The standard format for the binary political debate is one from the left, and one from the right. Here the set-up is that each host hews to his own principled but nevertheless atypical admixture of perspectives. Thus, the arguments come from unexpected angles and the reasoning can trace novel pathways. The hope is to provide the listener with genuinely thoughtful discourse each episode without echoing what every other program says.
The Slippers Show: Episode 23
SUMMARY BY WEST COAST SLIPPERS (ghostwritten by East Coast Slippers): West Coast has some ideas about how everything would be just ducky if the United States just stayed home more often and let the rest of the crazy world do its thing without us. East Coast is basically neutral on the topic at first but he becomes agitated when he considers that we both import and export petroleum products on a daily basis. At one point the discussion turns to crime statistics and East Coast makes passing mention of research that links drops in the crime rate to the removal of lead from gasoline, you can check out some of that work here.
The Slippers Show: Episode 37 “The Great Struggle” Vol. V
SUMMARY BY WEST COAST SLIPPERS (ghostwritten by East Coast Slippers): The following articles are considered:
"It’s not just Trump who’s angry at China" from The Washington Post;
"China’s bid to repair its coronavirus-hit image is backfiring in the West" also from The Washington Post; and,
"Consider the Possibility That Trump Is Right About China" from The Atlantic.
Both EC &WC are pretty pissed at China and more specifically at the CCP. For all intents and purposes, China has murdered the global economy and there must be a reckoning. With regard to the idea that Trump was "right" on China, EC maintains that it was akin to guessing at the answer on an exam and getting it right by luck. Trump is a xenophobe and a racist so of course, he was happy to take the public position that they are the enemy. In his personal dealings, he and his family have always been more than happy to do business with China (i.e., make money from while screwing over the American worker). Ample documentation of Trumps long and loving relationship with Chinese manufacturing can be found: here, here, here, here, and here.
WC mentions this 2009 article from WIRED:
"Apocalypse Not: Behind the Swine Flu Hysteria"
and this snopes.com article on Smithfield's sale to China’s biggest meat processor, Shuanghui International Holdings:
"Was Smithfield Foods Sold to China?"
EC Make reference to China's evolving capacity to make its own microprocessors, an assertion that he finds support for here and here.
The Slippers Show: Episode 36 “The Great Struggle” Vol. IV
SUMMARY BY WEST COAST SLIPPERS (ghostwritten by East Coast Slippers): This episode hits on three main points: 1. We now know that Taiwan got it right. China lied to the world about the outbreak, and the World Health Organization is now doing China's bidding and giving them cover as they try to avoid blame; 2. There may be a higher number of asymptomatic cases in the population than was previously thought and that is a good thing; and 3. China's irresponsible permitting of so-called wet markets and general trade in wildlife is the cause of the pandemic and China should be held to account for its crimes.
In this episode we make reference to several news items:
COVID is not the first pandemic that the WHO's Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has messed up.
EC mentions a nurse from L.A., Ms. D’neil Schmall, who is now in NYC. She gives an emotional account of her experiences in the trenches here.
The story of a Buffalo National Guard Unit that has trained in corpse recovery and is now deployed to NYC is told here.
A study showing more asymptomatic positives can be found here.
Also, from The New Yorker, "The Best-Case Scenario for Coronavirus Is That It’s Way More Infectious Than We Think."
Also, from The Spectator, "COVID antibody test in German town shows 15 percent infection rate."
Also, from New York Magazine, "Oxford Model: Coronavirus May Have Already Infected Half of U.K. Population."
The L.A. Times article on Chinese wet markets is here.
The interview from vox.com with author Michael Lewis about the presidency as a risk management job is here.
The Slippers Show: Episode 35 “The Great Struggle” Vol. III
SUMMARY BY WEST COAST SLIPPERS (ghostwritten by East Coast Slippers): Recent reporting The Globe and Mail by Mark Schiefelbein (byline The Associated Press)--"WHO's early coronavirus response raises awkward questions about Beijing relationship" raises some troubling questions about what China knew and when with respect to the dangers posed by the outbreak that began in Wuhan. Most concerning is that China used its influence to spread disinformation about the threat level and continued to allow travelers to spread all over the globe at the same time as they sealed off the Hubei region from internal travel. It is difficult to understand why that willful decision to expose the rest of the planet to the disease is not a frontpage scandal 24/7.
Also, noted in the episode is this quote from WHO's Senior Advisor to the Director-General Doctor Bruce Aylward:
"The big question is, are they [China] hiding things? No, they are not."
Which appeared in the vox.com article "China’s cases of COVID-19 are finally declining. A WHO expert explains why" by Julia Belluz. It appears that Dr. Aylward's comment is difficult to square with the facts as we now know them.
Other links that are mentioned in the article:
Trade Advisor Peter Navarro NAILED it (tragically nobody in the WH listened);
promedmail.org is a scary place; and,
The Field of Blackbirds.
The Slippers Show: Episode 34
SUMMARY BY WEST COAST SLIPPERS (ghostwritten by East Coast Slippers): What have we learned so far from living during The Great Struggle? That extended supply chains are no bueno. The Slippers lads hash that point out and also dwell on materialism, greed, human stupidity, and the and a host of other delightful topics.