Dear readers:

Relationships between men and women had been the planned subject for
today’s HeartBeat column.

However, the urgency of mankind’s greatest disaster — the Y2K
problem — far outweighs such frivolous escapades between the sexes.
It’s actually a matter of life and death in less than nine months from

What stirred such passion was after reading probably the definitive
book on Y2K — “The Millennium Meltdown” by Canadian Grant Jeffrey, whom
I first met in the Toronto area in 1989. “Meltdown” follows in the
footsteps of such bestsellers, including “Armageddon,” “Apocalypse,”
“Final Warning,” “Heaven,” “Flee the Darkness,” “Messiah,” “Prince of
Darkness,” and “The Signature of God.”

Although some of his writings have certainly caused controversy,
Jeffrey speaks from an expert’s viewpoint on Y2K for he was a
professional financial planner in the banking and insurance industry. In
addition he spent thousands of hours studying financial systems and

Jeffrey joins such illustrious observers as Michael Hyatt and Loren
Jacobs in trying to pinpoint the exact problems awaiting us. The Toronto
area-based author explained in his book’s introduction that he
interviewed key players in the banking, insurance, accounting,
transportation, pharmaceutical, and utility fields, as well as senior
government consultants.

Jeffrey claims that Y2K has the potential to produce severe economic
recession for a period of time, as well as cause the bankruptcy of
numerous businesses and “may be devastating for those who are

For months and months, WND has been warning the world of the
catastrophe lurking in the wings.

What has been the reaction?

Mainly complacency.

Certainly, there has been some reaction, particularly, from the
Right; however, it almost seems it has been too little, too late. As it
was in the days of Noah, they were eating and drinking and being merry
before the first sprinkle of rain.

It’s the same scenario in 1999.

In my village, there have been two constant reactions in a (very)
unscientific poll: 1. “Well, my wife and I are planning to buy an
electric generator,” and 2. “Nothing will happen. It’ll be the same old,
same old.”

However, it won’t be the “same old, same old,” despite the Millennium
and booze-filled New Year’s Eve parties throughout the world.

Even on January 1, 2000, there’s a certain amount of doubt, in my
opinion, whether the Rose Bowl game in Pasadena, CA., will be held. Will
there be enough power generated for the banks of lights, the TV cameras
and for the fans, whose airplane flights might be canceled? That’s a
miniscule setback in comparison of what will happen when you go to the
grocery store. Will they be open?

Computers are vital for today’s households, but with the possibility
of a worldwide crash, how many North Americans, in particular, will
survive if the clock turns back to 1900.

Are you ready for the horse and buggy?

Are you ready to survive with just a candle for lighting?

Are you ready to be without phones?

Such inconveniences will not only affect the poor, but the pampered
lives of the rich.

“At midnight, Dec. 31, 1999, millions of computers throughout the
world will begin to crash. The lights will go out in many cities around
the globe where the computers that run the electric power grid fail to
make the transition to the next century. Despite years of warnings many
government agencies and businesses may find themselves unable to
function as their essential computer programs either shut down or
produce false data. The stock market and banking system are as essential
to modern life as the government itself. The failure to correct this
massive problem before the Year 2000 deadline may threaten our jobs, our
safety, our food and our finances,” explained Jeffrey.

The prolific author, however, doesn’t leave our generation without
hope, for he also details in “Meltdown,” how we can learn how to protect
our family, our homes, and our finances.

“The problems we face are ones involving a lack of time, a lack of
trained programmers, and the staggering cost of up to $1 trillion
(globally) to fix this problem,” wrote Jeffrey.

While the Y2K problems has been present since the 1960s-1970s,
computer nerds failed to realize the changing of the century by computer
clocks would become a world crisis. And it wasn’t until 1997 that the
mainstream media started writing about it.

That’s when Newsweek magazine in its June 2 edition wrote a
significant article called, “The Day the World Shut Down.” There was
minimal reaction then. However, in the past year and a half, the tension
has started to steadily build up towards 2000. The Newsweek article’s
author suggested that, “In the worst case scenario, the entire financial
infrastructure, including the stock market, will go haywire. Balances,
records, and transactions will be lost. …” The article concluded that,
“Y2K could be the event that could all but paralyze the planet.”

Jeffrey, who has been traveling and warning the world lately, is not
a prophet of doom, but an expert who knows that the computer shutdown
could shut down the world, and he offered the proverb: “To be forewarned
is to be forearmed.”

He also suggested “it would be useful to begin a personal Year 2000
File in which you might accumulate new information from newspapers,
magazines, etc. regarding the severity of this danger to your life style
as well as the written answers to the letters you may send to your bank,
insurance company, etc. asking them to confirm to you that their
computer systems are definitely ready for the Year 2000.”

Almost daily this Internet news site ( offers
advice on what you can do in keeping your family and yourself safe in
light of this pending disaster.

While there are less than nine months until the New Millennium, there
are less than 30 days until the second milestone in the Y2K countdown.
On April 1, 1999, Canada and New York state begin their fiscal year that
includes dates beyond Y2K.

According to Y2K experts, the nine milestones began on Jan. 1, and
will occur again on April 1, July 1, August 22, Sept. 9, October 1, Jan.
1, 2000, Jan. 4, 2000 and Feb. 29, 2000. (These dates will be discussed
in depth in a future column.)

“A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple
pass on, and are punished” (Proverbs 27:12).


Kaye Corbett

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