Friday 4 January 2013

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Image: NASA heralds hundreds of billions of planets.  Perception can require microlensing, explanation above.
JOHN BATCHELOR SHOW
Hour One
Friday  4 Jan 2012 / Hour 1, Block A: JimMcTague, Barron’s, in re:  Jobs report: U.S. Continues to Add Jobs at Slow Pace, Report Shows   Employers added 155,000 jobs in December, about apace with job growth over the last year, the Labor Department reported on Friday [while Canada added the equivalent of 400,000 jobs]. The unemployment rate was 7.8 percent.
Friday  4 Jan 2012 / Hour 1, Block B:  Henry Miller, Hoover Institution, in re: the strange case of an effective heart drug and controversy over race:  why the FDA is wise to follow the evidence and not political correctness
Friday  4 Jan 2012 / Hour 1, Block C: . Boris Volodarsky, independent intelligence analyst, in re:  the Magnitsky Law in the US and the Anti-Magnitsky Law in the Russian Federation: who's behind the money laundering and why?
Friday  4 Jan 2012 / Hour 1, Block D:  Boris Volodarsky, independent intelligence analyst, continued:  the Magnitsky Law in the US and the Anti-Magnitsky Law in the Russian Federation: who's behind the money laundering and why?
Hour Two
Friday  4 Jan 2012 / Hour 2, Block A:  . Joshua Green, Bloomberg Businessweek, in re: why did the CEOS not lend a hand in the fiscal cliff debate? What's the triple cliff ahead in March, and how will it be managed by the Republicans?
Friday  4 Jan 2012 / Hour 2, Block B:  . Eric Trager, Washington Institute, in re:  Moslem Brothers compete with Salafists: The currently cordial relationship between Salafists and the Muslim Brotherhood isn’t likely to last.  Their common pursuit of an Islamic state belies their deep ideological and behavioral differences; ultimately, the two parties are bound to battle with each other for power, new recruits, and the mantle of Islamist authenticity.  Given that these two groups now possess the greatest mobilizing potentials, the Brotherhood-Salafist divide is likely to become the defining cleavage of Egyptian politics, rendering Egypt a competitive theocracy.
Friday  4 Jan 2012 / Hour 2, Block C:  . John Branch, NYT, in re:  Snow Fall, the story of an avalanche in February 2012 in Washington State that wrecked the lives of great skiers
Friday  4 Jan 2012 / Hour 2, Block D:  John Branch, NYT, continued:  Snow Fall, the story of an avalanche in February 2012 in Washington State that wrecked the lives of great skiers.
Hour Three
Friday  4 Jan 2012 / Hour 3, Block A:  . The Liberator: One World War II Soldier's 500-Day Odyssey from the Beaches of Sicily to the Gates of Dachau by Alex Kershaw and Fred Sanders (Oct 30, 2012) – Audiobook; 1 of 4
Friday  4 Jan 2012 / Hour 3, Block B:  . The Liberator: One World War II Soldier's 500-Day Odyssey from the Beaches of Sicily to the Gates of Dachau by Alex Kershaw and Fred Sanders (Oct 30, 2012) – Audiobook; 2  of 4
Friday  4 Jan 2012 / Hour 3, Block C:  . The Liberator: One World War II Soldier's 500-Day Odyssey from the Beaches of Sicily to the Gates of Dachau by Alex Kershaw and Fred Sanders (Oct 30, 2012) – Audiobook; 3 of 4
Friday  4 Jan 2012 / Hour 3, Block D:   The Liberator: One World War II Soldier's 500-Day Odyssey from the Beaches of Sicily to the Gates of Dachau by Alex Kershaw and Fred Sanders (Oct 30, 2012) – Audiobook; 4 of 4
Hour Four
Friday  4 Jan 2012 / Hour 4, Block A:  Richard Epstein, Hoover, in re:   The strange tale of environmental mitigation in the 21st century. @RichardAEpstein
     This month, the Supreme Court will hear a case, coming out of Florida, addressing the longstanding conflict between the constitutional protection of property rights and the state’s desire to preserve its pristine wetlands from destruction by real estate development. The current law on this thorny topic, in Florida as elsewhere, gives the state the final authority to decide if the wetlands should be developed. The state can let the development proceed as planned when its effects on the wetlands are minimal, but whenever the effects are more substantial, the state can refuse to permit the development of the land unless the landowner agrees to “mitigate” any resultant harm to the environment.
Friday  4 Jan 2012 / Hour 4, Block B:  Richard Epstein, Hoover, continued:   The strange tale of environmental mitigation in the 21st century. @RichardAEpstein  This month, the Supreme Court will hear a case, coming out of Florida, addressing the longstanding conflict between the constitutional protection of property rights and the state’s desire to preserve its pristine wetlands from destruction by real estate development. The current law on this thorny topic, in Florida as elsewhere, gives the state the final authority to decide if the wetlands should be developed. The state can let the development proceed as planned when its effects on the wetlands are minimal, but whenever the effects are more substantial, the state can refuse to permit the development of the land unless the landowner agrees to “mitigate” any resultant harm to the environment.
Friday  4 Jan 2012 / Hour 4, Block C:  . Robert Zimmerman, behindtheblack.com, in re:  Part 1 - billions of planets.   Billions and billions! Using data from a solar system detected by the Kepler space telescope, astronomers now extrapolate that there are at least as many planets as stars in our galaxy.
Friday  4 Jan 2012 / Hour 4, Block D:   Robert Zimmerman, behindtheblack.com,  in re: New research suggests that the high radiation experienced by astronauts on interplanetary journeys could accelerate the onset of Alzheimer’s.  Some caveats: This research was done on Earth with mice. It also assumes that it will be impossible to protect astronauts from all types of radiation during their journey.
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