Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Time Disruptions

Salvador Dali, The Persistence of Memory, 1931

It's allegedly begun; article notes testing of the nation's power grid was to begin in July of 2011, spread out over a year. The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) is the agency running these "tests." I posted about this in June, and wondered at the coincidence of government GPS testing:
Interesting and possible connection; this story that I blogged about from January of this year about the FAA's warning of disruptions to GPS "issues" in the southeast. FAA-Warns of ongoing GPS issues in southeastern US de to Defense Dept "tests" which coincided with the bird die-offs in December of 2010 and into the new year.
There have been little items in the MSM about this "testing" of the power grid on a national scale:Costly, Secretive Power Grid 'Test' Without Public Consent A few choice, if not surreal and disconcerting, quotes from the article: [bolded sections mine]
"Tom O'Brian, who heads the time and frequency division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, expects widespread (unspecified) effects..."
"A lot of people are going to have things break and they're not going to know why," said Demetrios Matsakis, head of the time service department at the U.S. Naval Observatory, one of two official timekeeping agencies in the federal government This will be an interesting experiment to see how dependent our timekeeping is on the power grid, Matsakis said.
"Is anyone using the grid to keep track of time?...McClelland said. "Let's see if anyone complains if we eliminate it."

This is about a lot of things, time being one of them. Ostensibly wanting to know if people use specific devices to keep track of time, assumptions about, and manipulations of the use of cell phones and computers (which brings up issues of control and tracking),disrupting time, losing time, different sections of the country aware of/losing/gaining time at different, well, times, as the following excerpt from the article points out:
East Coast clocks may run as much as 20 minutes fast over a year, but West Coast clocks are only likely to be off by 8 minutes. In Texas, it's only an expected speedup of 2 minutes. Some parts of the grid, like in the East, tend to run faster than others. Errors add up. If the grid averages just over 60 cycles a second, clocks that rely on the grid will gain 14 seconds per day, according to the company's presentation"
I expect lots of little items and twilight sub-stream language and news about "time" to appear in the MSM for the twelve months or so. I also expect to see people irritated with lots of personal annoyances and things going "glitchy" as well as larger disruptions affecting institutions -- and trickling down to us peons. Few will put it together with this plan, thinking, instead, it's just one of those things, or "solar flares" (and if you say anything you'll get the glassy eyed stare.)

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