The Urgent pushing aside the Importantgreenspun.com : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread
This is a good summary of where we are headed and why.
Y2K The end of life as we know it
(just a snippet here to get a flavor of the article)
The official disinformation campaign on Y2k has made things worse, delaying vital awareness among the global populace. There is always a conflict between the urgent and the important. The urgent is the phone ringing. The important is the report the boss wants in a week. In modern life, the urgent will always win out over the important unless a conscious decision is made to ignore the urgent and deal with the important. Y2k is a classic example of this. The urgent problems, crisis, and just the physics of modern day to day life have all conspired to keep Y2k in the background as next years problem. 240 days isn't a long time, but when today is filled with High School Gothic Terrorists, Kosovo genocide, Yugoslavian Air Strikes, global economic, political and military instability, and a President who has renamed the Oval office the Oral office -Y2k gets not just pushed to the back burner but off the stove altogether.
-- LM (email@example.com), May 02, 1999
Well, if we can have hangings of public officials, from Klinton, Bush, Congress, and the Supremes on down to the local vice cop, it won't be all bad.
-- A (A@AisA.com), May 02, 1999.
True but probably better not to go down that road. Could turn out like the French Revolution. First they hang the big dogs then the next level of officials and it might never have stopped if it weren't for Napoleon. They could get to you and me!
Yeah like I'm importent (or was that impotent).
-- LM (firstname.lastname@example.org), May 02, 1999.
Ah yes, just what we need, more editorials about how bad things are going to be, published by people fleecing the GI suckers. "Things are gonna be bad, better buy our gold NOW". Pathetic.
-- Helen Wheels (email@example.com), May 02, 1999.
LM: "Could turn out like the French Revolution. First they hang the big dogs ...." Um. Uhh. Could you possibly rephrase that?
-- BigDog (BigDog@duffer.com), May 02, 1999.
"Could you possibly rephrase that?"
Almost every violent revolution simply replaces one parcel of rogues with another. (Sometimes it takes a while.) The revolutionary has to be willing to kill in wholesale lots. Once you get the hang of doing that, it takes less provocation to do it some more. Especially since now you have to fear the survivors of your last purge. Or one or more of your revolutionary buddies.
-- Tom Carey (firstname.lastname@example.org), May 03, 1999.
-- Helen Wheels (email@example.com), May 02, 1999. wrote: ******Ah yes, just what we need, more editorials about how bad things are going to be, published by people fleecing the GI suckers. "Things are gonna be bad, better buy our gold NOW". Pathetic.******
Fleeced? As in purchasing something worthless (Like an internet stock?) I say cheap now. Ever heard of buy low sell high? A good diversification of your assets is what I'm thinking.
However if you mean fleeced as in, you think gold will bring you peace of mind and assure you safty, then I agree. Nothing physical will do that.
-- LM (firstname.lastname@example.org), May 03, 1999.
H. Wheels .... From your babble, sounds like those must be "training wheels". Go to the oval office ; Bill will supply the knee pads !!!!!! A.Wise Man
-- A. Wiseman (Wiseman@prodigy.com), May 03, 1999.