Threats to Infrastructure / Hunting for Lost Civilizations

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Threats to Infrastructure / Hunting for Lost Civilizations

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Producer David Tice recently completed a documentary about the vulnerability of our power grid, entitled "Grid Down, Power Up" (view excerpt). In the first half, he discussed how government and industry have grown complacent about how the critical civilian infrastructure is vulnerable to attack from various forces. These threats include physical attacks (like the recent gunfire at two substations in North Carolina), cyber warfare, EMP attacks, and geomagnetic disturbances from a solar storm. Major solar storms, like 1859's Carrington Event, are predicted to happen every 100-150 years, he noted. The late Peter Pry of the EMP Taskforce warned of 'Blackout Wars' where adversaries might combine multiple forms of attack, he added.

While countries such as Iran and Israel have protected their infrastructure grids, why hasn't the United States? Tice blamed it on various factors including disorganization, ineptitude, fear of reimbursement on the money side, concern about putting in new technology that might disrupt the system, and a belief that nothing bad will happen or wanting to keep the status quo. He estimated that it would cost the US between $50-100 billion for protection of varying degrees. Lloyd's of London has concluded that a Carrington-type event is inevitable in our future, and the big problem will be replacing burned-out transformers. Tice also talked about water issues, and the devastation that might occur if municipal water systems were knocked offline.


Recognized as an unconventional thinker who raises legitimate questions about humanity's history and prehistory, bestselling author Graham Hancock has challenged the entrenched views of orthodox scholars. In the latter half, he spoke about his new Netflix series where he travels the globe hunting for evidence of mysterious, lost civilizations dating back to the last Ice Age. The series, he explained, serves as a counterbalance to academic or mainstream archaeology, which can be very dogmatic or closed-minded on the subject of humanity's prehistory. The ancient past is truly the great unknown, he remarked, and we shouldn't look for ourselves in past civilizations.

Hancock has concluded that the Younger Dryas, a cataclysmic glacial and flooding period that lasted for over 1,000 years, around 12,000 to 13,000 years ago, wiped out a golden age and sent humanity backward or into a state of amnesia. He characterized Göbekli Tepe in Turkey (aprx. 11,600 years old) as probably the most important archaeological site in the world as it may have served as a kind of hall of records or time capsule. He is also fascinated with underground cities in Turkey, like Derinkuyu. Hancock believes such subterranean environments were not built to protect citizens from invading armies but rather served as temporary refuges from multiple fragments from a disintegrating comet bombarding the Earth.

News segment guests: Lauren Weinstein, Steve Kates

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