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August 23rd, 2011 · No Comments · Social Commentary

Millions of us Americans got the surprise of our lives today as the ground, and the buildings we were in started shaking. We felt tremors all along the east coast, here in Brooklyn, my cousin June in Forest Hills, my building shook, lots of damage in Virginia. Cell Phones went down, tourists were jumping off those double deckers, buildings evacuated, firetrucks screaming through the streets.

Seen this movie before – 4 times in a decade.

On September 7th (and by the way you can read my post about my being in the 9/11 here I saw more cops than I’d ever seen in one place down at the World Trade Center.


Then remember the blackout in 2003? Well the fact that the U.S. grid had massive failures is one thing. But what about the power outages in Scandanavia, the United Kingdom and Italy that followed? Now unlike 9/11, during this chaos we didn’t see any cops, or fireman, ANYWHERE! Ordinary citizens were taking it upon themselves to direct traffic and assist the elderly. Again – no phones.

Fast forward to July of 2008 and the “Steam Pipe Explosion.” How about a Volcano in the street? If their explanation were true, New York City which has again pipes all over the city would be exploding all the time. What you may not know is that 2 days before that happened I was on a 6 train going uptown that was halted in between 33rd Street and Grand Central for a half an hour. As we listened to the frantic talk between the conductor, the motorman and dispatch, a team of cops swept through our train looking for something. Two days later KABOOM.

I saw thick brown and black smoke wafting up through my office on the 29th Floor of the Chanin building when I heard what sounded like thunder. It was pouring earlier that morning so I thought is was about to thunder storm. It sounded like when you’re in the subway and another track is overhead and a train goes over it. As soon as I saw all the smoke, I ran through the office and told everyone to GET OUT. Few listened. I left everything on and tore down the 29 flights which started filling with people at about the 10th floor. As we got to the lower floors, the building was shaking, the roar sounded like we were entering into hell. I’m not exaggerating. It was the only way out though and we all kept moving albeit slower and slower as offices emptied.

Once again, people were leaping over cars, running for their lives.

Now – Today’s Earthquake. The thing is I had a performance review at 11 am with my supervisor and they started testing the building’s fire and evacuation capabilities. The quake didn’t hit until 1:51. The Pentagon, the US Capitol and Union Station in D.C. were all evacuated. Again, cell phones were down which is always a constant. Why?

And perhaps the biggest coincidence is that we’re coming up on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11. At least the boogie man Osama Bin Laden is dead too. Right?

The biggest head-scratcher for anyone who’s paying attention is the hurricanes, floods, tsunamis, nuclear accidents and earthquakes that have been happening over the past 10 years particularly. What’s next – an ASTEROID?

Someone Wake Up Bruce Willis, Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Clive Owen, Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Vin Diesel, The Rock (Dwayne Johnson), Will Smith, Hugh Jackman, Nicholas Cage and William Shatner.

The Coincidence of Catastrophy

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The Coincidence of #Catastrophe Fire Alarm Systems tested in City Buildings at 11:00.

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