I heated water from the gravity filter on the gas stove, grateful for a cuppa, and sat ruminating what-if's...
Businesses not able to use their credit/debit card or barcode systems, gas/petrol stations and all-electric kitchens inoperable, ATM's down, well pumps dead in the water, government and financial markets offline, etc.
I had just read about 3.5 million people in tropical Puerto Rico suddenly without "power" when our small outage event happened locally: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-09-22/puerto-rico-blackout-enters-second-day-leaving-entire-island-and-its-35mm-people-wit
A friend in the Deep South sends report about (voluntarily) curtailing errands and appointments. A pipeline mishap is affecting a large swath of the happy-motoring US. Many gasoline/petrol stations sport long lines, and then nothing to offer.
Are we ready for malfunction? No. Though many folks in brilliant Rocky Mountain light are living offgrid. The local electric co. is constructing photovoltaic arrays.
Am not competent to write about small-scale solar power, having never managed a system, but it's on my mind, our utter dependence on powergrid infrastructure, and hence our vulnerability.
If we have entered a period of increased volcanism and occluding dust in the astmosphere, as in the "Year without Summer", what then?
Do we enter the radical societal change of oopsie population-reduction? The wish list of the Georgia Guidestones may sound noble till you ponder item #1: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgia_Guidestones
Can we count on the government which botched Hurricane Katrina relief?
Or a so-called charitable foundation which stole billions, Billions of dollars of contributions from quake-ravaged Haiti? A foundation protected from indictment by apparently many complicit power-mongers?
Down-home, what to do?
Will we look back on systems-malfunction as an opportunity?...
A growing-up from this interlude of Great Depression2 unemployment, homeless encampments, food banks, un-funded entitlements, and gated communities against the hordes?
We may, and many of us all over the world are traversing angst toward solution-thinking. A rosier picture certainly than doom-porn
But as a current events' reality-check, do we instead riot and steal flat screen TV's and i-pods?
Good luck on eating or keeping warm with show-off gadgets if the grid goes down.
Leaders will emerge from these decades of greedster wrong-turns, our debacle-in-the-making, and some will be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed Millennials.
The school-dropouts and diploma-no-jobs generation will be forced to ingenuity as entrepreneurs. Any transition to common sense may get "fugly," however.
Something beyond drug-dealing, living with aging parents, or working three minimum-wage jobs and camping in a van.
Will greedsters try to barricade their life at the trough, and lash out?
Those of us currently alive are entering monstrous change, and of necessity, a return to local self-sufficiency.
Wealth will be re-imagined, after seismic shocks... Inner cities with near zero self-sufficiency are especially concerning.
Urban community gardens stand as harbinger of actual hope and change, but as of now, it ain't enough.
Here's to good neighbors, good books, local food production, firewood, strong legs and bicycles...