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Weaponizing the Sun, Rube Goldberg style

A friend sent me an article concerning today’s transit of the planet Mercury, crossing the face of the sun from earth’s perspective, and relating it to biblical doomsday prophecy.  He was wondering if he should worry. My first instinct is no.  1) Mercury orbits the sun 4 times a year, so that is not rare.  And 2) Mercury’s orbit is skewed, so it actually gets between the sun and the earth about 8 times per century, which on the astronomical scale of things, makes that not rare at all either.   On the other hand, I have been watching scare tactics for years by people who want to “make us afraid” of the sun, the very thing most needed for life.  The usual tactic is to put up a spectacular image of a solar flare, along with very scary sounding articles that such a thing could take down all electronics & electronic communications, the power grid, hospitals (oh the humanity), GPS & navigation, the unnecessary and suffocating tangle of computers in automobiles & mass transit, will knock us back to the “dark ages”, and on and on ‘buuga buuga buuga”.   For one thing, the “dark ages” are more related to…

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