Peterson: The Year 2000 Problem: A Test That Humanity Must Pass : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread

Excerpt from John L. Peterson's "The Year 2000 Problem: A Test That Humanity Must Pass".

What does it take to respond to the potential social disruptions of Y2K? Cooperation and communication. Cooperation, because if electricity, food and water are in short supply, everyone operating on their own -- competing -- will fail. There is not enough capability in the system to suddenly provide everyone with an extra multi-month stockpile of food, etc. More than that, left to their own, many people will not have the resources or the inclination to put away extra provisions and figure out how to operate without city water and waste systems, raising the possibility of violence between the haves and the have-nots. As Paloma OReilly, a co-founder of the Cassandra Project has said, The best security you have is a prepared neighbor. If everyone is prepared, no one is vulnerable.

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-- Critt Jarvis (, April 01, 1999


Thanks for posting this Critt. I've been yelling from my rooftops about preparing neighborhoods for almost a year now. I got discouraged with denial and apathy. This is re-inspiring!

Preparation is not a synonym for panic.

-- Donna Barthuley (, April 01, 1999.

It is to the Clinton Administration Donna. Many threads below posting myriad quotations from officials that equate preparation with panic.

It's called: Making Scapegoats.

Works every time there's a political agenda to be made from catastrophe.

-- INVAR (, April 01, 1999.

Critt, what sort of file is this? Not html, apparently.

-- Tom Carey (tomcarey@mindspring.con), April 02, 1999.

It's a Microsoft Word document. In the Office 95 (or 97) suite, .doc is a Word file, .xls is a Excell file, .ppt is a Powerpoint file.

-- _ (_@_._), April 02, 1999.


I just saved it as html and emailed it to you.


-- Critt Jarvis (, April 02, 1999.

When was the article written? I need to know this before I decide to download. Thanks!

-- FM (, April 02, 1999.


The date on Y2K Today is 17feb99, but i don't know when he wrote it.

Tried sending html doc to you, but you're not acceptiong attachments.

I asked Y2K Today if they could post it as html...


-- Critt Jarvis (, April 02, 1999.

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