The John Batchelor Show

Friday 20 August 2021

Air Date: 
August 20, 2021



9-930 Bob Zimmerman,
SpaceX vs the FAA.  Bob Zimmerman,
Glaciers on Mars.  Bob Zimmerman,
930-945 Scott Mayman @CBSNews Brisbane
New Zealand lockdown.  Scott Mayman @CBS News Brisbane
945-1000 Denny Chered
The pandemic alert for the Family Office.  Denny Chered


10-1015 @DanHenninger
Evacuation crisis & What is to be done?
Dan Henninger, WSJ editorial board and Wonder Land columnist.  @DanHenninger, @WSJOpinion 

1015-1030 Lorenzo Fiori
Mario Draghi  and the coming refugee crisis
Lorenzo Fiori, Ansaldo Foundation director and head of Fondazione Leonardo Civiltà delle Macchine

1030-1100 @RichGoldberg and Behnan ben Taleblu @F D D
Teheran and the Taliban
Why Rob Malley doubts a new Iran deal


1100-1115    Weifeng Zhong @Mercatus
China reverses agitprop on the Taliban.  Weifeng Zhong @Mercatus

1115-1130 @JCBliss
The Dixie Fire consumes PG&E.  @JCBliss
Jeff Bliss, Pacific Watch; formerly associate director for communications at the Hoover Institution; also, director of public affairs at California State University, San Luis Obispo. @JCBliss   @Real_Jeff_Bliss
1130-1145   1/2 Small Business Report, with Gene Marks, Washington Post Small Business columnist.  @genemarks
Demand for design activity continues to expand

New Residential Building Permits: Up 2.6% in July

Builder Confidence at 13-Month Low on Higher Material Costs, Home Prices
New Residential Housing Starts Down 7% in July
Retail Sales Down 1.1% in July
LA Area Port Traffic: Solid Imports, Weak Exports in July
Michigan Consumer Sentiment: August Prelim Drops 13%
Industrial production increased 0.9 percent in July after moving up 0.2 percent in June. In July, manufacturing output rose 1.4 percent. About half of the gain in factory output is attributable to a jump of 11.2 percent for motor vehicles and parts, as a number of vehicle manufacturers trimmed or canceled their typical July shutdowns. Despite the large increase last month, vehicle assemblies continued to be constrained by a persistent shortage of semiconductors; the production of motor vehicles and parts in July was about 3-1/2 percent below its recent peak in January 2021. The output of utilities decreased 2.1 percent in July, while the index for mining rose 1.2 percent.

Manufacturing activity in the Philly region continued to grow, according to the firms responding to the August Manufacturing Business Outlook Survey.
Empire State Mfg Survey: Slower Growth in August
1145 -12    2/2 Small Business Report, with Gene Marks, Washington Post Small Business columnist.  @genemarks
August 19th COVID-19: Over 1,000 Deaths, Over 75,000 Hospitalized, Almost 160,000 Cases Reported Today
Job posts requiring COVID-19 vaccines soar: report
Seasonal Demand Trends Weigh Down Weekly US Hotel Occupancy
Leisure Demand Wanes As More Students Return to School
OSHA Urges Employers to Require Vaccinated Workers to Wear Masks

Small businesses sue NYC to stop vaccine mandate’s ‘extortion tactics’


12-1230   Mark Montgomery, @MarkCMontgomery,  @FDD;  Center on Cyber and Technology Innovation 
Cybersecurity does not exist. 
1230-100 AM   @RichardAEpstein
Garland vs Abbott at the Texas border
Richard A Epstein, Tisch Professor of Law NYU Bedford Senior Fellow; Hoover Institution;  senior lecturer, University of Chicago Law School.   @RichardAEpstein
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