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OK, let's play the Y2K scenario game. I'll go first.
Clinton has anounced that there absolutely positively will not be bank closures to stop Y2K bank runs.
This will precipitate an immediate increase in ATM withdrawals resulting in an abundance of discarded ATM receipts.
Flush with cash, the populace will rush out and buy up all the cans of tunafish that are available.
Clinton will confiscate all privately held cans of tunafish and store them in Fort Knox, changing the name to Fort Lox.
The government will print new currency on the back of the ATM receipts, thus averting a complete financial colapse.
These will be called Tuna Certificates.
Call me crazy, but that's how I see it...
(Note... my wife has asked that I stop buying cans of tuna, and switch to canned chicken.)
-- Laugh Itup (toungue@in_cheek.com), November 17, 1999
No, it won't be tuna. I've read over and over The Day Before The Storm People frenzy shop and stampede for extra gallons of milk and bread.
Do you really expect any form of an intelligent choice from those people?
-- Paula (email@example.com), November 17, 1999.
Here in North Carolina, before hurricanes, ice storms, etc. all the grocery shelves are quickly emptied of all bread, milk, and eggs.
A colleague, new to the area, saw all this happening some time back and asked me "Geez! Do you guys down here have a thing for french toast or something?"
-- Hugh (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 17, 1999.
People search out the same in the Midwest before a big snowstorm...
-- Larry (email@example.com), November 17, 1999.
Let me ask you Dooming shmucks this:
When a storm is about to hit, and people clean out the shelves of milk and bread... is there EVER any rioting/looting/killing going on from the people who didn't get to the store on time?
-- (the@answer. is NO), November 17, 1999.
Let me tell you polly schmuck this; In 1977, during a power blackout in New York City,looting commenced after 15 minutes. Dozens of fires were set and over 100 shops looted. In 92, looters decended on Miami neighborhoods ravaged by Hurricane Andrew. Several were shot by homeowners. None of the homeowners were prosecuted.When the Nat Guard brought in truckloads of food, fights broke out, several people were trampled and the guardsmen had to break out weapons to restore order.In LA, thousands rioted because of an unpopular court verdict.Although the rioters anger was ostensibly directed at the white police officers who beat Rodney King and the white jury who acquitted those officers, the majority of the victims were Asian or Hispanic. Koreans were especially targed by the rioters........Hmmmmm
-- Ralph Kramden (And@AwayWeGo.com), November 17, 1999.
Do the people who didn't get to the store in time expect the storm to last for weeks? Maybe months, or years? Hmmmmm?
-- cavscout (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 17, 1999.
Quite apart from the fact that people who live in hurricane areas are at least used to the idea that there MIGHT be shortages, but they'll get outside help, isn't the situation reversed here?
Joe Public hit the shops first and clear out the perishables. The "mentally prepared" wander in later and buy the canned tuna.
How do you think Joe Public will react when he goes to the supermarket - with no expectation of immediate outside aid - and finds that the canned tuna has gone FIRST?
-- Colin MacDonald (email@example.com), November 18, 1999.
"When a storm is about to hit, and people clean out the shelves of milk and bread... is there EVER any rioting/looting/killing going on from the people who didn't get to the store on time? Hmmmm? "
Okay, I have a question for YOU. When was the last time you saw people getting mad over a hurricane visiting their neighborhood?
As has been explained over and over to you pollies...this is not going to be like a hurricane.
The masses have been told all is well. When it turns out not to be so, and they realize they have been duped, they will be mad, madder than hell and ready to show it.
-- OR (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 18, 1999.