The John Batchelor Show

Friday 16 November 2012

Air Date: 
November 16, 2012


Photo, above: Trucking fleets and the economy.  Peterbilt Motors Company is an American manufacturer of medium- and heavy-duty Class 5 through Class 8 trucks headquartered in Denton, Texas. Founded in 1939 Peterbilt operates manufacturing facilities in Denton, Texas (1980), and Sainte-Thérèse, Quebec.

In the early part of the Twentieth Century, the Tacoma, Washington, plywood manufacturer and lumber entrepreneur T.A. Peterman was faced with a lumber logistics problem. He could not get logs from the forest to his lumber mill quickly or efficiently. He sought to improve upon the methods of the day: floating logs down river, or the use of steam tractors and horse teams. Peterman knew that if he could develop the then-nascent automobile technology and build trucks, he could solve his problem. Peterman was rebuilding surplus army trucks, improving the technology with each successive vehicle. Then he put a battery on the starter (instead of the crank) and soon purchased the assets of Fageol Motors of Oakland, California in 1938 to supplement his need for a custom-built logging truck chassis. Fageol had gone into receivership in 1932.  In 1939 he began selling his trucks to the public.  . . . The UltraSleeper [extended area behind the cab] was Peterbilt's largest and most luxurious. At 70" long, it featured a right-hand access door, table, closet and a small "wet closet" accessible from the driver's side to store boots, gloves, and other 'damp' items. The last UltraSleeper was built in 2005.


Friday 905P Eastern Time: . Eric Trager Washington Institute, in re: Morsi goes radical on Gaza; human shields to Gaza; what's to be done with the 1979 peace treaty?

Friday 920P Eastern Time:  . Kori Schake, Hoover, in re: Obama re-elected: what's the mandate?  Domestic taxes?  Foreign policy shaded by Benghazi misleading and Petraeus remarks,

Friday 935P Eastern Time: . Michael Vlahos, Naval War College, in re: the courtier society in empire, in both Beijing and Washington.  Petraeus: "An archon among courtiers."

Friday 950P Eastern Time:  . Vlahos, continued: Petraeus as courtier

Friday 1005P (705P Pacific Time):  . Larry Johnson, No Quarter, in re:  Petraeus says he was “edited” by unknown, that he knew that Benghazi was an al Qaeda-related attack right away; misled Congressional committees in September

Friday 1020P (720P Pacific Time):  . Joshua Zumbrun, Bloomberg, in re:  Federal Reserve transparency; the road ahead of zero rates; how tied to employment and growth.   The Fed, the fiscal cliff, and you

Friday 1035P (735P Pacific Time):  . Richard Epstein, Hoover, in re:  Libertarian’s dilemma: the polices of the second Obama administration; the president’s mandate for warm and fuzzy vanishes when applied to specific decisions; policies on unions, healthcare, tax, growth.

Friday 1050P (750P Pacific Time):  . Richard Epstein, Hoover: continued

Friday 1105P (805P Pacific Time): . Cornelia Dean, NYT, in re:  Sandy damage to New Jersey beaches and what's to be done for Avalon beach - where to get sand?

Friday 1120P (820P Pacific Time): . Elizabeth Dexheimer, Bloomberg, in re:  Green technology and jobs and the second Obama administration.

Friday 1135P (835P Pacific Time): .  Robert Zimmerman,, in re:  global warming drought not proven.   Rogue planet in space, not When Worlds Collide.

Friday 1150P (850P Pacific Time):  . Tanzina Vega, NYT, in re:  the new style of online advertising: an algorithm aimed directly at you.   How the Internet knows what you're shopping for.

Friday/Sat 1205A (905 Pacific Time):  . Cliff Edwards, Bloomberg, in re: Netflix success and what's to be done. The new channel of Netflix, programming soon; how do they choose the movies?

Friday/Sat  1220A (920 Pacific Time): . Clair Cain Miller, NYT, in re: mobile is the thing this century. The rebuilding of chips and software for mobile,

Friday/Sat  1235A (935P Pacific Time):  . Andrew Revkin, NYT, in re:  what does Sandy do for the global climate change argument - does it help or deter the interpretation that something must be done about climate change?

Friday/Sat  1250A  (950P Pacific Time): Exeunt. Ann Jackson, Bloomberg, in re:  trucking fleets and the economy, do they point to recovery or to more of the same?

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