Fireside 2.1 ( ex.haust Blog Tue, 03 Aug 2021 22:00:00 -0700 ex.haust Blog en-us Episode 50 Bibliography Tue, 03 Aug 2021 22:00:00 -0700 430c2607-f845-4d9f-87ba-48e1a5b07c84 Geoff Shullenberger- How We Forgot Foucault-
Leaked Pfizer contract-
Advanced Technologies International and military management of Operation Warp Speed-
DOD claims to be contributing contracting expertise to OWS-
COVID-19 virus will stay with us for next ten years, says BioNTech CEO-…
Wapo source for unvaccinated hospitalizations assumes efficacy (check “Methodology” section)-

Episode 49 Bibliography Tue, 27 Jul 2021 15:00:00 -0700 8dedde6d-be3e-4ad9-9023-76f4b91553ec Lean Logic by David Fleming
The Eclipse of the Demos by Kyong-Min Son
Consumer's Republic by Lizabeth Cohen
The Coming of Neo-Feudalism
The Communist Manifesto by Marx and Engels
The New Class War by Michael Lind
Patchwork: A Political System for the 21st Century by Menscius Moldbug aka Curtis Yarvin
Good Work by EF Schumacher
NPIC: Will the Revolution Be Funded?:

Episode 48 Bibliography Tue, 20 Jul 2021 17:00:00 -0700 6cca02c8-f238-4486-9aa5-31525cfd9035 A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O'Connor
After Virtue by MacIntyre
Lost Tools of Learning by Dorothy Sayers
The Question Concerning Technology by Martin Heidegger
The Basic Writings of Heidegger by Martin Heidegger
The Abolition of Man by CS Lewis
Neo-Feudalism by Joel Kotkin
The New Class War by Michael Lind
The Age of Entitlement by Christopher Caldwell
Toward Freedom: The Case Against Race Reductionism
Cosmopolitan Dystopia by Phillip Cunliffe
Unqualified Reservations by Curtis Yarvin
The Korean War by Bruce Cumings
The Collector: David Douglas and the Natural History of the Northwest by Jack Nisbet
That Hideous Strength by CS Lewis

Patreon 10 Sun, 18 Jul 2021 14:00:00 -0700 ff32b999-5358-420a-8ed6-5ad136e0e9d4
The Comeback Kid by John Mulaney
No Country for Old Men by McCarthy
No Country for Old Men dir. The Cohen Brothers
True Detective Season 1
The Conspiracy Against the Human Race by Thomas Ligotti
After Virtue by MacIntyre
Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
Either/Or by Kierkegaard
Twentysix Gasoline Stations by Edward Ruscha
White Noise by Don Delillo

Episode 47 Bibliography Tue, 13 Jul 2021 23:00:00 -0700 11aa39a9-2da8-4db7-b172-ab8f61ef7846 Apocalypse Never by Michael Shellenberger
Spider-Man by Todd McFarlane: The Complete Collection by Todd MacFarlane
Free Solo dir. Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
The Conversation dir. Coppola
The Paranoid Style in American Politics by Richard Hofstadter
No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
No Country for Old Men dir. The Cohen Brothers
Invasion of the Body Snatchers dir. Don Siegel
BreadTube Serves Imperialism: Examining The New Brand of Internet Psuedo-Socialism by Caleb Maupin
Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud
Johnny the Homicidal Maniac by Jhonen Vasquez
Capitalist Realism by Mark Fisher
Inside dir. Bo Burnham
Exit Through the Gift Shop dir. Banksy
Shallow Rewards: The Hiding
Caveat dir. Damian McCarthy
Cities of the Red Night by Williams S. Burroughs
Bladerunner dir. Ridley Scott

Episode 46 Bibliography Fri, 02 Jul 2021 09:00:00 -0700 16def329-2155-4efb-a7b1-84683be40786 Paul Feyerabend (1981) Philosophical Papers, Volume 1: Realism, Rationalism and Scientific Method, pp.199 (
Paul Feyerabend (1993) Against Method, pp. 20 (
Alfred Korzybski (1933) Science and Sanity, pp. 58 (
Knuth and Skilling (2012) Foundations of Inference (
Skilling (2006) Nested Sampling for Bayesian Computations (
Skilling (2012) Bayesian computation in big spaces-nested sampling and Galilean Monte Carlo (
Skilling (2019) Galilean and Hamiltonian Monte Carlo (
William Petersen (1971) The Malthus-Godwin debate, then and now (
Robert D. Holt (2009) Darwin, Malthus, and Movement: A hidden assumption in the demographic foundations of evolution (
Dale R. Lockwood (2008) When Logic Fails Ecology (
Discourse Concerning The Two Chief World-Systems by Galileo
"On Exactitude in Science" by Borges
Iliad by Homer
Malthus: The Life and Legacies of an Untimely Prophet by Robery Mayhew
The Statesmen by Plato
Apocalypse Never by Michael Shellenberger
Enquiry Concerning Political Justice by Godwin
Russian Cosmism ed. Boris Groys
Late Victorian Holocausts by Mike Davis
Considerations on the Goverment of Poland by Rousseau
Concept of the Political by Carl Schmitt
The Origin of Species by Darwin
Anti-Fragile by Taleb

Episode 45 Bibliography Tue, 29 Jun 2021 21:00:00 -0700 1b475744-d7f0-4657-8e8e-053fda90d272 The Confidence Man by Herman Melville
Quiz Show (dir. Robert Redford)
Nebraska by Bruce Springsteen
Saving Private Ryan and the Politics of Deception:
Philoctetes by Sophocles
After Virtue by Alasdair McIntyre
The Matrix (dir. the Wachowskis)
GoodFellas (dir. Martin Scorsese)
Casino (dir. Martin Scorsese)
Ben Affleck Armageddon Commentary:
The Wrestler (dir. Aaron Aronofsky)
What Is Bayhem? by Every Frame a Painting:
Mean Streets (dir. Martin Scorsese)
The Big Short (dir. Adam MacKay)
Margin Call (dir. JC Chancor)
Inside Job (dir. Charles Ferguson)

Episode 44 Bibliography Tue, 22 Jun 2021 17:00:00 -0700 d9e66c9c-d7ec-4a16-ab8f-176469eed526 Revolt of the Elites by Christopher Lasch
The Revolution Will Not be Funded: Beyond the Non-profit Industrial Complex by INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence INCITE!
Postmodern geekdom as simulated ethnicity:
E Unibus Pluram: Television and US Fiction by David Foster Wallace:
no one is bored, everything is boring by Mark Fisher:
Inside by Bo Burnham
Wake Up, Geek Culture. Time to Die by Patton Oswalt:
Ready Player One (dir. Steven Spielberg)
Exit Through the Gift Shop
Apocalypse Never by Michael Shellenberger
Less is More: How Degrowth Will Save the World by Jason Hickel
The Population Bomb by Paul Erlich
8 Billion Angels
Soylent Green
Zero Population Growth

Patreon 8 Bibliography Sun, 20 Jun 2021 15:00:00 -0700 c2fc6b58-0195-4781-ad8a-d940625b2779 Fanged Noumena by Nick Land
Difference and Repetition by Deleuze
Visions of Heaven and Hell by John Bunyan
Nick Land on Other Life:
Angela Nagle on Subversive:
Black Mirror
Inside by Bo Burnham
The Social Dilemma
What Is Philosophy? by Deleuze and Guattari
Imaginary Futures: From Thinking Machines to the Global Village by Richard Barbrook
The End of the Line by Barry C. Lynn
The Revolt of the Elites by Chrstopher Lasch
The Work of Nations by Roberth Reich
Walled States, Waning Sovereingty by Wendy Brown
Cosmopolitan Dystopia by Phillip Cunliffe

Episode 43 Bibliography Tue, 15 Jun 2021 14:00:00 -0700 6bc31b85-34aa-4db4-a7ab-a6af551470cd Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

The Sopranos

The Godfather Series

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room

American Foreign Policy and Its Thinkers by Perry Anderson


Kill All Normies by Angela Nagle

The Strength of a Weak State: The Rights Revolution and the Rise of Human Resources Management Divisions

The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides

The Age of Entitlement: America Since the Sixties by Christopher Caldwell

Toward Freedom: The Case Against Race Reductionism by Toure Reed

Antiracism: a neoliberal alternative to a left by Adolph Reed

The New Class War by Michael Lind

The Big Short

The Sacrament of Language: An Archaeology of the Oath by Giorgio Agamben

The Disappearance of Rituals: A Topology of the Present by Byung-Chul Han

Episode 42 Bibliography Tue, 08 Jun 2021 15:00:00 -0700 e4541fd6-5143-4178-88ec-7395c3f2e0c6
Neo Feudalism by Joel Kotkin
Infinite Resignations by Eugene Thacker
The Eclipse of the Demos by Kyong-Min Son
Brazil Apart: 1964-2019 by Perry Anderson
Zizek interview John references:
Scale and Scope by Chandler

Patreon 7 Bibliography Sun, 06 Jun 2021 12:00:00 -0700 57782861-fc59-41f1-8d7c-4bcd6a6f1632 Dialogue Concerning Two Chief World Systems by Galileo
Crisis of the European Sciences by Husserl
"Funes and His Memory" by Borges
Physics by Aristotle
Ethics by Aristotle
Timaeus by Plato
Prolegomena to Any Further Metaphysics by Kant
The Almagest by Ptolemy
Kill All Normies by Angela Nagle
The Impossible State: Islam, Politics, and Modernity's Moral Predicament by Wael Hallaq
The Invention of Capitalism: Classical Political Economy and the Secret History of Primitive Accumulation by Michael Perelman
Globalists by Quinn Slobodian
"FAKE FRIENDS EPISODE ONE: intro to parasocial relationships"
Psychopolitics by Byung-Chul Han
The Four Books: The Basic Teachings of the Later Confuscian Tradition by Daniel Gardner
Beyond Good and Evil by Nietzsche

Episode 41 Bibliography Tue, 01 Jun 2021 18:00:00 -0700 9cf2b0c4-6af4-457b-bb3f-c5c1b3ff99e3 The great pyramids of America: A revised history of U.S. business groups, corporate ownership, and regulation, 1926–1950” by Eugene Kandel, Konstantin Kosenko, Randall Morck, Yishay Yafeh (2018)

“The Politics of Electricity Restructuring across the American States: Power Failure and Policy Failure” by Phillip J. Ardoin, Dennis Grady (2006):

“Deregulation, Market Power, and Prices: Evidence from the Electricity Sector” by Alexander MacKay and Ignacia Mercadal (2021)


Wholesale Electricity Markets And Regional Transmission Organizations

Shorting the Grid by Meredith Angwin

Class Struggle and the New Deal by Rhonda F. Levine

Franklin D Roosevelt and the New Deal by Leuchtenberg

Inventing the American Way by Wendy Wall


Episode 40 Bibliography Tue, 25 May 2021 14:00:00 -0700 6f768197-61eb-47f0-b736-1ff7aa3a1477
Escape from Plan A episode:
Consider the Lobster: Essays by David Foster Wallace
Political Fictions by Joan Didion
Insane Clown President by Matt Taibbi
America's War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History by Andrew Bacevich
Alt-America by David Neiwart
Republic of Lies by Anna Merlan
Korea's Day in the Sun by Bruce Cummings
Infinitely Demanding by Simon Critchley
In Defense of Lost Causes by Slavoj Zizek
Haven in a Heartless World by Christopher Lasch
Jim Shepard lecture:
Manufacutring Consent by Noam Chomsky
Nick Flynn Poem:

Episode 39 Tue, 18 May 2021 18:00:00 -0700 11ccd829-e7f7-49d2-b99a-d0c0135bf9f3

Apocalypse Never by Michael Shellenberger

Austerity Ecology and the Collapse Porn Addicts by Leigh Phillips

Scales and Scope by Alfred P Chandler Jr

Patreon 6 Sun, 16 May 2021 14:00:00 -0700 fad65eef-649a-4286-9e10-7e23ba3d70b7 Until the Light Takes Us
The Righteous Gemstones
The People's Republic of Walmart by Leigh Phillips and Mikhail Rozworski
The Nature of the Firm by Ronald Coase
Chopping Mall

Episode 37 Bibliography Tue, 04 May 2021 18:00:00 -0700 75f06daf-192d-4e7a-8e55-756ce174b93e Shorting the Grid by Meredith Angwin
Apocalypse Never by Michael Shellenberger

Patreon 5 Bibliography Sun, 02 May 2021 18:00:00 -0700 147b9b67-2101-45db-8041-65acc16e75c4 "Kafka and His Precursors" by Borges
Good Entertainment by Byung-Chul Han
Saving Beauty by Byung-Chul Han
The Dreamsongs by John Berryman
Poets in Their Youth by Eileen Simpson
In Defense of Lost Causes by Slavoj Zizek

Episode 36 Tue, 27 Apr 2021 16:00:00 -0700 bc81f274-7bc4-4e4b-bd17-6c5b53e6924a Chaplin
Putney Swope
The Republic by Plato
The Culture of Narcissism by Christopher Lasch
On Bullshit by HG Frankfurt
Before the Storm by Rick Perlstein
How to Survive a Plague
American Psychosis: How the Federal Government Destroyed the Mental Illness Treatment System by E Fuller Tulley

Episode 35 Tue, 20 Apr 2021 12:00:00 -0700 d3a8cf4a-0936-4803-8210-e01b2ac6f3ad The Revolt of the Elites and the Betrayal of Democracy by Christopher Lasch
Sin City by Frank Miller
True Detective Season 2
Le Morte d'Arthur by Sir Thomas Mallory
Western Way of War by Davis Hanson
The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford
Democracy in America by Alexis De Tocqueville
The Tyranny of Merit by Michael Sandel
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin
Citizens to Lords by Ellen Meiksins Wood
History of Rome by Livy
Considerations on the Causes of the Greatness of the Romans and their Decline by Montesquieu
Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years and the War Years by Carl Sandburg
Hate Inc. by Matt Taibbi
Psychopolitics by Byung-Chul Han
"Insider Baseball" by Joan Didion
Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail by Hunter S Thompson
Two Regimes of Madness by Deleuze

Patreon 4 Bibliography Sun, 18 Apr 2021 19:00:00 -0700 344f8502-5956-44d5-b12f-50f9bbca7671

Deschooling Society by Ivan Ilich

The Politics by Aristotle

Haven in a Heartless World by Christopher Lasch

Villains of Verona video:

The Aesthetic Education of Man by Schiller

From the Devotions by Carl Phillips

Good Entertainment by Byung-Chul Han

Narcissism: Socrates, the Frankfurt School, and Psychoanalytic Theory by C Fred Alford

On the Advantage and Disadvantage of History for Life by Nietzsche

Commentary on Plato's Symposium on Love by Marsilio Ficino

Bubbles by Peter Sloterdijk

On the Waterfront

Manchester by the Sea

The Iliad by Homer

The Odyssey by Homer

Episode 34 Bibliography Tue, 13 Apr 2021 16:00:00 -0700 defb0c13-f717-4dcf-9ed2-7dac30169396 Psychopolitics by Byung-Chul Han
In the Swarm by Byung-Chul Han
Saving Beauty by Byung-Chul Han
Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man by Marshall McLuhan
The Medium is the Message by Marshall McLuhan
The Art of Cruelty by Maggie Nelson
What Happened in the 20th Century? by Alain Badiou
Society of the Spectacle by Guy Debord
The Case of Wagner by Friedrich Nietzsche
The Present Age by Soren Kierkegaard
The Culture of Narcissism by Christopher Lasch
Fanged Noumena by Nick Land
Feed by MT Andrews
The Social Photo by Nathan Jurgenson
"The Total Library" by Borges
"The Library of Babel" by Borges
The Hero With A Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
The Republic by Plato

Patreon 3 Bibliography Fri, 02 Apr 2021 11:00:00 -0700 01178509-3dad-4bae-a8a7-f7678bba0991 The Concept of the Political by Carl Schmitt

The Nomos of the Earth by Carl Schmitt

Political Theology by Carl Schmitt

"On the Right to Have Rights" by Hannah Arendt

Virtue Ethics and Consequentialism in Early Chinese Philosophy by Bryan van Norden

Korea's Day in the Sun by Bruce Cumings

The Nicomacchean Ethics by Aristotle

Summa Theologica by Thomas Aquinas

Episode 32 Bibliography Sun, 28 Mar 2021 16:00:00 -0700 f6e308a3-aec1-4523-bee6-754d6e23ac06
The Good Shepherd dir. Robert DeNiro
Psychopolitics by Byung-Chul Han
Fixed Ideas by Joan Didion
Finks by Joel Whitney
The Korean War by Bruce Cumings
Nixonland by Rick Perlstein
Class Struggle and the New Deal by Rhonda F. Levine

Episode 31 Bibliography Tue, 23 Mar 2021 11:00:00 -0700 94a2d940-1fb4-4e35-b5e1-ac6042ba185c Pervert’s guide to Ideology dir. Sophie Fiennes (2012)
The German Ideology by Marx and Engels
Bowling Alone by Robert Putnam
Capital Volume 1 by Marx
Icarus Fallen: The Search for Meaning in an Uncertain World by Chantal Delsol
The Eclipse of the Demos by Kyong-Min Son
Sociological Imagination by C Wright Mills
Nudge by Cass Susstein

Episode 30 bib Tue, 16 Mar 2021 15:00:00 -0700 c4045064-e4d7-4a1b-91da-1a5340414b36

The Republic by Plato

Post Colonial Theory and the Spectre of Capital by Vivek Chibber

Native Son by Richard Wright

The Birds, The Bees, and White Supremacy:

Understanding SolarWinds, Cybersecurity, and Attribution ft. CyberCharles Sun, 14 Mar 2021 18:00:00 -0700 54833e96-e744-45b9-a560-357630b3d048 Solar WInds Hack and Russia Planning Doc

Topics to Discuss
Solar Winds Campaign
Campaign needs to be broken into three segments
Compromise of software supply chain, Solar Winds organization, Orion code
Sunspot malware (Source:
“It was likely built on 2020-02-20 11:40:02, according to the build timestamp found in the binary, which is consistent with the currently assessed StellarParticle supply chain attack timeline.”
“StellarParticle operators maintained the persistence of SUNSPOT by creating a scheduled task set to execute when the host boots.”
“The malware then grants itself debugging privileges by modifying its security token to add SeDebugPrivilege. This step is a prerequisite for the remainder of SUNSPOT’s execution, which involves reading other processes’ memory.”
“...the malware checks for the presence of a second mutex...This mutex was likely intended to be used by StellarParticle operators to discreetly stop the malware, instead of using a riskier method such as killing the process. Stopping SUNSPOT in the middle of its operation could result in unfinished tampering of the Orion source code, and lead to Orion build errors that SolarWinds developers would investigate, revealing the adversary’s presence…”
“When SUNSPOT finds the Orion solution file path in a running MsBuild.exe process, it replaces a source code file in the solution directory, with a malicious variant to inject SUNBURST while Orion is being built.”
“SUNSPOT appends an entry in the log file with the date and time of the backdoor attempt and waits for the MsBuild.exe process to exit before restoring the original source code and deleting the temporary InventoryManager.bk file. If the Orion solution build is successful, it is backdoored with SUNBURST.”
Persistence using scheduled tasks, triggered at boot time
Use of AES128-CBC to protect the targeted source code files and the backdoored source code file in the binary
Use of RC4 encryption with a hard-coded key to protect the log file entries
Log entries from different executions of the malware that are separated with a hard-coded value 32 78 A5 E7 1A 79 91 AC
Log file creation in the system temp directory C:\Windows\Temp\vmware-vmdmp.log masquerading as a legitimate VMWare log file
Detection of the targeted Visual Studio solution build by reading the virtual memory of MsBuild.exe processes, looking for the targeted solution filename
Access to the remote process arguments made via the remote process’s PEB structure
Replacement of source code files during the build process, before compilation, by replacing file content with another version containing SUNBURST
Insertion of the backdoor code within #pragma statements disabling and restoring warnings, to prevent the backdoor code lines from appearing in build logs
Check of the MD5 hashes of the original source code and of the backdoored source code to ensure the tampering will not cause build errors
Attempt to open a non-existing mutex to detect when the malware operators want the backdoor to stop execution and safely exit
Infection of thousands of Solar Winds customers by malware
Subsequent APT compromises of select organizations
‘According to FireEye, the hackers gained “access to victims via trojanized updates to SolarWinds’ Orion IT monitoring and management software”. Basically, a software update was exploited to install the ‘Sunburst’ malware into Orion, which was then installed by more than 17,000 customers.’

‘Once installed, the malware gave a backdoor entry to the hackers to the systems and networks of SolarWinds’ customers. More importantly, the malware was also able to thwart tools such as anti-virus that could detect it.’
Supply-chain compromises
Trojan Malware
Resilience, weak points
“Those unable to update are told to isolate “SolarWinds servers” and it should “include blocking all Internet egress from SolarWinds servers”.:
Cyber-corporate infrastructure, “too big to fail vs. too interwoven to fail”?
“In one previously unreported issue, multiple criminals have offered to sell access to SolarWinds’ computers through underground forums, according to two researchers who separately had access to those forums.”
“By consolidating identity and access natively in the cloud, tenants relieve themselves from the burden of managing the federation of authentication and the on-premises service, and gain more of the protections that the cloud provider has in place, including system hardening, configuration and monitoring.”
Common practice is for enterprises to move infrastructure into “the cloud” to effectively outsource many functions, including cybersecurity and security configuration.
The issues of locality and territoriality
“The ability of actors to conduct this attack hinges on the initial compromise of customer on-premises systems. Without administrative access to the on-premises identity provider, actors would not be able to generate tokens for use in the cloud. Follow NSA guidance on locking down endpoint systems, beginning with keeping systems patched and software updated [20].”
A common defense measure is to key in on IP addresses in other countries, or from suspiciously distant locales
UNC2452 used VPNs to simulate appropriate login locations and avoid detection.
Multiple Vectors
In our investigations and through collaboration with our industry peers, we have confirmed several additional compromise techniques leveraged by the actor, including password spraying, spearphishing, use of webshell, through a web server, and delegated credentials.”
VMWare Command injection vulnerability
MFA bypass
‘“MFA threat modeling generally doesn’t include a complete system compromise of an OWA server,” Ars’ Dan Goodin wrote. “The level of access the hacker achieved was enough to neuter just about any defense.”’
SAML compromise
“Note that these TTPs (in and of themselves) do not constitute vulnerabilities in the design principles of federated identity management, the SAML protocol, or on-premises and cloud identity services. The security of identity federation in any cloud environment directly depends on trust in the on-premises components that perform authentication, assign privileges, and sign SAML tokens. If any of these components is compromised, then the trust in authentication tokens from the components is misplaced and can be abused for unauthorized access.”
State of Cybersecurity sector in the US
Impact of SolarWinds hack
“Scope and Impact: It is estimated that 18,000+ organizations that downloaded the trojaned software from SolarWinds were potentially impacted by this event. It is reasonable to assume that enterprises and government organizations will be dealing with the fallout from this for several months, and those who do not have the staff or resources to adequately respond to this type of event may languish in a state of unknown certainty indefinitely.”
Lessons to be drawn?
In many ways, the threat actor behind this campaign bypassed the most common policies and best practices
Two-factor authentication
Code signing
Hybrid network infrastructure, some on-premise some in the cloud
Third-party vendors supplying multiple parts of the network
Large, common enterprise business solutions, such as Office 365
Some cybersecurity breaches are the result of policies (or lack thereof) that can be reformed. In this case, reliance on these kinds of protections are likely to increase in the future
Cybersecurity vendors
Links to industrial and infrastructure security
What the US considers “Critical cyber infrastructure”
Software and Information Technology supply chain

Episode 29 Tue, 09 Mar 2021 12:00:00 -0800 4ebf7d02-cd03-4c79-a02f-962d6591f240 Collected Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges

Beowulf translated by Seamus Heaney

The Minimal Self by Christopher Lasch

Rick Roderick on Kant:

The Politics by Aristotle

The Republic by Plato (Bloom translation)

The Political Writings by Kant

Critique of Judgment by Kant

Critique of Pure Reason by Kant

Episode 28 Bibliography Tue, 02 Mar 2021 18:00:00 -0800 ca9cc7fa-01a7-42d7-be58-9b9d0dbf59d5

Shorting the Grid by Meredith Angwin

Episode 27 Bibliography Sun, 28 Feb 2021 15:45:00 -0800 1f8320ff-5079-4588-9123-b29e02712cb6

Bayesian view on trial statistics:
Jacob Stegenga (2018) Medical Nihilism

NHLBI trial null effects:
Kaplan & Irvin (2015) Likelihood of Null Effects of Large NHLBI Clinical Trials Has Increased over Time

Bayesian low incidence rate uncertainty:
Yasin Memari (2021) Low incidence rate of COVID-19 undermines confidence inestimation of the vaccine efficacy

E484K variant mutation effects on vaccine efficacy:Jacqui Wise (2021) Covid-19: The E484K mutation and the risks it poses

Israeli one-dose vaccine data:
Elisabeth Mahase (2021) Covid-19: Reports from Israel suggest one dose of Pfizer vaccine could be less effective than expected

Efficacy of natural infection in preventing reinfection:
Hall et al. (2021) Do antibody positive healthcare workers have lower SARS-CoV-2 infection rates than antibody negative healthcare workers?

Industry prior belief on mRNA effect of 4-10x natural response:
Charles Schmidt (2021) New COVID Vaccines Need Absurd Amounts of Material and Labor

Earlier investigation of mRNA vax production:
Jonas Neubert (2021) Exploring the Supply Chain of the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines

Speculation re: mRNA vax formulation bottlenecks:
Derek Lowe (2021) Opinion: A straightforward explanation why more COVID-19 vaccines can’t be produced with help from ‘dozens’ of companies

Medicial Nihilism by Stegenga

We Have Never Been Modern by Bruno Latour

Labratory Life by Bruno Latour

Episode 26 Bibliography Tue, 23 Feb 2021 19:00:00 -0800 ec9a0c9d-a4e6-4690-87f3-017097996c68 Matt's corrections:

Podcast notes
-Early on (before the clap) I say that Citadel owns a stake in Robinhood. Citadel does NOT own a large stake in Robinhood. I was under this impression because I had recently read a Reddit post claiming so. As always, not everything we read on the internet is true (more on this falsehood and how it propagated here: Citadel did bailout Melvin Capital. Most importantly, Citadel is Robinhood’s primary market maker; their primary source of shares for clients/users. More on the relationship between citadel and Robinhood here:
-when defining hedge funds, I casually say that one can invest in a hedge fund through a retirement account. This is false. Hedge funds are not typically available to small investors through retirement accounts, but rather are marketed exclusively to a relatively small group of large investors. John was very correct to emphasize the exclusive “boutique” nature of hedge funds. Other aspects of hedge funds worth mentioning are that they usually traded very liquid assets.
-I say that u/DeepFuckingValue worked as a financial advisor. This is at least imprecise. u/DeepFuckingValue did not work as a financial advisor during his initial investment in GME, but did work as a “financial well-being coach”.
-I described margin calls and clearing house correctly, but did incorrectly say at some point that one can meet margin requirements by buying stock. To cover margin, one need not buy back shares. One can simply put money in one’s brokerage account in order to cover margin. One buys back shares and returns them to the lender only when one closes out the short position entirely.
-61:22. I say that trades sometimes settle two or three days after they are made. This is less precise than it should have been. Trades settle with clearing houses two days after trades are executed, this is commonly called t+2 settlement. Robinhood’s CEO has talked about having the Depository Trust Clearing Corporation (DTCC) move to real-time settlement, and industry changes as well as regulations to that effect have been discussed in the aftermath of GME’s wild ride.
-Another key regulatory point I failed to mention involved transparency of hedge funds. Reporting requirements for hedge funds are notoriously limited. Some funds provide extensive information about their trades and positions, investors, and manager compensation, but they are not legally required to and many keep these things secret. Some commentators have discussed new regulations that would require such disclosures. This podcast is a good deep dive on the regulatory questions:
-At certain points throughout the pod, I incorrectly characterize “payment for order flow”. You and John describe payment for order flow correctly, I sometimes do not. Payment for order flow is the practice where market makers pay brokers to process their trades in order to receive real time order data of the broker’s clients. Market makers can use this data to enhance their own trading strategies and risk management. You’re both right that all the typical privacy and surveillance-capitalism concerns apply, but payment for order flow has enabled brokers to eliminate commissions and make it easier for retail investors to trade.
-at the end I say something like, “I find it hard to look at all these events and say they mean that there is something deep and fundamentally broken about the system.” I wish I had clarified this. There is currently a distressing decoupling between stock market prices and real economic activity, and the GameStop saga is one example of that, but I see it as just a symptom. Numerous trends far upstream of the particulars of the GameStop story do concern me. These include unprecedented levels and pace of central bank money creation and asset purchases, especially purchases of corporate bonds and other non-government securities (btw, those purchases managed by Blackrock), along with government stimulus. Countless financial journalists have been sounding the alarm that government policies have encouraged an “everything bubble”, and if there’s something to be deeply concerned about in the GameStop story, it’s the possibility that the hysteria and irrational exuberance surrounding WallStreetBets are a symptom of a broader bubble.
-another point that I should have made was that many other online trading platforms and brokers suspended trading for GME AMC and other stocks discussed on WSB. These included WeBull, Cash App, and TD Ameritrade. The liquidity problem affecting clearing houses and brokers was not isolated to Robinhood, though most of the GME retail trading frenzy seems to have been done by Robinhood users, along with large investors not on Robinhood.

Here are some of those articles:

On relevant SEC regulations:

On Central bank monetary policy:

Margin debt (money borrowed to pay for stock purchases) has risen dramatically:

Matt Levine’s now prophetic article on the short squeeze Reddit situation:

A concise take I pretty much totally agree with:

On clearing houses and market infrastructure:

Specifically about the DTCC:

What’s an option?:

What’s short selling?:

Episode 24 Bibliography Tue, 09 Feb 2021 20:30:00 -0800 0f903bcc-aa48-4311-979a-22f80e19bec8 "Patriotism" by Yukio Mishima


"Lottery of Babylon" by Jorge Luis Borges

Best take on Kurt Cobain in existence from Chris Ott:

Being and Time by Martin Heidegger

Rick Roderick lectures:

Episode 23 Bibliography Tue, 02 Feb 2021 20:30:00 -0800 30ed4240-e5e5-4044-b2c4-428d40d0da13 CDC Expose:

CFR Report on COVID response:

Sanofi Pasteur to produce Pfizer vax:

Health Canada’s pandemic surveillance scripts:

Organizational Narcissism:

Gabor Mate on stressed parenting:

Episode 22 Bibliography Tue, 26 Jan 2021 20:30:00 -0800 a0eef45e-decc-4ba1-8e42-1e1955eaa840

Emerson and German Philosophy
René Wellek
The New England Quarterly
Vol. 16, No. 1 (Mar., 1943), pp. 41-62 (22 pages)

East-West Philosophy in Nineteenth-Century America: Emerson and Hinduism
Russell B. Goodman
Journal of the History of Ideas
Vol. 51, No. 4 (Oct. - Dec., 1990), pp. 625-645 (21 pages)

"The American Scholar" by Emerson
"Literary Nationalism," "American Literary Independence," "National Literature and Imitation," and "Magazine Literature in America" by Poe

Episode 21 Bibliography Tue, 19 Jan 2021 20:30:00 -0800 bb0ad8f6-edfb-4f2d-9076-fb884d93779a The Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle

Genealogy of Morals by Nietzsche

Mengzi: With Selections from Traditional Chinese Commentaries ed. Bryan W. Van Norden

In the Swarm by Byung-Chul Han

Episode 20 Bibliography Sun, 10 Jan 2021 20:30:00 -0800 366bfbd2-6835-4c3a-9f44-9823c59d9413 Surveillence Capitalism by Shoshanna Zuboff

Facebook is a Doomsday Machine by Adrienne LaFrance

We're in the Business of Programming People's Lives by Andrew Smith

Episode 19 Bibliography Tue, 05 Jan 2021 20:30:00 -0800 846dce05-8af4-4fca-8566-2de8f1bad525 Clip from Code Orange's Back Inside the Glass

Code Orange's Under the Skin

Dana White discussing how the UFC survived covid.

Forrest Griffin v Stephan Bonnar

Chris Ott's discussing Other Music.

Episode 18 Bibliography Tue, 29 Dec 2020 20:30:00 -0800 89618c10-cceb-4f21-bda4-406a699f8945 The White House Paid Up to $500 Million Too Much for These Ventilators, Congressional Investigators Say

Rebekah Jones: a data scientist takes on the Florida governor

Supply Chain Challenges for Single-Use Systems

Some citations from Canada Mike:

classic bioprocesses:

single use processes:

single use systems in COVID development platforms:

Episode 17 Bibliography Tue, 22 Dec 2020 20:30:00 -0800 7631ee24-b3c0-4569-b269-ee43dd43d392 Undoing the Demos by Wendy Brown

Public Oppinion by Walter Lippman

What Is Democracy? (2018, dir. Astra Taylor)

The Principles of Representative Government by Bernard Manin

The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind by Gustave Le Bon

Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Cass Sunstein and Riachard T. Thaler

Consumer’s Republic by Lizabeth Cohen

Underworld by Don Delillo

The New Deal: A Global History by Kiran Klaus Patel

Democracy in Exile: Hans Spier and the Rise of the Defense Intellectual by Daniel Bessner

The Crisis of Parliamentary Democracy by Carl Schmitt

The Concept of the Political by Carl Schmitt

Political Theology by Carl Schmitt

Politics and Vision by Sheldon Wolin

Episode 16 Bibliography Tue, 15 Dec 2020 20:30:00 -0800 2468d2d8-587d-46aa-8fde-02c190f03350 Formations of the Secular by Talal Asad

American Audacity: In Defense of Literary Daring by William Giraldi

Simpsons Raven

Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges

The Odyssey by Homer (Lattimore translation)

Sam Shepard's "True West" - 1984 (John Malkovich and Gary Sinise)

Episode 15 Bibliography Tue, 08 Dec 2020 20:45:00 -0800 92537a11-0d18-490d-83ea-230cc49d1e0c Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice dir. Zack Snyder (2016)

"The kids of Jesus Camp, 10 years later: 'Was it child abuse? Yes and no'" by Josiah Hesse

After Virtue by Alisdair MacIntyre

The Culture of Narcissism: American Life in the Age of Diminishing Expectations by Christopher Lasch

The Revolt of the Elites and the Betrayal of Democracy by Christopher Lasch

"Joe Biden is crowdfunding his own presidential transition" by Rafi Schwarts

Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army by Jeremy Scahill

Regarding the Pain of Others by Susan Songtag

"Smoke Break" by Emmet Penney

Episode 14 Bibliography Tue, 01 Dec 2020 20:30:00 -0800 73ed70a2-0f8d-4ccb-84e8-0918c0ce5f39 The Deindustrialization of America: Plant Closings, Community Abandonment, and the Dismantling of Basic Industry by Barry Bluestone and Bennett Harrison

The Economic Foundations of Industrial Policy by Marc Fasteau and Ian Fletcher

How Trump Got His Right-Wing New Deal Victory by Fred Stafford

American Factory dir. Steven Bognar and Julia Reichat (2019)

Ross Perot: The Last American Leftist

Episode 13 Bibliography Tue, 24 Nov 2020 20:30:00 -0800 7aacb3a3-2722-4232-9ceb-e932b0bed92b "Self-Reliance" by Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The American Scholar" by Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Portable Poe by Edgard Allan Poe

The Passions and the Interests: Political Arguments for Capitalism before Its Triumph by Albert O. Hirschman

Democracy in America by Alexis De Tocqueville

Blood and Thunder: The Epic Story of Kit Carson and the Conquest of the American West by Hampton Sides

The Politics by Aristotle

On the Advantage and Disadvantage of History for Life by Nietzsche

The Omni-Americans by Albert Murray

The Age of Entitlment: America Since the Sixties by Christopher Caldwell

Episode 12 Bibliography Tue, 17 Nov 2020 17:45:00 -0800 2ee223be-ed54-4c99-aa54-1016ce9726d6 The Revolt of the Elites and the Betrayal of Democracy by Christopher Lasch

The Culture of Narcissism: American Life in the Age of Diminishing Expectations by Christopher Lasch

"The Non-Voter" by Chris Arnade

"Lawyers Charged With Seven Felonies In Molotov Cocktail Attack Out On Bail" by Diane Temple-Raston

"Jake Paul: The Only Person Worse Than His Brother Logan Paul" by D'Angelo Wallace

"The Real Class War" by Julius Krein


The Age of Entitlement: America Since the Sixties by Christopher Caldwell

Correction: The Charlie Rose interview with Lord Goldsmith and Laura Tyson was about GATT not NAFTA. It's available here.

Episode 11 Bibliography Tue, 10 Nov 2020 20:45:00 -0800 fe7ec6cf-3de8-4ed2-b9d9-d6572593db26 The Revolt of the Elites and the Betrayal of Democracy by Christopher Lasch

Protagoras by Plato

Bullfinch's Mythology by Thomas Bullfinch

Through the Jade Gate to Rome by John E. Hill

Episode 10 Bibliography Tue, 03 Nov 2020 20:30:00 -0800 fe97205b-9f9e-4ba8-b883-2a44dff2ea86 Consuming Japan by Andrew McEvitt

Morals of the Market by Jessica White

“Adam Smith’s Arthritis” Jennifer M. Miller

A Consumer’s Republic by Lizabeth Cohen

Thinking Through the Cold War by Jardini

The Second Red Scare and the Unmaking of the New Deal Left by Landon Stores

Towards Freedom: The Case Against Race Reductionism

The Spirit of the Laws by Montesquieu

Capitalism and the Protestant Ethic by Max Weber

Arif Dirlik, "Confucius on the Borderlands: Global Capitalism and the Reinvention of Confucianism," 

The Commission on the Year 2000 by Daniel Bell et al.

The Affluent Society by JK Galbraith

The New Industrial State by JK Galbraith

All in the Family by Robert Self

Neoconservatism: The Biography of a Movement by Justin Vaïsse,

The Great American Mission: Modernization and the Construction of an American World Order by David Ekbladh

Episode 9 Bibliography Tue, 27 Oct 2020 20:30:00 -0700 3d296d38-d82d-4506-9870-960c7b34a6c6 The Revolt of the Elites and the Betrayal of Democracy by Christopher Lasch

The Republic by Plato

The Politics by Aristotle

After Virtue by Alisdair McIntyre

Citizens to Lords by Ellen Meiksins Wood

Democracy in America by Tocqueville

Undoing the Demos by Wendy Brown

The Eclipse of the Demos by Kyong-Min Son

Citizens United Decision

The Last Psychiatrist

Episode 8 Bibliography Tue, 20 Oct 2020 20:30:00 -0700 695ccfac-5c3c-4307-b6d5-83800e0890ea The Revolt of the Elites and the Betrayal of Democracy by Chrisopher Lasch

"Lectureporn: The Vulgar Art of Liberal Narcissism" by Emmet Penney

Thinking Through the Cold War by David Jardini

Democracy in Exile: Hans Spier and the Rise of the Defense Intellectual by Daniel Bessner

Voltaire's Bastards: The Dictatorship of Reason in the West by John Ralston Sauls

The Work of Nations by Robert Reich

Toward Freedom: The Case Against Race Reductionism by Toure F. Reed

Episode 7 Bibliography Tue, 13 Oct 2020 20:30:00 -0700 90f675e8-bf66-4aee-949b-9ed42132a49d Psychopolitics by Byung-Chul Han

The Burnout Society by Byung-Chul Han

AJAT blog

"The Japanese End: Japan in Alexandre Kojeve's End of History" by Aingeru Aroz

Ivan Ilich

Brad Troemel

Theranos Doc HBO

Bel Geddes info from Freedom’s Forge by Arthur Herman

Osho doc: Wild Wild Country (Netflix)

Bullshit Jobs by David Graeber

"Publicly traded firms paid dividends, bought their own stock after receiving PPP loans to pay employees" by Aaron Gregg

"How the American Worker Got Fleeced" by Josh Eidolson

This is Paris: Paris Hilton Documentary

"WeWork: How the Ultimate Unicorn Lost Its Billions" by Eric Platt and Andrew Edge-Cliff Johnson

"The WeWork Con" by Amber A'Lee Frost

"A bitter end for Juicero as start-up runs out of juice" by Tim Bradshaw

"Jessica Silverman’s Secret to 10 Years of Success as a Gallerist? Hustle Harder" by Anne Louie Sussman

Entrepreneurbrain Schema:

Self/Brand Collapse - The foundation
Chosen Family - The foundation

Hustle-harderism - Jessica Silverman
Ahab Syndrome - Elizabeth Holmes
Osho Syndrome - Adam Neumann
Unnovation - Matchabros, Alfred Coffee, Juicero

Episode 6 Bibliography Wed, 07 Oct 2020 07:00:00 -0700 300c32fd-d6be-4e15-8d42-ddde74d55dc2 Our references in episode six with Olivier Jutel "Blockchain and the Technology of Truth" by Olivier Jutel

"Blockchain Imperialism in the Pacific" by Olivier Jutel

The Cultural Logic of Computation by David Golumbia

From Counterculture to Cyberculture by Fred Turner

TechGnosis by Erik David

Blog Theory by Jodie Dean

Palantir IPO Filing

"Postscript on the Societies of Control" by Gilles Deleuze

Anglo American Imperialism in the Pacific ed. by Michelle Keown et al.

Story on the dam in the Congo from Apocalypse Never by Michael Shellenberger

Story on the American soldier given radiation treatment from Studs Terkel’s The Good War

The Democratic Paradox by Chantal Mouffe

Hegemont and Socialist Strategy by Chantal Mouffe and Ernestno Laclau

Rick Roderick's lecture on Habermas

Episode 4 & 5 Bibliography Tue, 29 Sep 2020 20:00:00 -0700 9e0b7c47-5d52-4c6b-8224-a2b816d62de1 (almost) everything we reference in the episode. "Inside TikTok's Hidden Hit Machine" by Ethan Millman

"We are the music supervisors" by Shallow Rewards

"The Hiding" by Shallow Rewards

"Genrecore: The Smooth Hell at the End of Music" by Emmet

"The Insane Rise and Fall of Mypsace" by PunkRockMBA

[Reverse Engineered TikTok Algorithm](

Surveillence Valley by Yasha Levine

"tiktok challenges are back (and more illegal than ever)" by d'angelo wallace

"Alice In Chains - Would? (REACTION!!!)" by Lost in Vegas

Todd in the Shadows (I can't remember which video I pulled from, but here's his account)

Some of the bands we mention:





Left Behind



"Hustle Hard" by Ace Hood

Episode 3 Bibliography Tue, 22 Sep 2020 20:00:00 -0700 81531b63-aefa-4af2-8cad-179b905b7e66 "Why It's So Hard to Find Dumbbells in the US" by Alex Abad-Santos

"Who Lost Lucent: The Decline of America's Telecom Equipment Industry" by Robert D. Atkinson

Other Podcasts:

"Behind the News: Christian Parenti" hosted by Doug Henwood

"/145/The End of Conservatism ft. Julius Krein" hosted by Aufhebungabunga

Books we pull from:

_Bad Samaritans: The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism _by Ha-Joon Chang

Class Struggle and the New Deal: Industrial Labor, Industrial Capital, and the State by Rhonda F. Levine

_Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal: 1932-1940 _ by William E. Leuchtenberg

The World Is Flat 3.0: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century by Thomas L. Friedman

Videos on Bell Labs that John references: