> It's not a problem if the VCR, microwave, or the satellite dish doesn't
> work, no cable for a month and no popcorn. But if the power plants fail,
> ATC goes down, the gas pumps don't, or our water pumps stop, well, then
> it'll get interesting.

I agree.  My point was that the scare tactics are counter-productive in
that they cause many people to not take it seriously.  Especially those
scare tactics that are designed to sell a solar-powered combination radio
and flashlight with a windup generator.  Or like a "government agency
report card" designed to convince voters that their congressman is on top
of things. :-)

I hear a few people talking about stocking up food, etc., but most are
ignoring the whole thing.