Remember the sun? You know, that big old heat source in the sky whose periodic bursts of activity pale into insignificance next to greedy capitalism's evil rape of Gaia? Well, it seems our little star may be going to send us a shit-storm in the near future (2013-14).
The Telegraph reports (with video) a warning from NASA that Britain could face widespread power blackouts and be left without critical communication signals for long periods of time, after the earth is hit by a once-in-a-generation burst of magnetic energy from solar flares. It seems the sun's magnetic energy cycle peaks every 22 years, while solar flares hit a maximum level every 11 years.
Umm - how did it go in 1991-2, I wonder? I also wonder how the AGW scammers are going to spin this one. Probably: Aaargh! Never happened before! It's Mother Nature's way of punishing us for screwing with her!
P.S. Cambridge Professor of German Nicholas Boyle has just published the completely unrelated 2014 - How to survive the next world crisis. It seems there has been a cataclysmic 'Great Event' in the second decade of every century for the last 500 years. Boyle confidently predicts that another such will take place in 2014, which will determine whether the 21st century is full of violence and poverty or will be peaceful and prosperous.
Continuum, his publishers, must be breaking out the champagne over NASA's prediction.
P.P.S. Someone just caught a piranha in a lake in Kent, possibly recently released from the state sector. We're doomed, I tell you, doomed.