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A highlight from Chinese Communist Bitcoin Miners? And Lobbying For Bitcoin Mining W/ Dennis Porter
"Welcome back to the mining pod on this week's show. We're joined by Dennis Porter of the Satoshi Action Group to discuss Bitcoin mining and Politics we're mainly focused on the national security concerns when it comes to Bitcoin mining So we discussed with Dennis about moving into state houses and lobbying on behalf of the Bitcoin mining industry as a note Dennis is throwing a dinner at the end of this week on Friday at the North American blockchain summit Be sure to use promo code mining pod to get 25 % off your ticket. We'll be seeing you down in Fort Worth Do you have dinner plans November 17th? 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Dennis Porter. Welcome to the show. How are you today? I'm doing excellent. Just coming back from a break. So are ready to dive into a jam -packed week of back -to -back calls Yeah, nice and tan back from your travels, right? Yeah, this is as tan as I get too So it's like, you know, ten days ten days in the Sun and this is as good as it gets So just everyone's prepared for that Are you ready to jump back into the Bitcoin grind or did you like really stop when you were vacationing? I oh, I never really truly fully stopped working the tweets keep coming, huh? Yeah It's an unfortunate byproduct of working in a 24 -7 365 non -stop nascent ever faster moving Industry that is Bitcoin Bitcoin mining when it combines two crazy worlds the one that I work in which is Bitcoin Bitcoin mining side which is the 24 -7 365 thing and then it's the Political realm which is just a total mess all the time. So it's a great combo. Yeah, I remember talking I want to stay sane Yeah, exactly my point. I was about to make you took the words out my mouth I remember talking to you like a year ago about the political side of things I was like, I don't know why anyone would ever want to get in that world at all. You're like, oh, I love it I love the I love the pool. I love being in the midst of it and still today don't get it Probably won't ever but I'm glad there's people like you who care about it And we you know agree on most things when it's firstly when it comes to Bitcoin mining so glad that's there Okay was transition over to Satoshi Action Fund. So you're the president and CEO you founded it. It's been two years Or so, it's a little over a year. We launched in June of last year and I am yeah I'm the president CEO I say CEO and president of Satoshi Action I'm there are two organizations now actually one is Satoshi Action Fund and one is Satoshi Action Education one I'm the CEO of and one of the president of so for simplicity's sake we just say it's all under the Satoshi Action umbrella But yeah, it's been going really really well We've had a ton of success and I'm sure we'll jump into that But I launched that in June of last year and we've been off to the races ever since Yeah, let's go into a little bit and then we have much more talking to show specifically We brought you on to talk about all the recent headlines with like rural Bitcoin mining and like the pushback We had a New York Times article about that there's some stuff in Arkansas going on So we'll get to that probably towards the second half of the show But let's talk about Satoshi Action Fund some wins recently and then maybe like a little more Flushed out what you guys are trying to to work on is like the product if you could say that for I guess a lobbying organization Yeah, yeah I mean it's good and that's that's probably one good area to start though with when it talk what comes talking about Satoshi Action is The one big difference between us and let's say like a lobbying organization or even a trade association Is that we don't we don't actually like do most of the lobbying. In fact, we hire lobbyists and we don't have members We have donors like more or less the premise of Satoshi Action Is that if you believe in the mission that we have pursued which is to make the United States? One of the best places in the world to be a Bitcoin miner or to be a Bitcoin er Then you want to support us if you agree with you know having the opportunity to stay here in America That's thriving off of this new technology versus being forced to move abroad You know that again is why I created Satoshi Action I think it's why people buy buy into the vision and the mission of what we're doing but we're very very structured very very different from from any of these other organizations that you might see out there and Once we launched Satoshi Action, the first thing that we wanted to do was try to go out there and show Right off the bat. What could we do? How could we be successful? How could we show that we can be effective because one of the most dangerous things that you can do with a political organization is You know get out there do all this, you know, make all this noise and then you don't produce any results You can do that a couple times you can even do it for years But eventually people will grow tired and they will move on and they will want to hear from someone else They will want to see someone else produce results There's definitely two the unfortunate part about politics Is there sort of two things you have to do one is you do have to produce results and the other is you have to? market your results market even what you're trying to do so that you can get people to buy into that they should buy into what you're trying to accomplish and fund essentially fund your operation because 100 almost 100 percent aside from our like You know, two three little s19 miners that we have plugged in that were donated to us The vast majority of our money comes from either donations or people that we get to come to our events was essentially a form of a donation So we rely a lot on on our donors to support the work that we do on a constant basis But right away we wanted to make sure that we were proving to our donors that we were having success So we said, okay, what can we do? We we got to the drawing board right away We brought on Eric Peterson who is our current policy director. Who's a wizard on the policy world and We had my two co -founders Mandy and Syria and we sat down we were like, alright, what are we gonna do? We started crafting public policy model policy For the Bitcoin Bitcoin mining space and what that means is that we created sort of like this like, okay here is a Example of a bill you could pass in your state that helps you advance this industry You know what we would do is we'd go in we'd say okay We have this great bill that we wrote up and we think you should pass it It'll really help you and they'll say like, you know, why would you want me to do that? Like we go in we pitch we say okay Bitcoin mining is great for jobs Great for local investment grid stability environmental cleanup the ability to enhance green and renewable energy projects really any energy project But policymakers particularly like when you can help solve some of the problems with green energy And then we win then we give them that bill the most popular of those bills that we did We know we have four of them Two of them have sort of moved or I should say three of them have moved around like have been introduced Or been worked on at the state level So far only one has passed into law which is a very big accomplishment but not to say only one but yeah I'm pretty yeah, it's pretty big deal Yeah, just one. It's just one of dates. So yeah so in then, um that bill ended up being called our right to mine bill initially originally was called the Digital Protection Act and then it transformed into becoming the rights mind bill and essentially that bill just protects Bitcoin miners from various forms of discrimination We saw real -time discrimination taking place across the country and we created real -time protections for that form of discrimination And we ended up being able to pass that bill into law in two states, Arkansas and Montana in fact in Montana is one of the states where Two things happen one. We actually saw some of the discrimination taking place where I don't know if you heard of the Missoula County there Where they changed the zoning laws and they like went drove a twenty million dollar bank when mining operation completely bankrupt because of it so Completely wiped them out all because they were concerned about things that were not true about Bitcoin mining, you know environmental concerns Oftentimes we see at the local level not necessarily in Montana But a big one is a concern is around Chinese mining particularly CCP mining I should say not Chinese owned but just that they're concerned that the CCP controls them So we saw real -time discrimination taking place in Montana We solved that problem the other problem. The other thing we discovered while we're there that we learned is That we can add things to this bill And we'll get into sort of like where we got to from that point But it was an important moment in the history of Satoshi action We added in a ban on any additional taxes on Bitcoin when uses a form of payment Which is critical because in the state of Montana, you know If you let's say you sell me a car like they'll tax that like peer -to -peer transaction Let's tax it like right off the top. So if I just sell you some Bitcoin or pay you in Bitcoin They would do the same thing. They'd be like, oh are we you owe us a tax for that? So we banned that which was great. And um, yeah, we'll talk about a little later but that was our big initial success huge success a small tear came down my eye when I When I passed my first bill into law Eric was like, you know done 10 ,000 times So he didn't he didn't really care as much but it was it was a big moment But I was like, we've done it. We've done it, you know, like he was like, ah Alright now I'm time for the next one right? So yeah right to mine. How'd you guys come up with that? It's like a very it's very catchy right and it's hard to argue against that Yeah, I don't know. I just can't use Brilliant top ahead. Okay, I came up with it sent it to I sent it to someone and said hey You should call this right to mine. I didn't even we didn't publicize it a really large news account I said hey just call it right to mine. That makes more sense. Yeah, and they did and then it just took off. Yes It was interesting for sure it's very amenable in a good way Okay, so you guys have passed some bills you're creating like this donor network to be able to to move it forward You've told me about a few wins here. I want to hear about some of like the obstacles which you already kind of alluded to so and we'll get to that later in the show the discrimination which we're seeing pop up right now, whether it be Chinese Bitcoin miners who are being Unfairly maligned for being associated with the CCP or not. And then also just like other Bitcoin miners who are unwelcome in certain areas But to the obstacles, what are some things that you've sort of like learned about why you come through this process creating Satoshi Action Fund and moving forward into these different these different State houses to lobby on behalf of Bitcoin Yeah, I would say that an overarching theme to the work that we do is that Things can go wrong very quickly and can be can be unrecoverable. They can be recoverable, but they can also be unrecoverable You know politics is very much like the real world so when real -world actions occur, there will be Consequences or there will be you know, either good or bad, right? You'll have good things or bad things happen because of real -world actions I'll give an example of a positive real -world example that Leads to us to do where we are today having a lot of success and that is the current consistent worry and fear around central bank digital currencies, so for some reason Which I definitely am aware of I Can't share too much on the story but definitely aware of a lot of Americans became very very concerned around central bank digital currencies and so Eventually, what happened was you had governors across the country including Governor Noem and Governor DeSantis eventually Working to ban central bank digital currencies at the state level There was this big huge kerfuffle around it and everyone was like doing everything they could to like stake their claim Literally Governor Noem took out like a steel Stamp of like a veto stamp and was like like stamped it into the bill. Like it was very it was very cool Actually, I loved it. Um so all of a sudden this like firestorm picks up where central bank digital currencies become this thing that Generally, I would say conservatives are against or Republicans are against but like really really opposed to like hyper opposed to it more so than I have seen anything in the The crypto space broadly I would I would consider CC central bank digital currencies to sort of be adjacent to the to the crypto space and because of that fervent Fear and concern around central bank digital currencies we've actually been able to use it as an effective way to demonstrate the value of Bitcoin because What happened was initially when they said Oh central bank digital currencies are a problem people started to say oh Well Bitcoin is a digital currency Is that also going to have the same problems as a CBDC and of course, we know we started education right away No These things are like way way different and then we just started to realize that it was best to classify them as polar opposites because they literally are like one is You know authoritarian sort of at least you when used on the retail level go ahead Yeah, send a CBDC between a bank or an institution. I don't I don't care at all force it on individuals In the United States without proper regular regulations and regulatory frameworks and then all of a sudden you have something that could be used in a way that you know is Sort of unimaginable to some extent to manipulate human behavior. So We started saying okay, these things are opposite and now when we're going into these states and we're saying okay, you should pass this bill It's pro Bitcoin. Also, it's anti CBDC people are like, oh hell yeah, let's go like we want to pass that bill So that's what that's one positive example of like how real -world things have had a really positive impact on what we're doing There's a lot of headwinds around creating or doing anything that you can to oppose CBDCs and so and as we pitch Bitcoin Bitcoin mining and You know all of our digital asset policy where there's always that thought in mind of how can we tie this into? Concerns around CBDCs which are valid and are linked We are not making some sort of leap here Bitcoin and CBDCs couldn't possibly be more more polar opposite. Gotcha Tell tell me about the some other stories Involving I have one video in mind of you going to Montana and speaking in front of Yeah, and there was someone before you who was just like going off and like kind of rabid It was good. And then you came in after and like kind of calmly presented some is Counter information this typically how the process is? Because I just think you are basically working in like the Parks and Rec version of Bitcoin. You have to like go deal like these Officials and like they don't know anything about it and they're like China bad Bitcoin bad That's that's my understanding every time I see this which is a really unfair characterization of it, but it's also it's stuck in my mind So lay it on yeah. No, it's it's you got you got it. You nailed it, right? Is the funnest example of Just how wild that can be out there So we go and we are getting ready to testify and every time we testify You know Especially because it's around Bitcoin mining we do get some sort of pushback usually at the local level typically from environmental groups Which is unfortunate because there's so much. I mean everybody knows in the mining space There are so many benefits from the methane component to balancing renewables to balancing the grid there's so many benefits that the You know Bitcoin mining space can offer to those that have come from even staunchly environmental the staunchly environmental realm so Needless to say there was two Opponents strong opponents to the bill one was a gal from an environmental group. She didn't get too out of control but the second guy he was a young a young gentleman from from Montana not originally and he worked at UCLA and he Was very opposed to Bitcoin and he started to go on this like speech like this really long drawn -out like monologue and Eventually at one point he says that that Montana will will like Die on the cross of Bitcoin essentially, right? It'll burn on the cross of Bitcoin I can't remember the exact word he uses but it's like very extreme very dramatic and Then he goes on to say that people are dying because of Bitcoin mine houses. I wish the camera was on me There's these cameras in every single Hearing room generally speaking every state Capital building when you're testifying in front of these hearings like they have cameras just like DC but obviously a lot lower tech But I just remember when he said that people are dying because of it He was so people are dying because of Bitcoin. He was so serious about it I just remember looking down my notes and just my face looked looking up at him was like So confused and I just wish the camera would have caught it because it would have been a perfectly it would have been a meme Like forever, but yeah, fortunately, there's a lot of great policymakers out there and actually, you know sometimes you love to rag on these guys, but You know, they do a good job a lot of these guys. They do a good job one guy asks him he says You know, he tries to run out actually that's part of the stories and this is important part of the story So let me backtrack so he finishes his speech. He tries to leave right away, which you don't do never do very rude tries to leave And as he gets to the door one of the people was like hey before you go even you usually we do questions at the End let's have you do some questions right now. We want to be able to talk to you a little bit Bring him back up to the podium He's like now son You made some pretty egregious claims there around Bitcoin mining Do you have anything to back up the statement that Bitcoin mining is killing people and the guy just is like well I don't have it here with me, but I can I can get it to you and He just like this this guy just is like, I mean you gotta remember this you see you sell a guy's like 22 years old he's a kid. Yeah Great great on him though. Great. Love the love the getting active at a young age, but he's just like son if You're gonna come in here and make egregious claims. You better have something to back it up and The kid just was like so upset like cuz he just got he's gave this great speech And he wanted to just walk out like drop the mic and walk out So he just blew him up I was anyways, it was it was definitely the most entertaining moments in the entire history of my experience And it's only been a year and a half So I I'm really looking forward to other stories that I can tell in the future Please catalog all these because I just like very Specifically remember watching that entire video and laughing pretty hard because it was it was pretty funny Okay, let's keep diving into this a little bit more. What have you been seeing in a lobbying front? That's been sort of helpful that you would encourage other people to look at we've had the call lines We've had the emails. We've had people going speaking to people I Think for the Bitcoin community we can all take like a breather and be like a lot of what we've been doing has not been working What has been working to speak with these people in state houses who need to learn about Bitcoin because Bitcoin's coming their backyard What has been working from your year and a half of doing this actively and putting boots on the ground? The things that have helped the most are Well, first of all getting clear of FTX collapse. I mean that is this is what I just tweeted this out yesterday. It's like I Still can't believe that we passed two bills into law in the middle of that collapse and it was a very testy time in the space so getting clear of FTX is Only gonna help us the other is just the way we Approach the conversation around Bitcoin and Bitcoin mining the way we pitch it is that we really focus on the benefits We do not talk about the technical side We do not try to explain how Bitcoin or Bitcoin mining works We give a very brief overview if they want more information Of course, we will dive deeper with them and we are very good at doing that you always have to be ready for those questions, but It's very important to just keep it as simple as possible Most of these policymakers have not made up their minds at all about any of this stuff They hear it in the news over there. They're their nephews trading crypto You know, like they're it's like they've got stuff all over the place, you know, you got some hardline anti -crypto anti -bitcoin Democrats You know, you've got some vocal Republicans, but they're not really like hardline yet. Like there's just not a lot of like really built -in statements or viewpoints on this on this technology and So what we do is we just go in and we say okay like Out of everything you've heard a lot of some of it is true some of it is not but most importantly what we're here to do is try to explain to you the value of Bitcoin mining for your state so we pitch Bitcoin mining and we it's a five benefits I mentioned earlier it can bring jobs local investment great stability Environmental cleanup and the ability to enhance green and renewable energy projects and out of those five No one ever says anything bad about it But out of those five usually a policy maker will say oh What kind of jobs does it make or like, you know, oh I I didn't know it could clean up the environment it's like an instant like gateway to being able to have a conversation about something they care about because usually you're hitting on something there like if it's not the economy if It's not the environment if it's not energy like at the local state level like those topics are huge Because the vast majority of energy policy is set at the state level. The vast majority of job creation is done at the state level And then a lot of this these like sort of decisions around how much green energy they're going to be building done at the state Level a lot of environmental stuff done in the state level Yeah, DC throws around big pockets big buckets of money at everybody and they certainly have regulations But a lot of these decisions are made by local state policymakers And so they care if they care a lot about these issues probably themselves, but also their voters care a lot about those issues Particularly the jobs one comes up a lot because we we know in the mining space that we create a lot of rule And jobs and jobs and economically depressed zones where it's very difficult to create jobs nearly impossible to create like long -lasting jobs So the moment you say oh we create jobs in rural areas. They're like boom the brain turns on like well How do you do that? Because that's really important to me As an example in New Hampshire, we've I've been there a few times now In the there's an area called the North Country. There's like no jobs It's a whole thing like they call it jobs for the North Country is like one of their pitches So when we go there and we talk about Bitcoin mining, we're like jobs for the North Country jobs for the North Country It's because it's true and it's something they care a lot about so that yeah, that's that's generally how we pitch it We do not talk about Too much about Bitcoin in the past We haven't talked too much about Bitcoin to the extent that it's like oh you're gonna need this because it's good as hedge for inflation or XYZ like we sort of stay away from that and focus on things that Like mining that we know will deliver value now, we've expanded our policy. We've expanded the way that we that we talk about it But we haven't gone into this new legislative cycle yet So yeah, that was all done everything that we just talked about that we've done and that we have done It was done in early 2023. We prep for it in early 20 or in late 2022 Now we are prepping for 2024 in late 2023 So we got we sort of have an idea of where things are gonna go and what we're gonna do and we're in a really Great position. In fact, we could be active in up to 20 states we probably won't be active in that many but we have the opportunity to be active in up to 20 states and as a Form of context we only introduced law or excuse me introduced policy in seven states, so we were only able to actually convince seven states to Try to pass our bills Whereas like this cycle, I think that number will be closer to like 10 or 15 only seven states That sounds like a lot of airline miles to me so it can be yeah. Yeah, this seems seems like a lot of work Okay, so we got a lot of that laid out Let's go and talk about some of the more aggressive headlines We've seen recently and we're speaking about the New York Times article that dropped to believe a week ago for listeners Check out that in the show notes will include that I think we also talked about the news roundup last week Essentially, there's a Cheyenne Wyoming based Bitcoin miner They are owned and operated by a Chinese national group that has some ties according to the New York Times to the Chinese Communist Party essentially the story boiled down to Microsoft is near this plant it's Bitcoin mining plant the US government has a missile siloed nearby an Air Force base nearby and Microsoft is worried that this Bitcoin mining base could be used for foreign intelligence reasons Then we also have the story down in Arkansas, which we'll get down to in a second But let's start with this first one this this thing with Chinese nationalist groups Bitcoin mining obviously to to you and I is more of an energy game and it's very simple, right? It's just like plugging machine. Let it hash I'm gonna collect some Bitcoin and then there's those five benefits you talked about to outsiders though. They're not thinking about that They're thinking about all these people coming into rural areas and even foreign investment Has that been a struggle when you've been talking to lobbyists groups or talking to people in state houses have they brought this up to you? Yeah, definitely it's um, it's a major concern I would say Most Americans like average American especially rural Americans care a lot about the encroachment of the CCP on on the United States from from a physical perspective so like from a geographical perspective they don't like the idea of a CCP owned controlled or even highly influenced business You know being next to them and then definitely not being in and around me sort of military installations I believe the location in Cheyenne is near a Also, is that the one that's also near a nuclear plant or a nuclear missile site as well? So yeah, something like that Yeah, so I share the concern like that I think the premise is like Do you want foreign adversaries to be in and around any sort of? Military installation any sort of critical infrastructure You know generally I like my stance is like I'm very like pro people coming here starting their businesses You know trying to accomplish the American dream, but at the same time We also have to be concerned about whether or not those businesses have strong links to You know the CCP or you know A lot of people care a lot about also like Russian oligarchs and their ability to influence America American politics American infrastructure you know the big argument today is that the electrical infrastructure is a critical part of national security and That we need to be doing everything we can to protect it and I agree I think that's important all of those things are important that we should we should keep an eye on them The the thing that I don't like is when the New York Times tried to spin this article as if like Bitcoin mining was some sort of like really powerful tool in the hands of the CCP like next to these sites I don't think it really matters what business was there.
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Our cells are not going to open their door. Our insulin is kind of like a key opening the cellular door. They're not going to be as responsive. Therefore, our body is going to produce more insulin when we eat food at night. So the best thing we can do from a food timing perspective is eat during the day. During the day, we have more insulin sensitivity. Therefore, we're going to be able to burn fat more effectively. We're going to be able to utilize, get insulin down. Right. And not utilize quite as much insulin. And therefore, at night, we're going to have lower levels of insulin so we can burn fat. So food timing is key. Eat during the daylight hours. Eat a lower carbohydrate diet, high in protein, high in healthy fats. Make sure you got fiber polyphenols from colorful fruits and vegetables in there. If you do that, you're getting the the food timing down. One of the worst things you can do for fat burning is eat a big meal late at night. When you eat a big meal late at night, your digestive juices are not working as well. You're not producing as much stomach acid, biopancreatic enzymes. Food will get in your gut. It will kind of sit there, rot and putrify, create more endotoxins, drive up inflammation in your body. You're not going to be able to move the carbohydrates. Your body's going to produce insulin, but it's not going to be able to move the carbohydrates into the cells as effectively so you have higher insulin. So you're storing fat and promoting inflammation. So eat during the day. That's food timing. Second thing is really just as important, light exposure timing. So light, just like food, food is information for the cells of our body. Light is as well. So certain types of light we want to avoid at night. Certain types of light we want to get during the day. And the way that this works is that early in the day, we want to get a lot of bright light. So going out, watching the sunrise, going out and getting bright light around the middle of the day, that actually helps set our circadian rhythm and it tells our brain, okay, it's daytime right now. Therefore, we want to make sure we've got different excitatory neurotransmitters, things like dopamine, norepinephrine, cortisol elevated to some degree and that actually gives us more energy, more wakefulness. It helps us with fat burning during the day, helps us with really just having great energy and mental clarity throughout the day. But then as we get in the evening and we get near sunset, we want to make sure that we get rid of all of that bright, what we call blue light. Get rid of that. In fact, as we get near sunset, you should dim all the lights, turn off lights or dim lights in your house. The only kind of light that you might want to have a little bit of would be like an orange type of light, almost mimicking a fire. Our ancestors, if they were exposed to any kind of light in the evening or at night, it was fire. It was sunset, which is more red light as well as fire and that has less of a melatonin reducing effect. When we're exposed to bright lights at night, we block our melatonin production and melatonin is this critical hormone that helps with sleep, helps with setting our circadian rhythm so we get really good deep sleep, deep fat burning sleep at night, but also it actually acts as a really powerful antioxidant that gets into our mitochondria, goes through both membranes of our mitochondria, cleans out oxidative stress and the healthier our mitochondria are, the better we're going to be at fat burning. So having optimal levels of melatonin at night helps you burn fat all throughout the day as well as at night. So making sure that you're not being exposed to bright lights at night helps you burn fat more effectively. So dim all your lights. You might have a little bit of lighting on in your house and then you can wear something like this. If you're going to be on electronics, if you're going to be watching TV on your computer, something like that, these are called blue light blocking glasses. So they make everything look orange and that actually blocks out the bright lights. So if you are on your device, which isn't, I don't, I don't recommend that, but you know, all of us do that at some degree in the evenings. Make sure you got those blue light blocking glasses on. That's going to help reduce any sort of melatonin inhibition and set you up for a really good night's sleep. And then in your bedroom, make sure that you've got it as dark as possible. You can wear things like a sleep mask. We'll talk more about that when we get down to here, sleep hygiene, but light exposure timing, key bright light during the day, no bright light at night as darkness, as much darkness as possible. In fact, you know, some researchers say in our society, we have a darkness deficiency. I mean, think about it like a nutrient, like being vitamin D deficient. We know that affects our immune system. That affects our ability to burn fat. It affects our brain function and development. Well, having a deficiency in darkness as well, we'll have a lot of, a lot of problems for our body. We'll throw off our circadian rhythm, our ability to burn fats or metabolic health or immune health or cognitive health. So getting that darkness is critical. I just want to interrupt this podcast to tell you about my favorite brain boosting tool. It's actually a delicious chocolate fudge. I know that sounds crazy, but this isn't your average fudge. It's actually rich chocolatey fudge. That's jam packed with five of the most beneficial mushroom species in existence when it comes to keeping a sharp and healthy brain. 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"D. C. Brothers. Sun's heating tune up for only fifty nine dollars. Traffic and weather on the eighth. Let's go to Bob and learn the W. T. O. P. Traffic setting Friday afternoon now getting dark in the rain in heavy and slow on the outer loop from ninety five through silver spring and then from Connecticut Avenue to old Georgetown Road where I believe they just now moved the crash onto the shoulder. You should find at least some if not all lanes open on the outer loop at old Georgetown Road in a loop from old Georgetown Road hung up pretty badly most of around the way to land over with very little break. And on the outer loop of the beltway things are quite slow from Andrews heading up at a green belt as well. Ninety five in the Baltimore Washington Parkway especially the BWD Parkway that of course has a lot of volume and a lot of slow traffic as is to be expected on a day like this and really northbound delays are starting starting in Chevrolet and it goes really most of the way up into Fort Meade southbound delays from Fort Meade into Greenbelt. Ninety five and two seventy just some volume delays here and there fifty east mainly slow at the Severn River Bridge really not too bad there except to get onto 97 north but really after Ritchie Highway route 2 all the way to the Bay Bridge heavy and slow due to weather only two lanes open for eastbound traffic at the Bay Bridge very slow up and down both I -295 and DC -295 on westbound 695 and southbound 395 getting into the 14th Street Bridge I should say an outer loop delay started about just before Van Dorn getting to the Wilson Bridge inner loop at the end of the ramp coming off of 95 north to the inner loop the crashes along the right side of the roadway and so it is slow northbound in Springfield 95 southbound too not bad at all heaviest northbound though coming up from Dale City and up into Newington this holiday season opened the door to hope with a night of shelter meals and care at Central Union Mission make your gift now at MissionDC .org Bob Inler WTOP traffic. Let's get a check of our weekend forecast your 7 News First Alert meteorologist Steve Rudin. Scattered showers moving through the afternoon and into the evening not going to amount to a whole lot in terms of rainfall totals temperatures
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"Get ready to dive into the future with Technically Speaking, an Intel podcast, the groundbreaking podcast from iHeartMedia's Ruby Studios in partnership with Intel. Each episode unveils the incredible ways AI technology is transforming our world for the better. Join host Graham Klass as he speaks with the experts behind the technological advancements that are powering a brighter and more accessible future for everyone. Listen to Technically Speaking, an Intel podcast, on the iHeartRadio app, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts. Following in your parents' footsteps is never easy, especially when mom or dad happen to be superstar athletes. What kind of lessons do hall -of -famers like, oh, I don't know, NBA legend Tim Hardaway and NFL icon Kurt Warner impart on their kids as they chase professional sports stardom? How do they teach them the importance of prioritizing health and how to overcome adversity? Well, you can join Heart of the Game as they explore these questions and more with some of the greatest families in sports. Listen to Heart of the Game on the iHeartRadio app, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts. Welcome to Stuff You Should Know, a production of iHeartRadio. Hey, and welcome to the podcast. I'm Josh, and there's Chuck, and Jerry's here, too, and it's a good old -fashioned barn burner whiz banger of an episode. I ran out of weird colloquialisms. Oh, yeah? Yeah, just now. Didn't you hear? Yeah, but I just figured you were still doing them in your head. No, I was frantically grasping for another one in my head, and it was just dust and a tumbleweed. So this is sort of continuing our underwater series, we'll call it. Yeah, this is so Stuff You Should Know. We've done stuff that's much more specific about the general category that we're talking about, and now we're finally doing the general category. Yeah, we did the diving bell. We did the butterfly. We did cave diving. In fact, cave diving was released as a select just this year. Yes, such a good one. And do I need to remind you about the other related episode? I forgot about that. I'll give you a hint. I remember the scuba cat episode. Didn't you interview scuba cat? Oh, yeah, I mean, for those of you who don't know, the short version is many, many years ago in the very early days of the podcast, occasionally we were sort of told to do certain things as episodes. Unspeakable things. And two of them really stand out to me. One of them was scuba cat. I know what you're going to say for the other one. I know you do. Which was this guy who trained his cat to scuba dive, and it's literally like a blurb or maybe a little fluffy news piece at the end of a news program. And they're like, do a Stuff You Should Know episode on this cat and this guy. Why, though? Do you remember? Did they just want page views or something? I guess, or else that guy happened to be friends with whoever owned the company at the time. All right. So I think there was an article on the website we worked for, and they were probably just trying to drive people to that. So we did one on scuba cat. I would really love that just to be scrubbed from the archive. Well, way to go bringing it up, then. What was I going to say, Chuck? Oh, wasn't this thing in like a little submarine kind of? Isn't that what the scuba diving was? I don't think so. I think he built him a little outfit. Oh, OK. Wow, I don't remember that. A little thing with like a big bubble mask. OK, that's worth an episode. We should redo it. We should do a scuba cat redux. What's the other one? I know we're going to say it. We could say at the same time, I think it's going to be... Three, two, one. Tenovators. Tenovators. Yes. What can you do with an Altoids tin? Yeah, for real. Like, I don't know how that one came up either, but we were instructed to do an episode on tenovators, and they were interesting, but not episode length interesting. Even when they were six minutes long. Yeah, and an attenovator, just for those of you who don't know, they take Altoid tins and they do things with them, like turn them into radios. Maybe they hold coins instead of Altoids. It's just repurposing. Yeah, exactly. It's repurposing an Altoid. Tenovation. Very well. And we always talk about jackhammers in the sun. That's because we're literally too ashamed to even mention those other two, but here they are. Go listen to them. Just quickly wanted to say I got back from Mexico, and I did not scuba dive. I snorkeled. Oh, yeah, it's fun. And I didn't... I mean, I love the experience, but I learned that I, and especially my daughter, are free divers. Oh, yeah? She couldn't do it, man. We got her... I mean, she loves to swim more than anything, and we got her in all the gear, put her in the water, and she was pitched a fit, quite frankly. Oh, like she couldn't breathe through the tube? She does it in pools. It just... When you're eight, things happen, and you can't explain why a kid will dig in, but she wasn't into it. We were very frustrated, did not handle it well. She asked to get back on the boat. She got back on the boat and cried while we snorkeled. We're like, we're out of here. We're going to do it. You know, you'll be okay. And then once we were done, she asked the scuba guys or the snorkel guys, can I just get in with my mask and free dive? And it was in Mexico. And they were like, sure. Right? And she did, and she turned into a dolphin. And I recounted this on Instagram. I took some great pictures of her just swimming like no kid has ever loved swimming before. And it was just a big lesson for everybody. I know what happened, though. I think, unless I'm misreading it, she got claustrophobic from having to breathe through that tube. No, she does it all the time in pools. What it was, I think, was wearing the life vest keeping her up on the surface. Oh, okay. Well, you left that little detail out. Well, I mean, that's part of snorkeling is you got a vest on so it keeps you up top. And she was like, no, no, no. I belong down there. My home is the sea. I see. I got you. Okay. Well, that makes a lot more sense. I guess I was just projecting onto her because I used to get claustrophobic trying to breathe through a snorkel. Well, a lot of people on Instagram supported that and said, you know, I have a hard time with this equipment, too, and I love to swim. But it was really that life vest, I think. Okay. All right. Well, we finally established the root cause then. Yeah. But here we go with scuba. Oh, okay. I guess. Okay. So what does scuba stand for, Chuck? Self -contained underwater breathing situation. Appomattox. Appomattox. Apparatus. That's right. Scuba. It's actually like an acronym, but it's so used, so widely used now. It's a lowercase word. I'm not sure. Oh, really? Yeah. I mean, like, it's not. Nobody does it with capitals and periods or anything like that. It's just lower. It's a word. It's its own word now. It's almost lost its meaning as far as, like, the acronym goes. And yet, it's gained so much meaning over the years because as scuba has been around for over the decades, more and more people have found the joy of going underwater, and I heard you laugh at me, by the way, and breathe. If you breathe fully underwater, no snorkel, like, your head is nowhere near the surface of the water. And it doesn't need to be, like, significantly distant from the water. It can just be, like, a foot below the water. But you're breathing underwater. It's an amazing feeling for sure. And a lot of people have discovered that over the years and said, scuba's the life for me. Well, as of December 2019, you had scuba dived once. Yep. Have you done it since? No. And I'm actually a little troubled because I read that you're supposed to go, like, three or four open water dives, and I only went on one. So I've been under the impression that I've been certified to scuba dive all this time, and I'm like, is that true? Like, I can't remember where my card is or anything. So I wonder if I actually wasn't fully certified. Hmm. Or satisfied. I would find it very dissatisfying if that were true. Well, do you want to do it again? Because I didn't get a good read on you in 2019. I didn't know you then like I know you now. Maybe, because before the reason I didn't like it is because it made me seasick. Like, the air mixture did not sit well with me. And then getting on the boat in between dives made it even worse. Mm -hmm. So I was like, I don't feel like doing this ever again. But I think enough times past that it's possible I would try it again. Well, I want to get certified now for sure. I did anyway before, and we thought we'd wet our beaks with snorkeling. Mm -hmm. The big problem I had, man, was the fins. I mean, there were a lot of currents, and I just felt like I couldn't go and get anywhere. Yeah. And then at the end, when Ruby was free diving, I did the same thing. I took off all my stuff except for my mask. Mm -hmm. And I went down there, and I was like, all right, well, I feel like I can swim again. Yeah. It takes a lot of getting used to, because it's meant to help you, and it does if you are familiar with it and comfortable with it. But if not, it's all encumbrance. It makes everything difficult. And, like, yes, you just want to take it all off and just free dive, like you're saying. Yeah. Emily was cruising around. But, you know, we saw a little, my first, like, coral that I've ever seen, like live coral. Uh -huh. And it was beautiful. And, you know, the little stripy, bright fish, and I was in there with those guys for the first time. And it was remarkable and amazing. Was it a Dory or a Nemo that you saw? Oh, I don't know. It had, I think, yellow stripes. I don't think it was technically a clownfish, although maybe they're all types of clownfish. I'm not sure. What's a clownfish? I think, like, a Dory or a Nemo. I saw this one big thing that was, like, the size of a dinner plate, another big, flat guy. Oh, wow. He was cool. And then Emily saw a sea turtle, which I did not see. Oh, neat. And then we also saw their efforts to, you know, with artificial reefs, with, like, these PVC sort of pyramids that they were building down there.
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"Dr. Peter McCullough says the most common question he's asked is how do I get this out of my body? Spike support formula is the only product that contains ingredients researched to block and dissolve spike protein in the bloodstream. So whether you got the shot, had a bad bout of COVID, or are worried about shedding, there is something you could do now to protect yourself. Head to twc .health slash kirk to buy the wellness company spike support formula and get back to feeling your best. Use promo code kirk at checkout for 10 % off your order. That is promo code kirk for 10 % off your order. Hey everybody, it's in The Charlie Kirk Show. Tyler Boyer joins us as we talk about the disappointing election results and the RNC. Rich Barris also, what are the big takeaways? Was abortion really the big loser? We talk about it with Rich Barris. Email us as always, freedom at charliekirk .com and subscribe to our podcast. Open up your podcast application and type in Charlie Kirk Show and get involved with Turning Point USA at tpusa .com. That is .com. tpusa It's already a high school or college chapter today at tpusa .com. Buckle up everybody. Here we go. Charlie, what you've done is incredible here. Maybe Charlie Kirk is on the college campuses. I want you to know we are lucky to have Charlie Kirk. Charlie Kirk's running the White House folks. I want to thank Charlie. He's an incredible guy. His spirit, his love of this country. He's done an amazing job building one of the most powerful youth organizations ever created Turning Point USA. We will not embrace the ideas that have destroyed countries, destroyed lives, and we are going to fight for freedom on campuses across the country. That's why we are here. Brought to you by the loan experts I trust, Andrew and Todd at Sierra Pacific Mortgage at andrewandtodd .com. Tyler Boyer is with us who runs Turning Point Action. Tyler you got the sun's jersey and the mega hat. Yeah this is my uh this is my hope outfit. Oh that's interesting. Yeah it's kind of two different things that are gonna crescendo in 2024. Two of the biggest alpha males that exist are Devin Booker and Donald Trump. Is Devin Booker an alpha male? I yeah yeah have you I like Devin. I don't I casually he's pretty he's pretty alpha. Doesn't doesn't he uh date Kendall Jenner? No they broke up. See I'm really behind him. Yeah and all this stuff. Yeah he's he's a single man. Is Chris Paul still playing? Yeah for the Warriors now. No he got traded? Yeah he got traded. See I got we got Bradley Beal on our team now that we play as Chris Paul and he's been hurt so Bradley Beal might be coming back tonight. Chris Paul's had one of the longest NBA careers it's amazing. All right so Tyler people are mad. People are upset, they're demoralized. Yeah I think we've seen on Twitter I was just telling you before the what's going on on Twitter. I don't I don't have it's a war zone TwitterX .com and it rightfully so because it's uh we've got everybody is like astonished still this is like now like we're like four elections deep uh since the like people started paying attention and now they're like astonished at how how do we not have this stuff figured out and the RNC you know as a member of the RNC that represents the state of Arizona everybody that listens to the show knows that we've been the most observant and critical of the things that the Republican atmosphere isn't doing the right way and that starts with the RNC. You can't say it doesn't start with the RNC it has to start with the RNC but it's the NRSC, it's the RGA, it's the NRCC.
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"Crash. I'm Rita Kessler T -O -P traffic. 7news First Alert meteorologist Brian Vandegraaf at least for us here. The clouds have really moved in this morning. Yeah, they were quickly moving in and if you didn't see that sunshine a little while ago It may have been your last chance at least the for next few days. The sun is going to be somewhat limited all the way into the weekend, but I will tell you we are looking at milder than average temperatures even throughout the weekend with the clouds and shower chances. Right radar now showing some showers far western Maryland and out through portions of far western Virginia and all that's making a beeline towards our area. So as we head through the mid -morning right around lunchtime a few of those light showers will start to overspread our area from west to east. Temperatures in the low 50s are right where we should be for this time of year, just be a little damp into the afternoon early evening, it's not a lot, I mean a tenth, maybe two tenths of an inch of rain, that's all we're looking at all the way through the afternoon into the early evening so not a lot of rain headed our way. And once again temperature is not too far from where they should be from this time of year. those Overnight showers will end and I think temperature wise we won't see much of a drop, we'll be in the 40s, mid and upper 40s for later tonight not nearly as cool for the overnight hours. Tomorrow's Saturday I am hopeful that we get a few peaks of sunshine early in the morning once again, but clouds are going to be the story through the afternoon but despite the clouds, 60s, we've got a pretty strong suddenly push tomorrow so I think we can get into the low 60s. Any rain chances tomorrow happen after dark and speaking of rain chances, they do return more widespread on Sunday does look like it could be a bit wet for your Sunday activities at least for the first half of the day, leading up even to the commanders game but temperatures will be mild upper 50s low 60s so the trade -off here is clouds and shower chances but we do get milder temperatures it all clears out Monday low to mid 50s and then we slip back into the 40s by the middle of next week we kind of running that roller coaster here in the month of December with ups and downs just like we finished up the month November of it's up to 38 right now for our friends in Hagerstown meanwhile it is 42 degrees in Waldorf checking in at 44 thanks Brian it's brought to you by Mervis diamond importers Mervis diamonds means for the best quality and value nobody beats Mervis diamonds visit Mervis diamond .com and
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"Coming up, an NBA Power Poll, Malcolm Gladwell. This podcast is an A plus. Next. This episode of the Bill Simmons Podcast is presented by Airbnb. Maybe you're traveling to see friends and family for the holidays. When you're away, your home could be an Airbnb. Whether you could use a little extra money to cover some bills or for something a little more fun, your home or spare room might be worth more than you think. Find out how much at Airbnb .com slash host. We are supported by McDonald's. This month, McDonald's is upping its game by introducing two beloved sauces to its lineup. Mambo sauce and sweet and spicy jam. Hmm, why do I love these? Well, they both pack a spicy punch. They let you switch up the flavors in your usual order. I like having more choices. You know what, if you're gonna give me eight choices, why not give me 10? The sweet and spicy jam sounds delicious. These two sauces are only available for a limited time and participate in McDonald's. So make sure to try them while you can. Tap the banner to learn more. We're also brought to you by the Ringer Podcast Network. If you missed it, we started, wait, that movie made how much money? Month last night on the rewatchables. We did Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves, me, Chris Ryan, Van Lathan, it was a wonderful experience for all of us. Van looked at Chris at one point and he said, everything I do, I do it all for you. Oh no, that was Bryan Adams, but we had a great time. Coming up on this podcast, I'm gonna do an NBA Power Poll at the top because there's no games as I'm taping this on Tuesday. So let's, where are we after two weeks? I tried to fly through this. I limited myself to 22 minutes. I think I went two minutes over, but I flew through it, tried to get off as many comments as I possibly could. And then our old friend Malcolm Gladwell is gonna come on and do some sports hour stuff. There's some things that he's noticed about direction sports are going in that he doesn't like, and we're gonna try to fix it. So that's the podcast, first, our friends from Pearl Jam. Here we go. All right, I'm gonna throw an NBA Power Poll at you. I'm not sure I'm gonna do this every Tuesday, but I definitely wanna do this some Tuesdays. I'm gonna go through all 30 teams as fast as possible. And I'm gonna throw things out that I feel like are important when necessary. Pot shots, important comments, things I've noticed, some fake trades, you've known me for a while. It's gonna be all the typical stuff. Going backwards from 30 to one, I'll give you the groups as we go. The first group is called the Dregs. That's Washington number 30. They are 30th in defense. And the only reason they're 30th in defense is because we only have 30 teams. I actually think there's some way they could have been 36th in defense. They're the only team in the entire league that I do not wanna watch on league pass for any reason at all. They're one and five, 15 .6 point differential against them. Shoot this team into the sun. I cannot believe House thought this team was gonna go over 24 wins. They might not go over 14 wins. They're awful. I never want them on my TV. Next group, probably the lottery. I say probably, but I'm gonna zip through these teams and then go back to somebody. 29 Utah, 28 Portland, 27 Detroit, 26 San Antonio, 25 Charlotte, who is way more fun than I expected they would be to watch, and 24 Chicago. It just feels like the lottery's in the future for all these teams. I wanna talk about San Antonio really quick. Three and four, kind of a sneaky, tough schedule. They played Phoenix twice, the Clippers, Dallas, that goofy Indiana team, Houston, and Toronto. They're minus 8 .6 point differential because they've gotten blown out a couple of times, and they're 29th on defense, which I was surprised by per 100 possessions. The thing that I wanted to point out here, because this one Benyama thing is super important. This is the best teenager that's come into the league, at least since LeBron. We can debate. LeBron, I think in year two, for two months at least, was a teenager when he was putting up 27, seven, and seven. When he started his 27, seven, seven cycle. Wembe might be the best teenager I've ever seen. They're starting Jeremy Sohan at point guard, and Pop's been transparent about this. No, no, we know we're gonna take some lumps. We're trying to figure this out. I went to the game when they played the Clippers, I talked about it in a previous pod, and it was just an absolute debacle, watching poor Sohan try to run the offense, bring the ball up. Now we're seeing teams starting to pressure them because he's not a point guard. He's a small forward. There's crazy stats now. Trey Jones, just by being on this team and not being Jeremy Sohan, is now one of the best advanced metrics point guards of all time. Right now, his per 100 on -off is plus 28 .3 because Sohan is minus 22 .7. That's how disparate the two things are. Which brings me to my point, this is too important. You have the best teenager maybe ever. You have one of the best league pass players already in the entire league in Wimby. I have no idea how long he's gonna stay healthy, knock on wood, hear me knock really loud. I just got my dog going. No, that was me, dumb ass. They need one more point guard. TJ McConnell is on Indiana, and they have Halliburton, who's averaging a 24 -12. He's awesome. They have Nembhard, who's great as a backup. McConnell's like, he's 13 minutes a game. He's clearly a trade piece for them. Just go get him. I'm not saying San Antonio has to make the playoffs, but they need to be entertaining, and Wimby needs to play with point guards. He clearly needs just to play off people, high screens, all that stuff. They need one more point guard. TJ McConnell is my choice. They have all their own firsts. They're not gonna trade those obviously, but they have some goofy picks. They have Charlotte's top 14 protected first. They have a pretty good Chicago first that I wouldn't give up. They have a first swap with Boston. There's ways to do this. I would just put that Charlotte pick next year on the table and just grab them because you guys hit the lottery. Literally, with Wimby -Dyama, literally hit the lottery. You hit the lottery and you hit the lottery. Get to do two point guards. We're not asking for much here. I wanna watch this guy. I wanna enjoy him play basketball. All right, next section is panic time. Number 23, Memphis. They're one and six. They finally got out to Schneider. And number 22, Sacramento, who lost twice to Houston in three days by 18 and 25. No Darren Fox for either game. Panic time in this respect. I know we're six games in the season, seven games in the season, but the West is one of those things where you're gonna look up and the car is left. The car has left the driveway and your family is gone. You're gonna be basically Kevin and home alone if you don't get your shit together. And I don't even wanna be two games under 500 in the West. That's how deep and good the West is. So when you're one and six, like all of a sudden two and 12, two and 13, Sacramento could all of a sudden be three and nine. I would just be nervous constantly. This is not like last year when the Lakers started out two and 10 and ended up making the playoffs. Nobody is doing that this year. The cutoff line is gonna be 46 wins. Memphis looks, they just can't score. And I think it's gonna be really, we talked about this verno last week. It's gonna be really hard for them to crawl back and be at least like 11 and 14, something like that by the time Ja comes back. The Sacramento thing, we predicted this when we did the over -under preview, like the conference is way better and they stayed basically the same. And now Fox is hurt. So it can take Fox going out for 10 games and all of a sudden you're not even in the playing game. I would just be nervous, so it's both of those teams. Again, it's early. Next group, friskier than we hoped. We have number 21, Brooklyn. Ben Simmons averaging almost 11 rebounds and seven assists a game. And yet you can't play him at crunch time, bizarre. Number 20, Orlando. Number 19, Houston. Number 18, Indiana. And number 17, Toronto. Just quickly on Houston, a delightful league pass team. I had no idea. It's like being at a buffet dinner and somebody brings like some, have you ever had a fried oyster? It's like, great, I'll try that. And then it's delicious. They play hard. I like watching them. And I did not expect a Shungun to be a potential all -star, but that's where we are. They're three and three. Again, they beat Sacramento twice, we'll see. But Orlando at number 20. Every time I do this, I'm gonna have a BS all -star of the week. I used to do this when I wrote my column back in the day. I used to call them the Bill Simmons all -stars, just people that I just liked for whatever reason. I love Jalen Suggs. I don't really know fully what he is. He tries harder than everybody on every other team. He really gives a shit. He feels additive in all these different ways. And yet at the same time, he'll absolutely like airball a three in one of the biggest moments of the game. But that guy cares. I watched a game where he got this hustle rebound. Can't remember who they, they lost at the buzzer. Get this hustle rebound and dribble back out and took a three and missed it and put his jersey over his head for like the next minute and a half. I actually think he might've been crying. He was so upset they lost. He is the most competitive random guy in the league. I love Jalen Suggs. Oh, as Saruti said, it's the Laker game. I love Jalen Suggs. I don't know what he is. He might just end up being like a seventh man on a championship team at some point. He's gonna have a moment on a good team. I don't know if Orlando's gonna be the team, but it's gonna happen for that dude. I also really like Anthony Black more than I thought, but we'll see. It's early for this team. Palo hasn't gotten going. Somehow they're four and three. We'll see when the schedule gets harder. Toronto at number 17, just the Lakers miss Schroeder. And I like what Schroeder's doing in Toronto. They're three and four, but they easily could be five and two. I've been watching them because I have their over under, I bet on. And I like where Toronto's at. I think they're better than they were last year. I think they're at least a playing team. Number 18, Indiana though. So their second in offensive rating and 25th in defense. In the 25th, I was actually surprised it wasn't worse. They can't guard anybody. They're shooting 43s a game. Their top six guys are all over 40 % three point shooting. They're kind of like the 80s Nuggets, but with threes. And they just play with a certain pace. And some days it's going to be bad. Like the Celtics put 155 points on them and it probably could have been 160 if they'd made some shots. Hal Burton's special. He's a 24 -12 this year. But the crazy thing about their offense is that Matherin's been terrible. And Matherin was a guy that they were like, this is going to be our guy. He's making a leap. We're going to trade Buddy Heald. We got to give the card keys to Matherin in that spot. And he's been bad. And their offense has still been pretty good. This is a team that anytime you see them, I don't know if you bet basketball, but if they're like plus 11, plus 12, it's like they could beat anybody any night. I'm just telling you. I'm not saying they're going to win a round in the playoffs, but just night to night, that's a team that they could just go 22 for 45 from three, make some shots. And Hal Burton, they actually should be five and two. Hal Burton blew the last possession against Charlotte the other night. But I've enjoyed watching them. I've watched an insane amount of basketball, by the way. All right, next group, the wildcards. I don't have a lot to say about these teams, but we'll go in order. Number 16, New Orleans, just seem jinxed. I'll come back to them in a second. Number 15, Cleveland. I want to see them with Garland and just, I want to watch them for a couple of weeks. I like the Struce edition, but we'll see. The Knicks, they're three and four. Nice win against the Clippers. The Randall thing continues to be nuts. Now he's taking out guys in the other team. Clippers 13, just traded for Harden. We talked about the Knicks and Clippers last week. Look, the Clippers, they played one game and they got killed by the Knicks. They're worse. I told you that last week. Still feel that way. Guess what they can't do now? Any transition stuff. The Knicks, 26 to six in fast break points last night. Rebounding. They got out, rebounded by 17 by the Knicks. Harden just brings so many things that you don't want in a starting five, but then he brings the great passing and the scoring and he can have the ball all the time. They don't need anyone to have the ball all the time because they have all these other guys who need the ball. I just don't like the trade. I continue to not like it and I don't understand it. I actually liked the team they had before they made the trade. So congrats again, Clippers. Number 12, Miami. 28th offensively. Kind of feels worse when you watch them. They haven't had their full team for a couple weeks. I'm not gonna judge them at all until December. I'm not gonna judge Dallas either. Dallas I have at number 11. They're six and one, fourth in offense. They've had a really easy schedule. So that's why, let's see what happens. Their one loss is to Denver. Let's see what happens when they play some tough teams all in a row and have one of those four games in six nights or three on the road. One of those situations. But they are in better shape than they were last year. And you look at the Grant Williams piece, which I'm not spiteful when I watch my old players. I'm rooting for Grant Williams. It's like seeing somebody you dated that you still have a good relationship with. It was nice to see him do well for them. Derek Lively seems like they have something. We talked about him last week, but he's at least like a rim runner in that kind of Nick Claxton world, but maybe a little more violent alley -oop or a little young Clint Cappelli. The Kyrie thing is the piece that I'm really interested in this. He finally had a good game last night, but for this season, 24 % shooting, 3 .8 free throws a game, which are always the two numbers to look at with Kyrie. What's he shooting threes? Is he getting in the line? And so far it's been neither, but he seems happy. When you watch them, they've been a surprisingly pleasant watch, and he seems like in a good spot. So I don't want to jinx it because as annoying as he's been over the years, and you know my stance on Kyrie, I just don't trust him. And I just feel like a seven -year track record of imploding kind of has to start to mean something after a while, but it is fun to watch him play basketball. And it does feel like he's got a specific spot on this team. They don't have to rely on him too much. It's very similar to where he was in 15 and 16 and 17 with the Cavs where he could kind of float in and out like a cat with LeBron. It's like, I'm feeling it. Oh, all right, let's give Kyrie the ball. The shooting going down though, it's a small sample size, but they also haven't been playing tough teams yet. And I'm just monitoring that because with guards, it can kind of sometimes go sideways pretty fast, and you don't realize it happened until after it happened. Just quickly going backwards to number 16, New Orleans, because they lost Ingram, they lost McCollum already. And they have this Hawkins who they drafted that everybody liked coming out of the draft, but the fact that he can play right away has actually kind of saved them a little bit. I just, I still feel like we need to do some sort of ceremony or something with them. Like we need the people from the Conjuring to just do something with New Orleans basketball. It just shouldn't be this bad every year. Your team shouldn't have two, three major injuries every year. You should have good luck at some point. And this goes back to the seventies. Remember, when they moved, when they became the New Orleans Jazz, their first major, major giant trade was for Gail Goodrich with the Lakers. They had to give up two first rounders, and he immediately blew out his Achilles. He played, I'm gonna say, less than a season. And one of the picks turned out to be Magic Johnson. So that's where we started with New Orleans, and it's been awful ever since. Nothing good has happened in this team other than they've won a couple of lotteries, but even the lotteries they won, the Davis, Anthony when they were in Charlotte before they got to New Orleans, they bring him to New Orleans and he wants to leave. And then they win the Zion thing, which seemed like the luckiest thing that ever happened to them. And meanwhile, we're still waiting for him to play two straight months. So Conjuring people, something. We need something to happen with that team. All right, the top 10. We're at a good pace right now. Where are we at? Yeah, feeling good. This is working. Young and hungry is the next thing. We got Oklahoma City at number 10 and Atlanta at number nine. If you remember, Atlanta was one of the, these are the two teams I was going nuts for before the season for their over -unders. I love the Atlanta over -under. I love the New Orleans over. And I like what I've seen from both. OK sees four and three, Atlanta's four and three. Atlanta's sixth in offense. And that's notable because Trae Young has sucked again shooting west. He's 28 % from three. Last year's 33 % from three. This might not be happening the next Steph Curry thing. Like what age does he have to hit where we have to go? All right, he's not the next Steph Curry. Because I think I hit that age last year at age, when I was age 53. I think I hit that for Trae. They killed Minnesota, which is notable. We'll talk about Minnesota in a second. But they really, I watched that game and they really, really, really handled them. I like this Atlanta team. And I think there's a path for them to be a three or a four seed if Trae can get going. And then OKC, trade for a big already. You're a guy short, like stop. You guys have a chance to be like a 50 win team. What are you doing? I want to see what's going on with Josh Getty in about two weeks. Whether it looks different than it has for the first couple of weeks here. I don't like, he's not going in the free throw line at all. 1 .3 a game. 26 % three point shooting, which we knew. He can't shoot threes. But there's also like the Chet piece of it. Seems like it's throwing them off. And I've watched games where they've taken them out at crunch time.
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The LIBRE Initiative: Mobilizing Latinos for Freedom and Change
"Mike Gallagher. Garza is president of the Libre Initiative and we are so honored to join Mr. Garza. Thank you for spending some time with us here on the Mike Gallagher Show. Daniel, I've been reading about the Libre Initiative and I'm real excited about this because let's face it Hispanic voters could once again be the key to the to all of these elections starting with today. So welcome to the show. Introduce the Libre Initiative to our audience. What is the Libre Initiative, Daniel? Well thank you so much for having us on Mr. Gallagher. The Libre Initiative really is an organization that is national in scope. It's nonpartisan. It's nonprofit. But what we do basically is mobilize the Latino community to defend America's founding principles to make sure that the Latino community contributes to the defense of the freedoms that we enjoy in America. And you know that includes the free market system. That includes of course our freedom of expression. The freedom to believe and express our belief in a creator. All these things that are so important and sacred to us. You know for many years it was sort of assumed by Democrats that Hispanic voters are theirs. That that and and sort of it's been sort of culturally accepted that Hispanic voters are instinctively going to vote Democrat. You know as somebody who's been watching this for decades I've never understood that because the Hispanic people I know tend to be more solidly traditional sort of conservative Americans. They're pro -family. They're pro -religion. They're pro -faith. I mean good on the list. It feels like there is a sea change occurring. It does feel like more and more Hispanics are saying you know what it's time to get a turn away from the Democrat Party because Democrats are not looking out for us. No Mr. Gallagher you're absolutely right. Look for decades it was sort of our fault those on the center -right because we didn't do the connecting with the Latino community. It was a shift. Spanish -language television, unions, nonprofit organizations that were center -left that looked at government as the answer to every social ill under the sun. It just across the board the only policy conversations that were being held in the Latino community were folks from the center left. But that has changed as you have mentioned and there is a shift that is happening and that I think that shift also reflects a sophistication of the Latino voter. The voting despite past party loyalties the race of a candidate or false promises of immigration reform. They're focused on ideas and policies that will reverse I think that the current direction that we are
A highlight from Matthew: The Transfiguration Of Jesus
"In Matthew 17, Jesus went up a mountain and was transfigured before the eyes of his disciples. At this time, his face and clothing shone like the sun. So what was this event all about? And why did Moses and Elijah join him on the mountaintop? That will be the focus of today's study. You know, the theologian R .C. Sproul, he was asked if you could ever be a fly on the wall somewhere in scripture, if you could ever have seen anything or witnessed any of the events of scripture, what would that be? Now, Sproul, of course, the first answer out of his mouth is, well, the resurrection. But number two, number two, the thing that Sproul said he'd be most jazzed, most excited to see outside of the resurrection was this that we're reading in Matthew 17, the Transfiguration. Now, why? Why would anyone say that, I think I'd like to see this event? Well, in order to understand why, we can start by asking ourselves just who is there? And in today's text, it starts with Jesus himself, which that alone should be good enough, but it also has Peter and James and John. This is kind of like the Mount Rushmore of the New Testament. I mean, I suppose Paul would be on there too. But these are titans of the New Testament, so you have them. But not only do you have them, not only do you have the titans of the New Testament, Jesus and Peter and James and John, but out of the blue, you get this confluence, this crossover series by which the Old Testament heroes of Moses and Elijah join them on the mountain. Jesus, Peter, James, John, Moses and Elijah, even if they had just gotten together for a cup of coffee or something, that would be good enough. But what happens is even more significant, far more significant than that. See, even though the participants are fascinating, it's what happens when they got together. That is so amazing. Specifically, I'm referring to this Transfiguration, the Transfiguration that we see here in Jesus Christ, when he did something that none of the other participants could do, when Jesus did something that no one else on that hill could do, including Moses and Elijah, when he was transformed in a sense where the bright light of his divinity broke through and away through his clothes and through his face. His face shines like the sun. His clothes are whiter than light itself. Now, the question we're going to try to answer this morning is, why did he do it? Why did he do it? And why now? Well, we'll get to some of these answers, but just briefly, let me note this. Whatever the reason, whatever the effect of this event was, we know it had this effect upon the people who immediately saw it. We know that this moment seared into the consciousness, tattooed upon the heart, the divinity of Jesus Christ in a way that men like Peter and John could only write about in years yet to come. You remember, it was in our call to worship this morning. We see Peter, and he's writing about what happened in times past, and he says, look, to all the people who are wondering about this, Jesus, we were there. We were eyewitnesses. We saw what happened on the hillside. This one took on a divine light that no other man is capable of taking on. He says, we did not follow cunningly devised fables. This wasn't made up last week on the back of a matchbox. We did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses to his majesty.
A highlight from What is Heaven Like? Jesus Answers: Devotional, Bible Study, Matthew 13:31-43
"Do you sometimes doubt if you're truly hearing God's voice or if it's really your own? Or have you been in a season where it feels like He's completely silent? Have you been praying for a way to learn how to hear His voice more clearly? Hey friends, I'm Rachel, host of the Hearing Jesus podcast. If you are ready to grow in your faith and to confidently step into your identity in Christ, then join me as we dig deep into God's Word so you can learn to live out your faith in your everyday life. be You may familiar with The Salvation Army by the bells we ring at Christmas, but did you know that we also produce a network of Christian shows you can listen to on your favorite podcast store? One of those shows, Words of Life, is currently in a series on parenting. We'll be joined by families at all stages of parenting to hear their testimony and what they've learned along the way. Hey friends, welcome back to the Hearing Jesus podcast. I'm your host, Rachel Grohl. And today we're continuing our devotional Bible study reading of Matthew chapter 13. And we're picking up where we left off yesterday. We're in verse 31. And if you're just joining us, I would encourage you to at least go back a couple days and start at the beginning of Matthew chapter 13. Because as we do this introduction to the Gospels, we're walking through the book of Matthew and we're looking at it this week, at least parable by parable. And we're looking at what Jesus meant by some of these things that He was teaching. Now if you would like to dive a little bit deeper, we have additional resources for you that are linked in the show notes. We have daily journaling prompts and I love journaling because it helps you get that information from your head into your heart. And then we also have family discussion guides that of course go along with this content as well as the content of the kids show, which again, teaches these same concepts in a way that's easy for kids to understand. So I'd love to walk through some of that with you if you need even deeper dive. We have spiritual directional life coaching available. You can head to shehears .org or check out the link in the show notes for that as well. So we're in verse 31 and I'm reading from the NIV. It says, He told them another parable, the kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree so that the birds come and perch in its branches. He told them still another parable, the kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about 60 pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough. Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables and he did not say anything to them without using a parable. So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet, I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world. Then he left the crowd and he went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field. He answered, the one who sowed the good seed is the son of man. The field is the world and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds of the people of the evil one and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age and the harvesters are angels. As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The son of man will send out his angels and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the blazing furnace where they will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their father. Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear. Now, if you've been studying with us over the last couple of days, you'll know that this is a bit of a continuation of what we've been studying and we will get to Jesus's interpretation. But first, I want to talk about the stories of the mustard seed and the leaven. The point of both of these parables is that the mighty kingdom that everyone expected could start from seemingly obscure beginnings like Jesus and his disciples. He did not come in a way that everyone expected him to. They were surprised that he was even the Messiah because they expected a military leader like David as the son of David, or at the very least a political leader. And here is this healer and he's got this ragtag bunch of guys that he has pulled, many of them very young, very inexperienced fishermen, local leaders, not what you would expect as far as who's going to completely change the world. And so he does this explanation with these stories of both the mustard seed and the leaven from the bread.
A highlight from Dennis & Julie: Humility and Rationality
"Hello there all, all as I should say having been in Mississippi last week. Y 'all, y 'all, I love y 'all by the way. It works better than you. Hi, Dennis Prager and Julie Hartman. Shalom. And after spending great amounts of money on research, they came up with the name Dennis and Julie. Yes. It was well worth all the money spent. Well, you know what, better simple than bad. Better simple than something stupid. Well, you know, Einstein had a great line about that. I'm curious if you know this. Things should be as simple as pop made as simple as possible, but not simpler. That is a good line. So why did I share it with you? You know, there are a few things like... Isn't it amazing, she's actually starting in on that line. I was sure that that would basically die and we'd move on. Nothing dies on Dennis and Julie. It always starts with an anecdote. It is really funny. Like, you know, the sun was shining today and then... Oh, well, let me tell you about the sun. Yes, yes. And then you go, I have a theory on that. And then I'll tell you I have two suns and it'll just go God knows where. All right, go ahead. As a total aside, it's amazing. You're one of two suns. You have two suns. Oh, no, you don't know. Your son has two suns and Sue has two suns. You never heard me tell you this? No, I think you have. Yeah, my father had two suns, I have two suns, my son has two suns and my wife has two suns. That's all I know. I don't know three and I don't know daughters. Okay, go ahead. You're probably lucky. You're probably lucky that you don't know daughters. My dad is listening like he's lucky. No, I'm not complaining. Okay. I was going to say about names, because obviously when I was naming my show Timeless, I didn't want to call it the Julie Hartman show. No offense to people who call it the insert name show. You can do it because you're famous. It makes sense for you to call it the Dennis Prager show. You were right. Or the Ben Shapiro show. Because people will be like, who the hell is Julie Hartman? And I think it's a very kind of everyone does that paradigm. And again, if you're famous, it makes sense. When you're a little plebeian like me, you probably shouldn't do that. But when I was thinking about names, you know me. I get so intense and think it's this name would be the end of the world if it were bad. And then I kind of came up with this, shocker, theory about names, especially names of talk shows. Unless it's really, really, really bad and stupid, I actually don't think it matters that much. Excellent point. I really don't. I'll tell you, the name of a book is incredibly important. And I say it both as the author of titles that were great and titles that weren't great. That means... So that's interesting. What titles do you not think were great? Well, I don't believe it or not, still the best hope. I think the subtitle should have been perhaps the title. Why the World Needs American Values. I agree with that. Because it doesn't tell you anything. If the title doesn't tell you anything, it's not good. I hate to say it, but I agree. It's not a bad title. No, I know. But I agree with you. It hurts me. Well, it's okay. Clearly people have read and were very influenced by the book. You did. That was your book that influenced me the most. That's why you wrote me and then the rest is history. So at the risk of making it about me for just a moment, I think that God does play a role in each of our lives. If you're aware of it, you can sometimes see the hand of God in the way that he leads you. You certainly saw the hand of God the day that you met your wife because you do all these meet and greets and you stay after to talk to every single person who is an attendee and then literally the last person in line was the best woman you could have ever found and married. So the point is, I think, again, if you look around, you'll be able to see God's hand and things. I think God leads and influences me through book choices. I really do. Because your book, you don't understand, when I was in that time in my life, I didn't read books very much. I'm a fiend now with reading books, but back then I didn't so much. It's amazing to me that I discovered You and PragerU and then I decided to order that specific book. And I think that was kind of divine. And then when it showed up, I actually was going to return it. Not because there was something bad, not because I saw it was still the best hope, but I thought that's a bad title, but because I thought, oh, I ordered too many things. I want to save money. I'm going to return this book. I'm probably not going to read it. And then something told me to read it. I'll give you another example. About a year and two months ago, I literally woke up one morning. This was shortly after I graduated from college and in that summer before I started my job. I literally woke up one morning and I thought, I should reread The Scarlet Letter. And why would I have that thought? I hadn't read it since ninth grade. But something, I literally woke up and I said, I need to reread it. I went into my bookshelf. It was there from high school. I reread it. And now it's one of my favorite books, a big part of themes I talk about in my show. And I did a PragerU book club with Michael Knowles on it. I could give more examples. But anyway, it just made me think that that is the book that led me here. That's still the best hope. Well, let me see since you mentioned it, just for those listening or watching. There is a book of three books about America, about the left, and about Islam. And what a time to read this book. And if you want to understand all three, I think it's the best book that does all three in one. Yes. Okay, still the best hope. Thank you for that. But back to the names thing, I actually don't think names of talk shows matter that much. I that suspect you're right because I can't think of anyone that stands out. It's always either I like the individual or you're right. It matters in books and I don't know where else it matters. It's an interesting point. Even, and this is said with so much respect for The Daily Wire, if you look at the name The Daily Wire, it's not a particularly... Sexy name. That's correct. It's kind of just there. But it doesn't matter. But it doesn't matter because it's... It's exactly right. All right, well said. Anything else on your mind? I got a lot on my mind. So I have an interesting thought for you. So it's been a very difficult time because of the monstrosities in Israel. And this is a good example of... When I tell people about Dennis and Julie, who are big fans of mine and my shows and my writings and so on, I say, I promise you that things as open as I am, and I really am on my own show, things are brought out about me in Dennis and Julie that otherwise just don't get mentioned. And it's not because I'm hiding it, but because in dialogue with someone in particular you... So here's a good example of something I didn't mention on the show. I did tangentially, but not the way I'm going to mention it now. So it's been a very intense time since the horrible attacks on Israel, the greatest loss of Jews in a day since the Holocaust. It's really been difficult. And the world changed. Well, I hope it changed, to be honest. We'll see. I don't know how long human memories are, but maybe it did. We'll get to that in a moment. But this is actually just a personal and professional note, not a big macro note, but it is interesting. So I always go over with Alan, my producer, the show, but basically not so much the show because I don't know what I'll talk about until five minutes before. No, that is literally true. Yes, it is literally true. It used to give me a heart attack, but now I know it's just you. There are times I come up with the subject as the theme music comes on. Oh, I am aware. So what we talk about is, I will say, who were any guests today? So he said to me, again five minutes before the show, at the middle hour of the show, I asked Jerry Zucker, David Zucker, and Jim Abrams to come in. The book about their movie Airplane, which happened 43 years ago, has just come out, their memoir of the movie. And I said, wait, Israel has just undergone the most horrible attack in its history, the greatest attack on Jews since the Holocaust, and I'm going to talk about Airplane? And he said, people need a respite. where So here's I say I'm being open to the point that I wasn't even on my own show. I didn't agree with Alan, but I didn't say anything because, A, he's the producer, and unless I'm passionate, I'm not going to override a decision he makes. And he has excellent judgment. And that's the whole point. That's right. You hit it on the nose. And he has excellent judgment. So there are a lot of lessons in this. I think, in retrospect, he was right that we needed a respite. And this was as far afield as you could get. The 43rd anniversary of one of the five most successful comedies ever made into a movie. And with the authors and the three authors and the writers and the all three were also the directors. So a few lessons, because I'm very big, if I can't learn a lesson from something, it's like it didn't happen. So one is, you really do have to know in life whom to trust over your own judgment. If you think you're always right, even about your own life, forget about politics and stuff, you're not going to lead an enriched life. You will make a lot of boo -boos. Oh, this is so important. It's a great subject. Yes, so this is a gift, I admit, I don't even consider it praiseworthy. It's just a gift that I was given to always ask, what can I learn from X and Y and Z? But the reason is so that I could share it with the public. I want to help people lead a better life. That's my corny ambition with my life. So that's a very, very big one. And I have great faith in my judgment. We're not talking to Mr. Silly Putty here. I have strong convictions, but I trust him.
A highlight from Foolish Atheism (Partick, Glasgow Street Preaching)
"We read in God's holy and infallible words, from Psalm number 14, the word of God reads, to the chief physician, a psalm of David. The fool has said in his heart, there is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand and seek God. They're all gone aside, they're all together become filthy. There is none that doeth good, no not one, of all the workers of iniquity, no knowledge, who eat of my people as they eat bread and call none upon the Lord. There were they in great fear, for God is in the generation of the righteous. He has shamed the council of the poor because the Lord is his refuge. Oh, that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion, when the Lord bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice and Israel shall be glad. The people of Harvick become as believers in Jesus Christ to share this life -giving message. It is a life -giving message not because it comes from us, it is because it comes from the Lord Jesus Christ. It comes as revealed in the holy and infallible word, holy scripture. And in Psalm 14, it points out our nature. It points out and shows us that all have sinned short of the glory of God. It points out to all of us that it is a foolish thing to reject God. It is a foolish thing to say that there is no God. Psalm 14 verse 1, it says the fool hath said in his heart there is no God. Friends look around you, observe the creation, it has a creator. It has all the marks of a mighty and all -powerful God who made all these things, the sun, the moon and the stars, the clouds and all these good things that we enjoy have been made and ordained by almighty God. The heavens declare the glory of God and they show forth his handiwork that our friends all are without excuse. You look around you, you take a seat on a park bench, you know that somebody has made that. And friends as we look at the creation, at its beauty, its complexity, its order, we see that it has a creator, a wise, good, holy creator. And so it is a foolish thing as the psalmist tells us to say in our hearts that there is no God. That's what sin is friends. It's the rejecting of the rule of God. It's the rebellion against the rule of almighty God. It is saying no to God. And we would rather rule and reign over our own kingdoms rather than submit to holy God. That's resolved by nature. All of us have sinned. All of us fall short of the glory of God. And friends who come sharing a message, what's for the grace of God, so would you be there? You reckon me too would reject God as the psalmist is pointing out. The only way to have wisdom is by the mercy and the grace of God. The blue hat said in his heart there is no God, they are corrupt. That is us all. We have nothing made sinners but born in sin. We have all broken the law of God, born in Adam. And as soon as we come out of the womb, we are at war with God. We need the grace of God. They are corrupt. They have done a vulnerable work. There is none that do us good. Many of us think we're not that bad. Many of us when we look at the perfect righteous and holy standard of God we think, well I can't merit hell can I? But friends that's what we all deserve, myself included. The Christian realizes that by their own works they are corrupt. The Christian realizes that have broken the law of Almighty God. And recognizing their guilt, they see that they cannot save themselves. They deserve the wrath of God. But they can flee to the refuge and the salvation that is found in Jesus Christ alone. And so we come with this message that you too would see. Number one your sin. With number two that there is a Savior, a willing Savior who receives all that was found in Him and in Him alone the Lord Jesus who is the Christ. Because there's none good knowing that one. It says the Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men to see if there were any that did understand and seek God. See friends none of us seek after God. There's none that do us good knowing that one that we may think well that sounds very extreme. It might even sound very harsh. But none of us by nature seek out after God. It is God who changes the sinner. Friends you need Christ and we pray that this day you would have eyes to see and ears to hear. Eyes to see your sin and to see a beauty in the Savior the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord looked down from heaven to see if there any that understand. Friends we call upon you to look to Jesus. But why do you need this Savior? What did Jesus do? Jesus who is through God and through men came into the sin cursed world. He suffered throughout his entire life the creator of heaven and earth. He assumed to himself a human nature and as one person through God and through men he suffered upon the cross bearing the wrath of God. It says in Isaiah 53 verse 10 get it please the Lord to bruise him. You see the Lord Jesus Christ took our penalty. He took our sin. He took the wrath of God. He was crushed, bruised for our iniquity so that whosoever looketh upon him shall not have to face eternal death. Friends we pray that you would see your need you would see this corruption in our in your hearts found in every human heart and see the perfect righteousness that Jesus offers to all who look to him and to him alone. Oh friends we pray that you would see this this day that you would see your need and seek after them by grace and by grace alone. They're all gonna sigh the psalmist right. They're all together become filthy. This is every single one. None escapes us. We've all broken the law of God. Part of the law of God says if you love the Lord to God with all your heart with all your mind with all your strength there's not one of us who has done that perfectly. Actually there's not one of us who has done it for any length of time all upon the face of the earth there is only one and that is the Lord Jesus Christ who perfectly loved his father in heaven. There's also the second great commandment to love your neighbor as yourself. And as you go through the commandments the fifth commandment to honor your father and your mother all the way down to thou shall not covet.
A highlight from The Limp Wont Make You Late
"Hey, this is Steven Furtick. I'm the pastor of Elevation Church and this is our podcast. Be sure to subscribe so we can get you these new sermons every week. I hope you're blessed today. sitting with it all week, so I can't wait to get to it. So I'm not going to do any announcements. I'm just going to get right to it because I'm excited. We're going to revisit Genesis chapter 32. The scripture that I shared last week. We're going to jump in at verse 24. Some things that the Lord has been dealing with me about. And some things I believe he wants to assure you about. This will be a word of assurance for somebody today. Genesis chapter 32 verse 24. The Bible says so Jacob was left alone and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob's hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. The man said, let me go for this daybreak. But Jacob replied, I will not let you go unless you bless me. And I talked last week about the blessing of letting go. That sometimes it's not our strength, but our surrender that determines our ability to move forward in life. And specifically what Jacob was letting go of in this passage wasn't the man. It was letting go of a previous version of himself. Because watch this the man asked him. What's your name Jacob? He answered now. He had pretended to be his brother Esau and we'll talk about that in a moment. But now he's saying his own name. And when he said his own name verse 28, the man said your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome Jacob said, please tell me your name, but he replied. Why do you ask my name then he blessed him there. So Jacob called the place Tenniel saying it is because I saw God face to face and yet my life was spared last verse. I want to read key verse for today verse 31 Genesis chapter 32. The sun rose above him as he passed Tenniel and he was limping because of his hip. The sun rose above him as he passed Tenniel and he was limping because of his hip turn to your neighbor and say I've got good news. Tell him the limp won't make you late.
A highlight from 022 - Movie Analysis: Fight Club
"Hi, my name is Markus and this is a companion podcast for the C .G. Jung Help Desk Meetup Group. I host live events on Zoom every two weeks about the concepts and ideas of the Swiss psychologist Carl Gustav Jung. Every event I give a presentation about Jungian concept, so have fun with this event's topic. So we will start and this will be a little bit of a rerun because I've done this event a little bit over a year ago already when the group was way smaller, but I wanted to do it again for one reason because I did not have a recording for a podcast and for the other reason because my opinions changed a little bit and the things I found in the movie became a little bit more. So with time ideally the understanding gets deeper and that can be applied to more places. So this is actually how I want to use the movie. I'm not saying it's a Jungian movie, I'm just saying it's a little bit of a weird coincidence that there are a lot of things in there that can be seen through Jungian lens and that it can be used to really make good explanations and give examples what Jung meant with specific phenomena and experiences. And yeah, this is why I wanted to talk about the movie and it's a pretty famous movie to see through a psychological lens and for the beginning I want to establish like three key concepts about Jung just to help to jumpstart a little bit the interpretation and analysis. So Jung had this idea that the psyche is an energetic system so that there's energy being exchanged and moving and causing things and he called that libido which comes out of psychoanalysis. He was pretty close with Freud and Freud coined this term and Freud gave it a very sexual direction and Jung saw it really as okay this is just a basic energy that is moving around things in the psyche. He does not say that this energy really exists, it's rather he uses it as explanation as a metaphor to explain certain behavior of the psyche and for him libido is neutral and his explanation is even using it like money because money can be anything, right? When you have money you can buy a car, you can go on a vacation, you do work, you get money so it can be exchanged for different things and this means it can on one side is pretty neutral but like you can do good things with it or you can do bad things with it and it's swirling around in the psyche causing things and a lot of those things are unconscious. So the most things happening that use up libido or use libido are in the unconscious part of our psyche, a little bit like the body, right? The body does a lot of things by itself without us consciously doing it like breathing, digesting, pumping blood through the body and the psyche is a little bit like that. What makes consciousness special and especially human consciousness is that we have libido to use it to do specific things so when we exert willpower we aim for something and we materialize something, a thought, an action, a creative product for example where libido is spent like money and when we concentrate a lot and we work a lot we feel also tired that there's a loss of libido, we cannot do so much anymore and for him there's this barrier between consciousness and the unconscious and things in the unconscious they have libido, they work and so on but the question whether something traverses over in the conscious realm has to do with how much energy it has. So how much libido is there? He says there are a lot of things happening in the background that we don't notice, that we don't realize until the point where they start acting up. So like normally we don't notice our digestion but when we have trouble there because we're ill or we have eaten really a lot then we notice it. When it processes barrier we become way more aware of that and he uses a French term for that because he also studied a little bit in Paris to learn about psychology and it's called abissimo de nouveau mental which means there's a lowering of consciousness. This means things can easily or more easily get from the unconscious to consciousness. For example when people do awareness training and meditate and start focusing on their body that already gives them a different feeling of the body. They might notice that there are certain parts aching or that certain parts are feeling good, something that were below the threshold before. But when people for example are sleeping they become very aware of the unconscious processes or when people get sick, ill, drunk or deprived of sleep they can start to hallucinate and to be more aware of certain thoughts. So for example when you don't sleep for three days you will basically will have hallucinations till your body stops functioning correctly. So the body really needs sleep. That's the first concept. The second concept has to do with perception and perception is for Jung very subjective. This means we don't see the external world as it really is but it rather is always painted by subjective experience and subjective personality. It gets filtered through us what we see, what we experience. So we are kind of limited by our consciousness. We're limited recognizing the things we can recognize. For example when there's a foreign language to us it's just weird noises or strange letters and we can't make it out. But if we get proficient in the language then we can pick out this information. Before it was just a jumbled mess and then it can become poem or like analysis on a movie in Jungian terms when we are proficient in the thing. Consciousness forms what we can see, what we cannot see. You also thought there's not so much a big difference between inner experience and outer experiences. Outer experiences from the outside world those are of course very dominant as for example the sun or somebody hitting one. This is something outside but we also have inside experiences. Extremon would be like a phobia or a trauma but also dreams that come from the inside. And Jung treats those things pretty similarly because he says what is real is what causes something. Your reaction on fear or hope or love which comes from inside has a reaction on you the same as it would happen outside. When you're afraid of a dog then it doesn't need to be a dog around for you already to be afraid. And this means that Jung was very open for this psychic realm and said okay this psyche has a huge influence and this is why he looked into it because he saw there was a huge influence. And the same way how we can see things through consciousness we are also able to be blind because of consciousness because we do not focus on something and we cannot recognize something. There's always a limitation to that similar to the eye. We think the world around us is high definition but we don't see this world in high definition. It's only a very small spot actually that can put in a lot of information. Everything around it is basically guessed right and if you stretch out your arm and look at your thumb the size of your thumbnail that is the part that you see with high accuracy and high resolution. And the rest is basically your brain stitching all the things together and just saying yeah everything looks very clear very sharp but actually you only see a very small spot and the rest is like generated by AI we would say today. The third concept is consciousness is blind and we have a complete psyche so our psyche is in many parts smarter than we are because our psyche is the human nature that has been with humans for millions of years. So it's been formed through evolutionary processes through experiences to be already ready for certain situations. So consciousness while and you as an individual person have to learn certain things the body already knows a lot of things. It's more a rediscovery and the development of consciousness is to become bigger and larger and to encompass more functions and experiences of the psyche. And the way how the psyche does this is by compensation. So when you run too far into one direction with your consciousness there will be a counterbalance created in the unconscious to bring you back in this position. And Jung even talked about that when people have depression or neurosis that this is a healing function. This is a psyche trying to heal itself to push certain contents into consciousness so that consciousness pays attention to them, tries to incorporate them. And similar as fever is the reaction on a for example virus infection. The fever is not the illness. The illness is the virus and the same for him neurosis or depression is not the illnesses is a reaction to something. It's for fever the body trying to kill the virus or the bacteria with higher temperature and in the case of neurosis and complexes to force consciousness to pay attention to it which is also psychoanalytic term. This can cause an extreme case a split in the psyche as consciousness is so stiff and so unadapted that there has to be a big big force trying to move it from its very sturdy position. So for people who have seen the movie which I guess everybody of you already did you might have picked up already some things I'm trying to get at in the later analysis. But just to bring everybody up to speed if it's been a longer time since you have been seen the movie and make a short summary and I've written it down to keep it really really short and on point because I will mention some things that will be important. So summary of Fight Club the movie. The nameless narrator which is called Jack colloquially can't sleep. He is severely depressed and discovers self -help groups that he doesn't share the problems with but can find emotional release. This goes on until a woman joins that plays the same game called Marla Singer. She pushes Jack back into his depression because he becomes aware that he is a fraud. At this moment he makes acquaintance with Tyler Durden a soap salesman. After Jack's apartment burns down he moves in with Tyler and goes into a spiritual journey which makes him question society and its rules. Things spiral out of control when others join the journey causing mayhem in the real world. Jack has his doubts investigates Tyler and comes to the realization that Tyler is himself and a split off part of his psyche. When the group wants to demolish skyscrapers in the middle of the city Jack confronts Tyler to the point that Jack shoots himself to stop Tyler. The movie ends with Jack holding hands with Marla watching the buildings collapse. And that's Fight Club a little bit over to our movie. And this is also my disclaimer I will mainly talk about the movie but that because that's what most people are familiar with. I also read the book many years ago but the movie does something very well and it makes it even more tighter and clearer the whole narrative and certain topics it fleshes us out. So the movie is really an improvement over the book and even the author of Chuck Paul Nowick said the same. So the book itself is based on a short story that Chuck wrote which is still in the book if you're interested and you're reading the book there's a chapter about Fight Club explaining the rules. This is basically unchanged the short story and later Chuck fleshed all this out to make a complete book. And this caught the attention of David Fincher who wanted to make a movie out of it with Edward Norton and Brad Pitt and he actually did. And the movie was released and it pretty much bombed. Nobody wanted to see it in the cinema. It was a missile. So for the star power that was there somehow people wanted really interested. It wasn't late until the movie came out on DVD that it really found a cult following especially with the soap bar which are also used as a logo for the event and the posters it became a cult classic spread and now it's a very famous movie and it's very high on the list of the most impressive the best movies IMDb.
A highlight from This Altcoin Will 20X OR MORE!! (Raouls All-In Trade)
"Look, we may not be at weekly highs, but we definitely should celebrate the week that we've just had. It was definitely the first week of the bull market where we can clearly say that we're in a raging bull market. And I think we're in the beginning of a bull market. But what's going to happen now is I think we're only about 25 % of the way into the bull market and the rest of this bull market goes up really, really, really fast. We've had the tame part of the bull market and the rest of the bull market goes up very fast. Now, a lot of questions. How high will we go? How long will this bull market run? What are going to be the top three, four, five coins that are going to perform in this bull market? That is what we're going to be discussing today. Today, I've got a massive, massive banter for you. I've got a big friend of the channel here joining us, Raul Paul joining us. And we're going to talk about everything to do with this raging bull market. Today is going to be a massive, massive, I'm going to say it again, massive show. So let's go. Let's do this. As I said, we're not at the weekly highs, but we've had an amazing week. And if I would have told you that Solana would be in the 40s or late 30s at the end of the week, you would have laughed at me. And if I would told you that Bitcoin would be around 35 ,000 or 34 ,000, you would have laughed at me. Yet, here we are, and we should be celebrating. We should be celebrating the month that we've had. We should be celebrating the week that we've had. But most of all, we should be celebrating the fact that, guys, we are finally, after 770 days, we are finally in the raging bull market. And today, we're going to talk only about one thing. We're only talking about the raging bull market, how long it will last, how big it's going to be, how much money we're going to make, how high Solana is going to go. And I think Raul Paul's got an amazing Solana prediction, and I wonder if it's anything similar my to prediction. But before we get into the main show, first of all, if you're not a subscriber to this channel, what are you waiting for? Subscribe. I'm going to wait. I'm going to wait. I'm waiting. Subscribe. All right, and if you are subscribed, just smash the Like button, especially if you like what we're saying here today. Smash that Like button. Obliterate it. Let's get into the meat and potatoes of the show. In fact, one more little announcement. If you haven't already voted in our winner Bitcoin competition, go and vote. Go and vote. So, if you want to win a Bitcoin, it's so simple. It's so simple. All you need to do is open a crypto banter account in any of our exchanges using any of our referral links. Ryan, Mal, Annie, Sheldon, any referral link that you want, even our school. And if you don't have an account, use these links over here to get the account. And you can get huge sign -up bonuses, $30 ,000 in buy, but that's obviously the main exchange that I trade on. $8 ,000 in BitGet, OKEx, CoinW if you're living in the States, BitGet if you're living in Canada. And then every account allows you for five votes, right? And you can only make one vote a week. So you better get there and start voting to get five chances to win one full Bitcoin. No one in the world is going to give you the opportunity to win one full Bitcoin so easily. Anyway, with that said. All right, let's get up onto the stage. Raoul, how are you, my friend? You're starting to feel like a bull market out there, hey? It is. I'm back in Little Cayman. That was bull market backdrop. So yeah, it does. That is the true story. That is the bull market backdrop. And we're back there again. I remember that. The pool table and the bar, real bull market stuff. But this week was like a week where, for the first time, I actually felt, you know what, we're back in that raging bull market territory, right? Yeah. And as you and I have talked about, I still think it's crypto spring. We're not yet in summer. But you're just getting the later stage of spring, where you start to have a few nice days in a row. And it starts to feel good. And you start to think about having drinks outside in the pub and doing things in the sun. So that's what that point. It usually really doesn't get going. This is usually the prequel. Usually doesn't get going until summer of next year, which is that kind of halving year. That's when it goes like this almost every day for 18 months. So I wanted to show you. It's not nice for once to come in and go, oh, my god, is that up that much? That was good. I must say, so the first thing is I read this quote, which says, an entire Bitcoin bear market is behind us, and an entire Bitcoin bull market is ahead of us. And I just think that that is so where we're at. But the same account, it's an account called Rec Capital. He says he believes that we're 26 .5 % into the bull market, which means that there's 75 % odd left of this bull market. I mean, if you look at his drawings, the first 76 .5 % is actually quite slow relative to the later stages of the bull market. That's right. I mean, if I were to ask you how far into the bull market you believe we are, is this a fair representation? Exactly. It matches the business cycle framework that I've been using, the halving cycle framework. I've been more erring towards a repeat of something like 2015 without that red herring of 2019. So I think we're at the stage where we're just kind of breaking out, then we're likely to finish the year strong, and then sideways for a while, sideways to down for a bit before it really gets going. So it's somewhere between the 2019 and the 2015 -16 cycle. And what do you think happened this week? Why this week all of a sudden did we get this wake up? Did something change? Did liquidity change? Did policies change? What was it that? I mean, is there anything, or was it just, we're just here, and that's it? It seems that there was some story that BlackRock had already bought some buffer so they can sell ETF when it comes out. But I don't think that's a lot, but there's clearly new capital come into the space. We saw it with CoinShares, a few others, starting to report inflows of capital. So that's new money going into the economy, and obviously, a bunch of board degens turn it into a lot of price rises. But then we had the other story that ignited, so Bitcoin had been strong anyway because of the ETF. ETH has been kind of, it was OK, but it's been pretty sideways for a while. The thing that really started igniting was both DeFi stuff. They came out of nowhere really rallying, and that's often early season stuff. And the other was obviously Solana. Yeah, well, so DeFi, you can see, if I look at the gains this week, you can see Solana is obviously the biggest. But then you do see the DeFi protocols. You see Aave, you see all the, I saw Uniswap had a run, and there it is to 10 .7%, Curve had a run. I want to talk a little bit about Solana. We will go into the macro, and we will talk about the macro. You were pretty bullish around Solana when we spoke last time. Now we've had the DevCon. I don't know how much you updated yourself around what happened at the DevCon. It was an amazing, amazing conference, let me tell you. I'm actually still here in Amsterdam. I'll tell you what I saw, and then maybe I'd love to hear your views. But for one, I saw that the community is absolutely thriving, and I came up with a metric of brains per square foot at the conference, brainpower per square foot at the conference. And from a brainpower per square foot at the conference, I don't think I've seen a conference like that since ETH DevCon in 2017, which is when the big brains of the Ethereum community actually arrived there. There were no retail investors. There was no Flaff. There was no one talking about price. They came out, and they spoke about real announcements. So every single announcement was a real announcement. Google was a real announcement. Visa was a real announcement. Render was a real announcement. AWS was a real announcement. There was no announcement that you could drill holes into. At the same time, they also came out with network upgrade announcements, which one of them was Fideancer, which is going to give them up to a million transactions per second. Everyone thinks that that's where it stops, but that's not where it stops. It takes it one step further because Fideancer is the last step in making Solana decentralized. Right now, there's only one Solana validator client, which is the Solana validator client that Solana wrote. Now, there's going to be a second one, which means that it's the first time that you've got a second validator client that can't be updated by the foundation, which means that it's really, really, really a decentralized protocol now that can do one million transactions per second on the main net without having to go into layer twos. So I'm leaving here. I'm leaving Amsterdam tomorrow, and I'm leaving here extremely bullish about Solana. Extremely, extremely bullish. The way I see it, if there's any protocol that is going to get that one consumer mass adoption app, it's going to be Solana. It's not going to be an ETH layer 2. That's how I'm leaving here. I know you weren't at the conference, but I'm keen to hear your views. So you're picking up exactly what my thesis has been, and that thesis has been growing for about a year and a bit about I think Solana's main thing is this consumer chain because it can do a lot. So obviously, when it sold off last year, I bought it all the way through. And then I started going down the fire dance a rabbit hole. And I'm like, OK, this is a game changer because jump trading who are building it, they have one constraint that they try and work to, which is speed of light. Because what they're trying to do is get that order in to the exchange and the prices out of the exchange as fast as possible ahead of all their competition. So there's that whole book, Flash Boys, about this, where it's all about the size and the quality of your fiber optic cable and how close you are to the exchange. And then it's how fast your computer is. So they fully understand this. And they've built it to be fast enough for high frequency trading. OK. Now, for people to understand what a million TPS means, Twitter is like 24 ,000 TPS. WhatsApp is like 40 ,000 TPS. It's like this is a order of magnitude. It's 20x what Solana does, which is already the fastest chain. So the applications that's going to come out of this are game changing. And it's kind of pushed apart the argument of the trilemma because it not only made it more secure, but cheaper and faster. So, OK, that's interesting because that was not supposed to be solvable. It feels to me like we're solving some of the blockchain trilemma. On top of that, compressed NFTs. To be able to create a million NFTs for $100 basically tells me that's ticketing, that's all sorts of stuff, receipts, anything. So you've created new business models that people don't understand exist yet. They're still thinking of, you know. I'm actually getting something out on my phone, which I managed to take at the conference. And I actually think I want to read this out to you. So if you want to mint 10 ,000 NFTs on Solana, it'll cost you $18. If you want to mint 10 ,000 NFTs in Ethereum, it'll cost you $30 ,855. If you want to mint 10 ,000 NFTs on Polygon, it'll cost you $52 .09. OK, so when you scale that up to 10 million, on Solana, it'll cost you $5 ,219. On Ethereum, it'll cost you $31 million. And on Polygon, it'll cost you $52 ,087. So this is, and this is before FireDancer, by the way. This is before you implement FireDancer, just to give you an idea of the power of this network. And this is why Visa are interested. This is why, you know, they're starting to have a lot of announcements, because what they've built now is something truly extraordinary. And the price is truly extraordinary, because nobody believed this. Exactly. They were so busy saying, it's a FTX token, it's a SAM coin, it's going bust, there's no devs. It was all bullshit all the way through. Yeah, yeah. Look, we were obviously buying, we were encouraging the community to buy, we were unpopular for buying. I mean, I showed the community the trades that we actually took. I'm interested, I mean, let's have some fun. And I'm not going to hold you to any price predictions. But when I look at the market cap of ETH, I think the market cap of ETH today, and I'm going to in the beginning of a cycle, you know, we can argue that this is probably the beginning of the altcoin cycle, the market cap of ETH is about $220 billion. The market cap of Solana is about $17 billion. So you know, under the assumption of going into a bull market, let's have some fun. And just like, where do you think Solana can go in the cycle? So how I've been thinking about it is looking at previous cycles, how high above the previous high goes. it So if we look at, you know, if you look at Solana now, or you can look at Ethereum in the previous cycle, I think of Solana very much like Ethereum in 2017. OK, let's get that chart out. So that is Sol, and Sol's going back, let's go back to, that's Ethan, let's go back to 2017. Let's go on a weekly, it'll just make it quicker and easier. Yeah. So 2017, ETH went to $1 ,640. The starting point was obviously the ICO, which was at a couple of cents, I think $0 .07, $0 .09. It went to about $1 ,640. The next cycle, it went up to, I think, $5 ,400. $5 ,000. Yeah. So it was like a 3x above the all -time high. Yes. So then what's the all -time high of Solana? It's about $250. Yeah. So you say, OK, a reasonable target would be 3x the all -time high. OK, so that would take Solana to $600, which is a 12x. Now, this is exactly my thesis. So hear me out, yeah. I think it goes further than that, potentially, but who knows, right? We've all learned from the previous bull market not to give price targets because people just want to beat you over the head with them. Yeah. I mean, we're just having some fun. I mean, just looking at some scenarios. For me, the way I looked at it, I said, look, if Solana just gets to 80 % of ETH, what ETH is now at the top of the cycle? And if that happens, Solana gets to call it a $180 million market cap, which is about, which is, I think today it's at a 15, so it's a 10x. So what you're saying in terms of $600, I'm saying probably $500, $400, $500. So I think the numbers are there or thereabouts. Yeah. And obviously, the numbers have changed dramatically, because when I started looking at this, it was trading at 20, like 20, and we've already gone up a lot since then. So these numbers keep halving every time we keep going up a lot. But yeah, my idea is somewhere between $500 and $1 ,000, just depending what that market feels like. Do you see a world, do you see the world like I see the world, I see like top of the cycle Bitcoin, Ethereum, Solana, and then everything else underneath it, the BNBs, the XRPs, the you know, the only one, the only one that I don't know is what's going to happen with stablecoins. But I think if we remove stablecoins, I kind of see it as like Bitcoin, Ethereum, Solana. I actually do too, which obviously means we're going to be blindsided by something else that's interesting that we didn't think of, you know, the Solana of this cycle. What is that going to be? I'm not good enough to pick those, you're better at picking the smaller stuff. I just, I'm, you know, with a macro bet like this, it's like so much easier, because like, it's so fucking obvious. You know, it survived a crisis, it launches, the tech goes massively improving, the community's good, the only on Solana narrative is very good. So, Tolly is one of the best thought leaders in the entire space. You're like, okay, this is, it seems like the highest quality bet. You know, I did a show earlier this week for my community. And you know, what I said is, you have like 500 days to make life -changing money in crypto. And when I say 500 days, that takes you to the top of the next bull market. And I said, look, the secret is that what you're going to do is you're going to have a fully diversified portfolio. You're going to put the majority of your chips into the tokens that you think are very safe. And this was the last ETF that we actually made, it was Bitcoin, Ethereum, Solana, and we put 50 % of our money into Bitcoin, Ethereum, Solana. But then we had a few that actually exploded, like Casper exploded. And the $200 investment became worth $101 ,000 and the Kujira $300 investment became a $92 ,000 investment. So, you know, if you did that, your $10 ,000 became worth $400 ,000. And that's, I think, the importance of placing some small bets on the ones that you're pretty scared of. Yeah. But the other flip side of that, as I said, you're better than me, is I end up with the shrapnel of shame sitting in my wallet of all of the things that I bought. And it's fine. It's like a VC. You don't know what's going to fly, what's not. I just never had any of those fly. So I've just got a bunch of shame sitting in various wallets.
A highlight from Mike Gallagher Week in Review for Friday, November 3, 2023
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Can you imagine over a hundred Columbia University professors, Ivy League staffers writing a letter supporting the students who defend Hamas? You'd send your kid to college at Columbia, you'd be out of your mind. You would be out of your mind. If you've got a son or daughter who wants to go get some hugely successful career and they think Columbia University is the path to take, you'd be nuts to let your kid go to Columbia, much less pay for it. And donors, you would donate to Columbia University? Over a hundred professors defending students who are supporting bloodthirsty animalistic terrorists. They put babies in ovens. They raped women and broke their legs before murdering them. They chopped soldiers' heads off. They chopped babies' heads off. And these moron professors, and they are morons, they are ignorant fools, wrote a letter demanding for support the moron students defending terrorism. Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has a brand new speaker. He's Representative Mike Johnson, a Republican from Louisiana. Democrats are none too happy about this guy. In fact, they are literally denouncing his Bible -believing Christianity. Wait till you hear what MSNBC personality and former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki had to say about Mike Johnson's religious beliefs. Does the Bible inform your worldview? The new Speaker of the House, Mike Johnson, a little -known congressman from Louisiana, has had the audacity to admit that for him the Bible informs his worldview. Jen Psaki was the White House Press Secretary. She now has her own show on MSNBC, and she is undoubtedly very popular among the left. I want you to hear Jen Psaki expressing her shock and disgust and mortification at the newly elected Speaker of the House, admitting that he's a Bible -believing Christian. So let's take a few minutes to talk about this new speaker. First glance, Mike Johnson does seem fine, fine -ish. Conservative, yes, but he once started a civility caucus with a Democrat. And I mean, if nothing else, he wears a suit and has glasses. How threatening can this guy actually be? Well, he gave us all a little clue as to how he would govern in an interview this week. I am a Bible -believing Christian. Someone asked me today in the media, they said, it's curious. People are curious. What does Mike Johnson think about any issue under the sun? I said, well, go pick up a Bible off your shelf and read it. That's, that's my worldview. You heard that right. The Bible doesn't just inform his worldview. It is his worldview. In fact, during his first speech in his new job, Johnson suggested that his election as speaker was an act of God. Talk about a bit of a humble brag there. So what exactly has God apparently called on Mike Johnson to do? Well, his views on policy are essentially what you'd expect from a religious fundamentalist. They're more divisive than they are divine. She's threatened. They're threatened by a religious fundamentalist like Mike Johnson. And you heard what she, the way she described it. It's threatening. We should be scared because he's a Christian. Now you just heard that, right? I mean, I'm not hallucinating, right? I just played a clip from MSNBC and she's got some MSNBC bona fides. She was the White House press secretary. She's no slouch in terms of elocution. She knows what she's saying. She forms the word. She's reading those words on a teleprompter. Let me again repeat what Jen Psaki just told her national audience. We should be scared of Mike Johnson because he's a Christian. Let that sink in. This is the Mike Gallagher Show Week in Review podcast. I hope you'll subscribe. Don't miss any of the great content that we produce every single day. If you missed anything, you'll catch up with us. The Israeli consulate in New York City invited the media to a special event. They shared firsthand evidence of the brutality of Hamas in Israel. This is very difficult to hear, but we can't turn away. We must be aware of what actually happened on October 7th in Israel. Kelly Jane Torrance writes about it. None of us wanted to see such sites, this person writes, but none of us would give up the opportunity. The world needs to know what happened. Journalists, about 20 of us had to leave our cell phones and Apple watches at the door. Some of the footage had never been released and Israeli authorities had their reasons for showing it only to select reporters and some select others like Joe Biden. They're concerned about the feelings of the families involved. They also don't want such horror and humiliation broadcast worldwide. One retired major general and reservist, Mickey Edelstein said, we have values. This reporter said, human beings still have the capacity to shock if one can call Hamas human beings. I will long be haunted by what I saw. The footage eases you into things, she writes, a little. Terrorists fire at motorists on the highway. They enter a kibbutz and blow an ambulance's tires first. They shoot a dog who reminds, who remains shaking on the street. They light a home on fire. Then, then they start entering the houses. Israel collected video from a wide variety of sources, public closed circuit TV, traffic cameras, dash cams of terrorists and of victims, as well as their social media posts and messages at home. You can hear the murderers breathe heavily as they nervously approach their prey. It was almost impossible to watch the council general admitted afterward. He couldn't even stay for the whole screening. A father tries to get his young children dressed only in underpants safely to a backyard shelter. A grenade lands before he can close the door. He's dead. A terrorist takes the two boys back into the house. The security camera captures their devastation. The blast blinded one boy in an eye, the other falls to the ground, plaintively pleading, why am I alive? Why am I alive? Blood is everywhere. A man with his nose blown off, headless Israeli soldiers, an elderly woman clad only in her brightly colored underwear, never meant to be seen by so many. Piles of bodies surrounded by young men, celebrating, chanting Aluakbar. A broken woman is taken from the back of a Jeep, the rear of her pants covered in blood. We can easily understand what likely happened to her. Young men clamor over trying to get a look inside. Women who were raped had their legs broken, then they were killed. So they were raped, they had their legs broken, and then they were murdered. Many times Kelly Jane Torrance writes, I wanted to look away, but I forced myself not to. We journalists had to see so what happened we could tell the world. Yet here is a line from a CBS news piece written by a journalist who saw the footage, quote, in another clip, a militant stands over a man who appears to have been shot in the gut and hacks at him multiple times with a garden hoe. Interestingly, the words terrorist or terrorism don't appear in this piece. They don't appear in the New York Times report of that screening either. I can tell you it was not a militant who stands over a man. A group of terrorists argue over who gets to behead the man. A Thai worker bleeding profusely from his stomach but still alive. Someone hacks at him repeatedly with a hoe trying to behead him. Every single time the terrorist yells Alua Akbar. That difference in detail is why the consulate staff sat through 45 minutes of misery. They need people to see what happened. Sure, dead babies were found without their heads, but who knows who did the deed, according to journalists from serious publications, supposedly publications. serious She says, the hate I witnessed goes beyond those who entered Israel. A young man uses a dead Israeli woman's phone to call his parents and brag of killing 10 Jews, quote, with my bare hands. He pleads to his father, please be proud of me, dad. That's the culture Israel must fight. Then there's New York City. A day after the screening of this video, thousands of anti -Semites marched into Manhattan via the Brooklyn Bridge after a rally at the Brooklyn Museum. At the front were people holding a banner that read, by any means necessary. This journalist who saw these atrocities committed by these monsters, these savages called Hamas, writes, understand what a sign like that means. These people know what happened October 7th. They're gathering in large numbers in New York and cities around the world, including America, to show their support for the animals who committed these atrocities. They are as bloodthirsty as the heavy breathing terrorists whose voices the people of Israel will never get out of their heads. And that's so important. You must know what pro -Hamas demonstrators are. On the pop culture front, actor Matthew Perry, best known for his role on the sitcom series Friends, passed away at the age of 54. He was found in his hot tub in his Los Angeles home, apparently drowned. A very interesting conversation resulted in vaccines with the shocking death of Matthew Perry. 54 years old, he was one of the stars of Friends. He was found dead in his jacuzzi at his Los Angeles home. And right away, people started rushing in saying he was a big pro -vaccination guy. The anti -vaxxers, as they're known, went bonkers, saying, how does a 54 -year -old guy who was allegedly clean and sober, he had had a lifetime of trouble with drugs and alcohol, apparently, rough life, he had gotten his act together, he wrote a memoir last year, and he was lounging in his jacuzzi, and he died. And so far, the police say, no sign of foul play. There were some prescription drugs found, but no illegal drugs or illicit drugs. And this guy was part of the culture and one of the most successful sitcom actors of all time, and one of the most successful sitcoms of all time, Friends. And apparently, he had his personal assistant go out to run some errands. The assistant came back after a couple hours and found this guy dead in the jacuzzi in the backyard of the pool. A lot of people were tweeting and writing on social media. This is not a conspiracy theory. People are suddenly dying. People are having heart attacks. And they pointed out that Matthew Perry had tweeted out like a year ago, could I be any more vaccinated? Get your shot and then get your shirt. Shop the entire collection. And it was a collection of t -shirts bragging about getting vaccinated. And people were tweeting out things like, do you believe Matthew Perry died from heart issues in his jacuzzi that were caused by him getting so many COVID vaccines? Again, he once promoted a t -shirt that said, could I be any more vaccinated? Well, you know, I know we don't want to open up that whole can of worms again. On the other hand, did you see the story about the new analysis by the FDA, the Food and Drug Administration, said that there may be an increase in the risk of stroke when you get a COVID shot on the same day as when you get certain flu vaccines. A new analysis found the link was clearest in adults over 85. It applied to the Pfizer and Moderna COVID booster vaccines. The FDA said the risk might stem from the flu vaccine alone and be completely unrelated to the COVID shots. I think it's fair to say, and I just want to start right here and say, whether we like it or not, most Americans, I think, and I want you to correct me if you think I've got this wrong, most Americans have a deep distrust over just about any vaccine. There was a horrific incidence of violence this week in New York City. It erupted after an argument between neighbors of a New York City apartment building. It was all captured on closed circuit surveillance video. Maybe you've seen the ghastly video of a neighbor in an apartment building who executed a father and his stepson over a dispute regarding noise. It was all captured on closed circuit surveillance video. It's awful. I don't want to play it. I mean, this guy came with a gun ready to confront this family. There had apparently been a history of arguing between these two tenants of the apartment building, I think it was in Brooklyn, and the family comes out to confront the guy. He's wearing a jacket. He's dressed all in black. And the closed circuit surveillance cameras are just crystal clear. One thing about this closed circuit TVs now, the video quality is as good as anything you see on a TV network. You can get these ring cameras and everything, and they're a real good deterrent, I think, for criminals, because they work well. I've got a whole set of them at a property that I own, and you can see everything. It records automatically. If there's movement, you can set all kinds of settings. Anyway, they had a closed circuit camera in the hallway of this apartment building. This guy's waiting. He's pacing. They're arguing. The dad comes out, and he's very threatening. He's apparently a bodybuilder. The father was this big, hulking, you know, muscular, tall guy. And he storms out with a pair of scissors in his hand, and they're arguing about the noise. And according to news reports, you know what the noise was? The family that the other guy was objecting to, they lived above this guy, and they didn't have carpeting on the floor. So whenever they walked, they were walking on wood floors, and it made a lot of noise, and it just aggravated the guy down below. So the guy down below shows up. He's in the hallway. He's got a jacket on. They're arguing. The family's arguing. The big, you know, bodybuilder is towering over the guy with a pair of scissors. Well, the shorter guy that came up to complain, he pulls out a gun, a handgun. The father immediately retreats. Doesn't matter. This guy starts blasting away. He shoots the dad multiple times. It's all caught on camera. The son, the stepson, tries to get away. He executes the stepson, pumps him full of bullets, and then he goes over to the dad, who's trying to get up. He's fallen by the door and puts a couple more bullets in his head for good measure. I mean, it was a stone cold execution. And there was a big debate on social media about whether or not it was self -defense or not. Well, of course it wasn't self -defense. He executed them. He's arguing with them about noise in an apartment. Now a family is shattered. And the breaking news, the reason I'm telling you this whole story is there is some news. They got the guy. Police shot him at a traffic stop moments ago in Brooklyn. The 47 -year -old suspect, Jason Pass, was in a car when police got a hit on his license plate. They performed a traffic stop, at which point the situation took a violent turn. He charged at the cops with a knife. They shot him. He's been rushed to an area hospital in critical condition. So everybody's lives are... And there's a moral to the story here. And the reason I think it's important to talk about it is more and more people are arming themselves. It's inevitable. Look at the world around us. Listen, I'm starting up the process again here in Florida. Years ago, I got a concealed carry permit course that I took in South Carolina. But you know, it's been years. I was living in New York City. You sure aren't supposed to have a gun in New York. And now that I'm a Florida resident, I'm going to be armed. You were there with Mike Lindell through thick and through thin. You appreciate that Mike has been targeted and they've tried to stop him. The MyPillow six -piece bath towel sets are finally back in stock. 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A highlight from The World's Oldest Christian Country in Peril with Ambassador Sam Brownback and Rep. Andy Biggs
"We get it. You're busy. You don't have time to waste on the mainstream media. That's why Salem News Channel is here. We have hosts worth watching, actually discussing the topics that matter. Andrew Wilkow, Dinesh D 'Souza, Brandon Tatum, and more. Open debate and free speech you won't find anywhere else. We're not like the other guys. We're Salem News Channel. Watch any time on any screen for free 24 -7 at snc .tv and on local now channel 525. Hey everybody to end the Charlie Kirk show. Ambassador Brownback joins us about the terrible things happening in Armenia and Azerbaijan. Andy Biggs joins us for the latest from the front lines of Congress and also did Eric Adams fly too close to the sun, his fundraising chief rated by the FBI. Email us as always freedom at charliekirk .com. Become a member at charliekirk .com and click on the members tab. That's charliekirk .com and click on the members tab. As always, you can email us freedom at charliekirk .com. That is freedom at charliekirk .com and get involved with Turning Point USA at tpusa .com. That is tpusa .com. Buckle up everybody. Here we go. Charlie, what you've done is incredible here. Maybe Charlie Kirk is on the college campuses. I want you to know we are lucky to have Charlie Kirk. Charlie Kirk's running the White House folks. I want to thank Charlie. He's an incredible guy. His spirit, his love of this country. He's done an amazing job building one of the most powerful youth organizations ever created, Turning Point USA. We will not embrace the ideas that have destroyed countries, destroyed lives, and we are going to fight for freedom on campuses across the country. That's why we are here. Brought to you by the loan experts I trust, Andrew and Todd at Sierra Pacific Mortgage at andrewandtodd .com. Joining us now is Ambassador Sam Brownback, former U .S. ambassador at large for international religious freedom. Ambassador, thank you for taking the time. The oldest Christian country in the world, Armenia, is under attack. Walk us through what's happening in Armenia right now. Well, it's basically a continuation of what Turkey tried to do to him 100 years ago. Turkey had a genocide of Armenia. It was a million Christians killed 100 years ago. Hitler famously said, who remembers the Armenians before his own genocide that he did on the Jewish people? And you see in Erdogan, the head of Turkey, pushing, prodding, allowing, enabling Azerbaijan to take over and kick out 120 ,000 Christians in Nagorno -Karabakh, which had been a Armenian settlement within Azerbaijan, and now threatening Armenia, I mean Azerbaijan is, with the backing of Turkey, to attack Armenia proper. That's what's taking place and nobody's talking about it. That's what's really discouraging about this. Yeah, so I don't understand, I mean, here we have 125 ,000 Christians that are being forcibly moved, is that right? Yes. Yeah, first of all, where's the faith community on this? I haven't heard a lot of the major Christian leaders, and God bless you for speaking out about it. What's going on? I think people get confused or they get back and forth saying, well, it's Armenia's side, it's Azerbaijan's side, it just kind of goes back and forth. Azerbaijan has played this very well on top of it. They have built a good relationship with Israel of sorts. Now, recently they didn't vote to condemn Hamas, so hopefully that's going to break that alliance some, but Azerbaijan has gotten weaponry from the United States. It's been helpful for us against Iran, but now with Turkey's backing, they're really going at these Armenian Christians and we're just not doing anything. I think most people just get kind of befuddled, well, it's a he said, she said, I'm not sure which way this is going. What has happened is 120 ,000 Armenian Christians who have lived in the same place their ancestors have for 2 ,000 years have been run out of Nagorno -Karabakh, and now they're concerned about Armenia proper being attacked by Azerbaijan. Well, yeah, talk more just about the focus of our, so we're super concerned as a country, I guess about Russia and Ukraine, for good reason Israel and the Gaza thing gets a lot of attention, but this has just been so de -emphasized and just talk more to our audience about Armenia, a Christian country, the oldest Christian country in the world, and there was a genocide of the Armenian people, but Turkey, a member of NATO, did the genocide and then it gets covered up in the western world. Talk about that. Well, this is at the end of World War I, about 1915, there's the Armenian genocide, as I mentioned earlier, about a million, could be a million and a half, Armenian Christians were just killed by the Ottoman, the falling of the Ottoman Empire, and it was just kind of, not anybody paid much attention to it. Armenia is a small Christian country that's kind of right there in the Middle East, it's an ancient Christian population, and it just gets overlooked, and then for a long period of time, Charlie, here was an issue, was their defender was Russia. Russia has defended Armenia for a long period of time, and so I think the West kind of looked at it and said, well okay, that's what the Russians are doing there, and the Armenians were fine with it, it was really a marriage of necessity that they were in that region, but recently Armenia has started to go more democratic as an open society and wanting to embrace the West. Well, as soon as you do anything like that, the Russians shoot you. They don't want anything to do with democracy, they don't want anything to do with an open society, even if it's another Christian nation, and that's really put Armenia in this situation where they're kind of swimming between two boats. They've left Russia, but the West hasn't picked them up yet, and I think that's part of the reason why you haven't seen a lot of Christian communities talking about it. Yeah, that's a good explanation, but for example, on social media there's massive uproar about the plight of the Muslims and this nonsense about Israeli genocide on Gaza, all a bunch of trash, that none of that stuff is true, and there's no sympathy at all for Christians, like nobody cares at all whatsoever. Why do you think there's so much Christian hatred? I wish I knew the answer to that one, and you see there's more persecution of Christians today in the world than any time in the history of Christendom, never been more, and it's as if the world says, you know, the Christians are the largest faith community out there, you guys are big enough to take care of yourselves, or you did this to other people in the past, you're getting it now. I don't know which, or if it's both, or what the case of it is, but you've just got large -scale Christian persecution taking place. I just saw another report today of Christians being killed in Nigeria. You're seeing the Catholic community being thrown out of Nicaragua, some of their institutions by Ortega. The Chinese are at war with all faiths, Christians included, and I don't know why, but it's up to us to stand up for it, and not to be embarrassed about standing up for Christians around the world that are being persecuted. It seems like a lot of times people are kind of, well, I don't want to speak out about it, and we have to. These are key brothers and sisters that have been persecuted, locked up, killed in various places around the world. Ambassador, any other aspects to this issue you want to make sure our audience is aware of, or anything you'd like to plug, that are action items for our audience? Yeah, they can go on a website, 120 ,000reasons .org, 120 ,000, that's the number of Christians that got run out of Nagorakarabagh, 120 ,000reasons .org for more information, and one thing they really can do is push their members of Congress not to sell weaponry to Azerbaijan, push the Biden administration not to sell weaponry to Azerbaijan, that we've been supplying weapons to them, and that's got to cease, and we need to be supplying help to Armenia. So I'm just logistically curious, it just came to me, so how and what period of time did they move these Christians out of this region, and how far did they travel? They went down this place called the Lachin Corridor, and it's about 22 miles, and this happened in a period of about 10 days. So I'm just really curious, so in 10 days 120 ,000 people moved. Why is it that people can't leave northern Gaza for an Israeli invasion, and the UN calls that a humanitarian crisis? Egypt won't let them move.
A highlight from No Cease Fire
"All right, welcome to the Dennis Prager Show. I'm your guest host, Carl Jackson, sitting in for Dennis Prager. The number to call in, 1 -8 -Prager, 776. That is 1 -8 -Prager, 776. Sitting in studio with me, Lou's got my back right here at AM 950 The Answer, 94 .9 FM. Go to TheAnswerOrlando .com. You can see all of our great programming here. I would certainly appreciate that. Sean McConnell is in my ear. Alan Estrin, thank you so much for inviting me back. I want to thank, obviously, Dennis Prager and Sue for trusting me behind this microphone. It really means a lot to me. I certainly appreciate that. Mr. McConnell, who do we have on the lines? All right, Suzette is on the lines. I thought I heard Tony earlier as well. Anyway, Suzette, so glad to have you with us. The number to call in, 1 -8 -Prager, 776. 1 -8 -Prager, 776. I have so much that I want to get to that it's absolutely unbelievable. I've got to mute my phone, apparently, and my laptop here. But listen, I wasn't exactly sure how I was going to come at this show, to be frank, with those of you that are in the listening audience. I'm watching my country, and every day I'm looking at my country and I'm watching what's happening. I'm looking at our leadership. I'm looking at what's happening with the Israel -Iran slash Hamas war. And I'm just, it's weird. I go home, even though I'm on this microphone, I go home sometimes and I read these headlines and I'm in disbelief of where we are. You know, I recently, or I've been hearing more and more people, including the White House, call for a ceasefire in Israel. I pray to God that Israel, even if it means forgoing any aid from the U .S., I pray that they would absolutely annihilate Hamas, and I pray that they would ignore Biden and the White House. Obviously, Biden and the Vice President and the Democrat Party are catering to portions of their base, which sadly are, they have partly a Hamas constituency, a pro -Hamas constituency. I think I want to talk to you about this. I think I want to start here. Frankly, I wasn't even sure. I got stuff scattered all around me, but guys, I think we are leading up to another 2020 -type summer, another 2020 -type summer of violence, if you will. But I do want to make mention of this. Before the Democrat Party calls for a ceasefire in Gaza, let me call for a ceasefire. Can I do that? I want to call for a ceasefire in St. Louis, Missouri. This was the first city with the highest murder rate in St. Louis. There were 194 murders. By the way, this is as of January of this year, so the numbers have gone up. So I want to call for a ceasefire in the Democrat -run city of St. Louis. Again, 194 murders in 2021. That was with an average of 64 homicides per 100 ,000 inhabitants. There has been a decrease in the city's population since 1993, which, oddly enough, has resulted in a greater murder rate, despite the fact that they have a dipping population. I would also like to call for a ceasefire in the Democrat -run Baltimore, Maryland. That is the second city with the highest murder rate. That is Baltimore, Maryland. Again, there were 348 murders in the city with an average of 58 .63 deaths per 100 ,000 inhabitants. The majority of murders in Baltimore are centered in a few high -density areas. This, according to the Baltimore Sun research, gun deaths are concentrated in a quarter of the city's communities. I bet you don't have to guess who runs those cities. I'd also like to call for a ceasefire in San Juan, Puerto Rico. That is the third city with the highest murder rate. Right under Baltimore, there were 172 murders in the city of San Juan with an average of 54 .03 deaths per 100 ,000 inhabitants. Since Puerto Rico became a colony of the United States going back to 1898, the island has been plagued with crime. The island has been plagued by violent criminal activity for a long time as well. The island has been plagued by illegal activity for a long time, too. By the way, this is USAbyNumbers .com. Also, I'd like to call for a ceasefire in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit, Michigan has been the fourth city with the highest murder rate. All of these cities, with the exception of one that I'll touch on, are run by Democrats. I want to call for a ceasefire there. It seems to me that the Democrat Party are fixated on making sure that no innocent civilians die, despite the fact that Hamas that runs Gaza, despite the fact that they killed more than 1 ,400 Israelis, including American citizens that happen to be there. We don't even know the name of the hostages that have been taken, frankly. So they're since so fixated on calling for a ceasefire in Hamas, I thought just maybe, maybe that they didn't understand that the cities that they run are under fire every freaking day, and perhaps since they run them, perhaps they could do something about it. That's kind of what I'm thinking here. So Detroit has been the fourth city with the highest murder rate in the United States and 34th in the world with a murder rate of 40 .74 per 100 ,000 inhabitants. There has been an increase in violent attacks in Detroit. Although thefts and other crimes have decreased, the city's overall crime has reduced significantly since the 1980s, yet the results are still pretty horrible. And what about a ceasefire in Milwaukee, Wisconsin? So on the western side of Lake Michigan, the American state of Wisconsin contains the metropolis of Milwaukee. It is well known for its viewers, several of which provide tours that detail its contribution to the brewing industry. The Harley -Davidson Museum is there, so that'd be a nice thing to see. That overlooks the what? The Mino Monte River features vintage motorbikes on exhibit, such as one that was owned by Elvis Presley. I'd love to see that. The Milwaukee Public Museum is close by and features an expansive European village, as well as a replica of early Milwaukee, but the murder rate there is 42 .5 of 100 ,000 inhabitants. So you've got to make sure that you don't get a cap popped in you while you're on your way to the museum. How about a ceasefire in New Orleans? How about a ceasefire there? New Orleans, Louisiana. That has a murder rate of 40 .6 per 100 ,000 inhabitants. I'm sure the Democrats are all over that. Guys, this is a party of chaos. This is a party, the Democrat Party, it is a party of murder. It is a pro -hamas party.
A highlight from Short Stuff: White Dog Poop
"Life sometimes has this way of blindsiding you at the worst possible time. Join host Nora McInerney on The Head Start, Embracing the Journey, a new podcast from iHeartRadio and AbbVie. She'll be swapping experiences, migraine coping strategies, and major wins with doctors, experts, and patients who are battling chronic migraine. Listen to The Head Start, Embracing the Journey on the iHeartRadio app, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Hey, welcome to The Short Stuff. Josh, Chuck, Jerry, Dave, let's go. All right, this is our episode on dog beep. That's right. You can't say poop. Dog poop, white dog poop. Specifically white dog poop. The same white dog poop that Sarah Silverman sang about, same white dog poop that shows up in Step Brothers, which is probably the only reason why people who were born after the late 80s are aware that white dog poop even ever existed. I don't know the Sarah Silverman bit, and I've seen Step Brothers a bunch, and I don't remember the white dog poop in that one. Those neighborhood bullies, the kids, they make Will Ferrell touch his tongue to the white dog poop. Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. And you know what? Until you sent this, I didn't notice that I don't notice white dog poop. Oh, really? I definitely did. It was a mainstay while we were growing up. Like, it was a thing. When you were walking down the sidewalk in your neighborhood and you just looked to your left in somebody's yard, there were piles of white dog poop, and you do not see that these days. I never thought about it until you sent this, and there is a reason why, and I thought the reason was gonna be as simple as people pick up their dog poop more than they did in the 80s. That is absolutely wrong. Yeah, it's calcium, right? Yeah, the diet of dogs changed dramatically in the late 80s, early 90s, and the thing that was giving these dogs white dog poop or making dogs poop white was an overabundance of calcium that was in standard dog food at the time. Yeah, dog food was pretty bad back then. There's still tons of bad dog food and pet food in general, but there's lots of really good stuff now. Back then, it was very much loaded with bone meal and some meat, but basically, it's that bone meal. Lots of calcium and bones, and calcium is good to dogs. A little bit of calcium is fine, but if you have too much of it, you can't absorb it. It comes out in your poop, and it doesn't come out white, but it dries up in the sun, and once the water is removed, it turns that chalky white. Yeah, I think IFL science compared it to when humans take vitamins, and we don't absorb all of it. It just comes out in our pee. Same thing with calcium in dogs' diets. After they have as much as they need, they just pass it in their poop, and then also, one of the other problems with dog food in the 60s, 70s, and 80s is that the way that the bones were rendered made it even harder to absorb, so a lot of that calcium, they might not have even been getting enough calcium from the food. They just weren't absorbing it. They were passing it. If the poop wasn't coming out white, which I can attest, I had a dog in the 80s.
A highlight from SBF Gets Absolutely Buried in Cross-Examination
"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 Tuesday, October 31st. Happy Halloween. Today, we are talking about Sam Bankman -Fried on cross -examination. Before we get into 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 a link in the show notes or go to bit .ly slash breakdown pod. Hello everyone. First, let me say before we get into more SPF, a big happy 15th birthday to the Bitcoin whitepaper. Crazy to think that that was 15 years ago, a decade and a half of Bitcoin. Here is to many, many more. All right, well, we are firmly down in the muck with SPF and if yesterday's show was all about Friday's prepared testimony and direct examination, and specifically how Sam contradicted the previous testimony of Caroline, Gary, and Nishad, Monday's testimony and today's show is all about the cross -examination. Just to level set a little bit for how that went, here's how Laura Shin described it. Hey everyone. We just got out of the courthouse and I think it's pretty fair to say that at this moment it just feels like it's over for Sam Pinkman -Fried. Honestly, if before lunch it felt like we were witnessing a murder, then afterward we were witnessing somebody just stab a dead body over and over and over and over and over again. Basically, Danielle Sassoon again trotted out multiple statements that Sam Pinkman -Fried made and multiple statements where he contradicted those statements, you know, was often evasive. She just caught him in so many things. Alright, so let's dig into this. Technically yesterday began with the end of the direct examination. There were a few things covered. One was this hedging defense that somehow everything would have been fine if Caroline Ellison had just hedged, like Sam told her to. SPF said that he had numerous conversations about hedging with the then CEO of Alameda, saying that he had directed Caroline to hedge once in late June or early July, and then following up throughout September. Sam told the court that Alameda's net asset value had already fallen from $40 billion to $10 billion, and that he was, quote, worried that Alameda might become insolvent. Sam discussed Caroline's teary -eyed response, where she agreed that Alameda should have hedged and that maybe they shouldn't have had so many venture investments. He said that she had offered to step down as CEO, but that he wasn't trying to push her out, and that his, quote, biggest concern was that if Alameda remained unhedged that it might go bankrupt. And so I thought that the focus should be on urgently putting on the hedges that would protect against that. Sam explained that Alameda had put on hedges in September, but they weren't as large as he would have wanted. Thus, he directed Caroline to increase the hedges. I will take a pause here and note two things. First of all, on the one hand, Sam has tried to testify that he didn't know what was going on at Alameda and didn't have any control. And yet here, he's talking about how many times he has directed the CEO to take a very specific action. It kind of feels like one of those you can't have it both ways and either you were the de facto CEO or you weren't kind of situations. Second, and something that I'm sure will come up with the jury, hedging in Alameda's performance doesn't have any real bearing on whether or not Sam committed fraud by knowingly using FTX customer funds for his hedge fund slash financial playground. It is a distraction and really has more to do with what might have happened if we had never found out. Now, speaking of what Sam did or didn't know, he also tried to suggest that he didn't really have any idea what was going on until October. He claimed that in October 2022, he had been given direct access to the FTX database, which was previously only accessible by developers. He said that he used this access to build a full view of Alameda's accounts. During that investigation, Sam claims that he learned about the hidden accounts including Se -Yoon 88, which has been sometimes referred to as our Korean friend during reporting. That account was used to wall off Alameda's liabilities to FTX in an account that didn't accrue interest. Now again, this contradicts everything that we've heard from every other witness, but alas, that's what Sam testified. The defense moved on to the final week of FTX, beginning with the release of the Alameda balance sheet in a Coindesk article. Sam acknowledged that he discussed Caroline sending a tweet which would refute the claims. That tweet said, quote, Now again, another revealing part of this testimony, and remember, this is direct examination. This is Sam being questioned by his own lawyers. Is Sam seeming to think that any entity that he was connected to could just move assets freely back and forth between them? He's literally explaining here that a holding company, a shell corporation created entirely to hold Sam's equity in FTX, counted as an asset for Alameda. While Sam seems to think that that's a good defense, to me, it kind of just makes the point clear that he never saw any barriers or differentiation between any project that he was the head of, or any entity that he had ownership over. In other words, if Sam thought he could just move assets from the shell company Paperbird onto the Alameda balance sheet to shore it up to external eyes, is the jury really supposed to believe that he wouldn't do the same thing with FTX customer deposits? Now when it comes to the final days and hours of FTX, Sam basically reinforced over and over that he believed that they had enough resources to take care of everything and that it was all CZ's fault for triggering a loss of confidence and, as he wanted to characterize it, a run on the bank. He also tried to sow doubt when it came to Nishad Singh, as Sam recalled Nishad messaging him about trading his personal account to clear his debts. There were over $500 million in loans for investments and donations that had been papered in Nishad's name, along with $80 million for personal expenditure. Sam said that Nishad was quote, actively suicidal at the time and was being overseen by a therapist. The two of them discussed Sam taking the blame, with Nishad concerned that FTX employees would think it was all his fault. Sam wrote, At this stage, the testimony broke down into a long objection about whether Sam could testify to telling Nishad that he didn't think they did anything wrong. The evidence was ultimately disallowed. The testimony concluded with a discussion of the 11th hour plans to raise funds. Sam spoke to his attempts to raise funds from Apollo Global Management. He detailed his discussion with FTX General Counsel Kan Sun, but told a very different version of the story. Sam claimed quote, That said, Sam claimed to believe there were additional buckets of assets held within FTX which would cover Alameda's borrowing. Primarily, he seemed to be referring to using assets that customers had staked on the exchange to backfill Alameda's shortfall. Sam said, Now, of course, Sun's testimony had been very clear that he told Sam that the size of those buckets was dwarfed by the size of Alameda's borrowing. From there, we got into the cross -examination. Today's episode is brought to you by Kraken. For far too long, the whole financial system has been standing still, too slow, only on for certain hours, overly designed for some types of people, but not for others. Crypto, at its best, represents progress. It asks the question, what if? It invites people in instead of leaving them out. It's on 24 -7, 365, and moves at the speed of real life. Not everyone believes it, we've got our fair share of detractors, but that's the way it always is when you're building something new. Kraken is a crypto company that has been through the highs and lows of the industry, facing forwards towards progress throughout. And now they're inviting us to see what crypto can be. Learn more at Kraken .com slash the breakdown. Disclaimer, not investment advice. Crypto trading involves risk of loss. Cryptocurrency services are provided to U .S. and U .S. territory customers by Payword Ventures Inc., PVI, DBA, Kraken. The cross was led by Assistant U .S. Attorney Danielle Sassoon, and she began the prosecution's cross -examination by establishing that Sam held majority ownership over both FTX and Sam was involved in Alameda's trading by 2022. He responded, depends on how you define trading. He added that, I would say I was not involved for the most part. I would not say I was not involved in any way at all. Now of course, the line of questioning was designed to trap Sam in a lie, which would be a running theme throughout the cross -examination. Sassoon presented evidence that Sam had told Caroline and Sam Tribuco, then co -CEOs for Alameda, to purchase OXI and MAPS tokens. Sam had written to them, guessing we should top longer one to two million of each over the next day or two. Sam rejected this position, claiming this was not a direction to trade. From there, however, Sassoon did get Sam to admit that he had directed Alameda to buy Japanese government bonds and place hedges, which Sam agreed was a form of trading. Sassoon then moved on to Sam's press tour. Sam agreed that he had tried to speak truthfully and precisely about the collapse of FTX. The vast bulk of Sam's answers were simply responding yes or no to the prosecutor. His lawyers had no doubt warned him to keep his answers brief to avoid a repeat of last Thursday's disastrous cross -examination. That was of course when Sam had testified without the jury present and continuously gave lengthy answers which provided additional fuel to the prosecution. Sam agreed that he had tried to be careful about what he said in public and had even cleared some of his comments with his public relations team. It was at this stage that Sam's recollection began to fail him and he became unable to recall what he said during various interviews, which would again be another theme of the cross -examination. Specifically, Sassoon turned to a Twitter Spaces held during Sam's media tour and asked Sam whether he had said that he was not involved with Alameda's trading and had not been for years at that point. Sassoon proposed to play a recording of the Twitter Spaces for the court to hear and to aid with Sam's suddenly faulty memory. The defense objected, claiming that the two sides had previously had a gentlemanly agreement to share exhibits to be used in cross -examination the night before. Sassoon said that the defense had not asked for these exhibits and there was nothing in court rules preventing her from playing the recording. The tape was played with Sam of course stating that he was not involved with Alameda's trading. Sassoon offered another exhibit showing that Sam had made public statements that he had stepped away from involvement in Alameda's trading due to conflicts of interest. In an article published by the Financial Times last December, Sam had said that this was quote, related to his role as guardian of customer assets. Sam of course could not recall making these statements. Sassoon moved on to statements about how Sam had pitched FTX. Sam acknowledged that he had promoted FTX to investors on the basis that its automated liquidation protocol set it apart from other exchanges. Sassoon questioned Sam about statements he made to Congress, describing FTX as a safe crypto exchange. Sam acknowledged general statements of that nature but said he could not recall specifically. After establishing that Sam communicated with potential customers using his Twitter account, Sassoon asked Sam if he made representations about how customer assets would be treated on FTX. Sam agreed with the premise but again couldn't recall specifics. She asked whether Sam had promoted FTX as a safe exchange. He responded that this might have been the case with FTX US but he wasn't sure about FTX International. When asked whether he acted like he cared about consumer protection, Sam responded, I think I did care about them, yes. Coming to the point, Sassoon asked Sam whether he made public statements that FTX was a safe platform. He responded, I remember things around specific parts of the FTX platform that were related to that. I don't remember a general statement to that effect. I am not sure there wasn't one. Of course, the prosecution had an exhibit to clarify Sam's memory. They presented a tweet from August 2021 which stated, As always, our users' funds and safety comes first. Putting an even finer point on the issue, Sassoon presented a tweet from October 2022 in which Sam had described the crypto ethos as economic freedom, the freedom to own your own assets. Sassoon managed to get Sam to acknowledge that when he made that tweet, he knew Alameda was carrying an $8 billion liability to FTX. Now what you see here is the pattern of what the prosecutor was trying to do. She's trying to catch Sam in lies that are relevant in the specifics but also relevant in the fact that he's just lying. Prosecution moved on to Sam's testimony in front of Congress. Sam admitted that he had filed a document which laid out FTX's key principles for ensuring investor protections on digital asset platforms. This document included numerous opinions on how to protect crypto customers including the avoidance of conflicts of interest. Sam acknowledged that conflicts of interest are a quote potential problem. Sassoon turned to Sam's public support for regulation. She alleged that it was simply a marketing ploy and not an earnestly held position for Sam which he disagreed with. Sassoon put it to Sam that quote, Sam responded, To which of course the prosecution presented a text message conversation between Sam and Vox's Kelsey Piper which had occurred in early November. Kelsey had asked Sam whether his pro -regulation stance was just for PR reasons. Sam was made to read his response to the courtroom. Yeah, just PR. Fuck regulators. Now Sassoon noted that Sam had testified under oath before Congress that FTX's risk management program required customers to pledge collateral on the platform itself rather than holding collateral off platform. Sam agreed that he had given roughly that testimony. The prosecution presented an exhibit of Sam's congressional testimony which sparked a humorous misunderstanding. The defense said that they had no objection to the exhibit as long as it wasn't being presented for its truth but merely as evidence that Sam had said it. Sassoon, a little perplexed, noted that it was Sam's own statements. When asked by the judge how she was offering the document, Sassoon responded, Sassoon presented Sam with a marketing deck published by FTX which described how poorly futures exchanges are designed. The document stated that rival exchanges had quote, lost hundreds of millions of dollars of customer funds to clawbacks. When asked to read a bullet point on how FTX was solving those issues, Sam obstinately responded, This gets to another point that many who are in the courtroom reported, that Sam was acting throughout this testimony fairly petulantly. Whether that endears him to the jury or not I guess remains to be seen. Sam was asked a series of questions which required him to confirm that customers were not allowed to use outside collateral to trade on FTX. For example, he acknowledged that a customer could not pledge their house as collateral. Seeming as though she had sprung the trap, Sassoon asked if there were any customers aside from Alameda who were allowed to pledge outside collateral not held on FTX. Sam responded, He said that a firm called CryptoLotus had been allowed to do this and that FTX had considered allowing Three Arrows Capital to use outside collateral as well. This unexpected answer seemed to throw Sassoon off her tempo. She asked follow -up questions about how large CryptoLotus' account was and whether this special privilege was disclosed to the public. The prosecution was then handed a note from an FBI agent seated in the front row who had previously given testimony. Regaining her bearing, Sassoon asked whether Sam was friends with the head of CryptoLotus. He responded that he was not. However, finding the right question, Sassoon asked whether Sam had a personal relationship with anyone at CryptoLotus. Sam responded that he had been friends with a more junior employee at the firm. Now, this line of questioning was essentially the only weak point in the cross -examination where Sam ever so briefly had gained the upper hand. However, Sam still brought home the point, getting Sam to admit that Alameda and CryptoLotus stood alone as the only firms allowed to pledge collateral, not custody with FTX. Turning to Sam's public statements about Alameda special privileges, Sam had a vague recollection of stating that Alameda played by the same rules as other customers but denied saying they had no special privileges. He said that, When asked if he said that Alameda and FTX operated separately, Sam responded that Contrary to that, however, the prosecution presented an exhibit in which Sam stated that Sassoon put to Sam that this statement was general and not limited just to frontrunning. Sam responded, Now, if you're scratching your head, basically the point here is that Sam is trying to argue that every time he said that Alameda was just like everyone else, he was only referring to frontrunning and that Alameda didn't have special access to CFTX users' trades. From there, there were a couple instances of the prosecution trying to catch Sam in low -stakes evasion. For example, he was asked whether he flew to the Super Bowl on a private plane. Sam responded that he couldn't remember. Sassoon quipped, Sam responded, Now, one of the more revealing parts of the testimony, which gets back to what I was saying before about how Sam just treated everything and every entity he owned as all part of one big conglomerate, Sassoon began to ask questions about more specific spending from Alameda. She asked about a tranche of Robinhood shares purchased by Sam using 546 million borrowed from Alameda. The loans were originated in May 2022. Sassoon established that shortly after the purchase, Sam transferred the shares into a holding company owned by Sam and other FTX executives. After a bit of back and forth about the corporate structure of various entities involved in the deal, Sassoon landed the punch. She presented an affidavit showing that Sam had tried to transfer the Robinhood shares from the FTX state into his own name. Sassoon asked, that at that moment, FTX customers could not withdraw funds. Sam answered that he was, Towards the end of the long day, Sassoon moved back to June of 2022, when Alameda paid back loans from external lenders. She asked if Sam knew this would put FTX at risk, which he refused to admit. Trying again, she asked whether Sam knew there was, Again, Sam avoided responding, saying that he, Sassoon asked whether this meant that Sam knew there was some risk. He responded that, Seeing her opening, Sassoon moved in for the kill. She asked, Sam said, I don't think that's what happened, and I'm also not saying that's not margin trading. An exasperated judge demanded that Sam answer the question. When asked if his testimony was that paying back lenders was a margin trade, Sam said, In response to further questioning on whether repaying loans was a margin trade, Sam offered the response, Now, this was broadly how the cross -examination went across the grueling hearing. Sassoon would often pin Sam down to a position, and then present evidence of seemingly contradictory prior statements. In other lines of questioning, Sam would say that he couldn't recall pivotal tweets and interviews throughout the rise and fall of FTX, and Sassoon would then put those words in front of Sam and have him read them back for the jury, or play back interview segments which showed Sam as fleeting the world, given what we now know. Now when it comes to how he appeared, Sam seemed evasive at times. Throughout the cross -examination, he answered that he wasn't sure or couldn't recall nearly times. 150 Most catastrophically for his case, Sam also appeared to be misleading. He was caught over and over and over again in contradictory statements on both large and small topics. The prosecution was able to put direct evidence to him regarding misleading public statements, and he failed to come up with a single convincing explanation. In other words, the cross -examination appeared to go about as poorly as it possibly could have for Sam, which of course was largely in line with the predictions offered by legal commentators throughout the case. Basically, every lawyer that has spoken to the idea of Sam giving testimony has repeated the traditional wisdom that a defense attorney should never allow their client to take the witness stand and open themselves up to cross -examination. With this dissection of Sam's narrative, we got a practical demonstration of why that legal advice is always given. Sam was constantly bristling at the questioning. Multiple reporters who are familiar with Sam's character noted that in the past, Sam would often snap during this kind of tough questioning. During Twitter spaces or hostile interviews, he would often belittle anyone who questioned his motives or his actions. With that response unavailable to him, Sam was obviously simmering with rage at points but had to keep a lid on it. The question, of course, will be whether or not the jury got the same impression of Sam as the scores of crypto reporters who packed the courtroom, each of whom are far more likely at this point with Sam's nature than they care to be. The prosecution was not done with Sam by the end of the day. They expected to take another couple of hours this morning to cement the theory of the case they presented in the opening arguments. That FTX was an empire built on Sam's lies. That Sam had lied to counterparties, to banks, to investors, and to customers. And that through their cross -examination, they were going to put Sam's lies front and center for the jury to see. Teddy Schleifer, a reporter at Puck News, summed it up this way. I feel like the big thing that Sassoon has really gone at is this idea of truth. That Sam is lying. All morning it's been, here's an interview you gave to a reporter. Here's something you said to Congress. Here's something you said on Twitter, to customers. It really makes me think back to the opening statement. How they're really going to make him out to be a liar. What's more, Teddy continued. Sam has not mounted a credible defense to date. The entire defense case is basically Sam. If you're a juror and you're trying to sit there asking what is the reason I have to vote to acquit, I don't know what you're looking at. You're basically believing that this character is more credible than the preponderance of documentary evidence and Caroline, Nishad, and Gary. I don't think Sam has given that juror a reason to acquit. Now Carly Riley, the host of Overpriced JPEGs, put it a little bit more bluntly. She said, incredibly semantic and pedantic for sure, but also like an asshole. One person said to me, So friends, that is the wrap of yesterday's testimony. I'm sure we will do a little conclusion tomorrow on the end of the cross -examination. From there, we will be on to the final witnesses for the defense, closing arguments, and then jury deliberations. But for now, we will wrap there, and I will say, until tomorrow, be safe and take care of each other.
"suns" Discussed on Open Floor: SI's NBA Show
"And building off what you just said, they went up against this defense in round two that was drop heavy, gave up a lot of threes. And that's really not Miami at all. Miami is Boston. They're kind of mirroring each other defensively. So what I'm really fascinated to see is how Boston's offense and Tatum in particular and Jalen in particular respond when they're not there's no walking into pull up threes. Like you have to make like Miami gives up a lot of things because they over help on drives and whatnot, but. I guess is grant Williams going to still knock down threes is Payton Pritchard gonna still knock down threes. How does Tatum how do Tatum and Jalen respond in isolation? Is Al Horford going to have another or BS consistent shooting the ball, these are other questions that I have about Boston's offense..
"suns" Discussed on Open Floor: SI's NBA Show
"How does that match up look? Are you going to force Jimmy into a lot of the same if you do switch everything? Are you going to be able to force them into a lot of the same inefficient looks? In isolation basketball as they did with KD with Giannis with drew holiday. That is that could be the series right there. How they cut off the head of the snake again, can they do it three times in a row with three great players? That's what I'm really focused in on and honestly. Over the past few years, the Celtics have put jaylen Brown on Jimmy Butler. As the primary defender, I'm predicting that grant Williams is the primary defender on Jimmy Butler. And I think that that creates a lot of problems for the Miami Heat because great Williams, I mean, if you can keep Jimmy out of the paint and stop his penetration and kind of keep him on the perimeter, it takes away so much of what he is excellent at, which is the drive and kick. And then once the drives once he kicks, then the ball's moving, then Miami's offense is really flowing and that's when they kill you. And grant moves his feet. He's, he's as stout as anybody playing right now, defensively. And he is really difficult to get around. And he can switch. He can switch on a bam and neutralize that. He can switch on to basically anybody in neutralize it. So in those situations where they do switch and let's say Al Horford's guarding bam. Can Jimmy just have a great series going one on one against Al Horford. I feel like that's just like a win for Boston or even if you put Tatum on bam and make either make the heat run their offense through bam against a pretty good defender. There's just so many, the options that Boston has defensively really make them hard to beat and if you can't beat them on the offensive glass, which Miami could easily, they could do that. That could be their whole strategy. Panning offensive glass or if you can't create turnovers and beat them in transition, like getting in the half court, you're just dead. And it's going to take a heroic series from Jimmy, frankly, I think, for them to prevail. So that's what I'm looking at. What are you looking at with this series right now? I actually had a lot of the same stuff. So jinx from that standpoint, one of the things one of the things that really stood out to me about the last series obviously was how heavily Oladipo was leaned on. Obviously Lowry was out for the better part of the Philly series. So you kind of had to go somewhere else for your point guard your backup point car your ball handling stuff in the moments where Jimmy didn't have it. So Victor was really, really key from that standpoint, if only to give Jimmy occasional breathers from having to have that role, the guy was playing his heart out as far as getting you 35 a night or whatever it was. Bam can obviously take some of that responsibility, but we don't know how Lowry is going to look. If he comes back, when he comes back, if he comes back and he's, you know, can get around for a game before he's banged up again..
"suns" Discussed on Open Floor: SI's NBA Show
"Team, I don't know how much of your question was about him or kind of just the team in general. Yeah, it's about the team. Can the team win the championship? Ayton is such a big question mark here. Which, by the way, in Rohan was out there and was in the media room when this was said, I didn't see it as far as the video, I probably should have watched it right before the podcast. In terms of how stern, I guess, Monty Williams wasn't in regards to the question about why ayton was pulled last night. They're not why, but yeah, I guess it was why..
"suns" Discussed on Open Floor: SI's NBA Show
"Like they have a great backcourt, ayton had a very good season. Mikhail bridges, runner up for defensive player of the year, solid bench. It was just like, it felt like they would be in series where they did not have the best player. And that is a reductive way of looking at it sometimes. But when you're going up against a player who is as transcendent as Luka Dončić or a flamethrower like Steph Curry or even if they were caught in a battle against Nikola Jokić, not saying that the nuggets would beat the suns, but it's just the playoffs are so difficult when you don't have the best player on the floor. That's just, it's the time honored envy. It's an MBA kind of maxim that usually bears out and so a part of me just didn't have the same level of confidence as a lot of other people did in Phoenix. All that said, I did not ever expect them to just crap the bed like that. No one did. I don't think anybody has them losing by 25 at home. And 25 is being generous. But that would have been like you're crazy if someone says that. If you start talking about 40 mid 40s, midway through the third, fourth quarter. I mean, at one point I looked at the game, looked at the score, and you weren't hearing any audience or crowd reaction to them. Devin Booker making a basket. And it's because they were down 40 when he was doing it. And I remember thinking in my head, what if you just spotted them 20 points? Like with the crowd be excited if Devin Booker cuts into the lead and makes it 18 instead of 20, but you'd have to even spot them 20 to do that because they're down 40. It was a wild at home too. And just again, the season they had, you're absolutely right. And that's why I think a lot of us struggled if we voted for Booker at all for MVP, which I didn't, I can't remember what your ballot had or if you had them at the end of your ballot. It was not on my ballot. It's weird because we've said that. Like Booker took a, you know, I would say like a step statistically, it's weird his stats are pretty static from year to year..
"suns" Discussed on Open Floor: SI's NBA Show
"At Gmail dot com. Chris, there's no place I feel like we can start, but Phoenix. Where the sun's lost, one 23 to 90 on their home court last night, Luka Dončić, this is probably the stat of the season. Luka Dončić had 27 points at halftime of this game. The entire sun's roster had 27 points at halftime of this game, is this like the worst loss you've ever seen. If it's not, I'd have to think about what was. I mean, it was so bad, the best way to describe it. I really like analogies. If you read my stories, my book, you get tired of them because it's like all I think about over the course of the day is how to come up with an analogy. This was like, I've realized when games start to break into 30, 40, 50 point range in terms of margins, I'm more intrigued by that sometimes than like a close game. Because it's like, I can't turn away. It's a bad accident. It's like rubber necking. You can't turn away from it. And so as they just kept expanding the lead into the 40s, and they hit 80 before the sun's hit 40, you're like, what is happening? And yeah, as you mentioned, Luca having 27 at half just like the suns did, there was a point where I think he got his 30th before the suns had 30 points as well. And the third. So it was bad. I saw a stat last night that Luca outscored, just last night's game, he outscored, obviously Booker. It was outscoring the whole damn team for a while. He out rebounded ayton, he out assisted Chris Paul and he had more steels. And actually, I don't even know if that was last night. I think maybe I'm sorry, this is for the series. He outscored Booker out rebounded ayton out assisted Chris Paul and had more steals than Mikhail bridges. For the series. Really hard to win a series that way, despite that, I was a fool and said that I thought that the sun would somehow find a way to get game 7 because, you know, the home team had won all 6 games of the series..
"suns" Discussed on Lakers Nation Podcast
"There is some truth to that in the NBA in terms of stars are extremely important, I think that we're also seeing how important chemistry is consistency is with your role players and I felt like the Lakers didn't put enough stock into how important those role players were from last season, thinking they could just rebuild on the fly and everything would be fine this year. No, I agree. I thought, you know, if I had to revisit the AD trade again for the umpteenth time, I think they could have held back one of the things they traded. I don't think they needed to give up an extra pick swap, or I don't even think Josh Hart was necessarily make or break for that deal personally. But I mean, that's kind of the trade. But yeah, I tend to agree. This is going to be the third summer in a row or third off season in a row where it's a complete overhaul. The magic of 2019, 2020, where they rebuilt on the fly in one title. That's pretty rare. You don't very often see that ever. So to think that you can replicate it and do it again the next two seasons is I think a little foolish, honestly. But yeah, I wish that the Lakers would focus more on continuity and chemistry, like bringing back Alex crew, so it would have been great for starters. Maybe some of the other minimum guys they had last year too. But point being is that they can't keep doing this strategy where they build around the brand and AD. And they treat the role players like interchangeable parts. It's not how it works. Once you find, if you find pieces that work alongside your stars, you have to keep those pieces in order to support those stars. That's what you have to do. And I think the Lakers didn't put enough stock into that. Malik monk also added in that they're not getting back on defense. They're not putting enough effort on getting back on defense. And I think that's true. And I mean, we've seen the stars have been to blame too. I mean, Russ hasn't gotten back LeBron has had moments where he hasn't gotten back, but it's been a team wide thing where they're not, they're transition defense has been very poor. And so that's been part of the strategy for teams playing against them has been just outrun them. Just run faster than they run down the floor and you're going to get easy looks. Dad, no, it's true. That's kind of the MO, right? And it happens a lot every game. And it's sad. And this is a very correctable issue. And it's not even really a coaching thing at this point. It's more of an everything. And that's how I know that I feel like they've teamed up the coaching staff. They can't be watching this the next day in the film room and being like, hey, look at this. Can you be fixed this? And then they don't do it the next day. That's just how I know. I'm not that guy. I said, manifesting dame and dame or Beal this summer don't ask me how. Man, I wish I had that much optimism at the awesome. That's probably not in the cards. Jason Kelly, anyone in the NBA worse than Russ, for example, wall at least helps this team his team take. Taking his cap hit into account who is worse, he's the worst in the NBA. Is Russell Westbrook the worst into the NBA when you relate.
"suns" Discussed on Lakers Nation Podcast
"Hey, maybe you get the franchise a few extra home games or something. Our home game in the play and tournament. Something like that. Generated a little extra revenue, right? Show that you can be a little bit dangerous out there. For some of these guys, it might be earning their next contract. Why not? Play as long as you can, and when it's over, it's over, and we regroup and start to look ahead to next year. Maybe this was me being dumb, but when they beat the wizards, I was like, oh, this was fun. I enjoyed that. Did I think it amounted to much long term for this season, or the rest of the season? Not really, but it was just nice to see them win. I'm ultra competitive. I hate watching the Lakers lose, but that's all I want. If you're going to lose, but you went out swinging, I can respect that. I won't be bad. If you get thoroughly outplayed and but you gave it your best shot and you try to make it as close as possible for all four quarters. Great. I will live with that. And I can go into the off season saying, you know what? It was really bad, but at least they perked up and showed some life. And I could rest my laurels on that. Justin Kirkland, how far down the Lakers tear the roster slash coaching staff slash front office this off season. I know the team hasn't been good, but at some point, chemistry has to be a factor. So like how far do we tear this thing down? Yeah, I mean, so last year, the Lakers ripped everything to shreds, they took a good team that just got derailed by injuries, and they got rid of everybody except for three players. What do you do this year? Do you do the same thing? Do you try to bring back some guys so you've got a little bit at least chemistry on the floor? What do you do? I'm assuming the coaching staff is gone. Oh yeah, that's a clean slate. It has to be. And it's not for, I hope they find a way to keep so handy. That'd be great. I think he's been great for the team in the capacities had. And I think he could have a bigger role for sure. I mean, if I had it my way, I think I talked about this already, but Joey and Jesse buzz having larger roles or voices in the front office, I would like to see that. I would love an outside hire. Just as a checks and balance or an outsider's perspective on how the teams run, that'd be great. As far as the roster, I think the only untouchables right now are honestly LeBron AD Reeves and monk. And I would like to see Stanley Johnson back. I think that's about where I end up with the roster. I think, you know, like Stanley Johnson coming back, Austin Reeves coming back. Like this is like, hey, these are guys we need to win a championship. It's part of it is their salaries for next year can help you build out a roster. And so that's so that's important too. I'm an agreement. I don't know that monk is going to be like what's going to happen with him? Oh, I'm just saying if I had to keep stuff, that's what I'm bolting down if I can. Everything else can go. I've got and donut San Diego said it's not only Westbrook's fault. Oh, agreed. We've been saying that for a while..
"suns" Discussed on Lakers Nation Podcast
"Everybody knows what's going on here. And this is all you can do. So optically, you would want the former, but I think realistically everyone knows that the latter is where everything is right now, right? I mean, we've already got a anonymous people within the organization saying there's only one month left. You have to imagine the players feel the same way too. As a fan, you hate to see that. You want to go down swinging, right? Even though we know you're probably not going to win anything this year, at least, have some pride and look like you're trying. So yeah, I mean, I don't know, I'm pretty agnostic about this team right now, just because if they don't care, why should I? You know, what you're saying is true and that sentiment I'm sure is shared by many Lakers fans. But it's sad, isn't it? It's so sad. I was super excited about this season, even though I know there was a lot of mixed feelings coming into it. I was still excited. But I think a lot of people, this has been the hardest, if not one of the hardest seasons to watch as a fan. So I'm right there with you. If you're having a hard time watching the Lakers, just know that I am too. We all certainly are. Why we won with a super chat said, I'm just going to outright ask, do we make it out of the plan? And if we do, how many games do we win if healthy? This is a disgrace. Okay, so the play in right now, if everything finishes as is, the Lakers would get the pelicans in the first round of the plan, then they would get the loser of the clippers and the wolves in the second round. If you survive that, you get the suns in round one. So how do you see that? How do you see that going? I think they will beat the pelicans for sure. I am going to go out on a limb and say, if they manage to get the wolves, I think they can secure a playoff spot. Because I think that team is still maybe another year of seasoning away from being like a real threat. So if that's how the bracket breaks out, I feel pretty good about my odds there..
"suns" Discussed on Lakers Nation Podcast
"It was not a pretty outing the Lakers wind up losing by 29. One 40 to one 11 ouch, ouch, ouch, out. The Lakers, frankly, were in the game for the first couple of minutes of the first quarter and then the sun's pulled away, and that was pretty much it for the remainder of the game. It was the sun's pummeling the Lakers. Just about all night. We're going to talk about the game, break down what happened, was this an effort issue, like we've seen in some other games? Was it some other stuff going on? Is it just execution? We'll get into all that. Plus, if you're coming in from YouTube from Facebook from Twitter, we're going to be taking your questions and comments. If you're listening to the podcast version of this, make sure you do follow us over on Apple podcast. Give us that 5 star review. We'd certainly appreciate it. And don't forget to leave us a written review as well. Joining me tonight is Matt the optimist Peralta. Matt, it's hard even for you to be optimistic after that. Yes, I am been tried very hard this season, and no matter how much I try to stay optimistic, the Lakers do find ways to beat it out of me. Just like the sun's beats the beat them out tonight too. So that's where we're at, Trevor. So a little peek behind the curtain for everybody right before we went live here. Matt's entire set. Collapsed in on itself. Like, just imploded like a dying star. And Matt made the comment like, hey, just like the Lakers, all my stuff is collapsing right now. And he's not wrong. The Lakers, they came out, played with some energy. Especially at the beginning, they had to even a lead at one point. It was like 6 to two or something, but it looked like they came out okay. Had some different decent schemes and things like that, but the sun's just the sounds are one of those teams. We've talked about it all season long that the best teams when you make a mistake, the best teams will number one recognize that mistake, and number two, they know exactly how to exploit that mistake, and the sons and body that perhaps better than any team in the NBA right now. They recognize the second you are off a little bit in your defensive rotation. They will exploit it, and they will kill you with open jumpers. Meanwhile, on the defensive end, they're pretty good at shooting passing lanes, they cause the Lakers to turn the ball over numerous times, and they barely looked like they broke a sweat and having to take it to LA. So Matt, what's your big takeaway here? Was this were you disappointed with the effort from the Lakers or was this other stuff? How should we feel about this game? I think the thing I'm most disappointed about is it felt like they kind of gave up midway through the third quarter when I think they were down close to 30. Was it? And it seemed like they told themselves we have to play again tomorrow. There's no way we're coming back from this. So that's kind of just roll over and hope this game ends sooner rather than later. That's what I was most disappointed about. I thought the first half they could. I thought they punched to their weight. I thought they were playing about as well as you could probably could have hoped for what those first few minutes. And then the sun's avalanche just happened and then it was very predictable from that point on that the Lakers were going to have a very hard time trying to make it a game..
"suns" Discussed on Lakers Nation Podcast
"Man. I'm in COVID. I'm a master lock. The health and safety protocols because it kind of felt like the Lakers are getting into a little bit of a group. This is a kind of a crucial stretch for the Lakers. You know, you have this game and that bulls game, the Tim rules game, leading to Christmas Day with the nets like that. Seem like the Lakers kind of regained to a bit of a momentum and a groove there. And then help us safety protocols happen. Lose HBK. You lose a lot of these other guys. You're already banged up as is. And it seems like this kind of seems very reminiscent of last season where you get any bit of momentum you lose three guys. Like, come on, man. So I'll master a lot of the help and safety protocols, even though we can master a lot of I think tonight's a night where I almost have to master lock everybody not named LeBron or Trevor ariza, like everybody else on the team, whether it was Isiah Thomas, oh my goodness, what a terrible shooting performance. DHT, Russell Westbrook, Deandre Jordan, it felt like everybody else. Carmelo Anthony getting himself thrown out. He was right, by the way, on that second technical, he was right to argue that, but not when you've already got one technical. It felt like everybody else on the team. At issues tonight and so I know it's kind of a broad master lock, but anybody not named ariza or LeBron? You're getting put in the master lock tonight. Can I add one more? I counted at least 7 or 8 misty helps. Bronn makes the couple want couple. I mean, Russ gets your usual two to three missed layups to game, but it was just like, come on, man. You never lose the game because of one thing, but I mean, missing 8 layups, that's 16 points on the board that that's a good point. The missed layups were certainly an issue. And unfortunately, it's not a new thing. We have seen that quite a bit this season. Aaron willow Cobb said rob should have kept Caruso and let go of THT and ariza or none. Rondo needs to train Westbrook during the all star weekend. They all need to take it off..
"suns" Discussed on Lakers Nation Podcast
"Thing I can think of here is perhaps conditioning was an issue after being out for so long due to health and safety protocols. Maybe there was something going on there, but he was cleared to play. I'm interested to see what they say after the game showing any thoughts from you as far as a Dwight not playing. I mean, to me, it felt like the easy choice to put him in. Yeah, I thought I was a little weird at all at the beginning when Deandre Jordan stars like, okay, why are we going back to Deandre Jordan again? And then I had to call the game on color castles is certain points. I was like, okay, Deandre, Dwight Howard's not in, where is he at? And again, like you mentioned coach fistel. He was saying that THT and Dwight Howard excuse me, were both cleared from the health and safety protocols. So he has definitely a mystery. Let me an honest though. I mean, yeah, he would have been a lot better, but the songs were just really good today. They put Deandre Jordan in a lot of pick and roll situations. So, yeah, white hard might have done a little bit better, but it was just too good. I think for the sons tonight, so I've got a super chat here from Benjamin, who added a few things that this team would be way better off if they had just defenders and LeBron. Yeah, I mean, they didn't have enough defensive players out there tonight. That's for sure. And no shooters, okay, saying they would be better if they had only defensive players and no shooters that all these shooters who can't defend were best in transition. He said, also Trevor stopped cutting off your guests, please. So my hope here is that because we've had an issue in the past where what happens is it winds up buffering my guest and then it sounds like I'm stepping all over them to you guys, even when on our end I'm not. So hopefully that's not what's happening there, but in any event, hopefully that's not the case. But Sean, what do you think? Better to have non shooters and guys who can just defend like crazy or would you rather have shooters who can't play defense? I think you see both sides of the spectrum there because there are certain points tonight where you're like, well, or this season, rather, 'cause definitely not time where you're like, okay, we have shooters. We just can't guard. But then down the stretch, that third quarter went on a bad ankle, Braun looked like he twisted his ankle there, so I'm curious what he says postgame about it. But in that second half and he really started to pack the paint, the suns did. LeBron was kicking it out to rondo for threes..
"suns" Discussed on Lakers Nation Podcast
"Lakers oh boy, we got a rough one to get into tonight. The Lakers absolutely crushed by the Phoenix Suns, particularly in the second half. Final score, one O 8 to 90. And LeBron James had a really good game. Unfortunately, just about everybody else did not will break everything down. Joining me tonight is shown Davis, you guys can find him on Twitter at Sean underscore, Sean, you've probably heard him on doing our Lakers nation film breakdowns. Now he's joining me here on the Lakers nation dot com postgame show. Sean, how are you doing, man? After that game, not as good, but appreciate you having me on Trevor and absolutely. That was not the kind of performance we were hoping to see out of the Lakers. No, we knew going into this game, that it was going to be a tough night for the Lakers. You got a suns team that in terms of their key rotation players is basically a 100% healthy. You've got a Lakers team that is not, but that's not to say the Lakers are going to win this one, regardless, based on the way the Lakers have played, I wouldn't have had them as the favorite going into this game, even if both teams were completely healthy. I think that's fairly honest assessment there. So the Lakers losing isn't so much the surprise. I think the surprise was how good LeBron looked and how much they still struggled in this one. Yeah, for sure. I was telling you, I think, before we hopped on here, it was like, yeah, I was LeBron. Trouble Aretha was really good, but I mean, you look at the stats, I was like, okay, Ross had an okay game throughout that first half or so in the discipline all downhill is seen from there. But yeah, Isaiah Thomas can buy a bucket the entire game. Deandre Jordan was bad the entire game. And Wayne Ellington, when he can't buy a shot, it's brutal. Bail is really LeBron and then Trevor Reid. The Lakers. The Lakers on the 39% from the field, 20% from three to go along with 14 turnovers. Now, they only had three turnovers. And halftime..
"suns" Discussed on The Discographers
"Each track felt like a hallucination. we didn't know if any of those unorthodox ideas could be incorporated into traditional album. But we knew we didn't want our next topic to be predictable sitting together in the same studio where we made our first record. All six of us voiced a commitment to going out on a limb to making something truly daring. We asked ourselves where we all willing more than ever before to abandon the precepts of commercial ambition in pursuit of what we believe to be honest. Art the inclination to begin writing. Conventional songs for conventional album came and went the temptation to adjust our creative vision to fulfil expectations beyond our studio walls. Yielded yod asia's ambition of what we hope to achieve as a band. Two years into making a thousand suns marked are exhilarating surrealistic and often challenging journey into the creative unknown on the eve of its completion. This body of work assembled through unconscious inspiration and unmitigated. Exertion has revealed to us notions. Both stirring and surprising the imagery personified herein is neither dogma nor political premeditation the emergent themes and metaphors. Illuminate a uniquely. Human story oppenheimer's words resonate today. Not only for their historical significance but for their emotional gravity. So two thousand sounds grapples with the personal cycle of pride destruction and regret in life like in.
"suns" Discussed on Lakers Nation Podcast
"New pieces to working, just a bunch of stuff. Yeah, yes, yep. But I wanted to talk about the Anthony Davis thing off. He started out the game. Clearly he did everything he could to be on the floor, and that's commendable. People are right now. Ripping Anthony Davis to shreds on social media, calling him glass, all that kind of stuff. But I think Anthony Davis did whatever he could to be out there on the floor. And you could see, he was in a lot of pain, and you could see how upset he was the entire game on the sidelines. He was not happy and not be able to be out there on the form. So I feel for him in that way. The sons went right at him immediately which I think the Lakers didn't do enough of against Chris Paul, right? But the sons went right after him and then you even saw, and I didn't like this page, Anthony Davis catches a ball and he's going to shoot a lamp and Devin Booker just pushes him out of bounds. And it made a d, take a couple extra steps extra long steps when you get pushed and your momentum, suddenly increases your legs have to go into work, right? And don't give your eyes, no, it wasn't a terrible or anything. But at that moment, that was exactly what Anthony Davis. Couldn't have happened to him, and you could see Anthony Davis in pain from it and that was pretty much the, the end of his night. The sons did everything they could to make sure they get any Davis off the floor and it worked in light of all this. That we've seen the cheap shots that we've seen from the sons in this series, don't get me wrong. There's tons fans out there that say LeBron cheap shot at 6 tonight. I don't buy it but they say that their sons fans who say the Wesley Matthews cheap shot and Chris Paul. Again I don't buy it but they say that. Do you have any animosity towards the sun's? I didn't feel any kind of way towards the Suns going into this series Suns. Fans hate the Lakers with a passion. I didn't care about the sons. Do you feel any kind of way about the Phoenix Suns? Now, I mean let I guess as a fan, right? Like, let me put the analysts. Let me take the analysts hat off for a little bit and for my fan one on I think every series I just get annoyed with the poison fan bases, all the time because you know we're on social media throughout the game. We're seeing people will comment about the Lakers, you know, I'd get wrapped up into that stuff too. But really when the series ends, it's more like, okay, well good series of move on to the next. You know, there was a little animosity toward Trail, Blazers fans Rockets fans even nuggets fans and then you know, obviously the Heat fans. And in last year's playoffs and I, you know, I went to the season, totally fine with everyone of those teams..
"suns" Discussed on Lakers Nation Podcast
"The Lakers Nation live postgame show slash podcast. Woo. The Lakers get the win over the Phoenix song. Let's Go. Series is tied now one a piece. It wasn't pretty. Let me tell you that. We're going to talk all about it. There were some very, very stressful moments in this one. And frankly I don't think the Lakers played all that well except for a few key moments. But we're going to break down exactly what happened in this game and what it means moving forward for this series. Plus take all of your questions and comments from Facebook from YouTube app from Periscope. So again, welcome in and let's talk some Lakers basketball joining me. Tonight is Chris the Masterpiece Masters. Chris, how are you doing? Man? Trevor, this was a difficult game to watch at certain points and it really elevated. My stress level. We did the hot might tonight. Thank you for everybody who join us for hot mic. If you haven't joined as already, you got to join us. It's a lot of fun. And Forrestal get together and kind of panic and stress and fire up all together. But hey, man, really when it comes out there's a lot to talk about in this game obviously but hey, I answered the the Bell, so to speak. I mean, why was just looking 34 points, he got to the free-throw ton and I mean, bottom line is, we got the W. It was not great and not do concerns. I think we all have, but we got the W and we're monitoring right now. The Clippers are playing the Mavericks still and we're just hoping not only for a Lakers win but a Clippers lost tonight. I would just be the perfect night for us one that would certainly be the cherry on top, but let me tell you guys before we even dive into all the stuff for this game. If you enjoyed this game, you enjoyed the pressure of postseason Bascomb of Lakers playoff basketball. We do have something coming up on Thursday. We're doing a lakersnation.com watch party in West Hollywood and I'd like to show you guys a little ad for that real quick. And then Chris and I will be right back. So check this out, Lakers Nation. It's playoff time, time for the stars of Hollywood to Eclipse those Phoenix Suns. We're doing the lakersnation.com watch party on Thursday. Doors. Open at 6:30 at State Social House in West Hollywood. First forty fans through the door. Get a free lakersnation.com swag bag. Great opportunity to come cheer on the purple and gold alongside your phone numbers of Lakers Nation. We hope to see you there. Going to be a ton of fun. Check it out..
"suns" Discussed on Ball is Bae NBA Podcast
"Don't know i would say ninety. Your is one hundred seven while the phoenix suns scored fifty points first quarter and fifty cent points in the second quarter a. I think it was against denver. Nuggets be de gets up. The mind is just keep getting bulldoze massias. they're already bad alexa bliss team. If i'm not mistaken. Alex english big score. But yes so. That's a little bit of effort and speaking of the phoenix. We need they duster captor. A fussy did the best out of the has defeated. The jazz i think. What is our prime focus for the play. Also mattila still getting number. One seeded the best last after the north making the blast. Having not made the playoffs for a long now. I i forgot about the last time. The playoffs two thousand. I don't even know what they're nine. Probably the son samantha. Startup steve steve things so he restored alone at my main man. Langston galloway now. Occupies fussed bill west. I mean i hope. He's he's I'm just a little bit bill. Go talk about the you know. Phoenix suns david. Book off time is the playoffs. Cpt continues his legacy of uplifting the teams at least you know i think this must be the fuster that he is part of the no. No no i think the houston rockets is awesome and he was dead with harden. Not the almost beat the beatable. I i know you're you respond. Can you talk a little bit. Both how what kind of kindnesses and maybe even a little bit about his mvp conventions. Yeah i mean big fan of spoil He's you know be argued. This anyalysts put us broker. Bogus spallina was responsible. Westbrook i think this is just kind of an old school point. Guard something that. I prefer Floor gender who who makes everybody around him better all the time And it also actually very very good scorer very efficient scorer i think he has the highest number of field goals in the in the dwindling mid-range as well as normally highest number defeatable the highest number of attempts anfield percentage obviously So yeah i mean i. It's unfortunate that he hasn't won. And also i think You know hopefully hopefully they. They do well in the playoffs. And maybe could be a surprise winner. They could be. Because i'm looking for a look at it. You know the lakers haven't hired develop clippers are good but still is injured at this point And then you have the nuggets and the jazz and nuggets. Don't jump marie so they don't really have a scorer as so you only have you by jazz. That kind of has a a team that has played for a long time has been successful. has all the weapons against the phoenix suns And they just recently defeated the phoenix. So are the best. I feel very strongly for the phoenix. Having a good shot of commuter west and then in the east depending on who how east. I think how healthy the nets boy. That i think. That's like the tilling. From james. I believe is gonna on hasn't come back from that injury. I'm sure he'll he's just waiting he doesn't want to be. I think they sort of have the you know. Either they'll be. I don't think it makes it captured the fussy eater. No no they disqualified qualified but not captured of us. Still some ten games. I think than fifteen games left. Yeah i think so more or less so you know the aggressive was basically. You'll get steam. You know that they're The maximum that they can do is get to the playoffs without the memory. And unless adam gordon shows up which i mean i think i personally think that this is a sign sign. This is like a time. Where i'm going to be like the momma is gone. I'm gonna get more shots because his shorts that are up for grabs that embiid as the person who can take the shots of it for me. I think Given that day did bring him to be a big score. I think he should be able to do it. But i don't think the nuggets gonna go much for like they were going to last year. Thinks that's what i feel. Do you think there's a case for as most valuable player. I mean best. It's not maybe not the best of the best team but best team. And he's the only like notable edition last year. Steve visited not make the playoffs. Yeah yeah it took up. You know i think that If if you'll get steam was not doing this well And if you're not playing such level i think spargo's the second i think is what number do for me Or but embiid rankings. It's It's a you'll get embiid yannis and secrecy. But it's i think it's oxidant agassi. We should retire because is much more difficult to have been consistent than showing the only only knock on obviously that he doesn't score that many points and saw ethnically that makes him not the most valuable terms of points scored like he's not the top scoring team But then on. Top of allegation steve. Nash has to these from phoenix points per game. Yeah yeah so the Similar kind of tajik. Three very high. Were you know any if you look at who steve master set under discount Says that could do everything. And it's kind of similar to phoenix suns right now. So i i wouldn't be i wouldn't be mad Gets yup. I mean as much as i hate it because i want. I wouldn't be reminding. The nuggets side was bought number but Four but not by broadway huge martha by one almost on december three th. Yeah because you'll get because the nuggets had a very very bad start like almost like often not even number four and half a game behind the clippers. Yeah and six games. I'm of the lakers. Who would yeah the lakers that they've been losing. Yeah but i did not. Do you notice that your prediction of the hawk actually came out to be through. Somehow i know i tell you. Want okay in the beginning of the season. I said if not great they did harvard. Okay and then. I was like oh my god. This is what's happening i event on the hoop.
"suns" Discussed on Big Fellas Basketball
"The g. league and there's not allowed to notoriety. There people are watching you and it really forces you to focus on what's important and if you wanna have a long career then you better have a a lot of substance to your game and your personality your character and 'cause it's going to be a lot of highs and lows you're going to have the the moments where you you make spectacular place and and you get a lot of attention and you're gonna have twice as many moments where nothing happens. Don't move the needle at all. You just show up and do work every single day but being able to develop that consistency is what pays off over time. You know and i think jalen came into the league with with supernatural athletic ability. In the way can jump in ill. It's like all of us every time you change levels it takes out. It's an eye opener to what else you need to add to your game in your routines and your habits to sustain at a new level. And that's what he's in the process of learning and developing right now which is He's on his way. It's great to hear that at and how players can navigate that thinking about that mental side. I was curious to ask you about champions swift which is a program. You've been developing recently. And what made you realize that. There was something missing in the mental side of the game to go all in on that. When i moved from the video room into player development role with the phoenix suns Let started working with more players The players i started working with were under the of the rotation guys ten day. Contract guys And we were trying to figure out ways to trying to help them crack the rotation get meaningful minutes and be impactful in those minutes on the nba. You don't have a lot of Practice time so they're doing a lot of individual workouts in small group workouts. And so i found i found to kind of missing pieces for those guys to try to crack the rotation one. How do we get what. They're learning in those individuals to apply to the game setting and then to when the lights come on. How do you make all that hard work pay off..