Peace activist, webmaster and talk show host, Michael Rivero, discussed a variety of controversial topics including TWA 800, the JFK assassination, health and environmental issues, and an impending financial crisis that is facing the world. On the subject of TWA 800, Rivero put forward that the tragedy was caused by an errant missile, that was launched during a Navy exercise, rather than a fuel tank accident. "To any objective observer," Rivero said, "this is absolutely another case of the government screwing up badly and refusing to take responsibility for it." To that end, he mused that the job of maintaining cover-ups, like TWA 800 and the JFK assassination, get passed down to and accumulate with each successive presidential administration, leading to a "monstrous burden for them to support."
Regarding the debate over climate change, Rivero argued that the phenomenon is actually a naturally occurring process which is simply being used as a scare tactic to generate money in the form of carbon taxes. He dismissed the concept that human-generated carbon dioxide is the cause of global warming and contended that one volcano releases "more CO2 everyday than all the cars in America." He also noted that water vapor and methane are far more harmful greenhouse agents, but they are rarely blamed for global warming because they cannot be directly linked to human activity like CO2 production and, thus, cannot be wielded to tax the population. Ultimately, Rivero pointed to the hypocrisy of the government pushing for a carbon tax while simultaneously ignoring the dangerous environmental effects of fracking.
Rivero observed a similar double standard at work with the current health care debate in America. He posited that if the government was truly concerned with the health of Americans, then they would do more to combat medical malpractice as well as toxic food additives and the GMO industry. On the contrary, Rivero suggested that the new health care law is aimed at reaping additional tax dollars in a desperate attempt to prevent the collapse of our economy. This looming financial disaster, he said, is the "most pressing issue" on the horizon which could erupt anywhere from tomorrow to 2016. "Basically, the whole mess is just strung together tight with all these crisscrossing agendas," he said of the tenuous global economy, "and we're just waiting for that first wire to snap that will cause it all to fall apart."
In the first hour, space historian Robert Zimmerman provided an update on the latest space news, including the number of observed exoplanets reaching over 1,000 as well as the ongoing commercial space race. He marveled that, as more exoplanets are discovered, they continue to defy conventional scientific expectations with their sizes, locations, and arrangements. Zimmerman was also particularly enthusiastic about the emerging commercial space industry because it will "open up the heavens for everybody." Stressing the efficiency of competitive private space ventures as compared to NASA's bureaucratic system, he noted that, in the span of five years, the industry has developed two separate rockets which can reach the ISS and is already designing three different methods for delivering humans to low Earth orbit.
Astronomers searching for worlds beyond the Earth celebrated a milestone on Tuesday as the number of observed exoplanets now numbers over 1,000. Although the first exoplanet was only discovered in 1992, recent advancements in technology have resulted in observations increasing exponentially and data from the now-defunct Kepler telescope could raise the number by thousands more. Despite this vast array of observed exoplanets, astronomers note that only a small fraction may actually be habitable. More on the story at BBC News.
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