Authority on Nostradamus and prophecy, John Hogue, shared his predictions for 2014 and beyond, on such issues as the economy, world turmoil and climate, and cited prophecies of Nostradamus, and Matthias Stormberger, a 19th century visionary. This year marks the 100-year anniversary of World War I, and there are parallels between 1914 and 2014, he suggested, adding that the next four years will bring a major upheaval to our economic system, as a decentralizing revolution takes place, and currencies such as bitcoin become genuine alternatives to the banking system. "In four to ten years, the banks of the world will be relics like Pompeii," he stated.
While Hogue had previously written that "2014 would be the breath of peace that might succeed," he now believes that forces in Israel, America, and Iran, because of misinterpretations of various doomsday apocalyptic prophecies, want to see a war happen because it will fulfill prophecies to bring forth a Messiah. Regarding possible terrorism at the Sochi Olympics, he doesn't see anything occurring at the event itself, but rather, a terrorist act will happen elsewhere in Russia toward the end of the games, and have a large impact.
Hogue expressed concern for a possible tsunami and quakes in North America associated with a solar eclipse coming in August 2017 (the path runs over seismic areas from Oregon to South Carolina). When eclipse shadows pass over certain areas, within a few weeks to 18 months afterward, natural disasters and earthquakes are known to occur, he said. Referred to as the "German Nostradamus," Matthias Stormberger, was a cow herder from Rabenstein, whose prophetic visions have proved to be both startling and accurate, Hogue recounted. Stormberger saw the coming of planes, cars, and trains, and predicted both WWI and WWII. He also saw a third great conflagration, where "in one day, more men will die than in all previous wars. The battles will be accomplished with artificial weapons."
Technology & Privacy
First hour guest, online privacy advocate Mark Weinstein talked about how we can evaluate good technology from what's harmful. Specifically, he cited the case of an app developed for Google Glass called NameTag which uses facial recognition on strangers to instantly ID them, and pull up detailed information about them. While Google has announced they don't want Glass used for this, he suggested this was a shallow claim on their part, and a lot of apps will be able to perform this function. He noted that such technology could be used by criminals, ID'ing people on vacation for instance, in order to rob their homes. Weinstein also addressed social media issues, and problems with Facebook.
A fossil bed in China with a well-preserved set of dinosaurs and mammals frozen in death poses has long puzzled scientists. Now, a new analysis of the fossils and the sediments they were buried in suggests that an explosive volcanic eruption like the one that destroyed Pompeii is what killed the animals. More at LiveScience.
Pictured: Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra, Indonesia spews volcanic smoke on November 24, 2013.