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A highlight from 1415: Bitcoin Will Soon Hit $500,000 - Winklevoss Twins
"Welcome everybody to Crypto News Alerts, the number one daily Bitcoin pod. In today's show, I'll be breaking down the latest Bitcoin technical analysis as Bitcoin recaptures $27 ,000 and quoting Max Keiser, the high priest of Bitcoin, Bitcoin is the North Star guiding to the only safe haven asset in the world that protects against inflation, confiscation and censorship preach. Also in today's show, Ethereum futures ETFs can start trading as early as next week. According to top Bloomberg analysts, we'll also be discussing the SEC pushing back the deadline for spot Bitcoin ETF apps, definitely not a good look. And speaking of ETF apps, I'm also going to be sharing the five highlights of Gary Gensler's evasive testimony before Congress quoting Senator Warren Davidson. Gary Gensler's tenure at the SEC highlights two key problems. Number one, Gary Gensler's problem and number two, the SEC's structural problem. That's why I introduced the SEC Stabilization Act to fire Gary Gensler and restructure the SEC. Let's freaking go. Also in today's show, crypto analyst Michal van de Poppe predicts a very positive quarter four for 2023. I'll be sharing his targets in which he outlines. We're also going to be discussing the SEC's inaction on the spot Bitcoin ETF is a complete and utter disaster, according to the Winklevoss twins. And speaking of the Winklevoss twins, I'm also going to be sharing with you their $500 ,000 Bitcoin price prediction, which they say is coming soon. We'll also be taking a look at the overall crypto market. All this plus so much more in today's show. Yo what's good crypto fam? This is first and foremost, a video show. So if you want the full premium experience with video, visit my YouTube channel at cryptonewsalerts .net. Again that's cryptonewsalerts .net. Welcome everyone. This is pod episode number 1415. I'm your host JV. Today is September 28, 2023 and Bitcoin is finally back above 27 ,000 as we're pumping right when I hit the live button. We're currently above 27 ,100 up over 300 % today and we continue climbing. Welcome everyone in the live chat. I gracefully appreciate y 'all. Yeah, who knows? Maybe we'll hit 28 ,000 by the time today's live stream is over. Let's see. And make sure to let me know where you're tuning in from in that live chat as I'll be giving everyone a shout out towards the end of the show. And with that being shared, fam, now let's dive into today's market watch. As you can see here, every major crypto back in the green. Bitcoin above 27 G's. We got Ether up three and a half percent trading at $1 ,655 BNB, XRP, Cardano, you name it. And checking out coinmarketcap .com, we're currently sitting above $1 .07 trillion with about $26 billion in volume in the past 24 hours, Bitcoin dominance at 49 .1 % and even the Ether dominance on the rise today at 18 .5 % and checking out the top 100 crypto gainers of the past 24 hours, holy moly, compound up 20 % trading under 49 bucks, followed by Thor chain up 13 % trading at $1 .94, followed by Lido Dow up 8 % trading at $1 .59 and checking out the top 100 crypto gainers of the past week, massive gains, which we love to see, especially after a pretty bearish altcoin season to say the least. We got CompLead in the pack here as well up 20 % and Rune up 13 .4 % and RLB up 13 % and checking out the crypto greed and fear index, we're currently rated a 46 in fear yesterday at 44 last week, a 47 and last month, a 39 in fear. So there you have it, fam. How many of you are currently bullish on Bitcoin and how many of you took advantage of the recent dip? If so, let me know. It's good to see we pump in once again. So hopefully those positions are now in the green. Now let's break down today's Bitcoin technical analysis, check out the charts and why specifically the market is pumping right now. Here we go. Let's get it. Bitcoin hit new weekly highs after the September 28th Wall Street open as markets awaited fresh cues from the US Federal Reserve. And here you can see in the Bitcoin one hour Campbell chart, pretty freaking bullish to say the least. Data from Cointelegraph and TradingView showed Bitcoin price strength staging a comeback, having delivered what some referred to as a classic pump and dump 24 hours prior during the performance. Bitcoin hit a high of 26 .8, which appeared on Bitstamp as a result of 2 % daily gains before Bitcoin retraced all of its progress, then a slower grind higher than took hold with the bulls edging closer to 27 ,000, which we finally just recaptured here a few moments ago. Now GDP for quarter two grew by 1 .7 % year on year below the projected 2%, while the PCE index data for August came in in line with the expectations, quoting analyst Keith Allen, bring on the volatility. Now meanwhile, data from Binance's order book uploaded by Allen showed little by way of resistance standing in the way of the spot price under the 27 ,000 mark. So as you can see, just more bullishness for the king crypto, the macro data constituted just the prelude of the day's main event. Meanwhile, Jerome Powell, the chairman of the Federal Reserve due to the comment later on today, Powell, whose recent words failed to deliver noticeable volatility to the crypto markets was due to speak at the Fed's conversation with the chairman, a teacher town hall meeting event in Washington DC at 4 p .m. Eastern today. Now commenting on the state of play on Bitcoin markets, popular trader Dan crypto trades was a little more optimistic around the strength of the day's move compared to yesterday, September 27th, quoting him here back to yesterday's highs, but with considerably less open interests. No doubt there is longs chase in here, but it is less frothy than it was yesterday. Would still like to see longs chill out and not get to a full retrace later on. So there you have it. Let me know if you agree or disagree with the analysts. Meanwhile, quoting another analyst, right, capital Bitcoin is right back at the bull market support band cluster of moving averages, challenging to break out beyond them. Let's freaking go. Now, elsewhere in the day's analysis, he acknowledged that 29 ,000 could make a reappearance and still form a part of a broader come down for BTC. As he shares here, it's important to remember the Bitcoin could technically rally even as high as 29 ,000 to form a new lower high, which would be phase A and B. He explained alongside this chart. So there you have it. Let me know if you are currently more bullish or bearish on the King crypto and quoting the high priest of Bitcoin, Max Kaiser, Bitcoin is the North star guiding to the only safe haven asset in the world that protects against inflation confiscation and censorship preach. Now welcome to y 'all just joining us in today's podcast. As always, I appreciate everyone's daily support and means the world. And now let's discuss our next story of the day as Bitcoin continues to pump, shall we? We're going to be discussing the Ethereum futures ETFs, which can get approval. They say potentially as early as next week. So let's break this one down, shall we? Ether futures ETFs could start trading for the first time in the United States as early as next week. According to top Bloomberg analysts on September 28th, which is today, Bloomberg intelligence analyst, James Safart said in an ex post, it was looking like the sec is going to let a bunch of Ethereum futures ETFs go next week. Potentially. His comments were in response to fellow ETF analyst, Eric Balchunes, who said he was hearing that the U S SCC wanted to accelerate the launch of Ethereum future ETFs quitting him here. They want it off their plate before the shutdown, he said, adding that he's heard various filers updates on their documents by Friday afternoon so they can start trading as early as Tuesday next week. As outlined here on X. Now the U S S government's expected to shut down at 1201 a .m. Eastern on October 1st. If Congress fails to agree on or provide funding for the new fiscal year, which is expected to impact the country's financial regulators amongst federal agencies. Now neither specified their sources for the latest update on the long list of crypto ETFs in the queue. There are currently 15 ether futures ETFs from nine issuers currently awaiting approval. According to the analysts in a September 27th note, which is yesterday, companies proposing an Ethereum futures or hybrid ETF product include VanEck pro shares, grayscale volatility shares bitwise direction, as well as round Hill. The analysts gave ether future ETFs a 90 % chance of launching in October with Valkyrie's ether exposure on October 3rd, quoting them here. We expect pure Ethereum futures ETFs to start trading the following week, thanks to volatility shares actions. However, we don't expect all of them to launch. So do note that now as previously reported that ether futures ETFs may be approved in October causing the 11 % spike in ether prices and probably why the Ethereum dominance is up as it's been stagnant and down for quite some time. Ether prices are on the gain, currently just under $1 ,700 and we'll see how high we continue to pump, but do note crypto future products aren't as hotly as anticipated as their spot based alternatives. There are already been Bitcoin futures ETFs approved in the United States since 2021, which is a fact, which leads us to the million dollar question. Why have they approved a futures ETFs, but continue to deny and delay all the spot ETFs? We're going to be getting to that a little later as I share with you the highlights from Congress pressing the chairman of the SEC, Gary Gensler. It's going to get very interesting here in a little bit, but now let's dive a little deeper and discuss specifically the spot Bitcoin ETFs and what is happening and why they're being pushed back and the latest updates of where we're currently at. So here we go and welcome y 'all just tuning in. Make sure to smash that like fam. The US SEC has delayed deciding whether to approve or disapprove spot Ether ETFs. And like I said, we're going to be getting in October potentially get some approvals, but in separate notices filed September 27th, the SEC said it would designate a longer period on whether to approve or disapprove these proposed changes. The commission finds it inappropriate to designate a longer period within which to take action on the proposed rule change so that it has sufficient time to consider the proposed rule change and the issues raised there within. The delay came the same day as the NASDAQ market filed the proposed rule change with the SEC for listing its mix ETH basically ETF, a combination of Ether holdings and futures contracts and also proposed rule changes with the New York Stock Exchange, ARCA for the Grayscale Ethereum Futures Trust, hashtag Bitcoin Futures ETF and the CBOE BXE exchange for the Franklin Bitcoin ETF were all filed. September 27th, that's right. If you're not familiar with Franklin Templeton, there are one and a half trillion dollar asset manager. They're also applying for an ETF. Now the SEC announced September 26th, it would designate a longer period to decide on these spot ETF applications. And as James Safart shares here, here's VanEx delay as expected. So another one, I mean, exactly what we were expecting from the SEC. Now in August, ARK investment manager, founder and CEO Kathy Wood speculated that should the SEC move forward with the spot ETF approvals, it would allow multiple listings simultaneously to avoid giving any single company an advantage over another in the market. Her remarks came before Grayscale Investments won a court battle with the SEC over its spot Bitcoin ETF app, which will likely be reviewed in which they're trying to turn their GBTC product into a spot ETF. So hopefully it happens. To date, the SEC has never approved the spot crypto ETF in the United States, but has allowed the listing of crypto linked futures ETFs and a leveraged Bitcoin futures ETF. Manipulation, fam. The next deadlines for the spot crypto ETF apps from firms, which include the largest asset manager in the world, BlackRock, Wisdom Tree, Invesco, Galaxy, Valkyrie, Bitwise and Fidelity are all scheduled for October. So we'll see how this is likely to play out considering October is now only three days away. Are we going to get some ETF approvals by then? Who knows? I think more than likely they're going to push it back again. However, Congress right now is pressing Gary Gensler to approve a spot Bitcoin ETF and ETPs immediately. So now let's break this down. If you missed Gensler, he was pressed by Congress just yesterday. And I know it's on everyone's mind. So let's break down some of the highlights from this recent hearing with Congress and the chairman of the SEC, Gary Gensler. Let's break it down, shall we? Here we go. Blame for kneecapping capital markets in the U .S. and slam for dodging questions around Bitcoin and Pokemon cards. SEC chair Gensler appears to have had one hell of a grilling from Congress this week. September 27th, the U .S. SEC chief again found himself in front of lawmakers in a scheduled hearing to discuss his agency's oversight of the markets. Here are some of the highlights. First and foremost, you are the Tonya Harding of security regulations. We should create a Gary Gensler diss track, right? One of the more colorful analogies came from U .S. Representative Andy Barr, who accused Gensler of kneecapping the U .S. capital markets with regulatory red tape. Barr referred to the old testimony from Gensler where Gensler argued that the U .S. is the largest, most sophisticated and innovative capital market in the world and that shouldn't have been taken for granted as even gold medalists must keep training. With all due respect, Mr. Chairman, if the U .S. capital markets are gold medalists, you are the Tonya Harding of securities regulations. Ouch. You are kneecapping the U .S. capital markets with an avalanche of red tape coming out of your commission. Preach. Barr is presumably referring to a scandal where U .S. ice skater Tonya Harding, I'm sure you all remember the story, I was a kid when this happened, and an assailant to attack her rival Nancy Kerrigan in the lead up to the 94 U .S. Figure Skating Championships and Winter Olympics. Kerrigan ended up not competing in the U .S. Championships and here is John Dickens who shared it here. Mr. Barr to Gensler, it's hilarious, you gotta watch these clips for yourself if you haven't seen them. So the next highlight, I wish the Biden administration would say, you are fired. That's right, shout out to Warren Davidson who also ripped into Gensler saying he hoped that the Biden administration would fire him. Powerful words. Davidson accused Gensler of pushing a woke political and social agenda and abusing his role as the SEC chairman. Preach. Massive shout out to the senators here doing their job. Damn good job. The U .S. Representative added that he hopes that the SEC Stabilization Act he introduced with fellow representative Tom Emmer could make it happen. Quoting him here, you're making the case for this bill, which is the SEC Stabilization Act. Every day you're acting as a chairman, he concluded, and Gensler wasn't even given a chance to respond. Now next highlight, Gensler reiterates Bitcoin isn't a security. That's right. When asked by U .S. House Committee Financial Services Chair Patrick McHenry whether Bitcoin is a security, Gensler eventually relented stating the Bitcoin didn't meet the Howie test. Quoting him here, it does not meet the Howie test, which is the law of the land. Then McHenry suggested Bitcoin must be a commodity, which Gensler avoided answering. Mr. No Clarity Gary, hence how he got the nickname, saying the test for that is outside the scope of U .S. security laws. Mr. Gensler, we're living in a clown world with this guy. Henry also suggested that Gensler try to choke off the digital asset ecosystem facts and refuse to be transparent with Congress about the SEC's connections with the FTX and former CEO SBF facts. Gensler also wasn't given the chance to respond to the claims made by McHenry. Next highlight, are Pokemon trading card securities? Gensler says it depends. Can't make this stuff up. Quoting Representative Richie Torres, I cross -examine SEC Chair Gensler about the term investment contract, which is key to determining his authority over crypto. Gensler struggled to answer basic questions like whether an investment contract requires a contract. His evasions are defeating and damning. Suppose I was to purchase Pokemon card. Would you constitute a security for this transaction? Gensler responded, well, I don't know the context before eventually concluding it isn't a security if you purchased it in a store. And then Torres asked if I were to purchase a tokenized Pokemon card on a digital exchange via the blockchain. Is that then a transaction? And then Mr. No Clarity Gary said, I'd have to know more because I don't know anything. Yeah, you can't make this stuff up. Gensler then explained to it when it's investing the public can anticipate profits based upon the efforts of others. Then the core of the Howie test, which it is, Torres called Gensler's evasions as damning to say the least. And the next highlight, a sign of defiance. Meanwhile, amongst the back and forth cross examinations between Gensler and representatives, the eagle eyed observers noticed a Coinbase stand with crypto logo behind the SEC chairman. Isn't that interesting? The Coinbase led initiative is a 14 month long campaign that launched back in August aiming to push crypto legislation in the United States. Coinbase also ran a stand with crypto day, which took place in Washington, D .C. September 27th to advocate for better cryptocurrency innovation and policy. So again, shout out to Warren Davidson, Tom Emmer, all the senators for holding Gary Gensler accountable. Hopefully they do something about it. What's your thoughts, fam? Do you think Gary is likely to listen to them and follow their instructions and approve a Bitcoin ETF immediately? Or do you think he'll continue kicking the can down the road as long as possible until he leaves his position as the chairman of the SEC? Let me know your honest thoughts in the comments right down below. Now let's break down the latest prediction coming from crypto analyst Michael Vanay Pop for some price actions for Bitcoin for the fourth quarter, which we are currently in for 2023. Then we'll break down the latest from the Winklevoss twins and their five hundred thousand dollar Bitcoin price action as the price action of Bitcoin continues to pump, baby. Let's go. Here we go. Let's break this baby down. Crypto trader Michael Vanay Pop is expressing bullish sentiment on Bitcoin in the coming months. Despite the recent struggles in a new video, he says that Bitcoin is on the cusp of reaching levels that offer accumulation opportunities per inch. According to the analyst, the trader Bitcoin could subsequently start an uptrend. Ultimately, Bitcoin is into an area of consolidation here, which makes it very likely we're going to have to retest here at twenty five, six and twenty five eight. If we are having a recess in that region, then there is this zone where I want to start buying my entries because of the recess, which is the ultimate recess. And if we're not going to get that, the flip to twenty six thousand five hundred, that is going to be the area where I think I want to activate my positions as well. And then we can start targeting twenty eight thousand. And then we can also start targeting the higher numbers, thirty thousand dollars plus or even more in the projection of quarter four. That is going to be very positive overall. Let me know if you agree that we'll have an overall positive quarter as we about to enter October. Let's go. Vanay Pop also says Bitcoin's current price action is similar to what was witnessed in the prior pre halving year, quitting him again. As long as we stay above the 200 week exponential moving average, we most likely are going to continue to the upside. And it starts to be very comparable to the period that we witnessed in 2015 and 2016. In this case, we needed it, but we started to consolidate and start to trend up afterwards. It is very likely to this period to slowly but surely the price starts to crawl up. And then we are going to have a case of the upside in the markets overall. And to watch this video analysis, the analyst did check the show notes below the video in the description. It's entitled Bitcoin price. I am looking to buy. So there you have it. And let me know if you agree or disagree with the analysts and are you currently bullish on the King crypto or do you think we're going to dip and test the lower levels? Let me know your honest thoughts, fam. And now let's break down our next story of the day. And the Winklevoss twins on the spot, Bitcoin ETF continuously being basically denied and kicked back and pushed back for the past decade. And then we're going to dive into their half a million dollar Bitcoin price prediction and why they're so confident that the Bitcoin price is going to hit their big target. So here we go. Let's discuss them with the SEC first. This was a story which was, let's see when their tweet was actually, let's scroll down. This is Cameron Winklevoss. This was actually on July 1st, it got 1 .1 million views. Now let me read the tweet. Today marks 10 years since Tyler and I filed for the first spot Bitcoin ETF. That's right. Over a decade ago, the SEC governor's refusal to approve these products for a decade has been a complete and utter disaster for US investors and demonstrates how the SEC is a failed regulator. Here's why. They protected investors from the best performing asset of the last decade. They pushed investors into toxic products like the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust, GBTC, which trades at a massive discount to NAV and charges astronomical fees. They pushed spot Bitcoin activity offshore to unlicensed and unregulated venues. They pushed investors into the arms of FTX, subjecting them to one of the largest financial frauds in modern history. Preach. Maybe the SEC will reflect on its dismal record and instead of overstepping a statutory power and trying to act like a gatekeeper of economic life, it'll focus on fulfilling its mandate of investor protection, fostering fair and orderly markets and facilitating capital formation. This would have led to much better outcomes for US investors. Preach. In the meantime, best of luck to all those fighting the good fight to bring the US spot Bitcoin ETFs to life onwards. So much respect. I mean, 10 years of denying this ETF. I mean, you can't make this stuff up. I think they shared perfectly some of the reasoning. It's to hurt the investors and keep you poor and keep you wrecked and keep you desolate and dependent upon a broken government that threw us overboard so frickin long ago. So much respect to the Winklevoss twins. If you didn't know, they're the owners of the Gemini exchange and they were the very first ever to submit the spot Bitcoin ETF app to the SEC over a decade ago. And obviously they're sick and tired of Gary Gensler, his no clarity and his shenanigans. Just like the rest of us, it's time to fire Gensler. If you think Gensler should be investigated and potentially fired, let me know in the comments right down below and I'll be reading your comments out loud here in a little bit. Now for our breaking story of the day, let's discuss the Winklevoss twins and their case for a $500 ,000 Bitcoin price, which they believe is coming soon. So let's break this down, shall we? And welcome to y 'all just joining us in the live chat. Much love and much respect. So here we go. Winklevoss twins' prediction, Bitcoin will soon hit $500 ,000 per coin. And why? And again, shout out to Tyler and Cameron. Let's get, we already know their background, early Bitcoin investors, OGs, early investors as well with Facebook. Some claim that they're the real creators of Facebook and Zuckerberg stole it. But nonetheless, in a recent interview with the National News, the twins explained they remain convinced of the future of crypto. The main reason is the revolutionary and technical properties as well as the potential of Bitcoin to act as a store of value similar to gold. And in addition, crypto has many other advantages, mainly through programmability. Hence, the Winklevoss brothers believe that Bitcoin could even replace the precious metal. In the long term, Tyler Winklevoss shared the following. If you look at the properties that make gold valuable, Bitcoin matches each attribute or does better. The gold disruption story of Bitcoin is super powerful. We believe in it. Tyler Winklevoss explained his reasoning for the $500 ,000 Bitcoin price action, quitting him here. If you do the math, 21 million in the supply of Bitcoin, the market cap of gold, let's say it's 10 trillion, maybe it's 11 trillion, somewhere in that ballpark, that puts one Bitcoin if it disrupts gold and gets that market cap at $500 ,000 per coin. The two brothers did not want to give specific investment tips. However, Cameron reveals the strategy that they use, which is generally the simplest, which is simply HODL. Hold on for dear life, quitting him here. Generally speaking, if you subscribe to Bitcoin being a store of value type investment, then that strategy is HODL. The same way you would HODL gold is you buy and HODL long term investments. So according to the Winklevoss twins predicting the Bitcoin price will hit $500 ,000, they say predictions are difficult, but they believe that Bitcoin will hit the milestone within a decade. And when they were more recently interviewed and asked, where do you see Bitcoin in five years time? Here's what Cameron Winklevoss responded. We usually take a decade view on it. When we wrote a piece on the value that predicted it being $500 ,000 Bitcoin, we said within the decade. And I believe they wrote that in 2020. So they're basically saying by the year 2030, they're anticipating a $500 ,000 plus Bitcoin price with Bitcoin overtaking that of gold as far as the market cap. Now is that in three years from now or nine years? The timing part is hard, but I think the Bitcoin created $1 trillion worth of value in under a decade. That is fact. I believe back in November of 2021, Bitcoin's market cap surpassed a trillion dollar milestone and the total crypto market cap surpassed $3 trillion. But as of today, we're closer to a $500 billion Bitcoin market cap with the entire crypto market cap down to a trillion. Now, it also spawned many huge productions such as Ethereum and the entire asset class. He continues. If you look at the value increases in Bitcoin, it is this punctuated equilibrium where it is steady, steady, steady, and then boom, it reaches a new price level. This is the new normal. So it can happen very quickly. So there you have it, fam. Ultimately saying when Bitcoin takes off, it explodes quick and vast. And especially considering that two of the most bullish catalysts in Bitcoin history were on the cusp of. Six months away from a Bitcoin halving, we all know the Bitcoin cycles every four years, it drives the Bitcoin price up as it increases the scarcity as well as increase demand, basic stock to flow, numbers must go up. And we also have the approval of a Bitcoin ETF likely to take place in 2024, especially with Congress on Gensler's. But we also have the ETF experts such as Eric Balchunes given a 95 % chance probability that a spot Bitcoin ETF likely get approved in 2024. Those two catalysts will absolutely make Bitcoin rip to new all time highs entering price discovery mode like we have never seen before. So how high do you think the Bitcoin price will likely climb by the time of this next halving? Roughly six months out, scheduled to take place sometime in April of next year. Let me know your thoughts in the comments right down below. And don't forget to check out cryptonewsalerts .net for the full premium experience with video and to participate in the live Q &A. And I look forward to seeing you on tomorrow's episode. HODL.
A highlight from The Biggest Bitcoin Selling Event Of 2023! (BEWARE)
"But a few urgent pressing situations that we have to deal with quite urgently. I think the first situation that we have to deal with is, hold on a second, James, it won't let me share screen so you could share the screen. So the first situation that we have to deal with is we have to deal with the looming US government shutdown because now the odds of a government shutdown are 90 % and if we do get a government shutdown, Goldman Sachs actually says that this shutdown could last as long as two to three weeks. I think we actually for now need to start preparing for this US government shutdown. The next thing that we have to start preparing for is a massive seller in the market. So this is not a joke. We do have a seller in the market. This seller owns 10 % of all the Bitcoin in circulation and 1 .8 million Bitcoin and they are going to start selling. In fact, what you can see from this chart over here is that they have already started selling a whole lot of their Bitcoin. So we're going to be talking about the seller when they're going to hit the market and why that's going to impact the Bitcoin price and how much that's going to impact the Bitcoin price. Then what we need to talk about is we need to talk about this little price move that we had yesterday in Bitcoin and what it actually means because we seem to be in a position where every time that we get a pump, we get the pump, but then the pump dies and that's exactly what happened yesterday. So we could understand what actually happened yesterday. What took us to 26 ,800 and brought us back down and is this thing going to continue to bring us down every single time we have a pump. Then I want to go through a knock -by -knock account of how Gary Gensler was taken down in Congress yesterday. Regarding your interactions with FTX and Sandbank and Freed, that's the investigation we started last Congress. Finally, your lack of responsiveness to this committee's legitimate oversight continues to be unacceptable. And I want to finish here. In February, the committee made multiple requests for documents to the Securities Exchange Commission. This is normal congressional oversight. Yet seven months later, the committee has not received a single non -public document that was not part of a FOIA production. As I said, our patience is wearing thin. The SEC is not above the law, nor is it unique. Other financial regulators have routinely complied with congressional oversight. So let me be clear. I do not want to be the first chairman of this committee to issue a subpoena to the Securities Exchange Commission. And you should not want to be the first SEC chair to receive a congressional subpoena. Either we find a path forward where the SEC recognizes Congress as a co -equal branch of government and is responsive to our oversight duties, or my option is to issue a subpoena. All right, so we're going to go for a blow -by -blow account of exactly what happened yesterday. Gary Gensler was absolutely, absolutely, absolutely destroyed in Congress. And then, and then, and then, I've got a massive, massive story for you, but I'm going to keep that story until the very end of the show. So let's go, guys. Big show. All right, we are back and we've got a massive, massive, massive show for you guys today. And I think the best part of the show today is going to be the show, the part where we discuss how Gary Gensler was annihilated yesterday in Congress, because this guy yesterday was absolutely, absolutely, absolutely annihilated. It's actually not, that's actually not Gary Gensler, believe it or not. So this is actually a true story. Gary Gensler has an identical twin brother. His name is Robert Gensler. I thought that this was an absolute joke, but I actually looked it up and it's true. Gary Gensler does have an identical twin brother. His name is Robert Gensler. No, no jokes. Anyway, Gary was the one that was destroyed yesterday in Congress. It wasn't, it wasn't, it wasn't Robert. It was actually Gary. But crazy, crazy, crazy, crazy that we actually see these things. All right, listen, welcome back, guys. Huge show today. I want to just thank you all. I see we're very, very, very, very, very close to 650 ,000 subscribers. We are 9, 10 subscribers away from 650 ,000 subscribers. When we get to 650 ,000 subscribers, our next move is to catch up to George from Crypto's Ice, because he's like our next target. We've got him in our sights. He was 100 ,000 subscribers ahead of us before the beginning, in the beginning of the year. What is your now? 17 ,000? 17 ,000 in the banter fam, the banter fam are definitely going. We're going to go after him now. He's our next target. We're going to try and catch up to him. All right, let's go. We've got a big show today. If you haven't subscribed, subscribe to channel, like this content. If we get to what is the number of likes we had yesterday? 1 ,500. If you get to 1 ,600 likes, I'm going to show you the biggest Bitcoin seller in the market. I'm going to show you why this seller is actually going to be selling. I'm going to, we're going to decide together whether or not we should be panicking about this seller selling. And it's a serious seller. The seller has 18, 1 .8 million Bitcoin, which is 10 % of the circulating supply on Bitcoin and they are going to be selling. So yeah, if we get to 1 ,500 likes and we beat yesterday, then we're going to get into that story. In the interim though, let's look at the bubbles. Let's see what's happening on the bubbles. So I see Rune is up. Let's just see how Rune is doing. Rune up at 187. I'm actually, I actually have got quite a big Rune position. I see Rollbit at 12 cents. You would be 20 % up if you actually took our trade. You got Ape moving. Remember that you got the whole banter newsroom here on the side. So everything that we, all the places where we get our news from are actually available to you right here. And if you want to follow any of our researchers, there's 44 of them. You can just click and you can just follow them directly from the newsroom. We're also improving banter bubbles. I reckon in about a month, it's going to be the fastest bubble app in the whole market. I'm also watching the Dixie and I think the reason why we should be watching the Dixie today is because we had the GDP numbers. The numbers GDP came in at 2 .1%. They expected was 2 .1%. So nothing, no surprises when it comes to GDP. And I think that when we talk about, when we talk about GDP, we need to talk about it in context of the looming government shutdown because we've got this, this looming government shutdown. It's a real thing now, you know, we were first saying that the shutdown wouldn't happen. But now Goldman Sachs is saying, look, if the White House don't resolve their differences by the end of tomorrow, that would make it the end of Friday. And by Sunday, they would have a government shutdown. Now, that would be, I think, the fourth government shutdown in the last decade. And it would be, it would have a whole lot of effects. I think what we need to do today is actually just look at the effects of a government shutdown. And, you know, do we need to prepare for it? Like, do we need to start stocking up on toilet paper, like we did in COVID? Do we need to start stocking up on food, on rice and oil? We need to, we need to make sure that we understand exactly what's happening. But before we get there, I want to talk about yesterday's little Bitcoin pump. So we had the pump yesterday and then we had a little bit of a dump and it keeps happening every single time. We keep losing momentum. Now, I think the pump is probably expected and I do think we're going to start getting a whole lot more pumps. And I'll tell you why I think we're going to start getting a whole lot more pumps because there is more money coming into the Chinese economy. So remember that China's in big trouble now and the way they're going to get themselves out of trouble is they're going to start stimulating the economy and getting more money into the economy. Well, you can see that liquidity in China is starting to go up because of all these things that China is doing. So I am expecting the price of Bitcoin to start moving upwards because of this liquidity.
A highlight from Finding Freedom on Bitcoin Island in the Philippines with Marc Mantini
"In El Salvador, they have Bitcoin Beach, and in the Philippines, in this little island, it's called Bitcoin Island, and they've onboarded about 260 merchants right now on the island. Welcome to the Coin Stories podcast, where we get to explore the future of money, business, technology, and Bitcoin's revolutionary promise to boost economic prosperity around the world and mend our broken financial system. I'm Natalie Brunel, and I'm here to learn with you. This podcast is for educational and entertainment purposes only. None of the discussions should constitute as official investment advice, and you should always do your own research. Please make sure to subscribe to the show so you don't miss out on any new episodes. This podcast is made possible through partnerships with companies I trust, and I'm very picky about who I choose to partner with, so I hope you take the time to listen to the ad reads throughout the show. Thanks for joining me, and if you like this type of content and want to see more of it, make sure to hit that like button. All right, it's time for the show. Welcome back, everyone. A couple of weeks ago, I put out a tweet, and I asked for Bitcoiners from around the world to get in touch with me if they want to share their Bitcoin story. I just want to hear from other people about how they got into Bitcoin, why they believe in it, maybe their struggles with fiat, and I got a lot of responses, and I'm really excited to share these stories, starting Mark with Mantini, who is living on Bitcoin Island in the Philippines, has a fascinating backstory. So, Mark, thank you so much for joining me. Hey, Natalie. Thanks so much for having me. It's great chatting with you, and yeah, I'm glad we're able to connect and happy to be here and share my story today. Okay. So, Mark, you're originally from Canada. You learned about Bitcoin in 2016. So just tell me a little bit about your backstory and how you actually heard about Bitcoin. Yeah, for sure. So, like most people, I actually heard about it prior to sort of jumping in, right? So I came across my path maybe in 2014, and I kind of dismissed it, just, you know, busy with life. So I didn't really think too much into it. And then in 2016, my wife, her and her siblings are all sort of computer engineers background, software engineers, network engineers, and it was her brother in Australia who actually told us about this new technology where we can sort of send money back home to the Philippines and Australia where some of her other siblings live at cheaper, faster rates. So at that point right there, I mean, that sold me. At that point, I didn't know anything about the network, difficulty adjustments, having cycles. I didn't know anything about the underlying technology. We just knew we could send it home quicker, faster, instant than Western Union and other remittances that the Philippines typically uses. So once we found out that, I was pretty much sold at that point. Yeah, I mean, millions of people around the world, they're sending money back home to their families and they're spending. I was surprised by how high the fees are with companies like Western Union. So for you, it was like this solves an immediate problem. Exactly. It was a no -brainer really, right? So once we found out that, it was just, that was it. And then it took me another maybe year or so before I really started going down the rabbit hole and understanding the whole underlying technology and everything that comes with it. But at that time, we were just like, we can get it there instant. You know, mom didn't have to take a bus to go get it. They didn't, you know, take their 15%, didn't take three days. So like I said, we were all in just with that alone. And then once we started digging deeper into it, then we just fell down the hole. And then, yeah, so it's been almost seven, eight years now. Wow. Well, so how did you learn about it? Because I think that there is this wide chasm between when you first hear about it, you're skeptical, you maybe dip your toe in, and then going on a Bitcoin standard and moving to Bitcoin island. So what was that process like for you and how did you actually learn about it so that you have total conviction in it? For sure. So once I started to put my mind to like learning about this new technology, obviously started with reading the white paper, right? I think that's where you start understand what it's about, all the underlying technology. And from there, it just started getting into sort of podcasts. Although back then, it wasn't that many podcasts, I guess, it was just as many videos, I could see YouTube videos, anything that came across our path, we were just all over it, basically trying to gather as much information as possible. And then speaking with my wife's brother, they were just kind of helping explain sort of the technology about it from the network standpoint. And then from there, we just started stacking as much as possible. And we really haven't stopped since. And about the Bitcoin standard. Yeah. So the Philippines, we're on an island called Barakay right now. And it's also known as Bitcoin island. So in El Salvador, they have Bitcoin beach. And in the Philippines, in this little island, it's called Bitcoin island. And they've onboarded about 260 merchants right now on the island, accepting Bitcoin. So it's pretty amazing, actually, yeah. What made you decide to move there from Canada? I know that you were really involved in in the meetups in Toronto, you helped out with the first Canadian Bitcoin conference. So what made you leave? You know, really, it's, um, the world is changing. And if you follow anything that's happening with Canada, it's pretty much run by like, a tyrant government right now. And we were personally affected with our jobs. And once that happened, I mean, I'm Generation X, so we don't trust in general, a lot of things. And when that happened to us at work, that was kind of the final tipping point for us. So we went out to the trucker convoy in Ottawa back in early 2022, just to support the whole trucker movement. And it was just a great experience, Natalie, so many great people we met, that we probably wouldn't have met, if that didn't happen. So it was kind of a blessing in disguise, although going through it at the time, obviously, it wasn't a lot of fun. So that was the tipping point for us, right. And then once we heard about Bitcoin island, and all the things they're doing, my wife is originally from there. So we just decided to make a move. So we're just out here right now, basically, on an open ticket, just exploring, having fun, contributing just from a sort of a grassroots level, trying to help out as much as we can with people who are interested in trying to help them out. So, you know, the Philippines remit, I think the fourth largest company that country, excuse me, that remits money back home. So this is just another way to basically help them do it at a cheaper, faster, more efficient rate. So we're just kind of doing our part, like I said, at the grassroots level. And, yeah, we're just gonna be out here and see how it goes and plan to stay for a while and help out as much as we can. Yeah, you know, I actually met a woman from the Philippines here in St. Louis, she's on a work visa. And she was mentioning to me how she sends money back home and the inflation that she's experienced in her country. And I was trying to tell her about Bitcoin, but you know, it's so hard. It's really hard to get people to understand and to trust it, since it's all digital. And a lot of people, when they look at this space from the outside, they feel like they could potentially lose their money. So there's that, you know, initial hurdle. But I want to ask you a little bit more about the Philippines. But first, you know, in terms of Canada and that trucker protest, I think that that was a huge orange pill moment for so many people, including even a presidential candidate here that we have, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., said that that's what made him realize that we really need Bitcoin and Bitcoin freedoms need to be protected. So, I mean, were you surprised that the government today in 20, well, it was 2022, I think at the time, but overreached in that way? And I know your family was personally affected. I mean, lost your jobs because of the decisions that you made. Did you think that that was possible in this day and age? I didn't really think it possible, but I did. If you look at the history of our current prime minister, I mean, his father was prime minister and it's sort of they're cut from the same cloth, right? So it's a good point you mentioned, Natalie, because there was a lot of money donated to the truckers via different methods. And the only method that wasn't confiscated was donations. Bitcoin So all the GoFundMe, all of the other avenues to help out the truckers, they got confiscated by the government, frozen bank accounts. I mean, Natalie, we were talking about single mothers donating 10 bucks, you know, just to help out the truckers getting confiscated. Meanwhile, we already know what's happening. Did you know people who had a and year seven months, eight months now, and people are still going to court for that and people are still trying to fight those in court? And it was really unfortunate. So circle back to your question, was I kind of surprised in this day and age? Not really, not from the current government in Canada, unfortunately. So it's just a really, really sad situation. But we're proud to be a part of the Trucker Convoy supporting. We were there for four or five days. We met some great folks who are still in touch with today.
A highlight from Andrew Marchand on MNF, McAfee, Swift/Kelce Coverage & More
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It's your journey. Welcome, everyone, to SI Media with Jimmy Traina. Thank you so much for listening. The usual periodic check in with Andrew Marchand from the New York Post this week. He joined the pod to talk about a variety of topics in sports media. We get into the ABC ESPN Monday Night Football staggered star double headers. We get into how ESPN and the ESPN and Pat McAfee marriage is going. Deion Sanders stuff. How the media has handled Taylor Swift and Travis Kelsey. What's going on with WWE and Monday Night Raw most likely looks like it's going to be on the move. Andrew had some stuff on that. A couple of things about local New York radio. So a bunch of sports media topics with Andrew Marchand on this episode. And then Salicata joins me as he does every week for our train of thought segment. Where we get into some NFL things about the Eagles. Should the NFL ban the Eagles one yard play. Joe Namath and Lou Holtz making headlines. Get into these ridiculous prop bets on Taylor Swift and Travis Kelsey. And Sal has a rough Sunday coming up. So if you're a fan of the train of thought segment, you'll want to hear that. Before we get to the full episode. I want you to make sure you listen to past episodes. If you've missed any and make sure you subscribe to us. I media Jimmy trainer. We've had a great run of guests. Kevin Clark from ESPN was on the show last week. Scott Hansen hosted the NFL Red Zone channel two weeks ago. Julian Edelman three weeks ago. Charles Barkley, Peter Schrager, Chris Russo, all recent guests. So if you missed any of those, give them a listen, download, subscribe to the pod and leave a review on Apple. We'll read it on an upcoming episode. All right. Andrew Marchand from the New York Post, followed by Salicata and train of thought. It's all coming up right now, right here. On S .I. media with Jimmy trainer. All right, training me now. S .I. media podcast regular. This periodic visit from the New York Post. And the March and Iran podcast is Andrew Marchand. Andrew, how are you? I'm good. How you doing, Jimmy? I'm good. I just realized I didn't put my phone on do not disturb. So I'm going to do that as we speak. And I'm going to let you know that I had a reader last week for my mailbag column on S .I. com, send it an email and said, when is Marchand's next appearance? So here we go. You made someone happy. Thank you that person. You made someone happy by coming on today. Let's start with this. A lot of media news to get to. Have you heard anything from ESPN or do you have any intel about how they feel about the last two weeks? How the staggered Monday Night Football doubleheader has gone? Because I've gotten a lot of emails and tweets about it. I'm sure you have as well. Yeah, I haven't talked to anybody specifically about how they feel about it. I mean, it is an NFL decision. ESPN is not in control of how those games are scheduled. Maybe they have some say, but it's the NFL decision. Yeah, I don't like it. Actually, in our podcast with John, it was my who's down this week. And the reason I just feel like I kind of said this on our part, it's too it's like having two quarterbacks and you have none. Right. And now if you have Joe Montana and Steve Young, there are two awesome games. Maybe that'd be better. But I just find my attention split and I don't know. And even at like halftime, I wouldn't recommend you go to the other game. Like I get what they're trying to do there, but it's not the NCAA tournament. And usually it's in like the second quarter, third quarter. So I personally don't think it really works that well. Now, I think they want to avoid I'm not positive, but I think they want to avoid that 10 30 late window. We used to get the Monday night and you get the, you know, crazy crew, either Chris Berman or Golick and Greenberg, you know, some of those crews back in the day. They probably don't want that late night game where, you know, you're losing that East Coast audience if it gets too late. But I don't know. I don't think this necessarily works. See, I like it. And what are the tweet? What are the tweeters say? Most people seem to not like it. Yeah. And why do you like it? The more the merrier. Give me as much football as possible. If I can watch eight games at one o 'clock on Sunday and four or five games at four o 'clock on Sunday, I can handle two games on Monday night. So, you know, I have two TVs. I put one game on each TV and two is better than one for me. That's just how I feel. Yeah, I've been a little running around these last couple of Mondays when this happened. So I may be a little bit, you know, my opinion skewed a little bit by that. It hasn't just been like I'm just chilling and watching, been running around a little bit. So perhaps that's, you know, maybe I could be swayed. I will say, you know, I don't know. This is a whole separate discussion. I would love to know your take on this, but I always feel like it's a little tough sometimes to criticize people in this podcast when I also have to book this podcast. So I try to be careful. Yeah, I notice you're very soft. That's what you're trying to say. Sometimes. So I'm sure this guy will never come on again, but they gotta do better than Chris Fowler on the secondary game. Just not, it's just not working. Chris is not a great play -by -player. Right. He was a great host, studio host. Can I say one thing? Yeah. He's on tremendous tennis. Like I watch the U .S. Open every single day. I think he's great on tennis. It's football where it's just something feels off. Well, tennis is also slower. And like you look at people who do really well at the slower sports. Like, you know, Jim Nantz is better than Chris Fowler, but Nantz is really his best thing is golf. And I think he's an OK NFL play -by -player. And at the end of his college basketball run, he was definitely, I don't know, OK is probably, you know, he was OK there as well. And I think if you look at Fowler and his history, now he's been doing play -by -play for a while now. And he has gotten better. Like when he first started on the number one crew, I mean, if I were covering it then, that would not, I probably would not have been that kind. Because he has gotten better, but it's not really good enough. And he's the rare case, I think with Herb Street, that Herb Street makes him better. Usually it's the play -by -player who makes the analyst better. And yeah, I think you're right. And I also think, you know, in fairness to Fowler, you know, ESPN put that crew together. They replaced Levy there and they had a year or two under their belt together as a team. And, you know, not the full team, but him and Riddick, Levy and Riddick, and then Jadolowski. And I think they kind of don't, they underestimate chemistry. It takes time to build it up. And so I think that hurts. And he just, he's a college guy too. It's hard just to come into the NFL. I know he, you know, he's talked how hard his schedule is with the U .S. Open. And then, you know, doing a game a couple days later. And then doing a college. And so, you know, that's hard. And so, yeah, he's not a tremendous play -by -player. To me, this is just me, it felt like when ESPN gave him that gig, it was more about ESPN trying to impress the NFL. Like, look, we have our number one college game. Like you had said earlier, the secondary Monday night game for years was, you know, Golic and Greenberg and Chris Berman with a cast of character. Rich Ryan did it one year. I think this is ESPN trying to say to the NFL, because now they have a Super Bowl and they have this big contract. And, you know, they brought in Buck and Aikman. Like, we're serious, we're going to take our, regardless of what you think about Fowler, he's their lead college guy. So, I feel like they're like, oh, look at us, we're putting the lead when, you know, that. Yeah, I think they screwed up and I think they know they screwed up. I think that they ended up shifting who was in charge of the NFL. It was Stephanie Drewley. And they moved her off the NFL after, you know, I think that didn't help her cause in terms of staying on the NFL. I think they were satisfied with Levy. He was a good guy, which they value. After they brought in Joe Buck, he was very gracious. You know, Levy's a very good hockey guy, especially studio host. I thought he could have, you know, could have been the pregame show on Monday Night Football. He's in, again, not their, in my opinion, they had other people who are better play -by -players for football, but it was good. Like, so, yeah, I don't think it was to impress the NFL. They got Joe Buck and Troy Aikman. They got the Mannings. I mean, they spend, they're spending 50, 60 million dollars a year on their booths. Like, I don't think the second team booth is gonna, you know. If anything, I think it was, there was a thought before Buck and Aikman that Fallon and Herb Street might get the NFL. Might get Monday Night Football. Might get the potential Super Bowl. And then this is kind of a carrot since they didn't get it. But I'd argue, and I even talked to Chris Fowler about this. So, I don't know if this is the case. I just don't know if, I mean, Chris Fowler does the national championship. He does the biggest college game every week for Disney. I can't, like, I get it. Maybe he wanted to do NFL. But is this really gonna satisfy him because you're doing a second game, which generally aren't that great? I don't, I don't see that long -term, personally. And I think also, strategically, if I'm ESPN, I'm putting a young play -by -player. Now, Joe Buck, we both think it's great. Like, he and Ian Eagle are the best two play -by -players going right now. And, um, but, Joe Buck's contract's up in a couple of years. If I'm ESPN, and I, you know, I think they'll probably re -sign Joe Buck, and they should. That said, he makes a lot of money. And, you know, I would be saying, who can I develop? What young guy can I develop? So when I go into that negotiation, I really have somebody who's on the rise. And I can say, hey, look, you don't want this, you know, the 15 million a year? Then we'll go here, you know? But if you start demanding, I'm not saying this is going to happen, but, demanding even more and more money, I'd want an option. I don't think they've created an option. They've actually put somebody in that spot who they've already said they'd rather spend 15 million dollars on Joe Buck than have Chris Fowler as the lead play -by -player. So, I just think negotiation -wise, and strategically, in terms of saving money, it wasn't a great decision. Yeah. I don't understand the insistence on the three -person booth, either. They had Fowler, Greasy, and Riddick. Excuse me, excuse me. Levy, Riddick, Greasy. Now it's Fowler or Lofsky, Riddick. To me, that, and, Fowler's used to a two -person booth with Herb Street. They have Buck and Aikman, which is a two -person booth. I don't understand the insistence on the three -person booth. It's just, for football, it just, I don't get it, but, that's just my - It complicates, it over -complicates it. Yeah. And like you said, chemistry. I think it's much harder to develop a chemistry with three. I mean, you know, the local Mets situation is different with Gary Cohn, Ron Darl - Is it in baseball, is it football? What three men, can you name - I mean, I guess back in the old Monday Night Football days, there were three men booths that had - Yeah, Collinsworth and Aikman with Buck that one year. Yeah, one year it lasted, you know. So, I don't know. But, there's no more staggered double -headers. The next one is week 14, and both games will start at 8 -15. I think that's the one that's going to piss a lot of people off. But, that's a long way down the road. You got the two TVs. Yeah. I asked you if ESPN, how they feel about Monday Night Football. Anything you've heard about how they feel about their new partnership with Pat McAfee. I mean, it's early, but they're bullish on it. I mean, they've kind of handed the keys to the network to McAfee. I mean, you can't - it's kind of like Stephen A. now. You can't really turn on ESPN almost every day except basically Sunday without seeing Pat. And so, you know, I think initially the ratings weren't that good. I think they got a little better in terms of the TV ratings. I think that kind of makes some sense because if you think about it, he was a YouTube show. Yeah, he's got to play for TV. Yeah, and he's still a YouTube show. Well, it is a play for TV because they think that they had Max in there before. They think that the ratings will be high enough that they'll be able to charge more for the ad rates. I guarantee you the money they'll make off of McAfee on social media and YouTube will be 8 billion times more than the money they made off Max Kellerman on social media. Oh, 100%. No, you're right. No, you're right. There's no doubt about that. And look, they want to get, I will say this, like, does it work? I think a lot of times when companies make big moves, you know, big time moves, a lot of times they make those moves when the person's kind of towards the end, you know, they got McAfee on the rise. Like, you know, we, you know, you and I have been aware of McAfee for years now, but he's really like, you know, here, I don't think he's at the plateau, you know, where most people go up and then they plateau and then they go down. He's at, he's still, I think, going up and then maybe the plateau is on the horizon and you can plateau for 20, 25 years if you have the right attitude and personality and just have the right act. So that's where I think that makes a lot of sense as a bet because it's not, I'll hit one close to home, Rick Riley leaving ESPN. I mean, leaving SI for ESPN where, you know, Rick Riley is one of the great columnist ever, but at that point, you know, whatever, maybe it was the internet, I don't know exactly. It just didn't really work as well at ESPN as it did at SI. And so I just think they've done that and that's kind of, you know, teams do that in sports and I think sometimes networks do that. And so I feel like signing McAfee in his mid -30s is kind of like signing a baseball free agent who's in his mid -20s and I think that's what you want to do as opposed to getting a, signing a 35 -year -old and, you know, thinking they can still play, you know, like, I don't know, like a Josh Donaldson, maybe trading for someone like that, Jimmy. You see what I did there? I don't need reminders of the horrific Yankee season. I just did that on purpose. I don't need that. My head was going, who am I going to say? All right, yeah, Josh Donaldson, but it was a treat. Just a, yeah, you want me to say Brian Cashman should be fired. It's amazing too, they replay that. I didn't know this was going to be the situation going into it, but they replay the show as soon as it's over, I think, on ESPN 2 and then they replay it at night on maybe ESPN News or one of their, what you said about if you're going to put on one of the ESPNs at any point in the day, you're going to see Pat McAfee. Yeah. So that's good for him. Like I, you know, people feel like - But I also think, ESPN has to be, they have Aaron Rodgers on their air every week. It's a news making thing that's on their air every week. They've got Nick, he's got Nick Saban on his show every week. Yeah. That's a news making thing every week. I would think ESPN has to be, forget the numbers because the numbers, I think, will be there. It's still a new thing. You have, the ESPN audience is older, the McAfee audience is younger, it might take some, but I would think ESPN just on the brand and the cachet of that show has to be thrilled. I think so. I mean, but if you talk, like I have, again, I'll probably make some calls here in the near future, but so I haven't talked specifically with anybody about that. But generally speaking, when these things first start, everyone loves it. So then we'll see. Again, I'm not saying, I could see it either way. Like, you know, McAfee has not really stayed at any of these, throughout any of these contracts he's had. So that's something to watch. Maybe this one he does, but that hasn't been the case previously. So that is something. I think the fact that he's on game day has to help the relationship there a little bit with ESPN. Here's the thing about McAfee. If you're managing him, in my opinion, and it's like Casey Jones, the former coach of the Celtics, was known for just throwing out the ball and telling McHale, Parrish, and Bird to go play, Dennis Johnson. At least that's how I remember as a kid. That was his reputation. And I think McAfee is sort of like that. Just give him the ball, let him do his thing. He's not looking to, you know, for some strategy. Let's, you know, triangle offense. He's not looking for that. He's looking for, let me do my thing. I know what I'm doing. And the thing about McAfee is he's very smart. Like, I know he plays this, like, he's not smart thing. It works very hard. He works hard and he's very smart. He's very savvy. He acts as if, like, you know, maybe he's, you know, just a dumb jock. But he understands the media business very well. We need, we need to discuss the Kelsey Taylor Swift thing because I actually think it's a legitimate media story. If Fox is going to get these increase in their demographics of the female audience, the young people, the NFL has gone all in on this thing. I mean, they changed their Twitter header to, like, a Taylor Swift thing. They're putting out Travis Kelsey Swiftiest plays on their social media. He's gained, I guess, a ton of followers, the jersey sale. Let me start with this. How did you think Fox handled it on Sunday when she was in the stadium? Do you think they overdid it? Do you think the fact that they had an unwatchable game takes them off the hook? What was your take on the Chiefs -Bears on Sunday when she was there? I think the second part, and I wouldn't take them off the hook, but I think the second part, you have an unwatchable game that you had to switch most of the country out of because it was so non -competitive, that you have Taylor Swift there, it's a big deal. And, you know, there's a lot of Taylor Swift fans who are football fans, a lot of non -Taylor Swift fans who weren't watching that game, but it was a talking point, right? Like, I saw Taylor Swift in the concert this summer, but that was kind of - Look at you! Yeah, how do you like that? Look at you! You couldn't even get tickets. Big shot. Where'd you get tickets? My daughter's friend just won the lottery. No shenanigans. Oh, really? Tickets were $235 each, which is still a lot of money, but not, like, $1 ,000. And it was just kind of happenstance, how I ended up going. I was going to say, if your daughter's friend got tickets, how did you end up at the era's tour? I mean - Were you, like - It's just a long drive to get to the metal lands, didn't want them driving back. They're older, they can drive, but at, you know, one o 'clock in the morning from Taylor Swift, so - But you were in MetLife and watched the show. Yes. Friendship bracelets? Well, you want to know something funny? This is a good one. So, my daughter's friend said to me, do you want a - do you want a jewel? And I'm like, no, no, no, I'm okay. Thinking she's saying a jewel, like a jewel, smoke. But she was saying, like, to, like, get bedazzled, a little jewel, which I would have taken. So later, I was like, I told my daughter, I said, but your friend, she said she asked me if I wanted a jewel. She's like, no, no, she didn't say you wanted a jewel. She said, do you want a - a jewel to put some ju - you know. Right. I didn't have any bracelets, but I was into - I liked Taylor Swift. I wouldn't go again. I kind of felt bad being there, because there's people who give their left arm to be there. But it was - look, she is an unbelievable performer. I mean, it was - you could - first of all, I liked some of her songs. Secondly, the level of performance. It was just, you know, it was an A+. I mean, that - that - and that is something, even if you didn't like her music, you can appreciate it. And also, I appreciate it if I had to go to the bathroom. Easy pass right in there. No one. Right. No one's leaving their seat except for people like you who aren't in it. Yeah, and especially, yeah, and more skewed women.
A highlight from Elias Simos: Rated Network - Reputation for Machines = Transparent Blockchain Infrastructure
"Welcome to Epicenter, the show which talks about the technologies, projects, and people driving decentralization and the blockchain revolution. I'm Felix Lötsch, and today I'm speaking with Ilya Simos, who is the co -founder of Rated Network. Rated is providing node operator metrics and ratings for the Ethereum network. Hi Ilyas, and welcome to Epicenter. Thank you Felix, thanks for having me. Huge fan of the show since I joined the industry, so very, very glad to be with you today. Awesome, yeah, I'm also really excited to have you. We have a long history of working together in the staking space, and it's been really interesting to follow your path, and now seeing you build your own project with Rated, which is what we're here to talk about today. But yeah, let's start with the classic basics of, you know, how did you get into crypto and ended up where you are today? Cool. So first touch with crypto started in 2013, I used to live with a really good friend of mine, he found out about Bitcoin and he started talking about it non -stop, started building stuff, talked about it even more. Initially I thought he was kind of nuts and didn't really get it, but then the more we talked about it, the more I got it, but didn't really pay attention too much. When it really clicked for me was in 2015, I'm Greek originally, and so in 2015 was the worst part of the decade -long crisis effectively that Greece was in, and in 2015 we had capital controls come in, huge referendum, should we stay in the European Union, should we break away, that means also like leaving the monetary union, issuing our own currency, and so capital controls was this really gut -wrenching period, if you will, for Greek society at large, it like crippled the economy, all the young people left, but like there are really visceral images that I still have in my mind of very long lines of pensioners around each ATM that you see on the street driving around, talking about 50 people, 100 people, blocks like whole blocks worth of lines, waiting to get their weekly ration of money, and so at that point like I had the sort of the light bulb moment regarding Bitcoin, I was like okay I get it now, non -state money, you're not beholden to this idea of institutions and the way institutions work in the modern financial system, and I really found that appealing, so then started you know researching more, but again not being like very involved, it all sort of came together in 2017 with Ethereum for me, and this whole idea of you know applications that you're able to build on a platform that has like the properties of Bitcoin, but then can extend this logic sort of arbitrarily right, like the vision of the world computer and so on, so spent the whole year just researching stuff, trading, trying to build things with friends, but by the end of it I look back and I was like well you're having like so much fun, and you resonate with like the whole mission of self -sovereignty, and just building something better than kind of the alternatives which is kind of what is the status quo, and I decided to commit myself full -time to the space, so I got a job with a fund called the Central Park Capital, they were just starting out back then, I was the first hire that they made as an analyst, I stayed with them for three years, made a bunch of investments, built a pretty expansive data platform while at the fund when you know Dune didn't exist, token analyst was like one of the earlier data companies that were looking at blockchain analytics specifically, and helped them raise a 75 million dollar fund too, and then I left, and I joined the startup called Bison Trails, which at the time that I joined was, I think it was employee number 20 or so, I was a protocol specialist there, I think it was the second ever person to be called a protocol specialist in the industry, although I know you have been doing like very similar work in your history in the space, so the first was Victor, was my colleague who hired me in basically, and at Bison Trails, as it was validators as a service, that's what we were building, we ended up building a pretty large platform I think at the top of the market, it was north of 30 billion dollars on platform, a year later we were acquired by Coinbase, and then I stayed there for another year before I branched out on my own to Foundrated with my co -founder Aris, but super happy to talk to you about the of internals the story there, but I want to let you ask whatever questions.
A highlight from 129 - Gardeners Never Retire: Overcoming Challenges in Your Senior Years - Duane Pancoast
"The Garden Question is a podcast for people that love designing, building, and growing smarter gardens that work. Listen in as we talk with successful garden designers, builders, and growers, discovering their stories along with how they think, work, and grow. This is your next step in creating a beautiful, year -round, environmentally connected, low -maintenance, and healthy, thriving outdoor space. It doesn't matter if you're a beginner or an expert, there will always be something inspiring when you listen to the Garden Question podcast. Hello, I'm your host, Craig McManus. In this episode, we talk about adapting to various gardening challenges. We explore making tough decisions in gardening throughout the latter seasons of life. Also, having the best attitude toward tough decisions. Mobility restrictions began taking a toll on 84 -year -old Dwayne Pankost. His gardening abilities were changing, but not his knowledge. He began sharing his and other senior gardener's experiences in his blog, The Geriatric Gardener, in February of 2017. After posting bi -monthly adaptive gardening stories, Dwayne decided to compile the best of his post into a self -published book, The Geriatric Gardener. Dwayne feels having the garden information at your fingertips is a benefit for every senior gardener. Dwayne continues to work in the family marketing communication business, which he started in 1985. The firm serves tree, landscape, and lawn care businesses. This has been episode 129, Gardeners Never Retire, Overcoming the Challenges in Your Senior Years, with Dwayne Pankost. Dwayne, why did you decide not to give up on gardening? I didn't really decide to give up on gardening. Old Edge crept up on me. One day when I couldn't get up from kneeling, I decided I was going to have to garden a bit differently. I thus started my second career preaching about adaptive gardening. What is it about gardening that keeps you wanting to go with it, no matter what age you are? I like plants, and plants seem to like me. When I could no longer do outside work, I was fortunate enough to have a mature, mostly woody plant landscape at my home, which I was able to hire out the maintenance work. So, I've concentrated on indoor gardening, especially tillandsia air plants, because they're fun, they're curious, they're easy to maintain. I have about 30 of them, and another 30 of regular soil and pot plants. Would you explain what adaptive gardening is, and how it differs from traditional gardening practices? Sure. Adaptive gardening is simply adapting your garden and your gardening to your changing physical conditions. If your knees hurt, you have to find a way to garden without kneeling, with raised beds, containers. I'm particularly fond of elevated beds, because I like to garden sitting down, and there's a place to put your legs underneath elevated beds. How does adaptive gardening contribute to the well -being and mental health of individuals facing physical limitations or health challenges? As you grow older, your knees wear out, your back wears out, your shoulders wear out, and Adaptive gardening is simply finding ways in which you can continue gardening with minimum pain, minimum disturbance to your health. It may start with just a pair of strap -on knee pads, and then it may go to getting one of these kneelers that you tip it over and it becomes a seat, or one of the other gardening seats that are available online or at some garden stores and home centers, and then going to raise beds, elevated beds and containers, eventually, perhaps concentrating on your indoor gardening. Do you find that it keeps promoting an independent spirit and self -sufficiency by continuing to garden? Oh, it sure does. Some people retire and all they do is sit in front of the television, and they're dead in six months. I'll be 85 in November, so I figure I can thank gardening for some of that longevity because it keeps me busy. I can get up in the morning, and I know I've got something productive to do. How I do it or how anybody does it is adapting is a matter of time management, only working blocks that are comfortable for you, maybe 20 minutes or maybe a half hour, and then take a rest break. If you're working outside, go into a shady spot. I used to go into my garage and sit and watch people walk their dogs up and down the street. Well, while you're there, always have a cooler of nice cold water and drink plenty of it because staying hydrated is very important to your well -being. Dehydration is one of the major causes of falls because people can get lightheaded and their balance goes crazy when they are dehydrated. Falling is one of the things you don't want to do out in the garden. I didn't realize that. I didn't know that dehydration led to dizziness. A doctor told me that I could always tell when I was dehydrated because my balance went wonky. I drank enough water and an hour or so, it was back to normal. Would you tell us about some of the decisions you had to make in your latter years? You said you're 85, but what are some of the decisions you faced going through that time period? First of all was downsizing and this can be a trauma for some people. I thought it was going to be for my late wife because she liked our house and I didn't like our house because it was a money pit from the day we moved in. It was a half -acre lot with a two -story colonial on it. It was great for raising our four sons because they had plenty of grass to play ball and do kid stuff. When walking the stairs became difficult for both of us, she was the one who decided, I think we ought to downsize. So we built a house that is about the same size as a two -story, but one story on a quarter -acre lot. One of the things I tell people, if you're going to downsize, bring something from your old garden with you. Dig up some plants that you especially liked in your old garden that may have a story. That goes with it or something with the family. I happened to bring a ginkgo tree. It was about four or five inches caliper and 15 or 20 feet tall. I didn't just dig it up and put it in the back seat of the car and bring it over. I had a client who had a big tree spade and he moved it for me. Downsizing is the first decision. I used to do my grass. I timed it, not by the clock. I did the back and one side, and then I would sit down and rest for 20 minutes or so, drink a bottle of water. Then I'd go out and do the front and the other side, and then sit down for a while before I'd go on to the next gardening job. I was convinced at a certain point that I ought to hire a lawn cutting service, which I did. When I found that I couldn't get up from a kneeling position, that's when I hired the lawn care service to also do things like weeding and trimming my shrubs. I have a tree and landscape client. He does stuff like the heavy pruning, any tree climbing, because he has a pre -care division. It wasn't a matter of whether I was going to quit gardening or not quit gardening. It was a matter of how I was going to do the gardening and still have a relatively painless life. This was at the old house. No, the new house. You were cutting the grass at your new house? Yeah. Oh, okay. Well, you talked about the pain. What do you suggest to continue gardening when your knees do start causing you trouble? I suggest, first of all, anybody of any age, go get a pair of strap -on knee pads. A lot of gardeners get the cheapest ones, and they complain that the strap goes around the bend of the knee, go to the next quality up, and it'll have a strap that goes above the knee bend and another strap that goes below it. Look into one of these kneelers or combination kneeler bench or something to sit on. If you're younger, use the knee pads to help prevent or put off the knee problems. Knees, for some reason, they just calcify. You get arthritis. I asked my orthopedic doctor, what causes it? He said, wear it out. I said to him, maybe it's too much genuflecting in church. And without missing a beat, he said, well, come on over to the Episcopal Church. We don't do that.
A highlight from TBGP #412 Alan Wake 2 Previews, Cyberpunk Phantom Liberty Wrap-up, Starfield Review Bombing Far Cry 7
"Yeah, game of thrones is like to me that first season is like super dark uber grim, no, no magic, no nothing. And then suddenly it sort of gets into itself. Sup everybody. This is carrick with ACG and I'm here with abzi doing the, uh, yeah, oh shit, yeah. Doing the, uh, the best gaming podcast number. I gotta look. Where are we at? What are we at? 412. 412. Yeah. Thanks to abzi for joining me. We've decided to do these occasionally. Well first we're going to start doing them biweekly to see how that goes and then we're going to sort of see how it works for the long term. We just really haven't decided. It's something that I've wanted to do for a while, especially because we miss a lot of the news in the starting week. We do skip a lot because yeah, we go on tangents and shit. Well it's all my fault. We talked about dreams for an hour and it was good, it was good, but we talked about dreams for an hour. So yeah, something's getting skipped. So thanks for everybody showing up. I absolutely appreciate it. Thanks for spreading the word around that we're doing this. If you can tweet it, super chats, all that kind of stuff. We're just going to actually jump in, discuss what we've been playing for a bit. Talk about early week news and we got a couple couple interesting bits here as well that I think will be fun. But what have you been playing? Um, I just recently started Phantom Liberty, like the cyberpunk expansion. Dude. Okay. I played it for about maybe five, six hours, four or five hours. Okay. Honestly, dude, it's fucking cool. That's all I'm going to say. It's just fucking cool. I enjoyed the first four hours. I think the new characters I got introduced to are pretty cool. I'm liking the dialogue. It has a lot of edge to it, which I like, you know, we talked about edge and lack of edge before and, um, and, uh, the VA is pretty good. And the, I'm liking the writing a lot, a lot more than the, than the original game. And it seems to be having like, it seems to have actual choice and consequence in this one versus like the original game. So yeah, I'm enjoying it a lot. And some of the stuff kind of layered into the main game, like there's like these new things, activities that kind of got pushed into the main game as for a 2 .0, like the main game, it's the combat's fun and stuff, and they fixed a lot of issues for sure. The new system is amazing and the skill tree and everything, but it still has that like kinda, um, there's a lot of, the map is just a lot of shit. You know what I mean? You just go, it's kind of like far cry. You just go and kill and go and kill and like 90 % of the stuff is, is just, is just combat minus like the few really good side quests. But um, with this, I think it's because it's like a smaller setting and Phantom Liberty, it's very packed and tight. I feel like there's more, um, motivation for exploration and stuff and talking to different npc's listening and into stuff and reading lore and the main story and the characters. Yeah, they're just, uh, I've been enjoying it a lot, you know, goul $2 super chatter. We still get a friday podcast. Of course. I'm not stopping friday podcasts. I said it starting. I'll say it again. I've talked about it on twitter. No way. Are we stopping that? This is simply just to do some extra stuff, especially because reviews don't hit this embargo time. Uh, very often, Wednesday, two or three hours in the early morning, Wednesday, I can work around that. And if I can't, that's on me. But I would agree with everything you said. I also think there's a lot, not a lot. There is some far cry stuff in cyberpunk that they hide by not putting icons down. For example, the consistent fucking fighting between gangs in that game. And I had forgotten something has to happen every 20 seconds. It's all the time. You come around a corner and it's like, and I was so confused because I had forgotten. So I thought it was a big deal. And I got into like 40 fights. I was like, fuck man, things are going, this is all because of, and then it dawned on me a little later on. I'm like, oh no, none of this is because I have like, you know, had something cool happen. It was the way the game was set up. They were smart to hide it because I think Ubisoft gets dinged a lot of times because it's there too. They present checklist. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. So have you done any of the driving stuff? People were just talking on our discord about leaping off the cars and katana. Yeah, that's pretty cool, man. That shit's pretty cool. I, I, I'm, there's still some bugs just reminded me, um, like I had a bug where I, if I pull out a certain weapon in a car, I just couldn't move my mouse to aim or do anything. And it wouldn't auto lock like it's supposed to, um, also for everyone playing. So I I've isolated an issue where causes game crashes and I've seen multiple Reddit posts about this and comments. If you use a mod called, I think it's the airstrike mod on a melee weapon, which gives you, I think higher crit chance. If you strike from, uh, uh, in the air or something like that, it crashes your game straight up, uh, like 90 % of the time. So just don't use that mod. Now I've isolated that issue to that. It might be even deeper than that. So it might be like my combination of perks or something interacting with that mod, but you should just like stay away from that mod for the time being.
A highlight from Meaner
"Hi everybody, welcome to The Dennis Prager Show. There are a couple of articles, interestingly, at the same time on a question that is worth discussing. And that is, David Brooks of the New York Times had a long piece in the Atlantic and there was another one before that and also in the Atlantic as it happens. Which is on the left but the subject is, the thesis may be on the left but the subject is not left or right. And the subject is, are Americans becoming meaner? Have you thought about that? Does that strike you as a phenomenon that's taking place? For example, the number of people kicked off airplanes for rowdy behavior, for screaming, shouting, cursing, is much more than it was in the recent past. Yeah, I think people are becoming meaner. You think people are becoming meaner? I think there are lots of reasons for that. Yeah, well that's the issue. So there are two issues. Are people becoming meaner? And if so, what would the reasons be? And sense I it too. The ease with which I see people on the road flipping off other drivers, for example, especially younger people, though I think the phenomenon is more widespread. You know, I've traveled, as many of you know, I've been to 130 countries. I've traveled abroad every year of my life since I was 18, except for 20, was it 20, 21? 20. Or 20, 20? 20, 20. 20, 20. I even went, yeah, I even went to East Europe in 2021. It was not easy to travel on. So I had developed a certain sense, and it may be completely erroneous, I don't claim that it's infallible, but I did develop a certain sense of the world's friendliest people. And I've always included Americans on that list, and very many Americans remain, of course, quite friendly. But there's a sense of tension out there, and it's hard to put one's finger on it. I'll tell you one thing that may be related and may not be, because there was yet another article that I was reading, and that is with regard to service by the airplane or airline industry, that they're shifting as much as possible to artificial intelligence chats, which I find, personally, I find useless. Some airlines have abandoned human interaction completely, which is, by the way, another subject that I will cover. I doubt many listeners know this, but the only example I remember in my life of being for government intervention as opposed to non -intervention with regard to business was the airline industry. It was done, I believe, under Ronald Reagan, and I did not believe… Oh, it was Jimmy Carter, yeah? Well, at least it shows that I wasn't partisan in my outlook. But of course, the conservatives supported it, and I totally understand why. You don't want to regulate industry. But I remember thinking, if the airlines start competing solely on price, then I don't know how the excellence of the airlines will not be diminished. Do you ever see, for example, do you see… I don't watch TV, so are there airline ads on TV? Are you aware? You know, Fly American, Fly Delta? You don't watch TV either. Zach, you live in front of the television. Right, so are there airline ads, Fly Delta, Fly American? Yes. There are? That's fascinating. I wonder why, because in so many cases you have no choice. I mean, those of you listening in St. Paul and Minneapolis, Twin Cities, if you don't fly Delta, essentially you drive to a city that you can have some options for. seats So the got crampier. They no longer serve meals. It's very, very hard to get somebody on first try if you call in to the airline, and that's because everything is devoted to the bottom line. Now, I don't lose perspective. I know how lucky I am that I fly first class, and my height I have essentially no choice. But I was on that… when was it on? Which airline? Oh, JetBlue, yes. I flew JetBlue from Fort Lauderdale to L .A. Saturday night. And room the in the first row, which has always had a lot of rooms, the bulkhead in first class, it was a little more than the somewhat roomier seats in coach. And the flight attendant was very open. She said, oh yeah, they reconfigured the plane, so there's just less room in the seats. This was first class. Because you make more money if you sell more seats. It's obvious. So, back to the issue of the meanness, and the many articles about it. The question is why, if it is happening, and if it is, that's a very, very bad sign in America. How America got mean is the article. And it begins here, in a culture devoid of moral education, generations are growing up in a morally inarticulate, self -referential world. his So, theory is they're not taught to be an ethical human being. Well, ethical is not the same as nice. You could be not nice and ethical. So, he calls it morally or inarticulate, self -referential world. Over the past eight years or so, I've been obsessed with two questions. The first is why have Americans become so sad? The rising rates of depression have been well publicized as have the rising deaths of despair from drugs, alcohol, and suicide, but other statistics are similarly troubling. The percentage of people who say they don't have close friends has increased fourfold since 1990. The share of Americans ages 25 to 54 who weren't married or living with a romantic partner went up to 38 % in 2019 from 29 % in 1990, a record high 25 % of 40 -year -old Americans have never been married. So, one out of four Americans 40 years old have never been married. I've reported on that. These are data that I have given you over the course of the past year. The percentage of high school students who report persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness shot up from 26 % in 2009 to 44 % in 2021. Do you remember in high school having persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness? No. I was talking to the usual teen. No, the usual teenage angst, of course, but this is persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness. Yeah, I don't think we were atypical in that way. My second question is why have Americans become so mean? I was recently talking to a restaurant owner. That's exactly whom to talk to, restaurant owners. He's right, back in a moment. Natural disasters, airline cancellations and runway near misses, supply chain issues, inflation, rising interest rates and sky high government debt. This is Dennis Prager for AmFed Coin and Bullion. There's a lot in the news about what consumers cannot control. So, let's talk about what you can control. You can control how you choose to invest and protect your wealth. That's why I choose to do business with Nick Grovitch and his company AmFed Coin and Bullion. 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A highlight from Rising Auto Theft Rates: Urban Consequences and Solutions
"Well, you see how easy this is now. Now you look at how they move money around and how the in your face money laundering folks, this is what this is. This is corruption and fraud. Some of the Bidens are great at the money laundering part. They got 20 shell corporations, but guess who's getting the guess who's going to be controlling the funding to rebuild Ukraine. We pay to destroy it. And guess what? The Hillary Clinton Foundation gets paid the rebuild Welcome right. to the podcast. We are in the same studio today, which is kind of nice. So thanks again for downloading. If you're just listening, if you're watching or watching the clips, uh, thanks for watching as well. And just for a quick mention, so I don't forget, if you haven't downloaded our app yet, I'm noticing we're getting a lot of downloads and the cool thing is when the morning Mike's program is going Monday, Wednesday, Friday, I'm the, seeing the view count go up and up and up, which is awesome. So I know we're only, you know, we're still in the dozens. I'd like to get into the hundreds and eventually thousands, um, but it's a cool program. If you haven't listened to it, it's a quick 15 minutes to quick by morning, run down three days a week of the top five topics, three minutes each. Do a great job. They do an awesome job when we're, when we fill in the stuff. We screw the whole thing up. Yes. Yeah. We, we blow the whole, the whole, uh, the schedule, but, um, but they do awesome and they're funny. I love it. It's a quick, you know, down and dirty 15 minutes, top five items of the day. And now you get your day started off on the, uh, they, you know, I think on the right foot, they were saying this week, like, Oh, it's so negative all the time, but I think they're hilarious. They take the negative stuff that's going on, but of course the negative stuff isn't the news. Yeah. Yeah. That's what we're seeing. I mean, carjackings again, Rochester had another, you know, record night. I mean, it's incredible how that was going on. And so it's amazing is, is like the Democrats just sit around and watch this happen in every city and every city. It's insane. Yeah. I sent you an article earlier this morning about Philadelphia. Let's see. I can find it. It's, uh, not that it's anything out of, you know, anything that we don't know about, but let's see here. Philadelphia swarmed by alleged juvenile. Come on, come on. Juvenile looters targeting the Apple store, Lulu lemon and footlocker. Yeah. So, cause they're starving. They're starving. They just, just need a little piece of ham and some Turkey. They need clothes and food. That's, that's only fair. I mean, they, you know, and once again, I know we've all heard this joke, but footlocker is not missing one pair of working boots. No, no, all the Nike's, all the Nike. Yeah. Well, some of those Nike's, I mean, Oh my God. Crazy. You know, talking about like, you know, thousands of dollars for a pair of, thousands, thousands of dollars. I was talking to my daughter and she said to one, one of her friends has a, as a pair of shoes were $1 ,200. I'll never forget the most expensive pair of shoes I ever bought. We were just starting a business. This was like 30 years ago now. Right. Crazy to think. And I remember somebody told me that maybe my dad was like, you got to have a decent pair of shoes. Right. And so I went up and I bought a pair of Justin and Murphy's. They're like 120 bucks at the time. Yeah. The most money I have ever spent on a pair of shoes. Now boots, I've spent more money on since because boots are more expensive, you know, hunting boots. Well, there's a purpose to them. I still don't spend more money on shoes. Like I'm wearing like Skechers or like $40. Like some of these Nike's $500. You can't tell me you're running faster. It's different when you're going to go out and buy a pair of like waders or something. You're going to use them. First of all, you're going to use them for the next 30 years. Right. And there's a purpose to them, right? Like, okay, they're more expensive, but I can walk through the water with them. Right. But if I bought like, if I had five, 600 hour pairs of shoes, I'd be afraid to leave the house. I wouldn't, I wouldn't get off the carpeting. Well, they're targeting the Apple store here, Glenn, because they'll buy jobs. And that's the only way to get a job is to make sure you've got an Apple iPhone. So it'll be like Chicago. We talked about this the other week with, with, uh, with Mike Speraza, Chicago is now forced to open or, or just talking about opening, you know, a, a government run grocery store in the inner city because they've all that. Well, they're going to, so they're going to, they're going to, the plan is to fight the communism with more kind of communism, right? That's going to work really well. But could you imagine how inefficient, first of all, Walmart's pulled out, Costco's pulled out, all the stores have pulled out because now target, have you heard targets now closing stores across the country? So target is now going through and discussing all the stores across the country, liberal target, liberal target. They put a black lives matter that they ripped down the smash of the window. I thought that'd be some sort of a shield or that we're just going to put up this, uh, this plywood and we're going to spray black lives matter on it. Hashtag hashtag BLM. And we'll be safe as they rip it out and use that same plywood to smash the window with. It's pathetic. There'll be nothing left in these inner cities. The problem is when it starts to spill over into the, into the, Oh yeah. This is, this is where it gets ugly. Well, they want it. That's what they want. That's, that's why people like, uh, the governor of New York, uh, you know, Kathy, the ice queen, Kathy Hochul is, is, you know, they first tried the push for section eight housing in the suburbs because that was only fair. Yeah. Now they couldn't get that through because the people in the suburbs are like, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. Now they're busing in illegal immigrants in the middle of the night. And I tell you something, if these Democrats like Mark Poland cars were proud of what they were doing, they would have a welcoming party at noon at noon, high noon. They'd have a press conference welcoming our newest community members off the bus so that the whole community could see these family units that are getting off. You got the husband, the wives, the two kids, you know, the things that we see in our country, right? No, it's not happening. They're bringing them in at two o 'clock in the morning. So nobody sees, they're all, they're all 23 year old males, right? Or 18 to 25 year old males. Some of which are from the Congo. I don't know about the, uh, you know, the, some of the social norms in the Congo, but I'm just thinking that maybe they're a little bit different than the Western world. I don't know. I'm just thinking maybe not. Maybe they're exactly like us. I don't know. But they're exactly like us. Why would they want to come here? Why are they aspiring to come here? I don't know. Anyway, it's a fentanyl fentanyl up again, by the way, there was another report. I think it was on a Fox news. Well, good for the Republicans. I mean, at least part of them, I should say good for the five or six Republicans that are the extreme right wing, according to the media, that's holding this garbage up. No, shut the government down, shut it down, shut it down until there's no more money. Take the money, go into Ukraine and send it to Texas, which they did right to the border, which they didn't do last time. Right. Kept it open. That's what do you need? What do you need? We're out of control. The founding fathers gave the power of the purse to Congress and the, and the Pentagon, the Pentagon goes, yeah, you know what? We're just going to exempt Ukraine funding from the budget. So ha ha. We just went over 33 trillion. If you go online and look at the clock, it's moving fast, right? So we're on our way to 34 or 35. Can you even see the numbers anymore? They just blur blur now. So, so fast. Oh no. And, and good news, by the way, we're refinancing this debt at 5 % now, not at 1 % or zero like we were doing. Yeah. It makes a lot of sense. Yeah. It'd be great. Yeah. The fence talk about keeping rates higher for longer. I don't know. They're not going to be able to do that. They'll be cutting interest rates by next year. Mark by where? And the number one reason I say that is because when you talk to every economist, I say, that's not going to happen. And they are typically wrong. So if you take the, it's like saying betting against the casino, it's like saying, you know what? I don't think MGM is going to make money in the sporting books next year. Ma, they're going to figure out a way to make money. They'll rechange the lines, right? Well, you, all you need to do is look at it and get a bunch of economists in a room and ask them where they think the market's going to be and then do just the opposite and you would be way better. Yeah. Pretty much that's usually the way to go. No doubt about it. So the, the, the, the Pelosi, we were talking earlier about the Pelosi stock trader. Yeah. You can follow online. Now, some of these folks, we did the game show game last week. We talked about the, uh, the net worth. I picked the poor ones too. They were like 23, 21, you know, $20 million. Some of these folks are amazing. I mean, really just, you know, the wizards of smart on some of these are just really, timing is impeccable up here. This is somebody who is selling some software that I'll track it, which you can, you, you've pointed out, you can get it for free online, but, but the, the numbers are really astonishing. This Democrat Senator sold her Aspen vacation home for $25 million. That was just after she sold her Lake Tahoe vacation house for $36 million. Well, by the way, why, why do they own these big $25, $36 million homes? Well, a big, big part of it is because the taxation of it, right? So a Feinstein who's telling you your ordinary income tax rates are too low. She's shifting that to a capital asset, which is going to create a capital gain in the future or no gain. Or no gain. I mean, they're 10, 10 31. This is why when Donald Trump looked at Hillary Clinton right in the eye and said, you will not get rid of the carry interest deduction and you know it because all of your, I use it, of course, all of her bigger donors donate money to Hillary Clinton. And this is exactly the truth, right? They will never get rid of some of these things. Like they talked about, we're going to get rid of the 10 31 exchanges. Yaha. Yeah. Uh huh. Yeah. So the big developer strokes a giant check to the, to the Democrats off the table. Let's listen to her success though. Amazing. A Senator sold her Aspen vacation home for $25 million just after she sold her Lake Tahoe vacation house for $36 million. Only two years earlier, Diane Feinstein has been a member of the political scene for 32 years and her salary is only $130 ,000 per 130 grand a year. Now it's more now. That's a little bit dated, but it's up, it's up to probably 180 now. But, but listen to this. First of all, if it was up to 580, you're not buying $23 million homes, $36 million homes. No, no, we're going to put in multiple homes. We're going to, we're going to put the Paul Pelosi onto our research committee. You make a million dollars a year. First of all, most of, most business owners that make that kind of money, they didn't make it throughout their whole life, right? They didn't start making a million dollars at 20 years old. They started making a million dollars at 50 years old and it took 30 years to get to that point. Right? So my point is, you're not at a million dollars a year at age 50. If you did it the right way, the hard way, and you did it yourself, you're still not affording a $23 million home, right? Multiple ones. Yeah. Multiple, multiple. Right. Those aren't even her primary residence. Those are her vacation homes. She lives in, she lives in California. Listen to this though. And it's, it's all of them. It's all of them now. This is a, this is from Nancy Pelosi, stock trader. Uh, this is a tweet, uh, a Twitter feed. You can follow Pelosi tracker is what it's supposed to track or underline or something like that. You'll find it. Anyway, uh, three weeks ago, sitting politician bet against the U S economy so far. He's been right. Tom Carper bought $45 ,000 of PSQ and inverse ETF on the tech sector on eight 23, August 23rd. Since then he's plus 3 % while the market is negative 4%. Go figure. Wow. Go figure. Man, these guys are so good. Yeah. And they're not by, they're, I mean, these are, that's some pretty technical strategy. You started getting into options strategies and stuff. I mean, yeah. Yeah. These guys have become very, very slick. It's not just about buying a, you see, it used to be, okay, I'm going to buy X, Y, Z. Then I'm going to vote for or against something. You know, I'm going to short the stock and then I'm going to vote against them for both that, that, that. So the stock goes down or I'm going to vote for something, knowing that it will benefit the company. The stock will go up and in a sense front running. No, they're, they're in the options strategies now. They're in the market. Yeah. They're doing butterfly spreads. Yeah. Crazy stuff going. They're very sophisticated. They shouldn't be allowed to two things. When you go into Congress, I, you know, I would love to have a Congress person run on or present around the following platform, right? Number one, term limits, term limits, top of the list. Number two, though, while you're in Congress for the eight years, or wherever we allow you to serve 10 years, 12 years, whatever it is, you could not invest in a stock market at all. All your investments are frozen or your choices, a model, some kind of a model liquidated go to cash, or you could buy the fidelity balance to counter. You could buy the, you could buy the T -rope price, you know, target retire, whatever, you know, or you go to goes into a blind something or other where you have no idea. Right. It just goes into what you picked a one through five tolerance for risk and somebody else invest. Maybe it's just broad indexing. Maybe that's it. Right. Something that doesn't allow this kind of garbage to go on where, you know, they buy, you know, Tesla stock and then approve a huge, you know, oh, we're going to, guess what? We're going to build a, you know, for government funded battery stations all the country. Of course, Elon comes out and goes, we already got those, you idiots. I did that like four years ago, you morons. Amazing what Elon can do and what the, what the government can. Going back to target for just a second, not to digress, but I found WGRZ, thankfully came up with a list of the, uh, the target stores that will be closing, Mike, the full list of locations all in, all in Republican run. You'll be shocked. Yeah. Yeah. Right in the, uh, the thriving, the, uh, you know, thriving, the Minneapolis, uh, location, the retailer said the decision, the close was really difficult. I wonder if that was after half. That was the one they put the BLM on. Yeah. Oh, that was the one they put the sign on that said, please don't burn our store down. We love you. I hashtag BLM lit it on fire. Yeah, that's right. Yeah. Uh, let's see. I'm shocked though. I wouldn't, I'm surprised you wouldn't stay. I mean, you know, like just collecting, you love them. You love, you support them. This is what you supported. Remember you, you, you raised money, you gave money. Yeah. And guess what they did with that money. They agitators hired to whip up people in the community to smash and burn down your store. You idiots. So there you go. There you go. Nice, nice work. What else do you think, Mike? Uh, New York city's East Harlem neighborhood. That's going to be one that's goes down. I wonder why. Chicago, San Francisco for sure. San Fran. Yeah. San Fran. Uh, by the way, before I forget San Fran, Democrat San Francisco mayor, announces plan to require drug testing, which is good in an effort to, if you're going to receive homeless benefits. Right. But the funny thing was in this same passage, they're going to Texas to try to recruit police officers. The funny thing is is that the people they sent from San Francisco to try to recruit people. They didn't come back. They defected like North Koreans. Some of them got jobs. They get over the wall. They come out, they get over the wall. It was hilarious. No, they didn't go back. Well, the other five stores, Mike, three in Portland, Oregon and two in Seattle, five, three in Portland. They're pulling out of Portland together. All of these inner cities folks will be food deserts. You're going to hear that term. It'll be business deserts. It'll be nothing. Well, business deserts, nothing left, but there'll be, but target, don't forget target. Does target sell food? Yeah. Well, yeah. They sell food. Yeah. For sure. Yeah. Well, I don't go on target. So Walmart I know does Costco for sure. Costco is a food store. I don't think target is as big as Walmart as far as like fresh fruit, but definitely frozen food, all that kind of stuff. You know, aisles of pop and water and chips and right, right, right. And all that kind of stuff. But you can definitely frozen food. You can buy bulk frozen food there. So, so there's going to be food deserts, all over the place, business deserts, whatever you want to call them. You know, it's amazing because you know, the, there's no policing. And the sad thing is that is the problem. It's not, there's no policing. I shouldn't say that. Excuse me. No, you're policing your asses off. I get it. There's no ability. There's no prosecution. There's no bill. You guys are arresting people, putting them in and they go right back on the street. They're getting, they're getting appearance tickets. It's a joke. Your point is no, there is no policing anymore because of the system, the Democrats put together where the police officers aren't going to bother. If you're a police officer and you know that somebody is going to be this, this carjacking or whatever is robbery. And you know that there's a potential, you're going to get an altercation where you're in New York state. There's two police officers that have been brought up on charges recently with almost a hundred percent chance that if you do catch that person, that person will be right back. Yeah. A hundred percent. Why would you bother? Why would you bother? You're not going to put your life in line. No way. You want to go home to see your wife and kids too, and your mother or your husband or whatever. You want to be able to spend your Christmas with your family. Why would you do that? And they know that, right? The Democrats know that. This is, you can't be this stupid. I mean, who allows these people to go right back on the streets and say, this is a good idea without correcting this right away. You can say, okay, bail reform. Our intentions were one thing, but when you look at the fact that in New York state, we are now breaking records in towns like Rochester and Buffalo for the most amount of vehicles being stolen. We can say, okay, look at bail reform, put it in place. It clearly did not work. It's been a total disaster. These towns have turned to shit. We absolutely need to go back in the other direction. They're not doing that. They don't care. They want to, and they're doubling down, tripling down on it, tripling down. We invited this liberal on, you actually were on the show with him and he said, things are actually safer since bail reform. That's what his argument was. His argument was, and by the way, his argument was if we have even less police officers, cities like Buffalo will get safer. Well the thought was less police officers, less arrests. Less arrests means less crime. Dude, you got the whole thing backwards, bro. And not only that, but now we know that, right? Now we know, now you can, I mean, literally auto thefts are up 360 % in Rochester. They're not up 3%. You can say, well, you know, in Buffalo and we're in second place. And they can't play, they can't play in COVID. They're trying to like, well, it was a lockdown. People were at pent up, whatever. Remember that was the, that was the reason for the rioting and the ballooning and burning like, well, people had a lot of pent up. We probably should have locked them down. That was a little bit of the reason for the increase in suicides. You guys, you guys increased suicides because you locked kids in their homes, but it wasn't the reason that they went and decided to steal Nike sneakers from a footlocker. So check this out. Speaking of COVID, this is huge. This is, I don't know if you saw this or not, but this is absolutely ginormously huge. Dr. Fauci was smuggled into CIA headquarters without a record of entry where he participated in the analysis to influence the agency's COVID -19 investigation according to the house select subcommittee on the coronavirus pandemic. Did he need to do much with these left -wing CIA agents? Probably not. No, no, no. That's what they're smuggling him in for. Well they smuggled him in because they didn't want anybody to know that he was part of the PSYOP operation, which was hydroxychloric. By the way, the I think it was a Mayo clinic and some other hospitals now have come out as well as the CDC and said hydroxychloroquine, yes, indeed is an effective treatment for COVID. Oh, by the way, ivermectin also an effective treatment. The CDC now approving that. Now mind you, we're going to keep in mind that if there was any other treatments that couldn't get the emergency use authorization for these vaccines that clearly don't work. Amazingly, I'm still seeing people online go signing off my sixth booster on our way for the sixth shot, proud to get our sixth shot. How about how about one the other day, local left -wing nut job got her sixth booster shot, six shot and she still got COVID and then she said, well, I was so good hiding and it got all my shots and then I went to a concert and I got it at this concert. Well, first of all, you don't know that, but second of all, if you have six shots and you six shots and you still got COVID and you actually think that was a good idea, you don't need a vaccination. You need a mental, you need a mental check. I tell you, I know people during the during the COVID, the height of the COVID that were older, some of our clients actually that were prescribed by a doctor a hydroxy quirk when they were taking it once a week as a as a preventative measure. Yeah. And they, to this day have never had COVID. Yeah. And it's, it's, I mean, so it, but the sad thing is again, you know, we couldn't, it's all about the money now. And that's, you know, when people talk about the evils of capitalism, you're seeing some of that. Now, capitalism is the best thing on the planet, right? As far as, you know, lifting the masses out of poverty and creating amazing amounts of wealth. But the problem is this isn't, this isn't capitalism. What's going on. This is cronyism is what's going on. It is, Hey, look at, I will give you these government dollars. You're going to get this patent. You're going to get this. Unholy marriage between business and government. Mark my word. We were talking about Feinstein selling 25, $30 million homes. This Fauci will be on the board of Pfizer. He'll be on the board of Moderna. He's going to get shares of those companies. He will be blessed with with with millions and millions of dollars. His family watch and see, we'll be talking if we're, if you and I are fortunate enough to be around 20, 30 years from now, we'll be talking about the Fauci trust and watch and monitor that trust and see how big that family trust. Well, you see how easy this is now. You look at how they move money around and how the in your face money laundering folks. This is what this is. This is corruption and fraud. Some of the Bidens are great at the money laundering part. They got 20 shell corporation, but guess who's getting the, guess who's going to be controlling the funding to rebuild Ukraine. We pay to destroy it. And guess what? The Hillary Clinton foundation gets paid to rebuild it. Right. And guess who's going to get the contracts to rebuild. Oh, that'll be probably one of the Biden family members or somebody else's politically connected. Right. Remember it was, it was a Joe Biden's brother who got the contract, the multi -billion dollar contract to rebuild Iraq. No building experience, never been a contractor, right? No idea. Right. This is why these projects cost 500 times what they're supposed to cost. This is why when money comes into Buffalo, for example, $25 million to build homes, five get built. And you were, wait a minute, five, are these $5 million homes in the East side? Each of those homes would have been built for a quarter million dollars or less. And yet where did the rest of the money go? And the, the answer is never, we don't know. We don't know. We can't account for it. Or we'd have no idea. Or I mean, how many times have we've seen that in so many places that whether right down the local level or God forbid at the federal level between, you know, Iraq and others. I was telling you last week on the radio, I was reading an article about the grants that were coming into the city of Buffalo to plant trees. And I thought, okay, wow, like this could be sweet. Okay. You know, like I'm a big tree guy. I love trees. I plant trees every year. I do think, okay, that's one way to, first of all, I think it's one way to make a community look great. When you, when you drive around, let's say North Buffalo, all the streets are all tree. They look beautiful. You drive around the East side, it looks like shit, right? So, okay. You're going to take some of my tax money and you're going to directly plant trees. Okay. It's a win for the environment. It looks nice. It's going to bring things together. I'm like, well, where's the catch? This is a government agency. Where are they going to screw it up? You read through and you find out that they're paying $1 ,000 a tree. Now you and I both know that if they're saying it's $1 ,000 a tree, by the time it's done, it'll be two to $3 ,000 a tree. Now you, you're talking about $13 million worth of trees. You and I just planted trees. Every year we plant a few trees around our office, you know, three, four in the spring, three, four in the fall, just so they can start to grow and work their way in. And then, you know, plant more. We pay $250 a tree, plant it. Right.
Donald Trump Jr.: Reaction to NYC Judge Valuing Mar-A-Lago at $18M
"Weekdays Eastern Time you should check that out done so I got a thing going my listeners want to get in Mar -a -Lago apparently is worth 18 million which is a crazy good steal so a couple guys want to go in 50k we want to buy it and I'm pretty sure I can flip it for about 700 hundred million the next day if you want to get in on it like I'm totally down your thoughts I want in this on one as well then you know what the irony of the insanity of it right I mean there's a lot Mar -a -Lago is almost 20 acres on the ocean there's a lot within about a half a mile it's 2 .2 acres with no ocean front and no home and let's just say Mar -a -Lago is one of the more spectacular homes in the world but it's on the market for 250 million dollars so ten times the lot size with the most spectacular home with ocean views in Palm Beach, and it's worth 18 so yeah I put out on Twitter if Mar -a -Lago is worth 18 I'll take 10 but the problem is Dan if I bought it from my father for 18 they try to put us in jail for fraudulent conveyance and for for tax avoidance there's no winning with these lunatics a judge can literally in New York City discount entirely with the most prestigious valuation experts in the state of Florida and in Palm Beach and the brokers community say and just say you know what it doesn't matter I'm going to put whatever I want on on there because that's the narrative they can give the Attorney General literally more than they were asking for as a way to penalize Trump because he stood up to the establishment and that makes you a threat to everything that the radical left is trying to do this is really insane this is Bolshevik Revolution type of stuff where they're trying to commandeer assets from their political enemies and those they don't deem should
A highlight from S13 E14: Sean: Multi-Role Expertise & Career Insights
"Hello, welcome to The Loney Show. I'm your host, John May Loney. In this episode, we don't have Regulus because, well, raisins, as always. As for our guest, he's from Ontario, Canada. He's an electrician, volunteer firefighter, and a project manager. Hmm, intriguing. Ladies and gentlemen, I'll give you Sean Robinson. Hi there. How are you? I'm excited to be here. Yes, me too. So, how is life? Life is going great. I've got three young kids who keep me busy and I've learnt through this journey that it's better to look more positively than to complain about things. Exactly. Couldn't agree more. And have you been up too much recently? Yeah, recently. Other than my kids keeping me busy. Just trying to stay true to this new path that I found for myself and to just challenge myself to try things that I haven't tried before or wouldn't have tried before. Okay, that's cool. That's cool. So, for all that being the electrician, volunteer firefighter, and project manager, what was the journey between the three? So, the journey that brought me here, basically, working construction, working as a volunteer firefighter. I've done each for about 20 years total. And very, very masculine, very toxic masculine environment. And with that and my dad's mechanic, just a very masculine upbringing, I felt like I couldn't talk about issues. I couldn't bring things forward that were bothering me that I had to just toughen up and fix it. And my drinking alcohol kind of rhyme routine and habit circulated those things. And it was kind of separate, but also related. And it just got to a point where I was 320 pounds, feeling both mentally and physically miserable and needed to make a change. I thought I knew what I needed to do, but regardless, it just wasn't happening. So, I reached a bit of a rock bottom for myself and needed something to change. Decided that removing alcohol was a good first step to healthier living and a better attitude.
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A highlight from Whitepaper: The emergence of Automation and AI for Customer Service, Podcast
"This is Doug Green, and I'm the publisher of Telecom Reseller, and I'm very pleased to have with us today Blair Pleasant. Blair, thank you for joining us today. Thanks, Doug. Good to be here. I'm glad to see you again. And we also have with us Anna Baker of EnReach. Anna, thank you for joining me today. Hi, Doug. Thank you for hosting us. We're going to be talking about one of my favorite topics, actually two of my favorite topics, automation and AI. And we're going to be talking specifically about a new white paper that just came out a couple of weeks ago, the emergence of automation. And we're going to be sort of diving into this topic. What I like about what we're going to be talking about this morning is, you know, everybody, literally, everybody is talking about AI and automation nonstop. Here we're going to be talking about it in a practical manner. We're going to talk about how it actually can be applied in the field for contact centers and other applications as well. So before we dive into that, Anna, you know, I think our readers and listeners and so on see EnReach all the time, but tell us briefly what your company does. OK. Yeah. So EnReach is a unified communication provider in Europe. We're one of the biggest players there. And we provide our communication services through partners to the smaller and medium businesses. And on the other hand, we also have integrated communication solutions for for Salesforce or for Microsoft, which we provide to the bigger companies and my team as part of EnReach. We focus on the AI part. So we've built a conversational AI platform, which we're probably going to talk about a bit today. And the idea, basically, that you guys have been talking about for a while is actually using AI, making it work for companies, for applications and so on. Am I right about that? Yeah, that's right. Yeah. The thing we discussed with Blair is we showed some cases in which we use AI to fully automate certain conversations. I think one of the examples in the white paper is about a taxi company. You can imagine how narrow these conversations typically are about people ordering taxis and how AI can really help smoothen that process or even completely automate the process. So, you know, staying with that for a second and maybe before and after, how do businesses perceive AI? Is it still an unknown or is it becoming more known? I think it's becoming more known. I mean, if you if you open LinkedIn, you can't get away from AI. And most people have played with with things like chat GPT. So in that sense, it's known. I think the thing that is still unknown is what I can do once you connect it to the data of your company. So where in chat GPT, if you chat with it, you can ask general questions. Once you connect it to the data of your company, you can ask really specific questions and get specific answers. I think this is where you now see a lot of applications is pulling the generic AI conversational AI functionality into the company space and connect it with the company's data. So, Blair, you know, in starting to work on this, how is the digital world of social media smartphones and apps impacted customer service? Yeah, basically, customers want to be able to interact with companies and brands, you know, how they want and when they want. They don't want to have to go through multiple IVR menus before they can reach an agent or get the information that they want. And more and more people are using tools like WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger for all types of things. And they expect to be able to use those channels for customer service as well now. And mainly, you know, people want to be able to get service when they need it, how they need it, you know, not just during business hours. And they're really tired of, you know, the IVR and they want more intuitive ways of interacting with organizations. And one thing is that, you know, we're finding the use of, you know, social media and apps and, you know, all these other things. It's going across demographics and generations. You know, people think, oh, you know, WhatsApp is just for, you know, 20 -somethings or 30 -somethings, but it's not. And so one thing I found is that, you know, regardless of age or, you know, whatever demographic, people want to use these tools and they are using these tools. You know, and staying with that for just a second, those tools are not just communication tools. They're emerging as basically a marketplace. They're the shopping mall. They're the place, especially in many parts of the world, where people transact everything from a haircut to buying a pair of shoes. Exactly. Yeah. So people are used to using these tools and these apps. So why shouldn't they be using it for customer service as well? And then and so, you know, businesses need to really think about this. They need to make that a part of their culture and not just something that's onto the side. Am I right about that? Oh, absolutely. And we're definitely starting to see it. You know, what used to be something kind of separate is now becoming part of organizations workflows and really the way that they do business. Santa, in customer engagement settings, how do you determine which processes are better suited for automation and which should be handled by live agents, which should be handled by live engines or maybe machine? Yeah. Yeah, I think it's all to do with whether customers allow these conversations to be automated. So if you're doing a really goal oriented conversation and it's short, you typically allow, they typically won't mind an automated process. And also from the other side, having short and narrow conversations are a lot easier to automate. And as the conversation gets longer, we see AI struggle with keeping consistent conversation and we'd rather have a human in the loop and an agent taking the conversation while the AI is supporting the agent in that conversation. Did I hear you say the word frustrate? Yeah, I think there still is a lot of frustration. I think there's frustration with the fact that the customers just want to get to an agent as quick as possible. On the other end, they're in the queue and there's many other customers trying to get to the agent. And our role is to make sure that those conversations that are, that can be automated, that can be routed more efficiently, are routed more efficiently so that we free up time for those lengthier conversations that do need agents. This sounds like it's a complicated thing. In other words, we have to make a number of important decisions if you're a company in applications about which calls go where. Yeah, typically it starts with kind of a routing. We ask people their intent, why people are calling or why people are reaching out. And based on that, we make a decision whether to see if we can help them by self service and automated service or whether we directly route to the to an agent. Because a certain conversation that doesn't make sense to try and automate you only frustrate. So let's stick with this frustration thing, because I think, you know, by the time someone's actually contacting a contact center, they're pretty frustrated sometimes. And so I need to I mean, Blair, I need to ask, is AI sometimes seen as a cost reduction tool? And can that be a problem? For some organizations, it is seen as a cost reduction tool. And down the road, I think more and more it will be. But I think right now, organizations are looking at it as a way to improve the service that they provide to customers. And you know, customers are demanding self service. You know, we know that, you know, again, across generations, across age groups, people want that self service capability and to be able to get what they need when they need it without having to, you know, wait in queue for an agent. So whatever organizations can do to help enhance self service is really seen as a benefit right now. And AI is really helping enhance those self service capabilities. And it's also helping agents be more productive when customers do talk to the agents. So I think it is seen as a cost reduction, but I think a lot of organizations are really seeing it as a way to provide better self service capabilities to customers and then also to enhance the agent performance and the agent's ability to answer and resolve the customer's issue when the customer does talk to the agent. You know, a lot of people talk about, you know, being able to replace their agents and saving money that way. But right now, it's really about agent augmentation. It's not about replacing agents and saving money that way. It really is about giving the agents the tools that they need to be more effective and to provide better service to customers. So down the road, yeah, we're going to see, you know, cost reductions based on lowering, reducing the number of agents. But right now, it's really about helping agents be more effective and helping customers get those self service capabilities that they want. Is it also about improving brand loyalty? Oh, absolutely. You know, if customers can get the information that they want, when they want it, how they want it, then that's definitely going to improve brand loyalty and customer loyalty. No doubt about that. But, you know, you were talking about frustration before. If it's a frustrating experience to customers and they can't get the information, then that impacts customer loyalty negatively. So that's why having the right tools that can really assist agents and assist customers is so important. So Blair, are consumers becoming more accepting of automated and self service environments? I'd say yes and no. You know, consumers really want to use self service and studies that I've done show that the large majority of customers will try self service before reaching out to a contact center. But that being said, a lot of people get really frustrated with automated and self service applications that can only answer specific types of questions and they don't always work as advertised. You know, I think the first generation of chatbots really didn't work very well. And customers got very frustrated, you know, frankly, personally, I hated using chatbots for the longest time because the experience was really bad. You know, it didn't provide the right answers. And half the time it didn't understand the questions. It didn't know where I was coming from. And a lot of people just gave up and stopped using this first generation. But I'd say in the past year or so, or maybe two years, the technology really has improved. And we have more conversational AI tools that do understand the questions and can provide better responses. And this is just going to keep getting better with generative AI that lets you ask questions in a more natural way and provide better responses that are easy to understand. So yes, it's been frustrating, but I think customers are becoming more accepting and will be as the technology keeps improving. So you know, Anna, you know, AI is usually perceived, I think, as a large enterprise solution. Is that correct? Can it be used with medium sized companies or even smaller companies? Yeah, I think the answer is yes and no. It's still a big topic. Integrating your data, integrating your system with AI is a lot of work. And enterprises spend a lot of money on that. And that's something that is hard for smaller businesses to replicate. On the other hand, providers like ourselves have already pre -integrated AI into the core of communication, which makes it the solution that is also achievable for those smaller players. Think about taking your IVR experience and upgrading it to a voice IVR, where instead of having to listen to the menu, you can just say, I have a question about my invoice, and the IVR system routes you to the right department. And this is something that we've basically built out of the box as a turnkey solution now. And with these large language models, it's also a lot easier to train and model for your company. So there are definitely solutions we see that are within reach for the smaller and medium businesses.
A highlight from MONEY REIMAGINED: Breaking Down Barriers to Crypto Adoption | Insights from Jan Van Eck and Matt Hougan
"You're listening to Coindesk's Money Reimagined with Michael Casey and Sheila Warren. Hello and welcome to another edition of Money Reimagined. I'm Michael Casey. Listen to us weekly on the Coindesk podcast network or wherever you get your podcasts. We would love to hear from coindesk .com. Subject line Money Reimagined. Sheila is out this week so it's me on my own but what I'm bringing to you are recordings from an interview I did earlier this month with two leaders in fund management, both of whom have significant interests in crypto. One is Jan Van Eck, the CEO of Van Eck funds and the other is Matt Hogan, chief investment officer at Bitwise Asset Management. Van Eck and Bitwise have both filed applications with for Bitcoin. The question I wanted to put to you guys, and I'll go to you first, Jan, is I've been covering this space for 10 years now. And I think we all thought there may be some tipping point moment when the world would suddenly embrace this. And certainly there's been some incredible growth, both in terms of prices and activity and development, phenomenal growth. But at the same time, it always feels like, no, it's not yet there. So what is the single most important barrier that you see toward wider adoption of crypto? Sure. Thank you. I really break it down into, are you talking about crypto as an investment, as an asset class that should be in people's portfolios, or as a technology to be adopted? And I use this example of the relational database, which was a big breakthrough in the architecture of databases 50 years ago or more. And it created a lot more productivity, almost like AI is doing with technology today. But who cares? It wasn't investable, right? It was a nice technology, but it wasn't investable. So I'll start with the investable aspect of it. And I think that since 2017, I firmly believe that Bitcoin is a store of value alternative to gold. But I also say it's sort of like an eight -year -old child. It's going through evolution and adoption, even this year, with the ordinals kind of break through for a while and sort of transaction fees being a thing in Bitcoin, right? It's evolving, it's code, it's kind of living. And I think there's a lot of investor types that haven't adopted it yet. And that's what I see kind of going forward in the future, whether it's probably frontier countries adopting it more, maybe even formally through their central banks or something like that. I think that's foreseeable. I don't see the German central bank or the central bank buying it anytime soon, but it's possible. One of my colleagues pointed out, I think you all did a survey of, sorry, this is a long answer, but yeah, Coindesk did a survey, I think, of perceptions globally of crypto and there was a big break between EM and I guess specifically it was energy usage. It being friendlier for energy usage was the majority view in the emerging markets and in the developed markets, it wasn't that, it was the opposite. So anyway, I see Bitcoin as kind of going through cycles and gradually getting more investor adoption, the ETF aside. So let me stop there and give it to my colleague, Matt. Thanks John. I agree. And I like that separation of investment case versus sort of maybe real world utility. I would add on the investment case, I think it's already there. I agree. It's a digital alternative to gold. And so the people who are holding it are using it for its use case. And I think the barrier to mainstream adoption really is the ETF. I know we'll talk about that more later, but I think if you look back at gold, it was the ETF that brought it into the mainstream. There were a few gold funds before the ETF. Van Eck ran one of the longest running, maybe the longest running, a phenomenal fund, but it really wasn't mainstream until we had an ETF. And I think that will be the tipping point. On real world use cases, if you look at like the Ethereum ecosystem, I actually think we surmounted one of the major hurdles over the last two years. I think what stopped the NFT boom and the DeFi boom was actually the rise in transaction costs as much as anything else. I think there was not enough throughput in that ecosystem to allow it to go mainstream. And I think the development of layer twos have allowed it. I think that's necessary, but not sufficient. So there's still additional barriers, there are regulatory barriers, there are design use case barriers, but I actually think that throughput question was the biggest one and we surmounted it. We just haven't seen the fruits of it because of these other steps that we need to take as well. Okay. So there's actually both of those answers, some things I want to dive into a little bit here. The first one is like this idea of it being gold. And I think in a way, I think maybe you can read from it slightly differently because Jan, you're talking, this is what its use case is, but there is still some evolution in a way that Bitcoin needs to go into. What I think is fascinating about that is like, okay, gold isn't going to evolve. It is just gold. It's in the ground, right? But there is this Bitcoin is code, but it's also a community. It's a living, breathing ecosystem of human beings, which makes it sort of unique. And so therefore, like, you know, how it evolves into being recognized for being the status. Is there an educational component to this, for example? Like, is it important that people kind of get in their heads? We can all use the digital gold analogy, but even getting there requires an understanding about why this actually does do that. Well, let me, this is Jan. I am going to pick a fight with you on the gold side because the use of gold as an investment has changed dramatically over the last 100 years. So even if you look at the history of our company, VanEck, the reason we started our first gold fund as a gold mining fund is it was illegal to own gold in 1968. So you see both Bitcoin and gold being affected not just sort of by securities regulation, but much bigger political, debates. even geopolitical But if you go back to before FDR, right, gold was the underpinning of central banks globally with the idea of trying to reduce currency volatility so that there would be more global trade and global wealth. But then they moved to basically away from the gold system. FDR did when he wanted to spend more money during World War II. Anyway, so, you know, gold has been in and out. And now more recently, central banks around the central banks because they don't trust the U .S. to hold their dollars anymore. Okay, so maybe that's a little historical quibble, but I do think that the role changes and I think it will change with Bitcoin going forward as well, just sticking to Bitcoin. It still sounds to me as if that is a discussion about the external factors, right, i .e., regulatory models, whatever, where governments stand. And all of that is maybe what the composition of what gold is and what a secure, uncorrelated investment needs to be is all contingent upon what is actually happening in that geopolitical circle. So in some respects, Matt, it gets back to your point about like, we're still sitting here waiting for the regulators to make a decision about an ETF or whatever. Yeah, I do think we are. I wanna hit one more thing on the gold thing and then I'll get to that because I think it's really important. There is this perception that gold has been the same for 5 ,000 years, completely wrong. Most people's perceptions about gold are untrue. We went off the gold standard in the early 1970s and people didn't know what gold was, right? They were figuring out what its role in the world was. Coincidentally, or maybe not coincidentally, that was the single best decade to be invested in gold. That was a phenomenal time. When stores of value move from uncertainty to established is when they accrue a lot of value. And that's what's happening in Bitcoin. I think there's some direct analogies to gold. I'd also add gold is a lot more volatile than people give it credit for. People think of it as this steady eddy. It has big swings up and down 20, 30 % a year. A store of value doesn't have to be day to day, unvolatile to be useful. It has to hold value or accrue value over long periods of time. And I think people discredit Bitcoin because they misunderstand gold a little bit. Just to add a comment on Bitcoin before we get off of that, gold shares, to your point, like Bitcoin miners fell 90 % from 2011 to their lows in 2016. I mean, you don't get worse than that, right, in terms of volatility. And that's a part of the ecosystem. It's not bullion, but still, I completely agree with you. So I just wanted to add that. I do think also, and I really want to push you, Matt, on this, that we have a global view of regulation of Bitcoin, right, because China has really taken its foot off the brake over the last year. And I think that's, you know, I call it the country the size of the United States. I think that's super important. Yeah, I think that's really important, too. I actually agree. And I think that's been going on for the last decade. It's sort of like a blanket that won't cover the whole world. And when somebody pulls it, then another government's like, oh, maybe we have an opportunity. I think that's what we saw in China with the U .S. being more restrictive, and then Hong Kong saying, well, what if we aggressively banked gold? Maybe there's an economic opportunity there. And I think it's sort of anti -fragile in that sense. Can I just punch down, maybe we're going to move to the technology side, but I just want to punch down on Bitcoin, because I think it, as an investment, is potentially relevant to everyone's portfolios here at this conference. I mean, you may not like, there are investors like Warren Buffett that will never invest in gold and would never invest in Bitcoin. But for a lot of people, the biggest risk out there, I would say, macro risk, is U .S. federal budget deficit. And I don't know of a better hedge than gold or Bitcoin. So maybe that risk doesn't come to fruition in our lifetimes, but it has got to be an alternative that people think of regardless of everything else in crypto. Yeah. Jan and I are going to keep going back and forth. I would add, it doesn't have to come to fruition for gold to be a good, for Bitcoin to be a good investment. It's an insurance against that potentiality. And if you're a wealthy individual, that's one of the biggest risks to your long term wealth and holding that insurance policy regardless of the outlook. Last thing I would add is we've come a long way. The other mistake people make when looking at Bitcoin regulation is like evaluating us today versus a year ago. If you evaluate us today versus 10 years ago, massive progress, even today versus five years ago. Look at the conversation in Congress today around crypto versus where it was two or three years ago. People need to relax a little, take the long view, and they'll probably have a better outlook for their long term investment.
A highlight from How To Turn Your STRESS Into SUCCESS!
"Welcome to Real Estate Coaching Radio, starring award -winning real estate coaches and number one international bestselling authors, Tim and Julie Harris. This is the number one daily radio show for realtors looking for a no BS, authentic, real time coaching experience. What's really working in today's market, how to generate more leads, make more money, and have more time for what you love in your life. And now your hosts, Tim and Julie Harris. Welcome back. Today we're going to be talking about how to turn your stress into success. Here's a simple fact. All of us, no matter how organized you are, no matter how drilled down your schedule was, no matter how perfect you think you got things going for you, you're going to experience stress. It's normal, but how you react to the stress that you're experiencing, that is something that you can actually control to a great extent, not 100%. So what we're going to do today is we're going to go through, it's going to be a two -part podcast. We're going to go through a system where you can essentially acknowledge your stress. I'm not going to say manage your stress or manage your time, because those things are often unmanageable, and the very prospect of trying to manage either actually causes you more stress. That's true. Which is ironic. But what we're going to do is take you through a process so that you can really turn what mostly is an unconscious reaction to something external into something that you will find that you can derive power from and focus. So get ready to take notes, and as always, all of our notes are available down below in the show description. If you're on iTunes or YouTube or, hey, we're now on, what's that new video platform called? I forget. Anyway. Something new. Something new where videos actually are also living. And all the other, Spotify, Amazon, everywhere. We're on Google Listen and everywhere. So yes, everywhere that the podcast is listened to, you can also find the notes for our show. We oftentimes will put all of the notes that we're using. Notes are all copywritten, of course, but at the end of the day, we want you to feel free to use these when training your own agents or maybe your small brokerage, whatever. This content is designed to help you first, and then hopefully you're going to help others with this information as well. And while there also, there's a lot of links in the show description below, and you can join the premier coaching program. There's information about our eXp Real Estate Group, which you might want to consider joining all kinds of good stuff. So just scroll down and it's all there waiting for you. So Julie, let's roll into your points. Yes. And it is true that one of the most common questions we get from podcast listeners and coaching clients when you guys text us or reach out, it sounds, you know, it comes in different flavors, but it usually sounds something like this. I feel out of control with my time. I'm spending a lot of time chasing after scarce listings from my buyers, negotiating multiple offers on my own listings, and then putting out fires on my pending deals. So how can I get back into control? You're wondering what's okay to stop doing, or you should be wondering what's okay to stop doing, and what must you never drop when you're feeling out of control. There's an old saying that goes like this. If you're not controlling your time, someone or something else always will. So we're going to give you a multiple step plan. It's a little bit of this is mindset, how to control your, how you're thinking about it, and some action steps. So here are things what to get rid of and what to keep. Well, I mean, just reading your description there gave me a little bit of stress, I have to say. Did you do that on purpose, Julie? No. You'll feel better by the end, I promise. I wanted to share with them something, because the thing that actually drove my stress up a little bit when you were talking about not enough listings, guys, in the next few days, we're doing a podcast that is, I think Julie is now, what, 30 different sources? Yes. I'm actually excited. And in a couple of days, we're going to do a one -part podcast, which is all of the different online sources, resources, other than your MLS, to find listings. And there's quite a variety. We're going to talk about farms, land, ranch, commercial, normal residential, vacation properties, foreclosure, everything. But what we're doing is we're actually giving you guys links of where you can go to find homes that are for sale that are not in the MLS. That's the main thing. So the notes already have, I think it's like 25 or 30 different websites, mostly, well, I mean, they're all websites, where you can click on the link and then you can be taken to a list of a source of homes for sale. Again, these are not in the MLS. And these are almost all nationwide, by the way. Right. And we're going to be doing this the next couple of days. So yes, if you are feeling stressed from not having enough inventory, we're going to cure that in the next couple of days, listen to the podcast. All right, Julie. So part one. You got it. All right. So let's see. What to let go of versus what to keep. So let's see part one. Number one, mindset check. Are you really that busy or are you just disorganized? Take a day to get real about what you're actually managing. Sometimes just dedicating a day or even two days to getting a grip is all you actually need. So don't keep telling yourself you're overwhelmed. Instead, your affirmation is that you are surrounded by opportunity. Isn't that more accurate? This is why this is the first step. When you do that first, you'll realize that your state of overwhelm is actually temporary versus allowing it to become a lifestyle. So I don't, I didn't scan your notes, but did you talk to them at all about the brain dump? I didn't. Yes. You can add it right in here. I was thinking this would be a perfect spot. Bonus point. One and a half. That's right. Bonus point. One and a half. So one of the systems that we've used for decades, especially with coaching clients, is when they're feeling overwhelmed. Take a tablet of paper and I don't know why tablets of paper where you're writing it out is more effective than if you're typing it out. Typing it out almost, I don't know, it doesn't stick in your brain as much. So take a tablet of paper. Take like maybe one of those long yellow legal tabs or tablets and then write down everything that's in your brain. Don't stop writing until essentially everything that's in your mind that you think you should be thinking about is completely cleared out and you can do personal and business and go through every single thing. So that's the first cure because what you're going to find out oftentimes is that you're going to start, like you'll write down maybe 10 or 20 different things and then you're writing them down in different versions. Like you're going to say, take in the dry cleaning and then you're going to realize that you wrote that down as the fourth thing and now you're seeing that you write it down as the 18th thing. In other words, what you'll discover is a lot of thoughts that you're having that are feeling like they're, you know, bogging down your ability to think clearly are the same thoughts. In other words, you don't really have that many things that you think you have more going on in your head than you actually do. So when you write all this down, then you're going to look at this list and there's three filters that you run all these things through and it's called do it, delegate it or ditch it. So the things that you absolutely positively must always be doing are going to be the things that fall into the five categories of the things that make you money in real estate, which is proactively generation, you know, obviously prequalifying, presenting a lead follow up, negotiating, those types of things that we teach in premier coaching. Those are the things that you should not be delegating and you have to do it. So the do it category are the things that you absolutely positively should leave on your list. The delegated category are, there's lots of things you could be delegating, lots of things you don't have to be doing. Lots of things that may be frankly under the delegation category are things that maybe not only not don't have to do yourself, but maybe don't need done at all. In other words, you put them on your list, you thought they were important. Somebody told you they were important, maybe even, and guess what? They aren't important. So get rid of them. And then the last one is ditch it and that's where essentially the lot of the things in your second, you know, the delegated part, they're going to go to the ditch it category and just completely remove them from your list. Or another thing to do is if there's longer term projects or things you wanted to be doing, write them on a completely separate list and then segment your list. But the most important thing is if you want to really get control, and this is a good, this is a really, at the end of the day, this is a mindset point, but if you really want to clear your brain and start feeling a resemblance of control, I did, did this just the other day. Honestly, I had a big, uh, to do list and it was, um, I keep lists. I'm a list guy. I know a lot of people have different systems for it, but lists work for me because I derive immense pleasure crossing them out. Yes, it is very satisfying. That's why it's very cathartic to take a damn thing is bought in that damn list and getting rid of it. Bye bye. That's right. I enjoy that. So that's my payoff. But there's a system. So do a delegated or ditch it, but start out by doing what we call a brain dump and write everything down and then go through it. And then you'll start seeing after you actually write everything on a piece of paper, you will feel better. You will feel some sort of a cloud will lift. It will. It really will. Then you look at all the things are floating around your head and like I said, remove the duplicates first because a lot of them will be duplicates and then go for a do it delegated or ditch it and then you know, move forward. That's a simple system. Well, that's a perfect 0 .1 and a half because remember we started by saying, are you really that busy? Are you just a bit disorganized? Maybe your mind is feeling disorganized because you haven't written it down and done the brain dump, right? So that goes hand in hand. And speaking of the do it part of the do it, ditch it or delegate it. Point number two, proactively generation cannot stop. This is the first thing that agents drop when they get even a tiny bit busy. You must actively pursue new qualified appointments every single work day. And it is the most important action that you take daily, whether you have a, whether you have pending transactions or not, whether you have active listings or not, always on every call, whether it's a home inspector or lender, a past client or a pending ask, you guys should know it by now, whom do you know who could use my help buying or selling real estate or Tim's version, which I like even better. What two or three people do you know who could use my help buying or selling real estate? So make the commitment to a minimum standard of contacts every work day, even when you're feeling busy, refer to our previous podcasts about how to list and sell the homes that you need to sell your magic number as well as lead generation from best to worst. We've done so much work on this with you guys on previous podcasts and in premier coaching. So I'm going to actually, I'm going to reinforce all your points, but I'm also going to give these guys a bit of a relief valve. I have coached people who are just for some reason wired to be disorganized. They're wired to basically be Liberty Gibbets bouncing here, bouncing there. That's just how they are. But then yet they're very successful. And why are they very successful? Because they always lean back into the things that are going to make them money. And oftentimes they have really vibrant personalities and people like them, despite the fact that they're wearing shoes that don't match and you know, things like that. All right. So how do, what's the solution when you're coaching somebody like that? The solution is not trying to find them a solution. The solution is just making sure they do to the three to five things every single day that they should be doing at a high level and then holding them accountable as three to five things and then giving them permission to be whatever the hell they want to do with their time the rest of the day. In other words, they can't, it's too much emotional stress for them to be held to a schedule for more than maybe two or three hours a day at, you know, in other words, they can only really, let's air quote here, time block two or three hours a day. So what are the things they should be doing in those two or three hours? And Julie and I talk about this on the podcast all the time, but obviously Julie's pointing about proactive lead generation. We want to talk about, you know, if you had a listing appointment, presenting, negotiating, all those types of things we teach in the coaching program. But really guys, if you really want to know how to really feel long -term control of your day, your day should come down to having mastered the art and science of really doing only three to five things every day. And those things are, in our opinion, now you can modify, but this is sort of a holistic approach to this, right? You need to be making your self -determined number of contacts per day as determined by your real estate treasure map, which we give you in the first level of Premier Coaching. So whatever your number of contacts per day, you need to be making those per day. You need to be having done all your lead follow up by the end of the day. I'm giving you a whole bunch and you guys choose which ones. Ideally, when you are very, you know, essentially advanced as a proactive lead generator, you should be setting one pre -qualified listing appointment per day. Julie and I are huge advocates of doing some sort of physical workout routine every single day, taking some kind of supplements every single day, showing overt gratitude. You know, I love you Julie, I love you Tim. You know, showing overt gratitude to the people that mean the most to you every single day. If you just basically write down the things that you have to do every single day, the accumulative effect of doing those things every single day will pay off in ways that you can't even understand. It's a multiplication effect. There's a compounding of duplicating those efforts. The obvious one being is that if you're working out and you're, you know, hopefully taking care of what you eat, you're going to see, not right away, but over time, your energy level increases, your physicality increases, same goes with making contacts. But the key to making this work is do those same things every single day and then often will come down to doing what you don't want to do when you don't want to do it at the highest level, which by the way, is the founding principle of our coaching program, but also of anyone I've ever met in life who's successful at any level. They knew that they had to do what they didn't want to do when they didn't want to do it at the highest level over long periods of time. And that's what we're prescribing to all of you guys as well, because it does pay off. So really, if you're wanting to get in control, but you're absolutely one of these people that can't be in control as your coach, I give you permission not to be in control for anything other than those two or three hours, ideally in the morning, because when you get those three to five things done every single day, even if the rest of the day is like a, you know, high speed roller coaster, it does not matter because you did the most important things. Well, that's right. That's the most important thing that you said is what you do with those two to three hours is what's critical. What you're not doing is giving them permission to just say, well, I'm just a disorganized person or go on Instagram or make a bunch of TikTok videos or do a bunch of passive lead generation or go on Facebook and take a bunch of surveys. All this silliness that doesn't lead to anything. That stuff doesn't count. Okay. So we're talking about what to keep and what to ditch. Point number three, deadlines cannot be ignored or procrastinated. You can lose a deal by losing track of time or having misunderstandings with the other side. So remember that people scan through DocuSign without really realizing what they're signing or remembering it or being able to even find it again. You can't be part of that. So use a transaction coordinator if that's getting out of control or if you're your transaction coordinator, you have to be careful with your earnest money deposits, contingency releases, inspection dates. Don't let those fall behind just because you're behind. Get clarity and or get help. And I'll tell you what one of my coaching clients does is when she does new transactions. Yes, of course, that's all in DocuSign and transaction management and transaction coordinators and all that. But in also her alarms, in her phone, she gives herself two or three day warnings. There's a contingency coming up. You've got to release that so that even if she's really super busy showing houses, maybe she's got somebody coming into town and it's a really intense appointment weekend. The alarm is going to save her butt. So that's just a backup plan. There's lots of different things that you can do. But this is one thing that you really can't blow off because it could cost you a deal. Well, I'll give you some exciting news. I know because you and I are investing some frankly, some money and time into developing some A .I. bots and apps for our different businesses, that there are absolutely people that are developing A .I. right now to work directly with the major CRM or transaction management platforms. So agents are going to be able to have an A .I. bot that's essentially going to act as a real live admin who's going to oversee the entire process. It's amazing. And ChatGPT4 and Bard and all these others, this week, ChatGPT4 is releasing a version for their paid users where essentially it's going to start using voice. So remember we were talking about on the podcast yesterday about all this? Well, the technology is here. So you're going to start having a voice. In other words, it's a real human voice. It does not sound like an old fashioned answering machine. That's good. And you know, I just laughed at myself because how many people? They don't know what an answering machine is. Right. Anyway, so back to 2023 or 2024 when you're listening. So the moral of the story is that there are going to be massive advancements in this A .I. technology that's going to make your lives a lot easier, which will give you a lot more room and time to spend on the things that matter most. That's assuming that you know what those things are and you actually know how to do them. That's what coaching is all about. And yeah, a lot of this technology is going to be coming through. I shouldn't maybe necessarily say this, but I know eXp Realty is working on developing a lot of these A .I. bots. Glenn Sanford is unbelievably intelligent about creating these technologies that streamline a lot of agent processes. And really, there's no downside. The experience is better from the customer's perspective, the agent's perspective, the broker's perspective. So all that's coming to a brokerage near you, assuming you're with Juli and I at eXp Realty. There you are. All right, now our final point for today is maybe one of my favorite points in terms of getting agents and brokers really organized and giving you peace. And that is point number four today, keeping your visual accountability, your whiteboards updated. You can't ignore that. You can't put it off, update it every day. In order to know if you are on track ahead or behind, keep that updated. Don't ignore your boards just because you feel like you're currently on track or ahead or hide out from them if you feel like you're behind. Not tracking your business is what will make you behind in a matter of days or weeks. Now, there's a rule in aviation called the one in 60 rule. When a plane veers off its course by just one degree, it misses its target destination by one mile for every 60 miles it's flown. Isn't that interesting, right? It is. You think it's just one degree. What's the big deal? I can find the airport, but maybe it's not the airport you were looking for. You're the plane. Stay on course. Visual is accountability the dashboard of your business. I have to say, Tim, I know you've had this experience too. Once agents start really embracing the visual accountability, and yes, we know you've got all this kept track of in a spreadsheet or your broker tracks it or whatever. We're talking about in your office on whiteboards in front of you. It works because it is visual. They'll say, oh, my gosh, I just feel so much more peaceful knowing and seeing I've got this many listing leads. I've got this many active listings. I've got this many pending, and I've got that many closed, which means I'm exactly three deals ahead of where I should be based on my treasure map. A lot of the stress in real estate really in life is just not knowing stuff, right? Not knowing about your finances, not knowing about what's going on inside your contracts, not knowing whether you're on track ahead or behind. It will give you peace to know. Well, the dry erase boards are the reason that obviously we know about all the technologies and all the widgets that give you creative dashboards that show you all your key performance indicators and all those things. We use those things in our business as well, but it's what Julie just said. The problem with all that technology is that you can hide from it, and it hides from you. A dry erase board, especially a large dominant one, and I was thinking when you were talking how when somebody, we get Premier Coaching clients, they'll post pictures of these big -ass dry erase boards, and they'll put them up on their walls. I'm talking about the monster ones, and that's the only way to do it because it doesn't leave any typically room for anything else on the wall. Tell them what the dry erase board should be because not everybody is a coaching client. Yes, well, they should be, and we'll tell them about that in a minute. What should you track? I like to think of it chronologically, right? Every transaction that becomes a closing starts as a lead, so you track your especially listing leads. Right. I'm looking at my wall. I want to know what the dry erase boards are. That's what I'm saying. I want to know which of them are. Okay. The first dry erase board is? Leads because everything starts as a lead. Okay. Then it becomes a listing. That's the second board is active listings. Okay. Then the last one is closings. You have one in between, pendings, and then you have closed. If your goal is to close 24 transactions, your closed board will be one through 24. As they travel through your boards, they land on the closed board, and you can see, are you on deal number three? Are you on deal number five? Where are you versus where you should be? On the closed board, sellers are in red, buyers are in blue. The other thing you can also do, and this is really fine tuning all of the accountability you have for yourself, is write down on the closed board what the price was and what the commission was, and then also really drill down on what the source of the lead was. We've talked for literally thousands of hours on this podcast of the importance of never just going by how the lead actually showed up in your life. You're going to need to ask secondary and sometimes third. What would be it? Cursary? Tertiary. Tertiary. That's right. That same question more than once. You need to ask them, who originally referred you to me? Where did you originally find me? How do we connect it? The story that Julie and I tell that seems to work is we were in our office when we were selling real estate, and one of our chief transaction coordinators was this gal named Kelly. Kelly was using a prequalification seller form, so she had at her desk buyer prequalification for him and seller prequalification for him. So Julie and I were in our office, and she was doing the seller prequalification, and one of the questions was halfway through the script was basically, so why did you decide to call Tim and Julie out for the job of selling your home? I think that was the question. And she wrote down the answer, but she didn't listen to herself ask the question, and she didn't watch herself write down the answer. So she asked the question two times in a row, and the first way that they answered it was like a sign or whatever. And then she asked the same exact question, and then they answered it, and we watched as they wrote down that it was a referral from so -and -so. And so that was the real tip -off that if you don't ask for what like drill down and really dig into where they're or why they're contacting you, you're going to make the mistake of assuming that they basically are contacting you because of Facebook. Because what happens is that you're at Orange Theory, somebody asked you for a referral for a roofer. You're going to say, Jack's roofing, I don't necessarily have his phone number, my phone's in my car, whatever it is. But the person you're going to talk to remembers Jack's roofing in, say, Georgetown, Texas. So they're going to go and they're going to drop into Google, Jack's roofing, Georgetown, Texas. So the first thing that's going to come up is Jack's Facebook business page, let's say, or Instagram or whatever the hell it's going to be. And then you're going to message them through that app, and then Jack's going to get the message from Facebook that you are interested in having your roof fixed. All the while, Jack's going to then assume, hey, my Facebook campaign is working, you know? Of course. Look, I'm going to post more pictures of my lunch every single day, evidently that's generating business for me. Right. All the while, the real reason that Jack got that lead was because it was a referral from somebody you knew at the gym. You guys get the point? So if you're not asking those real drill down questions, you're really going to lose contact with the source of your business. You're not going to realize how much of your business comes from the things that don't cost any money, signs, for example, centers of influence and past clients, for example. People you maybe like, they could be somebody that an old neighbor, oh, you don't even know. You're going to have to ask. And that's what you'll self -discover, what Julie and I have been coaching all you guys for decades, is the percent of business comes from any kind of marketing and advertising is typically less than 10 % because most everyone chooses who they're going to use as a real estate professional, like 90 % based on the things we coach you guys to do, which cost you no money, which aren't anything to do with marketing, branding, and advertising. Don't misunderstand what I'm saying. Back to the roofing example, had Jack the roofer not had a business Facebook page and that person had gone to Google and tried to search for him, he may not have ever found Jack's phone number to actually make the, you know, to get in contact, right? So it's important that you have a presence online, but you've got to see it for what it is.
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"At some point we have to take the economy seriously. We can't just keep printing money and sending it overseas. Welcome to another Financial Guys podcast. I'm Mike Hayflick along with my partner, Mike Speraza. We are always excited to be here, Mike. Um, we are here after the second Bill's win. Yeah. Yeah. We will, we'll keep it at that. Every time we talk very little, things go well. So let's, let's keep it at a win and big game Sunday. Miami. What should be right. A massively popular game. I mean, when they put up 70 against Denver and we, we basically, did we shut out the three points? Three, three. Okay. We held, held Washington, the Washington commanders to only three. That should be a really, really dynamite game. So. Had to change their name due to political correctness. I know, I know. And we had some conversation about that. The people I was watching the game with were reflecting on, I guess the good old days when the, the nicknames of teams just didn't seem to matter as much, but it matters now. Now they want to take down statues. You're an Iroquois guy. They're taking that name away. The chiefs because apparently saying chiefs is very, uh, politically incorrect. I mean, a leader. You can't be called the leaders anymore. Maybe it'll be the Iroquois comrades because everyone's got to just hold hands and sing Kumbaya. Yeah. And, and you know, nobody gets a gender anymore. Nobody can dominate one or the other. Even if it's a sport, there really might not even ever be winners or losers. They might not even keep score anymore in sports. Like it's just going to be for the experience of it trophy for the trophy for the trophy. Line them all up. They're all going to look exactly the same. There'll be gender neutral trophies. When will we have a they, them team name? Like the, the Washington they, thems, like when, when, I mean, I know that sounds outrageous, but that's where we're headed. Yeah, it's true. It's going to be comrades. Friends. Yeah. The friends, the Iroquois friends, the Iroquois comrades. It literally is heading that way though. Something where you go, what is, what is this sport? Like we don't even know based on the name, what the sport is. We don't even, yeah. You won't know. Like usually you could derive some more information from things like that. Oh, no, no, not anymore. No, you're going to have to dig real deep. You're going to have to show up at these events and, uh, you know, maybe wear a nice hoodie and a pair of shorts at the events. Yeah, I agree with you. And, uh, you know, maybe right after you went through the Senate chambers to vote on something, you can head and do a game with your hoodie and shorts on. Anyway, the next one, the last thing I'll say is the next one will be the Patriots. They'll be getting their name taken because that represents Donald Trump and his movement. We got to take away the name Patriot, right? That'll be the next one. There you go. You know, I just, I can't with these people anymore. It's really getting to be absurd. Yep. Totally. So, uh, Mike, let's start with this one. A second Republican debate coming this Wednesday night, September 27th, and Dana Perino, who I've always enjoyed listening to. Um, she will be joining Stuart Varney and Ilia Calderon at the Ronald Reagan library. presidential Suitable place. I love it. Yeah. And, uh, I, we were just chatting a bit before the podcast, so let's just line this up. All right. I don't know the order, but we're going to have Pence, Christie, DeSantis, Rama, Swami, uh, Doug Burgum made it Dougie Dougie. Um, who is that? Who else? I'm I've got five Nikki Haley. Thank you. And then, uh, there should be one more. Um, I did pens from, let's write this down. One more time for everybody. Pence, Rama, Swami, right? DeSantis. How do I not remember? Tim Scott, Tim Scott. Thank you. So, so seven this time, um, not Asa Hutchinson, I think you said he, he didn't make it. Didn't qualify. So, um, of course the big elephant in the room is that Donald Trump again will not be there. Just tell me your thoughts, I guess, on this next upcoming debate. Are we going to hear anything different? Is there any going to be anything that really makes people go, Whoa, this guy's really racing to the front or female. Um, if it's Nikki Haley, anyone going to race to the front after this one? I really, I mean, I think we're kind of wasting our time here and I'm not saying it as a, as a Trump voter. I'm just saying it realistically. Right. I mean, at this point, the lead is 40 to 50 points. Nobody makes up that ground than a debate, right? Like Nikki Haley had a great debate last time. She's still polling single digits. Right. I don't agree with Nikki Haley stance on a lot of things, but she, she fared well in that debate and she really didn't grow or fall behind anymore. Right. So I think that's the tough part. When we look at these debates, the Donald Trump in the 2015, 2016 campaign years, that is your like unicorn, right? Where, where you just go up there and go bananas. And then you end up, you know, taking over the field. The difference was there was no Donald Trump in that election, right? Like you had a Jeb Bush, but he wasn't the guaranteed slam dunk candidate right now. You have Donald Trump, Mike, and he is the guaranteed slammed on Canada. The only one that we thought maybe had a chance was Ron DeSantis and he has crumbled mightily, whether you like him or hate him. It's just the facts. He's, he's in trouble. Right. I mean, so what, what are we accomplishing with these debates other than kind of a, I guess I'll say wasting our time. Yeah. And I, I just, I just think it's worth breaking this down a little bit. Like what is it that people like you and I think that these others are just inferior to a guy like a Donald Trump? Like, and I'll tell you my opinion first. Mine is I just don't think they'll win. And I just feel like more and more people need to, you got to vote and expect that the conservative Republican candidate in this case wins. And I don't think any of these other people could, could actually win. I don't think they have enough, you know, experience. They don't have the fortitude that a Donald Trump has. Well, I think that that to me is, is there's two reasons why I'm voting for Donald Trump, right? Number one was I thought he had a very good four year term other than the COVID 19 issue. And I, I'm telling you right now, I say this to people all the time. If it was Ron DeSantis, if it was Donald Trump, if it was Hillary Clinton, that, that, that whole debacle was, was a disaster and there was no way you were going to look good in that debacle. I'm just telling you. Yeah. Number one, but that was a Trump fault that I have. And if I ever talked to him, I would tell him that that I do not agree with what he did with COVID. It's easy for me to say that now, but, but at the end of the day, he had a great four year term other than that, in my personal opinion. Number two is every time they've tried to knock him down at the knees, Mike, that has made me want him back more, right? The, the every time they indict him, I want him back more, right? Every time they try and silence him with gag orders, I want him back more. This is how I think a lot of conservatives are feeling. And at this point, it's kind of like, okay, is Rhonda, here's what my other point, I don't mean to keep going on, but at the end of the day is whether it's Ron, DeSantis, Vivek Ramaswamy, or Donald Trump, I'm going to use those three for a second. They will be treated the exact same way by the media, by the Democrat party. It doesn't matter who that candidate is. It doesn't matter. Right. People always say like, Oh, but, but Trump's hated. If DeSantis is a candidate, he's already taken crap from the leftist media, right? Like if he's the candidate, he's going to, it's going to be open up another can of worms. I don't think it matters. The reason why we got to go with Donald Trump is he's been there. He's been able to handle it. We know that whether you like him or not, he's handled the media and he's handled the Democrats well. And we need that experience. This is the election of our lifetime. And I will say that now, this is the election of our lifetime. We need to win. Dana Perino says, I believe the economy will feature prominently because we know that that is the biggest concern and preoccupation that is worrying Americans. And she says in many ways, in my opinion, the economy is the thread that runs through all of these other possible topics. For example, if you're concerned about crime, one of the issues is what kind of resources do you have and are you willing to use in order to help deal with that? I think she's spot on. I think when it comes to the economy, the economy sort of is the fuel and whether you then have a notion to, you know, actually shut down the border, improve childcare, improve education, then the, the economy obviously is the main thread that actually everything else seems to branch off of. If you have a lot of people working, for instance, you're going to have a thriving economy because supply and demand is going to balance out. You're going to have lots of products and services to offer and a lot of people can afford these things. Right. So, uh, I, I agree with her. Plus it is Fox business that's hosting the event. So might lean a little bit more toward economics. Yeah, I think it should. I agree with you. I mean, at some point we have to take the economy seriously. We can't just keep printing money and sending it overseas at some point, you know, and I say, I've said this to you, Mike before, going to get groceries now at times, like they ring all the stuff up and I'm like, Holy crap. I bought, I have a cat. I bought five cans of cat food. They're, they're the size of like a lacrosse ball, not even. And it's like $5 for five cans. I'm like this, this thing costs more than my kids at this point. This cat's going to be very thin. It's going to be out of crash diet. I mean, but seriously, how do people, Mike, that don't make money? And I say this in a sad way, like how do people that don't make money survive? Even going, you go to a local fast food restaurant for two people. My wife and I it's 30 bucks. I'm like, what the hell happened out here? I told that is what's going on. And that's scary. Yeah. When they have to make those kinds of hard choices. Right. Uh, all right. So, uh, let's move on. So speaking of Trump, we're talking about these other seven candidates that will be there Wednesday, this Wednesday night, nine to 11 PM in the second Republican debate, Donald Trump will not be there, but this came out like in a Washington post poll. Trump is now up 10%, uh, over a potential run against Biden, 10 % double digit. Now if you just pin Trump against Biden again, first your thoughts, and then we'll go a little deeper into this. Well, I'm not surprised. Um, I think, I think Americans are getting sick and tired of it. I think Americans are worried about our futures. I think the migrant crisis is hurting the Democrat party because you have liberal places like New York city that are waking up saying, Oh my God, we can't do this anymore. And there's like 10 ,000 migrants in New York city, not 10 million. Right. So like, like it's starting to click, I think with certain people, number one, number two, Mike, I think it's hard to hide Joe Biden's cognitive decline, right? The left can say whatever they want in the media. You just can't, when you fall over on things, when you do talk like that, I mean, they, it's a problem. It's a real problem and it's visible. Um, do I trust these polls? Yes and no. I think, if I think America is as smart as I think they would, the polls should be probably higher, like 30 % lead for Trump. Um, but I think the numbers that keep growing in Trump's favor, the margin of error is not that big, right? Michael, like you look at the Republican primary polls, the margin of error is not 40%, right? He's up 40%. So even if they're off by 20%, he's still up 20%. The same thing's starting to happen in these head to head polls with Biden. It started, you know, Trump down, then it was Trump even, then it was Trump three, five, now it's 10. I mean, that's a lot. Yeah. And so I want to read a little bit here. So the post ABC poll shows Biden trailing Trump by 10 percentage points at this early stage in the election cycle. This is, by the way, the Washington Post little write -up, uh, after the poll was done. Um, so this is, this is actually humorous. Although the sizable margin of Trump's lead in this survey is significantly at odds with other public polls that show the general election contest to virtual dead heat, the difference between this poll and others as well as the unusual makeup of Trump's and Biden's coalitions in the survey. So Mike, the more words, the muddier this all gets, right? It sounds like excuses coming up, right? It sounds like Kamala Harris. It really is. It's like, yeah, total word salad. Um, I just said suggested is probably an outlier, right? So, so this, this I thought was interesting. Um, Byron Byron York of the Washington examiner said the post dumped on headline news in quotes from its own poll. So basically they do a poll. They say that their poll is likely an outlier and, and he, he goes on to then say Washington Post sub heads suggests its own poll may be an outlier. That may be true, but they put no such disclaimer in headline three years ago when they published a poll of Wisconsin, right before election day in 2020, showing Biden up 17 points on Trump, 10 points more than the average of other polls at the time. That was real clear politics, president Tom Bevin. So, so funny to me, so interesting, right? Even when they try to do something where they want to take part in the polling process and inform all of us as Americans, Ooh, that's not really where we wanted to see that. That's likely an outlier folks. Yeah. Oh, Donald Trump's winning. Shit. That doesn't count. Okay. What are we going to do? Next one. Okay. These were registered voters. What are we going to do? This is 10 points. Holy shit. What are we going to say? Let's just say it's an outlier. Oh damn. That was a fake poll. Oh, those stupid polls. Yeah. I mean, and it might, I'll say this before we get onto another topic on what's, what's, you're starting to see it all come together. It's like, it's like when they see, you know, hurricanes forming in the ocean, right? We're starting to see it now. The polls are shifting to Trump. Now we have Hillary Clinton coming out saying things like, Oh yeah, who's to say Putin won't medal in the election in 2024 again, right? You have others saying like, Ooh, we got to get Trump off the ballot or people saying, let's indict Trump again for this or that let's put gag orders on him. It's all coming together. Now the new thing too, Mike is, Hmm, let's indict the Bidens and let's see if we can get, we can get a Joe Biden off the ticket. We've used him, we've abused him. Now we're getting them out of here. It's all, it's that wave in the ocean. It's that hurricane forming in the ocean. That's what's happening. And I believe that because why, why would Hillary Clinton come out and say, if you're so confident right in the 2024 election, if you're so confident and Trump's an idiot, he's never going to make it again and get rid of them. Why are you now saying, Hmm, maybe Putin will medal in the elections again. Why would you say that? Right. Right. And by the way, this is the same guy that's richer than ever because his country has been able to sell oil at a high rate since Biden's been in office. This is the same country that has had its way with the Ukraine walking in there and taking over land since Biden's been in there. Why would, why would Putin medal in the election to get in and probably in his mind, the nut job of Donald Trump back in office, it may drop a nuke on him. Why would he want Trump back in office? Ask yourself that question. Don't have to, if you have any sense at all, then you don't even have to ask that. Um, so anyway, let's see what the next number of polls start to reveal. Let's see if, let's see if polls stop coming out, Mike, right? Because once you have one that's got Trump winning by double digit, maybe they just start to say, polls are stupid. Polls are for racists. You're homophobic. If you read polls, I mean, we'll see. Or they come out with some poll from the middle of nowhere. That's like Biden up 35 points on Donald Trump. Right, right. This was from registered voters in the white house. Yes. We interviewed seven people and it was six to one, six to one. And the other one we fired, we don't even know who that was. Yeah. So, so let's go to this now. Every once in a while, Mike, I have to do this CNN, right? I go to the cnn .com site. I just got to see what they're finding note newsworthy, noteworthy, whatever you want to say. And honestly, and I've often reported this, I'm often in disbelief at what they aren't reporting. In this example though, I was like, Oh, a few stories down. Here's a story, Mike, why more women are choosing not to have kids. So right away I'm thinking, Oh my gosh, these are the most unlikable people, the most anti traditional family structure people ever. They probably don't want to have a relationship at all. They don't want to ever have true, you know, intimacy with anybody cause they just can't do it. They're just nasty. They're mostly on, you know, just awful. These lots, so many of these people. So I go on to read a little bit of this and you know, this is, this is someone named Diana Volek who, who never, who was never someone who dreamed of becoming a mother, right? And these are just some of the reasons given. They don't want the responsibility of being a parent. They fear a lack of support. They like their life as it is. They're still judged for being child free. So so even when they don't choose to have children, right? So I'm like looking at this and then suddenly I go, wait a second. This was published at midnight, uh, basically Sunday or Monday, you know, September 25th. That's that's now as we record editor's note, this story was originally published in August, 2021. Some details such as the ages of those interviewed remain the same as they were when the story first published. So you're telling me right away, I thought, is the Hollywood writers strike? Is it bleeding into CNN now? Cause there aren't enough stories. There aren't enough people to write like modern stories. There's not enough news. They had to pull a story from two years ago to talk about why many women are deciding not to have kids. Like how pathetic is that? How pathetic. This new trend too, of like, it's cool to just say, screw it. I don't want to have a family is the weirdest thing ever. And then we wonder why these people are miserable, right? I mean, again, is parenting easy? I'm a new parent. Mike, you know that you, you parented two girls for, you know, they're what? 25, 22, right? So you've had, you've had 25 years of parenting experience. I've had, you know, almost a year. It's the most enjoyable thing ever. Right? I mean you're finally, it's good not to be selfish. It's good to take care of somebody else and love somebody else. Right. And I'm not saying you don't love your spouse, but your spouse is an adult relationship. You have to have a relationship with a baby, which turns into a toddler, which turns into an adolescent, a young adult like that. There's nothing more special than that. You should want that. Instead it's like, Oh, kids are stupid. I'm going to be so rich. Really weigh me down. Yeah, yeah, sure. Okay. They're going to weigh me down. I want my independence. I don't want to be responsible to another human being. I've got myself to worry about and treat and, and you know, I don't know, a door like I get like, that's fine. I want to see the next story though be why many women are deciding that having a child is rewarding. It can become a very loving, you know, yes, you have to be responsible. Like it just was so gross to me like that. And two years ago, this isn't even news. This is like, Oh my gosh, we got to fill these headlines. What do we get out? Pull that one again. We don't like kids. We don't want anyone, you know, raising children, my God for, you know, I'll say this though, Mike and all seriousness too. Like, yes. Is, is it fun being a college degenerate and booze and all the time and having a blast? Sure it is. We all did it right. I mean, yes, of course it's a fun thing. Is it fun to not care if you can go to bed at 2am or 5am or 5pm? Sure. That's great. But at some point you have to mature as an adult, take your job seriously, take your family seriously and care about things like I always say this, Mike, and this is something I've brought up a million times. Think about being, you know, if you want it, like if you didn't want to have kids, I'm not saying people that can't have kids cause I feel for them. But if you, if you didn't want children, cause you didn't want the responsibility, what do you do in your sixties and seventies with no family? Like that breaks my heart, honestly. Right? Like I, what my relationship with my parents, my wife's with her parents, like it's, it's fun, right? It's, you're a family. You get to do things together and you get to enjoy each other. Who doesn't want that? I just don't get it. Well, there's a lot of people in Washington that actually have spouses and children and grandchildren. And clearly there is not a lot of love and support going on between all of them. Because some of these people, I mean, we know who we're talking about, the Mitch McConnell's, the Joe Biden's, they would not be in front of microphones if people actually cared about them. They would not let those loved ones go through what they go through on a daily basis, unless they have no connection, no personal connection at all. Um, all right. AOC. She's almost the last story of our day, but there's one more after this. So we got a bonus. We do a bonus story here, breaking news. So AOC wins the hypocrisy award mic for this, uh, at least this week, maybe the year on this one decade, this is hilarious. And, um, I'll just set this up for a second. So here she was on CBS's face the nation. And, um, she was discussing president Biden's plan to visit the Michigan auto workers on Tuesday. So host of CBS's face, the nation, Margaret Brennan points out a couple of interesting facts about AOC and her selection of vehicles. So let's go ahead and play that. Yup.
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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"Less than 20 ,000 UAW members out on strike, yet it's impacting severely both Stellantis and General Motors and their dealerships especially without draining their strike fund as quickly as it could be. So some definitely very on the part of Sean Fain and UAW leadership. I guess the question becomes, if they are prepared to just not budge at all on their demands, that seems to be what's happening here is that the automakers are having to move because the union just isn't doing that. I just wonder how long you think that dynamic is sustainable for. I think what's likely to happen is both General Motors and Stellantis are waiting for Ford to find the solution for them. So that Ford most is likely to get a deal and then hopefully that deal will set the pattern at the two other automakers. I think right now they're trying to battle the public relations war at General Motors and Stellantis more so than solve the problems at the bargaining table. Hear the full conversation on the latest edition of the Bloomberg Sound On podcast. Subscribe on Apple, Spotify and anywhere else you your get podcasts. Plus, listen anytime on the Bloomberg Business App and Bloomberg .com. The Bloomberg Today, ophthalmology residents use fundamental VR and Orbis International's virtual training training tool to practice surgeries. Dr. Renee Badrow says, with fundamental VR, I can virtually practice cataract surgeries over and over in the metaverse. More training hours in the metaverse means access increased access to quality care for patients in need. These are the ways surgeons are using the metaverse today. Learn more at meta .com slash metaverse impact. When you get your news from Bloomberg, you don't just get the story, you get the story behind
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"For less than 20 ,000 UAW members out on strike, yet it's impacting severely both Stellantis and General Motors and their dealerships, especially, without draining their strike fund as quickly as it could be. So some definitely very strategic at thinking play here on the part of Sean Fain and UAW leadership. I guess the question becomes, if if they are prepared to just not budge at all on their demands, that seems to be what what's happening here is that the automakers are having to move because the union just just isn't doing that. I just wonder how long you think that dynamic is sustainable for. I think what's likely to happen is both General Motors and Stellantis are waiting for Ford to find the solution for them so that Ford is most likely to get a deal and then hopefully that deal will set the pattern at the other two makers. I think right now they're trying to battle the public relations war at General Motors and Stellantis more so than solve the problems at the bargaining table. Hear the full conversation on the latest edition of the Bloomberg sound on podcast subscribe on Apple Spotify and anywhere else you get your podcasts plus listen anytime on the Bloomberg business app and bloomberg .com today ophthalmology residents use fundamental vr and orbis international's virtual training tool to practice surgeries. Dr. Renee Badrow says with fundamental vr I can virtually practice cataract surgeries over and over in the metaverse. More training hours in the metaverse means increased access to quality care for patients in need. These are the ways surgeons are using the metaverse today. Learn more at meta dot com slash metaverse impact When you get your news from Bloomberg, you don't just get the story, you get the story behind
"less than 20" Discussed on Bloomberg Radio New York
"They're only paying for less than 20 ,000 UAW members out on strike yet it's impacting severely both Stellantis and General Motors and their dealerships especially without draining their strike fund as quickly as it could be. So definitely some very strategic thinking at play here on the part of Sean Fain and UAW leadership. I guess the question becomes if they prepared are to just not budge at all on their demands that seems to be what what's happening here is that the automakers are having to move because the union just isn't doing that. I just wonder how long you think that dynamic is sustainable for. I think what's likely to happen is both General Motors and Stellantis are waiting for Ford to find the solution for them so that Ford is most likely to get a deal and then hopefully that deal will set the pattern at the other two automakers. think I right now they're trying to battle the public relations war at General Motors and get this more so than solve the problems at the bargaining table. Hear the full conversation on the latest edition of the Bloomberg Sound On podcast. Subscribe on Apple, Spotify and anywhere else you get your podcasts. Plus listen anytime on the Bloomberg Business App and Bloomberg .com. This is Caroline Hyde. Together we have the opportunity to build a more sustainable and inclusive future. At the Bloomberg New Economy Forum we help make this possibility a reality by cultivating new connections among global leaders that transcend geographies, industries and ideologies. Because when global leaders work together the outcomes benefit all of us. Learn more at Google .com. Today Pathology residents use fundamental VR and Orbis International's virtual training tool to practice surgeries. Dr. Renee Badros says, with fundamental VR
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"Say, 7%, 10%, much less than 20%. And we've seen home prices that increase decelerate, slow down and in some markets, even decrease, you shouldn't be banking on getting to that equity within a year or so if that was your ultimate goal to refi, because you might not be hitting that 20% equity in your home. I see. So let me ask a bit of a different question. Not just about home buyers but home builders. Is it a whole different ball game if you're talking about you own a lot, but you want to build on that lot? Is that a whole completely different class? Yeah, I think it's a totally different class. The thoughts about refinancing are obviously different, even I had written a piece recently about mortgage locks and this idea that you shouldn't rush to or pay extra to be locking in a mortgage rate for longer. But that advice kind of changes if you are doing like you're buying a foreclosed home or it's a new lot in construction and you're anticipating things to take longer than maybe you do want to go ahead and lock in that rate because it's going to be a different kind of time horizon than if you're just buying a preexisting home. And it's so hard to wrap your head around the idea that oh my goodness rates aren't going down anytime soon. People of a certain age are not used to that concept. I know it's really foreign and then for others who are older and we're around or buying homes in the 80s for them. It's like, yes, 17% mortgage rates. That's the norm. So it really depends what your frame of reference is. And when you first started becoming a homeowner, that can help with your perspective for sure. Okay, so what's the guidance? What do we do? Do we do a 15 year mortgage, a 30 year fixed? What should people be watching for in their mortgage rates? Sure. I mean, it really depends on what you're looking for and obviously what your monthly flow and what you can afford payment wise. If you're going
"less than 20" Discussed on 600 WREC
"Conditions where you need to grow, you need to make sure you get enough nutrients. Those are places where not going to go want to go very long. In fact, it doesn't mean you need to eat all the time. But, you know, going wrong is not recommended. The other major thing is if you're underweight, that is, if you don't have If your body mass index is, for example, less than 20, you know, And you know the body mass index about about 25 normal down below 18.5 is considered underway. If you don't have the body fat stores, and you shouldn't go that long, right? It's just logical that you shouldn't be fasting for long periods of time. But other than that, that's about it. Almost everybody else. Hand fast, because, remember our bodies have that ability to store energy. It's sort of like your refrigerator yet you put food in the fridge so that you don't have to go to the supermarket three times a day. Like that's the same thing as our body. Does. Our body put some of the food the food energy into body fat, So when you don't eat, it will just take some out. That's all. So the whole I ideas that most people can fight. That's what brought us to survive for thousands of years. Otherwise, we would never be able to survive. You know, a period where where we had no food available well, and you talk about in the book that when we were hunter gatherers, we didn't have food at the ready in the drive through. It was work. We ate more like animals of the wild, and I want to get to that in just a moment more with Dr Jason Fung coming up from Portland to Albany and all Eight cities in between. So why Michael Barry show is nationwide. Register.
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"For them to do so. It's not fair. It's just not fair. Everyone should have entitlement to the same rules. Not some can and some cannot. This restaurant owner tells CTV news. I think we're cautiously happy. Because he alternative to not doing this is the chances of having to close and having to lay off her staff. BC has developed its own vaccine passport. Matter of fact, if Americans are headed north, you already know about this. You just have to use it everywhere from checking into the hotel going out to eat and shopping anywhere but a grocery store. It's an experiment being watched here for sure as a possible option to curbing daily covid numbers that aren't getting any lower. Brian Calvert. Common use. Washington is the ninth most vaccinated state in the country, according to Wallet Hub, which rings Massachusetts first and Mississippi. Last. We get high marks for adult vaccination rate, but ranked 25th for Children and teenagers. Restaurant owners say they're seeing more people applying for jobs now that the federal unemployment benefit has expired. The level of applications is about 50% higher, so I mean, it's it's it's significant, Hoffman says. Even though he has several jobs to fill. He and other owners warned that they're looking for someone. A little more dedicated than just wanting a job because their benefits have ended that extra $300 weekly federal payout that had been a staple during the pandemic expired last week, longer Commutes in the Seattle area disappeared during the pandemic. There's Cuomo's Eric Heights. The number of Seattle area workers who commuted 20 minutes or more each way, dropped by about a quarter of a million. According to data compiled by research firm Nielsen. The biggest decline was among those with commutes of 30 to 59 minutes falling by about 34%. At the same time, the number of people with commutes of less than 20 minutes slightly increased. The Seattle Times reports. On average people with shorter commute times are more likely to work jobs considered essential and don't have the option of working remotely longer commute jobs are more likely to be white collar and able to convert to remote work. Eric Heights come on news, the city of Seattle's extending the closing time for several popular parks and beaches. They say people are concerned over illegal activity and crime. So the Parks Department's going to keep the 10 PM closure in place at nine different parts, including al Qaida. Beach parks will remain will reopen at 4 30 the following morning news time, 7 39. We'll get to a sports updates and the answer to did you hear next? September. 23rd is national Checkers.
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"Mhm and so good news is that it's in food that can help you do all these things and do some people need an extra boost with detoxification protocols and and and supplementation. Of course we do because of our degradation of our soil. Mhm, our soil so depleted of minerals and nutrients, But the vast majority of people would benefit by switching over from man food to God food and they're going to start boosting their intracellular glutathione. And help their bodies, eliminate free radicals and ultimately prevent cancer. I am awesome. Awesome. Very first step of detox is look at the things you're putting in your body. Right. So good, um, talked to us about other ways that we can help remove interference from our body's ability to heal. Yeah. So we talked about the mind that you know the belief in your body that you can the belief that you're not genetically broken. The idea that you can change and then the idea that health is your highest of priorities and that it's got to be worked on. It's not going to come passively. We talked about food Food by God versus food by man. We talked about toxicity, eliminating toxins. One of the is funny. We did as seminar here recently and I asked, I said, out of between between nutrition and exercise. Um, who believes that, um You know, as far as important who believes nutrition is the most important and all you know. Most of the hands were race for nutrition. And then I said, Okay, now who believes exercise is more essential, and there's a handful of people who raise their hand for exercise and said, You know, you know what the truth is. The most important essential Is the one you neglect. It's the one. It's the one that you're not working on. We called them essential for a reason when you neglect An essential area of your life. That's the one that kills you. So movement. Is and I don't want to just summarize it into movement because it's actually it's more than that. But Exercise. Sweating is detoxification when you're having to Breathe at and fill your lungs all the way up and exhale all the way out. There's actually physiological and psychological benefits by that, and so Moving your body sweating, detoxifying. Heart rate going up. There's just so many benefits of that. But everyone knows you should. And that's the thing is. Everyone knows that, Um, you know, going to the gym or getting off the couch is is is going to be better than sitting there watching T V. Um, but again, it's all about the habits that you create What you form. So There's a form of exercise that is short that is highly beneficial and literally you can get in the best shape of your life. And it's only going to take less than 20 minutes. Every single day. 20 minutes. Think about what always spend 20 minutes on in a given day. I mean, just think about social media is think about computers. Think about the things that you'll spend 20 minutes doing. Um, but 20 minutes a day of what's what's called high intensity but short duration exercise, So this is exercise that is moving large muscle groups within your body. And, uh and you're doing it a higher intensity at a higher rates. Your heart rate is going up. But then you take a short break you take, Let's say a minute of doing higher intensity, short duration exercise. Let's call it squats do in a minute of squats, right? People say that's easy. Okay, do a minute and do it at your highest of intensity, and your highest of intensity will look different than mine. And then take one minute break. And then do it again Do the same exercise if you want 10 times, watch what happens within your body. And then the next day, do it with a different muscle group. Just again. This is a simple way of just starting. Okay? We're just talking about the person getting off the How much do it the different muscle group are two sets of muscle groups do shoulders and biceps the next day, Okay, so you're going overhead. You're doing overhead presses with your shoulders. So you're doing one minute of overhead presses one minute off and then one minute bicep curls in one minute off. And then go back to shoulder presses again. 20 minutes a day. Watch what happens to your body by just making this part of your routine. This is the minimum. And this is the, um, talking to the person who is just starting. You get to a point where you do more than that, or you are More advancing more fit than you can. You can do. You can, uh, incorporate stairs. Incorporate bike. You can incorporate sprinting. You can incorporate Burpees if you really want to punish yourself. My point is To get started and keep going and have do something that is going to be habitual. And guess what? You're gonna hit a plateau and you're gonna have to change it up. Good. I can't wait for that moment. It's going to be awesome for you. You're going to have to then figure it out and think about it. But the point is to get started. Have an accountability partner. You know mentally to force yourself to do something hard. Um, a lot of people just they won't do it right. Some people will but to engage in heart activity on a daily basis. There's a lot of people that are just not even going to, you know, Step foot in that arena. So you got to know your why? Why are you doing this? Why are you engaging in this? Again. Why is it that you would get in there and work out hard 20 minutes a day and engaging in that getting curious about that, I think is is extremely important than just knowing the what to do, because when you know the Why the How comes you learned how But the Y is the part that makes the biggest difference. Yeah, and that can be applied to.
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"And it cuts across a lot of historical inequities for people of color in Texas, with poll taxes and everything else, so it's definitely a push button provocative issue, But you know what? They need to get back to work and wrestle for the best possible bill. They can get in this session, and then they need to go back as you said, and get more people elected that agree with them. And it's It's kind of like the Zell Miller remember Senator Zell Miller, who was our governor and then our lieutenant governor. Before that, he said, You take half a loaf. And then when you go back the next time you try to get another half you tried. I mean, it's the old way. We used to do things and I believe we can get back there. Lisa Wexler. I think that that I think that's Biden's approach. Frankly, he understands that better than anybody. He gets it he needs to. He needs to demonstrated a little bit more, and I think he's trying. But he's up against this progressive weighing that is just given him. Heck on everything. He does every side. Yeah. Yeah, but especially the progressive wing in his own party is like they don't want half a loaf. Do you know what I mean? They want a loaf of bread we have in in Connecticut to the same thing in Connecticut with a month. You know what I'm talking about? All right. Well, thank you, Lisa for being with us today, Appreciate it very much. Always a pleasure. Thank you. You know, it's true. It's like I think that it's funny because Biden went over to the Congress yesterday, and he said, it's good to be home and and I thought, And then he corrected himself. It's going to be back here, but I think that's the way he really feels. That's where he got the most work done. That's where he got the most. Do you know what I'm saying? And and to him. It feels like a home and he's like for it to be like it was in the good old days, and for him the first thing he's got to keep together as his Democratic caucus. Okay, that's the first thing he's got to do. And then yeah, and so he's getting a lot of pressure, as is Nancy Pelosi and others from this faction of the party. Which is less than 20% of the party, But they're they're pushing, but you know, as always there loud, you know, and and again. I think I said this. When Biden came in, I said Biden is going to be that guy that's going to try to stand in the middle and pull everybody like a tug of war together. That's going to that's his thing. The only problem with that you can never please everybody. And so what happens is you end up getting it from every side instead of have fun in a safe place. But I was I was very disappointed in him the other day with the speech that he made in Philadelphia because it was so unlike him, it was more like Donald Trump's speech. If you one of the truth as far as I missed it, what the exaggerated rhetoric about how How you know the voting law in Georgia or Texas or whatever is worse, the worst loss since the Civil War and I I just think you can't gloss over the last 150 years of history and somehow say That when more people are turning out, you know Otis called yesterday and he was got very mad at me because I said that he was he was exaggerating and that he wasn't representing, um, the truth about these bills because he was trying to Um, gin up his base. Okay? And, um, and he was conflating. Otis was conflating What he said with January 6th, and I think they're all different issues, right? January. 6th. Yes, that was and and the reason why I don't call it an insurrection is because our Constitution worked. The the election was certified on January 6th and the change of power happened at noon on January. The 20th..
"less than 20" Discussed on NewsRadio KFBK
"And it, says 28% THC. Um and and it's maybe not 28%. What's the big deal with that? There's a few things that advocates will say our problems when that happens. One is that there is a health component. If you are getting a product that you think is 25% THC, But it's actually 15% THC. You're going to base your experience and you're going to make decisions around that. So if you think you can handle 25% THC product, but it's not actually that strong and then someday you get a product. It's actually that strong. You may make decisions that you would ultimately regret. It's kind of similar to if you walk into a bar, and you thought you're ordering a beer, But you're actually getting a glass of wine or a whiskey, And then you kind of, you know, build your life around that idea, And then it turns out you were all along getting whiskey, And so it kind of creates problems there and the other side of things. It creates a real fairness problem in the business world, both the consumers and to other businesses because if we're allowing a system to develop Look where lab results are not accurate and there is inflation and gaming of the system. And that means if you want to survive as a business, you're going to need to play that game. We're talking about something here that you know There's very clear evidence that there's fraud in multiple states across multiple years. So it's something that isn't just a minor occurrence or the People who are doing the regulating nefariously in some of these cases. Are they working with the growers? Are they working with the dispensaries? How does it work to do it? This is a brand new product that has never been regulated in a modern governmental way like it is now. So people are still sorting out what is the right way to do these things, and what we're seeing is states that are more recently regulating these labs in this product are doing a better job compared to states that got into this market nearly 10 years ago where I live in Washington state. We've been selling legal cannabis since 2014. So we wrote these laws very early on and there's clear. Really a lot of problems with how these labs are operating or how these labs are regulated. But if you go to a state like Oklahoma, which is one of the newest states to start selling medical marijuana in large numbers, they're actually doing things in ways that advocates say are really the right way to do things. They're actively watching their labs. They're giving labs proficiency tests every month to make sure that they are accurately testing things. And ultimately, you have to remember that the federal government doesn't Not do anything with this market. That's very unique compared to any other consumer product or, of course, any pharmaceutical. What my story for fivethirtyeight really shows is that the regulations on these labs aren't strong enough to always trust the results from these labs, so that applies to edibles as well as it applies to other products out there. Why is it that people put such high high if you will in THC? I mean, they look for that, even though a lot of people who really know about marijuana say it's not necessarily the amount of THC that is in a certain strain. It's other things as well. Well, I think when we look at cannabis, we don't really understand it very well, especially across you know, all of society. It's been a black market drug for so long that we don't we don't have a lot of great information about it. But most people know the word. THC. They know that this compound called THC gets them high. And so that's what they're looking for. Just because it's one of the few things they know. Like you said. Experts will tell you that THC is just one of many things in the cannabis plant. But we should look at THC because any expert will tell you that a 23% THC product is not that different than a 24% THC products. We should actually look less at those really small marginal differences in THC and instead look Other things like who grew this cannabis? Did they grow with pesticides? What does it smell? Like? What does it taste like? What are its genes? Those are you know, more complicated questions. To try to answer instead of just trying to say you know is this 20% or 22% THC, But those questions are really the ones we should be asking when we by Canada's products. It really does remind me of when people go into a wine store, and they're they say, Oh, I want this kind of wine. It costs $25. So it must be better than this bottle of wine which costs $15, you know, And we all know that the only good wine is $150. No, I'm just kidding. But I mean, you know that you look at and you kind of go. I have no idea what I'm doing and is as marijuana is regulated and becomes legal and more and more states. It could be a lot of people who are going in. Just simply looking at that and going well. This is what I want. I can buy less of it and get higher. It's not the case at all. Exactly. Yeah, And so this consumer education side of things is really difficult. It's going to take years to improve, and that's why the regulation side needs to come on faster. We need to be able to trust that our regulators are keeping these labs. Honest. The wine analogy, I think works. I think everyone knows that they've had great bottles of wine that were $15. Is that we're right next two bottles of wine that were $40. And so what analogy I like to make is if you were to walk into that wine shop and say, Hey, I'm looking for a cabernet sauvignon and you go bottle the bottle and you instead of buying the 13.5% bottle. You buy the 14% alcohol bottle because you think you know that's a better value bottle. That sounds ridiculous when we're talking about wine, and it's really just as ridiculous when we're talking about cannabis. Well, listen, Lester, it was fun talking to you. I appreciate it. And this is a really interesting stuff. Thank you. So Much. Yeah. Yeah. Happy to come back on. If you have more cannabis questions, Okay, we will. If we have Canada's questions, we know where we're going to turn Lester Black from Seattle. Take care and good to talk to you. Coming up. Blue origin takes flight in less than 20 days, and its newest passenger is 82 years old..
"less than 20" Discussed on KOMO
"You know, uh, ghost trained at the local dispensary and it says 28% THC. And and it's maybe not 28%. What's the big deal with that? There's a few things that advocates will say our problems when that happens. One is that there is a health component. If you are getting a product that you think is 25% THC, but it's actually 15% THC. You're going to base your experience, and you're going to make decisions around that. So if you think you can handle 25% THC product, but it's not actually that strong and then someday you get a product that's actually that strong. You may make decisions that you would ultimately regret. It's kind of similar to if you walk into a bar, and you thought you're ordering a beer, but you're actually getting a glass of wine or a whiskey. And then you kind of, you know, build your life around that idea, And then it turns out you were all along getting whiskey, And so it kind of creates problems there and the other side of things. It creates a real fairness problem in the business world, both the consumers and to other businesses Because if we're allowing a system to develop where lab results are not accurate, and there is inflation and gaming of the system, and that means if you want to survive as a business, you're going to Need to play that game. We're talking about something here that you know There's very clear evidence that there's fraud in multiple states across multiple years. So it's something that isn't just a minor occurrence or the people who are doing the regulating nefariously In some of these cases, are they working with The growers. Are they working with the dispensaries? How does it work to do it? This is a brand new product that has never been regulated in a modern governmental way like it is now. So people are still sorting out what is the right way to do these things and what we're seeing is states that are more recently regulating these labs in this product are doing a better job compared to states that got into this market. Nearly 10 years ago where I live in Washington state. We've been selling legal cannabis since 2014. So we wrote these laws very early on, and there's clearly a lot of problems with how these labs are operating or how these labs are regulated. But if you go to a state like Oklahoma, which is one of the newest states to start selling medical marijuana in large numbers, they're actually doing things in ways that advocates say are really the right way to do things. They're actively watching their labs. They're giving labs proficiency tests every month to make sure that they Are accurately testing things, and ultimately you have to remember that the federal government does not do anything with this market. That's very unique compared to any other consumer product or, of course, any pharmaceutical What my story for 5 30, it really shows is that the regulations on these labs aren't strong enough to always trust the results from these labs, so that applies to edibles as well as it applies to other products out there. Why is it that people put such high high if you will in THC? I mean, they look for that, even though a lot of people who really know about marijuana say it's not necessarily the amount of THC that is in a certain strain. It's other things as well. Well, I think when we look at cannabis, we don't really understand it very well, especially across you know all of society. It's been a black market drug for so long that we don't we don't have a lot of great information about it. But Most people know the words THC. They know that this compound called THC gets them high. And so that's what they're looking for. Just because it's one of the few things they know. Like you said. Experts will tell you that THC is just one of many things in the cannabis plant. But we should look at THC because any expert will tell you that a 23% THC product is not that different than a 24% HD product. We should actually look less at those really small marginal differences in THC, and instead look at other things. Like who grew this cannabis? Did they grow it with pesticides? What does it smell? Like? What does it taste like? What are its genes? Those are you know, more complicated questions to try to answer instead of just trying to say Is this 20% or 22% THC. But those questions are really the ones we should be asking when we by Canada's products. It really does remind me of when people go into a wine store, and they're they say, Oh, I want this kind of wine. It costs $25 so much be better than this bottle of wine, which costs $15. You know, And we all know that the only good wine is $150. No, I'm just kidding. But I mean, you know that you look at and you kind of go. I have no idea what I'm doing and is as marijuana is regulated and becomes legal and more and more states. Give me a lot of people who are going in. Just simply looking at that and going well, This is what I want. I can buy less of it and get higher. It's not the case at all. Exactly. Yeah, And so this consumer education side of things is really difficult. It's going to take years to improve. Uh and that's why the regulation side needs to come on faster. We need to be able to trust that our regulators are keeping these labs. Honest, the wine and knowledge, I think works. I think everyone knows that they've had great bottles of wine that were $15 that we're right next two bottles of wine that were $40. And so what analogy I like to make is if you were to walk into that wine shop and say, Hey, I'm looking for a cabernet sauvignon. And you go bottle the bottle and you instead of buying the 13.5% bottle. You buy the 14% alcohol bottle because you think you know that's a better value bottle. That sounds ridiculous when we're talking about wine, and it's really just as ridiculous. What we're talking about cannabis and we'll listen, Lester, it was fun talking to you. I appreciate it. And this is a really interesting stuff. Thank you so much. Yeah. Yeah. Happy to come back on. If you have more cannabis questions, Okay, we will. If we have Canada's questions, we know where we're going to turn Lester Black from Seattle. Take care and good to talk to you. Coming up. Blue origin takes flight in less than 20 days, and its newest passenger is 82 years old. She'll make her.
"less than 20" Discussed on KOMO
"See, you know, uh, ghost trained at the local dispensary and it, says 28% THC. Um and and it's maybe not 28%. What's the big deal with that? There's a few things that advocates will say our problems when that happens. One is that there is a health component. If you are getting a product that you think is 25% THC, but it's actually 15% THC. You're going to base your experience, and you're going to make decisions around that. So if you think you can handle 25% THC product, but it's not actually that strong and then someday you get a product that's actually that strong. You may make decisions that you would ultimately regret. It's kind of similar to if you walk into a bar, and you thought you're ordering a beer, but you're actually getting a glass of wine or a whiskey. And then you kind of, you know, build your life around that idea, And then it turns out you were all along getting whiskey. And so it kind of creates problems there and the other side of things. It creates a real fairness problem in the business world, both to consumers and to other businesses. Because if we're allowing a system to develop where lab results are not accurate, and there is inflation and gaming of the system, then that means if you want to survive as a business, you're going to Need to play that game. We're talking about something here that you know There's very clear evidence that there's fraud in multiple states across multiple years. So it's something that isn't just a minor occurrence or the people who are doing the regulating nefariously In some of these cases, are they working with The growers. Are they working with the dispensaries? How does it work to do it? This is a brand new product that has never been regulated in a modern governmental way like it is now. So people are still sorting out what is the right way to do these things and what we're seeing is states that are more recently regulating these labs in this product are doing a better job compared to states that got into this market. Nearly 10 years ago where I live in Washington state. We have been selling legal cannabis since 2014. So we wrote these laws very early on, and there's clearly a lot of problems with how these labs are operating or how these labs are regulated. But if you go to a state like Oklahoma, which is one of the newest states to start selling medical marijuana in large numbers, they're actually doing things in ways that advocates say are really the right way to do things. They're actively watching their labs. They're giving labs proficiency tests every month to make sure that they Are accurately testing things, and ultimately you have to remember that the federal government does not do anything with this market. That's very unique compared to any other consumer product or, of course, any pharmaceutical. What my story for fivethirtyeight really shows is that the regulations on these labs aren't strong enough to always trust the results from these labs, so that applies to edibles as well as it applies to other products out there. Why is it that people put such high high if you will in THC? I mean, they look for that, even though a lot of people who really know about marijuana say it's not necessarily the amount of THC that is in a certain strain. It's other things as well. Well, I think when we look at cannabis, we don't really understand it very well, especially across you know all of society. It's been a black market drug for so long that we don't we don't have a lot of great information about it. But Most people know the words THC. They know that this compound called THC gets them high. And so that's what they're looking for. Just because it's one of the few things they know. Like you said. Experts will tell you that THC is just one of many things in the cannabis plant. But we should look at THC because any expert will tell you that a 23% THC product is not that different than a 24% THC products. We should actually look less at those really small marginal differences in THC, and instead look at other things. Like who grew this cannabis? Did they grow it with pesticides? What does it smell? Like? What does it taste like? What are its genes? Those are you know, more complicated questions to try to answer instead of just trying to say Is this 20% or 22% THC. But those questions are really the ones who should be asking when we by Canada's products, it really does remind me of when people go into a wine store, and they're they say, Oh, I want this kind of wine. It costs $25 so much be better than this bottle of wine, which costs $15. We all know that the only good wine is $150. No, I'm just kidding. But I mean, you know that you look at and you kind of go. I have no idea what I'm doing, and as marijuana is regulated and becomes legal and more and more states Can be a lot of people who are going in. Just simply looking at that and going well. This is what I want. I can buy less of it and get higher. It's not the case at all. Exactly. Yeah, And so this consumer education side of things is really difficult. It's going to take years to improve. Uh and that's why the regulation side needs to come on faster. We need to be able to trust that our regulators are keeping these labs. Honest, the wine and knowledge, I think works. I think everyone knows that they've had great bottles of wine that were $15 that we're right next two bottles of wine that were $40. And so what analogy I like to make is if you were to walk into that wine shop and say, Hey, I'm looking for a cabernet sauvignon. And you go bottle the bottle and you instead of buying the 13.5% bottle. You buy the 14% alcohol bottle because you think you know that's a better value bottle. That sounds ridiculous when we're talking about wine, and it's really just as ridiculous when we're talking about cannabis. Well, listen, Lester, it was fun talking to you. I appreciate it. And this is a really interesting stuff. Thank you so much. Yeah. Yeah. Happy to come back on. If you have more cannabis questions, Okay, we will. If we have cannabis questions. We know where we're going to turn Lester Black from Seattle. Take care and good to talk to you. Coming up. Blue origin takes flight in less than 20 days, and its newest passenger is 82 years old..
"less than 20" Discussed on WTOP
"TMS Neuro health centers can help visit green Brook tms dot com Today, Jack Taylor w T o P Traffic Lauryn Ricketts heating up already here. You're right about that. Temperatures are in the eighties and most of our region right now. With the air temperature headed into the low to mid nineties. Today warmer than yesterday that heat index right around 100 degrees, in fact, probably feeling a little warmer than yesterday. Lots of sunshine no and kind of the same deals yesterday, maybe a few thunderstorms West and really, west of the Shenandoah Valley and of the 81 corridor in a small chance, I'd say less than 20%. One of about a 30% chance for some thunderstorms. Tomorrow and tomorrow is going to be hotter than today. We're plenty of sunshine. Maybe a few more clouds tomorrow afternoon. It will be in the mid to upper nineties tomorrow that he'd index and will lower 100. Again very hot and humid through the day tomorrow, then good chances of rain Thursday and Friday and a good soaking rank could lead to some flooding concerns. It's still going to be muggy on Thursday and Friday temperatures around 90 as we get into your Thursday, we're back in the low to mid eighties. On Friday there as I said, flooding not only around here but throughout the mid Atlantic. So if you're traveling, keep that in mind. Otherwise, we're going to keep some Marine chances around for the weekend with a slow moving cold front. Humidity looks to drop, especially by Sunday, but temperatures will be right. Around 84 this weekend, so it will be a little cooler, but fortunately we do have some rain chances. Better chance right now on Saturday than on Sunday, we see have to see how quickly this frontal system moves through the area. Right now. We're at 81 degrees here in Washington. It's anything but call Fredericksburg at 80 to Annapolis at 82, Baltimore already up to 84. Thank you, Laura 9 51 now and after facing criticism from child welfare advocates about inadequate conditions..
"less than 20" Discussed on AM 970 The Answer
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"less than 20" Discussed on KCRW
"For the same amount of respect I get when I'm writing my recumbent bike People throw fountain sodas at me crossed five ever is produced by Tina Fey and Robert Car Lock the duo behind 30 Rock and the Unbreakable Commish Mint. Our guest. MEREDITH Scardino was a writer on that show and Mr Mayor before creating girls. Five ever. We talked to Scardino from her home in New York, and you may hear occasional sounds of the city. Scardino set out to be an artist and went to Parsons to study painting. But she always had an interest in comedy. I mean, I was like obsessed with SNL and watched stand up incessantly, and I think when I was Seven or something I wrote s in a letter I was like, you know, would be a great idea if a layman hosted that Lehman was a seven year old girl. You can Pennsylvania so adorable, Right? I need to know if they wrote back at all. You can ask at least a form letter is just thrown into a canyon. You know, I think my first art class I ever took was Cartooning class, so I always loved the intersection of like, jokes and art. So when I got to New York I started taking improv classes. I started animating to make money because I knew flash animation. And eventually I landed a job it best week ever on VH one. That was my first real writing job. Did that, And then I worked Letterman. And then I worked the Colbert report and then jumped over to Kimmy Schmidt, and then it's then it's now and I did girls, my brother. Well, let's just pause on that late night thing, because, of course, people always talk about the only woman in the room. I was the only woman in a few show A couple shows and used to people just took it at face value. Who's applying? And there were very few women applying for these jobs. I don't know why. I just know from You know, talking to people about the amount of submissions they get. They really didn't get a lot from women they would get, you know less than 20%, maybe even less than 10%. Well, it's kind of a self perpetuating thing right because there's the status there that it's really uncomfortable in. The guys aren't nice to you. And you know, books have been written about that. Yeah, exactly. So I don't think it was the most inviting. Space, you know, for women anyway, so but I got in there and I think now that people seek out Ah, well rounded room in a way that they didn't before. I think they were just take whoever Apply. They breed them A lot of times they read them blind. And then if it turned out to be all white guys, that's what you've got. You know, Andre, I think people are just being so much more mindful of like we need more perspectives in the room here and looking elsewhere for talent and encouraging people to Apply for these things that don't even know about it. So I think it has shifted a lot of in a positive way. Did you have to fight battles, you know or get left out of things. I'm you know. Was the only woman in Letterman and it Colbert for part of the town. But I had like the most wonderful time that the Colbert report Steven is the most generous, wonderful person ever. I felt more like an outsider. I think that Letterman because Just the environment. It wasn't quite as sunny and warm. Yes, we had a guest on the show. Talk about that. It's something so e know the reputation is Davis very distant whatnot. So you know, I think it's fun to also work on shows that are new. Because I think when you do anything for 20 years, everything's sort of set in place of the way you do things, and so I feel like you have more of a presence in the room when you start Building it from the ground up. So I really like working on shows that we're just getting going. So it was great coming in on the Colbert report, which just kind of been around for about a year and a half. I think when I started s O you really I really felt like I could Have a lot of say and be really listened to and a contributor, which was great, Great. Yeah. Great show. So you go into scripted. I think on Kimmy Schmidt, right? Yes, That was when I made the jump. Go ahead. I mean, that was scripted. Yeah. I mean, what was that transition like? Well, that was one of these things where I was having such a great time on the Colbert report. But I didn't know how long would last, and I had also been doing it for six years. So Justus far as finding new moves and stretching myself, I was a little bit ready for something. And then I read the pilot for unbreakable. Kimmy Schmidt, which was called took in at the time. And I thought it was the funniest thing I've ever I was so excited by it and I thought if there's ever a project, I would leave this job that I love for. It would be this because you know, I bill long time admirer and fan of Tina and Robert. And it just felt like this was it. This was the thing to go for, and I was very happy when they hired me. Yeah. And so then you get us begins the whole new phase. When did you start thinking about this idea? I know it's something about the reuniting of Thies. Nineties pop groups was. I think that's the germ of the idea. Yes, so I Think around the Commish Mint Interactive I'd started Trying to think seriously about what show I would want to develop, and I had a few things I was trying to do like I wanted to be able to write about experiences.
"less than 20" Discussed on AM 970 The Answer
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"less than 20" Discussed on KQED Radio
"Black and Hispanic Americans are about twice as likely to die from covert 19 is white Americans, yet they have been vaccinated. At much lower rates across the country that in Chicago, about half of the city's vaccinations are for people of color. The mayor of Chicago, of course, is Lori Lightfoot, and she joins us now more like for thanks so much for being with us. Good morning, Scott. A pleasure to be with you early in the vaccine roll out less than 20% of vaccine doses went to Chicago. Once of color. Now, that's half. What did Chicago do? That can make a difference. Can it be done in other places? Well, we work extremely hard to overcome. Vaccine hasn't see in communities of color protect particularly black and like flat necks, and really that hard work began at the very beginning of the pandemic. We were seeing the disproportion impact on communities of color, this horrible virus. We went to work in those communities, which trusted partners. And I think those that hard work over time is starting to bear fruit in the significant off take to go from, you know the low teens. Of uptake in the early days of the vaccine program to now over 50% is remarkable turnaround, and it's really do that the hard work of so many people across our city certainly led by city government, But really, our partners in the neighborhoods deserve the credit because they recognize this life saving Vaccine has to go to those people that are most in need. And in our city That means communities of color. But what's the messaging in this Because, of course, you know, a lot of the hesitancy is historic, based on things that, obviously well, what's the message Inky were able to convince you there's there's no secret sauce, and it's really ah lot of diligence, one on one conversation and getting people who are trusted. Community partners in those neighborhoods who recognizable literally. We've gone door to door for months now to get people educated. Provide them with information really do a lot of myth busting and you've just got a Put in the hard work to overcome their fears. And I think as people have seen people that they recognize whether it's a mayor of color as I am or their neighbors who are getting the vaccine without adverse consequences. It's bringing people who are really standing on the sidelines into the field of play and saying, all right I'll do this. I think it's safe. Have to ask you Mayor Lightfoot, a zoo, you know. Chicago Tribune reported this week that the city spent more than $280 million nearly 60% of the discretionary spending money it got under the Caress Coronavirus relief package. On CPD, the Chicago police Department. Is that true? And what do you say? OK, I'm going to quote Alderman less Fatah. The first ward, who says that money should have been sent on spent on housing assistance in small businesses, not the police. Well, we spent Tens of millions of dollars on a significant number of community service and social service programs. As you know, Scott when the tears package Came from Congress. It came through specific line items and grants for programs like homelessness, community health, um, violence prevention and other things. Those were designated dollars where there was really no flexibility whatsoever and how that money was spent, and we spent it accordingly. There were some money, however, that the federal government gave to cities like Chicago to address the unprecedented need to respond to covert 19. And yes, we spent money on a range of first responder activities because they were at the front lines in many instances, particularly in the early days of our covert 19 response. So the criticism that somehow we should have taken a pass on free money from the federal government that came to address unprecedented and unbudgeted needs that were in our city just doesn't make any sense. I make no apologies for the fact that we took advantage of the opportunities that the federal gave government gave us rather than passing on. Was expensive to our taxpayers, so that the the choices do we actually take advantage of the re rope the money that has given us two by the federal government and save Burden on our taxpayers, or do we just pass along the cost to the taxpayers? I understand with our taxpayers every single day and do everything that I can to save them from any further burden, And that's exactly what we did in Chicago. Thanks so much my pleasure.