Source: Fox News
A new study from the National Academy of Sciences outlines grim possibilities on Earth for a worst-case scenario solar storm.
Damage to power grids and other communications systems could be catastrophic, the scientists conclude, with effects leading to a potential loss of governmental control of the situation.
The prediction is based in part on a major solar storm in 1859 that caused telegraph wires to short out in the United States and Europe, igniting widespread fires.
It was perhaps the worst in the past 200 years, according to the new study, and with the advent of modern power grids and satellites, much more is at risk.
"A contemporary repetition of the  event would cause significantly more extensive (and possibly catastrophic) social and economic disruptions," the researchers conclude.
'Command and control might be lost'
When the sun is in the active phase of its 11-year cycle, it can unleash powerful magnetic storms that disable satellites, threaten astronaut safety, and even disrupt communication systems on Earth.
The worst storms can knock out power grids by inducing currents that melt transformers.
Modern power grids are so interconnected that a big space storm — the type expected to occur about once a century — could cause a cascade of failures that would sweep across the United States, cutting power to 130 million people or more in this country alone, the new report concludes.
Such widespread power outages, though expected to be a rare possibility, would affect other vital systems.
"Impacts would be felt on interdependent infrastructures with, for example, potable water distribution affected within several hours; perishable foods and medications lost in 12-24 hours; immediate or eventual loss of heating/air conditioning, sewage disposal, phone service, transportation, fuel resupply and so on," the report states.
Outages could take months to fix, the researchers say. Banks might close, and trade with other countries might halt.
"Emergency services would be strained, and command and control might be lost," write the researchers, led by Daniel Baker, director of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado in Boulder.
"Whether it is terrestrial catastrophes or extreme space weather incidents, the results can be devastating to modern societies that depend in a myriad of ways on advanced technological systems," Baker said in a statement released with the report.
Solar storms have had significant effects in modern time:
— In 1989, the sun unleashed a tempest that knocked out power to all of Quebec, Canada.
— A remarkable 2003 rampage included 10 major solar flares over a two-week period, knocking out two Earth-orbiting satellites and crippling an instrument aboard a Mars orbiter.
"Obviously, the sun is Earth's life blood," said Richard Fisher, director of the Heliophysics division at NASA. "To mitigate possible public safety issues, it is vital that we better understand extreme space weather events caused by the sun's activity."
"Space weather can produce solar storm electromagnetic fields that induce extreme currents in wires, disrupting power lines, causing wide-spread blackouts and affecting communication cables that support the Internet," the report states. "Severe space weather also produces solar energetic particles and the dislocation of the Earth's radiation belts, which can damage satellites used for commercial communications, global positioning and weather forecasting."
Rush to prepare
The race is on for better forecasting abilities, as the next peak in solar activity is expected to come around 2012.
While the sun is in a lull now, activity can flare up at any moment, and severe space weather — how severe, nobody knows — will ramp up a year or two before the peak.
Some scientists expect the next peak to bring more severe events than other recent peaks.
"A catastrophic failure of commercial and government infrastructure in space and on the ground can be mitigated through raising public awareness, improving vulnerable infrastructure and developing advanced forecasting capabilities," the report states. "Without preventive actions or plans, the trend of increased dependency on modern space-weather sensitive assets could make society more vulnerable in the future."
The report was commissioned and funded by NASA. Experts from around the world in industry, government and academia participated. It was released this week.
Degenerate Henry Kissinger once again speaks of his dream of a "new world order", this time around enacted by Barack Obama.
January 5, 2009 Appearing on 'Morning Call with Mark Haines' on CNBC, Henry Kissinger says Obama can create a "New World Order"
When asked by the female reporter , "What do you think the most important thing is for Barrack Obama?"
Kissinger responds: "....His task will be to develop an overall strategy for America in this period, when really a "New World Order" can be created . It's a great opportunity. It isn't such a crisis."
Some previous quotes from Kissinger:
"Depopulation should be the highest priority of foreign policy towards the third world." - Henry Kissinger, 1974
"Military men are dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns for foreign policy." Henry Kissinger, quoted by Bob Woodward in The Final Days, 1976
"[The New World Order] cannot happen without U.S. participation, as we are the most
significant single component. Yes, there will be a New World Order, and it will force the United
States to change it's perceptions." -- Henry Kissinger, World Affairs Council Press Conference,
Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel , April 19th 1994
Inland Empire 9/11 Truth
On the contrary: If you don't know this, you will not stand up against it, & you will not be able to look at ANY of the sites you like if the internet is controlled.
Editors note: The time is literally NOW to get the word out! As the clock ticks, the evidence shines for itself in the government's own documents, verifiable documentaries freely available, and legitimate facts available amongst the plethora of information (davand disinformation) on the net, because we currently have an unregulated internet.
By simply being aware of their plans and manipulation, we have a chance in preventing the loss of what could be a wonderful future; our destiny.
Now would be the perfect time to highlight that there was a recent study that shows how using the internet can actually make you smarter, & increase your intelligence. Not only by learning new things, but because the sheer act of surfing around stimulates the brain.
This clearly does not jive with the elite's desire to dumb us down, so the internet is going down. Mainly, for obvious reasons; the truth IS out there... Online, & it's getting out too fast for their liking. We can expect that this is going to occur very shortly, for the act of censorship gives rise to an inevitable suspicion that they have something to hide, so we have to move FAST!
THIS IS A MASSIVE SMOKING GUN THAT THEY HAVE SOMETHING TO HIDE.
They sell the censorship to (some) parents by claiming that it's because there is porn all over the net, when it can be found in STORES, and the last time I checked, one does not require an internet connection to walk into a store.
It is clear that we have to get the truth out to as many people as possible, or we will be in a very sad situation.
Furthermore, it will be a point of no return, because we will never have the chance to get important, proven facts of government manipulation & it is no longer a conspiracy theory! This is a reality & we cannot allow ourselves to sit & idle in the dust, as our ability to do something about government corruption & tyranny starts to rust.
I trust that you will do the right thing, & speak out about the information & facts that you are aware of, regardless of fear of ridicule. -Because the only thing that should be feared is not taking action!
Alex Jones: Internet 2 Takeover
Paul Joseph Watson
While media accuses China of blacklisting sensitive information, censorship is taking place right here at home.
Paul Joseph Watson & Alex Jones/Prison Planet.com
MySpace isn’t cool, it isn’t hip and it isn’t trendy. It represents a cyber trojan horse and the media elite’s last gasp effort to reclaim control of the Internet and sink it with a stranglehold of regulation, control and censorship.
Paul Joseph Watson
Moderator says anything containing URL of website is filtered out.
Paul Joseph Watson
Some question if report that pay-per-view system to be introduced is a hoax, but wider march to regulate the web is documented.
Nationwide blackout a clear attempt to shut down free speech or just an error?
A new wave of “restrictions” on mobile phone content, websites, chatrooms and message boards will be introduced in Australia by late January, 2008.
The Alex Jones Show, June 11, 2008: : Death of the Internet
Google Video Caught Censoring Loose Change?
Online version of 9/11 film not featured in top 100 despite still having huge viewing figures.
Japan To Censor The Internet?
Infowars reporter Matt Lepacek was led out of the spin room by Goffstown PD last night, at the behest of a Giuliani staffer who didn’t like the question he and his crew were asking of a spokesman.
This report describes the system by which results in the Google search engine are suppressed.
Yahoo 9/11 Internet Censorship
Google Censorship FAQ
The figure of censored sites might be somewhere between millions to hundreds of millions.
After receiving over 50,000 views in a few hours and on its way to shoot to the top of the most viewed chart, You Tube brazenly pulled a popular video from their rankings system.
Three days after I posted a college lecture on the Google-Video website, it disappeared. The lecture was about measuring “warmongering” as a psychological trait using surveys and statistics.
Federally Funded Researchers Want To Scrap The Internet
Seeking further funding from Congress for "clean slate" projects.
Total regulation rules are close at hand, a new internet will kill free speech and weed out anything deemed "inappropriate."
Pentagon Carpet Bombs the Opposition in Cyberspace
The Pentagon puts forward a DDoS scheme.
A nanny state proposal would jack the cost of running a website or blog through the ceiling.
Internet Censorship UK
Dan Gilmour on how web censorship is affecting citizen media
Paul Joseph Watson
Several developments that are coming to the fore indicate a noticeable advance towards a government regulated, taxed and controlled system that spells doomsday for the Internet as we know it.
On the Internet, the traffic cops are blind — they don’t look at the data they’re directing, and they don’t give preferential treatment.
We've got so used to the carnage of the Middle East that we don't care any more – providing we don't offend the Israelis. It's not clear how many of the Gaza dead are civilians, but the response of the Bush administration, not to mention the pusillanimous reaction of Gordon Brown, reaffirm for Arabs what they have known for decades: however they struggle against their antagonists, the West will take Israel's side. As usual, the bloodbath was the fault of the Arabs – who, as we all know, only understand force.
Ever since 1948, we've been hearing this balderdash from the Israelis – just as Arab nationalists and then Arab Islamists have been peddling their own lies: that the Zionist "death wagon" will be overthrown, that all Jerusalem will be "liberated". And always Mr Bush Snr or Mr Clinton or Mr Bush Jnr or Mr Blair or Mr Brown have called upon both sides to exercise "restraint" – as if the Palestinians and the Israelis both have F-18s and Merkava tanks and field artillery. Hamas's home-made rockets have killed just 20 Israelis in eight years, but a day-long blitz by Israeli aircraft that kills almost 300 Palestinians is just par for the course.
The blood-splattering has its own routine. Yes, Hamas provoked Israel's anger, just as Israel provoked Hamas's anger, which was provoked by Israel, which was provoked by Hamas, which ... See what I mean? Hamas fires rockets at Israel, Israel bombs Hamas, Hamas fires more rockets and Israel bombs again and ... Got it? And we demand security for Israel – rightly – but overlook this massive and utterly disproportionate slaughter by Israel. It was Madeleine Albright who once said that Israel was "under siege" – as if Palestinian tanks were in the streets of Tel Aviv.
By last night, the exchange rate stood at 296 Palestinians dead for one dead Israeli. Back in 2006, it was 10 Lebanese dead for one Israeli dead. This weekend was the most inflationary exchange rate in a single day since – the 1973 Middle East War? The 1967 Six Day War? The 1956 Suez War? The 1948 Independence/Nakba War? It's obscene, a gruesome game – which Ehud Barak, the Israeli Defence Minister, unconsciously admitted when he spoke this weekend to Fox TV. "Our intention is to totally change the rules of the game," Barak said.
Exactly. Only the "rules" of the game don't change. This is a further slippage on the Arab-Israeli exchanges, a percentage slide more awesome than Wall Street's crashing shares, though of not much interest in the US which – let us remember – made the F-18s and the Hellfire missiles which the Bush administration pleads with Israel to use sparingly.
Quite a lot of the dead this weekend appear to have been Hamas members, but what is it supposed to solve? Is Hamas going to say: "Wow, this blitz is awesome – we'd better recognise the state of Israel, fall in line with the Palestinian Authority, lay down our weapons and pray we are taken prisoner and locked up indefinitely and support a new American 'peace process' in the Middle East!" Is that what the Israelis and the Americans and Gordon Brown think Hamas is going to do?
Yes, let's remember Hamas's cynicism, the cynicism of all armed Islamist groups. Their need for Muslim martyrs is as crucial to them as Israel's need to create them. The lesson Israel thinks it is teaching – come to heel or we will crush you – is not the lesson Hamas is learning. Hamas needs violence to emphasise the oppression of the Palestinians – and relies on Israel to provide it. A few rockets into Israel and Israel obliges.
Not a whimper from Tony Blair, the peace envoy to the Middle East who's never been to Gaza in his current incarnation. Not a bloody word.
We hear the usual Israeli line. General Yaakov Amidror, the former head of the Israeli army's "research and assessment division" announced that "no country in the world would allow its citizens to be made the target of rocket attacks without taking vigorous steps to defend them". Quite so. But when the IRA were firing mortars over the border into Northern Ireland, when their guerrillas were crossing from the Republic to attack police stations and Protestants, did Britain unleash the RAF on the Irish Republic? Did the RAF bomb churches and tankers and police stations and zap 300 civilians to teach the Irish a lesson? No, it did not. Because the world would have seen it as criminal behaviour. We didn't want to lower ourselves to the IRA's level.
Yes, Israel deserves security. But these bloodbaths will not bring it. Not since 1948 have air raids protected Israel. Israel has bombed Lebanon thousands of times since 1975 and not one has eliminated "terrorism". So what was the reaction last night? The Israelis threaten ground attacks. Hamas waits for another battle. Our Western politicians crouch in their funk holes. And somewhere to the east – in a cave? a basement? on a mountainside? – a well-known man in a turban smiles.