Koskinen, Roleigh Martin and Jesse Ventura: some correspondence.greenspun.com : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread
Haven't seen it posted yet, and by golly if I'm going to hose the formatting: click thru.
-- lisa (firstname.lastname@example.org), August 18, 1999
Thank you Lisa.
Here are tittillating tidbits to get you to click through the link and read it:
Koskinen: "In the case of water, the concern seems to be less water quality than the ability to provide it at all if systems fail."
Koskinen on pharmaceuticals: "The meeting determined that there is normally a 90 day supply of finished products in the system, that the majority of companies were nearing completion of their Y2K work, that production and the importing of raw materials is being increased in anticipation of increased demand, that sudden increases in the size of orders would be investigated before they are filled which is reassuring to druggists and hospitals who are anxious to avoid hoarding as long as they are satisfied others are avoiding it as well, that patients should be encouraged to refill their prescriptions 5-7 days before they run out, that no natural emergency in the past 30 years disrupted the supply chain for more than a matter of hours and that the greatest threat to the system is overreaction by the public and institutional purchasers."
To which Roleigh responds in a letter to Kosky: "1. Y2K is not a "natural" emergency; it is a man-made systemic error with no precedence of the same scope. All precedents are very small in scale, such as when gasoline went from 99 cents to $1.00, etc."
Click on the link for the rest.
-- Chris (%$^&^@pond.com), August 18, 1999.
Hey Lisa.. thanks for the post. I'm a Minnesotan and am very interested in the letter to Jesse. I'd have to agree with Roleigh's assessment that people trust Jesse to state things how they are without traditional political BS. Thanks again.
-- Diane (DDEsq2002@juno.com), August 18, 1999.
I like Martin's comment in regard to that rather tired phrase about the real threat being people's overreaction. Martin has suggested that unpreparation might be the culprit that would result in people dying if, for instance, the pharmaceuitical supply line were cut. He suggests all-our production up till rollover to assure that people have what they need.
-- Mara Wayne (MaraWayne@aol.com), August 18, 1999.