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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Question The Blackout + Fires

If it were possible to take out even a small area of the power grid based on one worker's error, we would experience these sort of outages on a regular basis. They are not being truthful about the cause of this outage. I don't know why this is the case, but it is the case. It may be that there has been a procedural breakdown, or shoddy maintenance, in which case it is indicative of a bigger problem, or perhaps it was intentional. In any case, the power grid has been around for long enough that such single points of failure have been weeded out of the system.

The same goes for the land line phone system. The last time I can remember picking up the phone and not hearing a dial tone was a brief period in 1989 in San Francisco right after the Loma Prieta earthquake, and it was due to circuit overload, not a breakage of the system. I eventually was able to place calls to my family to say I was OK when I happened upon a free circuit.

I am not buying it and neither should you.

The same goes for the fire situation. I heard there were 53 different fires burning in Texas - last year New Mexico was perpetually on fire and several years ago they reported some insane number of simultaneous wildfires (it was around 1000) in California.

I remember something which was at the time attributed to Osama bin Laden, in which he described a method of waging war against the US by bleeding us dry. Given the economic losses and resources expended to fight fires, it seems to me like deliberately setting multiple fires would be a good way to further this objective. It is a method that would work for anyone, too. It doesn't have to be OBL.


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