National Press Club to Host Y2K Chair Koskinen: What would you ask him? : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread

Well,. . .here's a golden opportunity for true Y2K investigative journalists. They will be permitted to ask questions. Hope some good ones are lurking on this forum. In the meantime--as a member of Joe Q Public, what would YOU ask?

Here are details on the where and when. Public not invited (I don't think. . .)

-- FM (, March 28, 1999


Yo,Mr. K., What's your favorite Napalm Death album?

-- Charlie E. (, March 28, 1999.

Koskinen is passe, a waste of time. Forget him and .gov .mil. Prepare yourself and your local neighborhood. Do anonymous mailings if necessary. K was hired to obfuscate and prevent bank runs at any cost. Forget him; he's worthless to any aware cause. Save yourself!

xxxxxxx xxxxxxx xxxx

-- Leska (, March 28, 1999.

Do you tell little white lies?

-- Linda A. (, March 28, 1999.

Q: Has anyone contacted the various controls manufacturers (Honeywell, Johnson controls, etc.) and asked how many control system upgrades they've shipped, and what percentage this is of systems in the field?

Q: Any more word on the state of French banks? Have they done any Y2K remediation?

Q: Is it true that HCFA has given up on building a new system and has started over with remediation of their old system?

Q: With respect to the USPS, do you feel there is some reason not to take the IG report seriously?

Q: Water utility failures would effect people much more drastically than power utility failures. Is the federal government preparing for a large city without water?

-- Michael Goodfellow (, March 28, 1999.


Like it or not, Koskinen has a great deal of influence so were unable to just ignore him.

Mr. Koskinen,

As pertains to your remarks to the NRC, found buried in ...

NRC Nuclear Regulatory Commission Briefing On Y2K

Thursday, February 11, 1999 19990211b.html


... That brings me to my request of the Commission and the staff and the industry. That is that our other major problem and risk in the United States will be overreaction by the public to the perception of what this problem could look like.

We are concerned that if a few people decide to change their economic behavior, it won't make a lot of difference, if even a reasonable number of people do that, but if 200 million Americans decide to do anything very differently all at one time, the system is not geared up to deal with that, and we could have a self-fulfilling prophesy where we have a major economic problem even though the systems basically are functioning appropriately. ...


You are currently recommending people prepare for a 3-day storm, despite the internal," Senate and House evidence piling higher and deeper, that extended Y2K problems loom on our national, yet localized, horizon. ...

 What, if anything, would cause you to call for more extensive preparations on the part of the American public?

 Or will you NEVER do so, no matter what the known truth, based upon concerns that the economy isnt resilient enough to handle a large change in peoples economic behavior?

 What is most important to you and the government ... peoples lives, their livelihoods or corporate profits and survival?



-- Diane J. Squire (, March 28, 1999.

Please take a look at the questions I asked John Koskinen at yesterday's press conference on the government's compliance efforts. We've extracted those questions and created an unedited Q&A, complete with links to primary sources.

Scott Johnson
Editor, y2ktoday

-- Scott Johnson (, April 01, 1999.

Whoops!!! Let's try that link again...


-- Scott Johnson (, April 01, 1999.

Okay, last time... here it is!!!!


-- Scott Johnson (, April 01, 1999.

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