New Year's Eve....
there are those who are literally "quaking" in
their boots over what they think will occur at the stroke of
midnight... there are others who've got their weapons at
"the ready" just in case the events that unfold
Then there are folks
like myself who think of all the New Year's Eves gone
by and the headaches the following morning from "too
much celebrating" and have resolved the entire matter
into one thought.
That thought being,
Happy New Year to all and let's rejoice in the fact that at
our age.... we were lucky enough to even SEE the New
Millennium come to pass.
Those who stockpiled
dry foods and foods that need no cooking... that's
great! Now they have a very good excuse to go camping
with the family this summer. Call it an extension of
the Millennium celebration. Those with the weaponry...
clean it and oil it down put it back in your locked cabinets
and revel the in the fact another year going by increases
Of course, I've
deliberately saved the final grouping for last.
Why? Easy! Because they are the most serious about the
events of the turn of the century. The Doomsayers...
they're amazing, absolutely amazing! The Apocalypse
will be upon us... the Terrorists will Bomb us. The
Almighty will make us pay for our sins...All very
interesting but highly unlikely.
As for the religious
slant, if God was inclined to exact his due... he needs no
man made "date" to do so. In that regard, I
believe the religious slant (as I call it) is nothing more
than another charlatan angle to grab money from the gullible
For the Terrorist
predictions.... ahhhh come on, think about it. They
may succeed in popping off a barn or a mailbox or even a
major landmark... but what does it prove? On a major scale,
ie., against the USA, it amounts to nothing more than a
"punch in the nose". However, the
consequences the terrorists will endure in the long haul are
far greater and entirely resolute.
Now we must look at
the latent virus plans around the nation that have been in
place for quite some time. Virii that are set to
trigger at the stroke of midnight or, 24 hours to a few days
later. These are the incidents that, f they do occur,
will be long remembered and tagged as the new warfare and
Then comes what I
believe is the genuine danger... and sadly enough it
comes from within... Its the failures we shall see
that are caused by incompetent systems administrators
worldwide who've been put in place as; favors to a friend, a
convenient promotion, a company or Gov't agency on the cheap
or forced to endure incompetence due to "Affirmative
Action" or any other token-like hiring and/or promotion
practice or scheme used as a means to be politically
correct. Politically Correct instead of at the cutting edge
of technology. We are at the precipice of learning
just how costly such inane practices truly are.
Our Governor James E.
(Jeb) Bush (a Political Neophyte) is a wonderful example of
this practice. While he proclaims loudly and widely he
want an end to Affirmative Action, he stampedes ahead
(behind the scenes) and demands that his nominating
committees, state-wide, must supply more "diverse"
choices, gender and race being the focused choices. To
the trash heap with competence and qualifications.... let's
be Politically Correct. These practices are the
going to prove to be the main causes of Y2K problems in the
world and especially in the USA. Bimbos and Incompetents as
The Y2K problems will
definitely manifest themselves as mostly innocent errors due
to the dumbing down.... (less than qualified) of
Admins. We'll see goofy dates on statements, bills and
due dates (ala Jacksonville Electric Authority here in Duval
County) wanna bet its because their admin is a friend
of a friend and in place because of two reasons a) internal
politics and b) the person appointed came cheap, much
cheaper that a real Admin. By the way, a top quality
System Administrator comes in at approx.75 - 100g per year
with stock options, retirement benefits etc., all (except
the annual wage) may vary from the private to the public
This folks, is the
real danger of Y2K. Companies and Government Agencies
that are hamstrung by idiot CEO's and CFO's who demand
everything on the cheap and enjoy bragging about how many
minimum wage employees they have (I actually overheard
a few local prominent businessmen at a cookout doing just
this.)... these goofs have lost grasp of reality.. they're
counting their ducats but have lost sight of tomorrow.
That is, until it jumps up and bites them in the ass.
Tomorrow is here for the next few days... maybe even a week
as the incompetence in the software admin world is exposed
by a myriad of minor Y2K glitches and a few
One can only wonder at
the creative excuses and blathering damage control we'll be
"treated" to in the next few weeks.