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My S.O. is Military. He received this yesterday. Got to looking on the web for it, and hey... I found it. Please read it, as there is some very Interesting wording going on here.
http://www.doncio.navy.mil/y2k/year2000.htm The document is SECNAV ALNAV MESSAGE
-- (firstname.lastname@example.org), February 17, 1999
I found the final paragraph of this milatary posting to be very interesting: Rusty
6. COMMANDS SHOULD EMPHASIZE THE FOLLOWING GENERAL POINTS REGARDING Y2K TO ALL HANDS: -- BECAUSE OF EXTENSIVE PREPARATION THE EFFECTS OF THE Y2K BUG WILL BE MINIMAL ON THE LIVES OF YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. -- KEEP YOUR MONEY IN THE BANK. DON'T CASH IN YOUR STOCKS. -- YOUR MILITARY PAY RECORDS AND PERSONNEL RECORDS WILL BE SAFE. -- DON'T OVER PREPARE. THINK ABOUT Y2K AS A POTENTIAL WINTER STORM AND PREPARE ACCORDINGLY. -- SINCE COMPUTER SYSTEMS ARE INTERCONNECTED ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND AROUND THE WORLD, IT IS REASONABLE TO EXPECT SOME POSSIBLE DEGRADATION OF NETWORK-DEPENDENT SYSTEMS FOR A SHORT PERIOD, BUT THE EFFECTS CAN BE EXPECTED TO BE AN INCONVENIENCE, NOT A CATASTROPHE. -- IF SOMEONE TELLS YOU THE SKY IS FALLING IN REGARDS TO Y2K-- BEWARE, THEY ARE PROBABLY TRYING TO SELL YOU SOMETHING. 7. THIS ALNAV IS CANCELLED FOR RECORD PURPOSES ON JAN 1, 2001. 8. RELEASED BY THE HONORABLE RICHARD DANZIG, SECRETARY OF THE NAVY.// BT #0413 NNNN
-- Rusty (email@example.com), February 17, 1999.
Just tried to access and got: "The server could be down or is not responding." I'm going to give it the benefit of the doubt and presume (for the moment) that too many people are trying to access at the same time.
-- Old Git (firstname.lastname@example.org), February 17, 1999.
Keep trying, Old Git :-)Retrieved said document 4:25 EST.
-- Tim (email@example.com), February 17, 1999.
This morning I read a very well worded post on another forum. I will try to paraphrase it.
"Every time someone in the Clinton administration says, in effect, "Y2K is no problem," I think .......lie. I dont know any more about Y2K than they do, but the history of the administration gives me little to base trust on. Its my opinion that lies and fabrications are standard operating procedure for that group. So why should I even think of believing anything they might say about Y2K?
As far as I'm concerned, I'm reacting to what I see as a potential threat to my family and my health.. It may be an overreaction if the event is minor. It may be what that is needed in order to survive. Regardless, I'm not going to base any decisions about my family's future health and safety on the words of anyone tied to the Clinton administration."
Wish I'd said that.
The you provided the URL to was signed by a civilian member of the Clinton administration, an Undersecretary of the Navy. It paraded every pollyanna self assessment ever printed, one behind the other, and invoked every reason ever writen not to pay attention to anyone who says there may be a problem.
-- canttell (firstname.lastname@example.org), February 17, 1999.
I will have to check WORD FOR WORD against the printed copy that I looked at from the Navy. Yes, they DO say some stupid things. But with the time remaining, they are admitting that they (THE NAVY) has to replace 1/8th of their phone switches. They are saying to EXPECT disruptions (no power and no communications). They are telling their people to prepare. Granted, the winter storm is mentioned, however this is just the FIRST step that they have taken. The origional document said that this was the first in a series that would be presented to all the Navy. It isn't a matter so much of what they said, but that they said ANYTHING AT ALL. Hey, where I work, they haven't said crap. I know for a fact that millions of dollars of medical equipment needs to be replaced, and we just do not have the money to replace it. So, I applaude the Navy for at least saying SOMETHING to their people. Don't get me wrong, I think things will be screwed up for a while. But... it is a START!
-- (email@example.com), February 17, 1999.
In case anyone was wondering what the "NNNN" was at the end of the Naval message, it's a holdover from the days of manual teleprinters, either landline or radioteletype. It reset the carriage at the end of a message. Also, "ZCZC" was inserted at the beginning of the message to ensure that the carriage was at the start position. That was when most digital communications moved along at 60 words per minute, or 45.5 Kb... which is slower than some experienced Morse code operators can send by hand with a key.
-- Why2K? (firstname.lastname@example.org), February 17, 1999.