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Does the word "PROLONGED" nation wide blackouts bother anybody? Maybe it's just me. (Senate report)

-- Scotty (, February 25, 1999


Right, and Vietnam was just a police action

-- (, February 25, 1999.

AES ... I believe it was Korea that was the "police action. Eagle

-- Harold Walker (, February 25, 1999.

Really? I could be mistaken I guess. It doesn't make either confrontation any less memorable but it's the way our government has of twisting words around to make everything look okay.

But... "I guess it depends on what your definition of "is"".

-Bill Clinton

-- (, February 25, 1999.

Korea was the Police Action.

We were just "Advisors" in Viet Nam.


-- Chuck, night driver (, February 25, 1999.

searched for "prolonged" in Wash Post senate report, could not find.

-- fly .:. (.@...), February 25, 1999.

fly--- I can't find it in the Wash Post story either. It does appear in the KnightRidder story. Link is at - http"//

(Sorry, can't do a hot link with this thing)

Only, the usage of the word is not what Scotty thought. The word prolonged is used as "prolonged disruptions are not anticipated". Lobo

-- Lobo (, February 26, 1999.

The mercury news article does use it in the exact context that Scotty mentions.

UTILITIES. Only about 50 percent of electric utilities had repaired Y2K systems as of December. ``Of greatest concern are about 1,000 small, rural electric utilities.'' Local and regional blackouts are ``likely,'' but a ``prolonged, nationwide blackout'' is not.

I noticed this when I first read it, and wondered the same thing Scotty. I'm looking forward to seeing the entire report.......

-- Online2Much (, February 26, 1999.

No, no, no.

Prolonged national blackouts are not likely. Possible, therefore - in the minds of these people, but they claim not likely.

Okay, but are prolonged local blackouts likely?

How many local blackouts does it take to make a national blackout? If there is one area that has power, does that mean it not a national blackout?

-- Robert A. Cook, P.E. (Kennesaw, GA) (, February 26, 1999.

Rob, that's exactly what I thought when I saw that. This doublespeak is tricky.

Viet Nam--I believe that was classed as a "conflict."

-- Old Git (, February 26, 1999.

Conflict or Police Action....doesn't matter. Still pretty rough on those that were there and got outside.

Scotty, sorry. Didn't read the same thing into the story and maybe I should have. "The question is not am I paranoid, it is 'Am I paranoid enough?" Spoke with a programmer friend of mine today that works for Duke Power. Wouldn't tell me anything serious...only problem is when I saw him, it was at Sam's and he had a flatcar (only 3 in his family). Lobo

-- Lobo (, February 27, 1999.

Lobo, he was telling you something serious.

-- Greybear (, February 27, 1999.

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