Patch where. Holmes 21, 2 27 208 yards and a touchdown. Josh Allen 12 23 104 yards. And a touchdown. Earlier, it was Tom Brady in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers heading to Super Bowl 55 as NFC champions after a 31 to 26 win over the Packers in Green Bay. It will be the 10 Super Bowl in Brady's career. How about that? Unbelievable. Tampa becomes the first team that will play the Super Bowl in its home stadium. Major League Baseball news. It's official Brad Hand, and the Washington Nationals agreed to a one year $10.5 million contract. And lead the majors last year with 16 saves. Meanwhile, the New York Yankees trading four prospects the Pittsburgh Pirates for pitcher Jamison Taylan. The 29 year old has pitched in just seven games since 2000 and 18 due to missing close to a year and a half after having Tommy John surgery, But in 2000 and 18, he won 14 games of the 3.2 er A. I'm Dan Schwartzman Metro. Bloomberg World Sports Update. Juliet. So much Dan coming up. We're gonna check to Mac's Pond, jury founder and CEO of S T. M C capital to discus discuss his thoughts on the outlook for markets We've been asking. I am live question of the day, which is our assets, too Complacent on the vaccine rollout dedicated to five is up by 4/10 of 1% with seeing weakness in Taiwan. We'll have a full market update shortly. This is Bloomberg..
"first team" Discussed on WFAN Sports Radio_FM
"Evans on a 15 yard touchdown throw to camp, the first possession of the NFC championship game. The Bucks and Packers exchanging a couple a couple of punts since The box of late the Packers seven to nothing late in the first quarter, not your typical Lambo elements 30 degrees and clear with a light wind and it's Tom Brady, China. Make the Bucks the first team ever to host a Super Bowl, a much younger quarterback matchup of the A F C championship game. Patrick Mahomes out of concussion protocol and looking to lead the Chiefs to a second straight Super Bowl title, however, will need to find through a bill's team that hasn't lost since the Hail Murray. No challenge can handle the pressure. I've played a few big games, and as we go on here be every game's a bigger game. The last one and you know it's it's still still the same game of football and we don't need to reinvent anything. When I was for the chief's Tyree killed, tried to give the cliche answer about not peeking ahead to the Super Bowl. No one is like really thinking about actually going to the Super Bowl. I mean, we're all focused on the Buffalo bills, because obviously that's the task at hand. So that's kind of the way we do things right around here. Just focus while we get a time and when the Civil War was here, you know that used to me and he tried to kick off in Kansas City at 6 40 Eastern. Other NFL News chiefs offensive coordinator Eric the enemy and Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier are expected to be invited for second interviews. To be the Texan's head coach. First task will be coming quarterback to Shawn Watson will reportedly tried to force his way out of Houston. No matter who they hire as head coach. Long time Tide and Greg Olsen is retiring after 14 NFL seasons, will broadcast games for Fox next season. Baseball. The Yankees acquire pitcher Jamie Cent I own from the Pirates before prospects. Town had a winning record over four seasons in Pittsburgh, but missed all of last year due to a second Tommy John surgery. NBA, The Pacers topped the Raptors one of seven wanted to still to come the Clippers. How's the thunder at four Eastern and tonight? Be honest in the Bucks. Welcome in the eight and seven Hawks on people. Dorothy Mahomes, Allan Rogers Brady. We react to the epic Conference championship weekend and start looking ahead The Super Bowl 55 tomorrow three Eastern Noon Pacific on Tiki interior..
"first team" Discussed on WDTK The Patriot
"Inside and powers it up. And then I'm the left block right over Marshall and the first to the game. Go to Northwestern. Northwood comes on some full court pressure. Now go back out. Umbrella nearly will bring over the timeline for Wayne State two minutes in Orders have gotten off to a good start. In half their games this year. Two times they have two times they haven't so far today. It's has not been a good start. Lewis driving inside a lot of contact, as he put the shot out, missed it, but he got fouled on Avery's gonna shoot, too. And that's gonna be the second Fallon Jon Pierre Frederick comes just two minutes and 11 seconds into the game. We'll see if he stays out there tonight. Let me loose Alliance 73% on the year. Wayne State leads the league and free throw percentage 83.2% as a team. As Lewis puts the free throw up, and there's a jinx again is he misses the first free throw. Wayne State was 25 of 26 from the foul line. Last Saturday at home against an important Richard Nunez will check in 7.5 points. 4.8 rebounds per game is Jon Pierre Frederik will check out Avery. Second free throw is good. You rattled that one in so every gets wind sit on the board. It's 2 to 1. Interesting quickly over the timeline driving left side dumpster that to a wide open new unions, who missed the layup rebound by Harris both teams with a lot of easy shots in the early going in Braille in nearly throws it away in transition. Scout with the steel for the Timberwolves. Sloppy play from both teams earlier. Loud top of the key with the dribble. Working on Harris picks it up. Swings it over to Amerman Amerman driving in left side folks up, but we got a foul coming up on wind stand in two free throws for the 90% foul shooter, Jack a Merman. Foul going against Terry No. One's white, his first team first. Stops the clock with 17 20 to go. Here in the opening half. Immigrants. Free throw is good. 10.3 points a game for Jack Amerman that leads Northwood in this northward team only scoring about 63 points a game winning state scoring 81.3. That's also good for first place. In the Black will tell you about a lot of these offensive statistics for Wayne State throughout the broadcast tonight in the top three and almost every offensive category, one of the reasons why they're off to a great start this season. For one here, though, North would waste a looking for the first bucket No one's white with 15 to shoot dribble in right side, and he threw it away. Miscommunication with Jackie Harris Harris was cutting toward the mass killings way thought he would come back toward half court and reset the offense. And the ball goes into the bleachers three minutes then Wayne State down 4 to 1..
"first team" Discussed on ESPN Chicago 1000 - WMVP
"Not go about your business of making sure you've got the best team you can put on the field to? As Mellish said, maybe be the favorite in the American League by adding Trevor Bauer. Why wouldn't you investment and so they should be in on it and on the North side? No spending. What, So I've got the complete opposite happening over there, And there's no excuse for them. They really liked the crime. And if you put Christ for more than Jerry eight point, whoever thought that would happen if you put yourself in a financial bind, because some of the business dealings that you made with the expansion of the ballpark anything around there Nobody thought the pandemic was coming. It came. You better have the financial flexibility and or the bartering power to be able to go ahead and float your notes. Until you get fans back in the stands. That's the way it works. That's we have against the Marquis Network. It's a hardy. Yeah, that's a good point. Do you have the bargaining power to go out there and still take on more debt? I guess right? And that's what you should be doing. I'm sorry. Go ahead. Are the Cubs the first team right now that can already name their opening day starter. I mean, Gerry Cole's the opening day starter in the neck. You understand? He's the Cubs. Do they have any other started? Probably just Kyle Hendricks. I think 3123323776 should the White Sox at this point, I mean, be all in. I mean, he's that's kind of like that. That's it. Springer signed. This is the last like truly monumental name That's out there, right. The Bill Motel. Real moved real mood, So that's a good point that they're not going to get real motel. Obviously, they've got some money tied up in that spot anyway. The real motive is not realistic for the White Sox. But that's true, Miller. But a power is he attainable? And should the White Sox be saying this completes our off season 3123323776..
"first team" Discussed on WFAN Sports Radio_FM
"So all proteins right this year. Did you see the all Pro list? You know, Take. I gotta be honest with you. I was really wrapped up with the Lasorda stuff doing research for the games. I glanced at a few for anything that you wanted to get out that I didn't really dive into it. Just one point. It's got one point because everything else is is typical. We thought what we expected Aaron Rodgers. His first team All pro dared, Henry second team All Pro. Forget the wide receivers. T. J Watt was a great for him. He said. There were Henry. Second time. No first team. Okay, So you said these are all first team guys got, you know, except for except it doesn't even matter. You get to the second team, though, You know. It's a tie between Pat Mahomes and Josh Allen for second team quarterback, which is a way of saying, You know, we wish we had a third team, but we can't give their all they both had great seasons. Travis Kelsey and Aaron Donald were the only unanimous all pros at their respective positions into your defensive lineman and tight end the second team tight end His void like they didn't have one. They didn't have a agreed and normals season. Maybe you could. You could argue that like, yeah, This guy wasn't really great. Kelsey was mean. Kelsey was unbelievable. But let's say George Kittle. He didn't play a whole season, so hey, probably can't make it, but they're ignoring Darren Waller. You had one of the most epic seasons in Raider history. He set the Raider record beat Tim Brown's record of 104 catches 107 catches on the season for almost 1200 yards. Nine touchdowns. Right? How is he? Not second team all pro. I'm hoping this is an admission and they just screwed up somewhere. So nobody second, there's no second team all pro tight end and I was looking at that. That guy can't make sense. There's gotta be a mistake. It's gotta be a mistake. But the first um you know, whatever article that I saw that pointed it out. There was no second team all pro tight in there with the receivers. Real quick is Justin Jefferson on there. Hey, is actually the wide receivers were Me. Fine. You gotta have started. Eight. Adam's Stefan Diggs. Tyree Kill first team in the second team. Wide receivers were just in. Jefferson was in that group. I can remember DeAndre Hopkins, Justin Jefferson, Calvin Ridley. DK Metcalf and Cole Beasley. Oh, it was another tie. Ridley Metcalf and Beasley were all tied for second team all pro wide receiver. No jets. No giants right now, Just checking when they get down to the eighth team. Maybe if you guys will make it. All right. Thank you. Write for little inbounds out of bounds. Yeah, let's do it. Let's go..
"first team" Discussed on Heartland Newsfeed Radio Network
"All back on coast to coast. I gotta tell you back in the day. Morandi and cam. We're on sirius canada. I was on howard water one for several years in new york. We're going on the howard. Stern channels is just absolutely exotic. Being back on serious and the new sports radio channel two. Oh four for me. I have not been wearing underpants all day long. I just wanted to say that Carver high do that frequently. Also on setting up a -ffiliated fights at two. oh five not channel to the weight. Class to mafia stranding me. I'll be fighting for sports map against the heads of sports division at serious including spitz and colin in a fistfight. Later this month set up at fight. Island can't wait to see it. And i'm sure you won't be wearing underpants this weekend. Either because we have back to back triple headers on. Nfl wild card weekend so no pants for you. Either coming up. On saturday and sunday. Let's start with the first game of course The buffalo bills and the indianapolis colts we start with. Stefan digs scotty. That's right the man who led the nfl in receptions and receiving yards this year. He's excited to start is playoff journey with the buffalo bills. Get a new season new opportunity. Day we aren't as attain no drought this season. We had our ups and we had our down on. It seemed like we grew this year. We got better this year especially down. Especially when i last night a lot from amid growing from the minute i felt like we can into the postseason we are here now with less than ten of us especially and it all starts trying to win offers opportunity. Great team wanted to more balancing. Nfo khanna similar to us. So that's going to be a challenge for from the now we look forward to like. I think the guy had a pro bowl incredible season. He was the best in my opinion in the nfl and finally he gets his chance to just go off because he was such a crybaby pain in the ass in minnesota and and weasel his way out of there to go play for buffalo. So it's great to hear and finally shut up with all the complaining and just be a great receiver that he is now. Thank god somebody the stones to say. Is there anything worse than these. Prima donnas players. They cried when they're not happy when they're not getting the ball enough there like a little kid ball going home to my mommy yes digs of course actually has been a little hobbled at practice to last today. Scotty i don't know if that's just them resting list julie questionable for the game on saturday. I'm sure he's going to be fine other side of is excuse me let's go. Let's get the excuses flowing. Let's go to the other side of the coin darius leonard and the colts he says. Scotty what are we worried about. There's no pressure on us. Everybody says the bills are gonna win. It doesn't matter. Here's leonard money for me is never know oppression and let a coach in when you decide to see. Everybody expect you to fail recognized. Everybody saying that you fell. I mean i look at something today. It was pretty crazy that you know jets. Everybody said bill's gonna win. Everybody's counting us out. So you know we just go in there and just be us do nothing more Be us control. You're playing great football and over. We come out with a bigger but when i Fresher donald pressure. We don't have any pressure on as i think reverb last and we just got gotta step up when play comes word at all unless just get down to business. He is a bad assets. That guy plays football. I would love having 'em on my team any day of the week i mean. Let's get it on. These are violent physical football teams. I think it is a incredible way to kick off wild car weekend within what i deem the best game at a weekend. Frankly yeah i'm ready for it. A little leery about the six and a half with the bills. But i don't care scotty for the three up just looking for them to win straight up. Second game on saturday. Rams and the seahawks. Jamal adams has been banged up. We know how big he is to the seahawks defense. He says he's going to be just fine about russell. Wilson scottish seahawk offense as not been good in the second half of the season. Wilson says all that matters is that the offense is closing out. Games here is russ every game dictates itself and you just play the game as it comes to you. Try to force the game. You think you you you play the game as is and and i think for us obviously you always wanna start faster obvious. We know how we've done that a lot this year but i think that we also the key is also be able to finish and i think the good thing about some of these past couple of weeks games in my opinion is is that To be able to be in tight matchups tight at the end of the end of the season to help prepare you for the playoffs because they are always kinda crazy there. It'd be emotional. It can be all this and that and the team that can really settle down and be calm. It'd be poisoned focused in on what what the mission is and execute but the end of the game. Now those are usually went. Those type situations like in the super bowl. When you through that past two butler at the goal line to lose the game you mean like that okay thanks. That was a trucker hat. Wasn't it. I mean that was the worst cab ever show. Trucker hats are back. That's the trucker that's going on is what it is all about right now. Alison packs truckers wear hats and clothes and they're lee jeans. Thanks the lines actually gone down to three and a half now. We're still have. We're not gonna not game time. If it's going to be jared goff. Of course john wolford. Let's go now to the w. f. t. washington football team taking on tampa saturday night game. Eight o'clock start with tom. brady scotty. He knows that the bucks have to work hard to get past the washington football team. I think that nothing is given. You know you have to earn everything so you get to this point in the year gotta earn it to win this game. You gotta earn it. And you're playing against teams have ever really proven themselves to be the best teams Inner divisions all year. And you know we're going up against the division winner in the team very talented in certain defensive a lot of playmakers so we have put it all together and you know in order. It said advanced. You have to play good football and you can only win one game a week. So you're not promised anything you know if you don't play well as one of these teams sweat six games this weekend or sixteen won't be practicing on monday and they're six that will be and a you want to be one of those teams from this week in that continues to play on but you got to play well and if you don't play well chances are you'll be watching next weekend. Here's the deal. They're going to win so easily. That what. I did in honor of the game carver high. I went on the tvd twelve die. And i lost eight pounds in eight days. And i feel terrific and tom is gonna cruise over that crappy washington football team like. Nobody's business like tossing salads. I'm going to be having cucumbers carrots. A little vinograd little on top there some sliced beef but only four pieces. And i got it all under control. No brad staying focused hydrating looking good and pure skinned. As tom and chicks dig me. I'm getting a lot of action. Thirty four seat looks like giselle to me every night with the lights off. everything's fantastic. Mike evans was out on the practice field for the bucks today. Of course we know him he got. He left the game last sunday. We'll see if he's going to be good to go. Aryan says it will be a game. Time for evans and as far as washington goes Taylor heineke took a horse team. Reps look first team reps over. Alex smith at practice is this the game or is he. I don't know. I don't think that this is the game. And he's going to play out and this mind games that rivera's trying to play. Maybe that hurt. I don't think it matters taylor. Heinecke is not beating the bucks. On saturday nights gotti. Let's be honest. Here if if heineken place I literally will start drinking again. And they'll lose thirty..
"first team" Discussed on Newsradio 700 WLW
"Help Memphis to 49 last week. What makes this team so tough on D Yeah, they change defense isn't like Central Florida. They give you a lot of different looks. They play unique match up. Um, I think they got guys who really understand the role really, You know, you got you know you get their main guns in terms of the shell is that dynamic score first team all the kid and Jordan thinks kind of head of the snake for them. Then you got the best role player in the league in Jackson, who just does everything he's supposed to do without Didn't a lot of shots and really plays to his role, and that's where we need to go. We need to get the point where you have a team. We're playing to our ruling. Understand what we do instead of everybody want to be the guy and I think that's really why they had so much success, beating Memphis at Memphis and Houston home. We've had a little extra time to prepare. Was there anything specific that you decided to focus on with your team? We don't it down a little bit for, like a better term. Kind of, you know, streamline it a little bit and really okay, we're gonna be a really, really good the following things defensively and offensively and kind of put our playbook and broke that down a little bit extreme line that made a little smaller. You don't have a team right now That is gonna execute a high level, but we need to be able to compete in high level and part of that is understanding your role and part of understanding the role of streamlining what you do. In order to do that, We kind of kind of revered our focus into somebody main things offensively defensively and certainly from a world standpoint, coach Best of luck. This afternoon at Cincinnati versus Tulsa. A pregame coverage continues in a moment, a news radio 700 wlw. Free healthcare hundreds to more than $1000 per month and disability compensation and tens of thousands for college tuition. These are just some of the U. S. Department of Veterans.
"first team" Discussed on KDWN 720AM
"News continues. It's the first day of January. A FN Sports and Wild card weekend is upon US and wild card weekend that we have not seen in a while. As wild is this, I'll stop with the tongue twisters here. Let's just bring in manual. Hey, man! Friday morning. Good Friday morning, Matt Yeah. Handful of games this weekend of utter importance. And certainly you've got A few 10 and five teams that are all trying to win to assure themselves a spot and none of them are playing each other, and that's sort of the crazy part about it is it's quite possible. That we have 11 and five team that does not make the playoffs. You know all the teams between the Dolphins, the Ravens, the Browns and the Indianapolis Colts, and certainly The Tennessee Titans are in that mix, too, as well, though the Titans are the one team that If they win, they are guaranteed a spot. So but yeah, everybody else all all the other teams I listed off. They could all win and somebody's going to get left out in the cold. And it's Zenobia. Really interesting weekend. Yeah, it's gonna be a really interesting weekend. Well, let's talk about what least one of the matchups here. That is of significance, and that is, let's go to what we were talking about earlier here. Um, you've got the NFC North. You've got Green bay at Chicago Chicago Wind, which the bears into the postseason eliminates the loser of the Cardinals Rams game. Um, what you were just talking about. You know, there are a lot of these teams need outside help to they need to win, but they need outside help, too. But not a guaranteed victory here for Green Bay, um, not a guaranteed victory for Arizona, not a guaranteed victory for Seattle, for that matter. These are all division matchups. Absolutely. And even the 40 Niners who are not in the mix at all. I mean, their season is basically over there, six and nine. But, you know, certainly, they wanted play spoiler for a division rival in Seattle and make things A little bit more difficult for the Seahawks in the playoffs. The Seahawks, of course, have already clinched the NFC West, but they're trying to Pete for seating purposes, so they certainly want to Gonna win and try and get his highest seed as they possibly can T O limit any to limit as much. Travel as they possibly can, as we get into the playoffs, because even though none of these teams are going to have you, no home fans of I think there's a possibility for some of them to have them, but Nothing. There's never gonna be a situation where the crowd is going to have a huge impact on any of these postseason games. But still all of these teams. None of these teams want to travel. They all want to have. They still want to play at home, and you mentioned the Green Bay Packers. I think no team wants to have home field advantage more than them as you have, you know, weather situation that could Well, that is a favor. That's their sixth man. That's their That's their That's their crowd. Yeah. I mean, the Seahawks are the Seahawks. We're not gonna have, you know they're crowd for their playoff home game, but The Packers certainly will have the weather on their side, especially depending on the match up. If you get, you know, a Tampa Bay Buccaneers team that has to go in there. Maybe you know that could play the pack played to the Packers favor as well. So the Packers definitely have something to play for the Bears. Obviously they're playing. Um, obviously have something to play for us. Well, and then you've got those teams in the NFC side to Matt that we're all trying to get in the Dolphins at 10 and five we're gonna take on Buffalo. The bills. Are 12 and three and trying to get you know that to see they're trying to Sure themselves to seed in the A. F. C s Kansas City's already clinched the one You've got Baltimore on the road at 10 and five as well, Trying to get in. They're gonna take on the Bangles. And then the Cleveland Browns are gonna be hosting. The Pittsburgh Steelers, who have already clinched the N F B I F C North Brown's a 10 and five though trying to assure themselves Ah playoff spot to sew it Z gonna be interesting. You've got Indianapolis attendant five playing. The Jacksonville Jaguars at home. The Jaguars are one and 14. They've got the number one the number one pick locked up. AII they have Trevor Laurence locked up in a Jaguar is uniforms for 2021. The Jaguars one win this season came against Indianapolis Way back in week one so Colts on all they can't. They're gonna have to bring it on on Sunday. Yeah, you mentioned travel. We've got a Rose bowl in the heart of Texas. Uh, which is anything but normal. Um, talk. Top ranked Alabama. That's nothing new. But this Rose Bowl matchup number one Alabama number four Notre Dame What are we looking at here? Um, crimson tide. Obviously, we know 11 and over there in a familiar spot, but Notre Dame's kind of the wild card here. Yeah, they are And you know, they're kind of the team that I think everybody is sort of doubting the most here in of these 14 remaining. Maybe even more so than Ohio State, who only played six games on because Notre Dame is the big underdog here because they're playing Alabama who has been so dominant Over the course of this season and mad. This is just a little factoid for you. This is going to be the first Rose Bowl that will not be held in Pasadena. Since January 1st 1942 1942 Rose bowl, which between Oregon State and Duke, and that game was played at Duke Stadium in Durham, North Carolina, You know? Wow. Yeah, and Oregon State won the game they beat do And in Duke's home stadium, the Blue Devils were undefeated and ranked second in the country at that time in the game, so yeah, but obviously because of what's going on with covert 19 in California and the closures and everything How they're going to play the game in Arlington, Texas, at Jerry World at a TNT stadium, So it's gonna be an interesting matchup, but I like I like the Crimson Tide, and this is just This just kind of feels like this is gonna be the year for Alabama Tonto when yet another national championship Next. David's got six of them already. He's got five of them at Bama. And this is setting up for for him to possibly get number seven. I think all right now. Well, Ohio State Fair this weekend in the Sugar Bowl. I believe that I've been deserved to be there. I well, personally, I don't think they just heard two be there..