GUEST COMMENTARY: The Law of the Sea treaty will sink America’s economy.


The Law of the Sea treaty will sink America’s economy.

Guest Commentary By: Senator Orrin Hatch and Senator John Cornyn

 

Americans despise taxes.  After all, one of the key issues that paved the way for the American Revolution was the unfair taxation that King George III levied against the Colonies.

Now some in the US Senate want to say yes to an international tax.  It would be the first time in history that an international organization would possess taxing authority, and it would amount to billions of American dollars being transferred out of the US Treasury.

The U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea, or the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST) is the vehicle through which such taxes would be imposed on U.S.-based commercial enterprises.

The treaty that Reagan refused to sign in 1982 is reappearing once again in the Senate.  The truth is, LOST contains numerous provisions that hurt the U.S. economy at a time when we need more jobs – not fewer.

Under the guise of being for “the good of mankind, ” LOST would obligate the United States to share information and technology in what amounts to global taxes and technology transfer requirements that are really nothing more than an attempt to redistribute U.S. wealth to the Third World.

At the center of these taxes and transfers is the International Seabed Authority (ISA), a Kingston, Jamaica based supra-national governing body established by the treaty for the purpose of redistributing cash and technology from the “developed world” to the “developing world.”

Ceding authority to the ISA would mean that the sovereignty currently held by the U.S. over the natural resources located on large parts of the continental shelf would be lost.  That loss would mean lost revenue for the US government in the form of lost royalties that the U.S. government collects from the production of those resources. According to the U.S. Extended Continental Shelf Task Force, which is currently mapping the continental shelf, the resources there “may be worth billions if not trillions” of dollars.

In case proponents of LOST have not noticed, the US is over $15 trillion in debt, and we still have more than 20 million Americans who can’t find a job. The last thing we need to do redistribute funds from our country to our economic and strategic competitors.

To make matters worse, the US would have no control over how or to whom the taxes and technology would be redistributed.

Undoubtedly funds that rightfully belong to the American taxpayer would be sent to corrupt governmental regimes, make dictators wealthier, and could even be used for activities directed against the United States and our interests.

Under the treaty, the transfer of these funds does not end with nation states.  These royalty revenues would even be extended to “peoples who have not attained full independence or other self-governing status.”  That means groups like the Palestinian Authority and potentially other groups with terrorist ties.

Proponents of the treaty will claim that the technology transfer portion of the treaty has been significantly changed.  In truth, nations with mining and resource recovery technologies like the United States will be obligated to share those technologies with Third World competitors, and that is one of the many issues, which trouble those of us opposed to the treaty.

In other words, US companies would be forced to give away the very types of innovation that historically have made our nation a world leader while fueling our economic engine.

Under the best of US economic circumstances, the Senate should say no to such an egregious breach of the trust Americans have placed in us. Our current economic struggles are all the more reason to say no to a treaty that is all cost and no benefit.

Utah Republican Senator Orrin Hatch is the ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee. Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn is a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee.

Newt Gingrich- Strong and unwavering; marches towards the GOP Convention.


Newt on the taunting media and opponents 

As much as the establishment and opposing candidates are pushing for Newt to drop out and are determined to convince the People that Newt should quit, Newt remains absolute and is full throttle ahead to the Tampa, FL Convention.

When he was asked on CBS’s This Morning “under what circumstances” he would end his campaign before the convention, Gingrich responded: “Probably none.  I’ll be with you in Tampa. I have 176,000 donors at Newt.org. They want me to stay in the race.”

Later on Fox News’ Fox & Friends, Gingrich said voters in Illinois were telling him to stay in the race. “I think the people who are supporting me want to have sort of a Reagan-like visionary, a big ideas candidate,” he said.

But it’s not just Illinois, every state Newt stops at- he gets highly charged responses from people pleading with him to stay in the race.

Clear, Consistent, Conservative Choice

Denise Haywald, a Florida resident, agrees enthusiastically and explains why she is still involved in Newt’s campaign even though the Florida primary was  Jan 31, 2012.

“Newt is the clear, consistent, conservative choice. We need a strong conservative to balance out Obama’s socialistic spiral. In a time of economic peril, we cannot afford any more on the job training.  Newt is the only candidate who understands the nuts and bolts of the details of the Presidency and who has experience balancing the national budget for 4 straight years and bringing true entitlement reform.  The main objective is to beat Obama and Newt is, by far, the best debater, has the most  experience and the firmest backbone and voice needed to debate Obama.   Besides, Newt is the only candidate who has put Obama on the defensive and that position is long overdue.  No dispute, I stand with Newt!”

When will the media vet Santorum? 

When vetted to the same extent as Newt; the voters will see a number of concerning things (Discussed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vX5YwME80cc and here: http://www.unitedliberty.org/articles/9734-the-problems-with-rick-santorum.)  and his problem with women voters (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-8zaEyvRno) that will make them rethink their reasons for siding with Santorum (especially since he is NOT the Anti-Romney candidate as he endorsed Mitt Romney and his ideas  in 2008: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iu50Hb61jVQ and fall back on Newts’ experience in getting Conservative legislation passed. (A quality currently lacking in Congress).

Santorum himself and Democrats for Santorum are encouraging Democrats to vote for Santorum in the Open Primary States. 

Then there’s the whole issue of Santorum inviting Democrats via robocalls in Michigan and Ohio into the Republican Primary to vote for him knowing full well that they will vote for Obama in the general election.

In addition, there is also a campaign dubbed, ‘Operation Hilarity’ where Democrats are voting for Santorum in open primary states because they know that Obama will crush Santorum like a tin can in the debates. Watch an ad from ‘Democrats for Santorum”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=9OXrnnmvdXg

United Against Romney

Let’s be real– it would  help Santorum if Newt stayed in the race (which he will despite all the questionable talk) because Romney’s wall street funded Super Pac will have to spend money aggressively, attacking both Newt and Santorum (their current modus operandi)  instead of just barreling Santorum with negative attack ads like Romney did to Newt during the Florida primary, where Romney spent $20 million in false, negative attack ads in efforts to blind the voters and knock Newt off message.

Newt agrees, “My view on that, is that the minute Romney has one opponent his Super PAC will drown that opponent in mud. That’s what happened to me in Iowa and Florida. It will eventually happen to Santorum and I think it is actually to our net advantage to keep Romney divided.”

Romney:  No negative ad is too costly! 

Meanwhile, Romney continues to spend money like he was printing it fresh off the press in attempts to cover his self proclaimed ‘progressive moderate’ record  (watch here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtCuLjq_v0E) and to mischaracterize Newt with millions of dollars in false and misleading political ads (in in attempts to have people vote for him as the Anti-Newt candidate) which makes one question if Romney would continue Obama’s title as a ‘big spender’.

Newt on why he remains determined and his thoughts on the cancellation of  the Georgia and Oregon Debate.

On a personal belief, Newt feels he has every need to stay in the race.  “There are a lot of things I don’t agree with Romney and Santorum on. I don’t have an obligation to automatically salute as a conservative somebody who is a progressive moderate and somebody who ran up $1.7 trillion in debt. ” says the Former Speaker of the House, “Besides, if all the candidates are afraid to debate me- how can we feel confident that they are capable of debating Obama?” asks Newt referring to the cancellation of the Georgia CNN debate and the recently cancelled Oregon PBS debate.

Just like the Energizer Bunny; Newt keeps going and going and…. 

And so Newt and his campaign marches on, much like President George Washington and his troops on Christmas Day in 1776 (Learn more: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLUuiP5O7XA)  in pursuit of the Truth, Justice and to be a prime example of God’s Grace and Glory.

Time will tell who reigns as the ultimate victor but you can place your bets on Newt being a strong influence at the Tampa, FL Convention.

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Congressional Leaders React to Obama’s Jobs Plan



  • Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV): “I have serious questions about the level of spending.”
  • Presidential Contender/Former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA): “All the ideas that didn’t work with 850 billion dollars he now wants to try to get it to work with 450 billion. He has zero pay-fors. He’s got to quit being a candidate, and actually be president for awhile.”
  • Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL): “He didn’t tell us where the money is coming from.  Many of these proposals just won’t work.”
  • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY): “This isn’t a jobs plan. It’s a re-election plan. That’s why Republicans will continue to press for policies to empower job creators, not DC. Obama’s economic policies don’t work. His jobs plan is to try these same policies again, and then accuse anyone who doesn’t support them of being political or overly partisan.”
  • Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX): co-chairman of the “supercommittee” on deficit reduction: “The President wants us to find additional budget savings to pay for his $447 billion jobs plan. By asking the Joint Select Committee to increase the $1.5 trillion target to cover the full cost of his plan, the president is essentially tasking a committee designed to reduce the deficit to pay for yet another round of stimulus.”
  • Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI): Chairman, Ways and Means Committee: “We already have a difficult job trying to reduce the deficit with very little cooperation from the Democrats. Now he has given us a plan that won’t reduce the deficit by one penny. He wants us to spend more money on the same programs which have produced so few jobs.”
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BREAKING NEWS: 11th Hour Deal Reached to Avert Government Shutdown


Moments ago and minutes before the midnight deadline,  Congress decided on a budget to fund the rest of 2011 as well as an extension bill to keep the government running in the meanwhile.

The budget outline is as follows:  $36.5 billion  in cuts from the 2010 budget with $514 billion for the defense budget covering the remainder of this fiscal year. The funding extension will cut spending 2010 levels by $2 billion equaling total spending cuts equal $38.5 billion and will fund governmental operations until April 15th, leaving 1 week to write a bill and have it approved by all parties.

Further, the agreement reached with Senate Democrats guarantees a Senate debate and vote on legislation that would repeal President Obama’s government takeover of health care in its entirety.   I feel this was purely symbolic as the Democrats control the Senate; so even if the health care law is voted upon- it will most likely stand.

On the plus side,  now there will numerous studies utilized that will force the Obama Administration to reveal the true impact of the law’s mandates, including a study of how individuals and families will see increased premiums as a result of certain Obamacare mandates; a full audit of all the waivers that the Obama Administration has given to firms and organizations – including unions – who can’t meet the new annual coverage limits; a full audit of what’s happening with the comparative effectiveness research funding that was in Obamacare and the president’s failed “stimulus” spending bill; and a report on all of the contractors who have been hired to implement the law and the costs to taxpayers of such contracts.

Additionally, the new agreement will deny additional funding to the IRS, something that President Obama has been fighting to increase.

On a questioning note, the agreement with Senate Democrats guarantees a Senate debate and vote on legislation that would end federal funding for Planned Parenthood as well includes a complete ban on local and federal funding of abortion in the District of Columbia, applying the pro-life principles of the Hyde Amendment (“D.C. Hyde”).  However, this is also another useless vote as the Senate is majority ruled by the Democratic Party and the Democrats are normally pro-choice.

Fortunately for our Environment, Republicans have agreed to drop House-passed provisions to block the Environmental Protection Agency from issuing new rules on global warming or enforcing several other environmental regulations. Such policy issues dropped from the measure include a ban on new greenhouse gas restrictions on power plants and oil refineries, cleanup plans for the Chesapeake Bay and lakes in Florida, and blocking the agency from revoking permits for mountaintop mine sites that pollute rural waters.

Finally, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau would be required to yearly audits by both the private sector and the Government Accountability Office to monitor its impact on the economy, including its impact on jobs, by examining whether sound cost-benefit analyses are being used with rulemakings.

While this sounds like a sure thing, I cant help but to think the Tea Party is going to raise ruckus at the $38.5  billion budget cut saying its “not enough” and put pressures on their Republican Representatives to stand tall in budget talks. (Ive seen it happen already).

IF ANYTHING; this gives us time to get SB 724 and HR 1297 approved and moved up the ranks of command so that we can ensure that our military and defense contractors get paid in case of a possible government shutdown.

Please contact your member of Congress and ask them to support SB 724 and to bring HR 1297 to the floor for an up/down vote. Our military should not have to suffer . Not only does it lower troop morale but it also distracts them with financial issues at home instead of focusing on the mission at hand.

Senator Kerry asked Transportation Secretary LaHood to divert funding for high speed rail.


After Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott rejected $2.4 billion in federal funds to build a high-speed rail between Tampa and Orlando, U.S., leaving the skeptics happy and the hopeful not so much.

Other Senators jump the mark in an effort to cash in on Florida’s poorly made decision to abandon the project.

Kerry and nine other senators wrote a letter to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood last Friday urging the Obama administration to divert the funding earmarked for Florida to the Northeast corridor.

“Our states are ready to put these funds to good use to improve our existing high speed rail service, reduce congestion and create jobs,” they wrote.

Kerry and the other senators noted that more than 250 million passengers ride the rails along the northeast corridor annually, a number that is expected to increase 60 percent by 2030.

Ironically, Governor Rick Scott’s “Let Get to Work” motto falls flat on its face with the rejection of the stimulus package.

Scott rejected the federal high-speed rail funding on Feb. 16, calling the proposed project a “boondoggle” that would wind up costing Florida taxpayers millions more than expected.

This highly divided issue in Florida politics tends to anger many, myself included. As many of my friends were against the rail due to the financial problem it could potentially provide for taxpayers- Heart of America’s CEO, Denise Haywald, offers a differing opinion:

“I have lived in Florida my entire life- I can easily visualize the benefits of having a high speed rail connecting Tampa, Orlando (and even Miami & Pensacola). Not only would it promote tourism and reduce car accidents but it would also reduce our carbon emissions and improve our air quality.”

“It is a shame that people  could only focus on the negative of this governmental funded money. I have learned of the decision making behind the scenes and I am appalled by the lack of planning and attention giving to a job creation program.”

“I find it especially ironic that Florida Governor Rick Scott’s election slogan was “Let’s Get to Work”- when he rejected a job creation program without even a second glance or an active standing committee to weigh the risk/benefits analysis. What a slap in the face to an unemployed Floridian who would desperately needs a job.”

“Not to mention the economic boost from increased tourism and the benefits to the environment.”

Other Senators see the possibilities; Senator Kerry hopes the Northeast can once again benefit from other states rejecting federal high-speed rail funding after the Obama administration steered $2.9 million to Massachusetts last December after governors in Ohio and Wisconsin rejected $1.2 billion in federal support.

“We believe this is an insufficient investment in the Northeast Corridor, given our region’s position as a population and economic mega-region,” the senators wrote.

Governor Scott and LaHood met last Friday and LaHood gave the Florida governor a week to reconsider his decision after Scott asked for more information about a revised plan.

Time is up. I guarantee that Governor Scott will reject it and I can guaranteed that he has hasnt put any additional thought or analysis into it.

It is apparent that Governor Scott is adamant on not creating jobs via a high speed rail.  Our loss is the NE’s gain.

Copyright (c) March 4, 2011. All rights reserved.

Striving Readers program defunded


Congress eliminated $250 million in funding for the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy program this week, continuing research from the program that inspired it started to show that it had some benefits for struggling adolescent readers.

The original Striving Readers research project, launched by the Bush administration in 2006 and now in the last year of a five-year grant cycle, evaluates the effectiveness of “research-based” literacy interventions at eight sites nationwide for middle and high school students who read at least two years below grade level.

While an earlier 2007-08 implementation study found little benefit for students who participated in the programs, preliminary year-four results from five of the sites, presented at the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness conference here on Thursday, show greater improvements, particularly in comprehension, for students in several of the program sites.

The final reports for year four will not be released by the U.S. Department of Education until summer.

“It was more than a demonstration program; it was a form of policy research,” said Richard M. Long, the executive director for government relations for the International Reading Association and the National Title I Association. “The hope was that Striving Readers [the research pilot] could start building the expectation, the knowledge base, so that the larger program could take advantage of that.”

Expanding the Effort

Concern about low literacy rates among secondary students has only grown since the research project was launched. One in four 8th graders cannot demonstrate even basic literacy, according to the most recent National Assessment of Educational Progress in 2009. That was partly why, in spite of lackluster initial results from the Bush-era Striving Readers research project, Congress last year approved President Barack Obama’s proposal for an expanded competitive grant program of the same name.

The Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Program is intended to boost the capacity of eight to 12 states to improve literacy for children from birth through 12th grade. States are just now submitting the initial literacy plans required before the competitive grant competition is slated to open later this month. It is uncertain how much state officials relied on those initial results of the Striving Readers research project in developing the secondary school portion of their own plans.

Latest Results

The latest studies differ from evaluations released in 2009 of five of the eight sites, including in San Diego and Chicago, which found students who participated in the programs did not improve significantly more than their peers who did not participate.

The preliminary results released on Thursday cover sites for five grants: five schools in the Springfield and Chicopee school districts in Massachusetts; 19 middle schools in Newark, N.J.; 10 middle and high schools in Portland, Ore.; eight middle schools in an unnamed, large city in the mid-South; and seven youth detention facilities serving secondary school students in Ohio.

While Chicago used a home-grown literacy intervention for its Striving Readers program, these five sites implemented two widely used literacy programs. One of those programs, New York-based Scholastic, Inc.’s Read 180 program, includes a 90-minute instructional block each day in which students rotate between an adaptive computer reading program and small-group instruction. The other, the xTreme Reading program developed by the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning, includes collaborative professionaldevelopment for teachers and 45-minute blocks of differentiated instruction, including teacher-modeled reading and peer-paired reading, which can supplement or replace regular reading instruction.

Though she is still waiting to “dig into” the full results, Francie Alexander, Scholastic’s chief academic officer, said the preliminary results are validating. “I’ve been to conferences where speakers said if a child doesn’t learn to read in 1st grade, forget about it,” she said. “Because of scientific research like this and our own experience, we know we can make a difference in kids’ lives.”

The year-four results remain mixed, but are more promising. Three out of the four sites that used Read 180—Springfield/Chicopee in Massachusetts, Newark, N.J., and Ohio—found that participants significantly improved in some aspect of reading, usually comprehension, by the third year they participated. The mid-South site found no significant effects. Of the two sites that used xTreme Reading—Portland and Springfield/Chicopee—Portland found significant positive effects for participating students, particularly in middle school.

Ohio faced the most difficult implementation battle and showed some of the strongest results, according to William Loadman, the principal investigator for the Ohio Striving Readers grant and a professor emeritus of educational policy and leadership at Ohio State University in Columbus.

Students who participated in the Read 180 intervention improved their reading score on the SRI Reading Lexile by 57.37 points more than the control group on a scale of 0-1000—a significant difference. Those who stayed in the program for the equivalent of four quarters improved in reading 88 points per year, more than the average high school student gains annually.

Newark students who participated in the Read 180 program for two years showed significantly greater improvement than peers in reading comprehension, and the effect grew stronger for those who participated for three years, said Jennifer Hamilton, a senior study director for Newark’s evaluator, the Rockville, Md.-based Westat.

Participating special education students showed significantly more growth in vocabulary the first year, comprehension the second year and overall language-arts skills in the third year, she said.

Sounds to me like we just defunded a promising program that assist kids in comprehending and reading skills. Shameful.

Copyright (c) March 4, 2011. All rights reserved.

 

Florida Judge who declared Obamacare unconstitutional sends msg to White House with second ruling


Roger Vinson, the U.S. federal judge who ruled Obamacare unconstitutional in its entirety, has ruled again on the health-care law.

On Thursday, Judge Vinson issued a stay on his earlier ruling that the law could not be enforced.

In doing so, he sent a clear message to the Obama administration: Appeal my decision to a higher court or stop implementing the law.

When Judge Vinson ruled on Jan. 31 that the health-care law was unconstitutional, the administration followed up by filing a motion for clarification rather than filing an official appeal.

Vinson’s ruling criticized the administration for that action.

“During the four-plus weeks since entry of my order, the defendants have seemingly continued to move forward and implement the act,” Vinson wrote. “While I believe that my order was as clear and unambiguous as it could be, it is possible that the defendants may have perhaps been confused or misunderstood its import.”

Now, Vinson has given the Obama administration an ultimatum to either stop implementing the law, or appeal it – presumably to the Supreme Court.

Following Vinson’s initial ruling, Florida and Alaska stopped implementing the law. Several other states have lawsuits pending challenging its constitutionality.

Meanwhile, President Obama continues on-  completely disregarding the ruling of Florida’s District Court.

Copyright (c) March 3, 2011. All rights reserved.

The Discovery’s last launch will be Thursday, then it will be “shuttling” off to the Smithsonian Institution.


NASA has begun counting down to the launch of space shuttle Discovery’s final mission to the International Space Station. The 39th flight of NASA’s most flown shuttle is scheduled to last 11 days, beginning at 4:50 pm EST on Feb. 24 from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Discovery should have taken off on its final voyage in November 2010. However,  fuel tank cracks kept the shuttle grounded for 4 months for repair work.

NASA’s weather forecasts expect 80 percent chance of acceptable or favorable conditions at the launch time. The 11-day final flight will involve six-member crew delivering a storage module, a science rig and spare parts to the international space station.

The crew astronauts includes Commander Steve Lindsey, Pilot Eric Boe and Mission Specialists Alvin Drew, Steve Bowen, Michael Barratt and Nicole Stott. They will be accompanied by Robonaut 2 (R2), the first human-like android.

Bowen and Drew will conduct two spacewalks to install new components and perform maintenance. For both spacewalks, Bowen will be designated extravehicular crew member 1 (EV1), and will wear the suit bearing red stripes. Drew, who will be making his first two spacewalks on STS-133, will be extravehicular crew member 2 (EV2) and will wear the unmarked suit.

Discovery has flown more than any other shuttle with 38 flights, completed 5,247 orbits and has spent 322 days in orbit. Discovery’s current flight will be its 39th and final voyage into space before NASA retires its orbiter fleet later this year.

After the orbiter has retired, NASA will offer Discovery to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum for public display and preservation as part of the national collection.

Discovery is scheduled to land on March 7 at 11:50 am EST at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. At the time of its landing, Discovery would have traveled more than 143 million miles over the course of 26 years.

After returning from the International Space Station, Discovery will be retired and sent to a museum. Its final destination is expected to be the Smithsonian Institution.

Only three shuttle missions remain, thanks to President Obama’s hopes that private contractors will take on the duty of making of space flight possible.

Copyright (c) February 22, 2011. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

 

 

Here we go again.. Iran requests access to Egypt’s Suez Canal.


Back on February 16, 2011- I reported that Iran was requesting access to Egypt’s Suez Canal and then subsequently withdrew the request the following day based on Israel’s concern that Iran was provoking Israel.

Now 5 days later, despite Israel’s objections, Iran is requesting for 2 of their naval vessels to pass through Suez Canal with the intent of docking in Syria for a training mission.

If the ships make the passage, it would mark the first time in three decades that Iranian military ships have traveled the canal that links the Red Sea to the Mediterranean.

Canal officials say the ships are expected to pay a fee of $290,000 for the crossing.

Yet, Israel Foreign Minister has made it clear that he views the passage as a provocation.

A view that Iranian acknowledges but completely disregards.

My concern is that Iran will start instigating problems with Israel, as their hatred for Israel (and the US) is apparent. That is, Iran could attempt to capitalize off of the Middle East turmoil and sneak a few shots at Israel while everyone is preoccupied.

I pray Im wrong but something is telling me that this is just the beginning of escalating tensions between Iran and Israel.

Copyright (c) February 21, 2011. All rights reserved.

Massive solar flare gives a peek as to what we can expect in late 2012/early 2013. In related news, Obama defunds NASA.


A massive solar flare,which measured 8 times the size of the Earth, burst from the sun on February 14, 2011 (video below).

The class X solar flare – the most powerful kind of solar flare – unleashed a wave of charged particles that streamed immediately toward Earth, as well as coronal mass ejections, or blobs of plasma, that took days to arrive here.

When they did, they interacted with Earth’s magnetic field to cause geomagnetic storms that wiped out radio communications in the Western Pacific Ocean and parts of Asia, and caused airlines to reroute some polar flights to avoid radio outages.

Right after the mega solar flare, a first wave of radiation hit Earth.

Did you feel it?

With 8 minutes of the initial solar flare, jamming effects were conducted on radio communication and GPS systems,” said Phil Chamberlin, deputy project scientist for NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO).

Massive flares such as this,  also churn out streams of protons and electrons called coronal mass ejections (CMEs) that can take 24 hours or more to reach Earth- making it possible for us to still be feeling the after effects of the flare up.

“These alerts are sent out to electrical power grid companies, airlines, GPS, military, ocean shipping routes, just to name a few industries that may be affected by the impacts of a solar flare and associated coronal mass ejection (CME) like the one we just had,” Chamberlin told SPACE.com.

Despite the federal government continually disregard of the seriousness of solar activity, the concern is still very real.

Last autumn, NASA warned that sun is ramping up activity as part of its normal 11 year circle with a peak in the solar activity in 2013 could cause serious geomagnetic storms.

The difference between 2012’s solar flares and past solar flares? The sun will be in a position where spiraling beam of solar particles would have a direct chance of hitting the Earth unlike February 14’s eruption which passed behind the Earth yet still causing disruption to our satellite communications.

Space weather hasn’t posed quite such a threat before, because during the last solar maximum, around 10 years ago, the world wasn’t as dependent on satellite telecommunications, cell phones and global positioning system (GPS) – all technologies that could be disrupted by solar flares.

“Many things we take for granted today are so much more prone to the effects of space weather than was the case during the last maximum.  The problem is likely to get even worse as the world could likely become more technologically dependent by the time the next solar maximum rolls around, and the next.”

Back in 2010, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) promised unprecedented views of the sun, uninterrupted measurements of solar activity, and high- resolution images that showcase our parent star in spectacular detail.

With SDO constantly gazing at the sun, the observatory’s instruments are able to collect a wealth of information about our nearest star. The spacecraft records a new image every second, and transmits a staggering 1.5 terabytes of data to Earth every day.

The main goals of the SDO mission are to study the sun’s active regions, and the violent solar events that trigger effects in the Earth’s upper atmosphere. Over the course of the spacecraft’s five-year nominal mission, it will also observe the sun as it progresses through the 11-year solar cycle. These observations will help scientists better predict the sun’s activity as it waxes and wanes over the cycle.

“One of the big studies SDO was designed for was to look at eruptive events, like solar flares, jets and spicules,” Chamberlin said. “With the big eruptions, we’re seeing every part of their evolution. We’re able to see the buildup below the surface and how much output from the sun goes into the Earth’s upper atmosphere. We’re getting the complete picture for the first time. If there’s an event on the sun, we see everything we need to see. There’s no data gap.”

Perhaps a 2009 report from NASA influenced the creation of the SDO.

Back in 2009, by a panel of scientists assembled by NASA said that a sustained and powerful solar flare outbreak could overwhelm high-voltage transformers with electrical currents and short-circuit energy grids.

The report, titled “Severe Space Weather Events — Understanding Societal and Economic Impacts” warned that such a catastrophic event could cost the United States alone up to two trillion dollars in repairs in the first year — and it could take up to 10 years to fully recover.

While it is said that the solar flares will not cause bodily harm, it does have the potential to wreak havoc on our communicative  way of life. Not too mention that this valid concern is not even acknowledged by the Obama administration and could add up to $20 trillion over 10 years to our national debt which is $6 trillion more in debt that we are currently facing.

We need to take proactive steps NOW to reinforce our power grid and satellites so that we are not left scrambling in late 2012/early 2013 if solar flares collide with Earth’s magnetic field.

One can only hope that Congress and President Obama wake up to the importance and significance of space research and exploration before it’s too late.

To read about how Obama is sitting on his hands in hopes of commercial contractors for NASA, please visit:  https://theheartofamerica.wordpress.com/2011/02/15/2012-budget-nasa-obama-kicks-the-funding-to-the-curb-sits-on-his-hands-in-the-hopes-of-commercial-contractors/

In my radio show, I mention Obama cutting $289 million from NASA and transferring it to a local COPS program and my thoughts on this abusive crossing of federal/state powers.  Please listen: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/heart-of-america-radio/2011/02/19/heart-of-america-united-we-stand-divided-we-fall

Copyright (c) February 21, 2011. Al rights reserved.