"Negative awareness leads to negative preparedness?"

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A new expression has been coined; it refers to those who've been reading the internet too much! The full article can be found posted on Canadian Y2K at


-- Rachel Gibson (rgibson@hotmail.com), April 15, 1999


I am so supprised (??) when I hear of people who think that we do not know how to turn off our computors. They think we have no brains? We are not a bunch of ostriches either. We don't put our heads down to hide from danger. Thank goodness there are a few who are interested in what is going on around them. It is the way to keep informed --don't they understand? I am aware, not panic stricken, not hiding my head but rather aware and making some decisions about my own life and considering the well-being of those I care about. Oh well, it takes all kinds to make up this world of ours.

-- An observer (Dotatrock@webtv.net), April 15, 1999.

"Negative waves, Moriarty. Always with the negative waves..."

-- Donald Sutherland ("Oddball"), Kelly's Heroes

-- Mac (sneak@lurk.hid), April 15, 1999.

Hello, Mac,

In case you've forgotten, I'm still reeling from your assumption that my province has been entirely devoid of generators (or of welders that can be used as generators) in private possession up 'til now!

And I'm still reeling from an email written to me by a VP at CTV last week saying "you can't believe what you read on the internet."

Rhetorical question (before anyone leaps to respond): How dumb do they think we are? I *always* assume people are intelligent unless and until they prove themselves otherwise.

And, as many discussion groups have proven, far more factual, reliable info exists on the net than ever existed in mainstream media!

(Now I'll go back to searching.)

-- Rachel Gibson (rgibson@hotmail.com), April 15, 1999.

Rachel -

My apologies. Unlike e-mail, I can't go back and review my forum posting re generators. I do know that my intent was to show that, based just on that province's population, large scale "deployment" was likely to severely overtax the supply chain. I did not intend to imply that no one currently owns gensets or usable alternatives, but that based only on the small percentages who "might be preparing", preparations would create huge and in many cases unfulfillable demand surges. I certainly meant to cast no aspersions on your intelligence and I apologize if I seemed to be doing so.

And just in case anyone misunderstood my Kelly's Heroes quote, it was the "negative awareness" phrase that triggered memories of that Clint Eastwood movie, and of Canada's own Donald Sutherland playing a very, shall we say, "creative" tank commander.

-- Mac (sneak@lurk.hid), April 15, 1999.

Sneaky Mac,

Talk about wierd karma, did you know that "Kelly's Heroes" was filmed in Yugoslavia? Still one of my faves.

-- Uncle Deedah (oncebitten@twiceshy.com), April 15, 1999.

Mac, apology accepted. The "insult to intelligence" comment was actually aimed toward those who malign the contents of the net without, apparently, fully realizing what all might be on it, and it came from comments made in the article I originally gave a link for. Maybe I'm just feeling frustrated by the "lack of information" wars occurring in the media on a variety of fronts. For example, not until today did I finally see a mainstream article criticizing the media promotions and would-be participants for the attempted "conception" of a so-called "millennium" baby!

With the net it is possible to "go to the source" more than at any time before. Maybe mainstream media is just nervous that its lack of investigative journalism can be so easily exposed here.

'Nuf said.

-- Rachel Gibson (rgibson@hotmail.com), April 15, 1999.

More wisdom from "Oddball":

"These tanks are faster than any other tanks in the European Theatre of Operations - forwards or backwards. See, man, we like to feel that we can get out of trouble quicker than we got into it."

Now THAT's what I call planning, my friends. Always make sure you've got contingency built in and you'll live to fight another day...

-- Mac (sneak@lurk.hid), April 16, 1999.

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