Time to panic
9/01/2005 08:27:00 AM | Author: baloghblog
Ghostbusters (1984) via IMDB:
Dr. Peter Venkman: This city is headed for a disaster of biblical proportions.
Mayor: What do you mean, "biblical"?
Dr Ray Stantz: What he means is Old Testament, Mr. Mayor, real wrath-of-God type stuff.
Dr. Peter Venkman: Exactly.
Dr Ray Stantz: Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies. Rivers and seas boiling.
Dr. Egon Spengler: Forty years of darkness. Earthquakes, volcanoes...
Winston Zeddemore: The dead rising from the grave.
Dr. Peter Venkman: Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together - mass hysteria.
and you know when President Bush is pleading for oil companies not to gouge and people to conserve energy - the shit has hit the fan.

Reuters:
Bush expresses 'zero tolerance' of price gouging in interview as prices spike above $3 a gallon.
September 1, 2005: 8:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush warned against price-gouging of gasoline Thursday in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and said looters should be treated with zero tolerance.

"I think there ought to be zero tolerance of people breaking the law during an emergency such as this, whether it be looting, or price-gouging at the gasoline pump or taking advantage of charitable giving, or insurance fraud," Bush said in an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America."

Gasoline sellers have been fast to raise prices in the wake of the storm. Prices have risen above $3 a gallon and in some places higher because of a sudden drop in oil supplies.

Bush said Americans should conserve more gasoline in response to the crisis and said he expected Saudi Arabia to do "everything they can" to provide more oil. He said eight refineries are down in the Gulf and "it's going to take a while" to get them going again.

"I would hope Americans conserve if given a choice," he said.

emphasis mine. fear also mine.
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3 comments:

On 12:29 PM , NYCO said...

Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together - mass hysteria.

This is an ancient catchphrase around my house! (that, and almost every other line from Ghostbusters...)

Too bad it's not funny any more...

 
On 11:55 PM , peakguy said...

"I would hope Americans conserve if given a choice," GW Bush

That line really speaks volumes. Unfortunately we have created a society in which a vast majority of people really don't have a choice. For all you suburbanites - Come back to the cities and use mass transit. You do have a choice. Become car-free!

 
On 9:07 AM , peakguy said...

Remember that line from Carter's energy secretary - Americans only have two modes - panic and complacency. This is a time to panic...