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Fresh "West" from WTOP 24 Hour News
"The church earlier this week Pope Francis hosted a special lunch for more than a thousand people among his guests was a community of trans women from a seaside town south of Rome who have forged a remarkable friendship with the with report on religion Fred Bottomer CBS News Tuesday morning November 28th glad you're with us here at ETLP time now is 128 driving and weather on the 8th and when it breaks good morning to Rich and Hunter the ETLP traffic center good morning Dean as of late not a whole lot going on downtown it's actually been pretty quiet as of late on both I -295 and DC -295 no early issues report along Sydenham park where South Capitol Street New York Avenue Northeast to Northwest running well in both directions and the freeway both I -395 and I -695 moving well between the Potomac and Anacostia River bridge crossings now in Virginia I -95 south and I should south to Prince William Parkway past the exit for Dale City down toward the car rust area eventually down to one single lane to the left through the work zone but as of late with light volume delays there have been brief northbound 95 off to a good start between Fredericksburg and the Beltway in Springfield 395 north and south running well in both directions 66 west and west of the Roslyn tunnel toward Alston still getting by the guardrail repair work in one single lane to the left but as of late you get by without that delay 66 east from Haymarket through Roslyn looking good in the city of Fairfax Main Street that's route 236 between Roberts Road and Burke Station Road that remains closed both in direction as a result of water main repairs again they are running a two -way traffic operation in the westbound lanes so one lane of traffic gets by in each direction but as of late no complaints of any delays but keep in mind this closure could continue into this morning's rush hour and that's when it may actually cause some issues. Rich Hunter, WTF traffic. Bundle up we have a cold day ahead with temperatures only in the 30s a few neighborhoods may reach the lower 40s winds are going to kick up especially later this afternoon upwards of 30 to
Guest Host Rich Zeoli Tackles Iran, Hamas and Wokeist Support
"Yeah. And you know what? If some people fire, get lost in the ah, oh, well. And yet we gave them billions of dollars, pallets of cash, and we helped them expand their nuclear program. That's why Alan Dershowitz, when he was on my radio show, said Barack Obama's been a villain in all this, trying to equate that both sides here, both sides have been wrong. Israel was attacked by Hamas on October 21st. And I'll tell you something else, too. I got to give Sheryl Sandberg credit, the former CEO of Facebook, now known as Metta, because she came out with a piece and she talked about how we need to be calling out Hamas for raping women. And we need to be doing that. And these same groups on college campuses, you know, the Rainbow Hair and all their alphabet soup organizations, those same kids on college campuses who were there, out the pro -Hamas kids don't seem to care how women are treated. They don't seem to care how these terrorists destroy will women and they have no respect for them. They don't consider them equal. They'll rape them. They'll beat them. They'll assault them. They have no rights in their countries. But woke -ism is all about figuring out who the victim group is and then deciding to support that victim group no matter So what. in this case on college campuses, what you've seen is that the progressive woke people have all decided that somehow Hamas, they're really just freedom fighters here and they're the ones who are the victims. So that's why you have the pro -Hamas terrorists, protesters out there all over college campuses and now it's getting to the point where they're also ransacking the offices of the DNC. But how do we get here? I mean how do we get to this point where we can now as the United States of America turn around and try to tell Israel what to do and try to tell Israel how it should fight its wars? How do we get here to this place? Well, this is what Mark tweeted out a short ago. time It's now official. Biden, Blinken do not want Israel to win the war against Hamas and they more continue onerous to conditions place more on and Israel and as they plot to carve up Israel and give Judea and Syria, West Bank to the Palestinians, all of whose leaders are terrorists, and Gaza. The Biden Blinken plan is to destroy Israel, which is the original Obama Blinken plan. Meanwhile, while Biden Blinken
Fresh "West" from WTOP 24 Hour News
"Not affected. Now if you're traveling west out in portions of western Maryland for folks who are interested in that kind of stuff, portions of both Garrett and Allegheny County seeing some snowfall. Pretty to look at but I'm really causing any issues and of course not coming anywhere close to us, but again if you've got folks who are going home or possibly coming back from holiday travels something you may want to warn them about is should you come west of Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. You see some snowfall out there in the mountains so just be aware. If you're traveling in 95 Virginia the slow stretch continues south out to the Prince William Parkway to a point beyond the exit for Dale City near the car arrest area. Still down to one single lane to left through that construction. Delays have eased a little bit but still a little slower than you would expect at this hour. Keep in mind the express lanes are closed to southbound traffic so that not an alternate to use so far this morning. Rich Hunter, WTOP As we move through the morning hours we're going to see our winds begin to increase and by afternoon gusts 30 upwards of to 35 miles per hour in combination with daytime highs today only in the 30s. Our field lake temperatures will be in the 20s. It's cold overnight, very cold come tomorrow morning, perhaps the coldest last since February. Field lake temperatures will be in the single digits and teens will warm to the lower to middle 40s during the day and by Thursday we're back into the 50s. 5 -7 News Meteorologist Steve Rudin, the First Alert Weather Center. Right now we're at 33 in Hyattsville, 28 Fredericksburg, 36 Foggy Bottom. We're at 32 in our nation's capital. For the time now, our WTOP is 1240. On course we bring you money news at 10 and 40 past each hour. This midnight hour brought to you this morning by PenFed. Great rates for everyone. Check it out with Jeff Clavo. TSA screened 2 .9 million passengers Sunday, an all -time record 9 .8 million flew over the five -day holiday travel window. Adobe
Blinken Is Exploiting the War Against Israel
"Don't understand this us they're they telling support Hamas they voted for Hamas we believe in Palestinian led governance of Gaza with Gaza unified with the West Bank okay Gaza unified with the West Bank so now you're going to take all of Judea and Samaria Israel's ancestral land, the Jewish people's ancestral land, and hand it to the Palestinians now keep in mind if Blinken has its way they'll be handing this to the very people who tried to slaughter the Jews just six weeks ago so in other words their terrorism will Gaza's reconstruction must be supported with a sustained mechanism we also underscored America's firm opposition to actions that would undermine efforts to build lasting peace and security no possible displacement of Palestinian civilians from Gaza not now not after the fighting so let's stop there that was Egypt's land, not Palestinian land so just following this now the Palestinians have a forever right to it because it was given to them in 2005 by the Israelis so now it's theirs Israel, nothing's permanent. And I want to remind you after War World II there was a denazification of Germany there was a an effort to it change the cultural belief system in Japan and other places you don't just win wars and then give the land to the loser and then it will do better things you've got an entire culture going from when the Palestinians are babies all the way till whatever age they are And what Blinken's saying is we're not going to address that. disaster. He goes no reoccupation of Gaza after the conflict. I got to thinking somebody like this guy? He's a bureaucrat. longtime He worked for Joe Biden when Biden was a senator. He was a Senate staffer. Poison Ivy League you know courses and so forth and now he's here and he's telling the whole world what's going to happen. Nobody's elected him. He says no reoccupation of Gaza after the conflict. No attempt to blockade or besiege Gaza. There's no reduction in the territory of Gaza, no use of Gaza as a platform for terrorism or other violent acts, and no tolerating the use of the West Bank to carry out such attacks. What does this even mean?
Fresh "West" from WTOP 24 Hour News
"News brief i'm christopher cruise that monday evening ever twenty seventh lecture with us here at double d t o p time now is eleven thirty eight traffic and weather all the gates and when it breaks good enter of you rich under the double d t o p traffic center by good evening dean if you're on ninety -five south in maryland headed south toward capital did beltway have traffic stopped for about ten minutes for a utility work zone traffic is rolling again it'll take a few minutes for folks at the back of the line to start moving but at least traffic is moving once again on southbound ninety -five headed toward the capital beltway in college park on the virginia side of ninety -five they are working southbound between between the prince William Parkway and the interchange for dale city exit one fifty six single left lane gets you by the instruction that has been very slow in that works and so just keep that in mind as you come south of one twenty three eventually be squeezed down to one single lane to the left getting by for now you still have the option of using the express lanes but they will be closing here in the next twenty minutes so gonna use a museum soon otherwise you can just take route down one to Dumfries Road to get back on the ninety five beyond the works and any associated delay still working on sixty six westbound west of the Rosslyn tunnel single left lane past the works on his head toward him over in Ruston wrapping up the crash southbound Fairfax County Parkway before you get down the Lake Newport Road at last check he had been squeezing by single file to the right past the cleanup Whitman Walker's new Max Robinson Center is just steps away from the Congress Heights metro offering dental services primary care mental health care and more become a patient at whitman dash walker dot org rich WT of traffic overnight lows in wake -up temperatures will be in the twenties come early tomorrow morning under mainly clear skies are cold Tuesday ahead
Survey: Majority in the West Bank Support the Oct. 7 Massacre
"They did an opinion poll. Revealed that a majority of in surveyed Palestinians Judea and Samaria support the October 7 massacre carried out by Hamas. And an even wider majority have a first factions. Wow. And this is after the massacres. Asked on their view of various entities, respondents answered overwhelmingly in support of the terrorist organizations. Now you know how mosque got elected in Gaza. Palestinian Islamic Jihad, that is the Muslim Brotherhood, with 84 the vote. % of Al -Aqsa martyrs brigades. These are vital terrorists, got 80 % of the vote. And Al Qasem brigades with the highest 89 %. Hamas got 76 %. Hamas just is not subhuman enough. So here they are, these four terrorist factions. Palestinian Islamic Jihad was supported by 80 % of the Palestinians. The so -called West Bank, that's Judea and Samaria. Al -Aqsa martyrs brigades, 80 %. Al Qasem brigades with the highest 89 %. Hamas, 76 %. Political bodies, the press and other less appreciated. The governing Palestinian Authority, only 10 %. Though the ruling party, Fatah, slightly higher, 23 %. Russia was the most positively viewed country with 40 %. Iran received 32 %. Britain got 3 %. We got zero.
Fresh "West" from WTOP 24 Hour News
"Will lie in repose at the jimmy keep it here for full details on these stories in the minutes ahead it's now 11 18. traffic weather and on the eights let's check in with rich hunter and the wtop traffic center all right district i -295 north between pennsylvania avenue and the on -ramp from east capitol street had one there earlier that one cleared but now it looks like we may have a new one so just be aware if you're traveling northbound on branch avenue i headed north toward the intersection with urnshaw drive and surratt's road traffic headed down to a single lane getting past that remaining crash activity looks like it's now completely out of the roadway so you should find the travel lanes reopen also to crash in reston on the fairfax county parkway just before you get down the lake newport road looks like they're still out with that you're still squeezing by single in one lane past the crash this one involved one overturned into median so should be squeezing by single file all right sixty six westbound west of the rosalyn tunnel headed toward ballston single file left past some guardrail work southbound 95 in virginia south of the fairfax county parkway works and in place you're eventually down to one single lane to the left not a lengthy work zone but again it does slow you down there and over in the city of fairfax on main street between burke station road roberts road did have the eastbound lanes closed there as a result of a water main break they were running two -way traffic on the westbound side single on each direction they're getting by this holiday season open the door to hope with a night of shelter meals care at central union mission make your gift now at mission dc dot org rich hunter wtop traffic right are now to seven news first alert meteorologist steve rudin as we head through the remainder of the evening and into the overnight mainly clear skies and cold temperatures in the 20s by early tomorrow morning
A highlight from Bitcoin Bull Market & Beginner Q&A with Tone Vays, D++, and Ant - November 14th, 2023
"Hello, and welcome to the Cafe Bitcoin Podcast brought to you by Swan Bitcoin, the best way to buy and learn about Bitcoin. I'm your host, Alex Dancic, and we're excited to announce that we're bringing the Cafe Bitcoin conversation from Twitter Spaces to you on this show, the Cafe Bitcoin Podcast, Monday through Friday every week. Join us as we speak to guests like Michael Saylor, Lynn Alden, Corey Clifston, Greg Foss, Tomer Strohleit, and many others in the Bitcoin space. Also be sure to hit that subscribe button. Make sure you get notifications when we launch a new episode. You can join us live on Twitter Spaces Monday through Friday, starting at 7 a .m. Pacific and 10 a .m. Eastern every morning to become part of the conversation yourself. Thanks again. We look forward to bringing you the best Bitcoin content daily here on the Cafe Bitcoin Podcast. Good morning. What is up, you Cafe Bitcoiners? What up? Hey, Alex, can you hear me? Yeah, man. Damn, the service is amazing. It's fantastic. I was going to have you co -host today, but if you have terrible interwebs, then we'll have to do it again a different time. Yeah, I'm sitting solid right now, but it's my last day in El Salvador, so it's touch and go, but it feels good right now. It feels real good. I people hear laughing and enjoying themselves in the background. Man. Yeah, that's Blake just got out of the surf, and now the homie Paul's taking my fish out, got a session in. I mean, this place is next level, but don't come here, the surf sucks. How you been, man? How's everyone doing? I know I've been off for a little bit, but keeping track of everything and saw that the SEC got dealt another, what looks like a little legal blow. Their legal department is, are they even batting 500 at this point? I don't know. I didn't hear anything. What are you talking about there? I thought I read some about Binance getting granted a confidentiality ruling that basically blocked a bunch of information from the grasp of the SEC for clients. I don't know. I just headlined Reddit, so don't quote me. Didn't dig a lot into it, but saw that that had occurred. Yeah, I didn't hear that. It would suck to be Gary Gunzler right now. Yeah, dude. They're sporting like city attorney type numbers, just getting mopped up, but I don't know. What do you mean? I'm sure he's gotten a job offer for BlackRock. He's sitting pretty. Oh, that's a good point, actually. Anybody want to take odds on Peter's thought there? I think Peter's probably right. I would say the likelihood of that is probably fairly high. That's a hell of a trifecta there. You should take that with Joe Carlos, sorry, Peter, like a ETF still within 2023 on top of a BlackRock job acceptance from Gensler thing. It's got to be like a hundred to one. Yeah, the theta on that is pretty high right now, so no. Yeah, that's like Buster Douglas numbers. It's wild. You know, we were joking in here the other day. Joe came in and we were talking a little bit about the ETFs and Joe was like, I don't understand why we're not seeing an ETF where you can see the actual addresses for the ETF you can verify on chain and then you have redemption directly to shareholders from the trust. And I was joking. I was like, man, somebody is going to do it. We should do it. Me and you, Joe. Let's do this thing. So people were tweeting at me like, is Swan going to do an ETF now? And it's like, dude, I was totally freaking joking about that. That's classic. Where's American HODL this morning? He was caffeinated up on fire yesterday. Dude, he was cracking me up and that guy is funny as hell. I was trying to hack a coconut up in El Salvador and I almost chopped my pinky off. Mickey Koss, good morning, Shelly. Good morning, Terrence. Good morning. Good morning. Good morning. So we're going to have a pretty chill day today. We're going to be doing some beginners Q &A. We have a couple of news items to discuss. There's a lot of Bitcoin mining rigs getting plugged in apparently. Also, we're going to revisit. It's fun to, you know, the Internet's an amazing thing. You can come back and revisit stupid shit people said about Bitcoin. You know, Bitcoin is dying. This is dying. That's dying. Bitcoin is going to boil the oceans, all that. There's some interesting comments from Dave Ramsey that we're going to bring back up. Apparently, the central bank over in England wants all systemically important stablecoin firms to back their issuance with non -interest bearing central bank deposits. I mean, that's like a full on lizard move, in my opinion. We'll discuss that a little more too. But yeah. All right. Let's do the intro to the show. You're listening to Cafe Bitcoin. Welcome to Cafe Bitcoin. This is episode 476. Shout -outs to supporters on Fountain Nosterness. Our mission for the show is to provide signal in a sea of noise, teaching the other seven billion people on this planet why there is hope because of this bright orange future that we call Bitcoin. Today is November the 14th, Tuesday, 2023. Man, we're on our way to the next halving. It's coming up. Where's Ant when I need him? Here he comes. Yeah, man. I think, Ant, I'm going to just like lead off right with you if you're ready. I don't know if you can hear me right now, but we should start with some stats. Let's get some orientation. We haven't done stats in a long time. So let's begin with the stats and get an idea of where we are. Ant, are you there? Are you ready? Yeah, I got some stats. I got time chain stats up right here. Let's go. Taco, talk to us about this impenetrable freedom force field. What's it at? Current USD price, $36 ,587. We are at block height, $816 ,745. Current hash rate, seven -day moving average is around 435 exahash per second. Let's see, mempool transaction is still full a little bit. We got $211 ,000 climbing. The fastest fee right now is around 79 sats per v -byte. Good news, we got 161 days about to the halving, and we are currently up 25 % on the 200 -day And right now, let's see, sats per fiat dollar, is that how you say it? It's 2 ,732 sats per dollar right now. The last block was found by Antpool, and the total subsidy and fees was just over 7 Bitcoin. And I think it was around 10 % of that block was fees, so very interesting. We're 88 % into the halving. $23 ,254, we just hit a block. Block's left. And that's pretty much it for now. I think that's it. Sats per dollar. You can buy 2 ,734 sats per dollar. I didn't hear you if you said that, so I'm just saying it. That's okay, it moved. Technically two different data points. And we have also, there is also 93 .05 % of the total supply of Bitcoin that will ever be mined in the history of mankind has already been mined and distributed. So you might want to get some just in case this thing catches on a little bit. Hey, Ant, if you're in a stable situation, let's get you up as a co -host, my man. Okay, I'm going to switch networks. Okay, you let us know when you're ready. D++, good morning. Thank you for joining us. I know it's super early for you over there on the West Coast. Good morning. I have a huge smile on my face because I'm actually driving over to Club Lab here in Austin, and I feel like I just got the weather report. I felt like I was experiencing the future in real time for a minute there, hearing all of the stats on what Bitcoin's up to. I want that every morning. It's so good. Isn't it cool? You know, to me, it's like an orientation thing. It's useful to know where you are to figure out where you're going. You have to know where you are to figure out where you're going or how you're going to get to where you're going. But it's also really useful because when I started hearing stats like this when I was a newbie Bitcoiner, I didn't know what they meant. I was like, you guys are saying all these words that I don't know the meaning to. And it caused me to look them up, which forced me to learn about it, which was awesome. Also, 435 ExaHash is crazy. Last I checked, it was 420. And it's just so crazy to me how the hash has completely decoupled from the price. I mean, going on for probably a couple of years now, ever since we left China, it's just wild. But the big news for me today is I am driving to PlubLab. As you guys know, it's the Bitcoin startup accelerator and community accelerator in Austin. You have to come through if you're ever in town. And what I'm so excited about is I am enrolled in Nifty Lisa Nye's Taproot class. So I'm taking her Taproot class. She's pretty much one of the only people on the planet that can teach it because what we're doing is we're taking the spec, which is to say the BIPs, and we're implementing them, which is to say we're creating our own library that makes Taproot happen. And she's one of the only people that can really do this because she's one of the only people who can translate from the BIPs into the code because there are certain things that are kind of missing or glossed over. Obviously, it's all in there, right? But it's pretty hard to take the BIP and to just translate it into creating your own Bitcoin library. So it's so fun. It's very challenging. Definitely, this class is for experts only. But if you ever wanted to learn how Taproot works, I highly recommend taking her base 58 class.
Fresh "West" from WTOP 24 Hour News
"Chat on my podcast Beyond the Fame. Jason Vraly, WTOP News. Sports at 25 and 55. Powered by Maximus. Moving activation forward. Alright, the update now. Here's Frank Hanran. Hey Kyle, the Wizards snapped their nine -game losing skates tonight, beating Detroit 126 -107. In fact, this is the ninth straight win for the Wizards over Detroit, so if anybody has anybody's number, it's Washington's over the Pistons, who's losing skid, by the way. It's 14 in a row. Kyle Kuzma, big night for the Wiz. 32 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists. Wiz 3 now -14 at Orlando on Wednesday night. Capitals late -night hockey out west visiting the San Jose Sharks. That's a sub -500 team. Good chance for the Caps to start their five -game road trip on the right skate, but no T .J. Oshie tonight. He's not playing for the Caps because of an upper body injury. Monday night football, three -zip. The Bears trying to pull off a many upset on the road as they visit the Minnesota Vikings and Carolina the Panthers firing coach Frank Reich. After just 11 games on the job, Panthers 1 -10. They're going in a different direction. Frank Hanrahan, WTOP Sports. Alright Frank thanks so much. Coming up on WTOP, Hamas and Israel agree to extend a pause in fighting. We'll have the very latest. It's There's a Honda for every holiday adventure. Whether it's a ski trip and an available all -wheel -drive pilot, delivering presents in a rugged passport, or hauling a few toys for yourself in a powerful Ridgeline. Find your new Honda during Happy Honda Days. For a limited time, well -qualified buyers can get a 2 .9 % APR on a 2023 Honda passport, a 3 .9 % APR on a 2024 Pilot, and a 0
A highlight from Episode 129 - Gitcoin - Elevating public goods with decentralization, quadratic funding, and community coordination
"You know, there are so many neat things that people are trying already. You know, like, for example, we ran around for a community group in Oakland, who had funding from their local government, it was basically all community organizations. You know, so really cool to see that play itself out. Even before we went down this road, Milwaukee was already doing some experimentation with quadratic rounds for very sort of niche applications, like helping people in Denver, Colorado, whose restaurants were struggling during the pandemic. We did a support for Ukraine round that was kind of a targeted approach at funding for that particular use case. But, you know, I think then another neat thing that's happening, which you may not even have heard about yet, is we now actually have a direct grants platform, which means it doesn't use quadratic funding. It's basically a way to use Web3 rails and all the existing tools, but just run more of like a traditional grants program. But I think we might start seeing things like people using quadratic voting to make decisions about how to give out the money amongst a smaller group of people internally. And so you might not be harnessing the wisdom of the crowd, but you can still have that transparency, that accountability, you know, all that kind of nifty stuff that comes along with using these tools. And also anybody who's created a grant proposal on builder potentially can apply to an even bigger number of different types of opportunities. So, you know, so I think, you know, we really, you know, are so just lucky to have such an innovative, creative, thoughtful global community. You know, like, we just saw a round run in Latin America where like the majority of the grant proposals were in Spanish, you know, and like we frankly, don't even have the resources internally to like provide support and documents and web pages. They just did it themselves, you know, which is so cool to see. And I think we're going to just see more and more of that. Like there's a Chinese community round that's happening. I've heard there's an African continent round that people are talking about, you know, basically any issue or cause you can think of, you know, there's probably somebody out there thinking about how they could run a grants program to do something about it. You know, and if somebody out there is listening and has some nifty idea, even without a big matching pool, like, you know, just like even a small amount of money that you put into a matching pool, or even just creating the space for people to give to something that matters, like even without a matching pool, I think can just be a really powerful thing. You know, there's something about just kind of creating the container for the conversation to bring the people together. And, you know, the neat thing about these grants programs is like the grantees are the ones who do a lot of that organizing, who bring their community with them, you know, and often do actually do a better job of supporting and onboarding people and creating guides and documentation and all that kind of good stuff in a way that makes sense to their community. So, yeah, I think it's super exciting and I definitely think about it a lot. Yeah, no, totally. I can see the excitement just as you talk about it now. And I think that, you know, what you said around the grantees is spot on too. It's just really cool seeing like how they've all kind of stepped up and contributed to the Gitcoin community in different ways, whether it's creating these educational onboarding materials, setting up one -on -one calls with people to walk them through getting a wallet set up and a passport set up, you know, which is fantastic. It's been really, really powerful. And, you know, obviously we have another Gitcoin granting round coming up November 15th, I believe you said was when it was starting, which is really exciting Gitcoin grant round 19. 56 million plus in funds allocated, really incredible. It's really been a catalyst for thousands of early stage Web3 projects. For those listening that haven't yet participated in a Gitcoin grant round, but are interested in maybe becoming a grantee, they have a really cool public good project, but maybe they're a little nervous. What advice would you give them? Yeah, I love this question. So a lot really depends on sort of what your starting point is, you know, so maybe slightly different advice, depending on like, you know, if you've already got a DAO that you're a part of, you know, you've got friends in the Web3 space, you know, I could definitely give some very specific advice for those folks, you know, versus like somebody who's brand new to the space, doesn't have an existing community. I think there's a place for everybody in Gitcoin grants rounds. And a big part of what we try to do as Gitcoin is like level the playing field, make sure that everybody has an opportunity to get in front of an audience, you know, that grantees can be discovered based on the kind of the quality and interest of what they're building. But yeah, I'd say the universal stuff, you know, it's very much like any community organizing or marketing. Like, you know, think about the picture that you put up as your picture, think about how you summarize the information in your grant proposal, think about the title that you use, good to have the name of your organization, and something to do with your value proposition. So people, maybe they're just looking for you by your name, and they know who you are, and they can find you that way. Maybe they've never heard of your project, but they're interested in your value proposition. So trying to be succinct and having both those things, kind of without needing to click away and go read it, you know, also that like, there's a bit of information that shows up kind of above the fold, as they say, like, you know, kind of in that little preview window, if you have a good little TLDR, that's like, this is what we're trying to do, this is how we intend to do it, this is why we're doing it, whatever you think is important for people to understand, like, I'm trying to raise this money so I can do this, you know, the more that you can be super clear about, like, by next round, or by six months from now, I hope to have accomplished this, and you can follow along and and sort of follow that journey. I think that's really important. Also, if you've been a grantee for more than one round, I know we're talking about new grantees, but updating people is super important, too. They sort of haven't seen that you've done anything with the funding, people start wondering, you know, like, you know, what are you really doing with this money? Should I give again? But I would say for like, people who in particular, who might be nervous, who don't have a web3 community, I would say like, there's a lot of people who are super supportive and helpful in our community. Like, so starting by coming to like our Twitter spaces, the Gitcoin hosts, which you can follow along at the Gitcoin Twitter account, and we're always announcing when the next ones will be. Also, you can usually find there's like a grantee support page, where we have like an event listing, which you can find linked to right off of the main Gitcoin website, gitcoin .co. So I mean, just follow along there, you know, and that can give you a sense of like, just if you just show up, you know, I can tell you that we are super friendly and supportive, you know, and you can just like come and talk about what you're working on, or even just listen for a while and see how other people are doing it and get comfortable, I think people will get a sense that it's a very welcoming and friendly space. You know, but also, like, there's a million, maybe not million, there's definitely tons of these Twitter spaces being hosted by people. If you're not already active on Twitter, I hear you, there's a lot going on in the world. And Twitter is not always my favorite place either these days. But, you know, it happens to be where a lot of the crypto community is, you know, definitely wherever your community is, like, try to bring them on board. But it's a lot easier to get donations from people who are already familiar with crypto, who are already familiar with Gitcoin than it is to like, you know, take somebody from never even having a wallet to like setting up their first wallet funding it, you know, connecting to passport going through all those stages. Definitely great guides out there. You know, I think it's a great idea to like host onboarding sessions or like office hours to help people in your community might want to support you. But definitely the lowest hanging fruit is the existing Gitcoin community that's quite active round after round. And you can find those people on our Twitter spaces, you can find those people, you know, in various discords, but also on the Twitter spaces that other people are hosting. And, you know, and I'd say one other thing I would throw out there is Telegram. All these tools that, you know, if you're from outside the web through space might be a little bit daunting. But you know, if you just join the Gitcoin Telegram group, there's so many people providing peer support, helping each other answering questions. Like if you just jump into that thread, which again, you can find it directly through our homepage, you know, you can from there, like find people who might want to help you with what you're building, or might have a similar project and want to collaborate with you, you know, or, you know, want to attend your Twitter space if you host one and invite other people. So yeah, I would say just like, focus on the people more than the technology. And like, figure out where the low hanging fruit is of like, where those people are that, you know, might be interested in working with you and supporting you. And don't hesitate to reach out and like DM people and, you know, and ask questions. You know, like, I'm always happy to chat if I can find the time. You know, definitely lots of people who are doing their project for the first time reach out. And like, you know, even share what you're thinking about posting in your grant proposal with others like, you know, there's no wrong time to do that. Even if you're listening to this right in the middle of an active grants round, and you missed the opportunity to apply, it's not too late to get involved to start listening to those Twitter spaces to join the Telegram. You can even post your grant proposal and then just apply three months from now in the next round. You know, so can't hurt to like, just moving start things forward, start onboarding your community, start playing with the tools yourself. Really helps to actually go and donate yourself to if you haven't before, because having done it yourself, you can then help other people do it more easily. Yeah, definitely. That's great advice. And you know, I think me personally, I only participated in two rounds, but was really kind of involved more as a community member and like just kind of listening in and being a part of the community before then, right. And it was a great way for me to learn and to kind of get my feet wet a little bit and to see what's going on before diving in headfirst. So great advice. Thank you so much for sharing that. As we near the end of our conversation, there's one thing I want to ask you about. I know that web3 can obviously be very stressful, fast paced, especially, you know, during Gitcoin grant season two, it can be feel like a bit of a sprint, especially for I imagine, the team that's working on the back end. You're also big, I know that you're a big advocate for getting outside for nature for laughter is the best medicine. I know you like to post some videos of you juggling, you know, by the lake is kind of a way to disconnect. Tell me more about how you stay grounded in this busy world of web3. Because I know that there's something that a lot of people struggle with. It's hard, man, honestly. And I can tell you, like, having spent much of my life working on, like, what feels like really life and death issues a lot of the time, like, this is definitely something I've struggled with for a lot of my life. I've definitely gone through cycles of burnout and like, you know, all that, you know, I would say just like, trying to not take everything too seriously, trying to take a step back and see everything in perspective, you know, surrounding yourself with like, friends and family that like, know you and love you and support you. You know, like, getting outside every day really makes a big difference to me. You know, my dogs are a big part of my life. You know, and they're, they're really a gift, because like, they demand that I take them outside. So even if I'm not feeling like going for a walk, they always do. And, you know, I feel like, basically, like, I having like a stressometer, you know, like, if you can sort of like monitor how you're doing, and when you get past like a certain threshold, like, just knowing that it's always okay to just like step away for a bit, you know, even just like, you know, just putting everything on pause and taking three deep breaths can go a really long way. But you know, like, I definitely feel like you really genuinely recharge your batteries by like going to a park or, you know, like the whole touch grass drink water thing like you have to take care of yourself to be able to like, you know, take care of business. You know, so like drinking lots of water or like, I mean, it sounds like, you know, sort of trite or soundbites or whatever, but I think it's really true. You know, and the older I've gotten, like the more just I haven't been able to just continue to like push indefinitely, you know, like that it used to be that I would just burn the candle at both ends and like, you know, it's like, I don't really need to go to bed at a reasonable time. I'll just stay up all night every day working and, you know, operate on zero sleep and not eat enough food and, you know, go for drinks at lunch and you know, like it just like all of that catches up with you after a while for sure. Totally. So I mean, like, as much as everything feels really urgent, like I think if you think back on what felt urgent, like six months ago, three months ago, month ago, even a week ago, sometimes, like a lot of the times things seem a lot more urgent and a lot more stressful in the moment that they really are. You know, so like just trying to have that perspective. And like, yeah, just, you know, take the time that you need to like pace yourself. That's, that's, you know, it's a marathon, not a sprint, that whole thing definitely can feel like a sprint. But, you know, even during the grants round, it honestly, it is a marathon. Like, you know, it's a, it's a couple of weeks with like, at least a week or two on either end of like, preparing and unwinding. And, you know, especially for our team, like, you know, I worry, even when I see like myself or other team members, like pushing a little too hard. And definitely, we see that with grantees too. But yeah, I mean, maybe just get off Twitter. I mean that, you know, the algorithms have a way of like, sort of sucking us back in, keeping us engaged. So, you know, like, you know, spend some time, more time on Farcaster or Lenster. You know, like, there's a lot of good vibes out there too, if you're in the web3 space. And honestly, I think there's a lot of alpha to be had in those social media networks too, that like, because it's a much smaller community, you can really focus on like talking to people who are working on similar things without a lot of the drama and chaos. And, you know, so like, even just making some little adjustments to how you're sort of spending your social media time, I find that pretty helpful for me. I actually hang out on Mastodon a lot recently, because it's an old school decentralized platform with all kinds of interesting people, and definitely different perspectives that I'm not hearing all the time in crypto Twitter. So yeah, I don't know. Everybody's got different things that are going to work different for them. You know, if you were having this conversation with one of my coworkers, you'd say meditation, you know, spend an hour at least every day meditating. You know, another coworker of mine would say, go dancing every night. You know, like, so I mean, you know, just like, I guess, like, figure out what it is that like, brings you joy outside of the space and like, force yourself to do a little bit more of it. And I think the end result is like, you'll actually find that your project is more successful, you're showing up with just like better vibes in general, and, and that resonates out and draws more people in and, you know, so, you know, there's even self -interested reasons beyond just like your health that I think, you know, people will notice if you if you make that little extra bit of effort not to burn yourself out. And if you are burning out, like, take some time away, like it, you know, might feel impossible. Like I definitely can relate to that. It feels like every time I take a week off at Gitcoin, I come back, it's a different organization that I left. But, you know, if you're in the right place with the right people, you need to trust that, you know, things are going to be okay. And, you know, if you're not feeling that way, like, maybe that's an indication that you should be thinking about if you are in the right place. And, you know, maybe there's a lot of different orgs, a lot of different, you know, things that you can get involved in, like, don't feel so trapped in the moment, especially for a lot of the younger people in this space, like, you know, don't have a mortgage or kids that they have to take care of, like, you can take those risks, you can make big changes, you can step away if you need to and experiment, explore other things, like, you know, give yourself that permission when the consequences are not nearly as severe as, you know, it will be like when you're, you know, in your 40s or 50s or whatever. Totally. Yeah. Yeah. That is some great advice. Well, thank you for sharing that, all that. And I can definitely resonate with a lot of that, especially the dog part. I have a very hyperactive black lab who I need to get outside at least for three or four walks a day. So it's been, oh, and there's my cat poking its head in the door right now, just on cue as we talk about pets. That's hilarious. So yeah, great advice. Thank you so much for sharing and so important in this, you know, rapidly growing, fast moving space. So it's been a pleasure just learning from you and hearing everything you've had to say. I've learned so much just from this short conversation. Obviously, we weren't able to cover everything. So for those listening along that want to follow you get in touch, learn more about Gitcoins work, what's the best way for them to do that? I am at Ben West on Twitter, because I was lucky enough to have a friend who registered my account for me in 2008. And I'm the same pretty much everywhere. I think Benjamin West on Telegram. I actually, if you go to my Twitter, I have like one of those link tree type things that you can click on it, I'll show you like a bunch of different places to reach me. But Twitter, Twitter definitely works. And probably most people listening to this are active on Twitter. So yeah, come find me there. That's probably the easiest one. Drew, thank you so much for doing what you're doing. By the way, I think you have crypto altruism is great. And the people the interview are super fascinating. And, you know, so so I'm, it's an honor to be part of your podcast. And thanks for doing what you're doing. Yeah, well, thank you. That means a lot. It really does coming from coming from you to hear that I really appreciate that. So thank you. And thank you for sharing all that information. I'll make sure to include that in the show notes for those listening along. And to wrap things up on this amazing conversation, I'm definitely going to have to take some time to reflect, you know, after after this conversation, because so many really cool things we've talked about. I like to ask everyone the same ending question. If you could name one thing that excites you most about the social impact potential of web three, what would it be and why? Hmm. And that's a tough one, because there's so many things that excite me about it. Truth be told, if I could pick one thing that excites me the most, but the thing that excites me the most is the opportunity for communities to empower themselves and accomplish their goals. Like I, you know, when I see projects come into reality that, you know, may not have otherwise that, like, are possible, because of, you know, whether it's Gitcoin grants, or just web three tools in general, you know, that excites me, there's, there's a lot of specific use cases that really are close to my heart. But like, I think the thing that's underneath all of it, you know, is that sort of cultural shift that, you know, that we talked about earlier, like that, you know, idea that decentralization really matters that, you know, individuals should not just be treated like cogs in a machine. You know, and I think for so many of us, we live in these worlds where like, our work day to day is not fulfilling. And, you know, we feel like we're not treated with respect. And to me, that just really sucks that that's fundamentally where we're at in our world. Like, you know, we've kind of democratized so much of our world. Yet, like, our work is this one place that is fundamentally undemocratic, fundamentally exploitative, often, and extractive. And, you know, and like, I think there's a way to change that, that's outside of these kind of old, like, left right socialism, capitalism paradigms. And like, to me, that's really exciting, because I feel like we've been trapped in this kind of debate that doesn't really go anywhere for a really long time. And like, there's a lot more nuance to be had in terms of like, how markets can be used by communities in positive ways, and how people can empower themselves, you know, by using some nifty tools and kind of working together. And, you know, really, just by all of us believing in this thing that we're doing all kinds of amazing stuff as possible. So yeah, I think that's really at the core of what excites me the most. Yeah, that's such a good one. And I couldn't agree more. I think that, you know, Web3 is such an interesting kind of confluence of so many different people and ideas and, you know, philosophies that it's really cool to just kind of be able to build and without kind of having to go through those same debates over and over again. So that's a great point to end on. Couldn't agree more. Ben, it's been an absolute pleasure. Thank you so much. Really enjoyed this conversation. And thank you for all you're doing to uplift public goods, Gitcoin and yeah, and to inspire so many early stage projects and builders. So thank you work you're doing. It's been an inspiration to me personally, and I know for many others as well. So thanks for being here today. My pleasure. Honestly, it's an honor and a privilege. And hello to your cat there who's joining us for the tail end. Yes, he always likes to make an appearance. Thanks, Ben. A huge thank you to Ben for coming on the crypto altruism podcast. Whenever someone asks me why I love the Web3 community so much, I typically point to Gitcoin grant season. It's a true testament to the power of decentralization and leveraging the wisdom of the crowd to fund what matters. Gitcoin is an incredible catalyst for public goods in Web3. And if you are listening to this between November 15, and November 29, then GG19 is live and you have an opportunity to participate by sending a VONATION to your favorite projects. So make sure to check out the show notes so you can follow along and get involved. And that brings us to the end of today's episode. Thanks so much for joining on the crypto altruism podcast. I had a great time and I hope you did as well. For more great content exploring the intersections of Web3 and social impact, check us out at crypto altruism .org. Also, if you love what you heard, I truly appreciate it if you rate, review, and subscribe to the show. You can also support the show by buying us a coffee or making a small crypto contribution. Crypto altruism runs on the support of community members like yourself and everything helps. Thanks so much for joining us and I hope you'll join us again for our next episode. Until then, let's keep showing the world the good of crypto. 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A highlight from George C. Wolfe - 'Rustin'
"Monarch Legacy of Monsters, an Apple Original Series. The world is on fire. I decided to do something about it. On November 17th. This place, it's not ours. Believe me. The most massive event of the year arrives. If you come with me, you'll know everything, I promise. Oh my God, go, go, go! Monarch Legacy of Monsters, streaming November 17th. Only on Apple TV+. My guest today is one of the great storytellers of Stage and Screen, which is why it's only fitting that he's here at the Fest to collect the Storyteller Award. He's a playwright best known for writing 1986's The Colored Museum and co -writing 1992's Jelly's Last Gem. He's a theater director best known for directing the original Broadway productions of Angels in America Millennium Approaches and Angels in America Perestroika, two landmark plays in 1993, and a host of Broadway musicals, including 1996's Bring in the Noise, Bring in the Funk, 2004's Caroline or Change, and 2016's Shuffle Along. And he's a screen director best known for directing the 2005 limited series Lackawanna Blues and the films Night in Rodanthe from 2008, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks from 2017, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom from 2020, and this year's Rustin, the story of Bayard Rustin, the gay civil rights activist who organized the 1963 March on Washington. Over the course of his career, this 69 -year -old has been nominated 15 times for a Tony Award, winning three for best direction of a play for Angels in America Millennium Approaches in 1993, best direction of a musical for Bring in the Noise, Bring in the Funk in 1996, and best special theatrical event for Elaine Stritch at Liberty in 2002. He was nominated for an Emmy best directing for a limited series for Lackawanna Blues in 2005, and he has twice been nominated for the Directors Guild of America Award for outstanding directing of a miniseries or TV film for Lackawanna Blues in 2006, which resulted in a win, and for The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks in 2018. The New York Times' Ben Brantley has described him as a brilliant stage director, arguably the best now working in the American theater. The Los Angeles Times declared, there are few living talents who could be viewed as as much of a New York theater institution. Interview Magazine said it would be difficult to overstate his status on Broadway, and Tony Kushner proclaimed that he is the premier theater artist of my generation. And those are just the quotes about his work in theater. There are many more about his work in film. But without further ado, would you please join me in welcoming to the SCAD Savannah Film Festival and to the Hollywood Reporters Awards Chatter Podcast, Mr. George C. Wolfe. Mr. Wolfe, thank you so much for coming to Savannah. Glad to be here, glad to. Let's just start at the very beginning. Where were you born and raised, and what did your folks do for a living? I was born and raised in Frankfort, Kentucky. My mother was a teacher, and she later became a principal of the schools. I went to that school. She taught me. It was horrifying. My father worked for the state government, and that's that. For the first eight years of your life, the town in which you grew up was segregated. Yes. You have spoken about wanting to go see a movie, 101 Dalmatians, and not being able to do that because of your race. Well, my grandmother was this incredibly ferocious figure who would take on anybody. I telling remember her that I wanted to go see 101 Dalmatians at the Capitol Theater. I remember her calling and them telling her no. It was sort of startling and shocking and fascinating because it was the first time I'd ever see her come into contact with a no. So that was fascinating. But then it integrated, and then at one point, when I went to high school, I was editor of the high school newspaper, and I went and convinced the man who ran the Capitol Theater that I should go see movies for free so that I could write reviews. He said, but by the time the review comes out, the movies will be gone. I said, but it's cultivating a love of movies, and so that's what my column will do. It was my slight payback because then I got to go see movies for free. I love it. Let's talk, though, there's a moment you've described over the years. You were in fourth grade, and your, at that time, all black grade goes to an all white class. But that time, I think it was probably a little bit older, so I got about the PTA and the singing. Well, I think by that time, Frankfurt was integrated, but I still went to this black school which was connected to a university there. And the principal, this woman named Minnie J. Hitch, you told us, because we were going to be singing a song, and the lyrics were these truths we are declaring that all men are the same, that liberty is a torch burning with a steady flame. And she told us that when we got to the line that liberty is a torch burning with a steady flame, we should sing it with a ferocity and that we would shatter all racism in the room. So I literally remember these truths we are declaring that all men are the same, that liberty is a torch, you know. And then racism was gone. And racism was gone, exactly. They were all transformed. But it sort of was like so cluelessly wonderful for somebody to tell someone that young that if you say words and if you say them with power and conviction, you can change people. And that sense of potency of conviction and language was embedded in me, and it's never left. When did you see your first theatrical production that was done professionally? When I was 12 or 13, my mother went to do some advanced degree work at NYU, and she brought me a log, and it was one summer. And so I saw a production of West Side Story that was done at the State Theater at Lincoln Center. Then I saw a production of Hello Dolly with Cab Calloway and Pearl Bailey. And then I saw a production, as it turns out, from the Public Theater and Mobile Unit that Cleavon Little played Hamlet. Wow. And it was done in Washington Square Park. Wow. And some in respect, each of those three productions had, I think, a lasting impact on a kind of aesthetic. Right. And the thing interesting about the Mobile Unit, it was free. And so it was seeing the rawness of that energy of the audience was also very, it was very, very, really wonderful and really interesting and great. So the throughout rest of your time in high school, you were increasingly involved in theater and school. I don't know if it was specific, I think, was it writing, directing, acting? What were you focused on at that point? Acting and directing. And also it's very interesting because when I went to that high school, I stuttered really intensely. So this is one thing I was talking about earlier. So they decided that I was stupid because I stuttered. And so they called my mother over to the school to say, and they wanted to put me in remedial classes. And she says, are you crazy? No, that's not happening. And so I developed an Evita complex. So I said, by the time I leave this school, I will be running it. And so I was editor. I was drum major. I was the worst drum major since the dawn of time. I just, you know, I was editor of the newspaper, of the literary magazine. I just did all these stubs just to, you know, how dare you dismiss? I could tell. And I never heard the story about them calling my mother over, but I could tell I was being disregarded. Right. I sensed it. And I went, no. So you start college in Kentucky and then move to Pomona and California. What at that time? This is there. Oh, yeah. We're doing the whole thing. Exactly. What was the idea of going out to California? Was it just to have a change of scenery or did you were you already thinking maybe that's where you go if you want to be in show business? No, not at all. I had always dreamed of going to New York. I would I would watch, you know, TV shows that were set in New York, like the Dick Van Dyke Show. And I remember this is kind of neurotic and crazy. But I what I really I was obsessed with Disney and I wanted to have my own amusement park. But I wanted money. I knew you need a lot of money. So I decided that actors made a lot of money. This is when I was seven or eight. And so and I knew the actors starved. So when I was seven or eight, I used to practice not eating. So that when I went to New York, this is insanely true that, you know, that I so I could deal with it, you know. Well, little did I know one doesn't need to practice starvation. So you graduate from Pomona, go to L .A. for a little while to do theater, to do theater. OK, now theater, as I guess you quickly concluded, is primarily in New York. Well, yeah, I mean, at one point I did shows and I started to get some good reviews in the L .A. Times. And then I got called in. I don't even remember for to be a writer on a sitcom. And and I and I said something funny and they said, oh, he's quick. We're going to have to tie one hand behind his back. And I took that literally. And that's when I went I'm moving to New York. You know, I just was it was like time to go time to go time to go confront a whole bunch of other stuff and things I need to learn and get smarter about. Well, so, OK, you move. It's 1979. You're in your 20s. You moved to New York. Early 20s. Early 20s. Right, right, right. Very early. In fact, I was 19. I was just pretending to be 20. Something like that. Yeah. You moved to New York. There are a number of years then after moving there that were we can say lean. You got to put into practice not eating so much. You what said once quote, I came to New York to write and direct. And when I got here, a lot of my rage came out. Close quote. What do you mean by that? Well, it's so interesting because in L .A., it's you know, it's you know, there's more space. So so, you know, poverty and wealth are very much so separated. And then in New York, it's, you know, they're next door to each other. And the intensity of the inequity at the time, plus the fact that I had no real power over my existence, sort of magnified all of that. And I remember I remember seeing I remember at one time seeing this image of this of this woman in a fur coat. It was winter and eating chocolates and there was a subway vent and there was this homeless woman sitting there. And she had newspaper wrapped around her legs instead of boots. And she was like like crazy and was like and just seeing those two images next to each other. It's you know, it's the thing about New York. Every single time you step foot outside your front door, you see somebody who is worse off than you and you see somebody who is living a completely different life to you. So you have you get instant perspective whether you want it or not. So in those those leaner years, you are teaching a little bit. You're going to get your own MFA at NYU Tisch in dramatic writing, your... Dramatic writing and musical theater and a double MFA. And then there's a opportunity to have a work of yours produced for the first time at Playwrights' Horizon, which is a big deal. Playwrights? No. And how did that go? Well, it it was interesting. It was it was ultimately the best thing that could have happened for my career. I didn't direct it. I wrote the I wrote the book and I wrote the lyrics for it. And it and there were things that in the rehearsal process that I. And also, when I first came to New York, I said, I'm a writer and director, and they said, no, you can't do both. You have to focus in on one. I said, but I could do both. And they said, no, you can't. So I focused just on the writing. So then I there were things that were happening in the rehearsal room that I knew weren't right. But in the spirit of ra ra ra, getting along and being good guy and all this sort of stuff, I didn't object. And then I remember there was a tornado passing through New York City on the day my bad review came out. So I'm standing on the corner of 95th and Broadway with the winds blowing. I'm reading this hate review. And it was so very painful. But it was really interesting because it was very good for me because, you know, I went, oh, if this happens again, if I get another bad review. And of course, I've gotten bad reviews. But if it's going to be because it's my vision. Because it's I because I put every single thing I had on the line. Everybody, we're only in the room to make a very beautiful baby. And if we become good friends as a result of that, that's fine. But we all have a responsibility. The people that you're collaborating with to do their finest, best work. And you have to do your finest, best work. And it was interestingly enough, when I was at NYU, the piece that I wrote that bombed, I went, oh, this is going to be successful. And then there was this play that I wrote just for myself called The Colored Museum. And yeah, none of y 'all applauded when I said the title of the other thing, Paradise, did you? No. But that's what happened. It was the most interesting thing because I wrote one for success and I wrote one for myself. And that was the thing that succeeded. And so it was a very deeply, deeply, deeply valuable lesson. It was just like, and then eight weeks later, all those people who trashed, eight weeks, no, eight months were that it were eight weeks. Eight months later, all those people who trashed me were going, oh, where has he been? Oh, my God. Oh, my God. Oh, my God. And I'm so glad it happened that way. I'm so glad that the first piece was treated that way so that therefore it gave me a clarity and a sense of responsibility. And doing and doing work that I believed in and and that was that I believe mattered as opposed to something that was going to lead to success. It was just one of those slap you in the face and get smart, George. So you mentioned The Colored Museum, which let's just say, though, you know, you had you're coming off the rough review. How did you even get the opportunity to do The Colored Museum, which is going to as if you don't know, it was the first big success for Mr. Wolf. So how did that opportunity even come out of that? Well, it came out of that because I was at Playwrights Horizons because the guy named Lee Richardson, who was running a theater called Crossroads, said you're at Playwrights Horizons. And I don't think there's ever been a black playwright at Playwrights Horizons. Do you have something else that you've written? I said, well, funny you should ask. Dada, Colored Museum. And so that's how it happened. So there is there were they were both connected in a in a in a way that didn't seem so at the time, but was sort of brilliantly perfect. I want to ask you. So The Colored Museum is produced at Crossroads in 86 and then moved to the Public Theater in 87, which you'll notice the Public Theater, the great off Broadway institution, is going to come up quite a few times in this conversation. But for people who weren't around at that time or don't know or whatever, can you describe what The Colored Museum is about and what the controversy backlash that that provoked was? Because it was you you had to develop thick skin early on because it was not all fun and games in response to that one either. Well, but that was different. That was called pure unadulterated jealousy. So that was that was that was just, you know, I came from nowhere and all of a sudden I'm at the Public Theater. And Frank Rich wrote a wrote a review, a rave review, and said it's the kind of playwright who takes no prisoners. And people thought and that meant he kills people. The language kills them. And people thought that that meant I was soft. So it was just like that was just dumb cluelessness. That was very that was very easy to dismiss. And and, you know, and it was it was just jealousy. It was and that I, you know, I went, oh, my feelings are hurt. Oh, I'm over that. OK, go to hell. You know, it's just sort of like I didn't I didn't sweat about that. Well, tell us a little bit about the show, because this is your big success. First. Yeah, it was first. Well, it's it's interesting when I was at NYU. In the dramatic writing program, there are about three or four people writing plays about old black tap dancers, and they didn't happen to be old black or tap dancers. And so and I was just I was just I just thought about it. And I said, so somebody has figured out, has made a decision or dynamics have been created so that people have decided what black is. And I'm going, I'm black, I'm black my entire life. And I view it as this ever changing, complicated, insane, brilliant, amazing thing. So it was an effort to shatter, shatter any preconceived notions that I thought were going to stand in the way of what I wanted to create. So I wrote this play, which was eight exhibits set inside a museum. So I wanted to shatter all the perception, any perceptions that were in my head. So it's to liberate me to go in any direction that I wanted it to. And that's what happened. And it became this and it became this very successful show. It played, I think, for I think for 10 months at the Public Theater. Then it went to the Royal Court in London. Then it toured all around. And now it's it's high schools do it now and stuff, which is great. So it's in. And then as a result of it, then I started getting interesting from that. I went from, you know, being completely flat broke to then I met the kids of studios. I got Mike Nichols wanted me to write a movie for him. Robert Altman wanted me to write movies. So all of a sudden, you know, these job opportunities happened. But it wasn't for many years that you actually went into film. In the meantime, you were kind of seizing this interest in the theater, this opportunity now in theater. There was a person who is legendary by the name of Joseph Papp, who founded and ran the public, who took a great interest in you and, you know, brought you in there. And and we can say, you know, in addition to producing the colored museum, right. Named you one of three resident directors there offered to have a producing entity within the public for you. This was a big champion to have. He then passes away in 1991. He gets succeeded by a lady who was there for only 18 months. And then in August 1993, this institution of the sort of first thing that comes to mind when you think, at least for me, off Broadway comes looking for a new director. How did you become aware that there was interest in you for that position? And was it was that job, which you then spoiler alert, got and held for the next 12 years? Was it what you thought it would be? Nothing is ever what you think is going to be. But that's the point of the journey. It was actually it was I was I directed a Broadway show called Jealous Last Jab. And then I was then offered Angels in America. And and then I was in the middle of directing a seven hour play. And then they called up my lawyer and said, we want to talk to George about running the public theater. And I went, well, I'm kind of busy right now. Can they come back after? And they said no. And so they wanted to make a decision. So when I was in rehearsal, it was announced that I was running the public theater. It was I loved the thing which I loved. I loved, loved about running the public theater was giving artists money, giving artists money and spaces where they could go do work. It was that, you know, because I after after Jelly, I went, oh, this is hard. Surviving Broadway and dealing with all of these all of the dynamics and the money and the audiences and all of that stuff. This is really, really hard. And you have to be really, really tough. And so I knew all these artists who were really gifted, incredibly gifted people, but maybe weren't as tough. Can we can I just mention a few? Because these are shows that were given a spotlight by you in those years, which, in fact, several of them were just revived in the last couple of years. So decades later, people are, you know, coming back to them. But let's note, Twilight, Los Angeles, 1992. This was a dear, dear, very Smith and important show there. That was 1994. We had Top Dog Underdog, Suzan -Laurie Parks wins the Pulitzer for that 19 excuse me, 2002. Take me out again. Just revive. So these are the kinds of people who were talking about where you can. And this the public was not particularly known for its being inclusive prior to your tenure. Well, I'd say it was I think probably yes. I think it's also a place that gave us, you know, for colored girls and it's also a place that gave us for short eyes. So I'm so I would I wouldn't totally agree with that. And also these were very smart artists and these were tough artists. But there were, you know, it's just you people when you're beginning, you need a place to play, which means you need a place to fail so that you can get smarter. Like I had with Playwrights Horizons, you need you need to to do the work and not feel the pressure of it being the biggest hit in the world because you're growing and you're learning and you're getting smarter and you're getting tougher and you're learning more savvy. Just like the things that I allowed on the first production that was done, I didn't allow on the second one. And so you get, you know, so you're growing, you're growing all these muscles. It's not just your talent muscles. It's your your ability to defend yourself and to protect your work and to go, I disagree with that. And, you know, I remember one time there was a writer who was doing a play and a couple of things got really wonky at rehearsals. And I said, well, why didn't you speak up? He said, well, I was just scared that I was actually doing a play at the public theater and somebody was going to discover I didn't know what the hell I was doing and throw me out. And it's that fear you have to get. You have to realize that fear and doubt and other stuff, all that stuff is a part of growing and you have to have permission to grow. And so that's that's what I took on very much so, which is creating a space that was there. I wanted the I wanted the audiences and the artists there. I wanted it to look like the subway at rush hour in New York. I wanted to have all kinds of people there. So that was the thing that I loved after a while. It became very, very clear to me that as much as I was creating spaces for other artists, it was very challenging to be one. And while being in charge. Well, let's go back to, again, what you were doing when you got that opportunity to go there, because this was the beginning. While you're creating these opportunities for people off Broadway, you were making your first inroads on Broadway. As you mentioned, Jelly's Last Jam, 1992, you co -wrote and directed this about Jelly Roll Morton and the birth of jazz. Your first Broadway show musical with Gregory Hines and small role the first time you're working with Savion Glover. And this gets 11 Tony nominations, wins three and sort of leads to Angels in America. Now, this is it's been looked back at. I think the New York Times looked at it as the greatest show on Broadway of the last 30 years. It's an all timer, obviously, but you first saw it as a spectator in Los Angeles. It started at the Mark Tabor Forum. There doesn't sound like there was even a thought in your head that you might ever have anything to do with this. How did that change? Well, Jelly had opened up and I worked with a producer named Margo Lion, who passed away, who was a very dear friend of mine. And everybody, you know, and there were some changes that were going to be made from the Tabor to when it moved to Broadway. And she brought my name up and Tony Kushner and someone called me up and said, Tony Kushner wants to come and talk to you. I said, OK. And he came over and he talked and I had never read the play. I had only seen it. So I talked to him about it and just gave him my observations.
A highlight from Meet Chicago Northwest with Mario Farfan
"Army veteran Mario Farfan is the account executive of meek Chicago Northwest an organization that is bringing Conferences and meetings to the northwest Chicago suburbs coming up next on veteran on the move Welcome to veteran on the move if you're a veteran in transition an entrepreneur wannabe or someone still stuck in that Jop trying to escape this podcast is dedicated to your success And now your host Joe crane Service isn't just what Navy Federal Credit Union does It's who they are That's why Navy Federal created tools to help you earn and save more learn more at Navy federal org slash join Hey today, we're talking with army veteran Mario Farfan from meek Chicago Northwest Mario welcome to the show We're looking forward to hearing which good things you're doing up there in Chicagoland So before we talk about all that takes back to us what you did in the army Yeah, absolutely. Thank you, Joe. Thank you for inviting me here today Excited to be on your podcast to share my story a little bit So, uh, well, I joined our military right at the high school literally after the graduation party the next day I was in the car with the with the recruiter Headed to all the preparation and in the other paperwork administrative stuff. So that was 19 night August 1994 I ride the South Carolina for Jackson for basic training Awesome, and you're looking through your bio your parents were Guatemalan immigrants, right? Yes. Yes, they were going from Guatemala to Chicago I came here after a long wait a wait time back in the 70s and They started their their journey in Chicago in Chicago the west side of Chicago actually humble park And that's where I was born But then they ended up moving closer to the north side And I speak in street corners because I'm from that era in Chicago is something about Chicago I know you I know you from Kansas City you mentioned as we talked earlier So we grew up on Winnipeg and Broadway, which is essentially the north side. They call it Edgewater now Back in the in the early 80s a very different area there that it is now a lot of Cambodian and Vietnamese refugees And immigrants that came after the Vietnam War. I did not know this Obviously as I got older I went back and there's a digging around how I grew up Why was there so many, you know different ethnicities? So I yes, I grew up in Chicago border ways in Chicago, correct? Yes, and so Tell us a little bit about some of the things you did while you're in the army Yeah, so I was I chose my MLS was 94 Bravo back then I think it's changed 92 golf now, which is a cook essentially my thinking a 17 year old person getting Advice from many different people that weren't an army They were like Mario choose a job that it's gonna you know, not be too strenuous or dangerous So you're not gonna so I wasn't gonna be an infantry or Airborne Ranger. I knew that right away So I decided that you know, and I was interested in cooking my mother She you know love to cook so I said to myself it would be something interesting to venture in So I was a I was a cook in the military Definitely had a lot of friends because we were out in the field You know, we had the nice kitchen trailer set up with hot coffee and grill and all my military friends had to eat those MRE So they were like, hey Mario, you know, hook me up with something hot stuff like that So I definitely gained a lot of friends which was pretty cool because I started doing networking back then. I just didn't know it Yeah, great experience. So talk about your transition out of the army. Was it something you're expecting to come on quick? Were you prepared unprepared? I would say I was policy. I'm prepared to be honest So I got out on night 99. I was in Germany my last stop At the time so it was more of a pressure to stay in. That's what I remember the most It was a lot of fear a lot of you know, high pressure to stay in like what are you gonna do? So then life is not great You know stay here, you know, you can retire which I know many people do I know many people Friends that I have still they retired in Germany. They ended up just living to staying there, but my family at the time Was going through a struggle financially and I felt like I need to come home and just be back with them and support them as much as I could so I They gave me my paperwork and I was on my own. Basically. I got back to Chicago, which is very difficult right because Chicago Back, this is like 1999 2000. So just trying to you know, figure all of it out It's a lot right because it's benefits. There's paperwork. There's things that we just don't know about and I'll be honest the last Ten twenty years. I'm learning more and more, right? I Know too recently. There's just many benefits of veterans have that. We just don't know about especially when it comes to entrepreneur small business Something that I want to mention in in 2015 I started a Hispanic chamber out here in the suburbs and part of that was just thinking about how to look out for you know Hispanic business owners So now I'm thinking about better veteran business owners because I do run into them Hispanic or non -hispanic and they talk to me and say you know what? We we need better resources for our for our veteran business owners that are either starting a business On the middle of their business or just trying to figure out how to take their business to the next level So I'm always thinking about that. I'm always thinking about that. I am I am on me Chicago Northwest. That's my full -time job So so that that I'm able to incorporate it because I am I still continue to meet People from from that walk of life and as a veteran myself, I didn't have my own business, right? But If I had that information, who knows right 20 years ago Whatever 24 years ago who knows what would have happened to me when I came back, but I did what most veterans do I enrolled in college right away. It just tried to get out there in civilian life I began a 20 20 year career in banking. That's what I ended up doing so But so yes, I was a banker Assistant manager branch manager for 15 years and a regional manager up to a business banker So I did all facets of banking retail banking when it comes to helping small businesses and that's where I end in my career and and And then I decided to take a another a different Turn in my career into the what I'm doing now with me Chicago Northwest is you know working with us so still working with businesses right because associations nonprofits Diversity clubs sports clubs. Those are all businesses, right? So now all we do now in Chicago, Northwest we talk to them We we bring we try to invite them nationally, right or even internationally to the Northwest suburbs They come out and see what we have to offer so they can have the conferences the conventions or their meetings here. So That was a long answer. I know Back to what you said if I just one of five my transition If I had to rate it, I'll probably give it a one or two. It was it was it wasn't it was not great Yeah, it was not great. So sounds like you ultimately landed Well now I don't I'm not real familiar with the Chicago suburbs But is the Northwest Chicago suburbs primarily Hispanic or have a heavily Hispanic influence or I know she says something about you were targeting more Hispanic Since you're probably fluent in Spanish targeting the Spanish business network Yeah, great question so Chicago in itself state of Illinois itself has a large Hispanic population in itself city Chicago obviously is the largest city which is a heavy heavy Hispanic presence in the suburbs is starting to change, right? You have also an Asian presence Middle Eastern Indian presence, so it's starting to change very very a lot of Backgrounds and cultures Polish as well are out here in the suburbs It's all a mix but I would say definitely in the last 10 20 years the suburbs people have migrated Either to work out here in the suburbs to live out here go to school out here Public schools is a challenge, right? I I went to public schools. So hey, I made it I mean, I made it but it's not it's not easy Joe. I'll tell you that especially when I grew up in the 80s was definitely not easy, but So the answer to that would be yeah Yes, the the suburbs are being more diverse across not just Hispanic so the reason I started the Hispanic Chamber Joe because there's this Hispanic chamber in the city downtown on most people that live in the suburbs don't want to travel You know, it could be an hour for traffic an hour into the city just to go get resources and help So I figured why not have something here for them where they can go and get resources Find out about grants or how to start a business or get the paperwork in order So that's kind of how why I started to need I need that I saw in the suburbs in the middle Which wasn't there awesome? 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A highlight from Tucker Carlson for Vice President?
"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. Benny Johnson joins the program to talk about the behind the scenes debate prep with Vivek Ramaswamy then Sean Davis as we talk about Israel divine and democrat party and the failure of the RNC. Email us as always freedom at charliekirk .com. Subscribe to our podcast. Open up podcast app and type in Charlie Kirk show. Get involved with Turning Point USA at tpusa .com. That is tpusa .com. Start 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 campus. I want you to know we are lucky to have Charlie Kirk. Charlie Kirk's running the White House folks. I want to thank Charlie. He's an incredible guy. His spirit, his love of this country. He's done an amazing job building one of the most powerful youth organizations ever created. Turning Point USA. We will not embrace the ideas that have destroyed countries, destroyed lives and we are going to fight for freedom on campuses across the country. That's why we are here. Brought to you by the loan experts I trust Andrew and Todd at Sierra Pacific Mortgage at andrewandtodd .com. Joining us now is Sean Davis CEO and co -founder of The Federalist. Sean I'm tired of losing. I'm sick of losing. I'm a big football fan. It's my weakness. I know I get a lot of hate mail for it. Oh it's woke. I don't care and one of the things about football is if you lose you get fired. At the RNC though if you lose you remain. Explain this to me Sean. I don't know it seems like that's almost a fact of politics anymore. Is it the watching these debates for example. Why on earth are people who hate us and hate people who read us and follow us and hate what we believe. Why are we letting them run these debates and attack our people. It would almost be like giving the Yankees front office the ability to interview anyone who's going to go and play for the Red Sox or like letting the Redskins and I still call them the Redskins and I always will. Letting the Redskins coach like pick who's going to play for the Cowboys. It's so dumb and yet we seem to do it debate after debate and year after year and I simply don't understand it at all. Yeah and so I want to play a piece of tape here. So Ronna McRomney was asked about her involvement in Virginia and it's always deflection. It's blaming other side and Larry O 'Connor who's a total superstar. I really like Larry. He's been in the movement for quite some time. He's so calmly and beautifully asked this question was like hey why wasn't the RNC more involved. His reaction afterwards is just epic. So let's play this piece of tape here. It's always somebody else's fault. It's never the national party's fault. Play cut 155. You don't let people lie about you and let it not let it go unanswered. Let it go unanswered and our candidates have got to do this. You can walk and chew gum at the same time. You can go and say this is where I stand. The Democrats are lying and now let's talk about crime, schools, border, fentanyl, and national security. I just want to clarify one quick thing though. The RNC had no involvement in these elections in Virginia per Governor Youngkin's request. We not well we were told in the summer they didn't need us that they had all the money and they were good. So now we've learned that the Virginia GOP chair Rich Anderson says that he asked the RNC to match the Democrats with one million dollars of a late cash infusion into the state. The RNC the only excuse they have is they can't raise money but that was supposed to be an thing. honest She said well we have no money but you're not raising any money because donors don't trust you the grassroots don't trust you. Sean help me understand. Yeah you've got two jobs as a as a party leader. You raise money and you set up state -by -state infrastructure so that the party can succeed which means by the way getting out to vote and setting up get out to vote infrastructure. So your your job is to supposed to raise a truckload of money and you're supposed to set up everything so that we can match the other side match the Democrats and how they get out the vote how they do ballot chase and all that. I've seen like I don't pay attention all that much to the fundraising so I won't I won't comment on that but it's been almost four years since a completely absurd election in 2020 when the Democrats just ran circles around us in in their absentee ballot chase their mail -in chase. I haven't seen a whole lot of evidence and that in states where we really need to win like Arizona and Georgia that either the state party or the national party is doing much of anything to make sure the Dems don't run in 2024 the exact same playbook they ran against us in 2020. So I'm I'm honestly kind of befuddled I feel like I'm watching office space watching the Bob's interview the employees and thinking what would you say you do here because I can't figure it out. So moving forward here Sean let's emphasize on the NBC news thing so we're after a very disappointing night and then Lester Holt and Welker are cross -examining our candidates just I want just the most objective way you could look at it what candidate do you think separated themselves from the other and who do you think missed an opportunity at that debate? Oh I thought Hveke was awesome I love how he came right out of the gate and trashed the moderators and basically said you're a whole bunch of Russian collusion hoaxers like who do you think you are that's how you handle these moderators and and I think Newt Gingrich was the one who who provided a perfect model for this he did it in during the 2012 primary where every time he got a question in one of these debates from a total left -wing hack masquerading as a journalist he just took him to town so you know your premise is garbage you're full of crap I think you're liars and here's what I'm going to talk about instead of the uh was fantastic um it's hard for me to say who the loser was in these because they kind of feel like loser debates to me and in the first place it's like watching the kids table so um I think the whole debate thing in it in and of itself we need to have a discussion about um but but I thought Hveke and the way he handled the moderators was great and I wish every single Republican from now until forever would treat these hack propagandists the exact same way. So I totally agree and I'll just say this you know Ron DeSantis received the first question and he gave his kind of typical and by the way he's the best governor in America I want everyone to be very clear I get hate mail when I say that Ron DeSantis remains the best governor in America he's not a good presidential candidate he's running a poor campaign it's the brutal honest truth and it's hard to watch he gives this fine answer you know I'm Ron DeSantis and people can't pay for gas and bah bah bye feel your pain yeah whatever Ron how awesome you were just you it was like a t -ball you could have went right after NBC news you could have just used them as the villain and the vague kind of picked up you know the trillion dollar bill that was laying right there and he called for Rana's resignation on top of it it was Rana's resignation the RNC is a bunch of losers we have a culture of losing and NBC news you guys are the complete worst and he got the headlines honestly he got the headlines across the head you know across the board and people really appreciate it because they want a fighter so let me ask you uh kind of shifting gears here Sean Joe Manchin not running for the senate the significance of this and how should we think about a potential no labels candidacy that is bubbling up with Millard Willard Mitt Romney and Mr. Manchin yeah so I got a kick out of Manchin's press release that he put out and said you know I've accomplished what I want to do in my career and I'm very proud of what I've done and and I have hopes of doing other things buddy you're retiring and not running again because you were going to get your butt kicked because you were Joe Biden's little laugh dog when you were supposed to be representing uh West Virginia voters so I think we need to be honest about why he's not going to be a senator again and it's because no one in his own state likes him the people who know him best don't want him as their senator anymore and and that's why he's not going to be running again so you bring up Mitt Romney uh man they are they are birds of a feather in that thing Mitt Romney's only the only consistent thing he has done his entire career in politics is run he gets in once and then he does such a poor job that everyone in the state hates him so he can't run again so he just finds like a new state to run you know he was a one -term governor in Massachusetts he got smoked in the presidential so he decided to move to Utah and run for senate there and no one likes him there anymore because he's a jerk uh and so what does he have left to do the only thing that Joe Manchin has left to do which is avoid any actual real job and just stay in politics and find a bunch of left -leaning voters who pretend they're independent but you can bilk and make a living off of so that's what's happening with Joe Manchin and I can't take this no label stuff seriously at all it's just a grift for a bunch of idiots who are hated by the left and hated by the right don't want to get a real job and have no home to go to go back to by the way Federalist you guys do great work it's really amazing just 30 seconds rip on the Federalist how are things going there you guys are one of the most important outlets in the conservative movement well you're very kind to say that thank you um the Federalist is uh it's an online media publication we do a lot of fantastic commentary original reporting our editor -in -chief is Molly Hemingway who literally wrote the book on on the rigged election of 2020 we unmasked the Russia collusion hoax we unmasked the Kavanaugh rape hoax and unlike a lot of many other publications that pretend to be on the right we actually love conservatives and we we love our readers and we love our voters and we want to be their voice and make them as loud as possible so people in Washington can hear them and not vice versa Sean uh stay right there we'll get right back and everyone check out federalist .com is the federalist 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video to accompany it in a second will John Fetterman cost Joe Biden the election divisions among democrats over Israeli -Palestinian conflict have highlighted the fault with lines in the party John Fetterman's actions are unlikely to sway the presidential election Pennsylvania however it does show that there are fault lines in the democrat party first of all I'm not a fan of John Fetterman but the guy is a master class troll every republican could take a class in how to troll like John Fetterman is basically if reddit became a U .S. senator I don't know if you saw this video but it's just you know you have this guy that looks like cyclops walking you know in a hoodie with the Israeli flag walking did you see this video on the funniest thing I've ever seen and all these people are getting arrested honestly I respect that level of game and this his base he's trolling so Sean you know let's broaden this a little bit outside of just Fetterman doing the trolling is this which is um the fault lines the democrat party over Israel the Palestine issue I don't want to overplay this I think this is the most divided I've seen the democrats in recent memory am I right on saying that Sean I think you are and I think it explains why the institutional left why Joe Biden and the party leadership uh walk on eggshells on this issue which really shouldn't be a difficult issue um you know people shouldn't be rolling into Israel and murdering babies and raping people and filming it and bragging about it that's bad I feel like anyone who has a soul understands that's bad but unfortunately there's a significant segment of the left the far left um it hates Israel hates Jews and when they see party leadership uh like Joe Biden and anyone else uh say common sense things uh about Israel they lose their minds and that that explains everything about why the democrats are handling this as poorly as they are is it Joe Biden is terrified that he's going to lose the presidential election because he's going to lose Michigan because he's going to lose Dearborn Michigan that's that big thing explained everything it's everything that's going on it has nothing to do with principle they're just scared about what their loony left is going to do to them if they don't kowtow to Hamas yeah and it's just but also beyond that Sean there are radicalized white liberals that care about the Gaza issue as well it's not just the Muslim vote right this could impact on their college campus enthusiasm and you play that in with some Jill Stein Cornell West I mean there are serious fault lines in this forced democrat coalition oh absolutely the the hardcore uh white left uh is is every bit as anti -semitic as the uh the bread by the way in in left wing run universities who view the entire world through this oppressor oppressed colonialist victim uh perspective and so yeah your your most rabid anti -semites often on college campuses are these hardcore left -wing white radicals it's totally bizarre but if you watch the media you watch the media the only anti -semites on earth are on the right which is absurd if you have eyes and ears and a brain because it's clearly concentrated on the left final question Sean your just gut reaction Tucker Carlson vice president for Donald Trump I love it I love Tucker uh I think it'd be great it'd be great for America um he's one of the only people who who says all the things that we all think but aren't allowed to say he actually comes out and says it and uh I love him I think it'd be awesome I think we would win especially in a multi -candidate race we're gonna keep on building it out Sean thanks so much appreciate it thank you sir nobody Tucker is better in front of the camera than Tucker you're not gonna outwit him could you just imagine Tucker in a debate Tucker versus Cami Kamala Harris versus Tucker Tucker is ridiculously alert he's been harassed constantly and in an internet age as Joe Rogan famously said Tucker Carlson was built for the internet no personal scandals his laugh alone we know this at Turning Point USA you can you could fill up a room if you just announced Tucker so let's pretend Trump has to go to Fulton County and Jack Smith and he's tied up in all this court stuff wouldn't it make sense to have a vice president who could draw big crowds and draw media attention especially in a multi -candidate race everybody you want to win younger voters especially younger men Tucker Carlson you would win early 30 -somethings you would win the Rogan bros you would win the Andrew Tate people and honestly I think you'd win a lot of suburban women a lot of moms like Tucker they really do Tucker's smart he's well before I'll use it again the more he's attacked the stronger he gets they've tried to take Tucker out every possible way the government spied on him illegally Tucker doesn't care he's in a political moment that we're in doesn't that make sense I want to tell you about the Herzog Foundation we are partnering with 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legend Benny Johnson Benny is best known by hosting a legend you are a legend no no no I don't just I just don't throw praise unless it's earned okay I got to tell the whole story here and we'll get through it and Benny of course hosts the Benny show he's amazing we've done some really fun stuff at Turning Point USA and continue to and so but he's best he will be best when known the history books are written for being a debate coach so here I am about to take the stage at Freedom Night our Turning Point USA event and my phone is lighting up Vivek goes after the RNC Vivek goes I say what is going on because here I kind of put in the back of my mind I was like whatever you know you and Vivek were like doing somersaults off of jet skis or something you're like we're debate prepping running through the woods or I was like all right okay whatever and then as soon as I saw Vivek go after NBC News I said Benny it's Benny tell us the story Benny okay so what do I do professionally well like this has been something that I've had a tough time a question I've had a tough time answering my entire life I do pattern recognition and energy energy right like where is the base what is our energy what are the what are the patterns of the things that we hate the very most well we we hate an RNC that doesn't listen to us we hate a Republican party that won't build the wall that won't deliver for the base that delivers election wins for the RNC it is not the RNC that wins elections it is us who gets out and votes but we also hate the corporate press and so why don't we bundle both those two things into criticism of an RNC that is siding with NBC News to host a debate and ask the questions why are these debate hosts allowed to one rig another debate against Republicans why is the RNC celebrating NBC News as a debate partner when they went with Hunter Biden's laptop disinformation Russia disinformation against President Trump kneecap President Trump's why would we allow that like how like how cucked are we and how embarrassing is it for all of us that that we have to say this is our Republican party and why doesn't Rana just resign do us all a favor and simply resign and so I all I did all I did was bring those concerns to the person who I was making a documentary with that day the vague and um you know compliments to the vague he sort of so let's absorb them and and let's show the clip here so what with it because because it really was the shot heard around the world it was one of the most viral debate moments in the history of debates because Vivek said what we were all thinking Rana has a 99 disapproval rating every base every every base member all the donors I talked to they want her gone it is it transcends economic lines state lines nobody likes her unless they're on the payroll right and yet Vivek is the only one that and then NBC News on top of it this is behind the cut one fifty four because these snooty the snooty like uh persnippity moderators to be compared to Greg Gutfeld and then it'll throw off it'll throw them off their game so bad because you'll be like you you you people are clowns to us right like our base doesn't like you and it's nothing personal it's just you've earned it right you've lied to them that's right yeah yes so why are we yep be such a broken system now I want to brag on the vague because we're going to play some more here how many times Benny how many times have you and I texted or you know said good ideas to congressmen and senators they said yeah yeah they don't listen to us credit to Vivek for also being open -minded right that's a big deal that's exactly right and also Vivek who's certainly not short of podcast bookings said why isn't Elon Musk and Joe Rogan and Tucker Carlson hosting debate why isn't Charlie Kirk hosting a debate Charlie why aren't you have you been asked by the RNC to host a debate no I have been attacked by the RNC in the last couple weeks definitely not asked to host the debate but I I'm I'm thankful to even be included in that list that's that's very sweet but no what but what would like why not I mean that's in the little that's in the documentary that we put up we put up a 30 -minute documentary about that debate preparation which really was just us having a conversation right like energy absorption like like where's the base right now what do they want to hear because as much as we want to talk about the number of naval ships and Hugh Hewitt know how many ships do we got like people are really concerned about other issues and specifically inside of the party like you shouldn't get rewarded for lying to us and that's what the Republican party just said they rewarded Kristen Welker and NBC News who lied to us for three years and kneecapped President Trump who we put in office in spite of them trying to rig the 2016 election we put President Trump in office and they destroyed arguably his first term based on a lie and they have never apologized they have never said they were wrong they they then get rewarded by our own RNC and it allows me to ask the question again and again how cucked are we if we can't say you get no debates until you apologize to our base for lying to us about the Russian collusion hoax then we really don't have a party and so it was refreshing to see somebody actually say that from the stage and then to call for Rana to resign which by the way you want to talk about moving the Overton window because I you know you know me Benny I I pick fights all the time and I've been kind of like beating the drum you know why is Rana Mcromany still in there you know in our little corner here and you know we're having fun and next thing you know boom Vivek goes on stage it's like yeah why are you in charge exactly and who are you and it was I mean now it's mainstream completely mainstream here's cut 166 Benny did a documentary with Vivek before the debate here is the conversation behind the scenes of Vivek deciding he will call for Rana to resign play cut 166.
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A highlight from S14 E12: Actress, Coach, Global Life on Stage
"Hello, welcome to The Loatney Show. I'm your host, John Mayolone. In this episode, we don't have regulars, because reasons, I guess. As for our guest, she is from Nigeria, but currently in Israel, and she is an actress, producer, and well, so much more. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Rania Mann. Hi, Peter. Just a very, very quick one. I'm actually originally from Israel, but residing in Nigeria. Oh, that was confusing. Okay, that makes sense. Okay, cool. So, how's life? Well, normally I'd say life in Nigeria is beautiful for me, because there's a lot happening here. I feel like I'm in the heart of a lot of things. I'm in Lagos, so Lagos is the commercial hub of Nigeria and of all of West Africa, really. So, I feel like I'm in the New York of Africa. But, you know, we can't... Yes. Oh, dear. And your audio just got cut off. Can you hear me? Oh, yes, I can hear you now. Okay. Did you hear me? No, I did not. Your audio just cut off completely all the way through. But I heard... Oh, that's funny. I heard you. Okay, so where should I start over or how? Just repeat what you just said entirely. Okay. I said that normally life in Lagos is pretty fun. Lagos is the commercial hub of Nigeria and of West Africa, I think, I would say. So, a lot is happening here all the time, and I feel like I'm in the New York of Africa. So, yeah, but with me being Israeli and what's happening in Israel right now, that's a cloud over our heads at the moment. So, that's life. Oh, alright then. So, what is it you mainly do for a living? I'm an actress and I'm also an acting coach and I produce. I produced a film festival here for about five years and now I produce films as well. Wow, impressive. What was life for you growing up? Oh, that's a very big question. I mean, I grew up in about seven different places till I reached high school. I mean, yeah, till I finished high school. I was born in Israel, then we moved to Ivory Coast, then we moved back to Israel and we moved to Nigeria. Where else was I? Okay, within Israel, we moved to another place and then I moved to England. I did my high school in Thorpe, in Surrey, and then, yeah, went to Israel again. So, I was moving around a lot. Alright then. Which I think is great because it makes you a very cosmopolitan, rounded person. Yeah, absolutely. And if you could live anywhere else in the world, where would it be? And the audio got cut again. Okay, now I've got you back. I don't know what's going on with the audio thing. Let me see if I can just close off some apps, if that would help. Alright. How's this now? Yes, fantastic. Okay. So, what did you hear me say? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Oh, great. Okay. So, your question was where would I like to live? Where else would I like to live in the world? Yeah, if you could live anywhere else in the world, where would it be? So, I was saying that for me, I don't know, maybe that's why actors have this tendency to live through characters, right? And I think it's something inherited in me because it depends on the season, it depends on the mood, it depends on the time in my life, the period of my life. Because in Nigeria, for example, I love living here because there's so much I can contribute. Can you hear me? Yes, I can still hear you. There's so much I can contribute to the film industry here and that makes me really, really happy. I think any place where I would feel I'm making a difference and where the weather is not too cold, that would be the place for me. Yeah, fair enough. If someone wrote a book about you, what do you think a title would be? And here we go again. It just cut off, right off. I can't hear anything, she says. Good grief. What a day. And I'm not doing anything. Now I can hear you, now I can hear you again. Right after I told you the question, I couldn't hear you, I couldn't hear you at all. This platform is gaslighting me. Maybe there's like a delay. Okay. Can you hear me now? That's crazy. Yes, I can still hear you. Okay, Okay. so a book about me, I hope would be my mission to this world, which is bridging worlds through art. Oh, alright then. If your mind was an island, what would it look like? If my mind were an island. Gosh, that is such a... Can you hear me? Yeah, I can still hear you. That is such a creative question. Wow. If my mind was an island, it would have... It would have... Multiple... What's the word? Like, you would have a tropical area, then you would have a very cold area on the island. Maybe like a mountain top. Like a foggy mountain top. And then a sandy tropical beach at the bottom. Because, yeah, so you could, you know, be in any place in the island. choose... So you And I get cut off again. Thanks, Spotify, for gaslighting me. I don't understand why this is happening. Exactly. That's what I'm saying. And now you're back. No, because I can hear you very well, though, all through. Yes, but there are times that now, there are times that your audio is just cut off completely from my end. So, yeah, this is crazy. Hmm, what can we do? You want to try another network? What other network? Is this the only one? No, like, let me try and cut off my Wi -Fi and just use my phone network. Let me try that. Okay. One, two. Yes, one, two. I could hear that. Okay. So let's try this and see if that works better. All right, then. Here we go. Right, an island. My mind is an island would be something that you could choose where... You know, according to the mood you wake up with on that day? Yes. You heard that? Yes, I heard you. So it would be maybe like, it would have a tropical, sandy beach and a mountain, a foggy mountain top as well. Okay. Yeah. Nice, very good. Yeah, oh, oh, and a very, and a very busy, hyped urban area with like clubs and music and coffee shops and cinema and all that good stuff. Nice, very good. It must have a theatre. Of course it has to have a theatre. Yeah. Yes. Would you rather not be able to open closed doors or not be able to close open doors? Would I rather be able to open closed doors or... Not be able to... To close open doors? Yeah. Is that what it says? Yes. Judging by the way I live, I normally open closed doors. So, yeah, that's me. Okay, close enough I guess. What happens in real life but rarely gets portrayed in movies? And I can't hear you again. I don't know why I keep doing that. I'm getting gas lit again. Yay! Could it be something, could it be something on the other end? I mean, my Wi -Fi is working alright. My headphones great. I can't, I have no idea to be honest. And this has never happened before? Because it's never happened before to me either. Yeah, this is the first time for me. Any issues that I've ever encountered would actually stop me from recording episodes altogether. I never had an issue that still kept the episode going but still had a bit of an inconvenience to me. So, yeah, it's a weird and funny one for me. Yeah, I agree. I think it's just a delay, I don't know. Yeah, first time for everything. So, what did you mean by close enough? Well, listen, I'm not mad. I understand that this misinterpreted the question, but the question was would you rather not be able to open closed doors or not be able to close open doors? Oh, I didn't hear the first not. I would say I would rather not be able to close open doors. Because I can maneuver myself through open doors. But I hate closed doors. I'm a boundary breaker. Yes, that's great. What kind of music do you often listen to? Okay, can you hear me now? Because I just heard a beat. I can still hear you, yes. Okay, good. I find myself lately listening a lot to The Weeknd. You know them, right? Yes, I've heard of them. Oh, shoot. Here we go again. Let up the gas again. Yeah, it's a current thing over and over again. It's just... Cut the audio from whoever's end. I'd be surprised if this keeps going to the very end. Wow, this is actually a lot longer of a cut than I thought. Oh, this is... That's crazy. No, I know you can... Okay, now you're back. That was a longer audio cut than last time. Or like Evan's recording. I know, but the funny thing is I can hear you all through. Like if you hear this recording later on... Yeah, of course. But the question is, when it comes to the editing process... I'm not sure. Do you want to... Do you want to start over? No, let's keep... I feel like there's some good moments in this that will be very good. And also, we're still going on, so let's keep going and yeah. Yeah, okay. No, what I meant is maybe if we... We don't start the whole thing over, but we'll just start a new recording and then continue from where we stopped and maybe the new recording would be better. I don't know if that's something... I can actually... I've actually worked around editing in the past, so whatever happens, it'll still be good. Okay. Okay. So where were we? You were saying something. Asking something. Great. Fantastic. If you could host a talk show, who would you have on as your first guest? I... Wow. I don't know. I don't know. What would the talk show be about? Well, whatever you like. I think in this point in time, I'd like to talk to Mr. Biden. President Biden. Oh, okay. Or maybe just... Yeah, probably the American president. Yeah. I'm always fascinated by how those people think because I feel like they think in multiple channels simultaneously. Oh, of course. If you're going on a road trip, what two items do you make sure to bring with you? Only two? Oh, gosh. Yes, only two. Yes. Now I can hear you. Can you hear me? Now I can hear you. I was waiting to see how long it would take for you to come back again without me actually speaking. Oh, so how long did it take? I don't know. I wasn't counting seconds. Well, I think it was four minutes by the clock to be recording. Okay, so... That's very little. Usually I'd have like a little purse with some first aid kit. But I think if it's only two things, it would be a phone and a sunscreen. A phone mainly because I'd need something to write with or write on. Yeah, so a phone and a sunscreen. Yeah. I'd like something to write all my thoughts. Yeah, so I don't have to keep them in my head. Yes, absolutely. What's your favorite season? Spring. Definitely spring. Anything warm. Absolutely. Have you met anyone famous? Well, yeah, it depends what you call famous. But I'd say so, yeah. A lot of famous people from the Nigerian industry for sure that are famous all over Africa. And a couple of times met some famous personalities in Israel. And how about again? And now? And you're back. Yay! Well, if I met anyone famous, I think famous is like... I mean, I've met actors that are very famous all over Africa and in the diaspora, of course. I've met some famous people from Israel, from the Israeli scene. But I mean, they're just people. They're my friends. They're just normal people. So, I wonder why would that be a thing? Yeah, absolutely. You never know. Before, they were even famous. They were on the same level as us. No, I mean... So, there's a very, very famous actor. Now he's famous. He's called Daimio Kalawong from Nigeria. And I met him back in 2017 where he was just beginning his acting career. I mean, he hasn't changed since then. He's still the same person and we're still good friends. He's just more busy now, you know? Yeah, I can see that. How much time do you spend on the internet? Hmm... Probably five hours a day or more. Alright then. I'd say the same, to be honest. Would you rather sleep on the wall or sleep on the ceiling? When I'm back. And you're back! Yay! Yay! I would rather sleep on the ceiling. Ask me why. All the floor space you could have? Because I can see everything better from the ceiling. You'd have an abundant view. Oh yeah, that too. Where is the most relaxing place you've been? The most relaxing place I've been. Can you hear me now? Yeah, I can still hear you. I think relaxing place is a state of mind. Because I found myself many times in a resort, in a beach resort, when I was not relaxed at all. And then I found myself many times in bed feeling relaxed and then many times feeling very unrelaxed. So I think it's a state of mind. It's not a physical place. Nice. If you could erase one past experience, what would that be? Any experience in my life. Yes. Any experience in my life where I found myself speechless or numb or... Anything. Yeah, I would erase all of those. All right. All those times. Where I went afterwards and said, I wish I would have said that. I should have said that. All those times. Yeah, that's crazy. Would you rather speak all languages or talk to animals? Can you hear me? Now I can hear you. Wow, this is really challenging. It sure is. Yeah. Could you repeat the question, please? I'll try. Okay. Would you rather speak all languages or talk to animals? Speak all languages. Yeah. Can you hear me? Yeah, I can hear you. I think that the more we can communicate with our human race, the better our race will be, the more beneficial it will be for the world. So I think that God put us here for a purpose. And the purpose is to better ourselves and to better our world. So, you know, he enabled us to communicate amongst ourselves for that purpose. Yeah, absolutely. If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance of winning a medal for? Oh, goodness. Connecting people. That's my best quality. Nice. That'd be an interesting sport. Yes, it would be, wouldn't it? Yeah. Okay, you do this. Oh, you do that. Okay, that's your passion. I know, I know who you want to talk to. I know who you need to talk to. Bloom. Yeah. Fabulous. If you could travel back in time, what decade would you want to live in? What era I'd like to live in? I think it was the Renaissance when everything was blooming. Arts and science and I don't know. So. Yeah, I'd like to be then when everything was still fresh and new. To kind of be there to impact it. To impact. Nice, absolutely. And that is all we have for this episode. It's great having you on, Rania, talking about your brilliant acting career and working as an acting coach and producer and everything else you're doing in Nigeria. It's been great. Okay. Can you hear me, Peter? Yes, now I can hear you. Okay. Fantastic. This is awkward because it's happening so often, I don't know why. By the way, it was great having you on and I wish you best of luck. And with that being said, until next time, you're welcome. Stay tuned for more.
A highlight from The Economic Impact of Business Owner Outmigration
"It seems like our local GOP leadership, well, I'm not gonna say the conservatives, but the constitutionalists, they don't really care about the community. You never see community initiatives or outreach. And the Democrats and the socialists have that locked down. I mean, as much as there's crime and there's this and that, they're still out in the community kind of giving back. I mean, Mark Poloncarz was just at the Grider Street Community Center a week or so ago, giving out free hot dogs. And unfortunately, that's what people, the voters, the Democrat voters who do outnumber us, that's what they see. It's like instant gratification and they forget everything that's been done. And how do you defeat that? ["Oh, Whoa, Whoa, Whoa, Whoa, Whoa, Whoa, Whoa, Whoa, Whoa"] Hey, welcome back. Mike Lomas, Glenn Wiggle actually taking off, Ron Rheinstein in with me. We've got a special guest on the live line here. We'll talk a little bit about what happened last night. Erie County stuck on stupid again. The pain, the pain. Nationwide though, just not Erie County. Yeah, we're going to talk to an optimist in a little bit who's a workhorse here in Erie County, Nancy Ortecelli. But I got to be honest, I texted her this morning. I'm like, I feel like drinking. And it's like seven o 'clock in the morning. Can we take a personal day? Can we take a personal day? You're just so beat up. I mean, it's just, you know, it's like, you have to ask yourself, how could these people be this dumb? Well, how could you be this dumb? And it's not even rhetorical. Everything you've touched has turned to shit and you continue to vote for the same exact shit. It's just unreal. Because here's, this is just from a sleepless knife yesterday into today. People that left the cities, they're just like, I got to get away from the crime. I got to get away from the poverty, all the above. And their shitty voting has metastasized like a cancer in the suburbs. And it just keeps going and going and going. Well, they don't show up. That's what's so frustrating. Well, there's also that. I mean, you look at the numbers and it's like, how in the world do you not show up? I'm actually going through my phone yesterday. I'm saying, don't forget to vote. Don't forget to vote. Who's on the ballot? That's what I've got to think about. Like, how could you be that freaking stupid? I know. But the other, I mean, even if you look at an area where I grew up in Chictawaga and yes, the demographic has changed substantially since I left in 1998, but for the fact of the matter of the third world that has been imported, the taxes, the last county executive or not, the supervisor, she hammered two increases on the property assessments. It's back to back. Highest taxes in the country. And on top of that, the last one, because she's, again, the politicians, how they're just full of shit. Oh, that's our bad. You know, we're not even, well, maybe up for a second. Oh, we're not going to do another reassessment for two years and then literally the next year, here comes the next increase and all our bad, but we won't do it again. However, you got to pay. Yeah, sorry about that. And that's, and you look at the votes that were cast for supervisor. And I mean, again, how close it was and it'll go to recount. That's it? That's the amount of people that voted? Yeah, well, the GFP didn't do anything with absentee ballots there. So it'll go the other way. Before I forget, download our app, search Financial Guys Media in your app store and be sure to click notifications so you don't miss our weekly media drops. So don't forget about our app. Let me introduce Nancy Oreticelli. I was able to grab her. I know she's extremely busy. Nancy, what is your title today? Besides a miss of everything. I don't know, like, what is your exact title? You're everywhere, you know, constitution coalition, all this stuff. What is your, do you have a title? I mean, Antifa has called me a lot of things. So I know I work for an assemblyman, for assemblyman David DiPietro. I am on the executive board of the Erie County conservatives. I do, I'm the president of the constitutional coalition of New York state. So yeah, I do a lot of things. So that's who I am. I just, I believe in freedom and liberty and no matter what it looks like, I'm not a person who gives up and talking to a couple of people this morning, they're like, why do you sound so happy? I was like, well, I'm used to this. This is how it is here in Erie County. It's nothing new. It's not like - I know, you'd think all of us between the political environment here and then the bills and sabers, we'd be used to disappointment, right? We're like, let's roll out of that. Like, all right, I get it. Let me ask you, let's start out with the county executive race. I mean, what happened there? You know, you can't, first of all, he's literally, the cops are showing up because he's restraining a woman. We had people die in a storm because of his mismanagement. We had a record amount of businesses closed because of the way he handled COVID, right? I mean, you can't ask. And then he drops off all these illegal immigrants. They, 13 out of 50 of them get arrested and brought it up on charges. They destroy a hotel. I mean, it's like, okay, maybe you're not happy with Chrissy, but boy, you have to be some kind of a mental midget to say that's a good - And crimes on the rise. And crimes on the rise, record number. We don't want to enforce laws. Here's your appearance ticket. Yeah, number two in the entire country for Carstola. Number one is our neighbor Rochester. Number two, so what the heck happened? So people are misinformed. And it's like you just said, when you called and texted people and they said, who's on the ballot? Nobody cares anymore because it seems like our local GOP leadership are, well, I'm not gonna say the conservatives, but the constitutionalists, they don't really care about the community. You never see community initiatives or outreach. And the Democrats and the socialists have that locked down. I mean, as much as there's crime and there's this and that, they're still out in the community kind of giving back. I mean, polling cars was just at the Grider Street Community Center a week or so ago, giving out free hot dogs. And unfortunately, that's what people, the voters, the Democrat voters who do outnumber us, that's what they see. It's like instant gratification and they forget everything that's been done. And how do you defeat that? And I think the GOP needs to get out in the community more. I mean, they've had their get out the vote rallies that of consisted maybe 20 to 25 committee members. It wasn't the community. Do you know what I'm saying? And they don't - No, I get it. I was gonna say, but how - Nothing beats a good sailing hot dog. Yeah, here's your meat cylinder, go vote for four years and more tyranny. It's true, it's true. Well, that's, you're right. But the thing is, is, but then you take it a step further. You go fill up your car, holy shit, part of my life. That's even higher than it was a month ago. You go to the grocery store and our household, we do okay. But every time, between my wife, myself, and our two kids, and here's four bags, that was 300 bucks. Daughter, oldest daughter and my wife were down in Tennessee last week. My daughter was looking at the possibility of University of Tennessee. And she says to me, she said, "'Dad, do you know gas is a dollar a gallon cheaper there?' So I went through this whole thing about, you know, it's taxes. She's like, you're kidding me, just taxes. I said, yep, yep, that's the difference, difference between one state and the other. And every time somebody puts gas in their tank, it's an extra 30, 40 bucks here, as opposed to down there. So - So that's you and that's me, but that's not the urban voters. The urban voters are in poverty because of Democrat policies. But yeah, it's still vote that way. But they still vote that way because they'll come and give you free stuff a few times a year. They'll give you hot dogs. They'll give you backpacks. They'll give you this and that. A lot of them maybe don't have vehicles to fill up. Do you know what I'm saying? That's a fair point. But it's, you know what? Now that we're talking, Nancy, that also works against us too. I mean, we are top 10 in the country in poverty. Yeah, top three, I think. Per capita. Yeah, the city of Buffalo is, I think, two or three. Here's the, you know, our fair city. To your point, and I think you mentioned this, you know, the GOP will run on reducing the taxes. And Nancy, you said, these people don't pay taxes. That's true. That's not a problem for them, right? Although it is funny when you interview some of them, they actually think they do. They'll say, well, it's not fair. We're paying our fair share. Like, now you don't pay any federal taxes, and you don't pay any state taxes. If you look at it, and this isn't to be negative, but, and again, money's money. And let's just say they make $50 ,000, they're married filing joint. With your standard deduction, you're probably, you have $25 ,000 maybe in taxes total. Yeah, well, most of them. But that's what I'm just saying. And then you're probably getting a real fund. That's right. Most of them are public assistance. That's right. Talk about the women vote. I mean, you know, you look at other places, other parts of the country, and the women have really rallied together to really change things. And it just, you know, last night, I was really hoping that like town of Amherst, town of Cheektowaga, the women would step up and say, okay, we've got a guy who's clearly, you know, he's abused women. He's threatened a process server, a female process server that he's going to shoot her. And then the cops are showing up. I mean, well, I would think the moms would say, and it's amazing to me, I'm watching his speech last night, I'm thinking all these hypocrite Democrats, they're all, oh, believe the women, believe the women, unless it's a Democrat that can shove the left -wing agenda down your throat, then we don't believe them. So here's my take, two points I want to make. You know, talking about the women vote, I had a phone call the other week and somebody, it was actually Stephon, and he said, do you know a strong woman leader in Western New York who could do calls for Chrissy? And I was like, no, do you? I don't know any woman. There is no strong woman. I said, what about Lynn Dixon? They already had her. And I had thought about it. Mike, you probably remember a few years ago, I came to visit you. I wanted to start a women's group, but the coalition took off. And you know, if there's any women out there, women who would like to start a women's group, I'll help. I mean, I can't run it, but I'll help to get strong women elected. But there isn't. And then you have Moms for Liberty here in Erie County, but for some reason, the GOP will not unite with the grassroots organizations. Moms for Liberty have been phenomenal across the nation because the establishment has partnered with them. I don't know why they won't do it here. I don't get it. And if you would just unite, and it's the same issue with the conservatives and the Republicans, it's no secret we are outnumbered by Democrats. And so what happens with the conservatives and the Republicans who should be working together? The Republicans try to take over the legislature seat that was supposed to be conservative. You know, it was supposed to go to Lindsay Larrigo and they fought it with Jim Malcheski. I like Jim Malcheski and Lindsay Larrigo. They're both great people, but the GOP spent so much money on that primary that they had nothing to give to Chrissy to get her name out during this election because nobody knew who Chrissy was. And then they tried to do a party takeover in Evans where they switched a bunch of Democrats to conservatives, the GOP there did, to try to take over that party. And Ralph Larrigo did a lawsuit and the lawsuit is not finished yet, but the GOP candidate lost miserably. So they're focusing on things that should be uniting us, but they're dividing us instead of uniting. Look at West Connecticut and Lancaster. Those towns won amazingly for their town boards because the conservative committees and the Republican committees there are united and they work together. And I don't understand what the whole issue was with the Republicans trying to take out the conservatives this summer. It was baffling to me. So instead of focusing on Mark polling cars, you're gonna try to take a legacy away from a conservative candidate that it was already in the bag for them. You're gonna focus on a fight that was already a constitutionally minded candidate that was in there. It was a given, what a waste of resources and what a waste of time. That's a shame. Yeah, that's a shame. Absolutely. Well, the financial guys are here to help. I'd like to get you on the radio as well. We'll find that, hopefully we can find a strong female. That's what we need. You need the female vote. I mean, last night, the female vote shows up because Mark had been called, accused of holding a woman, I don't know, hostage or whatever. I mean, holding against her will, but they didn't show up. And they're like, God, that's so frustrating. The last thing before I let you go, the frustrating part to me and folks like Ron is we're in the business community, right? And so we're constantly getting involved. We're constantly trying to do our part. And sometimes I feel guilty because I look at somebody like you and I'm like, oh, I feel like a slug. But yeah, like, oh man, I really do. But the business community, I am just at awe this morning that they didn't show up at all. I mean, at all. How many restaurants did Mark destroy during COVID? How many gyms did he destroy? Now, some of these folks were strong enough to make it through, but I'm gonna be honest with you. If I owned a restaurant, I am never forgetting that. Now, I might be a little bit different of an animal because his picture and Gal Bernstein's picture would be on the front door and there would be a message that says, hey, if you're these people and you're walking in, do not bother, right? I mean, that's where I would be. But I get it. Some of these folks say, well, you know, I don't wanna be that aggressive. Okay, could you send Christie a hundred bucks? Could you put a sign out front of the restaurant to say, hey, just saying, I mean, like, not one. Well, that was the fault of the GOP, that they don't know how to fundraise. They really don't. And like I said before, their fundraisers consisted of just their own committee members. The public doesn't want anything to do with the GOP because the GOP has alienated them. Now, Michael Crocker is a good guy. I've met him. I've worked with him. He's really good, but he's got a lot to fix from the previous leadership. And yeah, I wouldn't want that job. I know. I know. You know what? It's funny you said that because I was talking to Glenn about it and Glenn's like, oh, they needed this. The hardest part about that is so many people have left. When you look at, and I'll say for America, I think it's a great thing, right? I mean, Florida is gaining delegates. New York is losing delegates. Florida had a $21 billion surplus. New York is going to go bankrupt at some point. I don't know when, but the math doesn't work, right? You cannot have the, and the 25 % of people that have left, they're all the top taxpayers, right? They're the ones paying the bills. Mike, this all sounds racist. Stop. That's right. Math is racist. But I mean, that's, even if the people that leave and, you know, from clients and friends and family that are in these Southern states, they still care, but they got up and left. Oh yeah. I mean, it's just - Well, they're not voting, right? They're not participating. Even if voting, but like, even if they've sent a check, like you said to Chrissy, but that's just the whole thing. They're gone. They're gone. I know, but you have, for the people, and I guess maybe this is where my deficiency comes with this, is that I'm like occupying common sense, I guess, way too much. But how the hell do people, again, you look at this, this sobering statistics or drive around the area, what the hell is coming here? Nothing. What is leaving here? A lot. A lot. What is beneficial that is derived from low -T polling cars? Let's just go over the last five years, the scandemic. How many people were affected by that? And how many businesses were lost? How many people, again, how many people have been Vax injured? Because, well, I can't go to the Bills game or the Sabres game, but seriously, I'm gonna roll up my sleeve. You were able to see the playoffs wave, but now you got my old car died. Or, again, my employer's forcing me, because this shit bag in City Hall is following crime wave Kathy, or Andrew, I killed your grandmother, Cuomo. Then you take it further. How many people died in nursing homes alone? One of my best friend's sister died in a hospital alone. Why is that, you may ask? Oh, because she tested positive for the Wuhan sniffles. Yes, I know. And these stories are out there. Yeah, I know. And yet there is zero messaging. And this is from Chrissy. This is from the GOP. This is from any Republican candidate that you can absolutely, and again, voting aside, fundraising aside, but if you got that message out there, debt would resonate. You need money to do that. You do, which is fair. And you need lots of it. I said from day one, I said for Chrissy to win, she probably needs a million bucks. And I think that's a fair number. And I think she got a total of about 150 ,000 from the business community. She was well, well, well underfunded. And I don't know, I was down there last night, I don't know if you got a chance to see her speech last night, but you could tell she cared. There was a few conservatives are sending messages, oh, she can't cry. I'm like, bullshit, she can't cry. She can do whatever she wants to do. You have the stones to step up. Then I was able to see her in the hallway before I said, Chrissy, that she's like, oh man, I feel like a failure. I said, Chrissy, I said, there's a million people in this freaking town, a million people. Do you know who was the only one that stepped up against this piece of shit, Mark Poloncarz? You. So don't let anybody ever tell you that you shouldn't do what you wanna do. There are so many armchair quarterbacks that oh, I should have done this, should have done that. I'm like, Chrissy, you're the only one. Guess what? Mike Lomas could have ran. I could have ran. I could have signed up. I didn't. Now - I feel like I told you to.
A highlight from How to Take Profit in Crypto Profit-Taking Strategies! (Ultimate Beginners Guide! ) #Crypto
"The only way investing in risky new speculative technology like cryptocurrencies is going to change our lives is if we reap the potential rewards of being early adopters by taking profits. What is profit taking? When investing in anything, profit taking is simply locking in gains by selling some or all of our positions that have risen since our initial investment. So when we buy cryptocurrencies and watch their values fluctuate over time, anytime our positions are up or the value is higher than the amount of money we put in, those numbers we see on the screen are just Faguzzi Fugazi fairy dust. It's nothing but a number on a screen. Gains are not ours until we have either sold crypto for fiat and completely transferred it off of the exchange to our bank account, or two, sold crypto for a stablecoin and completely transferred it off of the exchange to our own crypto wallet. Some people, myself included, like to take gains from altcoins and buy more bitcoin. Either way, same thing, transfer the bitcoin off of the exchange to a cold storage hardware wallet like Tangem Wallet, the most affordable and easy to use hardware wallet available, which you can check out using the links below. Cool. So how do we decide what to sell, when to sell, how much to sell when taking profits? And what should we do with our profits? Simple. We need to put a profit taking plan in place that dictates what crypto we sell, when we sell it, at what point, and ultimately what we do with the profits. Most of us jump into crypto without a profit taking plan, which is totally fine. Let's make one together. Hello, I'm Crypto Casey and in this video we are going to explore different profit taking strategies, learn what the profit taking process entails with crypto, warnings we should be mindful of when taking profits, as well as helpful tips to make the process as simple as possible. And make sure to stick around until the very end to learn about a neat way we can skip the selling transferring process altogether and access our crypto gains instantly if we need to. Let's hit it. Please be sure to check out our sponsors, Ifani, Heatbit and Tangem Wallet. Get 100 % protection against SIM swapping using Ifani's secure cellular services, which you can learn more about in this video. Easily mine Bitcoin for passive income with Heatbit Mini's easy to use 3 -in -1 Bitcoin mining rig, which is also a space heater and air purifier. And invest in your very own cold storage hardware wallet like Tangem Wallet. It's the size of a credit card, multi -currency, multi -chain, and is by far the easiest crypto wallet to set up and use on the market right now. And they just released their latest new wallet that is a sleek black design with cool new features. So scroll down and use links below to access the correct and official sites, as well as redeem any special offers they have for us. Sweet. All crypto investors have or should have an extremely high tolerance for risk because we are dealing with extremely new speculative technology and a new emerging digital asset class that has not been around a while with a lot of regulatory uncertainty and a lot of things could go wrong. All crypto investors should never invest anything they absolutely cannot afford to lose and should always be mentally prepared to potentially lose all of their crypto investments. It's the cold hard truth about crypto and it has been since the beginning. We are still super early so we need to be prepared for anything to happen over the next several months and years. Cool. Please note none of this is financial advice, crypto is the wild wild west, so keep that in mind throughout your crazy crypto journey. And once we come to terms about the risks and realities of investing in crypto, there are two different investment and profit taking strategies we can adopt. Short term or long term positions. First let's talk about short term investment strategies and corresponding profit taking plans. A short term strategy in crypto should be treated as like rolling the dice in a casino, a straight up gamble. The potential pros, which very few people experience, are potential fast profits. The absolute cons are that it can be stressful, there is a lot more time and work involved, we will pay more transaction fees, we will have to pay capital gains tax on any profits we may incur, and we are taking on the risk of keeping money in crypto on an exchange, which can have outages, get hacked, freeze funds, or sometimes if there is a ton of volume, orders we had set up for our short term investment strategy get blown through and never get filled. So someone who wants to bet on price swings versus the long term viability of a project, meaning you just care more about the project increasing in price by 10 % over an hour a day or a week, not whether or not the project will survive over the next few years, then before buying that particular crypto, make a plan by implementing one of these three strategies or by doing a combination of them. The first strategy is the aim for the gain. This is where we determine the gain we are aiming for or hoping for rather. This means deciding that we are going to sell everything once the value of our position goes up by a certain predetermined percentage, like 5%, 10%, 50%, etc. For example, let's just say we are interested in gambling $50 on Dogecoin and decide we are going to sell all of it once the value goes up by 20 % when our initial $50 goes to $60. The best way to implement this strategy is after buying Dogecoin on an exchange, placing a limit order to automatically sell all of it if the value increases by 20%. Placing limit orders can be great because it takes a lot of the work and decision making out of the execution of your profit taking plan. However, the cons of using limit orders is that you have to leave your funds on an exchange, which is not ideal because they can go bankrupt, get hacked, freeze your funds, have an outage, or if there's a ton of activity, your limit order could get blown through and not filled. So if you are a beginner and would like to learn how to place limit orders and other advanced trading techniques step by step, I have a video guide on how to trade on Sweet. The second strategy is the sell schedule. This is where we create a sell schedule that determines certain percentages of our holdings we are going to sell at different price points as the price hopefully increases over time. For example, let's say we are going to buy $1000 of a cryptocurrency that is currently worth $1 per token, and we decide we are going to sell portions of our holdings using the following sell schedule. If the price increases from $1 to $1 .50, we are going to sell 10 % of our holdings. And if it increases to $2, we are going to sell 20%. If it's $2 .50, we are going to sell another 20%. If it's $3, we sell 40%. And with the remaining 10%, we can decide to just write it out and see what happens, or choose a price point at which we would sell the rest. And we can also use limit orders on exchanges to execute this strategy automatically for us. Nice. The third strategy is called house money, and it's very simple. Let's say we decide to buy $100 worth of a cryptocurrency, and if or hopefully when it doubles in value and our holdings are worth $200, we take out our initial $100 investment and let the rest of the money ride out the house money. That way, if the price decreases, we won't lose what we initially put in. With the house money strategy, it's still important to have a price point or percentage increase in mind for continuing to take profit with the house money if the value of the crypto continues to rise, which we could also use limit orders to do automatically. Amazing. So those are three profit taking strategies we can use individually or in combination with each other. For example, let's say we implement the house money strategy. And if or when we take out our initial investment, then we implement the sell schedule strategy on the house money still in the market. Simple enough, right? Nice. With short term investment strategies, since there is more exposure to price volatility than long term strategies, we should also consider implementing the first two strategies to mitigate loss. For example, if we flip the aim for the gain strategy to limit for the loss strategy, we can decide that if the price drops 40 % or more, we sell our entire position to limit our loss. Or if we flip the sell schedule strategy, we can decide to sell 10 % of our holdings if the price drops 20 % and then sell 30 % of our holdings if the price drops 40 % and so on. Either way, with short term gambling, we have the potential to make profits fast. However, we are taking on a lot more risk and more often than not, short term traders get burned. So next, let's talk about long term investment strategies and corresponding profit taking plans. When we buy to hold for the long term, we are talking about planning to hold for at least an entire year. Ideally, we are planning for a two to five year timeframe. So it allows us to at least catch one halving cycle, which is coming up around April or May of 2024. And if you don't know what it is, check out this beginner's guide by clicking on the link above. Cool. A couple things to watch out for as a long term investor is getting too attached to our investments and never wanting to sell and therefore never locking in potential life changing gains and never allowing it to enrich our lives and our family's lives. And so an important part of profit taking plans for long term investors is before jumping in, deciding what you want to use potential life changing gains on, whether that be paying off debt, buying a new car, buying a house, diversifying into other types of investments like real estate, stocks, bonds, gold or similar. And if you haven't yet, check out my video guide about the importance of taking profits in crypto and getting excited about converting our gains to enrich our lives by clicking on the link above. In it, some of you shared what you used your gains from the last few bull cycles on. So it will give you some great ideas. Sweet. So once we figure out how we want potential life changing gains to change our lives. Next, we need to implement a strategy to DCA or dollar cost average out of the market over time. For example, let's say we have been accumulating Bitcoin over the past few years, some Bitcoin at $1 ,000 per Bitcoin, some at 10 ,000, some at 30 ,000, and even some at the top around 60 ,000, all with the plan of holding for several more years. So when there are big price swings upwards, we need to get comfortable with the idea of taking profit to use on one of our predetermined goals like buying house or whatever, using it for anything else you may need to buy or similar or allocating it to another investment category like art, starting a business or similar to keep our investment portfolios diversified and balanced. A tool I've been using for the past few years to identify long term trends, like when we flip from bearish trends to bullish trends or vice versa is called the money line, formerly known as the BSI or Bitcoin strength index indicator. This tool is available at Morales money, which is a platform with a growing number of tools to help us prepare for and take full advantage of any potential opportunities available in the altcoin trading space by helping us find altcoins before they pump, which you can learn more about in the step by step video guide by clicking on the link above. And Morales money has many other helpful tools like these crypto bubble charts to help us quickly see which altcoins are up versus down during different timeframes. And as I mentioned, it gives us access to the money line tool, which we can try out for just $14 for seven days using the links below. If you'd like to learn more about how the money line works and how it's performed historically with predicting market trends, you can check out this video guide by clicking on the link above. Amazing. So with a long term investment strategy, we can also implement the aim for the gain and the sell schedule strategies, which would be the same as when we use them for short term investing. It's just over a longer time period. However, I do not recommend ever leaving any amount of crypto you would be upset about losing on an exchange for an extended period of time. So any crypto you are accumulating over the long term, make sure you are transferring it off of exchanges to hold securely on cold storage hardware wallets, like Tangent wallet, ledger devices, treasure devices, BC vault, etc. And you can check them all out using the links below. Sweet. So you can see how a long term position is less work, less mentally taxing. And at the end of the day, how most crypto investors have realized financial success in a relatively shorter period of time. Other types of investments typically take a lot longer to reap potential benefits. While in crypto, since it's so new, and we are still so early, price swings can be wild and produce a ton of profit for people in shorter periods of time. At the end of the day, the only person that can decide what profit taking strategy is best for you is you. We are all different ages and different stages of life. Some of us just need to look out for ourselves while others have kids, family and people that financially rely on them. Some of us have more responsibilities. All of us have different risk tolerances, different levels of technical skills, different amounts of money required to maintain certain lifestyles. So we need to sit down and decide ideally before jumping into crypto, at what price points we are going to take profits during our crazy crypto journeys together. Brilliant. Next, let's go over five things we should be mindful of with the profit taking process, regardless of what strategies we implement and why it is so important to practice transactions before to prepare. One, transaction fees. Every time we move our crypto around, it costs a transaction fee. So when we transfer our crypto to and from our hardware wallets, to and from exchanges, to and from each other, to and from anywhere, we will have to pay a fee from our wallet or from our account. And on crypto exchanges, when we buy crypto, sell crypto, exchange crypto or convert it, those will also cost us some fees. So when deciding on a profit taking strategy that works for you, make sure you take transaction fees into consideration, especially if you are investing with smaller amounts of money, because we don't have our profits until we either one, get the fiat on our bank account, or two, get the stablecoin to our own crypto wallets. Selling the crypto and transferring it off of an exchange will cost us transaction fees. Another thing to be mindful of is if you have an ERC 20 token like Uniswap on wallet, and you want to send it to the exchange to sell, you will need to pay the transaction fees in ether, which means you will need some ether in your wallet to pay to move it. So make sure you're familiar with any cryptocurrencies you have in which network they are on. So you have the right currencies to pay transaction fees to move them around and take profits. Each network and each wallet also synchronizes with their particular blockchain network at different speeds with different confirmation requirements. So in addition to fees, there may be some wait time we need to build into the profit taking process as well to banks when dealing with crypto, especially large amounts, our traditional banks sometimes freeze our withdrawals deposits and entire accounts for suspicious activity. So it's important as a crypto investor to one have multiple accounts with multiple banks. So we have several options when the markets are hot into call and let your bank know ahead of time when you plan on both taking profits and making big money moves in general, so the process goes more smoothly. Nice. Three stablecoins. It's important to keep in mind that stablecoins like USDC and USDT are not completely decentralized, meaning there is a central authority controlling the network that can choose to freeze your funds if law enforcement gets involved, or for any other reason they may deem necessary. So if you're trying to avoid taking profits and fiat with a bank for more control over your profits, just be aware of these facts when making your profit taking strategy die is a decentralized stablecoin option, meaning there is no central authority controlling it. And we can check to make sure that it's over collateralized on the blockchain. However, there is some technological risk and that it's still extremely new technology and could potentially lose its peg to the dollar suffer from glitches, hacks or similar for exchanges when taking profit, especially in hot markets with a ton of activity, exchanges will be your main issue. They experience outages, there are sometimes big lags in time before your account is credited, or when the money is transferred to your bank. Exchanges can suspend withdrawals for certain cryptocurrencies due to network congestion, they can freeze funds, and sometimes depending on the exchange, it can take more confirmations for certain cryptocurrencies than others to clear your account. So as crypto investors is extremely important to have many accounts with many different reputable exchanges as possible, and get their highest level of verifications. So we have as many options as possible when implementing our profit taking strategies. So scroll down and use the links below to access the correct and official sites of all of my recommended exchanges. Sweet. Five regulators, sometimes regulators go after certain crypto projects, which forces exchanges to delist them. We have seen this with ripple and other tokens over time. So it's important to keep in mind that when implementing a profit taking strategy, because if our cryptocurrencies are targeted by regulators, and exchanges start delisting them, we won't have many options to sell when we were planning to if our cryptos are targeted, it's best to either choose to sell it quickly altogether. Or if you want to take the risk, make sure you know that you may be very limited in your options to sell when the time comes. Great. Thanks for sticking around to the very end. As a bonus, here's a neat way we can access our gains instantly if we need to, without selling, transferring and waiting for funds to clear our bank accounts by using crypto debit cards. With crypto debit cards, we can choose to spend our crypto instantly by turning them into everyday purchases. Coinbase has a Visa debit card that allows us to spend our cash or crypto all while earning crypto and purchases and crypto .com also has a Visa prepaid card that allows us to spend cash or crypto all by earning crypto in process. Tangent wallet is also working on Tangent pay, which will be the first ever hardware wallet certified for direct payments in the visa network. So it will be the first ever self custodial payment card with cold storage that can be used at over 95 million visa terminals around the world. At the time of this video, the Tangent Visa card is still in development. And when it's ready, we'll provide a non custodial solution for combining crypto saving with the ability to In the meantime, Tangent has released their latest wallet with this nice sleek black design that works the same as their classic wallet, except now we have the option to generate a seed phrase or import one from another wallet if we want. Tangent's mobile wallet app has its 5 .0 software update right around the corner, which will feature a dark mode, the option to automatically or manually organize our crypto holdings, the capability of hiding our balances from the main screen, 24 hour crypto price change history, transaction histories for specific networks like Bitcoin versus Ethereum, rapid access options from the home screen, and an overall comprehensive redesign of the app, making it cleaner and more user friendly. So scroll down and use links below to access the correct and official sites of any cards that interest you and redeem any special offers they have for us. Awesome. If you would like to explore the growing Morales money platform and how it can help us potentially make more profits this next bull cycle, check out this video. If you like to learn how to use Tangent wallet and transfer crypto off of exchanges to our own cold storage harder wallet, check out this video and to get your very own Tangent wallet, click on the link on the screen. Like and subscribe for more. Be safe out there.
Jared Asch Learns About the Bay Area Council From CEO Jim Wunderman
"We've been talking to a lot of elected officials recently in the East Bay, but today we're going to take a different look on what's going on out here. We're going to be joined by Jim Wonderman of the Bay Area Council. So welcome, Jim, and thanks for joining us. Yeah, thanks, Jared. Thanks for having me aboard. Yeah. So do you want to tell our audience who is the Bay Area Council and what is some of the projects that they've been up to? Yeah, sure. So the Bay Area Council was formed at the end of World War II by government and business leaders of the time, Governor Earl Warren and mayors of the major cities and the Bechtel's, the Kaiser's, the kind of industrialists who really made the Bay Area economically successful during the war. And the war was coming to an end and they said, OK, what's next? And so the Bay Area Council was formed with that what's next kind of question. The first major, major project that I think your audience would be familiar with was the idea was to think about the Bay Area as a region. Back in 1945, people didn't think about the Bay Area as a region. I don't even think there was a Bay Area, really. It was these separate cities and there was a lot of farmland and pasture grazing area. And the Bay Area Council helped people think about this place as a region and how it could develop as one. And one thing we did was we said a region needs a mass transit system. So we created BART. That was a committee of the Bay Area Council said, let's make a mass transit system. And we made BART, legislated it, conceived it, mapped it out and funded it in a three county ballot measure at the time. So we created the Bay Area Air Quality Management District in the 1950s because we had a lot of pollution in the Bay Area. So the Bay Area Council was always about looking at things from a regional perspective. Regional economy, people traveling about, needing to move about, how does one part of the Bay Area affect the other parts of the Bay Area? Kind of looking at the Bay Area holistically. So that's really the gist of what we do. And we created the ferry system of which I chair called WETA, Water Emergency Transportation Authority, that serves the East Bay to the West Bay and now kind of heading south. And with the notion that we want to give people a very kind of choice transit option, but at the same time also see the waterfront as an opportunity for development, not just protection. And we are we're on a mission to expand that system. We've been very successful at it so far. We plan to do more terminals, more locations, more frequent interconnecting service, things like that. So I could go on and on about the Bay Area Council. Housing being a really big issue in any region, we've pushed through, I don't know how many housing bills we've sponsored, but it's a lot even in this last session, several. Getting at what cities are required to do in order to meet the housing demand that exists in the region and in their cities. Some of the mayors listening to this will say, oh, isn't that great? And others will say, oh, so it's your fault, wonderment, that they're pushing this stuff on us. Because in typically cities, there isn't a cacophony of demand for housing in cities. The people who live there already live there, so they're not demanding to live there again. It's people outside who want to get in and there's not enough supply. So there is hundreds of thousands of units behind and supplied. Up until around 1980, we built a lot of housing after World War Two to about 1980 or so. And then we stopped building housing. We made it very laborious and expensive and difficult. And we're paying a price for that because our kids can't afford to live here. We're thinking our kids won't be able to stay. We're going to leave California. They're going to leave the Bay Area. It's just too expensive. So we have to kind of, we get at problems like that, complex, modern day, urban -ish problems. Not that the whole Bay Area is urban by any means. And we're not really an urbanist group. We have as much respect for the suburban areas and the needs of people who live in the communities along the 680 corridor, for example, as we do folks in San Francisco.
A highlight from An NBA Power Poll, Plus Malcolm Gladwell Plays Sports Czar
"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.
'Billboard' Chris Elston Takes a Stand Against Child Mutilation
"Us now is someone I have admired from afar on social media. He's a very courageous man and very effective. Billboard Chris joins us now. It's BillboardChris .com. If you're not familiar with Billboard Chris, he's a father of two girls, and he decided to take a stand against gender ideology. And he goes out into the street over 2 ,500 hours and has conversations while wearing a billboard. For example, one of them is children cannot consent to puberty blockers. His name is Chris Elston, and he joins us now. Chris, thank you so much for taking the time. Thank you so much for having me, Charlie. It's a big honor to be here. So Chris, tell us your story. 2 ,500 hours in the streets, kind of a free speech advocate of the West. Tell us your story and what you have learned by having over 2 ,500 hours of dialogue. Sure. So in 2019, I learned about these things called puberty blockers. And I'm just a normal dad living out in the suburbs who used to be a financial advisor. And I've got two little girls. And I said to myself, what the heck are puberty blockers? And I looked it up. And of course, these are drugs being given to kids to stop their development because these kids have been led to believe that they were born in the wrong body, which is extraordinarily psychologically abusive, never mind all the physical harm coming to these kids. And I learned all about this. And the more I learned, the worse it got. And I decided to take a stand against what I consider to be the greatest child abuse scandal in modern medicine history. And the only way I could really reach people as a guy with no platform or anything was to head outside and talk to them one on one. And I had a vision for this whole thing. And I knew if I just kept going outside talking to people that I would help educate them and help to activate other people. And when the borders opened up in 2021, I started heading down to the States where it's been just phenomenal. I get so much support down there. There are so many great conservative organizations helping me. And today, this is the number one cultural issue of the day, raising awareness about this child abuse all over the conservative airwaves. We have 20 states just this past year who have passed legislation to stop this madness. And I just keep going, traveling the world. I was just in London. I'll be heading to Australia in a few months. And I'm never going to stop this until this child abuse stops.
A highlight from Executive Director of The Bush Tennis Center Tim Stallard Talks Bringing The Pros The Texas
"Welcome to the official tennis .com podcast featuring professional coach and community leader Kamau Murray. Welcome to the tennis .com podcast. I'm your host Kamau Murray, and we are here with all things tennis. Mr. Tim Stoller, Tim is the general manager and director of the Bush tennis center down in San Antonio, Texas. And they are hosting a really cool tennis event this weekend. It is the, Tim, go ahead, give us the name. Yes, the San Antonio International Team Tennis Championships, and it's at Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio. However, the Bush tennis center is way out in West Texas, about 300 miles away in Midland, Texas. So that's kind of an interesting dynamic of this event. Yeah, we want to hear a lot about that because I'll be honest with you. You know, I built 27 tennis courts in the city and the Bush tennis center has the exact same mission as I do, and I'd never heard of it. So we want to dig into that. But first, let's dig into your background. You have put on more than 50, you know, ATP, USDA, Pro Circuit events, assistant coach at University of Texas, spent time on the court with Andy Roddick. Tell me about your pedigree, where you come from, how you got in the game, and how you were able to travel through so many different levers of the sport. Well, I actually, it started in Rockford, Illinois, way up north, and started playing tennis and just, it was one of those things after my parents got divorced a couple of times. I love baseball, but trying out for baseball teams was more problematic than just entering tennis tournaments. So I kind of fell into tennis through that and loved the sport. And you know, like you said, went on to coach at University of Texas and started, you know, just had some great players. And that's really how I got into starting to run events is I was trying to get wildcards and help out players that I was coaching. And way back in the day, I had two really great players in Texas. One was Julie Scott, who is an All -American at Stanford. And, you know, I couldn't get wildcards. And the other one was Elizabeth Schmidt, who played at UCLA and went on, now she's a head coach at Rice. And very deserving kids. And the USDA said, you know, if you start running tournaments, you get the wildcards. So at one point, I had 13 challengers across the U .S. And some of those challengers, like Champaign -Urbana, are still moving along. So it was an interesting process. So we've held calendars the last two years. And it is a tough business model. To have 13 of them, you know, they struggle to make money. They break even at best. To have 13 of them, you must have had a model that worked because no one would ask for it 13 times if you don't. So tell us about your experience with challengers because we see challengers in the U .S., you know, come on and off the calendar, right? And it hurts our U .S. players from, like you said, creating that vertical for where they're in, you know, the collegiate pathway, they want to try to hand it to Pro Tour, they can't get a wildcard, not enough events to spread the wildcards out. How did you make the challenger model work? Yeah, you know, I was able to get national sponsors. I mean, it covered everything. So I had great sponsors, AOL, Porsche Cars North America, Bear Stearns, HealthSouth. So I just went out. I had a great mentor, a big advertising company, GSD &M. The founders of that really kind of showed me how to put media value behind packages. And I found a kind of a good formula. So you know, I would have literally just, you know, Porsche would say, we need these markets and I would jump on a plane and go to Miami and find facilities. But it was a nice problem because I had all the financials together. You look at the challenger that was in Dallas for years, that was over 20 years that they had it at TbarM. So lots of great challenges throughout the years. Now when you would sell those packages, would the sponsor take all 13? Or like the major sponsors take all 13, then you add on locals? Or was it, you know, and the people would pick off whichever ones they wanted in the markets? Yeah, for the most part, you know, we'd have our major sponsors would take all the markets and then we'd sell kind of patron, local, because you always want the local community involved. So we'd have local patron packages. And we really did our best to make it a fun event, you know, pro -ams and music and access to the players. And, you know, for me, a big part of it was telling the story of the challengers. I mean, I love challengers because you have the veterans that are hanging on that come to get the points. You got the top juniors in the world and they clash at the challenger level. And you know, I'll never forget, I was in a drive -through at McDonals in Austin, Texas, and I got a call from Andre Agassi's brother asking for a wild card into Burbank. And at that time, I'd already, I'd committed, I had a player, Brandon Coop and Robert Abendroth, I committed my two wild cards, so I couldn't give him a wild card, but I was hoping the USTA would. And you know the story, I mean, he got a wild card, he played against Sarga Sargisian in the finals. They called it the Battle of Armenia. And it was a great tournament and it was great to see him come back a year later. He was already back to number four in the world. So it was really just an inspiration to see Andre. Yeah, so, you know, I think that one of the things we us to underestimate is like really the job of these challengers, right, especially in the US soil, is to help promote the next generation of player, right? So I always like to hear a famous story. So our challengers, our wild cards went to Ben Shelton last summer. That's awesome, man. I always hit the semis, obviously got to perform, got a wild card into, got to upgrade a wild card, got originally got a wild card in the Qualities of Cincy because he was in Chicago so long, upgraded to the main draw. And this year, Alex Mickelson wins our event, goes on and plays Newport, right, gets the final to Newport, loses to Manarino, I think. So tell me about another famous wild card story where you see, you gave a wild card to someone that has some potential. And then other than the story you told us where you're like, you know, we had a hand in that person's career. Well, a couple of them, one in Rockford, Illinois, back to Rockford, Illinois, I had a challenger there in February following the Midland, Michigan challenger that's still going. And I got a call from one of my idols, Nick Boletary, and said, I've got this girl, she's number one in the world. And she's not going to make the cut for the challenger. And we think she has a lot of potential. It was Anna Kournikova. So I gave her a wild card and she won it. And you know, I believe, you know, five months later, she was in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon. And what's cool about Anna is Anna came back and we've done a lot of charity events. And following, we did an event in Beaumont with Pete Sampras. And she flew after that over to Horseshoe Bay to do a free clinic with my wife and kids. And it was the first kids courts, it was the Andy Roddick kids courts out at Horseshoe Bay. But she flew over, you know, did it absolutely for free to give back to the kids. And she's amazing. But it's really funny that, you know, that started when she was 13 years old in frigid Rockford, Illinois, in February. So you mentioned your wife and kids, do your daughters play at all? They did. They're older now. They're once graduated from A &M. She's an architect and my other daughter is about to start her master's in communications at A &M. Now, did you tie your hand at coaching them? You know, obviously, I'm trying to coach my kids. And I'm trying not to let what happens on the tennis court blend into the car ride home or blend into the dinner table. But sometimes that's really hard. Did you try your hand at coaching them? And how did that go? Yeah, I did. My wife was really their primary coach. And my wife was a great player, all American at Texas, coached at Texas. She's number one in the Southerns, finalist at the Easter Bowl, just a great player. And we are very different coaching styles. My wife is very, you know, very, very fired up with the girls. I was a lot more laid back. And you know, when I go to their matches, I'd have the newspaper, my Starbucks, and they go, Dad, you're not even watching my match. Of course, I'm watching every point. But when they look at me, I've got my newspaper up and my coffee is kind of downplaying it. But they were great, you know, we're really proud of our daughters. And we officially became grandparents about a little over a year ago. But, you know, tennis was just a great experience for their life. And it, you know, for me, it changed my life. You know, growing up in Rockford, Illinois, my dad was an automaker, tool and die maker, neither one of my parents even know how to keep score in tennis. And like I said, after a couple of divorces, I had a wonderful coach, Pat Wicks, that gave me a lot of free lessons and I just worked my butt off and it opened doors. And, you know, that's what we're really inspired to do with the Bush AIDS Outreach Program is create that opportunity. And I mean, we have 100%, any kid that comes, we provide full scholarships, partial scholarships, we turn down no one. That's our mission. So we're real proud of that and we've helped a lot of kids and we're expanding that throughout the state of Texas and then happy to really help, you know, great foundations like the Ryan Brothers Foundation, John Isner. My wife and I, we went out and helped Sloan. Sloan had over 300 kids bust in from Compton at USC. My wife and I went out and helped with clinics out there to help Sloan, but she does amazing work year -round. So there's a lot of great stories and a lot of great things that, you know, people see these great players on the court, but I'm really inspired for a lot of things they're doing off the court. So tell me about the Bush Tennis Center. I would say I didn't even know it existed. I didn't know that the Bushes were big tennis people. I knew the Koch Brothers were big tennis people down there in Texas, but didn't know the Bush Tennis Center existed. So tell me about how the Bush Tennis Center came along and how you ended up taking the job. Oh, it's, in 2015, I had John Isner, Sam Querrey, and the Bryans, and we did a four -day run where we did Atlanta, Nashville, Midland, and then Camarillo, California to do something for the Bryan Brothers for their foundation. So those four guys, 2015, went through just to do a one -day event and just started talking to the people that founded the Bush Tennis Center and they were having some challenges with the business model, asked me to, hired me as a consultant initially. And I just said, you know, here's all the things that need to be done. And they're like, well, we want to hire you. I'm like, well, I don't live here. I live in Austin. My wife's director of tennis at Horseshoe Bay Resort. My company's in Austin. They're like, well, we don't care if you live here, just come and check into the Double Tree Hilton downtown Midland and come and figure this thing out. And you know, it was really neat because at that point I was working, I was trying to build a similar facility next to Dell Diamond with Reed and Reece Ryan, Nolan Ryan's kids. They owned the Minor League Ballpark there and we were kind of going down that road to maybe buy the ATP event in Memphis, build a facility like this. And you know, we're going down that road, but there was a lot of politics and just dealing with governments and stuff. I go out to West Texas and they're like, you know, here's the keys to the place. How much money do you need? Let's get it going. I mean, it's just an amazing opportunity. And we're on 35 acres. We've already on the far west side, we just opened a $4 million park designed for special needs children. So we've got zip lines. Everything is set up where kids can play just despite, you know, physical challenges. They can play side by side with all kids. We have a $4 million park. We just broke ground on a new 90 ,000 square foot athletic center, which will have five indoor basketball courts, 15 volleyball courts, a 75 yard turf indoor field. And then Lance Hooton, who I actually met through Andy Roddick, who's traveled with Andy. It's going to be a sports performance training center. And Lance Hooton's coming in and using his expertise to develop that as well. So, you know, it's a big campus and it's all set up as a nonprofit. It's a legacy for the Bush presidents. And you know, I feel like to some degree I get to be Santa Claus because I get to really help a lot of kids. And that's super important to me. And we've got a staff that is just amazing, that just cares so much about helping kids and really developing a great event, a great product. Now you're also building indoor tennis courts. And what people don't know is like in these southern markets, right, places where you just say California, Texas, Atlanta, Florida, even, he's like, why do you need indoor courts in those markets? Sometimes it is so hot, right, that you just need the, you need the roof for the shade, right? Or sometimes like in Florida, it'll rain all day, right? And you need the roof for the rain. So tell us why you would need indoor courts in West Texas. Well, a lot of times it's just too windy. I mean, we're just out in the middle of nowhere. It's flat as can be. And, you know, as they say, there's not a lot out there, but there's a lot under there. I mean, we're on the biggest reserve of oil on planet Earth, the Permian Basin and the Delaware Basin, you know, come right out of right out of Midland, West Texas. And but it's flat, high winds. So we lose a lot of days where, you know, the wind gets up above 25 miles an hour. It's not playable. Dust is blowing. And then, you know, we have one hundred and one hundred and ten hundred and fifteen degree days in the summer, and then it drops to twenty five degrees. That's just all over the map. So indoor courts will definitely help us. We're looking at doing eight indoor hard and four indoor clay, and there's no way to do outdoor clay. It would just blow away. So it would be so dry and you'd be you know, every year we bring in twelve tons of clay to sort of re -top off our red hard shoe courts. I mean, I would only imagine how much money you spend on. Oh, yeah. It wouldn't last.
A highlight from Austin Campbell Interview - The SEC is Losing to Crypto! PayPal's Stablecoin, CBDCS, Crypto Regulations
"The SEC in particular is doing two things that I find pretty odious. One is trying to constantly expand their remit without telling people what the rules are. Contrast this to, say, the OCC, the Federal Reserve, and the FDIC. I disagree with them on some aspects on policy, but they're willing to clearly and publicly state what they think the rules are and what people are allowed to do. They put a note in the Federal Register laying out their views on blockchains pretty clearly for their banks. So, Uphold is available in over 150 countries, and they are a safe platform. They have full reserve of customer assets. They don't commingle or lend your funds out, and they provide audits of their reserves. So, it's a safe platform, and I trust it. I vouch for it, and I've interviewed the CEO, the CFO, and other representatives of the company. So, if you'd like to learn more about Uphold, please visit the link in the description. Thank you so much for joining us today. We'll be getting started in just a couple of minutes. But first, let's get started with some of the news and interviews. With me today is Austin Campbell, who's the founder and managing partner of Zero Knowledge Consulting. Austin, great to have you on the show. Yeah, thank you very much. Excited to be here. Austin, as mentioned before the recording, I wanted to speak to you for a long time. I've listened to your testimony before Congress. You're very knowledgeable about the crypto market and blockchain tech, so I've got a lot of questions for you. But let's kick it off with your background. Tell us about yourself, where you're from, and where did you grow up? Yeah, so where am I from? Where did I grow up? The answer to that is the West Coast, despite the fact that I am in New York right now. So, I grew up in San Diego, California, which means everywhere else I live in the rest of the world, the weather is just strictly worse. So, I have just accepted that as a part of my life. But I've lived all over the place. I've lived in multiple US states across the West, the East, the Midwest, and traveled pretty extensively for work, especially throughout Asia. So, I've lived technically in New York longer than anywhere else in my life, but I'm old enough to have a lot of gray hair and New York is only 14 years, so. Wow. Yeah, you mentioned San Diego. My wife, she loves Santa Monica. It's funny, the grass is always greener. She wants to go to Santa Monica, leave the northeast area.
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"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, the next 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. Hello, my friends. I'm Dennis Prager, and I hope you had a good weekend. I have delved into the question of how good a weekend or a good any day one could have when the world is so filled with evil and one has to try despair as a sin, as I have noted on a number of occasions based on my Bible commentary. Hi, everybody. Good to be with you. This is late breaking. I normally don't have the show driven by news as it breaks, but this is an important—many of them are important, but this is, I believe, worthy of immediate attention. This is from Newsweek. Conservative social media personality Steven Crowder teased the release of a manifesto allegedly written by an accused school shooter in Nashville, Tennessee, where six victims died earlier this year. Boy, I'll tell you, Newsweek is really—this sentence is so gingerly phrased. Let's see. The manifesto is allegedly written by an accused shooter, not the shooter. Six million victims died, not were murdered. In a video posted Monday, that's today, to YouTube, Crowder said the manifesto was leaked and shared screenshots of portions of the document which was believed to be written by Audrey Hale, 28, whom authorities identified as the shooter. They also said Hale, who died at the scene, once attended the school. By the way, that is interesting that they say allegedly. You say allegedly when somebody is about to stand trial, but if the person was shot at the scene, you don't say allegedly. What was Audrey Hale doing there? Checking out school curricula? No, it's a little too ginger. Anyway, I will be reading the manifesto here on this show. I wish that I wouldn't have to, Crowder said in the video. In a post to X, formerly Twitter, Crowder shared other images of the manifesto, including one part that said, I hope I have a high death count. Newsweek has been unable to independently verify that Metro Nashville Police Department spokesperson told Newsweek that the police are unable to confirm the manifesto, but said they are actively looking into the matter. Here's a question for Nashville police. Why didn't you release it immediately? Some authorities had it, and my suspicion is because the manifesto reveals, as was suspected, a left -winger and it was a trans person. So the left sort of has the view, padona misa gosh, there are no enemies on the left. And whereas if the manifesto were some racist, anti -black screed, we would have known about it immediately. So three children and three adults at Nashville's Covenant School were murdered. She later died from gunshot wounds. Shortly after the shooting occurred, this is again from this Newsweek article, police said that they had recovered a manifesto believed to have been written by hell. So why, why was it never released? The ongoing investigation into the March 27 murders of six persons inside the Covenant School continues to show, from all information currently available, that killer Audrey Hale acted totally alone. That's not the question. Well, I'll report to you. There is a report somewhere, but since I haven't seen it, I can't, I won't report it yet, about what it revealed. And it seems to me that if the report is correct, it was a big anti -white kid screed. All right. So we live in an age of moral confusion, as I have warned all of my life. And the charge against Israel that it commits genocide against the Palestinians which a charge that has been made for decades, this is not new to the current war against Hamas, is another gigantic lie of the left. But the truth is not a left -wing value. So I have data here from Statista, which has no political bias that I know of. You agree with me? I don't know. Okay, fine. Statista Infographic Newsletter. Statista puts out statistics. So this is from 2020. Growth of Palestine. Let's see now. The need for peace continues to grow in urgency as Palestine's population is growing at a larger rate than Israel. Jewish and Arab populations are on a collision course of parity in the coming decades, with Arab Israelis also growing faster than Jewish Israelis and gaining more voting power. Then there's a chart, Growth of Palestine. It begins in 1960, and the green is Palestine, the blue is Israel. They have gone from 1 .1 million to 5 .1 million in 2020. So there is a growth of essentially five times growth quintupled since 1960. The Jewish population has quadrupled, has gone up four times the Arab population of the area five times. Have you ever heard of a genocide where the people being genocided have a population growth of 5x? The lie is so grandiose, but you have to know something. The people screaming it believe it, especially those who are Palestinian or from other Arab or Muslim countries. They believe their lies. Read David Price Jones' book, The Closed Circle. You'll see that he's an Arab expert. He lived an exaggeration and lies as being very frequently in the public sphere conflated. Anyway, we're catching up. The truth is that a left wing value in the left wing dominates academia and the media. So much for the charge of genocide. The only attempt at genocide of the Palestinians and their Muslim supporters around the world, they wish to commit genocide against the Jews of Israel, perhaps all Jews in the world, but certainly Jews of Israel. That is the only genocide that can be alleged in the Middle East. Well, there was one, but I don't know. Yeah, I guess you'd call it the Middle East, of course. Do you remember the Yazidis, how they were wiped out by ISIS? Well, virtually, yeah. There was a real, let's put, an ethnic cleansing, let's put it that way. Genocide. From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free is a call for genocide. It is a call for the eradication of the Jewish state. There are 22 Arab states, from the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean, but there's no room for a Jewish state the size of New Jersey. People just always need to remember that. Should there be a 24th Arab state, one that never existed in the history of the world? I hear some Palestinian speakers actually saying, we are the descendants of the Canaanites. Did you know that? You can meet a living Canaanite. Can you meet a parasite and a Jebusite? He said he was a Jebusite? Is Arafat said he was a Jebusite? I didn't know the man had a sense of humor. And this is what your kids are learning at college. We return. Gold dealers are a dime a dozen. They're everywhere. What sets these companies apart and whom can you really trust? This is Dennis Prager for AmFed Coin and Bullion, my choice for buying precious metals. When you buy precious metals, it's imperative that you buy from a trustworthy and transparent dealer that protects your best interests. So many companies use gimmicks to take advantage of inexperienced gold and silver buyers. Be cautious of brokers offering free gold and silver or brokers that want to sell you overpriced collectible coins, claiming they appreciate more than gold and silver. What about hidden commissions and huge markups? Nick Grovitch and his team at AmFed always have your back. I trust this man. That's why I mentioned him by name. Nick's been in this industry over 42 years, and he's proud of providing transparency and fair pricing to build trusted relationships. If you're interested in buying or selling, call Nick Grovitch and his team at AmFed Coin and Bullion, 800 -221 -7694, American Federal dot com, American Federal dot com. spoke Barack Obama to his hundreds of his former aides with regard to the Middle East. And the New York Times reports he urged his former aides to, quote, take in the whole truth, seemingly attempting to strike a balance between the killings on both sides. Would he have done that in World War II? Strike a balance between the killings? Look at how many German civilians we killed. Look at how many Japanese civilians we killed. Would he have said that? I don't know, but to me it would be the same thing. The moral difference between the allies and the Nazis and the allies and the Japanese was no greater than the moral difference between Israel and Hamas. We live in the age of moral relativism. It's infected almost the entire intellectual class. I saw it when I was at graduate school at Columbia University, and professors generally equated the U .S. and the Soviet Union. It was not a battle, the Cold War in their view, between freedom and tyranny, or between, if you will, light and dark, with all the darkness that exists, obviously, in everyone and in every country. There was an unbridgeable gulf between light and dark between the United States and the Soviet Union, but they would not agree to that. It was a superpower battle or a battle of two economic systems, communism and capitalism, as if they are morally equivalent, let alone just equally effective. Well, there are people who build their society with communism and slaughter tens of millions of their people while doing it, and there's another free society which is infinitely wealthier. I remember that when I wanted to get soda from a soda machine when I was there during the Cold War, and I as know that I speak Russian, and so the machine would say, госированая вода, gas gaseous water, meaning like sparkling water. The machines were quite common in Moscow, I don't know about the rest of the Soviet Union, and there was a plastic cup like you would have in a house there, and everyone who got the sparkling water used that cup. Isn't that fascinating? One cup. I drank from it, you know me, I mean, you know, they reported internationally that I, for fork drops in a restaurant, I will actually use it. I am not, shall we say, a hypochondriac, struck but it me as an example, they didn't have the money to have a paper cup used every time and thrown away. Incidentally, I'll tell you what else moved me. I will acknowledge this, because truth is the number one obligation. Nobody stole the cup. I found that fascinating. Here's this former aide to take in the whole truth, unquote. This is Barack Obama this weekend, seemingly attempting to strike a balance between the killings on both sides. What Hamas did was horrific and there's no justification for it, Mr. Obama said, and what is also true is that the occupation and what's happening to Palestinians is unbearable. Really, what is happening to Palestinians that is unbearable? I'm not talking about the current war in Gaza, which they brought upon themselves just like the Germans did and the Japanese did. Unbearable? Really? Has he or anybody he talked to gone to visit the West Bank? Is life on the West Bank unbearable? Didn't strike me as that way, been there a number of times. All I remember was a lot of cranes building new buildings. And they're obviously having a lot of kids. Generally, having a lot of kids in an unbearable situation tend not to go hand in hand. What is true is that there are people right now who are dying, who have nothing to do with what Hamas did. There were Germans who died who had nothing to do with what Hitler did. That's correct and you blame Hitler for their deaths. You blame Hamas for the death of Palestinians in Gaza. All their money is used to buy rockets and dig tunnels everywhere, including right under hospitals. If there is such a thing as evil, Hamas is it. But after all, if you raise a generation to believe that America is evil, then evil loses its meaning, doesn't it? That is what has happened. Okay. There are no comments. It's interesting they don't have comments on me on this particular story. Dennis Ross is a major figure in Middle Eastern diplomacy. For 35 years, this former U .S. envoy to the Middle East, who has generally been critical of Israel, not anti -Israel, but critical of Israel. For 35 years, I've devoted my professional life to U .S. peacemaking policy and conflict resolution planning. Nothing has preoccupied me like finding a peaceful and lasting solution between Israel and the Palestinians. In the past, I might have favored a ceasefire with Hamas during a conflict with Israel, but today it is clear to me that peace is not going to be possible now or in the future as long as Hamas remains intact and in control of Gaza.
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"I mean to me the big lesson of wolf reintroduction. Well there's many lessons introduction but one of them is that When when you have a big large predator in a humanized world. They're not going to be completely autonomous on the landscape because in order to manage them We you know doesn't matter whether it's a red state or blue state. They're heavily managed so either shoot. Were managing them with bullets or managing them with colors and and Gps tags and hazing devices and putting them crates and moving them around There's been some studies. Show that that most wolves in north america below below below alaska. Most of them die through because of humans they either get shot or controlled quote unquote by wildlife officials or hit by cars They're completely living in a human world. So we you know. We brought them back in part. Because we wanted more wildness on the landscape. And i'm not totally sure if they're as wild as ground squirrels. Because there's very little actual wild landscape left for them. They part of it but also just because the way we manage the hell out of them you know we. We are kind of breathing down their necks. The whole time Saying oh you can't cross this. You know i'm the first wolf to come back into oregon back in Oh i guess. It was still in the nineties. Wildlife officials weren't ready so they tranquilized it and put it in a crate and sent it back to idaho goes they have already You know so. These wolves are constantly crossing boundaries between public and private land. And they're they're coming up against all of these policies. Oh will if this wolf predates on livestock x number of times within an x. Number of months then it'll be controlled. I mean we're asking the by all these really complicated human rules that they can't obviously can't comprehend so you know. Are they really wild. Or are they sort of these free roaming collectivized I was gonna say pets that maybe that goes too far..
"west" Discussed on Bird Road Podcast - All Points West
"I know that that's going to be very difficult to get around because a lot of these kids run. You have to understand their in a trauma response to they're going to do these wowed behaviors that you're like what the fuck like like when there's riots and stuff like when i find when i see like News stories about riots and things like that in the juvenile justice system. It doesn't shock me. Kids are going to. Do you know what i mean. Kids are going to do things like that. China's survive. But and. I definitely think that we should not be charging children as adults even in i think if in cases of homicide or rape that there needs to be unique to i think that state needs to be able to prove that the burden should be on the states. Approved the dot. Kid cannot be rehabilitated. It should not be on that kid and that's what happens like especially like in. Pa so they start out in in adult court. I think in florida they start out in juvenile then. They moved to adult court. Then it's on the burden of the to prove defense to argue right. I believe that tacos. 'cause you guys have hide like crazy. I mean you guys have the christian fernandez like they slammed him. He was twelve years old and they slammed him. Now he's been he's being reset. He was resentenced. so he's going to be getting out soon. but i remember the kiss. Yeah the so funny. Yeah but i really need to. We need to get away from this punishment and we need to just continued rehabilitation rehabilitation rehabilitation. Punishment does not work with these kids. They don't give a fuck. These kids do not give like. I always say survival. Will trump legality. They will do what they need to do to survive in. You have to understand that I don't think we understand it. I mean that's such a missed opportunity to for like we still in most of the states. We still call. Are these departments. We call them a corrections. To correct babe you're to rehabilitate to make it better and it's so hard to do that. Like mean maybe it's not that but we as as a country as a culture we kinda suck at it. We're not great rehabilitated people. But here's this opportunity right. Where like you say you speak to it. The the statistics show that recidivism can be lowered the under under this age like kids can be receptive to to correction. You can save actually save lives and it's a huge opportunity and shit like this wastes those kind of opportunities. Yeah i mean eight tried. I'm trying to figure out like my next steps when it comes to juvenile justice and you know mental health and everything because like my oh i was gonna go for my phd And then like my whole life change. You know my mom pass. But now i like you know. Because i was such a big bernie bro and all that stuff and you know after the after everything happened with that and it's like i'm trying to find a way now to merge those two worlds together because i've always been very vocal about you know injustices in the system. I did Like i don't know if you call guerilla action or whatever winston. Toya brown was in jail. We were trying to get her clemency. We were trying to get her out. Like we wrote letters called people i would like to do more of that Because.
"west" Discussed on Go West, Young Podcast
"Is that logging. Is that getting rid of the grasses. Is it big trees. Little trees how what exactly does that. Look like on the ground recognizing that it's probably a little bit different everywhere you go. Yeah well it. It could mean for example taking away some of the fuel load even even just like the little needles of pine trees that you have just outside your front door of your house so we call that zone one. When it's like really from your house out to about fifteen feet trying to remove like sometimes people have like you know Campfire would start on their outside deck. That's really bad place to store your word by the way. Keep that farther away so so but but you know forest management is is everything from you know. Prescribed fire we. We don't see too many broadcasts burns now and those are larger. Multiple acre landscape scale burns. But we see more Pile burns so. I live in summit county outside my my door. I can look at the mountainside and we have thousands of small piles that need to be burned. And that's an important management strategy. Th the the slope is more than thirty percent grades. You can't get know mechanical equipment in there to remove it so you're going to have to you know. Burn it eventually. It could be do selective. Trent trimming around the landscape could be a larger firebreaks could be clear cuts depending on the location and so yeah combination of cutting down trees and areas removing debris in slash in and utilizing fire. When many be. I want to move from fire into water. Dnr has responsibilities both for water conservation and watershed management. What would the differences between the two. Well you know. Conservation is really part part of our colorado. Water plan is to really look at Having additional storage but also to conserve at least about four hundred thousand acre feet a year. So that's using water wisely looking working with larger water providers Informing them on. You know the the historic drought. That were on and really encouraging them to take proactive steps on on what you know and what they can tell their users on when they can water their lawns or when they can't i personally think as a former summit county commissioner who's worked in local government the local land use decisions play a really important role when it comes to water conservation because they helped set the policies. I think a lot of folks think it's like a statewide like you have to go..
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"Now i've gone on the record many times saying that all of this was just a bald faced attempt to simply break the agency and now we have confirmation that it worked and has been squirrelly up until now about releasing actual numbers about how many people moved to grand junction. When their jobs moved the agency was talking about how there were forty one positions in grand junction. But keep in mind that a position is not an actual human being in a job. Well the agency finally came clean to chase woodruff with colorado newsline. He'd been out in grand junction. He didn't see anyone going in or out of blm headquarters and so a blm. Spokesperson finally admitted that a grand total of three employees actually moved from dc to grand junction three. So that is what tracy stone manning will be walking into assuming she's confirmed by the senate. She's inheriting agency with very little functioning leadership and no functioning headquarters that oversees one tenth of the land in this country that is a huge job and rebuilding the bureau of land management from the damage of the trump. Years is going to take quite some time our guest today heads up the colorado department of natural resources which is to say. He is at the middle of some of the biggest challenges. The state is facing today maybe the biggest ones arguably now that covid cases are finally trending downward dan gibbs is uniquely qualified for his job he has been the county commissioner he was a state representative and a state senator and perhaps most notably he is a red card. Certified wildland firefighter which means he can be on call to fight fires even as he heads up the colorado department of natural resources. Dan is in charge of state parks. Water wildlife forestry oil and gas mining state trust lands. It is a very large portfolio. Although oddly enough he is not in charge of actually fighting the wildfires. And we will talk about that in a minute. But first dan gibbs thank you for joining the podcast. Thanks here thanks for having me so i can't keep a job right. Your mentor so i just ran down that laundry. List of stuff you oversee. How do you make sure all of those areas work together. I can imagine scenarios where say oil and gas oversight runs into conflict with wildlife protection. Well first of all..
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"More than a day or two but that is okay we desperately need the moisture right now on the show. Today we're going to check in on deb holland's first few weeks as interior secretary to say she has hit the ground. Running would be an understatement. The secretary went to utah earlier this month. Making good on a promise to the state's congressional delegation to visit bears ears and grand staircase escalante national monuments before making a recommendation to president biden about whether to restore or expand the monument boundaries. That president trump attempted to shrink now. It's worth noting that the tribal nations that originally proposed the bears ears national monument have made it clear. They want president biden to protect all one point nine million acres of their proposal. Not the one point. Three million acres that president obama protected in two thousand sixteen and after that utah visit secretary holland signed two major secretarial orders. That really set the stage for what we what we're going to see from the interior department under her leadership and so joining me to help break down everything in those orders and talk about national monuments and a whole lot. More sharon pacino. Sharon is the senior director of the land division at the natural resources defense council. She's an attorney who works on environmental reviews public participation. the freedom of information act she also teaches public. Land's law sharon. Welcome to the podcast. It's great to be here thank you. So let's tackle these secretary lew orders in order the first one's about reversing the legacy of former interior secretary bernhardt and the trump administration that second order creates a new climate task force so reversing all of these trump orders. What is covered there. And what's the practical effect of it. Sure well it's Very significant i I would characterize it. In general saying you know in that secretario order Interior has really assumed it's critical role in addressing catastrophic climate change. And so there was a there were a series of actions. Secretarial orders that had been issued during the trump administration that in her order secretary hallen reverses several of them doe was fossil fuel extraction and another key component out was how we are processing decisions that affect public lands and the role of environmental review and public participation in those decisions and then what will be the practical effect of this order. How long will it be before we see results coming from the way all of the various interior department bureaus do business. Well there will be a few things that will have an immediate and one example of that is as a result secretary. Jalen's orders up lay will see much more meaningful consultation with tribal nations occur. It's interesting to in this this The controversy is still going on around. The dakota access pipeline and at the end of the obama administration way really saw the federal government seeking taking action to engage in in a true of collaborative nation-to-nation manner with the tribes at the end of the obama. Administration you actually have a pretty significant action by the solicitor at the interior department to to put a hold on pipeline from going forward of course of that. That was the result that happened with when when president was elected came in but there was a process that was initiated to to define develop what what consultation nation to nation consultation matt and. I think we'll see this administration on secretary talent picking up on some of those ideas and where that left off. I'd like to also mention Cole and why the orders that was revoked by secretary howard was trump's action revoking the moratorium that had been put in place. There has been some discussion about. What does that mean. That moratorium is back in place not necessarily unfortunately because there was language in a satellite jewels order putting the moratorium in place that said it would remain effective until revoked which trump do jeff that means that we go back to the obama and the jewel order but can say is that i think we will definitely new coldly. Seen will definitely receive greater scrutiny and one key piece of that is that the environmental review that is done for newly seen for co leasing will include a robust analysis of the climate change in impacts. And so the action that Secretary jalan took in. This was in her second order along with the climate task force. Was that see specifically directed the interior department to follow its own rules related to nipah review. Which clearly do require considering indirect accumulative impacts at one assessing decision said is proposing to make a leasing coal. Stay just about to ask about that with that. Second order is is there a possible that part of that order about nipah and considering the social cost of greenhouse gases is that potentially does that could add a bigger short term impact than this climate task force itself. That was the headline of the order. Well it certainly will will have yes. It will have.
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"Get fresh air and and in even socially distanced at least be able to see others and in To exercise immediate it it was I think the underscore to the notion that Our mental health parks play such an important role to our mental health and our mental wellbeing as well as our physical wellbeing and certainly our environmental health and so yeah opening Opening up those are closing the roads and open the up to You know just users park users to walk into you know to be outdoors and to really add a greenspace if you will Wasn't really an important endeavor And we were not alone. I mean our Kudos to our department of transportation and infrastructure they also closed literally roads that people dry gone to get to and from places You know in recognition that people needed to be able to get outdoors Close by and to be able to walk and just be outside and so all of us together are really pondering. Now how do we learned from that experience. How many of those closures can we keep. How how can we continue to provide that kind of nearby access to being outdoors Whether it's in a park or literally a nearby street the you know that You know people can access and so we've just been involved in a a a planning process to determine which roads we could continue to keep close. And i'm happy to say we. We've realized that we can do that. With many of our roads on the other hand we've talked about access issues in recognize that not everybody can walk to a park in many of our families and particularly with our large regional parks that have more amenities in a in a small neighborhood. Part might have that providing access to You know families that can't walk to those facilities is important And and certainly providing ada access to people and so we know that our parks serve a very very diverse population with lots of different access needs. And so it's a balance we wanna keep some of the roads closed in provide more park space but we also wanna make sure that we have a good access for families to picnic you And you know families in need to bring a car load of kids to large regional playground to To have fun and or to see a lake not all of our parks lakes so we just wanna be sure that we are providing the equitable access to all of our facilities as the parent of a ten year. Old and a four year old. I would be remiss. If i didn't ask you about playgrounds and the future of play a couple of my kids. Favorites are paco sanchez park. Which has this tackler music. Themed three story tall climbing slide structure. My kids call it. The beehives kind of looks like that and then they also love johnson habitat park which is a criminal under known. A underappreciated park along the south platte. That really is a more natural experience. Talk to me about how big immersive experiences like that. Come about how. How much harder and more expensive is it to put one of those in traditional post and platform playground is. They're called and and what can we look forward to more of that where those going to go. And and what do you think the opportunities are for for taking play to the next level and making it more accessible in those ways that you talked about in great question and i taking place to the next level is exactly what You know it. it's it is about with playgrounds. And you know recognizing the the things you know. The the playgrounds are You.
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"We just recently in Got involved in a our latest and really the first new acquisition to our mountain park system since it was created a since early in the forties or fifties In a four hundred and fifty acre ranch that was donated to the to the denver parks and recreation system by wonderful family wants to leave a legacy appreciated. Our mountain park system has denver routes Had families spend time growing up in denver and so wanted to contribute to that with their own family legacy. So we're very very pleased about that. Let's talk about that. Exton ranch Because it's extent seventy years since there's there's been an addition what's that process going to look like especially since that's one that's not only not just one county over but it stretches all the way into gilpin county. I believe how does working with with. I guess across the city to counties all of these neighbors what. What does that planning process going to look like to make that accessible and part of the system to a great question and it's something that you know we experience regularly. Our mountain parks are all located in somebody else's neighborhood is so to speak in other counties and so we have a long history of Collaborating and coordinating with our partners in other counties this this new ranch is a party in jefferson county as well. It's a county where we we have to so of collaborative ventures with with our adjoining mountain park systems Many people who leave denver and go to the foothills or go into our facilities Travel on our trails. Don't know whether they're on a jefferson county trail or a denver mountain park system and We work hard to make that way. Make it You know smooth process were All can enjoy our facilities This is a new one for us in Having a facility in gilpin county. It adjoins Some wonderful Us force land roosevelt national forest. Some state parks Golden gate State part golden gate canyon. State park is nearby We're right on the edge of boulder and boulder's extensive system. And we've already begun the process of talking about how we were together across these front range amount facilities to provide the best access in experience..
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"Foundation commissioned a study last year. That shows that the. Us has fewer forests streams wetlands natural places near the places where black latino and asian american people live and especially for families with children. They have less access to nature nearby. Then the rest of the country in other words. These communities are nature deprived. Do you think number one that denver easy in as good or a better place than its peer cities And what work has still has to be done in terms of making sure. All of denver's families have that proximity to nature. Great question I think the reality that reality of of that access gap Is something is a powerful driver for what we do In denver parks and recreation. Every day. And i get a chance to work with a lot of my colleagues around the country and i don't you know i guess you know acre by acre. I'm not. I'm not sure how we stack up I would. I would say this that we certainly share a That a challenge In a and. I think it's one that partisan recreation executives all across this country are acutely focused on It closing that gap It's the reason why we In denver adopted the trust republic land. Ten minute Walk a standard and more than that that. It's not just a ten minute walk to equality park trail or playground but in our instance in denver. We wanna make sure that some of that access is more nature based We want to introduce more opportunities for connection to a natural systems to whether it's water whether it's pollinator gardens whether it's recreating The sort of the natural environment of denver denver's high plains area so you know just introducing some of the the natural historic features of our city where we can even even in some of our already existing sort of more formalized parks. We we actually have a plan to convert some spaces within those areas And particularly in our underserved communities where they have a chance to understand the ecology of our You know of our community. E e even though we're very urban environment and people can find respite in fine You know that sort of oasis in in in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the city and It's an experience that i had growing up. I had the good fortune to live within. Walking distance of one of denver's historic.
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"I was so in love with the idea of sparring colorado wilderness. That race wasn't really initially on my mind You know i. I simply wanted to learn all i could about. How does the by And you know. Colorado mountain club provided me that opportunity to have my first educational courses To learn about how to do that But now we'll say this It was apparent in very easily recognisable. The probably the only ethnic Are least the ethnic groups that. I'm usually a accustomed to being around was highly underrepresented and i was the only black person in my course but i you know again. I didn't allow that to deter me. From making connections yom extrovert. I wanna learn more from the experts. So you know i put myself out there. I talked to as many people as i could. I try to befriend as many people as could and even try to you know have someone as a mentor for me but i do believe the biggest talents as a as a novice a floor was was was really it was the gatekeepers of knowledge. I hope that makes sense so You know there were people who were very highly experience in for me. That's who i wanted to guy. That's who i wanted to mentor. Me and and i felt some way that you know that i couldn't be in the fold or of these experienced people because all they wanted to do was essentially experience colorado wondrous landscapes with others his spores. Right or discuss. Like the latest fad in gear. And how you know that calls hundreds of thousands of dollars that's just not where it was my life and so and i'll also say this to end end this I wanted to as an extrovert s. Someone who really enjoys people. I wanted to talk about real issues around the linkage between mental health and the outdoors. I wanted to talk about race and social justice And my experience without criticism without any type of judgement which. I believe many of the people. They're not necessarily comfortable discussing or perhaps it just wasn't that the place for it right you know. It was a place for education. There was a place for people to learn about the outdoors to build connections as it relates to the outdoors. But when you know you want to talk about your journey your own surf journey tours. You know anti racism and you know things like that you know. People were not comfortable being uncomfortable with those type of conversations and so that led me to score a lot so it sounds like then you're experienced there and i don't want to focus too much on colorado mountain club because i think that experience is probably pretty common across the country of that sort of 'gate-keeping that you get when folks want to to get outdoors at how does that then bring you to to rising routes all that is transition or i'll have to go back just a little bit sure because after go back to where i grew up. And that's where. I grew up where i came from arta coming to colorado which was mona brassica Before i came to colorado. I was in the financial feel. I was just starting to to engage in the outdoors. As much as i did when i was a youth By going camping things like that in nebraska in flatland country right yeah but An experience won't be up to the disparities of judah system Inexperience won't me up to understanding that there was a lack of empathy and concern for other people problems and Briefly what happened. I was wrong. Wrongfully accused of something. I didn't do. I was a beat up and thrown in jail for numerous days. I fault the judicial system for almost over a year trying to reduce a senator. I didn't commit And ultimately it created barriers in my own career path in the financial world where i will arrive ing prior to that incident And now ahead barriers. Where no one would. Because i had a record no one would want to hire me or or An and it just made it a lot more difficult djerba And so when that happened. And i moved to colorado and is experienced this. This piece is freedom of the outdoors. It eight it my mental health so well so well allow me to sit with myself and to heal from the trauma that that spirit calls me that. I felt like everyone should be enjoying this. Everyone should have a piece of what that feels like. And so the spark arising routes Was lit at that point. So yeah that's that's that's essentially how we got started in. I guess if you want to know about what. Rising routes is just a real quick one liner more more than one line. Because i think you've opened up a whole a whole lot of of different paths here. I wanna go down. So yes give us the the description of rising routes and what it's doing and then i want to explore the the sections between racial justice injustices in the criminal justice system and how the outdoors can fit into all of that picture. Because i think it's something that most people don't even think about in that way even after last summer and the george floyd protests those two things here one. there's a mental health component. There's an environmental stewardship component right. And then there's this social justice component to rise. You're out so this next between all three And we're trying to intertwine those work those together with rise route so And the reason why. I say the the social justice is evident based off my experiences. So there's this next that we we. I found When i first moved here as far as like you know falling in love with the outdoors is thing. So when you fall in love with the outdoors you have this interest in preserving this interest in making sure that you steward because you love it so much you love the trails that you are accustomed to going to your favorite places and so You know when you start seeing this rampant climate change and wildfires and everything else that is happening in places that you love the recreate. You know your heart cries so you really want to figure out a way to to help it. So that was that piece right But then there the mental health piece because it brought me so much So much freedom the be out there a clear about mind and allow it provided a sanctuary for me to to heal right from bills past traumas in experiences And then the social the social justice issue didn't come into my founder co founder rise. Arouse mideast gerais came on board and.
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"And where once it might have been something that you would say. Well you know. Republicans are are just You know dismissive. Even sometimes hostile to those ideas it's really move significantly. We now the majority of republicans that say this is a serious problem in their state. And and that's a big change over the last decade And you know in in other research that we do. We see. We see that as well not just in the west but throughout the country where it's really shifted in terms of opinions and it's something that especially younger republicans. Moderate republicans really want on the action on. So i think it's something that they need to pause and think about and take a fresh look at Given the very real shifts. We've seen over time dave same question to you. The by didn't administration calls you up and says okay. What do i need to know from this. Giant forty question battery What are the two or three biggest takeaways. You'd want the administration to to really hear here. Yeah well i i would. Echo what lori said about climate change I think in particular for a democratic administration Issues related to climate are not just a rising concern a big concern for democrats but they are one of the things that they are. Most concerned about period We lot of polling around the democratic presidential primary last year that it was literally change was the issue about which democratic voters were most concerned But as laura detailed this is not just a democratic issue anymore something that the center of the electorate also feels strongly about or even seeing Substantial concern from from republicans. I think the main thing that i would recommend from this data is not having to do with one specific policy or issue. But it's just the need to go big and obviously the president is getting this advice on a wide range of different policy fronts right now but despite the pandemic what we're seeing in these numbers is voters are not only not backing away from support for conservation but their support is broader and more intense than it has been in prior years and Even when prompted to think about some of the budget concerns that our current economic context creates. They're still saying that they wanna see more. Invested in conservation The administration's getting a lot of criticism fairly or not these days You know as they consider using reconciliation to pass the covid relief. Bill that this is inconsistent with the president's promised during his campaign to to govern from a position of unity. And you know as we discussed earlier. This set of issues around conservation are ones that unite westerners more than they divide and so the biden administration is looking for a place where it can really have some bipartisan success and it appealed to the full political spectrum of voters investing in conservation is absolutely a place where they can do that. Go big i guess is the takeaway. Then dave mets is upholster with fm. Three laurie weigel pollster of newbridge strategy. Thank you both so much You can find the full results of the conservation in the west pole at state of the rockies dot com..
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"And yeah we had two thirds or grader. indicating support for any one of these Particular policies and the list goes on and on sort of hit the range from water to wildlife to lance to To what exactly can take place or not on national public lands. But generally i think the themes that they've talked about the interest in prioritizing the conservation value these lands for wildlife habitat. Well still ensuring that that you know we westerners can get out there and recreate in these places Was really sort of the tone Across all of these different policies and they're not shy about wanting to make investments when we asked about modernizing water infrastructure or extending water and sanitation areas We saw great support for that as well. Even when directly talked about that requiring funding so. I think you're really seeing a sense that these things are worthy and needed and something. That's important to do today. I want to dive into this. Oversample of indigenous americans and people of color I think it's it's fascinating that we spent the. I think it's fascinating that you spent the time to do that. to to make sure you could speak with confidence about what voters of color say dave what what stuck out to you from those results. I think what's most striking is not that. The views of westerners of colored differ dramatically from From white voters but the intensity of their sentiment on many issues is just much higher Both their support for policies that would protect land. Aaron water And their level of concern about some of the threats facing the west in terms of climate change and other things we just see A higher proportion of voters of color telling us that they feel strongly about these issues. And that's true. Both for some policies where were invoking Issues that may be of particular concern to one racial or ethnic group for example. We had questions talking about a support for protecting native american sites where we saw among native american voters upwards of two-thirds offering strong support for the policy far more than any other ethnic group. But it's also true when we're just talking in general about the sort of full range of conservation concepts that. Laurie and i have been talking about so far and i will say that. That's very consistent with holding that. We have done around the country where voters of color make up a larger share of other states electorates We pretty consistently see ten to fifteen point gaps with more support and stronger support for conservation policies. Coming from communities of color than we see coming from white voters. Last question for each of you is takeaways to your your various clients who you might advise so laurie your republican pollster. If you're advising or or giving a briefing to say republican in the us senate what's the takeaway for them What's what do you need to internalize from this poll. Well there's a lot here. And i encourage all of them to really the data's like any of your listeners because there's just so much that we're seeing in the data. But you know. I think one thing. That's clearly going to be On the agenda coming up there in at the federal level is issues related to climate change..
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"Can many. I'd be hard pressed. I mean really water issues there. One of the things that that tends to get overwhelming bipartisan agreements and even some land conservation issues You know can consider as we see. What thirty thirty can match that. Kind of a bipartisan here. But really it's it's it's a rare and few. We see where voters across. The aisle will agree. Davidson's like you agree. This outlier yeah hundred percent. It's a it's a rare area of consensus that time when our politics is marked more by division than unity. And i think what really makes this issue distinct is that voters may come to it from different places may be different values and desires their motive. Motivating them but they end up sharing support for these policies. four democrats as we've seen their highly concerned about climate change Larger numbers of of democrats will tell us that they wanna see nature preserve for its own sake for its own inherent value but among republicans. We also have large numbers of sportsmen and sportswomen people who recreate outdoors frequently And want to see land preserved for those recreational values and so there may be different factors that drive their support for conservation but it does result in this remarkable and rare sort of bipartisan agreement. That this is that Worth significant effort an investment from government. Right now so. I know we didn't. You didn't drill into Exactly how you get to thirty by thirty but they did ask about. Should we have more national parks. National monuments those sorts of things. What did you end up finding their very strong support for creating new national parks national monuments. National wildlife refuges and those type of protected areas Especially given the context we pfizer on protecting historic sites or areas for outdoor recreation We had eighty four percent overall in the west and Basically two thirds or greater in every single state and support was fairly intense as well. We had a a solid majority of fifty five percent saying that they strongly support that i think some of that is linked to the fact that we had a majority as well that said You know we survive twenty twenty and once we get through a difficult winter in the pandemic under control. They really want to go out and visit national public land's more often Than they have in the past and you know very few only four percents that they prefer to visit less less often so really people are wanting to get out there and to enjoy these places and so that may be part of the rationale for why they are so badly and support of creating new places truck create. Was there also an awareness of of overcrowding issues.
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"I thought that there's a consensus around investing in conservation even though there's awareness that that state budgets are really tight right now because of the pandemic. Yeah absolutely it's really striking in the data. I mean These voters are obviously feeling the economic anxiety that we know. Many americans are feeling as we've been facing a something of an economic downturn. Since the start of the pandemic we have sizable majorities of our respondents. Who tell us they're worried about. State budget deficits and also that. They're worried about unemployment in their state. And you know in in Are more recent over. The last couple of years unemployment was close to the bottom of the list of concerns. Voters were worried about but despite those economic anxieties it's really striking the degree to which voters believe that conservation should be a priority And we still have large numbers of voters who are telling us that they wanna see their state spending more as opposed to less on conservation. So this is not something that voters see as optional. It's not something that they think is only worthy of investment in economic. Good times. it's something they really see as a core in in vital function of Of government to protect something that they view is essential to their quality of life in the west. And we've talked a lot on this podcast about the thirty by thirty goal which is now part of a president. Biden's official climate agenda Before that was signed as part of the oh you were in the field asking about thirty by thirty Lor dave what did you end up. Finding there in terms of where voters are with this one very specific goal in terms of conservation and and protecting wildlife and and land. Yes so we saw. The three quarters of voters in the interior west are indicating support. For this sort of big national goal of conserving thirty percent of our land and inland waters. throughout the country and certainly A matching that thirty percent in ocean areas as well in in the very near-term by by the year twenty thirty We had a majority in every western state telling us that that was something That they support and we also saw That policy goal really cross partisan lines now granted. We didn't frame it as you did. As being part of a played climate agenda but it was a three in five republicans that indicated support along with the overwhelming majority of independent coders at eighty percent and nearly all democrats ninety two percent indicating support for that kind of a bold vision for conservation. So give me a sense of how that kind of consensus compares to other issues if you ask about the minimum wage or kelsey care or abortion when what kinds of issues do you see. That kind of bipartisan consensus. On when you're in the field you.
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"You right behind toasting marshmallows. In the summer leaf peeping the aspens in the fall. It is time for the annual conservation in the west pole from colorado college in all seriousness. High-quality public opinion polling is very hard to come by even more so when it comes to outdoors and conservation issues so this poll which is now in its eleventh year gives us incredible insight into what westerners are thinking. And how those thoughts have changed over the last decade. We're going to talk to pollsters behind it in just a minute but first let's do the news. It took mere moments for the oil and gas industry to start running around like chicken. Little as soon as president biden announced a pause on oil and gas leasing across the west kathleen sagana. the head of the western energy alliance. Trade group went on fox news to warn that. Even pausing new leases. We'll do this. And so this order yesterday would kill fifty eight thousand seven hundred jobs in eight states in the west where over ninety seven percent of the federal production is found. yeah it was a similarly dire story from the ceo of the american petroleum institute. Mike summers he went on the call with reporters to say that there are hundreds of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in government revenue at risk. Api is even spending more than a million bucks on tv. Ads that suggests school buses will vanish into thin air. Just because of a pause on oil leasing really does sound terrible. Doesn't it and there is just one problem with those dire predictions and that's if you ask oil and gas executives. They will happily admit they are doing just fine. The ceo of conaco phillips was on an earnings call. Now keep in mind this earnings call. It's regulated by the sec. You don't get to lie to investors and he said on this call quote. Conaco phillips has the flexibility that i've versity and the depth of low cost of supply and low greenhouse gas resource to manage through this issue without materially impacting. Our plans there is no equivocation there. No material impact. That is as definitive as it gets. It's a similar story. At two of the other biggest producers on public lands in the west both yoji resources and different energy have confirmed. They have at least four years worth of drilling permits on national public land. The chief operating officer of yogi told investor conference quote when it comes to access to federal lands. That's one of the things. Were really not worried about in our business. So if oil companies aren't actually threatened by this temporary pause and leasing. Why do they want the american people to think. The.
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"Which is you protected under the endangered species act so these are just boondoggle projects that they're trying to green light because they know a sane administration wouldn't do it so on top of all of that and this is where i just get to rant on my own because i'm the host tonight going to say that i get to rant here and i wrote a piece yesterday on the sedition in washington and the fact that david bernhardt is aiding and abetting that sedition with official acts on his way out the door. One of the things that he did very quietly buried it on new year's eve because he knew how controversial this was was david. Bernhardt signed an order proposing the restoration of grazing privileges to the hammond family. These are the arsonists who burned public. Land In oregon were sentenced to prison and became the inspiration for the bundy. Takeover of the mailer wildlife refuge. They were pardoned last year by president. Trump. and as if that wasn't enough secretary. bernhardt is now saying. Oh okay no problem. You can go back to grazing the land that you committed arson on. And he's doing this. Simultaneously with president trump sending messages to the bundy's and all of their supporters come to washington on january. Sixth will be wild and on top of that. there's more he's also signing orders undermining law enforcement at the bureau of land management where he surprised everyone at l. Even apparently mike ned. The career top official at blm by taking authority away from state directors who know the situation on the ground and giving all of that law enforcement oversight to the top level office of law enforcement which is run by or can be run by politicals. And that's important because that is a message to these crazy constitutional sheriffs who the bundy's were trying to go see when avoid finnigan killed and these folks who insist that local sheriff's are the top law enforcement agency in the country and they have authority over national public lands and by by signing this order surprising the entire agency. It is taking this law enforcement authority away at a time when these anti-government extremist militias are trying to partner with these antigovernment extremists sheriffs and holding armed rallies at state capitals across the country. We've seen ammon bundy leading invasion of the idaho state capital. We of course saw what happened at the us capitol. and what. I have been so angry about here. Is that it it shows. Finally the david bernhardt is not just doing industry interests here. He is taking official. Acts to help this seditionists and that. That's that's different than even what we'd seen him do before. He is actively helping the sedition in washington. Okay well getting off my soapbox but either of you feel free to just chime in here well aaron. You didn't even mention that. During the flurry of holiday pardons from president trump pardoned phil lyman. Utah county commissioner. Who led it. In legal atv ride through recapture kit in In southeast utah home to native american cultural sites and showed little regard for that. So i this is just up up and down the line emboldening. These extremists all right. So either jesse or jenny. What do we think is still to come in the final days. Could we see more in the federal register between now and the nineteenth or twentieth have anything specific the rate at our thankfully. But you know. I wouldn't put it past this. Is this administration. I mean what we're seeing right now is just.