posted on Jun, 1 2004 @ 05:19 PM
Reading through the mammoth 'very scary end of the world' thread it was interesting to see an almost universal assumption that if governments new
of such a threat that they would not inform the people of the danger.
I believe that this is incorrect and that they probably would inform us as it would be the most efficient way of ensuring that as many people as
Also, they'd be keen to keep hold of the communications themselves and the best way to do this is to get in first before rumours and speculation get
out of hand.
I know NASA is on record as saying that it wouldn't want to inform the general public in such an event, but it wouldn't be NASA's decision.
Also, once elected politicians became aware of the situation, there would be pressure from them to make the situation public. (After all there are
still some decent politicians out there, they aren't all corrupt crooks only concerned about saving their own skins).
So, how would the governments of the major economic powers react and what would be their plan (assuming they had at least a few months' notice)?
Also, could humanity take the news? I reckon it could, people are pretty stoical in a crisis (as anyone who had parents or grandparents who lived
through the blitz will know) and although there would be initial panic, it would calm down quickly, particularly as the major powers would undoubtedly
have numerous plans to divert the object from its course; and, failing that, evacuate the main impact areas to minimise fatalities.
I'm sure there would also be plenty of 'Protect and Survive' type public service announcements, too (remember those from the Cold War era in the
70s and 80s) designed to reassure us but ultimately useless (like telling us how to build tsunami shelters out of a couple of old mattresses, etc,
Anyway, just a few thoughts. I'd be interested to know what others think.