How to Survive the Coming Economic Crisis: If I Were A Rich Man


♪♪ Oh, Jesus, ride on. Just keep riding. Hold us close. Take us with You wherever You’re going till You come. And this teaching… is Your teaching. We’re asking You, please, through Your mighty spirit, to make it clear to us. In Your name we pray. Amen. Amen. Let’s share three short stories, all right? Short story number 1 — here it comes. I was talking with a friend of mine who lives somewhere else in this country the other day. I’ve known her for quite some time. A friend, by the way, who has done very well, if I might say. [ Chuckles ] Yeah. Beautiful family… great job, pulling in figures that I know nothing about. I mean, nobody in her house — Seriously, nobody in her house goes walking through the house, saying… ♪ If I were a rich man [ Humming ] ♪ Da-da-dee-dee dee-dee-dee-dee dee ♪ Nobody — Nobody does it. Why? They’re already rich. Why would you hum that song? Beautiful wife, beautiful mother, beautiful professional. But she got ahold of me the other day. “I wish you’d pray for me. The responsibilities in my life right now are so hard to handle, but especially,” she went on, “the uncontrollable responsibilities that come when you choose to live a certain standard of living.” And then, in words that just tugged at this little pastor’s heart… “I wish I could be back at Andrews, in my dorm room, and have a talk with myself.” Mm. I’m sorry. You can’t go back. But you very well may have an important talk with yourself, because guess what, girl — you’re not alone. What you just said has been echoed by thousands across this country right now. Take the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charles Duhigg. Wrote a piece in January. My friend Melky spotted it, sent it to me. Oh, my. I want to share — This is story number 2 now. I want to share a few lines from that piece. Here’s how it begins. “My first charmed week as a student at Harvard Business School.” Turns out he enrolled at Harvard University. He’s an MBA student. He goes to their 15th-year class reunion and how is gonna write about that reunion, okay? But anyway… “My first week as a student at Harvard Business School late in the summer of 2001 felt like a halcyon time for capitalism. At the time, for the 895 of us first-yearers preparing ourselves for business moguldom, what really excited us was our good luck. A Harvard MBA seemed like a winning lottery ticket, a gilded highway to world-changing influence, fantastic wealth, and if those self-satisfied portraits that line the hallways were any indication, a lifetime of deeply meaningful work.” Yeah! “So it came as a bit of a shock” — here we go — “when I attended my 15th reunion last summer,” just last summer, “to learn how many of my former classmates weren’t enjoying their professional lives. In fact, they were miserable. I heard about one fellow alum who had run a large hedge fund until being sued by investors, who also happened to be the fund manager’s relatives. Another person had risen to a senior role inside one of the nation’s most prestigious companies before being savagely pushed out by corporate politics. Another had learned in the maternity ward that her firm was being stolen by a conniving partner. Now, look, those are extreme examples, of course. Most of us were living relatively normal, basically content lives, but even among my more sanguine classmates, there was a lingering sense of professional disappointment. They talked about missed promotions, disaffected children, billable hours in divorce court. They complained about jobs that were unfulfilling, tedious, or just plain bad. One classmate described having to invest $5 million a day, which didn’t sound terrible, until he explained that if he put only $4 million to work on Monday, he had to scramble to place $6 million on Tuesday. And his co-workers were constantly undermining one another in search of the next promotion. It was insanely stressful work done among people he didn’t particularly like. He earned about $1.2 million a year and hated going to the office. ‘I feel like I’m wasting my life,’ he told me. ‘When I die, is anybody going to care that I earned an extra percentage point of return? My work feels so totally meaningless.’ He recognized the incredible privilege of his pay and status, but his anguish seemed genuine.” He goes on. “‘If you spend 12 hours a day doing work you hate, at some point, it doesn’t matter what your paycheck says,’ he told me.” Charles Duhigg commenting, “There’s no magic salary at which a bad job becomes good. He had received an offer at a start-up, and he would have loved to take it, but it paid half as much, and he felt locked into a lifestyle that made this pay cut impossible. ‘My wife laughed when I told her about it,’ he said to me.” End of story. Title of the piece — here it is — “Wealthy, Successful, and Miserable.” So, which one is it? ♪ If I were a rich man Or wealthy, successful, and miserable? Story number 3 — once upon a time, there was a man who did very well with his investments. Jesus told a story about him, and we’re gonna track this story ’cause it’s one of those “wow” stories. Open your Bible with me to the Gospel of Luke chapter 12. Luke chapter 12. Jesus’ story about this investor, agrarian investor. Here we go. Luke chapter 12. You don’t have a Bible, it’s too dark where you’re sitting, it’ll be on the screen. These lights… this is it. This is the next four weeks. And then we move out. But we’ll be back. We’ll be back at the end of the summer, and you’re gonna love it when you come back. All right. This is Luke chapter 12. I’m in the NIV — Did I tell you that? — Verse 16. [ Laughing ] Wow! You should have seen it! That huge green John Deere combine is just chewing up the back 40 like it’s going out of style, and every truck he could rent is pulling under that huge spout that is shooting down yellow gold grain. Next truck, please. Next truck. At the end of the day, there’s so many rental trucks at the farmyard, there’s not room for one more. Oh, man! That night… this farmer sat down at his mahogany desk… that trusty old adding machine that’s been his all these years. He says, “Let me just calculate the numbers.” And as he’s running his fingers — “I’m gonna try that again.” As he’s running his fingers, he’s realizing, “I have more cubic yards of golden grain than I have cubic space of silos. What am I gonna do?” Verse 17. “Yes, indeed. That’s what I’m gonna do.” He has no clue, of course, as you and I do, overhearing the story — he has no clue that he’s using the first-person singular possessive pronoun “my,” “my,” “my.” It’s on his lips. Now, we can’t fault him. This is his grain. It was his farm. Let’s not be too hard on the man. But Jesus is telling us something about him. Let’s read verse 18 again. Hmm. Hallelujah. Oh. Late that night, after crunching the numbers for the sixth time to make sure they’re right, the man goes up the rickety stairs, crawls into bed with his slumbering wife, and he is feeling so good, he just starts humming… ♪ If I were a rich man ♪ Ya-da-da-da da-da doo-doo-doo-doo dee-dee-dee-dee doo, yes ♪ And he drifts off to sleep. While he’s snoring… the curtains at his window stand stiff… when all of a sudden, those stiff curtains begin to mysteriously tremble, and as they tremble, they seem to part, and coming on a midnight breeze is the presence that fills that dark space. The presence has a voice. And the voice speaks to the slumbering man in verse 20. And with that pronouncement, the man jerks awake. He clutches his chest, and before he can awaken his wife [Snaps fingers] he’s dead. The end. Wow. Why would Jesus tell such a somber, scary story? Turns out that the punchline to all three of these stories is the very same punchline. The punchline about this alum who’s feeling very overwhelmed these days over the price tag of her success, the punchline to the 15th-year class reunion of Harvard MBAs, and the punchline to the suddenly rich farmer. Interestingly and very rarely does Jesus not only include a headline to a parable but a tagline, and when you take the headline and the tagline and you put them together, you get the punchline. Let’s check ’em out. Grab your study guide. Come on. It’s in your worship bulletin. Pull your study guide out right now. While you’re doing that, we’ll put it on the screen for those who are watching at this moment. It’s a little miniseries called “How to Survive the Coming Economic Crisis.” This is part 2. Part 1 is already there on the website. Part 2 — “If I Were a Rich Man.” You look for the word “study guide” — two words, “study guide.” Click on there. You’ll have the same study guide as us. You want to get the headline, the tagline, and the punchline. Let’s jot the, uh — Let’s get the headline, because we haven’t even read it yet. It’s what leads into the story. So, go up to verse 13. This is Luke 12:13. I want to tell you something. Jesus is very smart here. You never want to get in the middle of a food fight called “the battle over inheritance.” You can’t win. Stay out of it. And Jesus is very bright, and He does. Jot that down. That’s the headline. Jot it down. There it is in your study guide. Hit the “pause” button right there, ’cause I hate that word “greed.” I hate that word. Don’t you? Greed feels yucky. It feels dirty. Greed feels like, “Gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme.” Guess what. You know what greed it? “Gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme.” It is that. In fact, here’s a definition from the dictionary — “intense selfish desire for something, especially wealth, power, and food.” Greed. Watch out. Be on your guard against all kinds of greed. But the headline continues. Keep your pen moving. Here’s the second half of it. Ladies and gentlemen, please note that Jesus is not instructing us that life doesn’t consist of possessions. Of course we have possessions. You have them. I have them. It’s not a sin to have possessions. But life does not consist in the abundance — this accumulating, this accumulating, this accumulating. No, it doesn’t. The key word is “abundance” that you just scribbled in. There’s a website, believe it or not — a website entitled Happify. Now, here’s how you spell it — H-a-p-p-i-f-y. Happify.com. And at that website, because they’re dealing with — There’s a whole discipline today, by the way, in the academy called “the economics of happiness.” The scientists now are studying happiness. We’re running out of it so fast, they’re gonna find out, what do we do to hold on to this, okay? So, at Happify.com — you have it in your study guide. Jot this down. Fascinating to me. “Another happiness factor” — That’s all they talk about is happiness. “Another happiness factor is what positive psychologists” — that’s a realm of psychology — “refer to as the” — jot it down — “hedonic treadmill.” Now, “hedonic” means — You know, hedonism is pleasure-seeking. So, it’s called the hedonic treadmill. What are the authors talking about? Well, keep reading. “Through the same process of habituation” — A lot of big words here. I didn’t even know what that word meant. I had to look it up. But it’s a psychological term. And I put it in brackets for you. What does “habituation” mean? It means a decrease in our response to a stimulus after being repeatedly exposed to it. It’s what a drug addict experiences. So, one time — “Ooh, that’s a great high.” But the second time, not quite as high. The third time, not quite as high. So what does the drug addict do? He has to keep upping the dose. Pleasure. Hedonic treadmill. Upping the dose. We do that when we accumulate things. This is the point they’re making. In fact, keep reading. You’ve got to keep buying more and more and more to get the same high. Hedonic treadmill. Welcome to the third millennium. We’re all on it. We have to have more. “I just have to have more.” [ Sighs ] Like little rats, we keep running and running and running after the next new possession, the next new pay increase, the next new pleasure. The hedonic treadmill — that’s what Jesus is talking about right here. Read verse 15 again. It’s this hedonic treadmill that Jesus is warning us about. “Stay away from it! In fact, let me tell you a story about a farmer once who had a great crop.” And he sets up his story with that headline. So, that’s the headline. Now we got to get the tagline, because if you put the headline and the tagline, you get the punchline. So what’s the tagline? Well, let’s drop down to the end of the story. We’ll read the last line of the story one more time — verse 20. “But God said to him, ‘You fool!'” That’s the only place in all of Scripture where God calls a man a fool. “‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?'” Now here it comes. “‘This,'” Jesus says, “‘is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not'” — How does that line end? It is not what? Rich. Come on. How does it end? Rich toward whom? ‘”Rich toward God.'” Would you jot that down, please? Tagline — “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves.” It’s not wrong to store up things ’cause I’m gonna give it away to the neighborhood, I’m gonna send it to ADRA. It’s not wrong to store up things, but if it’s all for yourself, it’s wrong. You’re being rich toward yourself when you, in fact — Jesus says, “You need to be rich toward God.” “My. Rich toward God? Are you serious, Jesus? Listen, how could I possibly be rich toward God when I can’t even be rich toward me?!” Let me give you another website — Investopedia, a website that deals with investments and investing. In February, I read a most interesting analysis. Get a load of this. It’s in your study guide. “According to the Credit Suisse” — that’s this giant international bank in Switzerland. They put out a global-wealth report in 2018. According to that report, “The top 1%” — So, write that number in. “The top 1% of adults account for more than 47% of household wealth globally. This raises an interesting question — who exactly are the 1% worldwide? The surprising answer? If you’re an American” — Now, some of you are saying, “Lookit, Dwight, I’m not an American, okay? So get over it.” No. If you’re living in America, that’s exactly what it means. If you’re living in America and you’re living like an American, and you are, “if you’re an American” — watch this — “you don’t have to even be close to being uber-rich to make the list. An income of $32,400” — annual income — “$32,400 a year will allow you to make the cut. So if you’re an accountant” — some of you are — “if you’re a registered nurse” — I’m married to one — “or even an elementary-school teacher, congratulations. The average wage for any of these careers falls well within the top 1% worldwide.” My! Turns out we were richer than we thought! Are we? Yeah. But the reason we’re up in that 1%, the article goes on to note, is because of the extreme poverty on this planet, and because everybody else is so low, it makes us look high. We ought to carry that world in our hearts a little more than we do, don’t you think? [ Exhales sharply ] We’re rich! But it isn’t that we’re so rich. It’s that they’re so poor. But when Jesus commands us, “I want you to be rich toward God,” he isn’t commanding a certain level of earning. No, no, no, no, no, no. He’s calling us to a certain level of giving. This is all about giving. In fact, jot this down. Let’s put the headline and tagline together. “When you combine the headline in His parable with the tagline of His parable, you very quickly come to His punchline” — one word, write it in — “Give!” That’s the punchline — “Give!” Well, we kind of knew that was coming, didn’t we? What’s the big deal about giving? I’ll tell you. I’ve never read anywhere in literature a more prescient description of the benefits of giving than what you’re about to read. Ed Gungor, in his book “Religiously Transmitted Diseases”… [ Laughter ] …writes about giving. You have it in your study guide. “Giving touches a nerve in us that nothing else does.” It’s the most sensitive nerve you have. I’ve had people come up to me and say, “Dwight, don’t you ever preach about money again or we’re leaving.” Why? Because that nerve is so sensitive, it immediately goes into a toxic reaction. Ooh. “Giving touches a nerve in us that nothing else does. We look a lot like God” — Here’s the good news. “We look a lot like God when we do it.” John 3:16 — “For God so loved the world” that He did what? That He gave. We look like God when we do it. “When you give” — keep your pen moving — “you defy the fear,” and we all have this fear, “that you won’t have enough someday.” When you come to retirement, “I’m not gonna have enough.” When you come to getting out of college, “I’m not gonna have enough.” When you come to having a baby, “I’m not gonna have enough.” That’s the fear that keeps needling us. “Don’t give. Don’t give. Hang on, girl. Boy, hang on to this. You’re gonna need this.” Oh, when you give, you defy the fear that you won’t have enough. You insult greed” — There’s that dirty word. “You insult greed, the impulse to acquire or possess more than one needs or deserves. If you really believe that God owns it all and that He is your source and provider, giving will be a simple matter… The arena of giving is the only place where exactly what’s going on in Dwight’s heart is being revealed.” God says to Gabriel, “Hey, Gabriel, find out how much the boy’s giving, huh? And then tell me. That number that he comes up with will tell me the spiritual condition of Dwight’s heart.” I’m sorry, but it’s red hot, and it’s — Why? Because the nerve from giving goes straight to your heart. It’s a very sensitive nerve. Oh, but the last line is even better. That’s why the headline and the tagline of this parable, when you join them together, they compose “Give!” “Give!” “Please give,” Jesus says. And when Jesus breathes just a few moments after he ends this little story, He profoundly makes a point, and this is so tender. I love this. Just drop down. Now, he’s talking — Verse 22 says he’s only talking to his disciples. Shh! This is just the people that are really close to Him, all right? So that’d be you and me. [ Laughter ] Verse 32, Luke 12. “Do not be afraid, little flock.” Oh, I love that. That’s a good shepherd. That’s a good shepherd saying, “Hey, sheepies. Hey, sheepies. You sheepies who follow me… you’re my homeboy. You’re my homegirl. You’re following me. “Do not be afraid, little flock.” “I know this can cause fear when you deal with this subject. Don’t be afraid.” “For your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.” You already have the kingdom. It’s not like you earned the kingdom by giving a certain amount and then, “Oh, okay. Let her in. Come on. He really did well. That was a good gift. You just got in.” No, it’s not that at all. You already have the kingdom. You have everything. Hmm. So, what should I do, Lord? Verse 33. Let’s read this one out loud together. We’ve known this since Sabbath-school days. Let’s do it out loud together. “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” So give! Give! Give! It’s like I was sitting up there, saying, “Can we make this hurt any more? Gabriel, what should I bid? You’ll really tighten the screws here”? No. That’s not it at all. When you’re rich toward God, your heart — Look at this. When you’re rich toward God, your heart is like with Him. You know why? Because God’s already a giver. He’s the biggest giver in the whole universe. So when you give, you and God go like this, He said, “Man, we’re this, you and me — us.” Why? Because he said, “Bank of Heaven. I gave it all. [ Chuckles ] I’ve given you everything you have with joy. I’m asking for everything you have back to Me with gratitude. Is that a switch? Is that fair enough?” “Fair enough.” “We’re gonna be like this. Do you understand that? We’re gonna be like this, you and me.” When you give, you’re just like God. And He loves it. Of course He loves it. Why wouldn’t he? “Well, how do I give, Jesus?” “Give to the poor who are all around you. Come on. You’ve got eyes. Use ’em. Give to the poor.” “Yeah, but, Jesus, what about — What else?” “The needs are in front of you. There will be needs all around you. Just give. Just keep giving. You’ll be like me.” “Yeah. Pssh. I don’t know. Dwight, I think you’re really pushing this. And, besides, can I just talk confidentially with you? What right does He have to ask this from me? I mean, come on. I earned it. I spent months building up this little kitty. And now you’re asking me to give from it?” Well, we just read Ed Gungor a moment ago. I hate to keep repeating him, but put him on the screen — those last lines. You know what? Here’s the truth. This came — We were producing this, and it came then, and we already had the study guide printed. I’m sorry. But this line I want you to get. Would you scribble it, please? Scribble it down in your study guide. This is the take-home line right here. That’s why God’s big on giving, ’cause the more you give, the closer you and God grow. He doesn’t need your tiny little quarters and dollar bills. “I own the whole place.” No. When you give, you become like Me, and we go like this. You and Me are like this. Man, we’re like this. Don’t you let anything keep you from being close to Me. The only thing that could make us not be close to Him anymore is when we quit giving, and you know when you quit giving, ’cause giving a dollar to a child who walks by and saying, “Man, I did a great thing today” — you did a great thing, but that’s not the giving. That’s not the giving Jesus is talking about. Everybody can’t give the same amount — I understand that — but everybody can sacrifice equally, can’t we? We can. People say, “Dwight, why do you even deal with this subject of giving?” Do you know that of all the subjects — all the subjects that Jesus taught on, this is the most predominant subject, hands down, over anything else? He keeps going back to giving and giving and giving and giving. Why? Because it’s the nerve. It runs straight to my heart. It’s the most sensitive nerve. The nerve from here to here is strong. And when you tell me that — When you threaten this, my heart just kind of starts shriveling. And when you threaten this more, my heart just keeps shriveling. Why? Because this is how you open your heart up — this right here. This is not very nice to do this on television, is it? [ Laughter ] I’ll quit doing it. I’ll quit doing it. But when you go from here to your heart, that’s it. That’s what Jesus is talking about. [ Chuckles ] “The more you give, the closer you grow.” So, the next time — No, seriously. The next time — Here’s my — I suggest the next time you are alone with Jesus — And you’ll be alone with Jesus in just a few hours. The next time you’re alone with Jesus, here’s what I want you to do. I want you to ask Jesus — and He will comply. I want you to ask Jesus, “Lord, show me Your hands,” all right? Now, he’s gonna do this with you, so you have to reach your hand out — both hands. And you take His two hands and you hold His two hands and you look down, and don’t look at the floor. Don’t look at the ceiling. You look at his hands, and you will notice right near his wrists there’s an ugly purplish, pinkish, grayish kind of scar in both hands. I want you to look at those scars, and then I want you to look up into His face. Turn your eyes upon Jesus, and you ask Him, “Lord… how come You have those scars?” And I promise you — I promise you this will be His answer to you — “Because I gave everything I have for you.” Amen. “Everything. I gave it all. If you’d been the only boy on this planet, I’d give it all for you.” Oh. Next time you’re alone with Jesus, you just do that. He’ll accommodate you. A century ago, a writer captured this meaning of calvary so poignantly. I want to put the words on the screen for you. “Those who are recipients of His grace, who contemplate the cross of Calvary,” the scarred hands, “will not question concerning the proportion” — “Yeah, but I shouldn’t be having to give that much. So I want to say to my younger friend, wherever she is right now… I want to say to her, “Girl… you want to come back to college, huh? Be in that dormitory room and give yourself a little talk? I suggest spare your breath. There’s no need to do that. Mnh-mnh. You need to stay in this moment in time. You need to sit down with Jesus. You need to do this hand thing with Jesus. And you ask Jesus to help you give your way out of the life you’re in right now. Just start giving. Just start giving. Just start giving. Give your way out. It may not mean changing your job, it may not mean reducing your income, but it will surely mean from henceforth that you are going to be rich toward God. It means that. You just keep giving and giving and giving. And that crisis, that existential crisis that you are suffering right now — that crisis is gone. Why? Because you’ve turned the attention off of you to the God who has been rich toward you, and now you are rich toward Him. It’ll go just like that. And, by the way, the stresses that come from not having enough money, the stresses that come from having too much money — they’re all relieved the same way. You just give and give and give until God says, “That’s enough.” You’ll know. You’ll know. Crisis? No. Not for you, because you are rich toward God. Think of the last time someone said, “I’m praying for you.” Didn’t it give you a sense of peace and reassurance that somebody cares for me? I know how I feel when I get an e-mail from one of our viewers saying, “Yo, Dwight. I’ve been praying for you lately.” There’s nothing like knowing someone is praying for you. So I want to offer you an opportunity to partner — let me, let us partner with you in prayer. If you have a special prayer request or a praise of thanksgiving you’d like to share with us, I’m inviting you to contact one of our friendly chaplains. It’s simple to do. You can call our toll-free number — 877 — the two words, HIS WILL. 877-HIS-WILL. That friendly voice that answers, you tell him, you tell her what your prayer need is, we’ll join with you in that petition. May the God who answers prayer journey with you these next few days until we’re right back here together again next time. ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪

Complex Closets : DJ Khaled Shows His Sneaker Closet


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in with these its shut down. I call these summertime 305s. Look at this See that Florida sign. Then look at this one.
It’s got 305. These shoes mean so much to mean. It’s incredible. And then I call these. The You. Uh huh You see that. That’s Day county man. That’s
305 for real. You know what I’m saying. I take pride in these. You know what I’m saying. You know in time when I got older I realized
I had so many sneakers in my closet and I took pride in them so I needed up being I
guess a collector Yeah You know what I’m saying. But this is more my passion and my love this
ain’t no just happen two three years ago. I’m a classic. Icon. A legend. Let me ask you. If there’s a show missing.
You walk into this closet You immediately see there’s a shoe missing? Right now we have an investigation going on.
A street investigation. There’s five sneakers missing Really I hope it’s none of my friends. Uh huh I hope we miss placed them on the road. But the five sneakers that are missing are
like five bangers. so it’s kind of like suspicious. Okay But we got you know what I’m saying. We like
doubles and triples. You know the cool grey we got the OGs and the regular ones. Dogs okay. OGs. Give Thanks when you don’t
want to wear the OGs You know what I’m saying What I’m saying is like We’re going to find that person. Right When we do find them. Once we get them back.
I’m going to give them right back to them. Really and say, congratulation. You played yourself.
I hope these sneakers last forever for you. Wow And do yourself the biggest favor and bow
down. So Joe yeah You know we got this ladder you see this Carolina Blue fives More than Carolina blue fives. Joe do you
know what these are? These are the motor sports. Thank you. Motor. Motor sports fives Listen guys guys you have to be educated and
if you’re not it’s cool. I call these Bahamas Baby Blue waters. That’s what I call them. People call them
the motor sports. I call em Bahamas. Alright. Shout out to Drake. I call these
the OVOs. I have another pair of OVOs I’m not allowed to put in this room Wow Well, they’re in this room, I’m not allowed
to show you. Political reasons. Okay. Listen, all y’all watching this. You know
about this. But do you see what’s going on in here. Triplets. Doubles. Do you see the passion of the wood. I had
a special designer put a special wood in here. I didn’t want to put them in boxes anymore. I felt like you know what this is my home.
this is my life. I want to see my hard work. You know what I’m saying. Every time I look
up in here I can’t believe this shit. Do you think you have the best sneaker closet
in the world? Of course I do. but let me be humble because
I am humble. But I’m very confident in what I do and what I represent. We The best. but notice how I say we the best. Uh huh You know the reason why you’re here is because
you’re part of the best culture. Complex is part of the best culture. That’s why my brand is called We The best.
My fans they the best. My fans and my support might have a room like this and I can’t leave
them out. because they might have one like this. If not I want to inspire them to get one like
this. uh huh But yes I feel like I have the best sneaker
room because it’s a lot of a lot of vibe a lot of culture a lot of energy. now you see these sneakers right here? One of my all-time favorites. This is called
you wish you had these What’s the story behind those Well the story behind these is I still can’t
believe I have them Out of the corner of my eye I saw these Oregon
Dion Sanders I love them How did you get these? Well this was from a secret connect. I got
two of my guys who if you ever have to get sneakers and you can’t get em and you’re trying to
get something come to We The Best. We the Best Lifestyle but give thanks because
hell pull out thing like this and you have to get them. Lets talk about this section. You have you
shimmies, valenciagas Well yeah you know A little more of a high fashion look yeah, this is more of a high fashion look
this is like you know what I’m saying. I don’t wear too much high fashion sneakers unless
they dope These right here classic this is like you
gotta have every time I see a pair of these I buy them These things. You know the story behind these I want to hear it They only gave it to like I don’t know the
exact number I call these all eyes on me 2Pac voice. Okay You know what I’m saying? It’s a Five You
know what I’m saying These Supremes be crazy Supremes Supremes that’s like that’s hard You know random Air Force Ones the daylight
soles are up there you know what I’m saying Tiffany’s yeah You know what I’m saying yeah. Then you got
these in case you want to let people know get your money right. Crocodile you know what I’m saying. There’s
so many different sneakers man You notice on this wall right here these are
the every dayers but I will always buy as many pairs of These or try to ask for some as many as I
can get it so five man. Its DJ Khaled Boy Khaled I want to thank you for inviting us
into your crib and more special Thank you your closet Thank you man appreciate it This is going to be big Guys this is going to be big. Shout out to
complex y’all look out for my new album its coming out this year it’s called I changed a lot I changed a lot.
You know what I’m saying. I just thank all y’all for making my records
go number one and supporting my music supporting my team. if you ever come to Miami come to Miami finger
licking have lunch with me. You know what I’m saying? Thank you man Joe appreciate you man. Lets do it again. Yes I’m going to do part two were going to show.
you know when we’re leaving here well show them a glimpse of the old room that’s still
filled with sneakers Okay

Chappelle’s Show – The Wayne Brady Show – Uncensored


– DAVE, I GOT TO TELL YOU, MAN, I’M REALLY HAPPY
TO BE HANGING OUT WITH YOU. THIS IS NICE. – OH, MAN,
IT’S JUST BEEN GREAT, MAN. – WELL, SAME HERE, MAN. YOU BUSY WITH YOUR SHOW.
I GOT MY STUFF. THIS IS REALLY COOL. – YEAH, MAN, YOU SEE,
THAT’S THE THING WITH BLACK ACTORS, MAN. WE NEED TO JUST UNIFY.
WE CAN’T JUST BE OUT LIKE– – EXACTLY. – HEY, HOLD UP, WAYNE,
I THINK YOU PASSED OUR TURN. THE RESTAURANT’S
BACK THAT WAY. – NAH, THAT’S ALL RIGHT. RELAX. – WHAT, YOU GOING
TO GET SOME WEED? – [laughs]
NO. – YOU GONNA GET SOME WEED,
HOLLA AT YOUR BOY. I KNOW THE SPOT. – HOLD ON.
– ALL RIGHT. – THERE HE IS. BREAK YOURSELF, FOOL! – AWW, (BLEEP),
IT’S WAYNE BRADY, SON! [gunfire] – OH! OH! WHAT THE (BLEEP) YOU DOING? – RIVERSIDE, MOTHA(BLEEP)! – GODDAMN! – [cackles] – WHAT THE (BLEEP)
ARE YOU DOING? – DAVE, CALM DOWN. – WHAT YOU MEAN, CALM DOWN?
YOU JUST– – DAVE, RELAX.
– YOU JUST SHOT PEOPLE, WAYNE! – DAVE, DAVE.
– THOSE WERE PEOPLE YOU SHOT! GODDAMN, MAN, YOU GOT
A DAYTIME EMMY, NIGGA. YOU AIN’T SUPPOSED TO BE
DOIN’ (BLEEP) LIKE THIS. – DAVE, YOU MAKING ME NERVOUS. YOU MAKING ME THINK
THAT YOU GONNA SNITCH. NOW, YOU’RE NOT GONNA
SNITCH, RIGHT? – NO, MAN, COME ON, NOW,
I AIN’T NO SNITCH. – NOW, YOU SURE
YOU’RE NOT GONNA SNITCH? – IT’S ME, NIGGA,
IT’S DAVE, BABY. – MOTHER(BLEEP),
YOU GONNA SNITCH ON ME? – YO, NIGGA, COME ON.
IT’S ME, IT’S DAVE. WE BLACK ACTORS, MAN,
WE GOT TO STICK TOGETHER. WE BLACK ACTORS.
I AIN’T GONNA SNITCH ON YOU. COME ON, IT’S ME, BABY.
IT’S DAVE. IT’S DAVE CHAPPELLE.
IT’S YOUR BOY. – OKAY.
SORRY, MAN. – I GOT TO GET
SOME MONEY, MAN. I GOT TO GO TO THE ATM.
I DON’T HAVE NO MONEY. – I’LL GET SOME MONEY. ALL RIGHT,
RIGHT HERE. – WHERE’S THE ATM AT? – WE AT IT. HEY! [car horn plays
“La Cucaracha”] – HEY, DADDY. – HOES, DAVE. DAVE, HOES. – GOOD EVENING, BITCHES. – WE DID GOOD TONIGHT. – THAT’S WHAT I LIKE TO HEAR. THAT’S–
OH, THAT’S NICE. HEY, BABY! THANK YOU. ALL RIGHT,
MORE POWER TO ME. [laughs]
ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU, BABY. OH–OH, RAQUEL,
WHAT’S THIS? MR. FRANKLIN’S LONELY. HE’S–
THERE’S ONLY– – SORRY, DADDY. – WHAT DO YOU MEAN,
“SORRY, DADDY?” WHAT THE HELL DID– IS WAYNE BRADY
GONNA HAVE TO CHOKE A BITCH? I’M GONNA HAVE TO GET OUT
OF THIS CAR AND CHOKE– I’M NOT VIOLENT.
I TRY NOT TO BE. I’M A–
YOU KNOW WHAT? – WAYNE, COME ON, MAN.
COME ON, WAYNE. – NO, NO, NO, I’M GONNA
GET OUTTA THIS CAR RIGHT NOW. – COME ON, WILL YOU PLEASE–
PLEASE, MAN? COME ON, JUST–
JUST LET IT SLIDE. – [exhales] YOU BETTER THANK
DAVE CHAPPELLE. GO AHEAD. – THANK YOU, DAVE,
AND I LIKE YOUR SHOW. – RUN, BITCH!
RUN FOR YOUR LIFE! GET SOME HELP! I’M JUST PLAYING AROUND.
YOU KNOW.

The Man Behind Cambridge Analytica


Cambridge Analytica: a company that sparks
controversy wherever it appears. Between the massive data leaks at Facebook
and the questionable impact the company has had on the Brexit referendum and Trump’s
election, today you would be hard pressed not to have heard about Cambridge Analytica. And yet, despite all the recent media coverage
of this company, one name has remained surprisingly absent from the headlines. The man who is at the heart of the infamous
organization barely gets mentioned at all: even Wikipedia’s 4000-word article on the
company mentions him only once, as if he is a brief sidenote, barely worthy of recognition. But in reality quite the opposite is true:
over the past 30 years this man, Nigel Oakes, has established a global psyops empire. Today we’ll learn the full story behind
Cambridge Analytica: how it started and what it’s doing today. This video is brought to you by Skillshare. The first 500 people to sign up with the link
in the description will get a 2 month free trial. Now, just to set the record straight: Nigel
Oakes is the founder and CEO of the parent company of Cambridge Analytica, but the really
interesting story is how he got there. Way back in the 1970s, Nigel attended Eton
College, the boarding school that has for centuries educated the British elite and aristocracy. Now, Nigel himself was born into a much more
modest family of British veterans, but suffice to say he made the most of his education. Within a few years of graduating, he made
headlines in Britain for his romantic relationship with Lady Helen Windsor, a member of the extended
royal family. In 1985 he made headlines again this time
by gate-crashing Lady Windsor’s 21st birthday party at Windsor Castle, for which he got
arrested and was fined a total of £155, a rather symbolic punishment. Now, at the time, Nigel was a record producer
and DJ, but just two years later in 1987 he joined one of the leading advertising agencies
in Britain: Saatchi & Saatchi. This agency was responsible for one of the
most famous political posters of the 20th century, which ushered in the era of Margaret
Thatcher and the Tories. So out of nowhere, Nigel joins this company
as a “senior producer”. Once there he develops a deep interest in
psychology and its effects on group behavior. But his practical knowledge isn’t enough,
so he hires respected academics to fill in the blanks of his methodology. This leads to the creation of the Behavioural
Dynamics Institute, Nigel’s first major company. Interestingly enough, if you try to visit
their website now you’re gonna find a blank page. As far as I can tell they took down their
website on 22 March, 2018, but luckily there’s an archived version, which tells us that the
Institute was responsible for at least a decent volume of research. Within two years of BDI’s creation, Nigel
felt confident enough to use it for commercial purposes. In 1992 he created Marketing Aromatics, a
company whose mission was to influence behavior through smell. Now, Nigel’s clients at the time were other
companies just looking for a way to boost their sales, and suffice to say the business
wasn’t exceptionally profitable. Marketing Aromatics would exist for less than
4 years because Nigel quickly realized that it was governments who would be his ideal
client. Thus, Nigel shifted gears and began targeting
elections in less developed countries, starting in 1993 with his new company: Strategic Communications
Laboratories, or SCL. As someone versed in the ways of psychology,
Nigel knew that he needed to impress his clients in order to win them over. To that end he hired the same company that
worked on the sets of the James Bond movie Goldeneye to create his offices in a similar
style across all the countries he operated in. He kept away from the public eye, but in his
rare interviews he spoke of SCL in a rather bombastic fashion: he said that they “employ
the same techniques as Aristotle and Hitler, [appealing] to people on an emotional level”. But despite his rhetoric, Nigel’s methods
proved less than successful. From the little information that’s available
we know that in the year 2000 SCL was engaged in a campaign to improve the image of Indonesia’s
new democratic government after 31 years of dictatorship. The methods SCL reportedly used were less
than exemplary: they hosted seminars and bought TV ads in the names of unrelated nonprofits
and even USAID, which of course wasn’t involved. In one particular instance SCL tried to get
newspapers to publish articles about a secret intelligence report supporting the government
that was actually made up. Nigel’s methods proved ineffective, for
the government was deposed less than a year later. The situation soured so much that Nigel was
forced to flee to Singapore. A similar project, complete with its own James
Bond operations center in Bangkok, is known to have happened in June 1999, but the details
are basically nonexistent. The only thing we know is that it ended badly
and the excuse given by the government was that Nigel had violated immigration laws. Now, today SCL boasts to have operated in
over 100 countries, but the Indonesia incident is the first one with any significant media
coverage. Before that Nigel appears to have worked in
South Africa in 1994 and in 4 Caribbean countries between 1995 and 1999. We know next to nothing about these early
campaigns other than the fact that they happened, but we do know that by the late 2000s SCL
was struggling financially. Clients were hard to come by and with each
campaign bringing in only between $200,000 and $2 million a piece, SCL was in dire straits. To the rescue comes Alexander Nix. Like Nigel, he was a graduate of Eton and
was likely well connected. He joined SCL in 2003 and by 2007 he was a
director and significant shareholder. It was his idea to shift focus away from developing
countries and towards Europe and the US. But the methods Nigel had employed in Southeast
Asia were unlikely to work in the West, so Alexander needed a new technique. He wouldn’t find it until 2013, when he
hired a man you might be familiar with: Christopher Wylie, who recently gave testimony to the
UK government. Now, Chris was a data genius: he had left
high school at the age of 16 and was involved in political campaigns in Canada and Great
Britain while he was still a teenager. Chris assembled a team of equally gifted programmers
and data analysts to create a powerful program for SCL. Chris and his friends worked in Canada, so
a company was incorporated there for this purpose in 2013: AggregateIQ. The program they created came to be known
as Ripon, a reference to Ripon, Wisconsin, the birthplace of the Republican Party. Their application is essentially a giant data
warehouse that contains as much information as possible about a given voter’s identity. Specifically, it contains demographics, voting
history, and party affiliation. On top of that, the voter’s profile is supplemented
with literally any data that’s available: from magazine subscriptions to credit scores. A complex model uses all of this data to create
exceptionally well targeted ads in favor of a specific political candidate. SCL acquired this data from various sources,
some public and others not. The most infamous example is the Facebook
data of at least 87 million users, which was acquired under the false pretenses of “academic
purposes”. Alexander Nix paid $1.4 million for it, or
just over 1 cent per person. But all the data in the world would be useless
if nobody would buy it, so Nix and Chris set about finding potential clients. In the fall of 2013 they pitched the idea
to Steve Bannon, who at the time was running Breitbart News. Now Bannon was a close friend to Robert Mercer,
a hedge fund billionaire who since 2006 has donated $35 million to the Republican Party. Robert was very interested in the Ripon platform
and he eventually agreed to invest $5 million in SCL’s latest venture: a subsidiary called
Cambridge Analytica that was created specifically to operate in the US. To entice Republicans, Robert would donate
to their campaigns in exchange for them hiring Cambridge Analytica. The first major client of Cambridge Analytica
was Ted Cruz, but it turns out that he never got to use Ripon even after spending almost
$6 million on it. According to Cruz, the platform was full of
bugs and wasn’t being developed at a proper pace. One theory suggests the following explanation:
while Ted Cruz was busy campaigning, the staff at AggregateIQ was directing their full attention
towards Great Britain ahead of the Brexit vote. There they seem to have had a much more significant
impact, at least economically: in fact, 40% of the Leave campaign’s entire budget was
spent on AggregateIQ. Right now the British government is investigating
whether AggregateIQ and the Leave campaign broke election spending laws by shifting money
around through several different organizations. Now, whether the Ripon platform had any effect
on the Brexit vote is hard to say, even considering how close it was. The situation with Trump’s election is a
similar story. The Trump campaign spent $6 million on Cambridge
Analytica, but $5 million of that went towards TV ads. Campaign staff is more-or-less in agreement
that the company had very little to do with Trump’s victory, and while there are conflicting
accounts, one particular source points towards a potential endgame for Cambridge Analytica. Supposedly, Alexander Nix and Nigel Oakes
were hoping to leverage Cambridge Analytica’s publicity around Brexit and Trump (regardless
of any actual involvement there) with the idea of selling the company and its incomplete
platform to the highest bidder. That way Nix could fade away from the current
mess and Nigel would be free to continue his election business in developing countries. Unfortunately for them, Christopher Wylie
decided to share his story with the Guardian, and that’s how this whole scandal came into
view. Considering just how bad the situation is,
it’s unlikely that the business Nigel and Alexander had going would remain around for
much longer. Now, if you’re interested in mastering the
data analytics that made Ripon possible, or the business knowledge of how to weave an
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smart.

2,000 People Have Seen THIS MAN in Their Dreams


Have you ever dreamed about “This Man”? If you did, did he comfort or befriend you
in your dreams? Or was he a malevolent entity that attempted
to harm you in your nightmares? If you have dreamed of him, then you are one
of thousands across that world who believe to have encountered “This Man” in their
dreams at one point or several instances of their lives. This phenomenon became a viral Internet legend
several years ago, and websites are also available online which are specially dedicated to describe
people’s personal experiences of dreaming of “This Man.” According to the “This Man” website allegedly
set up by those who have dreamed about the strange man, every night throughout the world,
hundreds of people dream about this man’s face. This dream-related phenomenon supposedly dates
back in January 2006 in New York. As the story goes, the patient of a well-known
psychiatrist drew the face of a man that had been repeatedly appearing in her dreams. In more than one occasion, the man had provided
her some advice concerning her private life, but the woman swears that she never met the
man in real life. The portrait of the man was set aside on the
psychiatrist’s desk for a few days until one day, another patient pointed out the portrait. He recognized the face in the drawing, saying
that the man had often visited him in his dreams. Similar to the claims of the female patient
of the psychiatrist, he claims that he has never seen the man in his waking life. Finding it odd for two people to dream the
same stranger, the psychiatrist decided to send the portrait of the man to some of his
colleagues who had patients with recurrent dreams. Within just a few months, four patients turned
up, claiming to recognize the man as a frequent presence in their own dreams. All the patients referred to the man appearing
their dream as “This Man.” Since the first reported appearance of “This
Man” in people’s dreams in 2006, at least 2000 people have reportedly claimed to have
all seen the same man in their dreams. The man has allegedly appeared in the dreams
of many people in many cities all over the world, including Los Angeles, Berlin, Sao
Paulo, Tehran, Beijing, Rome, Barcelona, Stockholm, Paris, New Delhi and Moscow. According to the “This Man” website, there
are currently no ascertained relation or common trait among the people that have dreamed of
the strange man. What’s even stranger is the supposed fact
that no real man in the waking world has ever been recognized as resembling the man drawn
on the portrait by those who have seen him in their dreams. And because of this mystery, it has become
the ultimate objective of some people to find out the real identity of “This Man” and
figure out the reason why he randomly appears in the dreams of a diverse set of human subjects
in a variety of unrelated situations. The website dedicated to the “This Man”
phenomenon has also enumerated and discussed several theories which have supposedly been
developed to explain the mysteriously recurring presence of the man in the dreams of a wide
variety of people who are not related with each other in any way. Some of these theories are said to have elicited
great interest among those who have dreamed of the strange man, and these include the
archetype theory, the religious theory, the dream surfer theory, the dream imitation theory
and the daytime recognition theory. Based on Carl Jung’s psychoanalytic theory,
“This Man” is speculated to be an archetypal image belonging to humanity’s collective
unconscious. This archetype appears in times of a person’s
hardship, emotional development, dramatic changes in life and stressful circumstances. And because it is part of the collective unconscious
of all people, it makes sense that the man shows up in the dreams of several individuals
over the course of several years though they not-at-all related with each other. There is also another theory about the phenomenon
that is founded on religious beliefs. According to this theory, “This Man” is
the image of the Creator himself, and that this particular form is one of the many faces
in which God manifests himself before mortal beings. And because the appearance of this man is
God’s way of revealing himself to people, it is also believed that whatever he utters
during the dreams he appears in should be decidedly followed by the dreamers. The “Dream Surfer” theory is probably
the most interesting theory involving the appearance of the same man in the dreams of
many people. But while it promises the greatest and most
amazing implications, it is also a theory with the lowest scientific credibility. According to this theory, “This Man” is
a real person who happens to have the ability to enter the dreams of other people using
specific yet unknown psychological skills. There are those who supposedly believe that
the man who appears in their dreams looks exactly the same in real life. However, others, on the other hand, think
that the man in the dreams looks entirely different from his real-life counterpart. There are also speculations that the man is
part of an elaborate mental conditioning plan developed by a powerful corporation. There is also a scientific psycho-sociological
theory which claims that the phenomenon arose casually but has since progressively spread
among members of the public by imitation. This means that people who have read or heard
about this phenomenon online or through other people who claims to have personally dreamt
of the man have become so fascinated and involved with the phenomenon that they started seeing
this man in their dreams as well. Another theory states that apparitions of
“This Man” in dreams of people are purely casual. Ordinarily, people do not recall the exact
appearance and faces of people they see in their dreams. And so, the image of “This Man” is supposedly
an instrument which facilitates the recognition of an undefined image that have appeared during
people’s dream states. For years, the mysterious story about the
same man visiting the dreams of people have spread across various online blogs, discussion
forums and even social media communities, where lengthy conversations about the alleged
phenomenon’s validity and debunking have ensued. And so, this leads us to ask a one simple
and very important question: Is there really a strange man appearing in the dreams of unrelated
people? As it turns out, we never really needed a
special theory to explain the “This Man” phenomenon after all, because the whole thing
was just one big hoax. The website – ThisMan.org – is actually
the creation of Italian sociologist and marketing strategist Andrea Natella. It was also revealed that Natella runs a company
called Guerriglia Marketing, which stages “subversive hoaxes” and creates weird
art projects that are mostly about pornography, politics and advertising. The site was also briefly acquired by horror
movie production company Ghost House Pictures as part of the promotion for a planned film
titled “This Man,” which was supposed to be directed by Bryan Bertino based on a
screenplay he also penned. Regardless of the validity or falsity of this
phenomenon, it cannot be ignored that the most-likely real reason “This Man” has
gone viral as an internet story is that this fictional entity actually represents the image
of “Every Man.” The Face of “This Man” is an amalgamation
of many common facial features, which were probably added into the fake portrait showing
the man’s face to rouse a sense of familiarity among the public. This myriad of common features may have been
the reason why many people from all over the world thought “This Man” looked very familiar
as if they had seen him before. And it is this familiarity in this fictional
person’s face that has probably perpetuated the viral nature of “This Man.” Although the “This Man” phenomenon turned
out to be just one of many false stories and urban myths that are found online and have
gone viral among members of the global internet community, the way that it has piqued the
people’s interest and the extent of its impact as a sensationalized, fabricated internet
legend cannot be easily dismissed. Neither are the rest of us allowed to be so
quick in putting down and ridiculing those who still continue to insist that “This
Man” actually exists and that he has actually appeared in people’s dreams. Who knows? Maybe we just don’t have enough evidence
to prove that “This Man” is real after all.

The real reason I have long hair.


*metal instrumental* *silence* *metal instrumental* *underwater muffled metal instrumental* I’m here now. Let’s carry on. THIS is what today’s video is gonna be about. Just to clarify, this is how long it is. And from this angle. And from this angle. Aaaaaand from this angle. Alright, when I was a kid, I HATED having haircuts. Partly because I was a huge wuss. Still am a huge wuss. And partly because I was really shy and afraid of a stranger cutting my hair and pulling it, and I couldn’t say anything ’cause I’d be seen as a huge wuss. So technically, I guess it’s 100% “because I was a huge wuss.” So I did have quite long hair then, because I didn’t want to cut it until the last minute. My mum usually cut my hair, so I was able to be as openly loud and whiny as I wanted! Sorry mum. But yeah, I hated haircuts so much that as a child, I used to call them “Torture Sessions.” I’ve mentioned before that when I was a kid, I went to school in the United Arab Emirates, and my hair went SUPER BLONDE under the sun, and being a pale, white, blonde kid in the Middle East kind of made me stand out, and I got quite a lot of attention for it. I used to get a lot of compliments on my hair, even before then. And, I can remember this one time, when I went into a swimming bath, on the way in, this random Arab in full thawb started stroking my hair, and complimenting it, which I interpreted A LOT more innocently THEN, than I do NOW. But when I went to Secondary School, boys were not allowed to have long hair! *sigh* I remember being so fricken sad about that, and having this conversation with my mom like, “What? That’s so not fair! Like, girls can have it, why can’t-?” She didn’t know either. She thought it was as frustrating as I did, but nothing we could do about it! But I tend to go to extremes, so I figured, “If I’m gonna have it cut, I may as well go the whole hog,” so I had it Buzz Cut. I had this little Widow’s Peak thing there, and I looked like a fricken Vampire Harry Potter! People call me a vampire with Short or Long Hair, actually. Maybe I just give off a Vampire Vibe! Doesn’t help that I’ve got these fricken dark circles making me look DEAD! Eventually, I moved back to England, and thought, “Finally! A culture that isn’t really backwards!” “Maybe I can have as long hair as I want in school!” The school I went to STILL didn’t allow boys to have Long Hair. I also remember being told off for wearing the wrong colored socks. Yep, that’ll affect my learning! And around this time, I was just really unconfident. I was a weedy little kid. I was younger than all the others. But, as a result, I really didn’t care about maintaining my appearance. Like I used to say, I hated fashion and, anyone that liked it was stupid! Or that they should care about more important things because Looks Don’t Matter. And that kind of thing. Says the kid who bought this game because this guy looks so freakin cool! Then I waited it out, and eventually, I got to college, where there was NO Uniform, and I let it grow for the first time. And it felt like Freedom! And it kinda felt like a big “Screw You” to Mrs. Cheshire. *muttering* Stupid, backwards, sexist, piece of- Man, my hair started off NAF!
(Nasty As Fuck) Like, REALLY bad! Like nerdy, failed Kurt Cobain, no self-awareness BAD. The worst part of it- Well, worst part for ME, the worst part was other people having to look at it. The worst part for me was constantly getting it in my mouth and nose, when I was walking around, trying to eat, or whatever. But EVENTUALLY, it got quite a bit better! And after like… A long time, I started to get compliments again. It was something I could CONTROL, and it felt good to do something that made me STAND OUT! And get attention from the girls I liked! I was ridiculously shy around girls as a kid. I’d go as far as to say I was scared of them! And, so having something which meant they started conversations with me, kinda helped me to come out of my shell a bit. I also really liked Metal. *GROWL* But that was kind of more of a coincidental aspect, I didn’t grow my hair to fit in to the subculture, or anything like that. My lame attempt at wearing a Chain on my Baggy Jeans was about the closest I came to anything like that! That was bad! I just like to wear what I thought was cool, like This Shirt, which was the first one I ever bought, despite not being a surfer, and not hating myself at the time. Having long hair resulted in some Funny Moments, too. I remember this one time, when I was waiting for a free stall in a public bathroom, and this Cowboy-looking dude came in, and I guess he must’ve only seen me from the back, ’cause he said, “Uh, this is the Men’s Room.” So I turned around, and in the Deepest Voice I could realistically muster, said, “Yeah, I know.” So he was all flustered for a minute, and then said, “Oh, uh, nice hair, man.” So that made me laugh! Especially in the awkward few minutes later when we were washing our hands next to each other, desperately trying to avoid eye contact! Eventually, my YouTube Channel started to blow up. And I started to realize, more and more, thanks to a lot of “helpful” comments, that I wasn’t really happy with my look. I say that like- It wasn’t the comments that made me uncomfortable, It was the comments that kind of made me realize what I already realized, and made me care a bit more about it. Like, the comments only effected me, because I agreed with them! I didn’t Like how I Looked. So I figured it was time to try something more interesting with my hair, to make me stand out a bit. *keyboard music*
So I tried a colored streak, just a streak initially, because I didn’t want my whole hair falling out, because I had NO experience with using Bleach! Also, I couldn’t afford, at all, to maintain that amount of colored hair! Or I couldn’t be bothered. One of the first times I dyed this, was horrible. Probably one of the most painful experiences in my life! Uh, my mom paid for me and my sister, as a Christmas present, to go and get our hair dyed. These two fricken women, I swear they were sadistic as hell. Like, they did all the dying and everything, and then, once they’d done it, they all just started brushing, without any concern for how painful it is! I don’t know if I’m just more of a wuss than everyone else, maybe everyone else can just pull at their hair with no problems, but that fricken killed me! I just sat in there, like *muffled pain* Anyway, after sorting that, and getting rid of my Eighties Prague-Rock, Librarian glasses, and replacing them with these, I actually started to Like how I Looked in photos and be proud of how I looked. Oh, and since we’re on the topic of the streak, to everyone that asked, No, I didn’t steal the idea from G Dragon. That was just a weird coincidence. Though that look is goals! In fact there’s a few examples of hair which is weirdly similar to me. Like there was this one book, that looked like a Samurai Dave. There’s a few memes. I guess a red streak is quite an obvious one to go for, particularly for a YouTuber. When I started to be happy with how I looked again, I actually started to take an interest in fashion! Thinking back to when I said fashion was pointless, I think a lot of the reason I said that was thinking, this underlying subconscious thought that a change of fashion wouldn’t help, if I didn’t like how I looked in the first place. So, “I had no examples of photos where I did like how I looked, so what was the point?” Though now, after reaching Stuck-In-Seatbelt Length hair, I’m still really happy with it. It makes me stand out, and there are a lot of times that I genuinely like how I look now, which is cool. And I can confidently tell my Teenage Self that putting effort into how you look, does pay off! Because I’ve met people I Like, who Like how I Look! There’s also some practical aspects to it, too, like I’ve noticed that it has this brilliant side-effect where any other people watching this video for the first time, for instance, if they’re thinking, “Ugh, fag!” They immediately get weeded out of my audience! So, my audience has a minimum level of maturity as a result! That’s why if you look at the comments at the end of any of my videos, which haven’t gone viral, there’ll be no insulting remarks, and everyone’ll just be really civil. But if you go to the ones with millions of views, you’ll start to get some gems! “He’s just going through a little emo phase, eventually he’ll realize he wants to get laid and cut his hair.” “Fucking annoying ass bitch! Your videos keep popping up in my ‘Recommended For You’ window, just because I watched one of your fucking ugly red pony ass hair videos! You’re annoying! How can I block someone off YouTube? Somebody help!” Makes me laugh whenever someone says that. They- They just have to click! J- Just click, that’s all! Click, click. Done. “Dirty hair dot ‘t give me focus on the video, uff.” *confused* What? “You should cut your hair Pbbbbt!” *tsh* High brow humor, here on Boyinaband. But yeah, it’s kind of funny how something that at first glance seems so shallow, like hair length, can have all this context and depth to it. Well, if you’ll excuse me, *clunk*
*clang* *metal instrumental* *exhale* Worth it!

The difference between the Republican Party and the Democratic Party


– The only downside to calling out stuff about the Democratic
Party is whenever I do it, I get a bunch of right-wing people going, “Yay, Tim Black, yay, Tim Black!” and it’s like, “No, no, I don’t like you either. In fact, I like you less.” (upbeat music) Only difference is, the
corporate Republicans admit who they are, they tell you who they are. You know, they show up with a gun and say, “I’m here to rob you. Not gonna act like I’m your friend. I’m here to take from you and give to the rich guys over there. That’s the deal. That’s my job.” Democratic Party’s a little different. They take you out for a beer, “Hey, man, how you doing, man? Hey, man, let’s go get
a beer, man, on me.” “For real, dog, you really
gonna take me for a beer?” “Yeah, man, look like you
could use a beer, man. Come on, let’s go take out, get a beer.” They sit down at the bar with you, listen to all your problems, “Yeah, man, these damn
cops keep messin’ with us.” “Really, keep messin’ with you, man? I’m gon’ help you fix that.” “Man, you gon’ help me fix the
cops messin’ with me, man?” “Yeah, man, ’cause I’m on your side.” “We got other problems too, man. The damn schools, man, the
schools ain’t workin’ right, man. We need better schools. You know, we gotta school
where the kids are gettin’ infected with mold. Mold just goin’ to the school.” “Oh, God! Mold on the kids! I’m gonna fix that ’cause I got your back. I’m a Democrat.” “Like, wow, man! This is amazing, man. I love you, Democrat guys, man. You understand my pain.” “Absolutely, we do.” Now you listen all that, you sit there at the bar of life. Life in politics. You have a few drinks with
the Democrat Party guy. (sighs) Then when you’re totally
plastered and you’re leavin’ the bar, (laughs) he pulls out his gun! (laughs) “Give me all your money! I’m a give it to the rich guys over here.” (laughs) “I thought you were on my side!” “That’s what you get for thinkin’. Stop thinkin’! Always thinkin’. Incrementalism! Incrementalism!” “Ahh!” Give it up for that. (laughs) I might put that in my act. I like that. That’s a good one. (upbeat music)

‘Order!’ Why Europeans are turning to John Bercow for light relief in Brexit chaos


Order! Calm yourself man! The lion must get
back in its den! Order! You’re yelling across
the chamber. Be quiet. Mr Jacob …
Order! You are over-excitable and
you need to contain yourself. If it requires you to take
some medicament, then so be it. Order! The honourable gen…
Order! This kiss a ginger activity
is probably perfectly lawful but I’ve got no plans to
partake of it myself. Order! Order! Order! Order! No! No, you’re not moving anything.
Resume your seat, young man. No, no.
Resume your seat. No.
Resume your seat. Order! You really are a very
over-excitable individual. You behave like an adult
and, if you can’t, if it’s beyond you,
leave the chamber. Get out.
We’ll manage without you. Get a grip of yourself, man. Calm. Take up yoga, you’ll find it
beneficial, man. I most certainly don’t
look for favourites. Order! Order! Order! Mr Kinnock, you are a
cerebral denizen of the House. Gesticulation and shouting are
way beneath your pay grade, man. I don’t require any assistance
from some junior minister. That’s an absurd proposition. Order! Order! Order! You’re a very jocular fellow
but you’re a little over-excitable today. Calm.
Long time to go.