"SOP for govt. to conceal size of vital stocks to prevent hoarding"

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"In April 1973, when President Nixon was assuring the nation that there would be no energy crisis, what would have happened if everyone had realized he was lying? A lot of resources might have been wasted sinking backyard fuel tanks for which there soon would have been no gasoline anyway. It is, of course, standard operating procedure for a government to conceal the size of vital stocks in order to prevent hoarding--the Indian government has been periodically deceiving the Indian people on this score for more than a decade. In this context, the energy story could be considered one of the few constructive lies told by Nixon."

"The End of Affluence," Paul Ehrlich, 1974.

-- Let's (learn@from.history), July 31, 1999


Oh! Nixon's lies will light our way thru this mess! Goodie! Clever try, troll mole, but BridgeGate will slam the moat ramp forever on lapping up Government Happy Face lies.

-- don't imitate history's mistakes (Nixon@not.again), July 31, 1999.

I apologize. I thought the title would have explained the point. "SOP for govt. to conceal size of vital stocks to prevent hoarding." We just got lucky with Tricky Dick. We won't be lucky this time. I think the govt. is lying about the happy state of the food supply, just as Nixon lied about the happy state of the fuel supply back in 74.

-- Let's (learn@from.history), July 31, 1999.

The Y2K problem could be distribution and continued production. The US may produce plenty of food this year...but there is a problem if it can't be distributed next year. Similarly, if gas/diesel fuel isn't distributed to farmers, no crops.

-- Mad Monk (madmonk@hawaiian.net), August 01, 1999.

Add to this mix the fact that the nation's farms are hurting badly right now due to the extensive drought. With loss of crops this year, that is another red alert about food supplies.

-- Elaine Seavey (Gods1sheep@aol.com), August 02, 1999.

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