Have you ever thought about how much you depend on electricity and the internet?
I had a horrible thought as I got some money out of an ATM machine recently. Since I mostly use a credit card, I seldom need cash. I may go to an ATM machine every few months just to make sure I am not down to my last dollar bill.
With the vulnerability of our power grid infrastructure and the increasing electronic dependence of most business transactions, what would I (or you) do if we had a regional or nation wide power outage that lasted for weeks? Or maybe even days? How would you eat? How would you travel without gasoline electrically pumped into your car at the gas station?
As great a nation as we think we are, what would happen if someone or some group figured out how to crash our power grid? What if some natural disaster took it down? What would rugged individualism get you? At least I can go out and eat the bark off the trees in my yard.
I guess I never did get around to posting the link to the Naked Capitalism article What Will You Do When The Lights Go Out? The Inevitable Failure Of The US Grid.