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AUNT JEMIMA TO VANISH; UNCLE BEN SOON TO FOLLOW The death of George Floyd will now result in the death of longtime fictional product spokesperson Aunt Jemima and, soon possibly, Uncle Ben of "converted rice" fame as well. So many of us are justifiably sad about the deaths of George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks, but will the demise of Aunt Jemima, Uncle Ben, and Sambo's Restaurants make any difference? 

From The New York Times: Uncle Ben, Board Chairman

Fictional character Aunt Jemima in her prime

Uncle Ben upon his "promotion" to "CEO of Uncle Ben's" in 2006


Are you happy to see Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben hit the road? Tell Tom now:


TOM'S CONFLICTED FEELINGS ABOUT COVID-19 VICTIMS Tom's in his fourth month of sheltering-in-place as Donald Trump's "reopening of America" begins. As cases spike all over America, Tom deals with his conflicted feelings about the situation. Is it so wrong to be happy about the way things are going for some?

  • Arkansas (cases up 113 percent in two weeks, positive test rate increasing, current hospitalizations up from 64 on May 10 to 181 on June 10)
  • Florida (cases up 87 percent in two weeks, positive test rate increasing, the state does not report current hospitalizations)
  • North Carolina (cases up 62 percent in two weeks, positive test rate increasing, current hospitalizations up from 442 on May 10 to 780 on June 10)
  • South Carolina (cases up 93 percent in two weeks, positive test rate increasing, the state does not routinely report current hospitalizations but there was a reported recent spike)
  • Texas (cases up 53 percent in two weeks, positive test rate increasing, current hospitalizations up from 1,626 on May 10 to 2,153 on June 10)
  • Utah (cases up 126 percent in two weeks, positive test rate increasing, current hospitalizations up from 93 on May 10 to 130 on June 10)

The White House, as usual, is in denial about what's going on.

CDC predicts 130,000 US coronavirus deaths by July 4, with more new cases as states reopen

Trump Supporters Must Waive Right to Sue Over Virus to Attend Rally

How New York’s Coronavirus Response Made the Pandemic Worse

Houston on ‘Precipice of Disaster’ With Virus Cases Spreading

As businesses reopen, beware of COVID-19 surcharges

Texas Shatters Record For New Coronavirus Cases

Alabama COVID-19 Hospitalizations Hit Record High

Alarming rise in virus cases as states roll back lockdowns

Coronavirus Live Update

Current number of US COVID-19 cases and deaths


YOU THINK THIS IS BAD? The civil unrest we saw across the country on the night of May 30th was heartbreaking. After that, in comes the National Guard! Is that the end of it, or is it only the beginning?


This time of social unrest makes it a great time to look back at this Nipsey Hussle track from 2016.

Agree or disagree? Tell us NOW:


"I WANNA GO TO THE BEACH!" That's what all the Trumptards and the guys with the AR-15s and the Confederate flags are whining about. Tom has a compromise that could solve this dispute immediately and permanently!

What do you think? Let Tom have it:


THE LIES WE'RE BEING TOLD EVERY DAY ABOUT COVID-19 You've got it all figured out. A couple of weeks or maybe a month of social distancing, then, "play ball!" Back to things as usual. The usual suspects are lying to you again. Remember how Tom accurately called the effects of this crisis? He says, "you ain't seen nothin' yet!"

America should be ready for 18 months of shutdowns in ‘long, hard road’ ahead, warns the Fed’s Neel Kashkari


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SHOULD PEOPLE WITH TWO HOMES STAY IN THE CITY? All over the country, people who can afford it are ditching urban quarantines for second homes as well as Airbnbs or VRBOs in less-infected small town America. The small towns are clapping back, saying that their small-town hospitals and emergency services can't handle the rush of urban escapees.

Should Tom and others like him retreat to their cities until COVID-19 subsides?

Here's the story from The Washington Post that got Tom going.

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WHILE LIFE AS WE KNOW IT HAS BEEN COLLAPSING AROUND US, four US Senators, who were privately briefed in advance of the severity of the coronavirus epidemic, apparently used the information to sell millions of dollars of stocks before the stock markets began to crash! Illegal? Insider trading? Listen and you be the judge!

Here is the scoop from Tom's guest, journalist Robert Faturechi of Propublica.

NPR obtained a secret tape of Senator Richard Burr on February 27th, 2020 cluing in big contributors about what was coming while Donald Trump and his supporters were calling the then-coming pandemic "a hoax". Burr later sold off his stocks in 33 separate transactions before the stock markets actually crashed.

Here's even more from TheHill.comFour senators sold stocks before coronavirus threat crashed market.

Propublica is doing amazing reporting now that so many newspapers and radio stations have given up on actual journalism. Tom supports Propublica and donates as well. If you want more journalism like this, here's how to support this nonprofit organization and this great work.

NPR is also so valuable at this time when we need true facts and information the most. Here's how to support NPR.

How do you feel about the crooks in Washington cashing in on this national emergency? Tell Tom right away:


CORONAVIRUS: HOW LONG WILL THIS GO ON? What have we learned so far? How are US authorities handling this worldwide crisis? Are we really prepared for what might really happen? Many who miss Tom's live show have been asking for his takes, and here they are.

Tom mentioned this book during this episode.

Tom wants to know your takes on coronavirus: