April 21, 2024

SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods. This column is a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from JWR. Our goal is to educate our readers, to help them to recognize emerging threats, and to be better prepared for both disasters and negative societal trends. You can’t mitigate a risk if you haven’t first identified a risk. In today’s column, a closer look at the threat of Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs).

An Extremely Rare Farside Coronal Mass Ejection (CME)

Over at Spaceweather: Extremely Rare CME.  Here are a couple of quotes:

Something big just happened on the farside of the sun. During the early hours of March 13th, SOHO coronagraphs recorded a farside halo CME leaving the sun faster than 3000 km/s. Because of its extreme speed, this CME is classified as “extremely rare,” a fast-mover that occurs only once every decade or so. A NASA model of the event shows the CME heading almost directly away from Earth. Good thing!

Although the CME was not Earth-directed, it has nevertheless touched our planet.”


“NOAA’s GOES-16 satellite has detected the particles reaching Earth–all from the CME’s backside. Imagine what a frontside blast would have been like. Earth’s magnetic field is funneling the particles toward the poles where a type of radio blackout is underway–a polar cap absorption (PCA) event.”

Coronal Mass Ejections: What Are They…?

A background piece, at Space.com: Coronal mass ejections: What are they and how do they form?

This Multi-Trillion Dollar Disaster Is Coming

Published in 2020, by Forbes: This Multi-Trillion Dollar Disaster Is Coming, And Solar Astronomy Is Our Prime Defense.

Financial Markets Contagion Risk

Over at Fortune: Bill Ackman is ‘extremely concerned’ about financial contagion risk ‘spiraling out of control’ after First Republic rescue.

Psyops Are Not New, Just More Dangerous

I found this essay linked over at the Whatfinger.com news aggregation site: Psyops Are Not New, Just More Dangerous.

Tonga Volcano Eruption: Smaller Cooling Impact

Reader Howard J. sent this, from SciTechDaily: Tonga Volcano Eruption To Have Smaller Cooling Impact on Climate Change Than First Thought. The article begins:

“A fresh analysis of the possible cooling effect of the sulfur dioxide injected into the atmosphere by the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano in January 2022 has concluded that the impact will be much smaller than initially thought—but the researchers responsible add some major caveats to this conclusion. The analysis appears in the journal Advances in Atmospheric Sciences on March 1, 2022.”

The Fallacy of the Short, Sharp War

Another article linked at the Whatfinger.com site: The Fallacy of the Short, Sharp War: Optimism Bias and the Abuse of History.

Dutch Farmers Make Political Gains

Dutch farmers storm to victory in regional elections, set to become largest party in the Senate.

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