By Tim Binnall
Animal communication, the Lizzie Borden case, and the possibility that UFOs are actually humans from the future were some of the fascinating topics explored this past week on Coast to Coast AM. And, here at the C2C website, we told you about the former president of Poland pontificating about an alien invasion, a bold new plan for NASA to send astronauts back to the moon, and a weird mystery surrounding Garfield phones. Check out our round-up of highlights from the past week ... In Coast You Missed It.
A precursor to the modern day fascination with true crime and 'trials of the century,' the infamous Lizzie Borden case left an indelible mark on the American zeitgeist to the point that it is almost folklore today. To that end, on Saturday night's program, author Cara Robertson revisited the grisly slaying and detailed her examination of the facts surrounding the legendary incident. Touching upon family troubles among the Bordens and forensic insights from the crime scene, she made the case that Lizzie likely committed the gruesome double murder, despite being acquitted on the charges in a sensational trial that captured the world's imagination.
One of the more eyebrow-raising stories from the past week emanated from Poland, where one of the country's former presidents, Lech Walesa, told an audience that not only does he believe in UFOs, but that he's concerned that invading aliens would wipe out humans. The strange remarks were particularly grim as the key figure in Cold War history mused that sinister ETs could send our civilization back to the proverbial Stone Age and we'd have to rebuild society from scratch. Equally odd was the Walesa mused that this has likely already happened many times in the past and that's why archaeologists occasionally find out-of-place objects that seem to defy mainstream historical thinking.
While the most popular theory surrounding UFOs is that they are craft piloted by intelligent aliens from another planet, one of the more intriguing alternative explanations advanced over the years is that they are, in fact, humans from the future. On Thursday night's program, anthropologist Dr. Michael P. Masters explored this possibility based on his research into future evolutionary trends. He posited that the entities said to be aboard UFOs might actually be a glimpse of how humans will look in the distant future if our brains grow bigger and facial features shrink. Masters also argued that the surreptitious yet curious nature of the phenomenon bears a striking resemblance to how time-traveling scientists journeying into the past would behave.
A longstanding mystery that had puzzled residents of a coastal region of France for more than three decades was finally solved this week, although the resolution was somewhat bittersweet. Since the 1980s, pieces of novelty Garfield phones have been washing ashore on beaches along the Iroise Sea. Despite appearing year after year by the hundreds, no one knew the source of the strange plastic parts until a farmer caught wind of the curious phenomenon and revealed that he knew their origin. The man subsequently took environmentalists to a cave where a shipping container filled with the phones had washed ashore in a storm 30-plus years ago. Unfortunately, its precarious position under rocks inside a hard-to-reach spot meant that it could not be removed and the Garfield phones will continue to flow onto the beaches for the foreseeable future.
It seems that for as long as there have been animals, there has also been the question of what is really going on in their minds and what they would say to us if they could talk. On Monday night's program, animal communicator Amelia Kinkade shared some insights into this question by way of her remarkable ability to connect with various creatures via vibrations and consciousness. She recalled a number of her experiences 'speaking' to different animals, including a remarkable case in which she visited a distressed show horse and learned, from the creature, that the reason for its recent misbehavior was that its stablemate of six years had recently been taken away.
Perhaps the most surprising story of the week came when Vice President Mike Pence addressed the National Space Council and announced that the United States now intends to send astronauts to the moon within five years "by any means necessary." The dramatic acceleration of NASA's lunar mission, he said, was meant to "reignite the spark of urgency" in the space agency and, hopefully, get America back to the moon before other space-faring nations put their own countrymen there in the not-too-distant future. While some pundits argued that the 'five-year plan' was unrealistic, Pence expressed an unwavering attitude and indicated that failure to achieve this goal is "not an option."
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