36 Burst results for "Pakistan"
A highlight from Leftism is a Euphemism for Narcissism
"Hi everybody, Dennis and Julie, Dennis Prager and Julie Hartman. What number is this, by the way? I was wondering. I think it's 88. The speed of time. We were just commenting on that right before. 88 is correct. The irony is the wrong word. The interesting aspect of today is that we could speak for four hours. We would need perhaps a bathroom break, and then we would do another four hours. Because that is how much is on my mind, and you have a lot of stuff on your mind. As everyone knows, this Dennis and Julie podcast is not news -driven. We may make reference to something happening, but it's a free -for -all thought life, us. Extravaganza. Extravaganza, that's a good term. But I have to say that the events in Israel have been consuming, and I don't let myself get consumed. I'm very even -tempered, as you well know. I've worked on it all of my life, and I remain even -tempered now. I am watching evil of such magnitude, and vast numbers of people who support that evil. That is more depressing. Right. See, there were no pro -Nazi demonstrations. In the United States. Around the world. During World War II. Around the world. Yeah, exactly. Or even in the 30s. There were Nazis, but there's a tiny element, and they were regarded by mainstream people as morally defective human beings. But here, the announcement that a nation should be destroyed, and you have this mass support for that idea? There was a, it's interesting, there was not a tavern, I'm thinking in British terms, using tavern. Which, by the way, we should acknowledge that we were both in London. Yes, and we will get to that, hopefully, yes. But there was a, was it a diner, or some sort of restaurant in the New York area, I believe it was, and the owner put out pictures of Israeli kids who had been kidnapped. And his entire staff quit. Did you see this story? I did not, no. His entire staff quit, and a certain number of his patrons would not return. And word got out, and now he's doing better business than ever, because so many people are now frequenting his restaurant. But what does that mean? I mean, what was his staff composed of? That putting pictures of kidnapped Israeli kids is morally objectionable, that you quit your job? Well, we saw that at NYU, I believe it was NYU, could have been Columbia, but there was a university where students on their windows put up faces of the hostages, and they were torn down. And there was a video that I saw the other day where a member of the U .S. Women's National Soccer Team was driving in Los Angeles past a pro -Israel protest. She rolled down her window and raised her hand in the hall of Hitler. She was on the team. She's not. Oh, she's not now. Oh, okay. I thought she was now. It's really terrifying to see these people coming out of the woodwork, and they are so unashamed of their anti -Semitism. It means there's not that much stigma. Right. Well, Vivek Ramaswamy, the other night in the third presidential debate, which by the way, shout out to our company, Salem Media Group, for co -hosting, co -moderating that debate. He, and just to give another aside about Vivek, his opening line where he came – did you see this? Where he came after Ronna McDaniel, NBC for peddling the Russia collusion hoax. I was watching that, like cheering him on. That was the best line ever in debate history. Putting that aside, he had a really, I thought, great line too about anti -Semitism where he said that it reflects a greater rot in the society. That's exactly right. You say it with the canary in the mine. Right. That – There are noxious fumes. Yes. And so it shows the moral degradation of the United States of America in general. And how amazing, by the way, because we're supposedly so woke and we're so race -conscious and we're so, you know, people who are oppressed -conscious. And yet the fact that we're seeing this across the board in businesses, universities, individual people who are unashamed to come out with their anti -Semitism, I hope people are finally seeing the light, that this is a morally confused and morally corrupt culture that we're in. So I wrote an article, I looked it up, I didn't remember, 2015, so that would be eight years ago. Oh, was it – is this the Pakistan one? No, that's another one and that's totally worthy of noting. I wrote a piece, let me see if I can see it right now, and it was titled – God, it's really – I want people to read it because I would actually like to read excerpts for a moment on this issue. Let's see if I can here. Well, I didn't think I would be reading from it, so I didn't prepare it and I don't want to waste people's time, but it was an article about – remember when there was a huge influx of Muslims from the Middle East to Europe and the United States? So it was 2015 and I wrote, my heart breaks for a lot of these people, Syrians were being slaughtered en masse and Iraqis and ISIS and Syria, and I wrote, look, they're going to bring into Europe and – it was really about Europe – they're going to bring into Europe not everyone, obviously, but a lot of them will bring anti -Western values with them. People don't come naked, they wear their values, which is inevitable, if I moved somewhere I would bring my values with me.
Fresh update on "pakistan" discussed on Bloomberg Markets
"To what we're seeing between the born Israel and with Hamas so did you have did you speak to him more recently to know like what he was thinking as far as the conflict now or what you might imagine he would have to say thinking about this current conflict yeah I don't want to be so presumptuous as to speak with him for him but I think he would definitely say it's very different in many respects the attack was different Hamas terrorists going in and slaughtering children was different from a surprise attack from Egypt and Syria and Israel at the same time there are some parallels because what happened there if you remember is Henry Kissinger with President Nixon came in strong on the side of Israel and shift them a lot of weapons and materiel and supported near stage but then there was a pivot where they started saying Israel you got to back off you can't go too hard against Egypt and in fact at one point he really interviewed very forcefully because he was concerned that if Israel tried to destroy one of the armies of Egypt which they could have done that the Soviet Union would come in and there'd be a shooting war and we'd end up with US against the Soviet Union so he actually played a key role in saying to Israel you've got to back down and he had some real conflicts with Golda Meir at the time. And of course Israel is getting different pressure now to back down not for fear of Russia coming into the conflict but kind of similar to what we're seeing now in that sense. David, the some of criticism of Mr. Kissinger maybe as it relates to human rights and his pursuit of global diplomacy what he would say I what I've read would I'm making some hard choices here and some of the hard choices might result in some human rights being violated in various places around the world. How did he deal with that or how did he talk about that? Well he did talk about it and I would say he would deny this I would say he was a bit defensive particularly with things like Cambodia. Right. can't But you talk about the legacy of Henry Kissinger without talking about some of the controversy with Cambodia and the so -called secret war with what happened in Chile with the coup, what happened in Argentina and even what happened in Pakistan. But I think when Walter Isaacson who also wrote a book about Henry Kissinger quotes Henry quoting a version of Goethe that basically said if you make me choose between injustice and order and justice and disorder I will take justice and order I think which comes partly from his background because he saw what disorder in World War two in Europe could do and so he did make some tough decisions I'm sure he would say this session would and he say look I can't say I was right I just tell me what would have been better give me what the better alternative at the time that was the one that would preserve the most order that we could have we're thinking back now to the war we're that seeing in the Middle East and you know current Secretary of State Antony Blinken he's gone out to Israel all you to know to speak with the officials over there do you think that there would like you know speaking on to how you think that the current Secretary of State can really what their role is in this conflict and how it's different from Kissinger's role back at the Camp David Accords yeah ironic even as we speak right now with Tony Blinken over there Israel and going to Ramallah going to the bank and trying to keep things under control as much as they can it's ironic it's very difficult difficult I because mean for those of us who are around Henry Kissinger was larger than life I mean he dated superstar models and things like that and he was he was on the front page of paper all the time and he had such a powerful position at Nixon I'm not sure there there are figures anywhere right now that are Loomis large but I think what we're seeing from Secretary of State Blinken and from President Biden right now is a version of what Henry Kissinger tried to pursue which is basically let's talk to all the parties figure out where the interests are find the right balance and keep things under control even if we can't come to an overall solution to the problem let's manage the problem and try to minimize the damage and yes the loss of human life. David, Mr. Kissinger was one of the architects of detente with the Soviet Union. were What some of his thoughts about the rise of Vladimir Putin and kind of what we're seeing from Russian activities over the last decade or so? Well he he obviously I suppose thought that that was very dangerous and very risky and a much different situation to what we had before in part because actually Russia today is not as powerful as the Soviet Union was then. I mean if we think back to that Cold War I mean there were two superpowers off. they're squaring If there are two superpowers today it's China in the United States and Russia is a smaller player which in some ways makes it more dangerous because they feel they have less to lose and they feel that they have more to gain and certainly if you read what Putin Vladimir says he feels he was really done wrong Russia was done wrong with the fall of the wall and he's got to resume that restore prestige which makes it more dangerous. China I mean yes that's the new thing that I mean I can't imagine he's very happy with what's kind of chilled over a relationship over the last four or five six years between the US and China. Well perhaps his last international trip was to Beijing very good where he got to meet with President Xi personally when nobody else nobody else in the United States could meet with President Xi. President Xi wanted to meet with him and you can underestimate the reverence that the Chinese leadership has and has had for generations for Henry Kissinger. Now part of that is part of the culture. They really revere the elderly, people who have a lot of experience. I mean it reminds me actually of Charlie Munger right now, Warren Buffett, where Charlie Munger said boy you can't a good executive you keep him there forever you don't turn him over five for or six years but the Chinese really revered that but also if you think from China's point of view, imagine where China was when he went there first and where it is now and would it have gotten there? I'm not sure it would have gotten as far or as fast without Henry Kissinger and Richard Nixon because it was Richard Nixon's idea. Henry Kissinger implemented it but it was Richard Nixon's strategy. David thank you so much for joining us. David Weston he is the host of Wall Street Week which is one of my favorite brands ever on Wall Street. Wall Street Week airing both on radio and television with his thoughts his perspectives on the extraordinary life of Henry Kissinger passed away of 100. This is Bloomberg. Let's get some company news right now with this. Matteo. Thank you Paul.
A highlight from Introduction to Philippians
"Brothers and sisters, I would encourage you to open up your Bibles this evening to Philippians. We're going to be taking a look at Philippians chapter 1 and verses 1 and 2. We are beginning the book of Philippians. Today will be more of an introduction to that particular book than anything else. I will attempt to talk about the author, the themes, the aim of the epistle, the things that we can learn from it without spoiling too much of the content so that later on as we preach on individual portions, it becomes anticlimax after anticlimax. I don't want to give away the entire book, but I do want you to have an idea of where it came from, why it is so very important to us today, what we can learn from it, and to see the similarities that exist between this book and indeed our own time. As I'll be discussing in the sermon, Philippi was actually a military colony, and you may have noticed we live in a military colony for the most part. So the resemblances between us and the Philippians, apart from the fact that we have microwaves and cell phones and things like that, and they did not, are very strong. They are still the same kind of people who deal with the same kind of difficulties. They too had a state which was sometimes nice to them and sometimes which oppressed them very badly. They also dealt with the problems of relationships and all of the things that the fall has brought in. So as we look at Philippians and we hear Paul writing to this beloved congregation of his, let us seek to apply it to our own time, but before we come to the word of God, let go us to the God who has given us this word and let's ask him to bless it. Please join me. Oh sovereign Lord, we do pray now that you would be the illuminator of our minds, that you would help us to understand your word. I pray that you would help me to divide it to write, that you would give me liberty and power and unction as I do so, that oh Lord, I would not say anything that goes against your word. I know I am a man with feet of clay. I am capable of interpreting the word or wrong, but I pray Lord that you would prevent me from doing so. I do pray also Lord that you would give me the sustaining power to go through this book, a right, and to apply it to your people. May you give us ears to hear and hearts to receive all that you have to tell us. We pray this in Jesus' holy name. Amen and amen. Philippians chapter one and I'll be reading verses one and two. It says the word of the Lord. Paul and Timothy bond servants of Jesus Christ to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi with the bishops and deacons. Grace to you and peace from God our father and the Lord Jesus Christ. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. I wonder if say 10 or 11 years from now, if I was in jail in Washington for my preaching of the gospel and possibly facing the federal death penalty and this congregation had sent me a gift in jail to help me along and I was writing a letter in reply to your generous gift. What would that letter sound like? What would I say? How would I come across in writing to you? Would it be complaining about the government and my situation? Would I be going on and on about the unfairness of it all? And speaking about how my liberties had been infringed or would I be writing to you to know a little about how I was doing and then spend the vast majority, not talking about myself and my own situation as dire as it was, but to spend the vast majority of my letter attempting to stir you up to joy and in the Lord to encourage you to be full of peace and grace and joy even in the midst of adversity. Would I think so little of myself that my letter would seek to lovingly correct problems of disunity that I knew about in the congregation? Would I push back against those who perhaps were on the fringes or in the congregation itself who were teaching bad doctrine in the community? And above all, would I urge you to keep the person and power of the Lord Jesus Christ at the center of everything you did? I hope that I would. I hope I would not send you a letter merely of whining or a simple thank you note that said very little. In my case, though, we're going to have to find out. But in the case of Paul and the Philippian Christians, we already know how he spoke in the midst of those circumstances because that is the letter that we have in front of us. Paul is in the midst of serious adversity, serious difficulty. He is struggling, we know, with loneliness, with persecution, and he writes a letter to his much beloved Philippines that is full of joy and encouragement in spite of all of those difficulties that stood against him in the world. So much so this letter is so full of joy that it has been often called the epistle of joy. Paul writing from jail, remember, and a Roman jail was not like the jails today. We speak today of jails as being three hots and a cot. You have TV, recreation yards, things like that. In Paul's day, that was not the case. You either had to pay for a place to stay if the charges weren't that serious yourself or if you were thrown into a Roman dungeon, you could often die of exposure. You went in with the clothes on your back, and if your friends and your family did not provide you with the things that you needed, including food in jail, you could die very, very easily while awaiting your trial. But Paul, writing from that kind of jail, he uses the Greek words for joy and rejoice, imploring the Philippian saints to rejoice. He uses those words kara and kairo more than a dozen times, and this is just a four -chapter letter, remember. So joy is one of the most prominent themes in what he is writing. He is, as I said, in a Roman jail. This is possibly the second time. I think it's probably the first time that he was there. He is waiting a trial on a capital charge of treason, and the people who will judge him are members of Emperor Nero's brutal and corrupt administration. And as we know, Paul was not somebody who was going to give them a bribe, so there's no way out of his imprisonment that way. And yet, as we shall see, Paul is able to look well beyond the circumstances that surround him, and he's able to actually see Christ in heaven and the work that Christ is doing in the world and indeed in Philippi and throughout the church and to know that God throughout is in control and that all of God's promises are coming to pass. Let me just stop and ask that question right now of you. Do you know those things as well? Do you have that solid trust no matter what your circumstances are in the Lord Jesus Christ, that no matter what afflictions, adversities, difficulties, diseases you're dealing with today, yet still you know that the Lord is in control and that his will is coming to pass and that none of his promises will ever fail. I pray that that is the case, and if not, I pray that you will take encouragement from Paul. He was writing to encourage the Philippians, but we remember that he wasn't writing just to the Philippian congregation. Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, he was writing to us as well. And so I pray that he would be encouraging you in whatever situation you are in. But we see him trusting absolutely in God, trusting in the Christ whom he knew and that therefore there was this inner principle of joy in his heart, an inner principle that no one could take away and that he still wants to share with others. He wants that joy inexpressible that we heard about this morning to overflow to others. The Romans might take his life. They could do that, but they cannot take away his joy or his peace. That is one of the great promises that is given to the Christian. Nobody can take away the Holy Spirit dwelling within you. Nobody can take away your salvation, and nobody can steal your joy and your peace in those things. But let's take a moment now to discuss how all of this came to pass, how he came to be writing this letter from jail. Where is Philippi? What was it like? Who were the Philippians, and how did Paul come to know them? Incidentally, this is a picture of the Philippian ruins that you will find in Macedonia. I am told they are amazing. It is a UNESCO historic site. Maybe one day as I got to see Ephesus, I will also have a chance to see Philippi. But in the meantime, let's talk about the city. Philippi was originally founded as a colony in northeastern Macedonia by colonists from the island of Thanos. They were called Thacians in 359 BC. But it was captured by Alexander the Great's father, Philip, and renamed Philippi three years later. So it didn't have much of a long run of independence. But in saying that, I have told you very little about Philippi itself. Because the Philippi that Paul knew came along much later on. It is like me telling you that Fayetteville was settled by colonists from Scotland. Because almost 400 years had passed between the founding of Philippi and the time that Paul was writing. Just as almost 400 years have passed between the time of the founding of Fayetteville in our own time. So the Philippi that Paul first visited in around 51 or 52 AD was a very different place. The Romans had captured it from the Macedonians in 168 BC. And in 42 BC during the Roman Civil War that brought an end to the Roman Republic. It was the scene of the final defeat of the forces of Brutus and Cassius by the forces of Anthony and Octavian. Who later of course became Augustus Caesar. And that final battle occurred just outside of this city. This was critical because after the city Octavian turned Philippi into a Roman colony and a military outpost. They released some of their veteran soldiers. The war to defeat the men who had stabbed Caesar had finished as far as they were concerned. And they released some of their legionaries from Legion 28 to colonize the city. Which was founded and I apologize for my terrible Latin here. Colonia Victrix Philippensium meaning the colony of the victory of Philippi. From that point onwards it was a place where Italian veterans from the Roman army were given land. And it sat upon an important Roman road called the Via Ignatia. Which was a road that was constructed by the Romans in the 2nd century BC. Incidentally I learned while we were on our trip that the Greeks joke particularly in Cyprus. That the only roads in Greece that last were built by the Romans. The modern ones all fall apart. It crossed through Illyricum, Macedonia, Thracia and runs into the territory that is now part of Albania. North Macedonia, Greece and European Turkey. Why is that important? Well it's important because it meant that Philippi was a center not only of trade. And they had mines we'll talk about in a little while where they mined gold and silver. But it was a place where it was possible to go from Philippi to other areas of Macedonia. Or to turn south and to go into Greece. They had their own route 95 so to speak running right through the city. That allowed them to have concourse with all the people in Greece and up in Macedonia and into the Roman Empire. This meant that the Lord in founding his church there. Put it in a place where the inhabitants could as they did their daily trade. Carry not only letters to Rome but they could also carry the gospel to the surrounding areas. Now the citizens of this colony were regarded as citizens of Rome. And they were given a number of special privileges that ordinary inhabitants of the empire didn't have. It was in many senses a miniature Rome. Literally because they were under the municipal law of Rome. It was as though they were a colony that was in Italy actually attached to Rome. That was the way the law functioned. And they were governed by two military officers the Duumviri who were appointed directly from Rome. And the colony itself although it was relatively small. It was only about 10 ,000 people when Paul reached it. It was very wealthy as a general rule. They had gold and silver mines just outside the city. And those mines were still productive in Paul's day. It was as I said a little Rome in the midst of Macedonia. And not just in the government. It was laid out like a Roman city. And so to this day you can see that they have a Roman forum in addition to a Greek Agora. But how did Paul get to this city? How did he get there? Well let's read a little from Acts 16 which actually tells us. So if you would turn in your Bible to Acts chapter 16. And I want to begin with verse one which will tell us that Paul was actually when this all started. He was in Asia Minor. He was over in modern day Turkey on his second missionary journey. We read then he came to Derby in Lystra and behold a certain disciple was there named Timothy. The son of a certain Jewish woman who believed but his father was Greek. He was well spoken of by the brethren who were at Lystra and Iconium. Paul wanted to have him go with him and he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in that region. For they all knew that his father was Greek. And as they went through the cities they delivered to them the decrees to keep which were determined by the apostles and elders of Jerusalem. So the churches were strengthened in the faith and increased in number daily. Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia. After they had come to Mysia they tried to go into Bithynia but the Spirit did not permit them. So passing by Mysia they came down to Troas and a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him saying come over to Macedonia and help us. Now many people have speculated just as an aside that this is Luke who was speaking to Paul in a vision. Now after he had seen the vision immediately we sought to go to Macedonia concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them. Therefore sailing from Troas we ran a straight course to Samothrace and the next day came to Neapolis and from there to Philippi which is the foremost city of that part of Macedonia, a colony. And we were staying in that city for some days and on the Sabbath day we went out of the city to the riverside where prayer was customarily made and we sat down and spoke to the women who met there. Now a certain woman named Lydia heard us. She was a seller of purple from the city of Thyatira who worshiped God. The Lord opened her heart to heed the things spoken by Paul and when she and her household were baptized she begged us saying if you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord come to my house and stay so she persuaded us. And we know that Paul and Timothy stayed with Lydia for some days. They had some other encounters. I'm not going to read the rest of chapter 16 but I would encourage you to actually read all of chapter 16 tonight. It won't take you that long but you will read about the exorcism of the demon possessed slave girl which unfortunately got them into trouble because the demon allowed her unfortunately to know about things that men didn't know about. And so her owners used to get money from her that way. We'll also tell you about Paul and Silas's unjust imprisonment and then the household baptism of the Philippian jailer which is marvelous and of course one of those household baptisms that shows us that we are to be baptizing not just parents on their confession of faith but also their children. This was the first church established in Europe. Note that. And that at the explicit direction of the Holy Spirit who made it very clear that Paul was to turn the direction of his labors from Asia Minor which is modern day Turkey to Europe. He goes through Macedonia and then after that he goes into Greece and brings the gospel into Europe. Now the bond as you will read through the Philippi you can't help but notice the friendship, the love that exists between Paul and this congregation. It was peculiarly close though others had abandoned him in his imprisonment as we shall see these Philippians had not. They continued to pray for him and they continued to provide for his needs in this world. They sent him a gift. As I said I don't want to give away too many spoilers but they had sent a man by the name of Epaphroditus with a gift for him in jail and then he had sent Epaphroditus back to them with this letter. That's how he got it. And as I mentioned this letter was written from Rome during his imprisonment. The beginning of that is related in Acts 28. The reference to Caesar's household which you will read in Philippians 4 22 and the palace in Philippians 1 13. In the Greek it's Praetorium. It was probably the barrack of the Praetorium guard attached to the palace of Nero and that confirms this. So I tend to think it was during his first imprisonment at Rome. That would tend to sit with the mention of the Praetorium and that he was in the custody of the Praetorium prefect and his situation agrees with the situation in the first two years of his imprisonment that you can read about in Acts. In Acts 28 30 and 31. It's not that important whether it was the first or the second imprisonment. The fact is he's in prison. He's in prison for his faith. He's in prison for his preaching. But he does not allow that to destroy him or even to to drive him down or to change the nature of his ministry. Many people might have switched over perhaps to a martyr's ministry at this point in time and yet he does not. He continues to encourage the people to go about their their business preaching the gospel and being members of the church no matter what the circumstances are. Now the tone of this letter as we go through it you'll notice this. It's unlike most of his other letters. It contains no long doctrinal discussions. It contains no rebukes of evils that were festering in the particular church. But it is an outpouring rather of happy love and also confidence in these brothers and sisters. He loves them. He is confident in them and he wants them to be confident not in themselves. He wants them to be confident in Christ and in his promises. Like all of Paul's epistles, as you saw, it starts with a salutation. Our letters, of course, and with the identification of the person who's sending it. But the letters back there started with who this letter was from. And like most of his letters, it also starts with a prayer for the people that he is writing to. He isn't just in intending to give them information. He wants to bless them, to bless them with his letter and to bless them with his prayer. And one commentator calls the entire letter a long gush of love towards the Philippians. And it is. There's nothing wrong with that. Verses 1 and 2 that we read there, they contain an apostolic greeting. The senders are identified there. Timothy is associated with Paul. Timothy was with Paul, therefore, in his imprisonment. We remember from 2 Timothy in his second imprisonment that Paul noted that only Timothy had stayed with him. Or rather that he wanted Timothy to come to him in his imprisonment to bring things to him. Timothy remained loyal to Paul no matter what. Timothy also, you remember, was going to become very important to Paul in the Ephesian church and building them up and so on. Timothy was a genuine, he was more than just an amanuensis or a secretary for Paul. He was a helper to Paul. He was a brother in Christ, somebody who would stand with him in thick or thin. Now, Paul mentions him and he often does that. He brings the friends who are about him into prominence. That also indicates that the people in Philippi knew of him and would be interested to hear how he was doing. Timothy is in Rome with Paul when the letter is being dictated. And although Timothy is not the one who is inspired to write the letter, Paul is using him as his secretary to take it down. It's very possible that Paul had an eye disease, which made it very difficult for him to write. He calls Timothy and himself, he addresses himself as a bondservant of Jesus Christ. Now, that's a nice little word, bondservant. It conjures up the idea of indentured bondage, the idea that we're just working off a debt. But when he says bondservant, he's actually using the Greek word doulos. Doulos means literally slave. He is a slave of Christ. Some prefer the translation bondservant to kind of neaten it up. We don't like the idea of Paul calling himself a slave of Christ because of the bad connotations of that. But we remember that most of the Roman Empire, in fact, 20 % of the city there, and this would have had, as a Roman colony, a military colony, Philippi would have had a lower than normal slave population, more free men than slaves. But they still speculate that at least 20 % of those 10 ,000 people within the colony were slaves. And here is Paul saying, I too am a slave. But who is he a slave of? He's a slave of Jesus Christ. He and Timothy are slaves, and they aren't complaining about that. They understood that they were bought with a price by the Lord Jesus Christ in his sacrifice for their sake, and therefore they were owned by their master. They are completely dependent upon him, and they give him their undivided allegiance. They love this master of theirs, the Lord Jesus Christ. In fact, Paul clearly, he views it as the highest honor that we can attain to serve Christ, to have his light yoke upon us instead of the heavy chains of sin which he takes away. And he is bound to absolute submission to this Lord who is all worthy and who gave everything for his sake. Paul, note in all of his letters, never forgot what Christ had done for him, never forgot where he was when Christ found him, how he was an enemy of the church, a persecutor of the church. Somebody whom Christ, you remember, addressed on the road to Damascus saying, Paul, Paul, or rather at that time, Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? Jesus associates himself so keenly with his people that to persecute them is to persecute him. I was thinking about that as we were hearing about how the Pakistanis are wretchedly persecuted. What their persecutors in Pakistan, the Muslims, do not recognize or realize is that in persecuting them, they are persecuting God the Son. And it will not go well for them to be counted amongst the persecutors on the last day. But he had once been a persecutor. Now he is no longer. He is a slave, a willing servant of the Lord Jesus Christ who loves him with all of his heart. Now note also at the beginning, he doesn't mention that he's an apostle. And so there's a great contrast here between letters like Galatians where he asserts his apostolic authority when he's teaching them. This is a very friendly letter. He doesn't actually need to. He knows they know that he's an apostle of the Lord. Jesus greets all of the saints in Christ. Jesus, who are in Philippi, and he abused them. He calls them saints. And what is he talking about there when he calls them saints? Haggai, literally holy ones. These are people who he considers as they are in Christ. Have you ever thought about this? We may think of ourselves as wretches. We may think of ourselves as people in whom there is nothing worthy of praise. And yet the way that the Lord looks at us is his holy ones, his ones who are set apart. His chosen ones who are even now being conformed to the image of Jesus Christ. If you are in Christ, that is who you are. You are one of his special people. In the Old Testament, the word was segula, his special treasure. Brothers and sisters, the devil wants us to think of ourselves as only what we can accomplish by our meager efforts. And let's face it, that's not much. Isaiah, at the end of his long, his long prophetic letter in Isaiah 66, he talks about righteousness, the righteousness that a holy man like himself might be able to accomplish by himself. And he says these things, our righteousnesses are but filthy rags. But Christ, what does he do? He endows us with robes of righteousness. He enrobes us, as Luther put it so very well, so that when we stand before God on the last day, the saints are seen as they are in Christ. That is who Paul sees them as. They are people who are called to be holy and who are being made holy. We have been saved by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, but we are also, and this will come out from this letter, we are also being conformed to the image of Christ. It is as that example that was given to us a little while ago of the, as we were going through the Bible study of the princess who had been made, or rather the commoner who had been made into the queen. She was given the title, but then gradually she was taught the courtly graces and made into somebody who everybody understood and saw was the wife of the king. They are the people of God. They are the saints of Christ and that because of their union with the Lord Jesus Christ. All of the saints together in their communal sense are being addressed by Paul. This letter would have been probably read just as we read it in the midst of worship and so on, and then copied and passed on to the other congregations, the other saints throughout the world.
A highlight from Abortion Wins Again
"Hi everybody, Dennis Prager here, wonderful to be with you. Fascinating how you have this gigantic demonstration of Israel destroyers and America haters in the United States. It's not even widely reported. Imagine if it were MAGA supporters in front of the United Nations, excuse me, United States, White House. Amazing to correlate the UN and the White House. That's Freudian, if there ever was one. Well, of course, it's a non -event. It's domestic terrorists, MAGA. Make America great again, Americans, they're the enemy. Not these vile people calling for the annihilation of a state called Israel, a state the size of New Jersey. The hatred of Israel is overwhelmingly because the Jews made something out of that desert and the surrounding states made nothing. That's it. Syria, oh, Iraq, Lebanon. Lebanon was going to be something, but then the Islamists took over. When it was half Christian, it was sort of Shangri -La in the Arab world. That's where Arabs went to vacation, to have a good time in a freer society. But the Islamists took care of that and Hezbollah destroyed Lebanon. How many people know that? People don't know. If you want proof that the issue is that Israel is Jewish, here's the proof. There is zero interest in the, oh, not zero, one, one percent. From one to a hundred, there is about, or one interest in the sufferings, even the deaths of fellow Arabs or fellow Muslims. Nobody talks about the creation of Pakistan, how's that for an esoteric bit of history happened at the same time as Israel, 1947, 1948. There was no country in the history of the world called Pakistan. It was part of India. Israel existed twice before in that exact area where it exists now, but Pakistan never existed. It was ripped out of India to make, guess what, a Muslim state. Now, let's talk a few figures here, okay? The number of Palestinians, then known as Arabs, there was no term, the word Palestinian referred to Jews actually, ironically. Guess how many Arabs died when Israel was made and it was, they all died because the Arab countries invaded the brand new state of Israel. Guess how many, 10 ,000, okay? And the number of refugees, about 700 ,000, exactly the same number as Jewish refugees from Arab countries. You don't hear about that either. So again, 10 ,000 Palestinians, slash Arabs, or Arabs, slash Palestinians died when Israel was created and about 700 ,000 refugees. Now, when Pakistan was created, which nobody talks about, what were the numbers? Let's see here. Okay, I'm looking for the exact, I want to be precise. So the number of deaths was between one and two million, not 10 ,000, as a result of the creation of Pakistan. Do you know how Bangladesh was created? Bangladesh was eastern Pakistan. Pakistan was in two very far away places, western Pakistan and eastern Pakistan. Eastern Pakistan, their ethnicity is Bengali, which is the state, the Bengal state of India in that area. They share ethnicity with the Bengals of India, they don't share religion. The Bengals of India are largely Hindu, the Bengals of Bangladesh are Muslim. The amount of murder, I don't have that piece of data in front of me, I will supply that. But people, they don't even know, people don't even know about Pakistan and Bangladesh. Because the issue has nothing to do, the concern is not with Palestinians. Egypt doesn't want to take one Palestinian, why doesn't Egypt take over Gaza? It did, it's one point, it doesn't want it. Jordan didn't want the Palestinians either, so they simply said, go, go, bye bye. Massive attack on Palestinians because of the rupture. The Palestinians have a record of utter destruction, a mass amount of destruction in Lebanon, massive amount in Jordan, a massive amount in Egypt. I don't know why, it's an interesting question, but that is the case. The whole thing is about destroying Israel, and part of the reason is theological, contrary to the lies told, it was never a paradise for Jews under Islamic rule. At times it was certainly better than under Christian rule, at times that's correct. But it was a time of massive, and the word was used by the Muslims, the humiliation of the dhimmi, dhimmi were Christians and Jews, the non -dhimmi, non -Muslims were largely killed. The ignorance, the left has created ignorant robots in the education system. Ami Horowitz was on my show yesterday, he went to Columbia University where there was And I asked him, what did it look like breakdown in terms of white and Middle Easterners? He said 50 -50, which is probably true for the White House as well. When President Trump said, let's have a moratorium, he never said a full ban, but a moratorium on from immigration Muslim countries. Of course he was called Islamophobic, a hater, a bigot. It was round the clock attacks on the President. But his argument had nothing to do with ethnicity, it had to do with values. We don't want to bring people into the society that don't share our values. Is the society not allowed to do that? England has not been transformed in this way. Sweden, Sweden essentially had no violent crime, had no rapes. It does now, because the liberal, the leftist was thrilled about this. The liberal was just the usual naive. Naive and liberal are synonymous. The left wishes to destroy and the liberal is naive about the left. That is the calamity in the United States. If liberals didn't look, look at Virginia yesterday, it's amazing to me, amazing. Both houses of the state houses went, are Democrat. Because they do so much good for the country, the Democrats. The cities of the country are thriving under Democratic Party rule. The country is thriving under Democratic Party rule. These are all well educated. No, that's a poor term. These are all well indoctrinated people. Just remember Pakistan, okay? Why is Pakistan legitimate and Israel is not? That's a question that most people arguing pro -Palestinian positions would not even know what you are referring to. So teach them. Actually have an article on it from what year? 2015. From eight years ago, why is Pakistan more legitimate than Israel? Yeah, look it up. Gold dealers are a dime a dozen. They're everywhere. What sets these companies apart and whom can you really trust? This is Dennis Prager for AmFed Coin and Bullion, my choice for buying precious metals. When you buy precious metals, it's imperative that you buy from a trustworthy and transparent dealer that protects your best interests. So many companies use gimmicks to take advantage of inexperienced gold and silver buyers. Be cautious of brokers offering free gold and silver or brokers that want to sell you overpriced collectible coins claiming they appreciate more than gold and silver. What about hidden commissions and huge markups? Nick Grovitch and his team at AmFed always have your back. I trust this man. That's why I mentioned him by name. Nick's been in this industry over 42 years and he's proud of providing transparency and fair pricing to build trusted relationships. If you're interested in buying or selling, call Nick Grovitch and his team at AmFed Coin and Bullion, 800 -221 -7694, americanfederal .com, americanfederal .com.
A highlight from Sumali Ray-Ross | Global Health & DEIA Expert, Coach & Speaker
"Welcome to Available Worldwide, the podcast by, for, and about the accompanying partners of the U .S. Foreign Service. Hello and welcome to Available Worldwide. I'm Stephanie Anderson here today with Shumali Ray Ross. Thank you so much for being here, Shumali. Thank you so much for having me, Stephanie. So Shumali, first we're going to get started with some quickfire questions, but before we get into that, could you just tell us in a few words what you do? I am an international health and DEI expert. I'm also an intercultural life and leadership and health coach. I'm a speaker and I combine both of it to be a fusion health and development person. And I'm sure you're much, much more than that as well, but we'll get into that as we go. Okay, great. Where are you currently located and who do you live with? I'm currently located in Atlanta, Georgia, and I live with my awesome daughter. Okay. And I know you've been attached to the Foreign Service for many years, but what countries have you lived in around the world? So I have lived in Indonesia twice, Vietnam, Cambodia, India, while my husband was in Pakistan. So it was an unaccompanied post. I've lived in South Africa and the U .S. twice. We've been evacuated twice out of Indonesia, which is quite an experience. And my husband currently is in Ethiopia and I am in Atlanta, as I mentioned. What three words might your best friend use to describe you? I think my best friend would say I'm courageous, tenacious, and definitely a nurturer. And what would you say is your superpower? My superpower is that I am very inclusive and I like to make everyone feel like they belong. And then the last question, and I love that you chose this question, but how are you doing for real? So I chose this question because I like to get comfortable with the uncomfortable. And I think if you ask me today, I'm doing extremely well. But if you asked me yesterday, I'd say I wasn't doing that well. And I think that's just the virtue of being a human. So some days are good and some days are not so good, but I take the blessings and the gratitude of the good days. And I think I learned from the not so good days. So that's how I'm doing for real. So, Shimali, I know that you, as I mentioned before, have been attached to the Foreign Service for a number of years now. Do you know about how many years? Yeah, I actually calculated it because I knew you were going to ask me that question. So it's actually 19 years. 18 years. Wow. And now you have transitioned to the U .S., to Atlanta. How has that transition been for you? I actually think it's been the toughest transition for me. And I've been asked this question, why the toughest, since I've lived in seven countries. I think it's been the toughest because, one, it wasn't a transition that we planned on. It was an unexpected transition because it was because of a health reason that we had to make this transition. It's a transition because I am here without a school or a job or an embassy affiliation. I didn't know the A of Atlanta or the G of Georgia. So everything about it is new. And so I think the first year was very tough. We left our daughter here as an 18 -year -old to go to undergrad and expected her to be an adult. And then when she became an adult, we expected her to become a child with me being her caretaker. So I think the first year was very tough, but I'm now pulling on all my sub -superpowers, which is the grit, the determination, the courage, and the resilience to learn to call Atlanta my home. You mentioned when you moved back to the U .S., when we were talking a little bit earlier, you mentioned that moving back to the U .S., your goal was to work again in public health and that you really met some challenges due to the years you spent overseas getting back into that career. Can you talk a little bit about that and how that's led to where you're at in your career now? Yeah, I think my journey being an EFM is no different from any other person's journey. I think my husband and I made a decision in our career. In fact, I was the primary person in our career. I joined USAID as a personal services contractor in the late 1990s. And it was a rare phenomena for the woman to be going and the husband to be joining and giving up their career with a 15 -month -old baby. And I was well regarded by all the security guards who remembered us when my husband went back as the Foreign Service Officer. But, you know, it was after two evacuations, we decided that my husband would join the Foreign Service and take the exam and I would accompany. I don't like the trailing or the following because we all, you know, accompany our spouses or we become members of households. And with that comes, you know, sacrifices of reinventing ourselves or taking gaps in our careers or coming back to our home countries to take care of our parents or our significant, you know, others or our loved ones. And it gets very difficult in the work environment when we come back to our home countries to find work because it's difficult to explain those gaps. Plus, it's very difficult unless we are gung -ho career people to have continuity with the same organization. So if I had worked for the same organization from country to country, which is impossible and for most of us, I didn't have that relationship with that organization. So when I came back, I had, even though I had worked for Global Fund and WHO and the State Department, I just didn't have either the continuity of time frame or the continuity in country. I just, you know, what you saw on my resume is what you got. And even though I have two masters from Columbia and all the credentialing, it just didn't matter. And I was very fortunate to have all the interviews, but I just ended up feeling terrible, like most EFMs do when they come back is like, whatever we did was not good enough. And I could never pull on my lived experience of transitioning my family through seven countries and doing all the things we do. Whatever I did, I couldn't build on that lived experience and I just couldn't make it. And I think this is what the challenge that I went through, even with all my education. I grew up with multiple languages, including English. I just, and from Columbia, with one of the best schools, I just couldn't hack finding a job. And I got up one day at two o 'clock in the morning and I just said to my husband, I said, you know, I can't do this anymore. And he said, can't this wait? And I was like, no, it can't. And I said, you know, I just can't do it. And he's like, I said, I'm going back to school because I said, where is a person? I said, actually a woman, but it, you know, I'm a gender person. I it's neutral for anybody. I said, where is a person's lived experiences taken into account? And I went back to school to become a coach because I felt that a person's lived experiences needs to be taken into account in the job market. And as EFMs, this is where we really need to advocate for our voices to be heard into the job. I'm still hoping to be that employer to take that voice into account. I am employed now to be able to have that voice heard. And I have got back into that space. And you were mentioning that you recently landed a consulting job and that you're approaching it with a coaching mindset. Yeah. Yeah. So you're able to blend what you learned from coaching into that consulting background. So I was very fortunate when I came to, you know, and it's a hard thing because I went to coach. So I went back to school and that was one of the things. So when I came back to the US, I think we always hear it's a doom and gloom story repatriating back to the US. And it isn't a doom and gloom story. It is a doom and gloom story. And it is a doom and gloom story. If you are. I didn't even know what this concept, Stephanie, means is foreign born. We are all foreign. I have friends of mine who are not foreign born, who feel they're foreign when they come back home. You know, some don't because they have homes and they come back all the time. But there are many who do not belong to Washington, D .C. or Virginia and landed back in Washington, D .C. and Virginia and feel that they are foreign back in the US after being living abroad most of their lives. So it doesn't mean because you're a person of color or you're something else. We all are. Many of us are foreign when we come back. But, you know, for me, for example, who was not born in the US and had lived abroad for nearly 20 years, you know, I came back right pre -COVID. It was freezing. My neighbors wouldn't talk to me. You know, I had two kids who were in my daughter had become a local student from Agnes Scott where she went to college. She didn't have a graduation. You know, my son had five months left of school to finish. I mean, it was a it was a nightmare on a many fronts. So my first job was to get my family situated. Then it was to focus on me. And I think one of the things I would tell people COVID or no COVID is you need to sit reflect. If it's a good experience, enjoy the experience. If for me it was like to just wallow in where I was, you know, just wallow in it, give yourself that space and the grace to say this is where I am. It's not the best situation because unless you give yourself that space and grace, how can you hold that space and grace for your family? You can't. And then just get on with it. And for me, I felt I had been at a positive 10 and now I was at a negative 10. You know, I was freezing. It was, you know, just like we were all together in this constricted space, dealing with everybody's constricted mindset, you know, and I sort of felt I had lost my purpose and I have never lived without purpose. I've been very fortunate to have a very strong role models, women role models and my mother who said to me, you know, you were born, you know, to make a difference and you were born to have a purpose and to feel suddenly I had lost my purpose was like I'd lost my radar. And I think that time to wallow and that time to have space and grace made me realize that actually my purpose had sort of fallen in that sort of space and that the thing that I have lost was actually was just buried. And once I discovered, rediscovered my purpose, I realized that the two things that make me most happy are to be of service and to learn. Well, Covid wasn't the best time to be of service. The only person I could be of service was to myself and to my family. But what I could do was to learn. And so I took a pause. I explored, I took the science of well -being, happiness, which was offered by Yale. I did a gender -based violence. I mean, that's my area along with public health from John Hopkins. I did both my certifications on health and on leadership and health and wellness. I did a transformative coaching course. I did a whole bunch of courses and sort of upgraded my skills. And the more I studied and the more I learned, the happier I felt. And so I focused sort of on my personal happiness and the happier I got, I sort of was able to hold more space for my family. It sounds like all that learning kind of re -inspired you and reinvigorated you as well. Like it's sort of that interesting chicken and egg thing where when you're not doing anything and you feel stuck and you are wallowing in it, it's hard to get out of that. And then when you do start moving forward, things really start sort of compounding in a good way. You know, it inspires you to make more changes and add more things to your plate, essentially. And I also, you know, we instituted little things like we had family dinners, everybody did their own thing. We had family dinners. You know, I tried to find other people in the foreign service community who we had been in Indonesia together, so we couldn't meet, but we could talk on the telephone. So we tried to find like a virtual community. I got onto Nextdoor. You know, I tried to find I got onto Sietar, which is this cultural, you know, I tried to find so my way of dealing with it was to create a virtual community because it was such a socially isolating period for everyone. But also, I knew that for me, community was so important. I couldn't go back to India. There was so much loss as well happening. And all you were hearing was negativity, that it was a way of maintaining positivity in one's life and networking. Sort of reconnecting with people I worked with in the past. And that's how I actually landed up getting my consultancy in Atlanta, because I reached out to a woman who I'd worked with in USAID many years ago, and she put me in touch with somebody at CARE. And there was nothing at that point. But nine months later, I got when I came to Atlanta, I had a message on my phone saying, are you interested in a consultancy with CARE? So it sounds like you really keep coming back to that idea of community and networking and finding other people. This might be an obvious question, but if there's other EFMs out there who are feeling really stuck and sort of stuck in the wallowing phase, do you have any advice for them apart from possibly finding a community? Any other steps that they might take to get themselves out of that stuck phase? So I think, you know, I mean, there are a few it depends a lot on your personality, right? I also recommend some people like to journal. I meditate a lot. Some people like to meditate. Some people like to pray. One of the things that I also recommend to people, you know, you don't have to be in this alone. It helps. I'm an ambivert. I used to be an extrovert. I'm not an extrovert. If you're an introvert, it's harder, you know, to reach out to people. But if you're at post, there are a lot of resources there. You don't have to. Nobody has to know that you're reaching out. But I always I have a clinical psychology background. Please reach out to some men if you need mental health support. There is no shame in asking for help. So please seek out any kind of support that you need. And there is so much support both at post and in the U .S. You don't have to do. Nobody has to do it alone. We were talking a little bit earlier, you and I were, about the practical advice and support that we sometimes don't get when we first become EFMs as it relates to our future careers and how those might evolve. And we were talking about clearances and non -competitive eligibility. Looking back at your career, are there any steps or things you would have done differently had you known about them in the past? I think the Department of State does a fabulous job in and I say this because I worked for USAID and for the Department of State. I worked for in Indonesia. I worked for the HR department on onboarding and I was the EFM point person. And so I know what a fabulous job the State Department does in preparing spouses who are coming out and first term officers, other officers. And these are the job opportunities. Please apply for them. And it's something that I wish USAID and other agencies would do more of and there would be more collaboration between the agencies. I've been now an EFM for 19 years and I wish I had known more or my agency, which is my husband's sponsoring agency USAID, had informed us more about non -competitive eligibility or what are the jobs that we could have applied for. I think if many of us would have known this, then when we came back to Washington, we would have had more opportunities for jobs. And as you advance in the number of years that you've been in the Foreign Service, you have that much more of an advantage when you come back to the U .S. to have access to jobs that you would normally not have. So I definitely recommend and it's my plea to EFM starting off, take advantage, whether you're with the Department of State or with other agencies such as USAID or CDC, please take advantage of the opportunities that are there. It may seem a job that doesn't match your qualifications. It doesn't matter because in the long term, when you come back and you will come back home and you will be looking for work, you will have so many more opportunities if you have put in the requirement number of years that will serve you well once you're back. And also, please go for your clearance because it took me 36 months to get my clearance and partly because I was foreign born as well. But once you have your clearance, it stays with you for the tenure of your time in the Foreign Service.
A highlight from Parasite (South Korean) (2019) Movie Review
"What's happening everyone, Keira and Ben back again. This week we will be covering Parasite. Now this film won in 2020, 2019, 2020, maybe I should look it up, but it won the Academy Award for Best Picture. It is a great film. Bong Joo Ho directs it. There is a lot of fun themes to talk about. So we're going to dive in. But Ben, what's your history with the film? So, again, it was a listener suggestion and you had told me that you had seen it and it was a great film. So I was like, oh, okay. And Bong Joo Ho is the director of, what was the movie you just watched with him? Anything Everywhere All At Once? Okay, so I forget what movie we watched. Did we watch the movie with him? All right, I lied. So we're not going to talk about that. I actually liked it. I thought it was good. I can't wait to talk about it. Yeah. So for those who haven't seen it, it is a story about wealth and class and I think they do it and the way that they paint it, I think they do it in such a good way. So basically it's about this one family who is lower class trying to make a living and how they con their way into working for this ultra rich family. And then obviously things are going good and then they go very, very bad. I will say that twist, did not see it coming. What about you? No, it was shocking like when the, well, I don't want to get too far ahead, but like when everything came about, I was like, oh, oh, okay. Like this is like something I wasn't expecting. And then like when it all came to a head, I was like, oh no. So yeah, it was a surprise. It was definitely a surprise. So the story starts off with, we have our main protagonist, I would say the son is our main protagonist. He's the one that kind of starts all this. He's the catalyst for a lot of this film. So he has a friend who was tutoring this family and he was like, yeah, just pretend to be a student and you should just like go and tutor too for this family. So his sister who, as we were saying off screen, was the best character in the movie. She so smart, doctors up a little diploma for him and he cons his way into teaching English to their daughter, their eldest daughter. So they have so this ultra rich family, it's a mom and a dad and then an older daughter and then a younger son. So now the brothers in the house and he's like, hmm, maybe I can get other people in this house. So first he gets his sister in claiming that it's actually not his sister and just someone that he knows who is an art therapist because the young son is spooked by a ghost that he saw in the house. So she's like, OK, I'll be I'll do I'll do this. And so she does that. And then to eliminate the driver and the housekeeper, they kind of pull these elaborate like schemes. So like they frame the driver for having sex in the car and then they explore I would use the word exploit. They exploit the housekeeper for being allergic to peaches by putting like shaving peach dust on her. And then when she's having a coughing fit, telling the woman of the house, the mom that it's tuberculosis, I was like and then the mom's like such an idiot. She was like, OK, bye. I don't know. I thought that was funny. So now the whole family has schemed and conned their way into the house with no one knowing that they're a family. These are just all they can't be bothered to ask. And OK, so I thought that this was really interesting because they can't be bothered to ask anyone that works with them anything about their life. Because if they did that, these people weren't smart enough to lie about their relationships. And I feel like their family would have been exposed way sooner if these people weren't such rich assholes. Oh, I 100 percent agree. Like there's one part where the sun says they smell alike. And I'm like, I'm like, because they live in the dark. So where they live is like this this basement, like awful place. And like people walk by and they're peeing in the alley and the flooded floods. And like they basically live in this like rundown neighborhood and it's just really bad. So like they all smell of this sewerage and like smoke. And like it's just like, like I said, it's a really bad area. So for the youngest son to catch on and well, the husband kind of says something about it when he says he has a smell to him about being the driver. But that's like the most he gets out of it. And then the son is the one that's actually pretty smart. That honestly made me so mad and sad that whole like poor person smell like that really pissed me off. OK, a lot of the things that family does like piss me off. So one of like the big the biggest like critical scenes that happens is there is a very big flood or not. I don't want to call it a flood, but it's like this very crazy rainstorm and their little basement apartment gets flooded. They are soaking wet and they're just like, I don't know. It was really sad because you can see that, like, even though they're like working and getting this money, like they're still stuck with like in their poverty because like class systems and like trying to like break out of poverty is so hard. Yeah, 100 percent. I mean, you can see the struggles even when they're getting money. But I think for them, a lot of it was the fact that they were just blowing the money. They weren't like trying to get out of it. They were just like, you know, so excited to have the money that they were eating lavishly. They were doing all this stuff instead of being smart about it. Like they were just like pissing it away. And like it kind of like catches up to them in the end. Agree. But at the same point, like I feel like if you didn't have money and like you weren't eating well and then you were exposed to that, like obviously you're going to treat yourself because like life is hard and like it is like sometimes about like the little things that are like that like make it worth it. And I think that like since they were in such poverty for such long, like being able to drink like this slightly nicer Korean beer and like eating like the better cuts of meat at barbecue, like I think that like that's like important because it's like a sign of like how far they've come. Obviously, they conned their way into it, but still so. And then I think like so back to like the mom and the smell. So I think one of the things that is like so indicative of how like rich people and upperclass people like don't understand poverty or like understand like the working class is when so they they their whole apartment is flooded. Right. And then the next day he's driving her and she's like talking in the back like, oh, we're planning the birthday party and the sun is shining and it's not raining and everyone is happy and like so crazy. And like, meanwhile, their apartments basically washed out and they've had a very traumatic night. Yeah, 100 percent. I think like the rich are oblivious to the poor. I mean, it kind of reminds me of the French queen where she's like, you know, they're like, oh, they're starving. And she's like, let them eat cake because she's so oblivious to like how it's going on, like what's going on with these people that for her, it's nothing. She's like, oh, whatever, just let them eat cake. You know, these people like starving and dying. She did pay for that comment, by the way, but she got decapitated for that. But, you know, I'm just saying like that's how like the rich get rich and the poor get poor and the rich overlook the poor because they're not in the same classes as them. So they don't see them. So they don't care. Agree. And I think too, like and I don't know, like they're so dumb and oblivious. So, OK, so let's talk about the fateful night of the rainstorm. Right. We've kind of talked about the flood. We talked about her arrogance. So what happens, though, is since they go since the rich family goes away for the weekend during this this rainstorm, the family decides to just move into the house while they're gone and just live in the house. Now, while they're doing this, they're having fun. They're eating food. They're being crazy, being themselves, being with each other. The housekeeper that they got fired comes to the door and she's like, you got to let me in. I got to talk to you guys. She discovers that they are a family and that they are conned and that she's going to she's taking photos. She's going to expose them. She's going to get her job back. All because, dun dun dun, they go down into the basement. First, also, first of all, like you wouldn't explore the house that you're buying and know that you have a bunker in the basement. That to me was like how how much money and how arrogant are you? You're like, oh, I don't go into the basement. That's the help. I don't do that. So there's a whole bunker in this basement that's kind of like kind of hidden. But like it's it's there. And this woman's husband is living in the basement because he's hiding from loan sharks. And I was like, what? So this is so she like obviously works in the house, feeds him, takes care of him. She snuck him in there to live so he could live there. And then he's actually the ghost that the youngest son saw. So one night he was like, I'm going to leave my cave. I don't know. And then he's like walking up the stairs. And honestly, I will say that scene is so well done. Like you see him just like slowly like ascending up the stairs. It's like all black and then it's just like the light of his face. And like, honestly, I thought that scene was beautiful because you kind of see it earlier in the film. You see it when the mom is walking up the stairs and she sees the housekeeper having this like fit, the like coughing fit. And that's not tuberculosis. It's allergies. And she's kind of like coming up the stairs. I like watching that like ascension. It's kind of like this like ascension to truth or like ascension to epiphany, which I thought I thought was really well done. Yeah, I agree. The husband that's in the cellar was actually the first owner. So he was the owner of the house originally. So he knew the bunker was there. And then the loan shots go after him. So he sells the house to try and get out of there. And the family takes over and he recommends this housekeeper to this family. But it's his wife so that they can have connection with her. So when she gets fired, she's freaking out because her husband's down in the cellar and he's kind of gone stir crazy because like he turns the lights on and off, like to tell the man thank you that's living in the house now. It's it's really crazy. But like the son ends up like thinking there's a ghost in the house because of this guy doing Morse code. Yeah. So he sees him and then the lights flicker all the time because of the Morse code, which honestly. OK, so then what I like about a film is when things come full circle. And this movie very nicely comes into a kind of a cool full circle. So now everything's coming to a head. The son decides. So in the beginning of the film, I forgot to mention this in the beginning of the film, the son receives a rock. It's called like the Rock of Success or like money rocker given to him by the friend that tells him to calm this family. And he's like, please like this is going to bring you wealth and success. So then the brother or the son looking at this rock of success decides that he's going to protect his family. They're going to keep their jobs and he's going to kill the man in the basement because at this point they have tied them both up in the basement and they because they have to get back to their jobs. And then I thought that part I thought was kind of weird that like also how oblivious are you that you don't notice a full family of people hiding under your table? So the family comes home from the because of the rainstorm. The family comes home. Our poor family has to hide in the house and sneak out, which I thought was very funny. And then that's when like we hear the conversation like about his smell, like he has that poor person smell. And then I thought it was so sad to when he like turns to himself and like kind of sniffs himself, like I don't smell bad. I don't know. That made me kind of sad. Yeah. And like it was kind of sad that like the lady that was trying to protect her husband, they slammed the door on her and she falls down the stairs, like smashes her skull and gets like a concussion. And then she ends up dying. Like she's like, you know, take care of yourself. You know, I have a concussion. I'm dying. You know, the husband is stuck down there with his dead wife. I mean, I was like, oh, my God, that's awful. Like, that's terrible. Like you just do nothing. He was tied up and he watches his wife die. So like when the guy comes downstairs with the stone to kill him and he turns it about on him, I was like, oh, you know, turn about fair play. Honestly, fair play, fair play. I would do the same thing. Also get me the F out of this basement. So now they're in the middle of this party where it is very culturally inappropriate for Native Americans. They're making the dad, the poor dad, the driver wear like this like crazy headdress. And like it is I mean, I guess that's what the rich do. They can just cherry pick parts of history that they like for the aesthetics and then they can exploit it and have fun with that at a birthday party. So this is happening. And our our what should we call him? Our captive, our prisoner, our ghost, the ghost, the man. He comes out into the party, starts causing all this crazy havoc, stabs the dad and stabs the daughter. And now the daughter who we've already established is the best character in the film dies. And then we see the dad kind of have his loyalty, not like questioned, but come into question for him, because it's like, you got to drive my son to the my son. You got to drive my husband to the hospital. And he doesn't because he goes to be with his dying daughter. Yeah. So like the guy that come out of the cellar, he's like trying to tell the owner of the house how much he cares for him after he just killed the daughter, like stabbed her in the chest. And then, you know, the father like of the daughter. Finally, like I forget what happens, but he said, oh, he says the owner of the house says that the guy smells and it triggers him and then he loses his shit. And then he ends up killing the guy that comes from the cellar and then he owes and he kills the owner and like then he runs off. And no one can find him. So now we have a dead daughter, the mom who's just fled. And we have an unconscious son in where is he? In the cellar. Yeah. So he's unconscious in the cellar. And then partygoers fleeing everywhere. And then in voiceover, we hear that he is regaining consciousness, trying to work and get enough money so he can buy that house because he goes and he sees the lights flickering. And what his dad is the new basement person and like a nice like German family, I think, like buys the house or something. So like I was going to con his way in. But so, OK, so that's like basically the movie in a nutshell. Obviously, we're going to talk about some themes in it. The biggest theme being wealth and money and success and what it means to be successful and what it means to have money and what you're looking for, like in life. So I believe, like in this film, obviously, when you are poor, your motivation is money. You want to be able to live. You want to be able to survive. And when you're rich, you already have that. So now you can deal with all the frivolous, stupid things of life. Right. That some people like are just don't have the time to like under not understand, but like to deal with because they're not thinking like, oh, I don't know, like, oh, we get to. Oh, our vacation was ruined because of the rain, but we can still come back to our beautiful home, like not like, oh, my house is underwater because I live in a basement apartment and it's flooded and I have nowhere to go. And my employer says that I smell like it's it's like two different worlds that they live in. Yeah, 100 percent. I think like people born into wealth are oblivious to what people go through in poverty. And then that's why you see like a lot of people that are born into wealth. Like they just don't understand if they lose everything, they just they kill themselves because they don't know how to be poor. All they ever know how to be is rich. And then you have the poor people that become rich and then they don't know how to be rich. And then they end up blowing the money like a lot of NBA stars, a lot of NFL stars. I mean, they have to actually have courses now and people to come in and help these NBA NFL players deal with their money because they don't know how. They're uneducated on how to make the money last. So they just pee through it and they buy these fancy automobiles, fancy houses. And then when it all says and done and the career is over, their money's gone and they end up having to sell everything and then they become poor again. And then they end up committing suicide because they've lost everything. So it's just a never ending cycle. It is. And I think, too, like, I don't know, I don't have extreme wealth. I work all the time. I live well within my means, I think. I mean, I am in crippling credit card debt, but that's because I'm addicted to shopping. So maybe I don't live within my means. I don't know. But I I don't know. So but I I wouldn't I I don't think no matter how much money like you get, it definitely has to be like a mindset that you're born into. Like you just like don't you just don't view things in a certain way. You kind of have this mentality like, oh, everything will work out and I'm not that worried and everything goes my way. And I'm like, I'm I'm like, I have all this money. I don't know. And I think, too, like you just become so arrogant and self -obsessed that like you do view people as like, oh, what do you do for me? How do you work for me? And like not saying that these people were like monsters to this poor family that they worked for, but like they didn't talk to them. They didn't get to know them. They didn't try to understand like any parts of them. They just were like, OK, you're here to work. And I don't know. I feel like it should have been. I mean, I've worked in a house before, so I I used to work in a home for a very wealthy family before I in my career now. And to see to to be working for someone and to see the amount of like waste and like wealth, but also just like, I don't know. I don't know how to like put it. But like there is just this like mentality of, oh, whatever we want, we can have. And like, obviously, like we're right because we have the money. I don't know. It was very it was very eye opening to me to be in a situation like that. And I and I learned a lot from it, but I felt a lot of parallels. Like, I don't know. Like, I don't know. It was very interesting to me. Yeah, I think that's why I like a lot of movies. Like when you watch them, they really hit home about wealth and poverty, like Brewster's Millions, The Toy, the movie with Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd. Trading Places. So you see these things and you go, oh, OK. And you like it and you you start laughing and you think it's funny because you see the person that's rich doesn't know how to be poor and the person that's poor doesn't know how to be rich. So like it's like it's like, you know, the flipping of the situations and like they're so used to being in a certain situation that they don't know how to act the new situation. Exactly. And like, I don't know. I feel like what was I just watching? I was just watching something and they were like they were talking about having having every having money versus not having money. And it was like, well, you're lucky to not have money because you have family and you have someone that like actually cares about you and to like share things with him when you have money, you just have things. And it's like, OK, I can I can see that. But at the same point, like you don't have to be poor and happy. You can have money and be happy. I always think that the two get conflated somehow. And it's like you can I don't know. I've met good, rich people, but I've also met rich assholes like that. Everything can be true. I just think I don't know. I just don't think that I just I don't know. I just don't believe I believe how money corrupts people. We talked about this in our last episode. And I think it just kind of sucks because they're every day that we live this in this world, the class divide is getting bigger and bigger. And the gap between lower class and middle class to upper class is is growing every day. And there's not like who thought trickle down economics was really going to work? Like, are we being stupid here? Yeah, I agree 100 percent. I mean, the divide is definitely there. I was just watching. I think it was called. But they were talking about like how it was about American Indian women being murdered and how you don't hear about it. But there's like a lot that get murdered because they're on reservations and the law is not the same as it is on, you know, in the country. But there's no focus on that because they're poor, like they're viewed as poor. And then like whereas, you know, the rich white person is always thrown into the spotlight, if there's a murder or if something happens to the child, it's always the rich children or the rich white people. And it's never like, you know, the poor black person or the poor Spanish person. It's never the minority. It's always the majority that gets the focus. And, you know, and that's true. I mean, and it's always going to be money over poverty. It's just always going to be that way until, like, I don't know. I don't know what can make a change. It's just, you know, maybe eye opening, like maybe the wealthy look down and go, you know what, maybe what was that movie with the Morlocks and Time Machine Time Machine, where the Morlocks were on the ground and they were like the the the people on top were living this lavish life. But in reality, the Morlocks were eating them. So, I mean, it's like society. Like, you might think you're living this power, but without the people that are poor, you wouldn't have the money you have. Exactly. And I don't know, like I have a lot of thoughts about this. And I think this movie obviously is framed like as a satire. Right. And but like the the ultra rich, like watch this movie. And they're like, oh, what an interesting movie. Not like, oh, maybe you should look at yourself and see what's going on. And also one thing. I mean, the daughter, I so sad that she died. Loved her. She was my favorite. But if she was as clever and as smart and as good at Photoshop, I feel like she would have had a better like like I feel like she could have just like conned her way into a better job than this like this like art therapist. I mean, but it felt like she did like actual real work with the son and like really was like trying to like help him and stuff. Yeah, I don't think in the beginning any of them wanted to be in this situation. But when the opportunity came, they jumped at it. So I think the daughter would have probably done something better with her life, had this opportunity not to count. So like, you know, it was an opportunity knocks. Are you listening? And I think that's the situation. Like they were like, oh, wait. And, you know, they even said it like, oh, we can all get in here. We can all get these people's money and we can all live lavishly. And it's a family. So you want to do what your family is doing. So, you know, it was the mother, the father, you know, the daughter. So they're all together as a family. And I think that was the thing that really bound them was the fact that they had that such a family tie because they came from poverty. They struggled together. They they did everything together. So like they did this together, which I really liked, because I think, too, when you live in a situation that is more that is more poor than what we see within the rich family, you do create those bonds because all you guys have is each other. Whereas in this family, they had art therapists and English shooters and drivers and housekeepers. And they're obviously they love their children. I'm not saying that, but there is a different kind of connection there when you're not always with them doing everything and like learning from them. Like, I don't I don't know. I feel like it's very I feel like it's a different kind of relationship. Not saying it's good or bad, just different. Yeah, I think it shows with the father when the child outside the tent and he's trying to bond with them and he's trying to be that guy. He's trying to be the father. You know, I think like always be in a way at work and always being in the office. It was like one of those situations where he knew he wasn't there, like he kept on like he says to him, I'll do whatever it takes to make my wife happy and I'll make I'll make these sacrifices. And it's the opposite of the movie we just reviewed, where where the husband had no desire to help the wife notice. This guy really wanted to try and be a father, try and do the right things. But he kept on like not being able to because he didn't know how, because he's been away for so long. I think that's what we saw with that. But the other father loved and cared about his family so much when, you know, when he sees that his daughter's dead, like he loses his mind. Yeah. Whereas in the in the film that we just covered, the dad never talked to his kids again. No, but this movie is very, very well done. I would highly recommend it. I know there are probably a zillion things that we have not even started to touch on with the symbolism. This movie is very rich and it's awesome. Like we can even talk about like the wealth stone. Right. So if we look at this wealth stone that he gets, it's like the success stone or whatever. And he like uses this and this is like his idol, basically. But what does it bring him? Nothing but tragedy. Like it doesn't bring him success or at least success in the way that he thought. It brought it to him for a little bit. But then ultimately he's lost. He lost half his family from it. Yeah. And it basically almost kills him because he gets smacked in the skull with it. And like, like I thought the amount of blood he lost, I thought he was dead. I was like, oh, he killed that boy. And he wouldn't have been wrong. Like the thing is, the guy in the cellar wouldn't have been wrong if he killed the son. He wouldn't have been because like they killed it. They killed his wife. And then like he wasn't wrong for anything he did except hiding being in the cellar and avoiding his his basically his responsibilities. He made a mistake. He messed up and, you know, he was scared for his life. He was fearful of this. You know, people that are loan sharks are coming to get him. But you know what? If you didn't put yourself in that situation, you wouldn't be in that situation. A hundred percent. And I think that, too, goes back to like poor, not poor people, but like lower class people, poorer people on that search for money. Like, obviously, you can be rich and be addicted to gambling, but you can also be poor and addicted to gambling. And loan sharks don't care either way. So he he got what was coming to him, which was like really sad. I thought, I don't know. I can't imagine living in a basement like legitimately like that. Sounds so awful to me. Yeah, you could tell he was probably like lost his mind because some of the stuff he was saying and he was just acting like, you know, someone that has been cabin syndrome. I think like he was down there for so long, he had cabin syndrome and he didn't know how to be the person he once was. And he was just so like he was appreciative of the guy having the house and having electricity. So he's flickering the lights to give him more school to show his appreciation. So he clearly lost his mind. But when his wife died, I think that was like kind of took him over the edge. Oh, 100 percent like that was the absolute like tipping point, because at least like he had his wife and we have to think he didn't see his wife for what, like four months or something or however long that she was out of the house before she came back in. Maybe not that long. I don't I don't time I didn't understand in this film. So but I don't know. I thought it was I thought it was really interesting. I thought it was really good. Definitely watch it. It's a fun watch. Like I said, it's Oscar winner. And don't be afraid of subtitles. We do a lot of subtitle films. I feel like we do more foreign language films than any other film. Yeah. And like it's been showing from our listeners like they appreciate it because, you know, Pakistan, Ghana, these are the countries that like, you know, they have great movies and like American society just like goes, oh, I'm not going to read subtitles. But that's stopping you from watching amazing movies like a who believe drive my car. These are great movies. And if you're not like, oh, I'm not going to watch subtitles, then that's you missing out on great opportunities because these movies have been amazing. There's a bunch more in the queue for us that are coming up that have been recommended from people from Ghana, people from India, people from Pakistan. So we look forward to this. And, you know, right now we're going to be taking a break from this. So your requests are still in the queues, but it is Halloween season. And well, you know what? Kara loves scary movies and Ben loves scary movies. So we're scaring the movies. All right. We're going to get some nasty, scary movies. We're going to review them and we're going to tell you how good they are, how bad they are. And we're going to do the whole ball Halloween. Yes, yes, yes. So all those things, please send a request. So if you have any good like hometown horrors that we wouldn't know about, though, the gorier, the better, the more vile, the better. We can stomach basically anything. Please watch this movie. And back to your point, Ben, real quick. When Bong Joo Ho actually won the Oscar for this, he did say if Americans can get past two inches of subtitles, their whole world would open up. And I full heartedly agree with that. I think this was if this was a movie that introduced you to foreign films. I'm so glad for that. It is an incredible film. Please check out some of the other films that we've covered on this podcast, as well as just like looking online because the strike is still going on. And our support is with the writers and the actors. Please access things that are that maybe have come out five, 10 years ago, maybe even a few months ago. Appreciate and watch those films that have already been made and created. And yeah, let's get let's kick off spooky season. Thank you guys so much for listening. Like we always say, we can't do it without you. We are here for you. Because if not, it would just be Ben and I talking at each other. So October 21st at two thirty, me and Kara will be live at the Lynn Public Library promoting my book Hodgepodge. So come see us. And that's all I got. Thank you very much for listening. All right, everybody. Catch us next time on What's Happening.
A highlight from Lexy Boudreau | EFM jobs in PEPFAR, USAID and OIG
"This is Lauren with the Available Worldwide Podcast, and I'm here today with a friend who I met at post, I think my second post, I don't know what it was for her, so I'll have to ask, but I'm here with Lexi Boudreau, who has had, you know, a classic EFM career with a little bit of work with several different agencies and businesses and self and family and all sorts of things pasted together. Lexi, we usually start with a few questions, kind of to get to know you a little bit, so I'm going to ask you, where are you currently located and who do you live with? So, we just PCS'd, or I just PCS'd back to the US with my oldest son who just graduated from college and my youngest son who is going to start his junior year for the first time going to school in the US as a junior, and my husband is starting in Pakistan, so this is my first unaccompanied tour. So, everybody's got new things going for them this year? Every single one of us. I have four children and we're all doing something new. My daughter is a freshman in college and my son is a senior in college, so all six of us have something exciting going on. So, I know that we live together in South Korea. What other countries have you lived in? So, that was our third post. Our first post was, I always say it was our hardest, our hardship post was Bermuda. It was very fun but a little challenging living on a very tiny island, but it was great and our kids were the youngest and then we were in Ukraine and then we were in South Korea and then we were in Uganda and most recently we were in Jordan. With all those different countries, you must have some ultimate comfort foods. Are they country specific or is it a memory from home? My comfort food is crab cakes, which is a traditional comfort food, but that's my favorite food from growing up and it's what I miss most when I'm overseas because not it's something you normally get. So, it's honestly the first thing I try to find when I'm back in the U .S. Are you from Maryland? Sort of. I grew up in South Carolina and Maryland, but Maryland is where my heart is, yeah. Okay. I mean, I feel like crab cakes are pretty regional, though they are also one of my mom's favorite foods. Yeah, it's a Maryland thing. Yeah. So, I have a kind of complicated growing up.
Sen. Tom Cotton: Dems Want to Prop Biden up by Taking Trump Down
"Washington DC has done the day before the Super Tuesday primaries. And that's because they know that Joe Biden is so weak, he's run our economy, That that he's not mentally fit to be president. And the only way they may be able to prop him up is to criminally charge not just the former president, Mark, that's bad enough. That's banana republic kind of stuff. Donald But Trump is also the leading candidate of the opposition party. That is really banana republic style operation. That's something you see in Brazil or Pakistan or other countries, not in America. And again, this is a very dangerous precedent that that water is already crossing the bridge, though. And we should not be surprised to see Republican Attorney General or Republican VAs, for instance, who have had Hunter Biden or Jim Biden or even Joe Biden passed through their jurisdictions at some point in recent years, looking for opportunities to charge them with crimes, just as these Democratic have prosecutors looked at Donald Trump much like Stalin's chief of secret police once said, show me the man and I'll find you the crime. Yeah, there's an interesting piece, Senator, by Byron York in the Washington Examiner the other day, any quote to see fight a is the language of the unheard. On February 7, 2022, Senator Tom Cotton, a member of the Judiciary Committee, wrote a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland. It was about the case of Ron Leslie, a Rochester, Minnesota man sentenced to 10 years in prison for setting a fire that killed a man during Black Lives Matter riot in Minneapolis. Remember this case? And you remember what the Department of Justice said while you were so upset about it? No, I remember it very well. This is during the BLM riots of 2020. Many of your listeners may remember this terrible tragedy where a building was set fire and it killed a man who was inside. It is a murder. This is not alluding, Mark. This is not
Kyle Seraphin: 'An Eerie Feeling' of Something Coming
"Com S E R A P H I N. Check it out. It's worth your time. Kyle before I get to the case you were actually to be involved in and blowing the whistle on this targeting of Catholics and others and school boards and friends of yours were in involved it as well. I just want to ask you one final question. Is it a guy who's got a really good nose for criminal activity? I mean you're not a good criminal investigator if you don't and I know you were. Are you getting that just eerie feeling? You mentioned something you just said listen this is a problem because 50 % of the country wants this this persecution of Donald Trump. They don't really about care the law and it's sad and it is sad but you get that feeling I got inside on what you all and I don't have a word for it but that this we're just in a really bad spot. You have the presidential candidate shot you killed yesterday. You have the targeting of Bolsonaro in Brazil, the targeting of Imran Khan in Pakistan, the targeting of Nigel Farage being de -banked in the UK, the assassination of Shinzo Abe, this going on with Donald Trump. You know you have that feeling I do Man, there's like an earthquake coming here? You know what I'm talking about right? I'm not crazy. I know I'm not crazy. No, no that it's intuition when you deal with people that are in the Intel space and in the media space because people are always hearing from sources and enough people with diverse backgrounds that don't know each other start telling you maybe we're not going to have an election in 2024. You know maybe this country gets to the point where they try to pull something. You start listening to it because like you say that's a gut feeling and nobody really knows exactly what that feeling is coming from but everyone has that same sensation. It's that tremor before the earthquake. So I don't have any concrete allegations out there but I'm hearing the same thing and we don't talk to the same people all the time.
A highlight from Episode 115 - Navigate - Optimizing global mapping with blockchain, AI, and crowdsourced data
"What makes me most bullish on Web3 is just having an alternative out there for whoever wants to take it to give them kind of more control over what is theirs and how it is used. Welcome to the Crypto Altruism podcast, the podcast dedicated to elevating the stories of those using Web3 for good. I'm your host Drew Simon from CryptoAltruism .org. Now before we get started, a quick disclaimer. While we may discuss specific Web3 projects or cryptocurrencies on this podcast, please do not take any of this as investment advice and please make sure to do your own research on investment opportunities or any opportunity, including its legality. And now, let's get on to the show. Welcome and thanks so much for joining. Maps, most of us use them on a daily basis, whether it's to find directions to a friend's house, check a transit schedule, or look up nearby restaurants. Global mapping data is also extremely valuable for governments, corporations, and NGOs who may make use of the data to monitor and analyze environmental changes and to inform decision -making. However, map imagery and data are very inconsistent depending on region, and those who are truly responsible for building up the maps, the community members who provide the data behind them, don't get rewarded. Web3, with its ethos of decentralization, can challenge this by facilitating the creation of community -owned, community -benefiting global maps. To dive into this, I'm excited to welcome Ali Hussain, advisor at Navigate, a Web3 organization using blockchain AI and crowdsourcing to optimize global mapping. We discuss how they're using next -generation technologies to improve mapping data, the power of decentralized communities to crowdsource data, using Web3 tools to incentivize community participation, and much more. So without further ado, please join me in welcoming Ali to the Crypto Altruism podcast. All right, Ali, thank you so much for being here today on the Crypto Altruism podcast. So excited to have you today, and thanks for being here. Thank you for having me, Drew. Yeah, my pleasure, my pleasure. Really excited to dive into a really fascinating topic and one that's kind of new to me. I've been covering blockchain and AI for quite a while, and the really amazing opportunities that it brings about with crowdsourcing and a more transparent, open -source internet, but really haven't explored the idea of crowdsourcing map data or anything along that line. So I'm really excited to dive into that. But before we get there, I'd love to hear your story of how you got into this world of Web3 blockchain AI. So to start things off, I was hoping you could tell me what your aha moment was that got you excited about blockchain in the first place. Yeah, absolutely. So it wasn't one particular moment. It was over the course of a few years. Bitcoin came out when I was in college, got done with college, went out to Seattle, was working at Microsoft and enterprise software. And the whole thing was very interesting. The fact there's a real -world use case, you can send money and not have to wait for wire transfers to clear, so on and so forth. But we needed to be a lot more streamlined and this needs to become much easier to use and all of that stuff. That's kind of what's going on in my head. And so I was really into gaming at that time. And that's why I got into computer science. I did my degree in computer science and economics. And I was playing a lot of League of Legends back in the day and captaining the Microsoft team and so on and so forth. So after that, I moved back to Austin and started at this company called Spot Cognition, which was an AI startup then. Now it's a startup no longer. It's a much larger company. And it was during that time that I got into mining, Litecoin and Bitcoin and setting up an Ethereum node and just getting more familiar with the technology. And so I started tracking a lot of different cryptocurrencies. This was back in 2016. And then I think the... And obviously this is during the whole ICO craze. I was there for that. All the depression of 2018. I was there for that as well. And then what really kind of hit home with me was things like Axie, not specifically for the whole play and earn stuff, but the concept around gamification and collectibles and digital assets being your own. I've been a collector ever since I was a kid, whether it's large Lego sets or action figures that you never open up or CDC graded comics. It's just something that is very easy to explain to a collector. And so that really hooked me. And I was like, I definitely see this technology becoming mainstream over the next few years. Gamers, I consider myself one. We're not the most open -minded people. So we have to be led down a path and it takes us time to come to terms with new things. But that was really something that brought me in. This was in late 2020. Before then, I was really focusing on NFTs at all. And that's the same time that the whole Board Ape Yacht Club thing was happening. So I grabbed one, kind of entered that community as a, I'm going to do some research and figure out what's going on. And that was just, I got sucked in and I have been for the last several years. Fair enough. That's the backstory. It's easy to get sucked in, right? You start kind of learning about something, experimenting, and then all of a sudden you're like, a couple of months later you're like, well, I'm fully all in now. What happened? And obviously all this experience led you to where you are now, which is Navigate. I'm so fascinated about this project. So please give listeners a high -level overview of Navigate and your mission, if you don't mind. Absolutely. So the idea behind Navigate is primarily to break it down in a couple of simpler steps. One is satellite imagery doesn't provide a fair coverage of the planet, as you can see. You go to different continents, you go to different cities, and you see very different resolution and update frequencies for satellite imagery. And the other thing is that that to us indicates a very clear lack of data. And having been in the AI space, one of the things that we deal with in the AI space is the cleanliness of data and being able to actually get the right type of data or data in the right format, clean it up in order to be able to apply machine learning on it and get the insights that we want. So this just stuck out as something that was at a lower level, like this data doesn't even exist. It's not like it's being collected poorly. We haven't collected it so far. And so the idea was that in order to do something like this, this is the perfect way to leverage a decentralized community because you can't really say, okay, I'm going to go around the world and the idea has to be that you show people the vision and what you feel is the value of creating something like this and the insights that it will provide. And then say, hey, you know, help me do this. Similar to what Uber did with taxis, right? Like, so, Uber -izing this model of enabling anyone with a phone or a dash cam or a drone to go out, collect imagery that you might be doing anyway, and then say, if you contribute the symmetry and you make a better community -owned, community -built map, you will get rewarded. Because the idea here is not to, and you know, you know about this, all the stigma around Web3 and how cyclical it is, right? Board apes at 500 ,000, oh my God, this is amazing. Now that whatever, 30 ,000, this was all a scam. I knew it from day one. Things are not that simple, right? In new spaces, you see both ends of the spectrum and there's a lot of swinging of the pendulum until things stabilize. So, our objective with something like this was to ground it in reality and to say that, look, the reason we think this is true to the Web3 ethos is because of a lot of stuff that 6529 talks about, for example, decentralization, community ownership, et cetera, not having a single point of failure, so on. But there is incredible need for involvement from folks who are Web2 native. And so, we were thinking about how to do that. And, you know, one of the super simple ways in which you can explain this to people without confusing them with tokens and all of that is that you get these tokens and because the question is, why would I do this? And there are multiple answers to that. One answer is, well, people did it for free for ways that got acquired by Google for a billion. So, I don't know why do people do this, number one. You don't want to go down that route. You can always say, you know, you do it because you get points that you can redeem for gift cards. So, you do this, you go get, you know, Nordstrom Rack gift card. You go get another gift card and you actually are able to get things. I think that messaging doesn't require a leap of faith from a Web2 perspective. So, that's really, you know, kind of the vision and the goal. And as you can imagine, it's a fairly lofty one. And hardest the part of it is two parts. One, obviously building a community that is engaged in it and interested in it. And two, being able to, you know, kind of show the value of something like this when you talk to people initially. Because again, once we have this at scale, you literally will be able to see it. So, there's nothing left to the imagination. But initially, there is something left to the imagination. Yeah, fair enough. Well, that was a great overview. And I, you know, appreciate you sharing that. And I just love this idea of like using Web3 tools like tokens and, you know, building a decentralized community to really kind of like incentivize people to take part in these like public good actions, right? Whether it's creating, you know, gathering map data to improve our mapping or, you know, I've seen examples of there was one project that gave rewarded folks with tokens for picking up plastic from, you know, rivers in the ocean and those sorts of things and returning it to Recycling Center. Like really cool ways to kind of activate the community in a new and different way that, you know, didn't exist before. And, you know, I'm really excited now to kind of hear your thoughts on like, you know, so we have things like Google Maps and Waze, obviously, that have been around for quite some time. I want to hear your thoughts now on, you know, how does this new approach of crowdsourcing map data improve global mapping? You talked a little bit about, you know, some of the quality of the, you know, imagery and the data varies based on, you know, region. I know a lot of it's quite outdated. I also think about things like, you know, you see there's so much extreme weather events that have happened lately. We've seen, you know, whole forests be ravaged by forest fires. We've seen massive flooding create new lakes or droughts, you know, turn lakes into deserts, you know, and this changing topography can be really hard to, I think, stay on top of. So think about that, too. So talk to me about how crowdsourcing map data and putting it, you know, on chain and using Web3 tools to incentivize really will improve global mapping in the coming years. Well, you know, the belief is that with the Navigate Foundation and the platform that's being built to, you know, collect these data sets that we believe, because we haven't seen them before, have never really been collected, is going to enable large enterprises to, you know, get insights that they previously have not been able to. It will enable, you know, infrastructure services for the government to get all of this information. Just to give you, you know, a very recent example, there have been, due to climate change, there are a lot of weather events everywhere now. But recently in Austin, we had, you know, a bunch of storms and lost a ton of trees. And so, you know, like you said, being able to, you know, collect all of that data at more frequent intervals versus when a satellite would do it. Or similarly, when you look at a satellite map, and I'll send you some imagery that we have from Navigate, just so that you can trust. You know, we have some parts in Chicago that you can see on Google Maps. And obviously, it's, you know, green and clear. And you can tell it's during the summer or springtime. But because we are collecting imagery from the same place again and again and again at very short intervals, you can see the same area on Navigate in the so on and so forth. So, you can see different things. You can see things at higher resolutions. You can see stuff like how many cars were parked in a parking lot. With drone imagery, you can, and obviously, drones have become so cheap and the hardware is so good now. You can literally see all of the parking spaces. You can even say, you know, tell whether or not paint is wearing out on the handicap parking spaces, for example. So, little things like that, that when you kind of zoom out a little bit, you'd start looking at satellite imagery that starts to appear after the point more grayscale than color. Those are not even things that we think about, because we haven't gotten them traditionally from the images. What we think about is, I need to go from point A to point B and this map is going to give me, you know, most likely I won't even enable satellite imagery. I'll either have the day view or the night view and it'll just tell me when to turn and I hope I don't miss a turn and I hope, you know, the map is up to date or I've been in the situation multiple times where the turn was so odd on a, you know, small road that I overshoot it and I'm like, where was this? So, think of that example and being able to, you know, you get near that turn and it's like, hey, this is visually what you're looking for. This is where you needed to turn in. So, I'm just kind of giving you a few examples of different, you know, processes that we have in place, like part of our daily lives, things that we all do that could be optimized with something like this. Another example would be, you know, um, depending on dash cam and drone footage, I want to, I'm driving home from work and I want to stop at a grocery store. You know, I might want to stop at the one that's closest to work, but based on imagery that Navigates collected over the last three months, it um, can be used to predict that, oh, the grocery store next to the office, by the way, is usually busier between four to 6 p .m. than the one that's slightly out of the way. So, you can save time if you go there or how long is the line at McDonald's right now getting lunch, all of those things, right? Because they're so consistent. They happen every single day. Um, you can, uh, once you start collecting that data, there are a lot of insights that you can get from it. And the reason that, you know, we believe that it's, it's kind of prime opportunity to do this is because, as I mentioned, you know, uh, my background, Dean's background is an AI. We've been in AI for the last year. I've been in AI for the last eight or 10 years. And now with this whole LLM stuff that's going on with generative, it's come back and do, you know, mainstream discussion. So, there is a lot of AI technology that you can apply on data sets like this to extract information and to provide users with a lot of value add. And so that's why, you know, when we, when we thought of Navigate and when we conceptualized it, it really became this thing of a, not just a web three project that we're doing that has broken, but really a global data platform that can enable all of these different use cases, be it for insurance or construction or city infrastructure, or just, you know, personal, um, errands that you want to run and being able to optimize when you run them. Yeah, definitely. That's fascinating. Right. And I even think about like just monitoring, you know, things like, you know, deforestation or reforestation or, you know, the impacts of, you know, climate change in a community over time, those sorts of things. I think this can really help with that too. So that's absolutely fascinating. And, you know, the idea of like decentralizing it and crowdsourcing it, you know, I think that's one of the greatest, you know, innovation or not innovations, but things that web three enables, right. Is this ability to mobilize communities and on your website, you mentioned how it takes more than a village to create a global map and that each contributor plays a critical role in building a map that benefits everyone. So they deserve to get rewarded for it. And I think this is great because I think for so long, you know, folks have contributed data, they've contributed their time to public goods projects, but haven't gotten any sort of benefit or reward from it. So I understand that what you're doing is we're looking to reward these individuals by providing them with the navigate token, which is a NVG8 token. Tell me more about this process and how it all works. Right. So basically, the way that this works is you can check out the docs on the NVG8 website that highlight the kind of imagery that NVG8 is able to accept. Usually the, you know, kind of the information around it is it has to be a certain resolution minimum. You would want geolocation data on that imagery just so that, you know, we can use it and make it a part of the ever -growing global map, so on and so forth. There is no focus because we're building a software platform. There is no focus on, hey, you have to buy this particular dash cam or you have to get this or you have to get that. There's zero barrier to entry. In fact, one of the things, as I mentioned to you, is that we're, you know, releasing here soon is the ability that if you want to just walk around and capture pictures on your iPhone or Samsung phones, which have stellar cameras now or capture video there, cool, you know, upload those and you can get tokens for it. That's kind of the way that we wanted to approach it because I think that is, you know, we all go places for holidays, we all take pictures of scenery, of, you know, roads, of shops, this, that, and the other. Just being able to, you know, go through your camera roll and say, oh, you know, these are images that I wouldn't mind sharing and selecting that and, you know, uploading would them enable people to like literally monetize something that they already had. So that's a super easy way to get in rather than, you know, jump through these three hoops and wait four weeks for a box to come to you then set that up. And then the other part of it is just kind of making it as, you know, effortless as we can from the dash cam and drone perspective. And obviously those I recognize are higher lifts because obviously with a drone, you need to know how to fly a drone. With the dash cam, it's a lot easier. So those are kind of the three layers in which people can start contributing. Obviously, I think phones are probably the medium that is easiest. And yes, the idea behind that is that you contribute as early contributors. Obviously, they get more tokens. The current reward function, I believe, is up to date. It's on our website. That is something that, you know, to be completely transparent, we will need to tweak as time goes on. But it's a combination of, you know, the area that you capture, what's the population in that area, like how valuable that imagery is. So just, you know, if I go to downtown Austin versus I go, you know, out in the countryside somewhere, the downtown Austin imagery is going to be more valuable and it's going to give you more Navigate tokens. And then, you know, obviously currently this token is just being awarded to contributors and they can hold it. The utility for the token right now is specifically redeeming it in the Navigate marketplace for, you know, real world gift cards that you can redeem the product. Later on, we're looking at, you know, obviously listing the token sometime in the future here. So, you know, people have that choice as well. And like I said, that's something that we felt was very important because we didn't want to, you know, alienate web to audiences into thinking, Oh my God, this is just another crypto thing where, you know, what do I do with this? It's like, yeah, there's a very, very clear like workflow. You upload imagery, you get these tokens, you can either hold them for the future date or you can, you know, use them now to get something that you want. Very common to reward programs out there. So that's kind of the steel thread of the whole thing. Yeah, that's great. I love that. And I love that there's that real world utility of the tokens as well. It's not just something that you kind of sit on for a future maybe time when it might have some value or those sorts of things. It gives them something very valuable. And I like what you mentioned too around like you don't have to have a fancy DSLR camera or drone or, you know, super high quality dash cam. Like you can use things that most people have in their pocket. And, you know, most people will take pictures when they go on, you know, on vacation or a hike or something like that. And just being able to just upload something you're already doing and getting awarded for it is so cool. Very low, you know, barrier to entry, which I think is fascinating. And, you know, I think that so we've talked a little bit about, you know, how decentralization and blockchain plays into this. And, you know, I love to hear about AI as well. But actually, before we get into that, I want to dig into the blockchain piece a bit more. Do you mind sharing a little bit about so what blockchain is actually built on and how does the kind of token where is the token living? Right. So the token was minted on Polygon. And the reason for doing that was, you know, we talked about this, there was no question that we had to be EVM compatible, and we had to be living on Ethereum layer two. The smart contracts that we have are all, you know, functional across, you know, change like Arbitrum, Polygon, any any Ethereum L2, we've kind of been prioritizing Arbitrum and Polygon for now. When you do a redemption on the marketplace, currently the marketplace smart contract executes on on the Polygon side. But again, like I said, that's just a deployment thing. So the tokens were minted on Polygon, you can interact with this either via Arbitrum or Polygon. And those are the two L2s that are currently being used. Very cool. Well, I appreciate you sharing that. It's just so interesting to hear where folks are building. And I think, you know, a lot of folks are building right now on Ethereum layer two is like Polygon and Arbitrum. So that's, that's great. They're doing that. And so blockchain is one component of it. And then of course, is AI, artificial intelligence, there's been so much buzz lately in artificial intelligence around these new language learning models and generative AI, which has just been a fascinating development over the last couple of years. I'd love to hear how AI plays into navigate solution. Absolutely. So you know, the way that and just to back up a little bit, my work at SparkCognition, SparkCognition started back in 2013. It's an industrial AI company. So the solutions that they have, for example, do things like predict failures on oil rigs or generators and wind turbines, you know, very expensive equipment that, obviously, once it fails, costs you a lot of time and money. So being able to take sensor data and derive some insights from that, establish a kind of normal behavior baseline, and then be able to use that to predict whether or not a failure is imminent, and try and predict that failure in advance. This is just one example. And as I mentioned, in order to do that, the last eight years from what I've seen, you need a lot of data. And not only do you need a lot of data, but you also need data that you can consume and process and get certain insights out of. And usually, when you kind of look at the industrial space, you have all of these, you know, massive companies that have had their infrastructure there for such a long time, and you can't be like, hey, let's design a new generator that you use that has all the sensors you have to, you know, you have to do with what you have out there. And you can either add some sensors to it, or it's like, hey, this is the data we have, go and figure it out. With navigate, it kind of turns it turns the thing on its head, right? Because, as I mentioned, we're building a layer of data, or a collection of data sets that have not existed in the past. And so as we build those data sets, for example, you know, I was looking at some imagery from Lahore, which is a city in Pakistan of about 15 million people. And you can go and look at the imagery that you have on like Bing maps. And this is what I was mentioning earlier, I'll send this to you visually, it'll just make a lot more sense. You can look at what you have on Bing maps, versus Google versus, you know, what navigate has captured. And you can literally like the amount of, you know, change from each of those is orders of magnitude. And so in the Bing one, you can barely tell that a few buildings. And in the final one that you look at, you can tell that, you know, three of those buildings have solar panels on them. And each of those solar panels is like a six by six solar panels. And there are six of those can tell how many motorbikes are parked in the roundabout, you can see people who are walking on foot, you can see how many cars are parked, you can even derive, you know, how many of those would be sedans, or SUVs, or vans, or things like that. So that's where the AI component is just like a shoe in, right, you don't, and those are things that, obviously, the industry has been working on for years. And, you know, it used to be very exciting back in 2013, where you're like, Oh, look, I have an object detection, we have object tracking through certain frames, we have, you know, a lot more insights that you can get from visual high definition visual imagery, using artificial intelligence and machine learning models specifically. So combining that and just overlaying something as simple as that just giving you one example on high quality data, which is the thing that we traditionally lack, when we solve AI problems.
Pakistan frees Imran Khan associate even as authorities plan to prosecute thousands of his followers
"A colleague of former Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan's has been freed from detention. A Pakistani court has ordered the release of Shireen mazari, who served as rights minister under Khan during his 2018 to 2022 term in office, mazari was arrested last week in the capital Islamabad on charges of inciting people to violence now the authorities have ordered her release following a petition by her daughter, however, the family says that despite the court order, mazari has still not been let go, the government is pressing ahead with plans to prostitute thousands of Khan's followers, implicated in recent anti government violence. I'm Charles De Ledesma
Right groups call on Pakistan not to try 'arsonists' from political protests in military courts
"A leading international rights group and a local watchdog, a calling on Pakistan, not to try civilians, who were involved in recent anti government protests before military courts. Amnesty International and the human rights commission of Pakistan issued separate statements late on Tuesday. During attention as the government's plan to bring supporters of former prime minister Imran Khan, who clashed with police and rioted across the country to trial under military rules. Military trials in Pakistan are usually held behind closed doors depriving civilians of some of their basic rights, including contracting a lawyer of their choice, Amnesty says it alarming to note that the authorities have stated their intention to try civilians under military laws, possibly in military courts. I'm Charles De Ledesma
Islamabad high court gives ex-PM Imran Khan 2-week reprieve from arrest in graft case, grants bail
"A high court in Pakistan's capital has granted a former prime minister Imran Khan, a two week reprieve from arrest in a graft case and granted him bail on the charge. Outside court, Imran Khan commented on the court decision to grant him protection from arrest and freed on bail. They say they have no justification to arrest me. They abducted me. They showed me an arrest warrant for the first time inside jail. It happens in the law of the jungle. The military abducted me. The government has
Pakistan on edge as court is asked to decide whether ex-PM Imran Khan goes free or is rearrested
"Pakistan's former prime minister Imran Khan has returned to a top court to hear whether he'll be shielded from renewed arrest or taken back into custody. The decision has had Pakistan's government and large amounts of Khan's supporters on edge after days of violent confrontations, the opposition leader arrived out of the same court for which he was dragged and arrested on Tuesday in connection with graft charges, the arrest had triggered violent nationwide protests in his supporters who attacked military installations burn vehicles and ambulances alluded general stores in various parts of the country, the violence has drawn condemnation from the government. I'm Charles De Ledesma
John Catsimatidis: People Want to Hear Pres. Trump, Not Biden
"John, it feels like the whole country's talking about the town hall last night and Trump's performance. Do you think his good night makes it tougher to for desantis to emerge? It got even better this morning. The president was on with Sid Rosenberg this morning at 8 o'clock. Right. And the ratings were like double or triple with their normally are. Wow. And people just tuned in. People want to hear it because they know that President Biden is not doing a great job for our country. A lot of our allies. A lot of, look, India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia hates The White House right now. We're losing Brazil. Well, losing election kina. We're going to lose the free world. What was it on your old James Bond movie? Specter. Well, there's a new Specter run by China and Russia. And they're gathering up everybody else. And the free world is not going to be free unless we have the right leadership in Washington. And that's the important thing.
Imran Khan due in court as Pakistan braces for more violence
"Pakistan's Imran Khan is due in court as the country braces for more violence. The nation faces more turmoil after former prime minister Imran Khan was dragged from court in Islamabad and his supporters clash with police across the country, the 70 year old opposition leader is expected in court later on Wednesday for a hearing in which a judge will be asked to approve keeping him in custody for up to 14 days. The arrest has deepened political turmoil and sparked violent demonstrations, at least one person was killed in the southwestern city of Quetta and dozens wounded in various parts of the country, Khan's political party is
Party officials: Imran Khan arrested in court in Islamabad
"Officials from the party of Pakistan's former prime minister Imran Khan say he has been arrested as he appeared in a court in the capital Islamabad to face charges in multiple graft cases. A senior official with the party says calm was dragged out of the court and into a police vehicle and is now in the custody of the security forces. He denounced the arrest as an abduction. Chaudhry adds the former prime minister, was arrested by agents from the country's anti corruption body, the national accountability bureau, Khan was ousted in a no confidence vote in Pakistan in April 2022, claiming his ouster was illegal and a western conspiracy, and has campaigned against the government of his successor prime minister shabazz Sharif, demanding early elections. I'm Charles De Ledesma
"pakistan" Discussed on Bloomberg Radio New York
"Is here with a look at global news headlines at all right, thank you, Doug. China's ministry of emergency management is warning of heavy rainfall in the south and it may lead to more flooding they say. This is already impacted agriculture. Pakistan says it will not have bilateral relations with India until New Delhi reviews, prime minister Narendra Modi's new four year to revoke Kashmir autonomy. He did that four years ago, so they say it has to be lifted or no talks. Joe Biden's polling numbers are looking more and more dismal. ABC Washington Post poll has his approval and a new low 36% disapproval 56%. 68% say two old for another term and trailing Donald Trump in a head to head 49 to 42% and Ron DeSantis at 48 to 41%. South Korea and Japan have struck a court of unity and rare summit over the weekend, bending the rift since colonial times and working on ship deals. And also Bloomberg reporting semiconductor chips that they talked about South Korea and the U.S. will meet this week to strengthen their cooperation in responding to cybersecurity threats. That is going on today and tomorrow. When the Taliban has agreed with China and Pakistan to extend the belt and road initiative to Afghanistan. In San Francisco, I'm Ed Baxter and this is Bloomberg regardless check on sports now. Bloomberg stands Schwartzman Dano arsenal with a very important win. Deathly was important. It's a two nil one of her new castle at Saint James park, the Gunners now moved within one point to Manchester
IMF says inflation to slow growth across Mideast this year
"The International Monetary Fund says inflation will dampen growth across the Middle East this year. Economies across the Middle East and Central Asia will likely slow this year as persistently high inflation and rising interest rates bite into their post pandemic gains. The IMF's regional economic outlook blames in part rising energy costs, as well as elevated food prices for the estimated slower growth, the report says that while oil dependent economies of the gulf Arab states and others in the region have reaped the benefits of elevated crude prices, other countries such as Pakistan have seen growth collapse as economic woes worsened. I'm Charles De Ledesma
Pakistan's Economy on the Brink of Collapse
"There is a Wall Street Journal editorial. One more, one more international, but this came to me from news items by John Ellis this morning. It's my early warning system for international crises. It's the morning E newsletter with the news items that happen from all around the world. All of Ellis sources, Pakistan has reached an inflection point. I didn't know this. Food inflation is at a record high of 47%. Overall inflation hovered around 35% through March and April. Earlier this month, the country's Central Bank raised interest rates to 21%. A country that not too long ago exported wheat is now an importer thanks to last year's floods. Fuel prices have soared to unimaginable highs, industry chiefs have expressed worry that curbs on imports and withdrawal of subsidies for an electricity. Necessitated by Pakistan's dwindling foreign exchange reserves, amid conditions demanded by the IMF before a rescue package can be implemented, are threatening to bring industrial production to a halt.
"pakistan" Discussed on KAILASH HAZARI IAS ACADEMY /ADMINISTRATIVE CONSULTANT SERVICE (WORLDWIDE)
"Hello, France. Street catastrophic temple. The Pakistan high commission hedge issued the judge to a group of 12 Hindu liquors from India to which the three Qatar temporal district Punjab province. Under the bilateral protocol of 1974 on widgets, the religious Hindu victims are being made. Temple. The government of Pakistan will renovate this temple. There are 7 temples in the temple, also known as south Graham. During the reign of moria dynasty emperor ahsoka. Also built a distance to the Chinese traveler. Had also mentioned this place in hitch. Travel log huge catastrophic temple is a famous Hindu image site located in the salt mountain range in the northern part of Punjab province of Pakistan. This temple watch built to buy the catana Gujarat dynasty there is also an NCT bar temple here.
"pakistan" Discussed on TuneInPOC
"Might have fucked up too early on this? I know why let me tell you I get you here I don't know I don't do what I'm doing for you shout out you Jing I go it's got that bad money that's about mine it's got that bad money stuck I buy money I keep it oh yeah it's not about money about money about money 'cause I might wanna give you how you feel wherever I am staying together but never helping me I say you say I guess everybody and beat okay forget everybody and feel okay then they profile baby gonna come but why up when you acquire ridicule then we pray for my they said I'm a huge shout out while you're with it while I start and daddy please if you say you can not move right now do you remember how you know this TV I just did if you did talk about things about me oh yeah everybody say it's got that bad money I thought about mine it's got that bad money 'cause I brought mine I did yeah I can hear oh yeah got that bad money about my bad mind 'cause I bought money yeah I used to. I don't know what time for what I'm doing for you shout out what you think I got yeah if you didn't talk about things. Talk about money it's got somebody I met Jesus and a few other ones that you love each other I never see that when I spot the first generation I want to be a wife I don't know why I hope I give you everybody I'd give you about what it was if I said you I won't tell me what it's like you say I'm not let me go it's fine but the beauty DJ ever. I'm the beautiful you get every single one. This is how it is done. The nation. We are learning before we try to. Yeah. My name until you write all that me drives no one I need Pakistan you find it real hard if you got no need small time if you live I hope I speak so leave you out of the wish you well. I feel good yeah yeah I don't know if you know me I look what I am used to that my students are just too bad oh God my son by my city now you can see my soul by my titties yeah you say I done rushed me and my city now
"pakistan" Discussed on Bloomberg Radio New York
"Government apology. The promise from Trump comes as he's looking at making another run for The White House in 2024. 25 children are among the latest to die in flooding in Pakistan. In all 57 additional deaths have been reported. The overall death toll stands at a little under 1300. Monsoon rains and melting glaciers are blamed for the flooding. I'm Julie Ryan. President Biden is asking Congress to approve a $1 billion arms deal with Taiwan. The news comes amid increased tensions with China over Taiwan's island status, the State Department announced it approved three separate proposed military sales for Taiwan, with Congress being notified, a U.S. Department of State spokesperson said that the U.S. being able to provide defense weaponry is essential to Taiwan's security. Sweltering temperatures are expected to continue through Labor Day and beyond in California and parts of the western U.S., nika magas reports. A heat dome building over the region is causing temperatures to skyrocket to triple digits in several areas. This is a particularly strong one across the very wide area. While this heat event is rare, national weather service meteorologist Eric schoening says it's not unusual There will definitely be several records broken across a very large area of the western United States all the way from California through the interior Pacific Northwest and even further inland across the west. He says this heat dome causes high pressure to act as a lid on the atmosphere, as hot air attempts to escape. The lid forces it back down, warming even more as it sinks. A smoked salmon product is being recalled after a sample tested positive for Listeria. Brian shook has more. The recall is over the four ounce packages of Saint James
"pakistan" Discussed on Bloomberg Radio New York
"To leave this conversation I met mattson And I'm Dina kodiak And I'm Susanna Palmer in the Bloomberg newsroom A global pledging campaign raised $11 billion to help more than 10 million people displaced within and outside of Ukraine since Russia invaded 6 weeks ago backed by Europe Canada gulf countries and celebrities such as Katy Perry Madonna and Elton John The drive concluded at an event in Warsaw European Commission president Ursula von der leyen For the European Commission that we want to pledge €1 billion 600 million of those will go to Ukraine to the Ukrainian authorities and partially to the United Nations so that the Ukrainian authorities can who know exactly who is a need Pakistan lawmakers are set to vote in opposition leadership as Sharif as the next prime minister there This after former cricket star Imran Khan was ousted in a new confidence motion that ended his four year run Khan's ouster came after a fallout with Pakistan's army over a range of issues including interference in military promotions his rocky relationship with the U.S. and management of the economy that saw inflation rise at the second fastest pace in Asia Earnings season kicks off this coming week with a focus on financials a preview from Bloomberg's Charlie pellet Wednesday it's JPMorgan Chase also that morning we hear from BlackRock and then Thursday Wells Fargo PNC Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley investors will learn how Wall Street fared amid heightened volatility stemming from the Russia Ukraine conflict and to focus on the fed's tightening path Bloomberg's Charlie pellet reporting Today marks mayor Eric Adams 100th day in office In his first 100 days mayor Adams has faced tough challenges The ongoing coronavirus pandemic a challenging economic recovery increasing homelessness and rising gun violence on city streets Global news 24 hours a day on air and on Bloomberg quicktake powered by more than 2700 journalists and analysts in more than 120 countries I'm Susanna Palmer This is Bloomberg This is masters in business with Barry Reynolds on Bloomberg radio My extra special guest this week is Jonathan Levine He is the managing partner at bean capital of which manages about a $155 billion He is also the chief investment officer at Bain capital credit about $58 billion in assets He is the co chair of the board of trustees of Columbia University where he got his undergraduate degree before going on to earn an MBA at Harvard Jonathan Levine welcome to a Bloomberg Thank you very much I'm glad to be here So given your background you study economics undergrad you get an MBA how did you find your way to Wall Street What did you do between your undergraduate and your MBA Interestingly enough I actually didn't study economics as an undergrad I studied political science and English literature And I took one economics course I think that that's why I'm so good at always reducing things to basic supply and demand because that's how far I got And I was into Columbia law school and I was planning on attending and a friend of mine said you know the investment banks now have analyst programs and they claim they're just looking for smart people and you don't need to know anything And I thought I was smart And I still wasn't charged I said well I'm going to law school And I'll never forget She said to me well there's free food And I said well free food I'll definitely show up And I literally showed up interviewed with a few places was fortunate enough to get some offers and I decided to go to dressel Burnham And I worked at drexel Burnham for just short of two years between business business school and college because obviously drexel didn't make it the full two years but it was an amazing experience before I went to business school Really really intriguing I never knew that MBA programs came with free food Otherwise I might not have gone to law school I didn't know that That's really interesting So you go from drexel which you're primarily known as an M and a shop to McKinsey the big consultancy what was that transition like How did you find yourself operating when you were no longer in what essentially was one of the hottest M and a shops on the street So when I went to business school a couple of things happened One is because I didn't have traditional undergraduate economics or finance or accounting I really only knew about finance because that's where I wound up And so I learned so much more about the strategic aspects of business Second of all I met my wife the third day of business school And we discussed where we wanted to be And we wanted to be in Boston and at the time there weren't a lot of finance jobs in Boston And I had the good fortune of meeting the people from the McKinsey Boston office which was quite small at the time I was able to go there as a summer really found the work interesting and probably even more so the people were truly extraordinary people Great teachers really intellectually curious And the second year of business school because my clients were local I was able to actually work part time in that office the second year of business school And I had accepted the offer I went back there My wife actually was working at a different consulting firm She was at DCG But there was part of me that always thought I would get back to some form of finance or investing And Bain capital in early 1993 was raising its first institutional fund Historically we were less than ten years old in historically had basically had high net worth funds And we were jumping from a $120 million fund to a $300 million fund which at the time seemed enormous And I got a call from somebody I knew here and he said we're trying to quote beef up a little bit I think the firm had fewer than 20 investors And we want somebody with consulting and banking experience Are you interested in talking to us And.
"pakistan" Discussed on Immigrants of Toronto
"Definitely <Speech_Male> <Speech_Music_Male> <Advertisement> <Silence> <SpeakerChange> few <Speech_Male> outlets <Speech_Male> one. Iran <Speech_Music_Male> to an event <Speech_Music_Male> desma school of business <Speech_Music_Male> <Advertisement> and there was this <Speech_Male> big seal <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> of i remember which <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> company <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> and he told me one <Silence> <Advertisement> thing and he said that <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> <Speech_Male> the places that <Speech_Male> you're most focusing <Speech_Male> at <Speech_Male> those aren't <Speech_Male> basically get the <Speech_Male> most opportunities. <Speech_Male> There will be many <Speech_Male> different places where you're <Speech_Male> not even focusing <Speech_Male> and you get <Speech_Male> your opportunities from <Speech_Male> there. Only once <Speech_Male> you do <Speech_Male> New networking <Speech_Male> never stop <Speech_Male> Networking in <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> gada. Always <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> keep your <Speech_Male> mind open to <Silence> meet. New people <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> donald. <Speech_Male> All this help is not today <Speech_Male> than maybe <Speech_Music_Male> <Advertisement> five years at once <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> where he might <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> be open to <Silence> <Advertisement> meeting new people <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> and <Speech_Male> all this keep learning <Speech_Music_Male> new things. <Speech_Male> He was pretty impressed on <Speech_Male> holiday learned <Speech_Music_Male> so <SpeakerChange> far <Speech_Music_Male> google maps. <Speech_Music_Male> <Speech_Male> That's great. does. <Speech_Male> I think it's great advice. <Speech_Male> I think the more <Speech_Male> people you meet the more <Speech_Male> not only <Speech_Male> the opportunities will <Speech_Male> come up at <Speech_Male> some point but you also <Speech_Male> making <Speech_Male> your france. You're <Speech_Male> blending into <SpeakerChange> the culture <Speech_Male> and especially if you decided <Speech_Male> to move here. So <Speech_Male> yeah i think is <Speech_Male> great. Advise them <Silence> stuff. I thank you very much <Speech_Male> so <Speech_Male> for everybody. who's <Speech_Male> listening. If you enjoyed <Speech_Male> the show you can <Speech_Male> subscribe on apple. <Speech_Male> Podcast google <Speech_Male> podcasts amazon <Speech_Male> music. Or <Speech_Male> wherever you listen to your <Speech_Male> favorite shows <Speech_Male> you <SpeakerChange> can also follow <Speech_Male> the show on social <Speech_Male> media <Speech_Male> moustapha. <Speech_Male> If people want <Speech_Male> to get in touch <Speech_Music_Male> with you. <SpeakerChange> What's the best <Speech_Male> way for them to do it. <Speech_Male> You can <Speech_Male> reach out <Speech_Male> to me on lincoln. <Speech_Male> And i'm <Speech_Male> ready on <Speech_Music_Male> instagram <Speech_Male> <Speech_Male> <Speech_Music_Male> Of places in <Speech_Male> the gt end here. <Speech_Male> And there's if <Speech_Music_Male> you want even asked me <Speech_Music_Male> this <Speech_Music_Male> of a whole <Speech_Music_Male> list of business. I can <Speech_Male> recommend alert <Speech_Male> visit. Actually not <Speech_Music_Male> many people know <Speech_Music_Male> about so if you really <Speech_Music_Male> want to <Speech_Music_Male> defending <Speech_Male> let <Speech_Male> you know about that. But instagram <Speech_Male> behind. <Speech_Male> Really <Speech_Male> in the link <SpeakerChange> at 'unreacted <Speech_Music_Male> on that <Speech_Music_Male> <Speech_Male> so i'm going to <Speech_Male> post the both <Speech_Male> linked to your <Speech_Music_Male> lengthen profile <Speech_Music_Male> and your instagram profile <Speech_Music_Male> on the episode <Speech_Male> notes. And <Speech_Male> i'm going to pose the link <Speech_Male> to the pdf <Speech_Male> that you created <Speech_Music_Male> steph up. Thank <Speech_Male> you very much for for <Speech_Male> joining me <Speech_Male> this conversation. I really <Speech_Male> <Advertisement> enjoyed it. <Speech_Male> And congratulations <SpeakerChange> on <Speech_Music_Male> listening to you. Doing <Speech_Music_Male> it was a pleasure being <Speech_Music_Male> here. Thank you so <Speech_Music_Male> much for. Having me <Speech_Music_Male> <Advertisement> <Speech_Male> illegal of that i can <Speech_Music_Male> have more people knew <Speech_Music_Male> more newcomers coming <Speech_Music_Male> here. I'm <Speech_Male> pretty sure we'll especially <Speech_Male> if you continue <Speech_Male> updating this <Speech_Male> document that <Speech_Music_Male> i'm pretty sure i'm going to <Speech_Music_Male> take a look <Speech_Music_Male> to find <Speech_Music_Male> an pressure. There's <Speech_Music_Male> a lot of things that i don't <Speech_Music_Male> know so <Speech_Music_Male> <Advertisement> thank you <Speech_Music_Male> <Advertisement> <Speech_Music_Male> thanks. Everyone <Speech_Music_Male> for listening. <Speech_Male> I most the senate <Speech_Music_Male> and this is <Speech_Music_Male> immigrants off toronto <Speech_Music_Male> <Speech_Music_Male> or immigrants of kingston. I don't know.
"pakistan" Discussed on Immigrants of Toronto
"You're listening to the immigrants of toronto. Podcast my guest. Today is moussa fat and sorry stuff up stuff. I think skirted anyway go. Oh sure i'm pronouncing that was perfect. Stop stop okay. So we're going to show so happy to be here excited for the podcast upper to share my experience. Welcome to the immigrants of toronto. Podcast aiming to open people's minds through real stories of immigration and now your host oscar seni- mustapha again. Welcome to the show very excited to have you here and more excited. I was able to pronounce your name properly the second time. But why don't we start the conversation by telling the audience. Who are you yet for sure. It's a my name is mustafa. I was born in karachi pakistan and i lived there for the longest time and then i moved to guida two years ago to pursue a master's degree in business. And that's when. I fulfilled my dream of finally coming to toronto. The canadian and lived in toronto for a bit but then because my masters was in queens university angling ston in monsters of innovation and entrepreneurship. So i've moved to kingston which is just doing a half a two yard strife east of grinder. And that's what i've been and all my plans of moving back have been kinda both point because the hand by i will return to grow into one day that that's interesting so so can ask you why. How was your life backing in pakistan in. Maybe why did you decide to move. Yeah definitely so. My family got the immigration. Enjoying fifteen and we came here. We lived in mississauga in the pta. And we we went back after a few months and read after that. My family did not pursue earning but iowa starting at that time. I complete my bachelor's and once complete my bachelor's then i really wanted to have better prospects of my life seer branka future Diamond karachi things weren't looking at right. It was very difficult to get a job. The jaws aren't being high enough. It was too much do requirement than the way less reward and dying. I wanted to come back to guide. it a dry the canadian life year and few things once. I graduated island. New england after my graduation wants us saw life were different matured. What currently it was different for me and you know like we don't have the apple store. Bogus stein and apple is one of my favorite brand. That and everything was on google mazarine. I rarely use google maps back home. Even though i love my life by on but for me to progress and you know be competing with all the other people from around the world. I wanted to stop everything. I once i went to you. I decide. laughter moved agana. Enter dern and start my life. And i think as soon as you start traveling going to new countries and you start understanding that the life is different. Just go a few miles from a few miles when be a couple of thousand miles away and then you find that things are completely different. Why white canada and not england. You're you're saying like england was kind of your trigger but then then you ended up here. What happened. I mean if i had the option our definitely have left to live in england to tell me the score every single day that wants a minus died of london. He's died of life for there is all that life can afford announced while that's actually rented for two three weeks of that but my dad always wanted me and my family to live in canada and he apply for immigration douglas. A long long time but once we had the residency. I knew things would be wasting. But if i go to Guida dumai monsters here at the local student and lots of benefits with that. So you said you you moved here three years ago so so the i'm assuming the goal basically what you're saying it was to move here and study your masters at queens university so you're going farther away from toronto so while i was biased on easter research everyday about guida up like to three knows your rice in queens well and i want to do this program at york but before i could get the admission to york and rice and once i got the admission at queens university my family member than my cousins. All of them who've lived in gathered. They just stop right there. Because it's like a rape prestigious. The ray historian you love it over there and any bush Gts that you know. I going to queen's university. Gabriel was pretty amazed. Family didn't give me any other option. You can go to kingston. Do your masters and you can always during dude roy to and dry the life in kingston because a dying my father game to canada and he said you know you are living array similar life that you were living in by stein all your friends of bogus. Tiny in mississauga. You got the blink cricket at walmart parking lot together. She shut get as having bikes on food. Everything is the same. You're just living in a cd with more laws and rules. But houston living the same life. And i want you to live with a canadian city. Live like a canadian. Over here and mississauga dialect. They were few days in mississauga. Would i didn't even speak english every place. Iran do were doing the a bit of fun job being i could get by once he saw dicing. You're definitely going to kingston. Yeah yeah. I think one of the things that you want to do as an immigrant is kind of like blend into the culture and if you don't speak the language it's hard to blend because you go back to comfort zones. I go this. I speak the languages that i already know and already mastered so. Why take the effort definitely. So you moved to kingston for your your masters or did you move later. Yes still. I moved to kingston or my master's degree and i never had planned or imagine that our to be here but instant So the funny thing was that i used to live in that growing from mississauga area. I ring to new york for one weekend. And once i came to new york mind took me after. Like a day to kingston and once he would meal on lifting stint West of downtown. And he's like this is it. This is dollars are used to like dog buildings. I minimal research fucking sin at that time especially came from new york at night but once i came here started living here. It was community over here. That kind of binded me year. Wanting i like about kingston. Is that the downtown university and the league and residential. It's all fifteen minute. Walk them so we. It was already a li like once. We were done with glosses. All of us to walk together to our separate won't buy reach to stop by as some borrow bubbling. Some restaurant in reach really there was a skunk community. Feeling over there. And i used to tell this to my friends in him in york in these to stay wants to glosses over. One person's going to scarborough was going to miss asada. It's everyone had the tournament adjoining left out. Tailgate is like denmark. Vote and i know where everybody lists by mental board One thing. I did that. I really liked about kingston. Yeah i've been living there a few times same thing like i like that..
"pakistan" Discussed on Immigrants of Toronto
"On your own you get a sense of like. Oh my god. I'm literally on my own. If something happens to me. There is no mom or dad coming in to save me so those kind of factors about safety ability bonds relationships. That's something that moving as a single woman individually on your own could be really different from with a family or as you were saying. You're not your spouse. I think. I think you taught very important issue that i think i know canada acid. I know a lot of the first world. Countries habits is We're still. I would say the society steal a helps America's a helps in a quote unquote Nobody can see me Airboats but what i'm trying to do is if you're if you're a man and maybe you're white or or something like that. You have an edge on like like. I said this before i'm from mexico but i'm the white man so i'm pretty sure i have an extra edge society wise in thinking about stereotypes and biases. We talked before that in another mexican that is not why is not a man right so may agree with you would sayings the structure of the world. Unfortunately steel very male oriented in terms of them in now moving around in a bow doing jobs moving to other countries for their jobs. Educationally there are so many reasons why women are moving around. There is hope that you know now processes systems all these structures will start becoming more centric Mortar bald around women but so far it's still very male centric and spit lynn than on top of that there is a layer of colored You know there's so many layers keep adding onto it concerns sites. What would you say this for success like the everytime you have a difference between the standard white man it takes a little more effort right with your woman Twice a year a woman of color trip three times the effort than if you add your name again. It's four times. So yeah i agree. It's it's It's part of the house. Society is structured. That's unfortunately but yeah that's the case. So just let me move to a more. I would say lighter note. Because i think we're if you get started with this commission that i can. I can talk about that a lot too. Let's not focus on that. I think I would like to focus on on. Think of you have cheap because indian. You've been here for six years. There's a reason why you give for six years right. So why don't you tell me a little bit about Maybe the the proudest achievement. What have you done here that you'd say this is. This is the proudest achievement. They have in canada. And i think one of the biggest things i started my journey. Would this idea that. I'm gonna take my business global as i was saying before and i mean an immigrant in only took me six years to get there but one of my biggest achievements is. I've found finally. I've i've come to the point where i started building my own business and it's called wonder laid and i think for me. It's one of the biggest achievements reason being that being an immigrant. It's it's hard to to basically figure out you finances sort out the you not gonna go homeless out the head you know you have enough resources. You know enough people that you can actually bush your own business forward hats off to be bull who come here and they start something on their own from the beginning. I mean i don't know how they do it. Maybe food businesses are something that people can get into because who'd it brings in so much connection that way you know brings in your community together but starting a business i thought would be a big thing and i knew that you know i have to save money. I'll have to work. I'll have to make sure. I have a place in some contingency plans before we jump into starting business so i think that is really my proudest achievement. And i'm really glad i'm here. It's a long long road is just a starting point but even to get here thing. I'm sort of proud and you should be. I agree with you. Starting something from scratch is it's not only the effort that it takes to do it but also the where you are. Lego muir you head space worries it like it. It takes a toll on your stress because you you are not. It's not like having a job that you know that i mean unless you perform portly but normally you go there you work you do your best and you get a paycheck when you're working by yourself or building something it's It's not a guarantee like you. That paycheck might take longer than you expect that those kinds of things and on top of that. I mean this very basic thought. I hadn't bug on when i was running. My business will always like well. You know if. I can always be in my barron slaves and not worry about so back a thought here if i fail go the bug is on. It's still have my family. There will support me in everything. But i don't want to go at that point so having that the backup strength of always being like oh i can start from my parents garage arguing just figure something out was never there. It was like if. I'm starting this. And if i fail it's on me and i have to take full responsibility. Make sure all the resources are here right. Congratulations i agree with you. That's that's achievement. That you have to should be proud of thank you so talking about the other side of the coin. We talked about your achievement. And what can you tell me was the maybe hardest situation. You has to face because you were an immigrant hearing in toronto. A good question. It's one of those interview. Questions are usually. What are your strengths. And then what are you. Weaknesses the weaknesses. As my strength remain.
"pakistan" Discussed on Immigrants of Toronto
"You're listening to episode. Seventy six of the immigrants of toronto podcast. My guest today is coma from pakistan. She moved to canada in two thousand fifteen as she'll be sharing her story with us today. Coma welcome to the show. I asked her thank you for having me year. Welcome to the immigrants of toronto. Podcast aiming to open people's minds through real stories of immigration and now your host oscar sina komo welcome again. I'm super happy to have you here. So usually what i do. And if you've listened to other your you know it's i asked my guest to apprec- introduction of themselves so if you don't mind telling us who you are to get started i think it'd be great. Yeah i would love to so. I am a strategist and a researcher by profession and i came to canada to do my master's program in two thousand fifteen as you were just telling. I spend almost like six years here and I authored a book while contentious cities i recently earned my own business. Gone wander light. And that's where i am. I also star running this youtube channel. Make travel so that's a bit about me. But the truly truly impressive three hours like there's not a lot of my guests that have already authored a book or anything like that. So congratulations until komo wonder. Why don't we start. your life before twenty fifteen when you decided to move here like what was happening. Why did you decide to move here over. Be as you'll be super interesting for everybody to under to listen to that and understand what was in your mind that made you move here in. Hatton glad you were asking this question. I'm thinking how. It's been so long. But was i over here but any you know just looked back in two thousand fifteen. That was the time. When i was running a business in bogus on call designed podcastone had moved back from the us in two thousand thirteen. So i was sort of missing Life in the us in being connected that way being out there being global men. I think that was a time. Where i started thinking that i need to relive that moment i need to really the joy and make my business more global not just stay in one country but maybe take it far there. Maybe i need new vocabulary. Maybe i need to learn new ways in a global so maybe a master's program would be the best way to move forward. I learn new things. Connect with be blair and you know. Get some help from professors and people around make my business a global business. So i was deciding like why canada and i i did apply to u s. I was considering some countries in europe but canada really. Billy became the place that i wanted to move to because to be really frank about it at the masters program was really affordable the us it costing the four july even with ownerships oscar. I think a lot of people listening hundred you know this portion and so canada was offering the master's degree same sort of course work program and not even half the cost of it so that was a big reason for me. Another reason was once. I'm done with my master's nobody's gonna kick me out of the country with most mission. The us you know in uk to you get your degree go home unless mind this amazing job that can you know sponsor you to get a work. Permit candidate really offers Graduates the option to have an open work permit which is incredible just for one year for three years so that wasn't plus point for me in shortlisted candidates based on these very very practical reason. I think candidate in that sense. It's very friendly state. You come here you'll learn and know we give you a worker into can apply. Whatever you learn in school in our country rather. It's kind of the idea of of canada. And i like that. I think it's if helps both ways rose if we want to stay here and it helps canada because whatever we learned is not going away. We you're applying your knowledge here. Yeah no for sure. I mean in the started might feel like oh because for most international students day. They're not many scholarships though think in the us. I can qualify for a full scholarship. But it's a very. It's like very few people who would qualify for scholarship. Here you can do pay but you get so much in return. I mean if you're working years here chances are you're gonna get more than what you paid for your masters program. That's a really good point and and this is a little bit but you mentioned that you leave the united states before until twenty thirteen. I think you said yeah. So co was because one of the things i always ask is Would for people that just moved to new country if they were able to forge strong relationships similar to the ones that they had in their home country. You're leaving the states for a bid and then in canada Is there any difference whether you've been able to forge strong relationships that how has been your was your social social life in that sense. This question even good conversing for the first part of my time here in canada it kept comparing it to the us and in obvious reasons. It was the neighboring country of question. I do have really amazing relationships in bonds here now in canada. But it took me a while. delyle's together compared to the us. Where i was there for a semester. It was a semester abroad program and the friendships i formed. There are are the friendships. That stayed with me for years. Even now on my best friends are the friends. I made in And to just look at the time span. That was just a few months. I'm very two years here and it took me you know. It took me some time. I would say to to build relationships that i could count on. It.
"pakistan" Discussed on The Stream of David: Channeled Spiritual Guidance and Law of Attraction Advice
"Western culture for sure so just your bravery in in your you. How were you when you left there. I was ten. So you've been gone for a while. You've been the united states for quite some time. Yeah most that's that's one of the most of my childhood. I remember is from america. Sounds as well as my life in life like buxton. so again i found all that or remembered all that through Todd reconnecting and going back in time and visiting all those different members that i kinda bald bottled up in buried away in a lot of those are like life changing experiences. So now you're back here you're safe. Your daughter is still there and yes have not. You have not spoken to her since then. I have not spoken. But my case. As like i still have like a ankle cousin. Who's the attorney of me. So like i have somebody who's already representing me over there. So the case is still going on. We're still going back and forth so just trusting. The everybody was already telling me like. I'm not gonna win. The case could because she's a girl girl needs female influence and she's going to our gonna win. I'm thinking why they need to look at like good like better or her or her mind. I don't know. But i was like i'm just gonna trust any now like recently mug my was maybe we might be able to get her like i would love that. He's like if we could get her. And you would you come back to oxfam's like one hundred percent. I will come get her so hoping that i'll work out like joint custody between two countries I don't know how that would work. Seems pretty drastic. Go back and forth between pakistani united states. Now i would love to just get the custody and bring her back here when she doesn't stay there like i would love that and i think that's what my lawyer is trying to do now. He's trying to try to work out a way where i could get her to what he says like all going to be like for her if she's there.
"pakistan" Discussed on The Stream of David: Channeled Spiritual Guidance and Law of Attraction Advice
"All right. We're back with luke telling us about his adventures and pakistan and it sounds like quite an adventure sound like well. It wasn't the greatest trip. I kinda wanna get into how you navigated all that. Yeah i definitely wasn't the best trip but at the same time It was very very I learned a lot about. I got a lot of the other side. Because i think this is also my first time going there Since my dad has so like usually every time we go to their dad usually takes care of everything like we are just like us. kids are. we're just there on vacation but this time we had to handle everything and actually. That's another thing. I was going to mention. Because i was also right before i went there. I was doing the money. Mindset for The course for that and when on top of all of this is going on so like a we also have to deal with like everything with my bad on his passing. So i find out like everything like my dad's hold business is bank accounts like the motorcycle like all the things the car. Everything's in my name so like i'm just like white like so like this whole time like i was the one who is living with data over there and doing a lot of work him belay all of everything like his business and have a property in my name and have a bank so like all this is kinda came obviously like i didn't do anything to earn it but it just kinda fell it. Sounds like wait. Money mindset like so. That was just another side. Note really quick so like the way i dealt with it. I was just looking through the perspective of source. My biggest transgressor through all of this was this whole family. But when i talked about them i didn't talk about them with hate or muslims. Like they're just like. I would just see them as details that i felt kind of like a it sucks disconnected from stores I even like found like appreciation for my ex-wife homes like she's the reason my daughter is in this world so like my daughter like she means something to my daughter so like i can't hate her 'cause my daughter loans are so again things like these like i. I didn't use fear or hatred towards them. I kept on saying they're just as connected even when i would see them like face to face. That would just upset in. And i remember like always i was smile at them and i was calm and even late i remember like one of the police officers started calling me like a lion. Like you're i was like why calling me. That and the he actually called me and my brothers. All three of us will delights coming and that made me feel so prideful. Because like i was like. I've never solid south as a lion like i didn't. I never saw myself as a brave thing but that may feel so brave and my brother points out. He's like away. They're calling a science and said why it's because of you. You're the one that they have the drag picture of. You're the one to have. You're the one that china lake drag down and you're just like smiling and just walking around my calm and i kept on saying trust was one of my biggest thing. Just the ty h west your. I just kept on telling myself. Just trust like i manifested this like something. Great will come out of it so like all that self talk and definitely. There was a lot of times that i was down. This viral of there was a time. We're actually leaving Kind of email. Ju like david lake on this. All this is going on. I'm kind of scared at the same time..
"pakistan" Discussed on The Stream of David: Channeled Spiritual Guidance and Law of Attraction Advice
"That's the time her family did the whole like fake people and testimony. And all that and i was like even get away with that so like that whole case is the open with. They're investigating all that now. And i'm and i was like okay. I'm getting outta here. I don't wanna keep coming because my stories. I'm gonna change. It's gonna stay the same. I went to my daughter. Bugai's in industry period. Like i don't want to keep on telling that i think they kept on because like i was trying to ask like. Why would they keep on doing that. They said they were just trying to see if your story changes waiting for your body to change. So that's why they kept on like waiting for you to live by like you told you told us this but not this and find a way to get me arrested really. But don't know. I just every time i was there. Just breathe confidence and towards the end of it like even at the courthouse. They tried to present like the Gay pictures and the thankfully. The judge was a little bit more educated late when when he asked me what it was i was like. Oh it's halloween okay. Like he was like okay like it was end of story They were trying to again trying to bring more attention to the gay part but the court house didn't focus anything on the gay part. It was just the police lennon. Even after i told them and after they heard about like the daughter like day became like even the police became like very encouraging like hopefully. They told me to take her nose ring. Like you need to be like more mantha presenting even though they like. We know you're gay. But you're not and i was like okay. Thank you like. They were like we got your back in a way like take it off like just pretend to be with end gas rights. I was like they were all. They already judged they already said that you are definitely gay especially these pictures. The nose and everything and after like the communication Like the interaction with us with each other like it just kind of felt like they became lake lake especially the first the second one the higher up lease i feel like they were probably like they definitely had been bribed or like has some kind of connection because the story just kept on coming back and asking just wasting our time like sitting there waiting and then telling you happen. So that's just me. You'd never know going on behind the scenes. I kind of want to get into how it ended up. We'll take a quick break. We'll get back. Let's get into how it all ended up and then more importantly how you navigated all of this emotionally. We'll be right back..
"I just came to america like ten so i learned a new word and the new word was naked and had never known what this word was like. I already was interested in looking at like a naked man. But i just i found a i actually discovered internet so i just typed in those two words and and it was like a public library so lake artistic things came out so it was drawings and paintings of naked men and it was nothing like or anything it was just a kid and i was just curious. Alike was interested in wanting to look at that so we ended up getting internet. And then i basically the same thing at home and i had never knew anything by history or whatnot so one night my dad gets the whole family together. My lines my brothers up and he just pulls up the porn he's like Who is this and my heart. Just dropped and i was like. Oh my gosh. Like everybody's about two point nine. I didn't i didn't even know what it was but i was curious to like. I just found my way into it through internet so my both my brothers were like. Yeah no we don't know headed. And then i was like yes. It's mine so like since then like my parents became very strict at like the way i was like the way i ate the we along the way i talk. Everything became late very like there was a strict like they were watching it with like a little bank thing. Like you can't be this. This is not a into give a little background to air. The where you're from originally. I'm from pakistan originally so i was born and raised in a very conservative muslim family. So yeah so for us being gay. Was this lake. Nope that is not allowed so like since then at a young age i was already being trained leg. That's not okay. You're supposed to get married and blah blah blah. So many years later so been avoiding keeping myself away from the gay culture and like just kind of lay resisting it if you will and then A many years later like you know getting arranged into a marriage like this will help me cure me and my wife could like create a gay away so we would like and nothing would work and then everybody is like maybe having a kid so like again. I was ignorant. I just felt for whatever i need to do. Things to make everybody happy but wasn't so. We had a kid my daughter and then again that kind of brought us together but again after that lake there was still a lot of issues between us like she deserved a man who wanted her and i deserved them at wanted me to so like it was just this. It just didn't we. Were both kind of going through like we were having conversations about it and she kind of would kind of blame it on me. She's like you're not trying hard enough you're not pranks about harder. If you're choosing to begin so like those arguments started happening we started kind of drifting apart and kind of like and then i discovered a taya and then a through a podcast. Actually this very podcast. It's crazy a beyond now. But i listened to it at resonated with me and then i reached out to you and then from then like you know before i had actually done the secret at a little bit of knowledge of abraham so was already kind of like bob attraction.
"pakistan" Discussed on Newsradio 1200 WOAI
"Government of Pakistan appears to be rethinking its decision to free one of the men convicted in the death of an American journalist. Pakistan's government has launched an appeal against the decision handed down by the country's Supreme Court yesterday. Judges ordered the release often Islamist militant accused in the killing of American journalist Daniel Pearl. Theo. US says it's deeply concerned The Pakistani government is now asking the court to reinstate a murder conviction. And the death penalty. Mr. Pearl was beheaded in 2000 and two as he reported for the Wall Street Journal following the 9 11 attacks. Simon Oh in Fox News or a leader killed in an airstrike in the Middle East. A spokesman for the U. S led coalition says the head of Isis in Iraq ws here was killed in an airstrike near Cook Cook Thursday. It's another Isis fighters were also killed. This year's death is another significant blow to Isis, which has struggled dramatic comeback since its caliphate was destroyed. Last week. A suicide bombing in a crowded marketplace in Baghdad killed dozens. Isis claimed responsibility for the attack. 2500 U. S troops remain in Iraq, hundreds more currently deployed to northeast Syria. At the Pentagon. Lucas Tomlinson, Fox News police chief of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, has banned officers from using the thin blue line imagery while on duty. The flag resembles a U. S flag but has a blue line in the middle. Typically, it's seen as a symbol of police solidarity. But chief Kirsten Roman says the flag has been co opted by extremists with hateful ideologies. And he says her department needs to distance itself from what that imagery to build trust in the community. Rod Stewart and his son ever reached. A plea deal is that'll misdemeanor battery charges stemming from an altercation with the hotel Security guard when they tried to enter private party they weren't authorized to attend at a hotel on New Year's Day in 2020. The case will not go to trial. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. I'm Lisa,.
"pakistan" Discussed on WDRC
"Pakistan appears to be a rethinking its decision to free one of the men convicted in the death of an American journalist understands government has launched an appeal against the decision handed down by the country's Supreme Court yesterday, Judges ordered the release often Islamist militants accused in the killing of American journalist Daniel Pearl. The U. S says it's deeply concerned The Pakistani government is now asking the court to reinstate a murder conviction on the death penalty. Mr Pearl was beheaded in 2000 and two as he reported for the Wall Street Journal following the 9 11 attacks. Simon Oh in Fox News. Terror leader killed in an airstrike in the Middle East. A spokesman for the U. S led coalition says the head of Isis in Iraq ws here was killed in an airstrike near Cook Cook Thursday. And other Isis fighters were also killed. Yes, Here's death is another significant blow to Isis, which has struggled to mount a comeback since its caliphate was destroyed. Last week, A suicide bombing in a crowded marketplace in Baghdad killed dozens Isis claimed responsibility for the attack. 2500 U. S troops remain in Iraq. Hundreds more currently deployed to northeast Syria at the Pentagon. Lucas Tomlinson, Fox News police chief of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, has banned officers from using the thin blue line imagery while on duty. The flag resembles a U. S flag but has a blue line in the middle. Typically, it's seen as a symbol of police solidarity. But chief Kirsten Roman says the flag has been co opted by extremists with hateful ideologies. He says her department needs to distance itself From what that image rated build Trust in the community. Rod Stewart and his son ever reached a plea deal to settle misdemeanor battery charges stemming from an altercation with the hotel Security guard when they tried to enter a private party they weren't authorized to attend at a hotel on New Year's Day in 2020, the case will not go to trial. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Least Scylla. Sarah, This is.
"pakistan" Discussed on Newsradio 600 KOGO
"Loan from God. And that, by the way, has more meaning to me than ever before. Here is John and Jamestown, North Carolina's We start on the phones and glad you called, sir. Hi. How you doing? Rush? Uh, it it is a total honor to speak with you, sir of listen for 30 years, and this is the best Christmas present I could have ever asked for. So thank you so much. Um, I wanted to hit on a couple points is insisting that Nancy Pelosi said months back that $1200 was crumbs. But now $600 is pretty good, and it drives me nuts that we see this level of hypocrisy. And we don't know. It just continues. It just keeps getting worse. I mean, Trump was spot on and his four minute speech yesterday and I hope whether it be a pocket veto. Or a flat on veto that something is done to shoot this down because it's obscene. I mean, you know, uh, $700 million to the Sudan. You know? Ah, $10 million to Pakistan. $1.3 billion Egypt. It's crazy. It's crazy Rush. Um, no, it's it's well, it is, but the thing is As I said yesterday, Welcome to the way things used to be. This is exactly why we elected trump the end this kind of thing, and he did. He ended it. We stopped giving away money, particularly the nations that do not support us. Um way turned it around. We said to the Trump turned it around. We said of these nations. It's you who owe us After a fashion, but this is that's why I made the point yesterday that this is the way it used to be. How quickly how quickly the establishment reasserted itself. With this bill. This is the way it's always been. This is the way it's going to be again and here comes trump while still president Stopping it somehow threatening a pocket veto threatening a straight up, Vito. You know, here's the thing after Trump called on Congress to increase The payments from $600 to 2000 Pelosi tweeted. She agrees with it. Oh, yeah. But then she had to lie and blame Trump for the $600 figure in the first place. Pelosi tweeted last night. The Republicans repeatedly refused to say what amount the president wanted for direct checks. Democrats are ready to bring this to the floor this week by unanimous consent. Let's do it. Trump and offered a covert relief deal a couple months ago that was twice as large. This is what you you you you people probably know it. Trump offered and wanted a $1.8 trillion covert relief bill. Not 900 billion. He wanted 1.8. Trillion He wanted double the amount to go to the American people. And Pelosi, the Democrats and ain't No way buddy. Not before the election were not given you this. We're not gonna let anything happen to show the American people. You're looking out for him. And so Pelosi refused. Didn't want any part of it. And now she's claiming and all of this is Trump's fault, because Trump wouldn't specify the amount of direct payment that he wanted. Mostly turned it down. She didn't want to do anything that might help Trump get re elected and now She's more than eager to sign on to $2000 because she is lying and making it look like the reason she didn't support this amount before the election is a Trump wouldn't specify it. And Congress couldn't work today. That's not that they weren't going to stay. They were gonna pass anything. That would be beneficial to trumpet for me, and by the way, that's politics 101. I'm not suggesting she should have. But when they're out there talking about how much they love, the American people have been looking out for the American people. The American people mattered more is like the Democrats looking out for the little guy Democrats making true the little guy doesn't get squashed and stomped on. It's B s. Democrats are not looking out for the little guy. They haven't been looking out for the little guys since vested money the interests Led by Big Tech became the bankrollers of the Democrat Party. I mean, it had to be frustrating as hell. Here is the president trying to do everything he can to help people through this because he's dealing with a bunch of blue state governors. They're keeping their states locked down. Which is preventing an all out American economic recovery. It's being done. He knows the harm him politically. He knows these Democrats or engaging in policy matters that are designed to harm the country that designed to retard the rate of growth of the U. S economy, so they will redound negative way to trump he'll be blamed for it. And so that the Democrat nominee would was all about presidential elective politics. But Pelosi is not the only one now cheering this $2000 Chuck you A Schumer, Alexander, the old Castle Cortez. Bernie Sanders. Almost enoughto make me think it's a bad idea. Big Rush on the EI Bebe Network. You're listeningto Rush Limbaugh on news radio 600 Franklin Graham, Unhappy and New year to you and your family. Wow! Here we are. 2021 2020 was a pandemic here. Very tough for so many people around the world. People are afraid people are scared, but I want you know that we have hope and that hope is in God. In his son, Jesus Christ. And as we come to this new year, put your faith and trust in him. God will not leave you. He will not forsake you. There's.
"pakistan" Discussed on KLIF 570 AM
"This is Ernie Brown coming up in just a few minutes. We have the trending topics. Chad's working on those for us. So one of the biggest surprises today. Of course, the cove it bill was passed. It's being sent to the president and supposedly, he's going to sign it. He has not done so yet, but Hopefully, you will hear fairly soon because after all We need to make sure that the money in the bill for covert gets to Pakistan for their gender studies program. Which is just one of those other things in the bill. Uh, there is for the covert relief Remind me of what the Dalai Lama But Smokey Bear and horse racing has to do with covert because there are things in there regarding all of those. Particular subjects. Congress actually had six hours to read the 6000 page bill. Yeah. Legislation also establishes to new Smithsonian museums that will be located near the National Mall in Washington, the women's History Museum in the National Museum of the American Latino The Justice Department can charge businesses for felony copyright infringement if they intentionally stream copyrighted material online is part of a multi trillion dollar bill. The bill includes bipartisan legislation introduced earlier this year that will create national medication and safety standards for horse racing. And of course, my favorite and I think yours too. Ah, I'll make sure I call this the right thing. It's a gender studies program in Pakistan because I'm sure gender is a big deal in that particular nation. Okay, So there you go. Now, let's talk about covert relief. Passed by Congress. Everybody gets $600, including minors. As long as you're qualified. If you got a check last time, chances are good..