Saksipu, how much heat and momentum has Nikki Haley gotten this week?
Oh my god, stop trying to make Nikki Haley happen.
Fetch is not happening.
Stop trying to make Fetch happen.
Stop trying to make Fetch happen.
Is it happening because it’s tomorrow?
This is like my long Google, short Facebook spread trade of last year.
That’s so great.
Fetch is not happening, okay?
Stop trying to make Fetch happen.
Rain Man David Saksipu.
Just as a programming note, we did a Twitter survey and you selected Saks as the person
you wanted to moderate the pod most next.
So welcome to Fox News Sunday, and here’s your host, David Saks.
You’re really chafed about this, aren’t you, J. Cal?
No, I am excited for it.
I am so excited.
Just to save a keyboard warrior the time, I will never, ever, ever moderate this thing.
So I’m here to talk.
All right, three, two.
Welcome to the All In Pod.
I am your host, the Rain Man, David Saks.
The famous doomsday clock that atomic scientists used to measure the threat of nuclear annihilation
has never been closer to midnight, not even during the Cold War, but since the besties
think it’s more important to discuss their stock portfolios, we’re going to save Ukraine
for later in the show.
Priorities, right, gentlemen?
And why not?
Who says you can’t take it with you?
The dictator, Shamath Palihapitiya, is claiming to be entombed with his money like an Egyptian
pharaoh and with his sweaters too, even though it certainly won’t be cold where he’s going.
And of course, he’ll throw in the world’s greatest moderator, Jason Kalkanis, in the
tomb to be his servant in the afterlife.
It’s the world Jekyll has been preparing for all his life by sucking up to every tech founder
and VC he can get in a room with.
I give better odds to the sultan of science, David Freeburg.
He’s just paranoid enough to survive with me in the bunker, even though he still won’t
be questioning the Davos elites that got us here.
How much did that intro cost?
Does it come with a money back refund?
You guys are laughing.
I don’t know.
I thought it was with you or at you.
The funniest part was when you almost read aloud.
It’s like you were like, and then David Freeburg, insert pause here.
Reading the notes.
It’s an intro.
It’s an intro.
I’m so glad we do an unscripted show.
Okay, go ahead.
Freeburg, I remember when you did the intro, you were like, I’m going to do it.
I’m going to do it.
I’m going to do it.
I’m going to do it.
I’m going to do it.
I’m going to do it.
I’m going to do it.
I’m going to do it.
Did I actually, didn’t we cut it?
You read, and then you cut it.
You hated it.
And then we made you put it back in or something like that.
All I have to say to him is, job security is here.
The Just Department and eight States are now seeking to break up.
Google’s business brokering digital advertising across the internet.
Attempt to rewrite history.
They said the DOJ mischaracterizes how its advertising products work.
They say that people choose to use Google because they’re effective and the company
highlights other companies making moves in the advertising industry as well, such as
Microsoft, Amazon, Apple, and TikTok.
So I guess I’ll kick it to you, Chamath.
Do you think the DOJ has a case here?
Do you believe that Google has a monopoly in online advertising and is unfairly using
it to gain market share?
And is this the right remedy?
Breaking up the company?
I think that this is a totally ill-founded lawsuit and I think it just shows more of
the personal enmity and anger that some people in the US government has towards entrepreneurs
and entrepreneurship than anything else.
Now, why is that?
Let’s just think about what a monopoly is.
A monopoly or a monopolist effectively creates a completely stagnant, non-vibrant market
in which they have pricing power and complete control.
Now, the argument that I think that refutes that just on its face is if you actually look,
number one, at their share, and number two, how the rest of the share has changed over
So Nick, can you just please throw that up from Bloomberg?
This is just in a Bloomberg article that I just shared with you guys, but Google controls
26.5% of a market.
43.4% of that market is with a diverse group of others.
Meta has 18.4% and Amazon has 11.7%.
This is not the type of pie chart you would see if you had a monopolist.
So for example, if you went back to the big, big, big monopolist case in the 1980s, which
is when we broke up Ma Bell, well, what that circle would have shown is that they basically
had effectively 100% share.
What this shows is that there’s a huge diversity of people in this market.
The second thing is that if you had done this chart many years ago, Amazon would not have
really even been there.
Over the last five years, they represent almost 12% of the entire market, and it means that
if you forecast it forward, they could be at 15% to 20% in a few years as well.
While the pie is growing, and definitely Google takes a lot of the profit dollars, the distribution
is so much more than what anything looks like in a monopoly.
I just think it means that the DOJ is more focused on trying to punish these great American
companies than it is in trying to be logical and reasoned.
I don’t think this is going to work.
The last thing I’ll say about this is that if you think about what you should have done
if I were the US government, I would have actually focused on search because search
is a monopoly for Google.
While Google would try to argue that there are other ways of acquiring information, that
is really not true.
If you could prove that that monopoly then led to pricing power in ads, I think that’s
a much more nuanced but logical argument that could work.
By focusing on this, I think it’s going to get deconstructed.
It’s going to fail.
This version of this exact lawsuit already was thrown out of federal court.
I think that judges and the legal system don’t have a lot of patience for this thing.
It just meant more to scare American companies and try to play boogeyman and decision maker
and I don’t think it’s going to work.
Freerick, let me go to you.
I think Tramont raises a really great point that if you define the market as digital advertising,
Google’s market share is only about a quarter.
That doesn’t seem like a monopoly.
However, what the government says is that you shouldn’t look at digital advertising
as a whole, but rather this sort of brokered advertising that Google does for third-party
websites and applications.
Let me show a chart from their lawsuit.
You can see here that the way they define it, again, they see it as this brokering of
sell-side inventory, which are website publishers, and then buy-side demand, which are advertisers.
If you define it this way, it looks like Google has 90% or more market share on the sell-side
because of the double-click acquisition.
They’ve got somewhere between 40% and 80% market share on the demand side with advertisers.
In the middle, they have over 50% market share of the ad exchange.
Is this the right way to look at Google’s business or should we be just thinking about
in terms of the overall digital advertising market?
I’ve been involved in ad networks since about 2002.
Obviously, I’m not directly involved in the business anymore, but I was pretty close to
this and I was pretty close to double-click and the acquisition.
I was a business product manager for a period of time on AdWords.
The way that that chart shows the connection between advertisers and publishers is correct
that an ad network, generally speaking, brings buyers of ad inventory to the sellers of
The sellers of ad inventory have the option to sell their inventory on an ad network.
If the money that they’re making on those ad slots that they have, whether it’s a slot
on the side of a page or the top of a page or an interstitial video ad, whatever it is,
they’re going to keep selling their inventory through that network if they’re getting paid
The real reason Google has won is two-part.
One is because they ran their ad network as an auction, meaning advertisers were competing
with each other to pay the most for an ad spot that was the highest quality.
There’s also an ad quality index calculation, a click-through index, a bounce-back index.
There’s all this data that feeds into Google’s ad network auction so that the ad that’s shown
on the publisher’s site is not just the best ad for the publisher, but the best ad for
Then when the consumer clicks on the ad, the publisher gets paid.
The second thing that Google did, and so the auction dynamic is a really powerful dynamic.
It creates the best price for the publisher, and it creates the highest quality ad for
the user, which translates typically into higher click-throughs and better revenue.
What they also did that was really powerful is they did the highest revenue share in the
Historically, ad networks had, I think, initially like a 60-40 rev share where the only paid
publisher is 40% of the revenue the advertiser paid.
Then the network started to move to a 55-45 model, then a 50-50 model, then a 45-55 model.
I believe on average Google currently is paying somewhere between 70 and 80% to their publishers.
I got to check my math on that or whatever the latest earnings report is.
I heard high 60s, yeah.
Yeah, so but call it 70.
And so it is a very competitive share.
Now the point being, because it’s an auction system and because it’s opt-in by the publisher,
if they’re not paying the highest price, the publisher can go and get ads from somewhere
And historically, publishers built their own sales force to sell ads and to source advertisers
and to make money off of their ad inventory.
And it turns out it was a lot more effective to use an ad network to do that.
The other ad networks simply haven’t been as good at building an auction model and building
But I will tell you that when you get to a certain volume, and it’s not a big volume,
you don’t need a million advertisers bidding against each other, you only need a few dozen
And once you have a few dozen advertisers bidding against each other, you start to get
very competitive in inventory.
So Google’s real lock in with publishers and the real reason they win in this marketplace
is because they pay the publishers the most.
And if you try and break this up, and if you actually do try and, you know, get into the
weeds of this whole system and change it, the publishers ultimately will make less money.
And this will be a real problem on the publisher side that they’re making the most money, they’re
getting the highest share of advertiser spend, and consumers are getting the best quality
That’s what makes Google’s model so hard to tackle from an antitrust perspective, because
it’s giving so basically are is what you’re saying that because fundamentally, this is
an auction model, it prevents Google from extracting monopoly rents, correct?
And, and they already pay the highest share on their ad network back to the publishers.
And so you could go in and say, hey, high 60s or 70%, they should be paying 90%.
That’s the real right number.
If they’re already paying more than anyone else to the publishers, they’re already making
a lower margin than anyone.
And I’ll say, let me just let me just add two more things.
Sorry, which I think are just okay, go to Jake out first, as we got Jake Allen here,
even though he wouldn’t do the same for me.
Jake, how do you agree with freeberg that, that the reason for Google’s success is that
they’re hyper efficient.
And this auction mechanism prevents monopoly behavior?
No, I there is monopoly behavior going on at Google, obviously, with search and putting
their own content and services up top.
And to Schmott’s point, like that’s probably the easier target.
Here this just feels like they are maybe 10 years behind, they should have just blocked
the double click, you know, acquisition in 2008.
And this consolidation of power, the what publishers would say to freeberg point is,
when you’re selling your own advertising, you get a much higher CPM when you go direct
to Samsung or IBM or Disney.
And so you want to create those direct relationships.
So how much do those direct relationships cost?
It’s probably 20 or 30%, which is exactly to the percentage that Google is taking off
So Google is pretty aware of that.
But it’s just paradoxical that they’re doing this at this time, David, because Amazon has
developed a huge ad business, Netflix and Disney have now have ad tiers for their services
to go up against YouTube.
So and then for the first time, we’re even talking about Google search supremacy being
challenged by chat GPT.
So much like what happened with Microsoft, you know, they’re just late 10 years too late,
So to use one of your favorite words is the DOJ acting as a rug puller here for Google
in the sense that they’re trying to unwind 10 year old acquisitions.
Is that does that make sense?
Yeah, it doesn’t make much sense.
Should the government be able to unwind acquisitions that happened a decade ago?
Does that make any sense?
No, no, no, they have that they should, they should learn from it and not do it again.
What do you think?
I think it’s a pretty bad way to approach things because they create so much uncertainty
in the marketplace and has a chilling effect on future acquisitions.
Like when you get approval from the government, you want to know you’re good.
And we have an approval process.
So it seems to me I agree with Jake out like, if the government is gonna have a problem
with an acquisition, state it up front, but then once they approve it, you’re approved,
Otherwise, you know, companies will be much less likely to engage in acquisitions.
And that’s going to have a chilling effect on M&A behavior in the ecosystem, which is
bad for the ecosystem as a whole, but it really does need these exits.
It puts us competitiveness against every other country and any other regulatory regime that’ll
be more permissive to this stuff.
That doesn’t make any sense.
And I think this is what’s lost on this.
I just feel these lawsuits right now are bordering on the mean spirited because these things
have been tried, they’ve generally failed.
And so the real solution, it always goes back to this, and it’s ugly and messy is you
need to rewrite the actual laws to reflect how business conditions exist today.
And so it’s not the responsibility of the DOJ to try to fit a round peg into a square
It doesn’t work like that.
And that’s what they’re trying to do.
They’re trying to manipulate and contort the law to try to go after somebody that shouldn’t
frankly be gone after because these deals to your point were done a decade ago.
And they were done legally, and they were done rightly.
So if you have an issue with how the market has evolved, change the law.
I’ll also add, I totally agree with Chamath.
I think that this action, you know, as one of our friends put it on our on our text stream,
it’s like killing the golden goose.
I mean, this is one of the big job creators, innovators and taxpayers and employers, and
drivers of economic growth.
And why would we allow that to go and kind of burgeon offshore as a government?
This is absolutely going to become kind of an opening for some, you know, international
competitor to come in and try and provide alternative services with similar economics.
I’ll also say I just sent you guys a link, I’ll send you one more, the market itself
is becoming so much more challenging to operate in as an ad network.
You know, e commerce.
So Amazon’s ad business is booming, right, as Chamath pointed out earlier.
But so much more of consumer behavior is shifting where people are going direct to e commerce
And then the ads that are getting the highest click through, and where advertisers are spending
more and more money is on e commerce sites.
I know this from experience on a couple boards I’m at, where companies stopped spending on
Facebook and Google and just started spending exclusively on Amazon.
And that’s where you get consumers that are much more likely to purchase the purchasing
proclivity is higher, the click through rate is higher.
So the return on ad spend is much higher.
And then I think that there’s a big shift happening right now, as you guys know, with
third party cookies, Google has declared that they’re removing third party cookies in 2024.
This means that in 2024, it is going to be very hard to track a user from one website
to the next.
If you go to a website and look at furniture, and then you go to another website, third
party cookies, allow an advertiser to find you on that other website, knowing that you
were just looking at furniture and send you a furniture ad and say, Hey, come on over.
And you’re more likely to click on that ad.
It’s been very effective for advertising, and particularly in the segment of advertising
But it is becoming much harder to do this with third party cookies and with the Apple
identifier being yanked.
And Google just made an attempt to try and get this change with a W three C that was
And that change is now going to make this hit very, very hard beginning in 2024.
So the ad networks themselves are already being massively hurt by apples, ID changes,
the third party cookies being removed, it’s becoming harder to target consumers harder
to make money as a for publishers.
So meanwhile, the market’s being challenged, and Amazon’s coming in the inverse definition
of a monopoly.
When you have a market where there is dynamism, where companies are changing the rules.
And that is reallocating share gains to different players.
That’s the definition of a dynamic market that’s self regulating.
Five years ago, this would have made more sense.
Yeah, much more sense.
So I think just this goes back down to one basic thing, which is, do our elected and
appointed officials really understand what’s going on in the economy.
And I think this is an example that highlights not as much as they should.
And before a lawsuit like this gets filed, they should call us up.
If they called 30 of us into a room one by one and said, Can you please explain how this
You would have come to a different conclusion, because we could have articulated these things,
and it would have been clear.
And so why do they not do that?
Or if they do do it, who’s actually in there?
Either way, whatever’s getting to the conclusion of let’s go file this lawsuit in 2023 is late
at a minimum and misguided at best, you know,
you have to ask the question, like, how is this different than Xi Jinping saying, you
know what, Jack Ma is too powerful, therefore, he’s going to learn to pay.
I think this is like, our government is saying, Google, it is totally different.
Other than that, it’s the same.
But I think that this lawsuit makes no sense.
You always have to bring it back to China.
Does everything in your brain have to virtue signal like it’s like, no, I’m trying to be
intellectually interesting conversation.
He’s still manning an intellectually honest position.
Let me finish.
Let me finish tomorrow.
Let me finish before you jump the fence.
You asked, like, why are they filing something that makes no sense?
My position is I think they want to have an outcome.
And their outcome is they want to stick it to big tech because it’s too powerful.
And then you just said yourself, square peg round hole.
They’re trying to find something to get Google on.
This is not it.
How does it relate to China?
Well, actually, I kind of agree with Jekyll here, actually.
I’ll defend it for a second.
Just a second.
World’s second greatest moderator.
Take China out of it for a second, because that could mean a lot of different things.
And so I don’t want to get hung up on that.
But it does feel to me like the government is lashing out against companies like Google
because they’re perceived as being too powerful.
That’s my point.
That’s what’s going on.
And in fact, I mean, that’s Lena Khan’s theory is that we have to stop big tech companies
from getting bigger because power.
But in this case, it doesn’t make any sense because the auction market for advertising
is very competitive and the remedy of unwinding 10-year-old deals doesn’t make any sense.
So yeah, they’re just kind of barking up the wrong tree is sort of the idea here.
One final thing, David.
There’s two other things that they really should be looking at.
As these ad networks are losing their market share in the overall digital ad spend, there
are two other players, Disney, you know, and Netflix doing these digital ads on their
platforms and having ad tiers.
And then you may have noticed Uber is doing an ad business now.
They did $350 million in the first year of that business, a million a day, and they’re
projected to do a billion next year.
And those have location information in it because you have your destination.
And so those opportunities are emerging.
It’s a dynamic space.
I just want to say like, you guys are making like, I think a really important macro point,
which is, like in a marketplace, it’s always easy to hate the winners and claim that their
success is unfair, if you’re not part of it.
And I think that just because something successful in a marketplace doesn’t mean it’s a monopoly.
You know, this whole thing of envy, you know, we’ve, we’ve heard from like the Berkshire
shareholders meeting, I think there was a good conversation around this, but envy really
is ultimately the doom of innovation and democracy.
It’s like you see the success, you want to take down the successful, nothing can be too
successful, or else it has to be destroyed.
And then, you know, as we talked about, it’s going to go somewhere else.
Well, I mean, just play devil’s advocate with it on that, Freeberg.
It sounds like we all agree that the government has kind of the wrong theory and is barking
up the wrong tree here.
However, isn’t it the case that Apple and Google are too powerful, maybe not in this
auction, advertising auction marketplace.
But when it comes to the App Store, I mean, they have an operating system monopoly with
iOS and Android or duopoly.
But I think you’re, you’re bringing up the key point, which is these nuances are the
ones that matter.
There is a body of law today, David, that you can apply pretty intelligently and thoughtfully
to that exact problem, and also to Google search.
And so it’s a bit of a head scratcher why the DOJ hasn’t spent the time to figure out
to even understand that that’s actually where they should be focused, because that is where
there is truly in the app, it’s a duopoly.
So it’s very clear.
The share shift has already been set.
There is no share shift happening to a third player.
There is no side loading that’s really happening.
And so domestically in the United States and Western Europe, there’s a de facto duopoly,
complete control, completely inflexible, inelastic pricing.
That is a monopoly.
And then separately for search in the United States, it is also an effective monopoly.
And those are the things where if you really wanted to go after them, because you think
there’s some damage being done to people, I would have focused there.
But the ad business has nothing to do with any of this and just means that they don’t
understand how the market works.
Okay, so shifting gears, Microsoft has just been sued on antitrust grounds, or rather
there’s a probe by the EU.
And this was based on a complaint actually from Slack.
Slack filed a complaint back in 2020 that Microsoft was basically engaging in bundling
or tying of products.
The allegation is that Microsoft unfairly ties Microsoft Teams and other software to
its widely used Office suite.
Do you guys think that’s a better claim?
I mean, I’ll just say like, you know, there was an episode that we did, I think back in
September, where I basically railed against Microsoft for exactly this kind of bundling.
It seems like the EU has picked up that theory and wants to go after bundling.
We did Slack Series A, I was on the board, took it public, blah, blah, blah.
I’ll tell you the thing that we talked about a lot.
That was the thing that I was always like the most afraid of, which is how can we compete
with a better product in the face of superior distribution?
I think what Microsoft did was anti-competitive, but I don’t think it was monopolistic.
And I think that the EU in that time has a much better framework of laws that they had
demonstrated up until now they were willing to enforce around anti-competitive pricing.
And so part of what Slack was trying to do was create some airspace for that to get into
the ether, to the discussion that it’s like, we could build the best product in the world,
but if Microsoft gives it away with this other product that is quasi-essential,
they’ll always beat us and there’s nothing we can do about it.
What do you think?
And I think that was basically the question that was posed to the European authorities,
because we thought that they would pay attention to it.
What’s interesting about it is that then, you know, when the acquisition happened
to Salesforce, it sort of waters down that claim, because now Salesforce also has
a set of really essential products that are useful and needed in the market
that Slack can go and attach themselves to.
And in many ways, David, it forced the hand of Slack to be acquired by Salesforce.
And if not Salesforce, it would have to have been somebody else.
But could it have been an independent company had we not had to compete against teams in that way?
Meaning if we had to compete against another well-funded startup,
would it still be public?
I suspect so.
I don’t think we would have sold to Salesforce.
Well, that’s exactly was my point when we talked about this last time,
is that if Microsoft can basically clone the sort of the breakthrough innovative product,
you know, let’s say they do one every year.
And then they put a crappy version of that in their bundle.
Yeah, 10% or 50% worse.
But they give it away effectively for free as part of the bundle.
And then they basically pull the legs out from under that other company.
So it can’t be a vibrant competitor.
And then the next year, they’ll just raise the price of the bundle, right?
And they’ve done that with Slack.
They’ve done that with Okta.
They’ve done that with Zoom.
You know, Jake, how can we have a vibrant tech ecosystem,
at least in B2B software, if Microsoft can just keep doing that indefinitely?
Yeah, it’s a difficult question.
I don’t know, though, if what the consumer harm is here,
if you keep adding great features to a bundle.
So to take the other side of the argument, you know, Zoom has now added channels like Slack.
Slack has added huddles, which are essentially Zoom calls.
And now they’re both going to try to add the Koda and Notion
wiki style, you know, documents to both Zoom and Slack.
So everybody’s copying everybody’s features.
Everybody’s incorporating everybody’s features.
It takes a little bit of time.
This is actually a lot better behavior for Microsoft
than the old days when they would do something called vaporware.
They used to announce products to chill people from buying them.
So they would announce a Slack two years before Slack came out,
just to get people to not install Slack.
They did that with Lotus Notes.
They said they had a Lotus Notes competitor coming for two years,
and it never materialized.
So I think the marketplace will compete.
And if you look at Slack itself, it’s still growing the same percentage growth it did
inside of Salesforce that it did as an independent company.
So it’s growing at a similar pace.
I don’t know about that.
Wait, Nick, can you pull up this chart?
Yeah, it was like high teens or something.
Was there growth?
It looks like from this chart that Slack has kind of leveled off.
No, no, no.
That’s the number of users.
I was talking about revenue.
If you look at Slack’s revenue, quarter over quarter, it’s basically been the same.
But wasn’t there a report that it’s been a little bit of a
disappointment to Salesforce or no?
Well, I mean, this number here that we’re looking at,
where it says 75 million Microsoft Teams members, 12 million Slack members.
By the way, if you wanted to play conspiracy theorist,
maybe that’s why there was a falling out between Benioff and Brett.
I mean, Brett was the champion of this deal, $28 billion acquisition.
And $28 billion, it’s threading a needle.
The only one of that scale that’s really worked out definitively has been LinkedIn.
So if Slack hiccuped in a moment when we also had a regime change in rates and valuations,
now look at Benioff is looking down the barrel of an activist investor program from Elliott.
Man, I mean, yeah, maybe it’s not doing as well as they needed it to.
I got the sense that Benioff was genuinely sorry that Brett
decided to leave and that it was voluntary, voluntary on Brett’s part,
and regretted basically, as opposed to, you know, a non regretted termination.
I have no idea. Like I said, I was pre I was pre qualifying with saying,
let’s play conspiracy for a second.
Fair enough. Fair enough. Okay.
I have a suggestion. Here’s a suggestion for the regulators that are listening or watching
our podcast. A really valuable thing for the industry that you could do would be to introduce
transparency on ELAs. What are those enterprise licensing agreements? These are these things that
these big companies use to throw everything in the kitchen sink into a deal when they sell to
a company. But if there was transparency, and there was a sense of how those things were priced.
So think of it like the FDA saying, here’s you have to publish your ingredients, right?
And what percentage of it is this and that it would be really beneficial because it would
slow down the tendency of these big companies to try to kill the small companies with these
poorer products. And something around ELAs and more transparency around pricing to the market
could be a good governor without having to go down the path of all this antitrust legislation.
After the fact,
I think there is some good advice for regulators there. I think they should focus on anti
competitive tactics, and like clarifying what those are, as opposed to some of these crazy
lawsuits to break up companies that don’t seem to have well grounded theories.
It’d be I think, better to focus on the specific tactics that create the harm
and identifying what those are. Jake, out of your point about how what Microsoft is doing
doesn’t seem to be harming anybody, it seems to be benefiting consumers. I think that’s a valid
point. But I would bring up a different example, which is if you look at the anti competitive
behavior of dumping, where a company will basically dump its product on the market for free,
destroy all the other competitors. And once they’re out, they can raise prices because
the barriers to entry are high, there’s a huge cost of like, basically entering the industry.
I think that this bundling behavior is a form of dumping, where in the short run,
it looks like consumers are benefiting because they’re getting a Zoom clone for free,
or a Slack clone for free. But then what happens is once they’ve hobbled those companies,
they raise the price of the bundle. So I think if we want to have a healthy long term ecosystem,
I think this type of like bundling behavior is bad. I think it’s anti competitive.
It’s a great point.
But I think there’s a very specific solution for it. You don’t need to break up Microsoft.
What you need to do is require that when they create a bundle, every product in that bundle
needs to basically have an individual price. And the price of every product in that bundle
should add up to the cost of the bundle. So they can’t do like you said, Chamath,
these like transfer payments, or subsidies to basically, you know, take over systematically
take over every SAS vertical.
I think that would be amazing. By the way, there are many other markets,
David, where that exactly exists, where if you have the ability to
preferentially put your product into your distribution channel,
you have to transfer price it transparently at the market.
And it’s what everybody else would be able to get it at. And that then allows the best product
to win in the market. And it gives the government the ability to say, I understand that these rails
are roughly monopolistic, but I’m going to leave them alone, as long as you treat everything that
sits on top of those rails equally. And that nuance is missing in software. So I think the
combination of transparency in these enterprise licensing agreements, and more transparency and
accounting treatment for what you just said, would solve a lot of this problem. And you would have a
more vibrant ecosystem where the big guys can’t just snuff out the small guys whenever they want.
Yeah, I just agree with you guys. Let me just let me just play. Let me just play my devil’s
advocate, which is kind of how I feel as well. I think these concepts of monopolistic bundling
made a lot of sense I make a lot of sense in the sense in if what you’re bundling in the service or
the product or whatever is a commodity product. And these statements that you’re making, assume
that one messaging service is the same as a must another messaging service that one video app is
the same as another video app. And that by giving a discount, they’re going to win the market,
the reality that may have made sense back in the day when there were things like trains and trains
had a monopoly on where things could go or electricity or oil production, and all of the
kind of origins of kind of monopolistic antitrust laws and action started to kind of emerge here in
our free market in the US. But when it comes to software, if your product is the same as the other
guy’s product, maybe they deserve to win by bundling. And maybe it’s okay for them to offer
a discount and beat you on pricing. Because if your product is actually better, and it provides
better ROI for the customer, it has a better feature set, it’s faster, it has a bunch of stuff
that the other product doesn’t have, the market will pick it. It’s not that the market’s gonna
say, hey, we’re just a bunch of idiots. These products are so differentiated. But because these
guys are giving me a discount, I’m going to go over to the discount. That’s not how it works.
And you guys know this. I’m not saying that Microsoft can’t copy slack and then under charge
a different price and charge a different price and a lower price and discounted. What I’m saying is
they can’t cross subsidize their slack competitor. It’s the fact that they can copy slack that makes
slack. That means that slack should lose the fact that that’s slack.
Look, software, new software is really hard to create, but really easy to copy.
I mean, the first version of a new product is hard to create. But you can reverse engineer
almost any software product. Show me where someone’s made a better competitor to Google
search. Show me where like consumers don’t choose to go to another search engine because Google’s
built a better search engine. No, it’s because there’s a data network effect there that the
more searches they provide, the more data they get. It’s the reinforcement learning.
I’ll say I’ll say differently. It’s easier to copy. There’s an asymptote to that quality point,
though. I don’t think that that’s necessarily No, I think I think there’s a nuance here that
and by the way, all the social networks that people thought were had massive lock in effect
turns out they don’t write David. No, that’s not true. Look, there’s more lock in deeper in the
stack that you exist. There’s very little lock in at the application layer. So workflow apps,
which effectively is what most of these enterprise software things are, are very copyable,
because there’s nothing that really locks it in. But if you’re a social network, or if you’re some
deep machine learned thing that basically generates great search results, that’s much harder to copy
because more and more of the product, precise generates the product qualities underneath the
waterline. But I think in enterprise software, it’s all thin UI layers on top of very simple,
then don’t compete because the bigger guy that offers a discount is always going to beat you
what he’s saying, which I agree with is you just if you could add transparency so that you
understand what is happening. I don’t think anybody’s against transparency. Nobody should
be against it. And if Microsoft wants to charge a penny a seat for teams, then they should be
allowed to do that. I don’t think we’re saying that they shouldn’t. A lot of startups have used
the opposite tactic where they’ve entered with free offerings or free services, and then they
try and upsell later. And we don’t complain about that. There’s a lot of ways to compete.
But that’s my point. There’s a lot of ways to compete in the marketplace. If the product you’re
offering is of parity. No, the problem is a commodity, that no problem build something
that’s different enough that people are willing to pay for it. Well, then they’re willing to pay
more than they’ll pay the big guy that’s giving them a bundling discount, just build a better
product, then the whole b2b SaaS space should basically pack up shop and go home, we should
just stop funding VC should stop funding new SaaS companies, because and almost productivity
gains will just go out the window. Yeah, why would you fund any product? I competitive them?
Yeah, how’s that bad for the customer? They’re paying less, and they’re getting a better,
there’ll be fewer new products created. Yeah, freeberg at the limit, what you’re basically
saying is because Comcast is a monopolistic provider of my internet connection, I should
have to take their video offering and will never use Netflix. No, it’s like they have they offer a
commodity. That’s my point. If you’re offering a commodity, these things should apply. But what
you’re saying, but what you’re saying effectively, and what you just said is that b2b software is
effectively a commodity. Anyone can copy it. Anyone can replicate said to you, I’m turning
this off, you only have one choice and it’s mine, because this is my rails and I built it,
you would turn to the government to help you because you would say but Netflix is a better
product. And what David is saying is the exact same argument. So my point is, unless you also
believe logically that you’re allowed to turn off Netflix, if you’re Comcast, and take their crappy
VOD service, then you’re you’re at least intellectually consistent. But if you
feel as a commodity to steal as a commodity to and you can’t engage in dumping, I mean,
this is the argument is that, for example, you know, with respect to China, the argument was
that they were dumping cheap steel in the US market to drive all the US producers out of
business. And then once they were out of business, they’d raise the price.
The point is, there’s all these examples where we have had the intelligence and the ability to
be nuanced about this to see that these things are possible, and they shouldn’t exist. We don’t let
Comcast turn off Netflix. Okay, we have a law around that. I understand. So my so I think what
we’re saying is, embrace and extend this law for these new markets that didn’t exist 50 and 100
years ago, when these laws were written, so that the same benefits that we have in the steel market,
and in the cable market, we have in the software market, it’ll just create a healthier ecosystem.
Jekyll, you want to get in on this?
I wonder when you install teams, does it automatically when you install the Microsoft
Office suite, does it automatically install teams? Because it does seem the default there matters? Do
people have to actively turn it on? Or is it actively built in? And so the bundling of it,
I think matters. And then interoperability matters. So there are other vectors here,
to force some interoperability. So if you open your Windows machine, do you have a choice of
it depends which browser, let’s just, let’s just say that you use exchange for certain things. But
in other things, for example, to manage your namespace, you may use Okta. But then they say,
actually, no, we need you to use our version of Okta. It all becomes complicated. I think it’s
too complicated for a government to understand. So I think the general thing is, can we extend
the definition of these basic rules that we’ve agreed to in other markets, to include technology,
and would we be better served? And I think for the most part, I do think it would be it would
better serve startups, it would better serve the folks that want to build.
How would that work in practicality, though, you would, you would
turn it on for $1 a person or something? Here’s introductory price.
I think the combination of what David said, and I said would do the trick, which is if you force
these highly complicated license agreements, to be transparent, it would not allow them to dump.
And then the second thing is that all of that transfer pricing that goes into that license cost
needs to sum up to the cost itself. Now, why is that important? You can learn about how they prevent
this in healthcare. So let’s take Pfizer good example, here’s a company with $30 billion on
the balance sheet, right? And Pfizer has a need still to subsidize all of the R&D of their drugs.
And you would say, well, yeah, they have $30 billion. So they should just take the money off
the balance sheet and do it. Why don’t they do it? It’s because the accounting laws and all of
the complicated anti competitive laws say, well, if you want to take this cash pile and use it over
here, it goes from an asset liability item, 30 billion of cash, and all of a sudden, I’m going
to net it against your EPS. All right. There’s an actual cost for these companies to do this stuff,
to bundle to cross to all of this stuff. And so what do they do, they go into the market,
they ask startups to build stuff, and then they buy it. That’s the kind of market I think is
better for us. Yeah, let’s have that be the last word on this topic, because we’ve been going for
a while. But I’m glad you brought up Pfizer, because this brings us to issue two, which is
and I think we can show this credit meet for David. Yeah. So Albert burlows, the CEO of Pfizer
went to Davos last week, and he probably expect to Davos, you know, the conference of the surplus
elites. And he expected probably nothing but softballs and fawning treatment from the establishment
media. And instead, he probably had the most uncomfortable walk of his life when two reporters
from rebel news approached him outside the governor and started asking him some tough
questions. Let’s roll tape. What’s rebel news? Or like, can I ask you, when did you know that
the vaccines didn’t stop transmission? How long did you know that without saying it publicly?
Thank you very much.
I mean, we now know that the vaccines didn’t stop transmission. But why did you keep it secret?
You said it was 100% effective, then 90%, then 80%, then 70%. But we now know that the vaccines
do not trans stop transmission. Why did you keep that secret?
Have a nice day.
I won’t have a nice day until I know the answer. Why did you keep it a secret that your vaccine
did not stop transmission will come in?
We should we should we should cut this.
Okay, we can stop from there. But that Wow, welcome to info wars.
All info wars. First of all, that’s what real journalism looks like.
Times reporters covering for powerful people, but asking them tough questions.
Is that a legitimate question?
What do you think of the question? Is it legit or not?
You got you guys are about to get us downranked on YouTube and Spotify.
We’re about to get warning labels for this sort of thing.
By the way, you’re right that YouTube banned that video. We had to watch it on Twitter,
because Elon Musk Twitter is still free.
Why is YouTube protecting? Why? Hold on. Why is YouTube abridging freedom of the press
in order to protect the powerful CEO Pfizer from answering more questions that are legitimate?
Yeah, just basic questions.
Is it a legitimate question of did they cover up the fact that the vaccine didn’t transmit? I think
it’s like a legitimate question that I would actually want to know the answer to. I don’t
know why I didn’t just answer that. No, we didn’t cover it up.
You’re asking me if I know what whether Pfizer did a cover up? Is that what you’re
Well, no, it’s a legitimate question is what I’m getting at.
Why are you unwilling to question the Pfizer CEO?
Oh, no, I’m not. I’m not. I’m not unwilling to question at all. But I’m not. I don’t think that
this is a fight. Look, first of all, Pfizer is a commercial enterprise. So they have the
incentive to make money 100%. Right. So their objective is to sell a vaccine. I think they’re
making 10 to $15 billion on this vaccine this year. You’re absolutely right that the economic
incentive is there for Pfizer to continue to push and rationalize the sales of this vaccine.
The efficacy of the vaccine waned very quickly. As this virus evolved and mutated, it became
pretty evident pretty fast that the the rate of transmission in vaccinated people continue to go
up. And you know, this may be a function of the quality of the vaccine or the efficacy of the
vaccine, more likely a function of the fact that the virus as predicted evolved. And therefore the
antibodies that that are produced and the T cell response that that’s induced by the original
vaccine becomes less efficacious over time. So the real question is a policy question, a behavioral
question. But look, Pfizer didn’t have another product to sell. So it certainly makes sense for
them to continue to sell their product. And there is still good data that represents that there is
some immune response and some benefit in certain populations to continuing to get a booster and
all this stuff with the original. Yeah, let me ask you about the data. The fact that that Pfizer
only has this product to sell is not exactly a ringing endorsement of their behavior. But let’s
stay on the data for a second. There was a study in nature, which is, you know, one of the most
preeminent scientific journals about the risks of myocarditis and pericarditis, which is basically
inflammation of the heart tissue, which can basically lead to heart attacks, saying that the
risk among young people, especially young men, in 18 to 24 years was elevated. If they got the
vaccine, this was a study out of France. So it’s pretty clear that the vaccine wasn’t as efficacious
as we thought, but is it less safe than we thought as well? I generally I don’t know the answer to
this. I would like to know, it’s an important question. And there’s a lot of work being done
to uncover it. And here’s a link to a paper that was published in the journal circulation is the
name of the journal, not too long ago, by a team led by a researcher at Mass General. And what this
and so just to address the myocarditis question. And just so everyone that’s listening knows,
I take a very objective view on all this stuff. I don’t have a strong bias one way or the other.
So the Mass General team identified 16 people that had myocarditis that were vaccinated and
45 people that didn’t work part of their control group. And they tried to understand what the
difference was between these two groups. There have historically been three kind of theories
about why there is incidence of myocarditis in certain populations that get the COVID vaccine.
And by the way, the incidence rate is still typically less than two out of every 100,000
people that get the vaccine. But as you saw in the paper you just shared, and others have
validated it, it can be as high as 30 times more likely to happen in young people that take the
Moderna vaccine, which is still a low incidence, but but 30 times higher is significant and worth
worth understanding. So the three kind of reasons are the three ideas 30 times higher. That sounds
like a lot. Yeah. So the reason and also small base, but yes. And so the three ideas are the
three theories around why this is happening. Number one is what’s called protein mimicry,
where certain people, the protein on their, their heart tissue, for example, or certain proteins
found in the cells in their heart tissue, maybe look like the some element of the spike protein
that’s created by the vaccine. Therefore, when you make antibodies to bind to and clear your
body of spike protein, it’s also binding to your own cells and causing an auto immune response.
And those are called kind of auto antibodies. The second is just general immune system activation
that maybe genetically some people are predisposed to having a very active immune
system in response to the vaccine, and therefore with a very active immune system, they get
inflammation and damage. And then the third is this idea that there’s just massive proliferation
of your B cells, some of which have auto antibodies, and some of which therefore
destroy your heart tissue and cause this inflammation. So what this team did is they
looked at the blood difference between people that had myocarditis and people that didn’t,
they found no auto antibodies, they found no big changes in the T or B cell populations,
meaning that there isn’t a big immune system activation difference. The big difference that
they found was that the people that had myocarditis actually had a lot of the spike protein
floating around in their blood, whereas the people that didn’t did not have the spike protein
floating around in their blood. So this answers one question, but but opens up many more doors,
which is what’s really going on. So if you have spike protein in your blood,
and your body’s not clearing it, right? Well, how long after getting vaccinated,
were the spike proteins still floating around? Because I remember when the MRN vaccine first
came out, they said it was the spike proteins would go away after a couple of days, three weeks,
three weeks, have they done a study like, you know, six months after a year after?
Not yet. But that’s that’s being done right now. So what they’re identifying is what’s going on
with the immune system of these this population, where their body is not able to clear the spike
protein. And when their body doesn’t clear the spike protein, a bunch of cytokines and other
inflammatory things start to get released. And it causes inflammation on the heart tissue.
Because, you know, there’s a particular reason,
Jake, I’ll ask you, I remember, I remember when, you know, the vaccine first came out.
I remember Rogan almost got canceled for saying that if he was a young person, a young man,
he’s like 50. So he got vaccinated. But he said that if I was a young person, in my 20s,
I would not get vaccinated. Because I don’t think the risk return makes sense.
And he almost got canceled for that. Was Rogan right about that?
So, you know, I have been thinking a lot about this decision to get vaccinated or not,
and how we came to that decision. And then I think what Freebrook said earlier is super interesting.
The because the virus mutated, the efficacy of these vaccines obviously changed and wasn’t
necessary. And so I think it was a moving target to understand if you should take it or not,
it was a very personal decision. Clearly, for people who were over 65 years old,
the chances of dying was were pretty significant. For people under that a certain age, it was lower.
So everybody had to make a very personal decision here.
Was it a personal decision when you had vaccine mandates? And then on top of that,
on top of that, you had the media were dunking on anti-vaxxers throughout 2021. Remember that? I
mean, they were saying about anti-vaxxers that that if you didn’t get the vaccine, you got sick,
there wouldn’t be a hospital bed for you. There was, you know, a lot of like dancing on the
graves of these people. Yeah, where you know, there were like all these articles, you know,
there’d be like some preacher who, you know, said don’t get vaccinated, and then they would die of
COVID. And there’s a lot of like morbid sort of ghoulish like articles dancing on their graves.
I mean, it was not this objective personal decision. There was tremendous
social and legal pressure to get vaccinated. You’re right.
Was it? You’re right.
There was and I think part of the reason I myself got vaccinated was because I wanted to be able to
travel again. I wanted to be able to go to Madison Square Garden and watch the Knicks.
And I also thought, well, I don’t want to be if I’m overweight, like one of the people who
dies from this. So, you know, we all sat here, we all got vaccinated. Do we regret our decision
to get vaccinated? Now that we see this, you know, studies like maybe it wasn’t necessary.
And also, it was apparently oversold. So when the Pfizer CEO won’t say when they knew it wasn’t
going to stop transmission, I think it’s a valid question to investigate what Pfizer knew and when
and just keep everybody accountable for this for future things that happen. Because right now,
we’re in a position where if Pfizer is not being honest with us, if the origin story of COVID isn’t
being honest with us, these conspiracy theories are now starting to start to look like reality.
Let me go to your mouth. I mean, so we were all felt this tremendous pressure in 2021,
to get the vaccine, right? We all care about our health. You care a lot about your health.
We all thought we could trust the experts that the vaccine was both efficacious and safe. We
know it was not efficacious in the sense that they’re telling us that we have to get revaccinated
every two months for it to work on safety. I don’t want to get over my skis because we only
have some data. But clearly, like this myocarditis data is not good. So were we basically stampeded
into making a decision that was not actually good for us? And would you make that same decision today?
Let’s just lay the foundation for understanding how we got here. So
there are these pathways inside the FDA to get drugs approved. And if you take a normal pathway
for a normal drug, you’re going to spend nine or 10 years, maybe more 1213 in some cases, and
more than a billion dollars to get a drug approved. And the way that it works is in phase one,
you do a study on toxicology, effectively, like is this safe or not safe. And you have to have
enough people take it. And you need to observe them for enough time, where that phase one outcome
essentially says this won’t hurt people. It’s benign. We don’t know the mechanism of action,
we don’t know whether it’s going to solve the problem, but we know that it’s safe. And then
in phase two, you then try to really understand the mechanism of action. And if that works,
you go into phase three, where you actually scale it out, you create a double arm study,
you may do a control group, you may do an open label companion, you may overpower it with
1000s of people. And the FDA is incredibly rigorous. Okay, even down to like, it’s incredible,
by the way, like how you’re allowed to open the results. And they have all of these services that
make sure that you can’t influence the results or manipulate them. It’s incredible. The FDA has an
incredible process. The thing is that they also have a way to jump around that fence. And that
is what we use for the COVID-19 vaccines. So in a molecule, 13 years, if it’s for a really
important drug, you can shorten it to six or seven with this thing called breakthrough designation
for a biologic 12 or 13 years. But if you get this thing called our mat, six or seven years,
so you’re still talking years and 1000s of people, David. But then there’s this one special
asterisk that exists inside the FDA called emergency use authorization. And in moments
of deemed emergency, you can shorten even six years down to in some cases, six, seven,
nine months, a year, two years, right? Are you you’re describing operation warp speed.
So that emergency use authorization, fast track these vaccines to market. Now, the thing to keep
in mind is there are still two classes of vaccines. There are the messenger RNA vaccines,
that’s the biotech and Pfizer ones. And then there are the more regular ones that in many
cases, the West was dumping on AstraZeneca and Johnson and Johnson, as we used to, we used to
ship those to developing countries and say, we’ll just keep the mRNA once you guys think Dave Chappelle
had this funny joke. He’s like, I took the J&J vaccine, right? But it turns out that now when
we’re looking back, the long tail of issues may actually apply to these things that were fast
tracked these mRNA vaccines that were fast tracked under emergency use. Why? Because of what
Friedberg said, this protein mimicry thing is something we don’t understand. Now, why don’t
we understand it? It’s because our tools are not precise enough to exactly know when we engineer
these solutions, that it only binds to this specific protein. And what we’re learning is
that there, these proteins are some, they’re so similar, that there can be a little collateral
damage, that this other thing that looks 99% will also all of a sudden, attract this,
this antigen. So this is a very complicated body of problem. And because we didn’t give it enough
time to bake in the wild, we’re learning about this thing in real time. If you if we had gone
to what you had suggested, which is a massive masking mandate, while this stuff played out,
could the outcome be different? Well, we don’t know because we didn’t make those decisions.
But I think that’s what people will be debating. The last thing I’ll say on this is specifically
to myocarditis. I have an interventional cardiologist in LA, I’ve seen him every three
years ever since Goldie passed away, out of respect for Goldie and Cheryl, who initially
asked me to go, but it’s been a great thing that I’ve done. I’ve learned a lot from him,
he introduced me to PCSK9 inhibitors and a bunch of things. He called me two years ago,
and said, Shmath, I want to do a study that or a year ago, I want to do a study that looks at
actually myocarditis and the the effects of this vaccine. And Nick, I don’t know if you can just
throw it up, but we published something. And basically, you know, what we see, David, is that
for folks with myocarditis, you’re releasing troponin. And this is a protein that you would
otherwise use to figure out whether you’re having a heart attack or severe, you know, some sort of
heart abnormality. And so it just goes to show you that there is some collateral damage in some
cases. In this example, this is one case that we published, which is a 63 year old, white woman,
I’m saying that implicitly so that people understand that these things really matter on
age, gender and race. All of the data that comes out of France really was focused on I think it
was 18 to 34 year old males of all racial persuasions. And we’ve thought that this issue
is prevalent only in males. But we’ve had a few cases that we’ve talked about now that touch
women as well. So it’s a complicated set of things, because our tools are not fine grained enough
to engineer the drug for incredible specificity. And I think that’s the thing that we’re
dealing with now. And by the way, last thing. Because of all this, it probably is reasonable
to take a step back and have a commission that just uncovers all of this stuff. Look,
we’ve had commissions for I totally agree. We need an investigation usage in baseball,
like if we need an investigation. This goes back, this goes back to rebel news asking
burla a very simple question, which is what did you know? And what did you know with respect to
the efficacy and safety of these vaccines, if they did not tell the public that these vaccines did
not work the way they were supposed to, because they want to keep minting money? That is a
legitimate scandal, we have a right to know. But freeberg, let me ask you a question here. I think,
you know, Tomas talked about this sort of sped up process to cut through red tape and get a vaccine
to market more quickly. I personally actually think that that kind of process is fine for
patients who want to assume the risk, you know, as sort of a libertarian, I support that. But I
go back to the fact that people in many places were not given a choice, they had to get vaccinated,
or they could lose their job, or their freedom to participate in society. And now we’re finding out
that they may have been forced to do something that in their particular case, may not really
have been a great cost benefit decision for them. What do you think that the sort of impacts going
to be of this district? Like socially, I mean, you’ve talked about, I think that there’s a
decline in trust of institutional authority in the US. And that’s a huge problem. I mean,
isn’t this going to contribute to that? Yeah, look, I mean, I think that there’s been
institutional authority overreach. That’s been building for quite some time. And you know, look,
I mean, you guys can go back to our first episode, and our earliest episodes, and I wasn’t and
haven’t been and I, I think the first time I tweeted, I tweeted about the adverse impact that
lockdowns could have, and we should be weighing the cost of the lockdowns against the benefit.
And ultimately, the benefit was zero, because we ended up accumulating, call it $10 trillion of,
of, you know, $4 trillion of net costs that we have to pay off at some point,
not to mention the economic consequences of the lockdowns. And, you know, the benefit was
negligible, because the virus continued to spread and evolve. And there was no way to really stop the
virus in its tracks. hindsight is 2020 fog of war, lawmakers made decisions. Was it the right decision?
Would you have made the same decision? It’s really hard to say you feel like you’re saving the world
when the world is ending, it’s easy to kind of act with some degree of what is now viewed as
overreach. I do think that the mass vaccination requirement may have also been deemed overreach,
given the limited data that was available, and the rapid evolution that was pretty apparent in
the virus at the time, as well. But vaccines are required for a number of other illnesses in a
number of school systems around the country. You know, you start to question, I think we will start
to see people question whether those are appropriate. But again, those are longer studied,
better understood. The cost benefit analysis is much there. Yeah, actually, I think I think you’re
right that one of the costs of this policy is going to be that people will stop trusting
vaccination in general, even though I think that these COVID vaccines, I’m not even sure you can
really call them vaccines. I mean, every other vaccine that I’ve ever heard of completely
prevents that disease. The polio vaccine ended polio, the MMR vaccine ended measles, mumps,
and rubella. The COVID vaccine just didn’t work. I don’t think it was a vaccine. But I think now
what’s going to happen is people are going to have a lot more distrust. And there’s a tremendous
amount of post activity rationalization going on where once you kind of made a statement that the
vaccine will stop transmission of the virus, or stop hospitalizations, and suddenly it doesn’t
and you’ve made that statement with such surety, and brevity, and funded it with so much money and
caused such cost in doing so, at that point, you’re too far removed to go back and say, you
know what, it doesn’t. And as we’re seeing now, the consequences of not being willing to say that
you were wrong, maybe far greater than the consequences of kind of continuing, or kind of,
you know, making this change. So it’s, actually, that’s a good point. All right. Final question
to Jake on that point. Yeah. So, I mean, Jake, I’ll look you were dunking, or at least concern
trolling on anti vaxxers during this time period. Do you reconsider that? I mean, in other words,
everybody was saying that the anti vaxxers were these stupid, unsophisticated people?
Well, yeah, I, I think that maybe but maybe it was the elites who were the ones suffering from
groupthink. I mean, look, and I put myself in this bucket, we were all herded into this idea,
we all took the vaccine being an early adopter of a product. And now we’re finding out,
yeah, we in fairness, we said we knew this was experimental. We knew this was the first time
mRNA. But we also knew like a billion people had gotten them or we when we got ours, we knew
hundreds of millions. Hold on, let me just ask the question. So let me finish. And so I think
people made a risk assessment, knowing this was an experimental vaccine, knowing that the COVID
was mutating at the time. And yeah, it could have been oversold. Of course, that that seems
to be the case. All right, Nick, pull up this tweet. But you know, we need to I, I think we
have to look at because we had this conversation you and I have you were very much in favor of
everybody getting the mandate and everybody being forced to get the
I never supported the mandate. You did we had a conversation about that. Like if should people
be able to go to work? Should people go on trains and your position was on trains?
No, I did not support a mandate. I thought it should always be people’s choice. I did.
I made the mistake. I made the mistake of believing the experts in the mainstream media.
I think if the last couple years have taught us anything, it’s that they can’t be trusted.
The level of distrust we should have is even greater than we thought. I never supported
a mandate because I thought it should be people’s choice. Yeah. And I certainly wasn’t. I don’t
think I was dunking on the anti vaxxers. Let’s pull up this tweet, Nick. Yeah.
My Lord, Trump has cronies of Fox News are killing their own constituents with this anti
vax nonsense. Yeah. Do you retract that? Do I retract it? I’m trying to look at the date.
By the way, this is this is a tweet that Jason put out. What was the date?
February 4, 2022. That sex pulled up just so yeah, that was only a year ago.
Yeah, no, at this point, people were saying that, no, I get it. I get it. This is not a rare,
this was not a rare sentiment. But I’m saying, hold on, just to give this content by this.
Well, hold on a second. I’m just reading it. This was showing the deaths of from COVID were
happening at a magnitude more by people who didn’t take the vaccine. And we know the vaccine
was had reduced deaths. So we still know that correct. Freeberg the vaccine
reduce reduces the cases of deaths, correct? Yeah, this new bivalent booster, Eric Topol
put out a tweet, I gave you guys the link here, where he covered a paper that was done recently.
And the paper shows a reduction in hospitalization rate and death rate
for folks that are getting this new bivalent booster. So but again, that is a benefit.
That is the benefit. Yeah.
In one’s own kind of personal safety. And there’s a risk profile associated with that,
as sex is pointing out. But this notion that the vaccines stop the virus and are a true vaccine in
the sense of how we talk about polio and chicken pox, or smallpox and this other stuff. Not
equivalent. Very freeberg. Wait, that data, how long after vaccination was that data? Because I
thought that with respect to the vaccine, one of the big problems is that the benefits only last
for two months, unless you’re willing to get revaccinated every two months. No,
it’s not really realistic. Generally speaking, this is not like a vaccine in the sense of a
smallpox or it’s just a shot. It’s a treatment.
It’s a it’s a it’s a modest muting of the effects. And it’s one that people need to
take kind of a risk based decision on for one’s personal thing. But having
mandates on whether or not you can go to school and whether or not you can,
you know, be in places and whether or not it’s appropriate for workplace setting. There’s still
high degrees of infectiousness with this ever evolving virus. The virus that we have today
is not the virus that we had in February of 2020. It’s a very different virus. And
it has evolved to such an extent now and it’s continuing to evolve,
that it’s very difficult to say there’s a vaccine for this virus. It’s it’s
why won’t you just say that this the so called vaccine has been a failure,
we don’t know. Hold on. We don’t we don’t know the full safety implications. Like I said,
I don’t want to get too far out of my skis on that. However, yeah, we know the efficaciousness
of it has been a failure for that. It doesn’t last long enough unless you’re going to get
jabbed six times a year, which I don’t think anybody here would do that.
So the thing doesn’t work necessary because it’s we hold on. There was a time period where
it was effective, correct, Friedberg, and it did reduce deaths massively. So I think that’s the
issue that we’re talking about here is that now the COVID strains are so weak,
that maybe it’s not as necessary. But there was a time period where people were not taking
the vaccine. And Republicans specifically weren’t taking the vaccine. And they were dying at a much
higher percentage. So it didn’t, if you’re defying the vaccine is not getting not transferring the
disease. Sure, it was a failure. It didn’t block like we thought it would, in terms of reducing
reducing death, it did work for a period of time, if it only lasted for two months,
and COVID is still around. And it’s basically endemic, it’s everywhere. How did the vaccine
make any difference whatsoever? I think now it’s too much. But back then it wasn’t. But you know,
freeberg freeberg. Is that true? What’s the question? I’m losing track of how long does the
the lowering the percentage of deaths, the benefits of it? Oh, yes, of low reducing
is the only last two months. Is that true? Yeah, it depends on the population. And yes,
there is a decline in the benefit over time, as well as the fact that the virus is evolving.
Those are both two, yeah, kind of independent things. And as a result, over time, you know,
like, yeah, we got to keep getting boosted or shots and Pfizer is making a great business out
of it. You’re right. There’s a massive economic incentive here for them and Moderna to keep this
great gravy train rolling. And there’s a massive incentive for government officials, politicians
to continue to stand by what they said before, because otherwise, they’re going to be called
wrong. And they’re going to get beat up. And I feel like you’re making an effort,
you’re making an effort to stand by what you previously said. I think we should just come out
and say that, look, regardless of where the safety data ultimately comes out, just based on
efficaciousness, we can say that this thing didn’t work. And therefore mandating it was even worse
thing. Because hold on, we put every we put the drug through this rapid process. And we didn’t
let people make an individual cost benefit decision. We basically herded them into this.
And at best, it didn’t do very much. I don’t think that that decision if you if you make
that conclusion, I’m not sure that it gives us a toolkit to do better the next time. And I think
we’ve all said this and Friedberg was the one that first really taught us about this, there will be
a next time, unfortunately. So I think that we have to focus our energy here in acknowledging that
the tools that we have to create these messenger RNA vaccines, and other types of solutions,
we are pushing the boundaries of science and the body is still very poorly understood.
And so the sensitivity and specificity of these drugs may not be what we think up front. And as
a result of that, maybe we need to find a different way of using emergency use authorization in the
future. And I don’t know, David, to your point, I’m beyond my ski tips on scientific
knowledge to know how
I would say as a minimum, that if we’re going to do emergency use, it shouldn’t be mandated.
Let patients sign on. Okay, let’s move on. So we have a moment of agreement question for freebird.
Would you advise or in your life? Would you would you continue to get a booster? Or are you going
to consider getting a booster every year now if they can come with them? And now would you advise
parents or you know, adults over 65 or 70 to get one because those seem to be the high risk group,
right? So if your parents said should I get it or not? I would advise advise them to talk to
their doctor and their doctor would advise them to do it. What do you think most doctors would tell
somebody above 65 or 70? At this point? It depends what state they’re in at this point. But
it basically would be split on political lines. Unless this virus turns into Ebola,
I’m never getting boosted again. I’ll tell you that right now. I do agrees. What about you guys?
I’m not getting boosted again. No, I’m not getting I think that speaks volumes.
That’s volumes right there. That’s it. That’s it. Like we could have just done this in 10 seconds.
What about guys? We are literally not this. I don’t know. Let’s move on. Let’s move on.
Freeberg but the fact that all of us can arrive at that and then we’re worried about getting banned
tells you how screwed up our society is like you’re right what we can’t like have an honest
conversation about this. By the way, the other thing this is going to do it’s going to inflame
a large number of people just hearing us say this and it because people have these deep what’s
happened is this has now become a sense of identity, a sense of tribalism and a sense of
it’s a belief system. It’s no longer about an objective decision. Well, we saw this with the
mass. The mass became the blue became the blue equivalent of the red. So now the vaccine is
basically, you know, it’s become tribal, but but but people need to move beyond that because this
is a scientific question of cost and benefits related to this medical treatment. Okay, let’s
just move on. There’s too much to talk about. There’s not for venture capitalists about your
vaccine plan. Yeah, speak to please don’t listen to us. All right.
Let’s let’s move on. You are by the way, by the way, speak to your doctor. And just remember,
vaccine manufacturers have a business to run and politicians have to get reelected.
All right, let’s move on because we’ve gotten stuck on this. Okay, look, there’s been some
important developments in Ukraine. I think we should just cover quickly this week. There were
a bunch of things the Biden administration said they’re going to send Abrams tanks as well as
Bradley’s and leopard twos. The Abrams tank in particular is our best most expensive tank.
At the beginning of the war, they said they would not send them. So they reversed their decision on
that. Now the Ukrainians are saying they want jets as well. That’s sort of the next issue that’s
going to come up. The Biden administration also in a New York Times article that came out earlier
this week, said that they were warming to the idea of supporting an invasion of Crimea.
Some Europeans like Peter Hitchens are getting very nervous about this level of escalation. He
had a pretty amazing piece talking about the risk of this creating nuclear war. And even if the
Ukrainians prevail in this war, there was a really interesting statement by Larry Fink at Davos last
week saying that he estimated the cost of reconstruction at $750 billion. And Fitch
Ratings Agency says that Ukraine is headed towards default. So major, major developments, I think in
the war this week, I want to get your guys opinion on this. We know from history that wars tend to
escalate and to be far more costly than the participants ever thought. Is that the track
we’re on now? And in hindsight, knowing what we know now, should we regret that we didn’t use
every diplomatic tool we had to prevent the war, most notably taking NATO expansion off the table?
Freeberg, I’ll go to you.
It’s such a tough situation.
Is the situation escalating to a point where we should be concerned?
You know, there’s a lot of information we don’t have. And there’s a lot of intelligence gathering
and conversations and chatter that we’re not privy to. So to sit here and kind of be an
armchair mechanic, I don’t know what diplomatic conversations have gone on or are going on.
All I know is what we’re reading on the internet, right? So I’m not nobody.
This war is extremely well covered. And there are no diplomatic conversations going on.
Yeah. So I think we’re escalating the war. I mean, let me get Jay Keller Chamath in here.
Do you guys have any concerns about the direction this is headed at all?
Yes, I’m concerned. I also agree with Freeberg that I don’t think we have all the information.
But I’m not exactly sure what we can do right now. It’s it seems like they have decided
that there is a play to exert a lot of pressure come the spring. And that’s something that you’ve
mentioned as a very likely thing. And so I guess the calculus on the ground is that there’s a way
to really push Russia into a corner. And the only way to do that is with more military support.
And then on the heels of that, David, the link that you sent is then it’s not just the war
machine that is now spinning up, but it’s the aftermarket financial services infrastructure
that’s also spinning up or Larry, Larry Fink, you mean the grift aspect of this war?
Well, yeah, where Larry Fink was like, hey, they’re going to need three quarters of a
trillion dollars of reconstruction support. We saw that play out in Iraq as well, where at first,
it was the war machine, and then it was the reconstruction machine. And together, it was
trillions and trillions. Those are called infrastructure funds. And those infrastructure
funds raise hundreds of billions of dollars to make investments to build new infrastructure
in markets that need it and that are willing to pay for it. And it will likely end up being kind
of long term debt assumed by that region to pay to do this work and the beneficiaries will be the
investors and owners of those infrastructure funds. I think there’s two sides to the sacks that are
worth kind of noting one is the telegraphing of this decision, because it’s not being done
secretly, it’s being done out in the open. There’s certainly a calculus to that. Why are they
telegraphing this? And what do they intend to do with that messaging being put out there like this?
And it may be that it’s to assert or assume a stronger negotiating position, certainly to go
into some sort of, you know, mild, modest exit or settlement coming out of this thing. But you’re
right, the flip side is and the cost here is one of extreme outcome, which is there may be a
Franz Ferdinand moment here, where one thing goes too far and triggers a cataclysmic outcome. And
in this case, the cataclysmic outcome is tactical nuclear weapons, and tactical nuclear weapons as
we’ve talked about. And I think I’ve I had some conversations and some dinners I shared with you
guys with some folks in the intelligence community. And this has been talked about by
ex intelligence community folks publicly are a key part of the Russian war playbook that this is
there is a tactical nuclear weapon response system that is in place. And you know, these are
very possible paths that we could find ourselves kind of walking down. Obviously, were that to
happen, it would be a massive escalation. And you’re right, there could be a Franz Ferdinand
kind of moment that emerges by shaking the cage and lighting a fire. And there may be a stronger
negotiating position to get to a settlement faster by doing this. I don’t have a strong point of view
on the probability of either of those and why but I think, you know, maybe both are certainly
in play here. Yeah, it was interesting to me that the Wall Street Journal on the heels of
all of this stuff also published an article about Roman Abramovich. And the interesting
thing about it was a quote in the article that effectively said something tantamount to well,
now that he’s proven not as useful, we need to target him with sanctions.
So I just think that what all of this is, is now sort of they’re entering the end game,
David, to use a chess analogy. And it looks like they’re setting the wheels in motion
to kind of put all the pieces together for a negotiated settlement.
Do we know that? I mean, well, but is it a continual escalation? I mean, Jake, I actually
at the beginning of the war, we didn’t want to give the Ukrainians Abrams tanks because they
were that was considered too provocative. Now we’re giving them to them. I think what’s going
on here is, and I suspected this, you know, from the beginning is that we are trying to engage them
in a war of attrition, and it’s working. And so I think the West collectively is trying to further
that goal of just making Russia economically, politically, militarily, culturally, irrelevant,
or angled in some way. And if you think about what’s now happening with energy, you know,
his primary export, he is going to lose those customers and his customers will be, you know,
bottom feeding India, China, low cost, you know, oil, and he is going to be a pariah.
So what I’m looking at is if there’s going to be a negotiated settlement this year,
what is the next five or 10 years going to look like for Russia? What is their place in the world
going to be the West is never going to trust them again, the Germans are never going to buy their
oil again, everybody is going to be looking for ways to distance themselves from so how does he
have an exit ramp? And we talked about this from the get go here on this podcast is what’s the
golden bridge for him to retreat across. And we really need to find that golden bridge quickly,
because I do think this is starting to look desperate for him. The West keeps giving better
and better munitions, he keeps losing economically, he’s going to keep losing. And politically,
who would ever want to engage Putin in anything with, you know, any kind of cultural or international
trade, it’s going to be a disaster for him. So this war of attrition has to resolve itself with
some sort of settlement. But we just can’t go on for two or three years, can it? I mean,
it has to settle at some point. I think that it certainly can go on. And I think that history
proves that wars tend to escalate and the costs incurred are much greater, in many cases,
than participants ever dreamed of. And if they had to go and do it all over again,
they wouldn’t have gotten into it in the first place. So yeah, I think this is concerning. I
think, you know, the crazy thing is… Do you think it is a war of attrition strategy?
Yeah, I think it has developed into a war of attrition. And I think you’re right that,
well, I think there’s two possibilities. Do you think that was by design?
I think there’s two possibilities, Jay Cal. I think that the maybe the more cynical or
realistic members of the administration think there’s benefit in wearing Russia down and
grinding them down. However, I also think there’s kind of a true believer camp that sees
pushing Russia out of Ukraine, nothing less than that will do. And we have to punish their
aggression. Maybe they want regime change. I think there’s dueling factions in the administration.
Remember, General Milley, several months ago, said that everything that the Ukrainians could
achieve militarily just about had been done, and they should negotiate. And even Jake Sullivan had
said that they should take Crimea off the table. That was just the leaks a few months ago. Now,
the administration is leaking that they’re going to support a Crimean invasion. So, I think there’s
both schools within the administration, the true believers and the more cynical
folks. And it feels to me like the true believers are on top right now, because we just keep
escalating this war more and more. And I think that’s dangerous. That polarizes the outcomes,
right? So, I think, Jay Cal, if you had your way, it sounds like you would grind the Russians down.
But at a certain point, you would say enough is enough. And like a poker player, like you do it
at the poker table, you’d say, I won my Prius for the night. I don’t need to risk that to win a
Tesla. So, I’m going to cash in my chips and get away, walk up, walk away, right?
Yeah, I wish I could do that. I wish I could do that consistently.
Getting up from the table is a rare skill.
That’s right. But I’m not sure the administration is getting up from the table. I mean,
I think we’ve achieved the American position on this, I think has largely been achieved. We’ve
prevented Russia from taking over Ukraine. We’ve prevented we’ve basically shifted Europe onto
American natural gas. We’ve destroyed Nord Stream. I think we’re close to achieving our major
objectives. But I’m not sure we’re going to stop there.
All right. Anyway, all right. Let’s move on. Freeberg, you have a science corner.
I was going to share the this was last week, I think we talked about talking about it this week.
So there was a paper that is a pretty compelling paper published by a team led out of Harvard
on identifying what may be the core driver of aging and demonstration on an ability to kind of
reverse aging. So I’ll just start really quickly that, you know, in the human body, we have many
different types of cells, right, we have 200, roughly different kinds of cells, and I sell a
skin cell, a brain cell, a heart cell, they all have the same DNA, the same genetic code, the same
genome, at the nucleus of that cell, what makes those cells different. And the reason they act
and behave differently, is they have different gene expression, meaning different genes in that
cell are turned on and off. And when a gene is turned on, the protein that that gene codes for
is expressed and made in the cell. And the genes that are off those proteins are not made. And
remember, proteins are the biochemical machines in biology. So when certain proteins are produced,
they do stuff and other proteins don’t do stuff. And the cell acts and behaves very differently.
So some cells, when you turn genes on and off, you get a neuron, some cells, you turn them on and
off, you get a muscle cell in your bicep, some of them, you get a heart cell. And so all of these
cells are differentiated by the genes that are expressed. The general term for the expression
of genes is the epigenome. And an epigenome basically refers to these systems whereby
certain parts of the DNA, certain segments of genes are uncoiled a little bit. So if you zoom
in on DNA, you know, there’s 23 chromosomes, they’re tightly wrapped in these coils. And when
you go even closer, you see that there’s these segments called nucleosomes. And a nucleosome
means it’s like a bead, and a bunch of DNA is wrapped around the bead. And how closely those
beads are together, how much the DNA is wrapped, allows a segment of the DNA to be opened up,
and then expressed, meaning copies of the DNA are turned into RNA, which floats into this thing
called the ribosome. And the ribosome is the protein printer. So the more these little segments
of genome are exposed, the more they’re expressed. And there are certain chemicals, these methyls and
acetyls that kind of attach to the genome, and certain elements that allow parts of the
chromosome to wrap up and get really tightly bound, or to unwrap and to express the gene.
So the epigenome is almost you can think about it like the software, and the genome or the DNA
is the hardware. And so the hardware basically defines what you can make. The epigenome defines
what is being made, what stuff is turned on and what stuff is turned off. So this paper and this
work that was done, historically, we’ve always thought that aging meant that over time, the DNA
in our cells was mutating, and errors were accumulating in the DNA. And as a result of those
errors, the cells start to dysfunction. And what these guys really did a good job of proving with
this paper is that it may not be mutations in the DNA that’s causing aging, but actually changes in
the epigenome, and that the DNA remains pretty stable and pretty consistent over time. And the
way they did this is they broke the DNA. And just so you guys know, every second of your life,
about a million breaks in DNA in cells throughout your body are happening, your DNA is being broken
up. And then there’s all this machinery in your cell that fixes the DNA when it breaks. Now,
what happens when it fixes it, it turns out it’s actually really good at fixing it, and the DNA
doesn’t change. And we historically thought that the DNA changed a lot, and mutations accumulate
over time. But in reality, what may be happening is as your DNA gets fixed, the epigenome, the
acetyl and methyl groups on the gene on the chromosome, don’t get put in the right place.
And over time, what happens is the epigenome degrades. And this is considered and a lot of
people refer to this now as the information theory of aging, you can kind of think about
making a lot of copies of software, a lot of copies of a photo in a photo printer over time.
And every time you make a copy, there’s a little error, a little error, and those errors accumulate.
And the errors that accumulate cause the epigenome to change. And as a result, certain genes are
turned on that are supposed to be off. And certain genes are turned off that are supposed to be
turned on. And then those cells start to get dysfunctional, because the wrong proteins are
being made in the cell can no longer do what it’s supposed to do. So what these guys
could be the ribosome as well that gets screwed up over time, the printer,
the ribosome is a pretty, you know, static protein, it just does its thing. And there’s
hundreds of ribosomes in a cell. So you know, if one of them’s dysfunctional, it just doesn’t do
anything. And then the other ones kind of step in and do it. So the ribosomes are constantly running.
What these guys did is they basically took two mice, two populations of mice, and they gave the
one population of mice a certain thing that caused its DNA to break at three times the rate of the
other population. And then as the DNA broke, they could, they could see that this mouse population
got older and older faster. And by a bunch of measures on how do you measure age, but what they
did is they then measured they then sequence the DNA of the two populations of mice. And what they
showed is that the older mice, the ones that had their DNA changing a lot, by the way, these were
genetically identical mice, the ones that had their DNA broken a lot more, they had the correct
genome, their genome was the exact same as the other mice that stayed young. And so what that
tells us is that it’s the epigenome and not the DNA itself that’s changing. So then here’s what
they did. Remember, last year, we talked about Yamanaka factors, which are these four proteins,
these four molecules that can be applied to DNA to a cell, and they cause all of the gene expression
to reset back to looking like a stem cell. And remember, all of those differentiated cells come
from a stem cell. And when they did that, the older population of mice suddenly started to act
younger, and all of the measures of age reversed. And they did this across different tissue types,
they measure this in a lot of different ways, cognitive function, health, cellular health,
etc. And so it is not just a fantastic new proof point of how Yamanaka factors can actually reverse
age. But it demonstrates that the epigenome itself is what is the core driver of aging.
And you guys remember Alto’s labs raised $3 billion in a seed round last year. And remember,
at the end of 21, I said, like Yamanaka factors and aging research is going to be kind of the
next hot thing. I think this paper is going to be one of the seminal papers that really kind of
illustrates and proves the point that this epigenome is the driver of aging. And as we
now are investing a lot of money in figuring out how Yamanaka factors and other transcription
factors like the Yamanaka factors can be applied in specific ways to actually reverse aging and
cause the cells to start functioning correctly again. And then people will start to act and
resolve in a healthy way. Once again, there’s a lot of work to go between here and there. But
now we have a much more kind of definitive proof point that this information theory of aging may be
real, that it’s tied to the epigenome, and that there are solutions that can work. And we have
to figure out how to put them together and how to engineer a fantastic outcome. So really great
paper, by a team led out of Harvard, I think really validates a lot of the work and the money
that’s going into the space, both in the public and the private sector. And obviously, a lot of
new startups kind of chasing this opportunity to figure out how we can use these transcription
factors to reverse aging, and that this may end up leading us to, you know, a much kind of healthy
life. And by the way, when they applied those Yamanaka factors to the mice, the mice lived 107%
longer than they were supposed to. But more importantly, the health span as it’s defined,
improved. So the mice not only lived longer, but they actually lived healthier. They’re all the
measures of healthiness in the body improved. So it’s a really kind of free is going to help us in
the next 10 years. It may Yeah, it’s very well made. There are now some there. I feel like
science quarter should only discuss things that can happen in the next few years. Let’s put it
that way. Or is that the wrong way to look at it? I’ll tell you, I’ll tell you one way, one thing
for sure, you can make you can make money as an investor over the next 10 years in finding the
right teams that are going to have the highest likelihood of progressing clinical trials in this
space. I will say that there may be clinical trials that can come to market really fast,
particularly with kind of these ex vivo therapeutics, where you take cells out of your
body, apply the Yamanaka factors, and then put them back in your body for certain tissue types,
like I cells, for example, or T cells in your blood. There’s a lot of ways that this may come
to market faster. And it’s not just about reversing your age overall, but reversing the
age of certain cell types in your body that can then have profound health impacts in the near
term. So that’s the kind of stuff that’s going to start to come through clinical stage sooner than
later. And then maybe, you know, some number of years down the road, we figure out a way to reverse
the age and all the cells in our body, and the whole body becomes more youthful. But for now,
it’s going to be targeted cells in a very specific way to reverse aging and improve health. Very
powerful, very interesting. Lots of investment opportunity. And, you know, certainly some,
some very smart folks. What do you think the realistic time frame is for like, you know,
reversing aging? Because we need that. 30 years. But I think I’ll be 80.
No, but that can be close. But so if we live to 80, does that mean we’re gonna be able to like
live to 100? Because we’ll be able to like reverse age? Well,
can you live well to 100? I think that’s the question. We don’t know.
But if you could reverse aging,
yeah, but we don’t know what that means. Because there’s all kinds of things that you inherit over
time, that this may not for example, like if you have long term heart disease, I could see how the
cells could get healthier, but it can’t eliminate the plaque in your arteries. Right? You know,
that’s a part of calcium. That shit’s there. So you have to live well. Same with Alzheimer’s,
like Alzheimer’s has plaque, there’s a plaque element, but the cause of that and the cellular
dysfunction may be reversible. It could definitely be that like injury rates of older people,
hips, knees, shoulders, arms, all the sort of like soft musculoskeletal stuff,
you can you can really do a good job of because at the same time as you get older, like
people to intake less protein, they process it less well, you lose a lot of muscle mass as you
get older. Those are things that I think are like short term solutions. But no, to be honest with
you, sacks, the stuff that really can screw you, which is heart disease and brain function,
this probably won’t do much for a long time. So check out screwed. Yeah, I’m in the best shape
I’ve been in 20 years. I feel great. I’m getting your verse, whatever’s wrong with Jay Keller is
not in the category. I got an email, we all got it from a guy who I won’t say just about not to
violate his privacy, privacy. But he’s in Saskatchewan, he listens to the pod or his father
is and made him get a prenuval scan. Oh, flu flew the father to Vancouver, they found a five
centimeter cancerous tumor on his kidney. And three days ago had it removed and looks like
guys totally healthy and well, eliminated. Here’s thing. So another live saved the pod,
but but I wanted to show you guys a picture. So yesterday, I went to Los Angeles to see my
interventional cardiologist. And what they do is they do the what’s called a contrast CT scan. So
they put you into an IV. And they put this contrast inside of you, Nick, you want to put
throw the picture up, please. And then they use all the software to actually create an extremely
accurate 3d model of your heart. And what they can do is go inside of your arteries and actually
measure the calcium buildup. I’ve mentioned this before this, this is a service called heart flow,
h e, a, r, t, f, l, o, w. In any event, my calcium score is still zero, thank God touch wood,
keep grinding. But I just wanted to put this out there for anybody who has a history of heart
disease in their family for them, or for their parents, or what have you. If you go and ask your
doctor, this is a third party service that they can do it, you go get a contrast CT. And you can
get a very accurate sense of your heart health. This is amazing. They, they found it’s incredible,
they found that you have a heart. They did find that I have a heart. This is this is incredible
technology. Because we would try to find if you had a heart for all this 112 episodes. Dr.
Carlsberg was shocked. They found a heart. It looked huge. It looked like secretariat.
I do have a big heart boys, as you guys know. No, I mean, this is shocking for the audience.
size, that can’t be actual size.
His heart’s bigger than his brain. He’s got a big heart.
Glad you’re healthy, bestie. That’s fantastic.
So go get go get a heart flow. If anybody has heart disease, go talk to your doctor.
All right. Well, for David Sachs,
was it was a moderation? Okay.
Yeah, I mean, listen, it was funny as if you were doing a Jekyll. All right,
fairness. I’ll come back to moderate next week. I’ll be honest with you, I would give
both the Davids a robotic b minus c plus. I think they’re better off opining than moderating. Okay.
And I think that Jason really doesn’t have anything interesting to say. So he’s better
off moderating. Like my comments last week. And then we can minimize the number of times
he finds any random way to take it back to virtue signaling and genuflecting about China.
I was gonna ask Jason, what he thought about the Cowboys 49ers game where
Kittle was an ineligible downfield receiver, and they didn’t call a penalty. Very important
catch for that game that again, the Cowboys now losing every single time they get to the playoffs.
But I didn’t want to ask you because I was I thought that you’d veer it toward
Xi Jinping and some China comment. No.
Any genuflecting would you like to do before you go back to your
I will admit that the moderation thing is harder than it looks.
Well, it’s harder than it looks to be entertaining. I think that’s, that’s, that’s the thing.
Thank you. Plus, a plus moderator, get back to your job.
I will, I will come back next week and moderate. I have been under the weather.
Pass the ball and let and let us put the ball in the basket.
I will put the ball exactly where you each like it.
Perfectly. Look for some great assists coming next week with Jake. I was back at 100% strength.
Thanks to the Davids for filling in for me for the last two weeks,
and we’ll see you all next time.
Like this, like sexual tension that they just need to release somehow.
We need to get merch.