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" How to brainwash anybody a confession of a "salesman"

 So far its a status quo, a deafening silence
 when it comes to the legacy of the grate evil.
 Don't get into contrasting morality because
we don't support Russia or China like we
 support Germany We Rebuilt Germany
( Our Enemy) gratis  BUT NOT Russia Probably
because there mostly non "white" Asians a fact
 kept well hidden by the racist media...

...Or even our selves what do you think  the power blackouts are but the collapsing
infrastructure and proof the USA is also a Colony not empowered to even maintain
what all of our taxes pay for Water and Power that's why there is no health care
system and the schools are woefully under funded & the streets are filling
up with junkies again,  just like in the 60's...

 (Our Allies'? they Soviet actually defeated Hitler)
So that economic support of ours, Rebuilding
 Germany Is a Major act of COMPLICITY on
OUR PART in there original agenda of  global
economic domination !

 Germany is after the US Israelis second largest military supplier.
(That makes Israel Germany's Ghetto Colony)

There are 110 million land mines in 70 countries on this Planet
 Now,Think about it that's the hidden holocaust WE ALL support
 if we do nothing about it  YOU or ME, US the Americans the so
called developed world, Brit's The French, Italians The
Scandinavians, Spain Japan, Canadians too  THE Good Guys.

OK! You say that's NOT true check it out
We Make the Land Mines that are designed
 to maim and kill Children, Blind them Cripple
 them Permanently Disable them.

And we have produced them as a "Silent Mindless Nazi Plan
" Terminator's " Not a Fictional Misdirecting fantasy army in a
 SI-FI film but real Robots! GENOCIDE FOR MONEY not the  
honor of our nation .

The land mine is the worst thing we can do after our CIA
profiteering the Dope to the 4 corners of the earth.

Yes I blame all of Americas problems on Nazism
Racism & color privilege...Including the murder of JFK.
The us is becoming a 3rd world nation...ED

U.S. National - AP
 Cause of Massive Blackout Eludes Experts
 7 minutes ago
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By LARRY MARGASAK, Associated Press Writer
A massive power blackout retreated stubbornly Friday as power officials struggled to understand why the historic outage spread in minutes through the northeastern United States and southern Canada. Lights flicked on and air conditioners restarted for some, but millions of others baked in stuffy rooms.
Cleveland weathered its worst water crisis in history as the blackout shut all four major pumping stations. The pumps which serve more than 1 million residents in the city and 20 suburbs began operating Friday morning, but the National Guard tanked in 7,600 gallons of  drinking water to help until taps flowed again.
  In New York City, power was restored Friday morning to parts of all five boroughs and some suburbs, but millions faced a morning rush hour without subway service or many traffic lights and no timetable for full restoration of power.
 "Today will also present challenges," New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg told reporters. He asked essential city workers to come in but told none- ssential counterparts to stay home and urged citizens to use judgment about working Friday.  "There are worse things than taking a summer
Friday off from work," he said.
 In Michigan, some customers may have to endure a weekend without electricity.  Everywhere  officials urged residents, businesses and travelers to cope with the inconvenience.   "This is truly one of the instances where we're all in this together," Gov. Jennifer
Granholm of Michigan said during a statewide address Thursday night.
"So be calm, be supportive of your neighbor." State workers in Michigan's capitol, Lansing, were told to report to work Friday but in harder-hit Detroit to the east, they were ordered to stay home.
 While terrorism was swiftly ruled out by President Bush (news - web sites) and other officials, there was scant indication of what had caused the outage, which began on  the cusp of Thursday's afternoon rush hour in Eastern cities.
The New York Independent System Operator, which runs the state's wholesale electricity market and monitors power usage, said it had detected a sudden loss of power generation at 4:11 p.m. Kenneth Klapp, an ISO spokesman, said the problem was detected from information on power usage and transmission prior to, during and after the blackout. The ISO had not determined the exact location of the problem by early Friday.
 More generally, industry and government experts blamed a system composed of interconnected grids that has not been upgraded to meet power demands.
The disruptions were as diverse as they were widespread.  A small explosion at the Marathon Oil refinery 10 miles south of Detroit was blamed on the outage  which cut power to a pump, allowing a buildup of gasses that ultimately exploded  in a smokestack. No one was hurt but  police fearing additional explosions or possible release of toxic gas evacuated hundreds of residents from a one-mile radius around the refinery.
In New York City, thousands of stranded commuters were forced to sleep in bus and train terminals and even in the streets. Hundreds of out-of towners at the Marriott Marquis slept on sidewalks because the hotel did not have a generator to power its electronic room keys.
In Cleveland, the loss of power wasn't the only problem. About 1.5 million  residents faced a crisis because there was no electricity to pump water from Lake Erie. At least three Eastern suburbs were out of water and officials said Western suburbs could go dry.  About 540,000 customers in Ohio were without power, mostly in the Cleveland area.
 In New Jersey, where more than 1 million homes and businesses lost power at the peak of the outage, all but 50,000 had been restored by 5:30 a.m. Friday and full service was expected a few hours later. Northern New Jersey commuter railroads and buses announced limited to full service Friday.
In Connecticut, where nearly 310,000 customers served by two power companies lost power, all but about 53,000 had service restored by early Friday.
 But in New York, where early estimates had 80 percent of the state without power, the percentage only dropped to some 60 percent near midnight.
Despite the outages in Manhattan, New York's financial markets had no intention of shutting down.
The American Stock Exchange, New York Stock Exchange (news - web sites) and Nasdaq reported minimal interruption after the close of  trading. All had backup power generators and said they planned to open Friday.
However, businesses from Manhattan through the Midwest were anxiousabout technical glitches and more power outages a day after the biggest blackout in U.S. history.  
In San Diego, the president said, "slowly but surely we're coping with thismassive, national problem," and added that he would order a review of"why the cascade was so significant."
 Bush said he suspected that the nation's electrical grid would need to be modernized.  
 New York Gov. George Pataki praised his constituents for pulling together to help each other. While New Yorkers poured out of immobile subway cars, emerged from stuck elevators, began long walks home or rested in local establishments, one unidentified man saw beauty.
"You can actually see the stars in New York City," he said.
Anne Block, a law student in Lansing, Mich., said she used what little light was coming through a window to finish an exam at Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
"We were taking an exam and boom, the lights went out. But I was determined to finish. I kept writing. I wanted an 'A.' There was no way I was going to stop writing my exam," she said.
Electric industry and government officials said the nation's power grid has needed major upgrades for years, but industry experts said there were three major obstacles in the way: the expense, environmental opposition and people who didn't want power facilities near their back yards.
 Both federal and state agencies, as well as congressional committees, are expected to investigate the blackout and try to determine why measuresput in place to isolate grids and keep power disruptions from spreading failed to do so.
 Law enforcement agencies were ready for any security problem.
 In New York, police helicopters, boats and heavily armed teams of special counterterror officers moved into place at city landmarks and other sensitive locations, police Commissioner Ray Kelly said. Officials swiftly realized the power outage was not an act of terror, and they used so-called Atlas teams of officers to make sure no one took advantage of  the blackout to commit terrorism, he said.
Officials in Detroit urged people to stay home during the night; nearby communities declared curfews to keep problems to a minimum.
Police in Mansfield, Ohio, spread into the streets to keep traffic flowing.
 "A lot of officers are out there trying to make sure nobody gets hurt, to  try to cut down on the accidents," said jail officer Randi Allen.
The blackouts easily surpassed those in the West on Aug. 10, 1996, in terms of people affected. Then, heat, sagging power lines and unusually  high demand for electricity caused an outage for 4 million customers in nine states.
An outage in New York City in 1977 left 9 million people without  electricity for up to 25 hours. In 1965, about 25 million people across New York stateand most of New England lost electricity for a day.

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Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2003 11:51:52 -0100 To: nettime-l@bbs.thing.net Subject: <nettime> palast: 'power outage traced to dim bulb in white house'   [via <tbyfield@panix.com>, via viridian (at least that's what i'm told, but lots of mail didn't get through...)]
  The Tale of The Brits Who Swiped 800 Jobs From New York,
   Carted Off $90 Million, Then Tonight, Turned Off Our Lights
   Friday, August 15, 2003
   by Greg Palast

I can tell you all about the ne're-do-wells that put out our lights tonight. I came up against these characters -- the Niagara Mohawk Power Company -- some years back. You see, before I was a journalist,I worked for a living, as an investigator of corporate racketeers. In the 1980s, "NiMo" built a nuclear plant, Nine Mile Point, a brutally costly piece of hot junk for which NiMo and its partner companies charged billions to New York State's electricity ratepayers.

To pull off this grand theft by kilowatt, the NiMo-led consortium
fabricated cost and schedule reports, then performed a Harry Potter
 job on the account books. In 1988, I showed a jury a memo from an
executive from one partner, Long Island Lighting, giving a lesson to
a NiMo honcho on how to lie to government regulators. The jury ordered
 LILCO to pay $4.3 billion and, ultimately, put them out of business. And that's why, if you're in the Northeast, you're reading this by
candlelight tonight. Here's what happened. After LILCO was hammered by
 the law, after government regulators slammed Niagara Mohawk and dozens of other book-cooking, document-doctoring utility companies all over America with fines and penalties totaling in the tens of billions of
dollars, the industry leaders got together to swear never to break the
regulations again. Their plan was not to follow the rules, but to
ELIMINATE the rules. They called it "deregulation."

It was like a committee of bank robbers figuring out how to make safecracking legal.

 But they dare not launch the scheme in the USA. Rather, in 1990, one devious little bunch of operators out of Texas, Houston Natural
Gas, operating under the alias "Enron," talked an over-the-edge free-market  fanatic, Britain's Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, into
 licensing the first completely deregulated power plant in the hemisphere.

And so began an economic disease called "regulatory reform" that
spread faster than SARS. Notably, Enron rewarded Thatcher's Energy Minister, one Lord Wakeham, with a bushel of dollar bills for
'consulting' services and a seat on Enron's board of directors.

 The English experiment proved the viability of Enron's new industrial  formula: that the enthusiasm of politicians for deregulation was in direct proportion to the payola provided by power companies.

 The power elite first moved on England because they knew
Americans wouldn't swallow the deregulation snake oil easily.
The USA had gotten used to cheap power available at the flick of
switch. This was the legacy of Franklin Roosevelt who, in 1933,
caged the man he thought to be the last of the power pirates,
Samuel Insull. Wall Street wheeler-dealer Insull created the Power
Trust, and six decades before  Ken Lay, faked account books and
 ripped off consumers. To frustrate  Insull and his ilk, FDR gave us
the Federal Power Commission and the Public Utilities Holding
Company Act which told electricity companies where to stand
and salute. Detailed regulations limited charges to real expenditures
 plus a government-set profit. The laws banned power "trading"
and required companies to keep the lights on under threat of
arrest -- no blackout blackmail to hike rates.

Of particular significance as I write here in the dark, regulators
 told utilities exactly how much they had to spend to insure the system stayed in repair and the lights stayed on. Bureaucrats crawled along the wire and, like me, crawled through the account books, to make sure the power execs spent customers' money on parts and labor. If they didn't, we'd whack'm over the head with our thick rule books. Did we  get in the way of these businessmen's entrepreneurial spirit? Damn right we did.

Most important, FDR banned political contributions from utility
companies -- no 'soft' money, no 'hard' money, no money PERIOD.
But then came George the First. In 1992, just prior to his departure
from the White House, President Bush Senior gave the power industry one long deep-through-the-teeth kiss good-bye: federal deregulation of electricity. It was a legacy he wanted to leave for his son, the gratitude of power companies which ponied up $16 million for the Republican campaign of 2000, seven times the sum they gave Democrats.

 But Poppy Bush's gift of deregulating of wholesale prices set by the feds only got the power pirates halfway to the plunder of Joe
Ratepayer. For the big payday they needed deregulation at the state  level. There were only two states, California and Texas, big enough and Republican enough to put the electricity market con intooperation. California fell first. The power companies spent $39 million to defeat  a 1998 referendum pushed by Ralph Nadar which would have blocked the de-reg scam. Another $37 million was spent on lobbying and lubricating  the campaign coffers of the state's politicians to write a lie into law: in the deregulation act's preamble, the Legislature promised that deregulation would reduce electricity bills by 20%. In fact, when in the first California city to go "lawless," San Diego, the 20% savings became a 300% jump in surcharges.

Enron circled California and licked its lips. As the number one
contributor to the George W. Bush campaigns, it was confident about  the future. With just a half dozen other companies it controlled at times 100% of the available power capacity needed to keep the Golden State lit. Their motto, "your money or your lights."

  Enron and its comrades played the system like a broken ATM machine,  yanking out the bills. For example, in the shamelessly fixed "auctions" for electricity held by the state, Enron bid, in one  instance, to supply 500 megawatts of electricity over a 15 megawatt line. That's like pouring a gallon of gasoline into a thimble -- thelines would burn up if they attempted it. Faced with blackout because of Enron's destructive bid, the state was willing to pay anything to keep the lights on.

And the state did. According to Dr. Anjali Sheffrin, economist with
 the California state Independent System Operator which directs power deliveries, between May and November 2000, three power giants physically or "economically" withheld power from the state and concocted enough false bids to cost the California customers over $6.2  billion in excess charges.

 It took until December 20, 2000, with the lights going out on the
Golden Gate, for President Bill Clinton, once a deregulation booster, to find his lost Democratic soul and impose price caps
 in California and ban Enron from the market. But the light-bulb
buccaneers didn't have to wait long to put their hooks back into the
 treasure chest. Within seventy-two hours of moving into the White House, while he was still sweeping out the inaugural  champagne bottles, George Bush the Second reversed Clinton's executive order and put the power pirates  back in business in California. Enron,  Reliant (aka Houston Industries), TXU (aka Texas Utilities) and the others who had economically snipped California's wires knew they could count on Dubya, who as governor of the Lone Star state cut  them the richest deregulation deal in America.

 Meanwhile, the deregulation bug made it to New York where Republican Governor George Pataki and his industry-picked utility commissioners ripped the lid
 off electric bills and relieved my old friends at  Niagara Mohawk of the expensive obligation to properly fund
 the maintenance of the grid system.

And the Pataki-Bush Axis of Weasels permitted something that
must have former New York governor Roosevelt spinning in his
wheelchair in  Heaven: They allowed a foreign company, the
notoriously incompetent National Grid of England, to buy up
NiMo, get rid of 800 workers and pocket most of their wages - producing a bonus for NiMo stockholders approaching $90

 Is tonight's black-out a surprise? Heck, no, not to us in
the field who've watched Bush's buddies flick the switches across the globe. In  Brazil, Houston Industries seized ownership of Rio de Janeiro's electric company. The Texans (aided by their French  partners) fired workers, raised prices, cut maintenance expenditures and, CLICK! the  juice went out so often the locals
now call it, "Rio Dark."
 So too the free-market British buckaroos controlling Niagara
Mohawk raised prices, slashed staff, cut maintenance and
CLICK! -- New York joins Brazil in the Dark Ages.

Californians have found the solution to the deregulation
disaster: re-call the only governor in the nation with the cojones
to stand up  to the electricity price fixers.

And unlike Arnold  Schwarzenegger, Gov. Gray Davis stood alone against the bad guys without using a body  double. Davis
called Reliant Corp of Houston a pack of "pirates" --and  now
 he'll walk the plank for daring to stand up to the Texas  marauders.

So where's the President? Just before he landed on the deck of the Abe  Lincoln, the White House was so concerned about our brave troops facing the foe that they used the cover of war fo
r a new push in Congress for yet more electricity deregulation. This has a certain  logic: there's no sense defeating Iraq if a hostile regime remains in California.

Sitting in the dark, as my laptop battery runs low, I don't know if
 the truth about deregulation will ever see the light --until we change  the dim bulb in the White House.

  See Greg Palast's award-winning reports for BBC Television and the Guardian papers of Britain at www.GregPalast.com.  Contact Palast at
   his New York office:

  Greg Palast is the author of the New York Times bestseller, "The Best  Democracy Money Can Buy"  (Penguin USA) and the worstseller,  "Democracy and Regulation,"  a guide to electricity deregulation published by the United Nations (written with T. MacGregor and J. Oppenheim).

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