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"Interactive brokers' clients earn up to USD 4 .83 % on their uninvested, instantly available cash balances, rates subject to change. Visit ibkr .com slash interest rates to learn more. For Bloomberg, executive producers are George Lavender, Marshall Louie and Jen Sargent for Wondery. I'm Hannah Miller, and this is Bloomberg. Broadcasting 24 hours a day at Bloomberg .com and the Bloomberg Business Act, this is Bloomberg Radio. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy is offering little to no clear answers on the next steps for government funding. He spoke to reporters Friday after House Republicans met for almost three hours to come up with a plan to avoid a shutdown. McCarthy said he thinks a Senate bill without $6 billion in funding to Ukraine could pass in the House, adding that he thinks Democrats will oppose it. California's governor is calling the late Senator Dianne Feinstein a role model. Lucinda Kaye has more. California Governor Gavin Newsom shares reflection in a statement saying, Dianne Feinstein was many things. A powerful, trailblazing U .S. Senator, an early voice for gun control, a leader in times of tragedy and chaos. But to me, she was a dear friend, a lifelong mentor, and a role model for what a powerful, effective leader looks like. Feinstein is praised for breaking gender barriers throughout her long career in local and national politics. I'm Lucinda Kaye. Las Vegas police say a suspect has been arrested in the 1996 murder of rapper Tupac Shakur. We are here today to announce the arrest of 60 -year -old Dwayne Keith Davis, a .k .a. Kefi D., for the murder of Tupac Shakur.
Fresh "Mets" from Bloomberg Businessweek
"Producers are Sage Bauman, Katie Boyce, Broadcasting and Jared 24 Sandberg I'm Business for hours Bloomberg. Act. a Hannah day at bloomberg Executive This is producers .com Bloomberg Radio. and are George the Bloomberg Time is ticking until a massive government shutdown this weekend. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy is offering little to no clear answers on step for government funding. He spoke to reporters Friday after House Republicans met for almost three hours to come up with a plan to avoid a shutdown. I think we had a interesting conversation there but we continue to through work trying to find the way out of this. I firmly believe there are no winners in a government and shutdown I think that's the best way forward to make sure government does not shut down. McCarthy said he thinks a bill Senate without six billion dollars in funding to Ukraine could pass in the House, adding he thinks Democrats will oppose it. Earlier Friday the House failed to pass a GOP -led short -term funding bill that included deep cuts and border provisions. The government is set to shut down this weekend if lawmakers fail to reach a deal. Severe random flooding continue to pummel the Northeast. Both New Jersey and New York have issued declarations emergency with New York Governor Kathy Hochul warning her state could see up to 10 inches of rainfall in some parts of the state. Subway lines and even parts of the down on Friday the entire tri -state area is under a flood watch until 6 a .m. Eastern Saturday and Las Vegas police say a suspect has been arrested in the 1996 murder of rapper Tupac Shakur Liz Warner has more. We are here today to announce the arrest of 60 -year -old Dwayne Keith Davis for the murder of Tupac Shakur. Sheriff Kevin McMayhill said for 27 years Tupac's family has gone without closure but that changed today. Lieutenant Jason Johanson said Tupac was involved in a fight with Davis outside a Mike Tyson fight which eventually led Davis to allegedly get the gun that was used to kill Shakur at an intersection. He said the case was treated as a gang investigation but 2018 and over the past five years Las Vegas police built their case against Davis. I'm Jim A key economic indicator shows inflation will last. index increased a tenth of percent a last month. That's half the increase expected. It's also the smallest monthly rise since November 2020. On a 12 -month basis the annual increase for core PCE was 3 9 % matching the forecast. Analysts say it's the latest sign the Federal Reserve's fight against inflation is making progress. One of Donald Trump's co -defendants in the Georgia election is taking a plea deal. Brian Shook has the very latest. Dale Bonsman and Scott Hall was charged in connection to the alleged breach of voting machine equipment in Coffee County following Trump's 2020 election loss he's the first defendant in the case to plead guilty to the charges and will serve five years probation. Trump and other defendants have pleaded not guilty in the sweeping indictment accusing the group of trying to overturn the 2020 election results in the state. I'm Brian Shook. Netflix is no longer mailing out DVDs the streaming company became famous in the late 1990s for delivering DVDs to your mailbox in its iconic red envelopes. The DVD business however has shrunk considerably over the years and in 2021 Netflix said DVD rentals amounted to less than 1 % of its revenue and there's a new managerial opening in major league baseball. The San Francisco Giants announced Friday that they'd fired skipper Gabe Kapler after four seasons with the club. He led San Francisco to one playoff variants in 2021 when it won a franchise record of 107 games and the national league west title. The move comes just days before the end of the regular season with the team eliminated from the playoffs and that's the latest I'm Jim Forbes. Now this Bloomberg sports update to golf the 44th Ryder Cup continues from Italy the Europeans halfway home to the trophy after day two. They're on top of the Americans six and a half to one and a half you need 14 points for the Ryder Cup victory. Third round play underway 1 35 a a .m eastern time there's some great foursomes for you Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood for Team Europe versus Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth that's followed by Victor Hovland his pair to take on Scottie Sheffler and Brooks Koepcke and wraps it up with John Rahm and Terrell Hatton for Europe opposite Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele for the United States. It's your final weekend of major league baseball and it's been forgettable for the Mets and for the Yankees both teams will finish in fourth place. Yankees Carlos Rodon in Kansas City worst outing of his career eight earned runs did not register and out his ERA now just below seven on the season as the Royals scored nine times in the first that's all they needed they win at 12 to 5 in game one of the three -game series. Clark Schmidt he gets the parole Saturday at 7 10 for New York. Mets Phillies and the they were washed out of course the Mets also rained out with the Marlins on Thursday that game may be made up Monday if Miami needs it they're still alive for a postseason berth. Phillies they're already in we'll play two from Queens 410 on Saturday. Week five college football one game in the top 25 10th ranked Utah beaten up at number 19 Oregon State 21 -7 on Saturday USC throws down with Colorado 13th ranked LSU and number 20 Ole Miss they tussle and Duke trying to go 5 -0 for the first time since 94 they host Notre Dame. Syracuse they battle Clemson in Syracuse on Saturday they're trying to go 5 -0 as well the WNBA best of three series now 2 tilted -1 towards the Liberty as they beat the Connecticut Suns 92 -81 with your Bloomberg Sports update I'm Rob Buschett. This is a Bloomberg Money Minute Adidas just up to the ante in the competition for super shoes. Adidas has released a new running shoe that is selling for $500. Bloomberg reporter Tim Lowe says that at that price it's a new high. The running shoe also comes with a lofty name. This new shoe is called the Adizero Adios Pro EVO 1. The new adidas marathon shoe is the latest to incorporate a technology kicked off by Nike in the last decade combining carbon with a new type of bouncy, extremely light foam in the soles. There's a lot of marketing in this. There's a lot of high -tech in the skunkworks of these companies coming up with the next game -changing shoe and what's accompanying that is the price of the shoes are going and up up and and up up and up. Companies from Hoka to Brooks to New Balance have since introduced competing models. Lowe says the technology has helped pro runners cut considerable time off many world records. Gina This is Bloomberg Business Week. Insight from the reporters and editors who bring you America's most trusted business magazine plus global business finance and tech news as it happens. Bloomberg Business Week with Caro Masur and Tim Stenebeck on Bloomberg Radio. Plenty ahead in our second hour of the weekend edition of Bloomberg Business Week including lots of laughs with Caroline Hirsch. She of course the founder of Caroline's on Broadway on her next act. Also a business travel primer from our Bloomberg Pursuits team and the bank failure that rocked a tiny Kansas town which may have involved pig butchering the crypto version. First up this hour though art imitating life once again. Dumb money in theaters earlier this month. It's the real life story brought to the big screen of the working class Redditors who became investors during the pandemic making and losing lots of money and turning Wall Street upside down in process. the I recently caught up with Aaron Ryder one of the film's co -producers to get the backstory of how this project came together in the midst of the COVID pandemic and
A highlight from World Data Products Int. (WDPI) achieves ITAD certification, Podcast
"This is Doug Green, and I'm the publisher of Telecom Reseller, and this is a special podcast for the ASCDI, and I'm very pleased to have with us today Neil Vild of WDPI. Neil, thank you for joining us today. Thanks, Doug. Great to be with you. Well, it's really wonderful to be able to do this podcast on behalf of the ASCDI. You're a very long -term, very active member of this association, a very prominent person and company within this industry and within this organization, so it's really a pleasure to have you here today. We're going to be talking about your recent certification, or really certifications, with ITAD and how that changes the game and why that's important to ASCDI members, to the community and to many technology companies, enterprise companies that might be just happy to be listening or watching. So we're going to dive into that in a second, but Neil, first of all, what is WDPI? So WDPI stands for World Data Products Incorporated. We've been in business since 1987 in the Minneapolis suburbs, currently in Plymouth, Minnesota. We started off as an independent hardware reseller, selling brands originally manufactured by companies such as Cisco, HP, Dell, and IBM. We're also an authorized reseller of Dell. Along the way, over those last number of years, we developed an internal repair business, which we can offer to clients as well, where we repair all of those items I mentioned that we can go down to the board level, repair power supplies, other devices such as laptops and Chromebooks. And then about 10 years ago, we acquired a company in the certified tape media business that basically goes out and acquires used tape media, those cartridges that everybody remembers, and we bring those back to our facility, fully eradicate the data and resell them. And that's the business that really got us into ITAT services about 10 years ago. That company, and we still do that, has a team of people that goes onsite and does IT hardware decommissioning, onsite audits, data sanitization, secure transport, and a host of other ITAT related services. So in fact, you guys had really been sort of in the ITAT market already, and this sort of solidifies that position. It does. And we decided to pursue these certifications for a number of reasons. One, our customers started to ask for them, both on the end user side and the wholesale side. We deal direct with end users, we also go through other resellers, and we work with other ITATs as a subcontractor. And as a number of them have been paying more attention to data security and the environment, they've been asking us about these certifications. So one of the reasons we pursued these was to really be responsive to our customer requests. Another is we view it as a differentiator. Those are really confirmation of the standards that we have. Not everybody has that certification out there. More people are getting it, which is great for business and for the environment. And thirdly, it really helped us improve our processes in certain areas and kind of raised the bar. So it was a win -win among all three of those elements. Let's dive a little deeper into ITAT. So first of all, can you explain to me what ITAT is? What does that mean? ITAT, IT Asset Disposition. It's a whole host of offerings and processes where, you know, starting if a company is looking to, you know, upgrade or refresh its data center or close something down, it needs to really find a responsible home for the used equipment, whether that's in a resale environment or in a recycling environment. Part of that involves onsite services, such as I mentioned, you know, data center decommissioning, data sanitization, whether that's onsite or at our site, the commitment to either resell these devices, which could be economically beneficial to the seller and to the purchaser, also making sure that the data is fully eradicated. But then in some cases, the data bearing devices have to be destroyed either logically or physically. And that leads us into working with responsible recyclers who can track these devices, provide certificates that they've been disposed of in an environmentally sound manner. So it's a whole host of services and processes. We don't have the time to go through that. That'd be a several day podcast, Doug, but I know we're a little bit time constrained today. Well, you know, as you can see behind me, it looks like beams of light are coming off my head, I think, but I'm actually reporting live from Las Vegas at the Mobile World Congress. Lots of carriers here, lots of enterprises, lots of interests. You know, this is a good example for this question. Why does it matter to the outside world? Why does ITAD matter to really everybody? Well, it matters, it's the biggest issue is really sustainability and protecting the environment. But there are also other elements within these certifications that are more internally oriented for the welfare of businesses and our employees. You know, if you go down the list, the R2 -V3 is really a phenomenal standard. You know, really stands for responsible recycling and reuse. Some really strict requirements on data sanitization and eradication and data security, which is a real differentiator. Part of these certifications involve several ISO standards, ISO 9001, which is a quality management standard, your world data had been ISO 9001 certified for about the last 10 years. So we renewed that one. ISO 14001 is environmental management. ISO 45001 is employee health and safety. And we're very proud of world data. We've been have a track record of over three years of accident free operation in our facility in Plymouth. And we intend to keep that going, God willing. And then the ASCDI ITED certified certification is also very important where, you know, in addition to the processes and the operational aspects that those other standards focus on, ASCDI adds to it the commitment to a code of ethics, which is unique in the industry. And every ASCDI member has to adhere to that. You know, we have stringent membership requirements for that association. And so as a long time member, as our company, a long time board member and former chairman of ASCDI, I am very proud to see our association going in that direction as well. So, you know, Neil, it sounds like this is also a great opportunity for the channels to go out there and sell a really amazing value added service. It is, Doug, you know, it helps the channel in a number of ways. One, you know, given and also end users in terms of the resale value that we can achieve for the equipment that is, you know, coming through the ITED process, you know, the highest and best use of a piece of equipment is to keep it in use. And, you know, the origin of our business was hardware resale. So our wholesalers or equipment traders know how to maximize the value of that equipment for the client, whether that's an end user client or a wholesaler or another ITED who has the end user relationship. So that is a huge advantage, I think, that World Data can deliver, given our history of being in that resale market. We're not just turning it around and flipping it on eBay or somewhere else. We can really maximize value. So, you know, Neil, it also sounds like, you know, channels should be really alert to this because if you're working with customers and you're in the course of sales and working with them, you're pulling out equipment, you are really not doing them a service if you're disposing of it incorrectly. That's correct. And so by virtue of the processes we've always had, plus now with the new certifications, you know, we're disposing of everything appropriately. You know, items that can be reused will be reused and resold at the maximum value we can get. Items that are no longer suitable for reuse will be recycled in a proper manner. And so, you know, channel partners can trust us as they've trusted us with, you know, other areas of business since 1987 to do the right thing and to uphold, you know, the environmentally sound and business sound practices. Another advantage we can offer is additional resources and feed on the street. You know, some of these ITAT opportunities are, you know, to use a technical term, lumpy. You know, they're not necessarily regular. And if a project comes up where a channel partner needs additional resources, whether that's feed on the street or processing capability, warehousing or logistics, we can offer that through our facility in Plymouth, Minnesota, from a facilities perspective. But we can also send our team, you know, anywhere in the country to help with onsite projects. You know, Neil, with regard to the end users of the enterprises, we're living at a time of great transition, hybrid companies getting rid of whole floors of office space and all the equipment on those floors. Sounds like enterprises need to be alert to this too. They do. And hopefully, you know, with the movement toward ESG and environments, you know, social aspects, governance, I think more enterprises are becoming aware of this. In fact, they're adopting goals along these lines. So we're here to help in terms of achieving those particular goals. And again, it's the right thing for the business. There are certain business objectives that can be met and environmental objectives that can be met. Does – you said when we were preparing for a podcast today that it even has some opportunities for the other ITAT companies. The benefit we could offer to other ITAT companies is, as a subcontractor, we can facilitate your broader reach, the processing capability that we have, the resale capability that we have to maximize value, relationships we have with responsible recycling partners, and also logistics. We have a facility in the upper Midwest that is very convenient to several major cities, can help reduce costs of transportation for this equipment. You know, we can't – if we can ship it via ground versus air, for example, or the closer it is, we can go pick it up with our own people on secure trucks and that sort of things. We can help reduce costs and increase their reach and provide a better service to the end -user enterprise customers that the other ITATs have. So Neil, you were telling me something very interesting that is unique about WTPI amongst the companies in the ASCDI, maybe in the – really most of the ICAT industry as well. Well, we were fortunate, Doug, to actually buy back the company from a private equity investor about 18 months ago. And now we are 100 % owned by nine employees and we're not an ESOP. You know, these ESOPs have different kinds of restrictions. But I think it's unique in our industry that we're a fully employee -owned company of that nature. You know, many times it's founders, founder and spouse, sort of an inner circle of owners. And I'm really proud that we've been able to offer this common equity ownership to a broader range of employees. And it is unique, I believe, in our industry. And certainly our people are very revved up about that. And I'm very happy to see that. Well, Neil, you know, we've talked in our conversation today about enterprises, about channels, about different types of companies. How does everyone do business? How can we learn more about your company and these services? Well, we have our website, which has extensive content on that and contact information. Feel free to email me, neil .ville at wdpi .com. That might be on the screen later, maybe not. But I'm in the ASCDI directory. I'm on LinkedIn. We have a great team of people, too, who I could direct anybody to for particular, more detailed advice on resale, valuation of products and that sort of thing. But certainly please contact us in whatever is easiest method for you out there. And we'd be happy to help. Well, Neil, I really want to thank you for joining me today. This has been really interesting. I hope you get to do one in a few more months and find out how everything's going. Update us on what you guys are doing. But for now, thanks very much. Thank you, Doug. Look forward to that. Appreciate the time. Thanks very much.
Fresh update on "mets" discussed on Spellcaster: The Fall of Sam Bankman-Fried
"Radio. Context changes everything. And now this Bloomberg Sports Update. We'll start with golf across the pond, bragging rights on the line. Pride for your country as well. So 44th Ryder Cup goes down all weekend from Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Italy. Europeans halfway home to the trophy after day two of play. They lead six and a half to one and a half. You need 14 points needed. Third round action underway 135 a .m. Eastern on Saturday. Good for some pairings to Rory McIlroy and Tommy Wood for Team Europe versus Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas for the Americans in your morning. We'll out finish with Jon Rahm and Tyrell Hatton meeting America's Xander Schauffele and Patrick Antley. It's the last week in a Major League Baseball. It's been a tough year for the Yankees for the Mets as well. A pair of fourth place finishes. Yankees Carlos Rodon
A highlight from Ethereum ETF LAUNCHING Monday?! (Leaked SEC Documents)
"Good morning, everybody. It is September 28th. It's 1130, and it is time to discover crypto. We got Tim and BJ on the ones and twos. How are you two doing today? I'm doing fantastic, man. Alright. Ready for the show. BJ, are you in the silent era? Yes. Okay. He's in the silent era. Guys, we got a great show today. We're going to talk about the Bitcoin 1 %ers. We're going to talk about ETH futures ETF and how a senior analyst of ETFs at Bloomberg thinks it is going to be approved on Tuesday, folks. And that's why maybe you're seeing this huge, huge pump in ETH and a lot of alts as well. Also, we're going to talk about Gary Gensler getting roasted. We're going to replay the clip of the Pokemon cards. It's just too good not to share. Also, AI is alive. It's alive right now. How soon do we have a Terminator 2 style D -Day? Give it about 30 years. 30 years, folks. 30 years. Alright. We'll go ahead and start building the bunker right now. Yes, DC's in the suspenders. I know. If you just had the green bow tie, you and McHenry. Alright. One, I'm not going to wear a bow tie. Nothing against bow ties. Just bow ties aren't for me. I'm going to wear a regular tie with the classic winds or not, or I'm going to wear the suspenders. Yeah. This used to be my old bartending get up. I'll tell you what. You wear the suspenders in the button -up shirt. I'll wear the hoodie, but I'll wear the bow tie with the hoodie, and then we'll complete the whole ensemble. Okay. Okay. So you'll be like Fetterman, and I'll be Fetterman's, like, lowest level employee. Exactly. Yes. What were you going to say, BJ? That's like Voltron, yeah. Yeah, yeah. Then we'll team up. Alright. Well, let's just get right to the market cap story here. Alright. Where are we at? Whoa. Did you see that pump right there? Yesterday, we were up around 0 .4%. Today, we are up 2 .3 % for the crypto market cap. We had passed 1 .1 trillion. 24 -hour volume for the first time in a long time is above $50 billion. We're coming in at $52 billion. Bitcoin dominance, Tim's looking a little happy here. It was 47 .1 for a few days. It is now up to 47 .3. Gas, surprisingly low, only 20 Gwei, but it's actually about double of what it was yesterday, but still pretty low. I was surprised to see that. Alright, let's look at the pricing here. We have Bitcoin up 2 .1%. It is now coming in at 26 ,858 bucks. We have Ethereum past 1600, now 1638. It is up 2 .5%. BNB up 1%. XRP up 0 .5%. And we have Cardano up 1 .6%. Solana. Solana is pumping, folks. We have it up 2 .6. And TonCoin erasing about a third of the losses of the past week. It is up 2 .7%. But I'm ready to look at some of these top gainers. Ooh, look at Bitcoin Cash as well. Have you ever thought about trading Bitcoin SV or Bitcoin Cash? Because they do have pretty big moves. Yeah, no, I mean, they definitely are probably better for trading, especially if you want to stay away from leverage, but you still want to be able to utilize the moves of Bitcoin. But yeah, I haven't ever done it. Don't think I will. Okay. Alright. Well, let's look at the top gainers. Let's look at the top losers here. Wow. We have Compound. It is skyrocketing, folks. And Compound has shot back into the top 100. I have RollBit up 12 % just for today. I have a little bit of exposure to RollBit and a little bit of exposure to Apecoin. And I have a couple comic book issues of Thor, but I don't know if that will affect my pricing there. But it is up 10 .8 % and Apecoin up 7 .4%. Bitcoin Cash coming in as the top five gainer here, followed by Lido, DAL, then Aave, GMX, Maker, Arbitrum, Stacks. And then, hey, look, a little Chainlink way down at the bottom. Do you have any of these alts? You're not much of an alt guy, right? No, I mean, I have alts, but I don't go that deep. The moment I have about eight of them, Aave is one that is close to being on the list of maybe I'll come into it. You know what? You don't want to get into, though. I've been watching a lot of maybe... I think he's going to come on the show in the future. Shout out to Crypto Archie. Archie's been going really deep in some degens that are sitting around like a $4 million market cap, and their chances of 100Xing are greater than others. I do think I'm going to start looking into a real good degen portfolio. It's probably not going to take up more than... 10 % is probably being generous in my entire portfolio, but I like where I am. I'm definitely very top -heavy when it comes to crypto. I'm more conservative with my investments, but I'm going to take a little bit of risk this market. All right, BG says, BCH is my secret crush. My dirty girl, he calls it. Where's the one person? A million dollar vision. We're going to give you a million dollar vision. Hopefully, you can stick around and just be part of that positive message. I believe you will. I'm believing in you. All right, well, speaking of believing, I'm believing today we'll not have any of these these coins in the biggest losers of the top 100 cryptocurrencies here. I'm manifesting it. It's failed in the past, but today I'm feeling good. Let's go ahead and look. What do we have? We have Casper. All right, I'm not pale as it goes just yet. Casper is down only 1 .2, then followed by tethered gold. So this is a peg to gold price here, then gate, then another gold. We have another gold coin essentially losing here, then injective, and then stable coins. Wow, I escaped it today. I escaped it today, but gold's on the way down and I have exposure to gold. So does that count? Any day that stable coins are in your top losers, it's a good day for crypto. All right, can we, before we jump over to the top story here, can we look at some gold pricing and silver pricing here? I want to look at gold on Kitco, and if you want to look at silver, maybe we could check out some prices. I like Kitco, K -I -T -C -O. Here we have gold pulling up. Gold is down $14 for the day, so not a whole lot there when the price is coming in at $18 .61. How soon until ETH passes an ounce of gold? One ETH almost equals one ounce of gold. Costco starting to sell gold. I looked into it. They sell out usually within hours whenever they limit two per customer, but they sell one ounce nuggets right around spot price. All right, what do we have for silver? I don't know if this is the right one or not. I looked it up. This says CFDs on silver. Oh, you're a trading view guy. We like trading view. Shout out to Marcus Seifer. Price slightly down, but it's definitely got a consolidation kind of pattern going on here. Yes, we're still kind of moving, setting some higher lows, but we kind of flat out here. After kind of getting kind of in this region, we've flattened out with these lows. The resistance is getting lower, but I'm going to go ahead and say, Deezy, I think that this is a pattern. Watch what happens to support. We're back down at support, but this is a pattern I would almost lean more towards a move to the upside. Let me look at oscillators on this. Yeah, I'm feeling like that's bullish. I'm feeling like that's bullish. Plus, silver has underperformed relative to gold in the past 10, 20 years. I'm feeling pretty good about it right now. Yeah, no, the charts on the daily chart look more bullish than bearish, I would say. It's kind of sitting somewhat in the middle, but more bullish than bearish. All right, and we have Danny Boy saying, look at 100 coin. Maybe, maybe. We'll see. I don't know. Maybe we'll get some time here. All right, well, let's get into the top story here. ETH, futures, ETFs. What is it going to mean? I also got some short form content. Guys, we have an article talking about these Bloomberg analysts. I'm just going to do the deep dive as well, so let's read paragraph or two, and then we'll just see what exactly they're talking about. Let's go to the source material. Let's go to the source code of the simulation here. Bloomberg analyst shares information leaked from the inside that SEC on Ethereum futures ETF. They gave the good news date, folks. We're talking about Eric Balchunas. He's the senior ETF analyst. We're not talking about the janitor there. We're not talking about, you know, the guy that makes a tweet every now then. We're talking about their senior ETF analyst. And he said in a statement, he has inside on info when the SEC will approve the ETH futures ETF. Now, we know there's inside information. Who's going to have better inside info than Bloomberg senior ETF analyst? I'm feeling pretty good about this guy's sources. Now, you got to be careful. Never trust anonymous sources. But if I'm going to trust one, I might end up having to trust this one. All right, let's see what exactly were they talking about? It all started. Let's James Safart here. Nothing yet, but watching for filings to indicate Ethereum futures are indeed being accelerated for launch next week. All right, so what was he talking about here? Here's a repost from Eric. So Ether future ETFs could be trading as early as Tuesday, folks, as the SEC looks to speed things up and in order to get it done before the looming shutdown, just like they sped up delays on spot Bitcoin ETFs. If so, issuers likely in mad scramble as we seek to update the doc. So we have the government shutdown to thank for this actually getting sped up because we covered it I think two days ago. We looked at when the government shutdown happens, what happens through the individual agencies. If you weren't here, guys, SEC will reduce 90 % of its workforce, CFTC along the same line. So 10 poise, there's only going to be one showing up in that office. That's going to be a very lonely office. So what they're trying to do, they're trying to clear all the paperwork off the desks before it's just that one guy alone. I feel bad for that guy. Who is that guy? Shoot us a message here. All right, well, let's go back to X here. So he was quote tweeting this tweet from 14 hours ago. Well, let's, uh, let's see looking like SEC is going to let a bunch of ETH futures ETFs go next week, potentially. And then he was quoting this tweet. So let's look at that tweet. And then that was the one earlier hearing they might update so they can go on effective on Monday and trade on Tuesday. They've asked filers to update their docs by fry, uh, Friday PM. Uh, I'm guessing that's the end of day Friday. So they have till tomorrow, 5 PM Eastern standard time, get your paperwork done. If you get your spot futures, I'm sorry, your futures ETF paperwork filed, you might be able to trade it on a Tuesday. We're going to go ahead and get that in submitted on a Monday. So this guys, this could be very, very big. Now we have to wait till Monday, you know, nothing set in stone here, but however, according to the analyst, they will approve, uh, of the applications that candidates who do update it by Friday afternoon, and they will begin trading on Tuesday. Uh, how speaker McCarthy rejected the stopgap funding bill advancing in the Senate on Wednesday, leaving us just four days from the fourth partial shutdown of the U S government in the past decade. It is thought that a closure event would deeply affect the sec. It is rumored that the spot ETF applications were postponed early for this reason. So chat, where are you coming in? Are we going to shut down? I didn't realize we had done it four times in the past 10 years. I would have maybe said two in the past 15. That makes me think guys, I'm, I'm starting to lean towards, you know, if you asked me three days ago, I'm under 50%. I'm leaning towards 50%. I might even exceed 50 % by tomorrow. Where were you guys coming in on the odds of a government shutdown? Yeah, I think I'm a little low. I think I'd say maybe 35, 40 % it shuts down. I think they're going to have to do with both sides, but it would not behoove Biden to have that shutdown happen. There's a lot of reasons why they'd want to keep it open. Of course, there's a lot of Republicans in Congress, they're kind of pushing for it. They probably like it. They want it. I think they come to some sort of deal. They don't do it. Guys, should we just break down the alpha for you? You know, a lot of part, what makes this live show exciting is we can do things like BJ, while you go, could you look up October 19, 2021 daily candles on Bitcoin, October 19, 2021? Well, I'm going to be the idiot in the room as usual. So if we removed the debt ceiling and put it on pause till 2025, why would we even have a shutdown? Because it wasn't the entire shutdown when we would hit the debt ceiling. So that's not relevant for another 18 months. Yeah, that is a very good point on the debt ceiling. I think that that's a great question. So maybe that debt ceiling isn't as final as they made it appear because I was being told, oh, once this debt ceiling is raised, we don't have anything to worry about. And then two weeks later, we all of a sudden have something to worry about. So now we need to think about the next time they give us a debt ceiling raise. What the f are you actually doing here? Is it actually nothing? These game devs really need to figure out how they're building their ecosystem, because these rules just don't make sense anymore. They don't make, yeah, yeah. There's a lot of bugs in the code here. All right, we have the daily candles. See the date again? October 19th, 2021. If we just look at about a 30 -day period, maybe 10 days before to 10, 20 days after. Yep. So this is getting close to the top, but it was the, there's the, we ended up beating it out. But October 19th is right here. So it's this candle. We have one more day. We topped out on the 20th. Hover over the 19th. Right there. That is the day we had a Bitcoin futures ETF here. Move more to the right side. Let's, let's get a little bit in. That's the top right here. Let's stretch that Y axis. Let's stretch it out. All right, here we go. Go back to the 19th. Yep. The 19th, right? Let me go over here. 19th is right here. So in the lead up, it pumped, it pumped, but guys, that was a buy the rumor, sell the news. We had one more day. All right. They probably didn't want, you know, Fox Business News and MSNBC to be like, oh yeah, it got approved yesterday. Look at the price. So they gave us another 24 hours of pump. We've got the pump of metal pumping. Then, you know, a new cycle, you're probably not going to want to talk about it 36 hours later, 48 hours. So we got that pump. We got a nice strong pump for 24 hours. And then it went down folks. And then it went down. We went from, I believe that was about 55K, right? No, no, I'm sorry. 65K. 64, 64 .3. And then we dropped down to what about a week later? We got dropped down about 57 .8. All right. So we went from 63, 64, all the way back down to 57. And then we set in a new all time high. What was the amount of days from that low? What's the date? If you just hover, it gives you the date, right? On the bottom, it gives you the date. So date October 28th, it peaked November 10th. All right. So 13 days later. So a week later, it put in a local low. And then two weeks later, new all time high. Will the spot or will the futures ETH ETF play out in a similar way? I don't think we're, obviously we're not going to go to 4 ,500. We're not sending in a new all time high. But what I'm thinking is we might have a similar chart pattern. You're the Bitcoin ETF. In reality, this is only a period. That means we might have. All right. So that's the date. That's we're five days away from Tuesday, right? Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday. Go back five days from that, from the 19th. So go to the 14th, October 14th. 14th is right here. Boom. Nice big pump. It pumped for five days. Buy the room or sell the news. And then it dropped. And so maybe we're going to have a really good next four days. Maybe. You know, maybe I would say that that's a little bit premature. I think we have to look at a lot of different things going on. Obviously, we're getting close to the part where the market was going to top out and go to the downside. I think there, if anything, the case to be made here, even though there was some pump in that happens here, I would only make the case that this is proof ETFs can't save you from the bear market starting. I think there's I think it's a mixed bag. I think it's a little bit too irresponsible to try to say, well, back in October 2021, this happened. Well, there was a lot of things with timing and a lot of other different things. I think let's watch ETF. It will be bullish long term. But remember, futures ETFs allow both longing and shorting. So volatility is more what I'm predicting, not necessarily a firm. Let me play devil's advocate. That was what a lot of smart people thought was going to be the top or near the top. So if you have some, I have to hold this instrument for six months, and it's October 2021, you have one choice. You open in a long in October 21, you open in a short in October 21. I feel like a lot of smart money is choosing short. Well, let's go to today. We're almost half a year from the having. You have a choice. Are you going to open a long today to cash in in six months? Are you going to open a short today to cash in in six months? I feel like then many more people are going to choose short relative to today. You know what, let's actually that takes us into our next story. Let's talk about the big investors. Will they choose Bitcoin? Will they choose Ethereum? Will they choose, you know, futures or will they wait for spot? Here's what this Fidelity executive has to say. Ethereum investment thesis could be easier for institutions to grasp than this big, then bitcoins. And here is why. This was with the interview with a bankless YouTube channel. I do like bankless Fidelity's director of research, Chris Cooper, I think says the firm's Ethereum investment thesis could be an easier concept for blue chips to understand. With traditional, it's probably more easily go with them something like ether, then show them things where they grasp much quicker than investment thesis for Bitcoin. The investment thesis for Bitcoin, according to Cooper, is to truly understand it, you got to first to dabble into politics, got no little philosophy, got to know some game theory, got to know some economics, got to know some other concepts, you got to know the Byzantine generals problem, you got to know what the white paper is, you got to hate the NSA and the surveillance state. It's a lot, right? It is a lot. I remember that feeling, you know, half a decade ago, maybe more. Well, you know, I learned about Bitcoin, I didn't really get into it to about half a decade ago. I remember watching Andreas Antonopoulos clips on YouTube. And I just, I'm just alone in my living room with, you know, with, you know, maybe Mary J was there, but you know, I'm just alone. I'm watching this and my mind's getting blown here. And I'm just like, my God, I'm just so into what this guy is putting down. And then you go to your friend, and you try to, you're full of zeal. You feel like a religious apostle. And you're like, oh, my God, have you heard this thing called Bitcoin and what it's doing? And then you just get a blank stare back. Yeah. It's like, oh, yeah, I ate the orange pill, didn't I? Yeah. It's taken me back to these feelings here. All right. So yeah, it's a lot. Basically, what I'm saying, it's a lot to wrap your head around Bitcoin, folks. That's all I'm saying. I had the my first exposure to Bitcoin whatsoever was back in 2013. And I was the opposite side of that. What you just said, the staring face. There is this kid I met. He was very passionate about Bitcoin, tried to convince me it was the one world currency that Revelation talks about. He also was a pot farmer. So I looked at him and I said, OK, buddy, good story. Now, it turns out I should have gotten in when he told me to. He he was right. I should have gotten into Bitcoin. But I do hold to when you hear a lunatic who is growing pot for a living tell you that this currency is what Revelation talks about. You got it. You got to at least question it a little bit. I understand people still being stone faced at this point. Yeah. My first two exposure was 4chan and I was like, oh, anything they suggest is a scam, is a honeypot. And they are trying to hack me. And so that honestly, like in a weird way, learning I learned about it from too shady of a source. I was like, oh, yeah, I'm going to stay away from that one. The second exposure was my buddy buying ecstasy pills of Silk Road. And I'm like, again, another thing I want to stay away from. No, man, I'm good. I'm good. And then Silk Road happened. And also he lost his Bitcoin on a hard drive. So I was just like, yeah, I don't know about this, man. I don't know about this. And then eventually, you know, the hook got me there. All right. Well, you know, that's what we're saying about Bitcoin to truly understand it. It is a whole lot, you know, but imagine that you can get in front of them and just say, look, talking about Ethereum, here's the metrics, here's the cash flow, you put in your inputs, and they're looking at it like another financial instrument. And they're like, oh, yeah, that makes sense to me, you can have these scenario analyses where you could get your head around the probabilities. And then that way, people can size their position accordingly. That's how an institutional investor thinks. That's how a good investor thinks. They think around probability scenario analysis. And in fact, they are so strongly about that they capitalize the eye there. That's how institutional investor thinks. They really, they think about the probability scenarios there. So yeah, I think that's a pretty good, pretty good point there.
Fresh update on "mets" discussed on Spellcaster: The Fall of Sam Bankman-Fried
"Rebecca caught small glimpses of his life, his mandatory quarantine hotel in Hong Kong, the bean bag next to his desk when he was in the office. She was kind of in awe of him. He was one of the smartest people I'd ever met. He seemed to have a good answer that made sense and was very reasoned to almost any question we could put to him. He seemed so genuine. He seemed so motivated the by mission of effective altruism. And he was very publicly vegan. And there were a lot of things about him that he seemed like the new breed of CEO that was truly committed to doing something different. And she wasn't the only one. And there were plenty of people there that were absolutely willing to throw themselves in front of a bus for Sam, just because the things he that was saying were the things we wanted to believe. Besides, things were going killerly well. Bitcoin's price had more than tripled over the past two years and other years. And so, the market was rising fast alongside it. Sam had created his own tokens called FTT. They were now trading for $35 each, a 350 -fold increase that made Sam one of the wealthiest players in crypto. And he was talking to big venture capital firms to raise even more money. This success started to attract attention. And one of
A highlight from The Ministry of Evangelism
"Welcome to the Heart for God podcast. With many years of experience pastoring and helping to start churches, Dr. Jim Townsley has some practical and biblical advice that can be a great help to you and your ministry. On this podcast, Dr. Townsley and other guests with special expertise cover a variety of topics. His goal is to help you lead your church to be a healthy, strong, and balanced ministry, and for your family to be happy, healthy, and living for the Lord. Welcome to the podcast today. I'm glad that you joined us. I have with me here Brother Matt Barber, and he is an evangelist. He's been at our church since Sunday. This is now Wednesday, so he's had several opportunities to speak to us and preach the Word of God. Matt, it's good to have you with us this morning. Good to be here. It's a pleasure. So I want you to just say a little bit about your background, who you are, your family, what God has called you to do, and where you were before. Well, I was raised in a pastor's home. I had great opportunities to hear the gospel. I got saved as a child. When I was 16, the Lord finally got a hold of my heart, and I surrendered to him, and that's when I felt called to preach. I went on to Bible college. I went to Baptist College of Ministry up in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, back in the early days of the college there, and that's where I met my wife. So a lot of good things happened in those days. And then our first ministry was in Woodridge, Illinois, where I went there as an assistant pastor. So that's in the Chicago area? Yep, that's right, southwest suburbs of Chicago. And within six months, I found myself the pastor of the church, and we stayed there for 13 years. And you have family? Yes, sir. Yep. So my wife, Chelsea, and then we have five children, and so the Lord's blessed us richly. And the years at Woodridge were wonderful. We learned a lot. The church grew. It had been through a lot, and we were kind of in a re -establishing, rebuilding phase at the church. And then in 2018 and 2019, I began to feel the Lord stirring my heart towards evangelism, and that's where I felt called originally. And by 2021, the Lord finally gave us the green light, and we stepped out by faith. And so we've been traveling full -time now the last two years. So stepping out by faith is no small exaggeration, because for an evangelist, to get started, people don't know you, they don't know your name. So how does that all come about? How do you end up getting meetings? Well, that's a good question. When I first announced it to our church, they were shocked that we were moving on, but I felt that the church was ready for another hand at the till, so to speak. The church was established, and I guess they thought that I was going out into evangelism by popular demand, and that was not the case. I didn't have anything on the schedule, and I was just trusting the Lord. I expected to be working full -time or part -time as we got meetings lined up, but God and His mercy just allowed the meetings to come in. And they didn't come in all at once, but the Lord stayed ahead of us by three or four weeks or a month or two, and He just filled up our year. We found ourselves traveling two or three weeks a month, plus Sundays and Wednesdays here and there, different places that first year. This second year has been a lot more busy. We spent the whole summer just packed all the way through. We're out west and got to see some beautiful country. But the best thing is we've been seeing God's blessing and seeing God just confirm the step of faith with meetings and with fruit. Dr. Darrell Bock So you're traveling with your family. So you've got a pole -behind trailer, and you've got seven people in that thing. How do you live in that? David Jones Well, you know, the Lord already provided the Ford Excursion. That's right. It's a 2002 Excursion. It's the gas kind, the gas guzzler, but we already had the Excursion, and when the Lord was stirring us up to go, of course, the first question is, can we do this? And the first thought is, no, we can't do this. This is impossible. But then we began to look into it, and we found some pole -behind travel trailer options that would work for our family. In fact, we only found one option big enough that I could actually haul with our truck. And so it's got several slide -outs, and it has a lot of roomy space for the kids to sleep. I say roomy in relative terms, but it works for us. It's tight, but we've been doing fine the last couple of years. Dr. Darrell Bock So you've been a pastor. Now you're traveling as an evangelist. There's got to be a pretty good perspective you have. What is the difference in what are some of the things that people might be interested in, the difference between being a pastor and being on the road as an evangelist? David Jones Well, there's some stark differences, and I guess just going back to the root of it is there are two different gifts in the Bible. We have them listed in Ephesians, Chapter 4. Of course, you have the foundational gifts of the apostles and prophets. Those are no more because the foundation has been laid. But then it goes on to mention evangelists and then pastors and teachers, and I think pastor -teacher is kind of the one idea of pastoring and teaching a flock. So what is the evangelist? Well, if you think about it in the order of events, before you have a church, you have to have gospel preaching so people can be saved so you can have a church, right? So evangelist, an the word evangelist comes from the word evangel or gospel. So an evangelist preaches the gospel, but all of us do that, right? But it's a special gifting that focuses on the gospel. So as an evangelist, I think God gives a special desire, burden, boldness, or even I think also clarity in preaching the gospel so that people can understand. And that's not something to boast of, it's just something that God begins to reveal what your strengths are, what his giftings are. So evangelism is a pioneering gift. Oftentimes evangelists will plant churches, but that's not always the case. My older brother Nathan is a pastor. He planted a church. He would not call himself an evangelist, but he planted a church. So God can use different gifts for different things. I was an evangelist, but I was pastoring for 13 years. But the whole time, I knew I was an evangelist who was trying really hard to be a pastor. It's hard to explain that, but I knew that. But I'm thankful for that background so I could understand the ins and outs of being a pastor and how a church works. But an evangelist is a pioneering gift. You lay the foundation. But an evangelist can also be a restorative gift. I think of Paul. Obviously Paul was an apostle, but if you look at the way he traveled, he was trailblazing. And that's not something just an apostle can do. There were others who did that. In fact, when Paul and Barnabas split up, Barnabas took Mark, and he went off in a different direction doing the same thing that Paul was doing. So there were many who were traveling around in an itinerant way, preaching and laying new foundations through church planting. But then Paul continuously came back and had a desire to circle back and establish and strengthen the churches that he had been a part of. Well, that's itinerant work. I think in America we see a lot of the typical evangelist who travels itinerantly, preaches revival meetings. But that's not unfounded. There's a basis for that in Scripture. I just think the evangelist is more than a revival man. An evangelist can plant churches. An evangelist can go to the mission field. But I think there is a desire in evangelists to not only plant or lay a foundation, but then to be used of God to establish or to even bring an outside perspective that can help a church. And the pastor is there day in, day out. God uses that outside perspective and that special outside gifting to complement the pastor and to help the church grow. Dr. Darrell Bock So what would you say your goal is? As you go from church to church, what is your purpose and goal? What do you feel you want to accomplish by doing that? Dr. Mark Bock Well, a lot of evangelists focus on the word revival, and that's a good word. It's actually more of an Old Testament word, although we see the concept in the New Testament as well. But basically the way I look at it is churches need to thrive and new churches need to be started. My role in that would be to preach the gospel so folks can be saved. But then if I'm going back through established churches, then my goal is to see churches restored, revived to a place where they can grow again. And obviously individuals in that church being, to use another word, quickened. David talked about that. He says, quicken thou me according to thy word. And I think the evangelist can be used of the Lord to have God's power to open eyes, to quicken, to revitalize a church so they can grow. Not that he brings revival with him. Not that he has anything better than the pastor has. But it's a different gifting that complements the work of the pastor. Dr. Darrell Bock So a different train of thought here. From the perspective of a pastor, having an evangelist come into your church, how can a pastor best prepare to have an evangelist come, and how can he take care of him while he is there? Well, I mean, going back to Ephesians 4, they're called the gifts of the Holy Spirit to the church, right? So the pastor, I think people see that clearly, the pastor is a gift to a church. If you have a pastor, you have a gift. God has gifted and blessed your church. But I think sometimes pastors forget that the evangelist is also a gift to the church. And there are many pastors now who aren't having evangelists for various reasons. And I would say they're robbing their church from a gift that God wants to give them. Not because the evangelist is so special, because it's a gift God designed for the health of the church. So knowing, seeing it as a gift that God has established, make room for it, you know, promote it.
Fresh update on "mets" discussed on Spellcaster: The Fall of Sam Bankman-Fried
"To you by Bloomberg and Wondery Spellcaster takes you inside the story of how a nerdy gamer became the world's richest 29 -year -old. Listen ad -free on Wondery Plus on Apple Podcasts and Amazon Music and right here on Bloomberg Radio. I'm Hannah Miller and this is Spellcaster, the fall of Sam Bankman Fried. A few weeks after Caroline met Sam at the coffee shop, she handed in her resignation at Jane Street. years ago, she wrote about it on her Tumblr. It's kind of weird how differently people react to you saying that you broke up with someone versus you saying that you quit your when job from the inside they feel really similar. With
Elderly Army Vet Mistreated by Police: Attorney Lisa Bloom Weighs In
"Guys know Lisa Bloom. She is one of television's top attorneys as well as just helping us to navigate so many of these issues that have been popping up and just standing up for folks who may not feel like they have a big voice, so it's always an honor for us to welcome Miss Lisa Bloom of the Bloom Firm to the Hair Radio Morning Show. So again, good morning, Lisa. Thank you so much for having me and for the kind introduction. Absolutely, and listen, you have a wonderful client that I had a quick moment to chat with a little bit, Mr. John Parrish. We're going to get him totally intro here, but first I want to bring to the line one of my co -hosts, we produce a program called the Vet Talk Radio Show, which airs across my network, and Michael Hopkins is the host of that program, and Michael himself is a disabled veteran, and this story, that's what I saw this week, but it just, there are no words that you guys are going to, we're going to kind of get into this a little bit so you will understand exactly what I'm talking about. So, Michael, I want to introduce you officially to Miss Lisa Bloom and to our very special guest today, Mr. John Parrish. Now, John, you are an Army veteran, and I understand that you were a lieutenant in the Army. That's correct. Right? And so this whole thing, which happened back in March of 2022, which was the California Highway Patrol officer stopped you for a misdemeanor traffic stop as you were driving home with your adult special needs daughter. And Mr. Parrish, now, I'm going to say this, you know, with a life well lived at 80, you know, I wouldn't expect you to be out there just, you know, doing all kinds of somersaults and things like that. So, you know, so anyway, you were, you don't pose, you didn't pose a threat, obviously, to anybody. I mean, you know, so with that, right? So the officers, I'm just trying to understand this as well. So now, you advised them that you had hearing problems, vertigo, and diabetes, and they still, you were handcuffed, amongst, I understand, and you were handcuffed. They handcuffed you tightly behind your back, and literally carted you off like you were property of some sort. So they ignored, literally, I'm sure you've told them several times and that that was painful. I mean, you know, that would be the first thing anybody would do. And so, and you were left in jail hours without receiving proper medical attention, despite, obviously, that you told them over and over and over again that it was needed. So, and it really kind of didn't happen, you know, you weren't really able to, they received that adequate medical attention until after you were released. So, and what has turned out, you sustained really bad injuries, as far as I can see. I mean, this is, you're talking about a broken arm, internal bleeding, and a hand that was severely swollen. So I have to go back a little bit on this, Mr. Parrish. What can you tell us, in your own words? Is that, did you have anything you wanted to add to that recount that I just mentioned? I missed your question. I'm sorry. Did you have anything that you wanted to add to that in terms of what happened that night? That was pretty much it. That's a, well, there's a lot of details, but that's a pretty good summary. Okay. So, Mr. Parrish, how did that make you feel? Because that was the first thing that jumped out at me, and I'm going to ask Michael on this too, but that was the first thing that jumped out on me, being an Army veteran and being a lieutenant, a first lieutenant, okay, in the U .S. Army, and knowing that, you know, some of that, someone can kind of treat you in this manner. What did that make you feel like, sir? It felt like being at P .O .W. Wow. That's what it felt like. Wow. Just unbelievable. Unbelievable. Lisa, I have to turn, yes. Oh, I'm sorry. Go right ahead, Mr. Parrish, please. I mean, first of all, I never expected to be arrested, even after the officers stopped me, and then, I mean, you know, maybe they give you a traffic ticket or something. I've had a couple of those in my life, but no, they arrested me and cuffed me and took me off to jail and, you know, and all those other bad things and transpired. So, it felt like being at P .O .W., because P .O .W. are mistreated by their captors, right? Yeah, I have to tell you, Lisa, I have to turn to you on this, and you've handled, you know, you've been on our show with many of these types of cases. Sadly, there are way too many. Yes. What, yes, what can you tell us? What really, you know, this is hard for us to take. What was your take on this when you met Mr. Parrish and found out about this? I was so outraged that my tax dollars are going to pay police to bully an elderly vet in my community. I mean, there is no reason for this, and I think law enforcement just over and over again we see this abusive behavior when it is not necessary. You know, John was simply driving down the road with his adult special needs daughter, as you say, he was fully cooperative when he got pulled over, he didn't threaten anyone, he didn't make any moves towards anyone, they don't even allege that he did. And so, there was no reason to handle him at all. And then, you know, even in the California Highway Patrol, the entity we're talking about, in their rules, they say that within their discretion, they cannot handcuff people who are pregnant, disabled, or elderly. And so, John, you know, made it clear, he said something like, I'm old, and he talked about his medical issues, and complained that his arm hurt, and, you know, there was no compassion for him as just a human being to take the handcuffs off. And then, when he got to the jail, he was asking for medical aid, that was not provided, as the law requires. And now he has, John, I think, can talk to you about how difficult it is at age 80 to try to heal, you know, the body just does not heal as fast when you're elderly.
Fresh update on "mets" discussed on Spellcaster: The Fall of Sam Bankman-Fried
"Meals discussing subjects like the ethics of abortion or the shortcomings of various moral first twelve year old sim was i think in some sense is kind of boring maybe bored and boring sort of bit a little of both in an interview with blockworks empire podcast sam recalled that his parents were always fascinated by ethics the line between right and wrong my parents were really concerned concerned with you know what impact they were having on the world my colleague max chafkin met joe and barbara he described sam's mom as a force someone with a seemingly endless supply of moral authority and so it's almost as though sam was created as a social experiment makes two parts brilliant professor one part silicon valley entrepreneurship throw in a heaping dose of moral philosophy and ethics and let rise for eighteen years not surprisingly when it was time for college sam was smart enough to go to m i t to study physics chewy shaw vividly the first time he met sam i think i was wearing a silly piratey that chewy costume that was standing in m i t's main meeting spot known as lobby seven it's this grand stone building that looks more like a historic train station than a student center chewy was dressed like a pirate because he was there to recruit pledges for his fraternity epsilon theta is basically nerd a frat so chewy thought the costume might help he
A highlight from Finding Freedom on Bitcoin Island in the Philippines with Marc Mantini
"In El Salvador, they have Bitcoin Beach, and in the Philippines, in this little island, it's called Bitcoin Island, and they've onboarded about 260 merchants right now on the island. Welcome to the Coin Stories podcast, where we get to explore the future of money, business, technology, and Bitcoin's revolutionary promise to boost economic prosperity around the world and mend our broken financial system. I'm Natalie Brunel, and I'm here to learn with you. This podcast is for educational and entertainment purposes only. None of the discussions should constitute as official investment advice, and you should always do your own research. Please make sure to subscribe to the show so you don't miss out on any new episodes. This podcast is made possible through partnerships with companies I trust, and I'm very picky about who I choose to partner with, so I hope you take the time to listen to the ad reads throughout the show. Thanks for joining me, and if you like this type of content and want to see more of it, make sure to hit that like button. All right, it's time for the show. Welcome back, everyone. A couple of weeks ago, I put out a tweet, and I asked for Bitcoiners from around the world to get in touch with me if they want to share their Bitcoin story. I just want to hear from other people about how they got into Bitcoin, why they believe in it, maybe their struggles with fiat, and I got a lot of responses, and I'm really excited to share these stories, starting Mark with Mantini, who is living on Bitcoin Island in the Philippines, has a fascinating backstory. So, Mark, thank you so much for joining me. Hey, Natalie. Thanks so much for having me. It's great chatting with you, and yeah, I'm glad we're able to connect and happy to be here and share my story today. Okay. So, Mark, you're originally from Canada. You learned about Bitcoin in 2016. So just tell me a little bit about your backstory and how you actually heard about Bitcoin. Yeah, for sure. So, like most people, I actually heard about it prior to sort of jumping in, right? So I came across my path maybe in 2014, and I kind of dismissed it, just, you know, busy with life. So I didn't really think too much into it. And then in 2016, my wife, her and her siblings are all sort of computer engineers background, software engineers, network engineers, and it was her brother in Australia who actually told us about this new technology where we can sort of send money back home to the Philippines and Australia where some of her other siblings live at cheaper, faster rates. So at that point right there, I mean, that sold me. At that point, I didn't know anything about the network, difficulty adjustments, having cycles. I didn't know anything about the underlying technology. We just knew we could send it home quicker, faster, instant than Western Union and other remittances that the Philippines typically uses. So once we found out that, I was pretty much sold at that point. Yeah, I mean, millions of people around the world, they're sending money back home to their families and they're spending. I was surprised by how high the fees are with companies like Western Union. So for you, it was like this solves an immediate problem. Exactly. It was a no -brainer really, right? So once we found out that, it was just, that was it. And then it took me another maybe year or so before I really started going down the rabbit hole and understanding the whole underlying technology and everything that comes with it. But at that time, we were just like, we can get it there instant. You know, mom didn't have to take a bus to go get it. They didn't, you know, take their 15%, didn't take three days. So like I said, we were all in just with that alone. And then once we started digging deeper into it, then we just fell down the hole. And then, yeah, so it's been almost seven, eight years now. Wow. Well, so how did you learn about it? Because I think that there is this wide chasm between when you first hear about it, you're skeptical, you maybe dip your toe in, and then going on a Bitcoin standard and moving to Bitcoin island. So what was that process like for you and how did you actually learn about it so that you have total conviction in it? For sure. So once I started to put my mind to like learning about this new technology, obviously started with reading the white paper, right? I think that's where you start understand what it's about, all the underlying technology. And from there, it just started getting into sort of podcasts. Although back then, it wasn't that many podcasts, I guess, it was just as many videos, I could see YouTube videos, anything that came across our path, we were just all over it, basically trying to gather as much information as possible. And then speaking with my wife's brother, they were just kind of helping explain sort of the technology about it from the network standpoint. And then from there, we just started stacking as much as possible. And we really haven't stopped since. And about the Bitcoin standard. Yeah. So the Philippines, we're on an island called Barakay right now. And it's also known as Bitcoin island. So in El Salvador, they have Bitcoin beach. And in the Philippines, in this little island, it's called Bitcoin island. And they've onboarded about 260 merchants right now on the island, accepting Bitcoin. So it's pretty amazing, actually, yeah. What made you decide to move there from Canada? I know that you were really involved in in the meetups in Toronto, you helped out with the first Canadian Bitcoin conference. So what made you leave? You know, really, it's, um, the world is changing. And if you follow anything that's happening with Canada, it's pretty much run by like, a tyrant government right now. And we were personally affected with our jobs. And once that happened, I mean, I'm Generation X, so we don't trust in general, a lot of things. And when that happened to us at work, that was kind of the final tipping point for us. So we went out to the trucker convoy in Ottawa back in early 2022, just to support the whole trucker movement. And it was just a great experience, Natalie, so many great people we met, that we probably wouldn't have met, if that didn't happen. So it was kind of a blessing in disguise, although going through it at the time, obviously, it wasn't a lot of fun. So that was the tipping point for us, right. And then once we heard about Bitcoin island, and all the things they're doing, my wife is originally from there. So we just decided to make a move. So we're just out here right now, basically, on an open ticket, just exploring, having fun, contributing just from a sort of a grassroots level, trying to help out as much as we can with people who are interested in trying to help them out. So, you know, the Philippines remit, I think the fourth largest company that country, excuse me, that remits money back home. So this is just another way to basically help them do it at a cheaper, faster, more efficient rate. So we're just kind of doing our part, like I said, at the grassroots level. And, yeah, we're just gonna be out here and see how it goes and plan to stay for a while and help out as much as we can. Yeah, you know, I actually met a woman from the Philippines here in St. Louis, she's on a work visa. And she was mentioning to me how she sends money back home and the inflation that she's experienced in her country. And I was trying to tell her about Bitcoin, but you know, it's so hard. It's really hard to get people to understand and to trust it, since it's all digital. And a lot of people, when they look at this space from the outside, they feel like they could potentially lose their money. So there's that, you know, initial hurdle. But I want to ask you a little bit more about the Philippines. But first, you know, in terms of Canada and that trucker protest, I think that that was a huge orange pill moment for so many people, including even a presidential candidate here that we have, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., said that that's what made him realize that we really need Bitcoin and Bitcoin freedoms need to be protected. So, I mean, were you surprised that the government today in 20, well, it was 2022, I think at the time, but overreached in that way? And I know your family was personally affected. I mean, lost your jobs because of the decisions that you made. Did you think that that was possible in this day and age? I didn't really think it possible, but I did. If you look at the history of our current prime minister, I mean, his father was prime minister and it's sort of they're cut from the same cloth, right? So it's a good point you mentioned, Natalie, because there was a lot of money donated to the truckers via different methods. And the only method that wasn't confiscated was donations. Bitcoin So all the GoFundMe, all of the other avenues to help out the truckers, they got confiscated by the government, frozen bank accounts. I mean, Natalie, we were talking about single mothers donating 10 bucks, you know, just to help out the truckers getting confiscated. Meanwhile, we already know what's happening. Did you know people who had a and year seven months, eight months now, and people are still going to court for that and people are still trying to fight those in court? And it was really unfortunate. So circle back to your question, was I kind of surprised in this day and age? Not really, not from the current government in Canada, unfortunately. So it's just a really, really sad situation. But we're proud to be a part of the Trucker Convoy supporting. We were there for four or five days. We met some great folks who are still in touch with today.
A highlight from Andrew Marchand on MNF, McAfee, Swift/Kelce Coverage & More
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It's your journey. Welcome, everyone, to SI Media with Jimmy Traina. Thank you so much for listening. The usual periodic check in with Andrew Marchand from the New York Post this week. He joined the pod to talk about a variety of topics in sports media. We get into the ABC ESPN Monday Night Football staggered star double headers. We get into how ESPN and the ESPN and Pat McAfee marriage is going. Deion Sanders stuff. How the media has handled Taylor Swift and Travis Kelsey. What's going on with WWE and Monday Night Raw most likely looks like it's going to be on the move. Andrew had some stuff on that. A couple of things about local New York radio. So a bunch of sports media topics with Andrew Marchand on this episode. And then Salicata joins me as he does every week for our train of thought segment. Where we get into some NFL things about the Eagles. Should the NFL ban the Eagles one yard play. Joe Namath and Lou Holtz making headlines. Get into these ridiculous prop bets on Taylor Swift and Travis Kelsey. And Sal has a rough Sunday coming up. So if you're a fan of the train of thought segment, you'll want to hear that. Before we get to the full episode. I want you to make sure you listen to past episodes. If you've missed any and make sure you subscribe to us. I media Jimmy trainer. We've had a great run of guests. Kevin Clark from ESPN was on the show last week. Scott Hansen hosted the NFL Red Zone channel two weeks ago. Julian Edelman three weeks ago. Charles Barkley, Peter Schrager, Chris Russo, all recent guests. So if you missed any of those, give them a listen, download, subscribe to the pod and leave a review on Apple. We'll read it on an upcoming episode. All right. Andrew Marchand from the New York Post, followed by Salicata and train of thought. It's all coming up right now, right here. On S .I. media with Jimmy trainer. All right, training me now. S .I. media podcast regular. This periodic visit from the New York Post. And the March and Iran podcast is Andrew Marchand. Andrew, how are you? I'm good. How you doing, Jimmy? I'm good. I just realized I didn't put my phone on do not disturb. So I'm going to do that as we speak. And I'm going to let you know that I had a reader last week for my mailbag column on S .I. com, send it an email and said, when is Marchand's next appearance? So here we go. You made someone happy. Thank you that person. You made someone happy by coming on today. Let's start with this. A lot of media news to get to. Have you heard anything from ESPN or do you have any intel about how they feel about the last two weeks? How the staggered Monday Night Football doubleheader has gone? Because I've gotten a lot of emails and tweets about it. I'm sure you have as well. Yeah, I haven't talked to anybody specifically about how they feel about it. I mean, it is an NFL decision. ESPN is not in control of how those games are scheduled. Maybe they have some say, but it's the NFL decision. Yeah, I don't like it. Actually, in our podcast with John, it was my who's down this week. And the reason I just feel like I kind of said this on our part, it's too it's like having two quarterbacks and you have none. Right. And now if you have Joe Montana and Steve Young, there are two awesome games. Maybe that'd be better. But I just find my attention split and I don't know. And even at like halftime, I wouldn't recommend you go to the other game. Like I get what they're trying to do there, but it's not the NCAA tournament. And usually it's in like the second quarter, third quarter. So I personally don't think it really works that well. Now, I think they want to avoid I'm not positive, but I think they want to avoid that 10 30 late window. We used to get the Monday night and you get the, you know, crazy crew, either Chris Berman or Golick and Greenberg, you know, some of those crews back in the day. They probably don't want that late night game where, you know, you're losing that East Coast audience if it gets too late. But I don't know. I don't think this necessarily works. See, I like it. And what are the tweet? What are the tweeters say? Most people seem to not like it. Yeah. And why do you like it? The more the merrier. Give me as much football as possible. If I can watch eight games at one o 'clock on Sunday and four or five games at four o 'clock on Sunday, I can handle two games on Monday night. So, you know, I have two TVs. I put one game on each TV and two is better than one for me. That's just how I feel. Yeah, I've been a little running around these last couple of Mondays when this happened. So I may be a little bit, you know, my opinion skewed a little bit by that. It hasn't just been like I'm just chilling and watching, been running around a little bit. So perhaps that's, you know, maybe I could be swayed. I will say, you know, I don't know. This is a whole separate discussion. I would love to know your take on this, but I always feel like it's a little tough sometimes to criticize people in this podcast when I also have to book this podcast. So I try to be careful. Yeah, I notice you're very soft. That's what you're trying to say. Sometimes. So I'm sure this guy will never come on again, but they gotta do better than Chris Fowler on the secondary game. Just not, it's just not working. Chris is not a great play -by -player. Right. He was a great host, studio host. Can I say one thing? Yeah. He's on tremendous tennis. Like I watch the U .S. Open every single day. I think he's great on tennis. It's football where it's just something feels off. Well, tennis is also slower. And like you look at people who do really well at the slower sports. Like, you know, Jim Nantz is better than Chris Fowler, but Nantz is really his best thing is golf. And I think he's an OK NFL play -by -player. And at the end of his college basketball run, he was definitely, I don't know, OK is probably, you know, he was OK there as well. And I think if you look at Fowler and his history, now he's been doing play -by -play for a while now. And he has gotten better. Like when he first started on the number one crew, I mean, if I were covering it then, that would not, I probably would not have been that kind. Because he has gotten better, but it's not really good enough. And he's the rare case, I think with Herb Street, that Herb Street makes him better. Usually it's the play -by -player who makes the analyst better. And yeah, I think you're right. And I also think, you know, in fairness to Fowler, you know, ESPN put that crew together. They replaced Levy there and they had a year or two under their belt together as a team. And, you know, not the full team, but him and Riddick, Levy and Riddick, and then Jadolowski. And I think they kind of don't, they underestimate chemistry. It takes time to build it up. And so I think that hurts. And he just, he's a college guy too. It's hard just to come into the NFL. I know he, you know, he's talked how hard his schedule is with the U .S. Open. And then, you know, doing a game a couple days later. And then doing a college. And so, you know, that's hard. And so, yeah, he's not a tremendous play -by -player. To me, this is just me, it felt like when ESPN gave him that gig, it was more about ESPN trying to impress the NFL. Like, look, we have our number one college game. Like you had said earlier, the secondary Monday night game for years was, you know, Golic and Greenberg and Chris Berman with a cast of character. Rich Ryan did it one year. I think this is ESPN trying to say to the NFL, because now they have a Super Bowl and they have this big contract. And, you know, they brought in Buck and Aikman. Like, we're serious, we're going to take our, regardless of what you think about Fowler, he's their lead college guy. So, I feel like they're like, oh, look at us, we're putting the lead when, you know, that. Yeah, I think they screwed up and I think they know they screwed up. I think that they ended up shifting who was in charge of the NFL. It was Stephanie Drewley. And they moved her off the NFL after, you know, I think that didn't help her cause in terms of staying on the NFL. I think they were satisfied with Levy. He was a good guy, which they value. After they brought in Joe Buck, he was very gracious. You know, Levy's a very good hockey guy, especially studio host. I thought he could have, you know, could have been the pregame show on Monday Night Football. He's in, again, not their, in my opinion, they had other people who are better play -by -players for football, but it was good. Like, so, yeah, I don't think it was to impress the NFL. They got Joe Buck and Troy Aikman. They got the Mannings. I mean, they spend, they're spending 50, 60 million dollars a year on their booths. Like, I don't think the second team booth is gonna, you know. If anything, I think it was, there was a thought before Buck and Aikman that Fallon and Herb Street might get the NFL. Might get Monday Night Football. Might get the potential Super Bowl. And then this is kind of a carrot since they didn't get it. But I'd argue, and I even talked to Chris Fowler about this. So, I don't know if this is the case. I just don't know if, I mean, Chris Fowler does the national championship. He does the biggest college game every week for Disney. I can't, like, I get it. Maybe he wanted to do NFL. But is this really gonna satisfy him because you're doing a second game, which generally aren't that great? I don't, I don't see that long -term, personally. And I think also, strategically, if I'm ESPN, I'm putting a young play -by -player. Now, Joe Buck, we both think it's great. Like, he and Ian Eagle are the best two play -by -players going right now. And, um, but, Joe Buck's contract's up in a couple of years. If I'm ESPN, and I, you know, I think they'll probably re -sign Joe Buck, and they should. That said, he makes a lot of money. And, you know, I would be saying, who can I develop? What young guy can I develop? So when I go into that negotiation, I really have somebody who's on the rise. And I can say, hey, look, you don't want this, you know, the 15 million a year? Then we'll go here, you know? But if you start demanding, I'm not saying this is going to happen, but, demanding even more and more money, I'd want an option. I don't think they've created an option. They've actually put somebody in that spot who they've already said they'd rather spend 15 million dollars on Joe Buck than have Chris Fowler as the lead play -by -player. So, I just think negotiation -wise, and strategically, in terms of saving money, it wasn't a great decision. Yeah. I don't understand the insistence on the three -person booth, either. They had Fowler, Greasy, and Riddick. Excuse me, excuse me. Levy, Riddick, Greasy. Now it's Fowler or Lofsky, Riddick. To me, that, and, Fowler's used to a two -person booth with Herb Street. They have Buck and Aikman, which is a two -person booth. I don't understand the insistence on the three -person booth. It's just, for football, it just, I don't get it, but, that's just my - It complicates, it over -complicates it. Yeah. And like you said, chemistry. I think it's much harder to develop a chemistry with three. I mean, you know, the local Mets situation is different with Gary Cohn, Ron Darl - Is it in baseball, is it football? What three men, can you name - I mean, I guess back in the old Monday Night Football days, there were three men booths that had - Yeah, Collinsworth and Aikman with Buck that one year. Yeah, one year it lasted, you know. So, I don't know. But, there's no more staggered double -headers. The next one is week 14, and both games will start at 8 -15. I think that's the one that's going to piss a lot of people off. But, that's a long way down the road. You got the two TVs. Yeah. I asked you if ESPN, how they feel about Monday Night Football. Anything you've heard about how they feel about their new partnership with Pat McAfee. I mean, it's early, but they're bullish on it. I mean, they've kind of handed the keys to the network to McAfee. I mean, you can't - it's kind of like Stephen A. now. You can't really turn on ESPN almost every day except basically Sunday without seeing Pat. And so, you know, I think initially the ratings weren't that good. I think they got a little better in terms of the TV ratings. I think that kind of makes some sense because if you think about it, he was a YouTube show. Yeah, he's got to play for TV. Yeah, and he's still a YouTube show. Well, it is a play for TV because they think that they had Max in there before. They think that the ratings will be high enough that they'll be able to charge more for the ad rates. I guarantee you the money they'll make off of McAfee on social media and YouTube will be 8 billion times more than the money they made off Max Kellerman on social media. Oh, 100%. No, you're right. No, you're right. There's no doubt about that. And look, they want to get, I will say this, like, does it work? I think a lot of times when companies make big moves, you know, big time moves, a lot of times they make those moves when the person's kind of towards the end, you know, they got McAfee on the rise. Like, you know, we, you know, you and I have been aware of McAfee for years now, but he's really like, you know, here, I don't think he's at the plateau, you know, where most people go up and then they plateau and then they go down. He's at, he's still, I think, going up and then maybe the plateau is on the horizon and you can plateau for 20, 25 years if you have the right attitude and personality and just have the right act. So that's where I think that makes a lot of sense as a bet because it's not, I'll hit one close to home, Rick Riley leaving ESPN. I mean, leaving SI for ESPN where, you know, Rick Riley is one of the great columnist ever, but at that point, you know, whatever, maybe it was the internet, I don't know exactly. It just didn't really work as well at ESPN as it did at SI. And so I just think they've done that and that's kind of, you know, teams do that in sports and I think sometimes networks do that. And so I feel like signing McAfee in his mid -30s is kind of like signing a baseball free agent who's in his mid -20s and I think that's what you want to do as opposed to getting a, signing a 35 -year -old and, you know, thinking they can still play, you know, like, I don't know, like a Josh Donaldson, maybe trading for someone like that, Jimmy. You see what I did there? I don't need reminders of the horrific Yankee season. I just did that on purpose. I don't need that. My head was going, who am I going to say? All right, yeah, Josh Donaldson, but it was a treat. Just a, yeah, you want me to say Brian Cashman should be fired. It's amazing too, they replay that. I didn't know this was going to be the situation going into it, but they replay the show as soon as it's over, I think, on ESPN 2 and then they replay it at night on maybe ESPN News or one of their, what you said about if you're going to put on one of the ESPNs at any point in the day, you're going to see Pat McAfee. Yeah. So that's good for him. Like I, you know, people feel like - But I also think, ESPN has to be, they have Aaron Rodgers on their air every week. It's a news making thing that's on their air every week. They've got Nick, he's got Nick Saban on his show every week. Yeah. That's a news making thing every week. I would think ESPN has to be, forget the numbers because the numbers, I think, will be there. It's still a new thing. You have, the ESPN audience is older, the McAfee audience is younger, it might take some, but I would think ESPN just on the brand and the cachet of that show has to be thrilled. I think so. I mean, but if you talk, like I have, again, I'll probably make some calls here in the near future, but so I haven't talked specifically with anybody about that. But generally speaking, when these things first start, everyone loves it. So then we'll see. Again, I'm not saying, I could see it either way. Like, you know, McAfee has not really stayed at any of these, throughout any of these contracts he's had. So that's something to watch. Maybe this one he does, but that hasn't been the case previously. So that is something. I think the fact that he's on game day has to help the relationship there a little bit with ESPN. Here's the thing about McAfee. If you're managing him, in my opinion, and it's like Casey Jones, the former coach of the Celtics, was known for just throwing out the ball and telling McHale, Parrish, and Bird to go play, Dennis Johnson. At least that's how I remember as a kid. That was his reputation. And I think McAfee is sort of like that. Just give him the ball, let him do his thing. He's not looking to, you know, for some strategy. Let's, you know, triangle offense. He's not looking for that. He's looking for, let me do my thing. I know what I'm doing. And the thing about McAfee is he's very smart. Like, I know he plays this, like, he's not smart thing. It works very hard. He works hard and he's very smart. He's very savvy. He acts as if, like, you know, maybe he's, you know, just a dumb jock. But he understands the media business very well. We need, we need to discuss the Kelsey Taylor Swift thing because I actually think it's a legitimate media story. If Fox is going to get these increase in their demographics of the female audience, the young people, the NFL has gone all in on this thing. I mean, they changed their Twitter header to, like, a Taylor Swift thing. They're putting out Travis Kelsey Swiftiest plays on their social media. He's gained, I guess, a ton of followers, the jersey sale. Let me start with this. How did you think Fox handled it on Sunday when she was in the stadium? Do you think they overdid it? Do you think the fact that they had an unwatchable game takes them off the hook? What was your take on the Chiefs -Bears on Sunday when she was there? I think the second part, and I wouldn't take them off the hook, but I think the second part, you have an unwatchable game that you had to switch most of the country out of because it was so non -competitive, that you have Taylor Swift there, it's a big deal. And, you know, there's a lot of Taylor Swift fans who are football fans, a lot of non -Taylor Swift fans who weren't watching that game, but it was a talking point, right? Like, I saw Taylor Swift in the concert this summer, but that was kind of - Look at you! Yeah, how do you like that? Look at you! You couldn't even get tickets. Big shot. Where'd you get tickets? My daughter's friend just won the lottery. No shenanigans. Oh, really? Tickets were $235 each, which is still a lot of money, but not, like, $1 ,000. And it was just kind of happenstance, how I ended up going. I was going to say, if your daughter's friend got tickets, how did you end up at the era's tour? I mean - Were you, like - It's just a long drive to get to the metal lands, didn't want them driving back. They're older, they can drive, but at, you know, one o 'clock in the morning from Taylor Swift, so - But you were in MetLife and watched the show. Yes. Friendship bracelets? Well, you want to know something funny? This is a good one. So, my daughter's friend said to me, do you want a - do you want a jewel? And I'm like, no, no, no, I'm okay. Thinking she's saying a jewel, like a jewel, smoke. But she was saying, like, to, like, get bedazzled, a little jewel, which I would have taken. So later, I was like, I told my daughter, I said, but your friend, she said she asked me if I wanted a jewel. She's like, no, no, she didn't say you wanted a jewel. She said, do you want a - a jewel to put some ju - you know. Right. I didn't have any bracelets, but I was into - I liked Taylor Swift. I wouldn't go again. I kind of felt bad being there, because there's people who give their left arm to be there. But it was - look, she is an unbelievable performer. I mean, it was - you could - first of all, I liked some of her songs. Secondly, the level of performance. It was just, you know, it was an A+. I mean, that - that - and that is something, even if you didn't like her music, you can appreciate it. And also, I appreciate it if I had to go to the bathroom. Easy pass right in there. No one. Right. No one's leaving their seat except for people like you who aren't in it. Yeah, and especially, yeah, and more skewed women.
A highlight from 682:SECs Power Struggle: Congress, ETF Delays, and a Pivotal Hearing
"Good evening, and welcome to The Crypto Overnight -er. I'm Nick Ademus, and I will be your host as we take a look at the latest cryptocurrency news and analysis. So sit back, relax, and let's get started. And remember, none of this is financial advice. And it's 10 p .m. Pacific on Wednesday, September 27th, 2023. Welcome back to The Crypto Overnight -er, where we have no sponsors, no hidden agendas, and no BS. But we do have the news, so let's talk about that. Tonight, we're diving into the SEC's ongoing tango with the crypto industry. From Gary Gensler's controversial stance ahead of a congressional hearing to the SEC's foot dragging on Bitcoin ETF approvals, the regulatory landscape is becoming a battleground. And don't think Congress is sitting idle. They're stepping into the ring, demanding answers and action from the SEC. Buckle up, it's going to be a rollercoaster of a night. US Securities Exchange Commission Chair Gary Gensler has been vocal, and his recent statements ahead of a congressional hearing are stirring the pot. Gensler testified in front of the House Financial Services Committee, and we're going to get to his testimony in a bit. He's holding fast to his stance that most cryptocurrencies and crypto firms fall under federal securities laws, laws that, mind you, have been on the books for decades, according to his testimony. Gensler's view is a direct challenge to the crypto industry's ethos of decentralization and financial freedom. He likens the current state of the crypto market to the 1920s, before federal securities laws were in place. A comparison that's not just a stretch, but a leap back in time, ignoring the innovative nature of blockchain technology. Again, during his testimony today, he reiterated his belief that Bitcoin is not a security. He stopped short of saying that Bitcoin is a commodity. When he was asked if he believes that Bitcoin is a security, Gensler responded that he, the SEC staff, and prior chairs have said that it does not meet the Howey Test. However, he was reluctant to say that Bitcoin was a commodity during a follow -up question. When talking about Bitcoin's categorization, he said, quote, the test is otherwise for other laws. Again, refusing to answer the question. Gensler is not without his critics. Patrick McHenry is the chair of the House Financial Services Committee. He was the one asking questions about Bitcoin and receiving non -answers in return. McHenry accused Gensler of lacking clarity, and McHenry's point is valid. How can you punish digital asset firms for not adhering to laws when it's unclear if those laws even apply? It's like being ticketed for speeding when there are no speed limit signs. On the other side of the aisle, some Democrats like Maxine Waters are siding with Gensler. They believe that existing securities laws can work for crypto firms, but let's be real. This isn't just about regulation. It's about control. The government wants a piece of the crypto pie and they're using outdated laws to stake their claim. The House Financial Services Committee has advanced two bills. One aims to transition a digital asset from being a security to a commodity. The other looks to regulate stable coins. Both are clear indicators that lawmakers are scrambling to catch up with an industry that's already miles ahead. While Gensler was testifying, crypto entrepreneurs were in Washington for Coinbase's Stand With Crypto Day. They met with lawmakers and discussed how crypto is creating jobs. It's a counter narrative that needs to be heard, especially when the SEC is painting the industry as the Wild West. The SEC, under Gensler's leadership, is pushing for crypto compliance based on antiquated laws. That not only stifles innovation, but also contradicts the very principles that make crypto a beacon of financial freedom. And as the government tries to rein in the crypto world, the industry is fighting back, making it clear that they will not be easily tamed. Gensler's testimony is a pivotal moment for the crypto industry. His unwavering stance that most cryptocurrencies should be regulated as securities is a red flag. It's a philosophical clash with the ethos of decentralization that many in the crypto community hold dear. Gensler's comparison of today's crypto landscape to the 1920s is a thinly veiled warning. He's essentially saying that the crypto industry is a Wild West that needs taming. Now let's not forget, the crypto industry isn't Wall Street. It's a new frontier with its own set of rules and innovations. But Henry's criticism of Gensler is noteworthy. It reflects the frustration that many feel about the SEC's unclear guidelines. How can crypto firms comply with laws that aren't explicitly defined for them? It's like being asked to read a book, but the pages are blank. The advanced bills are a mixed bag. While they offer some regulatory clarity, they also paved the way for more governmental oversight, which could stifle innovation. As we unpack the SEC's heavy handed approach, it's clear that the regulatory web around cryptocurrencies is tightening. Gensler's testimony is sure to fan the flames of the ongoing debate on governmental control versus financial freedom. But folks, this isn't the only arena where the SEC is flexing its muscles. The SEC's recent move to extend deadlines for Bitcoin ETF applications from ARK21 shares and GlobalX is emblematic of the same regulatory hesitance. It's a systemic issue. The SEC's rationale, market manipulation and weak investor protections. But as many of you know, the real crux of the matter is control. The same control that the government is keen on exerting over the broader crypto space. And let's not overlook the timing here. While Gensler prepares to defend his stance in Congress, the SEC is simultaneously delaying decisions on Bitcoin ETFs. And why? All under the shadow of a looming government shutdown, adding another layer of complexity to this regulatory maze. And it's not just individual critics or lawmakers putting the SEC under the microscope, it's the entire crypto industry who is watching and waiting. Which brings us to the SEC's recent move to extend deadlines for Bitcoin ETF applications from ARK21 shares and GlobalX. Another chapter in the ongoing saga of regulatory hesitance and it's happening as the US government teeters on the brink of a shutdown. ARK21 shares and GlobalX had their hopes dashed when the SEC pushed back its decision deadlines. ARK's new deadline is January 10th, while GlobalX has until November 21st. This isn't the SEC's first radio. They've got 240 days to make a call after starting a review. But this time they've acted well before their interim deadlines. Why the rush? That looming government shutdown might be the culprit. ARK Investment Management and 21 shares have been in the game since 2021. They faced SEC rejections before. GlobalX is a newer player. They aim to offer investors a safer way to get Bitcoin exposure, but the SEC isn't biting. True to form, they cite market manipulation and weak investor protections as the reasons for their reluctance. Now, a federal court recently called the SEC arbitrary and capricious in its ETF decisions. Despite this, the SEC is continuing to drag its feet. ARK's CEO, Cathie Wood, expected this delay. She believes the SEC will approve multiple Bitcoin ETFs at once, if at all. Meanwhile, the SEC is also reviewing applications from big names like BlackRock, Fidelity, VanEck, and Invesco. ARK21 shares was leading the pack, but now it's anyone's game. The SEC's hesitance is a sign of the regulatory uncertainty that's stifling innovation in the crypto space. And as the government faces a potential shutdown, this regulatory limbo could extend even further. So really, this shutdown could not have come at a worse time. But shutdown or no shutdown, the SEC has been dragging its feet on crypto for years. So let's be real. This is less about protecting the investor and more about maintaining control over a financial system that's rapidly evolving without them. The recent court ruling that called the SEC's past decisions arbitrary and capricious is a signal that their time of unchallenged authority is coming to an end. Cathie Wood expects more than one Bitcoin ETF to get approved eventually, and she's probably right. The SEC can't hold back this tide forever. And they need to be careful because first mover status brings a huge advantage in this kind of market. The delay might be frustrating, but it's also a sign that the SEC is feeling the heat. They're running out of excuses and with each delay, they're losing more credibility. So while we wait for the SEC to make up its mind, the crypto community gets stronger and the traditional financial system gets a little more nervous. The clock is ticking and it's not in the SEC's favor. While the SEC continues to drag its feet on Bitcoin ETF approvals, citing concerns that many in the industry see as smokescreens for control, it's not just the investors and financial firms that are losing patience. The political arena is starting to bubble with dissatisfaction and it's coming from both sides of the aisle. In fact, recent court rulings and bipartisan demands indicate that the SEC's longstanding resistance to crypto innovation is reaching a tipping point. Lawmakers have decided they've had enough of the SEC's hesitation and are now stepping into the ring guns blazing. And trust me, they're not missing words. A bipartisan group of lawmakers urged Gensler to approve the listing of spot Bitcoin ETFs immediately. This comes after that court ruling we were talking about involving Grayscale Investments. Grayscale secured a win when three judges in the US Court of Appeal ruled that the SEC had to re -review its bid for a spot Bitcoin ETF. This was after Grayscale sued the SEC for rejecting its proposal. This exposed the SEC's double standard. The court specifically addressed the SEC's differential treatment of spot Bitcoin ETFs in similar funds based on futures contracts. The lawmakers argued that a spot Bitcoin ETF is indistinguishable from a futures Bitcoin ETF. The lawmakers in question are representatives Mike Flood, Tom Emmer, Richie Torres, and Wiley Nickel. They argued that a regulated spot Bitcoin ETF would increase investor protection by making access to Bitcoin more transparent and safer. They sent a letter to Gensler, stating that Congress has a duty to ensure that the SEC approves investment products that meet requirements set out by Congress. During Gensler's testimony today, McHenry did not mince words. He called out Gensler's lack of responsiveness as unacceptable, which is funny because the SEC, the very agency tasked with enforcing transparency, is itself under fire for being opaque. The irony is palpable. McHenry's frustration isn't isolated. It's part of a broader sentiment that's been building up for months. The SEC has been aggressive in its enforcement actions against various crypto entities. Yet it's the same agency that oversaw one of the largest financial crimes in U .S. history, and within the crypto industry, no less. Congress wants answers, and they want them now. They specifically targeted Gensler's communications with FTX. McHenry said, quote, "'You refuse to be transparent with Congress regarding your interaction with FTX and San Bankman Free.'" Now, this is crucial. FTX was a major player in the crypto space, and any interactions between it and the SEC could have far -reaching implications. I remember back then that people were accusing SBF of setting things up with the SEC to be more favorable to FTX than the competition. McHenry revealed that the committee made multiple requests for documents from the SEC. Seven months pass, they've received zilch. Not one single non -public document. McHenry's patience is wearing thin, and he's made it clear that the SEC is not above the law. McHenry is calling for a path forward, one where the SEC is responsive to congressional requests. If not, they're looking at the first congressional subpoena issued to the SEC. This showdown is a reflection of the growing distrust between regulatory bodies and those who hold them accountable. And let's not forget, this is happening in the backdrop of a crypto industry that's already skeptical of centralized authority. McHenry's ultimatum to Gensler is a significant moment. It's a challenge to the SEC's authority and a call for greater transparency in an industry that values it above all else. The ball is in Gensler's court. Will he play or will he forfeit? Either way, the crypto community will be watching closely. The SEC has been all too eager to slap lawsuits on crypto companies. Yet when it comes to their own dealings with FTX, one of the industry's major players, they're as tight -lipped as a sealed vault. What are they hiding and why is it taking a congressional threat of a subpoena to get some answers? McHenry's frustration is palpable and frankly justified. The SEC is supposed to be accountable to Congress and by extension, the American people. Their lack of responsiveness is not just unacceptable, as McHenry puts it, it's a breach of public trust. And let's not forget the irony here. The SEC, which has been so keen on enforcing transparency in the crypto world, is itself becoming opaque. This isn't just hypocrisy, it's a red flag. If the SEC can't be transparent about its interactions with FTX, how can we trust them to regulate an industry that's all about decentralization and transparency? The bipartisan push for immediate approval of Spot Bitcoin ETFs is a significant development. It's not just a win for the crypto community, but it's also a slap in the face for the SEC. The agency's inconsistent stance on Bitcoin ETFs has long been a point of contention. The court ruling in favor of Grayscale adds legal weight to the argument that the SEC's current position is, in fact, untenable. What's even more intriguing is the bipartisan nature of this push. In an era where political divisions run deep, the united front from both sides of the aisle speaks volumes. It suggests that the benefits of a regulated Bitcoin ETF, increased transparency and investor protection, are universally acknowledged. As I have long said, if crypto becomes a left versus right issue, both sides will lose. So it's good to see the left and the right working together on something for once. The SEC's reluctance to greenlight Spot Bitcoin ETFs is a blockade on financial innovation. This is especially glaring when you consider that futures -based Bitcoin ETFs have already received a nod. This differential treatment is not only consistent, but also discriminatory. Gensler's oversight hearing was a pivotal moment. The lawmakers are not just asking for explanations, they're demanding action. And given the court's ruling and the mounting pressure from Congress, the SEC might finally have to yield. This is not just about one type of financial product. It's about the broader acceptance of cryptocurrency in the financial ecosystem. A Spot Bitcoin ETF could serve as a gateway for mainstream investors, making it easier for them to enter the crypto market. And let's not forget, easier access means more capital inflow, which could significantly impact Bitcoin's value, and by extension, the entire crypto market. So what happened? In the showdown between Gary Gensler and Patrick McHenry at the House Financial Services Committee, the SEC's stand on regulating most cryptocurrencies as securities collided head on with the crypto industry's ethos of decentralization. Gensler likened the crypto landscape to the 1920s, a comparison met with skepticism and criticism. The SEC extended deadlines for Bitcoin ETF applications from ARK21 shares and GlobalEx, citing market manipulation and investor protection. But let's call it what it is, another play for control. And this comes amid a looming government shutdown, adding another layer to an already complex regulatory landscape. A bipartisan group of lawmakers is pushing back against the SEC's hesitance on approving Spot Bitcoin ETFs. This comes hot on the heels of a court ruling in favor of grayscale investments, adding legal weight to the frustrations with the SEC's inconsistent policies. Lastly, McHenry's calls for transparency in the SEC's dealings with FTX and other crypto entities culminate in a broader sentiment of distrust. He made it clear that the SEC's lack of responsiveness is unacceptable and even threatened the congressional subpoena. The overarching theme tonight is the intensing struggle for control and clarity between the SEC and the crypto world. On the one hand, the SEC is holding fast to ancient regulations that don't align with the ethos of the crypto industry. On the other, Congress and the courts are increasingly pushing back, demanding answers and more rational policies. This power struggle is affecting everything from how digital assets are classified to the approval of new financial products like Bitcoin ETFs. This regulatory tussle dictates the rules of the game, affecting your investments, your financial freedom and the future of the crypto industry itself. The struggle is far from over and each move has consequences that resonate throughout the crypto community. As we wrap tonight, it's clear that we're at a crossroads. The decisions being made by these institutions will either open new doors for the crypto industry or erect walls that stifle innovation and financial freedom. What's certain is that Congress is paying close attention to Gensler and exerting pressure on him to act soon, for better or worse. And that's going to do it for us tonight. I want to thank you, my listeners, because when you stop listening, I will stop talking. If you enjoyed tonight's show, then please like, follow, subscribe, leave a rating or maybe a review. And in the meantime, we'll see you tomorrow night. See you next time.
A highlight from Time Travel to 1994: A Journey into the Music and Movies of that year.
"Well, here we are, episode 119. And on this episode, myself in the wrecking tube, Mark Smith and Lou Colicchio from the Music Relish Show. We'll be talking about the year 1994, in music and movies I think, it's always interesting. So sit back, relax, break out your flannel shirt, your grungy jeans, and enjoy 1994 music. It was an interesting year, so I think you'll enjoy it. More interesting than what Todd Zauchman thinks it is. He thinks it's nothing, so we'll see. The KLFB studio presents Milk Crate and Turntables, a music discussion podcast hosted by Scott McLean. Now, let's talk music, enjoy the show. Thank you, Amanda, for that wonderful introduction, as usual. Welcome back, my friends, to the show that never ends, and welcome to the podcast. You know the name, I'm not gonna say it. We're streaming live right now over Facebook, YouTube, Dlive, Twitch, and X, formerly known as Twitter, and I don't know how many other live platforms. Well, it's gonna be a good show tonight. It's gonna be an interesting show tonight. Yeah, 1994. As I said in the intro, my friend Todd Zauchman just absolutely sent me a text destroying the year 1994. Oh, I just looked up 1994, I don't know what you're gonna talk about, there's a few things and I don't know how you're gonna make a whole show out of it, and good luck with that, because that's how he talks. That's exactly how he talks. I'm just gonna do this, and you know, it's not gonna be a good, blah, blah, blah, blah. That's how he talks. Now, he'll deny that, and you'll never know if that's the way he talks or not. He'll just have to take my word for it. I'm Todd Zauchman, and I don't know about 1994. Well, enough about him. He'll probably be piping in pretty soon, but yeah, 1994, it's a good year. It was a good year for Mark Smith from the Music Rellers Show and Luke Colicchio from the Music Rellers Show. That's for damn sure. It was. What's up, gentlemen? It was a really good year. How you doing? I was just guessing. I figured for 94, listen, we were all younger, so it was better. It was a big year. Hey. So I have to stop right here. Dave Phillips, who's been watching the podcast from pretty much day one, Patty Yossi. Hi, Patty. Good evening. I love you. Dave Phillips, for the last couple of weeks, he's piped in at the end, and he's like, I missed it. Like something's changed. Ah, Tiffany Van Hill. That's my buddy. That's my buddy, Tiffany. She's one of the people that teaches me how to work with horses. Oh. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. So. And she knows what she's talking about. She's modest, but she's very good at what she does. As are all of my friends and teachers, trainers, mentors from The Herd Foundation in Delray Beach, Florida. It's a nonprofit if you're in the mood to donate today. Look them up. Herd Foundation. Give us some money. Nah, I'm not going like that. No. No, we do. We help veterans. We help veterans, and so it's a good cause. But back to Tiffany. Yep. That's my buddy. Good evening. The Herd Foundation teaches us so much. That's right. That's right. Maybe I'll do a Herd Foundation podcast. You should. Since I'm pretty good at it. You're going to have horses on? What's the horse named after the cookie? Huh? Isn't there a horse named after a cookie? What are some of the horses' names? Oh, Fig Newton. Fig Newton. Yeah. Fig Newton. That's my boy. That's my boy. Good looking horse. Yes. Yes, he is. And we have Stitch. Fig Newton is a retired dressage horse, dancing horse, right? Echoes of Echo and the Bunny Men bring on the dancing horses. We have Stitch. He's a retired racehorse. We have Miss America. She's a retired jumper. Then we have two mini horses. We have Cinnamon. She was a cot horse. You know, pulls the kids around. As would be Sammy. Sammy's the one that looks like Kaja Gugu for you people from the 80s. Looks like Lamal. It looks like Lamal from Kaja Gugu. Gotta do. And he was saved from a kill pen. Yeah. But he's a mini, but he thinks he's a Clydesdale. What do they do with horses after that? Is that the proverbial glue factory? All right. You know what? Right away. Penalty box. Oh. He's raining on my parade. I'm in a good mood. Now I'm all bummed out. Thanks. You feel sad for the drummer now. This is going to be a horrible show now. Leave it to the drummer. Right, Mark? Leave it to the drummer. Get out. It's always the drummer's fault. That's right. See, Tiffany says, that does not exist past our gates, Lou. Because nobody wants to talk. Back to the penalty box. Great start to the show. Lou is just in a mood tonight. I think he's been hitting the whistle. What's going to happen? You're going to come back and it's going to be an empty chair. He's very ornery tonight. Right away. He's very ornery. All right. He's filling his oats, as they would say. Yeah. All right. Lou's back. I'm all right. I'm all right. Okay. Enough about horses, although I could now, at this point, talk about horses for two hours. I love it. I love it. But instead, gentlemen, first of all, how's things on the music relish show? You. Take it away, Lou. Sure. It's fine. It was such an awful show. I thought I said the wrong show for a second there. It's been nothing short of amazing. Don't jump over each other to answer that question. It's always fun. Last week was fun. We got knocked down a bit by Warner Brothers because we played a clip of an America song featuring Dan Peake. Yeah. You're going to watch that. Yeah. We talked through the whole thing, but Spotify is much cooler than YouTube. YouTube sucks like that. YouTube, they have a very strong algorithm. They can kiss my rosy red ass over that. That's right. You tell them, Lou. Fuckers. That's right. Get me kicked off YouTube. That's right. Let me see. John Morris, he was our shift commander. When I met him, I was, I think, a two striper, and he was what they called a butterbot. He was a second lieutenant, I believe. He said, tell them stories from the Nipah Hut in the Philippines. That's a big no. That's a whole other podcast, but they would never make it on the air. Just leave it at that. It's like a chain of Nipah Huts? No. It was a bar slash club called the Nipah Hut. Tell one story. No. They had a giant spaceship that would come down from the top. It's kind of like George Clinton in parliament. At the end of the show, this big spaceship came down from the top. Smoke. Like you said, parliament fucking pelican. Then the thing went open, and everyone would walk up and get up on stage, all those drunk GIs. Like, yeah, I'm going in the spaceship, and you go down these stairs, and you're in a fucking basement. I don't think it was a basement. It's like something from a fucking horror movie. How do you get out? And then somebody goes, this way, this way, go, go, go, go. That's the cleanest story I can tell you. It's the cleanest story I can tell you. Sounds like fun. It was a lot of fun. It was a lot of fun. I got a story for you off the air one of these days. So okay, music relish show's going good. Excellent. I just wanted to say, Lou brought up, he made the show. His segment on bad love songs. That will go down in history as some of the best podcasting ever. Bad love songs? Really bad love songs. The worst love songs of all time, like in rock. It's a deep vein. Is that something, is that like content I could probably like borrow with Perry Mind? Because I'd love to hear that list someday. We voted him off the board. We're no longer a false triumvirate democracy. Wait a minute. We toppled the AI monarchy. There's three of us on this one. Are you two going to overthrow me too? Are you like rebels? None of those stories you're told, no. They're wrecking too. Instead I'll start calling you the Sandinistas. The hostile takeovers. You go on podcasts just to take them over? Like Amiens took over the White House. Really, yeah. Yeah, we could do that. I would love to. Maybe next week we'll do, we'll take a break from the years and we'll do like a, kind of a jambalaya, you know, of stuff. Like throw some music news in there. We'll do some trivia. Maybe I'll come up with some questions for you guys. You could give us that deep vein of worst love songs ever. And it's funny, we noticed that several of them made everyone's list of worst love songs. So it's got to be universally bad. Okay. If everyone said that, that fucking song. Then there were a couple where I said I liked the song, but Lou and Perry were like, what? I'm always, you know, on the one side. Yeah, the one. When it falls into like that kind of metal, metal category, you have a soft spot. Air metal. Metal ballads. Oh my God. How I grew up. Yeah, yeah. As young as Ron Mark, you didn't have to deal with those 70s ones. Yeah, that's true. I did. This fucking guy. Blah. See what I mean? He's setting the bar high. Remember, this is how he talks. I don't think there's anything good about 1994. Blah. So he talks like Arnold Schwarzenegger. Yeah, well, an American Arnold Schwarzenegger. He talks like Arnold Schwarzenegger without the accent. We're going to pass the bar on this one. I am here. Let me see if you can entertain me. 1994. Blah. All right. So let's actually get right into 1994. Yeah. So we'll start on January 19th, 1994. Bryan Adams becomes the first major Western music star to perform in Vietnam since the end of the Vietnam War. Oh, shit. Bryan Adams. Bryan Adams, yeah. Wow. On January 21st to February, as it's spelled, the Big Day Out Festival takes place, again, expanding from those previous years. Blah, blah, blah. Auckland, New Zealand. The festival is headlined by Soundgarden, Ramones, and Bjork. Nice. That's an interesting... Probably each night there were headlines. I would love to see Bjork. Me too. I would never want to see the Ramones. They'll never get back together again. Unless they perform in the Pet Sematary. Yeah. Hey, Lou, can you put him in the green room? No, I'd like that one. That's a good one. Come on, there's a little crossover. Put him in the green room. Put him in the green room. Okay, yeah, yeah. Oh, it's going to be a long show. It's going to be a long one tonight. I feel better about myself now. Got a little redemption? The redemption song? Yes. I got a Buffett story for you. Oh, yeah? His one song was The Pirate Looks at 40. He would segue into Bob Marley's redemption song. Oh, jeez. And it didn't quite... Wait a minute. Buddy, that is the quickest way to get to the penalty box. I'm not playing it, though. I know you're not. You're poking the rhino right now. I'm a guitarist. You're poking the rhino right now. You're not a rhino, you're a nice guy. Come on, we went through that last week. And so, as I've been saying each week, I'm just going to say right now, where's Jack? Okay, and we'll move on from that. Hey, Jack. Hey, Jack, please come back. He didn't listen before, so I don't think he's listening now. Let's see. January 25th, Alice in Chains released their Jar of Flies album, which makes its U .S. chart debut at number one on the Billboard 200, becoming the first ever EP to do that. Right? But they still are always talked about as like number three or number four out of the big four. Big four being? Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden. And Alice in Chains. Alice in Chains is never getting that kind of... Whereas... That first album, the record company made them sound like another band. Yeah. And that's not their fault. They were produced that way. Dirt was a great album. Yes, yes. And Layne Staley was one of the greatest frontmen ever. Just as cool as the other side of the pillow, as they say. Yeah. voice Very unique also. Today we were talking about what we were going to talk about in the show. And he goes, when I saw the videos, he goes, I didn't match his face with the way he looked. Right? He said he was expecting like a grungy, more... No, he was slick. He was slick. In the Man in the Box video, he's got the kind of long... But then he changed it up. He slicked the hair back, he wore the shades, you know. Just turned into a... Suzanne McPhail. Another one of my horse people. She's the one that introduced me to that whole thing. And she said, who's Jack? That's right, I guess. At this point. On January 29th, The Supremes' Mary Wilson is injured when her Jeep hits a freeway median and flips over just outside of LA. Wilson's 14 -year -old son is killed in the accident. What a good day. Ah, this fucking... I saw this and I was like... Dead horses was a bummer. I know, I know. I saw this and I'm like, there's no way around this. February 1st, Green Day releases their breakthrough album, Dookie. Ushering in the mid -1990s punk revival. Dookie eventually achieves diamond certification. Now, I did like them back then. I actually did. I was stationed in Southern California in Riverside. And I decided to get like a side job. You know, I was in the Air Force. But I was like, I want to make a little more money. I want to do something. So I got a job at a record store. Cool. Was it Spencer's or something? Forget the name of it. Oh, Spencer's. They sold all the trinkets, too. No, no, it wasn't Spencer's then. It was something like that. It was a chain. Hot topic. They sold DVDs, too. FYE. No, it wasn't that. I'll remember it. I was working there when Dookie came out and the fucking whole wall was covered with Dookie CDs and they were flying off the shelves. It had a pretty fresh sound. It was fresh then. And coming off the 80s were kind of slick in a lot of ways, except for some of the real heavy alternative. But to hear a song like that on the radio, that was like hearing Smells Like Teen Spirit on mainstream rock radio. Good drummer, too. As a band, whether you like him or not, I think he's really good. Billy Joe Armstrong. Oh, Trey Cool. Trey Cool, yeah. February 7th, Blind Melons lead singer is Shannon Poon forced to leave the American Music Awards ceremony because he is loud and disruptive behavior. Poon is later charged with battery assault, resisting arrest, and destroying a police station telephone. Now, this is the dude that sang, you know, And I don't really care if I sleep all day And he's in the daisy field, so you think he's like this really, like, chill dude. And like, you know, me and the B -girl, man, you know. The B -girl, yes. And the tap -dancing B -girl, and like, I'm just this dude's a fucking lunatic. He was taking substances that made him. Oh, yeah. That was a short career. Was it him that did a duet with Guns N' Roses? What was the video, a song from Guns N' Roses with a video where they're up on like a water tower and they jump into the water or something. I forget what it was called. Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe they did it with him.
A highlight from Embracing Change with Anne Tumlinson- CR100
"I could make a big mistake, make a bad decision, and it will affect a lot of people. I can only just do the best that I can. Showing up is everything. Consistency is everything. Welcome to the Career Relaunch Podcast. For the past seven years, we've shared the personal stories of people from around the world who have decided to reinvent their careers. My name is Joseph Liu, and I believe clarity, confidence, and courage allow you to make brave changes that bring you more career fulfillment. In each episode, I feature people who have boldly stepped off the beaten path to relaunch their careers. We talk through the setbacks and successes of their personal journeys to help you understand what it takes to relaunch your own career. Today, for this special 100th episode, the very first guest I ever interviewed for this show is returning to talk about how things have gone for her in her personal and professional life since we first spoke in 2016. Afterwards, during today's Mental Fuel, I'll summarize my top takeaways about managing the dynamics of career change I've learned from all the guests on this show. Ideas of where you could take your career typically emerge in subtle ways. You could read something or hear something or feel something one day that plants a seed in your head about a project, initiative, or path that kind of sparks your interest. Now, in most cases, you may just dismiss the idea and refocus on the things already filling your time like your day job, work projects, or life demands. But in some cases, the idea kind of just hangs around like a shadow and nags you until one day you feel like you just have to address it. And if you don't, it just keeps bugging you or even haunting you until you do. For me, the idea to create this podcast emerged about seven years ago after I started to see that while my clients on the cusp of making a career change do benefit from how -to advice, expert guidance, or prescriptive tutorials, what they really want and often lack is companionship and inspiration to sort of normalize the idea of following an unconventional career path but also to amass the emotional motivation to make a brave change. So in 2016, I decided to record a few conversations with people willing to share their honest perspectives about how they change careers to see if listeners would find something helpful in these stories. Ninety -nine episodes, seven seasons, and nearly half a million downloads across 170 countries later, we've now arrived at the 100th episode of this podcast. And I thought, who better to invite to be our guest today than the very first person I ever interviewed for the show, Ann Tomlinson, who's kindly agreed to join us again to share an update on how things have been going for her since her episode aired in September 2016 when this show first launched. Ann and I first met way back in 2002 in Washington, DC. She was the first manager I had at a consulting firm I joined a couple months after I dropped out of medical school, which was my first experience with changing career paths myself. At the time, I was feeling confused about what to do next, questioning my place in the professional world and experiencing one of the lowest points in my life. As someone who had been set on becoming a doctor, I was actually a bit skeptical about working at a for -profit company, but Ann had a direct role in helping me realize that you could actually do a lot of good in many different sectors when I was in the midst of trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life instead of medicine.
A highlight from How Relevant Is The 2nd GOP Debate Without Trumps Attendance?
"Cable news, noisy, boring, out of touch. That's why Salem News Channel is different. We keep you in the know. Streaming 24 -7 for free. Home to the greatest collection of conservative voices like Dennis Prager, Jay Sekulow, Mike Gallagher, and more. Salem News Channel is unfiltered and unapologetic. Watch anytime on any screen at snc .tv and local now channel 525. Mike Gallagher. You know, if you're a news and political junkie, you kind of like seeing ads that run during a big event like tonight's debate. Emily Seidel is about to join us. She's the CEO for Americans for Prosperity. In fact, let's bring her into the conversation now. Emily, it's great having you on the program. Great to see you. And I'm so impressed by the work that Americans for Prosperity is doing on behalf of Americans who are struggling with Bidenomics. We all know that, frankly, the economy, inflation, that's what ought to be front and center tonight. And to that end, AFP is going to run an ad that's going to air, I believe, during the debate or around the debate, certainly on Fox Business Network and Fox News Channel. Let's share the Americans for Prosperity ad with everybody as we kick off our conversation. Ronald Reagan used to ask, Are you better off today than you were before? Sadly, for most Americans, the answer is no. We know that because at Americans for Prosperity, we talk with them every day. Binomics is crushing us. I can't keep up with the rising class of America. This country is on the wrong track. We can do better. But we must focus on solving the issues that matter most. With new leadership and fresh ideas, we can reignite the American dream. You know, Emily, that's such a powerful message because it's what Americans need to hear. I think it's what Americans are craving somebody to give a solution to this economic mess that we are in. And thanks to this grassroots effort on Americans for Prosperity's part, more and more people are focused like a laser on how to get the job done. So first of all, kudos to the great work that AFP is doing in that front. Well, thank you very much. And thanks for having me on. I agree that it's what Americans need to hear. It's also what we're hearing from Americans. We've been knocking on the country. And with that ad, we just wanted to share back what we're hearing from them in a way that hopefully calls on candidates on the debate stage tonight and lawmakers in Washington right now to focus on these issues, the issues that we're hearing matter most to Americans right now, and actually step forward with some solutions. That's what people are looking for. I've invited our audience to support Americans for Prosperity because your grassroots efforts are as impressive as anything I've ever seen. So far, Americans for Prosperity has talked to 4 .6 million voters through phone calls or just good old -fashioned door knocks. What's the message that your folks are hearing from all of those millions of Americans that you're connecting with? Well, it's pretty impressive. 55 % of the people that we've spoken to so far name inflation as their top issue. And we've never seen that kind of focus on a specific issue at this point in a cycle. No other issue. I mean, there are a lot of other really important issues out there, but no other issue is even cracking the 10 % mark. And so that tells you something, the economic Biden agenda is crushing families across the country. And that's what we're hearing far and away the most at the doors and on the phones. You know, I'm going to throw a curveball at you because you've been at this a long time. You've spent really decades working in policy and politics. I've been at this a long time as well as a broadcaster. I've never seen anything like this in terms of what appears to be the intentional destruction of our economy. And I want to pick your brain for a moment. Emily, I want to see if you agree with me that this does not seem to be accidental. Is it a stretch to say that these awful policies that are crushing small business owners, that are hurting farmers, that are hurting the middle class, do you think these are well -intentioned but misguided policies? Or is it indeed intentional damage? I mean, that's a great question. I like to hope that people run for public office to try to serve their communities and just make bad choices sometimes. But at this point, you really need to start asking. I mean, as we're talking to folks across the country, for instance, there's a 71 -year old man that we just talked to in Colorado who's retired, who has to come out of retirement to continue to be able to live, support his wife and his niece who lives with him. We had a grocery store event in Wisconsin where we were giving out $25 gift cards to the grocery store as we were talking to people about the cost of all of this rampant government spending that's been driving inflation and what they can do about it, what their voices can do to try to drive change in the public policy arena. And one woman said that because of that $25 gift card, she didn't have to choose between a portion of her grocery list and diapers for the week for her family. I think that's the most important thing. And I think that's very, very important to the people of the country and they're very frustrated. No, and that frustration, I hear it every single day on the show as well. Emily Seidel, who's the CEO of Americans for Prosperity, is visiting with us here on The Mike Gallagher Show. You can go to americansforprosperity .org and support this very impressive organization that is moving the needle. A lot of Americans know what matters. I like to talk, I use the late great Charles Krauthammer's book title often on my show, Things That Matter. Buying diapers matters. How to pay for the groceries matters. There's going to be a lot tonight, and Americans for Prosperity matters, so go to americansforprosperity .org to support this very important organization. Emily, there's going to be a lot of distractions over the next 18 months. We're going to see all kinds of drama. There's a lot of drama about who's on the debate stage tonight, who's not on the debate stage, what's going to be talked about, what's not going to be talked about. Are you worried that those distractions are going to water down what ought to be the alternative vision that we need to get the country back on track? Are you worried that some of the drama is going to overshadow this crucial, crucial message that we have to stay on point and focus on how to get this country back on the right track economically? I don't think so, and here's why. Because we've been talking with voters across the country, and they are focused. They're focused on listening for what the candidates will do to address the top concerns that they've got. They're wondering, is this crisis of affordability of life, is this the new normal? They want to know what people are going to do to shed the problems of biodynamics and get our country back on track. And so my advice to candidates would be to recognize that those are the people that you're talking to. Don't get distracted by all of the rest of this and focus on the failure of biodynamics and your solutions as candidates for public office to get back on track. So when I invite my audience to support Americans for Prosperity by going to Americansforprosperity .org, I want to make sure we get into the nuts and bolts of what it is you do. Because from where I sit, there is no group in America that connects to the all 50 states and what Americans for Prosperity is specifically doing to grow that army and how our audience can help. So Americans for Prosperity is the largest national grassroots organization that works to advance public policy that's focused on what I talk about as the core principles of freedom and opportunity for every American. And a lot of people ask me, what does that mean to be a national grassroots organization? Well, it means we've built 36 state chapters so far, and we're growing. We've got activists, as you said, in all 50 states. And we work in communities to make sure that people's voices are heard by their lawmakers, whether that's at the state level on critical items of importance to what's happening in your state, whether it's K -12 education reform or anything else, or at the federal level and specifically looking at how we're going to get our country back on track from the failed Biden agenda. But our whole goal is to make it possible for good policy to be good politics so that we can actually get things done that reignite the American dream. And it's all about elevating the voices of Americans to the folks that they've elected to drive that change. This is what it's about. And every single day, people say to me, what can I do? How can I mean, it's one thing to complain about these destructive policies, but it's another thing to take action. Emily Seidel, it seems to me, 40 plus years I've been sitting in front of a microphone. I have never felt a stronger urge to tell everybody, you've got to get off the sidelines. You cannot be passive anymore, because frankly, the country's at stake. And I don't think that's rhetoric. I don't think that's hyperbole. Do you? No, not at all. You know, last cycle, I met this wonderful man up in Pennsylvania who said he was watching TV and he saw one of our commercials and he said, you know, I'm going to stop complaining to my friends about what's happening in our country. I'm going to get off my duff and do something about it. And he came and started knocking doors with Americans for Prosperity and AFP Action, which is a super PAC. Together, last cycle, we were in 457 races across the country. We knocked on more than 7 million doors. We reached tens of millions of voters through phone calls and emails and mail pieces. We're going to do that and more this election cycle. And no matter where you are in the country, if you want to get involved, we've got somebody that can help you get involved. Listen, to learn all about AFP, to join their army, and it is an impressive army indeed. Just go to Americansforprosperity .org, Americansforprosperity .org. Emily Seidel, thank you for spending some time joining us. And we'll be looking forward to seeing your ad tonight on the debate. I'm glad we gave our listeners and our viewers a sneak peek.
A highlight from How To Turn Your STRESS Into SUCCESS!
"Welcome to Real Estate Coaching Radio, starring award -winning real estate coaches and number one international bestselling authors, Tim and Julie Harris. This is the number one daily radio show for realtors looking for a no BS, authentic, real time coaching experience. What's really working in today's market, how to generate more leads, make more money, and have more time for what you love in your life. And now your hosts, Tim and Julie Harris. Welcome back. Today we're going to be talking about how to turn your stress into success. Here's a simple fact. All of us, no matter how organized you are, no matter how drilled down your schedule was, no matter how perfect you think you got things going for you, you're going to experience stress. It's normal, but how you react to the stress that you're experiencing, that is something that you can actually control to a great extent, not 100%. So what we're going to do today is we're going to go through, it's going to be a two -part podcast. We're going to go through a system where you can essentially acknowledge your stress. I'm not going to say manage your stress or manage your time, because those things are often unmanageable, and the very prospect of trying to manage either actually causes you more stress. That's true. Which is ironic. But what we're going to do is take you through a process so that you can really turn what mostly is an unconscious reaction to something external into something that you will find that you can derive power from and focus. So get ready to take notes, and as always, all of our notes are available down below in the show description. If you're on iTunes or YouTube or, hey, we're now on, what's that new video platform called? I forget. Anyway. Something new. Something new where videos actually are also living. And all the other, Spotify, Amazon, everywhere. We're on Google Listen and everywhere. So yes, everywhere that the podcast is listened to, you can also find the notes for our show. We oftentimes will put all of the notes that we're using. Notes are all copywritten, of course, but at the end of the day, we want you to feel free to use these when training your own agents or maybe your small brokerage, whatever. This content is designed to help you first, and then hopefully you're going to help others with this information as well. And while there also, there's a lot of links in the show description below, and you can join the premier coaching program. There's information about our eXp Real Estate Group, which you might want to consider joining all kinds of good stuff. So just scroll down and it's all there waiting for you. So Julie, let's roll into your points. Yes. And it is true that one of the most common questions we get from podcast listeners and coaching clients when you guys text us or reach out, it sounds, you know, it comes in different flavors, but it usually sounds something like this. I feel out of control with my time. I'm spending a lot of time chasing after scarce listings from my buyers, negotiating multiple offers on my own listings, and then putting out fires on my pending deals. So how can I get back into control? You're wondering what's okay to stop doing, or you should be wondering what's okay to stop doing, and what must you never drop when you're feeling out of control. There's an old saying that goes like this. If you're not controlling your time, someone or something else always will. So we're going to give you a multiple step plan. It's a little bit of this is mindset, how to control your, how you're thinking about it, and some action steps. So here are things what to get rid of and what to keep. Well, I mean, just reading your description there gave me a little bit of stress, I have to say. Did you do that on purpose, Julie? No. You'll feel better by the end, I promise. I wanted to share with them something, because the thing that actually drove my stress up a little bit when you were talking about not enough listings, guys, in the next few days, we're doing a podcast that is, I think Julie is now, what, 30 different sources? Yes. I'm actually excited. And in a couple of days, we're going to do a one -part podcast, which is all of the different online sources, resources, other than your MLS, to find listings. And there's quite a variety. We're going to talk about farms, land, ranch, commercial, normal residential, vacation properties, foreclosure, everything. But what we're doing is we're actually giving you guys links of where you can go to find homes that are for sale that are not in the MLS. That's the main thing. So the notes already have, I think it's like 25 or 30 different websites, mostly, well, I mean, they're all websites, where you can click on the link and then you can be taken to a list of a source of homes for sale. Again, these are not in the MLS. And these are almost all nationwide, by the way. Right. And we're going to be doing this the next couple of days. So yes, if you are feeling stressed from not having enough inventory, we're going to cure that in the next couple of days, listen to the podcast. All right, Julie. So part one. You got it. All right. So let's see. What to let go of versus what to keep. So let's see part one. Number one, mindset check. Are you really that busy or are you just disorganized? Take a day to get real about what you're actually managing. Sometimes just dedicating a day or even two days to getting a grip is all you actually need. So don't keep telling yourself you're overwhelmed. Instead, your affirmation is that you are surrounded by opportunity. Isn't that more accurate? This is why this is the first step. When you do that first, you'll realize that your state of overwhelm is actually temporary versus allowing it to become a lifestyle. So I don't, I didn't scan your notes, but did you talk to them at all about the brain dump? I didn't. Yes. You can add it right in here. I was thinking this would be a perfect spot. Bonus point. One and a half. That's right. Bonus point. One and a half. So one of the systems that we've used for decades, especially with coaching clients, is when they're feeling overwhelmed. Take a tablet of paper and I don't know why tablets of paper where you're writing it out is more effective than if you're typing it out. Typing it out almost, I don't know, it doesn't stick in your brain as much. So take a tablet of paper. Take like maybe one of those long yellow legal tabs or tablets and then write down everything that's in your brain. Don't stop writing until essentially everything that's in your mind that you think you should be thinking about is completely cleared out and you can do personal and business and go through every single thing. So that's the first cure because what you're going to find out oftentimes is that you're going to start, like you'll write down maybe 10 or 20 different things and then you're writing them down in different versions. Like you're going to say, take in the dry cleaning and then you're going to realize that you wrote that down as the fourth thing and now you're seeing that you write it down as the 18th thing. In other words, what you'll discover is a lot of thoughts that you're having that are feeling like they're, you know, bogging down your ability to think clearly are the same thoughts. In other words, you don't really have that many things that you think you have more going on in your head than you actually do. So when you write all this down, then you're going to look at this list and there's three filters that you run all these things through and it's called do it, delegate it or ditch it. So the things that you absolutely positively must always be doing are going to be the things that fall into the five categories of the things that make you money in real estate, which is proactively generation, you know, obviously prequalifying, presenting a lead follow up, negotiating, those types of things that we teach in premier coaching. Those are the things that you should not be delegating and you have to do it. So the do it category are the things that you absolutely positively should leave on your list. The delegated category are, there's lots of things you could be delegating, lots of things you don't have to be doing. Lots of things that may be frankly under the delegation category are things that maybe not only not don't have to do yourself, but maybe don't need done at all. In other words, you put them on your list, you thought they were important. Somebody told you they were important, maybe even, and guess what? They aren't important. So get rid of them. And then the last one is ditch it and that's where essentially the lot of the things in your second, you know, the delegated part, they're going to go to the ditch it category and just completely remove them from your list. Or another thing to do is if there's longer term projects or things you wanted to be doing, write them on a completely separate list and then segment your list. But the most important thing is if you want to really get control, and this is a good, this is a really, at the end of the day, this is a mindset point, but if you really want to clear your brain and start feeling a resemblance of control, I did, did this just the other day. Honestly, I had a big, uh, to do list and it was, um, I keep lists. I'm a list guy. I know a lot of people have different systems for it, but lists work for me because I derive immense pleasure crossing them out. Yes, it is very satisfying. That's why it's very cathartic to take a damn thing is bought in that damn list and getting rid of it. Bye bye. That's right. I enjoy that. So that's my payoff. But there's a system. So do a delegated or ditch it, but start out by doing what we call a brain dump and write everything down and then go through it. And then you'll start seeing after you actually write everything on a piece of paper, you will feel better. You will feel some sort of a cloud will lift. It will. It really will. Then you look at all the things are floating around your head and like I said, remove the duplicates first because a lot of them will be duplicates and then go for a do it delegated or ditch it and then you know, move forward. That's a simple system. Well, that's a perfect 0 .1 and a half because remember we started by saying, are you really that busy? Are you just a bit disorganized? Maybe your mind is feeling disorganized because you haven't written it down and done the brain dump, right? So that goes hand in hand. And speaking of the do it part of the do it, ditch it or delegate it. Point number two, proactively generation cannot stop. This is the first thing that agents drop when they get even a tiny bit busy. You must actively pursue new qualified appointments every single work day. And it is the most important action that you take daily, whether you have a, whether you have pending transactions or not, whether you have active listings or not, always on every call, whether it's a home inspector or lender, a past client or a pending ask, you guys should know it by now, whom do you know who could use my help buying or selling real estate or Tim's version, which I like even better. What two or three people do you know who could use my help buying or selling real estate? So make the commitment to a minimum standard of contacts every work day, even when you're feeling busy, refer to our previous podcasts about how to list and sell the homes that you need to sell your magic number as well as lead generation from best to worst. We've done so much work on this with you guys on previous podcasts and in premier coaching. So I'm going to actually, I'm going to reinforce all your points, but I'm also going to give these guys a bit of a relief valve. I have coached people who are just for some reason wired to be disorganized. They're wired to basically be Liberty Gibbets bouncing here, bouncing there. That's just how they are. But then yet they're very successful. And why are they very successful? Because they always lean back into the things that are going to make them money. And oftentimes they have really vibrant personalities and people like them, despite the fact that they're wearing shoes that don't match and you know, things like that. All right. So how do, what's the solution when you're coaching somebody like that? The solution is not trying to find them a solution. The solution is just making sure they do to the three to five things every single day that they should be doing at a high level and then holding them accountable as three to five things and then giving them permission to be whatever the hell they want to do with their time the rest of the day. In other words, they can't, it's too much emotional stress for them to be held to a schedule for more than maybe two or three hours a day at, you know, in other words, they can only really, let's air quote here, time block two or three hours a day. So what are the things they should be doing in those two or three hours? And Julie and I talk about this on the podcast all the time, but obviously Julie's pointing about proactive lead generation. We want to talk about, you know, if you had a listing appointment, presenting, negotiating, all those types of things we teach in the coaching program. But really guys, if you really want to know how to really feel long -term control of your day, your day should come down to having mastered the art and science of really doing only three to five things every day. And those things are, in our opinion, now you can modify, but this is sort of a holistic approach to this, right? You need to be making your self -determined number of contacts per day as determined by your real estate treasure map, which we give you in the first level of Premier Coaching. So whatever your number of contacts per day, you need to be making those per day. You need to be having done all your lead follow up by the end of the day. I'm giving you a whole bunch and you guys choose which ones. Ideally, when you are very, you know, essentially advanced as a proactive lead generator, you should be setting one pre -qualified listing appointment per day. Julie and I are huge advocates of doing some sort of physical workout routine every single day, taking some kind of supplements every single day, showing overt gratitude. You know, I love you Julie, I love you Tim. You know, showing overt gratitude to the people that mean the most to you every single day. If you just basically write down the things that you have to do every single day, the accumulative effect of doing those things every single day will pay off in ways that you can't even understand. It's a multiplication effect. There's a compounding of duplicating those efforts. The obvious one being is that if you're working out and you're, you know, hopefully taking care of what you eat, you're going to see, not right away, but over time, your energy level increases, your physicality increases, same goes with making contacts. But the key to making this work is do those same things every single day and then often will come down to doing what you don't want to do when you don't want to do it at the highest level, which by the way, is the founding principle of our coaching program, but also of anyone I've ever met in life who's successful at any level. They knew that they had to do what they didn't want to do when they didn't want to do it at the highest level over long periods of time. And that's what we're prescribing to all of you guys as well, because it does pay off. So really, if you're wanting to get in control, but you're absolutely one of these people that can't be in control as your coach, I give you permission not to be in control for anything other than those two or three hours, ideally in the morning, because when you get those three to five things done every single day, even if the rest of the day is like a, you know, high speed roller coaster, it does not matter because you did the most important things. Well, that's right. That's the most important thing that you said is what you do with those two to three hours is what's critical. What you're not doing is giving them permission to just say, well, I'm just a disorganized person or go on Instagram or make a bunch of TikTok videos or do a bunch of passive lead generation or go on Facebook and take a bunch of surveys. All this silliness that doesn't lead to anything. That stuff doesn't count. Okay. So we're talking about what to keep and what to ditch. Point number three, deadlines cannot be ignored or procrastinated. You can lose a deal by losing track of time or having misunderstandings with the other side. So remember that people scan through DocuSign without really realizing what they're signing or remembering it or being able to even find it again. You can't be part of that. So use a transaction coordinator if that's getting out of control or if you're your transaction coordinator, you have to be careful with your earnest money deposits, contingency releases, inspection dates. Don't let those fall behind just because you're behind. Get clarity and or get help. And I'll tell you what one of my coaching clients does is when she does new transactions. Yes, of course, that's all in DocuSign and transaction management and transaction coordinators and all that. But in also her alarms, in her phone, she gives herself two or three day warnings. There's a contingency coming up. You've got to release that so that even if she's really super busy showing houses, maybe she's got somebody coming into town and it's a really intense appointment weekend. The alarm is going to save her butt. So that's just a backup plan. There's lots of different things that you can do. But this is one thing that you really can't blow off because it could cost you a deal. Well, I'll give you some exciting news. I know because you and I are investing some frankly, some money and time into developing some A .I. bots and apps for our different businesses, that there are absolutely people that are developing A .I. right now to work directly with the major CRM or transaction management platforms. So agents are going to be able to have an A .I. bot that's essentially going to act as a real live admin who's going to oversee the entire process. It's amazing. And ChatGPT4 and Bard and all these others, this week, ChatGPT4 is releasing a version for their paid users where essentially it's going to start using voice. So remember we were talking about on the podcast yesterday about all this? Well, the technology is here. So you're going to start having a voice. In other words, it's a real human voice. It does not sound like an old fashioned answering machine. That's good. And you know, I just laughed at myself because how many people? They don't know what an answering machine is. Right. Anyway, so back to 2023 or 2024 when you're listening. So the moral of the story is that there are going to be massive advancements in this A .I. technology that's going to make your lives a lot easier, which will give you a lot more room and time to spend on the things that matter most. That's assuming that you know what those things are and you actually know how to do them. That's what coaching is all about. And yeah, a lot of this technology is going to be coming through. I shouldn't maybe necessarily say this, but I know eXp Realty is working on developing a lot of these A .I. bots. Glenn Sanford is unbelievably intelligent about creating these technologies that streamline a lot of agent processes. And really, there's no downside. The experience is better from the customer's perspective, the agent's perspective, the broker's perspective. So all that's coming to a brokerage near you, assuming you're with Juli and I at eXp Realty. There you are. All right, now our final point for today is maybe one of my favorite points in terms of getting agents and brokers really organized and giving you peace. And that is point number four today, keeping your visual accountability, your whiteboards updated. You can't ignore that. You can't put it off, update it every day. In order to know if you are on track ahead or behind, keep that updated. Don't ignore your boards just because you feel like you're currently on track or ahead or hide out from them if you feel like you're behind. Not tracking your business is what will make you behind in a matter of days or weeks. Now, there's a rule in aviation called the one in 60 rule. When a plane veers off its course by just one degree, it misses its target destination by one mile for every 60 miles it's flown. Isn't that interesting, right? It is. You think it's just one degree. What's the big deal? I can find the airport, but maybe it's not the airport you were looking for. You're the plane. Stay on course. Visual is accountability the dashboard of your business. I have to say, Tim, I know you've had this experience too. Once agents start really embracing the visual accountability, and yes, we know you've got all this kept track of in a spreadsheet or your broker tracks it or whatever. We're talking about in your office on whiteboards in front of you. It works because it is visual. They'll say, oh, my gosh, I just feel so much more peaceful knowing and seeing I've got this many listing leads. I've got this many active listings. I've got this many pending, and I've got that many closed, which means I'm exactly three deals ahead of where I should be based on my treasure map. A lot of the stress in real estate really in life is just not knowing stuff, right? Not knowing about your finances, not knowing about what's going on inside your contracts, not knowing whether you're on track ahead or behind. It will give you peace to know. Well, the dry erase boards are the reason that obviously we know about all the technologies and all the widgets that give you creative dashboards that show you all your key performance indicators and all those things. We use those things in our business as well, but it's what Julie just said. The problem with all that technology is that you can hide from it, and it hides from you. A dry erase board, especially a large dominant one, and I was thinking when you were talking how when somebody, we get Premier Coaching clients, they'll post pictures of these big -ass dry erase boards, and they'll put them up on their walls. I'm talking about the monster ones, and that's the only way to do it because it doesn't leave any typically room for anything else on the wall. Tell them what the dry erase board should be because not everybody is a coaching client. Yes, well, they should be, and we'll tell them about that in a minute. What should you track? I like to think of it chronologically, right? Every transaction that becomes a closing starts as a lead, so you track your especially listing leads. Right. I'm looking at my wall. I want to know what the dry erase boards are. That's what I'm saying. I want to know which of them are. Okay. The first dry erase board is? Leads because everything starts as a lead. Okay. Then it becomes a listing. That's the second board is active listings. Okay. Then the last one is closings. You have one in between, pendings, and then you have closed. If your goal is to close 24 transactions, your closed board will be one through 24. As they travel through your boards, they land on the closed board, and you can see, are you on deal number three? Are you on deal number five? Where are you versus where you should be? On the closed board, sellers are in red, buyers are in blue. The other thing you can also do, and this is really fine tuning all of the accountability you have for yourself, is write down on the closed board what the price was and what the commission was, and then also really drill down on what the source of the lead was. We've talked for literally thousands of hours on this podcast of the importance of never just going by how the lead actually showed up in your life. You're going to need to ask secondary and sometimes third. What would be it? Cursary? Tertiary. Tertiary. That's right. That same question more than once. You need to ask them, who originally referred you to me? Where did you originally find me? How do we connect it? The story that Julie and I tell that seems to work is we were in our office when we were selling real estate, and one of our chief transaction coordinators was this gal named Kelly. Kelly was using a prequalification seller form, so she had at her desk buyer prequalification for him and seller prequalification for him. So Julie and I were in our office, and she was doing the seller prequalification, and one of the questions was halfway through the script was basically, so why did you decide to call Tim and Julie out for the job of selling your home? I think that was the question. And she wrote down the answer, but she didn't listen to herself ask the question, and she didn't watch herself write down the answer. So she asked the question two times in a row, and the first way that they answered it was like a sign or whatever. And then she asked the same exact question, and then they answered it, and we watched as they wrote down that it was a referral from so -and -so. And so that was the real tip -off that if you don't ask for what like drill down and really dig into where they're or why they're contacting you, you're going to make the mistake of assuming that they basically are contacting you because of Facebook. Because what happens is that you're at Orange Theory, somebody asked you for a referral for a roofer. You're going to say, Jack's roofing, I don't necessarily have his phone number, my phone's in my car, whatever it is. But the person you're going to talk to remembers Jack's roofing in, say, Georgetown, Texas. So they're going to go and they're going to drop into Google, Jack's roofing, Georgetown, Texas. So the first thing that's going to come up is Jack's Facebook business page, let's say, or Instagram or whatever the hell it's going to be. And then you're going to message them through that app, and then Jack's going to get the message from Facebook that you are interested in having your roof fixed. All the while, Jack's going to then assume, hey, my Facebook campaign is working, you know? Of course. Look, I'm going to post more pictures of my lunch every single day, evidently that's generating business for me. Right. All the while, the real reason that Jack got that lead was because it was a referral from somebody you knew at the gym. You guys get the point? So if you're not asking those real drill down questions, you're really going to lose contact with the source of your business. You're not going to realize how much of your business comes from the things that don't cost any money, signs, for example, centers of influence and past clients, for example. People you maybe like, they could be somebody that an old neighbor, oh, you don't even know. You're going to have to ask. And that's what you'll self -discover, what Julie and I have been coaching all you guys for decades, is the percent of business comes from any kind of marketing and advertising is typically less than 10 % because most everyone chooses who they're going to use as a real estate professional, like 90 % based on the things we coach you guys to do, which cost you no money, which aren't anything to do with marketing, branding, and advertising. Don't misunderstand what I'm saying. Back to the roofing example, had Jack the roofer not had a business Facebook page and that person had gone to Google and tried to search for him, he may not have ever found Jack's phone number to actually make the, you know, to get in contact, right? So it's important that you have a presence online, but you've got to see it for what it is.
A highlight from Ron Hammond Interview - Crypto Regulation News! SEC Gary Gensler Hearing, FTX Trial, Crypto Bills, Coinbase, Stablecoin Regulation
"Last time he spoke in front of the House Finance Service Committee, he kept saying multiple times, we have not lost a court case on crypto at all. We have brought several actions. And again, remind you, they call settlements wins. And so in their case, they were. They had won every single court case. But now that talking point is really faded because, as you mentioned, the Ripple's case, the Grayscale case, there's also ones like the Coinbase suit going on right now. This content is brought to you by Link2, which makes private equity investment easy. Link2 is a great platform that allows you to get equity in companies before they go public, before they do an IPO. Within their portfolio includes crypto companies, AI companies, and fintech companies. Some of the crypto companies you may recognize include Circle, Ripple, Chainalysis, Ledger, Dapper Labs, and many more. If you'd like to learn more about Link2, please visit the link in the description. Welcome back to the Thinking Crypto podcast, your home for cryptocurrency news and interviews. With me today is Ron Hammond, who's director of government relations at the Blockchain Association. Ron, great to have you back on. Thanks for having me. Always a pleasure. Ron, it's going to be a busy week. It's already a busy week here in DC. Tomorrow is, of course, the hearing with chairman of the SEC, Gary Gensler. Tell us about that and what can we expect. Definitely. For those who may not know, Gary Gensler, the chair of the SEC, is going to be testifying in front of the House Financial Services Committee for the second time this year. That's a really big deal because, to remind you, last year, they barely saw him at all in that committee when the Democrats had control. But if the Republicans can control, they want to exercise oversight of the SEC as much as possible. And again, it's pretty typical, though, for the opposite party to try to put the screws on to the party that has the White House. But in this case, a lot has happened, both in crypto, but also just generally, that it's going to get a lot of flack for Gary Gensler, whether it be on private funds, ESG. And again, crypto will definitely come up a lot after talking to several folks on the House side. He recently testified, though, in front of Senate Banking two weeks ago, and we didn't get too much out of that candidly. We saw a couple of questions from Senator Hagerty from Tennessee on the issues of promethium, for example, and Bitcoin ETF. We also saw some questions from Senator Lummis on SAB 121, which is more crypto accounting standards, and how do you custody actual crypto for banks. So I think we're going to see a lot more hard -hitting points from the House, especially on the Republican side. But I'd also like to caveat, as well, that the shutdown approaching, a lot of Democrats are going to use their time to hit the Republicans. It's just standard politics here. The Republicans are the ones in the House that are really slowing things down, unfortunately, when it comes to funding the government. So Democrat, any for the most part, is going to utilize their five minutes to not really talk about Gary Gensler, but talk about the Republicans shutting down the government. Because again, that's a major, major thing here. As much as crypto is big for us, the macro of all of the shutdown has a lot of implications. So we won't see crypto come up too much, but after talking to a couple offices, it does seem like we're going to have some definitely hard -hitting questions, very similar to what we saw earlier this year in the House. Yeah, and to your point of, you know, things have certainly changed since the last time he appeared, because you had the Ripple lawsuit decision, you had the Grayscale decision, where Grayscale won that, Ripple won a big chunk of theirs as well. And the Prometheum details are more about what Prometheum is and what they're up to. So do you think there's going to be some hard -hitting questions around that, those cases and those things that happened? Definitely. So if you recall, last time he spoke in front of the House Financial Services Committee, he kept saying multiple times, we have not lost a court case on crypto at all. We have brought several actions. And again, remind you, they call settlements wins. And so in their case, they were. They had won every single court case. But now that talking point is really faded because, as you mentioned, the Ripple case, the Grayscale case, there's also ones like the Coinbase suit going on right now. That's got a lot more attention. Actually, it looks a lot better for Coinbase post those decisions. And so he can't rely back on the courts here or say that, hey, look, I'm winning in all these court cases. And actually, especially in the Grayscale case, he lost 3 -0. And two of those judges were Democrat appointees and they're based here in D .C. And so I think that having that set the tone of like, look, you are really overextending here and you're losing in the courts, not by a small margin, by unanimous margin sometimes. And it's just not crypto. You are pushing the balance elsewhere where other industries like ESG or like private equity are seeing these wins and saying, you know what? I think we're going to actually have a chance to win against the SC as well. So like the ETF situation where crypto really just goes out ahead and fights a lot of these fires for more traditional finance. And then those folks kind of benefit from crypto's push. I think we're seeing some of that happening now with the Grayscale case and Ripple case and Coinbase case empowering other industries who feel like they are also having overreach from the SEC saying, you know what? I think we have actually a case here when we can actually win the courts. So I think it's going to be a major theme of this hearing going forward. But also there's going to be several other questions to your point about Prometheum. That was a major issue for that committee, which had Erin Caplan in front of that committee just a couple of months ago. And they reiterate all the talking points, securities laws are clear. The SEC gave us a way to work forward and move things forward. But that argument really fell apart pretty quickly. And we're seeing that in this case, that the Prometheum line that there is a pathway forward registration, there is a way to comply, just doesn't hold water. And so I'm pretty sure we'll see some members of Congress tighten the screws a little bit there because it's been really more of a black box, the SEC, of how this process went. Caplan just kept saying that we actually kept working the SEC and they were clear, but that has yet to even show itself. So I think there'll be a major other theme for this hearing as well. Now you mentioned Coinbase and everyone's looking at that lawsuit. There was also news reported, I think you mentioned it, where Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong will be on the Hill. They've also launched an education campaign around crypto. Tell us about that. Yeah, Coinbase has been a godsend, candidly. Again, we used to have only about five or six lobbyists during the infrastructure fight. And again, we're going up against the banks who have over 150 plus lobbyists. We have going against other agencies or other groups that have way more funding. But Coinbase really has stepped up and said, look, the fights here in DC, we are committed to the United States and we're committed to resources here in the United States and DC to educate Congress, to educate regulators, and to showcase in DC why crypto is important for the future of the United States. And so they're having a huge Hill day tomorrow, actually. Again, it lines up not on purpose at all with Kerry Gensler testifying and of course also the shutdown too. But they're going to be having a whole set of presentations for Hill staff and members of Congress to learn from founders. It's not just Coinbase itself. They're also bringing in other founders from other companies and having a whole demo day, a Hill day, you can say, to educate various offices. And so I think it's really important to have. We're all seeing a lot of other folks from the industry come down. So it's going to be quite the crypto week here in DC. Of course, bad timing with the shutdown, but no one can really plan it like that. So we're really excited to see how that plays out, especially with all the heat recently more moving to AI in terms of interest, but also scrutiny. I think it's good to have more adults in the room and say, hey, look, crypto was the AI about one or two years ago. We're still here. We're fighting a lot of big battles. We need Congress's help to move the needle. But at the same time, let's show you why this is important and why this technology needs to be in America and not be based elsewhere. Because unfortunately, we're seeing a lot of folks migrate over to London, migrate over to the EU. And Coinbase is really taking a strategic stand saying, we're here to stay. We're here to comply with the rules, but we also need some action from Congress. So we'll see how that goes. Sure. Yeah, that's really great that they're doing that. And education advocacy are certainly key. And speaking of legislation and regulations, obviously, we had the market structure bill get marked up in the house. You also have the stable coin bill. What's the latest with those and the next steps? I know the shutdown is probably delaying a lot of things. What are the latest on those items? Yeah, so we were kind of expecting by October timeframe to have a vote on the stable coin bill and the market structure bill. There are other crypto bills as well that passed out of the house financial service committee, but those are the two main big ones. And so the plan was, hopefully, was after this whole shutdown drama that we would have a vote probably in October, but it's looking more like November now. And again, our message to folks is the closer we get to that 2024 election, we're almost a year out, all of a sudden, all bipartisan politics goes away and folks start retreating back to their bases. And it's my team versus your team. And that's when everything grinds to a halt in DC. We're already seeing that right now a little bit with the shutdown where folks are saying it's my team versus your team, but the Republicans are a lot more splintered on their teams. And so we want to make sure that we get these bills pushed out of the house on a good bipartisan basis and then showcase to the Senate why it's important to take up this legislation. Now, there are been some rumors going around recently. Again, Politico report on it, Punchbowl report on it recently, too, that Patrick Henry gave an interview saying, look, the Senate Bank Committee, my Senate counterpart, they're doing completely different things than we're doing in the house. We're focusing on crypto and capital formation and data privacy. They're more focused on marijuana banking, exec compensation, and banking regs. So we are in two different camps on two major different issues. But if we were able to make a trade of some sort, the priorities that Sherrod Brown, who's running for reelection in deep red Ohio, who's going to need all the help he can get, would at least his case to voters saying, look, I'm actually working on this committee that traditionally has not passed that many bills. Mind you, again, they haven't passed a bill, except for this year, for four years before that. And that's during his time as well as Republicans in the chair time. It's crazy. And so in order for this to move the needle, they have to have a trade. And I think that's what's really important to say. If this trade were to happen, a lot does have to happen. But this does provide a pathway potentially for crypto legislation to move forward to the president's desk. Again, a lot has to happen. A lot can mess this up. But this isn't one of the first few times we're seeing kind of a light at the end of the tunnel. And we're really excited by it now again. But we have to have a lot of education because the Senate has not really given too much thought to this issue besides a couple handful of really powerful champions. Yeah, boy, fingers crossed, toes crossed, everything, hoping they can get something through the House and then we can go through the Senate. Boy, I'm hoping something happens by early next year before the madness of the election cycle. Now, there's also the trial for Sam Beckman Fried and the whole FTX debacle. In addition, there's been new updates around Sam Beckman Fried's parents and how money was moved to his aunt and Stanford University and much more. What do you expect to happen in October with this trial? So the main issue that we're going to have here in D .C. is just the noise. A lot of people are going to be talking about the SPF trial. It does have a huge media attention, for better or for worse. And again, we've really at least made sure we tell folks in D .C., again, this is not a crypto problem. This is a complete scammer just using newer technology. But guess what? Same old playbook as we've seen with Madoff and others. But there is concern that there are, at least in the case of the House, for example, we're voting on these big bills. FTX came up as a reason to support the bill, as a reason also to oppose the bill. Some folks say, look, there's no coming of a customer funds. That's what FTX did. And this bill bans that. On the other end, they're saying, you know, well, this legitimizes the crypto market. So this could potentially make more FTXs come up down the road. And so we've seen FTX kind of being pulled in two different directions when it comes to supporting or opposing legislation. And so our concern is the 300 plus members of Congress who have not sat in a crypto hearing who may not even know what Bitcoin or Ethereum is, are they going to listen to the headlines and say, look, actually, SPF is all crypto, which we all know it's not the case. Or they're going to say, SPF did this fraud. That's why we need to pass legislation to make sure this doesn't happen again. And so we're trying to really thread that needle. Of course, you know, we still know everything is going to come out through the trial. There could be some regulatory implications. Again, the campaign donations is a major factor and a major reason why a lot of folks in Congress are a lot more put back by crypto and kind of staying away on the sidelines because they don't get burned again. But as we're seeing kind of recently with the indictment with Senator Menendez recently from New Jersey, some members of the Senate took money from his PAC. And so there's a lot of, you know, just it doesn't matter if you're in crypto, doesn't matter if you're a Singh Senator, there's a lot of issues when it comes to campaign financing as a whole. And a lot of folks are on their toes here. But I think, you know, we want to make sure that we showcase it. Folks, SPF kind of went abroad and tried to really railroad the industry here in D .C. by trying to screw DeFi with his legislation and trying to protect his fraud and scam. Let's make sure it doesn't happen again. Let's put some rules on the road because, yes, SEC is not providing that right now. They haven't for years. And so it's time for Congress to act. So we'll see how that makes the dynamics. I'm sure, again, there'll be a lot of D .C. ties and connections with that court case. So if there's anything damning, we'll soon find out. But our hope is that this actually encourages Congress to act rather than sit on the sidelines saying, no, we're good. Crypto is kind of all SPF, FTX. And what do you think about the dynamic of and I don't know if this is going to be discussed in the trial at all, but Sam Beckman Fried and FTX officials met with the SEC many times. These are confirmed things on the calendar. I believe Sam met with Gary Gensler, according to some calendar updates. Does that play a factor at all? Because obviously we don't know what was discussed and what was the agenda items. But would that bring any pressure on Gary Gensler? Like you met with this guy. Yeah. He said in the New York Times article back in December that he met with SPF, I think it was twice actually, SPF and Gensler personally. But again, also remind you, it's a big organization. SPF was in D .C., more than any CEO in any industry I've seen in my time in D .C. But at the same front, staff meet all the time too. I mean, it wasn't just SPF. He had a whole team of staff that helped out on this front, both at the CFTC, at the SEC and of course with Congress as well. And so Gensler said again explicitly that he met with SPF twice. But I think it'd be good to know, look, how many times does your staff interact? How long do those conversations go? What do they lead to? Because there were some rumors swirling around that FTX is going to get a pass of sorts. And again, those are rumors. We have not had confirmation of that. But the one thing about the court case is that it's going to bring all this to light. So if there's anyone that's saying anything half -truths here or they're trying to protect their character or protect their image, it could really bite them if they have been lying to the press or they've been getting half -truths here. And so if I were to chair Gensler, this likely will come up in tomorrow's hearing. The question is like, look, it's going to come out. The truth will come out. We just want to make sure you're shored up here because it's going to be really bad for you on top of all the other things that have been happening in the courts if you've been caught potentially lying here. And again, I don't see any reason why he would in this situation, but I think the focus should be also not just on SPF and Garrett Gensler, but where do the staffs and the senior level execs and regulators also meet from FTX and the SEC? Hmm. I'm very curious to get those details. Now, speaking of FTX, obviously with the relation with Binance, and I forgot to ask you this earlier, the judge recently said it blocked the SEC from conducting further discovery, if I'm not mistaken, with Binance US. Have you heard anything about that? Not as much, at least in the DC front, but at least when it comes to the Binance situation as a whole, there's still that looming DOJ investigation that a lot of folks in DC are waiting for that shoe to drop. Again, there's various rumors of why that DOJ lawsuit hasn't dropped. There have been confirmation reports of central sanction evasion violations, as well as money laundering violations by Binance and the parent company, not Binance US to my knowledge, but Binance. What is the relationship though between Binance US and Binance? Is that there much cohesion there or is there actually a pretty separate line between those two entities? So one thing's for sure though, a lot of folks in DC or in the early of 2023 are hearing a lot more from Binance. They were definitely hitting DC a lot more, trying to get their narrative out. And I think the mounting allegations are pretty damning. And we've seen a lot of folks who were in DC for Binance trying to deliver that message. They're not here anymore. It was a very short stint for them. So whether that be for the company having financial problems, whether it be more of the regulatory issues, that's unclear at the moment. I would lean more to the regulatory issues, but I think it's all going to come more to light as time goes on, but it's pretty bad. So we'll see exactly how Binance recovers from this, if at all. But at least here in DC, the folks that they had speaking, they largely aren't here anymore. Wow. And final item here, obviously you got the Gensler hearing tomorrow with the House Financial Services Committee. Is there any other major hearings for the remainder of the year that we should be aware of? Not at the moment, at least in terms of big ones. We are seeing some small hearings, rumors coming up right now for more of Senate banking. Again, if they do consider crypto legislation, they've only had one major crypto hearing so far this year, whereas the House has had over 13. But again, like I mentioned earlier, that's just two separate priorities for two separate chairs. But if this trade were to happen, I think I'd just keep an eye on Senate banking. They just had their first AI hearing last week. And as they kind of get more into the AI issues and tech issues in finance, that's going to eventually loop in crypto more and more. So I think we'll keep an eye on Senate banking. And then finally, if we are looking for those votes happening on the House floor for the stablecoin bill, as well as the market structure bill, I probably keep a little eye on the House as well. I guess I think lastly, I'll say now, too, is tax issues. We've been talking a lot about securities law, commodities law for quite some time. But tax issues are really percolating to the surface here. Senate Finance, which is Ron Wyden, who's a big champion for crypto, Democrat side, as well as Mike Crapo from Idaho, they actually put a request out to the industry and another stakeholder saying, look, what does taxation for crypto look like? Please help us. Who should be reporting 1099s? Who should be doing various filings and such? So that's just a request ended in early September. And so we potentially could see some action or at least some legislative hearings on what does crypto taxation look like. And I think it's a very important issue with the broker definition coming out from Treasury. There's a lot of comments going through that system right now. So we'll see where that lines up by keeping an eye on tax issues. That's going to be a major fight for quite some time. And I think it's going to be really important. It's a little nitty gritty, but it's very important for any business to operate in the United States. Yeah, absolutely. That's a big one. And I know there's been some other things happening. I think the FASB rule and with corporations being able to hold Bitcoin and things like that on their balance sheet, I believe there were some updates there. Don't have the full details, but there's certainly a need for further clarity and for individuals and institutions. Ron, always great information, man. Thank you so much. Happy to help. Thanks for having me.
A highlight from Crypto Kingpins: The War Between SBF and CZ
"It's been almost one year since FTX collapsed and created a horrific ripple effect in the crypto industry. Sam Bankman -Fried and Chengpeng Zhao have become key players in this incident, and a new podcast goes behind the scenes to tell about exactly what took place. With SBF's trial ramping up as we speak, we're pleased to welcome Tom Wright, one of the creators of the new Crypto Kingpins podcast to the show, to share some insights. So let's go ahead and get into it today on our episode number 697 of the Bad Crypto Podcast. Five, four, three, two, one, go. Who's bad? Well, what do you know? Once again, it's the Bad Crypto Podcast, the show for the crypto curious and crypto serious. We had a week off because I was traveling en France, and was Travis keynoting at a crypto event in Manila. He was the thriller in Manila. And how was it, Trev? I tell you what, you know, I think I maybe made a quote of this before. Somebody said, go where you're celebrated, not where you're tolerated. And I do think in Puerto Rico sometimes it's like, you know, the natives tolerate, they don't really like the gringos, but they tolerate them. And then there's some people that'll throw hate. So, but in the Philippines, oh my God, they are so open and welcome and kind. And like, hello, sir, how can I help you, sir? Like just most lovable people, probably that I've ever encountered in the world. Thailand, the same, very nice people. Not a lot of crime in these places. I think maybe the Buddhist nature of that. And they're like, oh, you know, and it was so nice, very nice. And the keynote was great. They had me kick off the whole conference. So the founder came up, Dr. Donald Lin, he came up, did a little thing. And boom, then they had me kick off the keynote. And I think it was one of the better ones that I've done. I think it'll be up on YouTube here shortly and we'll share the link when that comes available. I had a few people come up and tell me it was one of the best keynotes they've ever seen. So I was like, ah, you've not seen very many keynotes. Perfect answer. Well, I'm sure you did a fantastic job and represented the Republic of Bad Cryptopia. So, you know, it's hard to believe that it's been a year since the dominoes started falling. You know, Luna was first, then FTX and Three Arrows, and then Celsius. And it's just been, it's gonna be a bear market anyway, but boy, the downward pressure exerted by these, you know, horrible black swan incidents have made it a really, really bad bear market. And of course, we've been here with you guys throughout it all. We've not abandoned you. We've not turned into bears. It was like a kick to the ass, a nudge, an elbow to your face, and then a kick to the crotch. And here we are. And the bear markets can be - Here we are. Here we go, sweetie. It was fun, fun times. Crypto goes up, crypto goes down. Or as our next guest would say, number go up. You mentioned that book right there. So we're gonna have a great conversation here with maybe my long lost relative, Tom Wright, who's been doing, who's an investigative journalist, gonna talk about what happened with FTX and SBF and CZ. And he's got his own podcast around that, multiple topics or multiple episodes. So you're gonna want to tune in. This is a pretty good interview, Mr. Joel Kopp. I think so. Let's let the people decide as they listen now. Unless you're living under a rock, you have heard the names Sam Bankman -Fried and Chengpeng Zhao, or CZ, of Binance. And you've heard about the fall of FTX. Well, Sam Bankman -Fried's big trial for basically making off with countless billions of dollars is coming up shortly. Scam bank man fraud, right? That's the guy. We have a guy with us today who is the co -founder of Project Brazen, a journalism -focused content studio. He's a New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer finalist. And his name is quite similar to Travis Wright's. His name is Tom Wright. We're talking, it's two T Wright's here today. There's two TWs here today. And Tom, welcome to the Bad Crypto Podcast. Thanks for having me on. Yeah, tell us, just kind of give us a little more meat on the bones of your background and how that led you to this new podcast called Crypto Kingpins. Well, I was at the Wall Street Journal for about 20 years, Dow Jones and the Wall Street Journal in 2019 after writing a book called Billion Dollar Whale, which is about the one MDB scandal. That's the scandal where a bunch of money was taken out of a sovereign wealth fund in Asia and used to make films like The Wolf of Wall Street and for all these guys to party on this fraudster Joe Lowe's tab. Clearly people like Paris Hilton and big actors, Leonardo DiCaprio and others. And then the guy who I wrote the book with, Bradley Hope and I quit the journal and set up this company Project Brazen. And what we do is we make podcasts and we also write magazine articles and other things, books as well, that we use as the basis for adaptation into TV and film. So that's Project Brazen, that's a business. And our latest podcast is Crypto Kingpins, which we've done in conjunction with USG Audio, which is Universal's audio. And that just started rolling out last week and the episodes are running weekly on Tuesdays. And it's about the huge rivalry between Changpeng Zhao, who you mentioned of Binance, and Sam Bankman -Fried of FTX and how that rivalry played out and how it led to the downfall of SPF. And we went based on exclusive access to CZ himself. There was some interesting stuff that was going down with that. A lot of personality clashes and then just like, oh, CZ is gonna come in and save the day. Oh no, he's not. Because it looked like he got some, he was feeling the heebie jeebies. He was looking at some stuff and going, whoa, we better get rid of all of my FTT because this ain't working. And so this is great. We're talking about some of the big crypto frauds, right? That's what you've done. You know, actually, since Joel and I have not done this show as regularly here in the last couple of weeks because of travel, a documentary just came out about Ruja Igniktova called The Crypto Queen on 2BTV and I was in there talking about that. So I'm featured on that. So it's like, it seems like there's a lot of stuff going on right now and I'll put that in the show notes if you guys wanna watch The Crypto Queen documentary. But this is fascinating. There's so many bad actors in crypto. Hopefully we can get past this and only the good people remain in crypto. The fraudsters are kicked out. Hopefully all the good people haven't left and are chasing dreams in AI now. So hopefully there's still some good foundations here in the crypto space. Well, we got into this podcast because I'm based here in Singapore and for a long time, CZ was based here. And what he was hoping to do was get a license from the Singapore government. I mean, a lot of people were here. Do Kwan of Terra Luna was here. Carl Davis was here. The Three Arrows guys were here. Their yacht Much Wow that they bought, I think was supposed to be in the marina here but never made it, as you said. A lot of people getting washed out of the system. But anyway, I got to know CZ because he was living down in this area called Sentosa Cove which is a lot like Miami. You know, it's big mansions with a marina. And at that time, now what a lot of people do know about is what happened last November, which you just alluded to, which is when CZ decided to sell his tokens and that caused a world of pain for Sam Bagman Frieden FTX, right? But what people don't really understand is the degree to which CZ and SPF had interacted over time. People know that the Binance was one of the big first investors in FTX back in the early days. They took a 25 million stake for 20 % of FTX. But Sam really looked up to CZ. Obviously CZ and Binance go back to 2017 and Sam didn't set up FTX until a couple years later. And we show in the podcast how CZ first met Sam when Sam invited him to this party in an aquarium in Singapore in 2019. And he was just a trader, one of many traders. I don't think he was a VIP trader, but just a trader nonetheless on Binance. And so that's really when the story begins and that's how we start the podcast by showing that relationship and how it evolves and then all of the stuff in between that initial meeting and then what happened last November, which was what we call the kill shot. So he kind of went from being a trader to becoming a traitor. We're gonna talk about some of that political stuff that he did down the road, which was really crazy. It's like you look at some of this stuff, Joel, and I go, man, anybody else was doing some of this stuff where they hadn't have donated so much money to the political parties? There's no way that you get taken out of a Bahamas prison and then immediately brought to America and then released on a first class flight to fly back home to go be with your mommy and daddy if you've done this amount of fraud. So there's so many different nuances to this story. I can't wait to get into this with you. Well, the most amazing thing about that is he was released on a $250 million bail, which was I think the biggest ever bail in American pretrial history. But was it really? It wasn't really like they didn't actually pay that. No, their house is not worth $250 million. I didn't quite understand that it was backed by their house, but that was the, I think they judged him a very low flight risk based on how recognizable he is. Yeah, did they think that house would be a collector's item someday or something? With a future value of this home, yeah, that's crazy. So do this for us. When everything went down, kind of set the stage for what happened that day when this story broke. How much money were we actually talking about? How many people were impacted? And just how far did the ripples extend? Well, I think it's November the 2nd is when this CoinDesk article comes out, which basically says, look, the Alameda, which was Sam's hedge fund, FTX's hedge fund, its financial situation isn't all that it looks like because somebody inside the company leaked these documents to CoinDesk. And they showed that they were heavily reliant on FTT tokens, which were basically a cryptocurrency that Sam had made up and bought himself to prop up the value. And then if you took those out, they were about almost a half of the total assets of the hedge fund. And so at that point, CZ is pacing in his penthouse in Dubai where he left Singapore where I got to know him and he moved to Dubai.
A highlight from Leading Edge Defi Leverage Trading! (Apex Review)
"DeFi leverage trading is the hottest thing in crypto right now, and Apex is the top tier platform to use. I'm going to tell you why. It's time to discover crypto. Apex Pro, which is currently ranked fourth in 24 -hour trading volume on CoinGecko's list of DEXs, is a multi -chain, permissionless, non -custodial, decentralized derivatives exchange, also known as a DEX. That's a lot of words, so let's break it down. Multi -chain means that Apex supports multiple blockchains, and so far, you can trade using ETH, BNB Chain, Polygon, Arbitrum, Avalanche, C -Chain or Optimism. And permissionless basically means this platform is open to anyone. No one is going to come along saying you can't trade due to where you're located or force you to complete KYC, otherwise known as that thing we all love to hate. Know your customer. It's not chicken. Giving all our personal information over to giant companies makes a lot of us feel less secure. Plus, one of the biggest benefits of crypto is privacy, so I'm always a fan of platforms that don't require KYC. If you feel the same, make sure to slam that like button and subscribe if you haven't already. You can also click the link in the description to sign up for Apex. The other great thing about Apex is that because it's non -custodial, you are in charge of your crypto. We've seen with so many exchanges plummeting during the bear market that the old adage, not your keys, not your crypto, really stands true. And finally, Apex is decentralized, meaning it isn't owned by one particular company or individual. Apex is backed by a plethora of distinguished global investors from Dragonfly Capital to Kronos to Cyber, so a lot of people in the know are excited about this exchange. Apex uses Starkware's ETH Mainnet Layer 2 scalability engine StarkX. And because most of the transactions take place on -chain, the fees on this platform tend to be much lower. It offers instant settlement, and the speeds are top notch, supporting 10 trades per second. Apex is a derivatives exchange, so let's go into what that means briefly. Derivatives are contracts between a trader and an exchange where the trader speculates on price movement without actually having to own the crypto. This is where you hear terms like short and long. A short means you expect the price of the asset to go down, and a long means the opposite. You think it will go up. And what makes this kind of trading extra attractive to traders is the possibility to trade with leverage, aka borrowing funds from the exchange so you hopefully make a bigger profit. So, say you have $100 to trade and decide to use 5X leverage. This means you would borrow $400 from the exchange and trade with 500 bucks. Your gains would be five times more than they would have been without the leverage, but any potential losses will also be five times greater. Apex offers up to 30X leverage on Bitcoin and ETH and 15X on all other assets, but I highly recommend using much lower leverage, especially if you're new. You need to be careful when doing this kind of trading because it is really easy to get liquidated if you don't know what you're doing, so have a stop loss. Remember, don't invest more than you're willing to lose. Okay, so let's get started. First, make sure you go to the correct website. You can click on our affiliate link below, so be extra cautious. Then you'll see the Bitcoin chart. At the top, you'll see the dashboard that gives you an overview, your profile, any orders, transfers, fundings, and even a community section where you can follow Apex on socials. You can also check out the leaderboard where Apex has the top traders listed, as well as ones you follow. And again, the link's in the description. Make sure to check out the Apex rewards section when you can earn for trading. And there's also a referral section where you can earn for inviting new people. And the best part is your friends will get a special offer too, which is another reason why you should click on our affiliate link in the description. You can also earn by holding Apex's native tokens, Apex and BANA. Apex grants governance rights and protocol incentivization, and right now you can earn over 15 % APY from staking it. BANA, on the other hand, is a trade to earn reward token that gives you exclusive perks. All right, now back to the charts. All right, so right here, you can see the pairs you can select. You can also take a look at the depth, funding rate, details, and risk limit. Then down below, you got positions, closed order P &L, profit and loss, active orders, conditional orders, which are waiting for the conditions to be right for the trade to close, filled orders, and the total order history. Currently, it's blank because we haven't connected our wallets yet. So head on over past the order book where you can see the current longs and shorts, as well as the oracle price of the asset, which is pulled from a bunch of external nodes. Then you can choose the blockchain you want to use and press connect your wallet. Click next, click connect, agree with the terms and conditions, then send the request to verify ownership and enable trading. Finally, you press sign and you're all done. If you don't want to connect a self -custodial wallet for some reason, you can also connect your Bybit wallet to Apex, but we aren't going to go through that in this video. Throughout the connection process, Apex may prompt you to make a username and provide your email, but you don't have to. Remember, privacy is one of their top priorities, but if you want notifications about your trades, go ahead. Then you'll see where you can place an order. You'll need to deposit funds, and for your information, you can only trade with USDC, so make sure you have some of that in your wallet. Now, Apex will allow you to open a limit, market, or conditional markets trade. A limit order basically waits for the price to come to you, and a conditional order means your trade executes when certain conditions are met. So if you think Bitcoin will plummet if it hits a certain price, you can place a conditional short. However, most people place market orders, which mean the trade will immediately execute at the current market price. That's what I use. I highly recommend taking profit and setting up a stop loss, so if you start losing money, you can stop the bleeding, and you can close your trade with either a limit or market close. Well, that's all I got for you today. Are you a fan of leverage trading? Have you tried Apex for yourself? Let us know in the comment section below. That's all from Deezy. Thanks for watching Discover Crypto. Hit that like button on your way out, and we'll see you at the top.
A highlight from UNCHAINED: Why All 10,000 OnChainMonkey NFTs Will Move From Ethereum to Bitcoin
"Arbitrum's leading Layer 2 scaling solutions can provide you with lightning -fast transactions at a fraction of the cost, all while ensuring security rooted on Ethereum. Arbitrum's newest addition, Orbit, enables you to build your own tailor -made Layer 3. Visit arbitrum .io today. Buy, trade, and spend crypto on the crypto .com app. New users can enjoy zero credit card fees on crypto purchases in the first seven days. Download the crypto .com app and get $25 with the code LORA. Link in the description. Today's guests are Danny Yang and Bill Tai, co -founders of Medigood and creators of Onchain Monkey. Welcome, Danny and Bill. Hey, Laura. Great to be here. Thank you, Laura. Honored to be here again. Bill, you were my third guest, if I remember correctly. So… Yeah. Pleasure to have you back. You're the star of the industry, kind of, at the Necker Blockchain Summit. I know. I can't believe that was over seven years ago now. But anyway, so part of the reason that I brought you two here was to discuss some recent issues, you could call them, in the Bitcoin ordinals world. And it affects you as creators. But first, why don't we give everybody the backdrop of what you've been doing. And we'll start with your backgrounds pre -Medigood. So, Danny, would you like to start? Yeah. So, I'm Danny Yang, pre -Medigood. I started a Stanford Bitcoin meetup back in 2013. That's when I met Bill, actually. So that's how he connected. True OG. Yeah. Early days of Bitcoin when we were all very, I guess, excited by what we could do. And I had the sky's the limit. And Bitcoin was the center of attention for everything. It was really the only thing. And I started a cryptocurrency exchange in Taiwan called MyCoin, that's doing well today too. And then a couple of years later, I started a blockchain analytics company called Bloxier that was then sold a few years after that. And Bill also was the first investor in both of my, those two Bitcoin and crypto companies that have been busy in this space. And just excited to see what's happening today too, what we're going to talk about because of the new happenings for Bitcoin in particular. And Bill? Yeah. And Laura, I think obviously you've known me for quite a while, but I somehow was able to see some kind of interesting future for Bitcoin back in 2010. That led me to doing some work on a bunch of different things. Some of the more notable companies that came out of the industry at that time were Bitfury, of course, where I put together the funding for their first major ASIC chip. Still chairman of the board of Hut 8 Mining, which we spun out of Bitfury, it used to be our Canadian operation and had funded a bunch of interesting projects like AirSwap with Joe Lubin and Mike Novogratz and Power Ledger and some other things. But Danny, having been the founder of the Stanford Bitcoin Meetup Group, and Laura, you will remember even back on Necker Island, what I wanted to do was create something like the Homebrew Computer Club for this segment. And Danny had already done that. So as I was attending the Stanford Bitcoin Meetup Groups, young startups like Zappo or BitGo or Coinbase or whoever would come and present at his meetup. And I just identified Danny as a node with a lot of talent given his PhD in computer science at Stanford and every question that I had that was technical, he could answer. And so one day I walk up to him and I said, hey, if you ever start a company, I'm writing a check. And that became the first company he mentioned. And I funded it along with some real OGs like Charlie Lee, Bobby Lee, Jed McCaleb, people like that. And then that turned into another funding for Blockseer. Both of those companies have been successful. And third time around, you know, I was like, Danny, let's do this one together. So I wrote a check and we put together Medigood.
A highlight from Rep. French Hill and Sen. Tom Cotton on opposing the shutdown
"Welcome back, America. I'm Hugh Hewitt, another gold bump in honor of Senator Goldbars Menendez. I'm joined by Representative French Hill from Arkansas. Representative Hill is one of the smart guys because he's on the Intel Committee. That's handpicked and the Republicans are always serious about that. He's also on foreign affairs and financial services. Our old friend John Campbell used to serve on financial services. That's one of the smart committees. So Representative Hill, welcome back. Good to have you. But you are a Vanderbilt grad, so we're not going to talk about football. Seriously, you lost to Wake Forest and the University of Las Vegas. Does that, how does that go down with the Commodore Nation? Well, it's we're always waiting for golf season. Congressman, the House is going to come up with a solution or the government's going to shut down. What's it going to be? Look, Hugh, if we want to be strong, if we want to lock in the wins that we got in the debt ceiling negotiation, when we put forward a plan that actually cut spending year over year, change the regulatory focus, encourage more people back into the workforce, we need to pass these 11 remaining appropriations bills. And that was not gotten to over the summer, even though now think about this, Hugh, even though each of those bills is written at a spending level below the debt ceiling deal and each one locks in conservative policies. It's really so frustrating to me that those have been delayed from coming to the House floor, including twice over the last week by a handful of members when they're missing this big picture. Lock in the wins, cut spending, reduce regulations, get more people back in the workforce, get the spotlight back on Joe Biden's failures and off of the House. Congressman Hill, I don't expect you to speak ill of a colleague, but I can. Congressman Gates wants to be governor of Florida. Congressman Maryland native Matt Rosendale wants to be senator from Montana. Ralph Norman, Congressman Ralph Norman wants to be senator from South Carolina. Going to run against Lindsey Graham. And Congressman Dan Bishop wants to be the attorney general of North Carolina. So I understand self -interest. Those guys have no interest in governing. But do they really want to bring down the Republican majority? Because they're going to get crushed if they do this. Right. But by this kind of of tactic, you're going to end up with a Biden Schumer clean debt ceiling deal and with spending levels, certainly at the Biden McCarthy level, but weaker policy, weaker policies. Because in order to be the strongest negotiator, get the most conservative win, we need to pass the appropriations bills. That's why McCarthy's plan this week of trying to get the rest of the bills across the floor, at least 70 percent of discretionary spending, plus plus a four week short term stopgap spending measure measure that cut spending, repeat cut spending for that one month and put border in the spotlight by putting H .R. two on. There is no conservative that should vote no on that. And this is just arguing against ourselves. It's a huge mistake. Now, Congressman Hill, I call him now St. Kevin. I've known the speaker for a long time, and now I'm going to have him nominated to be considered for sainthood because that is a difficult caucus to deal with. When you've got four members who are leading the Nuckelhead caucus and my buddy Ken Buck wants a CNN contract, there really isn't any appeal to their self -interest. How do you move them? I mean, are you going to have to use Democrat votes? And can and can Speaker McCarthy remain speaker if he uses Democrat votes? Well, I think that's what we have to try every single day to put a bill on the floor and find out that, as you say, this small group is the tyranny of the tiny, as I describe it, is violating the majority of the majority because they're going to hurt the conservative cause. They'll cause us to lose the House. And that's certainly not in the interest of the conservative cause when we're on the cusp, potentially of beating Biden in the presidential election and winning the Senate back. It's ridiculous. You know, if former President Trump gets reelected and the House switches to Democrats, they will impeach him in the first week. Do these allegedly Trump supporting congressmen. And it's Norman. It's Maryland native Matt Rosendale is running for Senate in Montana. It's Ralph Norman and it's Matt. Have they heard from the former president that he wants to be impeached again because they sure are acting like they want him impeached again? Well, look, they don't even they spend what he says now. President Trump last week said use the power of the purse to get control of Joe Biden's two trillion dollars of extra spending. I agree. That's what the debt ceiling does. And that's what these spending bills do. And that's why we have to get them across the House floor. He did not say he Trump did not say shut the government down and act like knuckleheads. He said, use the power of the purse to get the most conservative deal. Get this country back on track. I agree. That's what we could do if we had those four people assist us get these bills across the floor this week. Well, I just their their incentives are to get ink. And I mean, their incentives are not the incentives to govern. And I don't know how hot it gets in the caucus. Can you tell us that our members of the caucus about had it with these guys? There's nothing you can do because they're running for statewide office. But if they had it and expressed it. Well, I think they have had it and expressed it in blunt terms, including calling them out that if you vote against the rule on the House floor, you're working with the minority party. You're working with Democrats when you do that. That is not acting as a member of the majority. And I think you're seeing the country respond to look at Moody's comments yesterday, look at the VIX up to day three percent. Look at the 10 year Treasury rate up over four point five percent. This is going in the wrong direction when we should be taking a win right now of cutting spending 24 over 23, getting better rules and regulations in place, countering Joe Biden's bad policies. And as I say, encouraging more people back to work through our welfare reforms. These are classic conservative Republican wins. And we're squandering the opportunity. Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory is kind of a Republican specialty in the House. So let's let's focus on that for a moment. When do you get a test vote today or tomorrow on whether or not the four will move or they will stay for? They've got more than four right now, but you've got serious people like Chip Roy are not playing these games. Will the Freedom Caucus bring whatever persuasive influence they have to bear on them? Well, we're going to bring a rule. The rules committee met Friday and all day Saturday, so we'll be bringing a rule up either tonight or early in the morning. That will be the first test case to see if we can move these spending bills, which includes state and foreign operations spending, which is at one point seven billion below twenty nineteen levels.
A highlight from Am I Ready???
"Body odor? Body odor? B .O.? At this time, you are smelly. It's impossible. So you are what you attract. Develop yourself. We are live. I'm excited. I'm excited. How is everybody doing? I don't know, but that sounded like some cartoon song. It's true. You're thinking everybody clap your hands. That's not a cartoon. What's that from a cartoon? No, no. No, it looked like it sounded like it was. Okay, whatever. It isn't, but yeah, you got me. That was it. Everybody clap your hands. Clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap your hands. One hop this time. Two hops this time. Boom, boom. Slide to the right. Slide to the right. Criss cross. Criss cross. We're excited, as you can tell. Welcome to the club, everybody. Welcome to the club. We welcome you to the club today with the Cupid Shuffle. That's what you heard us singing. Uh oh, yes please. Go there, girl. I love that. That was a good one. It's a good one. You're welcome to the club, y 'all. And you are met with your favorite DJs, stroke hosts, today for the episode three. Oh my gosh, episode three. Wow. Already? Hi. Oh, I have exciting news, guys. So guess who is starting with our third episode. And we honestly cannot thank you, our lovely listeners in a breath super, super grateful. Y 'all holding us down. We are literally charting with our second episode. And this is our third episode, so we know we're going to be charting even higher when we release this one. Yes. And honestly, God richly, richly, richly, richly bless each and every single one of you that have been involved, that have been sharing, listening, leaving reviews, doing all of that. God richly, richly, richly, richly bless you for that. And with that being said, we go right into it for housekeeping. We entreat you to follow our social media pages, Twitter and Instagram at clap31pod, where you are kept up to deal with every single thing that's going to be happening in the club. Also, I run the Twitter page, so Twitter is lit. Honestly, you should engage on our Twitter page. Follow us on Twitter, follow us on Instagram so that when we post, you can contribute, share your stories, engage, tell us what you think about the podcast, tell us what you think about this week's next week, the week before, the week in 10 years. We're going to be here for a while. So yes, make sure to keep leaving us reviews and sharing. Subscribe to the podcast on all the streaming platforms you're going to be listening to this on. Leave a review. If you like this week's episode, please make sure to leave a review under it so that people will know about it and people can have access to the messages as well. Don't get keep. I know this is such a lovely podcast that you'd want to get keep, but please let's not get keep. Let's share, share, share, share, share. And that's it for this week. Thank you, girl. So y 'all, this episode is going to be a continuation of episode two. We're going to be picking up from where we left off in episode two. So if you haven't been able to listen to episode two and you jumped right into this, I would admonish you to kindly go back and listen to episode two before listening to this beautiful one. So maybe a little recap of last week's episode would help us transition better into this week's. So for last week, we delved into the world of dating and pursuit and we explored different perspectives, mainly biblical examples. And we established that the woman's responsibility is not to pursue, but to be pursued. And we looked at examples from Adam and Eve and Ruth and Boaz. And we also looked at a scripture from Proverbs 18, 22, where it says he who finds a wife found a good thing and not the other way around. It doesn't say she who finds a husband. Right. And for this week, we're going to be looking specifically at Ruth and how she prepared herself to be pursued by Boaz. And last week we established that Ruth was not concerned about how she was going to get Boaz to woo her and stuff like that. She was very much focused on herself and how she could, you know, make a living for herself and for her mother in law, because we all know that Ruth was a widow and she lived with her mother in law. And she was also very hard working and she just possessed a lot of great qualities that helped her flourish as a woman. And that allowed Boaz to notice her and pursue her. And so in this episode, we're going to be delving more into this period of self -discovery and preparation. And we're going to draw on personal examples as well as what we have seen other people do and what we have learned in general in our lives. So, yes, let's delve right into it. And so we befittingly called this episode, Am I Ready? And before we get right into the episode, we'd love for our very prayerful Joanna to pray us into the episode. Wow. Isn't that beautiful? I'll take it.
"mets" Discussed on Yanks Go Yard: A New York Yankees podcast
"Now he's probably going to be a two to three inning guy out of the bullpen. He has electric stuff. He looked very good last night, not drawing any conclusions based on that against one of the worst offenses in the league. But then again, the guys in pitch in 2019. So and he only had what, four or 5 starts that year. So very encouraging to see 30 pitches 19 of which were strikes to strikeouts after all he's been through. And you have to know that that's the killer for your mental state, man, not being able to get back on the field and having all the setbacks that he did. He thought we were celebrating a birthday hangover and ended up being Tommy John surgery. So it's really been an insane couple years for the man. And this is going to change your complexion of the Yankees bullpen. Maybe they maybe they have a start. Maybe they have Montgomery, dude, Montgomery, maybe battles for three innings in a playoff start or even down the stretch again in one of these important games against the Red Sox or the Blue Jays pitch count gets run up to 70 something and three innings, which we've seen this year. That's nothing that's nothing crazy. And then they say, hey, let's go to the bullpen. Michael king Luis severino Domingo Hermann, then maybe that can get the job done. You have a lot of different moving parts here that can that can piece together a group of pictures that get you through 9 innings. So I like what I'm seeing and unfortunately there's only ten games left. So we're not going to see a whole lot of it, but if they can get into the postseason, then we're talking about an entirely different equation that, hey, maybe Aaron Boone can't fuck it up because it's too good to be true at that point. Who knows? Who knows? Who can be confident, certainly not me, but again, these are these are three weapons we did not have a week ago. Things are better now than they were on Sunday. That's all you can ask for when the stretch run is the most important. I mean, whether you believe in this team or not objectively, these are the most important stretch on games. This team has played in a long, long time every day is kind of a whirlwind. You can try to unplug, but you won't be successful. And we've got a lot to look forward to. This weekend next week. And next weekend, when the rays have hopefully clenched and decide to take their foot off the gas pedal, just a little bit if even subconsciously. That is it for a jam packed Wednesday edition of the Yangtze yard podcast. We ripped the mets. We filleted the Red Sox. We destroyed the cheating rays. We got mad at the Blue Jays. We did it all until next time, I'm Adam Weiner, but you can find me on Twitter at Adam. Why are you can subscribe to us on Apple podcasts? Google podcasts, Spotify wherever you get your podcasts, drop us a 5 star review along with a mailbag question. I saw her chiefs podcast was giving out prizes to subscribers and followers. We should probably do that, but you guys, I assume don't want Yankee stuff because you hate the team. So maybe we'll give away somebody else's stuff. Thomas Karen ate, when can they find you? When can they find you specifically? You can find me whenever.
"mets" Discussed on Yanks Go Yard: A New York Yankees podcast
"Like, once again, I'll come on here and I'll talk about how this simply not a rivalry. Giants jets also not a rivalry. Yankees and mets play 6 times a year, giants and jets play once every four years. Twice a decade they play the Giants and jets. Jets fans hate the Giants. Don't understand why. Mets fans. Why do we hate the Yankees? I mean, I get it to an extent, but I don't understand why we're on your minds. Why I was at a mets braves game in their Channing Yankee suck. In July, like two days before the trade deadline, I just don't understand. Not that the Yankees, I mean, I can't be thinking less about the mets on a day to today basis. And the 7 line army is taking it's taking its troops up to Boston for a two game set where the mets are 8 games out of the fucking wild card. And they're sitting in the right field seats and they're chanting Yankee suck in the fourth inning, like, why?.
"mets" Discussed on Yanks Go Yard: A New York Yankees podcast
"But don't forget what we did see in this series. We saw punches thrown in both directions, metaphorically. We saw the mets accusing the Yankees of achieving incredibly ridiculous that they would do that. You know, it's possible that you picked up Taiwan walker signs and Jonathan VR snuffed it out. I would say it's likely that happened. The Yankees claim it had nothing to do with the pitches, they didn't pick anything up. Joey Gallo said it was wanting Peralta whistling. He whistles all the time and actually it pisses me off 'cause I don't like listening to you and whistle, you know, whatever. I don't know what I believe. But what I do know is that Steve Cohen didn't give the Yankees a pre game tour of city field and say you can set your cheating cameras up there and there and there could be a nice clean path for achieving camera here. The mets would not facilitate that. If the egg is lost the same series to the Red Sox that they just lost in the mets I'd be apoplectic. That's how I know it's not a real rivalry. That was theater. That was really interesting and entertaining. And the mets are in our city and we're sharing a town and that's great. If Yankees had lost that crucial series to the Red Sox, they'd be throwing Chad green blowing two games in a row. Gary sage is for getting a tag, a guy coming to home plate, just non aggressively backing off and allowing a man to score the error fest that was the first game. Geo Rochelle in the field, glaber tours in the field. I'd be, you know, throwing I had actually put myself to sleep and then have dreams about throwing things around the room. But the mets, it's just like, that was a showcase series. That was a Major League Baseball showcase series. It doesn't happen often. It was very exciting. Yankees punched back on Saturday and Sunday, Lindor got the last laugh on Sunday. A rolled his chairman and Aaron judge somehow got the last laugh on Saturday. And yeah, I don't know if judge hurt himself and got dizzy banging into the wall on James McCann's triple. I don't know if it was the diving play. I know I didn't like it, and I know I don't expect there to be a positive resolution there because that was you look.
"mets" Discussed on WGBB Sports Talk New York
"He's still getting paid. Or is he on the hinge on this. I believe i believe it's not as non throwing hand so that's at least one thing you can be thankful for. Wow i still throw glove on them i would. It's like unless it's like bent back or whatnot. Or he like broke his. If it was like his left hand he played move this thumb over on the joystick. And you just slammed in ended up breaking his something right side. Oh my god that is yeah. I don't know. I think it was an index finger. I don't think it was. You know the. But still i i. I've got xbox got the playstations. I got i mean okay. Granted if he end oculus maybe like one of those virtual reality ones might be able to leave that one. Yeah i believe that that that that makes absolute sense but yeah exactly xbox and playstation you put a glove back on forget that oh my god remember. I can't remember the guy's name but it was. It was a shortstop on the colorado rockies. I think you know went on the dl. Because he i think he something broke his foot when some frozen venison got dropped or something like that. He was going up to his apartment. He dropped the thing of meat and it broke his foot. Okay okay but stranger things. Stranger things have happened. Just watching the mets right now You know As i as. I said to john i said the four magic letters r. i. s. p. and i just can't i can't fathom a team that has a solid defensively as this can't can't hit a lick when there's when there's a guy standing ninety feet from home plate. I this this is where this small ball This is where. I missed. A willie off style mets I miss those bunt singles every once in a while. I miss those bonds that you know the players over i missed the squeeze play You know. I think the mets did a little more small ball They probably would generate an an extra runner too but at the same time I think what the hitting general it's still cold in new york released..
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"Struck new york on spotify or just about anywhere. You listen to podcasts. So back to you paul. Let's go back and finish up the nhl and talk about the central division. This has been an incredible war. Three of the top five teams in points in the nhl are sitting in the central division right now with carolina up which seventy five points with fifty one games played tampa bay two points behind with one additional game and florida with two additional games played. Did you ever think that you'd see carolina as a possibility of getting the presidents trophy. Yes i i want carolina to get the presidents trophy because then the percentages of them winning the stanley cup. Go.
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"Fill if you're the rangers because you need it every player on basically all hands on deck and you know erin for all. The good reasons had to leave the team for a little while but even in his absence. I don't think the rangers were able to recover from that as well and then you include the injuries to you know the rangers defence and things started to collapse from there but I to go back to your point. I thought this was a sixteen race for pretty much just entire season off until some of the things started to happen with the rangers. It's been fun. I enjoy able to watch entire time. Some of it's boring but you know if the scores nothing that you bought everyone's watching the third period at some point right and and that's what you're going to again inevitably expect come playtime because you don't see seven six games in the playoffs. You see you see teams. Tighten up and get their defensive systems in order. You got good defensive teams playing so you expect those three two games you expect those to one games and you know as an organization. You know the way that the ultimate lou and barry built this team you know. There's no problem with that kind of a. You know a result. As far as islander fans are concerned. And i would like to add onto what molly had said before about Pomeranians age aren't going to be ready for the playoffs. Hit that right on the head. And i think this is going to help out islander fans who felt frustrated with Being shut up my boss in in washington If you remember in the playoffs last year anthony pavilion caught fire and the islanders road that we went all the way to the conference finals Before that before covert in in november. Derek got hot scoring goals left and right and that was part of these. Seventeen game unbeaten streak. I think with pommery nj zajac taking time learning the system. I think if either one of if palmeri gets hot in the playoffs all that's off danica. Worry about the way record in the regular season because now we're really talking to different beast. We're talking are completely different. New york island. You're seeing if kara pommery gets hot and it's the biggest reason why lamelo got him I think a big success with key to us key ki-soo success here would be having that one player hopefully to get really hot brock nelson hansi but really i wash from kyle palm. Mary any one of those guys if they get hot. We're running yet at that point. I wouldn't even care who he played. Yeah no that's that's exactly true. I mean you know. We've you know we've seen bove had those streaks and it. It's it's amazing because all through it you expect a guy like bowe if he's not you know not playing well that is confidence seems to wear thin. But it doesn't you know and that's the good thing about this team. Regardless of the fact that they're struggling or they're they're winning games like crazy. The makeup of the team the the personality of the team at the reaction. It doesn't change and that's that's a great sign because you know usually teams you know when they struggle whatever you could see it in their faces you see it you know the continents the countenance shows you know you know when they're either going to the venture whatever but you know something about something about it. Barry trotz team. I guess it's the way. Barry operates in his attitude and everything else that you could see that you know..
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"Give them credit for it He had a great year for the mets the next year before getting traded hitting twenty nine home runs in the regular season for them But you know jay. Bruce just was not cut out to be the yankees first baseman as retired. But if you look at this though. Jay bruce his his opium was Four sixty seven and the aggies No four sixty six and if you look at the yankees number three hitter. Aaron hicks his. Opiates is four seventy six. So i don't know if that's boating wealth the yankees right now but when you look at their lack of hitting i mean you know you've got obviously lemay hugh who's sitting to eighty six. He's doing good judges sitting around fifty. He's been okay or shallow has brought that batting average back up the last few days. Gary sanchez has actually been hitting this year. At a nowhere higgins gosh yoga the yankees backup. Catcher has done a phenomenal job of the venture this year for them but the guys they need hicks stanton taurus frazier not doing it at all. Not cutting it out and now all that bad misses even before i get into the badness of what the yankees have done in their recent times against the tampa bay rays the yankees have now been swept by the rays at yankee stadium. Back to back years for the first time. Ever twenty twenty and twenty twenty one. The they they were swept three straight anti stadium. At least once tampa bay has now won fifteen of the last eighteen regular season games. The yankees fifteen of eighteen fifteen in three crazy. That's even counting when the tampa bay rays not the yankees out of the lds last year. The best of five series which they won three two two in a decisive game five the yankees lost five straight overall five ten worst in the american league. They sit in the basement. Like i said earlier for the first time since nineteen ninety-one just looking terrible. Now look at this. I was talking about how bad the yankee batting has been since this. The season started as all. Those guys are under performing. May expect them to break out. But when you look at the yankees they're They're pitching it's a. It's not a much better story as you see garrett cole and jordan montgomery this season are the only two holding a candle right now. Seven games forty one and two third innings twelve earned runs and two point six three era between the two of them. The other yankee starters combined having era over seven in the other eight games just terrible. The yankee bullpen has not been as dominant as it has been the past either but the yankees have a chance to make it right now as they host atlanta who is winning big tonight in chicago. But they've been off to a so so start so far this season And you've got to hope that. Maybe two games yankee stadium. The yankees can knock them around a little bit As as a because leibniz so-so-start but the yankees haven't even been so. They've been much worse than that. But after those next two games. Tuesday wednesday yankee stadium. They're going to be an eight-game road trip with foreign cleveland and foreign baltimore now..
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"It was a bittersweet deal. Because i decided for year deal miniature dog over a three year deal. We got off like a one and seventeen. Respect was on my guys that wanna go down with his ship. I got traded engine. And i feel a little guilty leaving because i struggled and after having two years there. Now i get to the mets. And i just didn't know what i knew well playing minor league ball and going up against the things. It was a good group of guys good clubhouse but getting traded in the middle of the popular player it was just tough your i i really did feel like that city and that gene and ninety seven until i got the spring training within ninety eight. I felt like i was ninety seven. I just like i was just a hang on. I didn't know so in in ninety eight. You set your career high in home runs. Rbi's walks and the mets are in content. Right up until the very end and your that was spurred on by the pig trade in may where. Mike piazza comes in. Did you notice an immediate change in everything. That's going on wants. Piazza the biggest change in the clubhouse was added that they're going for the safe for microsoft that means and the biggest difference in my career. At that i went from the leadoff most of my career. I i had this third. The other was fourth this so those guys won't baseball talk. And i think i think my steph about a quarter of the way through the season pitched differently because of the guys in front of so they made my greater jaza. Meet the who you gonna kissed. You took advantage of it. And i was able to ask them gets obsessed behind those the eyes and that was that was far as being in a line of being a focal point. I'd never hit now. The leadoff started off early. My hitting eighth and ninth. And i moved up the first the second and now i'm over. That made it easy for me to side the ball. If i would've hit behind those guys my whole career you know my number would have been a lot better. I just i just felt like that was the perfect spot for me at that time as i matured into my career Matured as a hitter. Because i've ready to do some damage. Which i wouldn't have done at another court and i have plenty of scorecards from those late nineties. Met seems with your name right right behind. Piazza i think alfonzo paul twice a game to put the ball in play in teams. Were scared to pitch those guys. And they have runners on base ahead to fish to me and you know that was. I felt vaguely. I feel like i like that. That was one of the only times like career for about four months..
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"To see you gago tower in ten minutes from kansas city. Like it's still not my roots and candidacy even women's tiger. I got back to fourth kansas city a lot during the seasons because of all day like you know ninety five ninety six season. That was as much fun as i had plenty of baseball in trying to get enjoy being major league baseball player in a major city as you can have because during the bulls are going on at that time. Blackhawks was pretty good. It was just a good time to be an athlete in chicago. You know i was. We're close to making the playoffs. Ninety five it's not so much ninety six and i got traded in ninety seven but those two and a half or three years that i've played chicago my family my friends i got to hang out with them for four in joy being big league ball player born. I ever did anywhere else. That i play so when you got to the did you see a marked difference between american league pitching in a nationally pitching because you did put up you saw. I saw a difference in the manners. How they run how they ran. The i'm fired call. And all of those things students. My skill set at the time so in the americas and i thought the strike zone was liberal. The games of the along fast. I thought they played for the beginning as much as they do in the american league. All those things in my favors. And i like the national league city. The city's i visit nationally cities. We're much better fit american cities and it was just. It was just a good fit for me in a in the national league. Did you ever try. Take a piece of the ivy off the wall. I ran into the ivy one. Ninety five my first year and i learned even though the ivy looks like padding on the wall there still brick behind that. I never did it again. It's a smart way to go about it. But i like the first time i went to wrigley field. I i wanted to try to. I wanted to try to lean over and take a piece of ivy as keeps. did you. While you with the covid you ever do they ever let you do that or it probably would never i don't i don't i what i have. I have dirt the infield of wrigley. And that's about it. I haven't much. I've ever really think about it at the time. I i have moderate facts from other stadiums old say forever plus stadium patty misty park in chicago. I was able to some of those parks that were transition last playing. I was able to get some things those parts. But i never would wrigley being my home field. I forgot about getting something for. Ib would have been easy thing to take and put it back. Get to go share. We're talking with. Brian mcrae so after chicago and ninety seven. You get you get traded to the mets and the mets are on the on the up and up at this point. Probably downtime has in the right direction when you walk into that clubhouse what what's your first impression in the mets when you get there in chicago was not very good and i was..
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"Gb sportstalk on facebook twitter and instagram. Pretty good you get all that. Are you out of breath. Pretty much okay. What i walk game shape. I haven't played. I haven't played yet. We'll get there. Would i do wanna get to you about is. We talked about lindor. We talked about his signing. And what that three forty one means the next guy on that list is michael. Conforto for all the optimism preaching right now if you heard his comments today and i didn't hear them because i was in transit a little bit but i i read what what he was saying. He sounding like a scott. Boris guy scott. Boras is working the puppet he he started. He's like a wrestler about to turn he he starting to get real business. He sounds like he should be playing for the yankees yes. He's very very all business. He's he had a few quotes. That were just kind of signaling. Like yeah you know what. I'm gonna take the highest dollar amount like. That's what i gathered. he's not. I don't see a hometown discount especially see that. And that's i guess the counter side of the window for signing is now you know pete alonso saying give him four hundred million because guys knows no once they become free agents you know. They're they're gonna want bears as well. So yeah conforto does not sound like a guy ready to give a hometown discount right now. No he he is definitely sounding. Like the stereotypical scott. Boris client absolutely and met fans If you've grown to love if you fall in love with michael conforto and you enjoy watching him. Play every day We spoke about this before we went on the air. I'm not convinced. And i know maddie's not convinced that michael conforto is in a met uniform next year and we're going to tell you it's okay. Yeah you know. I the mets are going to have to make you know. They're gonna have to prioritize certain guys and even a step further. Because you know this morning. I was reading a story to that jake degrom already. Starting to his he brought in a new agency even though he's very quiet as just kind of does his thing which is easy to a player for in history of baseball but he's quietly starting to get the wheels turning on his next extension. So the mets yes wall. They do have a lot more resources than they've had. There still is an end line for that. And you're not gonna gonna million tracks not everybody's getting the nine figure dino you're you're going to have to draw the line in the sand somewhere with some of these players. It's just not going to happen. And there's always that team somebody would always seems like it's the detroit tigers that comes out and is going to offer a seventy five to eighty million dollar a year play or i'm sorry not a year but the total value contract of seventy five to eighty million dollars. Maybe ninety it's always seems to be detroit. They're going to offer trying to start a feud with drake. Listen a feud with anybody along. That doesn't bother me gopher. They always seem to give somebody one twenty or one thirty..
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"You know two out of three lou losses to toronto in all honesty. We joke around. But that's really the silver lining. Here is the two home runs from gary sanchez. Who got off to a hot start in spring training. Cool down for a little bit and then comes out this weekend. Hits a couple of bombs. This is what you're going to need from. You're going to need hits from dj lemay. Who you're gonna get hits from dj. He's a good player. I i like. I you know of all the things you know. We're and we're josh a little yankee fans here but lemay. He was a good player. He's a solid player. Well we like. We like to stick the knife in and twist. We've got a lot of pain beano memphis. It's our turned. Absolutely we got the microphones. We can it back out. Not only not only have we taken a lot of pain as met fans in the the the the one year where we can be excited. We don't get them play. It gets delayed. Which is the most fitting thing ever just like the best. Like you know like like just sticks events like the vans are you. File eeo eileen new ownership this huge signing after a huge trade. You're gonna get fans back into the building know there everybody's on cloud. I went to seriously. I went to bed. Was that the wednesday night right before the lindores right. Yeah it was it thursday. They got. They got too late when i went to bed. Right after door signed i. i couldn't even sleep. I was so excited like this is great. Like only the mets that we really like here. We go again. It's amazing it's just every time you get a little bit high on it to wander sanchez up in the back of tax. It's exactly at tony. Barnazard takes shirt off and tries to fight the entire minor league organization..
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"I'll be up in the league last half hour the last leg of sports talk new york right here and i'll check it out on the side of this. Break.
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"A guest at timothy healy on twitter. If you want to know your mets us and with that. Like to welcome to the program tonight. Tim how're you doing tonight. I am excellent thank you. How are you Very well very well. Thank you just get my fill of football today. Have you been checking out. Any of the games i i as a new englander natively i watched the buccaneers and tom brady very closely today so it's been football day for sure so you root for brady as a new englander i am i am. I'll be honest. I know. Maybe i should have that feeling. I just can't find it in me to be angry about it. So i joined this playoff good for them. Good for them. I agree i agree. Especially brady's give you guys so much joy over the years if he could get one last one with tampa bay. I'd be reformed to there. You go exactly. And i'm a jets fan and i have no animosity towards tom brady at all. So let's probably probably leaves you in the minority. Does i definitely catch a lot. Of flack from my jet fan friends for i'm one of i just can't hate greatness. You're good with brady. One of the best of all time but you know. I just like to thank you for for joining tonight. I'm a big fan of your work absolutely absolutely and I'm sure being a mets beat writer. There's there's never a dull moment seems to always be something popping up for this team. I mean all these shenanigans of the last few years with the wilpon and you know there's always something going on. That fans are complaining about and thought that we got this shining light and stevie cohen. That came here. And i think he's definitely done a really great job of putting a new face on this team and everything but then unfortunately it seems like the mets are snake bit and again as they have to let go of jared porter after this pitchers controversy and everything like that pops up What are your thoughts on how. The mets handled the jared porter controversy and with how quickly they dealt with it and got rid of him. I thought they handled it well. There really was only one decision to make it easy. Decisions made it quickly and they fire correct as soon as that story came out on. Espn late monday night. Last week he he was cooked no they could possibly keep him. Especially in the context of steve cohen has faced some sex discrimination and stopped in his hedge fund their employees You know litigating that right now. so The mets had no choice but the fire jarred quarter and they did it quickly and alderson. His news conference a few hours later and he said basically all right things. I think You know bad situation like that so ms wise it's over lists. I think if you're the cubs who employ jared border. At the time he conducted himself this way. Or if the diamondbacks perhaps who hired him a couple of months later than maybe you're doing a little more soul-searching about Your culture and things like that mets wise you know made from here on out say improve their vetting process in some way But that'll be another verse across actually make another big higher which they are not going to right now. Okay well that was my next questions. So you think the mets are just gonna stay pat. Do you think that that. Sandy is taken the brunt of the gm responsibilities right now. Yeah that's that's pretty much the way it's gonna work Sandy alderson signed up to be team president. Which in effect is the job. That jeff wilpon had previously And the plan was for sandy to hire a president of baseball operations to work under him. And then general manager who worked under both of them going to have to top baseball executives And now he has neither of those things so sandia stuck doing the job that he didn't exactly sign up for when agreed to join. Steve cohen in this endeavor But that's the job he has now. Zac scott who was hired as assistant. Gm the week after the mets hired quarter. He is in sandy's inner circle So he's you know the assisting pile but fix to said he'll be taking out some responsibility now that there's no actual. Gm no doubt about it. No doubt about it now now. They're going to run it this way for the twenty twenty one season. But you see. I mean i know a lotta met. Fans are very hopeful. And even before they hired jared porter there was a lot of whispers. That feel epstein. Now do you think that maybe with porter being out do you think if they you know. I know i've seen had spoken about wanted to take twenty one off for his family and spent some time self reflection and everything on those lines. But you think maybe in october twenty twenty one after this season closes at a and the mets are looking for a new front office personnel. Do you think that is a chance. Theo epstein Gets a call from the mets. I think there is close to zero percent chance. That often comes to work for the mets and You know i. I think that'd be a lot of fun to cover as a reporter. I think it would be great for mets fans if that did happen but that's just it just doesn't line up Theo said he wants to take twenty. Twenty one off he just got hired by the commissioners office who is going to be working for. Mlb for the next year at least you know. I guess we'll see how that role develops over the course of time But if if the oh does get back into the king side of things the expectation is that he'll want a of ownership and i don't think steve cohen interested in giving up any piece of the team that he just worked so hard to buy And then the other thing too. Is that the oh and sandy are basically peers on the same level right Theo ran the show in the way. Sandy does for the mets and for theater. Then take a job with the mess. That's basically less than the job he had with the cubs would just the. It's it's kind of a setback for him So while i think every team's goal to be the higher ufc I don't see it happening.
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"So i. Could you walk us through. Things unfolded between jared porter amiss reporter while jared porter was at the cubs one. Did they first meet each other. So this reporter. I met jared porter. June twenty six two thousand and sixteen order at this point in time is the cubs director of professional scouting. He's an elevator at yankee stadium. They'd talk briefly exchange cards. That's about it. This is an interaction that that seems fairly normal. Later that afternoon porter begins texting her and according to espn before the day is over he'd ask her to get a drink. Three times he began sending her techs and they corresponded sporadically for about three weeks. Him complimenting her her responding despite a limited grasp of english july nineteenth on july order shifts boyfriend sensor another selfie she replied with one of her own then porter said you're gorgeous. Want war of me question mark and she texted a laugh and said yes order also laughed then send other selfie followed by a photo of himself on a bed with the bulge in the crotch area of pants after sending another selfie. He asked like she again. Texted a laugh and said yes adding. You're not married. He responded nope. Which picture do you like. The most wants to see more. This becomes obviously something where you're starting to realize this might not be a source and she kind of cuts off communication with him from the timeframe of july nineteenth to august tenth. He sends sixty two unanswered text messages including photos that get more explicit in nature and on august ninth he and the reporter went chicago. It wrigley field. I think i just saw your so beautiful. The reporter told espn she felt panicky and she hid to void him a day. Later porter's message. I'll be in la this weekend at the best hotel in america. Can you meet me there. That's evening porter texted. You're missing out next. He sent more than a dozen photos of hotel grounds food and a bathtub. Then a shot of pants with the bulge on a bed finally texted a shot of a fully naked and erect penis. And it really at this point in time becomes a point where it is crossing the line. She told espn. She got help composing her first reply to porter in weeks. This is extremely inappropriate very offensive and getting out of line. Could you please stop sending offensive photos or message. Puerto responded oh. I'm sorry i will stop. I really apologize. Please let me know if you ever need anything workwise and we need to reiterate that this reporter is not from the united states. She doesn't have a grasp of the english language and she needed to rely on an interpreter and players from her home country to really understand what was going on here. Yes she did. And she was in a position where jared porter all the power. He could have helped that journalists he could have given her all the scoops all the news. He could have made her into a big name. A big deal. She can't help him in any way at all minus obviously physically sexually. He's attracted to her. She told the espn that until then she thought it would be awkward to say no to porter's questions and that if she had a better understanding of the language and culture she would have realized sooner what was going on.
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"And i think if they get some decent if they get some decent defensive work. I mean burns in Carlson very subpar years. So if they come back. I'm in a yeah. If branson carlson can come back in the short season yeah. I think san jose last but not least east governor. No no you gotta figure the guest you go all the east. Oh i thought. I did the east No i'm going philadelphia. The no particular order philadelphia washington. The islanders and i'm gonna go with boston boston. They austin gonna find a way to get into the playoffs. Even though they lost tori krugman's it in your turner. They are going to be very tough place. But that's some good young defense and along the way. And i think you're gonna see them. I don't wanna say a late push. But i think you're gonna see them. You know kind of get used to things first. And then they're gonna then they're really gonna kick it into gear but I think out of the east there really isn't going to be much of a difference between first and fourth if there's like four or five point difference between each team. I think that's where we're going. I don't think it's going to be much of a desert. Three four and seven air really. I really think i agree with that. I agree and this is. This is something you guys know this I always play the percentages during the standings. And you know usually. It's not until gained sixty that working forty that you can actually start eliminating teams based off the percentages. But you gotta be really really bad guys like seriously bad like columbus blue jackets three years ago. Hit with a play and you are done by like ten. You know bike game. We're only paying fifty six so gary to your credit. Everybody's gonna be in it as long as there's like obviously injuries are gonna play a key role. Health is certainly gonna play a key role the schedule you know based off their health. You know some of these guys are going to play two games for You know four games in five nights. It's going to be a tough one for them but you know at some point. They may have to do it like john. No that's why we have to taxi school. Severe health injuries waller. That's gonna play a factor this year. I think that's gonna be an issue to me. I really think it's going to be an attrition thing because of course i think covert is the wildcard all less obviously physical health grinding fifty six game series season and you get injuries. Obviously hockey is a physical game. But i really think that the the wild card here is going to be how cove.
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"I'm going to agree with that. Because i think barry trotz very talks basically just said it. He summed up the season in one sentence. He's not worried about the goals he's worried about the winds. And you're gonna utilize every single player on that roster to get the winds and when you have a full roster like this and a good chunk of younger kids now you want to use as many of them as possible to give the older veterans a break every now and then still contribute to. The team doesn't matter if it's one nothing or two one or three one win. Whatever you win at all costs and then come playoff time. If everyone is healthy you make a long run. You go for it. it's true. though. I agree i agree with very this year I i don't think it's going to be so much about the goals. I think it is about the winds and you gotta use every single player. Now what do you think of. The of. I mean i kind of. I think i know the answer to this. But what do you think of the format that the nhl was chosen to go with this compressed schedule and having you know you're basically plan just all the teams in your division and having an all canadian division. How do you think this is going to sort of fall out at the end. And how do you think it's going to affect the playoffs. Personally i love it. Could now i can the bully my family in tiny of year in such a short span. So the there's going to be phone calls in the middle of the night telling him at the ranger suck you know i personally. I'm loving it but no in all seriousness. I i have been wanting this For quite some time. I think the nhl. I think new york in general and especially in new york hockey weenie the rangers and islanders to absolutely hate each other. And we haven't had that since gary had hair. It's been a very long time. I beg your pardon but no. You're you're absolutely right Again as jake said earlier you know. It's or as andrew. It's gary bettman appeasing the fans of The western part of the united states. That they don't get to see. You know they get to see the sidney crosby veterans and and maybe now the matthew vars als..