Monday 4 February 2013

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(Photo, above:President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Monday he is ready “to be the first man in space” under Iran’s ambitious programme which aims to send a human being into orbit by 2020.  “Our youth are determined to send a man into space within the next four, five years and I’m sure that will happen,” he said during a ceremony in Tehran where two new Iranian-made satellites were unveiled, according to ISNA news agency. “I’m ready to be the first Iranian to be sacrificed by the scientists of my country and go into space, even though I know there are a lot of candidates,” Ahmadinejad quipped.)

JOHN BATCHELOR SHOW

Hour One

Monday  10  Jan 2013 / Hour 1, Block A: Bill Roggio, Long War Journal and FDD, & Tom Joscelyn, FD, in re: Ansar al Sharia Tunisia's Facebook page; Al Nusrah is executing the playbook of its master, al Qaeda in Iraq, and imposing sharia in eastern Syria. 1 of 2

Monday  10  Jan 2013 / Hour 1, Block B:  Bill Roggio, Long War Journal and FDD, & Tom Joscelyn, FD, in re: Ansar al Sharia Tunisia's Facebook page; Al Nusrah is executing the playbook of its master, al Qaeda in Iraq, and imposing sharia in eastern Syria. 2 of 2

Monday  10  Jan 2013 / Hour 1, Block C: . Lara M Brown, Villanova; Mona Charen, NRO; Salena Zito, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review; in re:  Washington politics, 1 of 2

Monday  10  Jan 2013 / Hour 1, Block D:  Lara M Brown, Villanova; Mona Charen, NRO; Salena Zito, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review; in re:  Washington politics, 2 of 2

Hour Two

Monday  10  Jan 2013 / Hour 2, Block A:  . John Fund, National Review Online; David M Drucker, Roll Call; in re:Ed Koch, Chuck Hagel

Monday  10  Jan 2013 / Hour 2, Block B:  . . John Fund, National Review Online; David M Drucker, Roll Call; John Avlon, CNN, The Daily Beast,  and Newsweek International, in re: sequester; or, as Boehner keeps saying, "The president's sequester." 

Monday  10  Jan 2013 / Hour 2, Block C:  .Eric Trager, Washington Institute, in re: Egyptian activists released a brutally frank video on Friday, using images recorded during the mass sexual assault of a woman last week in Cairo’s Tahrir Square to urge volunteers to join their campaign against attacks during demonstrations. The video, created by the filmmakers Aida Elkashef and Salam Yousry, uses disturbing overhead images of a crowd of men swarming around a woman being assaulted just out of view to explain the work of Op Anti-SH, one of two new initiatives to combat the sexual harassment and rape of female protesters.  The Egyptian Natl Salvation Front: coalition of major non-Islamist leaders – Abu Moussa, ElBaradei, et al., made tactical error in calling for Mursi to resign because he was in fact elected.   Egypt: absence of a deep state; none of the machinations will save Egypt from a very difficult transformation. Ghastly video.

Monday  10  Jan 2013 / Hour 2, Block D:  Gordon Chang, Forbes.com, in re:  Huawei and ZTE: organized cyberwarfare team under the Communist Party on American newspapers and corporations.  Its one thing to steal plans from General Dynamics to steal a warhead; it’s another to bread k into the New York Times and media.  Military directing this under Wen Jiabao, because of Times and Bloomberg reports on top leaders as billionaires and, therefore, crooks  These reports constitute existential threats to the regime.  CP has tried to intimidate organizations but with  hacking tried to identify who wrote the stories in order to pursue individuals and hector, or perhaps damage, them.  Xi Jinping is a thug trying both to intimidate and likely to send heavies reporters. WSJ, WaPo, Cleveland Plain Dealer.   These are the unelected tyrants of the Chinese Communist Party.

Hour Three

Monday  10  Jan 2013 / Hour 3, Block A:  Malcolm Hoenlein, Conference of Presidents, in re:  Israel. Syria.    1 of 2

Monday  10  Jan 2013 / Hour 3, Block B:  . Malcolm Hoenlein, Conference of Presidents, in re:  Iranian spat between Larijani and Ahmadinejad is heating up, w A. yelling at L in the Majlis; also, rial now at 40,000 per $1.  Many problems on many fronts; internal dissension aggravated.  A, is now so irate he may start to rat on his domestic enemies – the inutility of Fodow and the imperial sums spent on s "research facility" that's not a reduced to garbage? Continuing aggression: weapons shipments ot Yemen (one was intercepted) incl missiles, and similar to Hamas in Gaza. Manpads to Hezb; which is dangerous to the entre Arabian peninsula as wel as to Israel.  Iran sent a monkey into space – or did it? The monkey who went up was not the one they paraded afterwards.  Making a monkey of Teheran?  2 of 2

Monday  10  Jan 2013 / Hour 3, Block C:  .Reza Kahlili, author, A Time to Betray, in re: update on Fordow. NORTH KOREANS AMONG 40 DEAD AT IRAN NUKE PLANT  Meanwhile, Tehran's official news agency calls WND 'mouthpiece of CIA' http://bit.   ly/XDmwM1

Up to sixty scientists and technicians have been transferred to hospital emergency treatment of radiation, Eleven so badly burned, not recognizable. More casualties, among them two North Koreans. The 20%-enriched HEU not yet reached (300 feet underground). Total 219 persons underground at time of explosion. Installed touch—screen monitors in a room – but new eqpt installed on top of centrifuges relating to the cascades. Was that the cause of the reported event? Have to find out in time.  Ahmadinejad confronted Larijani in Parliament; one of A's close allies was just arrested; A may rat on the regime, leak info on Fordow. [Lots of inside baseball here.] Iran has now declared Reza to be a tool of the CIA.  Moscow is furious at a lo of different things. News blackouts in Iran.  Iran's atomic energy agy has used the American White House denial of Fordow explosion to deny the explosion.   

Monday  10  Jan 2013 / Hour 3, Block D:   Ian Austen, NYT, in re: University of Waterloo:

Once BlackBerry Focused, a Campus Widens Its View   The University of Waterloo, a world-class engineering school in Canada, is a feeder campus for big-name global tech companies like BlackBerry, a neighbor and Waterloo offshoot.

Hour Four

Monday  10  Jan 2013 / Hour 4, Block A:  Adam Nossiter, NYT, in re: report on the Algerian terror raid at the nat gas facility. Algeria Gas Plant Siege: Giant Fireball + Militants’ Goal in Algeria Gas Plant Siege: Giant Fireball

Monday  10  Jan 2013 / Hour 4, Block B:  Tod Lindberg, Hoover, in re: Syrian nightmare.

What Is the Future of Conservatism? 

Monday  10  Jan 2013 / Hour 4, Block C:  David Sanger, NYT, in re: cyberwarfare. Broad Powers Seen for Obama in Cyberstrikes The administration is moving to approve the nation’s first rules for how the military can defend, or retaliate, against a major cyberattack.

Monday  10  Jan 2013 / Hour 4, Block D:   Steve Lohr, NYT, in re: literary quants

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Music

Hour 1: Green Zone, Ides of March

Hour 2: Appaloosa, Persia, Tomorrow Never Dies, Crysis

Hour 3: Crysis

Hour 4: The Hurt Locker, Infamous