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  • Massive Blackout in Vatican Following Release of Affidavit Revealing Italian Interference in US Election

    01/09/2021 9:30:46 PM PST · by CheshireTheCat · 73 replies ^ | January 9, 2021 | Travis
    As news of an international conspiracy involving the Italian government to remove President Donald Trump picks up steam, a massive blackout just hit the Vatican. The timing of this suggests something very big is happening, especially following the release of a sworn affidavit revealing the Italian government played a huge part in the US presidential election....
  • Pakistan Blackout Leaves 200 Million Without Power

    01/09/2021 9:01:11 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 45 replies
    UPI ^ | JAN. 9, 2021
    A failure in Pakistan's national power grid left more than 200 million people without electricity Saturday, local officials said. The widespread blackout happened just before midnight, plunging the major cities of Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and Peshawar into darkness, Energy Minister Omar Ayub said. He added that mobile and Internet services also were affected. Ayub said the power grid failed after high transmission lines tripped, causing the frequency in the distribution system to drop suddenly from 50 to zero. Officials said it could take several hours for power to be restored. "Systematic restoration of power will be initiated soon," representatives from...
  • Biden campaign slams Facebook after thousands of ads blocked by platform's pre-election blackout

    10/29/2020 11:19:39 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10 29 2020 | Jordan Williams
    The Biden campaign slammed Facebook on Thursday night after thousands of ads were blocked due to a technical glitch in the platform's pre-election ban on political ads. Facebook announced last month that it would ban new political advertisements in the week leading up to the Nov. 3 election in an effort to combat misinformation about voting. The temporary ban went into effect on Oct. 27, but the platform said it ran into “a number of unidentified issues” that caused ads to be paused that have already been running on Facebook, according to a Thursday blog post. The post went on...
  • Explosion at Arab gas pipeline leads to total blackout in Syria

    08/24/2020 4:05:43 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 8 replies
    arabnews ^ | 8/24/2020 | reuters
    CAIRO: An explosion on the Arab gas pipeline has caused a total blackout in Syria, the state news agency (SANA) reported on Monday, quoting the nation's electricity minister. The minister said the explosion occurred between the Ad Dumayr and Adra areas in Syria. Syria's oil minister said the explosion could be a terrorist act.
  • California’s Blackout Warning: Anti-fossil fuel mandates are leading to electricity shortages.

    08/17/2020 2:11:44 AM PDT · by karpov · 31 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 16, 2020 | WSJ Editorial Board
    Electricity blackouts are awful at any time, but especially during an extreme heat wave and for reasons that are man-made. That’s what millions in California have been enduring in recent days, and their plight is a warning to the rest of America about the risks of Green New Deal policies. The California Independent System Operator (Caiso), which manages the state’s power grid, declared a high-level emergency Friday and Saturday evenings and ordered utilities to reduce power usage. California and most of the southwestern U.S. are experiencing a severe heat wave. But other states are managing to keep power flowing. Why...
  • Don't Forget Today is Blackout Tuesday (Barf Alert)

    07/07/2020 7:30:20 AM PDT · by CodeJockey · 36 replies ^ | 7/6/20 | MALLIKA MITRA
    Anti-racist protests in the wake of recent high-profile police killings of Black people will take on another form on Tuesday, July 7: economic protest. . . . Blackout Day 2020, taking place on Tuesday, July 7, is a call to action to unite Black people in economic solidarity. In a video posted May 8, 2020, the event’s founder, Texas-based Calvin Martyr, asked for Black people in America for one day to not spend a dollar — “not online, not on Amazon, no fast food places, no restaurants, no stores.”
  • Trumpettes book Roseanne Barr for Super Bowl gala at Mar-a-Lago (barfy media blackout)

    02/02/2020 10:24:22 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 16 replies
    Trumpettes book Roseanne Barr for Super Bowl gala at Mar-a-Lago: ‘She is the magic right now’ Controversial comedian Roseanne Barr will be holding an event honoring Donald Trump after her racist attack on a former Barack Obama aide resulted in the cancellation of her television show and effective banishment from Hollywood. “Controversial comedienne Roseanne Barr will be the honored guest at ...
  • PG&E CEO Says It Could Impose Blackouts in California for a Decade

    10/18/2019 4:42:30 PM PDT · by karpov · 48 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 18, 2019 | Katherine Blunt
    PG&E Corp.’s chief executive said Friday that it could take as long as 10 years for the company to improve its electric system enough to significantly diminish the need to pull the plug on customers to reduce the risk of sparking fires. Bill Johnson, who joined the company in May, made the disclosure at a California Public Utilities Commission hearing where the panel’s president, Marybel Batjer, sharply criticized the company’s “inadequate execution” of a shut-off in which it turned off power to large portions of Northern California for more than two days last week. The commission convened an emergency meeting...
  • ‘I’m Out’: PG&E Blackouts Stagger Californians

    10/14/2019 5:59:41 AM PDT · by karpov · 106 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Oct. 13, 2019 8:12 pm ET | Zusha Elinson, Ian Lovett, Alejandro Lazo and Jim Carlton
    ... California residents have come face-to-face with an uncomfortable new reality: Large swaths of the state—by itself the fifth-largest economy in the world, and home to the globe’s most technologically advanced companies—may be subject to the sort of abrupt blackouts normally associated with underdeveloped countries. The state’s three big investor-owned utilities now have regulatory permission to cut off power to parts of their service territories during strong winds to reduce the risk of their electric lines causing wildfires, after at least 21 blazes linked to utility equipment killed more than 100 people and burned tens of thousands of homes in...
  • The Berkeley hills go dark and residents step up to help one another (liberal paradise alert)

    10/12/2019 9:11:09 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 39 replies
    Berkeleyside ^ | 10/10/2019 | Kate Darby Rauch, Frances Dinkelspiel
    All was quiet at dawn in the north Berkeley Hills. A few people were out in the early morning darkness, walking dogs, jogging, waiting for the bus. The contrast was stark looking down to the flats where power had not been lost and the lights were still on. A longtime resident on Creston Road, who said he was retired from the tech industry and didn’t want to give his name, was out with a flashlight in case people needed help. “We have elderly people up here,” he said. “I just wanted to make sure no one was panicking.” Like several...
  • Do California’s Blackouts Make Sense?

    10/12/2019 4:05:16 AM PDT · by karpov · 84 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 11, 2019 6:17 pm ET | Holman W. Jenkins
    ... [PG&E] told its bankruptcy judge that eliminating trees and vegetation from around its power lines would cost up to $150 billion and require 650,000 employees. PG&E’s customers already pay twice the national average for electricity. An alternative plan would be to radically decentralize its system so power cutoffs could be more “surgical.” This would also be expensive and, in PG&E’s sprawling territory, would still mean widespread blackouts. More equitable solutions are easy to envision, if only they were politically acceptable. Utilities could be relieved of their blanket fire liability, transferring the risk to homeowners and insurance markets. Utilities could...
  • Man on oxygen dies 12 minutes after crews shut off power to prevent more fire in California

    10/11/2019 5:36:27 PM PDT · by fruser1 · 77 replies
    kctv ^ | Oct 11, 2019 | Meredith Digital Staff
    Northern California fire officials say a man dependent on oxygen died about 12 minutes after Pacific Gas and Electric shut down power to the area as part of a massive effort to prevent fire. El Dorado County Fire Chief Lloyd Ogan said Friday that fire personnel responded to a call in Pollock Pines that came in after 3:30 a.m. Wednesday. He said crews arrived to find an unresponsive man in his 60s and were unable to revive him. Ogan said the man's oxygen equipment required power but could not say whether the shutdown was related to his death. PG&E spokesman...
  • California’s Dark Ages

    10/11/2019 6:15:48 AM PDT · by karpov · 98 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 10, 2019
    Californians are learning to live like the Amish after investor-owned utility PG&E this week shut off power to two million or so residents to prevent wildfires amid heavy, dry winds. Blame the state’s largest blackout on a perfect storm of bad policies. Two dozen or so wildfires in the past few years have been linked to PG&E equipment, including one last fall that killed 85 people. PG&E under state law is on the hook for tens of billions of dollars in damages and has filed for bankruptcy. For years the utility skimped on safety upgrades and repairs while pumping billions...
  • [UK]launches probe into mystery simultaneous failure of wind farm and gas-fired power station

    08/10/2019 7:21:48 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 10 August 2019 | Darren Boyle
    FULL TITLE: Fury at power cut that brought Britain to its knees: Government launches probe into mystery simultaneous failure of wind farm and gas-fired power station as officials insist there is 'no evidence' of a cyber attack Julian Leslie, Head of National Control at the National Grid Electricity System Operator said: 'We had an unplanned near simultaneous event on our network. This event was the loss of two generators which connect to the national grid network in order to export their power. 'As a result of this, this rare event, the system needs to protect itself. What was happening was...
  • Venezuela: widespread blackouts could be new normal, experts warn

    07/23/2019 9:44:17 AM PDT · by Steely Tom · 22 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 23 July 2019 | Joe Parkin Daniels
    Widespread electricity outages could become the new normal in Venezuela, experts have warned, as the country struggled to restore power after a massive blackout that left millions without power or access to the internet. Blackouts plunge Venezuela into chaos as minister blames saboteurs Energy minister Freddy Brito said on Tuesday morning that power had been restored in Caracas and at least five states after the outage which the government blamed on an “electromagnetic attack” at hydroelectric dams in the south of the country. Around 80% of Venezuela’s grid is served by hydropower. But energy analysts were deeply suspicious of government...
  • Venezuela back in darkness

    07/24/2019 1:41:11 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/7/19
    ...extensive power cut has once again paralyzed Venezuela in recent days. The Information Minister of the Maduro regime claims that "this is an electromagnetic attack".
  • Venezuelan government blames 'electromagnetic attack' for nationwide blackout

    07/23/2019 9:40:06 AM PDT · by Steely Tom · 10 replies
    CNN News ^ | 23 July 2019 | Stefano Pozzebon and Jessie Yeung,
    Large swathes of Venezuela remained without power on Tuesday, the day after the country suffered its fourth nationwide blackout this year. The blackout, which officials blamed on a hostile "electromagnetic attack," affected almost the entire country, including the capital Caracas. About 94% of Venezuela's telecommunications infrastructure was hit by the outage, and internet connectivity was only running at 10% nationwide, according to Netblocks, a non-profit organization dedicated to tracking outages.
  • Con Ed can't explain Manhattan Blackout.

    07/14/2019 12:00:52 PM PDT · by srmanuel · 36 replies
    NYP ^ | July 14, 2019 | Bruce Golding
    Yesterday there was a power outage in Manhattan, I won't call it massive because some people had a problem with that word. Originally it was stated a transformer fire was the cause of the outage, now Con Ed says there is no evidence of a me paranoid, but my ears perk up with I hear things like this...
  • Con Ed can’t explain what caused the Manhattan blackout

    07/14/2019 11:51:10 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 47 replies
    N Y Post ^ | 07/14/2019 | Bruce Golding
    In a statement released late Sunday morning, the power company said it “will be conducting a diligent and vigorous investigation to determine the root cause of the incident.” Con Ed spokesman Alfonso Quiroz blamed the blackout on a “disruption on the transmission side” of the company’s power grid. Officials initially suspected a manhole fire that affected an underground transformer, but Quiroz said there’s “no evidence of a fire at this point.” The blackout stranded people on subway trains and elevators, and forced the evacuation of Madison Square Garden and cancellation of Broadway shows. It struck on the 42nd anniversary of...
  • Power Failure in NYC

    07/13/2019 5:24:25 PM PDT · by Rumplemeyer · 138 replies
    There has been a major power failure in Manhattan, from Midtown, West to the Hudson River. Times Square is dark, no Traffic Lights or Street Lights and West Side Subway service is down. No reports of mayhem...yet.