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Originally posted by Chett
reply to post by zysin5
Sometimes reading all the doomsday predictions out there, and the sorry state of the world it looks like people are hoping for it as much as fearing it. Like perhaps things have gotten so bad an enforced 'reset' seems like a good option.
End of the world as we know it comes up over and over, but I must admit this time it seems a lot more widespread than usual. What I wonder is if there is a real difference or maybe its just an artifact of the Internet ... more and larger fertile ground for these things to grow.
Originally posted by timewalker
300 million people in the U.S. will have the same idea. Leave the city for good hunting grounds. There will be no rural areas anymore and nothing to hunt.
Originally posted by davesidious
reply to post by itsawild1
What's the point of living out in the woods in case of the end of civilisation happens? You've not living in civilisation now, so for you it already has!
Originally posted by Asktheanimals
reply to post by itsawild1
Star for you. We do make our own choices in life. To live in the city was to believe the myth that modern society can handle anything. We'll find out soon enough
Mainstream scientific concern about 2012 has grown since a recent National Research Council report funded by NASA and issued by the National Academy of Sciences, entitled “Severe Space Weather Events: Understanding Economic and Societal Impact” which details the potential devastation of 2012 solar storms on the current planetary energy grid and because of the inter-linkages of a cybernetic society, on our entire human civilization.
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.
We could be in for a huge firework display in 2012. The Sun will be approaching the peak of its 11-year cycle, called "solar maximum", so we can expect a lot of solar activity. Some predictions put the solar maximum of Solar Cycle 24 even more energetic than the last solar maximum in 2002-2003 (remember all those record breaking X-class flares?). Solar physicists are already getting excited about this next cycle and new prediction methods are being put to good use. But should we be worried?
Personally I'm not an "end of the world" type person. I do not believe for a minute the whole world is coming to an
end. Of course I base that view on my perspective of life and the meaning of it. As the year 2012 looms closer, I will
be prepared for the simple reason I understand astronomy enough to know we will be in danger of having to fend for
ourselves for a period of time. Solar Flares, the Sun's 11 year solar cycle and the galactic alignment of the Sun to the
Milky way are all quantifiable science. Its been at least 21,000 years since this specific alignment has occurred. Thats
a fact. Previous recorded solar flares have knocked out satellites before. We know that in 2012 we will have solar
flares more extreme than we have ever recorded. Its just common sense to hope for the best, and prepare for the worst.