Monday, June 07, 2010

Here comes the Sun...


Nothing else works, either.
This article As the Sun Awakens, NASA Keeps a Wary Eye on Space Weather goes out on a limb to suggest that solar activity, which has been abnormally low for quite a while, will resume. Going farther out on that limb, NASA hints that sunspots might even increase to abnormally high levels. In any event, our very civilization is threatened by a new vulnerability of our critical systems to solar interference. It won't just be your cable TV getting fuzzy, the electricity might go off. ATMs might not pay, and the water and gas might fail. This would be a crisis.

As the Saul Alinskyite Marxists in Congress and the Obama administration like to say, "Never let a good crisis go to waste." The specter of the imminent collapse of our entire infrastructure, together with a 'sure thing' like sunspots and the trouble they cause surely call for sweeping federal legislation, ground-breaking new federal rules and swift, immediate action! More totalitarian control! More taxes! More goofy social engineering!

Here is my worst case scenario*: The sunspots will return as they seem always to have done. Maybe they will be marginally worse, maybe not. Our flimsy networks will suffer failures, solar activity has always caused problems. Our networks are allegedly getting shakier even as we depend on them more than ever. Maybe the failures will be serious. These failures will be ginned up into a crisis. The only solution to the crisis will be sweeping federal legislation or more stringent federal rules; the news media will say so. A fat bill that must be rushed through Congress doesn't seem so far-fetched now that we have seen how this works.
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The National Space Weather Program held a Space Weather Enterprise Forum which states it's motivation thus:
As we approach the next peak of solar activity expected in 2013, our nation faces multiplying uncertainties from increasing reliance on space weather-affected technologies for communication, navigation, security, and other activities, many of which underpin our national infrastructure and economy. We also face increasing exposure to space weather-driven human health risk as trans-polar flights and space activities, including space tourism, increase.
This is a 'dot-gov' outfit. Part of the government. Prepping you for the next big crisis.

Here comes the sun, doo da doo doo
Here comes the sun, and I say
It's alright, it might cause a crisis
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I'm having fun writing this drivel.
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* I used to get paid to think of everything that could go wrong. I was a professional worst case scenario cat.

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