Power grid, radios, satellites are vulnerable as cycle builds
Scientists hope better forecasting will help prevent disaster
A few days ago, millions of tons of super-heated gas shot off from the surface of the sun and hurtled 90 million miles toward Earth.
The eruption, called a coronal mass ejection, wasn’t particularly powerful on the space-weather scale, but when it hit the Earth’s magnetic field it triggered the strongest geomagnetic storm seen for years. There wasn’t much disruption this time — few people probably even knew it happened — but it served as a reminder the sun has woken from a years-long slumber.
While invisible and harmless to anyone on the Earth’s surface, the geomagnetic waves unleashed by solar storms can cripple power grids, jam radio communications, bathe airline crews in dangerous levels of radiation and knock critical satellites off kilter. The sun began a new 11-year cycle last year and as it reaches its peak in 2025 the specter of powerful space weather creating havoc for humans grows, threatening chaos in a world that has become ever more reliant on technology since the last big storms hit 17 years ago. A recent study suggested hardening the grid could lead to $27 billion worth of benefits to the U.S.…
Remember: Matter. How tiny your share of it. Time. How brief and fleeting your allotment of it. Fate. How small a role you play in it.
– Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
For the past ten years, I’ve spent most of my waking hours learning how the systems we live under function and how wealth and power operate and consolidate in the U.S. as well as globally. I’ve learned a lot and I’ve shared a lot. If I could go back and do it all over again, I would.
I dedicated all that time and energy to writing and engaging on the big issues of our era for two main reasons. First, I felt there was a window of opportunity to turn the ship around and reform the system to avoid needless additional widespread suffering and upheaval, which to me was guaranteed given the destructive path to which our ruling class was obstinately committed. Second, my decade on Wall Street offered some valuable insight into the inner workings of financial feudalism and how it systematically and intentionally enriches certain small segments of the populace while enslaving the masses via perpetual colossal debt issuance coupled with reoccurring central bank bailouts for the creditor and financial asset speculator class.…
If ever there were a year filled with an abundance of bad news and a shortage of good news, 2020 would take the prize. Between the toxic political theater, pandemic scares, nationwide lockdowns that smack of martial law, a rollercoaster economy, and the ever-present menace of the police state, it’s been a hard, heart-wrenching, stomach-churning kind of year overrun with too much hate and too little tolerance.
It’s been a year in which tyranny took a few more steps forward, freedom got knocked down a few more notches, and politics and profit margins took precedence over decency, compassion and human-kindness.
Now we find ourselves at this present moment, overwhelmed by all that is wrong in the world and missing the fellowship of family and friends kept apart by COVID-19 restrictions and concerns. No wonder this Thanksgiving finds so many struggling to reflect and give thanks for what is good. After all, how do you give thanks for freedoms that are constantly being eroded? How do you express gratitude for one’s safety when the perils posed by the American police state grow more treacherous by the day? How do you come together as a nation in thanksgiving when the powers-that-be continue to polarize and divide us into warring factions?…
So, it’s 2020 and you’ve fallen down the rabbit hole. Disorienting, isn’t it? Well, don’t worry: you are not alone. On this special edition of The Corbett Report, James Corbett welcomes all the newcomers to the reality-based community and gives them some tips and advice that he’s learned along the way about navigating this world of lies and cover ups.
Are you ready for this week’s absurdity? Here’s our Friday roll-up of the most ridiculous stories from around the world that are threats to your liberty, risks to your prosperity… and on occasion, inspiring poetic justice.
Teachers call Child Services when kids miss online class
Teachers are serving as the state’s newest surveillance into your home. The Massachusetts Department of Children and Families issued a fact sheet for teachers outlining when they should call DCF– the agency which can take your children and put them in foster care. Did a kid miss an online class? Call in child services, because that could be evidence of neglect. Teachers are also encouraged to pry into the home life of students on camera. “Who is home today to help you with learning?” “I’m having a hard time hearing you due to background noise/I’m hearing some other noises in the background, what else is happening at your house today?” “I saw a person walk by your screen, who is home with you today?” One mother has already had a DCF visit for leaving her 7-year-old boy with his teenage brother while she worked. They used to call that babysitting. Now, apparently, it’s neglect.…
Travel publications around the world have referred to the Hawaiian islands as “paradise on earth”. But a much darker and more disturbing trend that was once relegated to the continental United States has taken Hawaii by storm. Much has been written about NextDoor’s “Karen” problems of reporting on people of color, and now as AP News reports, ‘volunteer’ Hawaiians are turning suspected quarantine rule breakers into the police. A former reporter named Angela Keen and her Facebook group of snitches spy on vacationer’s social media pages looking for incriminating pictures. “When members of her Facebook group spot tourists posting about their beach trips on social media, Keen zeroes in on photos for clues like license plate numbers she can run down and distinctive furnishings she can match up with vacation rental listings.” Her group of ‘volunteer’ snitches has spread across the Hawaiian islands, leading to the arrests of 35 vacationers so far.
Look, things aren’t feeling so bright and cheery in the US right now. And the sad truth is that there are some tough times ahead. We usually bring you stories on Friday that are absurd or even infuriating. I’m sure you’ve seen enough of that this week. So we thought we’d share a few moments of character and integrity shown at protests across the US, which shined through all the tragedy. There are bad apples on all sides– some bad apple protestors who loot and burn and destroy. And some bad apple cops who engage in terrible acts of violence. But there are plenty of good apples on both sides too. Peaceful protesters sprang into action when they saw a man destroying a sidewalk. The man was dressed in all black, like Antifa, and was apparently destroying the sidewalk to create projectiles to hurl at police and businesses. But rather than let things escalate, peaceful protesters tackled the man, took his hammer, and handed him over to a group of police who were nearby. In fact, the police were right standing there, with the man in clear view. And yet they did nothing to stop him. Cops even almost arrested one of the peaceful protesters who handed the man over.…
Before I explain how wonderful the COVID-19 era is, and is going to be, for us and for liberty, I must give a nod to the very real concerns about agriculturalization of human beings by the state. The new American project seems to be about converting the amber waves of Republican grain into one giant CAFO, complete with centrally controlled feeding, mandated meds, and plenty of one-way alleys and head-gates. We are not all drinking Brawndo, not yet. While the state prefers that we be sheep, we should approach the government herd like a well-trained border collie, from a rear vantage point, with a keen and focused eye. What is the herd doing, and why is it doing that? Where are the leaders, and where are the idiots (not mutually exclusive, of course)! What is our objective for the herd? After all, the border collie is as smart as any advanced four year old, knows its job, and has confidence in its ability to manage toward a goal. Further, he has no doubts at all that he will be successful.
It has never been more apparent that a great many of people need to wake up and more fully realize what is going on. It’s like half of society is in Twin Peaks and the other half is on The Truman Show and doesn’t realize it. Our reality is tightly controlled, and seen only through a crafted lens. Those that can see outside of those blinders, and those that cannot demarcate an important divide in our new normal. Maybe you see it differently, but the direction of things is definitely concerning; something is definitely happening, a change is taking place quick, but not as many people have swallowed the narrative as they might have expected. This is not over, and the awareness, the level of consciousness, the infectious spread of thinking and discussion can make a difference.