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Here Comes the Sun

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by Lawrence E. Joseph
excerpt from Aftermath, A Guide to Preparing and Surviving Apocalypse 2012
(paperback edition to be published August 2011)

Although the date would stump most trivia buffs, September 2, 1859, is when the greatest magnetic storm ever recorded hit the Earth. It is also the date likeliest to be replayed in 2012, with one important difference: this time, the devastation will be colossal.

The Carrington event, named after Richard Carrington, the amateur British astronomer who took the lead in observing and explaining it, was actually a one-two punch that uppercut the Earth over the course of a week. The first of the two massive solar explosions began forming some-time in mid-August 1859, when an unusually large sunspot appeared on the northwest portion of the Sun’s face. On August 27, it erupted like a zit, shooting out a Moon-sized glob of plasma, or supercharged gas. Such blasts are known as coronal mass ejections (CMEs).

CMEs are usually shaped like croissants, according to a discovery made in 2009 by STEREO, a pair of NASA probes that flank the Sun and photograph these explosions from opposite sides. According to Angelos Vourlidas of the Naval Research Laboratory, a computer model designer for the STEREO mission, CMEs are formed in a manner akin to that of twisting the ends of a rope around and around, tighter and tighter, until the middle bulges out. Instead of rope, Slinky-like lines of magnetic force twist out of the sunspots. Eventually, after enough twisting, the crescent-shaped coil of plasma snaps free and spins away from the Sun at a million miles per hour or more, which is just what happened in the Carrington event.

The first cosmic croissant of the Carrington event hit Earth the next day, August 28, 1859, causing some of the most beautiful auroras ever seen. The northern lights don’t normally extend down to Havana, Cuba, but this time they did, making the sky there appear as though it were stained with blood and on fire.

On September 1, 1859, the Sun erupted again, even more furiously. According to scientists’ reconstructions, the second Carrington CME was dozens of times more powerful than average, weighing in at about 10 billion tons and 10 trillion trillion watts (trillions of times more than the sum total of all electrical, mechanical, combustible, muscular, animal, and plant energy than has been produced or consumed in the history of the planet). Traveling at about 5 million miles per hour, it was also one of the fastest ever recorded. Think of a tennis ball machine suddenly rifling out a (molten, radioactive) basketball.

When CMEs launch, they create a shockwave that slaps the solar wind, a sphere of charged particles, mostly protons. This impact causes what is known as an SEP (solar energetic particle) event, which accelerates everything in its path exponentially; most of these supercharged particles take an hour or less to reach the Earth’s atmosphere, where they fuse nitrogen and oxygen atoms to create nitrates, which eventually settle as dust onto the poles. Although the Carrington SEP is generally considered the largest on record, back then no one noticed it because there were no instruments sensitive enough to detect it. (Evidence of the 1859 SEP impact has since been found in anomalous nitrate-laden ice core samples that date back to that time.)

Today, there are satellite-borne instruments sensitive enough to detect SEPs, most of which would probably have been fried by the Carrington event’s ferocity. Indeed, far lesser SEPs are blamed for having disabled a number of spacecraft, including Japan’s Nozomi satellite, dooming that nation’s mission to Mars. SEPs also threaten astronauts; a Carrington-scale event would imperil those aboard the International Space Station.

At 4:50 GMT on September 2, 1859, the second and by far the more powerful Carrington CME barreled into the Earth, fifteen to twenty hours behind the SEP shockwave it had detonated. The CME made quite a splash in the headlines, sizzling telegraph wires, causing fires, and filling the sky with an auroral glow that made midnight as bright as noon.

“The electricity that attended this beautiful phenomenon took possession of the magnetic wires throughout the country, and there were numerous side displays in the telegraph offices where fantastical and unreadable messages came through the instruments, and where the atmospheric fireworks assumed shape and substance in brilliant sparks,” reported the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin. The electrical blasts were so powerful that some telegraph operators disconnected the batteries to their equipment and were still able to send and receive messages just operating on the power that was heavenly supplied.

Were we hit today by a geomagnetic storm of equivalent strength to the Carrington event, our civilization could well be plunged into chaos. This is not an exaggeration. Rather, it is the consensus of those who presented at the National Academy of Sciences’ report Severe Space Weather Events: Understanding Societal and Economic Impacts, published in December 2008.

The report’s executive summary says:
Because of the interconnectedness of critical infrastructures in modern society, the impacts of severe space weather events can go beyond disruption of existing technical systems and lead to short-term as well as to long-term collateral socioeconomic disruptions. Electric power is modern society’s cornerstone technology, the technology on which virtually all other infrastructures and services depend. Collateral effects of a longer-term outage [such as would almost certainly result from a Carrington-scale space weather event] would likely include, for example, disruption of the transportation, communication, banking, and finance systems, and government services; the breakdown of the distribution of potable water owing to pump failure and the loss of perishable foods and medications because of lack of refrigeration. The resulting loss of services for a significant period of time in even one region of the country could affect the entire nation and have international impact as well.

Contributors from NASA, NOAA (National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration), the Smithsonian Institution, the United States Air Force, a number of major universities, and advanced technology corporations gave evidence that a contemporary Carrington-scale event would lead to deep and widespread social disruption. Basic to this contention are the enormous changes to the United States’ infrastructure over the past century and a half. Modern society is utterly dependent on electricity. The electrical system is the master system upon which all others depend. And it is vulnerable to historically large space weather events.

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Why 2011 is not 2008 – Why it is much worse

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From Michael Krieger of KAM LP
Originally posted March 10, 2011

If we are to have another contest in the near future of our national existence, I predict that the dividing line will not be Mason and Dixon but between patriotism and intelligence on the one side, and superstition, ambition and ignorance on the other. –Ulysses S. Grant

Mubarak has been an ally of ours in a number of things. And he’s been very responsible on, relative to geopolitical interest in the region, the Middle East peace efforts; the actions Egypt has taken relative to normalizing relationship with – with Israel… I would not refer to him as a dictator. –United States Vice President, Joe Biden

Stuck in a Time Capsule

I remember as a kid on several occasions putting together a time capsule as part of a school project. I am sure many of you reading this have done a similar thing at some point. The concept is simple and elegant. The group involved in creating the time capsule picks various things from their current society or culture that they feel is representative of the environment at the time and then they bury these items so that future generations can get a glimpse of what life was like for people in a prior time.

The reason humans have a desire to perform acts such as this is because our collective consciousness understands how much things change over time. Empires rise and fall, major belief systems dominate and then become discredited, broad concepts of what is considered acceptable human behavior with respect to our fellow human beings also change and vary within different cultures over time.

Everyone knows the saying “nothing is certain except death and taxes.” Actually this is garbage. Taxes may be certain in the current society we live in but there is nothing eternal about taxes. It is entirely a human creation. I would replace taxes with the word change (not Obama change, real change). From my perspective the one thing in addition to death that is certain in humanity’s existence is change. Volatile, massive change. What confuses people is that this change happens very suddenly and seemingly out of nowhere to those only paying attention to the establishment parrots that assure you all is stable and ok because they are the elites and they want things to stay the same. They want that giant boot stamped firmly on your face forever.

This is exactly where we find ourselves today. In the middle of the most profound change in the paradigm of the world as we know it that we will ever see in our lifetimes. Hosni Mubarak had been dictator of Egypt since 1981. So basically my entire life on this planet this guy had dominated the Egyptian people (with complete and total U.S. government support). He was an immovable object. Yet within a couple of weeks this guy was tossed out with relatively little violence. For someone like me that lives and breathes within the macro zeitgeist of this planet this event was absolutely extraordinary and more importantly just a small piece of the wider puzzle of the world changing all around us.

As anyone that has been reading my pieces for several years knows I have been saying for a very long time that we are in a period of immense economic, geopolitical and social change throughout the world. This change is of an order of magnitude so great that by the time this period passes (we are still very early in the process) virtually nothing about the way we live our lives and view the world will be the same. This will be the case everywhere, but nowhere will the impact be as great as in the United States.

The reason is quite simple. What we are witnessing in the Middle East is the dismantling of the American Empire, the existence of which is actually not even known to the majority of Americans as a result of highly effective media and cultural propaganda. Most Americans have lived their lives in complete ignorance that it is this American Empire rooted in a counterfeit currency that we force down the world’s throat which has given them their bloated standard of living and will therefore be completely confused about why their standard of living has collapsed once the Empire crumbles.

The entire purpose of these articles is to wake up as many people in the United States as possible to the reality of the situation we are dealing with so they can prepare for what is coming and ride out the storm as best as possible. So that people can form tighter communities and learn to help their neighbors. The biggest risk we face is not lower standards of living. That is written in stone in the near-term. The biggest risk is that the emotional trauma caused by such an event allows us to be thrown into the arms of a demagogue that promises us security, stability and strength. This is exactly how it went down in Nazi Germany.

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Japan: Flash developments post earthquake

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from Reuters
Posted March 11, 2010

(Reuters) – Following are main developments in the 8.9 magnitude earthquake that struck northeast Japan on Friday.

• More than 500 people are missing and more than 300 dead in Japan after the quake, NHK says.

• Some 3,000 residents living near a nuclear plant in Fukushima prefecture, north of Tokyo, evacuated from area. Government says no radiation leaking; evacuation is precaution after reactor cooling malfunction.

• Quake triggers tsunami up to 10 metres (30 feet), waves sweep across farmland, sweeping away homes, crops, vehicles, triggering fires. Tsunami of 7 metres later hits northern Japan.

• Tsunami warnings issued for the entire Pacific basin, except the mainland United States and Canada. Countries covered by the warnings included Russia, Fiji, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Honduras, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia and Peru.

• Alerts lifted for Australia, New Zealand and Guam. Taiwan, Indonesia, the Philippines also lifted tsunami warnings.

• Fire engulfs a large waterfront area near Sendai city, TV footage shows. One train is derailed and another missing in Miyagi prefecture, Kyodo says.

• A ship carrying 100 people was swept away by the tsunami, Kyodo news agency reports.

• Major fire at Chiba refinery near Tokyo.

• Tokyo’s Narita international airport resumes some outbound flights.

• Major fire at Chiba refinery near Tokyo.

• All Japanese ports closed and discharging operations halted, shippers report.

• Electronics firm Sony closes six factories, Kyodo new agency reports.

• Bank of Japan to hold policy meeting on Monday, will announce decision same day. Central bank vows to do utmost to ensure financial market stability.

• Tokyo Stock Exchange says it plans to open for trading as normal on Monday.

• Asian shares fall after the quake hits; European shares fall to their lowest in three months.

Written by aurick

11/03/2011 at 7:04 pm

Danger boils up, but not just in the Mideast

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by Rick Ackerman
Originally posted Feb 1, 2011

Turns out the Middle East is not the only place on earth where trouble has heated to a  dangerous boil. Superhot gases have recently caused miles of ground to swell dramatically beneath Yellowstone, reminding us that Nature could end life on this planet far more swiftly than any man-made conflict. Even a hydrogen bomb would be a firecracker in comparison to an eruption of the Yellowstone caldera. Which brings us to the essay below, written by a friend of ours with a keen interest in prophets and seers. At least one of them predicted long ago that 2012 would see a spectacular increase in seismic activity, potentially affecting hundreds of millions of lives.

This essay originally ran in May, but with Yellowstone’s supervolcano unusually active, we thought it would be a good time to repeat it. Our friend also notes that “the drumbeat of prophecies clicking over is also picking up pace – watch England for potential violence involving the Royal family in the lead-up to this April’s royal wedding; Tunisia is only the first North African country to experience destabilizing revolution and Algeria and Morocco could well follow in the year ahead; and watch the Catholic Church as a schism may unfold there as well.

“On the economic front, the next leg down in the economy is also due to start this year, and the worst of what will turn out to be this Millennium Depression is still ahead of us. Yes, we have begun the second decade of the new Millennium. 2011 may well be the last year the world at large will not be at a state of world war – for decades to come. I hope the prophecies are wrong, or maybe my interpretation of them is flawed – but that is what my studies of prophecies over the last 40+ years are pointing towards. All the best to you and yours – carpe diem.”


Seismic Tempo Increasing

Even the least observant amongst us is slowly becoming aware of a building “drumbeat” of seismic events on our planet – that seem to be increasing in both frequency and magnitude and occurring in areas where we find significant populations. Recent large scale destructive events include the Indonesian tsunami; central China, Haiti, Chile and last week’s western China earthquakes and also the recent eruption of an Icelandic volcano.

Combined, these major seismic events have cost hundreds of thousands of lives and billions in damages. The Icelandic volcano has so far just disrupted intercontinental air traffic, and so is negatively impacting the western developed economies. We can all see though, that significant seismic events can have potential relevance to us as investors.

According to several prophetic sources, seismic activity is building towards an impending planetary event (worldwide) – the shifting of the axis of rotation of the Earth, which some sources indicate is forecast to occur in the 4th quarter of 2012. The U.S. will obviously not be immune to this massive disaster. Ancient Hindu texts suggest this is a regular cyclical planetary event that has occurred roughly every 14,000 years.

The pole shift may be triggered by a rogue celestial object that enters our solar system as part of a 14,000 year orbit. If this happens, prophecy suggests that a celestial object should first appear visible to us in the sky on a future June 21st (2012?) of that fateful year. Mayan prophetic sources also seem to suggest the 4th quarter of 2012 (December 21-23) is the likely timing (however triggered) for the actual pole shift.

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Gerald Celente forecast: “By 2012 America will become an undeveloped nation”

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Originally posted: 12 Dec 2010

Gerald Celente, the CEO of Trends Research Institute, is renowned for his accuracy in predicting future world and economic events. He is also known as Dr Doom and the Nostradamus of Modern Times. Gerald Celente is regarded as one of the foremost trend predictors in the world. The author of Trends 2000 and Trend Tracking, and publisher of The Trends Journal, is frequently a guest on television news and talk show programs. The New York Post said “if Nostradamus were alive today, he’d have a hard time keeping up with Gerald Celente.”

Celente says that that there will be a revolution marked by food riots, squatter rebellions, tax revolts and job marches, and that holidays will be more about obtaining food, not gifts.

“We’re going to see the end of the retail Christmas… we’re going to see a fundamental shift take place… putting food on the table is going to be more important that putting gifts under the Christmas tree,” said Celente, adding that the situation would be “worse than the Great Depression”.

“America’s going to go through a transition the likes of which no one is prepared for,” said Celente, noting that people’s refusal to acknowledge that America was even in a recession highlights how big a problem denial is in being ready for the true scale of the crisis.

Celente, who successfully predicted the 1997 Asian Currency Crisis, the subprime mortgage collapse and the massive devaluation of the U.S. dollar, told UPI in November last year that the following year would be known as “The Panic of 2008,” adding that “giants (would) tumble to their deaths,” which is exactly what we have witnessed with the collapse of Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns and others. He also said that the dollar would eventually be devalued by as much as 90 per cent.

The consequence of what we have seen unfold this year would lead to a lowering in living standards, Celente predicted a year ago, which is also being borne out by plummeting retail sales figures.

The prospect of revolution was a concept echoed by a British Ministry of Defence report last year, which predicted that within 30 years, the growing gap between the super rich and the middle class, along with an urban underclass threatening social order would mean, “The world’s middle classes might unite, using access to knowledge, resources and skills to shape transnational processes in their own class interest,” and that, “The middle classes could become a revolutionary class.”

In a separate recent interview, Celente went further on the subject of revolution in America.

“There will be a revolution in this country,” he said. “It’s not going to come yet, but it’s going to come down the line and we’re going to see a third party and this was the catalyst for it: the takeover of Washington, D.C. in broad daylight by Wall Street in this bloodless coup. And it will happen as conditions continue to worsen.”

“The first thing to do is organize with tax revolts. That’s going to be the big one because people can’t afford to pay more school tax, property tax, any kind of tax. You’re going to start seeing those kinds of protests start to develop.”

“It’s going to be very bleak. Very sad. And there is going to be a lot of homeless, the likes of which we have never seen before. Tent cities are already sprouting up around the country and we’re going to see many more.”

“We’re going to start seeing huge areas of vacant real estate and squatters living in them as well. It’s going to be a picture the likes of which Americans are not going to be used to. It’s going to come as a shock and with it, there’s going to be a lot of crime. And the crime is going to be a lot worse than it was before because in the last 1929 Depression, people’s minds weren’t wrecked on all these modern drugs – over-the-counter drugs, or crystal meth or whatever it might be. So, you have a huge underclass of very desperate people with their minds chemically blown beyond anybody’s comprehension.”

Global Systemic Crisis: Breach of the critical threshold of global geopolitical dislocation

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Excerpt from GEAB N°49
Originally published November 16, 2010

This is a small excerpt from the longer public article posted here on Quantum Pranx. This is important information that anticipates unfolding events that will impact the lives of most, if not all, of us.

AS THE LEAP/E2020 TEAM ANTICIPATED IN ITS OPEN LETTER TO THE G20 LEADERS published in the international edition of the Financial Times of 24 March 2009, on the eve of the London Summit, the question of a fundamental reform of the international monetary system is central to any attempt to solve the current crisis. But sadly, as was demonstrated again at the failure of the G20 summit in Seoul, the window of opportunity for achieving such a reform peaceably closed at the end of summer 2009 and will not open again before 2012/2013.

The world is indeed in the throes of the global geopolitical dislocation that we had announced as beginning at the end of 2009 and which can be seen, less than a year later, in the proliferation of movements, the economic woes, the fiscal deficits, the monetary disagreements, all setting the scene for major geopolitical shocks.

With the G20 summit in Seoul, which signalled to the planet in its entirety the end of US domination of the international agenda and its replacement by a generalised mood of “every man for himself”, a new phase of the crisis has begun, prompting the LEAP/E2020 team to issue a new warning.

The world is about to breach a critical threshold in this phase of global geopolitical dislocation. And as with every breach of threshold in a complex system, this will generate, as from the first quarter of 2011, a suite of non-linear phenomena: developments that do not conform to the usual rules and the traditional projections, be they economic, monetary, financial, social or political.

In this GEAB N°49, in addition to the analysis of the six main steps marking the breach of this critical threshold of the global geopolitical, our team presents numerous recommendations to help cope with the consequences of this new phase of the crisis. They address, for example the currency/interest rates/gold and precious metals group; wealth preservation and the replacement of the US dollar by another measure of net worth; the bubbles in asset classes denominated in US dollars; and the stock markets and the most vulnerable corporate categories in this phase of the crisis.

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Power Seeds The K-Wave

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The Mayan Calendar’s 7th Wave (POWER) gave birth to the Kondratieff Wave. A fractal “unified field” theory linked the bookends of two grand super-cycles. Nothing relating to grand super-cycles is an accident. Ever wondered why the K-Wave cycles originated in the mid to late 18th century? Why then, and why does that matter anyway? Because much can be gleaned from the answers to these questions that is profound. Here’s why it matters.

THE CONDITIONS TO MEASURE ECONOMIC AND STOCK MARKET DATA simply weren’t sufficiently large or broad enough before our present period to provide the anecdotal basis for meaningful measurement of their waves. Before then commerce around the world was limited primarily to the local exchange of goods and services. But in the mid-18th century production and consumption grew at a pace far, far greater than any time in history. The sudden explosion brought on by the Industrial Revolution changed everything. In a relatively brief span of 20 to 30 years, inventions and innovations occurred all over Europe and America that transformed human society as never before. Why, and why then?

Because in that period there was something very special in the air, or in the ether, actually. It’s meaning can only be grasped through the context of the Mayan Calendar chart shown throughout our site. This pyramid chart reveals the nine wave levels that have shaped human consciousness over the eons and you can see that the 7th wave near the top of the pyramid began in 1755 was noted for bringing Power to the forefront of the human condition.

And that is in fact what transpired from 1755 onwards. Power was applied to nearly every aspect of human culture. Power was given to writing by the telegraph, power was given to spoken words by the telephone, power was applied to machinery through the steam engine, and so on. Through these applications power was given to commerce through the industrial process (steam engine, refinement of steel alloys, electricity, telegraph, telephone, etc. and from this the GDP of developed countries grew exponentially and the resulting data formed the basis for measuring the waves of long wave economic theory.

The power applied across the spectrum took on tangible forms such as weapons evolving from muskets to nuclear warheads as well as intangible forms. For example, power was given to the people in the form of individual liberties granted under the US Constitution, only to be usurped through the power bestowed to corporations in a series of Supreme Court decisions in the late 19th century. I have attached a schematic timeline charting this progression to provide our readers an overview of its evolution. It shows the direct intersection between the bookends of these two grand super-cycles – the Kondratieff Wave and the Mayan calendar – to illustrate how the cosmic influences charted in the Mayan pyramid chart directly influenced the actions of humans measured through the economic and stock market data charted by the K-Wave and Elliott Wave. The correlation is so acute and profound it cannot be so easily dismissed. Let’s examine in some detail how this took shape through the eye of Carl Calleman’s interpretation of the Mayan Calendar.

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