It seems that lately, the world is coming to an end – There are wars, rumors of war, civil unrest, and just general craziness. Especially here in Tennessee. After hurricane Ike, the oil pipeline that supplies our gas went down to 20% of it’s normal capacity due to a refinery being damaged. It’s been mass hysteria around Nashville lately. The local news outlets first started getting reports of high prices, then of stations being out of gas, and they relayed the information (which was good).
People were already scared enough with all the things going on though, things like the subprime mortgages going away and the IndyMac bank failing, and they started freaking out. People were filling up everything they could find – Cars, boats, gas cans, coffee cans, even coffee cups. Yeah, it was crazy, and it didn’t take long for all the stations in the area to run out completely. Like, no gas in Nashville. At all.
That, of course, made national news. And when someone sees their city on national news, they pay attention. So Joe Nashville is like “oh my gosh, there’s not enough gas! And they don’t know when there will be enough. I only have a weeks worth of gas in my tank. I need gas to get to work!”. When something like gas is in short supply, people will start hording it. But yeah, it was seriously crazy. And unnecessary.
Meanwhile, on the other end of the galaxy, more companies are going bankrupt. The economy is coming crashing to it’s knees. And the Unites States is going to invest almost a trillion dollars in saving these companies. These bankrupt companies are bankrupt because of a simple law and some very stupid decisions. There’s a good post on an alternative plan for helping these companies over at Dave Ramsey’s website.
And then there’s the election. But who cares about that right now? I mean, with everyone losing their houses, no loans, no gas, global companies are going bankrupt, the stock market is crashing down, the world is ending, there’s going to be martial law by spring, and didn’t you hear? We’re losing the war.
This is pretty much insane. It really makes no sense the way the news is being reported. I would almost venture to say that the world really is going to end. And it’s going to be the major networks, and the sheepole (sheep + people) who freak out about the gloom-and-doom the-sky-is-falling stuff that they just can’t seem to get enough of. If the sky was falling, the best thing you could do would be to get ready. Running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off isn’t going to help anything. Pulling your money out of the bank and keeping huge stockpiles of cash or even gold isn’t going to help much if the world ends. A case of guns and ammunition would be much more valuable. And so would water. And if it really does end, we have no one to blame but ourselves.
George Bush didn’t make this mess, we did. Obama and McCain can’t fix it. Neither can any combination of the branches of our government. We are our only hope of a solution. The world as we know it isn’t going to end unless we let it. So take a deep breath (or several), untie your panties, put your shirt back on, and stop pointing your finger.