Been on space weather since about 2006, when I first started waking up to the fact that the world is not the way it is presented to us. Although I did stop watching TV in a serious way, in the early 1990's.
Of course, there is always some space for Seinfeld, LOL. I do actually own a few TVs, one is actually set up to work. But cancelling the TV cable service, to reduce $90 per month and pay just $60 a month for landline phone and 100MB internet via cable.
Do not neglect that value that a landline phone may provide, and have a "stupid phone" one that plus into the phone line and gets its power from the phone line. In a power outage, cell towers will stop in usually hours and your plug in cordless phones won't work at all. I also like the short wave radio option (stored in a Faraday case, aka large gun safe for all your electronics that may be oh so valuable.
OK now for the apocalypse. It is amazing how these "coincidences" happen. I jotted down after
my morning meditation, TODAY, "if the sun can micro-nova, woudln't there be evidence of this from the billion stars that we can "see". And then this story, providing exactly that evidence.
stock here--this is disturbing, based upon statistical analysis of 43 or 64 detected superflares.....
The bottom line: age matters. Based on the team’s calculations, younger stars tend to produce the most superflares. But older stars like our sun, now a respectable 4.6 billion years old, aren’t off the hook.
“Young stars have superflares once every week or so,” Notsu said. “For the sun, it’s once every few thousand years on average.”The good news? The slower the star rotates (you do know our sun is really "our star") the less energy in the superflare, and that energy is directed as it originates from starspots (the real word for sun spots). Meaning, that even if our sun superflares, it might not hit us, or at least maybe not directly. Our stars spins a revolution about every 25 days, a fast spinning star with rotation in 3 days may have superflares of 100 times the energy of our star. So we got that going for us, LOL.
The group published its latest results in May in The Astrophysical Journal.
And this from Suspicious0bservers, you can also search his site for "micro-novas" which somehow never "caught on". Super Flare is much more sexy.
And a source document
You can get the abstract from here