The John Batchelor Show

Friday 19 June 2020

Air Date: 
June 19, 2020

Hour One
Friday 19 June 2020  / Hour 1, Block A:  Henry I Miller, Pacific Research Institute, in re:
Friday 19 June 2020  / Hour 1, Block B:  Henry I Miller, Pacific Research Institute, in re:
Friday 19 June 2020  / Hour 1, Block C:   Gene Marks, Small Business America, Guardian, Philadelphia Inquirer, in re:
Friday 19 June 2020  / Hour 1, Block D:  Gene Marks, Small Business America, Guardian, Philadelphia Inquirer, in re:
Hour Two
Friday 19 June 2020  / Hour 2, Block A:  Devin Nunes, CA-22, in re:  California governor has done a volta face and decreed that everyone must wear a mask at all times outside of one’s home.  But weren’t we originally told that was for a different purpose?  And what about all the Valley agricultural workers who weren't allowed to take time off because we’re “the breadbasket of the universe”?  People are growing quite annoyed.
Friday 19 June 2020  / Hour 2, Block B:  Devin Nunes, CA-22, in re:  As of 4 Jan 2017, the FBI concluded that there was no use at all to continuing the investigation into General Flynn—except for the Steven Halper narrative.  Svetlana Lokhova is a British citizen whose name was dragged through mud by Halper, a free-lance spy with alliances to various alphabet agencies and other organizations, and with major questions on his character. . . . Will all the current investigations become public in the coming year? Probably; and I’m willing to wait to see it done correctly. 
Friday 19 June 2020  / Hour 2, Block C:  Chris Riegel,, in re: Baidu (the Chinese google) has left the AI collective/consortium, to which it had brought specific capabilities,  allowing it to enjoy [so to speak] more state influence.   Google-Chinese govt relations are tenuous, with Google blocked in China; it’ll have to reevaluate, as one is always one step away from a presidential or CCP order.  When standards bodies are created, politics bleeds in; and now some are increasingly under watch.    Ex-Googlers:   Was a new iteration around vending machines, well-funded and backed by clever people.  Stockwell drew back; maybe finances under the virus.  After virus, people will use debit cards more than cash. Mobile pay and digital pay.
Friday 19 June 2020  / Hour 2, Block D:  Francis Rose,  Government Matters, WJLA, Channel 7 in Washington, D.C., in re: There is actually a vision of IT working in and out of government to clarify and perhaps create less expensive operations.   Chief information council’s office: a report that they’d like hiring flexibility, have more interchange with the private sector. Nick Sinai, Defense Innovation Unit (was DIUX, now DIU).   . . . Assistant Inspector for Acquisition General Theresa Hull, very very competent:   loves serving America
Hour Three
Friday 19 June 2020  / Hour 3, Block A:  Dan Henninger, WSJ, Wonder Land, in re:  I think we’re on the cusp of a great population shift in the US, from city to suburbia and countryside. A huge political failure; intellectually incoherent with protests and riots. What emerged: de-fund the police, The average family in a city look at that and leave. Steady exodus out of urban centers and people look for more stability.
Friday 19 June 2020  / Hour 3, Block B:  Jeff Bliss, Pacific Watch, in re: A statue of George Washington has been pushed over and had graffiti scrawled on it in Portland, Oregon.  Who dunnit?  Was one of many across the country. Sprayed: Genocidal, Colonist, You’re on Native Land! In Ventura County, Father Junipero Serra established missions along California in the Eighteenth Century, each one a day’s travel from the previous.  The missions converted people, and held some as slaves.  Municipalities are so tied up with what’s going on now, no time for advance planning.  The salad robot: Chow ___s.  Least am9ount of human contact (and can reduce staff).  In Las Vegas, a bar with an iPad instead of a waiter, a perfectly-poured drink every time.  A fire sale in Long Beach: $200,000  cash.  Literally—the house had burned.
Friday 19 June 2020  / Hour 3, Block C:  Patrick Tucker, technology editor of Defense One, in re:
Friday 19 June 2020  / Hour 3, Block D:  Patrick Tucker, technology editor of Defense One, in re: Test of 5G technology in and around Las Vegas.  Here: take a portion of DoD spectrum, allocate to the private sector in such a way as not to relinquish DoD control. “Spectrum-sharing.”   Testing to start early in 2011 on an AFB.   Hope swiftly to be competitive to Huawei, and esp for US military use.   Chinese premier bragging that he’ll commit $1.5 billion ot Chinese 5G. Eric Schmidt: 403,000 Chinese students studying in the US in 2018; Schmidt days it's imperative that the US embrace grad students in STEM, unlike some proposed regulations which are designed to prevent the [large number of ] PLA-tied students who've been here, returned to China, and become tech experts in the PLA. Schmidt says we need to encourage them to stay here. 
Hour Four
Friday 19 June 2020  / Hour 4, Block A:   Michael E Vlahos, Johns Hopkins, in re:  Turmoil in the Land of the Free.  Meanwhile, in Londinium in 90 A.D. at the edge of the Roman empire, here’s a group of heretics, Christians, who refuse to worship our gods. We know that Domitian is a divine monarch, but the Christians want to replace him with Jesus.   Imagine trashing statues of Romulus and Remus.  In San Francisco, they’ve currently hidden the statue of Columbus.   Were we in Londinium now chatting about events in the empire, would speak of the disintegrating peace.  Christians  eventually worked their way into the state and took over.  Damnatio memoriae: destruction of all the images of emperors who’d [left the scene].  Wholesale removal of the sacred architecture of the American republic, including the imagos. If they’re wiped away, or shifted onto something wicked, then that history is extinguished, Best way to expunge memory is to remove it from people’s apprehension.  Literature, philosophy, rhetoric, the entire body of what had been a civilization for a thousand years was [disappeared]. 
Friday 19 June 2020za/ Hour 4, Block B:   Michael E Vlahos, Johns Hopkins, in re: In 1000 AD, Rome and all of Europe were backwaters, superseded by Byzantium.  The war was brother against brother: federals wanted to reunite the country. In the US, the Church of Woke, where everyone not they is racist, imperialist, villainous.  The red (conservative, communitarian, Christian) are willing to divide to preserve, whereas blue is not, demands everyone conform to their ideas.  Ergo, the Church of Woke will triumph or be overturned.   Totalitarian impositi0n of a new religion.
Friday 19 June 2020  / Hour 4, Block C:   Robert Zimmerman,, in re:  . . . The UK under Boris Johnson, trying t get a space program under way. Want to bld a spaceport from which the US can launch. Signed a space agreement that will facilitate export of technology, and can launch from the UK. Virgin Orbit is in the game.     NOAA: Trump Adm is trying to beat it over the head and bring it to its senses; it’s living n 2005, trying to convince bureaucrats that they’ve been simply incompetent in bldg satellites.   NOAA resists, wants to continue total control he breakthrough is that it’s awarded study contract to a private company to go to Lagrange point 1 to act as a warning point in case the Sun ejects a major flare
Friday 19 June 2020  / Hour 4, Block D:   Robert Zimmerman,, in re: