Appearing during the first half, technology expert Lauren Weinstein talked about the recent 25th anniversary of the Web, and various technology-related topics. The World Wide Web was developed by Tim Berners-Lee, a British computer scientist who was an employee of CERN at the time, but the Internet itself actually dates back to 1969, Weinstein pointed out. The Internet was initially a DARPA/ARPA military project, but one of the first mailing lists/digests was about science-fiction. The network transitioned from being strictly a military/university project to adding commercial interests, which Al Gore helped legislate, he detailed.
In the future, we know that the Internet will get faster, but it will also become the basis for all types of electronic communications, such as telephone calls, he noted. "It's hard to even imagine where it will go. I think the most important thing is to make sure there's good access to the facilities," if we don't want to create a digital divide, he added.
In the latter half, recipient of a Masters Degree in Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York City, Rev. Michael J.S. Carter discussed the extraterrestrial connections to the world's religions, and his own ET encounters. He described an encounter in which his bedroom was lit up in a cobalt blue/white light, and a chalk-white being with an egg-shaped head in a silver jumpsuit stood at the end of his bed. He began to have these encounters every 6-8 months in the early morning hours, and was subsequently hypnotically regressed by the late Budd Hopkins.
The encounters led him to investigate and ponder how people spiritually change after such occurrences. Carter has concluded that many ancient accounts such as in sections of the Bible are describing interactions with ET beings. For instance, the story of Elijah being taken up in a whirlwind could be the way ancient people would describe a UFO incident, he said.
In the first half hour, aviation safety expert David Soucie (book link) talked about the missing Malaysian plane. He finds it odd that there were reports of debris found, but now there are no signs of it. The type of Boeing plane that is missing has very complex and reliable back-up systems so it's unlikely that the craft had a major electrical failure, he commented. Soucie also said that he considers it highly unusual that the beacon signal hasn't been picked up, as this technology should have been activated if there was an impact.
Bumper music from Wednesday March 12, 2014