Time: The '00s: Goodbye (at Last) to the Decade From Hell

At exactly two minutes after midnight on Jan. 1, 2000, an alarm sounded at a nuclear power plant in Onagawa, Japan. Government officials and computer scientists around the globe held their breath. Was this the beginning of a massive Y2K computer meltdown? Actually, no. It was an isolated event, one of a handful of glitches to occur (including the failure of 500 slot machines at two racetracks in Delaware) as the sun rose on the new decade. The dreaded millennial meltdown never happened.

Instead, it was the American Dream that was about to dim. Bookended by 9/11 at the start and a financial wipeout at the end, the first 10 years of this century will very likely go down as the most dispiriting and disillusioning decade Americans have lived through in the post–World War II era. We’re still weeks away from the end of '09, but it’s not too early to pass judgment. Call it the Decade from Hell, or the Reckoning, or the Decade of Broken Dreams, or the Lost Decade. Call it whatever you want — just give thanks that it is nearly over.

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What is this all about? By and large most people did rather well during the “OOs”
It was a horror only for liberal establishmentarians out of power.

well howdy guy

I love the Y2K hype, it made our early retirement possible since DH’s company was contracted to do what big 8 accounting firms ordered for their clients to get them “Y2K compliant” which meant a specified amount of money had to be spent on programming protections, which we were happy to accept.

It was generally a good decade with a few reality checks thrown in for good measure.
The first reality check was to persuade everyone that we are not outside of history, and the second was that we cannot live outside of our means.
How well we conform to those realities will determine if the next decades will be hellish or not.

I think it’s more of a hellish time period. Not necessarily a decade.

Plus look: before this was the Cold War. Before that the two world wars. Before that the depression, the revolutions and poverty, the civil war and the wars for independence… I think the world has been at this nonsense for a while.

I admit, in light of abortion, this decade and its predecessors have been very hellish. The rest… we must put it in context

No, the world has been like this since the Fall. It’s just business as usual.

The Decade from Hell? For all we know, compared to the decade about to come it might seem like heaven in retrospect :shrug:

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