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A highlight from Called to Catch Men
"Well is there not a world of instruction for us here? First of all, do what Jesus says. Do what he says. Nevertheless, at thy word, we will cast down our nets. Keep preaching the word. Preach to myself. Keep casting the net. When doubts come, you resolve them here. When you're tired, when you're frustrated, when you're deposed, when you catch nothing for weeks, for months, for years. It's not easy but it's simple. Do what Jesus says. Keep casting the net of the Gospel. And believe that he has power to bring the fish in. And believe him when he says that his word will not return unto him void. Because he really has power over the hearts of men to bring them into the net or the advance of his kingdom. Those who would catch men must ultimately learn their art here. From the ministry of Christ himself who was preaching the word everywhere he went, to everyone he met. May God give us grace as a church to do so. Let's stand for prayer. O Lord our God Most High, we thank you for the glory of Christ. Some here today have seen it, some have not. Maybe some who have heard the call that comes on the back of it are now shutting their eyes to it. Lord there's something compelling here. That we have to present ourselves like Isaiah and Peter and others. That we would lay our life before you and say what would you have me to do. Too often we come and we tell you what we will do, what we're willing to do. It's not the Christian response, what would thou have me to do. Make our sons and use them for the glory of thy name and the preaching of your word. And we pray that knowing Lord that that might mean huge things for our family. That they could be thrust to the furthest ends of the earth to preach the gospel. And yet we know that such a thing would be good. We pray Lord that you would give us a burden for souls. That we would see ourselves collectively as a church, as net casters. And that we would go forth seeking the lost that we might bring them to Jesus. That you would make us not to be weary in well doing knowing that in due time we should reap if we faint not. Lord, kill in our hearts our stupid notions of building our own kingdom. Crucify them, crucify them O God. And replace that with a burning and singular desire. To seek first thy kingdom, whatever that means. We lay all of our boats and our nets, whatever they are, at thy feet today. And if you would have us continue to use them, we'll use them. We'll be diligent in our calling. But we leave it all at thy feet. We pray that you would lead and guide for Jesus' sake. Amen.
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A highlight from Zechariah Evangelism
"Good morning. Our third Sunday sermon series through Zechariah is coming to a close here. I'm not sure if we'll have another message after this one. Usually, after I get to the end of a book, we'll go back and do a review message, which was last month, and then a message relating, whatever the book was, to evangelism. So that's today. Zechariah evangelism. And so let's pray that God will bless us today. Lord God, we thank you that all of your Word is an evangelistic tool, for faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. And we know that we see scriptures that we can identify better as evangelistic, but we know that all of your Word is truth, and truth convicts of sin, and conviction of sin then can lead to repentance. And so we pray, Lord, that you would make us wise evangelists. And so help us in that today. We ask it for Jesus' sake. Amen. The book of Zechariah is a revelation or a revealing of Jesus the Messiah. As such, it is a good resource for evangelism. Today we utilize Zechariah for evangelism in the form of a letter to an unbelieving friend. So I hadn't done this before, so it may seem a little bit strange. It's going to seem a little strange to me. But I have always found that evangelism encourages the saints to say, well, I don't need to come to faith in Christ, but I love hearing, well, it's kind of like the hymn, isn't it? I love to tell the story. I love to hear the story of unseen things above. And so if it just falls flat, then I know you all will still love me. And you'll just say, don't do that again. That was silly. Just send your letter to your friend and preach us a regular message, OK, if it doesn't work out. But I think it's going to encourage you. OK. Kids speak. Kids, what book are we looking at today? Zechariah. What are we going to do with Zechariah today? We're going to use it to write a letter to a friend telling them how important it is to trust Jesus. So I sent you an email with this without anything but the letter. So if you actually wanted to use it and instead of friend put somebody's name, you could do that. Dear friend, would you allow me to share some observations about a certain book in the Bible? I have found this book particularly beneficial, and I believe you may benefit from its content as well. It's the book of Zechariah, the second to the last book in our English Old Testament. God showed Zechariah some strange things, and probably many today would think he wasn't quite in his right mind when he saw them. But all his visions had their basis in what Moses and the preceding prophets had been shown. First, though, a little historical setting for the book. It was written when the Jews came back from captivity in Babylon. God had allowed his own people to be defeated by Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon. That was because they had done just about everything he had told them not to do and had stopped doing the things they were supposed to do. As Zechariah reminded his audience, the Lord of Heaven's assembly said, exercise true judgment and show brotherhood and compassion to each other. You must not oppress the widow, the orphan, the resident foreigner, or the poor, nor should anyone secretly plot evil against his fellow citizen. But they refused to pay attention, turning away stubbornly and stopping their ears so they could not hear. Indeed, they made their hearts as hard as diamond so that they could not obey the Torah and the other words the Lord of Heaven's assembly had sent by his spirit through the former prophets. Therefore, the Lord of Heaven's assembly has poured out to great wrath. You can see that God had given them very sensible directions for treating each other right. Who would not agree that these rules were fair and just? Yet they had turned a deaf ear mistreating one another. And even though we agree that compassion and helping the disadvantaged are right, would it take much digging to where we too have turned a deaf ear to divine instructions? Kids speak. Kids, God gives us the rules for how to treat each other right. But have we broken those rules? Yeah. Do we need God to forgive us? Zechariah had opened his message with a similar reminder. He didn't place the responsibility in the past. Rather, he laid the impetus to respond on his own generation. Therefore, say to the people, the Lord of Heaven's assembly says, turn to me, says the Lord of Heaven's armies, and I will turn to you, says the Lord of Heaven's armies. Do not be like your ancestors, to whom the former prophets called out, saying, this is what the Lord of Heaven's assembly has said, turn now from your evil wickedness. But they would by no means obey me, says the Lord. God told the people to turn to him, even though it appeared that they had already started obeying God again, since they had made the dangerous journey from Babylon to rebuild a burned -down Jerusalem, the walls of which had been completely leveled, exposing them to dangerous enemies. But God saw that their hearts were still not turned to him. Even though they were facing many difficult and discouraging circumstances, God knew that no obstacle could be greater than having their attention divided from him. Kid Speed, if we obey some things, God says, does that mean we obey everything he says? No. All of us probably could say we obey some things. He told them if they turned to him, he would turn to them. Well, that's certainly a square deal. Before God gave them into Babylon's hands, he had spent generations trying to turn them from their misdeeds. Now he was patiently starting over with them again. And how did they respond? Zechariah 1 .6, and they turned and said, the Lord of Heaven's assembly planned to do with us according to our ways, yes, according to our deeds, so he has dealt with us. God told them to turn, and they turned. Zechariah's audience responded favorably to his message of repentance, at least at first. They took responsibility for their waywardness, and they accepted God's gracious invitation to fellowship, that he would turn to them as well. Now they were ready to hear how God would bring them a final deliverance from all danger. It would come through a single man. Kids speak. Kids, the people Zechariah was talking to knew that they hadn't done what God said, so they turned back to him. Is that what we should do, too? Come on, nod your head with me. They were rebuilding Solomon's temple, but Zechariah had a message of another temple that would have to be built if they were going to be finally saved, Zechariah 6 .12. This is what the Lord of Heaven's assembly says, here is the man whose name is the sprig. He will branch out from where he is and will rebuild the temple of the Lord. They were rebuilding the temple, so it must have been a surprise to hear about someone else who needed to come and build another new one. Ezra and Zerubbabel were leading the present rebuilding effort. Who was this other man in such a strange name, the sprig? But Zechariah and his colleagues had already been told about the sprig. They had already been told that the sprig had something to do with the priesthood. God had spoken to their own high priest, Joshua, not the Joshua of the book of Joshua, Zechariah 3 .8. Listen, high priest Joshua, you and those companions of yours who sit with you, for these men are a sign that I am presenting my servant the sprig. The very fact that God's people needed a new high priest every time the last one died showed that a final permanent priest was needed. The fact that they had a day of atonement every year showed that their sins were not being removed permanently. They needed a once for all payment for sin. That was apparently going to be the work of the sprig. And why call the sprig? Simply because he would start fresh. He wouldn't build onto the existing structure of the Levitical priesthood, and that is exactly what has come about. Jesus came from the tribe of Judah, not Levi. Yet he acted as a priest, offering himself as a sacrifice for sins. Kids, one of the names for Jesus in Zechariah is sprig. What's a sprig? Well, it's a plant when it first starts growing. Why was Jesus called sprig? Because he had to do everything over right from the start. We had messed everything up, so he had to start all over like a little sprig. God then immediately added a new name to Christ the sprig, calling him a stone. For he grew from his small beginning to become the sacrifice for sin, both permanent and solid qualities a stone represents. Zechariah 3 .9. Look, the stone that I put in place in Joshua's presence, on that one stone are seven eyes. And look, I will do the engraving myself, declares the Lord of Heaven's assembly. And I will remove the perversity of that land in a single day. There's one of the strange symbols of Zechariah, a stone with seven eyes. Of course, it's figurative. The mental image of a seven -eyed stone probably confuses us at first, but the stone is made less mysterious in light of the engraving, an engraved stone. The eyes most simply symbolize sight. Really the most elusive aspect of the image is the seven. That one takes a little bit of biblical familiarity. We find by induction, looking at places where seven occurs, that seven connotes completeness. So seven eyes indicate complete sight. The stone then is a figurative way to tell us that the Messiah would be omniscient. To see everything is to know everything. In other words, the Messiah would be God. Kids speak. Kids, another name for Jesus in Zechariah is the stone. Why is he a stone? Because he stays the same, like a rock, when he says he will save us. That word is as firm as a rock. Well, what about the engraving on the stone? Well, in light of the prompt removal of the land's perversity, the engraving is most likely the engraving of the land's perversity into the stone. It's an engraving God does himself. And isn't this what God the Father did when Jesus was on the cross, engrave his people's sins into him? Kids speak. Zechariah calls Jesus a rock that God carves on. Well, what did God carve into Jesus? Our sins. When our sins were carved into Jesus, did that take the sins away from us? Yep, carved onto him. That's how it works. This sprig who became the stone was God's way of explaining to Joshua the high priest what had just happened to him. So rewind to the beginning of the chapter, Zechariah 3, 1 through 4, and he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the messenger of the Lord, and Satan was standing on his right to accuse him. But the Lord said to Satan, the Lord rebukes you, oh Satan, the Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebukes you. Is this not a stick snatched from the fire? And Joshua was clothed in filthy garments and was standing before the messenger. And he answered and said to the one standing before him, saying, remove the filthy garments from him. And he said to him, see, I have taken away your guilt from you and will clothe you with rich garments. The high priest, the man in Israel who presided over the sacrifices for removing sin, he himself stood unclean before God. Satan was there accusing him. But God did not argue the basic fact of Joshua's defilement. No, in fact, God's rebuke of Satan got right to the matter of Joshua's deficiency. He called Joshua a stick snatched from the fire. Joshua was like a stick that was going to burn, but God had pulled him out of the fire. Kids, God said that Joshua the high priest was like a stick that was about to burn, but God pulled it out of the fire. Is that what God does when Jesus saves us? Pulls us out of hell? Yeah. We were headed right for hell. So, wow, we should really thank Jesus, shouldn't we? Ah, dear friend, I can tell you that describes me as well. I was a stick ready to burn, already as good as it ignited. Yes, that has me listening to God's words as closely as I'm sure Joshua was. Remove his filthy garments. Men on earth couldn't see the dirty clothing, but there in heaven we see the reality. Joshua already believed that he needed spiritual cleansing, otherwise he would not have made the annual sacrifice on the Day of Atonement for his own sins. But now he got to see how his defilement looked in God's presence. Satan didn't even have to lie, though he's good at it. A defiled Joshua was his exhibit A, and he needed no further proof. Friend, if the highest religious official amongst God's people was tarnished by sin, everyone else on earth was as well. The high priest needed the engraved stone to be engraved with his own sins. That's why God showed Joshua that vision, so that Israel's high priest could model for the nation their need to hope in God's final high priest. I have that same hope. I have trusted in Jesus of Nazareth as the sacrifice that covers my sin, dear friend. Kids, if Satan came before God and said, look at Pastor Cain, he's a dirty sinner, how can he be a Christian? What would God say? He would say, but I cleaned Pastor Cain up by what Jesus did on the cross. You can say the same thing for you, right? You may have noticed that I am referring to Jesus as both the high priest and the sacrifice. That is correct. He is both. If our sins were engraved into him, that makes him the sacrifice. But he was the one who offered himself up to be sacrificed. He is also the priest. In fact, Jesus fulfilled virtually every aspect of the temple, the furniture, its procedures, and the priests processing them. He puts the fill in fulfillment. I have been to your ear a long time. Thank you for your patience. I will bring this to an end. Zechariah 12, 10. And I will pour upon the house of David and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem the spirit of grace and of prayer, then they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn over him. Jesus was a Jew, and he came to his countrymen first. They passed him by. But one day God promises that they will recognize him. Zechariah 13, 1. On that day, a well will be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem to cleanse them from sin and from impurity. And they will recognize their Messiah. They will recognize what he did for them. Kids speak. Another thing Zechariah says Jesus is like is a well. Why is that? Well, because you can wash with water from a well just like you can have your sins washed away by Jesus' blood. Until then, that same well is open to all men. Zechariah 2, 11. Many nations will join themselves to the Lord on the day of salvation, and they will also be my people. And here we are. Christ's saving message reaches more and more people groups year by year. But the end gathering will not last indefinitely. Christ will return to finalize his work on earth. Zechariah 14, 4. On that day, his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives. That was the location from which he left the earth in the sight of his apostles ascending into heaven. That is where he has an appointment to return. Kids, where is Jesus right now? Heaven. Will he always stay there? No. He's coming back here to be king of everybody in the world. Oh, that'll be a great day, won't it? Dear friend, there is a sacrifice that washes away our sins and renews us. Do we need cleansing and new life? Zechariah, like the rest of scriptures, tells us that if we have dishonored God and broken his commandments, we need Jesus' purifying sacrifice. I pray to God that you will join me as one who confesses Christ as Lord and Savior. For the walking wounded, as 1 Thessalonians 5, 14 says, uphold the strengthless. It's easy to forget that when we first came to God, we were complete spiritual invalids. I think most of us continue to think, hmm, I don't think I've changed much since then, but we're supposed to mature. All scripture is profitable for teaching, for conviction. The gospel is good news. May fear not cause me to hesitate in telling it as though it were basically bad news. It does contain bad news, but the gospel is basically good news. If you just tell good news without contexting it with the bad news, unless the person already gives you that and says, oh, I'm a defiled sinner. What can I do? Well, of course, you can just march right into, here's the means of cleansing. But if not, you need to let them know that, yes, we are sinners headed for hell. But the gospel is basically good news, which is how we should present it. All scripture is profitable for correction. I will remember that the good news is what properly contexts the bad news of our sinfulness, our enmity with God, and our coming judgment. God justly put all these aside in the cross. And all scripture is profitable for teaching, conviction, correction, for schooling in righteousness. Nothing wrong with asking God to just drop witnessing opportunities into our lap rather than worrying about segues. How do I get from a regular conversation into a gospel conversation? And, of course, we want to be able to do segues, too. But in the meantime, it's a good thing to ask every day who knows who I'll meet today. Maybe the door will just swing wide open, and I need to be ready to walk in. Wrap up, Colossians 4, 5, and 6. You can see it on the left side there. Walk in wisdom toward those on the outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech be always with grace, having been seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one. And then breaking it down phrase by phrase, walk in wisdom toward those on the outside. God give me a special wisdom like a person on a mission. Redeeming the time, God give me sufficient urgency. Let your speech be always with grace. God give me words that make good transitions to the gospel. Having been seasoned with salt, God give me a bright countenance and inviting words that you may know how you ought to answer each one. God give me increasing sensitivity to see particular burdens in the lives of others that I may point them to the burden -bearer. Amen. Let's pray. Lord God, thank you for your words. We pray, Lord, that you will grant a day of revival when the subject of God and of being right with God is simply part of the national conversation. And we know that you have done this before in days of revival, that people simply become curious again. And you pique their curiosity and we can simply walk right into witnessing situations. But until then, Lord, we pray that we would remember Colossians 4, 5, and 6, that we would walk in wisdom towards them, that we would seek out opportunities, that we would always have gracious speech, and that we would season it with salt and make it attractive. And that you might help us better and better to recognize needs in people's lives that will present the gospel's introduction. Lord, bless these, your people, all your people here on earth, worshiping you today. In Jesus' name, amen.
A highlight from WM 290: Sermon Review: Five Dangers of Calvinism: Part 4
"Greetings and welcome to Word Magazine. This is Jeff Riddle, I'm the pastor of Christ Reformed Baptist Church in Louisa, Virginia. And in this episode of Word Magazine, we're going to be continuing and hopefully completing the series we've been doing recently of reviewing an anti -Calvinistic sermon. Now this sermon is preached by a man named Yankee Arnold. And we have been looking at this sermon that was titled Five Dangers of Calvinism. I've done three previous episodes and hopefully again this is going to be the fourth and last in this series. I was talking to some people at church on Sunday who were following this and including with the man who was really the reason for the series, a fellow who asked me what my reaction was to this video. Someone had shared it with him and I told him that I would try to do a review of it and so I've been doing that and it's been appreciated by him and I'm glad of that and he has given us some good ground for some conversation. In reviewing this video, we've seen that not only is there a question at stake about the sovereignty of God and salvation but also what the perseverance of saints is. If we persevere in the faith, is it our work or is it God's work? And we believe that both salvation and perseverance in the faith is a work of God. One of the other key things we have noted is the importance of the doctrine of regeneration. That when God saves a man, that he transforms him, he changes his heart. Like Lydia in Acts 16, the Lord opened her heart to heed the things that were spoken by Paul and so there's a change of heart, there's a change of nature. It's not complete in this life because we're not yet in the state of glory but there is a work of progressive sanctification and we sort of have uncovered this as we've gone through it. This is another aspect of the Bible's teaching that Pastor Arnold seems to be denying. Well again, I hope that we can listen in and complete this series today. I think there's about 11 or so minutes left and so without any further ado, I'm going to pull this up and let me just say once again, I've just got my Bible in front of me. I've got some notes. I have my second London Baptist confession of faith and also have a copy of a little book that I've written that's available on Amazon on the doctrines of grace, an introduction to the five points of Calvinism and if this is something you weren't previously aware of, a teaching in scripture you weren't aware of, I would commend my book to you. So let's go ahead and again see if we can pull up Pastor Arnold's message here on YouTube, Five Dangers of Calvinism. We're going to pick it up here about the 38 minute, 50 second mark and so let me just say where we are. You might remember if you listened to the last episode, he had been talking about Romans 9 and he had tried to give an alternative explanation to the understanding of the potter and clay image that Paul uses in Romans 9, beginning in verse 21. And he gave, I think, a very fanciful explanation of it. He said, it's not about the potter being sovereign over the clay, but it's really about the sovereignty of the clay. The clay can change itself. The clay can make itself malleable. The clay can allow the potter to work upon it. And I suggested the last time that that interpretation just doesn't work on a plain sense level. Paul was saying that God is like the potter and the potter is sovereign over the clay. The clay doesn't dictate to the potter, but the potter is sovereign and he takes the clay and shapes it and uses it as he wills.
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A highlight from Jeremiah: A Burning Word
"Jeremiah, a burning fire. We still have about two more messages in Judges, but that'll have to wait towards the end of October because the next two Sundays, and I'm just saying it now so don't forget at the end, Pastor Theron is going to begin a series on Amos, and so he'll be preaching the next two Sundays, and then I will finish out Judges, and then he will close out the Amos November series 5th when I'm in Nicaragua, but an opportunity to walk through that Old Testament book, and I'm looking forward to him preaching, for us getting to be able to sit under that for a whole series on the book of Amos, excited to learn what he has to share there. As I mentioned, Jeremiah and the idea of a burning fire, and just as we start out, I just want to make a statement that I think we all know, but God has not promised that we even will grasp exactly how what we do and experience functions and fulfills his great purpose. He hasn't promised that it's easy, and he hasn't promised that we will necessarily understand every component, but he has promised this, that what we do for him will be eternally fruitful and that he will make all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. The idea that it's not always easy and that it doesn't always make sense, if you turn into the Old Testament and look at the prophets, one of the prophets that exemplifies that truth so well is Jeremiah. He's described by some as the post -Christian prophet, the one to preach to post -Christian times. He's a man who was the unwanted yet truthful voice of God in his era. He was called to preach repentance to an unresponsive people. He confronted ungodly kings, untruthful prophets, and unfaithful people. As he states in Jeremiah 2 13, in a very clear illustration, he says, For my people have committed two evils. They have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns that can hold no water. He's constantly called to preach to a hard -hearted people for them to turn from this world's broken and false replica of a God to the only God who redeems the only God of life. It was a message largely unheeded by Judah, a message of judgment that saw fulfillment in Babylonian destruction and captivity, which was a reality that broke Jeremiah's heart. Irving Jensen says this, By divine design, it was Jeremiah who was called to prophesy in the darkest hours of Judah, when Judah as a nation died. He is known as the weeping prophet and the prophet of the broken heart, but he wept not for his own trials, grievous as they were. It was the sins of his nation and the fearful destruction these sins were bringing upon them that broke Jeremiah's heart. So as Francis Schaeffer notes, Jeremiah provides us with an extended study of an era like our own, where men have turned away from God and society has become post -Christian. And it's to this type of people, this ministry, that the divinely called Jeremiah struggled at times to understand and accept his role in giving God's message. He preached 50 plus years going through, I think, four different kings. He faced opposition and derision, and at times he wondered internally with why God has called him to this task. He wrestles with that thought continually throughout the book. But it is in those instances of distress that we get a window into the prophet's soul showing the deep personal price that he has to pay for his faith and his faithfulness. And it's to one of these that we're turning this morning, chapter 20 of Jeremiah, to see that battle and understand what it means to truly have a burning fire in your bones to proclaim God's truth, no matter the response or reality in which we live. My goal with this whole message, one, as we walked as a church in ordaining Pastor Theron to the gospel ministry is to be a call in his life that no matter what comes up that the Word of God is a burning fire, but it's also a call to us as a church to have a burning fire, a truly burning fire that we cannot but proclaim Christ no matter what we encounter in this world. So we encounter Jeremiah in the midst of one of his sermons or oracles preaching the destruction of Judah at the temple, and this is around 606 BC during the reign of King Jehoiakim. If you've ever read Jeremiah cover to cover and you're wondering if it's a chronological history, it is not. So it is based on these sermons and how they fit together and the message that God wants to bring. It's not always set in chronological order at all. So this is early on in Jeremiah, 1914 and 15. It says this. This is his message. Then came Jeremiah from Tophet with the Lord had sent him to prophesy and he stood in the court of the Lord's house and said to all the people, by the way, he was a prophet and a priest. Thus say at the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, behold, I will bring upon this city and upon all her towns, all the evil that I've pronounced against it because they have hardened their necks that they might not hear my words. And he is a weeping prophet, a broken prophet. He's the prophet that had to preach to people who didn't want to hear what he was saying because they had other prophets saying, don't worry, we're going to be fine. It's not going to be a problem. We're going to get over this. We're going to prosper. We're going to be victorious. And he is almost a singular voice during this time saying, no, that's not what God said, that God has something else for us. Well, a man named Pasha, who is both a priest and the chief officer, here's Jeremiah speaking and he has Jeremiah whipped in scripture. It says he's beaten and really likely what Jeremiah received at that time were 40 lashes based on what Deuteronomy 25 three would allow. And so when you see that he got beat, it's not a whipping or two, but instead a formal punishment that took place. And then it says that pasture placed him in the stocks where his hands, feet and head were placed through holes, which contorted his body and caused extreme pain. Where is he placed in the stocks? It's not in prison, but it's at the gate. There's stocks at the gate. It's the Benjamin gate, upper Northern Benjamin gate because they wanted everyone to see what happens to someone that confronts them and speaks of God's judgment. Jeremiah is released the next day and instead of backing down, he renames pasture to Magor Miss Abib and you, you get extra chicken if you remember that at the end of the service, what his name was. But it means this terror on every side and, and what Jeremiah was saying was he was reiterating his message. He says, pasture, you're going to see your friends struck down on by the sword. You're going to witness people you know, hauled off to Babylon. He himself will be hauled off to Babylon after seeing the Babylonians take all the wealth of Judah and Jerusalem and that he would ultimately die there and be buried with the friends to whom he pasture had prophesied falsely. I want us to see as he's coming out of the pain and punishment, what he did yet those strong and bold words from Jeremiah were not all he was feeling or experiencing. The rest of the chapter deals with a cry to God saying that the mocking and the disrespect and the ridicule or are wearing on him. He preaches God word and it says he feels like it's become a reproach and the reason why people attack him. He wants to stop speaking God's word but realizes that he cannot stop speaking because that truthful message is in his heart and not speaking God's word creates a burning in his bones and what they're trying to say is there is such an intensity that you cannot stop a burning word that he must preach no matter how his world responds and so with that burning word in perspective, we take a moment to see and recognize what can waylay us from speaking it. For Theron, I kind of specifically kind of diving in for him on this. What can knock you off course? What are things that can come in and recognizing what they are from Jeremiah's circumstances and then seeing how they are overcome and so as we look at Jeremiah's circumstances, we must first recognize the potential pressure. Jeremiah 21 through six, it says, now, pasture, the son of emir, the priest who was also chief governor in the house of the Lord, heard that Jeremiah prophesied these things. Then pasture smote Jeremiah the prophet and put him in the stocks that were in the high gate of Benjamin, which was by the house of the Lord, and it came to pass on the morrow that pasture brought forth Jeremiah out of the stocks. Then said Jeremiah unto him and pastures thinking that Jeremiah is going to recant. He says, the Lord had not called by name pasture, but Maggore, Miss Abib. For thus say at the Lord, behold, I will make thee a terror to thyself and to all thy friends and they shall fall by the sword of their enemies and then I shall behold it and I will give all Judah into the hand of the king of Babylon, which is the first time he names the oppressor that's coming in a specific way and he shall carry them captive into Babylon and shall slay them with the sword. Moreover, I will deliver all the strength of this city and all the labors thereof and all the precious things thereof and all the treasures of the kings of Judah will I give into the hand of their enemies, which shall spoil them and take them and carry them to Babylon and now pasture and all that dwell in thine house shall go into captivity and now shall come to Babylon and there thou shalt die and shall be buried there. Thou and all thy friends to whom thou has prophesied lies. And if you think Jeremiah is a coward and I want you to make sure you get this image correct in your mind as we walk into where his, his struggle comes, you recognize that after being beat 40 times, put in stocks for 24 hours, that when you're released and the first thing you say is what I said is right and let me get very personal and let you know exactly what's going to happen to you. You recognize that this is not a coward or a weak man. What we see is that Jeremiah encountered significant pressure or pushback from the world of his day. They're not pleased with what he's saying. He's actually accused of being a traitor. They wanted to kill him for committing treason because he preached what God had said and Later on in his ministry, beyond this beating in the stocks later on, they're going to throw them in a pit that has water in it. It's sinking constantly to let them drown in a very slow way. The reality of God's truth though, is often those who need it and who we are striving to reach hate it, and that's something we have to accept as we bring truth that the world doesn't love truth, that the world is not enamored with truth. They're not sitting there saying, Oh, everything makes sense to me, but instead they will come after truth with some of the ugliest hate possible. They can resort to violence and physical attack. Many of us cannot fathom the idea or that reality. We don't see that in our world and in our, in our country, but we know that around the world fellow believers face physical attacks for believing and preaching God's word. I read the voice of the martyr and go through it and I'm just shocked by different sufferings that people walk through. I just read of one where they lock Christians up in sea containers in the middle of the desert and give them meager rations. You imagine how hot that gets in there and the suffering that is faced and yet those people remain faithful to the word. There is a potential for physical abuse. This world hates the message of truth that God has sent to it. Now, along with that physical abuse, one that we probably will encounter more quickly, we find psychological stress. Don't lose sight of where he was put in the stocks. He's in the north gate off of the court of the Lord. So at the temple, they have punishment designed to be public and they're taking a man who is both a priest and a prophet who's preached God's word, who knows that truth, and they've made a public example of him and they've set him up to be ridiculed. He's sitting there. Later on, Jeremiah will talk about the fact that he hears many whisperings. In this chapter alone, and we'll see it in the next segment, he talks about this idea that his closest friends have denounced him.
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A highlight from A Leading Candidate for Next Speaker of the House is One of Crypto's Biggest Allies in D.C.
"Welcome back to The Breakdown with me and LW. It's a daily podcast on macro, Bitcoin and the big picture power shifts remaking our world. What's going on, guys? It is Wednesday, October 4th, and today we're discussing so many interesting political stories. Broader political US machinations that have some interesting implications for the crypto industry. Before we get into that, however, if you are enjoying The Breakdown, please go subscribe to it, give it a rating, give it a review, or if you want to dive deeper into the conversation, come join us on the Breakers Discord. You can find a link in the show notes or go to bit .ly slash breakdown pod. Hello, friends. Happy hump day. Now, I mentioned yesterday that I wasn't going to do full SPF trial updates every day. My current plan, although it's, of course, always subject to change, is effectively to save up every few days for really important stuff and give you the full rundown. Now, that said, I will try to give you the very highest highlights if there's anything super important. And really, the only big notable detail yesterday was around witnesses. In addition to the FTX leaders that we know had cut deals with the Justice Department and who were planning on testifying against Sam, including Gary Nashad and Caroline, it appears as though former COO Constance Wang, and probably most notably to the crypto community, former Alameda Co CEO Sam Tribuco, are also planning on testifying. Given that that other Sam has not been heard from, effectively since he went off on his boat in the summer of 2022, that one certainly got some tongues wagging. Now, that said, when it comes to the crypto industry and its actual future, the much more interesting story was drama in Congress. I'm excited to dig into that. But before we do, I'm also thrilled to announce that the breakdown today is welcoming a new sponsor. That sponsor is Kraken. Now, Kraken is a company I've known forever. Their founder and former CEO Jesse Powell is one of the true OGs of the space. And I've just known tons of super high integrity people who have ended up working with Kraken. And I think that that comes out in a lot of different ways, including them being super early, for example, to proof of reserves. I'm really excited to have Kraken on board as a sponsor, and so you will be hearing from them over the course of the show and in future shows as well. But let's talk congressional drama and what it means for crypto. TLDR, House Republicans have plunged into disarray as the fallout from last week's narrowly averted government shutdown plays out. Specifically, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has been ousted from his position after Matt Gaetz filed a motion to vacate, calling for a vote to remove the speaker. Now, this outcome always had some chance of being in the cards. McCarthy was elected speaker in January after a torturous, modern record 15 rounds of voting. McCarthy made a range of concessions and deals with various GOP factions in order to gather enough support to be elected speaker. Among them was a rule change that would allow any single House member to call for a vote to remove him at any time. Gaetz, who was one of the primary agitators pushing for a government shutdown last week, unsurprisingly pulled that trigger on Monday evening. The last straw seemed to be the revelation of a secret deal between McCarthy and the Biden White House to ensure ongoing Ukraine funding. On Tuesday, the House voted 216 to 210 in favor of McCarthy's removal. Several conservative Republicans joined with Democrats to support the motion. This is the first time in US history that the Speaker of the House has been removed by a vote. Indeed, even calling for a vote is extraordinarily rare, with the last one taking place over 100 years ago in 1910. Now, of course, there will be plenty of places where you can go discuss and hear about what it represents in terms of the state of American politics and the deepening divides within the Republican Party, but that's not really what matters in the context of this show. What matters is that shortly after the vote concluded, Republican Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee Patrick McHenry assumed the Speaker's role and graveled the chamber into recess. McHenry will now serve as the interim Speaker until a vote can be held next Wednesday. So the first part of the story is, of course, that Patrick McHenry, as you will well know from listening to this show, is one of the most pro -crypto congressmen we have. As leader of the House Financial Services Committee, he has worked very hard to push a number of different bills, including the stablecoin bill, through. And so the fact that we now have an ally sitting in that vaunted position should be a powerful thing, right? Well, practically speaking, the House will be held out of session until that vote next Wednesday, meaning that McHenry will not have an opportunity to advance a legislative agenda. Getting back then to who might end up as the Speaker, Gates and the rest of the House Freedom Caucus don't have anywhere near enough votes to advance their own candidate, but they are numerous enough to act as a veto for other potential speakers. McCarthy, for his part, has said he does not intend to put his name forward for consideration in next week's vote. And so, among a long list of potential candidates as a replacement, support appears to be coalescing around two options. First is House Majority Leader Steve Scalise. Scalise is currently finishing up treatment for blood cancer, but enjoys broad respect from both the establishment and radical wings of the Republican Party. The other leading candidate is House Majority Whip Tom Emmer. Emmer is, of course, known to the crypto space as a fierce advocate of sensible crypto regulation. He has advanced numerous bills on clarity for token issuers and resisting the creation of a CBDC. Now, Gates, for his part, has spoken kindly of both frontrunners. On Monday night, he said, I think the world of Steve Scalise. I think he'd make a phenomenal speaker. At the same time, Gates noted that unclear resolution to medical issues make it difficult to know whether Scalise will be an appropriate choice. On Tuesday night, he said something very similar about Emmer and ended the day with a shortlist of six candidates he would be willing to support, including both Emmer and Scalise. Now, if Emmer succeeds in gathering the votes to become the next House Speaker, he has an opportunity to push forward a crypto legislative agenda prior to next year's election. There are currently two bills which have been ratified by a committee and stand ready to be voted on in the House. One bill provides regulatory clarity for stablecoins, while the other establishes a regulatory framework for the crypto industry more broadly, including a division of power between the SEC and the CFTC. Neither bill is expected at this stage to have the votes to get past the Democrat -controlled Senate to become law. But that said, there have been some recent rumblings that Senate Banking Committee Chairman Sherrod Brown could be open to a deal with McHenry. Specifically, he might be willing to support crypto legislation in exchange for McHenry's support in passing cannabis banking reform. Now, we are still a long way from Emmer being placed in charge of the House agenda. There's no telling how long it could take to elect a Speaker. The last time around, this process took the better part of a week to resolve. And since then, the fractures within the Republican Party appear to have become more entrenched. Then after that, once a Speaker is elected, crypto ally or not, the number one consideration will be putting in place long -term government funding. The stopgap funding measures which were passed last weekend will run out in mid -November. The House Freedom Caucus has grown increasingly clear in their calls to reform the way congressional appropriations operate. Since 1990, the U .S. government no longer puts forward formal budgets with individual financing bills. Instead, the government is funded using omnibus legislation which deals with the entire annual spending in one gigantic bill. Gates called for a major reform of this system and a return to fiscal conservatism on Tuesday night in front of Congress. Gates said, You know what I think paralyzes us? Continuing to govern by continuing resolution in omnibus. You know what I think throws this institution into chaos? Marching us towards the dollar not being the global reserve currency anymore. Real chaos is when the American people have to go through the austerity that is coming if we continue to have $2 trillion annual deficits. Now, Democrats, for their part, appeared content to allow the chaos to play out. Ahead of voting with the House Freedom Caucus to remove McCarthy as Speaker, House Democrat leader Hakeem Jeffries said that the chamber has plunged unprecedented into dysfunction. So, bringing it back around to the crypto industry, I think there are a couple things to note. One, even if we get Emmer, his hands are somewhat going to be tied by the legislative body that he inherits and all of the challenges that it represents. As you've probably heard over and over from me, my base case is that we effectively limp over the line of the next election cycle without really getting much done in legislation of any form between now and then. Could this re -galvanize people and lead to some better outcomes? It's totally possible, but for those who are looking for the sunny side for crypto, it's probably very measured in terms of potentially nudging these few bills that have some amount of momentum forward rather than some big radical overhaul. Still, of course, if you're going to choose between a crypto ally as the Speaker of the House and not a crypto ally, it's pretty clear who we want. Now, for the second half of our show, we are going to stay in government land, but before we do that, a quick note from today's sponsor, Kraken. Kraken Pro is an incredible resource for advanced and professional traders. The all -in -one experience allows advanced traders to switch seamlessly between spot trading and other advanced products with a UI that is highly customizable to your unique trading style. With institutional -grade performance, Kraken Pro is Kraken's most powerful platform ever. Go to pro .kraken .com to get started. Thanks again to Kraken for supporting the breakdown. Alright, so as I mentioned, the other big story is that the SEC has been denied an early chance to appeal the Ripple case. On Tuesday, the judge refused to grant the SEC certification to pursue an interlocutory appeal. An interlocutory appeal is when a party is allowed to appeal a partial decision in an overall lawsuit before the case has been fully decided. The SEC had sought to appeal two parts of the decision from the Ripple case prior to a full trial on the question of whether Ripple executives had aided and abetted securities laws violations. Those two parts of the proposed appeal were that sales of Ripple tokens to retail investors through an exchange, known as programmatic sales, as well as the distribution of tokens to contractors and staff, both constituted unregistered securities transactions. The judge said that the SEC had failed to meet the legal standard required to bring an interlocutory appeal. Specifically, they wrote in their order that the SEC is not arguing that the court applied the law incorrectly. Instead, the SEC argued that the judge incorrectly applied factual analysis of the Howey test to the specific set of circumstances in the case. Digging in, the judge clarified their original decision. They wrote that they had not ruled that sales of tokens through an exchange can never produce a reasonable expectation of profits based on the efforts of others in order to satisfy the Howey test. Instead, the judge's decision was that the specific set of facts presented in the Ripple case did not satisfy the Howey test. As an extension of that logic, the judge also rejected the idea that the Ripple case has significant precedential value for other token cases. They stated that that would misconstrue the court's ruling. The order clarified that The court held that based on the totality of the circumstances in this case, including an examination of the facts, circumstances, and economic realities of the transactions, Ripple's programmatic sales could not lead investors to reasonably expect profits from Ripple's efforts. The judge explained that their analysis was based on a multitude of factors and did not turn on the fact that Ripple's offers and sales were on crypto asset trading platforms. They even referred specifically to an order made in the Terraform Labs lawsuit as well as the Library case and stated that the decisions were not in conflict because they deal with entirely separate sets of facts. Peels are only allowed to deal with a dispute on the state of the law rather than a disagreement on how the law has been applied in a particular case. In rejecting the SEC's argument that there was a substantial disagreement about the state of the law, the judge wrote that To simplify it down, the judge appears to be saying that there is no dispute that the Howey test is the correct legal theory to apply in the Ripple case, nor is there any dispute about the judge's understanding of the Howey test. The only disagreement the judge could find on the SEC's application was in how this judge applied the Howey test to the specific facts of the case. The judge ruled that this was not a disagreement subject to appeal. So what are the takeaways of this ruling? Well, one, the decision seems to severely restrict the SEC's ability to appeal the Ripple decision whatsoever. If the regulator wants to bring an appeal, they will need to find new grounds and argue that the judge got the law wrong rather than simply made a decision that they disagreed with. More broadly, this order seemed like an implicit criticism of the SEC's strategy of regulation by enforcement. If each token case relies on a separate set of facts and is of limited precedential value, the theory that the SEC can simply win a handful of cases and apply those precedents broadly across the entire industry appears much more shaky than it previously might have. Finally, the judge in the Ripple case appears to have given a lot of thought on how to make their decision unable to be appealed. This order did not give the impression that the judge was looking to make decisions that would need ratification in an appellate court. Instead, it appears that the original Ripple decision was written in such a way to make it resistant to appeals. They seem to have thought through the arguments that might be made to force an appeal and worked around them in advance. In terms of what's next, the judge set a trial date in April to deal with the remaining issues in the case, and the SEC will be able to make another attempt at an appeal once that trial winds up. Now, a lot of folks in the industry were, of course, very excited about this. Brad Garlinghouse, the CEO at Ripple, said, just that XRP in this case wasn't one, and that even though some XRP acquirers purchased it for speculation, the SEC didn't prove it was tied to the efforts of Ripple. Now, on the flip side, although the judge's decision was fairly firm, some crypto lawyers did caution against celebrating too early. Gabriel Shapiro, the general counsel at Delphi Labs, said, don't get too excited about the denial of SEC's interlocutory appeal in Ripple. It doesn't mean the SEC lost its appeal. It means that if the SEC wants to appeal, it has to appeal everything at once after the trial. Still, some useful clarification of Judge Torres's opinion. Consensus lawyer Bill Hughes, however, thought the decision was a more significant blow to the SEC, tweeting, SEC served another L in the Ripple case. Crypto has been calling BS on this making it up as you go approach. Good to see at least one court also taking note. So, friends, overall, a fairly exciting day in crypto land. We got a demonstration of how U .S. politics, as disconnected as it might seem from crypto, actually has an impact on how the industry might grow and develop in this country. And we got yet further evidence that when it comes to the rule of law and protecting this industry's right to, you know, be an industry, the courts are, at least at this time, our best backstop. In any case, that is where we will wrap for today. Excited to share more evolutions with you as they come. Thanks one more time to Kraken for sponsoring the breakdown. And until tomorrow, be safe and take care of each other. Peace.
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A highlight from Roger Stone
"Ladies and gentlemen, are you ready to listen to a man of grace, sophistication, integrity, and whimsy? Well, so are we. But until such a man shows up, please welcome Eric Mataxas. Well, ladies and gentlemen, do not adjust your TV sets. I'm wearing a different kind of wig today, and I know it's jarring, but let's just go with it. The wig master. Yeah, he's outdone himself today. I was going to say he was taken ill. He was taken ill. But in any event, enough about my wig. Chris, what about your wig? is My wig an original. Listen, today is, I believe, Tuesday, right? So we should probably tell people who's on the show, and then we're going to joke around more. Who's on the show? In a couple of minutes, probably not wearing any kind of wig at all, will be my guest, Roger Stone. Roger Stone will be talking about the Kevin McCarthy, Matt Gaetz battle. McCarthy and Gaetz. If you're wondering what to make of that, and you don't have time to listen to the show, Gaetz is right. McCarthy needs to be kicked out. But that's just my opinion. We'll see what Roger Stone has to say. He is a genius, political genius, and I'm excited to hear what he has to say. It kind of reminds me of the old Star Trek episode where Kirk and Spock have to fight each other to the death. It reminds everyone of that, but please continue. Spock was kind of under a spell. He wasn't himself, and they had to fight each other. Right. Kirk didn't want to hurt Spock because he knew that, you know. But maybe it's a bad analogy. It's just like that. Ladies and gentlemen, it's just like that. If you don't have any more time, just take that home. It's on In hour two, we're talking to Doug Grothheis. That's a Dutch name. I want to say up front, I hate the Dutch. I despise you people. And I'm going to bring it to Doug Grothheis. Enough with the Dutch stuff. But we're going to talk to him about theological stuff. We're going to talk to Roger Stone about political stuff in a couple of seconds. Before that, we should mention several things. Number one, I've been working on a sequel to Letter to the American Church. It's called Religionless Christianity, God's Answer to Evil. Working on a book is very stressful on me. That's why I'm wearing this wig because the eczema and psoriasis really flare up, and you've got to cover that up just from stress. So I'm working on that book. I'm doing a lot of travel. The Letter to the American Church book, some of you know, there's a study guide that goes with it. And we've mentioned that the documentary film, there's a documentary film. And I think we're pushing back the release date. The film is just about ready to go. But I think we're trying to set it up as a fathom event. I will be screening it in churches around the country. But we don't book. It's not about a movie. It's about saving America from sliding into the abyss. It's very, very bleak. If you pay attention to what's going on in the news, most of it seems unbelievable, the evil that we're facing and the silence of the church in the face of evil. So stay tuned on that. The way they attack President Trump, the way they attack Mike Lindell, what's really gross to me is there are people out there who don't care. And I think to myself, who are you? Do you understand what kind of a country this is? In this country, we don't play those political games. We actually have justice under the law. We're supposed to have those things. And you're supposed to care about those things. I don't care where you are politically or who you like or don't like. So it really is amazing to me where we are. So we're going to be talking obviously to Roger Stone about that in a few minutes. But let me ask you again to support Mike Lindell, please, by going to mystore .com or mypillow .com and using the code Eric. But what he's going through, even yesterday, I read a whole new thing that they're attacking him. It's just despicable that we're at that point in the country where that kind of stuff is happening. I mentioned I was traveling. I was. You remind me of that. I forget the name of the song. It's a classic rock song about the guy who's on the road every night. He's going to town to town. You're kind of like a 70s rocker.
A highlight from Doug Groothuis
"Hey, you have you checked your bucket list lately? Are you ready to take care of item number seven? Listening to the Eric Metaxas 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 Metaxas. Folks, welcome back. In a few minutes, I'm talking to Doug Groth -Heiss. We're talking about seven sentences on world religions. This is going to be fun, I guarantee it, but right now I get to continue talking to Roger Stone because my producer was out of the room and he couldn't stop me. Roger, it is so much fun to talk to you. You were just making the point about DeSantis and the loyalty thing. Look, I take that very seriously. I don't think DeSantis is a bad guy. I think he's been a great governor, but I really think that it was a tremendous miscalculation on his part. Probably, and you know this, it's not even probably, people with a lot of money who really hate Trump, they did the hard sell on Ron DeSantis. You must do this. We will back you. You can't fail. But he does seem not to have the je ne sais quoi that you have to have if you're going to be a force in politics in America. And he does come across as wooden and I just think it's a pity. I hope he remains governor of Florida for a long time. He's a wonderful governor. But it is so strange to me that people who just can't abide Trump did this and really put all their eggs in that basket. I guess I would argue, first of all, that likability is an absolute key factor in American politics. Ronald Reagan had it. Donald Trump has it. Ron DeSantis does not have it. There's nothing likable about him. There's nothing warm. He's socially awkward. He's very, very strange. He's either an introvert in an expert's business or perhaps he's on the spectrum. I'm uncertain, but it's impossible to warm to him and his physical mannerisms are very weird. The other thing, though, that is even more problematic is I'm going to argue with the assertion that he's a good governor. He took nine and a half million dollars from Florida Power and Light and we got a 22 percent electricity increase, the largest single increase in state history. If your home was destroyed in one of the two recent hurricanes and you don't like what your home insurance company is offering you to replace your home or, say, your roof, you no longer have the ability to sue them. That's because of a bill that Governor DeSantis signed after taking four and a half million dollars from the insurance companies. He's been a he's missing in action as governor. The state has an insurance crisis. The state has a malaria crisis. The state has a growing crime crisis. And the governor is in Iowa trying to make his last stand. By the way, he's term limited, so he's in his final term as governor. He cannot run again. And I think he's very badly damaged his brand back here in Florida. Now, I did not think that the voters would care about the loyalty factor, but I was entirely wrong about that.
A highlight from Ken Fish
"Turbulent times call for clear -headed insight that's hard to come by these days, especially on TV. That's where we come in. Salem News Channel has the greatest collection of conservative minds all in one place. People you know and trust, like Dennis Prager, Eric Metaxas, Charlie Kirk, and more. Unfiltered, unapologetic truth. Find what you're searching for at snc .tv and on Local Now Channel 525. Welcome to the Eric Metaxas Show. Would you consider yourself smart, insightful, precocious, astute, clever, wise beyond your years, and good at checking a thesaurus for synonyms? Well, then you've come to the right place. Here now is the handsome, attractive, striking, gorgeous, and quite frankly, breathtaking, Eric Metaxas. Hey folks, I hope you enjoyed my conversation with Sean Foyt in hour one. In hour two, which is to say in a few minutes, we're going to re -air my conversation from a few weeks ago with Ken Fish. I love Ken Fish. You need to know what's going on with him. He's amazing. He's doing a conference, a big deal conference coming up that he's going to talk about. But before that, Chris Himes, I thought, you know what? We haven't done Ask Metaxas in a while. Ever since Albin went into rehab, we kind of let that slide. And I thought, you know what? His getting sober has nothing to do with Ask Metaxas. I just have to factually counterpoint here that Albin has not been in rehab. That's actually not true. So he's still on a bender? Is that what you're saying? Well, apparently he's been traveling in Egypt and has written a book. I heard a memo. I heard that. I mean, I heard a rumor that he was in Egypt, but I didn't want to believe it. OK, so we'll talk about this another time. The bottom line is, we have some Ask Metaxas questions and I want to get to them because it's fun to do that before we go to Ken Fish. But before that, got to mention, very important, we are launching a campaign this month with the Alliance Defending Freedom. They are heroes in the battle for religious liberty. There aren't many of these guys out there, folks. The Alliance Defending Freedom is at the head of the pack. They go to the Supreme Court. They fight. If it weren't for them, we'd be living in a different world. So I always say people need to put their money where their mouth is. People need to, many people need to put their mouth where their mouth should be because you're not even talking about this stuff. But the Alliance Defending Freedom are heroes. So I want to exhort you to go to MetaxasTalk .com and give as generously as possible to the Alliance Defending Freedom. When you know what they do, you understand they're in the battle for us, for religious liberty, for liberty in America. And we have to get serious about this. I say everywhere I go, whatever money you have, whatever voice you have, whatever freedom you have, you need to be using it now for these things. Otherwise you will not, in five minutes, you won't have an opportunity. That's what happened in Germany. They waited until it was too late. So please, please, please go to MetaxasTalk .com and do what you can there, please. Okay. Ask Metaxas. Chris, you get to ask. It's time. I have questions for you. All right. Here's the first one. This is from Derek in Stitzer, Wisconsin. He says, hi, I assume you've heard some of what's going on within the United Methodist Church and Disaviliation, et cetera. I'm wondering if you have any insights or opinions on the situation. Thanks so much. Oh, that's easy. The answer is no.
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A highlight from 1278. Gensler LOST AGAIN! | Judge Shreds SEC Appeal! | XRP Update
"Let's get into some XRP news today and talk about the SEC taking another black eye. These guys are taking round after round from the judge, and it's going to be an interesting one for sure. You don't want to miss this show. All right, my name is Paul Baron. Welcome back into Tech Path. Let's get into it. A couple of topics that we'll break down from the judge, but also the kind of impact this could have for the overall crypto markets, even the Coinbase case. We'll give you guys kind of a rundown. One thing I do want to do is thank our sponsor, and that's iTrust Capital. If you guys are looking at going into long -term investing into crypto IRAs, this is one of the vehicles you can use, and it's very simple to do it. Easy to start up, there's no monthly fees, and all you have to do is you can do your own self -directed trading. So if you want to get into XRP or others, you can do that right here within the iTrust Capital IRA. Very easy to join, and you'd be joining 200 another ,000 accounts that have already created IRAs there with iTrust. So check the link down below. You get a $100 funding reward if you decide to do something there. Helps our channel out. Appreciate that. All right, so let's get into a couple things here. I want to go over to the PDF here. This is the judge response, and there's a few points. I'm going to kind of zoom in on this a little bit for you guys. There's a few spots in here. There's going to be a lot of scrolling, but the point is we're going to get to a couple of points here. I want to go down here to page five. All right, so let's get into this. First, SEC has not presented a pure question of law. This is one of the things that the judge has already pretty much put in in the judgment on the first ruling, and of course, kind of them just saying, hey, this is, you're still in the same position here. In fact, the court specifically rejected defendants' essential ingredients, the legal test, and applied the SEC's legal standards. So this was where the SEC was essentially trying to create their own rules. Judge says, nope, not going to work here. Further into the document, the SEC seeks to appeal question C, and issuers offers and sales of crypto assets and trading platforms create a reasonable expectation of profits based on the efforts of others. But the court did not hold that offers and sales on a digital asset exchange can create a reasonable expectation of profits based on the efforts of others. So I think that is pretty much the same kind of scenario that's playing out in the Coinbase trial that we will most likely, I think we're going to see a win there as well. Ripple's programmatic sales were blind, bid -asked transactions, same as almost every crypto transaction out there. Ripple's programmatic sales represented less than 1 % of the global XRP trading volume, did not make any promises or offers, and the SEC failed to provide evidence. The SEC failed to provide evidence, and she just keeps on, failed to provide evidence over and over on all of this. So really kind of hitting home on the SEC, just not holding up their end of being able to even prove that XRP or other digital assets are securities. Further in this document, it says the SEC failed to provide evidence and the development of use cases for the XRP ledger, which constitutes a tangible and definable consideration to Ripple. That's important. Court also rejected the SEC's argument that XRP provided Ripple employees as compensation and bonuses satisfies the Howie's first prong. So getting into a lot more detail here, and I think this is going to flow into the rest of the civil cases that are still out there against Garlinghouse and Larson. All right, so court rejects the SEC's remaining argument that the courts have accordingly found section five violations where unregistered crypto asset transactions occur not between the issuer and the investor, but through intermediaries, including on trading platforms, keyword on trading platforms. That is Coinbase in a nutshell. And I think that's the scenario. Digital assets I think are getting ready to fall outside of the guise of the SEC. Court rejects the argument that there is a substantial ground for difference of opinion, meaning it doesn't matter what you think the court has a rule of law to go by and we're going to affect it. And, uh, the SEC is not creating their own law, which is the other scenario. Okay, so further in the court, uh, in the document, the court cannot draw any conclusions about library's core reasoning, uh, to an issue because it was never litigated. Therefore the SEC fails to point to any digital asset cases which conflict with the court's holding as to the other distributions. If you don't know about what happened in the library case, this was a really a milestone event for the SEC, but now the court is pretty much saying, man, not really. Listen into this clip right here. After the blockchain was launched and we didn't do an ICO and this was during the ICO boom and then we said we were trying to be a conservative company and eventually the SEC sued us and they declined to actually bring the trial until shortly before the statute of limitations was going to hit on our, on our first buying time. Yeah. We came in and we did a whole presentation and they just used that stuff against us. Never answered a single one of our questions. We've said we'll destroy the entire company. We'll give you our entire pre -mon. You can have every dollar in our bank accounts, right? But what we want is the status that Bitcoin has, right? If I have to blow everything up, if that's what's somehow the difference here. Okay, fine. Just tell me that that's what I have to do. They won't tell you that. They'll say you're, I mean, seriously, it's so it like gives me an energy. That's crazy. I mean, that would be in the founder of library talking about how much pressure and just gravitas that the sec is wielding out there on small companies. And that's the problem of overreach that we talk about all the time. All right, so let's go back to, actually there's another clip I want to play for you. This is John Deaton. Listen to this one. The judge agreed with me, promised me, assured me that he was going to make sure that the world knew that his decision did not apply to secondary market transactions. And that was a very important point because judge Torres in the ripple case cites that hearing Jeremy Kaufman and library spend between one and $4 million and they spend another couple million dollars in legal fees. The sec spends ungodly amount of hours taxpayer money. And when it's all said and done, the government protected us by getting $111 ,000 in legal fees. From library. Well, we've successfully destroyed them financially. We did what we told Jeremy Kaufman we were going to do when he argued with us and we said, we will bankrupt you pal. What happened is the library is appealing the decision by the judge granting summary judgment to the sec. I think that they have been emboldened, if you will, because of the grayscale ruling by the ripple decision by maybe even the Uniswap decision by judge failure and hopefully a really good decision that comes down in the Coinbase motion to, to dismiss. Remember people, there's not a case in 80 years that supports taking an asset that may have been an investment contract in the beginning and then calling it an investment contract. The underlying asset forever. None. Yeah. So Deaton pretty, pretty benefit. I'm pretty passionate about that. And I think he does kind of hit that point home is that the sec kind of plays unfairly, not surprising and to anyone out there. But the good thing is, is now the courts are starting to rule against them. And this seems like they are finally in a position where they're taking the bully to class here further in the conclusion denied at the sec's request for a stay is also denied. So this court basically just lashed everything down. This is an interesting statement at the end prior to the final pretrial conference council for both parties along with parties themselves shall meet in person for at least one hour to discuss the settlement of the match. So they are really meaning the court is really pushing to get this done. This of course is Annalisa Torres, judge Annalisa Torres, which I think is the one that has pretty much outlined that the sec has no case here for digital asset control and most likely is going to fall under, under outside the graces of the court when it comes to the, to the Coinbase, uh, case as well. All right. Just a couple of tweets here. Uh, corrupt sec got an effort fail on their appeal. Judge Torres wrote the fail 10 times. Uh, here's Stuart Alderati, of course, the ripple attorney courts, um, July 13 ruling was and remains law of the land XRP is not a security. Jeremy Hogan comes in and says, Hey, okay, look here. A couple of things here that I want to note. Uh, and that is really this statement right here. This is a disaster for the agency. I'm going to mark that just it's there. This is a disaster for the agency, but I think this is, this is a good thing for crypto in general and digital assets. But more importantly, I think for digital asset technology and how all of this is moving forward, keeping government overreach out of industry and innovation is important because as you know, Deaton kind of mentioned, they went through all that, you know, millions and millions and millions of taxpayers money for $111 ,000 for a library case, which is probably going to get overturned out. So not a good one. Here was Scott, Scott Chamberlain, uh, further talking about the XRP case and he kind of hits something here. So there's a lot in change. SCC failed to prove its case. Now it has to push not something nice uphill with a pointy stick if it wants to win. So they have a huge boulder in front of them to get this done in being able to win. I think the SCC has lost this and I think it's going to start either looking very bad for Gensler or the SCC is going to start to pivot their position. Now you look at it politically, that could be the case because we're starting to see some things in DC that could also kind of tie into this. I want to go over to this last clip, which is Deaton talking about this a little bit further into what this might mean. Listen in. She said some XRP holders, no doubt bought XRP for speculative reasons and they may have relied on the efforts of Ripple, but the SCC didn't prove that. Programmatic sales of XRP on exchanges are not securities. XRP itself is not a security. And what she did in this decision was solidify it. And I'm telling you it's untouchable. It cannot be touched. She even said, look, I never said that it's impossible for some crypto token to still be a security when it's bought on an exchange. I've just said that XRP in this case with these facts are not period. She even made it more clear that as of right now on this day, excluding Bitcoin, XRP is the only one clearly, with legal clarity. I'm really hoping that judge failure comes through on the Coinbase decision because I think that will be when Gensler is forced to pivot. And that's when Elizabeth Warren has to accept that her anti crypto army is a bunch of old people about to die. All right, there you go. Anti crypto army dead. Uh, and I think back to my point is that I think that Gensler is going to pivot. He has to, this is starting to impede political positioning. It's also impeding the benefits of what the SCC is going to try to do in really the work they should be doing, which is real securities law. And that is the challenge because right now it's just overreached. This is just power grabs. You look at what Graywall was saying here. Of course, this is the Coinbase attorney. SCC just filed its opposition motion to dismiss their case. This is the opposition to the motion for Coinbase trying to get this dismissed. This is going to take on a light of its own. If you look back down here at the end, it says, we look forward to filing our reply in October 24th. So as always, we appreciate court's consideration. So this is probably going to move into November, but the key here is the SCC continues to lose and they're losing in very, very grandiose ways. And this is not good for anything from a governmental overreach standpoint. I think it's even worse for the political position of the SCC. And this also starts to change things dramatically, I think in digital assets as a whole. Most likely Coinbase is going to come out of this. Coinbase is going to look really good pretty soon. So, all right guys, we're going to get into that more. We're going to be covering more of this. Obviously we had the speaker house change up this week. There's a big implication there on crypto and digital assets as a whole. We'll cover that. Make sure and stick around on the channel. If you're not subscribed, make sure and subscribe right now. Just hit that little button down there. If you want to get some of our live streams, I'm doing as much lately, but we do want to bring those back. Just hit that bell. You'll get notifications when we do this. All right, if you're not in our diamond circle, get in now. It's another place where we drop additional content. We've got a really special surprise for you. We've got new TA videos coming only to our diamond circle members twice a week. Those will be dropped on, it looks like Monday and Thursday. Plus you're going to get Kyle's webinar, excuse me, web3 podcast, and he's adding another show to it. So you're going to get four new pieces of content that you don't get anywhere else. Not here on YouTube, only in the diamond circle. Click the link down below. You guys want to catch me? It's out there on Twitter at Paul Baron. We'll catch you next time right here on Tech Path.
Monitor Show 15:00 10-04-2023 15:00
"This week is the week of Perks at Potbelly. Think of it as a delicious sandwich holiday from October 2nd to October 6th, where Potbelly drops a new gift every 24 hours, exclusively for Perks members, which means a new festive way to enjoy legendary toasted sandwiches at Potbelly. And no, it's not a religious holiday, unless your religion is sandwiches, in which case, it's the most religious holiday there is, Potbelly. We bring the hot. At Bloomberg .com and the Bloomberg Business Act, this is Bloomberg Radio. This is Bloomberg Business Week, insight from the reporters and editors who bring you America's most trusted business magazine, plus global business, finance and tech news as it happens. Bloomberg Business Week with Carole Masur and Tim Stenebeck on Bloomberg Radio. And a very good afternoon, everybody, live from the Bloomberg Interactive Brokers Studio streaming on YouTube. And of course, oh, he's on Bloomberg Originals. It is Wednesday, October 3rd, 2023, Carole Masur along with, nope, not Tim Stenebeck. He is off today. But joining us is Bloomberg News economics editor Molly Smith. And Molly, it's a day where it does feel like the markets, both the equity side of things and the bond side of things, taking a little bit of a breather from some of the trend lines that we've seen as of late. Right. I mean, yesterday was brutal. I mean, some of the scopes on some of those bond yields, I mean, recessionary levels. So I think everyone's taking a bit of a breather today, but still a bit on edge. Yeah. I feel like very data dependent, which is something we're going to get into in just a moment as well. Also coming up, we've got a great check on the global economy. We've got Brad Jacobs with us. He is executive chair, founder of the logistics and trucking company XPO, understands the corporate culture. So we're going to talk about the economy. We're going to talk about some of the big trends when it comes to running a business. We're also going to talk to him about his next acts.
A highlight from El Salvador's Economy is BOOMING Because of Bitcoin | EP 837
"Yo, welcome to another episode of Simply Bitcoin Live. We're streaming from Santa Monica, California, also in, you know, in the greater Los Angeles area, because we're in L .A. for Pacific Bitcoin. Opti is currently on the move. He's he's traveling. So we got some people filling in for Opti today. We have my significant other who deals with my madness, deals with all the the Bitcoin talk, slowly converted her into Bitcoin. Slowly but surely, Internet Sophie. What's up? What is up, everybody? We're going to have to play producer here because we are in the same room and we're going to be giving each other a little bit of feedback. But I'm really excited to be here. It's the first time on the show. I'm honored. And yeah, let's get this rolling. Yeah. So it's going to be it's going to be a special show. But we have a lot to talk about today. We have we're going to talk about El Salvador, how else out, because that was one of the things that I've heard, like one of the criticisms was that Bitcoin wasn't directly responsible for El Salvador's economy doing well. Well, there is a report released by Banco Santander of Spain, and they said that Bitcoin tourism was directly responsible for a lot of, you know, El Salvador's economy improving. Also, not to mention the security stuff as well. And on top of that, the IMF released not only the IMF, the IMF and Jerome Powell, who is calling himself Jay Powell on Instagram, are starting to release memes. They're starting to release videos because they're realizing that they're losing ground on the battleground of the Internet. Now, unfortunately for them, we have home we have home turf advantage. Our meme addicts are better than theirs because they're based on truth and theirs are based on lies. So without their ability to control the narrative, like the total narrative, their memes will eventually fall short versus our memes. Again, we have we have the pillar of truth. We have a proof of work backing us. We have Bitcoin backing us. So I think we're going to out meme them, not to mention it's a bunch of boomers like trying to make Instagram videos like it's kind of strange. We're going to play it for you guys and we're talking about it. And also, I want to bring up my co -host today, the legendary one and only Mike Hobart. He's part of the Bitcoin Veterans podcast with Alex Stanzik and co. How are you doing, Mike? Thank you for filling in for Opti today. What up, nerds? Yeah, you don't have to thank me for that, man. As you guys know, specifically you and Opti, well, everybody else in the in the chat, I just enjoy doing this. So whenever you guys need some assistance, there's as long as the schedule permits, I have no problem helping cover down and talk about Bitcoin, dude. Well, I appreciate I appreciate you joining us, Mike, like always. And of course, we got Steve. Now, Steve is very interesting. He is he's a good friend of producer Jacob, and apparently he has solved the oracle problem or better. Maybe let me let me phrase it differently. He's presented a interesting solution to the oracle problem. So there's two problems in computer science, right? There's the two. Let me make sure I don't butcher this. The business in general's problem, which is something that I hate saying, saying that Bitcoin solved, but Bitcoin came up with a good solution for. And then there's the oracle problem, which is another problem in computer science. And Steve, apparently a lot of people were going crazy when you presented the solution. So could you talk a little bit about what the oracle problem is and what your solution does? Sure. Yeah, thanks for having me on the show. I'm not sure if I'd be quite so bullish to say I solved the oracle problem, but sure. So the oracle problem is, you know, who's the person that tells you what the USD price of Bitcoin or who's the person that tells you what the outcome of? Any event was betting on a football game or betting on an election or something like that. If you've got some kind of contract that needs to be settled, both of the people in the contract or both the people in the bet need to kind of agree that we are going to look to this source, you know, like NFL dot com or White House dot gov or like Coinbase dot com to tell us what the official answer is on the outcome that we're betting on. And this is a problem just because you basically need a trusted third party or some kind of centralized person to solve it. And so what I've done is I noticed a long time ago that the USD price of Bitcoin was an emergent on chain feature of the Bitcoin blockchain. And so I knew that I could tease out the price on chain for a while now. I've known this for like five years now, and I finally got around to doing it. There's multiple ways it could be done, but I released the UTX oracle dot pie dot p y. It's just a simple Python script. You can get it at UTXO dot live slash oracle. And this way, everyone can run the exact same very simple Python program and they can only communicate with their own node and takes about a minute to run, reads in 150 blocks or so. And you get the exact same price as everyone who runs this independently. That's kind of it's kind of nuts. I mean, there's trade offs. There's pros and cons. I won't say it's like the solution to the oracle problem. But like you said, just like Satoshi with Byzantine's general problem, it's not like he solved it. He just kind of like did some roundabout way about it. Yeah, exactly. I don't think they're solvable per se. I think that there's ways to tackle them. And they're, of course, like you mentioned earlier, there's trade offs. But it's very, very interesting because you used the basically data from Bitcoin to surmise the USD price without relying on a single exchange or a multitude of exchanges or whatever. You're just relying on on chain data. And I think that's absolutely fascinating. And I think there's something more there. I think we're just starting to see the first innings of that. So, Steve, we're super, super hyped to have you on the show today. We're going to dive more into what Steve is working on his project during the culture segment. But first, we got to get to the numbers. Let's start the show, everybody.
A highlight from Who Will Be The Next House Speaker?
"Breaking news. This is a special edition of the Mike Gallagher Show. Kevin McCarthy has been ousted as Speaker of the House. The yeas are 216. The nays are 210. The resolution is adopted. The office of Speaker of the House of the United States House of Representatives is hereby declared vacant. Seemingly coming out of nowhere, history was made this week as a small group of Republicans partnered with all the Democrats in the House to end McCarthy's leadership. I would say that my conversations with the former president leave me with great confidence that I'm doing the right thing. What happens next? Here's Mike Gallagher in the Relief Factor studios. Oh, boy. Well, here we go. Chaos reigns supreme in Washington, D .C., and now the Republicans lost their Speaker of the House thanks to the efforts of eight Republicans who decided it was time to tear off the Band -Aid and make a change. Now, we've got a lot of challenging bad news to tackle with these eight Republicans who sided with all the Democrats, really, realistically, all the Democrats sided with the eight Republicans, and shame on the Democrats, but on the other hand, you're not going to count on them to get the Republicans out of the way of themselves. So this is a Republican headache, and boy, is it a massive headache. If you saw that Patrick McHenry, the acting Speaker, slam that gavel down, how that gavel didn't break is a miracle. That's got to be the sturdiest gavel in the history of all gavel manufacturing. People are livid. People are enraged. Newt Gingrich calling Matt Gaetz and the others traitors for what they did, traitors. And when you go down that path, we know what happens. We all know what the penalty is for treason. There's a lot of heat right now and a lot of confusion, especially Nancy Mace. Who saw that coming out of South Carolina? If it weren't for Kevin McCarthy, Nancy Mace doesn't have her seat in Congress, and she stabbed him in the back. So before we try to sort through the many challenges we face, let me give you some reason for some optimism. Close your eyes for just a minute and fantasize about this. I've now heard from a number of people. I know for a fact Donald Trump has been contacted about possibly him being an interim speaker. Is that a reality? I don't know. He'd be great. But actually, I want Donald Trump to be the next president of the United States. If he wants to be speaker, I want him to be president of the United States. He's still going to be running for president. That's where we need him is at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. If he wants to be speaker, then that's fine, too. Wow. Can you think of a wilder scenario than acting Speaker of the House, Donald J. Trump? Oh, my gosh. Just a thought. Just a thought. All right. Let's get into the brass tacks. Whenever there's a huge historic story like this, I don't like a ton of talking heads. I want to hear from the American people. The Ph .D. weight loss and nutrition line is open to you, 800 -655 -MIKE, 800 -655 -6453. It seems to me that there are certainly two sides to this argument. The side that supports Matt Gaetz and the seven other Republicans argues it was time to rip off the Band -Aid, McCarthy didn't fulfill certain promises he made in order to get elected in the first place, our spending is out of control, we're funding Ukraine, we're not doing things we promised to the American people, and good for them. Now, the other side of it is it's a bad idea to do this when we have so much momentum. The timing is terrible. It puts the Republican Party in disarray. It creates absolute pandemonium, and it's not a very productive thing to do. That's the other side of it. Or you could go under the third rail and do what others on air and in print are doing. Matt Gaetz is a moron, and he's a monster, and there's some ethics thing that he's hiding, and there's bodies buried, and Ralph Norman will never win again. Even though Ralph Norman voted for Kevin McCarthy, he got thrown under the bus with the rest of them by a lot of the establishment Republicans because he even entertained the thought of dumping Kevin McCarthy. None of them are ever going to win again. They're finished. We should kick them out.
A highlight from What You Do When Moderate Drinking Fails
"And I tried to moderate and make all the rules, like I'll only drink two times a week, I'll drink beer, not wine, I'll only drink when I'm out, I'll only drink when I'm home. I mean, you name it, I tried it, except for stopping. Hey everybody, welcome to the Addiction Unlimited podcast, where you get to learn everything you want to know about addiction and recovery. I'm your host, Angela Pugh, co -founder of Kansas City Recovery, Life Coach, and Recovering Alcoholics. To learn more about me, you can listen to episode zero on your podcast app, or find us on the web at AddictionUnlimited .com. Hi Casey, thank you so much for coming on and doing this episode with me. I am super excited to get to know you better. I'm so glad you're here. Yeah, thank you so much. I'm excited to be here too. Yeah, why don't we start with, for everybody listening, just tell everybody a little bit about you and what you do. Yeah, absolutely. Well, so I am a life and sobriety coach. I have a podcast called the Hello Some Day podcast for sober curious women. I primarily work with working moms who also kind of do all the things and then come home and drink to sort of zone out from all the things or stop their racing minds. I stopped drinking seven and a half years ago. For a couple of years, I just wanted it to be part of my life. I didn't want it to be the thing. In my life, I was working at a fortune 500 company. I had two kids. I was just living life without the headaches and the hangovers and everything else. And then I went back to coaching school. And again, I wasn't intending to be a sobriety coach. I was just wanting to be a life coach for pretty much every woman I knew who was 40 and had done all the things you were supposed to do to have a good life and looked up and was like, why aren't I happy? Every woman I knew at my corporate company. So what was your journey like? When did you realize that you had a problem that was bigger than just putting it down and leaving it alone? Like where you realized that you were gonna need some sort of additional support? Yeah, I had been worried about my drinking for a while. I always knew I was a big drinker. I loved it. I didn't drink in high school and I was sort of the hypervigilant, super responsible person. And then I got to college and I joined the women's rugby team, which is like a crash course in binge drinking and figured out that getting drunk turned off all of those worries in my mind, right? And so I would drink heavily and then be brutally hungover. And then after I graduated college, it just still became my main way of coping and not stressing out. I would drink before going on business trips, like to not worry about it, which was terrible because I was brutally hungover. I would drink before job interviews, the night before my dad got diagnosed with pancreatic cancer when I was 21. That was kind of a way that I stopped worrying about it. And so I would drink, I would throw up in my 20s for like sometimes hours on the bathroom floor, just throwing up bile and sweating. And my mom was like, maybe you need to reevaluate your relationship with alcohol. And I thought it was a joke. I thought it was a funny punchline at the time, but it definitely stuck with me. So I always drank, I was sort of a 365 nights a year drinker, always open the bottle of wine with dinner, always have a cocktail when you went out. And then I started having the 3 a .m. wake ups and off just the charts anxiety. And for a while I was oblivious. I thought it was, I need to go to therapy and get anti -anxiety meds and anti -depression meds. And they gave me sleep medications, which then I was drinking a bottle of wine a night and taking Ambien, which is so dangerous. And then I wasn't oblivious anymore. Do you know what I mean? When I knew and I tried to moderate and make all the rules, like I'll only drink two times a week, I'll drink beer, not wine, I'll only drink when I'm out, I'll only drink when I'm home. I mean, you name it, I tried it except for stopping. And then I was like, oh dear God, I might have a real problem. I read Drinking a Love Story by Carolyn Knapp. And just when she, the way she writes about drinking and the relationship and how much she loved it, I was just like, yikes, this is me. I sort of wrote myself a letter saying, I have a serious problem with alcohol when my son was like six months old. And then I came back three days later and was like, just kidding, no problem with alcohol. I mean, I was like rationalizing to myself on paper. Right, I like how you were just letting your journal know that you were just - Oh yeah, like just kidding, nothing to see here, no problem, just in case. Yeah, it was so funny. So I worried about it when he was six months old. I took my first serious attempts to stop, go to therapy with someone who dealt with addiction, joined an online group of people who were trying to quit drinking. And a girl from that group took me to my first AA meeting when he was five years old. So six months to five years of trying desperately to moderate when he was five. My first attempts to really be like, okay, I stopped for four months. I got pregnant with my daughter, amazingly felt better. Life got better because I didn't drink for a year. I was like, wow, I'm fixed. Like it was situational, the issue, right? Now I can moderate. Went back to drinking with the intention to just, what we all say, like just on a date night, special occasion, decently quickly, I was back to a bottle of wine a night or more. The whole time I knew it was an issue. I knew too much. Like after you've done some recovery, every hangover, every fuzzy memory, every anxiety attack. So it took me 22 months to stop again for good. The whole time I was writing myself letters being like, I need to stop drinking. This is gonna mess up my life. But then when I did stop the second time, I ended up hiring a sober coach, which helped me so much. I'm sure it's why I became one. But that was my last day once, the day I reached out to my coach and I didn't know it was going to be, but I just kept stacking days in front of each other. And I also knew how hard it was to get started. And I knew that it would take me to that low place. Like I just burned my hand on that stove enough that I could no longer say it's my job or my husband, or I knew it was the alcohol that was bringing me to that point. What did your first year of sobriety look like? Like what did you do different? How was your life different in your first year? Most of my life stayed exactly the same. Same job, same husband, same kids, same friends. What I did do was I took it incrementally while knowing I didn't wanna go back. So I did not focus on forever. I did not spend a lot of time debating whether I was an alcoholic or I had a serious issue with drinking. I just said, okay, I'm going for a hundred days alcohol free. I was unable to make it to day four before then. So this was like the biggest goal I could imagine. And I told everyone in my life that I was going a hundred days alcohol free as a health challenge. I drank every single night. There was not a single person who was going to not notice that I was like ordering something else. So I told my workout group and my work colleagues and my husband and my friends and literally anyone. I told my husband that I needed to get all the wine out of the house. He still drinks, he drinks beer, but seven and a half years later, we've never had wine stain in our house. People bring it and take it away. And I told him to please not bring me wine home when if I had a stressful day, he knew that's what made me happy and that it was going to be really hard for me, but I was serious. So I had my coach, I had my online group that got me through my first 60 days. At 60 days alcohol free, I joined sort of an online coaching program with a group that helped me with even more people, even more knowledge, even more support. At four months, I had a major anxiety panic attack. And that was sort of the breaking point because I really felt like I couldn't cope. I was jumping out of my skin. It felt like I could barely move through the day. Turns out I had an undiagnosed mood disorder, go figure. I never would have figured that out if I wasn't sober, like never. But I went to my doctor and said, basically I can't go back to drinking and I cannot feel this way. So you have to help me. And she did. I got a great EMDR therapist. I got on some medication. I made it through that and then kept adding supports till I felt like I was balanced and solid.
A highlight from IMMINENT Stock Market MELTDOWN Could Take Bitcoin To $42,000!
"Listen, if you're in crypto, you need to watch today's show till the very end, because yesterday was a huge turning point for crypto. Most people aren't going to admit it, but that's because they don't know what's happening under the hood. But let me show you a few things that build the case. So first of all, yesterday, we had the stock markets absolutely obliterated yesterday, everything was red. While this was happening, we were getting a credit meltdown. This is a TLT bond, which shows 10 to 20 year credit. And this shows a capitulation candle in the credit rating. But while this was going on, something very interesting happened in Bitcoin, Bitcoin was flat and up. In fact, Bitcoin didn't respond. Now, as I said to you, most people will say, well, this is a coincidence. It's just, you know, Bitcoin's had its day and it was it. But I'm going to show you today why anyone who says that just hasn't got their eyes on them all, doesn't really know what's happening under the hood. I'm going to show you exactly what's going on and why Bitcoin held and actually started climbing when the stock markets and the credit markets were starting to collapse. Also today, we want to talk about another big coup for crypto that happened in the US government. Because if you weren't paying attention, this is what happened yesterday, a historical day in the US government. On this vote, the yeas are 216. The nays are 210. The resolution is adopted. Without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. The of office Speaker of the House of the United States House of Representatives is hereby declared vacant. And just like that, Kevin McCarthy, who was the Republican Speaker of the House, was fired from his role. And now we have a new Speaker of the House who's very, very, very pro crypto. This could be a massive turning point for crypto. And if you want to talk about another third big event that happened yesterday, we should talk about what happened in the XRP case or the Ripple SEC versus case, because that was another massive win for crypto. So all in all, yesterday was a big turning point for crypto. Today, what we're going to do is analyze why. And I'm going to show you why I think that this rally is actually going to continue. So let's go. Tell you one thing, if we were in the midst of a Uber bull market yesterday, the market, the crypto markets would have had their biggest day in a long, long, long time. But because we've reached a stage where people are getting apathetic, we didn't get the pump that we that we that we were waiting for. And I think if I understand what's happening in the crypto markets, a lot of people are actually getting flushed out of the crypto markets because what's happening is every time these people start to trade or every time it is another green candle up, people try and trade as we get the reversal, they get messed up again and they lose their money and they get flushed out the system. And after that happens five or six times, they kind of say, look, we're not coming back to crypto. We hate crypto as an asset class. You just lose money and they start feeling almost like an apathy. And if it's not an apathy, it's almost like an anger or resentment towards crypto. Now that's the natural market mechanism to get people flushed out. If you're feeling that like that, be careful that you're not falling into the market cycle, because that's what the market cycle is trying to do at this part of the cycle. We can talk about that today. I'm going to show you how this part of the cycle is designed to get the last of the weekends out before we actually go into the raging bull market. I'm going to show you where we get into, why, where and why we get into raging bull market. And I'm going to show you how the fundamentals and the technicals align exactly to show you that this is what's going to happen. When I was preparing the show and I realized what was actually going on, I was like, Holy shit, I cannot believe what is actually going on here. I think yesterday was one of the biggest turning points that we've had for crypto. And I think we need to analyze why yesterday was such a big turning point for crypto. So if you're here and you haven't been shaken out by the markets, let me know that you're still here. Design entity is still here. Chuck Strickland is still here. Lindsey B is still here. Space is Vibes still here. There are a lot of us who are still here and I mean, some of our friends have been flashed out and that's okay because that's what markets are supposed to do, but you're here and you're present. So let me know if you're present. Also, if you're not already subscribed to the channel, you know what to do. Subscribe to the channel. Now's the best time to do it. We're also going to bring you another channel. We've got another channel called Banta Plus, which I think you should subscribe to. There's a link below. Go and subscribe because there's a lot of additional content, premium content that's going to be on that channel.
A highlight from S13 E17: Entrepreneur's Insight on Social Media Future
"Hello, welcome to The Loney Show. I'm your host, John Maylone. In this episode, don't have regulars, because reasons, unfortunately. As a rogue -ass, he's from Pennsylvania in the United States of America, and he is an entrepreneur, CEO, and growth strategist of Grow House. Interesting. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Drew Donaldson. Thanks so much for having me today. I really appreciate the opportunity. Welcome. So, how's life? Life's good. Can't complain. You know, it's one of those things that you always look at your life in the moment, and it always seems far more stressful than it really is, and then you look at your life a year ago, and you're like, oh, it's so much better today than it was then. So, I always try to keep that perspective of, like, you know, moment, in the things can be stressful. In the moment, there's things that are, yeah, that's not great, but, you know, in the long term, the trend line is up. Nice, nice. And have you been up too much recently? Yeah, I mean, we've been, with Grow House has been my kind of bread -and -butter business for the past three years, and we're finally getting to the point where it's time to grow beyond me. I really was, you know, kind of the jack -of -all -trades in the business for a long time. I was selling. I was meeting with clients. I was writing copy. I was building websites. I was doing a little bit of everything, and over the years, I've kind of peeled that banana and stopped doing a lot of that stuff and started finding people, and we just hired today, or yesterday, actually, our first sales rep. And so that was a big change because that now unlocks a level of scale that we really haven't had before. Nice, nice. So what is Grow House exactly? So the best way to describe it is that we're a strategy -centric marketing firm, and so we help clients in a variety of ways. We have a marketing club for new entrepreneurs that really need help marketing, but can't afford a fancy agency that's going to charge them, you know, 15 grand a month. We have one -on -one consulting that I do personally with clients that are trying to scale their six -figure business to seven figures, and then we have agency services that work with niche clients with specific problems that we're particularly good at solving. So we're not really the Walmart approach to marketing where it's like you walk in the door and you just pull a bunch of marketing tactics off the shelf. We're really more of the kind of people that, like a personal trainer for your marketing, is the way we used to kind of describe ourselves in our own materials. It's like, you know, we're gonna look at what your business composition looks like, you know, just like a personal trainer would look like, what your body composition looks like, and pick the best marketing solutions for your particular situation.
A highlight from The Mike and Mark Davis Daily Chat - 10/04/23
"The dis in functional, don't we? I have to tell you, I just want to just offer the floor to you and say, how did yesterday afternoon work out for you? Well, there's so many fascinating layers and aspects to this. First of all, I think, and before we even get started in this huge history making move yesterday, kudos to the good old Atlanta team who came to Tampa Bay yesterday and walloped the Tampa Bay Rays. They had a toast to the Rangers for game one. Did you just refer to them as an Atlanta team? I started to say Atlanta. Listen, this was a late night. What the hell's the matter with you? It was a late night. Do you have a stroke? Obviously, the Rangers, excuse me. Thank you. I did. I'm smelling burning toast. Tracy's there. Did you burn the toast? What happened again? That's all right. Who ordered the field cutlet? No, I'm sorry. No, no, it's quite all right. But I did want to give kudos to the Rangers because, listen, and you know why Tampa Bay lost? Guess how many people showed up at that pitiful field. I know it's the worst facility in sports, but the Rays are really good, have been good all year. They're in the playoffs. The capacity of the trop is probably about 45 ,000. How many were there? The smallest playoff baseball crowd since game seven of the 1919 World Series. That's the Black Sox, right? Yeah, 19 ,000 people showed up. It was 3 o 'clock in the afternoon local time. But everybody plays hooky, exactly right. You bring that game here and we'll cram globe life a few. It's the weirdest thing I've ever experienced when I moved here and I kept saying, why doesn't anybody support this team? And all they keep telling me is, because everybody hates the owner. Well, what the heck? Who cares? You might go to the World Series. Well, I mean, Rangers might have something to say about that. Well, maybe so after yesterday. I mean, now Tampa Bay's hanging on by a thread, which would be awful because Tampa Bay came out of the gate strong. I mean, man, oh, man, they were looking like they were 10 -0. I think they won their first 10. And they're certainly one of the four or five best teams in baseball, but so were the Rangers for much of the year. And now they've decided to awaken. Nice 4 -0 shutout. And I would love for Tampa Bay's season to end this afternoon at about five because game two is today at two, our time. Well, congratulations to the Atlanta Rangers. Exactly. Go Braves. All right. Now, let me go through some takeaways from yesterday, which I think are, first of all, to me, the biggest story that was not covered is it was the immediate action, the first official act taken by Patrick McHenry, the acting speaker. Did you see what he did? Oh, no, but to Pelosi? The first action he did was to evict Nancy Pelosi from her cushy private office that she was given, I guess, as some kind of a courtesy, right? And first thing he did was get out. Now, it was pretty rough because she's in California for Dianne Feinstein's funeral. She's not even in the building. And he said, hey, we're going to re -key the locks Wednesday morning, get out. But here's what that tells me, Mark, and I think it's significant. Why didn't McCarthy do that? I don't know. If that's not symbolic of what we're talking about here, there's another narrative here. The narrative is, I know you're not going to want to hear it, and I get it. Everybody's all up in arms and everybody's realizing there's gridlock. Listen, everybody's got to put down the smelling salts for a moment. Do you think we're in bad shape if Jim Jordan is the speaker of the House going into the 2024 election? Do you not like Jim Jordan as the speaker? I love Jim Jordan as the speaker. I believe he's unelectable as the speaker. Well, who's going to be electable? Steve Scalise probably has the best chance. And Steve Scalise reportedly doesn't want it. The reporting is that physically he's got a lot of – he's asking for it. He was lobbying yesterday, but is that just window dressing? Is Steve Scalise the fighter that we want for Jim Jordan? I mean – Listen, electability, you could say all day you want. Things can get done, and if – why wouldn't the Republicans unify behind Jim Jordan? Because there are 200, 212 of them, right? Because for many of them, Jordan's a little too spicy.
A highlight from 1277. Crypto Regulation Under Threat | Republicans Fight + FTX Trial Begins
"All right, so we could be nearing a space in time in which crypto regulation could be at its worst risk ever. And that's going to talk about a breakdown of a lot of things that are happening all at once right now, starting with the Speaker of the House. We'll break into all this good stuff. You guys don't want to miss this one. My name is Paul Baron. Welcome back to The Tech Path. All right, let's start with where this kind of this rub between Matt Gaetz, Kevin McCarthy, Speaker of the House. If you know anything about politics, basically, you got a good guy, bad guy. One guy said that I was going to do this. He didn't do it. And it all kind of boiled up to the shutdown that we just averted. Listen to what they had to say here. This is leading out with Matt Gaetz. If there's a deal made with Democrats, the only deal is to make one with McCarthy, because I'm not offering anything and won't offer anything. So if the Democrats want to adopt him, they can adopt him. Declaring the office of Speaker of the House of Representatives to be vacant resolved that the office of Speaker of the House of Representatives is hereby declared to be vacant. The vote has to take place within two legislative days. We don't know exactly when that's going to be. Have you talked to anyone to gauge their interests on becoming speaker? It's McCarthy. I've had a number of people call me sua sponte to express their own interest. Can you name it? I could, but I'm not going to. Will you block or vote against every Republican rule if he remains speaker? I haven't contemplated that. All right. So Gaetz has definitely got a burr under his saddle for McCarthy. And mainly this, again, goes back to this whole broken promises scenario that happened when McCarthy was put into the speaker position. Now, why is this important to crypto? This could cause a massive slowdown in regulatory alignment with what's going to happen around because right now we're talking about pushing back out of October. This is going to have a lot of effect. And then you've got other things playing into this. So stick around because this whole video, we're going to break down all these little things that you need to be paying attention to because it will have some significant impact here. A couple of things from this article right here, let me go to the headline here. Matt versus Goliath now a nuisance has become a mortal threat to Kevin McCarthy's speakership. Couple of points I want to highlight here. If all Dems vote against the speaker, if all Dems vote against the speaker, Matt would only need Matt Gaetz, would only need the support for four Republicans, which he is likely to get. That would be the scenario that would oust the speaker of the House right now. And as you heard in the clip, it's going to happen in the next couple of days. So pretty big deal. Democrat Jared Moskowitz, who has known Gaetz for over a decade and served him with Florida, obviously Gaetz out of Florida legislature, used an analogy from Avengers movie and the House had come to an Armageddon. We're also kind of here because McCarthy gave Matt Gaetz the Infinity Stones and now what a surprise Matt Gaetz is trying to snap his fingers and make him go away. It was inevitable. I thought this was fun. Anyway, point being, we've got a lot of disagreement in D .C. and unfortunately crypto legislation is going to get caught up in this. And I think that's the concern we have to look at. I want to go to this next clip really breaking down McCarthy's position as opposed to what Matt Gaetz had to say. Listen in. Speaker, what are the Democrats asking you for? As you try to build support, I imagine from Democrats in this case, I imagine they're going to try to drive a hard bargain. You know what? They haven't asked for anything. I'm not going to provide anything. He's been blaming me for some for an ethics complaint against him that happened in the last Congress. I have nothing to do with. He wants me to try to wipe that away. I'm not going to do that. That's illegal. If that's the case, then I think we've got real problems. He says he's coming for you. Can you survive? Yes, I'll survive. You know, this is personal with Manta. Democrats could cross over and follow Gaetz's lead on this. Look, Gaetz is trying to work with Democrats. He's reached out to Swalwell, to AOC and others. But if that's the way we're going to govern, I don't think America is going to be successful. Look, most of it in the press probably thought we would have shut down yesterday, too. But no, we did not. Were you confident we wouldn't shut down? I was confident I could get something on the floor to make sure the option that we would not. But you weren't sure it was going to pass. Well, I wasn't sure it was going to pass. You want to know why? Because the Democrats tried to do everything they can not to let it pass. They did. Democrats were the ones who voted for this in a larger number than Republicans. 90 Republicans voted against it. You got 45 days. That's right.
"first thing" Discussed on THE EMBC NETWORK
"And so much of us, we spend our time trying to make other people happy, and we just never, never will. So don't allow yourself to be made to feel guilty for being yourself, because other people, it's their responsibility, their reaction, not yours. And if other people have a negative reaction to who you really are, or to what you do to make or think to be happy, realise it's their problem. It's not your problem. Okay. And the next thing is to know, on a deep level, that you, you are the person you're supposed to be. You know, you have unique talents, you've got unique abilities and qualities. You're not like anyone else, you're you. So be you. That's what you're here for, is to be you. If you look at any creature on the planet, all they are is themself. So you be you. Don't be anyone else. You don't need to be anyone else, just need to be you. And give the gift of the real you to yourself. And if you do that, you're also going to give that gift to everyone else around you. And I really believe that's what we're here for. We're here to be our true self, and to share that gift with other people around us. You know, as I've said several times in the past, whatever you focus on in your life, you're going to get more of. So if you want more happiness, you've got to focus on being happy and trying to create it. And there's some of the ways that you can do that. And the truth is that you're only really happy when you're being yourself anyway. And I think that's the true meaning of the phrase that comes from the Bible actually, where it says, what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world, yet loses his soul? Because the truth is there is nothing else but your soul. That's the one thing you want to hang on to, because it's the one thing that's real.
"first thing" Discussed on Real Estate Marketing Dude
"Weeks of pregnancy women buy large quantities of calcium. Magsi next zilk. I that's made me go a upstream right. Exactly and then they go okay. That's interesting. They also. At the beginning of the second trimester are large quantities of incentive lotion along with some combination of twenty other products and they said okay now ever pregnancy score and the story goes that they started to send these pamphlets just had all baby stuff them and this. This dad comes one of the targets just pissed off because his underage daughter started getting these pamphlets. Because how dare you up and down. Send my daughter who the hell all that manager. No ideas apologize. Father left upset. Father comes back couple weeks later and hat in hand had honest conversation. My daughter is pregnant like holy shit this faceless company knew that your daughter was pregnant before you did right and all it was because they had normalized data in order to apply. Statistical analysis stewart. Right now apply that to real estate. It's not it's not magic. It's much harder because we don't have some type into code somewhere. We've got three thousand one hundred and forty two different municipalities. That all run by government. So they're all over the place as far as how good they are. Then the demographic data with people moving all over the place all the time and not reporting anything then get market conditions weather conditions and vix index and. mls is. There's eight hundred those guys all all this disjointed data right makes it much harder but we spent the last four years figuring that part out and not a plug. But it's possible so it's not magic just know that we are trying to tell you if you're pregnant or which one of your friends are pregnant and rather be through a baby. They want to sell their home. Yeah very interesting. Yeah i it makes a lot of sense. So i think what we're saying here really is like it's a fair assumption. Folks like quit trying to quit trying to like be the guy in the billboard on the side of a very busy highway trying to speak to millions and instead be the guy that owns his fucking three hundred a like. that's it..
"first thing" Discussed on The ONE Thing
"Crazy right all right cool so let's five to ten thousand feet in the way you do that. You simply gave us three steps step. One started collection step to spot the differences and then step three temple ties the examples that you can apply them to your life exactly right and i will say about spot. The difference is there's a lot more in the book that we've covered here. There are other techniques you can use to identify the big features identify what stands out and just to give you a taste for some of these in the book. I reverse engineer. Ken robinson's tedtalk. Ken robinson as the most popular tedtalk of all time. And what you find when you reverse engineer. It is that over the course of twenty minutes. He shares a grand total of one. Fact it's got the most popular all times gone viral. And he's got one fact. If i was writing ted talk from scratch. I would assume that. I need to throw in some really crazy persuasive. Facts to get people engaged but in fact what you find you. Reverse engineer his talk he's got grand total of one. What does he do. A lot of. He has a ton of storytelling. He's got a lot of anecdotes and you get that inside not by watching or not by listening by reading the transcript i reverse engineering and looking for the features and the talk against spotting the difference comparing his talk against talks that haven't gone viral. You see where he over representing on anecdotes and under representing on facts. That's what this allows you to do. Is find the key differences identify patterns and utilize that those insights to create something new. I love that. I love that. All right where can people learn more about you. Best place to go to find out more about this book is decoding great. Spoke dot com. The reason i share that website is because you'll get a free course and how to apply the strategies when you get the book anywhere. Just share a receipt. You'll get free course. You can find out more about me. At ron friedman. Phd dot com and up. My company's website ignite eighty. That's eight zero dot com and the reason it's called ignite. Eighty is because over eighty percent of employees or not fully engaged at work. The mission of ignite eighty is to teach leaders science-based strategies for elevating people's performance happiness and health at work a love that while thanks so much for investment time with us my pleasure. Thanks for having me. They have at our conversation with ron friedman. I really enjoyed this conversation. Just because one the the alignment with the one thing and to simplicity of it we all know it feels like to have big goals for ourselves to feel like were meant for more and to not be satisfied with where we are at and it can get frustrating. When you work hard to bridge that gap from where you are and where you think you should be it. It doesn't have to be and part of that is getting out of doing it on your natural abilities. Stop doing it based on how you would naturally approach and start relying on those that have gone before you. Examples of other people are other organizations that have achieved something extraordinary. Reverse engineering how they did it so that you can spot the difference. See what is it that they did differently. What's that difference. That made the difference. And how can i put that into a simple plan that i can then execute in my life or inside our organization based on everything you heard in this conversation. What's the one thing you can do especially by doing it. Everything else would be easier or a necessary. We'd be the type of person who actually pauses the episode and searches for that answer. Because if you do you guarantee that this was actually an investment of your time and not an expense if this episode has brought value to you please think of somebody that you know that needs to hurt shirt with them. It could make all the difference for them. If you knew the show press the subscribe button so all future episodes are automatically downloaded your podcast player of choice. If you would consider leaving us a rating and review it means the world to us. We read everyone that genuinely helps us reach more people and live our purpose. Which is to help. You better invest your time so you can achieve extraordinary results eyebrows. Jeffords we look forward to being with you in the next episode..
"first thing" Discussed on The ONE Thing
"Be played together. Those that's a very extensive metric. I would actually urge you to narrow it down to three to five items that are easier because otherwise it feels like work is how many i want to narrow it down to okay. I don't know one there. you go. How on the point as the point is when you start this when you start identifying your metrics you do not want a hundred dollars. You wanna have a small doable number so that it feels easy and rewarding and critically. It's not enough just to have metrics you want to evolve those metrics every quarter not going to be the same metrics if there are the same metrics probably not growing as the problem Some other tips. I can offer you about. Metrics is that you also want to have some negative items. So what's the what's the what's the thing that if you're too good at at a certain metric there could be repercussions so did i neglect my work by spending too much with my kids an item for some people that's a way of procrastinating in escaping is is is going too far on that item. It's going to be different for every person but the key is to track the metrics because the more attention you give these metrics the better you'll get in fact. There's a study in the book i talk about. That shows Study at kaiser permanente where they had people come in and follow a diet and what they found was the group that was keeping a food diary on top of the diet lost more weight with the same diet as the group. That didn't have a food. Diary in is because just tracking their food. Consumption made them more mindful of having of the choices they made because they knew they have to report at the end of the day. No missiles like if you if you keep a. I don't know if you do this with your community. I know i do this with my group. Is that will do time tracking and invariably just the exercise of doing the time tracking makes you four forces you to use your time more responsibly. Because if you're not tracking your time you can go and spend a half hour on tick-tock after lunch but if you have to report that on a time she to yourself. You're embarrassed to do that. And you make better decisions. I'm literally sitting here with a cupcake below my desk as you're talking about return them like oh. I so would not eat that. If i had to write that down exactly exactly. That's the point so true become still needed by the way to talk about visualization yellows. Do okay so there is a very interesting study in In the book about visualization. And why it actually makes you worse. If you're not doing correctly. So what are we here. The internet nonstop visualize success visualized success. Right what happens when you visualize success. Is you actually less likely to be successful. So i'll give you a study that backs us up. This is a study done out of ucla where they had introductory psychology students about to take midterm rupe. One divided them into three groups group. One was told to visualize themselves getting a great score group to was s to visualize themselves studying for the test and group three was asked to just track the number of hours that they spent studying and what they found was compared to the other two groups. The group that visualize getting a high score did worse than the other two groups. Why because when you visualize success you are temporarily stated you feel the the emotions the positive emotions and satisfaction that comes from succeeding. You don't do the work in contrast visualizing yourself doing the work makes you more likely to follow through and and it's part of it is because you're now frontloading decisions. You're not thinking about. Oh what do i. What am i going to need to study. What do i need to go because you visualize yourself doing the work. You've frontloaded the decisions you're more like execute and you're more likely to be present. Which is why. I love your example. So you are visualizing yourself before you leave the office being present with your family your front wondering what you'll need to do the decisions. We need to make hydrophone maybe as those types of things that make you better equipped to follow through so that you can actually be with your family when you get home. There's another tie here that i'm realizing what the one thing when people do a four one one when people in companies adopt this model where it's no longer just. Here's your annual goals. But they've got a break those down into monthly goals which they bring down into weekly activities that weekly goals not weekly results weekly activities. Sometimes they struggle at the beginning because turning a result into the activity they will do to drive the result. They're not always clear how to bridge. The gap in their mind is not wired that way yet a once. They are in their clear. It's not just going to accomplish this thing this week. It's either the tactical things i will do. They will lead to me accomplishing that to the point that i can open up my calendar and showtime blocks where. I'm going to do those things now. They're having a relationship with their goals. Now they're becoming the person they need to become to achieve what they want to achieve. And i love that. Because what you're doing there is. You're forcing them to make the connection between the outcome and the behaviors which is what really were doing. When we're quantifying our our metrics refined our metrics were forced to think about. I didn't ask you. How would you feel if you felt more present. I'm sure that'd be great. I don't care. But i care about is. What are the behaviors that define presents for you. because then i can measure and i can quantify anything. I'm a researcher. So i believe we can quantify anything as long as we had specific enough with our questions. I love that. I love that. You've got an interesting story in the book about tender and how that relates to decoding greatness. Walk us through that. So how tender gets good at figuring out who you're going to find attractive. Is it asks you to rate a few people at the beginning. You have to swipe right if you like them swipe bluffing. You don't like them and then with tinder does is. It takes the examples of the people you have found attractive and it looks commonalities and will make it. Makes hinders so powerful is it's avail is able to through its algorithm identify. Commonalities that you consciously may not even be aware of so you may be swiping right or left depending on what you consider attractiveness but what tender could then identify is perhaps all the people you've selected our particular height or have a particular personality characteristics or have something in their profile like spicy food that you had no idea that was the thing you found attractive and with that teaches us is that how algorithms get good at identifying patterns is having examples without the example of the people that you found attractive tenders algorithm is fairly useless. Same's true for all of us. We need those examples of greatness so that we can work backward to figure out what makes them unique and obviously identify. Some of those patterns temple ties them. Execute against them involve them it. All starts with the collection and that tender story illustrates that so powerful same is true for spotify by the way spotify had scrape refused. Spotify spotify. i do every morning when i jump rope. Do you use discovery. Weekly no pam about the blow. Your mind seduce. You gotta look up discovery weekly. Every monday spotify will select for you. This is just for you. A selection of songs that is based on the songs you have listened to and light in the past it's using an algorithm to identify the features of songs that you may not even be aware of make those songs interesting to you and if you go through that for a few weeks beginning of may not be perfect. Go through a few weeks and you like the songs within discovery weekly. You're training your algorithm to select songs for you. I can tell you every monday. I get a good ten solid songs that are in my collection that i never would have found in a million years had not been for that. Algorithm is a discover weekly or discovery weekly must be discover weekly then so i just searched discover. Weekly your weekly mixed tape of fresh. Okay i'm gonna there you go. That's my day on fridays. There's new release radar if you look that up. Those are artists who whose songs you've liked in the past anything. They've put out that week. That shows up on new release radar. It's good it's good for. That's how i built my jump rope. Mix overtime is listening to certain artists and having them recommend other ones in the ones. I really like throw into the playlist and then i just go.
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"On what. Your values are being willing to say. Great i get. That is the approach that most people do. But what's the approach. That's right for us. It's an alignment with our values. In the moment. We stopped doing most of the things. We're doing our revenue went way up. It was crazy. And i would tell you that. What's interesting about that insights that you had that is completely on. Point is to embrace your preferences so in my case. I don't try to write like lag. While but i do like certain elements that he uses But if i were to try to mimic it it wouldn't work and the reason it wouldn't work for me not just because people now expect the glide walian formula but for me i find the long stories. Don't hold my attention as well as they might rather people. I find myself flipping through the pages to see what the actual insight is no. I have raised that about myself. Which is why. My books have a lot of stories. But they're super short. Because i want to get to the actionable insight. And i want to show you how to use it and i had some people might consider that as not as failing the willing formula or as you said that you were failing at internet marketing. But you know what i like. It and it makes me distinctive. So that's what you want to embrace his. You wanna find a formula that works for you. And it's to be part five part somebody else's formula two parts and other formula and then and parts you. Yeah so. I want to pivot this to how somebody can use this in their personal life as were huge on setting goals were big on accountability and a lot of people struggle to track their progress on personal goals. Easy if it's about reducing debt or losing weight at that's numerical. It's easy but when it's something like how do i become more present with my family. How do i become a better husband. Father wife mother. Whatever it might be. You have an approach for this. Yeah so that first. Half of this book is about reverse engineering. The second half is about how to get good stuff. So how do you apply all the insights. We have firm skill building to shrink the gap between your vision and ability and that can be applied to everyday life as well so the first chapter in the second half of the book is called the scoreboard principle in the scoreboard. Principle is simple anything you measure. You are likely to improve on. And it's because numbers have a remarkable hold on our attention and there are evolutionary reasons for this in the evolutionary past. If you did not pay attention to numbers you were much. So if you didn't pay attention to how large a tribe was that made you vulnerable if you didn't pay attention to which quantity of food was larger. You didn't pursue it so we are instinctively focused on numbers. In fact neurologists believe there is a unique area of the brain that is responsible for numerical tracking that is consistent across species. Not just humans species and you can leverage that this is by the way why numbers are so addicting to us. This is why we're obsessed with our facebook count. And how many people re tweeted are tweets. And how much money we make. Even when we reach a certain point where comfortable we continue to optimize for money. And it's because unless you know what you're optimizing for you're going to fall to the default and in our society its money or it can be followers or could be influenced some level and you mentioned how much easier it is to get better at weight or income or whatever the case may be that numerical and so the key here is to make miracle the thing that you wanted to succeed at and track your performance. You want a game affi- at for yourself so indicates the presence with your family. I would ask you what are the features of being present with your family. What are the specific behaviors. That that might include. It might be reading a role. Can we actually dive into this. Because i'm in the middle of a sixty six challenge on this. Okay let's do it. Yeah so i tell you why it matters. My daughter said something to me three or four months ago. She said daddy You care about your work more than you care about us. I mean talk about straight to the chest. And i was like i. I asked question. I said honey. what are you talking about. She just restated that you care about your work more than you care about us. Why do you think that. And she said well. I watched how much time you're working. And i see how much time with your with us. You work more than you're with us. Which means you must value your work more than you value us. She's a by the way. Okay daddy's in trouble. And i firmly believe communications the way it's received not the intent so iona which led me to when we launched our last sixty six day challenge with our communities. I i need to as it gets. Bell love me. I need to form a habit that allows me to be more present with them so it started by mijas saying yes once a day when they would ask if i could play. Instead of saying no daddy's doing the dishes i would just say yes and drop it. But i even found that that wasn't sufficient enough to drive the result and so now i'm at the point where staring at the door in my office when i walk four. I get to walk out that door. I have to visualize myself being present with the family. Because if i can knock that domino down and actually prepares me to be present with them. Now take that as background. And let's dive in and figure out how we make this more numerical. That's great now. I will say that. We should circle back visualization. Because there's a section in the book on that that i think you'll find thing but in your case i want to ask you to reverse engineer. What are what's the perfect day with your kids. Let's take a weekday. let's take a weekend. 'cause there are a lot of variables there the perfect week weekday weeknight. And what what is spending time with your kids mean in terms of your actions. Sure perfect week day would be when i get back from the gym in the morning. The kids are still sleeping. they would wake up. We'd baggage other kiss each other. I would help them make breakfast. And we would have a conversation about the day while they make breakfast and we would sit down and we would actually eat breakfast together. Then they'd be off on their own to go get ready for school. I'd be getting ready for work. And we'd gather and hug and kiss each other once more before they get in the car and they're off to school and then when they get home and i get off work. I truly am off work. Phone is not on me. I am actively engaged and playing with them and really having a moment with them. Length is less important than the fact that it is high quality. While.
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"Going to happen this time around and i think that is okay. Because as we have seen with people like bernie sanders and people like andrew yang. You start talking about something enough. It picks up momentum and there is a point at which it becomes inevitable. And we're just not to that point yet. And i get that people are suffering in the meantime i understand these problems and think about them a lot and just the way we're designed things are supposed to be hard and take a long time and our solutions that come out are necessarily imperfect and so i think the struggles that we're having right now are pretty good struggles and that's why to me. It is important to continue to elect people like mansion and cinema country. Who will struggle with these things but who will not try to make it harder for anybody to vote and who will not try to install people who will change the way. The votes are counted at the last minute. If they don't like the way the tallies coming together. I'm reading rabbi jonathan sacks the home we build together right now. It's so good and i don't agree with everything that he says in this book but a point that he makes is he talks about morality and moral codes and how we've abandoned moral codes which means politics has to hold everything. We talked about that a lot in our book and on the show and he talks about. You know what happens is there are no moral truth. There is only victory and so our opponents have to get demonized. Because we're putting all of morality on this. And i think that's what's so hard and that's that that is what is so destructive in american politics right now is that you can both feel that the childcare crisis in this country is a moral outrage and also acknowledged the political reality that exists currently in the united states senate and we have just decided that the only way to express your moral outrage is to decide that ted cruz is satan walking around and if you take a stance anything less than that. Then you don't care and i just think we have to let go because again. Politics is about power and i want it now. Listen i want power in certain circles because it aligns with my moral values. But i try to hold those things separately because just like we talked about with susan page. When you're there take holy pictures and hold up your morality and how much you are a better person than ted cruz or marjorie taylor greenwhich. Whoever we're talking about you probably are. But that's not the point right. The point is to use power to help people and acknowledging the political reality acknowledging how to use that power. Most effectively is not about morality. It's just about the political reality on the ground. that's why i really appreciate the leadership of joe biden. Because honestly i think he knows the difference. I think he knows when it's a moral issue. And i think that he can also hold the political reality very clearly in front of him and i just think all of us could channel but of that energy right now because often moralising makes our political reality more difficult. I'm gonna say that one time moralising scene makes our political reality more difficult and so if we want to have political success then we have to keep the moralizing in check and none of this is to done gone progressives because it is really important to have people like representative bowman in congress who are pushing it is important to have you know senator sanders. He represents a lot of people in the united states. And it's important that he's there. I think mitt. Romney represents a lot of people in the united states. It's important that he's there. I look at senator cinema who gets criticism from every angle six ways to sunday and i think you know what i personally wear a t shirt on the floor of the united states senate courtesy as i vote against a minimum wage increase. Like there are a lot of things in her stylistically. That i don't get and there are a lot of decisions that she makes don't really get. But she is representing people and it is important that this people be represented there what i don't want for the democratic party. Let me say it this way. I don't want the democratic party to invite in the that i think has led the republican party to censoring people voting their conscience. I don't want that strain of. It has to be this one right way or you're not on the team to infect the party that's kind of like having to hold all the healthy democratic attributes of our country right now for everybody i think that's unsustainable in the long term which is why i want a functioning healthy other party but i worry about the push to get everybody in one path from people outside the political infrastructure who wheeled lots of power and influence. Because i think one of the best things. The democratic party has going for it right now. Is that huge spectrum of ideas. Listen nobody's. I'm not mad at anybody in the political party. Bernie sanders out. There duncan on ted cruz. He doesn't do that. You know what i mean like. He's smart enough to get that. That just makes ted cruz. Name more popular in out out in zeitgeist. I'm really mad at like jimmy kimmel. And trevor noah. Because i don't think they're helping. And i don't why they're doing it and i think it gets them lots of us and listen everybody's got a job to do but like politically. It doesn't help. And i think you know drawing attention and giving them coverage and making them heroes and their own party in their own. Ideological extreme base is not helping and following that sharing that like. I do think we should all just like check ourselves. I know it feels good to dunk. Ted cruz i've done it on this podcast. I'm just saying that like it doesn't always help. So if i think about my goal here. I think we've assessed. What's going on action items as a citizen. I want to talk about issues instead of contributing to the high profile people. I don't like and the health of both parties. I want to think about the health of both parties. I think that's very good in conversation with people who disagree with you and i want to keep paying attention. Even when i don't feel like it we have this like thin veneer of kanus permeating from the biden administration where things are moving as we talked about in the first block in a really strong direction but like just under that veneer there are some real dangers and we cannot afford to check out on those and i think that the other really key component is to as much as we can distinguish bringing awareness to a real dangerous problem for moralizing hard. Turn so we're going from five alarm. Anti-democratic fire to livio rodriguez new album sour. Which were both obsessed with a love. It is perfect. I love this. I love this journey.
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"Works. I am very pessimistic on whether you get ten. Republican senators to vote for any initiative. That is very very important to joe biden. But i'm happy that some people are trying and i feel like that's bragging point for the democratic party right now. We're not all one thing that we're not all one thing. Look at those guys. They're trying so hard to all. Be one thing well listen. I'm very frustrated with joe manchin. I am with the letter of experts that said if you do not get this voting rights bill passed. Our democracy is on the line. I think that's the right. Take i think these state election change is the state stacking. The state election boards is like a five alarm fire and also. I don't lead with that. When i'm talking to my republican friends that i'm trying to persuade i lead with. I want to healthy parties. I've been democrat. Since i was eighteen years old and i am concerned about the state of the republican party right now when they are trying to make it illegal to pass out water bottles then we have a problem right when they're trying to keep people from going to the polls after going to church because they know it's primarily black voters in texas. We have a problem and if you say stuff they'll go. Oh you can't do that. That's what my step dad always says. They can't do that. And i'm like no they can't and they are but like he doesn't he doesn't follow it bit by bit right and he. There's a lot of people because they do are not consumed with politics. Have a vision of sort of both sides. Mess it up. That's still very prominent conversations. I have why just think they're both kind of like they're both so corrupt and both parties are jacked up. And that's the that's the line. And so i do my best to say no. That's not the case right now. I understand where you're coming from. And i want to healthy. Functioning parties and one party is in a very different place than the other party and its concern. It should be concerning for all of us. I don't do ted cruz a tube worm. Don't you agree. 'cause that's not gonna move anybody. I've just eliminated myself as a person who has any sort of objectivity when it comes to this and that's what independent people who are persuadable. Wanna hear and again. I'm not trying to win the moral argument. I'm trying to wear win the political argument. I don't care if ted cruz cries into his pillow every night because he knows he's such a pet. I want ted cruz to lose the next election. That's what i care about. That's what i care about. And i just think it gets to displays where like we want them to be convinced of how bad they are and that's great. Y'all can trying that but it's not gonna work and it's not going to change anything. I don't want them to feel bad about themselves. Want them to lose this bill going through the senate in regular order right now related to the endless frontier act which is something that chuck schumer and todd. Young senator from indiana have been working together on about research and development money. Can the united states make sure that china is not eating our lunch in terms of our understanding technology. Our defense system cybersecurity. There's all kinds of stuff in it. It's it's a really good bill that has gotten to be less good as it has gone through regular order because regular order means everybody gets to take a bite at it right and it gets loaded up with stuff that doesn't have anything to do with the underlying bill and things get watered down and you end up passing something that nobody thinks great but it does get something done and watching that happen right now. Feels like the most nostalgic wonderland. That's how i felt about. The white house means about infrastructure. I was like putting him of veins. I love this like they're debating the spending and isn't gonna come from the this in this fun. I'm like i don. I barely understand what you're talking about. And i love it. It makes me so happy with. I feel exactly the same way. And so let me say i agree with you. That the voting rights issue is a five alarm fire and i also think that the idea that the for the people act is going to get passed as it is today through the united states senate whether on a fifty one vote majority or sixty vote majority is a fantasy and is probably not good for america. It is good for america when we go through these things. I really support the biden. Administration's vision around treating childcare is infrastructure. I.
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"I think it is more effective to talk about the issues then to add to the profile of known the libs politicians. Yes i think it is important to recognize that state. Republican led legislatures are have been most of them are going into recess now but have been on a roll trying to make voting harder trying to make the right to receive an abortion even narrower or to outright ban it on the chance at the supreme court will go there with them her trying to make transgender kids political. Footballs and i think we need to be talking. Relentlessly about those efforts and explaining what they really are. Because i truly believe that person who doesn't pay attention to politics and who will vote for a democrat or a republican in the next election and who might or might not show up for a mid-term election can hear those issues and get mad about them if they really understand what's going on. I really believe that we can move people around those issues. I do not believe that we move people by dunking on politicians. A so you the other thing that. I've been thinking about a lot and i know that this is going to upset people and i you know again i love you. We're we're all here with our differences for me. One of the most off putting things happening not among democratic leadership democratic leadership does not do this as much as democratic influencers but in sort of the social media space the constant relentless assaults on people like mansion and cinema by folks with millions of followers. I'm not talking about somebody who's listening has just like a regular account in life. Who gets aggravated with them. I totally understand that. But the the drumbeat of let's pylon to those two and let's act as though we wish they would get primary d- by someone who was far more progressive. Who if you look at the reality of those states would not win in an election. I just find that so counterproductive to again those people who are marginally interested in politics gettable voters and predictable voters if i were democrat and well i guess i am a democrat now but if i were like a you know a really passionate democrat i feel like i would be walking around constantly bragging about the pa- left era of ideas that can exist in this party somewhat harmoniously and just as an american. I feel really good about these meetings. That are happening. Where you're getting a susan collins. A joe manchin who else at shelley moore. Capito gave the white house by herself west. Virginia's got nothing but credit these days of your capital is not one of those people who you say like. Maybe she'll vote for this ever and she is like sitting down trying to get some work done. I don't know that it.
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"Today is to me a key. Difference right now is that you have some real alignment within republican leadership all the way down to the state and local parties on making sure that elections continue to favor republicans. And you do not have that kind of ideological alignment within the democratic party. You have serious hard. Core fights about what to do about those things. And i think a fight is pretty healthy like a fight. I think that's very democratic. I think our country's design is to have those fights over things. I am concerned about the extent of alignment happening within the republican party. Around these topics. We'll and let me tell you the difference for the person talking back to this. The difference is those discussions on the democratic party. Come because we have the majority of the voters and not the majority of the legislators in state houses in congress and in the senate the fight in the republican party is because you're falling into the minority and you don't like it. That's the difference. I'm sorry i do not think those things are equivalent. I think having republicans lose the popular vote in the presidential election every time in my lifetime but one when you have republicans that represent a filibuster-proof group in the united states senate only represents like thirty percent of the united states population like this isn't about. You have reforms on the table as democrats because you feel like the process is anti-democratic. That's one thing if you're setting up anti-democratic processes because you're losing on the republican side. That's a complete different thing. I hear you on that. And also everybody's not there and i do wanna acknowledge again where everybody's coming from an understanding that for a lot of people being a republican being opposed to democrats is really deeply ingrained for lotteries ins and i don't wanna leave anybody out of this conversation by ignoring those concerns. I think that the other thing that i am interested in getting your thoughts on because i feel like you. You really are calmer about this. I m i think you have a clear vision of the way that this is the undoing of the party. The way that this leads to electoral failure the way that demographic shifts make this such a losing strategy long-term about all of that. Whenever i hear you say that. I'm like okay. Yep yep yep with you. And then i also think about how much damage a small group of highly motivated people can can do especially when that small group is still like quite a few million people and so. I wonder how you're thinking sarah about the rallies resuming about michael. Flynn being out there. Actively and openly talking about a violent coup about this strain of people who still think there's gonna be some magic date on which donald trump becomes the president again. Do you see any. I'm especially thinking about mike historical corollaries where a lot of damage can be done because of a movement like that even if it doesn't carry the day for the majority of americans. Yeah i think that there will be damage done but it won't carry the. I think that's a really good way to describe it. I think to do what they wanna do. They have to have more people. And they don't have those people and i think the election of donald trump as i said consistently during the election of two thousand was an alignment of some very specific scenarios. That got him to the presidency and not even incumbency was enough to overcome. Not all of those scenarios being present right like. I think that he was a historical in a lot of ways. Now i'm gonna talk about both sides mouth. 'cause i just said i think he is the completion of a pattern inside. The republican party pattern was one of those pieces of the puzzle that align to get him elected in two thousand sixteen. And i think what what gives me the greatest amount of i if the right word but at least a little bit of calm is the fact that he can't dominate mini-cycles like he can't even if he gets back on facebook he shut out of twitter and these people as passionate as they are growing up into the from the desk of donald trump blog. Every day are they know. They're not that's why they shut down because nobody was reading it because nobody cared now. I think it is morphine and more dangerous things. I think it's still very much a cult of personality. But there are other people. I think marjorie taylor. Greens figured out how to tap that chemistry. She's raised a lot of money. You're right yeah like that. She she can you know. She doesn't really trump impression. It's pretty it's pretty convincing. And there are lots of people for whom that will be very convincing but like even the election to fill. Deb haaland seat that it was such a blowout that gives me a lot of hope that i think at the end of the day the impact of the vaccine roll out the end of the pandemic the fact that all those people were impacted by the the stimulus checks that the economy is taking off. I'm not saying that. We don't have problems but i think that stuff does impact people. Is it enough to undo some of the identity based politics and the fear that they're going to push through like based campaigning techniques. No of course not. Those people are still going to be motivated by that. But i just don't think there are enough of them now. All of that said. I think this is serious and we should pay attention to it. But what. I don't want us to do is feed the freakin flame. And i think that we are going to have to hold the fact that this is really dangerous. Because we're a two party system that these people are motivated to do damage and are becoming more and more successful at doing that. Damage to our democracy and also understand that it is the fight that fuels them and we cannot give into that fight and i think that's what's frustrating to me. It's like watching people. Say sharing the like ted cruz getting dunked on by jimmy kimmel and thinking that helps. Anything is really frustrating to me. Because that side you think so anti-democratic and you're right and that side of the republican party. That is so dangerous and on the move. You're all right about that. And also what feels them. Is the fight.
"first thing" Discussed on Pantsuit Politics
"I think whack ston vexed is good for solving the problem right like every sink. That does that hit home with me. No but i'm lated that it does with somebody like i am for bringing the entire zeitgeist to this. And the point of the most contention for me with our listeners. That i don't think i've ever really put words around. I get a sense for many of our listeners that there is a belief that vaccine hesitancy doesn't really exist at this point in the pandemic that the people who have not gotten vaccinated yet a vaccine posed and the existence that i have here in my community does not align with that perspective. I still see people who are really shifting in how they're thinking about this and people who are becoming more open every single day to getting the vaccine now again. We all live in our own bubbles. Somebody on instagram said the other day i have to remember that my bubble is not everyone's bubble. I was like put that on a pillow. So i know that my experience is not representative of the entirety of the united states. I also know in my community. It is not true that people who are not yet vaccinated will not give acceded. It is not even true. And i am seeing this in ways. That really surprised me. The people who are not yet vaccinated will refuse to wear masks. I am still seeing here in. be red. Red red tip of kentucky a lot of mask wearing and public spaces even as it's not required and so i just i feel both optimism about where we are and optimism about where we can be without you know continued heavy handed regulation well and what i've learned you know over the past few weeks and months you know from our listeners is that there are certain parts of our community nationwide particularly people who are immunocompromised or have children that are immuno-compromised who just feel ignored. Not wrongly and who just ignored not listen to and i think there's becomes and let specially when there's like a political overlay. The only people who feel like aggrieved in ignored exists on the right. And that's not true. And i think there are lots of communities for that understand what it's like to just be left out of the conversation and also learned that there's not one type of immuno-compromised experience right and there's an entire spectrum of experience and you know that some people when you say that when they are immunocompromised and they need to stay out of public spaces no amount of masking is going to protect them. The best thing that's happened to them through covid is the proliferation of virtual options so that they are opened up to the world through their computer in ways. They weren't before through doctors visits and grocery delivery that makes their life so much better and like that's an important part of the experience to and i think i was talking with a friend of mine who hasn't immuno-compromised child in trying to like. Really think that through that experience. And i said you know what would be the like. Ada equivalent like if we could wave a magic wand and integrate what we've learned through cove it to make you and your child's life better. What would that look like. And she's in you know when we had this really really great conversation where i learned a lot and she said you know. I don't think there's like a ramp equivalent really. Were like you throw a ramp on a building and all of a sudden that makes my life easier because the them you know. Compromised experience is very diverse. And it's so individualized as to what your like your risk level based on your medical condition. The reason i asked her that is because what i really wanna do through all of this is integrate what we've learned. I want to integrate mask wearing to united states every cold and flu season. I think it will make everyone's lives better. And so i've been thinking about that. And i think like if you don't allow any optimism and you don't allow any hope in and you don't allow any like easing of restrictions. I think it really works against that integration. I think we have to take a breath. Take a moment dealt back so that we can say okay. Now what do we want to keep. What do we want to advocate in. A part of our daily existence and that to me is part of the optimism. That's part of the hope. When i say i'm hopeful and i'm optimistic. It doesn't mean that. I want to go back to twenty nineteen like twenty twenty never happened. I do not want that. I do not want that. I do not think that would be healthier good for anyone. I think we've learned valuable things. And i want to take that in and make that a holistic part of who we are in twenty twenty two and beyond will speaking of integration. We also have evidence that the money is working. The covid relief money is working. And i will tell you you know. I have had moments of fear about inflation. About how much money is being spent about how targeted that money is. So i was really encouraged to hear from the new york times Jason deplorable reported. I'm just gonna. I'm gonna read it. Because i think it's encouraging a new analysis of census bureau surveys argues that the two latest round aids significantly improved americans ability to buy food and pay household bills and reduced anxiety and depression with the largest benefits going to the poorest households in those with children among with children reports of food. Shortages fell forty two percent from january through april. A broader gauge.
"first thing" Discussed on Dad Tired
"God's own heart i mean this guy is he's doing in many ways all the right things that he should be doing that. He's got the same heart that god has. That's incredible what a compliment for god's to say Man when i look at you son you've got the same heart as me. What a huge compliment that is. And that's what god says about david. God says david he's got my heart. This is the guy that slade. The giant. You know with the rocks. This is the guy that was fear and going against that giant. This is the guy that was trying to lead people toward god and be a godly leader like in many ways. The guy's a huge example of what it looks like to be a man of god and then the scriptures say in this comes in samuel where he just wakes up one day. The bible literally says in some translations. He woke up got off of his couch and went on a walk up on his roof and so he's just walking. He gets up. He's on the couch gets off his couch walks on the roof and as he's walking on the roof he sees a woman who is very beautiful and she's behaving and he begins to lust after her and then says i want that woman and he calls to have somebody go get her and that ends up turning into a series of crazy events he ends up sleeping with this woman. She's married. she gets pregnant. He finds out that she's pregnant. He freaks out and he's like. Oh gosh we got to get her husband back from war so that it would look like. They slept together and they had a baby. Well that doesn't work because the husband actually has integrity is like i can't leave the war and just go sleep with my wife when there's all my soldiers from all my comrades are fighting so he doesn't end up sleeping his wife now. David's freaked out. He's panicky his whole life is like spiraling out of control. One thing after another and so he's like okay..
"first thing" Discussed on Dad Tired
"It's going to be back with you guys. Hey if you have a friend is a dad and you think he might be encouraged by any of what we do here at the dad tire. Podcast one of the greatest ways that you can support us is just literally to hit that share button. Pass it along to a friend who needs some encouragement attire. Dad who can be lifted have his soul filled a little bit so that would be super helpful. Hit the share button and share with a friend. You can hear my baby crime in speaking of data tired i as i hit record i hear. My three month olds crying in the background. That means not times probably coming and so anyway. I'm living out data to actually. I'm not my wife is. Maybe i should pause in. Go help her. I'm gonna keep going here This is very classic dad moment. I'm that sounds terrible. I've gotten completely off track here and my wife has things covered. She knows that. I'm recording this podcast. I'm not being a terrible husband. You want to know more about our relationship. You can listen to last week's episode or reduc about five ways to improve communication marriage now that i've got that disclaimer out of the way and removed all the awkwardness. And you fought through the add. Let's jump into today's topic the other day. I was sitting down with my kids. We were watching a tv show. Sometimes we'll do movie night once a week or we'll watch tv show and so like. We'll turn on america's funniest home videos and pop some popcorn and sit on the couch and watch some together. It's a bonding time. We don't do a ton of screen time in our family but this is one way that we try to connect as a family anyway. So we're watching america's funniest home videos and one of the clips in the videos is a runner who it looks like. There may be high school or college age. It looked pretty serious about their track and field activities and so they are getting ready to run..
"first thing" Discussed on The Radio Show
"I guess if we're apple cider vinegar apple cider vinegar but in the form of regular white vinegar on my foods really. That's like a no because like you say you spend on your cell in that context. No you're not. Putting almo- sam's cure you everything i guess i'm pretty syracuse code. I ain't been seeking six years. And i use it all the time. Easy qihua now shabby. Do you like that. All the texture is disturbing. It reminds me oatmeal so not now. You're you're your oldest nieces. Go through this phase but i've not tried it. So how does it count. Where i've yet to try out a win. Try and it. You don't like it. I don't think you've never had it. So i don't think so i mean we can't get.
"first thing" Discussed on The Radio Show
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"first thing" Discussed on The Radio Show
"first thing" Discussed on Sadhguru's Podcast
"They're supposed to serve us but most human beings observing them their entire life. When they're eating breakfast they are planning their lunch when they're eating the land there planning dinner like this. It's all about fooled. Shelter security emotions to their whatever. Essentially for physiological and psychological needs the whole life is structured around that. Well this is called. Normal life.
"first thing" Discussed on Sadhguru's Podcast
"Learns to use these tools by choice deftly will naturally become a very impactful. Human being one does not learn to use either body mind our energies consciously and skillfully. They will always think the world is unfair. All somebody else's lucky. I am more intelligent than him. But everybody's partial to him. You heard the stories all along. You can be a failure in your life with lots of explanations. Philosophies attached are you can be successful human being. That's all the choice. That's all their choice. Those who don't do well with themselves or with the world always have complaints. I have become like this because my father But not nice to me so lousy. How could it be nice to you nine to nine trying to be nasty to you but if you don young age are nasty lousy. Your father should be doubly nasty and lousy. But he's age. I'm saying i've gone through much more to life than you intimate. Maybe life better much more than you and he also had to bear with you. This one thing you want to do southern if you want to learn to use these three basic tools effectively in your line of body mind an energy first and foremost thing we've been rubbing rubbing it in to you from the first day ninety nearing that whatever happens happens. Bad happens beautiful things happen. Nasty things happen within me. Outside of me is just me.