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So far this week, two eastern Iowa news organizations ran stories on y2k and banking. One bank is Waterloo actually had plastic bugs and fly swatters on tables and customers were ask to smash the plastic bugs. I really don't know how to describe it any other way. Only in Iowa.. So it appears the big media spin is on...
-- y2k dave (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 19, 1999
And they think we've lost it. Geeez, swatting plastic bugs. I haven't seen that since the fair night at my old elementary school.
-- squid (Itsdark@down.here), November 19, 1999.
I hope you swatted a teller, or better still, the branch manager.
-- John (jh@NotReal.ca), November 19, 1999.
The GAO says one thing, the Dept. of Commerce portrays the overall situation totally different, the "Year 2000 Symposium" put on by the Government, was the most revealing of all. Yet the media seems to be looking through a completely different pair of glasses. See Brians post about the VA. If you read it thoroughly and do the math, the FDA is skewed so badly, that recognition of the truth is impossible.
My attempt at bean counting, comparing the various totals, yields something close to a 30% failure rate. I do not believe the overall system can effectively remain balanced with a reduction of momentum by a dividend of 3. This would be like adding a lead weight to one spoke on the gyroscope.
I think we will see a progressive sum scenario, in which the wobble will be gradual, until the ability to remain balanced will become so severely affected, our little top will fall over and quit spinning. It will be up to the survivors to restring the gyro, and give it a good hard PULL!!
-- Michael (email@example.com), November 19, 1999.
Honest? That'll be the day. Atlanta has got Chicago beat for insider deals, cronyism, incompetence, indecision and bafflegab.
-- Tom Carey (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 19, 1999.
About the FDA--I am only going to say it once.
I have first hand knowledge about the recent surveys on pharmaceuticals and medical devices and supplies. Check out the Year 2000 section under fda.gov. The agency has made a valiant effort in determining the status of these industries and in bugging them until they got the information they wanted. They have gotten a good response, have checked actual documentation, and continue to make contingency plans and work with the industry to verify that what is being said is being done.
I am a total doomer and this is one area that I think the industry is making a sincere effort and may actually stand a chance of succeeding- -if people don't stockpile and if the hospitals and doctors actually do what they are supposed to do.
-- none (email@example.com), November 19, 1999.