In the first half, author and adventurer Robert Young Pelton, who has traveled the globe working with private military contractors, presented a world events round-up. 2014 wasn't an especially bad year, he remarked, but it had a number of shocking events that made people uneasy, such as the shooting down of a jetliner over Ukraine. "I think next year, we're going to see the result of a lot of long term changes that we didn't pay attention to during the [post] 9-11 years," he continued, adding that many of Pres. Obama's plans seem to finally be coming to fruition, such as winding down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Pelton foresees a jump in angry foreign nations who start blaming America for their problems. "We're going to be in an era of low intensity conflict with many countries over the next 3-5 years, which will unsettle people here," he said. Additionally, he envisions the US entering into an isolationist period, with citizens becoming more nationalistic and, and less concerned with other countries-- we'll hear about meltdowns in China, and the Middle East, but we won't care as much, he opined. Regarding unrest in places such as Ferguson, MO, he suggested that local residents should act as security, policing their own neighborhoods, rather than have the police aggravating the situation.
In the latter half, George Noory hosted the long-standing Coast to Coast AM tradition of reading listener predictions for the past year, and recording predictions for the new year ahead-- 2015.
Here are some highlights of what people predicted for the new year:
George also conducted an "Auld Lang Syne" singing contest with callers, yielding a number of rousing versions of the classic New Year's tune.
What were the year's most memorable UFO and alien stories? Huffington Post offers a round-up with photos that includes a pilot's near miss with a UFO above Heathrow Airport, a huge cigar-shaped UFO seen over a city in Ukraine, and the discovery of an "alien base" off Malibu (which we covered on C2C).
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Bumper music from Wednesday December 31, 2014