"where Tallbloke can analyze it and determine whether or not it represents a troubling long term trend, or is just a BiPoLar short term oscillation."
Ime lately, over the last month or so, it's not just BPL and the folks here that are getting kind of reactive, over emotional, loopy, snappy, and/or snarky, but a general increasing trend that i've been noticing. Also have noticed more car accidents than usual (without extreme weather facilitating same), and more crazy driving in general. My wife and i got in a huge fight (very unusual) on Sunday, out of the blue, over really nothing (though, i don't think it helps that she was about to get her period--the next day).
The only thing that i can think of as a cause and correlation, is that the Sun has gone from unusually quiet for a Solar max/peak cycle, to rip roaring within the last month or so. It seems to have an affect on peoples mind and emotions to a noticeable extent. For myself, i can often tell when there is a significant event because often i will get super tired, run down, and sometimes even head achy (not prone to same in the least bit) seemingly completely out of the blue. So many times i have looked it up after, and saw that yes, there was a powerful event within that general time frame.
Preposterous you say..hmm, well there has been some statistical research on correlations between strong/intense solar/geomagnetic activity, and frequency of car accidents indicating that there does seem to be a correlation.
In short, people seem to get a bit fried and frazzled during strong solar and geomagnetic events, especially folks who are not well centered and balanced.