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"Monarch Legacy of Monsters, an Apple Original Series. The world is on fire. I decided to do something about it. On November 17th. This place, it's not ours. Believe me. The most massive event of the year arrives. If you come with me, you'll know everything, I promise. Oh my God, go, go, go! Monarch Legacy of Monsters, streaming November 17th. Only on Apple TV+. My guest today is one of the great storytellers of Stage and Screen, which is why it's only fitting that he's here at the Fest to collect the Storyteller Award. He's a playwright best known for writing 1986's The Colored Museum and co -writing 1992's Jelly's Last Gem. He's a theater director best known for directing the original Broadway productions of Angels in America Millennium Approaches and Angels in America Perestroika, two landmark plays in 1993, and a host of Broadway musicals, including 1996's Bring in the Noise, Bring in the Funk, 2004's Caroline or Change, and 2016's Shuffle Along. And he's a screen director best known for directing the 2005 limited series Lackawanna Blues and the films Night in Rodanthe from 2008, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks from 2017, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom from 2020, and this year's Rustin, the story of Bayard Rustin, the gay civil rights activist who organized the 1963 March on Washington. Over the course of his career, this 69 -year -old has been nominated 15 times for a Tony Award, winning three for best direction of a play for Angels in America Millennium Approaches in 1993, best direction of a musical for Bring in the Noise, Bring in the Funk in 1996, and best special theatrical event for Elaine Stritch at Liberty in 2002. He was nominated for an Emmy best directing for a limited series for Lackawanna Blues in 2005, and he has twice been nominated for the Directors Guild of America Award for outstanding directing of a miniseries or TV film for Lackawanna Blues in 2006, which resulted in a win, and for The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks in 2018. The New York Times' Ben Brantley has described him as a brilliant stage director, arguably the best now working in the American theater. The Los Angeles Times declared, there are few living talents who could be viewed as as much of a New York theater institution. Interview Magazine said it would be difficult to overstate his status on Broadway, and Tony Kushner proclaimed that he is the premier theater artist of my generation. And those are just the quotes about his work in theater. There are many more about his work in film. But without further ado, would you please join me in welcoming to the SCAD Savannah Film Festival and to the Hollywood Reporters Awards Chatter Podcast, Mr. George C. Wolfe. Mr. Wolfe, thank you so much for coming to Savannah. Glad to be here, glad to. Let's just start at the very beginning. Where were you born and raised, and what did your folks do for a living? I was born and raised in Frankfort, Kentucky. My mother was a teacher, and she later became a principal of the schools. I went to that school. She taught me. It was horrifying. My father worked for the state government, and that's that. For the first eight years of your life, the town in which you grew up was segregated. Yes. You have spoken about wanting to go see a movie, 101 Dalmatians, and not being able to do that because of your race. Well, my grandmother was this incredibly ferocious figure who would take on anybody. I telling remember her that I wanted to go see 101 Dalmatians at the Capitol Theater. I remember her calling and them telling her no. It was sort of startling and shocking and fascinating because it was the first time I'd ever see her come into contact with a no. So that was fascinating. But then it integrated, and then at one point, when I went to high school, I was editor of the high school newspaper, and I went and convinced the man who ran the Capitol Theater that I should go see movies for free so that I could write reviews. He said, but by the time the review comes out, the movies will be gone. I said, but it's cultivating a love of movies, and so that's what my column will do. It was my slight payback because then I got to go see movies for free. I love it. Let's talk, though, there's a moment you've described over the years. You were in fourth grade, and your, at that time, all black grade goes to an all white class. But that time, I think it was probably a little bit older, so I got about the PTA and the singing. Well, I think by that time, Frankfurt was integrated, but I still went to this black school which was connected to a university there. And the principal, this woman named Minnie J. Hitch, you told us, because we were going to be singing a song, and the lyrics were these truths we are declaring that all men are the same, that liberty is a torch burning with a steady flame. And she told us that when we got to the line that liberty is a torch burning with a steady flame, we should sing it with a ferocity and that we would shatter all racism in the room. So I literally remember these truths we are declaring that all men are the same, that liberty is a torch, you know. And then racism was gone. And racism was gone, exactly. They were all transformed. But it sort of was like so cluelessly wonderful for somebody to tell someone that young that if you say words and if you say them with power and conviction, you can change people. And that sense of potency of conviction and language was embedded in me, and it's never left. When did you see your first theatrical production that was done professionally? When I was 12 or 13, my mother went to do some advanced degree work at NYU, and she brought me a log, and it was one summer. And so I saw a production of West Side Story that was done at the State Theater at Lincoln Center. Then I saw a production of Hello Dolly with Cab Calloway and Pearl Bailey. And then I saw a production, as it turns out, from the Public Theater and Mobile Unit that Cleavon Little played Hamlet. Wow. And it was done in Washington Square Park. Wow. And some in respect, each of those three productions had, I think, a lasting impact on a kind of aesthetic. Right. And the thing interesting about the Mobile Unit, it was free. And so it was seeing the rawness of that energy of the audience was also very, it was very, very, really wonderful and really interesting and great. So the throughout rest of your time in high school, you were increasingly involved in theater and school. I don't know if it was specific, I think, was it writing, directing, acting? What were you focused on at that point? Acting and directing. And also it's very interesting because when I went to that high school, I stuttered really intensely. So this is one thing I was talking about earlier. So they decided that I was stupid because I stuttered. And so they called my mother over to the school to say, and they wanted to put me in remedial classes. And she says, are you crazy? No, that's not happening. And so I developed an Evita complex. So I said, by the time I leave this school, I will be running it. And so I was editor. I was drum major. I was the worst drum major since the dawn of time. I just, you know, I was editor of the newspaper, of the literary magazine. I just did all these stubs just to, you know, how dare you dismiss? I could tell. And I never heard the story about them calling my mother over, but I could tell I was being disregarded. Right. I sensed it. And I went, no. So you start college in Kentucky and then move to Pomona and California. What at that time? This is there. Oh, yeah. We're doing the whole thing. Exactly. What was the idea of going out to California? Was it just to have a change of scenery or did you were you already thinking maybe that's where you go if you want to be in show business? No, not at all. I had always dreamed of going to New York. I would I would watch, you know, TV shows that were set in New York, like the Dick Van Dyke Show. And I remember this is kind of neurotic and crazy. But I what I really I was obsessed with Disney and I wanted to have my own amusement park. But I wanted money. I knew you need a lot of money. So I decided that actors made a lot of money. This is when I was seven or eight. And so and I knew the actors starved. So when I was seven or eight, I used to practice not eating. So that when I went to New York, this is insanely true that, you know, that I so I could deal with it, you know. Well, little did I know one doesn't need to practice starvation. So you graduate from Pomona, go to L .A. for a little while to do theater, to do theater. OK, now theater, as I guess you quickly concluded, is primarily in New York. Well, yeah, I mean, at one point I did shows and I started to get some good reviews in the L .A. Times. And then I got called in. I don't even remember for to be a writer on a sitcom. And and I and I said something funny and they said, oh, he's quick. We're going to have to tie one hand behind his back. And I took that literally. And that's when I went I'm moving to New York. You know, I just was it was like time to go time to go time to go confront a whole bunch of other stuff and things I need to learn and get smarter about. Well, so, OK, you move. It's 1979. You're in your 20s. You moved to New York. Early 20s. Early 20s. Right, right, right. Very early. In fact, I was 19. I was just pretending to be 20. Something like that. Yeah. You moved to New York. There are a number of years then after moving there that were we can say lean. You got to put into practice not eating so much. You what said once quote, I came to New York to write and direct. And when I got here, a lot of my rage came out. Close quote. What do you mean by that? Well, it's so interesting because in L .A., it's you know, it's you know, there's more space. So so, you know, poverty and wealth are very much so separated. And then in New York, it's, you know, they're next door to each other. And the intensity of the inequity at the time, plus the fact that I had no real power over my existence, sort of magnified all of that. And I remember I remember seeing I remember at one time seeing this image of this of this woman in a fur coat. It was winter and eating chocolates and there was a subway vent and there was this homeless woman sitting there. And she had newspaper wrapped around her legs instead of boots. And she was like like crazy and was like and just seeing those two images next to each other. It's you know, it's the thing about New York. Every single time you step foot outside your front door, you see somebody who is worse off than you and you see somebody who is living a completely different life to you. So you have you get instant perspective whether you want it or not. So in those those leaner years, you are teaching a little bit. You're going to get your own MFA at NYU Tisch in dramatic writing, your... Dramatic writing and musical theater and a double MFA. And then there's a opportunity to have a work of yours produced for the first time at Playwrights' Horizon, which is a big deal. Playwrights? No. And how did that go? Well, it it was interesting. It was it was ultimately the best thing that could have happened for my career. I didn't direct it. I wrote the I wrote the book and I wrote the lyrics for it. And it and there were things that in the rehearsal process that I. And also, when I first came to New York, I said, I'm a writer and director, and they said, no, you can't do both. You have to focus in on one. I said, but I could do both. And they said, no, you can't. So I focused just on the writing. So then I there were things that were happening in the rehearsal room that I knew weren't right. But in the spirit of ra ra ra, getting along and being good guy and all this sort of stuff, I didn't object. And then I remember there was a tornado passing through New York City on the day my bad review came out. So I'm standing on the corner of 95th and Broadway with the winds blowing. I'm reading this hate review. And it was so very painful. But it was really interesting because it was very good for me because, you know, I went, oh, if this happens again, if I get another bad review. And of course, I've gotten bad reviews. But if it's going to be because it's my vision. Because it's I because I put every single thing I had on the line. Everybody, we're only in the room to make a very beautiful baby. And if we become good friends as a result of that, that's fine. But we all have a responsibility. The people that you're collaborating with to do their finest, best work. And you have to do your finest, best work. And it was interestingly enough, when I was at NYU, the piece that I wrote that bombed, I went, oh, this is going to be successful. And then there was this play that I wrote just for myself called The Colored Museum. And yeah, none of y 'all applauded when I said the title of the other thing, Paradise, did you? No. But that's what happened. It was the most interesting thing because I wrote one for success and I wrote one for myself. And that was the thing that succeeded. And so it was a very deeply, deeply, deeply valuable lesson. It was just like, and then eight weeks later, all those people who trashed, eight weeks, no, eight months were that it were eight weeks. Eight months later, all those people who trashed me were going, oh, where has he been? Oh, my God. Oh, my God. Oh, my God. And I'm so glad it happened that way. I'm so glad that the first piece was treated that way so that therefore it gave me a clarity and a sense of responsibility. And doing and doing work that I believed in and and that was that I believe mattered as opposed to something that was going to lead to success. It was just one of those slap you in the face and get smart, George. So you mentioned The Colored Museum, which let's just say, though, you know, you had you're coming off the rough review. How did you even get the opportunity to do The Colored Museum, which is going to as if you don't know, it was the first big success for Mr. Wolf. So how did that opportunity even come out of that? Well, it came out of that because I was at Playwrights Horizons because the guy named Lee Richardson, who was running a theater called Crossroads, said you're at Playwrights Horizons. And I don't think there's ever been a black playwright at Playwrights Horizons. Do you have something else that you've written? I said, well, funny you should ask. Dada, Colored Museum. And so that's how it happened. So there is there were they were both connected in a in a in a way that didn't seem so at the time, but was sort of brilliantly perfect. I want to ask you. So The Colored Museum is produced at Crossroads in 86 and then moved to the Public Theater in 87, which you'll notice the Public Theater, the great off Broadway institution, is going to come up quite a few times in this conversation. But for people who weren't around at that time or don't know or whatever, can you describe what The Colored Museum is about and what the controversy backlash that that provoked was? Because it was you you had to develop thick skin early on because it was not all fun and games in response to that one either. Well, but that was different. That was called pure unadulterated jealousy. So that was that was that was just, you know, I came from nowhere and all of a sudden I'm at the Public Theater. And Frank Rich wrote a wrote a review, a rave review, and said it's the kind of playwright who takes no prisoners. And people thought and that meant he kills people. The language kills them. And people thought that that meant I was soft. So it was just like that was just dumb cluelessness. That was very that was very easy to dismiss. And and, you know, and it was it was just jealousy. It was and that I, you know, I went, oh, my feelings are hurt. Oh, I'm over that. OK, go to hell. You know, it's just sort of like I didn't I didn't sweat about that. Well, tell us a little bit about the show, because this is your big success. First. Yeah, it was first. Well, it's it's interesting when I was at NYU. In the dramatic writing program, there are about three or four people writing plays about old black tap dancers, and they didn't happen to be old black or tap dancers. And so and I was just I was just I just thought about it. And I said, so somebody has figured out, has made a decision or dynamics have been created so that people have decided what black is. And I'm going, I'm black, I'm black my entire life. And I view it as this ever changing, complicated, insane, brilliant, amazing thing. So it was an effort to shatter, shatter any preconceived notions that I thought were going to stand in the way of what I wanted to create. So I wrote this play, which was eight exhibits set inside a museum. So I wanted to shatter all the perception, any perceptions that were in my head. So it's to liberate me to go in any direction that I wanted it to. And that's what happened. And it became this and it became this very successful show. It played, I think, for I think for 10 months at the Public Theater. Then it went to the Royal Court in London. Then it toured all around. And now it's it's high schools do it now and stuff, which is great. So it's in. And then as a result of it, then I started getting interesting from that. I went from, you know, being completely flat broke to then I met the kids of studios. I got Mike Nichols wanted me to write a movie for him. Robert Altman wanted me to write movies. So all of a sudden, you know, these job opportunities happened. But it wasn't for many years that you actually went into film. In the meantime, you were kind of seizing this interest in the theater, this opportunity now in theater. There was a person who is legendary by the name of Joseph Papp, who founded and ran the public, who took a great interest in you and, you know, brought you in there. And and we can say, you know, in addition to producing the colored museum, right. Named you one of three resident directors there offered to have a producing entity within the public for you. This was a big champion to have. He then passes away in 1991. He gets succeeded by a lady who was there for only 18 months. And then in August 1993, this institution of the sort of first thing that comes to mind when you think, at least for me, off Broadway comes looking for a new director. How did you become aware that there was interest in you for that position? And was it was that job, which you then spoiler alert, got and held for the next 12 years? Was it what you thought it would be? Nothing is ever what you think is going to be. But that's the point of the journey. It was actually it was I was I directed a Broadway show called Jealous Last Jab. And then I was then offered Angels in America. And and then I was in the middle of directing a seven hour play. And then they called up my lawyer and said, we want to talk to George about running the public theater. And I went, well, I'm kind of busy right now. Can they come back after? And they said no. And so they wanted to make a decision. So when I was in rehearsal, it was announced that I was running the public theater. It was I loved the thing which I loved. I loved, loved about running the public theater was giving artists money, giving artists money and spaces where they could go do work. It was that, you know, because I after after Jelly, I went, oh, this is hard. Surviving Broadway and dealing with all of these all of the dynamics and the money and the audiences and all of that stuff. This is really, really hard. And you have to be really, really tough. And so I knew all these artists who were really gifted, incredibly gifted people, but maybe weren't as tough. Can we can I just mention a few? Because these are shows that were given a spotlight by you in those years, which, in fact, several of them were just revived in the last couple of years. So decades later, people are, you know, coming back to them. But let's note, Twilight, Los Angeles, 1992. This was a dear, dear, very Smith and important show there. That was 1994. We had Top Dog Underdog, Suzan -Laurie Parks wins the Pulitzer for that 19 excuse me, 2002. Take me out again. Just revive. So these are the kinds of people who were talking about where you can. And this the public was not particularly known for its being inclusive prior to your tenure. Well, I'd say it was I think probably yes. I think it's also a place that gave us, you know, for colored girls and it's also a place that gave us for short eyes. So I'm so I would I wouldn't totally agree with that. And also these were very smart artists and these were tough artists. But there were, you know, it's just you people when you're beginning, you need a place to play, which means you need a place to fail so that you can get smarter. Like I had with Playwrights Horizons, you need you need to to do the work and not feel the pressure of it being the biggest hit in the world because you're growing and you're learning and you're getting smarter and you're getting tougher and you're learning more savvy. Just like the things that I allowed on the first production that was done, I didn't allow on the second one. And so you get, you know, so you're growing, you're growing all these muscles. It's not just your talent muscles. It's your your ability to defend yourself and to protect your work and to go, I disagree with that. And, you know, I remember one time there was a writer who was doing a play and a couple of things got really wonky at rehearsals. And I said, well, why didn't you speak up? He said, well, I was just scared that I was actually doing a play at the public theater and somebody was going to discover I didn't know what the hell I was doing and throw me out. And it's that fear you have to get. You have to realize that fear and doubt and other stuff, all that stuff is a part of growing and you have to have permission to grow. And so that's that's what I took on very much so, which is creating a space that was there. I wanted the I wanted the audiences and the artists there. I wanted it to look like the subway at rush hour in New York. I wanted to have all kinds of people there. So that was the thing that I loved after a while. It became very, very clear to me that as much as I was creating spaces for other artists, it was very challenging to be one. And while being in charge. Well, let's go back to, again, what you were doing when you got that opportunity to go there, because this was the beginning. While you're creating these opportunities for people off Broadway, you were making your first inroads on Broadway. As you mentioned, Jelly's Last Jam, 1992, you co -wrote and directed this about Jelly Roll Morton and the birth of jazz. Your first Broadway show musical with Gregory Hines and small role the first time you're working with Savion Glover. And this gets 11 Tony nominations, wins three and sort of leads to Angels in America. Now, this is it's been looked back at. I think the New York Times looked at it as the greatest show on Broadway of the last 30 years. It's an all timer, obviously, but you first saw it as a spectator in Los Angeles. It started at the Mark Tabor Forum. There doesn't sound like there was even a thought in your head that you might ever have anything to do with this. How did that change? Well, Jelly had opened up and I worked with a producer named Margo Lion, who passed away, who was a very dear friend of mine. And everybody, you know, and there were some changes that were going to be made from the Tabor to when it moved to Broadway. And she brought my name up and Tony Kushner and someone called me up and said, Tony Kushner wants to come and talk to you. I said, OK. And he came over and he talked and I had never read the play. I had only seen it. So I talked to him about it and just gave him my observations.
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"Hi everybody, Dennis and Julie, Dennis Prager and Julie Hartman. What number is this, by the way? I was wondering. I think it's 88. The speed of time. We were just commenting on that right before. 88 is correct. The irony is the wrong word. The interesting aspect of today is that we could speak for four hours. We would need perhaps a bathroom break, and then we would do another four hours. Because that is how much is on my mind, and you have a lot of stuff on your mind. As everyone knows, this Dennis and Julie podcast is not news -driven. We may make reference to something happening, but it's a free -for -all thought life, us. Extravaganza. Extravaganza, that's a good term. But I have to say that the events in Israel have been consuming, and I don't let myself get consumed. I'm very even -tempered, as you well know. I've worked on it all of my life, and I remain even -tempered now. I am watching evil of such magnitude, and vast numbers of people who support that evil. That is more depressing. Right. See, there were no pro -Nazi demonstrations. In the United States. Around the world. During World War II. Around the world. Yeah, exactly. Or even in the 30s. There were Nazis, but there's a tiny element, and they were regarded by mainstream people as morally defective human beings. But here, the announcement that a nation should be destroyed, and you have this mass support for that idea? There was a, it's interesting, there was not a tavern, I'm thinking in British terms, using tavern. Which, by the way, we should acknowledge that we were both in London. Yes, and we will get to that, hopefully, yes. But there was a, was it a diner, or some sort of restaurant in the New York area, I believe it was, and the owner put out pictures of Israeli kids who had been kidnapped. And his entire staff quit. Did you see this story? I did not, no. His entire staff quit, and a certain number of his patrons would not return. And word got out, and now he's doing better business than ever, because so many people are now frequenting his restaurant. But what does that mean? I mean, what was his staff composed of? That putting pictures of kidnapped Israeli kids is morally objectionable, that you quit your job? Well, we saw that at NYU, I believe it was NYU, could have been Columbia, but there was a university where students on their windows put up faces of the hostages, and they were torn down. And there was a video that I saw the other day where a member of the U .S. Women's National Soccer Team was driving in Los Angeles past a pro -Israel protest. She rolled down her window and raised her hand in the hall of Hitler. She was on the team. She's not. Oh, she's not now. Oh, okay. I thought she was now. It's really terrifying to see these people coming out of the woodwork, and they are so unashamed of their anti -Semitism. It means there's not that much stigma. Right. Well, Vivek Ramaswamy, the other night in the third presidential debate, which by the way, shout out to our company, Salem Media Group, for co -hosting, co -moderating that debate. He, and just to give another aside about Vivek, his opening line where he came – did you see this? Where he came after Ronna McDaniel, NBC for peddling the Russia collusion hoax. I was watching that, like cheering him on. That was the best line ever in debate history. Putting that aside, he had a really, I thought, great line too about anti -Semitism where he said that it reflects a greater rot in the society. That's exactly right. You say it with the canary in the mine. Right. That – There are noxious fumes. Yes. And so it shows the moral degradation of the United States of America in general. And how amazing, by the way, because we're supposedly so woke and we're so race -conscious and we're so, you know, people who are oppressed -conscious. And yet the fact that we're seeing this across the board in businesses, universities, individual people who are unashamed to come out with their anti -Semitism, I hope people are finally seeing the light, that this is a morally confused and morally corrupt culture that we're in. So I wrote an article, I looked it up, I didn't remember, 2015, so that would be eight years ago. Oh, was it – is this the Pakistan one? No, that's another one and that's totally worthy of noting. I wrote a piece, let me see if I can see it right now, and it was titled – God, it's really – I want people to read it because I would actually like to read excerpts for a moment on this issue. Let's see if I can here. Well, I didn't think I would be reading from it, so I didn't prepare it and I don't want to waste people's time, but it was an article about – remember when there was a huge influx of Muslims from the Middle East to Europe and the United States? So it was 2015 and I wrote, my heart breaks for a lot of these people, Syrians were being slaughtered en masse and Iraqis and ISIS and Syria, and I wrote, look, they're going to bring into Europe and – it was really about Europe – they're going to bring into Europe not everyone, obviously, but a lot of them will bring anti -Western values with them. People don't come naked, they wear their values, which is inevitable, if I moved somewhere I would bring my values with me.
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"Willy Wonka? The new film Wonka offers a little insight and it had its premiere last night in London. My name is Willy Wonka. Timothy Chalamet is the latest actor to take a stab at the iconic character of Willy Wonka, the origin story of the fictional chocolatier Wonka at its premiere Tuesday night in London. Chalamet was asked if he looked to the any of other on -screen Wonkas as inspiration, either Johnny Depp's version. This is really like a companion piece of the Gene Wilder film, true to pure imagination being in it. Wonka will hit theaters in the US December 15th. Jason Nathanson, ABC News, Hollywood. The reason for Daryl Hall's restraining order against John Oates is revealed. According to a complaint obtained by People, Hall was granted the temporary restraining order against Oates to stop his alleged plans to sell his share of a joint business to a third party. Hall claims the sale would violate a business agreement they reached in 2021. And country music icon Keith Toby headed to Las Vegas in December announcing back -to -back shows amid his ongoing cancer battle. They're going to be December 10th, 11th, and 14th at the Dolby Live at Park MGM theater. 62 The -year -old recently telling E! News last month that he was feeling pretty good, although his cancer was a bit of a roller coaster. I'm Marina Rockinger and here's what's going on sponsored by Muckleshoot Casino. Some fantastic music in the next several days. Tomorrow night Danny Serafin of the band Chicago wraps up stand his at Jazz Alley. Seattle's own The
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"Government's final estimate on third quarter economic growth shows the economy was doing even better than first estimates with gdp at an annual rate of five point two percent if that's right it's the fastest pace of economic growth in two years the washington post wants to cut two hundred forty jobs both union and non -union through voluntary buyouts but just one hundred twenty have said yes leaving it two weeks until its voluntary deadline the washington post is told employees if it misses the target ill implement involuntary layoffs uber now let's dc taxis sign up to be be able to respond to uber ride request new york and los angeles tune out we were is making the peace offering to one of its most contentious markets letting london's famous black cab drivers to the dow is up twenty five points the s and p five hundred is up eight the nasdaq's up thirty jeff label w t o p news this report is sponsored by whole foods market head to whole foods market for holiday party savings on delectable desserts crisp wines and more special now through december twelfth just ahead the house of representatives may soon have
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'Billboard' Chris Elston Takes a Stand Against Child Mutilation
"Us now is someone I have admired from afar on social media. He's a very courageous man and very effective. Billboard Chris joins us now. It's BillboardChris .com. If you're not familiar with Billboard Chris, he's a father of two girls, and he decided to take a stand against gender ideology. And he goes out into the street over 2 ,500 hours and has conversations while wearing a billboard. For example, one of them is children cannot consent to puberty blockers. His name is Chris Elston, and he joins us now. Chris, thank you so much for taking the time. Thank you so much for having me, Charlie. It's a big honor to be here. So Chris, tell us your story. 2 ,500 hours in the streets, kind of a free speech advocate of the West. Tell us your story and what you have learned by having over 2 ,500 hours of dialogue. Sure. So in 2019, I learned about these things called puberty blockers. And I'm just a normal dad living out in the suburbs who used to be a financial advisor. And I've got two little girls. And I said to myself, what the heck are puberty blockers? And I looked it up. And of course, these are drugs being given to kids to stop their development because these kids have been led to believe that they were born in the wrong body, which is extraordinarily psychologically abusive, never mind all the physical harm coming to these kids. And I learned all about this. And the more I learned, the worse it got. And I decided to take a stand against what I consider to be the greatest child abuse scandal in modern medicine history. And the only way I could really reach people as a guy with no platform or anything was to head outside and talk to them one on one. And I had a vision for this whole thing. And I knew if I just kept going outside talking to people that I would help educate them and help to activate other people. And when the borders opened up in 2021, I started heading down to the States where it's been just phenomenal. I get so much support down there. There are so many great conservative organizations helping me. And today, this is the number one cultural issue of the day, raising awareness about this child abuse all over the conservative airwaves. We have 20 states just this past year who have passed legislation to stop this madness. And I just keep going, traveling the world. I was just in London. I'll be heading to Australia in a few months. And I'm never going to stop this until this child abuse stops.
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A highlight from 1454: How Much Will 1 Bitcoin be Worth By 2025? - Fidelity
"In today's show, I'll be breaking down the latest Bitcoin technical analysis, as we're currently pumping, looking to retest 36 G's baby. And quoting the high priest of Bitcoin, Max Keiser, Bitcoin separates money from the state, defund monarchy, defund the central banks, Bitcoin fixes this. He also predicts rate cuts will boost Bitcoin to his $220 ,000 target, send it, let's freaking go. Also breaking news, Bitcoin ordinals see a resurgence on the Binance listing, we'll also be discussing Caitlin Long's Custodia Bank officially launches her Bitcoin custody platform, as well as Hong Kong is now considering crypto ETFs as part of an effort to become the leading digital asset hub. I'll be breaking down this latest report, as well as the latest regarding Bitcoin ETFs and the fresh surge of capital incoming. We're also going to be discussing one of the largest asset managers in the world, which is Fidelity, currently with four and a half trillion in assets under management, exactly how much one Bitcoin will be worth by the year 2025, according to their head of macro, Jerry and Timur. Now that we have had a new price pump, this is a brand new prediction I have never shared before. 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 crypto news alerts .net. Welcome everyone. This is podcast episode number 1454. I'm your host JV and today is November 7th, 2023. We have lots to cover. Let's kick it off with our market watch as we do each and every day. As you can see on your screen, we got Bitcoin back in the green, looking to retest 36 ,000 and creeping towards that target while Ethereum, BNB and XRP are currently pulling back and in the red. And checking out coinmarketcap .com, the current crypto market cap is on the climb as well at 1 .34 trillion dollars with roughly 45 and a half billion in volume in the past 24 hours. The Bitcoin dominance a little on the decline here today at 51 .8 % and the Ether dominance has been dropping as well, currently at 17 % even. I'd love for you to tell me in that chat, how high do you feel this Bitcoin dominance is likely to climb for this cycle peak? Let me know. And checking out the top 100 crypto gainers of the past 24 hours, we got the trust wallet token leading the pack up 9 % trading at $1 .79, followed by Solana up 9 % trading at 44 bucks, followed by Kronos up almost 8 % trading just under 8 cents and checking out crypto bubbles so we can see the top 100 gainers of the past week. Kind of a lot in the red right now, but we do have a handful in the green as well. BNTWT up 9 % and PLS up 6 .4 % and TON up 6 .7 % with the biggest loser being WeMixed down almost 19 % and checking out one of my favorite indicators, the crypto greed and fear index shows we're currently rated a 68 in greed yesterday was a 74 last week a 66 and last month a 50 dead in the middle, which is neutral. So there you have it, fam. How many of you are currently bullish on that king crypto? Please let me know in that live chat. So let's just kick it off into high gear and let's break down today's Bitcoin technical analysis. Check out the charts where the Bitcoin price action is likely to go next. So here we go. Check it out. You're looking at the Bitcoin one hour candle chart here. Bitcoin fell towards 34 .5 November 7th as analysts attention turned to mushrooming the open interest data from coin Telegraph and trading view showed Bitcoin struggling to reclaim 35 ,000 to support Bitcoin lacked clear direction into the Wall Street open, but market participants predicted the volatility would soon return. The reason they said was a sharp increase in open interest on derivative markets, quitting them here, almost 10 ,000 BTC worth 350 million in open interest added today, according to financial commentator Ted talks macro now coin Telegraph open interest reaching elevated levels has coincided with bouts of volatility in the recent months. Current levels total nearly 15 and a half billion at this time. And James van Stratton research and data analysts at crypto insights crypto slate described the fluctuations as noticeable, quitting him here. The CME exchange preferred by institutional investors has achieved a new record in open interest with 105 ,000 BTC contracts open valid at $3 .68 billion. Finance has edged past this figure would open interest of approximately 113 ,500 BTC. This trend points to increasing involvement in Bitcoin futures, hinting at either a positive shift in the market mood or a move towards protective strategies by the investors. Now the sense of uncertainty over how the open interest phenomenon would play out was shared by J .A. Martin, a contributor of on -chain analytics platform crypto quant as he shares here on X Bitcoin on the low timeframe. The open interest on Bitcoin futures is ramping up. Certain apes are taken significant positions, but it is unclear to me whether they're going to short or too long. Now in his analysis, he suggests the open interest was now in a territory that had previously seen 20 % of the Bitcoin price drawdowns, quitting him here historically, whenever this metric surpassed 12 .2 billion, it resulted in a minimum 20 % decline of the Bitcoin price. That interest open deserved significant attention. Now continuing this current pump, we have 36 ,000, which I think we're likely to retest here shortly as we started pumping right before I went live. According to school analytics, Bitcoin's looking like a short covering bounce here. Some open interest is coming off the lows here too. Word up and good to note. And going back here, let's see what other analysts we can quote here. We also have material indicators who shared the following. Calling a local top at 36 ,000 doesn't mean 36 ,000 is off the table this year. But the metrics I'm looking at indicate that at the very least it is off the table for this week. He says that call also doesn't mean the price will free fall back to the prior 25, 28, five range. But if a bull breakout isn't validated for this month, that range low is critical. So there you have it. I disagree with this analyst. Clearly, we're pumping right now and I feel we're likely to retest 36 ,000 potentially here today. We shall soon see. And quoting Max Keiser, the high priest of Bitcoin, he says, Bitcoin separates money and all that gold from the state, defund monarchy, defund the central banks. Bitcoin fixes this and he's responding to this news here. The king delivers the king's speech from the throne in the House of Lords chamber. The speech is written by the government and sets out the legislative agenda for the new session. Max Keiser also wrote here in regards to this tweet, the Fed doesn't want to talk about rate cuts, but Wall Street is sniffing out an increasing likelihood of just that. Six months ago, if the economy had fallen off the cliff, the Fed's hands were tied and it couldn't cut rates. Well, now it can. And Max Keiser responded, the rate cuts will boost Bitcoin to my 220 ,000 dollar target for sure. We'll send it and let's freaking go. Let's dive into our next story of the day and discuss the latest with Bitcoin ordinals, which is their NFTs. How many of you have actually experimented or used Bitcoin ordinals before? Please do let me know. Ordinals is a BRC20 token collection minted on the Bitcoin blockchain, which surged 80 or sorry, 40 percent in the past 24 hours to $10 .19 after listing on the crypto exchange Binance. And according to Binance's November 7th announcement, traders can now trade ordinals against Tether. Now, Bitcoin and the Turkish lira as well, Binance claims that it did not charge developers any listing fees for the already token and that withdrawals will now open November 8th as part of the initial incentives. The first 1000 users who deposit at least 72 already to the exchange receive 50 USDT trading rebate voucher, quoting them here already is a relatively new token that poses a higher than normal risk and as such will likely be subject to high price volatility. Word up. Now, the Bitcoin ordinals is a numbering system that assigns a unique number to each individual Satoshi or one 100 million of a Bitcoin, enabling tracking and transfer and combined with the inscription process, which adds an additional layer of data to each Satoshi. This allows users to make unique digital assets on the digital Bitcoin blockchain. The current token listed on Binance already is not associated with developers of Bitcoin ordinals. Good to note. Invented by Web3 developer Rod or more in January, BRC20 tokens have surged in popularity of one of the largest technological advancements in a 15 year old block chain. Now, self custody wallet providers such as BitKeep now BitGet Wallet have enabled BRC20 token deposits as well as withdrawals since June. The total market cap of BRC20 tokens currently stands at one point three four billion dollars. So there you have it. Hi, fam. Let's dive into our next story of the day and discuss the latest with Custodia Bank now offering Bitcoin custodial services. This is actually pretty cool. And this is Caitlin Long's company. By the way, she's also very bullish on BTC Custodia Bank, a crypto friendly bank founded by Bitcoin advocate Caitlin Long launched its BT custody platform. The firm shared November 7th to announce the launch of Custodia Bank's Bitcoin custody service targeting businesses like fiduciaries, investment advisors, fund managers and corporate treasurers. The launch comes soon after Custodia Bank earned approval from the Wyoming Division of Banking to go live with the service. The announcement notes and announcing the news, Custodia Bank emphasized that the platform is a non lending bank built by Bitcoiners that offer segregated custody accounts on its custom built Bitcoin custody platform. The statement said Custodia Bank offers integrated Bitcoin custody and U .S. dollar services all on one platform designed to simplify the user operations while reducing risk. Here's what they shared. Since we built our Bitcoin custody platform in -house, we are especially grateful to those willing to help us by providing user feedback. Now, Custodia Bank's approval from the Wyoming Division of Banking follows a series of regulatory challenges for the firm. Back in January of this year, the Federal Reserve Board rejected the bank's application to become a member of the Federal Reserve System. Not surprising, right? Saying it was inconsistent with the required factors under the law. The Fed subsequently denied Custodia's request to reconsider its membership application in the system. That's just straight wrong. In a detailed report back in March, the Fed's board said the decision to reject Custodia's app was due to concerns about banks with high concentration of activities related to the crypto industry. Hence why they don't want it. They don't want to support crypto, fam. It's clear. Custodia Bank opened for business in August of this year, though the Fed has blocked much of its proposed business model, which doesn't come as a surprise. Founded in 2020, Custodia is a bank aiming to bridge the gap between digital assets and a digital asset custodian. The firm was formerly known as Avante Financial Group and is based in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Custodia Bank did not immediately respond to requests for comment, but hey, it's definitely a good sign that adoption is coming and banks will be integrating Bitcoin or they're just going to get left behind. So hopefully many major banks follow in the footsteps of Caitlin Long's Custodia Bank. But let me know, fam, how you guys feel. And a reminder, only keep in the bank what you're willing to lose at the end of the day. Because what if there was a bank run? Even with it being FDIC insured, they don't have the money to give it to everybody. Hence what happened earlier in the year with the regional banking crisis and what happened in return to Bitcoin. We started pumping. In fact, Bitcoin's up well over 100 percent since the start of the year. And I feel we're just getting started. All right, fam. Now let's dive into our next story of the day and discuss the latest with the ETF news coming out of Hong Kong, which I know is not in the mainland of China, but still considered a part of China. And I think we're going to have ETF adoption not just in the United States, but clearly in Asia as well as in the Middle East, because in all markets they're seeking it and competition definitely a good thing, especially when it comes to these ETFs. So let's break down this latest report. Hong Kong is reportedly weighing the possibility of allowing the spot crypto ETF in a Bloomberg report. The Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission CEO, Julia Leong, outlines what it would take for the spot crypto ETFs to be authorized in the city -state, quoting her here. We welcome proposals using innovative tech that boost efficiency and customer experience. We're happy to try it as long as new risks are addressed. Our approach is consistent regardless of the asset. So according to Bloomberg, Hong Kong currently only allows future based crypto ETFs and among the listed products includes the Samsung Bitcoin futures active as well as the Bitcoin and Ethereum futures ETF issued by CSOP Asset Management. The possibility of a spot crypto ETF getting approved in Hong Kong comes at a time when Hong Kong's ambitions of becoming a leading digital asset hub are in high gear. According to the report earlier in the year, Hong Kong rolled out a virtual asset regulatory framework and on the crypto regulatory framework. Here's what she shared, Hong Kong's comprehensive virtual asset regulatory framework follows the principle of same business, same risks, same rules, and aims to provide robust investor protections and manage those key risks. This will enable the industry to develop sustainably and support innovation. Also reports emerged in June that Hong Kong Monetary Authority pushed for banks in the city -state to offer their services to licensed crypto exchanges. It was also reported in February that China was supposedly in support of Hong Kong's plans to allow both institutional and retail investors to trade in crypto assets. So there you have it, fam, mass adoption. Let's freaking go. We all know there's trillions of dollars sitting on the sidelines just awaiting that spot Bitcoin ETF approval. And once we get that green light game on, it will absolutely be a game changer. But anyways, fam, now let's discuss Bitcoin ETFs being we're discussing them already. And it's on everyone's mind right now before we break into the latest prediction from one of the largest asset manager, Fidelity, who currently controls four and a half trillion in assets under management. Let's first discuss these BlackRock ETFs and ETFs from some of the other asset managers. Here we go. The launch of a spot Bitcoin ETF from BlackRock is a highly anticipated event in the crypto industry. I'd say the biggest, most anticipated event next to the Bitcoin halving. You know what I mean? It's expected to provide unprecedented institutional access to the crypto market, representing a significant shift from leading banks and promising substantial capital inflows. These developments will eventually change the industry and kickstart the new market cycle. What we're seeing in the market at the current moment is still speculation by the whales, some traditional firms and industry insiders. Now, while the move towards the ETF app approval is a positive development, the price discovery mechanism for Bitcoin is typically driven by derivatives like perpetuals. Let's keep in mind that these are leverage orders that can be liquidated with the right catalyst, whether on the upside or doing a pullback as traders take profit or leverage longs get liquidated. This means that recent price hikes post announcements weren't necessarily caused by a fresh inflow of institutional capital. Though that will happen eventually, they were actually caused by speculation around ETFs driven by people already plugged into the crypto space, including the whales, quoting them here. An ETF approval means that there will be an exponential increase in the amount of capital with access to BTC. That's right. And spot ETF. Unlike futures, there is true price discovery, so there will be no market manipulation. So we should still take this as a sign of institutional interest. It is not unlikely that the capital that kept Bitcoin outperforming traditional assets came from the large institutions or savvy allocators of capital buying ahead of the positive ETF news. CME futures are dominating the crypto future markets right now, suggesting that indeed it might be more traditional institutions that are speculating. These are some of the players that have entered the room in the previous cycles, bull run or not. This kind of activity is par for the course. Now, how capital from Bitcoin ETFs will eventually trickle down? Let's discuss it. We should still pay attention to the possibility of fresh capital coming in. Former BlackRock managing director Stephen Schoenfeld stated at CC Data's Digital Asset Summit in London that an ETF approval can bring 20 billion dollars into Bitcoin. While we all know that's extremely conservative, I'm looking at trillions pouring into the King, just saying. While Alliance Bernstein, the global asset management company, expects the BlackRock ETF approval to drive the crypto asset management way up, all the way up. Now, ultimately, an ETF approval means there will be an exponential increase in the amount of capital with access to BTC. This simple change will be greater than any other development in the market's history. This arrival of capital will come over time as more and more investors and asset managers digest the news, deciding that an allocation is not only responsible, but absolutely necessary preach. Likewise, the adoption of this financial product will take years as institutions such as broker dealers, banks and RIA's undergo due diligence and other processes before they can even offer Bitcoin ETFs. It will also hinge on the arrival of key players such as market makers that are an essential factor in building investor confidence. The role of the market maker is vital to ETFs. They are responsible for creating and redeeming new shares of an ETF, a role designed to keep its price tethered to the price implied by the value of the ETF holdings. Now, finally, we have the question of what a Bitcoin ETF means for the rest of the crypto market beyond Bitcoin itself. Market cycles have historically moved from Bitcoin first to ETH second and then cycled into the smaller altcoins or more exotic projects. This time around, the effects might be less direct, but still obviously noticeable. It is true that a rising tide is not guaranteed in the aftermath of the ETFs going live as the new inflow of capital will not come in the form of direct ownership of BTC. Investors who choose that instrument won't easily be able to change or diversify their exposure to other crypto assets until more ETFs are introduced. Now let's break into our featured story of the day and discuss what will one Bitcoin be worth in the year 2025. While Fidelity's head of macro, Julian Timmer, makes this prediction with an exact number. There's a brand new prediction I've never shared before, so let's break this one down, shall we? A massive shout out to everyone in that live chat just joining us. Fidelity Investments global macro director, Julian Timmer, is updating his outlook on Bitcoin following the latest Bitcoin price surge. He just shared on X to his almost 200 ,000 followers. The Bitcoin can soar beyond $96 ,000 by 2025 due to two main factors. He lays out a scenario for Bitcoin's price performance in the coming years based on retail interest rates, which is the interest rate minus inflation and the Bitcoin adoption rate, which is based on historical Internet adoption. Quoting Timmer here, with Bitcoin moving up once again, will its adoption curve accelerate as it did a few years ago? And how does the macro trend on rates affect it? Here's the data to consider. Here you go. I show a fair value band based on both the slope of the Internet adoption curve and the path for real rates. The bottom boundary assumes that the treasury inflation protected securities real rate of 2 .5 % and the upper boundary assumes negative 2%, which is where we were in 2021. The macro can speed up or slow down the adoption curve, which we have seen play out recently as outlined here in this chart. And looking at the chart, the analyst predicts the Bitcoin price would hit the lower bound of 41 ,000 in 2025 if the TIPS real rate remains as high as the current rate. However, if the real rate declines to what it was in 2021, the price prediction would soar to $96 ,210 in 2025, which is a 175 % increase from the current value. Now let's read his thread, which he shared here on X. I also got to throw out there, he also is predicting a $1 billion Bitcoin price by the year 2038. So by 2025, yeah, a little conservative, but extremely bullish for the long haul on Bitcoin. And I know I've covered that previously here on the show. How many of you have heard the billion dollar price prediction from Jerry and Timmer as I have covered it here? Let me know in that live chat. But anyways, let's just break down what he did share here in the thread so you can see the full discussion. Here we go. Above, I show the fair value, as I mentioned a little earlier. He also mentions the macro can speed up or slow down, which we have seen play out recently as outlined in the chart. He also says, assuming for a moment that Bitcoin will mature into an asset class that plays on the same team as gold and silver, how should we think about where it should sit in a 60 -40 portfolio and what would be a reasonable position size? Great question. Here's what he says. The good news for Bitcoin is it is an annualized volatility down from its 2018 peak, although at 58 % is still head and shoulders above traditional asset classes. That's right. There's no asset in which can compete with the king crypto because Bitcoin is a hedge against inflation as well as a hedge against deflation. It's a store value. It's incorruptible. It's unconfiscatable. And guess what? Gold can't compete either. He also shares here even better is 52 week correlation versus the S &P 500 had declined steadily and is now actually negative. More on the Bitcoin outlook on the next thread. And I highly encourage you to follow Jerry and Timmer. He shares a lot of good threads here, especially regarding Bitcoin and what's happening around, you know, the ETFs, the Bitcoin halving, the macro and all of these TA, which is technical analysis. You know what I mean? Let's see if I can find another good thread for you. He has quite a lot and he's very active as well. Here we go. Here's a good thread right here. He mentions continuing the discussion for my recent thread on Bitcoin. Let's talk about Bitcoin as a store of value. Yes, please. Let's talk about this. Shall we? Gold is delivering solid risk adjusted returns remains hard to beat above. We see that gold has one of the best sharp ratios out there, but Bitcoin is respectable as well in line with other major asset classes. This chart is based on monthly returns because it broadens the universe of alts. In this case, alt such as managed futures and equity long, short hedge funds are the less liquid variety, which broadens the mix while improving their returns. And below is a ranking of correlations to the S &P 500 based on monthly data of September. Bitcoin still has a positive correlation to the equities, but less than many other assets as outlined right here in this chart. And don't forget to check out CryptoNewsAlerts .net for the full premium experience with video and to participate in our live Q &A. And I look forward to seeing you on tomorrow's episode. HODL.
A highlight from Bitcoin ETF Frenzy | Bloomberg Intelligence INTERVIEW
"All right today we're going to dive into some ETF news but also some analysis from the experts really looking at the potential of what ETFs might mean for crypto in general but also of course Bitcoin. We'll dive in deep. My name is Paul Berra. Welcome back in to Tech Path. Joining me today is James Safert who is an ETF analyst over at Bloomberg Intelligence. Great to have you back James. Thanks for having me on Paul. Happy to be here. Excellent. Excellent. Last time we had you on early stages of a lot of the ETF activity. I won't let you off the hook about the ETH ETF though because we're going to ask you about that. The potential. But I want to go into first of all a little bit about what's been happening over the last 60 days. And most of this has been around the potential for BlackRock. And let's just kind of get that question out of the way. Obviously BlackRock I would say the number one at least institutional asset manager out there that's being looked at as possibly could be the leader. In your opinion you look at all the filings that have been made. What is going to happen when we do get these approved? If they all come at once do you feel like BlackRock just automatically wins the race here because they're BlackRock or do you think there would be some others that could really win some marketing points? Yeah. So the way that we look at the space is it's a winner take most world. It's not like there's going to be a winner take all type situation. You can't overlook the fact that Grayscale already has 20 billion in assets right now based on the current valuation. So they're also going to be a big player. So there's going to be anywhere we look in the ETF space there's usually one big leader who gets most of the assets, possibly most of the flows and the trading volume. But usually there's other aspects of what these issuers will find ways to differentiate themselves. So in gold ETFs some ETFs are going to be way cheaper than the most liquid ones. So that's grown. Some are going to store through their gold and Swiss vaults instead of the London vaults. So I suspect we'll see something similar on the Bitcoin side of things. You're going to have issuers that are going to focus on the fact that they've been dealing with advisors themselves and talking to them about what this space looks like and what it's going to look like and offer to be like we know this space very well. We're not just an asset manager. We're putting blockchain and crypto first. So people focus on that and then the people that will say like we're going to lend out the underlying Bitcoin and give you dividends or offer very, very near zero fees. Some will talk about like different custodians are going to possibly market on the custodians they're using. As we know, we've seen that has been an issue. So there's like a whole bunch of different ways, but it is likely to be winner take most in this world. And BlackRock obviously is likely to be the leader. But the idea that we have GBDC and Grayscale already existing with 20 billion assets is that's a huge thing to hurdle even if you're BlackRock. So based on you guys's analysis, if you look at the ETF services that could be offered because there's probably going to get some fairly creative services within these companies, what would you think would be one of the most critical things that a BlackRock or 21 shares or even a Fidelity could bring to the market to say, this is what we're going to do. We're going to come out and kind of hit with a splash and try to draw in these investors. I mean, the easiest, most simplest one is going to be fee, right? No matter what you do, no matter what your offerings are, if you're charging double the price of everyone else, you're going to have a hard time competing. Right. But also, you hinted at it. We think there's going to be a lot of marketing around here. BlackRock is likely going to market the hell out of this. You're going to see ARK in 21 shares. We've already seen VanEck start to market this type of stuff already. So we're going to see a lot of these players try to market and get to advisors. Directly to retail, they're going to be talking about why their products are better versus the others. But like I said, it tends to be a winner -take -most type world in the ETF space, particularly when you have just a single asset here, right? It's just giving exposure to this one thing. So people are going to differentiate on what they do as a firm and the products individually and who knows where it's going to go. But like I said, one of the things I did mention is in gold, there are some ETFs where if you have enough money, for the most part, you can't redeem the actual gold. But there are some ETFs that like, if you have $10 ,000, they'll deliver it right to your doorstep, things like that. So there might be a similar situation in crypto down the line and won't, not initially, but that might be a case down the line where like, if you have a certain amount, they'll send it to a private wallet. Right. Right. Okay. You mentioned something here about retail and because I look at this and this was in reference to an article, you know, Crypto Reshaping the American Dream for Younger Generations. This is a report by Coinbase. And within the Coinbase art or the Coinbase report, there were a few things that they pointed out to. One of course, was this millennial age group, 26 to 40. And a lot of this was around just crypto and blockchain as kind of the future of finance. Millennials really see this as a big opportunity. When you look at retail and you look at the current runway for a lot of these institutions today, do you feel that the target audience, because it seems like the millennial audience could be the new holy grail of the investment class, especially in reference to retail. Do you think owning that would possibly put someone out in front or do you think it's going to be kind of old school capital that could be leading the way at first? What are your thoughts on that? So specifically for the ETF, it's probably going to be more the advisor type of space that it's going to be looking at this. I mean, if you're a retail person, anyone, if you really wanted exposure to this, you could have downloaded Coinbase or Gemini or any app, FTX, you could buy at the click of a button. So one of the parallels we like to look at is like when gold ETFs came out, they democratized investing in gold. Yeah, you could always go down to like the corner street and buy like some gold coins, but that's very different from having it in a like professionalized portfolio. So that's more what the ETF is going to do. We don't think the one thing it will do for retail potentially is if you're a trader and you're like to trade these things in and out, the ETF is going to be way cheaper than a lot of these platforms. It's going to trade penny wide, there's going to be no commissions, which is not the case for most of these platforms. So the real people that are going to use these products if and when they get approved are really going to be institutions and advisors who maybe they have clients who have money in their own personal accounts on the some of those apps I mentioned, and it would just be way better if like we could control it. If an advisor, they know exactly how it is, they can basically sell when it gets too large of a portion of the portfolio and buy more when it dips below because we know we all know how volatile the market is. So just getting that professional management. Also from the advisors perspective, if I'm an advisor and you're my client and you're buying this on Coinbase or FTX, I don't know what you're doing. And also I'm not making money. That's not under my purview. Like typically the most advisors nowadays they charge an AUM fee. So whatever those total assets are, they're going to charge a slight fee on those total assets. And this brings us under that umbrella. So what ETF is going to do is going to put DeFi on the TradFi rails in a way that hasn't been done yet, which again kind of goes against the ethos of many of these things. But it's not going to detract from the underlying ethos of Bitcoin and what people want it to be. It's just going to be additive to people who want it in a different basically wrapper. Yeah. I was looking at your partner, Eric Balshunis in there, this is one of the many reasons so bullish on ETFs and think they'll dominate for decades to come is their usage is inversely correlated to age. Eighty -nine percent of millennials say the vehicle of choice versus boomers, which is though it is increasing in the survey data that came in from Schwab. But I guess the future is really going to lean toward these other alternative investors who are going out to advisors and saying, hey, I've got some assets here I want under management and here we go. And with that being the case, you've already got a mindset that's starting to restructure how capital might be deployed in the future. Is that something where do you think the switch would happen? Is there a time frame that you say, OK, maybe over the next three years, this we could truly see a shift in the demographic data that could push these ETFs into kind of a stratosphere? Yeah, so like if we're just looking at ETFs in general, one of the things I track, I obviously don't just cover crypto. I look at the whole space. And one of the big trends recovering is mutual fund to ETF transition, which goes to a lot of those things that Eric was pointing out, specifically on the ETF side. It's not going to be like these things launch and all of a sudden they're going to get like billions of dollars in in one week. Like I said, it's going to be institutions. So a lot of institutions, endowments, pensions, they have restrictions on what they can and cannot hold. So they have to hold securities or bonds, what have you. They can't hold this thing directly. Putting in an ETF wrapper allows them to hold it. So if there is there and we know for a fact that our institutions out there that want to have a one percent allocation to this thing, this might be a way for them to do it. The other part of it is basically it's the advisors, right? They're not going to if they want to put maybe some portion of their clients they think would fit to have a one, three, five percent allocation to a product like this. They're not going to do it the day it launches, right? They're going to do their due diligence. They're going to look at things or they're going to slowly put it in over time. So it'll be like an allocation that goes on over the next one, one to three years, kind of like you mentioned. So it's more about the long term impact of these things being launched necessarily than necessarily like, oh, this week it's launching and all of a sudden it's going to send things to the moon, if you will. That's unlikely to happen, in my view, personally. So obviously we'll get an initial splash once these do hit the market. That's going to be kind of the case. Is there any framework of what you guys think at Bloomberg would be the kind of inflows that would be relevant to what the size of this asset class is? I guess it would be similar maybe to what gold or is it even similar to gold that first hit the ETF market? Yeah. So when we look at gold ETFs, which is like something that people kind of overstate, gold ETFs in the U .S. have a hundred billion in AUM. This is, I mean, Bitcoin ETFs aren't going to get there anytime soon, in my opinion. And like I said, Grayscale, I mentioned like twice or three times already, GBC already has 20 billion in assets. So the idea that all of a sudden there's going to be hundreds of billions in these products in any sort of shorter timeframe than years or decade out is kind of unlikely. But yeah, I think of the upper limit or in like a three year time frame would be that a hundred billion number maybe, but there's no way to actually know what type of money's going to come in. The problem is like, we don't know what advisors are going to do, right? Are they going to do that 1 % allocation, 3 % allocation, 5 % allocation and what percent of advisors are going to use these products? And then also what percent of their clients are they going to want to hold these? Not every, this isn't going to fit for every single client in the world, right? It's going to fit for a subset of clients that they feel like meet their risk profile. So deciding that. So it's hard to really know Galaxy actually did a really good piece on this. I'm trying to guess the numbers. They guess I think 14 billion in the first year, but there's also a lot of things going on. We don't know how much money is going to come out of Grayscale because a lot of money that's in there was specifically playing what was going on with the premiums and discounts. And not necessarily like, Oh, I want this exposure. It was more like, this is a trade I'm making to bet on the discount closing or to bet on the premium or something like that over the last five years. So there might be some flows that are come out of there that might not go into some of these other ETFs. Now, how much of that is going to happen? I don't know. So here's a question to you is with Bloomberg, the way you guys analyze ETFs, but also the advisors within the industry, is there any data out there showing the demographic of the actual advisors? Because I would think that if they are falling into the millennial audience, they may kind of be leaning a little bit stronger into these kinds of assets. Yeah, there are a lot of advisors that are leaning into that. So like this, this kind of gets a little bit out of my wheelhouse. We don't have a lot of the advisor data because most of that is like survey data. There are a lot of really good sources that get into that and we'll use those other sources and let me try to figure out what's going on. But for the most part, a lot of the advisors are much older crowd that aren't really interested in this. That said, if you have a client and you're older and the client says they want exposure to this, this is the way that they're going to do it, right? They're not going to open a Coinbase account for them. They're going to go through and just buy this ETF if it's allowed, even allowed. There's a process that could take one few months or two, three years where these platforms have to get the okay from their risk metric teams and compliance teams to actually be even allow advisors or anyone to brokers to even buy these things for their clients. So who knows how long that could take. You mentioned Grayscale obviously kind of being a potential leader, I guess, going out of the gate. What is the next step for them? Obviously, they've had a much further advancement, but why not, why are we not seeing this just going out as a listed ETF right now? Yeah, that's a good question. I don't actually know. The real answer is like they won their court case, right? And there's likely a conversation that's happening between the SEC and Grayscale. Grayscale saying, probably pushing the argument that, look, the deadlines and the statutes say if there is no issued order here, then all of a sudden we're approved. And your order was vacated and that timeframe means we are de facto approved, which that's a legal framework that's unlikely to actually ever happen in the real world, but that's probably what they're saying to the SEC. I'm assuming the SEC was saying, no, you're going to restart and refile this whole process, which is a 240 -day process to go through this and then we'll talk. And then I'm sure there's some like haggling going back and forth. We'll make a deal. We'll refile if we get X number of days, like you guarantee we're going to give us an answer or maybe even just the SEC is telling them we're going to give you an answer on what's going to happen in the next 30 days. We don't know. It's completely quiet. I thought we would have had an answer to like what the next steps are and what's happening last week, the last week or the week before. So I was like thinking by last Friday, we'd have an idea of what's going to go on. And I think I actually tweeted this out. I was like, we have nothing. They're completely quiet. So we're entering a zone right now starting tomorrow where theoretically they could start approving some of these things. Obviously, I'm not saying that that's what's going to happen, but like up and tomorrow is the first date that it could theoretically happen in the last of the next few months. All right. So with that being the case right now, I know you and Eric have kind of looking have been doing these percentage of probability ranges by end of year. Where are you guys at now on this? We're still at 75 percent by the end of the year, but we think basically one thing that goes into all this is we think the SEC is going to try to allow most, if not all of them to launch on the same day. They're not going to play kingmaker. They played kingmaker with Bitto, which is the pro shares Bitcoin futures ETF, got a billion and a half or over a billion in two days dominate. They have 96 percent of the assets, 96 percent of the volume. They utterly dominate. I don't think they don't want to do that again. So I think the SEC is going to try to find these like angles and areas where they can allow a whole bunch to launch at the same time. And like I said, one of those one of those like time periods starts tomorrow and goes through like roughly the 17th, maybe the 21st, depending on with all these other filings. But if you include GBTC, there's 12 active applications right now in front of the SEC. So the SEC might have to figure out a way to do this. So like I said, November could happen. There's also a period in December. Our view is that the final deadline for ARK and 21 shares is January 10th. And I just don't think if they deny then by that January 10th deadline, if they wait all the way up until that deadline, which they don't have to, they can go very early if they want to. We saw that in September. They went months early in some of these cases. They will approve by January 10th is our view. We're at 90 percent on that now. That said, if they deny at that time period, it's unlikely that they're going to deny ARK in January and then approve everything else in March, which is when BlackRock and all these other issuers are due. So we'll cross that bridge when we get to it. But we think we're at 75 percent this year. I think they could try to get it done just like before the Christmas and New Year holidays. So it's kind of a tight squeeze to fit it in like right after New Year's and before that January 10th deadline, unless they have everything ready to go. And again, the next like opening where we could see like a wave of approvals is later this week, potentially into next week.
A highlight from SEC GARY GENSLER CALLED OUT FOR CRYPTO FAILURES!!
"The SEC is having trouble hiring crypto experts, you don't say? And SEC Commissioner Mark Ueda is calling out the agency on their lack of rules and regulations around the crypto industry. Also the UK has released their staple coin regulation ban, and a bunch of NFT goers at the Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT convention went blind? Let's break it down. Welcome to the Thinking Crypto podcast, your home for cryptocurrency news and interviews. If you are new here, please hit that subscribe button as well as the thumbs up button and leave a comment below. Well folks, we've got a report here from Jeff Roberts, who is a crypto editor at Fortune magazine. He said the SEC is having trouble hiring crypto experts because of a rule they must sell all their crypto. He said, would make more sense to allow staff to hold a modest amount. This would also make them better at their job. So the SEC unbelievably is saying you have to sell all your crypto, right? It's not that they have to sell all their crypto, they should obviously have to disclose it and they should understand the technology and be able to use it and test it out. But of course we're dealing with scumbag regulator, Gary Gensler, who's making up all kinds of buddies can come in and take over. Matt Hogan of Bitwise, who I've had on the podcast quite often, he weighed in on the matter. He said, an obvious but unspoken implication of this is that the SEC will be staffed by people who dislike crypto. The only people with crypto expertise and a willingness to divest 100 % of their crypto are deep seated skeptics. This rule enforces a strong bias in hiring. Paul Grewal of Coinbase said, believe it or not, as a federal magistrate judge, I used to have a traffic ticket docket, think national parks, defense bases, VA hospitals. Imagine if the parties had learned a person deciding their auto accident case was forbidden from driving a car. Great points here. Now, Mark Ueda, who's one of the sitting SEC commissioners, and he is a Republican, him and Hester Peirce have both been vocal critics of the agency and on their lack of rules and clarity around crypto, also against many of the enforcement actions. So here's the headline, SEC should consider proposing rules to regulate crypto, Republican commissioner says. So I'm glad Mark Ueda is coming out and saying these things because it can't just be Hester Peirce. And right now, for the most part, it seems like Hester Peirce is outnumbered. So Mark needs to be more vocal, I'm glad he is speaking up. So here's a quote from him, unfortunately, the SEC did not take this approach and instead is pursuing a case by case approach through enforcement actions. As a result, it will take years to reach any type of legally binding precedent as matters will need to wind their way through the courts before reaching the court of appeals level, Ueda said on Monday in prepared remarks in London. So I hope he continues to speak on this, to show the agency is not in a good place, they are not providing clear guidance, they are operating by regulation by enforcement, which is really asinine. While the rest of the world is moving ahead, providing clear regulations. Now Eleanor Terrett of Fox Business highlighted the following, she tweeted, the House Appropriations GOP financial services and general government bill is up for vote before the rules committee at 4 p .m. Eastern before it heads to the floor. It includes an amendment from Tennessee Congressman Representative Tim Burchett to reduce the salary of SEC Chair Gary Gensler to one dollar. It also includes an amendment to defund the SEC for crypto enforcement. So shout out to Representative Tim Burchett, who's bringing the fire here on Gary Gensler. And we got to do these things, folks, to put some pressure. Gary Gensler should be fired and the SEC needs to be revamped. Congressman Warren Davidson has put out a bill, of course, that would revamp the entire structure of the SEC to make it less political and to make it more efficient. So let's see where this goes. But I love that these bills are coming out more pressure on scumbag regulator Gary Gensler. Now here's an interesting update around the Federal Reserve, and it just speaks to government and the lack of knowledge and education in government about crypto. So Matthew Seigel, who's head of crypto research at VanEck, he said, I met a Federal Reserve crypto researcher at a conference last week. He doesn't own any digital assets. He's not allowed to and didn't understand the difference between an exchange and a custodian. Folks, I'm face palming right now. I know you can't see me. And if you're listening on a podcast platform, trust me, I'm face palming right now. He doesn't understand the difference between an exchange and a custodian. God help us, right? These are the people who are trying to regulate crypto and putting out rules and recommendations and papers and so forth. It's unbelievable. But I know there are folks working to help bring education to Congress, and that is blockchain association, the Chamber of Digital Commerce and so forth. So we'll see, folks. We got a lot of work to do. This is why we have to use social media to our advantage to keep tweeting out, sharing the facts and exposing lies and false information like from the likes of Elizabeth Warren and others. Now, the juxtaposition of that is the UK's Bank of England releases stablecoin regulation plan. Remember, the UK had passed crypto regulations, so did the EU. So the US is lagging behind. And folks, stablecoins are going to be part of the token economy and will be a big part of how people transact. So there needs to be regulations. And we're seeing here in the United States, the SEC sending a subpoena to PayPal over their stablecoin, right? It's unbelievable what's happening. So the United Kingdom Central Bank, the Bank of England, has released a plan to govern the stablecoin market. The BOE and the Financial Conduct Authority plan to follow the rules released by the UK government last week to oversee the digital asset industry. As per the UK government's proposal, regulations for fiat backed stablecoins will begin in early 2024. As per the paper, the BOE will regulate systematic stablecoins while the FCA will govern the larger crypto market. UK Prime Minister Rishi Sanak had announced that he wants the nation to become a crypto hub, introducing clear rules for digital assets and crypto firms falls within the UK's goals. The UK's latest plan follows the European Union and Japan's similar moves. Folks, I love that crypto is not a specific asset class to the United States. So even though we're dealing with scumbag regulator Gary Gensler and all kinds of idiots in the government who have not educated themselves, the market will continue to grow and expand globally. So we can at least put our hope in that. Now we got some really weird news coming out from the Bored Ape Yacht Club and full disclosure, I don't own any Bored Ape Yacht Club NFTs, but apparently they had an NFT convention and there was some UV lights and folks who were blasted by this prolonged UV light went blind apparently. So, I mean, this is just wild, right? I don't know what to make of it, but just so you guys know, I don't know if any of you went to any of these conventions or this convention, I should say, but, or, you know, somebody who went to this convention, but this is just some wild news coming out of 2023. So heads up on that folks, I want to end it by highlighting our sponsor and that is Uphold, which is a great crypto exchange this month, they're giving away 50 ,000 XRP. 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Monitor Show 19:00 11-07-2023 19:00
"The world is more complex than ever, but that complexity pushes me to look at the bigger picture. I'm Emily Chang, and I cover tech, culture, innovation, and the future of business for Bloomberg. At Bloomberg, reporters like me dig into the context of a story, so you understand how it impacts you. Because context changes how you see things, how you change things. Context changes everything. Start watching my shows and more at Bloomberg .com. Goldman Sachs is boosting pay incentives for its asset management teams. And U .S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen will meet Chinese Vice Premier Hu Lifeng for economic talks. Blinken finishes his Middle East swing, but the diplomacy goes on. CIA director in the region. Donald Trump comes out swinging at his civil fraud trial. Judge admonishes him to answer the questions. I'm Ed Baxter with Global News. Chelsea beats a shorthanded Tottenham in the London Derby. I'm Dan Schwartzman. I'll have that story and more coming up in Bloomberg Sports. Hi, everybody. Good morning. Just a tick after eight o 'clock.
Antony Blinken Wants Israel to Stop Defeating Hamas
"He's trying to make sure there aren't more fronts that are opened up against Israel. It's not what he's doing. He's gone behind the back of the United States Congress, behind the back of the American people, behind the back of the Israelis. And he's negotiating for his so -called two state solution. They They even put that up on their official State Department website. They want to stop defeating Hamas. They want Israel, Doug Ross has a great piece on this. To enter into its 16th, 16th ceasefire over the years, 16th, where Gaza is built, and on and on, and then they attack Israel again. And people are right when they say, and you only this hear on Fox, that there was a ceasefire all the way up to October 6th until the Hamas Nazis broke the ceasefire. But that's not my point. Memory, which is a great site if you want to check it out, E M M R I. Memory .org. So is .org. camera Like the word camera, C A M E R A .org. But memory .org, they have to interpret Arabic and other languages overseas. And they mention a columnist, Hani Salim Mashour. Hamas is not Palestine, an Al Arab London publication. M E M E
Monitor Show 18:00 11-06-2023 18:00
"Pop culture is always evolving, and those changes impact our lives in ways that are both visible and not so obvious. I'm Lucas Shaw, and I cover the business of pop culture for Bloomberg. My job is to uncover how entertainment is changing and explain what that means for you. Because context changes how you see things, how you change things. Context changes everything. Start exploring my coverage and more at Bloomberg .com. As inflation lingers, Goldman Sachs is boosting pay incentives for its asset management teams. And Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen will meet Chinese Vice Premier He LeFong for economic talks. Blinken finishes his Middle East swing, but the diplomacy goes on. CIA director in the region. Donald Trump comes out swinging at his civil fraud trial. Judge admonishes him to answer the questions. I'm Ed Baxter with Global News. Chelsea beats a shorthanded Tottenham in the London Derby. I'm Dan Schwartzman. I'll have that story and more coming up in Bloomberg Sports. That's all straight ahead on Bloomberg Daybreak Asia. On Bloomberg 1130 New York, Bloomberg 99 .1 Washington D .C., Bloomberg 106 .1 Boston, Bloomberg 960 San Francisco, Sirius XM 119, and around the world on BloombergRadio .com and via the Bloomberg Business App. Hi everybody, nice to have you with us here on Bloomberg Daybreak Asia on this Tuesday morning here in Hong Kong.
"london" Discussed on Dennis Prager Podcasts
"Hello You're a little it's a little muffled so can you talk right into your phone? Yes, but it's not that much better Let me take you Can you hear me now Dennis? It's this yeah, Sean says yes. Okay, go ahead Several months ago that he stayed with me you stated We were to boycott all the world companies. It would be very burlap staff Remember this thing that I don't remember the burlap sack statement, but I Well, I do remember saying if we boycott it all woke companies There wouldn't be many we could actually patronize So I've selected a few companies Target, but my and all the AB in the products and coke and a few others But I struggle because there are companies that Not like what you stated obviously boycotted on law. We wouldn't have much to choose from so I struggle with the fact that Products that they buy that I know are low and and how can you help me with that? Wait, I didn't hear you every word there you you struggle with buying products that are what but Well, oh that are woke. Yes, of course look First of all, I I admire the fact that you struggle that's that's a good thing It's very hard to boycott all of them so you but My bigger concern is the people that patronize the the worst of them Braun shaver is an example of one of the worst The these are people who celebrate It's one thing to Commiserate with but it is another to celebrate. I don't celebrate Transitioning from one sex to another I Recognize human freedom and people's right to do so I would never deliberately mistreat such a human being But it's not to be celebrated as Braun shavers has I Have to I no longer use them. I would never buy any I beg people not to There are a whole host of companies that we have talked about Nike has celebrated hatred of this country inducing blacks to loathe the country Celebrating those who do I don't buy any Nike products. I mean the list is quite long and At any given point you just have to decide which ones they will be for years I ate Ben and Jerry ice cream and I celebrated the fact as I said in America You buy a product based on whether you want that product not on the views of its owners But as they became sicker and sicker Ben and Jerry I finally had to Cut my links to Ben and Jerry ice cream Which is a damn good ice cream That's true It's the least I could do nobody's asking me to storm Normandy Beach will return Dennis Prager here. Thanks for listening to the daily Dennis Prager podcast to hear the entire three hours of my radio show Commercial free every single day become a member of Prager Topia As well as the daily show prep subscribe at Prager Topia calm When I grow up, I want to work for a woke company like super woke when I grow up when I grow up I want to be hired based on what I look like rather than my skills I want to be judged by my political beliefs I want to get promoted based on my chromosomes when I grow up I want to be offended by my co-workers and walk around the office on eggshells and have my words police Hr. Words like grandfather peanut gallery long time no see no can do when I grow up I want to be obsessed with emotional safety and do workplace sensitivity training all day long when I grow up I want to climb the corporate ladder just by following the crowd. I want to be a conformist.
"london" Discussed on Dennis Prager Podcasts
"I Went on Nigel Farage the architect of brexit. He has a program is now British television What is it? Is that a British TV? I think that's the name it Is a new creation in Britain to rival the left-wing BBC and It's apparently out drawing the BBC in numbers So the BBC is awash in money because it's funded by the government and there was a time like in World War one, excuse me World War two when the BBC did have a Truly positive aura about it Takes a while to ruin institutions. No, that's not true. You can ruin institutions overnight but Long-term institutions. I mean the universities have been ruined over time. They weren't ruined overnight by the left and they're they're now More than ever in my lifetime people are acknowledging the moral Wastelands of the universities Yeah GB news, that's it. Thank you GB news. That's right. What did I say? I said what I said was wrong I know wasn't even close. I Think it was close. I said British news GB news. That's what it is. Yeah, I Country is a long time ten minutes and You could I'm sure you could watch it if you just do Dennis Prager GB news and my final comment was one that I thought was worthy of Remembering because I had never made it quite that way. I Don't know what prompted it, but I said the the only existential threats there were two existential threats at this time Neither Is from climate change that is not an existential threat. I consider that to be as dishonest as lockdowns are Important and good for children. Okay. That was a gigantic at best mistake at worst lie there's no existential threat to humanity coming from carbon dioxide created warming I Don't deny warming. I don't deny carbon dioxide having a contribution. I deny that it's a existential threat There are two existential threats real ones Existential threat means threat to the existence of that's what existential threat means There are two I told Nigel Farage British news on GB news I Is the left to Western civilization that is an existential threat they don't deny it they hate What we stand for? They hate the truth beauty and goodness ideal And the other existential threat is to Israel the only country in the world targeted for extinction By Iran by Hezbollah by Hamas By vast numbers of Muslims around the world and their left-wing supporters I've said the left is despicable all of my life I knew they were despicable when I was in high school because they didn't hate communism You're as despicable if you don't hate communism as you are despicable if you don't hate Nazism means you don't hate evil That's why my favorite verse in the Bible is those of you who love God Must hate evil. It's a command. The Hebrew has a command form in its verbal construction You don't hate evil. You don't love God That's good. I like that man. That's my kind of God Okie-doke everybody. Let's see what you have to say Chatsworth, California, Eric. Hello Dennis good Friday to you. God bless you. Thank you. Yes It's been many years since I've spoken to you in the past. I have told you that I consider you a Comment for my call immediately, but I have to say this based on the profundity of your comments today and just then In the New Testament us Christians. We have a list of spiritual gifts when I say you're a modern American prophet I'm of course not saying you're a Isaiah or Elisha or Jeremiah What we understand in New Testament as the prophetic gift is the gift of vision The gift of vision you have great vision sir, and you bless us with your vision. Thank you. Thank you I'm a little I'm a little embarrassed, but only a little I admit it by the way. I agree I'm not I'm not Elijah or or Isaiah or Jeremiah, but how about Habakkuk? Oh Brother you just mentioned my favorite Old Testament book for Protestants out there You need to study first in the first and second chapter of Habakkuk. Well, there are only three chapters Alright, alright, let's not get into it that we're gonna go off the rails here. Most people can't spell it. Alright Let's so why don't you have in mind? so I'm calling about your detailed analysis of the commandment, please forgive my Lack of memory of the number if it I believe it's a fifth commandment right about honoring our parents and I know you have a very Detailed refined comment there that when we're dealing with abusive parents I believe you're if you can please elaborate believe it's something more along the lines of you see we honor them as The those who brought us brought us life, but that doesn't mean there's some kind of ongoing a Respect that we have to submit ourselves to their abuse. Yeah, hold on with me I'm gonna keep you on because this is such an important subject to me The ongoing one of the ongoing propositions I've offered is we're commanded to honor our parents not to love them. We'll be back The hour you ask whatever you would like about whatever you would like and Eric and Chatsworth was Talking to me about the issue so of honoring parents. So what exactly Are you concerned with do you have this issue of parents who have been abusive? Yes, I do right and I didn't know if you wanted the context because it gets a little dark but I can sum it up quickly Do that sum it up quickly? So this is my mother-in-law and She actively from very early in our marriage works to end our marriage I'm married to a Hispanic immigrant to our country a Latina and It is prevalent in many places the world people are not aware of this It's more prevalent in our our culture nowadays But the existence and the following of witchcraft in Africa Latin America Small which might call small rural communities. Do you mean I mean witchcraft or voodoo? Well in this case, she's not a witch but what you have in these small rural communities is essentially the shaman Yes, okay. So, okay. All right fair enough. So how does that? She's trying to break up your marriage the whole time Absolutely. Okay. Does literally does your is your wife more committed to is your wife more committed to her mother or to you? She doesn't have the strength to stand up to her mother Okay, well first of all Honor your father and mother is not honor honor your father-in-law and mother-in-law. It's honor your father and mother So you're not obligated to have a relationship with her or show her honor The question is more with regard to your wife it is I Can only tell you that again as usual the Bible In my belief especially the Torah has the answer the first five books Therefore a man shall leave his mother and father and cling it to his wife And they shall be his one flesh If you can't leave your mother and father and cling it to your spouse Then you have not done what God wants you to do Leaving your mother and father does not mean stop loving them or stop respecting them or anything like that We don't consider it a victory for parents if their child is still living with them when he or she is 30 years old They're always exceptional circumstances, I'm not interested in exceptional circumstances Your your wife has not left her mother and father or at least not her mother If you are religious Christians you should cite that verse Your first duty is to your spouse that's my view Hopefully, there's no conflict You love your parents, but your first duty is To the spouse Okey-dokey, let's see here Elizabeth in Wilmette, Illinois.
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"I had a week at an extraordinary conference of conservatives from all over the world. Convened by Jordan Peterson and this is the hour you set the agenda. Whatever is on your mind. About you, about me, about life, about death, and enjoy the music. One eight Prager seven seven six eight seven seven two four three triple seven six People warned me not to go to London the The pictures of a hundred thousand Pro-hamas demonstrators, do you do you understand? What has happened to England and other parts of Europe because of a vast immigration from the Middle East? people bring their values with them when they immigrate I Warned about it at the time and as usual I was called the usual name xenophobic Islamophobic because that is a way of not dealing with arguments It is just a way of smearing the person and thereby invalidating anything they have to say It's a left-wing tactic it's often effective at least temporarily In the long run, I'm not so sure The idea that people don't bring their values with them when they immigrate isn't that stupid What is xenophobic about hating Jew hatred The naive West the naive bathes in night the the West bathes in naivete and as a result a complete distortion of the world They live in the world of make-believe of wishful thinking Everybody is the same all over the world people are basically the same So if you bring in a million people into Europe from the Middle East They'll just be like others with their their own religious practices But they'll be nice Western liberal Tolerant types But doesn't work that way second generation is often more hating of The West Israel and Jews than even the original generation Because they haven't assimilated They haven't adopted the West's liberal values and I use liberal values positively I believe in liberal values That's why I'm a conservative The only people today who really do believe in liberal values are conservatives Free speech is a perfect example.
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"She just wants you to do. It's right Wow, oh my god. I want to give that kid a cigar So I should I should be there and tell you I'm I'm I'm a positive about my children Figures in case many of you that 99% of you who have no idea what she just said There is a a religious Jewish group called Chabad many of you are familiar They're the ones who do the often the big Hanukkah lighting in your city there are about houses in all 50 states and around the world and I am a very big fan of that group and I speak for them around the world So it's not surprising to me that you would have that view That that's a good one So I have here that you told the screener that Happiness is a byproduct of doing what is right and just you are right my argument Which to use language you would be familiar with my hiddush my innovative idea on this is is Turning it around That just as doing what is good and just will make you happier The more happy you are the more you will do what is good and just Agreed, okay. Bless you Thank you Yeah All these so interesting all the parents of the last two three generations who were preoccupied with their kids being happy Have produced so many unhappy kids, that's the irony Because what they thought was oh if if I make life as easy as possible for you and I fix your unhappiness whenever you have it You'll be happy the idea that you want your kids to be happy. It's fine who wants their kids to be unhappy But this mother was right There are things that are more important than that and ironically will make a happier kid Also having a happy kid at all times is is not in your Province you can't do it The only people who can make a person happy or is that person Parents cannot make happy children They can do things to make unhappy children presumably, but you can't make your child happy your child will make your child happy So you teach them what is right and you teach them to act happy even if they don't feel it We should do an hour just on that Raising happy children. Anyway, that's not your task. The task is to raise a happy adult Hi everybody, final hour of the week. I'm back from London.
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"They wouldn't have produced this work This is a romantic theory that I never bought that if they were happy they wouldn't have produced their great works Well, I think he was surprised at how much I knew about Mahler As I noted I could tell you the keys of all nine of his symphonies the tenth is unfinished for those of you who know Mahler And I I know a lot like a man who wrote kindertoten leader a piece of music called songs on the death of children It's not exactly a radiating happy guy I fully acknowledge that But Bach was happy Haydn was happy wasn't happily married. He was married to a witch Anyway Learning to not be guided by your feelings is about as determinative a Worldview producer as anything else The happy make the world better Pittsburgh and Lisa hello Lisa Okay better than the world Seriously, I just want to say yet again. You are spot-on We met several years ago when you were in Pittsburgh. I had my birthday dinner with you at the Montour Country Club but And Then again just last year, but my parents had three children and all in the same house all the same parents all girls and I'm the only one that I can say is inherently happy because Why not what what different for as much as it would take to be miserable? I? Choose joy, I choose to be happy to smile at everybody to you know I I've got issues. I've had breast cancer. I've got a little thing in my head on my pituitary, but The alternative is so much worse You would think everybody you would think everybody who's unhappy would realize that You know But they don't think that that is the point so I'm curious and You know, I'm totally okay if it violates my generalization So I assume you're on the conservative side your two sisters who were not happy. Where are they? philosophically politically So one of them was really unhappy when she was younger and Like just miserable like people avoided her she As she has gotten older has become much more Nice just she she's evolved the other one wait and have her politics evolved as well Exactly, and she is conservative the other one was significantly younger than us and Truly like the princess but not happy and I She has no reason not to be she has a beautiful right and where and where is she politically because we got to take a break Very liberal, okay We'll be back There you go And This is the happiness hour and it is about because of all the evil we're witnessing and The acceptance of evil in the elite world like the universities Referring to the obvious There's an attempt to annihilate Israel off the map, there's no such attempt anywhere else about any other country and vast numbers of intellectuals Are supportive just as so many were supportive of Stalin The secular academic world is a sick sick sick sick place It's the place that tells you men can become women and if you deny it, you're a hater that's sick I Don't know if these people are happy hard to imagine happy professor It's almost an oxymoron Stupid professor is redundant Not always there are exceptions exceptions to every rule so it's irrelevant The happy make the world better my friends All right penny in Chicago, hello, there's a happy place Okay better than the world Everything you say I agree with I just want to say though was riding in the car once with my four children, and we're all amazing good children and Even the biggest compliment one of them said oh, I'll just tell mommy that if she doesn't do this It won't be if she does this then it'll make me happy and my other had said to the younger one Mommy doesn't care about your happiness.
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"I Speak of happiness as a moral obligation Because as I've said so often you owe it to all those in your life from your co-worker to your Sibling to your parents and especially to your children and your spouse to at least act happy But it's that's the micro obligation there's a macro obligation Happy people make the world better or at least they don't make it worse It's a very big subject happiness Then there are so many happiness writers speakers Experts quote-unquote say oh you can't pursue happiness Really It's a bizarre notion The founders of the United States of America knew better life liberty in the pursuit of happiness If you don't pursue happiness You'll probably be unhappy Take your calls when we return Forget your troubles and just get happy. You better chase all your cares away sing. Hallelujah. Come on get happy Get ready for the Judgment Day the Sun is shining come on get happy The Lord is way everybody. I'm Dennis Prager. It's the happiness hour in light of the terrible events of our of the very this very moment I'm Directing the topic to this huge issue Which of course I have said the whole time the happy make the world better. My preoccupation with happiness is Because I want people to be happy because it's so good for them and but half of it It's because it is good for the world You know, it's interesting because there are people I respect who say you can't pursue happiness We should let's do an hour on that because that is so common among people who write and talk about happiness Oh, you can't pursue happiness. It's a byproduct of other things And by the way, I know it in my own book It's a byproduct of other things but so pursue pursue the other things of which this is a byproduct Is that the obvious Answer to that. Oh, it's a byproduct of I Say whatever you like. It's a byproduct of Volunteering to help to help people who are in bad condition So Then help people in the bad condition and you'll have the byproduct It's a very moral crusade my crusade for happiness The fight against having your feelings dominate you and Making you unhappy as a result is a moral moral fight I'll take your calls right after I tell you this Story from many years ago. I was invited by a very prestigious high school called the prep school private high school in the LA area Some conservative students raised some money. I didn't charge my normal fee, but raised some money to have me speak and Amazingly because At that time the utter censorship of conservative voices in schools had not yet taken place. I Was actually allowed to speak to the entire school body and faculty When I arrived at the school, my wife was with me. She contested this these terrific young people Who Worked so hard to bring me to their school Greeted me with such enthusiasm said so Dennis What's your topic and I said happiness and They couldn't hide their disappointment They thought it would be conservatism Conservative politics And I said Trust me This will have a bigger impact on their politics than any speech on politics I could give Because the theme was don't be guided by your feelings but behave Happy and you will become happy Rather than wait till you'll feel it Feelings cannot guide you This drives a lot of young people and a lot of left-wing professors crazy It's the feelings world In fact, I was actually quite Not not in any vulgar way but attacked by at least one teacher who raised his hand and Who made the case for unhappy people making the world better? Because he said all composers like Mahler and Beethoven they were unhappy and look at what they produced had they been happy.
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"Are you right? So even without dealing only with the macro Deal with it in your own lives are the people, you know in your life If you know people who are particularly decent particularly indecent Do you find a correlation with their happiness level So in other words is my assertion each week that the happy make the world better accurate How have you found that in your own life? if You have three children is The happiest Likely to have a certain value structure Or is there no correlation between happiness and the values that they hold One eight Prager seven seven six eight seven seven two four three triple seven six Have you found the correlation do you believe there is a It's hard to to think otherwise Happy people want other people to be happy unhappy people want other people to be unhappy or to suffer as a General rule ever everything has exceptions. So it's not it's pointless to point out exceptions. The question is whether it is generally true So it's a very good very good Way of assessing this is if you have a number of children and Assessing the happy Versus the unhappy and how much good they do. I don't know if the unhappy I'm gonna saying sad. Listen, everybody has sadness and I certainly Have had my own share because I'm a living human being so I've had it but There's a difference between sadness and unhappiness Sad is it's so it's somewhat like Having the flu and if somebody says how's your health? You don't say awful because I have the flu you say I have wonderful health, but right now I have the flu So you can say I'm a happy person, but right now I am sad That's that's absolutely doable You could be a happy person who has had who has said periods And by the way, macro events could make you sad Hard it's hard to see the prevalence of evil That permeates Western society The broken moral compass and not have sadness over it Unless unless you absolutely decide to tune out and a fair number of people do tune out Until it's too late Because the bad don't don't ever Confine their badness to one time or one one group So my battle for happiness in my life from my book unhappiness to my lectures on happiness and The happiness hour on the radio each week is really It in large part motivated by the belief that More goodness will come about on our planet with more happy people.
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"There are two thousand five hundred comments So I always go by most liked The first most liked one four hundred and seventy seven likes Democrats have an anti-semitism problem Democrats were the slave party the party of KKK party of Jim Crow laws Anti-civil rights party the party of hate groups like antifa and BLM. What did you expect? That that's why it's the most popular comment The Democratic Party is a cesspool There have been individual exceptions Harry Truman, for example But it's a cesspool the whole history of the Democratic Party is despicable Comment on that one Democratic Party has more than an anti-semitism problem. It has an anti Western civilization problem I Am NOT overstating the reality of what the academic post-modernist movement has spawned I Would happily enumerate the examples, but I have learned from frustrating experience Then when I criticize certain groups that comprise the party's base I get quote moderated Tells you a lot about how deep the movement has gone The Democratic Party is but one of its hostages The various newsrooms throughout the industry have been compromised for decades That's right This Democratic wildfire of racial is another comment Racial ethnic and creed conflict which the party thought would be of benefit seems destined to consume the party We'll see Nothing has consumed the party It was the pro-slavery party. It didn't get consumed by that One understand the Middle East PragerU has magnificent videos on every aspect of it Happiness hour coming up You Yes, it's the happiness hour of the Dennis Prager show not singing it and you'll understand why in a moment but With all the evil I never cancel a happiness hour, but I do take the evil Into consideration in the subject as you will hear Alright, let's hear the let's hear the band Okay, everybody Dennis Prager here every week every Friday that I broadcast which is I gotta believe about 48 out of 52 maybe 47 I Have had a happiness hour since 1999 happiness is an incredibly important thing so part of my opening Routine as it were Every week on the happiness hours that the The good the happy make the world better and the unhappy make it worse. I want to talk to you about that Because I don't feel given the horrors that were we have just seen and We'll see more of That a regular happiness hour Is quite what is needed right now. We need a happiness hour on The macro rather than what I usually do with it, which is the micro The happy make the world better so I have a very simple question Have you found that in your life that the happy people in your life are better human beings One eight Prager seven seven six eight seven seven two four three triple seven six Simple as Is my proposition that the happy make the world better accurate Is There real is there this direct relationship between happiness and Decency I Am 100% convinced that it is I don't believe That the vast majority of bad people are happy There are some good people who are not happy But Happy people overwhelmingly are better human beings In the Middle East conflict is very interesting how often Israel has been cited by Whoever does these international? surveys as being among the happiest people in the world Israelis and One indication of that is one of the only Western countries increasing its population Israelis get married and have babies That is indicative of a happier place Then let's say us Where more and more people don't get married and don't have babies What was the percentage now 25% of all people Under the age of 40 40 and younger 25% in America have never been married Not single after divorce Never been married When a Prager seven seven six eight seven seven two four three triple seven six When you look at the conflicts When you The world the world of the of Hamas used so they strike you as happy people Do happy people slaughter families Maybe in some perverse sense it brought them joy at the moment because they're sadists but It's hard to imagine that these are happy people Maybe I'm wrong by the way, you know that is possible There are pictures of Nazi concentration camp guards having parties on their free time So It's it's an interesting I challenge myself whenever I make an assertion I always have a voice that says Dennis.
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"Whatever term you wish to use That's so injures itself as Jews Political parties don't care much what adherence thinks so long as the votes go in their column Maybe Democrats never expected Jew hatred to be a feature of their coalition. Now. It is is a gutsy column by Dan Henninger It is possible today to divide the Democratic Party between those who know what the Holocaust was and those who have no clue or don't care For the record Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer gave a strong floor statement October 17th Recalling his own family's Holocaust experience Is he speaking out against the 15 who wouldn't vote to condemn Hamas? On Balance the Biden administration support for Israel has been firm because of its representatives understand Understanding the direct line between the 1930s and October 7th testifying to the Senate Tuesday Secretary of State Anthony Blinken related in frankly unbearable detail Hamas's dismemberment of an Israeli father mother daughter and son in their kitchen What did I read about another one and I have been very very careful to only report what I am certain of a Girl whose hand they cut off and just let her after killing the family. Let her bleed to death And then there are people think well You have to understand they live in an outdoor prison Israel abandoned Gaza If can you listen what I said in my original video for PragerU on the Middle East If Israel laid down its arms and announced no more fighting what would happen If the Palestinians said we lay down our arms no more fighting what would happen in the first case The Jews of Israel would be wiped out Israel would be destroyed and in the second case there would be peace within a week and Life would blossom for the Arabs in the area But They're not interested in blossoming lives Hamas Hezbollah Iran, they have no interest in Elevating the quality of life For their people they're interested in destroying Israel and killing Jews like the Jews of Israel and Jews elsewhere any of you remember What was the year when Iran blew up the Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina What did that have to do with Israel? These things happen people even remember Isis's beheadings of vast numbers of innocent people Not Jews 1994 1994 in Buenos Aires, how many were killed you have that number? The insistent by party activists on an Israeli Gaza equivalence is false October 7th was the return after 80 years of Jewish extermination an Explicit goal of both Hamas and Iran whose leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Sits placidly pondering the completion of the final solution 85 were killed 300 injured That was in the Argentina case FBI director Christopher Ray testified Tuesday that Islamic State quote Urged its followers to target Jewish communities in the United States and Europe perfect timing with bringing to you Buenos Aires Democratic progressives had already pushed the party into the bubble With many voters over litmus test issues like gender identity systemic racism and defunding the police Despite that most Democrats would still vote the party line But maybe not now The Hamas person-by-person slaughter is an event on a scale beyond any standard political issue The question is whether the embrace by so much of the party's emerging rank-and-file of anti-semitism a euphemism for active Jew hatred Will finally push Democrats over the line with voters not least the historically reliable Jewish vote Don't bet on it Some moron wrote in the Jerusalem Post the piece an American Jewish moron None of this should have any effect on on us Jews voting we would never vote for MAGA I Don't remember the age but there was a certain age that I reached when I realized Wow Many adults are fools When you were a kid you tend to think adults know more than you do in terms of wisdom And as you get older you realize hmm not necessarily We return The Democratic Party Embracing anti-semitism Dan Henninger, he is not a grenade thrower Then Henninger of the Wall Street Journal He has some optimism that some people Including Jewish Democrats will pull the plug and no longer vote Democrat I don't have the same optimism I Cynics will reply that anyone but Trump factor will overcome even this but don't count on it rationally many large Jewish donors Are already pulling the plug on giving to anti-semitic fermentation tanks such as Harvard Columbia and Penn the party of FDR could be next could be So, you know what I do always I look at comments.
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"I mean this is and they're all in the social social studies arenas. I don't see anybody in the Anthropology no kidding anthropology Wow the sick world of academia Because The Democrats now consider Muslim Americans an important part of the party's voting coalition Meetings were held this week at the White House with Muslim leaders. Mr. Biden in his national address last month spoke at length against islamophobia Really who has more to worry about On a campus these days a Muslim student or a Jewish student a Muslim student or an Israeli student just asking Islamophobia Anti-israel protesters paraded in front of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's house in San Francisco last Saturday evening Let's revisit the subject of false equivalence by the way, Dan Henninger is not a Jew just for the record not that it should matter but Such as the sick world in which we live The Hamas massacre of some 1400 Israelis described in media reports is the worst attack on Jews since the Holocaust Readers of this column do not need this summary. But what is going on now among the American role a left Requires it the Jewish Holocaust ran from 1933 to 1945 The Nazis collected and sent Jews to 23 main concentration camps. So he gives this to the history. It's sad that you have to One reason the u.s. Is greater generate greatest generation is called the greatest is that it includes thousands of American GIs Who helped liberate the concentration camps? There was a time when most American schoolchildren had a functioning knowledge of the Holocaust and the camps No longer Then having her one of the editors of the Wall Street Journal If you want to know the difference between right and left just read the difference between the Wall Street Journal and the let's say the LA Times On the Middle East issue Everything I've been telling you about the left should be quite apparent now There was a time he writes when most American schoolchildren had a functioning knowledge of the Holocaust and the camps no longer universities hiring and enabling of left-wing professors Proponents of the anti-israel movement called boycott divestment and sanctions has affected a generation of students a Quinnipiac full poll found 51% of Democrats younger than 35 don't support sending military aid to Israel after Hamas's attack Democrats under the age of 35 a Drop more than half And of course Jews will still vote Democrat I'm not aware of any ethnic group and a religious group.
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"How many times is I in mentioned in the Old Testament? So much for it. Oh, it's a modern movement What about all the cities of the United States named Zion? There were Christians who named the cities in the United States Zion I Am National Park fits that's arguably the most beautiful of the national product parks in Utah It is disconcerting what is the word that they use unsettling yeah That universities are breeding grounds for Jew hatred and Israel hatred They're breeding grounds for despicable views my friends I've said this all of my life sending your child to colleges playing Russian roulette with his or her values The only difference today from when I started was there was one gun There was one bullet. Excuse me in the Russian roulette gun Today there are three maybe four The odds are your child Unless your child is in science technology engineering or math Or unless your child is inebriated for much of his or her college career There's a very good chance You will get back a meaner worse you human being did you get the number? 50 or 60 then what am I thinking of 700 is it Jerusalem Jerusalem? It doesn't matter That's why I had you look up because I had no idea of the actual number. But anyway it's it's It's central the term is central To a three thousand year old text. It has been central to Jewish life all all of Jewish history There's no room for a Jewish state Okay 152, okay, I didn't say to her I said the Old Testament yeah That's a lot 152 times the words I am So these Israeli academics I wonder what they're thinking What does an Israeli historian think about the historians at Columbia University And more important to me, how does he explain it? Back in the moment Mike Lindell is a passion to help you get the best sleep of your life He didn't stop at the pillow Mike also created the Giza dream bedsheets these sheets look and feel great Which means an even better night's sleep, which is crucial for overall health. Mike found the world's best cotton called Giza It's ultra soft and breathable, but extremely durable Mike's latest deal is the sale of the year for a limited time You'll receive 50% off the Giza dream sheets marking prices down as low as twenty nine ninety eight Depending on the size go to my pillow comm click on the radio Podcasts square and use the promo code prager there You'll find not only this amazing offer but also deep discounts on all my pillow products including the my pillow 2.0 mattress topper my pillow kitchen towel sets and so much more call 800 761 6302 or go to my pillow comm and use the promo code prager So now the US administration is calling for a Pause and they're making clear. They don't mean a ceasefire. They mean they mean a pause Which is a semantic difference as a national review was pointed out Biden's support for Israel hits its limit The support was great, but the Democratic Party is not particularly Committed and there's a great piece on this the Democrats have an anti-semitism problem Dan Henninger, one of the editors of the Wall Street Journal The party never expected Jew hatred to be a feature of its coalition now it is After the house last week overwhelmingly passed a resolution condemning Hamas for its attack New Jersey Democrat Josh Gottheimer wrote on social media That the 15 Democrats who didn't vote for the measure were despicable quote despicable and do not speak for the party Mr. Gottheimer was only half right those 15 members from progressive constituencies May in fact represent the democratic future The party of Franklin D Roosevelt has an anti-semitism problem This week progressive activist groups released a Gaza 2024 statement asserting that they won't vote for Joe Biden if he does not end US support for Israel's brutal war in Gaza The announcement offers background on Israeli ethnic cleansing and genocide in Gaza This would be like the Nazis saying the Jews or the Allies were Intending on genocide of the German people because of the bombings in Germany Not that the Germans intended genocide against the Jews the Jews and the Allies intended genocide against the Germans a Things have really gone downhill since World War two in terms of truth and a moral compass in the Western world an open letter this week from 100 Columbia professors Called the Hamas massacre a military response by people who had endured crushing and unrelenting state violence from an occupying power 100 Columbia professors Wow That's That's really something an open letter from Columbia University and Barnard College faculty in Defensive robust debate about the history and meaning of the war in Israel slash Gaza Catherine Frank professor of law Rashid Khalidi professor of modern Arab studies great Tuttle professor of modern Tibet Jack Halberstam professor of the humanities James shammas professor of professional practice school of the arts This is really something Wow I'm looking at it.
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"What was interesting, among other things, and I'll tell you a little about that, because there's certainly a lot to talk about with regard to America and the world. A lot of people said to me, oh, you better be careful. I mean, people who like me. This is without warnings of enemies. And I felt no danger whatsoever at any time. And yet people were quite surprised that I was just going over to London. My wife and I went Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, came home last night. Those of you who have not taken long airplane trips, life is so much a matter of what you get used to. So these are 11 hour flights, basically. And when you do it enough, it's like the guy who is my flight attendant, he had done it three times in the previous four days in London, Los Angeles. Life truly is a matter of getting used to all sorts of things. I was at a conference, ARC, A-R-C. I don't even remember what it stands for, although there's a play on words because it's Noah's ARC and hopefully good folks with good values will be safe. Alliance for Responsible Citizenship. Not a sexy name, but a very wonderful conference. And I got to be with people I adore, conservatives all over the world. I will say on a personal note that I really, my work embodies the perfect example of the internet being a blessing as well as a curse. My whole life I've wanted to touch people with good ideas and the internet has made that possible. And yet the internet has so much bad stuff on it as well. I don't know. It's very hard to achieve purity. There's a great line in the Bible where God says through Moses, I have put before you blessings and curses. And one of my reads on that verse is, blessings come with curses. Not all curses come with blessings, some do. But that's the nature of things. People came over to me from Paraguay and Albania and Poland and so many other countries who knew me as it were. And that means that they're listening to things that I'm saying, which you know when you sit and you broadcast or you podcast, you have no idea. Jordan Peterson was saying the same thing when we spoke. Anyway, there is a very large contingent of human beings that acknowledges, I think there were 12 to 1500 people there. We're not alone. I want you to understand that if you have traditional Western values, truth, beauty and goodness, that's the way in some ways to consolidate those values, you are not alone. It seems like you're alone because the media and the educational institutions and so many others are against you. The Daily Kos, which is as committed to leftism as Christians are to Christianity and religious Jews to Judaism, has a headline I just saw. PragerU was going to get someone killed if they haven't already. And X Twitter has joined them. We have a documentary out about people who have detransitioned. I have read to you stories of detransitioning people regularly over the last year. If you feature such people, that means you will cause some people to commit suicide. This is the threat that is placed on parents. Your daughter comes home and says she is a boy and she's 10 years old. You better listen to her because they say to you, the left-wing therapists and others, would you like a dead girl or a live boy? That is the common argument. If you say, no, my dear daughter, you really are a girl, that is the way you were made by nature, or if you wish to add, by God as well. I don't think you need a religious argument, but if you have a religious home, it is certainly not more, but at least equally effective as nature made you this way. So what we have to do is we have to participate in one of the greatest lies in history, that men can become women and women can become men, in order to prevent suicides. That is what we're told. There is no argument that a man can become a woman. It is not tenable. So the argument is, do you want to induce suicide? So here is a headline, PragerU is going to get someone killed if they haven't already. So you are not allowed to argue that if you're born a boy, you're a boy, and if you're born a girl, you're a girl. Incidentally, intersex on the rarest of rare occasions with people who have, what is it called, ambiguous genitalia, is that the term? I don't know how it is determined, but the genitalia alone do not determine who you are. There is also a chromosomal matter. Do people who have both a penis and a vagina, do they also have eggs and sperm? Do you know the answer to that? So you're not allowed to argue this matter. Who would have predicted that people would be hated if they say that men are men and women are women? That if you're born male, you're a male? That you're hated? That you're accused of essentially committing murder and get someone killed? Not a big fan of lawsuits, but is that is that is that suable? We're going to get someone killed. Well yes, these are some of the battles that might as well mention, it is up at PragerU and it's I am a trans woman who was raised male due to being born with an intersex condition. I woke up this morning to find that PragerU was not only trending but being pushed by X Twitter. Not only that it is doing so by pushing anti-trans PragerU misinformation. Anyone can easily learn online that less than 1% of all trans people are unsatisfied with transition and less than half of those detransition. What does it mean you could learn online that less than 1 out of 100 trans people are dissatisfied? What does that mean? Do you believe that 99 out of 100 people who transition are happy that they did? No. And how does he know? What does that mean? They cite a study. They cite a study, of course. Done by. Yeah, done by people who want these conclusions. Well, I'll tell you this, it certainly has scared a number of places that do in fact hurt children by giving them hormone blockers. Because if it's less than 1 out of 100, what are they worried about? These places that facilitate the mutilation of children. That's what it is. Boy, there's a lot of sick stuff. Really a lot of sick stuff. The pro-Hamas world that is out there, that's part of the reason people didn't want me to go to London, see 100,000 people demonstrating on behalf of Hamas. Did London ever have such big pro-Nazi rallies? Can you name a difference between Hamas and the Nazis vis-a-vis Jews? Okay. Want you to think about this? We have a 100% volunteer military, men and women who raise their hands to sacrifice for this country. And when they're done serving, they come back to this tight job market and outrageous cost of living expenses. 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Yeah, 80% It's the first time in my life where I I would say that it is There is a concerted effort to murder Jews Never thought I would say that never Leaders of Israeli universities and research institutions have written an open letter to academic leaders in the West Dated November 1st, it's worth it's worth my bringing to your attention On that darkest of days in a tragedy unprecedented in Israel's 25 year history 75 year history The Hamas terrorists infiltrated into the country and murdered more than 1400 people Including infants children students and senior citizens Jewish Muslim and Christian alike The attack also included the abduction of 240 civilians of all ages into Gaza In the aftermath of all these horrific events we find it disturbing that certain narratives from academic institutions misrepresent the situation or in the worst cases actively target Israelis and Jews we find ourselves facing a war on two fronts one against the atrocities of Hamas and another in the global arena of public opinion Regrettably, we have noticed an alarming trend in which Israel despite its rights to self-defense is mischaracterized as an oppressor this is a false equivalence between the actions of a murderous terrorist organization and a Sovereign state's right to defend its citizens which unfortunately results in the loss of innocent Palestinian lives Any attempt to justify or equivocate Hamas's brutal and grotesque actions is intellectually and morally indefensible It is unsettling to note that many college campuses have become breeding grounds for anti-israel and anti-semitic sentiments largely fueled by a naive and biased understanding of the conflict It is ironic that the very halls of enlightenment in America and Europe Ostensibly the bastions of intellectual and progressive thought that are your campuses Have adopted Hamas as the cause celeb while Israel is demonized Universities as hubs of enlightenment and rational discourse must take responsibility for the views they perpetuate I Want to read the first sentence of that paragraph again? it is unsettling to note that many college campuses have become breeding grounds for anti-israel and anti-semitic sentiments The left and Hamas Are in agreement about Israel About Zionism which is the which is Always had a very large Christian contingent of people celebrating the Jews returned to Zion biblical term for Jerusalem and Israel Oh How many times is it in the Old Testament 700 or something? 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A highlight from Return from London
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A highlight from How Bitcoin Fights Tyranny with Erik Cason
"If I'm not wrong about Bitcoin, then I believe that this is the most radical apparatus that has ever put its hands in humanity, and that is the only thing that can save us from the potential annihilation of total war that we are eking towards closer and closer every day. Hello there. How are you all doing? Hope you're doing well. A few things to update you on. Firstly, travels over the next month. We'll be heading out to Fort Worth, I think it's next week, two weeks, I can't remember, for the North American Blockchain Summit before we head out to Ghana to attend the Africa Bitcoin Conference in December and to make another film. It's going to be very busy. We've also announced our conference in Bedford in April next year. Please do go and check that out, cheatco .co .uk. Anyway, welcome to the What Bitcoin Did podcast, which is brought to you by the legends at RS Energy, the largest NASDAQ listed Bitcoin miner using 100 % renewable energy. I'm your host, Peter McCormack, and today we have Eric Cason making his debut on What Bitcoin Did. Now, Eric has been around in Bitcoin for a long time and recently dropped his book, Crypto Sovereignty, in which he expands upon a lot of his writings over the last few years. Now, I absolutely love this show, but not as much as our boy Danny. We've made a few more philosophical shows over the past couple of years, and they are among some of my favorites. I love getting into the wild stuff, especially with someone like Eric. Now, he claims he isn't a philosopher, but have a listen. I think you'll disagree. And all I know is Danny absolutely loved this. It was his favorite show, I think, this year. So I hope you enjoy this one. If you've got any questions about this or anything else, please do get in touch. It's hello at whatpikwondid .com. Danny is like all week, he's like, all right, I cannot wait for the Eric Cason to come on. It's going to be completely fucking nuts, but you're going to love him. That's a pretty good - That pretty much sums it up. Yeah, it's a pretty good synopsis of who I am. Well, look, welcome. Good to finally have you on the show. It's been a long time coming. Do you know what's funny in the last one? So we do notes for the shows, and sometimes I don't even refer to them, but sometimes I do. But I'd opened Eric's notes, and I was looking. So I had Mark Masson, and I was like, so you just dropped a book? I was like, has he just dropped a book? Did you have - No, I did switch it around, but I did have the wrong notes. Anyway, Eric, how are you? I'm good. Strung out from the concert, but you know, or from the conference. Well, in the conference, I went to a concert last night too. Who'd you go and see? Tinlicker. They're part of the Anjunadeep label. They're like a big, they're pretty big in the UK, actually. What kind of music is it? Deep House. Yeah, that's not my thing. Yeah. Yeah, I listen to Slayer and Megadeth and shit like that. Congratulations on the book. I haven't read it. Thank you. It's been a long time coming. I've read some of it, but. Danny usually gets them read in time, but yeah, congratulations. Tell me about the book first, and then we'll get going. Well, the book, it didn't start as a book. It just started as a series of essays that I was just kind of writing, exploring philosophical and sociological content of Bitcoin. And sort of as I got deeper and deeper, I was like, whoa, there's like all these threads sort of connecting. So the book I can really say is more of like a constellation of a greater incomplete work that I'm sort of working on now, that's trying to essentially do an entire philosophical approach towards, I guess what we call it, called like the sociology of cryptography or something like that. We did consider doing mushrooms for this episode. Well, I mean, it would be really nice, but then I got to get on my flight kind of all weird and stuff. I'm just not sure how that would go with TSA. I've had some close calls like that before. I don't really do mushrooms as well, so I'd be completely lost. I don't do acid on planes anymore. Oh, anymore. Yeah, there was an incident once. So I decided I was like, it's time to throttle back on that. Really great way to pass eight hours on a plane. Yeah, please tell me. There's not much to tell you. Cause everybody's always like, you're going to take it, you're just going to flip out on the plane, right? No, like you sit down and you're like, I'm going 600 miles through the air, 330 ,000 feet in the air. Like this is amazing. And if the plane just burst into flames, I'm going to meet God now. It doesn't matter, I can't do anything. So I'm just going to look outside and see all of the amazing mountains and the clouds and how incredible and extraordinary it all is. Did you see that guy get dragged off a plane recently? It was going to Ibiza and had to do an emergency landing, I think in Marseille and they dragged him off the plane cause he was off his nut. No, I didn't see that. Absolutely off his nut. Probably like a weekly occurrence from there. Yeah, I was thinking, what are you doing, doing drugs on a plane? Yeah, yeah. So, you know, I decided that I was getting it a little too close. So we're not doing that anymore just for me and everyone else's safety. Just the gin and tonic will do. Exactly. So what's your philosophy background? I don't have one. You don't have it, even better, okay. But you are a philosopher. No, no, I'm not a philosopher at all. I eschew when anyone tries to call me a philosopher. Maybe I could pass for a thinker. I always say I'm a strategist at best, so. How do you get class as a philosopher? Isn't that a choice? A class? Well, no, essentially like this was all compelled by, when I got into Bitcoin, I had this moment that I was like, how is it possible that this piece of technology can keep its oath to itself in a way that like no man, no institution, no government, no organization seems to be capable of? And it was like a splinter in my mind. And I was like, all right, really smart people have thought about this before me. So like, let's do some Googling about the oath and the philosophy. And I came across this philosopher, Giorgio Ambogon, and I got a book of his called The Sacrament of Oath, The Archaeology of Language. And it's really, really good. It's like the fourth book in like a nine book series called Homo Secur. And now I've read the whole series. And essentially in it, like he's doing a whole archeology of like, what is the oath? How did it function? How did it come about? And he kind of like goes all the way back to pre -Roman times. And he was like, the oath really is like this object of language that fuses magic, religion, and words into a singular that actually has nothing to do with the content that's spoken, but it has to do with the actualization of what's been promised. And so this then marries up with an individual called Homo Secur, who's like the forsaken man throughout human history, who all legal systems have always given themselves a right and a decree to destroy these people, but it's not murder. And most interestingly is that these people can't be used in sacrifices ritualized either, because it's about putting them outside the purview and the protection of the gods. So like they can't have anything to do with religion. And what's pretty interesting is that like, essentially there have been these like non peoples throughout human history that could always be destroyed by the state because of the way that like they're the other bad people. And they pose a threat to the entire system. So like they must be destroyed. And so following the lineage of that person, I kind of like connected that up to modernity and seeing how like now we live in a constant state of emergency where like any of us can be labeled as a terrorist or any enemy combatant. And not only like, do we just not, not only are we in prison, but like access to the law itself is fundamentally impossible. Like we can't even get habeas corpus. So yeah, it's been a pretty interesting journey. And then there's like 10 other philosophers that like on the concourse of it, he like mentioned that and I have to like go on the journey to read them. And I'm also dealing with like a lot of, like a lot of these thinkers you can't approach in academia because they're like solely with backgrounds either in like communism or like radical fascism or other things. So like the moment that you start reading them, people are like, you got to get out of academia. Like you're not welcome here. Why? Specifically so like Heidegger for example, Heidegger is really solely because not only did he belong to the Nazi party, but it seems like a lot of his philosophy actually deals with trying to like actualize a political party that explicitly can identify friend and enemy classes for like the evolution of that political ideal. And so in my opinion, dealing with Heidegger and understanding him very intently so that you can make a criticism of him is essential. Like if you actually want to make your way through the course of phenomenological philosophy and like actually like make your way past Heidegger. you So are saying there's like a whole class of philosophers or philosophy that is essentially kind of censored? Absolutely. One of the guys that, a more contemporary fellow, his name is Michael Norman. He was from the University of Toronto, but brilliant, brilliant scholar. He was studying Heidegger like pretty intensely and he essentially got canceled from the University of Toronto and was intimidated and sort of forced out. It is Canada, it's not surprising. We're ragging on Canada a lot recently. Have you registered yourself yet? We don't have to yet. Okay. Yeah, because we don't make $10 million in revenue, but if there's a bull market, yeah, no, it's the platforms and if you make more than $10 million. I don't know if that's podcast in Canada or anyone. What do you mean as in based in Canada? Like, do you have to be based in Canada or if we want to disseminate our content in Canada? Don't know, probably based in Canada, I would guess. I would have thought the latter actually, because otherwise how can we control you? Well, we don't make $10 million yet, so. Yeah, we're close. After this pod though. Nine and a half million. Okay, so what, the background is they're seen as dangerous words? Yeah, I mean like another floss for I deal a lot with is Karl Schmidt. And so like Schmidt was like a, he was a member of the Nazi party and specifically what I think is the most damning of Schmidt is he actually wrote the legal defense for Hitler during the night of the long knives that essentially justified why that state of emergency was used and that really sort of solidified from a legal perspective that like Hitler's decree was the law itself. And interestingly enough, like Schmidt was actually arrested and in prison for like three years to go and trial at Nuremberg, but they just eventually felt like he didn't have enough evidence. And the biggest irony is that Schmidt actually wrote in, I think it was in 1931 on the concept of the political. And this specifically was talking about like the crisis that the Weimar Republic was facing and that essentially if Chancellor von Hindenburg didn't use the clause of article 38 in the constitution to declare a state of emergency and banned both the Nazis and the communists, that the Weimar Republic would be in crisis. So ironically enough, this didn't see its way into the hands of the chancellor. And so when he was ousted and Hitler came to power, it turned out Hitler was actually kind of a fan of Schmidt's work and Hitler read it and he was like, ah, that's like clause 38 thing. Like this is what we use to destroy the Weimar Republic. Okay, so what do we lose by limiting the kind of scope of books that are studied? I mean, everything, like that's sort of the contextual space that we can have to actually criticize these works. So like look like Mein Kampf should be read not because it's brilliant, but because it's absolutely stupid. Okay. Like it's just an idiotic framework. And like, as soon as you read it, you go, oh, like this Nazism thing is actually like really stupid. Like there's not really much substance to it. I mean, even in the Nuremberg trials, when they asked Schmidt about Hitler, he like sighed and was dismissive. He was like, I can't even discuss his ideology because I find it so superfluous. Well, what is the TLDR? Cause I haven't read Mein Kampf. I doubt, have you read it? I know. I doubt I will. The TLDR is essentially that like Aryan individuals have a superior place in the world because they lead German culture and German culture has helped develop the West on a whole. And that that needs to be defended against all the individuals who aren't part of German culture that are invading Germany. And we need to get lunch in Rome in order to expand German culture and people. And that we always need to be aggressive and warring against the other people that are trying to come into us. And so like, we need to expand the Aryan people as much as possible, make as many of them and destroy anybody that tries to threaten that. So it was elitism. Elitism fused with a general nationalism that then wants to try to create a hierarchical order of people. Right, okay. And so how have you picked the rabbit hole for you to go to that eventually gets you to crypto sovereignty? It's pretty interesting. Well, so like after the Occupy Wall Street movement, like I was exposed to all of those things and it was very clear to me that money was substantially broken. And it was also very clear to me that we couldn't use the political system to make that operable. So for me, I just fell into a crushing depression where I was like, there's no conceivable way to solve any of this problem. Like, how do you neutralize this money problem that's so endemic? So like in my crushing depression, I was just like, well, like maybe, maybe that's it. Maybe I just need to like end it. There's like no good. We can never make anything happen. So I had like, somebody had essentially like whispered to me at Occupy about Bitcoin and how this was like the answer. What year was Occupy? Was that 2011? 2011. Okay. Yeah, so this was like early 2012 that like all this stuff was percolating. And so I like looked up some stuff about Bitcoin and I was like, oh, like this was really interesting and kind of let it percolate a little. And then I came across an article about people that were essentially like doing money laundering in between China and Singapore, like using Bitcoin. And I had wrote my senior thesis at university on the East Asian financial crisis and capital controls. So I was like really intrigued. I was like, capital controls are really powerful. And if you can get around the Chinese communist government capital controls, like pretty that's essential. So like now the Bitcoin thing had really sparked up for me and I was getting into it, reading a lot more about it. But there was all of these like lingering questions about like, how is this even working? Like I get it technologically, but like why, why can't I make a money when like no government can adequately make a money? Like, and then I did the research on the cypherpunk stuff and I was like, oh, okay, this is making sense. And then from Occupy, I'd really gone from being like a far left socialist or communist to like a full on anarchist. And that's really kind of the change that I went under Occupy. And so for me, anarchism was like a sufficient inoculation to be able to like explore both radical communist and radical fascist theory and be able to kind of pick and choose what works for me, what doesn't work for me. And I think that that piece of being like inoculated vis -a -vis anarchism, because to me it was like, I admit that the state is an apparatus of violence and we can't use it at all. And like both fascism and communism see those as key components, but like what else can we maybe learn from these theories? Like, is there anything of value here? And in my opinion, there's a lot of valuable stuff. It's just understanding where all of the pitfalls are and then how it essentially becomes a violent apparatus of destruction vis -a -vis statism and the authority that it tries to decree to people. Okay, so that shift from radical socialism to anarchism, was that like a, was that an actual shift or was that an evolution of your ideas, your worldview, where you actually realize what it is you, the issues you have in the world or complications the you see or the problems you see with the state, actually you thought socialism was a solution, but it really is anarchism, potentially. Yes, and like the actual like point of change was when I was in Philadelphia, like the Occupy National Gathering, and we had assembled at the Peaceful Assembly monument that's on the National Monument Mall, and the police told us to like get lost. And we're like, no, you don't understand. This is like the freedom to assemble memorial. They're like, we're telling you. And I was like, but you don't, then they got the tranche on that and started beating the shit out of me, right? Right on top of the memorial too. And I remember like, as he's like hitting me, like I have this thought, I was like, oh, like the state is not my friend. Like these people aren't gonna help us ever. And that was kind of like my big radical shift in understanding that like the state wasn't actually this thing that was gonna help us out. So what brought you to radical socialism then? What is it about you? So I grew up in the Western United States in California. So I grew up in woo woo, liberal California with everything feels really good. And like one of the really important things about socialism I wanna honor is like, it feels really good. Like this was like a really great idea that we want everybody to understand and get on board with. We should like share stuff that's like important. And there's like a common in community. I think the problem is that all of those feel good feelings, those are ots as opposed to like what is. And like what is is as good as we have those feelings, like there are very real limits to what we can provide. Like as much as we do centrally plan something and saying, we're gonna provide this for everybody, there is actual corruptions and limits to it. So I think for me, that experience of getting beaten was understanding that as much as this shouldn't be happening, it is. And why is it happening? And why do things like this happen? And for me, it was realizing that like, oh, this like apparatus of violence where people decide that like, hey, if you don't do the thing I tell you, I'm gonna hurt you, which seems like a really basic thing. But I really realized like kind of starkly, I was like, oh, like, this is the thing that like runs the entire world is like this entire module of punishment and discipline and trying to create an orderly world, which it does really, really well, but there's all these tertiary issues that come out from it that aren't really well connected to it. Such as? Well, such as if we want to look at the largest polluters in the world, like it's the US military. And so like, there's this endemic problem of that. Violence is a very real and endemic problem, but violence on a state -based level is a whole nother game. And that's one that we all comply to and act like it's a totally normalized thing that if somebody just doesn't comply, that using violence to get their compliance is good. Well, it's slightly different where we're from because we don't have guns. So they might hit you with a truncheon, but it's very rare that a police officer shoots someone. It's a big deal when that happens. Yeah, it's a huge deal. It usually leads to some form of protest. We had riots in South London a few years back on the basis of it, there's a massive investigation. There's actually a situation at the moment recently where a marksman shot somebody and killed them. And he's now being tried for murder. And a number of the, cause we don't have many cops with guns, we have some, we have like armed response or at the airports, a number of come in and handed in their guns because they don't want to run the risk of having to use their gun in the line of work and risk being tried for murder. Well, are you held accountable, just like a normal citizen who chose to shoot somebody? It depends on the situation, but every shooting will have an investigation. But this one, I don't know the details of it, but I just know he's now going to be tried for murder. And that's particularly rare. I couldn't even tell you the last time that's happened. I would say most of the time they're not treated the same way. Okay. Cause like here in the United States, like police officers get certain immunities for when they use their gun, particularly if like they say like, I felt like my life was in danger. And I think like there's only been like 21 officers like convicted throughout the history of the United States, like being put on trial for murder, like using their gun, like while in action. And so like, that's like a massive imbalance. And so to me, again, like the problem, the state is essentially saying, hey, there are people out there that can use their firearms. They're going to get special protection under the law. And they're also going to have a very cozy relationship with the prosecutors when they do come to do that. And to me, like this is a pretty gross abortion of justice. And it also communicates very clearly to police officers like, hey, if you shoot somebody in the line of duty, probably aren't going to be held responsible. So it's the monopoly and violence that, I listened to a podcast, I can't remember who it was. It might've been Sam Harris, I know he won't be popular. And I'm sure he was arguing that the monopoly of violence was the best thing we gave the government because it leads to net less violence. That's, I'm just telling you, that's what I read. But when I heard that, and I thought in terms of the United States, I thought actually that might be less true. I think it's potentially more true in the UK. It's interesting that there's that dynamic that sort of exudes itself. Because we don't have guns. Yeah, and I think that that's a pretty interesting example because yeah, the monopoly on violence, we could say in theory is working out pretty well there. And when we look at the United States, we'd say, ah, not having a monopoly on violence here doesn't seem to be working out so well. But I'm purely guessing. I could be entirely wrong. But one of the main problems is that like, all right, that works for a specific limited duration, but now we end up getting ourselves into Germany in 1930. We disarm the whole population. Like, hey, this is really great. There aren't any more firearm deaths. Now we have a population that we don't really like, that we start bullying a whole bunch. Turns out we really don't like them and we want to steal all their stuff. Turns out we actually hate them entirely and we don't even want them to be German citizens and we want to extinguish them. And so now we're talking about the wholesale murder of 2 million people.
A highlight from 0333: Catching up with the Game Industry with Brian Canary
"This episode is sponsored by Autodesk. What's up everybody? Before we get into this week's episode, I want to shout out for all those that are in our Discord channel. Every week from now on, I'm going to give attention to those good people that are following us and giving support in between episodes every Tuesday. This one is to Sage. Recently participated in Ludum Dare and have their game up this week. For anyone that's ready to test it. The jam theme of this one is called Limited Space. It's like Snake. However, you're gathering ours, but you do not touch the wall. That's the same color as you. It's very interesting. Check the show notes for those who want to check it out. Click through and give the love out there. In addition, I know the industry out there is kind of a bit crazy. I do have an episode coming out next week, a roundtable with Ray discussing just that. Be sure to catch that one. Also, I think it's a little fun to kind of read reviews either good or bad on the Apple iTunes store for the Game Dev Unchained podcast. This one was recently left on June 14, 2023 by Mavillask07 shout out. Giving it a five star review saying no matter the subject, you're guaranteed to gain something from every episode. Can't recommend Game Dev Unchained enough. Now, for those who have the time, I highly highly encourage you guys to go on to the Game Dev Unchained Apple podcast to leave any review if anything is helpful, because this kind of helps the podcast reach a wider net of audience out there. And I promise, you leave it there, either good or bad, I will read it on every episode. And if you have cool projects, you have cool things to show, cool things to discuss in between weekly episodes, hang out in the Discord channel. It's a great way to kind of keep in a connection while I can, you know, blast and use this as a platform for your work to the listeners out there. So thank you again for all the support and on to this week's episode. And with me, a special guest, a returning guest, Brian Canary. Did I say that right? You did, just like the bird. Alright, perfect. So this is the part of the podcast Brian, where I let our guest, which is yourself, to do a quick synopsis of where you've been, where you at, where you're heading before we get into it. Yeah, I'm a veteran game designer in the games industry. I've worked on lots of stuff EverQuest, Dark Age of Camelot, Champions Online, lots and lots of things like that. Recently, well, sort of recently moved over to the UK five years ago, and I've been here at Splash Damage ever since, working on stuff that I still can't talk about, which is always fun about the industry. No worries, man. There's so many things to talk about. A lot have changed. I think I don't I haven't talked to you for years now, pretty much before COVID. We interesting missed conversations about NFT, blockchain, Metalverse, and now like, you know, RTO, you know, return to office and everyone. Gen Z. There's so much to dig into. I love usually kind of getting the mindset of a designer how you're reacting from this. AI, you know, being a big topic. Yeah. So I guess my question is how has it been for you over there? I mean, has any of these topics affected you guys over in London? Oh, yeah, definitely. Like, we've definitely just had a return to office here at Splash Damage that I'm at. But the icing on the cake there is that we did have to return the office this week, but we're on to a four -day work week, which is great. So that definitely sweetens the deal a little bit. And that'll be interesting to see how that goes because I've never had a four -day work week. So it's going to be interesting to see how that feels to not work for five days in a week. But I think that's probably a good compromise.
Charlie Delivers a Final Eulogy for the Career of Mike Pence
"There's one less candidate in the presidential race. Play cut six. I just couldn't sit this one out. But the Bible tells us that there's a time for every purpose under heaven. Traveling across the country over the past six months, I came here to say it's become clear to me this is not my time. So after much prayer and deliberation, I have decided to suspend my campaign for president effective today. OK, I've said this before and I'll say it again. When he was vice president, we had a really great relationship. He had me on Air Force Two a couple times, spoke at our events. I got along with him really well. Never really had a sharp word. He, we had the kind of a heated Twitter moment over the summer. But I've received a lot of hate mail from you guys for even saying a nice word about Mike Pence. I've always found him to be honest with me. I think he mishandled a lot, especially in the lead up to the vote counting on January 6th. He just hoped it would go away and he should have leaned in, bet a leader with it. He said it wasn't my time. Now, look, I'm going to put the personal thing aside. Honestly, I admire him dropping out instead of extending this thing. If you endorse Donald Trump, Mike Pence, there might be some political future for you. If you come out and say endorse Trump and be like, hey, we've had our differences. I got really heated and still am. When Mike Pence did some radio interview, it was like, well, my former running mate. I mean, the former president of the United States who chose you as a running mate, I didn't like that. I didn't like when he went on the Buck show and whatever it's called and said that it wasn't you had to trust our department of justice or trust our justice system. But what this is, is that Mike Pence had a choice. And I'm going to put the personal thing aside because Mike was always good to me. And I'm sure we'll figure that out. I don't. And by the way, I don't like this new fake preacher thing he's doing. I don't like it. I don't know where this has come from. He didn't talk like that three or four years ago. This like 1980s televangelist thing. I don't like it at all. And we all know that Pence is nationally famous because Trump elevated him. He was a good and dutiful vice president, and it kind of just fell apart towards the end. It just towards the end, it fell apart. And I think Pence made some big mistakes. And then he then kind of leaned into the breaking of Trump. He did that interview with Martha McCallum of in front of the John Deere in Iowa. It was just so cringy. Yo, you are not reading the room at all. But let Mike Pence put all that aside. OK, what gives what should give you some hope? What should give you a good shot in the arm? Is that Mike Pence decided to philosophically go towards a neoliberal way of running for the presidency? Unapologetically about Ukraine, talking about the swan song of populism. Remember that? It's like, oh, we must resist the I'm sorry, the siren song of populism, not swan song. And it failed miserably.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene on Her Push to Censure Rashida Tlaib
"Us now is Marjorie Taylor Greene. Thank you so much, Marjorie, for taking the time. Tell us about your effort to censure or to kick Rashida Tlaib off of committees. Well, I introduced the censure resolution last week, Charlie, and it will be brought to the floor for a vote this Wednesday at around approximately 6 30 p .m. But here's why it's so important for me to talk to you today. We need some more courage in Congress, and some of my Republican colleagues feel like they may not have the stomach to anti censure -Israel, anti -America, pro -Hamas, pro -terrorist Rashida Tlaib. They feel like they don't want to watch her in the well wearing her Palestinian scarf around her crying as she is censured by Congress. But in fact, that is absolutely what we must do. We cannot tolerate and hate America, hate Israel, member of Congress. They should never exist. No one should be elected to serve in our United States Congress that speaks the vile things that Rashida Tlaib says that supports terrorism and supports the groups and is aligned with the groups that she is aligned with. So the censure resolution must pass and I need your listeners, I need your viewers to call all my Republican colleagues and tell them to vote to censure Rashida Tlaib.
A Country Becomes Who It Imports
"You import into your nation, your nation becomes. Now if you bring people into your country and your culture is very strong, then people hopefully will assimilate. Not everyone. Somalians don't assimilate very well. Muslims don't assimilate very well. You should bring people into your nation that help your nation. It's also harder to assimilate people today. Social media, sectarianism, you don't have to assimilate as much. It used to be a necessary prerequisite. You can now call home, you can fly home rather easily. Back when we did immigration logistically, 100, 200 years ago, there was no choice. You come from Ireland or from Poland, South America, you come here and you learn the language. You assimilate to be part of America, the nation America, the country. Liberals tell them actively that you shouldn't assimilate. We are no longer a country. Think about it. What is a country in the words of Michael Savage? A country is borders, language, culture. He came up with that when I first started listening to talk radio years ago. So we don't have a border. We have different languages and we don't have a unified culture. Now I'm not saying this to black pill you and depress you. I'm giving an honest analysis that you're living in something called a country, but it feels less and less like a country every single day. It's more like a colony, a place where you do business. You don't share anything in common. It would be similar to a port, a port in the 1500 to 1600s, where you come in and you do business and there's people from all over the world. And there might be some common law to buy and sell things, kind of like a market. And then you go in your way. Venice is a perfect example of this. Venice, where Venice was kind of the meeting point of the East and the West. You pull in, you do your business. Those that live there don't really have a Venetian identity. And it's very open to anyone who wants to come and go. And so be it. Very little nationalism or patriotism. So this is nothing new.
"london" Discussed on The Charlie Kirk Show
"I am told by campus activists that we are not allowing enough young people, the opportunity to chop off their breasts or chemically castrate themselves. I am told when I go on college campus is that it's affirming care to have 11 year olds. Go in multi hour surgery to try to change their biology. Very powerful story we have this hour is incorporates the story of Ali London. Ali has a new book coming out called detransition, a memoir. And I'm going to allow Ali to tell his story here because it's very powerful and it applies directly to the times that we are living in Ali, welcome to the program. Hi, Charlie, great to meet you. So Ali, why don't you tell your story to our audience and we'll go from there? Right. So as a young kid, I always question my gender, I used to be a little bit more feminine. So I would play with Barbie dolls. I wasn't interested in sports. I wasn't interested in boys things. And as I became a teenager at school, you know, that's a very difficult time when you're going through puberty. You always question yourself, you know, some people get confused and at the time I was confused, I used to get bullied a lot. For the way I looked, people would call me ugly, horrible names, girls wouldn't want to date me when I was at school. They said I was too feminine or too much like a girl. So I'd always had questions about my gender and you know, I was kind of listening to what people are saying about me and I thought, you know what? I want to prove these buddies wrong. I want to change myself. I want to make myself look better. So as I became an adult, I started having surgery. I was living in Korea. I liked the Korean aesthetics, so it really started from there. And I got to a point where I'd had dozens of plastic surgeries over a ten year period. And I still wasn't happy. And I always had people telling me I was more feminine. I was more like a girl. You know, all throughout my life. So I got to a point where I was like, maybe these people are right. Maybe I've been chasing all this plastic surgery all this profession, maybe I'm misplacing this and maybe I'm meant to be a trans. So I actually had 11 facial feminization surgery procedures, which were so painful, couldn't even open my eyes for three days, and that was to feminize my face. I got hair extensions. I was living as a transgender woman, going out in public, you know, I was at the Cannes Film Festival wearing dresses and, you know, I was happy for a short time. It was a temporary fix, which I think many people that transitioned. They have that temporary serotonin that dopamine rush, and then after a while, that kind of evaporates and then you realize, wow, I've made a mistake.
"london" Discussed on Monocle 24: Section D
"I really enjoyed udon Choi I think he does like just these really beautiful well crafted well designed collections that are really chic. Udon Choi, he's a South Korean designer who graduated from the Royal College of arts, I think, in 2006. And he often has his collections that have real masculine, tailoring elements in women's and he will like base them around art and architecture and figures like cook to I think that was his last collection and I just find it very evocative and beautiful. Otherwise I did really enjoy 16 Arlington. I can't resist a little bit of sequin and feather and croc embossed leather and they also had like this ground which was made of two tons of coffee grounds that were just laid on the floor and the models had to wobble across it, but it smells so nice of coffee. It was like a nice little pick meeting. It was a morning show, so the perfect smell to have was you walk into a venue. London is really interesting in terms of everything that you see in inspiration both on and off the catwalks and you mentioned udon Choi 16 Arlington, which is designed by Marco kapaldo, who is Italian and living in London, so that you find that there is a real mix of different aesthetics and inspirations and different markets within fashion. You can also sort of tell by the crowd outside the show what the show might look like. Outside udon shows a lot more like simple black, long coats, but then, you know, maybe you go to the CSM graduate show and everyone's wearing these huge deconstructed like Jean jackets and puffer jackets. So tell me a little bit more about the graduate shows as well because both central and Martins and London college of fashion hosted shows over London fashion week I think the teachers hand pick the best design graduates to show their final projects and those are the designers who end up being recruited by VMA and taking on the BigQuery director rose usually, so what did you think when you saw those two shows? I really loved them. I thought they were so inspirational. They took place in the wake of Pharrell being announced as Louis Vuitton's creative director felt like that was a little bit maybe heavy for these students who had just finished their collections, but they were beautiful. I think for the London college of fashion show, it was really fun because I was sitting next to one of the teachers and she was explaining to me the different collections and what they're inspired by. I think one was inspired by ADHD and other one was like only 35 pounds worth of material went into designing a whole collection that I really enjoyed Isabella wind. She had like these cool romantic cardigans with western details like buckle belts, strewn across shoulders. I also really enjoyed Alexander Neel's dramatic and super chic evening wear for men and all the men were trying their best to walk in heels as down this catwalk for that was really beautiful and like there's just so much talent coming up and being fostered in London. Maybe another thing on the student's mind was the Pharrell Williams appointment at Louis Vuitton and they may be thinking about what it would really take these days to get that big creative director role any other themes that you felt that all the students were thinking about and showing in their collections. It was interesting at central saint Martins. It was a lot more dystopian. It was a lot more like deconstructed, maybe some more disturbing details, like faces, printed on fabric and worn by these models. It looked quite scary, and then some of the outfits honestly looked like they came out of dune. Frank Herbert's sci-fi novel. It's interesting you say dystopian because I found something a little bit similar and I felt the same this dystopian mood when I went to Edward crotchless show in the first day of London fashion week at Sadler as well. He is quite an established designer. He works with Kim Jones at Dior and has his own label here in London, and you were sitting in a really dark room. There was a lot of leather, a lot of darkness. I think he's been really thinking about what's going on. Around us and in the world and channeling all of that in his collections, but then again, you also had really light and beautiful moments on the weekend I went to the top show, which is a younger brand that made its debut during London and there you just saw really beautiful elegant clothes that women were really want to buy next season, I think. It was really interesting going to Christopher Cain, and maybe it's not exactly passion that I respond to, but all the women that were like huge fans and they were wearing the Christopher Kane codes. Christopher Keane is such a darling of London fashion. He started over ten years ago and he was part of this generation of designers that graduated from central saint Martins, build brands, a lot of them have struggled to stay in business given that it is a really hard business and we've just gone through a pandemic and I think he is trying to come back after a pause and find his feet so did you get mixed mixed messages mixed emotions from that collection? I'm not sure the peplum needs to be revived I'm glad we left it in the mid 2010s and he had all these like dresses with latex badlands and whatnot. So if we were to close with some takeaways, no peplums, check out tove and discover that collection because if as far as I'm concerned, it was the best debut of London fashion week. Really? Not Daniel Leah, burberry. There was a lot of excitement there, but it's still a brand that needs to find its feet and it's aesthetic. We were all really excited to go to kennington park to see the tent at burberry back in a lot of those familiar trench codes, the checks being revived and this idea of britishness. But I thought that it looked a little bit like the models rolled out of bed and it lacked elegance a little bit more construction, tailoring, maybe you disagree with me, but that was my take on the new burberry. I quite liked it, and I do love a fluffy hat. And there were plenty of those, a lot of water bottles, and fluffy hats with duck prints on them. So there's something from everyone that's can be our takeaway that London really such a mix of aesthetic and voices and backgrounds that you can find anything, including a duck hut. Monocles, fashion editor Natalie, and before that, I'll write a great Charlton. That's all for this week, but if you're eager for more design stories, then listen to our full length program, monocle on design, airing on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. London time. Or if you prefer print, then pick up a copy of monocle magazine on all good news stands now. Today's episode was produced by me, mainly Evans. Thank you for listening.
"london" Discussed on Faffing with Friends
"Okay. That's probably somewhere close. That i realize there's all it's a two hour bus journey to the actual sensor other than the fencer of london. What is the center of london. Is it left the square because these circuits. Wha what do you mean the center of where are you going. let's go. Let's go to sit in parliament. Yeah that's that's city of parliament. Yeah where's the central london and you know it's it's some some of the many things that you know you come to like appreciate you come to realize about the small small town like close ever knows each other not having a big tangent i wanna go on based on that civic me don't So i remember that one of the things that struck me about coming here was even though it's such a big city. You have so many options in there so many people. You're never really alone. I felt way more even now. I feel way more isolated here than i ever do. When i back in my hometown where i came from because knowing everyone knowing everywhere and being able to knowing like the back of your hand knowing the people knowing that they know you it. It felt way more with less isolating than the london does here. You're like stock in a place really and you know if your friends are too far away they can only see you now and then if you know it's weird 'cause like back there i'd cross the street Their lives my friend across the road from me we. If we're hanging out we literally just walk across the street. Go sit down on our couch. Hang out and talk play games. Whatever here it would be like. We have the prime this a few days ahead of time. We we have to make sure we know where we're meeting. We have to make sure everybody to prepare to make a journey y'all to calculate geographic Exactly it's so much more difficult to just be social and outgoing and that's weird because you'd think would be the opposite city but because of the way it is because though ever lives Different everyone's has to do a lot to get each other in..
"london" Discussed on Limetown
"Afternoon, Charlie. Good afternoon. Tell me about your dreams. Tell me everything you remember. No? Do you not want to talk today? I can come back. I don't dream. Okay. So is it warm enough in here for you? Are you finding the accommodations comfortable? Sure. The couch is new. Ish. The bed is not. I've had a chance to go through the first batch of tapes. So I'd like to start our larger conversation now. When would you say this first garnered your attention? Was it Leah's broadcast? No. That was a sideshow. So when would you say you first turned your... You sincerely, Sandra Cole? Okay. The sincerely, Sandra Cole. You still there? I'm here, Doug. I was just saying. I've been sober six months. That's wonderful, Doug. And Abby, if you're out there listening, I just want to say how sorry I am. I love that cat as much as you do. She hears you, Doug. I'm sorry. I didn't mean to cry on your radio program. Never apologize for feeling too much, Doug. It's what makes life worth living. The happy times. The sad times. It's important to be honest with yourself. Thank you, Sandra. She always loved your show. No. Thank you, Doug. My next call is coming from Leah in Sacramento. I see you requested If You Could Read My Mind by Gordon Lightfoot. Such a lovely, haunting song. Who's this going out to, Leah? My uncle, Emil Haddock. And why is this song important to you, too? Leah? You're going to find me in peace as if you don't do exactly what I say. I'm waiting for you at the bridge. You have 72 hours. Goodbye. Why did that get your attention? It got everyone's attention. Why did it get your attention? Because the resolve required to do something like that was admirable. Admirable? Yes. And the opportunity to hunt someone of that caliber was too much to pass up. Also, I got paid a lot of money. Ah. Always money. So that's when you went to London. So that's when I went to London. JFK Airport, 2007. Two men have been standing near the emergency exit, watching me. They are dressed as custodians, or are custodians. They don't appear to be fixing anything, otherwise business as usual. You record these notes often. Any particular reason? I'm thorough. You're paranoid. That's interesting, coming from you. Why? I didn't chain myself to this floor. I'm being careful. You're being thorough. Ah. Here we are. London. Lobby of the Bridgemont Building. Approaching the security desk. One second. Who are you here to see today? I have an appointment with Eugene Demeter. IDS? Uh, yeah. Sorry. IDS. What was your name? Charlie Lattimore. We could skip the elevator stuff and all the waiting around in the waiting room. Why are you playing these at all? I needed to be top of mind for you. Charlie? Yes. We're ready for you. Great. Do you want to help with the bag? That's all right. This way. You worked here long? Me? Maybe four months. Are you applying for a job? I am. Oh, amazing. Well, it's a great place to work. Lots of benefits and the location, obviously. Hi, Akshay. Hi. Hi, Nia. This is gonna sound so dumb, but I've been going on so many interviews. What exactly is it that you do here? IDS. A lot of things, mostly centered around events. Insurance, logistics, marketing, you name it. Anyway, we're going to put you two in here. And make sure Gene is on his way. He's not great at time management these days. Here he is. Good luck. Thank you. Hello. Nice to meet you in person. You are Charlie, right? I am. Do it. I didn't want to get my wires crossed. Can you imagine me blathering on about Limetown and you're the wrong person? Look. Gene. I'm a little nervous talking to you. You're very intense. I'm going to be telling you things that I've never ever in my life said to anyone. Gene, I would urge you to take your involvement in Limetown very seriously. I do. And from now on, be extremely selective in who you talk to about this. You think you can do that? Yes. And I'm not ignoring you. I'm just writing this down. Be selective. No, I also wouldn't write any of this down. Oh, God. That obviously goes without saying. I haven't really been getting a lot of sleep in the past few days. I might need you to hold my hand through this. It's all very new to me. Would it make sense for me to tell you who knows I'm involved? I think let's wait on that. What I would like to do first is come to an agreement about terms. Okay. And then maybe take this to a more private location to discuss the scope of your involvement in this thing. Absolutely. You want to talk about money? I would. Normally, this kind of thing would be more fluid, but considering the scope of this project, I'm going to need to ask for a considerable amount of money up front. Well, that seems fair. I would need 1 .2 million to get started. One point... 1 .2 million pounds? Yes. To get started? Yes. Hi, Nia. What's going on? I'm sorry to interrupt. Someone's calling for you, and they wouldn't take a message, so... Who is it? Special Agent Marcy Gravis. She says she works for the Department of Homeland Security. Tell her I'll call her back. She said it's urgent. Tell her I will call her back. I'm in a meeting. Okay. Thank you. I don't have 1 .2 million pounds. Correct. You have 1 .5 million. And this bank account. I'm leaving room for the fees. Well, that's... Look, okay, look. See, that money's for my kids. Well, I think if your kids had the choice between having that money and having their dad, they would choose the letter, I would hope. I understand what you do is very challenging. I do. But can't we just be reasonable and bring it down a little bit, just to start? I mean, maybe we could just work our way up to that number. No, no, I'm sorry. That is the starting salary for having your life unfucked. Yeah, but I have... If you're not willing to pay that, I can't take you seriously. But I am serious. Then say yes. I just feel really kind of majorly pressured here. Christ! Mrs. Demeter, now there are some men here, they're from... Sorry, where are you from? Just tell them I'll be out in five minutes. Okay, I'll do it. I can't in good conscience give you that much money. Not without knowing what that money gets me. It gives you a chance. A chance to do what? A chance to not go to jail for the rest of your life because you're financially tied to the greatest American conspiracy of all time. I'm paying you my children's future for a chance. It's one more chance than you have right now. Oh, God. Look, I think we got off on the wrong foot here. I'm not a bad person. I didn't boil any people in acid. Oh! Damn! Okay. Okay. Okay. I'll withdraw the money today. You're hired. Okay. Well, congratulations then. You're a millionaire and you haven't done anything yet. That's not true. I've already removed the single most incriminating piece of evidence from the equation. What am I looking at? Tapes. Lots and lots of tapes. The ones your former employer, Brenda Radowski, AKA Terry Falstaff, AKA Lenore Dougal, sent to Leah Haddock's producer. The Oscar totem tapes? Sure. To be clear, that's a bit of a misnomer. A lot of them are Oscars. Others are from after he died. Some are just nonsense, thrown in with the rest. It's not exactly a curated experience. What it is, really, is an insurance policy. Everything this individual hid away because she knew it implicated some very powerful people. And now, it's yours. You're giving these to me? Yes. Put them somewhere where no one will ever find them but you. Don't tell me where you keep them. Okay, but shouldn't you have them? I already pulled the audio off them. I don't understand. How do you have these? How isn't really a question you want to ask me. Right. But I think you'll find as we move forward that intercepting a package is a pretty small order of business for someone in my line of work. Grab that sheet of paper. Yes. I want you to write down three numbers. Mine, your wife's, your lawyer's. You're going to stick that in your pocket. It's the only people you talk to for the next week, okay? Is this a test? You said not to write anything. Eugene, just do what I say. And don't call them from your iPhone. Put that in a drawer and buy a burner. Do you know what a burner is? It's a cheap phone. Correct. As for Nia and Akshay and all the other people running around here with their heads cut off, they're all getting something called mandatory professional development. Say that with me. Mandatory professional development. We want them scattered. It's hard to put together a story if all the key players are in different locations. Sound familiar? It does, yes. What about the special agents? Who? The suits in the lobby. Oh, they don't know anything. What? They've been paying visits to anyone even vaguely connected to Fitzgerald and Butler. Well, they don't know anything. Not really. Well, you could have told me that. No, Gene, I don't think I could have. Mr. Demeter. Go away, Akshay. Just leave me alone. Uh, yes, sir. On the back of that, write this down to Pink Norrie, 12 Canley Street, 1600 hours. That's where you're going to meet me. That's in half an hour. Yeah, Gene, we're on Limetown time now. We don't really have time to burn. Okay, I'll make it work. And when you talk to the agents, make sure you ask lots of questions about Leah Haddock. Why? Everybody on planet Earth wants to know where Leah Haddock is except the guy who took her. We'll be right back. Who can speak with you in a safe online environment? BetterHelp lets you do it on your own time at your own pace. You can schedule video or phone sessions plus chat and text with your therapist whenever it's convenient for you. In fact, so many people have been using BetterHelp that they're recruiting additional counselors in all 50 states. And best of all, it's an affordable option. Limetown listeners get 10 % off their first month with a discount code, Limetown. So why not start today? Go to BetterHelp .com slash Limetown. Join over a million people taking charge of their mental health. Again, that's BetterHelp, H -E -L -P dot com slash Limetown. Thanks for listening. At that point, did you think Eugene knew where Leah was? You said you listened to the tapes, right? Yes. So you have the facts. Why bother with what I think? Interesting. Why is that interesting? No reason. Let's continue. Pink Nori, a few minutes after five. Jean Demeter is over an hour late. The only people in the restaurant are the wait staff and an older white gentleman who was working on his laptop by the window. Go ahead and give Jean another... You want more hot water? Sure. Thank you. You still want to wait on food? I think that's my friend. Oh. I'm with her. Thanks. Could you give us a minute? You all right? I don't know if I'm built for this. It was one thing when nobody knew. I just hope this all gets easier. I assume it gets easier. Does it? Did you get rid of your phone? Yeah. I didn't have time to get the burner phone. But I told my staff to go home and await further instructions from me. Oh, and I bought the first cash payment. It's in the bag. You can look at it if you... Don't touch the bag. OK. I need to ask you a couple questions. Shoot. Do any of the remaining 163 Limetown survivors know who you are? Would they recognise your name from a list or be able to pick your face out of a line -up? No. You're sure? I'm sure. I interacted never with them. That's good. Question number two. Do you know where Leah Haddock is? No. Do you know who took her? I do. You do? I do. Anything for you to drink? Yeah, I'll take one of everything. Sorry, only kidding. Let me look at the... Is this the drink menu? Sorry, do you have whisky? We have beer. Yeah, yeah, beer's great. A single beer. Thank you. The man who abducted Leah Haddock, his name Daniel Rasmussen. R -A -S -S -M -U -E -L -L -E -R. OK. How do you know it was him? He told me. Before or after? Before. He confided in you. I guess you could call it that. Well, what would you call it? Not confiding. This guy is like the employee from hell. I don't say this lightly, but he's a deeply disturbed individual. Are you hungry? No, no, Gene. How is he your employee? It's complicated. By design. I was responsible for withdrawing the money and bagging it. He was responsible for delivering it to the people who needed it. The Limetown survivors. Yeah, I realised later. You didn't know you were paying Limetown survivors? I had no idea. It's not like someone sat me down and says, hey, you want to join a conspiracy? I was 27 years old. I was working as an associate at what is now IDS. I was called something else back then. I was just paying my dues, hoping to put a dent in my loans. And one day, out of the blue, someone says, hey, Brenda Radowski. Lenore wants to talk to you. Be at this hotel room in an hour. I'm like, OK. Why does my boss's boss's boss, Brenda Radowski, a very accomplished person and highly respected individual, who everyone in our firm seemed to be scared of, want to talk to an associate? I'm nobody. But you don't question things too much, you know? You're conditioned to do what you're told. So I went. And when I got there, she was very nice, very welcoming. The whole reason I was there was framed as, this is the kind of things all the associates are doing. It's just a side job. So she sits me down, hands me a stiff drink, and says, are you interested in making some money on the side? I mean, OK. What kind of money? She says, and I'll shit you not, this is what she told me it was. A botched class action lawsuit. Our fault. A total clusterfuck. So Brenda says, my help was needed in making these giant annual payments to people all over the world. It was all very simple and straightforward. I'd get the list fed next to me, and on it would be the names and addresses and payment amount, and the date I was supposed to deliver this information to a third party. My partner. So it's a two -person job. I take the money out, package it up. This other guy delivers it. I mean, obviously this is a highly unorthodox task she's given me, but what do I have to lose? I mean, did it occur to me that maybe I was doing something that wasn't 100 % legal? Not daily. Did I ever think for one second that I was paying the people of Limetown to keep quiet about the existence of mind -reading technology? Not even once. So how did you find out you were paying survivors? Daniel told me. Like I said, the way it was set up, I'd never need to interact with him. I only needed to get the money to a certain place by a certain time. Where? The marina. There's a dock with a blue light at the end of it. It's just past the bathrooms. There's a boat called Richard's Folly. The back door would always be open, and I would drop it in the cabin. For two years, I did just that with no problem. And then one night, he was just there, sitting in the darkness. Why don't you describe this Daniel for me? Okay. Well, he's a very large man. You're gonna laugh, but the first time I saw him, I thought he was a kayak or something, propped up against the wall. Then he started moving. The first time he talked to me, the first thing he said was that he had a secret he was keeping all to himself, and that he was tired of keeping it. Then he told me who the money was for. Why would he do that? I didn't ask. Excuse me. Could I get another one of these? Okay. So this Daniel guy does the job for two years after Limetown. He transports the duffel bags full of cash to the people he's supposed to. He gets curious who these people are and does a little digging on them. Maybe he asks one. And then something changes. He knows what he's a part of, and he decides he's going to spill the beans to you, the only other person in this conspiracy he knows. Well, that's possible. And you were unfazed even once you knew these were Limetown survivors? Well, I wouldn't say that. Just not fazed enough to stop. Not that I could have. I tried once in 2010. I had so much money already, and my daughter had just been bought. It just felt like time to pass the torch, and I don't know. The only way I could think to end it was to tell the only person I knew who was in on it. Lenore, whatever her name was. At this point, she'd dropped off the face of the planet. So what did you do? I waited for him. I went to the boat with the money and I sat in the darkness. Just like he would. I waited. A few hours later, I heard it. The heavy creak of this massive man walking slowly down the dock. Like he had all the time in the world. I remember. He stopped at the door. The glass door that leads into the cabin. It's so big he blocked out the light. He just waited there on the other side of the glass. He was looking in at me. He knew I was there. I don't know how he knew, but he knew. So, after what felt like maybe ten years, he slid the door open so slowly. And he walked in. Slides the door shut behind him. He says, and I'll never forget this. Do you want to know why I never go to the dentist? I mean, this is how he talks. Like, he's talking past you. Like, responding to something you never said. I didn't say anything. I was too afraid. So, he takes a step closer. Rattling the glass. Then he asks me again. Do you know why I never go to the dentist? I mean, he's nearly on top of me now. He says, one time I heard a story about a little boy named Kiernan. Who waited for his dentist in the dentist chair. When some stranger snuck in and poured lye down his throat. Kiernan's my son's name, if you didn't know that. So, I don't remember exactly what happened after that. But I remember I left the money. And he let me leave. But the assumption was that I would be wise not to get in the way of what he was doing. There would be dire consequences. I asked myself for years, why would Brenda hire someone like this? That's when I realized that Daniel's job, it wasn't just about delivering the money. It was keeping people quiet. No matter what it took. Including Leah Haddock. So, why abduct her? I don't know. Lenore, in her final conversation with Leah, seemed to think she'd be kidnapped as some sort of pawn to get to a meal. Sure. Why would Daniel want a meal? Do they know each other? I don't know. I'm assuming you heard Daniel's threat to a meal on Sincerely Sandra. Be at the bridge in 72 hours or Leah ends up in pieces. I did. That stands at 57 hours and counting, by the way. Yeah, I'm very aware. So, what's his motive here? Daniel does a job for a decade, keeping Limetown survivors alive, paid, quiet. Leah starts broadcasting the story of Limetown for the first time, and so he attempts to shut the survivors up. He takes out Warren, then Max. But if your whole goal is to keep Limetown a secret, why not just kill Leah? I don't know. Clearly, in Daniel's mind, finding a meal is more important than Leah. It's more important than the story of Limetown being made public. It's more important than the secrecy of your entire operation. What does it matter? I'm just having a hard time seeing how doing a deep dive into this maniac's head is going to help protect me and my family. I mean, what exactly is our plan here? Our plan is to make Limetown disappear. Are you kidding? I'm not. With everything that's happened, your plan is to put the cat back in the bag? Yes. Doesn't that seem impossible? Only if you care about the well -being of the cat. Look, it has been 38 hours and 15 minutes since Leah haddock disappeared. In that time, there's been this flood of information about Limetown. No one person can wade through it. There's a thousand people every hour who say they know for sure who took Leah haddock, another thousand who say they know one of the survivors. And then you got another thousand who say they're 100 % sure that the guy who works in the mail room has the exact same voice as the guy who showed up at Leah haddock's hotel room and banged his head against the door screaming her name. Right now, everybody knows everything, so nobody knows anything. And that, Gene, is a good situation for us. 15 years ago, Limetown was the biggest story in the world. Five years later, it was just another Wikipedia article. Do you know why that happened? Guess. People moved on. Exactly. But people can only move on if you let them. The story can't be allowed to develop. It has to remain a mystery. If I do my job right, in five years, five months, people will be asking themselves, Hey, whatever happened to that reporter that got abducted, did anyone ever find her? Shrug. People, deep down, they want Limetown to be a mystery. That is what they love about it. So our goal here is to make sure that Leah haddock and the person who abducted her are never seen or heard from again. I see. Do you? I don't deal in euphemisms, Gene. With your acknowledgement, I'm going to kill Daniel Rasmuler, and I'm going to kill Leah haddock. And we don't... I mean, there are no other options. Not from where I'm sitting. Okay. Okay. And when it's done, me and my family will never have to worry about this. I don't believe in half measures, Gene. Last question. On the Sincerely Sandra call, the demand for Emil was to be at the bridge. Do you have any idea what bridge they could be referring to? I don't. Do you know who would? The implication is Emil would know where the bridge is. Who knows Emil well? Living. Is that a real question? I mean, I don't know. Jesus. Allison haddock, I suppose. The wife of his brother, Jacob. She's the only person in Emil's life who isn't missing or... Dead. Missing or dead. So, Allison haddock. You're telling me you're going to go talk to Leah haddock's breathing mother and try to get the same information pretty much every law enforcement agency in the world is after? Yes, Gene. That is my plan. Now, here's what you're going to do. You're going to go home, pack a couple suitcases, and get your family to Worthing. Do you know where Worthing is? Okay. Once you get there, there's a travel lodge called the Worthing Homestead. Room 22 is already booked under the name Harry Frost. Pay in cash. Don't do anything but stay in the hotel and wait for my call. Do you understand? Yeah, I think so. You think so or you do? I do. Then wait for my call. Was that the first time you'd heard the name Daniel Rasmuler? Yes. When on Oscar Totem's tapes did you first hear him? Why do you call them Oscar Totem's tapes? It's shorthand. But you know there were as many of Lenore's tapes mixed in as his. Yes. Apologies. We shouldn't forget Lenore. She was very thorough. Yes, I'm flattered at the connection you're attempting to make. So when did you first hear Daniel? After, on the plane ride home. Were you surprised with what you heard? Yes. Why? Because it was surprising. Charlie - I don't know what you want me to say. I just want your opinion, your thoughts. But you're only asking me questions you already know the answers to. I'm trying to understand your choices. You're just a boy wearing men's clothes. Just play the conference call. Get on with it. This is from 45 days before the panic. A conference call Lenore conducted from Limetown. Can we say that again? Who's outside? Can you mute your line? I Hello? said, as of this morning, half the town has the tech installed into their brains. That's a very big problem. Yes, Kelly. Thank you. Jeez, that's a whale of a problem. Lucky for you, I solve problems. What is the proposal? Complete eradication. Complete? Yes. Outside of the asset? Of course outside of the asset, Kelly. Is no one going to say anything right now? She just said we need to murder 300 people. Who is speaking? Rasmussen. My name's Daniel. Ma 'am. Ah, the new leader of the task force. Welcome to the big leagues. Daniel, it's not polite to make subtext text. I'm not interested in being polite. This isn't up for discussion, Daniel. We have no other option and even less time. With all due respect, of course there are other options than mass murder. You're doing it again, Daniel. Think of how this plays out. Really think ahead. That's over 300 loose ends. We're trying to zip things up over here. What the fuck is happening right now? What are we doing? Our jobs, Daniel. There's a way to do this. You said half the town has the tech. Yes. That's an asset. That's the option of a long -term study in an organic environment. Hello? You're a smart man, Daniel. Wait, I'm lost. He's saying we keep the people with the tech alive to study the long -term effects. I think I can sell that. Is that an option? Theoretically. Well, that seems pretty good. So what would need to be done? Daniel, are you willing to claim responsibility for the survivors? And before you respond, let me explain what that means in basic English. It means until the day these 163 people die, after living long, full lives, they never speak a word of anything that's happened here. And if they ever do, then that is on you. That is your responsibility. And that means when I personally dig the mass grave, your unidentifiable corpse will be buried in all the rotting meat of your mistakes. Is that clear? Jesus, Brenda. I don't know about all that. Ken, stop talking. Is that clear, Daniel? Yes, ma 'am. Wonderful. Let's play it out. I'll start the Excel sheet. Great. Please be sure to CC me on any correspondence. Of course, Kelly. How could I forget you? Ms. Rudofsky, thank you for listening to reason. No, Daniel. Thank you. Daniel saved half the town. What a guy. Lenore was right. I should have tied up all the loose ends. You genuinely believe that? You can't honestly believe otherwise. Oh, I do. And I can. I would have appreciated working with her. She was quite a person. But she got old. And she got sloppy. She had a change of heart. Like I said. When did you hear the second Rasmiller tape? I don't want to hear the second tape again. Would you rather I pull your fingernails out? Yes. That's why we have to talk about it. Please don't play that. Were you listening alone? Stop. You do dream, don't you? Fucking stop. She never hears your screams, does she? Just turns the volume up. What surprised you most about the second tape? Please don't make me listen. This is important. This is the first time you knew. The first time you knew there was something after Lime Town. Let's turn the volume up. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Yes, ma 'am. Please. Please stop. Please. Don't you get in. If it's just what I've done, then how can I have done this to you? Are you ready to tell me where Leah Haddock is? I already told you. I can't tell you. Then we'll continue this conversation in a few days. Please at least leave the lights
"london" Discussed on Limetown
"Me. They are dressed as custodians, or are custodians. They don't appear to be fixing anything, otherwise business as usual. You record these notes often. Any particular reason? I'm thorough. You're paranoid. That's interesting, coming from you. Why? I didn't chain myself to this floor. I'm being careful. You're being thorough. Ah. Here we are. London. Lobby of the Bridgemont Building. Approaching the security desk.