| > Dear David A. Smith:
| > dlzc wrote:
| >> > > It's surprisingly obscure, given something so vital to our
| >> > > civilization.
| >> > Huh ? Vital to our civilization?
| >> >
| >> > Before refrigeration, all the best real estate was protected
| >> > by the heat and mosquitos. Now, hordes of uncivilized
| >> > savages invade and erect high rises and pave over anything
| >> > that will stay drained for over an hour.
| > And they install showers, and iced drinks, and other
| > unnaturalness. Luckily, Europe remains untouched by such savagery...
| >> Which correctly defines what we call "civilization".
| >> How many people will die without refrigeration of foodstuffs, both in
| >> process and delivered to our doors (or at least the local grocery
| >> store)? This defines "vital to our civilization".
| > heh
| > A few years ago, following a storm here in Cal., there
| > was a power outage lasting 2 days. People literally
| > went out of their minds... they mobbed PG&E offices,
| > dumping their rotted food, even assaulting the employees.
| > Social breakdown, just TWO MEASLY DAYS without electricity!
| > The funniest bit was the garage door openers that
| > failed. People couldn't extricate their cars from their
| > garages... the perils of modern living...
| > --
| > Rich