If you're like me, you probably thought that power outage in New York City, the San Francisco bay area, and Los Angeles, was a little suspicious. As one might imagine, after I blogged about that event, I received a number of emails from people also following the story, some in California, and some in... well, Canada. We'll get back to that in a moment.

Suffice it to say, that after reading more details about that story, my suspicion meter has slipped from the orange zone into the dark red zone. It's not quite into the "point of no return zone" but it has definitely crept closer to it. Here's one reason why, in a story shared by Ms. K.S.:

Hundreds of trucks stuck at Port of Long Beach after power outage

When I read this, the suspicion meter couldn't help but rise into the lower red zone, for a reason I'm sure you caught, but just in case you didn't, consider this little admission:

Southern California Edison initially reported it was caused by metallic balloons coming in contact with wires. The utility later corrected that statement, saying there was a different outage in Long Beach that was caused by balloons. The agency is still investigating the cause of the outage at the port. (emphasis added)

Metallic balloons coming into contact with power lines? "Oh, but wait, that was a different power outage. We're not really sure why the port of Long Beach went down."


What kind of "metallic balloons" are we talking about here? Those happy birthday shiny things that are filled with helium that one can buy in a store? If so, then we're in trouble, folks, if all it takes to tie up a major port and bring down a power grid is someone having a birthday party. And I probably don't even have to air my high octane speculation here, because you're probably thinking the same thing already, but I'll go ahead and do so anyway: suppose someone deliberately wanted to test the vulnerability of the power grid with a simple system: "metallic balloons" with appropriate "stringers" to short several lines all at once. It's cheap, it's easy, and would be virtually impossible to prevent, unless the Reichsicherheithauptamt ... er... the Department of Homeland Insecurity's Paranoia Bureau wants to put birthday balloons on the favored weapons of terrorists watch list.

But then Mr. K.H. sent this strange article about about Ontario's largest supermarket chain experiencing difficulty in debit and credit card clearing, occurring concurrently with the "power outages" which were caused by "metallic balloons":

Ontario Loblaws grocery stores experience debit or credit card payment outage

Mr. K.H. also indicated that there were difficulties in yest another popular system of clearing and payments operating between Canada and the USA that took much longer to resolve. He raised an important point: there may have been a whole period of time -- perhaps a day -- of suspicious transactions that had to be "reset".

In any case, you know me: I cannot resist the temptation to be suspicious of easy - and quite frankly, amusing - explanations like metallic balloons, or explanations in the case of the Ontario credit and debit card clearing difficulty, that amount to no explanation at all.

The question is, are these things all related? Well, my high octane intuition and speculation tells me they may be. I've blogged before on this site about the strange way the internet seems to be being reconnoitered by "someone" intent on probing its architecture and weaknesses. We've seen the attacks on internet cables in the Bay Area, the Sony hack, Federal Reserve hacks, and so on. Now, it's metallic balloons and hundreds of trucks stranded in Long Beach. Call me crazy, but I suspect therefore that what we're looking at is more of the same pattern. The important question, however, seems to be why, what's the motivation?

And I cannot help but think that there is one thing in this alleged "pattern" that stands out as common elements: digital systems, the power grid, and the complete lack of security of both. It's almost as if "someone" is trying to send the message, "think again before you move to cashlessness, and have computers running everything." It's almost as if someone is trying to draw attention to the vulnerability of the grid.

See you on the flip side...

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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. sbda on May 1, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    Whenever I see news on the power grid fantasia, I wonder about those “goods” ‘ole days of the Matrix, transmitting utilities, debter-grantee copper tops, ‘pipelines’ for transferring personal information, novelty fictions, strawmen and artificial entities having stored up potentials in the “berths” of secured “private” places–those unborn “young” anim-umans from which bonds are made and traded. And those proxied “town-hall greetings” where the lights shimmered as crowds shouted and screamed–“keep the debt transfers streaming, don’t take away my debt obligation, my loved one would be “real” without your “health care” debt change we “can believe in.” If you watch those spooky “unity” gatherings, read also the trial of the Christ by Pilot–very close parallels to the shouting masses who insist on being “crucified” by the two entry “balance” fiction of modified accrued debt obligation of bait and switch economia under the guise of Uninformed Care Code.
    And every re-presentative nodded in wry and quiet approval of the betrayal bought and stamped for by the undiscerning public side of their debt stakeholders…while the very grid stammers in black-out incomprehension of the sheer stupidity of those who insist on deeper slavery…and yet, what else can we do? Just keep turning on the lights and them one-eyed programming units as the debt clock spins us happily into nihilistic non-being.

  2. augenguy on April 29, 2017 at 11:29 pm

    I won’t dismiss this HOS (high-octane speculation) at all, but I might add one: could someone be using natural events and general incompetence as an excuse to (pick one) 1) clamp down on liberty, 2) gain creds in the hacking underworld, or 3) promote vulnerabilities in the System?

    Because of the global nature of the power/network outages, I tend to see the solar flux as the culprit, but do not discount someone using it to their advantage, whatever that may be.

    • DanaThomas on April 30, 2017 at 1:18 am

      Dr. Farrell and others have often asserted that Crime with a capital C, and not just criminally minded political cartels, can be considered as one of the main oligarchical players on the world stage…

  3. zendogbreath on April 29, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    If AI can be blamed for taking down the system (and a large percentage of the population), a few scapegoats can be blamed for the crash that depopulates according to the georgian guidestones / denver airport art / freemason artwork everywhere depopulation plans. this gives the surviving kids of the next 5 to 25 generations the same pap to swallow as the last generations believed about world history: columbus was a nice guy saving native populations, israel was defending themselves all along, native americans in the ussa were never genocided intentionally,…

    • Robert Barricklow on April 30, 2017 at 3:45 pm

      A dusted-off Roswell metallic weather balloon scenario?

  4. goshawks on April 29, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    Ahhh, shades of “Battlestar Galactica” (Mark II). That opening episode with all the digitally-‘modern’ equipment – from ground defenses to fighters – being hacked and going off-line still resonates with me. Even airliners and fighters in the real world are slowly going to digital flight-controllers AND eliminating cable/hydraulic backup-reversion systems. Move along; nothing to see here…

    Seriously, I wonder whether our world is being set-up for some debacle where everything digital is going to go down. Analog is harder to take down, and physical control is near-impossible to break. So, enlist ‘progress’ to get rid of them. If ‘digital’ was Seeded into our world, I could imagine some very dark scenarios…

    On the “metallic balloons coming into contact with power lines” news, I have been wondering about that aspect ever since USAF took down the Iraqi power grid back in 2001 or so with metallic ‘chaff’. Two can play at that game, and I have wondered how vulnerable the US power grid is to variations on that gambit. Well, now we know…

  5. lazer-eye on April 29, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    I have always been a huge fan of metallic balloons to disrupt the the power grid but the wind has to be right. Consider this instead: Trump starts pushing a 2 trillion dollar infrastructure rebuild and two months later power grids go down all over North America, as if to emphasize his point. I think there might be a message here, folks. Capitalism is structured like a pyramid, with a huge majority of wealth producers at the bottom – that’s you and me – and a tiny minority of wealth hoarders at the top. The whole strategy is to get the wealth to flow upward from the producers to the hoarders, where the hoarders turn Capitalism back into that form of National Socialism from whence it came. So its Capitalism for the poor and Socialism for the rich. That’s what happens when you put the fox in charge of the hen house. One day you open the door and all you find are a bunch of feathers….

    • Robert Barricklow on April 30, 2017 at 3:40 pm

      Well said lazer-eye

  6. enki-nike on April 29, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    weather balloons, for sure!

  7. Robert Barricklow on April 29, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    Just finished a new novel coming out/Blackout by Mark Elsberg. In it you have a group of high tech individuals who are against the corporate fascist new world order. They strike & take out the entire power gids of both the Europe and then, a short while later take out the easier target, USA./To call if off now would mean giving up on their goals. When it was over, the people who had suffered most wouldn’t let the corporations and the politicians get away with any more lies or excuses. Under the new order they would be called to account. Only then could things really change[here the novel forgets/obfuscates how “they” use & engineer crisis, as a wrench, to ever tighten they’re grip on power].
    The new age the people want to dawn, that the book’s perps think TBTB would be powerless to stop; is the one TBTB are waiting to spring, like a bear trap, on the globe ate large.
    The more the power grids are brought down like the twin towers – the more they’re power RISES!

    • Robert Barricklow on April 29, 2017 at 4:27 pm

      Still, as numbers game; TBTB are definitely waaaay back of book[used-car salesmen lingo for: not nearly worth at all what they’re believed to be.]

  8. marcos toledo on April 29, 2017 at 9:33 am

    Cashless society the wet dream of our spaced out oligarchs idolatry . AI is their god or convenient patsy if this goes to hell. But then again that might be the plan to rid themselves of us useless eaters. But again do these fools know how the real economy works or do they believe in divination using letters and numbers is for real and they think magic works.

  9. Vomito Blanco on April 29, 2017 at 8:01 am

    It’s possible North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is having his “Tommy Boy” moment and is moving beyond his perennial frat boy life and is now giving it his all to save the tiny nation forged by his father and grandfather. Metallic balloons are ingenious and I certainly doff my hat to the pudgy little dictator for his out-of-the-box thinking. What other kind of tricks will he have in store for the US imperialists? How about millions of marbles being poured out onto the streets of DC causing all the war mongering politicians to slip and break their backs? Or, how about using old fashioned canine whistles to call all of the US’s pet dogs to secret rendezvous points where they will be loaded onto North Korean submarines and shipped back to the peninsula where they will be eaten at a giant feast with much televised fanfare. Imagine all the bereft American dog owners as they watch CNN or FOX and are forced to witness North Koreans toasting their glasses while gorging on their stolen pets? No starvation here. What a blow this would be to the American propaganda machine.

    Two can certainly play the covert operation game. Well played Tommy Boy-un.

    • Vomito Blanco on April 29, 2017 at 8:06 am

      Clip from the movie Tommy Boy (warning some profanity):

      • DanaThomas on April 29, 2017 at 12:51 pm

        The boy he doth speak overmuch

    • Vomito Blanco on April 29, 2017 at 8:21 am

      Levity aside, does anyone else suspect or have read that this Korean war talk may not be coercion directed at North Korea but instead South Korea? There could be a pattern with the ouster of the South Korean President and also the Samsung issues. Perhaps the South Koreans are attempting to exercise a little too much independence and they need to be nudged back onto the reservation? Their Fuksishima moment could be a US triggered North Korean artillery attack on Seoul which would kill thousands. I would imagine their must be covert attempts at alliance between China, Japan and Korea which would certainly run afoul of the US’s divide, conquer, and enslave policy. Also, South Korean technology firms may not be playing ball with the wishes of US intelligence.

      • Daryl Davis on April 29, 2017 at 9:22 am

        China and Russia were undoubtedly meant to view North Korea as a bullied proxy — thus to question their own missile launching capabilities. Given its apparent effectiveness, they might also wonder whether America were able to launch North Korea’s missiles FOR them or else to detonate them within their own silos.

        A sharp finance guy, Alisdair Macleod, speculated recently on Max Keiser that both South Korea and China were targeted for their dollar reserves, which, given the worsening of the region, would take flight into “safe” U.S. Treasuries, thereby extending our debt party. But that’s a very mainstream explanation. It would also relate, of course, to China’s move toward a gold-related economic order and signal a warning to the region that America and the dollar won’t go down without a fight.

        But I still can’t help but wonder to what extent the PTB have prevailed upon President Trump short of threats and by what means ultimately. Perhaps he alone was presented that prophesied UFO false flag treatment — presented a very moving, seemingly-authentic extraterrestrial message in full support of a new-world globalism, a message yet strangely sponsored by Boeing.

      • DanaThomas on April 29, 2017 at 12:58 pm

        Killary has asserted that the Korean peninsula must NOT be reunited, so her bosses want to continue to dominate by divide and rule, puppet fake communist against puppet fake anticommunist. But the question is, are those “powerful” aircraft carriers equipped to resist a “metallic balloon” assault?

      • goshawks on April 29, 2017 at 8:12 pm

        VB, great humor. Thanks. Levity aside, I could see a ‘contained’ mini-war between N & S Korea as being just what the PTB doctor prescribed. It would take S Korea out of any competitive manufacturer-or-supplier role. It would rev-up the MIC. It would rally the US sheeple behind the flag. It would distract from national debt issues. It would take the spotlight off a certain rogue Middle East country. It would even force wavering US allies into a Sith-like ‘with me or against me’ decision-making. Russia and China, being relatively-rational nations, would likely not push the confrontation to nuclear war status – thus, enabling the mini hot-war to go on endlessly. What’s not to like?

      • goshawks on April 29, 2017 at 8:14 pm

        VB, I tried to reply but “Your comment is awaiting moderation.”
        goshawks – April 29, 2017 at 8:12 pm.

    • Phil the Thrill on April 30, 2017 at 1:59 pm

      I live in a Universe where Kim-Jong Uns have Tommy Boy moments? …..Cool! Hey, Vomito, how about you show us the clip from “Joe Dirt” (the only movie in the history of forever that is funnier than “Tommy Boy”) where the poor Golden Retriever is stuck to the front porch, and Joe considers which implement to use in order to remedy the dog’s predicament?

  10. DanaThomas on April 29, 2017 at 6:37 am

    Taking Dr. Farrell’s conclusions one step further: yes, they might want to corral people into a cashless plastic money cage, where they could turn off anybody’s cash at any time. But what about the “small detail” of power supply to ports, airports, microwave towers, interent server nodes etc.? Not to mention some of those famous “underground facilities”, oligarch hideaways and spaceports. Unless, of course, the latter have “free energy” devices and not mere diesel powered generators. In which case they had better roll them out to the benefit of the population.

  11. David B on April 29, 2017 at 5:46 am

    The same day the power went out in New York, they were doing a “simulated nuke blast”

    Timing is interesting.

  12. LGL on April 29, 2017 at 5:31 am

    J.P. Farrell said :

    It’s almost as if “someone” is trying to send the message, “think again before you move to cashlessness, and have computers running everything.” It’s almost as if someone is trying to draw attention to the vulnerability of the grid.

    One wonders: how far would said “someone” escalate warnings …

    • Vomito Blanco on April 29, 2017 at 7:37 am

      I personally will keep a hefty supply of sea shells around to trade with and certainly won’t rely on a cashless grid to be foolproof.

      • Joseph P. Farrell on April 29, 2017 at 8:59 am

        lol… I’ve noted the sea shell and baubles/beads commodity markets are experiencing their strongest bull market in centuries.

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