The world is ending in 2012 — really!

A great many people believe that the Bible, or Nostradamus, or the Mayan calendar, or all three, predict that the world will end in 2012. Now we have a prediction from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Of all the doomsayers out there, NASA is the one to take seriously.

If you read the Nostradamus quatrains, you’ll discover that they are written in flowery code. But when he did not obscure his predictions with incomprehensible allegory, Nostradamus was surprisingly good at predicting wars and the invention of technology like submarines. He even named Hitler. Well, not exactly, but “Hisler” was pretty close. Nevertheless, Nostradamus made no specific mention of the world ending in 2012. Neither does the Bible’s Book of Revelation say anything about 2012. As for the Mayan calendar that ends in 2012, it is probable that those ancient astronomers were indicating the end of a 5,126-year astronomical era they had calculated; they were not predicting the end of the world.

Mankind has survived doomsday predictions countless times, from “end of days” predicted to happen at the dawn of the year 1000 AD, down through the Y2K panic. We even survived the more recent doomsday that was supposed to arrive on May 5th, 2000, when all of the planets in our solar system came into rough alignment. But no, that cosmic event did not even tilt your coffee cup, never mind the earth’s axis.

Now we come to NASA and observations made by scientists who are not selling us carbon trades or caps. They tell us the earth’s magnetic field, our shield against radiation from the sun, has weakened dramatically and continues to weaken. That is bad enough, but then we are told the sun cycle that periodically produces giant solar flares is now beginning to peak. Those flares, sometimes called “sun storms,” wreak havoc on electrical and electronic systems. Storms in 1859 and 1921 caused worldwide chaos, wiping out telegraph wires on a massive scale. And since 1921 we have come to rely on electronic and electrical equipment that is far more delicate than telegraph wires — not to mention satellites.

Solar Cycle 24 has begun, and NASA predicts it will be 50% stronger than Solar Cycle 23, which produced the largest solar flare ever recorded. The first sun storm of the current cycle slashed through our weakened magnetic field in August and lit up the planet with spectacular light shows. Astronomers reckon the sun storms will reach their maximum intensity, “Solar Max,” in late 2011 or 2012. Earth’s magnetic field will be even weaker by then. What will happen?

The coming solar storm will hit Earth as fast as a bolt of lightning and have the effect of an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) generated by the equivalent of millions of hydrogen bombs. The National Academy of Sciences says that if the coming Solar Max only equals the storm of 1859, it will cause $1-2 trillion in damage to the globe’s high-tech infrastructure; that damaged infrastructure will take four to ten years to repair. Unless precautions are taken, the storm will massively damage our communications systems, our electrical grid, our emergency services, and our national security.