Jazz and James get to the bottom of the fraught business bag rollout, why it's happening, who's doing the grifting, and how. It's just another Swindler's List: Scharf, Fink, Schwarzman, Fingerhut, Kline, Klein, Rowan, Harris, Blachowitz, Miller, Kushner are all after $2T+ cash at stake and the Shylock Olympic Team is going for gold. We also salute Capt. Crozier acting honorably in the face of depraved government. In the second half, it's even more dangerous precedents set by Charlie Weinstein, muh racist virus myth busting, and the fate of Africa as the final global frontier. If it's Thursday, it's FTN!Get behind the paywall to access the show!
Jazz and James dissect Kissinger's WSJ doompost in which he demands a post-virus order in light of severe and unprecedented economic fallout and recent polling indicating overwhelming support for increased authoritarianism. With Trump and J-Street NGOs lunging for the business bailout, there's never been a better time to proceed directly to baggage claim. From contrasting Larry Fink letters to BlackRock's connections to JCF and HFLS, this is another FTN you may want to listen to twice. In the bonus hour, it's a snorkel dive into oil price volatility, the major players, and who the U.S. has over a 55 gallon barrel this time. If it's Sunday, it's FTN!
Jazz, James - and for the very first time on FTN - Alex McNabb, doompost eternally, finding the shelves of modernity fully stocked with potent ingredients for an agitated public. In the second half they examine the good, the bad, and the ugly of the viral threat to rural white America and what can be done to mitigate while also BANG. If it's Thursday, it's FTN!Get behind the paywall to access the show!
Jazz and James hit the big breaking topics out of the gate: urns piling up, millions of closed cell phone accounts, theater closures, reinfections, and rioting, Trump's refusal to release disaster unemployment funds, and 175K Instacart workers poised for a Monday strike. After the break, we pivot to the Fed-Treasury merger (implying) and a nnndeep-nnndive into BlackRock - who they are, what they own, and how they control just about everything. In part 3, we go snorkel depth on the Defense Production Act. If it's Sunday, it's FTN!
Jazz and James are joined by Apache, hot takes go brrrr, lines are not trusted, montages are played, clammy hands clamor, deeb goncerns are had, Airbnb gets bailed out, and the chutzpah has reached levels that shouldn't even be possible. If it's Thursday, it's FTN!Get behind the paywall to access the show!
Jazz and James parse fact from fiction pertaining to the rumors of a national shutdown, surveying the latest escalations by state governments, border "closures", extrapolating links between unemployment and crime data, and the bungled attempts by the U.S. government so far to help the people hurting the most. In part 2, it's Senate stonk fraud, dire economic forecasts, what Bill Ackman's freakout really means, billionaire bunkers, and gen pop's refusal to self-isolate. In the bonus hour, we leave freefegs behind for a look at Chinese noooonce, the U.S. government's refusal to let a good crisis go to waste, and the fact that nobody is telling you the truth about anything. If it's Sunday, it's a cold take vaccine from FTN!
While James takes the night off to prep his decon room, Jazz and Borzoi hit the hot ledes, including Trump the media respecter, freed LA County prisoners, UBI, working class needs vs. kippah class bailouts, and why this wild and totally uncanny combination of nationalism and socialism is the only answer to the when not if pandemic riding roughshod over America's tenuously superficial dopamine-fueled ecoominomic system. In the second half, many a cold take is skewered and Borzoi explains herd immunity. If it's Thursday, it's FTN!Get behind the paywall to access the show!
Jazz and James flex on the official smooth brain testing narrative as the White House moves to classify all top-level health briefings at HHS. Then we pivot to CPAC/AIPAC as ground zero for the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., Bolsonaro's end game in Brazil, China's Thousand Talents Plan, and ice cold takes from conservative pundits. In the second half, we dig deep on the fragility of the markets in the context of a pandemic and the potential for deleterious downstream impacts on working class Americans, closing with one of most impacted groups - in good times and in bad - America's farmers. If it's a Sunday in self-isolation, it's a 3.5 hour FTN!
As capital mahkets continue to flat line, Jazz and James are here to sign their DNR order all while juxtaposing China's seeming miraculous recovery (!) with Italy's 500% greater rate of infection. If you see a stimulus offer from the president, it's not for you! In the second half, Putin's move for 2 more six year terms primes the ballast tanks for a deep-dive into the world of post-Soviet controlled opposition management regimes, rethinking positions on Russia, Putin, and the ultra wealthy Ys at the center of it all. Bonus Weinstein outtakes and un-newscucking at the end - if it's Thursday, it's FTN!Get behind the paywall to access the show!
Jazz and James pack the punch of T.N.T. election rigging, Lizzy Warren needs a wahmen timeout, Bloomie's Chinese Bond Libel, townhall bloviating, and totally just the flu bro in a very full first half, followed by a slightly nnndeeper-than-snorkel-nnndepth nnndive on the origins of the Federalist Society in the second. If it's Sunday, it's another (almost) 3 hour FTN!