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"Monarch Legacy of Monsters, an Apple Original Series. The world is on fire. I decided to do something about it. On November 17th. This place, it's not ours. Believe me. The most massive event of the year arrives. If you come with me, you'll know everything, I promise. Oh my God, go, go, go! Monarch Legacy of Monsters, streaming November 17th. Only on Apple TV+. My guest today is one of the great storytellers of Stage and Screen, which is why it's only fitting that he's here at the Fest to collect the Storyteller Award. He's a playwright best known for writing 1986's The Colored Museum and co -writing 1992's Jelly's Last Gem. He's a theater director best known for directing the original Broadway productions of Angels in America Millennium Approaches and Angels in America Perestroika, two landmark plays in 1993, and a host of Broadway musicals, including 1996's Bring in the Noise, Bring in the Funk, 2004's Caroline or Change, and 2016's Shuffle Along. And he's a screen director best known for directing the 2005 limited series Lackawanna Blues and the films Night in Rodanthe from 2008, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks from 2017, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom from 2020, and this year's Rustin, the story of Bayard Rustin, the gay civil rights activist who organized the 1963 March on Washington. Over the course of his career, this 69 -year -old has been nominated 15 times for a Tony Award, winning three for best direction of a play for Angels in America Millennium Approaches in 1993, best direction of a musical for Bring in the Noise, Bring in the Funk in 1996, and best special theatrical event for Elaine Stritch at Liberty in 2002. He was nominated for an Emmy best directing for a limited series for Lackawanna Blues in 2005, and he has twice been nominated for the Directors Guild of America Award for outstanding directing of a miniseries or TV film for Lackawanna Blues in 2006, which resulted in a win, and for The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks in 2018. The New York Times' Ben Brantley has described him as a brilliant stage director, arguably the best now working in the American theater. The Los Angeles Times declared, there are few living talents who could be viewed as as much of a New York theater institution. Interview Magazine said it would be difficult to overstate his status on Broadway, and Tony Kushner proclaimed that he is the premier theater artist of my generation. And those are just the quotes about his work in theater. There are many more about his work in film. But without further ado, would you please join me in welcoming to the SCAD Savannah Film Festival and to the Hollywood Reporters Awards Chatter Podcast, Mr. George C. Wolfe. Mr. Wolfe, thank you so much for coming to Savannah. Glad to be here, glad to. Let's just start at the very beginning. Where were you born and raised, and what did your folks do for a living? I was born and raised in Frankfort, Kentucky. My mother was a teacher, and she later became a principal of the schools. I went to that school. She taught me. It was horrifying. My father worked for the state government, and that's that. For the first eight years of your life, the town in which you grew up was segregated. Yes. You have spoken about wanting to go see a movie, 101 Dalmatians, and not being able to do that because of your race. Well, my grandmother was this incredibly ferocious figure who would take on anybody. I telling remember her that I wanted to go see 101 Dalmatians at the Capitol Theater. I remember her calling and them telling her no. It was sort of startling and shocking and fascinating because it was the first time I'd ever see her come into contact with a no. So that was fascinating. But then it integrated, and then at one point, when I went to high school, I was editor of the high school newspaper, and I went and convinced the man who ran the Capitol Theater that I should go see movies for free so that I could write reviews. He said, but by the time the review comes out, the movies will be gone. I said, but it's cultivating a love of movies, and so that's what my column will do. It was my slight payback because then I got to go see movies for free. I love it. Let's talk, though, there's a moment you've described over the years. You were in fourth grade, and your, at that time, all black grade goes to an all white class. But that time, I think it was probably a little bit older, so I got about the PTA and the singing. Well, I think by that time, Frankfurt was integrated, but I still went to this black school which was connected to a university there. And the principal, this woman named Minnie J. Hitch, you told us, because we were going to be singing a song, and the lyrics were these truths we are declaring that all men are the same, that liberty is a torch burning with a steady flame. And she told us that when we got to the line that liberty is a torch burning with a steady flame, we should sing it with a ferocity and that we would shatter all racism in the room. So I literally remember these truths we are declaring that all men are the same, that liberty is a torch, you know. And then racism was gone. And racism was gone, exactly. They were all transformed. But it sort of was like so cluelessly wonderful for somebody to tell someone that young that if you say words and if you say them with power and conviction, you can change people. And that sense of potency of conviction and language was embedded in me, and it's never left. When did you see your first theatrical production that was done professionally? When I was 12 or 13, my mother went to do some advanced degree work at NYU, and she brought me a log, and it was one summer. And so I saw a production of West Side Story that was done at the State Theater at Lincoln Center. Then I saw a production of Hello Dolly with Cab Calloway and Pearl Bailey. And then I saw a production, as it turns out, from the Public Theater and Mobile Unit that Cleavon Little played Hamlet. Wow. And it was done in Washington Square Park. Wow. And some in respect, each of those three productions had, I think, a lasting impact on a kind of aesthetic. Right. And the thing interesting about the Mobile Unit, it was free. And so it was seeing the rawness of that energy of the audience was also very, it was very, very, really wonderful and really interesting and great. So the throughout rest of your time in high school, you were increasingly involved in theater and school. I don't know if it was specific, I think, was it writing, directing, acting? What were you focused on at that point? Acting and directing. And also it's very interesting because when I went to that high school, I stuttered really intensely. So this is one thing I was talking about earlier. So they decided that I was stupid because I stuttered. And so they called my mother over to the school to say, and they wanted to put me in remedial classes. And she says, are you crazy? No, that's not happening. And so I developed an Evita complex. So I said, by the time I leave this school, I will be running it. And so I was editor. I was drum major. I was the worst drum major since the dawn of time. I just, you know, I was editor of the newspaper, of the literary magazine. I just did all these stubs just to, you know, how dare you dismiss? I could tell. And I never heard the story about them calling my mother over, but I could tell I was being disregarded. Right. I sensed it. And I went, no. So you start college in Kentucky and then move to Pomona and California. What at that time? This is there. Oh, yeah. We're doing the whole thing. Exactly. What was the idea of going out to California? Was it just to have a change of scenery or did you were you already thinking maybe that's where you go if you want to be in show business? No, not at all. I had always dreamed of going to New York. I would I would watch, you know, TV shows that were set in New York, like the Dick Van Dyke Show. And I remember this is kind of neurotic and crazy. But I what I really I was obsessed with Disney and I wanted to have my own amusement park. But I wanted money. I knew you need a lot of money. So I decided that actors made a lot of money. This is when I was seven or eight. And so and I knew the actors starved. So when I was seven or eight, I used to practice not eating. So that when I went to New York, this is insanely true that, you know, that I so I could deal with it, you know. Well, little did I know one doesn't need to practice starvation. So you graduate from Pomona, go to L .A. for a little while to do theater, to do theater. OK, now theater, as I guess you quickly concluded, is primarily in New York. Well, yeah, I mean, at one point I did shows and I started to get some good reviews in the L .A. Times. And then I got called in. I don't even remember for to be a writer on a sitcom. And and I and I said something funny and they said, oh, he's quick. We're going to have to tie one hand behind his back. And I took that literally. And that's when I went I'm moving to New York. You know, I just was it was like time to go time to go time to go confront a whole bunch of other stuff and things I need to learn and get smarter about. Well, so, OK, you move. It's 1979. You're in your 20s. You moved to New York. Early 20s. Early 20s. Right, right, right. Very early. In fact, I was 19. I was just pretending to be 20. Something like that. Yeah. You moved to New York. There are a number of years then after moving there that were we can say lean. You got to put into practice not eating so much. You what said once quote, I came to New York to write and direct. And when I got here, a lot of my rage came out. Close quote. What do you mean by that? Well, it's so interesting because in L .A., it's you know, it's you know, there's more space. So so, you know, poverty and wealth are very much so separated. And then in New York, it's, you know, they're next door to each other. And the intensity of the inequity at the time, plus the fact that I had no real power over my existence, sort of magnified all of that. And I remember I remember seeing I remember at one time seeing this image of this of this woman in a fur coat. It was winter and eating chocolates and there was a subway vent and there was this homeless woman sitting there. And she had newspaper wrapped around her legs instead of boots. And she was like like crazy and was like and just seeing those two images next to each other. It's you know, it's the thing about New York. Every single time you step foot outside your front door, you see somebody who is worse off than you and you see somebody who is living a completely different life to you. So you have you get instant perspective whether you want it or not. So in those those leaner years, you are teaching a little bit. You're going to get your own MFA at NYU Tisch in dramatic writing, your... Dramatic writing and musical theater and a double MFA. And then there's a opportunity to have a work of yours produced for the first time at Playwrights' Horizon, which is a big deal. Playwrights? No. And how did that go? Well, it it was interesting. It was it was ultimately the best thing that could have happened for my career. I didn't direct it. I wrote the I wrote the book and I wrote the lyrics for it. And it and there were things that in the rehearsal process that I. And also, when I first came to New York, I said, I'm a writer and director, and they said, no, you can't do both. You have to focus in on one. I said, but I could do both. And they said, no, you can't. So I focused just on the writing. So then I there were things that were happening in the rehearsal room that I knew weren't right. But in the spirit of ra ra ra, getting along and being good guy and all this sort of stuff, I didn't object. And then I remember there was a tornado passing through New York City on the day my bad review came out. So I'm standing on the corner of 95th and Broadway with the winds blowing. I'm reading this hate review. And it was so very painful. But it was really interesting because it was very good for me because, you know, I went, oh, if this happens again, if I get another bad review. And of course, I've gotten bad reviews. But if it's going to be because it's my vision. Because it's I because I put every single thing I had on the line. Everybody, we're only in the room to make a very beautiful baby. And if we become good friends as a result of that, that's fine. But we all have a responsibility. The people that you're collaborating with to do their finest, best work. And you have to do your finest, best work. And it was interestingly enough, when I was at NYU, the piece that I wrote that bombed, I went, oh, this is going to be successful. And then there was this play that I wrote just for myself called The Colored Museum. And yeah, none of y 'all applauded when I said the title of the other thing, Paradise, did you? No. But that's what happened. It was the most interesting thing because I wrote one for success and I wrote one for myself. And that was the thing that succeeded. And so it was a very deeply, deeply, deeply valuable lesson. It was just like, and then eight weeks later, all those people who trashed, eight weeks, no, eight months were that it were eight weeks. Eight months later, all those people who trashed me were going, oh, where has he been? Oh, my God. Oh, my God. Oh, my God. And I'm so glad it happened that way. I'm so glad that the first piece was treated that way so that therefore it gave me a clarity and a sense of responsibility. And doing and doing work that I believed in and and that was that I believe mattered as opposed to something that was going to lead to success. It was just one of those slap you in the face and get smart, George. So you mentioned The Colored Museum, which let's just say, though, you know, you had you're coming off the rough review. How did you even get the opportunity to do The Colored Museum, which is going to as if you don't know, it was the first big success for Mr. Wolf. So how did that opportunity even come out of that? Well, it came out of that because I was at Playwrights Horizons because the guy named Lee Richardson, who was running a theater called Crossroads, said you're at Playwrights Horizons. And I don't think there's ever been a black playwright at Playwrights Horizons. Do you have something else that you've written? I said, well, funny you should ask. Dada, Colored Museum. And so that's how it happened. So there is there were they were both connected in a in a in a way that didn't seem so at the time, but was sort of brilliantly perfect. I want to ask you. So The Colored Museum is produced at Crossroads in 86 and then moved to the Public Theater in 87, which you'll notice the Public Theater, the great off Broadway institution, is going to come up quite a few times in this conversation. But for people who weren't around at that time or don't know or whatever, can you describe what The Colored Museum is about and what the controversy backlash that that provoked was? Because it was you you had to develop thick skin early on because it was not all fun and games in response to that one either. Well, but that was different. That was called pure unadulterated jealousy. So that was that was that was just, you know, I came from nowhere and all of a sudden I'm at the Public Theater. And Frank Rich wrote a wrote a review, a rave review, and said it's the kind of playwright who takes no prisoners. And people thought and that meant he kills people. The language kills them. And people thought that that meant I was soft. So it was just like that was just dumb cluelessness. That was very that was very easy to dismiss. And and, you know, and it was it was just jealousy. It was and that I, you know, I went, oh, my feelings are hurt. Oh, I'm over that. OK, go to hell. You know, it's just sort of like I didn't I didn't sweat about that. Well, tell us a little bit about the show, because this is your big success. First. Yeah, it was first. Well, it's it's interesting when I was at NYU. In the dramatic writing program, there are about three or four people writing plays about old black tap dancers, and they didn't happen to be old black or tap dancers. And so and I was just I was just I just thought about it. And I said, so somebody has figured out, has made a decision or dynamics have been created so that people have decided what black is. And I'm going, I'm black, I'm black my entire life. And I view it as this ever changing, complicated, insane, brilliant, amazing thing. So it was an effort to shatter, shatter any preconceived notions that I thought were going to stand in the way of what I wanted to create. So I wrote this play, which was eight exhibits set inside a museum. So I wanted to shatter all the perception, any perceptions that were in my head. So it's to liberate me to go in any direction that I wanted it to. And that's what happened. And it became this and it became this very successful show. It played, I think, for I think for 10 months at the Public Theater. Then it went to the Royal Court in London. Then it toured all around. And now it's it's high schools do it now and stuff, which is great. So it's in. And then as a result of it, then I started getting interesting from that. I went from, you know, being completely flat broke to then I met the kids of studios. I got Mike Nichols wanted me to write a movie for him. Robert Altman wanted me to write movies. So all of a sudden, you know, these job opportunities happened. But it wasn't for many years that you actually went into film. In the meantime, you were kind of seizing this interest in the theater, this opportunity now in theater. There was a person who is legendary by the name of Joseph Papp, who founded and ran the public, who took a great interest in you and, you know, brought you in there. And and we can say, you know, in addition to producing the colored museum, right. Named you one of three resident directors there offered to have a producing entity within the public for you. This was a big champion to have. He then passes away in 1991. He gets succeeded by a lady who was there for only 18 months. And then in August 1993, this institution of the sort of first thing that comes to mind when you think, at least for me, off Broadway comes looking for a new director. How did you become aware that there was interest in you for that position? And was it was that job, which you then spoiler alert, got and held for the next 12 years? Was it what you thought it would be? Nothing is ever what you think is going to be. But that's the point of the journey. It was actually it was I was I directed a Broadway show called Jealous Last Jab. And then I was then offered Angels in America. And and then I was in the middle of directing a seven hour play. And then they called up my lawyer and said, we want to talk to George about running the public theater. And I went, well, I'm kind of busy right now. Can they come back after? And they said no. And so they wanted to make a decision. So when I was in rehearsal, it was announced that I was running the public theater. It was I loved the thing which I loved. I loved, loved about running the public theater was giving artists money, giving artists money and spaces where they could go do work. It was that, you know, because I after after Jelly, I went, oh, this is hard. Surviving Broadway and dealing with all of these all of the dynamics and the money and the audiences and all of that stuff. This is really, really hard. And you have to be really, really tough. And so I knew all these artists who were really gifted, incredibly gifted people, but maybe weren't as tough. Can we can I just mention a few? Because these are shows that were given a spotlight by you in those years, which, in fact, several of them were just revived in the last couple of years. So decades later, people are, you know, coming back to them. But let's note, Twilight, Los Angeles, 1992. This was a dear, dear, very Smith and important show there. That was 1994. We had Top Dog Underdog, Suzan -Laurie Parks wins the Pulitzer for that 19 excuse me, 2002. Take me out again. Just revive. So these are the kinds of people who were talking about where you can. And this the public was not particularly known for its being inclusive prior to your tenure. Well, I'd say it was I think probably yes. I think it's also a place that gave us, you know, for colored girls and it's also a place that gave us for short eyes. So I'm so I would I wouldn't totally agree with that. And also these were very smart artists and these were tough artists. But there were, you know, it's just you people when you're beginning, you need a place to play, which means you need a place to fail so that you can get smarter. Like I had with Playwrights Horizons, you need you need to to do the work and not feel the pressure of it being the biggest hit in the world because you're growing and you're learning and you're getting smarter and you're getting tougher and you're learning more savvy. Just like the things that I allowed on the first production that was done, I didn't allow on the second one. And so you get, you know, so you're growing, you're growing all these muscles. It's not just your talent muscles. It's your your ability to defend yourself and to protect your work and to go, I disagree with that. And, you know, I remember one time there was a writer who was doing a play and a couple of things got really wonky at rehearsals. And I said, well, why didn't you speak up? He said, well, I was just scared that I was actually doing a play at the public theater and somebody was going to discover I didn't know what the hell I was doing and throw me out. And it's that fear you have to get. You have to realize that fear and doubt and other stuff, all that stuff is a part of growing and you have to have permission to grow. And so that's that's what I took on very much so, which is creating a space that was there. I wanted the I wanted the audiences and the artists there. I wanted it to look like the subway at rush hour in New York. I wanted to have all kinds of people there. So that was the thing that I loved after a while. It became very, very clear to me that as much as I was creating spaces for other artists, it was very challenging to be one. And while being in charge. Well, let's go back to, again, what you were doing when you got that opportunity to go there, because this was the beginning. While you're creating these opportunities for people off Broadway, you were making your first inroads on Broadway. As you mentioned, Jelly's Last Jam, 1992, you co -wrote and directed this about Jelly Roll Morton and the birth of jazz. Your first Broadway show musical with Gregory Hines and small role the first time you're working with Savion Glover. And this gets 11 Tony nominations, wins three and sort of leads to Angels in America. Now, this is it's been looked back at. I think the New York Times looked at it as the greatest show on Broadway of the last 30 years. It's an all timer, obviously, but you first saw it as a spectator in Los Angeles. It started at the Mark Tabor Forum. There doesn't sound like there was even a thought in your head that you might ever have anything to do with this. How did that change? Well, Jelly had opened up and I worked with a producer named Margo Lion, who passed away, who was a very dear friend of mine. And everybody, you know, and there were some changes that were going to be made from the Tabor to when it moved to Broadway. And she brought my name up and Tony Kushner and someone called me up and said, Tony Kushner wants to come and talk to you. I said, OK. And he came over and he talked and I had never read the play. I had only seen it. So I talked to him about it and just gave him my observations.
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"So I'd get a beer and join him. And within a half hour, we'd be fighting. Tom Spillone, the original, the original. Yeah. The second, actually the second co-host of Milk Crates and Turntables. He has a little status on this show. He better get that studio set up again. Yeah, he's moved on. He says, I remember that was Pat Metheny. You stiffed him on a ticket. Pat Metheny, you asshole. That could be when I broke my arm. Oh, here we go, yeah. And I couldn't go. Anyway, I think he would have known that by now. So, let's see. Tom broke my arm. October 7th, 1968, Jose Feliciano at Tiger Stadium for the 1968 World Series in Detroit sang a personal and controversial soul version of the Star Spangled Banner. This was the first time the national anthem, and this is the first time the national anthem was played in a different style. That's why. Well, did you see his- He probably sang it with the melody, he did light my fire a bit. Did you see him sing- Oh, say can you see. Oh, Jesus. I think we saw the video of him singing, was it Every Breath You Take? It was a Sting or a Police fucking, like Sting was there watching. It was one of those, it might have been a Kennedy Center Honor or something. Yeah, yeah, yeah. And he sang like, and it was fucking horrible. Like, unlistenable. He's hitting meth. He's old, too. October 8th, 1968- He was great in Fargo. The soundtrack for the 1968 film Romeo and Juliet is released. The soundtracks were big in the 60s. Yeah, hell yeah. And they were charred, actually. They would dominate sometimes. Yeah. November 8th, 1968, John and Cynthia Lennon are divorced. Took that long. Yeah. November 11th, 1968, three days after his divorce, the Beta male, John Lennon, and Yoko Ono's experimental album, Unfinished Music Number One. Ay-yi-yi-yi-yi-yi-yi-yi-yi-yi-yi-yi-yi-yi-yi-yi-yi-yi-yi. Oh, oh, I just hovered over the title and the cover popped up. Oh, I didn't need to see that one. Wait, wait, yeah, there are two versions you mean. Oh! Two versions? Oh, come on. The furry cover. Oh my God. Unfinished music number one, the album cover, two virgins. What? Are you kidding me? I'm telling you what. She is uglier than a bag of assholes. Oh, he loved her, leave her alone. She is, she is just butt ass ugly, yokel on her. There's nothing. Yeah, Sean Lennon's gonna call you up and just curse you out. Just like the Go-Go's drummer. Yes, she did tell me to fuck myself. Something like that, fuck you. He said, no, the proctologist did it for me. Yeah, he did it for me, motherfucker. That's released in the United States, noted for its cover photographs of the couple naked. It ends up being a flop. Dave Phobes, see in the 45s comments, Yoko no-no. That's more like it. All right, now you're back on track, Dave. Quit while you're ahead now, quit while you're ahead. The head of EMI, I think it was like Sir Lou Grady. When he saw that, he goes, he was appalled. He was an old guy. He goes, well, couldn't have used Paul. He's so much better looking. Oh, man. November 17th, 1968, Diana Ross and the Supremes replaced the Beatles, hugely successful, A-Jude at number one in the US with Love Child. This would be the last of five turnovers at number one between the two most successful music acts in America during the 60s. Wow. Oh, right, right. November 22nd, 1968, the Beatles, once again, also known as the White Album by the Beatles is released. Also released, the Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society. Very English album. Yeah, the Kinks were a very English band. Very. They started heavy metal. One of the old bands that actually sang with an accent. They did. They sounded British. Yes. And that's rare. I mean, if you think about, for some reason, everybody sounds American when they sing for the most part, unless you're Japanese, then that just ain't fucking happening. And Klaus Meiner, that's right, I'm German. That's right, Japanese Elvis impersonators are just beyond hysterical. Yeah. They're the best though. Yeah, yeah. And Klaus Meiner sounds German when he sings. Let's see, where were we at? November 26th, 1968, Cream plays their farewell concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London. It will be the last time Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, and Ginger Baker played together until their 1993 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. On December 2nd, 1968, Jimi Hendrix's manager, Chaz Chandler, quits over differences with Hendrix during the recording of Electric Lady. He didn't want long songs. He wanted short songs. Yeah. What band was Chaz Chandler in? The Animals. You are correct. You are correct, sir. What instrument did he play? Snip and bass. Bass, okay. Snip and bass. That's why he became a manager. Bass plays, taking a beat. No, drummers get to do bass player jokes because we're the butt of every joke in the band. You're the butt of the band. Pretty much. Yeah, you're the back end, you know? That's right. On December 2nd, all right, enough of the fucking, you fucking musicians and your fucking humor. Oh, you don't like it, do you? Oh, I'm so sorry. No, no, I don't like it. I don't. December 2nd, also on December 2nd, 1968, Janis Joplin and Big Brother and the Holding Company performed their last concert together before Janis goes solo. That dude did okay on his own. That dude did good on his own. I didn't like him too much, but he did good on his own. He was good, he was good. I've never been a big fan of Janis. Nah, he's kind of overrated if you ask me. He's overrated. How long is this gonna go? 10 minutes, right? Live streaming, buddy. There's no fucking time limit on this thing, as we know. What was the Grammy category for Janis Joplin in 1968? Best male vocalist? Best. Best Ozzy performance? Best male vocalist? She did kind of look like Ozzy. What do you mean, she? What do you mean, she? Couldn't she see her with Black Sabbath? Couldn't she? It's all standard. Oh, with the fucking hair. She just stood there with that. He looked much better with his hair in his face. Not Ozzy, Janis. Looked much better. Another piece of my heart. Fucking face could scare a buzzard off a shit wagon. Or scare a snake in a dark room. December 3rd, 1968, the 50-minute television special Elvis, sponsored by sewing machine manufacturer The Singer Company, taped in June with a live audience in Burbank, California, airs on NBC in the United States, marking the comeback of Elvis Presley after seven years during which the legendary rock and roll musician's career has centered on the movie industry, concluding, he made like fucking 60 movies or something, didn't he? Concluding with the premiere of If I Can Dream. It's not only the highest rated television show of the week of broadcast, but the highest rated television show special of the year. That's a fucking, that's the best looking Elvis. That fucking leather suit? Damn, that was a good looking motherfucker right there. We've talked about this before. Oh man, I even, I listen, I'm a man's man, but that motherfucker was good looking. Yeah. He knew it. Gotta admit that he fucking like, damn Elvis. He went on stage knowing this was happening. Hell yeah. Gotta fucking respect the game. December 6th, 1968, oh shit. The Rolling Stones release. Rock and roll circus. Nope. No. Ooh, I was gonna say that. Beggar's Banquet. Ah, one of my favorite Stones. Yeah, which contains the classic song, Sympathy for the Devil. But my favorite version is always the best. My favorite Stones song, Sympathy for the Devil. Is it really? Yeah. What's yours, Lou? I don't know. I really don't know. Oh, fuck Lou. Yeah. Come on, man. I'm not gonna make something. Just fucking name a song. I'm not gonna lie to you. Well, wait. I'm not gonna lie to you. I don't know what my favorite Rolling Stones song is. I can't make that. I can't just offer. Give us your top three. Jesus. You can always get what you want. Okay. I always love the little T and A. I'm sorry. She's my little rock and roll. Touch her ass. How come? Bye-bye. That's like one of the worst songs. It's hysterical.
A highlight from 135 - Roots & Ramblings: Cultivating Harmony in the Garden - Molly Hendry
"The Garden Question is a podcast for people that love designing, building, and growing smarter gardens that work. Listen in as we talk with successful garden designers, builders, and growers, discovering their stories along with how they think, work, and grow. This is your next step in creating a beautiful, year -round, environmentally connected, low -maintenance, and healthy, thriving outdoor space. It doesn't matter if you're a beginner or an expert, there will always be something inspiring when you listen to The Garden Question podcast. Hello, I'm your host, Craig McManus. Join us in this episode as we explore the harmonious blend of beauty and functionality in the garden. Molly Hendry is a Birmingham native whose expertise as a horticulturist and landscape architect has taken her across the globe. We'll unravel the fascinating tale of Molly's botanical adventures from her prestigious role as the 2016 -17 Royal Horticultural Society's Interchange Fellow in the UK to her pivotal years shaping the future of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Now Molly has planted the seeds for her own garden design studio, Roots and Ramblings, where she designs enchanting spaces for passionate, hands -in -the -dirt gardeners. Discover Molly's bespoken design philosophy tailored to meet the unique needs of each client and gain insights into the intricate synergy between gardens and landscape architecture. Stay tuned to learn about the geological wonders shaping our gardens and Molly's affection for the exquisite white cloud mule grass. This is episode 135, Roots and Ramblings, Cultivating Harmony in the Garden, with Molly Hendry on the Garden Question Podcast. Molly, does beauty in a garden have a function? Ooh, I love this question. I've been thinking a lot about this question in the past week because I think a lot of times a lot of the discourse around gardening or even in landscape architecture and a lot of times it's to do with a function like the ecology or how it's handling stormwater or there's a lot of quantifiable things that you can look at in a garden, which are very valid and very important. I do think it's interesting to look at beauty and does it have a function in and of itself? Is it just like a cherry on top, great if it's there, okay if it's not, as long as it's hitting all these other numbers. I think it absolutely has a function. That structures my graduate thesis around this question, especially in a garden, because what draws people to a garden is that it's beautiful, that it changes throughout the seasons. Gardens even change throughout the day as the light changes. Does it matter that it's beautiful or does it just matter that it's attracting a certain number of insects or it's food for a certain number of wildlife species? I think that we sometimes can divorce ourselves out of that equation as humans. As humans we're really drawn to beautiful things and different people might find different things beautiful, but I think at the end of the day, beauty offers us a form of hope. There's like this rhythm to a garden and to the landscape as it changes through the seasons. I think it's just really hopeful. Then as we engage with it through cultivating it, I think that offers another form of hope that we can plant a seed and a flower will grow from it. There's this kind of engagement and then nature kind of responds and we can cut the flower and arrange it. There's this relationship with that. I absolutely think there is a function to beauty. Even if that function is just capturing our hearts and imaginations for a place, I think there's a beauty and a function to that. I've heard you say that gardens are deeply relational. Would you speak to that? Yes. I'm just one of those people that I feel something before I really know where it's coming from or why. It's almost like a lot of my research is trying to like dig down to what's making me feel a certain way. I did my bachelors in horticulture and then spent a year doing several different internships. One of Wirture Gardens in Delaware, then for a design bill company out in Texas. I went and traveled through France studying gardens for a semester and so I had all these experiences in gardens, especially living and working at Winter Tour that summer of 2014 where I woke up with a garden, worked in it all day. The interns, we all lived in a little house in the garden. Then I would watch the sunset over the garden, got to know the gardeners and the history of the garden. It was just such a different experience than just visiting a garden. It was so personal and I just fell in love with that place in a way that I'd never really fallen in love with the place before, probably since like my childhood home and that landscape. I felt that our garden was equally personal or relational, but I didn't really know how to put my finger on it, like why and why that was important. I came back after that year and was doing my graduate research and my thesis, I called my thesis just the garden project because in the professional discourse or in the professional landscape architecture, no one really talked about gardens. It was always about huge green spaces, public spaces, a lot of civic spaces. Some of our projects in studio were like 800 acre tracts of land, which is so valid and interesting, but I was so drawn to the garden, this deeply personal relationship with a place. I began asking someone as questions like, why does it matter? I remember I did my midterm presentation my first semester and one of my horticulture professors came to my presentation, which was like so kind. He just stood in the back of the room and a lot of the other landscape architecture professors started firing different questions at me, doing the best I could as a 22 year old to answer them. Then I remember Dr. Williams in the back room, he had to leave to go teach a class and he just left a piece of paper and he wrote on it, I think what you're trying to say is that gardens are a relationship. I had finished the whole critique portion of my presentation. He left that piece of paper with someone. I just pinned that on my board and I was like, that's exactly what I'm trying to say. That's how I've tried to structure my studio is I think a lot of times you can think of design as just, okay, you go, you do the site analysis, you come up with a big beautiful design on paper, make all the notes you need to have, you hand it off to a contractor, they put it in the ground and bada bing, you've done design.
Fresh update on "royal" discussed on Morning News with Manda Factor and Gregg Hersholt
"Last decade an update on sports now from the Beacon Plumbing Sports Desk and Bill Swartz the Seahawks wearing throwback uniforms for Thursday Night Football. Silver helmets and royal blue jerseys from the 1990s worked it against the Cleveland Browns this season same Seattle uniform combination tonight in Dallas against the Cowboys a team loaded with talent and playing at a high level including their quarterback Dak Prescott. The action has been really effective I think his movement his subtle movement and his ability to get out and go has really made that work together. Coach Pete Carroll's Seahawks will not have injured guard Phil Haynes and running back Kenneth Walker's oblique injury makes him doubtful. Kickoff 515 prime FOX 13 in Seattle market Dallas police have issued an arrest warrant for Buffalo Bills defensive end Von Miller allegedly assaulted a pregnant woman during an argument Wednesday morning the Bills and the NFL both aware of the incident Washington Husky football team heads to Las Vegas for Friday night's at 12 football championship against Oregon the Ducks are favored by nine KOMO for TV as the pictures at 530 and the Seattle Kraken continue a four -game hockey trip tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs that team led in scoring by Austin Matthews and William Nylander sports with Schwartz at 10 and 40 after the hour Northwest News Radio delivery of Tesla's Cybertruck finally starts today with an invitation -only event at the Austin manufacturing plants when you see it in person it looks like CGI the lines are impossibly straight and it just doesn't look like it belongs in our world that's Matt Holm who heads a Tesla owners club in Austin which is hosting the after -party the single -motor models expected to cost around 50 grand it's time for a tech mobility minute it's known as section 130 the railway highway program crossing and since its inception in 1973 the program has been connected to a significant decrease in fatalities and crossings according to the Federal Highway Administration for the 2024 fiscal year the FHWA allocated is some 245 million dollars in funding for the program from 2000 to 2019 crossing fatalities have decreased by 32 % that is in spite of an increase in the total number of vehicle miles traveled on roads well as as freight and passenger rail traffic the fiscal year 2024 apportionments are being awarded to all 50 states the District of Columbia Puerto Rico the railway highway crossing program is a state administered program that provides funds for the elimination of hazards of railway crossings according to the Federal Railroad Administration last year with 2199 highway rail grade crossing collisions resulting in 273 fatalities and 813 injuries I'm Ken Chester this has been a tech mobility minute welcome to aonmeetings .com your video next conferencing and webinar platform host your next virtual meeting or your paid webinar with registration and secure file sharing break rooms classrooms and much more
A highlight from LST8 Casting Flowers The Letters of St. Therese of Lisieux with Fr. Timothy Gallagher Podcast
"Discerninghearts .com in cooperation with the Oblates of the Virgin Mary presents The Letters of Saint Therese of Lisieux with Father Timothy Gallagher. Father Gallagher is a member of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, a religious community dedicated to retreats and spiritual direction according to the spiritual of exercises Saint Ignatius of Loyola. He is featured on several series found on the Eternal Word television network. He is also author of numerous books on the spiritual teachings of Saint Ignatius of Loyola and the Venerable Bruno Lanteri, founder of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, as well as other works focused on aspects of the spiritual life. The Letters of Saint Therese of Lisieux with Father Timothy Gallagher. I'm your host, Chris McGregor. This next letter brings us to just about one year before Therese's death, so she's 23 at this point, and it's a letter to Sister Maria of Saint Joseph, who is 38 years old at this point. Let's read a description of Sister Maria of Saint Joseph. She was a very difficult sister. She had a very difficult childhood. There was a goodness in her, but there was also a violent temper, mood swings, and so forth. And because of that, the sisters tended to avoid her. So this is from Marie, Therese's sister, Marie's deposition in the cause of canonization where she describes Sister Marie of Saint Joseph. The sister was subject to the blackest moods and did scarcely any work. I saw her when Sister Therese was already an invalid come to her to call for the week's linen. Therese had volunteered. No one else wanted to approach the sister, and Therese's heart always went out to the difficult people, to the suffering people. You know, Therese is the patron of the missions, and so her gaze reaches out to those who are very distant from her, wanting to bring them close to Christ. But her gaze also fell on those who were the nearest to her, and she saw the needs, and she would approach them with incredible insensitivity. The follow happens. I saw her when Sister Therese was already an invalid come to her to call for the week's linen, which she had given her to repair. And because Sister Therese had not been able to complete her task, the sister reproached her severely instead of thanking her for what she had done in spite of being so ill. So this is Sister Marie of Saint Joseph. Sister Therese took the reproaches as if they were so much praise. This poor unfortunate sister became the object of Sister Therese's tenderest compassion. One day when I had confided to her how much trouble that sister gave me, the servant of God, Therese, said, ah, if you only knew how necessary it is to forgive her, how much she is to be pitied. It is not her fault she is so poorly gifted. She is like an old clock that has to be rewound every quarter of an hour, just so emotionally needy. Yes, it is as bad as that. Well, wouldn't you have pity on it? Oh, how necessary it is to practice charity toward one's neighbor. And Therese also recognized and appreciated the good qualities that Sister Marie of Saint Joseph had, and they're listed here, tenderness, good memory, fine singing voice. And it pained Therese to see Sister Marie of Saint Joseph ostracized by the rest of the community. And so she resolved to move closer to her. I will say that eventually the mental, emotional mood swings and temper and so forth of Sister Marie of Saint Joseph were diagnosed by a doctor as a form of mental disability that was just incompatible with religious life. And so when she was 51, she was obliged to leave the convent. She lived for another 26 years before her death. And she always remembered Therese with fondness, always followed the cause of canonization, stayed in contact with the Carmel. Well, what Therese did, I think we'd have to say pretty heroically, was she volunteered to help Sister Marie of Saint Joseph in the linen room, which was where she worked alone because no one, they were afraid of her. They didn't want to be the subject of her violent temper and the speech and all that would go with it. And we have a series of the just brief notes that Therese writes to Sister Marie of Saint Joseph, sort of childlike, childish almost language. And Therese really takes the role of a mother concerned for Sister Marie. Is she sleeping well? Striving to take that combative spirit which Sister Marie of Saint Joseph has and to move that towards spiritual combat to help her try to offer her struggles and so forth for the good of souls, for the good of the Church. So this is one of these letters that she writes to Sister Marie of Saint Joseph. And you know, this allows us to highlight one of these qualities of Therese. I think we'll return to this later on. When there were suffering difficult people around her, people that everybody else tended to avoid, she was the one who would take the initiative to approach them. I mentioned they had these recreation times twice a day when they could sit together and just freely converse. It was her practice, the others noted it, and you see it in the cause of canonization, to choose to sit next to the ones that nobody else wanted to sit next to. So much so that one of these sisters convinced that Therese was really a great friend, that they were great friends. Therese did this so naturally, so easily, without any sign of struggle. Well, without any sign of struggle, she's the one of whom Therese said, sometimes the only thing I can do is just leave her because it's just too difficult for me, and then she'd come back when she was more able again. So she writes to Sister Marie of Saint Joseph, I am delighted with the little child. Now this is one of these letters where Therese uses the third person and metaphor. If we notice, for example, when she wrote to her childhood playmate Celine, there's none of that kind of language. It's very direct. It's the kind of language her mother would have written. So Therese, depending on the recipient, will adopt a different style of writing, and here it's that third person and metaphor. I am delighted with the little child, which is to say, I'm really happy with what I've seen in you. And the one who carries her in his arms is still more delighted than I. The Lord just loves what he's seen in you. Ah, how beautiful is the little child's vocation. Who else was speaking to Sister Marie of Saint Joseph like this? She was pretty universally simply avoided, and here is this fellow sister just saying, I'm so delighted to see the goodness in you, and Jesus sees it more than I. It is not one mission that she must evangelize, but all missions, and that is offer your struggles and sufferings for the missions for the apostolate of the Church. How will she do this? So how are you, Sister, with your personal struggles in the laundry room, going to offer something for the far -flung missionary work of the Church? And she answers, how will she do this? By loving, by sleeping, because Sister Marie of Saint Joseph had struggles with that, and Therese will often gently hope and encourage her to get the sleep that she needs. And then this next is capitalized, by throwing flowers to Jesus when he is asleep. Now, there's something very profound behind this, this throwing flowers in the Franca, jeté de fleur, which is a phrase that Therese uses often. And let's just take a moment to look at her, describe what she means by this in the story of a soul, because this is a very profound piece of her little way. So the image is, well, Therese did this as a child. They would, on the Corpus Christi procession, she and the other little girls, they'd be dressed in like their white dresses, and they'd be given flowers, and they would cast these flowers into the air along the road before the priest would come by with the Blessed Sacrament. Therese loved flowers. If you read her letters, flowers come back all the time in her writing. One of her joys was that she thought, in entering Carmel, that she was really giving up any contact with flowers, the flowers that she would go with her father and go walking out in the fields, and he'd be fishing, she'd be picking flowers as a little girl. And then to her delight found that people were constantly making gifts of flowers to the Carmel so that flowers were an abundant presence in her life. Well, she says, the little child, meaning herself, will strew flowers. She will perfume the royal throne with their sweet scents, and she will sing in her silvery tones the canticle of love. Now, what she's referring to here is her own sense of her weakness and her imperfections. Here are the great saints. Think of Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross and Francis of Assisi. As she'll say elsewhere, these are the mountain tops, and she sees herself just as a little grain of sand. Her own life is so small. She sees her weakness and her struggles. Well, what can I do then? Well, the little child will throw flowers, will cast flowers upon the throne of the Lord Jesus. So there you get just an image or just a brief perspective on this kind of flowery metaphorical language that Teresa uses. It's always necessary to see what she's saying through that. The language is flowery. It can be sentimental. It can be childish at times, but the reality is rock, is solid, is deep, is rich. So now she explains she's speaking to Jesus. This is in the manuscript B, the second part of the story of the soul. It's now chapter nine. Yes, my beloved, this is how my life will be consumed. I have no other means of proving my love for you other than that of strewing flowers. All right, what does that mean? That is not allowing one little sacrifice to escape, not one look, one word, profiting by all the smallest things and doing them through love. Now, we're right at the heart of her little way here. I can't do great things for you. I'm not in the missions. I'm not being martyred. I haven't written great scholarly works, preached before multitudes. I'm just a humble little 24 -year -old woman living with 20 other women in a caramel that very few people even know of, working in the linen room, preparing meals, helping out in the sacristy, decorating as best I can, sacred objects, painting them. I can't do great things for you, but what I can do is to cast flowers. Now, as I've said so often in these conversations, it doesn't take much contact with Therese to touch the heroic, and it's right here. That is, by not allowing one sacrifice to escape. And her sisters were witness to this, that she, every opportunity that she could find, to go out of her way to help someone, to give up something that someone else wanted, to smile at the last person that she wanted to smile to, and so forth. She took advantage of all of these little occasions. The little way is only little in that the things that we do are ordinary, but it is not little in love, and not little in fruitfulness. It's heroic, actually, in these. What if we could even dream of living like that in our daily life at home or at work or in the parish or in the community, not allowing one little sacrifice to escape? I have a task to do. Here's a person who approaches me with a little sinking of my heart. He or she is going to want some time. What if we didn't allow one even smallest sacrifice to escape? Not one look that could encourage another person.
Fresh update on "royal" discussed on Morning News with Manda Factor and Gregg Hersholt
"Meteorologist Kristen Clark. In Seattle right now 39 looks degrees like the rain is starting to fall in some communities and just some light showers so far today in Seattle people in Seattle Central District are on edge after two shootouts this week both happen your at Avenue. Data shows the amount of people shot in that neighborhood is nearly doubled this year. Police are investigating Monday night shootings being possibly gang -related. SPD's African -American advisor says gangs are the filling voids left by an understaffed department. I blame City Council with that whole defund movement they put us here the bloodshed is on their hands Seattle just tied the city record for homicides King data County shows the number of people shot in King County this year is 46 percent higher than the five -year average and homicides countywide are up 59 percent. As Como Force Preston Phillips there will be a community meeting to discuss violence in the central district tonight at the Garfield Community Center it starts at six o 'clock the people suspected of carjacking a woman at a Newcastle Safeway yesterday have been caught 16 and 21 years old her white Mercedes also recovered it was in Renton police say the armed carjacking in Newcastle happened right in the middle of the afternoon with shoppers all around two people forcing the driver out of their Mercedes and taking off the driver was not hurt but that's not always the case in the recent upswing in October a man was killed in Federal Way when he was carjacked in an auto parts store police are also warning drivers to be on guard if you're in a minor crash investigators say there's been an increase in what they say are staged a accidents carjacker will rear -end another car to get the victim to stop in one case at the rent in Walmart cops say a driver and their children were forced out of their car at gunpoint como forest turns on for the second time this week thieves smashed their way into the American Mary pot shop in Wallingford police say they used a stolen red Hyundai this morning assistant manager Nathan Scott telling como for that people need to report suspicious things they see if you see anything in the streets if you see something happening don't just think it's not a problem everything's a problem if you're all the community right now unknown at this point how much product the thieves may away have gotten with there were about five or six people in the car they ditched it and took off an emergency a closure order was issued now the Washington State Department of Transportation has cleaned up a homeless camp in Seattle on Dearborn between 10th and 12th avenues the camp notorious for fires and crime drug use I've witnessed car break -ins I was not even here 24 hours when my car was broken into that woman nearby lives WSDOT tells Como News nine truckloads of debris and trash were hauled away from the camp on Wednesday. tackling the homeless problem is a big concern not just for Seattle Tacoma Everett and other westside cities but Also for Spokane where mayor -elect Lisa Brown says she wants to build up homeless outreach in her city. she spoke with KXLY and to work with nonprofit and for -profit developers to expand our housing supply. first up for her when she takes office in January the city is going to do a new count of the homeless population Brown that's says going to give her and her team a baseline to start from. some local military families will get help putting food on the table the group operation homefront giving them grocery gift cards today as many as 26 % of enlisted active -duty service members report some level of food insecurity that is more than twice the national average. we can't alleviate everything but we do try to give them support that they need around the holiday times to be able to provide the holiday meal for their family so they still can celebrate the holiday in some small way nationwide operation homefront will put meals on the tables of more than 14 ,000 military families at nearly 100 events across the country como 4's So long Highway 20 until next spring at least the North Cascades Highway that beautiful scenic drive closes tonight at 6 o 'clock it does so every winter because of all the snow November 30th is the second latest winter closure of the North Cascades Highway. I should say in the last decade that is second latest in the last decade an update on sports now from the Beacon Plumbing Sports Desk and Bill Swartz the Seahawks wearing throwback uniforms for Thursday Night Football. Silver helmets and royal blue jerseys
A highlight from NBA Over/Unders, Part 2: The Pacific and Central Divisions With Ryen Russillo and Joe House | Starring Booker, Curry, LeBron, and Giannis
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Fresh update on "royal" discussed on Bloomberg Radio New York Show
"But at the same time here in United the States, in New York, if I'm sick, I can go to doctor within 20 minutes, right? In the UK, if you have to wait, I've read six months, a year, MRIs, same thing, same thing in Canada. So, you know, based on my sort of experience where I grew up, based on what I've read about UK and Canada, I think United States healthcare in the United States is the still best one. Yeah, I don't see people going to other countries to get stuff done, do I? Maybe some very sus procedures. elective Yeah, but I don't think anything run -of -the -mill, I but no, don't think you're going elsewhere to get a replacement. All right, Glenn, thank you so much for joining us. Glenn, also a healthcare analyst, Bloomberg Intelligence, post me and BI, but I think he passed, right? We'll keep him back. Oh, yeah. Okay, very good. All right, Glenn, thanks so joining much for us. Another deal in the healthcare space, this time in insurance, Cigna and Humana merger, big, big business there. So I guess it's all about scale. It's like on so many industries, we hear people come and say, it's all about scale. Another deal, another day. Another deal, another day. S &P 500 hunched on the day, and the S &P is on, and then the Dow's up about nine tenths of 1%. The NASDAQ about off a half a percent there. Yields higher, 10 year treasury's up six basis points, four spot, three, two percent. I'm going to call out the VIX for Tom Kean, 13 .21, still muted. We'll have more coming up. This is Bloomberg. We'll be right higher after cost -cutting measures help the management software maker deliver better results. Bloomberg's Abigail Doolittle says the company is having its best day since March of this year. It was mainly profits, adjusted earnings by 18%. They put up $1 .38 in adjusted earnings. They also raised the profit range, outlook the in August. They cut jobs that followed a 10 % staff reduction earlier this year. The goal was profitability. They achieved it revenue beating, but just very slightly. Salesforce up about 20%. Grocery chain Kroger delivered a cautious outlook. Bloomberg's Katie Greifel has the breakdown. The third quarter it was alright, but it was the guidance that was a little bit disappointing here. Specifically, you take a look at Kroger's third quarter adjusted EPS. That came in at 95 cents. The estimate had been for 91 cents. You also had sales a touch better than expected, but then you look ahead Kroger's it did narrow its adjusted EPS range, but the upper end is still the same in the grocery chain. Also lower its guidance for full year same store sales. Kroger right now up about two and a half percent and TD Bank missed analysts estimates or earnings estimates. The lender said it set aside more money than expected for potentially souring loans and it pointed to a restructuring charge was that related to a plan 3 % workforce cut. TD Bank also dealing with the DOJ investigation about its compliance with any money laundering rules shares right now they're down about one and a half percent and on the flip side Royal Bank of Canada beat analysts earnings estimates after reporting strong capital markets performance and a tax adjustment in the company's favor. RBC right now they're up about two and a half percent. I'm Lisa Mateo this. Bloomberg radio is where you are get live business news market headlines from anywhere 24 hours a day via your mobile device. Listen on the iHeart Radio app. Go ahead. The Bloomberg Business app and Bloomberg .com. Do you love financial advisors? Are you looking to add or switch custodians? Are you going independent? Interactive brokers provides lowest cost trading and turnkey custody solutions for all size firms. Trade globally from a single integrated master account with no ticket charges no custody fees no minimums and no tech platform or reporting fees. Plus IBKR has no advisory team or prop trading group to compete with you for your clients. Switch to the custody solutions that work for you at IBKR .com slash RIA. The world more is complex than ever but that complexity pushes me to look
A highlight from LST5 The Crucible of Suffering The Letters of St. Therese of Lisieux with Fr. Timothy Gallagher Podcast
"Discerninghearts .com in cooperation with the Oblates of the Virgin Mary presents The Letters of Saint Therese of Lisieux with Father Timothy Gallagher. Father Gallagher is a member of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, a religious community dedicated to retreats and spiritual direction according to the spiritual exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. He is featured on several series found on the Eternal Word television network. He is also author of numerous books on the spiritual teachings of Saint Ignatius of Loyola and the venerable Bruno Lanteri, founder of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, as well as other works focused on aspects of the spiritual life. The Letters of Saint Therese of Lisieux with Father Timothy Gallagher. I'm your host, Chris McGregor. But these letters, they're rich letters. Selene is kind of the moment when she really stands out, and you see her growing through the Crucible. You also see Therese growing through the Crucible. I'm going to read one of these letters now. There's quite a handful of them because the Superior wanted Therese to write regularly to encourage Selene, who very much needed it during this time. And of course, they were so close to two of them. So in this letter, Therese begins, Jesus himself is taking charge of saying happy birthday for his fiancé's 20 years. In Therese's mind, Selene is already a Carmelite, and so therefore espoused to Jesus. What a 20th year fruitful in sufferings, she underlines that, in choice graces. Twenty years, an age filled with illusion. Tell me, what illusion are you leaving in the heart of my Selene? Not much, because she has seen the sufferings of life in such a powerful way. What memories between us? It's a world of memories. Yes, Jesus has his preferences. There are in his garden fruits which the son of his love ripens almost in the twinkling of an eye. Why are we of this number? At this early age, both of us so aware of the Lord. A question filled with mystery. But again, this is always Therese. You can see the entire focus is on Selene. The reason Therese is writing this letter is because she's been asked to keep this correspondence to encourage Selene. So she's not sharing her own news. If she does speak about herself, she does it in order to encourage Selene. Of course, this is true in general. If Therese wrote the story of a soul, it was never her own initiative. She was simply being obedient to what superiors asked her at various times. What reason can Jesus give us? Alas, his reason is that he has no reason. Selene, let us make use of Jesus' preference which has...his reason is that he has no reason. He just loves, that's all. And that's the mystery. Let us make use of Jesus' preference which has taught us so many things in so few years. And let us neglect nothing that can please him. Let us be adorned by the sun of his love. The sun is burning. Let us be consumed by love. Now, that is never flowery language for Therese. When Therese talks about burning with love and being consumed by love, she's not speaking about simply feelings of which she didn't have all that many, actually, in her life in the Carmel. Warm feelings, you know, this sort of thing. What she's speaking of is very concrete, down -to -earth daily choices that we make. To smile at a person we don't feel like smiling at, to go out of our way to help another person, in a very concrete way to make our entire life be a gift of that love lived out in the people and events and relationships and places where God has placed us. That's what she means. And this applies to Celine here, who at this point has left home everything and is entirely dedicated to trying to help their father in any way that she can without much support and in helplessness, not being able to do much and in such sorrow to see the pain and the humiliation of their father. So that's, you know, any sentimental approach to St. Therese fades as soon as you get close to Therese. If we stop at the language itself, that is flowery and can be understood if it's only seen on the level of words. It could be taken at times in a sentimental way, but the, at times, flowery language always conveys and conveys in a way that the rich spiritual substance. You mentioned the crucible of suffering. And you see that in the life of Louis and also in Celine and Therese, that they didn't know at the time, they could not have known. This could have been just the suffering of a little family the in western part of France. And yet, God used that in their lives, that crucible, to burn such a fire of love. They would never know here on earth how it would affect the world, quite literally, and touch others. I guess the reason I bring that up, we don't know the crucible of suffering that we endure every day. This was an everyday type of ache in a very real way for all of them, wasn't it? When we look at suffering with the eyes of faith, and this is so deep in Therese, then our entire understanding of it changes. Suffering is never easy. None of this was easy for Therese and her family. But our understanding of it changes. For Therese, suffering becomes a treasure, and not in any masochistic kind of way, but because she knows that suffering is the road to fruitfulness, to spiritual fruitfulness in herself and so abundantly in her life for others, so much so that she didn't want to stop even at death, you know, but continue doing good on earth, and that suffering is the heart. Of course, look at Jesus' own life, passion, and death. It's very evident there, the infinite fruitfulness of his suffering, and we're called to share that. I speak with a kind of reverence and slowness here because I don't want to sound like I'm saying something that I've mastered myself, and I don't like suffering. I'll be upfront about it. Me neither. Physical suffering, emotional suffering, whatever form it takes, I don't like it. I'm glad when it disappears. I'm afraid to have it come, and so on. However, to the extent that we begin to see suffering the way Therese came to understand it, what she learned from John of the Cross, you see in the various saints, ultimately Jesus himself, that God took this worst of all things that came into the world through sin and its origins, as we see in Genesis Chapter 3, and made it the instrument of the greatest blessings that humanity can ever know, the royal road to growth, to holiness, to fruitfulness. When we begin to see that, so much of what our world looks at today when it says, why should this person suffer, and you get things like euthanasia, and so on, all of that takes on a radically different light, and it takes on its truth. Not only is suffering not useless, but it's a jewel, it's a treasure, it's a prize. Difficult, precisely, because that's the nature of suffering, but when understood with faith and born with courage, we saw that in Zelie, you see it in Therese in a remarkably heroic way, then it begins to be possible to bear it. You know that line of Dr. Victor Frankl, you know his famous book, Man's Search for Meaning, and how in his time in Auschwitz and the various concentration camps during World War II, he learned that those who saw no meaning in their suffering simply succumbed and died. Those who found meaning in it, a person who was determined to be reunited to his wife, or determined to raise his children, or to complete his life's project, these were the ones who survived. We can bear anything when we see meaning in it, and it was that that gave such courage to Therese and the others around her to bear the deep sufferings of her life. We speak of her as Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, but that isn't actually her complete name and religion. When she took the veil, she added that additional part, so she was Therese of the Child Jesus of the Holy Face. And actually, as the years of her religious life went by, the Holy Face, more than the Child Jesus, both were always important to her, but the Holy Face became the real center of her spirituality, and that was the face of Jesus as we see it in Isaiah 53. There was no beauty in him. We turn from him as one whom we considered forgotten by God and beaten down, and so on. It's the suffering, bleeding, marred face of Jesus as one from people whom hid their eyes. That's what she means by the hidden face of Jesus, and it's a symbol of suffering, and deeply, deeply what she wants to live because she knows the fruitfulness of it. So, you know, in these letters, these things are said very simply, but there is such a depth behind them. Now, we have Therese here at age 16. She will grow a great deal in all of this in the years to come, but this is already a profound theme throughout her religious life. Let us be consumed by love. St. Francis de Sales says, when the fire of love is in a heart, all the furniture flies out the window. This becomes the center. What she's doing here, and in some of what follows, she's quoting things that she's heard said by preachers in their retreats. Let us allow nothing, nothing in our heart except Jesus. Let us not believe we can love without suffering, without suffering much. Our poor nature is there, and it isn't there for nothing. Our nature is our riches, our means of earning our bread. So, this humanity that God has given us that can rejoice, but that can also feel emotional pain and deep emotional pain, this gift of this body that God has given us, which is such a gift for our lives, but which can also feel pain and grow ill. This, she says, is our richness, because this is where we can suffer. This is where we can live through an experience with the Lord and for the Lord that is fruitful beyond our imagining. As you've just indicated, our nature is our riches, our means of earning our bread. It is so precious that Jesus came on earth purposely to take possession of it. He wanted to share it. Then, a lovely sentence, and it's really for this that I quote this letter. Let us suffer the bitter pain without courage. Now, she's quoting one of their retreat directors. This was Father Pichon, who was a spiritual director for several of the Martins sisters, including Therese. Although, shortly after she entered the convent, he went to Canada and was there for most of her life, and she wrote regularly to him. Unfortunately, he didn't keep her letters appropriately because letters of spiritual direction, but it's estimated that she wrote probably about 50 letters to him, which would have been a wonderful treasure. He was extremely busy there and would write back to her roughly once a year or so. So, it was a pretty thin spiritual direction at that point, but he, at this point, had just given a retreat to the community, and she's quoting some of his thoughts here. Let us suffer the bitter pain without courage. Then, she says in parentheses, Jesus suffered in sadness. Without sadness, would the soul suffer? So, Celine, like us at times, when we're in situations that are painful, we don't feel like we have much courage. We feel like we're bearing it very badly. As I said before, if we're honest, we don't want it. We'd do anything to get out of it. It's there. We go through it almost because we have no choice, and we feel like we bumble, you know, halfway through it. We want to accept it, but we're afraid at times. And all of this, we would feel like, yes, I'm suffering, but not with very much courage. At times, I will say this to people when I really sincerely admire the courage with which they're going through trials and painful things. I'll say something like, it's just beautiful, the courage which you're facing. And invariably, the person will answer, I don't feel very courageous. I don't feel very brave. So, that's what Celine is feeling. And so, Therese is addressing that. Of course, you don't feel like you have much courage. That's the very nature of the suffering itself. And that is how Jesus suffered. And she'll point to Jesus, if not in this letter elsewhere, his prayer in the garden, Father, take this away from me. If it's at all possible, take this away from me. Sweating even unto blood. He suffered with sadness. He didn't suffer apart from his humanity and all that it feels. So, it's a very beautiful thing that she's saying here to Celine. Of course, you don't feel very brave and courageous, and you feel, that's the nature of suffering. That's the way Jesus suffered. It's beautiful. Go forward with it.
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"Providing happiness families like at home yours to learn more about the warman difference at warmanhomecare .com that's www www .armanhomecare .com warm and home care happiness at home washington's top news wtop facts matter it's 8 15 i'm michelle bash and i'm john aaron it is beginning a lot it is beginning to look a lot like christmas on the ellipse this performance here was from last national year's christmas tree lighting and the festivities return this evening we talked about the tree lighting and other local holiday events on skype with rihanna thomas arts and culture writer for washingtonian magazine the national christmas tree lighting is happening today now if you didn't get a lottery raffle ticket attend in person there's no worries the display is going to be open to the public beginning on saturday and running through january 1st and this is the country's ultimate christmas tree it's going to display ornaments that been have crafted by people from every state and the tree this year is a 40 -foot norway spruce tree so i'm excited super to check this tree out also if you don't want to go in person you can also catch the tree lighting ceremony on december 15th on cbs nice well our jason frailey told us to get ready for dc's holiday boat parade tell us more about that districts holiday boat parade is back this year with a fleet of more than 60 boats you can watch this boat parade at the wharf the boats are going to parade across the washington channel in addition to the fest of fleet there's going to be ornament decorating holiday karaoke which you know this is your chance to tap into your inner celebrity there's also going to be photos with santa claus a great family friendly activity and there'll be live music by the royals and too much talent man who normally performs jazz and rb and a good part that i always like are the fireworks finale that work the does a great job at this event is free and it starts saturday at 6 p .m all right also saturday if you're looking for a more traditional street parade you have one of those to pick from too right yeah so there's christmas stuff happening all the in area uh alexandra's scottish christmas walk parade returns this tradition has been going on for more than 50 years and it's to celebrate the heritage of alexandra's scottish origins there's going to be live music and lots of holiday cheer for the entire family and pets to enjoy in fact you're going to see dozens of scottish clans dressed in tartans pipe and drum and bands there'll be hounds and terriers a part of this march and they're going to play music as they celebrate alexandra also there'll be special guest performers this year there's going to be a fiddler also a local singer and the ethiopian community support center is going to perform and introduce the area to some cultural traditions this event is free and is happening on saturday all right i love plaid parade a lot of plaid for sure for more things to do you can visit washingtonian magazine's website and connect with brianne on instagram at brianne in d .c. stories were working on a wtop the temporary pause in fighting between israel and hamas now extended for a seventh day and a political titan with a controversial legacy has died keep it here for full it's ahead 8 18 traffic
A highlight from Emotional trust relationships in teams
"In this episode, I speak to Scott Clancy about emotional trust relationships in teams. We discuss the importance of trust in leadership, highlighting the elements of care, competence, sincerity and reliability. We also touch on the potential generational differences in leadership styles due to changes in education and technology. Listen up to the rest of the conversation. I create clear thinking and decisive leaders who can amplify their influence. Contact me to find out how I can help you or your organisation. And today, our guest is Scott Clancy. How are you doing? I'm doing very well, thank you very much. Scott, tell me, what kind of music do you dance to? Oh my goodness, so I like all sorts. I like rock and roll, you know, from the 80s. I'm a big Rush and Triumph fan and this kind of stuff, but I actually like EDM and that kind of music as well. So if I was going to dance, I'd probably say that. And right now, I'm a huge Ed Sheeran fan. So that's where I'm going. Brilliant. So outside your dancing skills, Scott, tell me a bit more about you. Well, I grew up in Canada's capital, Ottawa, joined the military when I was 18, went to a military academy here in Canada for five years. And then I was a tactical helicopter pilot, what would be in your Army Air Corps in the UK. Get up through the ranks and commanded at various levels, did operations and then joined the enterprise with the North American Aerospace Defence Command, NORAD. And finished off as the first the deputy commander of the Alaska NORAD region and then the director of operations for all of NORAD. Retired 2021 in and kind of looking for something that was going to fill my sense of service and wanting to continue to give back. And I always thought about, you know, the intersection between leading and coaching because I coached my kids through basketball. And the more that I saw coaches, I realized that they were leading their teams. And the more that I saw the effective leaders in the military, I realized they were really coaching their teams. I wanted to explore that and learn more about it. And the results of my learning is this book, Developing Coaching Leaders. Oh, that sounds amazing. Can you tell me, Scott, what being at NORAD and everything, how did that prepare you for what you're doing now? That's a great question, Judith, because I think it's really interesting the later we get in our careers. How we don't realize that every opportunity is formative about, you know, where we're going next. And as an executive leader up at the highest ends, as a general officer within the Royal Canadian Air Force, and then also working alongside our American allies. NORAD is a binational command where command is always, you know, either an American boss or a Canadian boss. And then, you know, the other nation's counterpart underneath is the deputy. Those experiences at NORAD really started to show me how, one, there's, you know, different people approach leadership in different ways, but especially how the effective leaders are coaching and enabling the development of their people. And then, again, as an executive leader, it's not just about how I'm developing the people within my teams, within the people that are working directly for around me or that I can influence, but it's how, as a system, as an organization, you deliberately set up the organization to develop those kind of coaching leaders. And that's how that NORAD enterprise, you know, seeing the various disparate organizations within the United States Air Force and their Department of Defense and Canada allowed me to look systemically at how better to develop coaching leaders. Okay. Thank you for that. It occurs to me, because I've, on the podcast, I've had various ex -military people from all sorts of the services across a few different countries, how what's common is that they say that the leadership is not commander control. It is more coaching. It is about teaching people to stand up for what they believe in and to say and do the right thing. Is that your experience as well? It absolutely is. And I think you can ride a definitive line between those effective leaders that are doing those kinds of things, employing those behaviors and those influence and coaching and mentoring skill sets to the ones that are not necessarily so effective. And at the lower levels of leadership within an organization, you might be able to get away with that for a while. You could be technically astute in your job and lead via the authority or position that is bespoke upon you or the responsibilities that your organization does. But that's not going to work well when you get to middle and especially not at executive level leadership. And I think that's very common in the military. I think the reason why that comes out more starkly is that position authority is there all the time. And because of the nature and the dire circumstances of the mission, we can take that for granted.
A highlight from Crypto is Global Bitcoin is INEVITABLE (US Far Behind Crypto Race! ) Who is Winning?
"Something we need to be mindful of as crypto investors is that the global, financial, and technological landscape is changing rapidly, and the stark reality is that the cryptocurrency industry does not need the United States to survive and thrive. While the US is focusing on keeping everyone distracted, divided, dumb, and barely alive, the rest of the world is off the sidelines and actively participating in crypto. This meme explains the current situation. SEC is suing Coinbase and Binance. Whatever. More importantly, the EU, UK, Hong Kong, Brazil, Dubai, Germany, and Japan are competing to become crypto hubs. In the past six months alone, the European Union approved MICA, which is an acronym that stands for Markets and Crypto Assets Regulation, and it's the first EU -level legal framework for the cryptocurrency market, and it was designed to protect European investors and preserve financial stability in markets. While allowing for innovation by making the crypto asset sector more attractive to entities interested in getting involved that were concerned about unclear regulations. And consider the timeline here. MICA was first proposed back in September 2020, the negotiations about it started in November 2021, agreements about it were reached in June of 2022, and the summer of 2023, it was finally formally adopted. So the EU has been working on this for years and is making positive progress for the crypto industry in their region, and we've also got the UK passing new crypto laws within the past six months. This June, the Financial Services and Markets 2023 Act was granted royal assent from King Charles. And under this new law, crypto trading is recognized as a regulated financial activity and crypto assets as regulated financial instruments, products and investments. Very cool. However, some comments from lawyer Gabriel Shapiro, general counsel at Delphi Labs about it warned the new regulations are pretty strict. So it's possible that only centralized exchanges and a few well established DeFi projects may be able to follow them. Even so, the important thing is now there is more regulatory clarity in the UK. So people, companies, entities know where the UK stands and where they would stand if they chose to get involved with crypto in that jurisdiction. And yet another jurisdiction around the world making bold moves is Hong Kong by opening up crypto exchange licensing where entities can start submitting applications for licenses to run crypto trading platforms. In a case we weren't aware, trading crypto in Chinese territories has been restricted to institutional investors and professionals since 2018. So now with Hong Kong's new regulations, it will allow retail traders like us to start trading crypto there. Bullish. Next, we've got Dubai vying for global crypto hub status for Emirates. Back in March of this year, they launched a new licensing regime with a framework that addresses a broad range of different crypto assets and activities that were designed to attract crypto firms seeking regulatory clarity. And the new rules continue to be a work in progress to leave room for continued development over time. Bullish. Moving right along the globe here, Brazil, back in June, in stark contrast to US, Brazil offers clarity on crypto by naming the central bank as regulator. The central bank now has to establish a licensing system for virtual asset service providers and all companies operating in the country must register. The framework for crypto could attract more companies and customers to the industry. Brazil is already home to Mercado Bitcoin, an exchange that has more than 3 million customers and hosts upward of 5 billion in trading volume. Bullish. And not too far away, we've got Mexico unveiling an out of this world NFT collection evolution posterior.
A highlight from 119: Part 1: Ed Calderon Fights Cartels, Corruption, and Crime in Tijuana, Mexico
"It's been a recurring thing that I hear like, oh, the DEA arrested him. No, we didn't say that. The guys we talked to made it very clear it was the Mexican Marines who went in, you know, they were working with them, but you're saying it was two federal police officers? He carjacked us. No, I mean, eventually, but I'm talking about the operation. I know what you're getting at, the actual arrest. The actual arrest was done by two federal roadside cops. He's in a dirty white, he's in a dirty t -shirt, you know. Yeah, he went through a sewer because he had some of the most advanced escape safe houses that anybody's ever seen in Mexico. At least on that end, he was the top of the game. And I say this because it seems to me that a lot of effort was put into the narrative of this operation, you know, and it was boggling the mind to some of us that have been in that field for years to try Why all that effort over some specific guy? You know, because if you designate somebody as a big figurehead and then you get that figurehead, you claim victory, you go, hey, we've done something about it, as opposed to have you really. I mean, is it about the stat or is it about the actual impact? And I know, Murph, we've had these discussions before. Well, even, and so the reason I was in Mexico City on those original meetings is as I was working out of our special operations division and I was running the Mexico Central America section. And I can't get into a lot of detail on some of this because it's, some of it's still classified and some of it you just don't want people to know capabilities. But there was a lot of discussion about that guy, about Chapo, and there were assets in place that could monitor certain things. The execution part was the problem. And this was back in, what do you say, 2003? I was there from 01 to 06, so this was 03 or 04. And my suggestion to everybody was let's bring in our special operators, just like we did in Columbia against Pablo. The problem is, once we got, we had Dev Groom, we had Delta down there with us, but then their general said, well, you can only be in the base, you can't go out in the field. Special mission unit Delta, Delta Force doesn't exist. Not the best frickin' operators in the world were confined to base. I mean, these guys are the frickin' studs of the world. But here was the difference. The Colombians invited us down there, the Mexicans won't. Mexico has a very, and I'm Mexican by birth, and I'm making my way into being a citizen in the U .S. Mexico in general has a very difficult relationship with the United States foreign policy, and it's historically been pretty bad on the Mexican end. So inviting the U .S. military to operate in Mexico is political suicide in every single way, shape, or form you can have in Mexico. If you do that, you're dead politically, and the army knows this. You go all the way back to Pancho Villa and the Alamo, and this is not something that just happened yesterday. Yeah, but I've heard rumors of very tall people wearing federal police uniforms that didn't know how to respond in Spanish. I was around for some of those weird fuckin' events. The main issue, I think, is that Mexico is realistically free -for -all and lawless. If the United States really wanted to stop the fentanyl flow through its borders, it would probably have to set up some sort of military or naval blockade on the Pacific and the Atlantic side. I've floated this idea of actually discussing this with the guy at DOD this morning, talking about the legalities of it. You almost get to the point where you have to declare a demilitarized zone. You have to say three miles either side of this is open for military action. To your point, you've got to blockade everything from the border to the water to the airspace. We're almost back into a Tom Clancy, clear and present danger thing, where you have to declare, until they declare the cartels a terrorist organization or something that gives them an official designation to go after them. To your point, it's a political issue and it's not been handled well. The whole terrorist designation thing, it's interesting. They're in politicized every way. That's why Mexico has one of the most... They assassinate a lot of political candidates in Mexico. I think it's one of the places where it's one of the most dangerous places to be one in the world. They also go after the press a lot because members of the press report on one side or the other. They're very much politicized and they're very much in the political sphere. They hang people from bridges and the amounts of the ISIS execution videos that you would see back in the day were all realistically inspired by the Mexican ones. The cartels they were doing this year, this wasn't anything new to them, beheading people. We got so upset, and we should have, when ISIS beheaded a couple of captors. But then there'd be 10 people you'd find buried in a mass grave all had their heads taken off and it was like just another day in news reporting. The ones that really pioneered the whole projecting horrible events aspect of it was Mexico. The cartels were posting some of these execution videos before ISIS. It's been interesting to see them basically express every single element that you would consider for a terrorist organization. It's a transnational group engaging in violence for a political end. They affect elections, they affect spending, they affect... I don't know why we haven't designated them that, but then the question is even if we did, what would change? I think I know one of the reasons why that hasn't happened, and it's a political and immigration reason. As soon as you declare all these organizations a terrorist organization, everybody coming over that border, fleeing from the violence, now has a legal claim to asylum. And that is a big issue. I think that is at the core of things. It's not like it's stopping anything at this point either. I mean, it's when you look at what's coming across, it's like everybody's claiming asylum anyway. Yeah. I mean, it's a hard issue. It's a complex one. Something has to be done, and if it isn't done, something's going to be forced upon the United States to react, and I think that's where we're headed. Five years ago, I said in five years, not two years ago, I said in five years, we're going to see some sort of military intervention by the U .S. and Mexico. And with everything that's going on, I think I'm pretty well on my way to kind of be right about that. Members of Congress have talked about that. It's a bipartisan thing, so something's coming. We're heading into elections now in Mexico. And what do you think about the woman candidate? Do you think she's got a shot? There seems to be absolutely nobody in the political realm that has any sort of name behind them. I think she's going to be a sure win for these coming elections. guy The other that was running, Evrat, who was basically taken out, he had some interesting ideas about the state of security in Mexico. And I think some of these are going to be rehashed by this political candidate. He had something called the Plan Anquil for Mexico, which is basically an AI -ran, Chinese state -provided security plan that involves social credit. Social credit, here we go again. Yeah, it's social credit and surveillance and drones and you name it, basically. And he showcases video of the people that were involved in the creation of this. There's a big segment of that on the Chinese president showing up in that video. I think that's where we're headed. There's open hostility and there's an open political hostility between Mexico and the United States now. There's a lot of tension going on and China's being invited in. And you can see that in different letters of the politics in Mexico and anti -Americanism in Mexico is at an all -time high. So it's a perfect storm. Let's rewind a little bit because I want to talk a little bit more about your time on the police force now and on this experimental group. What were some of the things that you got involved in that you started... At some point you felt like you could make a difference, right? So what were the things that you were doing that you thought, hey, man, I really can make a difference. I really can impact things. What kind of operations or things were you guys doing? We would basically get information from basically a national platform of information that just got started through leadership. And our leadership was basically the military members that were working in a civilian capacity at this point, like Lezola. Since they were members of the military and they were high ranking officers, they had access to information that none of us could ever have access to. So there was a clear line of communication from the top all the way to the bottom. And we had people that we can trust, that we can work with. And we had actual secrecy within the groups once we were settled. So we'd basically be going out every night, figuring some of these target packages out. From growth sites to laboratories to people who were running some of the most sophisticated abduction and ransom operations the world had ever seen back then. To just figuring out where things were coming from and where they were going to. A lot of that work was done in cooperation with the United States. I got to work on a lot of stuff with our liaison unit. So it was basically, you could see the pace of it as soon as Lezola got involved in actually being the director of us. And getting everything lined up so we could operate, it was clear. It was work being done, it was fear being felt on the other side of the table, the people we were fighting. Our weapons changed. Before we were on, it was unheard of to see a police officer carrying around a fully automatic rifle. Or a grenade launcher for that fact. Slowly but surely he started arming us and preparing us for a war. He very much treated it as a war, or as a counter -insurgency is what he would say. He would, instead of sending us out in small groups, he would send us out in big groups and we would operate in different parts of the city during the night and we would move around. So it was an unknown where we were going to be or what was going to happen. We didn't even know where we were going to be sometimes. Some nights we would just be moved around randomly. What was your area of responsibility? Just Tijuana or the state? All of Baja. I worked outside of Baja a few times on loan, but mostly all of Baja. And Mexico, if I remember, is structured, is it 38 states or 37 states? 37 states, I think. So you've got state police forces, right? Then you've got a federal police force. So back then the federal police was basically army guys dressed in grey and they would ride in the back of our trucks. That was the federal police back then when it first got started. It eventually professionalized and they were trying to figure out, so they were trying to catch up with what we were doing basically. But back then the federal police was army guys dressed in grey in the back of the truck. So there's federal police, state police, and local municipal police. The municipal police historically and all over the country has been the issue. Because it's local police that live there, that have their families living there, and obviously it's a very easy target to go after. And since there's a lot of them, you know, it's hard to move anything in a city without them knowing. So that's who the cartels basically didn't get involved with directly. And I think you mentioned it in an interview you did, it basically boils down to right, plateau or plomo, right? These guys are living there. Yeah, Lezola had a very interesting approach to cleaning up some of those municipal institutions. He basically took, when Tijuana was very corrupt, back then it still is now, but there was a time when he cleaned it up for a bit. He would go into the police precincts and say, hey, who's in charge? This guy. Oh, cool. Obviously he's in leagues with one of the two cartels that are fighting over Tijuana. So he would send him, move him to the precinct that was being ran by the other cartel. They would switch him. So they would immediately quit and then he would put his people in, you know? It was basically the best confident exam ever. Immediately most of these people would quit the next day. This sounds like Northern Ireland, the Protestants and the Catholics, you know, you switch things up. That's an issue in Mexico. I mean, some of this corruption just goes deep and is blood related. It's historic and it's very fractured. Even within a single city, you'll see one side of the city is involved with one group and the other side is involved with the other. So politics are always, it's a game of thrones almost, a level thing. But he did a lot of, we were working daily to get things back to a sense of normal or a sense of safety. When we were, when I got started, these cartel groups would broad daylight run around the city in convoys with AKs out the window, this Tijuana. And by the time we were probably five or six years in, that didn't happen anymore. They were hiding now. So things were changing. So we did feel that things were changing. How did you make it change? I mean, what did you do to make it? Because obviously at some point there's got to be, I mean, violence is inherent in things that happen like this. But how did you, from an operational standpoint, you talk about even like an insurgency. Do you get the public to work with you on this or is this just simply your tactics and your own resources? I think the municipal police was key. Lieutenant Colonel Isaulabe specifically went after cleaning up, professionalizing and sorting out the municipal police locally and using us as a brace to hold things while that was happening. And the municipal police was disarmed for a few weeks at some point. All of the municipal police in Tijuana, their guns were taken. So all of us were basically used and the military were used as an auxiliary police force in Tijuana. I remember going out on a few responding calls and that's probably the bulk of my real community policing experience was when I was basically replacing the municipal police. So he went at things systematically and I think he was allowed to do a lot at different layers of the government, which is why he was so successful. Since he came from the federal branch of the military, he was involved directly in basically institutionalizing a professional police force at a state level with us. And then he was put in charge of the municipal police in Tijuana. So he attacked it from three layers and from three sides. And I think that's what led to his success cleaning up the city, at least for the time it was, because it's pretty much back to square one right now. Was that during the Arellano Felix days? It was at the tail end of them. Something happened to the Arellano Felix cartel, probably related to most of their members being arrested or killed. There was a fracture there. A few of their top level lieutenants basically switched sides to the Sinaloa cartel. Among them, a guy named, they used to call him the three letters El Teo. He basically formed a hyper violent Sinaloa cartel cell in Tijuana and then went to war with the remnants of the Arellano Felix cartel. That's the bulk of the violence that I saw during the time that it was initially active down there. You would see 12 people show up dead one night. You would see shootouts in the middle of the day in different parts of the city. You would see the military basically show up and be involved in some of these shootouts as well. So it was very much an urban warfare setting. With a lot of the things I saw, I think when we would go to foreign training and learn from other people, I think I remember having this moment where we were being shown some of the IRA violence that happened back in the day in Ireland. How they were fighting the military, the English basically. That very much reminded me of some of the stuff that was happening in Baja at that time. I was going to say, we had two of my friends on from New Scotland Yard, the Counterterrorism Command, and one of them was working back in the day when it was the Royal Ulster Constabulary during the troubles in Northern Ireland and some of the tactics they did. He was there. He actually responded when they blew up Lord Mountbatten and the boat that he was on. We always wondered how much cross -pollination, was there any cross -pollination between the provisional IRA and some of those folks that are ending up in Mexico to teach them techniques to resist? Bomb making in Mexico comes directly from the IRA. There's no question about it. IRA people were arrested and detained in Colombia training the FARC members. Some of those same techniques and tactics have shown up in bomb testing fields in Guadalajara and Jalisco, for example. Those homemade mortar devices, mining explosives being utilized to arm civilian drones and to disperse very poisonous chemical pesticides as part of the payload. A lot of these actually do stem from some IRA influence, so there's definitely an influence there as far as the explosives that have been found all over Mexico. We've been experiencing this renaissance of explosives all over Mexico recently. Roadside IEDs are now a thing, and the military is actually learning and preparing for them now. It's something that hadn't happened realistically. We've had car bombs before, but roadside IEDs are now being utilized in places like Michoacán, for example. Murph, when you and Javier were down there going after Pablo, how many bombs a day were going off at the peak? It wasn't unusual to have 10 or 15 per day. There was one evening when we'd been out on ops all day, we came back, we were at the base in Medellín. That night we heard 17 different bombs go off. Wow. In Mexico, there's places where these bombs are being utilized, specifically drone ones. We don't have a lot of ordnance laying around all over the place, but we do have a shit ton of mining explosives that are all over the place. Do you see them using the ammonium nitrate to blow things up also? Every now and then, specifically what they utilize is a thing called Cemex, which is basically mining -level plastic explosives. Those loads are usually made with that. It's controlled and restricted, but it's Mexico. You can't have a gun unless you're poor. If you're poor, you can't have a gun, but if you have money, you can get whatever you want here. Let's talk a little bit more, because this leads into a discussion about, you're on for a long time, but you kind of crossed, as they say, the Rubicon. There becomes a point to where you realize, hey, what I'm doing isn't making a difference anymore. There are some changes in the government, changes in the unit. What starts happening where you start seeing going, yeah, this is not something I think I can do for the next 20 years. I've got to start thinking of an exit strategy. When does that kind of thinking start happening for you? I mean, it lays all the leaves, and it leaves under very bad terms, basically. Bad terms with who? With the government. He's basically pushed out by people who think he's doing too well of a job. Two of our guys get brutally killed, and one of them came out of the academy with me. I knew his family. Great guy. What's his name? Arenas. All right. We salute him. We dedicate this to your buddy. Absolutely. He was a lawyer. He had no reason to go into the police force. He just wanted to make a difference, and he had a giant heart. He was picked up outside of the hotel we were staying at by some dudes dressed in federal police uniforms who were not federal police. And while we were all being basically concentrated in the city to find these people, he was told to step down. That was the first major blow. Was he getting too close to something or just being too effective? I think he was being too effective. He was being too effective and too broad in his approach is what I think probably happened. He was basically going after everybody, and that is not something you could do for a long period in Mexico, apparently. Did he eventually suffer an injury? He over had nine assassination attempts on his life. They tried to poison him with the fruit juice that they would put in his fridge in the office. A military convoy was cloned. They found Hummers painted exactly like the military, and they were going to ambush him in some part of the city. A friend of mine was involved in the security, and he did some legendary shit to get him out of that. Eventually, when he was the police chief of Juarez, when he was leaving that job, he got shot in the back by somebody. That cost him the use of his legs. He's in a wheelchair now. He's still smart as hell, and I'm still afraid of him as a man, but when he left, it basically gutted us. He created a very velocos, forward -driven, militarized police force with a lot of dudes running around with machine guns just ready to respond to shit. All of a sudden, we were neutered. We were told to quiet down. We were told to be less overt. We were told to go back to community policing. We were told to stand down, basically. Things started slowly changing. Politically, this to -the -right presidency left office and was replaced by a central leftist presidency that was more of the old guard of politics in Mexico, the PRI as its own. The PRI, right. They had ruled for a long time. They lost the first election, I think. Wasn't it after Vicente Fox? Didn't he lose? In the PRI, that was their last. Vicente Fox and Calderón got back to the PRI with Pena Nieto. When he came in, a lot of stuff happened. It's the amnesia effect, is what I call it. Every presidential cycle ends, and anything that worked, if it worked because it was because of the other party, fuck that. It's gone. Gee, that sounds familiar. It certainly does. It's not unique to Mexico, pal. I think what's unique to Mexico is that they will throw out everybody. I mean, it doesn't matter if you have, there's no job security. Imagine this. Every five years, you would fire everybody from the FBI and rehire everybody new. This is the level of retardation that I'm talking about. You had these institutions that were built up over the span of two presidential cycles, like the one that I belong to. They were doing the job, they were getting good at it in a lot of ways, and then a lot of the people that were fired because of the polygraph exams being failed sued the government and were hired back because that's not illegal grounds to fire anybody, even though they were on the take. You would see people that hadn't been on the force in six years, seven years, just all of a sudden just show back off the office, people that you clearly knew that were working on the other side or back. And some of these guys you had actually arrested, right? Some of them were arrested by the unit that I was in, yeah, and they were back. That's got to be a weird feeling is that you realize you were in handcuffs, you were kicked off, you were charged, and now you're back. I mean, you talk about trust issues, I mean, inherently. They were laughing in the office. The cars that were in the parking lot, I didn't earn an absurd amount of money and I basically drove the same car driving into that job as the one that left that job just for discretion purposes. But some of the absurdity you would see in those parking lots after these changes were made, it was pretty fascinating. The overt nature of the corruption was like, oh, yeah, we're not going to hide anymore. Let's just take my Hummer H2 to work. In the meantime, go check us out. Also, patreon .com slash Game of Crimes. It's where we put a lot more content you won't hear on our regular podcast. We go into a lot more topics and folks, it is a lot of fun. So go check us out. Patreon .com slash Game of Crimes. In the meantime, everybody stay safe. We'll see you tomorrow for part two.
A highlight from IDL84 Part 3 Chapter 40 Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales Discerning Hearts Podcast
"Part 3 Chapter 40 of the Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales. This is a Discerning Hearts recording read by Corey Webb. Chapter 40 Councils to Widows Saint Paul teaches us all in the person of Saint Timothy when he says, Honor widows that are widows indeed. Now to be a widow indeed it is necessary, one, that the widow be not in body only but in heart also. That is to say, that she be fixed in an unalterable resolution to continue in her widowhood. Those widows who are but waiting the opportunity of marrying again are only widowed in externals, while in, will they have already laid aside their loneliness. If the widow indeed chooses to confirm her widowhood, by offering herself by a vow to God, she will adorn that widowhood, and make her resolution doubly sure. For the remembrance that she cannot break her vow without danger of forfeiting paradise, will make her so watchful over herself, that a great barrier will be raised against all kind of temptation that may assail her. Saint Augustine strongly recommends Christian widows to take this vow, and the learned Oregon goes yet further. For he advises married women to take a vow of chastity in the event of losing their husbands, so that amid the joys of married life they may yet have a share in the merits of a chaste widowhood. Vows render the actions performed under their shelter more acceptable to God, strengthen us to perform good works and help us to devote Him, not merely those good works which are, so to say, the fruits of a holy will, but to consecrate that will itself, the source of all we do, to Him. By ordinary chastity we offer our body to God, retaining the power to return to sensual pleasure, but the vow of chastity is an absolute and irrevocable gift to Him, without any power to recall it, thereby making ourselves the happy slaves of Him, whose service is to be preferred to royal power. And as I greatly approve the counsels of the two venerable fathers I have named, I would have such persons as are so favored, as to wish to embrace them, do so prudently, and in a holy steadfast spirit, after careful examination of their own courage, having asked heavenly guidance, and taken the advice of some discreet and pious director, and then all will be profitably done. Two, further all such renunciation of second marriage must be done with a single heart, in order to fix the affections more entirely on God, and to seek a more complete union with Him. For if the widow retains her widowhood merely to enrich her children, or for any other worldly motive, she may receive the praise of men, but not that of God, inasmuch as nothing is worthy of his approbation, save that which is done for his sake. Moreover, she who would be a widow indeed must be voluntarily cut off from all worldly delights. She that lives in pleasure is dead while she lives, Saint Paul says. A widow who seeks to be admired and followed and flattered, who frequently balls in parties, who takes pleasure in dressing, perfuming, and adorning herself, may be a widow in the body, but she is dead as to the soul. What does it matter, I pray you, whether the flag of Adonis and his profane love be made of white feathers or a net of crepe? Nay, sometimes there is a conscious vanity, in that black is the most becoming dress, and she who thereby endeavors to captivate men, and who lives in empty pleasure, is dead while she lives, and is a mere mockery of widowhood. The time of retrenchment is come, the voice of the turtle is heard in our land. Retrenchment of worldly superfluity is required of whosoever would lead a devout life, but above all, it is needful for the widow indeed, who mourns the loss of her husband like a true turtledove. When Naomi returned from Moab to Bethlehem, those that had known her in her earlier and brighter days were moved, and said, Is this Naomi? And she said unto them, Call me not Naomi, which means beautiful and agreeable, call me Mara, for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me. I went out full, and the Lord hath brought me home again empty. Even so the devout widow will not desire to be called or counted beautiful or agreeable, asking no more than to be that which God wills, lowly and abject in his eyes. The lamp which is fed with aromatic oil sends forth yet a sweeter odor when it is extinguished, and so those women whose married love was true and pure give it a stronger perfume of virtue and chastity, when their light, that is, their husband, is extinguished by death. Love for a husband while living is a common matter enough among women, but to love him so deeply as to refuse to take another after his death is a kind of love peculiar to her, who is a widow indeed. Hope in God while resting on a husband is not so rare, but to hope in him when left alone and desolate is a very gracious and worthy thing, and thus it is that widowhood becomes a test of the perfection of the virtues displayed by a woman in her married life. The widow who has children requiring her care and guidance above all in what pertains to their souls and the shaping of their lives, cannot and ought not on any wise to forsake them. Saint Paul teaches this emphatically and says that those who provide not for their own and specially for those of their own house are worse than an infidel, but if her children do not need her care, then the widow should gather together all her affections and thoughts in order to devote them more wholly to making progress in the love of God. If there is no call obliging her in conscience to attend to external secular matters, legal or other, I should advise her to leave them all alone and to manage her affairs as quietly and peacefully as may be, even if such a course does not seem the most profitable. The fruit of disputes and lawsuits must be very great indeed before it can be compared in worth to the blessing of holy peace. Not to say that those legal entanglements and the like are essentially distracting, and often open the way for enemies who solely the purity of a heart which should be solely devoted to God. Prayer should be the widow's chief occupation. She has no love left save for God. She should scarce have aught to say to any, save God. And as iron, which is restrained from yielding to the attraction of the magnet, when a diamond is near, darts instantly towards it as soon as the diamond is removed. So the widow's heart, which could not rise up wholly to God or simply follow the leadings of his heavenly love during her husband's life, finds itself set free when he is dead to give itself entirely to him, and cries out with bride and the canticles, Draw me, I will run after thee, I will be holy thine, and seek nothing, save the savior of thy good ointments. A devout widow should chiefly seek to cultivate the graces of perfect modesty, renouncing all honors, rank, title, society, and the like vanities. She should be diligent in ministering to the poor and sick, comforting the afflicted, leading the young to a life of devotion, studying herself to be a perfect model of virtue to younger women. Necessity and simplicity should be the adornment of her garb, humility and charity of her actions, simplicity and kindliness of her words, modesty and purity of her eyes. Jesus Christ crucified the only love of her heart. Briefly, the true widow abides in the church as a little March violet, shedding forth an exquisite sweetness through the perfume of her devotion, ever concealing herself beneath the ample leaves of her heart's lowliness. While her subdued coloring indicates her mortification, she dwells in waste uncultivated places, because she shrinks from the world's intercourse, and seeks to shelter her heart from the glare with which earthly longings, whether of honors, wealth, or love itself, might dazzle her. Blessed is she if she so abide, says the holy apostle. Much more could I say on this subject, but suffice it to bid her who seeks to be a widow indeed, read Saint Jerome's striking letters to Salvia, and the other noble ladies who rejoiced in being the spiritual children of such a father. Nothing can be said more, unless it be to warn the widow indeed not to condemn or even censure those who do resume the married.
Katie's Birth Story: A First-Time Mom's 20-Minute, Accidental Home Birth
"It was like 4 a .m. when I woke up I remember checking the clock and it was pretty normal for me to wake up during pregnancy and I have to go pee in the middle of the night because you know pregnancy things. And so I woke up and I was laying there for a second before I got up and I was like oh actually I think I think I need to go number two. And so I was like okay maybe I'll walk across the apartment and go to the other restroom. And once I got there I was like oh okay I think this is a number three situation. Very TMI. So I went to the other bathroom so I wouldn't disturb my husband and truly I had diarrhea for I'm not even kidding three hours and I Oh my gosh that's ridiculous. But it was like actually diarrhea. Like I wasn't there was nothing else going on. I had no reason to assume anything else was happening. And I thought it was because I had some peanut butter the day before because I just never eat peanut butter. And so I was like you know maybe it just messed with me this time. So just like you can tell hormones were high like throughout this whole story you'll see I was not thinking straight no matter like just never I was never thinking straight it was quite hilarious. Yeah so basically so I go across and like in between like you know when like diarrhea hits and you're like I need to go now in between those moments I was going to the yoga ball and I figured like if I'm up in the middle of the night might as well be doing my mile circuit and just like stretching and so I was like doing things you would do in labor which is quite hilarious because I didn't I just wasn't thinking about any of it. So I was going back and forth between the toilet and the yoga ball and just doing all my things and then I just realized at some point I was like it's been a really long time like this is really absurd I'm going to go take a bath because the bath was my comfort when I was pregnant like that's just just where you want to be when you're pregnant you know yes and yes so I go back over to the other bathroom where my husband is sleeping in that room and I turn on the bath and I'm in between the bathtub and the toilet again and it's about seven thirty at this point so that was like let's see four that was three and a half hours of literally going number three like it was like rough and so I just like reached my breaking point and I came out and I was like Ben like I have been pooping for three hours what is going on and he poor thing had woken up and was reading in bed because he could literally hear me like this is it was just rough okay yes and so I come out and he's like it's okay like you're it it's just you know it's just you're going to the restroom it's fine and I was like I don't know and so I go back in and I'm kind of like I don't know but you call the midwife like I'm worried I'm hurting the baby I'm pooping so much you know like totally like not not rational at all so I have him call the midwives and he gets on the phone and he's like hey I don't know why I'm calling I think you know Katie's just pooping a lot and we just kind of want to check with you and the sweetest midwife answered the phone and she was just like don't worry like that's totally normal for your body to clear out as you're like leading up to labor like totally normal don't even worry a thing about it and so I was like okay that's reasonable I can I can work with that you know and so I go back to doing my business and I look down and I see what I think is just like some blood and I'm like oh my gosh Ben like now I'm bleeding like call them again like something like what is going on and I keep going back and forth between like this really peaceful state to like I'm going to hurt my baby because I'm pooping so much and this this is a very poop filled story I'm so sorry that's okay that's how so many women actually like that's how labor begins for a lot of people because like I don't know if you knew this but the prostaglandin that is produced by your body to ripen your cervix and get your body ready for labor it has effects on your GI system so that's why like a lot of the time that will happen for women and honestly so many birth stories are poop filled stories so don't even worry about it that's so funny okay good that's good okay yeah so basically I had him call them again they were like okay just let us know in 15 minutes how you're feeling and I was like okay that's fine so he hangs up and then I'm sitting there and I'm like actually will you call the doulas like I I just I just think they should know if like something weird is going on because I thought I would gonna I was gonna have to go to the hospital because something was wrong you know so he calls the doulas and he's like hey just wanted to let you know like Katie's and also just stumbles through trying to explain to them like why we're calling at 7am in the morning I guess it was probably like it was probably 7 .40 at this point and so he calls them and they're like okay like keep us updated sounds like she's doing fine and he's still on the phone with her and I had gotten into the bathtub and I just like felt the urge to check myself and so I reached out and I was like Ben I feel something soft and I like just had no idea what was going on and he he relays the message to the doula and he said okay she feels something soft and the doula goes okay I'm on my way over and I was like well that's weird okay and so the doula starts heading over we call the midwife back and we're just like hey like this is going on and she's like okay you know like this is just a little weird like if you wanna come in I'll just check you we'll just make sure you're all good and so I was like okay that sounds great and so I stand up to get out of the bed and immediately just squats down and pushes and I was like oh okay I can't stand up and so I try to do it again and the same thing happened my body squatted down and pushed and now I know it was the fetal ejection reflex but at the time I was just like what is going on so that was oh let me see if I can get yeah okay so that was like 745 and so after that I was like okay like call 911 like I don't know what needs to happen but like something's wrong like I was still very much in the mindset of like this baby is gonna be hurt by whatever is happening to me right now I'm sure you had no idea you were in labor no idea because I expected to feel contractions like I expected your normal signs and I just didn't have anything except for literally pooping for three hours yeah so that was super royal so at 746 my husband called 911 and he was on the phone with them and I was in the bathtub and he was like yeah like we just don't know what's going on like something weird is up and the lady starts asking him like about my due date and like how I'm doing and all this stuff and so while he's like answering all these questions I feel a massive pop and I was like oh my goodness I think my water broke and my husband was like oh okay and so he told the operator and they were like okay there's someone five minutes away and we'd say okay great and so he gets off the phone and it takes until 8 o 'clock for the EMS and the firefighters and the police department literally everybody to come into our small tiny apartment and so that is at 8 am they get here there's like 10 men that shuffle into my little bathroom in there because we live you know in a two bedroom apartment it's not huge and so like 10 men shuffle in and I just remember this guy coming in and he's like hey like I'm Michael and I was like hey Michael is it okay if I turn on the hot water and he was like yeah and I was like okay great and so I turned the hot water back on and I just like still don't know what's going on I'm just like something weird is up but like even though mentally I don't know my body knew exactly what I was doing which is why I think I was asking for the hot water and things like that so it's very interesting this whole time like I just feel like God was really taking care of me and telling me what to do when mentally I had no idea what was going on so they get there at 8 o 'clock and he's like you're gonna be fine like can you lean back so I can check you to see what's going on and I was like okay and so I leaned back and he was like oh okay yeah you're crowning and I leaned back forward and I was like oh this whole time I've been having a baby and I didn't realize it up until literally that point when I was crowning and so my body did the fetal ejection reflex two more times and she was born which is just super wild so at 803 she was born so I think I pushed like four times total and did not intentionally do it at all they were so awesome though the team just like let me stay in the bathtub let me do my thing they let me do skin to skin immediately after I they came with a hat and like came to clamp the cord and I was like don't put a hat on my child why would she need a hat and then I made sure they did delayed cord clamping so they were just super great at honoring everything that I asked for considering it was like just such a shock for everybody quite truly so it was super awesome but literally I think from the time that like we called the midwives to like the actual birth it was less than 30 minutes so that is like kind of what I consider what the labor was because that's when things really got intense and before that it was like super inconsistent nothing was really happening so yeah that's that's my
A highlight from The Amazing Life of Christine Granville
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A highlight from Is the SEC About to Go Scorched Earth?
"Welcome back to The Breakdown with me, NLW. It's a daily podcast on macro, Bitcoin, and the big picture power shifts remaking our world. What's going on, guys? It is Wednesday, September 20th, and today we're asking whether the SEC is about to go scorched earth. Before we do that, however, if you are enjoying The Breakdown, please go subscribe to it, give it a rating, give it a review, or if you want to dive deeper into the conversation, come join us on the Breakers Discord. You can find the link in the show notes or go to bit .ly slash breakdown pod. Hello friends, lots to get through today, so let's dive right in. The SEC is not done going after crypto exchanges, according to David Hirsch, the head of the agency's crypto assets and cyber unit. Speaking at the Securities Enforcement Forum Central in Chicago on Tuesday, Hirsch said securities law violations within the industry extend far beyond existing litigation. Now, keep in mind, the crypto division of the SEC is currently bogged down with complex lawsuits against both Coinbase and Binance, two of the largest crypto exchanges. Hirsch said his unit is investigating similar activity across other firms and believes non -compliant business practices, quote, hold true well beyond any two entities. Hirsch warned, Now, the SEC is apparently also turning its gaze towards DeFi platforms in this crusade against crypto intermediaries. Hirsch said, quote, Now, a common theme of recent comments from SEC chair Gary Gensler is to mock, quote, so -called decentralized finance. This perhaps indicates that the SEC believes underlying most DeFi protocols, they will be able to find a company to sue. All that said, despite outlining an ambitious enforcement agenda, Hirsch did concede that the agency's resources are constrained. Over recent decades, the SEC has largely dealt with regulated financial institutions, with The SEC's campaign against crypto firms has largely presented existential threats rather than manageable fines, leading to a significant number of contested lawsuits. Hirsch admitted during the panel that, quote, Reflecting on that point, Hirsch recognized the scale of the task he was proposing, stating that, And similarly, there are a number of centralized platforms out there, some that are acting as unregistered exchanges. So in some ways here, Hirsch is begrudgingly admitting that the SEC is getting close to capacity, at least when it comes to ongoing litigation. They're dealing with Coinbase, Binance and Ripple, all as major cases, LBRY Library seems to be wanting to go to appeal, then there's Grayscale, which continues to be a legal battle, as well as the two recent NFT cases which settled. So the question is, can the SEC handle five lawsuits at once? Can they handle 10? Even if you think the answer is yes, at what point do you think the answer becomes no? Frankly, this is maybe why people like Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong are encouraging the industry to take up arms effectively and actually fight these legal battles out in court. Now, of course, this brings up the other question of whether the SEC can bank on funding for additional resources to expand this endeavor or whether they need to have some alternative approach. This, of course, echoes the talking point from both the GOP as well as from Dems like The SEC's regulation by enforcement approach is reaching the end of its limits to the extent that it ever was successful at all, and that a much smarter pathway at this point might actually be rulemaking and guidance rather than just trying to sue the industry off the face of the planet. Look, crypto companies are fighting back. It's only a matter of time before we see some sort of coordinated defense fund, and it wouldn't be surprising to me if even this beleaguered industry can marshal a heck of a lot more resources than the SEC can on its own. Now, the other side of the coin is how much time the SEC actually has left to bring the industry to heel. Fox Business reporter Eleanor Teret tweeted yesterday, Only 13 days left for the SEC to bring enforcement actions that will count towards fiscal year 2023 enforcement numbers. The agency filed 760 total enforcement actions in FY 2022. I wonder if we'll see a surge of cases in the next two weeks? Now, certainly when it comes to the crypto industry, there is a broad sense of bring it on. Crypto trader Laxman writes, SEC warns of upcoming charges against crypto and DeFi exchanges. Few might think this will kill crypto. I feel like this will kill SEC. Crypto McKenna retweeted the headline, SEC warns more charges against crypto and DeFi exchanges are coming, and added the Latin phrase, if you want peace, prepare for war. Simplest of all, the Gordon Law Group just said, bring it on, Gary. Now, moving to the global sphere, a German regulator has stressed the risks of crypto and called for global regulations to apply consistently without exception. On Monday, Rupert Schaefer, executive director of strategy, policy and control at the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority, Baffin, published a blog post on the importance of united global regulation on crypto. He warned of the dangers of unregulated crypto firms using a fairly labored analogy to airspace regulation. Schaefer likened the crypto regulation to air traffic control regulations, which are relatively uniform throughout the world. In this analogy, some crypto assets and DeFi projects were UFOs. He stated then that it would be negligent to simply ignore them. Schaefer warned that FTX was a major crash and there would be many more like it to come. Now, the regulator praised the recently passed MICA regulations in Europe, but argued that further steps need to be taken. He produced a long list of global proposals from the Financial Stability Board, the International Association of Securities Commissions, the Financial Action Task Force and the Basel Committee, and this he claimed was enough to establish a global consensus, stating that quote, the international regulatory principles have been adopted and the framework has been set. Now, the common principles must be implemented consistently and consistently worldwide. There should be no white spots in the flight radar. The global rules should also apply to niche financial centers. Now, this blog post comes a little over a week since the conclusion of the G20 summit, which was pitched as an opportunity to discuss global synchronization of crypto policy. G20 leaders did manage to produce an endorsement of the latest set of policy recommendations published by the Financial Stability Board. And in her article previewing the meeting, Noelle Acheson highlighted that the adoption of FSB recommendations was quote, very likely since the recommendations don't actually say anything interesting. Noelle noted that the FSB recommendations are more around notational international cooperation and vague platitudes about enforcing risk management rather than firm policy outlines. At the same time, none of the recommendations mentioned by Schaeffer actually achieved consensus approval at the G20, calling into question how the regulator can claim that there are any common principles whatsoever. Moving over to the UK. The UK House of Lords have passed a bill which would grant authorities the power to freeze and seize crypto assets associated with crime. Currently, UK authorities cannot apply for crypto assets to be frozen unless there has been an arrest or conviction. This bill would allow them to more quickly apply for freeze orders. Hundreds of millions worth of crypto linked to crime have been seized by local authorities, but experts say this new bill could help deal with situations that aren't easily dealt with under the current legal framework. Phil Aris, Director of UK Public Sector Relations at TRM Labs said, A government fact sheet suggested even more broad use, stating that quote, The creation of a crypto asset's specific civil forfeiture power will mitigate the risk posed by those that cannot be prosecuted, but use their funds to further criminality or for terrorist purposes. Isabella Chase, Senior Policy Advisor at blockchain analytics firm TRM Labs suggested that the measure could assist with police funding, stating that quote, Corker Bining was less enthusiastic about the fundraising prospects, noting that as the UK cracks down, quite, they might find that the pool of available targets quickly dwindles as suspected criminals move their assets offshore to less enthusiastically policed jurisdictions. The bill has already been passed in the House of Commons once, so will now return for a second vote before it can be given royal assent to become law. Now, I don't know what sort of free society we're dealing with here. With the big caveat that I am not a lawyer, the discourse around this is pretty wild to me. It seems like they're talking effectively about on -chain asset forfeiture without the requirement to charge anyone with a crime. This is the digital equivalent of police being able to take what they find in your trunk if they search your car and not have to give it back to you. That's an insane policy and so is this. And I hope not just for the sake of the crypto industry, but for the sake of the UK itself, some real, real limits are put around this. Staying in the UK, however, for just a moment, on Tuesday, UK lawmakers passed the controversial online safety bill. The bill requires companies to assess the likelihood of customers encountering illegal content and of children encountering harmful content. Proponents of the bill say it will be used to protect younger internet users and make the web a safer place. The government has claimed the bill would make the UK, quote, the safest place in the world to be online. Critics, however, have warned that depending on how the bill is enforced, it could require companies to do away with encrypted messaging and essentially any notion of online privacy. WhatsApp, Signal and Telegram have all threatened to exit the UK if the bill was passed. Earlier this month, regulators attempted to appease encrypted messaging apps by promising to only implement text scanning if it was technically feasible, but WhatsApp head Will Cathcart appeared unconvinced, tweeting last week that, quote, the fact remains that scanning everyone's messages would destroy privacy as we know it. That was as true last year as it is today. WhatsApp will never break our encryption and remains vigilant against threats to do so. Signal President Meredith Whitaker was a little bit more hopeful that the implementation would be thoughtful. She said, quote, while it's not everything we wanted, we are more optimistic than we were when we began engaging with the UK government. It matters that the government came out publicly clearly acknowledging that there is no technology that can safely and privately scan everyone's communications. At this point, it is imperative that we press regulators to incorporate the government's safely and privately scan end to end encryption communications and push them to clearly and publicly commit to not using the unchecked and unprecedented power vested in them to undermine private communications infrastructure. Whitaker confirmed that Signal would remain available in the UK for the time being. But for content and messaging platforms, the enforcement of the bill is a high stakes issue, with the maximum penalty being up to 10 percent of global revenue. Lastly, today, an update from a story earlier in the week. We have recently talked about JPX, a crypto exchange that has come under fire from Hong Kong authorities. At the time, withdrawals were effectively halted and one influencer had been arrested for promoting the platform. Reporting on Monday morning stated that authorities had received 83 complaints related to assets worth $4 .3 million. Since then, the case has dramatically escalated. Authorities have now received over 1 ,600 complaints involving over $150 million worth of assets. Eight people have now been arrested with the expectation that more arrests are coming. Police have now stated that the arrests are in relation to conspiracy to commit fraud rather than merely promotion of an unlicensed exchange. Twenty locations have been raided across Hong Kong with police seizing cash, jewelry, computers and phones worth around $1 million. Police have frozen around $2 million held in bank accounts owned by arrested suspects, alongside about $5 .5 million in property. Authorities are currently considering the confiscation of around $8 million in criminal proceeds. On Monday, JPX blamed the Securities and Futures Commission and their counterparties within the industry for causing an illiquidity crisis. They said in a statement, When other cryptocurrency exchanges announced their entry into the Hong Kong market and began extensive promotion, JPX was subjected to continuous unfair treatment. The SFC sent letters to all of our partners requesting the cessation of cooperation with the platform. On Tuesday, however, Elizabeth Wong, director of licensing at the SFC, confirmed that the regulator had asked counterparties to step away from the unlicensed exchange. The regulator had been monitoring the platform for months and issued numerous warnings to users. She said that since those warnings were issued, JPX went from bad to worse. The events surrounding JPX could be seen either as a sign that Hong Kong authorities are serious about enforcement of new crypto regulations or an indication that the city still has a long way to go in cleaning up the industry. As we discussed before, given Hong Kong's role as a bellwether for Chinese authorities' attitudes towards crypto, this is a story that we will continue to watch. However, for now, that is going to do it for today's breakdown. I appreciate you listening, as always. Until next time, be safe and take care of each other.
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"Hello, everybody. The Xfinity 10G network was made for streaming, giving you an incredible viewing experience. Now you can stream all of your favorite live sports, shows, and movies with way less buffering, freezing, and lagging. Thanks to the next generation Xfinity 10G network, you get a reliable connection. So you can sit back, relax, and enjoy your favorite entertainment. Get way more into what you're into when you stream on the Xfinity 10G network. Learn more at Xfinity .com slash 10G. Hey, and welcome to The Short Stuff. I'm Josh, and there's Chuck, and this is Short Stuff. And we are going to talk about something that has been overlooked for far too long, which is the origins of the plus, minus, multiplication, division, and equal symbols. I thought this was really cool, by the way. You put this together with help from FASCO, Caltech, Science ABC, among other places. And I had never thought about this stuff because I'm not a math person, but I love origin stories. And so I thought this is really neat, especially the fact that these symbols came about to begin with because people, before they had these, you wrote out a math problem like this long word problem. But not like, you know, a train's traveling in this direction kind of thing. It's more like I have divided 10 into two parts and multiplying one of these by the other. The result was 21. Then you know that one of the parts is thing and the other is 10 minus thing. Right. That was an excerpt from a 9th century algebra book by the mathematician Muhammad ibn Musay Al -Kharwazmi. I'm pretty sure that's his name. Today, you would take that same formula and write it out as x times 10 minus x equals 21. Yeah. So simple. That's it. And that reveals why these things were so important. It just saves you so much time. So not only did it make writing an algebra book that much more attractive, it made teaching it that much faster. You might not have necessarily learned it any faster, but you definitely could teach these things faster with these notations rather than writing it out. And I also saw, Chuck, that some of those sentences that they would write, some people would put it into verse, metered verse, like poems. That takes a lot of time and it's unnecessary. Yeah. And especially at the time when you're writing with an eagle's feather and an inkwell. Sure. You know what I mean? That really drags too. It's not like you're just dashing this stuff off with a pencil. Nope. So some folks came along and changed all that. According to the VNR Concise Encyclopedia of Mathematics, hot read, the origin of the equal sign goes like this. A man named Robert Ricord, or Ricordae, was the royal court physician for King Edward VI and Queen Mary, and very influential mathematician in Wales. And he got tired of writing out equals over and over. So he thus proposed the equal sign because it is two little equal lines, and that's parallel equal lines. And I never thought about it, but it's brilliant. Yeah. He said a pair of parallels or twin lines of one length, and then he shows what he's talking about because no two things can be more equal. And there's a lot of extra vowels in those words, but he gets the point across. And he was saying like, this is such a great time saver. I'm so tired of saying is equal to. And he wrote it in a book called The Wet Stone of Wit. And of course, a wet stone is what you sharpen things with. So it sharpens your wit to read this book. I love that title. And it actually became very influential and well -read as far as 16th century math books go. And Robert Ricord is credited with coming up with the minus symbol and introducing it to his people back then. The equal sign, you mean? What did I say? Minus sign. Oh, just wait, Chuck. All right. Well, we're there. Plus and minus are what we use to indicate adding something and subtracting something, as everyone knows. The terms themselves come from Latin, where plus means more and minus means less. And the other thing is the plus symbol itself is also from the Latin word et et, meaning and, like this and that equals that, which is pretty great. So at one point there was a French philosopher named Nicole Oresme from the 14th century who used that plus sign as a shorthand for et, which is what they used to write. And at first it didn't take, right? I think like people weren't universally accepting this. Yeah, it wasn't until like the 16th or 17th century that it started to really kind of take off. I think the 16th century. And apparently there was competition at first too, that it wasn't just the plain old plus sign, that equal cross, that there were other crosses in the running too, including the Maltese cross. It's a great looking cross, but it takes a lot more time to write the Maltese cross out than it does to make a plus symbol. And the whole point of these things was to save time. So everybody said, yeah, Maltese cross, we like you, but we're going to go with the plus sign. That's right. So that's plus. We got equals, we got plus, minus now. In Europe, there was an Italian mathematician named Luca Pacioli. And Luca was using the symbol P with a little line over it for plus, an M with a little line over it for minus. And no one's exactly sure, but it seems to be that the M was just dropped, right? And then the minus sign, because we already had a plus sign, became the minus sign. Yeah. So you don't need the plus sign. Forget you P with the tilde over it. We're going to take the M instead. And it wasn't Robert Ricord who came up with that, but he was the one who introduced it to England.
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"Morgan Stanley and RBC which is Royal Bank of Canada. They are Enbridge's financial advisors on the deals while on the sell side Citigroup and Goldman Sachs represented Dominion so that's good to see. McGuire Woods a Richmond based law firm also advising Dominion which is a Richmond based company too so lots of good stuff there. M &A in the energy space coming at you. We're gonna have more. This is Bloomberg. Broadcasting 24 hours a day at Bloomberg .com and the Bloomberg Business Act. This is Bloomberg Radio. This is Bloomberg Markets with Paul Sweeney and Matt Miller. We got a lot of green on the screen here but the volume is light. We constantly underestimate the strength of the U .S. consumer. This is a market that's much more optimistic or bullish than maybe central bankers are. Breaking market news and insight from Bloomberg experts. There's still some concern out there in the market that there is room for things to deteriorate a little bit more than what they're indicating. As small and medium -sized businesses struggle they don't present as much competition. The supply chain has still got dislocations globally and here in the U .S. This is Bloomberg Markets with Paul Sweeney and Matt Miller on Bloomberg Radio. Alright coming up in this hour we're going to check in with Brian Egger Bloomberg Intelligence. He covers all the casino stocks, cruise lines, all that kind of fun stuff. We want to get an update on what's happening in Vegas post -pandemic Vegas baby. Diana Scott lead of U .S. Human Capital Center at the conference board is going to join us to discuss its recent findings on hiring in corporate America. So lots coming up in this hour as well but first let's kick things off with Mr. Charlie Pellegrino. Hi thank you very much Paul Sweeney and here's what's going on to Dow the S &P Nez Stack all in the red with the S &P extending its drop below 4 ,500 right to the numbers with the S &P at.
A highlight from Who Is Worse? Blackrock Or The Catholic Church (Biggest Money Cartel In History)
"Are you ready to wage a war without end against you? Are you ready to wage that war armed with nothing but bottomless poverty? I didn't think so. In that case, stop talking bullshit. And get yourself some shoes, because the air in here is unbreathable. Money corrupts, and that's not news. Today, it's Black Rock, Vanguard, and State Street. But not too long ago, there's an entity that held even more power than those multinational conglomerates. We're going to take a step back in time to the Catholic Church of the Renaissance and learn how it basically controlled everything it touched and how the game has stayed pretty much the same through the 21st century. We may just find similarities to how banks, hedge funds, and the uber wealthy elite wield political power today. Let's get it. Now, before you get your commenting fingers twitching about how I'm being mean to Catholics, know that I'm just talking about a political institution 500 years ago. I'm not talking about Catholicism as a religious practice or the church today. You do you when it comes to religion. This is America. Okay, now let's get back to the Renaissance. One big similarity the old school church has with our tradfi overlords is the emphasis on secrecy. Both institutions are shrouded in mystery. No one really knows their entire net worth or their intentions. Well, other than maintaining the status quo so they can rake in as much money as possible, both the Catholic Church and the banks have covered up scandal and corruption time after time so they can continue business as usual. Back in Da Vinci's time, there are all sorts of rumors of popes and other church officials not exactly keeping up with the Christian morals they were preaching. There is abuses of all kinds, incest, orgies, mistresses, bribery. We're not even talking about the polycule. You name the sin, the Renaissance popes were probably doing it. There is even a pope who supposedly drank children's blood. And that same corruption seems to be rampant within the banks and hedge funds in modern times. JP Morgan was found to be handling the payments between Epstein and the people he was trafficking with. In fact, the number of billionaires with connections to Epstein are startling. What were you doing on the island? And we'd probably hear more about similar corruption and scandals within Black Rock, Vanguard and State Street if they didn't own basically every news organization in the US. But we'll get to that a bit later. For now, the big boys just pay a lot of fines for doing bad things. And that brings us to the first tool you need if you want to control everything. Here's a hint. It's all about the money. Have you ever heard the phrase, money is power? Well, I'm pretty sure the Renaissance Church invented that concept. Most economists reckon the wealth of the modern day Catholic Church is actually immeasurable due to all the priceless artwork, artifacts and the money laundering going on. And the reported $30 billion net worth is still high despite countries going through a Protestant Reformation during the Renaissance and subsequently reclaiming church lands. So just imagine how much land and property the church owned back when Catholicism was the only thing on the Christian menu. Although it's really hard to know for sure just how much cash the pope was raking in during the Renaissance, economists estimate it would be a little over $40 million annually in today's terms. And remember, this income doesn't include the land or artwork they're receiving as gifts or claiming by force. This gave the pope the kind of capital countries are usually playing with. And thus, the church had the same power as monarchs. Some would argue even more. And folks, we may have ditched the funny tights and corsets or maybe you have, but we have the same kind of issue today. Vanguard, Black Creek and State Street manage almost $20 trillion, which is almost more than the U .S.'s GDP. And not only do they control more wealth than most countries in the world, those hedge funds are also managing wealth for countries, which creates a vicious, incestual cycle of corruption. Back in 2016, Forbes reported that the wealth gap is worse today than it was in the Middle Ages. And that's not very hard to believe when we know the top 1 % holds 15 times more wealth than the bottom 50 % of America. And during the COVID lockdown, the 10 richest billionaires doubled their fortunes, while 160 million people fell into poverty. So how did both the uber wealthy of the modern day and the ancient Catholic Church amass this kind of wealth? Well, the church had millions of people tithing 10 % of their income. Doesn't this sound a bit like the interest we pay banks on loans and banking fees? And 10 % is nothing in comparison to the types of interest we pay just to exist in the modern world. The highest credit card is over 30%, and most of us are paying somewhere in the 20s. And because the Fed is raising rates, other borrowing is getting more expensive, too. Student loan rates have increased, and taking out a loan to buy a home is nearly impossible these days because rates have almost tripled. mortgage rates haven't been above 6 % since the housing crisis in 2008. And yet, somehow, it's only us plebs who are paying these kinds of rates to borrow money. The corporations like BlackRock and JP Morgan take out loans with nearly 0 % interest. In fact, the wealthier you are, the less banks deem you as a risk. So you get the best rates. But in reality, this turns into a vicious cycle where the hyper wealthy hoard more money and the poor can't afford to borrow. Right now, the average interest for a personal loan is between 6 % and 36%, where the average interest for businesses is 2 % to 13%. Interest is leveraged against the average American the same way the Catholic Church used to leverage Ursary Usury is the practice of charging interest, and it used to be the biggest sin you could commit. But the church got creative with how it weaponized usury. It didn't go after wealthy banking families like the Medicis, who supplied the church with gifts and managed church money for free. The church conveniently cracked down on the practice so that the lower classes wouldn't have access to the extra capital that would give them the opportunity for upward mobility. It's wild how the past is so similar to our present. Why do you think day traders and TradFi have to keep at least $25 ,000 in their accounts? Supposedly, it's to protect the poor from the volatility of the market. But the way I see it, it's just another method of keeping smart people from changing their economic circumstances. And who do you think pressured the SEC to create that law in the first place? I'm willing to bet it was a giant money manager like State Street, Vanguard and BlackRock. They would like to have a monopoly on trading and hand all of us regular Joes a measly little 0 .01 % or whatever the bank interest is these days. I say no. And I want more than a toaster. And speaking of monopolies, the Catholic Church had a monopoly on salvation during the Renaissance, so people couldn't exactly go around negotiating that 10 % tithing rule or what exactly counted as a sin. It's really similar to how we can't really negotiate modern prices in this supposedly free market. The monopoly aspect is something the church and our wealthiest modern day corporations have in common. Look at the bank failures recently. Despite Jamie Dimon claiming the smaller banks are good for our financial ecosystem, Chase was very quick to gobble up the banks that went under. If we weren't there already, we're scarily close to a bank monopoly. Another way the Catholic Church made money was selling indulgences to rid the nobility of their sins. The Renaissance nobility were up to some shady things too and needed to be seen as moral so they could stay in power. The most corrupt nobles could buy a spot in heaven by donating land or commissioning artwork. Doesn't this feel a lot like government subsidies and contracts for major corporations? Hey, you want to look like you support green energy? Give Elon Musk millions to play with. Oh sure, Blackstone, we'll subsidize your billion dollar debt with taxpayer money because it makes us look like we're stimulating the economy. No problem. Another modern means of absolution is corporations using carbon credits to pay off their climate sins. This is how companies like Exxon have a higher ESG score than Tesla. They know who's palm to grease. Another great way to amass incomparable wealth is to be able to claim yourself as tax -free. If you can pull that off, it's an amazing feat. Just ask the NFL. Throughout history, the Catholic Church found ways to skirt taxation by the state and that practice is alive and well today. Do you think Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos are paying income taxes? I hate taxes. You hate taxes. We all hate taxes. But in our current society, we pay them. And it's a little more than unfair that the wealthiest among us are acting like they're tax exempt. Both the mega wealthy and the Catholic Church of the Renaissance controlled education and access to information. So kind of like mind control. The church kept their religious texts in Latin to keep the masses from being able to access it themselves. We already talked about how they also chose a lot of their sins to maintain the status quo in social hierarchy. It's a sin if you don't hit the like button. Similarly, corporate lobbyists have forced the government to slash education funding. That combined with other factors have made tuition exorbitantly high. We already talked about the student loan issue. Most people can't even afford college anymore. And if you take your education into your own hands by trying to stay up to date on news and media, you'll quickly realize almost every media company is owned by major corporations who have BlackRock and Vanguard as their primary investors. So you can't always trust what they're telling you because they have an agenda to stay in power. That's why it's hard to find information on the full extent of the corruption of the likes of BlackRock and Vanguard. I'm sure many reporters have pitched stories that have been shut down by the shady higher -ups. But here at BitBoy Crypto, we're proud to bring you the content that can't be bought by dark Wall Street money. Finally, that brings us to the third way the church and finance sectors control the world. It's not what you know, but who you know. And you know me. And I know you know that I know you. Political wheeling and dealing. And if that doesn't work, position your family members in places of power. Every royal court and government had pupil ambassadors that would ride back and forth through the Vatican and other church lands negotiating with church officials. That sounds a lot like a very early version of a lobbyist to me. And because as the head of the church, the pope had immense power, he was able to recommend marriages, which usually involved installing a member of his family at a high position. Pope Alexander VI married his daughter, Lucretia Borgia, off three different times. He simply annulled her first marriage when her husband was no longer politically advantageous and the Borgias may or may not have been responsible for murdering Lucretia's second husband. Pope Clement VII married one of his family members, Catherine de Medici, to the future king of France, which was a helpful political alliance during a time fraught with Protestant uprisings. This should all sound very familiar because the majority of our politicians, no matter the political party, have familial or social ties to banks, hedge funds, and the uber wealthy elite. There are so many examples of this, we can't list them all, but here are a few to sink your teeth into. George W. Bush had an uncle who provided discreet banking services for people in Washington, DC, and his brother Jeb also worked in banking before politics. Then you have the Clintons, whose son -in -law is an investor at a Texas private equity firm. Trump is friends with all sorts of sketchy billionaires across the globe. And look at Jared Kushner. And then you have Biden, whose son Hunter has been a hedge fund principal, venture capitalist, private equity fund investor, and painter. And now we have even more of Jamie Dimon's shenanigans. He doesn't have enough power running the largest bank of America. He's thinking of going into politics? And remember, guys, political corruption is like an iceberg. The evidence we have is just the tip due to how good they are at covering their tracks. And the Renaissance pope's habit of just making princes is exactly what our financial overlords do today. Pope Leo III crowned Charlemagne the Holy Roman Emperor out of nowhere, and Pope Alexander VI made one of the sons he had with his official mistress, a prince who supposedly inspired Machiavelli's The Prince. I don't think he inspired the artist, though. BlackRock and the likes are making princes, too. This is where we get into the modern day campaign financing, where it costs millions to be democratically elected prince. In 2016, only 158 families controlled 50 % of campaign financing. Our biggest banks spend millions on campaign financing for Republicans and Democrats every year, and that's just the money they actually report. There's a bigger, more illicit pool of dark money that controls politics. And if you think they're spending billions on these politicians just to be nice, think again. Nobody spends something for nothing. Billionaire Bernard Schwartz is quoted as saying, I don't ask politicians to do what I say. I want them to hear me when I have a problem. And according to Vanity Fair, BlackRock's CEO Larry Fink loved to go around saying that he told Washington what to do. Doesn't all this sound a bit like the Catholic Church saying, Well, you technically can do what you want, but if you don't do what I say, your soul will spend eternity in a very hot, not -so -nice place. You don't want to know where that poker goes. And now we get to number four on our list. It is better to be feared than to be loved. Also known as scare tactics. If the immense wealth, information control, and political corruption wasn't enough to scare the living daylights out of you, the Renaissance Catholic Church took it to a whole other level. The way the church portrayed hell through artwork and story was absolutely terrifying. Of course you're going to do whatever the Pope says to save yourself from eternal damnation. And the banks and hedge funds do this too. Make sure you have an IRA because if you aren't getting our measly 5 % every year, how will you possibly be able to retire? Don't worry, that number barely covers inflation on a good year. And if you don't buy things with credit cards or open a car loan and pay his interest, you won't have credit to buy a house later. And finally, this one's my favorite, guys. If you don't bail us out, the entire world will explode. We're too big to fail. And now we get to the final element you will need to succeed at controlling everything. Drum roll, please. Military power. Plato said, All wars are fought for the sake of getting money. And folks, he was probably right. The Pope would also deem certain wars holy and approve military actions. When Henry VIII left the church, the Pope excommunicated him and told his people that rising up against him was holy because he'd gone against God. Pope Alexander VI issued the Enter Saterra, which authorized Spain and Portugal to colonize, convert and enslave the Americas. And sometimes the Pope would even command armies himself. Did you know the Pope raised and commanded the army that was responsible for the Crusades? So I guess that we can be thankful that the hedge funds and banks haven't started raising their own armies. But then again, why would they when they have the entire government under their thumb and they could spend the free time bathing in gold? Today, massive corporate institutions lobby in favor of warfare because it benefits them financially. Corporations have made billions from the war in Ukraine and the Iraq war was conceived to financially benefit oil companies and their investors. Just look how much BlackRock has invested in military weapons. $56 .74 billion. And you can't tell me they don't have a financial interest in the military industrial complex. That was a lot of info, guys. And I'm impressed you stuck with us for this trip down History Lane. I don't want to leave you on a gloom and doom note, however. Here's the bright side, folks. The Protestant Reformation did come as a reaction to the Catholic Church's corruption and power. And hundreds of years later, the church is still powerful. Nowhere near as powerful as they were during the Renaissance. We have the same opportunity to throw off the yoke of the banks and hedge funds that control our current financial system and government. That's where crypto comes in. No matter how much they try to manipulate the market, they can't control our gains, especially when we think long term. Do your research. Find out who the biggest investors are in the companies you buy from and patronize smaller businesses. Take your business or credit unions instead of feeding the pockets of the giant banks. Really question what politicians are telling you and push for campaign finance reform. This is a potential future where we all are free. That's all I have for you guys. DZ out.
Monitor Show 07:00 08-27-2023 07:00
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A highlight from How can our Church do Better in Evangelism
"And we, Nikki and I, are so thankful for this church and all that you've done for us, and I'll say a little bit more about that tomorrow night when I give our presentation and show you some photos of the Ukrainian family that you've helped us to take in and take care of and some different things that you've done. You've done a lot of things for us, and we've been in this together, so we'll speak about that more tomorrow night. But tonight we're going to talk about evangelism, bringing the gospel to the people around you in Rockford and in the Rockford area. I'm really glad for the opportunity to talk about this subject because doing this, what we're doing tonight, is part of the key to being an evangelistic church, and I'll tell you what I mean by that later, but I have three points tonight. The first are very quick. The third point is the main thing we're going to talk about tonight. The first point is that evangelism in the local church is not automatic, and the second is that evangelism is at the heart of who we are as a church, and the third is that evangelism is something we can do better. Okay? Evangelism is not automatic. It's at the heart of who we are, and it's something we can do better. All right, first of all, evangelism in the local church is not automatic. That's why I like this meeting. No church is an evangelistic church without striving and struggling to give to evangelism attention, to give attention to this question, how are we going to bring the gospel to the people around us in a better way? Giving that question attention and talking about it and discussing it and praying over it and struggling with it is a part of this process of becoming an evangelistic church. It's not automatic. Evangelism is the cutting edge of our calling as a church, and it's the cutting edge of the spiritual warfare that we're involved in, bringing the gospel to the world, and so of course it's not just going to happen automatically that we become a fruitfully evangelistic church. Where evangelism is not an open subject of discussion in a local church, in that local church, evangelism is already dying, so it's an open discussion tonight, and that means that evangelism is a hot topic for you guys. It's still alive. When nobody's talking about it, it's because we're not really doing it much, and we're not seeking for new ways to do it. Second point, evangelism is at the heart of who we are. I'm not going to say much about this, but I hope we're all absolutely convinced about this. Do you remember in 1 Peter 2, 9, Peter says that you are a chosen race, a holy nation, a people for God's own possession, that you might proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. So Peter's defining our identity as a church, a holy nation, a royal priesthood, a people for God's own possession, that you might proclaim the excellencies of Him who saved you. So it's who we are, isn't it? I mean, how could we exist as a church, a lampstand, we're called the lampstand in the book of Revelation. Well, that's our identity is we're something to give light to other people so they can come to Christ. So the church, the local church that does not evangelize will fossilize. And that's always true, always absolutely true.
"royal" Discussed on ESPN FC
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"royal" Discussed on The BBQ Central Show
"All packers for tax legs in size in shifting butts. You've never heard this before you might think you found the best triple x. Show ever let's get back to the most homo erotic host there today gregg. Welcome back this portion of the show being brought you by vortex watch company. They are a small batch custom. Watch manufacturing in vintage restoration company located in northern colorado. They take antique american pocket. Watches just like this. One tournament wristwatches. Just like this one their mission to preserve and enhance the legacy of manufacturing excellence in america in order to do that they're combining traditional and cutting edge technology to create unique quality functional time with exceptional value. Here's the coolest part each watch that they make is a unique one of a kind piece like this one company founded on the motto. That america wasn't assembled it was built. Checkout vortex watches dot com and we thank emily park again from the american royal manager at the world series of barbecue barbecue all fame dot com also website. You can go check out. were saddened. That meet head will not be there. But we are doubly saddened. The clinton is going to be accepting of meat has positioning. Can you believe a question from dan. They allow dogs on the grounds Good question i don't know but i can certainly email emily back and see i would imagine you telling me there's gonna be five hundred competitive barbecue or is there and not one of them brings a dog. Unless you're talking about like a dow coming out. Can you have a towel going to grant you know what i'm saying that. Be four hundred seventy five dollars now if you're talking about a canine. I don't know. But i would have to imagine. Bring it and see what happens. Dan then report back on tuesday. We'll do a sect right. All the way back in the first hour was behead as we opened up. Barbecue signs with meathead. We talk all about the stall. What had really is what's really happening with the main myth of what's going on yelp to talk about how to power through it. The rubs announced here on this show exclusively ish alongside his masters club. So you can go to beijing ribs dot com slash labor. Maybe it was flavored and by him up. If you want dos also getting ready to unveil itself second hour sterling ball with big poppa smokers the twenty twelve american royal champ. He's going to be going back this weekend. Try and grab it up again. No surprise to this host if he wins it because show karma attach it and we close it out with emily. Park the manager over at the barbecue. What is it. The world series of barbecued american royale taking places weekend teams loading in tomorrow and thursday and friday. And we'll get going saturday on the invitationals side sunday on the openside and i will reserve segments for both on tuesday. Aside from that you will see the like so they steven reich showing up. You'll see the likes of daniel von showing up where we'll talk about top fifty over texas monthly plenty of stuff to talk about. So how do i always leave the number eleven to two thousand and one i will never forget. And until next. Tuesday this your program host and produce american greg grumpy. Good night now.
"royal" Discussed on The BBQ Central Show
"Is predictions here on the show. And what you know. We're getting to that time of year. Where some of the most elite barbecue competitions are getting ready to take place now as we look back history has dictated dug in twenty twenty one. There have been major barbecue competitions that have taken place that didn't take place the year before because of the pandemic so let's go ahead and start giving our one hundred percent. Yes or one hundred percent. No bets on the royal the jack and the world food championship. Because this is your topic. Doug you will go i give me a yes or give me a no. The american royal will happen in twenty twenty one. Yes they need the money for the money grow rusty one hundred percent yes or one hundred percent no the royal will or will not be happening in twenty twenty one. The royals happening a hundred and fifty million per cent. Wow i mean there can't be one hundred and fifty million percent but i love your enthusiasm. That's what that's what. It is enthusiasm. John over one hundred percent yes or one hundred percent no royal will or will not be taking place in two thousand twenty one hundred percent. No it will not an rusty as greg math. That is if i might say that. Some of the most accurate math. You have never done. So there is something about that greg. The royal will or will not be happening with one hundred percent. I am going to say with one. Hundred percent assured the american royal andrew. You are not will not be happy pains me to say nobody wants to hear it but i believe they will be pulling the plug on that and i have no insider information for anybody. I haven't talked to emily over there in a month. At least but i hate to say it. I think that the american oil is not going to happen again. it is a really large event. I think there's optics for them. That need to come into play that they might consider that some of the other events might not and for that reason. I believe that the royal will not happen again hopefully next year will. We'll see what happens there. That's not the only event we're talking about here tonight. Ever so hold onto your hats really back to jobs. Coburg for the jack will or will not be happening with one hundred percent. Assuredly john the jack will be happening with one hundred percent. Sure i bet. I know the answer to this rosty. With one hundred percent assuredly the jack will or will not be happening in twenty twenty one so the rumors i've been hearing and these are just rumors that is now in the hands of It's not a committee but it's it's someone that they deal with this stuff out of the hands of the jack. So i think in that case i actually think it will not be happening. Wow allegedly reportedly. We'll just put that out there as well. Well dug one hundred percent assurance. The jack will or will not be happening in two thousand. Twenty one rusty's comment further. Proves that i'm right. It's a hundred and one percent not happening because it's a risk committee and it's a commercial company risk committee. Thank you. i'm making it up. But i'm sure they're looking at the risk and that's what it is. It's a risk committee. That's why you go. Well oh my goodness. I can't believe i'm going to do this. But i'm gonna say the jack is one hundred percent going to happen. Aligned with jonah hearing doug's thinking through this and rusty having allegedly reportedly hearing things would perhaps make me on a completely go away from my answer No i will hold firm. My mom always told me. Go with your gut. And i'm going to go with that. I'm going to say it's absolutely going to happen. And the reason i was going to give. I'm going to hold to myself now. Because i fear i might look like an absolute fool but i will stick with. It is going to happen. Oh guess what. That's not the only one we're guessing on. I mean speculating on this evening. There's something called the world food championships in the great state of a wanting to secede from the union. Stay texas we go. For his assuredly vote doug shutting the world through championships will or will not be happening in two thousand twenty one going along with the same line of reasoning. It's not a public company. It is going to happen one hundred percent. I mind boggling. We go the michigan embedded correspondent for his one hundred percents assuredly. Answer john the world through championships will or will not be happening. The safety i'm sorry hood. The likelihood of the world food championship happening is the same likelihood of jesus christ the lord falling from the sky. Tomorrow down to my deck of coffee with me. It is one hundred percent not going to happen. You are not lost. John we all know. Jesus christ isn't real rosty. We go to you for your one. Hundred percent assurance devote the world food championships will or will not be happening in twenty twenty one and i am waiting with baited. Breath is at its on then. I think that it's on my home that at all. I don't know that one is in. The jack isn't and then the same position but i don't know why i just think it's going to happen. That's gut feeling you guys. I mean have nonetheless. We are proving that we are one hundred percent. Kooks there's no doubt about it We go to cleveland for greg. Crappies one hundred percent assuredly answer here on the world through championships taking place yes or no. In two thousand twenty one kangaroo. They are not going to be happening. One our not going to be happening. Even got a voicemail. Or not a voicemail but i i got an email from no names please within some type of framework that said twenty twenty one world through championships definitely going to be happening and it's not that i'm discounting what this person said however i am discounting exactly what that person set out of all of them. I mean Boy doug would you say that on on par. Attendance world through championships is bigger than the royal or no. Oh no no no no not not. Okay I would say that world through championships is bigger in attendance than jack. Though you would agree with that. Yes yes i would i. I would agree with that. I would agree with that. I think from a size perspective that And there's so many corporate names attached to the world championships that again And is nine. Oh mike mcleod wants more than anything wants to have world through championships back in two thousand twenty one.
"royal" Discussed on Bedtime Stories For Kids
"Welcome do bedtime stories for kids. My name is mike. I'm so excited that you're joining me today. Are you ready for today's adventure. Today we have a story for royal requested by his mom. And if you want me to create a story just for you than simply ask any grown up to get in touch. Speaking of grownups hate grownups. Did you know that the very best way to support this. Podcast is to simply request a story. You can visit bedtime stories for kids. Dot co two. Request your very own story and yes. That is a brand new website. Please go and check it out. And should you be listening through apple podcasts. Deliver five star review as well as it helps me out a tremendous amount and is such an easy thing to do. Now if you're ready then i'm ready broil. I hope that you're ready as well. Can we raise our left foot and a right arm as highness guys. We can count on with me in five four. Three two one go. It is a brave sunday. Royal walks through the garden at his house and at the very back of the yard. Mom has some of the most yummies strawberries and blueberry plants. Should we go and try. Some broil takes us small bucket and he starts picking some of those ripe and yummy strawberries and blueberries when suddenly his dad says hey royal can you come here for a second. Broil walks into the house where dad says. Hey royal look at this. As he stares at a flyer that came with the mill the fire reads find the golden strawberry and win a brand new motorcycle. What is this royal. Us is a competition. Dad says tomorrow at stuey strawberry farm. They have hidden one golden strawberry. And if you find it somewhere in the field you can win a brand new motorcycle. Do you want to enter the competition that ass. Of course royal says also that says you can bring one person to help you. Who do you think can help you the best to find that golden strawberry Broil says i'm going to bring romeo and romeo israel's dog of course the next day arrives and royal and romeo have arrived at steward strawberry farm. There are many other families. They're all wanting to find that golden strawberry and win the brand new motorcycle. Stuey who owns the farm welcomes two participants. Welcome everybody behind me. You can find the strawberry fields there are millions of delicious ripe red juicy. Yemi strawberries but one of them is different. One strawberry is made out of pure called. If you find it you will be the winner of this. Most amazing super awesome new motorcycle. Whoa let's do. Our best. Royal says to romeo. If you're already stuey says then countdown with me in three two on. May the best person find the golden strawberry broil and romeo run into the big strawberry field. There are surrounded by millions of strawberries. It's amazing but all the strawberries are red. How do we find the on one. Royal us himself. If i was golden strawberry. Where would i be as royal and romeo continued to walk through the strawberry fields following the rest of the crowd. Maybe royal says to himself if everyone goes that way. We should go this way as he makes a right. Turn a small field. Where most of the strawberries aren't yet. Yummy ripe in read. In fact most strawberries in in this part of the field are still yellowing green. This could be a perfect place for a golden straw. Mary don't you think. Romeo explore this field. Find the golden strawberry royal says to romeo the dog who then starts running through the field and smelly and exploring every part of this tiny newfield when suddenly romeo starts barking and barking and barking. Did you find it as royal runs across the field to romeo. Royal cannot believe his eyes hidden at the very very beck of this small strawberry field far from where everyone else is searching this field with green and yellow. Not yet ripe. Strawberries royal stares at a strawberry that is just reflecting in the sunshine. He takes a closer look and indeed. This is not a regular strawberry. This is the golden strawberry as he picks it up and he starts running back to the farm with romeo the dog right behind him. I found it. I found it. I found it. Royal is super excited. Back at the farm. He runs straight to stewing mr st louis. I found the polled and strawberry. Did you mr stuart says. Let me have a look as royal hens over the golden strawberry. Yes you did royal. Congratulations now i just have one question. For you royal. Do you like motorcycles. Because this one now officially belongs to you as he points at the brand new super awesome motorcycle royal couldn't be more happy. He had the best day ever romeo. The dog was the best teammate he could ever ask for and now he cannot wait to write his brand new super amazing motorcycle back home where his entire family will wait for him. And with that we're going to end today's at venture shirt with all your friends and your family. I hope you had fun. Join me in the next adventure. And don't forget if you want me to create a story for you. Then ask any grownup to get in touch so with that being said i wish you good night. Osu sweet dreams if you are not yet going to sleep. I wish you an amazing day. And i'll see you in the next adventure..
"royal" Discussed on Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast
"That one two or does a great dish but you know they want to make your crews amazing they want you to have an amazing experience and in this case they were able to make that happen which is fantastic so yeah never hurts to ask or at least you speak up or you know be not be mean nitpick but to simply ask. They might say we can't do that. I'm sorry or hey. We have this rolodex of old recipes. Good news we can do that next. Emails from jack pile from seattle. I imagine think welcoming would have odyssey takeover alerts schedule for the first month of they get odyssey up and running. This is put on hold for a while. Not the rush back into service for big promo for debut with a full ship jackson. The amount obviously jacksonville is the only before last week. 'cause last week we're we've got the answer to your email jack and that is no. They're not because they're gonna send paul ships back into service this summer. So yeah if you didn't hear about jack. Royal caribbean has announced summary. Plans odyssey will restart cruises in july. July third and alerts are a little later in the summer. But they're both going and the answer is note that it's pretty rare talking cova versa. Let's take that out of the equation. It's pretty rare for rail to swap out ship a b. It does certainly happen but not as much as you might think so. There you go there. I love when i can in this case. It helped me out. Because i don't know what i would have told you before this announcement but bladder to the scene this week so i can sound very smart. Look oh yeah of course which granted you're all set there and our last email comes to us from nickel ends up. I'm trying to decide which to sail on. My wife is still adventure of the seas back in two thousand six hundred. Sixteen in the caribbean then. In two thousand seventeen we sold unexplored the season alaska with our kids and that cruise. We knew we wanted to is on a warm weather so we bit decreased two thousand eighteen knowing that wanted to push back to it later. Date we re booked for april twenty twenty. We have now revoked a couple times. He signed switch back and forth between the freedom and the oasis class. We're not putting liberty sees july thirty twenty twenty two..
"royal" Discussed on Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast
"I'm not doing this cheaply. i wanted to kind of endorsed bit. Splurge this is not just a family vacation. This is for me an opportunity to kind of bring all this together full circle and enjoying it to that extent so we actually got a grant sweet for us in the kids. There's room for them as room for us. It's actually very similar. I think to the room. We had on freedom of the seas that we took in the end of two thousand nine for new year's eve so should be very nice. I'm excited for it. It's it's always nice if he's thinking it's but you know the thing that i was so people were booking is sweet. It is rarely ever a value proposition. It is rarely ever. Oh if you book sweet you will get x y and z. Thus making it worthwhile sweetser like first class airplane tickets. They don't get you there any faster. You just get to enjoy the experience of more. It's a little more indulgent is a little more enjoyable in the sense that you get more space but also just the little things that make it a little nicer for me. I decided you know what we're gonna do it for this cruise because why not so. That's the direction we went on for this one now in terms of the cruise itself. Obviously they're gonna be changes on board the ship and on friday. Royal caribbean announced the protocols for onboard. The ship what. I booked this cruise. I thought for sure. I would have been all of you money that i'd be wearing a mask on board the ship that we'd be restricted roker. Insure excursions. there would be tons of testing required and a variety of other protocols. That assumed we're going to be part of. I think everybody booking degrees back in march thought that well as it turns out not really we are fully vaccinated as adults who will not have to worry anywhere on the ship. Unless there's some special circumstances that require the we do any shore excursion we want and and there is a little bit of testing required but not nearly the level that i thought there was going to be again when i booked shoes. Very welcome stuff even for my kids who are unvaccinated. They will need to do certain things. Like where masks in certain situations around the ship. It's not ridiculous rules. They can take off their masks when they're seated if they're actively eating drinking in other obviously in our room. They don't wear masks so they don't need to wear maso. The this is very welcome south especially also a perfect echo of key. You don't wear. I would say all in all. I think the protocols are very very reasonable..
"royal" Discussed on Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast
"And ten. It's happening going on a cruise again and this week's episode is previewing my crews on roque adventure the seas. Here we go. Ladies and gentlemen boys and girls i have never been more excited for cruise because finally after well more than a year. I'm getting back on board a cruise. That's right this weekend. I'll be boarding. Rollerblades means adventure of the seas as real corinne begins cruises again. This time from the bahamas going to various parts of the caribbean. We'll talk about that. They would be an understatement to say that my family is excited would be an understatement. We are thrilled to be going on a cruise again. This is basically a kind of homecoming only for me but also obviously for the cruise line which has been unable to offer cruises in north america. And this'll be the first sailing back. This will be the first of hopefully many cruise ships to return to service this summer. Somewhere in north. America whether it's the united states or not more on that later i'm sure but today we're focused on adventure of the seas and as is typically the case although podcast since march twenty twenty. I haven't done this in a while. And that is previewing what i've got on my crews and then obviously when we get home i'll contrast that with cruise review so yes. Sit down relax. We're we've got a big one for you this week because it is so exciting. I it's almost honestly. There's a sense of disbelief. And i think this is going to be a recurring trend within this cruise. Is that this idea that it's it's surreal to the point where. You're not really sure that it's actually going to happen. Like i've had many times during the shutdown. I've had dreams of being on a cruise ship. And then i wake up and realize it was just a dream not actually on a ship and you can display. This happens a lot of things in life. But now i actually have the opportunity to go on a cruise and and it's crazy now. If you remember correctly roker being announced these cruises on adventure of the seas back in march we were actually on spring break and we were in south carolina and i was listening to the announcement and reading. It and i didn't have a chance to like tell my wife. Hey do you wanna book this cruise. I just yolo booked media as i'm reading the blog post with the breaking news text travel agent. Book this cruz actually. We couldn't actually book until later on. But that's besides the point doesn't make for good story..
"royal" Discussed on Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast
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"royal" Discussed on Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast
"Your question there next week. Email from craigie or matt matt inmate. I'm sure high from australia. We have a cruise booked for december from from sydney on ovation of the sees your this little road of the vaccine australia. What happens if we can't get it in time before the cruise greg. Thanks to the email. Buddy remains to be seen exactly what to expect in terms of you know the australia because you guys down under are dealing with very similar situation. We had up here in the states. Probably right around December january timeframe. What i mean by that is we were staring at basically the no sale ordering a lot avenue cruises going there was really no progress being made vaccines and just come out with really. Nobody had him yet so. The outlook was very grim. It was not good and my hope. Is that what happened to us will happen to you in that it will rapidly improve as the vaccine gets two countries like australia. And case i mean you already have really low case council. This is a completely different situation in that regard but again. I hope that you'll have an opportunity to see a rapid return to service down there. I think there's a lot of the decrease market. We're not talking about dubai or something. That has a very small market in a seasonal seasonable. You know what i mean like. It's your there's hope there. And maybe i'm being a little optimistic and a little naive. Perhaps but they can't do this forever right. And i'm and i'm hopeful that they will. Obviously you guys going there now as your answered your question. It's hard to say. I can tell you that at least here in the states and also for cruises that are playing on anthem out of southampton england that it looks like you've got to be vaccinated began. Get it in time. Unfortunately it doesn't feel you'd be a lot more. I don't know what the refund policies will be and how that all works. That's a really good question i would. I would warn you. Craig not to jump to any conclusions yet. Wait to see what the protocols are for australia. And how that all works out. So maybe they won't require the vaccine. I don't know maybe we'll we'll.
"royal" Discussed on Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast
"Is to put a deposit down refundable deposit down lock in the rate and then decide later on if you're actually going to go well that works fine and dandy for cruiseboat about the airfare. Because i don't want to be deciding in you know ninety days out. Oh i want a book cruz. Finally and then yikes the airfares crazy. Expensive well i went to air to see. It looked it up at the price was reasonable. Price for a flight from orlando to l. a. Was pretty much what i would consider a good price for our families to go to and i said we'll just air to see and that way if we cancel before final payment day. We don't have an issue there. We we're not out the money on the on the flights and number two it also allows us to lock in our seats and just kind of had that all squared away. So i think when you're looking to book a flight whether you're looking at maybe this barbados cruises later this year the beginning in december or really any cruises coming up here air to seize a really good idea. Now when you're also booking your flights you probably also wanted to have a really good idea about baggage because when you drive. Chris board boy so easy as long as your car can fit. You can bring it with you right so my kids bring a backpack and case. I don't care probably still yell at them. Because i yell at them but a lot of things but it's not the end of the world right but now when you're flying it's a whole different ball game in terms of you know bring bags on baggage fees. Let's face it. Almost every airline has baggage reason. Southwest airlines probably the exception to this. But you know southwest may not be going into the place that you're going to your crew so that may not be an option for you. I think in general. You want to do your best to try to plan your baggage as well as you can most airlines to give.
"royal" Discussed on Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast
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"royal" Discussed on The AIB Show
"And we're going and three to one. Take twelve to is operatives. Jay say do welcome back everybody. This is it. This is dominic if you watch it on youtube or coming to you live from amidst bedroom as you can see the stuffed animals in the background. Those who are not on the youtube. You probably want to go look at that. I get cold at night home so no. We're in a different situation here. Different setting so the sounds. It'd be a little different are backdrops. A little different were were remote as they say in the game. the radio game which is actually dead but anyway Yeah come to another episode. We are going to make more noise because this room. The we're in right now. Captures a lot more sound than the previous room. But we're going to get into some random stuff as the day progresses and discuss some things that are top of mind based on what's going on in the world right now donald gorringe started off with With with your favorite topic the royal family. Donald was glued to the oprah interview. Actually where i've never. I've never seen a single over into never get. This is michael jackson one. No it has nothing to do with anti oprah. Anything alley is i mean. I don't the oprah heads out. There are going to be offended by this. Did you get a car. You get a car wash this show. I did see clips of it the interview. So there's a bunch of stuff going around about that as well before we get into the stuff where people just again making noise. There was a situation like my mom came through with that. Hey mom where there was. News reports about seven million dollars in other stuff getting thrown out there. 'cause because apparently markle and and prince harry aren't You know they're they're they're. They're not collecting money. Or whatever from the film anymore. And i don't even know how that even works. They get a. Did he get an allowance his whole life. I believe you're absolutely right but i. It was like a certain dollar amount. Something significant like what was i liked to or just spend you get credit cards. Do what you wanna do like. How does that work. When a family that i have no idea. Where does that money come from taxes. I assume raping and pillaging the people over the centuries valid but now they got the money right but yeah i never really understood that whole aspect of things so so they've said no money and then apparently seventy dollars in change but apparently there was oprah's s not. There's an again. I don't know. I haven't researched any this because i've never even watched this stuff and and they got Think they shot unlike tyler. Perry's house or some some ridiculous Lovely setting and was quite fitting for for for royalty. But yeah. I never understood this another question. I thought on the way over again before we get into this. It's elizabeth the second..
"royal" Discussed on Mouthpiece Wrestling Podcast
"Mama hanjiang miserable. Did we test you this week. Deidre know i guess it myself. I took something simple. Made it a worse. Replenish greenwich when the suggesting. They other stuff so bad that can be handled. Geos discord lost almost in tears dab but scout for taking his nova. Yeah bam bam. He looks better than he did what he was around. He's like impressive. Impressive and collier back so you might as well just crack. Stay with the big to occupy of the week that was the royal rumble which was in tampa florida obviously We all watched it together. Add up i. I love the rumble. Rumble was always been my favorite like it makes the beginning of the year which is miserable time anyway. Something to forward to seeing this one disappointed actual bill. What the a few of them. I really enjoyed this one. Yeah it was very similar. I think for the first time in ages that there's no crowd i feel the rumble. you know. there's a big notice when there's no crowd especially at the rumble but it was really really good show even from the pre show with weeds tag. Titles on the line on the show i again. I thought it was decent writing. So i'm guessing they're going with lacey in charlotte at mania. Do you think so. Keep oscar than his champ. Someone grown for her. Because i'm assuming it's gonna obviously the winner of the women's rumble. Which will get to intersect is going to be facing sasha concierge in any other thing maybe like rick salerno poll or something. Rick flair on powell. Do you think do that though. Charlotte gopher oscar now. I don't see. I don't think charts for us to and this is just to keep charlotte busy. But they're putting so much emphasis on this that i feel like the blow off can be ebb mania. Yeah maybe yeah maybe because they giving lacy a real big spotlight and they're making it quite a big thing but ric flair and they but Yeah it was. It was a good batch. I mean i it was short and i think it's because they pretty much all in the rumble bar oscar But it was a perfect kickoff show and we got new tag team champions and two time when we get to rumble. We'll get to. We'll get to why i met at night. Jack's you usually guess why ask we can tell right. So i'll do. The cards started with the drew gobert match raw. Yeah do you know well it was. It was exactly what it needed to be. They didn't get this one wrong. I mean like he. He's looking radio now go you think. He's he was winning the title. Nemo man shorts brought listener in twenty years. That's like a. He looked breath as he was coming in. Like we were saying like Drew had a long entrance because my no of made it but yeah drew survived. Despair at jama jackhammer. Quite it was. It was a very generous. Sir i am a you almost broke his neck like does everyone these days. I think we've go- bugged. They should have him back to do stuff like he did with dolph. I don't mind that but that thing at summerslam with dolph. I didn't mind. I can handle goldberg in that capacity. I don't think he needs to be top of the tree. I deny the end. Maybe looked like he realizing that he can't do this. any off. just disappeared but drew retained in two and a half minutes was the longest oberg batch of seen in years. Spur the problem is wwe. It's always been the problem with way. W w bush goldberg as they're trying to bill goldberg like he's an actual wrestler whereas wcw they've booked as a due to beat people in like six seconds or wes. Yeah except for that one time. That william regal shot on a complete fool. Yeah yeah he did. It was like a random nitro where they were just like. Hey william regal. You're doing the job to goldberg tonight. Wrinkles right i'll do the job to goldberg. But i'm gonna. I'm gonna i'm gonna throw actual wrestling holds in their how this guy can't do anything. He did like really regal guide. Because i've think i've seen i think he talks about it on the monday night. Wars disney On the network. I i see took it about that. Thousands of rows but now it was they. This wasn't right they booked. This wasn't right. We got to see some goldberg williams. You've got to see his entrance drew's to retains. Do you think drew ho. John now goes into remedy or champ. You don't think there's any moments webs really are see. We'll get to this is i. i. I think he's gonna go smack myself these to be right but we'll get to that once you get to obviously the rumble pa setbacks and camilla. I have to say good. I think i preferred they match the hatred towards camilla's blows my mind because i actually think she's a lot more talented than people think. She's really good and for me. This might be a bit controversial. I would now put sasha banks in the conversation as the best women's wrestler wrestling. Oh i agree. I she would definitely be in that conversation. There are not many better than her. Because come editor is really good. But when sacha i think it made a look even better you know i great. She's on the biggest run right now. I think of her and she's already been amazing from before obama. How you said she could be even be in the conversation as the best wrestler right. Now you think you'd you'd consider her if you're putting a list of merging men and women who is the best. I think session would still be that conversation. If that's if the winner of the of the women rumbles gonna fight her lack the potential matter the night. Yeah that could definitely still. The show hugged percent hundred percent Puerto rico good match and as i think sasha may come and look better but come in is better than i think. She gets credit for jews very good character. She's a pretty good wrestler. She's got a lot better and she's improved. But yeah i again. I really liked. I do think that teo see match was better than they looked christiane because it was next to to women's royal rumble. I love this. I loved this. You're lucky there was no mary. Lucky on.
"royal" Discussed on Play Your Way
"Really good. I prefer the royal ending. I agree with that You know there's something wrong on like after going to that game. I want to be left like raw and emotional. I don't wanna be like. Oh all other like i. you know it's bittersweet that he has to go home but it feels right. It feels right He it is what it is he. It would be nice if he could stay. But it's a good closure but he needs to go home. Yeah he's ago. I mean. I've i've talked with you about this. When i when i be royal part of the reason have struggled to go back and play it a second time is when i beat royal. I was just so just emotionally drained by the end of it. I mean literally just took everything out of me. At that point short you're dealing dealing with mara key and how all that did. And then i got to that ending in a very emotional. And it's very draining as a whole. I just have not been able to find. You know kind of the the kind of the energy in a bit of a way to to go back in. I've played it. Bits and pieces since then. But i haven't really attacted like i like i usually do. Just because it was such a good inconclusive into it. I can't say anything more. It's i put in one hundred twenty three hours and looking back. I'm glad i did. I'm glad i went through. I'm glad i didn't stop stop. I'm glad i push forward. And i'm glad i got to enjoy. What persona five royal is such a great game such a great ending. I don i. I'll be honest. i don't know if i'll play it again. run. I'm glad i play personify royal and got the full deluxe completed version because of that phenomenal game. We're going to recommend it. Obviously hundred dedicating in entire episode to it. But let's go ahead and in that there. Let's go to wrap it up. We want to know your thoughts. Have you played persona five royal. Had you played maybe just the base game have. You played other games in the persona series. What are your thoughts. What what reality would you have have chosen towards the end of that third semester. There let us know. Give us your feedback. Don't forget to follow us on twitter at p. y. w podcast and instagram the. Py w podcast thank you for listening and have a great one..
"royal" Discussed on Play Your Way
"She like in some instances. You can tell that she that she wasn't in the base game and some you couldn't but i feel like what would that character. There was a lot more times as opposed to kasumi market-related. A better job this time around. And it's really you know. A positive sign going forward that can take these existing properties and add in these new characters that really enhance the story and make it even better without compromising. What's already there ex exactly. And that's tough job. I gotta admit it's gotta be a tough job but they execute well some going on into more of kind of my thoughts on characters. I actually thought all of the characters fit very well. They're like in terms of the main characters whether it was the phenom thieves or even those other characters that played important role. Were you seen them a lot. Like sojiro or catchy for sure. Obviously or you know gamma rookie. I think they all fit well. There was never a time where i'm like they all. They had good chemistry and obviously that is the point. That is the main point especially with the phantom. The point is for you to be a family to present that to to grow together over time so absolutely. Let me let me ask you this for you going through the game. How many social links did you are. Sorry confidence in this game. How many confidence did you max out in. Who's did you max out. I didn't out a whole lot. And i'm okay with that. I wish i did. Not max out all of the phantom dev's in. That's something that i wish i would have been able to do But i did mac. So i believe haru makoto yuji and on i know for sure those four obviously more ghana because i think you store haru. That's impressive most. People usually don't get her of how she comes interesting. I didn't know that yeah. I was pretty sure. I was able to get her. Yeah wow i've gone. Obviously i've had three playthrough now. Yeah when you combine royal in the base game. I have gotten everybody except i can't remember his name But he is the the little kid in the arcade who plays gun about. You may not even start that one that one my i got him all the way to like i like i got him to his mementos okay. to his mementos part of his of his confidante where you have to go in and and change the person for his first confidante. But i like i just ran out of time. I changed the person but didn't have enough time to go back your report to him and thus complete like they're still like three more ranks after that but i've gotten everybody but him. That's pretty interesting Dang i didn't even know about that character. That was one of the characters. i did not start in. There was a few that. I just didn't even start social right. Yeah there's a lot there you you really have to optimize your your time when it comes to trying to see everybody in one play through likes that. My second playthrough was the closest. I ever got gotten i got everybody but him think reverentially when i get around to finishing my second royal playthrough. I'll have enough time to get everybody in one play through but yeah just have to get around to actually beating it the second time right. What are the other things. That i kinda put down as i put down i think rin probably is my favorite character Just in terms of you know rent being the main protagonist but when it comes to character design more ghana and jo say was my favorite characters for character design. I absolutely love jo say. Oh i'm glad you mentioned joe zeh. I had wanted to talk to you about a. I forgot to make note on it. What are your thoughts on josie. Let me let me ask this question. Do you fight him. I did did you find him. I did not okay. Didn't get to that point. You have to remember what you have to do. I think if you get all the stamps to fight them that makes us. I spent a lot of time grinding in mementos to get all the stamps because the stanford dude the the the stamps again not in base not in base personified josie was not in based persona five day. Now that either another character they added in did a really good job. Doing it But he was josie in his stamps to such a really good job of giving you extra experience extra money extra items. I m grinding mementos actually was enjoyable. By the time. I had all the stamps it was just. The annoying part was getting all the stamps because i kept right and getting him to appear was annoying too because i would constantly go up and down like to get into a because he would. I wish i wish he appeared more often. That would be. That would be a change. That i would make to and you know we'll we'll get into to stuff like that later on or him being like i get a set place. Yes was like this is. He's he's at the top you know right isn't isn't he. Just sit at the top or did he. I don't know about that. No actually i don't think he does not think about it If he did the w the perfect place us if he just sat at the top and you could always just go back to the top mementos right and just because i always felt bad leaving. If you leave you lose all your flowers. And i was like i need to find him to to to sell them and so because he got really good items. Yeah so i always would just go up and down the floor until he showed up. I was like what if he was just waiting there for me. It'd be even better Josaia some is a mystery man. I have no clue what they're doing with that character Obviously you didn't see the fight so there's some. There's some stuff that that you didn't get to see. But he he's way deeper of a character or way more or like of a mystery of character than than he is at first glance he. I don't think i e or i don't think it's his master as master okay. But i don't know who he is. I have suspicions. Yeah but i think he's a character who we're gonna see comeback. Probably like a persona six or something and yeah. I'm very excited to.
"royal" Discussed on Mouthpiece Wrestling Podcast
"Visit difficult like these guys that literally just booked and that just tired to To be you know money you pay to go and see. Drew mcintyre said you pay to see drew mcintyre at drew brooke less. Nah in the crowd snot wrestling fans like us can still watch wrestling every week. it skies. that doesn't really watch that like. Oh they're in my hometown. Okay sweet. I'll go see a picture of his brother. His brother works just like him. Yeah he does does he does low. Yeah that's why when i saw it yesterday. That's why i wrote it down as i was like. Oh hey definitely looks. I can see who is brother. Is you know you can definitely see who is brothers. Like you wouldn't mess about with that right though. Quick check on how w is doing. We may as well. Did you watch any of this week. I asked to well. Luckily i did. And i just i hear people complain in on. And off about different bookings in this. The avalon cody rhodes match. Okay for the tv tile was a stupid interruption. Wwe second low blow. That didn't it and the match. Peer evidence clearly java. the match went on way too long. So this is everybody. Likes to say. I hate w visit my main. Hang up on them. Is the house party. Cut sonny kiss. Dig out peter avalon. They got they got cast earned this other guy. They hired a couple weeks ago. They got this dragging guy that a couple of weeks ago but all these regulated to either dark or doing doing pinfolds for the title. The cody rhodes. And it's we did you. Yes getting very much and it was funny last week. Like normally i've watched w wrestling has been on point like spot heavy but last week i actually felt that the storylines were the focus and the wrestling was not so great. Stories like page not joining dark. Order and matt hardy. Teddy private pie to the dockside. Y- slightly imploding. On inner circle was good. There was something in the water like last week because every match had the problem you know and that's that was my issue. Yeah the stories. Were doing better. But uh but the wrestling wasn't that great to some sloppiness even in the main event with santana and ortiz vs hager in guerrero the inner circle fights each other..
"royal" Discussed on Mouthpiece Wrestling Podcast
"Now exclusively on peacock should we. Should we reach out. See if we can offer that billion dollars take on percents that billion dollars to be. Yeah i suppose pretty a pretty big news how to make a billion dollars. Covert folks. yeah a billion dollar deal and no one. That's got the network over in the states is gonna complain because you either pay half price. What if you adverts all you'll go into gathered of extra stuff for a tunnel years. And i said yesterday like either way. It's a win win because if you play the ten for the ad free you've got you get only you not only get wrestling. You'd get the office you get like all these other things that are on the network itself. It's screaming platform with an treatment platform. I mean it's it's a great. It's kind of like how disney bought up the simpsons. Now you just click on the simpsons in the disney plus app. That's what it'll be like like you. Click to wwe in the peacock and it'll bring up the wwe nice. I think it's a billion dollars like can you say to that. I'd like for me in the uk. Nothing's change into the network is still going to be the same as and that's like the movie deal over here but yeah i'm all i want in warning shows. I don't know why they won't put him up. I wonder why. Give me my saturday morning. Shows from what. I was a child dad. Because that's what we used to have. We used to have on here. I mean they do it now. Channel five hiya has the highlights on weekend morning which is pretty big deal We haven't had that on terrestrial tv. 'cause you can get five even without any so subscription saturday stuff used to be like what was around before they were monday night raw and all the angles and stuff took place on their saturday morning. Stuff i like falling in love with the mid card. You're not like the be ways and the big busman's and stuff like i remember watching that and then gain hypes. I want to see more like the big guys make things easier. Let's say somebody said. Hey geo go review a bunch of goon matches. It was accessible on the network. Yeah it would be a lot easier for. Gi's challenge this week. You guys you do find these wrestlers out there somewhere they are. Obviously we got royal rumble. Sunday very very amex rumble always gets me high. I don't know why it just always high i look forward to ramble more than any other. Pay per view I i the complain. How do you feel about the way they've announced age. Are you interested. Nounce them or. I feel like he would have been surprised. Had you been a crowd. Can they get away. What's the point in doing it. Two years running you know. Feel like he would have been surprised..