February 4, 1999
The Y2K Challenge
"We may be being given this one last chance"
There has been quite a number of feedbacks on my last letter on aspartame (now posted
on my site) and I'm preparing a follow up with some of the most striking and informative
of those letters, that I'll send to you all shortly.
Now I'd like to come back on an issue which many of you have heard about from this
source on a number of occasions over the last year... What I now like to call the
Y2K Challenge. As the media of the world have finally waken up to the magnitude of
this crisis and begun publishing a number of news reports generally playing down the real
scope of it all - with some exceptions tilting at the other end of the scale by focussing
on people gearing up and arming up to survive the "end of the world" -, I think it
would be appropriate to try now to look from a more balanced perspective to what *may*
occur at the stroke of midnight and in the weeks following January 1st, 2000 -- I
say "may occur" because, by everyone's admission, no one is entirely sure what will
actually happen. Also, through a couple letters received from Robert Theobald and George
Thomas, we will look at what "We The People" can do to sensibly prepare for this
challenge to our way of life and the current world paradigm of our shortsighted consumer
With less than 325 days to go (as of February 9, 1999) before the year 2000, it is
possible to figure out quite a bit of what will occur. According to some news reports
and experts heard on TV and radio here in Quebec, the picture is this one: barely
15% of the countries in the world will be reasonably ready in time for the year 2000, meaning
there should be only minor disruptions for a couple weeks, some of which most likely
due to people overreacting to the perceived threat by hoarding or rushing to take
out their cash from the bank or cashing their stock market assets in the weeks before
December 31, 1999, while the rest of the technologically-dependent world is headed
for some major disruptions of their economy. Amazingly, amongst the countries which
apparently won't be ready, we find Japan and Germany and, unsurprisingly, Russia and
As for Canada, it appears it's going to be the best Y2K-prepared country in the world
with most computer bugs presumably fixed well in advance of schedule -- and yet,
believe it or not, to be on the safe side, the Canadian army will run its largest
peacetime military operation ever and deploy its troops and material across the country to
help the population face any possible problem and all vacations have been cancelled
for the police forces across the country up to the end of March 2000. Contingency
plans are prepared by all levels of government and Y2k warnings have repeatedly broadcast
on TV and even mailed out this week to every household in the country to stir small
companies and almost everyone else to check and correct all their computerized systems
and microchip-equipped electronic hardware. As for large corporations, they mostly
all boast to be already Y2K compliant. Only some government ministries and some hospital
medical equipments are likely to be encountering some problems because they started
too late to fix their problems and for lack of funding in a time of across-the-board
If the entire world had done the same, this Y2K scare would turn out just like another,
well, scare! Unfortunately, it's not the case -- far from it! -- and even if Canada
if almost ready, the domino effect of the global crisis experienced by unprepared
other countries and economic partners around the world will sooner or later be felt
here as our export-dependent economy will also be hurt and dragged into the world
depression that many experts predict will occur.
As for the US situation, it's a quite different picture, depending on who you listen
to, of course... Here is a couple quotes from an article received recently to give
you an idea of the mayhem that military planners are hoping they won't have to deal
with in the US ... Or maybe that's exactly what they hope for!
(Comments continued below)
High Frequency (HF) Radios will be used to call up the commanders of the National
Guard before the stroke of midnight New Year's Eve 1999 in case the communications
systems crash due to the Y2K computer bug. And FEMA, Clinton, and the National Guard
are planning on civilians panicking and they plan curfews and restriction on traveling.
7 Jan 1999
National Guard's big New Year's Eve bash. All December leaves canceled in giant Y2K
This is part two of a three-part investigative series on the massive National Guard
exercise planned in response to possible Y2K problems.
By David M. Bresnahan
If you're in the military, particularly the National Guard, don't plan to go anywhere
next December. All leaves will be canceled in anticipation of problems expected to
be caused by the Y2K computer bug.
In fact, don't even plan your own New Year's Eve party. Uncle Sam is planning to host
one for you. Just be sure to bring your toothbrush and a change of socks -- you may
not be going home after the stroke of midnight.
Secret meetings at the Army Readiness Center in Washington have been going on for
some time dealing with the Y2K computer bug. They have concluded that disruption
of communications, transportation, and power are likely, and plans are underway to
call out every member of the National Guard.
A nationwide recall of every member of the National Guard is no easy task, and hasn't
been done since 1940. It will be even more difficult if the Y2K bug knocks out all
The National Guard Bureau has determined that Y2K may cause significant problems which
will require the guard to take care of civil unrest and riots. If a national emergency
requires the use of National Guard troops, the normal procedure to call them all
to action is to use the phone.
A Y2K shutdown of communications will prevent a recall of the guard, unless a method
is devised to contact guard members some other way. A mock recall called exercise
COMEX/MOBEX will test their ability to function without standard communications.
Several officers who work directly in or with the National Guard Bureau agreed to
talk with WorldNetDaily, with the provision that their identities not be revealed.
Each believes the public needs to know that the Y2K computer problems are a real
threat. They contend that the public needs to be well-informed now to avoid panic and riots
at the start of the year 2000.
A national recall of 480,000 people is a logistical nightmare when a disaster is figured
into the challenge. Moving that many troops with all transportation at a grinding
halt, and with people rioting in the streets is no easy task.
"Maps are being ordered from National Inventory Mapping Agency to find out where to
ship people out. I know in the Washington, D.C., area they need them so they can
manage the traffic situation on the freeway. The whole point of the interstate system
was for mobilization of the troops," said a source close to the logistical planning of
Another officer fully expects travel restrictions to be placed on civilians. It may
be against the law to travel except on official government business. He pointed out
that travel restrictions are often made when there are natural disasters. He also
believes restrictions on banking transactions will go into effect before the end of the
year to prevent runs on the banks.
The military is expected to fail in its efforts to become Y2K compliant by year end.
Not only will many of the 54,000 computer systems fail, but many suppliers to the
military will also be unable to provide needed equipment.
Other plans for Y2K preparations by all of the military include cancellation of all
leave in December 1999 and January 2000. HF radio systems will be put in place, back
up power systems will be established, and alternate command centers will be made
Some of the officers believe the Clinton administration knows the full extent of the
difficulties that will result from Y2K.
"The really skilled, crafty politicians know that fear gives them power," one of the
officers told WorldNetDaily. "When people are afraid, they cry out for help from
the government. Politicians might try to 'wag the dog' here and there, but they could
never purposely create the kind of turmoil that will come with Y2K. This is a dream come
true for politicians like Bill Clinton. Politicians want power and control, and they
can get all they want when people are scared to death. Hitler knew it, and Clinton
knows it too."
Each of the officers spoke to WorldNetDaily separately, yet each commented on their
concerns over the lack of leadership coming from President Clinton. They believe
a disaster can be avoided if a massive public awareness campaign is begun before
the end of the year. Some said Clinton knows that people will not panic if they are informed
and prepared. "We're personally sickened with what we're seeing," said one. "It's
disgusting," said another.
So, obviously, the military wouldn't be going through such preparations if something
was not about to happen, wouldn't they?
Here, some of you might recall the warnings previously circulated on the Internet
that this whole crisis is deliberately planned by the world elite to create chaos,
with nation-wide looting and mayhem similar to what occured in Los Angeles following
the televised Rodney King beating, and then cunningly offer THE SOLUTION, by making people
accept to be implanted with a super sophisticated microchip under their skin that
would ensure the identification and tracking of all criminal elements *and* anarchists
opposed to the world domination by the transnational plutocrats of the planet. Some
eerily similar warnings even came from the afterworld as to this ugly fascist scenario
in one of Dannion Brinkley's prophetic descriptions of our *potential* future (see
the book "At Peace in the Light" with his near). I emphasize here the word "potential"
because the future is not predetermined and will only be what we decide to make of
it. Thanks to the uncontrollable dissemination of information such as this one through
the Internet and, most importantly, thanks to the global spiritual revolution which is
gradually gathering steam *and ether* around the world, despite the few remaining
pockets of hate and war, particularly in Africa (BTW, the current flare up between
Erithrea and Somalia certainly qualifies to receive our Peace and Love thought-forms right
now!) such a grim scenario won't take place because "We The People" simply won't
accept to be led into such a trap.
So let's focus instead on the future *we* choose, and look at the enlightening perspective
presented by 2 of our friends and active partners in shifting the world away from
fear towards love, from hopelessness towards empowerment, and from war and mass-suffering towards peace and world harmony.
The future is ours to make and will be the result of what we decide to do right now
about today's pressing issues.
So please, as usual, feel free to send in your comments and reflections on this theme
and it is possible that they will be shared with a least a thousand other people
in a coming mass email.
United in a spirit of Love and Oneness
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
P.S. I've heard and read that a great number of community-based Y2K preparedness group
have sprung up across the USA lately and people in these groups are experiencing
a wonderful sense of solidarity and spiritual community as a result of those ongoing
meetings. This is an aspect of this challenge which I'd like to focus on in the coming
months. So if you have any personal story to share, send them in!
From: Robert Theobald <email@example.com>
I am on my way out of town for another trip to Australia. During the two
and a half months I have been in the States there have been some profound
shifts, I believe. The sense that our culture is out of control has been
enhanced by the impeachment patterns and by the volatility in the stockmarket.
We are living in a split screen world. All sorts of dynamics are emerging
and they seem separate although they are inevitably heavily interconnected.
I believe that there are two critical tasks for each of us:
a) to find a context which permits us to make sense of our world. We are
aiming to help do this through the resource section of our
b) to find a way to keep our centers through the turbulence which will
assail us this year. I do this through a healing group but each person
needs to find their own route.
I have had the opportunity to talk to a number of groups recently. The
common need, I find, is to show people that there are real grounds for hope
at this time -- that there is much that each of us can do. We also need to
help people to concentrate on the stress in their lives and to think about
ways to reduce it.
I continue to be convinced that Y2K is a major issue. Even if we get the
technology right, the chances of negative social dynamics seem very high to
me. Macintosh is going to broadcast an ad during the superbowl which boosts
the fact that Macs are Y2K compliant at the cost of raising the "fear"
about other systems. This will reach a very different crowd. I know about
this because I was called for a comment by one newspaper who saw this as
WHY Y2K CANNOT BE IGNORED AND MUST BE TREATED IN NON-TRADITIONAL WAYS.
Robert Theobald believes that a primary response to Y2k and other emerging
crises is to develop resilient communities. His latest book is Reworking
Success. If you have received this as a forwarded message, he can be
reached on firstname.lastname@example.org
The level of confusion around Y2K continues to be high. There are those who
believe that the whole issue is hyped by consultants wanting to make money.
The amount of effort, and money, being spent by institutions who have
nothing to gain by wasting resources, which they would rather spend
elsewhere, should lead everybody to reject this argument.
The next level of argument is that so much effort is being devoted to Y2K
that it will be a non-event at the technical level. It is indeed true that
the rapidly growing level of commitment around this issue has certainly reduced the
dangers. The problem is that nobody knows how much.
This is not the place for a detailed examination of the many issues that
make Y2K such an uncertain issue. But three points need to be made. First,
while North America and a few other countries have made considerable
progress, there are many parts of the world that are behind the curve and
where the time-scale makes certain types of necessary remedial work
extremely difficult, if not impossible. Impacts on North American are
likely, but not certain, to be more severe through overseas failures than
those at home. For example, maritime trade requires that a large number of
complex systems mesh completely. If they do not do so, ships and planes
cannot be loaded and unloaded. Serious thinkers believe that a 20%
reduction in imports and exports is possible - think of the impact of this
on the Northwest.
Second, there are an enormous number of systems that are sensitive to
dates. Some of these are controlled by computer code, much of which is
written in outdated computer languages and therefore difficult to correct.
Some of them are controlled by embedded chips. There are many points at
which failures can happen and even small component failures can have huge
consequences. Nobody knows the extent of the problems and our degree of
confusion is reinforced by our society's commitment to "spin" rather than
clarity and honesty. We can get some sense of what might happen by looking
back at the failure of a single satellite in the summer of 1998. It caused
radio programs to go off the air, pagers to cease functioning, credit card
systems at gas pumps to fail and many other problems to emerge.
Third, and most critically, we live in a system which is interconnected in
extraordinarily complex ways. Small failures can cascade and cause major
breakdowns. Those who study complex systems are constantly amazed at the
ways in which they defy analysis and have patterns which are
counter-intuitive. In fact, one often sees results which are exactly the
opposite of Adam Smith's beneficial hand: the self-interested actions of
individuals and groups can all too easily combine to create co-stupidity
rather than co-intelligence.
Our socioeconomic system has assumed that it is appropriate to design
systems which only work when everything goes right "just-in-time" systems
are a primary example of this approach. Our cultures are therefore
increasingly brittle and vulnerable to shocks. The dangers have been shown
as weather has been more extreme in recent years: some parts of Quebec were
without power for six weeks. Y2K threatens multiple shocks and cascading
failures. It is important to note, however, that they will not take place
only at the turn of the millennium. They have already started and will
continue into 2000 and possibly beyond. This will add stress to systems
which are already often overloaded.
To make matters even more complex, the degree of danger from Y2K depends to
a great extent on the context in which it occurs. If the weather is extreme
at the time of the New Year, systems will already be stressed and small
additional pressures will be likely to have significant, possibly
disastrous, consequences. (Remember the chaos in airports in early January
1999 and think about what would have happened with even small additional
computer glitches.) To add to the dangers, there are some groups who are
convinced that the world will or should come to an end with the coming of
the new millennium and some of them are planning sabotage to increase the
possibility that this will occur. (I was reminded how easy it was to cause
disruptions just recently. A bomb threat was called into a ferry. Everything had to
In summary, then, Y2K is uncertain, will have different impacts in many
parts of the world, can impact many systems and can cascade in unpredictable ways.
As an event which can potentially have major impacts at the social level it would
be irresponsible to ignore its dangers at the community and social level. Indeed,
one of the huge ironies of the current moment is that firms are
spending huge amounts of money on the technical side and failing to recognize that
the greater danger to their functioning is the potential societal impacts.
The ultimate irony is this situation is that the greatest problems are
likely to emerge from social shifts rather than from technical difficulties. It is
clear that people are already seeing Y2K as an issue which requires them to take
action. Unfortunately, actions which are individually intelligent may lead to social
breakdowns. For example, if too many people stockpile too much food, or gas, or money this
can bring on the very crises which those working with computer systems have been
working so hard to avoid.
What needs to be done and why we are so far failing to do it?
The first and most obvious reason is that the deadline for Y2K is set and
non-negotiable. This issue requires urgent and effective action by a date
certain This means that the normal deadlines and schedules of most of our decision-making
systems - and particularly those of foundations - makes timely and effective action
impossible. A completely different model is required.
This requirement is, however, only the tip of the iceberg. The fundamental
styles of Western culture will have to change if we are to deal effectively with Y2K
and the other global crises - like global warming, water shortages, environmental
disasters, shortages of fossil fuels etc. We shall need to learn to share knowledge
and to cooperate across boundaries. We shall have to hang together for if we do not we
shall certainly hang separately
Y2K is already causing this recognition to emerge in spotty and incomplete
ways. Concentration is shifting from the technical to the community and
social levels. A number of people and groups are doing excellent work in
this area but almost all of them are starved for resources and therefore
far less effective then they would otherwise be.
Preventing major breakdowns in 1999 is going to be a massive challenge. It
will require a very different form of leadership which invites everybody to
play a role rather than limiting it to a small, elite group.
Blessings and Peace,
1999 will be a tumultuous year. How do we cooperate to create strange
attractors which change dynamics in positive directions?
For our process answer see http://www.resilientcommunities.org
From: George Thomas <email@example.com>
I agree with your decision to give less time to modern day prophets and Masters of,
let's say, "unverifiable" origin. Whilst no doubt it is possible that other beings
exist beyond the Earth plane, it often turns out to be an area
of conflict, miscommunication with the public or self-delusion. For this
reason I, too, have decided to take a very Earth grounded view point.
I observed, after quite a few brushes with plausible hype which turned out to be nothing,
that we have ample material available to our common sense, our hearts and everyday
perception to transform today's self-destructive trend in a very positive and practical way.
We know how to create a very high quality lifestyle without harming each
other or the Earth, right? Many millions are already doing this. But the
hundreds of millions and the billions are not, we can assume. How can this
privileged knowledge of the few, of all backgrounds, be transmitted to the
many? It must happen fast because the blessed Y2K bug could sideswipe all
our well meaning plans by leaving most countries without fuel and
electricity! So it's the domestic, neighbour-caring and ecological skills
which need to come to the top of the international agenda, fast.
"How utopian!" most people would reasonably respond. I agree, if we think in
the way of the past millennium, each only for themselves. But the greatest
change of all is in the new sense of unity and connection with the
planet. This suddenly opens the doors to general caring for all of life and
people. I've experienced this in my own life and no doubt all our extensive
network of caring friends have this in common. But even that's not enough.
Then we have to get down to the "nitty-gritty" (English expression?). We
have to use that ***life-caring attitude*** in every moment of shopping,
work, relationships, community and personal development. THIS, and probably
only this, will build up our skills for the new era. The power of it is that
each person turns into a centre of action and caring, whatever their
background. It's 100% practical. It's enormous fun and very motivating as
many of us already know.
Finally we need a quick spreading of the idea, using a common name and
vision which is threatening to noone. It needs backing by celebrities, music
scene for youth, internet networks, schools with children, parents and
teachers worldwide. That's what I tried to communicate to you some months
back about the Earth Millennium concept. It's theme, "CARING FOR LIFE",
would do the trick in every avenue you could think of, when widely adopted.
Then EXCITEMENT takes over, the biggest motivator of all. Meanwhile the big
stick of Y2K is likely gradually to loom larger as the months pass. That
will make EM even more attractive. Community-based LIFEstyle has a chance to
grow as more people take part. Then, whatever the outcome of the Y2K
situation (i.e. annoying disruptions or at worst even the long-term collapse
of the present Earth-consuming system), many of us will be very well
prepared for a new era of kindness and solidarity - and it will be a
thoroughly positive experience doing so.
Now is "preparation year". Governments and citizens worldwide have missed in
January a precious month of practical preparations for possible zero
utilities in a year's time. We need to urge our neighbours and governments
to create precautionary awareness NOW and put the world 'consumer society'
on hold for a year while Y2K is treated as an INTERNATIONAL emergency. Now
THAT'S radical, but what's the alternative? To be unprepared? The lead must
be taken by the most aware people and the leading governments who have
already started fairly extensive preparations (e.g. Canada, USA, UK)
although they have not really started the real task of nationwide community
building. It is irresponsible for governments not to do this thing if there
is the SLIGHTEST chance that electricity and its fuel supply lines will
gradually stop from 11 months time. ADD TO THAT THE TOXIC AND NUCLEAR
LEGACIES THAT COULD BE LEFT IN A BREAKDOWN SITUATION. All these preparations
take a lot of time, at least 6 months for example in restructuring a power
plant's fire suppression system, now plagued by embedded chips which must be
changed while shutting down the output for a few weeks IN 1999! All VERY
difficult to even contemplate, let alone plan. But it'll be a challenge to
see the entire world working together for a new era which works for all,
with a deadline for completion! What a thought! Anyone got any other
practical suggestions? (everything's on dead slow at present)
So please look at the brand new www.earthmillennium.com site where plenty of
information and action will soon be available once we get our funding. Funds
are the only thing holding us up. Ironical isn't it? Oodles of money being
tossed around for anything else you can think of. Yet this plan to benefit
everyone may sound to funders too idealistic to try out. I'm sure someone will take
the plunge soon. In this case there's no time for the usual slow
institutional fund-raising. Soon the web site will have an endorsement
facility where we hope to see some large numbers of people and groups in
agreement and commitment to themselves to build their own skillful LIFEstyle
and participate in creating their local Y2K-resilient community around them.
Hard at first, but imagine if the credibility really builds up with the
numbers, media comment and specialist expertise etc. It's certainly worth a
try and I do hope that your many contacts are up for a very practical year,
ditching merely theoretical help from above! (so often immobilises us with
inaction as we give our responsibility away to "other powers") The real help
comes from our higher purpose, easily heard WITHIN. This simply urges us to
be practical and take action to be kind and caring to each other and the
creation. See the inspiring C-1 logo. ***We may be being given this one last
chance***. For one, I'm taking it fully on board!
PRACTICE. I do hope you give this initiative your fullest support. Help get
the website out to all the neighbours and friends you can reach. It's only
an announcement as yet. It will grow in beauty and effectiveness with the
suggestions and participants it attracts. Those who have real project
contributions to make can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
With respect for your work and special good wishes towards all who have
decided to get practical about caring for the next generation.
George Thomas, coordinator of Earth Millennium launch
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Y2K meets ONE DAY IN PEACE!
At first, people looked towards 1/1/2000 as the date for the world's biggest
celebration ever. Millennium and Year 2000 product trademarks ran rampant.
People booked their New Year's 2000 parties YEARS in advance. Then the
mainstream began talking about 1/1/2000 in terms of the Y2K bug, which
slowly grew in the minds of many into the Y2K bomb.
One Day In Peace is the answer to both of these perceptions. It is a way to
transform the spirit of celebration surrounding New Year's 2000 into celebration with
a purpose - the purpose of uniting our global community in the common goal of working
together for a more peaceful, just and sustainable world. It is also the Positive
answer to the negative apocalyptic hype surrounding Y2K.
No one really knows how important the Y2K computer bug will be. While some promote
hype and fear about Y2K, others are seeing Y2K as an opportunity to create stronger,
closer & more sustainable communities by helping their cities and town become prepared
"just in case."
1/1/2000 will come and go, with either minimal disruptions, nothing at all, or
major problems all around the world. No one knows. But more important
than what will happen on that rapidly approaching day, is how we react to
"what might happen on that day" in the months leading up to January 1, 2000.
Mainstream panic could literally cause the collapse of our economic
interdependent system - creating an unprecedented global depression.
But if we envision a Positive future for humanity and see 1/1/2000 as a
potential new beginning of global cooperation, and we prepare ourselves and use this
opportunity as a catalyst for causing individuals and society to re-evaluate our
priorities, our goals and the way in which we treat each other and the earth, then
in a worst case scenario (there are major technological
interruptions), we will have gotten to know our neighbors, and our communities will
be prepared with contingency plans so that people will not panic and the
transition to 2000 will be a transformative experience; in a best case
scenario, we will have true cause for celebrating a new beginning of global cooperation.
The best Y2K resource for communities that we've found is The Utne Reader
Supplement: "Y2K Citizen's Action Guide." This 120 page booklet is a
comprehensive blueprint for helping your neighborhood prepare for Y2K and
use this opportunity to build stronger, closer, more resilient communities.
The guide costs $4.95/each at bookstores, but only $1/each in quantities of 50 or
more (plus $7.50 shipping/50 books) from Y2k-Utne, PO Box 7460, Red
Oak, IA 51591-0460 USA. You can also print the entire booklet FREE from
the internet at : www.utne.com/y2k
For more info on Y2K and building community: www.countup2000.com/y2k.htm
From: Gerardus <email@example.com>
Before we lived in Bodies full time
we lived in and out of them
from a higher Dimension.
We enjoyed living in Bodies so much
that eventually it became a full time Occupation.
Lately however... we have become so interested
in the Material World and Matter Bodies
that we have lost Contact
with our Spiritual Home and Heritage.
All this is but temporary
for some of us
are starting to remember more and more.
Before we know it...
we'll be Fourth Dimensional again
and we'll reminisce about our Experiences.
We'll talk about them and say...
Boy... oh Boy... was that ever a Trip.
SOME TRIPS OR DREAMS ARE TERRIBLE NIGHTMARES
LAST MINUTE ADDITION:
If you are interested to read more on the misdeeds of the elite powers of this world
trying to dominate the planet, visit David Icke's website at http://www.davidicke.com
CHECK ALSO ON MY WEBSITE AT http://www.cybernaute.com/earthconcert2000/Newolrdord.htm
where I have posted 3 chapters from David Icke's books which are real eye-openers
and major paradigm shifters.
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