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"Coming up, an NBA Power Poll, Malcolm Gladwell. This podcast is an A plus. Next. This episode of the Bill Simmons Podcast is presented by Airbnb. Maybe you're traveling to see friends and family for the holidays. When you're away, your home could be an Airbnb. Whether you could use a little extra money to cover some bills or for something a little more fun, your home or spare room might be worth more than you think. Find out how much at Airbnb .com slash host. We are supported by McDonald's. This month, McDonald's is upping its game by introducing two beloved sauces to its lineup. Mambo sauce and sweet and spicy jam. Hmm, why do I love these? Well, they both pack a spicy punch. They let you switch up the flavors in your usual order. I like having more choices. You know what, if you're gonna give me eight choices, why not give me 10? The sweet and spicy jam sounds delicious. These two sauces are only available for a limited time and participate in McDonald's. So make sure to try them while you can. Tap the banner to learn more. We're also brought to you by the Ringer Podcast Network. If you missed it, we started, wait, that movie made how much money? Month last night on the rewatchables. We did Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves, me, Chris Ryan, Van Lathan, it was a wonderful experience for all of us. Van looked at Chris at one point and he said, everything I do, I do it all for you. Oh no, that was Bryan Adams, but we had a great time. Coming up on this podcast, I'm gonna do an NBA Power Poll at the top because there's no games as I'm taping this on Tuesday. So let's, where are we after two weeks? I tried to fly through this. I limited myself to 22 minutes. I think I went two minutes over, but I flew through it, tried to get off as many comments as I possibly could. And then our old friend Malcolm Gladwell is gonna come on and do some sports hour stuff. There's some things that he's noticed about direction sports are going in that he doesn't like, and we're gonna try to fix it. So that's the podcast, first, our friends from Pearl Jam. Here we go. All right, I'm gonna throw an NBA Power Poll at you. I'm not sure I'm gonna do this every Tuesday, but I definitely wanna do this some Tuesdays. I'm gonna go through all 30 teams as fast as possible. And I'm gonna throw things out that I feel like are important when necessary. Pot shots, important comments, things I've noticed, some fake trades, you've known me for a while. It's gonna be all the typical stuff. Going backwards from 30 to one, I'll give you the groups as we go. The first group is called the Dregs. That's Washington number 30. They are 30th in defense. And the only reason they're 30th in defense is because we only have 30 teams. I actually think there's some way they could have been 36th in defense. They're the only team in the entire league that I do not wanna watch on league pass for any reason at all. They're one and five, 15 .6 point differential against them. Shoot this team into the sun. I cannot believe House thought this team was gonna go over 24 wins. They might not go over 14 wins. They're awful. I never want them on my TV. Next group, probably the lottery. I say probably, but I'm gonna zip through these teams and then go back to somebody. 29 Utah, 28 Portland, 27 Detroit, 26 San Antonio, 25 Charlotte, who is way more fun than I expected they would be to watch, and 24 Chicago. It just feels like the lottery's in the future for all these teams. I wanna talk about San Antonio really quick. Three and four, kind of a sneaky, tough schedule. They played Phoenix twice, the Clippers, Dallas, that goofy Indiana team, Houston, and Toronto. They're minus 8 .6 point differential because they've gotten blown out a couple of times, and they're 29th on defense, which I was surprised by per 100 possessions. The thing that I wanted to point out here, because this one Benyama thing is super important. This is the best teenager that's come into the league, at least since LeBron. We can debate. LeBron, I think in year two, for two months at least, was a teenager when he was putting up 27, seven, and seven. When he started his 27, seven, seven cycle. Wembe might be the best teenager I've ever seen. They're starting Jeremy Sohan at point guard, and Pop's been transparent about this. No, no, we know we're gonna take some lumps. We're trying to figure this out. I went to the game when they played the Clippers, I talked about it in a previous pod, and it was just an absolute debacle, watching poor Sohan try to run the offense, bring the ball up. Now we're seeing teams starting to pressure them because he's not a point guard. He's a small forward. There's crazy stats now. Trey Jones, just by being on this team and not being Jeremy Sohan, is now one of the best advanced metrics point guards of all time. Right now, his per 100 on -off is plus 28 .3 because Sohan is minus 22 .7. That's how disparate the two things are. Which brings me to my point, this is too important. You have the best teenager maybe ever. You have one of the best league pass players already in the entire league in Wimby. I have no idea how long he's gonna stay healthy, knock on wood, hear me knock really loud. I just got my dog going. No, that was me, dumb ass. They need one more point guard. TJ McConnell is on Indiana, and they have Halliburton, who's averaging a 24 -12. He's awesome. They have Nembhard, who's great as a backup. McConnell's like, he's 13 minutes a game. He's clearly a trade piece for them. Just go get him. I'm not saying San Antonio has to make the playoffs, but they need to be entertaining, and Wimby needs to play with point guards. He clearly needs just to play off people, high screens, all that stuff. They need one more point guard. TJ McConnell is my choice. They have all their own firsts. They're not gonna trade those obviously, but they have some goofy picks. They have Charlotte's top 14 protected first. They have a pretty good Chicago first that I wouldn't give up. They have a first swap with Boston. There's ways to do this. I would just put that Charlotte pick next year on the table and just grab them because you guys hit the lottery. Literally, with Wimby -Dyama, literally hit the lottery. You hit the lottery and you hit the lottery. Get to do two point guards. We're not asking for much here. I wanna watch this guy. I wanna enjoy him play basketball. All right, next section is panic time. Number 23, Memphis. They're one and six. They finally got out to Schneider. And number 22, Sacramento, who lost twice to Houston in three days by 18 and 25. No Darren Fox for either game. Panic time in this respect. I know we're six games in the season, seven games in the season, but the West is one of those things where you're gonna look up and the car is left. The car has left the driveway and your family is gone. You're gonna be basically Kevin and home alone if you don't get your shit together. And I don't even wanna be two games under 500 in the West. That's how deep and good the West is. So when you're one and six, like all of a sudden two and 12, two and 13, Sacramento could all of a sudden be three and nine. I would just be nervous constantly. This is not like last year when the Lakers started out two and 10 and ended up making the playoffs. Nobody is doing that this year. The cutoff line is gonna be 46 wins. Memphis looks, they just can't score. And I think it's gonna be really, we talked about this verno last week. It's gonna be really hard for them to crawl back and be at least like 11 and 14, something like that by the time Ja comes back. The Sacramento thing, we predicted this when we did the over -under preview, like the conference is way better and they stayed basically the same. And now Fox is hurt. So it can take Fox going out for 10 games and all of a sudden you're not even in the playing game. I would just be nervous, so it's both of those teams. Again, it's early. Next group, friskier than we hoped. We have number 21, Brooklyn. Ben Simmons averaging almost 11 rebounds and seven assists a game. And yet you can't play him at crunch time, bizarre. Number 20, Orlando. Number 19, Houston. Number 18, Indiana. And number 17, Toronto. Just quickly on Houston, a delightful league pass team. I had no idea. It's like being at a buffet dinner and somebody brings like some, have you ever had a fried oyster? It's like, great, I'll try that. And then it's delicious. They play hard. I like watching them. And I did not expect a Shungun to be a potential all -star, but that's where we are. They're three and three. Again, they beat Sacramento twice, we'll see. But Orlando at number 20. Every time I do this, I'm gonna have a BS all -star of the week. I used to do this when I wrote my column back in the day. I used to call them the Bill Simmons all -stars, just people that I just liked for whatever reason. I love Jalen Suggs. I don't really know fully what he is. He tries harder than everybody on every other team. He really gives a shit. He feels additive in all these different ways. And yet at the same time, he'll absolutely like airball a three in one of the biggest moments of the game. But that guy cares. I watched a game where he got this hustle rebound. Can't remember who they, they lost at the buzzer. Get this hustle rebound and dribble back out and took a three and missed it and put his jersey over his head for like the next minute and a half. I actually think he might've been crying. He was so upset they lost. He is the most competitive random guy in the league. I love Jalen Suggs. Oh, as Saruti said, it's the Laker game. I love Jalen Suggs. I don't know what he is. He might just end up being like a seventh man on a championship team at some point. He's gonna have a moment on a good team. I don't know if Orlando's gonna be the team, but it's gonna happen for that dude. I also really like Anthony Black more than I thought, but we'll see. It's early for this team. Palo hasn't gotten going. Somehow they're four and three. We'll see when the schedule gets harder. Toronto at number 17, just the Lakers miss Schroeder. And I like what Schroeder's doing in Toronto. They're three and four, but they easily could be five and two. I've been watching them because I have their over under, I bet on. And I like where Toronto's at. I think they're better than they were last year. I think they're at least a playing team. Number 18, Indiana though. So their second in offensive rating and 25th in defense. In the 25th, I was actually surprised it wasn't worse. They can't guard anybody. They're shooting 43s a game. Their top six guys are all over 40 % three point shooting. They're kind of like the 80s Nuggets, but with threes. And they just play with a certain pace. And some days it's going to be bad. Like the Celtics put 155 points on them and it probably could have been 160 if they'd made some shots. Hal Burton's special. He's a 24 -12 this year. But the crazy thing about their offense is that Matherin's been terrible. And Matherin was a guy that they were like, this is going to be our guy. He's making a leap. We're going to trade Buddy Heald. We got to give the card keys to Matherin in that spot. And he's been bad. And their offense has still been pretty good. This is a team that anytime you see them, I don't know if you bet basketball, but if they're like plus 11, plus 12, it's like they could beat anybody any night. I'm just telling you. I'm not saying they're going to win a round in the playoffs, but just night to night, that's a team that they could just go 22 for 45 from three, make some shots. And Hal Burton, they actually should be five and two. Hal Burton blew the last possession against Charlotte the other night. But I've enjoyed watching them. I've watched an insane amount of basketball, by the way. All right, next group, the wildcards. I don't have a lot to say about these teams, but we'll go in order. Number 16, New Orleans, just seem jinxed. I'll come back to them in a second. Number 15, Cleveland. I want to see them with Garland and just, I want to watch them for a couple of weeks. I like the Struce edition, but we'll see. The Knicks, they're three and four. Nice win against the Clippers. The Randall thing continues to be nuts. Now he's taking out guys in the other team. Clippers 13, just traded for Harden. We talked about the Knicks and Clippers last week. Look, the Clippers, they played one game and they got killed by the Knicks. They're worse. I told you that last week. Still feel that way. Guess what they can't do now? Any transition stuff. The Knicks, 26 to six in fast break points last night. Rebounding. They got out, rebounded by 17 by the Knicks. Harden just brings so many things that you don't want in a starting five, but then he brings the great passing and the scoring and he can have the ball all the time. They don't need anyone to have the ball all the time because they have all these other guys who need the ball. I just don't like the trade. I continue to not like it and I don't understand it. I actually liked the team they had before they made the trade. So congrats again, Clippers. Number 12, Miami. 28th offensively. Kind of feels worse when you watch them. They haven't had their full team for a couple weeks. I'm not gonna judge them at all until December. I'm not gonna judge Dallas either. Dallas I have at number 11. They're six and one, fourth in offense. They've had a really easy schedule. So that's why, let's see what happens. Their one loss is to Denver. Let's see what happens when they play some tough teams all in a row and have one of those four games in six nights or three on the road. One of those situations. But they are in better shape than they were last year. And you look at the Grant Williams piece, which I'm not spiteful when I watch my old players. I'm rooting for Grant Williams. It's like seeing somebody you dated that you still have a good relationship with. It was nice to see him do well for them. Derek Lively seems like they have something. We talked about him last week, but he's at least like a rim runner in that kind of Nick Claxton world, but maybe a little more violent alley -oop or a little young Clint Cappelli. The Kyrie thing is the piece that I'm really interested in this. He finally had a good game last night, but for this season, 24 % shooting, 3 .8 free throws a game, which are always the two numbers to look at with Kyrie. What's he shooting threes? Is he getting in the line? And so far it's been neither, but he seems happy. When you watch them, they've been a surprisingly pleasant watch, and he seems like in a good spot. So I don't want to jinx it because as annoying as he's been over the years, and you know my stance on Kyrie, I just don't trust him. And I just feel like a seven -year track record of imploding kind of has to start to mean something after a while, but it is fun to watch him play basketball. And it does feel like he's got a specific spot on this team. They don't have to rely on him too much. It's very similar to where he was in 15 and 16 and 17 with the Cavs where he could kind of float in and out like a cat with LeBron. It's like, I'm feeling it. Oh, all right, let's give Kyrie the ball. The shooting going down though, it's a small sample size, but they also haven't been playing tough teams yet. And I'm just monitoring that because with guards, it can kind of sometimes go sideways pretty fast, and you don't realize it happened until after it happened. Just quickly going backwards to number 16, New Orleans, because they lost Ingram, they lost McCollum already. And they have this Hawkins who they drafted that everybody liked coming out of the draft, but the fact that he can play right away has actually kind of saved them a little bit. I just, I still feel like we need to do some sort of ceremony or something with them. Like we need the people from the Conjuring to just do something with New Orleans basketball. It just shouldn't be this bad every year. Your team shouldn't have two, three major injuries every year. You should have good luck at some point. And this goes back to the seventies. Remember, when they moved, when they became the New Orleans Jazz, their first major, major giant trade was for Gail Goodrich with the Lakers. They had to give up two first rounders, and he immediately blew out his Achilles. He played, I'm gonna say, less than a season. And one of the picks turned out to be Magic Johnson. So that's where we started with New Orleans, and it's been awful ever since. Nothing good has happened in this team other than they've won a couple of lotteries, but even the lotteries they won, the Davis, Anthony when they were in Charlotte before they got to New Orleans, they bring him to New Orleans and he wants to leave. And then they win the Zion thing, which seemed like the luckiest thing that ever happened to them. And meanwhile, we're still waiting for him to play two straight months. So Conjuring people, something. We need something to happen with that team. All right, the top 10. We're at a good pace right now. Where are we at? Yeah, feeling good. This is working. Young and hungry is the next thing. We got Oklahoma City at number 10 and Atlanta at number nine. If you remember, Atlanta was one of the, these are the two teams I was going nuts for before the season for their over -unders. I love the Atlanta over -under. I love the New Orleans over. And I like what I've seen from both. OK sees four and three, Atlanta's four and three. Atlanta's sixth in offense. And that's notable because Trae Young has sucked again shooting west. He's 28 % from three. Last year's 33 % from three. This might not be happening the next Steph Curry thing. Like what age does he have to hit where we have to go? All right, he's not the next Steph Curry. Because I think I hit that age last year at age, when I was age 53. I think I hit that for Trae. They killed Minnesota, which is notable. We'll talk about Minnesota in a second. But they really, I watched that game and they really, really, really handled them. I like this Atlanta team. And I think there's a path for them to be a three or a four seed if Trae can get going. And then OKC, trade for a big already. You're a guy short, like stop. You guys have a chance to be like a 50 win team. What are you doing? I want to see what's going on with Josh Getty in about two weeks. Whether it looks different than it has for the first couple of weeks here. I don't like, he's not going in the free throw line at all. 1 .3 a game. 26 % three point shooting, which we knew. He can't shoot threes. But there's also like the Chet piece of it. Seems like it's throwing them off. And I've watched games where they've taken them out at crunch time.
Fresh update on "phoenix" discussed on The Big Take
"Thanks, I'm June Grosso. George. Broadcasting That's Stay with George us. 24 Newhouse Today's hours of top a stories Richard's day at Carrington. and global Bloomberg business .com on This is the and Bloomberg expulsion Mike the Law Bloomberg of Business Lawler George Santos is speaking from Congress. I think the voters were defrauded New York's third congressional district. Donors were clearly defrauded. He used campaign funds for personal gain. Santos is no longer a member of Congress following a historic vote to expel him today. Israel and Hamas have resumed fighting now that a seven -day truce is over. The Israeli military announced that it has resumed combat in the Gaza Strip claiming Hamas violated the truce and fired a rocket toward Israeli territory. Israeli airstrikes have been reported Gaza in City and drones have been reported over southern Gaza. The federal judge overseeing Donald Trump's election subversion case will not dismiss the charges against him. Friday evening the judge declared Trump does not have absolute immunity for his actions following the 2020 election and may be subject to investigation and prosecution. The first woman to serve as a justice on the US Court Supreme has died. Retired Justice Sandra Day O 'Connor died in Phoenix due to complications related to advanced dementia. In 1981 President Ronald Reagan explained why he chose She to nominate is truly O 'Connor. a person for all seasons possessing those unique qualities of temperament, fairness, intellectual capacity and devotion to the public good. O 'Connor retired from the bench in 2006. Current Chief Justice John Roberts called her a daughter of the American Southwest, a true public servant of the United O 'Connor announced its decision on Friday saying it had found other platforms to better reach its customers. Walmart joins a growing list of companies including Apple and Walt Disney that made similar decisions after Musk Elon liked a controversial post about the Israel -Hamas war. For O 'Connor, I'm Brian people were headed to Vegas recently, but ended up stranded in the desert when Google Maps directed into them the Mojave Desert where they ran out of road becoming stranded. The travelers say they were headed to Vegas Las from Los Angeles. New Yorkers will have a chance to weigh in on the recommended toll prices for the MTA's congestion pricing plan for Manhattan. Scott Pringle reports. The MTA is scheduling public hearings for early next year for this plan that's getting a lot of pushback from politicians in New Jersey and drivers. Larry thinks it's not just the commuters that are going to get hurt, but also nightlife establishments in Broadway. Now I'm not going to go. I had second thoughts about going in. I might have gone in. Now I'm not going to go in, for sure. A traffic mobility review is board recommending a $15 toll for passenger vehicles entering south of 60th street with some discounts in place. Things being fixed, it's going into politicians' pockets. If it passes, it'll go into effect in the spring. Scott Pringle reporting. More Americans want to live in southern states as they're becoming increasingly popular for people to move to. Stephanie DeLuca reports. More people moved to the south last year than any other region. According to data from the U .S. Census Bureau, states in the south grew by more than 1 .3 million people. Florida was the fastest growing state in 2022, with other largest gaining states including South Carolina, Idaho and Texas. A survey found the top reasons Americans moved were to get a bigger home, live in a cheaper area and improve their quality of life. I'm Stephanie DeLuca. One of New Jersey's own has won the heart of the Golden Bachelor. Jerry Turner, a 72 -year -old from Indiana was leading the man on ABC's debut dating show that features contestants 60 years old and older. Out of the 22 women vying for Turner's heart, Shrewsbury resident Theresa Nist won it. I'm Brian Shook. And, I'm Charlie Pellet at Bloomberg World headquarters. We do check markets all day long at Bloomberg. Another up week for the S and P 500 index, five in a row. The S and P this week up by eight tenths of one percent. Stocks and bonds moved higher on speculation the Federal Reserve will stand pat this month. An S and P 500 index, Bloomberg's surveillance today she told us she is keeping an eye on buy now, pay later data. What happens in January and February is that if consumers were doing that holiday spending on credit, so things that like now, buy pay later or on credit cards, the bill comes due in January and February. Now this happens every year, but this year could be a time where we're seeing that bill come due and delinquencies tick up because consumers have using been buy now, pay later in larger quantities than they did last year. SoFi's Liz Young and can you hear more of that conversation on the surveillance podcast, you can download it wherever you get your podcasts. Sarah Heughan at Standard Charter banks these economic conditions in place that would suggest rate cuts from the Fed. next year. I mean we're thinking that the US is going to, the economy is going to fall later next year. The impact of policy tightening is clearly coming through and that impact is going to intensify over the next few quarters. And a major question for investors has been the outlook for a recession next year. Lauren Goodwin is director of strategy portfolio at New York Life Insurance. I want to be clear that even though we have a recessionary call in the first half of the year, I don't think that's particularly pessimistic. I think that's an optimistic scenario for the economy. It allows a reset. I also think that we're going to see risk assets continue to do well for the next couple of months. You can hear more of the conversation with Lauren Goodwin on the Surveillance Podcast. You can download it wherever you get your podcasts. Elon Musk says if you are ever in an argument with another car, you'll win with a Cybertruck. That comment as Tesla started delivering the first vehicles to customers yesterday, Dan Ives is with Wedbush Securities. When you look at Cybertruck, look, essentially they'll be losing, let's say 30 ,000, 40 ,000 per vehicle for the next year and a half. starts Then it to become profitable, but that is the near -term pain for long -term gain that they need to in do the market. To the market, Tesla declined by five -tenths of one percent. S &P was up 26, up six -tenths of one percent. The Dow up 294, up eight -tenths of one percent. Nasdaq up 78, Har by five -tenths of one percent. After the bell, three additions to the S &P 500 Index Uber, J -Bill and Builders First Source. Global news 24 hours a day and whenever you want it. With Bloomberg News Now, I'm Charlie Pallet. This is the Big Take Podcast on Bloomberg radio. I'm Wes Kosova. Today we're talking about China's military readiness. On Wednesday, we talked about the Israel -Hamas War and the intense negotiations for the release of more hostages. Meanwhile, Russia's war in Ukraine is heading toward another brutal winter with no end in sight. Behind the scenes in Washington China's it's military that's increasingly on the minds of leaders at the Pentagon and State Department. Of particular concern to the U .S., the possibility that China launch might a one military invasion of Taiwan. China has carried out what it says is a mock air blockade of Taiwan using jets carrying live ammunition in the latest escalation tensions of in the South China Sea. But Bloomberg's Peter Martin reports that despite the billions of dollars China has spent building advanced weapons and modernizing its forces, there are doubts at the senior most levels of China's military and government that the People's Liberation Army is ready for battle. Xi Jinping has undertaken an extraordinarily wide -ranging set of reforms aimed at modernizing the PLA but there's every sign that he's dissatisfied with how far the has effort gotten. Peter, the world's attention lately has been on war between Israel and and Hamas and at the same time the long -ongoing war in Ukraine. why Why are you taking this deep close look at China's military capability now? Well I think there are a couple of things. I think one is that you get the sense when you talk to senior US officials that they know the long game is in East Asia. I think the other thing that emerges from both of those conflicts is that these things can come out of nowhere. So the war in the East Middle at the moment was something which took Israeli intelligence by surprise and took the US government by surprise.
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Fresh update on "phoenix" discussed on WTOP 24 Hour News
"To 114 to expel him. CBS is Nicole Scanga some Republicans pushed back against Santos' expulsion saying the courts or of the people New York should decide whether Santos continues to serve. I'd vote for to expel if he was found in guilty a court of law but that has not occurred yet we are a political body we are not a judicial body. But his fellow Republican lawmakers from New York spearheaded the push to have him expelled. Obviously he broke the law, defrauded taxpayers voters and donors. Santos left the House floor even before the vote was finished and he made no comment as he left the Capitol. New York will hold a special election to fill Santos' seat. Palestinian officials claim Israeli strikes have killed at least 178 people throughout the Strip Gaza since the ceasefire ended. The BBC's Paul Adams is in Jerusalem. After a respite that lasted one precious week the sound of war returned to Gaza. Israel had been warning of this for days. It said its warplanes attacked 200 stripped. Children were once again among the dead and wounded. Hospitals already overcrowded were full of chaotic scenes. For the first time in a week aid deliveries ground to halt. a Ceasefire mediator Cutter says efforts are ongoing to renew the truce. A federal judge rejects former President Trump's immunity claim in the federal 2020 election case. CBS's Robert Legary. Whatever immunities sitting a president may enjoy the judge wrote the United States only has one chief executive at a time and the position not does confer a lifelong get out of jail free pass. That's according Flags are at half staff in honor of trailblazing Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O 'Connor who died today in Arizona. Phoenix The first woman ever to serve on the Supreme Court died from complications of advanced dementia and a respiratory illness. CBS's Jan Crawford looks back. It's all right to be the first to do something but I didn't want to be the last woman on the Supreme Court. That was part of the pressure of being the historic first. A trail Sandra Day O 'Connor blazed more than once. The nomination of Judge Sandra She Day was O the 'Connor. first woman to serve on the Supreme Court in its 192 year history. She would not be the last. It had an incredible ripple effect of making opportunities become available for women. It was it was just a remarkable transformation. O 'Connor was 93. This is CBS News. Make the hiring process work for you. With Indeed's end -to -end hiring solution you can attract, interview, and hire candidates all one from place. Start at indeed .com slash credit. 1003 on Friday December 1st 46 2023 in the nation's capital down to the low 40s overnight. Good evening I'm Brendan Hazleton. The top local stories were following for you this evening.
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This month, McDonald's is upping its game by introducing two beloved sauces to its lineup. Mambo sauce and sweet and spicy jam. Hmm, why do I love these? Well, they both pack a spicy punch. They let you switch up the flavors in your usual order. I like having more choices. You know what, if you're gonna give me eight choices, why not give me 10? The sweet and spicy jam sounds delicious. These two sauces are only available for a limited time at participating McDonald's, so make sure to try them. While you can, tap the banner to learn more. We're also brought to you by The Ringer Podcast Network. I put up a new rewatchables on Monday night. We did the Omen. We did the OG Omen. We did the 1976 one. One of the creepiest movies ever made with some of the scariest scenes that have ever been in any of these movies. Me and Chris Ryan broke all of it down for you. What else happened in The Ringer universe? Oh, The Ringerverse crew. Everybody got together for the first time and they did a live show in LA on Monday night and even dressed up for Halloween, a couple of them. It was great, great to see everybody all together. Check out the, all of our basketball stuff on Ringer NBA, Mismatch, Brazilos Pod, Ringer Gambling. Austin Rivers has his new podcast, Off Guard. And then obviously our football stuff, all our culture stuff as well. And we're gonna have a big announcement on this podcast on Thursday about an upcoming show you might not be expecting. Coming up in this pod, I'm gonna talk about the Clippers trading for James Harden at the top and why I thought it was a huge mistake. And then our old friend Mike Lombardi, we're gonna talk about the trade deadline in the NFL as well as what team that seemingly looks like their season's almost over might actually jump in the second half of the year. And then last but not least, we're gonna talk Italian movies and Italian TV shows because why not? This is a fun podcast. First, our friends from Pearl Jam. ["PURL JAM"] All right, I'm taping this on Tuesday before the Clippers game on Tuesday night. The Clippers traded for James Harden late night. They tried to do this as late as possible at night when the most possible people were asleep because they were embarrassed by this trade. And they should be because they're the Clippers. They haven't made the finals ever in the history of the franchise, dating back to Buffalo in 1970, talking five and a half decades of bad luck, terrible injuries, mismanagement. We had the Donald Sterling piece of it. We had load management. And in the last couple of years, they've had some of the worst playoff losses of the 21st century. And now they're trading for a guy who's quit on his last three teams. So they decided, you know what, we'll do this in the middle of the night on the East Coast at least. So we'll take the least amount of slack. They were bidding against nobody. There's 30 teams in the league. One of them had James Harden. 28 other teams were like, we're good. And the Clippers said, you know what, we need this guy. We'll still be not nearly as good as Denver, but if we do this, maybe we could lose in either round two or round three, maybe? I just feel like they don't have any draft picks left for the rest of the decade. So they basically traded three picks for James Harden. The worst one was a 2028 unprotected first. Why do this now? Why do this for a team with no other offers? Why bid against yourself? And why not just wait? If you know you're trading basically two and a half picks plus all these expirings they had, why not wait? The league, I don't know if you've watched it the first week, the league is more talented and more loaded than it's ever been, probably in 30 years. And there's a really, really, really good chance that a couple teams that thought they were gonna be good are not gonna be good. Like for instance, Memphis is 0 -4. Or is Memphis gonna go 25 and 57? Probably not. But there's gonna be a couple teams that are just way worse than they expected. And guess what happens after Thanksgiving and in December and in January? Those teams panic. Guys become available. Like what if Toronto is bad? What if they're like, you know what, Pascal Siakam, this just isn't working for us. What if Chicago, who's already had two team meetings, I think, in three games, what if they decide to put Zach Levine on the table? Like you just don't know. What you do know now is that there was only one team bidding for James Harden and the Clippers ended up with him anyway. The other thing, if you're giving up this much for one guy, I better know that I have a chance to actually win the title. And I just don't feel like they do. I went to the game Sunday night. Kawhi, he looks fine. He looks fine. Does he look like the Kawhi from the mid -2010s? No. Does he look like the guy from 2019 Toronto? He does not. He looks like an older playing himself back in the shape version of Kawhi. And if that's your best player, that's just not gonna be enough this year. The Celtics are too good. Denver is too good. Milwaukee has Giannis and Dame. Phoenix has a ton of scoring. Golden State's gonna be really good. They're still not in the mix. So that was my first issue. The second one, who are you getting? Who are you getting in this trade? Where you're getting I .S. Quinn on three teams. You're getting the most disappointing playoff star this century, literally this century. And there's no other person you can put in there. There's nobody who has even half of the qualifications from a playoff disappointment standpoint that this guy does. Zach Lowe came on the Book of Basketball podcast, I think in 2019, we did a James Harden podcast. And in that podcast, which was four years ago, called him the Karl Malone of guards. And I was immediately the most jealous I've ever been of a comparison. Since then, he had the 2020 bubble flame out. Then they had in 2022, the Miami series, which he sucked in. And then in 2023, the Celtic series, this guy, it's an all time resume. And the Clippers who are just playoff futility through and through for the entire franchise history were like, that's the guy. That's the guy that can take the lovable loser Clippers over the top, James Harden. He slows you down. He needs the ball all the time. The Clippers now have Paul George, who succeeds the most when he has the ball. Koulai Leonard, who has perennially succeeded the most when he has the ball. Russell Westbrook, who loves to either have the ball or crash the boards. And now Harden, who needs the ball. See four guys who need the ball. Then Norm Powell comes in, he needs the ball. Bones Holland comes in, he needs the ball. Are we playing with three balls now? No, we're gonna still play with one. James Harden can't guard anybody. That seems relevant. He hasn't played defense in four years.
Fresh update on "phoenix" discussed on WTOP 24 Hour News
"Report. Well, they will be hosting Miami coming up Sunday. One o 'clock kickoff at Phoenix Field. So the latest as far as the injury list is concerned. Coroner back Emmanuel Forbes has now been ruled out for Sunday's game. Amy's been nursing an elbow issue. James Smith -Williams who will also be sitting. He's nursing a hamstring injury over on the O line. Senator Tyson Larson, limited today in practice. He is now listed as questionable for Sunday's game. He's been battling problems elsewhere around the NFL. Former Cardinals tight end Zach Ertz cleared waivers today. is He now free to sign with any team. Before playing with Arizona, Ertz spent nearly eight seasons with the Eagles for which Ertz needs just 11 catches to pass Harold Carmichael and become their all time leading receiver. Philadelphia is considering re -signing Zach Ertz. Steve Drezner, WTOP Sports. Coming up after traffic and weather, we continue to follow the developments after the house expels New York Republican Congressman George Santos and remembering the life and legacy of former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O 'Connor who died at age 93. It is 426. This is John from 2060 Digital and our partners are asking what will be the most significant trends for digital marketing in 2024. With a growing number of tools and privacy policies, digital advertising is becoming more complex. It's critical to tie your marketing spend to business results. To prepare for the new year, review your website analytics, ads platforms and internal systems to ensure they work together to provide a clear ROI. For more questions and tips, visit us at 2060digital .com At the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Federal Employee Program, we're helping you spend less on your prescriptions. With the FEP Medicare Prescription Drug Program, eligible members with Medicare can pay lower out -of -pocket costs for higher cost
A highlight from A 72-Hour NBA Binge With Rob Mahoney, Searching for an NFL Alpha Dog With Peter Schrager, Plus Million-Dollar Picks
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Listen, you work hard. You probably have a job at a house that you have to keep clean and maybe kids and parents you're taking care of. You go to the gym, you play pickup. You still have to mow the lawn. You deserve some time to crack a Michelob Ultra, sit on the couch, and watch some hoops. Hoops is coming back, end of October. You know, come back, long day. Maybe get a little exercise in. Walk around the block a few times. Maybe go to the gym, come back, watch some hoops. Maybe just pop open a nice, nice ice cold Michelob Ultra. Because what tastes better than a beer? Around 9 .30, 10 o 'clock, right when you're starting to get a little sleepy. It's only worth it if you enjoy it. To find out where to order Ultra near you, tap the banner or visit MichelobUltra .com and click Find Product, LDA 21 and up. We're also brought to you by The Ringer Podcast Network. I put up a new rewatchables on Monday night. Did In the Line of Fire. Have a horror movie coming on Monday for rewatchables. So stay tuned for that. Coming up, we're gonna have Rob Mahoney talking after the two Thursday night TNT NBA games. We're gonna react to basically everything we've seen for the last three days. Just things that have jumped out to us. And then Peter Schrager is gonna come on and talk about the NFL. Do we have a best team? What are we noticing through seven weeks? What can we expect in week eight that will lead to million dollar picks? And that is today's podcast. Let's bring in our friends from Pearl Jam. Here we go. All right, we're taping this. It's almost 10 o 'clock on Thursday night, Pacific time. Rob Mahoney is here from The Ringer NBA and showing TheRinger .com. We stayed up late because these were two good games. We've had three straight days of very entertaining basketball and we gotta start with the biggest story. Kelly Oubre in the Sixers. What a signing that was, he looks great. No, we just watched LeBron versus the Suns. LeBron's 29 minute limit I think is out the window. He played the whole fourth quarter. And then made the two big head down just going to the basket plays at the end. But biggest thing that's jumped out to you in the last three days is what? Lakers wise or just in general? In general. I think a lot of these teams that we expect to be really good clearly have some assembly required. And the Lakers are one of those teams. I think we saw that from the Bucks and the Sixers tonight too. We're seeing it certainly with the first days of the Victor Webinama experience. Everyone is getting up to speed into their rhythms, trying to understand how all these new pieces fit together. Not revelatory for the opening days of the season to feel that way, but I think even some of the stuff that personally I thought was going to be seamless, like the Giannis, Dame pick and roll, there's some kinks in it that they're going to have to figure out over time. Lakers I thought were the one that surprised me on that one because I thought they were one of the teams that were going to have the advantage coming in. You think about last year's team compared to this year's team. It doesn't seem like Reeves is involved enough either game that, I don't want to say he's an afterthought, but it just felt like he was more in the mix in the playoffs last year. And I liked what Schroeder did for them last year and he was good on Toronto last night and really fit in with what they did. So they're going to have to figure out that Vincent D 'Lo thing. Wood was playing crunch time, which I was really surprised. Did you think we'd be getting this much Christian Wood? I thought that was like a flyer for them. Guarding Kevin Durant on some possessions, wild stuff. But if nothing else, we can trust that when Christian Wood is out there, he will be Christian Wood. In these uncertain times, we can always fall back on that. He certainly had his fair share of like black hole kind of possessions in this game, but he also does play into the Lakers advantages in terms of their length, right? Their size against a team like Phoenix, they're just going to be able to out muscle, get to rebounds, get to balls that they can't get to. So that part of it paid off, I thought in terms of just like having another big out there and certainly the Anthony Davis experiment continues as far as like, do you want more size with him? Do you want to play small with him? There's always that internal question because he seems a little reluctant to do it on a full -time basis, but I'm sure Christian Wood's going to get his shots. I mean, clearly Jackson Hayes is going to get some shots in the rotation to be a meaningful part of the Lakers, the mix there for the Lakers. So I don't know. I think Darvin Ham has a lot of questions to figure out, including the one you listed with Austin Reeves, which is like, who has the ball? Who's initiating for us? Who is involved on a possession to possession basis? Because this game, this was a lot of D 'Angelo Russell, and it was a lot of a better version of D 'Angelo Russell than maybe we saw the other night, but it still feels like a lot. 33 minutes for him tonight. Yeah, Reeves, seven shots, one assist. And I thought all of his usage stuff was going to go up, but it seems like it drifted Russell's way. The other thing I was surprised, I thought Rui was going to be a bigger part of this team. I only played 12 minutes, but I haven't changed my thought on them. They're just such a big, problematic team. And if you're the Suns and you're feeling good after that Warriors game, right? And the Warriors, no Draymond, they were able to overpower them a little on the boards. The two centers had 22. And then tonight you see the flip side of the use of Nurkic experience, where it's like, you're getting zero room protection and you're getting somebody who's just going to be confused anytime somebody is coming off a pick. Basically Lebron at the end of the game just said, I'm going to go attack that guy. Yeah, I'm going to go attack that guy right there. Durant was better tonight, at least for the first three quarters that he looked on Tuesday night. It was really cool just seeing those guys on a basketball court after all these years. As I get older, I'm older than you, but just think like, man, this goes way back now. We're talking mid 2000s was the first time these two guys played basketball against each other and it's still going on. So that was in a cool way kind of lingering over this game. I was enjoying that one. How do you think Durant looks in terms of being a 35 year old guy who they gave up three first rounders and two swaps and Mikhail Bridges and Cam Johnson for? It feels like a slightly loaded question. Yeah. He's looked good. And certainly as you said, the first three quarters of this game looked more than good enough. I think the problem was just like this version of the Suns like felt very James Harden is hurt and Kyrie Irving won't get the shot. Nets, you know, just like Kevin Durant and a bunch of like - I blocked that net out of my mind. I think a lot of us have tried to, but you know, him with a lot of like serviceable workaday role players can get you so far. But as you saw on this one, against a really good defensive team like the Lakers in the fourth quarter, they can just shut the water off. And this is where, you know, I'm nervous about the Suns for a variety of reasons. I think if it was just the defense or just the depth or just the injury risk of their core guys, I would feel better. But it's all of the above all the time. And that's going to put Durant in some games like this one. It's going to put Yusef Nurkic in positions like this one where all of a sudden he's triggering your offense because you don't really have a default point guard out there. And sometimes the value of having a point guard in your rotation, I don't think it's really going to matter when Beal and Booker and Durant are playing together. Those guys can all handle and play make and do everything they need to do. But in a game like this, where two of those guys are out, sometimes it helps to just be able to run some offense that doesn't have to involve Kevin Durant pounding the rock through pick and roll. Yeah, 28 shots for him today. 13 including, and then 13 free throws. He played 39 minutes and was also playing the five in stretches. And this is game two. They had to basically try to unlock 2007 Texas Longhorns Durant. That's the last guy I want to be throwing miles on, maybe in the entire league other than LeBron. Cause he's, you know. That's going to be true for Booker and Beal too, right? Like when any of these guys are out, those three, whoever's left is going to have to play huge minutes or else you get into Grayson Allen and Drew Eubanks are playing like a massive role in your rotation. And I like those guys. I like Drew Eubanks. Maybe not like tamper and lose a second round pick like Drew Eubanks, like some teams do, but. I'd lose 50K for him. Maybe not a second round pick. It's a little steep. Yeah. The other game, Milwaukee Philly. So no Harden. I wish there was a way to just mute the entire Harden story of all coverage for it. Anything online, anything on Twitter, all conversations. I just don't want to hear it anymore. And I don't think he has any interest in playing. And I just think, just tell us when he gets traded. Their best chance now, now that the, especially the Clippers last night looked great.
Fresh update on "phoenix" discussed on The Café Bitcoin Podcast
"His voice will dox him. I mean, people know who I am. Many people have met me already. So it's not it's not his voice. It's the loudness of his voice. If he just starts speaking to you in the corner of the room, the whole room will hear no matter how big the conference room is. Hey, is it okay to switch the conversation? Are we done with this now? So the UAE just came out with a $30 billion climate fund that they're going to sponsor. And I was curious to know, Ton, since you've been in the Middle East, do you think that investment into Marathons mining venture in Bitcoin mining venture in the UAE is going to be part of that part of that climate fund? You know, I find the UAE, they're incredibly smart, and they're very, they're very diplomatic, and they tend to know what they're doing. There is a miner in the UAE, I think it's called Phoenix. There's 7% of the global hashrate, and just this one miner, and they're expanding because they're using nuclear energy to buy, which is, the Middle East is going to completely dominate mining. I mean, the rest of the world needs to start competing very, very soon because even the US will not be able to compete with the UAE if they're putting most of their, you know, half their nuclear energy that they can always build more nuclear reactors because they have the money and the expertise to do it. So this climate bill, right, it's kind of like the UAE and like these cities, like Dubai and Abu Dhabi, they make no sense, right? They're in the middle of a freaking desert. It's like the middle of the Arizona desert in the summer, like it's unbearable, right? And yet they have malls with ski slopes and penguins running around, right? They're using massive amounts of energy, and yet the world doesn't give them shit about how much energy they're creating and how much energy they're doing. And one of the reasons why the world doesn't give them shit is because they're smart enough to globally announce $30 or $40 million we will help the world, you know, climate change build. Like it is like almost laughable if you think about it the right way. So you got to read through the headlines. And yes, they are very into mining. And forget the mining, just like there's what they've built in the middle of the desert is incredible. And it's all based on spending more energy than their neighbor, and their neighbor being the rest of the freaking world because it's the most unbearable environment ever. So it's just funny when you think about it the right way. And Dubai is also known for highly fuel-efficient vehicles, right? You're being sarcastic, right? Yes, everything with a V12 and a thousand horsepower, right? I will say you will occasionally see a Tesla, occasionally, and I have no idea where they're charging you. Probably at home. I think it's really interesting too that with the cops, all the cop climate stuff being held there, I think you're going to see and this is something that I've been following closely just because the world that I live in is that you're seeing a posture shift in global leadership for the most part on nuclear. And it's just really interesting to see that alignment between some of these very large Bitcoin miners in both the U.S. and the UAE. And I'm assuming it'll probably soon be elsewhere. But I could see it being something along the lines of like you get a plant built and before you get the distribution infrastructure in, you can co-locate a large mine and basically instantly monetize the energy from that plant while you're building out the rest of the infrastructure to put it on the grid. Because that's also a large part of the cost and the timeline for doing this stuff. To me, it's just really interesting. And I think that they're going to be one of the leaders, both them and South Korea. South Korea is basically building all these plants for people. And you're seeing a lot of countries come out now and say, hey, we want to build nuclear. And then South Korea is just killing it right now with winning the bids for these things. And they're like $15 billion dollars over budget and can't even finish them in a decade. So I think you're going to see it outside of the U.S. happen across the board in the next 10 years. You're going to see a lot more of these new plants popping up.
A highlight from Crexendos NetSapiens Platform Winning Share, Growing Fast, in the Service Provider Market, Podcast
"This is Doug Green and I'm the publisher of TR Publications and I'm very pleased to have with me Doug Gaylor, who is the President and Chief Operating Officer at Crescendo. Doug, thank you for joining me. Thanks, Doug. Glad to be here. And we also have with us, again, John Britton, who's the Chief Revenue Officer at Crescendo. John, thank you for joining us today. Thanks for having me, Doug. We needed one guy not named Doug on the podcast. Yeah, so there won't be any confusion. And as you can – I know this is an audio podcast, but as people see we do the real Doug and I, we're clearly separated birds. Fairly related. So, you know, I'm very pleased to be able to host these podcasts here at Crescendo's NetSapiens platform meeting. And Crescendo's NetSapiens platform winning, we're going to be talking about winning in the service provider market, a huge and important topic to all of our partner readers who are looking for new, good ideas to grow in 2024. So, you know, again, we're here at the NetSapiens platform user group meeting. And this is your third UGM, is that right? Since we merged with NetSapiens, this is the third time since we brought the two companies together. And maybe for people who are not familiar with that, because the two companies are using Crescendo's NetSapiens platform. Tell us just briefly what that all means. Yeah, so Crescendo is the parent company. Obviously, we acquired NetSapiens in 2021, and so the NetSapiens platform now supports over three and a half million users out there. And so it's still the NetSapiens platform. This is a NetSapiens platform event, but it's Crescendo powered by NetSapiens. So Crescendo is still the main name out there, but NetSapiens is the important name from the platform perspective. So it's the NetSapiens platform and it's Crescendo powered by NetSapiens. So, you know, inside this hall where we're doing this special conference about the NetSapiens ecosystem, the Crescendo ecosystem, but also outside of this place, in the wider world, what are the trends you're seeing, especially for the partners? Yeah, so I would see, you know, just to kind of touch on that, Doug, I would see for us as a company, we're having a new partner community coming to us that we'll have Doug talk about a little bit. And then from our partners' perspective, you know, they're continuing to see great growth in the UCAS market. You know, I think Cavell's got it forecast with a 15 percent annual growth rate over the next five years. Our partners in total are growing at about double the rate of the market. Many of them also moving into contact center as a service. And with what we're talking about at this event a lot, our new API 2 .0 release in our version 44 software, the ability to do more CPaaS type offerings or programmable communications. So the trend we're just seeing is, you know, companies wanting to deliver a great employee experience and customer experience. And, you know, it's our responsibility, and we feel like what we empower our partners to do is to be able to deliver a platform that does that. Well, let's drill down a little bit more into detail. So, you know, we have Legacy Broadsoft and Metaswitch partner communities. Are you guys making inroads into those communities? Those are pretty big places. They are big places, and we're making great inroads there. So we have 220 -plus licensees using our platform now. We had 18 new logos or licensees last year in 2022, and we're on pace to eclipse that for 2023. And we're seeing a lot of interest from Cisco's Broadsoft base and Microsoft's Metaswitch base. We know that Cisco has got the largest base of platform providers out there and Microsoft Metaswitch second to Cisco. We're the third largest platform provider in the country now. But what we're seeing out there is that Cisco and Microsoft increased their prices, decreased their support. Broadsoft had a major layout at the end of last year. So we're seeing a lot of dissatisfaction with those Broadsoft and Metaswitch licensees, and that's good for us. We announced a large Broadsoft migration just a few months ago on a press release, Access4, out of Australia. And we've assigned a nice Metaswitch opportunity that's going to be migrating over from Metaswitch to the Crescendo platform here very relatively shortly. And so we're excited to see as they ignore their customer base. We're getting a lot of knocks on their door, and that's great for us. And I think there's two separate trends that are kind of motivating those partners to look elsewhere. On the Microsoft Metaswitch side, it's really a feel that there's no roadmap or future or really ongoing enablement of their platform. They're not adding anything new. They don't have a robust roadmap. On the Cisco Broadsoft side, they're just actively substantially increasing the costs for their partners. And then from the smaller partners on up, on the Broadsoft software, which a lot of them built their businesses around, forcing a more overt move to try to make the partners go move to WebEx and WebEx calling with the Cisco brand on it. With our solution, it's 100 % brandable to the customer. We consider ourselves the Intel inside of the communications industry, if I can use a term from a few years ago. But it's just many people that use our platform over 3 .5 million users globally, they don't even know who Crescendo or NetSapiens is. It's 100 % branded for our partners. Right. And that's the way you guys like it, right? In other words, you're here to help them create a brand. Absolutely. And it's their brand. They're using our platform, but it's their company and it's their messaging. We're giving them all the tools to be more successful. And as John says, most of our licensees are growing faster than the industry is growing on an annual growth rate. So, you know, in some ways you've answered some of my questions that, you know, it sounds like this market, these marketing roads are beyond geography and also beyond specific market to market issues. Yeah, they really are. We saw 43 % growth year over year in our revenue just for the first six months of this year. So we're seeing tremendous growth within our organization. And that growth is being spurred by our licensees out there growing their business, adding new licenses and new sessions with us. But we're also seeing great growth internationally as well with that 630 % growth in our international markets year over year. And obviously that started with a low number because it's a fairly new market for us. But we've got over 20 licensees internationally now and seeing great growth in the international markets and that great representation at our conference from folks from Australia, the Philippines, the UK, Germany. And so we're seeing great adoption in the international markets. And that's probably because the international markets are still a little bit behind the U .S. with VoIP adoption and cloud adoption. Yeah, it's really cool, Doug, at this event because we do this annually with our community. We've got attendees from five continents that are here. So we really, you know, are honored that our partners from Australia and other places around the world, the Philippines, would travel all the way to Scottsdale to be at the event with us this week. It's great engagement with them. And we're just thrilled with the growth in that part of our community. That's really amazing for someone to get on a plane from Manila all this way to come to this conference and learn about different options and so on. I mean, you know, which brings me to another issue. Are there other issues, other reasons that are driving this growth that are getting someone to get on a plane from Manila to come to Phoenix? Yeah, I would say one of the things that we consist in is something that we work to maintain, but consistent feedback we get from our partners. We're in a place in the market that nobody builds their first UCAS offer on our platform. They come from an open source. We talked about Broadsoft, Metaswitch, another. They've done something else first. They get to a point where the scalability and the management gets challenging for them or they have other pressures that maybe their partner is producing for them. So people find, you know, our platforms powerful, but it's simple to manage and easy to use. So I think part of what's helping to continue to drive that growth is just that, you know, ease of use in the technology. We use a sessions, not seats model. So where some of our competitors in this part of the market really, I would say nickel and dime their community with a lot of incremental licensing, right? You've been in the industry a long time, so you know how complex licensing schemes are for a lot of people. With us, our core pricing is really built on concurrent sessions. So as you're successful with our platform and your customers are using it more, you're paying for that usage based on their utilization and not based on the specific feature set that you deploy to any one user or one customer. So, you know, people can have extremely profitable offers built on our platform and they can also really customize to go after specific verticals industries or other things that kind of fit the ethos of their business in the markets they're trying to address. You know, we talked a little earlier about, and we also just before we started podcasting about UCAS, but you know, I've seen a lot of conversation here at the show about CCAS and CPAS. So that is deliberate? Is that something you're saying to the partner community, hey, these are places now where you can win? It really is. You know, our partners for years have always been UCAS as their core and UCAS is continuing to grow. It's a twenty eight billion dollar industry with 15 percent growth rate over the next five years. And so that's still the core competency. But we've really expanded that with our offerings to CCAS and now CPAS. So CCAS is what a four point five billion dollar industry right now, but that's going to grow actually faster than UCAS over the next five years, about 18 percent clip. And we're extremely excited about our our CCAS offering with our CX product having great, great adoption out there. We had some great success stories on one of our forums yesterday talking about the adoption of our CCAS offering out there and just ease of implementation. And also with the technology, we're seeing a check dbt application built into that context and offering sourcing great adoption there. And then on the market, the CPAS market is actually growing faster than the other two markets. So we're seeing twenty eight percent growth rate on the CPAS market. So a lot of talk in the conference over the last two days on where CPAS is going and how we're helping our partners with CPAS offerings to help in their expansion on what they can offer their end user customers. Yeah. And last year's event, we made some announcements around the CCAS and had a focus there this year with our version 44 release of the software. We're enabling what we call our API 2 .0 release, which really takes and makes it gives our partners capabilities more like CPAS type things. So I know you've been in the industry long enough. You know, we talk about communications enabled business processes before back a few years ago. You know, but for us, we think of this more as programmable communications where I can build applications specific to my customers or industries or areas that I want to address. And so with that higher growth rate market, we're very excited that we're giving our partners these tools so that they can kind of expand their offer into some some different parts of the market. And we're you know, this is we've also joined recently the CPAS Acceleration Alliance, which is obviously an industry group, a global group that's kind of focused on addressing that part of the market. And our chair of one of their working groups are steering committees also as well. So we're making a big commitment to that because it gives us and our community new areas to go after and grow in their business and continue to be successful. And this seems to be a big thing here that I've heard again and again that you guys are helping organize at a very extensive portfolio solutions that someone has partnered to put out of their umbrella and walk in and solve lots of problems for us. Sure. Absolutely. We've got 43 vendors that are part of our conference. That's a record number for us. And all of them have different tools and applications that our community needs. And so the electricity and the energy we've got out on the floor out there is tremendous because all of our licensees are seeing products that they're seeing how they can grow their business by taking advantage of any of these applications. And so, as John mentioned with the API 2 .0, it allows all of these applications to work much more seamlessly with the core UCAS product. And again, you're walking in there as a partner with your own brand, with all this backing you. Exactly. And you're able to then customize the API. Yes. So you can be a small company in Boise, Idaho, but you're appearing as the biggest and the best because you've got all the tools to go take care of that customer, whether it's an SMB customer or a large enterprise customer. One of our partners yesterday, he's got a 10 ,000 seat customer out there and he's bringing these applications to us. We're not talking about just the SMB market now. With all these applications, we're able to go much higher in the ecosystem and get into those small and good sized enterprises. Doug and John, I really want to thank you for joining me today. And also, by the way, thank you for inviting me to join this experience to do some programming and podcasting, really, I guess, from from this event. It's been really interesting. It's really incredible that I hope all the partners listening and watching this will consider this as well. Where can we learn more about Crescendo? So you can go to crescendo .com now at C -R -E -X -E -N -D -O dot com and go to our website and find out more about the company. Gentlemen, thank you very much indeed. Thanks, Doug.
Fresh update on "phoenix" discussed on Sound ON
"Truce. Day Sandra O 'Connor has died at the age of 93. She was the first woman to serve on the nation's highest court. And Iowa law professor Laurie Levinson says she leaves a legacy. I think Sandra Day O 'Connor will be remembered as a trailblazer, as the first woman on the Supreme Court, as somebody who was very dedicated throughout her years to civic education, as somebody who was not a pushover, as somebody who had had a legislative experience and who on the court could very well navigate her position. O 'Connor died in Phoenix from complications related to advanced dementia and a respiratory military illness. Chief Justice John Roberts says she met the challenge of being the first woman on the court with, quote, undaunted determination, indisputable ability and engaging candor. Well, it's another legal setback for former former President Donald Trump. A federal appeals court in the nation's capital says the former president is not immune from lawsuits over his role in the January 6th attack. Trump's team had argued he couldn't be sued because he was president at time. the The appeals panel says Trump can try to claim immunity later in the case but not at this early stage. The former president's defense team is also arguing he's entitled to immunity from prosecution. That sets up another legal fight over whether Trump's actions on January 6th fall under the umbrella of official presidential duties. In Washington, I'm Nathan Hager, Bloomberg Radio. Global news 24 hours a day and whenever you want it with Bloomberg News News Now, I'm Nancy Lyons, this is Bloomberg. AdoptUS Interactive brokers pays up to 4 .83 % on instantly available USD cash brokerage account. How much interest can your broker pay? Interactive brokers' conservative and prudent risk management uniquely positions them to pay up to 4 .83 % on uninvested, instantly available USD cash balances in your brokerage account. The best informed investors choose interactive brokers. Rates subject to change. Visit ibkr .com slash interest rates to learn more. Pop culture is always evolving and those changes impact our lives in ways that are both and not so obvious. I'm Lucas Shaw and I cover the business of pop culture for Bloomberg. My job is to cover how entertainment is changing and explain what that means for you. Because context changes how you see things, how
A highlight from Office in a box, HP/Poly offers Crexendo ecosystem partners a deep portfolio of products delivering consistent experiences in all the places hybrid workers, work, Podcast
"This is Doug Green, and I'm the publisher of Telecom Reseller, and I'm very pleased to have with me today Dave Finney, who's the director of Global Alliance for HP Poly. Dave, thank you for joining me today. Thanks, it's good to be here. Well, I want to congratulate you. You are my very first audio podcast here at the Crescendo User Group Meeting 23, a NetSapiens platform event, and we're holding it here in beautiful Phoenix, Scottsdale, Arizona, a magnificent facility. So, with all that said, Dave, you know, I think everyone knows Poly, everyone knows HP, but put it together a little bit for me, maybe for people who don't know the whole story. Where are we with all that? Well, first of all, you've set very low expectations if I'm your first, so. Oh, it's a great honor to have HP. So, anyways, our legacy is Polycom. I joined Polycom back in 2006, and we were the company that built the starfish -shaped conference phone that's in the middle of our conference table. Plantronics started off in the 60s building headsets. Actually, they were the first headsets on the moon. Neil Armstrong spoke his first words from the moon through a power plantronics headset. We came together a few years ago, Plantronics bought Polycom, and we became Poly as a joint company. So, headsets, our audio devices, our video devices, and that's where we've been. Now, HP was looking for a way to figure out how to do the work from home thing. So, that's kind of this hybrid work or work from home, and they said, we don't have cameras, and we don't have handsets, and we don't have headsets. And so, we're going to buy Poly, and we're going to create this work from home. So, imagine office in a box. I come home, my company has sent me an office in a box, I open it up, I get a PC, a printer, a camera, a headset, and now I'm off and running, and it's all remotely managed. So, that's the whole goal is to continue to develop for the hybrid work environment and for the work from home environment because we think that's the way the world is going. After pandemic. So, how does this office in a box vision that you guys have put together fit in with your relationship with Crescendo? So, we still have the legacy relationship with Crescendo, which is our phones, our phones on desk and our conference phones. The hope is over time as Crescendo goes upmarket, there's more video involved. So, now you have this video. So, even video rooms as well as video in the home. And what you'll find is that as people are moving back and forth, they might go into a cubicle in an office temporarily and then go home. And then they have some camera and video capabilities in the office and they have those camera capabilities for video conferencing and everybody's using Teams and Zooms and, you know, ultimately Crescendo for things like that. So, we want to be able to build products that support them when they go into the office and when they come home from the office. And Crescendo is a service provider that's moving up from UCAS to CCAS to CPAS. They're going to move upstream into those enterprise markets where you're going to have people that are going to be working from home working in an office. So, if I've chosen to stick with the Crescendo platform or if that's where I'm going, why pick HP Poly? Quality, things like noise block AI, the technologies that we're building into the directory AI and cameras, noise block AI in the phones and headsets, acoustic fence on the phones and the headsets. So, this ability to create an environment where if I'm talking to you and I'm saying I'm a contact center agent, I'm talking to you, you're calling in and you're trying to get some advice on your credit card, I've got a technology that blocks all the noise around me as an agent. So, I'm going to have 100 agents and they're all talking at the same time, but you don't hear that. So, our communication is crystal clear. In the camera environment, if we're in a conference room like this, we've got a bowling alley effect. Instead of having that bowling alley effect, our cameras will focus on the speaker, they'll frame multiple people in the room, they'll block noise from outside of the room. So, really, we're trying to create environments where people can work well and communicate well because the more noise that you have to deal with, the harder your brain works, the more fatigued you are at the end of the day. So, Dave, do you have any news for us this week? You know, we've got a booth full of products. As far as new news, no, nothing really new. We've been working for a show to make sure that all our products are onboarded on the platform and available to their partners, their solution partners, and we've got a sales team ready to help them. Dave, I really want to thank you for joining me today. Being my first interview, it was great. And stepping by, taking some time out here at The Busy Show, where can we learn more about PolyHP, and where can we learn more about this connection with Crescendo? So, the connection with Crescendo, you know, I am the relationship manager with Crescendo. Darren Knapp's team has the partner relationship, the selling partner relationship. So, partner .poly .com, the Crescendo website, we have a landing page on the Crescendo website, or the other Crescendo website. And we also, every Crescendo service provider that's using the NetSapiens platform as an account manager associated with it. And then hp .com, poly .com, all that information is there. Dave, thank you very much indeed. Thanks, appreciate it. Thank you.
A highlight from Preseason Begins & The Annual GM Survey
"This is the crossover NBA podcast Chris Mannix joined as I always am by Chris Herring and Rohan Nadkarni. Quick housekeeping note fellas the NBA preview issue is out I guess the basketball preview issue because there is a lot of college stuff in there as well but the cover is NBA Jimmy Butler guest editor for this NBA preview issue Rohan you spent some time with Jimmy Butler in parts unknown I assume South Florida did a a story with him it's excellent check that out I've got a piece on the Phoenix Suns spent some time talking to Matt Ishbia James Jones Frank Vogel key pieces of that organization trying to recreate exactly what happened after the season ended how they got this point where they have one of the most expensive teams in NBA history a lot of good stuff there scouting reports different elements as well make sure you pick up the magazine on stands right now. So fellas we've got the NBA GM survey that's out and I want to dive into some of the elements of that but before we start recording this podcast I was just going through social media looking up some clips and all that stuff and I came across one from the Pat Bev pod the Patrick Beverly pod he does with Barstool Sports I just want to play this clip for you because Pat Bev was joined by Michael Rubin the former owner of the Philadelphia 76ers now this still the CEO with fanatics someone who has a strong relationship with a lot of players including James Harden who they discussed in this clip here as a past NBA owner obviously you're close to the Sixers the situation that's going on with James Harden how would you handle it it wouldn't have happened you know first of all James is family to me and like I'm not going to hide about that I love James this thing is breaking my heart this thing was just not handled well he was playing with us in practice and boy he was cooking he was oh I'm talking about the pot was out and he was stirring that bitch up there's nobody who wants to win a championship more than James Harden I know this guy like my brother people give James a hard time because you know he likes to have fun it's bullshit like the guy the guy's work ethic for basketball is insane and his attitude has been great he's been leading he's been giving advice so you might hear all the bad shit you know TV from reporters that's not there but actually being a teammate that's there he's he's been phenomenal I block out the noises really same because I think a lot of people just don't know like the real James Harden how badly he wants to win I think he's in great not good shape he's in great shape yeah he's in great shape right that's right body looks great yeah every time I'm in the weight room he's in the weight room he's gonna ball out this year so herring I know my blood shouldn't boil when I hear stuff like this and I know it you know the podcast is doing its job if it gets me kind of drawn in and talking about it but to hear Michael Rubin say that James Harden wants to win a championship more than anyone at the same time that James Harden is trying to force his way off a championship contender that is a Rubik's Cube of nonsense that I'm really having a hard time wrapping my head around your thoughts on the propaganda emerging from the Pat Bev pod about James Harden I'm just trying to think of a stranger mashup than the one you just explained I mean the the whole universe of Michael Rubin and all the there's so many things lately that just on social media that I've wanted to mute and I don't think I know enough about how to do it I haven't taken the time to do it but if I had a way of muting like Michael that Rubin parties James Harden and any other number of athletes are at or like all these white parties and everything else it's like I would do that but that makes this element of this story this this framing odd because it's like okay well he presumably is friendly with James Harden or James Harden is friendly with him but also the fundamental standpoint now at this point that maybe there are people in the organization that instead of kind of just gloves off which it seemed like it would be based on what James Harden said about Daryl Morey earlier this summer that there's also the very real possibility that maybe he's not traded and so they need him to feel wanted and they need him to feel like they want him to perform well which is what you would want if you're a team that at least there's a you said in one of the last pockets we did it's not out of the realm of possibility that they could be a winner a contender a champion if everything fell right you know the right way so I think that's all this is is just positive reinforcement but I mean it's also silly from the standpoint that you're saying that clearly people that are making trade demands whether it's behind the scenes whether it's publicly whether it's saying my general manager my president is a liar it's hard to hold those two thoughts in the same time in your head that you know on the one hand he can say those things but also nobody wants it more than he does come on like I did I know it's just you know the first thing probably that popped into Ruben's mind but it's just silly Rowan I know you're you're a regular at these white parties but do you have a issue let me just first of all echo my esteemed colleague Chris herrings fatigue with Michael Rubin just this guy's everywhere all the time fanatics sucks I'll say it fanatics is not good wow let's start there I mean like kudos to Michael Rubin you know what he did getting involved with meat mill etc but like we could have left it at that listen I if I were James Harden I might be living my life a similar way I let me put it that way but there is now a what is it a preponderance of evidence that winning a championship is not necessarily number one on this guy's priority list just not only in terms of how he's carried himself this offseason but how he likes to carry himself during the season when he's staying in Miami or Vegas for an extra night I'm away from steam mates are flying separately etc that all that stuff's been reported I'm just I'm sick of the the Sixers offseason I'm sick of the Embiid hard in partnership I respect you Mannix for still holding out hope having faith you've always been kind of an optimist a wanderer a dream I died that's why I don't describe you but I'm just so over this it just well like you said I mean respect to that podcast we're here talking about it I love Pat Bev he's a good personality but like what are we doing here Michael Rubin who are you who are you fooling okay we are familiar with James Harden's game okay you're not fooling us game off the court specifically right like you you can't say James Harden is misunderstood or gets a bad rap when right he he forced his way out of Houston by throwing a multi -week temper tantrum he effectively quit on the Nets which forced them to make a when deal they probably didn't want to and now here he is trying to get out of Philadelphia after holding you know one of the worst holdouts in holdout history to stay away from the team it just the the I mean just trying to get us to believe that is just wild so you know we had to talk about it you know James Harden still officially member of the 76ers we'll see what happens as these preseason games go on and what they do with them but right now James Harden kind of between a rock and a hard place might have to play for Philadelphia this season so I want to talk in this episode about the GM survey which always provides good preseason material whenever it comes out and there were some interesting elements in this year's GM survey guys and I want to start with the championship prediction from the NBA GMs which turned into a two -way tie between the Boston Celtics and the Denver Nuggets Milwaukee coming into third place 23 % Phoenix 7 % they came in fourth in the LA Clippers finishing at 3 % last year the Bucks were the leader at 43 % Denver doesn't surprise me Denver has the core of that team back we've talked about this before I think they can expect some organic growth from Christian Brown I think Peyton Watson might be able to play they've some other guys on that roster that can take steps up by the way while we're speaking of the Nuggets condolences to Mike Malone's family for the passing of Brendan Malone his father that was revealed by the organization this week but when it comes to Denver on the floor I can see why they'd be a championship contender the Celtics I might be one of the few pessimists I don't know if I'm pessimistic about the South I have more questions about the Celtics than many people do my good friend Scalabrini was on TV recently and he said every GM would want this roster and I tend to agree with that sort of because if you could bubble wrap this roster and guarantee that it plays 65 to 70 games together and will be healthy going into the playoffs I think you're absolutely right I think the backcourt is really strong especially defensively Drew Holliday elite defender Derek White big time defender we know what Jalen Brown Jason Tatum can do you know that that that speaks for itself the front court is good right Chris has Porzingis good player Al Horford good player but Porzingis chronically injured right like he played what 60 -65 games last year but that was a contract year and I have less confidence he's going to be able to repeat that he was already injured this off season with whatever happened with his foot over in the World Cup Al Horford's 37 by design he's probably only going to play like 50 games this year because they want to keep him healthy for the playoffs so we don't know what's what Al Horford is going to look like at the end of this season after that what is there they signed Wennion Gabriel Wennion Gabriel last year played 68 games for the Lakers in the playoffs he played 10 he averaged 3 .7 minutes per game in the playoffs with the Lakers last year that is the definition of playable in the regular season and unplayable in the playoffs like it just is what it is Luke Cornette is still there he was unplayable for Boston in the playoffs last year you know this is a team that was already thin when Grant Williams was there now Grant Williams is gone and I don't know what they do if one of these two guys goes down for any length of time so that's a long way of saying like yeah I can buy the argument that the Celtics are the team to beat Eastern Conference I can buy the argument that they are a championship contender but Rohan I just I have a lot of concerns about what happens if anything goes south in that front court I agree I mean that's why I thought the holiday trade was so fascinating and why I wasn't sure how seriously to take Boston as a contender for holiday even though his name was obviously their name was obviously coming up that entire weekend before he was traded a huge reason why they've been been special the last few years is kind of the alchemy of their front court mix -in matching Horford, Rob Williams, and Grant Williams that's gone entirely I see people saying now Porzingis and Horford might start together this talks about does Derek White come off the bench there's a right that's another thing I don't understand I mean you don't you don't have a backup really for either guy right now why aren't they backing up each other that already is starting to not make a ton of sense for me the way I look at it Mannix is I do think we're starting to see some trickle -down effect of the second apron because you look at the top teams right now whether it's Milwaukee, Boston, Phoenix, Denver to an extent it's not that the championship teams of yesteryear were flawless but we're looking at teams that are especially top heavy these days and Boston doesn't have a lot of avenues to improve the roster same for Milwaukee I mean I think Milwaukee has a great five and uh Holliday, Conaton, Middleton, Giannis, and Lopez but then they have Bobby Portis and they have a bunch of question marks after that they don't have a lot of playoff rotation guys uh Phoenix is in a similar boat Denver I think you and I are probably high on Denver's bench than most people we like what we think Peyton Watkins can do Peyton Watson can do Zeke Najee Swarther had a nice pre -season debut but those are a bunch of question marks for them right now so on one hand I echo your skepticism about Boston only in terms of Horford's coming off the worst postseason of his career um I think on both ends of the floor and he's only getting older Porzingis he's played 10 playoff games in his life but when you match them up against kind of the other contenders unless you think like a team like the Lakers or Warriors who have a little bit more depth maybe not quite as much top and talent uh can make a push I understand why you'd put Boston there only because I think a lot of the contenders are really top heavy right now well I mean but the the front court like to get out of the Eastern Conference you gotta get through Milwaukee and Milwaukee's front court is still really strong they still have all the pieces that were in place they still got Giannis still got Brook Lopez still got Bobby Portis they've still got all the guys that have the potential to give Boston a lot of problems and I go back a couple of years and the Celtics back when they had Rob Williams and they had Grant Williams they were in the mix for Yaka Purdle when San Antonio was trying to deal him they wanted to get Purdle they didn't want to get two first -round draft picks back then but they knew back then when they had you know three you know strong front court guys that they needed one more to get through Milwaukee that was when they made the deal for Mike Mascala and he turned out to be unplayable in the playoffs as well so I have concerns about Boston's front court anything about the predictions hearing concern you or you know stand out to you whether it's the Celtics or somebody else I mean I can admit to the same thing you guys are saying that I was surprised that Boston was tied for first for just you know the team that GM's thought was the most likely to win the whole thing it's really hard for me to look at this roster without wincing just a little bit we all can acknowledge that there's a lot of top and talent in this team there was before the moves they made this summer there is now the Porzingis fit is interesting I think everybody can look at that and say wow that if this works out they can win a title obviously no one's denying that it's just to have him and Horford as your two centers and then Wendy and Gabriel who I really like but I don't think of as necessarily my second or third string center or you know if he's even a center he's like six nine or whatever he is so that's all it's just you know and look I've been critical of the Celtics from the standpoint of you're trading away a lot to get Porzingis if only you're talking about Marcus Smart from the standpoint of you know a backbone a heart and soul obviously a very versatile important defender within that cog that they have defensively so they go get Drew Holliday and I think it does kind of answer a lot of those questions a lot of those criticisms but I just I still wonder a little bit of if now you're doing that and in doing that you give away Robert Williams if it makes you thinner at the spot that I was most concerned about now you know it's center even when they had those three it was kind of a weird hodgepodge of guys that you're not for any reason you're not gonna feel comfortable about whether they can hold up and be healthy the whole year also stylistically if you're missing one of guys it changes the way your offense looks because two of them are guys that can shoot from three one is a guy that's kind of more around the rim and setting screens and stuff like that so anyway I was just a little bit surprised that as we're all acknowledging the potential thinness of this group that they would be a co -favorite here I think the Nuggets still deserve to be the favorite and I personally would probably take the Bucks over the Celtics as a favorite but but all that said you know I don't think there's a runaway team here after the Nuggets I would probably leave them at number one because there was a lot of other stuff that happened between the depth of the Lakers the top end stuff of the Celtics the top end stuff of the Bucks to me when I see that much stuff happening I'm just going to defer to the team that won last year that granted they did lose some things but they have the potential to get better with more continuity of the top end guys that they have that haven't been healthy up until last year so I would you know I was a little bit surprised to see that Boston pulled into a tie with Denver among the GMs well we as we know the Boston media mafia is working over time in these kinds of situations I'm kidding I know it was the GM survey one thing I want to throw out there is in a in kind of a funny twist like the Celtics have had the best Joel Embiid defender over the years in Al Horford and Horford was giving Embiid problems in the semis last year to the point where Tucker had to get in his face and be like bro you need to take this matchup but what does Boston do now in that matchup because if you're playing Horford against Embiid does that mean you're playing Porzingis and Horford together and which of your guards are you keeping off the floor does that mean you keep Derek White off the floor it's kind of an interesting problem they've created for themselves unless they're willing to live with Porzingis on Embiid but that kind of takes away one of the biggest strengths they've had in that matchup over the years yeah is it going to be a challenge for them because Horford has been excellent I mean Embiid he gives him so many problems he clearly has the timing down on Embiid like he does he knows yeah it's fat it's fantastic to watch he pushes him off his spots he's he's just got a lot of you know and maybe some of it's mental too like Embiid's seen him so many times over the years that it's like all right well Al Horford again and you know he's asked about every single postseason he's had great games against Horford don't get me wrong he's played really well at times but it is I have a little surprise guys that the team nobody's really in on the Suns yet seven percent seem a little low for me you know man look I understand maybe Herring you got to give this team time to figure itself out and see if these guys can play together and see if this mix of players can work but you know if that team gets the playoffs fully healthy hard to stop very hard to stop in the postseason no no question I mean you know I watched clips I watched bits of the the game that they played against the Pistons and granted it's the Pistons you know one of the youngest teams in the league but to watch the Suns who you know have just started playing together that you know have 80 points between the first and the third quarter of a road game road opener for preseason there's obviously a lot of potential there offensively I would say that as we talk the things we like and dislike about teams the thinness the depth of these rosters I'm a little bit surprised that the Suns haven't done a little bit more to go out and get a a bonafide point guard I think it's a big granted you have a lot of ball handling on that roster it's not to say you don't and top level guys that can do it but it's a big change to go from having Chris Paul be your point guard and even to have campaign be your backup point guard to then going and just saying we're you know we're going to kind of take the Clippers route to have our forwards handle the ball to have Devin Booker handle the ball again all guys that can do it but these are also guys that you like to just kind of throw in iso situations you don't want to wear them down the whole season of having them handle the ball so I they've added depth and I think they need that they obviously needed it last offseason or I'm sorry last postseason and so they've done well to add to that but I think that they still it would do them well to have even if it's you know I look at something like what the Bulls did they went and got Javon Carter someone that played for the Suns at one point the sort of guy that could really be helpful to this team I also wonder just a little bit just a little and I think I saw some of this in their first preseason game as well Yusuf Nurkic is an interesting fit I think he can do good things for them he's good you know as a playmaker here and there defensively I worry just a little bit about him of how big it seemed like he took in Portland and you know for all the problems Ayton has at times I wonder if he's more nimble defensively and would work better defensively with that team but we'll see we'll see what happens I think that the Suns absolutely could win it they absolutely have the talent and skill to do it I think they have you know a coach that I really like one of my favorites in league and Vogel but I definitely have some questions about them which is why again would still take Denver head and shoulders above everybody else for now I actually am a little bit surprised the Lakers didn't get more picks here as well in this in the survey I maybe would have liked the Suns more before the Nurkic trade I'm just I'm replaying that Denver series in my head and while Landry Shammet was getting a ton of open threes and theoretically that could be Bradley now I mean I look at them as even worse or you know more poorly equipped to slow down the Nuggets than they were last year and while we're on the subject of health I mean Durant you know he missed some time obviously he came back right before the start of the playoffs and looked great at times and I think bookers only continue to improve but I mean there's a health there's a health question mark hanging over them you know as long as Durant is there and I I need to see it I mean there's definitely some exciting moments just watching kind of Beale Booker and Durant take their turns in that preseason game and it's like oh man like they have three guys who can go just iso and get a score seemingly anytime they want but and I'm I'm warming to the Nurkic move more than when it first happened but I really need to see that defense in action for a little while before I can take them seriously as a title contender yeah I think you guys just articulated why they only got seven percent of the vote there's a lot of question marks out there about them until we see them actually come together and play all right we had Nicole Jokic picked up first place in two different categories and I want to talk about both of them first was the player most likely to win the 2023 -24 MVP he got 43 percent of the vote in that category Yanis at number two at 20 percent and then if you were starting a franchise today and could sign any player who would it be he got 33 percent of the vote in in that category Victor Webayama coming in second with 23 percent on the subject of MVP guys let's start there 43 percent of the vote I'm actually shocked it wasn't higher like I thought it would be like 70 percent because not look first he's 28 years old he's in his prime he's durable he's just won a championship he was you know the best player on the best team in the NBA there's no reason to believe he's not going to come in next year and put up comparable or this year put up comparable numbers and I do think that the people that were divided on Nicole Jokic last year are not going to be divided this year the people that were skeptics about his ability to win and use that against him when it came to MVP voting and use that as a reason to vote for Joel Embiid those people aren't going to exist or that feeling isn't going to exist if Nicole Jokic puts up MVP numbers on the guy on the team that is at or near the top of the western conference there is no doubt in my mind he is going to win MVP he is going to get deservedly I think every benefit of the doubt this year when it comes to MVP votes so whether it's you know Embiid, Giannis, Jason Tatum, Luka Doncic I think Jokic is going to get the benefit of the doubt there Herring I think he's going to be by far and away he is by far and away the front runner to win the MVP.
Podcast Highlight: The Traveling Vegan's Dilemma
"Have recently run into a dilemma that I'm sure some of my fellow born again eaters can relate to how to maintain a healthful plant based diet while traveling. I mean, it is not always easy. A company that I work for part -time requires that I travel about eight to 10 days or so a month. I'm usually on a plane. I'm headed to a work site for a day. Then I'm headed back home again the next day. And sometimes it's a two -leg trip where I have to visit sites in another city. So that increases the challenge of finding vegan eats in airports and at hotels. The other issue for me is that normally I'm taking Uber for ground transportation. So unfortunately, there's not really a good option to stop at a grocery store to pick up healthy foods unless I want to pay an arm and a leg, you know, for the extra Uber fare. The other issue that I have found is cost in capital letters. On my last trip, I ordered Uber Eats from Noodles and Company for dinner. I was in the hotel and I ended up spending nearly $30 for some simple noodles with veggies. I mean, it was crazy. So even though my company, I mean, they do provide meal stipends, but they're really pretty limited for someone who has special dietary needs and can't just order a pizza and cheesy bread. And as we all know, on a plant -based diet, it's always easier to prepare your own food. I mean, even though many hotel restaurants and even, you know, just regular restaurants have one or two vegetarian options nowadays, more often than not, they include cheese or some kind of dairy, you know, in their toppings or in their sauces. I mean, I've tried to order risotto without Parmesan in it. It's nearly impossible. So I remember one time I ordered a house salad and specifically told them, this was through room service at the hotel restaurant, I specifically told them no cheese or eggs, I'm vegan. When it arrived, I was starving, so my starving tummy was really upset when I discovered a bowl full of iceberg lettuce, a few tomatoes, and it had a feta cheese tossed into it. So another time there were no vegetarian options on the menu, I ended up ordering two sides of mixed vegetables and a plate of French fries. I'm pretty sure those veggies had been cooked in butter, even though I told them I was vegan. So, you know, not exactly a well -balanced meal. And I have really kind of resigned myself to packing my own take -along food. And this is where you have to get creative. I mean, I hate checking bags. I try to do everything with carry -on, as most people do these days. And unless you're going to pay an extra $25 to $35 and check a bag with a pantry of food inside, there is a real need to become proficient at tucking healthful meals into your carry -ons. But last week, I was out four days with a trip from D .C. to Phoenix and then up to Connecticut. I had two carry -on bags, very limited clothing, some work supplies, you know, my laptop, basic toiletries, my bags were stuffed, and it was because of the food I was trying to take along. So what do you do in those situations? I mean, I've really given this a lot of thought since becoming vegan because it is essential for me to be able to maintain a healthful diet while I'm traveling. And I have decided to make it my mission to seek out every dehydrated food option that can tuck easily into my travel packing and doesn't require a cold pack for refrigeration. I mean, now keep in mind, you can carry non -liquid refrigerated food on board a plane, but if your cold packs have begun to thaw at all, TSA will not allow them through without following their 3 -1 -1 rule. So to me, worrying about ice packs melting is just one more added stressor that I don't need while traveling, so I avoid packing anything that needs to stay cold.
A highlight from Part 2: Zach Wilsons Alive, Belichicks in Trouble, Buffalos Cruising, and Week 5 Lines With Cousin Sal
"All right. So we're taping part one here. It is a little past 4 o 'clock Pacific time. Just watch the Pats completely shit the bed. We're not going to talk about that. That'll be part two. Part one. Ryan Russilla was here. We're talking Drew Holiday. The big trade. How is the NBA different for you right now, and are we done? Do we finally have the 30 rosters? Is this what we're looking at? Do we know who's going to be on everybody's team, or are we somehow not done? I never think we're done anymore in the NBA, and I know you're being a gracious host here, but you and I talked for five minutes today. I think you have the headline take on this, okay? I think you have the headline take on what the top of the league looks like. Are you ready to share it this early? I think Boston has the best top six. I did not feel that way 24 hours ago. I did not feel like there was a clear best. I trust this team in crunch time, and if Porzingis stays healthy, which is a huge if, I think they have the best six, and they can fill around, and they have the most ways that they can play whoever in the series. So from that vantage point, you had to do the trade. And they gave up a center who has been hurt every single year, and I don't fully trust that he's ever going to be out there when it matters. Brogdon, who was hurt, who was mad at the team, and two picks. And you get Drew Holliday, who was a 2021 Finals hero, who's one of the best defensive guards in the league, who's still really good, and just raises their ceiling. Now you can go white Holliday, Tatum Brown, and a center at crunch time, and you're good. You can switch on almost everything, especially if you get anything from Horford. So were you similarly enthused? Yeah, I love Drew. There's some stuff with his shooting in the playoffs where it's been pretty bad, or you're like, is that just because you can't make shots at the playoffs, or is it just what happened statistically? I mean, it does happen. I mean, if I'm getting the negative parts out of the way, like, yeah, sure, he's a little bit older. The big situation is a huge question mark. I can't believe what they got from Horford last year. So I don't know if you can just pencil that in, because he was way beyond expectations, at least for me, or for what I had for him. But when you can add Drew for those pieces, and I'm with you, when Rob Williams is right, it's really, really nice. But you can even tell when he's out there, you're like, is something wrong with him again? The number of times that I've watched Rob Williams in Celtics games, I'm like, I know he's out there, but wait, something. And every time, I thought Marcus Smart was trying to end his career with some of those Valley U passes, depending on how he lands, like, wait, is this going to be the last one we ever see from him? So to me, it makes a lot of sense. By the way, on that Rob point, my dad texted me after the trade, he's like, oh, I hate giving up Rob. I'm like, you complained about Rob more than anybody I know in my life. You would text me from the games going, oh, Rob's just off in the, Rob just walked in the tunnel again. I don't know what happened. I like just Brian Barrett had a tweet, 32 games, 29 games, 52 games, 61 games, 35 games. Those are Rob Williams' last five years. It just wasn't reliable enough for a team that's trying to win a title. I interrupted you. No, you didn't, because it's a it's a really good point, because what's going to happen? I mean, you know, it's just there's there's definitely like if Prozingis is hurt, it feels like the whole thing is screwed up and there's a really good chance that that could happen. But if you're talking about like the allocation of minutes and the talent that's getting those minutes, well, the talent that's getting those minutes just went up with Drew Holiday. And that's, I think, the simplest way to look at it. So they they turn Marcus Smart and Grant Williams and Brogdon and Rob Williams into Drew Holiday and Prozingis, more Derek White minutes, more Peyton Pritchard minutes. And then there's a little bit of an X factor with who's going to be like that ninth man, tenth man, kind of big four slash five person, maybe, or somebody you trade like that. I feel like that's the easiest position to pick up in January and February. The big thing for me is I think White was ready for a bigger role. I think White and Holiday together is magnificent as a as a backcourt. And I read some stuff today. They think White's going to come off the bench. I don't know if I see that. I think I would come out of the gates with White and Holiday and Tatum and Brown in the center and maybe bring to your Horford point, like maybe bring Horford off the bench and try to really try to rest his minutes during the season and be careful with him and make him a bench player. And then the playoffs reassess. But I think that having those four guys all together, they complement each other so well. You can play basically any kind of defense against any perimeter guy in the league. Those four guys and they're just better. I mean, there's there's just no way around it. They're better. He's a much better player than Marcus Smart was last year. And you know, you made that point about the shooting. He'd have those games. He'd go 5 for 22 in a playoff game. You know, he'd eat. But I do feel like he was asked to do a little bit more than maybe what he's supposed to be doing. I don't feel like he's a pure point guard. Right. Now you have White who can handle most of the ball handling. He could play off the ball and they're going to get the best version of him. Awesome locker room guy, too, by all accounts. I mean, really like a beloved teammate wherever he went. And I think they wanted to change the chemistry a little bit. I think this was an unhappier team than maybe they led on to the outside world last year. Yeah. Look, I definitely like him more than Smart. And you know, to be totally fair, when I'm looking at like the Lillard side of this trade last week before we knew the second piece of Drew and upgrading from Drew to Lillard, I'm going, OK, well, now you're top two in Milwaukee's like in the argument for the best two in the NBA. OK, that's that's really what this league has been about now post the teens decade where it was the arms race for your top three. It's you look around the league, you go, OK, who's got the two best? Like, let's come up with the five teams who have the two best. And with Lillard and Giannis, that's like a whole nother level. So when I was looking at it, it's like Lillard compared to Drew, you know, Drew is not somebody you're expecting to break down a defense off the dribble. Right. Oh, we're stuck into the shot clock, like make something happen where Lillard can literally do anything right in the final second of the shot clock and still you feel like it's still a decent look. So that part of it's a huge upgrade. But he's number three to four as far as an offensive option. He also and I don't know, this is just me talking out loud as I thought about the trade. It's pretty clear that when Boston's offense gets into trouble in the playoffs, like Tatum and Brown haven't figured out a way to kind of unlock it other than just like I can already picture my head like I know what the Tatum move is going to be. I already know what the Jaylen Brown move is going to be. And I don't know if Smart was able to make their life easier with the playmaking. And then sometimes I even think Smart would go like, well, if you guys are going to screw around, like I might just I might just be green light on this possession. I don't think Drew necessarily plays that way. So, you know, it's probably silly for me to think that like Drew is going to be the Steve Nash type who comes in and sets up all these great late playoff possessions. But there may be something in lessening the burden of those guys feeling that they have to do or defaulting to just forcing the issue as much as they do in the playoffs. I like how much ball handling they have, to your point, because they were talking about experimenting a little bit more with Tatum as a point forward this year, which makes me nervous a little bit just because, you know, he's six foot nine. I'm not sure that's the best use of him, but they seem pretty adamant. Like we feel like he could be a little bit more of a creator. And then you think White can do that. To me, White is the key to this season now, because if, you know, other than the Porzingis health thing, which I almost I'm going to knock on wood, but part of the reason they made all this movement and they got rid of Brogdon and Smart was I think they really wanted to push White to be the lead ball handler for them and a creator. And there's some unbelievable pick and roll stats with him. And just if certain people set him a pick in the way, even in the Miami series, he was one of the only guys who could create offense. So I think they have that plus they have Drew. And the reality is for Drew, this is this might be the deepest offensive team he's been on. Right. When you think back to like it was on some pretty weird Philly teams and some pretty weird New Orleans teams, and even when Milwaukee was at its best, it was really just Giannis, Middleton and Drew. And that was it. This is there's more shooting and playmaking around him than I think we've seen. Maybe it'll be a slight upgrade on the flip side. He doesn't have Giannis, who was the second best player of the century, probably, but I like the spot for him. It seemed like he really wanted to go to a contending team and I don't really know who they were competing against because for reading through some of the reports, it just seemed like Philly. I don't even know what the trade was for them. Portland wanted at least one piece back, probably two that they could do their keeper package. They wanted picks back. Golden State wasn't even in it. And it didn't seem like OKC ever threw their hat in the ring, which I was shocked by because I felt like OKC was the sleeping giant of this whole thing with Dort and some picks and just say, fuck it, let's let's see if we can be really good this year. So it seemed like it was down to Boston. The Clippers, they just had more assets. I don't know if Portland keeps Rob. He's on a good contract. They already have Ayton. My guess is that they're probably spinning him. Does it make sense that both of those guys? My sense is they're going to try it out, you know, but, you know, the thing with Rob is like, if you think he's an awesome defensive player that's just out there, like he's awesome when he's used a certain way. And once Boston unlocked that two years ago, where they stuck him on a non shooting big and then you could see other teams adapt to it, it's like, well, let's stop giving them an out where Rob can just roam off of this dude that's not a shooting threat, because I think that, you know, this is just going to turn into like now that he's not here. But I mean, have you listened to us talk about Rob Williams at all last couple of years? He you know, I don't I don't think he's I know what the defensive metrics are. I know the on off stuff. It's a big reason why I think the analytics models always love Boston. Like sometimes you look at him and be like, hey, I think this team's good, but like these numbers are overwhelming. This is like, yeah, it's it's so far like as if there's this huge gap between Boston and everybody else, which I never really felt going back these last two years. But you're if Chauncey Billups and you think like, OK, Rob Williams is going to go out there and like wreak havoc, it's like, well, he has to be used a certain way. So maybe they feel like that's in defensive support to Aiten. And with Aiten, you know, I have I'm not quite sure what to expect. Well, this is the one thing he's probably going to put up huge numbers because he's not going to have older dudes that have a higher status in the league that go, I'm sick of passing it to you. So he's probably going to get more touches. We'll probably see like early Aiten numbers and like twenty to ten for the first six weeks of the season. Yeah, I'm with you. Yeah. Like he'll he'll he'll put up some big numbers there. But, you know, defensively, it's really about his competitiveness because there were times I think going back two years ago when we were thinking about him with that run of the Suns, the finals, you're like, look at this guy. Like he can switch out on the smaller players. You can rotate. But it's all about the way he's wired. And I think long term, unfortunately, like we already kind of know the answer there. Like I don't think all of a sudden now you start playing with some fierceness after being in the league this long. So he was the fifth option on that team and there seemed to be real resentment toward him in that whole Phoenix culture of like, why doesn't he just realize we don't need his offense? We need him to basically rebound and block shots and crash the offensive boards. I think his attitude was probably twenty five years old. I want to be the best player I can be. I already went to a finals. I don't that's not I think I could do more than that. So I don't I don't think anyone was necessarily wrong. As I said, on my Thursday pot, I just hated the trade for Phoenix. I just thought they got the poopoo platter back. You know, they got some some some spare ribs back and a couple of egg rolls and and that's it. But they did not get an entree back. And I think he's an entree on the right team, whether he's a guy that made sense for them. I don't know. But I know that they didn't get a good haul for him. I think Rob, for his contract, for what his talents are, is a really intriguing piece for them or for another team, because you could trade for him. And it's not like a daunting salary. Right. I think he's in what is what is it, like 15 a year or something like that? No, it's a really good. Yeah. I mean, it was a really low cost extension and he's still a pretty young guy. Yes, so.
Joe Biden Remains the "Great Divider" With Latest Speech in Arizona
"We continue with the hate -filled Divide America speech yesterday in Phoenix by the man who happens to be President of the United States. Did you ever think we'd be having debates in your stage of your careers? We're banning books. Oh my God. Oh my God. Okay, here we go. Here we go. They lie with the ease with which they, meaning all of the left. There is no leftist that does not use that phrase, that we're banning books. Is there anybody, anyone you know in your family, any liberal who doesn't believe that certain books should be banned from the use of children? Haven't books been banned for the use of children? Wasn't there always a children's section in a public library? That means that certain books were banned. That's the reason you had a children's section. That's what he's referring to, this fraud, this liar. Oh God. I went to Yeshiva Jewish Religious School until I was 19. Everyone who studies Judaism and anyone, I mean this is basic stuff within the Jewish learning world, knows that the ancient rabbi said that the Jewish state was destroyed and the temple destroyed. The Jews dispersed the great calamity or two great calamities of Jewish history prior to the Holocaust and the modern pogroms was because Jews hated each other for no good reason. As a kid, I heard this. We heard it all the time and it didn't mean much because we just didn't experience what's called sinat kinam, baseless hatred. That's what's going to happen in this country. The left is spreading baseless hatred at the right. I spread hatred of the left because the left has earned the epithet as all totalitarian movements have earned.
A highlight from A Dame Trade Deep Dive With Ben Thompson, Plus Seth Meyers and Million-Dollar Picks
"Coming up, Dame gets traded. Million dollar pick Seth Meyers, it's all next. It's the Bill Simmons Podcast presented by FanDuel. Get in on the football action right from the opening kickoff with America's number one sports book. The app is safe, secure, easy to use. FanDuel always has exclusive offers. When you win, you'll get paid instantly. FanDuel has lots of ways to play, like the spread, money line, over -unders, team totals, player props, so much more. Jump into the action at any time during the game with live betting. Combine multiple bets from the same game in a same game parlay. Download the FanDuel sports book app today. Make every moment more of this football season. The Ringer is committed to responsible gaming. Please visit TheRinger .com slash RG to learn more about the resources and help lines available and listen to the end of this episode for additional details. You must be 21 plus and present in select states. 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We did the big chill. It was very, very exciting. I have Kyle Brandt coming on Monday's podcast. I'm just gonna tell you the movie now because it is gonna be the best moment of your weekend if you spent two hours watching this classic. We're doing Toy Soldiers. It really brings everything possible to the table. So if you wanna watch it ahead of time, there it is. That podcast is going up Monday night. If you wanna hear stuff about the debate, we have Tara Paul and Mary's podcast, Somebody's Gotta Win. That reacted to it as well as the press box with Brian Curtis and David Shoemaker. So there you go. Our debate coverage has been on point. Also, higher learning. Van and Rachel had Larry Elder on this weekend. It made a lot of noise, man. That podcast is great. I hope you check that out as well. Hope you're checking out theringer .com. And on this podcast, gonna talk about the dame trade at the top. We're gonna bring in Ben Thompson from the Techery newsletter, which he's been on this podcast I think four weeks ago. And he's a huge Bucks fan. He's gonna give the Bucks fan side of things. We're gonna do million dollar picks. And then old friend Seth Meyers talking about a whole bunch of stuff. So really good podcast. It's all next. First, our friends from Pro Jam. What's up? All right, I'm taping this on Thursday afternoon. Normally when there's a big MBA trade, I always do the emergency trade reaction right after the podcast. But we just put up a podcast on Tuesday. So I decided to play it a little differently this time. I wanted a little distance, I wanted to listen to stuff, read stuff, and try to form some big picture opinions coming out of this. So I have four smaller ones, then one big one. First one, I thought Portland did an incredible job with this trade. I really liked this trade, especially everyone was trying to bully them in June and July about, oh, you got to take Miami's offer. You just got to. It's where he wants to go. It's the only offer you're going to get. And guess what? They waited. They played it perfectly. They stared Miami down, and they got a much better deal. First of all, they get the Drew Holiday piece that they can flip into a bunch out of their stuff, which we'll talk about in one second. I love the DeAndre Ayton gamble. As you know, on this podcast, I am a big DeAndre Ayton guy. Not in the sense of I'm the biggest fan of his in the world, but I'm a fan of the asset. I just think I love the valued assets, no matter what it is. Whatever market we're talking about, DeAndre Ayton, 18 and 10 for his career, 60 % field goals percentage, 25 years old. He's played in 45 playoff games. He played four rounds in the 2021 finals. Last year, he got his ass kicked by Jokic. Oh, sorry. Like, that never happens. And Phoenix just sold on him, which I can't wait to talk about. But just from a Portland standpoint, they not only get Ayton in whatever they get for holiday, they get the 29 first, they get the two swaps, and they dump Nurkic. Nurkic hasn't had a healthy start to finish all the way through the playoffs here since 2018, which I'm positive was a long time ago. He's basically 12 and 8. He's, you know, a 50 % shooter. I made a list of the top 30 centers. I encourage you to do this at home, because what's more fun than making lists of NBA centers? I can't imagine anything. I made a list of who I thought were the best assets of the center position for talent, contract, everything. He was 29th on my list. The only person I had ahead of him who's technically a starter, unless you start talking about the Detroit or Charlotte guys, was Zubats on the Clippers. I thought he was the 29th best center asset in the league. And Phoenix, you know, just quickly to go to them, they're trying to win this year. They got worse. They turned Ayton's money into Nurkic and Grayson Allen and Nasir Little. Grayson Allen, we already know with him, he can't play in playoff series. We saw him 22. We saw it last year. I heard and read in some places like that, I got two rotation players. Did they? Is Nurkic a playoff rotation player? Is Grayson Allen a playoff rotation player? Because I'm positive he's not. So for the same money that they were spending on Ayton, they got three guys that I don't think are going to help them. In 25, the money comes down a little bit to 23 million just for Nurkic and Little, which is 7 million less than Ayton. And then in 26, that money goes up to 25 .5. But I don't understand what Phoenix was doing. Why not wait to see if Ayton clicks with Vogel? Vogel has such a good history with centers. He rejuvenated Dwight Howard on the 2020 Lakers. He basically created Roy Hibbert's career in 2013 with the defense verticality thing. I thought he was going to do a good job with Ayton. I'm stunned that they gave up on him. I'm almost waiting for one of those, now they tell us stories when, you know, that's where Brian Curtis calls them, where like a week after something happens, there's this kind of notebook dump where it's like, here's seven terrible DeAndre Ayton stories. So maybe that'll happen. But for Phoenix just to be like, cool, we locked this down, man. We got Nurkic. You're trying to win the title. You have KD and Booker and Beal. And like, what are you guys doing? Anyway, from Portland's standpoint, I love the Ayton thing. I love that they didn't get bullied. And I know they're going to turn Drew Holliday into something. So this to me was at least an A minus for them, for where they were two months ago, where Dave's like, I want to go to Miami. That's it. And if you don't trade me there, that's kind of fucked up. And they made this work as it got reported that, uh, I think in the athletic, that he expanded his list to Brooklyn and to Milwaukee in the last two weeks. And that's what Portland was waiting on. You know, they were banking on the fact that he's a competitive dude. He's one of the best 75 pairs ever. He wanted a situation settled. So, you know, you wait, you wait, you wait, they expand the list and then you go. Uh, there's a Drew Holliday piece to this. That's awesome. He becomes a contender prize. I wouldn't call this a Drew Holliday sweepstakes. I reserved sweepstakes for the superstars, but it's a mini sweepstakes. This is somebody that could have a huge impact on the playoff race. You know, not only the usual suspects, everybody's talking about Boston, ironically, Miami is a really good fit for him. And in some ways, um, I'm a little more scared of them with Miami than Dame in some ways, especially at a much cheaper contract with giving up less and keeping some of their assets. Philly, if they could pull it off, they have to be in there in Golden State, Minnesota. I think I have to mention Sacramento, I think is a team that if they could figure out how to get Drew without giving up their core, which is basically Keegan Murray and Sabonis and Fox, like that's, you know, could Davion Mitchell be in that trade with some, with a salary and some picks, who knows. The team that I love for Drew Holliday is OKC. I have OKC, you know, I started doing my MBA research for the over -under spot and I haven't landed on a number for them yet, but to me, they feel like a high forties team with Chet and with the growth of their young guys. And if you just like, let's say they traded Lou Dort and a bunch of their picks, maybe two firsts and two of their lesser picks or three firsts and a second, whatever it is. And they just say, fuck it. And they get Drew and you put him with Giddy and SGA and Jalen fucking awesome Williams and Chet Holmgren and all these other dudes they have, that might be a top three team in the West. I mean, that, that's starting to give me some early 2010s OKC vibes. So where he goes is going to be important. I just feel like there was so much Drew Holliday slander the last couple of days. You know, he's one of my favorite players. Even Haralabob, who was the chairman of the board of the Drew Holliday fan club for years and would have the benefit dinners there and, you know, just did a lot of yeoman's work on that front. And even he was like, yeah, yeah, Dame's better than Drew. That trade makes sense for Milwaukee. I was hurt, Haralabob. I was 100 % hurt by that. But you know, Drew got his ass kicked by Jimmy Butler in the playoffs last year. I get it. It happens. Jimmy was unbelievable. I feel like he would have kicked anybody's ass. By the way, why is Drew Holliday guarding Jimmy Butler? That speaks more to some of the issues with Milwaukee. He was never supposed to be a point guard and a creator. I think he was always better as an off -the -ball guy. We saw that with Rondo and New Orleans and just in general. I want to see him with a point guard. I want to see him just being unleashed, not having the ball a lot, just worrying about hitting threes, being an occasional, you know, make -shit -happen guy and being like the third or fourth best guy on a team without having the offensive responsibility to have. All their half court issues got blamed on him for the last couple of years. And I get it. They weren't like an awesome half -court team, even the other one in the finals, but I really value that dude. I had him, even I did the trade value list in August and I had him 37th and I had Dame 23rd. I think he's one of the best 30 players in the league still. He's 33 years old, which, you know, I'm going to talk in a second about when guards hit their mid -30s, but just in general, I think he's a real asset. If he goes to a team like the Celtics and they can keep Derek White and Tatum and Brown in the center, it's like, look out, man. So little mini sweepstakes, rarely do we get the trade, but then we still get another asset to talk about. Thank you for everyone involved in the trade. And then the fourth small point is just that, you know, not rocket science, Milwaukee bought some Giannis time here. They have one of the best 20 players of all time. They were staring down the barrel of a situation that was not good. I was talking about it on this podcast in late June and early July. I thought he was going to put them on the clock. I thought Mark Lasry selling his stake was a really bad sign for all of this because that dude is smart. As I laid out in June, that guy is really smart. And if he's feeling like, you know what, it's time for me to sell my buck stock, that makes me nervous. And then all the stuff that Giannis said and did, which I thought he did really fairly and really smartly. And I think that dude's about titles and that's it. And I know we say that about players, but I think in his case, I don't think he cares about, you know, what's my legacy, how do I compare against Dirk DeWhisky, any of that stuff. I just think he wants more rings. I mean, think about the guys who have won two rings out of the best 35 guys on my list of my pyramid. Those are all guys in my top 35 that won multiple wings. You go to the one -ring side, Jerry West, Oscar, Moses, Dirk, Jokic, Giannis, Pettit, Garnett, Kawhi, Rick Barry. That's the list he's on now. I certainly don't think he's looking at that list going, I got to get away from these guys, but it's a slightly different list. I think when you win multiple rings in multiple situations, it elevates you in a certain way. I think he fundamentally understands that at least a little bit. I want to be the best player since LeBron James. I think that's a thing that he wants. How am I going to do that? I need more rings. I need more finals trips. He knew from last year and maybe even the Boston series that they just weren't good enough. Whether this trade is going to be the thing that propels them, we'll find out, but he's been in the league 10 years, two MVPs, five first teams, two second teams, and now we have this little two -year window. Kawhi and the Raptors was a one -year window. This is a two -year window, I feel like. With Giannis, he's got two years left in his deals. So does Lopez. Middleton has two in a player option. Dame's got two, and then this crazy $120 million player option extension thingy that he has that just keeps going and going. It's probably two years. There's a world where this could go terribly this season, at least for what the expectations are, and then maybe it becomes Kawhi, Raptors. Maybe Giannis is like, you know what? That didn't work. Trade me. And the Bucks, who have no picks left and no future, they look at it next summer, and they go, all right. We tried it. Giannis, what can we get for you? Dame, what can we get? And they just do a reboot, rehaul. Remember, they won in 2021, which just takes so much pressure out of this. It's so much different than the Clippers situation, where they went all in on Kawhi and Paul George. They give up all those picks and SGA, and they've gotten nothing out of it. They haven't even made the finals. So it's got to happen. I think they at least probably have to make the finals. If they get bounced in round two, do I think Giannis is going to stay because they made this Dame -Mower trade? Probably not. So that leads to the big question, is how good of a trade was this? So there's a big picture angle on Dame, and it's going to sound negative, but I really don't want it to sound negative because I think Dame, I voted for him for NBA Top 75. I think he's been one of the best guards in the last 15 years. I think there's a ton of great things you can say, and there's a chance that he goes to Milwaukee, and this thing is fucking awesome. I know any Celtic fan I've talked to, including Isaiah, who's helping produce this podcast today, the Giannis -Dame pick and roll is just terrifying. Other than Jokic and Murray, it's going to be the single most unstoppable offensive play in the league. It is. We are conceding that point. The spot Dame is in right now, big picture -wise, it's weird. He's a superstar, but he's not, and we've seen guys like this before. I judge superstars by, do you have the resume statistically, and is your team succeeding consistently at a certain level? You can't totally say that about Dame. He's never been on a 55 -win team. He's missed the playoffs completely four times in 11 years. He said three first -round exits. He made the Final Four once in 2019, which was really lucky because Golden State and Houston were the two best teams, and then they got smoked. He's never been on a true contender ever. Instinctively, you go, well, that's not his fault. Who's he played with? Well, he played with LaMarcus Aldridge and CJ McCollum and a couple other guys, but not really anybody. The reason I'm putting this up is there's a success element that he has not had yet that for somebody with his resume is actually kind of unusual. I went and I looked up how many guards in the history of the league averaged 22 points a game for their career and played at least 700 games. I thought the list would be like 20. I didn't know. I didn't know what I was walking into. Only I think 75 guys have averaged 22 a game. So I went and I looked up the list, and it was 10 guys, 700 games, 22 a game for their career. There were some guys who came close like David Thompson, who I think is one of the best guards I've seen in the last 45 years, but had a short career and had some drug issues. He didn't make it. He didn't play enough games. Pete Maravich, 24 .2 points a game, but he didn't play enough games. Kyrie hasn't played enough games yet. Bradley Beale is five games away. I'm actually kind of glad the cutoff's at 700 so we don't have to talk about him. And then Mitchell and Trey Young aren't there yet. There's only 10 guys that made it, and the 10 guys are all fucking awesome. And again, I mentioned this in the context of Dame, who we think he is versus the success he's had. So the 10 guys, Michael Jordan, 30 .1, Jerry West, 27 .1, Allen Averson, 26 .7, George Gervin, 26 .2, Oscar Robertson, 25 .7, Kobe, 25 .0, Harden, 24 .7, Curry, 24 .6, Wade, 22, barely made it, and Russ, 22 .4, and then Dame is at 25 again. All right, what does he not have that those other guys have? Well, MJ, don't need to talk about him. Don't need to talk about Jerry West, who's the freaking logo. Allen Averson, pretty good comparison, right? Big stats, really memorable player, but not a ton of success. Here's the difference. Averson made the finals once. He won an MVP. Dame has done neither of those things. George Gervin was the best scoring guard of the 70s. He made two final fours. He had some bad luck. He really, in 79, really should have came close. And some of it's on him, right? He could have come through. Bobby Dandridge is the one that ended up coming through for the Bullets. They lose. But two final fours, he had four top five MVP finishes, five first teams, four second teams. He was just unassailably the best guard in the league until MJ. Oscar Robertson, don't need to go through him, but he won a ring and an MVP. Kobe, five rings and an MVP. Eleven first teams for Kobe, by the way. James Harden, three final fours, an MVP, six top five MVP finishes, six first team MBAs. And even though Harden has never made the finals as the best guy, he made it with OKC as the sixth man, you could build a contender around Harden. We saw it. We haven't really seen it with Dame. I think that's a fair thing to bring up. Curry, four rings, two MVPs, you know, the Curry thing. Dwayne Wade, three rings, two top five MVPs, two first teams, three second teams. He's more in the Dame waters a little bit, but he had the 2006 finals and he was the second best guy with LeBron on those heat teams. And then Westbrook, who you would say, well, Dame had a better career than Westbrook. Did he? Westbrook made the finals in 2012. He was second best guy on that team. Almost made the finals in 2016. He won an MVP. He had two first teams and five second teams. It's at least like a real argument. And I think when you look at Dame, he only had that one 2019 round three, got bounced. He's only had one top five MVP finish. He's only had one first team MBA and four second team MBAs. Really, really good top 75 career. But the piece that's missing is, have you been on a really good team? Have you made a real run at it? Which is why, you know, I think this Milwaukee trade is so much fun. This is his real chance. I get nervous about a couple things with this trade. One is that, you know, if you look at the 33 and older guards who average 22 points a game in a season. Jordan did it twice. Curry did it twice. Still going. Kobe did it three times. Jerry West twice. Sam Jones once. Hal Greer once. That's the entire list. Now the NBA is different. We have more three -pointers now. It's easier to score. Scoring is the easiest it's ever been. Guys can play at a longer age. So I'm not ruling out Dane being good for the next three years. But just pointing out, history is saying, be a little nervous. In general with guards, like Chris Paul, we saw from age 35 to 36 to 37, like it just dropped. But that's two years older than Dane. Maybe it's fine. I just worry about guards. We have not a lot of instances with guards in their mid -30s of them either peaking as players or being able to sustain whatever success they had during their prime. It always starts to go down with really no exceptions, except for Steph Curry. He's the only non -exception. So if your case is Dane's as good as Steph Curry, or Dane can be as potent as Steph Curry on a winning team, like, you know, Steph Curry is better than Dane, but I'm not going to argue that he couldn't do a lot of the stuff that Curry did in Golden State. The bigger issue for me, the age I'm definitely worried about. Dane has not been healthy the last couple of years, and we have not seen him play nine straight months at playoff basketball with a big bullseye on his back. Everybody coming after you, you're the best team. We haven't seen him do that ever, much less than the last couple of seasons. So can he stay up? Can he stay healthy? That's one thing. The defense with Dane just got kind of swept under the rug the last couple days, and I don't really understand it because there's five categories of defensive player I feel like. There's excellent, there's good, there's average, there's not so good, and then there's bad. And I think Dane's a bad defender. I think the stats back it up. Like, his defensive rating last year was 245 out of the guards. He's the 245th guard for defensive rating. You know, 117 .4 individual defensive rating is 483 overall. Portland's team's always defensively, it was the Achilles heel for them. Partly because of Dane, because he couldn't guard anybody. He's too small. And, you know, think about what we saw from the playoffs the last couple years. I think about the 2020 bubble Celtics playoffs, not infrequently, because I think that team had a chance to potentially win a title. What happened? Everyone hunted Kemba Walker. It was hunting season. It's like, where is he? Got to get a switch. Got to get Kemba Walker guarding somebody who's bigger, or got to beat him off the dribble, and it just became a hunt session with him. And basically, he got played out of the league. He's not in the league anymore. You know, we had this with Isaiah Thomas, too, in the mid -2010s. I think it's been an issue with Kyrie Irving. The Celtics certainly went at him in the playoff series with Brooklyn a couple years ago. Curry, you saw, who I think is a better defender than people give him credit for, but the And he's a much better defender than Dame is. Jordan Poole is somebody that got hunted in playoff series recently. Chris Paul, obviously, is a big one. Jalen Brunson, remember what the Heat did to him? Mitchell, when he was on Utah, this was a huge issue. And then Trae Young, obviously. My fear with Dame is he's a DH, and I think in Portland, part of the reasons he was able to put up the stats he did was because he wasn't playing defense, right? It was just, how many points can I score? My team isn't very good, and I'm just going to do my thing. He's an incredible offensive player. But how much of a trade -off is the defense, right? Well, you think, all right, well, Milwaukee, they're really good defensively. They'll be able to protect him. Here's the team. Giannis, Dame, Lopez, Portis, Middleton, Conaton, Beauchamp, Crowder. Who's guarding Trae Young on this team? Who's guarding Jason Tatum? Here's a partial list of guys that I don't think this team will be able to guard this season. Devin Booker, Tatum, Butler, Trae Young, Kyrie, Curry. Who's going to be chasing Curry around the screens? Dame lowered? Good luck. SGA, Luca, Mitchell, Murray, Edwards, Brunson, Ja, Garland, Fox, Halburn. Are they going to be able to cover Derek White? I don't know. The way this team is constructed, they are not going to have the ability to guard other guards at all, which means they're just going to have to be in a shooting match with them, right? It's going to be not much different than what's going to happen with Phoenix, where they're just literally going to have to outscore the other team. I've just watched too much playoff basketball over the last couple years, where it's like, if you have that weak link on defense, and you're playing a team that's smart enough, they're going to go after that weak link. Like, think about them against the Lakers, right? The Lakers figure their crunch time. Let's say they make the finals. It's Milwaukee and the Lakers, and Lakers crunch time. They're going to have LeBron and Davis and Austin Reeves and, I don't know, a shooter and a point guard, whatever. All they're going to be doing is trying to find where Dame is on the court and going after him. What about when they play Boston? Boston puts out White and Brogdon and Tatum and Brown and a center, and all they're going to be doing is trying to make sure Dame is covering somebody who has the ball who's now torturing him. I think it's a real problem for them. And what's funny is they gave up Drew's defense and, you know, they, what they gave up on defense, which is significant, and they gained an offense, it might end up just being a wash and they might just be a different version of the same team where they still have a huge flaw. It's just on the other end of the court. I'm just shocked that nobody brought up the defense. I agree he's an amazing offensive player and what's cool about this trade and what I'm excited about as a basketball fan is, can he go up a level? Right? A lot of these stats he put up, especially the last couple years. They didn't mean anything. They were, he was on bad teams. Like, who cares? Ultimately, Bradley Beal scored 30 points a game on the Wizards. Who cares? I think most really good offensive players, if they're on a bad team, can get between 25 and 30 a night. Can you do it nine months in a row? Can you do it when you're getting hunted on defense all over the place? How much can Milwaukee protect him? And what does he have in the tank at age 33 with 900 plus games on the O 'Dominor already? I'm still afraid of the Bucks, but people have, like, FanDuel had them as best odds in basketball and I think most people feel like they're the favorite now. I don't feel like there's a favorite. I think you can go through every team. Boston, I could, I'm scared of Porzingis. What's going to happen with Jalen Brown out there? He has contracts. Can Peyton Pritchard, all these different things. Philly, God only knows. Miami, they're unquestionably worse. Yeah, Milwaukee is going to be really good, but depending where Holiday lands and how this all plays out, I just think it's still wide open. And the other piece, so if you're just talking Boston, Miami, Tatum kills Milwaukee. I have no idea why. Boston is kind of built to at least stay with Dame and, you know, Derek White is about as good of a person you're going to have to try to keep Dame in check, at least. And Boston's done a really good job of guarding Giannis over the years. They don't have Grant Williams this year, but I just don't think, I think there's as many ways this goes wrong as it goes right, I guess would be my final thought on this because for what they gave up, especially with that 29 unprotected and the two swaps and, you know, they are all in on this team. And you know my theory, when you go all in on a team, you better think you can win. Not positive, but it's an awesome trade. It really is. It makes the league so much more fun. Dame and Giannis together. I'm going to enjoy watching Portland. I still have my eating stock. Watching Phoenix fans slowly realize that Derkiszna isn't the answer is going to be fun and then we'll see where Drew Holliday goes. So really fun trade. We're going to talk about it a little bit more with Die Hard Bucks fan, Ben Thompson in one second. Let's take a break.
A highlight from 6 Tips to Stay Sober on Vacation
"Do you want to stay sober and still travel and have amazing vacations? Maybe you're newly sober and worried about taking your first trip without alcohol, or maybe you've been sober a while, but you have a big trip coming up, a bachelorette party in Vegas or a wedding in Mexico, and that's making you anxious just thinking about doing it without drinking. From pub crawls to beach parties to boozy boat cruises, the thought of traveling can be a major trigger. Whatever your situation might be, you can be a person who travels alcohol -free and still has the time of your life. Hey everybody, welcome to the Addiction Unlimited podcast, where you get to learn everything you want to know about addiction and recovery. I'm your host, Angela Pugh, co -founder of Kansas City Recovery, Life Coach, and Recovering Alcoholics. To learn more about me, you can listen to episode zero on your podcast app, or find us on the web at addictionunlimited .com. What do you have planned for your next trip? A family vacation, a family reunion, a work trip, a camping trip? You're probably thinking days on the beach, nights on the town. It's hard to imagine doing any of it without a drink in hand, especially if you're new to sobriety or if you're facing your first ever sober travel. Going on vacation usually means relaxing and being carefree, and for many of us, relaxing meant excessive consumption of alcohol and or other substances. I was exactly the same way. Every trip I ever took was a drinking trip. I mean, honestly, everything I ever did was about drinking, whether it was a trip or not. But one of the greatest things about being sober is that my whole world expanded, and I mean that literally. I've gotten to travel the world, see beautiful places, have phenomenal experiences that I never could have done in my drinking life. When I was drinking, I would always talk about all the traveling I wanted to do, all the places I wanted to go and see, but I couldn't actually do any of it. I was a bit lucky because I lived in Southern California, and there are a lot of fun things you can do spur of the moment. And I promise you, I have had my fair share of last minute decisions drunken to drive to Vegas after work at 3 a .m. with all my drunk friends. But as a sober person, traveling is full of triggers, and that can feel daunting. And that's one of the main reasons I wanted to start hosting sober vacations. It's so much to think about if you're going on a work trip or a family trip where you may be the only non -drinking person. It's like every event every day comes with its own special side of anxiety as you obsess about getting through each thing without drinking, also without looking like a weirdo being the only one not drinking, and at the same time trying not to be overwhelmed by FOMO and somehow still manage to have some fun. Wow, sounds great, doesn't it? So my first sober vacation group trip is just around the corner, and the next sober vacation with me is in Bali in 2024. So I thought this would be the perfect time to do an episode about traveling and staying sober while you do it. So if you've got a vacation coming up or you're just thinking about traveling or you're traveling with me, here's my advice for taking an epic sober trip. Number one, this is not going to surprise you. If you've been following me for any length of time, you probably know this is going to be the first thing I'm going to say. Plan ahead. Okay, think about what parts of the trip will be most challenging. Will it be the packing, the planning, sitting at the airport, being on the plane, the layover, right? Think it through. What is going to be the most challenging part of the journey for you? And then create solutions for those hardest parts. And one thing you're going to hear me stress throughout this episode too is to do things differently. Okay, your brain makes thousands decisions of all day, every day. So it goes on autopilot a lot, right? Any things we do that are regular we're doing day in and day out, your brain will go on autopilot. Like when you drive to work. Have you ever had one of those moments you start your car and you go and all of a sudden you're at work and you don't really remember the drive because you're on autopilot and that helps your brain conserve energy. So when you're making changes in your life, it's hugely important to do things differently because it snaps you out of that autopilot mode so you don't end up with a drink in your hand. So think this through. Plan ahead. What's going to be your hardest part and then create solutions for the hardest part. Don't just do things on autopilot the way you've always done and then expect to have a different result. If you do everything exactly the way you've always done, you're going to end up with a drink in your hand if you're used to getting to the airport and having a drink in your hand. So do things differently and think this through for when you get there. Also, do you have a hard time in the evening at dinner or is it lunch time? If it's lunch time because you're usually laying on the beach getting your food and drinks served to you, then don't just lay there on the beach like you did in your drinking life. Get up, go for a walk, schedule a surfing lesson, take your own drinks with you. Whatever you need to do, just do it differently. If it's dinner time, schedule an activity for early the next morning so you have something to look forward to and a reason to go back to your room and go to bed early. Do it differently but think through those pieces of the journey. What is going to be most challenging for you and create some solutions for those time frames? And we're going to talk about some of those solutions moving forward. The next one is the flight part. Be prepared to fly. Airports and airplanes are full of potential triggers from long security lines to the liquor they serve during the flight. Try to distract yourself from temptation along the way, right? Buy a yummy coffee or some kind of fruit drink or something after you go through security. Get a treat to make you happy and take your mind off a drink. For me, it's gummies. I'm gummy obsessed. I can buy a bag at the airport. I can keep them handy. I can munch on them while I'm walking around the airport shopping or while I'm working, waiting for my flight. And one of the biggest things that saves me in this whole travel journey and I've traveled a ton. So I'm not super triggered by traveling. I'm an introvert. I just get quiet. I go inside my head in my own little world and I can do it pretty easily. But one of my saving graces is earbuds, right? Put your earbuds in. Take out a good book. Play a game. Listen to podcasts. Listen to music. Anything to keep you occupied throughout the duration of your journey. But be prepared. What is that going to look like? Again, know what the most difficult parts of your journey are going to be and make sure you have things in place to get you through those times. For on the flight, this is the next one. Make an in -flight toolkit. And this is a lot of things I just rattled off. Being on the airplane has its own special brand of triggers, because it's really stressful. It takes a long time, especially if you are impatient and judgy and you're sitting there watching everything everybody does, just tearing them down and being mad that people are taking so long and they're not doing it the way you would do it and the way you think is right. If that's where your thoughts are, listen, you're going to be irritated. Also, the other part of in -flight is airplanes are essentially a giant bar flying through the sky. And if you previously relied on drinks to get you through the airport and or the flight, then I definitely recommend making an airplane toolkit, especially if it's a long flight. You can sleep on planes, then bring the stuff that will make you comfortable to sleep on the plane. Research the best neck pillow and get it. Maybe you already have it, so don't forget it. Take a really good eye mask to block out the brightness of the plane. Also creating some privacy, right? I think all of us know when you look at your neighbor and they've got their earbuds in and an eye mask on, you're not going to be talking to that person and trying to carry on conversation, right? But if you are a person that's an extrovert and you want to chat it up, you want to talk to the people around you, then don't put in your earbuds and put on your eye mask yet. But have your pillow, if it's super long flight, have some compression socks, have plenty of food and snacks in your bag. Have your tablet, you know, an iPad full of books or movies or tv shows. I always take my favorite thermal water cup. It goes with me everywhere in my life and I take it when I travel also. Obviously it's empty. I throw it in my carry -on duffel bag and when the flight attendants come offering drinks, I just hand her my water cup and say, can I get some water? And they fill my water cup, I'm good to go. I also always plan on in wi -flight -fi. I just plan on it. I don't care about the expense. I get a lot of work done when I'm flying because I'm a captive audience, right? There's nothing else. It's not like when I'm at home in my office, like where there's a million distractions and things to do and it's like, oh, let me cook this or start some laundry or make this phone call or take a lunch break, right? When I'm on a flight, I'm captive and that is a beautiful time to get a ton of work done. So I just plan on getting the in -flight wi -fi. I don't care if it's ten dollars for the day or whatever. I'm just doing it. Also, when I have wi -fi, I can log on to any of my streaming services and watch my favorite stuff or I can go on YouTube and put on one of my favorite long podcasts, right? There's all kinds of podcasters that have these super long podcasts like Huberman who I love, right? Huberman Lab. His stuff is like two freaking hours long, but that's a great thing to do in a flight. I've got my earbuds in, log on to YouTube. I can start a Huberman or Lewis Howes or Jay Shetty and I can listen to that while I work and do my thing. Earbuds, earbuds, earbuds. I also take my iPad and I have my favorite game on my iPad. I love playing match 3D and I just went to Phoenix a couple of weeks ago. It was brilliant. I went to see my best friend and his family and it was the first time I ever like took my iPad to play my game, but it was amazing, especially when you're sitting in your seat and you're waiting for everybody else to board. All that impatient judginess I was talking about, distract yourself from that. Don't put yourself in a bad mood or cause yourself unnecessary stress or create a bunch of negative thinking. It's just not worth it. It's dumb. It's pointless. It's a waste of your energy. So I just sat there and opened up my iPad and I played match 3D and that's what I did and it was perfect, especially until we took off and then I got on my computer and whatever.
A highlight from Shouting Down Charlie
"What am I oh yes last night I was speaking I was actually having a dialogue with Dr. Simone Gold frontline doctors for the Children's Defense Fund or no no it's the Children's Health Defense sorry that is a Robert F Kennedy Jr.'s group and I'm just offering this in passing in case you're ever challenged. If you say that truth is not a left -wing value, it is a liberal value, and it is a conservative value, but it is not a left -wing value, it never has been. Truth does not matter to the left. It matters to liberals, not all but many, and to conservatives, not all but many. At least it's a value in those two groups. So, this I found to be very effective. If the left believed in truth, would they say, men menstruate? That is, I think, the most powerful example you could offer, that truth is a joke, is a farce, is an impediment to leftism. That's it. Just give that example. If you do not say, men menstruate, you are considered by the left to be a hater, a bigot, and anti -science. But every single one of you listening knows it is an enormous lie, men do not menstruate. It is a gigantic… You can't say anything. If you said the earth is flat, it would be equivalent and probably truer because the land you are on now, the floor you are on now, is flat. There are vast numbers of places on earth where the earth is flat, but there is no place on earth where a man menstruates. If your child comes home and says, men give birth, or men menstruate, you know that they have been poisoned to the extent that they regard truth as a farce. It is an irrelevant question. Is it true, irrelevant? Just like, was it irrelevant that it was a lie that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia? It was a lie. It was as enormous as men menstruate. And they got Pulitzer Prizes at the Washington Post and the New York Times for perpetuating that lie, which the Columbia Journalism Review, Columbia is about as woke as you can get, but for some reason, God bless them, Columbia Journalism Review actually was committed to truth and said it wasn't true. It was a terrible time for American journalism. A terrible time for American journalism started very early. The New York Times reporting that there was no famine in Ukraine in 1932. Corrupt, despicable Walter Duranty was basically bribed with room and board and women by Stalin to report lies on behalf of the Soviet government. The New York Times never returned that prize. The Pulitzer Prizes never announced that they have rescinded it. Now they will say, well, it wasn't given for that, but I find that to be as farcical as the original reporting. Charlie Kirk went to Northern Arizona University and the reception is very scary. It is scary. We have young people who have been trained to be like the Soviet Youth League, come some old, brainwashed drones of evil. Well, Charlie Kirk went to speak and they were screaming, F .U., of course, they said the word fascist. Charlie Kirk drowned out by protesters on Arizona college visit, I'll be with Charlie at Arizona State University next week. Next week, if you have a seventh cousin who attends ASU, have them come to our speeches. Next Wednesday night, that's a week from today in Phoenix, Charlie Kirk laughs his mob of smelly overweight. Okay, I'm not going to read that, that's a tweet, we don't need it. F .U. fascist, you fascist. The screaming, I tell you, the screaming, why don't right wing students scream and curse at left wing speakers? Even they when constituted half the campus or even a majority of the campus, did they ever do this? I'm asking a question, they may have, I'm simply not aware of it. It's like, do any adult children who are Republican refuse to speak to a parent because the parent voted Democrat? You certainly have left wing children who don't speak to a parent because the parent voted for a Republican, but it doesn't work in both directions, does it? So again, we will be there next week. Charlie sent me a very long report on this from Mediaite, it's longer than the one from Daily Beast.
A highlight from Chat #84 - Layers, Payments, and Relays with Utxo
"I'm not like really trying to make money with no less, you know, I really just want Bitcoin to be money I want my merchants to accept it. I want businesses that I go to all my friends to accept it I I just want it to be money You to Welcome the show, dude It's really really good to have you and I feel like we should have done this Already like we've been talking long enough and shooting the shit about damn near everything We're building and working on and all the projects and everything that it it should have been obvious We should have done this like three months ago. Well, we finally did it's on the books. We are we made it man We got it on the calendar. I had a calendar invite Professional and everything God. Oh my god. Is that like an automatic email that sent out to you? I didn't even do it like is like magic so professional almost like there's a business over here. Okay? Well, dude welcome and I'm I'm really stoked to get into this So the first thing I want to do just for obviously the audience But actually a lot for me because I don't really know a lot about your background and have a lot of the things we talked About like stuff you've worked on but give me give me the give me the setup, you know Like give me the the prologue to where we are now for mr. UTXA All right. Well, thanks for having me. First of all, I When it comes to Bitcoin, it's probably similar to like everybody else in the world, you know, like I heard about it mad early Thought it was stupid You know and then I used it a little bit for online poker To like because there's a lot there's a lot of censorship and online poker like, you know visa Masticar like didn't allow it certain countries. Anyway, it was a big nightmare, but Bitcoin made it so easy what you was when was this? It's probably like 2013 2014 Timeframe or whatever. Oh, yeah So this is like what about online poker? I forgot that that was there was like that corner during during those days Yeah, man. Yeah, it was big and like every site basically had it But The thing so that was kind of like my second touch point I'm like now I'm actually using Bitcoin but I hated it because it's like, okay Yeah, I can withdraw from it But the next day I go to a new site and I lost 30 % of my money It's like why did I spend all this time grinding just so big Yeah, it was ridiculous man So I just I hated Bitcoin even more Okay, and now 2017 rolls around now now it's ripping and I feel stupid. I'm like man I had all this this Bitcoin and I got it from the online poker sites You know, like it was like in the in the tens of bitcoins, right? So now I feel so stupid. So I'm like now I just buy in like right at the top of 2017 Get fucking wrecked, right? Yeah, so that but that's when I was like Instead of like selling I just did the like Bitcoin or cope thing and I'm just like, oh no I'm just gonna like hold and I don't care that I just like it wasn't a lot of money that I put in You know at that time But just like how to make it hurt a lot less but yeah But like, you know, it gave me a chance for my orange pill to like digest or whatever and then And then 20 the slow release exactly. Yeah Yeah slow release and then you know 2020 rolls around and then like everything starts to come true like all those like cope stories that I've been like Listening to over the years. It's like wait a minute. This is not a cope story It you know, this is where we were going yeah, this shit is actually real so that's when I was like, alright I'm a Bitcoin or true and true, you know, like after kovat that that was it for me So that's like that's my Bitcoin story, man. Nice. Nice What were you what led you to the development stuff that you're working on? Like what were you doing before that? so My main business is actually like AI even though like my passion is all in Bitcoin and noster like freedom tech and stuff. Like what's been paying the bills for me is like doing AI So I built a bunch of like AI affiliate sites AI sass apps That I just like that. I just own but then I got kind of bored with that I was just like so passionate about Bitcoin and freedom type I've been doing that for like probably three years now, but the truth is it's like I'm not really It's not enough to pay the bills, right? So it's like thankfully the AI has been like doing well So it gives me a free time to like work on what I love with Bitcoin So that's really been it. I mean I started using BTC pay server. That was like my first way I just wanted it on my website to accept payments But it didn't have a lot of the features that I wanted. So I just I started building them for myself It was a selfish thing. Really. I just I wanted the functions to work on my site. So I started contributing and just, you know the path it just kept opening up and now lightning and Yeah, so that's that's kind of like the origin story of Getting into dev for me. Did you build with BTC pay server for a while or Like did I use it on my websites or did you actually did you actually build with the project I Can contribute to BTC pay I guess. Oh, yeah. I've been I've been a contributor at BTC pay server for like almost three years now So all the like WooCommerce press the shop all of those integrations a big part of what I do is like handle the SDK so that BTC pay server can communicate with like WordPress and press the drop and all that kind of thing So that's like the big thing that I handle Me and another guy named Andy. We basically like handle that package and like that's the backbone of how Probably like half the websites out there using BTC pay server Gotcha, and it was it was pretty limited when I started You know, I'm actually curious. Um, I would love to hear what your layman's explanations because I know where dev kits and stuff kind of fit into the stack so to speak but it's one of those things that like you kind of use or you're familiar with something but You know so often like what is really going on has just been obscured You just kind of like know where the Lego piece fits rather than know what the Lego piece is You know, I mean give me give me your explanation especially for the audience the the less technical people What's the nest? What's the SDK? Like what's Where does that fit in and why so an SDK makes it easy for a developer to use your application? So if we take BTC pay server, for example Instead of a developer having to like read all the documentation of like, how do I make the API column? What fields do I need or whatever if you use the SDK when you're in your like code editor everything just auto completes for you so I can just be like send coins and it's just like Sendcoins address number. Boom you like instead of you just write like one line of code and it just works It just so a software development kit in a nutshell is just trying to make it very easy for developers to like integrate with your systems so literally in the context of Using the Lego analogy. It's it's like having pre -built sections of Lego blocks so that when you're putting something together you can just grab the whole block of stuff and just stick it where it needs to go and you don't have to redesign the Send find, transaction you know Look up transaction like all the all the actual pieces like you would have to write actual code and pull the API and all this Information and it's just like well, why don't you just take this block that accomplishes this task and then just keep going You know like yep solve that problem simplify that for me. Yeah. Yep. That's exactly what it is. So after you Kind of resolving the BTC pay problems that you wanted to solve This led you to Nodeless, which is the project This is this is when I found out about you because I thought this was fascinating and I was immediately like I mean No, no hate to BTC pay. I've loved BTC pay. I've been using it for a really long time But I I don't like to spend time on stuff Like I don't I have I spend plenty of time on plenty of things and I have gotten to this place where I'm just like wait, so I can just Someone else can solve this for me and I can just kind of pay them a little bit of money that's that's the best news I have gotten all month because and I've gotten to where I've hired multiple people for Bitcoin audible and it's like a huge expense, you know, and There's there's a lot to it. But now I just can't go back I just can't go back and I would never go back to publishing and doing all that stuff myself Like I just realized how much time I lost. So this is why I was immediately like Oh Nodeless because Nodeless does all of that work for me and makes those things simple So why what was your motivation for? Starting Nodeless and this is still really young right like when was when was Nodeless officially launched I Officially launched it like right before Nosterica, so I guess I was like March of this year. Okay. Okay. Yeah, so still very and that launch was like a Law, it was like a Noster launch, you know, like yes half built it like half the things didn't work You know, it's pretty good now, but at the time, you know, yeah, we're only like recently kind of stable But really like so yeah, so I start working on BTC pay server. Okay now I'm like fully green -pilled I'm telling everyone I'm like, oh, you know You gotta be self -sovereign. You gotta accept your own payments. You gotta run a node You know, like I'm going around tell and then people are like, okay, you know show me how to do it All right, show them how to do it and then before you know it I have like Not many maybe like five or six people that I got to run BTC pay server and now what is my full -time job like? Technical support for all these people. Yeah And like it gets serious like sometimes when lightning screws up like it's scary And it's hard to recover if you didn't do your backups properly and like not everybody is like so perfect at running their Infrastructure like I love doing that shit. That's great But like most people actually don't like doing that and they're not very good at it or very responsible about it either, right? so I was just like originally, I was just like if I could just run the node for my friends it would solve everything because it's actually like BTC pay server the Software itself is like amazing and easy to use. It's like everything all the challenges came from the lightning node part of it So, yeah I was just like how could I possibly do this and then that's where it's like it kind of like evolved into node list so it was like That's basically what node list is right like it's young. It's my big node and you can connect to it to accept your payments But I wanted to do it like to really stay as close to BTC pay server as possible like not be Custodial not be KYC like not do all of that So that's like sort of how we we came about doing it It was just like I I want everyone to use BTC pay server I want them to be self -sovereign But I think it is too much to ask people to run lightning nodes Like that's just that's just the truth man. Like maybe it hurts to hear that but it's true I think it makes more sense in the context of because you think about it like a major part of the problem is the same problem the internet has had since the beginning is DNS and running a cloud accessible server Running a front -end because like, you know in the context of like a Phoenix wallet or whatever. I'm running my own node Right, like on my mobile wallet and on my phone I have my keys But I don't have a web face. Like I don't have a front end so that someone can Donate when my phone's often in my pocket or something, you know so it's it's funny how much of the problems and this is the same issue like a Fiat JAF posts this a lot and he's super critical. I mean I mad respect and I like the way that he's critical But but nonetheless he he shifts on lightning all the time And and he posts the chart of like the the noster The explosion in custodial lightning, right and And and what's funny is that Like all I can do when I kind of look at that the best example I have in my mind of like what's going on there and why 80 % or 90 % or whatever now is like quote -unquote custodial lightning is zaps on Noster is that all I can do is think about it in the context of like me I have like my frame of reference how I use it and I show up in that statistic looking like I'm overwhelmingly majority custodial and The reason is is because of the lightning address like that's the reason period it's to have the web front end so that somebody can zap me and But the thing is is my value my value is not stuck in custodial So like whereas most of the payments come through to my albie address Or before it was the Ellen tips Cali BTC Ellen tips spot Which they host and is custodial all of the value was I would just withdraw to my Phoenix or to breeze or to my BTC pay server to My my lightning node Once every two weeks, so I get like 500 zaps at 21 sets 100 sets 69 sets and you know over and over and over again an Overwhelming majority of my activity is custodial, but then I only ever have like 40 bucks in it And as soon as it's like a hundred thousand sets two hundred three hundred thousand sets I'm just like, okay withdraw one payment to my Phoenix and it's behind my keys and I think like that's a huge caveat.
A highlight from Episode 65: Pro-Life Advocacy An Interview with Sami Parker
"Hey, welcome back to Let's Talk About It with Jackie and Megan. We like to talk about things that are messy, awkward, hard, or controversial, and create a space for healing. Hey everyone, welcome back to Let's Talk About It. Today Jackie and I are joined with Sami and we are really excited to talk to her about pro -life advocacy and online advocacy. So Sami, thank you so much for joining us and do you mind just telling our audience a little bit about who you are, what you do? I don't know, fun to act about you. Yeah, sure. Thanks for having me on. It's really, really fun to be able to join you guys. Yeah, I'm a daughter of the king. I'm a wife as of two years ago now. I'm also a boy mom to a little eight month old boy. His name is Owen. He was born December 30th. So it's new and it's really exciting and it's just like the biggest aspect of my life now. So it's like all I talk about, but I also work with live action where we seek to end abortion and make America the most welcoming place in the world to raise a family. And so my contribution to that, I guess I do a lot of things with them, but my main contribution is just making video content, content dedicated to exposing abortion and the industry that's behind it, as well as apologetics videos, just to kind of break down common pro -abortion arguments to help equip other pro -lifers to know how to answer the myriad of pro -abortion arguments that just never seem to stop. And then I've recently honestly been loving making content that just really highlights the beauty of children and motherhood and marriage and all of those things, because it's just, I mean, it's obviously more fun to talk about more joyful and we'll really can't deny how beautiful that is. So yeah, I live in Oregon. I don't know what fun fact, gosh, I'm a twin. That's like always the fun fact. I use really. Yeah. Yeah. She lives in Colorado. So we don't, we obviously don't like post on social media together or anything, but that's my fun fact. Very nice. Well, thank you for what you do. I feel like that's very brave, especially in our world today. Megan and I, we met actually working in pro -life work at a pregnancy care center. So that's how we met. And I don't, I don't think I ever expected to work in pro -life work. Did you, did you, is this something that you thought would be your career, especially in the way that you're doing it on social media? No, no, not at all. I honestly like had no idea what I was going to do with my life, which I feel like is kind of a lot of our answers, at least in college. Like I just won't go to college because like, that's just what people did. I went to GCU and in Phoenix and got my degree in business management and kind of figured I would just get a management job and like, that would be fine. And I'd make money and I'd eventually have a family and that kind of thing. And I wasn't even super pro -life. I wasn't solidly pro -life in college anyways for the first few years at least. And so I definitely didn't think that this would be the line of work that I would end up going to, but the Lord brought me to it and changed my heart on it. And now I honestly couldn't see myself doing anything else. It's just definitely the biggest passion of mine. And it's a huge blessing that this is what I get to do all day. Obviously, wish I didn't have to. I wish abortion was already unthinkable, but yeah, never thought I was going to do it.
A highlight from What Country Are We Living In?: Live with Riley Gaines at Dream City Christian Church
"Hey, feeling unsure about your finances these days? You're not alone. That's why Noble Gold Investments is here to help. Just hear it straight from the people who they've helped. The Noble crew walked me through everything with no stress. With their help, I could finally sleep easy at night. And now this month, Noble Gold Investments is handing out a free 5 -ounce silver America the Beautiful coin if you qualify for an IRA. Invest in gold and silver with Noble Gold Investments. Go to noblegoldinvestments .com right now. That is noblegoldinvestments .com right now. Hey everybody, happy Sunday. No advertisers on this episode. Just you, the members that make this possible. If you're not yet a member, please do so at members .charliekirk .com. members .charliekirk .com. My conversation with Riley Gaines live from Dream City Christian Church here in Phoenix, Arizona. We talk on stage about her experiences, and then we take some unscripted questions from the audience. As always, you can email me freedom at charliekirk .com. Remember, no advertisers. So please become a member at charliekirk .com and chip in however you can charliekirk .com. Email me directly freedom at charliekirk .com and text this episode to your friends. Enjoy this exclusive conversation with Riley Gaines. Buckle up, everybody. Here we go. Charlie, what you've done is incredible here. Maybe Charlie Kirk is on the college campus. I want you to know we are lucky to have Charlie Kirk. Charlie Kirk's running the White House, folks. I want to thank Charlie. He's an incredible guy. His spirit, his love of this country. He's done an amazing job building one of the most powerful youth organizations ever created, Turning Point USA. We will not embrace the ideas that have destroyed countries, destroyed lives, and we are going to fight for freedom on campuses across the country. That's why we are here.
A highlight from The Fallacy of Limitations
"Lots of channels. Nothing to watch. Especially if you're searching for the truth. It's time to interrupt your regularly scheduled programs with something actually worth watching. Salem News Channel. Straightforward, unfiltered, with in -depth insight and analysis from the greatest collection of conservative minds. Like Hugh Hewitt, Mike Gallagher, Sebastian Gorka, and more. Find truth. Watch 24 -7 on SNC .TV and on Local Now, Channel 525. Hey, everybody. What is the limiting belief of the conservative movement? We dive into that and reflect on a very candid episode here on The Charlie Kirk Show. Make sure you're subscribed and listen to the end of this episode for a special announcement. Also, email me your thoughts, as always, freedom at charliekirk .com. That's freedom at charliekirk .com. Subscribe to our podcast by opening up your podcast application and typing in Charlie Kirk Show. And get involved with Turning Point USA at tpusa .com. That is tpusa .com. Buckle up, everybody. Here we go. Charlie, what you've done is incredible here. Maybe Charlie Kirk is on the college campus. I want you to know we are lucky to have Charlie Kirk. Charlie Kirk's running the White House, folks. I want to thank Charlie. He's an incredible guy. His spirit, his love of this country. He's done an amazing job building one of the most powerful youth organizations ever created, Turning Point USA. We will not embrace the ideas that have destroyed countries, destroyed lives, and we are going to fight for freedom on campuses across the country. That's why we are here. Brought to you by the loan experts I trust, Andrew and Todd at Sierra Pacific Mortgage at andrewandtodd .com. I have the greatest job on the planet. I get fulfillment, purpose in what I do. Not only do I get three hours with you every single day, three podcasts a day, reaching millions of people, social media and podcasting. I also, of course, my continued and original passion is running Turning Point USA and Turning Point Action. At Turning Point USA, we have hundreds of full -time staffers working on high school and college campuses across the country, Turning Point Action. We are staffing up and staffing up 60 to 70 full -time people and getting even more. As you know, we have our ballot chasing operation. And as part of my duties as founder and CEO of Turning Point USA and Turning Point Action, I have to raise a fair amount of money. And I don't mind it. You know, the Lord has blessed us significantly. I kind of cringe at times when people are too hard on this idea of donors. There are some amazing donors in the conservative movement. We are evidence of that at Turning Point USA. Donors that get it, donors that are based, donors that are driven, donors that are filled with faith and conviction. That's not a majority of all the quote unquote donors. There's plenty that don't get it. And on this program, we're able to deliver predictions, insight that I think other shows aren't because we're in the grassroots. I give hundreds of speeches a year. Tonight, we're doing an event with Riley Gaines at Dream City Church in Phoenix, Arizona. This weekend, I'm giving a couple speeches in Lubbock, Texas at a church. So I talked to the grassroots. I talked to pastors. But I also have an interesting wrinkle as well that I think we're able to offer on this program that other programs aren't. I talked to the people in the high society, the Republican Party. Senators, consultants, chiefs of staff, and the more moderate wing of donors, if you will. So I get a 360 degree multidimensional view of the American right. I'm very blessed by that. And so I kind of have to weigh it, depending on what room I'm in. I just read the temperature. I always ask more questions than not because people know what I believe. If they ask me questions, I answer them. But let me just watch the show. So I'm always interested. I just kind of pepper with questions. What are you seeing? What are you hearing? What are you doing? And it's so interesting. With some donors, again, we have some amazing donors at Turning Point. So I'm going to just put that off to the side. But some donors where I'm not... Let's just say they're not exactly simpatico with all of our views here on The Charlie Kirk Show, especially if they are not sympathetic for Trump, which is fine. I mean, I'm not here to say you have to love Trump. You have to understand what's happening. But there was one conversation recently that I want to fill you in on. That I think is something that is a big danger, and it's not isolated to just a particular person. I think it's all throughout the leadership of the Republican Party. And it was a conversation that I had recently with a moderate donor, and we get along well. And you hear me talk about these conversations frequently because I have them. I'm raising money all the time, trying to raise $100 million to go chase ballots in Arizona, Wisconsin, and Georgia, the stuff the Republican establishment should be doing. Literally, when I'm done with this program, I go into my office, eat something quickly. I'm just working the phones, working the phones. Zoom call, phone call, zoom call, phone call, zoom call, phone call. I love it. It gives life purpose. But this one conversation recently, I think, accurately depicts one of the issues facing the American right. And I call it the fallacy of limits. What is a limiting belief? A limiting belief is a story that you tell yourself. We all have limiting beliefs. And if you're honest with yourselves, when you pray, when you meditate, when you reflect, when you ruminate, you identify your limiting belief and you try to challenge it. A limiting belief holds you back. And it holds you back from becoming who or what you are meant to be. These beliefs limit us from reaching our fullest potential. They're often subconscious, by the way. They're very rarely identified in your normal thought pattern or in your words. But when you find them, you're like, wow, I was living under the tyranny of a limiting belief. I was also not as free, happy, joyful as I possibly could have been. We don't even know that until somebody points them out to us. Typically, limiting beliefs are identified externally. A friend, a pastor, a priest, a rabbi, a parent, a spouse, they say, you realize that your limiting belief is I don't have time to work out. Or my limiting belief is I can never lose weight. Or my limiting belief is X, Y, Z, X, Y, Z. Now, Tony Robbins talks about this a lot. Tony Robbins writes about this. He's not a political guy. He's one of the most influential authors and speakers. I've benefited a lot from his teachings. Maybe you like him, maybe you don't. The point is he talks a lot about limiting beliefs. I think he's right on. What is the limiting belief or the fallacy of limits in the high society of the American right? I'm hearing it more and more and more. And it goes something like this. Oh, the left, they're going to back off soon. They've overreached, and they're going to back off. That the left is going to realize that they've gone too far, that they're too radical, that they're too fringe, and they're just going to kind of go backwards. Now, the more I hear this, and we've touched on this before, it's very important. You have to understand that many of these people saying this are in their 70s and 80s. Obviously, nothing wrong with that. But they remember a country that is dead, and it's very hard for them to reconfigure, to reanalyze, reorient that they're in a different atmosphere than the one they grew up in. I sympathize with that. I really do. I'm 29 years old, and the country I grew up in is completely different. Completely different. Our federal government now says men give birth, we don't have a border. I mean, the stuff that we now accept as normal was considered radical, unthinkable, a laugh or a joke when I was in fifth or sixth grade. So it's even worse if you're 70 or 80 years old. You're looking around and you say, what on earth is going on? However, the limiting belief that still exists is not just that, oh, the country is going to solve itself, it's that there's some sort of autocorrect mechanism built in to the American people. That's what I hear a lot. It's like, oh, Charlie, never underestimate the American people's ability to self -correct. What are we, like an autonomous vehicle? What kind of crazy fallacy is that, that we're just going to kind of automatically reorient back to where we need to be? No, it takes effort. That's an act of the will. It needs to be deliberate. It needs to be intentional. You have to be persuasive. That just doesn't happen by some sort of magical force of the natural law.
A highlight from The Rising American Caste System: My Speech at PHP Las Vegas
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"phoenix" Discussed on Veteran on the Move
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"phoenix" Discussed on What's the 311
"A welcome to Sonya travel podcast. Oh, my travel forecast is Phoenix hours on lord it's hot out there. It is hot out there. I've been out there. It is hot. According to the average temperature 75°. And you only get two days of rain, because you know you're in the dancer. So you only get two days of rain. You need to visit the Campbell back mountain. The pie stool peak, you want to also go to the uptown farmers market in downtown Phoenix farmers market. You want to stay at the result in Scott's Dale. That's only 20 minutes from Phoenix. So you got this got result as far. You got the fairmount, Scott Dale princess. You can lounge by the pool. And drink if that's where you want to drink. Take a trip to say Donna. You want to hike there. You could take pictures there. Go to the red rocks. So yeah, Phoenix Arizona is one of the places on my travel podcast. And I'm also going to tell y'all where to stay and eat. Just give me a minute. So you got to travel large. In Phoenix you got the Arizona grand resort inspire you got the hill tip Phoenix resort at the peak. You got the Hilton Phoenix to. Patio cliff result you got to clear and done hotel and spar. You got to double tree sweet by the Hilton. So you want to go to downtown Venice there. Are you going to visit the U.S. AS center? You want to go to north Scottsdale? Don't forget to go there. Also go to south Scottsdale. Go to the deer valley. You want to go to chase fields, these are places you're going to visit if you're into culture and stuff like that. The footprint center, the Phoenix zoo, the musical instrument museum, the herd museum, the art museum. That's the fear into culture. Do you know they also got guesthouses in villas, like the villas are very beautiful, they're so so, so expensive. Active really expensive is there. But if you have a great travel agent, maybe they could get to a deal on some of the villas and Venus like the sanctuary at lookout mountains. The feed is back, y'all always pull home. The royal pond, maybe they could get you like great deals there. Now I know y'all like, well, where are we gonna eat? Let's see where I'm gonna eat at. Give me a second. I love helping bring people together. Especially people who have seen each other in a while. It's a great place to be. Oh my God, go, go, go, go, go. Please keep going. That was a little clip from the hurricane. You had the woman like, please keep going, 'cause nobody wants that hurricane. No. But like I said, okay y'all, I'm back. 'cause I know y'all like you. It's all off the topic. Where are we eating? Yeah, eating at the postino central, you eating at the Beck and table. The capital grille. Restaurant. These are the places you're gonna eat. Like, I'll tell y'all I'll be posting. I'll post everything for y'all. So y'all can see. And I don't even know what, I don't even know how to tell y'all win to go to Phoenix because Venus is naturally hot. And dry. So just go whenever you want to go. But yeah, go check it out. Thank you for listening to us on your podcast. We give us 5 star review on Spotify anchors. I heart speakers. We're going to see podcasts. Please share please follow me on so in the IA 9 7 9 5 Instagram. So you said I got Twitter. One of my website HTTP dot dots last podcast is dot WordPress dot com. WWW use promo codes all year, WWE is a common design. Please follow my son sounds on Instagram. You also have an album out on Spotify and Apple. Please follow the young lady miss Carr. She has her own podcast called affirmations. Please follow the young lady T you, Jay, TJ, VU, LCI, and she have a book called black girl or orange people fix herself. SoundCloud. Please follow females we form and have a blessed night..
"phoenix" Discussed on Premium Hoops
"Of course check out our backlog of team previews headed into the year We are rounding out into shape. I think this is a gosh. Like the wearing the final four. Now i think just about and i'm really psyched to bring is retort. Returning guests who. I always enjoy listening to their pot and just talking with them as well. And it's a salmon. Mike from over at the time podcasts. A phoenix suns podcast. More like the phoenix suns. Podcasts concern boys how are you doing. I haven't talked to you guys since. I haven't talked to you guys on pod since the nba finals are just before it How are you dude. We're doing great. Thank you thank you so much for bringing us back on. Yeah i mean. I it from day to day do well. I will say. I'm excited about this. I've said it before. We were on another similar. Podcast previewing the season. And i i said i just. I'm in various stages of grief depending on the day after the nba finals. but overall. i'd say i'm doing pretty well. Yeah i'd say it's an pass grief. I've talked myself into a into whatever's next. So i'm just kidding watching jalen smith summer league tape and hoping it means something you know. Tape doesn't mean too much but yeah if anything Yeah i mean i. I hate to just drive the knife to actually before we do that. I'll ask you on the positive note. What was it like for you guys as as people who cover in fall team and our fans like what is it like To see this team gulf from where they were to the nba finals. Because just on a human level. I think that part gets kind of swept under the rug times like i'll never forget when i grow a cavs fan but like seeing lebron come back in twenty fifteen in. The team goes to the finals. After i went and sat courtside and saw a juror. Jack dion waiters starting backcourt. Because hirers out for the game. That i went there. He'll be out for more games this year as well. But where are you guys out with that Coming into the year. 'cause i feel like that's a good reflection point. I think that salmon. I are actually probably good people to ask question because we met watching the worst sons team. Search like samina were were around watching when they were winning. You know. nineteen twenty two games. A season and i kind of a unique experience to be able to follow devon booker watch essentially every game of and And then see where. The team wasn't how awfully worried. How much heat. He took throughout that time and then see them the first time he makes the nba playoffs to go all the way to the nba finals. It was pretty remarkable and it was really fun and i think As far as on a personal note it was a learning experience for us and covering the team in the pump in for the podcast Because you know obviously the playoffs two different. Of course we watch every year regardless of if the suns are there but following a team so closely and being able to see the nuances and the changes from the regular season to the playoffs. I think was was really eye opening and fun. Especially because We salmon. i didn't episode after every game. And you had to really detailed into that so I really enjoyed it. I had a great time. I was really proud of the team. An unfortunate ending. You know hard to hate jaanus. Of course he's easily to like But unfortunate ending overall pretty remarkable experience. I think the i feel like we just learned so much about playoff basketball. I'd i'd like to believe that. The entire suns fan base. I'd like to believe kind of got a little bit smarter during the playoffs..
"phoenix" Discussed on Launch Left
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"phoenix" Discussed on Stuff They Don't Want You To Know Audio
"The phoenix lights have captured the imaginations of millions of people over the past more than two decades including a ton of people in hollywood. Not just kurt russell. Oh sure i mean. The phenomenon was a key plot point For the hugely influential found footage horror. Film phoenix forgotten. Which at this point has been forgotten largely. yeah. I was not aware of it in the first week. Did you guys see it. I have not seen it. I've seen inherently last year. I've seen trailers for it. It i mean honestly it looks like a blair witch movie based on the phoenix lights being the main occurrence in. That's why people try and figure out what's going on at allen footage films are so tricky blair which was great chronicle was great. If you remember that one That's where the kids get distracted. Tele kinetic powers from object from space. I actually haven't seen that one in it's been on my watchlist for. I don't even know how many years and i'd be really interested to see what you think. Because they do pretty well found footage but this one last note ufo sightings as i mentioned earlier are fairly common in the phoenix area and there are reports of strange lights in the desert sky multiple times every single year but it goes a little bit. Further according to the washington post arizona has the highest number of ufo sightings per capita in the entire united states of america. So if there's anything Where if there's any situation where something like the phoenix lights would occur again it would be arizona. Just statistically if you're really interested in this stuff we recommend looking up. Someone named lynn qatari. She made a documentary about the subject. She wrote a book. You can find a lot of links in other reporting if you search for for her. Lynn kutai again K i t i believe yes. It's interesting stuff. I don't know we'd love to know what you think. So find us talk to us on facebook. We are at conspiracy stuff and we have a page. they're called. here's where it gets crazy where you can talk about this episode in any other episode. You can give suggestions for future future topics anything you want us to talk about. This thing for us would really appreciate if you go to whatever podcast platform a choice that you consume this show on and leave us a nice review Especially apple podcasts. Because that's a big helpful way for people to discover the show. You can also find us on our personal inscriptions or twitter. I am at them bullying on instagram. At ben and h. s..
"phoenix" Discussed on Worst Collection Ever
"Her man. That guy kinda he he to screw things up i talk about. I got to talk about the boundary for a second. 'cause know he comes down to earth looking like steve richards and he's you eat a hot dog and he has to take a shit and was very minutes. Show him how to take a shit and then and then he just gets. Jerry gets black jerry curl and he's like starts like giving people powers and because he does. I feel like he like he. He boosts people like he'll fox with like malta molecule man and He created volcanic. And you know. I mean he's kind of a. It's kind of. It's kind of shit. Disturb her rachel had not yet told the cyclops. The cyclops the cyclops oakland okay. The cyclops at this reality that his counterpart in her native reality was her father. But it has been speculated that cyclops has deduced his deduced. this himself. Rachel fell x man. Wolverine recently severely injured her to prevent her from eventually murdering selene and the heat of passion. Rachel was subsequently captured and rendered amnesiac by the extra dimensional. Being spiral. answer could do that. Okay rachel summers future. Richard summers feature fate remains to be seen as we do find out Down the line she does end up joining the The excalibur team and That's basically all. I know about what she's doing now but i just read about what she was doing then and i dunno. I hope it was worth it height For the i. The height of the phoenix force. Which you just. As soon as jean grey so high phoenix force. One is five six whereas Rachel versus five seven. Wait one ten for the original one. Twenty five for rachel. Both of their is green and both of their hair is red. Strength level in human form. The first phoenix possessed the normal human strength of a woman of jingles age height and bill engages and regular exercise. The second phoenix possesses the normal strength of a woman of her own age height and build who engages in regular exercise so if she has the phoenix powers though i mean she should have super strength..
"phoenix" Discussed on Worst Collection Ever
"Rachel whom the shoulders found by the side of Corpse these drugs digitalize ray. Rachel's sciatic powers later. She was tortured brainwashed. Prison following extensive behavior modification. She became a mute town'd so she was. Yeah for some reason. I i saw i. I felt she was like content. But she's doing a hunting so they're using her and she was using her sonic powers to hunt down other mutants for the authorities who would kill or imprison them in the process of career Occasionally he'll abuse herself and is known that some of those who are identified were people she loved what so as you can imagine. The anguish of being a hound was pretty harsh on her and eventually she ended up in a concentration camp for mutants and also as realizing here The process of being butin hound did result in her being scarred up so that's why her face looks like that and that is something i i am now. Fulfilled the knowing so Benny basically you know she ends up in our reality and something to do with kitty pryde. There's a lot going on here Trying to not keep make this very long but kind of feel like. I'm doing a disservice by not reading through it. let's see here. She was instrumental in the plant and sentinel the unsettles rain by changing history. So they've tried to go back and change history so basically days of future past so as we saw in the x. Men movie She wasn't in there but they were using wolverine and other things kitty pride and bishop was there for some reason was all all all shit was all part. Peer was there. He was He was trask. I believe yes. History cannot be changed in this manner. That's right yeah because you know if you change one time line you're only changing things in that particular timely not changing things like when you go back to your timeline. I learned by watching or reading. there's an issue of marvel two and when i think it's the fiftieth issue where thing tries to change himself back to normal and You know by going back in time. But then he comes back to the reality and reads like yo dude. Should've known this. Want while rachel as it turned out. Actually 'cause kitty pryde to exchange psyches with her younger self Social wow so. She switched so she screwed up. Kiddie pride pretty good keeton. Yes we're we're talking about kitty pryde here. I don't care summers. Let's talk about rachel herald. Just jump right. The rachel summers found herself physically transported body and mind to a time shortly before the present but like kate spirits. Kitty fried spirit. She had traveled not to the past of this mainstream reality not to. She had travel not to the past of this mainstream reality to xavier's mansion but could not bring herself to stay realizing that she had come back to the wrong reality and fled without identifying herself. She went to manhattan where she pursued by the second vampire. Selene aka the black queen. There's a black. We'd summers was rescued by the x men and joined the team. So yeah at this point. She's adjusting and there's some stuff with the she are probably skipping over something really important And she has not yet told. Okay here's here's her in secret secret wars. This is why. I know why no of her from when i was a kid. The alien beyond has hinted that could potentially become the equal and power of the previous phoenix Indeed the beyond once again once granted. Rachel the full power that she that the previous phoenix have possessed but he reclaimed shortly thereafter. So he was like yo checked out feels pretty good. You'll like it. Join.
"phoenix" Discussed on Worst Collection Ever
"Starting out and i was like oh. Yeah it was up for this this thing and i met this guy here. So and so one of the guys Kurt was just like that guy. He's store cd. I'll always remember that. And i always remember kurtz rage towards this guy and yeah but that's my fraternity thing that's what What's his face is trying to do. masterminded trying to get into the hellfire club fraternity using device call created by the way clean the masterminds projected a dreamlike fantasies into phoenix. Money to prefer which slowly bought closer to the surface of her now. Human mind in dark desires. i am just reading. This is this is a lock all on so she was under the masterminds control. And i think it kind of broke her. I think that's kind of what we're trying to get out here. Because she goes from being just phoenix to being dark phoenix and dark phoenix. You know wants to go out and destroy universes and just it's very malevolent as As she was hungry for more energy due to the limitations of still being physical form shortly after her initial activity as dark phoenix she transported herself to the star the bari of the shar galaxy and absorbed energy from it as a result the star became a supernova dilating. The sentence non humanoid popular of one of its planets. Yeah see there she She destroyed the planet and they believe trying to think there's a few characters that lake they made as a part of the x. Men line and trying to think of them who they were They i mean. I don't the apartment but i believe he's like a guy there's another Was shit. I can't think of who was one of these guys is. It's a well it's in the movie. They have What's jessica chastain. Plays one of these characters. Who is there to avenge her her people and destroy the Dark phoenix so. She returned to earth a battle the x. men cyclops tried to reason with her appealing to the love gray head for him and thereby induced grays chew personality to begin. The rise again from beneath phoenix. Starphoenix isn't insanity unfortunately x. meds mentor a mentor. Professor xavier caused her to revert fully to the dark phoenix again by attacking her so phoenix cyclops on the good for once. Actually making himself useful and What's his face showed up in Rudolph the professor x he was like mr cyclops. What are you doing. I need to bless this woman. Do kingdom come with my head. That's what i do. I am professor xavier. That is my sir. Patrick stewart impersonation by cyclops cyclops had laid the groundwork for phoenix's cure. And so when xavier uses full power dark phoenix jackson. I exercise for insanity. The nearly buried difficult of grey's true personality was able to assert itself just enough to allow him to succeed. With xavier's healthy uncorrupted grey regained control the phoenix and then Then shit really goes Goes wild because the she our show opener like motherfucker you destroyed one of our world evolve our home either dead. You are going on trial. We're making this happen. And a basically she goes Crazy again Phoenix acted as the real gray would do a situation. She talked accidentally triggered the energy cannon. She had found in the blue area. The earth's moon we're the trial by combat had taken place causing it to fire and totally disintegrate her. Okay.
"phoenix" Discussed on Worst Collection Ever
"Courage. Repaired this degrading stasis field thus saving the cosmos. Yes she shades day there eventually. The phoenix fell victim to the scientists manipulation of the mastermind. Who's kind of kind of jobber but not really Who was attempting to prove his worthiness to become a member of the secret. Inner circle of the hellfire club by mesmerizing phoenix whom he believed to be the real gray into becoming. Its new black queen so He kind of was trying to Trying to get into fraternity. You know he you had to do that. He had a Go on to the to the to the hellfire club's football field or field hockey. I'm assuming i feel playfield hockey at the salad bar club and had pulls pants outdraws ankles and walk with With with watermelon and not drop it. I'm assuming that's what happens. I once with fraternity fraternities. I once was like up for like a like a like a thing like a scholarship when i was hers entering college. And i remember going to this like breakfast type thing. And i was there trying to. I guess you just meet with the other With the other brothers there some of them you know different status and whatnot and They try to recruit you. I feel like they didn't try really hard to recruit me feel. They're just kinda like. Hey yeah you may want to join all right. Well see you later. I didn't really get a a good a good. Read them wanting me to be a part of this Situation here so That being said you know i i do. I did. Enjoy this literature. They gave me saying that stuff that they don't do being saying something about a drop. One of them was like dropping food into mouths as a part of like hazing. Don't force you to like eat things and one of those things was liver which that's a very specific item of very specific item Because you know either yet. I mean you gotta you gotta cook it. But you're dropping. I mean you're driving rock limit. Talk about beef liver which actually enjoy haven't had in a very long time. Bobby's to make it and it was pretty good and also remember. There was a dude off. What was his name something. I feel like he was something. Fish is something to do with the fish and He was kind of like a drop. Some some sort of jobber dude. There who also was a part of for roof period was a part of the wb ny radio station. That has a part of a college..
"phoenix" Discussed on Worst Collection Ever
"I could just imagine though the intensity of that having to learn how to fly ship whilst also maintaining a bubble around you. So you don't get hit with radiation but also like tapping into somebody else's brain and excel pathak. Okay poll this do that. So i want i There's a dense. I could never do that. I think i could. I could like. I got this thing where i feel like i can't function sometimes when like other noises and other things are happening at once like i could do things. I could do multiple projects at once. I am an efficient organized. Human being but sometimes it gets out of hand and i feel like I feel i feel. I feel it kind of like a Just just a lack of kathy of going of goings ons. They're happening so she basically sat there While you know basically sacrificed herself and to do this to save her friends and while she guided the craft back to earth radiation finally proved to be too great for to hold back for great to hold back any longer with her powers. The radiation began killing her painfully. Jesus the sentient phoenix for a sense. Desperate desire grazed desperate desire to save the lives of the x. men especially scott summers alias. Cyclops the man she loved and to save her own life. So this is something that. I've always been interest something that i am interested in. Is that the phoenix force. Like we're just hanging out like was it around. It was just hanging out by the moon or whatever by earth or was it like somewhere across the universe and it just happened to pick her emotions up and ba basically what it does is it takes her over and allows her to To save her friends and take over her body but then also put the real. Jean grey's body in a cocoon. The river Somewhere in think the hud or something like that because that's basically what happens when they when the x men or win the fantastic four the avengers discover that discovered the cocoon and they break into reed richards. And he's like oh shit. Jean grey and she's like back ailing us and then she's like joe's rented x factor. Which is a you know. It's pretty hardcore. Man you know you just cocooned yourself for however long in. The almost sacrifice almost sacrificed the universe Yeah the jamaica. Bay excuse me. Shuttle grass in jamaica bay near new york city but the energy being ensured that all the x. men corbeau survived the emerged from this shuttle calling himself the phoenix and the men believed to be the real. Jean grey who they believed died and return to life with vast new powers logical lean. Well gray's original human self remained cova lake state within a pod lake object. Yeah so that's as i said. And then you know we jumped to this whole thing with the shar and Some craziness going on with them about to obliterate universe The they're using. Something called the makran. Crystal which i believe i've heard of and Which was in the in. The marvel marvel alliance. I believe you have to like dig up or something. The crystal is a tesseract. There's word a hyper dimensional construct that's actual word Within the which this universe is scientific laws do not apply within the crystal imprisoned by magnetic stasis field and reduced to the size of a print brick lies a so called neutral galaxy. Why why am i talking about this let's talk more about phoenix..
"phoenix" Discussed on Death of a Film Star
"Wake. They tried to make sense of the arc. They answer that question. Why did he take all those trucks. Girlfriends speaks i voice trembling. She talks of rivers approach to life his desire to do everything to us. Extreme his agents next she blames the city and the scene she describes him like. This river is an innocent little bird that got his wings clipped in the most evil city in the world. A friend talks of his upbringing. It gave him ideals and optimism. She says box no boundaries. His mother disagrees. She says this revenue the earth was dying and that he was ready to give his passing as a sign their theories. That's ons explained that the week they play out in the days weeks and years after his death they appear on fan blogs and in supermarket tabloids. They compete for his memory and look for an easy answer. They say river could do no wrong. He's a beautiful vision dragged down by a world. That didn't deserve him. He's a fraud or a hypocrite. Just the same as the rest of hollywood those theories attract their fans and followers spot. Neither is the truth. Not if you look closely not if you listened properly not if you talk those but no him they know is more complicated than that. That rivers more complicated. And that's every life however short is more complicated than that and how that can hurt those left behind even more. This episode of death of a film star was written by mike hinson and performed by me a rois. Been face powell spoon. The voice guy was charlie frost. The music we used is from our partners. Bmg production music for research. We read last night at the viper room governor edwards biography of river phoenix watched rivers films and read from the archives of esquire. People magazine the guardian seventeen and the new york post. If this is your first episode go back and listen to our one about hitler. Another extraordinary talent taken away too soon. And if you want another podcast listen to go and find our history podcast. We didn't start the fire and start with a one on.
"phoenix" Discussed on Death of a Film Star
"More lucrative life. it could have been rivers to if it wasn't for what's happened in nineteen sixty eight. Two years before river was born. His mother isn't cooled heart not then instead. She's arlene as he's living. An american dream married young good job. She's a secretary among in hudson skyscrapers typing letters and connecting calls. She spent her days watching the suits and sharp minds. They find me. She's in the market needs in the public psyche and they feel them with products are lynn is inside the great engine of american consumerism. But above the noise she can hear something else. It starts on the opposite coast out in california in san francisco and is growing louder. It's cool to free yourself. From the machine to broaden your horizons to join a different dream of what america could be to turn on tune and dropout and ali out says she packs a bag. She grabs what cash she confined as she leaves her husband her bronx apartment and her old life behind his hikes across the country looking for a counter culture of capturing imaginations and freeing minds as rivers child of that revolution an echo of that. Bits of the baby boom. He's born on a peppermint farm in oregon. Warm summer air the smell of the crops. His mother refuses any drugs or hospital treatment. She stays in the small house on the commune and when river arrives that the samsara applause and the applause never stops so the family grows four siblings fall river rain leaf liberty and summer. The family moves mexico puerto rico venezuela the free love philosophy moves. They fall in with a religious sect and by cows again. The one constant performing river sings and plays guitar asking for money singing for his supper christian spirituals spanish pulp old folksongs rivers the frontman in traveling family band. A group that never goes to school a sets of children who learned their lessons on the street how entertain and how to survive and an education like that leads to only one place. La hollywood sees lots of kids like river. They arrive by the busload cheekbones clean skin and ambition fresh recruits fame factory. He looks like one of hundreds of wannabes and jogging waiters. Until you look closer until you listen properly i. He's look river has sweep of long blond. Hair it's frames. A straits knows above a perfect mouth but at the center of. It's all his eyes. here's the thing about. This is the right ones lazy. It truck slightly off center. Offer beat of the rhythm. A couple of degrees out from wade expect onset before takes river flutters his eyelashes a rapid flurry of blinks to censor his iris. But it's always slips again and it gives him something something that sets him apart. River has this unsettling quality onscreen..
"phoenix" Discussed on Death of a Film Star
"Rivers. Tale isn't a simple one someone to tell. It's three weeks later off of his death three weeks of headlines and news reports tears and trauma. This is his wake people trying to make sense of it. All rivers mother is sitting on the stage. She's cooled rivers friends all around her. This review saw earnest. And the atmosphere's side bart serene river is at peace a guiding spirit. An angel cooled back above. That's what the voices say eight remembering a boy who was barely a man and then there's another voice a note of discord in the harmony. It's comes amongst the accusations and confusion and it spills the elephant in the room. Someone says is there anybody here who can tell us why it took all those drugs. His mother's in shock is two young sisters liberti and summer. Run out of the room in tears. Seventeen and fourteen but it's a question they and everyone else in the room have ost themselves ready. Most funerals are about stories retelling and refining. Who a person was sharing. Memories share the burden of grief with river. It's not so easy is last shoot. He doesn't fade away. He burns dazzling bright and then darkness. He's gone and those left behind are left wondering like an illusionist audience. They can't tell what's real and what's not whether their faith has been misplaced with They've been deceived. Because river doesn't want hollywood's usual. Trappings but then he dies is most cliche.
"phoenix" Discussed on KTAR 92.3FM
"Phoenix 6026070880 or Tucson, 5 to 0724 1200. Your tree's got You stumped calling your question 18887674348. That's one triple eight. Rosy for you. Saturday, May 8th this world of migratory bird Today, Arizona's home to 550 bird species, 230 are migratory and Arizona game and fish has a link about Making a bird friendly backyard, But that's what we're doing right here. You want a bird? Put a tree because I sat down last night on the porch and It was the mulberry trees were so loud for about 20 minutes. You couldn't even hardly have a conversation. And then all of sudden the sun was setting and as soon as you couldn't physically see the sun anymore. Why Yeah. Dead silent in a cool. Remember one time I actually took my My wife out on a little date, and we went out in the desert were think this is before we were married and we Hit that time of night when the sun was just setting. And we're down in this little wash area. Your carefree And sun was setting is beautiful. And also in these birds came in to roost. All these quail came flying into these trees, and they're so cool to be be there. At that moment, all the all the birds are coming in to roost. And you're right. And as soon as they're all settled in Active, quiet again, but yeah, that's cool. Mulberries. Anyone who has one of those big trees. Uh, you might have the biggest one in your neighborhood and it's going to attract all those roosting treat those roosting birds and some of your saying, Oh, I wish it weren't my tree. Because they poop all over on. You know, if you got a patio, you just wish that they would all go to your neighbor's tree. But there's there's a trade off there because it is cool to have that that cacophony of Of cackling and during that roosting hour or in the mornings, too. Before the birds go out on leave, leave the roost and go out about and then they come back and evenings but we've had some people who have taken measures to try toe. Uh, distract the birds and keep them out of their yards, so they'll push them over to the next you know if they make it less convenient For the birds to roost in their tree. Maybe they will go down the street to a more convenient location and take up residence there. I know that there are a lot of methods for doing that, setting up a sprinkler system. So if you'll have, you know, you know, put up a sprinkler that will shoot up into the branches to keep the trees back with a you know, the you'll hang the little reflective pieces of paper old CDs. You try to scare the birds away. It's a shame when that you know that you got into the point where the birds are welcome. You want to provide a nice wildlife habitat. But then they can become a nuisance at some point, So the fight is too. I mean, we get that all the time with the fight. That's why I love Hey, They're just such a beautiful tree when they're doing well here. But boy do they host the birds? They host the birds and make a huge mess. Yes, they do. Yeah. Hey, before we segue way I just wanted to mention one more thing about the blooms of if you want to see the Jack Aranda blooms is now is your time because they'll be finishing up here and I was sick of the Phoenix Suns. Their defense sounds are doing great and the Jack Randall's Ram bloom and they're gonna be finished up that tart. Purple, that majestic purple bloom Plus that tree like Samos, Queen Palms. We're seeing less and less of them from the as the Heat continues to increase every year, and we set records. They're really getting beat up at and need to start thinking about other choices, even though they They are beautiful. Well, we have a huge list of talking three points where you were going to get to, But we're also gonna bring in gene into the conversation because she's got a 60 year old pine tree. I'm guessing it's in Aleppo Pine, and it's not in the best condition. Jean Welcome to the program. The money. Thank you. My tree is about 60 years old and we live in north central Phoenix. It scares me to death on the tree looks okay, but I want to know how to take care of it. So, you estate, you know left, it's almost possible. Yeah, it's a 60 year old year old tree very likely isn't Aleppo Pine, which is one of our taller, broader spreading trees. They can, you know, because they spread they lose a pickle dominance after a while, they their central leader, the apex of the tree. Loses dominance, and it gives way to the side branches and that's why Aleppo pines Have what we call a d current tree shape. It's more of a rounded form rather than a Christmas tree form, and as a result of that they can have spreading branches that are a little more prone to breakage. So, yeah, just a little bit and weight reduction. A good our verse two should be able to come and give you some advice on how to prune that. Well, don't just strip out all the deadwood and And open up the inside of the tree by, um, trimming all the branches close into the trunk on neglecting the outer third of the canopy. That's what we called lions tailing. And it's an unacceptable parenting practice, and it's real easy to do any untrained person can go in. And stay close to the trunk and trim out everything they can reach from the inside of the tree out. Ah, good arbors will will leave a a A nice, even distribution of college by concentrating some of the pruning in the outer third of the canopy as well, And that's the most important because that's where all the end wait is that's what catches the The wind and causes a lot of branches to break is is that heavy end Wait, and that's why you need to make some thinning cuts out in that outer third of the canopy. Talk about a tree You don't see much anymore. The Aleppo pines and you don't hardly even I. I looked for two years for at nurseries to try and find him and couldn't everyone has converted over to Afghan pines. But there was something I'm not sure who brought the style in But somebody, um You know, back at that 60 70 years ago, the irrigated horse properties that had a row of Aleppo pines and you see, you know, there's a few out in Queen Creek. Still, there's a few Glendale, central Phoenix on those You know, old irrigated properties that are left. But you hardly see that anymore. Not just something about that. I just love that. Look, you do We were talking about favorite trees. And now I've learned all the technical terms of wild Aleppo tree looks the way it does. Right to me, and I love poetry has a bad hair day every day. Just it always looks like it just woke up because the way it spreads out. Yeah, there's no conformity to it. It just goes every which way? Yeah. So Well, you can call a certified arborist gene and have it inspected and make sure that you know, taking your fears away. And just one more. No, gene, that just really important to these hot hot summers. You know these increasing Summer temperatures to make sure Don't let it get to go too long without a good watering. If we haven't had any reins on Dino John often recommends those soaker to beans to get out there and get that on For how long, John? I mean, Yeah, I would like to leave. Leave a soaker hose on, you know, overnight, you know, sometimes 10 or 10 or 12 hours. And if you don't have to water again for another month or or six weeks. But the if you allowed it to get a nice, deep saturation of two, maybe two or three ft. You shouldn't have to come back for another month and a half. Just be careful not to do it just before we're expecting a.
"phoenix" Discussed on Grant’s Current Yield Podcast
"What is the killer use of blockchain? Because I I've not seen one yet and speculating but my guess is that it's more similar to to mobile before the iPhone know where we had companies doing application management, for example, like smarts or one line that went to zero but but there are many many mobile middleware companies and they weren't real businesses yet. So it wouldn't surprise me what you're seeing today is a real businesses are indeed non-existent. But but I would make the bet that they will become existent and and become very important. It's just but I can't point you to 1 today to say that it is the killer app of a black jeans to say if you wanted to buy a surface-to-air missile. It's you could transact on the blockchain or you know, a line of coke or two or something. That was a wild west version of Bitcoin, which is not what Bank of New York Mellon has in mind now is just don't masticating that digital script, but I'm I hear myself sermonizing about Bitcoin. We have to have someone on this podcast who is going to give the other side of the story because grants has been rather one-sided on it and not so profitably so I must say over the past several years, but Martin he'll thank you for joining us today. It has been an unmitigated Delight your neighbor. Yeah, not just lose your neighbor and Thursday instead of pleasure indeed and have him thank you and just because you did such a great such a great job on the issue. We publishing today. In fact a matter of light up the internet what an hour so you might take the rest of the day off. Thanks. See you tomorrow morning. Yeah good and ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for listening to current yield Grant's interest rate Observer of the air.
"phoenix" Discussed on Grant’s Current Yield Podcast
"A financing nursing home story Omega equities 99.8% off the scripture that you may as questionable Ventures idea. Say the questionable Ventures my favorite of liquid Onyx because it was a 98% decline or that made magnetic door box. And the reason I like it is I noticed a stock just went out in the in the door lock business and it certainly brought up Josh. That's right. Yep. But there are others at one that came back from the old days cognate Onyx had been a 95% decline during the Great Tronics. Boom. It was Optical scanning and that had it about four different lives before it finally sold out. And so yeah, the many of the readers asked asked her data was another one that was down 99% that had been a real high-flyer today and and came back a couple of different times. But certainly the Tronics Boom for the old older folks in the audience will I think we'll we'll bring a lot of certainly rhymes with with today and I I guess the we're not quite as Extreme as the internet bubble, but but we're getting there as well with with many of these stocks and here's what's the internet bubble that you have revised us about Charter investor relations with America which became kind of fun promising lie that millionaire.com that doesn't sound like a multi-generational idea. Anyway, according to Marty Hale. It went up $500 a month. 40 * achieving a $300 billion dollar Enterprise Value and then 120 that was when they changed their name to millionaire.com. And yes, there are some non-examples like that like like pink monkey.com which was poised to become the amazon.com of the educational study Aid Market or for Golden Books family entertainment, which was the biggest gainer and lose in one day because right after they announced their online strategy, they announced the bankruptcy on why the bond market has a corresponding app ideas or phenomena. It's it's not a one-day thing, but it's called bonds that that are the obligations of companies that filed bankruptcy promptly after the issuance of the debt and the designation there is NCAA no coupon at all enough.
"phoenix" Discussed on KTAR 92.3FM
"Phoenix, Katya, Our news on 92 3 of them. Witness has come forward, claiming to have had a conversation with Mazola and other members of the group that stormed the capital. The witness says they discuss how puzzling and others allegedly went to the capital and would have killed Speaker Pelosi and vice President Pence if they had been given a chance. Meanwhile, three days ahead of the inauguration of a new president. Washington D. C. On high alert shops have been boarded up along Connecticut Avenue in downtown Washington, D C. Huge rectangle surrounding the White House down to the Lincoln Memorial, stretching all the way East past the Capitol streets are being blocked off by the National Guard. Biden's inauguration is taking place under unprecedented security. Given what happened at the Capitol on January 6th, some 25,000 National Guard troops are here to keep order. Margaret Malard. ABC NEWS Washington The Corona virus pandemic showing no signs of retreating US nearing yet another major milestone as deaths is closer to 400,000. Across the country, hospitals are being pushed to the brink. In Georgia. One medical centers, ICU is at 200% capacity we're having to treat patients in the hallways and also in the ambulances. ICU capacity in some national hospitals down to 11% and here in California more than 500 people are dying. Daily states desperate to vaccinate as that highly contagious UK variant spreads across the country, ABC Serene Shaw. The plane carrying poisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has Landed in Moscow, where he faces threat of arrest. But the flight landed a different airport that had been scheduled for purported technical reasons. You're listening to ABC News, Arizona's news station news station, K T a R on hair 92 3 FM online at Katya are calm and streaming live on the KTs are new, zap your breaking news and traffic now. It's 11 02 good Sunday morning. I'm John Roller. Well,.