The John Batchelor Show

Friday 21 September 2012

Air Date: 
September 21, 2012


(Photo: Pakistani protesters hold a banner depicting US President Barack Obama and pastor Terry Jones during a rally in Peshawar, Pakistan as a part of widespread anger across the Muslim world about a film ridiculing Islam’s Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. – Photo by AP)

Friday 905P Eastern Time: Richard Epstein, Hoover, re John Locke, John Mill and the Arab Spring failure at tolerance.

Pakistani protesters shout anti-U.S. slogans Sept. 21 at a rally in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Pakistan has blocked cellphone service in major cities to prevent militants from using phones to detonate bombs during a national day of protest against an anti-Islam film produced in the United States.

Friday 920P Eastern Time: continued: Richard Epstein, Hoover, re John Locke, John Mill and the Arab Spring failure at tolerance.

Friday 935P Eastern Time: Gretchen Morgenson, NYT, re mortgage mess at Bank of America and who is in charge at Fannie Mae?

Friday 950P Eastern Time:  Bret Stephens, toleration and the Arab Spring, what is special about Islam that it demands no mockery.


They chanted, "Long live Islam'' and "Destroy America.'' Officers formed a cordon in front of the embassy, which was closed. There were no clashes and no arrests. "Our message to the U.S. is very clear—stop it!'' said Nasruddin Hassan Tantawi, youth chief of the Pan-Malaysia Islamic Party, which played a large role in organizing the protest. "You cannot allow Americans to insult our Prophet, to insult Islam."

Friday 1005P (705P Pacific Time):  Bill McGurn, WSJ, re the West Point Cemetery and sacrifice, and the Obama administration use of the word “war” and a president who doesn’t speak of the wars were are fighting.

Friday 1020P (720P Pacific Time):  Dave Davenport, Hoover, Incumbency and the sagging Obama-owned economy.

Friday 1035P (735P Pacific Time Bill Pennington, NYT, Harvard cheating scandal troubles for the co-captains of the basketball team, for the Way We Live Now.  At the recommendation of Harvard authority, Kyle Casey withdraws from Harvard in order to protect his NCAA eligibility for another year.

Princeton fans yell toward the direction of Harvard's Kyle Casey (30) as he waits to inbound a pass during first half of an NCAA college basketball game in a playoff for the Ivy League championship in March 2011. (Jessica Hill - AP)

Friday 1050P (750P Pacific Time):  Melissa Korn, WSJ, re MBA applications decline, why?  Why now?

Friday 1105P (805P Pacific Time):  Zimmerman,, space engineering, shuttle, June mission, Curiosity.

Friday 1120P (820P Pacific Time): . Zimmerman continued,  and climate change: the asteroid that destroyed Canada 13000 years ago. Firestone found concentrations of spherules (micro-sized balls) of metals and nano-sized diamonds in a layer of sediment dating 12,900 years ago at 10 of 12 archaeological sites that his team examined. The mix of particles is thought to be the result of an extraterrestrial object, such as a comet or meteorite, exploding in the earth’s atmosphere. Among the sites examined was USC’s Topper, one of the most pristine U.S. sites for research on Clovis, one of the earliest ancient peoples.

Topper is an archaeological site (left)  located along the Savannah River in Allendale County, South Carolina in the United States. It is noted as the location of controversial artifacts believed by somearchaeologists to indicate human habitation of the New World earlier than the Clovis culture, previously believed to be the first people in North America. Artifacts at this site may predate Clovis by 3,000 years or more. The primary excavation has gone down to the 50,000 B.C. level, searching for any other archaeological evidence. Until increasing challenges in the first decade of the 21st century to the Clovis theory based on this site and others, it was unusual for archaeologists to dig deeper than the layer of the Clovis culture, as they then believed that no human artifacts would be found older than Clovis.

Among the objects from the "pre-Clovis" stratum dated to 16,000-20,000 years BP, this "Topper Chopper" offers some of the most compelling evidence for human agency. Aside from the bifacial flaking of the edge, this simple implement, although badly weathered, still clearly displays the classic zoomorphic features repeatedly appearing in the material first recognized in 1987 at 33GU218 in Ohio and, not surprisingly, many other locations that have since come to light. The object possesses a typical overall abstract bird form and two very characteristic features consistently deeply carved into such figures: a mouth cut in the form of a bird facing inward, and a diamond-shaped eye. It is also significant that the figure incorporates "reflectional symmetry", a hallmark of human agency, in that the image is repeated (although not as distinctly in this case) on the opposite side of the rock. And its flat base allows the figure to stand upright. The general form of this stone is a very common one both in North American artifact material and in European artifacts dating from the Paleolithic.[1]

Friday 1135P (835P Pacific Time): . Mark Schroeder ,, al Shabaab in retreat in Somalia, the stability of the region on the rise.

Friday 1150P (850P Pacific Time):  . Fouad Ajami, Hoover, the Arab Spring and the West, what drives the hatred, why does it get worse? 

Friday/Sat 1205A (905 Pacific Time):  John Bussey, WSJ, the Jones Act of 1920 and the Maritime Union, how it constrains coastal commerce.

Friday/Sat  1220A (920 Pacific Time): Bret Stephens, toleration and the Arab Spring, what is special about Islam that it demands no mockery?

Protesters set a cinema ablaze on Friday in Peshawar, Pakistan. Violence there began early, and two people, including a television station employee, were killed.

Friday/Sat  1235A (935P Pacific Time):  Richard Epstein, Hoover, re John Locke, John Mill and the Arab Spring failure at tolerance.

Friday/Sat  1250A  (950P Pacific Time): continued, Richard Epstein, Hoover, re John Locke, John Mill and the Arab Spring failure at tolerance.

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