He hit the nail right on the head!

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A few weeks ago a friend of mine faxed me a copy of a prayer and I'd like to share it with all of you. If you are offended by prayers, consider yourself warned. A prayer follows, so if you don't like prayers, stop reading.

This particular prayer caused quite a stir. A Kansas minister named Joe Wright was asked to give the opening prayer for a session of the Kansas Senate. He offered the senators a bit more than they'd bargained for and, in fact, some of them were so offended that they walked out. Afterwards, the minister's church was swamped with supportive phone calls and he has been receiving requests for copies from all over the world.

Here is what Rev. Wright said:

Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask Your forgiveness and to ask Your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, Woe to those who call evil good but that is exactly what we have done.

We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We confess that We have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word and called it Pluralism.

We have worshiped other gods and called it multiculturalism.

We have endorsed perversion and called it alternative lifestyle.

We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.

We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.

We have killed our unborn and called it choice.

We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.

We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem.

We have abused power and called it political.

We have coveted our neighbors possessions and called it ambition.

We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of statement.

We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.

Search us, Oh, God, and let know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free. Guide and bless these men and women who have been sent to direct us to the center of your Will, and we ask it in the name of Your Son, the living Savior, Jesus Christ.


-- Great read! (greatread@aol.com), October 15, 2000


Great read, wrong forum. The spitballs are on the way.

-- KoFE (your@town.USA), October 15, 2000.

Duck and cover! Some Sleazy Board Goofballs have descended. Could those illiterate chemtrails posts be next? "Oh, Look! There are three X's in the sky. The members of Faction2/GreyAliens/DavidIcke'sHairdresser are trying to poison us!

I can't wait (NOT)

-- (itw@squiet.here), October 15, 2000.

Great read, I agree, I read this sometime back, and found it right on the money. I think its fit for posting at any forum, though for some readers, it may indeed be like casting pearls before swines feet....

Thanks for posting.

-- David (David@bzn.com), October 15, 2000.

And one asshole.

-- KoFE (your@town.USA), October 15, 2000.


We have worshiped other gods and called it multiculturalism.

What would you call it? Oh, that's right, nevermind, God talks to you alone.

We have endorsed perversion and called it alternative lifestyle.

Clarification needed. Is perversion anything beyond the Missionary Position? Is butt sex perversion? How about oral? Masturbation? Why do you care what other people do in the sack anyway? Isn't a fascination about what other people do in the sack a type of perversion too?

We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.

Last time I checked there were no guns pointed at heads in the Lotto ticket line. Those folks must be using that God-given free will to choose to buy 'em.

We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of statement.

The AIR? AIR? I thought that it was the chloroflorohydrocarbons doing that. Maybe you meant the "airwaves" like TV and radio. Most sets come with a remote, turn the channel if you are offended. I'm so sorry that the guarantees provided under the First Amendment offend you so. BTW, it is also the very same Amendment that gives you the freedom to post such silly religious nonsense. Baby, meet bathwater.

Search us, Oh, God, and let know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free.(Didn't Jesus already do that? I seem to remember a story about the cross) Guide and bless these men and women who have been sent(Sent from where? Pizzahut?) to direct us to the center of your Will, (What, you cannot fathom it for yourself? You need help from other men and women? Who tells them?) and we ask it in the name of Your Son, the living Savior, Jesus Christ.

-- Uncle Deedah (unkeed@yahoo.com), October 15, 2000.

Holy Moley, Uncle D, we agree on something.

What offends me the most is that he did not have the courage to address these senators directly. Instead, he put words in their mouths and talked to God for them. I think they all should have walked out.

-- Pam (on the b@rn.roof), October 15, 2000.

I couldn't help reading the prayer even though you warned me ( I'm too curious), and I wasn't offended all. It's simply the opinions of one man, wether in prayers or in political speech. Big deal.

I in fact agree with almost half of it, on an ethical platform.

Those points are the ones I agree with:

-We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery. (Taxing people's ignorance and greed.)

-We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.

-We have abused power and called it political.

-We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of statement.

-We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem. (But I'm not advocating "the rod" here, simply teaching good discipline through example first.)

The rest is hogwash.

-- The Word According to (smarty@wannabe.one), October 15, 2000.

The Year 2000 Problem: The Year the Earth Stands Still

By now, you have heard about the Year 2000 computer problem, also known as Y2K or the Millennium Bug. When I started this Web site in January of 1997, not many people had heard of it. There were no books for a general audience on it. Now, there are hundreds.

Yet even this late in the game, the press is convinced that readers do not understand it. Today, in almost every published article on y2k, the journalist feels compelled to include this: "The problem exists because programmers for three decades used the last two digits of the century as substitutes for all four digits. Thus, 1967 is written 67, and 1999 is written 99. The problem will come in 2000 when unrepaired computer programs will read 00 as 1900."

Actually, unrepaired IBM-clone personal computers will revert to either 1980 or 1984, but the problem still exists, and not just in ancient models (pre-1998). Millions of old PC's are still used in running the infrastructures of most of the world. There may be 300 million PC's still in use, worldwide, and most are not compliant.

Add to this 50 billion embedded chips -- or maybe 70 billion. Perhaps only 1% of these are noncompliant. Or 3%. No one seems to know. (Three percent of 70 billion chips is over two billion chips.) We know only that there is a lot of chip-based systems to test, replace bad chips, and test again. (See Noncompliant Chips.)

But it is not just computer programs that are noncompliant. The data stored in these computers are noncompliant. It is also computer operating systems, including DOS, Windows 95, and early versions of Windows 98.

Over the last three to five years, large organizations around the world have been paying programmers to fix these systems. With only a few weeks to go before the century date change, the vast majority of these firms and governments are still noncompliant. This includes the largest money center banks on earth. The threat is two-fold: bank runs by depositors and, far more important, what Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan calls cascading cross defaults, where banks cannot settle accounts with each other, and the banking system goes into gridlock, worldwide.

Because corporate computer systems are noncompliant, they have not been subjected to rigorous final testing, which can take months. This was always a major problem, as I have said on this site from the beginning. (See Testing.) In 1997 and 1998, Fortune 1000 company after company promised to be finished with all repairs, leaving "a full year for testing." With very few exceptions, organizations missed this crucial deadline. The press, which had quoted it faithfully, promptly dropped the missed deadline down the Orwellian memory hole. The U.S. government, still noncompliant, has had numerous deadlines, beginning with September 30, 1998. It never meets these deadlines. No mainstream reporter ever mentions this fact in print.

Yet few people have changed their minds about y2k since March 1, 1999. In that month, all signs of panic, even among the 1% or less of American y2k-preparationists, disappeared overnight. The U.S. press has cooperated with the U.S. government and large trade groups in assuring the public that there is no big problem, that the December 31 deadline will not be missed by any important segment of the society. (Why will this deadline be any different from all the earlier ones? No one asks.)

In every country, the public has been assured that there is no need to panic, that everything will be all right. Especially banks. Over and over, the public is assured that banks will be all right, that there is no reason to get more than a few days' worth of currency.

If everything is all right, why have the vast majority of organizations missed the numerous deadlines that they have publicly announced?

The U.S. government assures the nation that y2k will seriously affect only foreign nations (rarely named, and when named, issue immediate official denials) and small businesses. But in the U.S., small businesses -- under 500 employees -- number 24 million. One-third of them are thought by the U.S. government's Small Business Administration to have done nothing to repair y2k. These businesses employ tens of millions of people. They also supply the largest businesses that are "not quite compliant."

Oil-exporting nations are not compliant. The U.S. imports half of its oil.

The largest companies that convert oil into finished products were not compliant as of early 1999. The industry promised it would be compliant by September 30. So far, no such announcement has been made. There is a new deadline for the industry: December 31.

U.S. ports are noncompliant. But 95% of all imported goods come through these ports.

We are told that the electrical power generating industry is almost compliant, but the basis of these assurances is a series of unverified, self- reported data from anonymous firms. These reports have been assembled by a private agency financed by the U.S. power industry, NERC.

What happens to electrical power generation if fuel and spare parts cease to be produced? The typical urban power company relies on more than 5,000 suppliers. The reports issued by NERC never discuss this aspect of the y2k problem.

As for the chemical industry, the news is not reassuring. The U.S. government's Chemical Safety Board sent a warning about noncompliant chemical plants to all 50 state governors on July 22, 1999. Yet this industry is the major exporter of goods industry in the U.S.

The U.S. Navy published on the Web, and then pulled (no explanation offered), a report on the risks to 144 U.S. cities due to failures of public utilities. The U.S. government and then the Navy went into damage control mode when the findings of this report were posted on a Web site that, within days, received so many hits that it had to be shut down and redesigned. Updates to the Navy's June, 1999 "Master Utilities" report have reduced many risk assessments, but the risks are still serious.

There is little but bad news coming from the nation's water and sewer utilities. Think of your community without water or sewer services for, say, a month.

The universal refrain is: "We can run it manually." For a few hours, maybe. But where is there publicly available evidence that large public utilities have produced detailed operations manuals and have implemented extensive training programs to be sure that employees can run all systems manually for days or weeks or months? There is no such evidence. The slogan is a public relations ploy.

I am not a computer programmer. My Ph.D. is in history. For over three decades I have studied the operations of bureaucracies. I have served as a Congressman's research assistant. I have seen how the U.S. government operates. All things are going according to standard operating procedure: public relations handouts, unverified positive statements, and verbal assurances that everything is fine here. Serious y2k problems are limited to the Other Guys Over There.

But the computers of the Other Guys Over There exchange data with "our" computers. Bad data from their computers can reinfect our computers and their data. This, the PR people never discuss in public. Even if our computers somehow can be programmed to lock out noncompliant data, then the computerized systems that rely on shared data will break down. Think "banking system." (See Imported Data.)

Things will not break down all at once in early January unless the power grid goes down and stays down. But the domino effect will create ever- increasing institutional noise and confusion throughout January and beyond. Your check will not be in the mail. (See Domino Effect.)

(To view my original home page, which I removed on October 20, 1999, click here.

-- KoFE (your@town.USA), October 15, 2000.

Oh my god!!! What's this about a Y2K problem?? Has anyone else heard of this?!?!?!?! It sounds serious. Do we need to prepare?????

-- (hmm@hmm.hmm), October 16, 2000.

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