Monday, October 11, 2010

Patt Morrison for Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

1-3 p.m.





1:06 – 1:39




1:41 – 1:58:30

Bratton’s back!

Bill Bratton, chief of the LAPD from 2002 until last year, thinks cops can teach counter-terrorists a thing or three. Having worked in city police departments since 1970, he is widely credited with helping to bring a historic reduction of crime in New York in the 1990s and to change police thinking about their role.  His idea came from “the belief that police can prevent crime, we shouldn’t just be responding to it.”   He brought his model of preventive policing to Los Angeles, successfully lowering crime rates here, while working hard to have federal, state and local agencies join together in counter-terrorism efforts. As a result, Los Angeles is one of the best-prepared areas of the country, even while facing budget cuts. The Chief is back with his take on crime, public safety and why we should be watchful but can’t live in fear, and why we should “get them before they get us.”


William J. Bratton, former chief of the Los Angeles Police Department; Chairman of Kroll, one of Altegrity, Inc.’s four core businesses. Prior to the acquisition of Kroll in August 2010, Mr. Bratton served as Chairman of Altegrity Risk International




2:06 – 2:19

Up, up & away…for a small fee: commercial spaceflight closer to reality

Technically it was a maiden voyage, but in reality it was falling with style.  SpaceShipTwo, Virgin Galactic’s space tourism rocket, achieved its first solo glide flight on Sunday, dropping from its mother ship from an altitude of 45,000 feet and gliding gently back down to Earth, landing safely on a runway in the Mojave Desert.  While gliding isn’t the sexiest part of space flight it is essential, as this is how SpaceShipTwo will reenter the Earth’s atmosphere when it’s eventually packed with space tourists flying regularly scheduled missions to outer space.  Already 370 prospective astronauts have plunked down the $200,000 needed for tickets and a spaceport is close to completion in New Mexico, from where SpaceShipTwo will operate.  While the first tests, and Virgin’s entire venture, is geared toward space tourism the implications of a private space program are huge and wide ranging—what will private space flight look like in the near future?



Peter Siebold, Scaled Composites’ Director of Flight Operations; pilot of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo


  • Siebold is an aeronautical engineer and a long time experimental test pilot; not only does he fly experimental aircraft but he designs them, from the software to the flight systems.


Matthew Stinemetze, Scaled Composites’ Space Program Manager; program manager of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo and White Knight aircraft




2:21 – 2:39




2:41 – 2:58:30

The Great American Stickup

The fact that Wall Street crashed in 2008 is not news, nor is the consequent global recession.  What may surprise you, however, is just how far back and how deep the connections that caused this great financial crisis actually go.  According to investigative journalist Robert Scheer, it isn’t one political party that carries the blame.  In fact, Scheer holds the feet of both Reagan and Clinton to the fire.  From free-market Reagonomics propaganda to Clinton’s financial clique and a sobering look at where some of the responsible parties are now (I’ll give you a hint – it rhymes with Mixteen Bundred Stencilvania Ave), Scheer tracks the melt down back to the middle and around again.



Robert Scheer, editor-in-chief of and author of, “The Great American Stickup”





Jonathan Serviss

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