The John Batchelor Show

Friday 31 August 2012

Air Date: 
August 31, 2012

Photo, above: CONFLICT MINERALS: Workers stand on a muddy cliff as they work at a gold mine in 2009 in north eastern Congo. The conflict in the Congo has often been linked to a struggle for control over its minerals resources. Under the new financial reform legislation, electronics manufacturers must certify the origin of all minerals used in their products and avoid purchase of so-called conflict minerals. (Lionel Healing/AFP/Getty Images)


Friday 905P Eastern Time:  Brendan Conway, Barron’s, in re: the new, trendy ETF combining tech stocks with dividend stocks, and even-better-dividend-paying tech stocks - the new way to balance the market flash crashes with steady yield

Friday 920P Eastern Time:  Steven Davidoff, NYT, in re:  the SEC is charged with supervising conflict materials from the ongoing civil war in the failed state of Democratic Republic of Congo.  How did this happen?  Dodd-Frank monster. Six thousand public companies need to check back through every jot of their supply chain for conflict-originated materials: coltan, cobalt, gold, timber, et al. Foreign companies not required to do this now enjoy a competitive advantage. Will this help Congo? Humanitarian organizations say yes, Chamber of Commerce doubts. [Will it bring to public attention the multinationals protecting their own, illegal mines in Eastern Congo with small, drugged, AK-bearing private militias that murder freely and use rape as a weapon of war? Have you heard of Ituri Province, of Peronille Vawecka?]  Se:

See: American Economics Review, “The Use of Knowledge in Society,” F v Hayek

Friday 935P Eastern Time: Richard Epstein, Hoover, in re:  Paul Ryan’s political philosophy derives from Friedrich von Hayek; what does this mean? Felix Frankfurter, Friedrich Kessler, George Orwell, criticized Hayek in the 20th century; who in the in 21st?

Friedrich August Hayek CH (German pronunciation: [ˈfʁiːdʁɪç ˈaʊ̯ɡʊst ˈhaɪ̯ɛk]; 8 May 1899 – 23 March 1992), born in Austria-Hungary as Friedrich August von Hayek, was an economist andphilosopher best known for his defense of classical liberalism. In 1974, Hayek shared the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (with his political rival, Gunnar Myrdal) for his "pioneering work in the theory of money and economic fluctuations and... penetrating analysis of the interdependence of economic, social and institutional phenomena." [1] He considered the efficient allocation of capital to be the most important factor leading to sustainable and optimal GDP growth, and warned of harms from monetary authority manipulation of interest rates. Interest rates, he wrote, should be set naturally by equilibrium between consumption of goods or capital stock

Friday 950P Eastern Time:  Richard Epstein, continued

INFOGRAPHIC: Conventions Through the Years

Friday 1005P (705P Pacific Time):  Stuart Elliot, NYT, in re:  the NFL advertising season begins, richer and bigger than ever: lots of social media, lots of demand and growth; th e NFL claims 181 million customers.  

Friday 1020P (720P Pacific Time):  Leslie Kaufman NYT, in re:  aquariums and zoos begin to tell the story of climate change to visitors and how it threatens the creatures

Friday 1035P (735P Pacific Time):  Jonathan Haidt, author, in re:  what are the personality characteristics of libertarians? How do they resist the Left and the Right?

Friday 1050P (750P Pacific Time):  Ian Austen, NYT, in re: Google Earth's Street Views go above the treeline to the Far Nunavut North at Cambridge Bay

Friday 1105P (805P Pacific Time):  Black Ops, Vietnam: An Operational History of MACVSOG by Robert M. Gillespie; 1 of 4

Friday 1120P (820P Pacific Time): Black Ops, Vietnam: An Operational History of MACVSOG by Robert M. Gillespie; 2 of 4

The legendary Ho Chi Minh Trail was the supply line used by North Vietnam to link North and South Vietnam during the American War. Soldiers, ammunition, weapons and supplies were carried by hand, on bicycle and truck for hundreds of kilometres through the otherwise impenetrable jungle that covered Vietnam's mountainous border with Laos. A testimony to the ingenuity, fortitude and commitment of the North Vietnamese, the Trail slipped from use at the end of the war and was taken back by the jungle. Recent road works that follow original sections of the Trail have changed this. This ride takes in the former imperial capital of Hue, the ancient trading town of Hoi An, Khe Sanh battlefield, the infamous A Shaw valley, My Khe beach, Vietnamese war museums and the DMZ. We also take time to stay overnight in a traditional Thai hill tribe village and visit the former Imperial Tombs of Hue. Take this one off chance to be among the first to traverse the Ho Chi Minh Trail! This is a moderate trip, especially designed for bikers.

Friday 1135P (835P Pacific Time): Black Ops, Vietnam: An Operational History of MACVSOG by Robert M. Gillespie; 3 of 4

Friday 1150P (850P Pacific Time):  Black Ops, Vietnam: An Operational History of MACVSOG by Robert M. Gillespie; 4 of 4

Friday/Sat 1205A (905 Pacific Time):  The Sea Was Always There by Joseph F. Callo; 1 of 2

Friday/Sat  1220A (920 Pacific Time): The Sea Was Always There by Joseph F. Callo: 2 of 2

Friday/Sat  1235A (935P Pacific Time):  Richard Epstein, Hoover, in re:  Paul Ryan’s political philosophy derives from Friedrich Hayek; what does this mean?  What critic of Hayek is extant in 21st century?  Felix Frankfurter, Friedrich Kessler, George Orwell crit.

Friday/Sat  1250A  (950P Pacific Time): Richard Epstein, continued.

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Music (using New York City broadcast times)

9-hour: Fritz Kreisler, . . . ; Underworld; Mozart violin concerto No 3.; 10-hour: Quantum of Solace; Bach preludio to Partita No 3; Bach bouree for Partita No 1; Frost Nixon; 11-hour:  Call of Duty; midnight hour: Invasion; Mozart violin concerto No 3, No 5  

History is being made in Tampa this week as 2,286 delegates and 2,125 alternate delegates from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories gather together to nominate the next president of the United States at the 40th Republican National Convention.