Let's Talk 2000

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

October 1, 1996, Volume 2, Issue 16, a bi-weekly 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 first feature gives an update on The Millennium Society legislation introduced in the 104th U.S. Congress. Like this Congress as a whole, it came in like a lion, but went out like a lamb. But there is always next year. Proponents are confident they can get the needed 290 Congressmen to sponsor the commemorative coin portion.

Our Talk 2000 Forum has been a buzz the past couple of days over a proposal to create an online "New Century Chronicle," featuring news from 100 years ago, and future scenarios on the eve of century 22.

For those joining us as new subscribers, besides this bi-weekly bulletin there is also a daily discussion forum, "Talk 2000. " Rather than just receiving three pages every two weeks, you can interact each day with a global electronic town hall on the millennium. For more information on how to subscribe, write talk2000@rmii.com, and ask for "Talk 2000 Invitation. "

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

The Millennium Society Act of 1996, introduced in June, failed to come to vote this month in the U.S. Congress. Nick Sranzen, legislative aide of Congressman Tom Davis of Virginia, told Bimillennial Press today that the millennium bill, which requested official designation of The Millennium Society as the U.S. arm to celebrate the year 2000, was held back due to lack of additional sponsors needed for the commemorative coin portion of the legislation. Scranzen said the Congressman plans to hold a meeting with all sponsors and staff before the end of the year, and reintroduce the bill into the 105th Congress come January.

Reaction from various millennium organizations in the U.S. to the legislation has been mixed since its introduction in June. Hailing its commemorative coin and stamp features as positive, some millennium leaders have questioned the wisdom of designating a private group as the official millennium society, rather than creating a public millennium commission which can facilitate cooperation for 2000 celebrations between private groups and public entities at the state and federal level. The full text of the Millennium Society Act of 1996 is available in the Talk 2000 archives for July. To retrieve this file by email, write listproc@usc.edu and place this phrase in the body of your message: GET 2000ad-l log9607. Source: Bimillennial Press, talk2000@rmii.com

Practicing palmist Kathryn Harwig believes the turn of the millennium will foster "a period of evaluation and questioning similar to a classic mid-life crisis." To provide relief from this massive PMS, or Pre-Millennial Syndrome, she has written The Millennium Effect (Spring Press, 1996). Its aim is to help individuals use "hand analysis" to navigate the century's end. Harwig's opening chapter describes the unsettling effect of millennial prophecies. It can be found at: http://members.aol.com/harwig
The Millennium Effect joins a growing collection of soft-sell occult titles which interpret the supposed coming "millennium changes," including The Third Millennium, a channeled book by Ken Carey and The Millennium Planner, a New Age prophecy guidebook by Peter Lorie.

On September 13, Talk 2000 participant, Rick McCarty (pymccart@ecuvax.cis.ecu.edu) launched a full-fledged electronic conference to discuss the social and philosophical aspects of calendars and time reckoning. Since it's inception, the Calendar conference has addressed issues such as the Bonavian calendar proposal, the World Reform Calendar, the cultural history of the Gregorian Calendar and leap years. To subscribe, send an email message to: listserv@ecuvm.cis.ecu.edu In the body of the message, include this string without the brackets: subscribe CALNDR-L (first and last name). For more information, check McCarty's Calendar Reform web site at: http://ecuvax.cis.ecu.edu/~pymccart/calendar-reform.htm

Alan Dechert (75627.1634@compuserve.com) reports from Portland that the first printing of his "Year Zero Calendar" has rolled off the presses. This high-quality, four color 9" x12" (18" x12" unfolded) wall calendar turns the chronometer back to zero on a standard year 2000 calendar. The cover features a picture of Stonehenge. Other pictures include the Acropolis, Mars, Mt. Fuji Victoria Falls, the Grand Canyon, etc. Copies are available for US $10 each (plus $1.24 for postage and applicable sales tax). Checks may be sent to DATA FACTORS, P.O. Box 1406, Mtn. View CA 94042. Re-sellers may place order by e-mail or US mail. The ISBN is 0-9654783-0-0.

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

Call himthe "millennium mill." If Greg Wright (greg@newciv.org) had a dollar for every millennial idea he has coined, his stack of George Washingtons would be as tall as a house. On September 28th, the founder of Wright Thinking proposed that someone should start an online "New Century Chronicle." This web-based newspaper would "presents the daily 'news' from exactly one hundred years ago, starting in, say, 1998 (with the news, day to day or week to week, from 1898), and so on, past the turn of the millennium (with news of the turn of the century), through at least the early years of the 2000s (with news of the early 1900s, 100 years before)."

"This 'newspaper' across the years would show its readers what is stable and predictable about humans and their societies -- and their minds!; and what is uniquely different about that time long ago, and about our own unprecedented times; and some startling foreshadowing ideas and statements and stories expressed by those long-ago folks that speak to our condition.

"And the 'New Century Press' would show us where the past completely failed to see what was coming: The 20th Century started with a wave of seemingly justifiable optimism -- electricity, public health, spreading literacy, technology, progress, all bound to lead to an enlightened world of prosperity and human good all around. Who thought that at the other end of the 1900s three quarters of humanity would be living in one degree or another of grinding poverty, two world wars would have played out, massive vicious ideologies would sweep some of the most civilized parts of the globe, the climate would be changing (actually, one Swedish atmospheric scientist did predict greenhouse warming), the human population would be exploding by a billion a decade (actually, one Malthus said something about this, a double century ago), and humans would have acquired the means to blow five millennia of civilization to oblivion (actually, one H.G. Wells predicted this, almost a century ago, in 1913)."

Following Wright's proposal, a flurry of correspondence emerged, seconding his idea. Ken Hamlik (hamik@well.com) extended the cyberpaper idea to stretch into the future. He wrote:

"A website which covers news 100 years from now until the year 2000 [and corresponding projections for] 2096-2100. These scenarios could cover new technologies, a-day-in-the-life-of vignettes, space exploration, solutions to or failure to address perennial problems (poverty, war, etc.). I'm a professional futurist/strategist, but would be more interested in this mock web news site which consisted of contributions from historians, scientists, clergy, politicians, carpenters, engineers, artists, etc. . . . It is not only realistic to look ahead 100 years, I believe it is our responsibility . . .

"Some call this 'long view' visionary, not because it predicts the future but presents us with compelling paths which *could* play out. I would suggest the use of scenarios in generating the proposed 'futures' web site because our greatest human tradition is storytelling. Scenarios are different ways of weaving technological, political, cultural, economic, and spiritual trends into a variety of visions. To agree or disagree with each is to enrich our debate about where we are heading. It begins to assign more responsibility to our current decisions.

New Millennial Sites:

"Here are new sites in cyberspace"

A dialogue center on religious millennialism covering End-Time schemes, UFOs and conspiracy theories. Offers a question of the week, featured responses and links to millennial folklore sites.

MILLENNIUM: "A CBC Radio Program with Gwynne Dyer"
As we approach the end of one millennium and the start of another, Canadian broadcaster, Gwynne Dyer takes stock. He looks to both the past and the future, surveying several thousand years of human history to assess where we have been, where we are now, and where we seem to be going.

Read how the cities of Portsmouth and Gosport, England are making plans for a millennial renaissance of their harbor.

Contact Information:

"Your link to the third millennium"

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