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A highlight from Ep. 566 Deep Dive Into L2s with Industry Expert Jacobc.Eth
"All right, everybody. I hope you're having a fantastic morning, noon or night, wherever you guys are in the world. You're in the right place because we are joined with another awesome guest today on the Crypto 101 podcast. We have today joining Brendan and I. By the way, Brendan, hello. How are you doing today? Feeling great. Hey there, everyone. Feeling good. I'm stoked to introduce our guest because this is a Web3 expert, a gaming expert, all things crypto, all things blockchain. We've got JacobC .eth, the founder of Hyperplay joining us today. Jacob, how are you doing today? I'm doing great. Thank you so much for having me. Oh, man. We're excited to dive in because not every day we get to really speak to somebody who's diving into the niche that you are with Hyperplay. So we want to dive into that. Before we do, we want to get your background. And really, how did you come to be in the position that you are? Yeah, I guess like going way back, I was really attracted to early Bitcoin from a political activist worldview. It was an interest to me, but it wasn't ever something I was like seriously or like from a career perspective involved in. And I worked in Web2 tech. And when I read the Ethereum white paper and started seeing that, I got really kind of annoyingly obsessed. My coworkers would tell you. And so, you know, I went and some early grant funding DAOs. I got to join the MetaMask team. And I worked as operations there and worked on a lot of the growth and monetization strategies. And I had really seen that the biggest area of growth that MetaMask and de facto, the decentralized web we're seeing was coming from gaming use cases. But the wallet experience and the user interactions between a game and the player's wallet, there were challenges that needed to be solved. And so, I, you know, I am still advisor for MetaMask. And I still work really closely with the MetaMask team. But I started Hyperplay to solve both the wallet to game interaction problem for games and also the censorship problem. Because game developers were being forced to build very strange and bizarre user experiences in order to hack around App Store policies. And there needed to be a censorship resistant and developer loyal distribution platform that actually encouraged people to build in a way that makes sense for Web3 instead of making them terrified that their business is gonna be deplatformed. So, yeah. We launched Hyperplay in March. It's available today in early access. And we're super excited for all the games and projects that are building on top of it. Let me just start this off by saying one of the first conversations I had with Bryce was what do we think or what do I think about like Web3 and gaming because that is really my niche. And I'm super stoked to be able to just talk about this with you today because this is really kind of hitting home. So, you have this big experience. Brandon's a big gamer if you couldn't tell. Oh, I can. If only you could see the PC that is sitting right behind the camera. It would tell wonders as to where I stand in the scene. But no, no. Everything else aside, Jacob, you have this big extensive experience when it comes to Ethereum and Layer 2s and crypto as a whole. Why are you just now starting to get really excited about Web3? Like what has you excited to really kind of dig deeper and invest a little bit of extra time and resources into Web3 now? Well, I've definitely been involved in Web3 for a while. So, I'll just say I think that blockchains are about more than... I think a lot of people see this as the next thing or something and that they're going to get rich or something. For me, I think that this is a tech that was built to make people more free, to help people to build and structure human social interaction and human collaboration in a way that we want it to be structured. And I think that what's so exciting about Ethereum is its composability and its interoperability. And so, the composability allows us to structure our social interactions in the ways that we think make the most sense. And the interoperability, the early vision of the internet was a more interconnected world. And then we got a bunch of silos based on surveillance. And today, by building the internet around interoperable rails and giving the internet a financial and transactional layer, it allows us to build ethical business models that ultimately distribute more ownership and power to the people who participate in these systems rather than for Web2 corporate monopolies. Yeah. It kind of hearkens back to in your introduction, you talked a little bit about what really got you inclined to the space was kind of like that political idea of Bitcoin as this new free money that kind of drew you in. And it's almost like what Bitcoin did to money Ethereum is doing to corporations, if you will, or it's that same level of disruption. But it's like more than corporations. It's identity, it's everything. And it reminded me of your name. I wanted to ask, a lot of people are probably like, jacobc .eth. Does this guy have a last name? People might not understand what this is. So tell us what your identity, jacobc .eth is and what does that mean to you and how did it kind of come to be? Yeah. I think that Web3 identity and Web3 reputation is super important. I think there's some larger meta conversations about how we think about identity and reputation in Web3. And certainly, there's a number of people that want sort of what I would consider a pretty dystopian form of Web3 identity that's based on like hashing people's biometric data or something like that. I think that people should be free to have one or many identities and that we need reputation -based governance. The civil problem isn't universally solvable, but we can understand the long -standing reputation of an identity, what kinds of contributions it's made, and to allow people to hold their identity and use it in a way that has reputation. So my ENS name is an example of that. But I generally think that we'll see a lot more reputation -based governance models for the protocols that people are building. And that's going to play a super important and positive role in terms of how people think about identity. Yeah. And even like when I think like with DeFi, even identity is going to come to play a huge part because there's systems that are out there. Maple is one, True Finance. There's a couple of them that use like reputation -based lending. And you could kind of have like an on -chain sort of credit score that's tied back to your ENS or your address. And I just thought that was interesting if anybody at home wants to check out those platforms. It's really cool because like you said, it's a blockchain technology that's really inclusive. For people at home who are listening, they're like, well, why do we need an on -chain credit score? I could go to a bank and I got my credit score. But if you're listening to this, you're probably privileged. And you probably do have some level of like, you could go anywhere and swipe your card, but that's not the whole world. And the whole world sometimes, if they want to get a loan or if they want to get a mortgage or whatever, they need to have identity documents, they need to have credit scores and reputations, or else they're going to get fleeced by a loan shark at 25 % rate. And so this technology does blow open the doors to financial inclusion for sure. But yeah, I definitely want to zoom in on Hyperplay and the things that you're building there. I would love for you just to describe how like a listener at Hyperplay, we've got lots of crossover between crypto lovers and gamers. And so how can somebody kind of bust into the platform and what should they expect? Yeah, so Hyperplay is a Web3 native game launcher. So if people are familiar with Steam, that's a Web2 game launcher and distribution platform. Hyperplay does the same kinds of things that Steam does. It helps you discover Web3 games, download those games, and it is also an aggregator of multiple game stores. So we have our own store, the Hyperplay store. It's got about 50 plus or minus Web3 games that are a part of it. We also aggregate the entire Epic game store. So all of your games, Web2, Web3 games that are in the Epic game store, you can actually play inside of Hyperplay. You can build on -chain representations of your gaming reputation. There's a lot of really exciting things that you can do by aggregating all of the gaming world into the decentralized web and to have an interface for that. And then any game that you launch from within Hyperplay, Hyperplay has an overlay similar to the Steam overlay. So people who've played games in Steam know that you press tab and then you see a chat window. You can see if you have a notification or achievements, Steam is going to overlay those on top of the game that you're playing, your friends requests. So Hyperplay does the same kind of overlay, but we actually are persisting your Metamask wallet into the game. So you can actually approve transactions without ever leaving the context of the game. You can sign in using your wallet instead of a native game. And we support both native or browser -based games. And we'll also be supporting other stores in the future. So we really... Our goal is from an infrastructural perspective to allow the player to carry their wallet, all of the assets inside of that wallet across every game that they play, across every game store. And really to also provide a really developer loyal platform to the builders so that they're not living in fear of being censored or deplatformed for building a Web3 game. I love that you brought up Steam as an example, because it is probably the closest thing that we have to this quasi Web3 marketplace. And I say quasi, right? Because you can trade items between players, between games. If I have something from CSGO and someone else has something from Team Fortress 2, we can make a trade for that. But we still can't trade across marketplaces. Say someone has something in Fortnite, someone has something in Valorant, League of Legends, another one of these games that's made outside of Steam, then you can't trade with them. It's cool because you can. You can trade, you can buy, you can sell. The CSGO marketplace alone is a multi -billion dollar marketplace, which is just a wild thing to say. But do you think that we can get to a place where we can have these cross -platform trades and orders going through? Because that's what I see as the end game of Web3 and gaming, is that I can trade stuff from Riot's platform and items on Riot. I can make those trades with people who have items in CSGO on Steam and so on and so forth. All right, listeners, if your business earns millions or even tens of millions of dollars of revenue, please stop what you're doing and take a close listen. Because NetSuite by Oracle, it's just rolled out literally the best offer we've ever seen. NetSuite does a lot of cool things, but I want to run you through what it does primarily. Primarily, it gives you the visibility and the control that you need to make better decisions for your organization faster. And now for the first time in NetSuite's 22 freaking years as the number one cloud financial system, you can defer payments of a full NetSuite implementation for six months. Not bad. 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Fresh update on "manning" discussed on Dr. Jockers Functional Nutrition
"Yeah, that's so well said, and I love that idea of the inner wisdom within us, the inner physician within us going to work and healing and repairing our body. Now, a lot of people, and I used to think this too, growing up, my parents, they would have us fast, and I didn't start doing this when I was a teenager, but it was like one day out of the entire year, we would do a fast, and it was for spiritual purposes, and I thought that is like the worst thing ever. I thought it was just horrible that I would waste, I would completely waste away. I have absolutely no energy at all, and in a sense, psychologically, I kind of psychologically set myself up for that, and a lot of people have this idea that if they go more than like three or four hours without eating, that they're going to have no energy and that they're actually going to lose. They're going to waste away. Their muscles are going to waste away, and they're going to feel awful, and so I really want to touch on some of these myths behind fasting, and so what has your experience been with that? I used to have the same thought process, especially like during the early days when I got into the health space 2008 or so, and it's still very popular in the fitness space that you will waste away. You're going to eat away at muscle, go into starvation mode, and yeah, let's debunk a lot of these myths. You know, with that mindset, sometimes your thoughts could create the reality and the effect, so we want to go into it knowing that fasting is a healing tool. It's definitely a healing space to be in, and I like to put things in perspective when somebody's afraid of skipping a meal or going at least more than four hours without eating something, and I put it into perspective, and I talk about this gentleman named Angus Barbary who did the Guinness World Record for the longest recorded water fast many, many years ago, a Scotsman. He was 450 pounds, so the man was morbidly obese, and he was medically supervised, and he had water, some electrolytes, coffee, tea, and some nutritional yeast, but essentially he didn't eat for 382 days, and he went from 450 pounds, excuse me, on day one to 180 pounds on day 382, and his electrolytes looked great, blood work looked great, he felt great. Now he had a lot of weight, a lot of energy on his body to be used for fuel. It's an extreme example, but that goes to show that somebody who's very lean, 10% body fat, has tens of thousands of calories on them, and when you don't eat, you essentially are going to use your body fat. That's exactly what it is, it's stored energy, and the body's very smart. We talked about this innate intelligence already, but we have this incredible human body that was built for thriving, and when we fast, the body's going to raise these counter-regulatory hormones. As insulin drops, these hormones that run counter to insulin increase, so glucagon, human growth hormone, the sympathetic tone essentially is activated, and human growth hormone is one of those hormones that actually preserves muscle. It preserves lean muscle mass, it actually helps you put lean muscle mass on, and that's your body's way of protecting your muscle when you're in a fasted state. Your body's going to go for your fat stores, not your muscle. That wouldn't be a very efficient mechanism if we automatically tap into muscle and protein. Our ancestors would not have survived, they would have withered away, so we have amazing process that takes place, and there's a lot of research that shows this takes place in a fasted state. There was a study that came out, I believe it was 2013, Science Daily that showed a 24-hour water fast resulted in about a 2,000% increase in human growth hormone and a 1,300% increase in women, and the 2,000% was in men after about 24 hours, and that's because the body's preserving the muscle, not eating away at it. Yeah, and that's so important to understand, is that you get this HGH release, which again helps you preserve that lean body mass and actually creates an environment that if you do strength training, can actually enhance your strength, enhance your muscle tissue, and that's really powerful. And going back to that ancestral perspective, when our ancestors didn't have food for, let's say, a day or two, they didn't just lay in their beds, instead, they actually, in a sense, hunger was a drive for them to become more creative in their hunting, in their gathering, in whatever the mechanisms they had to access food, right? And so they actually became harder to kill, in a sense. They became stronger, more resilient through that experience, and I think all of us have experienced it. It's like on Thanksgiving, we eat a huge meal, we're bringing in all this potential energy, but then how do we feel? Tired, right? And so when you start practicing intermittent fasting, it's one of those things you actually start to notice that you have better energy, better mental clarity. It's pretty amazing what happens. What are some of the other myths that you encounter that people have when it comes to practicing fasting? Yeah, and you're exactly right. When you eat a big meal, like you turn in food coma, that's where the term food coma came from. It takes so much energy from you and resources and blood flow, and now you're using that for digestion, but when you're fasted, that energy is diverted. You talk a lot about that in your book and in your work. Yeah, so another myth would be that men and women should practice fasting the same way, and that's not true, because we should also classify women in different parts of their life practicing in different ways as well, like a menstruating woman should practice fasting differently than a woman who's postmenopausal, and then a man should practice it differently than a woman because of different hormone fluctuations. We have the same hormones, but we have different fluctuations in those hormones, so men have this 24-hour recycling pattern of hormones, kind of like the sun. The sun comes out, it rises, it sets, 24-hour pattern. We kind of have a similar pattern with some of our sex hormones and etc. So cycling women have this 28-day pattern where it's more like the moon that comes out after 28 days, so they have to do it a little bit different, so week by week, that would be a little bit different fasting schedule for menstruating women. For example, the week before the period would be a week where probably that menstruating woman does not want to practice too much fasting because they want to build progesterone, have a healthy monthly cycle, the period starts, and then it's a good week for the fast to occur and do more aggressive fasting. So there's a big myth that men and women should do it the same, and that's not true. Fasting, unfortunately, it's good and bad. It's become very popular, and that's a good thing. People are becoming aware to it because it's not new, it's just nuanced. But with that being so popular, people are saying women should not fast because it wrecks their hormones, and that's like saying women should not exercise because it wrecks their hormones. They're saying fasting is a stress, so it's not good for you, especially women. It's the same thing as saying they shouldn't exercise because exercise is a stress, and you know this, David. It's about staying in that hormetic zone. Stress is very important, and you mentioned being harder to kill our ancestors. We want to be harder to kill, and stress is how you do that. Your body needs to adapt to that stress, but that's the thing. It needs to adapt. So stress is only bad when your body doesn't adapt, but when it does adapt, you get stronger, you get healthier, you live longer, you feel better. So I kind of threw in a few myths there, but that's the next myth that I would want to cover.
A highlight from Sydney Sundance Smith's - God Story
"Welcome to Evangelism on Fire podcast. My name is Mark Thomas, an ordained pastor, a teacher of the best selling book of all time, your host, and most importantly, your evangelism coach. Every episode, I bring you an inspiring message to help you live the most exciting life God has created you to live by actively sharing your faith in Jesus with others. I believe in the power of the gospel and the potential of all Christians to live out the mission of the great commission. I believe the best way for Christians to grow is to go. It's time for a revolution in every Christian's life around the world so that every person everywhere around the world can hear the gospel of Jesus Christ from a friend or a family member through one -on -one evangelism. I'm so thankful for our time together today. I absolutely love spending time with you, evangelism on fire nation. I believe this podcast will truly inspire you and I believe it will inspire so many people that you know. 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The message that we wanna share is that God wants to give hope to the young generation and all generations, that there is hope for them through a relationship with God, through Jesus Christ. And we wanna offer this hope to as many people as possible in 2023 through our outreach ministries, which of course includes our EOF podcast ministry. I'm asking you to join us at EOF ministry and become a partner. A partner is just a friend that makes a regular commitment to us each and every month. They stand by us. That enables us to respond to the opportunities that are coming our way. In many ways, we live in a hopeless world, but through Christ, we have hope. Life without God is a hopeless end. Life with Him is an endless hope. Join us right now and become a part of our team and let's reach the world with the most important message that exists, the gospel message. Join us for the plans we have for ministry in 2023 by becoming an Evangelism on Fire ministry partner. Are you ready? Well, this is your next step. Go to today's show notes and click on the giving link to become a monthly partner by setting up a monthly donation or go to our website evangelismonfire .com. Click on the donate button to give a monthly reoccurring donation or a one -time gift. Thank you for joining us to give hope to the world. All right, welcome Evangelism on Fire nation to today's podcast episode. Man, I've got a big time treat for you guys today. We have on our podcast episode today, Sydney Sundance Smith. She's 31 years old. And let me tell you what, she's on a mission to be one of the world's top female bare knuckle fighters. And listen, she has her eye on the title. And you know what? Something that I love about Sydney is that she is a true spiritual warrior and she carries her faith and her father's memory with her everywhere she goes and into the ring. Sydney Sundance Smith, welcome to Evangelism on Fire podcast. How are you doing? I'm blessed and highly favored. Yeah, I'm doing well. I feel really good. You know, I'm in a really good place in my life, so. That's awesome. I'm so happy for you. So you know what? So my audience, Evangelism on Fire Nation, so they know more about you. I gave you a little introduction, but tell us more about who you are. Oh, wow. I feel like that's such a big question, right? Like the, what does Shrek say? Like an ogre, I have like an onion, I have ears. Yeah, I don't know, man. I'm just like a kid from the middle of nowhere. I grew up on a horse farm. All three of us, my brother and my sister and myself, we were all born at home. We were not born in a hospital. Oh, you were born at home? Not a hospital, at home. Oh, wow. And so for my sister's birth, my dad actually had to deliver her because the midwife was somewhere else. And so she didn't get there. Oh, wow. So my dad had to deliver my sister. That is wild. What was going on with the midwife? It starts wild. She was delivering another baby like across the county. Right. Wow, that's such a cool story to start this podcast off. Hey, it's interesting from starting to talking with that. You know what I'm saying? But yeah, I mean, I don't know. I just grew up out like in the middle of nowhere in a place called Middlebrook. Doesn't even have enough people to be considered a town and still considered a village to this day. When I first heard about you, I was when I was training at Mixed Martial Arts Institute here in Richmond, Virginia. And I would hear your name mentioned, you know, in my training sessions. Then I got to be good friends with Gigi, who she owned MMA Institute around the area that she lived. In Charlottesville, yeah. Yeah, for a little bit. And through Rick McCoy and Tyus Thomas and David Gladfelter, I got to know more about you because I would just hear your name around, you know, the Institute. So let's get right into it. How did you come to faith in Jesus Christ? So I actually, I grew up in it. I just kind of always believed he was there, that he was and that his son existed. And I didn't really know too much about the Holy Spirit growing up. That wasn't really something, it's not really something that Presbyterians talk about a lot, you know. And so, yeah, I mean, I had a relationship with him for, you know, most of my life, but it really didn't, it was like, you know, like the shockwave kind of hit more when I was like 16, 17. And I was really starting to go through like some really serious suicide and depression. And I got really, you know, just really into the word. And, you know, my mom bought me a study Bible on Easter, the year I turned 17. And I still have it, I still use it every day. And so that really just kind of, cause I just have this insatiable appetite just like to know things. I don't know why I just do. And so, yeah, so giving me a study Bible was a great way. And I just never looked back, you know. And that's, I mean, I've had my ups and downs, right? You know what I mean? I'm not saying, I've walked a perfect path since I was a teenager that is far from true. But, you know, it doesn't mean that I've ever stopped believing in God or loving God or talking to God. You know, I think that I just kind of have this different understanding of who he is and like what he wants to do. Like he's never gonna give up on you, you know? And I think that's something that's really important and not something that I really want to get out there is that I'm not saying go out there and do all these bad things. We shouldn't sin much so that grace can abound much. But what I'm saying is that like, grace covers a multitude of sins. That's what I'm saying. And there's no shame, no condemnation for those that are made new in Christ. And that's what I'm trying to come and talk about is there's a way, we've kind of gotten to this point as a society where if anybody starts saying like, thus sayeth the Lord, or you quote the word in a way that people know that you're quoting the word to them, they just shut down, right? And so I don't know, I just feel like God has written it on my heart in a way that, you know, I just talk about it. I'm not trying to shove it down your throat. I'm not trying to like preach at you, but I just, I feel like God is so enmeshed in everything and every single moment of every single day that I mean, his word is just one more example of that. And speaking it is very powerful and that's something I learned along the way. And so to speak it, you have to know the word. Say that again, Sydney, maybe that one more time. To speak the word, you have to know the word. So yeah, you know, write it on your heart. Yeah, to speak the word, you have to know the word, you know, and I've read some articles about you that you are in the word daily. Yeah, I love that. I love that. Every day. In my study Bible, Josephus, you know, I've got like the concordance, the Hebrew and the Greeks dictionaries. Like I really do, like, I truly go through it all, all the time. I just love it, you know. I think it's really interesting. And I think that when you study the different translations, not that anyone is better or worse than any of the others, but I think that, you know, they all have something to offer. And, you know, that goes for like the Hebrew and the Greek too, because their vocab, like, I don't know how to explain it, but their vocabulary was richer. It was like more dense than ours is. I feel like the words that they chose to communicate what was going on or how they were feeling or what God was saying were chosen for specific reasons. They did a lot of like play on words with, you know, like was it Adam and I can't remember the other one, like that that's similar to his name, but it's like Adan or whatever, you know. And like, so one means Adam and one means something that's like completely opposite and bad that he did or whatever, you know. Hey, you know what, if someone's listening right now, right, so this is mostly a Christian podcast, but a lot of those listeners out there right now, they're not reading the word daily, say like you are or I am. What encouragement would you give to them to pick up the best -selling book of all time, the Bible, right, and get in the word and, you know, taste that a little bit every day. What would you, what encouragement would you give to them? I mean, what do you have to lose, right? Like there's so many places in the Bible where it talks about how we should meditate on God's word. And that's not just sitting there and being like, oh, you know, I'm thinking about your word. But the Hebrew and the Greek actually means to like speak on the utterance, to talk to yourself about it. And honestly, you know, you shouldn't look at it as a chore. I know for a long time, you know, it's not like I've read my Bible every single day for my entire life, right? Like we all go through stages and phases and seasons, but, you know, habits are what you consistently do. So, you know, it's gonna take time to get to that point where, you know, you make it, it's just part of what you do every day. You have your coffee and you sit down and you spend time with God first thing, you know, that's kind of like what I like to do. Just pick a time that works for you. It doesn't have to be like, oh, I'm spending 45 minutes, you know, just literally anything is better than nothing, right? Like God just wants you to say, hey, you're important to me and I'm taking this time out of my day to just spend this time with you. Set yourself up to like read five verses or read a chapter a day or, you know, start with small bits. But I mean, honestly, try not to look at it as a chore. I mean, you're meeting with the creator of the universe and magnificent things happen. Ah, come on. I mean, you know, Jesus is the word, right? Yeah. So, I mean, if you shun the word, you're kind of like shunning Jesus in a way. And he came to give us life more abundantly. So how can you have abundant life if you kind of like refuse the one who's trying to give it to you? Wow, that is, that's deep. That's profound. That is so good. That's the Holy Spirit now. That's the Holy Spirit. Speaking in and through you. Just do the talking. Cause I ramble. People know that. I'll talk forever, especially when it's about God. So I was like, God, please just let the Holy Spirit. Isn't it cool when the Holy Spirit speaks in you and through you and you hear what you just say and you're like, wow, thank you, Holy Spirit. That was totally you. Yeah, that was not me. You're like, whoa, that was good. Yeah, that was fire. That was fire, straight fire. Yeah, I was praying for like tongues of fire to be dropping on people in Albuquerque and stuff. Like it would be so heavy in the arena. Like I pray for that kind of stuff. Like to me, when I walked into church on Sunday, cause I've been doing like a really in -depth study on Joshua. I actually did a pretty in -depth study on judges. And then I went back and did Joshua cause God was like, go read Joshua. And I was like, all right, cool. So that's what I did. And you know, so I walked into church on Sunday and I just, I felt God say, take your shoes off. This is Holy ground, you know? And that was what I prayed over the ring the last time I fought in May, cause they let you go out and check the ring out. And so like, I prayed in the spirit and, you know, people call that speaking in tongues. To me, I call it praying in the spirit. It's personal between me and God. But you know, and I just remember saying like, this is Holy ground. Do you know what I mean? And I like closed the whole circle of it and like, you know, I just, and I pray about it before I go, pray about like his spirit being there, you know, and the Bible says that, that God himself is enthroned on the praises of Israel. And then people want to ask me, like, why do you walk out to Christian rapper, Christian praise music? And I'm like, why wouldn't I, you know, I'm inviting, I'm inviting God to come in and like come into my situation. You know what I mean? And just, and yeah. So to me, it's, it's a lot different, you know? So much of it is spiritually based for me. I mean, even like the hashtag, watch me rise that I use, right? That actually comes from one of my favorite verses in Judges. And it's because it was a woman judge who spoke at Deborah. And you know, I'm always about like the women warriors, like the outcasts that, you know, in society it's like says to be ladylike and they're like, no, I'm going to go fight with the dudes. Like that's who I've always identified with, you know, like Mulan was my favorite Disney movie. Like, yeah. So yeah, I mean, I don't know. I lost her. So, you know what you, you mentioned a moment ago, August. So you have an upcoming fight Albuquerque, right? Just trying to trace that one back, but yeah. But you also mentioned that how you went into the ring and prayed at your last fight. Now your last fight, you beat your opponent. You landed 98 punches to her 26. And you know what I'm like that. Yeah. And you only suffered a few bruises. Tell us about that fight. You know, there was a lot of craziness going into that fight that, you know, I just kind of briefly spoke on and that's pretty much, you know, most of like that's like the gist of what I'll say about it just to like, you know, maintain a modicum of respectability, but basically my corners last minute abandoned me for no good reason. And like one of them wasted a promotion flight and all this stuff, like it was insane. And I'm like at the airport, you know, trying to figure this stuff out. My friend drove down from South Carolina with her mom and her four year old son and like to corner me. And man, it was just wild. Like so many God moments happened. You know what I mean? It was like for every curse, there are two blessings. Like that was, that came true. You know what I mean? Like that was just so evident. And it wasn't just for me. It was for so many other people around me too. Like my friend who came down, she had been, you know, kind of like, you know, a rough state, a stagnant place in her faith with God. And, you know, I guess was feeling some type of way. And when she saw like everything that had happened and how God just like made everything just boom, boom, boom, boom, she was like, look, I told my whole family, there's no way I'll ever question again, if that is real, you know? So literally it was just nothing but God. I was just having a blast. Like I had to put all that stuff out of my mind. I didn't feel any emotion. Like, you know what I mean? I felt some, but I just prayed for protection and peace and to stay on point for what we came there to do. You know, like I had, like I have people who like, I have prayer warriors who literally like that is what we do is we pray over these events. It's not just we're praying over my fight. We're praying over the event as a whole, you know, we're praying over all of the millions of live viewers, you know, that's what we're doing. And it, I mean, hey, I couldn't have, I mean, it was other than, you know, just wanting to push the pace a little bit more. I feel like, you know, it wasn't, it wasn't a bad start to be KFC, you know what I'm saying? And you know what? BKFC, now, one thing I love about you, okay? You're a different breed, okay? You have martial artists, you have your MMA fighters, but tell my audience, maybe some of them don't, they do not know what BKFC is. You're a whole different beast, okay? All right, you're a whole different human beings. So evangelism on fire nation. If you don't know what BKFC is, listen to this. Tell my audience what type of fighter you are, Sydney Sundance Smith. So I started off in MMA, but I was waiting very patiently for them to open my weight class. And when they did, we fight with no gloves, just a little bit of wrap support around your wrist. And you know, I take down some of that. You're talking bare knuckle. Bare knuckles, yeah. Bare knuckles. 100%. She said 100%. Facts, yes. I'm so like, okay, so they're coming up with this new card. It's one in Thailand. It's like the super fight or whatever. And they're letting them do, it's a special rules, bare knuckle Muay Thai. Ooh. I have been bugging the crap out of them. Like, hey, can we get a bare knuckle Muay Thai? And they're like crickets. And then this happens and I'm like, I see y 'all. I see what's happening. Y 'all keep me in mind at 1 .15, I told them, I told all of them, I've told my manager, I've told Dave Felt, I mean, you know, I've told them all. I said, if you start a bare knuckle Muay Thai, don't even ask me any questions, you just sign me up. Sign you up. Every single time you have a fight for me, don't even ask me, don't ask me no questions, just sign me up. Don't do that until the day I cannot fight for. That appeals to me. So how do you go from MMA to bare knuckle fighting? How does that transition happen? Very carefully, I guess. It's hard not to kick people and knee people. I mean, honestly, I was just waiting for them, like I said, to open my weight class. It's been around for five years now. So you're a straw weight, correct? Yeah, yes. All right. They had 1 .25 for a while and I, you know, I've been offered a couple of different, different promotional bare knuckle, you know, fights at 1 .25. But I just, you know, I had a lot of medical issues and stuff and, you know, even now healthy, I have to, I have to work to be at like 1 .32 walking around, you know, like a healthy 1 .32. So there's no way I could fight at 1 .25. Those girls cut from like an insane amount and yeah, no. I'm good at 1 .15, you know, like I can make the weight. It doesn't bother me. I make 1 .15, like my body just automatically knows like, oh, it's time to cut weight. And it just does it. Like I really, you know, I just have this really good system and as long as I stick to it, then I really don't have any problems. I cut weight and I feel so strong. It's so weird, but it's just, I've gotten it down to that, down to that point, you know. You know, one thing that I've heard about you, tell me if this is true, but I've heard that you're a fighter who likes to get hit. Oh yeah, oh yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. Yeah, so like, you know, Donald Cerrone, you know, he kind of like a little bit of a slow starter sometimes. He's got to get hit a few times to like kind of wake him up. And then he's just like, you know, like back in the day, that's, that's kind of like me. You know what I mean? It's like, if you don't, if you're not going to exchange with me, it's kind of hard. Like, yeah, I mean, I still fight you, right? But it's not going to be the same level of fight. You know, if you're, if you want to bang with me, you're going to, like, I know people think like, maybe I'm just, you know, exaggerating or whatever, but like, you're going to get a different, a different side of me. Like you're going to bring out something in me that is like, oh, okay, you think that was hard, like my turn. You know what I mean? Like I get to hit you now, right? So I don't know. I just, I love it. I've always loved it. I fought Chelsea McCoy for my first fight, right? Like Rick McCoy's daughter, first ever MMA fight. She hit me so hard, I fought double. I'm not even kidding, right? I didn't know what to do. I had never, like, I was training out of a basement with some, you know, with a guy who had a few amateur fights under his belt. Like, it wasn't like I was Rick McCoy's daughter trained at the MMA Institute, right? I apparently even knew what the MMA Institute was. And I was just like, yeah, I'll fight her. Everybody was like, you're really going to fight her? And I was like, yeah. And then like, I didn't get knocked out or submitted or anything, right? Like we had a good fight, but yeah, she made me see double and I was just kind of like, you know, it was in that moment where it was, it was kind of like, you're either going to do this and you're going to love it. Like, that's going to, that's going to do it for you. You know what I mean? Yeah. Or you're done. You know what I mean? This is not for you. Yeah. And I was just like, I shook my head and I was like, well, then I was like, just pick one, you know? So it kind of solidified that. And you know, so it's not the last time I've seen double in a fight.
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A highlight from 117: Part 2: Charles Lutz Takes on Unpopular Causes from Vietnam to DEA to TSA
"Did you ever get any chatter that he was still alive, you know, anywhere? Well we, we, we looked for him. I had information he was actually a fled to Irania Perthet, which is a town on the Cambodian border in Thailand. And so I actually wanted investigative assistance and I went up there and spent a couple of days at a picture of Sukhri and checked out all the bars and massage parlors and whatever, see if we could find him. And, and we never did. But the other case I was going to mention, I think you might find interesting, is while I was doing this undercover thing with Sukhri, the agent who was handling the Herman Jackson, Ike Atkinson case in Bangkok, which is a group of, of retired military NCA, NCOs that were, had been smuggling heroin back to the States. That agent was transferred back to the States. And then in those days, every case had to have an agent assigned to it, if only to write status reports. So my boss, Paul Brown, dumped this Atkinson case on me and I thought, oh man, what, I got enough to do. But it actually turned out to be a blessing because I, I, I guess after a few days, got a call from San Francisco from an agent, Lionel Stewart, and there had been a couple of, of guys in, arrested in Japan, military, US Army guys, and they, one of them flipped and identified his source of supply as the bartender at a bar owned in Bangkok by this Herman Jackson. So I thought, wow, you know, maybe, maybe we can make something in this case after all. Long story short, Lionel came over and we made, he actually made an undercover purchase of heroin from the source of supply. We, we got him to San Francisco where he was arrested and he ended up, I mean, it's a long story, but we ended up being able to, with some of the evidence we got through that case, we were able to prosecute Atkinson in North Carolina. You gotta, you gotta understand, Morgan, this guy's talking about Lionel Stewart. So when I get to Miami and Charles here is the ASAC, we had two associate SACs and one of them was Lionel Stewart. This guy was a shuckin' and jivin' character. I mean, he was hilarious, black gentleman, would not cut anybody's slack. He, you know, he called a spade a spade and he did it to your face, he did it behind your back, but he was hilarious. I mean, he would just entertain. You could see how the guy could work undercover. I mean, he could sell ice to an Eskimo, you know, that kind of attitude. Yeah. Well, in my book, I call him the professor of undercover science. There you go. That's a good title.
Fresh "Manning" from Evening News with Art Sanders
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A highlight from Mystery Meat
"Morning. Ashley wasn't kidding. I am glad to be back. I really, really love this church. It's evident every time we go away, and I absolutely love preaching and teaching the Word of God. I get a little jealous when I'm away, to be honest with you, when I see someone else standing behind my pulpit. Just truthfully, I'm jealous over this. I love doing this. It's the greatest privilege in the world. Well, if you're just visiting us, we go through books of the Bible, and we're going through one of the, as if they can be ranked, right? But John has done some incredible work down through history. This book has been used to convert souls, the most unlikely of souls. And so whenever we have taken a little bit of a break, I've been gone for two weeks, and so some of you may have no idea. Some of you can't remember what you did last night, let alone two weeks ago, right? So whenever I'm away for a little while, I like to do a two -minute review of the purpose of the book so that you know why this book was written. In case some of you are here and are not familiar with the Bible and how it works, it's a library. As a matter of fact, biblio means library, and so there are 66 of these books, and each one of them has a different purpose. And the Gospel of John has its own unique, distinct purpose, and here's the job of every interpreter. Every interpreter's job is not to find clever ways to make it mean something that's relevant for their culture. That's not the job of an interpreter. The job of an interpreter is simple. Get in the head of the original author to the original audience. I have to try to find out what John meant. Who cares what we think it means, right? Give me an amen. We want to know what John says it means, and we want to know what John says it means to the first readers. We're not the first readers. This was written to a unique people group a long time ago in the Middle East. And so let's start up again by reframing our mind according to what the author says he wrote this for. At the very, very end of the book, it's 21 chapters long, and at the very, very end of the book, he tells us flat out why he wrote the book. Here's what he says. He says, Jesus performed many other signs, miraculous signs that is, in the presence of his disciples which are not written in this book. In other words, you're going to have to go somewhere else for those. These, the contents of this book, these have been written so that, here comes the author's purpose statement, so that you may, say the word, be. So that's purpose number one, that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. And there's a second purpose, that believing you may have life in his name. This, what you're reading, is a true, historical, eye -witness account of the life and ministry of a man who lived in the Middle East, who rose from the dead. That means, if someone raises from the dead and defeats something that you can't defeat, you should probably listen to what he has to say, don't you think? John says, I'm recording every word that man who rose from the dead had to say, so that you can, two things. One, believe, and two, live. Here's the point of the book. The point of the book is to help people believe an eye -witness account to the life of a man who died, and then three days later, got up and walked around. But it's not just so that you can say, okay, I believe. No more John. No. It's so that as you experience seasons of doubt in your life, you come back to John and say, oh yeah, this is why I should keep on believing. And when I'm struggling to believe, John will help to reaffirm your feet on solid ground, so that you go through your whole life saying, I believe. Tomorrow, I'm going to believe again. The next day, I'm going to believe again. John is for the person sitting here who's not a believer. And they know they're not a believer, and someone drug you here. You're here on purpose, and John is written for you. But John is also for the person who's been a believer for the last 66 years. And you know John, but maybe you're in a season of doubt. Maybe you're struggling because you just lost your spouse. John is a book for you. So, before we go any further and dive back into John, we are in, I started in April. That's about five months ago. We're in the fourth chapter of 21 chapters, and we're about halfway through the fourth chapter. And so, I'm sure that all of you remember exactly where we left off, but just in case there's one person who can't remember, let's repurpose our hearts. Let's go before God, every individual. I'm not going to do this for you. You're here as a worship service. That means there's a part for you. You're going to go before God right now, and you're going to say, Lord, I'm here to hear from you. And you spoke through John, and so speak to me through your servant John. Let's do it together. Father, I'm just a tool to act on behalf of the people who are here to meet with their God. As Craig said, you are a living God. No one else can claim that, but we can because Christ is alive. And so, we put our faith in you. I pray that you would help every person here to commit their heart and mind to not just listening to the word of God, but doing what it says. Lord, speak to us, for we are listening. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen. Fourth chapter of John, it reads like a movie script. I read it again. It's like the 20th time that I've read it just this month. And this week as I was preparing, I read it, and I'm like, some chapters read like a movie script, and some are not like that. Fourth chapter of John, it literally is set up for a producer and director to just go and put this on film. And I couldn't help but this week as I was reading it, my mind went back to a show that I watched when I was growing up. It was the original Batman show with Burt Ward and Adam West from the 70s. How many of you know what show I'm talking about? Just curious. I had a feeling. I grew up on that show. My mom would put it on for me when I'd come home from school. And there was this thing that they did in the show where whenever they would transition to another part, the narrator would come on and say, meanwhile, back in Gotham City, or meanwhile in the Batcave, and then you'd see the transition. The screen would roll, and you'd hear the doodle -a -doodle -a -doo, remember? It's showing you what's happening at a different part at the same time. John 4 is written like that because the text we're going to start with opens up in a meanwhile in another part of town, and my mind just went back to the old Batman as I was raised on. Here's what you're going to learn. If you've been here for a while, then you know that we're in one of the most beautiful dialogues that really I've ever taken in history. It's between Jesus and a promiscuous Samaritan woman, and he is tender with her. Isn't he tender with her? We're going to get back to that dialogue next week, but the writer, the narrator of the story, interjects. He pauses the story, and he wants you to stop thinking about the woman and Jesus for just a moment because there's an absolutely important lesson that Jesus wants to teach his disciples, and it is a major, major pause. And so this morning, I invite you to turn in your Bibles to John 4. We're going to start in verse 31, and we're going to go down through 38. Not very much, but it's a meanwhile, so you can see the screen roll in your head, and here's what it says. John 4, 31 through 38.
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A highlight from E49 - Back in the Day
"Hey, how am I coming at you? This is Chris Gray. This is the spice. Oh. Oh. Oh. I'm going to give you some more. Give me some more. I'm going to give you some more. Life. Yeah. How you guys doing today out there? Everybody doing good? Angela, how you feeling? I'm feeling pretty good today, Christopher. I'm feeling pretty good. Looking good. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Feeling good, Billy Ray. Looking good. Appreciate it. Yeah. It's very good. It's a great day. I feel like it's a great day to be alive. Yeah. Yeah. It's a beautiful day. It's a beautiful day. Always a great day to be alive. Yes. I like that song from you, too. He says, it's a beautiful day. Then he says, so don't let it slip away. Yeah. Don't let it slip away. Don't let this beautiful day slip away from you. But anyway, we're talking about days. Back in the days, we're talking about nostalgia. Yes. And one of the things, I don't know if Angela even know I was going to do this, one of the things I want to talk about before we get into some of the things, I'm sure your brain's already churning, thinking about pickled pig feed and A, all this stuff we're going to talk about. Yes. But I was looking at this thing about nostalgic movies, some of the top nostalgic movies from, I guess it's from the 2000s maybe. 2000s. Okay. But we can go way back. Some people have something they're like, oh man, Rosebud or this, that, and the third. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Okay. So what's one of the first ones they mentioned here? The first one is Finding Nemo. Finding Nemo. You remember that? Yeah, I do. One too long. My kids love that movie. They still show that today. They do. And that was, that was so, I mean, I think cause it was Pixar, the way the graphics were, you know, what they did with animation was very great. You'd be surprised if you guys go look at it, it's been a long time since that first movie came out. What year was that? 2000? Or 2001? That came out.
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A highlight from Evangelism: Muslims and Mormons
"Of things, looking at how when we speak and reach out to those who are around us, specifically we'll be talking about Muslims, Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons, and then atheists as well. What are some things that as we seek to point them to Christ, what are ways in which we can engage them well? And so we are going to do those things together here. And with anything that you talk about, especially other world religions, I know pastor has been going through different denominations in the morning and kind of looking at some different aspects of denominations. I thought this would kind of be somewhat in line with that, looking at other religions and ones that are a little bit more common to you and I, maybe some less than others, but how is it that we can engage with them well? And of course, many things can be said about Jehovah's Witnesses, what they believe, Muslims, what they believe. And so the point of this isn't to give an exhaustive discussion about everything in which a Muslim or a Mormon might believe, but just to give us some handles that we can hold on to in our brains as we discuss the gospel with them. I know for myself, sometimes if I see someone on the side of the road and let's say I know they're a Jehovah's Witness, you know, there was times in my life where I would say like, ah, well, I don't really want to engage with them because I don't really know what they believe and I don't know how to answer all their questions, so I'm just going to, you know, I'm not going to talk to them. Whereas with Mormons, I had a lot more understanding of Mormonism and I had talked to a lot more Mormons. When a Mormon would come to the door, I'd be like, ah, come on in guys, like you want to come in? I'll get you some water? I'm like, let's chat. Because I had a better understanding of the Mormon faith and I felt like I was ready to engage them. I felt like I was ready to have an answer for questions and try to point them to the gospel. And so the point of all of this is to equip us as a church, to equip us as saints, as we go out into the world, at your jobs, in your neighborhood, with your family members. We might not all have a Mormon cousin, but you probably have an atheistic coworker. And so being able to engage them with the gospel and feeling that you are equipped, and I know many of us are, many of us are, so I hope this will just be a supplemental help to you in that endeavor. And so we're going to begin working through these notes. And if you look at your notes, the first one is Islam. And I recognize that Islam is not huge in the Midwest, in Omaha, Nebraska in particular. For sure there are Muslims. I've talked to a few since we've been here, walking around different parts of Omaha, but you almost have to go and find them. But I'm sure that even, I know, I'm speaking to Dan Williams and others that there are coworkers even here in Omaha that are, hold to the Islamic faith. And so I want to walk through each one of these religions together, give us a little brief understanding of their history. And because Islam is so big, where we are in Mombasa, a large portion of Mombasa is Islamic. A lot of times you'll have Somalis in particular that we're working with. The father will be here working in America and he will, they'll live here as a family for many years, but eventually as the kids get older, they send their kids back to a place like Mombasa because it's not, you know, a war -torn place like Somalia, but there's a large Islamic influence there and they want their children to be brought under that Islamic influence. And so we'll have a lot of Somali Muslims that are there, the kids in the model are there, and they're being taught and trained in that Islamic culture, and while the dad is here in America working and supporting them. And so there's Muslims here and I hope I'm writing that. I hope, I know a lot of times we can be afraid of Muslims, but there's, for the most part, there's no reason for that theory. So what I want to do is spend a little bit more time on Islam because again, it's something that we have been very, very engaged in, spending many hours talking with Muslims, and so it will be a little bit more in -depth, but I will try to walk through this one quickly. So today for the Sunday School, September 24th, Understanding the Other Side, we're going to be looking at Islam and Mormonism. Just out of curiosity, just out of curiosity, how many of you have either, you know, neighbor, relative, co -worker, whatever, who is Muslim, Mormon, Jehovah Witness, or atheist? Just raise your hand. Just probably raise your hand. So at least somebody, right? There's somebody. Now if he just said Muslim, there might be like two hands that go up, but that's all right. We'll get to the others, okay? So very briefly, I'm going to try and be brief, okay? I was trying to be brief with these notes and they ended up being 11 pages, so not off to a good start, but that is all right. So as you've seen in your notes, Islam, A, the history of Muhammad, early life. So of course, whenever you speak of Islam, you're speaking of Muhammad, and so if you talk to any Muslim, they will talk to you about the prophet Muhammad, and then they'll go on to say, just be upon him and ramble on these Arabic blessings about his name, but Muhammad was born in AD 570 and he died in AD 632. And in his life, living in Saudi Arabia, born in the city of Mecca, he had a rough childhood. His parents both passed away as a young boy. As a six -year -old boy, he went off to live with his uncle, or his grandfather, and then as an eight -year -old, as his grandfather died, he went off to live with an uncle, and so he was kind of moved around from family to family. He joined in the family business of being a camel caravan driver, so he would go on all of these long trips across Saudi Arabia, Syria, with his uncle and others that they were working for, traveling all over the place, delivering goods. At that time, in Saudi Arabia, of course, at this time, it was not an Islamic country as we think of it today, but there was all sorts of Gnostic Christianity, which is no Christianity at all. It taught a dualistic type religion and many, many problems with some Judaism, other pagan religions, polytheism. There's just a hodgepodge of religion going on in Arabia at that time. And so Muhammad would have come across all of these things as he's traveling around, listening to stories, discussing with other people. The Quran itself tells us very little about Muhammad himself. We don't really understand much about Muhammad at all if you've got random passages that don't really connect with anything, and you have to have some sort of grid to really be able to understand that. And you find that grid within the other important literature in Islam, which are the Hadiths, the Sirat, and these other religious important books that give the traditions and the understanding of who Muhammad was and what he did and all of that. And so in the Islamic literature, we discover these things about Muhammad, where he was and what it was like for him growing up and these other things. And so you might think, okay, you know, the pastor's going through Quranicals, and so we don't really want to go through any more genealogies with Muhammad and figure out who his grandpa and all of those people were. And that's not the point of discussing him being moved around and all of these things. But it is important to note that Muhammad was exposed at a young age as he's traveling all over to various religions. He's hearing different stories as he's traveling around. He's hearing stories from Gnostic Christians, again, who are not Christians at all. And if you read and study the Quran, you find that Muhammad oftentimes quotes things in the Quran that he either thinks are biblical excerpts, or he thinks that they come from the Jewish scriptures in the Old Testament. But as a matter like the Arabic Infancy Gospel of Matthew and these other Gnostic gospels that no Christian would have accepted, what Muhammad quotes is that he believes that they are, in fact, the Christian scriptures. And so this happens time and time again. Muhammad thinks he's quoting from the Bible, but he's really quoting from the Jewish Talmud. And this happens oftentimes. And so the understanding that Muhammad had of Christianity is by no means what you and I, and so even if you read the Quran, you see that Muhammad believes that the Trinity, the Trinity that the Christians believe in is God the Father, Mary, and Jesus. Of course, no Christian believes that the triune God is made up of Mary, and not even, if you want to try to point the finger at Catholics or Orthodox, not even Catholics or Orthodox go so far as to worship Mary. And so there's just a, in many ways, a bad understanding, for lack of a better word, a bad understanding of Christianity within the mind of Muhammad. But at the age of 25, Muhammad is employed by a woman named Khadija. He starts running his own caravan. He eventually marries this woman, and then he begins, as we get on to point number two there, Quranic Revelation, Muhammad begins to really seek after God. He wants to worship God. He wants to know God. And Muhammad goes away. He begins to go into a mountain near Mecca. He goes up into the mountain. He goes into the cave, and there he's fasting. He's praying. He's seeking to know Allah, which is just the Arabic word for God. And he wants to know God. He's trying to have a closer relationship with him. And again, for the sake of time, we're not going to go into any lengthy accounts of Muhammad and the experience he had in the cave. But what happened as Muhammad is there praying and fasting is Muhammad says that there is an angel named Jibril, which is Gabriel. And Jibril comes to him and says, Muhammad, read. And Muhammad says, I can't read. And the angel says, well, first the angel squeezes him very hard. Muhammad says it hurts him. It squeezes him very hard. And it says again, read. And Muhammad says, I can't read. And so this goes on. It's kind of like, I don't know, a Three Stooges play. But Muhammad just keeps telling the angel, I don't know how to read. And the angel beats him up a little bit and tells him to read again. And it just goes on and on and on until eventually Muhammad, you know, starts to recite parts of the Qur 'an that the angel Jibril is giving to him. And so this happens, and Muhammad comes home. As I'm quoting, I'm not quoting, but the place in which I'm getting this story from is from the Hadith, it's from the Surah, it's from the Islamic tradition itself. It's not some, you know, angry Christian writing from their seminary office saying like, ah, Muhammad was, you know, this crazy guy who's getting beat up by an angel as he's reciting the Qur 'an. And this is all from the Qur 'anic sources, Sahih al -Muslim, Sahih al -Bukhari, and so on. And so Muhammad then, he runs home to his wife, he hides under their covers, and he is petrified from what has happened. And he tells his wife, he's like, I don't know if I was meeting her with a demon or what happened, but it scared me and it hurt me and I don't know what happened. But his wife assures him, no, no, no, it was God, God is speaking to you, you should go back. And so Muhammad goes back, he continues to go back to this mountain, to this cave, and there he continues to receive revelations from this angel. And Muhammad goes on to say, this is a quote from, again, one of the Qur 'anic, one of the Islamic resources here, Sirah Rasula, says, Muhammad is quoted as saying, I will go to the top of the mountain and throw myself down that I may kill myself and gain rest. So I went forth to do so. And then when I was midway on the mountain, I heard a voice from heaven saying, oh, Muhammad, thou art the apostle of God and I am Gabriel. And so the Gabriel goes on to tell Muhammad, do not kill yourself, you're the apostle of God, you can't do this. But there's multiple times in the life of Muhammad while he is receiving Qur 'anic revelations where he seeks to kill himself, he tries to throw himself off of the mountain. And furthermore, there's other accounts of people saying that at that time, Muhammad was possessed by a demon. So these are just some facts to keep in the back of our mind. As we think about this, even within the Qur 'an, Surah, I had printed off, originally it was going to be in your notes, kind of a glossary of terms, because I know using a lot of these Surah and Ayah and all these type of things, you might not all know what that is, but Surah is just chapter and the Ayah is the verse. And so in the Qur 'an, Surah Adam 1, 22 to 25, 69, 41 to 42, Muhammad is trying to refute the idea that he is demon -possessed. And so he's arguing against the Jews and the Christians and are saying like, nah, we don't think you're demon -possessed, man. And he's like, no, I'm not. And he's trying to argue against that idea. And so this is just kind of a bit of a background as to how the Qur 'an was revealed to Muhammad. And so we might ask the question, well, do you think that Muhammad was just making all these things up? Is he just a total, is this all just a fabrication of his mind? I personally believe that Muhammad was not just making these things up. If you look at the scriptures and you see in the Old or the New Testament, you see various times when angels Abraham, appear to Mary, the Lord Jesus, Isaiah, there's many encounters where angels come and speak. Even the angel of the Lord comes and speaks to people. And many times people recognize that, oh man, like I am speaking to an angel and they are startled and there is awe and wonder that is within them as they speak to an angel. Not always, but we never see an angel of God coming and beating somebody up and hurting them and then causing them to become depressed and wanting to kill themselves and so on. And so what I believe is that as you look at the life and the story of Muhammad receiving the Qur 'anic revelations, his desire lines up much more with, as we read in the gospel, these, and again, not saying this to be crude or rude towards the Islamic faiths, but faith. But you see a herd of pigs when they are enveloped by demons, high -tempered toward the cliff and jumping off. We see Judas Iscariot, when he is the son of Perdition, when he is, it says, the Bible says that the devil goes into him and he betrays Christ and turns Christ over. Shortly thereafter, himself, Judas, killing, many believing, killing himself. And so it just doesn't seem that Muhammad truly had, of course we don't believe that Muhammad is a prophet of God, but it would be much more in line that, yes, Muhammad did have a revelation, but it was not from God, but rather, as we read in 2 Corinthians 11, 13 and 14, for such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.
A highlight from Day 7 The Principalities St. Michael and the Holy Angels Novena Discerning Hearts Catholic Podcasts
"A novena to St. Michael and the holy angels. O God, come to my assistance. O Lord, make haste to help me. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and never shall be, world without end. Amen. Day 7 The Celestial Choir of Principalities The principalities are the first of the choirs most concerned with the earth and are traditionally declared to have the roles of caretakers over every nation, province, county, district, city, town, village, and house, working with the guardian angels who also are assigned to every spot and person. Two other areas of concerns for the principalities are religion and politics. The former they encourage to spread by prayer and spiritual encouragement. The latter they seek to regulate for the good of humanity by guiding the thoughts and especially the ethics what Dionysius termed the leaders of people all over the world. By the intercession of St. Michael and the Celestial Choir of Principalities, may God fill our souls with the true spirit of obedience. Amen. Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses. As we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen. O glorious Prince St. Michael, chief and commander of the heavenly hosts, guardian of souls, vanquisher of rebel spirits, servant in the house of the divine king, and our admirable conductor, thou who dost shine with excellence in superhuman virtue, thou shafed to deliver us from all evil, who turn to thee with confidence, and enable us by thy gracious protection to serve God more and more faithfully every day. Pray for us, O glorious St. Michael, Prince of the Church of Jesus Christ, that we may be made worthy of his promises. Almighty and everlasting God, who by a prodigy of goodness and a merciful desire for the salvation of all men, hast appointed the most glorious archangel St. Michael, Prince of thy church, make us worthy, we beseech thee, to be delivered from all our enemies, that none of them may harass us at the hour of death, but that we may be conducted by him into the august presence of thy divine majesty. This we beg through the merits of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A highlight from Dennis & Julie: Exciting versus Enduring
"Hey everybody, Dennis Prager with Julie Hartman, Dennis and Julie. One of my favorite hour and 12 minutes of the week. Me too. Isn't that amazing? Yes. And what's also amazing is that we actually do probably three or four Dennis and Julie's a week that are not recorded because we talk on the phone so often. And sometimes, I don't know if you think this, sometimes when we're done speaking, I'm like, wish that were recorded. Really? Yes. That's an interesting point. But you know what's also great? We are very personal on this show. There's really, I can't think of many things that we talk about privately that we wouldn't talk about publicly. I think people understand that. That's why that guy called me and I've talked about this a lot, said, I have a great word for you Dennis, transparent, because I decided early on in my career that as unnatural as it seems, because people obviously hide parts of their lives from others, I thought I'm going to hide as little as possible. That's why people say to me more often than any other things when strangers meet me, you know, I feel like I really know you and I'm sorry and I say, you do. I can attest to that as someone who knows you off the air as well as on the air, listeners really do know you. It's also just easier being transparent because I can imagine that it's difficult to have to think, oh, did I say that? Should I say this? That's right. It's just kind of your default. It's like it's easier to be faithful than have an affair. Aside from all the moral issues and the hurt of my spouse, all of that stuff, putting aside that they're all real. A major reason not to have an affair is because of the amount of hiding you have to do and lying. It is not possible to have an affair and not become a serial liar. Well, one lie begets another lie, which begets another. It has to. I mean, if you say I was at the doctor's and they say, how was it? And then you go, yeah, let's say your wife runs into the doctor. You know, like it just it's this tangled web of of deceit that's I can imagine difficult to keep up. You know, in that regard, it's amazing how our conversations just developed. So I'm going to say something that will strike people at the outset as odd at best and maybe even bad at worst. So when I meet somebody who's having an affair, because people open up to me, in most instances, my first reaction, I may know more and change my reaction, is I feel bad for them. I obviously feel bad for the spouse, that's a given. But my sense is, and by the way, I believed this when I was your age, well before I was ever married. I sensed that most people who have an affair, it is not because they're bad. And oh my God, I can't believe I'm saying this to you. One of my favorite Bible commentaries is by Richard Elliot Friedman. He is a brilliant scholar, University of California, San Diego now. I think he's at the University of Georgia, a major biblical scholar. And if I say that, you can believe me because I know my Bible. And he's written a commentary on the Torah, which I love. I love it. And obviously I'm writing my own. So I refer to his. Under adultery, in other words, the commandment, thou shalt commit adultery. He wrote, I wish I had the entire, I could find it, but we don't have breaks during Dennis and Julie, but I would like to read it exactly. But he wrote, and I just read this to my synagogue this past Sabbath, I read his line about this. That good people commit adultery, and he italicized good. And I thought that this guy's human. And I've been faithful, so I have no self -interest in this. But to assume that everybody who commits adultery is evil is beyond simplistic. You commit murder, okay, if that's not evil, you could say, well, you could say a good person could commit evil, could commit murder. It's a bit of a stretch. It could happen, but generally speaking, that's not true. But anyway, good people who commit adultery, and by good, I mean the non -serial adulterers people who just go from affair to affair, I have no defense of as a human being. You mean like a one -time thing? Yes, or fell in love. If somebody falls in love with somebody else while married, it usually means there's a lot problematic in the marriage. People in love with their spouse don't fall in love with another spouse. Okay, this is such a good topic, and I want to pause and say what we always say. We had no idea that we were going to discuss this. I love that about this show. It just blossoms. Because it's real. It's real, and it's incredibly spontaneous. Okay, a lot of questions. This is where I'm going to evoke the, what do you call your radio show, the Human Laboratory? This is where this is particularly useful. So most people who tell you about their infidelity, I'm assuming most of them are male? Or is it even? Yes, that's correct. What would you say the percentage is? Of those who tell me? Yes. It's high. It's 75%. Male? Yeah. Okay. And usually, do they tell you that they're unhappy in their marriage? Yeah. And what is the most cited reason for the unhappiness? They don't feel loved by their spouse. Loved in what way? You're tough. I'm not trying to be tough. She is tough. All right. Maybe, okay. You don't want to go there. No, no. There's nowhere I don't want to go. Anyway, even if I don't want to go, I go there. That's true. So, okay. For the record, generally speaking, a man who feels sexually fulfilled with his wife is going to stay faithful. This is so foreign to women that they just have to take my word for it. That's not how women think. Women do not have affairs because they're not sexually fulfilled by their husband. Some might, I fully acknowledge, but they don't feel emotionally fulfilled. That's much more a woman's reason, and I have just as much sympathy for her as for him. It's not, all I'm saying is, and I don't even remember how we got on this, but it's amazing that we did. How did we? Yeah. It's funny. I usually remember the genesis of a subject, but all I'm saying is when I meet people, my first reaction is not, wow, that's evil. If I met a murderer, yeah, or not even a murderer. Frankly, doctors who give hormone blockers to 10 -year -olds are doing evil. I have much more contempt for them than for somebody who had an affair. Okay, so let me ask you this. Let's say you got a call from a guy who was five years into his marriage. He has three or two young children, and he calls you and he goes, Dennis, I am not happy in my marriage. It's not awful, but I'm not happy, and I have my eyes on another woman. What do I do? Do I stay in my marriage that's unhappy, or do I leave because I'm unhappy? I'd say do everything possible to make yourself happy in your marriage, which by the way involves obviously working it through with your wife, but it also involves working it through with yourself. So, I'm a guy's guy. I'm male as as they come. So, men really relate to me. Happily, a lot of women do too, but it's not the same thing. Male -male is not the same as female -male. Okay, so I understand men really well, and I explain men to women. So, both sexes have to adopt the Prager notion of not having too many expectations. I think it's fair to say, nobody says this, because sex is ironic. We have a sexually drenched society, and yet people never talk honestly about it. That is very well said. It's mind -boggling. It's mind -boggling. You're so right, and people get upset when you talk about it. That's right, because I'm honest. So here is something I would say to men, guys, just know you are not going to have the sexual life you fantasized in the vast majority of cases. It's just the way it works. You mean when you get married? Yeah, when you get married. I'm sorry, that's right. I wasn't clear. Yes, when you get married. And therefore, you enjoy what you have. Now, obviously, I'm not going to give it a time factor limit. It's different when you're 25 than when you're 55 or 75. All of that is real. But I remember when I was in high school thinking, wow, to be married, you have this woman anytime you want. Oh, gosh. Such a male thought. Exactly. This was worth the entire broadcast. My comment and your reaction? I think I represent all women. Yes, exactly. Watching and listening. And I represent all men. That's the point. So that was my fantasy in high school. Oh, my God, it must be the greatest possible situation being married. She's there whenever you want her. So men… I just looked at the camera. So men have to understand it's not going to be that way. Are there exceptions? I'm talking in general, of course, there are exceptions to every rule in life. So I really ought to, if I had the time, I would write an advice book to men. Oh, you really should. Who is it? George Gilder wrote that man book? That man book? Sexual Suicide and the Naked Nomad. He deeply influenced me. So, men need to understand… By the way, we all need to understand… I don't know what women's fantasies are about marriage. Her fantasies are not likely to be fully realized either. So it's best probably not to have fantasy… I don't care if you have fantasies, it's fine to have a fantasy life, but in the sense of directing you in your emotional reaction is not a good idea. And in your reality, it can't direct your reality too much. That's right. So I have told men, I'll tell you where I feel for men. And that is, if they're married to a woman, I'm just talking the sexual arena now. If they're married to a woman who doesn't take care of herself physically, that's given the power of looks in the human species, it's the female that attracts the male. I know there are gorgeous men who attract women, but most men are not gorgeous. What attracts women to men is not that they're gorgeous. they're Certainly when reached by age of 30, a high school girl is going to go, Oh God, is he gorgeous? Oh God, you know, that's fine, it's part of life. But one of the biggest ways you show you love your husband is by taking care of yourself physically, trying to look good. And the proof is you tried to look good when you dated. Why did you stop trying once you got married? That's not fair to him. You're right, and it's not fair when men have B .O. and also don't take care of themselves, which I know you recognize. No, of course, but that's not the same thing. The B .O. holds for both, but looking gorgeous or as gorgeous as you can, I mean, looking cute. In peacocks, the male attracts the female. In humans, the female attracts the male. It's just the way it works. And if she succeeds in doing it, he gets aroused and they make the next generation. That is how human sexuality works. I really love what you said a few minutes ago about we live in this over sexualized society that also gets so upset when people like you and me talk about sexual matters, not to overhype our importance, but people who are brave enough to talk about sex within with a Judeo -Christian good values worldview are so valuable. I don't understand. Yeah, but a lot of them do, but they're not real. A lot of the religious people who talk about sexual matters are not rooted in the real world. So what is an example? Masturbation. Wow, welcome to Dennis and Julie. But the proof is nobody feels that they can talk about it. Yes, that's true. I mean, I debated a guy, very religious guy, seen by hundreds of thousands of people on the internet. He said, masturbation is evil. And he's speaking from a religious point of view. Evil? I said, I looked at him and I said, evil? I mean, if he says it's a sin, fine. Every religion has a whole list of sins. But evil? And I challenged him. I said, are you serious? It's evil? I mean, child molestation is evil. Genocide is evil. I know. Masturbation is the charge. Of course it does. So religious, you're right about the Judeo -Christian values perspective. Unfortunately, a lot of religious people have made religion look silly and people have therefore rejected it. You know, you're right. I think a lot of people point to something like that and go, that's just, that's too far for me. It's too far, exactly. It's difficult, the job of being religious, because you obviously want to promote good values, but you also want to be real and recognize that there are certain thoughts and proclivities and actions that a lot of human beings partake in. And so it's about mitigating the, I was going to say mitigating the harm of those, but allowing them to happen as long as they don't go too far or as long as they're not harmful. Yeah, that's right. So people should read a book by an Orthodox rabbi, Shmueli Boteach, who's a well -known rabbi, B -O -T -E -A -C -H, in English, Boteach, but it's pronounced Boteach, and it's called Kosher Sex. It's a great book. That's a good title. Great title. And whole his thesis is, you keep sex within a marriage, but within a marriage, do whatever the hell you want, providing the other person agrees, obviously. And, you know, as raunchy as it may sound to the outsider, if you two agree to it, the only restriction is that it's not with another. You know, God, of course, I forgot my train of thought. I just I really marvel at how real this is. And sometimes when you make these comments, I think, God, he is gutsy. He really goes there. You know, I am gutsy. I want to tell you, this is very revealing about me. People will take it for what it's worth. I decided very early in my life, if I want to do good in this world, that's all I've ever wanted to do. I will not shy away from putting myself out there and knowing I'm going to get slapped. And that's the reason I do it. It's not fun to talk about masturbation, but I know how many people are traumatized by the message you're doing evil. And it makes religion and God look bad, and I don't like that. Mm hmm. And here's the thing, also, it's uncomfortable to acknowledge, but it's the truth. People do the like I mean, this is the whole point of the conversation. People do these things. What are we going to pretend like they don't exist? We have to deal with them. And I think it's cowardly to run away. Look, I have told you, Dennis, that I grew up in a house that didn't talk about these matters. And I'm grateful, actually, because I think there are certain boundaries that ought to be respected. And I there's a time and a place to discuss things like this, but we do have that forum to do it. And I don't understand I don't understand when people deny reality. We are seeing the harm in the United States today of denying reality, including in the sexual arena. I mean, that's this whole hookup culture thing by by contorting reality to make women believe that they want sex as much as men is harming women. Plain and simple it is. Is it uncomfortable to acknowledge the reality of males extreme sexual proclivities? Yes, but we have to because we're seeing the consequences when we don't. So I applaud you. And I do think sometimes I'm like, wow, he he's really going there. He's gutsy. But but people need a good role model for these matters. Well, you don't make a good world if you're not gutsy. True. You can't build a good world on cowardice. And it's so hypocritical because people people have sex. People do these things. And I don't I don't I dislike the people that that are on some kind of moral high ground when they talk about this stuff. It's like, please, you do it to your human being. Don't act like you don't partake in these things that you decry. Right. And some of them probably don't. But my question is, are they better human beings in general? You know, I talked I said to you what Richard Elliott Friedman said, that a lot of people who commit adultery are good people. It's because it's it's weakness more than anything or or something else. I'm not talking about serial adulterers.
A highlight from Saylor Now Own's Almost 1% of All Bitcoin, BUYS MORE | EP 831
"Yo intro first You're against freedom Yeah, we're gonna salute Bitcoin live we're your number one source for the peaceful Bitcoin revolution for breaking news culture manic warfare We will be your guide through The separation of money and state. I hope everyone had an amazing effing weekend I did I got to chill, you know everyone on the weekends like man like like what'd you do? What like, you know, what did you do anything crazy news, whatever? No, man I stayed home and I chilled and I relaxed because the week, you know, it's the Bitcoin rollercoaster making Bitcoin media You know, it's a grind. I'm not gonna lie It's very purposeful and I'm very very grateful and privileged Opti and I are and the rest of the simply Bitcoin crew But but it is it is quite a bit of a grind. So on weekends, I get to chill. Anyways enough of that breaking news Michael Saylor buys Even more Bitcoin the man or micro strategy better said now owns almost 1 % of all Bitcoin sky talk about Conviction this is conviction Michael Saylor is proving to the world and this is something that I've been saying guys in the next two or three years it is going to be Undeniable, it's gonna be an undeniable fact that naim bukele's Bitcoin strategy and Michael sailors strategy on the public company level is Going to be an alternative than holding fiat currencies on their balance sheets Especially with the FASB rule changes, especially with the Bitcoin ETF around the corner there They're gonna they're trying to do whatever it takes and I believe it's politically motivated I'm not the only Bitcoin or that has said this by the way That they're you know, they're trying to slow this down But it's gonna be undeniable and they're gonna have a very hard time Debunking this that Bitcoin Itself, it's just a better money It's just better money and governments are gonna have a hard time disputing that and the reason they're gonna have a hard time Disputing that number one is because they're always going to do they're always gonna want to debase their currency They can't afford the endless wars. They can't afford sending billions of dollars to Ukraine If they didn't have the money printer, so they're gonna have a really hard time explaining that away and number two Censorship, of course, right and the control on money itself, right? A lot of the reasons that the BRIC nations have sought alternatives to the US dollar Not only because the US government is printing a ridiculous amount of money but also because they've politicized the money they've weaponized the money against their political opponents and Fine, you could you can make the argument. I'm not gonna I'm not gonna make those judgments the government of North Korea are bad Okay, and the government of Russia is bad the government of Cuba is bad. I'm not gonna get into those arguments, right? but let's talk about The vast majority of people that live in those countries that are not have nothing to do with the government They're just like you and you and me. They're just trying to get by they get caught in those sanctions they have nothing to do with it and The system that they want you to live in is if you live in a certain if you were if you happen to be born in a certain country You happen to have certain political beliefs. You are not entitled to have to open a bank account You are a danger. You're a risk. Well Bitcoin is for you Bitcoin is your money it works. So they're gonna have a hard time and this is why we call it the separation of money and state This is why we bring up the book the sovereign individuals so much because it absolutely Hit the nail on the head this what we're living through right now, but it's not only money It's also the disintermediation of information which is happening at the same time. You're seeing it with the Russell Brand stuff You're seeing it with the Tucker stuff Independent content creators are now getting more views and more traction than the legacy corporate media of which they cannot control and that freaks them out too, so After we got over this hill after we endure this this this bumpy transitionary period and if we win the race to avoid the war I Agree with Corey Clifton from swan I think that there's a bright orange future ahead of us and I've never been so pumped about it But I got to say one last thing before I bring up my legendary co -host Michael sailor Please leave some Bitcoin for the rest of us. Anyways Opti. How you doing, brother? I'm doing great man doing great. I also unplugged this weekend. It felt good I was literally joking with everyone in the spaces. I literally lived the meme. Did you guys catch the game this weekend? I unplugged completely what game did he catch? I caught all the games. I didn't do anything yesterday I literally did not a thing yesterday, but watch football Throw tomatoes all you want, but it was it's a great weekend It's good to be a big corner and then also guys mad sailor leave some Bitcoin for the rest of us she It's almost like you taking it all it's almost like you trying to buy all the Bitcoin. Yeah. No, he definitely is bro He he owns 1 % he almost owns 1 % of every Bitcoin. We're at that point. We're at that point in the movie, dude Well, I think this is the PSA where we tell everyone to stop selling your Bitcoin to Michael sailor and huddle onto them coins We're in the dark it actually I saw a good tweet before we go on Nico I saw a good tweet this weekend and it was something on the lines of like Dang, I wish I could remember but it was something like Willy. Woo is bearish Someone there is another part and then it's like and Bitcoin maxis are watching d3 football like if you can't tell that this is the deepest parts of a bear market Like are you even watching there? It was a great tweet I wish I could say it off the top of my head But as you can tell we're in the deep parts of the bear market I hope you guys are stacked and I hope you guys are getting your cash flows up and Just you know getting your body right mine, right? This is the time to get your UTXOs in order to make sure that everything is copa static as we move into a crazy Bull run. Anyways, Nico, we were gonna have a guest today But I'm kind of glad that they didn't show up because I wrote an article for once guys And I'm actually really hyped on this one so I'm gonna read it for you I'm gonna do my best guy Swan impersonation today, and I I think you guys are gonna really like this one So, I don't know it. It's got a lot of soul. It's got some spirit in it It gets me hyped up and maybe I'll give you context for it. I'll just read it and see what Nico thinks He I don't even think Nico seen this yet So I'm excited to get his response his reaction to we're gonna do a reaction video on today's simply Bitcoin Anyway, you go let's get into the show. Are we gonna get a Nico Jones take today? Are we gonna get a wild Nico John? I think so. We got something spicy for the numbers, bro. Let's jump in today. 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Dollars realized monetary inflation one point seven five percent the market capitalization of Bitcoin 513 billion dollars with the B Bitcoin verse gold market cap three point nine nine percent All right, everybody so Opti said Nico Jones ran potential Nico Jones rant What what is this potential Nico Jones rant gonna be about? Well, we've talked about the you know It comes from like the political front this this this saying but I'm gonna apply it to Central bankers, I'm gonna apply to politicians Right, and there is something in the in the political Rhetoric recently and it's called the iron law of something projection, right? So we're gonna take away the political rhetoric because we believe on simply bitcoins not left versus right, right? It's a party of orange versus party of green party of central bank digital currencies nihilism poverty slavery versus a party of freedom Bitcoin Prosperity opportunity optimism, right? So that's really what it's about But I'm gonna take that rhetoric because it is very very powerful rhetoric and I'm gonna say the iron law of central bank Politicians projection never fails it never frickin fails let me introduce you to senator Mendez of New Jersey and let's take a look at what he has to say about Naeem Bukele of El Salvador We have an increasing challenging situation in El Salvador one that threatens both the future democracy in the country and bilateral relations of the United States Over the last two years president Bukele has presided over a number a number of alarming setbacks for democratic governance undermining judicial independence intimidating opposition lawmakers by using security forces to occupy the legislature negotiating political pacts with gangs regularly attacking journalists and media outlets and In addition to these actions Bukele has also repeatedly used his network of Twitter trolls to attract and to attack And threaten not only government critics within El Salvador, but also United States officials We have an increasing challenging situation in El Salvador one So this is just internalize everything everything that this guy said right, you know senator meant You know, he sounded so legitimate.
A highlight from Operation Atlantic Resolve
"Well then, welcome to the Dennis Prager Show. Bob France sitting in and yeah, you hear the music, you know where I'm coming to you from. Cleveland, Ohio, the home base, therelieffactor .com studios if you will. Our WHK radio, AM1420, the answer here in Cleveland, Ohio. An honor to be sitting in for Dennis once again. And of course today being Yom Kippur, which is why Dennis is off today. As he has of course been celebrating the holy days and starting back with Rosh Hashanah. The Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. And it's a wonderful thing. It really is. I kind of have to familiarize myself not being Jewish myself. I have to familiarize myself with some of the days and some of the reasons and the explanations for the calendar. And Yom Kippur is one of the ones that to me is the most solemn. A Day of Atonement, a day of reflection and looking inside and asking for forgiveness for the shortcomings that perhaps we have and so forth. And so to Dennis and to everyone who is commemorating and or celebrating and or taking part in participating in the Yom Kippur day today. This very important Day of Atonement. God's blessings to you all. Seriously, really appreciate that. In the meantime, we've got work to do. We have a lot of very important things to talk about and I want you to be a part of the show. 8 Prager776, that's 877 -243 -7776. I want to know, is it acceptable for me to be concerned with the plight of others but being unwilling to do any more than I have already done? And yes, if you're wondering, I'm talking about Ukraine. Yes, if you're wondering, I'm talking about the 113 billion dollars we have already sent to Ukraine to help them ward off the invasion of the Soviet, well, the Russians. Who are trying to rebuild the Soviet empire, I suppose, if you think that they are going to not stop in Ukraine and then advance to other European nations and so forth. I don't think so. I don't think they have the ability to do that any longer. I don't think they are the fearsome foe they were when the Soviet bloc was, of course, raining havoc on Eastern Europe and raining havoc on the world. But I want to talk about the Ukrainian situation. Here's two reasons. Two reasons why. The first of which is the fact that in Canada, over the weekend in front of the Canadian Parliament, the Lord Mayor Zelensky, the President of Ukraine, who came to the United States for the second time, hat in hand, saying please drop all you can into the hat here so that we can go back and continue our war with Russia. They came looking for more money, asking for another 25 billion dollars. And again, I'll get to the point about how I feel about spending that money and how I feel about it going forward in a moment, but he came to the United States and then he went up to Canada. And he went up to Canada before the Canadian Parliament and he sat there and he asked for support and financial remunerations from the Canadians as well. And the Canadians, of course, listened happily. And, you know, we're all all for supporting this. But what they did after that is something that is quite simply incomprehensible to me. Canadian organizations Jewish are among those now slamming the Canadian Parliament for giving voice to and a standing ovation to a man who fought for the Nazis during World War II. All because he is Ukrainian. All because he's Ukrainian. Video and photos show the Canadian Parliament erupting into cheers on Friday after President Zelensky's visit to the capital of Ottawa, when Canadian lawmakers also honored Yaroslav Hunka, a 98 -year -old Ukrainian immigrant who fought for the 1st Ukrainian Division, according to the Toronto Star, the division also known as the Waffen -SS Galicia Division, which fought for the Nazis and its paramilitary arm. The Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center said in a statement, the fact that a veteran who served in a Nazi military unit was invited to... And by the way, this story that I'm starting with, this day, this first hour, this story is not because of today being the Jewish Day of Atonement. This is outrageous. This is when it happened is when it happened. Understand that. The fact that it is occurring, though that we're talking about this and it just happened during these holy days, is another point entirely. The fact that a veteran who served in a Nazi military unit was invited to and given a standing ovation in Parliament is shocking. At a time of rising anti -Semitism and Holocaust distortion, it's incredibly disturbing to see Canada's Parliament rise to applaud an individual who was a member of a unit in the Waffen -SS, a Nazi military branch responsible for the murder of Jews and others, and that was declared a criminal organization during the Nuremberg Trials. Some are calling for full -throated apologies from Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau and from Ukrainian President Zelensky. This honor was given to a Ukrainian because everything now has to go Ukraine's way, because Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine. We have to come up with untold, unlimited amounts of treasure and time for anything having to do with Ukraine. So they brought a Nazi military fighter, 98 -year -old Nazi fighter in World War II before the Canadian Parliament, and because he's Ukrainian, he got a standing ovation. That's how, beside ourselves, I think we've become with this, we have to do anything and everything we can to help Ukraine. So that's number one. The second reason, by the way, is we continue to try to make some sense out of the, you know, now that we have the actual official figures confirmed by the White House of $113 billion already spent in support of Ukraine. In addition to that, they say that our commitment to helping Ukraine has no end and there is no cost limit. They will do this no matter what the cost for however long it takes. The problem is, of course, there is no end game in sight. There's no end to the commitment that has been identified. When does it end? What standard would it be to say no matter how long it takes to finish the thought? Chuck Schumer? Joe Biden? Mitch McConnell? I don't care if you're Democrat or Republican. If you are giving an unended blank check, an unending blank check to Ukraine, what does that mean? What does that look like? You say for as long as it takes to... fill in the blank. What? Does every Russian in Ukraine have to retreat back across the border or is that not enough? Does every Russian have to leave Crimea, the peninsula that Russia took in 2014 when Obama was president? Or do they just have to stop bombing and stop the fighting? What exactly does it mean to say we're going to give this money until... or I'm sorry, no matter how long it takes to do what? Define the end game. There isn't one.
A highlight from John Amanchukwu (Encore)
"Welcome to the Eric Metaxas Show. We'll get you from point A to point B. But if you're looking for point C, well, buddy, you're on your own. But if you wait right here, in just about two minutes, the bus to point C will be coming right by. And now, here's your Ralph Kramden of the Airways, Eric Metaxas. Hey there, folks. Welcome to the show. We have a guest on who, man, I don't even know how to start. First of all, I'll try to pronounce his name correctly. John Amanchukwu. I got John correct. I think I got Amanchukwu correct. John Amanchukwu is someone I've come to admire tremendously. He's in North Carolina. He is he's been a pastor for years. He is a brave voice in the midst of the madness, one of the bravest voices. And it's my privilege to have him as my guest for this hour. John, welcome. Hey, thank you so much, Dr. Eric, for having me on your show. You can't call me Dr. Eric because I'm not a doctor, but you can call me whatever you want. Could you call me the Commodore or Admiral? I'd prefer I really prefer that. But no, seriously, you you have been such a brave voice and people have seen you, you know, probably on Instagram reels or whatever. Tell my audience, because this is it's always better when my guest tells the story. But you've been a brave voice speaking out against the. What would be a nice term for it, satanic lunacy of. Profoundly sexual material being given to children in our schools, very tough for most of us to believe that this is happening, but it has been happening. You've been exposing it and you've been bravely speaking against it. So let's just start, John, with how did you get involved in this? At what point did you say I'm going to step up and start confronting these crazy abusers? Because that's what they are, abusers of our children. How did that start for you? Well, I've been involved in this kind of work for the past 20 years. I joined a church in college called Upper Room Church for God in Christ. I joined at the age of 19. And the senior pastor is Bishop Patrick Langwood and senior. And he says that our church is a cause driven church. You know, we believe that there is a cause in Christ. There's a cause in the marketplace for us to bring our biblical world view to it, to engage the culture and to fight against evil and wickedness. Isaiah 520 says, woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness. And so we've just been on the front lines on the abortion clinic issue, fighting against fatherlessness and the black community. And now even with this indoctrination in the public school system, now, some people call it indoctrination and some people call it grooming. But I like to call it mental rape. That's the best way for me to define what has taken place in the public school system. I call it mental rape because it assaults the soul. It stains the brain and it robs children of their innocence. When you put pornographic material in a library and make it accessible for kids, K through 12, a child is going to pick that book up. And I went out to Asheville and spoke about a book entitled It's Perfectly Normal. That book is for kids 10 and up. It's hardcore porn. It's not soft porn. It's hardcore porn. That book gives Hugh Hefner a run for his money. When you open the book, it depicts images of heterosexual sex and homosexual sex. Why do 10 year olds need to see and learn how you should have lesbian sex at the age of 10? That's disgusting. That's evil. It's mental rape. There's an assault taking place upon children, and there's a critical point that's being left out of the equation. And that's the church. The church is not engaging. We need some modern day Karl Barth. We need some modern day Martin Niemol. We need some people who are willing to engage the culture and tell the church, listen, we are not supposed to be co -opted by the state. The state is not supposed to run the church. And when we go into a public school, we have this thing called parental choice. Some call it rights, but I call it parental choice. I call it parental choice because our rights come from God as parents. But choice parents have had the choice and the knowledge of being able to assess and know what's going on in the public school system and to have the freedom and the liberty to push back when there is an assault upon their children. Well, listen, everything you say, I mean, I agree with it violently. I am in churches effectively preaching what you just said in a little different way. But what basically this is called, what you are advocating for is called the technical term is Christianity. This is called Christian faith. If you do not do what what you're describing, if you're not pushing back, if you're not being salt and light in the culture, if you're not being a warrior for truth and speaking against evil, then you are not living out your Christian faith. But there are many, many churches and you and I know about that that do not do this. They don't get involved in this. They say we don't want to be divisive. These are the same people that would say, you know, we don't care if there's slavery happening, as long as it's not happening in my church. That's right. It's complete hypocrisy. And as Christians, we are called to step up. And I keep saying that the Lord has allowed it to get this bad to wake up those who are still sleeping, because what you just described is very tough for me and most people, even to hear that children would be exposed to this absolutely evil stuff. What do you call it if you don't call it evil? This is evil for children to be exposed to these kinds of things. And it's shameful that they're just a handful of brave souls like you speaking against it.
A highlight from Jay Brock (Encore)
"Ladies and gentlemen, looking for something new and original, something unique and without equal, look no further. Here comes the one and only Eric Mataxas. Folks, welcome. I've spoken previously on this program to our friend Rabbi Jason Sobol, who has certain many books. The new one is called Signs and Secrets of the Messiah. And last time, Rabbi, you were telling us some of these amazing correlations between the Old and the New Testament and the Jewishness of the New Testament, which people should know, but sometimes they forget how profoundly the New Testament is a commentary on the Old Testament and points us back and how the Old Testament points us forward over and over. And last time you talked about the paralytic or the man who was unable to walk for 38 years. And you said that that relates to the Israelites wandering in the desert for 38 years, and you explained about how they had been prepared by God for two years, but then they wandered for 38 years. I just find that kind of stuff so fascinating. So I know the new book is called Signs and Secrets of the Messiah. What other things like that do you mention in Signs and Secrets of the Messiah? I mean, we get into so many miracles and, you know, God is in the details, right? So if there's a detail in the Bible, it's there for a reason. So, you know, again, the first miracle we talked about last time I was with you is the first miracle we talked about in Signs and Secrets, which is the water into wine. Well, there's a detail there. It says that he said fill six stone pots to the brim. Well, the question is, if it says six stone pots, what's the significance that there's six stone pots? Why not seven? Why not eight? Well, some of the significance there is that we have to understand there's a lot. Man was created on the sixth day. In Jewish thought, we fell on the sixth day. When Jesus comes and he gives his life for us on the cross, OK, he dies on Friday, which is the sixth day of the week. He dies on a cross. Why? Because the first man and woman stole from the tree. So God puts Jesus, who Paul calls the second Adam, back on the tree for you and me with the crown of thorns on his head. Why? What's the sign of the curse of creation? The ground produced thorns and thistle. He takes the curse on his head to break it and restore the blessing. And so when Jesus dies on the same day man was created and fell and he does his first miracle with six stone pots, he's saying, I am restoring the fruitfulness that was lost at creation. And I don't want you to any more live out of the lack, but to live out of the overflow. And by the way, the number six in Hebrew is written with the letter Bob. It's the conjunction and it's a letter that connects heaven and earth. When we sin, we broke the connection. Jesus comes back to restore it, that we might experience his blessing. That is some heavy stuff that is absolutely amazing. Say that again about the letter when you write the number six in Hebrew, talk about that again, because I want to make sure I catch that. Yeah, absolutely. So Hebrew is alphanumeric. So there's no Roman numerals in the Bible. Both Hebrew and Greek have an alphanumeric component, meaning that if I say open up the chapter one in your Bible, I'll say open up to chapter Aleph, because it's the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet has a numerical value of one. The sixth letter of the Hebrew alphabet is the Hebrew letter of love. It's the most used letter in the five books of Moses, and it's the conjunction. And the first place the letter of love occurs in the Bible is in the first verse of the Bible, Genesis one, one. And in Hebrew, there are seven words in Genesis one, one corresponding to the seven days of creation. The sixth word of Genesis one begins with the sixth letter. God created the heavens. That's the fifth. And that's the sixth. And Earth is seven. When we sin, we broke the vow, the letter, the number six, the letter Bob that connects heaven and earth. When Jesus dies on Friday and does the miracle with the six stones pots, he's restoring the connection and the blessing that was lost in the beginning.
A highlight from 50 Year Old Rapper Krayzie Bone Fighting For His Life In ICU...
"Spotify for Podcasters has revolutionized the world of podcasting by allowing the novice and seasoned podcaster to create a podcast painlessly and in real time. No cost, no hassle, and you can even record from the comfort of your own PC or phone. That's right, and the Q &A polls allow real -time interaction between the host and his audience. What are you waiting for? Download Spotify for Podcasters now and make your voice heard on sites like Spotify, iHeartRadio, Deezer and more. Prayers go out to Crazy Bone. He is a member of the infamous hip -hop trio Bone Thugs and Harmony, and of course everyone pretty much I would assume you probably know who Bone Thugs and Harmony is. They've been responsible for such hits as Crossroads, First of the Month. I mean, man, you know, if you are a 90s baby, you probably definitely have heard of Bone Thugs and Harmony, Crazy Bone, Busy Bone. I've actually seen them in concerts, so the guys were absolutely amazing on stage. I think I saw him at Chop Suey here in Seattle. But anyway, Crazy Bone is going through a medical emergency. It's not looking good. He is actually fighting for his life. According to sources, he checked himself into a Los Angeles hospital after he was coughing up a lot of blood. So he checks himself into a hospital, and obviously there's some type of bleeding going on with one of the arteries in his lungs, and doctors have been unsuccessful in stopping that bleeding. So they are attempting a second surgery after the first one was unsuccessful. So, they are attempting a second surgery to try to stop the bleeding, and he is on a ventilator. He is having to have assisted breathing, so it does not look good for Crazy Bone. Fifty years of age, just a bad situation. So we are praying for his recovery. I have not heard any updates, except the fact that they are performing a second surgery and the family is being very, very quiet about his medical condition. Obviously, the only ones that really know what's going on with Crazy Bone is probably family members at this point, but we are praying for a speedy recovery. Obviously, I think it's pronounced sarcoidosis, sarcoidosis. I think this is the disease, it's kind of like an inflammatory disease that attacks the lymph nodes, the lungs, the eyes, the brains, pretty much any organ in the body. For some people, they kick it. It's not a problem, but for some people, obviously, like anything, it can be very detrimental to their health. Bernie Mac, famous comedian, he passed away from sarcoidosis. So it's definitely something that can be fatal if not treated properly, if not caught early. We are praying for Crazy Bone, that he makes a speedy recovery. This obviously is very, very bad news. People like LeBron James, other celebrities are reaching out to extend their prayers. Definitely, we are asking that the audience members here on Convo Over Cigars pray for Crazy Bone, that he makes a speedy recovery after this medical emergency. You guys have been locked in to another edition of Convo Over Cigars on a Monday. I'm your host, Derrick Andre Flemming. It's a rainy one in Seattle. Everybody be blessed.
Over 200 Auburn Students Baptized at Worship Event
"College experience like many of you so going back there you know i was expected to in be a college campus and all it'd be full of a lot of liberal kids and all that stuff and every time i walk around at the tailgates or anything else or at a basketball game there's so much love it's just i don't know if it's the author scc or but i just want you to know again like i said in the beginning of the show how much i really love and about care you all and it turns out i'm not crazy something special happened at auburn this past uh it was a couple weeks ago something really special and it reminded me again that when we're all down and out we're thinking gosh man it's over we're losing this fight we're getting our asses kicked we're not we're not we may be fighting back slow we may be taken battleground by the inches rather than the foot but we're not losing we're winning we're just winning slow we need to win faster but we're winning i want you to listen to this this happened at auburn a couple weeks ago this is a tiktok guy narrating it this will warm your heart check this out what just happened at auburn university 5 000 students show up for a night of worship at auburn's basketball gymnasium and that's when one of auburn's football players was was so moved by the holy spirit that he told his head coach hugh freeze that he wanted to get baptized so they made their way outside to the park they wade out into the water they performed this baptism and all of a sudden more students began to come into the water one after another to get baptized totaling up to over 200 students getting baptized if you believe that the holy spirit is still at work comment god is good and subscribe or follow for more well i may not be able to subscribe and follow but i can tell you
Dan Bongino to Anyone Listening From Jail: 'I Want You Here'
"If you're not willing to be in it yourself? And I ran another guy at the book signing. He was another guy who just got out of jail. And he said, Dan, you know, we were in jail. We all sat around and we used to listen to you. And I say anyone to listening to me on the radio in prison now that Jesus saves, man. I love I want you here. I know you've done bad things. I've done bad things to horrible things. Things I'll always regret. Always. You've wronged someone. Someone's wronged you. We can all agree that the path is redemption and asking for forgiveness and trying to be a better person tomorrow than the worst moment in your life is not going to define you. So all those broken down misfit renegades out there who feel like they don't belong anywhere. I want you to know we love you here. My listeners love you, man. To that guy, really bad. It's never going to go away. I've done bad stuff. I do bad stuff all the time. I am like the best work role model ever. But I'm trying and you gotta stay down that road to redemption. Because Jesus will save you. And I was so honored he said that. And it's interesting because someone there is kind of interested in my security and thought like a lot of folks were getting too close. I said, nah, don't even worry about it, man. He said, but they're coming up behind you for pictures. I said, it's okay. It's okay.
A highlight from Bitcoin Market Update with Joe Consorti, "The Bitcoin Layer" - September 25th, 2023
"Hello, and welcome to the Cafe Bitcoin Podcast brought to you by Swan Bitcoin, the best way to buy and learn about Bitcoin. I'm your host, Alex Danson, and we're excited to announce that we're bringing the Cafe Bitcoin Conversations Twitter Spaces to you on this show, the Cafe Bitcoin Podcast, Monday through Friday every week. Join us as we speak to guests like Michael Saylor, Len Alden, Corey Clifston, Greg Foss, Tomer Strohle, and many others in the Bitcoin space. Also, be sure to hit that subscribe button. Make sure you get notifications when we launch a new episode. You can join us live on Twitter Spaces Monday through Friday, starting at 7 a .m. Pacific and 10 a .m. Eastern every morning to become part of the conversation yourself. Thanks again. We look forward to bringing you the best Bitcoin content daily here on the Cafe Bitcoin Podcast. Yeah, I mean, how much longer before we get, you know, a bunch of businesses in our hometowns? And I live in Boston, so it's like I'm in a big city, right? You would expect there'd be a lot of businesses already accepting Bitcoin in such a big city, but there's honestly only like two. There's like a sushi place and a fucking reptile store. It's like, that's all we got, baby. I'm just waiting. It's like, come on, where's the liquor store? OK, it's like where's the I don't know, where's the where's the fucking dispensary? Like we need some other options here. What is the grocery store like the corner store? I don't know, man. I feel like give it a few more years and hopefully there'll be some options here because I want to spend my Bitcoin at these places. Well, Wicked, I had a huge realization on this. I'm sure you already know this, but I'm kind of working with the chamber to get local businesses in Santa Monica to accept Bitcoin ahead of Pacific. And there's few. And what I've found in working with a few that have been like, OK, we're down to do it is their point of sale systems are so walled off, you know, they just go like you hit them up and they go all accept it. I'm down, but I don't have time to train any employees to do some extra. And I needed to work with my point of sale system because everything is integrated with that. The inventory, whatever point of sale system they use, makes it easy for them to do everything. They simplify everything. And so as I'm trying to like there's it's so easy to take stats, there's plenty of point of sale systems external. But when it comes to tying those in, then they just go like, I'm sorry, I'm out, I'm out. I got too much stuff going on. And so we got to connect because I know like toast take some like like you can integrate PayPal and Cash App for easy tracking and stuff. But some of these cheaper point of sale systems, they're a wreck, dude. Yeah, man, this is why, you know, what strike is trying to do by just going straight to the source. Right now, going to like the biggest point of sale network in the United States and they're just trying to like integrate Bitcoin directly into there so that effectively, you know, basically every major retailer all of a sudden gets Bitcoin available for payment overnight. Right. And that's really smart. But but I also think that, you know, it's also it's probably a good idea to target smaller businesses who favor cash as payment, you know, because it's like, well. You know, it's like either I'm going to pay with a credit card, I'm going to pay with Bitcoin, so I'm not going to pay with cash. It's going to have cash and Bitcoin is better than credit cards. Right. You're already you're already preferring a cash payment, which means that you've got a system for, you know, tracking all of your shit when people pay with cash. So might as well like throw some sats in the mix there if if your preferred payments cash anyways. So I'm trying to I'm trying to work with some trying to work on some people who are around here, some smaller businesses. There's got to have got a liquor store around the corner. I know the guy who runs it. I'm just like, hey, buddy, so you ready to accept Bitcoin yet? No. OK, well, enjoy this three percent fee when I pay with my credit card. Yeah, I'm trying to do that, too, also the mechanic and what he does is that he either lets you pay with he asks you to pay with Zelle, like the bank payment method, he's like, can you pay me through Zelle? And then when not, he points to the sign and it says that basically you're going to pay the credit card fee, like if you want to pay visa or if you want to pay with a master card, like you're paying the extra. So it's like, man, and I talk to him about Bitcoin, but it's like you say, it's like a no. You know, it's funny the I've been using your wick and I've been using your thing about Cash App. I mean, you can pay with Bitcoin and I mean, it's just you can receive in Bitcoin, you can pay with Bitcoin and Cash App. I was talking to my brother about it the other day. I said, do you have he said, well, how do I get how do I get Bitcoin and how do I get cash and blah, blah, blah from Bitcoin? And how do you do that? And I said, do you have Cash App? And he said, yeah. I said, well, there you go. Yeah, and how much is he accepting Bitcoin for Cash App or? Can you what, Terrence? Is he accepting Bitcoin for Cash App now? My brother? You were talking about somebody who is. I was talking about my brother, Terrence, and all I did was shut his ass up. OK, so is he using cash or is using Bitcoin through Cash App or no? No, I just shut him up, Terrence. That's all I did. He was trying to FUD Bitcoin and my inability to be able to use it as a as a as a means to purchase things. And I just I said, look, dude, you can you got Cash App? He said yes. And that just shut him up. Speaking of Cash App, do you see the news that that Jack Dorsey just took over the basically the point of sales, like whatever, whatever, whatever. So I wouldn't I wouldn't be surprised if we start seeing, you know, like all those all those Cash App point of sales that you see in some of these businesses. Right. Like you go and you pay and it says you can pay with your Cash App account if you want. I wouldn't be surprised if they start to integrate like a payment over Lightning and that same point of, you know, point of sale system is something that I've been I've been wondering, like why they haven't done that for so long. Right. And it's like it seems like the obvious move, especially since they're so Bitcoin focused. You know, it reminds me of like Mollers came out, made that gigantic announcement that he was working with NCR that they were going to integrate Lightning into all these different point of sale terminals is like whatever the fuck happened with that. Well, he waited. He said he said definitely going to happen by the end of the year. And then he literally waited until the last day of the year, like December 31st of 2022. And he said, oh, yeah, it didn't work out, but we're still working on it. So he basically like, yeah, I don't know. They're probably still working on it. I'm guessing that it's a really complicated thing to try to do. Like they probably thought it was gonna be easier than it ended up being. Lightning is pretty complicated. And honestly, as a protocol, it's not like it's not like fully solidified. It's changing a lot. It's got a lot of like wrinkles that still need to be worked out. Yeah. You'd have to figure out all the node liquidity. Right. For that to work. And then you would have to push firmware updates to all those terminals. Right. Or something. Yeah. Yeah. I mean, and also like when you're talking about. OK, so I mean, part of the problem with Lightning is that as a decentralized network, payments fail pretty frequently. Right. Because because of the way that it's structured. Right. It's not like it's not like Bitcoin where you send a payment and it goes through no matter like who the fuck you are. It doesn't matter. Right. You can just broadcast a transaction to the network and a node's going to pick it up and then they're going to broadcast it to the rest of the nodes they're connected to. And eventually everyone in the network picks that up and puts it in their end pool. And it's an unconfirmed transaction. But everyone knows about it. Right. With Lightning, the way that it's structured is, you know, you push out a payment and you're trying to find this like, you know, you're trying to thread a needle through this like network of nodes and you don't really know if you're going to make it to the end. And a lot of times you don't make it to the end. So payments fail all the time in Lightning. And it's I think it's difficult as a payments network for them to, you know, like get it to work as well as they wanted to. Right. And we're still trying to wrinkle out all those all those problems. Hasn't really, you know, like it's not perfect yet. Right. And it probably never will be. But but it's getting better. Yeah. These these point of sale systems, you know, the thing that's for people listening in is they do much more than just point of sale because they that's that's how they score with, you know, restaurants. Right. Imagine if you're running a restaurant and there's there's all, you know, from accounting to inventory and things like that, they start doing more for the for the business than just point of sale. And that's what that's how they get in. Right. They solve all your problems, not just point of sale. Hey, we're going to make sales easy, but we're going to handle all this stuff like staffing, all these things. And so if you want a lightning point of sale system to come in, it has to be a fully functional point of sale system that checks these boxes because these folks are, you know, they're dug in and they'll be like, oh, I can't I can't switch because I have everything integrated with that staffing inventory, all that stuff. And so I'm sure that's why it's taking some time. That's actually pretty smart. That's fucking brilliant. Actually, it's building a motor on your business. Oh, yeah, for sure. And but the thing where they go wrong is these these less expensive point of sale systems come in, they get, hey, Rolls Royce, we're here for you 24 seven customer support. But if you talk to restaurants and stuff like that, they're always switching point of sale systems because they get some new thing where they go, oh, we'll knock down the take from three percent to two point five or, you know, whatever it is. And then they disappear once the thing is operational. And then the system kind of doesn't update. It's a very transient like, you know, kind of parasitic kind of a service, you know, other than the big ones like toast, which are massive operations and do have some ability to integrate like PayPal, cash app, et cetera. What I will say is lightning when you're using custodial lightning that were wallets works like a charm. So people hate talking about this. But like if you're using a water satoshi and you're trying to pay, you know, someone who's got a cash at point of sale or like, you know, you're trying to pay like someone who's who's, you know, using like some other custodial lightning that are wallet like I guarantee you those are going to be connected. They're going to have enough liquidity to zap sats back and forth and you're never going to have a failed payment. So I mean, this is part of the thing about lightning is, you know, as a as like a as a network for, you know, regular plebs to just run their own lightning notes. That's only going to scale so far. Right. And it's not really going to work for everyone to do that. But as a network for people to have custodial Bitcoin on that they can spend with. I mean, I think that's kind of where it's going to shine, whether or not you like it. And so what I'm excited for is like, you know, once we start getting all of these bullshit exchanges and they start to integrate lightning and then you've got, you know, all of your point of sale systems integrated with lightning. I mean, imagine a system where it's like, you know, you've got like you've got some Bitcoin on an exchange, maybe it's cash app and now you can pay for your groceries or you can pay with whatever from your cash app using lightning as the rails or you can zap around sats. Maybe you're like, oh, cash app is kind of shady now. I want to move it over to, you know, whatever. Like you can just like zap those sats over to the next, you know, trusted custodian or you can hold a little bit on each one. I mean, there's ways that you can kind of mitigate the risk of having custodial Bitcoin. And again, like I mean, this is like spending Bitcoin. I'm not advocating for people to have all their Bitcoin or most of their Bitcoin in a custodial wallet. But for your spending balances, I mean, if you want the convenience of lightning, I think custodial is kind of the way to go. I mean, it's cheaper, it's more convenient, it's more reliable. I don't know. Shoot me.
A highlight from The First Edition of Would You Let Joe Biden"
"Good morning America. Good Monday. Some of you are getting up and getting out the door. I'm glad I am with you. I'm Hugh Hewitt in Studio North going down to the Beltway this week. Oh, back to the Beltway. Gotta go do my work. Gotta go do my job. I want you to begin this segment with me by reflecting on how bad can the polls actually get for one person. Because John Ellis, now you've heard me mention John. John has been on the show before. Ellis on items the site formerly known as Twitter, now known as X, he produces two sub stacks. News items, which I read every morning before I go on the air. That's where I learned about Amazon investing in AI this morning. And political items, which is a second sub stack. And that just collects all the political data. And for years and years and years, John Ellis was the man behind the curtain at News Corp. And he ran the decision desk when it actually ran well. And he ran many, many other things at News Corp. And he's a very, very smart guy. So Ellis puts out these two news sub stacks that I read. And one of them, political items, carries with it the additional benefit of sparing me from having to figure out which polls to read. Because every couple of weeks or three weeks, he puts out the polls in one place. So John Ellis knows polling. He knows which ones are trash. He does not send you the trash one. So I ignore all polls until I see a poll show up in the news items or political items. So polls in one place rolled in on Saturday morning. And I don't want to get sued for copyright. You should subscribe to polls in one place and political items. But John summarized three of these. Number one, NBC News. Three quarters of voters say they're concerned about President Joe Biden's age and mental fitness. Three quarters. Three quarters. Number two, Washington Post ABC News. A Washington Post ABC News poll finds President Biden struggling to gain approval from a skeptical public. With dissatisfaction growing over his handling of the economy and immigration, a rising share saying the United States is doing too much to aid Ukraine in its war with Russia, and broad concerns about his age as he seeks a second term. More than three in five Democrats say they would prefer a nominee other than Biden. And the Post ABC poll shows Joe Biden trailing Donald Trump by 10 points. Then number three, the New York Times. President Biden is underperforming among nonwhite voters in the New York Times Santa College national polls over the last year. And this result marked a — represent a, quote, marked deterioration in Mr. Biden's support among non -Anglo voters. Those are the three big polls of the weekend, and they're all related to Joe Biden's age. So I've asked Generalissimo to assist me in diagnosing the problem here. And so just a yes or no, are you with me, Generalissimo? No. All right, good. Would you let Joe Biden prepare dinner for eight people? No. Would you let Joe Biden do the shopping for a dinner for eight people? No. Would you let Joe Biden make your family's reservations for a week's vacation at Disney World? Oh, hell no. Would you let Joe Biden book the flights for that vacation? No. Would you let Joe Biden drive the youth group van to the beach for Sunday at the beach? Absolutely not. Would you let Joe Biden chaperone the sixth grade astronomy camp overnight trip? Not even with your kids. Would you let Joe Biden invest your 401k? Would you let Joe Biden pick the paint colors for your church or your school remodel? No. Would you let Joe Biden select the menu for your daughter's wedding? No. Would you let Joe Biden lead a group of second graders through the Smithsonian Natural History? Stop, stop. I gotta... No. Just stay in the lane, please. I just want to know. These are just questions. Would you let Joe Biden lead a second grade group through the Smithsonian? Would you let him lead a high school group through the Smithsonian? Would you drop him off in front of an NFL stadium, give him a ticket, and tell him you'll see him in the seats? I don't think so. Would you let him be the president of a state university? Oh, no. Would you let him be the president of a private liberal arts college? No. Would you let him run a large public high school? No. How about a small private high school? How about a junior high school? Nowhere near kids, no. How about an elementary school? Absolutely not. A preschool? Absolutely not. Would you let Joe Biden run a 7 -Eleven? No, he doesn't have the right accent. Would you let Joe Biden run a sporting goods store? No. A multiplex? No. Would you let Joe run the candy and soda counter at the multiplex? It's too confusing, no. Would you let him run a Macy's? A McDonald's? No. A Houston's restaurant? No. Would you let him run an airport? Negative. Would you let him run the parking at the high school football game? No. Would you let him run a high school speech tournament? Too many kids, no. How about a swim meet? No. Would you let Joe Biden run any business with 10 employees? No. Would you let him run a business with 100 employees? No. Would you let him do HR for a business with 10 employees? No. Would you let him run the gift wrap sales fundraiser for your kids school? No. Would you let him run the thrift shop inventory day? No. Would you let him run a car dealership? Negative. Would you let him run a church fundraiser? No. A church service? No. A service station? No. Would you let him run a piano recital for 20 students under the age of 10? How about 10 students under the age of 10? No kids, no. Would you let him announce graduation at MIT? Would you let him announce graduation for any college? Have you heard him? No. Would you let him run an eighth grade graduation? No. Would you let him run the change of command at any duty station for any branch of the armed services anywhere in the Americas or in the worldwide distribution of our defense facilities? Not unless you wanted to create an incident, no. Would you let him drive a truck? Well, he's already claimed it, no. Would you let him drive a car that you're riding in the passenger seat? Not unless I was heavily insured. Would you let him fire a pistol at a range? Oh, hell no. Would you let him fire a rifle at a range? No. A machine gun? No. Bazooka? No. Would you let him get into a tank and fire a tank? I'm seeing a pattern here, no. Would you let him direct the drone strike? No. Would you let him drive a little tiny boat whaler, you know, a 12 -foot whaler? I would let him pilot your dinghy, no. Would you let him drive a criss -craft with an outboard motor? No. Of a yacht, a big yacht? No. Would you let him command the deck of a freighter? A freighter? No. How about a destroyer? Uh, I'm thinking not. Submarine? No. Aircraft carrier? No. All right. Could you imagine Stav with him on deck? What would you let Joe Biden do? Retire. No, but I mean, really, seriously, is there anything you'd let him do to put him in charge of, because this is my first edition of would you let Joe Biden dot, dot, dot? Nothing complicated because he gets confused easy. Nothing with kids because we kind of know about that. No, there's nothing the guy can do. He has shown no knowledge of market economics, free market economics. He has no idea how supply and demand works. No, but I'm just talking about give me something that he can do because we've got to get a retirement hobby for him. A retirement hobby? Checkers. Do you think he could win at checkers ever? It's yeah, he could he could run he could run an ice cream stand. I we I covered that. You were gonna let him run a 7 -Eleven. I don't know. I covered the gift wrap. 7 -Eleven is more complicated than an ice cream stand because gas is involved. But but I asked you about the the gift wrap fundraising. I want every mom in America ice cream. Well, no, every parent driving to school in America right now knows fall is the season for fundraisers. So we got the call from the granddaughter over the weekend. Hey, Nana, which is the fetching Mrs. Hewitt, right? Would you buy gift wrap? And of course, we're probably gonna have enough gift wrap for the rest of the five seasons. Yeah, yeah. Five seasons of gift wrap. Yes. And and now the flash is probably going to come up with candy bar. You know, it's just fundraising season, right? And so it's better than raffle tickets. I hate raffle tickets. Yeah. Gift wrap you can at least put in the closet and it'll be there when when she has to clean out the house. You are what we call in in in the school trade. You are what we call an easy mark. A mark. Yeah. Yes. And and you wouldn't even let Joe button out. For those of you who are new to the audience, we've added affiliates recently. Dwayne is an ex band parent who keeps getting dragged back in. And when he was a band parent, he ran parking at the at the battle of the band. Do you know what I'm doing now? Do you know what I'm doing this this year? What I'm doing? What? I had to stand up along with my wife, stand up a snack bar outside of girls volleyball. All right. Would you let Joe Biden run that? Not in your wildest dreams, because because one money's involved and two girls are nearby. But I mean, OK, then Paul back a year or two. No, you let him direct parking at the Battle of the Bands. Oh, not unless you wanted a wreck.
A highlight from "Remy Ma Is A Fool If She Cheated On Papoose"
"Welcome to the Monday edition of Convo Over Cigars. I'm your host Derek Andre Flemming. Let's talk about Remy Ma and Papoose. I'm not mistaken a couple. I read that I think they have been married for 11 years. I think that's correct. Here's what I do know. I do know that Papoose held Remy down when she was in prison. She was incarcerated and here's a man who basically stood by his wife. I don't think that a lot of men would have had the fortitude, the honor, the characteristics to say, you know what, that's my wife. I'm gonna hold her down. I don't care about her bed. She can be gone forever. I'm still gonna be here, not gonna entertain any foolishness, any other females. So I take my hat off to Papoose. My biggest question to women, realistically, is how do you explain a woman who cheats on a man who held her down when she was in prison? He was basically the perfect husband. I think Papoose was the epitome. Well, him and Remy Ma were the epitome of black love. This is what a black couple in love looks like. This is the illustration. So when we're hearing, you know, the recent rumors that she cheated with, you know, the battle rapper, the 25 -year -old, I think a lot of people are surprised. And if I'm being honest, I think it set women back some. I'm not gonna say how many years, but it definitely set women back, because women say, I want a great guy that doesn't cheat, that only has eyes for me, that's not entertaining other women. He's not in other women's DMs. Remy, it seems as though, and again, we're on the outside looking in. My name is Derrick Andre Flemming. I'm your host of Convo Over Cigars, where we give you the latest in news and entertainment. It seemed as if Papoose was invested in his marriage. He was a faithful man. He was loyal. It seems that way. A lot of people say, well, they're celebrities. You don't know what goes on behind closed doors, high -profile people, obviously famous, obviously, you know, they have money, things like that. So you have to factor that in. Obviously, there's a lot of temptation. I just think she dropped the ball. I think Remy fumbled, if this is true, if these latest allegations are true, I think she fumbled the ball and the bag, because I just think women don't really value a man as they used to. A man, a good man, doesn't seem to have the significance that he once did. She's piling around with Fat Joe on a consistent basis when, you know, her husband is Papoose. He's a rapper. Joe's a rapper. Why would you always be with Fat Joe when you're a married woman? See, certain things to me are just out of bounds. Now, we can call a spade a spade or we could turn a blind eye, but the reality is I would have to say that Papoose is going to rebound from this if the allegations are true. Again, you know, Remy, I don't know if she's denied it. I haven't seen anything tangible where she came out and said, I did not cheat on my husband. I haven't seen that. So if anyone has seen that, then I would like you to forward it to me. I haven't seen it. So I'm assuming, since the allegations are true, the same, since the allegations are presumed true, if this is true, she dropped the ball. I mean, I can't explain why you would risk a marriage of 11 years, you know, a good man, a provider. I think they have kids and I haven't, I don't know too much about Remy and Papoose, but I can't help but see the latest topics trending and this is, this is unfortunate that, you know, a man who personifies a great husband, checked in on every level, a great provider, would be cheated on by his spouse after he seemed to be very loyal when she was incarcerated. This was a time of vulnerability for her. She was behind bars Papoose and just kind of played his position. He's still stuck by his wife, so why cheat? I want to hear your thoughts. Email me DerekTalk007 at gmail .com. You guys have been tuned in to another edition of Convo Over Cigars on a Monday. My name is Derek Andre Flemming. Take care, guys.
"manning" Discussed on Revision Path
"Potentially doubling or tripling in size to then have a bigger creative team to serve more of the same kind of clients that we do that we have right now. And where I feel that by note means we're going to be a $100 million agency or anything like that. But that's going to be able to scale us to the point where I don't have to do the kind of operationalizing the strategic business work that I do on a day to day. I think that's the goal. And where I then focus my time is on more of the relationship parts of the company. My relationships and how to continue to foster that and less being on the ground for the business right now. And to do that, we're probably going to find maybe more partners to do that growth or maybe do some larger hires. We have to see just some different strategies we have, an option we have to do that. But I think double triple in science than where we are now. And me being less of those, let's say if we had another talk where he's like in 5 6 years, I'm not telling you that how long call 6 7 hours a day. Maybe three. And then the rest of the time I'm maybe meeting people or maybe more involved in art division or have some other nonprofit that's maybe a part of our or part of our division that is involved in the same kind of topics that we're talking about, bringing design, art and design, to youth, to create more opportunities. You know, something like that. Well, just to wrap things up here, where can our audience find out more information about you about pastilla about your work, where can they find that online? So our agency's website is pastilla dot CO. So pastilla co S, TI, double O, a, dot CO.
"manning" Discussed on Revision Path
"But you know what? This is it. After this one, that's it. There you go, one more. Boom. And what's crazy is that over time, you learn that those blips, those bumps, you just learn how to deal with them. You're smarter behind dealing with them. It's not the blips go away. You just aren't scared of them at all. You face everything and eat every single time you're a better entrepreneur. You're a better planner. You're more strategic. You know how to handle the downturns. And that tends to scare away people. I know, because I had those thoughts and I thought like, that's it. But every single time you have to have that faith of like, you know what? I've got to believe in myself. I think I can do it. I love this. You have to love this design industry. You got to love what you do. You got to love your clients and who you work with and being creative, that's definitely has to drive everything because if not, it could just be a banker investment banker or something, you know, because there's other ways to make money. But this definitely is a combination of a lifestyle and obviously there's financial reward with it as well. But it definitely isn't easy. And I would say consistency, it's not a sprint. It's definitely a marathon. And there's, I would say, in that marathon, there's a bunch of small sprints, sponsoring, and then you go into one phase and you kind of marathon marathon marathon. Another spring. But it's the consistency, the compounding effect of all of those moments that sprinting and marathoning and sitting and waiting and moving. That all compiled together for the good. And I would say, in terms of, you know, I think probably the biggest thing is people always ask, how do you get clients and things like that?
"manning" Discussed on Revision Path
"And I agree with you, you know, as I've talked to folks here on the show that have worked in advertising and such like agencies can be pretty stuck in their ways about the type of people that they want and the type of experience that they have to have. They have to have followed almost a particular script in order to just get in the door. And this is even at smaller boutique agencies. So it definitely sounds like that whole world needs a bit of a paradigm shift, I think. Yeah, no, absolutely. I love that. I would love to hear more about his program. I think formalizing something like that is awesome. So I will connect the two of you after this interview. I will most certainly do that. How do you stay creative and inspired in your work? I mean, with everything that you're doing, I feel like you have a lot of input coming at you. I've always been like pretty curious person and I hope that I continue to be until my last days because I feel like that is the thing that hopefully will keep me up to speed on everything that is designed at that moment. I would say design is going to be completely different the next 30, 40 years. And I hope to know what's happening and that sort of be like I would always say when I was in school at some of the older older instructors. Everything that we were doing was like, oh, everything looks the same. And it's like now I see some designers say the same thing to people in the early 20s and we had to understand things evolve things change. And I want to be able to have that understanding. So staying curious and questioning and being like I mentioned earlier teaching and having young designers is a really important part of understanding that how things evolve. And so that definitely always keeps me fresh. I always had that curiosity of what is new, what is next. She's definitely keeps me fresh and excited. Right now, obviously everything happening with AI is really, really interesting to me. And it's something that we've always kind of known is coming and we've seen it coming and now we're tools or just more in front of us and the potential to be now in design where we're going to see a total evolution of and even fast forward of how we think and how we can be more hyper focused and the creative and not like so much of the doing and how we create is going to change as well and even how to take simple things like a logo like what does that mean now in AI? Can a logo be so dynamic that it's absolutely never static can a logo can a company have a logo where every customer has their own version, right? Because it's that dynamically asking these questions, I think are going to be super interesting. So always being on top of what's happening, combining that with my experiences in the past, taking that in. I think that excites me. What advice would you give for aspiring creative professionals out there? They've heard your story in the interview. They see everything that you're doing in the community. What advice would you have for them? Wanting to be, let's say, own a design agency or just jumping into graphic design. We'll say wanting to own an agency 'cause I feel like a lot of folks that I speak with now are definitely leaning towards more entrepreneurial sorts of efforts, even folks in-house or like tried to strike out on their own. So yeah, approach it that way.
"manning" Discussed on Revision Path
"The world that we actually live in. We have to know that not everybody is getting the opportunities that everybody who's working currently in the agency's got period. Right? And to do that, we have to take some risks and we have to take initiative. And I think the number one thing is to open our eyes to giving opportunities to people who are not at that moment fully polished to be working at that company, right? And there's portfolio schools, there's lots of different ways to somebody can advance themselves. about the work, but you can get that experience sometimes working at an agency. If you have just a little bit of the excitement, the passion, the energy and that sort of natural creative tendency, even without having a finished portfolio, if you've given the opportunity on an agency, you can develop that portfolio quick. And I know it's not easy. It is not easy, and it's expensive because the design teams, everything we do is labor. So it will take things will take longer. The people, but I think in the long run, we have to give people the opportunities to especially underserved people of color when they come knocking at our doors as an agency and that you see their work, you see where they're at not turn them down or away just because they're portfolio isn't fully finished. There is space for them to grow. And sadly, a lot of the opportunities that come are because of that network. And I understand you get portfolios come at you 24/7. But every now and then I'll get one where I'm like, they're portfolio is not fully fleshed out. And they don't have the art center art school art design design portfolio. But there's something in their personality, something in their CV, something in their work, one project, it could be that can show some kind of interesting perspective that you could look at. And if we were looking closer, we're able to maybe find some talent that just hasn't had the opportunity. I've seen that with pastilla. One of our top designers that we have, I would say one of the top designers we've ever had at this year did not go to art school like that. I mean, went to a two year school, wasn't a really fully trusted program, didn't have that kind of portfolio at all. And we gave an opportunity. He's an amazing designer. So I think agencies need to be open to giving more experiences like that. And that's what I hope to do with art division. And take that and with the designers that go there is find those ones that have that passion, be able to connect them. The student wants to be connected, connect them to some of these other agencies. Just a simple hey, check out this person's work. I saw this. I thought this was interesting and giving them an opportunity. You know, I highly agree with what you're saying. I was just talking to a colleague of mine, Ricardo Roberts, and he has an agency in New York called bien, and they do like an apprenticeship type program where they bring in, you know, designers, maybe they're junior designers or maybe they don't have like a fully polished portfolio, but they help to give them that experience that they need in order to then get out there and really work. Whether that's with agencies, whether that's directly with brands and house, more of those types of opportunities need to be available.
"manning" Discussed on Revision Path
"We also give back into the community. And so that is where art division comes in where you're saying I'm doing this to help out. Students that are interested in design or kids that are interested in design. So it does all feed into each other, but I think what it does overall is it shows just how passionate you are about design. Just outside of a client vendor relationship, like this is your lifeblood. You live and breathe this stuff. Exactly. That's exactly it. Yep.
"manning" Discussed on Revision Path
"Art center. And I was brought in to teach graphic design to the product design students, essentially. And then that turned into me teaching the students that there was a class that helped the product design students or industrial design students, how to brand themselves as they get ready to graduate, how do they position who they are and so forth. And those first classes, I would say that first year, year and a half, which for me to kind of just get my feet wet and see, how do I like teaching graphic design or do I like teaching period? How can I fit into my schedule? Does it work for me? And what are we getting out of it myself? Personally, and also am I being able to deliver and be good at it? Be good at it. And so I loved it. I really, really like doing it. And I got as much out of the students as they get as much out of me because it's definitely very symbiotic relationship. And I think that really helps my perspective and how I teach. And so I taught in that department and immediately, obviously, I wanted to teach in the graphic design department that was a natural inkling and it's kind of tough to jump into teaching, especially art center because you have some of the top designers in the world and artists in the world teaching there and everybody wants to teach there. So I ended up getting past to teach a branding class. They knew the kind of work and stuff that I did. So I started teaching what now the bulk of those years up until maybe last year, I was teaching what was called transmedia, which is basically a brand new class that looks at what kind of mention the cross sector of how branding and identity systems get implemented into and get going to action when it comes to digital motion, space, environmental.
"manning" Discussed on Revision Path
"And so that was sort of the first momentum of pastilla, which was then called pastilla studio. That's amazing. I mean, you must have made some really great relationships at Nokia in order for them to sort of entrust you with that, say, I'm going to go out on my own and they're like, okay, great, we'll still toss some work your way. Yeah, definitely. I mean, I worked really hard for them, you know? It was a really great people, you know, a lot of them, some of them I knew from art center. I got to meet people from all over the world there, though. And really was a time where technology was sort of in a bit of transition, right? You imagine that was like 2000. A couple of years out before that, but the iPhone definitely hadn't come out, but before that, Google had just come out a couple years before that. It's really early on. So I think I came with that diverse sort of background of motion, interactive, and print. And being able to sort of cross discipline. I think that really the design director, gerardo, like that. So I was able to really use those diverse backgrounds and experiences to Nokia and help the team out for those four years. So yeah, we did some great work. And I mean, honestly, coming with those skills at a time when, you know, as soon as you said DVD magazines, I was like, I already know when this happened. This is like, this is like, turn of the century or turn the millennium or whatever, like 99, 2000, I remember those DVD magazines. Vividly. But yeah, I mean, coming with all those skills at a time when technology and design and the web were sort of growing at this rapid pace. I mean, you know, the stuff that you were doing didn't really even exist like ten years ago, the advent of the personal computer and the Internet becoming something that was no longer bound to DVDs or CDs that you get in the mail, you know? The fact that things were growing at this rapid pace and you're coming in with all these skills, especially at a time when companies are trying to decide, like, how do I become a part of this new thing? Like how do I have a website? How do I take orders online or do all this sort of stuff and you sort of show up to the scene? Well equipped, like, hey, I've got the skills. If you got the work, so. Sounds good. Exactly. Exactly. It was a really fun time. And now while you were building castilla, it sounds like there were other sorts of ventures that you were doing as well, right? Like you sort of did some work with an app, you sort of founded a film company, I guess. I mean, tell me about those other ventures. Obviously from, let's say, 2004, those first ten years were extremely busy for me. Continues to be any time you're a business owner. But those first ten years, I was basically raising my kids. I had a boy and a girl for my first marriage. And so I was raising the kids while starting this company, essentially. We had 50 50 custody, so they got to share that experience. So those first ten years was extremely busy. And
"manning" Discussed on Revision Path
"Yeah, yeah, absolutely. Absolutely. It's crazy. You never know those little moments, you know? I remember thinking like, gosh, the classes are at night and there's a nap, but I loved those classes. I wanted to spend all my time in it. And the art center at night classes then. So now you've graduated, you're out there as a working designer. What was your early career like before you started pastilla? As it kind of mentioned, you know, during school, I definitely like to get my hands in everything that was designed, right? I think it's one of the reasons I mentioned earlier, I like even just interior design. I have a passion for anything that is where you're taking these elements of your artistic being and putting into some physical space or a visual space or designing a city, right? So I definitely can see sort of how all those things combining work together. And I did the same thing at school and so when I graduated, I wanted to work somewhere that didn't want to push me into one direction. I didn't want to work in an agency that only had me do print, but only doing web are only doing motion. So I got the best place was a company then called I had a couple of different companies, but I think towards the end it was called quick band networks or DVD mags, which was you basically are designing a DVD magazine is what they call it. So every month you would get a subscription of a DVD and one of them was short films, you get one DVD of short balance, another one was music, so you get to have this music videos and all this content on these DVDs and I got to design editorial, but the interactive part. So I got to do the identity of each of the magazines.
"manning" Discussed on Revision Path
"So that's kind of where I sort of dove into graphic design for the first time there. How was your time at Cal poly Pomona? It was interesting because I think in high school it was pretty sort of kept in. I didn't do a lot of stuff. And I feel like when I got to Kappa and was in the dorms, I just got this freedom of like, oh my gosh. So I kind of went down that it was a lot of fun, but it was like I probably didn't know what to do with all of that energy and so one thing is I would say my focus wasn't there as it should be those first couple of years. I want to save despite that I struggled a bit with graphic design there. For whatever reason, I didn't see, I didn't make the connection. I thought there was a lettering class I remember and the lettering class that we had, it was all about craftsmanship. You had to draw let's say the letter E with the prisma color. And it was like a 5 inch height type. And you have to draw it so it literally looks like it's printed. It was very difficult that a class for me, just not just because I couldn't do it. I could do it, but I didn't have the patience. I wanted to design. I wanted to draw and I remember the instructor saying, if you get a C or under in this class, I highly suggest you don't continue graphic design. Because graphic design is really tough. And I remember as the not to say, fine art is tough as well, but in terms of like, I think what he was saying is, you really have to love this to really continue in this direction, right? It was one of the first classes in graphic design.
"manning" Discussed on Revision Path
"Hearing students work and giving feedback at that level as well. That also feeds me a tremendously. Yeah, I want to talk more about your teaching later, but before we get to that, I want to learn more about you. I want to learn about how you got to where you are now where you're running an agency and you've got it staffed with all these designers and things like that. So tell me about where you grew up, your originally from California? No, actually, I'm Panamanian, so born in Panama. Yeah. I came here with immigrated with my parents here when I was like 7 or 8 years old. We came here, my dad sort of joined the army. He thought this is probably the best way for us to kind of make a living for him and provide for us. So immediately after that, I would say about a year after we moved here, he got shipped to Germany. So I was basically, that's where I learned English was in Germany. I was only so Spanish. So I was there for about almost four years, I think, then we came back to the United States when I was like 11, we were basically in Los Angeles. And then we moved to Rialto and so basically from 1112, I've been Southern California area. So I went to high school in Redlands, which is like after my mom and dad divorced, my mom moved towards that area. And that's where actually I ended up meeting somebody who sort of gave me a little bit of a hint about me wanting to maybe study graphic design at the high school. So I went to random high school and then from there, I graduated, went to Cal poly Pomona for a couple of years, and then ended up transferring to art center, which is what brought me capacity. Now, back before you went to Cal poly, Pomona and everything.
"manning" Discussed on Revision Path
"Brand new client where it's brand new company where you're doing strategy, naming, identity system, and then executing that, which makes sense because we sort of have that full service. That was something that finally, I would say at that time, we were able to start really honing down who we are as a branding agency. But at the same time, it would have made it interesting is we also had a deep understanding of how to put that company or that brand in action. So how it applies in digital, how it applies in motion, how it applies in print. And being able to do the full picture after we do the identity system. And it took a long time to do that and to get to that point. But I feel like that was one huge sort of defining point at refining who we are, right? That made it stand out, at least let's say, in 2013 to 2000 16 or so. Then I would say around that time, 2016, I started feeling like I wanted to do work that mattered a little bit more. Not that any clients, any of the work that we did didn't matter, but something was in me that felt like I want to be able to be a part of the communication and deliver creative to projects and initiatives that had some kind of social impact through some different situations I ended up learning a little bit about the government work and how to sort of approach it. And it took a very long time. But I really got interested in being able to service the same kind of level of high end creative, the same kind of level of thinking and focus that we give to the private sector clients, but give it to more civic public or nonprofit clients. And I would say it was specifically public sector.
"manning" Discussed on Revision Path
"Huge testament to a lot of people in our agency, but definitely our HR team. And we really refined the team. And at the end, we started off the year now knowing that the staff that we have is solid, they're working together really well oiled machine. And I feel like we've achieved that last year. And this year, now it's becoming about really working. I'm calling the title for this year sort of nurture the details, which is going a little deeper into their relationships that we have with our clients. And not just servicing them, but really understanding their needs from a full 360 to be able to deliver as much value as we can. Not necessarily growth from growing clients, but growing the clients that we have currently. So that's really what I'm focused on for this year. And so far, so good, right? We've already in the first two months have been able to do that pretty well. So I'm looking to continue to sort of foster that in the team and from the creative the same thing, right? Being able to push the creative further and further be able to deliver the best at every single thing that the client sees and making sure that they continue to stay with us continue to come back and continue to see us as a strong partner to be able to service them and other things that maybe they didn't even think we can help them with. Well, let's jump more into talking about pastilla, you're the cofounder and chief creative officer. And you've already sort of given a little bit of background about the team and the services and stuff. What really sets pastilla apart from other agencies. It's funny. When I was in school, it was high school. I graduated and a lot of people doing that time were like, oh, I'm going to jump into web. I'm going to work in motion. I'm going to work in print. But really at that time, you kind of had to know a little bit of everything, but I really liked having to sort of cross discipline position. And I was working everything from packaging to environmental, to doing film titles, commercials, apps, even back in like 2003, 2004. And I've always sort of been in this cross sector of creative, where it didn't matter what discipline it was. Now, that's been really fun. A really, really exciting 20 years. I learned a lot. It wasn't easy, right? Because you do have to continue to sell. There is a certain pattern and you want agencies or you want clients to sort of have that one thing that they think about you. And when you're working and building the agency is really tough to figure that out because you're sort of just taking things as it comes. You're not really, especially if I'm the kind of person that is excited about a lot of different things. It's been tough. It was really tough to first. I would say the first 12, 13 years. I mean, we were doing motion one year, and the next year we're doing the launch campaign for Microsoft surface tablet. In 2012 or 13. So very, very different projects, but exciting nonetheless. But made it difficult because when you tell the story of who your agency is, you really want to have that repeat factor. It doesn't, even if it's a different sort of story and sort of positioning. You do want to have this focus. So that was tough. And around that time, 2013, I decided, you know, what we really do well and what I really like to do the most out of everything we did was branding. And really looking at every client that came to us from a debt branding perspective.
"manning" Discussed on Revision Path
"Now for this week's interview. I'm talking with Rudy Manning. Rudy is the cofounder and chief creative officer at pastilla Inc and Pasadena, California. And he is an instructor at art center college of design, which is also in Pasadena, California. Let's start the show. All right, so tell us who you are and what you do. My name is Rudy Manning and I am a creative director. I am the my title is the chief creative officer for an agency that I started about 18 years ago or 19 years ago now called castilla based out of Pasadena, Los Angeles, California. Wow, that's pretty good, so you're coming up on 20 years of that. Yeah, yeah. I know. We're getting excited. Put a big event together for everybody who's been a part of this journey. So yeah, it's a big milestone. Yeah, it feels like the milestones kind of sneak up on you like you're so busy sometimes in the work and doing it that you look up and you're like, wait a minute, I've been doing this for 20 years. I'm telling you, it goes by. When you're in it, sometimes it feels like it's treading along, but then you look back and you're like, wow, awesome. Yeah. Super grateful to still be in business and have it continue to thrive. So super excited. How has 2023 been going so far? Really, really good. There was some there was a lot of things sort of shifted in the Asian about 5 years ago. I merged with another agency that was one of our partners. They were doing a lot of development for us. And probably for most of the time at the agency, I put that point. They were like the main development partner for anything we did that was like digital base.
"manning" Discussed on The Bill Simmons Podcast
"Nfl content but the ringer fantasy show. Which is very good. Podcasts you crank and four times a week this year. Yeah exciting stuff. We're gonna be doing some grimm's to Yeah check out the ringer. Fantasy football draft guide. Oh yeah check that out too. I have monday tuesday. Wednesday three drafts in a row three days. My wife is so happy so delighted to. Can i come on the show when i win our league again. Yeah if if the conditioning as any course course. When that's good for danny contents good contact a media for danny to win his league for the ravens to go. Five and twelve referred are bugged patriots. Me no great. See danny was great as well. Thanks for coming on you. That's the podcast. Thanks to peyton manning. Thanks to dan. Kelly me cons. Don't forget about the full go launching puppy ten days or so ring fight night launch and on friday sign up now be ready for l. and chuck and pc and then the ringer gambling show. Which launches on. I think monday next week was sharp and verno You can listen to that one as well and then the rewatch was. I did have an assignment for you. For labor. Day chris ryan and as i told you were doing. The qatar owns return two part episode. Which is Basically the fourth and fifth episodes of miami vice. So if you wanna if you wanna really fully enjoy it. I would recommend watching the pilot and then watching calderon's return part one and two. It's three hours of your life. There's no football this weekend if you don't like it your money back even though it's free and i think you'll enjoy it so there you go. This podcast is produced by creighton. I will see you on sunday. Guess the lines think. Is this season sixteen season. Fifteen god so many guests the line seasons. But we're doing it. Sunday being south sea then enjoy.
"manning" Discussed on The Bill Simmons Podcast
"What. What number is it. I think we passed it day. The truth i mean that's what tom has done He deserves all the credit. Now he's gonna spoke about people that helped us along the way but he has flat kept himself healthy and It's it's extremely impressive. Pay if you listen to drive to my speech in canton but there was some booing all at brady. We're not gonna reference town. Which is it's going to be important for him to get ready to hear those alien phil to you right. Are you gonna leave that or now. We would never both tom brady okay. We'll see we'll see my. I noticed there was that. When tom brady gets inducted into the hall of fame on the first ballot in two thousand thirty five not line think so people miss that. But that's a good joel that it's only when you get on the spot and not you know three weeks later but thank you but you know. Does he play more years hertie. It wouldn't surprise me so i don't believe anymore. I mean i felt like you could have played a near forty. S if you haven't had the next thing Ultimately if you if you had somehow been able to keep your body you would done all that training stuff and the physical stuff to keep you there. But you actually had a thing. That breeze had to do it. You had like a real this thing and they are funny. cooper and stop playing miss problems And had to give up. His career does like that. And it's it's terrible where you go you with your dad playing the every chance to play in this wednesday they tell.
"manning" Discussed on The Bill Simmons Podcast
"Scene jason's can be diving in to the chicago scene. Justin fields sacco dean. The white sox playoff run. You name it. He's really talented. You heard it last week Very excited for that one and we launched a ringer gambling. Show so member worn sharpen house. They're out on sunday. That podcast is moving off the ringer. Nfl feed along with the The other sharp podcast. He was doing with chris vernon and we're adding a new. Podcast was sharp and ben sollac who. He just signed to the ringer a few weeks ago. That's could be monday. Wednesday friday hardcore gambling stuff Sharply all three of those pods and then on friday. Listen to house is terrible. Picks and go against them so that has happened as well. You can rate now. You can subscribe on spotify for free. You can sign up on apple. Saint thing And you can get it in time for when the feed launches next week the chicago feds not launching At least for another week. So i will give you a heads up when that's going then. The third thing to watch out for him friday. We're locking third. Feed this one. I already told you about this with our l. hassani and Some of the stuff he's doing and a few other things going to be on there. You may see check minute on. Pc carol they're talking mma. It's called ringer fight night. And we're going to be doing these green rooms with arial and chuck and peachy before and after giant m. a. events. Almost always you have see but we're gonna be doing it this weekend. They're gonna be green on friday for the way ends and then right after the card on saturday night in green room and you can go in. You can interact with them. As soon as it's over we flip it. An old podcast. We put it right on the ringer fight night feeds so that one. I think that feed goes live on friday. If you're listening to this so you can Follow it on spotify followed on apple jump on every time we have new pot in that feed. That's where it'd be. Arial might have some breaking news stuff over the course of the year too that he puts up on there and then anytime. There's a box of match that we care about. We wrote kevin clark and doing some some boxing stuff as well. Unfortunately there's been less boxing Stuff that we've cared about these days but anytime that happens. Kenneth clarke is ready with some guests. I might even pop on that pod adverse. Well so check it out fight night and that's it so we got the full. Go chicago ringer gambling show. Nfl for now. We're gonna add some to that and then finally last piece Ring fight night so three for you heading into this wonderful wonderful wonderful buses. And don't forget about the ringer dot com of our fantasy football draft guide which is awesome the fantasy football podcast as well. I went on that fantasy football podcast and did my twelve guys that i broke up with. So that's on there. If you wanna listen to it. I also went on ryen. Russillo podcast On thursday today. Because i wanted to talk about. Ben simmons i knew i had this podcast stack because coming up peyton manning and then danny kellyanne meaning comes together talking about the upcoming season so i knew i was doing all football but i really wanna talk about ben simmons so i invited myself on russillo and you want to hear us talk about. Ben simmons to the ryen russillo podcast. You can hear that all right. That's enough for play coming up peyton manning and then danny kelly me and i are friends. Ironically cause to seattle gets this podcast from birth peyton manning. He's here took a super bowl from me january. Two thousand seven We had i think a twenty point lead came.
"manning" Discussed on One Life Radio Podcast
"Welcome back everyone. You're listening to radio. We are live from dallas texas on iheartmedia as well as in southern california on. Abc news. talk. We have drew manning continuing with us. He is a leader in the keto diet movement and the new york times bestselling author of fit too fat to fit the unexpected lessons from gaining and losing seventy five pounds on purpose. He is the creator of the show. It too fat to fit and the host of the fit too fat to fit experienced. Podcast with over a million social media a media followers drew continues to transform people's lives all around the world. He lives in salt lake city utah with his two daughters who remind him every day not to take things too seriously. His website is fit too fat to fit dot com okay drew. We've got a couple of minutes here. Let me ask you this okay. So you're back on track to lose over sixty pounds which to you find more difficult getting back into the diet aspect or the exercise which is the easiest for you for for me personally has got to be exercise because for years and years and years and then going from four months of eating these these processed foods which we all know are bad for us. But i'll be honest with you like your body you know i. It creates a dependency. Because like i said you get these dopamine hit you get these little blood sugar spikes and then these crashes and kind of trains. You crisis vicious cycle to go back toward that. It's almost like a drug in offense so if part is hard because you know sometimes when i'm sad or lonely or emotional yeah like chicken broccoli. Just don't do it. That doesn't really make you happy like say pizza wine. You know whatever it is for the person. So that's that's the difficult part but you know. Is it possible. Yes as possible. And the cool thing that makes me. Accountable is knowing that there's tens of thousands of people from all over the world doing this journey with me which which helps me push through those hard times. Yeah it's been so cool to watch you know on on social media in fact you actually. Have you have an app right. The back the back to fit app. That's designed so anyone can follow along with you correct. Yeah i just wanted to give people access to exactly what i'm doing every single day. So if they to do the journey with me they get access to the abbot. My meal plans my workouts my recipes my grocery list all of the details of what i do every day so that they can join me on that journey and then it creates a huge community and its power numbers when you do this type of journey with other people it it helps to keep you. Accountable helps keep you motivated inspired. So yeah that's one of the cool things about this journey. Yeah and it helps keep you humble. Doesn't it right. The rate relate to so many people. Because i mean you know you know you you know you're a good looking guy and you're gotta kill her body and you got a lotta girls. That are like googling over here right or goo goo drooling over you. I should say but but but you gotta you know. That's not what fitness is all about really at the end of the day. It's about having your health. Both of you know spiritually mentally emotionally and physically right yet. So it's so true. Like yeah cool. It's cool to have a six pack and and that's part of it but for me honestly the thing i miss the most is the feeling of being healthy and this is what. I'm stirring finally experiences me sleeping through the night. My hormones are finally getting more and more balanced You know have more energy throughout the day. My brain fog is gone. My digestion is way better than what it was and i was eating. That junk food You know what's can lead to better better relationships better quality of life. And that's why a physical physical health carries over into the mental emotional spiritual because you're not suffering with fatigue and brain fog and digestive issues and and other pains and ailments that come from not taking care of your physical health. Yeah well you just answered my next question which was going to be. It's been about a month since you started your journey. And what changes have you noticed so far both mentally and physically anything that you left out that you maybe want to focus on for listening so yes. I lost twenty two pounds four in the first month doing tito Strict akito I did more of a mediterranean style. Kito this time around so let saturated fat for me. Personally at my body seems to do better with that And more pollyanna and monounsaturated fats. yeah i if my daughters they would tell you that. I'm a lot nicer. Not more patient You know so that kinda comes with the territory of taking care of your physical health and sleeping through the night sleep alone take everything else out of it like if you could sleep through the night man. That's such a game changer. For your physical and mental and emotional wellbeing that some people just don't realize right now The i think pretty much it that i left out a big one. You know i actually was reading something. And i'm trying to remember where right now i don't want to misquote. But it was an article about the ketogenic diet Perhaps they're showing evidence that he can even he'll psychosis you know in individuals which is amazing when you think about it too because i mean not sleeping week after week month after month not sleeping well can make you. Maybe not have a psychosis but can certainly make you crazy in effect your overall wellness and and being and happiness for sure. I mean you know that i. Yeah that's what i experienced during the four-month of letting myself go was a little bit of that. Where i did feel a bit crazy and a little bit is even always aware of what was happening. It's still interesting to to have that part. Kinda take over where. I am sleep-deprived in any parents out there. That have little kids. They you know what. It's like to be sleep deprived. You're not the same version of you when you're not sleeping through the night and so i experienced that for four months and it feels so good to track my recovery score. Hr v. and. See that go up week after week after week. You know. it's not where it was yet but it's moving up in that direction and menus. You'd have so much more energy throughout the day. You're just a more lively. You know positive person when on just sleep alone is taking care of it. Yeah dem's it's can. I can tour diet. It is i. You know know. I'm not as finished. I'd like to be right now. I had an injury. So i'm trying to work back from it. But you know people would always say bernadette. Where do you go your energy from. And it's like well. I exercise and eat right and it really does make a huge difference but many people tend to fall off the wagon for a lot of different reasons and we only have about a minute and a half left. But you know what what are. How do we get people to stay motivated. And stay on track to hit their goal When they might be wavering. What do you want to say to them drew. Yeah i think a lot of it stems from what is there. Why like why are you doing. I think a lot of people go into it thinking. Oh i want to get healthy and fit on. Lose this much weight but the why needs to be bigger than that. It's like. why do you want to be healthy until you really need to deepen figure that out. You want to be around for your kids. Want better quality of life. You want to get off your medications like what is it. That will keep you motivated on those days where you're sore you're tired. You're hungry You're you're you wanna take that break you wanna sleep in. You don't wanna do it anymore. Having a really big y is probably one of the most important things that keeps you motivated even if you are tired even if you are sort interesting do things if things do get hard having that why is probably one of the most important things and then also i always say having an accountability partner like a coach of sibling. A spouse someone to keep you accountable to help you stay on track rather than trying to your way by yourself. So being a part of a support team or community and that's why people have access to my app. They are part of a private facebook group. Where there's a community where people can talk to each other motivate each other. Those kinds of things are really important to keep people motivated through. Manning always a pleasure. Thank you so much. I appreciate you being so candid. I really liked that about you. you're welcome and you've shared so much with with your with your followers with our listeners and i just want to let everyone know that they can follow you at fit too fat to fit dot com. And i'm thinking about taking a cold shower every morning junior. How about you. I'll try report-back. I'll let you guys now. Goes all right right drew. Manning thank you so much Everyone thank you for. What a great show Everyone know do your best every day to just try to get out there and you know just be healthier because you only get one body. One mind and one life be happy..