The John Batchelor Show

Friday 7 June 2013

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June 07, 2013


Hour One

Friday 7 June 2013  / Hour 1, Block A: Jim McTague, Barron's Washington, in re:   U.S. Payrolls Rise 175,000; Jobless Rate Climbs to 7.6%  Employers added 175,000 jobs in May, in a sign that the economy continues to grow at a moderate pace despite higher taxes, federal spending cuts and a sluggish global economy. Economists React   5 Takeaways from Report     Good News Behind Rise 
in Unemployment Rate    Fed on Track to Ease Up on Bond Buying

Federal Reserve officials are likely to signal at their June policy meeting that they're on track to begin pulling back their $85-billion-a-month bond-buying program later this year

Friday 7 June 2013  / Hour 1, Block B: Michael Shepard, Bloomberg, in re:  Apple to Yahoo Deny Providing Direct Access to Spy Agency   U.S. technology providers from Apple Inc. (AAPL) to Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) said they don’t give the U.S. government direct access to their systems, responding to newspaper reports of a top-secret electronic surveillance program. The National Security Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation access the central servers of nine U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio and video chats, photographs, e-mails, documents and connection logs, the Washington Post and the U.K.-based Guardian reported late yesterday, citing documents they obtained.   

Friday 7 June 2013  / Hour 1, Block C: Elizabeth Rosenthal, NYT, in re: 
NYTimes: The $2.7 Trillion Medical Bill 
While the American medical system is famous for expensive drugs and heroic care at the end of life, a more significant factor in the nation’s . . 

Friday 7 June 2013  / Hour 1, Block D: Kate Galbraith, Texas Tribune, in re:   . . .  Europe’s opposition is being put to the test, however, as pro-fracking forces lobby for exploring underground shale gas reserves. They argue that locally drilled natural gas can create jobs and increase energy security — a potent argument for a continent uncomfortably reliant on natural gas from Russia. Last week, a group of British business leaders, the Institute of Directors, put out a report saying that developing shale gas reserves could lead to tens of thousands of jobs.

Hour Two

Friday 7 June 2013  / Hour 2, Block A: James Taranto, WSJ Best of the Web Today, in re: Snoopy, Come Home!  The Verizon Vinson order was issued April 25, which has led some to infer that it was connected with the Boston bombing investigation. That seems unlikely. The declassification date was April 12, 2038, which suggests that the legal wheels were in motion by April 12 of this year, three days (or one business day) before the bombing. The New York Times reports that "Senator Dianne Feinstein of California and Senator Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, the top Democrat and Republican on the Intelligence Committee, said the order appeared to be a routine reauthorization as part of a broader program that lawmakers have long known about." Most important, the order does not authorize the FBI or NSA to wiretap anybody. As per the Fourth Amendment, that requires a search warrant, issued upon probable cause. The distinction between wiretapping and the collection of what is now known as "metadata"--in brief, call logs--was set forth by the U.S. Supreme Court in the 1979 case of Smith v. Maryland.

Friday 7 June 2013  / Hour 2, Block B:  Robert Zimmerman,, in re: The predictions of seventy-three climate models are compared to real data and not one comes even close to reality.   Remember: computer modeling is not science research. It does not tell us anything about the actual climate. It is instead theoretical work useful for trying to understand what the data actually telling us.  Computer modeling, however, is totally useless if it doesn’t successfully mimic those actual data. Since all of these climate models fail to do this, they very clearly show that they do not understand the climate itself, and are not valid theories to explain its processes. If the scientists who created them were honest about these results, they'd immediately go back to the drawing board and rewrite these models.  I unfortunately have serious doubts they’ll do this.

Friday 7 June 2013  / Hour 2, Block C: A Nearly Perfect Copy: A Novel by Allison Amend

Friday 7 June 2013  / Hour 2, Block D: John Leland, NYT, in re: Spared Death, but Struggling to Live With H.I.V.   Drugs may have prevented early H.I.V. carriers from dying of AIDS, but even as they reach the age of 50, their lives continue to be ravaged by illness.  (Photographs: The Faces of H.I.V. in New York)

Hour Three

Friday 7 June 2013  / Hour 3, Block A: Eli Lake, Daily Beast, in re: Phone Records Shared with U.K.

Friday 7 June 2013  / Hour 3, Block B:  Mary Anastasia O'Grady, Wall Street Journal,  THE AMERICAS, in re:  Uncovering Iran's Latin Networks

Friday 7 June 2013  / Hour 3, Block C:  Cora Currier, ProPublica, in re: Currier digs into the details of what happened, offers more information on Dostum, and notes why human rights advocates believe there's been no sign of a U.S. investigation.  "At this point, say advocates, an investigation should address not just the question of U.S. involvement, but also what the U.S. did in the years that followed to foster accountability."

Friday 7 June 2013  / Hour 3, Block D:  Larry Johnson, NoQuarter, in re: Obama: 'Nobody Is Listening to Your Calls'   President Obama defended his administration's vast data-collection efforts, saying the programs help prevent terrorist attacks and represent only small encroachments of people's privacy.  U.S. Collects Vast Data Trove | Tech Firms' Data Tapped  How Government Justifies Surveillance | Judge in Spotlight

Hour Four

Friday 7 June 2013  / Hour 4, Block A:  Michael Vlahos, Naval War College, in re:  Normandy landings landings commenced on Tuesday, 6 June 1944, at 6:30AM (D-Day).   ‎Omaha Beach  ‎List of Allied warships.

Friday 7 June 2013  / Hour 4, Block B:  Michael Vlahos, Naval War College, in re: France holds commemorations for 69th anniversary of D-Day.   Commemorations of the 69th anniversary of D-Day started Thursday in France with a flag-raising at an American cemetery overlooking Omaha ...

Friday 7 June 2013  / Hour 4, Block C: Clea Benson, Bloomberg, in re: Senators Near Plan to Abolish Fannie Mae, Shrink U.S. Backstop    A bipartisan group of U.S. senators is putting the final touches on a plan to liquidate Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (FMCC) and replace them with a government reinsurer of mortgage securities behind private capital. The proposed legislation, which could be introduced this month, would require private financiers to take a first-loss position adequate to cover price declines as steep as those seen during recessions over the past century, according to a draft obtained by Bloomberg News.

Friday 7 June 2013  / Hour 4, Block D: Brooks Barnes, NYT, in re:   Defying Naysayers, ‘Gatsby’ Proves a Box-Office Winner   “The Great Gatsby,” directed by Baz Luhrmann, has become the latest example of the Hollywood machinery getting audience interest wrong. “Gatsby,” adapted from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel and starring Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role, is now expected to take in at least $330 million worldwide.

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