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-- Blue Himalayan (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 27, 1999
Another pollyanna advises the masses to remain asleep in spite of mounting evidence that disaster is brewing. I wonder how big ole Alan Simpson's hidey hole is by now?
-- a (email@example.com), January 27, 1999.
In books of the 1930's such as The God That Failed , Communism was ridiculed for being a "religion". Now Simpson and others admit that capitalism is one too.
-- Blue Himalayan (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 27, 1999.
For being the "The Global Communicator" Alan Simpson sure has a lousy website. One of his comments ...
If every family started hoarding food, it would fracture the delicately balanced economic and supply models of the retail and distribution industries. If suddenly, in December 1999, millions of people started buying up sugar, salt, flour and the basics, there would be social and economic upheaval, not seen since the Oil crisis in the 1970s. Consider the plight of those who are on limited fixed incomes, or welfare, amid escalating prices and shortages of essentials.
He's a die-hard newsmedia "happy face" type.
My question to him is ... "So you expect people to be totally unprepared? Then what do you think will happen? Especially for those on limited incomes?"
-- Diane J. Squire (email@example.com), January 27, 1999.
Even if we grant everything he says, who is at fault for this lack of trust? The fault lies with the lying, gutless, scumbags in government and business. Don't preach to me about voting. A wise man once said, "If voting changed the system, it would be illegal".
-- curtis schalek (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 27, 1999.
Problem A: Y2K may cause a collapse.
Problem B: Y2K may only be a "3" or so, but public panic may cause a collapse.
While we concentrate here on problem "A", I think there is merit to the argument that problem "B" may be an issue. There is an inherent conflict - without knowing what is going to happen, we "plan for the worst and hope for the best" for problem "A". But this could cause Problem "B"! On the other hand, if we solve problem "B" by ignoring problem "A", we could be at risk as well.
Personnaly, I'm stocking-up. But some fairly intelligent people might decide that since our society is so vulnerable to problem "B", and it looks like problem "A" (will be fixed by "Them"), it may be best to be to "calm the public" and pray like hell.
If one prepares (stocks-up & maybe relocates) quietly, they A) do not appear to be as "nutty" and B) do not spread panic. There are enough Paul Milnes to ensure that the people who would prepare anyway will. Paul's voice is important (got me off my A**), but his is not the only important voice.
Now, where did I put that fire-proof suit...
-- Anonymous99 (Anonymous99@anonymous.com), January 28, 1999.