In the first half of the show, author Frank DeMarco discussed what he learned from his afterlife dialogues with Ernest Hemingway, and the general process of communications with disembodied entities he calls "the Guys Upstairs." In 2006, focused on the intent of reaching the great writer Hemingway, he believes they came into contact, and began a wide-ranging conversation about Hemingway's life and work, and the myth that sprang up around him. Typically, early in the morning, DeMarco would pose a question, and then go into a receptive state, writing down what came to him-- a kind of knowing rather than a transcription or channeling, he explained.
Hemingway told him that the impetus for his suicide in 1961 was related to a number of factors, including physical ailments, and his failing memory, which had been damaged from electric shock treatments. Regarding the writing process, Hemingway said he sought to describe situations in a realistic manner, and cut out flowery words. During one of his conversations with Hemingway, DeMarco brought up the name of Abraham Lincoln. He said the deceased president actually joined in the discussion, offering his views on the importance of forgiveness. On the subject of reincarnation, DeMarco differentiated the soul from spirit. He suggested that the spirit is the part of a person that goes on to other lives, but the soul remains as an individual on the Other Side, and can always be contacted.
In the latter half, ecological biologist and advocate for alcohol-based fuel, David Blume, discussed what's behind the record setting price for gasoline in the last couple of weeks. The oil companies are blaming such disparate factors as ethanol, and the situation in Iran as the cause of the price spike, he said. But what we're really seeing is a kind of behind-the-scenes payback-- "They told Obama if he did not approve the Keystone-Exxon pipeline (that would bring crude oil from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries)...that there would be political punishment for that," he continued, adding that Romney, if elected, said one of his first acts would be to sign the deal for the pipeline.
Blume stated that after every US presidential election, in March, there is an unexplained spike in gas prices, which is the payoff for the oil companies' support, no matter who wins the election. Discussing developments in alternative fuel, he noted that Ford and GM just endorsed E-15, which means they are warrantying all their cars to run on gasoline made with 15% alcohol, which is up from 10%. He also spoke about how cattails are an excellent alternative to corn for producing alcohol fuel, and his plans to market a small alcohol still.
Bumper music from Wednesday October 10, 2012