Jazz and James flatten the astroturf of sputtering back to work chump protests that seem more like the disintegrating husk of a 2010 Glenn Beck rally than the energized base of an incumbent POTUS. Meanwhile Mr. Phil can't into math or medicine, Tucker hides behind a J-shield, impotent conservatives demand war with China, Sessions gets burned, and Lindsay Graham just might lose his Senate seat. In the second half, we flood the ballast tanks and dive deep into J leverage in China, from opium wars to Mao's inner circle, and into the transition from communism to capitalism, how China has been compromised, by whom, and the kosher dialectic that's been constructed to confuse everyone. If it's Sunday, it's FTN!
Dark times loom large as Jazz and James stare into the abyss of an entirely unanticipated out-of-nowhere Bornie post-mortem and why they fear stasis more than crisis as the stay at home pandemic pressure cooker foments agitation and unrest in the face of financial free fall and an indifferent American government. In part 2, we dive into the recently declassified revelations regarding Crypto AG, one of the longest lived Amish/Mennonite gay ops in U.S. history, the 5G white people's conspiracy hamster wheel, and the fate of Kyle Larson and NAZCAR. If it's Thursday, it's FTN!Get behind the paywall to access the show!
Jazz, James, and Borzoi dive deep into the life and legacy of Alexander Hamilton, one of America's most astroturfed founding fathers. Little is known about Hamilton's early life, which is odd considering his prominent role as a framer of the U.S. Constitution, first Secretary of the Treasury, creator of the nation's first national bank, the architect of the inherently corrupt system of debt-financed capitalism we are saddled with today, chief author of The Federalist Papers, master of media manipulation, election meddler, and almost but never actually President of the United States. Rest assured, we thoroughly smash that early life in order to fully understand the identity of the man himself; who he is, where he comes from, what shaped his worldview, and ultimately, in turn, how he shaped the world itself. Only once one fully understands Hamilton from those perspectives, do the trajectory and context of subsequent historical events, from war to immigration, finance to foreign policy, and from consumerism to vulture capitalism, become crystal clear.
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!