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A highlight from A Dame Trade Deep Dive With Ben Thompson, Plus Seth Meyers and Million-Dollar Picks
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We did the big chill. It was very, very exciting. I have Kyle Brandt coming on Monday's podcast. I'm just gonna tell you the movie now because it is gonna be the best moment of your weekend if you spent two hours watching this classic. We're doing Toy Soldiers. It really brings everything possible to the table. So if you wanna watch it ahead of time, there it is. That podcast is going up Monday night. If you wanna hear stuff about the debate, we have Tara Paul and Mary's podcast, Somebody's Gotta Win. That reacted to it as well as the press box with Brian Curtis and David Shoemaker. So there you go. Our debate coverage has been on point. Also, higher learning. Van and Rachel had Larry Elder on this weekend. It made a lot of noise, man. That podcast is great. I hope you check that out as well. Hope you're checking out theringer .com. And on this podcast, gonna talk about the dame trade at the top. We're gonna bring in Ben Thompson from the Techery newsletter, which he's been on this podcast I think four weeks ago. And he's a huge Bucks fan. He's gonna give the Bucks fan side of things. We're gonna do million dollar picks. And then old friend Seth Meyers talking about a whole bunch of stuff. So really good podcast. It's all next. First, our friends from Pro Jam. What's up? All right, I'm taping this on Thursday afternoon. Normally when there's a big MBA trade, I always do the emergency trade reaction right after the podcast. But we just put up a podcast on Tuesday. So I decided to play it a little differently this time. I wanted a little distance, I wanted to listen to stuff, read stuff, and try to form some big picture opinions coming out of this. So I have four smaller ones, then one big one. First one, I thought Portland did an incredible job with this trade. I really liked this trade, especially everyone was trying to bully them in June and July about, oh, you got to take Miami's offer. You just got to. It's where he wants to go. It's the only offer you're going to get. And guess what? They waited. They played it perfectly. They stared Miami down, and they got a much better deal. First of all, they get the Drew Holiday piece that they can flip into a bunch out of their stuff, which we'll talk about in one second. I love the DeAndre Ayton gamble. As you know, on this podcast, I am a big DeAndre Ayton guy. Not in the sense of I'm the biggest fan of his in the world, but I'm a fan of the asset. I just think I love the valued assets, no matter what it is. Whatever market we're talking about, DeAndre Ayton, 18 and 10 for his career, 60 % field goals percentage, 25 years old. He's played in 45 playoff games. He played four rounds in the 2021 finals. Last year, he got his ass kicked by Jokic. Oh, sorry. Like, that never happens. And Phoenix just sold on him, which I can't wait to talk about. But just from a Portland standpoint, they not only get Ayton in whatever they get for holiday, they get the 29 first, they get the two swaps, and they dump Nurkic. Nurkic hasn't had a healthy start to finish all the way through the playoffs here since 2018, which I'm positive was a long time ago. He's basically 12 and 8. He's, you know, a 50 % shooter. I made a list of the top 30 centers. I encourage you to do this at home, because what's more fun than making lists of NBA centers? I can't imagine anything. I made a list of who I thought were the best assets of the center position for talent, contract, everything. He was 29th on my list. The only person I had ahead of him who's technically a starter, unless you start talking about the Detroit or Charlotte guys, was Zubats on the Clippers. I thought he was the 29th best center asset in the league. And Phoenix, you know, just quickly to go to them, they're trying to win this year. They got worse. They turned Ayton's money into Nurkic and Grayson Allen and Nasir Little. Grayson Allen, we already know with him, he can't play in playoff series. We saw him 22. We saw it last year. I heard and read in some places like that, I got two rotation players. Did they? Is Nurkic a playoff rotation player? Is Grayson Allen a playoff rotation player? Because I'm positive he's not. So for the same money that they were spending on Ayton, they got three guys that I don't think are going to help them. In 25, the money comes down a little bit to 23 million just for Nurkic and Little, which is 7 million less than Ayton. And then in 26, that money goes up to 25 .5. But I don't understand what Phoenix was doing. Why not wait to see if Ayton clicks with Vogel? Vogel has such a good history with centers. He rejuvenated Dwight Howard on the 2020 Lakers. He basically created Roy Hibbert's career in 2013 with the defense verticality thing. I thought he was going to do a good job with Ayton. I'm stunned that they gave up on him. I'm almost waiting for one of those, now they tell us stories when, you know, that's where Brian Curtis calls them, where like a week after something happens, there's this kind of notebook dump where it's like, here's seven terrible DeAndre Ayton stories. So maybe that'll happen. But for Phoenix just to be like, cool, we locked this down, man. We got Nurkic. You're trying to win the title. You have KD and Booker and Beal. And like, what are you guys doing? Anyway, from Portland's standpoint, I love the Ayton thing. I love that they didn't get bullied. And I know they're going to turn Drew Holliday into something. So this to me was at least an A minus for them, for where they were two months ago, where Dave's like, I want to go to Miami. That's it. And if you don't trade me there, that's kind of fucked up. And they made this work as it got reported that, uh, I think in the athletic, that he expanded his list to Brooklyn and to Milwaukee in the last two weeks. And that's what Portland was waiting on. You know, they were banking on the fact that he's a competitive dude. He's one of the best 75 pairs ever. He wanted a situation settled. So, you know, you wait, you wait, you wait, they expand the list and then you go. Uh, there's a Drew Holliday piece to this. That's awesome. He becomes a contender prize. I wouldn't call this a Drew Holliday sweepstakes. I reserved sweepstakes for the superstars, but it's a mini sweepstakes. This is somebody that could have a huge impact on the playoff race. You know, not only the usual suspects, everybody's talking about Boston, ironically, Miami is a really good fit for him. And in some ways, um, I'm a little more scared of them with Miami than Dame in some ways, especially at a much cheaper contract with giving up less and keeping some of their assets. Philly, if they could pull it off, they have to be in there in Golden State, Minnesota. I think I have to mention Sacramento, I think is a team that if they could figure out how to get Drew without giving up their core, which is basically Keegan Murray and Sabonis and Fox, like that's, you know, could Davion Mitchell be in that trade with some, with a salary and some picks, who knows. The team that I love for Drew Holliday is OKC. I have OKC, you know, I started doing my MBA research for the over -under spot and I haven't landed on a number for them yet, but to me, they feel like a high forties team with Chet and with the growth of their young guys. And if you just like, let's say they traded Lou Dort and a bunch of their picks, maybe two firsts and two of their lesser picks or three firsts and a second, whatever it is. And they just say, fuck it. And they get Drew and you put him with Giddy and SGA and Jalen fucking awesome Williams and Chet Holmgren and all these other dudes they have, that might be a top three team in the West. I mean, that, that's starting to give me some early 2010s OKC vibes. So where he goes is going to be important. I just feel like there was so much Drew Holliday slander the last couple of days. You know, he's one of my favorite players. Even Haralabob, who was the chairman of the board of the Drew Holliday fan club for years and would have the benefit dinners there and, you know, just did a lot of yeoman's work on that front. And even he was like, yeah, yeah, Dame's better than Drew. That trade makes sense for Milwaukee. I was hurt, Haralabob. I was 100 % hurt by that. But you know, Drew got his ass kicked by Jimmy Butler in the playoffs last year. I get it. It happens. Jimmy was unbelievable. I feel like he would have kicked anybody's ass. By the way, why is Drew Holliday guarding Jimmy Butler? That speaks more to some of the issues with Milwaukee. He was never supposed to be a point guard and a creator. I think he was always better as an off -the -ball guy. We saw that with Rondo and New Orleans and just in general. I want to see him with a point guard. I want to see him just being unleashed, not having the ball a lot, just worrying about hitting threes, being an occasional, you know, make -shit -happen guy and being like the third or fourth best guy on a team without having the offensive responsibility to have. All their half court issues got blamed on him for the last couple of years. And I get it. They weren't like an awesome half -court team, even the other one in the finals, but I really value that dude. I had him, even I did the trade value list in August and I had him 37th and I had Dame 23rd. I think he's one of the best 30 players in the league still. He's 33 years old, which, you know, I'm going to talk in a second about when guards hit their mid -30s, but just in general, I think he's a real asset. If he goes to a team like the Celtics and they can keep Derek White and Tatum and Brown in the center, it's like, look out, man. So little mini sweepstakes, rarely do we get the trade, but then we still get another asset to talk about. Thank you for everyone involved in the trade. And then the fourth small point is just that, you know, not rocket science, Milwaukee bought some Giannis time here. They have one of the best 20 players of all time. They were staring down the barrel of a situation that was not good. I was talking about it on this podcast in late June and early July. I thought he was going to put them on the clock. I thought Mark Lasry selling his stake was a really bad sign for all of this because that dude is smart. As I laid out in June, that guy is really smart. And if he's feeling like, you know what, it's time for me to sell my buck stock, that makes me nervous. And then all the stuff that Giannis said and did, which I thought he did really fairly and really smartly. And I think that dude's about titles and that's it. And I know we say that about players, but I think in his case, I don't think he cares about, you know, what's my legacy, how do I compare against Dirk DeWhisky, any of that stuff. I just think he wants more rings. I mean, think about the guys who have won two rings out of the best 35 guys on my list of my pyramid. Those are all guys in my top 35 that won multiple wings. You go to the one -ring side, Jerry West, Oscar, Moses, Dirk, Jokic, Giannis, Pettit, Garnett, Kawhi, Rick Barry. That's the list he's on now. I certainly don't think he's looking at that list going, I got to get away from these guys, but it's a slightly different list. I think when you win multiple rings in multiple situations, it elevates you in a certain way. I think he fundamentally understands that at least a little bit. I want to be the best player since LeBron James. I think that's a thing that he wants. How am I going to do that? I need more rings. I need more finals trips. He knew from last year and maybe even the Boston series that they just weren't good enough. Whether this trade is going to be the thing that propels them, we'll find out, but he's been in the league 10 years, two MVPs, five first teams, two second teams, and now we have this little two -year window. Kawhi and the Raptors was a one -year window. This is a two -year window, I feel like. With Giannis, he's got two years left in his deals. So does Lopez. Middleton has two in a player option. Dame's got two, and then this crazy $120 million player option extension thingy that he has that just keeps going and going. It's probably two years. There's a world where this could go terribly this season, at least for what the expectations are, and then maybe it becomes Kawhi, Raptors. Maybe Giannis is like, you know what? That didn't work. Trade me. And the Bucks, who have no picks left and no future, they look at it next summer, and they go, all right. We tried it. Giannis, what can we get for you? Dame, what can we get? And they just do a reboot, rehaul. Remember, they won in 2021, which just takes so much pressure out of this. It's so much different than the Clippers situation, where they went all in on Kawhi and Paul George. They give up all those picks and SGA, and they've gotten nothing out of it. They haven't even made the finals. So it's got to happen. I think they at least probably have to make the finals. If they get bounced in round two, do I think Giannis is going to stay because they made this Dame -Mower trade? Probably not. So that leads to the big question, is how good of a trade was this? So there's a big picture angle on Dame, and it's going to sound negative, but I really don't want it to sound negative because I think Dame, I voted for him for NBA Top 75. I think he's been one of the best guards in the last 15 years. I think there's a ton of great things you can say, and there's a chance that he goes to Milwaukee, and this thing is fucking awesome. I know any Celtic fan I've talked to, including Isaiah, who's helping produce this podcast today, the Giannis -Dame pick and roll is just terrifying. Other than Jokic and Murray, it's going to be the single most unstoppable offensive play in the league. It is. We are conceding that point. The spot Dame is in right now, big picture -wise, it's weird. He's a superstar, but he's not, and we've seen guys like this before. I judge superstars by, do you have the resume statistically, and is your team succeeding consistently at a certain level? You can't totally say that about Dame. He's never been on a 55 -win team. He's missed the playoffs completely four times in 11 years. He said three first -round exits. He made the Final Four once in 2019, which was really lucky because Golden State and Houston were the two best teams, and then they got smoked. He's never been on a true contender ever. Instinctively, you go, well, that's not his fault. Who's he played with? Well, he played with LaMarcus Aldridge and CJ McCollum and a couple other guys, but not really anybody. The reason I'm putting this up is there's a success element that he has not had yet that for somebody with his resume is actually kind of unusual. I went and I looked up how many guards in the history of the league averaged 22 points a game for their career and played at least 700 games. I thought the list would be like 20. I didn't know. I didn't know what I was walking into. Only I think 75 guys have averaged 22 a game. So I went and I looked up the list, and it was 10 guys, 700 games, 22 a game for their career. There were some guys who came close like David Thompson, who I think is one of the best guards I've seen in the last 45 years, but had a short career and had some drug issues. He didn't make it. He didn't play enough games. Pete Maravich, 24 .2 points a game, but he didn't play enough games. Kyrie hasn't played enough games yet. Bradley Beale is five games away. I'm actually kind of glad the cutoff's at 700 so we don't have to talk about him. And then Mitchell and Trey Young aren't there yet. There's only 10 guys that made it, and the 10 guys are all fucking awesome. And again, I mentioned this in the context of Dame, who we think he is versus the success he's had. So the 10 guys, Michael Jordan, 30 .1, Jerry West, 27 .1, Allen Averson, 26 .7, George Gervin, 26 .2, Oscar Robertson, 25 .7, Kobe, 25 .0, Harden, 24 .7, Curry, 24 .6, Wade, 22, barely made it, and Russ, 22 .4, and then Dame is at 25 again. All right, what does he not have that those other guys have? Well, MJ, don't need to talk about him. Don't need to talk about Jerry West, who's the freaking logo. Allen Averson, pretty good comparison, right? Big stats, really memorable player, but not a ton of success. Here's the difference. Averson made the finals once. He won an MVP. Dame has done neither of those things. George Gervin was the best scoring guard of the 70s. He made two final fours. He had some bad luck. He really, in 79, really should have came close. And some of it's on him, right? He could have come through. Bobby Dandridge is the one that ended up coming through for the Bullets. They lose. But two final fours, he had four top five MVP finishes, five first teams, four second teams. He was just unassailably the best guard in the league until MJ. Oscar Robertson, don't need to go through him, but he won a ring and an MVP. Kobe, five rings and an MVP. Eleven first teams for Kobe, by the way. James Harden, three final fours, an MVP, six top five MVP finishes, six first team MBAs. And even though Harden has never made the finals as the best guy, he made it with OKC as the sixth man, you could build a contender around Harden. We saw it. We haven't really seen it with Dame. I think that's a fair thing to bring up. Curry, four rings, two MVPs, you know, the Curry thing. Dwayne Wade, three rings, two top five MVPs, two first teams, three second teams. He's more in the Dame waters a little bit, but he had the 2006 finals and he was the second best guy with LeBron on those heat teams. And then Westbrook, who you would say, well, Dame had a better career than Westbrook. Did he? Westbrook made the finals in 2012. He was second best guy on that team. Almost made the finals in 2016. He won an MVP. He had two first teams and five second teams. It's at least like a real argument. And I think when you look at Dame, he only had that one 2019 round three, got bounced. He's only had one top five MVP finish. He's only had one first team MBA and four second team MBAs. Really, really good top 75 career. But the piece that's missing is, have you been on a really good team? Have you made a real run at it? Which is why, you know, I think this Milwaukee trade is so much fun. This is his real chance. I get nervous about a couple things with this trade. One is that, you know, if you look at the 33 and older guards who average 22 points a game in a season. Jordan did it twice. Curry did it twice. Still going. Kobe did it three times. Jerry West twice. Sam Jones once. Hal Greer once. That's the entire list. Now the NBA is different. We have more three -pointers now. It's easier to score. Scoring is the easiest it's ever been. Guys can play at a longer age. So I'm not ruling out Dane being good for the next three years. But just pointing out, history is saying, be a little nervous. In general with guards, like Chris Paul, we saw from age 35 to 36 to 37, like it just dropped. But that's two years older than Dane. Maybe it's fine. I just worry about guards. We have not a lot of instances with guards in their mid -30s of them either peaking as players or being able to sustain whatever success they had during their prime. It always starts to go down with really no exceptions, except for Steph Curry. He's the only non -exception. So if your case is Dane's as good as Steph Curry, or Dane can be as potent as Steph Curry on a winning team, like, you know, Steph Curry is better than Dane, but I'm not going to argue that he couldn't do a lot of the stuff that Curry did in Golden State. The bigger issue for me, the age I'm definitely worried about. Dane has not been healthy the last couple of years, and we have not seen him play nine straight months at playoff basketball with a big bullseye on his back. Everybody coming after you, you're the best team. We haven't seen him do that ever, much less than the last couple of seasons. So can he stay up? Can he stay healthy? That's one thing. The defense with Dane just got kind of swept under the rug the last couple days, and I don't really understand it because there's five categories of defensive player I feel like. There's excellent, there's good, there's average, there's not so good, and then there's bad. And I think Dane's a bad defender. I think the stats back it up. Like, his defensive rating last year was 245 out of the guards. He's the 245th guard for defensive rating. You know, 117 .4 individual defensive rating is 483 overall. Portland's team's always defensively, it was the Achilles heel for them. Partly because of Dane, because he couldn't guard anybody. He's too small. And, you know, think about what we saw from the playoffs the last couple years. I think about the 2020 bubble Celtics playoffs, not infrequently, because I think that team had a chance to potentially win a title. What happened? Everyone hunted Kemba Walker. It was hunting season. It's like, where is he? Got to get a switch. Got to get Kemba Walker guarding somebody who's bigger, or got to beat him off the dribble, and it just became a hunt session with him. And basically, he got played out of the league. He's not in the league anymore. You know, we had this with Isaiah Thomas, too, in the mid -2010s. I think it's been an issue with Kyrie Irving. The Celtics certainly went at him in the playoff series with Brooklyn a couple years ago. Curry, you saw, who I think is a better defender than people give him credit for, but the And he's a much better defender than Dame is. Jordan Poole is somebody that got hunted in playoff series recently. Chris Paul, obviously, is a big one. Jalen Brunson, remember what the Heat did to him? Mitchell, when he was on Utah, this was a huge issue. And then Trae Young, obviously. My fear with Dame is he's a DH, and I think in Portland, part of the reasons he was able to put up the stats he did was because he wasn't playing defense, right? It was just, how many points can I score? My team isn't very good, and I'm just going to do my thing. He's an incredible offensive player. But how much of a trade -off is the defense, right? Well, you think, all right, well, Milwaukee, they're really good defensively. They'll be able to protect him. Here's the team. Giannis, Dame, Lopez, Portis, Middleton, Conaton, Beauchamp, Crowder. Who's guarding Trae Young on this team? Who's guarding Jason Tatum? Here's a partial list of guys that I don't think this team will be able to guard this season. Devin Booker, Tatum, Butler, Trae Young, Kyrie, Curry. Who's going to be chasing Curry around the screens? Dame lowered? Good luck. SGA, Luca, Mitchell, Murray, Edwards, Brunson, Ja, Garland, Fox, Halburn. Are they going to be able to cover Derek White? I don't know. The way this team is constructed, they are not going to have the ability to guard other guards at all, which means they're just going to have to be in a shooting match with them, right? It's going to be not much different than what's going to happen with Phoenix, where they're just literally going to have to outscore the other team. I've just watched too much playoff basketball over the last couple years, where it's like, if you have that weak link on defense, and you're playing a team that's smart enough, they're going to go after that weak link. Like, think about them against the Lakers, right? The Lakers figure their crunch time. Let's say they make the finals. It's Milwaukee and the Lakers, and Lakers crunch time. They're going to have LeBron and Davis and Austin Reeves and, I don't know, a shooter and a point guard, whatever. All they're going to be doing is trying to find where Dame is on the court and going after him. What about when they play Boston? Boston puts out White and Brogdon and Tatum and Brown and a center, and all they're going to be doing is trying to make sure Dame is covering somebody who has the ball who's now torturing him. I think it's a real problem for them. And what's funny is they gave up Drew's defense and, you know, they, what they gave up on defense, which is significant, and they gained an offense, it might end up just being a wash and they might just be a different version of the same team where they still have a huge flaw. It's just on the other end of the court. I'm just shocked that nobody brought up the defense. I agree he's an amazing offensive player and what's cool about this trade and what I'm excited about as a basketball fan is, can he go up a level? Right? A lot of these stats he put up, especially the last couple years. They didn't mean anything. They were, he was on bad teams. Like, who cares? Ultimately, Bradley Beal scored 30 points a game on the Wizards. Who cares? I think most really good offensive players, if they're on a bad team, can get between 25 and 30 a night. Can you do it nine months in a row? Can you do it when you're getting hunted on defense all over the place? How much can Milwaukee protect him? And what does he have in the tank at age 33 with 900 plus games on the O 'Dominor already? I'm still afraid of the Bucks, but people have, like, FanDuel had them as best odds in basketball and I think most people feel like they're the favorite now. I don't feel like there's a favorite. I think you can go through every team. Boston, I could, I'm scared of Porzingis. What's going to happen with Jalen Brown out there? He has contracts. Can Peyton Pritchard, all these different things. Philly, God only knows. Miami, they're unquestionably worse. Yeah, Milwaukee is going to be really good, but depending where Holiday lands and how this all plays out, I just think it's still wide open. And the other piece, so if you're just talking Boston, Miami, Tatum kills Milwaukee. I have no idea why. Boston is kind of built to at least stay with Dame and, you know, Derek White is about as good of a person you're going to have to try to keep Dame in check, at least. And Boston's done a really good job of guarding Giannis over the years. They don't have Grant Williams this year, but I just don't think, I think there's as many ways this goes wrong as it goes right, I guess would be my final thought on this because for what they gave up, especially with that 29 unprotected and the two swaps and, you know, they are all in on this team. And you know my theory, when you go all in on a team, you better think you can win. Not positive, but it's an awesome trade. It really is. It makes the league so much more fun. Dame and Giannis together. I'm going to enjoy watching Portland. I still have my eating stock. Watching Phoenix fans slowly realize that Derkiszna isn't the answer is going to be fun and then we'll see where Drew Holliday goes. So really fun trade. We're going to talk about it a little bit more with Die Hard Bucks fan, Ben Thompson in one second. Let's take a break.
A highlight from The Biggest Bitcoin Selling Event Of 2023! (BEWARE)
"But a few urgent pressing situations that we have to deal with quite urgently. I think the first situation that we have to deal with is, hold on a second, James, it won't let me share screen so you could share the screen. So the first situation that we have to deal with is we have to deal with the looming US government shutdown because now the odds of a government shutdown are 90 % and if we do get a government shutdown, Goldman Sachs actually says that this shutdown could last as long as two to three weeks. I think we actually for now need to start preparing for this US government shutdown. The next thing that we have to start preparing for is a massive seller in the market. So this is not a joke. We do have a seller in the market. This seller owns 10 % of all the Bitcoin in circulation and 1 .8 million Bitcoin and they are going to start selling. In fact, what you can see from this chart over here is that they have already started selling a whole lot of their Bitcoin. So we're going to be talking about the seller when they're going to hit the market and why that's going to impact the Bitcoin price and how much that's going to impact the Bitcoin price. Then what we need to talk about is we need to talk about this little price move that we had yesterday in Bitcoin and what it actually means because we seem to be in a position where every time that we get a pump, we get the pump, but then the pump dies and that's exactly what happened yesterday. So we could understand what actually happened yesterday. What took us to 26 ,800 and brought us back down and is this thing going to continue to bring us down every single time we have a pump. Then I want to go through a knock -by -knock account of how Gary Gensler was taken down in Congress yesterday. Regarding your interactions with FTX and Sandbank and Freed, that's the investigation we started last Congress. Finally, your lack of responsiveness to this committee's legitimate oversight continues to be unacceptable. And I want to finish here. In February, the committee made multiple requests for documents to the Securities Exchange Commission. This is normal congressional oversight. Yet seven months later, the committee has not received a single non -public document that was not part of a FOIA production. As I said, our patience is wearing thin. The SEC is not above the law, nor is it unique. Other financial regulators have routinely complied with congressional oversight. So let me be clear. I do not want to be the first chairman of this committee to issue a subpoena to the Securities Exchange Commission. And you should not want to be the first SEC chair to receive a congressional subpoena. Either we find a path forward where the SEC recognizes Congress as a co -equal branch of government and is responsive to our oversight duties, or my option is to issue a subpoena. All right, so we're going to go for a blow -by -blow account of exactly what happened yesterday. Gary Gensler was absolutely, absolutely, absolutely destroyed in Congress. And then, and then, and then, I've got a massive, massive story for you, but I'm going to keep that story until the very end of the show. So let's go, guys. Big show. All right, we are back and we've got a massive, massive, massive show for you guys today. And I think the best part of the show today is going to be the show, the part where we discuss how Gary Gensler was annihilated yesterday in Congress, because this guy yesterday was absolutely, absolutely, absolutely annihilated. It's actually not, that's actually not Gary Gensler, believe it or not. So this is actually a true story. Gary Gensler has an identical twin brother. His name is Robert Gensler. I thought that this was an absolute joke, but I actually looked it up and it's true. Gary Gensler does have an identical twin brother. His name is Robert Gensler. No, no jokes. Anyway, Gary was the one that was destroyed yesterday in Congress. It wasn't, it wasn't, it wasn't Robert. It was actually Gary. But crazy, crazy, crazy, crazy that we actually see these things. All right, listen, welcome back, guys. Huge show today. I want to just thank you all. I see we're very, very, very, very, very close to 650 ,000 subscribers. We are 9, 10 subscribers away from 650 ,000 subscribers. When we get to 650 ,000 subscribers, our next move is to catch up to George from Crypto's Ice, because he's like our next target. We've got him in our sights. He was 100 ,000 subscribers ahead of us before the beginning, in the beginning of the year. What is your now? 17 ,000? 17 ,000 in the banter fam, the banter fam are definitely going. We're going to go after him now. He's our next target. We're going to try and catch up to him. All right, let's go. We've got a big show today. If you haven't subscribed, subscribe to channel, like this content. If we get to what is the number of likes we had yesterday? 1 ,500. If you get to 1 ,600 likes, I'm going to show you the biggest Bitcoin seller in the market. I'm going to show you why this seller is actually going to be selling. I'm going to, we're going to decide together whether or not we should be panicking about this seller selling. And it's a serious seller. The seller has 18, 1 .8 million Bitcoin, which is 10 % of the circulating supply on Bitcoin and they are going to be selling. So yeah, if we get to 1 ,500 likes and we beat yesterday, then we're going to get into that story. In the interim though, let's look at the bubbles. Let's see what's happening on the bubbles. So I see Rune is up. Let's just see how Rune is doing. Rune up at 187. I'm actually, I actually have got quite a big Rune position. I see Rollbit at 12 cents. You would be 20 % up if you actually took our trade. You got Ape moving. Remember that you got the whole banter newsroom here on the side. So everything that we, all the places where we get our news from are actually available to you right here. And if you want to follow any of our researchers, there's 44 of them. You can just click and you can just follow them directly from the newsroom. We're also improving banter bubbles. I reckon in about a month, it's going to be the fastest bubble app in the whole market. I'm also watching the Dixie and I think the reason why we should be watching the Dixie today is because we had the GDP numbers. The numbers GDP came in at 2 .1%. They expected was 2 .1%. So nothing, no surprises when it comes to GDP. And I think that when we talk about, when we talk about GDP, we need to talk about it in context of the looming government shutdown because we've got this, this looming government shutdown. It's a real thing now, you know, we were first saying that the shutdown wouldn't happen. But now Goldman Sachs is saying, look, if the White House don't resolve their differences by the end of tomorrow, that would make it the end of Friday. And by Sunday, they would have a government shutdown. Now, that would be, I think, the fourth government shutdown in the last decade. And it would be, it would have a whole lot of effects. I think what we need to do today is actually just look at the effects of a government shutdown. And, you know, do we need to prepare for it? Like, do we need to start stocking up on toilet paper, like we did in COVID? Do we need to start stocking up on food, on rice and oil? We need to, we need to make sure that we understand exactly what's happening. But before we get there, I want to talk about yesterday's little Bitcoin pump. So we had the pump yesterday and then we had a little bit of a dump and it keeps happening every single time. We keep losing momentum. Now, I think the pump is probably expected and I do think we're going to start getting a whole lot more pumps. And I'll tell you why I think we're going to start getting a whole lot more pumps because there is more money coming into the Chinese economy. So remember that China's in big trouble now and the way they're going to get themselves out of trouble is they're going to start stimulating the economy and getting more money into the economy. Well, you can see that liquidity in China is starting to go up because of all these things that China is doing. So I am expecting the price of Bitcoin to start moving upwards because of this liquidity.
A highlight from Time Travel to 1994: A Journey into the Music and Movies of that year.
"Well, here we are, episode 119. And on this episode, myself in the wrecking tube, Mark Smith and Lou Colicchio from the Music Relish Show. We'll be talking about the year 1994, in music and movies I think, it's always interesting. So sit back, relax, break out your flannel shirt, your grungy jeans, and enjoy 1994 music. It was an interesting year, so I think you'll enjoy it. More interesting than what Todd Zauchman thinks it is. He thinks it's nothing, so we'll see. The KLFB studio presents Milk Crate and Turntables, a music discussion podcast hosted by Scott McLean. Now, let's talk music, enjoy the show. Thank you, Amanda, for that wonderful introduction, as usual. Welcome back, my friends, to the show that never ends, and welcome to the podcast. You know the name, I'm not gonna say it. We're streaming live right now over Facebook, YouTube, Dlive, Twitch, and X, formerly known as Twitter, and I don't know how many other live platforms. Well, it's gonna be a good show tonight. It's gonna be an interesting show tonight. Yeah, 1994. As I said in the intro, my friend Todd Zauchman just absolutely sent me a text destroying the year 1994. Oh, I just looked up 1994, I don't know what you're gonna talk about, there's a few things and I don't know how you're gonna make a whole show out of it, and good luck with that, because that's how he talks. That's exactly how he talks. I'm just gonna do this, and you know, it's not gonna be a good, blah, blah, blah, blah. That's how he talks. Now, he'll deny that, and you'll never know if that's the way he talks or not. He'll just have to take my word for it. I'm Todd Zauchman, and I don't know about 1994. Well, enough about him. He'll probably be piping in pretty soon, but yeah, 1994, it's a good year. It was a good year for Mark Smith from the Music Rellers Show and Luke Colicchio from the Music Rellers Show. That's for damn sure. It was. What's up, gentlemen? It was a really good year. How you doing? I was just guessing. I figured for 94, listen, we were all younger, so it was better. It was a big year. Hey. So I have to stop right here. Dave Phillips, who's been watching the podcast from pretty much day one, Patty Yossi. Hi, Patty. Good evening. I love you. Dave Phillips, for the last couple of weeks, he's piped in at the end, and he's like, I missed it. Like something's changed. Ah, Tiffany Van Hill. That's my buddy. That's my buddy, Tiffany. She's one of the people that teaches me how to work with horses. Oh. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. So. And she knows what she's talking about. She's modest, but she's very good at what she does. As are all of my friends and teachers, trainers, mentors from The Herd Foundation in Delray Beach, Florida. It's a nonprofit if you're in the mood to donate today. Look them up. Herd Foundation. Give us some money. Nah, I'm not going like that. No. No, we do. We help veterans. We help veterans, and so it's a good cause. But back to Tiffany. Yep. That's my buddy. Good evening. The Herd Foundation teaches us so much. That's right. That's right. Maybe I'll do a Herd Foundation podcast. You should. Since I'm pretty good at it. You're going to have horses on? What's the horse named after the cookie? Huh? Isn't there a horse named after a cookie? What are some of the horses' names? Oh, Fig Newton. Fig Newton. Yeah. Fig Newton. That's my boy. That's my boy. Good looking horse. Yes. Yes, he is. And we have Stitch. Fig Newton is a retired dressage horse, dancing horse, right? Echoes of Echo and the Bunny Men bring on the dancing horses. We have Stitch. He's a retired racehorse. We have Miss America. She's a retired jumper. Then we have two mini horses. We have Cinnamon. She was a cot horse. You know, pulls the kids around. As would be Sammy. Sammy's the one that looks like Kaja Gugu for you people from the 80s. Looks like Lamal. It looks like Lamal from Kaja Gugu. Gotta do. And he was saved from a kill pen. Yeah. But he's a mini, but he thinks he's a Clydesdale. What do they do with horses after that? Is that the proverbial glue factory? All right. You know what? Right away. Penalty box. Oh. He's raining on my parade. I'm in a good mood. Now I'm all bummed out. Thanks. You feel sad for the drummer now. This is going to be a horrible show now. Leave it to the drummer. Right, Mark? Leave it to the drummer. Get out. It's always the drummer's fault. That's right. See, Tiffany says, that does not exist past our gates, Lou. Because nobody wants to talk. Back to the penalty box. Great start to the show. Lou is just in a mood tonight. I think he's been hitting the whistle. What's going to happen? You're going to come back and it's going to be an empty chair. He's very ornery tonight. Right away. He's very ornery. All right. He's filling his oats, as they would say. Yeah. All right. Lou's back. I'm all right. I'm all right. Okay. Enough about horses, although I could now, at this point, talk about horses for two hours. I love it. I love it. But instead, gentlemen, first of all, how's things on the music relish show? You. Take it away, Lou. Sure. It's fine. It was such an awful show. I thought I said the wrong show for a second there. It's been nothing short of amazing. Don't jump over each other to answer that question. It's always fun. Last week was fun. We got knocked down a bit by Warner Brothers because we played a clip of an America song featuring Dan Peake. Yeah. You're going to watch that. Yeah. We talked through the whole thing, but Spotify is much cooler than YouTube. YouTube sucks like that. YouTube, they have a very strong algorithm. They can kiss my rosy red ass over that. That's right. You tell them, Lou. Fuckers. That's right. Get me kicked off YouTube. That's right. Let me see. John Morris, he was our shift commander. When I met him, I was, I think, a two striper, and he was what they called a butterbot. He was a second lieutenant, I believe. He said, tell them stories from the Nipah Hut in the Philippines. That's a big no. That's a whole other podcast, but they would never make it on the air. Just leave it at that. It's like a chain of Nipah Huts? No. It was a bar slash club called the Nipah Hut. Tell one story. No. They had a giant spaceship that would come down from the top. It's kind of like George Clinton in parliament. At the end of the show, this big spaceship came down from the top. Smoke. Like you said, parliament fucking pelican. Then the thing went open, and everyone would walk up and get up on stage, all those drunk GIs. Like, yeah, I'm going in the spaceship, and you go down these stairs, and you're in a fucking basement. I don't think it was a basement. It's like something from a fucking horror movie. How do you get out? And then somebody goes, this way, this way, go, go, go, go. That's the cleanest story I can tell you. It's the cleanest story I can tell you. Sounds like fun. It was a lot of fun. It was a lot of fun. I got a story for you off the air one of these days. So okay, music relish show's going good. Excellent. I just wanted to say, Lou brought up, he made the show. His segment on bad love songs. That will go down in history as some of the best podcasting ever. Bad love songs? Really bad love songs. The worst love songs of all time, like in rock. It's a deep vein. Is that something, is that like content I could probably like borrow with Perry Mind? Because I'd love to hear that list someday. We voted him off the board. We're no longer a false triumvirate democracy. Wait a minute. We toppled the AI monarchy. There's three of us on this one. Are you two going to overthrow me too? Are you like rebels? None of those stories you're told, no. They're wrecking too. Instead I'll start calling you the Sandinistas. The hostile takeovers. You go on podcasts just to take them over? Like Amiens took over the White House. Really, yeah. Yeah, we could do that. I would love to. Maybe next week we'll do, we'll take a break from the years and we'll do like a, kind of a jambalaya, you know, of stuff. Like throw some music news in there. We'll do some trivia. Maybe I'll come up with some questions for you guys. You could give us that deep vein of worst love songs ever. And it's funny, we noticed that several of them made everyone's list of worst love songs. So it's got to be universally bad. Okay. If everyone said that, that fucking song. Then there were a couple where I said I liked the song, but Lou and Perry were like, what? I'm always, you know, on the one side. Yeah, the one. When it falls into like that kind of metal, metal category, you have a soft spot. Air metal. Metal ballads. Oh my God. How I grew up. Yeah, yeah. As young as Ron Mark, you didn't have to deal with those 70s ones. Yeah, that's true. I did. This fucking guy. Blah. See what I mean? He's setting the bar high. Remember, this is how he talks. I don't think there's anything good about 1994. Blah. So he talks like Arnold Schwarzenegger. Yeah, well, an American Arnold Schwarzenegger. He talks like Arnold Schwarzenegger without the accent. We're going to pass the bar on this one. I am here. Let me see if you can entertain me. 1994. Blah. All right. So let's actually get right into 1994. Yeah. So we'll start on January 19th, 1994. Bryan Adams becomes the first major Western music star to perform in Vietnam since the end of the Vietnam War. Oh, shit. Bryan Adams. Bryan Adams, yeah. Wow. On January 21st to February, as it's spelled, the Big Day Out Festival takes place, again, expanding from those previous years. Blah, blah, blah. Auckland, New Zealand. The festival is headlined by Soundgarden, Ramones, and Bjork. Nice. That's an interesting... Probably each night there were headlines. I would love to see Bjork. Me too. I would never want to see the Ramones. They'll never get back together again. Unless they perform in the Pet Sematary. Yeah. Hey, Lou, can you put him in the green room? No, I'd like that one. That's a good one. Come on, there's a little crossover. Put him in the green room. Put him in the green room. Okay, yeah, yeah. Oh, it's going to be a long show. It's going to be a long one tonight. I feel better about myself now. Got a little redemption? The redemption song? Yes. I got a Buffett story for you. Oh, yeah? His one song was The Pirate Looks at 40. He would segue into Bob Marley's redemption song. Oh, jeez. And it didn't quite... Wait a minute. Buddy, that is the quickest way to get to the penalty box. I'm not playing it, though. I know you're not. You're poking the rhino right now. I'm a guitarist. You're poking the rhino right now. You're not a rhino, you're a nice guy. Come on, we went through that last week. And so, as I've been saying each week, I'm just going to say right now, where's Jack? Okay, and we'll move on from that. Hey, Jack. Hey, Jack, please come back. He didn't listen before, so I don't think he's listening now. Let's see. January 25th, Alice in Chains released their Jar of Flies album, which makes its U .S. chart debut at number one on the Billboard 200, becoming the first ever EP to do that. Right? But they still are always talked about as like number three or number four out of the big four. Big four being? Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden. And Alice in Chains. Alice in Chains is never getting that kind of... Whereas... That first album, the record company made them sound like another band. Yeah. And that's not their fault. They were produced that way. Dirt was a great album. Yes, yes. And Layne Staley was one of the greatest frontmen ever. Just as cool as the other side of the pillow, as they say. Yeah. voice Very unique also. Today we were talking about what we were going to talk about in the show. And he goes, when I saw the videos, he goes, I didn't match his face with the way he looked. Right? He said he was expecting like a grungy, more... No, he was slick. He was slick. In the Man in the Box video, he's got the kind of long... But then he changed it up. He slicked the hair back, he wore the shades, you know. Just turned into a... Suzanne McPhail. Another one of my horse people. She's the one that introduced me to that whole thing. And she said, who's Jack? That's right, I guess. At this point. On January 29th, The Supremes' Mary Wilson is injured when her Jeep hits a freeway median and flips over just outside of LA. Wilson's 14 -year -old son is killed in the accident. What a good day. Ah, this fucking... I saw this and I was like... Dead horses was a bummer. I know, I know. I saw this and I'm like, there's no way around this. February 1st, Green Day releases their breakthrough album, Dookie. Ushering in the mid -1990s punk revival. Dookie eventually achieves diamond certification. Now, I did like them back then. I actually did. I was stationed in Southern California in Riverside. And I decided to get like a side job. You know, I was in the Air Force. But I was like, I want to make a little more money. I want to do something. So I got a job at a record store. Cool. Was it Spencer's or something? Forget the name of it. Oh, Spencer's. They sold all the trinkets, too. No, no, it wasn't Spencer's then. It was something like that. It was a chain. Hot topic. They sold DVDs, too. FYE. No, it wasn't that. I'll remember it. I was working there when Dookie came out and the fucking whole wall was covered with Dookie CDs and they were flying off the shelves. It had a pretty fresh sound. It was fresh then. And coming off the 80s were kind of slick in a lot of ways, except for some of the real heavy alternative. But to hear a song like that on the radio, that was like hearing Smells Like Teen Spirit on mainstream rock radio. Good drummer, too. As a band, whether you like him or not, I think he's really good. Billy Joe Armstrong. Oh, Trey Cool. Trey Cool, yeah. February 7th, Blind Melons lead singer is Shannon Poon forced to leave the American Music Awards ceremony because he is loud and disruptive behavior. Poon is later charged with battery assault, resisting arrest, and destroying a police station telephone. Now, this is the dude that sang, you know, And I don't really care if I sleep all day And he's in the daisy field, so you think he's like this really, like, chill dude. And like, you know, me and the B -girl, man, you know. The B -girl, yes. And the tap -dancing B -girl, and like, I'm just this dude's a fucking lunatic. He was taking substances that made him. Oh, yeah. That was a short career. Was it him that did a duet with Guns N' Roses? What was the video, a song from Guns N' Roses with a video where they're up on like a water tower and they jump into the water or something. I forget what it was called. Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe they did it with him.
A highlight from Episode 12 The Drama of Atheist Humanism Fr. Joseph Fessio S.J., Vivian Dudro, and Joseph Pearce FBC Podcast
"Welcome to the Foreign Book Club where David Duda, Joseph Pierce, and I, Father Fassio, continue to discuss Henri de Bloch's classic work, The Drama of Atheist Humanism, where he takes three great figures of the 19th century, whose thought influenced the whole of the 20th century, and is still influences now. We've covered Nietzsche, and then Feuerbach Marx, trying to take it as one moral person there. And now we're about to finish, the least known, I believe, in America anyway, Auguste Comte, who is the father of sociology. We're on page 248, in this chapter, positive transpositions, that is positivism, which was the form of thought and practice that was developed by Auguste Comte, transposed many elements of the Catholic church into its own humanist church. And we'll continue seeing how that happened on this section called Sociocracy, page 248. In the middle of that page, Lubbock says, in the last analysis, Christianity in general had been looking forward to the kingdom of heaven. Positivism in general, in the last analysis, an organization of the kingdom of the earth. That kind of sums it up. And then at the bottom of that page, the last word, if, and to the next page, if the advent of sociology had meant the elevation of politics to the rank of an exact science, the advent of sociocracy was to be the religious consecration of the said politics. It becomes a religion. Joseph, you're leading us in this book. Yeah, well, that's actually a good introduction to the first thing I had highlighted, which is really just three words, but I think very, an ominous few words. This is the middle of page 250, where Comte says that he has given his creed, that the motto order and progress, both words are capitalized. And in one sense, if you're going to look at those words sort of amorphously or ambivalently, everybody believes in order and progress, in the sense that the Catholic church will say an ordered life is a virtuous life, and that's progress towards the kingdom of heaven. No one's going to argue, if we're going to use the words very amorphously, what that means. But when you capitalize them as something subject to this sociology, the order is going to be state imposed order, and the progress is going to be worship of a utopia in the future for which everybody can be sacrificed. And that's what happens when you suck the divine out of notions of order and progress. So the next thing I have is 253, so I don't know if anybody beats me there. Well, the very last line of 252, I just barely squeezed in ahead of you, Joseph. The box says, since nothing could be done unless a, quote, proper nucleus of true sociocrats, those quotes, was formed. But in the field of action, the watcher was politics first. From the very outset, the new system must seek to lay hands on power. And, well, you, you may have done the same thing I'm going to do, so you take it away with 253, Joseph. Well, yeah, I mean, just commenting on that, that's the whole point is that we saw this with Nietzsche and with Marx, that it's no longer about truth, objectively understood, but about subjectively applied power and that in itself. But what I felt further down here is very interesting. This is different from Marx. Marx obviously believed somehow that the working class were going to be the people that would gain power, at least in theory, were very much an elitist. And for him, halfway down page 253, and this is ominous, it's almost like exactly what we're seeing in the capitalist ideologies, bankers. So it's actually the international financiers, the super rich, like the George Soros's. These men possessing great wealth must, provided they keep us to the pitch of their social vocation, also have the leading part in the government, that they are naturally trained for this role, by their habit of seeing things in perspective and by the spirit of calculation, that the middle classes are to disappear, leaving only a patriciate and a proletariat, that for the whole of the West, with its 120 million inhabitants, the patriciate is to number 2000 bankers. So he's actually saying that we're going to hand over the government of the world to 2000 super rich financiers. That's his idea.
A highlight from The Bitcoin Debate with Jeff Booth & George Gammon
"Bitcoin us gives the ability to transact outside of the system. I think there is massive, massive, massive value and Bitcoin is sensational and Bitcoin will, in my opinion, overachieve. Hello there. Happy Wednesday. Hope you are all doing well. Just getting ready. It's a few days. I'm going to be heading out to California. We're going to be heading out to Pacific Bitcoin. Got loads of interviews planned and we can't wait to get to the conference. Corey and the Swan team, they absolutely smashed it last year. It's a great conference. So looking forward to seeing some of you out there, catching up, talking Bitcoin and catching up with some LA friends. Also, I think we've got a real Bedford game out there, so I'll be finding somewhere to hide away and watch that game. Hopefully some of you will come and watch it with me. Anyway, welcome to the What Bitcoin Did podcast, which is brought to you by the absolute legends at Iris Energy, the largest NASDAQ listed Bitcoin miner using 100 % renewable energy. I'm your host, Peter McCormack. And today I have perhaps my favorite show of the year. We've got Jeff Booth and George Gammon on the show to discuss and debate Bitcoin. Now, these two have gone back and forth a bit on Twitter. Actually, it started quite a while back and I kind of threw myself into the conversation and said, hey, guys, let's do this. Let's get on the podcast. Let's talk this through. And they both agreed, but it's taken some time to get together. And listen, while they certainly disagree on some things, they were both very respectful of each other. And I think they both made excellent points. I think, I don't know, it's really difficult. I kind of found myself agreeing with both of them at times. I think it comes down to like, are we entering a new world or is Bitcoin existing in the old world? Because if Bitcoin is existing in the old world, then I think George makes some really great points and I kind of agree with him. But if like Jeff thinks like Bitcoin is creating a new world, well then I find myself agreeing with Jeff. So yeah, it was a great interview. Got about 90 minutes out of this one. I felt like a spare part of time sat there with two heavyweights. But anyway, I love doing this. I love hanging out with you super smart people. I think you're going to love this one. I certainly did. But if you've got any questions or feedback, you know what to do. You can hit me up on hello or what Bitcoin did dot com. All righty. Smashed it, right? What a show. And you know, what a nice ending. What a really nice and pleasant ending. I think they're both really respected each other. They didn't come for the fight. They came to get their points across. But I think they both listened to each other. It was great. I really enjoyed this. I'm also going to get George back on the show. I like George. I think he's asking good questions. I think he's prodding and poking in the right areas. And I think that's an important thing to have happen in this world of Bitcoin. So yes, big, big thanks. I'm very grateful to both Jeff and George for doing this, for coming on and making this happen. It's very hard to sit in the middle of a conversation like this when they both make such good points. I've found myself going back and forth a little, but maybe you do too. So I would love your feedback. Please do get in touch. I think the crux of the debate comes down to, as I said in the intro, Jeff's framework is for a new system in which Bitcoin has emerged and is the dominant form of money, whereas George looks at how Bitcoin fits into the current system. I pushed back on both of them. I think a couple of times they both got things that are slightly wrong. But yeah, I want your feedback. Let me know what you think. It's hello or what Bitcoin did dot com.
A highlight from News Block: Shocking Lawsuit Against SBF Parents, UAW Strike, Anti-Bitcoin Senator Indicted, Housing Crisis Ahead?
"Welcome to the CoinStories news block. I'm Natalie Brunell, and in the span of just 10 minutes, roughly the same time it takes to mine a new Bitcoin block, I'll provide you with concise, insightful updates on Bitcoin and the global financial landscape so you're well informed on the week's top stories. Everything you need to know, in one place, in one block. Let's go. Let's begin this block with shocking new information coming from the FTX bankruptcy. In a court filing last week, managers of the bankrupt FTX estate sued SPF's parents, Joseph Bankman and Barbara Fried, who happen to both be renowned legal and ethics scholars and professors at Stanford Law School. The lawsuit alleges that millions of dollars were fraudulently transferred to SPF's parents from FTX Group, and lawyers want to claw those funds back. The filing describes in detail how SPF's parents were more deeply involved with FTX than many people suspected, with SPF's dad routinely calling it a, quote, family business. The filing says Bankman and Fried exploited their access and influence within the FTX enterprise to enrich themselves. It alleges SPF's dad acted as a de facto manager, hand -selecting recipients of charitable contributions, directing hundreds of millions of dollars in loans, hiring and firing employees, and overseeing key investments for FTX. In one exchange, he was upset about his $200 ,000 a year salary and told his son he needed it to be a million a year, even saying, quote, gee, son, I don't know what to say here. This is the first I heard of the 200k a year salary, putting Barbara on this. SPF's father appears to have been richly rewarded for helping to perpetuate the FTX fraud. He flew in private jets, received millions of dollars in cash and real estate, and even appeared in a Super Bowl commercial. He also used his insider status and wealth to influence his circles, including his employer, Stanford University, and various political groups. Stanford has said it will be returning millions of dollars worth of, quote, gifts it received from FTX. Among the most shocking revelations was that it appears Joseph Bankman understood that FTX was nearing insolvency and transferred funds into assets like primary residences so they would be protected in the event of bankruptcy. This included transferring a $16 .4 million luxury property in the Bahamas to himself and his wife. Now, SPF's mother, Barbara Fried, was also deeply intertwined with the FTX scheme. She was the beneficiary of cash and properties and appears to have been the mastermind behind the illegal political donations. Barbara Fried was described as SPF's primary political advisor and allegedly pressured FTX insiders to, quote, unlawfully avoid federal campaign finance law. She pushed FTX employees to use straw donors, which are people who illegally use another person's money to make a political donation in their own name. And lawyers say more than $100 million was stolen from FTX customers to make political donations, making FTX the second largest donor organization behind George Soros Fund management. Although SPF's parents have not been formally charged with anything yet, this lawsuit provides shocking evidence of their involvement in the crypto criminal enterprise. Let's turn now to Robert Menendez, the senior Democratic senator from New Jersey who has been indicted on bribery charges. According to the indictment, Bob and his wife accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of bribes in cash, gold bars, mortgage payments and a Mercedes Benz convertible. What makes this particular bribery case notable in the crypto community is that Senator Menendez has been a long time outspoken critic of Bitcoin. Specifically, he has voiced concerns about corruption in Bitcoin and its use in illicit activities. In 2017, the senator wrote a letter stating that the, quote, anonymous nature of Bitcoin transactions makes it an ideal choice for criminals. Menendez was also one of the three co -sponsors of the Accountability for Cryptocurrency in El Salvador Act, which sought to, quote, mitigate risks of El Salvador's adoption of Bitcoin. When it comes to Bitcoin critics in Congress, it's really best to focus on what they do, not what they say. Senator Menendez's charges are just the latest development that supports a 2021 report from former acting director of the CIA, Michael Morrell, who found that criminal activity that takes place using Bitcoin is negligible compared to what transpires within the traditional financial system. This news only further speaks to the corruption present in our political system today and how criminals still prefer good old cash over Bitcoin for illicit activities. Now, speaking of Congress, the clock is ticking to pass yet another new funding bill to prevent a government shutdown. Congress has until October 1st to pass new funding legislation, but Republicans and Democrats are not even close to making a deal. So how could all of this impact the economy? Well, under a government shutdown, hundreds of thousands of federal employees would be sent home without pay. Also, government services like the court system, national parks and economic data reporting institutions would be suspended. According to The Wall Street Journal, government spending makes up about a quarter of U .S. GDP, so a sudden slowdown in spending can impact the economy significantly. But get this, in the event of a government shutdown, those workers won't be paid. But the Pentagon has announced that Ukraine operations would be exempt from any potential shutdown and will go forth fully funded. And that is making a lot of people very upset out there.
A highlight from Dennis & Julie: Exciting versus Enduring
"Hey everybody, Dennis Prager with Julie Hartman, Dennis and Julie. One of my favorite hour and 12 minutes of the week. Me too. Isn't that amazing? Yes. And what's also amazing is that we actually do probably three or four Dennis and Julie's a week that are not recorded because we talk on the phone so often. And sometimes, I don't know if you think this, sometimes when we're done speaking, I'm like, wish that were recorded. Really? Yes. That's an interesting point. But you know what's also great? We are very personal on this show. There's really, I can't think of many things that we talk about privately that we wouldn't talk about publicly. I think people understand that. That's why that guy called me and I've talked about this a lot, said, I have a great word for you Dennis, transparent, because I decided early on in my career that as unnatural as it seems, because people obviously hide parts of their lives from others, I thought I'm going to hide as little as possible. That's why people say to me more often than any other things when strangers meet me, you know, I feel like I really know you and I'm sorry and I say, you do. I can attest to that as someone who knows you off the air as well as on the air, listeners really do know you. It's also just easier being transparent because I can imagine that it's difficult to have to think, oh, did I say that? Should I say this? That's right. It's just kind of your default. It's like it's easier to be faithful than have an affair. Aside from all the moral issues and the hurt of my spouse, all of that stuff, putting aside that they're all real. A major reason not to have an affair is because of the amount of hiding you have to do and lying. It is not possible to have an affair and not become a serial liar. Well, one lie begets another lie, which begets another. It has to. I mean, if you say I was at the doctor's and they say, how was it? And then you go, yeah, let's say your wife runs into the doctor. You know, like it just it's this tangled web of of deceit that's I can imagine difficult to keep up. You know, in that regard, it's amazing how our conversations just developed. So I'm going to say something that will strike people at the outset as odd at best and maybe even bad at worst. So when I meet somebody who's having an affair, because people open up to me, in most instances, my first reaction, I may know more and change my reaction, is I feel bad for them. I obviously feel bad for the spouse, that's a given. But my sense is, and by the way, I believed this when I was your age, well before I was ever married. I sensed that most people who have an affair, it is not because they're bad. And oh my God, I can't believe I'm saying this to you. One of my favorite Bible commentaries is by Richard Elliot Friedman. He is a brilliant scholar, University of California, San Diego now. I think he's at the University of Georgia, a major biblical scholar. And if I say that, you can believe me because I know my Bible. And he's written a commentary on the Torah, which I love. I love it. And obviously I'm writing my own. So I refer to his. Under adultery, in other words, the commandment, thou shalt commit adultery. He wrote, I wish I had the entire, I could find it, but we don't have breaks during Dennis and Julie, but I would like to read it exactly. But he wrote, and I just read this to my synagogue this past Sabbath, I read his line about this. That good people commit adultery, and he italicized good. And I thought that this guy's human. And I've been faithful, so I have no self -interest in this. But to assume that everybody who commits adultery is evil is beyond simplistic. You commit murder, okay, if that's not evil, you could say, well, you could say a good person could commit evil, could commit murder. It's a bit of a stretch. It could happen, but generally speaking, that's not true. But anyway, good people who commit adultery, and by good, I mean the non -serial adulterers people who just go from affair to affair, I have no defense of as a human being. You mean like a one -time thing? Yes, or fell in love. If somebody falls in love with somebody else while married, it usually means there's a lot problematic in the marriage. People in love with their spouse don't fall in love with another spouse. Okay, this is such a good topic, and I want to pause and say what we always say. We had no idea that we were going to discuss this. I love that about this show. It just blossoms. Because it's real. It's real, and it's incredibly spontaneous. Okay, a lot of questions. This is where I'm going to evoke the, what do you call your radio show, the Human Laboratory? This is where this is particularly useful. So most people who tell you about their infidelity, I'm assuming most of them are male? Or is it even? Yes, that's correct. What would you say the percentage is? Of those who tell me? Yes. It's high. It's 75%. Male? Yeah. Okay. And usually, do they tell you that they're unhappy in their marriage? Yeah. And what is the most cited reason for the unhappiness? They don't feel loved by their spouse. Loved in what way? You're tough. I'm not trying to be tough. She is tough. All right. Maybe, okay. You don't want to go there. No, no. There's nowhere I don't want to go. Anyway, even if I don't want to go, I go there. That's true. So, okay. For the record, generally speaking, a man who feels sexually fulfilled with his wife is going to stay faithful. This is so foreign to women that they just have to take my word for it. That's not how women think. Women do not have affairs because they're not sexually fulfilled by their husband. Some might, I fully acknowledge, but they don't feel emotionally fulfilled. That's much more a woman's reason, and I have just as much sympathy for her as for him. It's not, all I'm saying is, and I don't even remember how we got on this, but it's amazing that we did. How did we? Yeah. It's funny. I usually remember the genesis of a subject, but all I'm saying is when I meet people, my first reaction is not, wow, that's evil. If I met a murderer, yeah, or not even a murderer. Frankly, doctors who give hormone blockers to 10 -year -olds are doing evil. I have much more contempt for them than for somebody who had an affair. Okay, so let me ask you this. Let's say you got a call from a guy who was five years into his marriage. He has three or two young children, and he calls you and he goes, Dennis, I am not happy in my marriage. It's not awful, but I'm not happy, and I have my eyes on another woman. What do I do? Do I stay in my marriage that's unhappy, or do I leave because I'm unhappy? I'd say do everything possible to make yourself happy in your marriage, which by the way involves obviously working it through with your wife, but it also involves working it through with yourself. So, I'm a guy's guy. I'm male as as they come. So, men really relate to me. Happily, a lot of women do too, but it's not the same thing. Male -male is not the same as female -male. Okay, so I understand men really well, and I explain men to women. So, both sexes have to adopt the Prager notion of not having too many expectations. I think it's fair to say, nobody says this, because sex is ironic. We have a sexually drenched society, and yet people never talk honestly about it. That is very well said. It's mind -boggling. It's mind -boggling. You're so right, and people get upset when you talk about it. That's right, because I'm honest. So here is something I would say to men, guys, just know you are not going to have the sexual life you fantasized in the vast majority of cases. It's just the way it works. You mean when you get married? Yeah, when you get married. I'm sorry, that's right. I wasn't clear. Yes, when you get married. And therefore, you enjoy what you have. Now, obviously, I'm not going to give it a time factor limit. It's different when you're 25 than when you're 55 or 75. All of that is real. But I remember when I was in high school thinking, wow, to be married, you have this woman anytime you want. Oh, gosh. Such a male thought. Exactly. This was worth the entire broadcast. My comment and your reaction? I think I represent all women. Yes, exactly. Watching and listening. And I represent all men. That's the point. So that was my fantasy in high school. Oh, my God, it must be the greatest possible situation being married. She's there whenever you want her. So men… I just looked at the camera. So men have to understand it's not going to be that way. Are there exceptions? I'm talking in general, of course, there are exceptions to every rule in life. So I really ought to, if I had the time, I would write an advice book to men. Oh, you really should. Who is it? George Gilder wrote that man book? That man book? Sexual Suicide and the Naked Nomad. He deeply influenced me. So, men need to understand… By the way, we all need to understand… I don't know what women's fantasies are about marriage. Her fantasies are not likely to be fully realized either. So it's best probably not to have fantasy… I don't care if you have fantasies, it's fine to have a fantasy life, but in the sense of directing you in your emotional reaction is not a good idea. And in your reality, it can't direct your reality too much. That's right. So I have told men, I'll tell you where I feel for men. And that is, if they're married to a woman, I'm just talking the sexual arena now. If they're married to a woman who doesn't take care of herself physically, that's given the power of looks in the human species, it's the female that attracts the male. I know there are gorgeous men who attract women, but most men are not gorgeous. What attracts women to men is not that they're gorgeous. they're Certainly when reached by age of 30, a high school girl is going to go, Oh God, is he gorgeous? Oh God, you know, that's fine, it's part of life. But one of the biggest ways you show you love your husband is by taking care of yourself physically, trying to look good. And the proof is you tried to look good when you dated. Why did you stop trying once you got married? That's not fair to him. You're right, and it's not fair when men have B .O. and also don't take care of themselves, which I know you recognize. No, of course, but that's not the same thing. The B .O. holds for both, but looking gorgeous or as gorgeous as you can, I mean, looking cute. In peacocks, the male attracts the female. In humans, the female attracts the male. It's just the way it works. And if she succeeds in doing it, he gets aroused and they make the next generation. That is how human sexuality works. I really love what you said a few minutes ago about we live in this over sexualized society that also gets so upset when people like you and me talk about sexual matters, not to overhype our importance, but people who are brave enough to talk about sex within with a Judeo -Christian good values worldview are so valuable. I don't understand. Yeah, but a lot of them do, but they're not real. A lot of the religious people who talk about sexual matters are not rooted in the real world. So what is an example? Masturbation. Wow, welcome to Dennis and Julie. But the proof is nobody feels that they can talk about it. Yes, that's true. I mean, I debated a guy, very religious guy, seen by hundreds of thousands of people on the internet. He said, masturbation is evil. And he's speaking from a religious point of view. Evil? I said, I looked at him and I said, evil? I mean, if he says it's a sin, fine. Every religion has a whole list of sins. But evil? And I challenged him. I said, are you serious? It's evil? I mean, child molestation is evil. Genocide is evil. I know. Masturbation is the charge. Of course it does. So religious, you're right about the Judeo -Christian values perspective. Unfortunately, a lot of religious people have made religion look silly and people have therefore rejected it. You know, you're right. I think a lot of people point to something like that and go, that's just, that's too far for me. It's too far, exactly. It's difficult, the job of being religious, because you obviously want to promote good values, but you also want to be real and recognize that there are certain thoughts and proclivities and actions that a lot of human beings partake in. And so it's about mitigating the, I was going to say mitigating the harm of those, but allowing them to happen as long as they don't go too far or as long as they're not harmful. Yeah, that's right. So people should read a book by an Orthodox rabbi, Shmueli Boteach, who's a well -known rabbi, B -O -T -E -A -C -H, in English, Boteach, but it's pronounced Boteach, and it's called Kosher Sex. It's a great book. That's a good title. Great title. And whole his thesis is, you keep sex within a marriage, but within a marriage, do whatever the hell you want, providing the other person agrees, obviously. And, you know, as raunchy as it may sound to the outsider, if you two agree to it, the only restriction is that it's not with another. You know, God, of course, I forgot my train of thought. I just I really marvel at how real this is. And sometimes when you make these comments, I think, God, he is gutsy. He really goes there. You know, I am gutsy. I want to tell you, this is very revealing about me. People will take it for what it's worth. I decided very early in my life, if I want to do good in this world, that's all I've ever wanted to do. I will not shy away from putting myself out there and knowing I'm going to get slapped. And that's the reason I do it. It's not fun to talk about masturbation, but I know how many people are traumatized by the message you're doing evil. And it makes religion and God look bad, and I don't like that. Mm hmm. And here's the thing, also, it's uncomfortable to acknowledge, but it's the truth. People do the like I mean, this is the whole point of the conversation. People do these things. What are we going to pretend like they don't exist? We have to deal with them. And I think it's cowardly to run away. Look, I have told you, Dennis, that I grew up in a house that didn't talk about these matters. And I'm grateful, actually, because I think there are certain boundaries that ought to be respected. And I there's a time and a place to discuss things like this, but we do have that forum to do it. And I don't understand I don't understand when people deny reality. We are seeing the harm in the United States today of denying reality, including in the sexual arena. I mean, that's this whole hookup culture thing by by contorting reality to make women believe that they want sex as much as men is harming women. Plain and simple it is. Is it uncomfortable to acknowledge the reality of males extreme sexual proclivities? Yes, but we have to because we're seeing the consequences when we don't. So I applaud you. And I do think sometimes I'm like, wow, he he's really going there. He's gutsy. But but people need a good role model for these matters. Well, you don't make a good world if you're not gutsy. True. You can't build a good world on cowardice. And it's so hypocritical because people people have sex. People do these things. And I don't I don't I dislike the people that that are on some kind of moral high ground when they talk about this stuff. It's like, please, you do it to your human being. Don't act like you don't partake in these things that you decry. Right. And some of them probably don't. But my question is, are they better human beings in general? You know, I talked I said to you what Richard Elliott Friedman said, that a lot of people who commit adultery are good people. It's because it's it's weakness more than anything or or something else. I'm not talking about serial adulterers.
A highlight from ByBit Vacates United Kingdom as "Crypto Hub" Dreams Falter
"Welcome back to The Breakdown with me, NLW. It's a daily podcast on macro, Bitcoin and the big picture power shifts remaking our world. What's going on, guys? It is Monday, September 25th, and today we are updating ourselves on the geopolitical landscape of crypto. 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. Hope you had a great weekend. There are lots of interesting things to catch up on. And today, a slight theme in some of these stories is where different countries are positioning themselves vis -a -vis crypto. Now, the UK has had an interesting relationship with the industry. They were for a time very harsh. The Financial Conduct Authority in the UK has never seemingly been that into the whole space. But then when Rishi Sunak became chancellor of the exchequer, he declared that the UK would be open for crypto business. He wanted to make the UK the most crypto friendly jurisdiction in the world. Well, of course, over the next few months, through a variety of weird ups and downs, Rishi eventually ended up the prime minister. And of course, it might be reasonable then to ask, is the UK getting friendlier for crypto companies? Well, on that front, Bybit have announced that they will suspend service to UK customers next week in response to regulatory changes. The UK's Financial Conduct Authority, or FCA, will begin enforcement of new marketing regulations starting on October 8. The regulations require crypto firms to ensure advertising is clear, fair, and not misleading, as well as presented alongside a risk warning. Advertisements are required to be certified by firms, but this process requires crypto firms to be registered in the UK. So far, UK licenses have been difficult to obtain for non -domestic exchanges. The rules also require a number of technical changes to exchange business operations around new customers. For example, exchanges need to implement a 24 -hour cooling -off period before a new customer is allowed to make transactions. They are also required to put in place client appropriateness testing and client categorization features. These measures could involve limiting the size, for example, of crypto investments based on the customer's net worth. Now, penalties for non -compliance in these new rules are harsh, with unlimited fines and even criminal charges available as punishments. As you might imagine, the crypto industry has been highly critical of these elements, especially those that require technical changes to platforms. In response to those critiques, the FCA said that they would provide a transition period for firms that request it, potentially giving exchanges until January to come into compliance. Last week, however, the regulators said that they are alarmed at the lack of engagement with foreign firms. Only 24 firms have responded to a survey sent to over 150 companies. In response, the FCA wrote, "...this lack of engagement gives us serious concerns about unregistered firms' readiness to comply with the new regime." Now, in their announcement that UK services would be suspended, Bybit claimed their "...primary objective is to operate our business in compliance with all relevant rules and regulations in the UK." Bybit said that they were making "...a choice to embrace the regulation proactively and pause our services in this market." They said that the "...suspension will allow the company to focus its efforts and resources on being able to best meet the regulations outlined by the UK authorities in the future." Practically, this means that from Sunday, Bybit will no longer be accepting new accounts from UK users. Existing users would be barred from making new deposits or increasing existing positions from October 8th. They will have until January to manage and wind down their existing positions. Bybit, as you might imagine, is not currently registered in the UK and is based in Dubai. Importantly, Bybit is not the only firm suspending service to UK customers in light of the new regulations. Last month, PayPal announced that it would temporarily pause crypto services in the country until next year. On top of that, crypto exchange LUNO said that it would be restricting some customer accounts from being able to invest on the platform until further notice. Bybit CEO Ben Zhao had flagged the firm's exit earlier in September warning of how overly broad the regulations are. He said, "...FCA has explicitly contacted all the major players — us, OKEx, Binance, everyone — and asked what our plan is to deal with this new law. And the new law is that if you use English as a language, they will see you as trying to solicit their users, so you cannot claim that you are in reverse solicitation. Everyone is in trouble. So everyone is thinking of plans of how to deal with this new law." George Morris, a partner at Simmons & Simmons, explained that the marketing regulations had been enforced for securities firms for decades but were now being expanded to cover the crypto industry. He said, "...the rules are extremely complicated and they're quite wide -ranging. It's not just UK firms that are subject to these rules. Anyone with a website that can be accessed in the UK is subject to these requirements." So there are a lot of different elements of this. One challenge is, yes, these advertising standards. But the bigger issue is this whole need to evaluate client suitability and potentially restrict investments. Practically, that either means a ton of financial disclosures from customers that they would have to manage and verify, or there's simply some self -attestation checkbox, which might not be that effective. Basically, with a set of marketing regulations, the FCA have figured out how to limit small retail's ability to buy crypto in the country. Now, one thing that is notable is that we haven't heard anything from the really big international exchanges yet in terms of how they're dealing with this. But in any case, it seems like a big detriment for UK crypto. As Leon TK put it, so much for the UK being a crypto hub, failing already. Now, speaking of places where there is more optimism, last week was, of course, the token 2049 conference in Singapore. And that led to a lot of different discussion around how different the Asian environment for crypto felt as compared to the US and European environments. Indeed, while Western jurisdictions seem to be bogged down with regulations that are unclear at best or hostile at worst, the vibes in Asia are reportedly immaculate. Major conferences around Asia during September saw an uptick in attendance, and regulatory regimes across South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan appear to be giving the crypto industry a clear set of workable rules to allow firms to re -establish themselves coming out of crypto winter. The block's Frank Shapiro spoke with some conference attendees and reported on an optimism emerging in the East. One conference attendee said that South Korean retail is flocking back to crypto. They argued that young investors in particular view real estate and equities as massively overvalued and out of reach, so are instead opting to buy cryptocurrency. They said they don't buy houses, but they can buy tokens every week. There is a huge market. Another attendee spoke about the difficulty of accessing the Korean market due to South Korea's notoriously tough corporate climate for international firms. They said the liquidity is insane, but it is siloed and protectionist. You have to speak Korean. On that front, crypto custodian BitGo recently partnered with domestic juggernaut Hana Bank due to the difficulty in accessing the market without a local connection. What's more, one anonymous trading firm said they had been waiting five years to operate as a liquidity provider on domestic exchanges in South Korea. They said when they open up, we can be first in line. It's a great retail market. To get a sense of scale, the largest Korean exchange, Upbit, regularly outperforms Coinbase in terms of spot trading volumes. Then there is of course Hong Kong. Their new regulatory regime is off to a tough start in some ways with fraud investigations into crypto exchange JPX becoming public earlier this month. The most recent update is that there have been 11 suspects brought in for questioning and losses have been estimated at 178 million across 2 ,265 victims. Local police have said that the ringleaders of the operation are still at large and have enlisted the help of Interpol. Some are referring to JPX as the largest financial fraud to ever hit the city. Yet despite the major investigation, there are currently no signs that Hong Kong regulators are seeking to reverse course on unexpectedly open crypto regulations. Indeed, on Monday, the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission said that it would be releasing the full list of current applicants to ensure that users are able to identify false claims from exchanges. The theme appears to be the same across multiple Asian jurisdictions. Basically, that individual incidents of fraud and malpractice haven't tarnished enthusiasm for the industry as a whole. Another conference attendee told Chiparo, This Asia trip blew my mind. The excitement in Korea and Singapore is the polar opposite of what's going on in the U .S. Alex Vannevik of Nansen wrote, Vannek portfolio manager Pranav Kannadi added some color around how local investors are thinking about the space as well. On September 14, Pranav tweeted, Conversations were mostly positive and a key question was, We're in a crypto winter right now, but when should we expect the next bull run? Not a single convo mentioned the merits of the tech or whether the space survives, feeling optimistic. Now, hopping from Asia over to Europe again for a moment. According to a report from Fortune, Coinbase considered acquiring FTX's European business in the wake of FTX's November bankruptcy. Apparently talks never progressed to a late stage, but the preliminary interest highlights how important international expansion is to Coinbase, particularly regarding its derivatives products. Before the bankruptcy, FTX Europe was the only European firm registered to provide perpetual futures trading. And while derivatives trading remains heavily restricted in the U .S., both Coinbase and Gemini have launched offshore trading venues this year to provide derivatives markets to international customers with a keen eye on Asian regions. For Coinbase, the pivot to derivatives could provide a much needed boost to flagging spot volumes. According to Kiko Research, derivatives volumes in Quarter 2 of this year were six times large than spot. Now, the entity that became FTX Europe was originally acquired in late 2021 for 376 million. The firm was already licensed in Cyprus at the time, which allowed it to access European markets. Since the bankruptcy, the entity, along with its valuable license, have attracted interest from Crypto .com and Trek Labs as well. According to documents viewed by Fortune, Coinbase expressed interest immediately after the FTX bankruptcy and again as recently as last month. That said, FTX Europe has also been in the crosshairs of the U .S.-based FTX bankruptcy team for clawbacks. The estate launched a lawsuit against FTX Europe executives claiming that the original acquisition was a horrendous business decision, arguing that FTX effectively paid 376 million for a $2 million operating license, and on top of this, the sale of FTX Europe seems like a difficult task with active litigation surrounding the firm. In July, the U .S.-based FTX estate said, The FTX debtors' professional advisors have concluded that there is no realistic possibility of a sale. However, last Thursday, they said, The FTX debtors are committed to maximizing the value of FTX's assets to drive customer recoveries. As such, the FTX debtors are continuing to evaluate whether there are viable options for the sale of some or all of the assets of the FTX Europe business. Now one small aside on Coinbase. Arkham Intelligence claimed to have mapped Coinbase's bitcoin wallets and according to Arkham, Coinbase holds almost 1 million bitcoin worth around $25 billion at current market prices. This would amount to almost 5 % of the bitcoin in circulation, similar to the amount held in wallets believed to be owned by Satoshi Nakamoto. Arkham's report showed that Coinbase's largest cold wallet holds around 10 ,000 bitcoin, and the firm believes that Coinbase has additional bitcoin holdings which are not yet labeled and could not be identified. According to data published by CoinGecko, Coinbase only owns around $200 million worth of this gigantic bitcoin stash, with the rest attributable to client custody. However, staying on the Europe question and how valuable this Cyprus license actually is, with Europe's MICA regulations coming into force from June of next year, some firms are beginning to warn that a clear lack of guidance could lead to disruption. The MICA rules were intended to provide a comprehensive framework, but there are still numerous grey areas. One of the major problems surrounds stablecoins. There is currently no guidance on how MICA stablecoin regulations will apply to foreign and decentralized issuers. The default scenario seems to be a ban in Europe unless these issuers can obtain the appropriate licensing, with no arrangement to recognize approvals in other jurisdictions. The European Banking Authority has warned that there will be no grace period for coins already on the market. The EBA and its sister agency, the European Securities and Markets Authority, ESMA, are currently taking public consultation on how the MICA regulations should be implemented. Relatedly last week, the head of legal at Binance France said during a public hearing hosted by the EBA, we are heading towards a delisting of all stablecoins in Europe on June 30th. This could have a significant impact on the market in Europe compared to the rest of the world. Now, Binance CEO CZ quickly walked back the comments claiming, it was a question taken out of context. In fact, we have a couple of partners launching Euro and other stablecoins in fully compliant manners of course. A blog post from Binance explained further, stating that they would be required to delist stablecoins that fail to gain registration in Europe and that no licenses have been granted to stablecoin issuers currently. Binance wrote, While we are confident that there will be constructive solutions in place before the mid -2024 deadline, if left as is, this could have an impact on the European crypto market and the competitiveness of European crypto exchanges in the global market. Now the requirement that stablecoin issuers are EU -based could cause further problems for decentralized organizations. Thomas Vogel, a partner at law firm Latham & Watkins said, So, this is sort of the challenge with MICA. As comprehensive as the regulations are written, how they get implemented is still fairly up in the air. There was commentary around the time that MICA was being voted upon that it could either be a big step in giving the crypto industry a clear set of rules to function, or work as a de facto crypto ban depending on how it was implemented and whether enough licenses were granted. Now, with a little over nine months until MICA comes into force, there is still time to ensure that rules are workable for existing firms, but it appears that there is a lot of work left to do in that regard. Anyways, it's definitely a story to keep an eye on, as something that was seen as largely positive could become quite bad quite quickly. However, friends, that is where we're going to wrap for today. Lots going on in this fascinating world of crypto. Wherever you are enjoying it from, I appreciate you listening. And until next time, be safe and take care of each other.
Jennifer Robbins Bell Describes Her Best and Worst Marathon Experiences
"Tell me the best race that you've done so far. What's been your favorite? What city, state, whatever? That's a tough question. I loved the St. George Marathon out in Utah. It's just so, the scenery is just so different from where I live in Massachusetts, the Red Canyon. It's just so, I love that area. Like, all the canyons. I think it's beautiful out there. I haven't done that one. But I have done Crater Lake in Oregon. And it was like that for me. It was just breathtaking. Yeah, that's my favorite. It's very cool to go somewhere that's just so different. Absolutely. What was your least favorite so far? Was there one that you're like, oh, I'll never run here again. I don't know if I should name it. You can just describe it. You don't have to put a city name on it. How about that? What was bad about it? So I was almost done with running my 50 states. And it was one of my last few states that I had to do. So I signed up, traveled, flew out there, stayed in a hotel. And we got up in the morning, started running. And then a storm rolled in. And I got to mile four, and they canceled the race. That's the worst. It was awful. Yeah, they don't understand that all the money, all the money, the flight, and the hotel, and probably a car rental, time off work. Oh, that's the worst. I was just like, it's not that bad. Just let me go. Yeah, it should be optional, honestly. I mean, let me sign a waiver quick during this downpour that if I get stuck by lightning, it's OK. It's my own fault. Yeah. Oh, man, that's the worst. But then there wasn't really very many options in that state. So I actually had to go back and run it anyways a couple of years. The next year, I had to go back and run it. Man, oh, I feel your pain. I haven't had one canceled while I was there. I was supposed to do Jekyll Island, Georgia last January. And they were worried about the hurricane things. So they let us know a few days ahead of time. And so we were able to cancel the flights and all that. So I got the vouchers and stuff. So at least I hadn't actually wasted my money and had to do that part again. But it was still disappointing because you're really all jazzed up to go in three days. And I mean, looking at the weather, I know they don't know for sure. Yeah. In that day, it barely rained. It was fine. We would have been fine. Yeah, I've had two cancellations. One was when I was at mile four. And the other one is I had just landed in Philly. And they canceled the race. And I was like, ugh, I'm not going to go all the way to the, I was out of my layover. So I just went up to the airline. I said, I'm getting back on it. I'm going back home. Oh, wow. So they were very, the airline was really, they understood. They were very nice. They just got me on another flight. And I just turned around, came right back home. Because they said, what I'm going to do, sit in a hotel? Yeah. So yeah, that happens to us. And we got to kind of take the good with the bad. It's almost more disappointing than an injury when they do that.
A highlight from Interest Rate Hikes FINISHED?! (Crypto War NOT Over)
"Welcome to Discover Crypto! It is September 20th. It's 11 .30am. How are we all doing? We got Drew and AJ on the ones and twos today, folks. We're going to talk about the Fed. We're going to talk about what are they going to be saying with the interest rate hikes. And also we're going to be talking about Bitcoin and other cryptos. AJ, how are you doing today? I'm doing great, man. Another day in the life. Let's get it. Drew, how are you doing? Oh, just great. You know, can't complain. Well, you can. You can. You complain when you get home. You'd like, you know, just really vent to your two -year -old. Yeah, that's where I do it. Deezy, did you see the tweet that went out yesterday about the show I'm doing with from George from Cryptos R Us? What? Yeah, yeah. Yeah, he's with Blockchain Boy and Neutron. Joshua Jay. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Yeah. So we're all like, it's for crew, like, plus, you know, and basically we're all doing something different. I believe, like, Josh is doing like a news kind of show and Blockchain Boys. I'm not really sure what Blockchain Boys doing, but I know the videos are going to start coming out here pretty soon. We're still like brainstorming my concept, but I have a really good, like, rough idea of what I'm doing. But it's going to be really interesting to see how, like, where this goes. And I'm just fun to excited to do something different, you know? And I'm excited. We got Frankie Candles doing the charts today. I see Frankie getting ready in his neon square. He's in his, like, little neon area. I don't know if, oh, he can hear me. He's showing some recognition and anticipation of what Deezy is going to say next. Yeah, we saw the Donald Trump Jr. tweets. It looks like he got hacked. Also, Rob, you're popping it. Hey, we're going to see you back. Can't wait till you come back. All right, let's just get right into crypto. Marc Kepson's Drew is done. Am I too tall? Am I too tall? Too tall for the camera? Look, I got to stand. I got to do these shows a lot, you know? I take the shoes off. So I shrink, you know? They come in. I'm like 6 '11", and I take the shoes off. Then I drop back down to 6 '3". I got the Tom Cruise lifts. All right, Bitcoin is falling a little bit, folks. We were in the green this morning when I first woke up. Now we are down 0 .6%, and Ethereum is down 1 .3%. But XRP looks pretty good. XRP is up. It is up 0 .8 % on the day so far. Meanwhile, Cardano, I woke up this morning. It was up, but now it's down. It is down 0 .7%. Dogecoin down 1 .3%. TonCoin finally cooling off a little bit for the week here. It is down 1 .2%. Litecoin has taken a little bit of a beating, folks. Litecoin is down 5%. We talked about Litecoin a little bit yesterday on ATB. I highly recommend you check that out after this stream. All right, let's look at the top gainers. Then we're going to look at the top losers. You know, I have a streak of keeping my coins in the losers, but not today, folks. I'm feeling good. In fact, maybe I'll have a coin in the top 10. Who knows? All right, here we have Caspa leading the way. Caspa is just on fire, folks. The people who bought Caspa at $0 .01, $0 .02, looking good. Just put in a higher high too. You got past that last one, yep. All right, we are now above a nickel, and it looks like maybe price discovery mode for a Caspa. XDC is up 4 .3%. Maker is up. Radix is up. Aave is up. I have a coin in the ties. A little Solana. I think maybe I have some Arbitrum. Maybe. I'm not even sure I have to check. Then we have, you know, XRP is up 0 .8%. We got gold. Gold's moving to the upside. The graph moving to the upside, even though Bitcoin and ETH are down. Okay, so it's not all blood in the streets, but hopefully, it's not going to be blood in Deasy's wallet, guys. And again, I promise you, I do not check this ahead of time. I kind of like being surprised. I like discovering it with you. So let's discover cryptos, Deasy's coins in here. I'm looking good today. All right, I don't know how long the streak has been continuing. I don't know when's the last. I think I last held Litecoin in 2021. Never had Thor, Phrax, eCash, or I know Frankie likes to trade Adam. I like to trade Eve. So maybe we'll talk to him about the Adam is falling 4 % here. Litecoin down 5%. Thor chained down 5%. Any of these coins, you know, peak it. Well, if you go at it, I do have two in the top 10. I got two in the top 10. Just, you know, just to make it feel good. But any of these screaming at you here? Yeah, Thor, Litecoin, Phrax. Not surprised really to see. I mean, everything kind of came up yesterday. I'm still kind of sticking to the theory that the pump we're seeing could possibly be a bull trap. I think, you know, when we get into the FOMC news, the pauses that is likely coming is going to be bullish for the sentiment. I'm just still like kind of macro worried based off of the stock market sharks. Actually, the Algorand, you know, down 2 .8%. That one's kind of obviously yelling at me a little bit. I have a theory coming up, but I'm not going to say it right now. But I'm making a video about it, about Algorand. So stay tuned for that. OK, so you're going to create more? I'm going to create more. I create more crypto content every day and some of it's about Algorand. But I like how it's a period. Create more. No exclamation point. Just create. It's more like create more. Oh, OK. Great. More. Great. Great. Yeah. All right. Well, we're going to create some stories here about the feds. What are they doing? I don't know if we've ever had an article from this news organization. ABC. Shout out to Mickey Mouse and the Disney crew here. Fed to decide on a rate hike. Testing optimism about a soft landing as inflation rises again. Upon announcing the Fed Reserve's latest rate hike decision in July, Jerome Powell spoke out a lectern in Washington, DC for a half hour before he dropped a bombshell. The Central Bank staff has abandoned its forecast of a recession. Staff at the Fed, in other words, now expect the Central Bank to achieve a soft landing, an outcome in which the US brings down inflation while avoiding a downturn. Inflation has ticked up for two consecutive months, reversing some of the progress made in the effort to bring price increases down to normal levels. Meanwhile, oil prices have soared, threatening to push inflation even higher. Well, they got like moving ads. Whoa, whoa, what's going on here? Calm down, ABC. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg expect the Fed to leave its benchmark interest rate unchanged, affording policymakers time to weigh their next move as a rapid series of previous rate hikes take full effect. I was looking at Caleb Franzen's tweets. We're at 99 % on the prediction market unchanged today, right? Have you been looking at the, when is the next one? Is it November? I can pull the calendar. I'm pretty sure it's the end of October. I think it's like maybe on Halloween. Let me double check. Oh, on Halloween is going to be spooky. Okay, Drew, are you going to give out candy this Halloween? Absolutely. You know, but actually I'll be doing candied apples. Okay, I'm going to be giving out pamphlets on inflation to children. Yeah, you know, you could have got Reese's pieces, but blame Jerome Powell. You can take advantage of the time and the season to teach your children about tax. Tax them. Like attacking kids for their pillowcases of candy? Taxing them heavily. Yeah, take 33 % of every Snickers bar they get. That's right. Yeah, that's just the way it is. Why wait? Welcome to America, you know? And yeah, the next FOMC is October 31st, November 1st, so. Okay, okay. October 31st. All right, all right. Halloween, what's Jerome Powell going to dress up as? Alex from A Clockwork Orange. Pat, do you want us to dress up on the channel? I might be willing to dress up in a costume. I might be willing. You know, every - I could break out the green spandex, go old school. You know, every Halloween, AJ disappears and a Mr. Meeseeks just shows up. Okay, I heard existence is pain though. Existence is pain. We're not fumbling around for meaning here, Deezy. All right. Well, I'm fumbling around for this rate of inflation. It eases slightly 6 .7 % despite the oil prices surging. You know, like we said, I think the oil is going to be a leading indicator, so inflation will trickle down from the oil prices. If you want to think about it, it's going to cost more money to get those bananas to drive from point A to point B because they're going to have to spend more in the gas tank. This is going to be - It's just give it a while, let it roll out to the rest of the economy. Namely, food. Oil prices really, really like to impact food prices a couple months down the line. Well, we're looking at the ONS as the Office for National Statistics, and they said the consumer price index measure slowed in the 12 months to August from the 6 .8 figure reported the previous month thanks to food rising at a weaker pace during the month compared to August 22. During the X minute, I have a tweet about Canadian food prices, and I just kind of look at where they've gone over the past 20 years. It is shocking. It is shocking. I used Bard. I was like, this doesn't feel right for the price. I went to a Canadian grocery store, and I went low. I went low. There's expensive eggs and cheap eggs. I typed in the cheap egg price. It was still very scary. All right, well, we have predictions. Jerome Powell's got his ideas. You notice I was thinking about this BlackRock. What is BlackRock thinking about all this? BlackRock and others predict the Fed's next move. What does it mean for Bitcoin though? According to Marilyn Watson, is a BlackRock's head of global fundamental income strategy. The central bank's federal funds target rate will remain roughly the same until the end of the year going through its September, November, and December meetings. For the record, I think the economic data has consistently surprised to the upside, she said. That includes GDP, the unemployment rate, and the labor market. Beware, beware of recession. The analyst has previously argued that Bitcoin's price is macroeconomic determined by conditions, including its four -year cycles, which I am still a firm believer in for this cycle. Might be less of an effect of the previous one, but I'm still a believer in the four -year cycle, going to push Bitcoin to the new high. I do think we'll set in a new all -time high. I don't think we're going to hit a quarter million dollars in two years, but I think we're going to flirt with $100K, which they do not believe are related to the Bitcoin halving. So they're saying the four -year cycle is not related. I don't know what they're saying here. Risk assets go lower in recessions. So I'd expect Bitcoin would not perform well in that environment. It has not seen a real recession in its existence. It was birthed out of a recession, but yeah, hasn't really gone through one from the beginning stages to the end there. Yeah, there's never been a Bitcoin bull run during a phase of quantitative tightening. We've always been quantitatively easing the money supply anytime Bitcoin goes up into the right. And that obviously is what it takes. I think they're kind of leaning into if we're in a recession, and that lines up with the four -year cycle. But just so far, we're three for three with the having idea playing out. And the trend hasn't broken yet, so that's why I always say sticking to November 25 as a benchmark, but that's just a benchmark. It could be behind that. It could be in front of that. We don't have a crystal ball, but we can go off the pattern that we've seen before. All right. Well, speaking of quantitative tightening, we also have calfskin tightening, the tightest calfskin in the entire world. I don't care if you have a baby cow jacket for an extra small on an 800 -pound man, there is no tighter calfskin than the man I'm looking at right now. That is Frankie Candles. Frankie Candles, welcome back. How's it doing? Does it feel good? It feels good. The calfskin is tight, and so is Bitcoin's price action. But yeah, I don't want to waste time here. Let's go ahead and jump right into the charts here. Now, here we are. Now, obviously, I talk about this all the time. I don't typically trade on newsdays like this. It is usually a complete washing machine. Usually the shorts get wrecked, then the longs get wrecked, or the longs get wrecked, and then the shorts get wrecked. So I don't typically trade. Now, I am in a few trades right now. I am in this Bitcoin long right now. I have profits locked in on this trade and my stop loss is at my entry. So kind of how I am playing this today is I'm going to be holding my long. I am long from about $25 ,000 to $50 ,000 just below this range. And again, I have taken profits on that stop loss at break even. And then I am also in a short position from somewhere up here. I am slightly in profit on the short position. So I am long up and now I am in this small short position that is in slight profit. However, this is kind of how I'm playing this today, DZ. Because basically, like I said, I never recommend people trade on these newsdays just because of the complete unpredictable volatility that you're likely to see. Now, the last FOMC meeting, I believe, was on the 25th, 26th of July. I believe someone could correct me if I'm wrong on that. But we actually have seen a few FOMC meetings where we didn't really have too much happen. And I've been telling people that we are likely in that kind of boring accumulation phase of the bear market. A lot of times, if you go back to at least the 2017 or 2018, 2019 bear market, we had that bear market rally. And once we topped off at that point, we kind of just bled out. And for the most part, if you kind of just ignore this panic wick from March of 2020, which was obviously a Black Swan event, we kind of just wiggled sideways. We got that big bear market rally, we topped off, bled out a little bit, and then we just kind of went sideways again with the exception of that panic wick. And I do think we are in somewhat of a similar situation here where the rest of this bear market may not be the most exciting thing ever. But for today, basically how I'm handling this, DZ, is I'm going to be kind of...
A highlight from Larry Taunton
"Folks, welcome to the Eric Metaxas show, sponsored by Legacy Precious Metals. There's never been a better time to invest in precious metals. Visit legacy PM investments dot com. That's legacy PM investments dot com. 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. Hey there, folks, welcome to the program. Today is Tuesday, September 19th. Exciting stuff. First of all, in a moment, we're going to talk about John Fetterman's clothing choices and how the world is going to hell at the speed of light. That's number one. Number two, we're going to talk to our friend Larry Taunton about everything else in the world and how things are going to hell at the speed of light. Larry Taunton, of course, dear friend. So he's my guest in our one in our two. We talked to another friend, Rosaria Butterfield. She has a book out. I have a copy here. Five lies of our anti -Christian age. She is amazing. We're going to have an hour with her today. That's our two. And then I'm going to get another hour with her, which will play another time because she's just extraordinary. So lots more to say on many other subjects. Tonight, we have a special Socrates in the city patrons dinner here in New York City. I want to talk about that another time. We're launching some very exciting Socrates initiatives, brand new, exciting. But so that's that's the setup. But we have our fashion expert, O .W. Root. He's a fashion blogger, culture critic. O .W. Root, welcome back. Thanks for having me. OK, what do we make of the unbelievably slovenly John Fetterman, who is somehow a United States senator dressing the way he does and not just that, but the headline is somehow maybe you know more about this than I do. The Senate, in a nod to the devil in hell, has said we're going to relax our clothing standards and we're going to let you wear a hoodie in the Senate. It's like we're making this up. What do you think of the situation? There's two things that come to mind when I think about this. First is the unbelievable hubris that exists in Fetterman. I mean, think of the hubris that it takes to serve as a senator in the United States of America, the most powerful empire on Earth, and essentially refuse to meet the basic standards of decorum and then force essentially a tyranny of the unreasonable, force them to relax their standards just for you. Think of the level of selfish hubris that exists there. And next, when we see this, it is a physical representation of the degeneration that we see everywhere. Our clothes reflect civilization and they reflect the health of our civilization. What the does clothing of John Fetterman again? Not some random guy on the street. He's a senator, United States of America, most powerful empire on Earth. And this is what he wears. And this is what they have changed the rules to allow. It is a sign of degeneration. Do we know why they changed the rules? I mean, the whole thing, I guess I haven't looked into it. So I'm not I'm not really clear on why they did that. Well, I know this. I believe that there is a rule that you can't vote unless you are wearing a suit. And he would vote from the corridor or something. Yeah, believe it or not. So he would sort of stick his head in and vote. So this is something like a high schooler. This was something a high schooler would do. You know, someone is like, I'm here, I'm here for class. Right now. And maybe they changed it for that reason. Maybe this reflects a bigger trend, honestly, toward the generation and collapse, because you've seen the adoption of tennis shoes. You've seen some of these senators that are pushing for sneakers to be allowed. Have you I don't know if you've seen these news articles, but there are more senators and politicians who are they've had these articles written about how great sneakers are and how we need to bring them into. The government. Yeah, yeah. I'm sure George Washington, if he could have would have worn would have worn sneakers, it's obvious that he would have worn red, you know, high tops, canvas high tops. No. Now, what's interesting to me about this? And by the way, people want to find you. They can go to necktie salvage dot com o w route at necktie salvage dot com. But we're talking about bigger issues, obviously. It's not about what one wears as much as what does it mean? What is what does it mean when a building is ugly? You know, is that just a architecture thing or does it touch the soul one way or the other? You could talk about brutalist architecture and how it seems to make us feel small and insignificant. There's other architecture. You look at it. It ennobles you. It inspires you. It's beautiful. Clothing is the is the same thing. And we talked about this last time you were on that, you know, since the 60s, there's been this it's almost like this kind of false egalitarianism, this idea that, oh, we don't want to make people feel bad who can't afford to dress well. So we're all going to dress like bums in solidarity with them. Now, the irony is that if you look at pictures from the past, every poor person, you see pictures in Harlem. Everybody is wearing a coat and tie, has tremendous dignity and took pride somehow in looking dignified and adult. And that's really what is happening to me. It's always it's a biblical issue in the sense that, you know, the head becomes the tail, the tail becomes the head. You no longer have this this order. In a sense, you have to say like, oh, we want adults to dress like kids because Federman, he's just like a sloppy kid. I mean, kids wouldn't dress like that years ago. But the point is that now it's like, I don't know, he has so much money and has so much white guilt that he wants to dress like what in his mind somebody would wear, you know, in the inner city. I don't know what's going on there, but it's something to do with that. We want to show solidarity with those who don't, you know, have the ability to. In other words, it's it's not logical, but that seems to be what's behind it. Absolutely. And this it reminds you of. Let's bring it back to those pictures you mentioned. You go back to the 30s, 20s, 40s. You could be destitute and you are you see guys wearing a coat tie. And there is a sense of ascendant dignity there. It's lifting up the impoverished, lifting up the common man because clothes represent him in a higher image. So what does it mean now in our decadence and in John Fetterman's decadence in our? We have so much money, he has so much money, and so he chooses to go down, he chooses to bring it down. Like you said, this false egalitarianism and go down and down. And it's not a shock that when you see those old photos, when things were really tough, times were tough, times were hard. But there was this need to reaffirm one's dignity through the difficulties. But for John Fetterman, there are no difficulties. In fact, he has made he's essentially forced the Senate to compromise to him. And so he has no difficulties. And so he doesn't need to reaffirm any dignity because he can dress like child. a And again, my son doesn't even dress like that. My son doesn't wear hoodies. My son doesn't wear a graphic T -shirts he wears. If I had a son who dressed like that, I'd put a beating on him. No, it's kind of it's kind of interesting. It's very interesting. It's a larger conversation. We don't have time right now, but we have to have it. But because I know that there are probably many men listening to this program right now who say, well, you know, Eric O .W., I don't know, I don't know. I don't like to I don't like to get dressed up. I don't like to I get that. Now, there's there's a there's another conversation there about the whole thing, because I really think what's happened is this used to be so normal that you didn't really have to think about it. Everybody had a certain kind of clothing. You just put it on like a uniform. You didn't have to think of it. I kind of have that. You know, I kind of a couple of jackets. It's not like I got to go, oh, what am I going to do? What? And I think that's part of what's happened is that we have we we no longer know how to dress. We don't know what is the formula. What is the it used to be a basic thing. Kids, young boys would wear shorts, not long pants. At a certain age, you dress like a man. You'd wear long pants and a coat and tie. Kind of a basic thing. Policemen wear a uniform. A nurse would wear uniform, doctor or uniform, white, whatever. All of that stuff was part of the culture. It's gone out of the culture. And now we're sort of confused. And so a lot of people in their confusion, they throw up their hands, they put on a hoodie and they vote in the Senate. We're at a time. Oh, W. Root, thanks for coming on necktie salvage dot com. Coming up, Larry Taunton. And after that, Rosaria Butterfield, folks, don't go away.
A highlight from The Left Is Removing Statues & Erasing Americas History
"It's a real blessing to be surrounded by good people, and there are people who have my back struggling a little bit today. Two dreaded words, dry socket. Anybody who's had a wisdom tooth extraction knows the perils of dry socket. Well, good old dummy me got it and not doing so hot. So we're going to bring in my pal Kevin McCulloch. Kevin and I got to visit on the big Salem, New York, cruise around the island of Manhattan a week or two ago. Kevin, of course, is an accomplished talk show host based in New York City. He's been heard for years on our Christian station and on the news talk station. This is a man of faith, a terrific guy. And Kevin, you're going to help back me up a little bit today. I might be handing off the baton right off the bat. Have you ever had wisdom tooth dry socket problems before? No, I haven't. And just the sound of the words dry socket strike fear into my deepest being. So I feel very badly for you, Mike, and we've got whatever you need from us today. We're here to help. It's every bit as bad as it sounds, and it's not a good thing. It's what you don't want after you have a... I knew it was going too easy. I had the wisdom tooth removed Friday afternoon after the show. Everything was going great. Saturday, I was feeling great, Sunday not so good. And so it happens sometimes. So it's good to have you here with us. And first of all, many, many thanks to the great job you always do when you fill in for us. Of course, I've been listening to you for years, and it must be a fun experience for you because you're sort of transitioning from your own audience and your base into sort of another platform with our show. And I know our listeners have welcomed you with open arms. Well, I have, and Mike, the Mike Gallagher audience continues to be, I think, not only the most informed because of your daily efforts, but they prove to be generous in all of the campaigns that you do. And as I said when I filled in for you the last time, because I work PM Drive, I'm a big Mike Gallagher listener. I listen and actually many times watch your show on the Salem News Channel. And it's just fun to hang out in your sandbox. So thank you for letting me do that. Thank you. And thank you to Jerry Crowley and everybody at Salem Media of New York that allows us to have all the connections to do. It takes a lot of technology to do what we're doing at this very moment, Mike. And if it weren't for them, we wouldn't be able to. You'd be in dry socket hell if we didn't have a better management team. And speaking of Salem News Channel, That Kevin Show has become a big hit on SNC. You're doing a great job with that. And I love the mix. And I was one of your first guests. I was really honored to be on your show. And you've got a great blend of politics and pop culture and lifestyle and all kinds of neat stuff. In fact, speaking of that, let's kick off with some breaking news. Donald Trump Jr.'s account on X, formerly Twitter, was apparently hacked earlier today. I don't know if you've heard this story. There were a series of – well, get this. There were a series of offensive tweets, including one that said, I'm sad to announce my father, Donald Trump, has passed away. I will be running for president in 2024. You know, Kevin, there's such evil out there and there is such sickness and mean -spiritedness and viciousness. And somehow this almost seems par for the course, doesn't it? Well, it's one of those things where if Donald Trump lives this rent -free in the left's heads, just imagine how effective he'll be if he's reelected. I mean, this is – you've got to remember, and I know that you do, Mike, but for people that are listening, particularly cynics, Donald Trump's one of the few presidents that campaigned on a slate of promises and then went and actually did what he promised. If he comes back, he's already making promises about what's going to happen. There's going to be cleaning of the House and the FBI and the DOJ. There's going to be getting rid of the deep state at the Pentagon and places where wokeness has overtaken actual common sense in terms of policy. So of course they're going to play dirty and of course they're going to try to do everything they can. And all I have to do to compare what they think about Donald Trump Jr. is just ask the question, Hunter Biden? Question mark? No kidding. No kidding. Is there any comparison between the two? And you know, speaking of Trump and his promises and his predictions, something has come to fruition in New York City, and you know the city as well as anybody. Now comes news that these goofballs in Manhattan are actually going to consider taking down statues or any commemoration of George Washington, of Christopher Columbus. And I want to go back to 2017. I want to play this for you, Kevin. Check out what Trump said, because when he said it at the time, they condemned him. Oh, how crazy is he? Check this out. You had people in that group that were there to protest the taking down of to them a very, very important statue and the renaming of a park from Robert E. Lee to another name. George Washington was a slave owner. Was George Washington a slave owner? So will George Washington now lose his status? Are we going to take down excuse me, are we going to take down are we going to take down statues to George? How about Thomas Jefferson? What do you think of Thomas Jefferson? You like him? OK, good. Are we going to take down the statue? Because he was a major slave owner. Now we're going to take down his statue. So Kevin McCullough, do you remember the backlash? Do you remember the backlash he got when he said that and they mocked him and they said, what a lunatic. And he's a fear monger. And now just look at what's happening in New York City, what he predicted could be coming to fruition. Yeah. And you know, what's particularly sad about that, Mike, it's like if people have a different view of history, so be it. That doesn't mean, number one, that they should set policy for what everybody thinks about history. And certainly I would make an argument that history is made by flawed people. And it's really people that overcome the worst flaws of what they have that really do great things and that we should celebrate the great achievements, not expect every single human being to have been perfect. But beyond all of that, this city's in a mess. We have crime. We've got migrant overpopulation in ways and areas that we can't even begin to deal with. And this is what people want to focus on. I mean, and it is you're talking about a warped mix of priorities for sure. It's upside down. And it's absolutely happening as I mean, I've been following this and I'm in just absolute utter amazement, as you say, New York City dealing with crime, crippled under monumental budget cuts due to the illegal immigration issue that frankly the Democrats created. I mean, you want to be a sanctuary city, be a sanctuary city. And now the City Council's Cultural Affairs Committee is going to hold a public hearing on a measure to remove works of art on city property that depict a person who owned enslaved persons or directly benefited economically from slavery. Well, of course, George Washington's at the top of that list. So Trump was right. These nuts in New York and in other blue cities are going to try to remove the founding fathers from our consciousness because they own slaves. And it's exactly what Trump said back in 2017.
A highlight from SPECIAL REPORT: SBF TRIAL 9-20 Update
"Welcome to the SBF trial, a Coindesk podcast network newsletter bringing you daily insights from inside the courtroom where Sam Bankman -Fried will try to stay out of prison. Follow the Coindesk podcast network to get the audio each morning with content from the Coindesk regulation team and voiced by Wondercraft AI. As we gear up for Sam Bankman -Fried's and unpack what happened in late 2022 that got us here today. It is one of the most consequential documents in financial history, given that it caused the collapse of a $32 billion empire in just nine days. And now to a highly anticipated criminal trial. It is the infamous balance sheet of Sam Bankman -Fried's trading firm, Alameda Research. Its explosive content served as the basis for a November 2nd, 2022 story by Coindesk's Ian Allison. The article raised questions about how sturdy the company's financial underpinnings were and by extension, how safe Bankman -Fried's better known crypto exchange FTX was. It turns out not at all. For the protection of our sources, we are not publishing the document itself, but rather describing its contents in finer detail than ever before. Labeled consolidated balance sheet 2022 Q2, it gets into the nitty gritty of Alameda's naughty empire. Much of that empire relied on tokens of projects Alameda was unusually close with, particularly the formerly white hot crypto startups it invested in. For example, it led eight figure investment rounds in the closely linked projects, Oxygen and Maps .me and counted nearly $600 million worth of those projects tokens locked and unlocked on its balance sheet. When FTX went bust, it stranded 95 % of those projects token supply in a state of limbo that seems to continue to this day. Those projects tokens have since lost much of their value, but even back then they were unlikely to be worth that much in practice. Attempting to trade them at scale on the open markets would have shattered their value. Alameda had multiple ties to Bonfita, the popular wallet naming service in the Ethereum ecosystem. It was the primary market maker for Bonfita's native token FITA. It acquired millions of FITA tokens by investing in that startup. Notably, Bonfita developers inherited development duties over the purportedly decentralized Serum crypto exchange, another FTX production. In SRM, the bounds of reality and believability began to break down for Alameda. It was a token that FTX group coders had conjured out of nothing for the benefit of Serum. The SBF founded trading infrastructure for much of Solana blockchain -based DeFi. Alameda reported holding nearly $183 million worth of locked SRM and $300 million unlocked, plus nearly $320 million in SRM collateral and an additional $330 million in locked SRM as a liability. But it was Alameda's miles deep holdings of FTT, the exchange token minted specifically by FTX, that proved to be the empire's undoing. CoinDesk's November 2nd, 2022 article authored by Ian Allison revealed that billions of dollars of FTT backed up Alameda's largesse, a fact that spooked market participants and eventually set off a run on FTX. It was during that chaos that people began to realize that the emperor had no clothes. Four days after Allison's story came out, Binance CEO CZ tweeted that, due to recent revelations, his exchange would sell its hefty FTT holdings. That quickly drove down the price of FTT, putting Bankman -Friede's companies into a tailspin. Bankman -Friede was forced two days later to seek a bailout from Binance. But that proposed takeover fell apart in a day, something another Allison scoop revealed was likely to happen hours before it was made official. Then, on November 11th, Bankman -Friede's companies were forced to file for bankruptcy protection. Allison's initial scoop on the collapse. Thousands of news stories credited CoinDesk for setting off the chain of events, including pieces from high -profile publications like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, The Financial Times, The Verge, New York Magazine, CNN, and NPR's Planet Money podcast. CoinDesk journalists went on to win a George Polk Award, one of the top journalism honors, for their FTX coverage. And their finalists for the prestigious Gerald Loeb Award. Winners for that will be announced next week.
A highlight from Mike Signorelli
"Trump calls Florida heartbeat bill a terrible mistake, and Mike Pence talks war with Russia. So I think if you will allow me to speak critically of Donald Trump for five minutes, I will speak critically. No, no, no, no. Look, you know, and I know, everybody listens who to this program knows that I don't think Trump is perfect. I think he ought to be the next president. And I think that, as you know about me and about many people listening to this program, that we are radically pro -life. We think it's a moral issue. And I think that Trump has made, I think he misspoke. I think it was, I don't know. Well, talk about it so people understand what we're talking about. Donald Trump went on face the nation and said that the heartbeat bill Ron DeSantis bravely signed in Florida was a terrible thing, a terrible mistake. And he said that he wouldn't commit to supporting any kind of federal restriction on the taking of unborn life. And he said with characteristic real estate bravado, well, I'm going to have policies that are going to make everybody happy. Everybody's going to walk away happy from the table. That is not how things work. When you're talking about life and death issues, Mr. President, that is how things might work. If you're negotiating over ownership of a golf course. All right. All right. Each of you is going to get nine holes. Okay. You'll each get nine holes. It's wonderful. You got, you've got half a golf course, half a loaf is better than none. But we remember from the story of Solomon, half a baby is not better than none. In this case, we're talking about cutting the baby in half. Literally we're talking about should abortion, should the pro -life position be, we want a bad abortion after maybe 15 weeks, which would only get rid of maybe 8 % of the abortions in America. If that's the pro -life position, it's not worth a damn thing. That's the law in Germany. That's the law in France. That's the law in Belgium. All these countries where euthanasia is now taking over. Having a 10 week, a 15 week abortion ban solves absolutely nothing. It just means the women who are so dopey, they don't even know they're pregnant until like 18 weeks won't be able to get abortions. That's all it means. He's really just punishing the stupid. It's not saving a significant number of babies. I don't know who Trump is getting his advice from on the abortion issue, but they're not on our side. They are like the Jared Kushner. They're not on our side. What Trump is saying is a complete loser position. It's like saying we're going to build the wall. We're going to build the wall with the Mexican border, except every 20 feet there's going to be a gap. We'll get most of the wall built. There'll guess who will come. I think a couple of things need to be said. First of all, I already said it. Trump is not perfect. So he often has done things that I think are harmful to himself. And saying that I think just politically is a mistake. But we also have to say without a doubt he has been the most pro -life president we ever had in this country. Because of him and standing up for Kavanaugh, Roe v. Wade was overturned. I want to remind people of that. I also want to remind people that he spoke at the March for Life. No other president had done that. And so right now, I guess I find everything with him, not everything, but a lot of stuff just funny. It's almost like he'll say anything Ron DeSantis says, he'll say the opposite. I know. You could be triggered and tripped into that. And it's his Achilles heel that whatever Trump, whatever DeSantis says, Trump will somehow try to spin it. Trump even said that Andrew Cuomo did a better job on COVID than Ron DeSantis. That is literally the most insane thing any American politician has said since Jefferson Davis said I want to secede from the union. It's up to that level of crazy. But Trump, I mean Trump does this stuff for effect. In other words, for political effect to drive people crazy. That's why I guess I find it at least partially entertaining that he'll go out on a limb and say something like that just to trigger DeSantis. The problem is this stuff isn't cute. There were thousands of people murdered in those nursing homes in New York. Abortion isn't cute. This is not something funny. This is not like letting Jared and Ivanka turn the White House into their own little party hut. This is really serious. And our only leverage over Trump is right now during the primaries. If he gets the nomination, he can do whatever he wants because he will be elected president unless they assassinate him, which I do not put past that. I do not put that past the deal. Oh, I know that there have been attempts that we haven't heard about, but obviously they would do anything to get rid of him. We have our leverage now, especially before the Iowa caucus. Trump needs to be told if you keep saying this weak, rhino, wimpy garbage about abortion, maybe we'll hold our noses and vote for you against Joe Biden because we don't want to be put in prison camps. But we're not going to go to the mattresses for you. We're not going to go to the wall for you. We're not going to be fanatical, devoted supporters. We will hold our nose and vote for you the way we held our noses and voted for George W. Bush. Do you want to be the next George W. Bush? Well, no, John, I think it's worse than that. I think what will happen, what will happen is many evangelicals, pro -life evangelicals simply won't vote, which I think is an unbelievable mistake because they feel it's principled not to vote for Trump because he said this about what DeSantis's view. On the other hand, let him think that and maybe it's true and let him act accordingly. It's like if we are so on the reservation, Eric, that they know they have our votes no matter what they do, the Republican Party will keep treating evangelicals and pro -lifers the way the Democratic Party treats blacks. That is, you have no choice where you're going to go, take whatever scraps we throw you. So no, I think it's good. Let him be a little afraid that we will go off the reservation. No, that's why I just said that. That's why I just said that. In other words, I actually believe that that's true because when you look at what happened in the last number of elections, there are many evangelicals who are so pious in the negative sense that they would say, I'm just going to sit home and I'm not going to vote because Trump had three wives and I'm going to let Hillary Clinton or Satan or Adolf Hitler take over America because I'm so pious that I won't pull the lever for somebody who doesn't agree with me on everything or who puts out mean tweets or says things I disagree with. That is effectively how we got Biden because we didn't have a serious situation that we're in. On the other hand, Mike Pence is saying that unless we give long range missiles to Ukraine so it can kill lots of Russians, we'll have to go to war with Russia because it will invade Poland. So in order to avoid war, we have to fight a war. It's exactly what George W. Bush said about Iraq, that we have to fight the terrorists over there so we don't have to fight them over here so they won't do 9 -11 again. Now we know now Iraq had nothing to do with 9 -11. It had no weapons of mass destruction. So he lied us into the Iraq war. In Vietnam, they told us we had to fight the Vietnam war so that the communists wouldn't take over Japan and then Hawaii. The whole domino theory is something that warmongers and the military contractors they work for, they whip it out every time they want to get us in a useless war. They say, well, remember Neville Chamberlain? Remember 1938? And I always say, remember August, 1914, when they blundered into World War I and destroyed all three of the main governments involved in it, all based on nothing, based on lies, based on garbage. Sometimes it's November, September, 1938. Sometimes it's August, 1914. And you're the idiot warmonger about to plunge the world into destruction because of your silly fantasies private about being a big man. Mike Pence is one of those warmongers and he's very dangerous right now. There's never enough time to talk to you, my friend. We'll get you back as soon as possible. Thank you, folks. We'll be right back. Thank you. For 10 years, Patriot Mobile has been America's only Christian conservative wireless provider. And when I say only, trust me, they're the only one. Glenn and the team have been great supporters of this show, which is why I'm proud to partner with them. 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A highlight from BCB127_AMERICAN HODL: Wisdom For Surviving The Bear
"All of your well -laid plans are going to be put to rest by the Bitcoin market. You know, I was very confident we were going to over 100k, I think a lot of people were. Then we didn't. And then I was equally confident, I was like, well, if the top wasn't as high, then maybe the bottom won't be as low. And then I was like, probably 30k, the bottom would be like 30k. And then it was, it was faster to 16. And that really shook a lot of people out, man. I mean, it was brutal. I knew people personally who were getting faken. Most people were just totally inconsolable. They're addicted to their fear. Fear like gets real close to you and it talks in your ear and it convinces you that it's correct. You've got to just push past that and you just you can't give in to fear. This is the Blue Collar Bitcoin Podcast, a show where Average Joe firefighters explore the most important monetary technology of the 21st century. We talk Bitcoin, we talk finance and we talk shit. Ladies and gentlemen, this is it. This is what you have been patiently waiting for. The inevitable, our run in with the legendary American Hodl. We hate to tug him off so obviously, but he was built to hang out on our show. Hodl would be equally comfortable for an 8 a .m. coffee hour at the firehouse as he would be philosophizing with the likes of Breedlove. We hope we evoked both of those extremes. Hodl has been in this game for a long time. He is a proper Bitcoin OG. This gives him the rare perspective of having been in the midst of his third bear market. Even when you have three under your belt, they are not easy. We talk about everything from raising kids to overcoming your fear of being penniless and destitute because you put all your money in Bitcoin. Fear and greed run markets, and if you aren't careful, they can run your life. Understand your psychology. As Socrates said, to know thyself is the beginning of wisdom. 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This is only like a few weeks ago, right? It's it's good, man. I love having kids. Kids are the best. I I think parents like to complain about having kids, but like I do with the you know, it's like there's this George Peterson quote, which is like if you weren't going to have kids, like what the fuck would you be doing? That's so special. Like most of us are. Yeah. Yeah. It's not like I'm going to be inventing, you know, a new a new like equation for quantum field theory or something like I'm not doing any of that. So like, yeah, string theory is just a bit above our heads as well, you know? Right, exactly. So hanging out with the kids and, you know, playing Uno or goofing around is like, that's where I'm at. That's my song, right? The other thing you are, but I think of my kids just went back to school. So now I have like full days with nothing to do, but what I want to do. And you start to realize, like, what do people without kids in their thirties and forties do? There's just, oh, yeah, exactly. Yeah. You basically just get drunk in different locations. You're like, yeah, I went to Dublin and I got drunk and then I went to Istanbul and I got drunk and then I went to Rio de Ignar and I got drunk and you're like, okay, that's I didn't get drunk here. I got beer here, you know? Uh, yeah, people, people end up and I don't want to shit in the mouth of, of non parents here right off the bat, but fuck it. Let's do it. Everybody should have kids. It's well worth it. And I think at least based on my circle, most people I see that don't end up having children really, really wish they did. They get into their late thirties, forties and fifties and they realize, oh, I see what this whole thing's about. Um, highly recommend it. Get out there. Fuck everybody. Start fucking, start reproducing. Let's expand the species. Let's get more Bitcoiners. Yeah. Listen, if you don't have a, if you don't have kids, I consider you weak hands, you know, cause there's no one to get a huddle after your debt. So what you only got like max, you know, 40, 50 years of huddling there. All right. Like we need to extend that out. Seven generation thinking like my boy, Marty bent says, you know, I listened to you with, uh, the, your most recent chat with Peter and Peter was spending some time saying like, I love smart huddle. I like the glasses. I like the refined civilized huddle and Josh were like, Josh and I were like, fuck that shit. We want total huddle. If you don't deliver that today, you fucked up. Cause we need you fully unleashed my friend. All right. I mean, I'll do my best. Let's see what I got. Firehouse humor. Yeah. Oh yeah. I think you'd fit right into the firehouse based on some of the stuff I've heard you, uh, spew over the, over the years, I think you'd fit right in, especially coffee hour, eight o 'clock in the morning, just a bunch of degenerates. I don't know if you guys have seen the new Shane Gillis stand up on Netflix, but that's like my barometer for humor. Just like extremely immature playground humor, the way we used to talk to each other, you know, third grade. Yeah, exactly. Those are sort of litmus tests for like how far you can go culturally. You're like, Oh, we weren't allowed to say that 10 years ago. He just went that far in that, in that Netflix special. I guess that's the, that's the tip of the spear for how far we can go. Chappelle broke some boundary. A lot of people have broken boundaries on Netflix in the last, comedy in general has been regressive over the last 10 or 15 years. Like every, so many things have been taboo to say, especially for comedians, which really ruins comedians and only like Dave Chappelle can get away with it and a few others, but comedy has really been shit on in the last 10 years. I think the left went too far and they canceled basically too many people and you can't cancel everybody because then now you just have like half the country that's canceled. Right. And so, you know, all the canceled people, it's not like you killed them. Like they're still alive and they're just like, you know what? I don't give a shit about being canceled. And that's like where everybody's at nowadays. And so I am starting to see, like, I think the, you know, canceled culture has peaked and now we're on the other side of canceled culture. And there's a bunch, bunch of people who basically realize like, if you don't cancel yourself, nobody can really cancel you. You just, you just choose not to give a shit about it. I think it was actually Trump that taught everybody that maneuver. Right. Which is like, you know, whatever, I don't care, whatever you say about me, I don't give a fuck, you know, whatever. Uh, and you know, he's just going to, he's just going to keep going out there and calling you stormy horse face Daniels or whatever. He doesn't keep a shit. And you can be like, you know, you were the worst president ever. He'd be like, that's false. That was the best, best president. So you just don't let any of it get in there. You just go, no, he broke a ton of clown barriers. Trump did. He was masterful with the way he could do that. And if that guy had one characteristic that I admire, it's his ability to spin move out of any accusation by calling the other person, an ingenious nickname that stuck, like just nailed it every single time nickname ever. I think it was low energy Jeb. Who comes up with low energy Jeb. And then you would look at him and you'd be like, man, he is really low energy. Yeah, these things work a cup of coffee, you know, shortcut narratives are really effective. Speaking of presidents, you guys see Biden the other day and it was a yesterday in Vietnam. He literally got hooked off the stage because he started mumbling nonsense about something that was far off of what they were talking about. They turned his mic off while he was talking and he kept talking. And then they had an announcer get on and basically say, oh, you're done here, Mr. President, get, they got the hook out and they pulled him off stage. It was like, watch, watch this clip. Yeah, it was, it was insane. Shepherd came out. It was full blown, like, all right, get this fucking guy out of here before he makes us look even dumber. Unbelievable. You know, in a nation of 360 some odd million Americans, I think many of us are very intelligent. Uh, the last two presidents have been kind of, you know, not up to snuff, right? Like where are our good people, you know, like, yeah, we're not sending our best anymore, unfortunately. It is comical, but it's also downright embarrassing because, and I've heard enough out of you to know that you'll agree with this, I'm still very proud to be an American, I think there's a lot of wonderful things that this, this country stands for and imbues and, and it's done and it's, it's a downhill slope right now on both sides. And I just laugh at, I mean, obviously like most Bitcoiners and Josh and I are aligned on this, I just, both sides are in full blown, full frontal clown mode and, and anybody that's latching onto either candidate at this point, I almost lose respect for it. It's like, how can you take either of these guys seriously? But we need to dig out of that. Like that, that needs to be fixed to your point. That's not something that that's healthy for the average American citizen to just be resigned to the fact that the leader of the entire nation is a complete idiot, we need to dig out of that and hopefully reverse that trend. Well, you know, in general, I lean conservative usually, but I actually have been, uh, you know, found myself very intrigued by Robert F Kennedy Jr. And it's not just because he's a Bitcoiner, but I think he really has the discourse into the Overton window, right? Like by basically being like, why am I not, I'm a Democrat my whole life. My father was, you know, a president, a Senator, a presidential candidate. My uncle was killed. He was one of the most popular democratic presidents of all time. Why am I not allowed to say this? Why am I not allowed to have opinions or questions? And yet in America, I feel like anytime we lose our foundational principle, which is, you know, free speech, anytime we're losing that we're losing our soul as a almost anything you want without significant repercussions, that's, that's just how things are. Like, obviously if you say something that's very racist or hateful or homicidal or genocidal or something, then people are going to be, they're gonna have a lot of feelings about it, but there's very little speech. That's actually illegal speech, right? And we should be able to, yeah, just get together in a room and discuss things as Americans. That's a very rare thing. Like that's, that's not something that you find in almost any other culture on earth. You know, I was talking to Peter McCormick McCormick about this, but like the British sarcastic, dry humor that they're all known for that is because they don't have free speech. So they have to be sarcastic. That's never occurred to me before that either. Right. They have a shield to hide behind and they can be like, Oh, come on, mate. I was just taking the piss. Whereas we as Americans can just say what the fuck we actually think, which is a more effective system. They, they have to, I mean, I'm glad it happened because I love British humor. Yeah. They have to show a side boob. They can't go full frontal. You know what I mean? Exactly. Gentlemen. I'm sure you guys will both agree with this point as well. So we've got these clown puppet leaders that we're, we're just accosted with every four years and have to deal with the shit sandwich or the giant douche. And we've got to pick between the two of them. But then there's also like every time there's like, I mean, I'd say most times there's a new law, some new bullshit with COVID that happened in the last couple of years, I'm stunned by the stupidity and heavy handedness, which a lot of this stuff comes down. And it's like, it's like, I'm disappointed by how bad these takes can be and how bad these real changes are and how overbearing a lot of this has been, especially in the last few years. But it seems like every time a new law is, is instantiated, it's just feels wrong on its face. And I feel like people are so numbed to it at this point that they just say, they just expect it to be the wrong thing instead of what we would prefer to have. Or I think people from our circles would prefer to have at least. What are your thoughts on that? About how there's just like this numbness about how these people operate. Well, there's, you know, we're recording this on nine 11 and one of the reasons I wanted to record with you guys, cause you're both firefighters and I think not, you know, we're all around the same age. Nine 11 was the seminal moment of our young lives. And obviously like certainly had an effect on both of you, I'm sure. And I'd love to hear your stories about that. Um, but you know, to me, I'm, I'm, I have a good, I have a great memory. That's it's a gift and a curse. And one of the things that, uh, I remember is the world pre nine 11. I remember what it was like, and we're now living in an entirely different world. That's not better. It's a worst world. You know, we have an, a heightened security state, a heightened surveillance state. I mean, you used to be able to just, you know, what is TSA really accomplished? Like, did they prevent any new, uh, atrocities? I don't think they did because one guy tried to bomb a shoe bomber shoes, and now we are going to take off my, I got to take off my fucking band, slip -ons every time, you know what I mean? And your belt crying shame. Yeah. Yeah. Fucking shoe bomber. I mean, it is, it is like, we appreciate you bringing that up. It is, uh, in the fire service, it's, it's the day of the year. Um, and it, it's been said for a couple of decades now, never forget. But I feel like the fire service, Josh has done a pretty good job of not forgetting. Like you still see it on a lot of fire trucks. Every single firehouse around the country is honoring it today. There's a moment of silence that comes over dispatch. There's events that happen every year and yeah, I don't know. This is just a complete sidebar on nine 11, but it was fucking insane. Fucking insane. I was in sixth grade. I remember where I was as everyone does. Um, and wasn't fully able to appreciate the magnitude, but as the years have gone watching back in the documentaries and thinking through just like from our vantage point, um, I, Josh, we've talked about this before with our career. Like there is a degree of submission to risk. It doesn't happen very often. We don't want to overplay the hero card here. And the vast majority of our job where paramedics, we rotate ambulance to fire truck, but when this shit happens, it's real. And you've kind of sworn an oath to not have a choice, but to go into that, if that happens in your career, that second story bedroom to risk your life for a kid or whatever, all those men and women that went into that building, obviously hindsight's 2020, but if we worked in New York at that time and, and had the badge on, we would have had, we would have done the exact same thing. So, um, yeah, the heroism that existed by I agree, like to, to get, to get back off the nine 11 is just like, what, how has the world improved in any way, shape or form since then? And it has not in many ways, it's devolved in the opposite direction and we need new currents that flow the opposite way that, that get us back to a lot of American ideals, which is part of what we've latched onto the most about what you've said. And spoken into this community. Totally. We see, uh, so the Patriot act was instantiated right afterwards, which took away a whole, it added surveillance, took away a whole bunch of fundamental rights. And it was supposed to be sunsetted. I don't remember if it was five or 10 years after nine 11, but they extended it and they've continued to extend it since then. It's again, back to what we were just talking about. Like these, it's almost like a peg in, they get a foothold in and the politicians never relinquish any power whatsoever. It's always another step up. Another squeezing of, of the populace. They peg a shit coin into, into American ideals, kind of like potentially pegging shit coins into Bitcoin with drive chains. I don't know. Maybe we ended up today. Smooth transition there. I can't think of a worse way to honor all of the brave guys, you know, who ran into the towers when they were on fire. Then what we've done in the aftermath of nine 11, you know, I just can't think of a worse world. I saw it. I saw an Instagram post that actually made me pretty emotional. It was a, you know, young, pretty girl. She's probably in her like late twenties now. And she went to visit the Memorial cause her father was FDNY and he ran into the building. He ran into tower two and he collapsed on him and she grew up her whole life without her father. Right. And he made the ultimate sacrifice. And that's something that you guys have to, you know, that's an interesting conversation actually like around risk.
A highlight from The Political Strategy Behind Open Borders with George Papadopoulos
"But you need the right leadership. The Biden administration clearly has an agenda to reshape America in a form that makes it unrecognizable. I think if Trump does not get elected, or at least a Republican leader who does not, who has, who does not have those populist, economic nationalist ideas, America will never be the same. USA, home of the brave. Ladies and gentlemen, distinguished guests, and my fellow citizens, America's comeback starts right now. From the land of the free and the brave. USA, I love my country. All right, welcome back to Financial Guys podcast here on the Financial Guys media network. Mike Sbarrozza in studio for another exclusive interview today. We have George Papadopoulos joining us. This is, I think, his second time on the show, so we're looking forward to talking to him again. It's been a little bit. George, how are you? Doing great, Mike. Thanks a lot for having me. Thank you for coming on. So I'm gonna start, we're recording this on 9 -11, so I'm gonna start there. Obviously, a very, very sad, tragic day in American history. And, you know, I think the one thing I keep saying is, one thing that did come from 9 -11 was the country uniting and coming together in that moment. On, you know, 9 -12, 9 -13, 9 -14, and 2001, and very, for many years after that, America was stronger than ever and came together. I think that's one thing to look at with that day. Obviously, such a tragic, horrible day, but where were you? What were your thoughts about 9 -11? Yeah, no, it's incredible how many years have passed. I was actually a freshman in high school, I think, in biology class. It's one of those moments that I don't think anybody around the world will ever forget where they were. And I actually had some families who were directly affected in my high school. Even though I grew up in Chicago, their parents were working in New York in the trade centers at the time. And, you know, to learn later that some parents had actually been killed in the attack, you know, of course, affected my high school and me personally because it made it very real. And then, like you said, there was this rally around the flag effect. Of course, Americans united. It was a beautiful moment. We saw what happened with Mayor Giuliani at Yankee Stadium, with President Bush. You know, it was just an incredible moment. It was surreal, it was sad. It was patriotic, and it really changed our history.
A highlight from The Mike and Mark Davis Daily Chat - 09/12/23
"This was an easy one. 1975 Elton John singing about the city of liberty, the city of freedom, the city of brotherly love. The light was shining on our buddy Mike Gallagher last night. City of a lot of traffic, oh boy. Did you just make it by the skittier teeth? Oh boy, oh boy. I said I can't wait to talk to my buddy Mark if I make it. And Mr. Uber driver, please go faster, please go faster. Memo to self, don't stay in Center City when you've got to go out to the radio station which is in, I don't know, Lafayette Hill or wherever the heck we are. A lot of traffic, a lot of construction and what a joyful night last night. A hundred, I mean it was like over 700 people at the Fuge which you would love. It's a NASA, you know, Center Fuge. It's a reference to the Center Fuge exhibit and stuff like that, yes. And they do like a venue. They've got an event venue there. This is the second or third time I've been out there and Lorenzo and the team here at 990 The Answer in Philadelphia do a fantastic job. Phil Boyce, our boss, the big boss, was the moderator. He does a fantastic job. And of course on stage, Dennis Prager, Pastor Robert Jeffress. Yeah, man. And he is so good. Man, Dr. Jeffress is so good when it comes to defining the battle of good and evil that we're witnessing. He also made a Trump reference. I've heard him say this now many times, we ain't considering a pastor for the competition. And he has been very, very loyal to President Trump, much to the chagrin of some within the evangelical community. And so we dealt with all of that faith and freedom and liberty and tyranny. The great Chris DeGaulle, the local host here who is so strong. Man, oh man. And boy, does he get a hero's welcome last night. This community loves him. So we just had a blast. It was a great night. I told the story about Mike Lindell, who I'm speaking to today, about the way they've targeted him. And much of it started with Mike after he said at the Rose Garden, hey, crack open your Bible and turn to God. They didn't like that. So it was just a great evening of conversation. Of course, lots of concern about Joe Biden, lots of debate and discussion about Joe Biden's dis, his snub, his refusal for the first time in either New York or, you know, Shanksville or DC. What a disgraceful. And, you know, they know what they're doing, Mark. They know what they're doing. Okay. What are they doing? Because I know my first answer. And for yesterday, all of yesterday, if there's anything I really tried to do, and I know you do too, it's to be as fair as possible, as accommodating as possible. So if I am going to come down hard on somebody, it's because I've internationally, you know, doddering around in Vietnam, tough to get back in time for 9 -11. So maybe that's bad planning. Tough to get back. I know. I know. It's the president. He's got Air Force One and get wherever he wants to get. Don't give me that crap. Believe you me, the test did not succeed because even under the harshest light of goodwill and grace and latitude, there is no excuse. He was with troops in Alaska. Anytime you're with troops, it's good. But 9 -11 is about three places, New York number one, not to rank them, obviously New York and obviously the Pentagon or Shanksville. You've got to be in one of those places and to fail to do so is conspicuous by its absence. So my answer to give it back to you is the reason they didn't do it is because they knew that it would have been as big an embarrassment as it was in Alaska where he made up crap again. And David said, Drucker well, Biden has been embellishing for a long time. Yeah, but that's when he knew what he was doing. Now I think Joe actually does believe that he was at ground zero the next day looking into the gaping maw of hell or whatever he said there among the smoke and the debris. He wasn't there. He was on the floor of the Senate. He is mentally unhinged. His White House knew it and that's why they knew they could not have him at any of the important 9 -11 sites. Well, two things. You know, first of all, I think there's a lot of wisdom to the argument that if he was at one of the 9 -11 events, the reception he would get inevitably would embarrass him. Have you seen - Reception? Reception? I'm talking about booing. Nobody's going to boo him on 9 -11. Yes, they are. Yes, they are. Don't underestimate the anger and rage the that people have towards this guy. I mean, look, already he's gotten - I mean, I saw it with my own eyes when, you know, I've seen the loving reception that Trump got when he was being arrested from people in the inner city and people lining the streets cheering him. Look at the reception. And you've seen Biden get booed at various events that he's attended. New Yorkers in particular are aggravated and anger. Listen, ask a 9 -11 family what they think of Biden shaking the hand of the Saudi potentate or whatever he is. You know? And you don't think Saudi Arabia was complicit in 9 -11? I mean, this is - And so, yeah, I think you're right, the reception. And number two, this man's a liar. This man will just flat out - And I want to see how they're going to spin this whopper that he was standing, looking through the gaping jaws of hell the day after on the - as George Bush was. George Bush stood on the pile. George Bush had that bullhorn and George Bush said, I hear you. And soon the people who took down these buildings are going to hear you. Biden's trying to, you know, take away Bush's real life experience. Stolen presidential valor. Exactly. Somebody else was there and he wasn't. And you're lying about it? You're saying I was there? I mean, I know people who do this. Listen, I don't want to mention names, but there are people, frankly, and they're kind of pitiful. They just want to live on 9 -11 infamy and they want to bang that drum and they want to puff up their chest and say, look at me, look at me, look at me. The true heroes are the - And there are people who are trying to rescue people or find people and they've had post 9 -11 sickness and illness and death.
Katbrat Meets Eugene, A Camera-Shy Bard Owl
"So where are you from you're from the yes we're done in largo George C Macau Park okay we have like so many names the park is George C Macau are called Friends of Largo Turtle Park and the narrows okay there narrows are going to be going away but we're down on off of waltzingham I think it's called which is the bridge right before going to Indian Rocks Beach okay our park is right there we've got we're nonprofit we have Eagles Hawks Falcons different owls we have the great horned owl we have her the barred owl and a bunch of the little screech owls I don't know if you've seen the smaller one right but they're all unreleasable they either have an injury or their imprints to human okay can you tell us a little bit about her story her name is Eugene so she came to us we thought it was a male turned out to be a female we kept her name Eugene she came to us with an injury to the eye we don't know what caused it we think it could have been a branch or a fight they tend to be very territorial birds so they get into fights over nests all the time especially when they have their their young so she's been with us since then the eye ended up getting infected so we had to get it removed and she's been with us since we have another barred owl there at the park but yeah she's a sweetheart a sweetheart what is can you explain what a barred owl yeah so you might have heard barn owls yes and this is a barred owl and you can tell because she's got the bars okay she weighs about two pounds because you think she'd be about ten pounds but she's only two pounds they're pretty hollow no we don't reason wise we've got oils on our hands okay and their feathers are waterproof or cages outside so we you know she may get wet and we just want to make sure that her feathers stay what is their normal lifespan so in the wild they may last anywhere between eight to ten years but in captivity or cared for as we have her and they can go into the yeah 20s yeah they last pretty long time just not in the wild right what so let me ask you this as far as taking care of them are what is the percentage of being able to get to go back into the wild afterwards and being on their own on the injury she also has tendonitis okay I'm so when I guess it depends on the injury right I don't know the percentage but a lot of them that come to us and abstain okay yeah and probably the age as well right yeah it depends on and a lot of them we don't even have the money to get them tested okay you know DNA tested to find out if they're male or female how we can tell if it's male or female is by weight so they get weighed in every Monday and the males always tend to be less in weight than the females okay so the females are heavier so that's why at first we thought it was a boy because of he weighed less but then when we got her tested when the whole eye thing and then turns out it's a female where can we go online to donate so George C McGowan Park okay you can find that on on Google okay and I'm not a hundred percent sure if you can donate there okay but there's definitely contact where you can contact the park someone can swing by and donate but yeah they would love to oh yeah so nice they they eat and you know from all the donations we have birthday parties there as well to raise money for them and on field trips and that sort of thing that's right you're a star look at that thank you so much for your time I appreciate it. Oh, you're welcome. Thank you. I appreciate
"george there" Discussed on WTOP
"Social media influencer his unsanctioned video game giveaway console in new york's union square drew a crowd of thousands and spiraled into mayhem sanat was ultimately slapped with charges including inciting a riot and unlawful assembly cbs news correspondent michael george there two orlando police officers were shot late friday night after pulling a car over that was connected with a homicide in miami the suspect then stole another car and fled the scene police caught up with him at a hotel in orlando at around six saturday orlando morning police chief eric smith the suspect barricaded himself in a room several attempts to get the suspect to surrender were made and refused to give up at 8 58 the suspect shot other swan officers multiple times swan officers returned fire striking the suspect the suspect is now deceased the the suspect was twenty eight -year -old dayton bail and he's believed to have acted alone officers remain hospitalized in critical condition police in new york have arrested a 17 year -old high school student and accused him of a hate -motivated murder of a professional dancer the dancer twenty eight -year -old o'shea sibling was stabbed to death last weekend at a new york city gas station sibling who was gay was dancing with his friends to a beyonce song when police say he was taunted stabbed a summer surge in gas prices is causing pain at the pump those prices
"george there" Discussed on Northwest Newsradio
"Way in the northern plains and will spread into upper midwest areas like minnesota wisconsin upper michigan and indiana smoke could also cause issues in iowa and illinois including chicago now this time the smoke plume not coming from the canadian province of quebec it's instead funneling across canada from the west side of that country which is just north of us as of yesterday the encroaching smoke dropped air quality in many parts of montana and north dakota to code red or unhealthy levels on the air quality index that gives you an idea how far east it is from us here in the state of washington of course we'll keep an eye on that all right getting back here in the state for fire activity the baird springs fire nearly out latest we have in memos from the washington state fire marshal's office the sales of thursday morning here uh they were coordinating firefighting efforts at that blaze which is above crescent bar just north of the gorge at george there the fire had no growth in 48 hours only minor smoldering remains two in interior spots meanwhile they're working immobilizing firefighters now to fight what's called the wagner fire according to press release they are the blaze discovered on wednesday about 530 burned about 1200 acres burning grass and brush other fire still active columbia river about three miles southeast of omak about 2 .8 acres that fire since july 13th containment information not available we're also waiting this fire at the north end of lake china land right now at about two and a half acres rugged terrain that was discovered on i -12 the tunnel 5 fire four miles west of white salmon 546 acres containment 100 percent but again firefighters checking for hot spots and in chelton many wondering why the firefighters are still at that blaze along the mccune prairie road that started back about two o 'clock in the afternoon on the 4th of july no smoke 85 contained but now they're finding uh underground a lot of the roots of many of the brush there and burning so they're looking for hot spots that's why you see a lot of water trucks and good job to local lumber companies offering trucks water as well to just make sure everything is out even underground 838 now here at northwest news radio the washington state patrol investigating a crash that blocked several lanes of i -5 in Tacoma yesterday in the morning hour happened northbound five at mckinley street troopers say the driver of the car who allegedly caused a crash racing another vehicle two adults and two children inside a pickup truck that was struck by a car all the victims taken to the hospital troopers say a woman and two children had minor injuries the man had serious injuries northwest news radio some issues in spokane where teamsters local 690 members working for american medical response pocan will strike july twenty second they say if a contract deal isn't reached in the coming week the union that represents mts paramedics and other ambulance workers at amr spokane had three strike votes by were told thursday afternoon with the final opportunity for members to vote thursday at seven pm and have you got uh... well maybe if you've been on the water there a canal and cruising over here into Sinclair Inlet in Bremerton and many seeing this uh... submarine the US Navy has posted new photos of the USS Connecticut that's a fast attack nuclear submarine badly damaged when it hit an underwater mountain in the south china sea the USS Connecticut spent at the Puget Sound naval shipyard in Bremerton since early twenty twenty two for repairs repairs have been complicated as the Bremerton dry dock undergoes necessary seismic upgrades anyway the Navy released some recent pictures of it the dry dock has been tested and recertified in USS Connecticut docked for its extended docking selected restricted availability July twelfth according to the Navy right now they're saying prized sub will reportedly take years eight forty this morning here a part of our team as always got some Friday scores for us and some weekend schedules go heads up mark baseball return from the all -star break all festivities the and most of baseball's contingent has left the city of Seattle T -Mobile Park was in action last night but the Mariners fell to the Detroit Tigers they fell behind 3 -0 mounted comeback a but fell 5 -4 there's other baseball news the Cleveland Indians
"george there" Discussed on WTOP
"That it was an accident. No one was but hurt seven adults and seven children were displaced. If you use the George Washington Parkway to commute you might be left with a headache before walking into work. The National Park Service is extending lane configurations for another three and a half miles between Route 123 and Windy Run Bridge. There one will be lane going in each direction then a reversible lane during rush hour. The Park Service is asking all drivers respect to the signs and follow the 40 mile an hour speed limit. The multi -million dollar restoration project will not only repave the road but also redesign the Route 123 interchange and repair stormwater systems. That renovation is expected to be finished in late 2025. And coming up after traffic First and drop weather. in home equity in a decade, but not here. I'm Jeff Glabel. It's 808. Get a Precision AC tune -up for only $59. Michael and Son. How about traffic and weather on the 8th to the traffic center and Jack Taylor. Volume delays building Maryland how about 270 south leaving 85 I'm in through Urbana down toward 109 then some slowing Germantown in and at the lane divide to go down the southbound spur topside outer loop slows from 95 to Avenue George interloop delay though right around st. Barnabas Road and 210 headed down toward the Wilson bridge outer loop remains heavy though leaving Central Avenue headed up toward 50 the John Hansen Highway lay Hill Road southbound at George There Avenue. was an earlier crash delays both sides of the Baltimore Washington Parkway southbound the delay 100 toward 175 and 32 then again passing 197 northbound delays come out of Greenbelt riding toward Laurel lanes though reported open listeners described the broken down bus earlier southbound on Lockwood Drive at 29 last heard block in the right lane they'd had help so maybe that things are clearing stages now in Virginia who delays 66 leaving Gainesville East there is a crash in the mains after Manassas Rest Area taking the right lane Rest of the trip you look good into Roslyn westbound we're getting a little bit heavier riding back towards Sycamore inner loop delays Braddock Road to
"george there" Discussed on WCPT 820
"We have no plans on participating in that proceeding. It's decision that needs to be made still. No deadline set. So we'll wait and see. But you have met you and other attorneys have met with the prosecution Nicholas is leading the charge in this case terrific order and she's dealing with them and she's met with prosecutors correct. So you expect an indictment? I expect justice to prevail. If that's the case, George, there shouldn't be an indictment. I mean, this case is outraged. It's really. Trump's lawyer, mister faculty. Nice little set you got here, George Stephanopoulos. Is shame if something would have happened to your little GMA said. It's the best lippy questions. Yeah. Okay. Timothy has tweeted, did mom ever stick her tongue and Jodie zero. Please tell us about it. Slowly. No. No. That would be like incest. Oh my God. To be weird. Yeah. Jody's my sister. You only stuck you said you're tongue in men's ears. That's true. Well, I'm lesbian. I'm just. I'm bad at it. Does fanny like it when you stick her towel? No, she does not. We don't have the same taste in anything. Does anyone else have advice for us? We don't like the same anything. Entertainment speaking of everything everywhere all at once. Didn't you determine this? Like before, you. I think Jo and worley and I would have, I think we would be good together. She would also think that's what she would think about everything everywhere all. I don't think Lonnie would have liked it for the movie. She likes dark stuff. I don't know if the mushroom zombie people. Oh, it's so good. The last of us. Whatever. It's so good. I know. It doesn't like my grace of anatomy. Oh, that's good taste. Rom coms. I don't. I like caution out of me, I watch that. I loved 80s for Brady with my friend Lily Tomlin. It was fantastic. That's my kind of movie. Did fanny like it? No. No. She wasn't paying attention. I'm doing it. I was on team fanny. I know. I know. Yeah, I am too. Sorry. Lonnie and I don't like most of
"george there" Discussed on Bloomberg Radio New York
"That is the consequence of our discoveries and that science is discovery that the nations of the world join together and actually did something the world has warmed 1.1° since industrialisation in the 19th century And the U.S. and China have agreed to keep talking to control tensions even as they spa on Taiwan and other issues During a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Anthony blinken in Rome Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi called for regular exchanges to resolve problems Blinken says the countries can work together on issues like North Korea Afghanistan and climate Global news 24 hours a day on air and on bumper quick take powered by more than 2700 journalists and analysts in more than a 120 countries And Hannah George this is Bloomberg Caroline Amazing that atom Brees up at cop 26 of course the royals are up there too This is a massive global gathering of some 100 global leaders but this UN report about the hottest countries I think is really fascinating Sea levels have also gone up Incredible Yes and the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that's at the highest of modern records So they're looking at the geological evidence They're looking at the landscape and they're coming to the conclusion that this is the worst that this temperatures have been in the geological record So you're really seeing this concept of the Anthropocene you're seeing the human imprint in the geological record And that's what's really striking Yeah Thanks so much Very interesting a Hannah George there with all the world news Let's get your sports round up his Chris cave West Ham boss David Moyes insists there's a long way to go to secure a top four Premier League finish a four one win at Aston Villa movement.
"george there" Discussed on The Erick Erickson Show
"If you'd like to be on this program. I have to give you a confession out of the gate and they tell you in radio when you're a professional. These are the sorts of things you should not do. But i believe i should be as open and transparent with my audience as i possibly can we. We have a relationship in. So i confess to you. My head is not necessarily in this program at this moment. It it'll get there eventually. All so i went out with some friends last night. my buddy dave briggs used to be at cnn was at fox and nbc sports. He's got a job at a new media company in atlanta. We went out with his cousin last night. I had dinner. This place called joey up in dunwoody georgia a great steaks great bourbon. That i went by my office used the bathroom on the way home. And i just thought are the are the braves should should i serve taco bell now for those of you listening not in george there. There's this chain of restaurants in the atlanta that i love dearly called taco mac. They have great notch. their nachos are not as good as they used to be. They've changed him up a little bit but they're still really good but they have an incredible beer selection ending incredible beer selection. We're talking hundreds. So i i. They're they're so far ahead now. Those of us who are in georgia understand that the braves could be up a runs and still lose a baseball game. We we know this. But i gotta go see so i i i pulled into a taco mac and i got recognized and it was a good thing they started buying drinks and we watch the game together me the braves fans and it was a good night and a good time was had by all. What was the brave score last night. The braves crushed the dodgers in game. Four of the nfl by score of nine to two yesterday. Clutch crushed series said and siri. Maybe an idiot but she's not wrong nine to three. It's one more game one more. Nc this is where now the dodgers have been holding back in the crushes because god wants atlanta sports fans to be crushed. I figure something's bad is gonna happen to georgia this weekend and atlanta is the braves is just. It's gotta this is what happens if you're in georgia and you pay attention to sports and is this not an incredible month in sports. You got hockey. You got baseball basketball already or a little hockey. You got college football. You've got the nfl and in the braves won last night. Well then i had a problem like people been buying me. Bears be responsible. I should not go home go to lawful house alone in the middle of the night. Most of them are closing early. This one was open. So i went and i stayed. I've been home for a little while. I'm on my third cup of coffee. Their sixteen ounce tumblers worth of espresso. So i'm i'm doing fine. The head will be here. Eventually the head will show up but the braves won last night. It was glorious now we can get on with the show. I just wanted to open honest. Transparent keep you all informed of what's going on. It was a good night and a good time was had by all. And thank you all those of you at the taco mac for taking care of my bartram..
"george there" Discussed on Bloomberg Radio New York
"And it's a very critical day today It's Bloomberg's Hannah George hi Hannah Good morning Caroline it is the UK's furlough scheme ends today after supporting millions of workers over the course of the pandemic but uncertainty remains over what comes next Bloomberg's young Potts reports The UK's Chancellor says he's immensely proud of the scheme that helped pay the wages of more than 11 million people after COVID forced the abrupt shutdown of many parts of the economy But Rishi sunak says it's the right time for the scheme to end However economists awarding them may be arising unemployment due to new redundancies to help Britain's struggling with the cost of living Bloomberg understand the Chancellor may announce a 500 million pound program of grants to be distributed via local councils In London I'm Juan Potts Bloomberg daybreak Europe In the U.S. Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer says lawmakers have reached an agreement to avoid a government shutdown tomorrow The Senate will vote this morning on legislation to extend government spending until December 3rd Meanwhile President Biden is scrambling to break a deadlock among Democrats who are split over the size and scope of his wider economic agenda North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un has launched a fierce verbal assault on the Biden administration Bloomberg's head Baxter has the story We haven't heard much from Kim over the last few months Recently he's gone back to testing missiles and has asserted that the latest one is boosting his nuclear weapon effort Now he says saying as the actions of the past 8 months of the U.S. administration have clearly shown U.S. Military threatened hostile policy toward North Korea has not changed at all Washington's North Korea policy is becoming more cunning saying he would step up new weapon developments to deter any possible military provocations by hostile forces In San Francisco I'm at Baxter Bloomberg daybreak Europe And in the British French fishing spat Paris says it will talk to its EU partners before retaliating against the UK It had accused Britain of breaking its post Brexit commitments by barring French fishing boats from its waters France previously threatened to block rules that would allow UK financial firms to do business in the EU if Britain doesn't respect its fishing commitments Global news 24 hours a day on air and on Bloomberg quick take power by more than 2700 journalists and analysts in more than a 120 countries I'm Hannah George This is Bloomberg roger Anna thank you Anna George there with all the latest global news On Bloomberg daybreak Europe it's a very important day because the government is going to scrap its almost 80 billion pound lifeline for the country's poorest families We're going to talk about the impact of the end of the furlough scheme This was the scheme of course they kept so many workers at least being able to get money during the crisis It is now coming finally to and we'll discuss the effect it's actually had on the country and the labor shortage of course that now seems to be coming out of this at the same time The workers who are coming out of the fairly scheme will they perhaps as many as a million of them actually be able to get back into work if they no longer have the jobs that they have before All these issues are very key when we look at what's going on with the UK recovery We're going to talk about also the temporary uplifter universal credit ending.
"george there" Discussed on Six Degrees of WTF
"Who seems really weird for me. People do that. That's true. If he's like, I'm going to see you in a couple of weeks anyway. It's going to be a couple of weeks. It's fine. If I tell them I'm here, they're going to want to see me they're going to want to yeah. No, I get that. I'm going to be caught. But I also don't understand why he told them that he was on his way to Sacramento so that it didn't look weird that he had just driven up their specifically to see her. And he didn't even know if she was there or not. So it's almost like did he drive up there hoping that he was going to see her and they were going to reconnect, and he was going to finally get his wife, I don't know, but it just seems weird that he gave them that story. Because I couldn't find anything else about a planned trip to Sacramento. Yeah. The next day, Stephen was in saint George all day on the 11th, in fact, people saw him because he had been out putting up his window washing fires, had come across a couple of girls who had gotten locked out of their house. And so he helped them call someone for help to come home and let them into their house. And then the next weird trip was the next day on December 12th, they saw where his cell phone had pinged a tower and over to Nevada, which is about 80 miles southeast of saint George. There was a transaction at a convenience store later in the evening that same day and Mesquite Nevada, which would have been on his way back because Mesquite sits right at the Nevada Arizona border. And when you're driving from saint George, to Nevada, you cross through just a northern tip of Arizona. Later that night there was the transaction at Kmart, which was where he had purchased the gifts that were found in his car. No one knows why he was an overton. All of the trypsin Nevada make the police wonder if maybe he had been gambling to try as lock at winning some money, or worse, and maybe he was running drugs for someone to make some money. Oh, they thought also maybe the window washing business was just a cover business like we saw in Breaking Bad where they had the car wash. So this is when they start looking into some people and Steven's life and one of them was the roommate that he had lived with for a while and seen George. As a family knew he and Stephen were very different..
"george there" Discussed on Lakers Nation Podcast
"No, at this point I you know, we were we were joking that, you know, maybe the Clippers would do it and we would get back Luke Kennard in the deal. Very unlikely, definitely not going to happen if if anything he's more likely to walk into the Clippers mid-level exception and just play the 1-year on the mid-level exception and try to go again next year, when there's a little more money out there, that's like one thing. I, I do want to say about Spencer Dinwiddie, he called a shot perfectly because he a couple of weeks before free agency. He was asked, what like, if you were staying on the Nets or leaving and you said, it depends what the Nets offer. If the Nets offered something that no one else can offer, I'll stay. But if they offer me something like any literally said, three years. That's right. I can get that anywhere. You know what, right? He knew what was out there, but Ron how could he have known NBA teams and players weren't allowed to talk to George There until August 2nd, there's no way. It's just in case of brilliant Insight just by Spencer Dinwiddie prognosticator of all prognosticators forget, I forget Punxsutawney, Phil Collins Spencer, Dinwiddie on Groundhog Day Jamal 49er from YouTube. Hey, Trevor, big Lakers fan. Thank you. Sure. That brought you, that brought you here. What do you think about the two roster spots with Iggy and Lou, Williams and saved the last spot for Kevin Love if he's bought out Iguodala, I think is certainly a worthy addition there, Lou Williams. I don't know if you need what he brings, if anything, if I'm the Lakers and I guess we should use this to get into this topic run. If you're look at this Lakers roster, what do you feel like they need the most right now? For me, it's Wing Defenders. And so Lou Williams wouldn't fit that equivalent would, what do you think now? What do you see? When you look at the roster, they've got put together. I really believe that the final three roster spots should go to Andre, Iguodala Wesley Matthews and Jared Dudley Andre. If he wants to come. Obviously, he could still very well. Go to the Warriors wage if he wants to come to La. I think it'd zala. Wesley Matthews and Jared Dudley are the perfect final. Three candidates to round out the roster like into exactly what it needs to be blue Williams, you know, no disrespect to, he's he's a good player. He's fine player, he does, he does good things, does.
"george there" Discussed on Heartland Newsfeed Radio Network
"George. You still have not me how you blew up different and did not get yourself more. Have the tally everything But i've studied why you are so successful. Let you have your little secret. Trade secrets secrets in every trade. You know let's. Of course. I forget you got your training with stuff in berlin. The yeah yeah taught me a couple of things Tell me where are you in contact with the thermal group when you are in belly something them naturally and what about deutsches farming industry very fine. I guess there's a lot of dough on our side Oh but of course. We have the money the other discount. They have the rags on their backs. And the fewer riders. They get from the bolsheviks. But about this money you The fact is a little short me. Sound wade we all have more work for you to do show but I don't you think that s so that is why you are so suspicious to me. You'll want money. Let's the away. Of course i can arrange that homage new one. Oh how much do you figure job as much as fifty thousand. How much is that in united states dollars. I mean pounds. But thousand humps. I don't think i can do it. But i kind of dough sauce and pumps is a lot of money but thinking expenses. What spent well things like good. Well dynamite for instance. You know. I don't get that stuff for peanuts or you love beating me. I will get you all the dynamite. You one for nothing. hm well How about the element of personal risk this reckoning exactly the healthiest world media know you write your ut say risky profession to be. She's with the one i'm telling you. How much do you want. I don't see how. I can play ball for less than one. Hundred thousand of them Say well well let's. Let's don't go here within an hour. Okay it's a deal and then maybe you don't have time to go out on a little bender. V had three wheel and Look mike at small bills. Well yeah they're easier to handle. It's a lot of money but my friends and i will bring it in suitcases as well. And one thing. I'll be florida's nice job. You might have to help me get out of the country for a little. while you know new lanes. we'd be over there. I can assure rail pal. Lena i won't forget it. I know you want george george. There is wanting just a little formality. I can be sure to get the money. Well sure anything you so you right and it is not funny so they will know. I contacted you. Know what What does the note say. Just something like High padre has contacted ellen be young and we are agreed on procedural. Well i guess. I'll be all right. Okay and i have gone jack. Lena yet goes and we are agreed. And you cure procedure nine you orange had. Okay thank you. Well i think run along now. Then i will be back at eight o'clock okay. That'll be okay. You.
"george there" Discussed on WJR 760
"Like in the spring. Every year, and he's like two or three inches. It only heats because there's water down there. They're freezes. Yeah, it could be. So why don't you got? I don't think it's water because it's I have French rain and It's didn't my driveway goes down right out of that. And George, There is no reason the world of 50 inch foundational holes should behavior at all. Unless there's water. Yes, you've got to understand what causes the heave is water freezing in the soils. So somehow, some way. Um you've got a condition Where you a half the water and be have the freezing and frost can you were just talking about this two or three weeks ago. No. 42 inches is a code minimum for depth. You went 50 and yours here and you're saying that wasn't enough. Let me add to that. Remember a job I did years ago that we dug the foundations 42 inches. And we hit black dirt, and the inspector made us dig so there could be a chance. You know you have black dirt or soil. That's not involved Trainable there that sure. Because Because at that point we had to dig 62 inch four. Absolutely. Yeah. Got to have some kind of water there. Hey, Lynn, From Milbury, Stick around and answer your call. We get back and break in the meantime, Chuck, we have a fantastic company. That is not only a good citizen that donates a lot of free roofs to needy people a lot of free rush, but Paul W. Smith says they can put an excellent roof on your house there, right And you know, we must be talking about Victor's roughy. Mm hmm. It's Macy's lowest prices.
"george there" Discussed on Heartland Newsfeed Radio Network
"George you still have not taught me how you blew up different and did not get yourself everything And that is why you are so successful that you have your little secret Trade secrets as secrets. Every trade you know. Let of course i forget you got your training with in berlin Yeah yeah yep taught me a couple of things and tell me what are you income. Factory the firm group when you are in belly roy something. I'm naturally and whatever deutsches five industry very fine. I guess there's a lot of dough on us side Oh of course we have the money the other Discount they have the rags on their backs and the fewer riders they get from the show but up about this money he has to is The fact is i'm a little short so we all have more work for you to do. I'll show but I don't you think that that is why you so suspicious to me. You want the money. Let's the your way. And of course i can arrange that. Homage do one. Oh how much do you figure. This job is warning though much as a thousand How much is that in the united states dollars. I mean pounds about the thousand humps. I don't think. I can dope it. I kinda dough sauce and pumps is a lot of money but the expenses what they spend. Well things like well this dynamite. For instance. you know. I don't get that stuff peanuts or you loud beating me. I will get you all the dan you might you one for nothing well How about the element of personal risk. This racket ain't exactly the healthiest in the world media the dad you tonight your risky profession to be a fascist subway. This is what i'm telling you. How much do you want. I don't see how. I can play ball for less than one. Hundred thousand of them Satis repeat well. Well let's can. I have to go here in an hour. Okay it's a deal and then maybe you an meals don't have time to go out and a little bendon. Yes it will and look mike at small bills while you're there easy at the handle a lot of money but my friend said i will bring it in suitcases. Well and One thing what is nice job you You might have to help me get out of the country for a little while you know. I got that i got three days. I can assure rail paddling. i won't forget it. I know you want george george. There is one thing just a little formality. So i can be sure to get the money. Well sure anything you say you right and it is not.
"george there" Discussed on Heartland Newsfeed Radio Network
"You still have not me how you blew up the and did not get give yourself everything But that is why you are so successful that you have your little secret. Trade secrets secrets. Every trade you know. Let of course i forget you get your training taco in berlin. The yeah yeah yeah. They taught me a couple of things. tell me what you income packed with the firm of croup when you are in bali short something i'm naturally and what about deutsches five in industry very flying flying I guess there's a lotta dole on us side Oh what of course we have the money. The other dis- come. They have the rags on their backs. And the fewer riders. They get from the about this money. He has to the The fact is i'm I'm a little short me so we all have more work for you to do. I'll sean but I don't you think that that is why you suspicious to me. You want the money. Let's y'all ain't it. Of course i can reach that homage. Do one oh. How much do you job is worrying as much as a thousand. How much is that in the united states dollars. I mean pounds about thousand pumps. I don't think i can do it. But i kinda dough sauce and pumps is a lot of money. George but the expenses expansion things like Well this dynamite for instance. You know don't get that stuff for peanuts. You loud beating me. I will get you all the dynamite. You for nothing well How about the elements of personal risk this reckoning exactly the healthiest in the world media. Now dan you are right george. Ut risky profession to be a by. She's telling you how much do you want. no. I don't see how. I can play ball for less than one. Hundred thousand of them status peak. Well well let's swirly threats Don't go here within an hour okay. it's a deal. And then maybe you and meals don't have time to go on a little bender. Yes that has to be real. And what mike at small bills. Well yeah easier to handle a lot of money. My friend said i will bring it in me. Suitcase as well and One thing lena for this nice job you're you might have to help me get out of the country for a little while you know i got. I got no over there. I can assure that's a real talent. I won't forget it. I know you wouldn't george george. There is one thing just a little formality to. I can be sure to get the money. Sure anything you say right and it is not for the so they will know i contacted you. Know what What does the note say. Just something like a pie. Padre has contacted ellen young and we are agreed on future procedure. It'll be alright. Okay i have done seen Yet goes and we are agreed. You cure roast nine your orange like say okay. Thank you well. I think you'd better run along. Then then i will be back at eight o'clock okay. We be okay. You will be waiting for me. Don't.
"george there" Discussed on Celtics Beat
"It doesn't give a damn who is starting for our team like who's starting versus who comes off the bench just it doesn't mean much to Brad and maybe that's because you know, he is a guy that obviously like within his own playing career didn't reach those Heights where life some of that level of ego does come into play. It's just it's not that Big a deal to him you can you know, you like you can come off the bench and play the same minutes. If not more minutes than a starter. I mean, how often have you seen a Daniel theis or a big, you know big X whomever it be maybe over the last five years play like 15 minutes in game and then a big Off the Bench Place twenty-seven. So it's you know, Brad just that's that's not his thing. Well Jared response to that text. It's a good opportunity for me to tell you about met online. Of course our friends at betonline.ag football is over as we know it's you know right now as we talk though legal tampering is underway in the NFL so move and shake and going on and you know, but with the NBA in college basketball NHL all in full swing there's much to pay attention to at BetOnline our partners here NBA title odds, the Brooklyn Nets they've left in two thousand plus 250 and I have thoughts on that team the Lakers they are + 280 the defending champs. The Clippers have + 550 LED, of course by that two-headed monster of Kawhi Leonard the once Raptors change. Paul George there as well the Jazz still hanging on by a thread + 750. Although have absolutely nobody has respect in terms of title contention then the Celtics if you want to like some coin again, they've won five out of 6 + 3300 to win a.
"george there" Discussed on KFI AM 640
"Hey, and welcome back to coast to coast back with our final segment with Angel. That's because Angel How did the telescope end up in Puerto Rico in the first place? That's a real good question. Well, there was It was a few sites there. George there were chosen back in the late fifties. First we have to look for a natural like a natural sinkhole. The where the out of people's territories located. It is a natural sinkhole. Okay, so we needed a hole about a big foot addition about 1000 ft. There were a couple of places there was it was a place. Maybe there was a place in Hawaii. It was another one in Cuba. There was a few places in Puerto Rico and Hawaii was logistically a little bit far away. Huber while in the late fifties, you know the political situation that was not gonna good idea, and so And for me, luckily for this kid from Brooklyn date today put it is not a stable and so I don't see. Why has that there was a large natural sinkhole. Minimal amount of excavation again. The latitude of honesty was also 18 degrees, which which was very good also because all the planets Go over the equator. So we're 18 degrees above the equator. So there was a view of that There were a few requisites that at its neighbor did Phil We're almost almost unity there, George. All right, let's go to final calls. Davis and April Park, New York Welcome the show. Thanks for holding David. Good morning, George. Yeah, I want to give a shout out to you first. And we have to have a sense of humor during these times. And if you lose that, you know you're giving up and what I what I wanted. I.
"george there" Discussed on 77WABC Radio
"Always Jody and I welcome you to our home. Broadcast is coming from my house in New York City today. So we're sort of by state by state jewel because you'd say something like that. So normally were upstate. Now we're here and thank you so much for all the kindness that you give us on our Facebook page that cousin Brucie friendship page. Check that out. There's videos, all kinds of stories and And then I do something called rock and roll call, and whatever is happening in our lives I tell you about. That's great. It wasn't Brian Island wasn't at the right for a little bit. Look. Great Telephone 808 48 92 22 e mail. His cousin Brucey had wnbc radio dot com. Alright, let's go on the phone. Vero Beach, Florida Gorgeous area. Let's go to Cousin George Down in Vero Beach. Hyah! George! Welcome to the show. Hey, George. You there, buddy. George around. Do we have anybody? No, George George. George. George. Georgie Wonder what have we lost? George? Uh, anybody want to tell me what is George there? Thank you here, George. Oh, I thought I lost you. Oh, I'm right here. Well, good. I'm glad you're sitting there. I'm sitting here yelling for you and I are almost hung up. I'm so glad we got each other. How are you Deny George Um, there was great. Great. Good, George. Are you reasonably awake? Uh, he was reasonably Yeah. Okay. I got you, Georgia. I'm calling because I want you to do me a favor. Yeah, I want it. I want you to play a song That reminds me of my granddaughter. Really shine a lollypop sunshine and lollipops and rules. That's my Lesley Gore. Now you're talking very special here. That was Ah, very dear friend of mine. We lost her several years ago. And I miss him to this very day And I know the audience. There's two are George. What did you grandchild name? Emily Emily, you want to say something nice family from Grandpa. Emily. You know I love you know. Great line. Pennsylvania. Nice. How old is Emily? 11. All right, George, you stay well, next time you call me, George you I want you right there. And I want your wait. Hear me? Okay. Go..
"george there" Discussed on Newsradio 700 WLW
"I knew once I said outfit, I was in trouble. I should not have said I coordinate my outfit my hat with my outfit. Just I coordinate my baseball cap with my pull over or sweatshirt or T shirt or I'm just that way. And Dave on Twitter agrees with these so it's Ian Dave. Producer Alex Frank offers up the guy in the yellow hat from curious George. There you go and iconic hat Now we don't know that guy's name. I just looked up the history of curious George and curious. George was brought home by the man in the with the yellow hat. Head. How do you know that? I just Googled it. I There's no reference to Ted. All right. Alex has heard through the great fire grapevine that the man in the Yellow hats name was Ted. So the Yellow hat makes our list of iconic hats and caps in honor of National hat Day. Let's go. Let me go straight here because I love the show. I love the character and I remember the scene in Loveland. Hello, Fran. Hey, Lance. How you doing? Great, man. Good. Hey, I just had came to my mind right away when you said this because I just finished watching the series on Netflix. And it's breaking back character is Walter White. Yes, and that black Heisenberg war. It's fantastic. When he put that on, he became ah, whole different character. He became so sinister looking with his dark glasses and goatee. And it just It's an iconic look for May I absolutely every everybody Tohno that out If they can't it is on my list. That is a great one to start. Thank you, friend. Have a great night breaking bad. One of the top one of my five Least top 10, Probably five favorite TV shows of all time. Bryan Cranston is Heisenberg. He had that hat on and what was the famous line say My blank and name he told the guy in the desert. The name of that hat that Walter White Bryan Cranston is wearing. In in that scene. It's called a pork pie hat. Again until I looked it up today. I do research on these topics. I had no idea why it was called a pork pie hat, according to what I found, it got its name from its telescoped crown, which features a slight lip around the upper edge of the crown and look similar to a traditional English meat pie. So it's called a pork pie hat Heisenberg in breaking Bad War that and that goes on our list of iconic hats and or caps. How about we gotta go to dating? Hey, Dave. Hands. How you doing? I'm okay. How are you doing? Well, I think this may, uh, not iconic hats. But this is kind of in the hat, poppet because I have Ah, large collection of half because I kind of you know when you go on vacation to go to a ball of string ballpark or whatever I I collect. I get a half verse to the T shirt. I'd rather have hats. I am more hats in my wife and stands and so every 14 my report I've gotta had. I've got my good luck hat I've got yes, you know. And I've got my grass cutting hand. I've got two and my lucky hat and I have become so attached to my hat That was on a cruise and the wind blew a hat. One of my favorite hat off my head into the ocean. And it was like my dog died, like e Want to dive overboard to go get it. You know, I might have, you know, bring back certain memory. Yeah, You're with your dad on trips and stuff like that, And it's just, you know, that's you know, that's my You know, my workout hat, everything. So if that's my kind of collection of hats, toe hat day is, you know I've got a half for every moment. I got an opening they had. I don't like your idea of getting a different one every day. So I may I may start. I mean, steal that from you and then grab a new, um, You know, Red's hat Every opening day I stand right in front of the big case display, and I say, all right, which one goes to the collection this year, and I always try to pick out a different start. Different color, different styles. Something, uh Kind of far removed from what else I have. Yeah, I like the old fashioned old school one. That one's a little rips in them. That looked a little warning stuff. And you know, you probably have seen problem is like picking out you know when you got 30 Choices like God, I love I love like 10 of them. Can me But you know, this is, um This is a great topic. Thank you. I'm every morning um, I roll out of bed in the first thing I do is throw on a hat and I tried to mix it up a little bit. But Um, you know, it's like you're like a comfortable shoes. Ugo your dad about all right. Thanks. Great weekend, Dave. Thank you. You know, he mentioned his his lawn mowing hat. I remember they couple years ago. We did this topic. I have a again. I'm probably revealing too much about myself. I have a rotation for my hats. And they start out. As you know, every day, walking around hats and with wearing terror, they eventually move into my running or work out. Hat stage where I wear that for running and work you sweating. It starts to break down a lot, and just the words And then once it breaks down a little bit more, it becomes the meowing hat. Because, man, you were a hat while you're you're mowing in the summer, and that things just trashed when it's done, So I'm not gonna trash a good hat. So once you've reached the end of the line, my hat's know that they've reached the end of the line when they're my meowing hat. And what is that weird? That's just how I do it Their stages to all of my head. Let me give you another one cowboy hat..