Friday 18 January 2013
Photo, above: "The Timisoara branch of the European Law Students Association (ELSA) invited me to give a space law lecture at the West University Law School. I was delighted to oblige! I spoke to the students about jurisdiction and about space property rights, and then I answered their various questions about outer space – ranging from the issue of protection from contamination, to that of the citizenship of children born on a spaceship. All in all, an amazing two-hour, interactive event, that certainly sparked their interest in the most beautiful area of law." Note below: Hour 3, Block C: Rand Simberg, The New Atlantis » Property Rights in Space, in re: property rights in outer space: the 1967 Space Treaty and 1979 Moon Treaty; proposal for remedy www.thenewatlantis.com/publications/property-rights-in-space
JOHN BATCHELOR SHOW
Friday 18 Jan 2013 / Hour 1, Block A: Tom Joscelyn, FDD, in re: Algeria standoff, Mali civil war Report: Al Qaeda group demands release of 2 well-known jihadists. The group responsible for the raid on a natural gas field in eastern Algeria has demanded the release of two well-known jihadists: Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman (a/k/a the "Blind Sheikh") and Aafia Siddiqui (a/k/a Lady al Qaeda). http://www.longwarjournal.org/#ixzz2IM2SQfgk
Friday 18 Jan 2013 / Hour 1, Block B: Elizabeth Rosenthal, NYT , in re: Black carbon and climate drivers - Burning Fuel Particles Do More Damage to Climate Than Thought, Study Says. The particles, which are known as black carbon and are the major component of soot, are the second-most-important contributor to global warming, according to the recent study.
Friday 18 Jan 2013 / Hour 1, Block C: . Tony Dokoupil, Newsweek, in re: The Last Dive? Funding for Human Expeditions in the Ocean May Have Run Aground The legendary explorer Sylvia Earle [Society of Women Geographers; Explorers Club] is saying goodbye to the ocean floor, but are machines good enough to take her place? Tony Dokoupil reports in Newsweek on the robot takeover of ocean science.
Friday 18 Jan 2013 / Hour 2, Block A: .Stephanie Saul, NYT, in re: smart investigative piece on how Armstrong’s foundation helped him: Armstrong’s Business Brand, Bound Tight with His Charity http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/14/sports/cycling/lance-armstrongs-business-brand-and-livestrong-are-bound-together.html
Friday 18 Jan 2013 / Hour 2, Block B: Gordon Chang, Forbes.com, in re: U.S., China in deal on U.N. North Korea rebuke; Russia to back it
Friday 18 Jan 2013 / Hour 2, Block C: Richard A Epstein, Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution), in re: The Age of Administrative Excess
Friday 18 Jan 2013 / Hour 2, Block D: Richard Epstein, Hoover Institution, in re: Earlier this month, the Supreme Court announced that it would not review the decision of the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in Hall v. Sebelius. The case was, however, of great importance to me as a lawyer who, along with Kent Masterson Brown, had asked the Court to review the case because of what it tells us about the unfortunate state of this nation’s Medicare program. The issues here go not only to its fiscal woes, but also to the sad state of the administrative law that governs the operation of the system.
Friday 18 Jan 2013 / Hour 3, Block A: Michael Vlahos, Naval War College, in re: France in Mali. French counter-insurgency operations: By 1956 France had committed more than 400,000 troops to Algeria. Although the elite colonial infantry . . . (se also: Torture during the Algerian War - Women in the Algerian War)
Friday 18 Jan 2013 / Hour 3, Block B: . Michael Vlahos, Naval War College, in re: Mali Conflict Could Refuel Algeria's Civil War Center for Research on Globalization : The French offensive against Malian militants can refuel the Algerian government's more than a decade-long armed conflict with various rebels. France escalates Mali war amid Algerian hostage crisis
Friday 18 Jan 2013 / Hour 3, Block C: Rand Simberg, The New Atlantis » Property Rights in Space, in re: property rights in outer space: the 1967 Space Treaty and 1979 Moon Treaty; proposal for remedy www.thenewatlantis.com/publications/property-rights-in-space
Friday 18 Jan 2013 / Hour 3, Block D: Brian XChen, NYT, in re: Worry Over Sales Spurs Talk of Cheaper iPhones Analysts say Apple must decide whether to keep catering to the high end of the market or to offer something cheaper.
Friday 18 Jan 2013 / Hour 4, Block A: Nicola Jones, Nature magazine, in re:
"Planetary disasters: It could happen one night." One hundred thousand years ago, a massive chunk of the Mauna Loa volcano cracked away from Hawaii and slid into the sea, launching a wave that rose as high as the Eiffel tower up the slopes of a nearby island. That mega-tsunami was not an isolated incident: the past 40,000 years have seen at least ten gigantic landslides of more than 100 cubic kilometres in the North Atlantic ocean alone, each capable of producing waves tens to hundreds of metres high. Another is bound to happen sometime — although whether it will strike tomorrow or 10,000 years from now is anyone's guess.
Friday 18 Jan 2013 / Hour 4, Block B: Nicola Jones, Nature magazine, in re:
Although viruses and bacteria grab more attention, fungi are the planet's biggest killers. Of all the pathogens being tracked, fungi have caused more than 70% of the recorded global and regional extinctions3, and now threaten amphibians, bats and bees. The Irish potato famine in the 1840s showed just how devastating such pathogens can be. Phytophthora infestans (an organism similar to, and often grouped with, fungi) wiped out as much as three-quarters of the potato crop in Ireland and led to the death of one million people.
Friday 18 Jan 2013 / Hour 4, Block C: John Avlon, CNN, The Daily Beast, and Newsweek International, in re: Nationally, Sanford’s name might still be faintly tainted, but all politics is local, and at least on policy he can credibly claim to be steadfast and true. “I hope we’ll be able to focus on the issues that I’ve be consistently tried to push in fiscal responsibility and limited government,” he said with clarity. “I’m not running against anyone in this campaign. I’m running for the ideas that I’ve long believed in and I’ve got a real track record on—and let the chips fall where they may.” http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/01/17/mark-sanford-on-run-for-congress-a-second-chance-at-politics.html
Friday 18 Jan 2013 / Hour 4, Block D: Jim Snyder, Bloomberg News, in re: Miners May Pay U.S. More in Royalties Under 1872 Overhaul “Here we are, more than 40 years later, and it still hasn’t been done,” the younger Udall said.
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