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A Moment of Truth and Vulnerability From Mark Levin
"To speak for somebody who cannot speak for himself. . But I do want people out there to know. Particularly at this time of year, who have to deal with this, I know what you're going through. And God's angels. Trust me. And that's that. You know, I listen to Paul Ryan today come out and say that so many words he backs Nikki that he's not formally backing her. Because there's no way he can support Trump. . Nobody abused we conservatives in the Republican by the Republican establishment in the ruling class. We are grievously
Fresh update on "paul w" discussed on BTV Simulcast
"This fund will focus on developing carbon credits in global frontier markets, and it will focus on investing in projects by the global frontier capital firm, which is an investment firm, and they will generate these carbon credits. What are those? They're tradable greenhouse gas emissions and that sort of allows purchasers to claim that they are offsetting their emissions as well. Some say that that's not enough, but we'll see. You know, it's a 250 million target. That's not insignificant. Well, thank you very much for that. So much more to The data and analysis that give you an edge. Bloomberg Intelligence's 10 companies to keep an eye on the Bloomberg Intelligence podcast. Alex With Steele and Paul Sweeney economic uncertainty remains a headwind for global bank stocks in -depth research on 2000 companies across 130 industries. We're going to take a look at global life science technology. Let's turn now Climate to change subscribe to Bloomberg intelligence on Apple Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts Bloomberg radio contacts changes everything. Whether you're an in -house or in private practice Bloomberg Law gives you the edge with the latest in AI powered legal analytics business insights and workflow tools with guidance from our experts. You'll grasp the latest trends in the legal industry helping you achieve better results for the practice of law the business
The Difference Between the Y2K and AI Crises
"Off the ledge because I not I am seriously freaked out I am NOT an apocalyptic guy and in the end I ultimately think that we could find a way to harness this thing but folks I think the way to stop AI is only going to be to unplug it which would basically unplug everything and you really do want to go back to little house on the prairie hey Paul I mean we can't even afford to do that we have nuclear actors now we have computers that are containing dangerous chemicals and viruses I am freaked totally out about this AI thing now here's one of the reasons I'm not going to spend a whole segment on this because I do want get to back to something that happened in the debate and PolitiFact strikes again which is amazing but the technical side of it alone scares me artificial intelligence is clearly something we were not designed to do because think about it from just a strict tactics perspective from a basic SWOT analysis you would do in business strengths weaknesses opportunities threats SWOT analysis is so simple yet it's one of the most valuable lessons you learn in business school even if you don't draw the grids you have this massive threat right? of a super intelligence just as a threat so how do you take advantage of a strength to mitigate that threat or mitigate a weakness to mitigate the threat and the thing about the threat of AI is I don't have an answer for you there because we don't have any strengths against AI we have none it's smarter than us that's the whole idea of AI why am I bringing this up again with this heavy news day because yesterday Peggy Noonan who I like her writing at the journal I get it she's not a Trump person it's okay we're allowed to have different opinions we don't have to like I don't dislike the Santis people and Haley people I believe in ideas not politicians it's fine I of get a lot complaints every time I mentioned Peggy Noonan she writes great stuff some of you know some of it I think's a little whatever oh why'd I just stop there's anybody know you pee ones Jim why'd I stop what time is it come on and you're the producer brother it's coffee time so one o 'clock hour you got to know this by yeah now man it's gonna go into book or some edit version number two the artificial intelligence Peggy Noonan wrote a piece about it last night it's a really good one she talks about AI is the y2k but it's actually real remember y2k the world's gonna end every you know enough I mean really nothing happened like it all and the y2k thing was a big deal to me because I had met Paula just before that and Paula was a computer web database developer and she was working overtime on making sure the y2k crisis didn't fit didn't affect her firm SIA where she worked Securities Industry Association at the time now SIFMA so she worked there and they fixed that the problem with AI is and you know it's funny Jim you and I just had this fight right about that fight of disagreement about it did you not say to me yesterday during the break Dan I know don't it sounds like y2k right right and this is before the Peggy Newton but she must have listened to us on the break she had like a she was beaming in ESP or something but I said to Jim and I don't know I think you thought I made a good defense the y2k crisis was describable and definable we did not allocate enough digits to compensate for the flip in the clock to the year two done everybody knew what it was okay let's fix it my wife's firm they realize they had certain systems payroll systems and others queued to a four -digit whatever three -digit or two -digit system excuse me they changed it the problem with AI in
Fresh update on "paul w" discussed on Bloomberg Law
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"Proof of Life After Life" With Dr. Raymond Moody & Paul Perry
"Welcome back, and if you're just joining me, I have proof of life afterlife authors Raymond Moody and Paul Parius, my guests, and we're talking about what happens when we die, NDEs, near -death experiences, and shared -death experiences. So, Paul, do you want to share a story that really stuck with you, that has made you want to continue? I mean, this is such interesting work. I mean, you guys really must be like... You can't stop. You can't stop. I started out planning to write one book with Raymond. Now we've written six books together, and I've written all these other books with other people, and made two movies. Yeah, I love that. So, do you have one that kind of stuck with you? I do. I know, because there's so many, and I don't want to take away, because for everybody that has this experience, it's got to be amazing to them, right? And that's their story special. But yeah, one that's just kind of stuck with you. Well, a Hollywood producer that I can't name, was on the East Coast visiting her boyfriend. And her boyfriend had never met her family. He was in Massachusetts, and she was in Los Angeles. But early in the morning, one time in Boston, she began to feel uneasy, and kind of found it impossible to get back to sleep. And as the feeling intensified for her, she began to think about members of her family. And then she started to think about her father, and then for no particular reason, because he had been healthy when she left, she began to think that maybe he was in some kind of a health distress, and needed some kind of a help. She began to toss and turn as she did it, and her boyfriend woke up, and said he was having trouble sleeping as well. They began to talk about this. It was early in the morning, and as they did, they suddenly saw her father hovering over the bed, as she said, like a ghost. And they both saw the father, although her boyfriend had never met her family. And they both just froze, looking at the father for several moments. Then she got a call later, not much later, that her father had died. And her response, her quote to me was, it was strange, but not creepy. I looked at him for signs of distress, or some other reason that he was there, but I just couldn't figure it out. Then it dawned on me that he had certainly died, and wanted to tell me himself. And she said she'd always had a strong bond with him, but this felt perfectly natural to her. And that was one that stuck with her. We have other ones in the book that are like that, though. Yeah, you do. Yeah, I love the book, because you give many stories from people who have shared with you their own experiences, and they vary greatly, which is what I thought was really interesting. I love
Fresh update on "paul w" discussed on Bloomberg Radio New York - Recording Feed
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Dr. Raymond Moody & Paul Perry Join Melisa to Discuss What Happens When We Die
"So I have Dr. Raymond Moody and Paul Perry. Raymond A. Moody Jr. MD PhD is the leading authority of near -death experiences and the author of several books, including the seminal Life After Life. The founder of the Life After Life Institute, Moody has lectured on the topic throughout the world and is a counselor in private practice. He has appeared on many programs, including Today and Turning Point. Paul Perry has co -written several New York Times bestsellers, including The Light Beyond and Evidence of the Afterlife. He is also a documentary filmmaker, and for his film and the book about Salvador Dali. He has been knighted in Portugal, oh, that's interesting, a groundbreaking book, this is, that combines nearly 50 years of afterlife and near -death experience research to provide proof of the existence of the soul and life after death from psychiatrist and bestselling author of Life After Life. Dr. Raymond Moody and New York Times bestselling author, Paul Perry, after spending nearly five decades studying near -death experiences, Moody finally has the answer to humanity's most pressing question, what happens when we die? And in this book, Proof of Life After Life, both authors reveal that consciousness survives after the death of the body, featuring in -depth case studies, the latest research, and eye -opening interviews with experts. Proof explores everything from common paranormal signs to shared death experiences and much more. And you can learn more about each of these authors if you go to lifeafterlife .com or paulperryproductions .com. Welcome gentlemen, thank you so much for being with me today. Hi, thank you, nice introduction, appreciate it. Yeah, thank you. Thank you very much. So, first of all, okay, so, Raymond, you've been doing this since the 70s, am I correct in that? I'll just ask you each, you've been doing this work since the 70s? And what got you into wanting to explore near -death experiences? Well, fortunately, I was not exposed to religion when I was a kid, except very minimally. And so, I grew up with no idea of an afterlife. And so, I went to the University of Virginia at age 18 with intending to study astronomy, but took a philosophy course and immediately got hooked. And particular the book was Plato's Republic, which is, oddly, about a near -death experience. It culminates in a near -death experience of a warrior. And not just having no idea that anybody took the notion of an afterlife seriously, I asked my professor and he said that early Greek philosophers knew about cases of people who were believed dead and resuscitated. But had I no idea it still applied, but in 1965, in Charlottesville, I met a man who had such an experience, he was a professor of psychiatry there, and that really got me hooked and subsequent to that time, through my PhD in philosophy and then three years of teaching philosophy at a university, and then going to medical school and ultimately going into forensic psychiatry. But throughout that career, I've interviewed thousands and thousands of people who came to the brink of death and had these astonishing experiences. So that's how I got into it. It's amazing. It's really interesting. I can imagine it is a long process. And Paul, I'm going to ask you the same question. What made you interested in exploring this? Well, I was editing American Health magazine in New York City, this was in 1988, and Raymond and I shared the same agent, same book agent. One day our agent, Nat Sobel, called me and he said, would you like to write a book with Dr. Raymond Moody? And I said, I have no idea who Raymond Moody is. And he said, well, he's a man who named and defined the near -death experience. And I said, I'm sorry, I don't know what that is. And he said, well, you know, for a guy who's the editor of a major health magazine, you really need to get educated on things like the near -death experience, which was an offhand insult for an agent to talk like that. And so I said, sure, OK, I'll go meet Raymond. And Raymond was living in Georgia at the time. And I flew down to meet him and, you know, Raymond is an amazing person from the first time you meet him. And so we started writing this book called The Light Beyond, and I just got entranced by Raymond's account of near -death experiences and the stories we would hear. People would come by his house and tell their stories. And it just got amazing. So anyway, we wrapped up the book, The Light Beyond, and there was, in my estimation, a piece missing. And that was there was nothing in the book about children and near -death experiences. And Raymond said, well, nobody's done much research on that yet, except for one guy, a pediatrician in Seattle, Melvin Morris. And he connected me with Melvin. And I did a book with him called Closer to the Light. And it's all about children and near -death experiences. And after that, I wrote that book and then I thought, well, there's something missing here. There needs to be a larger study about people who have had near -death experiences and how they affect them during their life. So we wrote a book about that and on and on. Every book I would write, I would find a gap that needed to be filled. And that's gone now through, I think, 15 books on near -death experiences.
Fresh update on "paul w" discussed on Bloomberg Markets
"You killer. Three and a quarter, which means, yes, my mortgage is less than the tolls that I pay every month to come in and out of Bloomberg. I will say my brother, who lives in California, has under 3%. Nice. That's how you do it. And I was jealous. I refinanced at 365. That's good. That's good. All right. I'm sitting at six. Don't worry. We're going to get back down to below five. All right. Well, with my blessing. There you go. John Tucker, thank you so much. We appreciate it. Simone Foxman, Paul Sweeney. We're live here in our Bloomberg Interactive Brokers Studio. We're streaming live on YouTube as well. So head over to youtube .com and search Bloomberg reporting.
This Election Is Getting More and More Hideous by the Second
"Barrier to fraud and that exists of course they want to nationalize our elections and turn the whole train to California this is a problem that is an understatement so the question is what do we do about this and it's a complicated question because when you have a Democrat Party that literally hates the country will and do anything for power and so will their media when you have this kind of autocratic force taking in the country it's a huge problem but I don't have a magic wand I'm not king of the country but I have a microphone I have a TV camera so it's very important that I call out what I see so you the army the army of Thomas Pains and Paul Revere's can get the message out to your friends and family and your co -workers this is crucial absolutely the aggressive hideous propaganda campaign has begun actually never stopped but it's getting more and more vile okay and the best measure of that the best guidepost to that would be Joe Scarborough Joe Scarborough has no limitation on his ability to lie the demagogue and the propagandize and that's what happens with low IQ individuals who are given a public platform by a woke corporation like Comcast by a very weak cable channel like MSNBC
Fresh update on "paul w" discussed on Bloomberg Surveillance
"So if you're looking at this I mean where is Matt Miller right? Because I know he has all sorts of thoughts. That really makes a difference? But of course when you look at Tesla year -to -date though that stocks still up close to about a hundred percent so after what it's at the end of last year it had quite the blow to its stock price but... We're kind of burying the big news today you know. Are we? It's one of those seminal days it's Paul's birthday. Wait is it really? It's a big one too. It's big a one. Today is Paul's birthday. Paul why didn't you tell us? Well happy birthday. Thank you. Big. Good for you. Sure why not. It's a big one. Everybody tell Paul happy birthday. There you go. Good stuff. Jess Men thanks so much for joining us there. Good stuff on the markets there. Again the S &P is up about a half of one percent. How about that? So we'll take that here on this early trading. Let's bring in Cameron Christ Bloomberg global macro strategist. Hey Cameron thanks so much for joining us here. The pride of Duke University of course Cameron Christ. You know when you look back Cameron what happened in the month of November. Why was things just dripping. Well first let me say you don't look a day over 59. There you go. Thank you. Congratulations. well I think November was a confluence of a number of factors. You know the most obvious of which was the apparent signaling of the Fed that read the tightening cycles essentially done. That was sort of backstopped by CPI number and I guess also a friendly payroll number. And then you had the broader backdrop of the previous several months had seen markets definitely kind of defensive. Prickly fixed income market which was really worried obviously about supply. That ended up being not quite as bad as feared the quarterly refunding announcement. So you know kind of a lot of bad news in the price. And the marginal information on every front was positive or less negative. And so when positioning needs a turn an apparent turn in the fundamentals you can get an explosive move. And that's precisely what we saw. We're a forward -looking mechanism or so I'm told. Do we pivot at some point from getting a move from the idea of rate cuts maybe early next year to worries about a slowdown in the broader economy that's going to impact sales and earnings? Yeah, yes, although I think you could realistically say that that has been a sort of top -of -mind concern for a year now and hasn't materialized. So I think we can probably acknowledge the psychological viewpoint of most equity investors is one of optimism rather than pessimism. And there are sort of, if you've read Candide, we get very literate here, Voltaire's Candide. There's a character called Dr. Pangloss who thinks we live in the best of all possible worlds. I think if he were alive today, he would be trading equities. Because generally, I think that's the stance of equity investors and they're not going to meaningfully price the quasi -recession outcome until it sort of slaps them across the face with a sort of a fish. So Cameron, I mean, we've got the 10 -year treasury at 4 .13 percent here off another two or three basis points today. I mean, it's even worth asking the question, have we seen peak rates? Boy, it seems like every day that goes by, those 5 percent rates we saw back in late October, might that have been the peak? Yeah, I think that's a reasonable assessment, particularly given this notion that the Fed is now pretty conclusively done, barring an absolute five standard deviation shock on the data over the next few months. The Fed is done. Inflation is certainly more favorable than it has been for much of the last few years. The question is, does the amount of rate cuts that the market price is now for next year make sense? I think we're probably on the limits of what's reasonable, barring a significant deterioration in the economy. And if you say we're pricing essentially 125 beeps of cuts, I think a little more at the moment. Where is the marginal risk? Are we going to go to 175 or are we going to go to 175? I'd say the risk is probably in the near term skewed towards pricing less rather than more. And as such, given the 85 -90 basis point rally, we've seen in, say, the 10 -year, that the balance of risk has got to be skewed a little bit towards a correction, particularly in the second half of the month, I think, once we've got all the Fed and CPI that risk out of the way. How afraid are they of the Fed that is, and Jay Powell in particular, making the transitory mistake again. Does he admit next week that raising rates. He's not going to say, I would be very surprised if he said, there is no chance of another rate hike, because why would you give away a free option? For free, right? I think he's acknowledged that the bar is pretty high for another hike. And we've also got an updated dot plot, so he's going to have to in communicate the context of what other members of the committee are going to be forecasting or constructing. And that's going to be quite interesting because I would be surprised if they project as many cuts as is currently in the price. I could certainly see them projecting 100 basis points of cuts, but 125, 150, I be, would I would be pretty surprised. The market is going to then have to reconcile what's its pricing versus what the Fed is projecting. Now traditionally, the Fed has followed the market in terms of pricing, but during the rate cycle, the Fed was actually ahead of the market and projecting more aggressive hikes than the market was willing to make. Strong desire not to repeat the mistakes of the 1970s cut too much too early and rekindle inflation. Does the Fed maintain that sort of hawkish skew relative to market pricing? I think there's a reasonable shot that they do. All right Cameron, thanks very much for checking in with us. Cameron Christ, he's a Bloomberg Global macro strategist giving his thoughts on these markets here with our news in New York City. Paul, John, thank you very much. The White House is pushing Republicans in Congress to pass a bill that provides fresh aid to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan. GOP lawmakers say they'll only support the bill if it includes Trump era restrictions on immigration and asylum seekers. The Biden administration also facing pressure from the left to limit military aid to Israel over the deaths, tolls and Gaza. White House national security spokesman John Kirby said the U .S. has expressed concerns about civilian deaths to the Israelis. They believe they need to operate in the South and we've told them we'll continue to support their military operations but we want to make sure that as they do that they're factoring in those innocent civilian lives as much as possible. Kirby made his comments today on ABC's Good Morning America. The Israeli -Hamas war It's causing a rise in anti -Semitism on college campuses. Several university presidents testified about issue the before the house on Capitol Hill. Officials from Harvard, MIT and the University of Pennsylvania spoke Before the hearing, Republican Congresswoman Virginia Foxx, House Education Chair, spoke to reporters alongside Jewish students. I'm grateful for the Jewish students attending the hearing today. They've Grown up in a world where stories of anti -Semitism weren't typical front page news. All that changed on October 7th. Now anti -Semitism is spreading like fire. While the hearing was about anti -Semitism, the school administrator said they are also working to combat rising Islamophobia on college campuses. And finally an iconic TV producer has died. From Television City in Hollywood. Boy, the way Glenn Miller is playing, Norman Lear used characters like Archie Bunker to address racism, feminism, homosexuality, and other issues In the 1970s, hit shows like All in the Family and Maude. He was 101. A family spoke to him and said Lear died at his home in Los Angeles. Live from the Bloomberg Interactive Broker Studios Global News 24 hours a day and whenever you want it. With Bloomberg News Now, I'm Mike LaBarre, this is Bloomberg. Paul?
If the Left Is Freaking Out, It's Almost Certainly Good for Us
"Got another one of my kind of not golden rules but let's call this a silver rule always measure what should be your level of concern about something by watching the left's freak out if the left freaks out about something is almost a hundred percent chance it's good for us put in Javier Malay mi le I put his name in Twitter the left is losing their minds at this guy won because they understand like they did in the Reagan Revolution with with Pope John Paul with like Melissa they understand that this stuff spreads and it's almost like a good viral contagion that when freedom spreads it's hard to stop and what is the left hate more than anything well obviously freedom they freaked out when Netanyahu wanted to shut down the judiciary overzealous in Israel that means to you you should say well that's probably a good thing they're reining this stuff in around the world millet wins in Argentina the left's losing their minds which means what applying again a rule about this you should say well this is a good thing we support the left freaked out about the right starting to take back some power in Germany of course what did the left do what they always do anytime the right wins any election sure the Nazis are back that's what they do every time because I remember everyone to the left is a Nazi despite Jim despite actual Nazis that hate Jews they love those as long as you say stop the occupation first you can say whatever you want ever kill the Jews whether you say stock you the up can't stop the egg which okay but if you're a Trump supporter you go you know I love free markets and I hate high -techs see that's a Nazi that's a this is how crazy these people were dealing with or Finland Sweden look what's happening in Spain I don't want to get overexcited folks well you can tell him jump in today's show because I'm really like stoked to get back on the air Friday no off good was for me it should have been there but Vince coordination screen you see what's happening in Spain there is a revolution going on in Spain right now we'll get into the whole details of the story but the bottom line is a left -leaning communist didn't have enough seats to take power in their system so we combined forces with a bunch of secessionist which is a big no -no is trying to like split the country up and the Spanish people
Who Killed Jewish Protester Paul Kessler?
"N a j a computer science professor just read a piece called tenured barbarians from the new criterion i did it for a reason professor at ventura county community college was arrested this morning charged with involuntary manslaughter after he was involved in the deadly confrontation with pro -israel demonstrator paul kessler he died in early november of his wounds following a physical altercation with a tester quote unquote the venturi county sheriff's department said in a statement afterward and during that altercation alteration rather kessler fell backward struck his head on the ground the venturi county medical examiner's office determined the cause of death to be blunt force head injury at the time rights national review the time of the incident an unnamed suspect since identified as al -naji was by detained police as law enforcement conducted a home search before releasing the suspect in his own accord venturi county sheriff jim fryhoff told reporters shortly after that al -naji was cooperative with authorities though police refrained from publicly disclosing his name until a more thorough involuntary was concluded manslaughter i guess it doesn't get any lower act when it comes to murder i don't know that works in california under their code but there you have it i have a how do you know these are pro -palestine or pro elestinian demonstrations and not pro -hamas demonstrations you've lectured again that there's a distinction okay let's stipulate there's a distinction so why why do you why do you refer to or characterize people who are openly vociferously with posters in red and white and black and white defending hamas filled with
A highlight from Bitcoin ETF Hype is Exaggerated w/ Andrew Horowitz | Investment Advisor
"All right, today we're going to be diving into some macro news, also get into a little bit of what's happening in DC and then towards the end, we'll get into a little bit of ETFs, some strategies and some things to look forward to in 2024. We're going to do it with a special guest. I think you guys will love it. My name is Paul Baron. Welcome back to Tech Path. Joining me today, of course, is a friend and a guest who's been on our show many times and that, of course, is Mr. Andrew Horowitz, president and founder, Horowitz & Company. Great to have you back. What's happened? It's been a while. How are you, Paul? It has been a while. I'm doing great. The markets are kind of a little crazy, but I think this is, with everything that's going on right now, not only in DC, but just globally from just the scenarios we're facing internationally, I think what's to be expected, I think it's at least, nothing's burnt down yet, so that's a good thing. At least yet. Good news. Yeah, good news. Success. Nothing's on fire that we know of other than, well, a few things. Let's talk about a few things that might be on fire and that, of course, is the U .S.'s credit rating, downgraded from Moody's, not necessarily looking that great and a looming shutdown right now. Obviously, Andrew, you being an investment advisor, you get a chance to work with a lot of high net worth individuals. What's their take on this? Are they concerned at all? What do you think is up? So it's interesting. I was watching, just to be clear, the Moody's move was really not a downgrade. It was more of a credit watch, which is equivalent to like a mini downgrade, if you want to call it that, but it's not a true downgrade. It's saying, it slapped us on it and it was all about just voicing the opinion of the bond rating agency of the dysfunction in Washington. And by the way, it doesn't take a genius or anybody that is doing anything in life to know that there is, that doesn't know that there's a severe dysfunction in Washington, D .C. Our political leaders cannot make a decision and they won't make a decision for any good reason other than the fact of what is politically expedient and good for themselves. And they're not really doing a good job for any of us, right? So okay, that being the state of where we are and the fact that we can't get a budget done, you know, we had to open the debt ceiling up for a year and a half to an unlimited amount of debt being pumped in if necessary, and the fact that they can't get the full resolution done on anything more than a continuing resolution to fund government is a problem, is that there's a functional dysfunction in Washington, kind of like the walking dead of politicians. So most people realize that they're not going to be terribly affected long term, even if we do shut down the parks, the various agencies. Those people are going to get their money when we reopen, eventually something will break and they will be a budget done. So it's this very strange time of a realization that there could be a downgrade. But in the end, what happens, what happens is, as Alan Greenspan would say, it doesn't matter what our rating is, we could always print as much money as we need to pay off all of our debts. The U .S. is not going to default. Yeah, well, but that's the truth. And that's what we've done. Well, yes. And of course, I think, you know, if you look at the spiraling national debt and the continued rise in that, I mean, at some point they have to be able to address this. Is there really any way out of this other than a complete pivot by Powell? There's no way. I can't see a way. You know, what do you do? You raise the, well, yeah, I'll give you the way, right? We all buckle down. We pay higher taxes. You and I are not in favor of that, are we? No, but that's what we do. We slow down the spending on excess and we spend, just like you would do as a business or an individual. If all of a sudden, you know, your salary is capped out at X, you don't spend X plus 20, unless you know you're going to get some money in the future, for whatever reason, whether it's, I don't care if it's an inheritance or whether you're gonna get a raise or a bonus or something else comes in, but that's not how the government operates. They operate on, listen, we're going to spend X, but that's what we plan probably to spend X times, you know, 20 % more. And then if it doesn't work out, what we'll do is just print money and figure our way out of it. And that's what we've been doing for a long time. We're debt dependent society. Sure, sure. With that being the case, you look at the potentials here. I was just looking at a tweet from Peter Schiff, obviously a big gold bug, Moody's lowered its rating, obviously, yes. Risks have been obvious for years on a treasury, it should be rated junk. If you hold them to maturity, guaranteed to lose, and the reason I want to show this is when you look at whether it's 10 -year treasuries or you look at something like gold or Bitcoin, obviously we've seen both of these assets in comparison to the S &P do very well this year. We're also getting ready to go into 2024, there's a lot of things happening in the blockchain industry and within the crypto markets that is probably going to shift around a little bit. You've also got a lot of technology that's been building over time. When you look at the markets like that and you see what people are expecting out of the S &P by the end of the year and through the first of next year, which people are, some analysts, anticipating an uptrend, what is your thought around the market condition right now? Do you feel like we've hit the bottom or is this something that we may see some more pain? Can we just go back to Peter Schiff for a second? Just for a moment. Peter Schiff, I know him well, he's been on my show many times. How many times is he going to be wrong with people just still believing him and wanting to believe him? I've known him for 15 years and it's been the same discussion over and over. The dollar is going to zero, the same thing. And why? He's talking his book. It's a good spiel and he has not been able to pivot off of that. Every once in a while, it looks like he's a flash of genius, right, that this is going to be. And it does make sense, by the way. What he says makes total sense. We haven't broken yet. We haven't broken anything yet. The Fed has been trying to tighten.
A highlight from Bitcoin Bull Market & Beginner Q&A with Tone Vays, D++, and Ant - November 14th, 2023
"Hello, and welcome to the Cafe Bitcoin Podcast brought to you by Swan Bitcoin, the best way to buy and learn about Bitcoin. I'm your host, Alex Dancic, and we're excited to announce that we're bringing the Cafe Bitcoin conversation from Twitter Spaces to you on this show, the Cafe Bitcoin Podcast, Monday through Friday every week. Join us as we speak to guests like Michael Saylor, Lynn Alden, Corey Clifston, Greg Foss, Tomer Strohleit, and many others in the Bitcoin space. Also be sure to hit that subscribe button. Make sure you get notifications when we launch a new episode. You can join us live on Twitter Spaces Monday through Friday, starting at 7 a .m. Pacific and 10 a .m. Eastern every morning to become part of the conversation yourself. Thanks again. We look forward to bringing you the best Bitcoin content daily here on the Cafe Bitcoin Podcast. Good morning. What is up, you Cafe Bitcoiners? What up? Hey, Alex, can you hear me? Yeah, man. Damn, the service is amazing. It's fantastic. I was going to have you co -host today, but if you have terrible interwebs, then we'll have to do it again a different time. Yeah, I'm sitting solid right now, but it's my last day in El Salvador, so it's touch and go, but it feels good right now. It feels real good. I people hear laughing and enjoying themselves in the background. Man. Yeah, that's Blake just got out of the surf, and now the homie Paul's taking my fish out, got a session in. I mean, this place is next level, but don't come here, the surf sucks. How you been, man? How's everyone doing? I know I've been off for a little bit, but keeping track of everything and saw that the SEC got dealt another, what looks like a little legal blow. Their legal department is, are they even batting 500 at this point? I don't know. I didn't hear anything. What are you talking about there? I thought I read some about Binance getting granted a confidentiality ruling that basically blocked a bunch of information from the grasp of the SEC for clients. I don't know. I just headlined Reddit, so don't quote me. Didn't dig a lot into it, but saw that that had occurred. Yeah, I didn't hear that. It would suck to be Gary Gunzler right now. Yeah, dude. They're sporting like city attorney type numbers, just getting mopped up, but I don't know. What do you mean? I'm sure he's gotten a job offer for BlackRock. He's sitting pretty. Oh, that's a good point, actually. Anybody want to take odds on Peter's thought there? I think Peter's probably right. I would say the likelihood of that is probably fairly high. That's a hell of a trifecta there. You should take that with Joe Carlos, sorry, Peter, like a ETF still within 2023 on top of a BlackRock job acceptance from Gensler thing. It's got to be like a hundred to one. Yeah, the theta on that is pretty high right now, so no. Yeah, that's like Buster Douglas numbers. It's wild. You know, we were joking in here the other day. Joe came in and we were talking a little bit about the ETFs and Joe was like, I don't understand why we're not seeing an ETF where you can see the actual addresses for the ETF you can verify on chain and then you have redemption directly to shareholders from the trust. And I was joking. I was like, man, somebody is going to do it. We should do it. Me and you, Joe. Let's do this thing. So people were tweeting at me like, is Swan going to do an ETF now? And it's like, dude, I was totally freaking joking about that. That's classic. Where's American HODL this morning? He was caffeinated up on fire yesterday. Dude, he was cracking me up and that guy is funny as hell. I was trying to hack a coconut up in El Salvador and I almost chopped my pinky off. Mickey Koss, good morning, Shelly. Good morning, Terrence. Good morning. Good morning. Good morning. So we're going to have a pretty chill day today. We're going to be doing some beginners Q &A. We have a couple of news items to discuss. There's a lot of Bitcoin mining rigs getting plugged in apparently. Also, we're going to revisit. It's fun to, you know, the Internet's an amazing thing. You can come back and revisit stupid shit people said about Bitcoin. You know, Bitcoin is dying. This is dying. That's dying. Bitcoin is going to boil the oceans, all that. There's some interesting comments from Dave Ramsey that we're going to bring back up. Apparently, the central bank over in England wants all systemically important stablecoin firms to back their issuance with non -interest bearing central bank deposits. I mean, that's like a full on lizard move, in my opinion. We'll discuss that a little more too. But yeah. All right. Let's do the intro to the show. You're listening to Cafe Bitcoin. Welcome to Cafe Bitcoin. This is episode 476. Shout -outs to supporters on Fountain Nosterness. Our mission for the show is to provide signal in a sea of noise, teaching the other seven billion people on this planet why there is hope because of this bright orange future that we call Bitcoin. Today is November the 14th, Tuesday, 2023. Man, we're on our way to the next halving. It's coming up. Where's Ant when I need him? Here he comes. Yeah, man. I think, Ant, I'm going to just like lead off right with you if you're ready. I don't know if you can hear me right now, but we should start with some stats. Let's get some orientation. We haven't done stats in a long time. So let's begin with the stats and get an idea of where we are. Ant, are you there? Are you ready? Yeah, I got some stats. I got time chain stats up right here. Let's go. Taco, talk to us about this impenetrable freedom force field. What's it at? Current USD price, $36 ,587. We are at block height, $816 ,745. Current hash rate, seven -day moving average is around 435 exahash per second. Let's see, mempool transaction is still full a little bit. We got $211 ,000 climbing. The fastest fee right now is around 79 sats per v -byte. Good news, we got 161 days about to the halving, and we are currently up 25 % on the 200 -day And right now, let's see, sats per fiat dollar, is that how you say it? It's 2 ,732 sats per dollar right now. The last block was found by Antpool, and the total subsidy and fees was just over 7 Bitcoin. And I think it was around 10 % of that block was fees, so very interesting. We're 88 % into the halving. $23 ,254, we just hit a block. Block's left. And that's pretty much it for now. I think that's it. Sats per dollar. You can buy 2 ,734 sats per dollar. I didn't hear you if you said that, so I'm just saying it. That's okay, it moved. Technically two different data points. And we have also, there is also 93 .05 % of the total supply of Bitcoin that will ever be mined in the history of mankind has already been mined and distributed. So you might want to get some just in case this thing catches on a little bit. Hey, Ant, if you're in a stable situation, let's get you up as a co -host, my man. Okay, I'm going to switch networks. Okay, you let us know when you're ready. D++, good morning. Thank you for joining us. I know it's super early for you over there on the West Coast. Good morning. I have a huge smile on my face because I'm actually driving over to Club Lab here in Austin, and I feel like I just got the weather report. I felt like I was experiencing the future in real time for a minute there, hearing all of the stats on what Bitcoin's up to. I want that every morning. It's so good. Isn't it cool? You know, to me, it's like an orientation thing. It's useful to know where you are to figure out where you're going. You have to know where you are to figure out where you're going or how you're going to get to where you're going. But it's also really useful because when I started hearing stats like this when I was a newbie Bitcoiner, I didn't know what they meant. I was like, you guys are saying all these words that I don't know the meaning to. And it caused me to look them up, which forced me to learn about it, which was awesome. Also, 435 ExaHash is crazy. Last I checked, it was 420. And it's just so crazy to me how the hash has completely decoupled from the price. I mean, going on for probably a couple of years now, ever since we left China, it's just wild. But the big news for me today is I am driving to PlubLab. As you guys know, it's the Bitcoin startup accelerator and community accelerator in Austin. You have to come through if you're ever in town. And what I'm so excited about is I am enrolled in Nifty Lisa Nye's Taproot class. So I'm taking her Taproot class. She's pretty much one of the only people on the planet that can teach it because what we're doing is we're taking the spec, which is to say the BIPs, and we're implementing them, which is to say we're creating our own library that makes Taproot happen. And she's one of the only people that can really do this because she's one of the only people who can translate from the BIPs into the code because there are certain things that are kind of missing or glossed over. Obviously, it's all in there, right? But it's pretty hard to take the BIP and to just translate it into creating your own Bitcoin library. So it's so fun. It's very challenging. Definitely, this class is for experts only. But if you ever wanted to learn how Taproot works, I highly recommend taking her base 58 class.
Monitor Show 13:00 11-14-2023 13:00
"Business stories aren't just about business, they're also about policy, politics, finance, and more. With Bloomberg, you stay informed on global coverage that connects the dots. The Bloomberg mobile app now features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, so you can get the latest live radio, podcasts, and audio articles in the car. Download the Bloomberg mobile app now to get started. Find it in the Apple App Store or on Google Play. Bloomberg in -car apps are sponsored by Interactive Brokers. May here, is that something that is a January event or, I mean, some people have even suggested this could go as late as April 30th. Well, yeah, you might be referring to that 1 % across the board cut that would take effect. That's a motivator potentially to get something done. It's just really hard to tell because the speaker is so new and there's still so much discord within the Republican conference. There's just no appetite to see the government shut down here. Everyone's kind of looking at what everybody else is doing. Paul, look, there's the matter of the Senate. I don't want people to believe that this is a done deal. This could still totally go off the rails. The Senate has its own continuing resolution and it's pretty different from the House's. If they want to go into conference committee and drag this thing out, we would probably shut down for a couple of days. If the Senate says, okay, you know what? We're just going to put a stamp on whatever you guys do in the House and that appears to be where we're going, then this will once again see a shutdown averted. But look, we need a budget for more than a month around here. And that's going to be difficult to do. We've got the matter of Israel and Ukraine as well. Yeah, billions, tens of billions in funding the White House asked for. There's no path for either of those. Paul, I'm wondering if we're going to go into the new year without that money being resolved. Yeah, that's a that's a key one of the many challenges here. All right, let's switch gears a little bit to think about foreign policy. President Biden heading out to San Francisco. He's going to sit down with President Biden.
Monitor Show 12:00 11-14-2023 12:00
"Business stories aren't just about business, they're also about policy, politics, finance, and more. With Bloomberg, you stay informed on global coverage that connects the dots. The Bloomberg mobile app now features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, so you can get the latest live radio, podcasts, and audio articles in the car. Download the Bloomberg mobile app now to get started. Find it in the Apple App Store or on Google Play. Bloomberg in -car apps are sponsored by Interactive Brokers. Broadcasting 24 hours a day at Bloomberg .com and the Bloomberg Business Act. This is Bloomberg Radio. This is Bloomberg Markets with Paul Sweeney and Matt Miller. Why were the economists so wrong? What are the economists getting wrong? Isn't this a slam dunk time to buy U .S. treasuries? Soft landing, hard landing, no landing. I don't know. True. What the heck does that mean? I don't know. Breaking Market News. An insight from Bloomberg experts. We're going to be in an environment with higher rates for longer. The five day in office work week is effectively dead. It's definitely a good sign that we're not ready to land this economy just yet. This is Bloomberg Markets with Paul Sweeney and Matt Miller on Bloomberg Radio. All right, coming up in this hour, we're going to break down those Home Depot earnings. We do that with Drew Redding. He's a research analyst, covers all the builders and all that adjacent stuff where Bloomberg Intelligence. Plus, we're going to have our C -suite conversation today with Jerome Silvain, CFO at Dexcom. Talk about that company, its initiatives in healthcare, specifically for diabetes. Dude, they've done well, even in the face, at least yesterday, in the face of the Ozempic results. I thought it was really interesting that that stock was able to rally. They were up almost 5 % yesterday.
A highlight from Avalanche Skyrockets Gaming Bull Run Begins
"All right, today we're going to dive into some blockchain game wars that I think you guys are going to want to listen to. We're going to be breaking down a lot of projects and also giving you some insights as to where maybe some of these game companies are going to be going. It's going to be a good one. My name is Paul Baron. Welcome back to the Tech Path. All right, let's get started. I do want to thank our sponsor today, and that is Tangem. If you are looking at a self -custody wallet, which you probably are, maybe jumping into crypto for your first time and you're thinking, I want to park some of my crypto off of exchanges. This is one of the tools that you can do it. All you have to go and do is go over to tangem .com. You can jump right into one of their cards. One of the things you're going to like here is the flexibility of both the card and the app versus using a hardware wallet. You know what I'm talking about. It's very simple. You get a three -card set, keep one with you, park the other two, hide them up, and then use it anytime you need to do a transaction right there on your phone, both iOS and Android. Make sure and check it out. You get an initial discount by just using our code, so we'll leave one down below. Make sure and check it out. It helps out. Now, I know everybody was kind of dogging us a little bit about my statement last week, a reference to the situation around Alluvium and them being on Avalanche. I just want to kind of clarify, there's a lot of research that comes, of course, across our desk here, and some of it is through things that we just are constantly perusing. One of the things that really kind of caught our eye was what was happening over on BeamHub. And BeamHub right here, as you can see, and our team tells me that this used to say coming soon, even though it says popular Alluvium Arena. And so the theory is that maybe there's going to be some action here of Alluvium on Avalanche at some time. So that's just, I just want to get that out there, kind of get it away because I know everybody was kind of freaking out about that earlier. I want to get into a couple of tweets. We'll kind of start right here, Coinbase Exchange, adding support for Solana and Avalanche Perpetual Futures. This course is in the international exchange. Now why is this? It's very simple. Both Solana and Avix, very active in the gaming ecosystem and the likelihood of moving and seeing a lot of growth, I think, in the coming months and years for blockchain gaming and Web3. Overall, this is a good move by Coinbase for sure, and I think eventually we may see some stuff like that here in the US, but right now we've got to deal with what we've got to deal with. And of course, that's just getting Coinbase past their lawsuit with the SEC. If you have not checked out our full playlist on Avalanche, go check it out. It's going to give you a full rundown of a lot of the projects, some of the games, some of the SocialFi experiences, all sorts of things that we've covered over the months and years with the Avalanche team, many of their devs, all that, executives, et cetera. Check it out. You guys will like it. It's a good playlist to get kind of indoctrinated into understanding what's happening in gaming, and why Avalanche is going to probably be one of the top ones out there. So why are so many crypto games are switching chains or calling it quits? And there's some reasons here. I want to kind of highlight a couple of points here. Let me kind of zoom out on this. There's a few things that I want to focus in on. 81 % of current blockchain games use non -gaming -focused layer 1s, so that's one reason. Early on, they're going to have to move into some of these layer 2s. 74 % of games are now choosing an EVM network, like Solana's virtual machine. Comes in a distant second, making up about 10 % of games, and this is in comparison to what's happening over on Ethereum and Polygon. ETH sidechain Polygon remains a top choice. You can kind of see the chart right here. And the number, Solana looks like they're number four, ETH number three, and obviously BNB and Polygon pretty much holding the top two spots, so something to be aware of. 65 of % blockchain games move networks, so this year, up from 48 games switching things up across all of 22. So a little bit of activity. Could be something happening there, I think, on the sense of urgency, meaning that people are probably realizing, okay, we've been building, we're at that time now where the market is going to start heating up, we need to be ready, and we need to be on the blockchain that we're going to be on. So I would agree that it's a good strategy move. 60 % of games that left a layer one network moved to a layer two scaling network. This is all based on fees. It's the situation that really kind of boils down to everything. As more people have migrated to Polygon, this is one of the developers, we just started to run into scaling issues with Polychain, and we're paying between $3K and $4K a day on gas. Just untenable, so this is preventing us from both scaling and the game. So that's a problem I think eventually will be solved with some advancements in Polygon tech that will eventually get that into a scalable solution for the growth that we're going to see around gaming in general. Also want to take a look quickly, just so you guys are aware, Polygon soared last week after IMAX Immutable, a Web3 gaming platform, shook hands with video game giant Ubisoft. So similarly, Solana has also been favored by institutional investors recently, getting some attention of top crypto whales, which I think both those tokens in general, but more importantly, the vision of what these tokens represent. That's the thing that I think a lot of people are going to continue to see happening for sure. So, very interesting, I'd love to get your feedback. When you look at all the chains, whether it's what's happening, or within the ecosystems, if you're looking at IMAX or you look at Immutable, you look at what's happening within Solana or even Polygon, maybe Avalanche. Is it something that you would focus in one particular area or games within one particular area? Let me know, drop some comments down below. Make sure and smash the like button is one of the ways that we understand what you guys really want here on the show. One other thing, I want to kind of go into a few tweets, this of course coming in from Sandeep over at Polygon. It's easy to price talk, this is obviously with the price changing and moving so quickly over the last few days. It's hard to discuss fundamentals, fundamentals have the last laughs, I always agree with that. And I think this is something also, hopefully we're supposed to get Sandeep on the show. He's been scheduled a couple of times, we're going to try to get him on the show, hopefully before year end to give you guys kind of an update of what's happening at Polygon. Here's Robbie Ferguson from Immutable. Are you getting it, Hanon? I don't know if that's a message or not. We'll see. Anyway, Assassin's Creed, Maker Ubisoft is building a crypto gaming experience with Immutable. And I think this is something that we're going to continue to see a lot of major partnerships really make their way into some of these projects that I think are good for the industry, but more importantly are good for this cycle. And what I mean by that is, and everybody always asks me, you know, what's going to be the big winners this time around? I totally believe that it is going to be gaming. We thought gaming was going to be the last bull run metaverse kind of play. Many of these projects just were not ready. Many of these, you know, blockchains weren't ready. Now it's a different story. And when you think about that, look at what is happening with Avalanche. Why are AAA game studios choosing Avalanche? They're on a full PR run right here, and you can kind of see some of the things that you have to kind of focus in on with Avalanche. Shrapnel, Gunzilla, build on Beam, we've been talking about that. Again, Beam, definitely one that I'm watching very closely just in reference to the token itself. Obviously Shrapnel, we've had Shrapnel team on our show. Great graphics. Gunzilla, just the ability for them to be able to kind of leverage both traditional and Web3 I think is going to be a pretty big deal. Now let's remember some guys in the moves that you guys will probably recognize. This of course is Ryan White. And Ryan was over at Polygon, and now he's moved over to Optimism. So I knew he wouldn't stay out of the business long. And the interesting thing since Optimism, this is just something that you have to look at, if you look at Optimism in general, a little bit of activity here, this is just on the price. Market cap right here as you can kind of see it exploding a little bit, 1 .6 billion currently. And if you look at the Explorer token unlocks, there are some things getting ready to unlock in a big way here. So I don't know, could be some action going on here. So I would just be very aware of that. If you are looking at or really analyzing Optimism OP as a whole, just something to be aware of. There's getting ready to be a pretty significant unlock. What does that mean? It means that we're going to see a dump. For some of you guys who have not seen or been around the crypto markets very long, if you haven't subscribed to the channel, eventually you'll start to get and understand kind of the vernacular that we use and what the industry use, follow crypto Twitter religiously and make sure and follow the projects themselves. Because a lot of times there's a lot within the projects and the devs within those projects that can be looked at that can kind of set you on a research role that I think you'll pay attention to. A good example, a tweet from Alexander from Scott Mavis, Axie Infinity, if you guys are, maybe you have been around crypto gaming for a while, you know Axie, but if you haven't read up on it, learn a little bit more about what Axie did because they were really one of the first ones out there. Now what he's talking about here was in reference to a show we did last week where we released a PBN exclusive and that was Roblox talking about introducing NFTs into Roblox. This was actually the piece that Alexander is talking to specifically. It was an interview with Squawkbox and the CEO of Roblox and it was all about the potential for NFTs. Short answer, yes they're going to be planning, it's coming into their roadmap and I think that was what Alexander of course is kind of referencing is that hey they've been involved with Roblox often and of course they've got investments from them and plans for Ronan and Axie and all that starting to play together. Point being is that there's a lot of intersection between what's happening in traditional gaming, Web 2, and what is getting ready to happen in Web 3, which is why everybody needs to be paying attention. This is a good example right here, Gala Games putting out a simple tweet, never short on Web 3. You'll notice this little icon right here guys, does anybody recognize that? I'm going to zoom in on that just for you guys a little bit. Right there, does anybody recognize that? Yeah, well that's IMX because they bought the hashtag and now every time that's being used, kudos to Robbie, you just punked everybody on crypto Twitter for sure. Interesting stuff out there. Games are being played in many ways right now and it's more than the kind of blockchain games that we're thinking about coming our way. Alright rolling out another topic, of course many of you guys have probably heard us talk about Zilliqa way back in the day. Well they're active again and guess what, they're making the Fusion Gaming Hub, the first ever Web 3 gaming platform available for download through the Microsoft Store. It's real guys, there's a Web 3 platform called Fusion, right there Fusion, on the Microsoft Store and you'll kind of get here Web 3, some of the things that are happening there. I don't know, I'm just, we'll see. But the point is, is that someone's going to be first and of course this is interesting that this was the case. Alright further into it, let's go over here, Chili's on the move again, likely to be on the move for some time with this move right here, announcing that Animoca Brands joins Chili. Chili's as a new validator, so they aligned the blockchain innovation with Chili's Sportfi, we've talked to Chili's before, we've went around Chili's and if you don't know about Chili's check out some of our videos because we do a full breakdown. Think of it really as a blockchain for the fans of a lot of these major sports leagues and this could be everything from MMA to soccer, etc, you know, European football for those of you in Europe. And then another one I want to hit on of course, this is Yat -Su right there, starting to rev up the engines with of course Torque. We had the Torque, well rev on their team on, so we were dropping a video this week, you guys are going to not want to miss it, make sure and check it out, this is just giving you kind of a precursor. Another thing that we've got coming is an interview with the HiveMapper team and if you guys don't know about HiveMapper, this is the company that is really expanding mapping in the blockchain and what that might mean for every kind of company out there in logistics, all that. This is the utility scenario that plays into a lot of that. So just, it's a good one to watch, we're going to drop a video on that this week as well. Alright, just as an example, this of course as everybody understands, Atlas was one of the first movers out and of course that as we've seen with in terms of their amazing development as a game overall. Others to watch this week, Uniswap we're kind of keeping a close eye on, if you're watching some of our videos you'll know why, go back and look at our video a little bit more on stablecoins tokenization and around that. Other ones to keep an eye on, I want to kind of scan down in here, this is Chiliz, this is the one that we just mentioned a second ago. This is another one to keep an eye on and a handful of others, there's obviously Wild, we've talked about Wilderworld before, over, a couple others you might want to take a look at. Anyway, the point is that we're starting to see a little bit of activity in Web3 around a lot of these games and eventual platforms of what's gonna play into the future of gaming as a whole. Alright, if you guys are not part of the Diamond Circle, make sure and get in right now, it's one of the best places that you can get additional alpha from us. Couple of podcasts, Kyle has his Web3 and business podcast over there, it's a great one, listen to that one. And if you want to follow me out there on X, it's at Paul Baron, catch you next time right here on Tech Path.
A highlight from Wholehearted Worship
"Now, if you can turn your Bibles, your Raps, to 1 Corinthians 14. After today, we got one more before we talk a little bit about gratitude, and then we get into the incarnation in preparation for Christmas. And we're going to pick up in verse 13, therefore, one who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret. For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful. What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind. I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing praise with my mind also. Otherwise, if you give thanks with your spirit, how can anyone in the position of an outsider say to amen your thanksgiving when he does not know what you are saying? For you may be giving thanks well enough, but the other person is not being built up. I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you. Nevertheless, in church, I would rather speak five words with my mind in order to instruct others than 10 ,000 words in a tongue. Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants and evil, but in your thinking, be mature. In the law, it is written, by people of strange tongues and by the lips of foreigners, I will speak to this people, and even then, they will not listen to me, says the Lord. Thus, tongues are a sign not for believers, but for unbelievers, while prophecy is a sign not for unbelievers, but for believers. If therefore the whole church comes together and all speak in tongues and outsiders or unbelievers enter, will they not say that you are out of your minds? But if all prophecy and an unbeliever or outsider enters, he is convicted by all, he is called to account by all. The secrets of his heart are disclosed, and so, falling on his face, he will worship God and declare that God is really among you. May God bless the reading of his word this morning. Let's pray. Father, as we sit under the counsel of your word, make us like trees that are planted by the river, bearing fruit and season. May your word not return void, but may you do great things through the renewing of our minds this morning. Well, there are a number of song lyrics that people mishear. Not, you know, it's not the weird Al making up new lyrics to a song, but because of all the stuff that's going on in the music and the blurring of consonants and of the sound of vowels, people hear the wrong thing. And so one of the more famous or some of the more famous ones are, there's a bathroom on the right. Yeah, Jimi Hendrix in some people's mind said, excuse me while I kiss this guy. That's not what he's saying. For some people, it's sweet dreams are made of cheese. Perhaps that's speaking about pizza dreams. I'm not really sure. But for others, they thought we built this city on sausage rolls. So I'm not sure how that happens. Dire straits apparently once saying money for nothing and chips for free. That's a good restaurant right there. I can see clearly now Lorraine is gone. Queen saying apparently in some people's minds, kicking your cat all over the place. Okay, sometimes I want to kick cats. I don't tell my children that. And the last one is I used to work with someone who's thought the song was tube steak boogie. Not sure what hot dogs or sausage have to do with the boogie, but nonetheless, that's what she thought. We can be confused about things. That's where really I'm going about this. There's a lot that can happen within the course of a worship service that can be confusing to people. They don't understand. They don't hear right. And we don't want to add to that confusion unnecessarily. And this morning, we're going to talk about wholehearted worship. And Paul continues with that theme that he has begun already about the need for intelligibility, the need for people to understand what you're saying, and I would say by extension, what in the world is going on? And so the first part of this that I want to talk about from verses 13 and 19 is that wholehearted worship engages mind and spirit. Wholehearted worship engages both the mind as well as the spirit. Paul has been talking about how love is intended to govern the spiritual gifts precisely so that we grow in faith, hope, and love. And as we grow in faith, hope, and love, we can offer to others in the course of our worship strength, encouragement, and comfort.
A highlight from Glass Half Empty & Half Full - The Perspicuity of Scripture
"Do you struggle with understanding the scriptures? Do you frequently hit roadblocks in your Bible reading? Do you struggle from even having a basic sense of satisfaction in your scripture reading? in your scripture reading? Sana, sana, colita, derana. If you're a Spanish speaker here today, you would know what I just said. Sana, sana, colita, derana. Lalo, could you translate those words as literal as possible for me in English? Yeah, as literal as possible in English. Or he'll heal frog bottom, is that another one? Yeah, he'll heal frog bottom. Now, if you weren't a Spanish speaker, you wouldn't know that what I just said is objectively clear in context. He'll heal frog bottom, literally translated in English, means nothing to a person who doesn't know Spanish. Even if they could translate Spanish to English. So, in reality, this is a phrase that we would often, or Spanish speakers would often tell children when they've, say, fallen on the floor and gotten injured, right? It's almost like as if it's a call to courage, like, you'll be okay. Another example in the English language is a stitch in time saves nine. I don't know if you guys have ever heard that. Have you guys ever heard that, a stitch in time saves nine? Okay, so no one before the 1980s, or sorry, no one after the 1980s. A stitch in time saves nine is an expression that basically means if I don't fix this stitch right now, the nine ones later are gonna fall apart, right? So, it's really a call to prudence and saying, well, I need to do this right now so that things don't get worse down the line. What I said in Spanish earlier, once again, is utterly and objectively clear. Utterly and objectively clear. It's a phrase with a particular meaning, and yet, as I said before, only a native Spanish speaker would understand. To everyone else, what I said was absolutely obscure. we're So, several weeks now into our doctrine of the Scriptures in our confession, and having recently just covered the sufficiency of Scripture, we now arrive at the question of perspicuity, perspicuity, perspicuity. We can say everything we want about the sufficiency of the Scriptures, the sufficiency of Scripture for faith and godliness, but if Scriptures don't have what we will go into later as perspicuity or a degree of transparency or clarity, we couldn't access its sacred truth. Or we would at least need to depend upon someone else to access its sacred truth, and that'll come a bit later. If you do have a copy of the Confession of Faith, feel free to turn there, and that will be in chapter one, paragraph seven. Chapter one, paragraph seven. But if you don't, just feel free to follow along as I read. All things in the Scripture are not alike plain in themselves, nor alike clear unto all. Yet those things which are necessary to be known, believed, and observed for salvation are so clearly propounded and opened in some place of Scripture or another that not only the learned, but the unlearned in a due use of ordinary means may attain to a sufficient understanding of them. Now this doctrine here in our Confession deals with how clear the Scriptures are to the people of God. And that whole doctrine is called perspicuity. If you are paying close attention to this paragraph, and as I mentioned, this whole doctrine, not just part of it, but the whole, has to do with perspicuity, then you would realize that perspicuity or transparency or clarity takes into account two things. One, clarity, and two, obscurity. One, clarity, and two, obscurity. So if you've never heard of the word obscure or obscurity, it just means less clear or not as clear. So just as if you have a glass that's half filled with water, half it's simultaneously filled and half empty. So that old adage, are you a glass half full or half empty person? You can just go down the drain, right? A glass halfway filled is both half filled and half empty. Likewise, with the Scriptures and the clarity of the Scriptures, insofar as parts of it are extremely clear and parts of it are not as clear, the perspicuity of the Scriptures actually encompasses two things. Both clarity and obscurity. Very clear and also some parts not as clear. I have a few observations from our tradition, from Peter van Maastricht, I can never pronounce his name correctly, van Maastricht, Francis Turretin, and William Whittaker. But before I get there, just know that this doctrine of perspicuity is a major battle in the Reformation. 16th century Rome so emphasized the obscurity or lack of ease of understanding of the Scriptures that they argue that if you don't have the pope and the magisterium, you can't interpret the Scriptures because if you did, you're not skilled enough to do so and you would most likely fall into various forms of heresy. Now, understand that there is a sense in which that is not false. It is very easy for people who just pick up the Bible on their own and refuse any kind of accountability to a church or Christian doctrine or any kind of wisdom from the past to easily err on the doctrine of the Trinity and the doctrine of Christ. It's so easy to do that. And I'm sure many of you may not have been previously accountable to a confession of faith before or a creed, and how often may you have discovered later on, oh, I said this in a certain way about God that was very wrong. It's very easy to do that. Okay, so let's come back to van Maastricht, Turretin, and Whittaker. Whittaker says this, perspicuity or obscurity, notice Whittaker didn't just assume that perspicuity is the same as clarity. He also thought of it in terms of hard to understand, obscurity. Perspicuity or obscurity is either internal or external. By internal, Whittaker means the heart of the interpreter. By external, he means the objective clarity of the scriptures. So if we go back to sana sana colita derana, right, sana sana colita derana is objectively clear. It's an objectively clear expression which calls someone to courage after having encountered a mini tragedy. But it may not be clear to everyone interpreting that because they may not know Spanish, or even if they knew how to translate words of Spanish to English, they still may not know how that particular idiom or expression or saying translates in English. More would have to be taught to them in order for them to understand that. So, in the same sense, the scriptures, the clarity of the scriptures are objectively and externally clear. But at the same time, it requires work and effort on the part of the one interpreting the scriptures to be able to assent or come to that clarity. What's very interesting is that this chapter in our confession doesn't even talk about the obscurity of the scriptures to non -believers. A small aside, it's very easy for us to communicate the gospel one time to a non -believer, send them off with a Bible and expect them to just read things on their own. In reality, we really should be thinking about evangelism more so in the context of the local church, bringing them to church to hear the ministry of the word of God in the presence of Christ. Why? Turton quotes 2 Corinthians chapter 4 verse 3. 2 Corinthians chapter 4 verse 3. He says this. But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing whose minds the God of this age has blinded, who do not believe lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ who is the image of God should shine on them. The scriptures were not meant to be clear to those who are perishing or even those necessarily yet who will be saved one day. It is nothing short of the ministry of the Holy Spirit that is a requirement for someone to receive the message of the gospel, commit it to their souls, and assent or believe outwardly the doctrines of the Lord Jesus Christ. He goes as far as to say that ordinarily the ministry of the church, sermons, and commentaries are necessary. And despite all of this, he still wants the Christian to have the comfort of reading the scriptures. The Reformers understood just like with Roman Catholicism does. That there are difficulties in the scriptures, yet they came to a different conclusion. The conclusion that they came to was though there are difficulties and though a Christian should be interpreting the scriptures in the context of the local church, not to be expectant that the minister teaches them how to interpret the Bible in the sermon and they're supposed to do everything on their own afterwards. This is a conjoined effort. The doctrine or the expectations of interpreting the scriptures to our souls is very much a joint effort. You have the responsibility of hearing the word of Christ from the minister of the gospel to interpret and apply it to your conscience. He has the responsibility of aiding you and lifting you on Jacob's ladder. Our confession points to various scripture passages on this point. I'll just read to you two examples. The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul. The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple and also the entrance of your words gives light. It gives understanding to the simple. Meaning, the scriptures have in themselves a light to be given to the Christian. We are expected to come to the scriptures as if they are a light to us, a lamp unto our feet, a light unto our path. I've stated this before and I will state it once again. It is entirely possible for something to be written with sufficient clarity and yet, because the reader may lack the ability, he may not be able to fully understand it. And likewise, when speaking of the clarity of the scriptures, not everything is as equally clear. Not everything is as equally clear. I hope you're seeing where this lesson is going. Partly, it's a call to encouragement to receive the basic truths of the Christian faith from the scriptures with a willing and submissive attitude. But on the other part, it's a call to humility and to have very reasonable expectations of what you can accomplish apart from your local church. That is where things get very interesting for us. Roman Catholics have often, at least in the past, accused the Protestants on their doctrine of perspicuity, trying to portray the Protestants as those who believe that every part of the scriptures is so easy to understand that even a farmer can read every single part and understand it as in the same way that a trained and spiritual theologian can. This is not the view of the Reformers. It is not the view of the Reformers that without the ordinary means, which was referred to in our confession, that one may easily attain to the highest of the heights of the mysteries of sacred scripture. That is not the belief of the Reformers. For that matter, even our scriptures have something to say about that. Our confession alludes, let me go back a little bit, to 2 Peter 3 .16. Feel free to turn there if you like. 2 Peter 3 .16. I'm going to read from verse 14. Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless. And consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation, as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction as they do the rest of the scriptures. Some things in Paul are hard to understand for Peter. Now, this would be very interesting if Peter was, in fact, the first pope, and had very difficulty understanding the apostle Paul, and would proclaim the ability to be the vicar of Christ to the church, and to not have the ability to understand parts of Paul would be very problematic, to say the least. That being said, we cannot escape the reality that some parts of the scripture are hard to understand for people by design. By design. And we will get to that, as to why I say by design, in a little bit. Whitaker emphasizes a very balanced approach to understanding the degree to which we can understand the scriptures. He says this, the unlearned can have some fruit and utility in reading the scriptures. At the same time, he'll say this, not even one jot or tittle is clear without the internal light of the Holy Spirit. And in the interest of humility, he closes with this. A man must be impudent, who would say that he understood even any one book thoroughly, and the same hath ever been said of the opinion of all of us. Do you understand what he's saying there? It would be the height of arrogance for Whitaker for someone to say, I even fully understand one book of the Bible. The height of arrogance. And despite that, despite that strong language, Turton and Whitaker often appeal to the church fathers about the ways in which scripture can be understood, the scope of their understanding. I'll read this quote from Francis Turton. The fathers frequently acknowledge it, although they do not deny that the scriptures have their depths, which ought to excite the studious believers. Chrysostom says the scriptures are so proportioned that even the most ignorant can understand them if only they read them studiously. All necessary things are plain and straight and clear. Augustine says, in the clear declarations, the scriptures are to be found, all things pertaining to faith and practice. Irenaeus says the prophetic and evangelical scriptures are plain and unambiguous. Gregory, a pope, says the scriptures have in public nourishment for children as they serve in secret to strike the loftiest minds with wonder. Indeed, they are like a full and deep river in which the lamb may walk and the elephant may swim. I just find that fascinating. How Rome can simultaneously confess full continuity with the church fathers and not say that, at least in the essentials of the Christian faith, that a lay Christian cannot read and understand the script, I just find that so difficult to just wrestle with. Like, how can you say that you have a sense of continuity with the church fathers when the church fathers themselves say that, at least in the elemental and primary doctrines of the Christian faith, they are clearly propounded in the scriptures? You know what's interesting? The major debater in the Roman Catholic world during the Reformation was Cardinal Bellarmine. You've probably heard his name in the past, maybe even last week.
A highlight from Who Are the Wise Virgins? Building a Kingdom of Love with Msgr. John Esseff Discerning Hearts Podcasts
"Discerninghearts .com presents Building a Kingdom of Love, Reflections with Monsignor John Essif. Monsignor Essif is a priest of the Diocese of Scranton, Pennsylvania. He has served as a retreat director and confessor to Saint Teresa of Calcutta. He continues to offer direction and retreats for the Sisters of the Missionaries of Charity. Monsignor Essif encountered Saint Padre Pio, who would become a spiritual father to him. He has lived in areas around the world, serving in the Pontifical Missions, a Catholic organization established by Pope Saint John Paul II, to bring the good news to the world, especially to the poor. He continues to serve as a retreat leader and director to bishops, priests and sisters, seminarians and other religious leaders. Building a Kingdom of Love, Reflections with Monsignor John Essif. I'm your host, Chris McGregor. What's on your heart today, Monsignor? Today I was thinking very much about the end of the Church here, and God is going to present through the Church the final judgment, the end times. What does that mean? You know, in the epistle Paul, he wants to know, he wants to give them comfort as he teaches the Christians. What is going to happen on Judgment Day, on the final thing, not only for those here on earth who are going to remain, but for all those who came before, and all those who have died, that Jesus has come for the salvation of all mankind. But today, I really believe the Gospel was very much meant, yes, it is for the judgment of all mankind, but I would really think that today it was meant especially for leaders in the Church, for Charismatics, for those who are called to be leaders in the Church, especially for religious. And it addresses them in this way with regard to the final judgment. It's a magnificent teaching in the 25th chapter of Matthew's Gospel. This is before the teaching of the last judgment by Jesus in saying, I was hungry and he gave me to eat, I was thirsty and he gave me to drink, I was naked and sick and in prison. When did we do this for you, Lord? Whenever you did it to the least of these, you did it for me, emphasizing charity. But here he is talking about our relationship with God, which is much more important than what we do. And in the 25th chapter, in the first 13 verses, Jesus told his disciples this parable, The kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones, when they were taking their lamps, brought no oil with them, but the wise brought flasks of oil with their lamps. Since the bridegroom was long delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep. At midnight there was a cry, Behold, the bridegroom is here, come out to meet him. So all of us in all of mankind are being awakened, and this is the time when it is time to meet the Lord at the end of time. Then those virgins got up, trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out. But the wise ones replied, No, for there may not be enough for us and for you. Go instead to the merchants and buy some for yourselves. While they went out to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in to the wedding feast with him. Then the door was locked. Afterwards the other virgins came and said, Lord, Lord, open the door for us. But he said in reply, this is very important words for each one of us to hear today, Amen. Then I say to you, I do not know you. Therefore stay awake, for you know not the day nor the hour. What is this about? Is this kind of a lack of charity on the part of this storytelling of the five whys? Why couldn't they have given their oil to the other five? Because it is the relationship with the bridegroom. What did the five have? What was the oil in the lamp? They had the relationship with the bridegroom. They knew the bridegroom and the bridegroom knew them. What about the five foolish? They didn't know him. The key to this is Matthew's same Gospel in the seventh chapter, beginning with the 21st verse. Not who everyone says to me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven. The same words that they were saying, Lord, Lord, open the door, unlock it. Not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom. But only those who do the will of my Father in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, this is so important, Lord, did we not do great miracles in your name? Did we not prophesy in your name? Did we not drive out demons in your name? Did we not do great and mighty deeds in your name? Then I will declare to them solemnly, I never knew you. Depart from me, you evil doers. It's not what we do. It's the relationship with the bridegroom.
A highlight from Ethereum Bull-Run Begins | Gaming Tokens Explode
"All right is the ETH bull run beginning? A lot of things are starting to shape up in the markets. Today we're gonna break down a lot of different scenarios that are kind of aligning at the same time and it might be in a position for an Ethereum ETF and many more things to come. My name is Paul Baron. Welcome back into Tech Path. All right let's get started. Before we go I do want to thank Tanjum. If you guys are looking at self -custody this is the self -custody wallet you want to get. And there's a couple of things you can do. First of all it's a card. It works in conjunction with a really slick app and it's one of the best self -custody solutions out there and right now if you're not in self -custody from your exchanges you should be starting. I know this is going to be getting heated up here so there's gonna be a lot of activity right now so just remember be cautious always within the exchanges. Get your into crypto self -custody. You can do a couple of things here with the Tanjum wallet. You can get a three card set which is the way I recommend for your secure wallet. This will give you three additional cards or two additional cards. One you can carry with you, stash the other two and that in itself gives you a great set of backups and it's not that much more expensive. These are very inexpensive really if you think about that compared to some of the hardware devices. So check it out. Use our code down below it's gonna give you an additional 10 % off. Alright let's go to a first tweet here. This is James Saffert. Update BlackRock Ethereum ETF confirmed. They just submitted a 19 B filing so it is for sure going to happen. BlackRock is in the ETF game for Ethereum. How does this play out? Now there's a couple of things that could be very intriguing with an ETF for Ethereum. First of all this is something we've talked about here on the show is of course the yield opportunity with Ethereum that resides inside an ETF. What that might look like for asset managers. There's also aspects around this that could be much more much more intricate especially because Ethereum has so much opportunity here as both a payment platform but used in games. All sorts of things that really kind of explode the ecosystem of Ethereum. Here's 21 shares and remember this is the marketing bonanza that is beginning to I think take place over this next 18 to 24 months. We are gonna see an absolute blitzkrieg of marketing coming at a lot of new investors and people out there that are really starting to maybe experiment with both Bitcoin, Ethereum and altcoins coming very soon. 21 shares of course right there's another fund that they're marketing and of course don't forget right here is VanEck and VanEck is kind of going a little bit we've had the VanEck team on before they're going a little bit heavier in the ETH route so this was one of the ads that VanEck is running and again this gets back into just awareness and it's the thing that we've talked about on the show a lot and that is there is going to be a marketing bonanza here for a lot of these funds to try to get these ETH and Bitcoin ETFs on the move. Now you could look at this in a couple of ways there's a couple of things that are happening on Ethereum right now but if you think about the potential here this is Udi Wertheimer and pretty much kind of the Udi is if you don't know who he is follow him on Twitter but pretty much the I'll call him the father of ordinals but the idea he had right here was interesting and that is imagine this the smell if if an SEC clerk accidentally approves the ETF before a Bitcoin ETF. Now you know that Gensler is if he does and when I think will approve a Bitcoin ETF could it also be now that BlackRock has the filing in place could it also be a scenario where we get an ETH ETF maybe at the same time remember this week when we had Jeff Sanford on from Bloomberg he was saying May of next year as an ETH ETF to be able to ride on right on the heels pretty much of January to get bitcoins ETF in play that would be something right there.
A highlight from Heroes
"If you have your Bibles today would you turn with me to 1 Corinthians 1 26 through the end of the chapter and I was thinking today on heroes in honor of our Remembrance Day there are blessings to any country that will make the God of the Bible their God and abide by his truths as laid out in the Scriptures. These truths though initially sated by David towards Israel can apply to us as Gentiles as if we're obedient to them and Psalm 33 12 blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord and the people whom we have chosen for his own inheritance and the truth is there are great blessings in being a child of God. I understand this if you know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior we are entered into the promises and blessings of Abraham and we will enter into that lineage so that's a blessing there. I was thinking of a hero, a hero is a man or a woman of distinguished valor or enterprise in danger or fortitude in suffering a prominent or central personage in any remarkable action or event hence a great or illustrious person. A little further on this a pastor and author recently wrote that our society has lost the meaning of the word hero he said that we think that if an athlete can put a ball through a hoop they're a hero. If a musician can play eight chords on a guitar they're considered a hero and if an actor can pretend to be something they are not they're considered a hero in Hollywood. This pastor wrote I remember watching a well -known journalist interview an actor about his recent movie which featured a politically troubled region of the world. The journalist asked the celebrity what he thought should be done about the political situation there the actor responded who cares what I think and went on to point out that he was an actor. This pastor said real heroes are people who actually do something sacrificial or courageous he points out that God does not seek out heroes to accomplish his purposes God isn't looking for a strong man or woman per se rather he's looking for someone whom he can be strong on behalf of. Amen end quotes there and that came by Jim Sandel but I think about some other heroes of the past. One of the heroes that rates highly in my mind is John Wycliffe. He continued his reforming attempts and particularly began the very significant step of translating and writing out the New Testament in English a radical step as it brought the Gospels close to the ordinary person who could not understand Latin and remove the church which would be the Catholic Church at that time as the interpreter having God's Word available to the public in the language of the common man English would have meant disaster to that church no longer would they control access to the scriptures if people were able to read the Bible in their own tongue the church's income and power would crumble they could not possibly continue to get away with self indulgences which is the forgiveness of sins or selling the release of loved ones from a church manufactured purgatory people would begin to challenge the church's authority if the church were exposed as frauds and thieves the contradictions between what God's Word said and what the priests taught would open the public's eye and the truth would set them free from the grip of fear that the institutional church held salvation through faith not works or donations would be understood the need for priests would vanish through the priesthood of all believers the veneration of church canonized saints and Mary would be called into question the availability of scriptures in English was the biggest threat imaginable to the wicked church neither side would give up without a fight end quotes John Jeffcoat English Bible history as he recounts the history of the Bible through the centuries now when we really consider the idea of a hero or a person to whom we characterize as a hero whether secular or sacred we think of men and women who've denied themselves for a greater cause this cause they saw worth fighting for much to their own detriment much to their own adversity and they may have thought with or without weapons those who go to war for the country do so out of duty and the heroes are not just those who died but those who have stood tall in the face of evil the Christian hero is the person who does not stand out in front of and herald their greatness or absorb the plazas of men rather it is the person who's faithful to Christ irrespective of the dangers they were called to encounter behind all of these feats these harrowing feats and these determinative there actions lies a person an ordinary person like you and I whose love for Christ I'm speaking of Christians as heroes particular Christians to whom Christ was preeminent in their life now may we not seek to be heroes may we just seek to be faithful until the day we breathe our last it is an attitude that has gained much applause respect of others of the heroes of the faith Hebrews chapter 11 we'll deal with that passage tonight here in 1 Corinthians chapter 1 verse 26 for you see your calling brethren how that not many wise men after the flesh not many mighty not many noble are called but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise and God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty and base things of the world and things which are despised that God chosen yea and things which are not to bring to not things that are why does he do this the no flesh and glory in his presence but of him are you in Christ Jesus who of God has made unto us wisdom and righteous and sanctification and redemption that according as it is written he that gloria let him glory in the Lord you think about the ones to whom Jesus decided to use as apostles tax fishermen collectors everyday citizens these were not of your upper elites now I understand there was Luke who wrote the book of Luke and he was a very intelligent man it was a doctor Paul an apostle was also very intelligent but overall God would use some fisherman with sometimes some very sour attitudes cranky attitudes he would use a tax collector who was hate noted as being a scoundrel in communities God would use these men to turn the world upside down they weren't some theological pinnacle of excellence the only pinnacle of excellence in their lives would be obedience to Christ but yet while Christ lived they forsook Christ at the moment he most needed them it's not about us it's about Christ you think about Revelation chapter 2 verse 10 as he tells the Church of Smyrna be thou faithful unto death and I will give thee a crown of life first Peter chapter 5 verse 6 humble yourselves therefore into the mighty hand of God that he may exalt you in due time and we still talk about those 12 apostles today Judas we obviously don't talk about in a positive light but we talk about the Apostles in a positive light men who hazard of their life for Jesus Christ and turn the world upside down and you and I might think I could never do anything great for God because it's not about you it's about the God that we worship I want to look at three qualities today of a true biblical hero it's an interesting study may we seek to be devoted not promoted and there are so often times in Christian up does in Christianity pandering a to elevate an individual it's not about elevating an individual it's about elevating Jesus Christ heroes who are heroes those on the battlefield are everyday men and women who answer the call to go to war they go to war they learn all that they need to they go to war and they perish sometimes but they're like every one of us same flesh and blood I trust today that we would seek as verse 31 says he that glory let him glory no Lord let's pray dear only father Lord I love you Lord Jesus I yield the state of thee God I pray that you'd work in my lips my thoughts to preach your word faithfully I pray that we would be found worthy more than pleasing to thee would help us to be an example to others behind us of faithful Christianity it doesn't matter how we started our life doesn't matter all the turmoil of what we've done in our lives but God may we be faithful found faithful into death Lord Jesus I yield this time to thee I thank you for being our gracious Savior in your name I pray amen.
A highlight from I Will Seek the Salvation of the Unconverted
"Good morning. I counted a privilege to be here today in front of you and pray this would be an encouragement and very practical for us all. If you wanna turn, open in your Bibles to Ephesians 6, familiar passage, Ephesians 6. For most of us, our greatest focus in all the world is ourselves. If we're honest, particularly in the Western world, we spend most of our time and most of our money on earth striving to be healthy and wealthy and increasing our collection of things that help us to become more comfortable here on earth. Our sin nature drives us not to serve others but to serve ourselves first. If I was to ask you this, what does your calendar show and what does your bank statement show is most important to you? God has put us on this earth for a specific purpose. It's to live for Him and to point others to Him. As Pastor Nate said, we're gonna be preaching through our church covenant if you've got one of these. We're on number four and five here. We encourage you to grab one off the table if you get a chance even after the service. Our covenant sets before us the biblical commitments I will bring up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord such as may be under my care and I will seek the salvation of the unconverted. God wants us to bring up our children in the gospel and also share the gospel with the lost. So in Ephesians six where you are, starting in verse one, familiar passage. Children, obey your parents in the Lord for this is right. Honor your father and mother. This is the first commandment with a promise that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land. Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. So we'll continue with the same template that Pastor Nate's been using. First, we wanna make sure that we realize that our church covenant, and if you're not familiar with this is, this is a covenant that members of Omaha Baptist covenant together to uphold as long as you're a member here but it's not just a man -made document that we picked out of the sky. We wanna show that it's biblical and it's root. So the biblical commitment that God wants to keep the gospel first at your home. In the passage here in Ephesians six, we see that raising children is broken down to a couple categories, discipline and instruction. If I was to ask you which one of you desires to be disciplined, who here has ever said, yay, I get to be disciplined today? I'm going to assume no one. My younger brother was the only one who was never disciplined in our home. Because he's sinless is what he would say, that's not the case. The desire not to be disciplined is nothing new though. We see this all the way back to the garden. It's rooted in our very sin nature. If this wasn't the case when Adam and Eve fell in sin and Adam was confronted, he wouldn't have immediately turned to blame his wife Eve and he certainly wouldn't have deflected to blame God for making Eve. So knowing that discipline is not generally enjoyable and it's not something we desire to have, is it negative and should be avoided at all costs? In Hebrews, in Hebrews 12, verse 11, we read a verse that would clear that up for us. For the moment, all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant. So we see the negative. But, as we continue, but later it yields a peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. So what does proper discipline yield? It yields a peaceful fruit of righteousness. Take notice as well the link between discipline and training. Right living is something that's trained into a person through the process of discipline. It's not something that they just organically have when they come into this world. They have quite the opposite. So here we can see how by continually pointing our children to Christ, and when we bring them under the authority of God's word, we're training them in a life through the lens of the gospel. If you look at Ephesians 6 again, we see that it addresses both parties at the home, both the children and the parents. For the sake of time, we won't tackle the children's side of things, but it does start with children. And children, I would just say this, that by honoring your parents, whether you see them as honor worthy or not, you are honoring the Lord who put them in that position of authority. Though it speaks to both children and parents, fathers specifically are pointed out in verse four. It says, fathers do not provoke your children to anger. Fathers are held responsible for leading the charge in the home, just as Adam was specifically addressed in Genesis 3. Though Eve was the first one to sin, God said, Adam, where are you? Fathers are called to discipline their children, but not in a way that causes anger and resentment. The purpose of discipline, and when God disciplines us, it needs to be restorative in nature and never done in anger. It's been said, and this stuck with me when I heard this, I thought, is this not true? It's been said that in a home, if you have all rules with no relationship, you end up with rebellion. But if you have a home that has all relationship with no rules, you end up creating resentment. A father's discipline needs to be carried out in the context of a loving relationship where you have a relationship, but also the clear expectation of what God's word calls us to do. If you find yourself disciplining your child as a hypocrite, doing something that, asking them to do something that you wouldn't do or not modeling it before them, you will provoke your children to anger. But it's not just discipline, and there's also, it speaks to us in Ephesians about the instruction also in home, so gospel instruction we wanna bring in home. I realize that many of you here don't have children, or maybe your children are now out of the home. It's important to think of this call in our covenant not limited only to the child -parent relationship. The exhortation is much broader than that. I think the word it uses here is such may be under my care. It could refer to our relationship for Christ with virtually any relationship that we have. Other people looking to us, whether to raise them physically or even in the spiritual sense. If you wanna turn with me to 2 Timothy 1 .5, I think we see a really interesting illustration of this, how it's played out in scripture. So 2 Timothy 1 .5, this is Paul speaking to Timothy, I'm reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother, Lois, and your mother Eunice, and I'm sure dwells in you as well. Timothy's father's not even in the picture, we're not sure, we're not told why, we don't know what happened to him, but his mother, pardon me, his grandmother, Lois, stepped into the gap and is played a part in Timothy being brought up in the nurture and the admonition of the Lord. The apostle Paul also played a huge part in training Timothy without a father in the picture. Both the books, 1 and 2 Timothy, are letters from Paul to this young pastor, training him in the way he should go, just as a parent would train a child. Paul shows his heart towards Timothy by referring to him as his true child in the faith. So whether you've got biological children or not, we're all called to provide gospel instruction to those that may be under our care. There is, however, special onus on parents bringing the gospel into their own home. You'll notice when we read Ephesians 6 that it's not, it's parent -child language used, it's not Sunday school teacher child used, or pastor child, or government child. It's parent -child. God's design is for a father and a mother to raise their own children and pointing them to the Lord as their primary responsibility, not a responsibility they pass off to somebody else. So if I was to ask these questions, are you modeling the gospel at home before your children? Actions speak louder than words. If I was to ask your children what they see in your home, what would they tell me? Do your children know the gospel? Ask them to explain the gospel to you and then check. Is it on point or is there things they're confused about? This is a great question to expose whether we understand what that gospel actually is. It's quite possible that you can be here thinking you know it and don't, or believing some kind of version of a false gospel. That's skewed. When somebody's sinned against in the home, does the gospel that saved you shape how you respond to that? Do our kids, when they sin against each other, does the gospel speak into that relationship? Does it speak into how we correct that behavior? Does the gospel come up regularly in your conversation at home? If the gospel is the lens that we wanna give our children to see the world, then it should be commonplace in our conversations. Let's meditate on those questions as we move on. God doesn't just want us to keep the gospel first at home. He wants us to keep the gospel first in all of our relationships. You can flip over to Matthew 28, very familiar passage, the Great Commission, Matthew 28, verse 16 is where we'll start. Now the 11 disciples went to Galilee to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when he saw him, they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus said to them, all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I'm with you always to the end of the age. So here God clearly calls us to go make disciples. If you're a follower of Christ here today, I'm assuming that you agree that making disciples is a clear teaching of scripture and you agree that we should be doing it. The million dollar question is, are we doing it? We'll get to some of the reasons why we don't do it and the reasons that threaten us in a minute, but let's look at first what a disciple is. The Greek term for disciple in the New Testament is mathiteus, I'm no Greek scholar, but we're going with that, which basically means student or learner, but a disciple is also a follower, someone who adheres completely to the teaching of another, making them his rule of life and conduct. So if you're a disciple of Christ or if you're to make disciples of Christ, a Christ follower is someone who adheres completely to the teachings of Christ, making Christ his rule of life and conduct. So how do we make disciples? Well, in verse 19, we read that we're commanded to go. We're not told that potential disciples will come and find us and seek us out. No, the disciples were charged with the command to go. Don't just sit around and wait for this to happen. And if you're familiar with the start of the church in the book of Acts, this wasn't something that they were super keen on doing until they were more or less forced to do that through persecution. I was thinking of an illustration of this, and I was meeting with a young man once who was of the age that he'd finished school and was in the workforce now, and he explained to me that he was desiring to find a godly woman, which was a noble desire, so I said, well, how's that going? And it wasn't going well, so I said, well, what are you doing to make this happen? Nothing, just crickets. So I said, well, you realize the chances of a godly woman coming to your house, breaking in, coming into the basement, interrupting your video games, tapping you on the shoulder and introducing yourself, it's not real high. So maybe it would be smart if you went, go, and did something, took some initiative to find a godly woman, and it's the same with evangelism. There is times where the Lord and his providence will literally draw people in our lap, but generally speaking, it has to be something that we're willing to do, to go, a desire that's gotta come from within. Second, we don't need to go, we need to make sure that we're pointing people to Christ and not to ourselves. It seems obvious that this is the case, but it's something that we often miss the mark on. We might feel the pressure of closing the deal, so to speak, as if you're a salesman on a sales call and you gotta close the deal and make that sale. But if we're to make disciples of Christ, we just need to show them Christ. So how do we do that? If you wanna turn, Romans 10, we'll be going through this a little bit here, 10, 17, where's where we'll start, and then we'll step back a bit. Romans 10, 17 says, so faith comes from hearing and hearing through the word of Christ. So if somebody's to come to saving faith, they need to first hear the word. Not my words, not the words of Greg and whatever clever thing I can say, but God's word. So that's 10, 17, but if we were to back up a few verses, let's look at the context of what Paul's saying here. For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, you notice the Great Commission language here, that going to all nations, both Jew and Greek, everybody. There's no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. How will they call on him and who they have not believed, and how are they to believe in him and who they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, how beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news? But they have not all obeyed the gospel, for Isaiah said, Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us? So faith comes from hearing and hearing through the word of Christ. So we need to point them to the only thing that can pierce their heart, the heart of any sinner, it's God's word, and the only thing that pierces that is the sword of the spirit, and this verse has already come up in previous messages, but Hebrews 4 .12, for the word of God is living and active, sharper than any tumbled sword, piercing through the division of soul and spirit and joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Give the people the word of God and let God's word do the work. But God doesn't just say, go make disciples, he says to teach the disciples. So if the Lord in his mercy does open the eyes of somebody that we're evangelizing, even if that's our own children or somebody outside of the home, in so many ways the work is just getting started. This idea of teaching is an ongoing interaction, right? In verse 20 it reads, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. This is only possible through ongoing fellowship, doing life together. Remember I said, if it's not like the salesman who's closing the deal and then onto the next deal, if that's not what it is, think of it more like a journeyman -apprenticeship relationship, a relationship where you're bringing somebody along, somebody new in the faith, to come and do life together. You're modeling before them what it is to live for Christ and the way that they should go. If you're doing this properly, you should be able to do as Paul did, or that's what Paul was doing with Timothy, and should be able to say, be imitators of me as I imitate Christ. So it's a biblical commitment, but if we move on, it's also a very threatened commitment. So we see this commitment threatened in our own home as far as raising our children in the Lord. We can all be very guilty of just assuming that our children will just organically come to Christ sort of by living with us, maybe coming to church, maybe you generally just hang around most of the time with Christian people, and you might figure that that's good enough. If you want to turn with me to the Old Testament, passage you're probably less familiar with, judges, judges two, we'll see a sobering account here of why this isn't the case. So the Jewish people have, God's people have just come into the land, and the land that he miraculously gave them, the promised land, and a generation, the first generation is coming to an end. We pick up in verse seven. And the people served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua, who had sent all the great work the Lord had done for Israel. And Joshua, the son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died at age 110. Now if we jump down to verse 10, we read these sobering words. And there arose another generation after them who did not know the Lord, or the work that he had done for Israel. And the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord and served the Baals. So we see in one generation, the people of God, God's chosen people, went from following the Lord, and seeing him work in unbelievably miraculous ways, and bringing them into the promised land, to not even knowing the Lord, or even recognizing the work that he had done. I know when I read that, I was thinking, how is that even possible? There's probably lots of reasons why this is possible, and this speaks to our own home. There's probably lots of reasons why our kids can be in the same place that God's people were there. Let's just look at a couple of them. First off, I thought, in my own life, what are the things, it's just, first thing I thought of, it's just easier not to. Parenting is hard work. Life is busy, and parenting is hard. Being intentional in your parenting, and takes discipline of yourself. None of us like to discipline ourselves. It's sometimes easier to discipline somebody else. If you're like me, and you've worked all day, and you come home, the last thing you probably feel like doing is having intentional gospel conversations with your wife and kids. That's probably at war with your own sloth. It's just easier maybe to turn your brain off, and turn the TV on. I think we can feel like, maybe like the Israelites did when they got into the land finally, that the worst is behind us. God's been good, let's get comfortable, and mail it in. But when we do that, we fail to notice that if we're not intentionally teaching our kids, don't be deceived, somebody else is. Somebody else is gonna fill that gap. Joshua obviously felt, that generation obviously assumed that their children would just learn through osmosis, being around them, that they would learn what it was to follow God. And they did learn through osmosis, the scripture tells us that, but they didn't learn from mom and dad, they learned from the pagans around them. They learned to worship Baal instead of the living God. I think another threat we have to this, and again I'm speaking to myself in this, is we're just too distracted. We live in a world that's never had more distractions. This smartphone alone has the ability to take our complete attention at any time. Funny cat videos, need I say anymore? My wife and I often talk about just how different it is as we're looking to raise kids now when we grew up. And I know there's people here with grayer hair than me. But we had no TV or TV with three channels that were all fuzzy. No stores were open on Sunday. The stores that were open closed at five o 'clock. And I could go on and now my smartphone alone allows me to watch more videos than I could watch in an entire lifetime even if I wanted to. I can buy whatever I want from all over the globe and have it delivered to my door in a day or less. The battle for our focus on being intentional in anything in the Lord, especially parenting, is real and it's not going away. And the next generation is gonna face it in a way even more difficult than ours. So I think it's also important though too that some of the distractions that we have as far as being intentional in parenting, and keep in mind when I'm talking parenting, again, this could be discipling somebody that's not your own child. That some of the stuff that's at war with us can be good things. We can be distracted doing all kinds of good things for or people even pouring into other people at the very neglect of our own children and our wives. I think the log spec principle in Matthew 7 where we're to make sure to get the giant two by four out of our eyes before we remove the speck out of our brother's eyes to make sure that we're pouring into our family at home. If you're a father in particular, that's your primary goal to be pouring in at home and not busy fixing everybody else's problem and neglecting your own children. I think you see this, unfortunately, in a lot of pastors' kids who resent the church, I think because dad was never around, busy helping everybody. So it's something that's real, not just for pastors. Another thing that causes real war in this area is parents not being on the same page. And this is a particularly hard one and I'm gonna be sensitive here because I know there's lots of people here that have unsafe spouses. But you can have, we can even be both safe parents at home and we can be just biblically unaware or maybe unconvinced that the scripture has much direction in this area. If this is you and you're not certain what the scripture says about parenting, there's more than just Ephesians that are brought up here. We're actually currently in table time, so after the service, we're doing a parenting class and this is our third time through it. It's not our own class that I dreamt up, don't worry. It's a paltra parenting class, but it's speaking specifically about the heart of the situation. So the heart of the child, which is desperately lost, can only be saved through the gospel. And it's a 10 -week video series and it's been fantastic in growing my own understanding of what it is to be a parent. And my wife and I talk about how it would have been great to have watched this 17 years ago. But I would encourage you to do that. If you're a saved couple here, put the time in and grow in your understanding of this. The Bible's not silent in the errand of parenting, so treat it as such and pour some time into it. But it's possible too that there's friction at home because your spouse isn't a believer and I know that's a lot of people here. And maybe you deeply wanna raise your kids in the gospel, but your spouse is pushing against that. And there's obviously no quick fix, easy answer here. Your first priority is to pray for the salvation of your lost spouse. That's the heart of the issue right there now. And I know there's many of you that have been doing that for years. So continue to do that, but I think what can be more difficult even than praying for a lost person for years is particularly in a home is living in a way that points them to Christ on a daily basis. So to model that devotion to Christ in a kind way before them, 1 Peter 3, this is speaking of wives, but 1 Peter 3, 1, calls on believing wives to live in a godly fashion so that their lost husbands might be won without a word by the conduct of their wives.
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"Best of the Paul W. Smith show. You know, I get a lot of books. Uh and I meet a lot of people. And it's rare that I meet somebody who is really very good at what they do in one area, and then they have this little side thing They do that I had no idea about and that goes for our next guest in an Thomas Did you know? Did you? It seems to me when we talked about this. You were aware of the the photographic talents of Glenn Stevens has as he sent us pictures before. Did I miss it on Social media or what? I think you missed it on Social Media, Paul. He Is a fabulous photographer. I have been watching his work on Facebook and Instagram for a long time now, and I just cannot believe what a beautiful job he does. It's just wonderful it let me be of the many that congratulate you. Glenn Stevens Jr. Who to me? Has been a fine executive director of Mish Auto. You've heard us talk to him in that capacity, a number of times vice president automotive and mobility and that Glenn Stevens Jr. I had no idea you had this talent as well. Good morning, Glenn and congratulations on your new book Coffee table book called Michigan Street. Well, Good morning, Paul. And, yeah, I think it's pretty easy when you have such a beautiful world in a beautiful state around you to kind of capture it, So that's what I try to do, and You know, it's it's kind of a labor of love for me, so I I I've enjoyed it. Well, it is a labor of love, and I'll get into that in just a minute. But, yes, you're right in Michigan. We have some great to Some great scenery, but you have to have a very good I to capture it through the lens as you have, and it's and it's all from an inspiration that you had. From meeting a guy named Manny Dimes. Why don't you tell a little bit of that story? Well, sure, Paul, you know, I think like a lot of people when this tragedy of the pandemic hit, we had an opportunity and I took that opportunity. I'm not going to lie to you. It wasn't easy right out of the gate to grind to a halt with how busy of the lifestyle we live. Right, but I thought to myself, you know, what can I do? You know, how can I use this time and without the pandemic? I wouldn't have met Manny. I wouldn't have had this idea with some friends of mine to make this book and and Manny is battling ALS, and he's become a friend of mine. I met him about a year ago through church. And I said, You know what? I'm going to build this picture book and we're going to. We're going to donate all the proceeds of it. To raise money for a well wheelchair equipped minivan for Manny and his family, and that's what we've been working on. It's a lovely, lovely idea, and it's one of the one of the positives. We don't hear a lot of them, but there are some maybe even many positive stories. That we can draw from all of us having to I know Some people don't like to use the word because it's used a lot but pivot. Pivot to doing something else when we're not allowed to do the job that we love or the job we've been doing and and you certainly Glenn Stevens Jr have done that. With this book, but I I just had no idea that you had such talent. This is this isn't a book you buy because you want to help somebody out and raise money for Manny All that's fabulous. That's That's reason enough, But my point I want to make clearly is Uh, the Michigan Street. Volume one, which means they'll probably be others. This this This is a great coffee table book or even more so a great book to send a friends. Who might ask the question. Why do you live in Michigan? This would be the perfect answer for anyone who would have that kind of question. The beauty of these photographs, the breath of these photographs, just magnificent. Now with the thought in mind that we do want to help Manny and his his machine. Um is there a is that what's the best email address to go to? Would it be? The Manny's machine dot Cheddar up dot com Or would it be Michigan Street? We can do it even easier. Easier. My website which I've repurposed for the book, and for Manny is Michigan ST dot org. And if you go to Michigan ST dot org, you will find a link right away to take you to how to get the book or to make a donation, And we've had both our goals 50,000 or about a third of the way there. It's absolutely incredible, uh, to see the goodness of people that's come out and And you're right. Um, I I think we have a beautiful place and a beautiful state and to be able to put it into a book, and I've actually been shipping this thing all over the country and a couple overseas and and by the way, my parents, Glenn Sr and Betty there my distribution center. They've been packaging the books and shipping them right. That's great. But please tell me, Glenn, I'm not the only person who's known you for years who had no idea you had this kind of talent behind the lens. Well, I mean, I You know, my dad taught me a lot of things. And I think the most important thing in this world is If you keep your eyes open and you look forward and you look around. It's amazing what you see. And yes, I mean, capturing things a certain way. I actually spent all day yesterday on Mac and island. I took the day off. Kind of, you know, you're never on Untethered all the way from the electronic device, But I spent the whole day.
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"The best of the Paul W. Smith show. I looked at some of the notes on our next guest, Dr Marty Makary, who is a renowned Johns Hopkins health policy expert and surgeon happens to be a Fox news contributor. And when I saw some of the things that he writes, I thought I like this guy, Dr Marty Makary. Welcome to the Paul W. Smith show, Dr. Good morning. Good to be with you, Paul. Well, it's our pleasure in this new book called the Price. We Pay What Broke American Healthcare and how to fix it. But in there, I'm reading that we've had failed medical leadership. We've talked about that extensively on my show. I call him, sir. Anthony Fauci now because certainly by now he's been knighted. But Fauci and the CDC failed to warn us of the pandemic, and I've also said the C D. C in the I now call them the worthless health organization didn't do what they were all set up to do. To warn us and prevent and protect us. And yet they gave the wrong advice on transmission and a whole bunch of other stuff. I was calling for masks by the way. Back in March, and I was told by the CDC and and the surgeon general of the United States that I was an idiot. Basically, they didn't call me an idiot. They said it the nicest way. But they said masks were worthless and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. They were so wrong. I was so right. And you were so right, Doctor. It's been very frustrating because you can. You can say something, and then people say Well, this CDC is officially saying this or not, Fauci said that He doesn't seem concerned that we're going to have a pandemic in the United States. That was what I heard repeatedly when a few of us were out there sounding the alarm and by the way Covid 19, which is stars Kobe to spreads just like SARS. Kobe one or SARS. It's airborne and masks worked in Asia. Back then, when, during stars and They told us to wear them in the United States. And so we've gotten a lot of bad guidance, and we're still getting terrible guidance by the way, for example, right now our public health officials ignore natural immunity. It's about half of the unvaccinated have it and it works and it's effective and the science now supports at all. Fascinating to me. And you've also pointed out Dr Marty Makary and in his new book called The Price. We Pay What Broke American Healthcare and how to fix it. We'll get into that medical debt. One in five Americans currently has medical debt in collections. We'll talk about that a little bit with good doctor. But you also point out we've had flawed vaccine approach. Give me your approach. Well, we should have delayed the second dose as the UK did to get as many people of first dose as possible. The first dose is very effective, and so you can essentially double your vaccine supply for a couple months. Just delaying that second dose to three months and a matter of fact, you get better immunity when you delay it to three months long term and then I don't think people even know about this, but there's an extra half dose at the bottom of the pile after you draw the vaccine out. And doctors have said, Let us pulled two of those vials together and give another person of vaccine. And the FDA said No, You can't do that. And you know that rigidity from regulators resulted in us throwing in the trash 15% of our vaccine supply. And so these are the things that are so frustrated to see. Yeah, We hadn't heard that. We We thought, In fact, they were squeezing out one additional vaccine from the vial. We thought they were using that stuff. We did not know that. And by the way on that natural immunity, it now occurs to me that I I read maybe a series of of your articles on that in the Wall Street Journal doctor. Yeah, put together all the science because you know people. I often hear Dr Fauci kind of suggest while the science is on my side, you're not scientific. So, you know, I've studied epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, got a masters in public health and have been on the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health Faculty for 20 years. I feel a responsibility to put together the science and put it out there because it's very hard to compete with Dr Fauci. He's on TV 10 hours a day. Get invited to go on a podcast, and my staff will say, Marty, and there's only two reviews on iTunes. Nobody really listens to this. We're going to decline it for you. And then I find out. Dr Fauci is on it. He's got to voluntarily suspend themselves from being a full time media person to doing his job and it's very disappointing and it's frustrating and it's very hard for me to say something and compete with him. When he's got the title that the media has has given him the nation's top infectious diseases. That's why they bestowed upon him. They knighted him, and we don't usually night people in America. But anyway, a lot of good thoughts you have about treating More diabetes with cooking classes instead of insulin, treating back pain more with ice and PT physical therapy instead of surgery and opioids, and you're going to talk about that, and the medical debt thing that I brought.
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"Detroit Golf Club, once again from the 2021 Rocket Mortgage Classic, presented by Rocket mortgage. Here's Paul W. Smith. You know as bad as we all think we've had it and we've had it pretty bad with the flooding and all the annoyances that have come up from Mother Nature and our Seemingly inability to deal with a lot of rain. Be that as it may well, get to the bottom of that We're not going to let this go. But as bad as it's been for us, it's worse for others. Including the people who are out there, working. Including At least One DTE worker who we've not been able to get the name. I asked Dan and she's looking, but they may not have released it. But A D T worker working on our behalf. To get the power back. Died. You probably saw that or heard that by now. So as bad as it's been for everyone, it's not, thankfully, been that bad. The other people who are working hard. The people on the roadways. That's very dangerous, too. That is something that I have to remind us all about that When we come upon workers, they're working on our behalf to make things better. And in the past, when workers were out on the roads, people were swearing at him yelling at him. That's just crazy. Now, believe me, It's been a generally crazy time for the last year and a half. Whatever Covid excuse were using there is no excuse. Yell at the people who were Working on power. 50,000 people. T customers still without power about 50,000. And those workers that climb up and work on those wires. One died I know that Diane Cross worries about things like that. With her job as spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Transportation and always being very helpful to us under the toughest of circumstances. And Diane Good morning. Thanks for coming back. I know how busy you are. Slowly but surely we're going to see some normalcy. Good morning, Paul W. And let me also add our deepest condolences to the DT families that were affected, and those people do truly risk their lives every day as you are road workers and that I can add to what they go through. People also throw things At the workers. Oh, my, Believe it or not, that the water? Yeah. Thanks from there, throwing things at the workers that are trying to help things get better. Don't I'm really at a loss. That kind of frustration that we we all feel it. But the idea that common decency just is very often lacking, But we do have some very good news that westbound did reopened last night about 4 20. Westbound 1994 between I 96 Michigan Avenue and Dearborn going from Detroit to Dearborn. We do have one small spot that's has still has the right lane closed near West Grand. Where we had to do some repairs, but we hope to have that reopened by tomorrow. So that will have all three lanes open eastbound. Unfortunately, another story, it turns out, he had quite a bit of damage about 300 ft across all four lanes. Of east from 94 near Warren. We have to dig up the roadway and, um, put down new gravel support because the water just eroded all of the earth kind of underneath that section, And so it's just kind of collapse. The roadway did. So we're having to rebuild that. So it could be at least a week week and a half before we can have eastbound that 94 open going from Dearborn into Detroit. If anyone ever questioned the strength, the damaging ability of water they.
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"J R and Ford Motor Company continues to make it easy for us as it's been announced they booked up $3.3 billion profit in the first quarter. We've got a team of people working, hard working smart. And no one happier about that and thankful to the employees than the Ford Motor Company CEO On the other end of my line, Jim Farley. Good morning, Jim. Congratulations. Thank you. Thank you Pulled of you. So nice to be on with you. Record quarter for us. As you said, you summarize the numbers. Very proud of the team. Well, these air great numbers under under great duress. I mean, we have heard Over and over again. The problems we've even seen with our own eyes, the cars that are parked and can't be sold that people want to buy because of this worsening global semiconductor shortage. That's right. We we thought that somewhere between 10 and 20% of our production of first quarter would be impacted. I want to be in 17%. We lost about 200,000 units. And despite all of that the employees did such a great job. As you said they were able to offset 100% of that production loss. But we think the problem is going to persist this quarter of second quarter be the most difficult and then things will ease up as we get through the year. Short of Ford Motor Company going into the semiconductor chip business. How do you handle something like this? Or Paul W. We have had lots of practice. You know, the pandemic was a great practice for us. You know the way we organize it. We have a crisis group. We get to work as you would expect. We we just solve the problem at the right level in the company. Um, and everyone worked hard. We start to, for example, um, shift the chips that we do have to our most critical vehicle lines globally. We we make sure that we ship the product to the best parts of the world. For us. It's very complicated work, but, um, you know, it's important work. Well, it is, indeed is Ford becomes stronger, more resilient company obviously showing that you can deliver under pressure revenue was up nearly 6% over the first quarter of 2020. Adjusted pretax earnings of 4.8 billion mark to record as you point out, Jim Farley, Ford Motor Company CEO here on the Paul W. Smith showed WJR and some great improvements to financial results. In regions around the world Outside North America, the company saw pretax earnings tied to the automotive business of 454 Million, which is a rather incredible improvement. Over the $526 million loss that you posted in the same period last year. That's a big swing, Jim. It. Is it really helping our numbers? Paul W. You know we lost $5.8 billion in our overseas markets in the last couple years, so that billion dollar swing you just went over. It's a big deal restructuring in Europe. Going into SUVs increasing our commercial vehicle sales were restructuring South America, their numbers are improving. China's now near profit. We were losing a billion and a half years two years ago. So the team oversees has really focused. We spent a lot of cash and a lot of money to restructure those businesses to focus on where we can make money. And now the results were coming home. Well, good for you. That's certainly a very, very exciting news. For all of the stakeholders for Ford Motor Company and the other good news. It goes with the fact that you must have just who did out loud, Jim when When the president said in his speech. There's no reason why American workers can't leave production of battery powered vehicles Hashtag POTUS and says the buy American When the announcement has come out that Ford is accelerating battery are Indy with a dedicated team, a new Global Battery Center of Excellence named Ford. I am Park. Well, this is a big deal for us. It Ford, you know? Yes, It's a $200 million investment here in southeast Michigan. But more importantly than that is, we're building a team from all the different key functions manufacturing engineering supply chain. They're going to be together and we are going to figure out how to make On developed the best cells in the world here in Michigan to be built in North America. I I understand you're selling every Mustang Mach e. You can make and again, Then we worry about those those chips. We could probably build more sell more. Oh, my heart new lineup. Paul W we talked about the last time were on. I mean, our our lineup now is out. We're sold out a Mustang Maki. Four days on the lot gone. We're now accepting orders to the G T. By the way, the Bronco sport sold out the new Bronco couple year order bank, the F 1 50. Sold out 20 days on the lot. So you are new lineup is pretty breathtaking. 70% of the customers for Bronco Sport and Mustang Mach. You're new to the brand never met these people. I was just going to say that's something that you can say While we're being really successful with the Mustang Marquis were very specifically the Bronco sport, but what you just said Jim. Is extremely important 70% new customers to the Ford brand. That's a very big deal. When a vehicle brings people into the dealerships that haven't been into the dealership before. Absolutely right. You know, Mustang Maki is a real phenomena. We're very proud of the sales. You know, we keep be hair sales forecast, and we're running short of product really short now, um, but the good news is people really, really love the product of technology. I think mortgage Stanley came out a couple of months ago and said, you know, in February Mustang Maki was the number one conquest vehicle for for Tessa. We're leading the You know the electric sales, So I'm really I'm really so thankful for the four teams. You said Bronco. We've never been in the Bronco business for you know, many, many decades. We've been cross shop with deep for a long time now and now we finally have the product, so it's going really well. Dealers are doing a fantastic job taking care of customers, and we still have the Bronco to go in June. Uh, the F 1 50 is doing great, but we're gonna be launching the transit Electric and the electric f 1 50 here soon enough. Well, you've you've deployed your first software updates already for the Marquis and the F 1 50. You have swept the pickup categories in the influential Kelley Blue Book, five year cost to own awards, Ford Ranger and F. 1 50 of both been named the most affordable trucks in their respective classes. Over the course of a five year ownership period. And today, apparently at Ford, you're hosting your global day of understanding, Jim Farley explained to us what that's about. Well, this is.
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"Any case. Yeah. It's such a lousy time in our country and A lot of people getting caught up in it. A lot of people just want who at this point, try to heal and move on. I wish that President Biden would do what? Gerald Ford did a very unpopular thing a long time ago. But historians say he was absolutely right to hell. The country. He didn't want to continue to beat up on Richard Nixon and the country moved on and got healthy again and we need to move on and get healthy again. And stop giving our government the excuse of not getting anything done While they do this work, it's starting to get annoying. It's time consuming and expensive. Certainly there's big budget issues to be debated. And this was taken up oxygen left cigarette now. Yep. And in Washington, Jonathan hosting always doing a good job there for Bridge magazine. Thank you, sir. Thank you for that bit. 7 28 and 7 60 wjr. This report is sponsored by churches. This season's hottest collection is dropping just in time for lunch featuring church's new All white meat. Texas tenders accessorized with Butterfly shrimp flavor. This Biggs always on point snapped your Texas tenders and shrimp meal today for just five bucks churches bringing that down home flavor. I think this will be remembered the age of chicken. And soon now with Popeyes and a new fish sandwich. Oh, there it is. We got our W. J. We've got our wjr traffic and weather first and Dana Clark. We've got a couple of accidents have reported Paul W. Down River 75 North bound at your telegraph connector. That's in Taylor accident. Has you slow from dicks? Toledo also 75 North bound before dicks Highway. Ah collision their blocks the left lane, seeing delays from at least North line road. WJR Weather first from the Weather Channel, sponsored by Reamer Floors, shot Reamer floors during the Cara Stan Free Cushion event Now through February. 28th save on all Caris stand carpet. Let's receive free deluxe carpet cushion shop online shop from home or shop in store by appointment. Reamer Floors on telegraph, one mile north of square leg. Remark floors dot com. Still in the deep freeze for the rest of the week and on into the weekend. It feels like zero outside clear skies currently 10 degrees going up to a high of 22. Today we'll get some peeks of sunshine.
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"60 wjr Way have a heads up to on the general dispensation for all Catholics in southeast Michigan that began in March of last year. When the covert 19 pandemic was spreading into the region. Public masses were suspended. Our lives changed totally. We're trying to get back to normal and and sometimes that's even more difficult given Some of the variance center out there, but we are trying to. It's important to get our society. Our businesses are our schools, everything. It's important to get back to normal, and it could be argued that it never should have been disrupted the way it was, but again. I'm not going to go down the politicalization of Ah, Disease road anymore. My listeners air pretty pretty dog gone smart. They understand all of that. So the Archdiocese of Detroit now urging the faithful to return to the Eucharist. And they say with renewed amazement as general dispensation is expiring to give us all the details. Father Steven Polish choices. He's the director of evangelization and missionary discipleship. For the Archdiocese of Detroit. Good morning, Father. Good morning. How are you this morning? I am excellent. Thank you and Archbishop of in your on, maybe at the urging of the Vatican. I'm not sure how this works. She'll tell us Is going to continue to grant particular dispensations. For those at greater risk of illness. You're not asking the elderly or anybody who's at greater risk of illness to come out. But you're saying basically if I could some of them if you could go to a restaurant now, and you do. Well, for goodness sakes. You go to church and you should is that about it? That's pretty close to it. All we have. We've had public massive back sent Memorial Day weekend. We had our Catholic schools back in person all across the Archdiocese of Detroit across Mexico, Detroit Since August. We've been able to play sports in the fall and made a big break because of the governor's rules. But now we're back playing sports. We've learned how to have restaurants and stores open. And it's very important that people know the spiritually good that comes from being at mass. And we don't want people Spiritualized be the last thing or kind of the you know the part of their lives, Tickets left behind. And so, the archbishop has said. Instead of everyone thing don't worry about going to mass were going to say you should come back to Mass. And if you have a good reason that you can't do that, then you have what we're calling a particular dispensation instead of a general one. Father Polish you, You make a very good point. I appreciate it, and that is something that we've talked about, but not Ah lot. But we have mentioned that in fact, the parochial schools held it together and kids were coming back to the classroom when our public schools were not We see the fight going on in Chicago, for example, and everywhere a lot of places, but the parochial schools got the kids back together. You did a lot of things to make them safe. And apparently, you were successful in making them safe. I've not heard of and believe me, I would have. I've not heard of any parochial school massive break out of the virus. There wasn't any West there. There wasn't There were occasions where someone had had been in contact. They're tested positive and either that students or sometimes the classroom or sometimes the whole school had to go home for a day or even a week. But you know that's part of learning how to do it. You're never you're never gonna figure all this out just in a lab or in some kind of perfect situation that doesn't take into account human behavior, and it's just it's important when we do that for church. We have really safe and good and tested guidelines that make it a safe place. But we don't just want to live in fear and kind of closed our lives and we want to receive what God wants to give us and part of that is the community. We get a church and most importantly, the spirituals relationship we get with the Lord coming to church. There is, by the way, the archdiocese has updated their mass finder dot org's, which says what it is mass finder dot orchids been updated. To help the faithful easily search for a list of mass times in their area. A Swede heard in the schools. You have no major problems. With with priests and others in the church. Did we have any kind of an outbreak or were they able to get the vaccines and a elevated level or Expedited level know the city of Detroit has been great. I am scheduled Get by that beat down at the TCF Center. I'm on the younger end of the clergy. Paul W So I, you know, kind of waited a while, but they've invited all clergy to come forward. I know lots of older priests or priest who have preexisting conditions have gotten it and the safeguards we have in place that math have to be warned. We have reduced capacity and social distancing were Cleaning and sanitizing the church's regularly and as I said, we've been doing this since since May, and we've been able to do it safely, and I think our track record points to the fact that people can come to church and it's not a great risk of being exposed to the virus. And there are all sorts of goods that we get coming to church. And so we really wanted to invite people that if you've been thinking about it or have been away for a while, Now is the time to come back to church and as we're calling it to come home to hopefuls. Again. If.
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"The Paul W. Smith soon what a pleasure and privilege it is. Welcome back, Professor Bob called amazingly and we've been here for many of them, most of them. This is the 24th year in a row that professors from MSU's Department of advertising and public relations Raided the ads on Super Bowl Sunday, They raided national commercials on a scale of 1 to 5 taking note of each commercials. Creative production execution. Message placement and advertising strategy. They also considered whether each and was memorable whether the commercial might prompt a sale in particularly in 2021. Whether the tone was right for the Times Professor. Good morning. Welcome back to the show. Good morning, Paul W. It's always fun to be here and last night was kind of funny. Even though our party was virtual. We were all connected online as opposed to being together thanks to the covert virus. We were all connected. Virtually frankly, I mean, some people went to parties and all of that, but most of us stayed home and if we communicated it was with family and friends. Uh, and over online and we kept our distance and try to keep safe. Best weekend. I thought And and I had to write a column for today's paper, and I had to write it Thursday. So imagine writing about the Super Bowl several days before it happened, But I got it plenty right eye guy said It was kind of a try effective that I thought that the game would be good in that Tom Brady would win. And I thought that the halftime show would be okay and a little eccentric, But people who people like the weekend love did on then, of course, the commercials. I thought we would do Okay, even though some of the big guys like Well, Budweiser didn't bring the Clydesdales, but I thought the commercials were pretty good. Did you think that commercials overall We're pretty good. Yeah, There were some ads that were pretty good as a whole as a group. Maybe a little below average because there were some bad adds, um, the Skechers. Ad with Tony Roma was kind of bad. The only CEO plane, you know the piano in the middle of a field. That was bad we weight was weird was it was just weird, but we had some great ads. I mean, the Eminem's ad was very popular. We loved the Toyota ad with the Olympic competitors. We, um we like the Jeep ad, and that was very emotional. A two minute spot. So that said $20 million check right there to run that spot. Um, but you know what? You know what one of the one of the keys of that commercial honestly. Is that Bruce Springsteen did it and he doesn't do commercials and one of the problems that they've had is some people complaining. The Bruce Springsteen was very political. During this last election cycle, so They're kind of saying, Well, why is he saying Let's let's meet in the middle if he didn't say that during the last administration, but that's that's what you expect. And that's not how you look at these ads. Nor do I frankly. Right. You look at it for what's in front of you. And it was a very poetic well, the cinematography um the good visuals that you know. In the end, though, they had a map of the United States and they cut off the upper peninsula so apparently opened in the in the U. P is gonna buy it cheap. Everybody's a critic. For goodness sakes. It's not the first time sadly. If the U. P was missing, But I think Olivia Francoise did a an incredible job V. This is the guy that brought us Eminem. This is the guy who brought us. Paul Harvey the farmer. Remember that one. I don't remember what the what? The gist of the Clint Eastwood. One was, but he's brought us classic commercials. And I think he did it begin. Well, The Springsteen ad is the iconic ad. Of the game. But there were other cute, funny Super Bowl, You know, humorous animal kinds of things. The Cheetos ad was pretty good with Ash Ashton Kutcher. And Mila Kunis. It was pretty funny, and you know, there were just the will Ferrell. General Motors spot was just cute. You know, you have to. There was a lot of promo up to it. And some of the pro mo's were not as good as the actual ad. And you saw the editor. Well, that's kind of funny. Yeah, it was kind of funny. I did see some of the teases and seeing the entire ad. Made it much easier to understand exactly what was going on. And I did. I did think it was clever. And you mentioned in fact, on my list that I have from you folks on beer talking once again with Professor Bob. Cold image, you, advertising professor. You're number One spot was an auto commercial. The one for Toyota. Kurt McAllister is coming up a little later. And it was Jessica. Long Story and Brian. Give us just a taste of that, Mrs. Yes,.
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"People will be doing it right there on their phone rather than calling Vegas doing whatever they have to do otherwise. And right now it is Kansas City and three Canto. Is it all right? I heard that somewhere. You're right. Sticks. So you have to pick Paul W you don't you know I'm gonna I'm going with Tom Brady. I don't think being a fellow Michigan grand. I'm not allowed to go against Tom Brady in there. It's in the rules. It's not a bad baddies won't know. Yeah. I, You know, it's what he's doing. MM lettering what he's doing. He's a veteran than that matters in something like this sick stuff. 14 wjr. This report is sponsored by Michelin endurance XT silicone wiper blades. Sometimes driving is great, but sometimes it's not so great like when it's pouring outside. That's when you need the new Michelin endurance XT silicone wiper blades designed to repel water, snow and ice get yours today on Lee at Wal Mart. Coming up. Anthony Tony Socko operating partner at Moots Pizzeria. He's going to be featured coming out of these reports. He is one of our Great opportunity to try interviews for this weekend show opportunity to trade will run it one o'clock. This Sunday on W. J. R. So bear that in mind and Jim Farley at about 6 35 coming out of Marie's news, afford president and CEO, So we'll get it to all of that. As we get out or wjr traffic and weather first Miss Dana Clark, and then when I kiss you, goodbye is getting and it's kissing Dana, and it's always kissing Kim. It's also kissing our wonderful calls pals Goodbye as well as they will be able to come back on and see us with Greg Russell. At what time 8 18 right, Annie 18, So we'll be back on camera back and any team, but Along the way, and our reb loyal listeners who only your response 7 60. We're right here right there and will continue to be now as you were saying, wjr Traffic.
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"All right. Very good. Well, we're hold you to that, Geraldine Wheeler. Thank you for being with us. And best of luck with this big news. I know its meaning. As the senior manager of sustainability. It's music to your ears way are delighted. We're delighted, and we're happy to see that others are coming alone with us in the journey, including players. Absolutely. Even if they're kicking and screaming Now they're coming along. Thank you, Geraldine. Thank you, Paul. Have a wonderful day. You do the same Geraldine Bond wave. Oh, General Motors, senior manager of Sustainability. All I'm saying is Change doesn't come easy to everybody. But change is coming. Whether it's coming easy to us or not, It's coming. 7 28 WJR. This report is sponsored by Merrill. When questions find you Merrill Edge, Self directed investing has personalized tools and insights to help you find answers get started at Merrill edge dot com slash within. Reach. Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner and Smith incorporated registered broker dealer member S. I P C, R W J R Traffic and Weather first at 7 28 the one and only Dana Clark. New accident. Paul W. 94 West found Andy Course road accident There has a slept traffic black backed up. I should say, at least from a telegraph. So we are still watching two separate accidents along 75 north bound between Dixie Highway and Grange Hall Road, please avoid the area, seeing big backups. There. There's a one crash at Grange Hall Road and then one just at East Holly Road. All lanes are blocked. Dixie Highway can.
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"Bowl and it's gonna look different for a lot of reasons, and we hope That our friend Gregory Eaton is able to We'll go. We'll talk to him a zwei have every year because he's been to every Super Bowl since the beginning. And what a story When he would go with his pals to the Super Bowl. He was not even allowed in the very beginning to stay in the same hotels. They stayed in because he happened to be black. Is that amazing? And now we've come a long way. No, it's never enough, but we've come a long way. And what a great guy Gregory Eaton is, by the way. He was never a victim ever. And he worked very hard for everything that he has. And very smart. Meanwhile, Matt Friedman is the co founder of Tanner Friedman that public relations have strategic communications expert behind the scenes on so many good things happening in and around Detroit. And he's here to give us his professional opinion on what's going on with the Super Bowl and some of the companies. Deciding that to run their big ads during this Super Bowl. Good morning, man. Good morning, Paul W It's we're gonna have to survive somehow, almost two weeks without football. I think we'll be okay. It's hard, though. It is hard. Glad you mentioned that we kind of mope around waiting. For the big game, but it will be here February 7th and it will be. I hope it should be a fabulous game. But what will be different and Super Bowl 55 is a Zey featured two of the biggest names in football. But some of the biggest names in Super Bowl ads will be on the sideline or some cases, they'll be there, but in a much smaller way. What's going on? I think what's happening right now, With companies all over the country, putting those here locally, Everybody is trying to figure out a balancing act. Right now. It's a tough environment out there. There are a lot of people suffering, but cos still need to try to grow their businesses somehow, and so everybody's kind of walking a tight rope because everything speaks So they have to make this decision on what to do if their traditional advertiser in this broadcast, and it's really the on Lee broadcast of the year where everybody knows how much the ads cost. And so there is a public relations implication for spending the money in an environment like this to be in the game. And if you look like a brand like Budweiser really interesting what they're doing this here they've really decided on a PR play rather than a pure advertising play, and what Budweisers trying to do, I think is interesting, and it could be a model for other companies. They're trying to reconnect. Emotionally with consumers in this country, and they're in a tough of environment like almost everybody else's bars. Air closed, their sales are down. I've read for that brand by 7%. Tha company that owns Budweiser is in bed. They have other brands that are going to be in the Super Bowl. Bud light and they're Seltzer's, but where they're doing for the Budweiser brand is there say that they're taking that money? They're putting it into basically a hybrid of PR and advertising where they're going to be funding messages in different broadcasts, encouraging people to get the vaccine. And see that I'm you know, that's kind of Where I think they might be missing the boat, so to speak that saying that they want to In Budweisers case. Devote more of their money toward, for example, covert 19 vaccine awareness over the coming months, but they have an opportunity with the largest television audience in history. Which this Super Bowl I think will become It's certainly going to be one of the Big East. They could do a fabulous with all their power and their creativity and their teams that put together fabulous commercials with the Clydesdales and everything else they've done. They could have created a fabulous commercial P s A, uh, to let people know about the importance of getting that vaccine the vaccine awareness, frankly, to let people know Crowd. That may not be anxiously awaiting this news. But about how important it is to mask or double mask and the wash hands into social distance. I don't know. I think in my opinion, math, they're missing the boat on this. While the other way of looking at it is here we are on a talk show in Detroit, and we're talking about this s O. From a PR standpoint, they will count that is a win. And that's it Won't run. Announcing that your own ad won't run ads is, in a way its own form of advertising. It is it is. The other thing is the day of an opportunity to perhaps if they do this right target the message the audiences that might be more reticent to take the vaccine than the mass audience.
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"It's important to make it clear. 211 is a free service that connects people with non profit agencies in your community. Bear that in mind, because, frankly, there are a lot of people who've never had to call to 11 but find themselves in the dire straits of dire position. Now, it might have to So I mean, that's just the way this pandemic has been and the way it is affected So many people so Bear that in mind, and there's no shame in asking for help by calling to 11. There are people like consumers, energy and others who want to help who will help. Who can and are helping And a lot of people need that help. And you've been also working that hard. I should mention to keep energy costs low forest to Brian. We have particularly, you know, you mentioned you mentioned the weather just coming out of break called of you. And, um you know, natural gas prices are historic low. We are lucky in Michigan that we have the ability to actually purchase a lot of natural gas in the summertime storage and our underground facilities and then extracted at times like this so natural gas bills are at their lowest in 10 years. And we work hard to really keep those those cops low, particularly during this heating season, when there's really no choice but to keep your home warm, So that's exactly right. We're working hard to keep our bills as low as possible for customers. Honestly, where else can we say like this consistently for the last 10 years? The customers are paying should be paying 20% less for natural gas this year compared to even a decade ago. So I mean that Zaveri Big deal. It's a huge deal. Now. I always remind customers and a lot of customers will tell me. You know, I don't touch my thermostat and get my bill goes up. Obviously, on days like this here, your furnace is working harder. So even though as you mentioned Paul W. The bills couldn't be lower in the last 10, year time horizon. Your furnace is working harder. And, um, you know, it's just bills cost. It does cost more this time of year. You know, I was having trouble earlier with my quote unquote smart television that decided to reset itself while we're in the middle of doing the show, and I depend on monitors here for other information. I have trouble with my smart rheostat. In the house that for whatever reason, even though it's not set on any program if I said it down to like 67 at night, which I do 66 67 When I come up in the morning and look, it's it's 70. I don't know how it's doing that. You're like me. I like it cold at night, too. Yeah. I mean, there's there's a setting where I guess you could turn it off of the learning teacher. And you could. You could actually set a schedule. Um, do you like me who have colder is better? Older is better sleep hygiene, and I'm not afraid to say it. It's cheaper. It's cheaper. That's right. We've become so dependent on the smart things that sometimes we we fight with them. Yes, having an argument with my rheostat. All right, and I found out it's smarter than I am, which is not saying a lot. But there it is, thanks to help us get the word out this morning called W Well, thanks for doing all your doing. We.
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"60 WJR for Paul W. Here's Guy Gordon. And it will be about this time Wednesday morning that Trump supporters gather at joint base Andrews to bid farewell to the current president of the United States, and then we'll Migrate to the capital. Not necessarily that group. But many others migrating to the capital to welcome in the incoming administration. Tanya Powers is covering it all. Fox news correspondent WJR contributor thana Good morning to You Just give us a sense of it's been called a lockdown. Does it feel like a lot down there in the nation's capital? Well, actually, I'm not in D. C. I'm in. I'm in New York, but I'm glad that you mentioned to the things that on Monday Where the president is going to speak. We're actually going to carry that. I'll be anchoring that part at eight o'clock that morning. So when President Trump is kind of farewell address, if you will, if if he's going to speak, we will be covering that as well. But yeah, you're right. The inauguration. There's a lot of security. Obviously, you know, tens of thousands of National Guard troops have been Employed the Washington Um you know, there's been those those so called unstable herbal senses the really, really tall fences. You've probably seen pictures of over the weekend that they have erected in a perimeter around the capital for safety. Obviously, the that is one of the reasons that the inauguration this year of President elect Joe Biden is gonna look like no other inauguration we've ever seen before. In terms of some of the things that are going.
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"And it will be better tomorrow as we're reminded again and again by the late Dr Maya Angelou. Meanwhile, I suspect we would get the same thought. From a guy who was in the thick of things in Washington yesterday. Basically locked down in the House gallery in the U. S. Capitol under siege. And a guy who joined us already this week, Congressman Tim Walberg is back to talk about the experience, Congressman A Good morning. Welcome back. Are you there? Cause I don't hear him. Really Well, you know, you know. Wait, wait, wait, wait. Start from the beginning because we didn't hear you at all. If I had taken myself off Mute s, I would have coughed it cost in here. I didn't feel fine, but it's you know, I'm almost feel like Paul W. In bed last night 33 a m. I guess this morning 3 A.m. and then now up How do you I don't know how you do this, but, uh, we're glad to be with you this morning. Yeah, it was. It was. It was a terrible day yesterday for part of it. It was a great day for other parts of it. We We started out doing the things that Constitution requires Electoral college counting of votes. Getting into debates about objections to certain of the state's votes on then everything broke out crazy, but I'll go to the end we we went back into session and completed. Task of counting the votes yesterday. And I think that was a demonstration to the world as well as to, uh, sadly, the people that chose to use their First Amendment liberties In a way that we don't do in the United States and cause destruction and death. And a lot of pain and frustration in the process, But in the end America came through and I'm glad to be part of it. And I'm glad we did show the world that even though there was a momentary blip You got back to doing what you were supposed to do. You were not prevented from doing What you were supposed to do, and you you accomplished what you set out to do in the There's been a lot of confusion this year between what's a protest and what's a riot, and I blame Much of the mainstream media for forgetting the word riot and thinking that everything was a quiet to protest. They right away. Thought of even the quiet protest is being a riot. But when you cross a line As people did you are then writing and it's not right anywhere, but especially in the United States Capitol so there should be no confusion. All of that should be pretty clear to people. And and we move on from there, and that's what we're doing. We will have in the president's own word who called for peace early in the morning this morning. And said, they'll be in orderly transition of power. Which is good to hear him say, because that's what people Needed to hear all along as difficult loss, as it might have been, and with all of the allegations that are still raw, and who knows what went on and where, but the bottom line is We stand for democracy. Around the world we did yesterday morning at this time, and we do this morning at this time. Well said Well said. We are a republic Republican form of democracy. That means we're constitutional democracy. We're not just a democracy that says majority wins, that we've taken great consideration to make sure that we all have a say we don't have an opportunity. And the rights of the majority as well as the minorities are protected. And what we saw yesterday. Um I think was the culmination of a lot of emotions that went on. And maybe some rabble roses assed well. But in the end in the end, um We move forward, and I was delighted this morning to hear that the president said there will be orderly transmission. Uh, the transition transition. You see, you know, you said in the beginning. I don't know how you do this. I didn't know what you were talking about the first but I know what you're talking about. How do you get two hours? Three hours of sleep. Come on the air and makes sense. I'm not sure I do make sense. But I understand how difficult this is for you. Hey, e. I appreciate that. Let me ask you before we leave. Um uh, since I don't have an opportunity to was speak to too many people who were there. Locked down in the chambers. What was it like from your standpoint? Well, it started out much like what you'd hear on a state of the Union address in recent years, you'd hear a demonstration noise going on somewhere in the capital, and normally it's 2030. People that are demonstrating are doing a sit down that type of thing and Banging drums or whatever. And you hear that, But this could began to get closer and closer and we were going on with our debate. Constitutional Abate said. It was over their chambers. We were in ours. And all of a sudden the sergeant at arms and the Capitol. Police began telling us various reports. We we recess for short periods of times, went back into the bait. And then all of sudden they came and said, Listen, we want you to pull your gas mask out for underneath your chairs. And have them in your lap already. And if we ask you to get to the floor, get the floor because there is some protection with the backs of our seats..
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"19 topic. It is. AH Book by best selling number one Best selling author bread. Meltzer. Brad Meltzer wrote the book The Lincoln Conspiracy. The secret plot to kill America's 16th president and why it failed. Brad. Welcome to the Paul W. Smith show WJR. Thank you, sir. And as a Michigan grad, I I really appreciate you having me on. Well, a fellow Michigan grab great to hear that. I know that's why I said it. Oh, I didn't know Shin too. Okay? What class of wind 99 90 92. Yeah, I was a little before that, um All right. That was a lot less familiar eyes a lot before that. Meanwhile, Brad, this is obviously something you were working on before there was a Corona virus. Even though this is a savior for people who want to have something they could lose themselves in a good book. What led you to writing the Lincoln conspiracy? The secret plan to kill Americans, 60 of president and why it failed. You know, it was just the story itself. We all know the story of John Wilkes Booth and ink Lincoln's presidency. This is the story of the first secret plot to kill Abraham Lincoln at the very start. In order to be sworn in as America's 16th president Lincoln had to take a train from his home in Springfield, Illinois, for Washington, D C. And the only way to get there was to go through Baltimore, But Maryland at the time was a slave state, so the plan was simple. A secret society plotted to kill Abraham Lincoln when he came through Baltimore and then this presidency before it even began. And needless to say, that's not exactly what happened. Imagine how history would have been changed if it had succeeded. That's exactly the whole thing. Right in the middle of the night is a speeding train filled with passengers, including two businessmen, a woman and her invalid brother. None of them are who they say they are on this train. The man is famed Detective Allan Pinkerton, head of the Pinkerton Detective agency. The woman is Kate Warne, America's first female private eye in the fourth man isn't an invalid or her brother. His name is Abraham Lincoln. They give him a code name. They dressed him up in a disguise. Even along in the middle of the night to avoid the men who were trying to kill him, And that's the end of Chapter one. And when I heard that I was like, Can you imagine what happens if it works like you said all of history changes. And that's why the book is important right now. I mean, it's a time in America. The Lincoln Conspiracy is set where the Civil War is just about to break out. America's divided in half. One side hates the other. Whatever side you're on. You think the other side is a bunch of awful horrible people? Does that sound familiar to you? On what you think What you see in the book is what great leaders do in that situation and the greatest of leaders. Abraham Lincoln. The sides, Of course you don't divide us. You unite us. And so the book takes on. Especially in this covert environment, especially where we are politically just a beautiful, beautiful look at real leadership. My goodness you have M Grant. Brad Meltzer, number one New York Times bestselling author of the Escape artist and many other bestselling thrillers, as well as the ordinary people Change the World. Syriza's Also host of the history Channel TV shows Brad Meltzer's decoded and Brad Meltzer's lost history. And you have this thing about Presidents that almost were assassinated. Didn't you have that? Didn't you write the first conspiracy? The secret plot to kill George Washington? Yeah, we started with George Washington. And I found the secret plot to kill George Washington, which really happened in 17 76. And now we said, How do you top you know George Washington, but, of course, using Abraham Lincoln in that book. No. Was blurbed by two U. S presidents. We, you know, loved the book. It was an incredible thing to work on. The amazing part. Was it a kind of overlapped again in the linking conspiracy Because Is this wonderful moment they might favorite in the book. Where the Pinkerton detectives finally go in. Tell Abraham Lincoln. Hey, there's a secret plot to kill you. They go to his hotel room and Lincoln. Stay. Stay. Don't listen. You gotta leave on the next train. We've got to get you through Baltimore Quicker. Skip your event in Philadelphia tomorrow is supposed to be in Philadelphia the next day. On Lincoln's responses. I'm not missing my event in Philly. You wanna know why? Because in Philadelphia the next day, they're honoring at Independence Hall, Abraham Lincoln's greatest hero. A man named George Washington on his birthday. Lincoln says. I'm not missing honoring George Washington, and he risked his life to go there. You'll see a longer on the team, but he gives a speech about uniting the country and says if you don't we don't stand together. You might as well assassinate me and what we know now, when you read the book. That he actually knew there was a plot to assassinate and when he said that, and it's one of the most amazing moments behind the scenes of Abraham Lincoln you've ever seen. I love the fact that even in the midst of all this, they honor George Washington then right after that again, this is where it all kicks in. They jump on this train. They put a disguise on Lincoln. The Pinkerton detective gave Abraham Lincoln's life. I won't I won't ruin how, but it's an amazing moment of their defeat in this secret society. What a great great story the.