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  • Writer's pictureBernard Beitman, MD

A Coincidence Involving the Recent U.S. Power Grid Failure

Let’s apply the range of uses of personal coincidence to our nation.

United States transmission grid (FEMA)
Source: Wikimedia Commons

On April 21, power outages took place around United States.

San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles were the three main areas that were hit the hardest. Each of the areas experienced problems or shut downs in business commerce. Also, basic infrastructure such as communication networks, mass transportation, and supply chains experienced problems. 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. By 11:30 a.m. the city’s transportation authority 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 at Los Angeles International Airport, as well as in several other areas around the city.

The San Francisco’s fire department responded to more than 100 calls for service in the Financial District and beyond, including 20 elevators with people stuck inside. Traffic lights were out at scores of intersections. Because this triple simultaneous coincidence has a low probability, it is open to speculation about cause. Was it a cyberattack? Was it a geomagnetic storm? Is there one point at which the entire grid is vulnerable? Or was it somehow related to the liberal politics of San Francisco and New York City? We may never know.

If a person with an alcohol problem is confronted, in a short period of time, with different events that suggest drinking is a major problem, this series of coincidences can act as a wake up call to do something about it. As a nation we can derive the same conclusion from this coincidence. Our electronic grid is woefully weakened and needs to be redone. What is the source of this coincidence? A higher intelligence trying to communicate with us? Or a random event onto which we can put our own meaning.

Either way, the message is clear.

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