Joyanna Adams

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Be Thankful, For the Non-Carrington Event

Nobody Wonders

Picture this: It’s 7 am on Thanksgiving morning, you, being the cook in the house, are going through in your mind all that you have to do to get Thanksgiving dinner on by the time everyone arrives at 4.pm. Your brother and his wife and three kids are coming in for the family Thanksgiving meal. There’s a turkey to baste, mash potatoes and pies to cook, corn and buns, and sweet potatoes…the fridge is packed.

You go into the bathroom, and turn on the lights. You are washing your hair in the shower and then…it happens….the lights go out.

The first thing you think of is: “Oh NO! How long will the electric be off?”

Unfortunately for a long time,—almost a year in fact, but you don’t know that. On top of everything, your radio doesn’t work, neither does your cell phone. Your brother never arrives. You have been thrown back into the 18th century, and all because…your Congressman decided that giving money to Egypt was more important than shoring up the electrical grid for this kind of event.

What event?

According to Dr. Michio Kaku, the event of a lifetime, and it’s called The Carrington Event.

Last night on Coast to Coast, Michio was talking about the fear he has: He said the sun is now at its maximum activity for solar flares, and this year, they are monstrous. He is really worried. In fact, the  Society of United States Physicists are so worried that they went to Congress and begged for $100 million dollars to prepare our nuclear plants and Satellites for what to them, is more pressing that anything from Iran: An electromagnetic pulse from the sun, which will completely knock out everything electric, not to mention all satellites.

It would literally….cripple us.

Congress, just laughed at them, he said. After all, Congress doesn’t do anything until after the disasters, and Hurricane Sandy proves it.  They didn’t prepare New York, unlike many other countries around the world who have built dikes around their vulnerable cities, New York did not.

Dr. Michio couldn’t believe that the Congress —just laughed at him.

Why is it called a Carrington Event?

At 11:18 AM on the cloudless morning of Thursday, September 1, 1859, 33-year-old Richard Carrington—widely acknowledged to be one of England’s foremost solar astronomers—was in his well-appointed private observatory. Just as usual on every sunny day, his telescope was projecting an 11-inch-wide image of the sun on a screen, and Carrington skillfully drew the sunspots he saw.

Just before dawn the next day, skies all over planet Earth erupted in red, green, and purple auroras so brilliant that newspapers could be read as easily as in daylight. Indeed, stunning auroras pulsated even at near tropical latitudes over Cuba, the Bahamas, Jamaica, El Salvador, and Hawaii. Telegraph lines were all knocked out, even fires started from the solar blast.

And we’ve been hit before:

A huge solar flare on August 4, 1972, knocked out long-distance telephone communication across Illinois. That event, in fact, caused AT&T to redesign its power system for transatlantic cables. A similar flare on March 13, 1989, provoked geomagnetic storms that disrupted electric power transmission from the Hydro Québec generating station in Canada, blacking out most of the province and plunging 6 million people into darkness for 9 hours; aurora-induced power surges even melted power transformers in New Jersey. In December 2005, X-rays from another solar storm disrupted satellite-to-ground communications and Global Positioning System (GPS) navigation signals for about 10 minutes. That may not sound like much, but as Lanzerotti noted, “I would not have wanted to be on a commercial airplane being guided in for a landing by GPS or on a ship being docked by GPS during that 10 minutes.”

Experts who have studied the question say there is little to be done to protect satellites from a Carrington-class flare. In fact, a recent paper estimates potential damage to the 900-plus satellites currently in orbit could cost between $30 billion and $70 billion. The best solution, they say: have a pipeline of comsats ready for launch.

So, needless to say, even though in all probability– a solar flare won’t happen tomorrow. You won’t have to throw out the Turkey. But…according to Michio Kaku, a scientist who knows, it’s a very real possibility that it could happen very soon, in fact, maybe that’s what the Mayan’s were counting on.

And on that happy note: Everyone Have a Great Thanksgiving!  Remember, if your lights are on, it’s a reason to give thinks to your favorite God. (LOL)

November 21, 2012 - Posted by | Congress, disasters, Natural Disasters, Nature, science, Uncategorized | , , , , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. I hate to say this Joyanna, but Michio Kaku has made a very remunerative career trying to scare the socks off people. He of all people should know that we are all going back to the 12th Century due to man-made global warming, as he has been telling everyone that for years. And demanding wads of money, taxes, subsidies for wind farms and bicycles for the masses.

    Only $100 million that he begged for ? Crikey. Small change compared with what he has begged for and got in the past. He is a professional begger. It would not surprise me if in his spare time away from the TV cameras he wasn’t downtown sitting on a sidewalk with a carboard sign with some tale of woe on it, in equations.

    Other ‘scientists’ have raised alarum bells for this and that and the other, yet hardly anyone says “NO!’ to the begging bowls held out by the particle physics people. Heck, if its electricity supply Kaku is concerned about borrow some off them. Those buggers use up half of Geneva’s output everytime they turn the Office light on. When do we get some really pretty scientists in short skirts and big bazookas asking for wads of money? Oh, there aren’t any. They are all freelancing.

    To Kaku the Talking Head I would say, “Get a JOB ya sponger. You have been on the public teat for TOO long”. And don’t invite him over for thanksgiving because he is too averse to real work even to peel a carrot.

    (by the way, do you guys have carrots with your Turkey?. Just asking.)

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    Comment by Amfortas | November 21, 2012 | Reply

    • Well, you’ve made a good point! Frankly, I think all his “bubbles inside of bubbles” and dots on 11 strings for my theory, ..don’t even deserve a Jules Verne citation, but than I know nothing about all that. I just think most of them are all “guessing” … You know, he does believe in Global Warming, but does he think MAN is the cause? I’d be careful if I were him…going around alarming us about the sun. Still…are they faking those pictures? I do think the sun does give us a few bursts now and then every 100 years. You’d be daft not to. I’m stocking up on peanut butter none the less.

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      Comment by joyannaadams | November 22, 2012 | Reply

      • I do not doubt the possibilities of disasters caused by natural events, but Nature is far stronger than we as individuals, and we as a species are part of nature. We will prevail until a huge asteroid whacks us again or, like a few christmases, ago a nearerenoughby star supernovas and send an EMP that completely squashes our Magnetosphere. Meanwhile the most likely massive disaster is looming from nearer to home. The volcanic Canary Islands (or is it the Azores) are due to blow again very soon and the Tsunami will take out most of the Eastern seaboard of the USA and maybe 30 to 40 million people with it. Short of building a 1000 tall wall though from NewFoundland to Miami , no matter how much Congress spends, nothing will prevent it.

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        Comment by Amfortas | November 22, 2012


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