top ten uses for sheeple : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread

1 all that bleating makes me sleep better at night 2 They keep the walmart clerc distracted with stupid questions while you loot the ammo bin 3 very useful for clearing minefields 4 feel free to continue

-- clem (, December 07, 1998


I hear they taste like pork. Yum-yum.

Seriously; the sheeple have have millions of chances to "wake up" -- whether the subject is religion, politics, or sex -- or Y2K.

IF TEOTWAWKI, there will be a DRASTIC population reduction. Better them than me (and a good many of you)

-- Gourmand (, December 08, 1998.

Use # 10 for the term "Sheeple"

-- to identify those people who really don't care much about anyone in this Y2k issue. Anyone who would call those who don't see things as they do "sheeple", obviously don't care about people to begin with, and have no heartfelt connection with those they claim to be trying to inform.

-- John Howard (Greenville, NC) (, December 08, 1998.

John: Let me tell you something. I have personally warned 100 people about Y2K (a previous post said 200 - I finally added them up last night). I doubt that any one of them has made any preparations. I went to lunch with one yesterday, a young EE, and warned him for about the tenth time. He refuses to believe that he needs to prepare, says if he does he will wait until summer/winter 99. These people are fucked up. Don't waste your time on them. Move on. As Paul Milne observes, people that have been warned deserve the consequences of their inaction. If Y2K is as bad as some predict, I would rather feed a homeless person that could not see Y2K coming than feed one of my friends that ridiculed me about the need to prepare.

-- a (a@a.a), December 08, 1998.

a@a.a, whomever you might be, I can see what you say. But don't agree.

Insulting people who don't yet 'get it' sure isn't the way to EVER get them to where they'll 'get it'.

(Of course there are those who think I don't 'get it', because I don't subscribe to the TEOTWAWKI thing, but that's another story.)

Anyway, the only thing insults ever did was to get people insulted, and turned off.

What we need to do is to get people turned ON.

-- John Howard (Greenville, NC) (, December 08, 1998.

and I suppose one thing you said (and that Milne says) got left unaddressed...well here it is.

Warning people about Y2K is about THEM. It isn't about US. The Milne attitude is, if they don't listen to US, WE've taken the trouble to tell them what WE know, if they don't listen to US, well then the heck with them."

That is just as self-centered as anything can be. And the opposite of what the Y2K message should be all about. Of course ya can't spend your life beating your head on a wall, but it shouldn't be all about ME, US, WE who know about it. It's about getting the message out to those, them, they, who don't know about it.

Think about it. There was a time when every single one of us was part of that "them, they, those" who didn't know. Think about it.

-- John H (, December 08, 1998.

Sorry if I offended anyone, I was just trying to inject a little humor into the situation after a very depressing 3 hours of Y2K surfing. I have a brother in law I have tried several times to educate about the possible coming crisis and now he never misses a chance to ridicule me as a lunatic in front of other family members and mutual friends. The last time I spoke to him I confronted him about this and his reply was that he still didn't think it was going to amount to anything but if it did get bad he and his family would just come stay with us till it blew over. What can you say?

-- Clem (, December 08, 1998.

What you can say is this:

"You can pick your nose and you can pick your seat, but you cannot pick your relatives."

Tell your brother-in-law not to count too highly on an accidental relationship to save his life.

-- Hardliner (, December 08, 1998.

One word keeps coming to my mind when I hear people use the term "sheeple."


-- Buddy (DC) (, December 08, 1998.

I think the term "sheeple" is mostly born of frustration... Watching people's eyes glaze over when you start to tell them about all this. Watching them blow it off and change the subject, with no interest in looking at the evidence... Knowing that if people would just pay attention, this whole thing would be much easier for all of us. If we didn't care about them it wouldn't be nearly as frustrating. If all of us who get it had the resources to help everyone who doesn't, it wouldn't be so frustrating. But we know that all those people are going to have serious problems if TSHTF, and there's no way we'll be able to help them all.

-- Shimrod (, December 14, 1998.

but if it did get bad he and his family would just come stay with us till it blew over. What can you say?

Tell him he can't. Why bother.

-- Richard Dale (, December 14, 1998.

This was exactly the attitude of IT managers when first told of the problem (and even programmers). It is why there is still a problem.

-- Richard Dale (, December 14, 1998.

Clem, buy your brother-in-law a copy of Vanity Fair for Christmas. Maybe someone in his family will read it.


-- Diane J. Squire (, December 14, 1998.

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