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The John Batchelor Show

The John Batchelor Show is a breaking-news program that focusses on global politics, economics, war-fighting, hard sciences, space exploration, literature and whimsy. Four hours a night, seven days a week; most rigorous news analysis in the New World; followed daily in 192 countries.

Episodes

  • Dr Henry Miller: Flu drives hospitals into 'war zone' conditions: Tents on the street in California, 'state of emergency' in Alabama, and Boston is using GATORADE to plug shortage of IV drips

    Jan 18 2018

    (Photo: Opposition to vaccination: James Gillray's “The Cow-Pock—or—the Wonderful Effects of the New Inoculation!,” an 1802 caricature of vaccinated patients who feared it would make them sprout cowlike appendages) • Hospitals in Southern California have set up emergency tents in their parking lot to treat the influx of flu patients - a scene that looks like a 'war zone' • The state has been hit hard with the flu and reported 40 deaths in patients under 65 but the number continues t...more

  • Anthony Ruggiero: Appeasement of North Korea at para-Olympics and Thereafter

    Jan 18 2018

    (Photo: CAMP 14 KAECHON The Kaechon political prison camp, also known as Camp 14, was established in 1959 and is located in the center of the country, approximately 40 miles north of Pyongyang, in South Pyongan Province. Situated on the north bank of the Taedong River, the camp is directly across the river from the Pukchang political prison camp [Camp 18] and near Mount Purok. The Kaechon political prison camp is located 12 miles to the southeast of the Kaechon reeducation labor camp. The DPRK g...more

  • Asia’s Core Conflict Began in 1868 Japan

    Jan 18 2018

    (Photo: Samurai armor. Note that perhaps the best samurai armor in the US is in the impressive Metal Museum just south of Memphis, Tennessee.) WSJ, 29 Dec 2017. Samurai rule was usurped by reformers torn between modernity and tradition; by Michael Auslin Asian nations have long searched for a stable balance between modernity and tradition. Reform has battled reaction with each adoption of the tools of the West. China under Xi Jinping is using Western ideas, but within Chinese constraints, to h...more

  • Texas shows China the door. @JoshRogin @WashingtonPost@GordonGChang @TheDailyBeast

    Jan 18 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Texas shows China the door.  @JoshRogin @WashingtonPost@GordonGChang @TheDailyBeast University rejects Chinese Communist Party-linked influence efforts on campus By Josh Rogin Global Opinions January 14 at 7:18 PM  As part of a broad effort to interfere in U.S. institutions, China tries to shape the discussion at American universities, stifle criticism and influence academic activity by offering ...more

  • Wendi Deng, enemy agent, & What is to be done? Christian Whiton, Center for National Interest. @GordonGChang @TheDailyBeast

    Jan 18 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo:The National Capitol Columns originally supported the old East Portico of the United States Capitol [1828]. The columns were removed during expansion of the Capitol in 1958. ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Wendi Deng Murdoch, enemy agent, & What is to be done? Christian Whiton, Center for National Interest. @GordonGChang @TheDailyBeast U.S. officials have also had concerns about a counterintelligence a...more

  • US-China trade war? WSJ: Battle Stations: US and China Prepare for Trade Clash of the Titans

    Jan 18 2018

    Alan Tonelson, independent economic policy analyst who blogs at RealityChek and tweets at @AlanTonelson, in re: SHANGHAI—The last time Washington mobilized for a trade war, Ronald Reagan was president and Japan the adversary. Today, the White House is readying the same big guns—a mix of tariffs and quotas—aimed mainly at Chinese imports. It has in its sights everything from steel to solar panels and washing machines . . . https://www.wsj.com/articles/battle-stations-u-s-and-china-prepare-for-...more

  • Korean War allies reunite in Vancouver to save North Korean predation. Charles Burton, Brock University. @GordonGChang @TheDailyBeast

    Jan 18 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo:Vancouver ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Korean War allies reunite in Vancouver to save North Korean predation. Charles Burton, Brock University. @GordonGChang @TheDailyBeast When the Vancouver conference concluded Tuesday night, the main takeaway was Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson imploring all United Nations members – including the absent Russia and...more

  • China reprimands companies indicating that Tibet and Taiwan are “independent.”

    Jan 18 2018

    (Photo: Over the years the Tibetan government in exile, the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), has shifted the goal of its resistance stance from attempting measured cooperation with autonomy, to demanding full independence, to seeking "genuine autonomy for all Tibetans living in the three traditional provinces of Tibet within the framework of the People's Republic of China". However, not all exiled Tibetans are content with pursuing the current CTA policy of the Middle Way App...more

  • The new push back on Chinese imperialism. @GordonGChang @TheDailyBeast Anders Car

    Jan 18 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: JDS Kongō (DDG-173), a JMSDF Kongō-class destroyer) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow The new push back on Chinese imperialism. @GordonGChang @TheDailyBeast Anders Car Great Powers, Grand Strategies: The New Game in the South China Sea. Editor Anders Carr. Great Powers, Grand Strategies offers the analysis of a dozen experts on the "big picture" approaches to the South China Sea dispute. By explori...more

  • Strengths and Missing Pieces of the Trump Administration's National Security Strategy. Gregory Copley, Defense & Foreign Affairs.

    Jan 18 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo:The Zagros Mountains form the largest mountain range in Iran, Iraq and southeastern Turkey. This mountain range has a total length of 1,500 km (930 mi). The Zagros mountain range begins in northwestern Iran and roughly corresponds to Iran's western border, and it spans the whole length of the western and southwestern Iranian plateau, ending at the Strait of Hormuz. The highest point in the Zagros Mountains is Dena. ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelor...more

  • Identifying primary real estate for the Mars colony. Bob Zimmerman BehindtheBlack.com

    Jan 18 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo:Topographic map of Hellas Planitia and its surroundings in the southern uplands, from the MOLA instrument of Mars Global Surveyor. The crater depth is 7,152 m (23,465 ft) below the standard topographic datum of Mars.[1] ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Identifying primary real estate for the Mars colony. Bob Zimmerman BehindtheBlack.com Last week there was a big NASA story about the discovery of eight locat...more

  • An unusual fact that China promotes its rocket managers to become provincial governors. Bob Zimmerman BehindtheBlack.com

    Jan 18 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo:Chang'e 3 lander ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow An unusual fact that China promotes its rocket managers to become provincial governors. Bob Zimmerman BehindtheBlack.com The new colonial movement: The head of China’s space agency has now been promoted to a political post as acting governor of the Fujian province in China. The significance here is that this is not the first time a space agency manager ...more

  • Glenn Simpson doesn't want to talk about the fact that he works for the Kremlin. @AndrewCMcCarthy @ThadMcCotter. Part 2 of 2.

    Jan 17 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo:Red Square ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Glenn Simpson doesn't want to talk about the fact that he works for the Kremlin. @AndrewCMcCarthy @ThadMcCotter. Part 2 of 2.

  • Glenn Simpson doesn't want to talk about the fact that he works for the Kremlin. @AndrewCMcCarthy @ThadMcCotter. Part 1 of 2.

    Jan 17 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Glenn Simpson doesn't want to talk about the fact that he works for the Kremlin. @AndrewCMcCarthy @ThadMcCotter. Part 1 of 2.

  • Tales of the New Cold War: Condemning All Things Russian as the enemy. Stephen F. Cohen @NYU @Princeton eastwestaccord.com.. PART 2 of 2

    Jan 17 2018

    (Photo: US missile defense. (Russia Fears US Missile Attack. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov made the accusation during his year-in-review press conference on Monday, after claiming that the US had rebuffed a joint attempt by Russia and China to strike a wider agreement on the “militarization of space.”) . . . Two of Obama’s intell chiefs: Brennan said Americans should avoid any contact with any Russian as it might lead down a slope to “treason”; and ___ said in a sort of ethnic slur th...more

  • Tales of the New Cold War: Condemning All Things Russian. Stephen F. Cohen @NYU @Princeton eastwestaccord.com. PART 1 of 2

    Jan 17 2018

    (Photo: How an ICBM works; think “DPRK to Hawaii”) Incoming nuclear missile warning in Hawai’i lasted 38 minutes, entirely terrorized the population. Then a parallel event in Japan. Had Washington responded, then Russia would have done the same and we’d all be evaporated. . . .

  • The known unknowns of the FBI and the Steele Dossier. @WjMcGurn @WSJOpinion

    Jan 17 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: ... J. Edgar Hoover FBI Building | by cliff1066™) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow The known unknowns of the FBI and the Steele Dossier. @WjMcGurn @WSJOpinion "...Which leaves America still in the dark about the two fundamental questions regarding the dossier at the heart of the Trump-Russia investigation: What—if anything—did the FBI verify from the Steele dossier, and did the bureau use any unverified...more

  • Pacific Watch: Hawaii's alert failure goes to the governor's desk. @JeffBliss1

    Jan 17 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo:Pacific Watch: Hawaii's alert failure goes to the governor's desk. @JeffBliss1 ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Pacific Watch: Hawaii's alert failure goes to the governor's desk. @JeffBliss1 A photo of the poor user interface used by the operator who sent a terrifying alert to Hawaii residents on Saturday telling them about an inbound ballistic missile has been released. The interface is un...more

  • The Trump administration NAFTA-negotiating with a "No!" in hand. @Larry_Kudlow

    Jan 17 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow The Trump administration NAFTA-negotiating with a "No!" in hand. @Larry_Kudlow Kudlow: Trump not inclined to pull out of NAFTA, but status 'is subject to daily change' President Donald Trump is not inclined to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement, White House sources told CNBC senior contributor Larry Kudlow. Instead, he's inclined t...more

  • Take the State of the Union away from the Swamp. @HooverWhalen @Larry_Kudlow

    Jan 17 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo:LBJ SOTU 1965 ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Take the State of the Union away from the Swamp. @HooverWhalen @Larry_Kudlow First, Trump should deliver not one, but two addresses. And deliver both well beyond the Swamp. One should be on the economy. Here, he has a good story to tell. And if not for the President’s self-defeating distractions (the tweets, the books, the alleged vulgarities), more America...more

  • A case for cash-based and skills-based immigration. @HooverWhalen @LarryKudlow

    Jan 17 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo:Royal Canadian Mounted Police on Horseback in front of Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica (Ottawa) ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow A case for cash-based and skills-based immigration. @HooverWhalen @LarryKudlow The 2018 version of that speech? First, to underscore his commitment to a Reaganesque military rebuild (U.S. defense stocks climbed 27% last year – seven points higher than the S&P average – in antici...more

  • A case to save SALT deductions to keep the money from Congress. @Larry_Kudlow @JohnTamny

    Jan 17 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow A case to save SALT deductions to keep the money from Congress. @Larry_Kudlow @JohnTamny The predictable reply to the above assertion is that in its previous form, the tax code favored earners in high tax states. Since it did, near-repeal of SALT will remove a tax subsidy that largely benefited citizens of those states, at the expense of everyone else. Except that such an a...more

  • The Brontë Cabinet: Three Lives in Nine Objects by Deborah Lutz (Author). PART 2 of 2.

    Jan 17 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: The parsonage in Haworth, the former family home, is now the Brontë Parsonage Museum.) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow The Brontë Cabinet: Three Lives in Nine Objects by Deborah Lutz (Author). PART 2 of 2. An intimate portrait of the lives and writings of the Brontë sisters, drawn from the objects they possessed. In this unique and lovingly detailed biography of a literary family that has enthralled reader...more

  • The Brontë Cabinet: Three Lives in Nine Objects by Deborah Lutz (Author). PART 1 of 2.

    Jan 17 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo:Anne, Emily, and Charlotte Brontë, by their brother Branwell (c. 1834). He painted himself among his sisters, but later removed the image so as not to clutter the picture. ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow The Brontë Cabinet: Three Lives in Nine Objects by Deborah Lutz (Author). PART 1 of 2. An intimate portrait of the lives and writings of the Brontë sisters, drawn from the objects they possessed. In this ...more

  • From Lincoln’s election in November 1860 to the firing on Fort Sumter in April 1861 (2 of 2) — We Have the War Upon Us: The Onset of the Civil War, November 1860-April 1861

    Jan 16 2018

    (Photo: Diagram of the Federal Government and American Union) We Have the War Upon Us: The Onset of the Civil War, November 1860-April 1861 (Vintage Civil War Library) by William J. Cooper. Part 2 of 2.     In this carefully researched book, William J. Cooper gives us a fresh perspective on the period between Abraham Lincoln’s election in November 1860 and the firing on Fort Sumter in April 1861, during which all efforts to avoid or impede secession and prevent war failed. Here is the story of ...more

  • Nineteenth Century Spreads Literacy & Gospel (2 of 2) —The Heathen School: A Story of Hope and Betrayal in the Age of the Early Republic by John Demos. PART 2 of 2.

    Jan 16 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow The Heathen School: A Story of Hope and Betrayal in the Age of the Early Republic by John Demos. PART 2 of 2. "The astonishing story of a unique missionary project—and the America it embodied—from award-winning historian John Demos. Near the start of the nineteenth century, as the newly established United States looked outward toward the wider world, a group of eminen...more

  • Nineteenth Century Spreads Literacy & Gospel (1 of 2) —The Heathen School: A Story of Hope and Betrayal in the Age of the Early Republic by John Demos. PART 1 of 2.

    Jan 16 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow The Heathen School: A Story of Hope and Betrayal in the Age of the Early Republic by John Demos. PART 1 of 2. "The astonishing story of a unique missionary project—and the America it embodied—from award-winning historian John Demos. Near the start of the nineteenth century, as the newly established United States looked outward toward the wider world, a group of eminen...more

  • From Lincoln’s election in November 1860 to the firing on Fort Sumter in April 1861 (1 of 2) — We Have the War Upon Us: The Onset of the Civil War, November 1860-April 1861

    Jan 16 2018

    (Photo: Violent repression of slaves was a common theme in abolitionist literature in the North. Here, a famous 1863 photo of a slave, Gordon, deeply scarred.) We Have the War Upon Us: The Onset of the Civil War, November 1860-April 1861 (Vintage Civil War Library) by William J. Cooper. Part 1 of 2. “The book reads like a Shakespearean tragedy played out on the national stage, where everything is converging toward a point of catastrophe, and the one thing that could avert disaster at the last ...more

  • The Purple Undercurrents of Victorian England (1 of 2) — Pleasure Bound: Victorian Sex Rebels and the New Eroticism by Deborah Lutz

    Jan 16 2018

    (Photo: Lilith, earliest in the Babylonian Talmud [3rd to 5th centuries], is often envisioned as a dangerous demon of the night who is sexually wanton, and who steals babies in the darkness. Here, the painting Lilith [1892] by John Collier; in Southport Atkinson Art Gallery) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules http://johnbatchelorshow.com/blog Twitter: @BatchelorShow Pleasure Bound: Victorian Sex Rebels and the New Eroticism by Deborah Lutz. "A smart...more

  • The Purple Undercurrents of Victorian England (2 of 2) — Pleasure Bound: Victorian Sex Rebels and the New Eroticism, by Deborah Lutz

    Jan 16 2018

    (Photo: A discreet Victorian shoe-fitting device) From the British Library: “Not so long ago it might have come as a surprise to see Queen Victoria described as ‘Britain’s sexiest Royal’ (Empire review of The Young Victoria). It seems we no longer only think of ‘straitlaced patriarchs making their wives and children miserable [...], whaleboned women shrouding the piano legs for decency’s sake, then lying back and thinking of England’ (Matthew Sweet, ix). These stereotypes of high prudery were f...more

  • Planet Never Sunup vs Planet Never Sundown. Ken Croswell.

    Jan 16 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Planet Never Sunup vs Planet Never Sundown. Tidal-Locked Exoplanets & Habitability. Ken Croswell, Physicsworld.com. "...Locked yet lively What are the implications for habitability? "It's a tricky question," Leconte says. On the one hand, the climate of a freely spinning planet can mimic Earth's. On the other hand, the day side of a tidally lock...more

  • The day after the world didn't end in Cuba, 1962. PART 2 of 2.

    Jan 16 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow The Fourteenth Day: JFK and the Aftermath of the Cuban Missile Crisis: The Secret White House Tapesby David Coleman. PART 2 of 2. A fly-on-the-wall narrative of the Oval Office in the wake of the Cuban Missile Crisis, using JFK’s secret White House tapes. On October 28, 1962, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev agreed to remove nuclear missiles from Cuba. Popular history has ...more

  • The day after the world didn't end in Cuba, 1962. Part 1 of 2.

    Jan 16 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow The day after the world didn't end, 1963. The Fourteenth Day: JFK and the Aftermath of the Cuban Missile Crisis: The Secret White House Tapes by David Coleman. PART 1 of 2. A fly-on-the-wall narrative of the Oval Office in the wake of the Cuban Missile Crisis, using JFK’s secret White House tapes. On October 28, 1962, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev agreed to remove ...more

  • The never-ending tale of doubts about Ethel Rosenberg's guilt.

    Jan 16 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow The never-ending tale of doubts about Ethel Rosenberg's guilt. Secret Grand Jury Testimony From Ethel Rosenberg’s Brother Is Released By SAM ROBERTSJULY 15, 2015 Continue reading the main storyShare This Page Share Tweet Email More At the trial, Mr. Greenglass, who had been an Army machinist assigned to Los Alamos, N.M., where the atomic bomb was developed, testi...more

  • The life of a novelist imagining a life of artistry in Paris.

    Jan 16 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow The life of a novelist imagining a life of artistry in Paris. Publish a Book and Change Your Life, or, Well, Maybe Not BY THE BILLFOLD JUNE 24, 2015 by Christine Sneed "...When I decided that I’d try to make a life as a writer during my senior year in college, I set off in dogged, possibly foolhardy pursuit of this goal. It wasn’t so much a conscious decision as a...more

  • Is the black plague older than Methuselah?

    Jan 16 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Is the black plague older than Methuselah? Prehistoric Tales of Bubonic Plague.Carl Zimmer, NYT. Ken Croswell, Science Now.. But in a new study, published on Thursday in the journal Cell, researchers report that the bacterium was infecting people as long as 5,000 years ago. "...Exactly what those early outbreaks were like is impossible to know. But the authors of the ...more

  • The white/blue dwarf end of our solar system once upon a time: Is that all there is? Ken Croswell.

    Jan 16 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow The white/blue dwarf end of our solar system once upon a time: Is that all there is? Ken Croswell. "..."It's fascinating," says astronomer Michael Jura of the University of California, Los Angeles, who was not part of the discovery team. "They've actually caught in the act the process of some asteroid breaking into pieces, being disrupted by the ...more

  • (2 of 2) US security hostage to general nuclear proliferation, diplo errors & multiple warring belligerents — Underestimated: Our Not So Peaceful Nuclear Future, by Henry D. Sokolski

    Jan 15 2018

     (Photo: Carl Von Clausewitz: “Der Krieg ist eine bloße Fortsetzung der Politik mit anderen Mitteln” Properly translated, this title reads, “War Is a Mere Continuation of Policy with Other Means.” “With,” not “by”; there is zero ambiguity in the German. . . .[According to Clausewitz,] the logic of policy remains in charge even after combat is joined. In this view, strategic competition falls somewhere along a continuum from peacetime diplomacy to high-end armed conflict. — James R Holmes) With ...more

  • (1 of 2) US security hostage to general nuclear proliferation, diplo errors & multiple warring belligerents — Underestimated: Our Not So Peaceful Nuclear Future, by Henry D. Sokolski

    Jan 15 2018

    (Photo: Helicopter that crashed in bad weather during the Falklands War.   Tony Benn: ''War is the ultimate failure of diplomacy.'' (War in the Falklands [April 1982] caused 1,054 deaths of soldiers and seamen. “However, despite long hours in negotiations and a genuine desire of both sides to avoid war, agreement was never reached. The British counterattacked on May 1. Diplomacy in the Falkland Islands failed for a number of reasons: First, the negotiations were flawed, both in ...more

  • The legacy of Obama’s and Romney’s battle for the White House (2 of 2) — Collision 2012: Obama vs. Romney and the Future of Elections in America, by Dan Balz

    Jan 15 2018

    (Photo: The proto-debate, Obama vs Romney: United States President Barack Obama talks with Ron Klain during presidential debate preparations in Henderson, Nevada on 2 October 2012. Senator John Kerry, background, played the role of Mitt Romney during the preparatory sessions.) Collision 2012: Obama vs. Romney and the Future of Elections in America by Balz, Dan 1st (first) (2013) From the bestselling author of The Battle for America 2008 and longtime Washington Post correspondent, an inside vie...more

  • The legacy of Obama’s and Romney’s battle for the White House (1 of 2) — Collision 2012: Obama vs. Romney and the Future of Elections in America, by Dan Balz

    Jan 15 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: Barack Obama v Mitt Romney Denver Debate | ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Collision 2012: Obama vs. Romney and the Future of Elections in America by Balz, Dan 1st (first) (2013) In his new [2013] book, Collision 2012: Obama vs. Romney and the Future of Elections in America, the Washington Post correspondent Dan Balz traces the 2012 campaign trail and explores how last year’s historic election has changed...more

  • The vast beauty of the night —The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light, by Paul Bogard

    Jan 15 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: NASA using Hubble photographs the Milky Way) Creative Commons Licence [Some Rights Reserved] © Copyright Billy McCrorie and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence. ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light by Paul Bogard The "terrific . . . moving, poetic, immersive, multifaceted, and thought-provoking" book (P...more

  • How to create and run a major, global corporation starting from scratch — Tough Man, Tender Chicken: Business and Life Lessons from Frank Perdue, by Mitzi Perdue.

    Jan 15 2018

    (Photo: Franklin Parsons Perdue) How to Make Your Family Business Last by Mitzi Perdue Frank Perdue was the quintessential entrepreneur, marketer, and businessman, a man whose life lessons are applicable to anyone searching for inspiration and encouragement. To write this book, Perdue s wife Mitzi interviewed nearly 140 people, seeking to understand every aspect of the man behind the tremendously successful corporation. If you want inspiration and ideas for succeeding in spite of obstacles, re...more

  • "Spirit of Georgia" B-2 driver@PappalardoJoe.

    Jan 15 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo:A B-2 Spirit soars after a refueling mission over the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday, May 30, 2006. The B-2, from the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., is part of a continuous bomber presence in the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III) ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow "Spirit of Georgia" B-2 driver@PappalardoJoe. America's airspace is crossed with...more

  • Canines solving human thermal plumes that suggest bomb-making.

    Jan 15 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: File:Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft roll out by train 3 - bomb sniffing dog.jpg) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Best of 2015: Canines solving human thermal plumes that suggest bomb-making. Puppies Go to Prison to Become Dogs That Save Lives By ETHAN HAUSER. JULY 27, 2015 Continue reading the main storyShare This Page Share Tweet Pin Email More Save 39 "...What was the most effective way, Dr. Wagg...more

  • Best of: The Way We Live Now at the Google Scenario. @thejoelstein

    Jan 15 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: Googleplex CA) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow The Way We Live Now at the Google Scenario. Thirteen Months of Working, Eating, and Sleeping at the Googleplex The saga of Ben Discoe By Joel Stein

  • Best of 2015: Exploitation at sea & What is to be done?

    Jan 15 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo:Sea Caves, Coast, Sea, Sky, Clouds, Storm, Afternoon ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Best of 2015:  Exploitation at sea & What is to be done? @ian_urbina Ending the Abuse of Laws, Workers and the Environment at Sea.  By IAN URBINA JULY 27, 2015 "...How might we better manage the world’s oceans? This question came up often during the reporting of The New York Times’s series about lawlessness at ...more

  • Spaceport Earth: The Reinvention of Spaceflight by Joe Pappalardo. PART 4 of 4: Blast-off Boca Chica. @PappalardoJoe

    Jan 14 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: Regional location of the Proposed SpaceX Texas Orbital Launch Site, from the FAA draft EIS, April 2013) ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Spaceport Earth: The Reinvention of Spaceflight by Joe Pappalardo. PART 4 of 4: Blast-off Boca Chica. “For anyone obsessed with how spaceflight grew into what it is today, this book is a must-have.” Popular Mechanics “Private companies and rich people like Elon Musk a...more

  • Spaceport Earth: The Reinvention of Spaceflight by Joe Pappalardo. PART 3 of 4: Exorbitant but guaranteed launches. @PappalardoJoe

    Jan 14 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: The now-decommissioned ELA-2 - l'Ensemble de Lancement Ariane 2 Ariane 4 launch site) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Spaceport Earth: The Reinvention of Spaceflight by Joe Pappalardo. PART 3 of 4: Exorbitant but guaranteed launches. “For anyone obsessed with how spaceflight grew into what it is today, this book is a must-have.” Popular Mechanics “Private companies and rich people like Elon Musk and...more

  • Spaceport Earth: The Reinvention of Spaceflight by Joe Pappalardo. PART 2 of 4: Spaceport 1945. @PappalardoJoe

    Jan 14 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo:Image right: The first research rocket launched from Wallops Island was Tiamat on July 4, 1945. Since 1945, NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility has launched more than 15,000 rockets from Wallops Island for science studies, technology development, and as targets for the U.S. military. Wallops roots are based on this country’s need for missile research during World War II. The Langley Aeronautical Laboratory in Hampton, Va. was tasked with supporting this research. A place was needed ...more

  • Spaceport Earth: The Reinvention of Spaceflight by Joe Pappalardo. PART 1 of 4: Texas and there billionaire rocketeers. @PappalardoJoe

    Jan 14 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: English: Aerial shot of SpaceX's Rocket Development facility in McGregor, TX Date 20 November 2008 Source http://www.spacex.com/media-gallery/detail/149371/8951 Author SpaceX Permission (Reusing this file)  http://www.spacex.com/media) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Spaceport Earth: The Reinvention of Spaceflight by Joe Pappalardo.PART 1 of 4: Texas and there billionaire rocketeers. “For anyone o...more

  • Best of 2015: On the eve of Pluto: take the quiz. Ken Croswell @ScienceMagazine

    Jan 14 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo:English: Diagram showing the orbits of four of the moons of Pluto. Date 19 July 2011 Source https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/hubble/science/pluto-moon.html Author NASA, ESA, and A. Feild (STScI) ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Best of 2015: On the eve of Pluto: take the quiz. Ken Croswell @ScienceMagazine 1.  Pluto's name was chosen in part to honor which astronomer? Nicolaus Copernicus Galileo ...more

  • Best of 2015: HUD conquers America. @RichardAEpstein @HooverInst

    Jan 14 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: President Bush, who vowed to spread the dream of homeownership, is leaving office amid a downturn rooted in the housing sector he so ardently championed.) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Best of 2015: HUD conquers America. @RichardAEpstein @HooverInst The Folly Of "Fair" Housing by Richard A. Epstein Monday, July 13, 2015 This past week, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)...more

  • The Inventor and the Tycoon: A Gilded Age Murder and the Birth of Moving Pictures by Edward Ball. PART 2 of 2.

    Jan 14 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: leland stanford mansion sacramento california house) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow The Inventor and the Tycoon: A Gilded Age Murder and the Birth of Moving Pictures by Edward Ball. PART 2 of 2. One hundred and thirty years ago Eadweard Muybridge invented stop-motion photography, anticipating and making possible motion pictures. He was the first to capture time and play it back for an audience, giving birt...more

  • The Inventor and the Tycoon: A Gilded Age Murder and the Birth of Moving Pictures by Edward Ball. PART 1 of 2.

    Jan 14 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo:File:Muybridge race horse gallop.jpg ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow The Inventor and the Tycoon: A Gilded Age Murder and the Birth of Moving Pictures by Edward Ball. PART 1 of 2. One hundred and thirty years ago Eadweard Muybridge invented stop-motion photography, anticipating and making possible motion pictures. He was the first to capture time and play it back for an audience, giving birth to visual med...more

  • Best of 2017: The mysteries of the self-destruction of success.

    Jan 14 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo:Photograph of Fifth Avenue from the Metropolitan—New York City.jpg ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Best of 2017: The mysteries of the self-destruction of success. Sadness of the way we live now. @GregoryZuckerman @Larry_Kudlow "Charles Murphy used to walk home through New York City’s Central Park to his 19-room townhouse for dinner with his family. Last year, he began voicing worries about money to h...more

  • Best of 2015: "Invisible Souls - Leave .308 Holes." David Devaney

    Jan 14 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Brock Legant, a scout sniper with Charlie Company, 1st) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Best of 2015: "Invisible Souls - Leave .308 Holes." David Devaney SpotterUp.com 150617 Snipers, the cleanest killers in the history of warfare By David K. Devaney SgtMaj USMC Retired The Surveillance and Target Acquisition Platoon of 3rd Battalion 3rd Marines during the mid 1980s throu...more

  • Best of 2015: The Water Lady of Thoreau, New Mexico.

    Jan 14 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: File:New Mexico State Road 371, Thoreau NM.jpg) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Best of 2015: The Water Lady of Thoreau. THOREAU, N.M. — The yellow truck slogged along the red-dirt roads in this impoverished corner of the Navajo reservation last week, its belly full of water — liquid gold in a treasure chest on wheels. The truck’s driver, Darlene Arviso, steered it patiently, up, down and around pockmarks c...more

  • On the Road to Doha: America's Great Game: The CIA's Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East by Hugh Wilford. PART 1 of 2.

    Jan 13 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: The Iranian coup of 1953) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow On the Road to Doha: America's Great Game: The CIA's Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East by Hugh Wilford. PART 1 of 2. https://www.amazon.com/Americas-Great-Game-Arabists-Shaping/dp/046509628X/ref=sr11?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1495140203&sr=1-1&keywords=wilford+great+game

  • Dr Abdul Mujib Mannan (“Satchmo” Mannan) and his group perform at Be-sa-me on Sun 14 Jan (3 to 7P) in Harlem.

    Jan 13 2018

    (Photo: Satchmo Mannan and musicians) In New York City, a free concert in Harlem on  Sunday, January 14, from 3 to 7 PM in celebration of Dr Martin Luther King. A noted jazz musician, Dr Abdul Mujib Mannan, will lead a small group to play a rich variety of jazz, with talented tap dancers also on the stage, at: Besame Harlem (pronounced: bey-sah-mey) 2070 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd (at 124 Street and Seventh Avenue) in a restaurant described as: “A bustling family-owned eatery featuring ...more

  • On the Road to Doha: America's Great Game: The CIA's Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East by Hugh Wilford. PART 1 of 2.

    Jan 13 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: File:1953 Egypt revolution celebrations.jpg) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow On the Road to Doha: America's Great Game: The CIA's Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East by Hugh Wilford. PART 1 of 2. https://www.amazon.com/Americas-Great-Game-Arabists-Shaping/dp/046509628X/ref=sr11?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1495140203&sr=1-1&keywords=wilford+great+game

  • Pacific Watch: Tsunami of mud in Santa Barbara County after the Thomas fire. @JeffBliss1

    Jan 13 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo:mudslide ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Pacific Watch: Tsunami of mud in Santa Barbara County after the Thomas fire. @JeffBliss1

  • Will the global bull run bring an immigration deal in Washington? @LizPeek

    Jan 13 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: File:Sanfermines Vaquillas Pamplona 01.jpg) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Will the global bull run bring an immigration deal in Washington? @LizPeek

  • The empty chairs of the Trump Administration. @FRoseDC

    Jan 13 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo:Class, Classroom, Room, School, Empty, Interior, Chairs ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow The empty chairs of the Trump Administration. @FRoseDC

  • Samuel M. Katz: Harpoon: Inside the Covert War Against Terrorism's Money Masters (2 of 2).

    Jan 13 2018

    (Photo: Mother consoles daughter after rocket attack) Samuel M. Katz: Harpoon: Inside the Covert War Against Terrorism's Money Masters, by Nitsana Darshan-Leitner & Samuel M. Katz; in re: . . . Global gangsters hauling in money from heroin, cocaine, every kind of illegal commerce. Canadian-Lebanese Bank. Wall Street figured out that the money transfers they were facilitating were from and to big-time murderers. “There’s nothing you can do to make the enemy love you; that’s an infantile ...more

  • Samuel M. Katz: Harpoon: Inside the Covert War Against Terrorism's Money Masters (1 of 2).

    Jan 13 2018

    (Photo: Bank Saderat is used by the government of Iran to transfer money to U.S.-designated terrorist organizations, including Hezbollah, Hamas, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, as alleged by U.S. Department of the Treasury. See also: https://www.wired.com/story/quantaverse-ai-terrorist-funding/ ) Samuel M. Katz: Harpoon: Inside the Covert War Against Terrorism's Money Masters, by Nitsana Darshan-Leitner & Samuel M. Katz; i...more

  • Make America the Energy Superpower Again. Bud Weinstein, Houston Chronicle.

    Jan 13 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: Houston à noite vista da Estação Espacial Internacional) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Make America the Energy Superpower Again. Bud Weinstein, Houston Chronicle. http://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/outlook/article/Weinstein-Offshore-drilling-good-for-jobs-12485627.php Weinstein is associate director of the Maguire Energy Institute and an adjunct professor business economics in the Cox School of Busi...more

  • Where are we in modern history —is this a calm before a war? (2 of 2) Michael E Vlahos, Johns Hopkins.

    Jan 13 2018

    (Photo: China expands on many continents. Its One Belt-One Road endeavor is labelled as economic and cultural; its long-term intention is distinctly military.) Michael E Vlahos, Johns Hopkins, in re: War warnings? It's ’way too quiet, around Europe, the US, and even the Middle East. What worries me is that China is expanding widely, incl in Africa and the Gulf. . . . Halford Mackinder . . . I saw no Russian presence in the Gulf.

  • Where are we in modern history —is this a calm before a war? (1 of 2) Michael E Vlahos, Johns Hopkins.

    Jan 13 2018

    (Photo: Pericles was a prominent and influential Greek statesman, orator and general of Athens during the Golden Age — specifically, the time between the Persian and Peloponnesian wars. “ There’s nothing like a confident, resurgent power to make the argument that all is going well.” ) Michael E Vlahos, Johns Hopkins, in re: War warnings? It's ’way too quiet, around Europe, the US, and even the Middle East. Alternatively, it may be that after the Sturm und Drang and sackcloth following the 2...more

  • On the Road to Doha: The Twilight War: The Secret History of America's Thirty-Year Conflict with Iran by David Crist. PART 2 of 2

    Jan 13 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: Operation Nimble Archer[edit]) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow On the Road to Doha: The Twilight War: The Secret History of America's Thirty-Year Conflict with Iran by David Crist. PART 2 of 2

  • On the Road to Doha: Assassins of the Turquoise Palace by Roya Hakakian.

    Jan 13 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo:English: A demonstration in Iran. It might be a government-supported rally. A photo from sajed.ir which has published under GFDL In Persian: «کلیهٔ مطالب تحت مجوز مستندات آزاد گنو (GFDL) منتشر می‌شوند» Date Unknown date Source Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons by Tran_Quoc123 using CommonsHelper. Author Unknownwikidata:Q4233718 ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow On the Road to Doha: Assassins of th...more

  • On the Road to Doha: Hassan al-Thawadi, director of Qatar’s 2022 World Cup committee (part 2 of 2)

    Jan 12 2018

    (Photo: Español: Logotipo de La Copa Del Mundo Qatar 2022 Date 27 June 2014, 00:00:08 Source Own work Author Mieslogo)

  • On the Road to Doha: Hassan al-Thawadi, Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy and director of Qatar’s 2022 World Cup committee (part 1 of 2).

    Jan 12 2018

    (Photo: Hassan al-Thawadi, Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy and director of Qatar’s 2022 World Cup committee)

  • On the Road to Doha: H.E. Akbar Al Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways (part 2 of 2)

    Jan 12 2018

    (Photo: H.E. Akbar Al Baker, group CEO, Qatar Airways)

  • On the Road to Doha: H.E. Akbar Al Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways (part 1 of 2)

    Jan 12 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: Qatar Airlines Dreamliner) ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow On the Road to Doha: H.E. Akbar Al Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways (part 1 of 2)

  • On the Road to Doha: H.H. Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Qatari foreign minister (part 1 of 2)

    Jan 12 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo:Downtown Doha under development) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow On the Road to Doha: H.H. Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Qatari foreign minister (part 1 of 2)

  • On the Road to Doha: H.H. Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Qatari foreign minister (part 2 of 2)

    Jan 12 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: Doha, Qatar at dusk) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow On the Road to Doha: H.H. Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Qatari foreign minister (part 2 of 2)

  • On the Road to Doha: Dr. R. Seetharaman, Group CEO of Doha Bank (part 2 of 2)

    Jan 12 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: Doha, Qatar, rated one of the richest countries, if not the richest) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow

  • On the Road to Doha: Dr. R. Seetharaman, Group CEO of Doha Bank (part 1 of 2)

    Jan 12 2018

    (Photo: Doha, Qatar, the traditional dhows on the waterfront)

  • On the Road to Doha: Doha calling New York . . . hello, New York? Hello?

    Jan 12 2018

    (Photo: Al Udeid Air Base ; Al Udeid Air Base (قاعدة العديد الجوية) is a military base southwest of Doha, Qatar, also known as Abu Nakhlah Airport (مطار أبو نخلة). It houses Qatari Air Force, U.S. Air Force, Royal Air Force, and other Coalition personnel and assets. It is host to a forward headquarters of United States Central Command.) Malcolm Hoenlein, Mary Kissel, Chris Cox and John Batchelor, in re: Doha has the largest US air base outside of the US – 11,000 troops, serves Iraq, Afghanistan...more

  • On the Road to Doha: Iran sanctions, by Jonathan Schanzer, FDD; with Malcolm Hoenlein, Mary Kissel, Christopher Nixon Cox

    Jan 12 2018

    (Photo: Following the Iranian Revolution of 1979, the United States imposed economic sanctions against Iran and expanded them in 1995 to include firms dealing with the Iranian government. In 2006, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 1696[2] and imposed sanctions after Iran refused to suspend its uranium enrichment program. U.S. sanctions initially targeted investments in oil, gas, and petrochemicals, exports of refined petroleum products, and business dealings with the Iranian Revolutionar...more

  • On the Road to Doha: Kurds; & Iran; by Michael Rubin, author; with Malcolm Hoenlein, Mary Kissel, Christopher Nixon Cox

    Jan 12 2018

    (Photo: Kurdish YPG fighters in Syria) Michael Rubin, author, in re: Kurds; & Iran. The situation in Iraq is stabilized; jockeying in advance of the spring elections. Protests in Iraqi Kurdistan because so much money has been unpaid and has disappeared; but Baghdad has said it’ll pay civil servants as soon as the audits are done. Mahsoud Barzani stepped down in name but not reality. Kurds sold a lot of their oil interests in advance for cash payments; some co’s thereby get to take X Bbls of...more

  • On the Road to Doha: Iran, Iran in Syria, by Mike Doran, Hudson Institute; with Malcolm Hoenlein, Mary Kissel, Christopher Nixon Cox

    Jan 12 2018

    (Photo: Return of Iranian Casualties from the Syrian civil war to Kermanshah, Iran. Iran and Syria are close strategic allies, and Iran has provided significant support for the SyrianGovernment in the Syrian Civil War, including logistical, technical and financial support, as well as training and some combat troops. Iran sees the survival of the Syrian government as being crucial to its regional interests.) Mike Doran, Hudson Institute (and Malcolm Hoenlein, Mary Kissel, Christopher Nixon Cox)...more

  • Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century by Christian Caryl. Part 2 of 2.

    Jan 12 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century by Christian Caryl. Part 2 of 2. "Few moments in history have seen as many seismic transformations as 1979. That single year marked the emergence of revolutionary Islam as a global political force, the beginning of market revolutions in China and Britain that would radically alter the international economy, and the...more

  • On the Road to Doha: Waiting for Falcon Heavy. Christopher Nixon Cox. Bob Zimmerman BehindtheBlack.com

    Jan 12 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow On the Road to Doha: Waiting for Falcon Heavy. Christopher Nixon Cox. Bob Zimmerman BehindtheBlack.com

  • On the Road to Doha: The Twilight War: The Secret History of America's Thirty-Year Conflict with Iran by David Crist. PART 1 of 2.

    Jan 12 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: Mahdi Iraqi (1930 – 26 August 1979) (Persian: مهدی عراقی‎) was a founder of Fadayan-e Islam. He and a friend had participated in Hassan-Ali Mansur's terror, and he was kept in prison during the Shah's regime until the Iranian Revolution. After the revolution he was in charge of Qasr Prison, the prison from which he had recently been freed. He was assassinated by the Forghan group on 13 August 1979.) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/sche...more

  • On the Road to Doha: Solar cycle watch continues weak & What is to be done? Christopher Nixon Co. Bob Zimmerman BehindtheBlack.com

    Jan 12 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow On the Road to Doha: Solar cycle watch continues weak & What is to be done? Christopher Nixon Co. Bob Zimmerman BehindtheBlack.com

  • On the Road to Doha: Small country, big LNG plans for the 21st century. Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada

    Jan 12 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo:Mozah, Nakilat's flagship vessel, at Ras Laffan ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow On the Road to Doha: Small country, big LNG plans for the 21st century. Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada His Excellency Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada was appointed Minister of Energy and Industry in January 2011. Career : From 2007 to 2011, His Excellency the Minister of Energy and Industry served as Minister of State for Ene...more

  • On the Road to Doha: China arms dealers flood the Middle East vacuum. Christopher Nixon Cox. Rick Fisher. @GordonGChang @TheDailyBeast

    Jan 11 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow On the Road to Doha: China arms dealers flood the Middle East vacuum. Christopher Nixon Cox. Rick Fisher. @GordonGChang @TheDailyBeast Rick Fisher, senior Fellow at the International Assessment and Strategy Center, in re: Chinese proliferation in the Middle East. China is upgrading the American F4Es and F4Ds with avionics and anti-ship missiles; China is selling UAVs esp to...more

  • On the Road to Doha: European friends of the Foreign Secretary of Appeasement. @EliLake & Christopher Nixon Cox.

    Jan 11 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow On the Road to Doha: European friends of the Foreign Secretary of Appeasement. @EliLake & Christopher Nixon Cox. JB: One of the bright moments of the day for me was when Eli sent me an article on Federica Mogherini, EU foreign secretary; Eli’s remarks about her as an appeaser – a poor appellation in the US but seems to be good business in Europe.   EL: The new Europe – ...more

  • On the Road to Doha: The Trump Administration and 355 Plus. Christopher Nixon Cox. @JerryHendrixII

    Jan 11 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow On the Road to Doha: The Trump Administration and 355 Plus. Christopher Nixon Cox. @JerryHendrixII US foreign policy of strategic ambiguity; USN can bring pressure to bear from multiple angles and approaches, is the ideal tool for a president who understands the uses of coercive diplomacy. Pres Trump really enjoys creating the largest number of opportunities to get the stro...more

  • On the Road to Doha. The Provocation Cycle begins again in Korea. Christopher Nixon Cox. David Maxwell. @GordonGChang @TheDailyBeast

    Jan 11 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow On the Road to Doha. The Provocation Cycle begins again in Korea. Christopher Nixon Cox. David Maxwell. @GordonGChang @TheDailyBeast David Maxwell, retired U.S. Army Special Forces colonel and Fellow at the Institute of Corean American Studies, in re: the North Korea-South Korea talks. Potential long-term damage the US-ROK alliance if Kim Jong-eun succeeds in driving a wedg...more

  • On the Road to Doha: The Legend of the Steele Dossier. Christopher Nixon Cox. @AndrewCMcCarthy @ThadMcCotter

    Jan 11 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow On the Road to Doha: The Legend of the Steele Dossier. Christopher Nixon Cox. @AndrewCMcCarthy @ThadMcCotter http://www.nationalreview.com/article/455267/christopher-steele-dossier-obama-administration-hillary-clinton-campaign-congress-fisa-court Andrew C McCarthy, National Review, in re: We’re near the hundredth anniversary of the Zimmerman Telegram; one-year anniversary ...more

  • On the Road to Doha: The politics of the Subcontinent and Qatar. Christopher Nixon Cox. Cleo Paskal, University of Montreal. @GordonGChang @TheDailyBeast

    Jan 11 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow On the Road to Doha: The politics of the Subcontinent and Qatar. co-host Christopher Nixon Cox. Cleo Paskal, University of Montreal. @GordonGChang @TheDailyBeast Cleo Paskal, visiting Trudeau Fellow, University of Montreal, and associate Fellow, Chatham House, in re: India and the Middle East. Abt 65% of India’s LNG comes from Qatar (which also sells a good deal to Banglade...more

  • The North Korean Winter Olympics is a win-win for Kim. Christopher Nixon Cox. @GordonGChang @TheDailyBeast Sung-Yoon Lee @Tufts

    Jan 11 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow The North Korean Winter Olympics is a win-win for Kim. Christopher Nixon Cox. @GordonGChang @TheDailyBeast Sung-Yoon Lee @Tufts

  • Robot to Europa via Antarctica. Joe Pappalardo. Popular Mechanics.

    Jan 11 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Robot to Europa via Antarctica.  Joe Pappalardo. Popular Mechanics. http://www.popularmechanics.com/space/solar-system/a14572143/europa-icefin-aliens-antarctica/

  • On the Road to Doha: The Known Unknowns of the Crisis in the Gulf Cooperation Council. His Excellency Dr Khalid bin Mohamed Al Attiyah

    Jan 11 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: GCC ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow On the Road to Doha: The Known Unknowns of the Crisis in the Gulf Cooperation Council. His Excellency Dr Khalid bin Mohamed Al Attiyah, Minister of State for Defence Affairs His Excellency Dr Khalid bin Mohamed Al Attiyah was appointed Minister of State for Defence Affairs in January 2016. Career From 2013 to 2016, HE Dr Khalid bin Mohamed Al Attiyah was Minister of For...more

  • On the Road to Doha: Education City is "Build it, and they will come." Everette Dennis.

    Jan 11 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow On the Road to Doha: Education City is "Build it, and they will come." Everette Dennis, Northwestern University in Qatar. Northwestern University in Qatar draws from its parent organization, Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois, USA), a distinguished history, famous programs, and an exceptional faculty. Founded in 2008 in partnership with Qatar Foundation, ...more

  • Ninth Man on the Moon forever. Bob Zimmerman BehindtheBlack.com

    Jan 11 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Ninth Man on the Moon forever. Bob Zimmerman BehindtheBlack.com John Young, the ninth man to walk on the Moon and the only man to fly a Gemini capsule, an Apollo capsule, and the space shuttle, passed away yesterday at the age of 87. Young was the only spaceman to span NASA’s Gemini, Apollo and shuttle programs, and became the first person to rocket away from Earth six tim...more

  • Manned NASA to return to orbit on the Atlas 5. Bob Zimmerman BehindtheBlack.com

    Jan 11 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Manned NASA to return to orbit on the Atlas 5.  Bob Zimmerman BehindtheBlack.com Capitalism in space: ULA announced this week that its Atlas 5 rocket has passed a NASA review that now approves the design changes necessary to allow that rocket to launch Boeing’s Starliner manned capsule. “Design Certification Review is a significant milestone that completes the design phase...more

  • Tales of the New Cold War: Was Gorbachev deceived? and other media mysteries left unreported. PART 2 of 2. Stephen F. Cohen @NYU @Princeton eastwestaccord.com.

    Jan 10 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: English: “Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and U.S. President George Bush”. Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, left, and U.S. President George Bush signing bilateral documents during Gorbachev's official visit to the United States Русский: «Президенты СССР и США М.С.Горбаев и Дж.Буш». Официальный визит в США президента СССР М.С.Горбачева. Президенты СССР и США М.С.Горбачев и Дж.Буш во время подписания советско-американских документов. США, Вашингтон Date 12 June 1990 S...more

  • Tales of the New Cold War: Was Gorbachev deceived? and other media mysteries left unreported. PART 1 of 2. Stephen F. Cohen @NYU @Princeton eastwestaccord.com.

    Jan 10 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: File:Bush and Gorbachev at the Malta summit in 1989.gif) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Tales of the New Cold War: Was Gorbachev deceived? and other media mysteries left unreported. PART 1 of 2. Stephen F. Cohen @NYU @Princeton eastwestaccord.com. http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/when-washington-assured-russia-nato-would-not-expand/ http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/167707

  • Trump turns to immigration, infrastructure, deregulation and comity in Washington. @Larry_Kudlow

    Jan 10 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: US infrastructure) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Trump turns to immigration, infrastructure, deregulation and comity in Washington. @Larry_Kudlow

  • On the Road from Doha: "For Your Own Good: Taxes, Paternalism, and Fiscal Discrimination in the Twenty-First Century," by Adam Hoffer and Todd Nesbit. @Larry_Kudlow

    Jan 10 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: Political cartoon by Thomas Nast: Grant congratulated for vetoing the "inflation bill" on April 22, 1874) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow On the Road from Doha: "For Your Own Good: Taxes, Paternalism, and Fiscal Discrimination in the Twenty-First Century," by Adam Hoffer and Todd Nesbit. @Larry_Kudlow Persecuting Plastic Bags Did you know that after San Francisco banned plastic bags, do...more

  • On the Road to Doha: BREXIT and Black Swan Watch. @Larry_Kudlow @BrettArends

    Jan 10 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: Brexit comment) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow On the Road to Doha: BREXIT and Black Swan Watch. @Larry_Kudlow @BrettArends

  • On the Road to Doha: Markets up, Bannon not & What is to be done? @Larry_Kudlow @BrettArends

    Jan 10 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: the Wall Street bull ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow On the Road to Doha: Markets up, Bannon not & What is to be done? @Larry_Kudlow @BrettArends http://www.nationalreview.com/article/455204/steve-bannons-wolff-book-political-suicide-boosts-stock-market

  • The Honored Dead: A Story of Friendship, Murder, and the Search for Truth in the Arab World by Joseph Braude.

    Jan 10 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow The Honored Dead: A Story of Friendship, Murder, and the Search for Truth in the Arab World by Joseph Braude. Amazon.com Review "The Arab Islamic world is known for religious extremism, ethnic conflicts, and, now, the overthrow of seemingly unshakable regimes—but if anything has become clear, it’s that our understanding of the region remains shrouded and incomplete. T...more

  • Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century by Christian Caryl. Part 1 of 2.

    Jan 10 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century by Christian Caryl. Part 1 of 2. Few moments in history have seen as many seismic transformations as 1979. That single year marked the emergence of revolutionary Islam as a political force on the world stage, the beginning of market revolutions in China and Britain that would fuel globalization and radically alter the i...more

  • On the Road to Doha: Syria mission not accomplished. Jonathan Spyer. @ThadMcCotter @ELALUSA Report w/Malcolm Hoenlein @Conf_of_pres.

    Jan 10 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow On the Road to Doha: Syria mission not accomplished. Jonathan Spyer. @ThadMcCotter @ELALUSA Report w/Malcolm Hoenlein @Confofpres. · https://www.timesofisrael.com/syrian-minister-fired-over-israeli-journalists-visit-report/ · https://www.rferl.org/a/syria-russia-says-drones-used-attack-bases/28963399.html · http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/08/middleeast/idlib-syria-npw-analysis...more

  • On the Road to Doha: "Indiana" Hoenlein and the Lost Seal of "governor of Jerusalem." @ELALUSA Report w/Malcolm Hoenlein @Conf_of_pres. @ThadMcCotter

    Jan 10 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: Screen shot of Israeli Antiquities Authority photo by Clara Amit: Found 100 meters from Jerusalem’s Western Wall, the First Temple period seal bears an inscription stating, ‘Belonging to the governor of the city.’  ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow On the Road to Doha: "Indiana" Hoenlein and the Lost Seal of "governor of Jerusalem." @ELALUSA Report w/Malcolm Hoenlein @Confofpres. @ThadMcC...more

  • One million year ago climate change and the success of our ancestors in the Malawi Basin. Thomas C. Johnson.

    Jan 10 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo:  Farm tools in Malawi ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow One million year ago climate change and the success of our ancestors in the Malawi Basin. Thomas C. Johnson. Regents Professor Emeritus of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Large Lakes Observatory. University of Minnesota Duluth. African climate is generally considered to have evolved towards progressively drier conditions over the past few million yea...more

  • On the Road to Doha: Is Iran a democracy or a dictatorship? Behnam ben Talablu @FDD @ELALUSA Report w/Malcolm Hoenlein @Conf_of_pres. @ThadMcCotter

    Jan 09 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: The Islamic Republic’s 34-year rule has hurt many religious and political groups in Iran; this is a photo of Kurds in Iran protecting their nation and fighting for a separate country. Another of the many persecuted groups in Iran are Baha’is, a religious minority bearing an especially heavy burden.Another of the many persecuted groups in Iran are Baha’is, a religious minority bearing an especially heavy burden. Dozens of Baha’is were killed or jailed in the years immediately ...more

  • On the Road to Doha: The Iran protests & after. @ELALUSA Report w/Malcolm Hoenlein @Conf_of_pres. @ThadMcCotter

    Jan 09 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: The Mosalla ([Prayers Courtyard] is in Mashhad, just west of the Afghan border, where the current Iranian protests began on 28 December. According to the extant inscription it was built in 1087 A.H./ 1676 A.D., during Shah Sulayman Safavi's reign; its facade is made of bricks and has been decorated with inscriptions and glazed tiles. The 2017–18 Iranian protests [Persian: اعتراضات ۱۳۹۶ ایران‎] initially focussed on the economic policies of the government of Iran; however, as...more

  • On the Road to Doha: Oprah owns the Democrats for now. @JohnFund @ThadMcCotter

    Jan 09 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: will Oprah Winfrey run for the presidency? She’s profoundly competent and very widely admired.) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow On the Road to Doha: Oprah owns the Democrats for now. @JohnFund @ThadMcCotter John Fund, NRO: Oprah Winfrey at the Golden Globes, Hollywood; buzz that she may run for the presidency. Rapturous Oprahmania. Donald Trump has opened the gates to everyone in the US who happens to have ...more

  • Thaddeus McCotter's new article at American Greatness on mental health and the presidency

    Jan 09 2018

    Photo: Andrew Jackson, called crazy by his contemporary detractors. The American Psychiatric Association considers it unethical for a psychiatrist to diagnose a person without having met him. Whether or not Donald Trump appears to display characteristics of certain mental illness, he hasn’t been formally diagnosed (as far as we know), so the question is impossible to answer with any degree of certainty. That being said, were he mentally ill, he would almost certainly not be the first American pr...more

  • Wolff at the GOP door in 2018. @DavidMDrucker @JohnFund @ThadMcCotter

    Jan 09 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: From the Red Room on the State Floor of the White House, President Donald J. Trump looks out.  Credit: Official White House photo by Shealah Craighead ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow On the Road from Doha: Wolff at the GOP door in 2018. @DavidMDrucker @JohnFund @ThadMcCotter http://edition.cnn.com/2018/01/08/politics/michael-wolff-donald-trump/index.html

  • North and South Korea's first formal talks in more than two years begin

    Jan 09 2018

    Photo: A caravan of 501 cattle and 50 vehicles entered Panmunjom, Republic of Korea, bound for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on Oct. 27, 1998. A South Korean business tycoon, Chung Ju-yung, the founder and honorary chairman of Hyundai Group, donated 501 head of cattle and the vehicles to the famine-stricken country. Generosity to his brethren, as well as appeasement of the genocidal tyrants in the DPRK. Mr. Chung had given the North Koreans 500 head of cattle earlier that year in...more

  • 2017: A record year for US counterterrorism strikes

    Jan 09 2018

    Photo:  The Horn of Africa, from Djibouti to Kenya (Djibouti, Somaliland, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya) 2017: A record year for US counterterrorism strikes; by Bill Roggio and Alexandra Gutowski | January 3, 2018 US Air Campaign: Year in Review -The United States launched a record number of airstrikes in Yemen and Somalia in 2017, and more importantly has reinitiated the targeting of terrorists in Pakistan and Libya. The pattern of operations in 2017 in what the Obama administration used to call a...more

  • Best of 2017: Destination for the 22nd century.

    Jan 09 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Best of 2017: Destination for the 22nd century. Rocky Super Earth in a Red Dwarf Habitable Zone, 41 light-years close. Ken Croswell “…Statistical results suggest that the nearest transiting Earth-sized planet in the liquid-water, habitable zone of an M dwarf star is probably around 10.5 parsecs away4. A temperate planet has been discovered orbiting Proxima Centauri, the cl...more

  • Trump blasts Pakistan for its ‘lies & deceit’

    Jan 09 2018

    Guests: Bill Roggio and Thaddeus McCotter Trump blasts Pakistan for its ‘lies & deceit’ By Bill Roggio | January 2, 2018 | admin@longwarjournal.org | @billroggio President Donald Trump kicked off the New Year by putting Pakistan on blast, accusing the country of returning US aid with “nothing but lies & deceit” while continuing to provide the Afghan Taliban a “safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan.” Trump made the comments on Jan. 1 in a scathing tweet. The United States...more

  • Best of 2017: The Outer Space Treaty burden.

    Jan 09 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Best of 2017: The Outer Space Treaty burden. Can the Cold War's Outer Space Treaty, 1967, be stretched to be useful another 50 years? @spacelawpolicy Michael Listner, SpaceLawSolutions.com "The Outer Space Treaty represents the basic legal framework of international space law. Among its principles, it bars states party to the treaty from placing weapons of mass de...more

  • Best of 2017: What about nuclear energy in America?

    Jan 09 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Best of 2017: What about nuclear energy in America? Nuclear energy failing at management and regulation. @TomHals @Reuters. "...But Westinghouse miscalculated the time it would take, and the possible pitfalls involved, in rolling out its innovative AP1000 nuclear plants, according to a close examination by Reuters of the projects. Those problems have led to an estima...more

  • Best of 2017: Springtime in the Solar System. Host.

    Jan 09 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Best of 2017: Springtime in the Solar System. Host. "..scientists focused on seeds that no one had tried to germinate, looking at a short section of genetic code that had been inserted into their genomes before they left Earth. This snippet of code let researchers test the structure and function of space-exposed DNA, and they found DNA degradation on both counts. Tepfe...more

  • Best of JBS 2017: Why does the US need a 350-ship Navy with 12 carriers strike groups?. @JerryHendrix11 @GordonGChang @ThadMcCotter

    Jan 08 2018

    (Photo: The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group participate in a replenishment-at-sea.) For background, from Popular Mechanics: What Would Trump's 350-Ship Navy Look Like? By Kyle Mizokami President-elect Donald Trump campaigned on the promise of a 350-ship U.S. Navy. While some of Trump's campaign promises are unlikely to come to fruition, there's widespread support for increasing the ship size of the Navy. But what would a bigger Navy look like? First, some context. The U.S....more

  • Part 2 of 2 / How Mercedes Elevated Hitler (literally: with a fold-out stool for the short Schickelgruber) in “The Devil's Mercedes: The Bizarre and Disturbing Adventures of Hitler's Limousine in America,” by Robert Klara.

    Jan 08 2018

    (Photo: the stunning Mercedes)  In 1938, a special department within Mercedes-Benz began production of the largest, most luxurious limousine in the world. Twenty feet long, upholstered in glove leather, and entirely bullet-proof, the Grosser 770K was a sumptuous monster with a suitably monstrous patron: Adolph Hitler and the Nazi party. Most of the 770Ks didn’t make it out of the rubble of WWII. But several of them did. And two of them found their way, secretly and separately, to the United Sta...more

  • Part 1 of 2 / How Mercedes Elevated Hitler (literally: with a fold-out stool for the short Schickelgruber) in “The Devil's Mercedes: The Bizarre and Disturbing Adventures of Hitler's Limousine in America,” by Robert Klara.

    Jan 08 2018

    (Photo: 1940 Mercedes-Benz 770 [W150] used by Hitler, in the Canadian War Museum] “The Devil's Mercedes: The Bizarre and Disturbing Adventures of Hitler's Limousine in America,” by Robert Klara (1 of 2). Last month, a worn, rotary dial telephone once owned by Adolph Hitler sold for nearly $250,000 at a small auction house in Chesapeake City, Maryland. The auctioneers modestly described the device as “Hitler’s mobile voice of destruction.” At the same auction, a porcelain figure of an Als...more

  • JBS Best of 2017: How was the Earth born? Early Earth geochemistry.

    Jan 08 2018

    (Photo: Zaklodzie is an enstatite-rich ungrouped primitive achondrite that was found in Zamosk, Poland, in September 1998. The finder had been searching for fossils and rocks near a dirt road when he located the meteorite. Some speculate that it might have fallen on April 21, 1897, when a large fireball was witnessed in an area near the find.)  http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules http://johnbatchelorshow.com/blog Twitter: @BatchelorShow Best of JBS 2017:...more

  • JBS Best of 2017: Should federal mineral-containing lands be transferred to the state? State citizens would prosper therefrom.

    Jan 08 2018

    (Photo: The Chino Mine is an open-pit copper mine located in the town of Santa Rita, New Mexico. Started as the Chino Copper Company in 1909 by the mining engineers John M. Sully and Spencer Penrose, it’s currently owned and operated by Freeport-McMoRan Inc. subsidiaries; the area has an average elevation of 5,699 feet. Apaches, Spaniards, Mexicans, and Americans have all obtained native copper and copper ore from this site. The present-day open-pit mining operation was begun in 1910. It’s the ...more

  • Best of JBS 2017: (2 of 2) Daniel W. Drezner’s unusual exposition: Theories of International Politics and Zombies: Revived Edition

    Jan 08 2018

    (Photo: Vodun [voodoo] statues from Benin around Abomey; one origin of zumbis [zombies]) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules http://johnbatchelorshow.com/blog  Twitter: @BatchelorShow Theories of International Politics and Zombies: Revived Edition by Daniel W. Drezner PART 2 of 2. "Juxtaposing George A. Romero with Donald Rumsfeld to make real-world 'predictions,' Daniel W. Drezner's Theories of International Politics & Zombies . ....more

  • Best of JBS 2017: (1 of 2) Daniel W. Drezner’s unusual exposition: Theories of International Politics and Zombies: Revived Edition

    Jan 08 2018

    (Photo: Screen shot of Haitian voodoo entity.  One origin of zumbis (zombies): In Haiti, the Guédé are the family of Loa that embody the powers of death and fertility. Guédé spirits include Ghede Doubye, Ghede Linto, Ghede Loraj, Guédé Nibo and Guédé Ti Malis. All are known for the drum rhythm and dance called the "banda". In possession, they will drink or rub themselves with a mixture of clairin (raw rum) and twenty-one habanero or goat peppers. Fête Guédé is celebrated on 2 November,...more

  • Best of JBS: Arctic Folly — In Search of a Place That Doesn’t Exist (2 of 2)

    Jan 08 2018

    Best of JBS 2017: A Wretched and Precarious Situation: In Search of the Last Arctic Frontier, by David Welky. (PART 1 OF 2) In 1906, Robert E. Peary, “the world’s most famous explorer,” managed, as the historian David Welky puts it, to “literally put Crocker Land on the map.” This shimmering and hitherto unknown territory, spied across a stretch of Arctic ice floes off the northwest corner of Ellesmere Island, was promptly named after a sponsor of Peary’s most recent expedition. “Was it an isla...more

  • Best of JBS: Arctic Folly: In Search of a Place That Doesn’t Exist (1 of 2)

    Jan 08 2018

    Best of JBS 2017: A Wretched and Precarious Situation: In Search of the Last Arctic Frontier by David Welky. (PART 1 OF 2) (Photo: High Arctic sea ice) “A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of 2016. A remarkable true story of adventure, betrayal, and survival set in one of the world’s most inhospitable places.” In 1906, from atop a snow-swept hill in the ice fields northwest of Greenland, hundreds of miles from another human being, Commander Robert E. Peary spotted a line of mysterious peaks ...more

  • Best of 2017: The risk of Chile's unstable glacial lakes. Host.

    Jan 08 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo:Español: Laguna Negra, ubicada en los Andes chilenos cerca de Santiago Date 29 January 2012 Source Own work Author Andesnahuel ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Best of 2017: The risk of Chile's unstable glacial lakes. Host. "Glaciers are really vulnerable and yet they have managed to survive all sorts of climate events for 10,000 years," said Francisco Ferrando, a geography professor at Uni...more

  • Best of 2017: The best of times, the trade war risk of times. @RichardAEpstein @HooverInst

    Jan 08 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo:Canadian-American trade wars, circa 1866-97 ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Best of 2017: The best of times, the trade war risk of times. @RichardAEpstein @HooverInst Tale of Two Trump Economies. @RichardAEpstein @HooverInst “For some reason, Trump wants to blame our economic woes on other countries rather than on the bad policies of the Obama administration. Thus, at one point in his speech, Trump raised...more

  • Best of JBS 2017: Claudia Rosett Reports on What Can Be Done About the UN, in an Encounter Broadside.

    Jan 07 2018

    (Photo: The Six Nations: Oldest Living Participatory Democracy on Earth. "The people of the Six Nations in the northeast of North America—also known by the French term Iroquois Confederacy—call themselves the Haudenosaunee (haw dee noh sho nee), meaning People Building a Long House. Together, these six peoples constitute the oldest living participatory democracy on Earth.  "Their story, and governance truly based on the consent of the governed, contains a great deal of life-promoting ...more

  • Best of 2017: The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming! @LarryCJohnson

    Jan 07 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: This is the album cover of the 1966 United Artists Records soundtrack album The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming of the film of the same name) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Best of 2017: The Russians are coming!  The Russians are coming!   @LarryCJohnson  Russian spies are the new new. @LarryCJohnson Noquarterusa.net “…Wow. Those Russians are busy creatures. But then I took a look at the actu...more

  • Best of JBS 2017: Five years of sci-fi futurology, in, Another Science Fiction: Advertising the Space Race 1957–1962, by Megan Prelinger

    Jan 07 2018

    (Screen shot: August 1959 issue of Airman magazine.) The late 1950s and early '60s were the golden age of science fiction, an era when the farthest reaches of imagination were fed by the technological breakthroughs of the postwar years. While science fiction writers expressed the dreams and nightmares of the era in pulp print, real-life rocket engineers worked on making space travel reality. The imaginations of many Cold War scientists were fed by science fiction literature, and companies o...more

  • Best of JBS 2017: Indiana Hoenlein reports on a Lost Roman Road from the Bar-Kokhba Revolt

    Jan 07 2018

    (Photo: Entrance to a cave used by the Bar Kochba rebels) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules http://johnbatchelorshow.com/blog Twitter: @BatchelorShow Malcolm Hoenlein: The Bar Kokhba revolt was a rebellion of the Jews of the Roman province of Judea, led by Simon bar Kokhba, against the Roman Empire, circa 132–136 CE. The revolt erupted as a result of ongoing religious and political tensions in Judea following on the failure of the First Revolt in 66−73...more

  • Unsolved seasonal Martian methane traces. Again. Bob Zimmerman BehindtheBlack.com

    Jan 07 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo:File:Namib dune, Gale Crater Mars.jpg ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Unsolved seasonal Martian methane traces. Again. Bob Zimmerman BehindtheBlack.com The uncertainty of science: Data from Curiosity during its two Martian years on Mars have revealed a faint but distinct seasonal fluctuation in the amount of methane in the local atmosphere, a fluctuation that scientists do not have a good explanation for. ...more

  • The Confounding Tabby's Star's. Bob Zimmerman BehindtheBlack.com

    Jan 07 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: Artist’s impression of a Dyson Swarm) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow The Confounding Tabby's Star's. Bob Zimmerman BehindtheBlack.com New observations of Tabby’s Star now suggests that it is dust, not alien megastructures, that has caused the star’s erratic fluctuations in dimming over the past century. “Dust is most likely the reason why the star’s light appears to dim and brighten. The new data ...more

  • Iran’s Protests: Unity Remains, but National Angst Is Unresolved

    Jan 07 2018

    Photo: The Iranian mullahs versus ancient Persian culture. Bas relief from 400 BC or earlier. Analysis. By Gregory R. Copley, Editor, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs. Iran, during late December 2017 and early January 2018, saw the first upsurge of widespread protests in civil society since 2009. However, there is little firm evidence that the Iranian governance structures around the ruling clerics are about to undergo sudden, unanticipated change in the immediate future. But there are signs ...more

  • Anatoly Zak: Sea Launch promises return to flight in two years

    Jan 07 2018

    Photo: The Hall of Space Technology in the Tsiolkovsky State Museum of the History of Cosmonautics, Kaluga, Russia. The exhibition includes the models and replicas of the following Russian/Soviet inventions: - the first satellite, Sputnik 1 (a ball under the ceiling); - the first spacesuits (lower-left corner); - the first human spaceflight module, Vostok 1 (center); - the first Molniya-type satellite (upper right corner); - the first space rover, Lunokhod 1 (lower right); - the first space stat...more

  • Anatoly Zak: Preliminary design on Soyuz-5 begins

    Jan 07 2018

    Photo: Vostochny (meaning "eastern" in Russian) is the new Russian cosmodrome in the Russian Far East (east of Siberia, 500 mi to the Pacific Ocean; almost on the Chinese border). It’s designed to bring in all Russian rocket launches from Kazakhstan, but is running a bit behind schedule. Happily, the nearest big town is Tsiolkovsky, named after the eccentric genius Konstantin Eduardovich Tsiolkovsky, one of whose memorable remarks on interplanetary travel was: "The Earth is the cr...more

  • Pacific Watch: Severe influenzas overwhelm California. @JeffBliss1

    Jan 06 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: The Spanish Influenza pandemic of 1918: Chillicothe newspaper informing residents of the status of the Camp Sherman quarantine due to Influenza.) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Pacific Watch: Severe influenzas overwhelm California. @JeffBliss1 So many people have fallen sick with influenza in California that pharmacies have run out of flu medicines, emergency rooms are packed, and the death toll is rising ...more

  • Jobs and wages with momentum into 2018. @McTaguej @Barrons

    Jan 06 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo:vp Biden_092011 ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Jobs and wages with momentum into 2018. @McTaguej @Barrons Weekly wages were up about 2.8% from a year ago while hourly wages were up 2.5%. Both figures are above the inflation rate, although inflation has been inching up over the past year. https://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2018/01/05/the-december-jobs-report-in-10-charts-2/

  • Black Swan Watch 2018: Boardrooms in denial about sexual harassment. John Foley. @Reuters

    Jan 06 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: boardroom) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Black Swan Watch 2018: Boardrooms in denial about sexual harassment. John Foley. @Reuters Sexual misconduct will haunt 2018 annual reports By Jennifer Saba This year’s sexual-misconduct scandal will live on – in corporate America’s 2018 annual reports. Revelations have sprung up in recent months that some companies used shareholder bounty to settle allegations male...more

  • Iran Prepares for Overwhelming Regional Domination with Solid-Propellant Delivery Systems.

    Jan 06 2018

    Photo: In 1920, Robert Goddard published proposed improvements to rocket technology. Today, Iran develops solid-stage propellants. Behnam ben Taleblu, FDD, on Iran sanctions . . . targeting 5 industries, announced today. FDD’s Behnam Ben Taleblu offers the following insights: · “All entities sanctioned today are subordinates of SBIG, which itself is subordinate to Iran’s Aerospace Industries Organization (AIO). In turn, AIO is owned by Iran’s Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics (MODA...more

  • Gene Marks (2 of 2) Left Coast’s Gun-Sales Law. California Farmers Signal Smoke; ’Shrooms for Munchies?

    Jan 06 2018

    Photo: The Nineteenth-Century Grangers tilled the soil for nutrition; today, for cannabinol. Gene Marks (2 of 2) of Small Business America on Good Bz Conditions. Will new Calif. ammunition law steer more business to gun stores? Ammunition must now be bought as part of a face-to-face transaction. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/on-small-business/wp/2018/01/02/will-new-calif-ammunition-law-steer-more-business-to-gun-stores/?utm_term=.05f95b202ee6 Mike Tyson and business partners break ground ...more

  • Gene Marks (1 of 2) Seven-Year-Old Founds Thriving Business.

    Jan 06 2018

    Gene Marks (1 of 2) of Small Business America on Good Business Conditions Today. Manufacturing Rebounds in December as New Orders Hit 13-Year High https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-01-03/manufacturing?utmsource=feedburner&utmmedium=feed&utmcampaign=Feed%3A+zerohedge%2Ffeed+%28zero+hedge+-+on+a+long+enough+timeline%2C+the+survival+rate+for+everyone+drops+to+zero%29 ISM Manufacturing index increased to 59.7 in December Read more at http://www.calculatedriskblog.com/2018/01/ism-manufactur...more

  • Black Swan Watch 2018: The uncertain exits of Dimon and Blankfein. Part 1 of 2. John Foley @Reuters

    Jan 06 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: With Lloyd C. Blankfein, Goldman Sachs CEO and Chairman of the Board.) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Black Swan Watch 2018: The uncertain exits of Dimon and Blankfein. Part 1 of 2. John Foley @Reuters “Wall Street’s next challenge: graceful retirement By Antony Currie Retirement beckons for at least one chief executive of a major U.S. investment bank in 2018. Most of those running the top Wall Street firm...more

  • The First Sino-American War in rehearsal. Michael Vlahos @JHUWorldCrisis

    Jan 06 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo:The French-built Matsushima, flagship of the Imperial Japanese Navy during the Sino-Japanese conflict ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow The First Sino-American War in rehearsal. Michael Vlahos @JHUWorldCrisis Chinese President Xi Jinping Jan. 3 convened a military mobilization meeting — the first ever for the entire Chinese armed forces. PRC media reports showed Xi in battle dress addressing the troops, look...more

  • Smart factories for digital manufacturing with 3-D printers in the Mars colonies. @jasoncarbon3D Bob Zimmerman BehindtheBlack.com

    Jan 06 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: File:Felix 3D Printer - Printing Head.JPG) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Smart factories for digital manufacturing with 3-D printers in the Mars colonies. @jasoncarbon3D Bob Zimmerman BehindtheBlack.com "Innovative fabrication techniques and applications demand innovative approaches to materials (12, 13). For example, advances in photoresist materials drove the miniaturization of electronic circuits....more

  • Iran’s populism follows Brexit and Trump. @DanHenninger @WSJOpinion

    Jan 06 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo:1979 ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Iran’s populism follows Brexit and Trump. @DanHenninger @WSJOpinion https://www.wsj.com/articles/make-iran-great-again-1515025470

  • The Trump Dow 25,000 bull run. @LizPeek

    Jan 06 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: Kravitz) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow The Trump Dow 25,000 bull run. @LizPeek "…The night Trump trounced Hillary Clinton, Paul Krugman predicted the stock market, which initially sold off on the unexpected outcome, would “never” recover from the blow. The next day, the Dow soared 257 points, and has barely paused for breath ever since. In the same column, written in the wee hours of Election night, ...more

  • On the Road to Doha with Batchelor, McCotter and Cox.

    Jan 06 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo:File:Doha skyline at night Jan 2007.JPG ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow On the Road to Doha with Batchelor, McCotter and Cox. "...Despite its small geographic size, Qatar plays an outsized role as a loyal American ally in the Middle East. Qatar stands with the United States by supporting our military, choking off terror financing, fighting terrorism at its root and supporting democratic values such a...more

  • Russians attacked in Syria by unknown unknowns. @SebGorka

    Jan 06 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: Русский: Будни авиагруппы ВКС РФ на аэродроме Хмеймим в Сирии English: Russian Su-30 pilot in Syria, 2015 Date 11 November 2015, 10:04:40 Source http://syria.mil.ru/photo/gallery.htm?id=26078@cmsPhotoGallery Author Russian Ministry of Defence) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Russians attacked in Syria by unknown unknowns. @SebGorka The Russian Ministry of Defense has acknowledged an attack on its Khmeim...more

  • Trump solves Iran and North Korea without appeasement. @SebGorka

    Jan 05 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: Sebastian Gorka and Gordon Chang at CPAC in February 2017; probably discussing North Korea, on which Gordon is considered a national expert ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Trump solves Iran and North Korea without appeasement. @SebGorka @FoxNews "President Trump's unapologetic willingness to stand with the courageous people of Iran, I know, is giving hope to the people on the streets of the citie...more

  • Iran is a spontaneous rising up of all sectors against the regime. @IlanBerman @ELALUSA Report w/Malcolm Hoenlein @Conf_of_pres.

    Jan 05 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo:Iran has marked the 38th anniversary of the massacre of protesters in Tehran by the country’s former US-backed regime. ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Iran is a spontaneous rising up of all sectors against the regime. @IlanBerman @ELALUSA Report w/Malcolm Hoenlein @Confofpres. • http://www.nationalinterest.org/feature/how-washington-can-influence-the-outcome-protests-iran-23927 • http://www.inss.org.il/pub...more

  • The dictators are watching Iran in fear: "Realism and Democracy: American Foreign Policy after the Arab Spring" by Elliott Abrams

    Jan 05 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo:beijing tiananmen square flower bed ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow The dictators are watching Iran in fear: "Realism and Democracy: American Foreign Policy after the Arab Spring" by Elliott Abrams • https://mosaicmagazine.com/observation/2017/12/the-merits-and-the-limits-of-democracy-promotion-in-the-middle-east/ • https://www.cfr.org/book/realism-and-democracy • https://www.wsj.com/articles/rev...more

  • Obama is silent on Iran. @EliLake BloombergView.com

    Jan 05 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: President Obama delivers a statement on the Iran nuclear agreement) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Obama is silent on Iran. @EliLake BloombergView.com https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-12-18/obama-s-alternative-facts-on-the-iran-nuclear-deal

  • The Iranian protesters are prepared for the regime cyber-espionage. @LisaDaftari @MaryKissel

    Jan 05 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo:File:1978 Iranian revolution - row of men holding khomeini's photos.jpg ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow The Iranian protesters are prepared for the regime cyber-espionage. @LisaDaftari @MaryKissel

  • The crony capitalism theory of 2000 cannot explain the five most prosperous companies of 2018. @JohnTamny @MaryKissel

    Jan 05 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: ... ACC & Apple Partnership | by Austin Community College) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow The crony capitalism theory of 2000 cannot explain the five most prosperous companies of 2018. @JohnTamny @MaryKissel It's popular to suggest the U.S. economy is "rigged" by well-connected cronies who control the rules of the game, and who snuff out competition. It all sounds good, no doubt cronyism ...more

  • Bill DeBlasio's road to the White House 2020. @CurtisSliwa @MaryKissel

    Jan 05 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: File:Bill de Blasio and family.jpg) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Bill DeBlasio's road to the White House 2020. @CurtisSliwa @MaryKissel

  • All the New Yorkers running for president against the New Yorker Trump. @MaryKissel @CurtisSliwa

    Jan 05 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo:File:SANDY BB Tunnel Gov Cuomo press conf-3808 crop crop (8158801853) ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow All the New Yorkers running for president against the New Yorker Trump. @MaryKissel @CurtisSliwa

  • Lost Photographs of Captain Scott by D. M. Wilson

    Jan 05 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo:File:Robert Falcon Scott in the Cape Evans hut, October 1911.jpg ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Lost Photographs of Captain Scott by D. M. Wilson Captain Scott perished with four of his fellow explorers on their return from the South Pole in March 1912. Almost immediately the myth was founded, based on Scott's diaries, turning him into an icon of courage in the face of impossible circumstances. But du...more

  • Taiwan, Japan and South Korea upgrade air combat against China. Tyler Rogoway @thewarzone

    Jan 05 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: File:F-16D IAF 105 efi elian.jpg) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Taiwan, Japan and South Korea upgrade air combat against China. Tyler Rogoway @thewarzone http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/17199/japan-and-south-korea-eye-f-35b-for-their-helicopter-carriers http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/17216/u-s-test-pilots-head-to-taiwan-to-begin-testing-their-badly-needed-upgraded-f-16s http://www.thedrive.co...more

  • Preparing for a war of swarming cruise missiles and failed communication satellite networks. Tyler Rogoway @Thewarzone

    Jan 05 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo:Testing of the LGM-118A Peacekeeper re-entry vehicles, all eight shot from only one missile. Each line represents the path of a warhead which, were it live, ... ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Preparing for a war of swarming cruise missiles and failed communication satellite networks. Tyler Rogoway @Thewarzone http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/17250/lockheed-touts-non-existent-beast-mode-f-35-configurat...more

  • Black Swan Watch 2018: Trade worry. Part 2 of 2. Richard Beales, @Reuters

    Jan 05 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Black Swan Watch 2018: Trade worry. Part 2 of 2. Richard Beales, @Reuters Best thing Trump and Xi can do in 2018 is nothing By John Foley The world is headed for a year of smooth economic sailing. How smooth depends on U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping. The best thing that a duo who steer one-third of the planet’s GDP can do for growth is nothing. Al...more

  • Black Swan Watch 2018: Central bankers, ETFs, Bond Vigilantes, Cyptocurrencies. Part 1 of 2.

    Jan 04 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Black Swan Watch 2018: Central bankers, ETFs, Bond Vigilantes, Cyptocurrencies. Part 1 of 2. Peaks and pessimists . Five possible triggers of the next market shock By Richard Beales What will cause the next market downturn? It takes a catalyst to trigger one, and other reagents to sustain it. Breakingviews runs through a few more and less obvious elements to watch.

  • The known unknowns of Congress and sexual harassment for the last 20 years. @LaraMBrownPHD

    Jan 04 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow The known unknowns of Congress and sexual harassment for the last 20 years. @LaraMBrownPHD http://thehill.com/opinion/campaign/367052-an-old-story-looks-likely-to-have-a-new-life-in-2018

  • Trump Administration drains the swamp on taxes, ISIS, North Korea and Iran. @MonicaCrowley

    Jan 04 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Trump Administration drains the swamp on taxes, ISIS, North Korea and Iran. @MonicaCrowley

  • Iran is already turmoil in the oil markets. Brenda Shaffer, Georgetown

    Jan 04 2018

  • The Kim regime needs cash. Bob Collins in Seoul. @GordonGChang @TheDailyBeast

    Jan 04 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: the dictator ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow The Kim regime needs cash. Bob Collins in Seoul. @GordonGChang @TheDailyBeast

  • Taiwan, Japan, South push back on the PLA Navy. JerryHendrixII @CNASDC @GordonGChang @TheDailyBeast

    Jan 04 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Taiwan, Japan, South push back on the PLA Navy. JerryHendrixII @CNASDC @GordonGChang @TheDailyBeast http://www.nationalreview.com/article/455015/united-states-foreign-policy-international-order-nuclear-war-north-korea-great-powers-china-russia

  • Lessons learned from the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal that inform the South China Sea. James Holmes @NavalWarCollege @GordonGChang @TheDailyBeast

    Jan 04 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: The U.S. battleship Washington fires at the Japanese battleship Kirishima) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Lessons learned from the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal that inform the South China Sea. James Holmes @NavalWarCollege @GordonGChang @TheDailyBeast Naval Battle of Guadalcanal[edit] Main article: Naval Battle of Guadalcanal After the defeat in the Battle for Henderson Field, the IJA planned to try again...more

  • Why did Xi grab all the Party power in 2017? @GordonGChang @TheDailyBeast

    Jan 04 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo:On the Politburo Standing Committee, Xi Jinping (left) and Li Keqiang (right) renewed their terms, while five new members joined ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Why did Xi grab all the Party power in 2017? @GordonGChang @TheDailyBeast

  • China's property bubble rising. Anne Stevenson-Yang @GordonGChang @TheDailyBeast

    Jan 04 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: Beijing housing at $4000 square foot) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow China's property bubble rising. Anne Stevenson-Yang @GordonGChang @TheDailyBeast

  • Are these the last days of the Ayatollah's regime? Michael Ledeen @FDD

    Jan 04 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Are these the last days of the Ayatollah's regime? Michael Ledeen @FDD https://pjmedia.com/michaelledeen/iranian-regimes-days-may-numbered/

  • Xi attacks Santa Claus & What is to be done? Arthur Waldron, University of Pennsylvania. @GordonGChang @TheDailyBeast

    Jan 04 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: Yuletime ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Xi attacks Santa Claus as culturally unacceptable. @GordonGChang @TheDailyBeast Arthur Waldron University of Pennsylvania https://www.theepochtimes.com/bah-humbug-chinese-university-bans-celebrating-christmas_2388833.html

  • Falcon Heavy must work for 2018 to be a success. Bob Zimmerman BehindtheBlack.com

    Jan 04 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: ... Pad 39A | by Official SpaceX Photos) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Falcon Heavy must work for 2018 to be a success. Bob Zimmerman BehindtheBlack.com Capitalism in space: SpaceX has finally rolled the first Falcon Heavy rocket out to its launchpad in preparation for at least one static fire engine test prior to is first launch. SpaceX engineers are expected to conduct a fit check and complete other te...more

  • Second Annual Worldwide Rocket Launch Report, 2017. Bob Zimmerman BehindtheBlack.com

    Jan 04 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: models of Arianespace launch vehicles ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Second Annual Worldwide Rocket Launch Report, 2017. Bob Zimmerman BehindtheBlack.com This new graph suggests that the three most important trends I noted last year are continuing. While Russia showed some recovery from its terrible year in 2016, its launch totals continued to be far below their yearly average since the mid-1990s. Russ...more

  • Autonomous Vehicles rising 2021-2040, and letting Alexa drive? @DrivingtheNatio Lou Ann Hammond

    Jan 03 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: Waymo Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid undergoing testing in the San Francisco Bay Area.) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Autonomous Vehicles rising 2021-2040, and letting Alexa drive? @DrivingtheNatio Lou Ann Hammond More than 33 million autonomous vehicles will be sold globally in 2040, a substantial increase from the 51,000 units forecast for the first year of significant volume in 2021, according to the latest ...more

  • Copper bullishness 2018 & What is to be done? @RealConstable

    Jan 03 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo:The Chino open-pit copper mine in New Mexico. ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Copper bullishness 2018 & What is to be done? @RealConstable Front-month copper for January delivery added 0.7% to $3.2860 a pound on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange—its highest close since February 2014. Strong demand from China, the world’s largest consumer, and supply disruptions have buoyed prices t...more

  • Russiagate changes its story from Page to Papadopoulos. @AndrewCMcCarthy @ThadMcCotter

    Jan 03 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: Carter Page ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Russiagate changes its story from Page to Papadopoulos. @AndrewCMcCarthy @ThadMcCotter Trump Adviser’s Visit to Moscow Got the F.B.I.’s Attention.” That was the page-one headline the New York Times ran on April 20, 2017, above its breathless report that “a catalyst for the F.B.I. investigation into connections between Russia and President Trump’s campaign” was a...more

  • Trump supports the Iranian people against the regime. @A_Jafarzadeh

    Jan 03 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo:silent demonstration from Hafte tir Sq. to Enghelaagh Sq., Tehran, June 16 - part of the 2009 Iranian election protests ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Trump supports the Iranian people against the regime. @A_Jafarzadeh “The people of Iran are finally acting against the brutal and corrupt Iranian regime,” Trump wrote. “All of the money that President Obama so foolishly gave them went into terrorism and in...more

  • Iran rising spontaneously & What is to be done? Michael Ledeen @FDD

    Jan 03 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: Burning bus in Tehran, Iranian presidential election 2009.) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Iran rising spontaneously & What is to be done? Michael Ledeen @FDD "...By Tuesday, Iran’s leaders could no longer ignore the demonstrations and felt compelled to respond publicly. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader, blamed outside “enemies” but did not specify who. President Hassan Rouhani, a moder...more

  • Tales of the New Cold War: When Ukraine was Moscow's red line. Part 2 of 2. Stephen F. Cohen @NYU @Princeton

    Jan 03 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo:A barricade burning outside the headquarters of the internal defence forces in Lviv, caused by mass protests. ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Tales of the New Cold War: When Ukraine was Moscow's red line. Part 2 of 2. Stephen F. Cohen @NYU @Princeton A period of relative calm in the anti-government demonstrations in Kiev ended abruptly on 18 February 2014, when protesters and police clashed. At least 8...more

  • Tales of the New Cold War: When Ukraine was Moscow's red line. Part 1 of 2. Stephen F. Cohen @NYU @Princeton

    Jan 03 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Tales of the New Cold War: When Ukraine was Moscow's red line. Part 1 of 2. Stephen F. Cohen @NYU @Princeton A period of relative calm in the anti-government demonstrations in Kiev ended abruptly on 18 February 2014, when protesters and police clashed. At least 82 people were killed over the next few days, including 13 policemen; more than 1,100 people were injured.[58]...more

  • America Great Again is the driver of the global bull market. @Larry_Kudlow

    Jan 03 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo:... Bull Market Manhattan ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow America Great Again is the driver of the global bull market. @Larry_Kudlow year ago there were real concerns that this bull market, the second-longest rally in history, was about to hit the proverbial wall. Rather than being gassed, though, domestic stocks raced ahead by more than 20% last year while many foreign equities did even better. Did the bu...more

  • Making corporations great again makes America grow again. @JohnCochrane @HooverInst @Larry_Kudlow

    Jan 03 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo:"Jack and the Giant Joint-Stock", a cartoon in Town Talk (1858) satirizing the 'monster' joint-stock economy that came into being after the Joint Stock Companies Act 1844. ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Making corporations great again makes America grow again. @JohnCochrane @HooverInst @Larry_Kudlow The Buyback Fallacy Many commenters on the tax bill repeat the worry that companies will ...more

  • Swamp tax deceptions and the middle-class. @Veroderugy @Larry_Kudlow

    Jan 03 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo:Mass deforestation causes the appearance of swamps. Belorucheiskaya (Russia) forestry railway in 1977. ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Swamp tax deceptions and the middle-class. @Veroderugy @Larry_Kudlow The other problem with using the JCT table Ramesh used is that it includes the reduction in Obamacare-spending subsidies. A cut to spending subsidies is not an increase to taxes. The JCT produced, but did ...more

  • Putin's Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia? by Karen Dawisha. @Dawisha PART 2 of 2.

    Jan 03 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo:Ilyushin Il-96-300PU – The official Russian presidential aircraft ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Putin's Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia? by Karen Dawisha. @Dawisha PART 2 of 2. “[Dawisha] makes extensive use of the work of others, both fellow political scientists as well as journalists working across the US and Europe. . . . the resulting work has a certain admirable relentlessness. For by tying all of ...more

  • Putin's Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia? by Karen Dawisha. @Dawisha PART 1 of 2.

    Jan 03 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo:Cabinet of the president of Russia ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Putin's Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia? by Karen Dawisha. @Dawisha PART 1 of 2. “[Dawisha] makes extensive use of the work of others, both fellow political scientists as well as journalists working across the US and Europe. . . . the resulting work has a certain admirable relentlessness. For by tying all of these disparate investigations ...more

  • Best of 2017: Stunning close-up of Saturn’s moon, Pan, reveals a space empanada; by Sid Perkins

    Jan 02 2018

    Photo: The Empanada of Saturn’s Pan http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules http://johnbatchelorshow.com/blog Twitter: @BatchelorShow The Dumpling Moon of Saturn. "Astronomers have long known that Pan, one of Saturn’s innermost moons, has an odd look. Based on images taken from a distance, researchers have said it looks like a walnut or a flying saucer. But now, NASA’s Cassini probe has delivered stunning close-ups of the 35-kilometer-wide icy moon,...more

  • Best of 2017: Chinese Communist Party compels murder of infant — thug committee breaks into mother’s home and abducts her. This is still state policy.

    Jan 02 2018

    Photo: Public chalkboard in Szechuan Province tracking pregnant women and unpaid (colossal) fines for state-rejected births http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules http://johnbatchelorshow.com/blog Twitter: @BatchelorShow Dear reader, this tale is not for the faint of spirit. We’ve spared you the photographs that would break your heart. “…Around 5 months into my pregnancy, the government’s Family Planning Committee found that [that I was pregnant]. One day ...more

  • The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings: J.R.R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams by Philip Zaleski and Carol Zaleski, PART 6 of 6.

    Jan 02 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: The Mountains of Mourne inspired Lewis to write The Chronicles of Narnia. About them, Lewis wrote "I have seen landscapes ... which, under a particular light, make me feel that at any moment a giant might raise his head over the next ridge."[74]) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings: J.R.R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams by Philip...more

  • The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings: J.R.R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams by Philip Zaleski and Carol Zaleski, PART 3 of 6.

    Jan 02 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: Men of the 1st Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers in a communication trench near Beaumont Hamel, 1916. Photo by Ernest Brooks.) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings: J.R.R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams by Philip Zaleski and Carol Zaleski, PART 3 of 6. “The husband-and-wife team of Philip and Carol Zaleski bring to bear both extensive schol...more

  • The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings: J.R.R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams by Philip Zaleski and Carol Zaleski, PART 5 of 6.

    Jan 02 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo:Merton College, where Tolkien was Professor of English Language and Literature (1945–1959)) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings: J.R.R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams by Philip Zaleski and Carol Zaleski, PART 5 of 6. “The husband-and-wife team of Philip and Carol Zaleski bring to bear both extensive scholarship and a neatly interwoven nar...more

  • The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings: J.R.R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams by Philip Zaleski and Carol Zaleski, PART 4 of 6.

    Jan 02 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings: J.R.R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams by Philip Zaleski and Carol Zaleski, PART 4 of 6. ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings: J.R.R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams by Philip Zaleski and Carol Zaleski, PART 4 of 6. “The husband-and-wife team of Philip and Carol Za...more

  • The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings: J.R.R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams by Philip Zaleski and Carol Zaleski, PART 2 of 6.

    Jan 02 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo:Little Lea, home of the Lewis family from 1905 to 1930 ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings: J.R.R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams by Philip Zaleski and Carol Zaleski, PART 2 of 6. “The husband-and-wife team of Philip and Carol Zaleski bring to bear both extensive scholarship and a neatly interwoven narrative; this is a story about story...more

  • The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings: J.R.R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams by Philip Zaleski and Carol Zaleski, PART 1 of 6.

    Jan 02 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo:King Edward's School in Birmingham, where Tolkien was a student (1900–1902, 1903–1911)[27] ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings: J.R.R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams by Philip Zaleski and Carol Zaleski, PART 1 of 6. “The husband-and-wife team of Philip and Carol Zaleski bring to bear both extensive scholarship and a neatly interwove...more

  • Best of 2017: Campus mob unleashed.

    Jan 02 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: Old Chapel with the Green Mountains in the distance) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Best of 2017: Campus mob unleashed. Middlebury College damages the liberal arts academy. @DanHenninger @WSJOpinion. “…Today, the smear is common for conservative speakers and thinkers. Prior to Mr. Murray’s scheduled talk at Middlebury, a student petition, signed by hundreds of faculty and alumni, sought to rescind the inv...more

  • Best of 2017: Interstellar travel by century's end.

    Jan 02 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo:The Starshot concept envisions launching a "mothership" carrying about a thousand tiny spacecraft (on the scale of centimeters) to a high-altitude Earth orbit and then deploying them. A phased array of ground-based lasers would then focus a light beam on the crafts' sails to accelerate them one by one to the target speed within 10 minutes, with an average acceleration on the order of 100 km/s2, and an illumination energy on the order of 1 TJ delivered to each sail. ...more

  • Best of 2017: The unburning chairs.

    Jan 02 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo:Chemical structure of tris(2,3-dibromopropyl) phosphate ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Best of 2017: The unburning chairs. "Chemists know it as Tris(2,3-dibromopropyl) phosphate." Jill Rosenbaum. @Jrosenbaumdc @NYT "...To frame the issue, the video goes back to the early 1970s and a controversy that older Americans may recognize from a single word: Tris. Chemists know it as Tris(2,3-dibrom...more

  • Best of 2017: Fleeing America.

    Jan 01 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: File:Frozen Lake Erie.jpg) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Best of 2017: Fleeing America. Frightened Refugees Escape to Canada. Rick Rojas @RaR @NYT This is not exactly Trump Country. In Clinton County, which includes Champlain, Hillary Clinton eclipsed Mr. Trump by 610 votes. Many residents on Roxham Road said they did not bother to vote and had followed politics just enough to feel disenchanted, if not d...more

  • Best of 2017: How to respond to illegal Chinese militarization of vast reaches of Asian oceans. James Holmes @NavalWarCollege (A 2014 essay)

    Jan 01 2018

    Photo: Ranges of various Chinese ballistic missiles Want to give China an ulcer, a nagging sore that compels Beijing to think twice about aggression? Then look at the map. Geography affords the U.S.-Japan alliance abundant opportunities to make trouble for the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), denying China’s military access to the vast maneuver space of the Western Pacific while hampering its movements up and down the Asian seaboard. Fortifying the offshore island chain while deploying naval as...more

  • Best of 2017: 300 million religious adherents drive Chinese Communist Party to distraction

    Jan 01 2018

    Photo: Lingchi, or Leng Tche (“Death by a thousand cuts”), was a brutal Chinese method of execution where the victim is tied to a wooden post as the executioner uses a sharp knife to remove portions of the victim’s flesh over an extended period of time. Not to kill the victim prematurely, the executioner makes shallow cuts. It was practiced from around 900 AD until 1905, the year when it was outlawed, Today, religious practitioners are more surreptitiously brutalized by a secret Party task forc...more

  • Best of 2017: What in the world is the Magnitsky Act & What is to be done?

    Jan 01 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: Napoleon's invasion of Russia[edit]) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Best of 2017: What in the world is the Magnitsky Act & What is to be done? "The Magnitsky Case: Behind the Scenes." Andrei Nekrasov, filmmaker. @antiputinismus "…In 2009, Russian lawyer and auditor Sergei Magnitsky died in a Moscow prison after investigating fraud involving Russian tax officials.[1][2]…" "...more

  • Best of 2017: Battling for the Red Sea in the 21st Century.

    Jan 01 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo:Red Sea coast in Taba, Egypt ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Best of 2017: Battling for the Red Sea in the 21st Century. Game of Ports in the Red Sea: Egypt vs Everybody. Gregory Copley, Defense & Foreign Affairs "...The issues have vital implications for the security and strategic postures of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Yemen, Ethiopia, Iran, Djibouti, and Israel, as wel...more

  • Best of 2017: The Atomic Weapons from Canada.

    Jan 01 2018

    AUTHOR. (Photo: Great Bear Lake, NWT, Canada) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Best of 2017: The Atomic Weapons from Canada. From Port Radium, Northwest Territory to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 1945. @CharlesPellegri @MaryKissel @WSJOpinion Location[edit] Port Radium is situated at 66°5′6.6″N 118°2′9.6″W on LaBine Point on the McTavish Arm of Great Bear Lake. Cameron Bay is situated 7.25 km southeast at 66°3′47.16″N 117°53′12....more

  • Best of 2017: The orthodox side of the Malthusian debate.

    Dec 31 2017

    AUTHOR. (Photo:John Linnell's Robert Malthus ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Best of 2017: The orthodox side of the Malthusian debate. The Race for What's Left: The Global Scramble for the World's Last Resources by Michael Klare "As Michael Klare makes clear in this powerful book, the heads of our corporate empires have decided to rip apart the planet in one last burst of profiteering. If you want to un...more

  • Best of 2017: In all the 13.82 billion years of the cosmos, the Milky Way is the most beautiful and the best.

    Dec 31 2017

    AUTHOR. (Photo: The Milky Way arching at a high inclination across the night sky (fish-eye mosaic shot at Paranal, Chile). The bright object is Jupiter in the constellation Sagittarius, and the Magellanic Clouds can be seen on the left. Galactic north is downwards.) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Best of 2017: In all the 13.82 billion years of the cosmos, the Milky Way is the most beautiful and the best. Ghost Galaxies fr...more

  • Best of 2017: "Indiana" Hoenlein is searching for the missing 12th Cave scrolls.

    Dec 31 2017

    AUTHOR. (Photo: A view of the Dead Sea from a cave at Qumran in which some of the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Best of 2017: "Indiana" Hoenlein is searching for the missing 12th cave scrolls. “Indiana” Hoenlein & the Lost Twelfth Cave of Dead Sea Scrolls. Malcolm Hoenlein @ConfofPres. “Researchers have discovered a new cave in Israel that they say once held Dead Sea Scro...more

  • Best of 2017: Yes, I do talk to plants. Do you?

    Dec 31 2017

    AUTHOR. (Photo:... Nikko Blue Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla) | by Jim, the Photographer ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Best of 2017: Yes, I do talk to plants. Do you? The Language of Plants: A Guide to the Doctrine of Signatures by Julia Graves “A powerful and unique book, The Language of Plants is without doubt the most in-depth discussion of plant signatures available to us today. A brilliant medical herbalist, Ju...more

  • Best of 2017: First Forager Chacoans among us.

    Dec 31 2017

    AUTHOR. (Photo: File:Chacoan Stairway - Chaco Culture National Historical Park, New Mexico, USA - panoramio (1).jpg https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TimelineofChacoan_history) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Best of 2017: First Forager Chacoans among us. DNA Detectives of Pueblo Bonito & Respecting the First Peoples. @mbalter @sciam "...Nevertheless, the authors argue their results may resolve another longstanding ...more

  • Best of 2017: It was called "dehousing."

    Dec 31 2017

    AUTHOR. (Photo: Typical bomb damage in the Eilbek district of Hamburg, 1944 or 1945: On 30 March 1942 Professor Frederick Lindemann, Baron Cherwell, the British government's chief scientific adviser, sent to the British Prime Minister Winston Churchill a memorandum which after it had become accepted by the Cabinet became known as the dehousing paper.[a] The paper was delivered during a debate within the British government about the most effective use of the nation's resources in waging...more

  • A Deadly Wandering: A Mystery, a Landmark Investigation, and the Astonishing Science of Attention in the Digital Age by Matt Richtel. PART 2 of 2.

    Dec 30 2017

    AUTHOR. (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow A Deadly Wandering: A Mystery, a Landmark Investigation, and the Astonishing Science of Attention in the Digital Age by Matt Richtel. PART 2 of 2. From Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Matt Richtel, a brilliant, narrative-driven exploration of technology’s vast influence on the human mind and society, dramatically-told through the lens of a tragic “texting-while-driving” c...more

  • A Deadly Wandering: A Mystery, a Landmark Investigation, and the Astonishing Science of Attention in the Digital Age by Matt Richtel. PART 1 of 2.

    Dec 30 2017

    AUTHOR. (Photo: File:2015-09-29 12 44 01 View east along Little Cottonwood Canyon) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow A Deadly Wandering: A Mystery, a Landmark Investigation, and the Astonishing Science of Attention in the Digital Age by Matt Richtel. PART 1 of 2. From Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Matt Richtel, a brilliant, narrative-driven exploration of technology’s vast influence on the human mind and society, dramati...more

  • The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream, by Thomas L. Dyja. PART 2 of 2.

    Dec 30 2017

    AUTHOR. (Photo:Daniel Schwen - Own work Chicago Theatre. Exposure blended from three shots. ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream, by Thomas L. Dyja. PART 2 of 2. A critically acclaimed history of Chicago at mid-century, featuring many of the incredible personalities that shaped American culture. Before air travel overtook trains, nearly every coast-to-coast journey inclu...more

  • Best of 2017: The Chimp and the River by David Quammen.PART 2 of 2.

    Dec 30 2017

    AUTHOR. (Photo:Chimpanzee, Monkey, Ape, View) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Best of 2017: The Chimp and the River by David Quammen.PART 2 of 2. In this "frightening and fascinating masterpiece" (Walter Isaacson), David Quammen explores the true origins of HIV/AIDS. The real story of AIDS—how it originated with a virus in a chimpanzee, jumped to one human, and then infected more than 60 million people—is very...more

  • Best of 2017: The Chimp and the River by David Quammen. PART 1 of 2.

    Dec 30 2017

    AUTHOR. (Photo:Cameroon chimp Panpaniscus(female).jpg ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Best of 2017: The Chimp and the River by David Quammen. PART 1 of 2. In this "frightening and fascinating masterpiece" (Walter Isaacson), David Quammen explores the true origins of HIV/AIDS. The real story of AIDS—how it originated with a virus in a chimpanzee, jumped to one human, and then infected more than 60 million peo...more

  • Best of 2017: Supporting a fortress of the Old Cold War for the New Cold War. @DevinNunes @GordonGChang

    Dec 30 2017

    AUTHOR. (Photo: English: NASA's WB-57F Canberra refuels at Lajes. Date April 2012 Source http://www.lajes.af.mil/; gallery Author Lucas Silva, 65th Air Base Wing Public Affairs ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Best of 2017: Supporting a fortress of the Old Cold War for the New Cold War. @DevinNunes @GordonGChang Will the Trump Administration Protect the Azores from the PRC & the Kremlin? @DevinNunes @Gordon...more

  • Best of 2017: Geography does not favor Iran. Ian Morris, Stratfor.com.

    Dec 30 2017

    AUTHOR. (Photo:English: Persian warriors. Pergamon Museum/Vorderasiatisches Museum. Tanggal before IV c. BC Sumber http://www.flickr.com/photos/mshamma/111901098/ tampilkanPergamon Museum Tautkan kembali ke templat kotak info institusional wikidata:Q157298 Pembuat photo by mshamma Izin (Menggunakan kembali berkas ini) licensing at www.flickr.com/photos/mshamma/ , ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Best of 2017: Geography do...more

  • Best of 2017: Learning heroes. @AmyHarmon

    Dec 30 2017

    AUTHOR. (Photo: Vintage Teacher One Room School Log Cabin Bare Foot Students MIchigan 1880 ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Best of 2017: Learning heroes. @AmyHarmon Adventures of a Prodigy: “Learning Mathematics While Black.’’ @AmyHarmon @NYT "..That Jonathan was one of just a few African-American boys at BEAM (some of the other black students were the children of African or Caribbean immigrants) could have been a...more

  • The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap by Matt Taibbi and Molly Crabapple. PART 2 of 2.

    Dec 29 2017

    AUTHOR. (Photo:current, 02:56, 16 September 2008 ... ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap by Matt Taibbi and Molly Crabapple. PART 2 of 2. NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST, NPR, AND KIRKUS REVIEWS A scathing portrait of an urgent new American crisis Over the last two decades, America has been falling deeper ...more

  • The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap by Matt Taibbi and Molly Crabapple. PART 1 of 2.

    Dec 29 2017

    AUTHOR. (Photo:... Congressional members, including presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama, at the White House to discuss the bailout, September 25, 2008. ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap by Matt Taibbi and Molly Crabapple. PART 1 of 2. NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST, NPR, AND KIRKUS REVIEW...more

  • Buckley and Mailer: The Difficult Friendship That Shaped the Sixties by Kevin M. Schultz. PART 2 of 2.

    Dec 29 2017

    AUTHOR. (Photo:Norman Mailer, 1948 ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Buckley and Mailer: The Difficult Friendship That Shaped the Sixties by Kevin M. Schultz. PART 2 of 2. A lively chronicle of the 1960s through the surprisingly close and incredibly contentious friendship of its two most colorful characters. William F. Buckley, Jr., and Norman Mailer were the two towering intellectual figures of the 1960s, and they lived ...more

  • Buckley and Mailer: The Difficult Friendship That Shaped the Sixties by Kevin M. Schultz. PART 1 of 2.

    Dec 29 2017

    AUTHOR. (Photo: Buckley (right) and L. Brent Bozell Jr. promote their book McCarthy and His Enemies, 1954) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Buckley and Mailer: The Difficult Friendship That Shaped the Sixties by Kevin M. Schultz. PART 1 of 2. A lively chronicle of the 1960s through the surprisingly close and incredibly contentious friendship of its two most colorful characters. William F. Buckley, Jr., and Norman Mailer we...more

  • Bush by Jean Edward Smith. PART 2 of 2.

    Dec 29 2017

    AUTHOR. (Photo:2004 electoral vote results ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Bush by Jean Edward Smith. PART 2 of 2. "Distinguished presidential biographer Jean Edward Smith offers a critical yet fair biography of George W. Bush, showing how he ignored his advisors to make key decisions himself—most disastrously in invading Iraq—and how these decisions were often driven by the President’s deep religious faith. George...more

  • Bush by Jean Edward Smith. PART 1 of 2.

    Dec 29 2017

    AUTHOR. (Photo: George W. Bush in Concord, New Hampshire, signing to be a candidate for president) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Bush by Jean Edward Smith. PART 1 of 2. "Distinguished presidential biographer Jean Edward Smith offers a critical yet fair biography of George W. Bush, showing how he ignored his advisors to make key decisions himself—most disastrously in invading Iraq—and how these decisions were often d...more

  • Best of 2017: Anatomy of a food crisis. Scott Michaels.

    Dec 29 2017

    AUTHOR. (Photo:Jack in the Box restaurant in Willits, California ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Best of 2017: Anatomy of a food crisis. Scott Michaels. The 1993 Jack in the Box E. Coli Crisis & Lessons Learned. Scott Michaels @NYT @RetroReport "A 1993 E. coli outbreak linked to Jack in the Box hamburgers sickened 700 people and drew new attention to the dangers of food-borne illness." "...This patte...more

  • Best of 2017: “The Right Reverend H.R. McMaster.” @AndrewPeek American Foreign Policy Council.

    Dec 29 2017

    AUTHOR. (Photo:President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster have lunch with service members on July 18, 2017.) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Best of 2017: “The Right Reverend H.R. McMaster.” @AndrewPeek American Foreign Policy Council. “I served with General McMaster. He is perfect for National Security Adviser.… • General McMaster is a force of nature. He is an ...more

  • Best of 2017: The Decline and Fall of Identity Politics. @VDHanson @HooverInst @Larry_Kudlow CNBC

    Dec 29 2017

    AUTHOR. (Photo: Date: 02/03/2011 Description: Host buffet lunch in honor of The) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Best of 2017: The Decline and Fall of Identity Politics. @VDHanson @HooverInst @Larry_Kudlow CNBC “Who are we?” asked the liberal social scientist Samuel Huntington over a decade ago in a well-reasoned but controversial book. Huntington feared the institutionalization of what Theodore Roosevelt a century earlier...more

  • Best of 2017: Law of the Jungle: The $19 Billion Legal Battle Over Oil in the Rain Forest and the Lawyer Who'd Stop at Nothing to Win by Paul M. Barrett. PART 2 of 2.

    Dec 28 2017

    AUTHOR. (Photo:Oil pollution in Lago Agrio, November 2007 ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Best of 2017: Law of the Jungle: The $19 Billion Legal Battle Over Oil in the Rain Forest and the Lawyer Who'd Stop at Nothing to Win by Paul M. Barrett. PART 2 of 2. The gripping story of one American lawyer’s obsessive crusade—waged at any cost—against Big Oil on behalf of the poor farmers and indigenous tribes of the Amazon r...more

  • Best of 2017: Law of the Jungle: The $19 Billion Legal Battle Over Oil in the Rain Forest and the Lawyer Who'd Stop at Nothing to Win by Paul M. Barrett. PART 1 of 2.

    Dec 28 2017

    AUTHOR. (Photo: Chevron Corporation headquarters in San Ramon, California. This view shows just one part of a huge, sprawling complex.) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Best of 2017: Law of the Jungle: The $19 Billion Legal Battle Over Oil in the Rain Forest and the Lawyer Who'd Stop at Nothing to Win by Paul M. Barrett. PART 1 of 2. The gripping story of one American lawyer’s obsessive crusade—waged at any cost—against...more

  • Best of 2017 —The Haute Bourgeoisie Unfurls the Twentieth Century: Sydney and Violet entertain T. S. Eliot, Aldous Huxley, & Proust, Joyce, Picasso, Stravinsky, & Diaghilev; part 2

    Dec 28 2017

    Photo: Igor Stravinsky, Natalia Gontcharova, Sergei Diaghilev, Léon Bakst Proust, Joyce, Picasso, Stravinsky, and Diaghilev dined together at the Majestic Hotel in Paris. ‘Twas May 18, 1922; Sydney and Violet Schiff were their hosts. Although we missed the meal, it and countless other adventures are detailed in this book widely called “delightful,” "Sydney and Violet," by Stephen Klaidman. "Sydney and Violet: A Modernist Power Couple and Their Life with Eliot, Proust, Joyce, Hu...more

  • Best of 2017 —The Haute Bourgeoisie Unfurls the Twentieth Century: Sydney and Violet entertain T. S. Eliot, Aldous Huxley, & Proust, Joyce, Picasso, Stravinsky, & Diaghilev; part 1

    Dec 28 2017

    Photo: Marcel Proust (seated), Robert de Flers (left) and Lucien Daudet (right), ca. 1894. Proust, Joyce, Picasso, Stravinsky, and Diaghilev dined together at the Majestic Hotel in Paris. ‘Twas May 18, 1922; Sydney and Violet Schiff were their hosts. Although we missed the meal, it and countless other adventures are detailed in this book widely called “delightful,” "Sydney and Violet," by Stephen Klaidman. "Sydney and Violet: A Modernist Power Couple and Their Life with Eliot, ...more

  • Best of 2017: Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned by John A. Farrell. PART 1 of 2.

    Dec 28 2017

    AUTHOR. (Photo: Clarence Seward Darrow (/ˈdæroʊ/; April 18, 1857 – March 13, 1938) was an American lawyer, a leading member of the American Civil Liberties Union, and a prominent advocate for Georgist economic reform. He defended high-profile clients in many famous trials of the early 20th century, including teenage thrill killers Leopold and Loeb for murdering 14-year-old Robert "Bobby" Franks (1924); teacher John T. Scopes in the Scopes "Monkey" Trial (1925), in which he o...more

  • Best of 2017: Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned by John A. Farrell. PART 2 of 2.

    Dec 28 2017

    AUTHOR. (Photo: The Rhea County Courthouse is a National Historic Landmark) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Best of 2017: Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned by John A. Farrell. PART 2 of 2. “[This is] vintage Darrow, inspiring, enraging, and, in Farrell's engrossing biography, marvelously alive.” —The New York Times “John A. Farrell, with access to previously unavailable materials, brings the 'grandest legal...more

  • Not working together, the Browns have built California. Adam Nagourney.

    Dec 28 2017

    AUTHOR. (Photo: Brown bei einem Wahlkampfauftritt im Oktober 2010) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Not working together, the Browns have built California. Adam Nagourney. "Brown’s Arid California, Thanks Partly to His Father." @AdamNagourney @NYT "Gov. Jerry Brown is coping with the modern-day California that his father, Edmund G. Brown Sr., helped to create. "...If Pat Brown wanted the stunningly am...more

  • Best of 2017 —Levity: the Evanescent Chinese Canal in a Cow Pasture

    Dec 28 2017

    Best of 2017 —Levity: the Evanescent Chinese Canal in a Cow Pasture (Photo: Proposed alternative routes for new canal; ". . . The construction of the canal will require dredging Lake Nicaragua to a depth of 30 metres for 105 kilometres.") http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules http://johnbatchelorshow.com/blog Twitter: @BatchelorShow Mysterious Missing China-Nicaragua Canal. @PrChovanec Silvercrest Asset Management. But when a Chinese billiona...more

  • Best of 2017: Earth in Human Hands: Shaping Our Planet's Future by David Grinspoon. @DrFunkyspoon PART 2 of 2.

    Dec 28 2017

    AUTHOR. (Photo: Image of Pluto in X-rays by Chandra X-ray Observatory (blue spot). The X-rays are probably created by interaction of the gases surrounding Pluto with solar wind, although details of their origin are not clear. ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Best of 2017: Earth in Human Hands: Shaping Our Planet's Future by David Grinspoon. @DrFunkyspoon PART 2 of 2. "In his wonderful writing style, Dr. Grinspoon...more

  • Best of 2017: Earth in Human Hands: Shaping Our Planet's Future by David Grinspoon. @DrFunkyspoon PART 1 of 2.

    Dec 28 2017

    AUTHOR. (Photo: False-color Cassini radar mosaic of Titan's north polar region. Blue coloring indicates low radar reflectivity, caused by hydrocarbon seas, lakes and tributary networks filled with liquid ethane, methane and dissolved N2.[9] About half of the large body at lower left, Kraken Mare, is shown. Ligeia Mare is at lower right.) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Best of 2017: Earth in Human Hands: Shaping Our Pla...more

  • The Lost Bank: The Story of Washington Mutual-The Biggest Bank Failure in American History by Kirsten Grind. PART 2 of 2.

    Dec 27 2017

    AUTHOR. (Photo: A WaMu Financial Center in San Jose, California Coolcaesar at English Wikipedia - Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons. A Washington Mutual branch office in San Jose, at San Jose MarketCenter. CC BY-SA 3.0 File:Washington Mutual branch in San Jose, California.jpg Created: Photographed on May 8, 2006 by user Coolcaesar.) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow The Lost Bank: The Story of Washington Mutual-The Big...more

  • The Lost Bank: The Story of Washington Mutual-The Biggest Bank Failure in American History by Kirsten Grind. PART 1 of 2.

    Dec 27 2017

    AUTHOR. (Photo: The Washington Mutual Tower (center right) in downtown Seattle was Washington Mutual's corporate headquarters from 1988 until 2006, when the company moved into the new WaMu Center (center left). These buildings have since been renamed; Washington Mutual Tower is now known as 1201 Third Avenue and WaMu Center is now known as Russell Investments Center.) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow The Lost Bank: The S...more

  • Best of 2017: Coolidge, by Amity Shlaes. PART 2 of 2

    Dec 27 2017

    AUTHOR. (Photo: SteveSims ElectoralCollege1992.svg BlankUSMap.svg - This image is based off this image from Wikipedia, which in turn is based off this image from the Commons. Electoral college map for the 1924 United States presidential election.) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Best of 2017: Coolidge, by Amity Shlaes. PART 2 of 2 “A marvelous book that is in many respects as subtle and powerful as Coolidge himself. Shlaes...more

  • Best of 2017: Coolidge, by Amity Shlaes. PART 1 of 2

    Dec 27 2017

    AUTHOR. (Photo: Grace Coolidge) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Best of 2017: Coolidge, by Amity Shlaes. PART 1 of 2 “A marvelous book that is in many respects as subtle and powerful as Coolidge himself. Shlaes’s masterly command of economics, policy, and personal portraiture illustrates the times, talents, character, and courage of the consummate New Englander.” (Mark Helprin) “Coolidge is a welcome new biography of a gre...more

  • Best of 2017 The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and the Blockchain Are Challenging the Global Economic Order Paul Vigna and Michael J. Casey @mikejcasey PART 2 of 2.

    Dec 27 2017

    AUTHOR. (Photo:Infantryman wearing Brodie helmet, kneeling in front of M3 Half-track, holds an M1 Garand rifle. Fort Knox, June 1942. ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow AUTHOR. (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Best of 2017: The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and the Blockchain Are Challenging the Global Economic Order Paul Vigna and Michael...more

  • Best of 2017 The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and the Blockchain Are Challenging the Global Economic Order Paul Vigna and Michael J. Casey @mikejcasey PART 1 of 2.

    Dec 27 2017

    AUTHOR. (Photo:Fort Knox Kentucky ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Best of 2017 The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and the Blockchain Are Challenging the Global Economic Order Paul Vigna and Michael J. Casey @mikejcasey PART 1 of 2. http://www.michaeljcasey.com. “Vigna and Casey's thorough, timely and colorful book is a rewarding place to learn it all.” ―The New York Times Book Review “For any book on bitcoin to...more

  • Best of 2017: One hundred years of the Balfour Declaration. @ELALUSA Report w/Malcolm Hoenlein @Conf_of_pres.

    Dec 27 2017

    AUTHOR. (Photo:The surrender of Jerusalem to the British, 9 December 1917 ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Best of 2017: One hundred years of the Balfour Declaration. @ELALUSA Report w/Malcolm Hoenlein @Confofpres. “Indiana” Hoenlein and the Balfour Declaration Centennial, 1917-2017 Following talks with PM May in London, Netanyahu visits the room where then-foreign secretary Arthur Balfour penned his famous declaration ...more

  • Best of 2017: A Modest Black Hole. Ken Croswell, @NewScientist

    Dec 27 2017

    AUTHOR. (Photo:Simulated view of a black hole in front of the Large Magellanic Cloud. The ratio between the black hole Schwarzschild radius and the observer distance to it is 1:9. Of note is the gravitational lensing effect known as an Einstein ring, which produces a set of two fairly bright and large but highly distorted images of the Cloud as compared to its actual angular size. ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Best of 2...more

  • "Remembering the Forgotten Dead" Corey Kilgannon corey@nytimes.com

    Dec 27 2017

    Best of JBS. (Photo: A trench at the potter's field on Hart Island, New York, circa 1890 by Jacob Riis.) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules http://johnbatchelorshow.com/blog Twitter: @BatchelorShow Bet of 2017: "Remembering the Forgotten Dead" Corey Kilgannon corey@nytimes.com "A Rare Visit to New York’s Potter’s Field on Hart Island.. "...The tour on Tuesday was the first time a reporter had been allowed near the burial site ...more

  • Fatal Crossroads: The Untold Story of the Malmedy Massacre at the Battle of the Bulge by Danny S. Parker. PART 2 of 2.

    Dec 26 2017

    AUTHOR. (Photo: SS-Sturmbannführer Joachim Peiper in 1943.) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Fatal Crossroads: The Untold Story of the Malmedy Massacre at the Battle of the Bulge by Danny S. Parker. PART 2 of 2. On December 17, 1944, during the Battle of the Bulge, more than eighty unarmed United States soldiers were shot down after having surrendered to an SS unit near the small crossroads town of Malmédy, Belgium. Althoug...more

  • Fatal Crossroads: The Untold Story of the Malmedy Massacre at the Battle of the Bulge by Danny S. Parker. PART 1 of 2.

    Dec 26 2017

    AUTHOR. (Photo: Bodies of U.S. officers and soldiers slained by the Nazis after capture near Malmedy, Belgium. - NARA - 196544) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Fatal Crossroads: The Untold Story of the Malmedy Massacre at the Battle of the Bulge by Danny S. Parker. PART 1 of 2. On December 17, 1944, during the Battle of the Bulge, more than eighty unarmed United States soldiers were shot down after having surrendered to an...more

  • A Christmas Far from Home: An Epic Tale of Courage and Survival during the Korean War by Stanley Weintraub. PART 2 of 2.

    Dec 26 2017

    AUTHOR. (Photo: U.S. M46 Patton tanks, painted with tiger heads thought to demoralize Chinese forces} http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow A Christmas Far from Home: An Epic Tale of Courage and Survival during the Korean War by Stanley Weintraub. PART 2 of 2. The day after Thanksgiving, five months into the Korean War, General Douglas MacArthur flew to American positions in the north and grandly announced an end-the-war-by-Chri...more

  • A Christmas Far from Home: An Epic Tale of Courage and Survival during the Korean War by Stanley Weintraub. PART 1 of 2.

    Dec 26 2017

    AUTHOR. (Photo: F4U-5 Corsairs provide close air support to U.S. Marines fighting Chinese forces, December 1950) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow A Christmas Far from Home: An Epic Tale of Courage and Survival during the Korean War by Stanley Weintraub. PART 1 of 2. The day after Thanksgiving, five months into the Korean War, General Douglas MacArthur flew to American positions in the north and grandly announced an end-the-...more

  • Pearl Harbor Christmas: A World at War, December 1941 by Stanley Weintraub. PART 2 of 2.

    Dec 26 2017

    AUTHOR. (Photo:Churchill before US Congress 1941 ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Pearl Harbor Christmas: A World at War, December 1941 by Stanley Weintraub. PART 2 of 2. Christmas 1941 came little more than two weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The shock—in some cases overseas, elation—was worldwide. While Americans attempted to go about celebrating as usual, the reality of the just-declared war was on everybody’s ...more

  • Pearl Harbor Christmas: A World at War, December 1941 by Stanley Weintraub. PART 1 of 2.

    Dec 26 2017

    AUTHOR. (Photo: Pearl Harbor Christmas: A World at War, December 1941 by Stanley Weintraub. PART 1 of 2.) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Pearl Harbor Christmas: A World at War, December 1941 by Stanley Weintraub. PART 1 of 2. Christmas 1941 came little more than two weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The shock—in some cases overseas, elation—was worldwide. While Americans attempted to go about celebrating as usual, t...more

  • An American Betrayal: Cherokee Patriots and the Trail of Tears by Daniel Blake Smith. PART 2 of 2.

    Dec 26 2017

    AUTHOR. (Photo:House of A.M. Aiken (on James River, VA, near Aiken's Landing (Varina). This is the river front view.)(Text in... - NARA - 529252 ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow An American Betrayal: Cherokee Patriots and the Trail of Tears by Daniel Blake Smith. PART 2 of 2. Though the tragedy of the Trail of Tears is widely recognized today, the pervasive effects of the tribe's uprooting have never been examined...more

  • An American Betrayal: Cherokee Patriots and the Trail of Tears by Daniel Blake Smith. PART 1 of 2.

    Dec 26 2017

    AUTHOR. (Photo: A typical river paddle steamer from the 1850s-the Ben Campbell) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow An American Betrayal: Cherokee Patriots and the Trail of Tears by Daniel Blake Smith. PART 1 of 2. Though the tragedy of the Trail of Tears is widely recognized today, the pervasive effects of the tribe's uprooting have never been examined in detail. Despite the Cherokees' efforts to assimilate with the d...more

  • The natural end of our competitors, Neanderthal and Denisovan. Rasmus Nielsen, University of California at Berkeley.

    Dec 26 2017

    Best of JBS. (Photo: Homo neanderthalensis. Skull discovered in 1908 at La Chapelle-aux-Saints (France).) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules http://johnbatchelorshow.com/blog Twitter: @BatchelorShow Best of 2017: The natural end of our competitors, Neanderthal and Denisovan. Rasmus Nielsen, University of California at Berkeley. “Advances in the sequencing and the analysis of the genomes of both modern and ancient peoples have facilitated a number of b...more

  • Best of 2017: Foreign Policy for the non-elite.

    Dec 25 2017

    Best of JBS. (Photo:English: A hand truck lock system installed on a vehicle. Date 28 January 2014, 16:22:49 Source Own work Author MobiusDaXter ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules http://johnbatchelorshow.com/blog Twitter: @BatchelorShow Best of 2017: Foreign Policy for the non-elite. Foreign Policy Nationalism & the Working Class in the Trump Era. Henry Nau, George Washington University. There are three central paradoxes in American foreig...more

  • Best of 2017: Antarctica is a known unknown of global climate change in the entirely recent (Holocene) era.

    Dec 25 2017

    Best of JBS. (Photo:Rows of parked cars in a sub-alpine environment ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules http://johnbatchelorshow.com/blog Twitter: @BatchelorShow Best of 2017: Antarctica is a known unknown of global climate change in the entirely recent (Holocene) era. The Unsolved Climate Driver at the Bottom of the World. Pepijn Bakker. College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. Oregon State University. Centennial-scale Holocene climate vari...more

  • Best of 2017: The End of Alchemy: Money, Banking, and the Future of the Global Economy by Mervyn King. Reviewed by @JohnTamny.

    Dec 25 2017

    Best of JBS. (Photo: The sealing of the Bank of England Charter (1694)) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules http://johnbatchelorshow.com/blog Twitter: @BatchelorShow Best of 2017: The End of Alchemy: Money, Banking, and the Future of the Global Economy by Mervyn King. Reviewed by @JohnTamny. “Mervyn King may well have written the most important book to come out of the financial crisis. Agree or disagree, King’s visionary ideas deserve the attention of ev...more

  • Best of 2017: The Great Migration to New York City. PART 2 of 2. @AnnieCorreal @NYT

    Dec 25 2017

    Best of JBS. (Photo: "Just before the last of these vehicles was banished from the streets of New York City, the photographer snapped one of them as it passed alongside a 'Modern Electric Car' powered by the conduit between the rails. This photo was shot on Broadway just north of the intersection with Broome Street. The car is headed southbound." Photo, looking north, shows horse-drawn and electric trams side by side. Date 1917 Source w:The New York Times photo archive, via...more

  • Best of 2017: The Great Migration to New York City. PART 1 of 2. @AnnieCorreal @NYT

    Dec 24 2017

    Best of JBS. (Photo: File:Suffragists Parade Down Fifth Avenue, 1917.JPG) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules http://johnbatchelorshow.com/blog Twitter: @BatchelorShow Best of 2017: The Great Migration to New York City. Part 1 of 2. @AnnieCorreal @NYT “…I knocked on doors and left my number, but I never heard from anyone. So I put the album on my bookshelf. A few years later, my landlords got an offer they couldn’t refuse, and my short time in Crown Hei...more

  • New thinking about possible primordial subsurface water for a Martian colony. Kevin Cannon, @Nature.

    Dec 24 2017

    AUTHOR. (Photo:During the next couple of weeks, if all goes as planned, the martial arts champion of radar antennas will kickbox its way into space. Weighing in at a mere 4 pounds (1.8 kilograms) and packing a pyrotechnic punch, the MARSIS antenna, which stands for Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionospheric Sounding, will spring into operation in May. On each of its two main "arms," thirteen segments will quickly uncoil, taking a few seconds to reach their full length of 20 m...more

  • Small Business Report: The Tax Cut and Jobs Act for 2018 & What is to be done? @GeneMarks @WashingtonPost.com

    Dec 24 2017

    12-23-2017 (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Small Business Report: The Tax Cut and Jobs Act for 2018 & What is to be done? @GeneMarks @WashingtonPost.com You might want to turn yourself into an LLC under the Republican tax plan http://read.bi/2j5xhK4 US homebuilder sentiment hits highest mark since 1999 http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2017/12/18/us-homebuilder-sentiment-hits-highest-mark-since-1999.html M...more

  • What we learned in 2017: "We're all stupid for not having bought Bitcoin." @GeneMarks @WashingtonPost.com

    Dec 24 2017

    12-23-2017 (Photo: Mining ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow What we learned in 2017: "We're all stupid for not having bought Bitcoin." @GeneMarks @WashingtonPost.com 2017 Bitcoin hits bigger stage as exchange giant CME launches futures http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2017/12/17/bitcoin-hits-bigger-stage-as-exchange-giant-cme-launches-futures.html Retail apocalypse: women disproportionately impacted by jo...more

  • Perhaps a Drone to Titan. Bob Zimmerman BehindtheBlack.com

    Dec 24 2017

    12-23-2017 (Photo: Huygens Plunged to Titan Surface 5 Years Ago) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Perhaps a Drone to Titan. Bob Zimmerman BehindtheBlack.com

  • Why the need for Falcon Heavy to go. Bob Zimmerman BehindtheBlack.com

    Dec 24 2017

    12-23-2017 (Photo: File:Merlin Blaster @SpaceX HQ, one of 28 engines in the Falcon Heavy (13160622333).jpg) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Why the need for Falcon Heavy to go. Bob Zimmerman BehindtheBlack.com

  • America on December 22: 100 years ago innocent, 75 years ago heroic, 50 years ago corrupt. Michael Vlahos, Johns Hopkins.

    Dec 23 2017

    12-23-2017 (Photo: NYT front page of wrecked German tanks ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow America on December 22: 100 years ago innocent, 75 years ago heroic, 50 years ago corrupt. Michael Vlahos, Johns Hopkins.

  • Welcome to Carter Page's rent-by-the-hour Manhattan office. Jason Zengerle

    Dec 23 2017

    12-23-2017 (Photo: IBM Building in NYC, site of Carter Page's rented office) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Welcome to Carter Page's rent-by-the-hour Manhattan office. Jason Zengerle https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/18/magazine/what-if-anything-does-carter-page-know.html

  • The Bull case for 2018. @McTagueJ @Barrons.

    Dec 23 2017

    12-23-2017 (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow The Bull case for 2018. @McTagueJ @Barrons. Republican lawmakers, who spent much of this year forced to explain or defend Mr. Trump’s erratic behavior, now have an opportunity to go on the offensive with an issue that unites their increasingly fractious party. And they hope that up-for-grabs voters will reward them should the economy keep growing while their tax bills ar...more

  • The GOP winning gets a cash bonus. @LizPeek

    Dec 23 2017

    12-23-2017 (Photo: File:New AT&T Logo in Dallas, TX.jpeg) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow The GOP winning gets a cash bonus. @LizPeek AT&T said it would pay $1,000 bonuses to as many as 200,000 workers at year end, and invest an extra $1 billion building out its infrastructure. Comcast also announced $1,000 bonuses for more than 100,000 employees, and said it planned to spend over $50 billion over the next five ye...more

  • Sexual harassment on the Ford assembly line. @susanchira

    Dec 23 2017

    12-23-2017 (Photo: File:Oakville Assembly.jpg) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Sexual harassment on the Ford assembly line. @susanchira https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/12/19/us/ford-chicago-sexual-harassment.html

  • The moral hazard of Congress bailing out multiemployer pension plans. Charles Blahous @Mercatus @HooverInst

    Dec 23 2017

    12-23-2017 (Photo:File:TAG Climate Protest UAW.jpg ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow The moral hazard of Congress bailing out multiemployer pension plans. Charles Blahous @Mercatus @HooverInst The first order of business in any legislation affecting these plans should be fixing the liability discounting loophole in current multiemployer pension law. Not only plans asking for assistance, but all multiemployer pension plans...more

  • Jack Kemp quarterbacks the GOP Win, 2017. @DanHenninger

    Dec 23 2017

    12-23-2017 (Photo:File:19871003 Jack Kemp Rally.jpg ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Jack Kemp quarterbacks the GOP Win, 2017. @DanHenninger https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-godfather-of-tax-reform-1513812403

  • Searching for the origins of the Steele Dossier. @LeeSmithDC @TheTablet

    Dec 23 2017

    12-23-2017 (Photo:File:Carter Page MSNBC June 2017 YouTube.png ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Searching for the origins of the Steele Dossier. @LeeSmithDC @TheTablet What “information” was Reid referring to? According to David Corn’s Oct. 31, 2016, article in Mother Jones, the Nevada lawmaker was referencing the findings of “a former senior intelligence officer for a Western country who specialized in Russian counterin...more

  • The Roof at the Bottom of the World: Discovering the Transantarctic Mountains by Edmund Stump.

    Dec 23 2017

    AUTHOR. (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow The Roof at the Bottom of the World: Discovering the Transantarctic Mountains by Edmund Stump. https://www.amazon.com/Roof-Bottom-World-Discovering-Transantarctic/dp/0300171978/ref=laB001JSBTMK1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1514005847&sr=1-1 The Transantarctic Mountains are the most remote mountain belt on Earth, an utterly pristine wilderness of ice and rock rising t...more

  • 21st Century private jet envy gap. Tyler Rogoway @TheWarZone

    Dec 23 2017

    12-23-2017 (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow 21st Century private jet envy gap. Tyler Rogoway @TheWarZone Lockheed Martin has formally announced it is teaming up with Aerion Corporation to build the world’s first supersonic business jet, which would be the company’s first passenger aircraft produced in more than three decades. The plane, named AS2 and looks like an F-104 Starfighter and 727 airliner had a child, co...more

  • Second life for surplus long-range F-15D. @TheWarZone Tyler Rogoway

    Dec 23 2017

    12-22-2017 (Photo:Japan Air Self Defense Force F-15DJ and F-15J of the 306th TFS ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Second life for surplus long-range F-15D. @TheWarZone Tyler Rogoway http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/17102/israel-is-treating-americas-throw-away-f-15d-eagles-as-new-found-treasure

  • The Administrative State covets Space Fleet Fees. Mark Sundahl. Global Space Policy Center. https://www.law.csuohio.edu/academics/globalspacelaw David Livingston, Spaceship.com

    Dec 23 2017

    12-22-2017 (Photo: File:Sierra County NM - new mexico space port sign.jpg) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow The Administrative State covets Space Fleet Fees. Mark Sundahl. Global Space Policy Center. https://www.law.csuohio.edu/academics/globalspacelaw David Livingston, Spaceship.com “What we turned in was a list of ideas that we had identified as things that might be helpful in terms of regulatory streamlining,” said Georg...more

  • The cunning defeat of Project Cassandra & What is to be done? David Asher @FDD

    Dec 22 2017

    12-22-2017 (Photo: Hezbollah) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow The cunning defeat of Project Cassandra & What is to be done? David Asher @FDD In its determination to secure a nuclear deal with Iran, the Obama administration derailed an ambitious law enforcement campaign targeting drug trafficking by the Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah, even as it was funneling cocaine into the United States, according to a POLI...more

  • Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) to interrupt impulsive behavior in mice and men. Dr. Casey Halpern, Stanford Medical Center.

    Dec 22 2017

    12-22-2017 (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) to interrupt impulsive behavior in mice and men. Dr. Casey Halpern, Stanford Medical Center. http://med.stanford.edu/news/all-news/2017/12/brain-zap-saps-destructive-urges.html

  • GMO cattle feed is not an ingredient in yogurt. @HenryIMiller @HooverInst

    Dec 22 2017

    12-22-2017 (Photo:A Holstein cow with prominent udder and less muscle than is typical of beef breeds) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow GMO cattle feed is not an ingredient in yogurt. @HenryIMiller @HooverInst https://wlflegalpulse.com/2017/12/07/food-court-follies-yogurt-buyers-attempt-to-milk-all-natural-litigation-trend-rejected/.

  • Two hundred New Years of America abusing Indian Country & What is to be done? Terry Anderson @HooverInst

    Dec 22 2017

    12-22-2017 (Photo: Crow Reservation, Montana) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Two hundred New Years of America abusing Indian Country & What is to be done? Terry Anderson @HooverInst Indian Country is anything but healthy and prosperous. In the United States, 20 percent of reservation households make less than $5,000 annually, and Native Americans are more likely than non-Natives to be assaulted, incarcerated, or to co...more

  • Battle of the Animated Kingdom vs Animated Iran. Behnam ben Taleblu @FDD

    Dec 22 2017

    12-21-2017 (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Battle of the Animated Kingdom vs Animated Iran. Behnam ben Taleblu @FDD Saudi Arabia And Iran: Beyond The Duel Of The Videos By: Yigal Carmon and A. Savyon* On December 16, 2017, an organization apparently affiliated with the Saudi government posted an animated video on YouTube, Twitter, and other social media platforms warning Iran of Saudi retaliation in the event of...more

  • More exercises in the Western Pacific. @JerryHendrixII @CNASDC Behnam ben Taleblu

    Dec 22 2017

    12-21-2017 (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow More exercises in the Western Pacific. @JerryHendrixII @CNASDC Behnam ben Taleblu More ships to Western Pacific. The U.S. Navy is considering pushing more ships into the Western Pacific — closer to North Korea and China, the service’s chief said on a visit to Japan. Given North Korea’s blitz of ballistic missile and nuclear tests this year, “the security environment got...more

  • The Iran Deal with Patriot Missile Intercepts. Behnam ben Taleblu. @FDD

    Dec 22 2017

    12-21-2017 (Photo: Saudi Patriot battery intercepts South fired Iranian missile) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow The Iran Deal with Patriot Missile Intercepts. Behnam ben Taleblu. @FDD RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi air defenses shot down a ballistic missile fired by Yemen’s Houthi group towards Riyadh on Tuesday, the Saudi-led coalition said, in an attack that could escalate a proxy war between the kingdom and Iran. https://w...more

  • The UN is stuck in 1975. @CliffordDMay Behnam ben Taleblu. @FDD

    Dec 22 2017

    12-21-2017 (Photo:... United Nations General Assembly Hall | by US Department of State ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow The UN is stuck in 1975. @CliffordDMay Behnam ben Taleblu. @FDD UNITED NATIONS — A lopsided majority of United Nations members rebuked the United States on Thursday, denouncing its decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and ignoring President Trump’s threats to retaliate by cutting aid to co...more

  • Bitcoin luncheon with the Hedgies. @GregoryZickerman @WSJ

    Dec 22 2017

    12-21-2017 (Photo: Hip, Hip, Hurrah! (1888) by Peder Severin Krøyer courtesy of Wikipedia) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Bitcoin luncheon with the Hedgies. @GregoryZickerman @WSJ

  • Unhappy and harsh Christmas in Iraq. @WJMCGurn

    Dec 22 2017

    12-21-2017 (Photo:A postcard by the Cappucin mission in Mesopotemia of two Chaldean men from the villages surrounding the town of Mardin in South East Turkey, along the Syrian border. Chaldean Christians recognize the Pope as the head of the Universal Church. They split from the Assyrian (Nestorian) Church in the sixteenth century. Chaldean Christians are found in largest concentrations in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, the United States (Detroit), Europe, and Australia. The head of the Church, the Patr...more

  • Origins of wealth disparity over the last 11,000 years. Timothy A. Kohler, Michael E. Smith. @Nature

    Dec 22 2017

    12-21-2017 (Photo:Teotihuacan ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Origins of wealth disparity over the last 11,000 years. Timothy A. Kohler, Michael E. Smith. @Nature Greater post-Neolithic wealth disparities in Eurasia than in North America and Mesoamerica Timothy A. Kohler, Michael E. Smith Abstract How wealth is distributed among households provides insight into the fundamental characters of societies and the opportunit...more

  • An Empire of Ice: Scott, Shackleton, and the Heroic Age of Antarctic Science by Edward J. Larson. PART 2 of 2.

    Dec 22 2017

    AUTHOR. (Photo:Nimrod Expedition South Pole Party (left to right): Wild, Shackleton, Marshall and Adams ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow An Empire of Ice: Scott, Shackleton, and the Heroic Age of Antarctic Science by Edward J. Larson. PART 2 of 2. “An Empire of Ice reflects exhaustive digging and reaches well beyond the standard source materials. . . . Larson provides enough fresh perspective that even devotees of polar l...more

  • Republican Tax Cut for the Christmas Tree & What is to be done? @SalenaZito @LaraMBrownPHD

    Dec 21 2017

    12-21-2017 (Photo: File:December on the Red Louisiana Boardwalk Giant Christmas Tree 2.jpg) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Republican Tax Cut for the Christmas Tree & What is to be done? @SalenaZito @LaraMBrownPHD The $1.5 trillion bill provides major tax cuts for corporations and wealthy individuals and more modest reductions for the middle-class and low-income families. While the cuts are among the largest since 19...more

  • Making America Grow Again. @MonicaCrowley

    Dec 21 2017

    (Photo:Johnny Appleseed ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Making America Grow Again. @MonicaCrowley Economic Growth Has Been Solid, But Sustaining 3 Percent Remains Challenging: The U.S. economy has picked up a bit in 2017, growing by more than 3 percent for two quarters, thanks to a burst of business spending. The Republican tax legislation may provide an additional jolt that results in some nice numbers into 2018. But rea...more

  • Trump National Security Strategy and Asia. @GordonGChang @TheDailyBeast Stephen Yates, YatesforIdaho, W7VOA Steve Herman.

    Dec 21 2017

    12-21-2017 (Photo:The Kangxi Emperor's three "southern tours" in the Jiangnan region—1684, 1689 (here depicted), and 1699—asserted the prestige and confidence of the newly solidified Qing dynasty a few years after it defeated the Three Feudatories.[172] ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Trump National Security Strategy and Asia. @GordonGChang @TheDailyBeast Stephen Yates, YatesforIdaho, W7VOA Steve Herman.

  • China builds a nuclear powered fleet. Rick Fisher, International Assessment and Strategy Center @GordonGChang @TheDailyBeast @W7VOA

    Dec 21 2017

    12-21-2017 (Photo:A Song Dynasty junk ship, 13th century; Chinese ships of the Song period featured hulls with watertight compartments. ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow China builds a nuclear powered fleet. Rick Fisher, International Assessment and Strategy Center @GordonGChang @TheDailyBeast @W7VOA According to Wang Yiren, a director at China’s State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense...more

  • Reviewing Trump's successful Asia embassy: Japan, Korea, China, Vietnam, Philippines. @W7VOA @GordonGChang @TheDailyBeast

    Dec 21 2017

    12-20-2017 (Photo:... President Trump's Trip to Asia | by The White House ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Reviewing Trump's successful Asia embassy: Japan, Korea, China, Vietnam, Philippines. @W7VOA @GordonGChang @TheDailyBeast

  • Chinese Communist Party bosses peddle influence in Montana. @JoshRogin @GordonGChang @TheDailyBeast @W7VOA

    Dec 21 2017

    12-20-2017 (Photo:File:Cattle branding (Grabill 1888).jpg ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Chinese Communist Party bosses peddle influence in Montana. @JoshRogin @GordonGChang @TheDailyBeast @W7VOA In its effort to cultivate foreign influence, the Chinese Communist Party boldly mixes economic incentives with requests for political favors. Its dealings with Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) this year offer a success story for B...more

  • China's debt bomb grows and grows. @GordonGChang @TheDailyBeast @W&VOA Andrew Collier.

    Dec 21 2017

    12-20-2017 (Photo:Chinese opium smokers c. 1858 ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow China's debt bomb grows and grows. @GordonGChang @TheDailyBeast @W&VOA Andrew Collier. http://www.scmp.com/news/china/economy/article/2124756/chinas-campaign-cut-debt-enters-new-stage-says-stock-exchange

  • China threatens to erase Mongolia's Tibetan Buddhist heritage. Ganbat Chuluunkhuu. @GordonGChang @TheDailyBeast Steve Herman @W7VOA

    Dec 21 2017

    12-20-2017 (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow China threatens to erase Mongolia's Tibetan Buddhist heritage. Ganbat Chuluunkhuu. @GordonGChang @TheDailyBeast Steve Herman @W7VOA http://www.eurasiareview.com/09032017-the-dragon-dalai-lama-and-mongolia-what-diplomatic-role-should-india-play-analysis/ https://www.economist.com/news/china/21722853-chinese-mongolians-are-still-asserting-their-identity-inner-mongolia...more

  • North Korea's cyber attack WannaCry invites retaliation. Sung-Yoon Lee, professor at The Fletcher School at Tufts University.

    Dec 21 2017

    12-20-2017 (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow North Korea's cyber attack WannaCry invites retaliation. Sung-Yoon Lee, professor at The Fletcher School at Tufts University. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-cyber-northkorea/u-s-blames-north-korea-for-wannacry-cyber-attack-idUSKBN1ED00Q

  • An Empire of Ice: Scott, Shackleton, and the Heroic Age of Antarctic Science by Edward J. Larson. PART 1 of 2.

    Dec 21 2017

    AUTHOR. (Photo: File:To entertain the men, Captain Robert Scott took a gramophone on his South) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow An Empire of Ice: Scott, Shackleton, and the Heroic Age of Antarctic Science by Edward J. Larson. PART 1 of 2. “An Empire of Ice reflects exhaustive digging and reaches well beyond the standard source materials. . . . Larson provides enough fresh perspective that even devotees of polar literature ...more

  • The White-Hat Hackers vs the Air Force. @_jackcorrigan @NExtgov

    Dec 21 2017

    12-20-2017 (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow The White-Hat Hackers vs the Air Force. @_jackcorrigan @NExtgov On Dec. 9, a group of elite hackers once again found themselves deep within critical Air Force networks, probing for security gaps that could put the branch’s online operations at risk. And this time, military cyber specialists joined them in the hunt. The H1-212 hackathon partnered military cyber specialis...more

  • Prospering Romania. Patrick Chovanec, Silvercrest Asset Management.

    Dec 21 2017

    12-20-2017 (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Prospering Romania. Patrick Chovanec, Silvercrest Asset Management.

  • Taxiway glimpse of the Stratolaunch Behemoth. Bob Zimmerman BehindtheBlack.com

    Dec 20 2017

    12-20-2017 (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Taxiway glimpse of the Stratolaunch Behemoth. Bob Zimmerman BehindtheBlack.com Capitalism in space: The giant Stratolaunch plane built out of two 747s completed its first taxi test yesterday. Stratolaunch’s plane, nicknamed Roc, has the widest wingspan in the aviation world at 385 feet. That’s 50 percent wider than the wings of a Boeing 747 — which probably shouldn’t be...more

  • Mars Winter Rover Report Update. Bob Zimmerman BehindtheBlack.com

    Dec 20 2017

    12-20-2017 (Photo: This map shows the route driven by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover from the location where it landed in August 2012 to its location in early March 2016, approaching a geological waypoint called "Naukluft Plateau." Curiosity departed the "Gobabeb" waypoint, where it scooped samples from a sand dune for analysis, on Feb. 3, 2016, with a drive during the 1,243rd Martian day, or sol, of the rover's work on Mars. The base image for the map is from the Hi...more

  • What Obama really paid for the Iran nuke deal. @EliLake

    Dec 20 2017

    12-20-2017 (Photo: English: European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif address reporters, following negotiations between the P5+1 member nations and Iranian officials about the negotiations on Iran nuclear deal framework, in the "Forum Rolex" auditorium of the EPFL Learning Centre, Écublens-Lausanne, Switzerland on 2 April 2015. Date 2 April 2015 Source https://www.flickr.com/photos/statephotos/16389774054 Auth...more

  • Tehran's ballistic missile war- fighting. Behnam ben Taleblu @FDD

    Dec 20 2017

    12-20-2017 (Photo: English: Launcher for Qader/Noor missile Date 21 September 2012 Source http://gallery.military.ir/albums/userpics/10187/_DSC1479.jpg Author M-ATF from military.ir and iranmilitaryforum.net Permission (Reusing this file)  The author gave me permission to upload this here with Creative Comons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 license. A link here.) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Tehran's ballistic missi...more

  • Tales of the New Cold War: 25 years of American aggression. Stephen F. Cohen @NYU @Princeton. PART 2 of 2

    Dec 20 2017

    12-20-2017 (Photo:Russia-Georgia War 2008, Nearly-intact Russian missile booster in the bedroom of a Gori house U.S. Navy/Lt. Jim Hoeft - http://www.navy.mil/view_image.asp?id=63024 A Russian missile rocket booster stage lies largely intact in the master bedroom of a home in Gori, Republic of Georgia, Aug. 25, 2008. Residents of Gori begin to return home and start to clean up their city following the recent conflict between Russia and Georgia. Members of U.S. European Command's Joint Assess...more

  • Tales of the New Cold War: 25 years of American aggression. Stephen F. Cohen @NYU @Princeton. PART 1 of 2

    Dec 20 2017

    12-20-2017 (Photo: October 1995, presidents Yeltsin and Clinton at the White House) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Tales of the New Cold War: 25 years of American aggression. Stephen F. Cohen @NYU @Princeton. PART 1 of 2 Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Yeltsin promoted privatization as a way of spreading ownership of shares in former state enterprises as widely as possible to create political support for hi...more

  • "...the best gift ever for Christmas, for Hanukah..." @Larry_Kudlow @JCats2013

    Dec 20 2017

    12-19-2017 (Photo:President Kennedy in motorcade in Patrick Street, Cork, in Ireland on June 28, 1963 ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow "...the best gift ever for Christmas, for Hanukah..." @Larry_Kudlow @JCats2013 The $1.5 trillion bill represents the most sweeping overhaul of the United States tax code in decades, delivering deep and permanent cuts to corporations and temporary tax cuts to individuals. On Tuesd...more

  • GOP puts money in the pockets of the suburban swing voters. @HooverWhalen @Larry_Kudlow

    Dec 20 2017

    12-19-2017 (Photo: John F. Kennedy speaking at Rice University in Houston on September 12, 1962. Lyndon Johnson can be seen behind him.) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow GOP puts money in the pockets of the suburban swing voters. @HooverWhalen @Larry_Kudlow President Trump and Republicans in Congress are celebrating the $1.5 trillion legislation as a big tax cut for workers and businesses. And for the time being, it is that...more

  • "The proof is in the pudding." @Larry_Kudlow @StephenMoore

    Dec 20 2017

    12-19-2017 (Photo:1960 electoral vote results ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow "The proof is in the pudding." @Larry_Kudlow @StephenMoore The U.S. economy is about to become the proving ground for GOP tax-cutting theories. President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans are betting their tax overhaul will jolt the economy after a long but slow expansion. A sharp cut in the corporate-tax rate is meant to sp...more

  • JFK and the Reagan Revolution: A Secret History of American Prosperity by Lawrence Kudlow and Brian Domitrovic. PART 2 of 2.

    Dec 20 2017

    AUTHOR. (Photo: JFK meets Ike, 1961) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow JFK and the Reagan Revolution: A Secret History of American Prosperity by Lawrence Kudlow and Brian Domitrovic. PART 2 of 2. "The fascinating, suppressed history of how JFK pioneered supply-side economics. John F. Kennedy was the first president since the 1920s to slash tax rates across-the-board, becoming one of the earliest supply-siders. Sadly, t...more

  • JFK and the Reagan Revolution: A Secret History of American Prosperity by Lawrence Kudlow and Brian Domitrovic. PART 1 of 2.

    Dec 20 2017

    AUTHOR. (Photo: JFK birthplace) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow JFK and the Reagan Revolution: A Secret History of American Prosperity by Lawrence Kudlow and Brian Domitrovic. PART 1 of 2. "The fascinating, suppressed history of how JFK pioneered supply-side economics. John F. Kennedy was the first president since the 1920s to slash tax rates across-the-board, becoming one of the earliest supply-siders. Sadly, today’...more

  • Is There Water on the Surface of Mars? David Grinspoon

    Dec 20 2017

    12-19-2017 Photo: Mars surface from Curiosity    Twitter @BatchelorShow Is There Water on the Surface of Mars? David Grinspoon @DrFunkyspoon Liquid water may still flow on Mars, but that doesn't mean it's easy to spot. The search for water on the Red Planet has taken more than 15 years to turn up definitive signs that liquid flows on the surface today. In the past, however, rivers and oceans may have covered the land. Where did all of the liquid water go? Why? How much of it still rem...more

  • Destination Venus! @DrFunkyspoon David Grinspoon.

    Dec 19 2017

    12-19-2017 (Photo: Sif Mons is displayed in this computer-simulated view of the surface of Venus. The viewpoint is located 360 kilometers (223 miles) north of Sif Mons at a height of 7.5 kilometers (4.7 miles) above the lava flows. Lave flows extend for hundreds of kilometers across the fractured plains shown in the foreground to the base of Sif Mons. The view is to the south. Sif Mons, a volcano with a diameter of 300 kilometers (186 miles) and a height of 2 kilometers (1.2 miles), appears in ...more

  • Did DOJ use the Steele dossier for the FISA warrant or not & What is to be done? @AndrewCMcCarthy. @ThadMcCotter

    Dec 19 2017

    12-19-2017 (Photo: File:E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse, DC.jpg) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Did DOJ use the Steele dossier for the FISA warrant or not & What is to be done? @AndrewCMcCarthy. @ThadMcCotter President Trump ought to direct his Justice Department and FBI to provide the House Intelligence Committee with the FISA warrant application — anyFISA warrant application — in which they relied on information...more

  • Tax cut supremacy. @DavidMDrucker @ThadMcCotter

    Dec 19 2017

    12-19-2017 (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Tax cut supremacy. @DavidMDrucker @ThadMcCotter The bill will move to the House floor Tuesday after passing through the House Rules Committee on Monday evening. Republicans plan to send it through the House and Senate this week and forward it to President Trump, who for months pushed his party to give him a tax-cut bill by Christmas. The GOP bill would lower taxes for 95 pe...more

  • Pence to Israel. @ELALUSA Report w/Malcolm Hoenlein @Conf_of_pres.

    Dec 19 2017

    12-19-2017 (Photo: Deutsch: David M. Friedman bei seiner Vereidigung zum Botschafter der Vereinigten Staaten in Israel durch US-Vizepräsident Mike Pence im Indian Treaty Room English: David M. Friedman is sworn in as United States Ambassador to Israel by Vice President Mike Pence in the Indian Treaty Room. Date 29 March 2017 Source @VP on Twitter Author Office of the Vice President of the United States) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @Ba...more

  • Memories of Menachem Begin by the 2017 Winner of the Menachem Begin Prize. @ELALUSA Report w/Malcolm Hoenlein @Confofpres.

    Dec 19 2017

    12-19-2017 (Photo: Menachem Begin Heritage Center, Jerusalem) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Memories of Menachem Begin by the 2017 Winner of the Menachem Begin Prize. @ELALUSA Report w/Malcolm Hoenlein @Confofpres. Menachem Begin (About this sound listen (help·info); Hebrew: מְנַחֵם בֵּגִין‎ Menaḥem Begin, Polish: Mieczysław Biegun; Russian: Менахем Вольфович Бегин Menakhem Volfovich Begin; 16 August 1913 – 9 March 1992) was...more

  • Russia gets all the attention, skipping the Chinese, the Iranians, the North Koreans. @MichaelLedeen @FDD.

    Dec 19 2017

    12-18-2017 (Photo: US Cyber Command) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Russia gets all the attention, skipping the Chinese, the Iranians, the North Koreans. @MichaelLedeen @FDD. They are part of the global war against the United States. They hate and fear democracy and freedom, which -- as the demise of the Soviet Empire abundantly demonstrates -- are the greatest threat to their own legitimacy and hence their continued tyranny....more

  • The regulating of the Bitcoin cash laundry. @DefTechPat @ThadMcCotter

    Dec 19 2017

    12-18-2017 (Photo: Australian Bitcoin ATM) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow The regulating of the Bitcoin cash laundry. @DefTechPat @ThadMcCotter But North Korea is not alone. On Tuesday, a Russian news site quoted Putin advisor Sergey Gazye as saying that the Russian government had an “objective need” for cryptocurrencies to circumvent sanctions. Wikileaks creator Julian Assange is also knee-deep in BitCoin, as are some promin...more

  • Tillerson begs North Korea for table-talk. @JedBabbin

    Dec 19 2017

    12-18-2017 (Photo:Vietnam Peace Talk table 1972 ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Tillerson begs North Korea for table-talk. @JedBabbin In a speech last Tuesday to the Atlantic Council, Tillerson displayed a Johnsonesque desperation. He said that he wanted to negotiate with North Korea without any preconditions. He said, “Let’s just meet and let’s talk about the weather if you want and talk about whether it’s going to be a squ...more

  • Marine envy in Afghanistan. @BillRoggio @FDD

    Dec 19 2017

    12-18-2017 (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Marine envy in Afghanistan. @BillRoggio @FDD The Umari Martyrdom Battalion was depicted training at a camp in mountainous area which appears to be in southern or southeastern Afghanistan or southwestern Pakistan. The camp appears to have some permanent features, including small buildings, jungle gyms and at least two gun ranges. The precise location of the training site shou...more

  • Climate & Homo Sapiens Migration during the Last Ice Age. Peter deMenocal. @PdeMenocal ‪@LamontEarth PART 2 of 2.

    Dec 19 2017

    Best of JBS. (Photo: African Savannah) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules http://johnbatchelorshow.com/blog Twitter: @BatchelorShow Climate & Homo Sapiens Migration during the Last Ice Age. Peter deMenocal. @PdeMenocal ‪@LamontEarth PART 2 of 2. “One of the most puzzling questions about the origins of modern humans has been why the dispersal of Homo sapiens out of Africa occurred so long after their first known appearance in east Africa approximatel...more

  • Climate & Homo Sapiens Migration during the Last Ice Age. Peter deMenocal. @PdeMenocal ‪@LamontEarth PART 1 of 2.

    Dec 19 2017

    Best of JBS. (Photo:Africa, Savannah, National Park, Tree, Nature, Sky ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules http://johnbatchelorshow.com/blog Twitter: @BatchelorShow Climate & Homo Sapiens Migration during the Last Ice Age. Peter deMenocal. @PdeMenocal ‪@LamontEarth PART 1 of 2. “One of the most puzzling questions about the origins of modern humans has been why the dispersal of Homo sapiens out of Africa occurred so long after their first known appe...more

  • Beijing vs the end of the North Korea threat. Gregory Copley, Defense & Foreign Affairs.

    Dec 19 2017

    AUTHOR. (Photo:File:An aerial view of the Demarcation Line along the border that separates North and ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules http://johnbatchelorshow.com/blog Twitter: @BatchelorShow Beijing vs the end of the North Korea threat. Gregory Copley, Defense & Foreign Affairs. BEIJING — A Chinese county along the border with North Korea is constructing refugee camps intended to house thousands of migrants fleeing a possible crisis on the Kore...more

  • Tales of the Old Cold War: The Portland Ring. @calder_walton

    Dec 18 2017

    AUTHOR. (Photo: English: Lamps outside Thames House Millbank The lamps were installed when two blocks were merged into one to provide government offices (MI5) it was reopened in 1994. Date 21 June 2009 Source From geograph.org.uk Author PAUL FARMER Camera location 51° 29′ 39.56″ N, 0° 07′ 31.57″ W Heading=292° Kartographer map based on OpenStreetMap.) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules http://johnbatchelorshow.com/blog Twitter: @BatchelorShow Tales...more

  • Mysterious sounds from the Fury and Hecla Strait remain unsolved. Tyler Rogoway @Thewarzone @TheDrive.

    Dec 18 2017

    Best of JBS. (Photo:"Das Eismeer" (The Sea of Ice) by Caspar David Friedrich, 1823-4, was inspired by Parry's account from the 1819–1820 expedition. ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules http://johnbatchelorshow.com/blog Twitter: @BatchelorShow Mysterious sounds from the Fury and Hecla Strait remain unsolved. Tyler Rogoway @Thewarzone @TheDrive. On November 2, 2016, CBC News reported that residents were describing a hum or buzz, coming from...more

  • 5 Days before the November 8, 2016 Election: The Clinton Crime Family. @VDHanson. @MaryKissel

    Dec 18 2017

    Best of JBS. (Photo: Capone's cell at the now closed Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, where he spent about nine months starting in May 1929) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules http://johnbatchelorshow.com/blog Twitter: @BatchelorShow 5 Days before the November 8, 2016 Election: The Clinton Crime Family. @VDHanson. @MaryKissel Clinton Washington Babylon. Victor Davis Hanson, @HooverInst. @MaryKissel. “…So the Clintons finally got their mi...more

  • PRC wins with colonialism in Africa. Gregory Copley, Defense & Foreign Affairs.

    Dec 18 2017

    AUTHOR. (Photo: Mugabe and his wife in 2013) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules http://johnbatchelorshow.com/blog Twitter: @BatchelorShow PRC wins with colonialism in Africa. Gregory Copley, Defense & Foreign Affairs. How Beijing Handles Change in Africa Analysis. By GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs Staff. The removal from office of 93-year-old Robert Mugabe as President of Zimbabwe on November 13, 2017, was the first significant engagement by the ...more

  • The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won by Victor Davis Hanson. PART 3 of 3.

    Dec 17 2017

    AUTHOR. (Photo: B-29A-30-BN, 42-94106, on a long-range mission. USAAF - Thumbnail and caption Image B-29A-30-BN (42-94106) on a long-range mission in 1945.) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules http://johnbatchelorshow.com/blog Twitter: @BatchelorShow The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won by Victor Davis Hanson. PART 3 of 3. "Lively and proactive, full of the kind of novel perceptions that can make a familiar subject...more

  • Sea Launch is the Jarndyce vs Jarndyce of space engineering. Bob Zimmerman BehindtheBlack.com

    Dec 17 2017

    12-16-2017 (Photo:A nice chance to see the Sea Launch Pad and Command Vessel. This is post repair from their last accident. check out en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_launch Date 19 November 2008, 16:13 Source Sea Launch Author John Murphy Camera location 33° 44′ 46.25″ N, 118° 11′ 14.94″ W Kartographer map based on OpenStreetMap. View this and other nearby images on: OpenStreetMap - Google Earth ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow...more

  • Lighting up the New Shepard candle. Bob Zimmerman BehindtheBlack.com

    Dec 17 2017

    12-16-2017 (Photo: File:Blue Origin test fires a powerful new hydrogen- and oxygen-fueled.jpg) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Lighting up the New Shepard candle. Bob Zimmerman BehindtheBlack.com Capitlism in space: Blue Origin yesterday successfully completed the first flight of its upgraded suborbital reusable New Shepard spacecraft. Further details noted this test was called Mission 7 (M7), featuring a next-generation boos...more

  • Robot-shaming K-9 of the Streets of San Francisco. @JeffBliss1

    Dec 17 2017

    12-16-2017 (Photo: File:San Francisco Street with Alcatraz Island.jpg) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Robot-shaming K-9 of the Streets of San Francisco. @JeffBliss1 A security robot tasked with shooing away homeless people from outside smart office buildings has been knocked over and smeared in feces. The automated guard was hired by an animal charity in San Francisco to deal with growing amounts of crime related to people sl...more

  • Is China a helpmate or checkmate to Australia? @JamesMBolt @peterjgregory3 @MaryKissel

    Dec 17 2017

    12-16-2017 (Photo: TurnbullselfiewithXiTrump_Quang.jpg) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Is China a helpmate or checkmate to Australia? @JamesMBolt @peterjgregory3 @MaryKissel On Saturday, on the front page of The Australian, there was an article declaring that Australia’s spy agency had identified 10 local and state political candidates with ties to Chinese intelligence, part of China’s plans to interfere in Australian democra...more

  • Small business coaching from 12 years-old to 82 years-old. @GeneMarks @WashingtonPost

    Dec 17 2017

    12-16-2017 (Photo: File:Acela Express business class coach.jpg) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Small business coaching from 12 years-old to 82 years-old. @GeneMarks @WashingtonPost “I had such a great experience, I learned so much that I wanted other kids to experience this because these experiences benefit you your whole life,” said Bonneau. That’s why he created Jack's Stands and Marketplaces: a business that gives you...more

  • Pacific Watch: Winds return to the Santa Barbara fires.

    Dec 16 2017

    12-16-2017 (Photo:English: Montecito Tea Fire (2008) — in Montecito and Santa Barbara, California. Español: Incendio de Montecito Tea, en Santa Bárbara, CA Date 13 November 2008 Source http://flickr.com/photos/edward-vielmetti/3029336438/ Author http://flickr.com/photos/edward-vielmetti/ ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Pacific Watch: Winds return to the Santa Barbara fires. Firefighters braced for the winds on a day of...more

  • The Small Business Best of Santa & What is to be done? @GeneMarks @WashingtonPost

    Dec 16 2017

    12-16-2017 (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow The Small Business Best of Santa & What is to be done? @GeneMarks @WashingtonPost Small business optimism spikes to a 34-year high https://seekingalpha.com/article/4131461-small-business-optimism-spikes-34-year-high Small business owners are certainly optimistic about 2018. But I see clouds on the horizon. Things are never as good as they seem. https://www.washingtonpo...more

  • Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Andrew Weissman are innocent until.

    Dec 16 2017

    12-16-2017 (Photo: Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Building is the Washington, D.C., headquarters of the United States Department of Justice. The building is located at 950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, on a trapezoidal lot on the block bounded by Pennsylvania Avenue to the north, Constitution Avenue to the south, 9th Street to the east, and 10th Street NW to the west, in the Federal Triangle.[2] It is located west of the National Archives Building, east of the Internal Revenue Service Buildi...more

  • Republican prosperity for 80% of taxpayers in 2018. @LizPeek

    Dec 16 2017

    12-16-2017 (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Republican prosperity for 80% of taxpayers in 2018. @LizPeek The plan would deliver $1.5 trillion in tax cuts over a decade and reorder large chunks of the U.S. economy. The GOP, ending a year in full control of the Congress and White House, is delivering lower tax rates for individuals, business owners and corporations. However, those individual cuts would expire after 2025...more

  • Disheartened by Russiagate, Democrats plot an all-female confrontation with Trump, 2020. @DanHenninger

    Dec 16 2017

    12-16-2017 (Photo: English: Hillary Clinton campaigning for President in Manchester, New Hampshire in October 2016. New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan (left) and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren (right) in the background. Date 24 October 2016, 13:38:57 Source Own work Author Tim Pierce) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Disheartened by Russiagate, Democrats plot an all-female confrontation with Trump, 2020. @DanHenni...more

  • What if FDR stayed out of the European war and negotiated an armistice with Imperial Japan? Michael Michael Vlahos, Naval War College. @JHUWorldCrisis.

    Dec 16 2017

    AUTHOR. (Photo: Русский: Черчилль, Гарриман, Сталин, Молотов в Москве, август 1942 Date August 1942 Source http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/churchill/interactive/_html/wc0179.html Author Copyprint. W. Averell Harriman Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (179) ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules http://johnbatchelorshow.com/blog Twitter: @BatchelorShow What if FDR stayed out of the European war and negotiated an armistice with Imperial Japa...more

  • Rocket Threats to Israel South and North. Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, Head of the International Media Branch in the IDF Spokesperson Unit. @ELALUSA Report w/Malcolm Hoenlein @Conf_of_pres.

    Dec 16 2017

    12-16-2017 (Photo: ption English: Qassam rockets fired from the Gaza Strip onto the Israeli boarder city of Sderot. These are on display behind a police station. Date 16 December 2010 Source Own work Author Aaron Vazquez) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Rocket Threats to Israel South and North. Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, Head of the International Media Branch in the IDF Spokesperson Unit. @ELALUSA Report w/Malcolm Hoenle...more

  • The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the Four Months That Changed the World by A. J. Baime. PART 3 of 3.

    Dec 16 2017

    AUTHOR. (Photo:Lauren Bacall lounges on top of the piano while Vice President Truman plays for servicemen at the National Press Club Canteen in Washington, D.C. (February 10, 1945) ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules http://johnbatchelorshow.com/blog Twitter: @BatchelorShow The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the Four Months That Changed the World by A. J. Baime. PART 3 of 3. "A.J. Baime is a master. His reporting and storytelling a...more

  • The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won by Victor Davis Hanson. PART 2 of 3.

    Dec 16 2017

    AUTHOR. (Photo:The carrier USS Enterprise (CV-6) under aerial attack during the Battle of the Eastern Solomons. 1943 ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules http://johnbatchelorshow.com/blog Twitter: @BatchelorShow The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won by Victor Davis Hanson. PART 2 of 3. "Lively and proactive, full of the kind of novel perceptions that can make a familiar subject interesting again."―New York Tim...more

  • Drug smugglers are terrorists and can smuggle in explosives. Emanuele Ottolenghi @FDD @MaryKissel

    Dec 16 2017

    12-16-2017 (Photo: File:Heroin hidden in carpets seized at Manchester Airport, England.jpg) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Drug smugglers are terrorists and can smuggle in explosives. Emanuele Ottolenghi @FDD @MaryKissel Since 9/11, Americans have gotten accustomed to an ever growing set of restrictions on air travel—shoes off, body searches and scans, no liquids or gels, just to name a few. They endure the inconvenience ...more

  • Iran digs in from Damascus to Beirut. @ELALUSA Report w/Malcolm Hoenlein @Conf_of_pres. Yossi Kupperwasser @JerusalemCenter

    Dec 16 2017

    12-15-2017 (Photo: File:Damascus Castle Walls 1.jpg) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules  Twitter: @BatchelorShow Iran digs in from Damascus to Beirut. @ELALUSA Report w/Malcolm Hoenlein @Confofpres. Yossi Kupperwasser @JerusalemCenter http://jcpa.org/can-iran-proxies-restrained-syria/ • http://jcpa.org/video/three-challenges-face-palestinians-today/ • https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-israel-hezbollah/hezbollahs-nasrallah-says-group-to-focus...more

  • The Kingdom plunders the Kingdom at the Ritz. @ELALUSA Report w/Malcolm Hoenlein @Conf_of_pres. Robert Satloff @WashInstitute

    Dec 16 2017

    12-15-2017 (Photo: Defense Secretary Jim Mattis meets with Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud in) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow The Kingdom plunders the Kingdom at the Ritz. @ELALUSA Report w/Malcolm Hoenlein @Confofpres. Robert Satloff @WashInstitute • http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/the-meritsand-the-limitsof-democracy-promotion-in-the-middle-east • http://www.wash...more

  • ISIS fans out to Somalia. @SebGorka

    Dec 15 2017

    12-15-2017 (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow ISIS fans out to Somalia. @SebGorka Mogadishu, things are worse. Al-Shabaab controls roughly 30% of the country’s territory, Somali government officials estimate. Alongside Taliban-held areas of Afghanistan, that is the world’s largest swath of real estate that remains under jihadist sway since the recent demise of Islamic State’s self-proclaimed caliphate in Iraq and Syria....more

  • Russia rehearses F-22 and cyber attacks. @SebGorka

    Dec 15 2017

    12-15-2017 (Photo: F-22) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Russia rehearses F-22 and cyber attacks. @SebGorka A pair of U.S. jets intercepted two Russian fighter aircraft over Syria on Wednesday, the Pentagon said, the kind of highly dangerous yet constant encounter that is occurring with more regularity despite agreements between the countries to avoid potentially deadly mistakes. Two F-22A Raptors were diverted from suppo...more

  • More homeless in NYC under attack. @MaryKissel Ed Hayes.

    Dec 15 2017

    12-15-2017 (Photo: homeless on the street in NYC) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow More homeless in NYC under attack. @MaryKissel Ed Hayes. For years, New York City has placed thousands of homeless families into so-called cluster or scatter-site housing, using private apartments, usually in run-down buildings, as an expensive way to help the city meet its legal mandate to provide shelter to those eligible. Under Mayor Bill de ...more

  • Putin moves into the Middle East quit by Obama. @AnnaBorsch @WashInstitute

    Dec 15 2017

    12-15-2017 (Photo: File:The Jupiter temple in Damascus.jpg) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Putin moves into the Middle East quit by Obama. @AnnaBorsch @WashInstitute http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/russias-goals-go-beyond-damascus · https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-talks/putin-must-nudge-syria-into-u-n-peace-deal-mediator-says-idUSKBN1E72TM · http://www.aljazeera....more

  • "... a recognition of existing U.S. law that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel." Ted Deutch, FL-22. @RepTedDeutch

    Dec 15 2017

    12-15-2017 (Photo:"... a recognition of existing U.S. law that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel." Ted Deutch, FL-22. @RepTedDeutch ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow 12-15-2017 (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow "... a recognition of existing U.S. law that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel." Ted Deutch, FL-22. @RepTedDeutch Congre...more

  • Treason and Iran in Buenos Aires. @ELALUSA Report w/Malcolm Hoenlein @Conf_of_pres. Joseph Humire @jmhumire

    Dec 15 2017

    12-15-2017 (Photo: ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Treason and Iran in Buenos Aires. @ELALUSA Report w/Malcolm Hoenlein @Confofpres. Joseph Humire @jmhumire BUENOS AIRES — A federal judge on Thursday indicted former president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner on treason charges and sought her arrest over allegations that she covered up possible Iranian involvement in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aire...more

  • Dinner party with the tax cut bill. @MaryKissel

    Dec 15 2017

    12-15-2017 (Photo:21 Club ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Dinner party with the tax cut bill. @MaryKissel The presence of the wavering senators, plus concerns about the health of two others, underscored the fragile position of Republicans as they try to pass a sweeping $1.4 trillion overhaul of the tax code through a Congress with narrow majorities and no Democratic support expected. On Thursday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla....more

  • Free the Obama Internet. @MaryKissel @bskorup

    Dec 15 2017

    12-15-2017 (Photo: IPhone) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Free the Obama Internet. @MaryKissel @bskorup The commission’s vote was 3-2, along party lines, with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and the two fellow Republicans on the panel backing the change The dismantling of the Obama-era rules isn’t expected to change the delivery of web content to consumers overnight. But internet-service providers such as Comcast Corp. or Verizon ...more

  • The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won by Victor Davis Hanson. PART 1 of 3.

    Dec 15 2017

    AUTHOR. (Photo:Ju 87 Bs over Poland, September–October 1939 ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules http://johnbatchelorshow.com/blog Twitter: @BatchelorShow The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won by Victor Davis Hanson. PART 1 of 3. "Lively and proactive, full of the kind of novel perceptions that can make a familiar subject interesting again."―New York Times Book Review "The Second World Wars is an outstan