Originally Posted by ellwood45c
A buddy of mine went crazy over y2k, cause u know everything was gonna crash lol. He had the ups guy at his house 6 days in a row,
Any software developer/programmer worth his keystrokes knew that the root of the Y2K bug would merely be a miscalculation error in any date string. Programs, if properly coded, would simply fail execution where date math was concerned. The worldwide solution: change your 6-digit date to 8 digits. As we all experienced, the Y2K hype was a bust.
However, what isn't (all) hype and what is certainly real is the PERCEPTION of SHTF and thus the consequent actions relating to beliefs such as "12/21/2012." Will the world continue into December 22? Of course it will. But where you and I will feel the realities of this perception is the impact on commodities and pricing due to all the prepping and hording.
Ironically, to prepare against the run on certain goods (ie, increasing ammo prices), non-Doomsday folks will also begin to stockpile a little for different reasons. As we can see, this becomes a bit of a spiral effect.