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UnlikelyCommittee wrote (edited )

Am I alone in thinking the danger of solar storms / CME coupled with our decreasing magnetic field is a sleeper?

Like I know it's a loved subject of conspiracy and catastrophe people. But it's also very real.

A Carrington event with the more or less 20% lessened magnetic field we have today would pretty much knock us out of the digital age no? Heck, out of the electric age for the most part.

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ruin wrote

A Carrington event with the more or less 20% lessened magnetic field we have today would pretty much knock us out of the digital age no? Heck, out of the electric age for the most part.

Don’t go giving all the anprims, anticiv and accelerationists false hope.

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UnlikelyCommittee wrote

We were literally lucky to get away in 2012, a fairly big one missed the earth by 9 days.

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TheLegendaryBirdMonster wrote

Wouldn't half the globe just get cancer and by next generation everything is the same?

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DigitalResponse wrote (edited )

I'm not sure why you got down-voted, because this is exactly what would happen. We wouldn't be thrown out of the digital-age forever. Within a generation or two a lot of digital infrastructure would be rebuilt. It's also important to remember that there are government installations that are built to protect against such threats to an extent.

So most likely, the State would still have a functioning power apparatus and could still easily exert control over a now "primitive" world.

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lastfutures wrote

Oh, I thought it was going to be oncoming climate disasters. I don't think nuclear war or the destruction of a social contract that ended 40 years ago are high on the list.

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ruin wrote

You saw Chomsky’s name on the byline and kept reading?

I don’t have the patience or discipline and jumped straight to comments.

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lastfutures wrote (edited )

Ah, I actually didn't see his name, I just scrolled to see what the things were. That makes more sense, he's been going on about that shit for a few years now. I don't really know why he thinks nuclear war is coming, but he's the geopolitics expert I guess?

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ruin wrote

Probably because like most 90 year old liberal academics he’s been worrying about treaties and nuclear war for the past 60-70 years and isn’t about to change now.

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UnlikelyCommittee wrote

In the hypothetical scenario of the US breaking down completely, there will be a lot of nuclear installations up for grab and a lot of fucked up people wanting to grab them.

It's not completely out of the question imo.

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DigitalResponse wrote

We dipped into the Greek alphabet this hurricane season. I don't doubt this year will be any different and it's only a matter of time till we get a Cat 5 that decides to come to a crawl along the coast -- last time it happened here we had state-wide flooding for weeks and dozens of people died... and it was only a Cat 3 when it hit.

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isvarahparamahkrsnah wrote

The biggest threat to life on earth are demons like Kim Jong Un and Xi Jinping.

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