The John Batchelor Show

Tuesday 11 December 2012

Air Date: 
December 11, 2012


Picture, above: North Korea launches its rocket


Tuesday 905P Eastern Time: Lara M Brown, Villanova, in re: After 2012 Election, Is America Center Left?

Tuesday 920P Eastern Time: Esme Deprez, Bloomberg News states and municipalities reporter, in re:   “There will be blood,” Representative Douglas Geiss, a Democrat from Taylor, said in debate.Bundled-up labor supporters converged on the statehouse as lawmakers debated the measures for the state that’s home to the United Auto Workers and the three largest U.S. automakers. Supporters and opponents clashed, with protesters tearing down a tent set up by Americans for Prosperity, overturning tables and stamping on signs. Police on foot and horseback charged through the crowd, pushing them back with batons.

Tuesday 935P Eastern Time:  Rep Devin Nunes (CA-21), in re: Eureka: A Reform Agenda, a Path Forward for California Republicans

Tuesday 950P Eastern Time: David M Drucker, Roll Call, in re: Quiet Talks Continue on Fiscal Cliff, ( White House and GOP wait on each other to provide specifics as growing number of rank-and-file Republicans thaw on tax rates. President Barack Obama took the fiscal cliff from the tight circle of negotiators at the White House to a sprawling auto factory floor on Monday, as he continued the two-pronged public-private approach he has been using to push his plan to raise taxes on the wealthy.

While aboard Air Force One en route to Michigan, Obama called Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to update him on the talks, which included an in-person session Sunday at the White House with Speaker John A. Boehner (R-OH).

Though the details of the ongoing negotiations are fuzzy, the key players are talking, which is more than could be said a week ago. However, the primary differences between the two sides remain. Boehner’s office said the speaker is waiting for the White House to come back to Republicans with more spending cuts. And the White House says the president is waiting for the GOP to give more on revenue. Two years of fighting over how to rein in the federal debt is now coming down to two weeks of deal-making at best and he-said/she-said at worst. “The Republican offer made last week remains the Republican offer, and we continue to wait for the president to identify the spending cuts he’s willing to make as part of the ‘balanced’ approach he promised the American people,” said Boehner spokesman Michael Steel, who confirmed conversations with the White House “are taking place” but declined to specify the nature of those talks. 

Tuesday 1005P (705P Pacific Time): Jeff Bliss, The Bliss Index, in re: The $822,000-per-Year Bureaucrat and the Death of California

- The chief bureaucrat of a low-income California city getting almost $800,000 per year.

- Cops in Oakland getting average compensation of $188,000.

- A school superintendent in New York raking in more than $500 thousand of annual compensation.

- A Philadelphia bureaucrat, after working only 2-1/2 years, nailing down a guaranteed pension of $50,000 per year.

- A New York school bureaucrat simultaneously getting a $225,000 salary and $300,000 pension.

- California taxpayers being forced to pay a fired bureaucrat $550,000 for unused vacation time.

- An employee of the New Jersey Turnpike system raking in annual compensation of $320,000.

      Hopefully we’re all disgusted when insiders rig the system to rip off taxpayers. And I suspect you’re not surprised to see that the worst example on that list comes from California, which is in a race with Illinois to see which state can become the Greece of America.

     Well, the Golden State has a new über-bureaucrat. Here are some of the jaw-dropping details from a Bloomberg report.

     The numbers are even larger in California, where a state psychiatrist was paid $822,000, a highway patrol officer collected $484,000 in pay and pension benefits and 17 employees got checks of more than $200,000 for unused vacation and leave. The best-paid staff in other states earned far less for the same work, according to the data.

Tuesday 1020P (720P Pacific Time):  Jeff Bliss, continued, in re:  continued – California's grotesque state pensions.

Tuesday 1035P (735P Pacific Time): Natasha Singer, NYT, in re: Apps and what they do, privacy and apps, and concerns about advertising in children's apps; also, how do you protect your privacy data, and can you get it back?

Tuesday 1050P (750P Pacific Time):  Gordon Chang,, in re:  North Korea launches its missile, according to South Korea


In Cairo, Effort to Broaden Support for Charter By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK and KAREEM FAHIM.  Presidential advisers and a panel of intellectuals struggled Tuesday to work out ways to boost backing for the draft constitution, set to go before voters on Saturday.

Tuesday 1105P (805P Pacific Time): Eric Trager, Washington Institute, in re:  Mohammed Morsi faces down the crowds, a vast operatic scene around the presidential palace; the Egyptian judiciary refuses to monitor the referendum on Saturday, more trouble ahead.

Tuesday 1120P (820P Pacific Time): Clair Cain Miller, NYT, in re:  the browser wars go mobile, the rush to rebuild the browsers so that they work on mobile devices; the look to HTML5 tools to come; the cloud is already here; the search for conformity.

Tuesday 1135P (835P Pacific Time):  Robert Zimmerman,, in re: the failures of a Curiosity drill can damage the whole mission.  Why did this happen, why was it launched? Also, Proto failure; also Kazakhstan lease is up; and the Dream Chaser and X-37B.

Tuesday 1150P (850P Pacific Time):  Robert Zimmerman,, in re: Climate change?  The Solar Maximum continues to underperform and what that means.  The UK has the cloudiest fall since 1983, and all climate models are unreliable and cannot predict the weather of the Twentieth Century!

Tuesday/Wed 1205A (905 Pacific Time): Stephanie Coontz, author, A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s; 1 of 2

Tuesday/Wed  1220A (920 Pacific Time): Stephanie Coontz, author, A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s; 2 of 2

Tuesday/Wed  1235A (935P Pacific Time): Ken Croswell, Science, in re: measuring the mass of the Milky Way from the orbits of satellite galaxies,

Tuesday/Wed  1250A  (950P Pacific Time): Exeunt. Elizabeth Jensen, NYT, in re: WMVY-FM on Martha’s Vineyard, and the plan to take the popular music and news station online and non profit. Media Decoder Blog: WMVY-FM Aims to Shift to Web Streaming as a Nonprofit

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