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A highlight from Sumali Ray-Ross | Global Health & DEIA Expert, Coach & Speaker
"Welcome to Available Worldwide, the podcast by, for, and about the accompanying partners of the U .S. Foreign Service. Hello and welcome to Available Worldwide. I'm Stephanie Anderson here today with Shumali Ray Ross. Thank you so much for being here, Shumali. Thank you so much for having me, Stephanie. So Shumali, first we're going to get started with some quickfire questions, but before we get into that, could you just tell us in a few words what you do? I am an international health and DEI expert. I'm also an intercultural life and leadership and health coach. I'm a speaker and I combine both of it to be a fusion health and development person. And I'm sure you're much, much more than that as well, but we'll get into that as we go. Okay, great. Where are you currently located and who do you live with? I'm currently located in Atlanta, Georgia, and I live with my awesome daughter. Okay. And I know you've been attached to the Foreign Service for many years, but what countries have you lived in around the world? So I have lived in Indonesia twice, Vietnam, Cambodia, India, while my husband was in Pakistan. So it was an unaccompanied post. I've lived in South Africa and the U .S. twice. We've been evacuated twice out of Indonesia, which is quite an experience. And my husband currently is in Ethiopia and I am in Atlanta, as I mentioned. What three words might your best friend use to describe you? I think my best friend would say I'm courageous, tenacious, and definitely a nurturer. And what would you say is your superpower? My superpower is that I am very inclusive and I like to make everyone feel like they belong. And then the last question, and I love that you chose this question, but how are you doing for real? So I chose this question because I like to get comfortable with the uncomfortable. And I think if you ask me today, I'm doing extremely well. But if you asked me yesterday, I'd say I wasn't doing that well. And I think that's just the virtue of being a human. So some days are good and some days are not so good, but I take the blessings and the gratitude of the good days. And I think I learned from the not so good days. So that's how I'm doing for real. So, Shimali, I know that you, as I mentioned before, have been attached to the Foreign Service for a number of years now. Do you know about how many years? Yeah, I actually calculated it because I knew you were going to ask me that question. So it's actually 19 years. 18 years. Wow. And now you have transitioned to the U .S., to Atlanta. How has that transition been for you? I actually think it's been the toughest transition for me. And I've been asked this question, why the toughest, since I've lived in seven countries. I think it's been the toughest because, one, it wasn't a transition that we planned on. It was an unexpected transition because it was because of a health reason that we had to make this transition. It's a transition because I am here without a school or a job or an embassy affiliation. I didn't know the A of Atlanta or the G of Georgia. So everything about it is new. And so I think the first year was very tough. We left our daughter here as an 18 -year -old to go to undergrad and expected her to be an adult. And then when she became an adult, we expected her to become a child with me being her caretaker. So I think the first year was very tough, but I'm now pulling on all my sub -superpowers, which is the grit, the determination, the courage, and the resilience to learn to call Atlanta my home. You mentioned when you moved back to the U .S., when we were talking a little bit earlier, you mentioned that moving back to the U .S., your goal was to work again in public health and that you really met some challenges due to the years you spent overseas getting back into that career. Can you talk a little bit about that and how that's led to where you're at in your career now? Yeah, I think my journey being an EFM is no different from any other person's journey. I think my husband and I made a decision in our career. In fact, I was the primary person in our career. I joined USAID as a personal services contractor in the late 1990s. And it was a rare phenomena for the woman to be going and the husband to be joining and giving up their career with a 15 -month -old baby. And I was well regarded by all the security guards who remembered us when my husband went back as the Foreign Service Officer. But, you know, it was after two evacuations, we decided that my husband would join the Foreign Service and take the exam and I would accompany. I don't like the trailing or the following because we all, you know, accompany our spouses or we become members of households. And with that comes, you know, sacrifices of reinventing ourselves or taking gaps in our careers or coming back to our home countries to take care of our parents or our significant, you know, others or our loved ones. And it gets very difficult in the work environment when we come back to our home countries to find work because it's difficult to explain those gaps. Plus, it's very difficult unless we are gung -ho career people to have continuity with the same organization. So if I had worked for the same organization from country to country, which is impossible and for most of us, I didn't have that relationship with that organization. So when I came back, I had, even though I had worked for Global Fund and WHO and the State Department, I just didn't have either the continuity of time frame or the continuity in country. I just, you know, what you saw on my resume is what you got. And even though I have two masters from Columbia and all the credentialing, it just didn't matter. And I was very fortunate to have all the interviews, but I just ended up feeling terrible, like most EFMs do when they come back is like, whatever we did was not good enough. And I could never pull on my lived experience of transitioning my family through seven countries and doing all the things we do. Whatever I did, I couldn't build on that lived experience and I just couldn't make it. And I think this is what the challenge that I went through, even with all my education. I grew up with multiple languages, including English. I just, and from Columbia, with one of the best schools, I just couldn't hack finding a job. And I got up one day at two o 'clock in the morning and I just said to my husband, I said, you know, I can't do this anymore. And he said, can't this wait? And I was like, no, it can't. And I said, you know, I just can't do it. And he's like, I said, I'm going back to school because I said, where is a person? I said, actually a woman, but it, you know, I'm a gender person. I it's neutral for anybody. I said, where is a person's lived experiences taken into account? And I went back to school to become a coach because I felt that a person's lived experiences needs to be taken into account in the job market. And as EFMs, this is where we really need to advocate for our voices to be heard into the job. I'm still hoping to be that employer to take that voice into account. I am employed now to be able to have that voice heard. And I have got back into that space. And you were mentioning that you recently landed a consulting job and that you're approaching it with a coaching mindset. Yeah. Yeah. So you're able to blend what you learned from coaching into that consulting background. So I was very fortunate when I came to, you know, and it's a hard thing because I went to coach. So I went back to school and that was one of the things. So when I came back to the US, I think we always hear it's a doom and gloom story repatriating back to the US. And it isn't a doom and gloom story. It is a doom and gloom story. And it is a doom and gloom story. If you are. I didn't even know what this concept, Stephanie, means is foreign born. We are all foreign. I have friends of mine who are not foreign born, who feel they're foreign when they come back home. You know, some don't because they have homes and they come back all the time. But there are many who do not belong to Washington, D .C. or Virginia and landed back in Washington, D .C. and Virginia and feel that they are foreign back in the US after being living abroad most of their lives. So it doesn't mean because you're a person of color or you're something else. We all are. Many of us are foreign when we come back. But, you know, for me, for example, who was not born in the US and had lived abroad for nearly 20 years, you know, I came back right pre -COVID. It was freezing. My neighbors wouldn't talk to me. You know, I had two kids who were in my daughter had become a local student from Agnes Scott where she went to college. She didn't have a graduation. You know, my son had five months left of school to finish. I mean, it was a it was a nightmare on a many fronts. So my first job was to get my family situated. Then it was to focus on me. And I think one of the things I would tell people COVID or no COVID is you need to sit reflect. If it's a good experience, enjoy the experience. If for me it was like to just wallow in where I was, you know, just wallow in it, give yourself that space and the grace to say this is where I am. It's not the best situation because unless you give yourself that space and grace, how can you hold that space and grace for your family? You can't. And then just get on with it. And for me, I felt I had been at a positive 10 and now I was at a negative 10. You know, I was freezing. It was, you know, just like we were all together in this constricted space, dealing with everybody's constricted mindset, you know, and I sort of felt I had lost my purpose and I have never lived without purpose. I've been very fortunate to have a very strong role models, women role models and my mother who said to me, you know, you were born, you know, to make a difference and you were born to have a purpose and to feel suddenly I had lost my purpose was like I'd lost my radar. And I think that time to wallow and that time to have space and grace made me realize that actually my purpose had sort of fallen in that sort of space and that the thing that I have lost was actually was just buried. And once I discovered, rediscovered my purpose, I realized that the two things that make me most happy are to be of service and to learn. Well, Covid wasn't the best time to be of service. The only person I could be of service was to myself and to my family. But what I could do was to learn. And so I took a pause. I explored, I took the science of well -being, happiness, which was offered by Yale. I did a gender -based violence. I mean, that's my area along with public health from John Hopkins. I did both my certifications on health and on leadership and health and wellness. I did a transformative coaching course. I did a whole bunch of courses and sort of upgraded my skills. And the more I studied and the more I learned, the happier I felt. And so I focused sort of on my personal happiness and the happier I got, I sort of was able to hold more space for my family. It sounds like all that learning kind of re -inspired you and reinvigorated you as well. Like it's sort of that interesting chicken and egg thing where when you're not doing anything and you feel stuck and you are wallowing in it, it's hard to get out of that. And then when you do start moving forward, things really start sort of compounding in a good way. You know, it inspires you to make more changes and add more things to your plate, essentially. And I also, you know, we instituted little things like we had family dinners, everybody did their own thing. We had family dinners. You know, I tried to find other people in the foreign service community who we had been in Indonesia together, so we couldn't meet, but we could talk on the telephone. So we tried to find like a virtual community. I got onto Nextdoor. You know, I tried to find I got onto Sietar, which is this cultural, you know, I tried to find so my way of dealing with it was to create a virtual community because it was such a socially isolating period for everyone. But also, I knew that for me, community was so important. I couldn't go back to India. There was so much loss as well happening. And all you were hearing was negativity, that it was a way of maintaining positivity in one's life and networking. Sort of reconnecting with people I worked with in the past. And that's how I actually landed up getting my consultancy in Atlanta, because I reached out to a woman who I'd worked with in USAID many years ago, and she put me in touch with somebody at CARE. And there was nothing at that point. But nine months later, I got when I came to Atlanta, I had a message on my phone saying, are you interested in a consultancy with CARE? So it sounds like you really keep coming back to that idea of community and networking and finding other people. This might be an obvious question, but if there's other EFMs out there who are feeling really stuck and sort of stuck in the wallowing phase, do you have any advice for them apart from possibly finding a community? Any other steps that they might take to get themselves out of that stuck phase? So I think, you know, I mean, there are a few it depends a lot on your personality, right? I also recommend some people like to journal. I meditate a lot. Some people like to meditate. Some people like to pray. One of the things that I also recommend to people, you know, you don't have to be in this alone. It helps. I'm an ambivert. I used to be an extrovert. I'm not an extrovert. If you're an introvert, it's harder, you know, to reach out to people. But if you're at post, there are a lot of resources there. You don't have to. Nobody has to know that you're reaching out. But I always I have a clinical psychology background. Please reach out to some men if you need mental health support. There is no shame in asking for help. So please seek out any kind of support that you need. And there is so much support both at post and in the U .S. You don't have to do. Nobody has to do it alone. We were talking a little bit earlier, you and I were, about the practical advice and support that we sometimes don't get when we first become EFMs as it relates to our future careers and how those might evolve. And we were talking about clearances and non -competitive eligibility. Looking back at your career, are there any steps or things you would have done differently had you known about them in the past? I think the Department of State does a fabulous job in and I say this because I worked for USAID and for the Department of State. I worked for in Indonesia. I worked for the HR department on onboarding and I was the EFM point person. And so I know what a fabulous job the State Department does in preparing spouses who are coming out and first term officers, other officers. And these are the job opportunities. Please apply for them. And it's something that I wish USAID and other agencies would do more of and there would be more collaboration between the agencies. I've been now an EFM for 19 years and I wish I had known more or my agency, which is my husband's sponsoring agency USAID, had informed us more about non -competitive eligibility or what are the jobs that we could have applied for. I think if many of us would have known this, then when we came back to Washington, we would have had more opportunities for jobs. And as you advance in the number of years that you've been in the Foreign Service, you have that much more of an advantage when you come back to the U .S. to have access to jobs that you would normally not have. So I definitely recommend and it's my plea to EFM starting off, take advantage, whether you're with the Department of State or with other agencies such as USAID or CDC, please take advantage of the opportunities that are there. It may seem a job that doesn't match your qualifications. It doesn't matter because in the long term, when you come back and you will come back home and you will be looking for work, you will have so many more opportunities if you have put in the requirement number of years that will serve you well once you're back. And also, please go for your clearance because it took me 36 months to get my clearance and partly because I was foreign born as well. But once you have your clearance, it stays with you for the tenure of your time in the Foreign Service.
Fresh update on "yale" discussed on Bloomberg Law
"In more than half the states are fighting to remove former President Donald Trump from state ballots under the Disqualification Clause of Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment, which states that no person shall hold office if they have previously taken an oath as a member of Congress as or an officer of the United States and engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the Constitution. But secretaries of state like Minnesota's Steve Simon say they can't enforce the Fourteenth Amendment on their own. The ones who are going to make the legal calls about who engaged in what conduct and whether rises it to the level of constitutional disqualification, that's what a court will do. But so far, courts Colorado, in Michigan, and Minnesota have refused to disqualify Trump. In fact, after a five day trial, Colorado Judge Sarah Wallace found that Trump did engage in insurrection during the January 6th attack on the U .S. Capitol, but said he was not covered by Section 3. Here to help explain it all is elections law expert Richard Brofault, a professor at Columbia Law School. Rich, tell us about these legal challenges under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment. So, there is a series of challenges are being brought to former President Trump's eligibility to be a candidate for president because of his actions during the course of the January 6th attack on the Capitol. And the real question is whether or not that is an insurrection. This has to do with the provision of the 14th Amendment that was adopted in the aftermath of the Civil War that was intended to keep former U .S. officials who then joined the Confederacy from being eligible to serve in U .S. office again. It specifically says that for certain people, and one question is who is covered by it, if they engaged in insurrection, that's the key language. If they engage in insurrection against the Constitution of the United States, they are they would be eligible to hold certain offices in the United States. And so a number of people have argued that former President Trump, because of his activities and in activities on January falls within that prohibition of being eligible to be president again. And so this has led to extended arguments academic and now a series of lawsuits. And these lawsuits raise bunch a of questions is what happened on January 6, and insurrection did the president engage in the insurrection by various speeches he gave and statements he made and actions he took and didn't take going up to and on January 6. And another question that turns out to be surprisingly complicated is whether he's of one the people who is prohibited from holding office again, because the language section three of the 14th amendment uses is no person shall be a senator or representative in Congress or an elector for president vice or president or hold any office under the United States. And the question that has come up is whether the president is somebody who holds an office under the United States. And although it seem may pretty obvious that the president obviously holds an office under the United States, many people have argued that the presidency is distinct, and is not simply an office under the United States, but is its own thing. This Colorado judge Wallace issued the first legal ruling that concluded that the former president had incited insurrection through his actions on January 6th, and that the First Amendment doesn't protect his actions. But then she went on to find that Section 3 doesn't cover presidents? That's correct. That's right. So yes, that's absolutely right. She Yeah, basically said that what happened on January 6th was an insurrection, which is a violent attack on the government of the United States, an official action in the United States, which is counting the electoral votes, that President Trump engaged president, and the insurrection through the speeches he gave inciting the activity and his general, you know, build up the day before January 6, of a sense amongst his supporters that something needs to be done to block counting the the electoral vote. And yes, the various statements he made she concluded were not protected by the First Amendment because they were intended to incite violence. But then she concluded that he's not somebody subject to Section 3 of the 14th Amendment. Section 3 of the 14th Amendment refers to a senator, a senator in Congress, an elector for president, or any other office, civil or military under the United States, or under any state. And the question comes up is whether or not the presidency is an office under the United States, and although intuitively it might seem that the presidency is the ultimate office under the United States, she concluded that the presidency is not, and she gave a couple of reasons for that. One is the way the amendment is written, kind of written, by naming some specific offices and kind of level of seniority for a senator than representative, and sort of noteworthy, it doesn't actually say president. And then she notes that there are several other provisions in the constitution that distinguish between the president as a distinctive position and various kinds of offices and civil offices, and so she concluded that the presidency is itself not covered by the 14th amendment, section three. Trump's lawyer, Scott Gessler, referring to judge's the conclusion that Trump engaged in insurrection, said it was a little bit unusual for her to spend a lot of time talking about that and then at the end rule that the 14th amendment didn't apply. It is interesting. The opinion is 102 pages long, and some of that is just her procedural stuff, but she doesn't actually get to this question of whether or not the presidency is an office under the United States or an office covered by section three of the 14th amendment, until about page 95 of this 102 page opinion. So it does seem a bit odd. I guess you could say that obviously she's top not of the final say. She is just the lower court charge that's going to go up through the Colorado court system and maybe ultimately to the US Supreme Court. And so maybe in defense of what she did is she basically says, well, if you reverse me on the question of whether or not the presidency is an office covered by this, I've made findings on everything else that's relevant because other people have argued either that January 6th didn't rise to the level of an insurrection, it was a riot, but not as serious an insurrection, or that President Trump didn't engage in the insurrection. All they did was give speeches and make statements, but engage in the insurrection. So she basically said, you know, in some sense, if you look at the text of the amendment, it requires really three things, that there be an insurrection, that the person had been engaged it, in and that it applied to the presidency. And so she has made rulings that it was an insurrection, and that he did engage in it, but that the 14th Amendment doesn't apply to him. So, conceivably, a higher court on appeals court or the Colorado Supreme Court, or the US Supreme Court, could conclude that the presidency is covered, in which case they'd have her findings on the other two issues. With all the cases trying to get him off the ballot via the 14th Amendment, have they all failed? They're all at early stages. Maybe it's more accurate to say none has succeeded. But they're all at fairly early stages. I mean, the election is coming up soon. And right now, the only real question is, is being on the primary ballot. And some people have argued, well, the primary is premature. It's really about the general election. But Yale, there are challenges percolating in a number of states. Certainly nothing has succeeded yet. But I don't think there's been a definitive ruling by the highest court of any state yet either. And does this seem like something the Supreme Court should take up? It's obviously an incredibly important question. At the moment, given the lack of any law on this, the Supreme Court usually only comes in after there's been a final lower court judgment, and especially if there's been some disagreement. This is something that they might want to settle. I mean, I think the real anxiety that many people have is what happens when, let's say, Trump wins, but members of Congress don't think that they should certify his election because some members of Congress think that he violated the 14th Amendment. And what happens if this becomes an issue January 6 of 2025? Let's turn now to another issue. One of the most important pieces of civil rights legislation in our history, the Voting Rights Act, was signed into law in August of 1965 by President Lyndon Johnson. Today is a triumph for freedom as huge as any victory that's ever been won on any battlefield. But Supreme Court the gutted a core part of that landmark law in 2013, and now a ruling by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals threatens to deal a death blow to the act.
A highlight from National Suicide: Bidens America
"Instead of fucking pulling your kids out of a car. All right, and that is Metallica James Hetfield to send them one of my hats. I don't know if you got it or not, but I sent it to one of their recording studios, California. The only one I know that they have, this is Ian Trottier here, folks, for discussions of truth. I'm going to give you a monologue, if you will, today. It's just me, no guests. It's been a while here since I have released a podcast. People ask me all the time, left and right. I blow people away with some of the knowledge that I have, and they ask me, Ian, when did you start uncovering the deep state? When did you start looking into this? It's very simple, it's very easy. 2016, Miami Beach, the Zika virus. A good friend of mine who's no longer with us, fortunately passed away the fall of 2019. David got me looking into the Zika virus. Wow, that has been four years now that David's been gone. David got me looking into the Zika virus and the pesticide. As I began digging down the road, of course, it's not even cliché, really. It was the Rockefeller Foundation involved in the Zika virus and also the pesticide. I was quickly turned on to Anthony Sutton, who is a Stanford Hoover Fellow. He was writing about the corruption in the Federal Reserve. I then found him talking about the Hegelian dialectic, which is essentially how the Rothschild made their fortune over centuries, creating and controlling conflict in Europe. It was pretty simple. Those are the dots that I've connected. You can certainly agree with them or not, but some of these things are simply not contestable. If you take, for instance, and this is something that I commonly tell people. I have them, and you can do it right now if you're listening to me. Just go to Google, go to Yahoo, whatever it may be, and type in U .S. Grand Union flag. Now open up another browser and type in British East Indies Company flag. What you have there, folks, is the same flag, which means no taxation without representation. The British East Indies Company, which was bringing in tea into the Boston Harbor, that ended up being who actually funded the American Revolution. This is fact. You can cross -check it. George Washington owned shares in the British East Indies Company. In fact, Elihu Yale, if you go down the Skull and Bones Road, which is what Anthony Sutton will take you down, Elihu Yale was a principal shareholder of the British East Indies Company. The Skull and Bones Society, otherwise connected to the Illuminati out of Bavaria, is nothing more than a secret society that's linked to the Vatican. These are secret societies which are meant to essentially invade society on the local level. That's essentially what that ends up being. Eric John Phelps is a historian based out of Pennsylvania that I commonly and frequently allude to. I invited him to the Take Back Oregon event that I principally was principal in organizing last month. Hopefully those folks like to get a movement going again for those folks. That state needs a lot of help. The country needs help. But I invited Eric John Phelps to that rally. He was unable to attend. But what Eric John Phelps will tell you is he, of course, he's religious. He goes down that religious road. What's the cornerstone of the U .S. Constitution? Well, it is religious freedom. The Mayflower set sail, I think it was from Dartmouth, landed on Plymouth Rock. Dartmouth in England, they set sail seeking religious freedom. That is the principle, that is the cornerstone for the creation of what later became known as the United States. And that is why this country exists today, really because of those religious freedom fighters from England. I'm going to read an article for you that I wrote. Of late, I'm using two platforms to release my writings. Go right now to Tryon Day Publishing. Go to Tryon Day or Books a Million and order my book. It took me over four years to write that book. I call it Freedom Reserve, No More Lies. Please order the book. It's on presale. It's been on presale now for a couple of years. But Chris is going to take his time to publish it. He's going to publish it when he gets around to it. It's a small publishing house, Chris. Tryon Day Publishing is a small publishing house. They published work for Sean Stone, Oliver Stone's son. He's published Whitney Webb's recent book last year. He's got my manuscript. I have an agreement. He'll publish it. Please order it. Please do that. It's called Freedom Reserve, No More Lies, Tryon Day Publishing. In the meantime, I am working on two new book ideas. I'm working on one book. I'm working on two new book ideas. I'm basically working on one book actively and a second book idea. I haven't formatted that yet. In the interim, I've had time to do this. I have in the past couple of weeks, been writing articles. I released them on two different platforms. That yournews is .com.
Fresh update on "yale" discussed on Dennis Prager Podcasts
"The Egyptian, the Babylonian, and the Persian rose, filled the planet with sound and splendor, then faded to dream stuff and passed away. The Greek and the Roman followed and made a vast noise, and they are gone. Other people have sprung up and held their torch high for a time, but it burned out, and they sit in the twilight now or have vanished. The Jew saw them all, beat them all, and is now what he has always been, exhibiting no decadence, no infirmities of age, no weakening of all his parts, no slowing of his energies, no dulling of his alert and aggressive mind. All things are mortal but the Jew. All other forces pass, but he remains. What is the secret of his immortality? The only inscription on the Liberty Bell is from the Hebrew Bible, specifically the book of Leviticus, the third book of the Torah, proclaim liberty throughout all the land and to all the inhabitants thereof. Until 1800 you could not graduate from Harvard University without knowing Hebrew. The insignia of Yale University is in Hebrew, depicting the breastplate of the Jewish high priest. In a famous study published in the American Political Science Review, Donald Lutz, a professor of political science at the University of Houston, surveyed the political literature of the American founding.
A highlight from Naomi Wolf
"Ladies and gentlemen, looking for something new and original, something unique and without equal. Look no further. Here comes the one and only Eric Mataxas. Folks, welcome to the program. I believe it's Wednesday, October 18th. I could be wrong. Who's to say in these topsy -turvy times? But let me say that we've got a real treat for you today. Coming up in a few minutes, Naomi Wolf will be on the program. I say it over and over. She was in my class at Yale, and it gives me great joy to see what a hero she has been. So we're going to talk to her in a few minutes. In hour two, we get to talk to someone else who was at Yale when I was there. Can anything good come out of Yale? Not much, but every once in a blue moon, you get a Naomi Wolf or a John Zmierak. So we've got John Zmierak in hour two talking about Israel, which makes me mention right now that we were doing a fundraiser with the Alliance Defending Freedom. Many of you know that. And they asked us, no, because of what's happening in Israel right now, raise money for Israel. And we're doing that. So we want to exhort you to go metaxas talk dot com. And we do exhort you to go to metaxas talk dot com right now and to give as generously as you can. They desperately need your help. They are doing all kinds of things with the money that you give. The banner at Metaxas talk dot com says Israel at war. It's desperate. It's desperate. They need your help now. You can imagine what it would be like to be living in Israel now. They're elderly living there that we're providing meals for them, emergency medical supplies. They're in a war zone now. And so they just need our help. So I'm going to give you the phone number as well. But the banner is at the top of Metaxas talk dot com. Israel at war. It says Israel at war. But the phone number is 800 -235 -7775. 800 -235 -7775. Chris, I think I mentioned this the other day, but I've often said that one of the things that I can offer is my time. I have very, very little time. But if somebody wants to spend an evening with me, have dinner, you know, you you pay for the dinner, you pick the restaurant and it can be just me and Chris in New York or it could be just me with you could bring 10 of your friends, whatever you that's all on you, because it's my time that I'm offering. But I get around the country and if we can work it out, anybody who gives fifteen thousand dollars to any of these causes right now, of course, we're raising money for Israel. But if you want to give fifteen thousand dollars tax deductible donation, anything at that amount or more, I'd be delighted to find an evening. My evenings have gotten dramatically scarce, but I'm still trying to do this. And it's week I was in San Antonio and had dinner with a couple that had given to CSI some months back. So it's always a joy to meet those of you who care about what I care about. I should also mention that. Well, the banner, of course, is at the top of Eric. Sorry, Metaxas talk dot com Metaxas talk dot com. And the phone number is eight hundred two three five seven seven seven five eight hundred two three five seven seven seven five. Chris, I got to talk to you about what I'm doing like right now. OK, today I'm flying to Houston. It's hard to keep up. I say that, you know, you could have a second life as a road musician or some kind of serial killer because you have the perfect alibi. You're in town to town to town. Right. It's just it's I've never looked. I think I've said this before. I'm often busy and people say, Eric, you're too busy. And I normally say it's OK. It's OK. You know, I'm not working in a coal mine. I'm not working. I'm grateful for what I get to do. But lately I have been too busy lately. I have been tired lately. I've been doing way, way too much. And this is a season where I am doing too much. God is carrying me through, but it's been tough, I got to say. So today I'm in Augusta, Georgia. Today I fly to Houston. I'm speaking at a prayer breakfast tomorrow. And I don't love speaking at prayer breakfast because they're typically in the morning. Yeah, I'm not a morning guy. You're not really guy, which isn't bad. Well, I mean, I wake up eventually. I have been doing that most of my life, but early in the morning, you know, but I'm going to be in Conroe, Texas, tomorrow morning at a prayer breakfast. It's called Judge Max Prayer Breakfast. I get to meet Judge Mack. I don't know who Judge Mack is. Sounds like a figure out of a Cormac McCarthy novel. So I'm kind of scared. I don't want to meet Judge. He's hosting the breakfast. Is he cooking, too? It's it's his prayer breakfast. There's going to be 1100 people there and they're going to have to listen to a highly caffeinated Eric Metaxas tomorrow morning in Conroe, Texas. If he bakes desserts or or donuts, it should be for his breakfast. The tagline should be Judge Jury Confectioner. You know what? I like that, Chris. We can we can use a creative mind like yours on this program. Not yours, but one like yours. You say this to. OK, so today I'm in Augusta, Georgia, tomorrow morning going to be in Houston. After that, I go to I mean, it's incredible. Johnson City, Tennessee, never been there before, but I'm excited. I'm going to be speaking at a Lutheran church, Bethlehem Lutheran. I advise people to go to my website. Eric Metaxas dot com. It's not complicated. Eric Metaxas dot com. If you sign up for my newsletter, we send you all of these interviews that I do because I know many of you are busy and you're kind of like and I didn't I missed that one. We've been doing some lately. Trust me, you don't want to miss them. These are I've had some amazing people on. We got Naomi Wolf coming up in a minute. 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We've also got Dinesh D 'Souza coming up talking about his film. We get a lot of crazy, amazing guests. Last night at this pregnancy center, I was seated next to a woman, 88 years old. She seemed to be my age. She's been arrested 50 times for protesting in front of abortion clinics around America. The Biden government, by the way, David French, I think you might have been wrong about Joe Biden going after pro lifers like nobody's business. We're going to we're going to have Eva on this program eventually. Anyway, go to Metaxas talk dot com. Give to Israel, please. We'll be right back with Naomi Wolf. Technology is moving so fast, it's hard for many churches and nonprofits to keep up with the trends, especially when it comes to giving. Stay ahead of the curve with secure. Give seven and one giving system with all new features like auto card updater, cryptocurrency giving and tap to give kiosks with Apple Pay. 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Fresh update on "yale" discussed on Bloomberg Markets
"What do you think is the ideal portfolio construction going into 2024 because I would imagine it depends really on what phase of life certain investors are in? Well you know specifically back to pensions they have these return targets of 7 % and if you look at current capital market assumptions even with bond yields back to 4 .5 % on the 10 -year it seems it's going to be difficult for them to get to get that return you know equity markets while you know they've come back we're still looking at a very high fluctuations you know in terms of standard metrics like the cyclically adjusted PE ratio. So you know I would argue that you know really most investors have no alternative but to stay the course stay invested in equities but they can get some you assurance that they're not going to be crushed in the next major drawdown by looking at some alternative hedging strategies. Hey Ronald thanks so much for joining us fascinating in discussion Ronald Lognato he is the research director for Universa talking about how some of these big big funds can and should hedge their equity risk and I'm just wondering if you think about the some pension of funds out there they you know university endowments those types of folks right I wonder how you know well they are hedged you know to the extent that there's a big decline in the equity markets but I do know further on the university endowment front they have big big exposures to alternative investments they do thirty, forty percent of the portfolio is in hedge funds private equity private credit real estate you know commodities you know timber that kind of thing just an amazing amount of diversification stuff that's hard to value oftentimes which a lot of folks will say that is too much risk for some of these endowments but it's a model that I was think really created perfected by Yale University right very unique yeah it's been adopted by a lot of universities out there. So looking at these markets again kind of quiet here S &P 500 up about one -tenth of one percent the NASDAQ up almost two -tenths of one percent. Yields coming in pretty sharply here the ten -year Treasury is off four basis points four point three four percent on your ten -year Treasury. With our news in Washington DC here's Nancy Lyons. Thanks Paul Israel's military and the Palestinian militant group Hamas are accusing each other of violating the deal brought that their war to a temporary pause. Israel's military says some of its soldiers were slightly wounded in three separate explosions and a shooting in the northern section of the Gaza Strip while an official with Hamas says a field clash took place after Israeli troops violated the terms of the pause. It's not clear what this means for the two -day extension of the truce and whether additional hostages and prisoners will be freed. Oversight House Committee Chairman James Comer says he expects Hunter Biden to cooperate with the subpoena for a private opposition on December 13th. His comments come after President Biden's son today offered to testify publicly in response to Republican demands. Comer says in a social media post Hunter Biden is trying to play by his own rules instead of following the rules required of everyone else. Dignitaries gathering are in Atlanta today to celebrate and remember the late former First Lady Erx Jody Schneider says President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden are among those attending. The Biden's have had a long time relationship with her, so for them this will be a very personal tribute as well. And we will see other first ladies there as well. And Jimmy Carter is said to be going to attend this. That's Bloomberg's Jody Schneider reporting. It has just been confirmed that former President Carter will be there today. He is 99 and has been in hospice care, but a Carter Center official says he had a good night and is well rested. The private ceremony for his wife is being held at Emory University's Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church. Rosalynn Carter died last week at the age of 96. Global news 24 hours a day and whenever you want it with Bloomberg News Now. I'm Nancy Lyons. This is Bloomberg. Hey guys. Interactive brokers charges USD margin loan rates from 5 .83 % to 6 .83 %. Rated the lowest margin fees by stockbrokers .com. Their clients can also earn extra income by lending their fully paid shares of stock.
A highlight from John Zmirak
"Welcome to The Eric Metaxas Show. Ladies and gentlemen, we ask you now to count down from ten, silently if you don't mind, and when you get to one, you'll hear one of the greatest voices on this or any other planet. Three, two, one, Eric Metaxas. Folks, I warned you that if you listen to hour two of today's program, that whether you like it or not, John Zmieric would be my guest. John Zmieric, welcome back. Hi, Eric. It's good to see you, though it was better to see you in person a few days ago. Well, I know, I can't believe that you're a real person and that we got to talk. People have something to look forward to. You and I did a Socrates in the studio. We were in Fort Worth together at the Fort Worth Club, and we taped a Socrates in the studio interview, which we'll be putting up. We're launching Socrates Plus in December, and we're going to be putting up a lot of interesting stuff. I shouldn't talk about it right now. It's secret. So please erase that. And I would like the jury to forget, please, that that we brought that up. OK, so, John, before we get into it, because we've got a lot to talk about, I want to remind my audience that we are desperately raising money to help Israel right now. We're partnering, this program is partnering with the Fellowship, International Fellowship of Christians and Jews. And you have to go to MetaxasTalk .com, and we exhort you to go to MetaxasTalk .com to help. We really need your help. They need your help. If you're watching the news, I think you understand if there's something you can do to help, you want to help. So I'm going to give you a phone number, which I hope you'll call, or it's much easier. Just go to MetaxasTalk .com. You'll see the banner, Israel at War. But the number is 800 -235 -7775, 800 -235 -7775. I didn't get to talk to Naomi Wolf about what's going on in Israel. We'll have her back to talk about that. But this is as urgent as it gets. So please dial 800 -235 -7775, or just go to MetaxasTalk .com and be as generous as you possibly can. The need is urgent. You'll see the banner, MetaxasTalk .com. Israel at War is the banner. John Zmirak, we can talk about Israel, we can talk about other things. You've written a number of articles at Stream .org. Yeah. The first piece I did in the wake of this horrendous attack on Israel was the left favorite rioters, Black Lives Matter, Back Hamas's Slaughter, Are We Next? And that was a response to some posts by chapters of Black Lives Matter endorsing Hamas in the wake of the attack in Israel. And looking at it, I thought, well, what these groups did in America with the George Floyd riots was one or two steps short of what Hamas did, but it's in the same ballpark. Violent attacks on cities, terrorizing people, almost two dozen Americans were killed in the George Floyd riots. Anyone who tried to defend themselves like Kyle Rittenhouse or Jake Gardner, God rest us all, was demonized as guilty of genocide or genocidal hateful racial extremist. And I thought Black Lives Matter founded by Patrisse Cullors, who calls herself a trained Marxist, who in 2015 called for the destruction of the state of Israel, said that it's a colonial enterprise in the same spirit as the slaveholders who founded America. I realized these are the same people with the same kind of ideas. One is more Marxist, one is more Islamist, but that's an issue they're going to sort out between themselves as they sit on the corpse of the United States of America. That's how they see it. They'll figure out their differences then. It is so wicked. We have to say, just because it happened last night, I mean, this is just so classic. This is so classic. And I think people are waking up to the lies, right? But a hospital in Gaza is bombed. The missile hits a hospital. A Christian hospital, by the way. I didn't know that. So something like 500 people die. Hamas, you know, being in league with their father, the devil, immediately used this to just, you know, more victim status. Oh, look what Israel did. Look what Israel did. And of course, Israel did not do it. It was a failed Hamas rocket that killed their own people. And to be perfectly honest, to be clear, they don't care about the civilians in the hospital who were killed. What they care is whether they can use this for their evil, propagandistic efforts to wipe out Israel. So whether they're lying, whether they're telling the truth, they really don't care. Truth is utterly immaterial to them. Their goal is to kill every Jew in which, existence, you know, kind of tells you where they're coming from. But I'll go further. Yeah, they actually want to maximize civilian casualties. Because first of all, they said, we you love life, we love death. Every one of us who dies in this jihad is a martyr. And every one of you is going to hell. So we're happy. And these are like direct quotes from Hamas. We're happy to see our children die because they go to heaven while we send you to hell. They are counting on Western guilt. So they want to increase, if possible, the number of civilian casualties among the Muslims. They realize the more Muslim civilians die, that's more effective than killing Israeli soldiers and Israeli civilians. In fact, I think the reason for the brutality and Nazi style cruelty of this attack was precisely to provoke Israel into a radical overreaction that would sour the West entirely on Israel and leave Israel alone and friendless. They're counting on America, and Israel and American supporters in Israel, to become more like the Christians in Germany and France, who are caught up in a kind of cultural suicide and self -hatred. They don't believe in Jesus, they don't believe in Christianity, but they have a leftover strange sense that they should nail themselves to the cross. They don't believe in sin, they don't believe in redemption, but they do believe in crucifying themselves, and the Muslims are happy to provide the hammer and the nails. Well look, what we're talking about is true. And it is interesting when you begin to understand how this has infected the Left in America to the point where, now you and I saw this at Yale in the early 80s. We saw this then. It has increased and increased and increased. Yale is as bad as it gets, except for Harvard. I think Harvard actually is worse. You have people in these elite institutions, imagine, they're paying a zillion dollars a year, their parents are, to send their bratty kids to these places where they're being indoctrinated into, how can I put it politely, Jew hatred. And communism, and transgender lunacy, and they're doing it all while living in palaces out of Brideshead Revisited or P .G. Wodehouse novels. Let's remember, you and I don't know anybody probably as rich enough to live as well as we did as students at Yale. I will never again live as well as I did as an undergraduate with 12 -foot oak ceilings, a functional fireplace, stained glass windows. These people are living in Buckingham Palace while reading the Communist Manifesto and Hamas literature. That just puts a little tweak on it. Well, okay, folks, we've got John for the hour. I want to remind you, Israel needs your help. We need you to go to metaxas .com. This is urgent, metaxas .com. You'll see a banner there where you can give. It is urgent. Israel at war is the banner, metaxas .com. If you prefer to call, some of you, perhaps you have a phone, you can dial 800 -235 -7775. The need is urgent, 800 -235 -7775.
Fresh "Yale" from Stephanie Miller
"Leiserowitz and this is Climate Connections. In late May, the volunteer fire department in Upper Tantal in Nova Scotia received reports of a brush fire in the wooded heavily Halifax suburb. Station Captain Cole Jaw and his six -man crew took off for the scene. we could immediately see the large volume of smoke, heavy black and gray smoke. And as we kind of got a little closer we could finally see the full fire quickly expanded into a huge inferno that raged for more than a week, destroying more than 150 homes. It was one of many severe wildfires in eastern Canada this year. Research by the World Weather Attribution Initiative found that climate change more than doubled the risk of the hot, dry that led to the devastation. In Upper Tantaland, career firefighters arrived from across the region to battle the blaze. But in the beginning it was Ja and his small crew of volunteers dealing with a fast growing emergency that threatened their community and loved ones. Words will never describe how proud I am of every volunteer firefighter that came out to this. And as global warming causes more extreme fires, volunteers will be on the front lines fighting to keep their communities safe. Climate Connections is produced by the Yale Center for Environmental Communication. To learn more about climate change, visit climateconnections .org. This is a WCBT Veteran Minute. After working several odd jobs in New York City, Henry Johnson found his way into the National Guard during World War I. Johnson was assigned to the 369th Infantry Regiment, but the all -black unit was better known as
Rev. Dr. James Kearny: From Yale to the Scripture
"Back, talking to James Kearney, who, like me, graduated Yale University and turned into a total Jesus freak, kicking to the curb all the accoutrement of high society. It's kind of funny. So the idea that you're you know, you were actually a whiffing poof greeting your parents in white tie and tails on the tarmac. Part of me wants to say like, man, what a jerk. But delivered God you from being a total idiot and called you unto himself and away from the cocktail parties at Wolsey Hall. Yeah, yeah, yeah. So well, yeah, it's kind of hilarious. So but but OK, so we don't have a ton of time. And I want to talk to you about some specific things that you're working on. But so roughly speaking, what what happened after that? How do you pursue ministry? What happens? What happened is that God had called me during that world tour to to go and rebuild his house for it had fallen into ruin. This is my life call. I received it when I was at Assisi in a St. Francis's call. And I thought, well, that's good. You said world tour. You didn't explain. So I will explain you and the whiffing poofs were on a world tour. This is what the whiffing poofs do. They're this, as I say, this fabled singing group that they fall on a pretty hard times. No one's heard of them anymore. But honestly, you're in the place where St. Francis is from Assisi. And God spoke to you there and said, I want you to rebuild my house, which is exactly what he said to St. Francis in Assisi. How did God communicate that to you at that point? How did that happen? Oh, interesting. Well, well, one, I was I was doing my very first fast, which I'd never done before, and I needed to because I've been at cocktail parties and eating sumptuously for, you know, all through Asia and all through Europe. And so and our next gig, it was between London and Spoleto, we were going to be at the Spoleto festival. So I had about three days in between. So I decided to go on a fast and go to Assisi because it was one stop away from Spoleto because I was a good Catholic. When I was there, I was taken in by a Franciscan, an American Franciscan from Ohio who was there for the summer, and he gave me a biography of St. Francis, and I was wandering around spacey because at this point it had been about two days without food. And I got up to the top of the hill and was leaning up against a castle and looking out over the Umber Valley. It's a beautiful, warm day, you know, in Italy, just absolutely gorgeous. And I'm reading about this fellow, St. Francis, that sounds a lot like me. He was upper, he was middle class, had a lot of money, and God had broken into his life and he was trying to follow God and he didn't know what to do. So he was at the Chapel of San Damiano. St. Francis was looking at the crucifix and the crucifix spoke to him. And in the book, they suddenly had out in quotes what the crucifix said, which Jesus said, said, go and rebuild my house, for it has fallen into ruin. And at that moment, there was a burst above my head of four doves, three white and one black, and they went way out over the valley. Wait a minute. So the moment you're reading this, you're in this beautiful place, reading this biography of St. Francis in the place where St. Francis is from. And in the moment that you read the line that Jesus spoke to St. Francis in the 13th century, in that moment, four doves explode over your head, not literally explode, but explode into flight. It felt like that. Yeah. And it was a way of it's sort of God's lovely way of emphasizing circumstances. And you could, of course, say, well, that was just circumstance. And you can, you know, which the secularists always do. They always look at the world and they try to bottom line it so that nothing means anything. But one of the things that we understand as Christians is that with God's creation, everything means everything. And he is constantly communicating to us through the smallest detail. And the big part of it is just, are we listening? It's not this God speak, but do we have ears to hear?
A highlight from Auron MacIntyre
"Everybody's choosy about something. It might be your favorite snack. Two scoops of rocky road, please. Your style. Those earrings look amazing on you. Or the things you like to do with your best friend. You can be choosy when it comes to getting a COVID -19 vaccine, too. If you're thinking about getting an updated vaccine, there's more than one type available. You can find out more at WeDoVaccines .com. This message was brought to you by Novavax. Folks, welcome to The Eric Mataxas Show, sponsored by Legacy Precious Metals. There's never been a better time to invest in precious metals. Visit LegacyPMInvestments .com. That's LegacyPMInvestments .com. Welcome to The Eric Mataxas Show. Do you like your gravy thick and rich and loaded with creamy mushrooms? If no one was looking, would you chug the whole gravy boat? Chug, chug, chug, chug. Stay tuned. Here comes Mr. Chug -a -lug himself, Eric Mataxas. Hey folks, welcome to Monday. Chris Himes, I'd like to welcome you as well. Thank you, and welcome back. You looked very Texan today. I I've been I've been to Texas. I've seen the promised land. I may not get to move there, but I was last week in Texas, I'm going back to Texas this week. We got a lot to cover here. First of all, we're going to talk about Israel in this hour with a guest, Oren McIntyre. McIntyre, by the way, not a Jewish name. Don't be fooled. Oren, I think, is kind of Jewish. So Oren McIntyre, he's with the blaze in our two. It's a miracle Monday. I'm talking to James Carney. He was at Yale right before me. Amazing man of God. That's our two in our one Israel. Speaking of which pregnant other stuff, we, as you know, this month we had been doing a fundraiser with ADF, but Alliance Defending Freedom asked us to help out the folks in Israel instead. So we're asking you to go to our website. Metaxas talk dot com Metaxas talk dot com, as in CALM, but it's spelled C .O .M. Metaxas talk dot com Metaxas talk dot com is the radio website and you'll see a banner Israel at war. I want you to know we're doing this with the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews to help children and families hit by the demonic Hamas terrorists. What they did was literally worse than what the Nazis did. As you think, the Nazis are the gold standard of evil. What Hamas did, some of what I read, I don't want to talk about it. Worse than some of what I read about the SS so evil, it's unbelievable. So if you want to know where your donation goes when you go to Metaxas talk dot com and click on the banner, hundreds of hot meals distributed to soldiers. That's because if you when you give hundreds of hot meals distributed soldiers along the northern border where troops there face shelling from Hezbollah, that's another evil satanic group. And look, let's we don't have a lot of time. We've got to be clear. They're animated by Satan. This is not like, oh, well, there's two sides to the story. No, you don't kill babies. And rape women and kill women and do what they did. It's satanic. I'm not going to go into the details, but it's satanic. This is a horrible thing, and we're asking you to help out through this website. Again, not raising funds for lines getting freedom right now. They are stinking heroes. But they asked us, no, put your efforts this month, this October toward helping our friends in Israel. So your gifts have also helped deliver over a thousand hot meals thus far to the elderly. Think about this. Who've been hard hit by the terrorist attacks? The also the Fellowship of Christians and Jews is supplying what they call entertainment kits for frightened children who have been forced to stay in bomb shelters for more than a week. And a lot of this is also going to emergency relief, including food, water, medical supplies. If you want to help Israel now, I hope you do. And I hope you will just go to Metaxas talk dot com. I also have a phone number. Eight hundred two, three, five, seven, seven, seven, five, eight hundred two, three, five, seven, seven, seven, five. We're going to be coming back to that. It's important that we step up. This is a big deal. You know, Chris, it's also I say to people, this would be a good time to dust off your Bonhoeffer book or get a fresh copy once you've read it once or twice. You really should get a fresh copy. Always get the hardcover on these books, folks. I promise you, I know I'm a book guy. Always get the hardcover. You can get all these books from my store dot com, my store dot com. That's Mike Lindell's website and use the code Eric. Great prices, great books, my store dot com. Use the code Eric. But if you want to know. About Jew hatred, read about the Nazis, read about Bonhoeffer as a Christian standing up for the Jews, that's the model and the German church didn't get it. And Germany suffered and the Jews suffered and died. This is the eternal battle between good and evil. The story of Bonhoeffer really is like it's the test case. It's this horrible thing that happened as a warning to us. Today, at least that. So it's a scary thing, kind of this animus, this hatred of the Jews. It's almost like this kind of zombie thing that that gets reanimated and crawls out of the pit of hell and, you know, seeks to play the old old song again, you know, it's just like a rerun. It's really the demons, the demons live, you know, eternally there. They're damned as we speak and they exist to do evil. And what better evil thing could you do than kill those whom God has chosen? The Jews are hated for the same reason that serious Christians are hated by certain groups. It's it's it's an attack on God. So and I think the scary thing and I know we're going to get to it the next with the next guest. And I have a friend who's who's a Jewish friend, who's whose daughter's about to head off to college. He he's not he's not a believer, but he was genuinely posting. What college can I send my kid to in schools right now? That is the you know, the the you know, the least hateful of Jews. And, you know, kind of asking quite honestly after seeing all the all those, you know, it's the it's it's so sick. We've got to fight back, do what we can educate ourselves. The number is eight hundred two, three, five, seven, seven, seven, five, eight hundred two, three, five, seven, seven, seven, five. This is I'm doing I'm partnering with International Fellowship of Christians and Jews this week and next week because we've got to step up, do what we can. It's important. The website is, again, our radio website, Metaxas talk dot com. Before we go to Oren McIntyre, Chris, I should say that today I'm flying to Augusta, Georgia, speaking there tomorrow night. After that, I fly to Houston, Texas. I'm doing a prayer breakfast in Conroe, Texas. That's Thursday morning. I hate waking up early, but I got to do it. Prayer breakfast just outside of Houston. Then I fly to Johnson City, Tennessee, speaking there at a church on what is it, Friday night and Saturday early morning before I finally fly back this way. And I think next weekend, I'm finally going to get to see my parents who probably forgot what I look like. They probably remember. It's probably fine. I don't know what maybe I forgot what they look like. But I've been traveling a lot. Next week, I go to Omaha, Nebraska and Colorado Springs. It's a crazy season of traveling for me. I've literally never traveled, not just this much, but anything even close to this much coming at the same time that I'm trying to finish the sequel to The Letter to the American Church. So it's been a very tough season. Lots of other things going on we can't talk about. Last week I was in Fort Worth, Dallas and Fort Worth. We did a Socrates in the city in Fort Worth with Stephen Collins. If you've read my book, Is Atheism Dead? And I don't care if you read the book, but it wouldn't kill you to buy a copy. You need to go to my store dot com. Use the code Eric. But. One of the reasons I wrote that book is because I met Stephen Collins in Albuquerque, the archaeologists who discovered biblical Sodom. It's a story for the ages, one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time. I write about it in Is Atheism Dead? I interviewed him. It was delightful. In Fort Worth, we live streamed it. A lot of you actually watched it live. And you saw my dentures fall out if you if you watched it live. And, you know, it's so embarrassing. But eventually we laugh it off. But the point is that we're going to be able to get it back. And then we had, yes, I use denture grip, not poly grip. And we'll be right back. 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A highlight from Rev. Dr. James Kearny
"Welcome to The Eric Mataxas Show. It's a nutritious smoothie of creamy, fresh yogurt, vanilla, protein powder, and a mushy banana for your mind. Drink it all down. It's nummy. I want vanilla. I want vanilla. Here comes Eric Mataxas. Hey, folks. Welcome to the program. It's The Eric Mataxas Show. I will be playing the role of Eric Mataxas until we can actually find the real Eric. My guest today is someone who has a few things in common with me. Both of us graduated Yale University, and astonishingly, both of us are Jesus freaks. We believe in the bodily resurrection, all that kooky stuff. I don't know how it happened. James Kearney is a pastor in the Seattle area. James, welcome back. Thanks, Eric. So good to be with you again. Great to be with you. And you, I mean, there's so many things we can talk about. Why don't you, for my audience, you know, give us a brief reprise of your journey, in a sense, from non -faith to faith and then into ministry and where you are now. And OK, five seconds or less. Yeah, I keep it brief. Well, the interesting thing about Jesus is that he seems to pick the unlikely character. I think if ever I were to write my story, that would be the title. Because I was like you, an unlikely character to be a follower of Jesus. I grew up the son of the Navy, my Navy captains all the way back, Roman Catholic prep school, Yale, and then was having a very good time at Yale when God reached down and me saved when I was a member of the Whiffenpoofs. Right. I told you that. Yeah, that's an amazing thing. Anybody knows the story. You know, the Whiffenpoofs were this storied singing group, but it's a whole story. But the idea that you were in your senior year in the Whiffenpoofs and you had this dramatic conversion, as did a number of the others, other members of the Whiffenpoofs, is kind of, it really is amazing. When I heard you tell that story, I almost couldn't believe it. So it does sort of underscore the idea that God can reach anyone, folks. I don't know if you have any hopeless people out there, but if he reached James Kearney and Eric Metaxas, I will tell you it's extraordinary. So did you go into the ministry immediately after Yale? What did you do after Yale? Well, it was interesting because I was headed to be an actor in New York and I actually had an angel in New York that had been grooming me and supporting me financially. A guy named Fred Koch, part of the Koch brothers, and I traveled around the world with him. And then I went home to Atlanta to tell my folks, you know, I'm going to go to New York. They're all excited. And I said, but I'm going to pray about it. And they're like, what? I said, yeah, because I've recently become serious about my faith. And they were like, well, OK. But when I did, God said, don't go. He said, this will be absolutely disastrous. If you go to New York, you will make a league of people, not of my spirit. And you will not receive shame. You'll not receive help nor profit, but only shame, disgrace and humiliation. Now, wait a minute. Now, when you say this, because there are people listening who pray and they don't really hear from God in the way you how did you because it can be different for everyone. But in your life at that moment, how did you hear from God? Did you hear an audible voice? Did you hear an internal voice? Did you not hear a voice? Did you get an impression? How did that happen for you? Because this is such a major inflection point in your life. How did that happen? What are the what are the details of the details? Jesus Well, said that we're to follow him and if we're going to do that, then he needs to talk to us. Right. He needs to tell us what to do and where to go. And yet this has been called crazy land by most of the Western church. But, you know, I, I prayed this was back when I was asking about going to New York. I prayed with an expectation that God would speak, but I didn't know what I didn't know what that looked like. I've never been taught that. I've never had that modeled for me. Right. This was just something that I was actually hoping that I would get some kind of direction. So really, I was a newbie in all of this. So I was sitting in a chair. It was eight o 'clock at night. I had a Bible in my lap. I thought that would be a good idea. And I just laid it out. I said, Lord, I want to go to New York. I want to receive Fred's help. I want to be an actor. What do you think? And then I just paused because, of course, you need to listen.
A highlight from Why Jews Need to Stop Funding Colleges with Alan Dershowitz
"Turbulent times call for clear -headed insight that's hard to come by these days, especially on TV. That's where we come in. Salem News Channel has the greatest collection of conservative minds all in one place. People you know and trust, like Dennis Prager, Eric Metaxas, Charlie Kirk, and more. Unfiltered, unapologetic truth. Find what you're searching for at snc .tv and on Local Now Channel 525. Hey everybody, then Charlie Kirk Show. Alan Dershowitz joins us for a very clear episode on Israel. Also, are we living through the great divestment? You'll see what I mean throughout this episode. Email us as always, freedom at charliekirk .com and become a member charliekirk .com and click on the members tab charliekirk .com. Click on the members tab to listen to our episodes, advertiser free. That's right, advertiser free charliekirk .com and click on the members tab. Get involved with Turning Point USA today at tpusa .com. That is tpusa .com. It's already a high school or college chapter today at tpusa .com. Buckle up everybody. Here we go. Charlie, what you've done is incredible here. Maybe Charlie Kirk is on the college campus. I want you to know we are lucky to have Charlie Kirk. Charlie Kirk's running the 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 of college. I wrote an entire book called The College Scam. It's actually right up here. I sold a bunch of copies. You guys should check it out. All proceeds of the book, by the way. Profits go to Turning Point USA. It's pretty good. We talk all about how college has become a scam, 10 count indictment, and one of the chapters in The College Scam is about the hatred that starts on university campuses. When I wrote The College Scam and I was about to publish it, you know, one of our team members said, Charlie, are you sure it's wise to be that blunt and that direct? First of all, we run a college -based organization, but secondly, you know, we have to raise capital from donors that are pretty connected to universities. The way it works is that if you typically, typically, if you have a lot of resources, a lot of money in America, you are probably attached to some university you because feel obligated to give back to the university that gave you so much. You have good memories there. You look at it as a way that potentially maybe for good cultural camaraderie, whatever it is, right? It's almost a one -to -one that if you are in high society, there is some form of a university or college that you sit on a board of that you give generously back to. Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Dartmouth, Stanford, Berkeley, whatever it is. And I learned this as I started to raise money at Turning Point USA. And here I was trying to raise capital to basically launch a counter -narrative against the universities, to organize students to talk about pro -American, pro -liberty, pro -freedom ideas. And as I first got started and I started traveling campuses, I realized that these university campuses are the incubators of anti -Americanism, the worst ideas. We call it wokeism, whatever it is, Marxism, Leninism, Stalinism. The universities are one of the reasons why we're losing our country. Colleges are the place where you send your best and brightest to learn to hate themselves, hate the country, rebel against their parents, be turned into ungrateful activists, to then become moldable AOCs, Rashida Tlaib's, Ilhan Omar's, where they're resentful, bitter, angry, driven by revenge and bad ideology. And I go through in the book, The College Scam, how the trans idea started on university, literally this whole idea of transgender is from the academy. One of the most sick and demented and evil quote -unquote thinkers in the 20th century. Mr Kinsey has an entire center dedicated to him at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Herbert Marcuse, who wrote One Dimensional Man, is kind of the leader of the new left who discipled Angela Davis universities. Bill Ayres, who was a terrorist university professor, Kimberle Crenshaw, university professor, Ibram X. Kendi, university professor, Robin DiAngelo, university professor, even Anthony Fauci. Where do you think Anthony Fauci has drawn a paycheck from? In addition to all the pharmaceutical companies, Georgetown University right now, Peter Strzok -Struk -Smerk, Peter Strzok, who launched a coup against Donald Trump. Where do you think he is right now? Georgetown University. So higher education, not is just, it's not only the starting point of the worst ideas, movements, ideologies, but it's also a landing pad for some of the most despicable human beings our society and civilization has to offer. Anthony Fauci should be in prison for what he did to this country. Instead, he's lecturing at Georgetown and treated as a hero.
A highlight from Mike Gallagher Week in Review Podcast 10.13.23
"Music Welcome The Mike Gallagher Show Week in Review Podcast. It has been an epic week, a horrific week, certainly for the people of Israel. On this Friday, October the 13th, we look back at the week that was so much happening, but only one topic of conversation, Hamas. The Palestinian terror network launched a brutal assault on the state of Israel. Nobody saw it coming. The world is in shock over Hamas's brutal, barbaric, terrorist attack. Young women have been raped, men, women, children, elderly people massacred, paragliders, terrorists with guns floating down onto a rave, a big dance party, a big concert, and then slaughtering the terrified concert goers. If you do one thing today, I hope it is this. I hope you will reach out to the Jewish people who have suffered so badly. We are partnering today with the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews. And it takes about three minutes to go to MikeOnline .com and click on the big, bright red banner there and make a donation. Let's rush as much humanitarian aid as we can. This show today, again, in partnership with the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews. I'm sure you've seen the TV commercials with Yale Eckstein. It's a wonderful organization. It's a godly organization. They are on the ground there, so it's not a matter of having to get supplies from one part of the world to another. You can go to MikeOnline .com to make a donation. You can just text the keyword STAND to 800 -655, Mike, because we do, indeed, stand with Israel. So just text the keyword STAND to 800 -655 -6453. We'll send you back a link. It takes just a couple of moments to make that donation. Listen, I'm looking at the headlines everywhere. Axios, America's war. I mean, American citizens, again, were slaughtered. We do stand with Israel. There is an evil here, not only abroad, but here at home. Let's be real for just a moment. People took to the streets after men, women, children, and elderly people were slaughtered in Israel to support the side represented by the terrorists. It happened in New York City. It happened in Dallas. It happened in San Francisco. There were literally people who decided to take to the streets, not in support of Israel, but in support of the other side. And that takes my breath away. I want you to hear a guy who is a long -time journalist on CNN talking to Anderson Cooper. It's not often I play clips from CNN, but you have to know what we are up against here in the United States. This is Fareed Zakaria. This is what he chose to say to Anderson Cooper. Instead of expressing outrage and disgust and shock and horror at innocent civilians being gunned down, women being raped, babies being slaughtered, elderly people being murdered, people being taken hostage, unspeakable acts of terror, instead of standing with Israel, here's what Fareed Zakaria chose to stand for. There was plenty of evidence that people in Gaza were very dissatisfied with their lot. But let's remember that their lot is in part because they are in this almost prison. Israel maintains border controls that are essentially a stranglehold. It's very hard to leave. It's very hard to import anything, even medical equipment that could be seen as dual use. On top of that, you have this radical terrorist organization, Hamas, that rules. So you put that all together, and life is pretty hellish for people in Gaza. It's not surprising. They want some alternative. But the alternative would have to be homegrown. It's difficult for me to imagine how, you know, Brett Stevens of the New York Times, whom I respect a lot, said, clear out Hamas, you know, and then ask the Saudis and the Egyptians to come in and do peacekeeping. I don't think that would work, and I think that the Saudis and the Egyptians would find that they had an insurgency on their hands. Can you imagine that? Gaza is a hellish existence, and the people there are dissatisfied with their living conditions. How can you even connect the two in any way, shape, or form? Meanwhile, the former Vice President Pence took to a podium this week to offer his thoughts on the war in Israel. He had lots to say, but you won't believe who he blames for the Hamas terrorist attack.
A highlight from The Economic Consequences of International Relations
"That's what actually blows my mind about all this stuff, how they just let them get away with it. And this is obvious, right? It's funny when Bernie Madoff got busted, a lot of folks came, Oh, this person figured it out and that person figured it out. Let me tell you something that's not that hard to do. It's really not that hard to do. Alrighty, welcome back. Mike Lomas, Glen Wiggle Financial guys, Ron Ridenstine in the studio for Glen. Glen actually sneaking out, to go to a chiropractor. He's having some big issues. So, uh, that's important. Yeah. Yeah. So he was in some rough shape and, uh, the only time the chiropractor could fit him in is the time we had scheduled for this, but, uh, but he'll be back on Saturday. Maybe not Saturday. No. Saturday is Sparaza Hayflick. I'm looking at him, Sparaza Hayflick. So, uh, so that's awesome. He'll be back. Yeah, he'll be back. He'll be back. Like a Buffalo Bill injured reserve, but he'll be back. Let's hope that was, that was brutal by the way. All those bills getting hurt. What I don't understand is all the money they spend on that league and they're all playing on the crappiest of fields and they don't care. Yeah. Like, I mean, where's their, where's their union? Yeah. Where's their union to say, well, you do not want to play on, I mean, the way this turf is made, remember Astroturf back in the day, it was like an inch thick. Yeah. And I mean, you literally are playing on concrete and I mean, guys got injured. Yep. I don't know. I mean, I guess I'm going back in time, but it didn't seem as much of a rate as you're seeing right now. Yeah, no, no. And it's all these poles and tears and it's not, you know, you're going to get broken bones. I mean, that's going to happen. You're going to get hit and you're going to get hit hard, but not the tears and the twisting. And so, yeah. Well, I, I'm convinced that that somebody in the heavens does not like the Buffalo sports because between bills and sabers, well the season hasn't started yet with the sabers. That's not jinx it yet. There is nothing, I don't even believe in drinks as anymore. Like I've worn all the jerseys I've, I've sat in the same spot where we won and I like it. It's just, it's Buffalo. It's like, it's like, we just don't win. And every time we get a team together, I will say, like I think sad Sunday that I can blame it on the offensive coordinator. I think it was pitiful. I mean, there's just zero creativity in that office and an offense that has probably the best talent in the league. And I mean, there's nothing, no reverses, no sweeps, no, I mean nothing, nothing. I'm watching. If watch you like Kansas city, they are so creative. And this is not rocket science. I'm not asking them to build a nuclear bomb. I'm just asking them to be creative and not hand the ball off for the first five series on first intent. Like throw the ball once in a while, right? Or set up a screen or how about play action? Oh my God. Hey, cook up the middle law. There's a shocker. It's like, Oh, it's so frustrating. So frustrated. JV coach could have called that game. That's here. Here, Alan, the plays that we make, by the way, and he is exceptional is he scrambles like a fool and turn stuff into something. I just, I just can't help but think if we had somebody a little bit more creative that, that that game would be very different, right? Because first of all, we're holding the ball, they don't have the ball. Second of all, we're probably scoring an extra touchdown, which puts us over the mix. So I don't know. There's only so many businesses. There's only so many three and outs you're going to have before your defense is going to get gas. Yeah, for sure. Which they did. They did. And they did a good job actually. Should've should've been a no brainer to put up 30 points against them. But you know what? We can't run every business. I mean, I can't be, I can't be coach and run the financial guys and do all these podcasts and radios. Be a dad. I mean, all that stuff. So there's only so many hours in a day. Yeah. Uh, let's play a video here, by the way, a lot of activity, obviously overseas, what a shame, you know, another Muslim extremist terrorist group Hamas. Uh, and I, you know, I'm hearing all these, well, they've got to defend themselves. You know, uh, maybe I would believe a little bit of that if they targeted like a military base or something like that, not civilians, not civilian. And not only are they targeting civilians, you go into a music festival, you wipe up people. Now we're finding out that they actually cut the heads off of babies. I mean, these people are disgusting animals. They're animals and they need to be addressed. I mean, first of all, all the money and the resources that we waste around the world and we should be focused on the real problem, which is Muslim extremists in many of these, but it's amazing that all the policy follies over the last, I don't know, 70 decades in the middle East that we've made it a complete just shithole and yet they want to keep throwing money at it. And all these just losers in Washington, you know, when we role play this at Harvard, this is how it worked out when it was at Yale. Well, no, if we did it this way and that way, like they will control their oil. I mean, no, we'll give them democracy and everything's going to be solved. Well, to your point, and what I don't understand is that the easy way to fix a lot of this is through economic strength, right? I mean, first of all, we increase our oil supply immediately, immediately. We're making Iran rich or, you know, with a hundred dollars a barrel. We're making Russia rich. You know, they're selling the field of Europe. What do you mean there's sanctions in at work? Is Russia had a record amount of GDP or will have a record amount of GDP? Unbelievable how absolutely uneducated this, this Democrat party is. You almost got to say, ask yourself, I mean, are they doing it on purpose? Right? Is this because you can't be this stupid? You cannot be this dumb. No, communists aren't stupid. Right? Communists aren't stupid. They know what the hell they're doing. Yeah. It's just the rest of the people that follow behind them. Yeah. And they're like, what are you talking about? No, this stuff's going to work. Everything's great. Communism. You know, this one's different. I know that I'm spending twice at the supermarket, but it's all because of it's all because of Putin. Yeah, sure. Sure it is. Yeah. You know, all we need to do is increase oil supply. Watch our fuel go down to a buck, something in gallon, figure out ways to now sell it to Europe. And, and it solves much of these problems. The other thing too is now there's another pipeline that went out, you know, they've just happened to have some sabotage to yesterday. Yeah. Yeah. Unreal. Unreal. Let's play a video though. This is what Joe Biden and his team is worried about. That the United States has now involved in wars that are taking place in Europe and also in the Middle East. I want to play this soundbite for you. That is just last month in Vietnam and ask you if this still holds for the president. Watch.
A highlight from October 9, 2023
"Israel is at war. We are going to do whatever is needed. The style of attack is barbaric. I mean, the visuals are ISO visuals. In a way, this is our 9 -11. This is a special edition of The Mike Gallagher Show, presented in partnership with the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews. Maybe they're under the impression that given the internal debate in Israel, that Israel is weakened. So in that sense, I think it was a gross miscalculation of their power. The world has witnessed a level of evil and depravity at the hands of ruthless Hamas terrorists. Anyone who tells you that Iran is not involved, they are lying to you. We've never seen anything like this in 50 years. With all the breaking news and what to make of it, here's Mike Gallagher. Israel's war is America's war. There's no way around it. American citizens were murdered over the weekend as well. Welcome to this special edition of The Mike Gallagher Show. The world is in shock over Hamas's brutal, barbaric terrorist attack. There's so much to break down today, so much to try to unfold. The latest count is around a thousand people have been murdered. Many hundreds more have been taken hostage. Young women have been raped. Men, women, children, elderly people massacred. Paragliders, terrorists with guns floating down onto a rave, a big dance party, a big concert. And then slaughtering the terrified concert goers. If you do one thing today, I hope it is this. I hope you will reach out to the Jewish people who have suffered so badly. We are partnering today with the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews. And it takes about three minutes to go to MikeOnline .com and click on the big, bright red banner there and make a donation. Let's rush as much humanitarian aid as we can. This show today, again, in partnership with the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews. I'm sure you've seen the TV commercials with Yale Eckstein. It's a wonderful organization. It's a godly organization. They are on the ground there. So it's not a matter of having to get supplies from one part of the world to another. You can go to MikeOnline .com to make a donation. You can just text the keyword STAND to 800 -655. Mike, because we do indeed stand with Israel. So just text the keyword STAND to 800 -655 -6453. We'll send you back a link. It takes just a couple of moments to make that donation. Listen, I'm looking at the headlines everywhere. Axios, America's war. I mean, American citizens, again, were slaughtered. We do stand with Israel. There is an evil here, not only abroad, but here at home. Let's be real for just a moment. People took to the streets after men, women, children, and elderly people were slaughtered in Israel to the support side represented by the terrorists. It happened in New York City. It happened in Dallas. It happened in San Francisco. There were literally people who decided to take to the streets, not in support of Israel, but in support of the other side. And that takes my breath away. I want you to hear a guy who is a longtime journalist on CNN talking to Anderson Cooper. It's not often I play clips from CNN, but you have to know what we are up against here in the United States. This is Fareed Zakaria. This is what he chose to say to Anderson Cooper. Instead of expressing outrage and disgust and shock and horror at innocent civilians being gunned down, women being raped, babies being slaughtered, elderly people being murdered, people being taken hostage, unspeakable acts of terror, instead of standing with Israel, here's what Fareed Zakaria chose to stand for. There was plenty of evidence that people in Gaza were very dissatisfied with their lot. But let's remember that their lot is in part because they are in this almost prison. Israel maintains border controls that are essentially a stranglehold. It's very hard to leave. It's very hard to import anything, even medical equipment that could be seen as dual use. On top of that, you have this radical terrorist organization, Hamas, that rules. So you put that all together and life is pretty hellish for people in Gaza. It's not surprising they want some alternative, but the alternative would have to be homegrown. It's difficult for me to imagine how, you know, Brett Stevens of the New York Times, who I respect a lot, said, clear out Hamas, you know, and then ask the Saudis and the Egyptians to come in and do peacekeeping. I don't think that would work. And I think that the Saudis and the Egyptians would find that they had an insurgency on their hands. Can you imagine that Gaza is a hellish existence and the people there are dissatisfied with their living conditions? How can you even connect the two in any way, shape, or form? Again, it's stunning. Whenever there's a huge breaking story like this, war in Israel, we turn it over to you. 1 -800 -655 -MIKE in the Relief Factor studios on this Monday, a historic day. Israel at war, and as Axios just confirmed, I mean, this really is America's war as well. No way around this. What kind of leadership are we getting from Washington? Well, Biden didn't seem too troubled. He hosted a barbecue at the White House yesterday. I kid you not, Biden hosted a barbecue at the White House yesterday. Now, with a thousand Israelis killed, considering their population, that's about the mathematic equivalent of 35 ,000 Americans slaughtered.
A highlight from Solzhenitsyns Warning
"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. 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. There's a name that has been discussed more and more. I don't want to say it's a household name, but it needs to be. If you're looking for something to do this weekend, do some reading, some reflecting, some researching, some listening about the name Alexander Solzhenitsyn. Many of you in the audience say, I know who Alexander Solzhenitsyn is. I wonder, even at our nation's quote -unquote elite schools, if I went to Harvard, if I went to Yale, and I asked how many of them knew who Alexander Solzhenitsyn was and a single thing that he wrote, I wonder what percentage that would be. Blake, what do you think? You went to Dartmouth. I'm curious what percentage of Ivy Leaguers would know a single thing that Solzhenitsyn published. Blake says 10 percent. Okay, that's about right. Solzhenitsyn was one of the most influential people of the 20th century. Solzhenitsyn was born and raised in Russia. He actually served in the Red Army, and then he was arrested by the Soviet police, otherwise known as SMERSH, an umbrella organization, counterintelligence, because the Soviet Union was more focused on what was happening domestically when it came towards dissidents than anything else. You'd spoke against the regime. So Alexander Solzhenitsyn wrote a private letter just being critical of Joseph Stalin, and he was sent to a gulag. Solzhenitsyn then was let out of the gulag eight years later in something that was then known as the Khrushchev Thaw, and he started to write. He was an artist. He was a very, very gifted author. Publish and publish and write and he started to push the regime more and more, and then eventually his magnum opus was the Gulag Archipelago in 1973. If I could have my way and I could have every single young person in America read, study, and understand the Gulag Archipelago, we would not be in the mess that we are in, period. It's a very readable book. It's a very compelling book. Of course, that's the one book they don't want in our schools. They'll have gay pornography in our schools. They'll have 1619 Project, but to have a piece of literature that talks about how the Soviet Union went after their own citizens, how Marxism leads to outright totalitarianism and authoritarianism doesn't find its way into American schools. How long till that book is memory -hold? Some people say that this book, the Gulag Archipelago, was actually one of the most influential books that took down the Soviet Union, because it pierced the consciousness of the West. What's so amazing about this story is that Solzhenitsyn writes the book. Millions of people read it. The Soviet Union had a lot of explaining, too, about how they were sending their citizens out for death at the Gulag's work camps. And then Solzhenitsyn did a series of speeches. He started to travel the West, and the West thought he was going to come and speak about how amazing Western values are. He gave a famous speech in 1978 at Harvard, and the Harvard elite thought that Solzhenitsyn was going to come and talk about the inevitable victory of liberalism. Instead, Solzhenitsyn had a different tone. Solzhenitsyn was not there to pat the elites of the West on the back. Instead, the man who was imprisoned by the Soviets, who wrote a book that eventually brought down the Soviet Union, spoke to the West and said, you guys are headed in the wrong direction. This is 1978. Quote, Solzhenitsyn said to the people at Harvard, the speech was originally given in Russian, humanism, which has lost its Christian heritage, cannot prevail in this competition. Thus, during the past centuries and especially in recent decades, as the process becomes more acute, the alignment of forces was as follows. Liberalism was inevitably pushed aside by radicalism. Radicalism had to surrender to socialism, and socialism could not stand up to communism. The communist regime in the East could endure and grow due to enthusiastic support from an enormous number of Western intellectuals refused to see communism's crimes when they no longer could do so. They tried to justify these crimes. The problem persists in our Eastern countries. Communism has suffered a complete ideological defeat. It is zero and less than zero. And yet Western still intellectuals look at it with considerable interest and empathy. He said that at a Harvard commencement address, saying you intellectuals are just going to bring the very same Marxist idea toxins that we have ideologically defeated.
A highlight from Versatus - The Most Versatile DevEx in Web3
"Hi everyone, Andy Pickering here, I'm your host and welcome to the Crypto Conversation, a Brave New Coin podcast where we talk to the people building the future in the Bitcoin, blockchain and cryptocurrency space. Hey team, we have a new sponsor here at the Crypto Conversation, BitGet, one of the world's leading copy trading cryptocurrency exchanges, yes indeed. What happens if you've got the funds to invest but you don't have the time to keep track of the market? You still want to make smart money moves, what do you do? Well copy trading is a popular choice for beginner traders. You can shorten your learning curve by uncovering tips and strategies from more experienced traders. BitGet's copy trading platform has over 80 ,000 elite traders to choose from and 380 ,000 followers just like yourself who are already using the BitGet copy trading platform as a potential passive income stream. All it takes is one click, you can subscribe to an elite profitable strategist, set your limits, automate your orders and monitor their trades. I've got some links in the show notes below, one link will take you through to the BitGet sign up page, give you a VIP discount. So learn all about it for yourself, thanks to BitGet. And now it is on with the show. My guest today is Andrew Smith, Andrew is the founder of Versatus Labs, building out the most versatile DevEx in Web3. Welcome to the show Andrew. Thanks for having me Andy. It is a pleasure, let's do what we do at the beginning of the show Andrew, it would be great if you could please introduce yourself. I'd love to hear a little bit about your, I guess, personal and professional backstory, what you've been doing that has led you to founding Versatus Labs. Yeah, absolutely. So I was born and raised in Miami, Florida, which is where I now reside again. I did do a stint in Denver, Colorado and an extended stint in Los Angeles. So I was gone from my hometown for about 12 years. I programming started at the age of 14, a technology teacher and seventh grade enemy, the classic, the C programming language book and said, learn this, I think it's going to be important. And so I did, never really did much as a kid other than like, you build like space invader clones and C and a couple of other things. Picked up Python and C++ a little bit later in life, during high school and, you know, was very, very interested in the cross -section of like machine learning and AI and economics. Economics is really sort of my first love, even though I'm a programmer, I kind of always wanted to be an economist, but just found that there's not really a lot of money in it unless you work for a political campaign. So it wasn't going to do that. And programming and machine learning in particular was something that I thought I could apply my love and knowledge of economics to. So it was building machine learning algorithms very, very early on before you add any of the sort of open source tools that you have today that makes it easy. And was sending my resume and GitHub around to a bunch of different hedge funds. Yes, this was going back about 10, 11 years now. And finally found one that was willing to give me a little bit of money to play around with. It's a group called Trident Asset Management. They're based part -time out of Connecticut and part -time out of Colorado, wasn't going to move to Connecticut. So that's what took me to Denver, then did the same thing for a fixed income shop based out of Newport Beach. That's how I ended up in Los Angeles. Started my first startup there, it's called Owl ESG, it's a environmental, social and governance data company built out, you know, some machine learning models and, you know, from PDFs, sort of scraping about 30 ,000 documents a day and extracting the data and building out a ESG data set. Grew that company and then in 2020 decided to start Versatus. So started this sort of hobby project, was doing a solo build on it, spent about 18 months solo building and was talking to a few friends in the space and they thought I was really onto something. So made some introductions, next thing you knew we were raising our first round from jumping big brain, hiring out an engineering team and now 14 months later, here we are. Very nice, very nice. Thank you, Andrew. Give us an idea then of, I guess, your vision for Versatus. What are you guys building? What's the vision? Yeah, so the vision is like the best way to put it, even though this is an imperfect if analogy is you think of like the cloud compute providers, AWS, Google Cloud, Azure, et cetera, you know, they own these huge data centers and these data centers are effectively a commodity business. You know, they build out a warehouse and put a bunch of servers in it, connect those servers to the Internet, occasionally maintain them and update them in and of themselves. They're not really that valuable. What makes them really valuable is that they provide all these tools that make it easy and efficient for developers to interact with those data centers and build applications on top of them to store data inside of them, et cetera. We believe that blockchain is analogous to that. It's not, again, it's an imperfect analogy. But if you kind of view the blockchains that exist in the world today and the ones that will come in the future as those data centers, next generation data centers where we provide value is we provide that program ability layer and compute layer that makes it easy and efficient for developers to build on top of blockchains. So we what we're building is a decentralized compute stack that enables developers to build in any language on any chain. And I think this is really powerful for a number of different reasons, which I'm sure we'll get to. But one of the major barriers to entry for developers is the language barrier. There's also a pretty big tooling barrier as well, which we saw that the language barrier, you know, if you're you want to build in Web3, the first thing you need to do is either go learn Solidity or Rust or one of the other languages. And Rust is a general purpose language. There are some people that already know it, but anybody that's entering into Web3 at the very beginning and they've got to go learn Solidity. Right. So a lot of them just don't view it as worthwhile to go learn Solidity. It's a domain specific language. The only thing you'll ever be able to do with that is build EVM compatible smart contracts. So until and unless there's a robust enough financial incentive for them to actually go and learn Solidity, they're probably not going to. But what we found from doing some pretty significant market research is if they could just use their existing languages and existing tools, they'd be happy to hobby hack and maybe even look for a job or start their own project and build on top of blockchains. So we want to make that process easier. We want to reduce the barrier to entry for developers. We believe that developers precede users, that you need developers to build applications that users actually want to use if we're ever going to see mass adoption for Web3. Yeah, I mean, that's a great point, Andrew. And I've seen you guys talk about this and some of your comms, I guess, because that's kind of it is flipping the script, right? Because everyone thinks, yeah, OK, it's the transition to Web3, easy as just got to build some user user friendly apps and and and if you build it, they will come. But of course, real life has has not been that simple. So so your philosophy is essentially the reverse of that. So you want to attract as many developers as possible. So just talk us through that again. I mean, you have a little bit, but just explain why you think that is really the key to the paradigm shift for Web2 to Web3. Yeah, absolutely. I think like just kind of telling the story of some case studies probably helps here, right? So you never know where a killer app is going to come from. I mean, Facebook started as a dating app for Ivy Leaguers, right? And it's Harvard and Yale dating app. You know, Slack started as a video game studio and Slack was their internal messaging network. So and now that is the product. Killer applications oftentimes come from experimentation. And the more experiments you have going on, the higher the probability that you're going to find stuff that people actually want to interact with and use. There are some precursors to what makes a killer app, things that make people's lives more convenient. That's just undeniably is going to make their life better, makes their work more productive. These are usually more business applications, makes the world more connected. These are social media type of applications or makes their life more affordable. So things that create efficiencies that reduce the cost of things that they were already doing. So, look, if I knew what that killer app was going to be, I'd probably go build that. It probably would be easier. But what I what I think where I think killer apps come from is lots of developers trying lots of things and competing for the limited funding and resources out there. And then you have unfortunately you do have gatekeepers in the world that you have VCs and you have investors and angel investors. So typically, yeah, there's going to be some stuff that's lost in the process of gathering funding and everything else that might have been really cool. But really, like if you have lots of things competing, probably the cream rises to the top and you're going to get well -funded, really interesting application ideas that can then promote themselves and attract users. The users are going to come for the applications right now. We have sort of the most users will ever have. If this is all we ever have to offer, which is effectively gambling and speculation, I think we've captured the gambling market pretty, pretty, pretty well. The speculator market we captured pretty well. They're here to make money off of token price fluctuations. If we want people that are here for the long term to use applications, well, we need to offer the applications that they want to use. And I think where that comes from, it's largely a numbers game. It's Pareto principle, you know, 10 percent, 20 percent of the developers are going to create the applications that get 80 percent, 90 percent of the users. So if we want to have a bigger 20 percent of applications that get lots of users, we need a bigger 100 percent. We need a bigger pie in general. And the only way to get a bigger pie is to reduce the cost, both time and money cost of building in Web3. And that's what we're attempting to do, particularly on the on the time cost of things, reduce the opportunity cost of learning how to build in Web3 by making it easier for them to build in Web3. So that's really sort of how we think about this. We think that developers necessarily are a precursor to users. If you look at like some of the market research we've done, it's kind of an either or like if there were more users, developers would take the time to learn this stuff. But the problem is, is that there's not going to be more users until developers learn how to build this stuff. So that's kind of where we see ourselves. We we believe we can be the catalyst for a Cambrian explosion of Web3 developers coming from all different walks of life, bring in product managers that they can understand how to manage a project that's being built in Python or Go or C++, but may not understand how to manage a project that's being built in Solidity, bring in on, you know, entrepreneurs that they come into this space and they look at, OK, well, how do I build a team out to build this? And what they see is extremely high cost of talent acquisition because there just isn't that big of a pool of Solidity developers. So make the talent pools that they can hire from significantly bigger, reduce that cost. Now you get some of those non -technical entrepreneurs looking at Web3 as a way to build their application. That's kind of the way we look at it. Just make the process easier, reduce those barriers. You'll get that first wave who's like jumping at the bit to come into Web3 and then they'll build some apps. You'll get more users. You'll then get the next wave of developers who see that there's financial incentives to doing so. It's going to be a process. It's going to take time. But we believe within the next seven to 10 years, if you offer up the correct tools and stacks, that about a third of all applications will be built on decentralized stacks for a number of different reasons, which we could talk to if you'd like. But that's where we see our value proposition is we make it easier for them. They come in, they build, then you get the users, then more come in and build, and so forth and so forth. You create a flywheel effect. OK, well, thank you, Andrew. And look, we don't need to get too deep into the weeds, but just talking about that decentralized stack, I suppose that you guys are building at Versatus. You have your own layer one blockchain, right? And there's the consensus mechanism, I believe, is proof of claim. So maybe just give us the kind of the two minute overview of your stack, I suppose. Yeah, so our L1 is primarily used for content addressing programs that are deployed to our network. So this is a way that our compute nodes can verify that they're executing the correct programs and such that watcher nodes and validators can also ensure that those compute nodes are not acting maliciously, that they're executing the correct programs. Our consensus mechanism, so proof of claim is actually our election mechanism. So this is how we elect nodes to quorums. Our consensus mechanism, we call it farmer harvester. Basically, it's a modification of what many distributed systems engineers would know as the worker collector model, but to fit a Byzantine fault tolerant model. So in your worker collector model, you basically have worker nodes that are individual nodes that they're allocated compute tasks. They execute those compute tasks and return the results to a collector node, which collects them and does batch updates into a database or to wherever they're storing state in our model. You don't want to have single nodes doing this work because then if a single node is malicious, they can actually create have state altering transactions that are incorrect. So we do have we form quorums as opposed to having single nodes. And then 60 percent of that quorum needs to what we call redundant, redundantly execute the program. So redundantly execute the program, return results, agree on results and then send votes to the what we call the harvester quorum. So, again, instead of having a single collector, we have a quorum of collectors that they then need to agree on the threshold of votes being reached before they would commit that to a block. So that's sort of very high level overview of how our architecture works. Now, again, like our goal is to enable language agnosticism on top of every chain. So not just for our L1, but on top of Ethereum, on top of other chains as well. And the primary reason for having our own L1 is it's a place where we can efficiently prove that compute nodes in our network are using the correct program, they're executing the correct program. And it's also a place where we can accrue value to those compute nodes. So whether they're being paid by another network's native token or they're being paid for executing compute on our network, we can emit our native tokens to them as an L1. So they're bootstrapped. And that way they're earning some money off of it. And then also it's a place where we can accrue fees back to our own L1 so that those compute nodes have a place where they're getting paid. Got it. Thank you, Andrew. If we kind of zoom out then to some more kind of, I guess, just a general state of where we are and the slow transition from Web 2 to Web 3. You saw a lot of the big brands, big financial institutions start to experiment with blockchain, but they were kind of like, they weren't really interested in building on Bitcoin or Ethereum. They went down the route of building their own private blockchains, which was a little bit pointless perhaps in hindsight. And now we're seeing with so many different chains around now and much more interoperability, brands and institutions are recognizing that it's to their benefit and everyone to build on the decentralized stacks that you're talking about. So maybe just you look at, I'd love you to paint a picture of, I suppose, your ideas of where we are now and your vision for what the next steps are just over, I guess, the next wave of adoption, maybe what's going to ignite the next hype cycle. How do you think about this? Yeah, so it's an interesting question. I try to steer away from predictions as much as possible. If I were a better investor, I probably would just be investing and making money that way. I do think the key, going back to hate to just sort of beat a dead horse, but the key is going to be getting more developers and whether those are enterprise developers, which I think what we're building provides a lot of value to enterprises. Again, they don't need to go out and hire a bunch of solidity developers that have four or five, six years experience. They can hire much more experienced developers or use the existing developers they have on staff. That to me is the key. I think we need more people trying things, pushing the limits of what's possible on top of this technology in order for us to find the use cases that are going to lead to mass adoption. I also think that enterprises, there are potentially some use cases for enterprise blockchains, but for the most part, I think one of the things that steered enterprises away from using public blockchains were privacy concerns. Right now, if you were to have a corporate wallet on top of Ethereum, everybody knows how much money you have in that. I think that level of transparency is something that scares a lot of enterprises and the closer we move towards being able to have on -chain privacy, so provability, but without revealing the underlying values, the more you'll see enterprises adopt public blockchains as a place, as a development environment, as a place to build and deploy applications to both internal applications as well as consumer facing or other business facing applications. But I think you've got to solve that privacy issue. Transparency is good when needed. It's also something that can be a deterrent to particularly large publicly traded companies who have to report to the SEC, who get audited, all these other things. They don't want all of this information, their financial information public. So finding ways to create some privacy around that I think will probably help with enterprise adoption. Yeah, yeah. Makes perfect sense, Andrew. What about, how does AI fit into this? I know it's a little bit of a tangent, but I've seen you guys talk a little bit about AI. I think you've probably got some opinions. So yeah, I mean, anything you want to kind of speculate on in terms of the, I guess the intersection of AI and web3 in the future? So in one word, trust, I think that's the key is that we're able to offer trust is very, very expensive. And I'm not talking about just necessarily blockchain trust, but trust in general. It's very expensive and it's at the core of how and why society works. If you don't have trust, society breaks down. So we have to trust each other, that we have our individual best interests in mind. And as a result of us trusting that we each want to do what's best for ourselves, we know that we're not going to put ourselves in a situation to damage each other because that might hurt ourselves. So having trust in AI models is going to be really, really important. And right now that mechanism works because OpenAI runs it and OpenAI is a big company, they have profit motives, but it's all centralized. As we move to a world where there's decentralized AI models, there needs to be some way to trust that that AI model is not malicious. And I think blockchain can be a huge component of that and tokenization, staking, and being able to lend trust to compute models is a really important component of it. I think it's an area where we fit in really, really well in particular. So that to me is the most obvious intersection of AI and blockchain. Particularly when it comes to things like deep fakes, I think you want to be able to have some verifiability behind images. You want to have some verifiability behind videos. You can just imagine a scenario where somebody creates a deep fake there's and no way to prove that this came from an AI model, and all of a sudden chaos ensues in a city or in a region or in a country because of some deep fake that people think is real. So there are a lot of concerns around fake news use cases for AI, and how do we solve for that problem? How do we put a marker on that image or on that video that proves that this came from a model and having some sort of watermark of trust? I think that crypto can provide that in some ways. So that's one area. I also think there's a lot of concern about existential threats related to AI and decentralizing AI models and getting them out of the hands of individuals and into the hands of communities, open sourcing them, and then providing incentives around building these models in a way to where they won't create existential threats. I don't think we're quite there yet. I'm less of an AI doomer than a lot of people. But to the AI doomers, I would say use crypto as a way to provide some of these guarantees that your model is not going to go off the rails.
A highlight from Eric Diaz's Journey From the University of Georgia to Coaching Rising American Alex Michelsen
"Welcome to the official tennis .com podcast featuring professional coach and community leader Kamau Murray. Welcome to the tennis .com podcast. We are here with Eric Diaz. You remember the name? Eric is son of Manny Diaz, coach of Alex Mickelson, Werner Tan, and right now has his own thing called tier one performance out in the Irvine area. Welcome to the show, Eric. How's it going? Thanks for having me. Thanks for having me. It's great to be on. Great to be on. So I interviewed your dad probably about 2 months ago. That was, you know, we were poking fun about him redshirting Ethan Quinn, you know, not choosing not to play Ethan Quinn later. You know he wins NCAA the next year. It was kind of like, what were you thinking, right? Yeah, one of those tough ones. Oh yeah, it was kind of like, did you think he wasn't ready? Was he, did he think he wasn't ready? Like, you know, you probably could have won NCAA twice. That kind of thing but you obviously came from good tennis pedigree. So, I guess the first obvious question was what was it like growing up with your dad being Manny? You know, because I, it's hard not to take work home, right? Let's just put it that way. You're a tennis coach and a child of a tennis dad. Yeah. You know, I don't know. I think anybody that's been in tennis for a long time knows it's kind of a lifestyle a little bit. You know, there's definitely being the tennis coach and kind of, you know, working toward things but it's also, I don't know, the sport takes so much of you that sometimes, you know, it just feels like, you know, it's second nature. It's kind of a part of it. So, I mean, growing up in Athens, growing up around Dan McGill Complex was always a treat. That was back when NCAA's were kind of always hosted in Athens. So, I got to watch, you know, all the college greats. I grew up watching the Bryan brothers get, you know, sadly then they were kind of pegging some of our guys in doubles matches but, you know, it was really cool being able to sit court side, watch those guys and then, you know, be able to watch them on TV a little bit later. Really cool. Really cool experience growing up. Now, from a junior career, did your dad coach you your whole career or did he hire private coaches to sort of teach you technique? Because I know, you know, coaching at a program like UGA, it is very demanding and sometimes the children of the tennis coach lose out to the actual players and the people who are paying. So, did he coach you? How was that? You know, he coached me. I think he tried to coach me but at the same time, he also didn't want to put too much pressure on me to like, you know, really play tennis and go in. So, he kind of let it be my own thing. I started, I actually went to Athens Country Club, great little spot on the outside of Athens. Alan Miller was the main coach there. So, he helped me out a lot. He actually, he was on my dad's first, you know, assistant coaching team where they won a national title. I think he paired with Ola who now obviously has been with USGA for a while. I think they played doubles and I think they won a doubles title as well. So, I think Alan was a part of the first team championship and then he was also, you know, he won a doubles title there too. I think he might have won two. So, I spent a lot of time around him which was also, it was really cool. You know, it was a guy who was a part of the Georgia tennis family. Athens is really tight -knit like that and so it's special to be a part of that family both, I guess, through blood and through, you know, the alumni. It's cool. Now, let me ask you, did you ever consider going anywhere else, right? I mean, successful junior career, one of the top players in the nation, tons of options. You know, it could be like, you know, there's always sort of the, oh, his dad's going to give him a scholarship, right? You saw with Ben Shelton, you know, Brian Shelton. Obviously, he's going to look out for his kid. Did you ever aspire to like go to another top program or UCLA or Texas or Florida? I think growing up, you know, because I got to see all those teams play. You know, I remember in 1999, I looked up this guy who, he played number one for UCLA. I don't know, this guy showed up. I'm a little kid and he had half of his head was blue and the other half was gold and, you know, UCLA was firing it up. They were really good at the time. I remember that was my dad's first national title in 99. And, you know, ever since then, I really, you know, I looked up to the guys. Every now and then, I got to sneak on to a little travel trip and, you know, I got to see what it was like. But, I mean, for me, it was always Georgia. I thought Athens was a special place, you know, getting to see the crowds that they get there and being able to kind of just see the atmosphere of everybody caring about each other. You know, it was cool looking at other teams. You know, the Brian brothers had the cool Reebok shoes, you know, the UCLA guy with the different hair. But at the end of the day, it was always the dogs. It was always Georgia. So, I was really lucky when I got to be a part of that team and I got to kind of wear the G that, you know, through my junior years, I was always wearing it, you know, but I guess it was a little bit different when you're actually, you know, on the team and representing. I think it's a different feeling. Yeah. So, if you didn't go into tennis, what else would you be doing? Like, you know, I didn't, you know, I'm obviously coaching now, but I didn't go right into coaching. I went to work into pharmaceuticals like marketing, sales, you know, finance. It's always, I always find it interesting to say if I wasn't coaching, I got my degree, I would be doing this. Yeah. You know, if I was a little bit more prone, I think to just loving schoolwork and loving studying, you know, everybody's always told me that I would make a pretty good lawyer just because I'm a bit of a contrarian. I like to argue. I like to challenge everybody that's kind of around me. So, I'm always looking for a good argument. So, I'll go with that. Everybody's always told me, you know, maybe you should have been a lawyer. You argue a Hey, lot. well, I'm sure, I'm sure your tennis parents, right? The parents of the academy probably don't like that one, right? They like to be in control. They have the last say and be contrarian. A lot of the time they do. A lot of the time they do. Yeah. So, you're sort of like stepping out, right? Out of the shadow and you're now on the west coast out there in the with Irvine area tier one performance and quite honestly, making your own name. I know you've had opportunity to coach Alex Mickelson as well as, you know, Lerner, Tan who are both like doing real well, both like main draw this year at US Open. Tell me about the process of moving way west. Yeah. And starting your own thing. Well, you know, it kind of started with, you know, I took that leap and I moved away from home for, you know, the first time because obviously being born and raised and going to school at UGA. I took my first chance and I went to Boise State and I worked under Greg Patton for a year who I'd heard great things about and, you know, all were true. He's a great guy. I thought it was a fantastic experience. So, I did that for a year and then over the summer, the UGA swim coach's son that I kind of grew up with, he was in Newport and so I kind of came to visit and then, you know, all of a sudden the opportunity to be coaching out here, you know, came about and, you know, I did my due diligence a little bit. You know, I looked at the old tennis recruiting pages and, you know, I'm looking at all the talent over the last like 20 years and, you know, statistically, you look at the list and you're like, okay, you know, if I'm in this area and I give myself, you know, the right opportunities and I, you know, learn how to coach properly, you know, I feel like I've had some pretty good experience from some good mentors. You know, then I kind of thought, you know, okay, maybe I can kind of control my own destiny out here a little bit and, you know, over time, it's taken a lot but, you know, over time, I feel like I did get myself some pretty decent opportunities. So, when you first laid eyes on Mickelson, how old was he? He was 12. He was coming out to some point place. It was the first place I kind of rented courts. It was this old rundown beat up club but beautiful. There were some trees there. Nobody wanted it. The courts were kind of run down and everyone's like, oh no, nothing there and I was like, I'll take it. So, you know, it gave me space. It gave me courts. It gave me the ability to kind of try and market. I made things cheap so I could get a lot of kids out there and try and get a competitive environment going and luckily, you know, had a good bit of talent out there where, you know, the kids kind of attracted the kids and I was this young coach, 23, 24 and, you know, over time, you know, people started to kind of gain trust and realize, you know, this guy isn't that bad. So, you know, over time, it kind of, you know, worked in my favor and, you know, everything kind of worked out. I eventually switched clubs to a nicer one and, you know, you move up. You earn your stripes. Now, when you saw him, did you initially see, you know, like super talent because he won our ADK this summer and, you know, it was full of Steve Johnson, Su -Woo Kwong. It was Ethan Quinn. It was other names, right? Kanee Shakuri. And Alex, okay, you know, he got the USTA wildcard. He's a young kid. You know what I mean? Like, sort of under the radar and then he wins the whole tournament in finals Newport on the grass like a week later. So, did you see it right away? Was he like a typical kind of 12 -year -old throwing his racket, having tantrums? What was he like at 12? Alex has always turned on tantrums. But, you know, when he was 12, he was good. But, you know, I'll be honest, there were a handful of kids out there that, you know, Kyle Kang, who's had a lot of success. I saw him. Sebastian Goresney, who Alex won doubles with. There were a handful of others and, I mean, Alex, they were, he was good. If I thought that he would be this good, you know, at this point, I think I'd I don't think I saw that. But, you know, you definitely see that this kid's capable of playing at a pretty good level while he's young. And then, you know, as the years kind of go and then as you sort of see him and his personality kind of develop, you kind of recognize, you know, this, you know, this isn't too normal of a 16, 17, 18 -year -old kid. And then, you know, sure enough, eventually the results followed, which was pretty fun to watch. Yeah, I mean, I felt it was interesting because he was here with like his friend. Yeah. You know, not even like a coach, trainer, physio, nothing. Like him and his homeboy. Yeah. He didn't look like he played tennis. You know what I mean? So, yeah, it was like, it was interesting to show up without, you know, completing against guys who are here with like coaching that they're paying six -figure salaries and who are scouting, right? And for him to kind of move through the draw, honestly, I mean, you know, maybe he split sets once. Yeah. It was actually really interesting. He's an extremely competitive kid. And so, you know, throughout the last few years kind of as we've traveled to some events and as he's gone to some like by himself, you know, the whole understanding is, okay, how well do you really understand, you know, your day -to -day process? How well are you able to, you know, nowadays, you know, with challengers, everything you can stream, you can watch. So, you know, both myself and, you know, Jay, the other coach that's here and helping him out, you know, we watch, we communicate. But, you know, at the end of the day, you know, it was one of those big decisions, okay, are you going to go to college or are you going to go pro? And he's kind of weighing those two things. And it's, you know, if you really think you want to be a pro, show me. And so it's one of those things, luckily, when he's young, you know, you have the, you know, it's kind of freedom. If he loses some matches, okay, you're young. If, you know, you win some matches, okay, great. You're young. So it's one of those things where, you know, we really kind of wanted to see, you know, what he's able to do sort of on his own. How well can he manage emotionally? How well can he, you know, create some game plans and stick to his day -to -day routines? And he, I would say he passed. And did he officially turn pro? He officially turned pro, yeah. Yeah. So I know UGA was going to be where he was going. I know he was undecided this summer, but UGA was going to, was there a little bit of an inside man kind of happening here, right? You know, I mean, you know, I think that, you know, I'll definitely say, I think he had some exposure to hearing about, you know, some Georgia greatness. I think that for sure. But, you know, I'll say it was his decision. Ultimately, I tried to not put too much pressure or expectation on where he was going to go. You know, I think Georgia has a lot to offer. So I think, you gone that route, I think it would be, you know, I don't think we can really fail if, you know, you're going and you're trying to be a tennis player and that's a place you choose. I think it's a pretty good place. Now tell us about Lerner Tan. I'll admit as a player that I hadn't had the opportunity to watch too much. I had not watched him in the challenges at all. But was he also sort of in the program at a young age or did he just sort of come later on? My partner actually, you know, kind of helped him when he was young because Levitt Jay used to be incorporated at Carson, which was kind of where Lerner kind of had his, you know, beginnings. He was a little bit more, I guess I'll say, you know, his talent was Federation spotted, I guess you could say as to where Alex was kind of, you know, the guy on the outside a little figuring his own way. Lerner was kind of the guy that everybody kind of thought was, you know, the guy. Right. And so, you know, it's been fun kind of watching him, you know, see his transition, you know, from juniors to now, you know, kind of becoming, you know, the top of juniors, you know, winning Kalamazoo the last two years and his transition. It's been fun to see. So, you know, I've seen a lot of him out of the last, you know, two and a half to three years. So it's been, it's definitely been a different transition. I feel like, you know, it's a little bit fire and ice there. You know, Alex is the fiery one screaming a good bit and Lerner is the silent killer. So it's, they're definitely different, which I think, you know, is pretty refreshing and it's kind of cool to see them both have success in their own accord. So tell us about Tier 1 then. So how many courts, obviously you grew up, I mean, like, you know, I started in the park years ago, right? In Chicago Park, right? And now I got 27 courts. But tell us about Tier 1 performance now. Where are you? How many courts do you now have? How many kids are you serving? Yeah, we're in Newport Beach right now, which is great. Weather's nice. We have, right now, we're running our program out of only five ports. It's not that big. You know, we take a lot of pride in just kind of being individually, you know, development based. I feel like if you're in our program, you're going to have, you know, a good bit of time from the coaches. You're probably going to have a chance to hit with some of the top guys. We try to be really selective with who we kind of have. Just because in Southern California, it's really difficult to, you know, get your hands on a ton of courts. There's so many people in tennis. There's only a few clubs now. You know, pickleball, even at our club right now, you know, pickleball is booming. You know, so many people are playing. It's keeping clubs alive, which, you know, I think is nice. But at the same time, I would love to see, you know, a lot of tennis courts and tennis opportunity. But, you know, it is what it is. Yeah, man, pickleball is definitely taking over. You see clubs getting rid of one court, two courts, and they think that it's not that big of an impact. But I mean, two courts really makes a difference in terms of being able to spread kids out, get them more time, get more balls and more balls at the time. But it's, you know, I think in tennis, if we want to fight them off, we've got to market better and we've got to grow, right? They're in this growth sort of stage and we're sort of stagnant, you know, so it's not like we're not leaving the club with a lot of choices other than to diversify, you know what I mean? Right. Yeah, yeah, yeah, for sure. So, let me ask you that. So, you've obviously had two kids that are going on. What do you tell that next parent, whose kid's 14, right, may get to see learner Alex come to the academy and number one, they want to homeschool, right, or ask you whether or not they should homeschool or B, you know, whether or not they should choose to go to college or, you know, turn pro. How are you advising parents? Because I get the question all the time. Should we homeschool, right? Should we do whatever? And I always, you know, the answer is always, it depends. Yeah. But what would be your answer in terms of homeschooling to train? Well, look, I definitely think that if your primary goal is to be a tennis player and I think, you know, if you're an athlete and that's kind of what you want to do, I think there's a lot of benefit in homeschooling just because, you know, it enables you to travel. You know, if I get to the ITF level, you know, I need to be able to travel. Those tournaments start on Monday and they go through Friday. So, you know, if I'm in a regular school, if I'm a high school kid, you know, that's a pretty difficult life for me to be able to justify or to, you know, be able to get my excused absences and stuff like that. You know, we're definitely big. You know, if you show me a 14 and under kid and I feel like I had pretty good experience in this just because I saw a lot of kids from the age of 12 to 14, you know, I got to see an entire kind of generation out of SoCal and a lot of them were pretty good. You know, the one thing I think, you know, when you're 12, 13, 14 years old, I think the primary thing kind of for level, obviously it matters how you're doing it, but I think the primary thing is the repetition. You know, I saw a ton of kids where they had a bunch of practices and I knew that that kid probably, you know, had 30%, 40 % more time than some of the other kids. And, you know, sure enough, that kid is more competent at keeping the ball in play. You know, they're able, you know, they've just seen and touched more balls. So, you know, they're going to make more balls. I think it's a balance. I think it really depends on the parents. I think it really depends on the kid. And I think it depends on the environment that they'll be in if they are going to be homeschooled. You know, I will say that, you know, we've had a handful of kids kind of switch from high school to homeschooled and they're in our program. But I feel like there's still strong social aspects in our program. You know, all the boys are tight. They compete a lot. They, you know, I feel like they get their social, you know, they go to lunch. And just kind of our standards are really high. I think this past year we had five kids that graduated that all went to IVs. So, you know, it's totally possible whether you're homeschooled or whether you're in school, I think, to, you know, kind of pursue academic excellence. I think, you know, just because you're doing one thing and not the other, I don't think that that necessarily, you know, takes that away from you. I think tennis can open a ton of doors. And I think I kind of, you know, we've kind of seen that in the last few years. I've seen a lot more tennis kids choosing IV ever since 2020, I feel. I feel like the IVs have been pretty hot, especially for some blue chip players, which I think, you know, if you look prior to 2020, I think the percentages took a pretty drastic jump, which is interesting to see. Yeah, you know, it's funny, you know, in some markets you see people playing for the scholarship and in some other markets you see them playing for entrance, right, into the Princeton, the Harvards. And one of the myths, like, I think if you think about basketball or football, right, the better basketball football players are obviously choosing the SEC, right, Pac -12, whatever that is. But in tennis, you know, I think that, you know, your academics and your tennis have to be, like, at the top scale to go, just because you're not like a bad tennis player if you go to Harvard, you know what I mean? Like, the kid that goes to Harvard or makes the team probably could have gone to PCU, right, or Florida or whatever, you know what I mean? And so it is interesting to see the number of people who say, yes, I've spent 30 grand on tennis for the past eight years and I'm still willing to pay for college, right, because I got into Princeton, Harvard, Yale, etc. But I think it's a big myth where, you know, the United States is so basketball focused, we see Harvard basketball as, like, okay, that's everyone that didn't get chosen by the Illinois, the Wisconsin, the Michigan. And it's not the same, you know what I mean? Yeah, it's different for sure. So when you think about, like, the Ivies, right, you see a lot of kids go to East Coast and you think about, you know, COVID obviously changed something with the home school, you know, sort of situation. People who never considered that it was possible were like, okay, well, we've been living at home for a year and a half and doing online studies, it's not that bad, you know, they're more focused with their time. Did you see more people from families who you thought would not have done it try it post COVID? Yeah, definitely. I think the really popular thing that a lot of people are doing now is kind of a hybrid schedule, which I actually really like a lot. At least in California, I don't know if the schooling system is different everywhere else. I know it was different where I was from. But a lot of these kids, you know, they'll go to school from 8 to 1130 or 8 to 12. And, you know, they have their three hours where, you know, I don't know how they stagger their classes and stuff like that. But I know that pretty much every kid at every school in SoCal is at least able to do this if they so choose. And so they're able to get released around 12 or something. And, you know, they're able to be at afternoon practice and get a full block in. You know, for me, that still enables you to get the hours you need on court and to be able to maintain some of that social. And, you know, if you become, you know, really, really good, I guess, okay, by junior year, maybe you could consider, okay, maybe I should take this a little bit more seriously, maybe I should go full time homeschool. Or, you know, a lot of these kids are in a place where it's, you know, I'm comfortable with my tennis, I like where it's at, I feel like it'll give me opportunity in college. My grades are great. And, you know, maybe that person's a little more academically inclined. And, you know, they want to have a career and they feel like tennis is that great stepping stone. Which I think is a really cool thing about our sport is it just opens a tremendous amount of doors. I feel like if you figure out how to develop and be a good tennis player and how to compete well in tennis, you can you can apply that to almost everything in life. Yeah. So you talk about opening doors, right? When Alex or Lerner were sort of deciding whether to walk through door number one, which is college, or door number two, which is which is obviously turning pro. Right. How did you advise them? You know what I mean? If I say, hey, you know what? Take a couple wildcards. If you went around or two, maybe you go to college. If you win a tournament, maybe you stay out there. If an agency locks you into a deal, right? Then, you know, they normally know what good looks like and they normally have like the ear of the Nike, the Adidas, right? Then you turn pro. What was your advice in terms of if and when, right? Yeah. For those who ask. Well, they were both in different places. I'm gonna start with Lerner cuz he's younger. He actually, you know, did a semester in college. You know, Lerner finished high school, I think, when he was sixteen, sixteen and a half. And so, obviously, your eligibility clock starts, you know, six months after you finish your high school. So, for him, it was, you know, he was so young, he didn't really have much pro experience at that time. You know, he did great things in juniors. You know, he won Kalamazoo. He got his wild card into the men's that year and then, you know, he played a little bit of pro kind of and then, you know, that that January, he went in and and did a semester at USC which I think was a good experience for him socially. He had some eligibility problems which, you know, only let him play about five, six matches toward the end of the year which was kind of disappointing and then, you know, he won Kalamazoo again and so, you know, that was the second trip there and then, you know, by then, he had a little bit more exposure with, you know, agencies and brands and kind of, you know, the stuff that you'd like to see that'll actually give you the financial security to kind of, you know, chase your dream and pass up, you know, the the education, I guess, for the time being. So, you know, I felt like that was really the security was a big was a big thing for him. You know, prior to winning Kalamazoo for the second time, you know, he still had Junior Grand Slams to play. He wasn't playing men's events. So, for him being that age, you know, it was, well, you know, I'm I'm not in a massive rush so why not get a semester in and I think he had a great time. He really liked it. I mean, he he speaks pretty positively about the dual matches. He actually follows college tennis now a little bit more. You know, he will talk about some dual matches which I think is pretty cool and you know, I think it gave him some confidence getting to play for university, getting to represent, you know, seeing that university promotes you. I think there's a lot of benefits there and now, you know, he's got an alumni base. You know, people talk about all, you know, he's a USC Trojan and stuff like that. You know, you see it at all different tournaments. You know, guys are wearing a USC hat and, you know, hey, learner, da da da and you know, I think that that's pretty cool to be a part of, you know, a big family of people who are proud that, you know, they can say they played in the same place and then Alex. Alex was, you know, he was a little old for his grade and he was one that he committed and, you know, the whole time him and learner kind of, you know, talking and, you know, about going pro and da da da da. You know, obviously, it was their dream. You know, I just kept telling Alex, you know, I don't want to hear it. I don't want to hear it until, you know, it's a real problem and so, you know, he gets to 400 in the world and, you know, it's what you do. You get to 400. You know, it's good but at the end of the day, you know, you're not, your life's not changing because you're 400 in the world. You know, so he's 400 in the world and he's, you know, saying stuff to me and I'm like, I could not care less you're going to college and then it was, you know, this was probably in January, February, you know, he starts to kind of do a little bit better and I think at that point, I recognized that he was better than a lot of the guys kind of at the challenger level. You know, just from my perspective, I was seeing kind of what it was, what it was to be 300, what it was to be 200 and I think at that point, like February, March, I fully knew that he was good enough to be there and to be winning those matches but at the same time, you know, having financial security, having set, you know, all of those factors that kind of go into whether I'm going to pass up my education and go pro. You know, it's a big decision and so I remember we were putting it off. I just said, you know, nothing till US Open. I was like, we're not, we're not talking about college till US Open. I said, you know, when we get to US Open, you finish US Open, you have that exposure, you know, we see what happens in those two weeks and then, you know, then we'll kind of make a decision but until then, like, don't even think about it. Don't talk about it. Don't care. You're going to school and I think that mentality really helped him kind of just play free. He was, you know, I'm not playing to go pro. I'm trying to do my job in school, finish my high school. I'm going to tournaments, playing great, just trying to compete and, you know, lucky for him, you know, well, I guess it's not lucky at all. That kid worked his absolute tail off but, you know, he had that success in Chicago at your club and then, you know, he made that little Newport run and I think by then, that was his third or fourth former top 10 win and, you know, he won his challenger. He final the challenger. He'd semied another one. He had kind of shown and, you know, some people have gotten attention and they started believing in him and so then, you know, that's when that big decision kind of came but I feel like for him, he really established himself, improved himself amongst pros which I think is an interesting thing because a lot of the time when you see these juniors kind of go pro sub 18, a lot of the time, it's because they had tremendous junior success which then made them, you know, they had grand slam success and stuff like that but Alex didn't have any of that. You know, Alex was kind of the late bloomer that, you know, in the last year when he was already 18 and aged out of ITF, the kid really just took it to a new level and, you know, I think he really showed that he's kind of ready for what the tour has to offer.
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"What do you think they're doing with cash, right? What deal do you make where someone says, I'll bring a box of money to you? Yeah. What do you, it's, this is a state sponsor of terrorism. Ladies and gentlemen, distinguished guests and my fellow citizens. America's comeback now. starts right Welcome back Financial Guys podcast. Mike Speraza in studio live today with a guest in the studio. I haven't had this in a long time. Staff Sergeant medal of honor recipient David Bellavia joining me for about a half hour today. David, thank you for joining us. Thank you for having me. I appreciate it. Absolutely. So I'm going to stick based on your background. I'm going to stick with a lot of military stuff today and I want to start, we'll go all the way back to the beginning of the Joe Biden presidency. The Afghanistan withdrawal, in my opinion, did not go very smoothly. I'm sure many people listening agree. What were your overall thoughts of that withdrawal and how it actually ended up happening? I know we lost, you know, sadly lost 13 soldiers in that, in that withdrawal. People say we went off the wrong air base. People say that we shouldn't have gone out in the middle of the summer. There was a lot of different things there. What were your overall thoughts on that? I think it's like the worst day in American history since Market Garden. Just absolutely. And the reason why it was so difficult was it was totally unnecessary. So let's rewind to the Obama trade, Bull Bergdahl and the three first round draft picks. They get Marshall, they get MacArthur and they get Patton that end up the resurgence of the Taliban. These men not just go back to the enemy, they go back to the battlefield. They're in power when the government falls. You have misinformation coming from the White House that the president of Afghanistan is leaving with billions of dollars on his plane, which wasn't true. And then you leave the equipment, the cash. There's no recovery. We're getting reports of sales of American equipment left in Afghanistan in Southeast Asia. We're moving material across the globe. Our children will fight and pay and have to atone for these miscalculations. Let's talk about that. You being in the military and you knowing that area too, why did they just find it the easiest way out to just say, you know, just leave that billion dollar billions of dollars of equipment there and not think, again, if it was me and I'm speaking that someone that's never been in the military, but if it's me and I'm the president, I'm thinking, OK, I don't want to leave all our weaponry there. I don't want to lose any of my men. Number two. And number three, I want to make sure that everybody knows when and how we're getting out of there. And it just felt like poof. One day they said we're getting out of here. Well, it's because the military didn't make any of those decisions. I mean, look, Millie, it can criticize him. You can criticize Secretary of Defense worthy of criticism. However, none of these individuals are making decisions. This is about NGOs on the ground. This is about the State Department. So you've got Bagram Air Base, the equivalent of JFK. You've got Karzai International Airport, the equivalent of Teterboro. Right. Why would you ever do an exfil out of Karzai International Airport? It makes absolutely no sense. It's tactically unsound. But and then you've got all the ISIS -K. We retaliate from the murder of 13 of our bravest and we drop a bomb on a guy delivering water. He's on our payroll and we kill children on that. Then we take out Borat on a tuk tuk driving around like that wasn't even really what was happening. It's just a den of lies. And Tony Blinken and Jake Sullivan, all the heroes that brought us, you know, the Bergdahl deal, the Iran nuke deal. This is these. They the State Department is running all foreign policy, including what the DOD used to run. Well, that's I was going to say. I mean, I know Biden's the president, but do you blame him at all or is it everybody underneath him that, you know, maybe was giving him bad information? And again, some of these decisions, David, is Biden even involved in some of these decisions? Like, I don't even know anymore. Is he around? Is he paying attention to anything going on? Well, I mean, just from the press conferences, it was apparent he didn't know what was going on. And the great irony is that they actually were predicting that Ukraine was going to be invaded and, you know, no one believed them. So it's like you can't influence your friends. The allies don't trust you. The enemy doesn't respect you. You know, I mean, you've got Ben Rhodes is really proud of this State Department. Susan Rice loves what they're doing. But, you know, again, Americans died. And, you know, and what is the perfect culmination of the adventure in Afghanistan? Looking at your watch at Dover Air Base when bodies are coming home. I mean, nothing could you couldn't ask for a just it's it's a debacle. Yeah. And it's sad that that's that's the leader of our country there. Let's move in. You brought up the Ukraine there. So the Russia Ukraine conflict will get to Zelensky in a minute. He is as we speak in New York City right now. But so Trump's in office. We don't see many of these conflicts or any conflicts actually started under his watch. And then we have the Biden administration come in. And a year later, we have Russia invading Ukraine. Why did this happen and why? Why the timing of February of 2022? So let's go back to when we were fighting ISIS. Trump engaged and destroyed estimated some say 300 members of Wagner forces. But those were Russian nationals. We engaged. We destroyed them. What was the response from Putin? Nothing at all. So what do people in that section of the world, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, what do they respect? They respect power. They respect authority. You're not going to get any respect if you don't engage the enemy when they present themselves. I don't understand the calculus of again, I'm trying hard to figure it out. I don't get it. I don't. You know, Romania and Hungary and Poland, you're letting them unilaterally decide whether or not they want to send reinforcements into Ukraine. That's an act of war. If NATO members engage the enemy, all of NATO is engaged against the enemy. Poland doesn't unilaterally make that decision. Hungary and Romania don't unilaterally make that decision. We can't even articulate what the mission is. And if you look, go to the Institute for the Study of War, there's a plug for them. Check out their overlay from when the battle started, when the war started with Russia. And tell me what success this offensive in Ukraine has produced. I mean, let me ask this question, because I get confused. The answer is nothing. I asked this on Twitter, X, whatever it's called, all the time. What is the end game and how do we get there? Because all I see the answer is, hey, just blank checks. Hey, just write a check. Hey, here's a billion. Hey, here's 20 billion. Hey, here's another 10 billion. I don't actually see a look. I mean, like anything, right? If I write a business plan of what I want to do in 2024, my goal is X. I write down my steps to get X. I don't just write down X and say it's going to happen. I don't really know. And then the answer always is, well, we have to fight. We have to back Ukraine. Okay. But when does that end? Because the Afghanistan war and the war in Iraq lasted 20 years plus, right? And was there a real end to it? I don't know. That's where it gets frustrating for me, Dave, where I'm like, how do we know what the end game is? Do you win or lose? When does that happen? I don't know. I don't know. At least you're thinking about it. And I have fear that our leaders aren't, and that's the problem. So here's what this comes out. You're going to get a negotiated settlement out of Ukraine, right? But you talked about the billions of dollars that we're spending and giving to Ukraine as a blank check. First of all, Zelensky visited Ukrainian soldiers in the United States. Did you know that there were wounded Ukrainian soldiers in the United States? I did not know that. Well, today he visited them. So what's happening there? So that's a cost that no one is putting on the ledger. So now let's look at the blank check that Ukraine is getting. And by the way, I'm pro Ukraine. I want to fight communists all day and night. So let's punch Putin hard in the face. However, you're giving them a blank check and you're giving them munitions. Now here's the problem. We have to replace those munitions. Those munitions were purchased for 20 year global war and terror. And let's be honest, inflation is involved. So what you purchased for $10 is now $17. So you're not just giving them the money. You're giving them the equipment and the munitions that you have to replace yourself at the value of what is valued today. We haven't scratched the surface for the amount of money. CBO absent at the wheel. No one is tracking this. 2024 can't get here fast enough. How does this work, though, when you talk about some of these NATO nations coming together and making decisions, but us not just giving weaponry, giving everything money, whatever we're giving there? Is that not an act of war, too, though, David, at some point? We're continuing to fund Ukraine continuing the war in Ukraine. I mean, that to me seems like we're backing a war. Well, I mean, by the letter of the law and NATO charter, it's not. But here's the problem. It's schizophrenic because we were told that what was an offensive weapon was going to mitigate, you know, that wasn't going to help peace at all. So we went from, I don't know if they should get tracked vehicles to I'm not sure an artillery piece is what they need to high Mars rockets being launched. And let's be honest. I mean, the Ukrainians are I mean, the payload that they're going through, what you would have to have cataclysmic casualty numbers to be able to to the spandex that they're doing on the ground that they need to replace Patriot. If you're going through thirty five Patriot to, you know, missiles, I would expect to at least the C 20 makes that are shot down. They're using them for air artillery. They're using there for indirect fire. I don't know what they're doing, but this is going to end with Don Boss going to Russia. This is going to end with that land chain that Putin wanted through Crimea. And again, our friends in NATO, what are they even doing for Ukraine? What? Look, if you they said that Trump wanted to kill NATO, Biden did it. Right. Biden did it. And now Germany. And so Putin was selling oil at thirty dollars a barrel. What's it at ninety six? Yeah. He's making more money than he did before. And he's financing a war and killing innocent people. You mentioned before, too, and I think this is a good point. Everybody on the left and I'll say the media, the establishment, whoever you want to say, says that if you don't agree with the war in Ukraine, you're like pro Putin. Right. And that's just the most outrageous thing in the world, because I agree with you. I feel for the people of Ukraine. I don't want this for them. I don't want this for innocent people. However, at some point, the world's every every one of the world's problems can't be America's problem when we have a border crisis. And then I think they said yesterday ten thousand people came across. They got, I think, eight thousand of the ten thousand. But you see the numbers day over day. It's a problem. We have crime that's rampant. We have overdoses that are at record numbers. We have we have suicides at record numbers. At some point, we have to maybe just think about ourselves and not everybody else, because if we fall, sadly, I think the world falls at that point. Amen. The thing that I would add is I love the way the Ukraine refugee has been crowbarred into the migrant crisis in the United States. New York leaders from the city to all over Kathy Hochul, the governor of the state of New York, mentioning that, you know, like the Ukrainians in Poland, the the Polish have no intention to keep Ukrainians forever. That's a temporary you know, they're leaving a conflict to return to their country after the conflict is over. Again, this is just we're we're putting a round peg into a square hole and just hammering it away. But but there's no the media. There's you're our destroying military. I go to parents all the time around this country and ask them to give us their sons and daughters to join the military. And the one thing they bring up is Afghanistan. It's not about anything. It's Afghanistan. How are you going to assure us that you're going to maintain your commitment to our son and daughter when you betrayed us in Afghanistan that has lasting effects? And there's not a I'm trying to find a segment of our of our of our nation that's functioning. I don't know what it is. I saw in Chicago, they're going to have municipally owned grocery stores. Maybe that will figure it out there. Yeah, yeah, it's good. Real quick, do you think and we'll finish up on this topic, but do you think that they will we will ever have boots in the ground on Ukraine? I mean, I hope not, because I just don't know what the I mean, look at I'm I'm we're getting ready for China. We're trying to revolutionize everything. I don't know what the what the plan is. I mean, again, if you want to put a base in Ukraine, and you want to make that a sustainment operation going forward, that I here's the point. I don't understand what the inactive ready reserve call up was for. Why are you bringing those troops in the non combat support? Why are they going to Ukraine? What are you building infrastructure there? Here's what I do know. We're talking a minimum of $11 trillion to build Ukraine back. That is cataclysmic amounts of money. There isn't water, electricity, internet, you know, you want to help Ukraine. You're going to Russia is not paying for that if you negotiate a settlement. So I don't know what the plan is. But I hope we never see boots on the ground. I could guess what the plan is. I won't I won't say for sure. But I could guess that we'll be paying a chunk of that. And I do have one last one. So I did interview Colonel Douglas McGregor a few months back. And he talked about he's a real optimist. But he is really very, very bullish on Ukraine. Yes, very, very optimistic. I'm dropping some all over the place. But he brought up some staggering numbers, though. And even if they're half true, it's a problem. The amount of casualties and wounded soldiers on the Ukrainian side that we're not hearing about the media. I don't know if you agree with some of those numbers or not. But he's saying, I mean, it's people are acting as if this is an even war right now. And it's not even close. First of all, McGregor's a stud. I mean, he's an absolute, you know, that we're glad he's on our side. He's a military mind. I don't know if those numbers are accurate. I could tell you they're juxtaposed to almost everything we're hearing from every institution that we have, including a lot of our intel from Germany and England. But again, I don't know what to believe. So when you don't have when you don't have transparency, when you're not holding regular press conferences, when your Pentagon spokesman is now working in the White House and now you're getting a triple spin. I mean, the U .S. Open double backspin. You've gotten so many spins on the narrative. I don't know what to believe. But if he is even close to what is a segment of truth, you know, then look, Ukraine needs an investigation. There's a lot of investigations. We've got to start on Afghanistan. We were promised that by Speaker McCarthy. We need a hot wash on Afghanistan. And then we need to go to what who is oversighting the money that's going to Ukraine. And what have we got for our return on investment? Yeah, I'm not asking for much. Really, all I'm asking for in this conflict is can we just talk about what the end game is? And to your point, can we get an accounting of where the money's going and what's being spent in a real accounting of it? The Iran deal that just happened last week. First off, the fact that that was negotiated and completed on 11th September to me is just the ultimate slap in the face. But you again, you know more about this than I do. We do a five for five trade. OK, I'm going to use sports analogies. We trade five for five. And then we also approved of six billion dollars that apparently wasn't ours, but it was in a fund that now they can release to Iran. How are we winning on that one? Well, first of all, I was hoping that at least it was a digital transfer. The fact that it went as euros in cash through Qatar. And OK, so what happens the 24 hours after that deal is made? We're now getting issues in the West Bank. We're now hearing about issues in Yemen. We've now got Hezbollah that's reinforced. I mean, look, what do you think they're doing with cash? Right. What deal do you make where someone says, I'll bring a box of money to you? What do you it's this is a state sponsor of terrorism. They haven't changed. By the way, their president is now in New York City addressing the United Nations. This guy's killed 6500 of his own people. He admits to it. He killed the students that revolted and wanted democracy when we did nothing. He killed 5000 of his citizens in 1988. He's killed over 300 Americans. There's no accountability whatsoever. I don't understand what it is about Jake Sullivan and Tony Blinken that believe that Iran is a partner. All you've done 10 years ago, they were refining 10 percent of their oil. And now they're a force. Now they're working with Maduro in Venezuela, and they're a huge part of their members of of the international community. They're in good standing there. I don't get it. Does anyone believe that the Iran nuke deal? Look, we got hit with cruise missiles under Trump in Iraq. How did they have those cruise missiles? Those cruise missiles were illegal under the Obama nuke deal. So how are you refurbishing missiles in two years? Do we believe that their centrifuges have stopped? That they won't have a program if they don't have one already? No, I mean, I guess my question, David, is how I mean, I know that you pay a lot of attention to this stuff, but how do people like in the media not ask these questions? Right. I mean, these are legitimate. I mean, we just traded to I put this on my notes here. This is on the heels of trading a WNBA basketball player for the Merchant of Death like six months ago. Right. I mean, and again, I'm glad Americans are coming back to America. I don't want to sound pessimistic on that. That's great news. But we also I mean, this this stuff just seems like I don't care what side of the aisle you're on. It warrants questions, but nobody seems to care. I'm in the world that if you take hostages, we take hostages. You want to exchange people? We'll exchange people. You know, we definitely have the partners in the area to do that. For whatever reason, this administration, they're they're they're contrarians. They're contrarians to you know, they claim Bush and Cheney are their best friends, yet they just go 180 degrees from that doctrine. I don't know what the Biden doctrine is. I don't know what Bidenonomics is either, but I could tell you that they believe that Iran is a partner. Now, here's another thing. Our envoy to Iran not only is no longer the envoy, he doesn't have a security clearance. Does anyone curious at The New York Times as to what happened to the lead negotiator in Iran that is escorted off a bus, taken into American custody, given a job at Yale or Princeton or wherever he's working now? I've never heard of a person going from top secret classified negotiations to no clearance whatsoever and in the custody of American intelligence community. No one cares. No one cares at all. It's fascinating. And again, for me, I mean, these are big decisions that we're making. And correct me if I'm wrong, but it used to be, you know, maybe we did a two for five deal and then we made the six billion. Now we're like, we're giving stuff away and we're on the losing end. Correct me if I'm wrong, but America was never, you know, America losing. It was always America winning, right? America getting the best of deals. At least McDonald's has a five for five. We didn't even get that. You know what this does though? Honest to God, if you're thinking about traveling overseas, things go sideways, cartel, South America, Mexico, wherever you're going, you have a price in your head now. No one in their right mind is going to bring you back whether it's Haiti or wherever you are, you're worth $1 .25 billion. And thugs and scumbags are going to take advantage of that. I mean, that's a great point too. Do you think about leaving the country? I don't know anymore. That's a little bit concerning. I don't care where you're going, right? That's concerning. This one I just had to bring up because it happened two days ago or yesterday. How do we lose a plane? And I heard that's like a third one in the last six weeks that something like this has happened. How are we losing $80 million planes? Well, they're not $80 million anymore because they've got a new engine and all this other stuff. Look, the F -35 program is a complete disaster. You want to talk about why our allies think we're crazy. We sold them a plane. This program has been around since the early 90s and we've got nothing on return for it. So basically two planes are flying in a buddy team. They're doing training and a guy punches out. We don't even know why he punched out, but that plane could have easily hit a building. It didn't, thank God. But the wingman didn't follow where his buddy went. So what is he doing? He just kind of went on and did his own thing. And now the Marine Corps put a Facebook post like a dog is missing. We're expecting the Ukrainian farmers to carry the F -35 out with their tractors. I don't know what the point of it's wild. Look, stop embarrassing us. Just stop humiliating us. That's all I'm asking. Just be the army and the Marine Corps that we know our men and women are capable of being. Get out of their way. This gender garbage, this social experiment nonsense, stop humiliating our military. That's all I ask. Why can we not get the... I mean, I know why we can't get the answer, but I'm asking this to you. But why can't we, at a press conference at the White House, why can't we say, I want to talk to the guy that was in the other plane, or you can tell us the transcript of what happened when that happened. Talk to the guy who jumped out of the plane. Why did you do that? And again, I'm not trying to put our military on the spot, but these are kind of big questions to ask, right? I mean, if I do something in my business, I have to go face the music on that. Why doesn't everybody have to face music for their decisions or why things are happening? I think it's kind of important. Well, you don't want to talk to generals because they're going to tell you the truth and they won't be generals anymore. True. And you don't want to talk to enlisted people. Because look, I mean, let's be honest. How many people are... Is this a merit -based military anymore? Do we have a meritocracy? Are we promoting people based on pronouns? Go figure. When we're putting politics above military strength, accidents happen. We don't know the facts, but the fact that nobody cares about getting to the bottom of it, the day of the Pentagon paper reporters are gone. Yep. Yep. Let's just talk about the 2024 race quick, and then we will wrap up for today. So your thoughts on the Republican primary so far, I'll stay away from the Democratic side till the very end, but your thoughts on, you know, there's obviously Trump who is now in a, has a huge lead. Ron DeSantis seems to be crumbling underneath himself. Vivek Ramaswamy has jumped up in the polls. Nikki Haley's there. Tim Scott's there. A few others that probably aren't going to get a lot of votes. Chris Christie's the anti -Trump candidate. Mike Pence is, I don't know what Mike Pence is. I'm not really sure. Your thoughts about the whole field so far? I mean, look, it's impressive. They've got a deep bench. There's a lot of diversity. I, you know, none of it matters. Trump is the guy. The more you indict him, the more you empower him. You know, I'd like him to work on his communications a little bit better. You know, but if Trump is Trump, Trump is a Frankenstein monster of Barack Obama. As long as you have that faction, you're going to get, you know, Trump is going to be empowered. I just don't want to see Governor Noem anywhere near the White House. And I, if he's going to pick a running mate, you know, it's hard to find an ally here, you know. But it would be nice to find a governor. I don't want to take anyone from the Senate. I don't want to take anyone from the House with the margins that tight. But I mean, the idea that Governor Noem is being floated right now. I mean, I'd rather take North Dakota. Yeah. A little sled there. You know, it's funny you mentioned that because I saw a lot of that this weekend. I mean, can we just, for lack of a better term, keep it in our pants for about a year and then do what you got to do? It really is. I mean, every time you turn, somebody's doing something idiotic, whether it's Boebert. And again, I say this, David, a lot of people know who you are. A lot more know who you are than they'll ever know who I am. But when you go out in public into a movie theater like that, and I'm going to Boebert, not Noem for a second, you're, you're extremely well known. I don't care if it's dark or if it's as light as it is in the studio right now. What are you thinking? I, you know, she's, she's, she's an embarrassment. She is. She's bad, too. Who would have thought that Marjorie Taylor Greene would have been the, the oasis of the Maryland? I mean, seriously, I, again, you're, you're in Congress every day. You're out in public, you're on the job. You know, at least she wasn't wearing a hoodie, you know, that's all in shorts. She was at least dressed for the occasion, but I, it was, it's wildly embarrassing. Vaping, singing, whatever you're doing. Getting groped. Yes. Who is your VP candidate then? Because I think, you know, you have names thrown around. There's, there's, the vague has been thrown around in there. You know, Byron Donald's has been thrown around in there. Carrie Lake has. I don't know. I love Carrie Lake. I just don't know that Trump needs to go with somebody so divisive there. I think he's got to go with somebody that's, that's firm in their beliefs, but also not maybe going to turn off half the country. Well, you know, it's, it's impossible. One of the, one of the problems with making Trump, you know, the, the enemy of the state that the left has done is that you've really made it difficult for him to even put a cabinet together. You know, I mean, what are you going to do with it? You've got a lot of loyalists out there. You know, the vague is, is I think maybe the most intelligent dynamic candidate we've ever seen run for president, but experience does matter. But you know, I love the way he thinks. I love the movement. I don't know if he would even take the job to be honest with it. I don't think he needs it. But you look at a Tim Scott, I think Tim Scott is, you know, there's a whole lot to his message and I think he's, he's got the experience in the Senate, but honestly, you could literally take the Clint Eastwood chair and, and throw it in there as vice president. I'm going with that because this, this from top to bottom, we have to have seismic change in 24. Do you think he would ever choose Kristi Noem at this point with all that now? Yeah, no one knew Mike Pence was a, was a 24 hour story and then he was the vice president candidate. So who knows? I mean, a lot can happen between now and then, but I just, I don't need, you know, let's just pick people on their merit. Let's pick people that are ready to be the president. Imagine this, imagine picking a vice president that can lead the country. If something happens to a 75 year old president, you know, like Kamala Harris. Yeah. Someone like that.
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"Seek and Destroy that has been the theme of discussions of truth now for well I'm in my seventh season here and we started the show on Wynwood radio in Miami 2016 is when I agreed to do the show with them aired the first episode January of 2017 this is Ian Trottier here and today we are going to start talking if you are not familiar with the name Charlotte Iserbit she passed away about a year and a half ago she's a former advisor to the Department of Education under Ronald Reagan her story is very interesting and captivating because she talks about having received a list of these Skull and Bones members via mail that was sent to her father who was a Skull and Bones member at Yale and Anthony Sutton was hot on that trail so two names that you should familiarize yourself with and that is Charlotte Charlotte's work and that is the deliberate dumbing down of America she talks about the invasion of the American education system and that having been formalized under Jimmy Carter back in 1979 Department of Education so she talks about that through her book and then also what I was talking about was Anthony Sutton calling her being hot basically on the trail of dissecting the corruption that is it's really manipulation because Ella Hugh Yale was a major stockholder a main president of the British East Indies trading company that is a Rothschild controlled trading company and the Rothschild funded the American Revolution so I may be off here ladies and gentlemen but if you look at the flag that was flown above the John Paul Jones excuse me the USS Alfred commandeered by John Paul Jones on the Delaware that basically started the American Revolution that flag is basically identical to the British East Indies company flag and then that you trace that and you go back to Cambridge Massachusetts and something called the flag committee which is Continental Congress approved Washington Franklin adopted what became the first flag of the United what became known as the United States and that was the US Grand Union flag which as being designed by Betsy Ross that is the US Grand Union flag which is identical to the British East Indies company flag because that is where the financing came to fund Washington's army and then you ask well wait a second that's English and well yeah this it is English but it's not English because London the city of London is not technically part of England it is its own banking it's sovereign nation a Roman banking colony still in existence these are all facts and you can cross -check them but anyway so seek and destroy corruption that is how I that is that is how I theme my discussions my conversations my talks it's what I do in Trottier with discussions truth today we're gonna talk about the Department of Education rather the state of the education system in the United States so quickly before we bring the guests on we'll be we'll be talking to Gloria Giorno and her son Stevie and getting their view as conservatives what it's been like for Stevie to go through I think it's Belmont University as a conservative so without further ado thanks for tuning in for the podcast on and we're bringing on Gloria and Stevie right now calling Laurie and Stevie this is Ian Trottier for Discussions of Truth Gloria hi nice to meet meet you and welcome to Discussions of Truth I've looked at some of the work that you're you've excellent hi Stevie so thanks for for joining the the the show and please give listeners an introduction to who you are Gloria you can start tell listeners who you are what you what you do and then and then Stevie you can do the same please I try to destroy a young conservative and I also did a nonprofit the name of it is United Women Foundation what we do is mentor employ aid and young conservative women who are in Stevie's situation and we also give out scholarships to conservatives who are not in need of a scholarship but who are conservatives and who are promoting the conservative agenda in their lives thank you Gloria and that's United Women Foundation calm I'll go ahead and put a link to that in the episode Stevie go ahead and introduce yourself for us please well thank you very much for having us on my name is Stevie Giorno and I serve as the chairman of the Tennessee Young Republicans and I am the former student body president at Belmont University where I was attacked by the radical left for being proud of my country and being proud to be an American on the 4th of July in 2020 during the as a mother for protecting your your family and your country I've looked at the website I've looked a little bit about both of you and what's interesting is you have been you've come my way and your stories come my way through a contact there in Florida and your Stevie your story is daughter went through something very similar and in her university classes but Stevie go ahead and tell us a little bit about about what you experienced you were the student body president at Belmont University yet you were attacked for your political views isn't that right picture of myself in front of the White House and I captioned it that I was proud to be an American and I thanked those who had sacrificed and served so that we may have the freedoms and liberties that our forefathers intended for us and within 24 hours my fraternity was blackmailing me threatening to label me a racist and remove me from the fraternity there were hundreds of comments on my Instagram post and there were hundreds of signatures on a change .org petition that sought to remove me as the duly elected student body president even though I was elected unanimously with almost 99 98 % of the vote and so it was really bad that students friends of mine my fraternity brothers wanted to attack me because I was proud to be from this country you know my grandparents escaped from communism in Yugoslavia and my mother lived there for a year so I've heard the first -hand horrors of what happens in a communist country and I fear that our country is headed that way every single day. Now what's interesting is one of the articles that I that I went through briefly was is written by Campus Reform it's published on an online newsletter called Campus Reform and one of the stories that they have today actually talks about glorifying Che you Guevara know this is a this is a socialist figure that that helped with the with the cubist Cuban communist revolution and Fidel Castro you're you're talking about your family having come from communist Yugoslavia are you seeing are you seeing Stevie in in in in your experience on on campus now I don't know what you're doing now maybe you graduated you can bring us up to date with where you at right now but are you seeing some of these same the same signs that that perhaps your mother or your grandparents were talking about that were that were red flags for for communism growing within the country are you seeing that experiencing that I do and I think unfortunately it is getting worse specifically at Belmont University they refused the school is refusing to allow a turning point USA chapter on campus I think it it's it's it's awful it's an infringement on our First Amendment right to freedom of speech and freedom of belief to protest to assemble and so it's really unfortunate what's going on with with colleges and universities I graduated in the spring of 2021 but I have heard of the horror stories happening at private Christian schools so -called Christian schools happening across the country and until students and parents and grandparents begin to see what is happening you know the first step to solving a problem is acknowledging it exists and it's there and it's not going to get better until enough conservative students and parents realize that they need to stop funding the indoctrination machines of universities and change course well it's very brave of you to say that glory I want want to get your your view and and and I want to first first say this I opened this show up before I brought you on with talking about somebody named Charlotte Iserbyt and I'm happy to send you her link to her book it's called the deliberate dumbing down of America what she did was she started dissecting what was happening under the Reagan administration with the attack on the indoctrination that we're seeing fruits of today a few decades later but Gloria did you did you ever expect or suspect that something like this might happen to your son I I he gets into college were there any anything anything happening up to that time where he's now the student body president of Belmont University anything before that that you were that you questioned well you know hey they he might he might need to defend himself or was this a complete surprise to you it was a complete surprise there was absolutely nothing the handbook the literature the online documentation about Belmont University everything fit a conservative Christian agenda there was nothing I mean personally I think it's a bait and switch but there was absolutely nothing I was friends with some of the professors who are conservatives at Belmont or who were conservatives at Belmont and we had spoken for two years before Stevie made the decision to go there and no there was not any kind of indication that anything like this would happen now we would never allowed our son to want to go to a school where he would have been threatened for his beliefs I mean he had been working for Republican candidates since he was 17 years old so it was out in the open it's on his LinkedIn it's public so no I mean we we were told on every tour we were told at every meeting that this was a fully free campus there would be no harassment it was Christian it was conservative and I read the handbook and Stevie followed all the guidelines when these things did start to occur he did follow all the guidelines he followed all the rules he turned everything into administration and they did nothing absolutely nothing and Stevie yeah go ahead to this day they have not responded in any way shape or form nothing and this has been three years now so you have not gotten a formal response from the school administration Stevie you're simply in DC taking a photograph outside the White House expressing your gratitude for the country and the values that it stands for did you ever suspect this type of backlash coming from the because he knew that if he spoke out against them that they would send him to a camp where he'd never be heard from again and really that whole year of 2020 was either you agree with everything we're saying you endorse the BLM organization but we're gonna do everything we can to destroy you and in fact because Tennessee is a single -party consent state that means you can record conversations with only one person knowing I did record those conversations with my fraternity which my mom put into her book and in those conversations my fellow friends my fraternity brothers say if you do not apologize for your post if you do not endorse this group we're gonna do whatever it takes to destroy you and your career and your reputation so it's a more mild form of what happens in communist countries but because these students were not held accountable it is only going to get worse and worse and it did I mean there was one instance where a female student who worked at a fast -food restaurant I would go to for my breakfast in the mornings she admitted in the official College Democrat group text that she was putting quote gross stuff in my drinks every single day because I was a an awful conservative who loved this country and one endorsed the BLM organization and the school guess what the school did when I turned her in what did they do they accepted her into Belmont law school you gotta be kidding me I'm serious 100 % she was rewarded for attacking a political opponent and I think that's dangerous as we see what's going on with President Trump he is being attacked because he's leading in the polls and it's truly unfortunate that we're becoming a banana republic yeah did the did she make you sick with whatever she put in the drinks and we couldn't even get the Nashville police who are unfortunately very short staff due to the liberal City Council and the liberal mayor at the time unfortunately they were they were unable to investigate it because I was perfectly fine thankfully but they said since there was no lasting issues that they refused to investigate and then the school accepted this girl into law school with full knowledge of everything she had done struck so it it shows the systemic problem we're having and imagine if this is happening in a conservative Christian private university in Nashville Tennessee one of the most conservative states imagine what's going on in all 49 other states we don't have the ability to record conversations and to take screenshots of texts and emails and and have such transparency I mean it's terrifying to think what's happening in these other colleges yeah very well said Stevie tell us about that book and tell us about how tell us about how it's been received my husband and I we want to speak out on this we want people to know I need parents and grandparents to know what their children and yes very teen but there still are children what they face and what they are up against when they go away to school we need for parents to fight back we need for parents to take a stand if 40 % of students stopped attending their respective universities you know that the agenda at universities with administration would change so we as conservatives we have that title of being silent majority because usually we are silent well Stevie and I wanted to change that hence the book I use I feel that the book is an educational tool for parents learn from what happened to my son learn from the experience that we've had we went to this university many times it's not far from our home we investigated it we knew people who worked there who taught there and never once did we feel that it was going to be a threat to our son and look what happened so whatever you're seeing I dread to think what's going on at public schools I just dread but I want parents to learn learn read the book you'll see everything is documented in there as my son said fortunately we're able to record and we're able to use everything for information but we need for parents to be more active in their students and their children's educations even when they are at college because they are all indoctrination facilities I did live in a communist country I went to first grade in Zagreb which was then Yugoslavia in 1972 and I can tell you that on my way to school my walk to school every morning I had 1 ,000 US dollars in my backpack I knew if civil unrest broke out at the age of six I knew how to get out of Yugoslavia get into a cab that was waiting for me at the end of the hill and that cab driver would take me to the border of Yugoslavia in Italy where one of my aunts would meet me and my parents would come when they were able I also knew the police officer on the corner he wasn't there for me he wasn't there to make sure that I'd be safe or anybody else he was definitely there to protect the communist regime and Josip Tito who was the dictator at the time and the parallels that I saw with what I experienced living in a communist country and what my son endured at Belmont University it's there if it's clear as day and I want to enlighten everyone who wants to hear from me I want all parents to know this is happening in our country now too we are being silenced and shut down the title of the book folks is outcast how the radical left tried to destroy a young conservative and that is Stevie so Stevie was this a the attack on you was this coming from the BLM movement at Belmont University or in Nashville have you identified the nucleus of where this attack came from okay so let me ask you a broader question we saw during the Trump Tifa uprisings mainly Seattle Portland but obviously across the country Chicago New York but that coincided with this this COVID -19 virus outbreak as a as a university student you've now graduated but Stevie were you were you drawing any parallels to either of these things happening during the Trump administration that seemingly linked to a communist revolt within the country does that making sense were you able to draw any connect any dots Stevie we know from history that it usually doesn't work that way and the government's gonna keep taking more and more of our rights and when you couple that with what is happening what did happen in 2020 with with the riots and people getting away with committing crimes to where if you and I or anyone else who was a conservative did burn down a courthouse like they did in Nashville or protest and kill innocent people in the streets we would go to jail however because they were advancing a political movement that the liberal district attorneys in big cities supported they were let go and they were not punished like they should have been like we would have been so the hypocrisy is terrible I think it does parallel communism to where you know if you remember the black shirts Mussolini's black shirts taking control of the Italian government because they were the advancing political agenda and movement that the powers that be wanted them to they were able to harass and intimidate people into supporting them and I fear that our country is going that way and we need people to stand up now if we're ever hoping to take back our country and get it back on the right track and under control Gloria the book is recently published it looks like it was just published last month and you've got us forward by Sam Sorbo how's the reception of the book been so far what are people saying who have you spoke to about it how is it being received lot Gloria a of media outlets that are reaching out to us I'm being asked to speak almost on a daily basis different organizations different groups Stevie and I have traveled to a lot of different states throughout the country and we will continue to be touring and we are I have started a conversation and parents are now extending that conversation with their friends and that is the goal we need to start with one person talking to another and now the growth has been exponential it's incredible the book is selling very well it's available on Amazon and wherever books are sold but from what I have witnessed and the calls I am getting yes it is and I mean if we as conservatives don't speak up we're gonna be done this is it and if America Falls there is nowhere else to go and our children are being indoctrinated I don't care what level of schooling it's that they're being indoctrinated on every single level and if parents do not set a strong foundation in the household when the child is born and continue that throughout a child's life when they go to college always we will not be America any longer so the book is being well received I do have parents who have reached out to me and who have asked me questions likewise I do have some haters but that's how I know I'm making a difference because the hate is there as well yeah absolutely well said it's like when you went once you're censored you know that you're putting up the correct information on the online right Stevie are you concentrating on any particular campuses as you tour the country you point of a Christian organization and unfortunately they they canceled the meeting that was going to happen at Belmont and so been trying to help the students out there at Belmont but really I think the key thing is getting in front of as many young people as possible who are conservative and letting them know that they're not alone that the hardships they're going through have happened before and they're gonna happen again and we've got to stand up tall for what we believe in and we can't be scared of people saying mean things about us or what people put on social media or what they may say to us we've got to stand up for what we believe in if there's any chance of saving our country thank you very much let me ask you this question Gloria as we as we wind down and then I want to give each of you an opportunity to leave listeners with some final words and thoughts but Gloria as somebody who's lived in a communist country and it sounded like you did at least one year schooling their first grade what's happening right now to the border of your country what's happening down there they believe they have freedom and to an extent they do and I equate it to when I speak I speak to a lot of young people because young people are what United Women Foundation is mostly about and so when I speak I they look at me very oddly when I tell my story but what I have found that works very well is I bring up a lion at a zoo and he's in a zoo he's caged his needs are met he has food he has shelter he has water he has medical attention and it's all for free but he is still in that cage but he is able to roam in that cage correct and then we have the next picture a lion picture lion in Wyoming in Montana anywhere in this country roaming freely that lion bends for himself he finds his own food he finds his own shelter he finds his own water he takes care of himself that lion is independent to me that is the difference that is the bottom line that is the difference between communism and America that is the difference between our constitution is that lion that is roaming free throughout this country and that's what we are right now so that is something that I think resonates with young people and I I believe that putting it in a perspective of a picture like that they are beginning to understand a little bit I hope at least I mean I don't know right now what I'm seeing is a lot of people have said we cannot have an opinion because we have not experienced it which truly breaks my heart my family in Croatia thinks that they are free in effect my family basically is a caged lion yeah incredible and and let me review what is happening right now at the southern border in in the U .S.
A highlight from THOUGHTCRIME Ep. 13 Willard Romney's Revenge? Dems Legitimizing Prostitution? Oliver The Fake?
"Hey, feeling unsure about your finances these days? You're not alone. That's why Noble Gold Investments is here to help. Just hear it straight from the people who they've helped. The Noble crew walked me through everything with no stress. With their help, I could finally sleep easy at night. And now this month, Noble Gold Investments is handing out a free 5 -ounce silver America the Beautiful coin if you qualify for an IRA. Invest in gold and silver with Noble Gold Investments. Go to noblegoldinvestments .com right now. That is noblegoldinvestments .com right now. Hey, everybody. Happy Saturday. Thought Crimes. I joined late to this because I was at our Pastor Summit. But Andrew, Blake, and Jack carry the water for the first part of the episode. Talk about Mitt Romney. Talk about the Virginia Hooker. And then we also talk about Oliver Anthony, who I call a ginger Bernie Sanders with a banjo. Thought Crimes, where we say things that you're not even allowed to think in Western society. This is your warning. I'm just warning you that, yes, there is things in this episode that are not always appropriate for homeschoolers. Email us as always freedom at charliekirk .com and get involved with Turning Point USA at tpusa .com. That is tpusa .com. Buckle up, everybody. Here we go. Charlie, what you've done is incredible here. Maybe Charlie Kirk is on the college campuses. I want you to know we are lucky to have Charlie Kirk. Charlie Kirk's running the White House, folks. I want to thank Charlie. He's an incredible guy. His spirit, his love of this country. He's done an amazing job building one of the most powerful youth organizations ever created, Turning Point USA. We will not embrace the ideas that have destroyed countries, destroyed lives, and we are going to fight for freedom on campuses across the country. That's why we are here. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to tonight's edition, this week's edition of Thought Crime. Are you ready to commit thought crime? Because we've got a lot. Let's go around the horn. I'm not even sure because we got a lot of craziness going on right now. Our gas prices are up almost a full dollar here since last week, almost. And I was in California about a week ago. And I think are you guys hitting about six, almost $6 a gallon right now? Yeah, we are. Yeah, it's about five. How do you do it? I mean, honestly, Santa Barbara is a small town, so we don't drive a whole bunch. We don't feel it as much as probably like, you know, our Los Angeles friends. But I mean, at the end of the day, I mean, California is and actually this, this includes Arizona, Nevada, I believe, Washington and Oregon are considered the same sort of gas island. So they are as it has to do with where the oil comes from. It has to do with where they're getting refined. California has all these special additives and regulations that the refineries, these these benchmarks that refineries need to hit. So it can only come from certain refineries. So it limits the supply even more. It's a whole problem. So Charlie will be here in a little bit. He's at the Pastor Summit right now. He's dealing with some stuff. He's taking care of business on assignment, of course, for Turning Point USA, the faith coalition. But we're here. We're going to hold down the fort until Charlie returns. So shoot us your emails freedom at Charlie kirk .com. Let's get into the first topic here. This one, I think we've all talked about it, but we haven't all mentioned it together. This one, the the revenge or should we say the elegy for Willard Romney? Willard Mitt Romney has announced he's quitting the Senate total rage quit right before the 2024 election. So he's going to serve out the remainder of his term. And of course, as befits his character, he's riding off into the sunset by having the globalists at the Atlantic publish a completely obnoxious passive aggressive interview, trashing his colleagues, trashing Trump, trashing the GOP base. So what is the final word on the GOP 2012 standard bearer, the man who was the nominee for president in 2012? And, Blake, I think you actually have an excerpt from the from this article that's by McKay Coppins in the Atlantic. Oh, well, yeah, exactly, Jack. It's it's amazing. So, of course, he's everything about Romney is, you know, the supposed like, you know, politeness and decorum and all the damage that Trump does to our democracy by being always the last Boy Scout. Yeah, yeah, the last Boy Scout. So naturally, what he does is he announces he's retiring. And then, you know, in perfect timing with it, McKay Coppins has this biography that he's putting out that's, you know, all about Romney and has all these like data points in it. And he's basically just like Romney doing like a drive by shooting on other members of the Republican Party as he leaves. Let's see, like one of the lines from it. This is a summary as Axios summarizes it helpfully for us. Romney shares a unique disgust for senators Josh Hawley of Missouri and Ted Cruz of Texas, who he thought were too smart to believe Trump won the 2020 election. But, quote, put politics above the interests of liberal democracy and the Constitution. And then the even wilder one is for Senator J .D. Vance of Ohio. He says, quote, I don't know that I can disrespect someone more than J .D. Vance. That is a direct quote from Senator Romney describing Senator Vance, who he still has to, you know, share a Senate chamber with for the next year before he actually quits. But, you know, J .D., I mean, can can someone explain what what what is J .D. Vance done in his time in the Senate that's been so ill reputable? It could. Does anyone have what when he went to East Palestine and it seems it seems his crime is that went on there? I'm trying to figure this out. It seems his crime is that, you know, J .D. Vance came out of Ohio. He went to Yale, I believe it was. And then he was in finance and was, you know, and then wrote his memoir, which was very well received. And he's this up and comer on the coast. And then I guess he moved back to Ohio, started doing too many appearances on Tucker Carlson tonight. And like, according to Romney, it was like the transformation was just was just too jarring, like it was too too much of a transformation for for Mr. Romney, who himself has basically transmuted into this like Democrat, I guess. But that doesn't count. This is an interesting this is an interesting take on on all of it. And Andrew, maybe you can give us a sense of it, because what I think that Romney is really upset about here is that he's considering J .D. Vance a class a class traitor. He's calling him a class traitor and saying, look, you're allowed to make money in finance. You're allowed to make go to Yale. You're allowed to go to the great schools. But the one thing and you're certainly allowed to run for the Senate. But the one thing you're not allowed to do is actually go out to the people of your state, listen to the their interests and listen to their issues and then grow and go and try to actually represent them in the United States Senate. This I is think class traitor. I think that's really smart framing, Jack, because at some level, a lot of this is much more about vibe. It's much more about what Mitt Romney thinks is classy versus gross or respectable versus, you know, essentially untoward and beyond the pale. Right. So it's all based on his own little framework of of class structure, of decorum, those sorts of things. So it says here in this, he says he was also highly critical of Senator J .D. Vance, Republican of Ohio, who reinvented his persona to become a Trump acolyte after publishing a bestselling memoir, Hillbilly Elegy about the working class that Romney loved. So Romney loved the book. So at some level, I think it was just like, so I love this book. And how can this kind of become like a Trump bootlicker? Go ahead. Right. So I can there's there and just real quickly, it's kind of like because in the book, J .D. Vance's conclusions, I would say I don't offer this as criticism. I just say it's sort of it's an evolution on J .D. Vance's part because he sort of just says in the book, well, that that sort of that blase classic Republican line of, you know, and everybody just needs to pull themselves up by their bootstraps. I can do it. So can you. And we should cut taxes for big businesses and the one percent pays most of the income tax and that that's kind of it. And then when he went to actually run for office and started really engaging with people politically, that's when he shifted, not socially. Right. But he shifted economically to become more of a populist. Blake, what you're saying? Well, what's so telling in this article is like some of the just a little specific anecdotes that it does pick. And I almost wonder if Coppins is like subtly trolling Romney. Apparently Romney lives by himself and his family in D .C. It mentions let me get let me get the line here. It talks about his his his pad that he lives in. And it says the place had not been Romney's first choice for Washington residents when he was elected in twenty eighteen. He'd had his eye on a newly remodeled condo at the Watergate with glittering views of the Potomac. His wife, Ann, fell in love with the place, but his soon to be staffers and colleagues warned him about the commute, which, by the way, it's like a mile and a half to the Capitol. So he grudgingly chose practicality over luxury and settled for the two point four million dollar townhouse instead. And then, of course, this is not good enough for for Ann. So she never visits him when he's in D .C. So it turns into a gross bachelor pad that has it mentions there's crumbs everywhere.
Yale Students Welcomed by Ominous Grim Reaper Flyer
"Students got a terrifying message from the campus police is the New York Times There was anger after the campus police union Which is negotiating a contract shared a safety flyer with a picture of the grim reaper on it But the gem on this article are comments from New York Times Readers the only people who were allowed to comment are New York Times subscribers, but I'll get to that Andre fara also, that's FA apostrophe a OSO an incoming first -year student at Yale Has been had been in the United States for 12 days. He arrived from New Zealand on his own three suitcases in tow As he pulled his luggage through downtown New Haven Connecticut a woman handed him a flyer describing his new city as crime -ridden and dangerous so the beauty of what you're about to hear is The denial of reality that is like the denial of two sexes the denial of reality that is central to left -wing Thinking Why would anybody hand anyone a flyer saying that New Haven was dangerous oh my god silly It listed alarming local crime statistics and instructed students to quote remain on campus Avoid public transportation and stay off the streets after 8 p .m How many editors of the New York Times would walk around New Haven alone after 8 p .m. So is that a legitimate question Particularly women Illustrated with a picture of the grid grim reaper the flyer with students in ominous. Good luck But perhaps most jarring was the source of the flyer Listed plainly in its text the union that represents Yale's own campus police In the day since the union distributed the survival guide quote -unquote leaflets Yale administrators and police officials have been scrambling to calm first -year students and their parents
"yale" Discussed on Bloomberg Radio New York
"Of the Yale University investment committee on the board of the Vanguard group for more than a decade, and way too many things to mention, author of 19, now 20 books, the most recent being inside Vanguard, let's talk a little bit about not just Jack bogle, but the era and the team he assembled that was so crucial to Vanguard's success, tell us a little bit about how this 1927 Yankees came together. Great question. First, Jack was men with the mission. And if you spent time with him, you could be infected with that sense of mission and purpose, and if that rang the bell for what you wanted to do with your working career, it was almost magic because there wasn't very much competition from other people doing things in the investment world. Secondly, this was a man of tremendous conviction about what was going to be the right thing to do, sometimes that worked very much the advantage of Vanguard. There were sometimes when it worked just the other way. And it was a real negative. But decisive, whichever way, it was characteristic of check as a personality he could put on the charm in a way in which almost anybody would melt. And then, of course, there were hard hitting times when he was absolutely determined that everybody was going to do this or that. You were already on board and you sort of say, well, you take the good with the bad, we can work this one out. So on and so on. Really interesting. Tell us a little bit about Jack Brennan, the man who succeeded bogle as the second CEO of Vanguard. He's really quite a fascinating character. Well, he had a terrific impact. If you look at the impact in terms of assets under management, what bogle did in his time, Brennan did ten times as much in his time. Ten times as much. And he did it by putting together a team of other people empowering them to be strong and effective at what they were doing. And it goes back to a couple of different root factors. Boston, Irish, Catholic training. His dad was told by his guidance counselor in high school, no kid. You're not going to become a mechanic. You're going to go to school because you're too good and too smart to stop your life right at this graduating from high school. You're going to college. And that was a breakthrough. And father became a consequential banker in the Boston area. But he always stayed clear to his basic roots. Jack Brennan grows up as a son of that kind of straightforward guy. And becomes a very, very straightforward guy himself. The second characteristic is he was a very good athlete. And he was very good at lacrosse in particular. And one day his kids were asking, well, dad, were you the highest scorer? He said, that's not the right question. What do you mean, dad? They gave him a copy of the Dartmouth Indian. Student newspaper, Brennan. 28 assists. 8 goals. He said, it's not what you score. It's whether your team scores. And that's Jack Brennan all the way through he's all about bring the team for it, as he said himself. Being famous is not on my agenda. Right. And it's very clear. Most people have never heard of Jack Brennan. He probably the most important person in the development of Vanguard is an organization. That's quite a statement. I don't disagree, but I don't think most people are aware how he professionalized Vanguard, how he brought in a huge team of people, but he also found all sorts of both cost savings and growth that as good as bogle was, it was just outside of his expertise. Yeah. Look, Jack bogle always said, I'm a small company guy. And Jack Brennan understood to be the really right Vanguard. The future going to have to be a big organization. Second, you're going to have to have a lot of computing power because technology is a secret to keeping costs low, low, low, and long run. Check bob would say over and over again. Computers are too damn expensive, and he was right on the day that you buy them, but if you can only think of them as that moment, you're not going to be able to get a payoff. If you think of them as minimal for 5 years or ten years, I'm going to use some tools to bring the cost to the operation down. It's a completely different answer. And so Jack Brennan was absolutely key to the whole idea using technology, particularly computers, and moving in advancement that direction. Second thing is a very good at distributing responsibility and hiring in outstanding individuals to do in a quiet way the things that needed to get done so shift from one person to a team, and the team has got maybe a dozen key players on it, then you get something that's got tremendous capacity to manage a larger and larger organization which Vanguard had to become, in order to get the economic power that it has today. To keep driving costs lower. So Brennan and bogle were very close eventually to Brennan's dismay, the relationship fell apart, tell us a little bit about that episode. Easy analogy would be father and son. Older guy, younger guy. Mister outside, Jack bogle, mister inside Jack Brennan. So long as that was the working relationship things were great. But Jack bogle always thought of Vanguard as my company. And when you have a possessive view like that, you can talk yourself into making serious mistakes. He had greed with Jim reby way back
"yale" Discussed on TuneInPOC
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"yale" Discussed on TuneInPOC
"Did I describe that right or which point am I missing? So I guess I'll just say that and perhaps this was me being overly sensitive. But I just don't think of it as cynical. I really do think of it as an upset that you were suggesting it. But when you think about wedge politics and what have you, I mean, for me, it really is, and I think for my colleagues to just a really earnest attempt to grapple with the state of the country. And insofar as there is a partisan political dimension, which of course is think tank. And we work happily with people on both sides of the partisan aisle. But yeah, I mean, just thinking about the kind of larger political scene, yeah, I think that you're totally onto something. When you have a kind of racialized understanding of your coalition as a rainbow coalition, you're missing the fact that there are many people within that coalition who don't think of themselves in terms of pan ethnic categories. Maybe they want to be addressed as citizens. Maybe they want to be addressed in terms of larger categories or even smaller, more specific categories. There's just a way in which these big pan ethnic racial categories have taken on so much meaning. They were created by some combination of census bureaucrats and basically marketers who are trying to kind of aggregate a lot of different groups. You know what I mean? And they just don't really describe the texture of life for people, particularly people outside of elite institutions. Now, I've mentioned that before, but I do want to elaborate on this. So if you were someone who is participating in an elite institution where racial representativeness is an imperative, diversity is an imperative. There is this weird vibe because it's almost as though, hey, you are part of this institution and part of your obligation is to be a teacher. Part of your obligation is to be authentically a spokesperson for group X and so you have this aggregation of these different groups. These are the environments in which something like Asian American identity takes hold and takes meeting. It takes hold because there's literally an ethnic studies department in which you could take classes in Asian American studies. So something that does not necessarily reflect the complexity and texture of your life does mean something in that environment. And so when I look at ethnic politics, a big divide for me is between basically these people who've engaged with these elite institutions. Particularly people of color who have engaged these elite institutions and where leading this particular kind of structured integrated life where you are supposed to be authentic, your space to be a spokesperson for X, Y, or Z, is something that has a big effect on your wider worldview. And that's one reason why I think there's a huge disconnect between people of color who have been socialized into these elite institutions and the racialized discourse that is so essential to those institutions, and people of color who exist outside of those. Institutions. So if you're someone who is second or third generation Mexican American, who went to a good public university, but that was not selective, and you're someone who is middle upper middle class, but you did not navigate that world. Your subjective experience is really, really different from what someone who went to Yale. And I think that that is a really interesting divide because the people who do our jobs, people who are basically paid to be decently articulate spokespeople who generate ideas are very disproportionately drawn from people who've operated within these highly racialized contexts in which this certain idea of diversity is really important. And I think that that has been a real challenge for democratic politics. I think that Republican politics has all sorts of challenges, but I think that it is kind of relevant to some of the challenges that Democrats are experiencing and connecting with a diversifying.
"yale" Discussed on Maureen From Quarantine
"Maureen from quarantine and today i have an exceedingly special guest. I have dr mark bracket who happens to be the world renowned scholar and the feelings master author of permission to feel and dr mark bracket phd is the founder and director of the yale center. For emotional how cool is that emotional intelligence and a professor in the child study center of yale university and he is the lead developer of a ruler. That's are you which you will learn all about here in this upcoming podcast. Episode was dr mark bracket and so ruler is an evidence based approach to social and emotional learning that has been adopted by nearly two thousand pre-k through high schools across the united states and in other countries and he also serves on the board of directors for the collaborative for academic social and emotional learning. Okay so let's take a deep dive into emotional intelligence. And since i'm always saying you know we always defer to the experts of walla here. We have an expert and so let's all get with the emotion revolution elo job demark bracket welcome so much. Thank you and i really. I'm so happy happy happy. You're here. I'm really really excited. And when i do say that threes just be fun. And i just feel just happy. Happy happy house. that and so Yeah and we've got some rain going on here in la la land where i am and that adds to the glorious -ness of it all and how is the weather. Okay there where you are in new haven you know. I live in the countryside of connecticut but the It was raining this morning. Now it's gorgeous outside it's fall with the beautiful colors and just back from today's ago. Oh we could have done a papa. Podcast see Yeah so we grab our coffee here. Get our cozy on and Here we go. Yes i so. Enjoy your The yale seminar. You had the based on the permission to feel just Really enjoyed it Thank you thank you for putting it out there so necessary and and i'm just so grateful for you and the book really is it is essential. You know what's funny. A friend just sent me a text and it says love is more powerful than fear. Isn't timing everything synchronicity. And that i'd get where i'm going with. That is underneath all the the things that you noted and mentioned in the book and your lectures. I sense this. Great unconditional love. and and. that's that language that that i speak. It's just really i think. That's what emotional intelligence is. Obviously y'all there's so much more to it ends we can jump right in. I do know again how valuable your time am so honored and grateful that you're here. Did i tell you enough times on thrilled. You're here. I think some might goes growing so you might feel like i'm too good to even speak. You better start asking about my gay here okay. And just no but is just so necessary. And i mean not just on this academic scene but truly across the board so With this a groundbreaking in it is this rare book. I don't. I don't think i have ever come across anything like does and so Yeah so here. I am in this yellow zone. And you know i would like to become an emotion. Scientists and. I'm sure our listeners would like to learn this as well so in that in keeping with that. We have a lot to unpack your so. I'll try not to bombard with tim any questions but i do have a lie. You cut me off. If i'm overwhelming you. If you feel overwhelmed and speaking of wedge know how often should we check in and ask one another and not you and i but with our children and each other in our in the workplace asking people how they feel. What do you think regularly. But i mean you can't be obsessive about it right because you know bathroom how you feel. How did she know i went. Oh no 'cause. I can be that way in terms of i went. How do i feel night. Took another deep. President feels good because it brings me to that moment and then of course. That question led to the other question of how often i'm supposed to be asking myself that level on anybody else because you're right we could drive ourselves and Everybody a bit batty with that. So you're right. It's about taking finding our own regular rhythm with that too and and so in jumping right into i love. The story probably told it so many times to but now it's on. I know with all of the experience. You've gathered to Your story of of uncle mar van. He's my hero. Oh my theory. Is that everybody needed uncle. Marvin because you were talking about love upfront. And you know. One of the characteristics of the uncle marvins in our lives is that unconditional love but love is not enough I remember even when. I was being bullied as kid. My mother said. Don't worry your mother loves you. Wait a minute. I need a little bit more than love right now. right so there are skills that we all need you know and i think that's with the magic of of my uncle marvin and my relationship with him because he taught me how to identify feelings. And what's interesting is there. That's the foundation underneath having the freedom to express how we feel being feeling safe. I've always told my daughter. You know the first thing is obviously the unconditional love and safety and from that place. I feel we can learn. I feel see and and teach the kids from that place. Which of course you do and You know i know that What what's the story you know. What's funny is. I want my very first job. I picked up that you sat down with uncle. Marvin at dunkin donuts in florida and my very first job in high school was a dunkin. Donuts and florida. Morris i know. Isn't that cool. Yeah and rates. You guys sat that. How cozy is that with the coffee uncle marvan and drinking will his drinking decaf having has little donut and basically you know that was later on my life when i had he was. My healer has a child. And then when i was in my early twenties trying to figure out what i wanted to do with my life I realized that it was going to be in this area of emotion than emotional intelligence and teaching children in schools. These skills and so i quickly call my uncle and i said you still have all that stuff you had you know from when you talk this back twenty years ago. And he's like it's in the basement. Y slow down. We looked at all the boxes of his curriculum and Began our journey to write our very first curriculum back in the nineteen nineties.
"yale" Discussed on A Desi Woman with Soniya Gokhale
"Those decision makers unique to replace them you need to think about it and think about men as allies and partners you know. We have more men now who are applying to the campaign school because they're running campaigns for women and as i've all come to me on their applications they've all said patty you know. I've never run as a woman before. I want to be as effective as i can. In helping my candidates skin herself for success so the partnerships the strong partnerships allies. That you have available to you. Pay attention to all of those leaders that you have already in your world that you may not even realize i'd like to leave you with a quote. It's one of my most favourite quotes. It speaks to me every day in this moment. In this time that we're going through. I think about afghanistan and texas and floods and fires and the continuing challenges that pandemic the economy. It's so the heaviness of the world this quote by l. Our knauss te. A feminist poet speaks to me every day. And i hope your listeners will receive som- solace and joy and inspiration to lead from it. Do not be dismayed by the broken. Does of the world all things break and all things can be mended not with time but with intention so go lead intentionally love intentionally. The broken world waits in darkness so the light that is you. Thank you sonya. Thank you muna while. Thank you so much to both of. You really cannot thank you enough. Senator mona and executive director of the campaign school at yale university potty rousseau i will have links to mona site as washington state senator and the campaign school at gale you will probably be inundated with queries by us. Such a pleasure and privilege. You know you speak with me. Thank you so much. Thanks on lunch..
"yale" Discussed on A Desi Woman with Soniya Gokhale
"I can do that if that was posed to you which is really indicative of of what's required of them about to get into the campaign school at yale university for those that may not be aware is a partisan issue neutral leadership program whose mission is to increase the number and influence of women and elected and appointed office in the united states and around the globe. And as the executive director of the program patti russo and would senator thus as a graduate. In my humble estimation you really both represent the best that this country has to offer as it pretends to leadership empowerment and politics but the fact that you're also impassioned about helping other women achieve their political or leadership aspirations is so inspiring and not connotated. A what one might expect from the notoriously and stereotypically cutthroat historically male dominated domain of politics in this country so having had the great public of attending the back to basic course at tc. I can unequivocally state. The program is a revolutionary game. Changer for women. And it's as though women in the program are finally being given access to a coveted playbook that will give them the tools they need to succeed and thus far despite book has been sorely inaccessible to women and people of color. However i would state it is a no hold barred candid program that really exports the rigor hardships and challenges associated with politics and political campaigns. And so i do have to ask you both for women who might be listening right now. Who run the gamut. Those who think. Wow i would like to be an active participant in the democratic process. But how. And maybe even those thinking. Perhaps i would contemplate running for office or getting engaged in campaign management. How do you go from the hopeful hard-working. Private citizen mona. Thus for example to washington state. Senator mona dos or stab realistic. Why would you say to them and would really like your input on that first. Patty as active director of you know everywhere in in our country and really in the world you know..
"yale" Discussed on The Michael Knowles Show
"That away le's roof in puerto rico is in disrepair. Afc who is wealthy and drives a tesla refuses to help up walea. But she's angry and she's going to criticize donald trump for not helping away even donald trump actually did help wale corrupt. Puerto rican politicians took the money. So now walsh a true philanthropist at the daily wire put up a gofundme campaign and he said we gotta help awale raise money to fix a roof. The campaign raised over one hundred thousand dollars in about ten hours. I don't ended. okay. Look i know i know. A philanthropist. we all a lot of conservatives donated. Now i part of this. Is i think a lot of conservatives new wouldn't wouldn't permit the money to be taken you think. That's that's exactly what happened. Actually first of all. I think a lot of conservatives gave and just like okay. This lady needs roof fund. What's it to me. i'm i like that. I like being charitable but a lot of us also new. Afc wouldn't take the money because afc hates private charity in the same way that bernie sanders as private charity. I talk about. This is philosophically consistent with leftism. I talk about this in my book. Speechless controlling listen which is available now for preorder and you can get assigned first edition copy collectibles. So matt gets a letter from go. Fund me your matt. We're in touch with the beneficiaries. Family made clear they will not be accepting the funds raised. And so we get a refund. My question is does does the family of a beneficiary. Get to make. That decision is we. Didn't we didn't start this. Go fund me for aoc to dole out as she pleases to walea the go fund me was four wheeler so really of whalers should be making this decision as far as i know. Aoc doesn't have power of attorney over walea but someone in the family someone powerful enough in the family to get go wonder who that could be goes in and says kill this thing. We don't we would rather away wailers roof be broken then except one hundred grand from conservatives because that would prove that they're right and were wrong and that they're doing a good thing and we're big jerks about it so they they turn it down. I think someone needs to investigate this. I don't think that. Afc or else family has the right to do this to a availa seems very wrong to me. By the way before we go can't can't let this go. Without mentioning it kathy griffin tweets out on this variable. Appoint to asec's thank you for continuing to do a great job. You represent americans better than we represent ourselves. Kathy river leftist comedian. Alleged comedian doesn't think. Abc is american because his puerto rican born and raised in. America doesn't have an accent even when she uses the word of walea. Kathy sounds a little racist. I don't know the word. Racism doesn't mean anything anymore. But i think does that count. You represent americans better than we represent ourselves. Great little bit. As far as i can tell the tweet is still up. But there's a serious point here. she is anti-american. She doesn't like this country she doesn't like what it stands for. She wants to fundamentally transform it. As does the left more broadly. So what kind of country are we going to have. What kind of country are we going to have the symbols here. Really matter the words we use really matter in right now. Sorry to say the left has the upper hand. A michael knows the michael. Knol show cenex time if you enjoyed this episode. Don't forget to subscribe. And if you want to help spread the word. Please give us a five star review and tell your friends to subscribe. We're available on apple podcasts. Spotify and wherever else you listen to podcasts. Also be sure to check out the daily wire podcasts. Including the ben shapiro. Show the andrew klavan show and the matt wall show. The michael knowles show is produced by. Ben davies executive producer. Jeremy borey our technical director. Is austin stevens. Supervising producers mathis glover and robert stirling production manager. Hovel ski editor and associate producer. Dana d'amico audio mixer might core amina hair and makeup by nika geneva and production coordinator mckenna waters. The michael knowles show is a daily wire production copyright daily wire twenty twenty one. The one hundred thousand dollars i raised. You'll see grandmother is turned down by her family also riots over violent felon and fugitive who shot at the cops and died in the process. It prominent psychiatrists confesses her fantasies of murdering white people and a feud between rival beekeepers as erupted on tiktok. That's very important. We'll talk about that and much more today on wall show..
"yale" Discussed on The Michael Knowles Show
"We do on friday. I suppose actually a few days before friday sometime last week twitter suspended the president of nigeria. They were they were moved to post of his. I should be more specific. They removed a post from president. Muhammadu buhari now. They removed this post because at buhari was threatening to punish groups that were implicated in attacks on government. Buildings and president. Buhari's post was removed for violating twitter's apparent abusive behavior policy. So it's now twitter's policy that head of state is not allowed to threaten to punish groups that attack the government. I but only if the i guess only if twitter supports those groups and opposes the the president because there have been certain other times where the situation was reversed. Twitter didn't didn't remove government posts. So what did nigeria do. They blocked twitter from the country. Just suspended it's very very difficult to get on twitter. If you're in nigeria. And you know what i say. Good for nigeria. now. Look i don't. I'm not making any point about president. Mohammadu mohammadu buhari. I'm not making any point about nigerian politics about which i know nothing about which. I don't really care no very much at all. A lot of countries in the world and nigeria's trying to work out its own situation. But i am very supportive of sovereign states. Not having their entire political system over. Run by jack dorsey. I don't think that jack. Dorsey has the right to craft national policy in african states. Okay i know that the the neo lips want this new of colonialism where a handful of woke oligarchs here in the united states can choose every country's affairs for them. I suppose including our own countries affairs. But i am very impressed that nigeria said no no twitter. You violated our terms of service. And so you're not permitted in. This country is a lot of bad stuff on the internet. I'm not just talking about the woke oligarchs who are trying to take political power away from governments whether the governments our governments are bad governments. The woke oligarchs are trying to take power away from them and in in the case of our country. Take power away from the people. But there's other bad stuff on the internet like fans if you haven't heard of onlyfans onlyfans as as sort of democratization of porn. It's just a way to upload your own stuff and make some i think you know onlyfans big cut but then people who flash their various body parts on the internet can make money from people who subscribed who are obviously in the throes of depravity and porn addiction. Because there's a lot of free porn on the internet so if you're paying for pornography can you imagine how far down the rabbit hole you are so this is attracting fairly mainstream people the former ufc. Champion at jessica andrade. I don't know if i'm pronouncing that correctly. She's now joining onlyfans. She said at the request of american fans toys the decadent american fans. I signed up for only fans. follow me. this is bad. This is bad that people will objectify themselves and turn their very bodies into a product for mass consumption. That's very bad. It's it's degrading to do that sort of thing you should. That should be highly regulated. Were illegal that would not be violation of freedom to make that illegal actually porn was illegal or at least very very heavily regulated for basically our entire country's history until about five minutes ago. that's good. that's not an shrinking free speech. That is actually a defensive. Free speech is certain. Speech undermines free speech certain things undermine freedom when nigeria goes in and suspense twitter because twitter is suspending. The president that is not whatever is going on in the nigerian political system. I'm just talking. As a matter of state. sovereignty that is not to diminish political freedom to expand political freedom because no matter what one thinks of the president of nigeria. Surely jack dorsey is not the president of nigeria regardless of how legitimate and just the the current ruler of nigeria. Is it seems more. Just be he than say. Jack dorsey right so i'm gonna here. I'm gonna get angry letters. i know i'm just. I'm telling you this early. Many get angry letters from liberals and libertarians. On this point they'll say michael porn is good. It's a you know the patriots. The revolutionary war to defend women. Degrading themselves onlyfans. You think no no. That's not true. They actually explicitly wrote against all this stuff. And you're fooling yourself. You think otherwise. But they're going to say. This is a thorough -tarian. It's a word that i don't think means very much if it ever had a meaning these days it's it's being watered down quite a lot. What does it mean if you acknowledge any kind of law if you acknowledge any kind of self government. That's that's authoritarian. If you acknowledge that certain speech undermine speech that's authoritarian. No i don't. I don't think so. It's you need limits just like a sonnet just like poetry. Poetry gets its beauty and its freedom actually from the limits imposed on it from the meter and from the rhyme scheme and from various sorts of factors need to include all of those things but there needs to be some limits to have some poetry. otherwise it's not recognizable sapone the same things of society. The same thing is true of speech regimes. Now i do want to turn before we go something wholesome on the internet of walea walea. Eoc's of willa. She doesn't call her grandma. She goes boy la. I don't refer to. My grandmother has no no but to make a point about how much she doesn't like. America insists on using these borrowed words. Every now and again.
"yale" Discussed on The Michael Knowles Show
"Biden focuses on systemic racism and climate. Change just three years after i stood where you're standing to my political heroes. Dr king and robert kennedy were gunned down the vietnam war divided the nation and divided families. We're in the midst of a great movement for civil rights women's rights and environmental rights. We've we've faced an inflection point and we did our best to seize that moment because things were changing so rapidly and now you face another inflection. Point as we put this pandemic behind us rebuild our economy rudolph systemic racism and tackle climate change. We're addressing the great crises of our time with a greater sense of purpose than ever before and because of you your generation. I've never been more optimistic about the future than i am today. Apparently the sun monster is the same thing as the vietnam war. You see in the nineteen sixties. Eighteen year. Old men had to go off and fight and often die in the jungles of vietnam. And that's the same thing as you buying a carbon tax credit or something or eating less meat or or turning the air conditioner down to turning it up. I guess you know it was it. Sixty eight degrees and asking me like sixty nine degrees to fight the sun monster. You know that big at the totally real thing that is really threatening all of our lives you know. Not just a complete contrivance of the radical left. yeah that's the same thing right. Just like the sixties the nineteen sixties or the inflection point. He actually makes an important survey here. This was a real inflection point in the country where things basically went to hell in a hand basket and they all use this really nice language. This language that everybody would get on board for. This is going to be better for race relations. This is going to what we're doing right. Now is very important to for racial justice and for sexual justice and for this justice. And then you think oh. I'm for all those things great. And what happened on. Unburden really any measure. Since the nineteen sixties things have fallen apart. The one the one measure where people could make the argument. The things have gotten better race relations but the very people who defend the nineteen sixties. Make that they say no. Actually it's not. It's not bad at all than it was actually race. Relations are worse. It's it's hidden white supremacy. We've got to start shooting lights in the streets. Go yale university. You'll hear that lecture so even on that point they're they're not even making that claim the real turning point of the nineteen sixty s. I think was not on racial justice or sexual justice environmental justice. Whatever that is. it's on the shift in ourselves. Understanding from loving our country and wanting to preserve it and having gratitude for our forebears to despising our country and wanting to burn. It down wasn't long after the spirit of the sixties that you had the reverend jesse jackson marching down at stanford yelling. Hey jojo western. Civ has got to go. He was referring to a specific course. I think he was also referring to the broader civilization. Hey hey jojo western civ has got to go used to be the glories of the past that we wanna thank and build on and cherish to tear this place to the ground so what is it. What are we gonna do. Where are we going to go from here. There is some good news. I don't wanna leave you. sad dejected. Upset there is actually good news coming out of washington coming out of a democrat in washington regarding the worst piece of legislation. That's up right now. You've heard about s one. This is the first bill up in the senate related to hr one the first bill up and has representatives. We've nicknamed it. The corrupt politicians act. This is the bill to federalize the elections and take away voter integrity rules and basically give democrats the ability to continue to cheat in elections again and again and again continue to cheat because look. There's there's fraud in every election okay. Lyndon johnson won his senate seat in nineteen forty eight because they stuffed the ballot box. Okay so this sort of thing happens. It's happened in many many elections and if the democrats get their way on the corrupt politicians act. It's going to happen much more often. So joe manchin a swing vote. He's a moderate democrat from west. Virginia he has out and effectively said he will not give support to the corrupt politicians act. It's actually a little complicated the way this is going to work because in order for the corrupt politicians act to go through democrats need to get rid of the filibuster which requires more than a simple majority to get a bill through so joe. Manchin wouldn't need to vote for the corrupt politicians act necessarily to get the act through. He would just need to vote to break the filibuster so the question is is managing gonna vote to do that and mansion says no he will not vote for a doesn't support the legislation by the way so he says voting and election reform that it's done in a partisan manner will all but ensure partisan divisions continue to deepen is something german wrote in his hometown newspaper. Very good news. I'm pleased to hear that. Now there's one of the vote that's getting a lot of pressure right now to To vote for the corrupt politicians act. That's kirstin cinema. She's in arizona. That would be what we'll see if she caves to that pressure or not. I hope she she does not cave. She's also fairly independent minded the question we have to ask ourselves when we're looking at something like the corrupt politicians act is not so much. How does the constitution lay out the way. The government works in theory the question. Where does the power really lie when you look at the twenty twenty election. We know the way elections are supposed to go the states. We're supposed to make election laws that abide by the rules of their state constitutions. And then there's supposed to be certain mechanisms in place and a lot of that went out the window and twenty twenty in pennsylvania for instance. The state election officials the democrats there throughout even the constitutional requirements for how 'bout voting be conducted. So there's the way the government works in theory and then there is how the government works in reality the practice where the power really lies and it goes beyond the government because there are other entities that have a lot of political power notably the media sure but.
"yale" Discussed on The Michael Knowles Show
"N. o. w. l. e. s. ziprecruiter. The smartest way to hire the black lives matter riots twenty twenty or often credited to the sixteen nineteen project and the woman who started the sixty nineteen project nicole. Hannah jones said she was proud to call them the sixteen nineteen riots. Oh that would be so great. Be her project. There was to re frame american history. Why is this just some academic exercise. Is that what this is all about this. This yale lady who shows up to the yale school of medicine and she. She's not. she doesn't work for yale. She was brought here to give a lecture and says she wants to shoot white people in the head of white people are incapable of reason. Basically their animals right dogs. That's that's just an academic exercise. No i don't think so. And by the way in defensive yale yale did come out and condemn. The l school medicine can't condemn what this woman said. But that's sort of not the point if this had been in the other direction if a white guy had gone to yale and gave a lecture about how black people are dogs like. This woman said about white people that would be a national instant that would be an international incident. You would have. Us senators calling commissions to investigate. This would be wall to wall coverage for weeks and weeks and months and months there would be riots in the streets over this but then this crazy lady comes in and says it about white people. oh oops. We shouldn't have done that. No big deal see later. You probably won't even hear about this story unless you're tuned into this show or daily wire because it's a different set of rules and the move here is to reframe america as viciously racist and white. Supremacist whatever where does this. Come from the idea that america pretends to be good the history. We've been taught as an america's good but actually america's evil and the only form of evil there is in the world is racism. The accusation is america when it thinks of itself only focuses on the good things and now we need to bring a corrective on the left to focus on the bad things and The great example of this right now is the tulsa massacre. It's a race riot from one hundred years ago and tolson had you ever heard about the tulsa race riot for this year. I'm gonna say probably not. maybe you did. Maybe you remember and reading of at some point but probably probably you didn't because this is not considered a particularly important event in american history. It's a sad thing but not considered particularly important to our self understanding what happened in tulsa. I'm sure you've heard about it in the last week. Joe biden's given speeches about it. What happened in tulsa. You're the basic facts. Okay and these are not just facts. That i happen to know these facts that i've read in history books. All of these facts are accounted for on wikipedia. Left-wing news source as mainstream as it gets okay in tulsa nineteen year old. Black guy was accused of assaulting a teenage girl. I think she was seventeen or something like that. White girl in elevator alone and that was the accusation. He was arrested and he admitted to putting his hands on the girl but he said he didn't he didn't assaulter so he's arrested the next day by a white detective. And a black patrolman. All right. it's not just a purely white force. Both of these guys come and arrest the guy then. Allegedly a sensationalist newspaper piece warned that there was going to be lynching. Uh there's no evidence that this newspaper peace ever existed. It may have. It might have been taken out of the historical record. We just don't know in any case. Hundreds of whites show up to the courthouse. Show up where the sky is being held and they were considered a possible lynch mob. There is good evidence that they were lynch mob but the reason to to have worried that they were lynch. Mob is kind of ironic. The reason to have worry they were lynch mob is that another guy had recently been lynched within the previous year. But the guy wasn't a black guy it was actually a white guy who was accused of murder was lynched by a lynch mob also complicates our story because the way that we think about lynch mobs is that they only ever go after black people. But that's not true. The largest mass lynching in american history was against italian guys and the one the year before the tulsa race riot was actually lynching of a white guy accused of murder. Okay so the white guys show up. Maybe there lynch mob. The sheriff defends the the teenage black. Who was accused roland of He defends him against the lynch mob. All right hundreds that are. I'm sorry. I about sixty to eighty black guys. Show up worried that there's gonna be a lynch mob and they show up with guns now at this point the hundreds of white people there go home and get their guns then. A shot was fired. It's unclear who fired the shot. It seems likely that it was a black guy who fired the shot because of an incident that had taken place between a white guy black but it's still unclear in any case more shots were fired. Ten white guys die two black guys die in the first little skirmish more race fights the next day then white mob starts setting fire to black businesses. then things get really out of control their private aircraft flying over. I mean they're not is not like f. eighteens but still private aircraft are going after black businesses gets crazier and crazier and crazier finally the national guard and law enforcement down this riot. Numbers on the dead differ wasn't a huge number but it was still a very very significant riot. There were ah estimates range from about ten whites. Dead and twenty one black stead to about fifty whites dead in one hundred and fifty or so blackston okay. That's those are the facts in his basic away as i can lay out about tulsa. Why do i mention this.
"yale" Discussed on The Michael Knowles Show
"An american flag ninety nine times out of one hundred. You're looking at conservative account. When you see a pride flag ninety nine times out of one hundred. You're looking at a leftist account if you see various symbols associated with blm you are ninety nine times out of one hundred looking at a leftist account. This is an attempt when you try to bring in these new flags. This is an attempt to re found the country. Is this something that they told us in a sixteen nineteen project. They want to reframe american history. And by reframing our past. They want to reframe the whole country now if you need somebody new at your workplace. I would strongly recommend ziprecruiter if you're a business owner who's hiring you probably face a lot of challenges when it comes to finding the right person for your role which is why you gotta try ziprecruiter for free at ziprecruiter dot com slash knowles kennedy view. Les very simple. When you're hiring time is money. Okay so don't waste money by just throwing spaghetti at the wall us zip recruiter. Your job will get sent out to over one hundred top job sites with one. Click but it's not gonna just stay like that ziprecruiter's matching technology. They're going to go out and find people with the right skills and experience for your job and actively invite them to apply ziprecrui so active the four out of five employers who post on ziprecruiter get a quality candidate within the first day over two point. Three million businesses have come to ziprecruiter for their hiring. Needs there's a reason for that okay. While other companies overwhelm me with way too many options ziprecruiter finds what. You're looking for that needle in the haystack. And they find it. Quick right now you can try ziprecruiter for free at this web address. Ziprecruiter dot com slash knowles can interview. Les that is ziprecruiter. Dot com slash k..
"yale" Discussed on The Michael Knowles Show
"The first point which is obvious within seconds of listening to this woman. Is that everything. That she accuses. White people of being in doing she herself is an does right so she calls white people demented. This woman is clearly demented. She accuses white people of being incapable of rational thought. She herself is not only incapable of rational thought at the moment at least but she denies the possibility of rational thought right. And so beyond her insane babbling. There is an argument here. It's an argument that stops arguments. We often talk about the chesterton quote. There's a thought that stops thought. And that's the only thing that ought to be stopped. She is expressing that right here. And the reason i bring it up is not just be insane. Ladies said something crazy yale. if that's all we focused on that would be the subject of the show every single day. 'cause they're plenty examples of that. The the reason i bring it up is because this is what we're talking about when we talk about critical race theory. Not just the obsession with sex or race rather not jets. There's also sexual politics which we'll get a little bit later. It's not just the obsession with race. It's not just the vilification of people on the basis of their race namely white people. It's more importantly. The denial of rational thought the denial of our ability to understand things. Whenever you hear these radical leftists talking about how you you can't deny my lived experience and you can never know what it is to suffer this sort of oppression and you can never empathize. And you know what they're saying is you don't have perception conception faculties of reason. You're not capable of intellect. And furthermore when when she says it's a waste of breath to talk about these things to white people. She is expressing a central tenet of this kind of critical race theory or critical theory or the broader twentieth centuries of neo marxist tradition namely that we are going to deny objective reality and in so doing we're going to deny that the words which refer to objective reality have any meaning. This is actually at the very heart of my coming speechless. Controlling words growing minds for preorder the idea that because there's no such thing as objective reality. There's no such thing as nature. To which rebound and this actually on the sex point relates to transgenderism because it means we're not even bound to our very own sexual nature but because there's no objective thing that we're bound to than words can just mean whatever we want them to. It's like humpty dumpty in alice in wonderland in allison wonderland. Humpty dumpty is there and he says here and in my world words can mean whatever. I want them to meet analysis. Can words really mean so. Many things and humpty dumpty responds and says that is not the question. The question is what is to be master. That is all the question. Isn't what to the words in. The question is who gets to define the words and if i can find all the words i can redefine reality. That's the premise. That we're working on here. Okay so if this is critical race theory you're seeing it. I think in its purest form. And i think any reasonable person. I know we're not allowed to admit our faculties would say we got to get rid of this stuff. Some people are doing that rhonda santon. Florida is announcing that he will oppose any candidate for school. Board who supports. Crt next week. I have my Commissioner an education going to our board of education banning it Banning any departure from accurate history and following our standards. This is something we've got to stay on the forefront of. We're also dan not going to support any republican candidate for school board who supports critical race theory and all sixty seven counties or who supports mandatory masking of school children and so as you said these local elections matter. We're going to get the florida. Political apparatus involve so we can make sure. There's not a single school board. Republican whoever indulges critical race theory another homerun for rhonda santa's here. Why is he doing this. He's doing this because he knows that. The sort of freedom of critical race theory is the opposite of freedom. That actually if you permit this kind of insanity into schools you're going to be under mining kids education and he also knows that if you want to be able to route this thing from the schools. It's not enough just to talk about it. It's not enough just to point out. The problem have to actually go in and win those races and this is a very conservative. Very just use of political influence. And he's going to wield it. This can be very very effective. Do you remember on this show. Maybe i don was it three or four weeks ago. We talked about an oregon. School board was infiltrated by crazy. Libs and one woman in particular wanted to pass a rule such that in every classroom in the school district. The teachers had display. Not just the american flag which was already in the classrooms but the blm flag and the progressive pride flag just the rainbow flag. I i imagine and it. They had to be the same size as the american flag. And they had to be there in all of the classrooms. This was just shot down. We brought some light to it on this show a few other conservative outlets but not very many appointed out and this has now been shot down. I guess the parents finally took control over the kids education and said no. I don't care what lunatic woman one this position on the school board. We're not tolerating that. We're not gonna put the blm flag on the same level as the american flag for goodness sakes but it's very important. These symbols really matter. Sometimes people even conservatives will criticize the cultural conservatives for just harping too much on language cares. man it's just a word. It's just assembled. Obviously the left cares because they focus a lot on words and symbols and things like flags because the symbols shape how we perceive the world the symbols represent things that are symbolized. And what you're seeing now with this big push to mainstream the blm flag or the rainbow flag in particular especially. This month is an attempt to replace the american flag. If you look on social media sometimes people put little flags and things in their in their names.
"yale" Discussed on The Michael Knowles Show
"Apparently if you think about white guy can't walk down the streets of new haven yale without being threatened with a gun then Really something has gone crazy in this country. Now anybody walks down the streets of new haven and get threatened with a gun that that sort of ordinary but generally or view of yale right is this is the patriarchy. This is the wasp culture. This is where the white men wield their power over the society. And that's not really true. That i don't i if ever was certainly isn't true. Now lecturers give whole talks at yale university. Ironically about how they want to shoot white men. It's not as though this was just an example used as kind of ironic joke but then. She realized that she shouldn't do this. No. she was being very earnest. She thinks that white men are deserving of violent death at her hands. And it's not just this kind of insane. I mean it is insane. She's insane woman. But it's not just an emotional outburst. She actually made an argument. That talk has called the psychopathic problem of the white mind. This psychopath who gave the talk decided to project an accuser opponents of that that Thing from which she she suffers. This was given an email school of medicine's child study center and the the woman's name dr aroon a- killing noni and here is her argument. Are out of your mind. They had been long. So we're one yielded. We're blooming them. Leave your risk if yoga eating all the done gra here a forgetting that the top of our radio. The week that are we're asking a demented violent predator. Beer themed on On ability it even five land your head against the wall. But you're not a good idea. Remember that directly talking about record people along level of connor author of. You're talking about the undetected naked america actual so.
"yale" Discussed on The Michael Knowles Show
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"yale" Discussed on Bloomberg Radio New York
"Said. Diplomacy and America are bad. I'm Brian shook. You're listening to Bloomberg Law with Joon Russell from Bloomberg Radio. I've been talking to Audrey Anderson, who had the higher education practice of Bass, Berry and Simms about President Joe Biden's Johnson's Department dropping and Trump Administration lawsuit accusing Yale University of discriminating against whites and Asian Americans while favoring black and Hispanic applicants for admission. Move marks a swift shift in priorities for Biden's Justice Department, signaling its abandonment of the previous administration's efforts to reverse college diversity efforts. But the battle over race conscious admissions is far from over. After losing a similar Harvard case over discrimination in November, students were fair admission, said it would ask the U. S. Supreme Court to reverse the ruling and toss out decades of president. High court, which now has a 6 to 3 Conservative majority has yet to say if it will take up the appeal. The group has similar cases pending against the University of Texas and the University of North Carolina, alleging discrimination against Asian, American and white students and says it will file another lawsuit against Yale. Tell us what the strategy of students for fair admissions is what it's lawsuits across the country. Your students for fair admission. Will they bring cases? Challenging You'd admissions plans that have race as a factor. In admissions and say that those plans discriminate on the basis of race. Their plainness lately have been all Asian American. Do them. They say that when colleges consider race in admissions and the discriminated against Asians based on waste, that's what their complaints say they always in all of their cases. They have also Included a claim that Any consideration of race violates the Constitution. Even though that argument is We're closed by current law. The current Supreme Court lost, says the colleges may consider race An admission. If they show they other compelling interest in considering race that their use of races narrowly tailored Students repair admissions always make an argument that hey, we think that's wrong. We think the Supreme Court Current case law is wrong, and if we ever get a chance to argue this before the Supreme Court, we're going to tell the Supreme Court that we think that's wrong and they should overturn that law. So it seems prepared missions is where was doing by filing cases all across the country. They are trying to improve their chances that the Supreme Court Will at some point Decide to read you one of these lower court decisions and eventually rule. And prepared missions favor on that. Argument that the Constitution does not allow the consideration of race. And higher education admissions. So we know that the Harvard case went up to the circuit court, and that's as we discussed awaiting perhaps Supreme Court review. What about the other cases that they filed? Yeah. So the University of North Carolina, they filed a case against the University of North Carolina. They had a trial in that case in November. And, um, the Mr Court is waiting for the parties to file finding the facts and conclusions of law. Later this month. And so we are then awaiting a written decision from the judge in that case, and that's just the district court. The trial level. So it could be anywhere from You know 3 to 6 months. No longer before we get a decision. In that case from the trial court. You know what's happening with the Texas case? I believe. Yeah, So there's a case pending in Texas. And they're really at the very early stages of that case. I just checked and they Have a scheduling order that was just entered that has trial scheduled for September of 2022. It was gonna be a long time before there's any decision in that case on the merits. The strange thing about that case is that they're gonna be doing some briefing in the next few months. On some legal questions about whether the court should go forward with this decision at all, based on the fact that just a few years ago Of course, including the Supreme Court. Revered the admission process at the University of Texas Austin and found it to be constitutional. They're going to do some breaking the next few months about Hey, as if afraid. You get to litigate this all again now. Or have we already decided that so the case might go away on those grounds within the next, you know, six months. But if that doesn't happen, then it will be a long time before we get a decision in that case, so looking at this as outsider You know, a person would say this looks like an uphill battle for students were fair admissions. Do you agree with that? No, And that's because of who's on the Supreme Court. Now, the you know when I said there's a case ball from the Supreme Court says that colleges and universities may consider race As long as they have a compelling interest in their use of races Now, Taylor will. That decision is on Lee, with only issued by five members of the court when it was last issues. And we have lost members of the Supreme Court since that decision. So whether or not the court will maintain that decision is very much an open question. And it depends on how justice is Cavanaugh. Tony Barrett and Gorsuch are going to rule. And if you were to ask most lawyer to know stuff about this area of the law, I think most of us would say that We think they would probably say that the Constitution does not allow Colleges and universities to use race. Then we get to the interesting question that I judge then Judge Barrett on and then Judge Cavanaugh. Now justices Both were asked their confirmation hearing about. Well, What do you think about story decisive. How important How important is it to you? Even if you disagree with prior holding of the Supreme Court to stick with it, because it is indeed a holding of the Supreme Court. So is it important to them that they stick with this? Ruling that colleges and universities may consider race in a narrowly tailored way. Or this one of those cases where they say actually, no, This is one where we think we have to hold true to what our best understanding of the Constitution is. So it will end up being very interesting. Why do you think that college admissions I mean, it's been a source of contention. It's socially divisive. Why does it continue to be so socially divisive? Decades after the question's been settled by the Supreme Court. Oh kun. It's just We've been talking about this for so many years, and it's still the same kind of controversy and compare it a little bit to abortion. Yeah, I think it's heavily bound up in our nation. History and struggles with race and racial equality. And until we make progress on those fronts we're going to continues. You have Issues with how is it that we're going to determine and who gets to have access? To this most important commodity that can open the words to so many places in our society, But I think it's I think it's heavily bound up in our nation's history of of race and On racial equity. What did Obama do during his administration as far as college admissions, And do we know if the Biden administration might be doing besides, this step is they're doing anything actively..
"yale" Discussed on Scientific Sense
"Bag. Nicholas viewer talking about some of the interesting book that you do in human networks both face to face and electric a lab at yale human nature lab. I won't talk a bit about one of your books The origins of a good society That it came out. I guess few years ago just a year ago. I wasn't expecting to write apollo zero about the.
"yale" Discussed on Scientific Sense
"Purpose of social natural signs into medicine and by medical engineering at the university. He directs acumen needs lab at yale. His research is focused. On the social mathematical biological rules governing how social networks form and the social and biological implications so they operate influence thoughts. Feelings and behaviors belkin nicholas. Thank you so much for having me gill. Thanks for doing this so you lot of interesting. Very interesting work Accu lab at yale one eighty. Is you call it. Experiments with face to face network You say a significant amount of attention is devoted to the development of new ways to intervene in social networks of promote public health. This is sort of a topical idia for us right now and i so there was an an experiment that was completed or going on in contours. Yes we have. Two categories of broad categories of experiments. And before i talk about those. I'd like to back up and just give a metaphor for listeners. With most so's most listeners. Probably learned in high school. Chemistry carbon has different. Allah tropes are different forms of carbon. For example you can have graphite pencil lead which is soft and dark or you can have diamond. Which is hard and clear and there too two key. Intellectual ideas their first of all this. The softness and darkness and hardness and clearness are not properties of the carbon atoms their properties of the collection of carbon atoms and second which properties. You get depends on how you can the carbon atoms to each other. You connect them one way and you get one set of properties take the same carbon atoms and connect them another way and you get a completely different set of properties. And it's the same with human groups you can take a group of people and you can structure the topology of their social network ties. The architecture of the ties you structure those ties one way and that group of people might be happy healthy cooperative and innovative. We take the same human beings and the and you reconnect them in a different way. And they are unhappy. Unhealthy uncooperative and uninnovative. We can think of these properties as emergent properties of the system. that how the parts are connected. So this is how the whole comes to be greater than the sum of its parts so in my laboratory of the things that we do. Is we do experiments with this idea. And in two broad categories one category is a category of experiments. We do online. And we've written some software called bread board and there's a little video about it at bread. Board dot yale dot. Edu and this software allows us to create temporary artificial societies of real people..