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Mon Feb 4, 2013, 01:40 AM

 

Third World America: They can't even keep the power on at the superbowl

Super Bowl XLVII between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers was delayed on Sunday, after a power surge at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans caused a power cut, which caused half of the lights in the stadium to fail. The Ravens were leading 28-6 at the time, with 13 minutes and 28 seconds to go in the third quarter.

Reports suggested that an "outside power surge" had caused the power outage in the stadium.

As workers struggled to restore power to the stadium and broadcasters scrambled to fill airtime, the players and coaching staffs of both teams remained out on the field, the players stretching and practising in an attempt to keep up their adrenaline levels. The break in the game lasted for 34 minutes.

Truly a Third World country with a Third World ruling elite, Third World income inequality, and a Third World power grid.

That the game is being played on the site of one of the country's most disgraceful episodes in recent memory makes the power outage even more fitting.

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Reply Third World America: They can't even keep the power on at the superbowl (Original post)
HiPointDem Feb 2013 OP
MADem Feb 2013 #1
Go Vols Feb 2013 #28
RB TexLa Feb 2013 #32
RZM Feb 2013 #2
HiPointDem Feb 2013 #5
RZM Feb 2013 #7
HiPointDem Feb 2013 #9
malaise Feb 2013 #16
Jenoch Feb 2013 #3
Leslie Valley Feb 2013 #4
HiPointDem Feb 2013 #6
Buzz Clik Feb 2013 #31
Bonobo Feb 2013 #8
Brother Buzz Feb 2013 #10
MADem Feb 2013 #33
Brother Buzz Feb 2013 #34
MADem Feb 2013 #35
Nabbysensei Feb 2013 #11
HiPointDem Feb 2013 #12
SidDithers Feb 2013 #19
LeftyMom Feb 2013 #13
Nabbysensei Feb 2013 #14
progree Feb 2013 #15
exboyfil Feb 2013 #17
felix_numinous Feb 2013 #18
SidDithers Feb 2013 #20
zappaman Feb 2013 #21
Blue_Tires Feb 2013 #22
Number23 Feb 2013 #23
MountainLaurel Feb 2013 #24
jmg257 Feb 2013 #25
sendero Feb 2013 #26
KoKo Feb 2013 #27
bluestate10 Feb 2013 #29
Buzz Clik Feb 2013 #30
nolabear Feb 2013 #36

Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 01:50 AM

1. In a third world country, they would have kept playing with half the lights working.

Really.

And they wouldn't have batted an eye about it.

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Response to MADem (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 08:46 PM

28. I have seen

them play football in snow and fog that was worse than what I saw last night.

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Response to Go Vols (Reply #28)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 08:54 PM

32. You would not have had a good picture on your television which is why they now suspend football

games when the rain is too heavy for the cameras. This usually occurs in the early part of the season but they do it, Alabama and Missouri had a rain delay with no lightening in sight.

The networks lot's of money to broadcast the games and they want to broadcast as perfect a picture as they can.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 02:06 AM

2. Hysterics over a 34 minute power outage is the definition of a 'First World Problem'

 

There are plenty of people around the world who would have loved just 34 minutes of power today, let alone the other 23 1/2 hours.

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Response to RZM (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 02:17 AM

5. yes, there are plenty of people who would have loved a handful of rice, too. ergo, by your logic,

 

if we have a food shortage we shouldn't kick.

what a stupid post. the US is not ethiopia. the superbowl is supposedly a very big deal in this first world country, a very big deal with millions riding on it, & they can't even keep the lights on.

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #5)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 02:22 AM

7. So you're saying we have a chronic power shortage?

 

Are you using a generator right now?

Power outages happen. Maybe they should happen less. Our power grid issues are not comparable with those in most underdeveloped countries. In fact, our just about anything isn't comparable with the situation in the world's poorest countries.

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Response to RZM (Reply #7)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 02:30 AM

9. i'm saying that it's telling that they can't keep the lights on during the biggest game in the

 

sports industry.

maybe you weren't paying attention during enron, and maybe you haven't been paying attention since.


U.S. electricity blackouts skyrocketing

Experts on the nation's electricity system point to a frighteningly steep increase in non-disaster-related outages affecting at least 50,000 consumers.

During the past two decades, such blackouts have increased 124 percent -- up from 41 blackouts between 1991 and 1995, to 92 between 2001 and 2005, according to research at the University of Minnesota.


http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/innovation/08/09/smart.grid/index.html


U.S. Electrical Grid Gets Less Reliable as Outages Increase and R&D Decreases

Since 1995, electrical grid power outages have steadily increased as R&D in new technologies steadily decreased.

http://tli.umn.edu/blog/security-technology/u-s-electrical-grid-gets-less-reliable-as-outages-increase-and-rd-decreases/

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Response to RZM (Reply #7)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 04:12 AM

16. Depends on the developing country

In some power cuts are rare

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 02:07 AM

3. You are over-reaching.

This was a screw up in anticipating how much current was required for the half-time act. I wloconder how much heat the local IBEW is going to receive.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 02:16 AM

4. What a sanctimonious, obsequious bit of tripe.

 

Visit a real 3rd world country and experience what they euphemistically refer to as "load shedding" and get back to me.

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Response to Leslie Valley (Reply #4)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 02:18 AM

6. yes, your post is certainly that.

 

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Response to Leslie Valley (Reply #4)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 08:52 PM

31. +1. We have NO IDEA what the third world deals with every day.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 02:27 AM

8. It is nothing of the sort.

As others have pointed out, it is merely evidence that America is a 1st world country in tremendous decline and with a crumbling infrastructure that makes it the laughing stock of other 1st world countries.

It is NOT (yet) a 3rd world country.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 02:46 AM

10. In a third world country, they would have played in sunlight

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Response to Brother Buzz (Reply #10)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 08:56 PM

33. And if it got dark too soon, they'd drive their cars to the sidelines and everyone

would turn on their lights! Battery getting low? Fire up the engine, never mind a bit of blue exhaust wafting its way into the stands!

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Response to MADem (Reply #33)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 09:22 PM

34. Those same headlights may light up the airstrip the next day

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Response to Brother Buzz (Reply #34)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 10:10 PM

35. Precisely--in the land of no lights, the person with the headlight(s) is king! nt

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 03:05 AM

11. Third world Country? The United States?

The United States Is a VERY large country. I can see, just looking at a map of the United States that many of your single states are larger than many third world countries. For the most part you have clean drinking water, trash pickup, sewage removal, air pollution regulations, traffic enforcement, noise regulation (i.e noise pollution),although not really health care (sigh) medical emergency access. I am sure I couid find even more. These things I listed, if not implemented, makes a country a third world country and I am sure the United States has even more than I listed, so ya.

The United States a third world country? You guys are a young nation compared to the rest of the world. I am happy to live here even with all the discourse and I am seriously thinking of becoming a citizen of the United States and this calling the United States a "Third world country" actually hurt my feelings, not sure why, but oddly, this has put me on the defensive.

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Response to Nabbysensei (Reply #11)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 03:09 AM

12. parts of the US are very much like a third world country. and the US power grid has been

 

getting steadily less reliable (more and bigger outages that last longer) over the last 10-20 years.

sorry if it made you sad, but it's true.

U.S. electricity blackouts skyrocketing

Experts on the nation's electricity system point to a frighteningly steep increase in non-disaster-related outages affecting at least 50,000 consumers.

During the past two decades, such blackouts have increased 124 percent -- up from 41 blackouts between 1991 and 1995, to 92 between 2001 and 2005, according to research at the University of Minnesota.


http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/innovation/08/09/smart.grid/index.html#expand1

That there was a 30-minute power outage affecting the biggest game in sports, with millions of dollars invested, speaks volumes.

But rather than focus on that, we're encouraged to focus on beyonce.

also a sign of third-world tactics.

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #12)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 07:41 PM

19. Like Baltimore, Hannah?...nt

Sid

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 03:13 AM

13. It take some time to power up the overhead lights.

Similar things have happened in other stadiums (two recent incidents that I know of were in St Louis during a night baseball game and San Francisco during Monday Night Football) and that's the typical time period to restart the lights. It's not collapsing infrastructure, it's just a quirk of the lighting used, that it can't be started instantly after a momentary interruption.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 03:22 AM

14. O Really?

I would think everyone to post the last time they lost power. I think that would settle it.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 04:04 AM

15. "Third World ruling elite" Hmm. I've heard Obama and his administration called a lot of things, but

not a "third world ruling elite".

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 05:20 AM

17. I was kind of hoping the lights would

not come back on. I saw it as taking down a peg the emphasis on this game (yes I did watch over half of it myself as opposed to last year when I did not watch a down of football).

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 07:38 PM

18. Probably

the NSA overloaded the circuits again, too many people to watch at the same time....heh heh just kidding!!



http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2006/08/06/nsa-maxes-out-baltimore-power-grid/

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 07:43 PM

20. ...



You're a riot, Hannah.

Sid

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 07:44 PM

21. The United States is hardly a 3rd world country.

Carry on though...

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 07:49 PM

22. I stopped at "Third World"...I didn't know liberals even used that term anymore

It has been elitist and out-of-date for over a decade now...

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Response to Blue_Tires (Reply #22)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 08:03 PM

23. Longer than a decade. But as in all things, consider the source or in this case

the person posting this OP.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 08:32 PM

24. Louisiana -- Third World and Proud of It

I've actually seen that on t-shirts sold here.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 08:38 PM

25. Yep-Electrical load monitoring equipment sense abnormality when grounds

Were disconnected before primary line feeds. System shuts down as it is supposed to.

Oh the horror.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 08:38 PM

26. "power surge"..

... is what everyone who knows nothing about electricity attributes all problems to. they buy special "power surge" power strips to stop these mythical beasts.

If there is no lightning in the area, there is no "power surge". This was no "power surge", someone accidentally disconnected something or a piece of equipment failed. If we are lucky, we will someday know what actually happened, but I am not holding my breath.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 08:43 PM

27. Interesting...in so many ways! n/t

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 08:50 PM

29. Your prose is a bit over-wrought. nt

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 08:51 PM

30. God I love DU! You cannot this mindless bullshit anywhere else.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 10:16 PM

36. Oh yeah, we third world all right. No good food, no joi de vivre, no arts, no fun at all.

Bwahahahahahahahahaaaaaaaa!!!!!!! You just keep on thinking that.

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