By Jon Rappoport <www.nomorefakenews.com>
August 19, 2003
[Forward by John T. Linnell <email@example.com>:
Jon Rappoport is not the type of writer given to erroneous exaggeration.
His facts are usually very solid, therefore I found this postulation very
interesting apart from containing many facts of which I was aware. In my
career I have been a senior reactor control system designer and have a reasonable
knowledge of power stations, control systems and "the grid". Our
politicians are spouting what can only be best described as verbal diarrhea
and lies, and, as usual don't have a clue as to what they are mouthing off
about. Read this and see what you think... John]
From Jon Rappoport at <http://www.nomorefakenews.com>www.nomorefakenews.com
FURTHER UPDATES ON THE GREAT BLACKOUT
AUGUST 19. I now have a number of credible reports from people within the
area of the blackout. These reports indicate that car radios went out just
prior to, or as, the blackout started. Also, I have reports of people in
three different states---Ohio, Michigan, and New Jersey---hearing sounds
like thunder about the time the blackout began. One person in Ohio discovered
two interesting things just after the outage descended: a digital clock
in the house which had a fairly new battery suddenly displayed a series
of non-numerical symbols instead of the time; and the fuse box was too hot
In light of these reports---and the failure of the mainstream press to take
notice of them---we now have to inquire into the failure of many cell phones
in the affected areas. This has casually been explained as a "jamming"
caused by too many people making calls at once.
One witness in Toronto states that as she and many other people stood outside
during the initial evening hours of the blackout, planes were heard flying
overhead and the effects of chemical spraying were felt---stinging eyes,
The fact that electronic devices not connected to the power grid went down
or behaved strangely points to an event that took place outside the grid
and affected it.
What would that event be?
So far, no sources report significant solar flare activity, although I have
a statement that an ACE satellite, which monitors solar activity, stopped
relaying data shortly before the blackout. Such a satellite is obviously
built to function in the face of solar flares so it can register and transmit
However, all in all, the most compelling explanation for the blackout is
a directed and intentional electromagnetic pulse originating from outside
the power grid. There is no other way to describe such a pulse than as a
We come to the official investigator's description of the ten-second happening
that supposedly triggered the whole blackout. It occurred within the Lake
Erie loop portion of the grid, and it involved "an oscillation".
More specifically, 300 megawatts of electricity flowing eastward suddenly
turned into 500 megawatts flowing west. As a result, many parts of the system
shut down, to avoid damage to equipment.
I have been seeking assessments about these ten seconds. Is it an unusual
happening? Yes. Why did it take place? Was it because, as the official investigators
suggest, some power generator behind the 300 megawatts suddenly failed,
"creating a vacuum"---and because electricity takes the path of
least resistance, those megawatts promptly turned around and filled the
vacuum behind them?
Apparently, there are canceling safeguards to keep such a thing from happening.
Further, a turnaround of 800 megawatts total and 180 degrees in direction
is a HUGE event. One that most likely would not be explained by other than
some external force applied to the grid from the outside.
A power engineer has suggested I think about these ten seconds using the
analogy of a car. I am driving down the highway at a fast clip and then
suddenly I'm driving the opposite way at an even faster clip.
If we infer that an electromagnetic weapon was used last Thursday, we can
ask, WHO BENEFITS?
Well, there are many levels of answer. But, as I have been writing for the
last several days, at one level the beneficiaries are those corporate and
government leaders joined together at the hip who are re-creating the whole
power industry in the atmosphere of so-called "deregulation".
Energy Secretary Abraham has awakened from his slumber long enough to put
a $50 billion price tag on rebuilding the grid to make it thoroughly modern.
On its face, I find this estimate fatuous. If we really have been laboring
under a "Third-World grid" all this time, we would already have
had a number of nationwide blackouts.
Even the lead investigator, Mr. Gent, rejects that derisive characterization
of the grid.
No, the billions of dollars are going to form a gift for power utilities
and construction firms that have friends in high places. To say nothing
of energy traders who deal, every day, in buying and selling energy futures.
One of those friends is George Shultz. George is a master fixer and negotiator
in the political realm. He has recently been moved in to bring Arnold S
up to speed on "economic issues" in the CA gubernatorial campaign.
CA, of course, has been hit very hard by corporate energy pirates, and George,
as a former secretary of state and, more importantly, the head of Bechtel---a
giant construction firm that specializes in power facilities---is going
to move CA toward a future of more energy building and re-building projects.
Government gifts and consumer rates will fund these projects. The consumer
will not be treated to lower energy bills.
The blackout was a perfect op for setting up a "money oscillation"
in the direction of private corporations who want to build new energy projects.
On August 18, Bloomberg Financial News reported that, "for Morgan Stanley
and Goldman Sachs Group Inc., North America's biggest power failure may
validate their bet on the $13 billion-a-day energy trading market".
This trading market registered a brief upward spike in prices of 800 PERCENT
following the blackout.
A commodities trader interviewed for the article predicted that, in the
next 20 years, such blackouts will be the norm.
Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs can only hope.
We should realize that many of the bonds, the sale of which are currently
keeping the state government of CA from declaring bankruptcy, are underwritten
by Goldman. This means Goldman is guaranteeing the bonds will be sold to
its customers---and so they have been.
Now, Goldman is ALSO, in various ways, underwriting the future of energy
companies in CA.
Do you think Goldman perceives a connection between its underwriting the
state government and the energy companies?
The success of the latter helps insure the success of the former.
There is, in all this, an immense boondoggle underway.
I have, in front of me, an as-yet unconfirmed statement that, on the day
prior to the blackout, the share trading volumes and price appreciation
moves in stocks of various companies that would see upward stock-price spikes
in the event of such a blackout showed some interesting activity. That would
not surprise me. It would be one more vector in the boondoggle.
Based on the evidence so far available to me, I'm making the judgement that
the August 14 blackout was an intentional event.
JON RAPPOPORT www.nomorefakenews.com
AND NOW THE $50-BILLION PUNCHLINE
AUGUST 18. "Hello, this is your energy secretary, Mr. Abraham. They
just took me out of mothballs long enough to tell you that the new power
grid upgrades will run about, oh, $50 billion. And now if you'll excuse
me, I have to get back to my crossword puzzle and re-runs of West Wing."
The funny thing is, when the feds say the war in Iraq is costing a few billion
a month, they don't mention who is going to pay for it. We just assume the
govenrment is going to invent some more money. After all, Bush shoved through
a tax CUT, didn't he?
But in the case of the grid, the message is quite clear.
CONSUMERS ARE GOING TO HAVE TO SHOULDER MOST OF THE LOAD. The Financial
Times is running a piece on this.
As I predicted, the other shoe is dropping.
Who benefits? The private utility companies and the contractors who will
get big bucks to build and rebuild the grid.
No, Virginia, deregulation never meant the private companies who took over
the grid would actually have to finance it. Are you kidding?
In case you hadn't noticed, it's a SUBSIDY. A gift.
And they say alternative energy is not feasible because it costs too much.
I don't know, it seems to me that hydrogen power could get off the ground
with a $50 billion gift.
In all fairness, and I'm sure you'll be overjoyed to hear this, some of
the cost of "rebuilding the grid" will most likely be passed along
to the consumer in the form of power rate hikes.
"See, we create a blackout, and then we get $50 billion. Magic."
Try it yourself, if you own a small business. Tell your customers your computer
keyboard just went haywire, and in order to fix it you'll have to charge
double for your products.
And then tell me this power-grid deal is free-market capitalism.
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