The John Batchelor Show

Friday 17 September 2021

Air Date: 
September 17, 2021



9-930 Robert Krol, @Mercatus
Senior Affiliated Scholar
Robert Krol is an emeritus professor of economics at California State University, Northridge; a Senior Affiliated Scholar for the Mercatus Center at George Mason University; and a member of the Heartland Institute’s Board of Policy Advisors.
What Sixty Years of Immigration Represents for Education, Wages, Opportunities. Robert Krol, @Mercatus
Robert Krol, @Mercatus, Senior Affiliated Scholar
Robert Krol is an emeritus professor of economics at California State University, Northridge; a Senior Affiliated Scholar for the Mercatus Center at George Mason University; and a member of the Heartland Institute’s Board of Policy Advisors.  

930-1000  @GeneMarks @Guardian  #SmallBusinessAmerica: @GeneMarks  @Guardian @PhillyInquirer
1.  Considerable Tax Hike on Small Business. #SmallBusinessAmerica: @GeneMarks  @Guardian @PhillyInquirer
House Democrats release bill raising corporate tax to 26.5 percent
2.  How to compete with Amazon on hiring bonuses.  #SmallBusinessAmerica: @GeneMarks  @Guardian @PhillyInquirer
Amazon is Offering $3,000 Hiring Bonuses for New Employees. Here's How You Can, Too.


10  Jeff Bliss #PacificWatch @JCBlisswNews
The Black Bears Feast along Lake Tahoe.  Jeff Bliss #PacificWatch @JCBlisswNews
As people fled the Tahoe region to escape an approaching wildfire, the last thing many did was pull their trash bins out to the curb. But the trash collectors left too. So the bears pigged out, ransacking not only the garbage cans but breaking into dozens of homes. “Bears are just having a heyday of it. It’s just a nightmare,” said John Tillman, owner of South Tahoe Refuse. “There’s so much garbage on the street because of the bears. Oh my God, they are making a mess.” S.F. Chronicle |
1015  @AykanErdemir @FDD
Turkey is the New Jihadi Highway, and Erdogan Is the Toll Keeper.  @AykanErdemir @FDD
The United States imposed sanctions on Thursday on five al Qaeda supporters working out of Turkey to provide financial services and travel help to the militant group, the Treasury Department said on Thursday. “These targeted sanctions highlight the United States’ unwavering commitment to sever financial support to al-Qa’ida,” Andrea Gacki, director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control, said in a statement. “We will continue working with our foreign partners, including Turkey, to expose and disrupt al-Qa’ida’s financial support networks.” The list included Majdi Salim, an Egyptian-born lawyer based in Turkey, whom Treasury identified as a primary facilitator of a range of al-Qa’ida activities in Turkey. Others were Muhammad Nasr al-Din al-Ghazlani, an Egyptian financial courier who used cash transfers to support al Qaeda and the Turkish citizens Nurettin Muslihan, Cebrail Guzel and Soner Gurleyen.
1030 #TheScalaReport Chris Riegel, @Scala 
Moral Hazard Warning from China at Macau, at Shanghai.
1045 Scott Mayman, Brisbane @CBS 
AUKUS encourages; Covid discourages.

1100-1115 Dan Henninger @WSJOpinion
In praise of Stephen Breyer, the Last SCOTUS Liberal.  Dan Henninger @WSJOpinion

1115-1130 Josh Rogin, @WashingtonPost   
Milley: It's Complicated.  Josh Rogin, @WashingtonPost
1130-1145 Bob Zimmerman
Begin private space exploration.  September 15, 2021.  Bob Zimmerman

1145-1200 Bob Zimmerman
Curiosity Climbs an Unknown landscape.  Bob Zimmerman


12-100 AM
Abandoning the Arctic Exploration Ship Jeanette, by James Gale Tyler
N-4 Down: The Hunt for the Arctic Airship Italia,  by Mark Piesing  @PorterSqBooks.  Hardcover – August 31, 2021   
"GRIPPING. . . . One of the greatest polar rescue efforts ever mounted." —Wall Street Journal
The riveting true story of the largest polar rescue mission in history: the desperate race to find the survivors of the glamourous Arctic airship Italia, which crashed near the North Pole in 1928.
             Triumphantly returning from the North Pole on May 24, 1928, the world-famous exploring airship Italia—code-named N-4—was struck by a terrible storm and crashed somewhere over the Arctic ice, triggering the largest polar rescue mission in history. Helping lead the search was the famed Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, the poles’ greatest explorer, who himself soon went missing in the frozen wastes. Amundsen’s body has never been found, the last victim of one of the Arctic’s most enduring mysteries . . .
             During the Roaring Twenties, zeppelin travel embodied the exuberant spirit of the age. Germany’s luxurious Graf Zeppelin would run passenger service from Germany to Brazil; Britain’s Imperial Airship was launched to connect an empire; in America, the iconic spire of the rising Empire State Building was designed as a docking tower for airships.
             But the novel mode of transport offered something else, too: a new frontier of exploration. Whereas previous Arctic and Antarctic explorers had subjected themselves to horrific—often deadly—conditions in their attempts to reach uncharted lands, airships held out the possibility of speedily soaring over the hazards. In 1926, Roald Amundsen—the first man to reach the South Pole—partnered with the Italian airship designer General Umberto Nobile to pioneer flight over the North Pole. As Mark Piesing uncovers in this masterful account, while that mission was thought of as a great success, it was in fact riddled with near disasters and political pitfalls.
             In May 1928, his relationship with Amundsen corroded beyond the point of collaboration. Nobile, his dog, and a crew of fourteen Italians, one Swede, and one Czech, set off on their own in the airship Italia to discover new lands in the Arctic Circle and to become the first airship to land men on the pole. But near the North Pole they hit a terrible storm and crashed onto the ice. Six crew members were never seen again; the injured (including Nobile) took refuge on ice floes, unprepared for the wretched conditions and with little hope for survival.
             Coincidentally, in Oslo a gathering of famous Arctic explorers had assembled for a celebration of the first successful flight from Alaska to Norway. Hearing of the accident, Amundsen set off on his own desperate attempt to find Nobile and his men. As the weeks passed and the largest international polar rescue expedition mobilized, the survivors engaged in a last-ditch struggle against weather, polar bears, and despair. When they were spotted at last, the search plane landed—but the pilot announced that there was room for only one passenger. . . .
             Braiding together the gripping accounts of the survivors and their heroic rescuers, N-4 Down tells the unforgettable true story of what happened when the glamour and restless daring of the zeppelin age collided with the harsh reality of Earth’s extremes.