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CNN: America in danger of blackouts and riots.

In 1977, lightning caused a total blackout of New York City. Residents were shocked when mobs of blacks used the blackout to riot and loot stores.

CNN claims that blackouts are rapidly increasing in the United States and suggests that repeats of 77’s opportunistic race riot could be coming.

From CNN…

You might say Amin’s connection with electricity began in New York City with a bolt of lightning.

In July 1977, Amin was a 16-year-old high school student visiting from his native Iran when lightning triggered a 24-hour blackout that cut power to nine million.

As he and his father walked near their Midtown Manhattan hotel, they were shocked to see looters smash their way into an electronics store less than 20 yards down the street.

Amin recalls feeling violated by the ugly scene — and wondering if the nation’s infrastructure was in danger of collapse. “… not just the electric grid that underpins our lives,” he said, “but also the human condition.”
It’s hard to imagine how anyone could believe that — in the United States — we should learn to cope with blackouts.
–Professor Massoud Amin, University of Minnesota

More than 30 years later, the United States is still “operating the most advanced economy in the world with 1960s and 70s technology,” said Amin. Failing to modernize the grid, he said, will threaten the U.S. position as an economic super power.