The John Batchelor Show

Wednesday 25 July 2018

Air Date: 
July 25, 2018

Image     From The news that Chinese toothpaste brands sold in Panama, the Dominican Republic, and Australia contained diethylene glycol, a highly toxic chemical used in engine coolants, came as a shock to U.S. health officials. It shouldn’t have. 
Lack of Safety Controls   China, as anyone who has lived there knows, has virtually no safety controls on food and drugs, At the same time, it is in the midst of a no-holds-barred drive to increase its exports, and is heavily subsidizing its manufacturers to ship container loads of cheap goods of all kinds to the U.S. and other overseas markets. As a result, over the past few years, China has stealthily become the second-largest supplier of foreign toothpaste — and many other questionable food and drug products — to the U.S. market. 
Can the FDA Handle the Job?    U.S. health officials responded by pledging to check all shipments of toothpaste coming from China. We have even offered to send inspectors to China. (An offer that China quickly rejected.) But why should the Food and Drug Administration — and ultimately the US. taxpayer — have to beat the entire burden of testing suspect Chinese made food and drugs at all?  As a practical matter, the FDA is no more capable of inspecting the flood of Chinese imports than the Border Patrol is capable of containing the flood of illegal immigrants. 
From  . . . That’s a part of doing business with China. They will send you fake disgusting food that they wouldn’t feed themselves. [Let's hope the trade war] will keep their fake food from out of here. Who wants to eat plastic rice and cabbage, diseased meats, and foods loaded with toxins and heavy metals?  They have no food regulations so they have no problem with giving you garbage to eat.
Co-hosts: Gordon Chang,, and David Livingston, The Space Show
Hour One
Wednesday 25 July 2018/ Hour 1, Block A:  Arthur Waldron, Lauder Professor of International Relations in the Department of History at the University of Pennsylvania, in re:  Qualcomm, owns 4G Wireless; is a  competitor for 5G & trying to buy NXB, a Dutch firm , stopped because Chinese regulators wouldn’t . Trump offered an olive branch that Xi refused; no way to have good relations with Xi.  China is aiming to become the major world exporter of pharmaceuticals, but some of their, occasioning vast rage from Chinese citizens, and some drugs are carcinogenic — which Chinese authorities have known of for six years. The US has allowed China into a supply chain while having zero notion of how the Communist Party's overseers are functioning — corrupt, uninformed, unaccountable Communist Party allows the selling of carcinogen-contaminated blood pressure medication globally.
The strategy mass export of pharmaceuticals is about a decade old; and China is supplying a lot of blood. "This is just the tip of the iceberg."  
A lot of vitamin C comes from China. The FDA cannot test every bottle that comes in.  On the side of caution, presume poison until proven otherwise.  
They are devils': China's parents demand answers over vaccine scandal  Protest groups want to know how hundreds of thousands of faulty vaccines came to be used
Qualcomm Plans to Abandon NXP Deal Amid U.S.-China Tensions  Company failed to get approval of Chinese regulators to buy Dutch chip maker, barring a last-minute reversal
The Chinese government is turning to censorship and appeals for calm, amid mounting public anger following revelations earlier this week that one of the country's largest vaccine makers had violated safety standards.  Furor about the faulty vaccines, an estimated 250,000 of which may have been administrated to children, has continued to dominate Chinese social media, further eroding public trust in essential services.
There are also suggestions the scandal could affect China's standing overseas as the country tries to position itself as a major player in the global pharmaceutical industry.
On Tuesday, the chairperson of the company at the center of the scandal, Gao Junfang of Changchun Changsheng Biotechnology, was detained, along with 14 other people involved in the case, according to an official police statement.
The swift actions of the police have so far done little to quell the outcry. Outside the Capital Institute of Pediatrics in Beijing, one of the country's premier children's hospitals, one parent told CNN the company had "no conscience" and the government needed to regulate more strictly.
Another parent, Peng Yubin, said he was considering using foreign vaccines for his child. "Even though they are more expensive, they are better," he said.
Several days on from the initial news, there is still no official information regarding how many children may have been injected with the questionable vaccines or what effect they may have.
In an article published Tuesday, state-owned China Daily quoted experts calling for "a rational attitude" towards immunization, saying the faulty diphtheria and tetanus vaccines (DPT) "won't harm people's health." Similarly, the official newspaper of the Communist Party, the People's Daily, ran an interview with an expert alleging the vaccines were "safe," just ineffective. Evidence in support of these claims has yet to be provided by authorities.
On Monday evening, State Drug Administration Deputy Director Xu Jinghe appeared on state-owned CCTV in an attempt to calm public concerns, but the footage provoked scorn, with social media users mocking Xu's expensive, blue Burberry polo shirt and stilted answers.
One Weibo user reprimanded Xu for his choice of clothes: "Improper dressing for such an occasion." "The people are fed up with you!" another user posted.
Government censors had initially allowed public discussion. However, by Wednesday,  . . .
Wednesday 25 July 2018/ Hour 1, Block B: Mark Sauter, president of POW Investigative Project, on the return of the remains from North Korea in re: Eight hundred to 1,000 POWs have not been exchanged, as was required by the armistice; some retained in North Korea and others transferred to the Soviets to secret POW cams; and the US govt knew of this and elected never to say – the info is still “classified.”  General Mark Clark, overall commander of all US forces in Korea; signed the armistice in 1953 and spoke of missing US POWs.  ___________ secretly asked the CIA to rescue an unknown number of Americans.  Soviets have admitted, “We took your POWs back to the USSR. People in Soviet gulags spoke of meeting Americans in there.  Up to 500 South Koreans are thought to be alive in North Korea.  How many Americans? Three dozen in the Nineties; at leas a handful today. We paid he Chinese for the records and they then declined; Moscow has records;  Pres Trump needs to ask abt Americans known by name,
Wednesday 25 July 2018/ Hour 1, Block C:   Josh Rogin, Washington Post; in re: China and [enmity].  China: skilled at aggression:   in the period right before the Helsinki summit, China mounted a Brobdingnagian denial of service attack on Finland, esp the Internet of things. Michael Collins at CIA:  China was hacking Russia as ell as the US ad Finland; “a systems conflict.”  Aspen Security Forum:   big shots.  Michael Collins said: CCP is waging a cold war vs the US – a battle for supremacy & world domination. This IS this goal; we need to come up with objective goals.  What’ll we do about it?  . . .  For decades we’ve put the interests of “developing” China ahead of the welfare of American workers and American everybody.  China, however, plays only a zero-sum game.  We’ll have to have confrontations with China and also prevent the worst-possible outcomes: persuade them that the US will defend itself and its allies.  China now thinks it can steal territory, grab global commons Our argument is not with the Chinese people but only with an unaccountable unelected despotic leadership China lied to Obama, lied to Trump. 
Cyberesiopinage is being waged all over the world — see Confessions of an Economic Hit Man — note that American Airlines has just caved in to Beijing by erasing the name “Taiwan.”  Our industry is not designed to reflect our morals; for China, such a thing is not a problem. 
Trump needs to say:  Any airline that says that Taiwan is a province of China cannot fly into US air space.
Wednesday 25 July 2018/ Hour 1, Block D:   Veronique de Rugy, Mercatus Center, in re: the economics of the trade disputes. Trump and Jean-Claude Junker agree to agree on trade: negotiate for zero tariffs except on automobiles. We have the makings of a deal with the EU and NAFTA.  (not with China.)  . . .
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On Trade, Trump Is Who[m] He Claims to Be, by Veronique de ... /   When it comes to trade, we should take President Trump at his word. This is one policy area where he's been remarkably consistent over the years. That's why I'm always surprised whenever articles, TV commentators or friends in casual conversations argue that his real goal in boldly imposing . . .
Hour Two
Wednesday 25 July 2018/ Hour 2, Block A:  Bruce Bechtol, professor at Angelo State University and author of the just-published, North Korean Military Proliferation in the Middle East and Africa: Enabling Violence and Instability, in re:  Would China let a Euro firm buy NXP Semiconductors (which works jointly with Qualcomm)?  Nyetu.  North Korea: the undistinguished and failed dictator of the failed state of North Korea . . .  We saw DPRK destroy a mountain testing facility that no longer was usable.  Now they have ICBMs and no longer need So-hey.  So far, the DPRK has done nothing to affect its ability to attack the US or anyone else.  . . .  This is a North Korean practice of symbology, only.  Need US pressure: actively going after front co’s in China, Malaysia, Singapore, Mozambique, et al.  . . . Lots of missiles deployed  in tunnels, and mobile ICBMs, cd attack right away; or could create a DMZ incident, not useful to them
Wednesday 25 July 2018/ Hour 2, Block B:  Charles Ortel of the "Sunday with Charles" podcast, in re:  Chinese economy: looks like a gigantic bubble; the scale of this dwarfs anything ever before seen on the planet. On economic substance they’re in deep trouble.  Shanghai composite is worst performing this year; eke debt accumulation. Worst: paralysis in the political system. At the Defining Alpha Conference: Kudlow said US officials wanted to d a deal w China but were blocked at the top of the Chinese leadership. US, EU, NAFTA and probably Japan may gang up in a trade bloc from which China will have excluded itself.
Wednesday 25 July 2018/ Hour 2, Block C:  Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, in re:  Mars
Wednesday 25 July 2018/ Hour 2, Block D: Monica Crowley, London Center for Policy research, in re: Trump gains
Hour Three
Wednesday 25 July 2018/ Hour 3, Block A:   Bill McGurn, WSJ, in re:  The PC nature of political censorship
Wednesday 25 July 2018/ Hour 3, Block B:  Aaron Klein,  Breitbart Middle East bureau chief, in re:   Russiagate.  Michael Cohen was busted for . . .  what?  Nothing whatsoever to do with Russia. 
Wednesday 25 July 2018/ Hour 3, Block C:  Hotel Mars, episode n, with Emily Lackdawalla,  in re:   Comets and asteroids.
Wednesday 25 July 2018/ Hour 3, Block D:  Dr Lara M Brown, George Washington University, in re:   Pulse of the USA
Hour Four
Wednesday 25 July 2018/ Hour 4, Block AThe Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World, by Andrea Wulfe
Wednesday 25 July 2018/ Hour 4, Block B: The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World, by Andrea Wulfe
Wednesday 25 July 2018/ Hour 4, Block C:   Cliff May, president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, in re:  in re: Religious freedom worldwide
Wednesday 25 July 2018/ Hour 4, Block D:  Cliff May, president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, in re:  in re: Religious freedom worldwide, esp in China and Russia.
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