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Spotlight on: RFID

One of the technologies that tonight's guest, privacy advocate Katherine Albrecht has sounded the alarm about is RFID. Radio frequency identification technology or RFID, involves miniature computerized tags that can be embedded in merchandise. These tags are capable of beaming out specific information such as serial numbers to nearby scanners. According to a website created by AIM (a data capture association), RFID "is an automatic way to collect product, place, time or transaction data quickly and easily without human intervention or error." The transponder or tag contains a computer chip that derives its energy from a radio signal sent by the scanner, which enables it to send back information that can then be accessed by a central computer. In a recent piece in Business Week titled "Playing Tag with Shoppers' Anonymity," Albrecht expresses concerns over a possible global network of millions of receivers. "Imagine if these chips are in clothes and tires and shoes. Companies

Ancient Numbers

Tonight's guest, Glynis McCants explains how to compute your Lifepath Number and your Attitude Number on this page on her website. The use of numerology is actually one of the most ancient of divination tools. Some believe it began with the early Babylonians. According to the book, Divining the Future by Eva Shaw, the use of numerology was widespread in ancient Egypt, and continues to be used there today. Pythagoras, the Greek mathematician who lived around 550 BC, is considered to be the father of numerology, as it's used today. He observed that the numbers 1 through 4 add up to 10, and that numbers larger than 9 could be reduced to a single digit by adding the numbers together. Pythagoras was quoted to say "the world is built upon the power of numbers." Indeed, he believed that the entire universe could be expressed by the principles and harmony of numerical systems, and "that they were the key to understanding the unknown," Shaw noted. The mystical Kabbalah also applies

Scenarios of the 21st Century

Tonight's guest, Prof. Jan Hodges, has written about developments he sees occurring in the next 80 years. In a similar vein, John L. Petersen, founder of the futurist think tank, The Arlington Institute has pondered trends for the 21st Century, and sees humanity as poised between "global instability" and "planetary renaissance." In an article Petersen penned for the current issue of What is Enlightenment, titled "Visions of the Future," he lists ten scenarios that could tilt the Earth in one direction or the other. Here are some of them: Ice Cap Breaks Up-- This may already be happening, and could eventually result in sea levels rising 100 feet. Devastation of coastal cities and unstable climate patterns could set civilization back 50 years. Nanotechnology Takes Off—The ability to use molecular sized machines could revolutionize manufacturing methods, and potentially be used to eliminate food shortages and environmental pollution. Africa Unravels-- The elements of population

Friday Night Feature: Anti-Shadow Puppets

Author/Illustrator Tim Sheppard describes his newest contribution."In an idle moment I pondered just what those shadow people, so often sighted by Coast-to-Coast listeners, might do in their spare time. The result was this literally off-the-wall cartoon." Click here to view. For more of Tim's work visit his webpage lastwordon.com or check out the banner he created for our site.

Here Comes the Sun

Tonight's guest, Ramon Lopez will discuss many of the activities that take place on the huge body that is the Sun, which contains 99.8% of the total mass of the Solar System. Care to do a little sun surfing? Check out these links: SOHO: Exploring the Sun Solar Flares Mysteries of the Sun Facts about the Sun Sun as Seen from the Earth

Pop Goes the Aliens

It was the summer of 1998 when the image of the "grey" alien seemed to cross the mass market threshold and could be found appearing on everything from cardboard plates, Bic pens, cups, party hats, napkins, table cloths, gift wrap, lottery tickets, bumper stickers, games, balloons, and lollipops (the dispenser for "Alien Pops" at a corner store is pictured here). In documenting this phenomenon in an article for SF Weekly.com titled Zap Crackle Pop: Aliens in Pop Culture, I had occasion to interview tonight's guest Michael Lindemann. The image of the grey "has the penetrating simplicity required of all good cultural icons," said Lindemann, who at the time was the editor of the highly respected UFO information source, CNI News. But was the ubiquity of the alien face more than just that years' "it" graphic design? Were unseen tentacles pulling the strings, preparing us for a great disclosure? "There is no direct proof of an orchestrated public awareness/conditioning campaign," L

A Curious Timeline

When I interviewed tonight's guest Al Bielek for the August 2000 issue of After Dark, I was struck by the fact that he told me he'd lived in not one, but two different bodies. According to Bielek, he'd been born as the aristocratic Edward Cameron in 1916, but then after being kidnapped by Black Ops in 1953, he was regressed physically to the body of an infant, and sent back to 1927 to be raised by the Bielek family. To help keep track of these two identities and the various events that happened to them, I have included a timeline graphic that ran with the article. (Al Bielek events are in white, Edward Cameron events are in black), Click here to view 1916-1954, and here to view 1976-2000. For a view that cast doubts on Al Bielek's claims, visit bielek-debunked.com, a site endorsed by noted ufologist Stanton Friedman. --L.L.

Prophecies & Punishment

Father Andrew Wingate (trumpetersmission), a member of the Old Roman Catholic Church, was the guest for the first 90 minutes of Friday's show. Espousing the belief that we are living in "end times," Wingate offered new prophecies and checked in with the ones he made on his last appearance on the show in January. His prediction of an unusual tornado season proved to be accurate. But whether the Columbia Shuttle explosion met his prophecy of "something horrible happening" is debatable as he had likened the event to a "nuclear attack," though it did happen within the 90-day time frame he specified. Wingate said some of the extreme weather we've been seeing and will continue to experience, is a chastisement to the United States. The world is in a punishment phase because the warnings given at Fatima were not heeded, he added. "Planet X," Wingate said, "is an instrument God uses to punish mankind." He estimates its arrival in 5-7 years. Also in his timetable, were an invasion of Americ

Hollow Earth Theories

Tonight's guest, David Hatcher Childress is a prolific author. One of his volumes, Lost Continents & The Hollow Earth, examines the Shaver Mysteries and various theories concerning the possibility that the Earth is hollow. These theories generally purport that the Earth is donut shaped and has entrances at the two poles. Some of Richard Shaver's original material from the 1940's is included in the book. He writes that a series of subterranean tunnels run through the Earth and are inhabited by the Deros and Teros, descendants of an ancient spacefaring race. Hatcher Childress chronicles the literature that has been written about the hollow earth idea, some of it dating back hundreds or even thousands of years (Plato had actually written about huge tunnels in the earth's interior). More recently, a 1955 Brazilian book called From the Subterranean World to the Sky presents an interesting thesis. The author, O.C. Huguenin, suggests that flying saucers were created 12,000 years ago by

Middle Class Revolt?

Tonight's guest, Gerald Celente, believes there could be a middle class revolt brewing in the near future of the United States. Last year, when I interviewed him for After Dark, he told me that a mounting dissatisfaction of the populace could boil over into a widespread protest, that would cut across all ages and ethnicities. "They were the jobless Gen X-ers, the tax protestors, retirees with devalued pensions, the underemployed, the working poor, the downsized and out, the aware and the unbuffaloed from every state of society. It should have come as no surprise when the 90% of the nation who said they wanted change, demanded change," writes Celente in his book Trends 2000. "The country has been hijacked from us," Celente told me, commenting that people increasingly view our two-party political system as actually a one party system, offering no real choice.While the recent anti-war movement had strong numbers, it's hard to imagine how a more massive revolt could get rolling.

Lesser Known Secret Societies

Sure, we've all heard of the Masons. But it wasn't till I started paging through theThe International Encyclopedia of Secret Societies, that I realized how many mysterious associations had sprung up over time. The author of the encyclopedia, Alan Axelrod, points out that the majority of these groups share two features: secrecy and initiation (usually some type of ritual). Here is a sampling of some lesser known groups listed in his book: Alliance of Transylvanian Saxons-- Contrary to their name, there is nothing vampiric about this fraternal organization which seeks to preserve Saxon culture. Atlantis-- A French group founded in 1926 with the goal of rediscovering the lost traditions of the fabled Atlantis. Khlysty-- An extinct 17th Russian sect that practiced self-flagellation as part of their worship. Ben Hur Life Association-- Once headquartered in a spectacular building in Crawfordsville, Indiana, this group, founded in 1894, based its rituals on a book of fiction, the no

Training for OBE's

Tonight's guest Albert Taylor is no stranger to the world of out-of-body experiences (OBE). To the average person though, this kind of travel seems out of reach. But according to the slender tome, Have an Out-Of-Body Experience in 30 Days, the belief that only mystical and spiritually advanced people can have OBE's, is not accurate. In fact, writes authors Harary and Weintraub, "nothing could be further from the truth. Virtually anyone can have an OBE." Accordingly, they have a designed a four week "free flight program," that first tunes you into your five senses and the ability to achieve "alert relaxation." Jumping ahead to Day 8's exercise "Rising Above It," one begins to learn how to imagine the mind and body in two separate places. The use of imagination and visualization is key to their training: "Imagine floating above yourself for several minutes without straining…imagine your disembodied face looking back at your physical face." The next day's exercise suggests fo

Spotlight on: LifeLog

Tonight's guest Lauren Weinstein has delved into privacy and technology issues. At the intersection of such concerns, is a new project under development, called LifeLog. Created by DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), the project purports to "extend the model of a personal digital assistant (PDA) to one that might eventually become a personal digital partner." "The goal of the data collection is to “see what I see,” rather than to “see me”. Users are in complete control of their own data collection efforts, decide when to turn the sensors on or off, and decide who will share the data," reads DARPA's mission statement. According to the plan, hardware worn by the user would record visual and aural inputs to form a kind of electronic diary. But because DARPA serves as the research and development organization for the Department of Defense (DoD), privacy advocates have some serious qualms with the intention of LifeLog."Why would a defense research agency be deve

A New Blueprint

Back in 2002, I interviewed tonight's guest Lynne McTaggart for After Dark about her then new book, The Field: The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe. In this work she locates a common thread that runs through complex studies in physics, biology and parapsychology. This unity, she believes points to a new blueprint of ourselves and the world. To some McTaggart has proposed nothing less than a science of religion. "I think a lot of the information the scientists were presenting, the idea of the Field, the idea of interconnectedness, the idea of higher human potential, all of these things were present in Eastern religions for many centuries," she told me. "It's what many intuitively understood for centuries, that there is certainly something more out there and life is much more about connection then the very reductive view of present day science and particularly Neo Darwinism, one of my pet hates. Because I think it is utterly reductive, the idea that we are just surviv

Was Tesla an Alien?

Tonight's guest James McCanney touches on some of Tesla's theories in his new book. The brilliant and idiosyncratic inventor has long been a subject of fascination. Some even have espoused that Nikola Tesla was a kind of alien.

Spotlight on: MUFON

Tonight, Linda Moulton Howe will be reporting live from the International MUFON Conference in Dearborn, Michigan. MUFON or the Mutual UFO Network, got its start back in 1969, when it was originally called the Midwest UFO Network. Its name change in 1973 reflected its growing status as a worldwide organization. As the largest UFO group in the United States, MUFON has chapters in virtually every state, including Puerto Rico. Some populous areas such as California have five regional chapters. Many of the state organizations have their own websites, such as Minnesota, Arizona, Iowa, New Hampshire, and Georgia. The organization is governed by a board of directors, and the current International Director of MUFON, is John F. Schuessler, who replaced Walter Andrus Jr. after he served a 30-year stint. "One reason people join MUFON is because they want to be trained and have the opportunity to investigate cases," writes Elaine Douglass, Utah's Co-Director. Indeed, the MUFON Field In

Fatima: The UFO Interpretation

The mass visions that took place in Fatima, Portugal in 1917 have long been the subject of fascination. Tonight's guest Father Nicholas Gruner believes these events were miraculous communications from the Virgin Mary, as does the Catholic Church. However, a number of ufologists over the years, have looked at the incidents as possibly being an example of a UFO visitation. The events at Fatima took place over number of months, and were predicted by a young peasant girl named Lucia, who said she received messages from a brilliantly luminous Lady whom she understood to be Mary. As more and more people heard about the events, some 70,000 people gathered on October 13, as Lucia instructed. As the crowd huddled on this rainy day, they saw an astonishing display, where the sun seemed to come down out of the sky, and spin around on itself, in a mad whirl that lasted 10 minutes. Proponents of the UFO theory, say this bright globe could have been a huge disc-shaped craft, and that many asp

Could Hydrogen Cause Pollution?

The emerging "hydrogen economy" took a hit recently when a report by Cal Tech scientists concluded that hydrogen's widespread usage could cause significant damage to the ozone layer. It was a rather surprising finding for a substance touted as an environmentally-friendly replacement for fossil fuels. According to the study, if hydrogen replaced fossil fuels, it could be assumed that 10% to 20% of the hydrogen would leak from pipelines, storage and cars. Accordingly, more hydrogen molecules would rise into the stratosphere, where they would eventually form water. "This would result in cooling of the lower stratosphere and the disturbance of ozone chemistry," Cal Tech researchers wrote. But the researchers aren't against the growth of the hydrogen industry. Rather they are issuing their report as a warning. They suggest that the hydrogen infrastructure be especially designed to control leaks. Some hydrogen experts however believe the Cal Tech report may be overestimating the

Lucid Dreaming: Reality Check

A practice tonight's guest, Von Braschler, has utilized in his work is lucid dreaming. That is the state of consciously being aware that you are dreaming while in a dream, which can be a gateway to all sorts of fascinating experiences. It's a state that one might have spontaneously on occasion, but a bit trickier to have at will. One induction technique developed by pioneering lucid dream researcher, Stephen LaBerge, is to carry out frequent "reality checks" during the day, with the idea that this routine might carry over into your dream behaviors. Here's how this works. A reality check is simply looking at any object that contains text (i.e. sign, letter, book etc.), then looking away for a couple seconds, and then looking back at the text. If the text hasn't changed, you are not dreaming. The interesting thing about this is, in a dream state, text will rarely stay stable, and when you turn away and look back it will have morphed into something else. Needless to say, it's a

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