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"The dawning of 1-1-2000 approaches and with it, hopes of a renewed effort towards World Peace, prosperity and global cooperation for the benefit of all mankind."
Doesn't this sound like the preliminary to a speech that should be made by our leaders, Bill Clinton and Kofi Annan (U.N.), in this fast approaching landmark of American and world history ? Arms across the globe in effort to unite humanity to one common goal; the complete unification of the human race.
Webster's New College Dictionary, [mil*len*ni*um] "a hoped-for period of happiness, peace, prosperity and justice". But, to the casual observer, something is missing. That something is the very planning for the celebration of such a monumental event. Where is the spirit for what should be the biggest celebration mankind is yet to see, short of the Second Coming of Christ ? This is what the United Nations and our own leaders have been waiting for. But, nobody is there. All we see is a very subdued and feeble attempt at bringing in the occassion. No hoopla and party favors. Why ?
We (at Yourdan's) search endlessly for indication that Y2K will (or won't be) a threat to our fundamental way of life. We search the news for the slightest HINT of trustworthy information whereas we can set a direction in our lives for the near future. But, is one of the biggest indicators lurking right under our noses ? I refer to the "lack of" festive spirit in our leadership for this grand and upcoming event; The New Millennium.
If you follow current events as I do, you see that this should be one of the landmark occassions which ties in to the goals of the United Nations and the modern free world. This should be the grandest "kick-off" for renewed cooperation of all the worlds powers towards that much repeated goal of Globalism and World Unity. But it's not. Why ?
Ponder this bit of conspiracy theory for a bit. The biggest opportunity for a renewal of effort will be watched by the worlds leaders as it slips quietly by, inasmuch as another day on the calendar "BECAUSE" ---
What you have been told by the media is possibly false. Maybe things will NOT be OK. Maybe world leaders HAD to forgo a celebration because they knew, or had more than ample indication that they would be much too busy dealing with the ramifications of Y2K to risk a celebration on a national or global scale. Just maybe your fears are not paranoia. But we all pray that is exactly what it is.
IF the powers that be are convinced that there would, or might be problems on a crisis level, they would DEFINITELY NOT attempt a celebration of such a grand event. They would know that celebrations would have to be cut short in order to react to the possibly horrible events that may lie in wait. And the terrible waste of money and manpower to orchestrate such an event just have have it end as histories worst party. In my opinion, there had to be a very, very important reason that this was not done. In my own opinion, this (Y2K) is the most likely reason.
You have good reason to be concerned my friends. I feel not one ounce of remorse for making my preparations. The signs point to trouble and for those who are prudent at looking for indications thereof, you too have seen the "almost obvious". Is the glass half full, or half empty? It all depends on how much desert lies ahead of you.
-- Rob (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 14, 1999
Well stated, Rob.
-- R.C. (email@example.com), December 14, 1999.
Well...I hope for the best and prepare for the worst. Maybe...just maybe...with everyone knowing SOMETHING is bound to happen...and all the troubles in the world and threats of terrorism and biological/nuclear war....maybe...the big guys are just watching the homefires instead of wasting our tax dollars partying.....maybe.....
-- Satanta (QuietlyW@tching.com), December 14, 1999.
There's always 2000-12-31 and the start of the REAL new millennium on 2001-01-01.
Now, I know a lot of you are going to say "picky-picky", why quibble about when the millennium really starts? Well, LACK of quibbling about a so-called minor point (2-digit years vs. 4-digit years) has led to a whole LOT of problems and expense already, not to mention likely meltdown. Details MATTER, but many (most?) of you just let things slide, creating a habit of sloppiness and "never mind" that comes to bite you on the butt.
E.g., how many of you are STILL using date formats like 1/1/00 instead of 2000-01-01? Picky, picky? You're doomed!
-- A (A@AisA.com), December 14, 1999.
Good points if this were chemistry, computer/electrical engineering or nuclear science. I'm just writing a lowly piece on an observance. I really don't think my script will contribute to global thermonuclear war though. At least you have your thinking cap on. (grin)
-- Rob (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 14, 1999.
A is right, if the average folk can't get the fact that there are 100 years in a century is going to have a bit of a problem with understanding something as seemingly complex as Y2K.
That said alot of folks are being encouraged (by the police) to stay at home where I am at. They of course expect alot of activity none the less but the tone is set.
The same is true for travelling, interviews on the local news had folks saying you had to be crazy to travel, except for the travel agents that were offering "deals of the millennium" cause demand was so low. And us Canucks enjoy a juant to the south.
What I am hearing though is folks up here heading down to aussieland and mexico now till past the rollover. I have heard of lots of folks doing this. Now it seasonal and maybe just something that never was in my attention span before.
I even have a lady friend that is going to be in London England, now there is a sense of adventure. She is well aware of Y2K but knows where she is going so is not worried. Good luck.
-- Brian (email@example.com), December 14, 1999.
I'll tell you something else I've noticed. At the "end" of every decade (in quotes because it's really "the end of the '80s" (or whatever decade) rather than "the end of the 9th decade"), the media is *awash* in flashy end of decade specials.
You'd think that when "the end of the decade" coincides with "the end of the century" -- AND, when "the end of the century" ALSO coincides with "the end of the millenium" -- that we'd see specials to end all specials.
I don't know about you, but I've seen *fewer* now than for any *other* "end of decade" event.
-- Ron Schwarz (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 14, 1999.
I will wait in patient expectation for the return of Jesus in glory. No earthly utopia can be built apart from Him. Our current pseudo-utopia is a mirage, a staged fantasy, evil masquerading as virtue. It is to be shunned, to the extent possible in one's own life. Trust only in the Christ.
-- Rider (free@last.Amen), December 14, 1999.
"Doesn't this sound like the preliminary to a speech that should be made by our leaders, Bill Clinton and Kofi Annan (U.N.),"
Speak for yourself! Clinton may be the President of the United States but...a leader. Maybe in the negative. Kofi Annan...never!
-- Mark Hillyard (email@example.com), December 14, 1999.
Why is going to London England so adventurous? There are ten million people living there already, you know. ;)
I'm thinking that the major reason for the lack of excitement (in the USA and UK) is just cynicism and perhaps a glimmering of understanding that nothing is free.
You may not have heard, but there's a massively expensive folly being constructed in London England right now, the Millennium Dome, advertised as a venue for celebrating the excellence of the UK.
Right from the start, the public reaction was "So what?". Very few people were impressed or excited. When it transpired that it was just going to be a huge trade show only superficially disguised as a millennium celebration venue, the last vestiges of interest drained away.
Now the only press it receives are about how badly the tickets are selling, or how they couldn't erect the huge ferris wheel properly, or the vital rail link (there's no parking!) isn't even going to be ready in time, so they'll have to bus the few visitors in.
The excitement is expected to reach an ennui pitch...
-- Servant (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 14, 1999.
TPTB Watch what they do, not what they say.
-- Dana (A_Non_O_Moose@xxx.com), December 14, 1999.
Exactly ! Talk is worthless as opposed to the action behind it. Isn't it funny how one thing is being said while another is being done ? Hmm.
-- Rob (email@example.com), December 14, 1999.
For some very interesting information about what Y2K may be all about see:
-- Interested Spectator (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 14, 1999.