Empty Days

Saturday, May 28, 2005



Moscow blackout.

Holy shit... It turns out the whole city of Moscow and nearby towns experienced a complete blackout this Wednesday - I had no idea. That would be upwards 15 million people. Hospitals lost electricity, people were blocked in elevators, freezers stopped working in supermarkets. traffic lights went off. trolley cars stopped in their tracks. 43 subway trains were paralized underground and 20,000 passengers had to be evacuated from the tunnels. the whole immense subway went dark... It's scary - because the subway is very deep and spacious, and walking up to the surface without the escalators must have been a huge effort.

Apparently this was resolved quickly enough and the whole thing was due to a fire at one of the hydro stations.

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The newsource from which I got this information also offered a time-line of other major electric blackouts throughout history. What I found strange is that it mainly included the history of such blackouts in North America. Knowing Russia and how self-centered it's always been (no less than USA), this struck me as unnatural and highly inconsiderate - yet it simply means that those who compiled this article simply searched through the internet and of course found a lot of US sources and none for their own country. Such is everything "new and modern" in Russia these days - highly expedient and utterly careless.

This does explain the wave of nationalism I've been witnessing lately on the russian internet. It's clearly reactionary yet there are plenty enough monstruosities in this new-russia to be reactionary against. I can't say I don't understand where it all comes from.





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