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(From “Global Homeland Security and Emergency Management Market, 2013-2018,” a report released Monday by marketsandmarkets.com, a Texas-based research firm)

POWER OF THE OUTAGE

Conspiracy theories continue to percolate among those who wonder what caused the 34-minute power outage at the Super Bowl. Officials ruled out cyberterrorism or the electrical draw of Beyonce’s glittering halftime show as the cause. They cite instead an “abnormality.”

But that’s not enough.

A #BlameBeyonce hashtag emerged on Twitter, even as other critics blamed the blackout on old Hurricane Katrina damage. Then there is the nation’s capital. The outage also added sparks to a policy pitch from one Alaska Republican.

“Something like a gap in the Super Bowl causes the focus on energy that we need to have. I can only hope,” said Sen. Lisa Murkowski as she unveiled new energy policy recommendations during a news conference Monday.

“I think it helps to perhaps kick-start the debate. I think it raises an awareness. Unfortunately for us, most of us take energy for granted. It’s just always there,” the lawmaker continued. “We have got this immaculate conception theory of energy. It just happens. The lights turn on, it’s the temperature we want, until it’s not, until it becomes inconvenient, it interrupts our game, it interrupts what we are doing, and then all of a sudden it is like, ‘Well wait a minute, what is going on here?’”

POLL DU JOUR

• 64 percent of Americans would choose “to work virtually if they could.”

• 53 percent say that the “concept of a traditional office” will last at least another 50 years.

• 66 percent of that group say they work better in an office.

• 51 percent say they want to socialize with colleagues.

• 39 percent said they would feel more secure about accessing, scanning, storing and printing information from an office.

• 18 percent say their office is out of date with the latest technology.

• 14 percent say there is too much paperwork in their office.

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