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August 19, 2003

Another post on power generation

Some time ago I received an email from Rue telling me the lack of comments at the Flea was stifling her free speech. I was a bit worried to add them for fear of the cussing and hair-pulling which happens in the comments of some blogs so it was with some trepidation that the new MT-enabled Flea included them. I am pleased to say that with the exception of one or two drive-by-trolls (whose scribblings were summarily deleted) comments have added to my blogging experience. Thanks to everybody for teaching me things with your observations and for the uniform civility of discussion when we disagree.

The comments on power generation have been particularly interesting to me. I agree with Alan's observation that in times of crisis we need and want to be led. The guy in the clown pants and umbrella hat who was directing traffic at Bathurst and Dupont was as important to me as the reassurance offered by the Premier. Both suggested peace, order and good government would continue.

It struck me that many people living in downtown Toronto did not have a clue how dark it was going to get when the sun went down. The next day I ran into two well-meaning, new-age populist types who asked me what the problem had been. They were incredulous when I told them nobody had a clue beyond a few people at whichever plant had triggered the problem and that even they could not know why the safeguards in the wider grid had failed. "How is possible that nobody knows what happened," asked the conspiracy theorist. The short answer, I suggested, is that these systems are very complicated. I am sure by now she has decided it was some combination of big oil and the Bush administration.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at August 19, 2003 11:47 AM

Comments

Oh, come now Mr.Flea!

You know quite well that big oil and Bush are one and the same! Yay Capitalism!

[walking away sadistically cackling...]


Posted by: Rue at August 19, 2003 04:52 PM