Folks, before I begin to lay out my hypothesis here, please take a few minutes to take a very brief physics and science refresher course about matter and energy. Click on this link, then scroll down to the "what is energy" (2nd) link for a .ppt presentation. Once you're done, stop back for the rest of my caffeine-fueled thoughts on this "pre-Irene" Saturday morning.
Okay. Now that you're almost ready...please consider the following well-known ( and correct version ) quote from John Muir:
"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe."
Okay...now just for a moment, close your eyes and open your mind:
Matter is energy.
Magnetism is energy.
Radioactivity is energy.
Hurricane Irene is a massive counter-clockwise whirling vortex of concentrated energy.
And opposites attract.
I've just been advised that I've been drafted to go outside and clean the gutters and move all the deck furniture into the garage...among other "husbandly" duties in preparation for the arrival of a tempest named Irene.
I'll be back at some point today.