The John Batchelor Show

Friday 1 October 2021

Air Date: 
October 01, 2021



9-915    Evergrande becomes the Circuit City/Blockbuster/ Enron of 2021?  @JohnTamny @RealClearMarkets

915-930   Trillions of Tales of Two Infrastructures. @DanHenninger @WSJOpinion

930-945   The Sanctioned Cabinet. Behnam Ben Taleblu @FDD

945-1000   Genoa knew of the Americas a century and a half before the Genoese Columbus.  Lorenzo Fiori, Ansaldo Foundation
Cronica Universalis, written sometime between 1339-1345, includes a passage in which he describes IcelandGreenland, and Markland:
[Our] authorities say that under the equator there are very high mountains, where there are temperate settlements, made possible by winds, or by the shadow of the mountains, or by the remarkable thickness of the walls, or by underground caves in valleys. At the equator there are also many islands that are truly temperate because of the rivers, or the marshes, or the winds, or for reasons that are unknown to us.
And for a similar reason there are settlements beneath or around the Arctic pole, despite the very intense cold. These settlements are so temperate that people cannot die there: this fact is well known for Ireland. The reasons why this happens are unknown to us. Marco Polo speaks explicitly about this, when he says that there is a certain desert 40 days across where nothing grows, neither wheat nor wine, but the people live by hunting birds and animals, and they ride deers.
Further northwards there is the Ocean, a sea with many islands where a great quantity of peregrine falcons and gyrfalcons live. These islands are located so far north that the Polar Star remains behind you, toward the south. Sailors who frequent the seas of Denmark and Norway say that northwards, beyond Norway, there is Iceland; further ahead there is an island named Grolandia, where the Polar Star remains behind you, toward the south. The governor of this island is a bishop. In this land, there is neither wheat nor wine nor fruit; people live on milk, meat, and fish. They dwell in subterranean houses and do not venture to speak loudly or to make any noise, for fear that wild animals hear and devour them. There live huge white bears, which swim in the sea and bring shipwrecked sailors to the shore. There live white falcons capable of great flights, which are sent to the emperor of Katai. Further westwards there is another land, named Marckalada, where giants live; in this land, there are buildings with such huge slabs of stone that nobody could build with them, except huge giants. There are also green trees, animals and a great quantity of birds. However, no sailor was ever able to know anything for sure about this land or about its features.
From all these facts it is clear that there are settlements at the Arctic pole.[1]


10-1015 Winter Olympics travels to Delta wracked China; & What is to be done? @JoshRogin

1015-1030 The Amazon of NASA.   @FROSEDC
1030-1045 #SmallBusinessAmerica: Suddenly startups unstart in the wide slowdown.  @GeneMarks  @Guardian @PhillyInquirer

1045-1100 #SmallBusinessAmerica: The Vegetarian Restaurant "Dirt Candy" pays $25 per hour for a bounty of workers @GeneMarks  @Guardian @PhillyInquirer


1100-1115 Veronique de Rugy
Scandinavia's less successful experiment with subsidizing child raising. Veronique de Rugy

1115-1130 Mary Anastasia O'Grady @MaryAnastasiaOG @WSJOpinion
US accuses Guatemala.  Mary Anastasia O'Grady @MaryAnastasiaOG @WSJOpinion

1130-1145 Ingenuity grounded. Bob Zimmerman,

1145-1200 Blue Origin blues. Bob Zimmerman,



12-1230 Peter Berkowitz @HooverInst
1/2     Ten tasks to confront the PRC aggression.  Peter Berkowitz @HooverInst
2/2     Ten tasks to confront the PRC aggression.  Peter Berkowitz @HooverInst

1230-1245  Trillions for the Unknown. @RichardEpstein @HooverInst

1245-100 AM  Australia grows gloomy waiting for the end of lockdown. @ScottMayman @CBSNews