Secretary of Defense under President Bill Clinton from 1997-2001, William S. Cohen was a member of the U.S. Senate and Congress for twenty-four years. In the first half, he discussed his research of asteroids, how an impact with Earth could be catastrophic and what we can do about it. He also offered commentary on the Trump administration and America's relationship with Russia and China. There are about 700,000 known asteroids, some very small rocks, but many of them go undetected, he cited. About 25,000 asteroids are around 460 ft. wide and could reap massive regional damage, but in addition to those are some a kilometer or even larger in size-- "those are the types of asteroids that could end life on Earth," he warned.
"We need to find the asteroids," he stated, "before they find us." If we find them far enough out in space, he continued, we can deflect their orbit and avoid calamity. In 2013, a small asteroid passed over Russia and injured more than 1,400 people and leveled hundreds of acres of forest. The object was only 15 feet in width, he noted, but if it was more than half-a-mile in size, it would have come in at 33,000 mph and hit with an impact that would surpass a combined explosion of all the nuclear weapons on Earth. In Cohen's novels, he explores the question of what would be the obligation of heads of state for various countries to inform their citizenry of the impending doom from a massive asteroid on a collision course with us.
In the latter half, author and futurist Stephan Schwartz talked about his speculation into the extraterrestrial presence, research on using consciousness to alter reality, and the results of a lengthy remote viewing experiment that looked at life in the year 2050. He concluded that if beings capable of interstellar space travel wanted to conquer us, they would have done it long ago. The ET agenda, he believes, may be to "nurture pregnant civilizations, if you will, who are on the cusp of moving out of materialism" and into a recognition that consciousness is the fundamental force of the universe.
He detailed an experiment he conducted with wine tasting. Dividing the liquid in a bottle, half of it was the subject of therapeutic intention, the other half left alone. In 11 out of 12 wine tastings, the group preferred the wine that had been treated with intention, even though it was from the same bottle. "There's no physical change in the wine, but there's an aesthetic reaction to the wine which is different," he explained. "What we're really dealing with is consciousness and information." Schwartz reported the fascinating results of international groups of people all remote viewing the same day in 2050. 4,000 people participated in this experiment from 1978 to 1996. Early on, people reported an epidemic that sounded very similar to AIDS (before the disease became known), as well as prescient remarks about global warming, and terrorism. They also indicated that air travel in 2050 was infrequent, as people visited each other in a kind of electronic cyberspace.
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