On This Day Pre-Y2K

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April 8, 1999 Permalink

Sadly, I see the world post-Y2K or whatever global crisis arises, as a place where the animal hatreds and jealousies of man wreak havoc on the weak, the willfully blind, the complacent, the dependant and the ignorant.

This also, is historical.

Look to man’s past, and you get a glimpse of our future, of course sans all the fancy do-hickey’s that make complacency and dependance on a fragile infrastructure so dangerous.

Not to mention the advanced weaponry and technology that exists now.

Couple these with man’s historical failings, stir in a societal breakdown, a loss of communications, sprinkle anger and jealousy into that mix, and WALA! TEOTWAWKI.

At least the way it has been for the last 35 years.

—INVAR, Time Bomb 2000 Forums (LUSENET), 04/08/99

There isn’t going to be Y2K panic (I’m serious), because for business, technical and legal reasons, no one will EVER own up to Y2K as the proximate cause (“we were just updating some software, ya know”.

There is going to be “collapse panic”, driven by a combination of long-simmering issues (already discussed on this thread), Y2K (“it’s still Y2K, stupid”) and international tensions.

PNG is probably right about NYSE, since it is the linchpin of world confidence right now. However (I don’t think I’m splitting the diff here), Chuck’s scenario, or one like it, as a way of pushing NYSE is very plausible.

What do you guys think? I think “Y2K panic” has been ruled out both now and into the future, not the reality of it, but the political/public acknowledgement of it. The only caveat will be if embedded systems go down: that will leave Y2K as the only admissible cause.

If I’m right, that might be a good thing for those of us who have been preparing, since it will divert a certain type of attention away ....

—BigDog, Time Bomb 2000 Forums (LUSENET), 04/08/99

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