Unlike the majority of others watching astronomical space to earth events, I am keen to see the consequences beyond what mainstream science predicts. Adding the astronomical onto the astrological layer is an exciting new area for study and... since we are in the tail end phase of the sun's Cycle 24 sunspot cycle, when lots of activity is anticipated, there is a lot of data to research. Observation and intuition combined with data provide a blend of information processing and theorising.
The London & UK riots of 2011 started as a community protest and developed into anarchy. This high profile eruption occurred in concert with a large solar flare measuring X6.9.
Within the past week there has been a swarm of low, medium and strong flares, two being in the highest category -X1.1 and X5.4. coinciding with protests across the globe (locally in NZ relating to the Ports of Auckland staff dismissal).
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Reference to the mega flares of recent decades shows that mass protest demonstrations are consistently coincident with elevated geomagnetic energy from solar activity impacting earth. These periods are noteworthy in that respect: November 2003, April 2001, September 2005, December 2006, 1989 (March-November due to 4 X flares), 1991 (January to July due to 8 X flares). In addition many high profile accident events involving shipping, planes, trains, road transport and personal vehicles may be observed to cluster in these periods - eg Exxon Valdez March 1989 - this accident proneness is likely due either to system or human malfunction.[update March 14 Swiss tunnel bus accident mass deaths of children, their teachers and 2 bus drivers]
Aggressive and military activity appear to be accentuated along with explosive, eruptive and inflamed energies -bombs, fires, volcanoes - which mirror or resonate with the solar flare heat, power and highly charged particles. [March 13 -massive conflagration in Adelaide Australia]
Individuals and goups 'losing the plot' /extreme behaviour
( March 11 2012 hi-profile example from Afghanistan: a US soldier kills civilians en masse, execution style & a massacre in Homs, Syria. March 15 a Somali man arrested in Christchurch NZ, for a violent rampage, stabbing locals)
Since mass behaviour and possibly the group mind is stimulated under these conditions, potential impact on global sharemarkets is also under watch - they certainly dipped in concert with the August 2011 event. At the very least volatility could be expected. China's shift in trading balance from exports to imports may have ripple effects.
This new research is an ongoing investigation and may be referred to further in this post in due course.
I found this list of strong flares since the late 1970's
Solar flares were only first observed as recently as 1859 - though their history obviously predates human recording, so we do not have extensive data. The 1859 severe "Carrington Event" is possibly a once in 500 years event and therefore exceeds known flare intensities of modern times. The November 4 event of 2003 is the strongest flare in the current era with a possible full reading well beyond the initial X28 - possibly up to X45.
Space science is still however in its infancy with flare prediction, like earthquake prediction, unestablished. Even lower intensity X flares have proven to have major disruptive effects on earth, but knowing which factors combine to create this is remains in the category of research. So little is truly known of the solar and earth mechanisms.
This list of strongest solar events -most being earth impacting - since 2010. Note: there was a four year period of no X flares, prior to 2011
...the solar storms of March 8th through 10th dumped enough energy in Earth’s upper atmosphere to power every residence in New York City for two years... This was the biggest dose of heat we’ve received from a solar storm since 2005...It was a big event, and shows how solar activity can directly affect our planet- full report
Protests erupt in the US over the slaying of 17yr old Trayvon Martin -see timeline
update March 2 2013
NASA concludes 'something unexpected in happening on the sun', in respect of Cycle 24
A geostorm event termed 'minor' occurred on March 1 2013 [ the result of a high speed solar wind input] and since then several incidents in the news have the hallmarks of impact on susceptible biological systems and featuring explosive, eruptive and inflamed energies:
Teenagers arson attack causes over $2 million in real estate destroyed [ March 2]
Teenage girls crash an out of control stolen car, all 4 critically injured Auckland NZ [March 3]
Car bomb Karachi Pakistan kills dozens [March 3]
For correlations between solar storms and earthquakes -read on
Carrington Event 1859
Cosmic Radiation effects on human tissue