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Solar Storm Hits Earth

There could be power grid fluctuations tonight, not to mention some spectacular Northern Lights if you live far north enough, due to a couple of massive solar flares this week. Report via USA Today:

The second of two solar storms, in the form of a coronal mass ejection (CME) from a solar flare, hit Earth as predicted midday Friday.

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An earlier storm hit late Thursday.

“The second of the expected coronal mass ejections (CMEs) has arrived, and arrived in good agreement with the predicted arrival times,” according to NOAA’s Space Prediction Weather Center in Boulder, Colo. “As expected, an initial look shows this CME is stronger than the first.”

Scientists said the storms could cause some fluctuations in Earth’s power grid and slight disturbances in satellites and radio transmissions later on Friday and on Saturday.

“A G3 (Strong) Geomagnetic Storm Watch is still in effect for September 13th,” the space weather center announced.

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U.S. Plans To Survive An EMP Attack

EMP mechanismHave the House Republicans been watching too much Revolution on TV, or is there really a threat of an EMP that we should be worried about? From the Washington Examiner:

Amid growing fears of a massive electromagnetic pulse hit from either a solar flare or a terrorist nuclear bomb, House Republicans on Tuesday will unveil a plan to save the nation’s electric grid from an attack that could mean lights out for 300 million Americans.

Dubbed the Secure High-voltage Infrastructure for Electricity from Lethal Damage Act, the legislation would push the federal government to install grid-saving devices such as surge protectors to protect against an attack.

“It is critical that we protect our major transformers from cascading destruction. The Shield Act encourages industry to develop standards necessary to protect our electric infrastructure against both natural and man-made EMP events,” said Rep. Trent Franks, the Arizona Republican who is offering up the bipartisan bill.

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More on Solar Storms and Major Mental Illness

According to NASA, 2013 is shaping up to be quite a year for solar activity. The end of the 11-year solar cycle comes with the promise of coronal mass ejections, solar flares, heat waves, and possibly major mental illness. The connection between solar activity and MMI is not a new concept. There has been growing evidence that solar magnetic storms affect human physiology and pathophysiology. In fact, the idea spawned a branch of biophysics called Heliobiology, pioneered by Russian scientist Alexander Chizhevsky almost 100 years ago.

As a recent Washington Times article noted The Institute of North Industrial Ecology Problems (INEP), an organization founded in 1989 to research ecology in Northern Russia, found:

“From 1949-1997…. geomagnetic activity showed three seasonal peaks each of those years (March to May, in July, and in October). Every peak matched an increased incidence of anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and suicide in the city Kirovsk.”

Many studies have theorized on the relationship between increased solar activity and it’s effect on melatonin production in the pineal gland of the brain.

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The DisinfoCast with Matt Staggs: Episode 16: Author and Survivalist Scott B. Williams

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Scott B. Williams is the author of several books on travel, emergency preparation and survival, including Getting Out Alive: 13 Deadly Scenarios and How Others Survived, Bug Out: The Complete Plan for Escaping a Catastrophic Disaster Before It’s Too Late, and Bug Out Vehicles and Shelters: Build and Outfit Your Lifesaving Escape. However, his most recent book is a work of fiction: The Pulse: A Novel of Survival of Surviving the Collapse of the Grid:

As massive solar flares bombard the Earth, an intense electromagnetic pulse instantly destroys the power grid throughout North America. Within hours desperate citizens panic and anarchy descends. Surrounded by chaos, Casey Drager, a student at Tulane University, must save herself from the havoc in the streets of New Orleans. Casey and two of her friends evacuate the city and travel north, where they end up in the dangerous backwaters of Mississippi, forced to use their survival skills to seek refuge and fight for their lives.

Meanwhile, thousands of miles away, Casey’s father, Artie, finds himself cut off and stranded. His Caribbean sailing vacation has turned into every parent’s nightmare. Warding off pirates and tackling storms, Artie uses the stars to guide him toward his daughter.

The Pulse is a compelling action-adventure novel that reveals what it would take to survive in a world lit only by firelight, where all the rules have changed and each person must fend for himself.

Join host Matt Staggs as he and Scott B. Williams discuss the likelihood of a mass catastrophic event, essential survival techniques and the frightening world of The Pulse.
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Sun Unleashes Two Powerful ‘X-Class’ Flares (Video)

Reports Tariq Malik of SPACE.com via the Christian Science Monitor:
The sun unleashed a cosmic double whammy Tuesday (March 6), erupting with two major flares to cap a busy day of powerful solar storms. One of the flares is the most powerful solar eruption of the year, so far. Both of the huge flares ranked as X-class storms, the strongest type of solar flares the sun can have. They followed several weaker, but still powerful, sun storms on Tuesday and came just days after another major solar flare on Sunday night.
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Massive Solar Storm Hits Earth

Rerouting airplanes isn't a big deal, but could there be dangers from the radiation? Doug Cameron reports for the Wall Street Journal:
Delta Air Lines Inc. said Tuesday that it was rerouting some transpolar flights between Asia and the U.S. to avoid the impact of the largest solar storm in almost a decade. The Atlanta-based carrier said some flights to Detroit from Hong Kong, Shanghai and Seoul took a more southerly routing on overnight flights, though a spokesman said planes flew faster to keep schedules intact. Tuesday departures from the U.S. were expected to follow similar routes. A rare solar flare erupted late Sunday night resulting in a solar radiation storm today, according to NASA. It's the strongest such storm since September 2005, according to NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center. Airlines occasionally reroute transpolar flights as a precautionary measure during big solar storms, with radiation levels heightened...
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NASA: Solar Flare Can’t Destroy Earth

Feeling the heat from 2012 apocalypticists perhaps, NASA feels the need to reassure people that we won't be fried in 2012. Mike Wall reports on NASA's Nov. 10, 2011 statement, for Space.com:
If the world ends in 2012, the sun won't be to blame, NASA officials say. Contrary to what some doomsayers would have you believe, our star isn't capable of blasting out a solar flare powerful enough to burn our planet to a crisp, according to the space agency. "Most importantly, however, there simply isn't enough energy in the sun to send a killer fireball 93 million miles to destroy Earth," NASA officials wrote...
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Solar Storm Slams Earth

solar_flareJust when we could really use a break from natural disasters, nuclear disasters, financial disasters, drought, famine, extreme weather, armed conflict and all sort of other afflictions, here comes a solar storm to knock out our communications systems, satellites and god knows what else (anyone thinking 2012?). Cassandra Sweet reports for the Wall Street Journal:

Two blasts of energy from the sun hit the Earth’s magnetic field Friday and could disrupt one or more electrical grids, global-positioning systems or other satellite-communications systems, scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Friday.

The blasts touched Earth’s magnetic field in the form of fast-moving “solar wind” and is blowing by the Earth, Joseph Kunches, a space weather scientist with NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center, said in an interview.

Mr. Kunches said it is too early to know what the effects of the blasts will be. “If it’s a really big storm, it still could be active [Saturday] night, but this kind of disturbance level won’t be sustained for long,” he said.

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Unprecedented Solar Eruption

According to C. Alex Young, a solar astrophysicist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, yesterday's massive Coronal Mass Ejection on the Sun is "nothing we really have to worry about." Try telling that to Lawrence E. Joseph, who in the disinformation documentary 2012: Science or Superstition, claims that there is a correlation between heightened solar storms and alarming meteorological and atmospheric changes on Earth. Hmmm. Whatever the case it's awe inspiring (see Young's video below). He says that "the sun produced a quite spectacular prominence eruption that had a solar flare and high-energy particles associated with it, but I've just never seen material released like this before. It looks like somebody just kicked a giant clod of dirt into the air and then it fell back down."
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