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Alternate History Thursday: – Mexico

Those lights were bright on Broadway you know.  Wonderful, colorful, beautiful lights.  In a geological instant they were snuffed out, flooded, and destroyed.  SONY (Sinking of New York), had cataclysmic effects across the world, though none as great as the immediate south of The United States of America.  I’m talking about Mexico.  Specifically, the sovereignty of Mexico.  A couple hundred billion dollars of gold bullion is enough to buy pretty much any country.  When you couple that gold with the organized crime families of NY, you get an offer you can’t refuse. The NY Crime families collapsed under a singular rule.  The name of the family is not important, it actually changed to a combination of all the remaining names.  While the mafia was well connected, the only way the could survive SONY was by joining together.  Additionally, a common enemy in the US Federal government (which I guess was always an enemy, but now it was different), forged bonds which never existed before.

The mafia – under the control of Sidney, slowly moved anyone which wanted off the island out.  They bought boats and submarines, tunnel boring machines and go-karts.  Anything they could that would help them move forward.  Scouts originally in Florida took in the general public from the north, and moved further South and West.  The Government of Mexico was very welcoming to this influx of (mostly) legal wealth.  Within months, the mafia was in total control of the country of Mexico.

Having spent quite a bit of money bribing the Mexican Government, the Mafia was now in possession of a legal money making machine, and a sovereign government to make themselves legitimate across the globe.  The FBI supported this move, and it’s speculated that FBI moles within the NY Crime families secretly helped with the covert evacuation of Manhattan.  The citizens of NYC didn’t really know what or how anything was happening, most of them were moved in darkness.  The census of 2000 however showed a huge spike in the residents of Florida, an unnatural spike.

Now, 17 years later, people are still alive, but memories fade.  Children remember tall tales of epic adventures, which were really normal car rides underground.  It’s hard to tell what is fact and what is fiction.  Most of the adults are keeping quiet because the Mafia did help them move, and you never tattle on the Mafia, especially now that they are a major trading partner of the United States.  The older generation on the other hand, they are more open about the past, once you get a drink or two in them that is.  But their tales are almost as far-fetched as the children’s.  Media coverage of the time was lost in a global EMP event that happened 2 years later (the cause of that is still classified, and perhaps a story for next year).  Since then the world has been on high alert.  We like to think that it’s made us stronger as a species, but it’s still the same.  Corrupt politicians in power, crazy programming preventing the robot apocalypse from rising.

One way or another though SONY effected everyone.  Each year on the anniversary different parts of the world remember it in their own way.  After all, New York City was the melting pot for so many different cultures, it’s no surprise that each culture would commemorate it some how.  A full inquiry into the events was undertaken by Congress.  Even through pressure from the media, the public, and the rest of the world, the President would not step down.  His party lost handily in the election of 2000.  In fact, it was credited with starting the Sinker party which pretty much swept the election.  For the time being, The United States is back to a 3 party system.  Though winners are being chosen now, and by the 2024 election, it’s speculated we’ll be back to a 2 party system.  Still, SONY changed the world.  Perhaps for the better.

Now, for one last time, take gander at the music while you listen to the tale:

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Alternate History Thursday: – The Shoreline

You would think that the weight of the concrete, steel, glass, asphalt, and all the other crap that’s above ground would be quite high.  You would be correct, but you would also be wrong.  It’s a tricky situation.  When the subways of Manhattan were flooded, the city started to float.  Not the island itself, rather the buildings, and cars, and everything on the island.  All these things that floated started to bang into each other.  Buildings which relied on gravity to keep themselves rooted to a handful of spots on the earth soon found themselves touching everything.  Tunnels originally designed for simple in and out traffic were now subjected to constant weight on all sides.  They failed, causing those around them to fail.  It only took 7 days for the Island of Manhattan to sink into the sea.  The Biblical similarities were not lost on the world.

The sinking of Manhattan was seen as a turning point in the world post Y2K.  Public support for the President vanished virtually over night, and there were calls for his immediate impeachment.  The survivors of the SONY (Sinking of New York), were welcomed around the country.  The SONY Coporation happily changed their name to Conplatter as a sign of respect.  After all, what is America (and New York for that matter) (At least, in this reality) if not appropriating other people’s culture and ideas for our own self-serving interests.

Unfortunately, there was still not many people left from New York.  For all the egotistical people of the city, no one wanted to admit,or make it know where they were originally from.  Whenever you met someone new, they just said that they were from “Up North.”  It became common knowledge that those people were former New Yorkers who wanted to put the past behind them and get on with their lives.  What’s even more interesting is the gold.  Or should I say, the lack of Gold.  Back when this all started, so many months ago, the gold stored in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York served as the catalyst to this whole fiasco.  Now, with Manhattan under dozens of feet of sea water, and crumbled rubble, that gold is no where to be found.

A search was conducted as soon as the dust settled.  Unfortunately, the remains of the various buildings were unstable, and proved too much of a risk for divers.  Unmanned vehicles were cumbersome and difficult to maneuver through the tight alleys formed from the twisted wreckage.  Eventually, all government work looking for the gold was stopped.  After looking at archival footage of the past 6 months, it was determined that the gold was smuggled out the same way that the people were.

How?

Where?

Tune in next month to the shocking conclusion to – AHT!12

Again, if you listen to the song while you read the post, you’ll have such a better time.  Trust me.  Click the link for the best:

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Alternate History Thursday:- Falling Skies

Please don’t watch that terrible TNT show.  Instead, read the rest of this story and be amazed at the actual history that you missed out by being born in this reality, and not the alternate one that I’m about to describe.

We still don’t know where the millions of people who inhabited NYC daily went.  I mean, the ones from Brooklyn, Queens, and The Bronx probably meshed into the rest of the country with little oversight or fuss.  Staten Island and Manhattan on the other hand, those people were locked out, but all of a sudden, there were a few thousand left.  Just how empty the islands were remained a mystery until October 13th, no it wasn’t a Friday.

A pair of USAF F-15E Strike Eagles were making their bi-daily pass over mid-down Manhattan when out of nowhere a SAM was coming at them.  This was odd because of 2 reasons.  Firstly, all previous attacks came from lower Manhattan, and Harlem – close to the borders of the Island.  And secondly, the last attack was over 6 weeks ago.  Conventional wisdom was that the RNYers were out of rockets, and with the entire island embargoed, they had no way to replenish themselves.

One pilot managed to avoid the missile, but the other was hit dead on.  He successfully ejected, but due to the low altitude passes they were doing above city, the plane and the other missile went directly into multiple buildings in midtown.  I know what you might be thinking, destruction on a 9/11 scale.  Well, you’re partially correct.  The buildings, nondescript office/residential towers were utterly destroyed.  The military, the media, and the world assumed that hundreds, perhaps thousands of people were dead or dying as the buildings burned and crumbled.  What’s more, days went by before the fires were fully put out.  From the outside, it seemed like no effort at all was made to save anybody.  Any planes that flew by low were shot at (no more were shot down), the only information came from high flying U-2s.  They showed damage, but also an empty city.

There was no evidence of people in the city at all.  The buildings showed little to no heat signatures, the streets were bare and unmoving, nothing was happening, and no one could figure out where everybody went.

The pervailing theory was the subway system.  People were holed out in the subways, and that old, forgotten tunnels were how the RNYers were getting their supplies.  There was no easy way to prove this.  The President ordered certain key buildings be destroyed, and elite teams of Navy SEALs were sent to infiltrate the subway system.  The buildings were all knocked out via Ship to Surface missiles launched from the harbor.  They stood no chance.  Their destruction was captured on video and broadcast around the world.  The United States was not to be messed with.

The SEALs entered the subways, and found them empty.  They couldn’t do a proper mapping of the thousands of miles of subway tunnels, but they could, to the best of their knowledge, say that the city was empty.  The President ordered the subways to be flooded.  It was a radical idea, and no one was quite sure what would happen, but it was a quiet way to show the RNYers that the game is over, they lost.

Well, it turns out that 100 years of digging and tunneling beneath a city does some damage to the bedrock.  The ground lost alot of weight, and instead of being spread out, it was distributed on points.  Once the water was there those points spread everything out.  Foundations cracked, and buildings lost their footings.

The Mighty Skyline was Falling.

As usual, jump the gun for the video and enjoy your downloaded memory:

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Alternate History Thursday: WAR!

Is good for absolutely nothing.  The song was right about that.  But we’re not talking about that song, we’re talking about something that actually happened.*

When we last left our heroes (or villains as some might call them), The Nation of New York had started a war with the United States of America (Minus New York City).  Most of the bridges connecting Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and The Bronx had been destroyed months ago in separate acts of aggression, but now things were getting bad.  The aircraft carrier that was dispatched last month was loaded up on refugees and sailed out of the harbor prior to any major conflict, but they didn’t go far.  The President, knowing the options on the table transported them down the coast to Florida, he claimed it was the best place for them.  In reality he was getting them as far away from the blast zones as possible.  While it was unlikely that much would spread past New Jersey, he couldn’t take the chance that radical New Yorkers had traveled far enough out of state to cause problems.

Luckily for America, they have the world’s most powerful Navy, and another aircraft carrier was sent up to collect more refugees.  However, the hurricane prevented docking.  All for the better because of the attack that happened on the city.  Somehow, the rebels had gotten their hands on surface to surface missiles and had mounted them atop most of the tallest buildings in the city.  (As luck would have it, they left The World Trade Center alone, they felt that those towers acted as a nice shield masking the true location of the launches).

The RNYs took potshots at the carrier group, never really doing any damage, but causing headaches.  After a week of non-stop attacking, the President played hardball and ordered a response.

Things did not go well.

Citi Corp Building

The City Corp Building was demolished.  To the average RNY, this was motivation enough to surrender.  But the ruling class had too much pride, or more likely too much stubborn New Yorker in them to give up that easily.  They hunkered down and spread out.  The last of the known tunnels out of Manhattan were used to spread themselves and their explosives wide.  The President was not going to start an urban war on the streets of the most famous city in the world, so he had the Air Force keep buzzing the building tops trying to demotivate the populace.  Unbeknownst to them, no one was in those buildings.

Where they went is still a mystery, but once it was discovered that the island was nearly empty, all bets were off the table, bad things were about to happen.

*in an alternate reality, duh.

As is customary

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Alternate History Thursday: Carriers

The President was having nothing of what the city of New York was doing.  With their intent to secede, it was clear that a state of war was about to exist.  However, these were still Americans there, and he didn’t want them all to be punished for the crimes of a select few crazies.  As such, he sent an aircraft carrier out of Norfolk to help evacuate anyone who wanted.  As luck would have it, the entire Yankee team chose to leave.

New Yorkers are a stubborn bunch though, they weren’t going to let this go quietly.  The rioters started to peter out, without electricity there was difficulty getting around the city since the subways were out of commission.  As people left their office buildings and apartment high rises, they realized they would have many flights of stairs to climb if they wanted to return.  Because of this they often just left the city completely.  Buildings which once held thousands of people on a daily basis stood empty.

Those buildings, empty of people and without power soon began to crumble.  Hurricane season is in full force and even though a major storm rarely hits the city, a category 2 hurricane made landfall on NYC.  Some of the buildings, empty of weight and without any power to them began to sway.  One or two fell over in the storm.  The official count is unknown because rebels used the storm as a cover for their counter assault against the acting government of the country of New York.

While it is not known officially who fired the missiles, the official story is radical American Loyalists attempted a coup within a coup to regain control of the island of Manhattan.  It was mostly a failure and ultimately resulted in the first full scale war on the continental United States since the Civil War.  (Unofficially, the CIA funded, and directed the strike in an attempt to re-unify the nation).

The young new nation is about to be in the midst of a war with the most powerful country on the planet.  Even if y2k crippled both sides, most of the military hardware is 40 to 50 years old and in perfect working order.  There’s little New York can do to prevent their own destruction.

Listen to the song, it’s better that way:

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Alternate History Thursday: Electricity Gone

Things have quickly spiraled out of hand in the great city of New York.  Soon after the bridges were leveled, and the tunnels blown up, the Mayor of NYC officially declared his intention to secede from the State.  He wasn’t totally crazy, he wasn’t going to secede from the Union, only the State.  However, the Governor wouldn’t have any of it.  It was either be a part of the state, or leave.  This sentiment was echoed by The President.  The Mayor immediately decided that his gold was worth more then enough to start his own country, and at 8 million people, it would be a respectable country in it’s own right.  Unfortunately, gold would end up being it’s only export.

They would have to import practically everything from the mainland.  This was their weakness.  And so, fittingly, on July 4th, all power to the island of Manhattan was cut off.

The lights had gone out on Broadway.

This is the turning point where the Mayor lost control of his city.  Without electricity those hundred story buildings were impossible to get into or out of.  The water pumps weren’t able to get up all the way either.  Food started to go bad, though there was still a steady supply coming in from approved importers.  Though, that didn’t last long because the union workers on the docks went on strike, or just sailed to the greater NY/NJ/CT area and claimed asylum.  Riots started up along the edges of the city which remained connected to the state.

Through it all, there was a dedicated group of individuals who vowed to fight.  They were determined that if they couldn’t have NY as it was, no one else was entitled to it either.

The city, and the country was about to be on the brink of a war.  Who would survive, who or what would fall, and how much longer will it last?  August is around the corner, and with it come some major anniversaries, will they be honored?

As always, listen to the song while you read, it’s better that way:

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Alternate History Thursday: No Bridges, or Power

The situation with the Federal Reserve Bank is getting out of hand.  Conventional wisdom said to let the world have it’s gold, after all, what good is it if you can’t use it as a bargaining chip.  Much of the rest of the country is coming back online and being functional again.  Except for New York State.  The Governor of New York has asked the President of the United States of America for assistance.  The President is a very popular guy in New York, so he thinks he can ease tensions by making a personal appearance with the Governor of New York State, and the Mayor of New York City.

There’s a big extravaganza planned for June 06, D-Day.  The day was chosen because it represents when one group of people came and liberated another.  That’s what the Governor and President saw this meeting as.  The Mayor on the other hand did not.  Using the ceased arms from one of the many armory’s on the island, the Mayor built up a small militia of followers to protect him.  Not wanting to make it seem hostile, the President came with just his usual Secret Service detail.  This is still America after all.  At least, that is what everyone thought.

The morning of June 06 came, and the meeting took place.  Everything seemed to be going as planned, progress on a future was being made.  Concessions were talked about, arguments were made, and The Great NYC summit was underway.  Talks went on for about a week, The President personally presided over some of them, but had 49 other states to attend to.

By June 19th everything seemed to be coming to an end.  That is, until word got out that China was exerting it’s great economic strength on the President to release the gold from the Fed, and let them take ownership of it.  That was a problem because that gold didn’t belong to China.  Hong Kong it argued was a much safer place for this great resource, and much closer to the developing technological powerhouses which would end up using the gold in computers.

The Mayor of NYC saw this as a loss of faith in the city.  Not just by the President, but by the world.  New York City was never one to go down quietly, so on June 19th, all entryways onto the island were cut.  Bridges were blown, tunnels imploded, ferries sunk, and airport runways mined.  Important people, and regular people alike were stranded on the island, and there was no idea if or when they would be allowed to leave.  What is going on?

As always, hit the break for the song.

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Alternate History Thursday: Blackness

Common American folklore states that Thanksgiving was when the Indians helped the pilgrims from the Mayflower survive the winter.  This is mostly true, however, the real history can be traced back to the colonists from Roanoke.  They are the reason why this feast is celebrated, though not for what you would think.  Read on, for a gripping conclusion to last month’s AHT!

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Alternate History Thursday: Mars

On the 69th anniversary of the Roswell Incident, I bring you news of this mushroom cloud formation discovered on Mars.  It was taken last year by the Indian Space Research Organization’s Mars Orbiter and I’ve been sitting on this news ever since then.  Forgive me.

Mushroom Cloud

It looks like a mushroom cloud doesn’t it.  It also looks like there’s a crater below it, and another couple of craters nearby.  What could this be??

Let’s speculate!!!!!!!!

{Tech Malak}

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Alternate History Thursday: Thursday

Like last month, I’m going to dump some raw history on you.  Be forewarned.

  • The month of June used to have 32 days.  It wasn’t until the Battle of the Bulge in 1649 that we lost 2 days.  We literally lost two days of the Earth’s orbit around the sun.  So much firepower, and so many explosions increased the earth’s orbital velocity just enough to remove 2 days from existence.  Let that sink in why don’t you
  • Don’t confuse the 1649 date, that is the one that caused the time loss.  The Sceptres materialized along the coast of present day Nebraska.  Slowly they moved eastward toward the primitive American settlements.  Americans back then were just like they are now, trigger happy.  Unfortunately, they were no match for the Sceptres and destruction ensued
  • The Americans soon came to trust and love their new overlord allies.  It was through the Sceptres that the idea of independence came about.  For the years between 1707 and 1777, Americans, supplied by the Sceptres, battled the British.  They wanted out.  The British didn’t know what they were up against, the Sceptres were ruthless in their march across the continent
  • On July 02 (previously June 32), 1791, the Sceptres accepted the surrender of the British.  They then left the planet as peacefully as they came from the shoreline of Nebraska.  All people who had direct contact with them were invited (forced) to come along.  By 1792 the Sceptres were all forgotten. It wasn’t until I uncovered old Revolutionary War memorabilia in my great-cousin’s attic that I came across a map.  The map opened my eyes to the great conspiracy that has plagued this nation since our founding
  • I brought you this information on the Sceptres so that you could let your friends and colleagues know.  Tell your teachers, you read it on the internet, when has that (or I), ever lied to you?