Wednesday, October 6, 2021

A FACEBOOK WHISTLEBLOWER TESTIFIES BEFORE SENATE COMMERCE COMMITTEE THAT THE MEDIA GIANT NEEDS MORE OVERSIGHT

We are joined by DR. JOHN SHUFELDT , MD, JD, emergency physician, author, entrepreneur, and CEO of Tribal EM to talk about a number of issues regarding the media giant including the recent testimony by former Facebook data scientist Frances Haugen; antitrust laws, free speech, misinformation and competition in the social media marketplace.

WEBSITE: https://www.johnshufeldtmd.com/

WEBSITE: https://tribalhealth.com/

Shufeldt is an emergency physician by avocation and entrepreneur at heart. He is an author, serial student, pilot and multidisciplinary entrepreneur, who has founded and operated several multi-million-dollar businesses. John earned his Bachelor of Arts from Drake University and his MD from the University of Health Sciences and the Chicago Medical School. He then completed his Emergency Medicine residency at Christ Hospital and Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Ill, where he spent his final year as Chief Resident. At present, John leads a large emergency medicine staffing and management company, Tribal EM, and continues to practice emergency medicine and health law.

John has published 11 books, and is currently writing “The Real Man Plan.” His books cover a wide variety of topics including personal growth, entrepreneurism, efficiency, health, leadership and career-specific advice.

THE UNPRECEDENTED AND ONGOING ECONOMIC IMPACT OF THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

Jim Bohannon interviews Columbia University professor ADAM TOOZE who has just written the book:

SHUTDOWN: HOW COVID SHOOK THE WORLD’S ECONOMY, by Adam Tooze  (Author)

Publisher: ‎ Viking (September 7, 2021)

Deftly weaving finance, politics, business, and the global human experience into one tight narrative, a tour-de-force account of 2020, the year that changed everything–from the acclaimed author of Crashed.

The shocks of 2020 have been great and small, disrupting the world economy, international relations and the daily lives of virtually everyone on the planet. Never before has the entire world economy contracted by 20 percent in a matter of weeks nor in the historic record of modern capitalism has there been a moment in which 95 percent of the world’s economies were suffering all at the same time. Across the world hundreds of millions have lost their jobs. And over it all looms the specter of pandemic, and death.

Adam Tooze, whose last book was universally lauded for guiding us coherently through the chaos of the 2008 crash, now brings his bravura analytical and narrative skills to a panoramic and synthetic overview of our current crisis. By focusing on finance and business, he sets the pandemic story in a frame that casts a sobering new light on how unprepared the world was to fight the crisis, and how deep the ruptures in our way of living and doing business are. The virus has attacked the economy with as much ferocity as it has our health, and there is no vaccine arriving to address that. Tooze’s special gift is to show how social organization, political interests, and economic policy interact with devastating human consequences, from your local hospital to the World Bank. He moves fluidly from the impact of currency fluctuations to the decimation of institutions–such as health-care systems, schools, and social services–in the name of efficiency. He starkly analyzes what happened when the pandemic collided with domestic politics (China’s party conferences; the American elections), what the unintended consequences of the vaccine race might be, and the role climate change played in the pandemic. Finally, he proves how no unilateral declaration of ‘independence” or isolation can extricate any modern country from the global web of travel, goods, services, and finance.

Tooze is a also the author of Crashed, winner of the Lionel Gelber Prize, a New York Times Notable Book of 2018, one of The Economist’s Books of the Year, and a New York Times Critics’ Top Book. He lives in New York City. Adam was born in London.

WEBSITE: https://adamtooze.com/

He grew up between England and Heidelberg Germany. Having received his BA in Economics from King’s College Cambridge in the summer of 1989, he had the good fortune to witness the end of the Cold War in Berlin, where he began his postgraduate studies. He went on to take his PhD from the London School of Economics. From 1996 to 2009 Adam taught at the University of Cambridge, where he was Reader in Modern History and Gurnee Hart fellow in History at Jesus College. After Cambridge, Adam was appointed to the Barton M. Biggs Professorship at Yale University, where he succeeded Paul Kennedy as the Director of International Security Studies. Adam joined Columbia’s history department in the summer of 2015.

ENEMY AT THE GATES (20) (A MITCH RAPP NOVEL) by Vince Flynn (Author), Kyle Mills  (Author)

Publisher: ‎ Atria/Emily Bestler Books (September 14, 2021)

Picking up where the “tour de force” (The Providence Journal) Total Power left off, the next thriller in the #1 New York Times bestselling Mitch Rapp series follows the CIA’s top operative as he searches for a high-level mole with the power to rewrite the world order.

Mitch Rapp has worked for a number of presidents over his career, but Anthony Cook is unlike any he’s encountered before. Cunning and autocratic, he feels no loyalty to America’s institutions and is distrustful of the influence Rapp and CIA director Irene Kennedy have in Washington.

Meanwhile, when Kennedy discovers evidence of a mole scouring the Agency’s database for sensitive information on Nicholas Ward, the world’s first trillionaire, she convinces Rapp to take a job protecting him. In doing so, he finds himself walking an impossible tightrope: Keep the man alive, but also use him as bait to uncover a traitor who has seemingly unlimited access to government secrets.

As the attacks on Ward become increasingly dire, Rapp and Kennedy are dragged into a world where the lines between governments, multinational corporations, and the hyper-wealthy fade. An environment in which liberty, nationality, and loyalty are meaningless. Only the pursuit of power remains.

As “one of the best thriller writers on the planet” (The Real Book Spy), Kyle Mills has created another nail-biter that not only echoes the America of today, but also offers a glimpse into its possible future.

KYLE MILLS is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty-one political thrillers, including the latest in Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp series, Total Power.

WEBSITE: https://www.kylemills.com/

Growing up in Oregon, Washington, DC, and London as a the son of an FBI agent, Kyle absorbed an enormous amount about the intelligence community, giving his novels their unique authenticity.