In the first half, historian and author William R. Forstchen, Ph.D., updated the ongoing campaign to bolster energy and communications infrastructure against EMP attack, asteroid strikes, solar storms, and other disasters. What could be even more catastrophic than a strong solar flare or coronal mass ejection (CME) is what he referred to as a coronal proton ejection (CPE). This type of storm on the sun flays out a deadly dose of radiation, he explained, but normally the Earth's magnetosphere protects us from this. However, in the case where Earth is first hit with a CME, the magnetosphere is peeled back, and the planet would be vulnerable to a CPE extinction level event. There has been speculation that such a sequence happened around 14,000 years ago, and this triggered the die-off of mammoths, mastodons, and other creatures in the Northern Hemisphere.
The odds of such an occurrence, he said, are far higher than an asteroid or comet strike though the media tends to focus on the latter rather than the dangers of solar storms. In the US, congressional efforts have stalled to strengthen the electrical grid from these various threats-- though the cost, he estimates, would be just $20 to $100 per citizen. A number of military bases are now looking at meeting their energy needs by internal means so that some facilities would be operational in a disaster event, and that, at least, is a first step, he commented. Forstchen and others' work have stoked the "prepper" movement, and he recommends keeping a one-month supply of food in one's home, at a minimum. For more on this topic, see recaps of his show appearances in February 2018 and January 2017.
The youngest of 10 children from an Irish Catholic family, Joe McQuillen has had two successful careers and spent 25 years in the automobile business. In the latter half, he discussed the emotional roller coaster ride of receiving messages from his son, Chris, a college student who died in a tragic canoe accident, and the various psychics and mediums who helped him make contact. After Chris' death, he couldn't imagine a world devoid of his son, so he sought out access through mediums over the telephone, and that's where first contacts with his spirit occurred.
He then began meeting in person with the medium Anthony Anderson in the Chicago area, and others such as Thomas John. But eventually, McQuillen received messages directly from his deceased son, some of which he characterized as channeling, which he used in the writing of his book. Chris has described the afterlife as like living on a beach bungalow on Maui and that God is a loving energy that spirits recognize they are part of, much more than physical beings do on Earth. McQuillen learned that spirits maintain the same personality they had while alive, and because his son was so outgoing, this made him more likely to communicate from the Other Side.
News segment guests: Howard Bloom, Lauren Weinstein, Ryan Sprague