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Monday, May 4, 2009

God's "RESET" Button

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Here is a very interesting story of how God might "control, alt, delete" our modern civilization when he finally decides he's had enough of it...
(New Scientist) - IT IS midnight on 22 September 2012 and the skies above Manhattan are filled with a flickering curtain of colourful light. Few New Yorkers have seen the aurora this far south but their fascination is short-lived. Within a few seconds, electric bulbs dim and flicker, then become unusually bright for a fleeting moment. Then all the lights in the state go out. Within 90 seconds, the entire eastern half of the US is without power.

A year later and millions of Americans are dead and the nation's infrastructure lies in tatters. The World Bank declares America a developing nation. Europe, Scandinavia, China and Japan are also struggling to recover from the same fateful event - a violent storm, 150 million kilometres away on the surface of the sun.

It sounds ridiculous. Surely the sun couldn't create so profound a disaster on Earth. Yet an extraordinary report funded by NASA and issued by the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in January this year claims it could do just that.

Over the last few decades, western civilisations have busily sown the seeds of their own destruction. Our modern way of life, with its reliance on technology, has unwittingly exposed us to an extraordinary danger: plasma balls spewed from the surface of the sun could wipe out our power grids, with catastrophic consequences.

The projections of just how catastrophic make chilling reading. "We're moving closer and closer to the edge of a possible disaster," says Daniel Baker, a space weather expert based at the University of Colorado in Boulder, and chair of the NAS committee responsible for the report.

It is hard to conceive of the sun wiping out a large amount of our hard-earned progress. Nevertheless, it is possible. The surface of the sun is a roiling mass of plasma - charged high-energy particles - some of which escape the surface and travel through space as the solar wind. From time to time, that wind carries a billion-tonne glob of plasma, a fireball known as a coronal mass ejection (see "When hell comes to Earth"). If one should hit the Earth's magnetic shield, the result could be truly devastating.

The incursion of the plasma into our atmosphere causes rapid changes in the configuration of Earth's magnetic field which, in turn, induce currents in the long wires of the power grids. The grids were not built to handle this sort of direct current electricity. The greatest danger is at the step-up and step-down transformers used to convert power from its transport voltage to domestically useful voltage. The increased DC current creates strong magnetic fields that saturate a transformer's magnetic core. The result is runaway current in the transformer's copper wiring, which rapidly heats up and melts. This is exactly what happened in the Canadian province of Quebec in March 1989, and six million people spent 9 hours without electricity. But things could get much, much worse than that....

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Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) happen all the time, coinciding with the active portion of the sun's eleven year cycle.  However, every few centuries, with semi-regular certainty, the sun goes through a violent active stage, ejecting powerful CMEs with alternating polarities, that dwarf the size of normal CMEs.  The last time this was recorded was in 1859, when massive CMEs shorted out every telegraph line on the North American and European continent.  It was called the "Carrington Event," named after solar astronomer Richard Carrington. Though this event was massive by usual standards, it may have still been quite small by historical standards. Ice core samples from the North and South poles indicate much larger events happen with regularity ever 300 to 500 years. So a larger Carrington Event may be on the way soon. At the date of this blog entry, the sun has undergone a prolonged period of decreased sunspots, something never observed by solar astronomers before, and could be a sign of the calm before the storm.

The beauty of this perfectly natural phenomenon that happens every few centuries, is that it leaves primitive societies relatively untouched, and technologically advanced societies completely obliterated. It's the perfect solution to a world run amok with liberalism and technological pride. Basically this has already happened to earth millions of times, but without modern technology, hardly anybody noticed.  It's a subtle reminder of WHO is really in charge of things.  Indeed, mankind may be rushing headlong into global government and worldwide control, but with nothing more than a natural phenomenon, regularly occurring every few centuries, God can wipe out everything modern man has created within a matter of minutes, knocking the earth back to a technology level on par with the 1850's. Underdeveloped countries will be relatively untouched by this, unless they're receiving significant financial aid from developed countries.  Rural agrarian societies, such as the Amish and Mennonites, probably won't even notice anything has happened until one of their members asks to borrow somebody's cell phone. Monastic communities might also be better prepared for this as well. This would effectively put globalist plans into deep freeze for another fifty to seventy years at least. It would also shuffle the deck on the international scene, putting underdeveloped countries at an advantage over previously developed and industrialized nations. Survival would once again be dependent on hard work and self sufficiency. The new world resulting from this would not have time for such novelties as gay-marriage, abortion-on-demand, human cloning, etc.  Most hardened criminals would eventually be killed off, because you can only loot and pillage for so long before you eventually get shot yourself. Governments would be more concerned with trying to preserve themselves in a society that is quickly discovering how useless they really are, and just how little it really needs them. In other words, after the initial chaos of the event, and resulting holocaust which must follow, the meek would inherit the earth, and the first would be last, while the last would be first.  

It's not a question of "if" but "when." THIS WILL HAPPEN SOMEDAY! It has happened millions of times in the past, at semi-regular intervals every few centuries, and it will continue to happen indefinitely until the end of the world. It is harmless to biological life on this planet. The only thing that's different this time is that modern civilization has made itself utterly dependent on technology that is extremely vulnerable to this kind of natural phenomenon. It's the perfect scenario for divine justice.  When this natural event brings our modern civilization to a catastrophic halt, we will only have ourselves to blame.