Since I sent out a number of posts on the subject of
Y2K, I thought I should send out this update, to let
the same folks know where I think we stand at present.
In brief, I think my original advice about prudent
preparation still holds. I think storing food, water
and fuel for a couple of weeks (just to be on the safe
side) is a good idea... and I think it would be a good
idea in any case. A few months, we had a storm that
knocked out our power, and my Y2K lamps came quite in
handy. A good huricane, and now I wont be fighting
the crowds at the grocery store to stock up on things.
However, I do want to say that the doom-sayers (and by
this, I mean the folks who were predicting a total
societal collapse) have so far proven to be all wet.
We were told to expect huge problems in January, in
April, and by now -- if the Gary North types were
right -- we should be seeing riots in the streets, and
None of this has happened, and I frankly don't expect
to see anything even close on 1-1-2000.
In my own secular job I can see that they have had
some y2k problems, but human resourcefullness being
what it is, they have dealt with them, developed work
arrounds, and fixed the problems.
The last straw for me giving even the slightest
credence to the doom-sayers was watching NATO bomb
Yugoslavia arround the clocks, and despite blowing up
their power statations, and dropping graphite bombs,
this tiny country was able to keep getting the power
back on. It is inconcievable that Yugoslavia could do
this, but that the US would lie prostrate for months
or years with no power (as North suggested).
Now, if anyone wishes to argue that we deserve such
problems, you wont get an argument out of me... but
the question is whether we should reasonable expect
such problems, and I think the answer is clearly "No".
However, I wouldn't be suprised to see some local
power failures... and even some last minute public
panic. But if you prepare a little ahead of time, I
think you will have nothing to fear.
But that's just my opinion....
* Deacon John Whiteford IC -|- XC *
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