This is one of those weeks that it's literally difficult to try to select what stories to blog about, because there have been so many great submissions by readers of this site of articles and stories to choose from. But one story was not difficult to select, because readers of this site who live in California have flooded my inbox with a veritable gale of articles, plus their own questions, commentaries, and observations. I am going to do my best to summarize those in today's blog, and to share their observations, questions, and commentaries.
By way of context, just last week I blogged about Pacific Graft and Emoluments...er... Pacific Gas and Electric's "preemptive blackout" of communities in and around the San Francisco bay area - excepting San Francisco and Scarymental itself of course - and offered the suggestion that if fires still started when no power was going through the lines, then we were dealing with more or less a cover story. But at the basic level of the public narrative, one might question whether PG&E is even responsible for the mess, rather than highly questionable environmental policies which have prevented it from adequately trimming of undergrowth and brush. The blackout policy was not confined to the bay area, as various people in southern California that I know also indicated to me that they also received notices that their power might be shut off "to prevent fires."
First, a word of thanks to V.T., C.V., G.B., S.H. and many others who shared articles.
With all this said, let's dive in.
The blackout has been accompanied by a wave of new policies and observations, not the least of which were impositions of curfews in selected localities, and by the state of California suddenly severing ties with the ham radio repeaters networks, to the astonishing discovery that solar panels and electric cars weren't of much use during blackouts, to the observation that fires also seem to start around homeless encampments (surprise surprise):
LA wildfires continue to rage: Blazes that have killed three and forced more than 100,000 to evacuate move across Southern California, as it's revealed an electrical tower may be to blame and PG&E restores power for two million in the north
Of course, there's nothing suspicious whatsoever about the state shutting down its ties to the state's ham radio operators in the middle of a preemptive blackout to supposedly lessen the risk of catastrophic fires that might require a redundancy in the emergency communications network, like ... maybe... ham radio operators. On the other hand, there are indications that this story is false, and has been debunked. On this one you pay your money and take your choice.
But one of the most interesting articles was this one, which even attempted to connect the story to the whole "Q" phenomenon, and to President Trump's shutting the Chinese out of American ports (and regular readers of this site will be aware that the whole "Q" phenomenon is not something that I subscribe to):
Setting aside this article's whole speculation about the Chinese port access matter, and the references to the "Q" phenomenon, the article does make an interesting point about the weird sequence of events:
1.) With the power outages and reports of strange activity coming out of California. I thought it made sense to look at it through the looking glass...2.) "Watch CA" stuck in my mind... we've got a MAJOR power outage, scheduled, fires that immediately began and strange reports of curfews...Let's check it out!3.) So... a power outage is scheduled? And then fires IMMEDIATELY break out in multiple regions?4.) There is a curfew: https://californiaglobe.com/section-2/california-city-imposing-curfew-during-power-outages-to-prevent-crime/ …
But that could be explained by the massive power outages... as a crime circumvention method.
5.) Here's the weird part. Only a few hours ago, CNN, who is BARELY covering this at all... put up an article detailing only the power outage.https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/10/us/pge-power-outage-thursday/index.html …
But NOT mentioning the fires? What?6.) Look at their trends? What? This is it? Before the CA fires were perpetually covered... and now, nothing?