Merry Christmastide, happy holidays, and Happy new Year (or whatever holiday greetings you like) to everyone.
OK, before I crawl off of the end of the high octane speculation twig today, first let me apologize for the lack of blogs between Christmas and New Years. As it turns out, my old computer completely died, throwing me way behind schedule. I had intended to do blogs (and News and Views from the Nefarium) but the computer woes intervened. In any case, thank you all for your holiday well-wishes to Daniel and me during our absence.
While I was experiencing "technical difficulties, please stand by...", so, too, apparently, was ConEd, the electrical power supplier for New York City. And so too, apparently, was Kenner, Louisiana, along with the 9-1-1 emergency call centers in several states. Needless to say, many people sent me various articles about these stories, most of which connect the two incidents (the exploding electrical transformers and the 9-1-1 emergency call center outages), that I have to blog about it, the more so since many people requested I crawl off the end of the speculation twig once again and I am happy to do so.
But first, a few versions of the exploding transformer stories, and the emergency call center outage stories:
A video alleging a UFO over the Louisiana incident:
Now, note, as Ms. K.S. observed (who sent this version of the exploding ConEdison transformer story): A probe into the incident means they do not know what happened. The article itself states that a trip switch malfunctioned, overloading the circuits, creating an electrical flash fire:
The event Thursday caused power outages, briefly grounded flights at LaGuardia airport and filled social media feeds with eerie photos, questions and jokes, to the point that even the New York Police Department tweeted there was “no evidence of extraterrestrial activity.”
While Con Ed initially described a “brief electrical fire” at a power substation in the Astoria section of Queens, spokesman Bob McGee said Friday that what happened was an electrical flash after a malfunction involving 20-foot-high (6-meter-high) equipment with cables carrying 138,000 volts. By comparison, a standard U.S. household gets 120-volt service.
“It was like a lightning bolt, essentially,” McGee said.
Substations transform electricity that comes in from power plants at high voltage down to lower voltage levels, and send it on for use.
Thursday’s malfunction involved voltage-monitoring equipment, Con Ed said in a release.
Normally, a circuit-breaker-like device intervenes and quickly cuts off power to the affected equipment if there’s an electrical fault, but that apparently didn’t happen Thursday, McGee said. Instead, the electricity kept cycling through, causing the flash.
Then, as the article goes on to observe, the New York City police department actually issued a joking statement that the flash was not due to extra-terrestrials. Indeed, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo also issued his own statement that it had nothing to do to aliens. As I read those stories coming into my inbox during the holidays, I had the impression that "the principalities and powers" were somehow eager to get everyone thinking of extra-terrestrials and UFOs, in spite of their other statements that it was a "simple trip switch malfunction". For those familiar with the Great Blackout of 1965 that darkened most of New York, and substantial portions of New England and Ontario, the story is familiar: UFOs were spotted over power stations and lakes that day, and the whole incident was eventually blamed on a fire at a substation and a faulty safety switch. So, I thought to myself, "they seem to be promoting, subtly, the idea of a deja vu." Even the well-known lawyer-former prosecutor-YouTube commentator Lionel of Lionel Nation got in on the UFO bandwagon, stating up front that it was UFOs and extra-terrestrials because the government said it wasn't:
Then, another story emerged that there were fires on electrical power lines in Kenner, Louisiana on the same day (and again, some are claiming UFO activity):
As if this were not enough, on the same day as these weird exploding transformer and electrical power line fires, the 9-1-1 emergency call centers in several states went down:
I don't know about you, but I can believe one exploding transformer, and even strange electrical power line fires, and even a 9-1-1 emergency call center outage, but not all on the same day.
So what is going on? I'm not about to rule out the UFO connection, for there are other stories - as far as I can tell, not yet very well verified - that a large semi-tractor trailer bed was seen rolling out of the ConEd substation with a big "something" under a tarpaulin. Of course, speculation abounds that "they" were busily removing evidence of a UFO. But "they" could just have easily been removing the burned out transformer.
But I suspect -- strongly, in spite of any corroborating evidence -- that we may be looking at something profoundly different, and herewith my two cents' worth of end-of-the-twig high octane speculation: I strongly suspect this story (for I do believe these incidents are parts of one story) is related to the California fires, and the clues that have recently emerged there that the fires are (1) not natural nor typical "forest" fires, and (2) that the electrical grid itself, and specifically, electrical meters on homes, may have been utilized to trigger if not all then at least some of the fires, and (3) that other exotic energy technologies/weapons may have been used to start some of those fires. As I have pointed out in regard to the electrical meter theory, it might be possible to use the electrical grid as a broadcast antenna system (perhaps coupled with the other alleged involved technology, the exotic energy weapons theory) to initiate fires. Overload the circuits sufficiently, and one sees the results in arcing electricity (as at the ConEdison substation) and burning power lines (as at Kenner, Louisiana). Further, pulsing the system, i.e., using it as a broadcast circuit, could conceivably result in communications malfunctions (though it is, admittedly, a very sketchy hypothesis, since other communications systems appear not to have been affected, but only the 9-1-1 system in certain states).
On this view, the UFO versions of the story might be a bit of deliberate misdirection, a kind of cover story to prevent people from looking at or entertaining the type of speculation I am advancing. But if my speculation is to be entertained, the important question is why would anyone do this? One answer is that the "California fires template and playbook" might be being viewed as a playbook for use "elsewhere." Even better if one can have a gigantic "UFO" show up to provide the convenient blame. And no, folks, I am not one of those who thinks humans are incapable of building and levitating such large things. There is no logical nor compelling argument that says "large = extraterrestrial or non-human." Fill a large collapsible dirigible with an inert gas, have some high capacity capacitors or dialectrics on board, create charge differentials on various surfaces of the craft, and voila, you have a simple field propulsion "airship" potentially capable of sharp turns, great speeds, and which would probably like to hang out over bodies of water and electrical substations to "recharge" the batteries (airship mystery, anyone?).
So, as the story stands now, that's my best guess. If we boil it down to a country simple statement, it appears someone might be beta testing the California fires playbook on a much larger basis, one where it might be necessary, for whatever reason, to take down any communications system that is relatively robust - like the 9-1-1 emergency call center system - to prevent any sort of coordinated civilian response.
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