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A highlight from Growing Unease: Current Administrations Approach to Security and Travel with David Bellavia
"What do you think they're doing with cash, right? What deal do you make where someone says, I'll bring a box of money to you? Yeah. What do you, it's, this is a state sponsor of terrorism. Ladies and gentlemen, distinguished guests and my fellow citizens. America's comeback now. starts right Welcome back Financial Guys podcast. Mike Speraza in studio live today with a guest in the studio. I haven't had this in a long time. Staff Sergeant medal of honor recipient David Bellavia joining me for about a half hour today. David, thank you for joining us. Thank you for having me. I appreciate it. Absolutely. So I'm going to stick based on your background. I'm going to stick with a lot of military stuff today and I want to start, we'll go all the way back to the beginning of the Joe Biden presidency. The Afghanistan withdrawal, in my opinion, did not go very smoothly. I'm sure many people listening agree. What were your overall thoughts of that withdrawal and how it actually ended up happening? I know we lost, you know, sadly lost 13 soldiers in that, in that withdrawal. People say we went off the wrong air base. People say that we shouldn't have gone out in the middle of the summer. There was a lot of different things there. What were your overall thoughts on that? I think it's like the worst day in American history since Market Garden. Just absolutely. And the reason why it was so difficult was it was totally unnecessary. So let's rewind to the Obama trade, Bull Bergdahl and the three first round draft picks. They get Marshall, they get MacArthur and they get Patton that end up the resurgence of the Taliban. These men not just go back to the enemy, they go back to the battlefield. They're in power when the government falls. You have misinformation coming from the White House that the president of Afghanistan is leaving with billions of dollars on his plane, which wasn't true. And then you leave the equipment, the cash. There's no recovery. We're getting reports of sales of American equipment left in Afghanistan in Southeast Asia. We're moving material across the globe. Our children will fight and pay and have to atone for these miscalculations. Let's talk about that. You being in the military and you knowing that area too, why did they just find it the easiest way out to just say, you know, just leave that billion dollar billions of dollars of equipment there and not think, again, if it was me and I'm speaking that someone that's never been in the military, but if it's me and I'm the president, I'm thinking, OK, I don't want to leave all our weaponry there. I don't want to lose any of my men. Number two. And number three, I want to make sure that everybody knows when and how we're getting out of there. And it just felt like poof. One day they said we're getting out of here. Well, it's because the military didn't make any of those decisions. I mean, look, Millie, it can criticize him. You can criticize Secretary of Defense worthy of criticism. However, none of these individuals are making decisions. This is about NGOs on the ground. This is about the State Department. So you've got Bagram Air Base, the equivalent of JFK. You've got Karzai International Airport, the equivalent of Teterboro. Right. Why would you ever do an exfil out of Karzai International Airport? It makes absolutely no sense. It's tactically unsound. But and then you've got all the ISIS -K. We retaliate from the murder of 13 of our bravest and we drop a bomb on a guy delivering water. He's on our payroll and we kill children on that. Then we take out Borat on a tuk tuk driving around like that wasn't even really what was happening. It's just a den of lies. And Tony Blinken and Jake Sullivan, all the heroes that brought us, you know, the Bergdahl deal, the Iran nuke deal. This is these. They the State Department is running all foreign policy, including what the DOD used to run. Well, that's I was going to say. I mean, I know Biden's the president, but do you blame him at all or is it everybody underneath him that, you know, maybe was giving him bad information? And again, some of these decisions, David, is Biden even involved in some of these decisions? Like, I don't even know anymore. Is he around? Is he paying attention to anything going on? Well, I mean, just from the press conferences, it was apparent he didn't know what was going on. And the great irony is that they actually were predicting that Ukraine was going to be invaded and, you know, no one believed them. So it's like you can't influence your friends. The allies don't trust you. The enemy doesn't respect you. You know, I mean, you've got Ben Rhodes is really proud of this State Department. Susan Rice loves what they're doing. But, you know, again, Americans died. And, you know, and what is the perfect culmination of the adventure in Afghanistan? Looking at your watch at Dover Air Base when bodies are coming home. I mean, nothing could you couldn't ask for a just it's it's a debacle. Yeah. And it's sad that that's that's the leader of our country there. Let's move in. You brought up the Ukraine there. So the Russia Ukraine conflict will get to Zelensky in a minute. He is as we speak in New York City right now. But so Trump's in office. We don't see many of these conflicts or any conflicts actually started under his watch. And then we have the Biden administration come in. And a year later, we have Russia invading Ukraine. Why did this happen and why? Why the timing of February of 2022? So let's go back to when we were fighting ISIS. Trump engaged and destroyed estimated some say 300 members of Wagner forces. But those were Russian nationals. We engaged. We destroyed them. What was the response from Putin? Nothing at all. So what do people in that section of the world, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, what do they respect? They respect power. They respect authority. You're not going to get any respect if you don't engage the enemy when they present themselves. I don't understand the calculus of again, I'm trying hard to figure it out. I don't get it. I don't. You know, Romania and Hungary and Poland, you're letting them unilaterally decide whether or not they want to send reinforcements into Ukraine. That's an act of war. If NATO members engage the enemy, all of NATO is engaged against the enemy. Poland doesn't unilaterally make that decision. Hungary and Romania don't unilaterally make that decision. We can't even articulate what the mission is. And if you look, go to the Institute for the Study of War, there's a plug for them. Check out their overlay from when the battle started, when the war started with Russia. And tell me what success this offensive in Ukraine has produced. I mean, let me ask this question, because I get confused. The answer is nothing. I asked this on Twitter, X, whatever it's called, all the time. What is the end game and how do we get there? Because all I see the answer is, hey, just blank checks. Hey, just write a check. Hey, here's a billion. Hey, here's 20 billion. Hey, here's another 10 billion. I don't actually see a look. I mean, like anything, right? If I write a business plan of what I want to do in 2024, my goal is X. I write down my steps to get X. I don't just write down X and say it's going to happen. I don't really know. And then the answer always is, well, we have to fight. We have to back Ukraine. Okay. But when does that end? Because the Afghanistan war and the war in Iraq lasted 20 years plus, right? And was there a real end to it? I don't know. That's where it gets frustrating for me, Dave, where I'm like, how do we know what the end game is? Do you win or lose? When does that happen? I don't know. I don't know. At least you're thinking about it. And I have fear that our leaders aren't, and that's the problem. So here's what this comes out. You're going to get a negotiated settlement out of Ukraine, right? But you talked about the billions of dollars that we're spending and giving to Ukraine as a blank check. First of all, Zelensky visited Ukrainian soldiers in the United States. Did you know that there were wounded Ukrainian soldiers in the United States? I did not know that. Well, today he visited them. So what's happening there? So that's a cost that no one is putting on the ledger. So now let's look at the blank check that Ukraine is getting. And by the way, I'm pro Ukraine. I want to fight communists all day and night. So let's punch Putin hard in the face. However, you're giving them a blank check and you're giving them munitions. Now here's the problem. We have to replace those munitions. Those munitions were purchased for 20 year global war and terror. And let's be honest, inflation is involved. So what you purchased for $10 is now $17. So you're not just giving them the money. You're giving them the equipment and the munitions that you have to replace yourself at the value of what is valued today. We haven't scratched the surface for the amount of money. CBO absent at the wheel. No one is tracking this. 2024 can't get here fast enough. How does this work, though, when you talk about some of these NATO nations coming together and making decisions, but us not just giving weaponry, giving everything money, whatever we're giving there? Is that not an act of war, too, though, David, at some point? We're continuing to fund Ukraine continuing the war in Ukraine. I mean, that to me seems like we're backing a war. Well, I mean, by the letter of the law and NATO charter, it's not. But here's the problem. It's schizophrenic because we were told that what was an offensive weapon was going to mitigate, you know, that wasn't going to help peace at all. So we went from, I don't know if they should get tracked vehicles to I'm not sure an artillery piece is what they need to high Mars rockets being launched. And let's be honest. I mean, the Ukrainians are I mean, the payload that they're going through, what you would have to have cataclysmic casualty numbers to be able to to the spandex that they're doing on the ground that they need to replace Patriot. If you're going through thirty five Patriot to, you know, missiles, I would expect to at least the C 20 makes that are shot down. They're using them for air artillery. They're using there for indirect fire. I don't know what they're doing, but this is going to end with Don Boss going to Russia. This is going to end with that land chain that Putin wanted through Crimea. And again, our friends in NATO, what are they even doing for Ukraine? What? Look, if you they said that Trump wanted to kill NATO, Biden did it. Right. Biden did it. And now Germany. And so Putin was selling oil at thirty dollars a barrel. What's it at ninety six? Yeah. He's making more money than he did before. And he's financing a war and killing innocent people. You mentioned before, too, and I think this is a good point. Everybody on the left and I'll say the media, the establishment, whoever you want to say, says that if you don't agree with the war in Ukraine, you're like pro Putin. Right. And that's just the most outrageous thing in the world, because I agree with you. I feel for the people of Ukraine. I don't want this for them. I don't want this for innocent people. However, at some point, the world's every every one of the world's problems can't be America's problem when we have a border crisis. And then I think they said yesterday ten thousand people came across. They got, I think, eight thousand of the ten thousand. But you see the numbers day over day. It's a problem. We have crime that's rampant. We have overdoses that are at record numbers. We have we have suicides at record numbers. At some point, we have to maybe just think about ourselves and not everybody else, because if we fall, sadly, I think the world falls at that point. Amen. The thing that I would add is I love the way the Ukraine refugee has been crowbarred into the migrant crisis in the United States. New York leaders from the city to all over Kathy Hochul, the governor of the state of New York, mentioning that, you know, like the Ukrainians in Poland, the the Polish have no intention to keep Ukrainians forever. That's a temporary you know, they're leaving a conflict to return to their country after the conflict is over. Again, this is just we're we're putting a round peg into a square hole and just hammering it away. But but there's no the media. There's you're our destroying military. I go to parents all the time around this country and ask them to give us their sons and daughters to join the military. And the one thing they bring up is Afghanistan. It's not about anything. It's Afghanistan. How are you going to assure us that you're going to maintain your commitment to our son and daughter when you betrayed us in Afghanistan that has lasting effects? And there's not a I'm trying to find a segment of our of our of our nation that's functioning. I don't know what it is. I saw in Chicago, they're going to have municipally owned grocery stores. Maybe that will figure it out there. Yeah, yeah, it's good. Real quick, do you think and we'll finish up on this topic, but do you think that they will we will ever have boots in the ground on Ukraine? I mean, I hope not, because I just don't know what the I mean, look at I'm I'm we're getting ready for China. We're trying to revolutionize everything. I don't know what the what the plan is. I mean, again, if you want to put a base in Ukraine, and you want to make that a sustainment operation going forward, that I here's the point. I don't understand what the inactive ready reserve call up was for. Why are you bringing those troops in the non combat support? Why are they going to Ukraine? What are you building infrastructure there? Here's what I do know. We're talking a minimum of $11 trillion to build Ukraine back. That is cataclysmic amounts of money. There isn't water, electricity, internet, you know, you want to help Ukraine. You're going to Russia is not paying for that if you negotiate a settlement. So I don't know what the plan is. But I hope we never see boots on the ground. I could guess what the plan is. I won't I won't say for sure. But I could guess that we'll be paying a chunk of that. And I do have one last one. So I did interview Colonel Douglas McGregor a few months back. And he talked about he's a real optimist. But he is really very, very bullish on Ukraine. Yes, very, very optimistic. I'm dropping some all over the place. But he brought up some staggering numbers, though. And even if they're half true, it's a problem. The amount of casualties and wounded soldiers on the Ukrainian side that we're not hearing about the media. I don't know if you agree with some of those numbers or not. But he's saying, I mean, it's people are acting as if this is an even war right now. And it's not even close. First of all, McGregor's a stud. I mean, he's an absolute, you know, that we're glad he's on our side. He's a military mind. I don't know if those numbers are accurate. I could tell you they're juxtaposed to almost everything we're hearing from every institution that we have, including a lot of our intel from Germany and England. But again, I don't know what to believe. So when you don't have when you don't have transparency, when you're not holding regular press conferences, when your Pentagon spokesman is now working in the White House and now you're getting a triple spin. I mean, the U .S. Open double backspin. You've gotten so many spins on the narrative. I don't know what to believe. But if he is even close to what is a segment of truth, you know, then look, Ukraine needs an investigation. There's a lot of investigations. We've got to start on Afghanistan. We were promised that by Speaker McCarthy. We need a hot wash on Afghanistan. And then we need to go to what who is oversighting the money that's going to Ukraine. And what have we got for our return on investment? Yeah, I'm not asking for much. Really, all I'm asking for in this conflict is can we just talk about what the end game is? And to your point, can we get an accounting of where the money's going and what's being spent in a real accounting of it? The Iran deal that just happened last week. First off, the fact that that was negotiated and completed on 11th September to me is just the ultimate slap in the face. But you again, you know more about this than I do. We do a five for five trade. OK, I'm going to use sports analogies. We trade five for five. And then we also approved of six billion dollars that apparently wasn't ours, but it was in a fund that now they can release to Iran. How are we winning on that one? Well, first of all, I was hoping that at least it was a digital transfer. The fact that it went as euros in cash through Qatar. And OK, so what happens the 24 hours after that deal is made? We're now getting issues in the West Bank. We're now hearing about issues in Yemen. We've now got Hezbollah that's reinforced. I mean, look, what do you think they're doing with cash? Right. What deal do you make where someone says, I'll bring a box of money to you? What do you it's this is a state sponsor of terrorism. They haven't changed. By the way, their president is now in New York City addressing the United Nations. This guy's killed 6500 of his own people. He admits to it. He killed the students that revolted and wanted democracy when we did nothing. He killed 5000 of his citizens in 1988. He's killed over 300 Americans. There's no accountability whatsoever. I don't understand what it is about Jake Sullivan and Tony Blinken that believe that Iran is a partner. All you've done 10 years ago, they were refining 10 percent of their oil. And now they're a force. Now they're working with Maduro in Venezuela, and they're a huge part of their members of of the international community. They're in good standing there. I don't get it. Does anyone believe that the Iran nuke deal? Look, we got hit with cruise missiles under Trump in Iraq. How did they have those cruise missiles? Those cruise missiles were illegal under the Obama nuke deal. So how are you refurbishing missiles in two years? Do we believe that their centrifuges have stopped? That they won't have a program if they don't have one already? No, I mean, I guess my question, David, is how I mean, I know that you pay a lot of attention to this stuff, but how do people like in the media not ask these questions? Right. I mean, these are legitimate. I mean, we just traded to I put this on my notes here. This is on the heels of trading a WNBA basketball player for the Merchant of Death like six months ago. Right. I mean, and again, I'm glad Americans are coming back to America. I don't want to sound pessimistic on that. That's great news. But we also I mean, this this stuff just seems like I don't care what side of the aisle you're on. It warrants questions, but nobody seems to care. I'm in the world that if you take hostages, we take hostages. You want to exchange people? We'll exchange people. You know, we definitely have the partners in the area to do that. For whatever reason, this administration, they're they're they're contrarians. They're contrarians to you know, they claim Bush and Cheney are their best friends, yet they just go 180 degrees from that doctrine. I don't know what the Biden doctrine is. I don't know what Bidenonomics is either, but I could tell you that they believe that Iran is a partner. Now, here's another thing. Our envoy to Iran not only is no longer the envoy, he doesn't have a security clearance. Does anyone curious at The New York Times as to what happened to the lead negotiator in Iran that is escorted off a bus, taken into American custody, given a job at Yale or Princeton or wherever he's working now? I've never heard of a person going from top secret classified negotiations to no clearance whatsoever and in the custody of American intelligence community. No one cares. No one cares at all. It's fascinating. And again, for me, I mean, these are big decisions that we're making. And correct me if I'm wrong, but it used to be, you know, maybe we did a two for five deal and then we made the six billion. Now we're like, we're giving stuff away and we're on the losing end. Correct me if I'm wrong, but America was never, you know, America losing. It was always America winning, right? America getting the best of deals. At least McDonald's has a five for five. We didn't even get that. You know what this does though? Honest to God, if you're thinking about traveling overseas, things go sideways, cartel, South America, Mexico, wherever you're going, you have a price in your head now. No one in their right mind is going to bring you back whether it's Haiti or wherever you are, you're worth $1 .25 billion. And thugs and scumbags are going to take advantage of that. I mean, that's a great point too. Do you think about leaving the country? I don't know anymore. That's a little bit concerning. I don't care where you're going, right? That's concerning. This one I just had to bring up because it happened two days ago or yesterday. How do we lose a plane? And I heard that's like a third one in the last six weeks that something like this has happened. How are we losing $80 million planes? Well, they're not $80 million anymore because they've got a new engine and all this other stuff. Look, the F -35 program is a complete disaster. You want to talk about why our allies think we're crazy. We sold them a plane. This program has been around since the early 90s and we've got nothing on return for it. So basically two planes are flying in a buddy team. They're doing training and a guy punches out. We don't even know why he punched out, but that plane could have easily hit a building. It didn't, thank God. But the wingman didn't follow where his buddy went. So what is he doing? He just kind of went on and did his own thing. And now the Marine Corps put a Facebook post like a dog is missing. We're expecting the Ukrainian farmers to carry the F -35 out with their tractors. I don't know what the point of it's wild. Look, stop embarrassing us. Just stop humiliating us. That's all I'm asking. Just be the army and the Marine Corps that we know our men and women are capable of being. Get out of their way. This gender garbage, this social experiment nonsense, stop humiliating our military. That's all I ask. Why can we not get the... I mean, I know why we can't get the answer, but I'm asking this to you. But why can't we, at a press conference at the White House, why can't we say, I want to talk to the guy that was in the other plane, or you can tell us the transcript of what happened when that happened. Talk to the guy who jumped out of the plane. Why did you do that? And again, I'm not trying to put our military on the spot, but these are kind of big questions to ask, right? I mean, if I do something in my business, I have to go face the music on that. Why doesn't everybody have to face music for their decisions or why things are happening? I think it's kind of important. Well, you don't want to talk to generals because they're going to tell you the truth and they won't be generals anymore. True. And you don't want to talk to enlisted people. Because look, I mean, let's be honest. How many people are... Is this a merit -based military anymore? Do we have a meritocracy? Are we promoting people based on pronouns? Go figure. When we're putting politics above military strength, accidents happen. We don't know the facts, but the fact that nobody cares about getting to the bottom of it, the day of the Pentagon paper reporters are gone. Yep. Yep. Let's just talk about the 2024 race quick, and then we will wrap up for today. So your thoughts on the Republican primary so far, I'll stay away from the Democratic side till the very end, but your thoughts on, you know, there's obviously Trump who is now in a, has a huge lead. Ron DeSantis seems to be crumbling underneath himself. Vivek Ramaswamy has jumped up in the polls. Nikki Haley's there. Tim Scott's there. A few others that probably aren't going to get a lot of votes. Chris Christie's the anti -Trump candidate. Mike Pence is, I don't know what Mike Pence is. I'm not really sure. Your thoughts about the whole field so far? I mean, look, it's impressive. They've got a deep bench. There's a lot of diversity. I, you know, none of it matters. Trump is the guy. The more you indict him, the more you empower him. You know, I'd like him to work on his communications a little bit better. You know, but if Trump is Trump, Trump is a Frankenstein monster of Barack Obama. As long as you have that faction, you're going to get, you know, Trump is going to be empowered. I just don't want to see Governor Noem anywhere near the White House. And I, if he's going to pick a running mate, you know, it's hard to find an ally here, you know. But it would be nice to find a governor. I don't want to take anyone from the Senate. I don't want to take anyone from the House with the margins that tight. But I mean, the idea that Governor Noem is being floated right now. I mean, I'd rather take North Dakota. Yeah. A little sled there. You know, it's funny you mentioned that because I saw a lot of that this weekend. I mean, can we just, for lack of a better term, keep it in our pants for about a year and then do what you got to do? It really is. I mean, every time you turn, somebody's doing something idiotic, whether it's Boebert. And again, I say this, David, a lot of people know who you are. A lot more know who you are than they'll ever know who I am. But when you go out in public into a movie theater like that, and I'm going to Boebert, not Noem for a second, you're, you're extremely well known. I don't care if it's dark or if it's as light as it is in the studio right now. What are you thinking? I, you know, she's, she's, she's an embarrassment. She is. She's bad, too. Who would have thought that Marjorie Taylor Greene would have been the, the oasis of the Maryland? I mean, seriously, I, again, you're, you're in Congress every day. You're out in public, you're on the job. You know, at least she wasn't wearing a hoodie, you know, that's all in shorts. She was at least dressed for the occasion, but I, it was, it's wildly embarrassing. Vaping, singing, whatever you're doing. Getting groped. Yes. Who is your VP candidate then? Because I think, you know, you have names thrown around. There's, there's, the vague has been thrown around in there. You know, Byron Donald's has been thrown around in there. Carrie Lake has. I don't know. I love Carrie Lake. I just don't know that Trump needs to go with somebody so divisive there. I think he's got to go with somebody that's, that's firm in their beliefs, but also not maybe going to turn off half the country. Well, you know, it's, it's impossible. One of the, one of the problems with making Trump, you know, the, the enemy of the state that the left has done is that you've really made it difficult for him to even put a cabinet together. You know, I mean, what are you going to do with it? You've got a lot of loyalists out there. You know, the vague is, is I think maybe the most intelligent dynamic candidate we've ever seen run for president, but experience does matter. But you know, I love the way he thinks. I love the movement. I don't know if he would even take the job to be honest with it. I don't think he needs it. But you look at a Tim Scott, I think Tim Scott is, you know, there's a whole lot to his message and I think he's, he's got the experience in the Senate, but honestly, you could literally take the Clint Eastwood chair and, and throw it in there as vice president. I'm going with that because this, this from top to bottom, we have to have seismic change in 24. Do you think he would ever choose Kristi Noem at this point with all that now? Yeah, no one knew Mike Pence was a, was a 24 hour story and then he was the vice president candidate. So who knows? I mean, a lot can happen between now and then, but I just, I don't need, you know, let's just pick people on their merit. Let's pick people that are ready to be the president. Imagine this, imagine picking a vice president that can lead the country. If something happens to a 75 year old president, you know, like Kamala Harris. Yeah. Someone like that.
A highlight from Advanced Nutrition Strategies for Inflammation and Insulin Resistance
"Hello, and welcome to the Dr. Jockers Functional Nutrition Podcast, the show designed to give you science -based solutions to improve your health and life. I'm Dr. David Jockers, doctor of natural medicine and creator of DrJockers .com, and I'm the host of this podcast. I'm here to tell you that your body was created to heal itself, and on this show, we focus on strategies you can apply today to heal and function at your best. Thanks for spending time with me, and let's go into the show. If you're struggling with stiff or aching joints, and you're tired of letting the cis -comfort steal the joy and freedom from your life, then I have a natural solution you're going to love. It's called Joint Support by Pure Health Research, and this stuff is amazing. It contains seven of Mother Nature's best superfoods for supporting comfortable, healthy, and flexible joints. It even promotes healthy cartilage growth, too. 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So thank you for doing that. Thank you for being a part of our community and let's go into the show. Hey everyone, welcome to the Reversing Type 2 Diabetes Summit. I'm your host, Dr. Beverly Yates, MD. It's my distinct privilege and honor to interview a wonderful colleague of mine, Dr. David Jockers. He's been a leader in many aspects of health and continues to help people have clarity about their health. One of the things that's so interesting as we do all the episodes here for the summit is I'm trying very consciously to give people different points of view and different aspects of what it takes for blood sugar success to be well. So with Dr. David Jockers, we're going to introduce him in just a moment here. He's a doctor of natural medicine and runs one of the most popular natural health websites online in drjockers .com and has gotten over a million views for monthly visitors and his work is really popular. It's been seen on shows like The Dr. Oz Show and Hallmark Home and Family. He's the author of the best -selling book, The Keto -Metabolic Breakthrough and also The Fasting Transformation. He's a world -renowned expert in the area of ketosis, fasting, brain health, inflammation and functional nutrition. He also hosts his popular Dr. Jockers Functional Nutrition podcast. Be sure to look up his work, check out what that he's offering. Dr. Jockers, welcome to our summit. Thanks so much, Dr. Beverly. Great to be on with you. Yeah. You know, I've really been excited for our talk because I think that there are so many ways in which people can eat and nourish themselves and some things are certainly more helpful or successful when it comes to blood sugar control and glycemic regulations than others. So with that in mind, let's dig in right away here. So please, if you would share with us your perspective here, what is inflammation and how does it develop? Yeah. Inflammation is just a natural process of healing. In fact, it's actually designed to help protect our body from some sort of chronic systemic infection and so, well, not chronic infection, but some sort of systemic acute infection from killing us quickly. And so I think we look at the history of mankind. More people have died from infections that got into our bloodstreams, bloodstreams spread throughout our body, went into major vital organs and killed us is what used to kill most of our ancestors. And so our body has created this inflammatory process to help protect against that. So the infection that gets in doesn't get into our lungs and cause pneumonia or our nervous system and cause meningitis. And so in order to do that, we created this inflammatory process to keep basically infection under control. And it's also part of the healing process. We break down damaged tissue and we try to remove that in order to build new healthy tissue. So for example, if we sprain our ankle, we're going to break down that tissue and try to rebuild new healthy tissue in that area. So inflammation itself is life saving. The issue is that it should be turned off when the appropriate area is healed. And so in our society, we have certain vectors that are turning up inflammation. For example, one is called leaky gut, right? So when somebody has leaky gut, there's damage, micro damage to the intestinal lining. And every time that person's eating food, particularly food that causes more gut irritation, they are further tearing that gut lining and they're not really allowing their body to heal properly. And therefore, they're spewing out bacteria and endotoxins into their bloodstream through that lining, through that hole. And that's driving up inflammation in the body because the body thinks that it's under attack from some sort of systemic infection or some sort of basically infectious process that could be life threatening. And so we've got to do what we can to get inflammation under control in our society. And so I think about it like a fire in a fireplace. You know, if the fire is on in the fireplace, it's great. It warms the house. You know, it creates a great environment, an ambiance. However, when we dump gasoline on the fire, right now it spreads on the walls and starts to burn our home. And obviously that's when it's a major issue. And so in our society, we have lifestyle habits that are dumping gasoline on the fire and causing us to burn up our home. And we just don't really understand it. We don't realize that's actually what we're doing to our body. And then we later, you know, after doing this for years and years and years, we get diagnosed with the chronic disease. But this is many years of chronic inflammation, damaging cells, tissues and organ systems of our body leading to, you know, that disease diagnosis. Absolutely. Absolutely. Thank you for laying that out so clearly. You know, it's so interesting in clinical work, sometimes it comes up. People are like, this just happened to me overnight, thinking that their body has attacked them or betrayed them and that their diagnosis has come on all of a sudden when in reality, nope, this was years in the making. So thank you so much for pointing that out for us. So anyone listening to this, if you have an inflammatory problem, please know. It took time for it to develop and it will take some time for it to heal. The good news is, if healing is possible, that it's likely to be a lot faster compared to the silent onset process. It's like too bad. It would be great if our body, as we get more and more inflamed, gave us a sound or a noise or maybe we turned polka dotted or something so we can know that something's going on here, you know? Yeah, for sure. And many times people do have chronic symptoms that are giving them a warning sign. And we just ignore it in our society, right? It's kind of like a check engine light goes on in our car. Typically we know, okay, I need to bring this in and get it looked at. But in our society, if we have headaches, chronic headaches, if we have chronic gut pain, if we have chronic joint pain, if we have skin rashes, acne, eczema, if we are gaining weight and we try some lifestyle strategies and we're just not losing weight, if we're gaining weight and we can go on and on, in our society, oftentimes the first thing we do is we go right to some sort of medication or we try to just ignore it. It's like we just let the check engine light stay on or we take some duct tape and just kind of stick it over it and pretend that everything's okay with the car. And that's really what we're doing. We're not actually getting to the root cause. Exactly. So that brings me to my very next question for you, which is this. What are some of the root causes of inflammation and how can this be measured quantitatively with lab testing? So when we look at root causes of chronic inflammation, one, and this is what you're really addressing in this summit, is a diet and lifestyle that is not right, right? So high blood sugar and insulin resistance, primarily driven by the food that we're consuming and lack of exercise, right? Lack of movement, food that we're consuming, obviously stress plays a role. So high stress, poor sleep hygiene and poor sleep quality. Sleep quality is super important. We've got to make sure we're sleeping really well when we are sleeping, but also proper hygiene when it comes to sleep. That plays a big role with our sleep quality. For example, shift workers, they might sleep eight or nine hours, but because they're sleeping at the wrong hours that are not right with, you know, humans, natural circadian rhythm or we're supposed to be sleeping at night, they tend to have higher levels of blood sugar and insulin resistance compared to people that are sleeping the same amount of hours and working kind of a normal shift and then sleeping overnight. So those are major factors. And then beyond that, we have things like chronic infections. So we know that when we have different infections, whether it's a candida overgrowth in our gut, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, H. pylori infections in our stomach, parasite infections, Lyme disease, things like that, that all drives up inflammatory processes in our body. Chronic overload of toxicity. All of us are exposed to chemicals in our air, water and food. So all of us have levels of toxicity coming into our system. But if our drainage and detoxification pathways are working properly, we should be eliminating a good amount of those and keeping our toxic bucket under control. And so we all have kind of like a toxic threshold. And so if we keep things under that threshold by keeping, you know, by limiting our exposure to toxins and then by allowing our body to detox and drain effectively, then, you know, that doesn't drive inflammation. However, if we're consuming lots of toxins from the food, we eat the air, we breathe the things we're putting on our skin, the water we're drinking, and then we're not doing things to help improve our lymphatic system, our liver, our gut, our kidneys. Right. We're not we're not peeing. You know, we should be urinating. Right. We should be peeing out toxins. We should be breathing them out. So respiration, perspiration, that's sweating, urination and defecation. Right. So we should be peeing, pooping, breathing. And sweating out these toxins. If we're not doing that, then our toxic load goes up, goes over that threshold, drives inflammation in the body. So toxicity is a big factor. You know, I mentioned stress. There can also be things like post -traumatic stress disorders. Right. So where somebody's had major trauma and their body never really recovered from that trauma and they're kind of reliving that trauma. Maybe somebody that was a war veteran or perhaps they were sexually abused or something along those lines. Right. They may relive those traumas on a regular basis, driving up inflammation in the body. So all of these things need to be addressed and and considered. Somebody might be living in a mold toxic house, right, breathing in mold and mycotoxins on a daily basis. They're trying to live a healthy lifestyle, but they're constantly overloading their their system with toxins. And so we've got to be able to look at all of those factors and make sure that we're addressing those to keep inflammation under control. Now, when we're measuring inflammation on labs, there's some easy labs that we can look at. You know, you can get done on blood work. For example, one of the most common is high sensitivity C reactive protein. CRP is a protein that our body, our immune system produces in response to inflammation. And, you know, so long as you don't get a false negative, like if you work out really intensely right before you get your blood test done, your CRP will be through the roof. That's actually a healthy level of inflammation, because after we exercise, we have inflammation to help our body heal and recover. So normally you want to not work out roughly 48 hours before getting the test done, ideally at least 24 hours. So you get the right measurement and your HSCRP should ideally be under one and really as close to zero as possible. And so typically it's not flag tie unless it's up over two or three, somewhere in that range. But anything over one is a sign that there's underlying inflammation there. And that's something that we definitely want to look at and address. So that's a big factor. You know, I know in this in this summit, I'm sure you've got people talking about things like hemoglobin A1C. We know hemoglobin A1C, that's a sign of the glycation process or basically when a sugar molecule binds to a major protein, like in this case, when it binds to hemoglobin, major protein that helps bring oxygen to the cells in the body and denatures the hemoglobin. And so it causes a sticky protein process. So we should have ideally like the optimal range really is is really under under 5 .2 on the hemoglobin, 5 .2 percent under. And so typically in our society, nothing is flagged until it's up over six, up over six percent. I like to keep mine under five, right? Between four point five and five. Some are in that range to make sure that my hemoglobin, my red blood cells have great capacity to bring oxygen to the cells so I can create the cellular energy I need to really thrive. So hemoglobin A1C is a really good marker. There's another one actually that you can test, too. It's it's it's called a novel marker for systemic inflammation. It's called GlycA, right? And so it's also a marker of glycosylation and again, a sugar molecule binding to proteins. In this case, GlycA looks at proteins particularly involved in the immune system. And so when that's elevated, I like to see it between one hundred and three hundred. Some are in that range, more closer to one hundred when it's up over three hundred. We know that's a sign of systemic inflammation. In fact, there are some individuals that will have normal HSCRP, but we'll see the GlycA elevated. And so that's a really good it's a novel marker. They've just been doing a number of studies on that, really starting just in the last five years. Very interesting marker. We know, for example, statin drugs will have a cholesterol lowering medications can have a mild anti -inflammatory effect that may bring CRP down, but they don't bring GlycA down. Whereas a lot of lifestyle strategies that you're talking about on the summit will help bring both of those markers down. And so that's a that's a really important thing to be looking at. Another key marker is LDH, lactate dehydrogenase, which is part of our natural energy, you know, our glycolysis and Krebs cycle. It's kind of a Krebs cycle glycolysis intermediary enzyme. And so when that's elevated, it's a sign that there's inflammation, particularly heart tissue related as well as liver. Right. Could be related to liver. And speaking of liver, liver enzymes are another really good marker. So when we're seeing liver enzymes like ALT, AST, GGT, when these when these are elevated up over roughly up over 25, that's a sign that there's inflammation affecting the liver cells. And then based on the ratios, for example, if ALT is real high, AST is kind of in the normal range, roughly 10 to 25 in that normal range. We know that inflammation is really affecting the liver when AST is high and ALT is more in the normal range or a lot lower than AST. We start thinking about that inflammation affecting muscle tissues or affecting the heart in particular. So that's a key marker for that. When GGT is real high up over 25 again and the AST and ALT are lower than the GGT, then we start thinking about biliary tree, gallbladder, bile ducts, that region. So it kind of helps us understand more of where that inflammation may be located. So these are just some of the markers. You know, if you get a good a good look, you know, you can also look at just a lipid panel, like where you're looking at your LDL, which is considered the bad cholesterol, your triglycerides, your HDL levels. We like to see the triglyceride to HDL ratio. If there was one thing I was going to look at on a lipid panel, I think all the markers can have some importance. We can get some good clinical data from all those markers. But if there was one marker I think is most important to look at, it would be the triglyceride to HDL ratio. So how many triglycerides, which are basically free fatty acids that our body can use as an energy source that are circulating in the bloodstream versus the high density lipoproteins, which are a carrier molecule that helps bring fats, lipids, all different types of molecules back to the liver from the cells. And so when we're looking at that ratio, we ideally should be under two. So under two parts triglyceride to HDL, roughly close to one. And that kind of close, as close to one as possible, one part triglyceride, one part HDL, like to see that triglyceride level certainly under a hundred. OK, and we look at that. That is a key marker for insulin resistance and inflammation. If your triglyceride to HDL ratio is up over two, if your HDL is under 50, you know, triglycerides are up over a hundred. You know, definitely a sign of insulin resistance and inflammation taking place in the body as long as the test is done fasting. Right. We always want to make sure with the lipid panel definitely can be affected if we eat a meal right before we we get that lab done. But that's a really key marker to look at and helps us understand how well our body's responding to getting nutrients into the cells. So when triglycerides are real high, we're not good at burning fat for fuel. We've got all these extra fats out in the cell or outside in the bloodstream. And those fats can become denatured and cause more reactive oxygen species and drive up oxidative stress and inflammation in the system. So all very important markers to be looking at. A lot of these tests are not expensive, but glyca is a little bit more pricey. But most of the other ones you can easily get from your physician. Just go in, ask for the high sensitivity, high sensitivity to your reactive protein, lipid panel, liver enzymes. Right. They'll run all of those. And then one other marker that we should look at as well as vitamin D levels are 25 hydroxy vitamin D. A lot of research out showing that levels on certainly under 30 nanograms per milliliter, where you're you're the lab will actually flag you as deficient, you know, linked with all cause mortality. So if you have levels under 30, you're all cause mortality, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, neurodegenerative condition. We talk about any sort of chronic disease and then dying of anything goes up. Right. So it's really easy actually to bump that up. Ideally, we do it by getting in the sun. However, most of us just not getting enough sunshine. We may not be living in an area where the sun's going to impact us in a significant way to get the vitamin D if we're up. Let's say we live in Canada, we live in Maine, we live in these northern climates. It's going to be harder to get enough vitamin D from the sun. But if we are in a you know, even if we are in that location, like in the summer months, trying to get as much sun on as much of your body as possible. Obviously, you don't want to burn. But outside of that, trying to get the sunshine is key. Sun offers a lot more benefits than just a vitamin D supplement. However, taking a vitamin D supplement as well can be really helpful. I usually recommend about a thousand international units per twenty five pounds of body weight taken with meals you do at one or two doses, depending on how much of that you need. And that will definitely get your vitamin D levels up. You want to test every three to six months or so and kind of look at where you're at. Ideally, I like to see it up over 60 nanograms per milliliter, usually not concerned about overdosing. The research shows that as long as you keep it really under about 150 nanograms per milliliter, you won't deal with any sort of, you know, toxicity, vitamin D toxicity. It's really hard to get it up over 150, although it can be done if you're taking like 50 ,000 units every single day. So if you're taking roughly five, 10, 15 ,000 units every day, you're probably going to optimize your vitamin D and do really well. And so those would be some of the key labs I would definitely recommend. 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A highlight from Battle Royale
"And welcome back to Cinema Vino. It's another Two -Man episode with Sean Jordan and I. Two -Man, yep. Exactly. That's all I got. Oh man, I need to record that. That could be our thing. Our little blurb. Our little bumper. Yeah. So this will be the penultimate episode of our Summer of Chaos with Battle Royale, which is Sean's pick. This is my pick? Yeah. This is one I've wanted to get on for a while. This has been on my list to like throw in here. I'm glad we did it. I'm glad we covered it. It's the perfect format to do it too, you know, where anything goes. It doesn't fit many other places. It's a weird kind of wheel that we, you know, spin the wheel. Strangely enough, pick two whites, two French whites. Just like this podcast. Exactly. Oui. Oui. So this is Sauvignon. So S -A -U -V -I -O -N. Sauvignon Vouvray. Vouvray is going to be the name of the region where this comes from. I was going to say is Sauvignon the winery? Sauvignon is going to be the winery. Kind of pretentious to call it Sauvignon. Exactly. I know. But it's not Sauvignon like Sauvignon Blanc. It's like Sauvignon. Yeah. But again, my French just can't do that justice. No. Nor can mine. So Vouvray is going to be Chenin Blanc grapes. And these are going to be on the right bank of the Loire River. Chenin Blanc, 100 % one grape? Yeah. That's a varietal. It's going to be in kind of west central France. And a lot like Riesling, these Vouvrays will cover a wide flavor palette. They can be dry. They can be sweet. They can be in between. This to me is kind of in between. Definitely. I mean, compared to the Bordeaux that we drank earlier that's dry, this is way, the sweetness is way more pronounced on this one. I think overall, I would classify this as probably off dry. If one is bone dry and 10 is super sticky sweet, I would put this at about a 5 .5. This is right in the middle? Mm -hmm. Right down the middle. But yeah, most of the... What have you got going on here? If you go to your wine store now and you see a lot of Vouvrays, a lot of them are going to be bubbly. They're going to be sparkling. They're going to have the champagne method. You'll see, there'll be some still wines. Oh. But you'll see a lot more sparkling Vouvrays out there, like Champelou. That is definitely less dry than the last one. Yes. You'll get more sugar on that. It's also got... Feels like more... It's like almost a minerality of like the... It's not bubbly. It's almost just like a soft water, you know? Well, this also has kind of a floral... Like an effervescence. Yeah. Yeah. It has a real floral kick to it. And you look at the... It has more of a hay color. Like the Bordeaux that we had was a lot more light pale. This one has a little more haze and a little more of a kind of bright hay color, a little more yellow to it. Yeah. But it has a little more body. It has a little more of a creamy flavor to it, a little more creamy texture. But I mean... But not buttery. No, it's not buttery. It's not chard buttery. No. But it also has kind of a honeysuckle texture, I think, to it. There's some... Honeysuckle? You are breaking out the big guns. I'm going big. Wow. But yeah, it's definitely sweeter. But not sticky sweet. There's definitely sweeter stuff out there. Yeah. It's not like a Moscato. It sticks out more because of the Bordeaux. It's kind of like if you're in a really cold pool and you get into even a lukewarm hot tub, it's going to feel really hot because you've been in a cold pool. I was in the pool. But drinking that fairly dry Bordeaux makes this one feel that much sweeter. It does. But it's pleasant. I like it a lot. Yeah. It's a good companion with that. It's two different tastes completely. So we talked on the last episode about the white Bordeaux being paired well with fish. Yeah. I mean, same thing here? I think this is another one of those that I would do with Thanksgiving stuff. I would do... I was going to say turkey would be really good with this. It'd be a great pair. But pretty much all that stuff, cranberry. I mean, pretty much anything would go well with ham. Yeah. Any of that kind of stuff because of the honey flavor that you'd get from it. But I think it would go well with salad. It would go well with the entire holiday meal that you would do. A little cranberry sauce? Yeah. I think that would be a perfect pair. A little creaming casserole? We're about two. Yeah. Yeah. I mean, I think it would go well with dressing, stuffing, whatever you want to call it. Yeah. I think there's a difference between dressing and stuffing. There is. Yeah. That's a different podcast. Yeah. But we're a couple of months out from Thanksgiving, but if you're looking ahead, vuvre would be a good choice. If you're looking for something to do kind of before the meal, a sparkling vuvre would be a good way. Or even after the meal when you're settling down to watch the game or whatever, a bubbly vuvre would be a good pick. What I like about this is it's not super bubbly. It's not bubbly at all. No. No. It's going to be still. It has that lightness of like almost an effervescence, but not an effervescence. Yeah. It's kind of, it's refreshing, you know, but it's unlike the Bordeaux, which was refreshing to kind of a dry, crisp way. This one has a little more bright, fun, like fruit. This is kind of more... The other one's more tart. Like you feel like that, like unripe and peach. Yeah. You know, this one's more like ripe, sweet, grassy, kind of like a ripe fruit. Yeah, exactly. But yeah, two completely different personalities between the Bordeaux and the vuvre. And I'm kind of glad we got contrasting French whites. Yeah. But yeah, so you'll see a lot of sparklings out there. So when you see these, they're on a scale. Brut's going to be the driest. Demisek's going to be sweeter. And then you'll see everything up to like Moliot, which is very sweet, the sweetest of all the vuvres. So if you're looking, then that's going to be your scale. Basically, it's the like higher the scale, the more sugary sweetness is going to be on them. So they do vuvres? Yeah, they do. Because they're made in the Champagne method, they'll have a lot of the same scale when they do bubbly. But yeah, in a bubbly section of a good wine store now, you should see a few vuvres, sparkling vuvres. They'll be cheaper than Champagne, so they're actually a good pick if you're looking for something on a budget. Champagne is only from the Champagne region of France. Exactly. And so yeah, these will be made in the same style, but not the same region. No. But anyway, yeah. So this one, the Sauvignon runs around 20 bucks. I think it's like 22. Pretty good buy. Yeah, it'd be a good holiday wine if you were looking for something that it's good, it's well made, but it's not crazy expensive. Impress your wine friends with this? Exactly. Yeah, it should. And you can impress them because it's a good wine. You can say, I didn't spend a whole lot of money on it. It's like, it's one of those deals where it really helps to know what you're looking for. Oh, this is a real, you know, it's a real hole in the wall kind of wine. Boutique. You know, it might not be a wine you really heard of. Yeah, exactly. It's like the kind of the hipster thing where it's like you impress people like you found something that they didn't know about. Yeah, it's underground. Yeah, exactly. So Battle Royale. This is a it was restricted, not released in the United States until 2010. Many countries did not release it due to its violent subject matter. This is probably, in my opinion, the most culturally touchy film that we've examined. Probably the most controversial film that we've examined for this podcast. Really? Because it was not released in quite a few countries because it was so violent, so graphic. Which after watching it, do you feel like that's this movie now would not be considered super violent? Yes, which is one of my, which altered my perception of it. Had not having seen it before, having seen it now changed my opinion of it. So we'll get to that in a minute. So this received a direct -to -video release in 2010. It's received strong reviews, 88 % Rotten Tomatoes. Quentin Tarantino declared it to be his favorite film released since 2000. It set the template for The Hunger Games, which came later. A lot of people commented when they saw it. The Hunger Games came out in what, I think it came out around 2010. Yeah, somewhere in that range. A lot of people said that it had a lot of similarities to Battle Royale. Yes. I don't know when the books, the Hunger Games books came out. Definitely after the book that this was based on came out. Okay. Because I think the book that this was based on came out in 1998. I don't want to, I don't want to definitively say that The Hunger Games was based off of this, but. Definitely inspired by it. Yeah.
A highlight from UNCHAINED: Zeke Faux's Crypto Adventures and His Relationship With Former FTX CEO SBF
"Hi, everyone, welcome to Unchained, your no -hype resource for all things crypto. I'm your host, Laura Shin, author of The Cryptopians. I started covering crypto eight years ago, and as a senior editor, Forbes was the first mainstream media reporter to cover cryptocurrency full -time. This is the September 19th, 2023 episode of Unchained. Toku makes implementing global token compensation and incentive awards simple. With Toku, you get unmatched legal and tax tech support to grant and administer your global team's tokens. Make it simple today with Toku. The game has changed. The Google Cloud Oracle built for layer zero is now securing every layer zero message by default. Their custom end -to -end solution sets itself up to bring its world -class security to web three and establish itself as the HTTPS within layer zero messaging. Visit layerzero .network to learn more. 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And I was arguing with my friend about the reasonableness of a betting on Dogecoin. It's like the height of the pandemic. And I don't know, I got kind of sucked into investigating crypto. Two years later, I was cut to I'm in the Bahamas, going to Sam Begman Fried's penthouse just before the cops showed up interviewing him about the collapse of FTX. And so you said that this was your period of going down the crypto rabbit hole. What had you been doing before? So I've been an investigative reporter for Bloomberg for a long time. And at Bloomberg, I generally write about kind of the shady side of Wall Street. So I'd written exposes of predatory lenders, penny stock scams. One of my favorites was about a Patriots fan who stole the New York Giants Super Bowl rings after the 2008 helmet catch game. So I'd always been looking for like wild stories to tell in this world of business and finance. But I kind of resisted crypto as a potential topic. I just didn't really see it as like, I mean, you're going to laugh at me now, but I just didn't really see it as like a good target for an investigative reporter. And it wasn't because I thought crypto was like the future. It's just like this may be hard to believe if you're like a big time crypto guy, but actually maybe not because I'm sure you talk about it with your family and everybody. But like outside in the traditional finance world, a lot of people are so skeptical about crypto that they were like investigating a crypto company and finding out something bad about it, you wouldn't find anything surprising. I don't even care about that story. But what I realized was that my first crypto conference was Bitcoin 2021 in Miami. And I showed up there and I just met, I realized there were so many crazy characters in crypto. There were so many people that I'd love to write about. And I'm like, these are the kind of people who I need to get to know. One of the first people I sat down with was I met Sam Bankman -Fried there. I met Alex Mashinsky of Celsius, who was very prominent there. I had Michael Saylor saying all sorts of crazy things about Bitcoin. And I came back and I told my editor, like, I was wrong. There's all sorts of weird stuff going on in crypto. This would be a great topic and it'll be, you know, it'll be a long time before. There's too many stories to choose from. Yeah. Yeah. And it's funny in terms of the years that you, quote unquote, went down the crypto rabbit hole. Those were two of the craziest years and in a way, like some of the more unusual years of crypto, I would say. Just so before we dive into, you know, the different escapades you underwent in your book, you mentioned earlier that you were both curious about crypto, but also skeptical. So, you know, before we dive into what you were looking into, I wanted to hear your overall take on crypto. You know, when you say you're a skeptic, how much of a skeptic because there are some people who are skeptics and they completely dismiss crypto, but I didn't get that feeling from reading your book. I'm sort of like a skeptic in general. I'm skeptical of everything. That's why, like, I'm an investigative reporter. So if somebody tells me, hey, like Alex Mashinsky did, hey, I'm going to pay 18 percent interest. And if you want a loan from me, I charge like as low as zero percent. This is like in the world of traditional finance, a very backwards business model. When you say something like that to me, I'm going to say, yeah, I'm kind of, can you provide some evidence, like what, how are you investing your money? How does this how does this make sense? But I tried to keep like an open mind. And the question I was always asking was, what does your product do when I meet crypto founders? Can I see it in action? Can I talk to your users? Is it being used in the real world somewhere? That's one of my favorite questions, because as a writer, it's hard to write about things if you can't see them being used. And so that took me to El Salvador to see the Bitcoin experiment there. But it also took me to Ape Fest to see what it was like to be a member of the Bored Ape Yacht Club. And I was pleased I got one of the first reviews for the book the other day from Jeff John Roberts in Fortune. And he's, I think, feels fairly positively about crypto. He thought that my take on crypto was a little shallow, but that the book was so funny, he didn't care. And I'm like, you know what? I'll take that. I think we can all enjoy reliving these last two crazy years. And like whatever your take is on crypto, like there are crazy things that happened that we have all just like so much has happened. There's no way to like remember it all. But I have done the work of writing it down so you can go read it. Yeah. Yeah. No, it was definitely it covered the range of events. But let's actually talk about one of the main through lines. And I believe, you know, correct me if I'm wrong, that this was actually meant to be a book about Tether. And because I remember like a long time reading that it was coming out and I think that's what it said. And you kind of keep saying this to yourself that you keep saying it yourself in the book that, you know, you're getting these tips about Tether and you're trying to investigate them. You keep coming up against these dead ends. So before we go into all that, why don't you at least just tell us, so what do you feel were your main findings about Tether and like what were you trying to resolve? So probably old for like most people listening, but Tether is a big stable coin. Each coin is supposed to be worth a dollar because each coin is supposed to be backed by real dollars that are held in a bank somewhere. And I when started out, I wrote like a story for Businessweek about Tether. That was sort of the start of this project. I always thought as kind of like a good jumping off point, I pitched the book as like, this is the craziest financial mania we've ever seen in the world and it's not going to last. And I want to be there to chronicle it. And I see this like interesting central mystery that is going to like take me through. And that was Tether. At the time when I started, Tether said that they had, I think it was around 50 billion dollars in the bank. It was weird because on the one hand, it was pretty widespread to be, and correct me if I'm wrong, if I'm describing what crypto people think, because you probably know better than me, but like even people who are pretty into crypto in when they were talking to me, they'd be like, yeah, I'm not so sure about their assets like this. I don't know what's going on with Tether. This is like a good question to be asking. And it was being asked at like the highest levels of the U .S. government. Like Janet Yellen called a meeting of all the top financial regulators and the topic was like, what's going on with Tether and like, could this affect the world And I just thought it was a little when I started looking into Tether and I saw that, you know, among its co -founders was a child actor from the Mighty Ducks. I was just like, what is this in that the company I write in the book, the company was quilted out of red flags, like in the world of traditional finance, you did never you would never find a company with so many weird things to look into. And yet here it was like at the center of the crypto world. And I just thought it was it was funny to me that the heads of state were discussing this coin that was like dreamed up by a child actor from from the Mighty Ducks. And I was like, this is my kind of mystery. I want to dive in. I'm going to try and find Tether's 50 billion dollars. I see. So, you know, as we mentioned at different points in the book, you do talk about how you feel like you keep coming up against dead ends in your investigation. So what's your conclusion about that fact? Like, do you think it means that concerns about Tether are overblown? Does it make you more convinced that like the company is just really hitting everything really well or like what are your thoughts? Right now, Tether has only grown bigger. Midway through my reporting, I found that Tether had invested a lot of its assets into Chinese commercial paper. And there's kind of like this conflict of interest at the heart of Tether's business model, which is that if you give your money to Tether, you want them to keep it really safe. So it's there when you go to cash in your Tether tokens. But Tether doesn't pay any interest in the way that Tether makes money is they can take the money that you trusted them with and they can go invest it. And so there was this theory that especially when interest rates were very low, they might be doing weird things with your money in order to earn higher profits. And that so I found that they were doing some unusual things that included the Chinese commercial paper and also making loans to crypto companies like Celsius and others. So to me, that seemed like that's kind of risky. What's going to happen there? And as I followed along in the summer of 2022, like crypto companies fell one after the other and Tether did not. And there was even like a little run on Tether where users cashed in, I don't know, five, 10 billion dollars of Tether. And I'm sure if those people did not get their money back, like we would have heard about it. Right.
A highlight from 674:JPEX Meltdown, FTXs Family Feud, and Global Regulatory Squeeze
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And remember, none of this is financial advice. And it's 10pm Pacific on Tuesday, September 19th, 2023. Welcome back to the Crypto Overnighter, 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 Hong Kong's JPEG scandal, which has rocked the crypto world and prompted regulatory crackdowns. Across the pond, the UK is sharpening its legal tools to seize crypto assets. But at what cost to financial freedom? In a surprising twist, FTX is suing the parents of its founder, Sam Bankman -Fried, for alleged misappropriation of funds. Meanwhile, the New York Department of Financial Services is tightening its grip on crypto firms with new guidelines. Down in Thailand, a new tax policy could discourage crypto trading by residents, and over in Malta, the blockchain island is aligning itself with new European crypto regulations. Since around the beginning of the year, we started bringing stories about Hong Kong's re -emergence into the world of crypto. We watched China turn a blind eye as Hong Kong politicians and officials appeared to soften their stance against crypto. We've watched as policies have been announced and licenses granted. Sadly, it seems Hong Kong's brand new crypto landscape is in turmoil thanks to the JPEG scandal. The Hong Kong police have arrested eight individuals in connection with the alleged fraud. The police received 1 ,641 complaints involving assets around HK $1 .19 billion. The authorities also seized cash, jewelry, computers, and phones worth about HK $8 million. Additionally, HK $15 million in relevant bank accounts were frozen, along with properties worth about HK $44 million. Hong Kong lawmaker Duncan Chu stated that the city is running its second round of consultation for stablecoin issuance guidelines. He hopes that regulatory guidelines for stablecoin issuers will be released by the middle of next year. This comes as Hong Kong aims to develop itself into a Web3 hub. In June, Hong Kong officially started its crypto licensing regime, allowing licensed exchanges to offer crypto trading services. The JPEG scandal is a glaring example of why regulation is both a necessity and a double -edged sword in the world of crypto. Hong Kong, unlike its hulking big brother China, has been more welcoming to crypto firms. Yet, the JPEG case shows that this openness can be exploited, and the government's response? Tighten the news. Hong Kong's chief executive announced increased efforts to inform investors to only use platforms with Securities and Futures Commission licenses. The JPEG case exposed the vulnerabilities in Hong Kong's crypto market, and it's clear that the government is now in damage control mode. The question is, will this lead to overregulation, thereby stifling innovation, or will it strike a balance, ensuring both growth and security? Either way, it's a critical moment for crypto in Hong Kong, and by extension for the global crypto community. Now before we move on, remember if you find this content valuable, hit that follow button and turn on notifications. Now from Hong Kong's regulatory puzzle, we hop over to the UK. The British are writing new laws that could redefine your notion of financial freedom. Is this an evolution or a step back? Let's find out. The UK is ramping up its efforts to combat crypto -related crimes. A new bill, known as the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill, is set to be enacted later this year. This legislation aims to empower local authorities with the ability to freeze and seize crypto assets tied to criminal activities more efficiently. The bill removes the need for an arrest or conviction before assets can be frozen. This is a significant change from the current laws. The bill also introduces new civil forfeiture powers. These allow assets to be seized even if a person is not convicted of a criminal offense. This is particularly useful in cases where the subject of the investigation is unlikely to face justice in the UK. The UK plans to spend $124 million to fight economic crimes, a 50 % increase compared to 2020. The bill has moved to its final stages in parliament and is awaiting final approval. Okay, where do I begin? The UK's new bill is a double -edged sword. On the one hand, it's a powerful tool for law enforcement. It can prevent criminals from moving their assets offshore before they're seized. But on the flip side, this could be a slippery slope towards more centralized control over crypto assets. The bill's broad powers could potentially be misused, leading to unjust seizures. Moreover, the UK's aggressive stance might push crypto activities to jurisdictions with lax regulations. This could make it even more challenging for global authorities to track illicit activities. The bill also raises questions about financial privacy. How much power should a government have to freeze and seize assets without a conviction? The UK's move is a clear signal that governments are becoming increasingly uncomfortable with the decentralized nature of cryptocurrencies. While the bill aims to fight economic crimes, it also sets a precedent that could be followed by other countries. This could lead to a global tightening of regulations around cryptocurrencies, which are something we should all be wary of. How you think seizing crypto assets without a conviction is shocking? Hold your horses. FTX is suing the parents of its founder. You heard that right. It's a family feud worth millions, and it raises some dark questions about ethics in the crypto world. Don't go anywhere. So that's gotta be a rough day. The day the company you founded sues the very people who gave you life. But that's what's happening as FTX is suing the parents of its founder, Sam Bankman Fried. The lawsuit aims to recover millions in quote, fraudulently transferred and misappropriated funds. Both parents, Joseph Bankman and Barbara Fried, are accused of exploiting their influence within FTX to enrich themselves. The lawsuit alleges that the parents received millions from FTX for personal benefit and their chosen causes. For instance, they received over $18 .9 million for a property in the Bahamas known as Blue Water. The parents are also accused of siphoning off money for lavish expenses like $1200 per night hotel stays. The filing further claims that Joseph Bankman had a unique understanding of FTX's complex corporate structure, which he used to facilitate a $10 million cash gift to himself and Fried. Barbara Fried was the point person for SPF's political contribution strategy and co -founded a political action committee that received tens of millions of dollars from FTX. The lawsuit also says that the parents were involved in FTX's business cradle to grave. Joseph Bankman is described as a de facto officer of FTX group with broad authority to make decisions. Barbara Fried was actively involved in FTX's political donations. The lawsuit against SPF's parents shines a glaring spotlight on the darker aspects of the crypto world. The case raises questions about the ethical boundaries within businesses in the crypto space. The parents, both law professors, should have known better. Their academic credentials add a veneer of legitimacy, making the allegations even more shocking. The involvement of Stanford law professors in such a scandal reminds us that even those in towers can be lured by the siren call of easy crypto riches. The lawsuit paints the picture of a family that used their intellectual prowess, not for the betterment of society, but for personal gain. It's easy to get caught up in the promise of decentralization and financial freedom, but this lawsuit shows that the same old vices, greed, corruption, and exploitation, can infiltrate even the most modern of financial systems. It's as I said at the time, the crime had nothing to do with crypto and everything to do with greed. Intrigued by the drama at FTX? Make sure to like this episode and share it. But now, let's switch gears. If you thought family drama was complex, try navigating New York's new crypto guidelines. The NYDFS is tightening the leash on crypto firms. Is it protection or overreach? We're diving in.
"Welcome back to The Mining Pod. I'm your host, Will Foxley. For those just finding this podcast, I'm a former Bitcoin journalist turned podcaster and filmmaker, mostly focused on the Bitcoin mining space these days. I'm excited to bring back The Mining Pod for yet another year of great interviews and shows. We took a summer break per normal, but we're getting back into it with a stellar lineup of guests, including US Bitcoin, Auradigm, Chain Reaction, Brains, and more. If you'd like to be on the show or have a guest idea, please email me at williamatblockspace .media. There's going to be some new things with the show as well. For one, the show is now completely independent. Formerly, the show was owned and operated by Compass Mining. Compass will be a sponsor from time to time, but the show is now owned and operated by myself. I want to thank Compass Mining for their investment in getting The Mining Pod where it is today, and we look forward to having them on the show. As part of being independent, the show will now have ads in the pre -roll and mid -roll for all shows. I want to thank our sponsors for this quarter for paying the show's bills. Our first episode will be coming out tomorrow. Thanks for listening. P .S. I'm giving away one month of hashrate from an S19J Pro to celebrate another season of the podcast. Simply subscribe to the email list in this episode's show notes to be included in the raffle.
A highlight from GENC: Driving Social Impact Through Emerging Technologies | A Conversation with Laurie Keith, VP of The Ad Council
"To part be of this. Gen C is the generation of the new Internet. In Gen C, the C stands for crypto, but it also stands for creators, the connected consumer, and collectibles, both digital and physical with on -chain provenance. It stands for culture and characters, the ones we play in games and the companion ones that AI is building alongside us. It stands for community and digital citizenship, and the new set of transparent and trustless tools being built to the people who were raised on a different philosophy on how they look at money, how they look at identity, how they look at privacy, and how they look at the hybrid, digital, and physical spaces being built all around us. And finally, how they reimagine their relationships with the communities and companies they interact with. We focus on how brands, large and small, are building for these audiences. Welcome to Gen C. Avery, we are back. Last week we took off because of Fashion Week and scheduling. So happy to see you. I never like a week where I don't get to see you. So how are things? Things are great. It is back to school season, full in the swing. Summer's over. Labor Day's happened. Everything's happening all at once, as it always does towards the end of the year. You know, it's like a sprint between now and the holidays. How about for you? Yeah, you guys must be so busy, I'm sure. Yeah, it's pretty crazy. Got some travel coming up. As we all know, there's way too many conferences in crypto, and we seem to get involved in a lot of them, and some of them are amazing and great partners. But they're all over the world. Concord doesn't exist anymore. We've got to find ways to travel faster. My new thing is really wondering where the sub -four hour flight anywhere in the world is. Google Flights, man, can tell you anything. I love that. But I agree, the next emerging technology we need is teleportation. That would be very beneficial. We'll invest. So I know you were at the Roblox developer conference, was it, last week? RDC, is that what it stands for, by the way? It is. RDC, Roblox developer conference. Okay, cool. So I know you were there last week, and I want to hear your thoughts on it, but I also want to hear your thoughts on a story that I was reading at the beginning of the week, which I think came out of RDC, which was that the Roblox CEO was predicting that people are going to meet and start dating all because of Roblox, in addition to many other trends. Did you see any of these developers dating at the conference? I did. So this was my first RDC, and I went because I was interested to hear from the people who are really building and creating in this space. And as part of my job, I love to sit down with the people who are actually making this stuff happen, hear their stories, hear how they got interested in this, how their businesses work. And that was my sole objective at RDC. It wasn't like I was speaking, I was really just there to listen and learn. And I met with maybe 25 different game developers, teams, creators, influencers in the space, and asked them what motivates them to build on Roblox, how their virtual economies work, how they build their following, how they engage their community. And I learned a bunch of things. A couple of things that really stood out to me, though, is Roblox has a thriving creator economy. A lot of the folks that I was meeting with are coming from all across the world, and they're building their business on creating with their communities, building whether it's a game or an experience. And there were a number of different sort of Roblox creator economy initiatives that the team talked about rolling out between subscriptions and the expansion of their limited products, and also expansion of their communications products, which kind of ties into what you're talking about with dating. A big takeaway for me is also Roblox is looking to age up both as younger sort of gamers get older and stay on the platform longer and attracting an older crowd. Little known fact that I think nearly 40 % of Roblox users are 17 -plus, and Roblox will soon be rolling out features that verify your age and then enable things like dating experiences. So expect the We Met On Roblox coming up, and that's not too surprising. I did meet one couple who had met on Roblox there, but I've also met people who met on vFriends Discord and actually, fun fact, had the first ever known vFriends baby, this couple who met through vFriends and actually got married and had a baby, which is so nice. So people meet in these virtual online spaces like more and more, and Roblox is leaning into that and leaning into enabling that level of communication. So it might be surprising to some who think Roblox is just for kids and for this younger gen alpha audience, but the reality is 17 -plus folks are on Roblox, they're spending two hours a day, and of course they end up meeting people and falling in love as people do. So I, you know, had a ton of key takeaways, but those are two that really stood out to me. Creator economy is super real on Roblox, and it's not just for kids. And correct me if I'm wrong, they look at the creator economy not just being designers, but it's also game developers, it's people who are designing digital assets, both physical and virtual. I thought that was really interesting that one of the predictions was that there are going to be creators who actually sell more physical objects on Roblox, in essence like a Spotify that you still will get shipped to your house. It's bigger than I think we think for those of us who are not on day in and day out. I also sort of look at it a little bit, and again, correct me if this analogy is wrong, but I think about all the businesses that were built on top of Salesforce. Salesforce took away a lot of things that people were having barriers with in connecting with their customers, and Roblox, in essence, are building a tool set to connect with customers that are just connecting with them virtually, but that doesn't mean you can't have a real relationship with them. I think that's exactly right, and I think that we're also going to see an increasing number of brands and creators developing these digital -first products and experiences that might not need to have a physical twin. Right now, I still think we're in this place because our mindset is like, oh, there has to be a physical link, but does there have to be a physical link? I think that's something that we'll increasingly see sort of dividing. The thing that I still keep thinking about, which I don't think there's an answer, and there may not ever be an answer, but real life is still where we exist every day, Right. And I know that was a very deep, profound statement I just said. Really insightful.
A highlight from 1256. $300 Billion Coming To Bitcoin ETF w/Mark Yusko
"All right, so welcome in today. We're going to be diving into topics around ETFs and also what is happening with the SEC in terms of their enforcement actions and some of the things they've been doing that could be causing a slowdown in innovation for blockchain. We'll break into all this good stuff today. I think you'll like it. My name is Paul Baron. Welcome back in to Tech Path. Joining me today is a regular guest, one that I think you guys all love, and that is Mr. Marc Usko coming in from Morgan Creek Capital. Great to have you on the show today. No, great to be with you, Paul, as always, and happy Friday. It's going to be a good one, Marc. Let's first of all get into a few things. I want to lead off the show with a tweet from James Seyfert, who is one of the Bloomberg analysts on ETFs. He does a really good breakdown. He's been on our show before. There's some dates to watch here. We've got middle of October, next major days to watch. October 16th with Global, and then also October 7th. And then you've got all these scenarios playing out right here with iShares, which of course is BlackRock. I'll zoom in on that a little bit so you guys can see it. Second deadline coming up on 10 -17, and then a slew right there on that same day. First of all, I want to get your opinion on, do you think that this October is when the SEC might actually give us an early Christmas present? Or are you just going to get pushed again? No, look, I'm 50 -50 at this point. So I do think more tricks than treats for anyone who's 10 -17 date. So any decision before that date, I think is a negative decision. I'm not sure it'll be an outright denial, but will definitely be an extension and a push. And then we come to the big dog. I believe, and I've said multiple times, that BlackRock will be the first one. I've actually been saying that for over a year. I actually might even go stronger and say, oh, that'll never happen. That would be too much corruption. Well, I'm just saying it's certainly possible. What's probably more likely is BlackRock first, and then a gap, and then some number of others. But the thing is, whoever's first is going to get the vast majority of assets. Vast majority. Well, first mover is always going to be taking. I mean, that's just like the gold ETF, kind of the same kind of scenario. Yeah. The gold ETF is an example with GLD. You had the Bitcoin futures ETF with Bitto getting 98 % and then a couple others getting like 1 % each. So that's just my belief. And I believe it's who you know in this game, not what you know. There are a lot of people who have should gotten approved. The Winklevoss twins were the first to apply. They should have gotten approved. There was no reason not to approve it other than, again, kind of the way the game is played and the people in charge want to be in charge. So any new disruptive players I think are unlikely. Cathie Wood partnered with one of our companies, portfolio Amun, to do 21 shares. That looked like a great application ding pushed out. I think Bitwise is a day ahead of iShares on 10 .16 as much as I would love it. Again, portfolio company, full disclosure. I would love for them to get approved. I just don't think it's going to happen. Again, I don't think it'll be denied. I just think they'll be pushed. And here's why I'm 50 -50, Paul, to answer the question. I think they could approve on the 17th, but I don't think they will. I think they'll push it into next year. So you push 90 days. That gets you into January. January 15th. Yeah. You could push again then into March, April. But that's it. Then you have to approve. Now, what's interesting is we have this little thing called the halving coming up in mid -April of 24. And so it would be an interesting alignment of stars. But I said, could they pull the trigger on BlackRock in a month? Yeah, they could. Yeah. All right. Well, with that and to your point, the third deadline, just so everybody can put it on your calendar out there, you've got January 15th for BlackRock and then moving in all the way into March, what we're going to discuss there. March would be an interesting timing. I think you're right, because obviously the halving right there on the cusp of that, along with maybe a little bit of lightening the load in terms of inflation, because I feel like we're going to continue to see some inflation hits through the end of the year. What is your thought on how the inflation numbers came in this week and how the Fed might react? I don't think the Fed cares about gasoline prices, quite honestly, Paul. All this little blip is gasoline prices, all of it. I think most of the other components were actually negative. And the gasoline prices are because Saudi has decided to go a different direction. We had a very hunky dory relationship with Saudi from 1973 till now. And that's clearly over, right? The big guy went over to Saudi right before the election last year and tried to get them to pump more to get oil prices down and gasoline prices down, because there's this inverse correlation between presidential popularity and gas prices. And they basically said pound sand. And so he came down, he came in and said, well, this is a convenient decision to get gasoline prices down. Guess what happened? Democrats did pretty well in the election. And because there's no way out for that now, though. I mean, there's no way. Now we have an empty SPR. And the thing is, we can't fill it up ourselves because, and again, not to get too technical, but there's, there's light sweet crude, which we produce and a number of other places, Nigeria and others produce. And then there's heavy sour crude, more sulfur content, because we cut this deal with the Saudis in the seventies, we built all of our refining inventory infrastructure, sorry, around processing heavy sour. Yeah. Well, here's the problem. If now Saudi is going to sell their heavy sour to China and Russia and other places, and we're not going to get as much of it, what are we going to do? Well, we've got to build new refineries or retrofit the refiner. It turns out no one wants a new refinery in their backyard. Yeah. I think I'm right. It's been like 30 years since we built a refinery. It turns out they spit out, you know, pollutants and things like that. So nobody really wants one around. We all like driving cars by the way. And and living our lives and, you know, Oh, well, you know, we can, we can stop using oil. No, we can't. Nothing you do every, I mean, everything you do every day, the vast majority of it is powered by oil and gas, the vast majority. And yeah, you say you could get an electric car, but where'd the steel in that car come from? Did they make a little electricity? No. How about the plastics? Nope. Oil. So it's just, it's kind of comical when I hear we're going to, you know, outlaw fossil fuels, but back to the inflation number I think this might not be temporary in the sense that Saudi announced, they're going to do a voluntary cut. Why? Cause they're just sticking the knife in a little bit deeper because they're like, all right guys, you said you were going to refill the SPR. You didn't do it. Oil prices were all the way down in the sixties. Could have easily done it for sure. Now oil prices are in the nineties. Yeah. We're going to hit a hundred bucks a barrel for sure. How does this, okay. So when you look at that Mark and you look at an election year coming in, you've got all this pressure from the macro side, including most likely jobs market getting a lot stiffer. Companies starting to really get some pressure on. We had bankruptcies at the highest point ever. We've had a very long period of time for independent companies. This does not look like a rosy picture. Where do you think we come out of this in relationship to the timing of the havening, a Bitcoin ETF, maybe into next summer? How far into 2024 do you think this happens? So I believe the ETF will be approved sometime around year end, whether it's in early January or December, sometime in that timeframe. And I think that will pave the way for a very large influx of capital. I know you've had Eric on the show about Eunice and he does this great work, right? I mean, there's 30 trillion with a T 30 trillion. Remember 1 trillion is a dollar every second for 31 ,710 years, but 30 trillion is going to come into, or that's the total amount of money managed by RIAAs and others that is not allowed at this point for whatever silly reason to own Bitcoin. And they can't own GBTC and they can't own Bitcoin miners and they've called a timeout. Well, once there's an ETF, particularly if it's an ETF that BlackRock runs, there are going to be no excuse and they're all going to have to approve it. Their clients have been asking for it. I would say I have a family harmony account at UBS. They let me buy what I want to buy. And they're like, no. So I think all that goes away. And I think Eric's number is, let's say one 10th of 1 % comes in. That's 30 billion. Well, but wait, 30 billion on 500 billion. That's not that much. Well, no, it's not 500 billion. 400 billion of the 500 billion of Bitcoin's market cap doesn't really trade. It's either locked up like the Satoshi wallet or the Winklevoss wallet or, you know, hodlers that just said, you know, take it out of my cold, dead hands. It's only about a hundred billion that is the free float to borrow a TradFi term. And so 30 billion on 100, that will move the price. But I don't think it's going to be 10 basis points. I think it's 1%. I think you have to do 1%. As a fiduciary, if you got, you know, 50 % in equities at some of the highest valuations in history, and you got another 30 % in bonds, which have had the first two negative years in the history of the bond market, 140 years of history, two negative years, looking pretty ugly. And you got this asset that is the best performing asset again, 11 of the 14 years that Bitcoin has been alive. It's been the best performing asset of all assets. It's the best performing asset then this year. Yeah. Eric hit on his prediction about 150 billion in terms of market impact. Do you like that number or do you think that he's still like it? Well, again, I think 150 billion would be half a percent, right? Instead of 10 basis points. And it looks like he's updated his, his thoughts. I'll go further and say 1 % seems more likely that'd be 300 billion, 300 billion on a hundred billion of free float price goes up a lot, a lot, a lot. And here's the, the interesting thing, Paul, is the way halvings work is the fair value increases. So we've got a tailwind that the fair value today based on Metcalfe's law model that Tim Peterson runs and that I think is fantastic, says that the fair value is somewhere in the low fifties, 52, 53, let's just call it 50. So at the halving, fair value doubles. What do you mean, Mark? What are you talking about? Well, think about it. The miners who secure the network, their costs are fixed, mining machines and electricity. So if their block rewards, the number of rewards that they're paid to secure the network gets cut in half and the price doesn't move, then they're out of business. So there's a built in mechanism to move the price higher, which is actually really interesting because that attracts attention because there's movement. And so long story short, fair value, every halving added has a zero. So we went from a hundred to a thousand, then we went from a thousand to 10 ,000. Now we go from 10 ,000 to a hundred thousand. So a fair value is a hundred thousand and we're trading at 26. It's a pretty rapid increase to fair value, I think, as investors buy things that are below fair value. But then what happens in the post fall halving, you get this parabolic blow off top. And in the previous cycle, fair value was around 30K. We got all the way to 69. That was because there was too much leverage and too much gambling and speculating. I don't think we go 2X this time or two and a half X this time. Could we get one and a half X? Sure. That gives about 150K, something like that. Yeah. Well, that is OK. So that's very intriguing. If you're if you're estimating this could be in the 300 billion dollar area, you know, for based on, you know, just the exposure to these funds and obviously how that might play out. How do you think retail response to this? Do you think retail is going to come in like a banshee coming in on this with a lot of now what would be legitimized ETFs? How do you think they play? Again, it's I've been saying this for five years. My hashtag get off zero zero is the wrong number, right? This is a truly unique diversifying asset that must be in everyone's portfolio. Doesn't have to be your whole portfolio. I never said that. It should be at least one percent.
Dr. Victor Manzo's Unconventional Path From Chiropractor to Success Guru
"Right, we have Victor Manzo here. I'm so excited. One, because he's Italian and that awesome. is And two, because I have to tell you the weirdest thing, right? When I saw that you were on my calendar, I was like, I feel like I know this guy. And then I went to your website and I was like, yeah, I totally feel like I know this guy, but I don't think I know you at all. But it was just like this instant. I think this is going to be a good one. So I'm really excited. I have not gotten to watch your entire billionaire success formula intro, but I did get to watch some of it and I'm excited to share that with people. I'm excited to pick your brain. I don't know if you've listened to any of my podcasts, but it might get weird because I just, I want to know all the things, but okay, Victor, give us a little bit of your background and what brought you to this point, because I know you've done a lot of things and you have worked through some different businesses and you've created the success formula that has been proven. So I have a lot of questions about that, but give us the background. Who are you? Yeah, I started out as a chiropractor. Never had intentions on being a chiropractor. It's just one of those things in life. In the profession, we always say chiropractic finds us unless you're like, most of the time you have a story or something that intrigued you. And that's kind of what happened to me. Quick backstory. My mom's a fitness instructor and yoga instructor. She's been doing this now for 38 years. She still does both of those at this time. I think she's almost 67. And it's one of those things where I saw the definition of health from nutrition, exercise. She was juicing, taking smoothies, all this stuff. And I just saw this all my life. And so I thought, okay, that's what health is. So at 16, I started studying nutrition. I started working out at 13 years old. I was just so committed to be like, okay, I want to be as healthy as possible. So I'm going to do all these things. At 19, I went to go to Arizona State for school and I ended up being on the club. I ended up getting on the rugby team, their club team. And so talk about taking fitness to a whole nother level. What was puzzling for me at the time is my health kept declining every month. And there's new things coming up, acne on my back. No matter how much I slept, I didn't have it. I was exhausted. I couldn't think straight, just a bunch of different things. But long story short, in the middle of the summer, when I went back, my mom suggested to go see Dr. Frank, who was a chiropractor used to see. And that's when my life changed. And I was so intrigued by it that I decided to skip, forget going to computers, studying computers. I was going to go into chiropractic and I went to business school, back to Chicago and then so forth. That was my journey. And then I obviously went to chiropractic school, came out. But it's one of those things where I've always was interested in the mind. I've always been interested in the deeper elements of life. I used to be made fun of like, you always want to talk about deep stuff. I'm like, well, what else is there to talk about? That makes me feel good. And there came a point when I was in chiropractic school, I started studying energy medicine, not at the school, but outside of it, energy healing and all these things. I want to understand the depth of healing. I want to understand the depths of life. And that was a preface. I didn't use that stuff when I came out of school. I was practicing chiropractic and doing that stuff. But it was about five years later where the way we've been conditioned to what success is in life and what we think business success is and how a successful chiropractor should be, or just business owners, how they should be successful. I think it's skewed in a way because a lot of people are following the same like, oh, this is what it should be. This is what it should be. Instead of what is it for you? And I started asking myself this question because in five years I hit my financial peak. I did everything the business world was saying, well, not everything, but tons of stuff, self -help, personal development. And I was burned out every four to six months on something that I love to do, which was puzzling. I couldn't understand how I can love and be so passionate about chiropractic. But yet every four to six months, I was exhausted, burned out, didn't have energy at certain points. And so when I made a huge pivot change in my life, I ended up changing the way my office was operated. I started to stop listening to business stuff and start listening and feeling within what I think I should feel like I should do, not think, but feel. And I started to define what success was. I started looking back on my energy stuff that I studied years ago and I was like, okay, I understand universal laws. I understand consciousness. I understand quantum physics. I understand these things and how it works in our lives. I want to study that stuff so I can, now I'm going to start applying it. The heck with everything. I'm going to go all in and just start applying it. My business took a 40 % hit on purpose and I started to apply these principles and a year later, a little over a year later, I was back to where I was financially. I was working 50 % less than what I was doing and I was less stressed and I was just, everything in life was just so much better. And I was like, wow, I'm doing the opposite of what they're telling me to do. And I got the results. So that's what encouraged me to want to start looking at coaching business owners because I felt they needed this. And that was the journey that started. So I started coaching about four years ago and this last year, 2022, is when I went full time into coaching and actually stopped practicing chiropractic for the time being.
A highlight from Fishing New Waters with Patrick Edwards
"This episode of RadCast Outdoors is brought to you by P .K. Lures, Bow Spider, and High Mountain Seasonings. Fish on! Hey, RadCast is on! Hunting, fishing, and everything in between. This is RadCast Outdoors. Here are David Merrill and Patrick Edwards. Welcome back to another episode of RadCast Outdoors. I'm your host today, Patrick Edwards, and I'm on the road. So this is a special edition of Patrick on the Road. I'm heading out doing some traveling for my work. Wanted to talk a little bit about something that was brought up to me the other day. My friend Seth, he asked me to do a breakdown of when you're going to a new body of water, what are some things that you need to do? What are some things that you need to look at? What's the kind of gear you should take? And so what I'm going to do is I'm going to do a high -level overview of how to break down different types of water and maybe some ideas of things that you should do beforehand, some things you should take with you, and of course some things you should try while you're there. So we'll go through that, and then we're going to talk specifically towards the end about pike, because he was more curious about the pike fishing aspect of things. So we'll talk about that too. But first, I just want to say a big thank you again to PK Lures. They are our fishing sponsor for the podcast. They've been a great company to work with over the last few years. They have quite the arsenal of products, and if you're going to be going anywhere this year fishing, doesn't matter whether it's open water or hard water, make sure to grab some PK Lures. They've got applications for all of the above for ice fishing season. If you don't have the PK Flutterfish and the PK Spoon and the PK Predator in your box, you're missing out. If you're fishing the open water and the new PK Ridge Rattler, it's a rattling crankbait. You can use it through the ice too, by the way, but it works great in open water. If you're catching trout, bass, walleye, doesn't matter. It catches just about everything. They have some great trolling applications. They have some trolling crankbaits like the PK Ridgeline crank, and then of course their Wobbler Dakota Disc, ReefRig and other trolling systems for walleye specifically. Those things are absolutely deadly. And then year round, the PK Spinajig. How could I forget that one? That one's amazing. So go to PKLure .com if you use Ragcast at checkout, you get 20 % off your order. So let's talk about breaking down bodies of water. Really, there's a few things that you should do well beforehand. If you know you're going to be taking a big trip and you're going to make a big investment, especially right now when you got gas, it's four, some places, five bucks a gallon. You want to make sure that you've done your homework prior to going to this body of water to fish. It doesn't matter whether it's a river, a lake, a pond, a reservoir. You need to do your homework beforehand. So one of the things that I always recommend is number one, get a hold of the fisheries biologists that work at that body of water. They're going to be able to share important information with you, some reconnaissance on what kind of fish are there. What are the typical size? Maybe you're interested in the size classes. Maybe you're going after master anglers and you want to make sure that you give yourself the absolute best chance of catching that master angler fish. The best thing to do is say, hey, I want to go there and I want to catch a big fish. OK, they're going to be able to hopefully key you in on some good areas or at least give you some people to talk to. You can also do some recon on the computer or on your phone. So onX is a great tool. Google Earth, of course, is a great tool. I like to pull it up and just look at what I can see visually from the satellite view. Sometimes you get the bad luck of having a western reservoir after runoff and the whole reservoir looks like chocolate because all the sediments washed down the river, you can't really see like into the water. You can see some of the rocky points and structures, but you can't see much else. But some are super clear bodies of water and you can see really well. So what I recommend is pull it up, take a look at it, maybe drop some pins on some areas that you think look good. And so some areas that I look for is transitions from hard to soft bottom. So if you see like a rocky shoreline where it goes into like maybe a sandbar, that's a good spot. Any kind of point that has a drop -off, if you can see weed edges, transitions are typically where you're going to find fish most of the time. So I mark those and just get an idea of what I'm looking at and just get a feel for the reservoir. I also look at where can I put in, if I'm taking a boat, where's the boat ramp at? Where's the bathroom at? Those are important things. Where's the parking area? Maybe I'm just going to go take my waders and I'm going to fish the shoreline. You're going to have to look for a parking area. You also want to look at the properties surrounding that body of water to make sure that it's public, because if you need special access to it, you're going to have to request that beforehand. So if there's private access, you're going to need to make those phone calls, those emails, whatever it takes to get access to that area. So that's some of the pre homework that I would recommend. I would also recommend you maybe call a local bait shop and just say, Hey, I'm coming to fish for this specific species. What are people catching fish on right now? What's the hot bait or during the time of year that I'm going, if I'm going in September and I'm calling the bait shop in May, say, Hey, in the fall around September, what kind of things should I be bringing to catch whatever fish it is? Right. Could be walleye trout, whatever, but just be very specific. Ask those questions. Those bait shops are going to be more than happy to tell you because they want you to come and buy those lures from them. And I always try to do that. Support your local bait shops, go in there, buy a few lures. That's a great gesture. They really appreciate it when you do that. So do that. That'll get you set up for your trip. Okay. Now let's talk about some of the things you ought to take for most fresh water situations around the entire country here in the United States. These are some of the things I recommend everybody takes. Okay. You should have some kind of suspending crank bait anywhere you go in this country, especially if you're going to fish for anything predatory. So if you're going for bass, walleye, trout, panfish, they all eat suspending crank baits. I've caught them all on it. And I've even caught suckers and carp on them too. So you never know. You may catch one of the less desirables on it too, but a suspending crank is one of my number one things. So you want to have those, you want to have some kind of a jig set up. I always have jigs with me and usually they're the eighth ounce and 16th ounce size. I always have Baraboo jigs because those catch everything from yeah, carp all the way through to trout. So make sure that you have some kind of a jig set up. I also like the VMC Munai jig. Those are phenomenal. And of course, like I mentioned earlier, the PK spinner jig, because it's a hybrid between a jig and a spinner. And you can do a lot of cool things with it. You can swim it, you can jig it, you can do all kinds of stuff with it. I also make sure to take some kind of a soft plastic to tip my jigs with. I like to bring Berkeley Gulp. Gulp seems to work really well, especially on trout. I catch tons of trout on Gulp, but you can also bring the Power Minnows. You can bring Paddle Tails. I like the Walleye Assassin Paddle Tails quite a bit. So make sure to bring something like that to tip your jigs with. And then of course, depending on the body of water that you're going to and what the regulations are, you might be able to buy some live bait, which is great. It's always good to have some crawlers if it's during the summer, maybe minnows, like in the fall, spring and winter. So just check the regulations, make sure that you're doing the appropriate things and fishing with the right stuff. But jigs are essential to have in your kit. I like molded swimbaits too. So like Storm makes a molded swimbait. It's just, it's about two and a half, three inches long. I like to have those cause they're really easy to fish. All you got to do is tie them on, cast them out, let them sink down to whatever depth you want to fish and just slow reel them back, you can reel them and pop them back. But those work on just about every species that I fish for. So those are critical, but also spoons are huge.
A highlight from The Light of the World
"Next year, the Summer Olympic Games will be held in Paris, but before they begin, there is a race or maybe just a relay where the Olympic torch is lit and carried all throughout France, going from city to city until it ends up in Paris, where it lights the big Olympic cauldron at the opening ceremony. Maybe some of you have seen this on TV in the past, but it's a several month event. As this begins, it actually starts in Olympia, Greece, and then will end where the Olympics begin. Well, the passage we will look at tonight tells us that we as Christians are a lot like those runners carrying the torch, but the torch we carry is the light of the gospel and the land that we are to run in is the entire world. And the event that we are ushering in is not the Olympics, but it's the second and final coming of our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ. So with this in mind, please turn with me to Matthew chapter 5, specifically verses 14 through 16. Matthew 5 verses 14 through 16, where Jesus says, you are the light of the world, a city set on a hill cannot be hidden, nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket but on a stand and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others so that they may see your good works and give glory to your father who is in heaven. Well, I want us to take a deeper look at this passage by examining it under three points. First our calling explained in the first part of verse 14. Secondly our calling illustrated in the second part of verse 14 through verse 15. And then thirdly, our calling applied verse 16. Then I'd like to make four uses of this passage, but let's pray together one more time and then we will begin. Heavenly Father, we thank you for the light of Jesus Christ. We thank you for the light of your word. We thank you for the light of your grace. We pray that all of these things would shine upon us now. Give us understanding in the word of God, enlighten our hearts and our minds to what Jesus says to us here in this passage. We ask in Jesus name, Amen. Well, first, our calling explained in the first part of verse 14. Jesus has just told the disciples that they are the salt of the earth. Now he switches to another metaphor, which describes the identity and calling of his disciples in another way when he says you are the light of the world. Now, what does Jesus mean by this description? Well, first, let's consider the light. Light in the Bible is almost always associated with God. He's the creator and dispenser of physical light. Just think about Genesis Chapter one there, we read about how God speaks light into existence and then he makes the sun and the moon and the stars to give light on the earth. But God is also the creator and dispenser of spiritual light. Throughout the Bible, the term light takes on a figurative meaning and it refers to the blessings that God bestows on mankind. So he is the spiritual light source that shines down his blessings of mercy and grace and truth and salvation and life and glory on us. Now, this is especially true of Jesus Christ. Some of his titles include the light of the world, a light for the nations, the bright morning star, the lamp of the New Jerusalem, the day spring from on high and the sun of righteousness. And for those of us who are Christians, the Lord Jesus Christ has shown in our hearts the light of the gospel. Christ has taught us the way of salvation. He has poured out on us his saving grace. He has given us eternal life. He has opened our eyes to see his glory. He has shined spiritual light upon us. So Christ has put his light within us, in our hearts, in our souls, in our church, and now we're considered light in the Lord, not light in and of ourselves, but we're light in the Lord. We're not the spiritual light source, but we are reflectors of that light. We're mediators of that light. We are those who are to shine forth the light and blessings of Jesus Christ to the whole world. So that's the light. But let's also considered the part of the phrase of the world. World here, I think, means Earth, like the previous description. We are the salt of the Earth, not referring to the physical ground, but referring to the peoples and the communities and the societies of the world. But implied in this description of us is, I think, the natural condition and state of the world. If we are called the light of the world. Or the light that shines on the world. What does this mean about the world? What means that the world needs light? If we're the light of the world, the world needs our light. It means that by nature, the world is shrouded in darkness. But not physical darkness, moral and spiritual darkness. Natural man is in the dark. He is completely lost. He is ignorant of the way of salvation. He is enslaved to his sins. He is living in the shadow of death. He is ruled over by the devil and he is under the curse and wrath of God. But this is where we come in as the church, we are the light of the world, and for lights to be useful, they have to shine. They have to emit light, and it is our calling and our duty as little lights to shine forth the big light of Christ on this spiritually dark world. Now, this is the very point that Jesus makes in the next part of this passage. So let's now look at our calling illustrated. Jesus illustrates what it looks like for us to be the light of the world, and he does so in the second half of verse 14 and in verse 15. And there he tells us that we are like a shining city set upon a hill. And secondly, we are like a bright light set on a stand within a house. So let's look at those two illustrations separately. First, we're considered a shining city in the second part of verse 14. Some have likened America to the shining city upon a hill. It wasn't just Ronald Reagan who said that. There's others who have said that in the past. But this is not what Jesus says here. He doesn't say America is the shining city set upon the hill. He says that his disciples or his church or his spiritual nation is like a city set on a hill, and for good or for ill, this city cannot be hidden from people's eyes. We're city set on a hill, and I think this is one place where the eschatological promises of the Old Testament find their fulfillment in the New Testament. What do I mean by that? Well, throughout the prophets, it was prophesied, especially in Isaiah and Micah, that Zion, the city of the living God, would one day be set on the highest mountain for all the nations to see and flock to. Read about in Isaiah two and Micah chapter four. And there the nations would learn the ways of God and they would walk in the light of the Lord. Well, I think Jesus here is telling us that the church is the fulfillment of all of those prophecies, that the church is Zion, the city of the living God. The church is set on the highest of hills and the greatest of mountains. The church has the place of prominence and preeminence in this world. And that's God's doing. God has exalted the church to this highest position on earth. But why has he done so? He's done so, so that all the nations and all the kingdoms and all the societies on earth might see our light shine so the nations would flock into the city of God and learn of his ways and walk in his light. So a city like this cannot operate incognito. It will attract the attention of the world. People will either see it and run to it as a place of instruction and refuge and salvation, or they will see it and charge at it and fight against it as an enemy fortress. But either way, the church, as the exalted city of God, is to shed the light of Jesus Christ upon this dark world. So we're like a city set on a hill for all to see. Secondly, we're considered a bright lamp in verse 15. Here, Jesus moves on to another illustration of the church as the light of the world. And he says this, nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand and it gives light to all in the house. Well, this is pretty self -explanatory and nobody lights a light or turns on a light in order to simply cover it up and hide it. Why do we light a light in a house? Why do we turn these lights on in the church building so that it might shed light upon everybody who's in that place? Well, this is the church. We are a lot like the lampstand put in the house of God in the Old Testament. Remember, there is a lampstand that was to be put in the inner sanctuary. One of its purposes was to light up that entire sanctuary so that the priest could do their work in the tabernacle and in the temple. So they were to do the work in the house of God in order for them to do that. That lampstand had to be burning day and night. Well, brethren, we're a lot like that. Except we don't serve in one tiny little house of God. We serve in the cosmic house and temple of God. And as that bright, burning lampstand, we are to shine light upon all of those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death. So that's our calling illustrated. So Jesus has told us here we are the light of the world. He says that looks like a shining city on a hill. It also looks like a bright lamp in a house. But then in verse 16, he makes a very specific application of these truths to his disciples and to us. He exhorts us in these words in the same way, let your light shine before others so that they may see your good works and give glory to your father who is in heaven. Just like the shining city set on a hill and just like the bright lamp set on a stand, we, as the Church of the Lord Jesus, must not hide our light. We must not cover up our light. We must not disguise our light, but we must shine our light on all the peoples of the world. Jesus tells us here what the purpose or the end goal of this shining our light is, he says, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your father who is in heaven. I think here Jesus tells us the kind of light that we are to shed or shine upon the world. It's the light of our good works, or we could say our beautiful works. People are to see our good works and not just some of them, but they're to see all of them, the good work of confessing the lordship of Christ, the good work of obeying the commandments of Christ, the good work of proclaiming the gospel of Christ, the good work of loving other Christians, the good work of cooperating with other churches, the good work of fighting against our sin, the good work of submitting to those over us in the Lord, the good work of taking care of our families, the good work of helping the poor and the needy, the good work of raising our children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord, and the good work of loving and praying for our enemies. The list could go on and on and on about good works, but Jesus does not limit these things or qualify them. He speaks in generalities here about the good work of the church and both proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ and living out that faith, that profession before a watching world. The point is we are to show the world the beauty, the honor, the value, the glory of the Christian life by our words and our actions. And this should have a practical effect upon the world. It's not to lead to our praise and glory. It's not so that people would pat us on the back and congratulate us and tell us what good moral people that we are. Of course, the Pharisees did all of these sort of things. They did their good works before the eyes of men so that people would praise them. But we are to have a totally opposite motive. And Jesus tells us what our motive should be here. It's not for us, but it's for God. God's the one who has ordained our good works. God is the one who works these good works in us. Therefore, God is the one to get all the glory for our good works. As one commentator says, we are to shine our light and do good works, not to win praise from men, but to win men to praise and glorify our heavenly Father. Our desire is not glory. Our desire is for that glory to go to God. And the apostle Peter says something very similar in First Peter two, verse 12. He says, Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation. So that's our calling explained, our calling illustrated, our calling applied. But I want to touch on four things in this passage that call us to do something with this passage before we end. So first, there is a call to worship in this passage. Jesus calls us here the light of the world, but we have not always been the light of the world. Before the Lord saved us, what were we? Well, we were part of the world. We were part of this dark, evil, depraved, wretched, lost, ignorant world. Our minds were darkened, our eyes were blinded, our hearts were dead to God. We were not just in the darkness, but the Bible says that we were darkness. It was us by nature. We were called darkness. But God had mercy on us. God called us out of the darkness into his marvelous light, and now we are called sons of light, children of light, children of the day who belong to the day, saints in the kingdom of light, light in the Lord, and here the light of the world. So, brethren, we should work hard to win people to praise and honor and glorify our God. But first and foremost, we should praise and honor and glorify our God for calling us out of the darkness into his marvelous light. We should glory in our God for shining the great light of the gospel on us and turning our darkness to light. So there is implicitly here a call for us to worship God, to glorify him ourselves for the work that he has done for us and the calling he has placed upon our lives. So there's a call to worship in this passage. But secondly, there is a call to action in this passage. We are called the light of the world. But that means that we are to be light to the world. We are to let our light shine before others. That's what Jesus tells us, and not as some sort of star in a faraway galaxy that has little to no impact upon this earth. But we are to shine like the blazing sun in all of its glory to give sight, to give life, to give warmth to this cold, dead world. Our Lord and Savior has given us a commission to continue the work that he began in his earthly ministry. And that commission is to carry the gospel torch to the nations, to instruct them in a way of salvation and to model for them a new way of life. So think back to the illustrations that Jesus uses to tell us what we should be doing as the light of the world. But what he is telling us is just as it is inconceivable. That a city built on a hill would be hidden from the public, and just as it is inconceivable that a lamp in a house would be covered up to all in that house. So it is inconceivable that the church would be a secret society closed off to the world. So, brethren, let us constantly and continually remind ourselves of our calling in this world. We are not called to be monks who are shut up in a monastery. We are not called to be scholars who are retired to our studies. We are not called to be introverts who withdraw from the public. We are not called to be spies dressed up in a disguise, but we are called to be the light of the world and to let that light shine. So let us then seek to burn as brightly as we can for as long as we can for the glory of our Savior Jesus Christ and for the eternal good of our fellow man. So there's a call to action. We are the light of the world. That means we are to be light to this world. But third, there is a call to be encouraged in this passage. It's easy to think that we as Christians have little to no positive impact upon this world, especially as we see it getting worse and worse and worse. We can really become pessimistic. Really down in the dumps, really discouraged about our role and our calling in this world, but this passage gives us great encouragement to let our light shine, because Jesus says here that by the way we live our lives, we can actually cause others to give glory to God. We can cause others to give glory to God. Our good works can cause opponents of the gospel to give glory to God by shaming them and shutting their mouths and giving them no reasons to speak evil about the Christian faith. God gets glory for that. They can cause the general masses of people to give glory to God by making them fear God and be of all in all of God for his power at work in us. They can cause other brothers and sisters in Christ to give glory to God by causing them to give thanks to God for our labors of love, and they can cause sinners to give glory to God by leading them to confess with their own mouths that Jesus Christ is Lord and to call upon his name for salvation. So the encouragement is, brethren, your good works matter. Your conduct at home and in the office and at the ball field and in the restaurant and at the park and at family get togethers and at church and on the Lord's day. It matters. It can make a difference. By God's grace, you can have a part in changing the world and leading people to hallow God in their hearts and praise him with their lips. Your good works can beautify this ugly world. Your good works can enlighten this dark world. Your good works can preserve this decaying world. Your good works can add value to this vain world. So please never forget this. Always be encouraged by the words of our savior here to let your light shine before others so that they may glorify our father who is in heaven. But lastly, there is a gospel call in this passage. For anyone here this evening who is still living in the darkness of their sin, there is a gospel ray of hope in this passage that you need to run to. The church is the small L light of the world, but the Lord Jesus Christ is the big L light of the world. Christians can't save you, but what we can do is point you to the one who can. So Jesus is the light of the world and dear sinner, Jesus can rescue you from the darkness and he can bring you into his marvelous light. He is the light of the world who can give you eternal life. He is the son of righteousness who can bring you spiritual healing and joy. He is the day spring from on high who can guide your feet into the way of peace. And he is the bright morning star who can usher in an era of grace and salvation in your life that will last forever. So if you are still in the darkness, if you're still of the world, there is hope for you. Come and believe and follow the Lord Jesus Christ. And the Bible says you will never again walk in darkness because the Lord Jesus will give you the light of life. Amen. Let's pray together. Heavenly Father, help us to consider the words that our Savior has spoken to us to be the light of the world. Give us grace to shine forth pure rays full of holiness and love and kindness to this world that is shrouded in darkness. Please help us to fulfill this calling, this great commission to preach the gospel of Christ, to preach light to the nations and help us, O Lord, to reflect the light and glory of Christ in our very lives. Bless us as a church. Help us to be salt and light. May these callings be ever present in our minds and hearts every day of our lives. Give us grace, we pray in Jesus name. Amen.
A highlight from Guided Into Truth
"Well, as you heard announced this morning, today is a special day for our church. The air is getting a little bit cooler, a little more crisp. The rain is starting to come and fall kickoff is happening. This means many of our ministries and programs are getting kicked off, ending their summer hiatus and getting rolling for the coming year. Now in conversations I was having with the guys on our pastoral staff earlier in the summer about the different ideas for fall kickoff, themes to go with, emphases to put out there. We had a bunch of different ideas and I won't share with you the ideas that ended up on the cutting room floor, but I will restate our theme for fall kickoff this year is guided into truth, which I think is a theme that really encapsulates what we are to be all about as followers of Jesus Christ, right? I mean, when you think about it, for those of us who are followers of Jesus Christ in the room this morning, we have been guided into truth in the ultimate sense in that someone somewhere at some point in time shared the gospel with us. They shared the good news message of Jesus Christ dying and Jesus Christ rising and Jesus Christ saving sinners like you and me so that our sins could be forgiven and our hope of eternal life secured. And then we responded to that gospel with repentance and faith turning from the sin that once had its claws in us to put our trust now in Christ finished work on the cross. So we we have been guided into truth in that sense. Now. We're also called to guide others into truth. And if we're faithful to Christ and obedient to his Great Commission for his followers, we guide others into truth. That's what we do. That's what we're marked by we do so around our dinner tables as we teach our children about Christ and we do so at our family gatherings as we openly recognize that all that we have the roofs over our heads the air in our lungs the food in our tables the experiences that we get to share together. They are all because of Christ we do so at church whether we hold a formal teaching post or not. We give instruction and encouragement and exhortation from God's Word pointing other people people around us to Christ and then for a select few we guide others into truth by sharing the gospel message with the lost for some that means doing so through door -to -door evangelism for some that means at the Holmes Lake prayer tower for others. This happens more organically and the day -to -day evangelism that you've heard spoken of more recently where people are more adept at moving their conversations from more of mundane topics, you know, the weather and Husker football and the like to the gospel and getting to the hope that's found in Jesus Christ. Well today's message is going to have one aim and the bull's eye that I've been praying that this message would hit is to press in on this notion that evangelism is the territory or the realm of only that select few in the church. I'm going to throw the flag on the thought process that goes John Kerry is the deacon of evangelism and therefore John Kerry and his team. Those are the evangelists of the church. I'm going to challenge those of you who whether through fear or or laziness let's just get real here a lack of concern and love for those who are truly lost or abandoning your responsibility to do what Christ has commanded you and I both to do which is to share the gospel with the lost. I'm going to exhort you this morning to stop warming the bench and to get in the game. So last week we looked at prayer you might recall from Colossians this morning. We're looking at evangelism. I figured I could complete the trio of all topics that people like to hear about giving maybe next Sunday. No, but I'm going to say what needs to be said about being more evangelistically minded individually and as members of this body of believers to be more faithful in sharing the gospel not from a place of personal preference or desire because that really doesn't matter here. I'm going to speak to you through a text of scripture one that is very familiar to many of us and a text that is so rich in terms of the description it provides and the picture it paints of what it means to be guided into truth and what it looks like to guide another into truth turn with me if you would in your Bibles to Acts chapter 8 Acts chapter 8 Matthew Mark Luke John Acts book number five of the New Testament. We're going to hit pause on our series and Colossians this week so that we as a church body in keeping with our fall kickoff theme this week can zero in on this text where we encounter someone who was guided into truth and also see someone who is guiding another into truth. We're going to look at Acts 8 25 through 40 this morning. I'm going to try to take the whole bite. We'll see how I do this morning sermon has five points. They're all alliterated. We're going to see the context first in verse 25 in leading up to verse 25. We're going to see the command in verse 26. We'll see the contact in verses 27 through 30 the conversion in verses 31 through 35 and then the consequences in verses 36 through 40 now since today's passage or today's sermon is one of these one -off sermons before we just drop ourselves into this passage. It would be important and good if we establish some of the context. So as we look at the context here first point number one, let's look at some of the background here. The Book of Acts was humanly speaking written by Luke the same Luke who gave us the Gospel of Luke and what both the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts revealed to us very clearly is that Luke was a very detailed and meticulous historian. We see that over in the Gospel of Luke the very beginning verses of Luke Luke 1 3 where he says this to Theophilus who is the immediate recipient of the gospel. He says it seemed fitting for me as well having investigated everything carefully from the beginning to write it out for you in consecutive order. So we see how meticulous already Luke was and then here in the Book of Acts, which is really part 2 of Luke's writing the sequel as it were to the Gospel of Luke. He continues on and giving this very precise and detailed historical account of the early church. In fact, let's go ahead and take a few moments to do a real high -level flyover of the first seven chapters of Acts leading up to our text for today. In fact, go with me over to Acts 1 and you can do the flyover with me. In Acts 1 we see that the resurrected Christ appeared to his apostles and according to Acts 1 3 he did this over a period of 40 days and spoke of the things concerning the kingdom of God and then over the course of those 40 days and at the conclusion of those 40 days the Lord said to his apostles over in Acts 1 8 that they will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you and you shall be my witnesses both in Jerusalem and in all of Judea and Samaria and even to the remotest part of the earth file that statement away in your minds, by the way, we're going to come back to it a couple of times this morning then in Acts 1 9 we see Luke recording the Ascension of our Lord to the right hand of the Father where he is seated today says after he had said these things he was lifted up while they were looking on and a cloud received him out of their sight then in Acts 2 Luke gives an account of the day of Pentecost one of the traditional Jewish feast days what was Pentecost and this is the day on which the Holy Spirit as Christ had earlier promised would happen descended and fell on that assembly there in Jerusalem. This is the day on which the Apostle Peter gave one of the most powerful sermons ever preached and according to Acts 241 about 3 ,000 souls came to Christ were converted through that preaching of Peter Acts 3 were told more about the ministry now of both Peter and John still in Jerusalem. We see that Peter heals a lame beggar in this chapter and then Peter also delivers a second sermon from the portico of Solomon and in this sermon the second sermon Peter gives in Acts 3 15 he calls out the Jews of the day as it says here in verse 3 15 for having put to death the Prince of life the one whom God raised from the dead a fact to which we are witnesses that in Acts 4 we see the arrest of Peter and John recorded and then we see their interactions with Annas and Caiaphas and other Jewish high priests and it's in front of those high priests that Peter filled with the Holy Spirit Acts 4 12 says this and there is salvation and no one else for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved then over in Acts 5 Luke gives the account of the second arrest of Peter and John and the other apostles we see that they were flawed and eventually released and after they were flawed and after they were released Acts 5 41 says they went on their way from the presence of the council rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for his name in the very next verse Acts 5 42 says while they were still there in Jerusalem every day in the temple they go from house to house and they kept right on teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ in Acts 6 Luke tells us verse 7 that the Word of God kept on spreading in the number of disciples continue to increase greatly in Jerusalem and then the very next verse Acts 6 8 we are introduced to Stephen who full of grace and power was performing great wonders and signs among the people and then the remainder of Acts 6 we see that Stephen was then brought up for trial essentially before the Jewish leaders on charges of blasphemy then in Acts 7 Luke gives us this very detailed account of the the bold testimony and defense that Stephen gave which included him turning the tables and indicting the very people who were trying to indict him for having murdered their Messiah the Lord Jesus Christ and that doesn't go very well for Stephen because we see in Acts 7 54 says when they had heard this meaning Stevens testimony and indictment of them they were cut to the quick and they began gnashing their teeth at him and then the rest of Acts 7 records Stevens ultimate death by stoning Acts 8 now begins with these words in verse 1 Saul the one who would later become known as Paul was in hardy agreements with putting him meaning Stephen to death and then look at the very next words and on that day a great persecution began against the church in Jerusalem and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria and what does that remind you of what we saw back in Acts 1 8 where Christ himself said to his followers that you shall be my witnesses from Jerusalem to Judea to Samaria and then to the remotest part of the earth now take a look at Acts 8 4 we're going to work our way closer and closer to our text because Acts 8 4 here really sets up the immediate context where we'll be today says therefore those who had been scattered out of Jerusalem it means went about preaching the word Philip went down to the city of Samaria and began proclaiming Christ to them the crowds with one Accord were giving attention to what was said by Philip as they heard and saw the signs which he was performing from the case of many who had unclean spirits they were coming out of them shouting with a loud voice and many who had been paralyzed and lame were healed.
A highlight from Is crypto dead?
"Hello, welcome to Leisure Cast. My name is Brian Farsgaard here with the one, the only Josh Olsowich. Hey, Josh, Brian, how are you? I'm doing great. How are you doing? Good. It's hoodie season back in my natural form. This is my favorite time of year. The crowd wants to know, not because it's tax filing season, but because it is not miserably hot anymore. That's true. It was 90 upper 90s here last week. It was nuts. Oh, that's hot. Yeah. Yeah, no, I love it because the humidity calms down. Yeah. Temperature calms down. People get back from their summer breaks and maybe they start trading. I don't really care about that part. Oh, you're in the deep south because you got that gross, gross heat plus humidity. Yeah. So I need this break. I need this break. I love this season. Football is back. I know you care about that a lot. Huge fly Eagles fly. That's what they tell me to say. They say They here. played quite well last night. I did. I watched a bit of it. They did play well. Yeah, football season, playoff baseball. I mean, fall is really the greatest time. The changing of the leaves eventually. We won't get that for a little while, but we have much to be thankful for. Thanksgiving. Speaking of thankful, that's not too late. We have much to be thankful for, Josh. Bitcoin does well on Thanksgiving, historically. Well, could have fooled me this month. Look, we might be grasping at straws here, but there's not much else to talk about. Not much is going on right now. Everybody's just kind of waiting for a bunch of things. Yeah. And we're just in limbo here. You know, the old trusty 200 week is one with the price. Ethan BTC. We're just basically the average of... We're below it, though. What if this is the historic high ever for the 200 week? What if it only curls down below it forever more? That would be pretty bad. It's certainly a sign of being sideways at best when you're hovering around all the moving averages of whatever sorts you want to analyze. There's really not a lot to say on Bitcoin. I think the market is so thin in both directions that we are one headline away from a 10 % day one way or the other. Something bad goes down with an exchange that rhymes with... Finance. Let me see if I can find a word, Josh. And, you know, that's the negative 10 % day potentially. But if we get that BlackRock ETF, maybe... We're gonna be saying that for like six months. It'll just be around the corner, guys. Just wait another few weeks. BlackRock's gonna come save us, guys. Not a place we want to be, you know? The same thing with halving. You don't want to be the central focus, even though that's how it's been historically. This is no different than 2020, 2016. It's no different. It's just, you know, same stuff, different day. It's got to be boring, even in the good times. Even when there is another cycle, historically there has been. There's still loads of time that's just boring where people get sucked out of the ecosystem, lack of paying attention, etc. Hey, Josh, I want to give a shout out. Thanks, RedScrutinizer, for bringing it up early in the show. We usually mention it towards the end that Josh does videos. But Josh does videos, and you should check them out at Carpe Noctem on YouTube. Carpe Noctem. I don't know how to spell it, so I'm saying it. Yeah, that'll help. People have no clue. It's N -O -C -T -O -M? There you go. You know what I randomly looked today at our... This has turned into a podcast of a podcast, but I looked at our reviews on some podcast stream, and it was over four and a half stars. I was like, oh shit, we got... People like us? I guess so. I don't know. I will say there has been a steady crew who have watched and listened to this show for like six years. It has been six years, Josh. They've tolerated us for quite some time. 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23. We started in 17, so six years. Six years you've known me. I've owed you a stake for about three. It's true. That's very true. Yeah. Thanks for being here, y 'all. Appreciate you. Even when it's really boring, how can you possibly make money when it's not boring if you can't be here when it's boring? Well, look, there's two things you can do. You can learn about the tech, which might sound cliche, but I did a lot of my Bitcoin learning in 2015, 2014. You know, there's not all those damage else to do, then like to learn what the hell's going on with this stuff, right? Drink the Kool -Aid, get indoctrinated, whatever. That was the time. Look at some of these long timers in the chat, Karen, Callie. We actually met in person one time even. She's been here for most of the time since we've been recording. I like this one. I like you, but I also hate you since 2019. Thank you, Liam. We will take it. You know, the thing is we have very little agenda other than our own bags, but we're just talking about our thoughts about them here. We're not trying to convince you to buy them or sell them or anything else. We're just discussing it and y 'all are here because you decided to listen to conversation. So there's very, very, very little opportunity to be victim to our terrible words. Well, hip hop is right. The best content does come during the bear market, I think. Yeah. So anyway, back to price. Yes, I've been DCA for months. I could care less with prices. The lower it goes, the happier I get because that means I get more BTC. If it goes below 15, sure. I don't care. I'm not worried about, we've talked about this for weeks, but if we're below 15 and it's 2025, then we're in trouble. But if we're boring and oscillating between 23 and 30 for the next six months, I'm not worried about it personally. 23 and 30 would be great. This drive chain nonsense is exciting me because governance debates historically have been bullish. If nobody cares about what you do with the chain, then it's not a good chain. Sure. Yeah, I agree. The ultimate crazy shower thought is where does BlackRock, how do they vote on the fork? Are people actually talking about a fork? No, but let's say it comes to that. I'm not talking about the most likely scenario here. I'm talking about a potential scenario. I'd assume they'd vote with the miners. I'd assume they'd vote for it. I don't know. There was something in the prospectus about forks for the BlackRock ETF. I can't remember exactly what it said, but yeah, I don't know. That'd be interesting. If that comes to pass, I don't think it will, but something to think about way down the line. Yeah. Zero X, lots of vowels says ESG fork. I don't know about that. I don't know about that. Fink has really backed off the CEO of BlackRock. He's really backed off of the ESG narrative. And if anything, we're getting a lot of press on the side of Bitcoin being ESG friendly. So it's really... Grid stabilization. Yeah. It's really changed after that. I think the New York Times piece was the bottom of the dirty Bitcoin narrative potentially. I think grid stabilization has to exist though. They have to figure out how does this not just waste energy, but how does it create stability? How does it use renewables? You have to push into those things really hard because otherwise I personally feel like proof of work feels kind of pointless if it's not just work, but it's also waste. Proof of work that's not waste, I think is fine. Well, you're securing the assets. What are the values for all of the banks globally? I know, but proof of stake is also doing a pretty good job of securing the assets. Proof of stake has yet to prove itself. It hasn't been a successful proof of stake chain since existed. it's We haven't seen Ethereum proof of stake in a bull market and it hasn't done so hot so far. So it needs time to prove itself. That's all I'm saying. Look at any proof of stake coin historically, and they don't do well for whatever reason, they do not do well. I'm not saying it's not secure. I'm just saying, look, it hasn't done well. Yeah, undeniable. I'm not sure about that. Let's pull up CoinGecko. You tell me which. EOS? Has that done well? Oh, come on. I'm talking about will Ethereum do well with proof of stake? Yeah. Okay. But I'm saying we can't just assume ETH is going to do well because it's ETH. It's changed its security model. It's changed the yield component. It hasn't proven itself yet in my eyes. That's all I'm saying. Neither has Solana, neither has Tron, Cardano, Dot, Matic. All this stuff hasn't really done anything or gone anywhere. Five years ago, we had a list of other 10 proof of stake coins that didn't do anything. I maintain this philosophy of Bitcoin versus Ethereum, wherein the variability of Ethereum is okay. It does change. It does have governance adjustments, but it's still pretty Chad -like. BTC, you know what you get. It can be good, but you just know what you get. That doesn't make Ethereum bad. Alts should have higher beta to Bitcoin. They're just riskier. And that's where all the stupid stuff happens. So yeah, there's the Lido issues with these. But there's issues with every proof of stake coin. Historically, they just don't do well over time. That's all I'm saying. There's issues with miner centralization as well. Of course. But miner centralization issues are very similar to the staking centralization issues. Similar, but I wouldn't say the same. All I'm saying is if you're drinking the ETH Kool -Aid, I don't care which side of the debate you're on. I'm just saying find one proof of stake coin that does well over time. I haven't seen it. I have not seen it. Ripple doesn't count. Doge doesn't count. Litecoin doesn't count. You will, don't worry. I hope ETH is the first one. But we just haven't seen it. That's all I'm saying. Yeah. ETH BTC appears to just want to keep going droopy sideways down. I don't know if we call this a direction or not. I mean, that is a downtrend over the last year, one year of downtrend. But it's not like puke -y. You want to hear a crazy thought? Bitcoin's having will be more bullish for ETH than it will be for Bitcoin. Sure. I don't think that's that crazy. It's down 23 % in a year, ETH BTC. Relative to previous bear markets, that's not much at all. 80%. Suzanne's got time. Or I'm saying we've created some stabilization in these asset ratios. I don't know. Well, it doesn't look bullish, but it doesn't look turbo bearish. You know, it looks neutral. It looks like it's ready for lows. It doesn't look like it wants to go higher, that's for sure. But would you expect it to? It's not the coin that's getting an ETF. It's not the coin that has all the flows. ETH? Yeah. Oh, dude, the first thing you do once the Bitcoin ETF is announced is assume the ETH ETF is on the way. Right. We've talked about this, that the best news for ETH is, of course, a Bitcoin ETF. Who cares about Bitcoin, right? That's fine. I'm not going to disagree with you. But I'm saying in the moment, the flows are just not going to come to ETH first. ETH will have its day. There's no doubt ETH will be at 10K. Clip it, chat, clip it and ship it. Talk to me in 2025. ETH BTC may do super well. It may go to 0 .1. But over time, it has not done well. I do like T -Bells flip mode. ETH. I think most of the civilized universe likes T -Bells. ETH to 10K is where you lost me. Not because... Is that too low? No, no, no. Not because I was unhappy. I was euphoric. Okay. That's all I need. Just little ETH to 10K action, Josh, and sunset. We ride off into it. That's all we need. You know what else I was thinking? What's that? It's the constant thought of these institutional products. Are they going to offer a yield component? Eventually, they should. I just don't know if that's baked in to the initial applications, right? Yeah. Shouldn't probably be baked into the initial applications. Why not? What if you have BlackRock, you know, take over Lido? What a crazy thought that is, you know? It is a crazy thought. Then we really get to see how good Proof of Stake is. Yeah, I just got excited. I think we need to think like that because of the institutional influence that's clearly going to be here eventually, right? What's going to happen when OFAC compliant BlackRock takes over ETH, you know? Same thing with Bitcoin. They're buying miners. They've got influence on all sorts of stuff. Just something to think about long term. Yeah. I don't think we've really seen the wars that will exist, like have looked puny compared to the wars of the future. No, I don't think we'll have BTC staking. But I don't know. Things could get wild, right? Absolutely wild when the most important asset manager on the universe is in our backyard all of a sudden, you know? Yeah. I want to talk about the dollar. But first, there was a ruling this week where there were two dissenting opinions in crypto's favor. But I don't remember what the ruling was on. Do you remember? I thought one was for Uniswap, but that was two weeks ago. No, it was about the Stoner Cats thing. NFT stuff. As an NFT person, what are your thoughts on that? I think a lot of NFTs played like dance real close to the fire. But at the same time, I think it's really interesting and encouraging to see SEC commissioners write these dissenting opinions and making pretty direct correlations to things like Star Wars collectibles of the past. Like, for someone to purchase a Star Wars collectible and think that, okay, this might be valuable in the future is not an unreasonable thought. That does not make it a security, you know? That said, I don't know that I would say like Stoner Cats or many other NFT projects were like in perfect compliance with what they were doing, too. Like, they might have been going a little hard on the, hey, a number might go up thing versus like... They were a product of their time. Versus enjoy the cats, you know? You buy it for the quality of the art.
A highlight from Nick Burrafato Interview - Linqto's Continued Growth, Ripple XRP Victory Over the SEC, & Ripple Proper Party
"Welcome back to the Thinking Crypto Podcast, your home for cryptocurrency news and interviews. With me today is Nick Birafato, who's the Director of Member Investments at Link2. Nick, great to have you on, my friend. Thank you, Tony. It's great to see you again. Nick, you know, some people may say, well, you called Nick your friend, and I think we should tell the story of our journey, because both of us met on Twitter, you under the handle of MrBXRP on Twitter. And we started, boy, was it 2017, 2018? I was in the market since 2016, but I got on Twitter in 2017. When did you start your crypto journey? It's been an amazing journey, Tony, for sure. I bought actually my first Bitcoin in early 2017, a good friend of mine, Jeff. I was trying to find a friend that knew about Bitcoin. I couldn't find anybody that knew about it because at my age, most people weren't involved. Finally, a good friend of mine, Jeff, I'd asked him on the phone, hey, Jeff, before we get off the phone, do you know anything about Bitcoin? He says, how much time do you have? And I'm like, thank God. And he walked me through what he knew. And my experience with Jeff is everything he does turns to gold. He's just got the Midas touch. So I bought my first Bitcoin. And then after I bought my first Bitcoin, Jeff said to me, hey, I need to now talk to you about Ripple. And I was like, what's a Ripple? And that's how we got into the conversation of Ripple and XRP. And I bought my first XRP late summer of 2017. And I was there for the big run up, the big bull run, the big $3 .84 that we all experienced. And by that time, my friends and family were just tired of me talking about this company Ripple and this XRP. And I had to go find other people to talk to. And that's how I ended up on Twitter. I started the Mr. B XRP profile because I needed to talk to someone else because nobody else wanted to hear from me about it. And I wanted to go there to learn more and then educate new people. And that's kind of how I fell into being Mr. B XRP. It's crazy, Brian. Yeah, right. It almost feels like it's the good old days of crypto because things have changed tremendously over the years. And, you know, at one point we both connected face to face on Zoom to try to see if we can start a crypto company, maybe a competitor to CoinMarketCap. So absolutely. Yeah. You know, it's funny. I love that I see so many of us, you know, the class of twenty seventeen, I call it, you know, the class of twenty seventeen, how we found careers, you know, related to the crypto field because I was I was a real estate broker for over 20 years. And and what had happened, my my journey, what had happened was after becoming Mr. B XRP, I built up a pretty good following.
A highlight from The mindset of a serial entrepreneur
"In this short talk episode I speak to John C. Morley about the mindset of a serial entrepreneur and how they can become more successful. John shares his experiences of starting his own businesses and overcoming challenges to achieve success. We discuss the difference between business owners and entrepreneurs with John emphasizing the importance of being a creative player and making promises to oneself instead of setting goals. We also talk about staying successful as a serial entrepreneur by staying accountable and making commitment. An interesting conversation on how to have the right mindset to be a serial entrepreneur. I create a clear thinking and decisive leaders who can amplify their influence. Contact me to find out how I can help you or your organization. And today our guest is John C. Morley. Hi John. How are you today? It's a privilege, a pleasure and honor to be with you today. Thanks John I'm really good. What about you? I'm doing wonderful here in beautiful Bergen County, New Jersey. The weather is a little bit warm to be quite honest with you but you know I'm enjoying it because I have the windows open and there is actually a beautiful breeze that I'm getting the ability to enjoy with the windows and the cross ventilation. It's supposed to hit about 84, 85 but really just enjoying the sun and like I said nature so this is like the last remnants of the summer. Cool. John what makes you giggle like a giggle monster? Oh what makes me giggle like a giggle monster? Well you just did it there. I would have to say you know when I create something whether it's in media whether it's tech and I get to experience the person's like wow fact like oh my gosh or when I do a release or press release I'm like wow that's amazing. I just love that feeling or if I tell a story like recently I told a story of a restaurant in New Jersey that's making thousands of pizzas a day by using RPA robotic process automation when and I got to tell that story and share it with them it just put me on a natural high. Okay cool so today we're gonna talk about what makes what sort of mindset of a serial entrepreneur and how they become successful. So tell us then you know first of all what is their mindset and how do we get one? Sure so to let you know first serial doesn't mean I'm wanted in any in any countries or any states in a bad place so serial doesn't mean anything bad I sort of let everyone know that.
A highlight from Generative AI News This Week - Google Gets is Gen AI Mojo Back, ChatGPT Enterprise Debuts, New Big Funding Rounds, Products & More - Voicebot Podcast Ep 349
"Hello to all you generative AI news fans out there and Voicebot Nation, this is Brett Kinsella, host of the weekly generative AI news rundown. Today we take you into the deep recesses of generative AI land with my co -host, Eric Schwartz and a featured guest, Alan Furstenberg. Alan is a Google development expert. He's got deep knowledge of conversational AI and generative AI, so it was great to welcome his insights this week. As always, you can just listen here or you can watch the recording on YouTube. We have visuals this week, but I don't think the visuals are that critical to the conversation. So it's really up to you. If you do want to watch on YouTube, please go to Voicebot's YouTube channel. And while you're there, give us a like, maybe subscribe if you haven't already. That'd be great. Top stories this week, ChatGPT Enterprise debuts and shows how OpenAI is going to service big companies as an application provider. Google Cloud Next introduced dozens of new generative AI announcements. We talk about more than 15 in today's rundown. We go really deep on this. And so if you want some Google news and you want the perspective of Alan, Eric and myself, that will be the place to get it. The funding fountain also gave us some big news. Hugging Face landed over $200 million in giant new valuation. AI21 Labs took down $155 million in established unicorn status. We'll talk about that. CoreWeave is flirting with a two to four X valuation increase. This is like many billions of dollars and that's just since April in five months. It shows how important access is to the latest GPU chips right now. We also have product news from Meta and EncodeLlama, AI21's word to him. A new Harman smart speaker. Yes, a new smart speaker with a feature no one was expecting. ConverseNow's new LLM based chatbot, Gupshups, domain specific LLMs, GM, Walmart, and a bit more. We finish up with a generative AI winners and losers of the week. Next up, Google, OpenAI, Hugging Face, Meta, Walmart, and much more. Generative AI ends the summer with a bang. Let's get started.
A highlight from Episode 59 with Bill Goj on Life as a Dyslexic PhD candidate
"Hello there, and welcome to the Dear Dyslexic podcast series brought to you by Rethink Dyslexia, the podcast where we're breaking barriers and doing things differently. I'm Shaye Wiesel, your host, and I'm so glad you can join us. I'm a fellow neurodivergent, and I'm coming from the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation, where I live and work, and I would like to acknowledge and pay my respects to all the tribes across our beautiful country and to all First Nations people listening today. Our podcast was born in 2017 out of a need to give a voice to the stories and perspectives of adults with dyslexia, and our voice has grown stronger year after year. We're now a globally listened to podcast with guests from all around the world. Join us for insightful conversations about living with dyslexia and other neurodivergences across all walks of life. Our special focus is on adult education, employment, social and emotional wellbeing, and entrepreneurship. We're excited to be bringing you this episode and invite you to like and follow us, or even better, why not leave us a review on your favorite podcast platform? So let's get started. Today, I am speaking to Bill, who is a PhD colleague of mine. And when I say colleague, we met through our PhD support group that we run through the foundation. And Bill is a peer, I should say, rather than a colleague. And I'd like to welcome him onto the show today where we'll be talking about everything to do with research and being dyslexic and trying to do a PhD. So welcome to the show, Bill. Thanks. Good to be here. Thanks for asking me. Thanks for coming along, especially because we've just spent the last half an hour chatting instead of doing our podcast. So, yeah, dyslexics get distracted. Yeah, we do very much, which I think is one of the good things about having our PhD group, because we get to talk about trying to do our PhDs, but also all the all the different facets of life that come with studying and being dyslexic. And you are studying a very interesting topic, one that blows my mind, because I can't do numbers at all. So how did you end up doing your PhD? What led you on this crazy journey of academia? Oh, wow. How do you sum it up? For those listening, I'm a mature aged student, but I'm like 50, over 50. In the summer. Yeah, thanks. And so I had I had decades of life in between. And school was horrible. And I have very few good memories of it. So, but I always loved learning. And I felt I was good at it. And I don't know, as I got older, I did little things through TAFE, because I wanted to do human resources. So I did the TAFE Diploma and I started doing the Advanced Diploma. And I topped the year. And this was like, late 20s. So suddenly, I was sort of in a situation where I wanted something, I applied to get into it. And it's all sort of like surprising how I sort of got into it. Because half of me is thinking, yeah, like, I'm gonna be able to do this. But I did. And yeah, I totally topped the year. suddenly And which opened a door that I didn't really believe was there for me in the past. And then I sort of thought, I can do this. And it wasn't until recently, I suppose, in my recent life, that I got into a situation where I could choose what I wanted to do. So in kind of an odd kind of a way, it's like going back in time. And I was fascinated by, I do a PhD in marine biology. So I was fascinated by animals and, you know, the marine life and stuff like that. And suddenly, when I went to university, I was looking at applying, it quickly became a reality that I could almost or pretty well apply for any degree I wanted. you And, know, from someone who like failed, you know, year 12 and dropped out, dropped out because they were failing it and failed grade two and stuff like this and hated school. This was like, one of those epiphanies of, oh my God, I can do my dreamers. So I turned into a kid again and picked marine biology and at every, I didn't really think I could do a PhD in it. I didn't even know what a PhD was, to be honest, even though my dad's a doctor, I didn't know. So as I went through it, I figured, oh my God, I could do this and I'm really good at it. And then I got into the honours and then the dyslexia thing started hitting a bit. And then I wasn't sure that I could do a PhD, but everyone else thought I could. And so I was like, that's good enough for me. Let's give it a go. And here I am. I've got lots of questions to ask you, but going back in time, you said school was horrible for you. So we're of an elk where diagnosis just did not exist. So were you diagnosed as an adult as well when you were doing university? Yeah, so my dad is a retired doctor, psychiatrist. So there's a bit of understanding in terms of neuro differences. And, you know, my mum was just like, my child is smarter than failing grade two, except by grade two. So I forgot the question, Shay. This is me. This is a very dyslexic me thing of like getting totally sidetracked. I'm so sorry. No, now what was the question? I think the question was around diagnosis. Were you diagnosed like I was because we're older and there wasn't such a thing. I don't think I'll just see a diagnosis back on the room. So I'm so random. I was so random. Anyway, so, so, so, yeah, look, so, so there's something wrong with what the school thought I was like because they just thought I was dumb and stupid and lazy and that type of thing. And I what could do, because I could say or tell them all of my parents, all about animals and my mum would be in the car going, oh, what's this plus this? You know, and there'd be big numbers and stuff and none of the adults could do it. And I just pop and go and say it. And they'd be like, this there's a disconnect there. So so my mum sort of could pick this. There's something different about me. So so they got me tested in a time where I know someone could qualify this. But, you know, I reckon half the people as described to me didn't even realise dyslexia existed. And some of the teachers, like half teachers would be like, no, it doesn't. That's rubbish. But she got me assessed then. But I lost that assessment at university. They asked for an assessment and I'm not even sure they would accept assessment from me since I was like late forties at that stage. And the assessment's 12. So I tried uni the first semester because when I did that course in the past, I told you about I never told anyone I was dyslexic. And I tried it, but after the first semester, it became very clear that you could pretty well wipe off maybe 20 to 30 percent of my grades off of every single subject just before I started it because of my disability. And it became obvious in second semester that to give me a chance to actually do well in it, I needed to say, hey, I've got a disability and to get acknowledged, I needed another testing. So I got tested twice and hey, the assessments align very neatly, which is interesting over 30 years later. That is interesting. I've always wondered if I should get reassessed because at the time I was going through my divorce, so I was in really bad state. So I wonder if there'd be any improvements now or and trying to do my PhD. Surely I've improved somewhat with my writing, but it would be interesting to see. And it's interesting that you say 30 years difference that they still pretty much aligned. Yeah, well, that's that's a really interesting point, because they aligned in terms of the the how the different psychologists, one was done by one. The other one was assessed by two. And the two reports align in the sense that they talk about how, you know, the deficits you have and they sort of value it. And those values were basically the same. What was fascinating about it, I found that in these two reports, this is kind of one of those things. And I'm happy to, you know, share them with you, because I think that I just think that's fascinating is is that I read better, you know, and so I had improved, which is a really it was brilliant. And that was just like, you know, that was like that. That was that was amazing. And, you know, you know, and it sticks in. It's one of those things that I think we're talking about before the podcast out of memory and stuff. It sticks in my head that I was told I'm read like a 15 year old. And I was just like, that is better than I'd ever been assessed or, you know, thought I was ever doesn't mean I comprehend the same way. I can read as fast as 15 year old. I won't recall most of what I read if I read that fast, though, to be to be blunt. But I still when you test that basic thing and time it, I can still regurgitate the words without sort of really soaking it in when I'm reading. And this is complicated. I don't get it myself. But but yeah, so that was interesting is is the progression you make in that and things that they pointed out when I was young, which which I think is is frustrating. And the problem with testing people so young is that they pointed out that they couldn't really tell if I was trying or if I wasn't trying when I was reading. You know, I mean, because by 12, I suppose I had a lot of hang ups, you know, bullying and harassment, reading out loud stuff like this. So they put that we're not sure whether this is a true assessment of certain certain things. And so it's great having that one later, which basically said, no, no, these are these are exactly the same. And they hadn't read my old report because I couldn't find it. So it's interesting to see an independent assessment over 30 years later, just saying, yep, you are this, this, this, this, this. These are your deficits and going, wow. You know, that's they are there's no denying it. It's interesting. There's two two points, hopefully, that don't drop out of my head. As I'm saying, it's starting to drop out of my head is, you know, we can improve, even though we our brains are predisposed to difficulties in reading, that we can improve and the importance of early assessments and interventions so that children have the best opportunity they can to manage their disability and to build skills around it. But also and we're getting way off topic. Sorry. No, no, don't apologize, because it's important. And it's the conversation around assessments, particularly when you go into higher ed and you have to have that assessment. But the like how they couldn't decide whether it really was your dyslexia that was impacting you or whether part of it was this is in my terms of baggage that you brought, because by the time you were 12, you'd gone through all those difficulties. And that's why I had. Yeah. And for me, it was such anxiety to think I was being diagnosed at 27 with this disability and how was my life going to change it? I'd taken all this back. I knew I had all this baggage in. And every time I did the testing, because it was over a few weeks, I'd go and sit in the car and I cry before I went home. Because it's like, oh, my God, there's something wrong with me. And so it's interesting. I wonder, you know, again, the importance of having an assessment when we're younger, like even before we hit preteens, because we're not carrying so much baggage and maybe it is a true reflection or maybe it doesn't matter, because like yours demonstrated, regardless of the age difference, you still those primary challenges were still there. Yeah, yeah. Look, it's I mean, I found a lot of benefit from doing it. I but you know, obviously it's a novel thing. I mean, you can't go back in time. But I mean, now now I think I mean, you'd be better positioned, of course, to tell me me actually what they're doing. But, you know, they're assessing kids a bit better now. And it isn't a part of the part of what happens in school in grade one or two or something that they are they are assessed for reading and writing skills, you know, potentially which would show up us. But it's not a formal assessment. So it's not something you can compare it to. Some some states, I think, are bringing in phonics checking in grade one. Yeah. Which starts to give an early indication that children might be starting to struggle. But I mean, normally dyslexia typically shows up in grade two onwards when we're starting to put sentences together and to read whole words and bigger words. Yeah. So whether grade one, I'm not I mean, yeah, I know that some states are looking at bringing in or they already are. Whether it's too early, I'm not sure. I wouldn't want to comment on phonics. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Look, look, you explain things so much better than regarding this. Oh, well, it's it's an area I don't like to step into very often. But you got I don't want to sidetrack the conversation because it is around how we get into doing our PhDs. But the assessment process is really important. And you had to demonstrate by the time you got into higher ed that you did have dyslexia and disability. And so there's two I guess there's two questions. One is around how do you self advocate once you get through to a PhD level? Because what I've found is that supervisors, there's an there's a misconception that if you're dyslexic, you're never going to get to that level. And I don't know that from that I hated my speech degree and wasn't until I did my masters that I actually started to really love learning and see I could learn. And I just had in my head, I just had to do a PhD. And I don't know whether it was because I wanted to prove to people that I wasn't dumb and that I was succeeding in academia because I'd struggled in my life. It was just in my head I had to do it. I didn't know what I was going to do it in. Originally, it was going to be on Aboriginal communities and that space I love working in. And then finally, it ended up being in dyslexia. But how do you like everyone told you you could do it? So you said I was going to do it. Is that what drove you? Is it to see what's behind the desire to do your PhD, I guess? It's a long window. Yeah, look, look, it's really holistic. And I mean that in, you know, holistic and holistic, you know, both. There's there are a whole lot of things here. I mean, I, I love learning about this stuff. It's like an addiction. it's, It's, it's, it's something which I mean, even without doing study, I'm still, I still do it anyway. You know, I'll still sit there for hours and watch a bug climb up a tree and see how it does and why it does. And, you know, I can't get those out of my head. So, so to me, it was a really natural progression in that sense. The barrier was always dyslexia. I see it as, or dyslexia or something which, which indirectly came from the dyslexia. You know, so having everyone say, so me really wanting to do it because it was just, it's just a continuation of what I do. So it's like, it's like getting the opportunity for someone to pay you to do what you just love doing anyway, even though they make you do certain things like write a lot that you hate. You know, they also make you read like all this research on it, which you love, you know, it's just like you, you, you imagine it and you see what they're doing in your head. Like, yeah, you can really, you can see it and feel it. And you relate it to all those experiences you've had. And it's just, it's just a really, it was just a really sort of like joyful thing for my brain to do in that sense. And it makes the struggle of reading worthwhile. So before I was getting a whole lot of, you know, you know, assistance and, you know, before I was really tapping into the text to speech programs like that, the pain was so worth the benefits. And that's just because it's like an addiction. And that's probably a good way to describe it, because, you know, you know, addiction might not just be the chemicals, it can be the process, the your environment and the whole of other things. And to me, it's just me. And this is the cool thing about sort of like the way I see it as I became a kid again, because these were, this was my escape. One of the escapes I did from the torture of school. It was, you know, and home. And it was, it was, it was really, it was, I only have good, strong, good and wonderful memories from learning about bugs and animals and fish and stuff like that. And and so the PhD basically was somebody just said, hey, look, you know what you you want to do as a dream? You know, you can do that. Here you go. And then which made it when it felt like it was getting taken away from me at some stage because the supports really aren't there at PhD. It made me fight to the death, you know, and I hate using that word. That was really how strongly I felt about it. I wasn't going to give up once, once somebody gave me that carrot. It's that's my carrot, you know, this bunny is angry. And I would like, I want to come back to self -advocacy. But it's interesting you say it's like an addiction, because originally when I wanted to do a PhD, I was like, yeah, that's just something in my head I have to do. But I completely resonate with you when you're it's like you're in your flow and your purpose, like for me. And like even when my mum was dying, I was still writing my papers, still doing my thesis and people say to me, why are you doing it? And you kept saying, take a break. And I said, but that for me, that is where I find my purpose and my passion. And I know the work I'm doing is is going to make change for people. And 100 percent. And I really resonate with that addiction word, because it does feel like it, because you're constant. Like, I just love it. And I keep saying to people, I'm going to do go on and do my prof doc or do another PhD and everyone, because I don't get paid like you. It's all voluntary, six years of voluntary PhD. That's dedication. And but I just love it. And I can't explain it because it's so hard. Writing is so hard. I'm terrible at it. But the concepts and being able to go out and talk to people about what I'm finding in Australian first research, that's the stuff that just drives me to keep going. Yeah. Oh, look, a quick example. We'll get back on track. But this when I was doing what was it? It was it was my undergrad and I was falling behind in stuff. It was my third year, I think I was falling behind and stuff. And I just asked for an extension for my now supervisor. I think it was undergrad or it was undergrad, whether it was honours or not, I'm not sure. Anyway, so my supervisor, my to be supervisor and she said and I was I was volunteering for another scientist. I'm doing all this work, all this work. And she came and goes, What are you doing here? You've asked for an extension, you know, for this work, because you don't have enough time to do it. And here I come in and you're doing volunteering work for somebody else on some other non -related project. Bloody bloody bloody blah. And my response to her was, this is how I relax. Don't take this from me. Don't take this away from me. And and I was so like scared of it being taken from me that she felt it like she's amazing. My supervisor is amazing that she was like, OK, and left me to it. And that's that's it is it's it's it was my she was taking my hobby, you know, and I needed that. I need that to distress. And I needed that to to get my head back in track and to try and so I could get back on the horse and punch it again and sit there for hours trying to write this thing and doing my head in and reading, blah, blah, blah, blah. Anyway, it's funny that our self -care is doing something that is so hard for us. I know, I know. But isn't it great? I mean, haven't we just picked the best careers ever? You know, you know what I mean? It's it's it's a funny life just moves you in funny ways. Well, because I've been meaning to do do a Facebook live in our Facebook group, the other one and our community. And it's about my husband says that I've got an addiction of buying books. And I do every time I go to the post office like, what are you going to the post office for? It's another book, but I really do need it. So chapters out of different things.
A highlight from Orange Pilling Through Sport with Steven Nelkovski & Patrick O'Sullivan
"The beautiful thing about Bitcoin is if it works with baseball, it works with anything. If you think about value for value, the model, it changes everything. Right. Hello. How are you all? Hello from Lebanon. What a cool country this place is. It's really strange. As I travel around the world, sometimes I go to these places where you worry about the economic situation, you end up meeting the most amazing, incredible people, most amazing resilient people, and Lebanon is exactly that. So I cannot wait to get this film out. Anyway, welcome to the What Bitcoin Did podcast, which is brought to you by the legends at Iris Energy, the largest NASDAQ listed Bitcoin miner using 100 % renewable energy. I'm your host Peter McCormack, and today we have Perth Heat on the show. We've got CEO Stephen and chief Bitcoin officer Patrick, Patrick O 'Sullivan. I was going to try and say Stephen's name. I think it's Nelkowski, Nelkowski, I think Stephen Nelkowski. Danny, what is it? Nelkowski. We've never had Danny on an intro before. Nelkowski. Yes. CEO Stephen Nelkowski. Now I've known Stephen for quite some time. When we announced Rael Bedford, he'd already announced his Perth Heat Bitcoin project, and then I met him out in Miami. He gave me a jersey, and we've kind of been knocking back DMs on Twitter for this whole time sharing ideas, talking about what they're up to, what we're up to. There is so much alignment between the Perth Heat baseball team and what they're doing in Australia and what we're doing with Rael Bedford over in the UK. And so yeah, I've been keeping an eye on their progress, been impressed with everything they're doing. They're definitely a little bit ahead of us, but there's so much alignment between us and them. And I know not everybody loves the football side of things, but this Bitcoin and sports thing, I'm telling you, it's so important. It's important on so many levels, there's so many chances to orange pill people by meeting them where they're at. And I'm telling you, Bitcoin and sports is going to be big. So give me your feedback. Let me know what you think. I hope you enjoy the show. Absolutely loved it. Steve is a legend. Patrick is absolutely beavering away like a legend trying to get all the Bitcoin stuff going for them. I'm going to be nicking some of their ideas. Hopefully, we will have some cool ideas. They can nick as well. But yes, let me know your feedback. Let me know what you think. It's hello at whatbitcoindid .com. Welcome, brother. Good to be on. Who's your friend? This is the chief Bitcoin officer of the Perth Heat. You actually the chief Bitcoin officer? That's it. That's the title. Chief Bitcoin officer. That's all I do. That's what I'm trying to get Ben Ark to do for us. You know Ben Ark? Yes. He doesn't even like football. But he comes along. He gets the whole thing. Great role to have. Emerging role. Yeah. You saw that job ad for that Bulgarian team. Yeah. That's amazing. Yeah. We've got a call with them. Joe Hall's trying to get me to talk to them. But there's two upcoming Bitcoin football teams, young whippersnappers. The league is expanding quickly. We've had a couple of recent inquiries from teams in Europe wanting to speak about what we've done with the baseball team. But as we've said so many times on Twitter and in comments that the Bitcoin sports league is a lot closer than what most people think. There's a lot of interest. Yeah. You beat us to it. I think you beat us to it. We had a couple of weeks between us, I think. Was it that close? It was. There was a nose between, I think, the two announcements. We were early November. I think you were late November, early December, something like that. We're talking 21, aren't we? 21? 20 said? Yeah. It was 21. Because I think I announced - November 21? Yeah. I think I announced December 21. Yeah. And we took over the team in April 22. Yes. That's right. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. You just beat us. Justin. So many things have changed since then as well in so many ways. What we thought we'd be doing in two years has just dramatically changed so quickly. It's awesome. There's loads we can get into and we're going to. But let's just do a bit of background stuff just for people listening so we can build the picture of what we're doing. So, like, introduce yourself, what you do, and yourself. I know we know you're the Bitcoin officer, but like, and then just tell people about Perth Heat, who they are, and then we'll build from there. Yeah, easy. So my name's Steven. I'm the chief executive of the Perth Heat, who are Australia's most successful baseball team. We've won 15 national titles. We've had 34 players who have played Major League Baseball. We've got an exceptional relationship with the Tampa Bay Rays, who send us out six to each eight players Australian summer. And these are top end draft picks. So one of the players they sent us last season, Junior Caminero, is on the verge of playing in the big leagues right now. So they send us the best of the best in terms of their young talent. And we build a squad and we play a season in the Australian summer. We've got a history of winning. We've got a history of producing great players. We're also the Bitcoin baseball team. And it's been, yeah, it's been an incredible ride. How big is baseball in Australia? It's big. It's look, it's obviously we've got the big sports in terms of Aussie rules. You've got rugby. You've got strong national teams with the Australian cricket team. You've got the Socceroos, you've got the Matildas. So it's not a tier one sport. But in terms of the quality of the competition, if you look at the fact that Perth Heat have had 34 players who have played for the Heat and then gone on to play Major League Baseball, there's no other team or competition that could produce that sort of statistics. So if you looked at one of the football teams like the Perth Glory, they haven't had 34 players who have played in the Premier League. So it's the competition is extremely tough and would be one of the best winter leagues in the world, especially with our association with Major League Baseball. So they send players out to you to get game time. And they also scout players that you have got of your own. There's a bit of scouting. There's international scouts in every city. But the idea of sending them out to us is they will see how the players will react in a foreign environment, a different style of baseball, different time of year. How do these players go in an environment over Christmas, New Year? Some of them are coming back from injury. Some of them have had interrupted seasons. That's a good chance for some of them to also build game time. But it's a program now with Tampa. Then in the last five years, we've had five players already play Major League Baseball. Jacob Lopez was the last just a couple of weeks ago. And as I said, Junior Caminero is knocking the house down, his 27 home runs this year. It's just a phenomenal generational athlete. And what kind of crowds do you get? Yeah, they vary across the weekend. We play a series. So we'll play Friday night. We'll play two games on a Saturday. Two? Two games on a Saturday. And then we'll play another one on a Sunday. So there's four games in the space of 72 hours. And the crowd's roughly between 5 ,000 to 7 ,000 over the weekend. OK, wow. So two in a day. What kind of demands are put on the players? Well, it's different. So baseball, if you're a pitcher, the demands are extreme. Every time you throw the ball, it is logged. It is monitored. It is counted. If you're an outfield player or an infielder, one of the batters, then that's what you're built for. You're built to play every game. So all the pressure's on the pitcher? Pitchers, yeah. Good pitching will win you championships. You need a really strong pitching lineup to bring in the different times of the game. And that's the part of your lineup which you really have to monitor so carefully. Because you could start a series with a pitcher. And if he doesn't perform well, when you bring him out of the game, when you introduce someone else. And then if they don't perform well, how quickly do you run through your rotation knowing that you've got four games to get through? So there's a lot of analytics that we look at, we monitor. And as we said, that pitch count is very, very closely watched. I've been to a few baseball games. I've been to see the A's. I've been to see the Dodgers a few times. I've been to see probably your team. Yes. We went to the Yankees. Yeah, we went to the Yankees. It was too hot, wasn't it? Yeah, it was so hot. It was so hot. Our knees were burning. There's not many roofs on the stadiums, yeah? So you're sitting out in the sun, yeah, baking. But there's heat, but it was too hot. Our legs were in shorts, our legs were burning, so we just went and stood at the back and drunk beer. Then the Yankees get absolutely back. I think they were 10 down within two innings. It was like insane. Yeah, but it's a crazy game. It can be 10 down, and you can still win. My wife has now accepted that no matter how far in front we are in a game, she won't relax until that last out. You can be 6 -0 up, 8 -0 up, and you can still lose a game just like that. It's very, very different of football. In football, if you're 3 -0 up, it's effectively game over, yeah? But in baseball, a three -run lead, a four -run lead, it can change with just one pitch if a batter walks, and then suddenly things just change. It's taken a while to understand and to even get comfortable with it. When I first started in the role five years ago, baseball traditionalists would say, well, that's baseball. It's like, no, it's not. It's bad game management. But yeah, it's baseball. It happens in the big leagues. It happens in Australia, and sometimes it happens with Perth Heat. And so your wife, is that because she's got into the baseball, or she's planning for what your move's going to be like? Bit of both. She has to be into it, but I'm not a good loser at all. Yeah, I'm not probably the best person to speak to if we lose a game for a good 24 hours. After we lost the championship series, that 24 hours was probably four months. Mate, honestly, I know exactly how you feel. We lost three games last season in the league. We lost one cup game, and then we got thrown out of a cup because we played an illegible player should have been suspended, administrative error. Every single one of those, I was not good for 24 hours. I spent the next 24 hours saying, what did I do wrong to contribute to that? Even though it's the team and the manager, it's like, what could I have done more? Could we have prepared the team better? Did we not provide the right resources, or did we not get the balance of the roster correct? There's so many things that go through your mind, but yeah, I'm certainly not a good loser. Were you a Perth Heat fan before? No, with a surname like Neil Kobski, you grew up with a round ball in my household. I was a football fan from an early age. This is a true story. Before I took the role with Heat, I had not watched a baseball game from start to finish. I had not watched a full nine innings. I'd watched parts of a game, but I hadn't watched a whole game. That first year in charge was challenging because you'd be with corporate partners, and I didn't know all the rules, and something would happen during a game, and they'd ask, why did that happen? I'd scratch my head and say, I'd have to find out for you. I'm obsessed with it now. My wife loves watching players steal bases, just running from base to base or trying to steal. Then I look at my family, Grey Caritage, and they're all into it and enjoy coming to the ballpark. Most people I introduce do enjoy it because, again, it's a different sport in terms of the pace of the game. You can relax a little bit more and then sit back and enjoy the menu of the hot dogs or the crackerjack and see some home runs in the background. Well, you don't understand the sport. It's a bit like cricket, right? Most Americans, almost every American does not understand cricket. Are you trying to explain test cricket, that it's five days, two innings each, it could rain and end in a draw? Nobody understands it, but when you understand the game, you understand what brilliant test cricket is. Like my son, he watched the Ashes with me, and I had the first two tests, I was explaining how this works, why they might declare, what the follower knows, which never got used. Trying to explain the strategy of it all. And then once he understood, he got into it, and I was mentioning going to watch baseball. I said to you before we started recording, I was dating that girl in LA, so we were going to watch the Dodgers. It was a playoff season, and I must have gone to maybe five games. I went to the game, I don't know if you know the one where Justin Turner hit a walk -off home run in the playoffs. I think it was against, it might have been the Cubs, but by the way, that itself was an unreal moment. The great finish there. Unbelievable. But I had a guy who was sat with me each game explaining it to me. And one of the things I'd never known about is the whole pitcher strategy. My from assumption the little I'd watched here or there, it was just one guy all game. And if somebody came on and it was injury, I didn't realize you're strategically placing different pitchers in the game, especially towards the end of the seventh, eighth, ninth innings. I didn't know any of that. And so once you understood that, you understood the strategy. And then there's huge strategy, whether you're bringing in a left -handed pitcher to pitch to a right -handed batter, left -handed batter, or someone that can face up to a curveball better than a slider, et cetera. Explaining the game to someone in baseball is a lot easier in the ballpark. If you're watching it off the screen, it's a bit harder to pick up. If you sit in the ballpark and you've got someone that can explain the rules, you will understand it a lot quicker than watching it at home. But the strategy behind pitching is nuts. The movie Moneyball and the strategy behind the analytics is spot on. There's so much you can gain out of the numbers. And that's a big part of our relationship, even with Tampa, is the Tampa front office and what they have in terms of identifying talent and how they use it is something that is a great benefit to an organization like the Perth Heat as well. There's a whole Moneyball thing that started coming to football as well. I know specifically teams like Brentford and Brighton have used it. But they're using it in a different way. They're trying to identify talent, which they sell out. I mean, Brighton. Can you look up their sales of players? I mean, Brighton. They have a profit of 130 million pounds, was it, this summer? I mean, historically, they weren't ever a Premier League team. No. It's only in the last, what, five, six years did they become Premier League? They're now established. But the volume of players they sell and the rates they sell their players for, have they got recent sales? Yeah. Let me pull it up. It was the same with Southampton. They kind of had that strategy as well. So there we go. Okay. Caicido, 160 million euros. McAllister, you went to Liverpool, 42 million. Sanchez, 23 million. But there's more in the previous. I mean, is that just this season? Yeah, that's this season. Did you have last season as well? I don't think it was on him. What was up at the top when you scrolled to the top? That was people who had come in. Right. Okay. But this is their whole strategy. I mean, they're now talking, this guy just got a hat -trick. The other Ferguson got the hat -trick against Newcastle the other day. People are starting to talk about him. And they've managed to have this rotation of players. Even though they're selling their best players, they've got these new ones coming through and they've got like an identity, which means it's a profitable business. Luton were the same. So Luton Town managed to get back in the Premier League from going into non -league, which itself is incredible. But they had a whole strategy of bringing players through and it's part of their revenue model. Does that perform part of your actual revenue model to develop players? For Perth Heat, it's a little bit different because if we have players that we continue to develop, they'll get drafted. And the draft system works a little bit differently to football where the club doesn't take the profit. The actual transfer fee goes direct to the player. Oh, wow. It's one of the first questions our board of management asked when they took the license over. How can we develop players and on -sell them? But it doesn't work like that in baseball, unfortunately. So, yeah, we've got a great farm system of producing young Aussie talent to go and pick up minor league contracts. But there's no return there to the club, unfortunately. Were you a baseball fan before you joined? I mean, I played when I was a kid. But not much of a fan. No. No, it was strictly because of the opportunity that came up that I joined. And when did you join? When? Same time. So about a year before, when the talks happened about, well, maybe this is something that we might be able to do. And then what the details look like for making it a possibility for a team to embrace Bitcoin as much as the team has. And then suddenly realizing that it's going to be significantly more work than what it first appeared to be. Because I didn't really have a role there to begin with. I didn't have a job. I wasn't working there at all. But then sort of trying to orange pill the board after Steve got it and to show them what we could do with it. It was very much, this is the idea. This is what we think we can do with it. And their attitude was, OK, go out and prove it and show them exactly what we could do to kick things off. And then from there, it was just small win after small win. And then realizing, well, if we're going to actually do it and announce things in November about just how far down the rabbit hole we were going to go, that we couldn't just, you know, Bitcoin is not at the point now where you can just launch and say, OK, everything worked perfectly. I mean, you know, it's so hit and miss with things that will work and things that won't work. And that's integration with systems that are already in place, especially when you're talking about a business of this size. You know, it's not your micro strategy. We don't have teams and teams of lawyers or people that can look after all of the various elements. And to go all in on Bitcoin means really restructuring how you do everything. And eventually that came back to me as my sort of ability to transition and see what will work, what's going to work now, what will work in 90 days from now and what it's going to look like in 180 days from now. All of that has changed and just somewhat to stay on top of that and to help integrate it into the systems that Steve is already looking after. Yeah. So I'm going to be interested to compare and contrast what you've done to what we've done, because like we're tiny. You know, our crowds are tiny. When we take, if you want to pay with Bitcoin on a match day, we're talking a handful of transactions. You got up to 7000 people there. So that's that's an entirely different beast. What were you, sorry Steve, what were you doing before you joined? My background is media marketing, so I used to be a sports reporter on one of the commercial networks here in Australia with Channel 7. I was there 14 years as a broadcaster, used to commentate to football games. But after being a reporter for the best part of 15 years and seeing how sports organisations run, that's where the real appetite for running a sports organisation came in and wanting to win championships. So I went and worked for a local football team, which is the Perth Glory, who play in the A -League. I was in a media marketing role there for a few years. Is that where Robbie Fowler played? He did the great man. God. Yeah. He used to come over to Mum's house every week for dinner. Shut up. Yeah. Are you serious? A gentleman. One of the most beautiful men. Yeah. We're always on the text to each other. He's a... You're friends with Robbie Fowler? Yeah. There we go. You're in. I want an interview with him. He's one of my childhood heroes. Oh wow. Yeah. And you know what? He's just a lad. He's just brilliant. He came and played for the organisation. And yeah, it was Monday night's dinner at Mum's house. He loved the Greek food, so we kept to a winning formula. That's unbelievable. Do you know the song the Liverpool fans sing about him? About we all live in a Robbie Fowler house. Do you know about this? I don't know. So Robbie Fowler is one of the footballers who was very smart with his money. He just bought just properties all over Liverpool constantly. And see, he's got this huge property portfolio in Liverpool. And so the Liverpool fans sing, we all live in a Robbie Fowler house. Yeah. He's a... He's God. He's God. He's just an awesome guy. Good fun to hang out with. And yeah, made so much time for the people of Perth. We had a great year together. And he's also very cheeky as well. There was a time where we weren't performing too well. We'd lost, I think, five games on the trot. And it was the time that Wayne Rooney was having a whole heap of issues with Manchester United. And we were about to do this live TV cross for Channel 7. And we knew the chairman wasn't too happy at the time. So I said, we've just got to try and deflect here. And Robbie had been in the UK for a week. And the presenter said, so Robbie, what was the trip to the UK all about? And he said, it was to chat to Wayne. And my phone had been, the media marketing guy just blew up, Fleet Street just went mad with this. It was just an off -the -cuff joke that we were trying to sign Wayne Rooney. And it was just everywhere within hours and we had to put out a press release and it was great because it deflected off the five losses that we'd had, but it was just a bit of a piss take. What was his scoring record like at Perth? Look, it wasn't as good as what it was at Liverpool. We would have been nice for him to score a few more goals, but the team struggled a little bit that year. And I think he ended up maybe with a dozen goals from memory somewhere around there. But it was a good year. And then again, I remember him taking out a little urn when England won the Ashes out before a game. And he put it up on his head and there was photos of it. He's just a great prankster in a lot of ways. He's an awesome person to have in your change room. And yeah, I'm really happy to call him a friend. So I went down the Robbie Fowler rabbit hole with my son the other week because, did you watch the Liverpool Newcastle game the other week? No, I missed it. Right. So I said to my son that there were two games when I was a kid when Liverpool played Newcastle. There were four, three consecutive years. The first one was a back and forth. I think Liverpool went 1 -0 up, then Newcastle went 2 -1 up, then Liverpool got it back to 2. Then they went 3 -2 up, then 3 -0. Liverpool went 4 -3. Stan Collimore in the 90th minute. It's an unreal game. And then a year later, Liverpool went 3 -0 up, Newcastle got it back to 3 -0. And then in the last minute, Robbie Fowler scores ahead of this flying header to go 4 -3. And so I then just had to explain Robbie Fowler to my son, why everyone said he was God. And we went down this kind of rabbit hole of Robbie Fowler goals. I was always really sad, though, because when he left Liverpool, I'm trying to remember, was it Leeds and Man City he went to? Did play both, yeah. Yeah, and I just couldn't accept him, not in a Liverpool shirt. Not in a Liverpool shirt, yeah. It didn't make sense to me. No, iconic to that club, and yeah. Absolute legend. Sorry, there's a bit of a tangent. OK, so going from commentator to chief exec, that's quite a jump. Did you have to kind of prove yourself you were capable? Did you have to pitch yourself for it? Look, I did the four years at Perth Glory in a media marketing role. I then stepped outside of sport for the first time in my career and just did some sales, what they called home and land packages here in Australia, selling some land in the house with it, and quickly went into a management role there with one of the companies. And then the opportunity came with the heat, and I was given the chance to run my first club, which was good because at the time I'd just started as president of a football club as well. So the management position was quite similar. I've run both roles now for the last five years, which has been brilliant. What is the mandate for the chief exec? How does it compare to, say, a chairman in a football team? Just look, every club's structure can be a little bit different, so yeah, a chairman for us is one of the shareholders, majority shareholder of our club, so he's who I report to. I've got the day -to -day running of the organisation, and I report to our chairman. What are the main things that you're responsible for the team in ensuring they've got the resources they need? Everything, yeah. Everything, yeah. I run the organisation. So it's basically probably almost identical to my role. Correct. Yeah, absolutely. Bigger numbers. Yeah, there's bigger numbers, but I don't think it really matters, and there's probably a good contrast with a football club. Whether you've got 10 members, 100 members, 1 ,000 members, a million members, the communication is still the same. You still treat your members the same way, regardless of how many zeros are involved. It's the same if you do a social media post, whether your club's only got 50 members or 50 ,000, you're still putting out information. So in some ways, don't get scared by the numbers. It's treat the position with respect and your members and partners, et cetera. Again, corporate partners, regardless of what the partnership value is, they're a corporate partner.
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"Recipes to help you pour your next summer adventure shop in store or online. Please sit responsibly. Thank you for watching. From the NYPD, to the Secret Service, to behind the microphone, taking the fight to the radical left and the putrid swamp. You're watching the show. Here he is, Dan Bongino. It's going to be a real treat. Really great guy. Unlike some of these clowns up on Capitol Hill from this questioning today, a guy with a whole bunch of dignity, so much so he walked away from, you know, a terrific, secure career in the FBI to expose wrongdoing. He wrote a book about it. His name is Steve Brandt, and he is a good friend to the show. The book is called True Blue. It's out now. You can pick it up now. I read the book. I endorse the book. The book is incredible. It's one of those stories. You read it and it's hard to put down. So you probably want to check it out. True Blue by Steve Friend, welcoming Steve back to the show. Steve, so good to talk to you, especially today. How you doing? How's the book doing? You guys rocking with it or what? I the think verdict is still out, but I'm pretty optimistic. I've been told by the publisher it's doing pretty well. You're such an honest guy. You are. I love you guys. This guy and Kyle Serafin are the most honest guys you'll meet, ever man. The verdict is still out. It's an awesome book. See, this is it. This You is can how tell you a can guy who's not Adam Schiff, who isn't full of crap. If I asked Adam Schiff that question, Steve, it's the most amazing freaking thing ever. The book sold 22 million copies. It's incredible. You're a great guy. You're a humble guy. Love to have you on the show. Again, folks, the book is True Blue. I need you here today, you know, to kind of do some FBI translation stuff for us, Steve. So, John Durham, the special prosecutors up on Capitol Hill talking today about the dreadful crossfire hurricane case, the case into Donald Trump that was based on nothing. Now, you were an FBI agent. Here's I what find astonishing as an 1811 myself, but in a different agency. We didn't have this preliminary investigation full thing you guys have, right? We didn't have that. You either started an investigation or you didn't. How is it that Durham acknowledged that there was not a single scintilla or shred evidence against Trump to start this thing. And it not only moved from hearsay to a preliminary to a full investigation to a Mueller probe without any supervisor or anyone going, hey, listen, do have anything. Isn't that weird? Well, that can only happen with the willful participation of a politically motivated leadership class. And I hesitate to say leadership. It's more of a management class within the FBI that greenlit this all the way up the chain of command and was content to proceed and open up the toolbox and get all the goodies inside in the hopes that they would be able to find something, anything that could they to derail the Trump presidency from happening. You use the key word there that this witch hunt into Trump, which has now been fully exposed today up on Capitol Hill with the Durham hearing. This was willful. This wasn't an accident, that this wasn't a few mistakes that, you know, you got you with the FBI, they investigate bank robbery. It wasn't that a bank was robbed. And Steve Friend is a former agent went out and arrested the wrong guy. It happens. It's rare, but it happens. The point, Steve, is that no was bank robbed at all and somebody got arrested for it. This had to be willful. Exactly. I think it's an indication of what we've been seeing from the FBI and from the DOJ for the last several years, especially since President Trump ascended to the spotlight as far as being a political actor here, and that is the willingness on behalf of the FBI to seek process crimes to punish its political enemies. So he takes a situation where Michael Flynn was interviewed at the direction of James Comey. He sent agents over to interview Mike Flynn, not for a legitimate purpose, but with hope that they could contrive a way to articulate that he lacked candor and they could immediately open an obstruction or lack in one case against him. And that is just not in keeping with the traditions of law enforcement where there's an actual incident or an offense or a crime committed, and then an investigation ensues. Instead here, they're picking the man and trying to find a crime. And we're talking to Steve Friend, author of a really incredible book. I fully endorsed it on the back. If you want to pick it up, it's called True Blue, out now. Steve's a great guy, folks, and we got to really support these guys who support us and the Constitution. Steve walked away from the FBI. He didn't have to He do it. could have shut his mouth and just played along. And he didn't. And neither did Kyle or Garrett O 'Boyle or Marcus Esalen or others. Steve, one question I get a lot, I'll pose to you. I was going to go somewhere else, but while I've got you, I get this a lot from listeners and fair enough. It's a good question. They say, yeah, we've got Steve, we've got Kyle, you've got these heroes speaking out. I know you don't see yourself that way because you're a humble guy, but we do. So just take it. But why aren't there more? Why aren't there more? I mean, it's clear right now between the targeting parents as domestic terrorists, the targeting Christians and churches, like all this stuff going on with the FBI. There should be hundreds of you. Well, what's going on? I agree with you. I'm questioning that myself. think I that it's a mixture of fear because they see what happened to somebody like Garrett O 'Boyle, who was clearly trapped the by FBI and had to put his family through a ringer in such a significant substantial way. I think that people pollute themselves with the argument that they just have to follow orders and you just have to look to history and that realize it doesn't smile too kindly on those that subscribe to that belief. And then finally, I think financially, so many people are beholden to the paycheck from the FBI and they convince themselves in their recesses of the brain that they have to do this because they have to feed their family. And I've come around to the idea that I would rather raise hungry children than morally bankrupt children. And I'm hopeful that more individuals will come forward having seen the example that guys like Garrett and Kyle have said. Yeah. And you. Yeah. And then Kyle said something to me. Kyle is surfing as another FBI agent, another American hero. Kyle said to me when I initially met him something interesting. And I do agree with his assessment and he was not in any way condoning it, folks. I just want to be clear. But Kyle said to me, Steve, he says, listen, Dan, you know, you were an agent, too. You know how it is. A guy tells you how to do a security plan. And, you know, is this how we did it in the past. And you do it. You don't ask a lot of questions. There's a lot of stress. You just do it. He said, you know, I'll bet you 90 percent of these guys aren't even political at all in the bureau. And some supervisor told me, man, just go do this, get a warrant on this guy, whatever. And they just did it. He was not in any way excusing it. And now that they know they should know better. But but your thoughts on that is some of them were just, you know, hey, this is what all this to do it. I think that there's a history of doing that. And I think that for a that that past muster. But unfortunately, now the FBI has exposed itself. The mask has fallen away, especially from people in the highest ranks that they're political actors, that there needs to be a healthy skepticism. Certainly anybody who's an FBI agent is trained to use critical thought. And that's what I did in my situation where I was looking at what we were doing and realized that the FBI was departing from its rules. And there should always be at its core, a system idealist inside anybody who is an investigator or a police officer. And being a system idealist is following the law, following the policy, following the Constitution. And if your case is not buttoned up, it doesn't matter if you're sending people to the gulags in Washington, DC, where you're guaranteed to get the W. You have to do it the right way. And that is the oath in keeping with your oath took. that you And I'm hoping that again, individuals will use their critical thoughts here and not necessarily give the
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"And that's been the policy that we've had from the beginning and let the legal throw down. Begin. Wow, I know it's going to get. I mean, the attorneys are working overtime. Oh, my gosh. They're billing so many hours. Uh, 25 26 governors now jumping on board saying we're going after the Biden administration, right? They are determined on this to assert states, right? Oh, absolutely. I mean, they said, this is a that the core of the Constitution so up Former director of a very secretive U. S government UFO program is ready to tell his story. Really. His name is Luis Elizondo, and he headed the Pentagon's advanced Aerospace. Threat Identification program effort to study UFOs around the world. He has now signed a book deal. Mm, with HarperCollins after very competitive bidding war for his book, So the folks at the Pentagon recently came out and said, Yeah, we're going to acknowledge that something is going on out there, but they really didn't say much. And now critics are saying they weren't forthcoming. Well, Elizondo says that as well, he says he promises to reveal shocking never before shared details about UFOs. I've been waiting for it. I know. So that will be, you know, maybe next summer by the pool that one good summer book your next year. All right, let's see. Taking a look at the time and taking a look at the rundown. Right now we're going to roll out some more audio clips for you. On the recall. It's the big story today coming up in less than 15 minutes. We have a lot of audio to roll out for you from a number of different candidates. We do so we're going to get all of that. And then a little bit later, we're going to catch up with the principle of that local elementary school still talking to his students and families stuck in Afghanistan, hiding from the Taliban, like right now. Got a lot to get to staying connected..
"next summer" Discussed on WGR 550 Sports Radio
"Is eligible for an extension next summer. That's right. Um, even though I think his Macs is just kicking in Um Yes, This is the first year of Supermax. So you're talking about a contract that would be in the fifties when he's in his mid to late thirties. And as I sit here in September of 21 I could see the Blazers if they don't have a great season. Trying to hang on to Dame by throwing $100 million extra atom after he's already got $250 million contract. Um I could see that happening. I mean, look, it might be their best might be their best path to keep them based off of what he would like to see from them from an encore perspective like GPS, that compared to what they're realistically able to do, Okay? Yes. So Portland is a You know, that's a variance team, too, because I just don't know how they're going to come together with the new coach. Um, And maybe Terry Stotts was overachieving with that Maybe he was underachieving. Obviously, health has been a big factor for them like it is for a lot of teams. Okay, Bontemps next next here, so I had a bunch of teams in this one. These are like playing playoff slash playing teams. Uh, the other five teams in that group mentioned in East New York, Washington, Charlotte and Chicago and then three teams in the West, New Orleans, Clippers and Memphis. Clippers you were and then that was in the previous year for you, Pelton, by the way for your fantasy teams December to early, uh, might no idea whether it be healthy, But I would look for Paul George to have a big time stats here this year. He's primed right to just you had a good year last year, they're going to need him. He's going to want to prove some things. I don't know if it's gonna mean to success, but, uh, I would look for Paul George to have a big year. Um, he's got clippers a terrible OU Belton. Yeah, I'm clearly much higher on the Clippers. I mean, I don't know that they can necessarily do what they did in the playoffs after college. I went down because one of the reasons you're able to do that is your plane, Paul George 40 plus minutes a game and you can't do that in the regular season. But I do think this is a team that so long as they don't have to get into the rookies who are going to be at the end of their roster has a decent amount of depth. Justice Winslow, I think Is an interesting by low option. It didn't work at all a piece for him. A P K P Justice ones always played like six games in five years. Come on. Come on give you know who else you know who else just hasn't played at all. Who they really need is Sergio Baca. I don't know when he's going to be ready. He had back surgery. Uh, guys in their thirties, getting back surgery. I don't like Yeah, And and that's the other differences. They were playing Those tiny lineups during the playoffs, where it was a box off the bench. Often was there only center if they were playing the center at all. And you probably can't get away with that over the course of the regular season. I mean, Marcus more right now. They're too healthy center. They signed Terry Giles on a non guaranteed contract this week. I mean, I think they signed them. I mean, my read on this is that they don't know when surge is going to be ready. But right now, as far as I know, there to ambulatory centers, Arzu botch and Marcus Morris. Yeah, I don't like that. You don't need a big like that, you know, but still It's it's important to point out. You talk about their death. That's all I'm saying. Yeah, I just don't like their depth overall, I don't like the situation That team is in, Um, especially because Paul George a prime minister, handful of games and when he misses any games, So when we talk about some of these seems that their star Mrs They're in trouble. If Paul George is not there, I mean, the Clippers are going to have very little. Going for them offensively. I do. I just think they're really thin. It's gonna be rough. You mentioned Washington. Bantams. Pelton. What's this here for You? Do you have Washington and it? Yeah, I have. This is my playing tier. So I only have three teams in it. And I have. I mean, I didn't expect that I would actually end up lower on Chicago than Tim would after the tone of his comments about the Bulls, But I have them in that year, along with the Wizards and the pelicans. Yeah, You definitely are not a believer in the way Chicago is constructed. Right. I think we have them in the same level. We just have our things structural, different, right? Um important thing for Washington. I'm on the record is that I think Washington is going to be maybe better this year, because well, they don't have Westbrook. They have a lot more depth. I don't remember if the date is October 2nd October 4th. But in the first week of October, that is when Bradley Beal is eligible to sign his extension. He doesn't have to sign it. Then he can sign it up until June, 30th before becoming a free agent. But that is a very important time for the Wizards this year. If Bradley Beal extends in the preseason, I think it frames their season. One way. I think it's very he doesn't extend it frames are seasoned another. Um Ah, and, uh, for Chicago. We've talked about it. A lot of this podcast the Pelton. You haven't been on. What do you What do you not like, Why do you have them back here? Come out What, Like Tim? I don't like their defense and offense of Lee, even though they clearly added a lot more talent. I think the question is going to be how well it's going to all fit together In terms of last year, Zach Lavine function largely as their point guard that works with Lonzo Ball, who doesn't have the ball a lot in his hands and has become a pretty good spacing option. It doesn't work with them are DeRozan unless You're essentially using DeRozan is your big man on offense and just kind of playing four out around him with, you know Nicola Vukovich stretching the floor and maybe DeRozan setting pick and rolls for Levine. I think there's a way to get there. Do I necessarily trust that Billy Donovan is going to find that solution? I don't know that I do. I am all right. So think if you look at them, they have a team of four razors and in the Eastern Conference where there's 12 playoff caliber teams, in my opinion, you're not going to just be able to rack up wins against the bottom feeders like you did.
"next summer" Discussed on Bloomberg Radio New York
"Time for a check of sports from around the world. Here's Dan Schwartzman. Thanks, Brian. Reports say Cristiano Ronaldo could make his Manchester United debut Saturday when Newcastle United visit Old Trafford. The 36 year old start for the Red Devils from 2000 and 3 to 2000 and nine before leaving for Real Madrid now to return to the Premier League last week in a shock move from the event, this love Rosen in Spain says that if Athletico Madrid keeper Yeah, no block becomes too expensive, with free agency nearing in 2023 Let it go, could consider letting the start go next summer while making a move for Aston Villa's Emiliano Martinez without the to go bringing back Antoine Griezmann from Barcelona last week, there may not be enough flexibility financially to bring back a block. Dominant performance by Alexander Zverev at the US Open as 1/4 seed advances to the quarterfinals of the straight sets win over 13 seed Jannik Sinner while Lloyd Harris knocks off 22nd, seeded American Riley, Ope Alcon four sets. In the women's draw. 11th, seeded Belinda benches moving on to the quarters and trade sets over seventh seeded Ashley Antec as as Emma Raducan, who dominate Shelby Rogers later tonight. 2019 Open winner 60 Bianca and rescue play 17th seeded Maria Sakari. New York Giants are optimistic that running backs Ikhwan Barkley will be ready to go weak one after going through a full contact practice on Friday. Barkley has been out since last October after tearing Annecy on his right knee. Finally, the 40 Niners are signing former all pro quarterback Josh Norman to one year deal. I'm Dan Schwartzman that your Bloomberg World Sports update Markets headlines and breaking news 24 hours a day at Bloomberg dot com. Bloomberg Business AT and Bloomberg Quick Take. This is a Bloomberg business Flash..
"next summer" Discussed on AP News
"Child sex abuse and what could prove to be a pivotal moment in the organization's bankruptcy case. The settlement could mark one of the largest sums in U. S history involving cases of sexual abuse. Stocks are higher on Wall Street. This is a P news For many Americans. It's getaway day, Almost 48 million of us are going somewhere for the holiday. The Triple A expects travel will be up 40% compared to last July. 4th as we continue to climb out of the pandemic lockdown. They say there will likely be more of us on the road or in the air this Independence Day holiday, then ever except for 2019, which holds the July 4th record. Most of us will be on the road despite higher gas prices, but they expect air travel to reach 90% of the pre pandemic level. I'm Rita Foley. Speaking of travel, the Transportation Department will propose airlines be required to refund fees on checked baggage. If the bags aren't delivered to passengers quickly enough. It would also require prompt refunds for fees on extras, such as Internet access. If the airline fails to provide the service during the flight, this could take effect by next summer. Ed Donahue. AP News Good Morning I'm Ed Donahue with an A P news minute. President Biden says he's worried about unvaccinated people. As the country prepares for the Fourth of July. The fourth will be much less restrictive. Fourth of July this year is different than the fourth of giant last year. It's going to be better next year at the White House. The president says he's concerned unvaccinated people could catch the variant of the coronavirus. And spread it to other people who have not been vaccinated. I am not concerned there's going to be a major outbreak, in other words, that we're going to have another epidemic nationwide, but I'm concerned Lives will be lost. The head of the World Health Organization says the world is in a very dangerous period, noting the more contagious Delta variant is in nearly 100 countries, also from the White House. The president says he celebrating the Labor Department report. 850,000 jobs were added last month. We're aiming for full employment competition for workers is intensifying. I'm Ed Donahue. AP News. Good Morning. I'm Ed Donahue. The government says 850,000 jobs were added last month as the economy extends its gains. This is a reassuring jobs. Report bankrate dot com senior economic analyst Mark Hamrick, the top of the headline here, I think really is the number of jobs that are Added or recovered 850,000 jobs in June really is higher than what the forecast we're looking for. On the negative side. There are still plenty of workers sitting on the sidelines that remains depressed from pre pandemic levels. And that really tells us that the number of individuals the percentage of the population that is either working or looking for work remains depressed. I'm Shelley Antler. The search continues for more than 140 people missing from the collapse of a condo building in South Florida. There are plans in the works to tear down what's left of that building leading up to the Fourth of July. People in Northern California are dealing with wildfires real concerned. Winds coming up and they're just flames aren't too far away, so we got to pay attention. Jim Grub lives in Lakehead, California. Several homes have burned people have been evacuated. Three wildfires are burning near the towering Mount Shasta volcano. Thousands of Afghans are trying to flee the country before the Taliban takes over as American forces complete their withdrawal from the country. Abdullah Sayyed as a lecturer at Kabul Polytechnic University. Our people have Very bad experience, since, uh, 40 years. Now our people thinking if govern, our government cannot control the situation may be the civil war will be start U. S. Officials say the military has left Bagram airfield, the epicenter of the war to oust the Taliban. Elsa has strengthened into the first hurricane in the Atlantic season. It's battering the eastern Caribbean. It might reach.
"next summer" Discussed on AP News
"President Biden says wages went up to, he says the script is being flipped instead of workers competing with each other for jobs that are scarce. Employers are competing with each other to attract workers. Bankrate dot com's Mark Hamrick notes an increase in jobs in the leisure and hospitality industry. That category, which includes bars and restaurants, live sports and entertainment, as well as hotels or accommodations, still has a deficit of 2.2 million jobs compared to pre pandemic level President Biden also says he's concerned over the Fourth of July weekend. About people who are unvaccinated, possibly spreading the coronavirus to others who are unvaccinated. I am not concerned. There's going to be a major outbreak, in other words, that we're going to haven't another epidemic. Nationwide, but I am concerned. Lives will be lost. The head of the World Health Organization says he's worried about spread of the highly contagious Delta variant, which has been identified in nearly 100 countries. President Biden is putting a stamp of approval on a long debated change to the military justice system that would remove decisions on processing sexual assault cases from military commanders. The local mayor says two more people have been found dead from the site of a collapsed condo building near Miami. 20 people have died. The Supreme Court declined to take up the case of a florist in Washington state who refused to provide services for a same sex wedding. The Boy Scouts of America have reached an $850 million agreement with attorneys representing more than 60,000 victims of child sex abuse and what could prove to be a pivotal moment in the organization's bankruptcy case. The settlement could mark one of the largest sums in U. S history involving cases of sexual abuse. Stocks are higher on Wall Street. This is a P news For many Americans. It's getaway day, Almost 48 million of us are going somewhere for the holiday. The Triple A expects travel will be up 40% compared to last July. 4th as we continue to climb out of the pandemic lockdown. They say there will likely be more of us on the road or in the air this Independence Day holiday, then ever except for 2019, which holds the July 4th record. Most of us will be on the road despite higher gas prices, but they expect air travel to reach 90% of the pre pandemic level. I'm Rita Foley. Speaking of travel, the Transportation Department will propose airlines be required to refund fees on checked baggage. If the bags aren't delivered to passengers quickly enough. It would also require prompt refunds for fees on extras, such as Internet access. If the airline fails to provide the service during the flight, this could take effect by next summer. Ed Donahue. AP News Good Morning I'm Ed Donahue with an A P news minute. President Biden says he's worried about unvaccinated people. As the country prepares for the Fourth of July. The fourth will be much less restrictive. Fourth of July this year is different than the fourth of giant last year. It's going to be better next year at the White House. The president says he's concerned unvaccinated people could catch the variant of the coronavirus. And spread it to other people who have not been vaccinated. I am not concerned there's going to be a major outbreak, in other words, that we're going to have another epidemic nationwide, but I'm concerned Lives will be lost. The head of the World Health Organization says the world is in a very dangerous period, noting the more contagious Delta variant is in nearly 100 countries, also from the White House. The president says he celebrating the Labor Department report. 850,000 jobs were added last month. We're aiming for full employment competition for workers is intensifying. I'm Ed Donahue. Thank you to show you how easy it is to file a claim with Geico. We hired a nature show host in a native habitat or a suburban driveway. The poor.
"next summer" Discussed on MEDIA INDIGENA : Indigenous current affairs
"Could that be the same as would who helps make media and digenova correct bingo but the time for such games is over france. Has we wrap up this longer. Look at leisure and wreck although we must admit it probably felt neither leisurely nor recreational honor. Next summer show we stay out on the land and head out to the sea to assert our incestual rights to harvest. Thanks for listening to this summer. Twenty twenty one edition of media and digital episode to sixty two. Thanks as well to everyone who appeared on. This week's retrospective edited and produced by stephanie. Would and your host. Rick harp take care out there. We'll be back with another summer. Show soon A great.
"next summer" Discussed on KFI AM 640
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"next summer" Discussed on The Mindless Morning Show
"Shit out of each other. That's actually pretty interesting though. Because i don't understand why. I mean you guys are just saying hello is nothing like main. Like she's saying like shaded physically stop it because like like it probably not stopped exactly. Yeah like once once you get kicked loop. It's very very very difficult to stop like. You have to move away from the situation. Stop which is why things like to threats. Camp is really really difficult to navigate and actually creating a counselor next summer Safe so hopefully hopefully available to do that. And i can't wait to see how that goes honestly. Looks like it'll be in the same vein. But like i mean you know of the fact i could move off of each other so i mean. There's there's gotta be wisdom at the implement to to void that yeah i think i think a lot of it is facing people out in allowing them prime to walk away. They need to come back when they're done. Because once you get out of a tick loop. It seems that you're takes are much more active for several minutes afterwards. So as long as you get like a break to go away and then come back once you come back. They're typically a lot calmer for several minutes seeking get a little bit of a break and just do butler when the looping do the will it work with like. Do you blew off motor tics or just purely vocal but i have a video tiktok actually a my friend with threats and going stating for the first time in like we had both started skating and it completely encapsulated uproxx because we were both so terrified of falling and eventually like i slipped and lost my focus but i stayed up upright and so my checks just immediately started like scrunching down for some reason than hers. Copied me copied her than we eventually get out of the race because we stop ticking on skating rink near lake. We're gonna bump into someone so yeah it was. It was drive by taking his great. Haven't been to a skating ring in years. man. I miss one. And you're gonna firebird in garland. I don't know i went to the that. I don't know what it's called garland plano's only one pretty sure it was like close to garland though..
"next summer" Discussed on WMAL 630AM
"Often operate with permission or even help from foreign governments like Russia's. They also point to the Russian government cyber infiltrations into multiple federal agencies and systems. The president says the U. S will hamper these organizations ability to operate while these cyberattacks accelerate. Biden administration, like its predecessors, is left to figure out how it can get companies to bolster their own cyber defenses and how the U. S government can prevent these attacks Boxes. Richardson, You'll still have to search around today to find a gas station in our area that has gas gas, but he hasn't released new numbers yet this morning, But as of last night, 81% of D C stations were out 34% of Maryland stations and 35% of Virginia's will. Bring you the latest outage numbers when they come out this morning. Most of us can't imagine living without broadband at home, but it's not available in parts of Frederick County. It is difficult to estimate the number of county residents who fall into this underserved category, County executive Jane Gardner says. In rural areas, cell phone data is the only link available to the outside world. I hear this from residents who send me emails about that. Some other kids are doing their homework, and this is really not an ideal solution. So gardeners secured a state grant to run cable. Down country roads and Comcast will extend it to any homeowner willing to pay for the service. The first pilot project should be completed next summer. John Matthews on W. M A. L and W m a l dot com Fairfax County Police are trying to piece together the details of a fatal hit and run pedestrian crash at least work Pike and Red Berry Court this morning they don't yet have any description of the vehicle involved. W m A L Sports, The Caps beat the Bruins 3 to 2 in overtime In Game one of the first round playoff series, The Nats fell to Arizona, 11 to 4 and Rombauer romped to an upset victory in the Preakness. Traffic and weather next Interesting time. It's an interesting topic to think about a lot of people who posted in the same situation as me. Can. We could some interesting conversation. Oh, my God, I'm actually talking to life. Human that you were invited to join. It looks.
"next summer" Discussed on WGN Radio
"An east, central Illinois West central Indiana. And that band moved across the Indiana overnight, but we were lucky in this From the standpoint we didn't have severe weather. I wish we got more rain out of it. It was about 6/10 of an inch up in McHenry County. But, boy, you know, as usual, we have these puny little rain numbers around Chicago. We had a pretty good rain last week in the southern suburbs. But Anna were Dr You know, we're in an official state of moderate drought around here and then the Eastern extension of far more severe drought out in the Western U. S. S. So we'll see how we go. I get more nervous with the passing of every day until we get widespread rain. But fortunately, not all areas of the Midwest have been dry, so it's not like we're going in with a region wide moisture deficit, but we sure are dry from, say, Chicago north into Wisconsin, and that one thing it's done. It's brought the lake levels down there down now. 15 inches from a year ago, so that's That's good, even though they're 22 inches above the long term average for early May, so that's one positive because we're having some real erosion and shoreline problems with all that extra water. Mm hmm. What about temperatures top? Because I'm looking here, You know, after enjoying really warm weather over the weekend and eighties and stop me, my gosh, Summer like I'm looking here ahead. It doesn't look looks like a little cooler in the next summer as far as I could see in your forecast. Oh, it is no question the prevailing the upper winds that guide the weather systems air in from the Northwest this week, So I'll tell you we're going to be clipped parts of the area by a second system that's riding east northeastward well to the south of us, but the northern fringe of its rain area could swipe sections of the area. Particularly from Chicago. And even more so, the southern suburbs southward that be late today, part of tonight, But the sun had to be back tomorrow. I was kinda Bob, our engineer before we went on the air. And, yeah, he was saying no yellow ball today and I said, that's right, Bob, but it'll reintroduce itself to us tomorrow. We'll get the sun to come back, so that's good. And then it rains a little on Thursday. Cool and windy and partly sunny on Friday Saturday clouds over there's ah windy weather system.
"next summer" Discussed on Money and Mandem
"Yeah and how would you say Also networking how much how big a part does networking play. Because we're coming from finance right and then like from like seo and they'll tell you that go out for coffees. Mets people linked in bubalo blah like similar I know it from the envelope tech and finance. But i think the me. I've found that nobody has has been in by has been really important even mike security internships etc so the whole idea of like connecting your recruiters only ten. I think it's true. That committee should A now that was basically house able to get my my summer internship was just by meeting a recruits on making making my position. I mean only ten i. yeah. I really everything. it Sectors like networking. It will help you gone sex in. I think can you yeah. Hundred percent hundred percent I was lucky. Dodge submitted my application and what things applications blind like a catalogue rejections but whenever i'm networked for something they can it can genuinely get you to the interview stage usually from there you have to rest and i remember. I even went to an seo event for from and then the next summer. When i was applying they called me from 'cause they remember me what people from the event and they started asking us to apply for positions. I won't even on their website so we've out networking. You would never even seen that so. Yeah impulse us crazy. That's crazy because it's the same for finance go feels like after do a lot because like a lot and i think it's a do this applications in general like people kind of try to make. It seem like a step by step process. They have to do this to get this. Do this to get this to then when you see someone that just said. Oh my supplied on the deadline. It makes you feel a type of way because you feel like you've worked for it. You will be like some people who they'll have like a alike. Md's they have uncouth in a bank and then you're kind of getting easier. Yeah but sometimes they just get in to just like oh they're just light your cv or you just stumbled across the now. You have an interview.
"next summer" Discussed on @530 on Main
"The price is going to go up drastically which it is. The it's all gone up. Everything's being increased Especially petroleum-based products. You know they're gonna go through. And so yeah. I mean they're doing it right. If i was advising them you're doing exactly right. But it's the ripple effect right the ripple effect of shutting down the killing the steel industry. We start to bring back. Now they're killing it again. Yeah now you're we have a pandemic. Nobody was doing anything that. Yeah i'll bet of a bubble inflation because demand but when you you gotta get then industry was coming back and now they you know they're it's the ripple effect and nobody understands. Oh we did this great great and now you've on down the line as it falls goes down the hill and destroys this industry. That industry it ruins your timelines for school schools. You know you're doing a lot of work in the summers guess. What eight don't have it. It's when it comes to how we got planned for next summer. Yeah you know. And so kids are being affected where they don't have something they would've had some resources and so you don't people start thinking bigger picture right. It's the story of the pencil. Yeah it's interesting. You talk about amazon and and how it is impacting that supply your supply chain and You know as we continue to help some of our clients in the aftermarket. Automotive aftermarket You know amazon was a big deal going into the pandemic and Brands were finally starting to look and go okay. This online commerce thing is real right okay. So how do we go in. And how do we create this user experience inside of of amazon. that's hours it's a branded storefront categories. You know all the contents. They're all the images are there. You know we have ad budget to spend. What's our message You know how are we able to generate the Advertising costs to sell the aco. Ask make sure that stays low things like that. So we get to that point. We build these awesome Containers and then all of a sudden supply chain is what wrecks at all Because inside of amazon you can have this this glorious storefront we. We can have all this branded content. We can have the ads. But guess what if you don't have the part to sell. That's a high demand part and you have that by box. Then you worked so hard for and the day that it goes unchecked on amazon. And it's not in your inventory and more guess what you just lost that and in the experience that our brands are having around. That is creating a lot of heartburn because there was a lot of projections that you know. Hey this is going to be a million dollar account. This is going to turn into a ten million dollar account and you know they upload upfront put all this work into it and then come to find out. Supply chain is what's them so we can get you know. We had their a performance index. Way high things that rock and roll and then guess what because today unfortunately a majority of the parts of the components are coming from one specific. Let's say region. And i wouldn't say that you know. Every fuel pump is manufactured in the united states. Let's just say that right. So you have this okay. We know that our business is ninety percent retail and distribution right. We're a beat..
"next summer" Discussed on drafts
"I mean. If you think about sitting here last march thirtieth we would not have all thought we'd have vaccine here in december being given out so approved and then started to roll out so the that initial piece of hard work is done. They're still a lot more science to come but now we're really focused as a foundation. How do you get out to everybody in. How do you get it distributed and keep everybody safe with right tests contact tracing mask wearing and the new vaccine as its tool is the fda still the gold standard has come out of come under a lot of fire but should do people still trust that the fda will approve a vaccine that they can put successfully in their arm and not get sick. Yes the fda is the gold standard in the united states. There are very good people who work on those regulations and they are not gonna let a vaccine come out until they know that it's safe and efficacious because we rely on that to know that we're putting in our bodies is safe and so absolutely and when once they approve a vaccine as soon as it's my turn to take it when it comes to my age group and my risk profile. I'm getting it the the day. I can but that will be after healthcare workers and the elderly. Is it the other. There is a problem here too vaccine. Misinformation you get you can get really go down a rabbit hole on social media with some of this information. How do you think that will will hurt or hinder the uptake on the vaccination. We already know. There's a tremendous amount of vaccine hesitancy because of the disinformation and disinformation is incredibly unfortunate. Because it actually results people's deaths if you don't do the right thing you get covert and you could die. So i think you know people do go down as you say a rabbit hole on some other piece of disinformation and then unfortunately social media then serves up more disinformation but one thing that i do think will happen is as vaccine rolls out and we see healthcare workers safe. We see teachers returning to school. We see the elderly safe. I think people start to ask their doctor. Is this right for me. And then they'll decide to take it so. I think we will turn the tide on this. But i think it's going to take some time but i think you'll start to see the tide turning. I think by next summer you think. Big tech has a role in helping to get rid of this misinformation. I wanted to i. I don't see them stepping up here or thus far well. I think you're seeing some of them do the right things to keep disinformation off their platform and to stop it or take it down but i think absolutely more could be done..
"next summer" Discussed on WBSM 1420
"By the way, says they call it the New Bedford sub standard Times. Cops. Houses shot at in the newspaper doesn't want to report it. And they and these, these newspapers wonder why they're going out of business. Who Who needs to buy a newspaper. That's not going to report the news. It's good for its good for WB, sm that they could become the major news source in the community. But it's really has been a relation Ah, one whole week and they're the only ones that have touched the story. What? The Providence TV stations. I mean, doesn't it seem like a good story? I mean, you go with that's why that's why they don't tell you about that stuff the administration because they don't want them over here, covering things like that. That's why they're quiet about it. I could say this was probably dealt with all that in my former position. It's just it's crazy and again. I mean, it's Do you think cross Whatever have gone and said, Oh, I can't. I can't go down to that shooting wherever wa so he'd be right there with his with his fedora on Right? Because you know, if any, if, just for no other reason than you want to support your own police force, right? And you want to tell the citizens with they're up against And and as if the is if the people that are going to come to what to New Bedford next summer to go to the see the sights and the chefs and the quaint bars and restaurants and the cobblestone streets are going to read this story about a shooting in a public housing project. They're not going to see it. It's ridiculous. How'd you like to keep an extra $961 a year in your pocket? That's how much Gabby customers say per year on average on car and home insurance. See how much Gabby can save you What? Gabby dot com slash Howie Taylor. What's the poll question one of the results thus far should trump have resigned from SAG AFTRA. I'm still saying, though he should have He should have given them the middle finger by not quitting. But maybe I don't know. Maybe I'm wrong. 66% say yes. He should have resigned. All right. 844 542 42. When we come back, we're gonna talk to Frank Mendoza from the north End about this decision by the by the pope of Panic porn Charlie Parker to open up. Open up the restaurants, the 40%. What is the magic number of 40% and were significantly to may Why don't you let them open for Super Bowl Sunday? You know, I mean, you've crushed them for almost a year. Now that me one you know, one afternoon one evening is not gonna make it. Up for.
"next summer" Discussed on Bloomberg Radio New York
"For them moving, there's always opportunities. So while the focus was that were on the small, short squeezes, you know, the rest of the market is you guys covered really dropped the worst since October. So stocks like Facebook that came in with quite strong earnings last week. You know, and it's down 10 or 15% from its highs of a couple of months ago. Terrific opportunity, So we moved in there we would move into Lockheed Martin. We bought a new position in Texas Instruments We call semi conductors, the oil of the digital economy. All of that stuff was left by the wayside and the attention focused on this kind of tiny bit of the market. Christmas, Santy and first game stop breaking through to new lows. 1 32 level right now, Chris Grisanti In terms of measured investment, it does come back to earnings and revenue. Guess we're seeing earnings resiliency. Are we seeing revenue resiliency? I don't think yet come you are for obviously the companies that we all knew were rebellion like the Amazon, But I think you'll see more cyclical stuff like a Disney with the theme parks like a Comcast. You'll see. These companies show their resiliency as the economy opens up, and of course, the market is anticipating that, but but we're in the middle of the tent, the cold, dark winter. And what if you roll? The tape forward have already vaccinated almost 10% of the population. If you roll the tape forward three or four months, it's hard not to be optimistic about the emerging common factor. I'm more worried about overheating by the end of the year, but but I'm very confident the economy is going to get better. You'll see that revenue growth. You comin will get right to the revenue growth picks up. We're getting out front. Now. Are we pricing for the end of summer or we already pricing into 2022? I don't think so, Tom. I think when, when, when an economy comes out of a recession, and remember that says this was a deep recession for many travel companies, restaurant company things like that, Um, the revenue and earnings stuff typically takes analyst by surprise on the upside. So how many of us are sitting at home planning that vacation? We haven't been able to take for 18 months now, So I think you're going to see pent up demand. I think you're going to see strong earnings. Have we pry some of them in? Absolutely Haven't priced it all in. I don't think things have changed a bit more. Chris Fire. Let me jump in time to remember what we talked about Mr O'Leary over Ryanair. I think it's about three months ago. Came on Bloomberg, and he said the beaches will be packed in Europe next summer. They will be packed Three months later, Tom does anyone think of beaches will be packed in Europe this summer? No and again, it's it is about the cove in the vaccine recovery, But John as you mentioned earlier, the fact is, we're seeing better statistics in the United States and we have some form of a daily and John. I'm going to say this on the X axis as much as I can. It is a daily. Effort to get people vaccinated. And to me, that's not a linear that really pays off down the road. Final question. Chris is three spies here. Sure, but but I think you're being wasted. Pessimistic John. As usual Crystals got the flight booked for Italy. The back end of a walker Abramowitz got skin in the game. I'm just asking questions. Just asking a question. It's a matter of timing. It's not a matter of if it's a matter of when The beaches will be packed dinner later and that's what we're investing hug site, Chris Great to catch up first. Thank you. Christmas Santy of a capital. Can we get back to Gamestop? Quickly? I am see. Let's get the board up and have a look. Stocks a crater in this morning. Gamestop AMC Lower Negative negative silver late last week, Okay? This is what they converted the debt at Tom Cruise to Equity at 13 51. They sold that stake at an average price of $16.5. We tried right now at nine. That was one of the trades of last week. One of the big place of last week. It came from Silver Lake. Yeah, well, that's you know, again, strong hands, finding a place in a moving market, You know, make jokes about it, folks of 500. But there's real distribution. Taking a page from Louise Yamada. There's massive buying and selling in about the 3 20 level, John. All these numbers are approximate and that would focus focus. These air really rough support levels. Those are my personal support levels. Maybe you find support at the 90 ish area and at the 60 ish area that's not codified or cutting stone. That's just a quick eyeball off the Bloomberg terminal jury, so squeeze Hyah! Then a pretty brutal move lower this morning. Tell me to talk about payroll is a little bit later in this program can get down to payrolls Friday. Negative 1 40. I think we were last month. We're looking for someone a 50 K. This coming Friday. Tarman 50 K does not get it done. 50 Keita's I'd get it done and what's so important here, John is it dovetails into the yield moving the equity move we may see and.