supraneurotoxin wrote: mastering skills like that is akin to pissing your pants in a black suit. it gives you a nice warm feeling, but no one really notices....
Sig_Ocelot wrote:Nintendo drops the ball!!!! They don't make hybrid cars, what's up with that? I can't ride my Wii to work, this is bullshit.
actually, yes, some people were afraid they'd never be able to buy food again. The fear of Y2K was that it would be a total disintegration of society. Computers failing would affect everything from banks to traffic signals to jobs to food supplies to police response. News reports weren't like "oh, your personal computer won't work. you won't be able to check email". They were reporting the possible services that could be affected by a nationwide or worldwide computer shutdown.hatchtrikk wrote:-I know before Y2K people were stockpiling food and water. There were no lasting shortages, but then again, Y2K was a threat on computers so people weren't worried about never being able to buy food again.
First, what information do you have that there is a large mass of people who believe 2012 will be rapture, war, etc.? Second, what information do you have that these people are going to panic en masse? Do you have statistics or reports of some kind that lead you to those assumptions? Are you seeing examples of a large number of people believing the 2012 hype on television, in interviews, in organizations?hatchtrikk wrote:-I really don't think anything is going to happen simply because it's December 21, 2012, but I am a bit concerned about panic en masse. Just like during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, there were no available supplies so people began looting. Police had a very difficult time restoring order (although the disaster itself DID hinder their efforts).
Again you keep comparing a vague general unlikely prediction of the end of the world to events that had an actual, legitimate cause-and-effect. People started stockpiling guns and ammo because of reports of the gun laws dramatically changing. It appears that many have gone overboard in that prep, but still it was a direct formulated action to a specific perceived threat. not blind panic.hatchtrikk wrote:-People generally freak out when they think something is going to affect society as a whole in a negative way. For example, as soon as Obama won the election, the stores were completely depleted of ammunition and primer was nowhere to be found.
I do think that's an important point. At the current time it does not appear that public panic of 2012 is a threat. However, we're trying to project more than 3 years into the future, during which time there could be a number of unforeseen changes and events. If the climate changes as we get closer to Dec 2012 and public panic does become a threat then yes, I feel that's a valid issue for additional preparation specific to that circumstance.Kabong30 wrote:I think that people did not really start bugging out about Y2k until '99.
If fear of 2012 and only 2012 makes new comers join the preparedness train, I'm all for it. Anything to get people preparing is better than having them do nothing. If they wanted to start learning preparedness because they were afraid of alien abduction or the government being taken over by teletubbies, I'd still support it.raptor wrote:Let me point out something to everyone scoffing at the 2012 theory on this thread.
Y.T. wrote:If fear of 2012 and only 2012 makes new comers join the preparedness train, I'm all for it. Anything to get people preparing is better than having them do nothing. If they wanted to start learning preparedness because they were afraid of alien abduction or the government being taken over by teletubbies, I'd still support it.raptor wrote:Let me point out something to everyone scoffing at the 2012 theory on this thread.
Kip wrote:As long as people take steps to prepare for whatever type of disaster that may affect them or others, i don't care how crazy your reason might sound.
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