Author and adventurer Robert Young Pelton, the main guest on Tuesday's show, discussed his travels to the world's most troubled spots, and shared his insights into terrorism and war. In Afghanistan, during the US attack after 9-11, Pelton said the sounds of war, such as bombs being dropped, were "awe inspiring," and not unlike being at a "rock concert." And yet, the thing that scares him the most about being in such a place, is "the randomness of death."
Pelton believes that the rationale for the 9-11 attack, was "the little guy striking back at the big guy," but since then, America has done "more damage to ourselves than the enemy," with our "blowback" (reactive postures).
"The country most likely poised to degrade our position," is China, Pelton said, suggesting that the US may eventually be competing with them for the same global resources. He also commented that the largest group of terrorists today are in Colombia-- namely the 25,000 Marxist rebels.
Are You a Survivor?
Robert Young Pelton has included the "Adventure Quiz: Are You a Survivor?" in his book Come Back Alive. Here are a few excerpts from the quiz with the answers below.
1) The most dangerous job in America is:_________
2) Most people die of: ________
3) The most dangerous creature in the world is: _________
4) The most dangerous place in the world is: _________
5) Most animal attacks in National Parks are caused by:
Michigan Crop Circle
In the first hour of Tuesday's show, Mike Esper described a crop formation that appeared on his farm in the Howell, Michigan area. "I've been farming since '66 and I've never seen anything like that," he said. Crop circle researcher Jeffrey Wilson, who investigated this particular case, also offered his analysis. Wilson photographed a growth node of one of the plants, and said the expulsion cavities suggest high heat and indicate this was an "un-hoaxable event." One unique feature that Wilson discovered at this formation was the presence of smaller circles underneath the larger 52ft. circle.
1. Truck driver
2. Heart disease
4. Your home
5. Family pets