Doc8404 wrote:There are only three explanations for the government' to not tell us it's going off that jumped at me when reading some of the replies from Doctorr Fabulous and tedbeau.
3. They know and have plenty of time to warn us but decide not to. Least likely. But if they did the only reason not to warn us, and they'd have to cover that sheet upon discovery, is the obvious likelihood of raising the death toll. Like I said, least likely but the most obvious reason to me if they knew for some unlikely reason and wouldn't tell us.
Radiation shouldn't be a problem, but I'm sure you wouldn't want to be outside much breathing that sheet in with anything less then a gas mask lol.
Yeah that's a lot of us on CONUS.
The first two make decent sense. Can't tell people if you don't know, right?
Deciding not to makes absolutely no sense. What's the gain? Even if we assume the worst, and the entire government with applicable knowledge (meaning all those seismologists and everyone else) decide to say "fuck saving lives" then I'd expect to see all of them leaving the US for elsewhere, and I'd at least expect a parting "Oh hey we're already all gone and by the way y'all might want to leave or something."
Things to remember: even if you assume everyone in government is just a bunch of bastards (again, this would include anyone in the chain, from geologists to seismologists to aids and interns, and all the private sector people keeping an eye on it) they still would have to have a motivation. Power? The projections for a catastrophic yellowstone eruption would wreck the west coast and the breadbasket, meaning there's going to be nothing left to govern. The disruption would be apocalyptic. Nobody in the government would profit from that.
Money? See above.
Enslaving America? With what? the military has families out there, lots of bases. We'd be scrambling to survive and get a baseline going. There's no time for the Storm Saxons to enslave everyone for the lizardmen.
Healthy skepticism should be applied. Anyone with prior knowledge would be best served to evac to anywhere and everywhere. That's gonna be a lot of people, which means that people are going to start noticing. Like I said, if you got the idea from a work of fiction, it's a big check against the validity of the idea, especially if the sourcework was a movie about the now-past Mayan pockyclips.