d_sel1 wrote:I don't buy the 2012 thing, although if we make past 3000 AD, it will be a miracle. The preppers might be right about one thing, our technological civilization is way too fragile. One coronal mass ejection or electro-magnetic pulse and we are trouble. I wish our technology was a little tougher or we had better back up systems if our electronic circuity got fried.
A CME actually has hit Earth before, it knocked out the power in Quebec for nine hours in 1989. A nine-hour blackout isn't a world-threatening thing, I've been in one. it's boring as hell but I didn't die from it.
In 1989 most people had phones that didn't require the power grid to work. How many of us have such phones today? Could you imagine the number of secondary deaths that would result from a lengthy power outage without the ability to call for help.
Have you ever lived without modern day conveniences for any length of time Shadowman? What will you do for water, heat, food, protection? If you have a newer car how will you go get these things? If you can not access your bank account how will you pay for them? Will you rely on fema or other government agencies?
Unshielded computers run just about everything today. Just think if they all fried at once. Who gets first dibs on limited replacements, electricity suppliers, factories, water treatment plants, government, phone companies, hospitals?