Let's Talk 2000

"The heartbeat of 2000 A.D. from cyberspace"

February 1, 1999, Volume 5, Issue 2, a monthly bulletin

Topics covered in this issue:

The Millennium Doctor Speaks
News from the Field:
Talk from the Forum:
New Millennial Sites:
Contact Information

The Millennium Doctor Speaks:
"Taking the pulse of 2000 A.D."

Our lead story shares how a creative advertiser from Chicago, who hung around Talk 2000's heavenly "dialogue and rich diversity" for awhile, has now moved out to create millenniumhell.com. Things are heating up.

My 13-year old daughter happily informed me this past weekend that Ty Beanie Babies now have issued Millennium Bear, carrying a birth date of January 1, 1999. She promptly went out and added another 8 animals to her collection.

The rest of this issue speaks for itself. If you would like to join our daily Talk 2000 electronic conference, there is always room for one more. Send us an email and request an invitation.

News from the Field:
"Here is the latest news on year 2000 efforts."

MILLENNIUM HELL--ONE HOT DESTINATION
David "Bubba" Hernandez is sick and tired. He is so fed up with Millennium Hype he has gone to Hell. millenniumhell.com, that is. Creating the ultimate satire of human achievement the past 2,000 years, Bubba launched his site this past month to a deluge of interest. Millenniumhell.com serves up irreverent fun and scathing commentary about all things 2000. The 2nd issue of his weekly Web magazine leads off with a story on "Clinton: Millennial 'Apostle of Hope' or Satan?" poking fun at comments made a recent "Millennium Evening" lecture.

Each issue also spotlights a "stupid" prophecy of the month, and features a worthless millennial web site. And for those who want to share Millennium Hell with others, Bubba offers you ready-to-send e-mail postcards that say: "Have A Nice Doomsday (TM)," "Greetings from Millennium Hell," and the ever straightforward, "Go to Hell." So when friends ask what's hot for 2000, tell them millenniumhell.com

WORLD'S FAIRS AND THE END OF PROGRESS
Released 18-months before Expo 2000 beings, magazine publisher Alfred Heller has written what one reviewer calls the "most fascinating and important book on world's fairs in more than a decade. Starting from the Crystal Palace of 1851 to proposed Millennial Globe of 2015, Heller conveys the inspirations, frustrations and lessons that fairs have provided for the larger society.

The 259 page book, World's Fairs and the End of Progress, says that "World fair's were created to show off the wonders of the industrial revolution" but now "industrial progress has led to a polluted planet." How can society, Heller asks, and World fair's in particular now find paths to sustainable development? Heller also includes a chapter entitled, "The Turn of the Millennium" where he reviews how the Expo industry is now dominated by theme-park-style adventure rides, and Theme Parks are introducing entertainment that is informative.

For fifteen years, through 1995, Heller edited "World's Fair" magazine. Through February, Heller's new book, World's Fairs maybe ordered at a prepublication price of $19.95 plus $4.00 shipping (CA residents add 7.25% sales tax) from World's Fair, Inc., PO Box 339, Corte Madera, CA 94976-0339.

THE MILLENNIUM REPORT RELEASED
Billing it as "Your Global Guide and information resource for the Millennium," millennial networker David Woolfson released the print version of The Millennium Report this past month. The first edition of The Millennium Report (1998/99) contains 200 pages (8 1/2" x 11") of planned activities in 23 countries on every continent; 300 web site listings of millennium projects, and more than 100 worldwide millennium news stories with links. Purchasers will further receive 11 email newsletters in 1999. The report is being offered at $70.00 CDN. Call: (416) 445-7754 or E-mail: 2000@2000cdn.com for ordering specifics.

THE MILLENNIUM IN THE MEDIA
This month witnessed a deluge of news pieces, commentaries and features on the millennium:

"On New Year's eve, France looks to 2000," Paris, Dec 31, 1998 (Reuters). Just hours before the start of 1999, France on Thursday looked ahead to how it will celebrate the start of 2000.

"Start of 1999 already overshadowed by millennium," by Kevin Liffey London, Jan. 1, 1999 (Reuters). The last year of the millennium began on Friday with a major new currency, the usual prodigious amount of champagne and fireworks, and a great deal of looking ahead to the "big one" in the year 2000

"July 4 babies sought for Philadelphia Independence Day Celebration," January 17, 1999. Organizers of Millennium Philadelphia want one person for each year from 1900 through 1999, and at least one from each state. Each will get a trip for two to Philadelphia, where they'll line up outside Independence Hall on July 4, 2000, for what organizers are calling "The Photo of the Century." Contact: Millenium Philadelphia Celebration, 1515 Market St., Suite 2020, Philadelphia PA 19102, (215) 686-2000.

"Members of US doomsday cult being deported," by Sari Bashi (AP) Ben Gurion Airport, Israel: Members of a U.S. cult suspected by Israel of plotting violence in Jerusalem to bring about the second coming of Christ were deported.

"Net provides sneak peek at future," by Jonathan Oatis, January 11, 1999, New York (Reuters) - 1999 is a few days old and many officials, academics, researchers and other soothsayers are focusing the future, and their predictions can be sampled on the Internet.

"Paris aims to be intellectual, party capital of 2000," by Crispian Balmer, Jan. 20, 1999 Paris (Reuters). Bidding to be both the intellectual and party capital of 2000, the city Wednesday unveiled a menu of millennium events catering to all tastes and ages.

"Why worry about the millennium? We got it wrong," by Mark Egan, Jan 23, 1999, Anaheim, Calif. (Reuters) - Much of the world plans to welcome a new millennium on Jan. 1, 2000. But one scientist says that celebration could be a few seconds off, or a year early, or less than a year early -- or maybe many years off the mark.

"Jewish leaders upset at Falwell remarks," by Caryle Murphy, January 24, 1999, Washington Post. American Jewish leaders have accused the Rev. Jerry Falwell, one of Israel's most vocal Christian supporters, of inciting anti-Semitism by his assertion that the Antichrist will be a Jewish man who is probably "alive somewhere today."

"Clinton's speech not the last of the century," January 24, 1999, Washington (AP) -- When President Clinton declared Tuesday's speech the last State of the Union speech of the 20th century he reflected popular belief, but was not quite correct.

"Arthur C. Clarke warns of Y2K bug chaos," Jan 24, 1999, by Rahul Sharma, Colombo, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke, at pains to point out that the new millennium does not start until 2001, says the so-called millennium bug could cause chaos in 2000.

"Looking 1000 years back, president sees hope for future," by Kalpana Srinivasan, January 26, 1999. Washington (AP). Sure that the answers lie deeper than the Y2K bug or endless New Year's toasts, President Clinton welcomed scholars to the White House to ponder the significance of the fast-approaching new millennium.

"Sydney team admits Olympic image hit," by James Regan, Sydney, Jan 27 (Reuters) - The organisers of Sydney's 2000 Games acknowledged the image of the Olympics had suffered in the eyes of sponsors amid criticism over how host cities are selected.

"Party, prayer and plain old fun available to millennium seekers," by Emma Blijdenstein, Jan 28, 1999, Jerusalem (AP) -- A human ring around the Dead Sea, a motorcycle rally from Rome to Jerusalem and an interfaith gathering to promote world peace are just some of hundreds of ways Israel is ringing in 2000.

"New millennium two years away," by Thomas J. Lucente Jr., Knight-Ridder/Tribune News Service, Jan 19, 1999 pK1430, Columnist uses history, logic and official time keeping bodies to persuade others that the new millennium does not begin until 2001.

"Time warp: New millennium to simply bring another family New Year's hunt." by Ray Sasser. Knight-Ridder/Tribune News Service, Jan 13, 1999 pK6507. Texas columnist shares personal narratives of deer hunting to talk about how his kids will celebrate the arrival of the year 2000.

"Be on top of the world in 2000," Knight-Ridder/Tribune News Service, Jan 13, 1999 pK6511. by Deb Acord. Columnist describes the Everest 2000 Expedition organized by Mountain Madness, a Seattle-based adventure-travel company that specializes in trekking and climbing. http://www.mountainmadness.com

"One more glitch to worry about: the April Fools' bug," by Dan Gillmor, Knight-Ridder/Tribune News Service, Jan 13, 1999 pK7009. Columnist notes how some Windows programs, starting on April Fools' Day 2001, will tell the wrong time for a week.

"Flying in early 2000 shouldn't be deadly, but may be inconvenient," by George Avalos Knight-Ridder/Tribune News Service, Jan 13, 1999 pK7020. Forecasts of air travel affected by Y2K in December 1999.

"Some fear what may follow year's end," by Tom Schaefer, Knight-Ridder/Tribune News Service, Jan 13, 1999 pK7405. Columnist offers religious reflections on the power of fear related to Y2K bug.

"No Apocalypse now: Y1K anxiety ends, but world doesn't; citing invasions and plagues, some sages warn this a brief reprieve - till 1033.(expected last days fail to materialize at start of 11th century)(Special Millennium edition, set in Year 1000) The Wall Street Journal, Jan 11, 1999 pR33(E) col 4 (10 col in).

"Millennium hoopla muted among Asians," by Louise Lee. The Wall Street Journal, Jan 8, 1999 pB8(E) col 1 (17 col in). In Thailand it will be 2543; in Taiwan it will be the 89th year of the republic; in China it will be the Year of the Dragon; to Western Christians it will be the year 2000. Most Asian consumers thus far are pretty disinterested in the millennium as an event. Of course, that could change by mid-1999.

"Y2K. B4 IT'S 2 L8," by Craig Crossman. Knight-Ridder/Tribune News Service, Jan 6, 1999 pK4924. The Y2K bug has become mainstream news. Newspaper headlines scream Y2K is coming, CNN has a whole series dedicated to it and TV network news shows just can't stop reporting on Y2K stories.

"When it comes to Y2K problem, Texas woman wants Christians to be ready for the worst." by Deborah Kovach Caldwell, Knight-Ridder/Tribune News Service, Jan 6, 1999 pK4934. Feature on 44-year religious woman preparing for Y2K in Hurst, TX. Hillel Schwartz quoted.

"Millennium may have begun a few years ago," by Michael Precker, Knight-Ridder/Tribune News Service, Jan 6, 1999 pK4937. Columnist blames bad arithmetic and misreading of history on why the actual date of the millennium passed some years ago.

"Let's end this millennium differently from the last; 999 brought out the worst in some people," by Jane R. Eisner, Knight-Ridder/Tribune News Service, Jan 5, 1999 pK4543. One thousand years ago, Europe was seized by terror, hysteria and altogether strange behavior, claims columnist. If 1998 was any prelude, this year could rival 999 as a time of upheaval, pre-messianic fervor and post-modern nuttiness.

"On brink of millennium, it's just another day.(New Year's Eve in New York City ), by Douglas Martin, The New York Times, Jan 2, 1999 pB3(L) col 3 (21 col in).

"Is Guam available?(for next New Year's Eve to celebrate the millennium)(Editorial), The New York Times, Jan 2, 1999 pA10(L) col 1 (6 col in). Satire.

Force-fed fun.(anxiety related to New Year's Eve in the year 2000)(Column) by Frank Rich, The New York Times, Jan 2, 1999 pA11(L) col 6 (16 col in).

"Come the Millennium, use the stairs," by Dave Barry, Knight-Ridder/Tribune News Service, Dec 21, 1998 pK0591. Humorist reflects on next New Year's Eve and 2000.

"Minding the millennium." U.S. news & world report. Volume 126, Number 3, pp. 59, January 25, 1999, The end is nigh; roll the presses!

"2000: Tough Choices for Planet Earth" by Jim Motavalli. E : the environmental magazine. Volume 10, Number 1, pp. 28, Jan 01, 1999 In 1999, as we approach the next millennium, the world stands at a crossroads, with divergent paths leading to unprecedented and want on the one hand, and a new era of conservation-driven prosperity and plenty on the other.

"Are We There Yet?" by Glenn Kenny, Premiere. Volume 12, Number 6, pp. 90, February 01, 1999. Since 1984, no year in movie history has inspired greater dread--or greater hope--than the one that will herald the next dread--or greater hope--than the one that will herald the next millennium: 2000. Now, with that expiration date nearly upon us, Premiere goes back to the future of yesterday's sci-fi movies--from Metropolis to Blade Runner, from Sleeper to Dr. Strangelove--and finds the cracks in Hollywood's crystal ball.

2001, a joke odyssey: the millennium joke book by Sandy Ransford. London: Macmillan Children's, 1999, 281 p. ; 20 cm., ISBN: 0330349880. Wit and humor for juveniles.

Talk from the Forum:
"Here is a recap of recent conversations"

PROJECTIONS FOR 1999-2000
On January 3rd, Talk 2000 regular, Bob McClenon mcclenon@pop.erols.com offered his projections for 1999 and 2000 related to the millennium:

My first prediction will be an easy one which is being widely made. The arrival of the year 2000 will be welcomed with a few memorable immense parties and many more smaller parties, a few of them memorable and most not so memorable. (A party is only a party, and is soon over.)

As the 24 hours of partying approaches, the arguments that the century and the millennium turn over at the end of the year 2000 rather than its beginning will become increasingly shrill. Those who remind us that there was no year zero and that the first century thus was 1-100 AD will persistently maintain that the twentieth century does not end until the end of 2000, and thus the parties that are being planned are a year early. The majority of people will ignore these arguments.

Those who merely look at the date will ignore the arguments and will simply continue to plan for their parties. Those computer professionals who look at the ability of computers to look at the date, and so work on Y2K remediation, will also ignore the arguments that the year 2000 is the last year of the twentieth century. To the Y2K programmer, the century is simply the first two digits of the year. Their technical concerns will trump the pedantic technical concerns of when the counting began. The computer concept of a century will match the common concept, as the pedantic concept will not.

There will of course be a second round of parties a year later, at the end of 2000. The pedants will claim that these are the true millennial parties. Most people will not care or understand this argument but will be glad to celebrate anyway.

In the United States and other industrial countries, the year 2000 computer problem will be scattered rather than universal. It will have largely but not entirely been solved at considerable expense. A few companies will go out of business. Most will carry on. The most visible symptom of the problem to consumers will be spot shortages of certain merchandise due to failure of inventory programs. Less obvious symptoms will include late payments of bills. A few companies will have to meet their payrolls in the first week of the year 2000 by manual writing of checks, but this will be rare. A few appliances and devices will fail, especially VCR's, but not as many as have been predicted by some. The consumer electronics industry will take advantage of Y2K concerns to stimulate the sales of VCR's and computers in the fall and pre-Christmas season of 1999. When January 2000 arrives, most Americans will breathe a sigh of relief that the impact has been less than was predicted by the doomsayers.

The impact of the year 2000 problem on computing in the less developed countries may be more serious, but they are less dependent in their infrastructure on computing in the first place. As a result, the impact in the less developed countries will be primarily in their industrial and financial sectors. Recovery from the Asian depression will be delayed by the year 2000 problem.

In 1999, there will be predictions that the current boom will continue for years to come. ("This time it's different," optimists say when questioned.) There will also be predictions of economic disaster in the United States and other industrial nations. I think that both predictions will be wrong. I predict that there will be a recession in 1999 and 2000, rather than a continued boom or a crash. The current boom is beginning to overheat. Inflationary pressures that have been building up in the unionized (manufacturing and services) sectors will spread into the technology sector. Because of the inflationary pressures, the Fed will be unwilling to continue to ease credit to offset the deflationary pressures from Asia. Unemployment will increase slightly in 1999 and 2000, and complaints about inequity and inequality will become more prominent.

Public attention in the fall of 2000 in the United States will of course be dominated by an election campaign, which will be divisive and will produce more heat than light. The Democrats and the Republicans will each blame the other party for the recession and for other problems and will offer thirty-second sound-bite analyses. The Democrats will accuse the Republicans of hard-heartedness, and the Republicans will accuse the Democrats of soft-headedness. The American people will be disillusioned with both parties and with the campaign. One result on 7 November 2000 will be a high level of anti-incumbent ticket-splitting. When all the votes are counted, a Republican will have been elected President narrowly, but the Republicans will, by an equally narrow margin, have lost the majority in the House. Divided government will be preserved.

The turn of the century and the millennium will have effects in two main areas, the public area of computer problems, and the private and public area of religion. In a country in which church and state are separated and the exercise of religion is free, the second millennial anniversary of the birth of Jesus will be observed more by churches than by governments. The Catholic Church will observe the year 2000 as a Holy Year of Great Jubilee. Evangelical churches will hold revivals. A few people will predict that the year 2000 will be marked by a great spiritual awakening or rediscovery. More people will predict that the year 2000 will have no real spiritual or religious impact. They will both be wrong, because the truth will be somewhere in between. Church attendance will rise, but not dramatically. In a period of gradually increasing emphasis on traditional moral values and social conservatism, this trend will continue in the year 2000. There will be increased attention to religious history.

Bethlehem, in the newly independent state of Palestine, will be the most popular destination for religious journeys. One side effect of some of these journeys and the plans for them will be increased dialogue between Muslims and Christians with a focus on their histories and traditions.

Dark side effects of the millennium will be observed, but will be scattered. There will be a few prophecies of the end of the world. A few observers will predict widespread outbreaks of 'millennial madness', but such outbreaks will in fact be the exception rather than the rule, and will be attributed to cults. They will include ritual suicides, and possibly treks into the wilderness or acts intended to abandon the world in preparation for the end. Most Americans will regard these actions with a combination of dismay and amusement. There will be a few acts of domestic terrorism, but no great outbreak of disorder.

International terrorism will decrease slightly in 1999 and 2000. The newly independent state of Palestine will have a new and constructive interest in the safety of millennial travelers to Bethlehem. While there will be no formal diplomatic relations between Palestine and Israel, the police of the two states will work together behind the scenes to maintain the safety of (Christian) pilgrims. Terrorism will recede as an issue between Israel and Palestine.

The millennium will have fewer effects than either the most optimistic or the most pessimistic expect, and will bring more good and less harm than many will expect. Those are my predictions. Happy New Year. Copyright 1999 by Robert McClenon

DOOMSAYERS DELUGE COMP.SOFTWARE.YEAR-2000
To counter a deluge of doomsayer posts on the normally technically oriented newsgroup, "comp.software.year-2000," Year Zero advocate http://www.go2zero.com and senior programming analyst Alan Dechert ADechert@compuserve.com offered this post on January 25th:

Some visitors to comp.software.year-2000 are concerned about the deluge of doom and gloom postings. Clearly, Paul Milne leads the pack when it comes to doomsaying here. He has spammed this ng with more than 5,000 messages. The basic content of these messages is always the same: cut-and-paste a FUD (Fear Uncertainty Doubt) article, then follow with some off-the-wall conclusion about how this proves that disaster is certain.

Contrary to most people here (and, I believe, the purpose of the newsgroup), Milne has no interest in solutions to the year 2000 computer problem. He merely states--over and over--that computer people screwed up and there's no chance to avert a very large scale disaster. From his bible-thumping and god-talk, it is clear that he somehow associates Y2k with biblical prophesies of the Apocalypse.

Many here feel his message might be more appropriate for misc.survivalism, alt.conspiracy, or, better yet, alt.y2k.end-of-the-world. Indeed, Paul does post to these other newsgroups. But for some reason--unfortunately for readers here--his focus seems to be c.s.Y2k.

Some have suggested that Paul does this because he has some financial interest in the survivalist supply business. I happen to believe that Paul--and others like him--have a much larger idea in mind that has nothing to do with profiteering or logic ...'faith' might be a better description.

Paul and friends are concerned Christians, maybe not members of the cult led by Monte Kim Miller, but in the broader sense, they clearly are exactly that. They need help.

As you may have read recently, Israeli authorities captured 14 members of the Concerned Christians group on January 3, 1999, alleging that the group was planning to commit a violent action in an attempt to instigate Christ's Second Coming (AP story).

Some here have expressed hope that as the various trigger dates (1/1/99, 2/1/99, 7/1/99, 9/9/99, etc.... ultimately 1/1/00) pass with no computer calamities, Milne will disappear. Maybe, maybe not. Consider that Monte Kim Miler, the leader of the Concerned Christians cult predicted that the Denver area was to be devastated by an earthquake on October 10, 1998. When this did not happen, he merely changed his story.

Jay Gary, author of The Star of 2000 recently wrote, "...we underestimate the ability of those with apocalyptic mindsets to continue to reinvent their story, based on what is next, not what has passed. In other words, there is no corporate accountability for '88 reasons in 1988' after the fact, a Harold Camping can even arise in 1993 or whatever and use the same twisted non-logic to promote his ideas and book business."

Aaron Lynch, author of Thought Contagion, wrote, "Some fraction of those who believe in the apocalypse take the further cognitive step of believing that they have a divinely appointed role in precipitating it, including by violent means."

While Milne and friends may or may not be card-carrying members of the Concerned Christians cult, they exhibit similar points-of-view. It's clear that they care nothing for reasoned discourse.

In light of the foregoing, I did a brief search on the Internet for "cult deprogramming." Here are a couple of links that may be helpful:

http://www.csj.org/studyindex/studyintervention/study_thtrefrmconsul.htm
http://www.rickross.com/

It is my sincere hope that information like this might help Milne and co. break the grip of the apocalyptic vision that now enslaves them. I hope others will post information--as they find it--that might help the concerned christians understand what's really bugging them.

DOOMSDAY CULT ARRESTED IN ISRAEL
Univ of Chicago PhD candidate Dereck Matthew Daschke dasc@midway.uchicago.edu comments on the "cult" descriptor, following a January 4th, the New York Times report that Israeli police had arrested members of a "Concerned Christian" cult group in West Jerusalem. The group had been "missing" since October and caused concern over their teaching that they would die on the streets of Jerusalem:

I find much of this discussion about the Concerned Christians very interesting, specifically in that it articulates the assumption by the cultural mainstream that "cults" are something that happen to other peoples' religions.

It's also curious how quickly some people, such as watcher , are ready to rule on whether or not individuals he has never met are or are not Christians.

I'll be as brief as possible making my points. "Cult" is something of a sociological term, indicating a sect of an established religion which is centered around a single charismatic individual. But mostly, today, it is a political term, meaning "(brainwashed) people who are manipulated by a (crazy) so-called Messiah." In reality, most new religions, and even old ones, resemble one or the other definition of cult at one time or another. The Romans sure thought Christianity was some "weird cult" of Judaism.

The fact is, Christianity has such a large body of tradition, teaching, and followers that splinter groups following new interpreters are inevitable. And as much as some would like to make the New Testament a litmus test for "Christian-ism", few versions of Christianity today look at all like what is expressed in that rather slim volume. Ironically, a group which split off and tried to live in the manner of the early church would likely be labeled - yes - a cult.

As for the violence aspect, don't forget that a group with an apocalyptic mindset is following the Christ with a flaming sword in his mouth of Revelation, not the guy who calmed the waters. Hey, all you who claim that *you* are Christians, not *them* -- if there is a Second Coming, it's not supposed to be very pretty beforehand. That's a New Testament notion.

And sure there are going be false prophets. But some of them are bound to be real. Are you sure you will be able to tell the difference? The story of both Testaments is that most people were not very good at it, and you only really knew for sure *after* disaster struck.

"Christians" may not like what this group believes, but they can not prima facie declare that they have no right to claim the same designation for themselves. Therefore, it is far from "anti-Christian bias" to call this group "apocalyptic Christians" or even a "Christian cult", if they themselves have chosen the name "Concerned Christians" (bizarrely, the name was chosen when they were, of all things, an anti-cult group) and acting in ways they believe will bring about the return of Christ....This "inducing of the birth pangs of the New Age" has many, many precedents in apocalyptic and millennial studies.

THE Y ZERO K PROBLEM: A LETTER FROM 1 B.C.
This letter from "1 B.C" has been making the rounds on the net this last month and was posted to Talk 2000 also. Source: http://www.alpinenterprises.com/

Translated from Latin scroll dated 1BC by Plutonius
Message from: Rome
January 18, 1 B.C.

Dear Cassius:

Are you still working on the Y zero K problem? This change from BC to AD is giving us a lot of headaches and we haven't much time left.I don't know how people will cope with working the wrong way around. Having been working happily downwards forever, now we have to start thinking upwards. You would think that someone would have thought of it earlier and not left it to us to sort it all out at this last Minute.

I spoke to Caesar the other evening. He was livid that Julius hadn't don something about it when he was sorting out the calendar. He said he could see why Brutus turned nasty. We called in Consultus, but he simply said that continuing downwards using minus BC won't work and as usual charged a fortune for doing nothing useful. Surely,we will not have to throw out all our hardware and start again? Macrohard will make yet another fortune out of this I suppose.

The money lenders are paranoid of course! They have been told that all usury rates will invert and they will have to pay their clients to take out loans. Its an ill wind....

As for myself, I just can't see the sand in an hourglass flowing upwards. We have heard that there are three wise men in the East who have been working on the problem, but unfortunately they won't arrive until it's all over. I have heard that there are plans to stable all horses at midnight at the turn of the year as there are fears that they will stop and try to run backwards, causing immense damage to chariots and possible loss of life.

Some say the world will cease to exist at the moment of transition. Anyway, we are still continuing to work on this blasted Y zero K problem. I will send a parchment to you if anything further develops. If you have any ideas please let me know.

New Millennial Sites:
"Here are new sites in cyberspace"

THOUGHT CONTAGION: "The New Science of Memes"
How belief spreads through society through memetics.
http://www.thoughtcontagion.com

'CONCERNED CHRISTIAN' CULT MONITOR
A new web site which monitors activities of the Concerned Christian cult from Denver, recently deported from Jerusalem.
http://members.tripod.com/~tokyoboardwalker/cc.html

MILLENARIUM: "Polling the planet for peace"
A French based cultural association is surveying the hopes and concerns of the Youth worldwide in preparation for the third millennium. Based on their two year effort, they plan to submit the best 100 questions to the G7 leaders of the world in June 1999. A resulting book, Interview will be published on January 1, 2000 to become the testament and will of humanity's hopes for the third millennium.
http://www.millenarium.org

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