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When the Lights Go Out
« on: April 21, 2017, 01:09:59 PM »
Just the beginning..

Power Outages Coincide in LA, New York, and San Francisco! :o

https://www.inverse.com/article/30631-lax-sf-ny-power-outages

A series of subsequent power outages in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City left commuters stranded and traffic backed up on Friday morning. Although the outages occurred around the same time, there is as of yet no evidence that they were connected by anything more than coincidence. (Really??)

Power Outage in New York Friday

The first outage occurred at around 7:20 a.m. in New York, when the power went down at the 7th Avenue and 53rd Street subway station, which sent a shockwave of significant delays out from the hub and into the rest of the subway system. By 11:30 a.m. the city’s MTA confirmed that generators were running again in the station, although the New York subways were set to run delayed into the afternoon.

The MTA and Con Ed are still working to determine the cause of the outage.

Power Outage in Los Angeles Friday

Later in the morning, power outages were reported in Los Angeles International Airport, as well as in several other areas around the city.

The outage sent frustrated fliers onto Twitter to comment.

    Major power outage at LAX.... I had to trot every stair... God has a way of making me exercise....
    — Loni Love (@LoniLove) April 21, 2017

    Power outage at #LAX B terminal. Just trying to get home :(
    — GSpizzle (@GarrettSpy) April 21, 2017

While the outage was an inconvenience, it does not appear to be as widespread as it’s San Francisco counterpart.

Power Outage in San Francisco Friday

By far the largest outage of the morning happened in San Francisco, where, as of 1 p.m., it appears that the majority of the city is out of commission.

    The @internetarchive is offline because of a power outage in San Francisco.
    — Internet Archive (@internetarchive) April 21, 2017

The massive outage is closing BART stations, shutting down traffic signals, and affecting office buildings. Residents and workers in the area are calling it “totally surreal.”

The San Francisco outage appears to have begun sometime around noon Eastern, 9 a.m. local time, and there is no end presently in sight. Areas confirmed to be even more affected include the entirety of the financial district, parts of SoMa, Richmond, Nob Hill, and Pacific Heights.

    I can personally attest that power is out in inner Richmond, Nob hill and financial district. Will post if we get more updates.
    — Richmond SF Blog (@richmondsfblog) April 21, 2017

Pacific Gas and Electric’s own outage map shows thousands affected and current estimates indicate that the outage is hitting up to 100,000 customers.

The outage came after a substation fire on Larkin Street, but officials have yet to officially cite the cause of the outage. Sources did tell Inverse that PGE is working to restore power to the city by 12:30 p.m. local time at the earliest.

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« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2017, 05:37:07 AM »
Probably due to the weakening Earth's magnetic field ..

Total Chaos: Cyber Attack Fears As MULTIPLE CITIES HIT With Simultaneous Power Grid Failures: Shockwave Of Delays In San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York

http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/total-chaos-cyber-attack-fears-as-multiple-cities-hit-with-simultaneous-power-grid-failures-shockwave-of-delays-in-san-francisco-los-angeles-new-york_04212017

The U.S. power grid appears to have been hit with multiple power outages affecting San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles.

Officials report that business, traffic and day-to-day life has come to a standstill in San Francisco, reportedly the worst hit of the three major cities currently experiencing outages.

Power companies in all three regions have yet to elaborate on the cause, though a fire at a substation was the original reason given by San Francisco officials.

A series of subsequent power outages in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City left commuters stranded and traffic backed up on Friday morning. Although the outages occurred around the same time, there is as of yet no evidence that they were connected by anything more than coincidence.

The first outage occurred at around 7:20 a.m. in New York, when the power went down at the 7th Avenue and 53rd Street subway station, which sent a shockwave of significant delays out from the hub and into the rest of the subway system. By 11:30 a.m. the city’s MTA confirmed that generators were running again in the station, although the New York subways were set to run delayed into the afternoon.

Later in the morning, power outages were reported in Los Angeles International Airport, as well as in several other areas around the city.

As we have previously reported, the entire national power grid has been mapped by adversaries of the United States and it is believed that sleep trojans or malware may exist within the computer systems that maintain the grid.

In a 2016 report it was noted that our entire way of life has been left vulnerable to saboteurs who could cause cascading blackouts across the United States for days or weeks at a time:

Consider, for a moment, how drastically your life would change without the continuous flow of energy the grid delivers. While manageable during a short-term disaster, losing access to the following critical elements of our just-in-time society would wreak havoc on the system.

    Challenges or shut downs of business commerce
    Breakdown of our basic infrastructure: communications, mass transportation, supply chains
    Inability to access money via atm machines
    Payroll service interruptions
    Interruptions in public facilities – schools, workplaces may close, and public gatherings.
    Inability to have access to clean drinking water

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Re: When the Lights Go Out
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2017, 07:01:57 AM »
Good Analysis From the WSO Channel ..

MASSIVE Power Outages - What is Causing Them?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orGSf4qr79s

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« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2017, 07:29:57 AM »
Some great “Urban Survial” tips in this article!

How Well You Can Survive, Amidst Looting, Violence And The Desperation Of The Under- Or Completely Unprepared, Will Depend On Your Own Good Sense And Your Ability To Prepare Ahead Of Time.

http://concerneduspatriots.com/tips-prepare-urban-survival-bugging/

Whether you’re unsure of how to plan for a bug out situation because you don’t know where you would bug out to, or you simply prefer the idea of battening down the hatches in your current dwelling to weather whatever catastrophe may strike, urban survival and bugging in are two important topics that are quite worthy of consideration. Most people now live in developed suburban and urban areas rather than out in the countryside, so in the event of an emergency, many people are going to find themselves trying to survive in the concrete jungle.

How well you can survive, amidst looting, violence and the desperation of the under- or completely unprepared, will depend on your own good sense and your ability to prepare ahead of time. Aside from stocking up on basic supplies like food and water, you don’t have to spend a fortune to prepare yourself for urban survival or bugging in, either.

First and foremost, one of the most important things to consider is self-defense for yourself and your loved ones. If an emergency crops up or a disaster strikes, law enforcement will likely be overwhelmed or possibly disbanded entirely, leaving civilians vulnerable to criminals. Those who are clearly well prepared become immediate targets of the unprepared.

To mitigate your risk of being targeted there are some very good things you can do

Identify local resources ahead of time, including water alternative water sources for if / when the taps run dry.

Avoid detection by boarding over the windows, keeping lights off at night

Secure your home or dwelling as well as you can, without being too obvious and drawing attention from the exterior.

Whenever possible, try to cultivate a closer and more unified community amongst your neighbors ahead of time.

Maintain an unattractive appearance to your house

Finally, a well-packed urban survival bag (also sometimes called a get home bag) can be invaluable in case of an emergency that strikes while you’re away from home. Packed with slightly different supplies than a standard bug out bag, an urban survival bag is designed to help you survive an emergency long enough to travel from your current location to your home or to another suitable location you intend to bug out from.

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« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2017, 02:49:07 AM »
Former Ambassador Warns 'The Day Of Reckoning Could Come Sooner Than Anyone Thinks'

-  Council On Foreign Relations Study May Indicate A 'False Flag Grid Down Scenario' Is On The Horizon

http://allnewspipeline.com/NKorean_Hacking_The_Grid_WW3.php

While the eyes of America and the world are now rightfully set upon North Korea's nuclear program after their latest inter-continental-ballistic-missile test was called a 'game changer' while it was determined it would have been able to hit Alaska, we take a look at what could be a far bigger and more imminent threat in North Korea's 'elite cyberwarfare' units. 'Elite hackers' who've already proven themselves capable of hacking into major banks and capable of bringing down nuclear power plants and electrical grids.

While US bombers recently carried out a show of force exercise over South Korea as detailed in this NBC news story while also carrying out tests upon their THAAD missile defense system, as we read in this story from the NY Times and hear in the 2nd video below, according to the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security, hackers have been targeting US nuclear facilities.

And while currently, a hacking group with alleged ties to the Russian government (of course!) is being blamed, we take a look here at why those attempting the hacking are more likely tied to North Korea (or those trying to blame a future false flag upon them).

As we hear in the 1st video below featuring Steve Quayle along with Alex Jones from Infowars, we should be watching very closely for a potential 'false flag' tied to North Korea in the future. Also discussing why the blame for North Korea's nuclear program in the first place could be laid directly at the feet of none other than 'Billy-bob' Clinton, we hear why we need to dig much deeper than the news we're getting from the msm on North Korea, especially considering the recent CFR study outlined below.   

“The EMP weapon, if it’s detonated high above the United States, can cause havoc from one end of the coast to the other, whereas a surface nuclear bomb would certainly be devastating to an area, like a city, but it would be limited to that geographic area, whereas the damage from an EMP could last up to a year and affect the entire country,” Yago said.

An EMP weapon would have the power to knock out the U.S. electrical grid, likely causing chaos among the population. Lights would go off, computers and televisions would shut down and cell phones would go dark once their batteries ran out. All electronic appliances that plug into power outlets would cease to operate. Water and gasoline could not be pumped, causing plumbing and vehicular transportation to shut down. Food could no longer be delivered to stores. Credit card readers and cash registers would not work.

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Re: When the Lights Go Out
« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2017, 02:32:08 PM »
EMP or CME Imminent? Government and FEMA Prep For The Big One! Drills, Executive Orders… Are You Prepared?

lisahaven.news/2017/07/emp-or-cme-imminent-government-and-fema-prep-for-the-big-one-drills-executive-orders-are-you-prepared/

Is a great evil about to befall our nation? The entire world is on edge and senses that something major is about to happen and one would have to be in denial not to see something is right around the corner. Our government has been preparing for years by storing up food, supplies, and ammo. Also, emergency red alert tests have been going out like clockwork, not to mention the media blackouts on the topic. What on earth is going on?

Could it be the fact that North Korea now has two satellites orbiting our country that are capable of setting off an EMP attack, at least that is the warning given to us from Peter Vincent Pry the executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security and director of the US Nuclear Strategy Forum, who told Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin that the satellites can be commanded either to de-orbit and hit a target on the ground or explode at a high altitude to create an EMP effect that would knock out the unprotected U.S. national electrical grid system.

If an EMP were to strike in America it would shut down life-sustaining critical infrastructures including communications, transportation, finances, oil pipelines, sanitation, food and water distribution, emergency services and more….

That said, are there any signs showing us that they might take out the grid? Absolutely! Back in 2013, the US Government conducted a power grid down drill preparing for the possibility of an EMP. Additionally, everyone from Janet Napolitano to the DHS, to James Woolsey have all discussed the possibility of an electrical grid attack via a cyber attack.

Not to mention the Nuclear Energy Regulatory Commission in their, NERC PowerPoint presentation, stated that one of the possible outcomes of an attack will be a “prolonged blackout…”

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Re: When the Lights Go Out
« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2017, 02:45:43 AM »
Good Article!

How to Put Together a Prepper Black-Out Kit

https://www.thesurvivalistblog.net/put-prepper-blackout-kit/

Years ago I put together a kit like the one I’m going to lay out in this book. I kept it in an old toolbox which resided in the living room end table/cabinet. This kit wasn’t my only strategy for blackouts as I had small flashlights stashed in night stands, kitchen drawers, and medicine cabinets. Actually, I don’t think you would be more than 6 feet away from a flashlight anywhere you stand in my home. I’ve been through many a blackout in my life and have refined my Blackout Kit many times and it changed very little. It’s no longer in the toolbox and I now have a boating dry box for all the gear.

My question is…WHY? This is a blackout kit is for power outages and not a general survival kit for major or minor emergencies. Use the K.I.S.S. method for preps, it just makes it easier. If you need an expanded kit, like a generator kit, common sense will tell you to have extension cords, suicide cable, and power strips. All that makes sense, but I would also be inclined to toss a flashlight or a headlamp in the top of that kit so you‘ll have a way to see what you‘re hooking up! Let me show you what I have done here as an example and use it for ideas in making your own Blackout Kit

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Re: When the Lights Go Out
« Reply #7 on: November 29, 2017, 09:57:14 AM »
Max, I like how you have it all at your fingertips, so you don't have to play hide & seek with your gear!

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« Reply #8 on: November 29, 2017, 06:18:02 PM »
Lighting does seem to be key.  No matter what the emergency, if power is out, and night approaches, lighting is the weakest link of all--it seems so many things still need to be done after dark and one lonesome candle just doesn't cut it for many tasks.

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« Reply #9 on: November 30, 2017, 06:49:51 AM »
We've been through so many extended blackouts here (up to a week), that there is a routine that we've gotten into.

We do most of our chores during daylight hours, as well as getting the evening meal (cooked on a propane range) served and cleaned up before dark.  The quiet time that remains between dinner and bedtime is the most challenging, if it is getting dark early.  We usually set up a lantern or candle on a coffee table by the woodstove and play cards and board games.  There are some really complex games that take hours to play that can be useful at such times, such as Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective (way more complex than 221B Baker Street) and Catan, but enough light to read by is needed.  One can also simply go to bed a little early and get a good night's sleep with the extra darkness.  If one is alone during a blackout, then it would be nice to be able to read, but hopefully folks will have others to pass the time with.  :)
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« Reply #10 on: November 30, 2017, 12:59:15 PM »
Lighting does seem to be key.  No matter what the emergency, if power is out, and night approaches, lighting is the weakest link of all--it seems so many things still need to be done after dark and one lonesome candle just doesn't cut it for many tasks.

ilinda, you have brought up a really important point...
There have been so many tops posted on lighting including really cheap inventions and jerry rigged things...but time to repost and make things clearer now.
I would like to gather them up...time I learned how to rig it up...
Also would be good to know 4-sure, what things to buy to guarantee battery charging...
I thought I had posted one ad about a battery operated lamp for sale guaranteed for 20 yrs... That would probably be 20 yrs of light, nighttime use...
Important to keep the leds going too for food growing inside.

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« Reply #11 on: November 30, 2017, 04:38:24 PM »
Lighting does seem to be key.  No matter what the emergency, if power is out, and night approaches, lighting is the weakest link of all--it seems so many things still need to be done after dark and one lonesome candle just doesn't cut it for many tasks.

ilinda, you have brought up a really important point...
There have been so many tops posted on lighting including really cheap inventions and jerry rigged things...but time to repost and make things clearer now.
I would like to gather them up...time I learned how to rig it up...
Also would be good to know 4-sure, what things to buy to guarantee battery charging...
I thought I had posted one ad about a battery operated lamp for sale guaranteed for 20 yrs... That would probably be 20 yrs of light, nighttime use...
Important to keep the leds going too for food growing inside.
Lighting is also on my mind a LOT right now.  Today I meant to call Kansas Wind Power, but will tomorrow, as the guy there has been a sort of alternative energy guy for decades, literally, and he said he rides his bike into town rather than drive, and has two "baskets", one on each side of rear wheel. 

My main question for him will be to determine if there is a very good, or high quality generator that can be turned via many different mechanisms--easily.  IOW, a bicycle generator might fit that bill, but maybe there's another generator that may be easier, better, etc.?  I have one bicycle generator (removed from bike) which will light a small bulb with very low-effort turning, as long as the spindle of the generator is pressed to the "wheel" of my yard sale manual grinder/sander.  I guess a picture will be worth a thousand words, so stay tuned.

Anyway, meteors, hail, bolides, clouds for weeks, can affect solar panels, but people indoors by necessity, could take turns turning a hand crank or wheel for an hour or two before bedtime.  After all, if old type soapmakers can spend 1-3 hours constantly stirring one batch of soap, then the same effort could be put into creating light at night.

The question would be, what is the status of batteries when your 20-yr guaranteed lamp is good, but batteries, questionable.

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Re: When the Lights Go Out
« Reply #12 on: November 30, 2017, 06:56:06 PM »
I asked this fellow to make a generator to attach to my exercise bike:  http://pedalpowergenerator.com/shop-pedal-power/exercise-bike-generator/

Am still getting the hang of using it.  I got two of these batteries to alternate between uses: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06ZYKQT98/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1   Reason being that these are lithium batteries and will drain down to entropy if not kept topped off, and conversely, can only be deep-discharged a limited number of uses, as is true of virtually every kind of battery except NiMH.  The only exception that I know of, for storage of unused spares, is the dry chemical mix kind of battery that doesn't sit on the shelf with the electrolyte already installed.

The bike generator came with a set of battery charger cables, but it might be a good idea to have a spare set.

P.S. The new owner of the generator company no longer makes the generators with a direct outlet - the portable power pack has multiple types of receptacles though.  The power pack is directly charged with the cables attached to the bike generator.  Also, because the large lithium batteries pose a fire hazard (lithium fires are notorious for being difficult to extinguish and for climbing vertically), I got a 20 gallon metal trash can with lid to store the batteries in when not in use.  Hopefully this may work as a Faraday cage as well, to protect them in the event of EMP.

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« Reply #13 on: December 01, 2017, 03:15:33 PM »
Thanks for posting.  Looks interesting, and please keep us posted on your progress.

For something really barebones, I'm looking for something that can operate with or without batteries. Batteries are NICE, but am thinking of when batteries eventually die.  Plus one might need power while "on the go" and unable to lug around something heavy.

Much thought needed here.

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« Reply #14 on: December 02, 2017, 08:53:26 AM »
Here are some reports on in-progress development of new magnesium batteries, which will not be explosive like the lithium ones.  Volatility is caused by liquid electrolytes that travel back and forth between poles.  Magnesium batteries will be designed using solid-state semiconductors rather than liquid electrolytes. 

https://www.engadget.com/2017/12/01/magnesium-batteries-safer-more-efficient-than-lithium/

https://oilprice.com/Alternative-Energy/Renewable-Energy/The-Biggest-Threat-To-Lithium-Ion-Batteries.html

When these arrive in the marketplace, I plan to send every lithium battery in the house to a hazardous waste center...

 

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