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What is so fascinating and terrifying about a sun flare is how easily one could send us humans back into the dark ages. It could create an EM pulse that could fry electronic circuitry without a sound or visual cue that anything just occurred.
NBC has a new show coming out this season called Revolution. Is life going to imitate art? Nature’s way of balancing everything out? It’s a scary possibility because many would not survive without technology. Even the simple task of having clean water would kill millions.
Earth has had merely a handful of near misses that were powerful enough to create a world portrayed in that television show. But it would only take one to create that world.
What is a Solar Flare?
A solar flare is a sudden brightening observed over the Sun’s surface ejecting a cloud of intense particles into space. These clouds typically reach Earth a day or two after the event. The term is also used to refer to similar phenomena in other stars, where the term stellar flare applies.
Solar flares affect all layers of the solar atmosphere, producing radiation across the electromagnetic spectrum at all wavelengths, from radio waves to gamma rays. Although most of the energy goes to frequencies outside the visual range and for this reason a majorities of the flares are not visible to the naked eye and must be observed with special instruments. Flares occur in active regions around sunspots and are powered by the sudden release of magnetic energy stored in the corona. The same energy releases may produce coronal mass ejections (CME), although the relation between CMEs and flares is still not well established.
X-rays and UV radiation emitted by solar flares can affect Earth's ionosphere. This can disrupt long-range radio communications, direct radio emission, and may disturb operation of radars and other devices operating at these frequencies. Massive solar flares have been known to knock out electric power for extended periods of time.
The frequency of occurrence of solar flares varies, from several per day when the Sun is particularly "active" to less than one every week when the Sun is "quiet", following the 11-year solar cycle. Most proton storms take two or more hours from the time of visual detection to reach Earth's orbit. A solar flare on January 20, 2005 released the highest concentration of protons ever directly measured, taking only 15 minutes after observation to reach Earth, indicating a velocity of approximately one-third light speed, giving astronauts as little as 15 minutes to reach shelter.
Although there is a general agreement on the flares' causes, the details are still not well known. It is not clear how the magnetic energy is transformed into the particle kinetic energy, nor it is known how the particles are accelerated to energies as high as 10 MeV (Mega ElectronVolt) and beyond. We are unable to forecast flares, even to this day.
Solar flares are classified as A, B, C, M or X according to the peak flux (in watts per square meter, W/m2) of 100 to 800 picometer X-rays near Earth, as measured on the GOES spacecraft.
Classification Peak Flux Range at 100-800 picometer (Watts/square meter]
A < 10-7
B 10-7 - 10-6
C 10-6 - 10-5
M 10-5 - 10-4
X > 10-4
Solar flares strongly influence the local space weather in the vicinity of the Earth. Energetic particles in the magnetosphere contribute to the aurora borealis.
The radiation risks posed by coronal mass ejections are a major concern in discussions of a manned mission to Mars, the moon, or other planets. Energetic protons can pass through the human body, causing biochemical damage, and hence present a hazard to astronauts during interplanetary travel. Some kind of physical or magnetic shielding would be required to protect the astronauts.
In the Past
The sun unleashed an X1.8 class flare that began at 1:12 PM ET on January 27, 2012 and peaked at 1:37. The flare immediately caused a strong radio blackout at low-latitudes, which was rated an R3 on NOAA's scale from R1-5. The blackout soon subsided to a minor R1 storm. Models from NASA's Goddard Space Weather Center predict that the CME is traveling at over 1500 miles per second. It does not initially appear to be Earth-directed, but Earth may get a glancing blow.
Initial movies from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) look as though there was an eruption and CME associated with the event, and NOAA’s GOES satellite also detected a solar energetic particle (SEP) event a half hour after the flare peak.
NASA calls these past intense solar flares as “Hot Shots”.
Here are some links to some incredible footage of these “Hot Shots”.
This is a good website for all sorts of space information including near Earth Asteroid Misses, which by the way we have an extremely close call coming by on June 29th. 499,721.3 km from earth, a 24m asteroid will pass by. Our moons average distance from the Earth is 384,399 km, that’s 238,854 miles. However the Moon's orbit is elliptical and the distance therefore varies during its orbit, to 405,696 km (252,088 miles) at its furthest. You can also track satellites through this site. http://spaceweather.com/
This site has a lot of technical data, all about sun spots. http://sunspotwatch.com/
This site also monitors sun spots for HAM operators, who are greatly affected by solar activity. http://www.solarham.com/
This is NASA’s solar events page. http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sunearth/multimedia/Solar-Events.html
This page is where NASA’s Heliophysics department studies the Sun, Heliosphere, and Planetary Environments as a single connected system is the goal of the Science Mission Directorate's Heliophysics Research Program. http://science.nasa.gov/heliophysics/
I’m a big believer in the UN being removed from the US. The diplomats from these countries get nothing useful accomplished and just abuse their power here in the US. They could literally get away with murder. We have our own problems with wasteful spending and politicians writing their own pay checks. The US doesn’t need the worlds abused governments sitting on our doorstep. The diplomats themselves are typically financially well-off yet many of which have their hands out for money. Americans just can’t pass out money anymore, and politicians who are-are totally out of touch with the public. When your neighbors down the street are losing their house because they were laid-off after working 20+ years for a company, and politicians are handing out money to a foreign country or a large corporation, it’s gotta make you mad.
The UN has gotta go. Do you know how much of your money is spent on these diplomats?
Quarter of a Billion, every year.
Here are some articles:
If the UN was located in a country that needs financial help then maybe something will be accomplished because these world politicians will be forced to see and deal with the issues there.
Originally the UN was founded in 1945 after World War II to replace the League of Nations, to stop wars between countries, and to provide a platform for dialogue. But everyone knows it's just a bureaucratic cesspool. Where the building is located in Manhattan, is considered international territory.
At the time, having the UN located in the US was a proud moment for Americans to host the international community's talks of peace. It really made NYC the headquarters for many companies and organizations. It made the US into a major player. But I believe the UN has worn out their welcome and they need to go.
This is not a Republican or a Democrat issue; it is a policy issue that is incorporated into each administration. And I must reinforce, I am neither Republican nor Democrat. But I am a constitutionalists, meaning; I believe our government should follow the original constitution to the letter.
Why not put the UN in a country where their “power” could be more beneficial for a local country, like Afghanistan. Or maybe it could be hosted by countries for a particular length of time, like the Olympics. My point is; if they are going to be a giant, wasteful, bureaucratic organization, then send them to another country that needs the revenue these elitist diplomats have in their big pockets.
Wiki explains the criticisms:
And the US doesn’t need to hand out money to them anymore-we have our own problems. It's just my opinion.
What exactly is going around here?
I promise I am not an alarmist or a conspiracy theorist, but I do have a healthy inquisitive mind that I have no problem keeping an open mind to even the most obscure hypothesis. Why not? Crazier things in the world have occurred that many at the time never believed could happen-yet it did.
When first coming across this information I was in a state of total denial. I believed our country was free, and always felt a sense of comfort in knowing that as long as we didn’t hurt others in observing our freedom we were left to ourselves. Ideally we treated everyone with respect and honored their uniqueness and hoped that others did likewise.
Well, there are over 600 prison camps in the United States, all fully operational and ready to receive prisoners. They are all staffed and even surrounded by full-time guards, but they are all empty. These camps are to be operated by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) should Martial Law need to be implemented in the United States.
President Regan signed Presidential Director Number 54 in April of 1984 that allowed FEMA to activate a secret national readiness exercise. This exercise was given the code name REX 84. The purpose of the exercise was to test FEMA's ability to assume military authority. REX 84 was so highly guarded that special metal doors were installed on the fifth floor of the FEMA building in Washington, D.C. The only people that were allowed to enter the premises were ones who had a red Christian cross on their shirt. The exercise required the following.....
· Suspension of the Constitution of the United States
· Turning control of the government over to FEMA
· Appointment of military commanders to run state and local governments
· Declaration of Martial Law
The Rex 84 Program was established on the reasoning that if a mass exodus of illegal aliens crossed the Mexican/US border, they would be quickly rounded up and detained in detention controlled by FEMA. Rex 84 allowed many military bases to be closed down and to be turned into these shadow prisons.
Operation Cable Splicer and Garden Plot are the two sub programs which will be implemented once the Rex 84 program is initiated for its proper purpose. Garden Plot is the program to control the population. Cable Splicer is the program for an orderly takeover of the state and local governments by the federal government. FEMA is the executive arm of the coming police state and thus will head up all operations. The Presidential Executive Orders already listed on the Federal Register also are part of the legal framework for this operation. So how much money goes into an organization like this? Well it has been discovered that FEMA has a quasi-billion dollar budget. However, about 6% of that budget goes into the relief effort. So why is it that they need so much money?
The many camps have railroad facilities as well as roads leading to and from the detention facilities. Many also have an airport nearby. The majority of the camps can house a population of 20,000 prisoners. Currently, the largest of these facilities is just outside of Fairbanks, Alaska. The Alaskan facility is a massive mental health facility and can hold approximately 2 million people.
Terry Kings wrote an article on his discoveries of camps located in southern California. His findings are as follows:
Once a major disaster occurs whether a real or a manufactured event, and Martial Law is put in place, then we are in the hands of the government agencies (FEMA) who portray themselves as our protectors. Yet, what happens when we question those in authority? Will we be the ones detained in these camp sites? And who are they going to round up? Those with guns? Those who ask questions? Those that want to know what’s really going on? If we are in denial, we don’t see the signs that are staring at us. We just don’t care enough to find out the real truth, and settle for the hand-fed stories that come our way over the major media sources. But it’s too late to turn back to the days of hiding our heads in the sand because the reality is becoming very clear. The time is fast approaching when we will be the ones asking "What happened to our freedom? To our free speech? To our right to protect ourselves and our family? To think as an individual? To express ourselves in whatever way we wish?"
Once we challenge that freedom we find out how free we really are. Why are we in denial over these possibilities? Didn’t we hear about prison camps in Germany, and even in the United States during World War II? Japanese individuals were rounded up and placed in determent camps during the duration of the War. Where was their freedom? You don’t think it could happen to you? Obviously those rounded up and killed didn’t think it could happen to them either. Are we all going to sit there and wonder what happened to our freedom? Where did we go wrong? How could we let this happen?
Click here to go to a website that has a list of all the executive orders and where the prison camps are located in each state. And this is another place you can read about these concentration camps.
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