bill maher

  • Flyktens musik 4

    · 00:39:08 · Tollans musikaliska

    Möt sazspelaren och sångerskan Nadine Al Khalidi som flytt från Irak och oudspelaren Maher Mahmoud som flytt från Syrien. Fjärde programmet av fem av Birgitta Tollan. Musiker som flyktingar har rört sig över jorden sedan dess begynnelse. Många musikaliska genrer och uttryck är resultatet av musiker som flytt och vandrat från land till land under årtusenden. De två professionella musiker vi skall möta idag har flytt från krig och brott mot mänskliga rättigheter. Båda har personliga erfarenheter av de två diktatorer vars gärningar gjorde att de valde att fly: Bashar al-Assad i Syrien och Saddam Hussein i Irak. Trots detta har de lyckats skapa en musikalisk karriär och en dräglig tillvaro i sina nya hemländer, där den egna musiken har fått en central plats i livet. Båda upplevde a point of no return i sina urprungsländer. Det var då de tog sitt beslut att fly. Maher Mahmoud spelar det traditionella instrumentet oud, en bandlös korthalsluta med sex strängar. Från början ville han spela piano, men det fanns inte ett enda piano i hans hemstad Al Salamiyah i Syrien. 2012 var han 26 år och flydde med ett reguljärflyg från Damaskus och hamnade i Danmark. Han hade bjudits in som musiker eftersom han tidigare turnerat med danska musiker och undervisat i arabisk musik på Musikkonservatoriet i Århus. Innan inbördeskriget i Syrien startade 2011 hade landet ungefär 24 miljoner invånare.- Många, många syriska städer är nu sönderbombade och ungefär 10 miljoner människor har flytt från landet, säger Maher Mahmoud, som personligen har lidit under den styrande familjen al-Assad i Syrien.När Maher Mahmoud föddes satt fadern i fängelse som politisk fånge under Hafez al-Assad, den nuvarande presidenten Bashar al-Assads far. Maher Mahmouds familj gick sönder när fadern arresterades, eftersom ingen visste hur länge han skulle sitta fängslad eller om han över huvud taget skulle överleva.Efter fem års studier hade Maher Mahmoud tagit examen vid Higher Institute of Music i Damaskus och arbetade som frilansmusiker i flera ensembler, bl a Syriska nationalorkestern för arabisk musik. 2011 startade inbördeskriget och han blev inkallad till Basher al-Assads armé.- Av två anledningar vägrade jag: för det första är jag helt emot den syriska regimen, som fäller ner dödsbringande gåvor från himlen över sin egen befolkning! Det är svårt att föreställa sig att detta händer i vår tid. Att en president bombar sitt eget folk! säger han. Maher Mahmouds andra skäl till att vägra att ta värvning i syriska armén är att han är musiker, vars uppgift inte är att döda och slåss utan att spela på sitt instrument.- Vi behöver inga fler soldater, säger Maher som inte hade några planer på att lämna Syrien, men nu kände jag mig tvungen att fly. För att finna min egen identitet igen.I Danmark spelar Maher Mahmoud i Dunia Ensemble. Gruppen bildades av danske saxofonisten Morten Carlsen som tidigare spelade i Pierre Dørges New Djungle Orchestra. Dunia består av ett tiotal musiker från olika länder, bl a Georghe Mihalache på cimbalom, Dalia Faitalson på gitarr och Mirwais Fedai på tablas. Maher Mahmoud ingår också i Projekt Gränslös för musiker som flytt. Dessutom arbetar han med ett nätverk för att samla de musiker ur professionella syriska ensembler som flytt. Musikerna finns nu utspridda i Europa. Maher Mahmoud spelade med dem i Syrien i åratal. De studerade ihop, de spelade ihop i olika grupper och de turnerade tillsammans.- Vi ville gärna mötas och spela igen, men hur skulle vi kunna ha råd med det? Så, efter hårt arbete, arrangerade saxofonisten Morten Carlsen en syrisk kulturkaravan, och vi begav oss ut på turné. Att få spela tillsammans igen efter fem års separation, det var en fantastisk upplevelse för oss, berättar Maher Mahmoud. Den Syriska nationalensemblen för arabisk musik var åter samlad, denna gång med musikernas nya livserfarenheter från flykten och möten med andra kulturer. - Nu måste alla syrier visa vad syrisk kultur är. Att visa att Syrien inte enbart är ett land fyllt med krigshandlingar och salafister! Vi var ett bra, tryggt land, men med en rutten regim med politiska problem. Men det syriska folket bär upp kulturen. Även om hela Syrien förstörs så kommer kulturen att finnas kvar hos människorna, säger Maher Mahmoud.Då är den syriska musiken oerhört viktig. Från provspelning på "Open Stage" på pubb Jazzå vid Järntorget i Göteborg till topplistor i arabvärlden. Nadin Al Khalidi framförde först gitarrlåtar av Joan Baez och Bob Dylan, vilka hon lyssnat på i köket hemma i Bagdad. Nu skriver och sjunger Nadin egen musik på arabiska i gruppen Tarabband med melodier, rytmer och instrument från hemlandet Irak och resten av världen. Hennes instrument numera är saz, ett långhalsat lutinstrument med endast tre strängar.Ett bestialiska dåd gör att Nadin Al Khalidi beslutar att fly från Bagdad i Irak. Året är 2000 och hon och hennes syster kommer hem till det höghus i Bagdad där de delar lägenhet. De har varit på konsert med Bagdad Symfoniorkester. Lägenheten var 1983 en gåva från Saddam Hussein, ett stipendium till deras far, som var en mycket känd artist i Irak. - År 2000 såg jag många kvinnor som hade fått sitt hår avrakat. Eller så hade regimen kapat bort kvinnornas händer eller fingrar, öron eller tungor. Sådana inslag visades ofta på tv under det här året, berättar Nadin.När Nadin och systern kommer in i lägenheten på sjätte våningen hör de skrik och gråt nere på gården. De går ut på balkongen och ser flera storvuxna, svartklädda män med svärd i händerna. En livlös kvinnokropp ligger på gården. Hennes huvud ligger bredvid och hennes barn gråter vid hennes döda kropp. Saddams bödlar har halshuggit deras mamma. I Bagdad studerar Nadin Al Khalidi fiol och västerländsk konstmusik i 12 år. Hennes mor blir dock sjuk i cancer och familjen flyttar till moderns födelsestad Kairo i Egypten där de bor mellan 1992 och 1998. Modern avlider i Kairo och familjen flyttar tillbaka till Bagdad.Att leva i Bagdad var som att leva mitt i en krigszon: Saddams militärer, oppositionen,  alla flygbombningar, Kuwaitkrig och andra Gulfkriget gav Nadin känslan av att ständigt vara på flykt från katastrofer och död. - Jag har vant mig vid att ständigt vara på flykt. Det har blivit en del av hur jag är, hur jag tänker och hur jag känner. Det skrämmer mig inte, men däremot måste jag alltid ha en plan B klar, förklarar Nadin.Nadin och systern flyr till Sverige 2002. De flyger direkt från Amman i Jordanien dit de hade flytt från Bagdad med hjälp av en manlig bilchaufför som de betalade. Kvinnor fick nämligen inte lämna landet utan en myndig, manlig person, helst en pappa, bror, kusin, fästman eller äkta man. De reser i 17-18 gastkramande timmar med falska pass. Och de landar på Landvetter flygplats i Göteborg.- Jag minns att luften var så frisk och första fikat var bryggkaffe. Min syster beställde en dammsugare, det var hennes absolut favorit,  grön choklad! Och jag beställde en kaka, en bakelse som ser ut som en fläta med äppelmos och mandlar. Och det var så gott, och det var helt nybakat, det luktade så gott. Det här är första, absolut första minnet för mig i Sverige, berättar Nadin Al Khalidi, som fick arbete på Café Kringlan i Haga i Göteborg. På "Open Stage" på pubb Jazzå vid Järntorget i Göteborg gör Nadin sitt första framträdande med akustisk gitarr och sång. Hon sjunger solo på Jesse, come home av Joan Baez. Nadin flyttar till Malmö och får bo hos systerns pojkväns mamma. Hon heter Marianne Mörck, känd skådespelerska, regissör och operakörsångare, som blir Nadins mentor och extramamma. Under sex år bor Nadin hos Marianne. I Malmö fortsätter Nadin Al Khalidi att spela tolvsträngad gitarr på pubbar. Hon gör coverlåtar av Beatles, Bob Dylan och Joan Baez. Men snart känner Nadine att det inte är  tillräckligt stimulerande. Hon vill göra något eget och möter Gabriel Hermansson, som spelar och komponerar svensk och arabisk folkmusik och turnerar med grupperna Alla Fagra, Jidder och Karima Nayt Band.2006 föds gruppen Tarabband - efter det arabiska ordet tarab som betecknar en passionerad och närmast extatisk kontakt som kan uppstå mellan artist och publik. Tarabband presenterar arabisk musik influerad av mellanösterns musik, nordisk folkmusik, jazz, persisk och sydamerikansk musik. Tarabbands musik och texter omfamnas av poeter i Gaza, klubbesökare i Beirut, prinsessor i Abu Dhabi, demonstrerande studenter i Tunisien och en ny kämpande generation i Irak.Titelspåret på deras andra skiva heter Ashofak Baden, vilket betyder Vi ses igen. Ett yazidiskt par i norra Irak, som snart ska skiljas åt, tar en sista selfie och postar i sociala medier. Nadin Al Khalidi ser bilden och skriver en låttext till Tarabband.Gruppen turnerar nu i stora delar av arabvärlden, men det var alltså här i Sverige som Nadine Al Khalidi, istället för att framföra covers av västerländska popartister, började skriva arabiska texter och sjunga på arabiska.Musiklista:Bashar Sharifa - Nahawand Tarabband - Baghdad Choby Dunia - Roaming Maher Mahmoud - Twilight Maher Mahmoud - Mirage Dunia - Roaming Dunia - Laugh Maher Mahmoud M Fl - Damascus, One More Aspect Shadi Ali Maher Mahmoud - Ya Mashghool Tarabband - Ashofak Baden Tarabband; Nadin Al Khalidi, Sång, Saz, Mandole, Gabriel Hermansson, Gitarr, Mandole, Kör, Filip Runesson, Fiol, Romain Coutama, Elbas, Fredrik Gille, Slagverk, Kör, Valter Kinbom, Slagverk, Kör. - Heli Tarabband; Nadin Al Khalidi, Sång, Saz, Mandole, Gabriel Hermansson, Gitarr, Mandole, Kör, Filip Runesson, Fiol, Romain Coutama, Elbas, Fredrik Gille, Slagverk, Kör, Valter Kinbom, Slagverk, Kör. - Heli Tarabband; Nadin Al Khalidi, Sång, Saz, Mandole, Gabriel Hermansson, Gitarr, Mandole, Kör, Filip Runesson, Fiol, Romain Coutama, Elbas, Fredrik Gille, Slagverk, Kör, Valter Kinbom, Slagverk, Kör. - Rassina Tarabband; Nadin Al Khalidi, Sång, Saz, Mandole, Gabriel Hermansson, Gitarr, Mandole, Kör, Filip Runesson, Fiol, Romain Coutama, Elbas, Fredrik Gille, Slagverk, Kör, Valter Kinbom, Slagverk, Kör. - Rassina Amar Chaoul, Nadin Al Khalidi, Filip Runesson, Gabriel Hermansson, Romain Coutama, Tarabband, Valter Kinbom - Salam Alekum Kompositör: Romain Coutama Bolag: KAP SYD

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  • Episode 34: 职人与素人——记 P.S.F. 生悦住英夫悼念演出

    · 00:21:25 · 無次元

    (本期內容是 2017 年 6 月 28 日《無次元》会员通讯 (http://wcy.wtf/member)免费试读。) 演出已经进行了超过一半,「迷幻速度怪胎」(Psychedelic Speed Freaks)还没有现身。我们听到了可爱的手风琴即兴、冷淡如水的钢琴小调、热闹的伪业余集体唱咏、灯光全关的 acousmatic 循环长音、阿部薰 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaoru_Abe)风格的萨克斯管独奏,但就是没有 P.S.F. 闻名于世的高速迷幻爆音。 现在妳终于开始真正理解 P.S.F. 和生悦住英夫(1949–2017)了。 二零一七年六月廿五日,一众乐手在马头将器的号召下,在东京六本木的 Super Deluxe 为已故的 P.S.F. 唱片公司老板生悦住英夫举办了六个小时的纪念演出(乐队名单见文末)。 生悦住英夫是过去三十多年东京地下音乐圈绕不开的名字。他主要做了三件事:开办名为 Modern Music 的唱片店,编辑出版《G-Modern》杂志,创办唱片厂牌 P.S.F.(即 Psychedelic Speed Freaks 的简称,取自 High Rise 乐队一九八四年的专辑名)。杂志是日文,唱片店在东京,从传播性上说 P.S.F. 完胜。因此他最为人知的,就是那超过二百三十种的唱片出品。从八十年代末开始,P.S.F. 逐渐受到海外实验音乐界的注意。旗下的灰野敬二、不失者、High Rise 等等也渐渐成为具有国际声誉的音乐家,在中国亦不乏拥趸。 生悦住先生去世后,许多悼念文章都提到了他在选品上的不妥协,即,P.S.F. 选择艺人的唯一标准就是生悦住本人是否喜欢。这虽然可以解释为什么 P.S.F. 旗下有那么多风格各异的艺术家,但无法解释他内心的这个标准究竟是什么,而且还可能让人误以为那标准并不存在,一切全看心情。生悦住英夫当然不是「Spotify 式聆听」的先驱。事实上,他以行动倡导的聆听哲学恰恰是 Spotify 所谓「根据当下心情推荐歌曲」的对立面。 如果要给 P.S.F. 贴标签的话,很多人想到的大概是「迷幻」「前卫」「实验」「地下」「黑暗」「即兴」等等。更了解 P.S.F. 的人会说 P.S.F. 拒绝被贴标签。但一个完全没有任何共性的团体并不成其为团体。尽管许多在 P.S.F. 出过唱片的音乐家都不认为彼此之间有什么一以贯之的风格,但这不等于说她们在精神层面没有相通之处。六月廿五日晚的十三组乐队里,Maher shalal hash baz (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maher_Shalal_Hash_Baz_(band)) 和 Ché-SHIZU (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ch%C3%A9-Shizu)最完美地呈现了这种精神。 从网上搜寻这两支乐队的信息,妳会知道 Ché-SHIZU 的主脑向井千惠主要的乐器是二胡,有时也负责人声和钢琴。她们的演出属于「即兴/民谣」。妳也会查到 Maher shalal hash baz 主脑工藤冬里曾经加入日本某政党,后来成了耶和华见证人 (https://www.jw.org/cmn-hans/)的一员,此外还是陶艺师。这是很好的谈资,但无法帮助妳理解她们的艺术。 在懵懂的观察者看来,当晚的 Maher shalal hash baz 就像一支大学业余乐队或社区乐队,而 Ché-SHIZU 则像是四名智障人士的组合。前者演出时舞台上至少站了十三人,使用的乐器包括黑管、巴松管、小号、手风琴、口风琴、大提琴、吉他等等。除此之外,还有几个貌似从观众席中临时拉来的路人(她们的确有拉观众上台的习惯)。工藤冬里本人穿着朴素到不适合上台的黑 t-shirt 和长裤,留着说不上发型的发型,像街坊乐队指挥一样背对观众站在舞台前方。每组艺人上台前,主持人 Alan Cummings(《The Wire》 (https://www.thewire.co.uk)杂志作者,英文世界的日本地下音乐专家)都会用日英双语作简单介绍,乐手在调音完毕后也都会以眼神向他示意,告知「可以开始介绍了」。Maher 是唯一的例外。或许是台上人站得太多挡住了视线,工藤似乎完全没有意识到 Cummings 的存在。好不容易让各乐手七零八落地调好了音准之后,他没有任何宣示地径自开始拍手击打节奏,并邀请那些没拿乐器的路人加入。正如妳会对一支社区乐队所期待的那样,路人们打出的节奏一开始并不合乎要求。于是工藤和她们反复调整,快一点,再慢一点。紧接着,乐器部就加入了。 虽然这十来号人确实站在舞台上,但这种没有开始的开始比那些喜欢走到观众区演奏的音乐家更有效地取消了舞台和观众席的界限。Maher shalal hash baz 对权力关系的消解是全方位的:指挥那土得不像话、毫无 charisma 的造型,乐手盯着乐谱看时那缺乏自信的眼神,乱七八糟的排位,以及路人们松垮的站姿,一切都让人觉得这是一场彩排,而非正式演出。主张「消费者权益」的文化消费者要怒了。专业精神何在。这可是日本,还我钱来! 只要妳继续听下去,就会发现虽然这的确不是高完成度的乐队,但也绝非一团浆糊。音乐是简单的旋律形在反复,工藤一边维持着整体的节奏,一边偶尔扫两下手中的吉他。拍手的几名路人突然开始念唱「生悦住先生」几个字(ikeezumi-san),人声从管乐与弦乐的合奏中清晰地穿插出来。掌击的节奏和反复的念诵让音乐产生了直接的宗教感。它像是招魂仪式,但却没有丝毫阴郁或沉重感,倒是大学乐团/社区乐团的欢乐氛围挥之不去。我想起朋友不久前发来 Paul Winter (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Winter_Consort) 在纽约圣约翰大教堂的演出海报,在我表达了羡慕之后,她说:「啊是吗?是一个有名的人吗?天哪我听完了都以为是社区音乐会……」要怎样来回答 Paul Winter 算不算有名这个问题呢?在 ECM (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ECM_Records) 和 Oregon (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_(band)) 的听众心中他当然是一个见到会两眼放光的名字,但和大部分一九七零年代的名家一样,并不属于唱片公司在可见的未来会考虑重新发行的作品。而我十分相信对 Winter 本人而言,被视为「社区乐队」绝不是一件落魄的事,正如 Steve Wozniak (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Wozniak) 不会以去中学教电脑为耻。正确的问题不是「为什么我要去听一支社区乐队演奏」,而是「如果社区乐队都有高水准,这样的世界不会更好吗?」 看着 Maher shalal hash baz 在台上演出,我脑中反复出现 heuristic 一词。作为一种教学手法,heuristic(启发法)强调学习者的自我探索和试错精神,主张对不完美的方案保持开放。几乎所有真正意义上的新音乐都是对 heuristic 的实践。如果把 P.S.F. 三十多年来的出品放到其各自的时代背景下考察,它们大部分的确拥有一种毫不理会当下音乐潮流的任性,以及技术层面的业余感。举例而言,为什么 High Rise 总是要把录音电平开到破音的程度?在他们成立的一九八零年代初,时代最强音是时尚的新浪漫和阴郁的后朋克。而且,他们不知道这在音响工程上是错的吗?难道没有在保证不破音的前提下追求大音量的可能吗?当我们听到灰野敬二说 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyIEbcwz_n8&t=1034s)自己演奏那么多乐器是为了提炼出它们「本来的声音」,因此恰恰不能去学习每种乐器的正确演奏方式时,有没有想过 Stephan Micus 在做同样的事,而且远比灰野做得更好?只有当妳意识到这位 P.S.F. 的台柱艺术家在其自己宣称的实践范畴内只是二流水平、并且与这一事实和解之后,才能对这个独特的日本地下音乐小宇宙形成更确切的理解:P.S.F. 是一种素人艺术(art brut (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outsider_art))。 所谓素人艺术,简单说就是并非职业艺术家做的艺术。但它有一个狭义特指,那就是精神病人做的艺术。(东京车站画廊 (http://www.ejrcf.or.jp/gallery/)刚刚展出过的 Adolf Wölfli (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adolf_W%C3%B6lfli) 就是一位典型的素人艺术家。)精神病人和艺术家这两种身份有各种层面上的关联,但我们在这里指的是性格或精神上多少偏离常轨,且没有受过正式艺术训练的人所进行的艺术实践。尽管这一定义与社会关于艺术家的刻板印象高度重合,但如今符合这一定义,同时又在较大的范围内被承认为艺术家的人越来越少。作为教育体制化的一种表现,知名艺术家越来越多地出自「对口」的知名艺术院校,而非野生民间。虽然很多人或许都有幸认识一两个私下能做出很不错的作品的非艺术家朋友,但当我们去参与艺术鉴赏实践——听音乐会、看画展、看戏剧——时,见到的往往都是在身份、训练和意识上都符合「专业标准」的艺术家。P.S.F. 是一个例外。它在日本实验音乐史上已经留下了不可磨灭的印记,但它旗下的艺术家却多少都有一种意识上和实质上的业余感。在这里,实质上的业余感更加重要。有相当多的非学院派音乐家都没有受过科班训练,因此拥有意识和身份上的业余性。但随着艺术生涯的演进,很多人的声音逐步被现代工业生产体系与个人生长熟成的生物性打磨出了专业感,其身份也已和现代唱片工业体系紧密结合。P.S.F. 的艺术家则在很大程度上保持了这种制作上的业余感。她们,如同那段如今已经家喻户晓的广告文案 (https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/924-here-s-to-the-crazy-ones-the-misfits-the-rebels-the)说的那样,是「misfits, rebels, troublemakers」。她们毫无疑问是在「用不同的视角看待事物」 ,毫无疑问「不喜欢规则」,毫无疑问「对现状缺乏尊重」。但相似点到此为止。苹果从人类历史上挑出了几位天才,并通过给他们打上「疯狂」这一标签完成了对「疯狂」的贬义褒用,可是显然并非所有疯狂者皆为天才。那些并非天才但同样不喜欢规则、用不同的视角看事物的人,不仅在苹果的乌托邦里没有位置,反而很可能恰恰是被实打实地视为疯子、加以迫害的一群。一部分「疯到认为自己可以改变世界的人」改变了世界,但更多这样的人只是笑柄。生悦住英夫听到了这些声音,并通过 P.S.F. /《G-Modern》将它们放大。 如果妳是素人,在缺乏专业指导的前提下妳当然只能靠 heuristic 来摸索学习。而值得提醒的是我们每个人当然生来都是素人。业余感和专业感的奇妙纠缠,在 Ché-SHIZU 的演出中得到了难以言喻的感人体现。这是一支由向井千惠牵头的四人团。她本人演奏二胡和钢琴,工藤冬里负责吉他,此外还有贝斯和鼓手各一名。音乐响起。一种古旧的中世纪质感油然而生。(注意 Paul Winter 称自己的乐团为「consort」,那是指演奏文艺复兴时期音乐的乐团。)二胡和其它几件西洋乐器在调律上的微妙差别让音乐听起来跑了调。向井面无表情,拉琴的动作机械笨拙。而刚才指挥那群「乌合之众」的工藤仿佛一个刚学会弹吉他的大叔,带着认真的傻劲盯着乐谱,动不动不合时宜地发出一些不合拍的声响。最强悍的要数鼓手,直接把脱了鞋的左脚架到了鼓面上!和 Maher shalal hash baz 一样,这个形如草台班子的乐团奏出的声音并不马虎。有经验的听众马上就会明白那业余感是演出来的假象。早在一九七六年,向井千惠就是 Fluxus 派作曲家小杉武久 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takehisa_Kosugi)主导的即兴乐团「East Bionic Symphonia」的成员,她完全有能力像当晚其她几位音乐家,例如萨克斯管手川岛诚、双人即兴吉他组合长谷川静男、或是代表性的灰野敬二 + 今井和雄那样,送上一台典型的延续自由爵士和声音艺术血脉的演出。但那样做意义何在?每周在东京都有各种各样的自由即兴音乐演出,正如每周都有各种各样的迷幻摇滚演出。和日本的所有东西一样,再前卫的音乐也会很自然地被各种「整理术」类型化,逐渐打磨到像银座的高级甜品一样让妳无话可说的高完成度。Ché-SHIZU 选择了与职人精神迥异的素人精神,但她们很难掩饰自己在音乐修为上的专业度。鼓手不停地做出各种夸张且多余的姿势,在鼓点间隙把鼓棒高举到空中。稍微不那么熟练的鼓手就会因为这种荒诞的把戏而打错节奏,而他的每一拍都滴水不漏。工藤冬里仍在继续弱智人一般的表演,有时还着急忙慌地把用来扫弦的右手伸到吉他颈部去按弦,仿佛左手手指不够用了似的。所有这些小动作都不能阻碍音乐的流畅前进。这是难得一见的景象:一支具有职人水平的乐队在假装素人。她们让自己的职人性露出了恰到好处的分量,让专业主义的信徒无话可说(「这些人是真的会玩音乐的」),同时又让负责营销的唱片公司同事大脑宕机(「这什么玩意?怎么卖啊?放到哪个类别?目标听众是谁?」)。演出进行到一半,工藤冬里、贝斯手和鼓手欢快地跳起了丑陋拙劣的舞蹈,向井千惠则从包包里拿出一袋小橡皮球用力往地板上和观众席里扔,把现场变成了一台即兴戏剧狂欢。 即便是在演出形式上,Ché-SHIZU 也把自由贯彻到了每一个细节。由于当晚演出人数众多,每组艺人的时间都有严格控制。Ché-SHIZU 一曲奏毕,向井转头向观众致谢,并用眼神示意乐队成员。就在贝斯手把效果器的电源关上,其他成员开始收拾设备时,向井却又若无其事地坐到了麦克风前!作为观众,我们很难知道这究竟是事先安排的「戏」,还是她真的临时起意打算加演一首。这时主办者马头将器从后台绕到舞台侧面,示意向井结束演出。我低头看表,的确已经超时,但向井毫不在意,对马头做出一个「再来一首就好」的手势,硬是把最后的曲子演完了。不论她是有意无意,我都把这视为向现代社会对时间的划分竖起的中指。说了开始才能开始,说了结束就必须结束,因为怕坐不到最后一班地铁就要提前离席的人们,音乐的天国不会有妳们的位置。 压轴的灰野敬二在开始表演之前,清唱了 (https://instagram.com/p/BVw7VjrlIEq/)一首著名日本儿歌《滨千鸟》 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfOZPap6KKU)(一九一九,弘田龙太郎作曲,鹿岛鸣秋作词)——生悦住生前最喜欢的歌曲之一。一个出版了大量噪音和实验音乐的人会偏爱一首儿歌,在外人看来或许是件奇事,实际上却是非常适恰的选择。生悦住一生热爱日本演歌。在二零零七年六月的第廿七期《G-Modern》杂志的编者前言里,他说当今日本乐坛还在唱「真正的歌」的,只有从船村彻 (https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E8%88%B9%E6%9D%91%E5%BE%B9)到灰野敬二的八人而已。(另外六人是谁没说,灰野唱「歌」的功力可以在深圳明天音乐节的这个视频 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QloLYsK5v9A)里见到。)什么是真正的歌?用心演唱的歌而已。这个老生常谈的定义掩盖了关键事实:如果歌要用心来唱,那么喉咙就并不重要,换句话说,就是乐器和类型并不重要。能够用心唱歌的人,也能用心演奏吉他、钢琴、二胡、西塔琴、尺八、收音机、自制废铜烂铁、或是电冰箱。反过来说,注意力永远在 Max/MSP 和古董合成器上的人,永远不会明白什么是用心唱歌。 在朋克摇滚流行于中国地下音乐圈的那短短几年,「三个和弦打天下」成了一种标签,也是人们讥笑的对象。乐迷很快对靠姿态吃饭的乐队失去了兴趣,转而追捧更有「技术含量」的音乐。P.S.F. 的出品虽然与朋克音乐并无直接关系,但它旗下的音乐家大部分都是不会演奏音乐的素人。这是人们熟悉的陈词滥调「职人日本」之外的另一个日本。在第五十四期《Reconcilable Differences》播客 (https://www.relay.fm/rd/54)里,John Siracusa 说互联网催生的一种创作形态是让缺乏某种必备技巧的人也可以以创作为生。他以 xkcd 漫画 (https://xkcd.com)为例,说明一个缺乏绘画技巧的人也可以持续做出有品质的漫画。直到今天,我都不觉得大部分的 P.S.F. 唱片在 musicianship 上有很高的成就,有不少甚至算是失败之作。在人才辈出的日本乐坛,有很多乐手如果选择玩这些人的风格,都可以比她们做得更好。但那又如何?与很多人的认知相反,音乐天才的数量比莫扎特的时代只会更多,不会更少。这些天才不一定都会从事音乐工作,而世界也早就跨过了全部人仰望某几个天才的时代。生悦住英夫在三十多年的时间里,昆乱不挡地聆听素人音乐家五彩斑斓的声音,并让一种潜在的秩序浮现在了世界实验音乐的版图上。从 Ché-SHIZU 与 Maher shalal hash baz 的演出当中,我看到了 P.S.F. 的真正灵魂。 参演乐队名单(按出场顺序排列) à qui avec Gabriel (http://aquiavec.com/) .es (http://www.nomart.co.jp/dotes/) 平野刚 (https://www.discogs.com/artist/677594-Go-Hirano) 长谷川静男 (https://www.discogs.com/artist/870554-Hasegawa-Shizuo) ヒグチケイコ (http://www.geocities.jp/cleokkk/)(Higuchi Keiko) Maher shalal hash baz (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maher_Shalal_Hash_Baz_(band)) 川岛诚 (https://www.discogs.com/artist/4724321-Kawashima-Makoto) Reizen 三浦真树 + 横山玲 马头将器 (https://www.discogs.com/artist/497305-Masaki-Batoh) + 荻野和夫 成田宗弘 (http://highrise.la.coocan.jp/narita.htm) Ché-SHIZU (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ch%C3%A9-Shizu) 灰野敬二 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keiji_Haino) + 今井和雄 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kazuo_Imai)

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  • The Power of Political Satire, with Bill Maher

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  • 668: Will Bill.com and Intuit Lead Small Business FinTech Space?

    · 00:29:20 · The Top Entrepreneurs in Money, Marketing, Business and Life

    René Lacerte. He’s the founder and CEO of Bill.com, the leading business payments company. He’s a fintech industry vettor and has been working to simplify business payments since 1999, when he founded PayCycle, which was later acquired by Intuit in 2009. Bill.com is now working to help bridge the digital divide between banks and businesses by partnering with 3 of the top US banks and 45% of the top hundred accounting firms. He believes that banks play a critical role in the advancement of fintech. While technology advancement since Silicon startups are divided by or driving much of the industry change, René believes that banks are and will remain the center of the financial universe for quite some time. Famous Five: Favorite Book? – The Advantage What CEO do you follow? – Pete Kight Favorite online tool? — Dropbox How many hours of sleep do you get?— 6-7 If you could let your 20-year old self, know one thing, what would it be? – “Don’t stress over the hard decisions”   Time Stamped Show Notes: 01:22 – Nathan introduces René to the show 02:07 – Andy from Wealthfront disagrees that banks will remain to be the center of the universe 02:27 – Bill.com makes close to $40B a year 02:32 – The average transaction is $1700 to $2000 03:16 – “We make doing business really easy” 03:17 – Bill.com automates the back office of businesses 03:24 – They take all the paperwork, workflow, payments and integration with the accounting software 03:40 – Bill.com charges per seat, per subscription and transaction fees 04:15 – The subscription model is their main revenue stream 04:36 – Bill.com charges .49 cents for every electronic payment and $1.49 for paper 05:30 – The fintech space is a natural viral coefficient space 06:00 – Bill.com had $110M from venture capital 06:12 – René was 32 when he started PayCycle, in 1999 06:20 – René worked in Intuit prior to PayCycle and stayed there for 5 years 06:34 – René had some experience innovating products from Intuit 06:54 – René grew up in a family of entrepreneurs 07:04 – One of René’s grandfather’s businesses is an automatic data processing company 08:26 – René’s father went back to college to understand more about business 09:16 – The idea of Bill.com is that there’s a better way to take advantage of technology to make payroll easier 09:58 – Bill.com helps define and automate the back office 10:06 – PayScale does online payroll and started with household payroll, which Intuit doesn’t want to do 10:47 – PayScale raised $150K 11:23 – PayScale was acquired by Intuit for $170M 12:21 – Average number of paying customers of Bill.com 13:16 – “If we get customers active and get them using it, they don’t churn” 13:26 – They’re active when they already have paid for Bill.com 14:04 – Average customer pay per month is $100 14:15 – You can try it for the first month, for free 15:00 – Bill.com automates some of their tools to make the customer feel that they need the product 15:18 – Bill.com does A/B testing to check how they can get their customers engaged 15:52 – Bill.com is adding thousands of new businesses a month 16:56 – René tracks how many months the payback will be when it comes to CAC 17:23 – Payback target is 10-13 months 18:07 – LTV is around 5 years 18:48 – René has raised $50M 19:39 – René’s strategy is to maintain a strong relationship with VC 19:53 – Team size is 225 20:10 – Bill.com was launched in 2008 21:07 – Bill.com isn’t selling anything and not partnered with anybody, today 22:45 – The Famous Five   3 Key Points: It is important to engage your customers. Banks are and will remain to be the center of the financial universe. Hard decisions and their consequences will pass, so don’t let them bother you too much.   Resources Mentioned: The Top Inbox – The site Nathan uses to schedule emails to be sent later, set reminders in inbox, track opens, and follow-up with email sequences Organifi – The juice was Nathan’s life saver during his trip in Southeast Asia Klipfolio – Track your business performance across all departments for FREE Acuity Scheduling – Nathan uses Acuity to schedule his podcast interviews and appointments Host Gator– The site Nathan uses to buy his domain names and hosting for the cheapest price possible Audible– Nathan uses Audible when he’s driving from Austin to San Antonio (1.5-hour drive) to listen to audio books Freshbooks – Nathan doesn’t waste time so he uses Freshbooks to send out invoices and collect his money. Get your free month NOW Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives

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  • Seincast 054 - The Visa

    · 01:31:46 · Seincast: A Seinfeld Podcast

    "Happy Birthday? No such thing." We're disturbed! We're depressed! We're inadequate! We got it all this week in our discussion of the fourteenth episode from season four, "The Visa"! Apologies for Matt's mic quality. Should be back to normal next week. Links from our discussion: "Fish in the Dark" gets two-week extension Bill Maher on "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" Kyle Dunnigan's impersonation of Bill Maher Jim Carrey on "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" Seinfeld Night II with the Brooklyn Cyclones Seinfeld on Hulu Seinfeld Apartment Exhibit in NYC Season 4 bloopers  We want to hear from you, and what you think of the show/love about Seinfeld! seincast@gmail.com facebook.com/seincastpodcast @seincast Also find us on Tumblr and Instagram! Other helpful links:  Buy Seinfeld on DVD Episode guide we follow Subscribe in iTunes or check us out on your preferred podcast app You can also find us at seincast.libsyn.com  

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  • #60 - William Bernstein - “The More Comfortable You Are Buying Something, in General, the Worse the Investment It's Going to Be"

    · 00:58:01 · The Meb Faber Show

    In Episode 60, we welcome the great William (Bill) Bernstein. Bill starts by giving us some background on how he evolved from medicine to finance. In short, faced with his own retirement, he knew he had to learn to invest. So he studied, which shaped own thoughts on the matter, which led to him writing investing books, which resulted in interest from the press and retail investors, which steered him into money management. After this background info, Meb jumps in, using one of Bill's books "If You Can" as a framework. Meb chose this as it starts with a quote Meb loves: "Would you believe me if I told you that there's an investment strategy that a seven-year-old could understand, will take you fifteen minutes of work per year, outperform 90 percent of financial professionals in the long run, and make you a millionaire over time?" The challenge is the "If" in the title. Of course, there are several hurdles to "if" which Meb uses as the backbone of the interview. Hurdle 1: "People spend too much money." Bill gives us his thoughts on how it's very hard for a large portion of the population to save. We live in a consumerist, debt-ridden culture that makes savings challenging. Meb and Bill discuss debt, the "latte theory," and the stat about how roughly half of the population couldn't get their hands on $500 for an emergency. Hurdle 2: "You need an adequate understanding of what finance is all about." Bill talks about the Gordon Equation, and how investors need an understanding of what they can realistically expect from stocks and bonds - in essence, you really need to understand the risks. Meb steers the conversation toward investor expectations - referencing polls on expected returns, which are usually pegged around 10%. Using the Gordon Equation, Bill's forecast comes in well-below this (you'll have to listen to see how low). The takeaway? Savings are all the more important since future returns are likely to be lower. This leads to a great conversation on valuation and bubbles. You might be surprised at how Bill views equity valuations here in the U.S. in the context of historical valuation levels. Bill tells us to look around: Is everyone talking about making fortunes in stocks? Or quitting good jobs to day trade? We don't see any of these things right now. He's not terribly concerned about valuations. Hurdle 3: "Learning the basics of financial and market history." Meb asks which market our current one resembles most from the past. Bill tells us it's a bit of a blend of two periods. This leads to a good discussion on how higher returns are more likely to be coming from emerging markets than the U.S. Hurdle 4: "Overcoming your biggest enemy - the face in the mirror." It's pretty common knowledge we're not wired to be good investors. So Meb asks the simple question why? And are there any hacks for overcoming it? Or must we all learn the hard way? Unfortunately, Bill thinks we just have to learn the hard way. He tells us "The more comfortable you are buying something, in general, the worse the investment it's going to be." Bill goes on to discuss the challenge of overconfidence and the Dunning-Kruger effect (there's an inverse correlation between competence and belief one has in their competence). Meb asks if there's one behavioral bias that's the most destructive. Bill answers with overestimating your own risk tolerance. You can model your portfolio dropping 30% and think you can handle it, but in when it's happening in real time, it feels 100% worse than how you anticipated it would. Hurdle 5: "Recognize the monsters that populate the financial industry." Basically, watch out for all the financial leeches who exist to separate you from your money. Bill tells us a great story about being on hold with a big brokerage, and the "financial porn" to which he was subjected as he waited. There's way more in this episode: Bill's thoughts on robos... What Bill thinks about any strategy that moves away from market cap weighting (Bill thinks "smart beta" is basically "smart marketing")... How buying a home really may not be a great investment after all... Cryptocurrencies... and even Meb's "secret weapon" of investing. All this and more in Episode 60.

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  • EP 469: SharkTank Sunk Him, Then He Won Big With $1.4M with Revestor CEO Bill Lyons

    · 00:18:03 · The Top Entrepreneurs in Money, Marketing, Business and Life

    Bill Lyons, a successful real estate entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of Revestor.com. Revestor is in the business of helping real estate investors find profitable properties to rent out as short and long term rentals. He also helps identify properties for quick profits. Famous Five: Favorite Book? – Slash What CEO do you follow? –  Tony Robbins Favorite online tool? — Rapportive Do you get 8 hours of sleep?— Yes If you could let your 20-year old self know one thing, what would it be? – “That when you get to your 30’s, a week is like a day, a month is like a week and year is like a month and slow down. Do what you can today”   Time Stamped Show Notes: 01:48 – Nathan introduces Bill to the show 02:27 – Revestor started in 2012 02:37 – Revestor is now focused short-term Airbnb properties 03:08 – Bill is asking $ 250,000 for 10% in short-term properties 04:10 – Bill was in Shark Tank in November 2012 04:25 – Bill got 15,000 users but never got over 1,000 paid users 04:38 – Bill can’t raise money after the show 05:02 – In 2013, Bill started a mortgage company 05:06 – In 2014, Bill did $ 500,000 in revenue 05:10 – In 2015, Bill did $ 1.7 million in revenue 05:14 – 2016, Bill is about to hit $ 5.5 million in revenue 05:34 – Bill has been investing for the past few months in Revestor 05:58 – Revestor did 0 revenue in 2016 06:10 – The subscription plans were not working so they refunded them 06:24 – Bill built a better platform to invest in Airbnb 06:33 – Revestor re-launches on November 1st of 2016 07:10 – Customers can see daily rent data in the website of Revestor 07:20 – Revestor’s main data source 07:34 – Revestor is paying $ 6,000 a month for the API 08:25 – The properties in Revestor are for sale 08:35 – The website will show you how you will earn when you purchase a property 09:22 – Users can enter their own interest rate in the website 10:00 – Revestor is pulling data from resources to come up with average daily rent 10:40 – “You’re not going to get a good cash flow in San Diego on a long term basis” 11:18 – They are working with a PR company 11:38 – Mortgage is Bill’s passion 12:13 – Email list is 30,000 13:40 – Connect with Bill through his Instagram and website 15:20 – The Famous Five   3 Key Points: Learn from your experiences. Don’t let other people predict your business. Start from where you’re good at. Things are far easier when you already know what to do. Do what you can today. Resources Mentioned: Toptal – Nathan found his development team using Toptal  for his new business Send Later. He was able to keep 100% equity and didn’t have to hire a co-founder due to quality of Toptal  developers. Host Gator – The site Nathan uses to buy his domain names and hosting for the cheapest price possible. Freshbooks – The site Nathan uses to manage his invoices and accounts. Leadpages  – The drag and drop tool Nathan uses to quickly create his webinar landing pages which convert at 35%+ Audible – Nathan uses Audible when he’s driving from Austin to San Antonio (1.5 hour drive) to listen to audio books. Assistant.to – The site Nathan uses to book meetings with one email. Acuity Scheduling – Nathan uses Acuity to schedule his podcast interviews and appointments. Drip – Nathan uses Drip’s email automation platform and visual campaign builder to build his sales funnel. @bill_lyons – Bill’s Instagram account Revestor.com– Bill’s website Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives

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  • NQL 021 - Michael J. Maher

    · 00:45:39 · No Quit Living Podcast

    Welcome to Episode 21 of the No Quit Living Podcast. NQL is a personal development podcast designed to help listeners achieve their goals and desires. Through hearing the inspiring stories and tips from the greats, we will all find it easier to stay motivated and never quit. Today's theme of the day reflects everything that we at NQL stand for. Never giving up. Michael J. Maher explains it all, and we couldn't have said it better ourselves. In this eye opening episode, Maher begins by telling the tale of running a charity marathon that he wasn't prepared for. Among many things working against him, the biggest obstacle was a bridge on the course at mile 20 that was raised at a certain time. Maher would have to pass the bridge before it was time to be raised. The only way to find out if Maher was successful or not is to listen to the episode. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ReferralGuru/ Free 30 min consultation: http://www.callwithcoach.com

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  • Lambda3 Podcast 31 – Comunicação não violenta

    · 01:20:07 · Lambda3 Podcast

    No episódio de hoje conversamos sobre Comunicação não violenta, com o Maher Hassan Musleh, que é psicólogo, e profundo conhecedor do assunto. Eu (Giovanni) conheço o Maher há mais de quinze anos, e conheci a CNV através dele. O legal de ouvir o Maher falar é que ele não só explica a CNV, mas ele vive a cultura da paz, e isso fica explícito na sua voz. Ele é palestino, e encontrou a não violência cedo no Líbano. Embarque conosco numa conversa intensa, onde avaliamos a violência em diversos momentos históricos, mas também no nosso dia a dia, e olhamos também para os impactos da violência no nosso dia a dia. Tivemos inclusive alguns diálogos exemplificando como um diálogo não violento funciona.Feed do podcast: blog.lambda3.com.br/feed/podcastFeed do podcast somente com episódios técnicos: blog.lambda3.com.br/feed/podcast-tecnicoFeed do podcast somente com episódios não técnicos: blog.lambda3.com.br/feed/podcast-nao-tecnicoPauta: O que é a comunicação não violenta Objetivo da CNV Impacto da adoção da CNV MudandoLinks Citados: Center for non violent communication Livro "Non Violent Communication", do Marshall Rosenberg no GoodReads, e em português, na Amazon Massacre de Sabra e Chatila Alma Psicologia (atendimento do Maher)Participantes: Giovanni Bassi - @giovannibassi Maher Musleh - perfil no Alma PsicologiaEdição: Giovanni Bassi - @giovannibassiCréditos das músicas usadas neste programa: Music by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 – creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

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  • 275: James Maher – Why local marketing should be at the core of your marketing strategy, and where to start

    · 00:30:08 · The Business of Photography - Sprouting Photographer Podcast

    Episode #275 of the podcast features an interview with James Maher. Discussion topics: Online vs. local marketing, building your mailing list, local promotions and relationship marketing. The post 275: James Maher – Why local marketing should be at the core of your marketing strategy, and where to start appeared first on Sprouting Photographer - Business Education for the Professional Photographer.

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  • Interview with Sean Maher | Beyond The Edge

    · 00:26:14 · The Hollywood Outsider | A Film and Television Podcast

    Directed by Thomas Zellen, Beyond The Edge stars Sean Maher as Dr. Abe Anderson, a scientist recruited for a long mission into space with Casper Van Dien accompanying him as Lt. Colonel Harold Richards. Their mission is simple, take a ship propelled by theoretical physics to the far edge of the universe…and see what’s out there. As Abe and Richards each deal with depression and isolation during their decade-plus mission, when they finally reach the edge, their perceptions and realities of the universe are challenged. Many of you know Sean Maher as Simon Tam from Firefly and Serenity, Sean has had an extensive career in Hollywood. He left New York for L.A. when he landed the lead role in the Fox series, Ryan Caulfield: Year One. That lead to many parts in shows like Party of Five, The Playboy Club and many more. Lately, he’s also been voicing the character of Nightwing in several DC animated films. For this interview, Sean stopped by to discuss his career and specifically this latest film, Beyond the Edge (formally known as ISRA 88), which arrives on video on demand from Screen Media Films on February 7th. The film is a very existential look at these two characters, but primarily Maher’s Abe Anderson, and leaves you with a quite a bit to debate as you reach the conclusion. Take a listen to our exclusive interview with Sean Maher.    Listen and Subscribe for FREE to a new episode every week of The Hollywood Outsider Movie and TV Podcast at: You can now listen on Spotify and I Heart Radio! Apple App: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-hollywood-outsider/id1013174753?mt=8 Google App: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.thehollywoodoutsider.android.thehollywoodoutsider iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-hollywood-outsider/id454075057 Stitcher: http://app.stitcher.com/browse/feed/17997/episodes RSS Podcast Feed: http://thehollywoodoutsider.libsyn.com/rss TuneIn Radio: http://tunein.com/radio/The-Hollywood-Outsider-p638432/

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  • The Seven Levels of Communication by Michael Maher | Episode 038

    · The Entrepreneurs Library with Wade Danielson

    In this episode Michael J Maher takes a deep dive into his book, The Seven Levels of Communication, which is the perfect guide for entrepreneurs who need help becoming an effective communicator and building strong relationships. The purpose of this sales book is to help you quit marketing to strangers and start communicating with friends. As a best-seller for over 4 years, 7L teaches you that giving generously and allowing time to build relationships is the key to establishing a successful business.About Michael Maher:“For many years I made the American dream come true for buyers of homes and helped them create the ultimate client experience. I have a real estate company in Kansas City and coach, train and oversee over 1,500 real estate personalities. In 2004 I was introduced to the world as North Americas most preferred real estate professional and once that happened I started speaking about how to generate referrals. Ten years later and my last audience had over 50 different professions, entrepreneurs and small business owners. The Seven Levels of Communication has been #1 on Amazon for almost four years. And we are re-launching the second edition on September 2nd.I was introduced as North Americans most preferred Real Estate professional by Howard Brinton and he made me a Star Power Star which in real estate at the time was an ultimate achievement. When he did that my phone rang off the hook, e-mails blew up and everybody was asking me questions of how I got to that point. I decided I need to write a book with the answer instead of giving them a tidbit of information.”  - Michael MaherFor a detailed summary of The Seven Levels of Communication according to Michael Maher CLICK HERERelated Books:Charisma On Command by Charlie HoupertHello My Name Is Awesome by Alexandra WatkinsEDGY Conversations by Dan WaldschmidtFor more advice, tips, and stories on entrepreneurship, join our community on Facebook and Twitter.Category Tags: relationship marketing, how to get referrals, new marketing tactics, real estate marketing, real estate agent, how to sell, The Greatest Salesman, build relationships

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  • #1115 An enormous tax cut for the rich disguised as health care

    · 01:15:08 · Best of the Left - The best of progressive and liberal talk

    Air Date: 06/27/2017 Today we take a look at the enormous amount of damage the latest version of the GOPs vision of health care would inflict on the nation and keep our eye on the ultimate goal of a Medicare-For-All system Be part of the show! Leave a message at 202-999-3991 Show Notes Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill Ch. 2: Act 1: Sen. Ron Wyden on the Secret Republican Health Care Bill - On The Media - Air Date 6-16-17 Ch. 3: Song 1: ​Ask - The Smiths Ch. 4: Act 2: CBO reveals just how bad the senate bill is, confirms that everyone hates it - Bradcast from @TheBradBlog - Air Date 6-26-17 Ch. 5: Song 2: ​The Oligarch - Ephemerals Ch. 6: Act 3: Bernie Sanders & Elizabeth Warren Republicans Won't Make Healthcare Bill Public Because It's AWFUL - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date 06-21-17 Ch. 7: Song 3: ​Dawn Departure, Jefferson County - Black Prairie Ch. 8: Act 4: The death spiral we're creating for Medicaid - Trumpcast from @Slate - Air Date 6-22-17 Ch. 9: Song 4: ​You're a Disaster - Dragonette Ch. 10: Act 5: How we get from here to a single payer system - Start Making Sense from @TheNation - Air Date 6-21-17 Ch. 11: Song 5: ​See you in the light - Michael Franti And Spearhead Ch. 12: Act 6: The AHCA Is Public, and Republicans Are Officially Out To Kill Us All - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 06-23-17 Ch. 13: Song 6: ​Le Moulin - Yann Tiersen Ch. 14: Act 7: Support Grows For Single-Payer Medicare-For-All Plan Instead of Massive Cuts to Healthcare - @DemocracyNow - Air Date 06-23-17 Ch. 15: Song 7: ​Keep On Moving Forward - Emma's Revolution Ch. 16: Act 8: Time for Democratic Party leaders to get going – or go - Jim @HightowerNews - Air Date 6-20-17 Ch. 17: Song 8: ​Basique - Little People Ch. 18: Act 9: STOP TRUMPCARE via @IndivisibleTeam and TrumpcareToolkit.org - Best of the Left Activism Ch. 19: Song 9: ​This Fickle World - Theo Bard Ch. 20: Act 10: Mitch McConnell's unconscionable health care bill - Primary Concerns from @NewRepublic - Air Date 6-27-17 Ch. 21: Final comments on Bernie Bros and the movement to remove Nancy Pelosi Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone Activism: TAKE ACTION Call & tweet at the 15 Senators most likely to vote against Trumpcare with Trumpcare Toolkit  Get info and call scripts on Trumpcare from Indivisible Guide's Stop Trumpcare Toolkit  Find a Town Hall with TownHallProject.com EDUCATE YOURSELF  CBO Analysis Endangers GOP Health-Care Bill (The Atlantic)  The Latest: 5th GOP senator opposes debate on health bill (MSN.com) Senate GOP health-care bill's tax cuts would be a big boon for the rich, analysis says (CNBC) The most devastating passage in the CBO’s report on the Senate health bill (Vox) The Senate Health-Care Bill Is Morally Indefensible (The Nation) Republicans Spent the Weekend Lying Their Faces Off About Health Care (The Nation) Police drag away protesters in wheelchairs from Mitch McConnell’s office (Salon) Sean Spicer: America Either Passes GOP Plan or Adopts Single Payer (The Ring of Fire) Opinion: The GOP says its healthcare bill will protect those with preexisting conditions. Um, no it won’t (LA Times) Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at BestOfTheLeft.com Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Twitter.com/BestOfTheLeft Like at Facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft Contact me directly at Jay@BestOfTheLeft.com Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!

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  • TDP 680: TV DOCTOR WHO 2017 EP08 - The Lie of the Land

    · 00:15:35 · Doctor Who: Tin Dog Podcast

    @TinDogPodcast reviews    The Lie of the Land" is the eighth episode of the tenth series of the British science fiction television series Doctor Who. Written by Toby Whithouse, it was broadcast on 3 June 2017 on BBC One. "The Lie of the Land" received mixed to positive reviews from television critics. Continuing on after Bill (Pearl Mackie) gives her consent to the Monks, she and Nardole(Matt Lucas) have to find a way to rescue the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) after he is imprisoned, and end the Monk's invasion of Earth. It is the third and final of three loosely connected episodes called "The Monks Trilogy".   Synopsis The Monks are rulers of the Earth, and appear to have been on Earth for millions of years, guiding human development. Bill and a few others are aware of the truth: the Monks have only been present on Earth for six months. Those who hold this view are imprisoned for "memory crimes". The Doctor appears on television praising the Monks' guidance over humanity. Bill keeps herself grounded in reality by imagining that she is talking with her long-dead mother, based on pictures the Doctor gave her. Nardole, also aware of the truth, locates Bill and helps her to find the prison hulk where the Doctor is thought to be a captive. Inside, after a team of commandoes swarm inside, the Doctor tells Bill he is cooperating willingly with the Monks, believing that humanity was doomed without their guidance. Bill becomes distraught and shoots the Doctor, who appears to begin regenerating, but quickly stops. The entire scenario is revealed to have been a test by Nardole, the Doctor and the team, to make sure Bill was not under the influence of the Monks. At the university where the Doctor and Bill work, they enter the Vault to talk to Missy, who says she has encountered the Monks before. She confirms the Monks maintain control by broadcasting a signal containing the false history to their subjugated victims via the numerous statues they have built across Earth, enabled by a psychic link established through the person who originally gave "consent"; Missy claims she defeated them during her own encounter by killing that individual. The implication is that Bill must die as the one who gave consent on Earth. Believing there is another solution, the Doctor, Bill, Nardole, and the commandoes infiltrate the Monks' pyramid in London so that the Doctor can hijack their broadcast with his own mind to break the psychic transmission. In the central chamber, the Doctor attempts to link his mind to the controlling Monk, who after a struggle overpowers the Doctor. Bill intends to sacrifice herself, linking her own mind to the Monk's despite the Doctor's protests. The Monks' broadcast is replaced with images of Bill's mother, which the Doctor recognises is a strong and loving memory in Bill's mind. Humanity wakes up from the Monks' lies and revolts against them. The Doctor, Bill, and Nardole watch as the Monks abandon Earth. Sometime later, the Doctor and Bill find that most of humanity have no recollection of the Monks. In the Vault, Missy expresses remorse for those she has killed. Continuity[edit] In images showing the Monks' aid to humanity, clips from the stories "Blink", "Nightmare in Silver" and "Into the Dalek" are shown. Later a clip from the "The Pilot" was seen, as well as several still images from past episodes of the new series.[2] Magpie Electrical, which first debuted in "The Idiot's Lantern" and recurs throughout the revival series, is shown as the shop where Bill watches one of the Doctor's broadcasts.[3][4] Outside references Missy briefly plays selections from Eric Satie's Gnossienne No. 1 and Scott Joplin's "The Entertainer" on her piano.[2] Production The read-through for "The Lie of the Land" took place on 11 January 2017. Filming took place, alongside the subsequent episode "Empress of Mars", from 16 January to 22 February 2017.[2] In Missy's initial scene, the visual of her eyes superimposed over a panning shot is an homage to a similar scene from the 1996 film.[2] Broadcast and reception The episode was watched by 3.01 million overnight, the series' lowest overnight rating in its history, after the rating of 3.10 million for Battlefield in 1989. This was due to the episode being placed directly against the Britain's Got Talent finale.[5] It received an AI of 82.[6] Critical reception Professional ratings Review scores Source Rating Rotten Tomatoes (Tomatometer) 90%[7] Rotten Tomatoes (Average Score) 6.74[7] The A.V. Club B-[8] Entertainment Weekly B[9] SFX Magazine 5/5 stars[10] IndieWire B[11] IGN 8.7 [12] New York Magazine 3/5 stars[13] Radio Times 2/5 stars[14] Daily Mirror 2/5 stars[15] "The Lie of the Land" received mixed to positive reviews, with "a number reviewers finding it the weakest story in the season so far".[16] The episode currently holds a score of 90% on Rotten Tomatoes, the site's consensus reading ""The Lie of the Land" closes a significant chapter for Doctor Who's tenth season -- yet leaves some major characters' fates tantalizingly open."[7]  

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  • 比尔的宽松裤 Bill's Baggy Pants (附原文)

    · 冬冬读英文故事

    Bill's mom bought him some new pants. The pants were very big and baggy. They had lots of pockets. Bill's mom sent him to the store. "I can put the groceries in my pockets," said Bill. "I'd like some potatoes, please," said Bill to the shopkeeper. The shopkeeper helped Bill fill his pockets with his potatoes. "I can't walk!" said Bill. "My pants are much too heavy." Bill took all the potatoes out of his pockets. Suddenly, the wind began to blow up Bill's pants. They got bigger and bigger and bigger. "Oh no!" shouted Bill. "I'm floating away!" Bill floated high up into the sky. He floated over the town and waved to his mom in the yard. Bill's mom didn't see him. "Look at me, Mom!" shouted Bill. Suddenly, a bird pecked Bill's pants. They went sssssssssss! Bill's pants got smaller and smaller. "Look out! I'm coming down," he shouted. Bill landed next to his mom in the yard. "You got home quickly!" she said.

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  • TDP 676: TV Doctor Who - Pyramid at end of world

    · 00:11:28 · Doctor Who: Tin Dog Podcast

    @TinDogPodcast review    The Pyramid at the End of the World was the seventh episode of the tenth series of Doctor Who produced by BBC Wales. The episode saw Bill make a deal with the Monks to help the Twelfth Doctor regain his eyesight, having been blind since TV: Oxygen, in which he was exposed to the vacuum of space. CONTENTS[show] SYNOPSIS edit At a war zone in Turmezistan where American, Chinese, and Russian armies are about to meet, a 5,000-year-old pyramid stands. It's very strange, but one thing raises the suspicions of the United Nations: it just appeared overnight. The aliens inside claim that humans would cause the death of all life on Earth. Soon, the Twelfth Doctor, Bill and Nardole are facing an invasion the likes of which they have never seen before. Before they invade, the aliens need the permission of humanity. PLOT edit to be added CAST edit The Doctor - Peter Capaldi Bill - Pearl Mackie Nardole - Matt Lucas Secretary General - Togo Igawa The Commander - Nigel Hastings Colonel Don Brabbit - Eben Young Erica - Rachel Denning Douglas - Tony Gardner Ilya - Andrew Byron Xiaolian - Daphne Cheung Monk - Jamie Hill Voice of the Monk - Tim Bentinck UNCREDITED edit Penny - Ronke Adekolouejo CREW edit to be added REFERENCES edit SCIENCE edit Agrofuel Research Operations uses EC 07, EC 31 and EC 46 to genetically modify R. planticola. They have been experimenting with the bacteria for at least 26 days. Douglas is also working on Experiment 7C1677, Enzyme C36 and Culture 14578. The Doomsday Clock is mentioned as having been started by some atomic scientists in 1947. LOCATIONS edit Bill and Penny are at the pub. Bill and Penny go back to Bill's flat. The Doctor, Bill, Nardole and the representatives meet up in a base in Turmezistan. The Doctor's office is mentioned. As the windows aren't big enough, the UN had to break down some of the wall to get the TARDIS out. Bill is wearing a jacket with Okinawa printed on it. Agrofuel is located in Yorkshire. The Doctor mentions Chasm Forge. TECHNOLOGY edit Penny mentions the computer simulation. Penny says she's getting an Uber to get home. The UN car's driver is called on his iPhone. Boat One is boarded again. The Doctor plays his electric guitar. The Doctor uses his sonic sunglasses which have once again been modified to give him very limited spatial information; enough to identify structures and data involving individuals present with him (age, height, etc), but not enough for fine details, such as reading the numbers on a combination lock. The UN sends of a USAF B52 towards the Pyramid. The pilot "maydays" Red 12. Agrofuel uses Bowes brand computers. Citizens in Turmezistan use cameras to photograph the Pyramid. The UN military uses guns. The UN uses Defender 110s. Russia tried to use a missile from a submarine against the Pyramid. GriffinFinder is a search engine. The Monks used a simulation machine. The Doctor tells the people at the meeting to go use Google. ORGANISATIONS edit The Doctor is recruited by the United Nations. The Doctor mentions UNIT and UNIT HQ. The Doctor pays a visit to the Agrofuel Research Operations. BIOLOGY edit Bacteria are being researched in Agrofuel. Xiaolian mentions flu and plague as possible ends to the world. The Doctor mentions GM (genetically modified) bacteria. Erica says the greenhouses at Agrofuel are full of Ethanol. SPECIES edit Bill thinks the Monks are vampires. PEOPLE edit Bill and Penny laugh about the Pope being in Bill's flat. Bill calls the President "orange". Douglas has messages on his iPad from Terry Beyer-Rees (Head of Research), Dr Patel, J. Plant, P. Spriggs, Dr Sherives, K. Moore, P. Hilton, Dr D. Newton, Dr Palmer, S. Lamont and M. Henshaw. The Doctor thinks Erica calls him God when she says "Oh my God". The Doctor says "By George". Biological data edit According to the sonic sunglasses, Bill is female, 26 years old, 167.6cm tall, weighs 130.2 pounds, has a resting heart rate of 79BPM and a body temperature of 37.6 degrees Celsius. Nardole is male, 237 years old, 167.7cm tall, weighs 216.1 pounds, has a resting heart rate of 78BPM and a temperature of 30.3 degrees Celsius. Discounting River Song, whose status as a companion is a matter of debate, this data makes Nardole the oldest known companion to date. The Secretary General is male, 70 years old, 165.2cm tall, weighs 140.1 pounds, has a resting heart rate of 68BPM and a temperature of 37.9 degrees Celsius. Xiaolian is female, 41 years old, 167.0cm tall, weighs 126.7 pounds, has a resting heart rate of 76BPM and a temperature of 37.7 degrees Celsius. Don Brabbit is male, 59 years old, 177.6cm tall, weighs 141.0 pounds, has a resting heart rate of 69BPM and a temperature of 38.0 degrees Celsius. Ilya Svyatoslavovich is male, 70 years old, 186.7cm tall, weighs 176.4 pounds, has a resting heart rate of 72BPM and a temperature of 37.6 degrees Celsius. The Commander is male, 63 years old, 176.7cm tall, weighs 176.3 pounds, has a resting heart rate of 75BPM and a temperature of 37.6 degrees Celsius. One Monk has a height of 204.6cm and a weight of 93.5 pounds. Another has a height of 214.3cm. The glasses are unable to detect their ages. FOOD AND BEVERAGES edit Bill and Penny are drinking wine. Bill: white wine, Penny: red wine. Erica and Douglas drink coffee. Water is being drunk during the meetings in the base. Nardole mentions air, water, food and beer, as basic necessities. EVENTS edit The Doctor says that they are against World War III.

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  • #3 Clearing 5 million landmines in Cambodia with Bill Morse

    · 01:06:49 · The Shin Fujiyama Podcast | Social Entrepreneurship | Nonprofit Organizations | International Development Aid | NGOs

    Bill Morse is the founder of the Landmine Relief Fund (LRF). It’s an NGO that was created in 2003 to support a group of Cambodians who are dedicated to clearing landmines throughout their country. Bill works closely with former child soldier and CNN Hero, Aki Ra.   These guys have built 19 schools and de-mined 2 million and 900,000 square meters of land in Cambodia so far. They’ve educated tens of thousands of visitors about the issue in their Cambodian Landmine Museum. But With potentially 5 million more landmines still in the ground, they continue this dangerous work every day.   Show Summary & Notes Siam Reap, Cambodia Lara Croft: Tomb Raider Bill’s favorite Cambodia food Angkor Wat Park What Bill’s weekends look like Bill’s life pre-Cambodia What a de-mining mission looks like The dark history behind the landmines How Aki Ra started with sticks and pliers and no mine detector Why Aki Ra was arrested and thrown into jail for clearing landmines Bill’s thoughts on the role of foreigners in development aid The most important thing Bill has learned from Aki Ra Aki Ra’s unusual response when he was selected to become a CNN Hero The inspiring story behind the first school Bill and Aki Ra built Why encountering ego has been so challenging for Bill How Bill finds consistent, recurring funding for his NGOs Bill reveals his donor email strategy How Bill leverages the help of interns Bill’s strategy to address stress and burnout The one leadership skill that Bill is currently working on www.shinfujiyama.com

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  • 235: Interview Prep: What is Happening in Our Healthcare System?

    · 00:42:52 · The Premed Years | Medical School Headquarters | MCAT | AMCAS | Interviews

    Session 235 Jen Briney is host of the Congressional Dish podcast and joins me today to talk about our current healthcare system and where it may be headed. Enter to win a free copy of my new book The Premed Playbook: Guide to the Medical School Interview. Text BOOKGIVEAWAY to 44222. Promo runs until June 4, 2017. Today's guest is very interesting as it's someone who wouldn't normally be here on the podcast but with the changing landscape of our U.S. healthcare system, I thought of bringing an expert in this field. Jen Briney's Congressional Dish podcast is devoted to talking about bills that go through Congress. She has read the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Current TBAC, the new AHCA, and has discussed what's in there or not. She comes on the podcast today to talk about these things so you can come prepared for your medical school interviews. This is going to be a good primer for our healthcare system even if you listen to this in 2018 or 2019, assuming there are no dramatic changes. [03:15] The Congressional Dish Podcast Being a Congress-watcher, Jen watches Congressional hearing and reads bills and laws being created so that taxpayers, like her, would know what's going with their money. What led her to become so familiar with healthcare was the government shutdown in 2013 when the Republicans were trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). She did not like the system as a whole because it's an insurance system, not a healthcare system. But Jen believes it's better than we had before because rules have been put in on the insurance industry. Currently, the Republicans have control of all of government. They're trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act but instead of repealing it, they're putting together bills very quickly with no hearings and no overall plan. What Jen does now is she's reading all the different versions. She has read the first one that failed. But now the house just passed another version of the American Health Care Act, which she's reading for her next episode. [05:22] An Insurance Policy, Not a Healthcare Policy Jen explains there are different ways you can give people healthcare. A lot of other countries do "single payer" where you pay taxes and the government pays for healthcare. It's one of those essential government functions. Conversely, the United States buys health insurance which is supposed to cover the big catastrophes. Before the ACA, these are for profit companies so what they would do is only cover healthy people because it would cost them the least. What health insurance does is you give them $100 a month and as long as you're healthy, they just put that in their pockets. That's profit. But as soon as you get sick, that's when they have to start to pay for stuff and they really don't like this part. In order to have this system that still had private insurance at the center of it, the Affordable Care Act put rules in place. Before the ACA, there would be lifetime limits. You'd sign up for a plan. You get cancer and then you look in the fine print of your insurance and they would say, "Once we hit $1 million, we're not paying for anything for you ever again." And you would go bankrupt. Another common practice with health insurance where once someone would get sick, they would just drop their plan. They would no longer cover you because they don't have to. Basically, they were doing all kinds of shady things to make money. Why Jen thinks the ACA is better is because there are certain rules. For instance, there are now 10 essential health benefits that if you buy health insurance, they have to cover it such as preventive care. Jen shares her experience that when she went to get a physical exam and all the little bills came in, it cost her over $400. Now, that's illegal. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act. They also have to cover things like ambulances, hospital stays, maternity, prescription drugs, etc. There are things now that when you buy insurance, you know you're going to get. It's better than it was was before but it's still based on private insurance. What you see now is these insurance companies liked the old days where they could profit by making up all the rules. Now the people in Congress working on behalf of the insurance industry are trying to make those rules go away. These are the people writing legislation designed to help the insurance industry to be more profitable. They're eliminating these rules so these essential health benefits are going to be flexible in certain states, if states wanted to, so they won't have to cover those essential health benefits anymore. This is not something that's good for the people, but it's good for the businesses. [08:50] Congress Working for Businesses, Not for the People Jen mentions the website OpenSecrets.org where you can look and see these people who are voting for this elimination of rules and you can see where they're getting their campaign funding from and in almost every case, you can see the health insurance industry and health professionals. Then you can see these companies get invited to help write these bills to repeal the Affordable Care Act. In fact, these insurance companies were in the room to write the Affordable Care Act, as well as the pharmaceutical companies.  These health insurance companies want to exist so they use their lobbying power to stay in existence and that is the basis of the Affordable Care Act. Jen says a lot of people call it the "poison pill" and no one right now in Congress is talking about the "single payer" system, the tax-funded system that works in so many other countries. Jen explains why she says these people are working for businesses and not for us is because when you look at what they're doing, that's who benefits. Jen always looks at who benefits financially. With the American Health Care Act of 2017 (AHCA), it's the businesses that benefit from it. [10:21] The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) In Episode 48 of the Congressional Dish podcast, Jen read the Obamacare and shares some big takeaways. First, it puts rules on the private insurance industry. It allows the private insurance industry to remain the main way that people get their healthcare in the United States. As opposed to now, if you wanted to get a government plan, you have to get Medicaid, a program for poor people that gives them their health insurance. The federal government picks up all of the Medicaid funding for the states that accepted it. It basically expanded the program beyond what it used to be. So it allows poor people to get government-funded health insurance. Medicare, on the other hand, is for people over the age of 65 and for the most part, they also get government-sponsored healthcare. Everybody else is in the middle. If you make more than 133% of the poverty line or under the age of 65, you have to get health insurance in order to get healthcare for the most part. This is the basis of the Affordable Care Act. It's a very complicated system that tries to put rules in the private insurance companies so that they will not go bankrupt but still have to cover people with pre-existing conditions. This is expensive because these as your healthcare provider, these insurance companies would have to pay for those benefits for your entire life and they don't want to do that. Hence, ACA forces them to cover you and it forces healthy people to get health insurance to outweigh those costs. Jen thinks it's a very delicate system with a lot of moving parts that have to work together in order to make this private insurance system work. However, this is currently being actively dismantled. Jen admits she doesn't know what to study when it comes to ACA because we really don't know how much of this is going to survive. [13:15] Different Ways to Get Health Insurance One way to get health insurance today is the individual market which didn't exist before. For instance, Jen as a podcaster doesn't have a big corporation paying for her health insurance so if she were single and needed health insurance, she would have to go to each individual company and try to figure out what they cover which can be very confusing. Jen basically ended up with a $400 physical since she had no idea what she was buying. One of the basics of the ACA is that it has created this individual insurance market where people could go on a website and pick a plan from a selection of companies offering it and compare them based on the premium, coverage, percentages - all of which are being explained, which didn't exist before. Through the ACA, it separated your healthcare from your employer so you could quit your job and still have health insurance. Apparently, there are so many people in this country that are clinging onto jobs they don't like because of their health insurance. Other ways of getting health insurance include the small group market and the large employers, where most people in the country are still getting their insurance from. Moreover, the ACA also requires that employers buy plans that cover those ten essential benefits and have minimum of what needs to be provided in return for premiums. Jen ultimately stresses that the Affordable Care Act keeps the private insurance company at the center of our healthcare and try to make it so they can be profitable and yet we get coverage with fewer medical bankruptcies. Jen adds that this did not eliminate medical bankruptcies in the U.S. nor did it cover everybody but it is better than it was before. Basically, it's a stepping stone. [15:25] Medical Bankruptcy and Hospitals Covering healthcare Even if you don't have insurance, you're going to get care anyway, right? You show up to a hospital and you're going to get the care you need. Is this how it works? Jen thinks it's anecdotal but that's not how it works. Before the ACA, Jen's friend got cancer at 15 years old. She went into remission. They had one awesome summer and then the cancer came back. She was told she was going to need a bone marrow transplant. That's what was submitted to her health insurance company but someone behind the desk decided it was too expensive and said no. Because her parents were not millionaires, she died. So you can't really separate medical bankruptcy from getting care. If you got hit by a car and you get brought to a hospital, you're going to get the basics so you can get out of there. But what about the follow-up care? What about cancer treatments? You can't get that in emergency rooms. Jen firmly says this is inaccurate to say that hospitals have to cover you. They do cover the minimums like emergency care but the maintenance and the preventive stuff, that's what keeps you alive long term and that is not covered in the emergency room, especially not on a systemic level when there 325 million people in the U.S. [17:14] Democrats versus Republicans Jen has observed that there is so much corporate influence in our Congress right now on both sides. You have the Republican party that wants the insurance industry to write the rules. So they get to call the shots and they decide who gets covered and who doesn't because they believe in an economic theory. They believe in it so strongly that Jen is convinced they're not really looking at it from the people's perspective. They want people to have access to healthcare but access is different from "actually" having healthcare. So the Republicans are really working on behalf of businesses in a way that I think clouds their judgment. As with the Democrats, they're also corporate in a certain way so they're the ones who created the Affordable Care Act. Instead of nationalizing the healthcare industry like it is in so many other countries, they are also creating the system and doing the middle of the road thing. They can keep the private health insurance in control as long as there are rules. But the people who just want to get healthcare as part of being American citizens are vastly outnumbered in our Congress right now. [19:00] Healthcare as a Business Unfortunately, there is no side that is saying that access to doctors and getting healthcare is just an essential that everybody needs. Jen thinks there is an ideological battle happening and it seems to her that government should be covering the things that we all need but we don't know when. The problem with treating healthcare like any other business is you can't opt out of it. It's not a restaurant, you can't choose to not go there and cook at home. You need the doctors when you need them. And the Republican party, specifically, sees healthcare as a business. Jen adds it's not necessarily a left versus right thing. Instead, is this a business and should it be for profit or should be a part of the government? This is the real battle going on right now and business is winning big time. Let's say, you got bitten by a dog and you're bleeding. Are you supposed to go to Yelp for doctors and figure out which one is the cheapest? And then go to the cheapest one questioning where this doctor actually got their degree. Jen doesn't think this makes sense on so many levels. When you're sick the only thing you're thinking of is how do you get better. You're afraid for you actual life. This is why health insurance companies are an amazing profitable business because it's something we all need and will pay anything for. We don't question our doctors and for most of us, doctors are gods. Again, it's not a business; at least, it's not supposed to be a business. It's not like buying a shirt and choose from different stores. But it matters when it's your health because you only have one body and if you screw it up, game over. [23:45] It’s Going to Get More Expensive! Jen bluntly admits that she is horrified with what the current administration is trying to do by making it all for profit again. It's not a normal business and so a lot of people are going to get hurt by this. With the new American Health Care Act, if it becomes a law, people with pre-existing conditions still have to be covered technically but there are so many loopholes that they've now written into the system. The The MacArthur Amendment got passed in the house. It's basically a waiver that lets states waive the essential health benefits and states can create the essential health benefits, state by state. This implies that not only will states be able to define the categories of benefits but they also get to decide what's in those categories. For example, a state may decide to only cover three prescription drugs instead of a lot of them which were supposed to be covered or a state may decide they won't cover ambulances anymore. Moreover, when you get sick, the ACA puts a limit that you only have to pay a certain amount out-of-pocket. Those are all tied tied to the essential health benefits. With the MacArthur Amendment, each state is allowed to determine what essential health benefits mean and it's also going to determine your lifetime and annual limits and what your out-of-pocket expenses are. Jen thinks this is just going to be much more expensive for customers on so many different levels that people are going to skip care because they can't afford it. Additionally, they say it's designed to reduce premiums. By eliminating the rules on the insurance companies, it's true that premiums might go down because the plans do not cover anything. Jen had one of those. She got her plan for $80 a month but when she went to get a physical, it was $400. Imagine if she actually got sick! That's what they're going back to. Jen says they promise this is only the first step. The main goal is to allow the private insurance companies to do what they will. This is Jen's biggest concern (and ours too!) because they exist not to provide the best healthcare but to make as much money as they can and divvy it up to their shareholders. This is what for profit corporations do. Jen explains it's not necessarily evil but it is when you do it with healthcare. Again, you're talking about desperate people that will pay anything for their own health. So she doesn't see anything good about it. [27:35] The Car Insurance Analogy To better understand what Jen has just discussed, it's like car insurance. When you're looking for a car insurance from a premium standpoint, you're typically looking for the cheapest thing possible and you're not digging around aspects like towing service, accident coverage, or parts replacement. All you want is the cheapest premium because you're a poor college student. Allowing patients to choose the cheapest premium without understanding that back-end of what they're actually buying. They're basically betting on the American population to not be smart. Jen thinks it's not even smart because what they do is deceptive and put it in the fine prints. Those are tricky things insurance companies do so you're not aware. They don't want you to be aware because they want to get out of covering you when you actually do get sick. Jen got a cheaper plan for her car and when her battery died and called her insurance asking for roadside assistance, she found out she's not covered for it anymore. She ended up asking for help from someone. Good thing it wasn't a big deal, but what if it was? However, the problem with comparing health insurance and car insurance, is that you actually don't need a car. So if you don't want to pay premiums, you may choose not to have a car. But you don't have the option to not have a body. You basically don't have any choice. So even if you compare it to other insurances, it doesn't make sense because you don't have to own a car or a home and even life insurance. [30:40] Where to Read and Understand the Bills For those who want to know more about these policies, Jen recommends you go straight to the bill. It can be super painful to read legislation but Jen has seen so many conflicting information from sources written by other people. Hence, the best way to truly understand it is to go to Congressional sources and read what they're reading. Jen says it's not that intimidating. She's outlining the stuff on Congressional Dish and she links to all the individual provisions. Jen uses GovTrack.us to look at the status of bills as well as those that have already been enacted. Jen considers reading the Affordable Care Act was the most miserable experience for her and found it so difficult. It has ten sections. She actually ready the first nine and found out that the tenth edits the first nine. But if you truly want to understand what the system is, you have to go to the bills and the U.S. code and read it. The codes can be confusing to read because of all the numbers or codes written but the laws are written in plain English. So you can go to the sections of the law itself and just read it to understand. It's not as hard as reading bills because you don't have to jump back and forth. [33:20] What Happens to AHCA Now? AHCA has passed the House and now it's in the Senate. Jen explains that what happens from here is that it may be changed because the Senators are not happy with it as it is. The people on the committees don't give Jen hope that it's going to be changed in a way that protects people more. There are certain Republican senators that are uncomfortable with people losing their insurance and having it be more expensive. But there's also a group that are ideologically opposed to the idea that the government puts any kind of restraints on private business and they see healthcare as a business. Two of these people, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, are going to be involved in the shaping of the Senate's version and jen says they just don't believe in government. The best we can hope for in this Congress is that the whole thing just stops. Jen hopes we can make enough noise that the Senate doesn't vote on it or it fails in the Senate. Timing-wise. Jen heard they want to have this vote in the Senate done by August. This means we have a couple of months to make a fuss in the Senate particularly. The House's rule is done for now (May 2017). So you have to focus from now until August of 2017 unless it's passed sooner. [35:40] Jen's Message to Doctors Jen wants to emphasize to doctors that private insurance is based on a lot of paperwork. There are a lot of receptionists hired to fight with the private insurance industry and a lot of times, the doctors care more about the patient. Jen says what happens to many doctors is they end up having to be insurance experts to help their patients get better and not go bankrupt. So doctors are involved in this and if you like to minimize your cost, minimizing the role of insurance would be good. Insurance companies don't want to pay because that's their business model and you want to get paid. So it's important for doctors to really pay attention to what's going on right now. Having read the bill, Jen encourages doctors in all of their interest to fight it as she thinks there is no good going on here. Jen's friend has Crohn's disease and she's working on moving to New Zealand so that if this becomes a law, she's out. Jen stresses this is how serious this is for your patients. It sounds extreme but it is extreme! This is what keeps Jen awake at night and she thinks this should keep us awake at night too. [39:05] Not a Carefully Crafted Bill Lastly, Jen mentions how fast this is being crafted. It's not something the Republican have been working on for the last eight years since the Affordable Care Act. This bill they passed in the House was not available to read the night before the vote. It was not on the internet. The Congressional Budget Office does the really in-depth analysis of the financials but they were not done with this until the week of May 22, which is in the future of when this bill was actually passed. They simply just wanted to get something passed and so they passed it. Jen thinks this is so reckless. It's not a carefully crafted bill but something that has been thrown together last minute and the effects be damned. This is the same as a doctor not evaluating a patient, giving them some antibiotics and if something doesn't work, another doctor will fix them. [40:30] Be Informed Jen outlined the Affordable Care Act on the Congressional Dish podcast episode 048 and linked them to specific provisions. Episode 151 is Jen's next episode where she will be linking to all these provisions she's talking about when she outlines the American Health Care Act. You may also get a free app so you can get the show notes on your phone as you listen. Links: Enter to win a free copy of my new book The Premed Playbook: Guide to the Medical School Interview. Text BOOKGIVEAWAY to 44222. Congressional Dish podcast Congressional Dish Podcast Episode 048: The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) OpenSecrets.org Affordable Care Act American Health Care Act of 2017 (AHCA) Medicaid Medicare The MacArthur Amendment GovTrack.us

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  • 943: Bill Staley And Hayley Mason Are Back With More Recipes In Make It Paleo 2

    · 00:39:26 · The Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Show With Jimmy Moore

    Paleo food bloggers and bestselling cookbook author Bill Staley And Hayley (Mason) Staley is our guest today in Episode 943 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.”   There are so many amazing people doing great work in the Paleo community using the vast array of skills and talents they've been gifted with to spread the message to the mainstream. Two of the most incredible people pushing healthy Paleo living are the adorable husband-wife dynamic duo named Bill Staley and Hayley Mason from PrimalPalate.com. You may remember them from Jimmy's previous interviews with them about their books Make It Paleo in 2011 and Gather in 2013. Now they're back with a brand new book in 2015 entitled Make it Paleo II: Over 175 New Grain-Free Recipes for the Primal Palate. Listen in as Jimmy, Bill, and Hayley share about their incredible new book! GET DAVE ASPREY'S BRAIN OCTANE FUELUSE COUPON CODE "LLVLC3"NOTICE OF DISCLOSURE: Paid sponsorshipGRAIN-FREE REAL FOOD-BASED LOW-CARB SNACKSNOTICE OF DISCLOSURE: Paid sponsorship LINKS MENTIONED IN EPISODE 943- SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: Get Dave Asprey's Brain Octane Fuel (USE COUPON CODE "LLVLC3" FOR 10% OFF THROUGH 4-15-15)- SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: Check out Katie's Keep It Real Food Co. grain-free, low-carb snacks- Bill and Hayley (Mason) Staley bio- Make it Paleo II: Over 175 New Grain-Free Recipes for the Primal Palate- PrimalPalate.com- Bill and Hayley on Twitter- Bill and Hayley on Facebook- Bill and Hayley on Instagram- RELATED PODCAST: The LLVLC Show #689: Bill Staley And Hayley Mason Inspire You To ‘Gather’ Around Paleo- RELATED PODCAST: The LLVLC Show #509: ‘Make It Paleo’ Authors Bill Staley And Hayley Mason

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