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San Diego Power Outage Update

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Thu, 09/08/2011 - 21:30 | 1649113 Almost Solvent
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Zombieland Bitchez

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 21:39 | 1649157 spiral_eyes
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government regulation, bitchez

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 22:35 | 1649383 Fukushima Sam
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Would this be a bad time to tweet some bomb threats?

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 22:51 | 1649418 AldousHuxley
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wait 3 days and then say it in public.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 23:01 | 1649439 Hugh G Rection
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Fuck you, San Diego.


Thu, 09/08/2011 - 23:45 | 1649524 Mactheknife
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No Thur night NFL for you!  (Packers 42-Saints 34)  Sorry bout your luck.

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 02:11 | 1649700 Ahmeexnal
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EMP bitchez!

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 00:08 | 1649560 slewie the pi-rat
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i just got a call from a pit boss i know in an indian casino 

he sez it's one of those ocean's 11 thingies

Pechanga, Barona, Palomar, Golden Acorn, Sycuan, Viejas, Palo, Harrah's, Pauma, LaJolla, and Valley View all hit the Megabucks jackpot at exactly the same time and blew the fuking shit outa everything from san diego to vegas.  this explains why they don't want you using the land lines, either, since they are all tied up with the floor managers telling each other:  "Yeah!  We got one, too!" 

nobody's gonna make a piece of toast till they get this shit straightened out

trust me

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 00:34 | 1649605 tip e. canoe
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that was the best f'n laugh me had in a week, thanks mate.

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 00:23 | 1649589 Oh regional Indian
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Actually it could be this, which is supposed to have potentially bad consequences.

The frequency variation test...

 A yearlong experiment with America's electric grid could mess up traffic lights, security systems and some computers - and make plug-in clocks and appliances like programmable coffeemakers run up to 20 minutes fast.


"A lot of people are going to have things break and they're not going to know why," said Demetrios Matsakis, head of the time service department at the U.S. Naval Observatory, one of two official timekeeping agencies in the federal government.


According to CBS News, "The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), runs the nation's interlocking web of transmission lines and power plants and they will be conducting the tests" [1, 3].  Will this company be liable for appliance replacement and other costs associated with these tests?


I think we are going to see major grid instability coming up.

Git ready, candle burning time.


Curse of Free Energy

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 01:00 | 1649639 slewie the pi-rat
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http://www.parkerliveonline.com/2011/09/08/aps-employee-triggers-power-o... (from seek @ 00:17, below)  [paste]

 APS employee triggers power outage affecting millions

APS says a procedure being carried out by one of its employees at the North Gila substation near Yuma, AZ tripped a major 500kv power transmission line which serves San Diego Gas & Electric, causing a mass-scale power outage.

2-5 million people are affected by the outage, which persists at this hour all the way from southern Orange County (including San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano and Laguna Niguel) to the US-Mexico border, including the city of San Diego, and all the way from the California coast to Yuma, AZ.

Media outlets are reporting lines at gas stations, rushes on emergency supplies and traffic gridlock as people navigate tonight without street lights or traffic signals in one of the busiest metro areas in the country.

In addition to the SDG&E outage, the San Onofre nuclear reactors went into shutdown at 3:38pm, leading to further outages to the north, including some Southern California Edison customers.

People affected are being urged to activate their emergency plans, and are being advised that the outage could last into tomorrow.

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 01:12 | 1649645 tip e. canoe
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lemme guess, employee's name is...Max Power?



Fri, 09/09/2011 - 06:03 | 1649840 krispkritter
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More like Dim Bulb... So lemme get this straight, some guy trips a breaker and puts up to 5 million people in the dark? Who's running that company? Congress?

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 14:51 | 1651955 Cathartes Aura
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Fri, 09/09/2011 - 01:20 | 1649653 caerus
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shawne merriman sez...LIGHTS OUT BITCHEZ!!!

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 01:52 | 1649684 Bananamerican
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it was a HAAMP, er HAARP thingie....um...they harpooned a Blue Whale and humped it up on the towers, yeah..the TWIN towers...yeah, THAT'S the ticket baby!...

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 07:36 | 1650024 francis_the_won...
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Thanks for the kind words.

San Diegan here.  Power came back on around 1:00 am PST, near as I can tell.  I spent the early evening delivering candles and flashlights to friends who weren't prepared for such a "dire" emergency.

Missing NFL game sucked. 

Only caught part of the teleprompter's speech on the radio.....missing that didn't suck.

I had a friend whose 6 am flight was canceled by 7 pm last night.....shortage of planes.

We've had rolling blackouts in the past (thanks Enron and friends in the industry....also, thanks semi-regulation...what a clusterf*ck).  It's tough on the elderly, as this week has been unusually hot (mid 90's).

Life goes on.......How was Bachman's rebuttal?


Thu, 09/08/2011 - 21:58 | 1649249 Hedgetard55
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It's those space aliens NASA predicted would annihilate us cause we ain't green enough, bitchez.


Klaatu barata nikto, bitchez.


Thu, 09/08/2011 - 23:10 | 1649436 Ident 7777 economy
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Or, alternatively, earth-bound, garden-variety, ummm, eco-terrorists?


From the past (rather than the future) - prior grid attacks out west:

- Vandals or terrorists cut the 1,800-MW, 1,000-kV DC intertie line in California in 1987 http://www.wws.princeton.edu/ota/disk2/1990/9034/9034.PDF

- Environmental extremists were arrested in 1989 while cutting an Arizona transmission tower. The group was said to have been inspired by environmentalist Edward Abbey’s The Monkeywrench Gang about ecoterrorists

- The Evan Mecham Eco-Terrorist International Conspiracy (EMETIC) targeted electric system facilities in 1987–89 (Palo Verde
Nuclear Generating Station of Arizona towers)

- Bonneville Power Administration, Oct 31, 2003  

Attempts to sabotage BPA’s regional high voltage transmission lines in both Washington and Oregon, Transmission towers located near The Dalles, Maupin, Boardman and Umatilla, Oregon and Benton City, Washington. 

Major transmission lines owned and operated by other utilities were similarly sabotaged. These include PacifiCorp's transmission line near Klamath Falls, Oregon; Western Area Power Administration's  transmission line near Anderson, California, and a Pacific Gas and Electric transmission line just outside of Sacramento, California. 

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 23:19 | 1649472 Ident 7777 economy
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Effing pussy down-raters!


Stand up, make a post, and take it like a man!


Effing pussy!



Thu, 09/08/2011 - 23:23 | 1649482 Hedgetard55
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    if you are not getting junked you are not posting anything useful/truthful.


Thu, 09/08/2011 - 23:27 | 1649495 tickhound
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I'll agree w/ ure ass for twice...

If the down-rater didn't like that post, he hates the rest.

+1 for informative post.

-1 for most of the rest of the time

net 0

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 01:14 | 1649647 slewie the pi-rat
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slewie hearts edward abbey

great american writer!

Edward Abbey Quotes

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 01:24 | 1649661 tip e. canoe
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"How to Overthrow the System: brew your own beer; kick in your Tee Vee; kill your own beef; build your own cabin and piss off the front porch whenever you bloody well feel like it."

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 02:43 | 1649725 oldman
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yeah, the real deal   om

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 22:20 | 1649328 T1000
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Won't somebody please think of the children?!

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 22:25 | 1649349 Ident 7777 economy
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Having them or their future? Preferences: Former rather latter ...

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 22:29 | 1649362 T1000
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Let's start taking bets on how long before the looting begins - put me down for 12 midnight pacific time - USA! USA! USA!

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 22:34 | 1649378 goldfish1
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shut up you stupid twat

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 02:34 | 1649384 T1000
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Ok, mom.

Update: I over estimated by a good two hours - looters in Vista and in East County at 10:00 p.m. Pacific time.


Turn those machines back on!!

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 23:02 | 1649444 Mitch Comestein
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Northpark will be in flames by 1am.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 23:10 | 1649456 Freddie
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Is that just north of Southpark?

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 22:24 | 1649334 Ident 7777 economy
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California's Major Electric Transmission Lines





Thu, 09/08/2011 - 23:02 | 1649443 New_Meat
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Arizona tie to Ariz. Public Service and Salt River Project.

Northern tie to Carlsbad/Irvine on the I-5.

Result of "optimizing" for perfect operation.

- Ned

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 00:39 | 1649616 A Nanny Moose
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500kv Zombie BBQ bitchez!!

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 21:31 | 1649118 Zgangsta
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Stay classy, San Diego.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 21:51 | 1649218 ZeroPower
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Enron back from the dead.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 22:42 | 1649395 Sabibaby
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Ken Lay is still alive -> http://www.kenlayisalive.org/

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 21:32 | 1649121 Deepskyy
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ZOMGROFLBBQ HAARP caused it Bitchez.


Thu, 09/08/2011 - 21:32 | 1649124 papaswamp
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What the connection committed seppeku? Connections don't just sever themselves....well maybe

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 21:32 | 1649125 FaithEqualsZero
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Both lines are severed? Guess that just happens all the time. Damn Chinese transmission cables!

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 21:35 | 1649144 FaithEqualsZero
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oh and BACKUP GEN's BitcheZzz!

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 21:40 | 1649163 rampancy777
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yes i want to know what that means as well.

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 00:43 | 1649625 A Nanny Moose
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According to my wiring vendor, copper clad aluminium wiring is all the rave for dishonest wiring mfrs...in the network world anyway.

A nice side affect for Ben Dover is that it helps mask inflation. These are not the hedonics you are looking for. Keep on moving.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 21:36 | 1649126 Cognitive Dissonance
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May I suggest that San Diego Power might want to check out all the local copper scrap dealers tomorrow morning to retrieve their 20 miles of missing copper cable and a dozen transformers?


Thu, 09/08/2011 - 21:38 | 1649154 Scisco
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Come on CD. Anyone smart enough to know to and how to steal the copper will wait until after the twist to sell.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 21:46 | 1649181 Cognitive Dissonance
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Anyone smart enough to trebuchet their brother-in-law onto the line to short it out, then cut the copper down, is just dumb enough to sell it now. :>)

(At least that's how I would have done it.)

Fire one

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 22:00 | 1649260 kaiserhoff
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Must have been a typo.  Surely you meant trebuchet your MOTHER-IN-LAW;)

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 04:53 | 1649795 virgule
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That's in "Les Baux de Provence", in southern France. Beautiful place.

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 22:26 | 1649351 Scisco
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I am sensing some unrequited anger here. 

P.S. no fair you fight with images!

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