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Murphy’s law has no time vector!

Posted by feww on November 13, 2009

Nature Defaults on Hydroelectric Supply

Localize or face the consequences:
Power failure plunges its largest cities into darkness

The US, EU countries, China, Japan and other energy dinosaurs WILL experience similar disruptions…

Another Warning Shot Fired by Nature:
Your systems are too inflexible

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Banking on the good side of nature. Itaipu Hydroelectric Dam.
The world’s largest hydroelectric facility.  Credit: Itaipu Binacional.

Remember the first time you heard the so-called Murphy’s Law?

“Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.”

Murphy’s law has no time vector! It doesn’t tell you when things WILL go wrong, and  it’s often quoted after things have already gone wrong. It does not incorporate the ‘observer effect.’ Nature is more organized than “Murphy” would have lead you to believe. Now hear this.

FEWW Amendment to Murphy’s Law:
If more things can go wrong they will go wrong about now!

… in the world’s major cities, hydroelectric dams, nuclear power plants, oil rigs, production and processing facilities, powerlines …

A name for this?
Blog Moderators call this phenomenon Secondary Interlude to Human-Induced Planetary Antiphase.

Previous Examples in recent times?
Repeated flooding in Manila, Philippines.

Examples to watch for in the Near future?
Watch out for disintegration or collapse of Cities, large-scale structures, bridges, tunnels, power plants… , e.g., collapse of China’s Three Gorges Dam in the next two to three years.

Other Examples?
More examples would be posted after the Moderators have evaluated the structures, geographical regions  and physical locations.

Earthquakes, Storms, Snowstorms, Extreme Rain Events (ERE), Drought and Deluge, Fatigue … Antiphase and all other human-induced and human-enhanced factors.

See also entry at

Major Blackout Plunges Brazil into Darkness

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18 Responses to “Murphy’s law has no time vector!”

  1. Mac said

    Will it be sudden, or would there be warnings?

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    • Some years ago when a bridge collapsed in the US I recall thinking along the abovementioned lines. One of the two exponential cycles mentioned in the Limits to Growth [Meadows et al] was that of investment and depreciation. All the while the economy is ‘growing’ [quantitatively] it is also dying at the same time. Just like populations there is a birth rate and a death rate of industrial output. When depreciation is greater than investment, the economy begins to slide at an exponential rate. In addition to this, as a system attains greater proportions, it requires more investment to maintain it. The problem of roads in ancient rome is one example of this. All capital has a life cycle and economists like Keynes theorised that this cycle was the reason behind what he termed the marginal efficiency of capital and hence the infamous business cycles. However when applied to social infrastructure and so on, depreciation in these assets can be very dangerous meaning more than a loss of production or a dip in share value!

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