Friday 6 December 2019
JOHN BATCHELOR SHOW
Friday 6 December 2019/ Hour 1, Block A: Devin Nunes, CA-22, in re: Impeachment is being used for political purposes; which is [unwholesome] for the Republic. Lev Parnas, US citizen. Adam Schiff subpoenaed telephone records, metadata, from AT&T and Verizon – with no licit basis for doing so. Spied on Devin Nunes, and two of his staff, and on Rudy Giuliani; now are sitting on records that known and standard ethics forbid them to have. Republican members are truly outraged. Devin also is suing CNN and the Daily Beast for having published defamatory (and easily proven to be inaccurate) stories about him
Friday 6 December 2019/ Hour 1, Block B: Devin Nunes, CA-22, in re: Devin also is suing CNN — Chris Cuomo—and the Daily Beast for having published defamatory (and easily proven to be inaccurate) stories about him: saying that he’d gone to Vienna to confer with Shokin about Burisma – but not only was he not in Vienna nor acquainted with Shokin; there are photos of him in Benghazi and Malta at that time. On the Friday night before Thanksgiving CNN broadcast that Devin, then chairman of the House Intell Committee, and perhaps with an oligarch named [Furtash?] in December 2018. Furtash’s name in the tale later was changed to that of Shokin. Someone was feeding this mendacity to six media outlets. CNN stupidly went with the story that all the others had rejected as wholly unsubstantiated. CNN’s lawyers are upset; the firm has not retracted the wholly-disproven story. “There must be some adults running that publicly-traded company.”
Friday 6 December 2019/ Hour 1, Block C: Chris Riegel, #ScalaReport.com, in re: 5G and Huawei. It’s known globally that Huawei is a function of the Chinese Peoples Liberation Army, It’s incontrovertibly a military data firm. US Dept of Commerce and State and DoD prohibit doing bz with Huawei; many firms are sneaking in with workarounds. Pres Xi is also trying to get Chinese firms to cease being dependent at all on US firms. Key infrastructure firms are thoroughly aware of backdoors in Huawei; the US has had those, too. The PLA long slipped a secret chip the size of a penny (”the supermicro hack, extremely sophisticated and done by state actors; one piece of a bigger puzzle”) in servers sold to US major corporations and possibly US intelligence agencies. Bloomberg has presented all the evidence needed to prove this is correct, although the PLA still denies it. The NKVD used to send students to MIT to get their doctorate in the US, then use them to run spying operations in the US or USSR.
Friday 6 December 2019/ Hour 1, Block D: Dan Henninger, WSJ, Wonder Land column; in re: Fractured fairy tale: none of the professors in the seminar had any sort of actual evidence of wrongdoing Pelosi now sounds as though she’s under a lot of stress; she was right the first time: “We don't want to go down the impeachment path,” but at some point caved into the Four Horsewomen of the Democratic Apocalypse and is now justifiably worried. And Schiff had obtained telephone logs of multiple people, including a member of his own committee, Devin Nunes. Did Mrs Pelosi know he’d do that? One big result is a sudden unanimity n the Republican Party, such as hasn't been seen in years.
Friday 6 December 2019/ Hour 2, Block A: Michael E Vlahos, Johns Hopkins, in re: At Buckingham Palace, and open mic appeared to record Macron and others mocking Pres Trump. The jokester was the Canadian PM, Trudeau the Younger. Two hundred fifty years later, they still still don't get it – what Yankee Doodle means, what actual patriotism is.
The perhaps-impending new civil war in the United States. The US Speaker of the House will move toward articles of impeachment of Donald Trump. The American elite [the swamp] dislike us, think we’re ill-educated and brutish, are more European than many Euros. Existential contempt that the blue elite have for the rest of the country. Red America is a “Medieval society of crazies, consumed with an apocalyptic vision.” Pelosi speaks of a forever-divided America. [Good grief.] The nation as a whole approaches the precipice. More and more Americans understand that this is happening, creating a tremendous angst. Could be moving to a massive split with horrible consequences, even for the world as a whole.
Friday 6 December 2019/ Hour 2, Block B: Michael E Vlahos, Johns Hopkins, in re: A member of Congress spied on a member of Congress. There can be no rules any more. Civil war begins when the Constitutional order breaks own, which it now is doing in front of our eyes. Made more irreconcilable by the fact that each side has no capacity to understand what the other side is saying. Looks like an enemy speaking! Like the crisis of the late 1850s. An accretive series of steps. The losing side anointed itself as the resistance; . . .
Friday 6 December 2019/ Hour 2, Block C: Mary Anastasia O’Grady, WSJ, in re: Hhw Cuban oppression has functioned in truth [never mind the wonderful, familiar romanticizations. NB: the insane, grinding racism of the decades-long Castro regime].
Friday 6 December 2019/ Hour 2, Block D: Mary Anastasia O’Grady, WSJ, in re: How Morales did all he could to stay in power, but when he was abandoned by the army saw that he had to flee. AMLO offered him asylum on spurious grounds; sooner or later, Morales will endeavor to return to Bolivia where the coca and the fortunes are.
Friday 6 December 2019/ Hour 3, Block A: Tom Modly, Acting Secretary of the Navy, in re: 1 of 2 / Spencer departure. Navy base shootings. Force Structure. The troubled USS Ford. The Navy education renaissance.
Friday 6 December 2019/ Hour 3, Block B: Tom Modly, Acting Secretary of the Navy, in re: 2 of 2 / Spencer departure. Navy base shootings. Force Structure. The troubled USS Ford. The Navy education renaissance.
Friday 6 December 2019/ Hour 3, Block C: Bob Zimmerman, BehindtheBlack.com, in re: SpaceX to the front of the line. Dragon Capsule: there’s the original one that SpaceX built to take cargo to the ISS, which it’s re-using. This week, it relaunched one for the third time, with a Falcon 9 rocket. Upper first stage will go through a six-hour coast in upper orbit. Merlin engine.
Friday 6 December 2019/ Hour 3, Block D: Bob Zimmerman, BehindtheBlack.com, in re: Landing perilously on Asteroid Bennu.
Friday 6 December 2019/ Hour 4, Block A: Jeff Bliss, Pacwatch, in re: Ten thousand drug deaths in the Bay Area as homeless encampments thrive.
Friday 6 December 2019/ Hour 4, Block B: Jim McTague, formerly Barron’s Washington, now author; in re: The search for a recession: Diogenes wears out his lantern as he trips over another jobs bonanza.
Friday 6 December 2019/ Hour 4, Block C: Ken Croswell, astronomer and author; in re: 1 of 2 / The known unknowns of the ice giants Uranus and Neptune.
Friday 6 December 2019/ Hour 4, Block D: Ken Croswell, astronomer and author; in re: 2 of 2 / The known unknowns of the ice giants Uranus and Neptune.
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