Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Coast To Coast AM - January 17, 2017 Fukushima Contamination & Future of Technology

In the first half, author, engineer, and preparedness expert Matthew Stein discussed the ongoing debacle of Fukushima, America's vulnerability to a Fukushima-like event, as well as the danger of long term electrical grid failure due to cyber hacking, EMP, or solar storm. Areas that were supposed to be decontaminated near the Fukushima plant have become recontaminated according to testing on soil samples, he reported. But the Japanese government is telling citizens that everything is OK, even though the levels are as high as spots near Chernobyl which the Soviet Union closed to human occupation, he added.
More than one third of the population of the U.S. lives within 50 miles of a nuclear power plant, he cited, but between 75 and 150 miles away from the Chernobyl plant there were areas that were permanently polluted from the nuclear accident, so a great many Americans are vulnerable (for more, see Stein's article 400 Chernobyls). In terms of preparedness, he recommended the seaweed supplement modifilan to remove radioactive materials from the bloodstream, and suggested people have a plan for both evacuation and protection. He also spoke out on what he views as a public health threat from glyphosate (Monsanto's Roundup weed killer) contamination in our food and water supplies.
In the latter half, author of visionary speculative fiction, Alexander Weinstein, shared some of his wild ideas for future human interfaces with technology including social media implants, memory manufacturers, immersive virtual reality games, and alarmingly intuitive robots. His short stories explore both optimistic aspects and the dark and dystopian sides that technology can bring. One of his pieces, "Migration," plays with the premise of everyone living permanently inside, and wearing avatar suits, in which they go to work and school completely online.
His tale "Openness" introduces readers to a kind of psychic technology, in which couples can learn everything about each other without speaking, while in "The Cartographers" a company creates and sells virtual memories, such as of a child or vacation a person never actually had. One of the more apocalyptic of the technologies that Weinstein posits are towers that power the Internet, which function through our bioenergetic field, such that people are constantly connected online within their bodies, whether they want to be or not.
The last half-hour of the show featured Open Lines.

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