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Another Expert Agrees With Dark Comet Theory

February 21, 2013 – 11:31 am | No Comment

Astronomer David Asher (from Armagh University) has agreed with Bill Napier and Janaki Wickramasinghe (Cardiff University) that “dark comets” are real and dangerous.
The following quotes are from a paper by Napier and Asher published in Astronomy & Geophysics.
http://star.arm.ac.uk/preprints/2009/539.pdf

We know that about one bright comet (of absolute magnitude as bright as 7, comparable to Halley’s Comet) arrives in the visibility zone (perihelion q<5AU, say) each year from the Oort cloud. It seems to be securely established that ~1–2% of these are captured into Halleytype (HT) orbits. The dynamical lifetime of a body in such an orbit can be estimated, from which the expected number of HT comets is perhaps ~3000. The actual number of active HT comets is ~25. This discrepancy of at least two powers of 10 in the expected impact rate from comets as deduced from this theoretical argument on the one hand, and observations on the other, is …

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New Evidence for Super-Massive Solar Storms

December 18, 2012 – 7:39 am | No Comment
New Evidence for Super-Massive Solar Storms

Until now the largest recorded solar storm has been the Carrington Event of 1859. Scientific discussions of solar storm risks typically refer to this event. What they often neglect to mention is that we have only been observing solar storms since just before that date. The frequency of these massive storms has impossible to tell without more data.
NASA says:
“In the 160-year record of geomagnetic storms, the Carrington event is the biggest.” It’s possible to delve back even farther in time by examining arctic ice. “Energetic particles leave a record in nitrates in ice cores,” he explains. “Here again the Carrington event sticks out as the biggest in 500 years and nearly twice as big as the runner-up.”
These statistics suggest that Carrington flares are once in a half-millennium events. The statistics are far from solid, however, and Hathaway cautions that we don’t understand flares well enough to rule out a repeat …

2012: The Mystery Finally Solved

December 12, 2012 – 3:07 pm | 2 Comments
2012: The Mystery Finally Solved

I’m not the best at this game. It took me over a decade to work out the most likely reason for the existence of the Long Count calendar, and although I mention it a lot in passing I’m not sure if I have actually announced my discovery. And I just realized I should be putting it on the home page of this site, so the thousands who visit every day can read my thoughts.
With just 8 days to go, here is my official announcement: 2012 Solved!

1. Many ancient cultures (including the Maya) were capable of watching the skies over long periods of time (longer than we have), and recording their observations.
2. Auroras at low latitudes (down towards the equator) are very rare, less than once per lifetime. Ancient cultures, unable to explain their presence, could have been very scared and concerned when auroras were observed.
3. By noting auroral activity over …

Yet Another Report: U.S. Power Grid At Risk

November 24, 2012 – 10:01 pm | No Comment
Yet Another Report: U.S. Power Grid At Risk

I’ve reported in the past about how vulnerable power grids are – that they could be down for months if a massive solar storm strikes. This isn’t just conspiracy theory or pseudo science. The information has come from reports funded by U.S. government agencies, including NASA.

In 2007 the Dept of Homeland Security sponsored a National Research Council study titled Terrorism and the Electric Power Delivery System. This study was classified, but this week a non-classified version has been released. Presumably they have left out the technical details terrorists might desire, yet this week’s version still has plenty of info that could inspire a terrorist attack.
…the physical capabilities of much of the transmission network have not kept pace with the increasing burden that is being placed on it— subsequently many parts of the bulk high-voltage system are heavily stressed. In addition, many important pieces of equipment are decades old and lack …

Hurricane Sandy: Not Good Enough

November 21, 2012 – 6:35 pm | No Comment
Hurricane Sandy: Not Good Enough

Preppers throughout the USA played close attention to Hurricane Sandy, and how well people in New York coped with the situation. These minor disasters are a good indicator for how a country can survive when a massive disaster occurs. Apologies to New Yorkers and New Jersey folk for calling it minor, but this level of disaster disrupts life somewhere in the world several times every year. They might be rare at a specific location, but globally it is just nature and humans intersecting as they always have.
Being the richest country in the world, with plenty of natural disasters in it short history, the USA should be able to cope with a supercell storm. They even knew it was coming, and where it would hit. And yet we have sites like SHTFPlan.com detailing how poorly FEMA responded:

Portable toilets and tents aren’t great when more storms are coming and it is almost …

Grid Vulnerability Warnings Continue

August 4, 2012 – 3:06 pm | No Comment
Grid Vulnerability Warnings Continue

Just over a year ago I summarized a Scientific American article that pointed out how at risk the U.S. power grids are, regardless of what the Sun might do:

Every facet of the modern electrical grid is controlled by computers. It is our greatest example of physical infrastructure interlinked with electronics.
The Stuxnet virus that infected Iran’s nuclear program showed just how vulnerable machines could be to a well-crafted electronic virus.
The grid shares many of the vulnerabilities that Stuxnet exposed; being larger, its vulnerabilities are, if anything, more numerous.
A sophisticated attack could bring down a large chunk of the U.S. electrical grid.

A lot easier to achieve than most terrorist activities, and something that has already been used against Iraq.
Now we have a report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office, pointing out the very same, and noting that the government has ignored their previous recommendations.
Varying types of threats from numerous sources can adversely affect computers, software, networks, …

US Govt. Says Space Weather is Serious

July 27, 2012 – 9:18 pm | No Comment
US Govt. Says Space Weather is Serious

“Space weather is a serious matter that can affect human economies around the world,” Tamara Dickinson, a senior policy analyst with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), told attendees at the 2012 Space Weather Enterprise Forum, held 5 June in Washington, D. C.
…Dickenson said that there has been an increased awareness about space weather in the White House and that President Barack Obama recently has requested briefing memos on the topic. She highlighted several efforts the administration is taking related to space weather, including a forthcoming national Earth observation strategy, which could be released in July and will include an assessment of space weather. She explained that the strategy document will be part of the fiscal year 2014 presidential budget request.
Dickinson added that the administration also is acting on earlier federal interagency recommendations to ready the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) mission for launch in 2014 …

Newt Gingrich on Vulnerable Power Grid

July 17, 2012 – 6:16 pm | One Comment
Newt Gingrich on Vulnerable Power Grid

Newt Gingrich, a former speaker of the House, has written an opinion piece for the Washington Post. It’s a great reminder of how perilous modern society can be:
Callista and I live in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, and, like many in the region, we lost power in the recent storms. The blackout, combined with a record heat wave, made homes nearly uninhabitable. 
…It is almost unthinkable, yet possible, that an enemy could detonate a nuclear weapon over the atmosphere over the continental United States, triggering an electromagnetic pulse. This would short-circuit our power grid, taking power off­line for months, perhaps even years.
A similar crisis could be sparked by a solar storm like the Carrington Event of 1859, a type of geomagnetic disturbance that occurs about every 75 years. Statistically, we are long overdue for such a storm.
…Suppose that, rather than being a temporary disruption in our lives, the power outage lasted weeks or months, …

Emergency Light Bulb + Funny Video

January 30, 2012 – 6:24 am | One Comment
Emergency Light Bulb + Funny Video

I think this is a great product – it’s an LED bulb that has a battery inside, meaning you get 7 hours of light when your power is out – and it doubles as a flashlight! When the grid goes down at 2AM, and you figure it would be smart to flee to your safe spot – you don’t want to be stumbling around in the dark wasting precious time…

http://store.axiomled.com/AX_RUDOLPH_50_p/ax-rudolph-50.htm
In this video, leading presidential candidates Mitt and Newt discuss the merits of the Axiom LED Rudolph:

USDA Behind Bird Killings / Hoekstra on EMP

January 10, 2012 – 11:25 am | 5 Comments
USDA Behind Bird Killings / Hoekstra on EMP

This time last year there was a lot of talk about mass animal die-offs. These things happen from time to time, but the cluster of events made it newsworthy. Turns out some mass deaths can be attributed to deliberate poisoning by US authorities:
A recent mass die-off event witnessed in Yankton, South Dakota was traced back to the USDA which admitted to carrying out a mass poisoning of the birds.
Read the whole story at Earth-Issues
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Congressman Pete Hoekstra was recently heavily involved in US Intelligence:
Mr. Hoekstra, as a former Chairman of the HPSCI one of the best informed men in the world, will share his views on the global threats Americans face, now and in the future. Here is a rare opportunity for our audience to question the man who, until recently, was taskmaster of our nation’s spy agencies.
On Wednesday, noon Eastern time he speaks with EMPact Radio, a weekly broadcast devoted to …

Michio Kaku: Power Grid at Risk in 2012

January 3, 2012 – 4:55 pm | No Comment
Michio Kaku: Power Grid at Risk in 2012

Michio Kaku on CNN last week, discussing what could happen in 2012. After he explains the peak of the solar cycle is coming up, he says:

http://cnn.com/video/?/video/bestoftv/2011/12/27/exp-am-kaku-2012-science.cnn
Kaku:
“Every eleven years the Sun has a temper tantrum, throws a volley of radiation at the Earth. So far we’ve dodged the bullet, but we’re very young in the Space Age, we’re not used to having our satellites knocked out because of a solar flare, but it could happen”.
Interviewer:
“What are the implications of that?”
Kaku:
“Well, that means the Internet, GPS, weather satellites, all of it is on the Internet, plus telecommunications on the Earth could also be disrupted. In Quebec they had a blackout once because a solar flare hit the planet Earth… and our power plants are not reinforced. We physicists have asked Congress to pay a few hundred million dollars to reinforce our power plants, make redundant satellite systems, because at some point it’s …

Power Grid Down… What Happens to Money?

September 30, 2011 – 5:40 pm | 3 Comments
Power Grid Down… What Happens to Money?

I’ll keep saying this until I am blue in the face: the US power grid is old and overloaded. A once-in-100-years solar storm can wreck it, and replacing all the transformers could take six months. The US government recently decided not to fund an upgrade. This could be the worst mistake the US government has ever made. If the grid goes down, there goes heating and cooling, and the USA has some extreme weather. Gas stations won’t work, and places that will be relying on diesel generators, like hospitals, could be without power within days. Water won’t be pumped any more. Most likely millions will die. And what about money?
The first problems are obvious. ATMs will stop working, and banks won’t have access to account records. That means no more cash will be distributed. Few people carry more than a week’s worth of cash.
Credit and debit card payment systems won’t …

When Fiction Becomes Reality

August 23, 2011 – 6:34 pm | No Comment
When Fiction Becomes Reality

After 9/11 it was freaky to see that the tragedy had been predicted in popular culture, for example the debut episode of The Lone Gunmen. The most under-appreciated disaster scenario facing the USA and the western world is the loss of electricity. I will repeatedly bring this up, because the consequences will be so tragic, and the event can easily occur. The prime risk is the Sun, but terrorists, hackers and war are also potential sources. As we approach holiday seasons, consider reading a book on the topic:
The Great Collapse – When they use the EMP weapon to attack America, the result is the immediate and catastrophic loss of modern technology all over the planet… When societies begin to unravel, refugees flee the anarchy in the cities as people learn how to survive in a world without technology, a world for which they are not prepared.
Lights Out – Another novel …

GPS Disasters – More Than Just Navigation

August 15, 2011 – 4:41 pm | One Comment
GPS Disasters – More Than Just Navigation

As our world becomes more and more reliant on technology, so serious system collapses become more likely. I’ve been reading all about GPS jammers at New Scientist (the article is online at Gizmodo), and I learned that they affect more than just your Garmin or TomTom. Actually 90% of GPS receivers use the data for timing not location. If GPS signals are lost, these are some of the services that will be affected:

Cell phone towers
Air traffic control
Emergency pagers
ATM machines
Electric grids
Stock exchanges
…and navigation (obviously), but not just your car – think freight in a just-in-time environment, emergency services, shipping and train routing

The first four of the above services were affected in San Diego for 2 hours in January 2007. The culprit was later discovered to be a naval exercise nearby, where they blocked radio signals. However you don’t need to be the Navy to have the same effect. Truck drivers using …

Media Coverups

July 9, 2011 – 1:49 am | No Comment
Media Coverups

I guess mainstream media constantly makes decisions on what they should print/air. At one end of the scale they are a commercial enterprise, so they need to be popular, which means airing stories we want to see. Beyond that they also have a moral duty to share important stories with us, even if they are not popular. Also, they should really stick to the facts and avoid speculation and conspiracy theories – yet public speculation can itself become a story, for example the 2012 meme. While there are few facts regarding 2012, there are plenty of facts regarding how people are preparing.
Over at BlackListedNews is a list of 12 stories the media is mostly ignoring, some of which I had not previously heard of:
#9 North Korea’s Super EMP Weapon:
The Soviet Union conducted an atmospheric test of an EMP weapon in 1962 over Kazakhstan whose pulse wave set on fire a …

US Grid: Add Hackers To The List

July 4, 2011 – 5:20 am | No Comment
US Grid: Add Hackers To The List

The US power grid is extremely vulnerable, as are those in Europe. Primarily because they are old and over-burdened, but also because they are targets. If terrorists took out a number of transmission substations or control stations, they could cause chaos. Anarchy and suffering in the US could lead to global turmoil. Now, aside from the Sun and terrorists, Scientific American reports that hackers could potentially bring down a power grid:

Every facet of the modern electrical grid is controlled by computers. It is our greatest example of physical infrastructure interlinked with electronics.
The Stuxnet virus that infected Iran’s nuclear program showed just how vulnerable machines could be to a well-crafted electronic virus.
The grid shares many of the vulnerabilities that Stuxnet exposed; being larger, its vulnerabilities are, if anything, more numerous.
A sophisticated attack could bring down a large chunk of the U.S. electrical grid.

The US grid wasn’t designed with security in mind:
A …