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Old 08-02-12, 02:24 PM   #1
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What would happen if the grid went down?

What would happen if the power grid went down and never came back up?

What would life be like?

This is the thing that bothers me.

I have a pre-existing medical condition, a very serious heart condition. I require at least three pills taken daily in order to survive.

So how do I get those and what options are available to me if I cannot acquire them?

This is the thought weighing heavily on my mind as of late.
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Old 08-02-12, 02:30 PM   #2
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I'd miss Foo.

But generally, the end of civilization would ensue eventually.
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Id raise a buncha hamsters and ill take over the world with them all you on foo can join me if you like .All i willl ask for is seed to feed the hamsters and a arbys french dip
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Many would die. Life span has increased as modern medicine has advanced. As technology retreats, so shall our standard of living, life span, etc.
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Old 08-02-12, 02:49 PM   #5
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read the first issue of "y the last man, #1-unmanned""
it would give you a pretty good idea.


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My friend had a two-weeks theory. If we lost power world-wide, within two weeks we'd be living like the middle ages. Pestilence, famine, disease, violence, anarchy, every person for himself...Just think, within two weeks every grocery store in the world would be empty. Where would you find food? Forget your medicine, how would you eat? Drinkable water? Some people would survive but I'd say at least 50-75% of the human population would die within a year. All those apocalypse people...we'd figure out where they are and attack their complex and take their food. It would be worse than a zombie movie.
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I think there are other, more pressing, concerns.


I used to worry when I was a kid that I would die in my sleep. Eventually I realized that it wasn't worth worrying about since there was nothing I could do about it.
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Old 08-02-12, 02:54 PM   #8
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What would happen if the power grid went down and never came back up?

What would life be like?

This is the thing that bothers me.

I have a pre-existing medical condition, a very serious heart condition. I require at least three pills taken daily in order to survive.

So how do I get those and what options are available to me if I cannot acquire them?

This is the thought weighing heavily on my mind as of late.
First traffic would go to hell... really quickly. Cyclists would rule. I saw that last year when So Cal blacked out suddenly.
http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2...geles_heat.php

Motorists who depend heavily on traffic lights to negotiate intersections for them, often have little clue as to how to drive otherwise. Cyclists fared well, they know how and when to go... and by being narrow, they were able to worm their way around.

Food goes bad quickly. Refrigerators work best when they are powered. Ice eventually melts and anything needing refrigeration will soon spoil.

On the flip side, there are generators... in RVs, in Boats and privately owned... these can provide some limited electricity... until they run out of fuel.

On the larger picture side... if power never came back, a whole lot of people would be out of work, hungry, scared, and perhaps cold. Water would also be a problem. Our high tech society depends on the grid for pumps to supply water and prevent flooding. Before too long cities would not be a good place to be.

Some medicines might be available in their original plant form... but not right away.

The picture is pretty bleak over all.
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Old 08-02-12, 03:05 PM   #9
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Many would die. Life span has increased as modern medicine has advanced. As technology retreats, so shall our standard of living, life span, etc.
But modern technology also brought fat filled french fries and deep fried chicken. Many would actually live longer without those.
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But modern technology also brought fat filled french fries and deep fried chicken. Many would actually live longer without those.
You can still fry without modern technology, just not as easily. Life span increased as things like refridgeration and disease control advanced, despite the advent of fast food.
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So far i think you all as if you are non complacent the hamsters are on there way.
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I saw a preview on NBC about a new show coming this fall with this has a premise: Revolution. Apparently, it is set 15 years after the world-wide electric grid and technology fails.
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90% of the population would be dead within the few weeks from starvation. Small isolated communities may not even notice. Warlords would be troublesome until they ran through their food stashes. Year two a quasi preindustrial civilization would be in place but would be augmented by leftover technology. Life will be agrarian for the next 100-200 years and then industrial revolution mark ii starts up and the cycle repeats.
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I saw a preview on NBC about a new show coming this fall with this has a premise: Revolution. Apparently, it is set 15 years after the world-wide electric grid and technology fails.
There was a short lived series called Jericho on CBS back in 2006-2008, the premise of the show was a nuclear attack has occurred and this little town and surrounding towns survive the attack, but are now cut off from essentially the rest of the world... and obviously the grid. Life becomes a more primordial struggle for survival, where unexperienced dangers, primitive as well as technological, have to be weighed against pressing primal needs, such as food, fuel and self-defense against plunderers, invaders and even each-other.

The series ended suddenly just as it was either going to resolve the mystery of the attack or jump the shark... I couldn't tell which.
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Don't you guys remember Mad Max? I think that's how your question would be answered, and I bet there would be some sort of disaster (nuclear war, earthquake, Justin Biber) that shut the grid down that we'd have to deal with.
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About 8 years ago the FBI did a simulation and it showed that if it was down for a week there would be mass riots and a loss of approximately 600 lives a day.
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About 8 years ago the FBI did a simulation and it showed that if it was down for a week there would be mass riots and a loss of approximately 600 lives a day.
That's optimistic.
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Ever read James Clavell's King Rat?
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90% of the population would be dead within the few weeks from starvation.
which would make mormons a majority.
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which would make mormons a majority.
Mormons and those people from "Extreme Couponing" that have a basement full of Cheetos, canned beans and Mountain Dew. And toilet paper.
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There was a short lived series called Jericho on CBS back in 2006-2008, the premise of the show was a nuclear attack has occurred and this little town and surrounding towns survive the attack, but are now cut off from essentially the rest of the world... and obviously the grid. Life becomes a more primordial struggle for survival, where unexperienced dangers, primitive as well as technological, have to be weighed against pressing primal needs, such as food, fuel and self-defense against plunderers, invaders and even each-other.

The series ended suddenly just as it was either going to resolve the mystery of the attack or jump the shark... I couldn't tell which.
I was sad when that show got the axe, and I suspect it was done at the request by some political types that were a little uncomfortable at the premise of the show- especially as the plot was alluding to those attacks were planned and carried out by factions within the U.S. government.
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Everybody would die. Well, not everybody, but near enough. A few million might be left, especially farmers and survival nuts. Though I imagine the military would confiscate farms and supplies to try to keep governments running, even though they'd serve no real or useful purpose. I think we'd fare better if we were all nuked. At least then a whole bunch of people die right away, so less competition and violence would ensue.
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[Shakes fist at Benjamin Franklin] ... how could you give us light ... knowing that it was only for a short time??? Cruel joke indeed.
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