The John Batchelor Show

Friday 2 November 2012

Air Date: 
November 02, 2012

Photo, above: Tennessee - a profusion of ferns, shrubs, lichens, and mosses covers the forest floor.


Friday 905P Eastern Time: . Paul Vigna, WSJ, in re:  the October Jobs report plus 171, and the rate at 7.9%; neither this nor that, and no certainty that it will strengthen through the spring

Friday 920P Eastern Time:  . James Gorman, NYT, in re:  At end of summer, sitting and watching a Tennessee forest for changes of color and texture; the philosophy of watching. Sag bark hickory.  Cicadas humming (not the seventeen-year locusts), birds, dappled light.  Wasps look for a place to lay eggs; daddy-long-legs, cave cricket. forest floor: leaf litter from the year before in infinite shadings of brown; the perfume of humus. Japanese say, "forest bath."  Richard Dawkins, of he reductionist notion that everything can be reduced to the movement of atoms, electrons; also a campaigning atheist asserverating that all that exists is the material world.  Haskell says he has a strong suspicion that there's more here than just atoms moving around. Haskell – b. England, raised in Paris, now a scholar in Tennessee. In the last Ice Age, much of North America was scoured by glaciers, but they stopped before reaching Tennessee, so there wasn't a sudden cessation and renewal there; the natural world is consequently many thousands of years older than in the north.  Mandala – Tibetan sand-panting – as simile for this part of the forest floor.

Friday 935P Eastern Time: . Salena Zito, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and Lara Brown, Villanova, in re: Pennsylvania in the election

Friday 950P Eastern Time:  Reza Kahlili, author, A Time to Betray, in re:  Secret Iranian nuclear-bomb factory is expanding. See:   Iran has installed a nuclear reactor with a separation plant to separate plutonium, a bomb that's easier to make. Entrance at the site, another close to the edge of the mountain; huge entrance, heavy eqpt inside; holes – that cd be air vents for the tunnels,  not sure. Clearly see the movement of the earth and how they've covered it.  May have bout ht the device from North Korea: neutron detector. Yellowcake goes in, material sent to Natanz and Fardow; also four others of which the IAEA is not aware. Note that they’ve planted trees all across this enormous site to cover it from eyes.  Many miles of trees planted across the site.

Friday 1005P (705P Pacific Time):  . Jim McTague, Barron’s Washington, in re:   Jobs picture improves, not much; and Pennsylvania is play - where?

Friday 1020P (720P Pacific Time):  . Dan Henninger, WSJ, in re:  the evangelical vote in Ohio and Mitt Romney

Friday 1035P (735P Pacific Time):  . Richard Epstein Hoover, Hoover, in re:  It's the Economy, Supreme Court!

Friday 1050P (750P Pacific Time):  . Richard Epstein, continued: economic learning and the Supreme Court for 100 years of failure

Friday 1105P (805P Pacific Time): . Spies Against Armageddon by Dan Raviv and Yossi Melman, 1 of 2

Friday 1120P (820P Pacific Time): . Spies Against Armageddon by Dan Raviv and Yossi Melman, 2 of 2

Friday 1135P (835P Pacific Time): . Matthew Waxman, Hoover, in re:  what can the Cuban missile crisis and the law teach us about the Iran sanctions regime?

Friday 1150P (850P Pacific Time):  . Ken Croswell, Science, in re:  ancient supernova discovered, 12.1 billion light years away - what it means

Friday/Sat 1205A (905 Pacific Time):  . Robert Zimmerman,, in re: asteroid defense, Progress freighter, ISS and space walk

Friday/Sat  1220A (920 Pacific Time): . Robert Zimmerman,, in re: climate change on Mars, not Earth.

Friday/Sat  1235A (935P Pacific Time):  . Amir Aczel, author, Present at the Creation, in re: discovery of the Higgs Boson

Friday/Sat  1250A  (950P Pacific Time): Exeunt. Charles Pellegrino, author, in re: the failure of the sand berms at Long Beach, New York, in a storm named Sandy

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Music (using New York City broadcast times)  

9:00 hour:    Knight and Day; Last of the Mohicans; Green Zone. 

10:00 hour:   Knight and Day

11:00 hour:    Crysis; Star Trek

midnight hour:    Babylon