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US paranoia sank New York cloud

US paranoia about another September 11 style strike on New York resulted in the region’s data centres being swamped by tons of water.

In the wake of September 11, US officials were so paranoid about airlines striking their buildings they issued a series of orders which were supposed to protect the general population. They reasoned that if a plane struck a building it would set light to any fuel which might have been stored there and cause a fire hazard.

While this seems fair enough, you have to remember that an aircraft carries enough fuel of its own, and if it hits a building, any fuel contained on the room is going to be the least of the building’s problems.

The health and safety move, which was based on the unlikely event that an aircraft might strike a building, failed to factor in a much more likely event of a storm hitting New York and the area being flooded.

According to Datacentre Knowledge, when Superstorm Sandy came ashore the staff at Datagram thought that they had it all sorted.

The storm surge from Sandy poured water into the basement of Datagram’s primary data centre.

But what was particularly stupid was that the basement was where they housed the diesel fuel tanks and pumps supporting Datagram’s emergency backup generators, as well as key switch gear. When the electricity went off, Datagram was stuffed.

Anyone could have told Datagram that housing its generators in the basement was daft, but that did not stop city officials restricting placing fuel tanks on rooftops and upper floors, citing concerns about the 9-11 attacks

Of course, if we were terrorists we would think that all that fuel in the basement would be a tempting target to explode at ground level, that way you could bring down a building without having to go through the trouble of hijacking an aircraft. 

Climate change censored on Wikipedia

While most of the world’s press said that the weird weather in the US was probably caused by climate change, the world’s online encyclopedia, Wikipedia, didn’t mention that suggestion.

According to Pop Sci, that is because the brains behind the Wikipedia page, Ken Mampel, an unemployed, 56-year-old Floridian, is a climate change denier who used the page to push his own agenda.

Mampel created a winner on the page. His Wackypedia article was the single most-viewed document about Hurricane Sandy. Mampel established himself as by far the most active contributor to the page, with more than twice the number of edits than his nearest contributor.

But Mampel made sure that the Hurricane Sandy article, for four days after the hurricane made landfall in New Jersey, had no mention of “global warming” or “climate change”.

Indeed, it was not until 1 November that a new section appeared at the bottom of the page titled “Connection to global warming”.

It was deleted by Mampel, who insisted that it be sent to the global warming page.

Mampel has continued to fight to keep any discussion on global warming on the grounds that this was a cause. He has made it clear that he does not believe in climate change and has had to bend a lot of the reports so that climate change is not mentioned.

For example, he mentioned that New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg had endorsed Obama for president based on his handling of the hurricane. He failed to mention that Bloomberg had specifically mentioned climate change in his endorsement speech.

There are shedloads of examples of science focused comments about Sandy being linked to climate change but Mampel wouldn’t add that to the Wikipedia entry.

If someone pointed to a reference, he took it out because in his religion, it is not proven.

The hijacking of Wikipedia by those with political views or wishing to push an agenda has always been the site’s Achilles’ heel. In this case it is just one editor, with oddball ideas, trying to keep information that does not fit into a fantasy away from the great unwashed.