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Extreme Solar Activity Threatens Modern Technological Society

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"The sun is waking up from a deep slumber, and in the next few years we expect to see much higher levels of solar activity. At the same time, our technological society has developed an unprecedented sensitivity to solar storms. The intersection of these two issues is what we're getting together to discuss."

The National Academy of Sciences framed the problem two years ago in a landmark report entitled "Severe Space Weather Events—Societal and Economic Impacts." It noted how people of the 21st-century rely on high-tech systems for the basics of daily life. Smart power grids, GPS navigation, air travel, financial services and emergency radio communications can all be knocked out by intense solar activity. A century-class solar storm, the Academy warned, could cause twenty times more economic damage than Hurricane Katrina.

http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2010/04jun_swef/

A century-class solar storm, the Academy warned, could cause twenty times more economic damage than Hurricane Katrina.

http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2010/04jun_swef/

These morons always preach apocalypse, but the reality is more obvious:

* Brazil
* Mexico
* India
* Iraq

OK, for starters, I don't dislike any of these places and am positively disposed toward them, especially India.

However, they're messes... and without the global economy to sustain them, would literally be third-world vassals of the rest. They are thriving on European and Asian technology and about nothing else.

By messes, I mean these are not places where you are safe, or safe from disease. You either have the money to get your ass into a gated community, or you're raped with Hep and AIDS.

That's the future of the USA. Such nations do not invent; they keep up, and internally cannibalize any wealth they produce.