Politicians battled over social issues and allowed the economy to spiral out of control while a series of events were pushing food prices higher and higher. It affects everyone, but hurts middle- and lower-income the most. Historically, it’s the issue that brought governments to their knees.
On August 3rd and 4th 2010, a solar flare erupted from the surface of the Sun coincident with a sunspot equal in area to the Earth. All sorts of hysterical predictions were made, including claims this was the start of increasingly severe activity leading to 2012. The only thing that materialized was an extensive and dazzling aurora display.