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2018-01-31 04:47:42 PM  
Could be an ELE, couldn't it?
 
2018-01-31 04:52:36 PM  
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2018-01-31 05:03:07 PM  

AirForceVet: Could be an ELE, couldn't it?


Not likely.  Parts of the planet will possibly become uninhabitable, but the field probably (based on modeling) goes away in patches, not completely.  It might mean getting something like smog alerts for a few decades: "Warning, higher radiation exposure today.  Wear your sun block, stay indoors as much as possible, use shielded umbrellas when outside."  Or whatever.  It depends on how the field acts and whether the patches are geostationary or not.

There's no mass extinction correlated with the last flip, and even the near-flip 40k years ago didn't cause many (observable) problems.
 
2018-01-31 05:05:52 PM  

obenchainr: AirForceVet: Could be an ELE, couldn't it?

Not likely.  Parts of the planet will possibly become uninhabitable, but the field probably (based on modeling) goes away in patches, not completely.  It might mean getting something like smog alerts for a few decades: "Warning, higher radiation exposure today.  Wear your sun block, stay indoors as much as possible, use shielded umbrellas when outside."  Or whatever.  It depends on how the field acts and whether the patches are geostationary or not.

There's no mass extinction correlated with the last flip, and even the near-flip 40k years ago didn't cause many (observable) problems.


So you're saying I *shouldn't* crack open my neighbor's skull and feast on the goo inside?

Wish I'd have known that 10 minutes ago...
 
2018-01-31 05:06:42 PM  

AirForceVet: Could be an ELE, couldn't it?


Not likely it happens far to often.

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2018-01-31 05:13:17 PM  

fusillade762: obenchainr: AirForceVet: Could be an ELE, couldn't it?

Not likely.  Parts of the planet will possibly become uninhabitable, but the field probably (based on modeling) goes away in patches, not completely.  It might mean getting something like smog alerts for a few decades: "Warning, higher radiation exposure today.  Wear your sun block, stay indoors as much as possible, use shielded umbrellas when outside."  Or whatever.  It depends on how the field acts and whether the patches are geostationary or not.

There's no mass extinction correlated with the last flip, and even the near-flip 40k years ago didn't cause many (observable) problems.

So you're saying I *shouldn't* crack open my neighbor's skull and feast on the goo inside?

Wish I'd have known that 10 minutes ago...


Meh, you win some, you goo some...
 
2018-01-31 05:34:42 PM  
Good lord, if this happens how in the hell am I supposed to cook the superintendent an unforgettable luncheon?!
 
2018-01-31 05:37:30 PM  
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2018-01-31 05:44:44 PM  
NASA already covered this like 5 years ago. Geophysicists need more funding and are willing to say whatever necessary to get it.

Nothing will happen. Nothing. Unless you count scaring people... that'll happen as long as there are people who believe it and people up their own ass far enough to say it.
 
2018-01-31 05:45:02 PM  

nekom: Good lord, if this happens how in the hell am I supposed to cook the superintendent an unforgettable luncheon?!


Just insert an "as" in there and you'll be right as rain! Lead your neighbors in a brain goo toast to the end of civilization before munching on the longpork.
 
2018-01-31 05:46:03 PM  
"Soon" as in, sometime in the next hundred millennia or so.
 
2018-01-31 05:53:55 PM  
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2018-01-31 05:54:12 PM  
Now if only my apocalyptic friends could understand the difference between a planetary axis shift and a magnetic pole shift, I would really appreciate it.
 
2018-01-31 05:55:08 PM  
Meh. We'll be fine.
 
2018-01-31 05:56:56 PM  
Maybe we could move things along by nuking various parts of the Earth in a haphazard fashion.
 
2018-01-31 06:01:41 PM  

tuxq: NASA already covered this like 5 years ago. Geophysicists need more funding and are willing to say whatever necessary to get it.

Nothing will happen. Nothing. Unless you count scaring people... that'll happen as long as there are people who believe it and people up their own ass far enough to say it.


There's gonna be a whole lot of navigation equipment malfunctions. Quickly patched or worked around, no doubt, but it's gonna be more than "nothing."
 
2018-01-31 06:06:50 PM  
I'm not going to be concerned about something I can't influence or probably survive.
 
2018-01-31 06:09:45 PM  

2wolves: I'm not going to be concerned about something I can't influence or probably survive.


That's how I feel about a threesome with Sofia Vergara and Shakira.
 
2018-01-31 06:11:03 PM  

2wolves: I'm not going to be concerned about something I can't influence or probably survive.


It's happened many, many times before. Just like it'll happen many many times again. You'll survive it.

However, it would be very cool to actually live through... Assuming it lasted a few years (probably more like a few hundred).

/Stupid short human lives and long geophysical processes.
 
2018-01-31 06:11:56 PM  
Can it wait until Mueller is done?
 
2018-01-31 06:13:52 PM  
I will hold my opinion until the flat-earthers have weighed in on the subject
 
2018-01-31 06:14:47 PM  

snowjack: There's gonna be a whole lot of navigation equipment malfunctions. Quickly patched or worked around, no doubt, but it's gonna be more than "nothing."


... is there really all that much navigation equipment still relying on magnetic compass readings?  This won't affect GPS at all.
 
2018-01-31 06:20:26 PM  

Nightjars: Now if only my apocalyptic friends could understand the difference between a planetary axis shift and a magnetic pole shift, I would really appreciate it.


I encourage their confusion
 
2018-01-31 06:26:34 PM  

obenchainr: snowjack: There's gonna be a whole lot of navigation equipment malfunctions. Quickly patched or worked around, no doubt, but it's gonna be more than "nothing."

... is there really all that much navigation equipment still relying on magnetic compass readings?  This won't affect GPS at all.


GPS tells you where you are, but gives no clues as to orientation. A 3D accelerometer and magnetometer together can guess fairly accurately which direction you are facing. Most cellphones have all three built in.
 
2018-01-31 06:29:19 PM  

obenchainr: AirForceVet: Could be an ELE, couldn't it?

Not likely.  Parts of the planet will possibly become uninhabitable, but the field probably (based on modeling) goes away in patches, not completely.  It might mean getting something like smog alerts for a few decades: "Warning, higher radiation exposure today.  Wear your sun block, stay indoors as much as possible, use shielded umbrellas when outside."  Or whatever.  It depends on how the field acts and whether the patches are geostationary or not.

There's no mass extinction correlated with the last flip, and even the near-flip 40k years ago didn't cause many (observable) problems.


Yeah, but 40,000 years ago everyone wasn't a farking dumbass getting their information from Twitter and Jenny McCarthy.
 
2018-01-31 06:30:40 PM  
But what does it mean for migrating swallows and their coconutty cargo?
 
2018-01-31 06:31:21 PM  
I've been hearing about this for 15 years at least. Just do it already stupid planet!
 
2018-01-31 06:31:51 PM  
What if paperclips started sticking together when they were in a dispenser? Oh wait.
 
2018-01-31 06:35:25 PM  

tuxq: NASA already covered this like 5 years ago. Geophysicists need more funding and are willing to say whatever necessary to get it.

Nothing will happen. Nothing. Unless you count scaring people... that'll happen as long as there are people who believe it and people up their own ass far enough to say it.


It's amazing how oil executives aren't willing to lie for billions. But those sneaky scienticians, man...
 
2018-01-31 06:39:50 PM  

covfefe: What if paperclips started sticking together when they were in a dispenser? Oh wait.


I'm just worried that the refrigerator will start sticking to my souvenir magnets instead of the other way around.
 
2018-01-31 06:44:54 PM  
This is nothing but a hoax from the compass lobby to get me to buy a new one
 
2018-01-31 06:47:11 PM  

SirDigbyChickenCaesar: This is nothing but a hoax from the compass lobby to get me to buy a new one


You don't need a new one. You just wind it back 180 degrees until polarity savings time ends.

/Or is it forward 180 degrees?
//I can never remember.
///3.
 
2018-01-31 06:58:24 PM  

obenchainr: even the near-flip 40k years ago didn't cause many (observable) problems.


That's because nobody lived to report their observations. Think about it: how many people are alive today who made it through that event? I rest my case.
 
2018-01-31 07:05:20 PM  
also the Yellowstone volcano will erupt.  Asteriod will hit earth.  Parts of California will separate from the United states.. physically due to earth quakes

Just another click bait fear mongering article that has no basis in reality
 
2018-01-31 07:06:35 PM  

obenchainr: snowjack: There's gonna be a whole lot of navigation equipment malfunctions. Quickly patched or worked around, no doubt, but it's gonna be more than "nothing."

... is there really all that much navigation equipment still relying on magnetic compass readings?  This won't affect GPS at all.


My car's compass is based on magnetic north. I had to tell it which zone I'm in and then drive in circles for a minute or so while it recalibrated.
 
2018-01-31 07:23:34 PM  
On one hand, I do think that there's no reason to be alarmed. After all, the dinosaurs lived through all that shiat, right? On the other hand, I would hate to see a populated area go with minimal/no protection for any significant period of time. And by significant, I'm talking minutes. Let's hope it's quick and painless. The earth has never had this many humans on it before and even "only 1%" of the global population being affected is a huge number.

/Granted, I am not a lawyer, but my high school locker mate played a doctor in a drama skit once so I feel that I am well qualified to speak with authority on the subject of Geology.
 
2018-01-31 07:26:12 PM  
Trump *did* promise that South would rise again.
 
2018-01-31 07:30:53 PM  
My flush will be farked.

/backwards
 
2018-01-31 07:44:33 PM  

AirForceVet: Could be an ELE, couldn't it?


The genetic mutation rate might go up, since the Earth's magnetic field normally protects us from cosmic rays and radiation from things like solar flares.

Which might be a problem for those unfortunate mutants on the surface.

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2018-01-31 07:53:16 PM  

kyuzokai: But what does it mean for migrating swallows and their coconutty cargo?


The coconuts will have to be held upside down.
 
2018-01-31 07:56:44 PM  

kkinnison: also the Yellowstone volcano will erupt.  Asteriod will hit earth.  Parts of California will separate from the United states.. physically due to earth quakes

Just another click bait fear mongering article that has no basis in reality


You know that there is ample evidence of magnetic flips throughout earth's history, right? Or you just choose not to believe evidence. It's one or the other.

Whether or not it happens tonight, or in 1,000 years is irrelevant. It has happened, and will happen again. Just because Scientists don't say "It's going to happen next Tuesday at 5:43pm PST" doesn't mean they are wrong.
 
2018-01-31 07:58:24 PM  
Oh, no. I'll have to update my apps. The horror.
 
2018-01-31 07:59:26 PM  
Have the geologists decided yet which direction will be East?
 
2018-01-31 08:01:05 PM  

dennysgod: AirForceVet: Could be an ELE, couldn't it?

Not likely it happens far to often.

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All those different primates which have been around for millions of years? They survived several pole flips.
The ones you don't see might not have.
 
2018-01-31 08:20:38 PM  
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 Wanted for questioning by geophysicists, Insane Clown Posse
 
2018-01-31 08:21:23 PM  

jjorsett: obenchainr: even the near-flip 40k years ago didn't cause many (observable) problems.

That's because nobody lived to report their observations. Think about it: how many people are alive today who made it through that event? I rest my case.


And don't get me started on water.. anyone who's ever taken the time to look at the evidence knows it's poisonous. Everyone who's drank water has eventually died... and where does everyone die? On the earth, nobody has ever died on the moon, mars or any other planet yet those liars at NASA say the earth is the only planet capable of supporting human life.. 100% of deaths occurred on earth, wake up sheeple!
 
2018-01-31 08:22:43 PM  

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O_o

Orion slave girl fantasy here I come!
 
2018-01-31 08:39:38 PM  
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2018-01-31 08:55:44 PM  

snowjack: obenchainr: snowjack: There's gonna be a whole lot of navigation equipment malfunctions. Quickly patched or worked around, no doubt, but it's gonna be more than "nothing."

... is there really all that much navigation equipment still relying on magnetic compass readings?  This won't affect GPS at all.

GPS tells you where you are, but gives no clues as to orientation. A 3D accelerometer and magnetometer together can guess fairly accurately which direction you are facing. Most cellphones have all three built in.


The phone hardware is pretty easy to patch by just having the software add an adjustment factor into the math it uses to translate the hardware face data into something user-readable. The biggest issues will be with purely mechanical compasses (lot of Boy Scouts will need to swap out there gear) and electronic gear that doesn't have user updatable firmware.

If there is a period of instability between the flips with either a weak field or a patchy one with a lot of localized north and south poles spread across the globe there isn't a lot you can do to correct for it. And even a geologically brief period of field instability could be several lifetimes.
 
2018-01-31 09:12:07 PM  

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I'm shaking.
 
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