12/5 I can't stop thinking about Bill. That's natural right? Even when people are dying by the thousands? He was mine, he was my only family and the only person who really knew me in the whole world and he's gone. Someone murdered him. If it was just a street crime, I could understand that. But a squad of hit men came after his lab, They killed him on the street while other people were trying to rescue him. Who are they? Why are they leaving me alone? They owe me some kind of explanation. Who was the other man in the car? He wasn't one of the ones with guns. He looked terrified, and when he saw me I think - am I making this up? - I think he recognized me. No, I'm not making it up. He looked right at me. You can tell when someone recognizes you. Who is he? One of Bill's colleagues at the lab? His boss? WHO??
April's text in red pen:
(pointing to "He wasn't one of of those with guns.) YES THE DR.
Megacities rely on all of their systems functioning simultaneously. This interconnectedness, along with a lack of redundancy in most critical networks like this, makes the entire matrix of systems supporting the city extremely vulnerable. If there is no power, subways don't run, tunnels flood, cell phones don't work, food spoils, hospitals operate with 19th-century technology...
This is true not just of New York but more generally of civilization as we know it. We are all completely dependent on the flow of electrons through many thousands of miles of transmission wires. And that flow is in turn dependent on a number of other systems.
April's text in blue pen:
Some goods still getting in, but I don't know how. Constant fighting between small groups along rivers - to control smuggling routes?
DEPENDENCY ON OUTSIDE SUPPLIES
There are no farms on Manhattan, and the city's grocery stores have, on average, only three days' worth of goods. Hospitals maintain low inventories of lifesaving blood and oxygen. The island's water supply comes from reservoirs located dozens of miles away and treated at dozens of stations along the way to your faucet. New York City's electricity needs exceed the generating capacity of local power plants, which are powered primarily by natural gas and would go dark as soon as those supplies failed or were cut off.
April's text in blue pen:
(pointing to "low inventories of lifesaving blood and oxygen") GONE.
MOBILE AND VARIABLE POPULATIONS
During the day, Manhattan's population approaches 3.1 million, nearly double its resident population of 1.6 million. Those extra 1.5 million people will have no place to go if transportation networks are disabled, and they will quickly overwhelm systems designed for only the residential population, In a smaller town, everyone lives close to where they work; there's a much