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A highlight from MASSIVE XRP PUMP! (Ethereum Not Done Yet!)
"Today is a great day to have a new set in crypto. How are we all doing today? It's 11 -6. It's November 6th. It's 11 -32. Sorry. It's 10 -33am. How are we all doing today? We got a new set. We got some new people. This is going to be phenomenal. Look at that lighting down below, folks. It's lovely. I'm loving it. Hey, chat, let us know what you think about it. But guys, we're going to be talking about XRP. Why is XRP pumping? What is going on with Ethereum? Is there more activity? XRP is the crypto market's back is all -coin season starting. Also some huge Bitcoin ETF news as well and Grok AI, the AI that most resembles a caveman's name. But yeah, we got Drew and Kelly. I don't know which way to look. Do I look at the camera? Do I look at chat? Do I look at these two lovely gentlemen? Look me in my eyes. All right. Let's maintain eye contact for the entire show. Love the new set. It looks amazing. Nice. Nice. Okay. A little bit of an echo. Special shout out to our entire team here at Hit Network, BJ, Aaron, and Joel, and Bobby, and Owen. There's so many people who just work tirelessly. If I forgot anybody's name, a lot of you. Love you all. We appreciate how much hard work you do. Really special shout out there. Drew, any message on the beginning of the set? How do you feel about it? Man, it's just - You helped carry some things. Yeah, no, it's nice to have a fresh start. And I mean, this is just, it feels as professional as we act every day. Oh, that's not at all. I mean, I don't know. We bring the heat. So we have a new set up here. It's nice to be able to conversate back and forth with you guys, bounce ideas by each other a little bit more organically as we go through the news. So - Legit, because he DZ being a future Jimmy Kimmel. No, I will never be the CIA's puppet master. Okay. I will never be their puppet. All right. Let's get right into the show here, folks. Guys, let's see if I can share your screen. Make sure you're following us on Discover Crypto. We just put out two phenomenal videos over the weekend. In this Cardano video, I also added it to my pin tweet here, if you want to see it. But I highly recommend you go check it out on YouTube. Get in there, get in the chat, leave a couple of questions, we'll start replying to the videos. I don't know how I'll do it with the next video, working on some top three tips to master the bull run for the first hour that the video's out, we'll go ahead and maybe we'll engage with you. So if you've got any questions, I'll jump in there. Also, we did another video on Jimmy Bitcoin. The heist Bitcoin is stronger than any Bitcoin heist in history, billions of dollars. So it's a really, really good video. I recommend it. He's like the Bitcoin heist meister. He's the heist meister. Yeah, yeah. He's not Heisman, but he's the heist man. All right, folks, make sure you go to hit merch as well. And I think it's time for us to just get right into this Ripple story, folks. Ripple gaining momentum, $850 million, and whale buys push price above 75 cents here. You see it broke out above a critical 65 cents resistance, and now it looks like it's off to the races. So over the last two weeks, crypto whales have been spotted buying XRP aggressively. Not only are the whales buying, they're buying aggressively, folks. As of 2023, the event edges is now the best time to get crypto. You know what? I can see why Bobby's wanting me to move left. I tend to lean to my right. All right, between October 24th and November 6th, the whales, how much XRP did they acquire? 1 billion .26 XRP, folks. And if XRP does say go to $2, $2 .50, even $4, talking about billions of dollars here. So they're bringing their new balances to a new 2023 peak. So we're at a new peak for XRP balances on the whale wallets here. Now there is a big event coming. It's the 2023 edition of Swell Digital Asset Conference in Dubai later this week. It's an invite -only event. So we'll feature keynote speeches and dialogue with some leaders, regulators, and innovators. Now Drew, you're kind of Mr. XRP here. I think you're probably the biggest fan of XRP. The whales are buying. Now are they going to start dumping? No, I mean, we'll always see a little bit of sell pressure, but I think that banks being even just slightly willing to test out XRP and its remittance payment systems and these continuing patterns growth that I see for Ripple in general, I think that things across the world are seeing this. The US still has the gray area, but the rest of the world is feeling ready for it. So I don't think that that'll be on us anytime soon, a big dump. All right. All right. More conspiracy talk. You guys are always on point. No, no, no. We got to get off the rails here. Poor Jimmy. You know what? Poor Jimmy Zong. That's the only Jimmy I like talking about. All right. Here we have the social dominance chart. So this blue line is where people mentioned XRP. So when you see a little bit of spike in social media chatter, oftentimes you're going to see a little bit of a price increase as well. But sometimes social media chatter precludes the pump. Sometimes it's after the pump. They're just, it depends because as a coin doubles in price over a month, people will just start talking about it naturally, even if nothing else is going on. But so here's the social dominance metric is showing the percentage share of a cryptocurrency in comparison to the 50 most talked about projects in the crypto media channels. So they'll just look at keywords, how many TikToks are being made and compare it to the other 49 coins there. But having cleared the resistance at $0 .65, XRP price now faces minimal resistance on the road to $0 .70 as well. So not only that, though, we also have Deaton coming out. He was coming out in favor. So there's a little bit of a settlement with the SEC versus XRP months ago where, hey, programmatic sales, hey, that seems fine. But when you're selling to a hedge fund, that seems bad. So we had one win, we had one loss, and we're saying, so this is like a 50 -50, right? This is like a 50 -50 win -lose. So Deaton's coming out saying it is not 50 -50, it is 90 % win, 10 % loss. So we're looking at more of a 90 -10 ratio here. So here, let's just get his quote out here. In a recent post, he strongly refuted the idea that the result was close to a 50 -50 outcome here. The people who argued that the SEC got a 50 -50 victory in the ripple crates are 100 % right wrong here. I'm still messing around with it. It was more like a 90 -10 in Ripple's favor. If Ripple ends up paying $20 million or less, it's a 99 .9 % legal victory. Did it feel like a 99 .9 % legal victory, Drew? Yeah, I mean, absolutely. A lot of the talk from famously like Pomp when we first got the Ripple case laid out, he's like, oh, you're holding securities, but kind of dancing on the graves of people that held XRP, even in the retail, which I think was just an absolute spit on the face disservice and a to our freedom to transact and to have new systems come about to do those transactions. So seeing even these chunks of wins from XRP and Ripple are massive, massive gains in confidence for people across the world. Now they're looking at this thing and many people are calling it the most regulated crypto on earth just from these recent wins. You brought up gains of confidence. You think I care about the gains of confidence? I don't care about the gains of confidence. I only care about the gains in price. And that's where we're going to go to Kelly here. Kelly, we have some charts here. I don't know if you're looking at XRP, but yeah, 65 cents, 70 cents. Is that all just a facade or is there a real support and resistance happening here? Well, it's throwing it here to the chart. We can see that this is essentially a chart I've been looking at for some time. And interestingly, we have this sort of uptrend parallel channel that on this break to the upside, which is when we have that initial news breaking of the sec the court case stuff that we got this massive pump and essentially rejected right here at a known level that goes all the way back. I mean, this goes all the way back to this base point here, December, 2020. So this is a pretty interesting when the price was going, I was looking at this suggesting, and this is going to be likely turnaround point. We got a stiff rejection off that until we broke down and tested the lower bound here. Got a deviation below. Now why will we have a deviation below is because these smart money people out there, these the people that really understand how to move the markets, they try to do everything they can to trigger those of you and those of me and drew DZ. Everybody that's in this market is subject to emotions. And those that are in control of their emotions and have a sound strategy and risk management doesn't get triggered by this consistently. But those, somebody sold down here cause they thought it was going lower. Oh man. It gave that opportunity for a lower entry for a long, okay. Now we're seeing here, especially where we're at in relationship to the having coming up and we have all this stuff on the horizon about the the IPO for ripple. And we have all these court cases winning into to your point earlier. I don't think they're going to win a hundred percent, but I think that's baked in. I think in the sense that at 99 .8 % or whatever, they're going to have to have some concession not to make Gary Gensler feel like he completely has, you know, a full face of egg on it. So there's going to be some sort of small fine paid or some concession that they have to make, but it's literally just going to be the fee of doing business. We see this also, it's not, it's not the end of the world. We look at you know, traditional banking, they've had $40 billion in fines since 2000 traditional banking. And yet there's, you know, they're able to continue doing business because it's the price of doing business. Now, are these levels that you're talking about? You said 65 cents. Yeah. 65 cents. And then a lot of resistance at 70 cents as well. 65 cents is right here. This previous range high that we broke through. I do think if we come back down, this is a great area. If we're very bullish, this is a great area for price to bounce on. It doesn't mean if we lose this, it's not bullish anymore. In fact, we can come all the way back down here to this horizontal line. That's in perfectly a basically cross section right here to that 60 cents level. This would be a great opportunity for another, you know, still bullish pullback if we come back to this level. Now, if it does continue to run, where is it going to go? Are you going to buy DZ? Are you going to buy on the way up if we get two candles in a row that are still bullish and we break 85 cents, is that a signal for you to buy and prices just running higher? You know, as much as I like candles, I don't like buying wicks. And so just I even when it hurts me, I just I'm averse against buying wicks. Yeah, no, I hear that. And so the point here is if things are running, that's a signal that there's a lot of stuff going on. Let the pullback let the chart come to you in your strategy so you can so you can make a smart buy. Now, let's go ahead, look at Bitcoin, Bitcoin and an interesting sort of channel that it's it's trading here. A lot of people are speculating. Is this going to be a setup for a sort of kind of flopsided bar pattern where the price action actually continues chopping in here only to break down and, you know, to this level? But why is that level important to previous high level that thirty two thousand dollars? Now, whether we continue higher or pullback down there now, at some point, I do think we're going to test below this range that we're in right now. Things are I mean, we see the momentum here is trending down while the price is still slightly turning higher. So there is some signs that we may be having some issue here coming up fairly shortly. I think C90 says the best. We're too far away from the having to not have at least one pullback. I don't know if it's going to start tomorrow. I don't know if it's going to start two months from now, but we're looking at an April twenty twenty four halving date. There's I'm assuming it's going to be much more likely than not in those six, five, six months. We'll experience a pullback now. Everybody want and I just did a video on this on the bit lab morning stream talking about the pump season. It's holidays. Everybody not only has a bias that they wanted to go up because you want to feel happy during the holidays, but there is data out there. There's data out there that shows that on average, November has a thirty seven percent pump to the upside. But that doesn't that doesn't mean every November is a thirty seven percent pump. There are some November's that have been negative. Basically, you've lost value in November. And we can see on this chart right here, this is seasonality. This is Q4. These these yellow bars, horizontal bars. This is Q4. And yes, we had a pump here. But look, we had a dump here, consolidation here, pump here, break down here. So you have to you have to take it into the context of where you're at in the market cycle compared to the halving. So as it stands right now, I do think we very well could get a pump. But look how far we still are from having to me if we do get that pump, I'm going to be looking for an opportunity coming into the halving for still some lower prices to whatever level we pump from pump two. So I would just urge caution. The higher we go, start looking for opportunities for prices on a pullback. All right. Let's say what is the coin you want to get more of during a pullback? I'm just going to say boring Bitcoin. I feel like I don't have enough Bitcoin. So if there is a pullback, I think I'm a scoop up some more bitty. What about you two? I'm going to be going after Cardano next. That's the next big bag. I have too much of it. What about you, Kelly? Well, I'm torn because I mean, look at pull up this chart real quick, because we see dominance is coming into a known zone. Not a carry off. Do you like Natalie and Bruglia? I'm told that's how I was trying to think of the song is that I'm still coming into this zone. Dominance is pulling back. We're seeing a little bit of capital rotate out of Bitcoin. And we also see the Ethereum dominance broke. Everybody wants to see this breaking, thinking every alts are just going to moon. But we still could very well have those alts pull back. So it's still a little bit. Everybody wants this to be an alt season because we're seeing some pretty big gains, you know, also because we're all overexposed in alts. That's why. Yeah. You know, one of those ones, everybody was kind of taking a little doodoo biscuits on was right here. Albert Rand. Everybody was saying they thought it was dead because they're also doing that rebrand. But look at this 45 percent pump. But it's pushing higher. But don't get lost in the bias just because you're feeling good in a green candle. Look for those pullbacks. If I had to pick one, it would be Bitcoin.
Fresh "Joel" from News, Traffic and Weather
"Ever recorded female people living along the stiligwamish river doing what they can stay to above flood waters the latest storm has left multiple roads throughout snoqualmie valley too precarious for travelers i live up on a hillside night i don't have to go over any areas that are flooded there's certain areas that'll be hard for jeremy houston this boat was the safest way out from the farm where he works the road flooded out earlier than expected a friend of mine gave me a boat and told me if i oared this way that i'd make it to dry land houston says he had to get out quickly because there are places at the farm outside of carnation that are already three to four feet water like today i was harvesting vegetables on the ground so i didn't lose them and that's why i was cutting it so close christina lathrop and her son fox came down to take a look the swollen waterway well so i actually am a photographer and i've been doing photo shoots on that bank um and last weekend i came out to do one and and it was gone but even with the dangers posed by water across the roadways and the extra i time have the detours it takes to people drive say it's just a fact of life living in snoqualmie valley this time of year that's come before where's us joel morano close call for a woman in arlington after she drove around a barrier and into flood waters firefighters telling us she got stuck didn't know what to do called 911 reported that she was ambulance in the water taking her the away from the scene after fire crews were able to go in get her out of the car they told us she was reported being very cold inside that car and her car was stuck this is why they uh the sheriff's these officials road say they closures put out just because you don't know how your car is going to perform that's come before us jurors have heard from a second Tacoma police officer charged in the death of Manny Ellis officer Timothy Rankin is charged with first degree manslaughter two other Tacoma officers Matthew Collins and Christopher Burbank are charged with second degree murder and first degree Rankin admitted to applying weight to Ellis's back while Ellis was lying handcuffed on the ground Rankin says he feared Ellis was trying to get up I kind of situated myself from the right side of his torso I think I had just placed my right knee on his right shoulder um and I kind of just formulated they did a plan with Officer Burbank that I was going to take the right side of his body of Mr. Ellis's torso and also Burbank was going to take the left side of Miss Ellis's torso Rankin also said that at one point Ellis Officer Burbank off of his back that's Como Forest Preston Phillips and you remember that Alaska Airlines pilot who tried to crash a plane full of passengers after he took magic mushrooms well he's been indicted by grand jury attorneys for former Alaska Airlines Captain Joseph Emerson say they hope they can get him released from jail by the end of the week a after grand jury decided not to indict him on the 83 counts of attempted murder he had originally been charged with by prosecutors however the grand jury did indict Emerson on 83 counts of recklessly endangering another person and one count of endangering an aircraft in the first degree Emerson also facing a federal charge interfering with a flight crew now an update from the Beacon Plumbing Sports desk. Well we check sports at 10 and 40 past each hour here at Northwest News Radio with big National Hockey League news announced in Seattle. Bill Schwartz has more on a Beacon Plumbing Sports updates. NHL Board of Governors met at Climate Pledge Arena and afterwards Commissioner Gary Bettman announced they're finalizing a plan to hold this summer's NHL draft in the Las
A highlight from SBF Guilty!
"7 guilty verdicts for Sam Bankman -Fried, Bitcoin ETFs in the future and a happy recovery in crypto prices are all providing the blockchain world with much to discuss. After a couple weeks off, we're back to do the thing we do where we look at top stories and say whatever our brains tell us to say and it'll be super interesting because by the way, Travis is transitioning. More about that in this show. There's no filter, just badness and banter about what's been going on in the crypto world and in our world on this bad news, episode number 701 of the Bad Crypto Podcast. Hey, welcome back to the Bad Crypto Podcast, the show for the crypto curious and the crypto serious. Joel come here. Travis right there. Still your Sir Lords and with you from Puerto Rico, the beautiful island in the Caribbean. How you doing? Doing great. Nice to see you again. Good, sir. You as well. We had a couple weeks off and people are like, are you guys done doing the show? We hit 700 and we're like, done. No, actually we hit that 700th episode and then we were waiting for SBF to get seven indictments and then so he did and then we're like, okay, we can do the show again now that he is going to prison for a long time. Seven the number of perfection. We'll tell you more about what's been going on in our world. But first let's get to the news and tell you what's going on in the crypto world. Timestamp November the 4th, 2023 to 14 p .m. in the afternoon here in Puerto Rico. I know this show is coming out on Sunday, so it might be a little delayed on what you're going to hear here as far as the prices go. But the crypto market cap, according to CoinGecko, is currently $1 .34 trillion Bitcoin, thirty four thousand seven seventy Ethereum eighteen hundred thirty eight dollars BNB two thirty seven XRP sixty one cents Solana forty one dollars. Damn. Why did I sell mine? Cardano thirty two cents and Dogecoin almost at seven cents. The crypto markets have taken a bounce back. Sir Lord Travis, you know what? And one of the things that I am transitioning is I'm selling my home and moving back to the States. And this home is the selling process is taking forever, dude, but I wanted to start selling it. Bitcoin was like at sixteen eight when I decided to sell it in in January. I was like, dude, I thought this house was going to sell quickly. And I was like, I want to get some of that sixteen seventeen thousand dollar Bitcoin might sell us some bitch and then process and this and that in Puerto Rico. And now Bitcoin is freaking thirty, almost thirty five thousand dollars, dude. Like I missed out on doubling of my money right there, which sucks about that. There are. So I just I just want you all know, I want crypto to do I want Bitcoin to go down like about ten grand. I want to I'd like to see twenty five K again so I could snag more of that. I'm sorry to interrupt this show, this broadcast to slap Travis Rice in the head. Yeah, because the rest of us, I mean, yes, I want you to have cheap Bitcoin. But, you know, if this is just the beginning of a bull run, that means that there are lots of opportunities. Remember, our previous high was sixty nine thousand. And most people are expecting us to blow by into six figures this time around. And so we can analyze, you know, what's happening in that world and all of what's driving it. I thought maybe we take a look and just see who are the big winners right now. We mix. Don't know what it is, but it's up 66 percent this week. Well, that's what that's what a deejay does whenever they have a list. They do a we mix. Yeah, we. Yeah.
Fresh "Joel" from News, Traffic and Weather
"Who was paddling a kayak from the farm where he works. He said the water came up faster than he expected and he had to use the boat to make his escape. This is a little wobbly. It's a one man job and I kept thinking I was going to flip, but I had to stop, get my balance, continue on. I think it's because I have this heavy backpack. It's risky. Last year I actually discovered a car in the river and had to call 911 because someone had gone through the water and didn't realize the risk. Camos Joel Moreno reporting floodwaters already have taking a deadly toll in Portland. Authorities there say a man was killed after he was swept into a raging creek. Witnesses told police the man was helping homeless campers when he got too close to the water and was swept away. Conditions were so rough rescuers had to suspend their mission. The water became very turbulent there and each of those crafts kind of flipped. All the rescuers were able to self rescue and get out of the water and everybody was safe. But even those teams that train regularly for incidents like this, you know, it was more than they could handle. National Weather The Service says water levels at Johnson Creek rose more than five feet in a 24 hour period. That's coming for us. Mary Nam a landslide north of Matthews Beach in Seattle briefly closed a portion of the Burke Gilman trail. Fortunately, neighbors say it happened overnight and no one was on the trail, but the force so intense it uprooted trees and brought a whole lot of dirt and debris down everything on the hillside just let loose and talk about too close for comfort. The family that lives directly across the street, I talked to them. They're about 20 feet away from where this stop. They were in direct line of the slide. It was an all day job cleaning up the dirt and branches. Seattle parks crews here with heavy equipment and dump trucks. Folks who live here in the Riviera neighborhood tell me it has happened before for the family directly across the street from this mess in the landslide. They're taking it in stride. They tell me as they always have. We've had landslides like this before and there's another one and it's just a process of water and erosion that brings the cliff down. I can't stop a landslide so there's nothing I can do to prevent geology from happening. Geology just happens. That's Como Force Michelle Esteban reporting Amtrak suspending service between Seattle and Portland until December 7th after a landslide there has affected a portion the of track. Trains traveling between Portland and points south and Seattle in points north will continue to operate as normal on the affected route. Amtrak says alternate transportation will be provided. And you'll have a couple of more chances to see the Navy's Blue Angels in the skies over Lake Washington. The flight demonstration squadron will return to the Seafair Air Show next summer and in 2025. The flight area will remain the same as it was this year. That means I -90 and Seward Park will remain open. the 2024 Boeing Seafair Air Show is August 2nd through August 4th. I -90 and Seward Park will continue each hour here in Northwest News Radio and big National Hockey League news announced in Seattle. Bill Swartz has more in the Beacon Plumbing Sports Updates. N -H -O Board of Governors met at Climate Pledge Arena and afterwards Commissioner Gary Bettman announced they're finalizing a plan to hold this summer's NHL draft in the Las
A highlight from Peter's Message
"We're so thankful, once again, to have the opportunity to come to God's Word and study for a little while this evening, and it's good to see each of you on this cold night that reminds us that there are four seasons in the south, and winter is right upon us. But I'm glad that you braved the cold of the night and would, that you would continue to pray for us in the time that we have together in God's Word. I'd like to title our study tonight, Peter's Message on the Day of Pentecost, Peter's Message. And I'd like to begin with a quotation that I wrote down from John MacArthur. He said, The power of the church for her external work is proportionate with the internal power of God within her. We cannot distribute loaves and fishes out of empty baskets. I thought that was a great quote and I wanted to share it with you because it really introduces of the concept why the Acts of the Apostles is so significant and important for the church in our day, because as we said last time we were together, the Acts of the Apostles or the Acts of the Holy Spirit through the Apostles is like a bridge between the four gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, and the rest of the Bible, because it explains how that in a period less than 30 years the church would expand to the farthest regions of the Roman Empire. I mean this is before TV, this is before radio, this is before cell phones and mass communication, computers, and all of the means by which we today have to impact the whole world. And yet God used them in a mighty way, but we need to remember something. A lot of times we think about the early church being super heroes and super human beings different in so many ways than us, but I want you to realize that they were ordinary men and women that God used in an extraordinary way. We today depend upon the same power of the Holy Spirit as the early church did, the first century church, the primitive church, the first of the kind. We know through the scripture that Jesus established the church in His own personal ministry in Matthew 16, 18, He said, I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. He built the ship of Zion, He facilitated everything that she would need to sail through time and in Acts chapter 2 you're finding the wind of the Holy Spirit coming into the sails of Zion and today we still are under that same influence. We're also going to be mindful tonight that in Acts chapter 10 the same phenomenon is it's called the Gentile Pentecost and I think it's important for us to keep those two in mind because there's similarities and yet distinctions. The feast of Pentecost was so named because it occurred 50 days after the Passover, 50 days after the Passover. Now what happened on the last Passover? In our context, Jesus was crucified, He was condemned by the Sanhedrin court, by the temple guards, by the generation that witnessed the Day of Pentecost events that we're going to study tonight. We need to keep that in mind. In fact, we can't detach the phenomenon of Acts chapter 2 from the crucifixion that occurred 50 days before. It was interesting to my mind as we talked about last time how the Jews out of all these various tribes and countries came back to Jerusalem to observe this particular feast. And when they heard their mother tongue, the tongue or the language that they were born in being spoken by these uneducated, unlearned Galileans, they knew something powerful was going on. How can this be that we hear the gospel in our own language in the country that we came from? How is that possible? It's impossible with men, but it's possible with God. All things are possible with God. And of course, it's natural for them to ask in verse 12, What meaneth these things? What does it mean? What is happening in our very midst? What is God saying to us? But there were in verse 13 others that mocked saying, These men are full of new wine. Now there's always going to be those two groups, aren't there? There's always going to be those groups that are seeking the true purpose and meaning of the movement of God and those that stand on the outside and just mock it, make fun of it. Now, we want to pick up our study tonight in verse 14, but there's something that keeps coming back to me. There was something unique that happened during this feast that I think has more of a significance than we think. As we study Leviticus chapter 23 verses 15 through 21, we find that the high priest was to take two leavened loaves of bread. Now remember, during the Passover time and the Passover feast, it was the feast of unleavened bread. Unleavened bread was what they were partaking of for seven days. But at this particular time, God commanded his high priest to take two bread loaves with leaven and present them before the Lord. And I believe that there's more in that than we can even begin to describe or understand. Because I believe that it's pertaining to the believers among the Jews and the Gentiles being brought together. I find in 1 Corinthians chapter 10 verse 17, Paul said, For we, being many, are one bread, and one body. For we are all partakers of that one bread. To me, Acts chapter 2 and Acts chapter 10 is an appropriate picture of these two loaves being held by our high priest, Jesus Christ, molded into one body. And that's the mystery of the church. The mystery of the church is that it would be open not only to the Jew, but also to the Gentile. And that access to the Father would be given to those that were not natural descendants of Abraham, but were spiritual descendants by virtue of the new birth. So I think that that has an implication in what actually occurred and why the Holy Spirit came at this particular feast. In verse 14, we read, But Peter standing up with the eleven lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judah... Now this is, he's speaking to Jews. These are the Jewish people, a Jewish message, if you will. And all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken unto my words. Now I want to underscore something, if you don't mind. I want to understand that this is the same Peter that denied the Lord Jesus three times just a few days ago. This is the same Peter that when the Lord looked upon him in that court of Caiaphas and saw Peter denying that he wept bitterly. He went out and wept bitterly. He was repentant. That same Peter that says, I'll tell you what, you know, I've blown it and I'm no good and there's no way God could ever use me again and I'm just going back to fishing. This is the same Peter, but it's the same Peter that Jesus spoke to and restored him. Lovelest thou me more than these? Remember, Peter was the one that bragged about loving Christ more than anybody else. I love you more than these guys do. I mean, Jesus, these guys are wimps. I'm going to stand strong and I'm going to stand firm and I'm going to defend you with all my might because I'm Peter, because of what I can do, what I know, and my own ability. Jesus says, Simon, before the cock crows this night, you're going to deny me three times. Peter said, no way, to put it in my terminology, no way, Jose, that ain't going to happen. Now these other wimps are going to let you down, but I'm not going to let you down. I'll go to prison with you. I'll even go to death. Ah, Peter, you don't know. You're leaning on your own strength. You just don't understand, son. You're going to deny me. In that very night, he denied him three times. But oh, wasn't it wonderful when Jesus would restore him with this one question, do you love me? That's what he looks for. He's not looking for great skill. He's not looking for outward success. He's not looking for the things that most people look for in a leader, but he's looking for somebody that learned from his failure. That's who he'll call to be a leader. It's no accident that it's Peter that stands up. Peter's not hiding out. Peter's no longer denying. He's going to stand up in front of the crowd that condemned Jesus to death. Remember, these events are taking place very close to the Temple Mount, very in the city of Jerusalem itself. These events are being witnessed by the Sanhedrin, the very Jews that cried out, crucify him, crucify him. But Peter's not afraid, is he? He's lost his fear. He's not afraid of men or demons. Peter stands up and he's going to speak out loud and boldly because he's been empowered by the Holy Spirit. Don't you see that's the difference? He's been empowered by a power that's greater than himself. And he's beckoning the people to hear his words. In verse 15, for these are not drunken as ye suppose. Now who are the these? These are the church members. These are the 120 that were gathered in one place with one purpose, with one accord, waiting for the promise of the Holy Spirit that Jesus said in Luke chapter 24 verse 49, tarry ye in Jerusalem till ye be endued with power from on high. They're waiting for that promise. That promise comes and now they're filled with this Holy Spirit and now they're bold witnesses for the Lord Jesus Christ and Peter is among them and he's a leader among them. And he says these church members are not drunken as ye suppose seeing it is but the third hour of the day, nine o 'clock in the morning. They're not drinking in the morning time. They wouldn't do that normally, especially at the time of a feast. They wouldn't be doing that. Verse 16, he's going to draw their attention to what they are acquainted with, the Old Testament promises, the Old Testament prophecies concerning the time of the Messiah. He says he's going to go to joy. Well he could have gone to any of the prophets, did you know that? He could have gone to any of the prophets in the Old Testament but he chose Joel. And he says this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel and this is what he quotes from the book of Joel, and it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God. Now underscore that last days there. Somebody says do you think we're in the last days? Well we've been in the last days for 2 ,000 years, did you know that? The last days began actually at the time of the crucifixion from that time up until the end of the church age, those are the last days. But particularly I think he's referring to the last days of the Jewish economy or the time the before temple itself was destroyed in Jerusalem, these last days as it were.
Fresh update on "joel" discussed on Afternoon News with Tom Glasgow and Elisa Jaffe
"Helping to rescue people from flooded parts of Rossburg, Washington. Evacuations have been ordered after Flooded a downpour cities north of Seattle. Small town of Sylvana is being evacuated due to major flooding on the Stiligwamish River. Joel lives upstream. Right now we've got all this heavy rain that's come in just for the lowland areas but then when you get up to all this rain that's going to go up the mountains and it's eventually going to come down. The area has seen six inches of rain in just hours 24 and it's not done yet. Several rural highways have been shut down due to the flooding and the Stiligwamish is at its highest level ever recorded. Jeff Pojola ABC News Seattle. House Republicans telling are the White House there will be no funding for Ukraine without money for border security. Florida's Byron Donalds. We have intrusions into the northern border of the United States now. Joe Biden needs to do his job, secure our border. You members of Congress are willing to talk. Senate Republicans have been told that they can add a border security amendment to a Ukraine funding package. The IDF says its ground offensive in Gaza is spreading south. A number of hospitals there say they're at the breaking point with an influx of patients. The Senate handles hundreds of military promotions in a matter of minutes. Republican Senator Tommy Tuberville had refused to let the Senate confirm several hundred critical Pentagon leadership positions until the military ended its policy of paying transportation for female service members, stationed states in that restricted or banned abortion. Pentagon officials saying Tuberville's 10 -month promotion blockade put national security at risk. Senator Tuberville ending that hold because Democrats were about to vote to change the rules to find a way around him. ABC's Andy Field in Washington. A flight from Orlando that was bound for Providence, Rhode Island was diverted to Jacksonville due to a security issue. The FBI says it's investigating the incident on board Breeze Airlines Flight 717 but wouldn't elaborate. You're listening to ABC News. Patrick was way behind on his IRS taxes. I way was in over my head. The total amount ended up being somewhere just over $30 ,000. $30 dollars. Then the IRS came to collect. Started getting letter after letter. A lien had been filed against me. They were going to basically like hang me completely out to dry. He had to do something. That's when I reached out to Optima Tax Relief. Patrick's life quickly got a lot easier. It was very easy. Pretty much hands -off you know. They picked up and the ball ran with it. And how'd it go? I couldn't believe it I had to ask like two or three times. I saved an incredible amount How of money. does Patrick feel about Optima? Couldn't be happier. They definitely helped me. Optima Tax Relief. The best place to They're call. the best in the business. Do what Patrick did and call Optima Tax Relief for a free consultation. Call 800 343 6460 800 343 6460 800 343 Optima Tax Relief. Testimonial from an actual client. Some restrictions apply. For complete details please visit history in the Senate vice president Harris cast her 32nd tie -breaking vote in the Senate Optima Tax Relief. To be a U .S. District Court Judge for District the of Columbia. Harris officially surpassed vice president John C Calhoun who cast his 31st breaking tie vote in the Senate all the way back in 1832. To mark the historic vote Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer presented vice president Harris with a small golden gavel. Karen Travers ABC News, volunteers and city workers in Lewiston Maine have removed memorials signs and photos left at the sites of October's mass shootings. All the items will be catalogued, archived and added to an exhibit of it at a Lewiston Museum. It was a good morning for Apple's The Morning Show. Did you know how much is at stake here? Jennifer Branistan in company with the leading six Critics Choice TV Awards nominations. She's up for best actress and the third season the show ...was is up up for best drama against the show with the second most nominations, Succession and also The Crown, Loki, Strange Star Trek New Worlds, Winning Time, The Diplomat and the huge HBO hit The Last of Us. On the comedy side, Abbott Henry, Reservation Dogs and The Bear all tied with the most nods, four and they're all up for best comedy against Barry, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Poker Face, What We Do in the Shadows and Shrinking. The show airs January 14th on The CW. Thank you. Jason Athanson, ABC News, Hollywood. Rockstar Games had to release the first look for its grand theft auto 15 hours early because it leaked online. Daria Albinger, ABC News. Radio FM 1000 97 7. Stay connected, stay informed. Good evening, I'm Kim Sheppard. Coming up this hour, evacuations along the Stillaguamish and an FBI spy program is about to expire while the head of the is agency making a case
A highlight from John Calvin: The Teacher and Practitioner of Evangelism
"Romans, chapter 9, you could say here that the Apostle Paul is becoming very personal as we enter into this section of Romans. He is, in a sense, opening his heart to those he's writing to, and he is sharing with the readers of this letter the burden of his heart. And that becomes very apparent, okay? Listen to what it says. Romans, chapter 9, verse 1, It becomes very apparent, doesn't it, in those for his fellow Israelites to gain a saving knowledge in Jesus Christ. He writes in verse 3, I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh. Now certainly Paul would have realized that such a thing couldn't be possible for him to be accursed from his brethren, but he is just holding that out as an example and an illustration of how pressing upon his soul this burden was for his kinsmen. And there's no doubt about who he has in view here when he calls them his kinsmen according to the flesh, his fellow Israelites, in other words. He had a pressing desire on his heart for them to gain a saving interest in Jesus Christ. So much so it was as if he would cut himself off from Christ if that would contribute to their salvation. And though that couldn't be possible on Paul's part, yet I can't help but note that there is great Christlikeness in that statement because Christ actually could and did become accursed in order that we might be saved. Now we add to our reading here from chapter 10, if you would, in Romans. And here again along these same lines is this pressing burden on Paul's heart. Listen to what he writes, Romans 10 and verse 1, brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they might be saved, for I bear them record that they have a zeal of God but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God's righteousness and going about to establish their own righteousness have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. My heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they might be saved. And here again it becomes very apparent who he has in mind. He is not speaking here merely of spiritual Israel. We know that there is a spiritual Israel, that Paul will develop that very truth in the course of chapters 9 and 10, that it's not as though the Word of God has not taken effect. They're not all Israel who are of Israel, he writes in chapter 9. But his heart's desire, his burden is for his kinsmen after the flesh. And like I say, it's no doubt that they're the ones he has in mind because they were the ones that were ignorant of God's righteousness. They were the ones that were seeking, verse 3, to establish their own righteousness in their ignorance. And because of their ignorance and their futile endeavor to try to establish their own righteousness, they did not submit themselves to the righteousness of God. In particular, they failed to submit themselves to the imputed righteousness of God. I know I preached on this text in the past and I pointed out in Romans 10 and verse 3 that you actually find three different kinds of righteousness described in that verse. There is what you might call God's essential righteousness. They were ignorant of that. They were ignorant of just how righteous a God they were dealing with. Had they known, had they any clue of how righteous God actually is, they would not have thought for a moment that they measured up to that righteousness. But because they were ignorant of God's essential righteousness, they were deceived into thinking that they could establish their own righteousness. There's the second kind, self -righteousness. And you cannot gain your way into heaven through your own self -righteousness. That's largely the point that Paul makes in this epistle. And as a result of their ignorance of God's essential righteousness, their own attempt to establish self -righteousness, they failed to submit to the righteousness. And here's the third kind, you could call it the righteousness of the gospel, which is Christ's imputed righteousness, a gift of righteousness, a righteousness outside of ourselves that is imputed to us and received by faith alone, a righteousness that once received by faith gives to the believer a perfect standing with God that is as good and as secure as Christ's standing with God. Because it's his righteousness that is imputed to the believer and received by faith alone. Now, I won't take the time to develop the theme of God's sovereignty in these chapters. That theme is developed in these chapters perhaps more thoroughly than any other part of the New Testament, okay? I will only make the point that even though God's sovereignty is so emphasized in Romans 9 and then Romans 10, I suppose you could add Romans 11 as well, we see nevertheless that a right understanding of God's sovereignty does not quench a zeal for the salvation of souls and indeed it only contributes to it. And that brings us now to the topic that I want to cover from history. John Calvin. Of course, you are familiar, I'm sure you have heard of John Calvin. You're familiar perhaps with Calvin's Institutes. One of the great regrets that Dr. Cairns expressed to me one time with regard to his being in charge of the seminary is that he didn't require his students to read Calvin's Institutes. You should read those. Actually, I don't know if you're aware of this or not, you can actually get a reading schedule that takes you through Calvin's Institutes. You're familiar with Bible reading schedules? There's actually a Calvin's Institute reading schedule if you would care to take it and make your way through it and get through the Institutes in a year. But at any rate, I'm borrowing here now at some length from a book that Joel Beekie has written some while back. The title of the book is Puritan Reformed Spirituality. And in the third chapter of this book, he has a chapter that goes under this heading, John Calvin, Teacher and Practitioner of Evangelism. I love that title because Calvinists, you may be aware of this, Calvinists are accused quite often of not having any evangelistic zeal at all. If the whole thing is a matter of God's sovereign decree and predestination, well, God must not need you and God must not need me. The whole thing's going to come to pass in accordance with his decree. So what's the point of prayer and what's the point of evangelism? You ever heard those objections to Calvinism? I have. And really, and interesting to note that those that would level that kind of objection against Calvinism, if I can use that term, they must not be very familiar with what Paul has written in Romans chapter 9. One of the most Calvinistic chapters in all the Bible, so to speak, in that it reflects the theology of Calvin. I should say, it'd be truer to history to say that John Calvin reflects the theology of Paul, not that Paul reflects the theology of Calvin. But if you read through Romans 9, you can't help but see that Paul did believe in the sovereignty of God and salvation and Paul had a very heavy pressing burden for souls to be saved. The same could be said of John Calvin. He had a pressing burden on his heart after the pattern of Paul to see souls saved. Dr. Beeky notes here, to assess Calvin's view of evangelism correctly, we must understand what Calvin himself had to say on the subject. Second, we must look at the entire scope of Calvin's evangelism, both in his teaching and in his practice. We can find scores of references to evangelism in Calvin's institutes, commentaries, sermons, and letters. Then we can look at Calvin's evangelistic work. And you discover when you look at his evangelistic fervor, he had a real burden for souls to be saved. I remember several years ago listening to an LP vinyl record album. You remember those? Some of you would remember those. You might be old enough for that. They're coming back, I'm told. And anyway, this particular album was a series of recorded sermons from Bible Conference at Bob Jones University. And among the speakers on this LP album was Dr. Ian Paisley, who brought a study of John Calvin. Imagine that. It's a wonder they didn't yank him off the platform. But no, actually, John Calvin, or John Calvin, Ian Paisley and Bob Jones were the best of friends, theological differences notwithstanding, largely because of the stand that each one took against apostasy. Did you know that when Ian Paisley was in prison, he served a six -month prison term for protesting against the downgrade of the Irish Presbyterian Church. And while he was in prison, Bob Jones Jr. came with a party of folks from the university, and they bestowed an honorary Ph .D. on Ian Paisley while he was in prison, had the ceremony right there in the jail. So best of friends they were. But anyway, in this message by Ian Paisley on John Calvin, I remember him making the remark that you could find Calvin going door to door, knocking on doors, sharing the gospel with people, inviting them to come to Christ. So his theology was no hindrance to his evangelistic zeal. And in fact, that theology rightly understood should contribute to our evangelistic zeal.
Fresh update on "joel" discussed on Bloomberg Businessweek
"Bloomberg news on zoom in San Francisco he is not on the International Space Station as far as we know yeah despite the fact that there were some internet connectivity issues but yeah yeah never never really really interesting stuff I'll be the guy who presses the buttons Joel we can fight over it. Joel Weber of course the editor of Bloomberg Business Week check this out in our upcoming new issue of Bloomberg Business Week it's also online Bloomberg radio on demand and your in podcast feed on the latest edition of the Bloomberg Daybreak US edition podcast we discussed the fed and the path for the US economy with Mohamed El -Erian Bloomberg opinion columnist I do believe that the Fed is done raising rates but I don't think they will validate what's currently priced in by the markets in terms of rate cuts next year now we have this debate going about how long the Fed will keep rates elevated whether it's higher for longer high for longer I mean the market is pricing in a hundred twenty five basis points of rate cuts next year does the Fed have room for that kind of easing not yet there's a few things that we have to keep mind in one is inflation
A highlight from Thoughts from the Bear Market - Episode 700!
"Time can move very slowly when you're in a bear market. Watching your crypto and NFT value drop can be a depressing experience. Well, we've survived one bear market and appears that we're going to make it through another. Today, your favorite crypto clowns take a look at where we've been, what we've learned along the way and discuss where we think this all might be going. So be of good cheer. We believe the bull is almost here. Let's talk financial mammals and have some fun as we give you our thoughts from inside the bear market on episode number, get this, 700 of the Bad Crypto Podcast. Okay, the Bad Crypto Podcast. Yeah, we get it hype. Talking Bitcoin with Joel, Common, Travis, right? Yeah. Digital money and blockchain keep you informed and entertained. Make you think, make you laugh. But remember, stay bad with the Bad Crypto Podcast. Let's go. This is the big seven zero zero live from the Republic of Bad Cryptopia. Well, recorded, but we're live as we're doing it. Wait, wait, let me check my polls. Yeah, I'm live. Trav, you live? I'm still alive. We're like the two live crew. Two live crew, yeah. Who has tuned in and heard some of those along the way. And just as a quick recap, Joel, when we started the show, right, we started the show in July, let's say the closest timeframe that we have is like, it looks like July 16 is when we started the show. And the total crypto market cap at that time was $80 billion. That was the total volume right there. So that's a historic time. And now here we are now with it like almost 1 .1 trillion. So we've gone up over about what, almost 15X since, you know, here we are since starting to show six years ago. It was all on us. Yeah. Us and Ben Armstrong. We did it all. And a little bit of Michael Saylor, not much, but some. And, you know, we've seen this thing almost, didn't we see it over 2 trillion? Wasn't like 2 .7 trillion? We saw it over 3. 3 trillion. My God. Yeah. I'm going to pull up CoinGecko in a minute. We'll take a look at that. Looks like we're in for about another run here. It should be interesting to see. Over 10 ,000 coins now, Joel. That's crazy. And those are just the ones that are being tracked by CoinGecko. I guarantee there's at least that many more that aren't being tracked and who knows. You know, we're just going a little conversation today. Talk about some of the things that we've learned, but let's, let's go ahead and historically take a look at the crypto market. Those of you that are listening, that's fine. If you want to see what we're talking about here, we've got some visuals. You could check out either YouTube rumble or on Odyssey. This is the total crypto market cap that you were talking about right here, Trav. And in 2018, at the top of the market, the crypto market cap got to 812 billion, right up from 2017, about 80 billion. And then I thought then Joel, then I might go, my thought was we're going to hit a trillion. And that was probably going to be the top of that first one. That's why, but then what was so crazy about that one to me, Joe, if you actually even zoom in on that one, is that bull market was so that bear market was so harsh because what ended up happening was it hit the high and then boom, that it tanked right after that, like you go in and look at that thing because he's even scrolling over a little bit, January of 2020, 2018, it just went, it was down 40 % before you know it. And then I know that I got invited to speak at this coins bank cruise that went from Singapore to Malaysia, to Thailand, then back to Singapore. Then it was so crazy that when we initially started this thing, it was just so nuts because there weren't a lot of other podcasts. And so people were inviting us all over the place. We even got to go to Switzerland. So I literally was on the beach one day in Switzerland. The next day flying on the beach in Thailand, went to Singapore, flew to Switzerland. Next day, six feet of snow. Like it was insane. And then the market, it just tanked, dude. It went up and then boom, it was down 40 % before I could get back home to sell any cryptos. Right. It was rough, you know, which is, and now if we, if Sophie forward to 2021, this space right here, I'll just pick a 90 day or we'll go to the max, but I'll pick from 2020 through and 20 we'll say, that's fine. We'll go with 2021 and a coin gecko is not being supportive of me right now. I'm just going to do that. Shouldn't it be like, when you click on these things should like tell you exactly where, where you want it. Yeah. Okay. That's kind of what you do. So there, so there you go. There's a 2020. We got up to three bill three trillion and 50. Take that left one down there on the volume, move it over to the beginning of 2020, because you can see how Bitcoin tanked out in like March, like 3 ,000, 3 ,800 bucks or something. Bitcoin did. You can't really see that coin on this particular chart, but look at that run. It went, what was the market cap in say April of 20? A market cap was 190 billion. And then it went up to three trillion. And then it fell. So, you know, here's what I learned through to bull markets is if you want to take profits, you want to do it before the market crashes. And so it's easy to get caught up in the hype and the FOMO and it's going higher. It's going higher. You don't want to miss out on those profits as it's going up, but I try to peel off a little bit, just a little bit here, put some profit, put it in the bank. Because as I like to say, it never hurts to take profits. And I did that in a small way, 2017, 2018, really small. Because when it crashed, I really felt it. In 2021, 20 to 2021, I did a little better than I did the first time, but still not enough to make me say I learned my lesson the first time. And even worse for NFTs, right? Because we had, there was NFTs that I could have sold for 10, 20 ETH, you know, back at the boom that are now worth two or three.
Fresh update on "joel" discussed on Bloomberg Businessweek
"It turns out the protein layers must be perfectly even for the retina that'll to work properly and that's really difficult to do here on planet Earth right so the company has turned to the International Space Station in the hopes that microgravity there could help incredible story Robert Lengrith is health care reporter for Bloomberg News and in the forthcoming issue of Bloomberg Business Week he writes about drug companies that are exploring making the most lucrative drugs in space you can read his story now in the Bloomberg and at bloomberg .com slash business week also here with us the editor of Bloomberg Business Week Joel Webber here in our Bloomberg interactive broker studio Tim and I read this and we're like pockets to do the coolest stories it's always one of those like oh my god although Joel I don't think he got to go on the ISS to do this you know it's kind of in a precarious situation this thing with the u .s. and Russia anyway the you know you just go to bomb you you heard it from these guys you have permission to ask at least little space package there's a lot happening up there it turns and there are some expected things like what SpaceX is up to you and the race to catch them but there's also I thought some more interesting things of like applications that you probably never heard of and it that turns out you know you mention microgravity there there are some novel use cases for what can be accomplished in space so so Bob walk us through it what is what can we do in space that we can't do as well here on earth yeah so it turns out you know a lot of the drugs that drug makers making are these days are proteins or things like monoclonal antibodies or cancer drugs and these are that that are that are infused and these are you know complicated finicky molecules and notoriously difficult to produce on earth in their crystal form so it turns out that without gravity or without much gravity you know it becomes much it's much easier to form like a large large and very uniform crystals and that as it turns out can enhance formulations and even potentially some existing drugs so drug maker Merck it's working it's worked on a new formulation of its just blockbuster cancer drug Truda, now that's a cancer drug that Jimmy Carter got it's for melanoma and all sorts of other ones but right now it it must be infused like you have to go to doctor's office and infused over a couple hours and the dry it would really like to put that in an injectable form as you could do just a self -administered injection potentially even at home but to do that it needs to be able to concentrate that could Truda much more like be concentrated now and if you did it with the current formulation to be get like molasses so it turns out they did some experiments in space in the International Space Station and they came up with a way to concentrate it much more and keep it fast flowing and there was experiment using microgravity the little bit of freezing we're trying unfreeze them and then bring Bob back it's like us from the International Space Station actual you know please pause for we want it to realistic Bob I'm sorry continue about taking about key truth I'm sorry I got a thing so my internet connection was stable I haven't gotten that all day until I remember the pandemic no no problem that's the first time Bob yes a mark is working on a new formulation of cake true it's it's big selling drug that was kind of first I got the concept for it was first devised in space and the fact that they might go into clinical trials is something that was the first you know devised in space that's a excited lot a of lot interest of in gotten you know space -based drug development and other companies like Eli Lilly is up there with some experiments now and you even now have startups that once the International Space Station commissioned is you know sometime after 2030 that are working on developing you know automated kind of drug formulation laboratories in space so it sent some experiment up and then it come back down and drug companies could work on it okay so when does this happen why don't we have this already Bob? Well you know these are all kind of like you know I like to say these are all kind of like early experiments so say they're The drug companies have been sending up experiments by the way out into space for really for decades and their first experiments kind of like early stage aimed at like early stage drug crystallization where to crystallize got disease promoting proteins so they could design better drugs and in fact a unit of holding Atsuka that's the Japanese company they have a drug in final stage trials in Japan for muscular there was based on some very early work you know done early in the early days of the International Space study space station crystallizing a muscular dystrophy associated protein but what's happening now is there actually Merck and some others are showing you could actually devise you know better formulations on existing blockbuster Buster drugs and that's really driven the attention to like maybe a space is like you know could really like help us let's get some new patents and make a lot of money so that's really driven interest so who's job is it to figure out how how to do this in space like you know Tim if you're gonna make you know car breaks in space I'm sure you can figure that out but Bob what about you don't want to see how far I made it in college but uh but it within pharma like whose job is it to figure out space manufacturing yeah so at the big you know drum makers was relatively you know small numbers of people the like working on it so it's still a niche field I'd say you know if you go to a big drug maker I would imagine there's probably a lot more people working AI on than space but you know you know space is like you know garnering interest some of the people talk to their titles are like you know director of formulations development titles like that uh but these experiments are hard you know you you sent something up to the space station and you know you got down it back a few months later and if you like screwed up in the design of the experiment you know your next shot or next experiment maybe you know months later so you gotta gotta you gotta do it be very careful with experimental design because you can't like it's hard to call astronaut an and say hey i want to change everything midstream once it's up there so so there's even a whole set of like companies that help drug makers like have like self -enclosed experiments they can send up that are like all ready to go the presses astronaut a couple buttons to turn it on and presses a couple buttons to turn it off you know you can't it's hard to adjust the condition midstream once you're up in space the button pressing job it doesn't sound bad uh so bob i want to get to this idea of scaling and make sure i understand what's actually happening in space i want to go back to the the company that you used in lead the here lambda vision who's working on the world's first protein -based artificial retina for patients with retinitis so if it's so hard to actually create these 200 paper thin layers of light -sensitive protein uh... in on earth does that mean that they won't be able to scale it in an environment that's not zero yeah so they're one of the few companies that's right now is talking about actually as i understand it manufacturing finished product you know in space and if you think about their product it's like literally it's a size like a hole punch like a paper hole punch that's like you know so you get i guess you get one or two of these if you're a patient so they don't need that much finished product you know it's a relatively small market this is not like an infused drug where you're going to be giving i don't know 200 milliliters every two weeks for the rest of your life that's more like merc's ktruda they they make merc it and ktruda their cancer drug they make it like by the ton on earth and their experiments in so space far i've made like one dose at a time so you can see that it's not right now practical wouldn't be even if there even though there are technical advantages it would not be practical for them to make the finished product in space but for something like this artificial retina where the total quantities needed are
"joel" Discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show
"Ellen DeGeneres, you know, the gay cover of Time magazine, like they decide like now's the time. Let's put it out there. But it's so, yeah, it's it's people aren't really buying it. But of course, enough people are, which is why we need to mock it. And that's why we're talking about the Babylon B's new guide to gender. Pick up a copy. No, no, no, really pick up a copy. Joel, what else? What else is in the book that we need to talk about that we need to talk about? Yeah. So one of the important sections of this book is for anyone who's confused about their gender and confused about who they are attracted to. We have some handy guides to help you determine what your gender is, as well as whether or not you're a man or a woman, and also who you should be attracted to. The attraction section is literally just a dartboard full of different genders that you can throw a dart at to determine who you're attracted to. It really is that arbitrary. I think one of the main themes of this book is just the arbitrariness of it all. It really means definition, logic, consistency. None of it really matters as long as you swallow the theory wholesale. You know, like a cult. So, for example, we're criticizing cults. There's a lot of good people in a lot of demonic cults, and I don't want anybody to walk away from this program thinking that we're dissing people who lead cults or are cult members. Very important. I'm talking to Joel Berry of the Babylon Bee. The new book is Guide to Gender. The Babylon Bee's Guide to Gender. It's insane. And we'll be right back. Hey, get a rhythm when you get the blues. Come on, get a rhythm when you get the blues. Get a rock. Welcome back. I regret to inform you that I'm still talking to Joel Berry, the Babylon Bee. He and Kyle have written a book called The Babylon Bee's Guide to Gender. Joel, look, I don't want to be here any more than you do. I don't want to be talking about this any more than you do, but we got to get through it. Let's get through it together. How can we get through the remainder of this program? What do you recommend? Well, let's let's for anyone who's out out there who thinks they might be a woman and is just not sure. We have a handy test that you can take a series of questions in the book. There's a test, OK? Yes. Yeah. So this is this is free for your listeners. This is a huge benefit. This will help clear up a lot of confusion for for women out there or potential women. So let's go through some of these. So still not sure you're a woman. Let's take the test. Question one. Are you always cold? That's question one. All right. Excuse me. That's very funny. That's two. Has a human ever popped out of you? Three. Oh, you know, nothing yet that that's that's a that's a good one. OK, keep going. Three. Have you ever decorated a bed with six or more pillows? Oh, if you're nailing, don't you are you going to be honest, Eric? I want to know what your bed. Yeah. All right. Question four. Can you tell the difference between cream white and rustic farmhouse white? If you can, you might might be a woman. Oh, yeah. Keep going. Yep. All right. Have you run into a curb in the last 24 hours? OK, that's that's the best. That is so awesome. OK, question six. Do you bleed like for an extended period of time at regular intervals? OK, question seven, does it take you over three hours to decide what you want to eat? Question eight, are you currently would be a killer question to determine whether someone is a man or woman? Do you love the Three Stooges? I love Three Stooges. Well, most men do, and most women hate the Three Stooges. I don't know why. That's interesting. The fact of nature. God breathed it into the world. We call this world. And here we are. OK, what else? Yeah, yeah. Are you currently a member of at least three pyramid schemes? If if you are, that's an indicator you might be a woman.Question nine, do you find simple movie plots hard to follow? OK, I just think the last two are insulting and on behalf of my my women friends, I want to say I I protest on your behalf. Go ahead. See, that's the secret that we this was our sneaky way of getting all these really sexist, misogynist jokes into a book. So question 10, do you frequently describe your emotional state as fine when you are not, in fact, fine? Question 11, is your Starbucks drink order anything other than black coffee? If so, you might be a woman. And then the last question. Question 12, do you listen to Harry Styles? Do you know who Harry Styles even is? If so, you might be a woman. And we have a handy guide, depending on how many questions you answered yes to. It's a sliding scale, obviously. What will give you the likelihood that you are or are not a woman based off of that information? So the book is full of really handy, insightful information just like that. You should also put in. Are you lactating? Are you lactating now? What about now? OK, now are you lactating now? You know what? I'm really, really glad to say we're out of time. We're out of time. I've had enough of this nonsense. This is a serious show. I don't know how you got on here, folks. Joe Berry is with the Babylon Bee. They've written a guide to gender. And that's the last we're going to say about it. Joel, thank you very much. Thanks for having me here. The United States Border Patrol has exciting and rewarding career opportunities with the nation's largest law enforcement organization. Border Patrol agents enjoy great pay, outstanding federal benefits and up to twenty thousand dollars in recruitment incentives. If you are looking for a way to serve something greater than yourself, consider the U.S. Border Patrol. Learn more online at CBP dot gov slash careers slash USBP. 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"joel" Discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show
"So do you talk about where this came from, who was stirring this pot to make this a thing? Because it does seem like a poison that's been released. Yeah. Yeah, we do talk a little bit about, you know, some of the godfathers of this ideology, money and Kinsey and basically just a bunch of perverts that had happened to have advanced degrees and wrote a few books. And so, you know, that it kind of trickled down from there. And it was it was kind of percolating in the university for many decades, as you know, and it just burst into the scene very suddenly. It seemed sudden to the general culture, but it had been it had been working its way through for a long time before that. Well, it's interesting, I mean, I I wrote a book called Is Atheism Dead? Because it occurred to me that in 1966, a very similar thing, a crazy thesis, the idea that there's no God. Suddenly, in 1966, Time magazine puts it on America's coffee tables and then says, you know, is God dead? And that idea, as you say, had been percolating in the crazy laboratory of the universities for decades. But they weren't ready to make it public. They weren't ready to go mainstream until 1966 and to dump this unbelievably depressing, stupid idea into America's living rooms with, you know, and Time magazine is atheism. I mean, is God dead? And that's kind of what happens with all of these bad ideas. They percolate through the universities and it's the trickle down culture theory. And that's basically what happened here. Now, there was no sane person living their lives was was was taking any of this seriously. And then suddenly somebody decides some cabal of people decide. Oh, now's the time. Now's the time we got to get. Who can we get? Can we get Bruce Jenner to be a lady? Sure. Why not? Let's get leave us to take a picture of him. We'll put it on the cover of Vanity Fair. It's exciting. You know, it's kind of the 20 years earlier they did with Anne Heche and.
"joel" Discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show
"Ladies and gentlemen, I apologize in advance for the content of this show. My guest is Joel Berry. Joel Berry, I apologize to you for me being the host and having this conversation. And I apologize to myself for having a silly guest like Joel Berry and this wise august program discussing a book called the Babylon B's Guide to Gender. Now guide the word guy is in there, and I feel like you're mis-gendering the book even by calling it a guide. Yeah, well, you know, I think I would recommend to people if they are triggered by that word, throw an X in there, replace the U with an X. I don't know how you pronounce that, but usually you can just kind of throw an X, a random X in place of a vowel for a word to make it less problematic. So that's what I would recommend. We can we can send you some stickers, some extra having an X in my last name. I feel gender fluid. You know what I'm saying? Yeah, it's a it's a very progressive Greek name that you have there. You need to replace the A with another. Nobody's going to pin me down. OK, I can be whoever I want to be today. And I feel like I want to be a kitty cat or a lion. Maybe later. I don't know. But I I think having that X in my name frees me and I recommend it. Yes, I agree. So in this book, The Babylon Bee's guide to gender, you said there's a glossary of terms. And at the end, you use the word furry. I don't know. Or is the world so nuts now that this is the thing that we need to talk about, that there are crazy people who use terms like that? I want to cry. I guess that's why we have to laugh and write books like you've written. Yeah, what we we do have to laugh at this stuff, I think, you know, obviously there's some very serious, tragic things going on with this this whole lie that's pervading our culture right now. But we have to laugh at it. And that's why we wrote the book. I mean, you know, this this whole idea is very silly. It deserves mockery. And I think that it's good for the soul to you know, there's a lot of hand ringing, a lot of worrying that goes on. And rightly so when we when we see what's going on in the culture. But I think it's almost like this big it's this big Goliath that seems seems so hard to defeat. But I think laughter is one of our best weapons, and it's very hard to stand up to laughter. The left has known this for a long time. Saul Alinsky wrote about it. It's you can't defend yourself against satire and mockery. And so people need to laugh. And, you know, you'll learn you'll learn some things in this book. But I think it's it brings some much needed leverage levity to the whole subject. And so we hope that it serves the the reader well in that in that way. In the book, do you talk about the history of where this came from? Because like 20 minutes ago, nobody talked to me about transgender. It pretty much didn't exist at all. Like once every 40 years, some some person would would would, you know, decide, I want to switch from being a man to being a woman. It could happen. I think Christine Jorgensen in the 1950s, the tennis player, Renee Richards in the 1970s. And then we leap to Bruce Jenner. Other than that, not at not a thing.
"joel" Discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show
"That is very well put, because that's exactly what it is. And it is I always think I mean, first of all, the Milton line from Paradise Lost, yes, Satan's line. Better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven. I think that guy has daddy issues. But when you think about it, I always quote Pink Floyd. When when they say, did you did you exchange a walk on part in the war for the lead role in a cage? Like it's the role in the cage. You're the star of the show, but you're in a cage. And God wants you to free you from that cage and to call you to a grand adventure in which we get to play a part on the side of good. And of course, some people say, no, I want I want to be the star of my show, even though I'm in a cage. And when you talk about transgender, I mean, this is where it gets very serious. People have been deceived and it it harms them. And so our hearts do have to break genuinely. Yes. Or people who have bought this lie that is being pushed by very, very greedy doctors, really evil, greedy doctors, the mangoes of our age who are telling a man, you know what? I can build you a vagina. No, no, no, seriously. I don't want to know how they do that, but I want to say, I don't think you can do that. But but they convince people if you pay me enough money, I'll give it. I'll give it a shot. Let me take a shot. I think I can give you China. But what I want to know, and this is where we get into serious Babylon B territory. If if you're a biological male, originally does what is what you get a vagina. Would that be the correct term? Is that the correct in your glossary in the Babylon B's guide to gender? If you're Hispanic, I think the proper word is vagina. Yeah, I join. Wow. I felt really weird saying that. I know. I know. There's also a man, China, man, China. It's like, yeah, that's. It's like, oh, China here, bro. And it's here, bro, bro, man's ear. We're getting we're getting. Yeah, that's that's good. Well, we do have a glossary at the end of the book with helpful illustrations to kind of, you know, drive the point home. We talk everything about, you know, neo pronouns. You know what gender fluid means, gender binary. You know what a furry is. Wait a minute. Wait a minute. This is a family show. And I will not tolerate that on this program. We'll be right back talking to Joel Berry of the Babylon B. It's the Arkemetaxus show. Well, I tried to make it Sunday, but I got so damn depressed. With the overturn of Roe v. Wade, lots of companies are coming out saying they'll pay for employee abortion, travel and expenses. Most of you have heard about some of these companies. You've decided to stop shopping or doing business there. But did you know that you most likely own stock in those companies through your 401ks, IRAs and other investment accounts? Folks, this is a huge problem, and we need to do something about this to send a message to Wall Street through our investments. You need to go to inspire advisors dot com slash Eric and get a free inspire impact report. This biblical investment analysis will educate you on what's really in your investment accounts, like companies paying for abortion travel. You need to go to inspire advisors dot com slash Eric to connect with an inspire advisors financial professional who can run your report and help remove companies paying for abortion travel. Today, go to inspire advisors dot com slash Eric. That's inspire advisors dot com slash Eric. Advisory services are offered through Inspire Advisors LLC, a registered investment advisor with the SEC. When the government used emergency edicts during COVID to restrict the gathering and worship of churches three pastors facing the risk of imprisonment, unlimited fines and their own churches being ripped apart, took a courageous stand and reopened their doors and the face of a world that chose to comply. The Essential Church is a feature length documentary that explores the struggle between the church and government throughout history. This fascinating story uncovers those who've sacrificed their lives throughout history for what they truly believe in. We discover why the church is essential and how we prove that this stand remains true from a scientific, legal and most importantly, biblical perspective. This is not your typical movie. It'll change your life. You need to see this movie with your friends and family. The Essential Church is streaming today exclusively at Salem now dot com. That's Essential Church streaming at Salem now dot com.
"joel" Discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show
"Oh, yeah. All right. Folks, welcome back. I'm talking to Joel Berry of the Babylon Bee, a trusted source of fake news. And Joel, you and Kyle Mann. It's Kyle, right? I'm trying to remember which one of you. Yeah. Yeah. Kyle, Kyle Mann and I. Kyle Mann and you wrote this new book. It's called The Babylon Bee's Guide to Gender. But you were talking about how you were writing. I mean, it's it's it's it's amazing, right, that you were writing a parody in this book, you're trying to be funny, you're making fun of the insane woke left's view of things. And then you find the lunacy of what you're saying coming out of the mouth of a woman who's been ordained in the Episcopal Church. Yeah, yeah, it's it's and it's something that we see often at the bee. I mean, we try to be as exaggerated and over the top as we can. But without fail, there's there's going to be someone out there that that meets the challenge and manages to be just as absurd as we are. It well, so so let's be clear, because I've actually been writing about this myself in a very serious book that's going to come out, I guess, and maybe in April. But the lie, right, the lie in the garden is that the snake is our friend. Right. So Satan says, I don't believe God. He put you in this paradise, but he really wants to keep you down, man. And trust me, I'm a snake, literally. And I want to help you to be free of this annoying, suffocating paradise. And so he he he tricks foolish Eve into buying the lie that if only they would disobey God, it would be a freeing, liberating thing. And there are many people who kind of buy that idea. And again, you get that story. The Prometheus story, the ancient Greeks have that. I think a lot of cultures have that story. And in those stories, which are all fallen and pagan, they posit the gods as being just like us, only worse. And we have to free ourselves from them, as opposed to the narrative in Genesis, which is that God wants to bless us and we are too stupid to accept the blessing. You're exactly right. You know, I mean, Paradise Lost kind of this. You see a lot of the same themes with with Satan. And you look at the way people who have bought this gender lie, this gender theory lie, people who take it to its logical conclusions and drug themselves and mutilate their bodies. They come out the end of it and their life is a living hell. I mean, they're they are plagued with horrific health issues and mental illness and a lot of misery. But but they have asserted their own will over the will of their creator. And that's really what matters. It's like it's that classic, you know, better to better to rule in hell than to serve in heaven. That's the that's the philosophy of of transgenderism. You know, I'm going to live in my own personal hell. But as long as my own will and my own autonomy are rule are rule the day, then that's that's the way I'm going to live.
"joel" Discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show
"Everyone knows that gender is not even a thing. There is sexist. There's men and there's women. That's about it. There's roosters, there's hens, there's bulls and cows. Like it's kind of simple, but crazy people have made it very complicated. And you and Kyle Mann, the two of you and your team have put together a guide to help us through this difficult season. Yeah. So we wanted to try to help kind of educate people, because I know a lot of people are very confused about this subject and it is a confusing subject. I don't know how successful we were in making sense of it all, but it is a fun read. I will say that I don't know if you'll learn that much, but it's a very fun read. Learning it. Learning is overrated. Yeah, it's it's I would say it's probably the most immature thing that we've ever created. What? You know what? You know, that should be like a starburst on the cover of the book. Most immature Babylon B product ever. That is true. That's a good selling point. I mean, when you go on our site and you read our headlines, you read our articles, I think that's probably our writers at their most restrained and their most mature. And the fun thing about these books is we can just kind of unleash them and it's it's complete anarchy when you read this book, just like gender theory. So what are some of the things that you do say in the book for those of us who believe that a rooster, for example, cannot lay an egg? What would you say to me? How can this book help me to understand that in this day and age, a rooster can lay an egg and have his picture taken on the cover of Vanity Fair by Annie Leibovitz? It can happen. It really can. Yeah. So we start out the book chapters one and two. We discuss the original kind of the lame, boring, original genders, male and female, and we really emphasize how boring and lame that they are to really kind of drive the point home that if you believe in two genders, you are boring and lame. And then chapter three, we kind of dive. We jump off the diving board into the kind of the way out. Hitler believed in two genders, folks. Do you understand? See, you're exactly right. You're getting it. You're you're getting that. You see, I can tell you've read our book. And so we kind of formatted the book almost like a religious, you know, study guide. So at the end of each chapter, there are reflection questions. You can kind of as you're being deprogrammed, you can kind of you can write down some of your thoughts and journal as you go on this journey of illumination and become one of the good people who believe in gender theory. Do you do you want to share any of these thoughts with us? Can you share? Have you gotten permission from Kyle to share any of the stuff that's in the book on this program? Yeah, well, so I have to share this because this is really funny. We have a we have a chapter on the family here and we talk about the nuclear family and how it's a remnant of of a cruel, patriarchal God who who wants to kind of enforce his his will on us. And we are meant to resist. We're meant to rise up against this, you know, this colonizing God and and redefine the family and remake it in our own image. And I kind of I talk about the, you know, the first nuclear family, Adam and Eve, and how oppressive it was and how Eve was really the first feminist and I wrote this in all seriousness now. I wrote this like as over the top as I possibly could as a joke. A couple of days ago on Twitter, I saw I think it was an Episcopalian female pastor preaching through Genesis, and her sermon was like copy paste from this chapter from the Babylon Bee. So it's it's it's this weird thing that we see where reality and satire have just kind of like we're at the singularity where it's hard to distinguish between the two. You know, what's interesting is we've never been here before and we don't know where this goes when crazy people get control of things. Obviously, reality is stubborn. And so you can only kick against the goads for so long before you really hurt your foot and limp away. And they're kicking really hard. And that's what's what you wonder. In other words, the first of all, the idea that, you know, an Episcopal priest is a woman. Allow me to mock that. I grew up with a Greek Orthodox church. As far as I'm concerned, if you don't have a beard, you have no business being near the altar. That's right. But my but but in all seriousness, some of the mainline Protestants are the looniest by far, and they've gone out on a limb that is dramatically unbiblical. They're not just differing in small ways. They're creating their own narrative. Where do they think? In other words, when you talk about this Episcopal priestess, where does she get the idea that she can bend the narrative in this way? Do you remember some of the things she said? Yeah, well, she said that reinterpreting scripture through a feminist lens has changed her life and that that the God that that she worships empowers, you know, empowers women. And it's, of course, you know, the God that we worship empowers women, too. It's such a weird, you know, I think the word empowers is the cliche of our generation. Like, yeah, word is used. I wince because it's such a meaningless. You might as well say I love Big Brother or Heil Hitler. The word empower is just one of those horrible, horrible words. But please continue. But the crazy irony in what she was saying in the sermon was she eventually came to this point where God was the villain of the story and the snake was the agent for, you know, helping humanity, you know, find their voice and their their agency and their autonomy. I mean, she essentially turned the snake into a Jiminy cricket figure. Yeah, yeah. It's taken the sight of the snake. But but no, but look, this is there's nothing new here, right? This is basically it's the New Age lie that God is the villain and that we like Prometheus have to steal good stuff from God who wants to keep us down, man. It's not like we've never heard this before. I'm talking to Joel Barry of the Babylon be a trusted source of fake news. We'll we'll be right back. Tell me why Relief Factor is so successful at lowering or eliminating pain. I'm often asked that question just the other night I was asked that question. Well, the owners of Relief Factor tell me they believe our bodies were designed to heal. That's right. Designed to heal. And I agree with them. And the doctors who formulated Relief Factor for them selected the four best ingredients. Yes, 100 percent drug free ingredients. And each one of them helps your body deal with inflammation. Each of the four ingredients deals with inflammation from a different metabolic pathway. That's the point. 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"joel" Discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show
"Hey folks, welcome. I warned you that we might have someone on from the Babylon B. And I'm sorry to say here he is. Joel Berry. You're welcome. Thanks for having me, Eric. Appreciate it. Joel, you guys at the Babylon B, a lot of the stuff you write is not true. And I've got a problem with that. Are you aware that you're spreading misinformation and you're why? Why do you do that? What's what's Yeah, well, it's it's wild that there's this this ironic transformation that's taken place with what we do. I mean, like you said, nothing that we've ever published has been a true actual real story. But I hear more and more people telling us that we're we are like their primary news source now, like they'll open up the Babylon B in the morning. And sometimes they won't even know what news story that we're referring to. And then they kind of have to go check the news to see what it is. So we break stories to people now because I guess we're the most trustworthy journalists out there, it would seem. People used to say this about The Daily Show, which was left left wing hackery. Not that there's anything wrong with that. There's a place in every crumbling society for left wing hackery. But I'm glad that people are getting their news from the Babylon B, even if it's full of lies. And also there's truth in it. That's the beauty. Every lie contains a nugget of truth. That's the beauty of it now. The Babylon B is a phenomenon. But we're here, Joel Berry, to talk to you about a new book that are you the only author or one of the authors? No, no. So me and Kyle Mann wrote the manuscript. I think you mean Kyle Mann and I. I understand you're new to the country. Yeah. I thank you. If you read any of our articles, you'll you'll understand that that English is not our our our strong suit at the battle. But it is your first language. I'm going to hold you to this. I'm going to hold you to this. So so Kyle Mann and I, which is to say, yeah, yeah, yeah. Wrote a book which is a guide to gender. We did, yeah, so so we wrote the manuscript and then we have a team of artists that really kind of made it come alive. So we have a creative team, a real team. Or do you just say that they're not like, no, it's it's a real team. Yeah. People we hired, we pay them a certain amount of money, I think. They're not like in uniforms and stuff. Different kind of teams. No, nothing like that. Right. Yeah. So yeah. So we decided to write this book last year. It just seemed like a kind of a natural thing. I mean, the Babylon B jokes about this subject all the time. It's kind of a very big conversation in the culture right now. And the funny thing is, too, you really don't have to exaggerate gender theory that much for it to read as satire. So we didn't we didn't have to do a lot of work in reading this or in writing this. So, you know, anytime we can do something without working that much, it's a win for us. That's the that's the goal. Some people would say right now, Eric, what you're doing doesn't seem like work. Oh, it's work, but it doesn't seem like work. Let me ask you, Joel. So we're living in crazy times.
"joel" Discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show
"You're participating in evil in the dehumanization of human beings, which is the worst kind of dehumanization. So futurists look look at, you know, what is going to be the event that's going to make the robots and humans fight, you know, for survival? Yeah, I'm just going to get a gun and shoot the phone. I'm going to be like Elvis. I'm going to shoot the TV. Maybe you started it. Maybe you started the war. I think I started the war. I think the bots are coming after me. I can hear them clacking on the roof right now. All right. So we've got to say this before we before we have fun talking to Jill Berry, the Babylon Bee, and it's going to get insane. Promise you, because we already recorded it. It gets crazy up in here is involved. But yes. Yes. Just wait at the end. There's an insane quiz. But I want to tell you, we're doing a fundraiser. For Israel right now. The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews. You must go to Metaxas talk dot com. You'll see the banner Israel at war. We need your help. They need your help. All kinds of people are being helped through the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews. So the elderly are getting meals. Imagine living in a war zone. I'm just saying this is something we can do. So there's a phone number. Eight hundred two, three, five, seven, seven, seven, five. Eight hundred two, three, five, am I getting that right? Eight hundred two, three, five, seven, seven, seven, five. We need you to help. A number of the things your donations are making possible. I mentioned rushing aid to elderly beneficiaries and families who are in need of basics like food and water right now. Medical and emergency equipment. And as you might imagine, psychological counseling to deal with the trauma of what they're going through right now. Our gifts so far have helped deliver over a thousand hot meals to the elderly. Meals going to soldiers serving on the northern border near Lebanon, where they're being shelved by Hezbollah. Nice guys. Much more. So please go to Metaxas talk dot com. You'll see the banner right at the top. And if you want to listen to me talk to Joel Berry, Babylon Beach, going to be a lot of fun. If you want to enjoy that, you need to go to Metaxas talk dot com. Click on the banner and give generously. 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. Patriot Mobile offers dependable nationwide coverage, giving you the ability to access all three major networks, which means you get the same coverage you've been accustomed to without funding the left. When you switch to Patriot Mobile, you're sending the message that you support free speech, religious freedom, the sanctity of life, Second Amendment and our military veterans and first responder heroes. They're 100 percent U.S. based customer service team. Make switching easy. Keep your number. Keep your phone or upgrade. Their team will help you find the best plan for your needs. Just go to Patriot Mobile dot com slash Metaxas or call 972 Patriot. Get free activation when you use the offer code Metaxas. Join me. Make the switch today. Again, go to Patriot Mobile dot com slash Metaxas or call 972 Patriot Patriot Mobile dot com slash Metaxas. Legacy Precious Metals has a revolutionary new online platform that allows you to invest in real gold and silver online. In a few easy steps, you can open an account online, select your metals of choice and choose to have them stored in a vault or shipped to your door. You'll have access to a dashboard where you can track your portfolio growth in real time any time. You'll see transparent pricing on each coin and bar. This puts you in complete control of your money. The platform is free to sign up for. Visit Legacy PM Investments dot com and open your account and see this new investing platform for yourself. Gold can hedge against inflation and against the volatile stock market. A true diversified portfolio isn't just more stocks and bonds, but different asset classes. This new platform allows you to make investments in gold and silver, no matter how small or large, with a few clicks. Visit Legacy PM Investments dot com to get started. You're going to love this free new tool that they've added. Please go check it out today. That's Legacy PM Investments dot com.
"joel" Discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show
"Folks, welcome to the Eric Mataxas 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 Mataxas show? Well, welcome. Tune in and then move on to item number eight. Skydiving with Chuck Schumer and AOC here now is Mr. Completed my bucket list at age 12. Eric Mataxas. Hey, folks, welcome to our two. We're going to we're going to do something lighter because talking to Larry Taunton about Hamas was kind of heavy. And so in an hour or two today, I'm going to interview Joel Berry of the Babylon Bee. The Babylon Bee is a trusted source of fake news. And he and Kyle Mann have written a book called The Babylon Bee's Guide to Gender. I'm going to interview him about that. And I think prepare to be shocked and entertained and then shocked again. And then entertained and then shocked. And I think perhaps entertained after that, but I can't remember because we just did the interview and we're going to run it in a few minutes. Chris Himes. Yes, sir. It's a crazy week. I'm myself in Augusta, Georgia. I don't know how I got here, but here I am. You're you're an honorary southerner at this point for the time that you've spent, you know, Texas, now Georgia. I think I think so. I feel like I feel like the Greek version of Foghorn Leghorn. Um, basically, I'll say that's crazy. Yeah, that's I say I say, well, I am. I'm in Augusta, Georgia, tonight, I'm speaking at a pregnancy center banquet here in Augusta, Georgia. If you're in Augusta, Georgia, they probably still have tickets. I'm going to be speaking tonight here. I guess, you know, after this, I fly to Houston, I'm speaking at a prayer breakfast in Conroe, Texas, on Thursday morning. After that, I go to Johnson City, Tennessee. And I don't know why. Actually, I do know why. I've got a big event at Bethlehem Lutheran Church Friday night. That's this October 20th. So a lot of stuff and then tons of stuff next week. It's been a busy time. But the. The crazy thing when you travel is you have these hotel experiences and you have I mean, the travel experience, whether it's the traveling on the plane, the hotel or the event itself, if you do enough of it, you know, you begin to find yourself judging one, like because there are all these different experiences narrative. It's comparative. Yeah. And I'm at a Marriott in Augusta, Georgia. And I had an experience last night which was unpleasant. And I'd like to share it with the group. Can I share it? Sure. Let's hear it. OK. How unpleasant was it? You want to hear it? You're man enough to hear this story. I don't know where it's going to go, but I'm always up. Well, basically. I get to my hotel room and I'm exhausted. I'm really exhausted. And they. They make it sound like a really nice hotel room, they say, oh, it's it's a king suite. And I go, oh, King suite. Yeah. That sounds big. That's pretty sweet. And but anyway, let me just say not so much. Right. But I mean, it's it's it's it's technically a king suite, but it's not what you think of when you think of King suite. But but here's the point. I thought, you know what? To get here, it's like I had to walk like a thousand miles. You ever walk like a thousand miles in a hotel carrying your luggage or dragging your luggage on a carpet, right? Like your whole upper body, you get a big upper body workout. But like it's a vast like, I don't know. So, you know, I finally get him exhausted, whatever. And I thought the restaurant is like 5000 miles away. But that's where I came in like a thousand miles ago. So I guess I have to go back there or whatever. So I thought, you know what? I will. I will. I will call. I'll order some food and I'll go back without my luggage. So it won't be as bad of a walk. Yeah, I like to work out. I'll get some food, get some food. Right. So I how do you get the food? Is there is there menu in the room? No, of course not. No. You got to go online. Can you get online? Good luck if you get online. How do you find it? You know, it just endlessly complicated. Finally. You know, you just feel exhausted just getting to the menu. Right. And then I thought, OK, I'm going to call the restaurant. And, you know, so I call the restaurant. I get an automated fake person. A person who's not a person. And you sure it wasn't just a robotic wooden human? And it was I wish that it were because I could talk to that kind of a person. But they so you're talking to, you know, it's kind of like an A.I. thing. Right. And like they'll say, like it's kind of like the the the did see twenty five year old woman that they're pretending to be aware where she says, I'm sorry, I didn't quite get that. Like, but you're talking it's a robot. Right. So I said, I'd like to. Sounds like you wanted to order some food or. So I'm talking to some already ticked. I'm already ticked having to talk to a machine. And so the the machine, as so are you interested in the, you know, Augustino restaurant or the Augustino grill? And I said either either one. That does not compute. I'm sorry, I'm interested in the Augustino today or in the right. And you're like either one. It doesn't matter. And I'm speaking clearly in a standard American accent. But like it was this insane. I just thought and the problem is when you're talking to an automated person who's not a real person, there's no one to murder. You know, in other words, you're angry and you think, well, somebody needs to be killed as a result of this because this is so horrible. Justice needs to be done. But there's no actual person to throttle. And it's that's that's what got me that there was no person. So eventually they sent me to an actual human being. And the worst human being is better. Then an automated human being. And so, of course, you know, I got my little salad, but the insanity of it was it was it's just unbelievable. So, Mary. That's evil. You need to repent of that evil Marriott. Hey, talking to you. I say, Mary. Yeah, it's I just want to say sci fi horror. You know, very bad Mr. and Mrs. Marriott, old man Marriott, whoever runs Marriott.
A highlight from Joel Berry
"Folks, welcome to the Eric Mataxas 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 Mataxas show? Well, welcome. Tune in and then move on to item number eight. Skydiving with Chuck Schumer and AOC here now is Mr. Completed my bucket list at age 12. Eric Mataxas. Hey, folks, welcome to our two. We're going to we're going to do something lighter because talking to Larry Taunton was about Hamas kind of heavy. And so in an hour or two today, I'm going to interview Joel Berry of the Babylon Bee. The Babylon Bee is a trusted source of fake news. And he and Kyle Mann have written a book called The Babylon Bee's Guide to Gender. I'm going to interview him about that. And I think prepare to be shocked and entertained and then shocked again. And then entertained and then shocked. And I think perhaps entertained after that, but I can't remember because we just did the interview and we're going to run it in a few minutes. Chris Himes. Yes, sir. It's a crazy week. I'm myself in Augusta, Georgia. I don't know how I got here, but here I am. You're you're an honorary southerner at this point for the time that you've spent, you know, Texas, now Georgia. I think I think so. I feel like I feel like the Greek version of Foghorn Leghorn. Um, basically, I'll say that's crazy. Yeah, that's I say I say, well, I am. I'm in Augusta, Georgia, tonight, I'm speaking at a pregnancy center banquet here in Augusta, Georgia. If you're in Augusta, Georgia, they probably still have tickets. I'm going to be speaking tonight here. I guess, you know, after this, I fly to Houston, I'm speaking at a prayer breakfast in Conroe, Texas, on Thursday morning. After that, I go to Johnson City, Tennessee. And I don't know why. Actually, I do know why. I've got a big event at Bethlehem Lutheran Church Friday night. That's this October 20th. So a lot of stuff and then tons of stuff next week. It's been a busy time. But the. The crazy thing when you travel is you have these hotel experiences and you have I mean, the travel experience, whether it's the traveling on the plane, the hotel or the event itself, if you do enough of it, you know, you begin to find yourself judging one, like because there are all these different experiences narrative. It's comparative. Yeah. And I'm at a Marriott in Augusta, Georgia. And I had an experience last night which was unpleasant. And I'd like to share it with the group. Can I share it? Sure. Let's hear it. OK. How unpleasant was it? You want to hear it? You're man enough to hear this story. I don't know where it's going to go, but I'm always up. Well, basically. I get to my hotel room and I'm exhausted. I'm really exhausted. And they. They make it sound like a really nice hotel room, they say, oh, it's it's a king suite. And I go, oh, King suite. Yeah. That sounds big. That's pretty sweet. And but anyway, let me just say not so much. Right. But I mean, it's it's it's it's technically a king suite, but it's not what you think of when you think of King suite. But but here's the point. I thought, you know what? To get here, it's like I had to walk like a thousand miles. You ever walk like a thousand miles in a hotel carrying your luggage or dragging your luggage on a carpet, right? Like your whole upper body, you get a big upper body workout. But like it's a vast like, I don't know. So, you know, I finally get him exhausted, whatever. And I thought the restaurant is like 5000 miles away. But that's where I came in like a thousand miles ago. So I guess I have to go back there or whatever. So I thought, you know what? I will. I will. I will call. I'll order some food and I'll go back without my luggage. So it won't be as bad of a walk. Yeah, I like to work out. I'll get some food, get some food. Right. So I how do you get the food? Is there is there menu in the room? No, of course not. No. You got to go online. Can you get online? Good luck if you get online. How do you find it? You know, it just endlessly complicated. Finally. You know, you just feel exhausted just getting to the menu. Right. And then I thought, OK, I'm going to call the restaurant. And, you know, so I call the restaurant. I get an automated fake person. A person who's not a person. And you sure it wasn't just a robotic wooden human? And it was I wish that it were because I could talk to that kind of a person. But they so you're talking to, you know, it's kind of like an A .I. thing. Right. And like they'll say, like it's kind of like the the the did see twenty five year old woman that they're pretending to be aware where she says, I'm sorry, I didn't quite get that. Like, but you're talking it's a robot. Right. So I said, I'd like to. Sounds like you wanted to order some food or. So I'm talking to some already ticked. I'm already ticked having to talk to a machine. And the so the machine, as so are you interested in the, you know, Augustino restaurant or the Augustino grill? And I said either either one. That does not compute. I'm sorry, I'm interested in the Augustino today or in the right. And you're like either one. It doesn't matter. And I'm speaking clearly in a standard American accent. But like it was this insane. I just thought and the problem is when you're talking to an automated person who's not a real person, there's no one to murder. You know, in other words, you're angry and you think, well, somebody needs to be killed as a result of this because this is so horrible. Justice needs to be done. But there's no actual person to throttle. And it's that's that's what got me that there was no person. So eventually they sent me to an actual human being. And the worst human being is better. Then an automated human being. And so, of course, you know, I got my little salad, but the insanity of it was it was it's just unbelievable. So, Mary. That's evil. You need to repent of that evil Marriott. Hey, talking to you. I say, Mary. Yeah, it's I just want to say sci fi horror. You know, very bad Mr. and Mrs. Marriott, old man Marriott, whoever runs Marriott.
A highlight from Preseason Begins & The Annual GM Survey
"This is the crossover NBA podcast Chris Mannix joined as I always am by Chris Herring and Rohan Nadkarni. Quick housekeeping note fellas the NBA preview issue is out I guess the basketball preview issue because there is a lot of college stuff in there as well but the cover is NBA Jimmy Butler guest editor for this NBA preview issue Rohan you spent some time with Jimmy Butler in parts unknown I assume South Florida did a a story with him it's excellent check that out I've got a piece on the Phoenix Suns spent some time talking to Matt Ishbia James Jones Frank Vogel key pieces of that organization trying to recreate exactly what happened after the season ended how they got this point where they have one of the most expensive teams in NBA history a lot of good stuff there scouting reports different elements as well make sure you pick up the magazine on stands right now. So fellas we've got the NBA GM survey that's out and I want to dive into some of the elements of that but before we start recording this podcast I was just going through social media looking up some clips and all that stuff and I came across one from the Pat Bev pod the Patrick Beverly pod he does with Barstool Sports I just want to play this clip for you because Pat Bev was joined by Michael Rubin the former owner of the Philadelphia 76ers now this still the CEO with fanatics someone who has a strong relationship with a lot of players including James Harden who they discussed in this clip here as a past NBA owner obviously you're close to the Sixers the situation that's going on with James Harden how would you handle it it wouldn't have happened you know first of all James is family to me and like I'm not going to hide about that I love James this thing is breaking my heart this thing was just not handled well he was playing with us in practice and boy he was cooking he was oh I'm talking about the pot was out and he was stirring that bitch up there's nobody who wants to win a championship more than James Harden I know this guy like my brother people give James a hard time because you know he likes to have fun it's bullshit like the guy the guy's work ethic for basketball is insane and his attitude has been great he's been leading he's been giving advice so you might hear all the bad shit you know TV from reporters that's not there but actually being a teammate that's there he's he's been phenomenal I block out the noises really same because I think a lot of people just don't know like the real James Harden how badly he wants to win I think he's in great not good shape he's in great shape yeah he's in great shape right that's right body looks great yeah every time I'm in the weight room he's in the weight room he's gonna ball out this year so herring I know my blood shouldn't boil when I hear stuff like this and I know it you know the podcast is doing its job if it gets me kind of drawn in and talking about it but to hear Michael Rubin say that James Harden wants to win a championship more than anyone at the same time that James Harden is trying to force his way off a championship contender that is a Rubik's Cube of nonsense that I'm really having a hard time wrapping my head around your thoughts on the propaganda emerging from the Pat Bev pod about James Harden I'm just trying to think of a stranger mashup than the one you just explained I mean the the whole universe of Michael Rubin and all the there's so many things lately that just on social media that I've wanted to mute and I don't think I know enough about how to do it I haven't taken the time to do it but if I had a way of muting like Michael that Rubin parties James Harden and any other number of athletes are at or like all these white parties and everything else it's like I would do that but that makes this element of this story this this framing odd because it's like okay well he presumably is friendly with James Harden or James Harden is friendly with him but also the fundamental standpoint now at this point that maybe there are people in the organization that instead of kind of just gloves off which it seemed like it would be based on what James Harden said about Daryl Morey earlier this summer that there's also the very real possibility that maybe he's not traded and so they need him to feel wanted and they need him to feel like they want him to perform well which is what you would want if you're a team that at least there's a you said in one of the last pockets we did it's not out of the realm of possibility that they could be a winner a contender a champion if everything fell right you know the right way so I think that's all this is is just positive reinforcement but I mean it's also silly from the standpoint that you're saying that clearly people that are making trade demands whether it's behind the scenes whether it's publicly whether it's saying my general manager my president is a liar it's hard to hold those two thoughts in the same time in your head that you know on the one hand he can say those things but also nobody wants it more than he does come on like I did I know it's just you know the first thing probably that popped into Ruben's mind but it's just silly Rowan I know you're you're a regular at these white parties but do you have a issue let me just first of all echo my esteemed colleague Chris herrings fatigue with Michael Rubin just this guy's everywhere all the time fanatics sucks I'll say it fanatics is not good wow let's start there I mean like kudos to Michael Rubin you know what he did getting involved with meat mill etc but like we could have left it at that listen I if I were James Harden I might be living my life a similar way I let me put it that way but there is now a what is it a preponderance of evidence that winning a championship is not necessarily number one on this guy's priority list just not only in terms of how he's carried himself this offseason but how he likes to carry himself during the season when he's staying in Miami or Vegas for an extra night I'm away from steam mates are flying separately etc that all that stuff's been reported I'm just I'm sick of the the Sixers offseason I'm sick of the Embiid hard in partnership I respect you Mannix for still holding out hope having faith you've always been kind of an optimist a wanderer a dream I died that's why I don't describe you but I'm just so over this it just well like you said I mean respect to that podcast we're here talking about it I love Pat Bev he's a good personality but like what are we doing here Michael Rubin who are you who are you fooling okay we are familiar with James Harden's game okay you're not fooling us game off the court specifically right like you you can't say James Harden is misunderstood or gets a bad rap when right he he forced his way out of Houston by throwing a multi -week temper tantrum he effectively quit on the Nets which forced them to make a when deal they probably didn't want to and now here he is trying to get out of Philadelphia after holding you know one of the worst holdouts in holdout history to stay away from the team it just the the I mean just trying to get us to believe that is just wild so you know we had to talk about it you know James Harden still officially member of the 76ers we'll see what happens as these preseason games go on and what they do with them but right now James Harden kind of between a rock and a hard place might have to play for Philadelphia this season so I want to talk in this episode about the GM survey which always provides good preseason material whenever it comes out and there were some interesting elements in this year's GM survey guys and I want to start with the championship prediction from the NBA GMs which turned into a two -way tie between the Boston Celtics and the Denver Nuggets Milwaukee coming into third place 23 % Phoenix 7 % they came in fourth in the LA Clippers finishing at 3 % last year the Bucks were the leader at 43 % Denver doesn't surprise me Denver has the core of that team back we've talked about this before I think they can expect some organic growth from Christian Brown I think Peyton Watson might be able to play they've some other guys on that roster that can take steps up by the way while we're speaking of the Nuggets condolences to Mike Malone's family for the passing of Brendan Malone his father that was revealed by the organization this week but when it comes to Denver on the floor I can see why they'd be a championship contender the Celtics I might be one of the few pessimists I don't know if I'm pessimistic about the South I have more questions about the Celtics than many people do my good friend Scalabrini was on TV recently and he said every GM would want this roster and I tend to agree with that sort of because if you could bubble wrap this roster and guarantee that it plays 65 to 70 games together and will be healthy going into the playoffs I think you're absolutely right I think the backcourt is really strong especially defensively Drew Holliday elite defender Derek White big time defender we know what Jalen Brown Jason Tatum can do you know that that that speaks for itself the front court is good right Chris has Porzingis good player Al Horford good player but Porzingis chronically injured right like he played what 60 -65 games last year but that was a contract year and I have less confidence he's going to be able to repeat that he was already injured this off season with whatever happened with his foot over in the World Cup Al Horford's 37 by design he's probably only going to play like 50 games this year because they want to keep him healthy for the playoffs so we don't know what's what Al Horford is going to look like at the end of this season after that what is there they signed Wennion Gabriel Wennion Gabriel last year played 68 games for the Lakers in the playoffs he played 10 he averaged 3 .7 minutes per game in the playoffs with the Lakers last year that is the definition of playable in the regular season and unplayable in the playoffs like it just is what it is Luke Cornette is still there he was unplayable for Boston in the playoffs last year you know this is a team that was already thin when Grant Williams was there now Grant Williams is gone and I don't know what they do if one of these two guys goes down for any length of time so that's a long way of saying like yeah I can buy the argument that the Celtics are the team to beat Eastern Conference I can buy the argument that they are a championship contender but Rohan I just I have a lot of concerns about what happens if anything goes south in that front court I agree I mean that's why I thought the holiday trade was so fascinating and why I wasn't sure how seriously to take Boston as a contender for holiday even though his name was obviously their name was obviously coming up that entire weekend before he was traded a huge reason why they've been been special the last few years is kind of the alchemy of their front court mix -in matching Horford, Rob Williams, and Grant Williams that's gone entirely I see people saying now Porzingis and Horford might start together this talks about does Derek White come off the bench there's a right that's another thing I don't understand I mean you don't you don't have a backup really for either guy right now why aren't they backing up each other that already is starting to not make a ton of sense for me the way I look at it Mannix is I do think we're starting to see some trickle -down effect of the second apron because you look at the top teams right now whether it's Milwaukee, Boston, Phoenix, Denver to an extent it's not that the championship teams of yesteryear were flawless but we're looking at teams that are especially top heavy these days and Boston doesn't have a lot of avenues to improve the roster same for Milwaukee I mean I think Milwaukee has a great five and uh Holliday, Conaton, Middleton, Giannis, and Lopez but then they have Bobby Portis and they have a bunch of question marks after that they don't have a lot of playoff rotation guys uh Phoenix is in a similar boat Denver I think you and I are probably high on Denver's bench than most people we like what we think Peyton Watkins can do Peyton Watson can do Zeke Najee Swarther had a nice pre -season debut but those are a bunch of question marks for them right now so on one hand I echo your skepticism about Boston only in terms of Horford's coming off the worst postseason of his career um I think on both ends of the floor and he's only getting older Porzingis he's played 10 playoff games in his life but when you match them up against kind of the other contenders unless you think like a team like the Lakers or Warriors who have a little bit more depth maybe not quite as much top and talent uh can make a push I understand why you'd put Boston there only because I think a lot of the contenders are really top heavy right now well I mean but the the front court like to get out of the Eastern Conference you gotta get through Milwaukee and Milwaukee's front court is still really strong they still have all the pieces that were in place they still got Giannis still got Brook Lopez still got Bobby Portis they've still got all the guys that have the potential to give Boston a lot of problems and I go back a couple of years and the Celtics back when they had Rob Williams and they had Grant Williams they were in the mix for Yaka Purdle when San Antonio was trying to deal him they wanted to get Purdle they didn't want to get two first -round draft picks back then but they knew back then when they had you know three you know strong front court guys that they needed one more to get through Milwaukee that was when they made the deal for Mike Mascala and he turned out to be unplayable in the playoffs as well so I have concerns about Boston's front court anything about the predictions hearing concern you or you know stand out to you whether it's the Celtics or somebody else I mean I can admit to the same thing you guys are saying that I was surprised that Boston was tied for first for just you know the team that GM's thought was the most likely to win the whole thing it's really hard for me to look at this roster without wincing just a little bit we all can acknowledge that there's a lot of top and talent in this team there was before the moves they made this summer there is now the Porzingis fit is interesting I think everybody can look at that and say wow that if this works out they can win a title obviously no one's denying that it's just to have him and Horford as your two centers and then Wendy and Gabriel who I really like but I don't think of as necessarily my second or third string center or you know if he's even a center he's like six nine or whatever he is so that's all it's just you know and look I've been critical of the Celtics from the standpoint of you're trading away a lot to get Porzingis if only you're talking about Marcus Smart from the standpoint of you know a backbone a heart and soul obviously a very versatile important defender within that cog that they have defensively so they go get Drew Holliday and I think it does kind of answer a lot of those questions a lot of those criticisms but I just I still wonder a little bit of if now you're doing that and in doing that you give away Robert Williams if it makes you thinner at the spot that I was most concerned about now you know it's center even when they had those three it was kind of a weird hodgepodge of guys that you're not for any reason you're not gonna feel comfortable about whether they can hold up and be healthy the whole year also stylistically if you're missing one of guys it changes the way your offense looks because two of them are guys that can shoot from three one is a guy that's kind of more around the rim and setting screens and stuff like that so anyway I was just a little bit surprised that as we're all acknowledging the potential thinness of this group that they would be a co -favorite here I think the Nuggets still deserve to be the favorite and I personally would probably take the Bucks over the Celtics as a favorite but but all that said you know I don't think there's a runaway team here after the Nuggets I would probably leave them at number one because there was a lot of other stuff that happened between the depth of the Lakers the top end stuff of the Celtics the top end stuff of the Bucks to me when I see that much stuff happening I'm just going to defer to the team that won last year that granted they did lose some things but they have the potential to get better with more continuity of the top end guys that they have that haven't been healthy up until last year so I would you know I was a little bit surprised to see that Boston pulled into a tie with Denver among the GMs well we as we know the Boston media mafia is working over time in these kinds of situations I'm kidding I know it was the GM survey one thing I want to throw out there is in a in kind of a funny twist like the Celtics have had the best Joel Embiid defender over the years in Al Horford and Horford was giving Embiid problems in the semis last year to the point where Tucker had to get in his face and be like bro you need to take this matchup but what does Boston do now in that matchup because if you're playing Horford against Embiid does that mean you're playing Porzingis and Horford together and which of your guards are you keeping off the floor does that mean you keep Derek White off the floor it's kind of an interesting problem they've created for themselves unless they're willing to live with Porzingis on Embiid but that kind of takes away one of the biggest strengths they've had in that matchup over the years yeah is it going to be a challenge for them because Horford has been excellent I mean Embiid he gives him so many problems he clearly has the timing down on Embiid like he does he knows yeah it's fat it's fantastic to watch he pushes him off his spots he's he's just got a lot of you know and maybe some of it's mental too like Embiid's seen him so many times over the years that it's like all right well Al Horford again and you know he's asked about every single postseason he's had great games against Horford don't get me wrong he's played really well at times but it is I have a little surprise guys that the team nobody's really in on the Suns yet seven percent seem a little low for me you know man look I understand maybe Herring you got to give this team time to figure itself out and see if these guys can play together and see if this mix of players can work but you know if that team gets the playoffs fully healthy hard to stop very hard to stop in the postseason no no question I mean you know I watched clips I watched bits of the the game that they played against the Pistons and granted it's the Pistons you know one of the youngest teams in the league but to watch the Suns who you know have just started playing together that you know have 80 points between the first and the third quarter of a road game road opener for preseason there's obviously a lot of potential there offensively I would say that as we talk the things we like and dislike about teams the thinness the depth of these rosters I'm a little bit surprised that the Suns haven't done a little bit more to go out and get a a bonafide point guard I think it's a big granted you have a lot of ball handling on that roster it's not to say you don't and top level guys that can do it but it's a big change to go from having Chris Paul be your point guard and even to have campaign be your backup point guard to then going and just saying we're you know we're going to kind of take the Clippers route to have our forwards handle the ball to have Devin Booker handle the ball again all guys that can do it but these are also guys that you like to just kind of throw in iso situations you don't want to wear them down the whole season of having them handle the ball so I they've added depth and I think they need that they obviously needed it last offseason or I'm sorry last postseason and so they've done well to add to that but I think that they still it would do them well to have even if it's you know I look at something like what the Bulls did they went and got Javon Carter someone that played for the Suns at one point the sort of guy that could really be helpful to this team I also wonder just a little bit just a little and I think I saw some of this in their first preseason game as well Yusuf Nurkic is an interesting fit I think he can do good things for them he's good you know as a playmaker here and there defensively I worry just a little bit about him of how big it seemed like he took in Portland and you know for all the problems Ayton has at times I wonder if he's more nimble defensively and would work better defensively with that team but we'll see we'll see what happens I think that the Suns absolutely could win it they absolutely have the talent and skill to do it I think they have you know a coach that I really like one of my favorites in league and Vogel but I definitely have some questions about them which is why again would still take Denver head and shoulders above everybody else for now I actually am a little bit surprised the Lakers didn't get more picks here as well in this in the survey I maybe would have liked the Suns more before the Nurkic trade I'm just I'm replaying that Denver series in my head and while Landry Shammet was getting a ton of open threes and theoretically that could be Bradley now I mean I look at them as even worse or you know more poorly equipped to slow down the Nuggets than they were last year and while we're on the subject of health I mean Durant you know he missed some time obviously he came back right before the start of the playoffs and looked great at times and I think bookers only continue to improve but I mean there's a health there's a health question mark hanging over them you know as long as Durant is there and I I need to see it I mean there's definitely some exciting moments just watching kind of Beale Booker and Durant take their turns in that preseason game and it's like oh man like they have three guys who can go just iso and get a score seemingly anytime they want but and I'm I'm warming to the Nurkic move more than when it first happened but I really need to see that defense in action for a little while before I can take them seriously as a title contender yeah I think you guys just articulated why they only got seven percent of the vote there's a lot of question marks out there about them until we see them actually come together and play all right we had Nicole Jokic picked up first place in two different categories and I want to talk about both of them first was the player most likely to win the 2023 -24 MVP he got 43 percent of the vote in that category Yanis at number two at 20 percent and then if you were starting a franchise today and could sign any player who would it be he got 33 percent of the vote in in that category Victor Webayama coming in second with 23 percent on the subject of MVP guys let's start there 43 percent of the vote I'm actually shocked it wasn't higher like I thought it would be like 70 percent because not look first he's 28 years old he's in his prime he's durable he's just won a championship he was you know the best player on the best team in the NBA there's no reason to believe he's not going to come in next year and put up comparable or this year put up comparable numbers and I do think that the people that were divided on Nicole Jokic last year are not going to be divided this year the people that were skeptics about his ability to win and use that against him when it came to MVP voting and use that as a reason to vote for Joel Embiid those people aren't going to exist or that feeling isn't going to exist if Nicole Jokic puts up MVP numbers on the guy on the team that is at or near the top of the western conference there is no doubt in my mind he is going to win MVP he is going to get deservedly I think every benefit of the doubt this year when it comes to MVP votes so whether it's you know Embiid, Giannis, Jason Tatum, Luka Doncic I think Jokic is going to get the benefit of the doubt there Herring I think he's going to be by far and away he is by far and away the front runner to win the MVP.
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"And. Welcome back to our friend Joel Rosenberg, who is in Jerusalem right now, we can see the Dome of the Rock right behind you, the Temple Mount. It's extraordinary that you're right there, Joel. And what what do you suppose is going to be happening in the next few days? I assume that Israeli intelligence and the Israeli armed forces are this minute of preparing a counterattack, preparing, trying to figure out how to get the hostages out. I cannot imagine. Yeah, no, you're right. Right now, we're in midst of the largest mobilization of the Israeli army reserves, certainly in a generation, maybe since maybe since the Yom Kippur War 50 years ago, already more than three hundred thousand Israelis have been have been called up because we are a small country, as I said, only less than 10 million people. So we don't have an active standing army like the United States is a million or a million and a half. I lose track of how many people are in the active regular army every day. Right. And then you have ROTC and Army National Guard and so forth. We have just the opposite. We have a small standing army. And but we mobilize people quickly. And in seventy two hours, three hundred thousand soldiers have been and have been called up. The media adviser to the prime minister got called up today. I interviewed him for all Israel news. You can find that at all Israel dot com. The the former Israeli ambassador to London just got called up to to work. Obviously, I will be working in diplomacy, but I just interviewed him for the Rosenberg report. So what we're watching is people at every strata. Most of my friends that are under the age of 40 guys are now moving to the front. So the question is when, how? But a lot of pieces have to be put into place. And there what I know also and I can tell you and report to you is that they're really working that. Why did the ambassador get recalled, even though he's not a current ambassador? Because they're preparing for a massive onslaught diplomatically and in terms of media. So they have to be ready not just for the actual ground and air war. Right. They have to be ready for the the digital war and the diplomacy war. And we were covering that on all Israel news. But that's why I'm grateful that you're giving this much time. Because in the first 72 hours, the way I see it, mostly American media has been actually quite shocked and has, in fact, covered somewhat sympathetically this attack. But I guarantee you, once we counter assault. Israeli Jews will look like the Antichrist in American and international media. It's an amazing thing because I don't know what you're supposed to do when barbarians come in and murder women and children. What are you supposed to do? What would anyone do? You fight back. That's what you're supposed to do. That's the rational response. That's anti-Semitism, the double standard that Jews, that Israelis, we don't get to play like Americans when we got attacked on 9-11 or the British got attacked or anybody else on the planet. That anti-Semitism is not just hating Jews. It's treating Jews completely different by different standards. And that's why Christians in particular, we have a standard. And that's the Bible. And we know, yes, God loves our neighbors, but he loves Israel. He loves the Jewish people and he has a plan. And that's why Christians need to align ourselves and say, all right, we need to stand with Israel. We have to have compassion for the Palestinians who are trapped under Hamas, right? But this is not a jump ball. It's not a 50-50, 49-51 decision. God loves the nation of Israel. And he calls Israel the apple of his eye, the most sensitive part, the pupil, the way he looks at the rest of the world. He looks at it through the lens of Israel. And the church needs to get this right. And unfortunately, too much of the church is currently getting it wrong. This is at least a wake up call. Let's see if people do better this time. Well, I mean, to me, let's let's call it what it is, hatred of Israel. Anti-Semitism is a hatred of the God of Israel. There's no other reason to hate the Jews other than the fact that you have a supernatural animus, an evil animus against the God of the Jews. Otherwise, I'm not quite clear what anti-Semitism is. Why do black nationalist groups and white nationalist groups and people around the world, what is Jew hatred? It's hatred of the God of the Jews, whether they want to admit it or don't. That's what it is. It's a supernatural hatred. It is evil. And the idea that Israel, you know, should be wiped off the face of the map, the idea that people are giving voice to this and that we have people in our own country saying, oh, well, they have a point. And, you know, that's to me what's so fascinating here. You know, you talk about a double standard is a very nice way of putting it. Well, yeah, and I would use the verse John 10 10, right? Jesus said, I came because they may have life and have it abundantly. But the thief and he's talking about Satan comes to rob, kill and destroy. In that one verse, we see the dichotomy. It's not that Satan is equal with Jesus. He's not. But there are one hundred and eighty percent opposite. Right. So if God in the scriptures, as he does, says, I love the Jewish people and I'm going to bless them. Satan says, fine, I'm going to curse them. God says, I'm going to choose the Jewish people and give them a land. Satan says, fine, I'm going to take it away. God says, I'm going to make Jerusalem the city I'm standing in, the city where I live, the city of peace. Satan says, fine, I'll make it a city of bloodshed. God says, I'm going to take that mount behind you, behind me, the Temple Mount, and make it holy to my name. Satan says, I'm going to desecrate it. That's the that's the dynamic. God, Satan hates Israel and Jews because God loves us. And you're absolutely right. It's there. Why doesn't he hate the Kurds this much? Why doesn't Satan hate the Japanese as much or the Brazilians like he hates everybody. But he has a special, deep, raging animus against us and this city and this place, precisely because God loves us and has made that super clear to the world through the Bible. And as an evangelical from a Jewish background and a dual U.S. Israeli citizen, part of my responsibility is to educate the church around the world and mobilize them to learn, to pray, to give and to go. Now, I wouldn't go right now. Don't come to Israel right now. The airport's open, but all the flights are shut down and everybody's all foreigners are leaving right now. So this is not the time to come here. But but learning and praying and giving to ministries that are making a difference is critical, not to take away from what needs to be being done right now with the Alliance for Defending Freedom and what Eric is doing. But I just want to I want you to pray. I want your audience to pray. But I also want you to think, how can I specifically help? And you can certainly learn more by following us at all Israel dot com. Yes, all Israel dot com is the Web site. Joel Rosenberg, we're going to have to leave it there. God bless you, my friend. We're just glad to hear from you. Thank you. Thank you, Eric. Thank you for giving me this much attention on this important issue.
"joel" Discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show
"Folks, welcome back. I'm talking to Joel Rosenberg, our friend Joel Rosenberg, who is right now at the TV and studios in Jerusalem. We can see the Dome of the Rock right behind you, Joel. You were talking about the air raid sirens on your way to the studio, having to pull over and hearing the missiles coming in sent by Hamas into Israel. It's amazing that this is ongoing. You were saying before I think you were saying that it seems that. It seems that Israel is going to go into the territories and that this is part of the plan that Hamas and the enemies of Israel, they want to use this as propaganda to turn the world against Israel. Yeah, and that's one of the biggest problems here is this is a multi tiered strategy designed not just to kill Israelis, but to try to get Israelis to inadvertently kill Palestinians. Right. We're going to go kill and capture Palestinian terrorists, Hamas terrorists. There's no question about that. The problem is that the the the Palestinian terrorists Hamas are hiding behind number one, the civilian population of the Gaza Strip. There's two million Palestinians who live there and they're under Hamas reign of terror. Let's be clear. Israel does not occupy the Gaza Strip. Israel's prime minister in 2005 pulled all Israeli citizens and all Israeli soldiers out of Gaza. We haven't been there in almost 20 years. So this is not occupied territory. Right. But it is occupied in one sense by Hamas as terrorists. So what? So the terrorists are hiding behind the human shields of their own population. That's number one. Now they have captured at least 100 Israeli hostages, men, women and children. I saw a video today put out by Hamas on social media of small infants, Israeli Jewish infants in cages, in dog cages is where they're keeping them. And we you know, God only knows, you know, are they planning to trade them, sell them or just murder them and put that all on social media? But that's what so so that the terrorists want to lure Israel into a war. And now I don't see how we avoid it. The question is, how do we prosecute it effectively, smartly when we know no matter what we do, the Biden administration is going to criticize us, maybe not on day one, but certainly by day 10, by day 14. They'll be saying, hey, I mean, already Secretary of State Blinken is trying to negotiate with the leader of Turkey to bring a cease fire, a cease fire. Can I just say that if you've got a school anywhere in America and there's a mass shooter, a mass casualty shooter in the building, you do not tell the SWAT team to do a cease fire. You don't tell the SWAT team to de-escalate. No, you blow the guy's head off and rescue the children. But but already the secretary of state of the pro-Israel Biden administration is telling us we need a cease fire. No, we don't. We need our hostages back. We need Hamas eradicated. But how do you do it without it? And I don't think there's any other way. I think the world is going to hate us in about a month and maybe sooner. And that what we're reporting on all Israel news and, of course, on my TV and show The Rosenberg Report, we're trying to cover it from every angle. But I'm telling you, we are not just going into a military battle. We are going into a public relations and media battle, good versus evil, kind and friendly and democratic versus evil and wicked and barbaric. And that's the that's the story. But I guarantee you that's not the story. The New York Times or CNN will be reporting in the days ahead. And that's why you and I and others have got to help people understand the truth, because it's going to get messy very, very fast. Well, again, this is this is good versus evil, folks. You have to be clear. Israel does not murder innocents. Israel does not go in and murder children and women. They don't do that. But that's what Hamas does. That's what the enemies of Israel do. They are evil. And what they're doing is the kind of thing that you have to condemn. You have to stand against it. You have to defend yourself against it. You know, when when you even characterize the Biden administration as being pro-Israel, to me, that's a joke, basically. You know, it's like somebody saying something that is meaningless. It mocks the meaning of what it be to be pro-Israel, because, you know, for blink. And let me just say one thing. That's what he said is just astonishing to me. Yeah, but it's important to make the distinction when I say that Biden is the most pro-Israel in the Democratic Party. The good news in that sentence is that there are forces like like Bernie Sanders, who was the second most popular person in the party over the last two presidential cycles. Right. Millions and millions, tens of millions of followers. He hates Israel.
"joel" Discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show
"Well, that's certainly true. I would say it a little bit differently than you did, but I certainly hear your perspective. Look, we have to say that President Joe Biden is the most pro-Israel person in the Democratic Party. That's why it's a problem, which is because I don't think he's maliciously trying to harm Israel. It's just he literally does not understand that with every action, there's a reaction. If you give six million dollars to Iran, you're going to get more terrorism. And that's what we've seen. All right. No, there's no doubt about it. But if you're if you're that ignorant, you obviously shouldn't be in the White House. He is you know, when you say he's the most pro-Israel person in the Democratic Party, that's the problem. That's the problem. And they are tremendously naive with regard to the intentions of the enemies of Israel. Obama was, I think, more willful in his naivete. But it's it it's it's horrifying that this is happening now. So we've got you for the rest of the hour, folks. I'm talking to Joel Rosenberg about what's going on in Israel right now. I want to exhort you before we go to the break. Please go to Metaxas talk dot com. We need your help with the Alliance Defending Freedom. They really need your help. And we're asking you to go to Metaxas talk dot com. Give anything you can. You can give nineteen dollars a month to be a champion of freedom. We need a number of people to do that. Please be one of those people. Metaxas talk dot com. Tell me why Relief Factor is so successful at lowering or eliminating pain. I'm often asked that question just the other night. I was asked that question. Well, the owners of Relief Factor tell me they believe our bodies were designed to heal. That's right. Designed to heal. And I agree with them. And the doctors who formulated Relief Factor for them selected the four best ingredients. Yes. One hundred percent drug free ingredients in each one of them helps your body deal with inflammation. Each of the four ingredients deals with inflammation from a different metabolic pathway. That's the point. So approaching from four different angles may be why so many people find such wonderful relief. If you've got back pain, shoulder, neck, hip, knee or foot pain from exercise or just getting older, you should order the three week quick start discounted to only nineteen ninety five to see if it'll work for you. It has worked for about 70 percent of the half a million people who've tried it and have ordered more on one of them. Go to relief factor dot com or call eight hundred for relief to find out about this offer. Feel the difference. Hey, folks, you've all helped support my pillow and their employees in these tough economic times. Mike Lindell knows this and continues to give back to listeners with deals on his most popular products. You've heard me recently speak about the my slippers, the Giza sheets, my pillow two point oh and more for a limited time. The my pillow six pack bath towel set is back in stock. Take it from me. These towels are highly recommended. They're luxuriously soft and super absorbent, meaning they actually function like a towel should. With a special deal, you'll get two bath towels, two hand towels and two washcloths. A complete set normally seventy nine ninety eight, but for a limited time. For all my listeners, go to my pillow dot com. Use promo code Eric to snag this set for just thirty nine ninety nine. That's a 50 percent discount. Visit my pillow dot com today or dial eight hundred nine seven eight three oh five seven to grab this deal with promo code Eric. Act fast. It won't last. Use promo code Eric for more specials. Eight hundred nine seven eight three oh five seven. Use promo code Eric or my pillow dot com.
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"That's the magnitude emotionally of what we're going through right now. And we're heading towards full scale invasion of Gaza. What what do you believe? I mean, we know that this has been planned for a long time. This was not just, you know, some insurgent raid. This was planned for a long time. It's the 50th anniversary of the 1973 war. We know it took tremendous coordination to do this. I assume Iran is behind that, which is like saying the Biden administration and President Obama are behind it because they've enabled this. What do you suppose is the end game? I mean, does Hamas believe, does Iran believe that they are now actually able to wipe Israel off the face of the map? What do you suppose is going to happen in the next days and weeks ahead? Well, it's a great question and several great points you make there, Eric. Let's just take them one by one. First, the secretary of state, Anthony Blinken, is saying publicly that there's no evidence that Iran is behind. The Iranian regime is behind this attack. OK, but the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Hamas officials themselves called the Wall Street Journal and are telling others that Iran was behind this. So, you know, who do you believe? There's no question that Iran is behind this. Now, what is the end game? I there's there's two questions we have to ask. The first question is, if a second front opens from the north. Right. The Iranian backed Hezbollah terror movement with one hundred and fifty thousand missiles, much more powerful than anything coming from Gaza. If that opens up, it's I wouldn't call it Armageddon because I'm an evangelical and I that's a that's a very specific term, but it's apocalyptic. OK, so but if we hold them off and Hezbollah doesn't open up a second front, then what's the goal? Then the goal would apparently be to lure Israel into a ground war in Gaza. Hamas can't possibly beat a military as big and as strong and as professional as as Israel. OK, why would they want to lure us in? Because they want the images of dead. Palestinians, they want Al Jazeera and MSNBC and CNN and everybody else. New York Times front page of of not just passing fighters, Hamas terrorists. They want the collateral damage photos of children and women that might, you know, because the terrorists are hiding behind them. Why do they want that? They want to slaughter. Why? So that it will make Israel radioactive, toxic, and that Saudi Arabia will back away from the big peace treaty that they're that they're negotiating right now and that other Arab Muslim countries will back away as well. That's the idea of blowing up this peace process that has been so successful, so successful that apparently has lured Israeli officials into thinking we're doing OK. We don't have to guard that border so much. That was that was terribly mistaken, the most colossal failure in the history of intelligence, failure in terms of Israel's modern history. So but I can't tell you the exact which one of those is right until we know more. But at the minimum, it's the it's the second. Well, it is extraordinary. And I think, you know, I want to be clear in speaking to my audience, folks, the Biden administration is behind this. Now, when I say the behind this, I mean, if you don't care about something or if you indicate you don't care about something or you indicate that you're not sure what you think about something, you invite people to take actions. And so right now we're dealing with an administration in the White House that is not like the Donald Trump administration. These are not staunch defenders of Israel as a nation. These are people that just gave six billion dollars to Iran. They seem to be living in another world. They seem to be living in a world where they kind of think like, well, it's OK for the enemies of Israel to want to attack Israel. They have a point of view. So we're living in a different world than we would if President Trump were in the White House right now. And so that to me is what's what's a little bit confusing here is where does America stand? I mean, it's one thing to say we stand with Israel, but I don't see the Biden administration standing with Israel in the way that the Trump administration would.
"joel" Discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show
"She. Folks, welcome back. We get to talk right now to our friend Joel Rosenberg, who's in the TV and studios in Jerusalem. If you're watching this on video, you can see right behind him. The Dome of the Rock. Unbelievable that you are there now. Joel Rosenberg, we want to get your perspective. And you were just telling me off the air what happened to you and your family on your way to the studio. Yeah, Eric, this is Israel's 9-11. This is Israel's Pearl Harbor. And we'll get into the details in a moment, but just as a personal way to look at it, literally driving to the TV and studios here to do my interview with you and a number of other Israeli officials tonight. The sirens, the emergency sirens went off the air raid sirens. Right. So what you're supposed to do, you're supposed to keep your windows down and your seat belt off. In case you hear those sirens, you pull over, you turn off your ignition and you get as far away from your car as you can. And then you dive down on the ground and put your hands over your head and face. Moments later, we heard boom, boom, boom, boom. I think six or seven times as the Iron Dome interceptors took out the missiles that were heading from the Gaza Strip, from the Hamas terrorists into the holy city of Jerusalem. But I was I was talking that I interviewed just before you, the deputy mayor of Jerusalem. She said that one of the missiles got missed by the Iron Dome and slammed into a mosque. In an Arab village just outside of Jerusalem. Like imagine Muslim radical Islamist terrorists shooting at Israel, shooting at the Jews and the Christians and hitting Muslims. It's so tragic. It's so ugly. And that's just one moment in three horrific days. Well, this is a nightmare. What is happening over there? I'm glad we we can reach you to get your perspective on it. I had Laura Logan on before you. And what I keep saying is that the tactics used by the enemies of Israel are evil. In other words, this is not normal warfare. It is it is evil. It is like the SS going into Poland and just murdering people in cold blood, murdering civilians in cold blood. This is what they're doing. They don't believe in in playing by any kind of rules. It is it's brutal. Obviously, they've taken many hostages. Where do you what does this go from here? Because I was not aware that that Hamas was continuing to launch missiles into Israel even now. Oh, yeah. We're approaching close to 4000 missiles over the last 72 hours. That's about as many rockets and missiles were fired at Israel over a 30 day period during our last war. OK. And this is just three days in that. That's bad enough. But you add to it what's creating the death toll here that is off the charts. More Israelis have died. More Jews have died in the last 72 hours than at any period since the Holocaust. OK, we've never had any Israel in a 72 hour period. This many Jewish people die. Why? Because what's happening is not only are they firing so many rockets, so many more than ever, but they they really caught Israel completely off guard by blowing up the security fence, several sections of the security fence that was built between Israel and Gaza and then stormed across hundreds and hundreds of Hamas fighters and started slaughtering men, women, women and children, killing children in front of their mothers and fathers, killing the mothers in front of the children. Just ghastly. You said Nazis. That's true. I would also say more recently for people in your audience that may be a little younger, ISIS. Remember when ISIS was just cutting people's heads off and setting people on fire in cages? This is all of this ghastly, demonic behavior has been happening in the last 72 hours. So here we are. One point is critical, Eric. There are more than 800 Israeli civilians have already been killed in the last 72 hours. Israel is a small country, only 10 million people. United States is a continent. 330 million people. You guys are 33 times larger in terms of population than us. So if you if you think about the emotional impact, I mean, 800 people killing 800 people is horrible. But imagine you woke up and you were having to report that 26000 Americans had been murdered in a 72 hour period.
"joel" Discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show
"If you start to add that, then you look at the fact that you have I mean, how many thousands upon thousands of Chinese military aged males who have crossed the southern border? If you think for one second that those individuals were not sent by the CCP, then you are very, very, very stupid and you are very and you are deceived because they have been I mean, they're not the only people. Two hundred and forty six terrorists, according to the official figures, two hundred and forty six terrorists arrested at the southern border. And I'm not saying that, you know, that means that the United States is suddenly tomorrow going to wake up and 400 sleeper cells are going to be burning this country to the ground. I'm not saying that because that is unknowable for us based on what we know. We just cannot I mean, I cannot make any kind of prediction on what is coming. But all I can say is that when you have a military that is focused on diversity and equity and inclusion and has not been focused on the defense of this country, when you have people in the administration who do not believe in borders, they do not believe in sovereignty. They do not believe in superpowers. And they tell you this every day. They tell you this. So it's not my words. You can go to theirs. You can go to the Open Society Foundation and see what open borders really means and look behind the fancy language. Right. About, you know, sustainability and and all the rest, because that's when they talk about sustainability, they're not talking about sustaining the United States that, you know, right, sustaining the country that you love, the borders that you believe in. They're talking about a whole nother kind of sustainability, something that sustains their vision of the world. And when you put all those pieces together, you see that you have a United States that is you have people in power in this country, even in the military, who do not believe that defending the United States is their number one priority. I mean, there's no doubt about it. I mean, everything you're saying we've talked about on the program at other times. And I'd love to have you back just to talk about this kind of thing, because there's it is utterly astonishing, astonishing that we do not have a military protecting us from Chinese communists sending military aged men across our borders. It's it's completely mind blowing that that's where we are. And so you have to ask yourself, who is in power? What kind of human beings do we have in power in our government that they would allow this? I mean, if we had elected our enemies to govern America, they would have these kinds of policies. It's simply unimaginable. Laura, we're just about out of time. How can people find you and your reporting? Well, I have a new show called The Rest of the Story with Laura Logan. Our first season is about January six prisoners, because the other part of this is that you have Americans in prison today, political prisoners, many of them without trial for months, if not years on end. And that's the other side of how you end up with people in power like you have right now, is that they're silencing the opposition. We're out of time today. Obviously, we're talking about Israel. We want to have you back to talk specifically about that and what you've been working on. Laura Logan, thank you so much. 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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"Welcome to the Eric Metaxas Show. It's a nutritious smoothie of creamy, fresh yogurt, vanilla protein powder, and a mushy banana. For your mind, drink it all down. It's nummy. I want vanilla. I want vanilla. Here comes Eric Metaxas. Folks, welcome back. This is hour two. I continue my conversation with Laura Logan. And in the next segment, we'll bring on Joel Rosenberg. But Laura, you were just saying in the last segment that there are people in American government who seem, I guess if you follow the logic, they seem OK with the idea of Israel being wiped off the face of the map. I don't think that's an exaggeration. In other words, I think if you know the reality of what the enemies of Israel want to do, and on any level you would encourage them or embolden them or even look the other way, you know what the result will be. And to me, wanting to wipe Israel off the face of the map is ultimately a satanic project. This is not just politics or national issues or international issues. There's the idea of wanting to wipe Israel off the face of the map is so dark that it goes into the category of evil. And so then the question is, what is it on the American left that they would be in bed with Muslim terrorists? And again, we're not just talking we're not talking about nations fighting against nations. We're talking about people that are doing what the Nazis did, murdering women and children. This is utter terrorism. It has nothing to do with war in the in the traditional sense. What do you suppose is behind that? Because it really is astonishing. And to me, this is the headline. Is that what what what Hamas did is, you know, terrorism almost is a nice word. It is evil. It is what SS troops did in Poland. It is the kind of thing that that civilized nations never, ever do. It is as evil as it gets. What is behind it? Well, I look to these people to find out what is behind it. I look to their words. I let them speak for themselves. Right. I mean, I can see that it's evil. I'm not sure. I guess in your analysis, satanic and evil go hand in hand. I mean, when you're strictly looking at the satanic church and so on, then it becomes a whole different argument. But if you are if you're just looking at it from their perspective, they will tell you that the state of Israel dropping bombs on buildings where there are Palestinian families is evil, for example. Right. And so and they would argue that one man's terrorists is another man's freedom fighter. I mean, that's their argument. And they would also argue that using terrorist tactics or insurgent tactics is the only option they have, because there are David and Israel's Goliath. So, I mean, in terms of their perspective, this is how they justify going out onto the streets across the US and around the world. That's not that's not my position. But if I don't have to speak for them in a sense, they speak for themselves. And their argument is that they have that this is their land and they have no other options and that nobody pays attention to them. If they don't use these tactics, then nobody cares that they bury Palestinian children and they bury their their own day after day after day and nobody cares. Of course, that's that is disingenuous in many ways because Hamas has is ruling over Gaza and they have done that. They have chosen to use the money that they get to build tunnels and buy missiles rather than to pour it into schools and roads and improving the lives of Palestinians. But then they would also argue, well, what's the point of improving your life if you live in a prison? That essentially because they're bordered on one side by Israeli by Israeli territory and on the other side by the ocean, that is effectively controlled by Israel, that they live in a great open air prison. So, I mean, everybody always has their own perspective. What what is very obvious is when you hold a rally pro Palestine rally right now, in this very moment when Israelis haven't even begun to bury their dead or count the cost and you have what, 600, 700 Israelis killed in the first day alone, you're picking up the bodies of 256 children who have been slaughtered, you know, and it is. And when you see those young girls who've been taken hostage and this is your moment, this is when the the people in America, I hate to say the left. I hate to say Democrats because I don't really believe in those distinctions. I feel like those are forms of just of control. That's how they control the left. That's how they control the right. But at the end of the day, if you are blindly voting for the Democratic Party, especially if you are Jewish, if you are Jewish today and you do not recognize that this administration is not on the side of Israel and that their actions have brought us to the point. And you don't look at this in isolation. You look at what is happening with Taiwan. You look at the fact that, I mean, Ukraine is not it's not a country, let alone a NATO country. And yet we have been dragged into a broader war in that area. And if you look at the southern border being wide open and you put all of those things together, what you see is a country that is drastically, I mean, it is drastically underprepared to deal. Imagine if now that coordination that you see between Hamas, that coordination now extends to Hezbollah and to the Houthi terrorists in Yemen and everywhere that Iran has a terrorist proxy on Earth. And you now have people even within Libya that are in possession of missiles that can target Israel.
A highlight from Gaza: What's The Solution? with Joel Pollak and Steve Baker
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A highlight from Bitcoin Breaks $28,000! - Bad News for October 4, 2023
"Are there signs of life in the crypto market? Is the bear thinking about going into hibernation so the bull can run once again? Or is this upturn just another head fake? We'll take a look at the latest news in the Bitcoin and blockchain world to make sense of it all, and we're going to do it while dealing with the fact that there are less than 7 weeks of shopping days until Christmas. May this coming season find us saying, instead of, oh no, no, no. On our bad news, episode number 698 of the Bad Crypto Podcast. Are you crypto curious? Are you crypto serious? Or somewhere crypto in between us? It doesn't matter. You're in the right place because you are in the Republic of Bad Cryptopia with Sir Lord Joel and Sir Lord Travis. Your guides, your what are what are some of the things we call ourselves? I just went blank. Metaverse morons, web meanies, blockchain blockheads, that's it. I think the best way if we were in Australia would be, hey, we're the crypto cunts. Oh, my God. If we were in Australia, but we're not in Australia, so we're not going to say that. That's like, you know, in America, that is in America, that is such a strong word, right? People that is like one of the most disgusting things you can call somebody in Australia. If go you to Australia, that's like their favorite word. Yeah, they're all that. I love it when they go, yeah, good cunt. Wow, thanks. I don't know. Take that, brother. This episode marked with explicit rating courtesy of Sir Lord Travis, right? Man. So we have news for you guys. And I think it's time for us to get into it. Insert transition music here. All right, looking at CoinGecko .com here, checking out. In the last seven days, Bitcoin's been up about 5%. Yeah, we went about to $28 ,400. I'm not sure what set it off. The current crypto market cap here, time stamping on the 3rd of October, 1218 PM EST is $1 .12 trillion. Bitcoin currently pulling back a little bit. The last 24 hours, about 2 .5 % to $27 ,386. Ethereum also popped up to like $1 ,750 and then took a sudden dive back to $1 ,650. BNB, $2 .13, XRP, $0 .51, Solana, $24, Cardano, $0 .26, and Dogecoin rounding out the top 10, $0 .06. By the way, you may have noticed I've quit saying stable coins that are in the top 10. I think three of them are stable coins or staked Ether. What's the point? Because you know what the price of those is going to be. So let's just talk about it. You just kind of ignore those and you get a couple of other ones. Polygon had a pretty decent week, but Solana had a really big week as well. So there's a couple of things that's popped up on those that we will get to as well. Was there some big winners? There's some big winners. Solana was probably one of the biggest winners. Bitcoin SV was a big winner. Thor Chain Gala also had a pretty big week. Roll Bitcoin that I've never even heard was the big winner this week with about 37 % up. Not a lot of big losers this week though, Joel. Nope. Just some people that I know. Yeah, but we're not going to shout them out. We're not going to say their names, but one name we will say is John McAfee. And this news on protos .com says that the crypto legend John McAfee's suicide has been confirmed by Spanish courts. So there you go. You can trust them, guys. They're saying that it was a suicide, even though that he said he would never be suicidal. And even though Janice has said that he was not suicidal, they're saying that he was suicidal. He literally said, no, that if I hang myself a la Epstein, it will be of no fault of mine. Literally said it. He literally said that on October 15th, 2020, on June 2021, he was found dead. And why is it, Joel, though it's October 2023. Why did it take them, you know, 28 months for them to declare this like that? And why is why does Janice never got the body or whatever? There's a lot of weird stuff going on with that. I'm not so much of a conspiracy theorist around this one because there's not really much of a theory. It's they offed him. He had shit he was going to say and they offed him and they call it suicide because that's what they do. Because that's what they do. They suicide you. So moving on, the Daily Hobble says that more more than eight hundred ninety two million dollars were lost in exploits involving Oracle networks. What's the story all about, Trev? So, you know, oracles are connecting blockchains with external data and then it allows the smart contracts to execute certain tasks and defy. It uses oracles to really grab the prices of those particular cryptos.
A highlight from INTRODUCING: Inside The Epicenter with Joel Rosenberg | The Unbelievable Trump Accomplishment That Has Everyone Talking
"Hi, my name is Karl Muller, and I'm one of the co -hosts of the Inside the Epicenter podcast. I'm excited to introduce you to our show, where my colleague and the founder of the Joshua Fund, Joel Rosenberg, and I discuss current events worthy of prayer or praise to the Lord and how they relate to end times prophecy. Having spent 20 years meeting with presidents, prime ministers, kings, and clerics, Joel has a unique and fascinating perspective on this region of the Middle East we call the Epicenter. Today, you're going to hear one of our latest episodes of the show. If you like what you hear, we encourage you to check out the links in today's show notes and follow Inside the Epicenter with Joel Rosenberg on your favorite podcast app. You can also go to lifeaudio .com for more information. Thanks for listening.
A highlight from Crypto Kingpins: The War Between SBF and CZ
"It's been almost one year since FTX collapsed and created a horrific ripple effect in the crypto industry. Sam Bankman -Fried and Chengpeng Zhao have become key players in this incident, and a new podcast goes behind the scenes to tell about exactly what took place. With SBF's trial ramping up as we speak, we're pleased to welcome Tom Wright, one of the creators of the new Crypto Kingpins podcast to the show, to share some insights. So let's go ahead and get into it today on our episode number 697 of the Bad Crypto Podcast. Five, four, three, two, one, go. Who's bad? Well, what do you know? Once again, it's the Bad Crypto Podcast, the show for the crypto curious and crypto serious. We had a week off because I was traveling en France, and was Travis keynoting at a crypto event in Manila. He was the thriller in Manila. And how was it, Trev? I tell you what, you know, I think I maybe made a quote of this before. Somebody said, go where you're celebrated, not where you're tolerated. And I do think in Puerto Rico sometimes it's like, you know, the natives tolerate, they don't really like the gringos, but they tolerate them. And then there's some people that'll throw hate. So, but in the Philippines, oh my God, they are so open and welcome and kind. And like, hello, sir, how can I help you, sir? Like just most lovable people, probably that I've ever encountered in the world. Thailand, the same, very nice people. Not a lot of crime in these places. I think maybe the Buddhist nature of that. And they're like, oh, you know, and it was so nice, very nice. And the keynote was great. They had me kick off the whole conference. So the founder came up, Dr. Donald Lin, he came up, did a little thing. And boom, then they had me kick off the keynote. And I think it was one of the better ones that I've done. I think it'll be up on YouTube here shortly and we'll share the link when that comes available. I had a few people come up and tell me it was one of the best keynotes they've ever seen. So I was like, ah, you've not seen very many keynotes. Perfect answer. Well, I'm sure you did a fantastic job and represented the Republic of Bad Cryptopia. So, you know, it's hard to believe that it's been a year since the dominoes started falling. You know, Luna was first, then FTX and Three Arrows, and then Celsius. And it's just been, it's gonna be a bear market anyway, but boy, the downward pressure exerted by these, you know, horrible black swan incidents have made it a really, really bad bear market. And of course, we've been here with you guys throughout it all. We've not abandoned you. We've not turned into bears. It was like a kick to the ass, a nudge, an elbow to your face, and then a kick to the crotch. And here we are. And the bear markets can be - Here we are. Here we go, sweetie. It was fun, fun times. Crypto goes up, crypto goes down. Or as our next guest would say, number go up. You mentioned that book right there. So we're gonna have a great conversation here with maybe my long lost relative, Tom Wright, who's been doing, who's an investigative journalist, gonna talk about what happened with FTX and SBF and CZ. And he's got his own podcast around that, multiple topics or multiple episodes. So you're gonna want to tune in. This is a pretty good interview, Mr. Joel Kopp. I think so. Let's let the people decide as they listen now. Unless you're living under a rock, you have heard the names Sam Bankman -Fried and Chengpeng Zhao, or CZ, of Binance. And you've heard about the fall of FTX. Well, Sam Bankman -Fried's big trial for basically making off with countless billions of dollars is coming up shortly. Scam bank man fraud, right? That's the guy. We have a guy with us today who is the co -founder of Project Brazen, a journalism -focused content studio. He's a New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer finalist. And his name is quite similar to Travis Wright's. His name is Tom Wright. We're talking, it's two T Wright's here today. There's two TWs here today. And Tom, welcome to the Bad Crypto Podcast. Thanks for having me on. Yeah, tell us, just kind of give us a little more meat on the bones of your background and how that led you to this new podcast called Crypto Kingpins. Well, I was at the Wall Street Journal for about 20 years, Dow Jones and the Wall Street Journal in 2019 after writing a book called Billion Dollar Whale, which is about the one MDB scandal. That's the scandal where a bunch of money was taken out of a sovereign wealth fund in Asia and used to make films like The Wolf of Wall Street and for all these guys to party on this fraudster Joe Lowe's tab. Clearly people like Paris Hilton and big actors, Leonardo DiCaprio and others. And then the guy who I wrote the book with, Bradley Hope and I quit the journal and set up this company Project Brazen. And what we do is we make podcasts and we also write magazine articles and other things, books as well, that we use as the basis for adaptation into TV and film. So that's Project Brazen, that's a business. And our latest podcast is Crypto Kingpins, which we've done in conjunction with USG Audio, which is Universal's audio. And that just started rolling out last week and the episodes are running weekly on Tuesdays. And it's about the huge rivalry between Changpeng Zhao, who you mentioned of Binance, and Sam Bankman -Fried of FTX and how that rivalry played out and how it led to the downfall of SPF. And we went based on exclusive access to CZ himself. There was some interesting stuff that was going down with that. A lot of personality clashes and then just like, oh, CZ is gonna come in and save the day. Oh no, he's not. Because it looked like he got some, he was feeling the heebie jeebies. He was looking at some stuff and going, whoa, we better get rid of all of my FTT because this ain't working. And so this is great. We're talking about some of the big crypto frauds, right? That's what you've done. You know, actually, since Joel and I have not done this show as regularly here in the last couple of weeks because of travel, a documentary just came out about Ruja Igniktova called The Crypto Queen on 2BTV and I was in there talking about that. So I'm featured on that. So it's like, it seems like there's a lot of stuff going on right now and I'll put that in the show notes if you guys wanna watch The Crypto Queen documentary. But this is fascinating. There's so many bad actors in crypto. Hopefully we can get past this and only the good people remain in crypto. The fraudsters are kicked out. Hopefully all the good people haven't left and are chasing dreams in AI now. So hopefully there's still some good foundations here in the crypto space. Well, we got into this podcast because I'm based here in Singapore and for a long time, CZ was based here. And what he was hoping to do was get a license from the Singapore government. I mean, a lot of people were here. Do Kwan of Terra Luna was here. Carl Davis was here. The Three Arrows guys were here. Their yacht Much Wow that they bought, I think was supposed to be in the marina here but never made it, as you said. A lot of people getting washed out of the system. But anyway, I got to know CZ because he was living down in this area called Sentosa Cove which is a lot like Miami. You know, it's big mansions with a marina. And at that time, now what a lot of people do know about is what happened last November, which you just alluded to, which is when CZ decided to sell his tokens and that caused a world of pain for Sam Bagman Frieden FTX, right? But what people don't really understand is the degree to which CZ and SPF had interacted over time. People know that the Binance was one of the big first investors in FTX back in the early days. They took a 25 million stake for 20 % of FTX. But Sam really looked up to CZ. Obviously CZ and Binance go back to 2017 and Sam didn't set up FTX until a couple years later. And we show in the podcast how CZ first met Sam when Sam invited him to this party in an aquarium in Singapore in 2019. And he was just a trader, one of many traders. I don't think he was a VIP trader, but just a trader nonetheless on Binance. And so that's really when the story begins and that's how we start the podcast by showing that relationship and how it evolves and then all of the stuff in between that initial meeting and then what happened last November, which was what we call the kill shot. So he kind of went from being a trader to becoming a traitor. We're gonna talk about some of that political stuff that he did down the road, which was really crazy. It's like you look at some of this stuff, Joel, and I go, man, anybody else was doing some of this stuff where they hadn't have donated so much money to the political parties? There's no way that you get taken out of a Bahamas prison and then immediately brought to America and then released on a first class flight to fly back home to go be with your mommy and daddy if you've done this amount of fraud. So there's so many different nuances to this story. I can't wait to get into this with you. Well, the most amazing thing about that is he was released on a $250 million bail, which was I think the biggest ever bail in American pretrial history. But was it really? It wasn't really like they didn't actually pay that. No, their house is not worth $250 million. I didn't quite understand that it was backed by their house, but that was the, I think they judged him a very low flight risk based on how recognizable he is. Yeah, did they think that house would be a collector's item someday or something? With a future value of this home, yeah, that's crazy. So do this for us. When everything went down, kind of set the stage for what happened that day when this story broke. How much money were we actually talking about? How many people were impacted? And just how far did the ripples extend? Well, I think it's November the 2nd is when this CoinDesk article comes out, which basically says, look, the Alameda, which was Sam's hedge fund, FTX's hedge fund, its financial situation isn't all that it looks like because somebody inside the company leaked these documents to CoinDesk. And they showed that they were heavily reliant on FTT tokens, which were basically a cryptocurrency that Sam had made up and bought himself to prop up the value. And then if you took those out, they were about almost a half of the total assets of the hedge fund. And so at that point, CZ is pacing in his penthouse in Dubai where he left Singapore where I got to know him and he moved to Dubai.
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A highlight from The Great Taking
"Would you like to get paid to listen to this podcast grab the fountain app for free and get all our badness But earn some sweet satoshis download for free now at fountain FM here in the Republic of bad, Cryptopia We've been talking about the great reset for many years Designed to strip normal citizens of power and privacy the global elite have their eyes set on making themselves Kings and queens of the modern era you and I well were to be serfs And we shall eat bugs and like it, but if the world were to transition to this final dystopian phase How might it take place a book titled the great taking by David Rogers web? provides scenarios in which it might all unfold you might say it's a blueprint for world domination or Oppression we give you our take on the great taking today on our hey We can't all be kings and queens so suck it episode number 696 of the bad crypto podcast you This is the bad crypto podcast the show for the crypto curious and the crypto serious We are your blockchain blockheads your crypto clowns the nifty nerds It's the DeFi do fight the metaverse morons and the bad crypto badasses Joel calm and sir Lord Travis right and and we're here for you We are heater Definitely not only that we want to you know we've been talking about a lot of this stuff and some people go oh my god It's conspiracy you guys but part of the reason that I know that I got into crypto was because I understood how fiat money works right and Once you understand how paper money works in the Federal Reserve Bank that's neither federal nor reserve and then paper fiat money is always inflationary it always crashes eventually and Always create these depressions and whatnot and so it's like once you understand that you start Trying to figure out how the rest of the system works right Joel kind of yeah absolutely and you know hey conspiracy Theorists are batting pretty high right now like if you know you were a Vegas odds maker You'd have to put your money on on the conspiracy Theorists and look some of it is just obvious as the nose on your face Unless you know you unless you have no nose in which case it's just obvious that you don't have a nose on your face Which is even more obvious than having a nose on your face, so by the way Travis. I was reading through you know our list of Funny things that we call ourselves You know usually we say we duck duck go things so people don't have to and that that has to change now now We're chat GPT stuff so people don't have to Well we're Claude a eyeing stuff also you found a great site called Claude AI That you can upload documents to and tell it to give you summaries Mm -hmm yeah, it's really good. It's one of those tools that can help you learn faster Right as long as these tools don't become bastardized and be completely biased from a liberal bent right that only gives you Oh, I give you upload stuff, and it goes and we don't want to tell you that because it says things We don't want you to know. I think it's we're still early that that's not the case I I do think chat GPT is getting a little more biased Claude doesn't seem to be yet, right? But what I did was I found this document. I think I found it on a Twitter Thread or a YouTube video. I don't remember exactly where I found it But then if you go to the great taking dot -com you can actually get this PDF download the PDF then Upload it into Claude dot AI when I say Claude that's like Claude Monet CLA ude dot AI Upload it in there, and then just you can start asking it questions, right? You can do this with any PDF that you want to upload, but this this author right here David Roger Webb He's worked in finance and investing for many years, and he started to realize that most of these major economic crises are Intentionally by caused these very powerful people who control the central banks and the financial system, and then you go hey Travis What do you mean these powerful secretive people who own the control the central banks and the financial system? Well that goes back Joel to our G Edward Griffin Conversation with the creature from Jekyll Island and how they created the Federal Reserve Bank at the same time They created the IRS same time They created the Federal Reserve Note and the paper money and their goal has always been to over time Not immediately like the people who created it in Jekyll Island the in the Federal Reserve Bank They know they're not gonna be the ones that see this true fruit to fruition But they know their grandkids are probably gonna be the ones that lead it So there they want to consolidate power and control humanity and orchestrate this economic turmoil Over a long period of time like they don't have just a four -year cycle of goal like a typical president does Joel They have like hey, we're gonna do this over the next hundred hundred and twenty -five years right right. It's generational You know it's kind of the Chinese have been so successful because you know as you've noted before they have a 500 year plan And so the powers that be are looking you know forward to the generations to come here and going how do we bring this? To a place where we have all the control on the world and we decide how the world is run and so this book provides one theory on How this all comes together and how they bring about this great reset And so it doesn't mean that this is what is going to happen But all of the things we're going to talk about that are described in this book are definitely we're on that path To these things taking place and fortunately you know Satoshi Nakamoto created Bitcoin and If it weren't for decentralized cryptocurrency, I don't know that you know there would even be a chance of Fighting back against the the tide that has been set against us to you Yeah, yeah, well what we're seeing is a collapse in monetary velocity Just just like what happened in the 1930s depression where money has an ebb and it flow It's like that would they'll flood the market with more paper dollars and printer go burr And then they get to the point where they start pulling that money back And there's less money and then that signals the end of the debt cycle Right according to this book and according to other experts, and that's what we're seeing right now is there's this slow collapse that's happening and That's what's most likely Motivating the great reset plan right so they're talking about oh, you'll have nothing and you'll be happy well What does that mean? What do you mean? We're gonna have nothing and be happy.
A highlight from Questions & Answers about Evangelism
"All right books on evangelism if anybody wants to make notes of these great if not, it's okay Evangelism in the sovereignty of God JI Packer Definitely my favorite my second favorite and it's a close second is a book called an alarm to the unconverted by a man named Puritan guy named Joseph Alene a ll e I and e and It's actually just being reprinted by a British company called Christian focus if any and matter of fact if most of you guys I think have me on Facebook or whatever. You could tell this anybody you want in the church pastor John. I actually My wife will probably go what I ordered 35 copies that book The day before we came up here to give away. So if you want to copy that book you send me your address I'll happily send you one my expense the best Short treatment I've ever read on evangelism. This is like a 40 page book Let and it's a little bit difficult to find but you can still find it It's called reformed evangelism by a guy named Morton Morton Smith like Morton salt Pursuing God as a little booklet by man named Jim Elif e ll iff Two books by Paul washer the gospel call and true conversion and the Gospels power and message One of the books on the list is back there on the table even if none by Ryan Denton my friend He also wrote a book with another friend. My name Scott Smith called a certain sound a Certain sound and even if none by Ryan Denton Joel Beaky be ee ke wrote Puritan evangelism really good Today's evangelism its message and methods by Ernest Reisinger and Yeah Book recommendations on evangelism, please know this Adam kind of alluded to this earlier but if there's any way that I can ever help you or Pray for you In in your evangelistic efforts or just in anything Please don't hesitate to reach out You know if I were to consider myself an evangelist Which that's a whole nother sermon for another day I think evangelists in the New Testament was like church planter, but it says he gave him as gifts to the church to To build up the body of Christ for the work of ministry. And so I feel like that's what God has graciously helped me to do and And I need to be built up too. You know, I'm not You know, I'm not just the builder up. I need a lot of building up and a lot of sharpening as well. So Allene questions Joseph a ll e I n e E I n e Yeah, Richard man just do me a favor sent send me your address as soon as I get those in I'll send you one I'd love to do that An alarm to the unconverted is probably the best Treatment I've seen on Man's need for regeneration and God's work in regeneration and This new one that I've just ordered it's just being published and I think they've kind of modernized the language I mean a book was probably written in the 15 or 1600s originally and it is it is a little bit challenging with the Old language, so I'm kind of excited to get this new Updated version they've updated it a couple times before one time They changed the name and they changed it to a sure guide to heaven And I was like, oh no, that's just not the same as an alarm to the unconverted But yeah Does anybody have any questions Adam Yeah Yeah, so I mean I think So that's a good really good question John sometimes people ask that question It's kind of like you you see that they're you know, shooting an arrow at you and other times.
A highlight from Get Paid Satoshis to Listen
"Would you like to get paid to listen to this podcast grab the fountain app for free and get all our badness But earn some sweet satoshis download for free now at fountain FM even though Bitcoin is a more efficient payment system a minority of the world's population is Actually using it to buy and sell as of today The acid class is treated more like the digital gold that we often reference But we've discovered a practical way for you to earn Bitcoin by doing something you're doing right this second And no, we're not referencing those of you who are listening to this podcast while in the bathroom, but you two do qualify Instead we're talking about everyone who is listening to the show right now What if you could get satoshis just for listening in commenting or sharing? It's all possible with a new podcast app called fountain FM We're joined by co -founder Nick Molster today to share more about how you can start earning satoshis right now It's episode number 695 of the bad crypto podcast Hello our friends from all over the world, this is a bad crypto podcast and welcome I don't know if I am talking like this, but perhaps it is just something deep within me that wants to talk Hello Travis Rice. How are you? Are you German today? Now? Perhaps I am you You're my coming friend you will download the fountain up. Yeah Yeah, follow some head very nice So I'm really excited to for people so they're getting paid for listening to us. Take a poop Yeah, pretty much. So when while they're in the bathroom if you're in the bathroom and you're using the fountain app To hear us take a poop you get paid Satoshi. That's pretty it's kind of weird Joel Well, we have yet to poop on the podcast it's not a poo cast. Oh, it's not a poo cast. It's a podcast Yeah, so They get paid Satoshi's to listen to us on the podcast. Mm -hmm. That's the thing yeah, so a member of our community pointed this app out to me a number of months ago and Finally got in touch with one of the founders there at fountain and you know what? This is cool stuff Thank you guys you're really gonna enjoy it listen in and find out how you can get paid to listen in And we have with us today, mr. Nick Molster, he's the co -founder of Fountain it's fountain FM this is a podcast app that is powered by the Bitcoin lightning network designed to connect creators With a community of listeners so that they can discover share and support their greatest work. Also You get paid in Satoshi's for listening to Podcasts for sharing clips for sending comments and guess what podcast is now on there. Hmm. Yes, sir. Lord Travis You're not guessing um the pumps I don't know Probably is hey Nick. Welcome to the bad crypto podcast. Oh Hey guys Thanks. Have me on. Yeah. Thanks for joining us. Do I detect Ozzy there? You know, I get that quite a lot I'm actually from London, yeah, but maybe there's an Aussie twang I've never actually been to Australia. So, you know, I'm I'm horrible with Queen's accents I am like I and I always get them wrong always. I don't care if you're you know, wherever you're from I mess them up. I Need so why don't you just next time just go? Oh, I was gonna say Aussie, but let me instead. Yes your English Yes, or maybe next time I'll just say where you're from and You know we had We've distributed the bad crypto podcast through many channels over the years and one of our Members one of our listeners told me about fountain several months ago and At the time I was distracted and there wasn't some, you know I didn't want to look at anything new and I finally, you know Got an email from you or one of your team and I took a look at it and I'm like, alright This is actually pretty cool. So why don't you give us really quickly? Reader's Digest version of your background and then how you Decided hey, I want to build this app. Yeah, sure So so my name is Nick and I co -founded fountain two years ago back in 2021 Before that I was in marketing and advertising I worked at Adidas Nike a few big companies and It was in lockdown where me and a good old friend of mine called Oscar who I've known from school We were both just like we want to do something. We want to do something new we think we want to do something in podcasting like let's just meet up and kind of chat through a few different ideas and So we were putting together this idea for a podcast app where you could share clips with your friends and We built a really early prototype and It was around that time where we were just listening in on what was happening within podcasting 2 .0 so podcasting 2 .0 is a Movement, I guess spearheaded by Adam Curry who's the guy who basically invented podcasts back in the sort of mid 2000s Exactly. MTV VJ Yeah so he was a guy who helped put podcasts in the iPod and You know like podcasting hasn't really changed a lot in 15 years It's basically the same today as it was back then, you know, you publish content to an RSS feed you've got a bunch of different content apps that pull that in and you can listen to podcasts and He was setting out on a mission around about 2020 -21 To look at how can we actually decentralize podcasting because here's one of his famous shows No Agenda You know, it's a show about media politics news sort of deconstruction it's always at risk of being deep platformed and taken down by Apple because if Apple don't agree with Something that Adam or his co -host John have said they can just be like, well fuck you Adam. We're gonna take this down. Sorry guys and That's a real problem for creators particularly, you know, particularly in this modern day you see it all the time So he sets out to create a decentralized index of podcasts because what happened is when Apple set up podcasts all the other podcast apps started using their centralized library of podcasts and putting them into their apps Which is great because it allowed like tons of you know, smaller independent podcast apps like overcast to you know Build the software get their app out really quickly because they could just ingest all the content from Apple But the problem is is if Apple takes content down it means it disappears and all the other apps as well I was just curious is that is that how is that what funds the fuels of a chartable? Calm and all that data because it's been notoriously difficult to get actual Analytics and good information from your podcast, right? I think the analytics are getting a little better But it's like that's that's the one way that we look at as we look at chartable to see Oh, where are we at our and overall downloads or what is what is this thing? And so you're saying is they're just basically pulling that data from from Apple and whatever Apple says goes Yeah, exactly And it kind of brings me on nicely to the next point which is the podcasting ecosystem is so fragmented You know, you have hundreds of thousands of different podcast hosting services You have hundreds of thousands of different podcast apps None of these services and platforms are able to talk to each other in the same language and understand each other Which is partly why? Podcasting has been so held back over the years and if you look at something like YouTube, which doesn't use RSS You know, they can do whatever they want.
A highlight from The Politics of Bitcoin with Bruce Fenton
"Would you like to get paid to listen to this podcast? Grab the Fountain app for free and get all our badness, but earn some sweet Satoshis. Download for free now at fountain .fm. Common sense isn't all that common, but today we're gonna load up on it with our guest Bruce Fenton, the co -host of the Satoshi Roundtable and founder of multiple financial organizations. Bruce has been in Bitcoin since 2013. He's got interesting insight into where we've been, where we are, and where we may be going. It's an optimistic look at the future with some content that may offend. So what else is new? That's what we do on this show. So welcome to episode number 694 of the Bad Crypto Podcast. Five, four, three, two, one, two, three, two, one, two. Who's bad? Hey Yeah. gang, welcome to the Bad Crypto Podcast, the show for the crypto curious and the crypto serious. Joel Tom here, Travis right there. And we got a great interview today with Bruce and Travis. Maybe we should give some listener warnings right up front. What do you think? Yeah. Well, we here's the deal. Bruce ran for Senator of New Hampshire. And so he's very great political ideas. And so this podcast is a little more political than usual, but that's okay because that's life and you can listen to it right here. So let's yeah. Yeah. Well, I want to challenge you guys as you listen to this that you know, if you don't like some of the ideas you hear push through, listen, and if you hear us being absolute about some things and you think it's crazy, go research it for yourself. Go actually research it. Don't just listen to what the media has told you or what social media through their censored lens has given you go research it for yourself and what you discover might be very surprising. So here we go, Bruce Fenton.
A highlight from Chairman Gallagher on What Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum Should Ask the GOP Candidates About Xi and CCP
"We're proud to announce our brand new ACLJ Life and Liberty Drive. Our legal teams will be focusing on the issues that you, our ACLJ members, have told us matter the most to you, life and religious liberty. Join the ACLJ in the fight to keep America free. Welcome to today's podcast, sponsored by Hillsdale College, all things Hillsdale, Hillsdale dot edu. I encourage you to take advantage of the many free online courses there. And of course, a listen to the Hillsdale dialogues, all of them at Q for Hillsdale dot com or just Google Apple, iTunes and Hillsdale. Morning Glory America Bonjour. Hi, Canada. I'm Hugh Hewitt. Tomorrow night, eight Republicans will meet on the stage in Milwaukee for a debate. I am certain that China will come up the Chinese Communist Party, but I'm not sure how. Brett Baer, of course, coming up later in the program. Martha McCollum, two superb professionals, the equal of anyone else in our business, will be asking the question. But I thought I would talk it through with the chairman of the House Select Committee on Engagement with the Chinese Communist Party. Mike Gallagher, congressman. Good morning. Great to have you. Thank you for joining me. It is great to be with you, Hugh. We're going to come back around to this kind of war, which I finished last night on the recommendation of you. It is a remarkable book. And I had no idea how awful the chai comms were to our American prisoners. I just I didn't know. Did you know that before? Did the Marines teach you that when you were in the Marines? No, there's there's two things that I think, well, a lot of actually our modern thinking about how to prepare people for when they get captured. Think survival of Asian resistance and escape school, which I attended when I was in the Marine Corps actually comes out of the experience of the Korean War, particularly some politically sensitive moments when a few American captives refused actually to go home. There was, of course, this controversy during that time period post Korean War in the 50s about this idea of brainwashing. This is prominently expressed in the fictional book The Manchurian Candidate, which became a major American movie. But a lot of our thinking about how to better prepare pilots in particular because they get shot down for resisting in captivity actually comes out of that period. Well, a couple of takeaways I'll never forget. There are no Turks died in the camps. The Turks are the toughest people in the world, and none of them died in the Chinese Communist Party camps. And the Americans didn't eat everything they could eat because they didn't like it and they died of starvation. But the fact that the Chinese communists treated our men that way is a tell because they've reverted to this mode. They were the hardcore Maoist, Leninist mode in 1950 through 1953, and they've reverted. And that's what I want to talk to you about. I want to ask you at length. We got a lot of time this morning and thank you for the time. If you were advising Brett and Martha based upon your six months, what would you tell them are the major takeaways that you've learned as the chairman of the Select Committee? And how would you suggest they be turned into a question? Take your time, because that's a big that's a big question. What have you learned thus far in six months? And how would you convert that into questions for our candidates? Well, I think the overall thing to realize for these candidates and this advice is worth what they're paying me for it is that there is, in my opinion, something called the commander in chief test. It's not you know, you're not graded A through F. I think it's a pass fail endeavor, but it is absolutely critical. Put differently, I'm not myopic enough to believe that foreign policy or a particular issue of foreign policy is going to win the candidate candidate the election, but it could very well lose them the election. The final thing to say about the assumptions going into this when it comes to foreign policy is that the conventional wisdom is that it doesn't really matter from a political electoral perspective. And there's a lot of social science to support that. I just would say it doesn't matter until it does. It doesn't matter until things go haywire on the world stage and suddenly voters are looking to a prospective commander in chief to communicate, if nothing else, a sense of safety that I have the temperament and the plan to keep America safe in a very dangerous world, which leads, I think, to the answer your question more than anything else. I think these candidates need to communicate that they have a clear understanding of the threat we face in the Chinese Communist Party, the scale and scope of this threat. Why this isn't just a matter of some obscure territorial disputes in the South China Sea. This is indeed a global competition. The CCP has global ambitions. What happens in Xinjiang, what happens in Beijing is not going to stay there. They are intent on exporting their model of total techno totalitarian control, which leads to the second point that you need to find a way to contrast that threat to enduring the and inherently superior American values. And I do believe that this is a contest between two fundamentally incompatible systems of government. And it's unlike anything we've seen since, of course, the old Cold War. So communicating the stakes, communicating who we're dealing with in the nature of a Marxist Leninist regime that will stop at nothing to ensure that they survive at the expense of their own people. And that is the enemy of freedom around the world is the most important thing. In fact, I would say even more important than any particular policy position is just communicating that understanding of the threat and the prioritization of the threat, a recognition that as president, the most important issue that you will be dealing with as commander in chief is how to deter a war with the CCP in the short term and win a new Cold War with the CCP over the long term. So let's put that in the form of a question for Brett and Martha, because I think you're right, I am looking at, of course, I've always looked at every one of these debates as an audition to be commander in chief. Eventually, there comes a choice with the Democrat. But right now, when I vote in the Virginia primary, I will vote based on who will be the best commander in chief. And because that's what matter. 9 -11 matters. What is the W do on 9 -11 that matters? What does W do? The Afghanistan and Iraq. What does anyone do on any moment of crisis? What do they do in the situation room? Figuring out how to elicit that about China is a difficult thing. So you've been doing nothing but this for six months. And by the way, recap for our audience and Pittsburgh Steeler fans what you have been doing for six months, because they may never have heard of the select committee. This might be the first day they're listening to the audience. No acronyms or five dollars in the tip jar for food for the poor. Well, the speaker of the House created the select committee on the CCP to do two things. One is to communicate why this matters, why anybody in northeast Wisconsin or Pittsburgh or Ohio should care about the threat posed by the CCP, to shine a light on all the things that they're doing, whether it's threatening to invade Taiwan, whether it's establishing illegal police stations on American soil, whether it's infiltrating American universities or attempting to build spy bases in our near abroad, to explain why it matters and why your average American should care about it. The second thing is to identify policies and pieces of legislation that can pass even in divided government. In the 118th Congress, what is the center of gravity in terms of steps that we can take in order to put ourselves on a better position to beat the CCP in this short and long term competition? So that's what we've been doing. We've broken it down, essentially, as though this isn't a perfect organization into three main lines of effort. And I do think this reflects our overall lines of effort, our grand strategy against China basically has three main components. One is military competition. What are the things we need to do to deter a war over Taiwan in the near term, as well as ensure that we maintain our dominant military position over the long term? The second is what I call economic statecraft. How do we selectively decouple from China so they don't have a coercive leverage over us so they can't threaten, for example, to cut off the export of advanced pharmaceutical ingredients in order to bring us to our knees? And then the third line of effort is what I call ideological warfare or ideological competition, which is not only how do we rediscover a language for talking about American values and incorporate values and human rights back into American grand strategy, but also how do we better defend our institutions from Chinese Communist Party subversion, from something called United Front Work, from traditional espionage, things like that. So we aren't corrupted and divided from within, which is what the Chinese Communist Party is trying to do. Wang Huning, who's Xi Jinping's top lieutenant in the 90s, wrote a book called America Against America, in which he talks about Americans as greedy, factional. And that that title, America against America, I think reflects their overall strategy, which is to divide Americans against Americans and thereby make it impossible for us to compete. So we've been developing policy recommendations along each of those lines. We've put out two reports, one on military competition, one related to human rights. And we're going to be putting out further reports. So, you know, I think those are useful starting points for for candidates who want to prepare for a debate in terms of where's Congress at on this issue? Where's the bipartisan center of gravity? Where can you potentially build on some of our work? But that's what we've been doing for six months. It's trying to understand and explain the threat and then identify policy solutions that help us to combat that threat. How would you put that in the form of a question by Brett or Martha? Well, there's the overall prioritization question, you know, what is the biggest threat to American national security, which is a bit boring, but no, it's not that's not boring. That that is that is the question, isn't it? Shouldn't that just be asked? What is the number one threat to American national security and why? Shouldn't that be it? Yeah, I think that that's table stakes, right? That's a good diagnostic question. And then it also allows the candidates, if they want to use their full time and I forget how much time they get to really articulate the key distinction between them and the Biden administration, because if you read the Biden administration's national security strategy that they talk about China as a pacing threat, although I'm hearing now that the Pentagon is saying don't say pacing threat, say pacing challenge or competitor, because we obviously don't want to provoke the CCP for whatever reason. I've described this as kind of like a Voldemort phenomenon. There's this belief that the more more we say things like New Cold War or say that the CCP is doing bad things, that it will somehow become more true, which I think is absurd. I'll be right back. Sherman Gallagher is going to stay with me through the break and then we're going to bring him back and then we're going to do that again. And we're going to talk to him for 15 minutes this morning about this. I can't believe I'm doing that. 15 minutes with Mike Gallagher coming right at you, America. Stay tuned. I'm back now with Chairman Mike Gallagher. This is the segment between the radio segments, so you don't get to hear this unless you're watching it on YouTube or on the on the television station. Chairman, in terms of what level should we expect of our candidates knowledge? I see your Green Bay Packers thing yet. Do you know the Browns cleared 38 million in cap yesterday by restructuring Joel Bentonio and Miles Garrett's contract? We have no we have the most cap space in the NFL. We are the team to beat. We will see you. I actually I don't think you're making it to the Super Bowl this year. We are going to be in the Super Bowl this year and you are not ready for this. I'm glad this isn't on the air because this is a serious conversation. But you had to do that little thing. And I'll I'll just go get my brown sweater and just put it on during this segment like that. I'm going to wear this all the time now on the air because we're going to the Super Bowl. Chairman, do you know that we cleared Miles Garrett contract yesterday? You know what we do? Do you follow sports at all or do you just do ChaiCom stuff? I don't follow Brown's contract minutia. I'll confess. I'll confess that, though. I was I was yesterday. Someone said that I had the potential to coach for the Browns after I helped them with a constituent case issue, to which I said I would never coach for the Browns on an Intel. All right. Let me get serious again. I'm going to try to go off the off the rail. We'll get back on the rails. How many times have you guys held public hearings? Oh, gosh, I think 10 at this point, approximately 10. You had at least one set of war games. You have more war games coming. We do. We have we have at least one more coming up that's going to be more focused on economic and supply chain issues. OK. Do you think the candidates know anything about that? I really do want to try and use today to focus their attention on China. Do you think they know anything about what the select committee has been doing? Have you been approached by any of them? I think some do. It's part of the reason I wrote an op ed on this that appeared today in The Wall Street Journal just came out was an effort, maybe shamelessly, to draw attention to some of the things we're doing, because I think it creates some unique opportunities. I mean, to me, you know, the most and this reflects my bias in thinking that hard power is the most important variable on the world stage. I think a candidate who can articulate what we need to do to rebuild the military in general, but really the Navy in particular, which is, as you know, Hugh is really struggling right now. It needs to be our priority force in our priority theater. It's not. We're going backwards. There's questions about focus, warfighting prowess. You know, I wrote a report with the help of Admiral Montgomery about the lack of warfighting focus in the surface Navy with Tom Cotton, Dan Crenshaw and others. I mean, I think that's a massive opportunity for a candidate really to take the ball on defense and go a few layers deep beyond just peace through strength, military good, China bad. You go a few layers deep on that and sort of communicate that you have a coherent plan. Doesn't need to be super detailed. Doesn't need to be a 50 page white paper about everything we need to do. But just as an overall strategy for fiction, I'm going to get your comms team in trouble again. I haven't seen this plan that you and Cotton worked on. How can I not have seen this plan? Well, this is a year ago. You got to blame Cotton's comms team for this because he was OK. And usually it's good to blame Tom Cotton. He's on next hour. I'll do that. Is that widely available? Yeah, it's Cotton did it with four of us in the house. It was over a year, a year and a half ago, kind of in response to all of these ship collisions. Some of the reports that we were getting from active duty sailors and just the changes over the years to training in the surface Navy. We did a deep dive drawing on the expertise of Admiral Montgomery and others. I will give him about that in the next hour and I'll get a link and I'll make sure it's posted out to the candidates. Don't go anywhere. I'm coming right back with Chairman Gallagher. Welcome back, America. I'm Hugh Hewitt, Chairman Mike Gallagher of the House Select Committee on Engagement, the Chinese Communist Party returns. We talked during the break and we got off course because we did a little football trash talk. But now we're back on course. Chairman Gallagher, have you read this book? You had Kabul, the untold story of Biden's fiasco and the warriors who fought to the end. It it made me furious. It absolutely made me furious. Have you had a chance to read it yet? No, but my friend Commander Salamander, who's great in his podcast, Midrats, I highly recommend, just did a podcast with with the authors. So I listened to it. It's not the same, but I am now looking forward to reading the actual hard copy. Well, the end of the book, which I don't know of Commander Salamander got to because I didn't get to it and I talked to him for a long time. It's about how the chai comms came in as soon as we left. They have designs on Bagram. They know what the air raids mean. They know what the strategic minerals mean. It's just a great example of what happens when we retreat in the world. In fact, in the in the this kind of war book you had me read, I wrote down some notes. A retreat once started as the most difficult of all human actions to reverse. And they were talking about the retreat of the Norcs at that point. And then we would retreat later when they counterattack with the chai comms. But we retreated from Afghanistan and they have come in. Have you focused yet on what they're doing there? It hasn't been, admittedly, a subject of a hearing. You know, we have experts, you know, regional experts and Afghanistan experts. I think the key thing to bring it back to the the presidential debate, obviously the obvious thing to do is to connect the surrender to terrorists in Afghanistan, our abandonment of our position, our abandonment of billions of dollars worth of military equipment to then the collapse of deterrence in Ukraine and Eastern Europe, because I do believe that our feckless position in Afghanistan sent a clear signal of weakness to Vladimir Putin. And no wonder Vladimir Putin ignored all of our warnings leading up to the invasion on February 24th because we look so weak on the world stage and we allowed terrorists to completely take over the country. And I think also that has had a negative impact on our deterrent posture in in the Indo -Pacific, across the Taiwan Strait. You mentioned critical minerals. I also think this is a huge opportunity for presidential candidates to articulate a plausible path towards reducing our dependency on China for critical mineral processing. They control 90 percent of the processing. Right now, I think our attempts to wean ourselves off of our to to establish some form of semiconductor manufacturing independence are not going to be successful, in part because the Biden administration has placed so many onerous regulations on grants for chips, fabrication facilities. But if a Republican candidate, particularly one with a business background or with a gubernatorial background, came in and said, here's our strategy when it comes to advanced pharmaceutical ingredients, critical minerals and rare earth processing, tie that to a robust domestic economic agenda. That's a massive opportunity for someone trying to pass the commander in chief test, because the reality is we are going to have to reclaim our economic independence from China in key areas. The progressives are experimenting with one way to do it. We need to identify a way that is fundamentally free market, but not but nonetheless achieves the actual goal of reducing our dependency on China. Chairman Gallagher, there's only one veteran on the stage, Ron DeSantis. Mike Pence has got a son and a son in law on active duty. Of course, Nikki Haley's husband is deployed. Those three know about this in terms of of why is China a threat? Is it a fair question to ask? Why is China a threat? What is it that worries you about China? Is that a fair question? If so, how would you answer that or suggest they answer that if you are one of the people on the stage? Well, first of all, I do think DeSantis has been really good on China and probably the best in the field. I was watching the forum that they did in Iowa. I forget what it's called, the Iowa Faith and Family Forum. And he proactively brought up China as an issue and talked about what he's done in Florida to combat the threat, talked about the threat in global terms. And so the most of the discussion focused on Ukraine. And I understand that that's more of a politically divisive issue on the stage. And so there is a you know, I think the moderators will want to identify the differences between the candidate thus far. Governor DeSantis has been talking in clear and unapologetic language about why the CCP is a threat and what he would do to combat it, which is greatly appreciated. More to your point, as a Navy veteran, I think he has a huge opportunity to be the Navy guy, be the guy who's going to rebuild the Navy and put it in a position where it can it can deter Xi Jinping from attempting to achieve his lifelong ambition was to take Taiwan by force. So to answer your question, Vivek just told me last week, we'll give them Taiwan after we achieve semiconductor independence. In other words, Vivek understands Taiwan is important for its semiconductor. Your colleague on the committee, Ro Khanna, tweeted at me last night when I was already offline that that doesn't do the trick. That's not why we're worried about Taiwan going down. Who's right? Well, obviously, our interests in Taiwan extend far beyond semiconductors. Our interests predate Taiwan's emergence as a semiconductor powerhouse. And if the concern from Vivek and I think it is that our dependence on TSMC for semiconductor manufacturing needs to be eliminated, I just would say two things. It's highly unlikely that we're going to achieve semiconductor independence by 2028. TSMC is investing far more money than the CHIPS Act is investing right now. Even under a Republican president, we would struggle to wean ourself off our dependency. But if the CCP had control of Taiwan, they would still be able to hold the rest of the world economically hostage. And that is the issue. Semiconductors or other or some sort of domain of economic competition. If they had Taiwan, they would be able to completely dominate the region through which trillions of dollars of international trade go. The other thing I would say, it's I mean, we got to go to break. I'll come back to go to break. We'll be right back with Chairman Gallagher during the break and then one more segment beyond. Don't go anywhere. America, I'm Hugh Hewitt. Portions of The Hugh Hewitt Show are brought to you by Food for the Poor. So I'm back with Chairman Gallagher, Chairman Vivek's answer to that is I'm going to get India to cooperate. And if Taiwan closes the Taiwan Straits, we're going to close the Malacca Straits. Ro Khanna says that's that's crazy. That doesn't work. I don't know what the answer is, but I know what Vivek has told me. I don't think he agrees with you, but I'll let him speak for himself. I don't want to put words in his mouth that we have to worry that much about the Taiwan Strait. Well, he's obviously very smart. I would say this with Marxist Leninist regimes, their appetites grow with the eating. So I think it would be a mistake to think that if we just surrender Taiwan on a date certain that we wouldn't have to worry about the problem. If they're the dominant regional power, they're one step closer to becoming the dominant global power. And that, I think, is the answer to your earlier question. Why? Why is the CCP a threat? Because they're trying to destroy our geopolitical position. Primarily by convincing us to destroy ourselves, they believe, as we mince words about whether they're a competitor or an adversary, they certainly believe that they're in an existential war with the free world led by America and that China will win, rendering America and our constitutional system of self -government subordinate, humiliated and wholly irrelevant on the world stage. So you can sort of think of it as as an assisted suicide. You know, they're trying to expedite our collapse. They provide the chemicals, fentanyl, the collapse in prosperity. Covid, IP theft, economic warfare and the self -loathing and depression via political interference and information warfare. So I think the the the threat would not stop after Xi Jinping had taken Taiwan. I think it would only expedite and become greater. So if you could read Xi Jinping's mind, what is he thinking about us? What does he want to see happen to us? I think he wants us to look inward and to abandon our position on the world stage and to be consumed with internal political battles. I also think he likes seeing us embrace this almost the CCP's narrative that America is an evil country. America is a neo colonial racist hellscape. I mean, this is CCP propaganda that a lot of Americans have embraced. I think ultimately he wants us to lose faith in ourselves as a force for good in the world. And ultimately, over time, he thinks the rest of the world is going to Finland dies more in the CCP's direction as an alternative model of government and world leadership, in part because America has lost faith in itself. That's why I think primarily the hard power is the most important variable. This is an ideological competition overall. And ignoring the role ideology plays in the competition is a fatal flaw. And so we need to find a way to press the candidates on that as well. You know, the we got two minutes before we come back. The ideological competition is quite simply not discussed. And I don't think our media is familiar with it. They're not stupid. They're ignorant of the ideological. They don't even believe it exists anymore. Chairman, have you run into that? Do your Democratic colleagues believe that there are such things like Leninist and that that the 20th century ideological competition is back with a vengeance? Well, I think for two and a half decades, we tried to take the communist out of Chinese Communist Party, and this belief persists that, well, they're not really communist. They're not really Marxist. They've embraced forms of capitalism and they're they're rational actors. And I think this is a dangerous way of thinking to go down, particularly under Xi Jinping. The party has embraced its Marxist Leninist roots. Xi's spirit animal is, in fact, Stalin. He looks to Stalin for guidance on how to operate. And so a candidate who understands that and can articulate that, I think, has a massive opportunity to distinguish themselves. The Democrats sort of come at the ideological competition through human rights. And there are a lot who genuinely believe in the cause of human rights. And though there are times when we have to prioritize between security concerns and human rights, this is when dealing with China, that's not an issue at all. We're coming right back. Stand by, chairman.
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"John chapter seven, the text we just looked at there. And it's a glorious passage, been called golden letters in your Bible, something that Christian can camp in on for their entire lives and dive deep into this well of a glorious speech that the Lord Jesus gives to us about the Holy Spirit and about the Spirit's work in our lives as believers and how he not only satisfies us but empowers us. And so this is the last day of the feast here and it's a great climactic message for us to consider. And so we've read our text and let's ask God now to bless the preaching of his word. Father, we thank you for another chance to study your word together. We confess our weakness. We confess that we are in need of the Spirit's help. Lord, as we listen to your voice, and Father, you tell us that your sheep hear the voice of Christ. And that's what we ask for. We ask for the voice of Christ to come into this place and to build up your church and to save those who are lost. And we pray you do this in Christ's name. My younger days when I was an unmarried man, I wasn't the best cook in town. Better said, I was no cook at all, actually. I also had no money so I couldn't eat out every night and so hot sauce became my best friend. I would put hot sauce on literally everything, rice, beans, broccoli, chicken, pasta, hamburger helper, all of it. Why hot sauce? Well, because my evening meal had no flavor. And so hot sauce was my attempt to make it taste better, to make an undesirable meal more palatable, more desirable, more attractive. And that might be fine to do with food. You might have your season of choice or sauce of choice, making it more palatable, but it's a disastrous thing to do with the gospel, to make the gospel more palatable. Do you, when you attempt, church, to share the gospel with your friends or family, do you ever attempt to make the gospel more palatable, more acceptable to modern ears? Never talk about sin and judgment, for example. Never talk about cross -carrying, self -denying discipleship. Or perhaps we tend to just speak general or vague truths or platitudes about Jesus Christ. Jesus loves you. Jesus wants you to be happy. Jesus has power to heal you. Jesus is the best example for you to follow. Jesus has a wonderful plan for your life. All of them true, all of them missing core components to the saving gospel. And so we can tend to make Jesus more palatable. And you know that's true, friend, beloved, when your gospel presentation is met with universal acceptance, when everybody likes the Jesus you preach, and when everyone likes the Jesus that you're preaching, you can be sure that you're not preaching the whole Jesus. You're not preaching a complete Jesus. You're making Jesus more palatable. And the fact is that when you preach the full Christ, his full identity, what he did to save us from sin and wrath your sharing of Christ will always be met with mixed results. And it's what we've been seeing in John chapter seven. Jesus is teaching this massive crowd in the temple at the Feast of Booths. And there are a diverse set of reactions. And here now we see at day number eight the crowds have been listening to Jesus and he's culminating in his speech and he gives this clear statement about his identity and the nature of salvation and why he's come. That Jesus is the son of God, fully divine God, who brings the spirit to satisfy thirsty souls and the results are mixed in how people respond. Some appear to be open to this message. Others in the crowd respond enthusiastically and emotionally but they have a little bit of knowledge and they need more teaching. Others more we're gonna see, they want Jesus dead, they're angry. And so if you've ever been driving down the interstate and that little sharp rock hits your windshield and it just kind of splashes into a spiderweb of cracks, you know what I'm talking about, that's what Jesus' teaching does to the crowd. He gives this teaching and there's these fissures throughout the crowd dividing into all of these different responses. And so actually look at verse 43 here, drop your eyes down to verse 43, it's what John wants you to conclude at the end of this feast scene. So there was a division among the people over him. And the idea is not merely that the people have different opinions about Jesus, rather the point is that a clear proclamation of the whole Christ divides people. The truth about Jesus divides families. It breaks friendships. It leads to the termination of your job at work. Leads you to break up with your boyfriend or girlfriend. This scene, this final scene here, this climactic scene at the Feast of Booths is meant to show you that Jesus Christ is a dividing savior. He divides relationships. Now when I say that, I don't mean he is a divisive savior. Jesus is not a quarrelsome jerk who likes to fight people with the truth. The point here is that given a clear statement about his identity and his mission, it creates all sorts of difficult divisions and fissures among people who love each other. Which is why, church, I wanna appeal to you with this thought, perhaps that's why we are so tempted to make the gospel palatable in our attempts to share it. We wanna keep the peace. We wanna guard the relationship. We wanna keep the relationship. We wanna keep the friendship. We don't wanna get fired. But beloved, Jesus has called every believer, without exception, to bear witness to Christ, to tell the whole of Christ, which means the reactions to your preaching and sharing of Christ will be met with all kinds of reaction, perhaps with division. And so I wanna give you a takeaway point if you need one for today. It's this. Only the Holy Spirit will enable you to preach a dividing Jesus. Only the Spirit in you, indwelling you, empowering you, will enable you to be faithful even in the face. Of the risk of losing a relationship for it. And so it's what we're gonna see unfold at the Feast of Booths here. And we wanna look at this in two scenes. Scene number one, let's look at a dividing speech. What does Jesus say that is so dividing of this crowd? We'll look at verse 37. On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, if anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the scriptures have said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water. Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet, the Spirit had not yet been given because Jesus was not yet glorified. Glorious speech, I wanna break it down into three claims. Here's the first claim Jesus is making. He's making a claim about his own, his own identity, his own identity. Now John tells you here in verse 37 that this speech happens on the last day of the Feast of Booths. It's probably day number eight of the seven day feast. And there's a closing worship assembly, a final time where the masses will meet up in the temple. It's probably the scene of what's happening here. But John wants you to know that this is what he would call the great day of the feast. The ultimate day, the climactic day, the crucial day is John's way of wanting you to understand the speech of Jesus as fulfilling what the Feast of Booths is ultimately about. In other words, the speech of Jesus is saying, what you're gathering together about right now in the temple, it's all about me. And so in order for you to understand the speech, you need to understand something about the Feast of Booths. So what is the Feast of Booths, huh? Well, think of it firstly on an historical level. The Feast of Booths, you might guess, is about booths. So Israel, they come out of Egypt, and they have no permanent home anymore. They were living in the land, but now they're redeemed, and now they're pilgrims, wandering through the wilderness. They don't make homes, they're going to the promised land. Therefore, in this pilgrim season, God makes them dwell in temporary shelters, booths, leafy sticks and those kind of things, bound together as temporary shelters. And when Israel finally reaches the promised land, God wants them to remember that pilgrim season. And to celebrate that pilgrim season, he commands them to celebrate once a year this Feast of Booths, pilgrims throughout the Mediterranean world need to travel to Jerusalem, and get this, live in booths again, live in tents. And so at this time in the city of Jerusalem, the city is sprinkled with tents everywhere. There's tents in the city square. There's tents out in the countryside. There's tents on the rooftops. People are living in tents. They're not living in their houses. And church, I know you. Your home, I hope so today, has air conditioning. I heard about a brother who maybe their air conditioning wasn't working so well, and so maybe they can relate to living in tents, I don't know. But you have carpet, electricity, refrigerator, a big sofa. And so living in tents in the desert is not something you wanna remember. That's something I wanna forget. Camping out for those years. It was hot, no water, miserable. We had to live in tents. So why is God wanting Israel to remember this pilgrim season of living in tents? And the answer, if you know the Old Testament, is that because although the pilgrim season was a time of dire need for God's people, God was there. And God was there as provider. And God, in Israel's dire need, provided abundantly and miraculously. Think about the manna from heaven. Every day, up from the ground, angel food. Quail from the wind. What about a pillar of fire guiding them? And for this feast, most importantly, rivers flowing from a rock. And so this idea of a thirst being quenched, that's what God did miraculously for God's people when they lived in booths. And so church is an encouragement. If you've ever been in a place of dire need, could be a time where God shows you his abundant provision in his glorious presence. So historically, that's what they're doing. They're reminding themselves of God's glorious abundance and his care for his people in the face of dire need. But this feast rooted in history is also looking forward. It's looking forward. This idea of water flowing from the rock, it becomes an image in the Old Testament for God's salvation. And especially his future salvation when Christ comes. And so look at verse 38 here. Notice how Jesus grounds his speech in the Old Testament scriptures. He says, whoever believes in me as the scripture, so he's alluding to what we call the Old Testament scriptures. As the scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water. Now some translations put this in quotation marks, others don't. I think the ones that don't are probably right. And the reason is because you can't find a direct quotation in the Old Testament of what Jesus says right here. Instead, what Jesus is probably doing is restating what dozens and dozens of Old Testament prophets say and he gives a little summary of what they say. So listen to Isaiah 44 for example. The prophet says, thinking about the final day, the last days, I will pour out water on the thirsty land and streams on the dry ground. I will pour out my spirit upon your offspring and my blessing on your descendants. So you see the parallel, the spirit poured out is like water poured out upon God's people. And you go read the prophets, this connection between water and the spirit upon God's people, it's all over the place. Isaiah, Zechariah, Ezekiel, Joel, each of them God is saying, in the future era of salvation when Christ comes, God will pour out like water the Holy Spirit upon his people. And so at the Feast of Booths, this is what they're thinking, this is what they're anticipating and hoping in, this final outpouring of God's spirit and now Jesus stands up and says, I'm the source of living water.