This is a little unnerving...
For scary speculation about the end of civilization in 2012, people usually turn to followers of cryptic Mayan prophecy, not scientists. But that’s exactly what a group of NASA-assembled researchers described in a chilling report issued earlier this year on the destructive potential of solar storms.
Entitled "Severe Space Weather Events — Understanding Societal and Economic Impacts," it describes the consequences of solar flares unleashing waves of energy that could disrupt Earth’s magnetic field, overwhelming high-voltage transformers with vast electrical currents and short-circuiting energy grids. Such a catastrophe would cost the United States "$1 trillion to $2 trillion in the first year," concluded the panel, and "full recovery could take 4 to 10 years." That would, of course, be just a fraction of global damages.
I don't generally believe these ancient predictions like those of Nostradamus and of course the Mayans. They are always very vague and can be interpreted in many different ways to fit current events. That said, the Mayans predicted the beginning of a new era, not the destruction of Earth necessarily but, a turning point, the beginning of the fifth age of man, whatever that means, in December of 2012.
Read this article from Wired and see what you think.
All I'm saying is that it's a pretty big coincidence that the Sun's magnetic pole flips over, there is predicted to be unprecedented solar activity, and simultaneously, the Earth experiences a huge hole in it's magnetic shield. And all this is supposed to take place when the Mayans predicted something huge would happen.