Some shocking (and confusing) good news today on both the economic and pandemic fronts: the nation’s staggeringly high jobless rate began to recovery in May and New York City, the epicenter of the outbreak in America, recorded zero deaths related to COVID-19 on Thursday. What are the political implications of all this? Also, it’s day two of the meltdown inside the New York Times over the placement of a sitting U.S. senator’s op-ed.

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  1. rdowhower Coolidge

    Just started listening, but let me guess, Christine and Noah will “argue” that the good economic news is, one, incorrect, and two, will actually end up hurting Trump because he’s mean and yucky.

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    • June 5, 2020, at 11:56 AM PDT
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  2. WilliamDean Coolidge

    I can confirm that the organized factions within the protest were using city bikes to scout police movements and communicate those movements via cell phone and shouting, as well as using them like a cavalry to distract the police away from the targeted store areas. I live a few blocks from Soho, didn’t get the looting crowds here, but plenty came through in and out throughout the night before the 8PM curfew was set.

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    • June 5, 2020, at 12:42 PM PDT
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  3. Mark Alexander Lincoln

    Another fine podcast. Regarding the corruption of science:

    A good friend who retired a few years ago from the US Geological Survey in Menlo Park, CA, was a world-class volcanologist who pioneered volcanic prediction (Ph.D. MIT). He and his work was featured on one episode of PBS’s Nova.

    (I was writing his bio, and we had a great agent out of Boston, but my friend wanted too much of an advance so the representation fell through; you can read the opening of the book here: )

    He published his pioneering work in Nature magazine in the 1990s. A few years ago before he moved back to Switzerland I asked him if he had any concerns about Nature’s standards.

    He replied that they now publish a lot of things that would not withstand scientific scrutiny, and he was severely disappointed.

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    • June 7, 2020, at 12:22 PM PDT
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