The Y2K Jim Jones lives here...greenspun.com : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread
Over the last little while chinks in the GI armor have begun to show. While always insisting that they want to survive Y2K and would be happy if the date change fizzled, many seem to subscribe to the following:
"For myself, I'll say it loud and clear to anyone listening . . . I hope it totally crumbles into dust! With all the corruption in government, we need an absolutly fresh start with people who are earnest in their patriotism. -- linda (firstname.lastname@example.org), March 18, 1999. "
...or how about:
"Pro, How much they paying you to fix them computers there wiz kid? Bet it ain't as much as the CEOs. I won't speak for anyone else, but I WANT to see the world crumble. Picasso once said "every act of creation begins with an act of destruction". Smart guy. -- @ (@@@.@), March 18, 1999.
Seems that there is a constituency in the GI ranks slavishly licking their lips at the thought of righteous white conservative Christians marching across the scarred landscape - picking up after the apocalypse and setting things right!
Lurkers beware, the Y2K Jim Jones lives on this forum, and his/her Kool-aid stand is open...
-- Y2K Pro (email@example.com), March 19, 1999
-- Y2K Pro (firstname.lastname@example.org), March 19, 1999.
What a bunch of crap, as if this somehow speaks for everyone. Y2K Pro, you are such a moron, you are even an insult to the pollyannas.
-- King of Spain (email@example.com), March 19, 1999.
You're slower than a herd of turtles stampeding through Peanut Butter!
Why do people with closed minds always open their mouths?
Sorry if I looked interested. I'm not.
-- Dilbert (firstname.lastname@example.org), March 19, 1999.
A bunch of rot, of course, from one of our trolls who baits participants so he can later quote them out of context (and he didnt even provide a link). The attitude of GIs on this forum is far more representative of the following view:
Y2K and the Erosion of the Middle Ground
-- Brooks (email@example.com), March 19, 1999.
I resent being compaired to Jim Jones. I am not hoping for anyone to be starved, maimed, killed, or whatever happens. I do hope, though, that all the government agencies crumble. I see no other means by which we can get back to the basic principles of the Constitution. If there was some other way to make the bureaucrats just GO AWAY, I'd opt for that, but they won't. I don't want to go through what a total collapse will cause, but I DO want the freedoms we should be enjoying. If there is any other REALISTIC way to achieve this, please let me know.
-- linda (firstname.lastname@example.org), March 19, 1999.
Constituency? Better get out your dictionary Y2K Pro. Once again, your IQ is showing. <:)=
-- Sysman (email@example.com), March 19, 1999.
This thread isn't great enough to warrant THIS much bolding.
-- Blue Himalayan (firstname.lastname@example.org), March 19, 1999.
This guy's wrong again. Excitable, too. Carries a chip on his shoulder, I deem.
-- Tom Carey (email@example.com), March 19, 1999.
Well, this had one worthwhile aspect. I now have a new phrase to use "a herd of turtles stampeding through peanut butter...." I like it.
-- Apple (firstname.lastname@example.org), March 19, 1999.
Hey! I almost forgot it was Friday! For the next two days, pitiful trolls with miserable existences spend their life on this forum trying to debunk a problem that they believe doesn't exist. I've got a good idea. I'm going to go over to the "Quartz Crystals Are The Source of All Life" forum and spend the next 48 hours of my life berating those people. Yeah, that's a good way to spend my weekend. By the way, how do you get those bold caps to come on? I need to use those over on the Crystal forum.
-- Puddintame (email@example.com), March 19, 1999.
< b >Like this< / b > (without the spaces)
-- Wiseguy (firstname.lastname@example.org), March 19, 1999.
Y2K Pro isn't trying to tar everyone with the same brush. Yes, opinions expressed here range from one lunatic extreme to the other. The fact that we reserve our rotten tomatoes to throw at the optimistic extreme while treating pessimistic lunatics seriously ought to open more eyes than it does.
-- Flint (email@example.com), March 19, 1999.
There's a quote from an old movie about everything in moderation including moderation.
Seriously, Flint, this is Y2K preparedness forum so I don't argue with others about their politcal or religious beliefs. It's when someone advocates not preparing for Y2K that I start typing.
Talking people out of being able to provide heat and water for themselves in early 2000 is criminal. It's especially criminal when you realize there could never be a panic later this year if the situation is as good as the complacency peddlers like de Jager are saying. The mass public will not panic unless they are personally affected by Y2K.
-- (firstname.lastname@example.org), March 19, 1999.
70,000 messages - and he finds two that indicate this attitude. Not much evidence.
Now, how many thousand lies and repeats of lies has Clinton's administration put out the past six years?
-- Robert A. Cook, P.E. (Kennesaw, GA) (email@example.com), March 19, 1999.
Jim Jones killed himself and all his followers yet you say we want to live to pick up the pieces. Isn't this a contradiction in terms?
-- Sue (firstname.lastname@example.org), March 19, 1999.
"70,000 messages - and he finds two that indicate this attitude. Not much evidence. "
In fact that was two from yesterday, both on one thread. If I went through all 70,000 messages, I'm sure there would be many, many, more. Fortunately, I don't have time. Odd that the people who made these posts are not criticised in any way, yet I am lambasted for pointing it out. Sheesh, Jimmy J. would be proud of y'all...
-- Y2K Pro (email@example.com), March 19, 1999.
I have yet to read an "optimistic" statement written by Y2K "Pro".
In fact, it's fairly clear to me that he, she or it is much more "pessimistic" than most of us "pessimists." Most of us, after all, simply want people to protect themselves. It's hard to tell WHAT this person wants...
-- pshannon (firstname.lastname@example.org), March 19, 1999.
As Sue pointed out, Jim Jones is a poor choice for comparison.
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>The fact that we reserve our rotten tomatoes to throw at the optimistic extreme while treating pessimistic lunatics seriously ought to open more eyes than it does.
Throwing tomatoes at lunatics won't impress them, and it's basic bad manners.
-- No Spam Please (No_Spam_Please@anon_ymous.com), March 20, 1999.
the interesting thing about "y2k pro" is that he is guilty of exactly the attitude he attempts to put on others - blind faith which will, given anything more than a bump in the road, increase his chances death substantially due to his failure to prepare.
Arlin [one of those conservative Christians that upsets the y2k pro troll]
-- Arlin H. Adams (email@example.com), March 20, 1999.