Y2K Newswire says farewell...

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Subj: Y2K Newswire - Final Message Date: 1/10/00 5:31:21 PM Pacific Standard Time From: alertsend@y2knewswire.com (alertsend@y2knewswire.com) Reply-to: alertsend@y2knewswire.com To: UNCLB0B@AOL.COM

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Wrapping up Y2K

This is the last e-mail message you will receive from Y2K Newswire. We want to thank you for joining the Y2K Newswire e-mail list. It has been our pleasure serving you. The entire experience was very educational, both in terms of what we learned about the population at large and about ourselves.

Y2K Newswire has completed its mission of informing people about what was going on behind the scenes with Y2K. We showed, without question, that government official were far more concerned about Y2K than they were publicly admitting. And in the end, we are left knowing that the American public will never fully realize the extent of the preparations their government made for Y2K. Martial Law, for example, was always on the table. In fact, we think our government would have been irresponsible not to consider both the best-case and worst-case outcomes. As it turns out, they WERE considering worst-case scenarios, despite what they told the public.

Unless someone produces a documentary covering this, the public will never know this startling historical fact. Consider yourself one of the few who really knew what happened behind the scenes with Y2K.

Moving on, even the positive Y2K outcome leaves us with one long-term concern: it rewarded complacency. The fact that no major infrastructure failures occurred taught people that they were right to do nothing. In this instance, they were fortunate, but this is a dangerous precedent to be setting on a global scale. A population that believes it is invulnerable to calamities is no wiser than a street-racing teenager who thinks he's immortal. He may beat the odds this time, but not every time.

That's why we hope Y2K can serve as an important reminder to prepare. Had Americans already been practicing general emergency preparedness, there would have been no reason to urge new preparedness for Y2K. The Mormon church, it turns out, had the right attitude all along: make preparedness part of your life, not as a reaction to a particular event. Once you do that, the outcome of any single event makes very little difference. You're prepared for either outcome.

We have thoroughly enjoyed the interaction with you, with journalists, and with other Y2K commentators, and we hope to find even more interesting subjects to talk about down the road.

If you're interested in following the work of Y2K Newswire's former editor, Mike Adams, here's where he's headed:

Adams is contributing articles to Zeop.com (http://www.zeop.com), covering topics like alternative medicine, fitness, nutrition, mental awareness, science and renewable energy technologies. The site is paused this week for content additions, but will be active again next Monday.

Adams' software company has also just launched a premier search engine ranking improvement service called "WebSeed." (http://www. webseed.com). WebSeed uses proprietary technologies and techniques to dramatically improve your search engine rankings, resulting in higher web site traffic. (Many of these technologies and techniques were used in 1999 to boost the visibility of Y2K Newswire.com, in fact.)

As we all part company here, Y2K Newswire wishes you a happy, prosperous future. Stay alert and stay on-line, and maintain your healthy skepticism. It will serve you well in the "century of information overload" that has now just begun.

Farewell, - Y2K Newswire

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-- Uncle Bob (UNCLB0B@AOL.COM), January 10, 2000


A tip of the hat to Mike Adams and everyone at Y2K Newswire - always a fascinating read. I never understood why they pulled their "Citizen's Reports" section. They did so around the end of October, 1999 and said that it would return shortly - it never did.

-- Think It (Through@Pollies.Duh), January 10, 2000.

My healthy skeptism remains intact, especially of Internet "specialty" sites such as Y2K "newswire" and its claims of Y2K Martial law. Another nail in the Y2K Doomcasters coffin? Hey, I thought this thing wasn't over yet. Of course, in reality (the real Y2K, not the myth) it's not. It's just no fun covering y2k software bugs....


-- Factfinder (FactFinder@bzn.com), January 10, 2000.

Translation: Oops, looks like the well's run dry. Here's our next marketing venture. And don't feel bad, everything we said was the truth even if it was wrong.

-- Flint (flintc@mindspring.com), January 10, 2000.

Some of you think that Y2K is no longer an issue. You may be right, but why are you still here trying to antagonize those of us that are still following the subject? If it's no longer an issue, why don't you move on to something more interesting?

-- Dave (dannco@hotmail.com), January 10, 2000.


We're all following the subject. The difference is, some of us are following the whole subject, and some are only following what they are determined to hear. And it's this second group that's having a hard time of it.

Lighten up and enjoy the lack of impacts. Lots of y2k-related things are happening, and y2kNewsWire giving up the ghost is certainly one of them, even if it's one you'd prefer to tune out. Nonetheless, it's, like, a clue. One of many, not to be dismissed just because it's a strong omen in the "wrong" direction.

-- Flint (flintc@mindspring.com), January 10, 2000.

I never read Y2k Newswire and don't really have an interest in it, nor have I ever expressed strong views on Y2K. The only thing that is clearly obvious to me at this point is that a few people like Flint claim that it's all over, yet they remain on this board and appear to be trying to antagonize and provoke the remaining participants.

-- Dave (dannco@hotmail.com), January 10, 2000.

I'm going to miss Y2KNewswire -- the articles were always fascinating and very, very well-written. I guess they figured that this Board would do the reporting now, especially on glitches, etc. so they don't have to!

I wish Mike Adams and company the best of luck. They did a lot of good donating money to the Red Cross and the DAV (Disabled American Veterans), helping small businesses with FREE software to download from their site to fix their systems at the last minute...hardly actions that qualify the criticism that they were "in it for the money." They did the public a good service, and they didn't scare people half to death doing it, either. They encouraged people who prepared to help their neighbor who didn't.

As for the analogy about the street-racing teenager, they couldn't be more right. We Americans have had it so easy, we take our prosperity for granted, and demonize the messenger if he/she says something we don't want to hear. We should consider ourselves warned and not take anything for granted.

Great job, Y2KNewswire. I'll miss your common-sense articles, humor, and good advice.

-- Marie (pray4peace@compuserve.com), January 10, 2000.

Its the first quarter and the score is tied at 7,-7,third down and 15 to go wait a minute folks the quarterback just walked off the field with the game plan!What's up the game has just begun,three quarters to go? Don't look away just yet folks.The best action is yet to come.

-- paul mika (tigerpm@netscape.com), January 11, 2000.

I thought Mr. Adams claimed that if you subscribed to Y2K Newsire he was going to continue to send you updates through Jan 31st. I'd suggest demanding a refund.

-- Butt Nugget (catsbutt@umailme.com), January 11, 2000.

While I hate to see the newswire go, I hope that soome of the folks involved can go into research on some of the aspects of the government's contingency plans for Y2K.

I think it would be fascinating to find out about the Y2K equivilent of things like the Cold War bunker for Congress underneath the Greenbrier Resort. Maybe a revelation of how seriously all the states took Y2K, by activating their nuclear war command bunkers. That's something that hasn't been done since the Cuban Missile crisis.

And I would hope that revelation of hard evidence (or even a government admission) of contingencies for declaration of national emergency and imposition of martial law would shock the American people enough to make them truly concerned about what kind of folks they elect.

Maybe, just maybe the folks behind the newswire can spend the time doing that research. It will fill an interesting chapter in the history of the closing days of the twentieth century. And besides, inquiring Weasels want to know.


-- Wildweasel (vtmldm@epix.net), January 11, 2000.

It is amazing to see the adulation given to this snakeoil salesman. He was consistently wrong about his "spin" and "cover-up's" but still his followers....follow.

Now mikee takes his 400K "ball" and leaves....and the fleeced suckers applaud him!


-- Amazing (to@watch.this), January 11, 2000.

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