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  • Update on the Massive Power Outage in Puerto Rico

    09/23/2016 6:27:28 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 19 replies (Spanish) ^ | September 23, 2016
    A government press conference about the massive blackout that has left a large part of the Puerto Rican population without service from the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) might be held around 8:00 AM at the Emergency Operations Center. Earlier in the morning, Governor Alejandro García Padilla reported that close to 1,079,583 customers have PREPA service already. In addition, the Department of Transportation and Public Works stated that, despite the restoration of service to some parts of the [San Juan] Metropolitan Area, the Urban Train will not resume service immediately. "Rigorous safety tests have to be done," the agency...
  • Puerto Rico Hit With Islandwide Blackout After Fire Erupts - ABC News

    09/21/2016 6:14:10 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 29 replies
    ABC ^ | 09/21/2016
    <p>A big fire erupted at an electricity plant that powers most of Puerto Rico on Wednesday, causing a blackout that swept across the U.S. territory of 3.5 million people.</p> <p>The Electric Power Authority said two transmission lines of 230,000 volts each failed. Executive Director Javier Quintana told reporters that he expected most power to be restored by Thursday morning, adding that airports, hospitals, police stations and water plants would get priority.</p>
  • Facebook, Twitter join coalition to improve online news (First Draft News, a GooGle backed op)

    09/13/2016 7:17:05 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 9/13/16 | AFP
    Washington (AFP) - Facebook, Twitter and news organizations including Agence France-Presse have joined a coalition of media and technology groups seeking to filter out online misinformation and improve news quality on social networks. First Draft News, which is backed by Google, announced Tuesday that some 20 news organizations will be part of its partner network to share information on best practices for journalism in the online age. Jenni Sargent, managing director of First Draft, said the partner network will help advance the organization's goal of improving news online and on social networks. ...
  • Turkey: Child Rape Widespread, Media Blackout

    09/03/2016 4:29:20 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 26 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | 3/9/16 | Robert Jones
    ..... On the day of the rape, the parents left their baby with an 18-year-old man before leaving to work a field 100 meters away. When the parents returned, they saw the young man, a Turkish citizen who works as a shepherd, walking away from the tent. The mother noticed that her baby girl had been raped and took her to a local hospital, where the attack was confirmed. The governor's office of Antep announced that the young man had been arrested and brought to court. Huseyin Simsek, the journalist who covered the incident for the newspaper Birgun, said that...
  • Rant on baseball and online radio (vanity)

    04/12/2016 8:11:50 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 24 replies
    4/12/'16 | Self
    Okay people. You all know that this year is the 100th anniversary of the Cubs' first season in Wrigley Field. You also know that as of last year the national version of WGN no longer carries Cubs games. The Chicago station does, but the "superstation" apparently makes more money showing episode after episode after episode of a show called "Bluebloods" (which I know absolutely nothing about) than it does showing the Cubbies. So I looked up the radio station that currently carries the games and found it online. Well guess what? At game time I get the very beginning but...
  • Bozell, More Than Two Dozen Pro-Life Leaders Petition Network Execs for More Planned Parenthood...

    08/26/2015 5:05:03 PM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 8/26/15
    On Tuesday, Media Research Center founder and president Brent Bozell, along with more than two dozen pro-life leaders, sent letters to the network news chiefs at ABC, CBS, and NBC, protesting their lack of coverage of shocking Planned Parenthood sting videos. ABC News, in particularly, was particularly egregious, as it "has not even aired one second of video footage (with audio) of the Center for Medical Progress's investigative videos," Bozell noted. "This is outrageous and inexcusable," adding: Your network’s censorship of this taxpayer-funded house of horrors is eerily reminiscent of its censorship of abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s murder trial. Both cases...
  • ‘Blackout’ Review: When the Lights Went Out

    07/17/2015 1:25:42 PM PDT · by lulu16 · 46 replies
    WSJ ^ | July 9, 2015 | Dorothy Rabinowitz
    In a documentary brimming with sociopolitical messaging, this American Experience film goes back to the hot July night of 1977 that saw New York City suddenly go dark, then erupt in a widespread orgy of violence, looting and arson—the most extensive in East Harlem, Brooklyn and the Bronx. The film diligently traces the cause of the blackout—a lightning strike in Westchester County, and a resulting chain reaction that ended with total power loss for almost all all of New York City. But it’s clear virtually from the outset of “Blackout” that the power that concerns the filmmakers doesn’t have much...
  • Iran Flexes Its Power by Transporting Turkey to the Stone Age

    04/23/2015 6:27:47 AM PDT · by Former Proud Canadian · 38 replies
    Observer ^ | April 22, 2015 | Micah Halpern
    Half of Turkey—44 of 81 provinces, 40 million people including those living in Istanbul and Ankara, suffered a massive power outage that lasted a solid twelve hours. It happened on Tuesday, March 31st. It happened because Iran wanted it to happen. The blackout in Turkey was caused by a cyber hack that originated in Iran. This cyber attack was payback, a taste of what Iran has to offer. Everything went down. Computers, airports, air traffic, traffic lights, hospitals, lights, elevators, refrigeration, water and sewage, everything simply stopped. In an instant, Turkey was transported back to the stone ages.
  • Power outage hits much of Turkey; officials won't rule out terrorism

    03/31/2015 10:56:30 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 15 replies
    CNN ^ | 3/31/15 | Don Melvin
    Official won't rule out cyberattack The Turkish capital, Ankara, some 250 miles from Istanbul, was also affected. The outage extended to 45 of Turkey's 81 provinces. Turkey's semiofficial Anadolu Agency quoted Energy Minister Taner Yildiz as saying the cause of the outage was unknown. Yildiz, speaking during a visit to Slovakia, said he could neither confirm nor deny that a cyberattack had triggered the blackout, the Anadolu Agency reported. Flightradar24, which maps real-time flight data on the Internet, tweeted that the outage was "affecting flights," and said 11 of its 16 air traffic monitoring systems receivers -- as distinct from...
  • Home> International Turkey Blackout: Massive Power Outage Plunges Country Into Darkness

    03/31/2015 8:14:03 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 44 replies
    ABC News ^ | 3-31-2004 | Patrick Reeval
    A massive nationwide power outage has struck Turkey today, causing travel chaos in major cities and leaving roughly three-quarters of the country with limited electricity. The blackout -- the worst in Turkey for over a decade -- has affected around 40 provinces. In Istanbul traffic lights and much of the city’s subway went dark after power stopped around 10:30 a.m., officials said. Local airports were forced to close and flights are disrupted.
  • Fox News, Fox Business Channels Go Dark On Dish As Carriage Talks Stall

    12/22/2014 11:24:22 AM PST · by Utilizer · 43 replies
    DEADLINE | HOLLYWOOD ^ | December 20, 2014 10:03pm | Lisa de Moraes
    21st Century Fox and Dish pointed the finger at each other tonight as carriage talks between the two failed to produce a deal by midnight, resulting in Fox News Channel and Fox Business Channel no longer being available on Dish. Both sides blamed the other for the shutdowns. “It is disappointing that, after nearly two decades without a blackout, Fox News Channel has been blocked by Dish Network,” Tim Carry, EVP Distribution at Fox News Channel said late tonight. “We care deeply about our viewers and hope that they will regain access to the number one cable news channel soon....
  • Blackout: Power Goes Off During House Climate Hearing with Obama Science Czar John Holdren ...

    09/18/2014 6:55:09 AM PDT · by shove_it · 12 replies
    ClimateDepot ^ | 17 Sep 2014 | Marc Morano
    Full headline: Blackout: Power Goes Off During House Climate Hearing with Obama Science Czar John Holdren — Lights blink on and off and stay off for almost a minute Washington D.C.- A total blackout of a House Science committee occurred during a House Hearing on Climate Change and the EPA’s power plans. The lights went out and the room was plunged into total darkness at 10:23 AM in the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing was titled: Full Committee Hearing – “The Administration’s Climate Plan: Failure by Design” - 2318 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 | Sep 17,...
  • Hillary Team Calls for Media Blackout of Anti-Clinton Books

    07/25/2014 11:09:38 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 40 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7-25-14 | Alexander Marlowe
    Soon there will be three anti-Clinton books on the market, which is apparently enough to have gotten under the skin of Team Hillary. The First Family Detail by Ronald Kessler, set for release next month, will join Clinton, Inc. by the Weekly Standard’s Daniel Halper and Blood Feud by Ed Klein on bookshelves. Yesterday we reported that Clinton, Inc. has shot up the charts and now both Halper and Klein’s books are outselling Hillary Clinton’s recent memoir Hard Choices. “With Klein, Halper and Kessler, we now have a Hat Trick of despicable actors concocting trashy nonsense,” Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill...
  • Parts of Sderot in Darkness After Gaza Rocket Attack

    07/02/2014 3:57:27 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/7/14 | Elad Benari
    A rocket fired by Gaza terrorists on Wednesday night, shortly before 1:00 a.m. exploded near a home in the city of Sderot and caused it minor damages. The rocket hit a local power line and caused blackouts in parts of the city, but there were no reports of physical injuries. Two other rockets exploded in open areas in the Shaar Hanegev region. There were no physical injuries or damages. The latest rocket fire follows a barrage of at least 20 rockets that were fired at southern Israel on Wednesday. A continuous rain of rockets have been fired on Israel this...
  • Government Agency Warns If 9 Substations Are Destroyed, The Power Grid Could Be Down For 18 Months

    03/19/2014 6:11:36 PM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 109 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 03/19/2014 20:49 -0400 | Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse blog
    What would you do if the Internet or the power grid went down for over a year? Our key infrastructure, including the Internet and the power grid, is far more vulnerable than most people would dare to imagine. These days, most people simply take for granted that the lights will always be on and that the Internet will always function properly. But what if all that changed someday in the blink of an eye? According to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's latest report, all it would take to plunge the entire nation into darkness for more than a year would...
  • Christian Programming Is Being Blocked From Your TV Lineup

    02/13/2014 3:57:34 PM PST · by lowbridge · 40 replies ^ | february 13, 2014 | B. Christopher Agee
    DirecTV recently announced it will drop the Inspiration Network from its lineup, leaving its stable of profane and worldly channels untouched. Incredibly, reports indicate the provider also misrepresented the development by suggesting the network initiated the split. In reality, it appears the decision was wholly that of the provider. Perhaps the most baffling aspect of the decision lies in the fact that DirecTV did not gain anything – or save any money – by dropping the network. Unlike the majority of channels carried by the company, the Inspiration Network does not charge a license fee to providers. Many failing networks cost carriers...
  • Map – Areas Of Probable Power System Collapse: “130 Million Lacking Power For Several Years”

    12/23/2013 8:58:24 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 89 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | December 22, 2013 | Mac Slavo
    In just the last twelve months Congressional members and top level administrators at the Department of Homeland Security have warned of threats to the national power grid so serious that should they occur life in America as we have come to know it would change almost instantly. Former DHS head Janet Napolitano, in a letter to her successor, advised that “a massive and serious cyber attack” on the US Homeland is imminent and that a “natural disaster — the likes of which the nation has never seen — is also likely on its way.” This was followed up by a...
  • A Collapse 73 Years Ago, and Another One Coming

    11/07/2013 1:08:51 PM PST · by backwoods-engineer · 72 replies
    The Backwoods Engineer Blog ^ | 7 November 2013 | The Backwoods Engineer
    An essay comparing the collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, 73 years ago today, to the near future collapse of the American civil society, from a blogger with the FR Seal of Approval. -- I. TACOMA NARROWS 73 years ago today, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington State collapsed. The way in which it collapsed was brought on by a positive-feedback situation, where the destructive force was only bounded by the structural integrity of the bridge itself. There are some serious lessons in this collapse for the future of American society. First, let's get a basic understanding of why the...
  • Expert: “What People Have Got to Know is That They’re On Their Own, Literally…”

    10/27/2013 4:18:35 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 146 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 10/27/13 | Mac Slavo
    Over coming weeks millions of Americans will be tuning in to NatGeo’s new American Blackout film about surviving in a post-power grid collapse environment that lacks electricity, fresh water and the normal flow of commerce. For most it will be nothing more than standard evening entertainment, but what if such an event turns out to be a future American reality? Such a scenario may seem improbable, but just in the last several years we’ve seen it play out time and again all over the world, albeit in situations limited in time and scope. Hurricane Katrina and over 50,000 people stranded...
  • Did Anyone Watch American Blackout on NatGeo last night? (vanity)

    10/28/2013 1:38:42 PM PDT · by lulu16 · 150 replies
    What happens when major portions of the United States loses power? How will people cope? How will people die? From this forum, I heard of this docudrama and set the DVR. I only made it 40 minutes in until I started hiding my head under the couch pillows and at the one hour mark, I fled the room where my husband was watching. He put it on hold for tonight, because he wants to know what happens. I will hear it second hand from him. At first, from the timeline, 2006, I thought this was previously aired six years ago....
  • ’American Blackout’: Four Major Real-Life Threats to the Electric Grid

    10/27/2013 4:56:01 AM PDT · by Libloather · 74 replies
    National Geographic ^ | 10/25/13 | Patrick J. Kiger
    A catastrophic, prolonged failure of the electrical grid—the sort of event whose effects are depicted in National Geographic Channel’s upcoming American Blackout, which premieres Sunday—may seem like just apocalyptic science fiction to some viewers. Unfortunately, though, the possibility of such a breakdown is all too real. (See related interactive: “Survive the Blackout.”) Government and utility industry officials are so concerned, in fact, that in November, they will stage a massive emergency drill, called GridEx II, that will involve thousands of utility workers, business executives, National Guard officers, FBI antiterrorism experts and government officials from the U.S., Canada and Mexico. They’ll...
  • The Power Has Gone Out In Downtown Detroit

    09/11/2013 1:53:29 PM PDT · by lbryce · 52 replies
    Business Insider ^ | September 11, 2013 | Adamn Taylor
    Downtown Detroit was hit by a power outage at around 1 p.m. today. Multiple buildings appear to have lost power including city hall, Detroit News is reporting. CBS Detroit reports that the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice and the People Mover in downtown Detroit have also lost power, while Local 4 News reports that some Wayne State University buildings lost power and there were reports of people stuck in elevators. We recently reported how the city was racing against the end of Daylight Savings Time to restore reliable service to thousands of street lights. The city's office of emergency management...
  • A Conservative Blackout of Facebook

    08/08/2013 6:01:11 AM PDT · by FormerLib · 83 replies
    It seems some liberals are having a collective meltdown over an online conservative protest called "Facebook Blackout." Facebook has established a pattern of silencing Conservative posters and pages so, on August 24 and 25th, we are going to grant them their wish. Silence from out side. Any advertising dollars that they lose will be their lesson.
  • Sen. Edward Markey calls for FCC to intervene in CBS, TWC dispute

    08/06/2013 7:38:13 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 14 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 6, 2013 | Ryan Faughnder
    Customers have been calling on Time Warner Cable and CBS Corp. to resolve their ongoing carriage dispute that has resulted in channels going dark in several markets including Los Angeles and New York. Now politicians are demanding an end to the blackout. Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), who recently won John F. Kerry's Senate seat, on Tuesday asked the Federal Communications Commission to step in and restart negotiations.
  • Time Warner blackout of CBS goes into 2nd day

    08/03/2013 7:26:57 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 36 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | August 3, 2013 | Tom Krisher
    Time Warner Cable's blackout of CBS continued Saturday, and neither side indicated a resolution of their dispute over fees is imminent. Time Warner dropped CBS Friday in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and several other cities, leaving three million customers without the network's programs. The issue is fees that the cable company pays CBS to air its programs. Each has accused the other of making unreasonable demands ... The CBS stations that went dark are WCBS and WLNY in New York; KCBS and KCAL in Los Angeles; KTVT and KTXA in Dallas; WBZ and WSBK in Boston; KDKA, WPCW-CW in...
  • Media blackout: Mob "hunted" white victims in Cincinnati

    07/14/2013 8:42:46 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 71 replies
    The Examiner ^ | July 11, 2013 | Dave Gibson
    On Monday, police in Cincinnati arrested a group of teenagers who reportedly terrorized folks in the downtown area, in a series of violent assaults. All of the beatings and robberies took place between June 1 to July 4. Cortez Baker, 16, Randolph Jones, 16, and Kentrelle Aldridge, 16, have all been charged with several counts of robbery and assault, and more charges are likely to be filed.
  • 72 Congressmen slam media over Gosnell, Planned Parenthood infanticide remarks

    04/18/2013 11:43:09 AM PDT · by topher · 16 replies ^ | 4-18-2013 | John Jalsevac
    72 Congressmen slam media for failing to cover Gosnell, Planned Parenthood infanticide remarks WASHINGTON, D.C., April 18, 2013 ( – In a sternly worded letter, 72 congressman have accused the three leading mainstream media networks – ABC, NBS, and CBS – of “blatant media bias” for failing to cover two of the biggest abortion-related stories in recent years: the trial of “House of Horrors” abortionist Kermit Gosnell, and remarks made by a Planned Parenthood representative in support of infanticide. “The broadcasters’ blackout of the Planned Parenthood infanticide lobbying scandal and the Gosnell ‘House of Horrors’ murder trial are the biggest...
  • Politico and’s turn to explain Gosnell blackout

    04/13/2013 3:20:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Get Religion ^ | April 13, 2013 | Mollie
    >Earlier I shared what happened when I asked an AP reporter and a Washington Post reporter about their personal Gosnell blackouts.It was so illuminating that I decided to check out a few other media outlets. I headed over to Politico. Since Washington Post reporter Sarah Kliff tried to justify her lack of coverage of the Gosnell trial by calling it a local crime story, I thought I’d add other local stories into my search. Thanks for the idea! So here’s what I found out. Politico‘s search engine pops out 165 results on Trayvon Martin (local crime story in Florida), 94...
  • Nikon Introduces New Riflescope For .300 AAC Blackout

    02/26/2013 11:00:23 AM PST · by marktwain · 41 replies ^ | 25 February, 2012 | NA
    The .300 AAC Blackout has taken the industry by storm and is considered one of the hottest new cartridges for hunting feral hogs with AR/MSR platform rifles. This versatile cartridge provides the ability to shoot subsonic ammunition for low-noise applications and supersonic ammunition for longer-range shots. Nikon has developed the all-new P-300 BLK riflescope to embrace both applications and to harness the effectiveness of this exciting new caliber. “When you look at what the .300 Blackout cartridge can do in terms of effectiveness, it really is an amazing caliber. Nikon is excited to jump into the mix and give shooters...
  • What Caused the Blackout in the "Chocolate City"???

    02/04/2013 9:06:44 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 57 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 2-4-2013 | MOTUS
    Another Super Bowl in the can, and the official results are in. Beyoncé was hot, the commercials, not (with the exception of Chrysler’s odes to our military and farmers, butt they weren’t technically commercials). There was a delay of game penalty called due to a temporary brown-out in the Chocolate City. And, oh yes…the Ravens won! So from the top: did you see Beyoncé shaking her considerable Behindce all over the half-time show?   Beyoncé the Super Knowles No wonder she didn’t have time to practice for the inauguration and had to lipsync! Last night’s performance was not just live,...
  • Superbowl Blackout-it's the GOP's fault

    02/03/2013 6:37:40 PM PST · by Born Conservative · 54 replies
    Facebook ^ | 2/3/13 | Obed Norman
    Lights out during the Super Bowl. President Obama fought for 4 years to have the power grid updated. The GOP resisted him for 4 years. This is America on GOP obstruction. Having the power reliability of a banana republic. When will you wake up and realize the GOP should never be allowed anywhere near the levers of power? When the lights give out during your open-heart surgery? This is serious and yes, it is political as it is about responsible governance.
  • Big ObamaCare setback: court ruling lets church challenges proceed [Media ignores]

    12/13/2012 11:02:20 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 17 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | Dec 13, 2012 | Andrew Malcolm
    Here's an encouraging update on the nationwide legal challenges to ObamaCare by religious institutions that will be forced to provide insurance coverage for such things as abortion drugs, birth control and sterilizations that violate their beliefs. This story is a week old, actually. Strangely, you haven't seen any real coverage of this development in mainstream media, perhaps because it concerns a crucial legal setback for Barack Obama and Kathleen Sebelius in a New York federal court. As is Eric Holder's style when his Justice Department is challenged, he attempts not to argue the typically weak legal issues he has but...
  • Big ObamaCare setback: court ruling lets church challenges proceed [Media ignores]

    12/13/2012 11:02:01 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 3 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | Dec 13, 2012 | Andrew Malcolm
    Here's an encouraging update on the nationwide legal challenges to ObamaCare by religious institutions that will be forced to provide insurance coverage for such things as abortion drugs, birth control and sterilizations that violate their beliefs. This story is a week old, actually. Strangely, you haven't seen any real coverage of this development in mainstream media, perhaps because it concerns a crucial legal setback for Barack Obama and Kathleen Sebelius in a New York federal court. As is Eric Holder's style when his Justice Department is challenged, he attempts not to argue the typically weak legal issues he has but...
  • Mammoth storm Sandy plunges NYC into darkness

    10/29/2012 6:57:41 PM PDT · by bimboeruption · 48 replies
    AP ^ | 10-29-2012 | By JENNIFER PELTZ and TOM HAYS
    Much of New York was plunged into darkness Monday by a superstorm that overflowed the city's historic waterfront, flooded the financial district and subway tunnels and cut power to nearly a million people. The city had shut its mass transit system, schools, the stock exchange and Broadway and ordered hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers to leave home to get out of the way of the superstorm Sandy as it zeroed in on the nation's largest city. Residents spent much of the day trying to salvage normal routines, jogging and snapping pictures of the water while officials warned the worst...
  • The U.S. Is On India's Horrid Energy Path

    08/02/2012 6:46:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    RCM ^ | 08/02/2012 | Diana Furchtgott-Roth
    For those who don't remember what a large-scale blackout is like, take a look at what happened earlier this week in India, where 670 million people lost power. The images were haunting. Miles of stalled cars, snarled because traffic lights were dark. Electric trains that didn't run. Miners trapped underground. India's blackout was caused by a host of electrical issues ranging from bad energy policy to an overburdened electrical grid. A shortage of rain for hydroelectric dams this year and a shortage of coal for factories does not help the over strapped grid and are the most likely causes for...
  • The Government Admits The US Power Grid Can Be Taken Out At Any Time

    08/01/2012 10:23:27 PM PDT · by blam · 43 replies
    TBI ^ | 8-2-2012 | Walter Hickey
    The Government Admits The US Power Grid Can Be Taken Out At Any Time Walter Hickey Aug. 1, 2012, 7:00 PM The Government Accountability Office just released a report backing up earlier findings: because a series of recommendations were ignored, the U.S. electric grid remains highly susceptible to cyberattacks. The grid is reliant on a number of IT systems that have known and likely unknown vulnerabilities. The result of a cyberattack on the grid could result in damage to electricity control systems, power outages, and failures in safety equipment on a scale currently unknown. GAO believes that there are still...
  • Record heat waves goodbye to area

    07/09/2012 5:37:05 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 8, 2012 | Meredith Somers
    The excruciating heat that smothered the mid-Atlantic under triple-digit temperatures came to an end Sunday, leaving in its wake buckled roadways, kinked train tracks, withered yards and a newfound sense of what it means to be hot. A weak cold front moving into northern Maryland should make for “relatively cooler temperatures,” National Weather Service meteorologist Andy Woodcock said, which “is a joke to say the upper 80s.” “The average maximum temperature for July is supposed to be 87 or 88 degrees,” Mr. Woodcock said. “We’re going to cool down to the norm.”
  • D.C.-area temperatures approach all-time record highs

    07/07/2012 6:54:41 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 58 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 7, 2012 | Elizabeth Sallie
    <p>Triple-digit temperatures expected to feel as hot as 110 degrees have prompted excessive heat warnings across the D.C. area on Saturday and could threaten all-time highs.</p> <p>The day continued a trend in the area that hasn’t seen high temperatures lower than 95 degrees since the month began.</p>
  • Washington's Finest Moment

    07/06/2012 9:02:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | July 6, 2012 | Linda Chavez
    For all the talk of incivility in the Nation's capital, the last week has restored my faith in the basic decency of the people who live there. Although the storm that hit Washington and the surrounding area June 29 has not received as much national attention as hurricanes, tornados, and other natural disasters usually do, the human toll has been high. In the Washington metro area alone, five people died in the storm and more than 20 have died subsequently from the heat, as hundreds of thousands suffered days without electrical power. But through it all, most people have behaved...
  • Fourth day of storm recovery brings more power customers online

    07/04/2012 5:13:44 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 3, 2012 | Shannon Odell
    Utility crews made significant progress Tuesday restoring power to homes without electricity since Friday night’s storm, but officials in several jurisdictions announced they were canceling Independence Day celebrations as the recovery continues. Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley said Tuesday morning that 75 percent of outages in Maryland had been restored, while Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell reported that power outages in Virginia had been reduced to a fraction of the 1.2 million customers left without lights and air conditioning in the wake of the storm. As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, about 13,000 of 257,000 Pepco customers in the District were still without...
  • No easy fix in massive power outage

    07/04/2012 4:08:25 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 72 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | July 4, 2012 | Eric Tucker and Chris Kahn (Associated Press)
    WASHINGTON (AP) - In the aftermath of storms that knocked out power to millions, sweltering residents and elected officials are demanding to know why it's taking so long to restring power lines and why they're not more resilient in the first place. The answer, it turns out, is complicated: Above-ground lines are vulnerable to lashing winds and falling trees, but relocating them underground incurs huge costs - as much as $15 million per mile of buried line - and that gets passed onto consumers.
  • With Power Plant Offline, California Scrambles to Avoid Blackouts

    06/15/2012 6:33:33 AM PDT · by mykroar · 36 replies ^ | 6/15/2012 | Reuters
    California officials responsible for the state's electric grid are scrambling to avoid blackouts in southern California this summer following news that a major nuclear power plant will be offline indefinitely. The effort to avoid a repeat of the costly power outages that plagued the state in 2000 and 2001 includes bringing old plants back online, commissioning new transmission lines and activating a multipronged emergency response system to cut power demand at peak times. "We're not forecasting blackouts, but during very hot periods, either a very hot day or an extended heat wave, there are going to be challenges in southern...
  • Media blackout on Obama eligibility near-total

    03/26/2012 4:33:44 AM PDT · by iontheball · 29 replies · 14+ views
    WND ^ | March 25, 2012 | WND Exclusive
    The intimidation now seems to be reaching Internet news blogs, like Townhall, yet I have heard a report on such intimidation from Joe Farah.
  • Internet Blackout Begins in Protest of SOPA and PIPA (Wikipedia, Craigslist Shut down websites)

    01/18/2012 8:09:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 127 replies
    Hazelwood Patch ^ | 01/18/2012 | By Candace Jarrett
    Don't worry, your Internet isn't running slow. Some of your favorite websites like Craigslist and Wikipedia have gone black for the next 24 hours in protest of anti-piracy legislation. If you have been trying to find the most correct answer on Wikipedia's English site about who won the Oscar for "Best Leading Lady" at the 1980 Academy Award this morning, nine times out of 10 you have realized the site isn't currently working. How about how many Harry S. Truman parks there are in the United States? Looking for an apartment for rent in the City of Hazelwood on Craigslist...
  • English Wikipedia anti-SOPA blackout

    01/16/2012 8:21:15 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 29 replies · 1+ views
    wikipedia ^ | 16 Jan 2012 | Sue Gardner
    Today, the Wikipedia community announced its decision to black out the English-language Wikipedia for 24 hours, worldwide, beginning at 05:00 UTC on Wednesday, January 18 (you can read the statement from the Wikimedia Foundation here). The blackout is a protest against proposed legislation in the United States—the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the U.S. House of Representatives, and the PROTECTIP Act (PIPA) in the U.S. Senate—that, if passed, would seriously damage the free and open Internet, including Wikipedia. This will be the first time the English Wikipedia has ever staged a public protest of this nature, and it’s a...
  • FCC might end sports blackout rule (they want public comment first)

    01/13/2012 4:53:08 PM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/13/12 | Brendan Sasso
    FCC might end sports blackout ruleBy Brendan Sasso - 01/13/12 03:19 PM ET The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Thursday issued a formal request for public comment on a proposal to end its sports blackout rule. The rule, first adopted in 1975, prohibits cable and satellite providers from carrying a sports event if the game is blacked out on local broadcast television stations. Dropping the rule would have the most effect on the National Football League, which requires broadcasters to black out games if the local team does not sell out the stadium. The rule is meant to encourage fans...
  • Crash Affects Millions Of Microsoft Users [ Power black out in So Cal ]

    09/09/2011 11:43:39 AM PDT · by NoLibZone · 8 replies ^ | Sept 9 2011 |
    REDMOND, Wash. - The world's largest email provider, Microsoft, was struggling to restore its services Friday after outages that reportedly affected up to 365 million users worldwide. The service disruptions affected a variety of Microsoft email products including Office 365,, Live@edu and Windows Live Hotmail. The extent of the disruption was unclear, but Microsoft confirmed problems in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. "We're rolling out a fix that we believe will resolve issues with Hotmail, SkyDrive, and our other Live properties," the company tweeted around 2:00am ET. Read more:
  • SDG&E: "Power Out Into the Night" [Update San Deigo]

    09/08/2011 7:50:54 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 65 replies
    nbc ^ | Sarah Grieco
    Transmitting lines were severed, causing power outage Officials were unable to say when power would be restored. More than 1.4 million San Diego Gas & Electric customers wre without power, with millions of people affected by the outage. All other service providers around the state have power. The California Independent System Operator is helping to bring power back on, an SDG&E official said. "We expect power to be out well into the night and into tomorrow in some areas," a spokesman for the utility said shortly before 5 p.m. A transmitter line between Arizona and California was severed, causing both...
  • Power outage hits up to 5M in US Southwest, Mexico

    09/08/2011 10:30:28 PM PDT · by americanophile · 25 replies
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | September 8, 2011 | By JULIE WATSON
    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A major power outage knocked out electricity to up to 5 million people in California, Arizona and Mexico on Thursday, bringing San Diego and Tijuana to a standstill and leaving people sweltering in the late-summer heat in the surrounding desert. Two nuclear reactors were offline after losing electricity, but officials said there was no danger to the public or workers. San Diego bore the brunt of the blackout that started shortly before 4 p.m. PDT (7 p.m. EDT, 2300 GMT); most of the eighth-largest U.S. city was darkened. All outgoing flights from San Diego's Lindbergh Field...

    08/24/2011 6:02:46 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 70 replies
    Weather Bell ^ | August 24,2011 | Joe D'Aleo
    The meteorologists at WeatherBELL Analytics believe we have an extremely dangerous situation on our hands. It is important that everyone in the potential path of this storm understand the consequences of Hurricane Irene's track. While there is still some variation in the computer models, the possibility of a devastating hurricane on Long Island and New England is very real. The European computer model has Irene north into New Jersey, New York and up the Hudson River and so even NYC is not out of the woods yet. The HWRF model is similar to the GFS model with a track over...