This is worth reprinting. It was relevant five years ago but has become absolutely mandatory reading in the Vault-Co catechism now. Amazing what a difference five years can make, isn't it?
We started work on our shelter ten years ago because we knew about this very situation long ago before it hit any mainstream periodicals. We knew we were headed into a new Ice Age and that Ice Ages hit rapidly, sometimes in days not millennia. We knew that the transitions into new Ice Ages are always accompanied by volcanism and tectonic movements. We knew that the beginnings of Ice Ages often feature changes in the magnetic field that are disturbingly close to extinction events in the geological record. We knew that unprecedented changes were taking place in the outer atmosphere that clearly showed we were entering a new Maunder Minimum.
We knew about all of these things but we didn't really know exactly what it all meant until we read Robert Felix's excellent book.
Please ignore the eerie apocalyptic lights in the sky at night, people. Nothing to see here, keep moving along. Go to your day jobs and keep those tax revenues coming in so we can finish our own vaults.
Ordinary people have very short memories. They cannot remember it if it happened last week. Even if it did happen, if it isn't emphasized by their media it won't be retained, won't stick in their consciousness. Even when retained, they won't be able to make associative connections with other bits of information. They are always doomed to be surprised by everything.
I'm always stunned when people ask me what makes me so sure something is happening on this planet. It's like they were asking me what makes me so sure that we should put toilet water on plants instead of Brawndo. If the average person could remember anything that happened over fifteen minutes ago, they wouldn't need to ask.