Dr. Jay Bhattacharya: His new MLB COVID-19 Study and the Dilemma of the Lockdown Reply

Dr. Jay Bhattacharaya from Stanford Medicine makes his third appearance on Uncommon Knowledge in eight weeks, this time to discuss a new COVID-19 survey of Major League Baseball employees he co-authored. The survey tested more than 5,600 employees across all 26 Major League Baseball clubs across the country. The results are yet another data set showing how COVID-19 spreads across geographical and economic lines. Dr. Bhattacharya also discusses the very real health risks associated with a prolonged lockdown and answers some of the questions raised by his last survey of Santa Clara County.

Words of Wisdom Reply

“Any meaningful revolution would be, as a revolution, populated by idiots. You could have clever leadership, a clearly communicated message and you would still have millions of stupid followers with all kinds of silly ideas you don’t agree with. Exclude all but the purest of heart and you have an army of five keyboard warriors and you would never have any meaningful political movement.” – anonymous

The Collapse of the American Empire? Reply

Some pretty good economic analysis from Chris Hedges from 2018. Much of what he describes will be amped up on a mega-level following the present Great Depression Two. Hedges is a lot like Chomsky in the sense of offering a lot of succinct and astute analysis combined with left-bias and sanctimony (not that there are not plenty of parallels on the right). Guys like Hedges and Chomsky are to the Left what Tucker Carlson and Pat Buchanan are to the Right.

The Agenda welcomes Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges, who over the past decade and a half has made his name as a columnist, activist and author. He’s been a vociferous public critic of presidents on both sides of the American political spectrum, and his latest book, ‘America, the Farewell Tour,’ is nothing short of a full-throated throttling of the political, social, and cultural state of his country.

The Divided States of America Reply

An interesting Amy Chua interview from Canadian television in 2018.

Author and scholar Amy Chua talks to Steve Paikin about her latest book, “Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations.” She discusses how American foreign policy has ignored the internal ethnic divisions in countries and conflicts abroad, and how those same divisions at home are tearing the United States apart.

Obama delivers hilarious half-hearted endorsement of Biden Reply

Vote for Dementia Man over Orange Man, says Obomber.

Krystal and Saagar listen to former President Obama’s leaked call saying that ‘rule of law is at risk’ in Michael Flynn case. In the same chat, Obama also lashed out at the Trump administration’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic as “an absolute chaotic disaster.”

Navajo Nation sees more cases per capita than states, W.H. staff test positive Reply

It makes sense that the poorest and most disadvantaged people in society would have the highest COVID-19 rates. The pandemic is a class issue.

Krystal and Saagar give an update on coronavirus case numbers in the U.S. at 1,336,700, and 79,552 deaths; Navajo Nation experiences outbreak at rates 10 times higher per capita than Arizona, two White House staff members test positive, and some officials fear the disease is already spreading rapidly through the West Wing.

Does the establishment want ‘the squad’ to lose? Reply

The problem with “The Squad” is not that they are “too radical” but that they are not radical enough. But that’s still too much for the System.

D.C. Bureau Chief of The Intercept Ryan Grim shares insight on the primary races ‘the squad’ faces this November, and where AOC and Rashida Tlaib stand compared to their respective challengers.

Biden courts Republicans while kicking Left in the teeth Reply

The center-right, neoliberals, and neocons are circling the wagons to defeat Trump while deflecting the Left in the process. Interesting. Something similar happened in 1972 when “Democrats for Nixon” formed to ensure George McGovern lost the election.

Krystal Ball comes down on Joe Biden for building a GOP-backed coalition as NeverTrump Republicans form ‘Republicans for Biden.

Are liberal elites using cities to create a feudal society? Reply

An interesting aspect of the last 40 years of US economic history is that the right-wing of the ruling class (remember Reaganomics, anyone?) implemented the policies that allowed for the present rise of the left-wing of the ruling class (the tech-oligarch/financier/new clerisy coalition), which is now overrunning the traditional ruling and expanding economic disparities and dislocations to any even greater degree.

This has happened in a manner that is similar to the way that traditional feudal elites created the mercantilist and colonialist economic policies that allowed for the rise of the capitalist class, the subsequent dethronement, and dispossession of the traditional elite, with the parallel dislocation of the peasantry and the absorption of the peasantry by the proletariat.