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Turning Points

In the first half of the program, George Knapp welcomed nuclear power expert, Arnie Gundersen, who discussed how, more than four years after the triple meltdown at Fukushima, nuclear waste inside the reactors continues to bleed into the Pacific Ocean creating low concentrations of radioactivity that have already migrated across the Pacific to the west coast of North America. Steven Starr of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation briefly joined the conversation during the second hour.

In the latter half, former Nevada consumer advocate and public utility commissioner Timothy Hay addressed the attempt by power companies to crush rooftop solar energy by throwing up roadblocks to make it harder for homeowners to install, and how electric companies hate the idea of clean, plentiful solar taking away their business.

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Date: Monday - January 27, 2014
Host: George Noory
Guests: Gregg Braden, Dr. Robert O. Young

Scientist and author Gregg Braden discussed his most recent work on crisis and transformation. We are living in a time of extremes but we can turn the frightening tipping points of such extremes into life-affirming points of transformation, he argues. People haven't realized yet that things aren't getting back to "normal," and there's a "new normal" that's emerging in which extremes in climate, the economy, and other areas have become a part of our everyday lives, Braden remarked. How can we adapt to the extremes if we're not honest with ourselves about them?, he asked.

Regarding climate change, he believes both a natural cycle and human-created conditions are separate factors. We're told that greenhouse gases are the cause of the problem, Braden noted, but a variety of evidence shows otherwise, such as the "inconvenient data" from Antarctica ice cores which indicates for the last 800,000 years, temperatures of the Earth rose before greenhouse gases increased. Solar cycles which affect climate have also been overlooked, he continued, adding that with a cooling cycle affecting the Northern Hemisphere, we should expect disruptions, and it makes sense for people to adapt and become more resilient.

In other extremes, there could be a move toward a world currency, and an entirely new paradigm for energy that eschews oil. But before we reach these drastic changes, we have the opportunity to go through turning points or events that allow us to set a new course, change the way we think about the world, make discoveries, or embrace new knowledge, he said. Braden offered examples of previous turning points including the discovery of DNA, the 1969 moon landing, the discovery of Gobekli Tepe, and the election of America's first black president, Barack Obama.

Dr. Young's Indictment

First hour guest, research scientist focusing on cellular nutrition, Dr. Robert O. Young, talked about his recent indictment on charges including practicing medicine without a license at his pH Miracle Center in the San Diego area. He admitted that he was a holistic rather than medical doctor, but said he had licensed medical doctors and nurses on staff that carried out specific procedures on patients. His focus is on teaching people to be healthy by altering their lifestyle and diet, such as by eating alkaline foods that can change their internal environment. Young stated his arrest was not about him, but about denying people choice in seeking alternative or holistic treatments.

News segment guests: David Seaman, Mitch Battros

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