"How wonderful to be able to blame governmental mischief on innocent computer programmers!"greenspun.com : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread
"The intent of this essay is to examine the real relative values of dollars, gold, equities, goods and services. It is quite evident that prices in dollars have no meaning in a setting where the stock market surges wildly whenever King Billy makes a speech or is called to task for the many scandals surrounding his regime."
"The dollars that went to buy quality merchandise from overseas came back to pay for unending wasteful and uneconomic government programs that were generated to buy votes."
"Thus, we have the termination of the gold carry trade by the ECB. They can not allow the US export of worthless paper money to continue."
"Do not look for severe US market repercussions to occur until January first. The USG is likely to need a Y2K crisis even if they have to generate it themselves. How wonderful to be able to blame governmental mischief on innocent computer programmers! Why this could even beat starting a war and blaming everything on foreigners! Look for significant price increases for goods and services to begin early next year.
11 November 1999"
-- ng (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 10, 1999
The official UK government sponsored Y2K body, Action2000, is currently sending a booklet to every household in the UK that PREDICTS a rise in the price of goods and services PRE rollover.
Oh, nice one. If it wasn't true before, it damn well will be now. "Shoe shine, guv'nor? That'll be fifty quid. Don't blame me, guv'nor, look, it's in your booklet, its that Y2K fing, innit?"
-- Colin MacDonald (email@example.com), November 11, 1999.