July 18, 2022

EMP - real threat or YouTubers feeding frenzy?

EMP stands for electromagnetic pulse. The source of an EMP can be natural or artificial and can occur as an electromagnetic field, an electric field, a magnetic field, or a conducted electric current. Lightning is a type of EMP. Our sun can cause EMPs. An EMP can be created to deliberately to incapacitate societies. An EMP can have a nuclear source. 

Scary thought, isn't it? 

For the last year or so, I've enjoyed watching some of the homesteading channels on YouTube. These days, some of the better ones seem to have gone over to the dark side. 

Taking that trip is pretty easy. We have an idiot for a president, our economy is flailing and failing, our supply chain isn't recovering from the lockdown days of the Covid-19 pandemic, and our Congress is more worried about the upcoming elections than upholding the Constitution and doing the job they're being paid to do. Yep. Everywhere you look there is chaos. 

Our sun has cycles, and we're in what is called a Grand Solar Minimum. A Grand Solar Minimum occurs approximately every 200 years. A normal solar minimum is part of the sun's normal 11-year cycle. Apparently, the sun is in a period of reduced solar activity when it comes to things like solar flares. 

So what's really going on? I don't know. I'm not a scientist. 

I am confused, though. If we're having a solar minimum, why is it hotter? Why are some people saying the sun's radiation has increased?  I've lived long enough to know that yes, our weather has cycles. I remember that around 1992-93, the summer was really hot. I remember because of where I was working and how one of my co-workers would not shut up about how miserable he was in the heat. Would. Not. Shut. Up. 

The bottom line is that very few of us have the power to do anything about the sun. Other than voting wisely, we can't control our own government. We can't control the actions of other governments. So what should we do?

For me and mine, we are living our lives, day by day, as planned. Some of us are building our pantries, but that's not about preparing for the end of the world. It's so much easier to prepare meals if you have what you need in the pantry, and it's a lot more economical to eat today at yesterday's prices. Having a well-stocked pantry reduces stress, too. Some of us simply don't like to go shopping every day. And then there are the supply chain issues that continue to plague everyone. I'd hate to have to make pancake batter from scratch. 

I really believe that some of all the doom and gloom on YouTube is to get more views. More views equate to more money and a sensational thumbnail snags the attention. Content that plays to fear keeps people coming back. Does it suck you in?

We're doing our best not to get sucked into a dystopian view. But if some day the grid goes down and even our generator is fried, we'll at least know what happened. 

The Lady of Holly Tree Manor (The Hideaway)

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