George Noory, host of the nationally syndicated program, Coast to Coast AM, says if he weren’t a national radio talk show host he’d be in politics. Heard by millions of listeners, Coast To Coast AM airs on approximately 500 stations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Guam.
While hosting The Nighthawk, a wildly successful, late-night program on KTRS in St. Louis, Noory was recruited by Premiere Radio Networks to guest host on Coast to Coast AM with Art Bell. He became the permanent host of the phenomenally successful over-night program on January 1, 2003, following Bell’s retirement. Since then, Noory’s audience has continued to grow.
Noory captivates program listeners with his discussions of paranormal phenomena, time travel, alien abductions, conspiracies and all things curious and unexplained. He is driven, he has said, by the desire to solve the great mysteries of our time. From his first days as a radio broadcaster he says, “I’ve wanted to cover stories that the mainstream media never touch—the unusual, the paranormal and things like that. I learned that broadcast was the best business for exploring these issues, and I’ve been doing it for 33 years.”
He dates his interest in these matters to a book by Walter Sullivan, We Are Not Alone, that his mother gave him when he was 13. He was hooked.
In the first half, internationally recognized expert in the fields of communication and relationships, John Gray PhD., discussed innate differences between men and women as related to workplace problems. A survey of 100,000 men and women in the workplace found a number of "blind spots," in which the sexes were unaware of how each other saw things differently. For example, because women often wait to be invited to offer their opinion, while men toss their ideas out, a man assumes that the woman has nothing to say, he reported. But "the truth is, she has a lot to say, and it will always bring in another point of view because women quite often do see the world in a different way," he continued.
If we can expand the awareness of what goes on inside men and women in the workplace, situations can improve, Gray suggested. Women often misinterpret things that men say to them, and feel as if it's a personal slight or something intentionally against them, which increases their stress level, he remarked. Women's stress levels run twice as high as men in the workplace, and 400% higher than men when they get home, which has led to decreased levels of happiness in women over the years, he cited. Gray also talked about how depression and stress affect men and women differently-- men feel a lack of motivation, while women feel a lack of happiness. Instead of taking antidepressants, he suggested the use of natural supplements such as lithium orotate.
In the latter half, founder of the Palmistry Institute, Vernon Mahabal, predicted trends for the United States based on the repeated patterns he sees in the thousands of palms he reads, as well as through his understanding of Indian astrological cycles. We entered into the Dasa (Mars) period in 2008, a bellicose seven-year cycle filled with unsettling crises, in which people are reliant on their the wits and intuition, he detailed. In early 2015, we'll go into the Rahu period, he said, an 18 year cycle that will bring in many changes. He foresees Americans slowly moving into a more agrarian situation, in a community-based economy. "I see mass migrations of people," but instead of people moving to where their job is, they'll move to where they feel comfortable.
In the Rahu cycle (2015-2033), Americans will become more grounded, and feel more responsibility to their provinces or communities than to their states. In fact, in about 5 years, en masse, "people will practically ignore the government," and because of this disinterest government will mostly fall apart in about 10 years, Mahabal predicted. As the spirit of the community becomes stronger, competitiveness and aggressiveness will be funneled into shared projects, he suggested. In about 10 years, 1/4 of the population will have something directly do with farming, but in contrast to the agrarian society of 100 years ago, there'll be technology mixed in to produce high yields of nutritive and high quality foods, he outlined.
An ancient Mayan pyramid in the Central American country of Belize has been bulldozed to make road fill. Local archaeologist John Morris told 7News Belize that he was appalled by this "incredible display of ignorance." The pyramid had stood for 2,300 years and at one time was at the center of a settlement of about 40,000 people. More at CNN.
Filmmaker and producer Paul Davids discussed his new documentary, The Life After Death Project, which airs on the SyFy channel on May 15th. The film chronicles possible after death communications that came from sci-fi luminary, Forrest J. Ackerman, who passed away in 2008 at the age of 92. Professor at the University of Arizona, Gary E. Schwartz joined the show in the latter half to talk about his involvement in the case and documentary. Ackerman, who was a longtime friend and mentor to Davids, was known to be a skeptic about the afterlife, but told his friends that if he found something upon his passing, he would try to drop them a line.
In town for a huge tribute held for Ackerman in Hollywood after his death, two Canadian documentarians, who'd made a film about Ackerman, visited his crypt in Forest Lawn. One of them knocked on the crypt, and said 'hello Forry, are you there?' An hour later, they were posting on their blog, and had to type in a randomly generated code to make sure they weren't a spammer. Bizarrely, the random code came up as Ackerman 000. Then, as they were discussing the event, their other computer, which had been asleep, suddenly issued an audio snippet that seemed to be responding to them, Davids recounted. He also shared his own incident, which he experienced in Santa Fe, involving a document he'd printed out that had an anomalous ink stain on it with four words blacked out. He believes this was possibly a communication to him from Ackerman.
Schwartz outlined four different types of evidence for after death communications in the Ackerman incidents that are highlighted in Davids' documentary: a host of physical phenomena that can't be explained by conventional means, a series of stunning synchronicities, three independent mediums who provide complementary information, and technology-enabled testing that Schwarz conducted. He noted that while no one area is proof of the afterlife, the combination of all four together presents a strong case.
First hour guest, physicist and author Stan Deyo shared updates on solar and earth changes, including recent X-flares rated about 3.2. The Carrington Event of 1859 involved an X-flare rated at 28, and caused fires along the telegraph lines. If an event of this magnitude were to happen today, which is not entirely unlikely, fires could start all along the power grids, he warned. Regarding the increase in sinkholes in populated areas, Deyo speculated that underground infrastructure such as pipes may be collapsing due to a cycle of planetary expansion.
Douglas Rushkoff has been an authority on the intersection of technology and culture since before the word "google" was anything more than baby talk. He joined Ian Punnett (Twitter) to discuss what he calls "present shock," the idea that we have a completely new relationship to time; we live in an always-on "now," where the priorities of this moment seem to be everything. For many, their constant devotion to electronic devices and social networks has become the new now, as they chase the moment they offer, and "forget that we human beings are the ones in real time, and these devices are chasing us," he said. But this digital chaos we find ourselves in today is really just the latest incarnation of an ancient battle between Kronos (clock time) and Kairos (personal time), Rushkoff observed.
All the data on our screens can end up disempowering us, he commented. "When we're chasing those tweets, we're really just falling prey to many different corporations who have very different designs on our data than we might. We're living a life where everything we do can be traced, where it can be understood by Big Data analysis, and then predicted or even guided to more commercial ends," Rushkoff lamented. He also addressed "digiphrenia," a term he used to describe how with digital technology people have multiple 'incarnations' that exist simultaneously, such as with Facebook, Twitter, and email, and they can lose track of who they are. "There's this sense with digital technology that all time is somehow generic, that every moment is like every other... and that makes us incoherent, especially because our bodies are living in a biological place," he argued.
Our bodies are more like an analog clock than a digital one. Digital time is just a number, and is not the way the body moves through time-- that's why people end up so disjointed, he continued. Rushkoff did cite some cultural advantages to "present shock," such as mash-ups in which, for instance, two songs from different eras might be mixed together. "Instead of getting the same time from multiple places, you end up really getting the same place in different times," he remarked.
First hour guest, professor, author and researcher, Ken Hanson, shared an update on the purported ancient metal tablets known as the Jordan Codices. The authenticity of the find has been questioned by many experts in the field, including Hanson, who pointed out that the hodgepodge of repeated 'Paleo-Hebrew' letters stamped into the tablets seem to make little sense. Dr. Margaret Barker, a respected biblical scholar, recently published an article (PDF file) in which she acknowledges that while part of the find is likely fraudulent, other elements of the Codices may indeed be authentic relics dating back to the first century AD.
Ian Punnett's unique new book, "How to Pray..." deals with handling one's relationship with God under trying or difficult circumstances. Check out two new interviews he gave regarding the work: The Blaze/Esquire.
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In a new essay for the American Tinnitus Association, Ian Punnett shares an update with how he's faring with the troubling chronic ear-ringing condition.