Wanted:GOOD "sound byte" responses to "chicken little" and "bump in the road" imagery.

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since the public's attention span and reasoning skills have been reduced to "sound bytes" skillfully chosen to form public opinion it is incumbent upon us to come up with better ones! KEEP EM SHORT AND SWEET FOLKS!......I offer this as a succinct response..."Y2K, will you feed your kids excuses, Daddy?"

-- Ann Fisher (zyax55b@prodigy.com), March 19, 1999


For those of you who haven't prepared, there's a gray bus with the words "Bound for Internment," that will pick you and your family up at designated bus stops. P.S. Carry Clorox and face masks with you.

-- Bussingit (BussingIt@internment.com), March 19, 1999.

goood girl,,yes that's a good baby,,,yes,,,yes ,,that a good girl,,yes ,,give me the bird?,,,,yes,,,,,,thats a good girl!

-- CT (ct@no.yr), March 19, 1999.

Yeah, we programmers got GM to spend a billion dollars on nothing. And the Feds spent seven billion. I guess the joke's on you!

-- Michael Goodfellow (mgoodfel@best.com), March 19, 1999.

Ann, Try: Foreign depression then Foreign wars. American soldiers invited to participate.

-- bud (bud@computers edge.com), March 19, 1999.

Bud, Please give details.

-- KoFE (your@town.USA), March 19, 1999.

Try 'it wasn't raining when Noah started his ark.'

-- Cowardly Lion (cl0001@hotmail.com), March 19, 1999.

How about "most of you revelers haven't figured out that the party's over, and are going to hate the hangover"...

Or, vaguely remembered from Sunday School years ago, "go to the ant, thou sluggard, consider her ways and be wise".

Or, TEOMLAWKI... (the end of modern life as we know it)

-- housemouse (jgj@nevermind.net), March 19, 1999.

A computer glitch will not bring about the end of civilization. It takes hordes of panicking people to do that.


-- Jonathan (latimer@q-a.net), March 19, 1999.

Contingency planning and preparation is like any other insurance. If have it and don't need it, you're ahead of the game. If you need it and don't have it....well.

This, of course, is the secular restatement of Pascal's Wager.


"We've arranged a global civilization in which the most crucial elements...profoundly depend on science and technology. We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster." ---Carl Sagan, 1996

-- Hallyx (Hallyx@aol.com), March 19, 1999.

Even if it's only going to be "a bump in the road", prepare for it now. If you hit a speed bump at 5 MPH, nothing happens. If you hit it at 15 mph, you jam your steering and spill coffee all over your lap. If you hit if you hit it at 60 mph, you flip the car over and hurt your passengers.

The government only wants us to be ready for interuptions and many blackouts - but you have to decide how long you think they will be. And hope your guess is right.

Chicken Little ran around crying that the "sky was falling" - it wasn't actually falling, but, actually, he was right in many ways: problems were definitely coming.

Chicken Little eventually got his head cut off. So be ready for unexpected troubles from unexpected sources.

-- Robert A. Cook, P.E. (Kennesaw, GA) (cook.r@csaatl.com), March 19, 1999.

KoFE Can we agree that foreign countries will be hit hardest? Given America`s political stability compared to most countries y2k "has always" been about other countries and the political leadership of other countries choosing a bad course. BTW international doesn`t mean `having trade with the U.S.` The countries of the world will to some degree have massive problems with each other, whether or not the world moves again toward dictatorship(s) and war will take years to play out. I suppose my implicit premise is that economic hardship breeds war.

-- bud (bud@computers edge.com), March 19, 1999.

That bump in the road is a red ant hill that may sting you to death!

-- Watchful (seethesea@msn.com), March 19, 1999.

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