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THAT WHICH YOU DENY
"That which you deny becomes the focus of your life."
--- John McCain
Y2K SOS on 911
Y2K to Cost GE $550 Million
Chevron Won't Be Compliant
Lack of Y2K Staff Getting Severe
Mutual Life Squashes Bug
Millennium Bug to Bite on April Fool's Day
Supermarkets Planning for January 1, 2000
Euro Projects on Back Burner
Dubbo Taking No Chances
Users Urge Deadline for Code Fixes
Y2K Reality Coaching Seminars
Busy Woman Y2K Checklist
Books to Watch for
Essay: Jim Lord on Gary North
Senator Bennett Speaks Frankly
Time Dilation is Real!
FAA Yanks New System from Chicago's O'Hare
Failure of Western Power Grid Unlikely
Is Y2K a National Emergency?
Green Beans & Y2K
Shelter is the Number One Survival Priority
THE LIGHTER SIDE OF Y2K:
An Interesting Dinner
(Source: Christopher Parkes, FINANCIAL TIMES, 11/16/98 via SANGER'S
REVIEW OF Y2K NEWS REPORTS)
A recent CAP GEMINI survey of Y2K preparedness in the U.S. and Europe
has turned up a puzzling result: "Those companies and organizations
that have made efforts to fix the problem are the least confident that
their attempts will succeed." For example, the confidence level of American
firms, which had spent 61 percent of their projected Y2K costs, was
83 percent, while across the ocean, where European firms have spent
less than half their Y2K budgets, 95 percent were confident of success.
Geoff Unwin, Vice Chairman of Cap Gemini, thinks he has the explanation
for the worrying paradox: "Once a company begins to tackle the millennium
bomb, the scale of the problem becomes apparent and grows." The U.S.
and Europe also disagree on the necessity of adopting measures to preserve
business continuity after Dec. 31, 1999: some 98 percent of U.S. companies
said they had made contingency arrangements, compared to only 60 percent
in Europe. (JG)
Y2K SOS ON 911
(Source: Declan McCullagh, WIRED NEWS, 11/16/98 via SANGER'S REVIEW
OF Y2K NEWS REPORTS)
According to communications experts at a FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
(FCC) public forum on Y2K and emergency communications in October, emergency
networks could fall victim to looming Year 2000 problems if they're
not debugged in time. Systems that handle incoming 911 phone calls rely
on computers, some of which calculate dates and could be vulnerable
to Y2K glitches. In particular, software that locates the origin of
incoming calls and returns that information to operators, may be noncompliant.
Operators may also have problems with the mobile radios they use to
dispatch emergency calls. Moreover, bug-caused power outages must be
anticipated. "Failure to make wireline, terrestrial wireless, and satellite
systems Y2K-compliant could cause major disruptions in virtually every
sector of the global economy," concluded FCC Chairman William Kennard.
Y2K TO COST GE $550 MILLION
(Source: Erich Luening, CNET NEWS.COM, 11/17/98 via SANGER'S REVIEW
OF Y2K NEWS REPORTS)
GENERAL ELECTRIC's (GE) latest quarterly report filed with the SECURITIES
AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION (SEC) has revealed that it plans to spend $550
million on Y2K work, two-thirds of which will be spent by the end of
1998. This ranks in the top three of companies which have filed with
the SEC. GE does not expect that unforeseen Year 2000 failures will
have an adverse effect on its financial position, operations, or liquidity.
Some other heavy spenders (in millions) are: AT&T, $900; GENERAL
MOTORS, $560; BELL ATLANTIC, $300; CHEVRON, $200-$300; JOHNSON &
JOHNSON, $250; COKE, $130-160; PEPSI, $130. (JG)
CHEVRON WON'T BE COMPLIANT
(Sources: Y2KSUPPLY.COM, 11/14/98; HOT COCO NEWS, 11/7/98 via GARY NORTH'S
Y2K LINKS AND FORUMS)
In a recent statement to the SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION, the
oil giant CHEVRON has admitted: "Because of the scope of Chevron's operations,...it
is impractical to seek to eliminate all potential Year 2000 problems
before they arise." On the positive side: "The company is developing
contingency plans, which it expects to complete by the end of the third
quarter of 1999." On the negative side: "Contingency planning for Year
2000 issues is complicated by the possibility of multiple and simultaneous
incidents, which could significantly impede efforts to respond to emergencies
and resume normal business functions." So far Chevron has spent $40
million of its estimated $200 to $300 million Y2K repair cost. That
leaves at least 80 percent of the repairs still remaining, not counting
testing and implementation. (JG)
Chevron's SEC filing: http://sec.yahoo.com/e/l/c/chv.html
LACK OF Y2K STAFF GETTING SEVERE
(Source: COMPUTER WEEKLY, 11/12/98 via Y2KSUPPLY.COM)
As if the short time remaining wasn't enough of an obstacle for Y2K
repairs, staff shortages are taking their toll as well. COMPUTER WEEKLY
reports that "about a third of European companies will struggle to meet
their IT needs over the next four years because of a shortage of skilled
staff." To which Y2KSUPPLY.COM has the following reply: "The most striking
part about this sentence is the 'over the next four years' part. Four
years! How about the next 13 months? If these companies can't fix their
Year 2000 problems by 2000, the following three years won't really matter
MUTUAL LIFE SQUASHES BUG
(Michael Lewis, Financial Post, 11/11/98 via SANGER'S REVIEW OF Y2K
Here is the answer for alarmists who say that not a single FORTUNE 1000
company has declared Y2K compliance: The MUTUAL LIFE INSURANCE CO. of
Canada is claiming bragging rights as the first major insurer in the
country to have repelled the millennium bug. "When the clocks strikes
midnight on Dec. 31, 1999, computer systems at Mutual Life will keep
on ticking," said Brian Gill, Vice-President of Information Systems.
Mutual explains their achievement in part by the fact that they were
among the first companies in Canada to act on Y2K. They entered the
game early on "largely because insurers need to process data that passes
the Year 2000 threshold." Canada's three other major mutual life insurance
companies say they are all well on their way to Y2K compliance. But
some property and casualty industry insurers -- expected to come through
with protection for losses due to the Year 2000 -- have not fixed all
their systems and are at risk of not completing their conversion projects
on time, according to TRAC INSURANCE SERVICES LTD. (JG)
MILLENNIUM BUG TO BITE ON APRIL FOOL'S DAY
(Source: Tod Mohamed, THE OTTAWA CITIZEN, 11/16/98 via GARY NORTH'S
Y2K LINKS AND FORUMS)
Forget Jan. 1, 2000. To be prepared for the effects of the millennium
bug, many Canadian government computers will have to be fixed and tested
by April 1, 1999 -- the start of the next federal fiscal year. The TREASURY
BOARD had set a deadline of June 1999 for the completion of testing,
but June doesn't quite do the trick for computerized budget systems,
which must be ready to cope with the glitch by April 1. "We don't anticipate
there will be a problem," says Jim Bimson, Program Director for the
Y2K project office at the TREASURY BOARD. However, should the government
miss the April mark, the registration of departmental expenditures and
the payment of government suppliers could be thrown into disarray. (JG)
SUPERMARKETS PLANNING FOR JANUARY 1, 2000
(Source: THIS IS LONDON, 11/11/98 via SANGER'S REVIEW OF Y2K NEWS REPORTS)
Britain's four biggest supermarket chains are planning to rent portable
generators for New Years 2000 to make sure that the electricity continues
to flow. Supermarket bosses fear the loss of millions of pounds worth
of chilled and frozen stock if the millennium computer bug cuts off
the power. Unfortunately, power plants for rent may not be so easy to
find: orders are also flowing in from other sectors, and the generator-rental
industry fears its stocks may be fully booked as early as December 1998.
Rental rates are also expected to soar. (JG)
EURO PROJECTS ON BACK BURNER
(Source: Aileen Crowley, ZDNET NEWS/PC WEEK, 11/9/98 via SANGER'S REVIEW
OF Y2K NEWS REPORTS)
A spot check of top American IT executives at the SOCIETY FOR INFORMATION
MANAGEMENT's (SIM) Seattle conference in October shows that many are
still not making the euro a priority, even though the initial currency
conversion is set to begin in two months. Many SIM attendees said the
euro is taking a back seat to mission-critical projects required to
meet the looming Year 2000 deadline. They plan to take full advantage
of the three-year grace period that's geared toward helping Europe ease
into the new currency. (JG)
DUBBO TAKING NO CHANCES
(Source: John MacLeay, AUSTRALIAN, 11/10/98 via SANGER'S REVIEW OF Y2K
When the New South Wale's electricity supplier, ADVANCE ENERGY, announced
that they could not guarantee power in 2000 due to the millennium bug,
the Australian town of Dubbo (pop. 38,000), 500km to the west of Sydney,
quietly made contingency plans. They plan to rent seven generators to
pump well water into the town's water supply network and another dozen
to power the town's main sewage pumping stations. The city council plans
to have the generators on hand a month before they are needed and will
keep them for at least two months into the Year 2000. Dubbo's Year 2000
Project Manager, Mark Loaney, says Y2K preparedness will cost the council
about $500,000 out of its yearly budget of $50 million. (JG)
USERS URGE DEADLINE FOR CODE FIXES
(Source: Christopher J. Dorobek, GOVERNMENT COMPUTER NEWS, 10/19/98
via SANGER'S REVIEW OF Y2K NEWS REPORTS)
With roughly 13 months left to prepare systems for the Year 2000, some
U.S. agencies are beginning to think about what was once the unthinkable:
setting a cutoff for date code work, whether or not systems are fixed.
The push is coming from users concerned about the confusion that could
accompany last-minute changes to systems. Great Britain and Canada have
already imposed such a moratorium. Their stop-work date is September
30, 1999, with the last three months set aside to test changes and rehearse
contingency plans. (JG)
Y2K REALITY COACHING SEMINARS
(Source: Jim Lord, WESTERGAARD 2000, 11/18/98)
"It's time to move past the 'foxhole stage' of Y2K," is the simple idea
behind a new series of seminars created by Jim Lord, Y2K analyst and
founder of the educational foundation, Y2K THINKTANK. Cofounder, Patrick
Hogue, adds, "The world will still be there when the sun comes up on
January 1, 2000, so we're grabbing the problem by the horns and teaching
people prosperity strategies for that new world."
Their Y2K Reality Coaching Seminars will cover basic survival issues
such as food, water, energy and medicine, but also go far beyond. Seminar
grads will be able to:
- Design a Y2K Preparedness Plan for their family.
- Organize a Y2K Preparedness Program that will provide for the well
being of their community.
- Identify goods, services, assets, and investments that might substantially
increase in value in the post-Y2K world.
- Create a world in which Y2K is fun.
The Y2K Reality Coaching Seminars are preceded by a three-hour workshop
entitled "Y2K 101 - Social, Political and Economic Implications of the
Year 2000 Computing Crisis" designed to help Y2K skeptics understand
the problem and its solutions. There is no charge for the workshop.
Seminars are currently scheduled for Spokane, Washington, November 21
and Denver, Colorado, December 12. The cost of the full-day Y2K Reality
Coaching Seminar is $300 ($500 per couple). For information or advanced
registration call toll free (888) 440-8025. (JG)
BUSY WOMAN Y2K CHECKLIST
(Source: Karen Anderson, Y2K WOMEN, 11/9/98)
Y2K WOMEN has just finished putting together "The Busy Woman's Y2K Home
Preparedness Checklist" so you can go from room to room in your house
and take an inventory of what you have and what you may need to get
in order to prepare for the Year 2000. It is set up for one month, six
months and a year or more. Creator Karen Anderson comments: "I've tried
to list the essential things that would be important to have on hand....I
pray that it won't be necessary but...it's better to be safe than sorry.
As always, be encouraged. By helping each other, we will get through
this together." (JG)
BOOKS TO WATCH FOR
(Source: Einiyah ben-Elyon, NHNE Y2K Update 4, 9/11/98; Michael Brownlee,
According to visionary scientist Peter Russell, the greatest challenge
facing humanity is not any particular social or technological upheaval,
but change itself. In his new book "Waking Up in Time: Finding Inner
Peace in Times of Accelerating Change," Russell offers a gripping account
of the ever-increasing pace of change from the origins of life on this
planet to present day. He predicts that the pace of life is set to continue
accelerating until ultimately it reaches a time of unimaginably rapid
change early in the next century. A "materialist mindset," as he calls
it, is not only contributing to the accelerating destruction of the
world around us; it is also stopping us from finding the inner peace
and tranquillity that each of us seeks. The key to surviving the hurricane
of change that lies ahead, requires in a very simple but profound shift
in thinking. This is a grounded, coherent argument that shatters many
of our cozy notions of the future, and replaces them with a vision that
is far more exciting and significant than most of us have ever dared
imagine. The book concludes by arguing that we are heading toward a
moment of unimaginably rapid awakening -- what Teilhard de Chardin called
the "Omega Point" of human evolution.
Another book to watch out for is "The Truth About the Millennium Bug:
How Life As We Know It Will Come to an End - A Parable for Our Time."
It comes to us from the good people at COGENISIS JOURNAL. Authors Shayla
Roberts and Michael Brownlee tell us that they have written "Parable"
from a transformational perspective, intending to move people from fear
to creative action. "Our hope is that it will spark a grassroots revolutionary
response," says Brownlee. (JG)
ESSAY: JIM LORD ON GARY NORTH
(Source: Jim Lord, 11/9/98)
[The following excerpts are from an article by Jim Lord about Gary
Gary North...has done more to raise awareness of the Year 2000 Computing
Crisis than any other Y2K maven. For "Y2K Maniacs," his website <www.garynorth.com>
is one of the two or three "must visit daily" locations on the Internet.
With the most incredible energy, Dr. North (Ph.D. History) finds everything
written or said about Y2K every day, categorizes the information and
links to the source. He doesn't stop there, however -- he comments,
sometimes extensively, on virtually every single article.
North...is the leading spokesman of the "gloom and doom" crowd and his
is the bleakest of visions. If you agree with him, a daily visit there
will buttress your position. If you disagree, you will be constantly
prodded to examine and clarify your thinking.
He is probably right in just about everything he says -- except for
one thing: Dr. North believes there is no possibility of changing course.
My belief is that...catastrophe can be avoided [using the following
1. Unplug complex systems: The great danger to the nation's four regional
electrical grids is that the automated control systems are extensively
interconnected by computers which are, in turn, networked together using
the telephone system....How do we prevent the ship from sinking? The
answer is unbelievably simple: Just break up the four electrical grids
into [several hundred] smaller ones. This notion of breaking
up a complex, heavily interconnected system into many smaller, more
resilient, less-capable components is an important concept that I think
will be also employed across the technology spectrum [such as]
in banking, telecommunications and in some large federal agencies.
2. Conduct "real" triage: Most organizations have...classified too many
systems as mission critical.
3. Employ massive simplification: In many cases, we use very little
of the functionality available in much of our technology....Simplification
strategy entails identifying the handful of "really critical" things
that must be done for the enterprise to survive and them implementing
these with off-the-shelf packages requiring scant modification to fit
critical organizational requirements.
4. Do things manually: Many critical, automated business functions can
be accomplished manually if the transition process starts now.
5. Conserve like crazy: We can get by...with far less than we consume
today including essential goods such as food, water, fuel, energy and
6. Prepare for disaster: A very serious local ground swell of community
preparedness activities is underway all across the country. It is becoming
OK...to admit Y2K is real, it's serious, and immediate steps are necessary
to get ready for what it might bring.
Do I expect to see the frenzied accumulation of essential goods? Without
question....Will there be a run on the banks? Probably, and the sooner
the better -- if we don't have a few small ones early, the big one later
will be very scary, even fatal....Will the government blow this one?
Count on it; reorganize your life based on that probability and move
My Tip for this Week: Read Gary North religiously...so you will clearly
see what needs to be avoided. Work hard to change the course of the
ship to a safer heading. Do this by telling others about Y2K and by
preparing yourself and your community for disaster, just in case. (JG)
SENATOR BENNETT SPEAKS FRANKLY
(Source: Steve Nichols, McLean, Virginia Stake, 10/98 via GARY NORTH'S
Y2K LINKS & FORUMS)
In October, Senator Robert Bennett (R-Utah), Chairman of the SPECIAL
SENATE COMMITTEE ON THE YEAR 2000 TECHNOLOGY PROBLEM spoke about Y2K
to a meeting of Mormons in Virginia. The following comments are from
copious notes taken by Steve Nichols, who attended the meeting:
"[Y2K] will be an unbelievably widespread problem that we each
need to start preparing for right now. Anything that is controlled by
a computer or a computer chip may malfunction in dangerous and unpredictable
ways at the beginning of the Year 2000. Unfortunately, everything is
controlled by a computer these days.
"A major complication of the Y2K problem is that it will be a problem
world-wide. Senator Bennett said only five countries in the world [U.S.,
Canada, Great Britain, Singapore, and Holland] are doing anything
significant to address the Y2K problem. This will cause huge economic
upheaval in many countries.
"Senator Bennett was informed that the NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE has been
refitting and testing its computers and thinks it will be able to continue
trading in the Year 2000. However, the Senator expects most exchanges
in foreign countries to be shut down. For this reason, he cautioned
us about investing in foreign stocks. It is anticipated that the economies
of some countries will be devastated for decades by the Y2K problem.
"Needless to say, after listening to Senator Bennett we are very concerned
and are trying to get better prepared for this crisis. We hope this
warning may help you do the same."
Senator Bennett left the group with the following suggestions:
1. Check with all your banks, brokerages, and other financial institutions
as to their preparedness for the Year 2000. If they can't assure you
that they will be able to continue to do business as usual, move your
assets to a place that can.
2. Keep hard copies of your financial records.
3. Have a three-month's supply of everything you need (food, water,
fuel) by December 1999.
4. Expect a recession in 2000 and plan your finances accordingly. Keep
some cash on hand. (JG)
(Source: Declan McCullagh, WIRED NEWS, 11/12/98, thanks to Bruce Fraser;
M.J. Zuckerman, USA TODAY, 11/13/98 via SANGER'S REVIEW OF Y2K NEWS
America and Russia should shut down their nuclear arsenals rather than
risk Armageddon because of Year 2000 glitches, warns military research
group, BRITISH AMERICAN SECURITY INFORMATION COUNCIL (BASIC), in a recent
report. Nuclear weapons systems are laced with embedded systems-controlling
functions such as ballistics and sensors that have not been declared
free from Y2K worries, the report says.
"There are two problems together that make up one big problem: The sorry
state of the [Russian] program and the fact that they don't
know information about it," says Michael Kraig, the report's author.
"They're still committed to launch-on-warning and hair-trigger alert
status. That, combined with the fact that their program is in such a
sorry state, makes us worry."
Paul Warnke, BASIC's President concludes: "The only prudent course may
be to de-alert those nuclear systems where date-related malfunctioning
in associated command, control, and communications systems poses even
a remote possibility of accidental launch." BASIC lobbies for international
agreements restricting arms sales and promotes complete nuclear disarmament.
A CIA report from earlier this year revealed that China had 13 of its
18 long-range nuclear missiles targeted on the U.S., contradicting President
Clinton's often-used phrase there are no nuclear missiles aimed at the
U.S. China and Russia are both considered extremely ill-prepared for
In an apparent response to the BASIC report, Marvin Langston, Pentagon
Y2K Program Director, announced: "We're working with all the nuclear
powers...to physically share people. Their people will sit in our control
centers and our people in their control centers to keep the communications
open." Deputy Secretary of Defense John Hamre added that plans should
be in place early next year to establish "back channel" contacts with
nations that deny having nuclear capability and others hostile toward
"Up to 80 percent of all defense ministry systems could be affected,"
says Sergey Rogov, an adviser to the Russian Duma on Year 2000 issues.
"Maybe the Year 2000 problem provides us with the impetus to go into
the next century with an entirely different relationship of our two
nuclear forces." (JG)
TIME DILATION IS REAL!
(Source: Y2KSUPPLY.COM, 11/16/98)
COMPAQ has now confirmed that the "Crouch/Echlin effect" [as reported
in Y2K REPORT 2] is real. The only way you can actually test whether
your computer will be affected by it, is to roll your computer's clock
ahead to 2000, then run TWO FULL WEEKS of testing and rebooting in order
to check for date problems. To make matters worse, the Crouch/Echlin
effect is unpredictable, which is far more difficult to track than an
outright failure that occurs EVERY time.
The confirmation of this discovery creates several new variables that
are important to the understanding about Y2K:
- We don't know as much about it as we thought.
- The skeptics who argued that this problem didn't exist were wrong.
- Desktop PCs, a category of computers thought to be relatively immune
to Year 2000 problems, are now known to be vulnerable.
- If time dilation can pounce on us this late in the game, might there
be other unknown effects still lurking out there? (JG)
(Source: Y2KSUPPLY.COM, 11/16/98)
Here is a status report of the U.S. with respect to Y2K, according to
- Likelihood of a major economic depression: 65 percent
- Level of Y2K awareness: 50 to 80 percent
- Food shipment delays: 8-24 weeks
- Current shortages: Water filters, oil lamps, solar panels, dehydrated
foods, non-hybrid seeds
- Furthest behind: Government services, electric utilities, military,
healthcare, food industry, telecommunications
- Furthest ahead: Banking
- Very afraid of Y2K: 7 percent of people
- Heading for hills: 8 percent of people
- Buying supplies: 59 percent of people
- Pulling out some cash: 62 percent of people
- Pulling out ALL cash: 20 percent of people
- Worst prepared regions: Asia, Eastern Europe, South America, Africa
- Worst prepared countries: China, Russia
Sources for this data include polls, news articles, and interviews.
FAA YANKS NEW SYSTEM FROM CHICAGO'S O'HARE
(Source: CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 11/12/98; CHICAGO SUN TIMES, 11/12/98, both
via YEAR 2000 INFORMATION CENTER)
The FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION (FAA) has yanked their "new" software
control system at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and reverted
to the old, non-Y2K-compliant system it was supposed to replace.
As a result of their fast-disappearing timeline to get these systems
renovated for the Year 2000, they had installed the new radar control
software at five major airports without going through sufficient testing
to remove all the bugs. Then planes started disappearing off the radar
screens, altitude and speed information was being lost, and air traffic
controllers were having to alert pilots to take evasive action to avoid
mid-air collisions. The NATIONAL AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS UNION (NATCA)
was incensed and complained loudly. The pressure apparently got through
to the FAA who decided to pull the faulty software from the Chicago
airport. The FAA continues to run the new software system in New York,
Denver and Southern California.
It was only a few weeks ago that the FAA called the new system "certified
as safe" and claimed there was "no danger to the public." On September
30 of this year, the federal agency had claimed they were "99 percent
finished," assuring the public that there would be no glitches, no risks,
and all planes would still be in the air on January 1, 2000.
NATCA is not impressed with FAA contingency plans either: "Upon review
of all information, testimonies and guidance available and having scrutinized
contingency plans, guides and orders produced thus far, and in consideration
of the benchmarks set forth by the agencies internal failures as described,
NATCA perceives the overall condition of the National Airspace System
to be catastrophic, and clearly threatens the economic, social and strategic
health of this nation."
One of the most oft-used phrases by Y2K skeptics is, "Planes won't fall
from the sky on January 1, 2000." They may be right for the wrong reasons:
It now seems likely that the combination of faulty FAA software, non-compliant
airports, suspected embedded systems, an angry pilots union, and insurance
companies unwilling to cover the flights will combine to ground of ALL
commercial airlines. (JG)
FAILURE OF WESTERN POWER GRID UNLIKELY
(Source: AP/OREGONIAN, 11/16/98 via SANGER'S REVIEW OF Y2K NEWS REPORTS)
The WASHINGTON WATER POWER COMPANY (WWPC) and the BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
(BPA) say that Y2K-related power failures within their jurisdictions
are unlikely. The unique challenge of Y2K, says Brian Furumasu, one
of BPA's Y2K project managers, is reinforcing a system that routinely
handles random breakdowns to withstand the potential failure of several
components simultaneously. BPA intends to reduce dependence on automation
during the hours just before and after New Year's Eve 1999 and maintain
extra generating reserves. The end result is that January 1, 2000 "might
be more reliable than a normal day," Furumasu says.
And here is some surprising news from WWPC: the bulk of it's generating
plants are already operating in the 21st century. Jeff Brune, the company's
Y2K Manager, explains that 9 of their 12 plants were pushed past Jan.
1, 2000, for testing, and then left there because they "saw no reason
to bring them back."
Brune also points out that power companies in the West have two advantages
over those in other U.S. regions:
- The power grid is almost totally isolated from those serving the rest
of the country.
- Operators can watch what occurs in the East and still have a few hours
to prepare for similar problems. (JG)
IS Y2K A NATIONAL EMERGENCY?
(Source: Y2KSUPPLY.COM, 11/18/98, Jim Lord, WESTERGAARD YEAR 2000)
In a recent report from the SUBCOMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT MANAGEMENT, INFORMATION
AND TECHNOLOGY, Congressman Steven Horn made the following statement:
"It is now clear that a large number of Federal computing systems will
simply not be prepared for January 2000. At the same time, the utilities
industry, the financial services industry, the telecommunications industry,
vital modes of transportation, and other indispensable industrial sectors
are all at risk. It is time for the President to declare that the Year
2000 Problem is a National Priority. If sufficient progress is not made
by an intermediate deadline, he may even need to escalate the Year 2000
Problem to a National Emergency."
Is this actually possible in the U.S.? Apparently so, according to Y2K
analyst, Jim Lord. The current, in-force Executive Order (EO) governing
the subject is EO 12656, "Assignment of Emergency Preparedness Responsibilities."
EO 12656 defines a "national security emergency" as "any occurrence,
including...technological emergency...that seriously degrades or seriously
threatens the national security of the U.S." Lord observes, "This statement
seems to clearly indicate the President could use Y2K (should it cause
civil disorder or widespread infrastructure failures, for example) to
justify the declaration of a national emergency."
So what could the President do upon declaring a state of emergency?
EO 12656 "provides for" control of private automobiles, mass transit,
and other transportation systems, and directs the President to "develop
national plans" controlling medical services, water, telecommunications,
and even "civilian work force resources."
Is the U.S. already secretly preparing for the possibility of martial
law in a similar fashion to Canada's "Operation Abacus"? Lord thinks
so, and laments: "It seems that the government believes, if we know
the truth, we will crash the banking system and the stock market, and
then burn down the cities....The best way to prevent these things from
happening is to let people act rationally on the basis of knowledge,
rather than irrationally based on suspicion and rumor."
Y2KSUPPLY.COM takes a completely different view of armed troops in the
streets: "This is not as radical as it might sound. Mayors of the largest
cities will likely ask the President to deploy troops there in order
to suppress potential outbreaks of looting and violence. An even larger
and more important role will be the 'rescuing' of people affected by
the Y2K problems, especially if the power goes out. It will then be
the military's job to move these people to warm shelters, distribute
food and other supplies, and basically function like an expanded RED
CROSS." Y2KSUPPLY.COM offer the following rules for behavior when you're
around armed soldiers: Thank them for their help, and never run as if
you are guilty of something. (JG)
Link: http://y2ktimebomb.com/Tip/Lord/lord9846.htm Link: http://www.y2ksupply.com/
GREEN BEANS & Y2K
(Source: Rev. Dacia Reid, UUY2K)
While it is true that the extensiveness of our interactions between
computers has resulted in an efficient economy, it is mind boggling
when you consider it in the context of Y2K concerns. Consider the farmer
with green beans to sell:
- When his crop is ready, the farmer sells his beans on the bean market
- The buyer sends notice of the purchase and arranges pick up and delivery
with a trucking firm via computer.
- The buyer sells to a processing center via computer.
- The center arranges pick-up and delivery via computer.
- At the processing center -- which is largely automated -- the beans
are washed and boxed.
- The processing center sells to a wholesale distributor via computer.
- The wholesale distributor arranges transport via computer.
- The wholesaler sells the green beans, via computer, to a grocery chain,
arranging delivery via computer.
- The grocery chain receives, via computer, the green bean requests
from it's various stores and arranges, via computer, for delivery to
- The produce manager, via computer, schedules the department's employees
for work. One of them checks the computerized inventory and task lists
and puts the green beans out for sale.
- You come along, grab a plastic bag (conveniently available at the
store due to another whole string of computerized transactions) and
fill the bag with green beans. After selecting a number of other items
-- each available because of a myriad of computer interactions -- you
make our way to the check-out counter where a human being assists a
computer in tallying up your bill and the computer assists the human
with making change.
- If the green beans had been canned or frozen there would be several
other computer interactions for processing the beans and purchasing
correct containers and labels.
So, if you are one of those people who believes that Y2K won't effect
you because you don't use computers -- remember the humble green bean.
SHELTER IS THE NUMBER ONE SURVIVAL PRIORITY
(Source: Susan Conniry, WESTERGAARD ONLINE SYSTEMS, 10/29/98 via YEAR
2000 INFORMATION CENTER)
Though many people are setting up communities and preparing for major
breakdowns in power, telecommunications and transportation, most are
not skilled enough to provide for themselves once the disaster occurs.
Survivalist Susan Conniry, shares the following tips:
In any survival situation, natural disaster, man-made emergency or Y2K
disruption, the priorities are always the same: shelter, water, fire,
Hypothermia is by far the most common killer in a survival situation.
Most humans can survive 4 days without water and 30 to 40 days without
food. Without shelter you will die from exposure in minutes to hours
depending on the temperature. Add in the wind chill factor and the rain
and you are on dangerous ground even more rapidly.
The main function of any shelter is to provide warmth, protection and
security....Clothing is your first line of defense....The layering system
is recommended for cold-weather conditions. Three items to include in
your personal wardrobe are "expedition weight" Capilene underwear, fleece
outerwear, and a protective outer shell of waterproof material. A good
pair of insulated boots is a must. Also, in extreme conditions consider
fleece mittens, socks and a balaclava.
It is likely that a natural disaster and/or Y2K disruption will occur
while you are home. Pick the smallest room in the house that is safe,
dry and the least exposed to the cold. Then make a shelter within a
shelter...based on creating dead air space. Once your shelter is built
confine your activities to that area. This will conserve energy and
cut down on drafts. Shut all doors and windows. Insulate windows by
hanging drapes or blankets but be very conscious and careful about ventilation.
And, NEVER bring flames or any combustibles of any kind into the shelter.
Shelter, water, fire and food are your needs. All the rest are wants.
Knowledge of basic survival skills add one element to the preparation
equation that is oftentimes left out: self-confidence. In order to weather
a survival/emergency/disaster situation you must PROVE to yourself that
you can. It is highly recommended that you take the time to participate
in a hands-on survival course. There is nothing better than actually
"doing it." (JG)
THE LIGHTER SIDE:
AN INTERESTING DINNER
(Source: Karen Lam, WESTERGAARD ONLINE SYSTEMS, 11/16/98)
Boris Yeltsin, Bill Clinton, and Bill Gates were invited to have dinner
with God. During dinner, God told them, "I invited you to dinner, because
I needed three important people to send my message out to all people:
Tomorrow, I will destroy the Earth!"
Yeltsin immediately called together his cabinet and told them, "I have
two really bad announcements to make: First, God really does exist,
and second, tomorrow He will destroy the Earth."
Clinton called an emergency session of Congress and told them, "I have
good news and bad news: The good new is that God does exist, and the
bad news is that he will destroy the Earth tomorrow."
Bill Gates went back to MICROSOFT headquarters and told his people,
"I have two fantastic announcements! First, I am one of the three most
important people on Earth, and second, the Year 2000 Problem has been
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