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In this week's show, we gave an update on the stock markets, the precarious economy and discussed how large numbers of Americans are living at or near poverty levels, with large numbers requiring federal assistance just to make ends meet. In the next part of the show we discuss the unusual number of airline mishaps that have occurred globally with an unsettling cluster happening in late December.

Next, a discussion of the increasing numbers of meteorites and comets that have been reported; how they have historically impacted the global climate and have been responsible for the demise of civilizations and what that means for us today. We then recap another hot topic that has caused much debate in the media: vaccines and their efficacy, or rather the lack thereof and the media hype over seasonal flu. Finally, a discussion of UFO sightings and the CIA's involvement and disinformation campaign surrounding the phenomenon.

Running Time: 01:46:00

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Harrison: Hello everybody and welcome back for another episode of the truth perspective on SOTT talk radio. Happy New Year and today manning and womanning the microphone, we have a slightly new rotation of SOTT editors. Tiffany.

Tiffany: Hello everybody.

Harrison: Karen

Karen: Howdy.

Harrison: And William

William: Good afternoon

Harrison: And I am Harrison Koehli, your host as usual. Last week we kind of summed up 2014. It is a new year 2015 and so far it's looking like this year will probably see more of the same, because what went on last year is still in progress. So, we have all that fun stuff to look forward to. But, today we're going to be talking about a range of subjects and things that have happened over the past week or so, since our last show. And then we're going to go over some history—some things that happened a long time ago and not so long ago—and stuff like that. So, I guess to kick things off we're going to go to William with a little update on markets, economies, and all that fun stuff.

William: Oh Yeah, lots of fun. Stock market - breaking new highs at the end of the year. After six years it's up 18,000. All good news right, yeah everything is just looking fine and dandy. Stock investors are probably taking the blue pill by now. Well, it continues to keep going on an up trend, well hell, it's going to keep going isn't it? Well, I have a bunch of statistics here just to see how good we're doing. This is courtesy of Michael Snyder of the 'End of the American Dream Blog' who put together a lot of these statistics for us.

Let's see now, the price of ground beef just hit a brand new record high of $4.20 a pound. Ten years ago it was only $2.21 cents a pound. Yup, must be doing good. 20% of all American families are on food stamps. Yup, but the market keeps on soaring so the rest of the country doesn't seem to care.

An astounding 31% of all U.S. young adults, ages 18-34 are currently living with their parents. Ah, but the good news is that the demand for tacky basement décor is at an all-time high.

William: Of course you have a $1.2 trillion student loan debt, an 84% increase just from 2008. And 50% of those are dependent on their parents or financially dependent, even two years after getting out of college. Now, 48% of Americans can't immediately come up with $400 in emergency cash without borrowing it or selling. That's almost half of all Americans and there's three 327 million of us.
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Over 52% --in a survey conducted--of Americans cannot afford the house that they are currently living in right now. According to the Census Bureau report that was released in December, 65% of all children in America are living in a home that receives some form of aid from the federal government. And right now 70% of all government spending goes towards independence creating programs. There are over 14,000 McDonald's locations throughout the United States, but payday lenders have over 20,000. Those are the guys that sell real short term loans at an extremely high interest rate. Yup, Americans are doing so well they have to borrow money constantly. Social Security Administration reports that 52% of all American workers make less than 30,000 dollars a year. That's half of the population again, folks.

Yeah, let's see, back in the 1980's there were only about 3000 swat raids conducted in the United States, but today there are more than 80,000 swat raids per year in this country.

Karen: That's a lot.

William: Yes, indeedy!

William: They have to use all that military equipment that they spent their money on. It is estimated that there are at least 100,000 under age sex workers in the United States. In case you're wondering, yeah, that means we are a very sick nation. Oh! And the government is supposed to be of the people, by the people, and for the people, but at this point more than half the members of Congress are millionaires. There are currently more than 2.4 million people behind bars in America. Since 1980 the numbers to people incarcerated in prisons has quadrupled. According to the national center on family homelessness there are now 2.5 million homeless children in the United States. Unbelievable! Almost 10 million more Americans have enrolled in Medicaid since Obama first launched in 2013. In America today more than 30 million Americans are taking anti-depressants.

Harrison: What did you say the population of the U.S. was?

William: 320 million. But, overall nearly 70% of all Americans are currently on at least one prescription drug according to the mayo clinic.

Karen: That sounds low.

Tiffany: I'm already thoroughly impressed.

Harrison: Yeah, these sound great to me. They're like on the up.

Tiffany: And thoroughly depressed. Can we take a moment so I can go commit suicide?

Tiffany: Come back in in five minutes.

William: More than 40 million dollars have been spent just on vacations for Barack Obama and his family since he's been in the White House. Must be doing real well. But, an astounding 49 million Americans—that's about 6.5% are considered to be facing food insecurity at this point.

Oh, yeah speaking of Russia the population of Bangladesh which has 156 million people is actually larger than the population of Russia, but nobody's scared of Bangladesh.

Let's see—Oh! The current size of the U.S. national debt is 18 trillion dollars. That just went up 100 billion just on the last day of the year alone. And it's up one trillion just for the fiscal year that just ended.

Tiffany: What's a trillion? How may zeros?

William: Let's see is has one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve zeros. You can't even fathom that, it's so large.

Tiffany: I would give the United States 12 zeros.

William: And here's a good one. There are five too big to fail banks in the United States. Each have more than 40 trillion dollars' worth of exposure in derivatives. Each one, that's the Sword of Damocles that could destroy our financial system and our entire economy at any time.

Karen: But, they don't actually have the cash in the bank.

William: Well, of course not.

Karen: What is in the bank? Just a bunch of computer screens?

Tiffany: Virtual money.

William: Virtual money, yup. So, does that really make sense? No, nothing seems to be very linear. Definitely keeping Americans busy with their own problems that prevents them from seeing any of the bigger picture. Of course, real busy at pitting everybody against each other for race, religion, sex, just about anything, you name it. Don't pay attention to what's going on in the world. Just hunker down, take care of yourself and don't worry about it. The government will take care of everything else.

Harrison: You know America really is an exceptional country.

William: Isn't it wonderful!

Harrison: It's exceptionally bad in so many different ways. So what do you think that actual Americans actually think about the United States? Do they think of themselves as this great exceptional country? Are they brainwashed or what's going on?

Karen: Do they even have time to think? With all the scrounging and the food stamps and the payday loans and the student loan debt? Where's the time to think?

William: Well 65% of them said there was something wrong with the government. Of course the astounding part of that number is, only 65%.

Harrison: Well I guess a lot of those figures--Well there are people in any country especially like the United States, any country that is based on this kind of dog-eat-dog mentality. There are the people who matter and the people who don't matter. So, of course there is going to be a segment of the population that just doesn't care about the rest. So, those are the ones whose opinions really matter.

Karen: That means 35% are the government.

Harrison: Well the government and authoritarian followers. You know, people that go along with anything the government says and just cause they're the authorities in power.

William: And they're on the governments teets.

Karen: Maybe they feel threatened if they protest against the government. Their monthly check is going to be gone. Their social security is going to be gone...

William: Exactly.

Karen: No more food stamps.

Harrison: Yeah, because you get people in this loop where they have to work so hard and do so much to get so little that they become dependent on that little and to rock the boat and do anything that would change that situation, threatens to have all that taken away. So, it's really the perfect system for slavery by deceit, where all these people are just trapped in this system and can't do anything because they're struggling just to survive.

Karen: We're also programed to do that, I mean we have no free fall skills. You know, back in the day you had your own food sources, you had your own way to make a living, the family kept you in warm clothes, and fire wood in the winter, and all that is very, very different now.

Harrison: Yeah, we're totally dependent on all these external sources to keep us going. There's no sense of self sufficiency or even the skills to allow that.

Karen: Or even the vision, if you did get off the band wagon, what could you possibly do and how could you do it?

Harrison: Yeah, well the sad thing is that there are ways. As depressing and funny as the situation is, all those youths and young adults still living with their parents, it's actually probably a pretty good model if you look at it in the right way. Because, the way western society is, you know you got your nuclear family-- usually a pretty small family, then the kids turn eighteen and they move away. You've got, what, like from two to four people living in a house. And, for two to four people-- or whatever the actual figure is-- to support themselves in that situation is very difficult.

If you get a whole bunch of people, you have a large family, or people who just come to live together that breaks down the costs so much--the shared costs-- it just makes it so much easier.

Tiffany: That's anti-American, Harrison.

Harrison: [laughter] Is it?

Tiffany: You have to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and make your own way in the world. No depending on other people.

Harrison: Yeah. I guess so, but it's sad.

William: But, it's sad that those college students can't even live on their own. They probably don't even have a job to support the family that they're living with.

Harrison: And, they probably hate their parents and don't really want to live there. So, you know, I think it's a good idea in theory, but even in practice it doesn't play out the way it could. So, wow, thanks William for depressing us so much.

William: My pleasure.

Harrison: Anything else you wanted to add there, or is that pretty much it?

William: I think that's pretty much it. That's enough.

Harrison: Yeah, what a great way to start out the year. Well, no we're being sarcastic, but it is horrible. And, when you look at the disparity of what life is really like and then the image you see on T.V., that's projects by Presidents and Congressmen about what America is. The disparity couldn't be much greater. And so, I think that is really depressing. But, moving on....

William: Sorry to burst the champagne bubble.

Harrison: Just going back to living the good life, I hope all of our listeners had a good New Year with family, friends, joy, and fun. Because you know that's really the only place that you can look for any kind of uplifting feeling in this world, is with the people around you. That's the only way to get things done either, is with the people that you trust and love. So, if you don't have someone like that, I would say go and find them--because you need peeps, community.

So, moving on. Last week, we talked in our last show about big events in 2014 and the trend kind of continued right until the end. Some of the biggest stories from last year that were mentioned-- we dealt with planes, plane disasters, flight disasters. So, of course we had the MH370 totally disappearing in March without a trace. There's still no trace of it anywhere. Which is thoroughly enigmatic. Then in July we had MH17 shot down over Donestk, followed a week later by the Air Algerie AH5017. That flight encountered some bad weather was totally charred-- it was like burnt to a crisp. So, that was a weird one. There were around 150 people on board. On all three of these flights so far, all passengers and crew have been killed. And, then in Brazil, in August we had the flight that killed one of the presidential candidates. And now, December 28th another Malaysia connected flight—Air Asia—which is a Malaysian company, or has controlling interests in their company or something like that, which Malaysia is a big part of it. So Air Asia QZ8501 disappeared on the 28th. So for a few days there was no sign of it. They were searching the area, it was on its way from Indonesia to Singapore and it kind of disappeared off radar over the sea there. It was bad weather they couldn't find anything for a few days. But, since then a few details have come out.
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Air Algerie AH5017: 'No survivors' from crash in Mali
First of all, some of the radar reports that the flight was traveling--well, because of the bad weather the pilot had requested to gain altitude above 5,000 feet. And then after that radio communication just went out. There was no sign of it. But, from the radar it looks like the plane made a very steep and fast ascent. As fast as a jet fighter, one guy called it. They say it could have flown into a very strong updraft. At a speed that was impossible for a plane of that type under pilot control. So, something weird happened. And then, after reaching that height and climbing, it came to an extreme slow down. So its ground speed was like 60 Kilometers per hour or something ridiculous like that. A very steep vertical fall. So it essentially fell like straight down out of the air. And Indonesian aviation analysts Jerry Soygonan said "the way it was going down is boarding on the edge of logic." So there is something really weird about what happened. Despite the weather and few clear times of day in the past few days they have managed to find some wreckage that they say is part of the plane and found about thirty bodies and five of which have been identified so far and are on their way back to their families.

So, they have been finding things but there's no big sections of the plane yet. They're theorizing that it's on the sea bed there. Like I said, they've only found tiny pieces and some bodies. Some of these bodies were still strapped into their air seats. So, that is another story, it will be interesting to see how it develops; what they find and what they can determine, about what happened to this plane, if anything. Now, we'll get back to that, I just want to go into a little bit of a time-line of the last week since then.

Also on December 28th another Air Asia AK-6242 was on its way to Malaysia and had to make an emergency landing because of "technical problems". The next day, December 29th, a Virgin Atlantic flight going to Gatwick airport had to circle for hours due to malfunctioning landing gear. The same day, December 29th, a Jet Airways flight from Mumbai to Katmandu had to make another emergency landing. This time because one of its engines caught on fire. Now they say that they had a—there's a word for it—they say they had a bird ingestion or something like that. Where a bird flies into the engine and starts a fire and so they said that's probably what it was.

Karen: A bird with a match.

Harrison: Yeah. That could have been it, but there might be other explanations for it, but we'll get to that. Let's see also on December 29th. This is the third event on the 29th, an EasyJet flight from Geneva to Manchester had a medical emergency, had to turn back and make an emergency landing. So one of the passengers had a medical emergency and had to be taken to the hospital. Then again on December 29th, same day, a U.S. Airways from Manchester to Philadelphia. Passengers reported flames shooting out from the underneath of the plane, and they got video footage of it while they were there. They said they hearing large bangs followed by bursts of flames coming out from underneath the plane, so that one also made an emergency landing. Luckily no one was hurt, the plane wasn't destroyed or anything like that. But, very strange.

The next day, December 30th, Thai Airways from Bangkok to London, had a hydraulic leak on board, had to circle and turn around and go back, another emergency landing. Then January 1st, Air France, from Paris to Washington had to make an emergency landing in Montreal. And, the explanation for this is pretty funny. One of the first class seats over-heated and triggered an emergency signal in the plane and it had to land.

I just thought that was funny...

Karen: Are the seats heated?

Harrison: They have heated seats! I didn't know that!

Tiffany: That's really first class.

Harrison: And then January 2nd, so yesterday. A plane was blown off a runway at an airport on the Isle of Lewis. There were 77 mph winds and yeah, the plane just blew right off the runway there. So, a lot of minor but, strange plane events--with the big one on the 28th--all coming round in the same cluster. I just thought that was an interesting cluster of events right at the end of the year.

William: I've that twilight zone theme song playing in my head.

Tiffany: So it's bad enough that I'm buried up to my neck in student debt, now I can't even get on a plane!

Harrison: Yeah, maybe that's why airline stocks are so low, I guess, I don't know. But, one more plane story. Now this is the funniest one. Because around the sometime, December 30th-- maybe a day or two prior to that. Al-Qaida in their official magazine, because Al-Qaida has a magazine you know. Well, it's online, but you know it's still a magazine.

Tiffany: Al-Qaida online.

Harrison: [Jokingly] Al-Qaida today, coming at you from the heart of terrorists' underground caves all over the world.

Yeah so, in their magazine they released an article by Sheikh Nassir Al Ainze. The name of the article was 'Destination Airport: Guess what's on the menu?' So, Sheikh Nassir said in this article that quote "Lone Mujahideen, were the Wests' worst nightmare". Okay first of all, why are you going to use that word when you know everyone knows that the Mujahideen were created and trained by the CIA? I mean, at least come up with a better name that doesn't have so many links to the United States and the people that created you.

First off, I give six 0's to Sheikh Nassir Al Ainze for that one. But, as the article proceeds to give tips to potential Jihadis' on how to make bombs, evade airport security, and then publicize their actions. They also outlined potential targets. So, Al-Qaida is potentially riding on the coat-tails of all this airplane chaos going on. Really trying to get their message out.

Karen: Prepackaging...

Harrison: Which reminded me, the whole thing about evading airport security is that about a week before that, on December 21st, WikiLeaks released the little CIA manual to its agents on how to evade airport security when traveling into Europe. So, I just thought that was a little funny. CIA had their manual released and then maybe Al-Qaida said well wait a second we should have something like that.

Tiffany: They cut and pasted it.

Harrison: Yeah. No it was written by the same people actually.

So back to this article. So, first on the list of potential targets are US carriers, which is US Airways, Delta, British Airways, and EasyJet. That was that EasyJet flight with the medical emergency so maybe she just had a panic attack because she was afraid of Jihadi's. Could have been it, Ebola Jihadi's...

Tiffany: Yeah.

Harrison: I think that is probably what happened. I think she was afraid of Ebola Jihadi's giving her a hug. Also Air France and Dutch KLM. But, the big Arab airliners like Emirate and Qatar Airways were notably absent. Hmm......

Tiffany: Hmm.

Harrison: Yeah, you know everyone's got their favorites so you have to give some people a break.

Tiffany: Why do they like airplanes and airports so much, is my question, why not malls or hospitals?

Harrison: Yeah, that's really the only explanation. Because, really--well no I'm not going to give advice to a potential terrorists—but I'll just say that an attack on a mall would be a lot worse than on an airline because, think of all the security you have to go through to get on an airline. I mean, are these Jihadi's really willing to go through people ruffling through their underwear or touching them where they don't want to be touched. It's a lot easier just to ignore all that hassle.

Tiffany: Why even go through security in the first place? Why don't you just stand at the front door of the airport and set your bomb off there? It's still an airport, which they really like. But they really want to be on the plane for some reason. I don't know maybe the CIA just doesn't want us to go anywhere.

Harrison: Yeah I think that's it and, they've already established the plane terror narrative with 9/11. So, it's that paranoia switch that's been installed in most Americans and a lot of people around the world since 9/11. Just the image unconsciously, subconsciously evokes this terror response. And, you know it's so easy to flick. I'll have to look at the statistics, but I'm pretty sure that a lot of people are scared of flying just in general. I know a lot of people who are terrified of flying so you just add that on top of the fear and that ups the response. And, also we've talked a lot on SOTT and probably on previous shows, about airport security and how it really is a joke. I mean, it doesn't do anything, it doesn't prevent terrorism. It's solely designed to make you more servile and accept the fact that you have no rights and just to humiliate you.

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William: Soon they'll have us stripped naked and probed.

Harrison: Yeah.

Tiffany: And they do make a lot of money off those naked body scanners too.

Harrison: So those are probably some of the real reasons why there's this big focus on flying and planes. It has nothing to do with terrorism, but that's exposing the man behind the curtain. But okay, also in the Al-Qaida magazine there is an interview with an extremist called AQ Chef, who says that "lone wolf attacks are the way forward because none knows him but Allah. He has no relationship with any group or individual." He has no relationship with any group or individual? Oh I don't know.

Tiffany: The lone wolf has no relationship...

Harrison: I guess so. Yeah because none knows the 'lone wolf' but Allah, he has no relationship with any group or any individuals, from AQ Chef.

Karen: He's just making sure that everyone has a job. With no employer.

Harrison: So yeah, Al-Qaida in the news again with their fancy magazine. They should like, go to a publisher and get a nice glossy magazine and get advertising. It would be interesting to see what kind of ads they'd have in their magazine. I'd check it out just for the fun.

No I wouldn't. Okay so back to Air Asia, just a couple weird things about it. First one of the family members received a text message--well actually, you know, we can't necessarily trust this because it was relayed third hand--so the text message was sent to a friend. The friend then told the relative that they had received the text message but, the message said that they made an emergency landing in Belitung Island and that everyone was safe. So I haven't seen any follow up reports to that but it is a bit weird to say the least. Why would they say that--if it was said, and why they would say that and what led the passenger to make that kind of text message?

Reminds me kind of, of the cell phone still working for MH370. You could look that up. Then another weird thing an apparent prediction of this type of crash made on the Chinese version of Reddit, by username, Landlord. I'll read some quotes from what he said. He's talking about the Black Hand, the shadowy evil group of conspirators. He says "The Black Hand has high jacked and shot down MH370 and MH17. Now the black hand are targeting Air Asia to ruin this airline because, it too belonged to Malaysia. Given how powerful the Black Hand are I suggest that all Chinese thinking about traveling, avoid Air Asia so you don't disappear like those on MH370. You could be happily vacationing, working, or studying abroad but, if you go on Malaysian airline or Air Asia you're dead. Be careful everyone. All you civilians get away from the airline. You can still hide, all those that see the post can still save themselves. Once everything cools down then it will be safe to travel to Malaysia. Life is precious and your safety is important."

Tiffany: Life is precious? Sounds a little contradictory.

Harrison: So, weird that they'd single out AirAsia, in this kind of crazy conspiratorial post right before it happened. I don't know, maybe the dude is just psychic because the rest of it is just kind of total disinformation. You could say there was a Black Hand behind MH17, but I don't think there is any good evidence to show that was what was behind the 370 or even this latest AirAsia one--we'll see what comes out—but so far it looks like something other than some black operation. Getting to that, what could be the answer? Well the plane was traveling, next it goes up really fast, then stalls and goes down really fast. Well one of the things that hasn't been in the news much is the very big upward trends that we are seeing with fireballs and meteors and comet fragments. You can check out the American Meteor Society website for the stats on that, if you look at the graph—actually checkout the SOTT editor Pierre Lescaudron and Laura Knight-Jadczyk's book Earth Changes and the Human Cosmic Connection, there's some great graphs in there showing the pretty much exponential growth in fireball reports. Probably somewhat indicative of increased reporting, but when you look at the numbers, a large part of that has got to be that there are more and more fireballs being sighted. More and more fragmentation events where you see a bolide explode into multiple fragments and, of course, think back to February 14, 2013 when the meteor exploded over Chelyabinsk.

Now that one exploded at a height of 18.4 miles, I think that's 90,000ish feet up, with a force of about 500 kilotons of TNT. That is about 20-30 times the explosion at Hiroshima. So if you think about that and how high it was and the fact that it blew out the windows on the ground for thousands of buildings and homes. Just a tremendous amount of force coming from that shock wave. And when you consider this event and events like it, the fact that they are increasing in frequency around the planet. I think that might be a possible explanation of what happened to the AirAsia flight.

You have a massive shock wave, the shock wave travels a certain distance and just slams the plane down. You know, kind of nullifying a lot of that forward force turning its nose down and just driving it down into the ocean.

Tiffany: What could make the plane go up really fast like that?

Harrison: Well they were saying—so far there is another explanation saying that it was just one of those weird extreme weather things. That it caught this extreme up-draft and then an extreme down-draft, and so basically the wind just kind of threw this plane around. And who knows, the weather was pretty crazy, but the skies are pretty crazy in general with comets and fireballs too. So I wouldn't rule out an explanation like an overhead--they call it—airburst because those things happen a lot. And if you think about Chelyabinsk and imagine if a plane was 30,000 feet in the air it probably would have experienced a little bit more of a shock wave than 30,000 feet down. In the past few years there have been several plane incidents or disasters that could possibly—there's evidence that this could be an explanation for some of this, but it looks like we've got a caller. Kent form West Virginia. Kent are you there?

Kent: Yeah, one thing I want to comment on is the large number of increased sightings of these meteors. Now we just heard a couple of days ago that the CIA just came out and admitted that all these sightings in I guess the late 50's—UFO sightings—were actually their U-2 spy planes. So dial it forward fifty some years, god knows what they're doing' now. So, it's probably our friends up there playing games and having fun with new technology, you know, so that could be an explanation for these weird sightings.

Harrison: Oh yeah, I think that can definitely be an explanation for some sightings, but when you read the actual reports they're pretty consistent, they sound and look like what we know fireballs are. So unless the CIA is going up there and actually imitating fireball effects. I think that at least the vast majority of these sightings are actually, real fireballs. What do you think about that?

Kent: Well that's quite possible. I mean you're the expert, you read up on it, I haven't. But, I was just trying to connect the dots and—well it could be one or the other or both—probably a good bit of it is natural or a cyclical thing I guess.

Harrison: Yeah.

Kent: We don't really know what cycle we are moving into you know. You could be right, that was just an observation there. Because I wouldn't trust them not to do anything, you know.

Harrison: Oh yeah, for sure.

Kent: It could be a weapon they have up there firing missiles just to see how far they go, and how far they burn up and that sort of thing.

Harrison: Yeah, and when you think about some of the weird sightings that have been seen over the past few years. The first explanation they give is always—or they usually give because there is a number of them is that there is a missile test. Now sometimes you can actually verify this and sometimes they were actually doing a missile test and the missile tests do look pretty weird and they do look like these comet fragments. So yeah I'm sure that some of them are these types of things and when you think of the missile test, was it really a conventional missile test? Or maybe they were testing something different? I don't know. We can't really know that, but it's a good idea I think.

Kent: Yeah, alright well thanks a lot.

Harrison: Alright thanks Kent. Bye Bye take care. Well actually I wanted to talk about that CIA-UFO thing, but we'll save that for later because that's the kind of thing you save for the end of the show. Moving on—we're going to tile this together, just wait and see how we do it. Next, Karen has been looking into a little event from a long time ago in a place far, far away. Why don't you tell us a little bit?

Karen: Well, it's not that it happened a long time ago, but it's still apparently under investigation and people are still trying to find facts and clues. I came across an article that talked about the 'Belize's Blue Hole' which is an underwater cave that is off shore in the barrier reef. There has been a little research group that has gone into the cave and done some testing and they feel that the sediment values comparing titanium to the aluminium in the sediment has proven that extreme drought occurred at the time when the Mayan civilization disintegrated. Supposedly the Mayans completely disappeared with the occurrence of another dry spell. They're trying to tie this all together and this is not a new theory, but it's something that occasionally gets picked up and someone tries to add some values to it and tries to prove it all over again. I think that there are maybe other factors that are influencing the droughts and the changes in climate which ultimately affects whatever civilization, whether it's Maya or somebody else.
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Great Blue Hole, Belize city
So the main driver of the droughts is supposed to be a shift in the inter-tropical convergence zone, which is a weather system that goes around the middle of the Equator. It's where the two trade winds from the Northeast and Southeast come together and it has a significant wind field convection activity, which could very well lift up an air plane and toss it somewhere, and it's driven by solar heating. These winds have a rising circular motion and occasionally they move pole-ward and they travel at 16km above the surface, so they definitely could have an uplift kind of factor.

During the Mayan decline there definitely was some sort of drought and their monsoon system seemed to have missed the Yucatan peninsula. This system of drought went from 800A.D. to 900 A.D. so it was about 100 years in and out of drought and extreme drought. This happens when there are big declines in solar activity, and when that happens you also have declines in hurricane intensity and frequency. So, there's a few things to connect that create drought patterns. So these patterns come from other kinds of things besides the kinds of testing that they did in the Belize Blue Hole. What they did was try to get titanium and aluminum to correspond to periods of less rain fall and when the titanium is released through a lot of rain fall it goes down the streams and it reaches the ocean and then it goes into the sediment and that's where they found it in the Blue Hole.

From 800A.D. to 1000 A.D. there was cold weather. You think of droughts as being a hot weather thing, but it was cold weather. The interval between 800A.D. and 1000A.D. was the driest period of the middle of the late Holocene epoch. During that time also Mono Lake in the Sierra Nevada had an epic period of sever persistent drought that lasted 892 to 112 A.D. that was two hundred and twenty years. The Amazon basin has its greatest drought from 700 to 800 A.D. and then again from 1000 to 1100 A.D. Patagonia had a cold period from 900 to 1070 A.D. that was their first epic drought. Then they had a warm period with a second epic drought and then it was followed by another cold period with another drought. So it seems like temperature doesn't really have to be a determining factor for droughts. And, it seems to happen on the reverse side of the coin with deluges. In 1550 for example, there was a massive deluge in the Peruvian coastal plane. Resulting in 50 feet of water and mud, but it was followed by a prolonged thirty-two year drought. So, they seem to have a big correlation, but what about comets, asteroids, and meteor strikes? They are saying these also have aluminium and titanium. So I'm thinking that maybe in all of the research there has not been an account of extraterrestrial deposits and activities during these periods of comets and meteorite bombardment.

Each meteor swarm has it's heaviest debris that spanned over a couple of hundred years and two meteor showers per year that we currently have, so that's a lot of cosmic bombardment that we don't usually think about. This bombardment, the debris that we get from this has one hundred to three hundred tons of dust daily added to our atmosphere. And this is the edge of our atmosphere, this is 800 miles up so, we are constantly replenishing whatever is swirling around but, there is no way to calculate where it's going to land if and when it reaches the surface.

Harrison: These are some cosmic dusters.

Karen: Yeah, some cosmic dusters. A lot of this comes from Chondrite meteorites, and that is the kind of meteorites that the Allende meteorite was. Which is one of the most famous, most examined meteorites that contained presolar grains, which is essentially stardust. In that stardust was—yes you guessed it—aluminium and titanium.

Just a little background, all meteors seem to come from comets and all meteoroids come from asteroids. Most meteors from comets burn up in the atmosphere because comets vaporize easily, but those that reach the ground then weather very quickly. So, what that means is that the titanium that would be found in the meteorite that came from this source, would have the outer layers taken off rapidly, which means that this titanium can flow down the steam and go into the ocean and increase that sediment in that sample that's been taken out of the hole. When meteorites reach the atmosphere and they encounter friction and they burn off pieces of dust, but then there are the air bursts, they are the bolides that explode, and you would think that—okay, an exploding bolide that's got to kind of destroy everything within it—but no. It doesn't destroy aluminium and it doesn't destroy titanium...

Harrison: Shrapnel.

Karen: Because they were one of the presolar ingredients that it takes a really high hot heat to form it, so it takes really high hot heat to dissolve it, so they definitely would get to the ground. So I'm running into impacting dust particles out in space, solar cells from the Hubble shown little impact craters. Within those impact craters are aluminium and titanium. The stardust mission flew through the coma of comet Wilde-2 and it collected dust particles and that had magnesium, calcium, aluminium, and titanium.

Harrison: Nooo!

Karen: Yes! And another compelling fact is aluminium and titanium is also present in volcanic outputs from deep within our planet. So, every time a volcano goes off and throws dust up in the air and it goes and swirls around and it goes around the world like seventeen times before it actually lands somewhere its aluminium and titanium. And...

Harrison: And.

Karen: And! If a meteor strikes on one side of the earth it can trigger a volcano on the other side of the Earth. So, it doesn't have to be a deluge that redeposits metals into the sediment. It only has to be something that triggers these elements into a wind. Which is kind of excused in everybody's research as far as I'm concerned. Then they found out that the aluminium and titanium ratios were higher during inter-glacial periods and lower during glacial periods. Which means the ratios are different with climate change. Two different scenarios, two different ratios that seems to be a good indicator that we had major climate change.

So, let's look a little bit at meteor swarms and strikes. Remember we had the Maya disappearing between 800 and 1000 A.D. That was their drought period and the time when their civilization was dwindling. We had major meteor swarm strikes in 500A.D. and 1000A.D. The 500 A.D. strike was from swarm A. We have swarm A, swarm B and swarm C because somebody wasn't too creative and calling them anything. The 500 A.D. strike had an impact in 440 and 534 A.D. Those were brought on the Celtic tails. 70-80% of Chinese population died at this point due to one or the other and this is really close to the fall of Rome so, we really have an idea of the impact that was on the whole civilization of Rome. There was also a giant meteorite that is 2000ft. across that broke into two and crashed and exploded off the coast of Australia, which is thought to be a trigger for the mini ice age off the coast of Britain in 555A.D.

Then there was meteor comet passenger besides aluminium and titanium, they shared a seat with the plague. Which hit with a ten year winter in 536, which created dust clouds, it made a nuclear winter event, it had dry fog walking fun, and it had debris plumes all around the globe. Because this was dry fog and a nuclear winter we actually had another cold drought. That brings us to the 1000A.D. strike that was not from swarm B, you're all wrong, this was swarm C. We are kind of currently having swarm B, I think. In 1850 there were comets that were observed, Hailey's comet came through, two times. There was one around Venus in 869A.D. and then there was swarm C strike. That's when things get really dicey and you are part of the pinball game.

Harrison: This sounds like some kind of Israeli operation in Gaza. [Jokingly] Operation swarm C strike.

Karen: That was in 986 and 1030, and that had strikes in New Foundland, Labrador, and Greenland. And an oceanic impact. So, these strikes, atmospheric debris fields coincide. They have an impact on climate change, to increase droughts, to increase deluges and this is happening now. So, deluges—we've probably all seen the SOTT the amazing footage that has been compiled on a monthly basis so I think we are pretty aware of what mass flooding looks like and how prevalent it is around the world.

Harrison: I want to interrupt you for a second in regards to that. I wanted to recommend to all of our listeners to check out our annual connecting the dots series on SOTT. Basically we've got a yearly summary of everything that has happened in 2014—yeah, check out those monthly videos. You get to see it all happening. It impacts you in a way that it wouldn't, just reading the stats. So check out the videos.

Karen: So, what are we experiencing in drought? We all know there is a big one in California and it in the West U.S., but you probably didn't know there's sixteen droughts in the U.S. since 1980 that cost about 216 billion dollars in drought repair. And 56% of the land in the lower forty-eight states were in drought.

Harrison: I just got a top secret message from out sources in the CIA, and they've got a solution. Global rectal re-hydration.

Karen: Oh, my god! Thank you secret Santa. So, current conditions, are they leading up to an ice age? I mean, we've had an ice age kind of filtering in through to the drought scenarios with the cold droughts. Could droughts be a precursor? What are the drought situations today? We've got Asia who has a drought in both the extreme East and West of the content that is intensifying. Thailand has a drought that's wrecking the sugar crop. Africa has a drought in the extreme South, in Madagascar. North America has the Southwest and the South plains. South America has a drought is Eastern Brazil and São Paulo is tapping its water resources right now. Eastern Europe has a drought and Australia, Queensland and New South Wales are having the worst dry spell since records were kept. That's every continent having droughts. It has to be factor in today's weather, it has to be a factor in the sequences. Let's look very quick at meteors.

Harrison: With all of the droughts, there's also a lot of flooding going on too.

Karen: Flooding is like the opposite side of the coin. So you either have it or you don't, or you have the other one or you don't.

William: These big corporations are wanting to privatize water and bottle it and sell it, I guess they can see some money there.

Karen: Well there's no money in sand. But, let's just look at meteors. From the American Meteor Society I looked up today in 2005 there were 468 bolides sightings. In 2014 there were 3710 sightings. The Leonid meteor storm in 1966—we were taking about how metros were carriers of different things—it produced 40 meteors per second. Think about it 40 meteors per second. Can we trace and connect the exit of civilization in interstellar activity?

Harrison: I just want to bring up a couple of things that reminded me, Karen. Well first of all, one of the first guys to talk about the 540 A.D. events and the changes in not only climate, but of major climate catastrophes, mass deaths, plagues and stuff like that—around that time--was Mike Baillie. An Irish dendrochronologist, and he's been one of the few people, the kind of new catastrophists; that see a link between cometary bombardments or meteorites explosions and what have you with major climate changes that can be detected in ice cores and tree ring analysis, but also for the end of civilizations.

Now, Mike Baillie wrote a paper, a really short one about the Mayan calendar and what he found was, first of all he looked through the GISPI2 ice core records and in those records there are two spikes for ammonium nitrate—well there are many spikes—but two of the biggest ones are around 227 years ago and 1143 years ago. There is also a big spike in 1908, which is also the year of the Tunguska explosion. So, that right there is evidence towards the possibility that these spikes are also evidence of overhead comet fragment explosions. Now these two years, 2720 years ago and 1143 years ago just happen to coincide within one year of the Mayan—what they call the Baktun—and those are their cycles in their calendar, the entire Mayan calendar which went from 3114B.C. to 2012 A.D. is thirteen Baktun. So it's these groupings of, I believe, one hundred and forty-four thousand days each. Now those two years 2720 and 1143 are like the first and the fifth in that cycle, they lined up with those perfectly—or within one year. Bailey suggested that was what might have happened is that the Mayan civilization, they're kind of astronomers had knowledge of the first event and possibly the second event and used that—the time between those events to come up with their calendar, they used those as two big marker events. Because they saw that between the first and second event, you could divide that into four equal sections of time.

Then just happened to end it in 2012. If that was a cyclical event and maybe they were on to something that actually recording these events in a cyclical way; while the world didn't end in 2012 like so many hoped it would there has been this massive surge in cometary activity that we've been seeing, so there might be a connection there. But, looking at the graph of these ice core samples there is a spike in 829 A.D. this is right in the period of that first big drought, when the Mayans relocated and by the next hundred years or so they were gone. The closest spike after that is in 1223 that's just using this one measure of indicators for these types of events; like the aluminium and titanium, those are the signals there. There are various signals that can be looked for to find traces of these types. I find it interesting that not only could it have been a cosmic event that caused the Mayan civilization to disappear they actually build their calendar seemingly on two major events from thousands of years ago. I just wanted to bring that up.

Karen: Supposedly the Maya did it because they had "printed" that last calendar to end in 2012, in certain caves or other architectural relics had the starts of the next Baktun.

Harrison: The grand cycle...

Karen: Yeah they weren't predicting a doomsday. And there are still Mayans alive. They didn't completely all disappear. They go around they lecture and say No...

Harrison: [Jokingly] we're still here.

Karen: We're still here and we didn't predict the doomsday.

Harrison: Wow Karen worrying about the economics situations seems like small potatoes with what you just outlined.

Karen: Choose wisely.

William: Anything else on the Mayans?

Karen: No, I just think it behooves us to look at civilizations that have disappeared. Why they disappeared? It certainly wasn't just merely because of a drought or flood. It could be something much bigger and much broader. When we start putting together all of the things that are going on around us, the droughts, the comet bombardment, the severe temperature shifts. We have resource reduction, our populations are getting bigger, we have solar minimum, eruptions, pole shifts, when we put those things all together. What does that say for our civilization? What can we do? What can we be aware of? What can we recognize so that we just fall?

Harrison: If you look at history all empires fall and all civilizations die. There's survivors all the time that carry on, but when you chunk them down into names and periods like that they all disappear. And it looks like the major pusher for that is the heavens.

Tiffany: Well speaking of comets and bird flu. Not that I want to talk about the bird flu. There's birds flying through the air and they fly through some debris and they end up with bird flu. And say that debris drifts down to the earth and can we end up with human flu?

Why is there so much bird flu? Well one thing is because birds can't make a fever and that will be important later on. The CDC is saying that the flu this year is unprecedented. It's very wide spread. So far high numbers reported in 36 states, fifteen kids have died. There's one seventeen year old girl in Minnesota, she caught the flu and she was dead within the same week. Also in Minnesota there's been 577 hospitalization and a record number of specimens were sent for testing in Minnesota—they don't say what the results are for those tests, but it's a lot of specimens. So the CDC said that this year is bad because the N3H3 strain has mutated.

They also admit that this year's flu vaccine doesn't work—which is kind of a silly thing to say because none of the flu vaccines work—but at any rate this year's flu vaccine does not work because it doesn't match all of the strains. So, we are having a really, really awful flu season this year according to the CDC, not that I believe anything they say. How much of this is their usual hype? Maybe just to sell more vaccines. I can't go for all of it because if you look back at last year they said the same thing as this year. Last year they said that this strain is more severe, it's wide spread, it's in nearly all fifty states, were reporting high flu activities, there might be a possible shortage of vaccines, vaccine manufacturers are trying to keep up with demand. In the last year they said that the vaccine that they made doesn't protect against all the strains. Last year it was allegedly H1N1 now it's H3N3. So it's just the same old crap every year. Flu comes every year, so the CDC just tries to cash in on that. So fifteen kids died this year, last year 105 kids allegedly died from the flu and the year before it was 169 kids. The CDC can classify these as flu related deaths but they don't exactly say what the other relations are.

Harrison: It's like a smoking related death. If you smoke and you die then it's a smoking related death.

Tiffany: It's related. But the CDC likes to warp statistics and numbers and that kind of thing. They don't say that they tie flu and pneumonia together. Or that they tie flu and other respiratory diseases together and that's how they come up with their numbers, which are all wrong. Another thing that is interesting about the CDC they don't count the number of adults who die from the flu. They count the number of kids. States might count the number of adults, but the CDC doesn't. So if the flu is so dangerous and you really have to get your flu shot to stay protected they should be keeping track of all of the deaths so they can make sure that their products are working, but instead they just guesstimate. They say that every year 36,000 people die of the flu. So, the question is do any of you know anybody that died from the flu?

Karen: No. I think they guesstimate.

Harrison: Nope.

William: Me neither.

Tiffany: I don't either and I've worked in hospitals. I can't even remember anyone being admitted with the diagnosis of the flu or let alone dying of it. According to the CDC this 36,000 deaths a year is correct, but the CDC they get their numbers from the emerging infections program. Now this program only report confirmed flu deaths. They test the sample and they say that this person has the flu, but the CDC says that this is under-reporting. So, they take whatever number the emergent infections program gives them and then they multiply it so they can come up with the number. But, I've read that the real number is close to maybe 500 people per year or maybe not. So, Harrison has got some statistics...

Harrison: Yeah, keep in mind first of all that these are CDC statistics so take them with a grain of salt. Some statistics from the staff that I found, they go back like thirty years, from the late 70's or the mid 80's. On average "anywhere from 3,000 to 49,000 people die in a year from the flu in the U.S." From 3000 to 49,000.

Tiffany: That's a big range.

Harrison: Yeah, so on some years you might only have 3,000 and on particularly bad years you'll have up to 50,000. Okay, so that's how many deaths, but they also estimate approximate 63 million people get infected per year. If you look at just those statistics—and let's take at a particularly bad year—let's just say that 50,000 people die per year—which is probably horribly inflated—but just for the sake of argument let's say that they are right. That equals a .08% chance of dying from the flu. If you're an American citizen you have a.08% chance of dying.

Karen: Is that higher than being killed by a terrorist?

Harrison: I don't have those on the top of my head.

Karen: Is that for people who eat Twinkies and Mountain Dew?

Harrison: That's everyone. Okay, if you look at that number 50,000 out of 63 million and then you look at something for example, like Ebola. Ebola kills 50-90% of the people it infects. That would be at least 30 million people dead per year if this were Ebola and not the flu. So the chances of having a serious flu are miniscule, but if you look at the death statistics, 90% of the people that die from the flu are over 65 years of age. So, if you're under 65 years of age your chances of dying from the flu are actually .008% rounded. That's less than 1 in 100,000 odds that you're going to die. Now, when you tie that into the alleged efficacy of these vaccines. The CDC says that these vaccines—flu shots—are 59% effective for adults under the age of 65 when the strains are matched. And first of all, we have to keep in mind that because the flu mutates so rapidly they have to guess which strain is going to be the big one. So every year it's like this Russian roulette where they guess which strains to put into the vaccines and it's either hit or miss. So that number is totally dependent on whether they guess the right strains or not.

Karen: So it's blooper flu.

Harrison: So it's 59% effective for those under the age of 65. Now it's only 9% effective for those that are over the age of 65, and remember 90% of those who die are over 65. So, the people that need it the most are seniors over 65, but the vaccine becomes even less effective when you get into that age bracket.

Karen: Do you have any number on the people who are over 65 who die because of the flu shot?

Tiffany: No! They'll never study that! Are you crazy!?

Harrison: They wouldn't put that out!

William: I've got a question. I keep hearing this terminology for the flu being bandied about—I'm not exactly clear—just what is the flu? Is it a big gray area?

Karen: Well, I think I know what the flu is. Okay, who's had the flu?

Harrison: I have.

Karen: I never have.

Tiffany: You never have. William?

William: Yeah, I think I just got over one a couple of weeks ago.

Tiffany: What did it feel like?

William: It felt pretty terrible. You feel a little bit warm, you have some stuffiness, running nose, sneezing, and coughing—lot of garbage coming up.

Tiffany: Did you feel like you were going to die?

William: No, not at all.

Tiffany: Was it unprecedented and widespread?

William: Just from what I hear.

Tiffany: Okay, basically this is how they describe it--I think that they're pretty close because I've had the flu. I've had it a couple of times--but fever and chills, muscle aches, fatigue, cough, headache, runny or stuffy nose, warm body. These symptoms come on suddenly and last for several days. This sounds like a tragedy! You've got fever, chills and muscle aches! Oh my God you're going to die. So what is that? Those are just a bunch of symptoms that some people got together and they decided to name all those symptoms 'The Flu.' So, basically that is just the body's process of detoxifying and it's called the flu. So there are a lot of diseases that have flu like symptoms, but basically it just means your body trying to get rid of some kind of toxin. So that's what the flu is. I've had the flu—I think I had the flu last year, and I probably had the flu like in 2003 and I had all those symptoms—but the thing that pissed me off the worst about the flu, was that it happened on a Friday night after I got home from work. So, I started feeling bad and my muscles started aching—like oh, maybe I have the flu. Then Saturday I didn't feel so good I laid down on the couch sipped some broth and pretty much slept all day. And then Sunday I was better and I was really mad because I didn't have an excuse to call off work on Monday.

Harrison: I know! That's the best part of getting the flu. You don't have to go to school, don't have to go to work.

Tiffany: Yeah, just lay around all day and sleep. Take it easy. But, the problem is people who want to get up and do stuff and still try to go to work and they just feel terrible. Just lay down somewhere like animals do. Go lay down into a dark corner, don't even eat anything until you get better. So that's all the flu is and they're making it seem like it's the epic disease that you're going to die from, and it's just so terrible and don't let the flu slow you down get the vaccine.

Harrison: Have to get vaccinated.

Tiffany: So apparently the CDC, back in 2003 they didn't think that enough people were motivated to get the vaccine so they had a communications director, and his name was—I don't know if he was a Mister or a doctor—Novack or Nowack was his name. He came up with a slide presentation in which he presented to the CDC recipes to foster higher interest and demand in the flu vaccine. So here's his recipe: The first one is express stern and aloft concern publicly i.e. in the media. Predict dire outcomes and urge influence of vaccination. Does that sound familiar?

The second one is: Frame the flu season in terms that motivate behavior use phrases like very severe, or more severe than last or past year, or deadly. Third one: Help foster the perception that many people are susceptible to a base case of influenza by using continued reports from health officials and media that influenza is causing severe illness and or affecting lots of people. And, lastly show photographs of children and the families of those affected coming forward to get vaccinated.

Karen: Well all of those make me sick.

Harrison: Yeah!

Tiffany: So dirty and manipulated.

Karen: I hate the CDC.

Tiffany: So, with these vaccines—do they really work? No of course they don't. There was a study in the Lancet in 2011 and this was a meta-analysis. They got a bunch of these studies together and they were going to show how effective...

Karen: How many studies did they use?

Harrison: Seven?

Tiffany: Eee kind of low...

Harrison: Thirty?

Tiffany: They used 28 out of 5707 that they could have used.

Harrison: What! So wait...

Tiffany: Yeah so out of all these 28 studies here's what they came up with: they said that the vaccine causes a 57% decrease in flu cases, but in their study they had a non-vaccinated group and they had a vaccinated group. So, in the non-vaccinated group only 3% of the non-vaccinated people didn't get the flu. In the vaccinated population only 1.2% didn't catch the flu.

Harrison: So they all got the flu pretty much!

Tiffany: So the study, if you look at it carefully, it showed in 100 people only 1.5—one and a half people--avoid the flu with the flu vaccine.

Karen: Aren't the vaccines made out of the flu virus. I mean aren't they giving you the flu to get you to...

Tiffany: They're giving you something! I don't know exactly if it's flu. They call it flu, but the flu virus is very teensy weensy tiny and it can only be seen with an electron microscope and it can only live inside of a host alive on its own. But, what is it that they're really looking at? Is my question. Is it just puss and nasal spit that they get samples of from people in the hospital? Or just their dirty secretions and they call it the flu?

Harrison: They find some strange looking molecule and say 'oh we got it!'

Tiffany: Yeah! I don't know what it is, but they think they know what they're doing.

Karen: We all don't have to be rectally hydrated.

Tiffany: But, there's never been a study that compares people who have never ever, ever been vaccinated in their lives against people who have been vaccinated. And there has never been a study comparing flu vaccines to natural remedies i.e. vitamin D or vitamin C. And there's never been a study that has shown the long term effects of vaccination.

Harrison: Well, I found one related statistic that said that if you get a flu shot over two years in a row the protection offered lowers.

Tiffany: Yes, because you're totally...

Karen: compromised.

Tiffany: You're compromising your immune system with every flu shot that you get.

Karen: And they're cumulative. Vaccinations are cumulative they stay in your system and all of the evil things that they use to convey the vaccine into your body stays in there.

Tiffany: So when someone gets the flu and the CDC says that they're dying from the flu, what is it that they are actually dying from? Maybe some people do die from the flu, I don't know.

Karen: They're dying from the CDC.

Tiffany: Is it the treatment that they are given while they have the flu? And this brings us back to fevers and why birds die so much of bird flu. They're not able to make fevers in their bodies. When people get fever they have the flu, they go to the doctor, the doctor tells them to take some Tylenol, take some ibuprofen, take some NyQuil, take some paracetamol; that's for all our British friends out there. So what's wrong with bringing down your fever?

Karen: Okay, here's the pun of the day—one flu over the coo coo's nest.

Tiffany: Thanks for that Karen. So the benefit of a fever is that it keeps the viruses inside your body from replicating and it helps you clean off your toxins. So, any fever that is over 101 degrees Fahrenheit—I don't know what it is in Celsius, Harrison?

Harrison: Sorry my inner calculator is turned off.

Tiffany: So if you have a fever over 101 it stops the telomeres on your RNA from unzipping and replicating itself. So if you have the flu and you have a fever and you stop it by taking Tylenol the virus is going to keep replicating and your immune system is going to go batshit crazy and it's going to attack all the healthy cells in your body. This is called a cytokine storm and this is what causes death. So people have the flu, they're taking Tylenol, they're taking aspirin and it occurs to eat—I'm sure all you guys have all heard 'feed a cold, starve the flu.' I say 'starve a cold, starve a flu.' If your liver is too busy digesting food that you don't need at the moment then it's not going to have the resources to detox. So keep your fever and don't eat a thing, just some broth.

Harrison: What was the temperature there?

Tiffany: Over 101.

Harrison: That is 38.3 degrees Celsius. I just had to do the calculations in my mind.

Tiffany: Then you have Tamiflu, everybody's heard of that. Donald Rumsfeld, God bless him...

So people take some Tamiflu and of course it's been shown completely ineffective in treating the flu. And it has some really awful side effects: sever stomach cramps, nightmares, hallucinations, diarrhea, strange behavior, suicide, and death. And call me crazy but all that sounds a hell of a lot worse than the flu.

Harrison: Sounds like what Donald Rumsfeld inspires in me.

Tiffany: You're taking a little bit of Donald Rumsfeld with you when you take Tamiflu. So, only two studies are shown that Tamiflu is effective, but nobody knows where those studies are. They disappeared. Where are they? And it turns out that Roche belongs to the pharmaceutical company who make Tamiflu, they hired ghost writers to write those studies. So, not only are they fake, they are missing and they're fake. So, that's the flu. Don't be afraid, don't take the vaccines. They have a new vaccine out by the way called Flucelvax, and they grow the virus on dog kidneys.

I like dogs, but I don't like them that much. And that's besides the squalene, the aluminium, thimerosal, polysorbate 80, and formaldehyde, all that that's in the flu vaccine. Vaccines don't work, they cause illnesses, autism, guillain barré, Alzheimer's, encephalitis, narcolepsy, death. That's not even all of it. So the flu sounds pretty good to me right now. I'd rather have the flu than any of this stuff. So, the take away message is don't believe the hype they say this stuff every year. I don't know. Maybe with all the cometary fallout, maybe that might bring us something, but I wouldn't believe what the CDC says. So if you get sick with the flu stay your ass home, get into bed, rest, keep a fever, sleep, drink some broth, sweat, take some vitamin C and be glad that your immune system works well enough to detoxify yourself.

All: Here! Here!

Harrison: Alright thanks for that Tiff. Looking' to get the flu.

Tiffany: Me too, I need a break.

Harrison: I actually haven't had the flu for years maybe it has something to do with—since I changed my diet I went through a few stages. Starting out with a Paleo diet and moving into a full blown Ketogenic diet. Before that every year I would come down with something like you describe where I was just out for a day, day and a half, maybe two days and then it was gone. Now before that I had a few big flues where I was out for maybe like up to a week and fatigue and vomiting, fever, but those yearly things that I was getting, 5 to 10 years ago, it was extreme muscle fatigue. I could barely move, you get the sensation on your skin that all your clothes make your skin hurt, but I haven't had anything like that since changing over so I think that might have something to do with it.

Tiffany: Yeah, there's been this—well it was a debate at one time between Louis Pasteur that came up with the germ theory and I think his name was Antoine Béchamp and he said it was the terrain. Your inner terrain determines whether or not you get sick. Germs don't cause disease they're the result of disease. So, keep your terrain healthy folks. Don't be fluzies.

Harrison: Alright enough of the flu. Kent brought up something about the CIA in his call. So I wanted to bring that up again. So, recently on Twitter the CIA admitted that it was responsible for at least half of the reported UFO sightings in the 1950's and 60's due to its secret high altitude reconnaissance flights. So, their quote said "reports of unusual activity skies in the 50's and 60's, it was us." Oh, you're really cool guys. So, while acknowledging at the same time that the section on UFOs attracted the most attention on it's website in 2014.

Tiffany: So the CIA is saying they're responsible for ALL of the UFO sightings?

Harrison: Well their tweet was misleading. You know they're kind of like puffing themselves up "Oh, that was us" but the actual report gave a link to a heavily redacted 272 page document called "The CIA and the U2 program 1954 to 1974". In the report the figure was actually about half the sightings. So they're saying that about half of the UFO sightings in the 50's and 60's were actually U2 flights. The report said "high altitude testing of the U2 soon led to an unexpected side effect, a tremendous increase in reports of Unidentified flying Objects." The CIA said that "many people who reported sightings around this time were commercial pilots who caught occasional glimpses of the high altitude air craft while flying at considerably lower altitudes." The silver wings of the U2 wings would quote "catch and reflect the rays of the sun and appear to the airliner pilot 40,000 feet below to be fiery objects." So, in general the report admitted to being responsible for more than half of the UFO sightings and of course left unmentioned is what was responsible for the other half. Even looking at this to say that half of the UFO sightings in the 50's and 60's were because of U2 planes is just utterly ridiculous. It's just absurd. The acknowledged unidentified sightings from the 50's and 60's and from every period in which there is data and has been analyzed these sightings cannot be explained by, even plausible explanations for something like a high altitude aircraft criteria that they've used in the analysis, the documentation in the research of UFOs eliminates something that just looks like a plane.

What we're talking about when we talk about UFO sightings if you read the reports—even if you read the Condon report, which was a whitewash. The conclusion of the Condon report was a whitewash, but if you actually read the analysis done by the scientists on it they all acknowledge the unidentified's how many unidentifieds' there are, how enigmatic and unexplained they are. If you actually read reports you're talking about things like seeing a literal flying saucer, you know 50 feet away hovering around in the air doing crazy stuff or several hundred feet in the air doing right angle turns at full speed, going full speed and coming to a complete stop instantaneously without breaking any sound barriers or extreme accelerations without breaking any sound barriers. We're talking about some crazy stuff in the skies. We can look at what a U2 plane looks like when it's flying up at how many ever thousand feet, it's a tiny light in the sky moving in a straight line. That is not a good UFO report. So, for the CIA to say that 50%--more than half--of the UFO sightings in the 50's and 60's were people seeing a plane tens of thousands of feet in the air going in a straight line is just insulting.

Tiffany: What about all the UFO sightings before the 50's?

Harrison: Exactly!

Harrison: Before the 50's or after?

William: I was looking at some pictures of what U2 planes look like and the vast majority of them are painted black. There's a few of them that were silver. So, this thing about the pilot seeing reflections, that just doesn't come across as very genuine.

Harrison: No. And it's insulting to the people that witnessed these things. Especially the pilots themselves. These pilots are smarter than that and if you—again actually read their reports the things that they would see. It's not some light high in the sky that might look like a fiery trail or some light going through the sky. The things they report are weird. I'm talking about they're flying a plane and they see a light that comes in front of them as they are flying the plane at however many hundreds miles per hour. The light will move in all ways—keep in mind that they are moving at the same speed, the light that they see might accelerate and get a bit further away and then come back. It's like it's positioning itself relative to a moving air craft and then it might circle around the craft as they are both moving at the same speed, go off into the distance and come back. Or it might be coming head on to the plane—it's like a game of chicken and only at the last second the UFO will veer off course and freak out these pilots. These pilots saw some weird stuff and it was not a U2 plane way up in the sky. So, sorry CIA but I give you nine zeros for that one.

William: I wonder what the point was for the CIA to even come out with this. Especially now.

Harrison: Yeah, I mean they've had a policy since 1953 of debunking and ridiculing UFO sightings. So, I think that project is still in full gear because the UFO problem has been around forever and it's not going away. So, as a threat to national security you don't just throw out your national security protocols and the measures you have in effect to deal with this problem. Because UFOs haven't gone away and the CIA has done something about it and has to keep doing something about it because they haven't gone away.

William: Well is there going to be an uptick in UFO sightings...

Tiffany: That's what I was thinking.

William: And the CIA is going to step in and say "oh, it's us, it's us".

Harrison: And also for armchair skeptics or just even regular people who don't know what to think about UFOs, They like having a plausible explanation. [Imitation] "Oh, that's what it was, good yeah. Now I don't have to think too hard. Yeah, that makes my brain feel good".

And the guy says this and most people are just going to see the tweet that they're responsible for the UFOs. They're not going to read the report and find out it was just over half and they're not going to read actual reports that were used originally that said that that's impossible that these were not U2 flights that people were seeing. But, they're going to go away with the impression that it's just the CIA, they're just testing out some new technology. And, if you think about today they probably got some super high tech, that probably would look like UFOs sightings that people were seeing in the 50's or even the 40's. So, on the one hand you get any kind of genuine unexplained aerial anomaly that people would see, now they've got the explanation; well they've had it for years, but now they've got it reinforced that's probably just the CIA doing some top secret technology to protect us from the terrorists, but at the same time, like Kent was saying that they could be doing some weird stuff that people mistake fireballs and comet fragments. So, if people see weird things in the sky if they see actual fireballs or actual comet fragments oh well then it's just the CIA testing some new missiles or something, right?
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Karen: Or, somebody's gotten too close to the truth and they want the population to believe something else.

Harrison: Yeah, and there were several really fascinating videos that came out in 2014 of UFO sightings. Just describing them doesn't do them justice so you can just search them. We put a bunch of them up on SOTT. There's been some weird stuff seen in Hong Kong. A lot of news channels caught UFOs, the BBC caught some weird ones, Hong Kong also caught some. There was a news team in Breckenridge Colorado I believe. They got reports from several people seeing UFOs in this small town, and so they went out to investigate and set up their cameras and they actually caught them on camera. They were just these stationary white balls just hovering in the sky and they had their camera on their tripod, trained on this object and it would just be stationary for like minutes at a time, like 10, 20, 30 minutes and would move off somewhere else.

So, just really crazy stuff there. Also some really weird stories came out in 2014. There was the 'X'--I think it was Lockheed Martin scientists that died and after his death he had recorded some interview where he talked about a friend of his that was at area-51 and it's impossible to verify, but this guy seemed genuine he seemed to really believed the story he was telling, there were photographs, but there were questions with his story and tons of attempts to debunk it. Some more successful than others.

And then there was the whole Roswell slide thing. This thing has been going on for a while. All these UFO researchers that came out that they had found some person, an old couple had died and left behind a chest of old knickknacks and stuff in their attic and the person who came into this. I don't know if they bought the house and it was there or something like that, but had found in this chest—kind of tucked into it, slightly hidden away was a file of slides—like pictures of what looked to be this alien autopsy. So a group of UFOlogists that are pretty well known in the field have been allegedly, because no real information had been released yet, were doing research into these and Tom Kerry one of the big Roswell researchers came out in November saying that they were planning on releasing the photograph this year and releasing the results of their studies.

Apparently they've done some kind of analysis on the film and found that it was a genuine 1947 film, but on the other hand one of the main markers for telling the age on that type of film is to reuse the same markers like every ten or twenty years so how they knew—they haven't released how they know it was from 1947 and not some decade after that. So, again like most things in the UFO field with the big stories we'll just have to wait and see if this one plays out well at all--in the future. And of course even if it were genuine as soon as some more details are released there's going to be a huge debunking campaign, because no matter what the story is, if it's true or false there is going to be a giant debunking campaign. So in that case just think for yourself and try to figure it out, that's all I want to say about UFOs.

Karen: It's going to get more interesting with all the different types of drones that are out, there's going to be more objects all over the place.

Tiffany: So the CIA can claim that it was them.

Harrison: Yeah UFOs. So extraterrestrials and the extraterrestrial threat of cometary bombardment and the diseases they carry and the civilizations they destroy. Who knows maybe in 2015 we'll get to see some extraterrestrial action.

Karen: One of the things that came up in my research of the Maya thingy was that there was a hemorrhagic fever called Cocoliztli and this happened back in 1576. It was a hemorrhagic fever very similar to Ebola and the Dengue fever and it returned a whole bunch of times between 1559 and 1642 A.D. At one point it killed off 50% of the native population in Mexico which was about 5 million people. So this Ebola may not be the same strains but it's a similar fever. So these things have been around as we know a lot of those strains of very weird diseases have come from interstellar carriers. They've been passengers. We have been their new host.

Harrison: One thing that I forgot to mention when we were talking about the AirAsia flight and the threat to flights from meteorites and things like that was that-what was the air France flight---oh no, no, this was back in 1996 after, I think, TW800—In the New York times a Physics and Astronomy professors Charles Hailey and David Helfand. They published a letter there where they calculated, that based on the known statistics for 1996 and the period before then that in the 30 year period leading up to 1996 there was a 1 in 10 chance of a plane being struck be a meteorite. So if you consider that was a 1 in 10 chance over 30 years, based on the numbers for that time period, and then if you consider how much those number have changed now. The chances go up—well we can't guesstimate without the statistics—but just to say that the chances are probably a lot higher now than they were back then. So just something to keep in mind for when thinking about plausible explanations for things like that.

William: If anyone else has anything to add I think we're going to call it a night.

Harrison: So yeah check out the connecting the dots for this year, check out the videos and make sure to tune in tomorrow for 'Behind the Headlines' with Joe and Niall and it's been great.

Karen: It's been fun.

Harrison: So everyone take care and we'll see you next week.

Karen: Happy New Year.

Tiffany: Aloha.

William: Enjoy the ride.

Harrison: Good night everyone.