Jim Lord interviewed today on local radio.greenspun.com : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread
Much to my surprise, I caught an interview with Jim Lord on the radio in Waterbury, CT today. He was on the phone discussing Y2K and offering some last minute thoughts.
He stands firmly behind his Mr CEO and defends the credibility of this (so far) anonymous individual.
In general, he feels that John Koskinen is gambling with the safety and well being of Americans. He said that IF this turns out better than any of us think, Koskinen should not consider himself good, just lucky.
Jim does not buy into any of the debate about FEMA and nefarious motives by the government. I found this particular point VERY interesting.
He has considerable concern for the electrical infrastructure in this nation. He does not see total or partial grid failure though...more of a localized, utility by utility problem. He also stressed the dependence of electric infrastructure on the telco system. Made some remarks about the management and distribution of electricity being imperiled by any possible telco failures. He did not elaborate on the telco question however.
Finally, he feels strongly that the economic system (banks/markets), should remain intact and operational. I did not hear him offer any support for this point of view. He might have, but I may have missed it because of concentrating on my note taking.
Overall, I thought it was a decent presentation. I would characterize the opinions he gave as "concerned" rather than "doomer".
I'm sure folks will have comments about this.
-- Irving (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 23, 1999
Uh, who is Jim Lord again? And what does he do?
-- Bad Company (email@example.com), December 23, 1999.
Irving, Jim has always come off as an intelligent, thoughtful speaker and writer. Why the 180 shift in analysis baffles me. Still trying to figure it out. Wonder what his plans are for the next few months, has he prepped, where will he and his loved ones be? Hate to think, someone who raised an early alarm is now part of the spin. Can't quite figure out the logic. Any thought's from someone who knows more than I do?
-- Michael (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 23, 1999.
There are two main ways for a doomer or semi-doomer to view what has transpired in government and industry to this point. One is to believe in conspiracy theories. The other is to believe that denial and incompetence are the primary factors. Jim Lord seems to suggest here that he favors the latter, although some other statements he's made would suggest he believes both are operating.
-- Bill Byars (email@example.com), December 23, 1999.
What some folks say "behind the scenes" and what they say in public are often two different things. In "behind the scenes" scenarios they're more likely to express their fears but in *public* they tone it down so they can't be labelled an *extremist* later. (God forbid!) Private and public personas don't always add up to the same thing.
-- LunaC (LunaC@moon.com), December 23, 1999.
"He stands firmly behind his Mr CEO and defends the credibility of this (so far) anonymous individual."
"He has considerable concern for the electrical infrastructure in this nation. He does not see total or partial grid failure though...more of a localized, utility by utility problem."
Remember "Mr. Acronym's" projections? Now compare that to Mr. Lord's unwavering grid prediction. Interesting.
-- Buster (BustrCollins@aol.com), December 23, 1999.
Remember when you were a kid and someone bent your arm behind your back until you said "UNCLE..." weeeeellllll????? [shrug] Hope it doesn't hurt tooo much Jim.
-- spun@lright (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 24, 1999.