October 29, 1999

Subject: Are you Y2K Ready?

Hello everyone

I have 2 large emails for you today, this one and a separate one entitled "Two Living Geniuses". Since I've already written my thoughts extensively in my response to Ed Elkin below. I won't add more here. But there is one thing worth mentioning. For the last 2 days there has been a major coverage in Quebec on the CBC TV (Radio-Canada) of the GM Food (Frankenfood) issue and much concern has been raised. More coverage is planned shortly on other TV networks and next week I'll participate to a televised debate (at the Radio Quebec TV network - 8PM Friday November 5) on the same issue. So the media black out is definitely broken here and the truth is coming out loud and clear. I'll keep you posted on this and will have very soon lots of other good news on this front to share with you.

So now when are the rest of North America newsmedia going to cover this hot issue? Call them to ask it, won't you?

Now the theme for this email is "Are you Y2K Ready?" Have you stopped lately to think about what you can do to make reasonable preparations for this coming crisis. Still doubting it is for real? Well perhaps what you'll find below will jump start you into a more proactive mode. It's up to you.

As for me, I've not taken exceptional measures simply because I've done what it takes over the last 20 years to be much more self-sufficient than when I was living in Quebec City. Not out of fear of any catastrophe, but simply because it made sense to me to built my house, grow my own organic vegetables for a year-round supply of fresh, unpolluted food, cut and chop my heating wood and enjoy a simple yet sophisticated lifestyle close to nature (I live far from the road in the middle of a national park) and close to my friends in our small intentional community here. "Small is Beautiful' is our very appropriate motto.

You could also call it an Island of the Future...

Yet nowadays, no one can live as if on an isolated island anymore. We all live in a global village and the Internet brought us all much more closer than ever before. So, to me, being Y2K ready actually means are you ready to begin a new life in the New Millennium?

As a conclusion, here is what I found tonight on the new and most excellent album of "Secret Gardens" (from Norway):

"Imagine. Our planet floating silently in space. Around it a white dove flies - forever circling. Every one hundred years, the dove's wing gently touches the face of the earth. The time it would take for the feathered wing to wear this planet down to nothing is eternity.

Within eternity time pasees. Within time there is change. Soon the wing of the white dove will touch our world again. The dawn of a new century. Time for a new beginning."

Enjoy ;-)

Jean Hudon
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator

From: EdElkin@aol.com
Date: Thu, 28 Oct 1999
Subject: Fwd: Power Out for 21 days in Quebec, 1998

Dear Jean:
A harrowing account that I'm sure you'll find of interest. My question is :
was this person's experience typical .... from your viewpoint?

PS. Back in Maui where at least we won't have ice storms.


From: roger arrowood <rsarrowd@mauigateway.com> (by way of susand@aloha.net
(Susan Douglas))
Subject: Power Out for 21 days in Quebec, 1998


A sobering excerpt from a newsletter edited by Stan and Holly Deyo,
U.S. expatriates in Australia who are preparing for earth changes. If
anyone would like to know more about the Deyo's and their perspective,
the websites they list:

AUSTRALIAN site: http://www.ballarat.net.au/~standeyo/
AMERICAN sites: http://www.millennium-ark.net
Emergency Preparedness:

26 October 1999

Dear Building Community Family,

We received an interesting letter from Bernard Milot, who translates
Stan's" The Cosmic Conspiracy" editions into French. He lives in Quebec
and when he read Stan's commentary on the Canadian ice storm of Jan '98,
he felt compelled to share his experience. Their power failure lasted 21
days. It is a very enlightening account of people's behavior and some of
the problems they encountered.

"Perhaps you will be interested to know that I was right in the middle
of that storm, in the middle of winter when, on some nights, the mercury
fell to -20*C (-6*F). The power failure we experienced lasted 21 days.
Fortunately, we had a wood stove and spare wood to keep us warm,
although feeding the stove is very time consuming. In our northern
latitudes, the second most important issue is light. At that period, the
night begins at 4:30 PM. There came a time where we would have liked to
have some power, even one hour, to listen to the TV and see what was
going on (radio wasn't very helpful in that regard). Candlelight is very
dim compared to even one 20 watt light bulb.

Also, since I am running a home office, I was beginning to get phone
calls from my clients (who are all outside of this area) asking for
someone else where they could send work while I was unable to take it.
Was I to open the door to starvation? I had the money to buy a
generator, but there were none in the stores. Fortunately, a friend of
mine recovered power after 7 days, so I moved my office there in the

There is something else we learned from our ice storm experience. It's
one thing to stock-up on heating wood and supplies and it's another to
keep it.

Although only electricity was down (we still had all other utilities,
like water, etc.), it was like the end of the world here. People were
fleeing their homes in tears thinking they would never come back. One
friend of mine told me he saw two men violently fighting over the last D
cell battery in a store. The grocery stores looked like the ones in
Russia, not to mention the army patrolling the streets because of
thieves. In other words, it was chaos! And then, the generators trade
and commercial abuses started.

Thieves would simply cut off the cables running from generators to
houses with an axe and run away with the machines to sell them in the
next town. Accessible heating wood disappeared, fuel from cars was
siphoned for feeding the generators (you see, without power, fuel pumps
at gas stations don't work even though the tanks are full). Houses were
visited and looted in some areas. Stores would hike the prices of
essential goods: one candle could sell for 1 or 2 dollars when you can
get a box of six for that price, normally...

It's funny how people will go through such trouble to take others'
belongings. Imagine the real situation here: all streets and driveways
are covered with 8 to 10 inches of packed ice with holes here and there
and rain pouring for 7 days. It makes it almost impossible to stand or
drive, not only because of the skidding, but because of the deep holes which made you look like you were riding on the back of a wild horse in a rodeo. Also, the ice storm was the continuation of a snow storm, so the snow had not been removed.

The snow acted like a sponge filling with rain water and freezing into
place. Without any street lights, you couldn't tell where the streets
were at night with only the car lights on. So, when I say it was a
rehearsal, I mean true life experience in all respects. It will
certainly look pretty much like this when the big events come...

When it came to installing my generator, I had to rivet it in place in a
steel cabinet bolted onto a concrete base, the door being locked by two
tempered steel padlocks. The cable running from the generator to the
house runs underground in a PVC pipe. My heating wood is hidden from
view at any angle from the street or the neighbors, and all our
supplies are hidden from view in a concealed stockroom in the basement.

The lesson we learned from that hard experience is that although we were
prepared to withstand a major power failure, we never thought we'd have
to stand for such a long time. Now I have a generator connected directly
into the breaker panel of my house ready to roll in 5 minutes (and a lot
of fuel to feed it). We are gradually stocking up food to last a long,
long time.

You know what came out of those very hard times? We deeply feel, my wife
and I, that this was a rehearsal, and we thank God for having given us a
chance to realize it and seriously get prepared.



Many areas of Quebec experienced a *month long* of deprivation of electricity and all that goes along with it that we take for granted. Some remote rural areas waited nearly 2 months before being reconnected to the grid. Fortunately, we were not directly affected in our area which is a six hour drive from Montreal and were able to watch non-stop TV reports on all aspects of this crisis.

However I must say there is one major thing that Bernard Milot does not tell in his account above: it is the magnificent response of thousands of people from civil authorities to local town folks who managed to make sure everyone was sheltered in a warm place and with enough food and water to survive. For sure, at the beginning there was somewhat of a chaos as no contingency plans could ever have planned for such a widespread catastrophe. But soon enough local people got organized despite the inability of the governmental civil security personel to face such a daunting task of taking properly care of 3 million people! Of course, there were some instances of crooked people who took advantage of the misfortune of others to make a fast buck but the overwhelming majority of actions and initiatives taken were highly benevolent, as thousands and thousands of unpaid volunteers selflessly and tirelessly devoted all their time and attention to care for all those in need. And above all let's not forget the Hydro-Quebec (our provincial power utility) workers who laboured in harrowing winter conditions until completely exhausted, weeks after weeks - assisted by crews from other Canadian provinces and from the United States (though Maine and Vermont were also badly affected by this ice storm, as well as neighboring Ontario and New Brunswich) - to repair the power distribution system (hundreds of huge power lines were brought down by the ice as well as many thousands of electric poles.

And on top of that, hundreds of people spontaneoulsy began to collect and donate tons of food supplies and other necessities that were shipped by the truck loads to Montreal and the surrounding communities, an initiative completely outside of any governmental overseeing. People across Canada donated millions of dollars and other supplies (including electric generators) to bring succour and the Canadian Army conducted its largest peace time rescue operation to help secure the cities and pick the tree branches littering almost every street in Montreal and in dozens of other urban centers. Everywhere, spontaneous communities emerged as people huddled in the houses with a wood stove and lived without so much of a fuss or a fight through this whole ordeal. Even here, we got in the act as everyone in my area (where a large proportion of houses have a woodstove and a good supply of wood) donated a portion of their heating wood (I did it too) that was then sent by dumper trucks and vans to the areas where people did not have enough.

To me the human ingenuity, compassion and selfless love demonstrated during that crisis not only made the few isolated acts of theft and crookery mentioned in Bernard Milot's story look insignificant, but have taught us all a lasting lesson: In time of crisis, at least *here* in our French Canadian culture, it is not the worst but mostly the best that comes out from most people. I've seen the very same situation some years before here in my community where a devastating flood destroyed roads, bridges, houses as well as miles of the electric grid, and similarly people helped each other and the assistance that poured from everywhere made the situation last much less longer that it would have been otherwise.

However, this is not to say that things would follow the exact same scenario in the case of a more widespread crisis, where no one else from the "outside" would be able to come to your rescue because everybody else is tied down with their own local situation to look after - as in the imminent Y2K crisis - or the computer "glitch" to use the same euphemism still heard on some US TV news in relation to the Y2K bug... I don't want to sow the idea that things would necessarily be much worst and that a general chaos and breakdown of civilization and people's behaviour would ensue. Yet... Yet when people are so badly prepared as most of them are now -- because their irresponsible governments (or is it deliberate?) are failing to warn their people of the imminent crash and are instead making reassuring statements that everything will be fine and only recommend (as in the US) that people have *only* 3 days worth of supplies in their home -- and so it could all turn out to be much more difficult than here.

What a stupidity! Here we had road blockades for about a week recently organized by the non-unionized truckers demanding better wages. In less than 3 days, whole areas whose supply routes were cut off began to have empty supermarket shelves and lacked bread and milk for their children. Industries were forced to lay out employees because they could not get the needed chemicals for their operations. Farmers had to dump tons of milk that could not be delivered to the dairies. And so on, and so on.

Today I heard on TV that the Red Cross here is strongly urging everyone to have enough supplies to last up to a week in preparation for the potential Y2K-related disruptions and this in the province and the country that, according to most experts, is the best prepared in the world to face this coming technological tsunami... Almost everything has been tested many times over and is supposed to be Y2K-compliant and yet, in the same breath, they admit on TV that some unforeseeable difficulties may still arise and so advise us to make all due preparations. Unfortunately, one must admit that 99% of the population is taking a this-cannot-happen-here wait-and-see attitude with regard to this Y2K situation. It's what I called the "Titanic Syndrome". Our civilization is unsinkable most people think. Well, think otherwise!

I've already circulated to everyone on the ERN list enough substantial information to at least make it clear that "some" measure of disruption is unavoidable and that some of it might even be amplified by covert elements who would like to see a growing social chaos taking roots to legitimize the Martial Law and the heavy-handed military intervention that would soon look like a planetary coup d'État to anyone clearminded enough to see the long term consequences of such a take over of our pseudo democracies. But this is another story that I do not wish to fuel by any further speculations.

My hope and the goal of this very broadcasting of such material as I've been doing for over 2 years is that people all over the world will be -- and *are* already to some extent -- resonating to a different higher frequency, the living universal frequency of love, and will thus gradually manifest a whole new set of values, behaviours and a very different society, empowering themselves to correct the course of our world and set sail towards a Golden Age of lasting peace, complete eco-regeneration of our environment, sharing of all the basic human necessities and the creation of what will eventually look like paradise on Earth.

This is the Plan we came here to manifest and no petty ego-driven human ploy can ever resist the tidal wave of change and liberation from oppression that is now ebbing and growing and mounting and that will soon sweep the world clean of all remaining traces of ungodly deeds. Remember the Fall of the Berlin Wall?...
Wait to see what is coming.

We ain't seen nothing yet!

In love



Date: Wed, 27 Oct 1999
Subject: Aquarian Newsletter #229, Oct. 26, 1999
From: Art b Rosenblum <artr@juno.com>

(CLIP - his newletter also included the REPRINT FROM DOW JONES NEWSWIRES
entitled "Researcher Claims Power Tech That Defies Quantum Theory" -- see it in a separate email entitled "Two Living Geniuses" - and more comments and info about Dr. Randell Mills company, BlackLight Power - see on the Web at http://www.blacklightpower.com)


Aquarian Research is presently located at the Love Israel Family
Community, a cooperative since the 60's with about 70 people. There's a
lot of skill here in all areas so we feel sure these folks will work
through whatever Y2K emergencies may develop. However, I've been
researching Y2K for about four years and introduced the subject to the
group. Now, in the last 60 days of the 1900's we are getting together all
we can.

We have an 8 ft. high space under our yurt, about 450 Sq. ft. of area.
We have 6 open top drums for food, and one closed barrel for fuel for our
42 mpg. diesel Rabbit which can also charge 4 deep cycle batteries. If
the power is out we'll have up to 800 watts of a.c. We also got a 500
gal. propane tank which will heat our yurt into Spring without a problem.
We'll store seeds to sprout as a pound of alfalfa seeds makes 10 pounds
of sprouts, and water is all you have to add. However, an ounce of
seaweed powder in each gallon of water is enough to assure that the
sprouts get all the trace minerals they need and water with seaweed in it
does not stagnate. Seaweed is a far healthier preservative than chlorine.

My cheapest seaweed powder is from Midwestern Bioag at about $.85/lb
delivered when you buy a 25 kilo sack of "Thorvin Kelp". You want it 70
mesh fine for best results. We plan to buy another sack and have plenty
also for the garden. We keep it dry with silica gel under a plastic
covering the drum.

We also plan to buy rice and beans and nuts and sunflower seeds and
whatever else will keep well and be really nutritious in a difficult
time. We're checking out the best bulk sources of such supplies and may
send it to our e-mail list.

In short, we're planning not only for us but for as many people as need
to crowd in here if there are problems elsewhere. Granted, there'll be
little privacy and we'll need a special place for that, but we hope to
arrange it. Our main concern is to build a community of people who love
one another and can share from the heart.


Issue 42
September 13, 1999


The U.S. government from the beginning has dismissed
Y2K as a minor problem with mild consequences: the 72-hour
hurricane. Mild consequences call forth inexpensive
answers. Problems that produce mild consequences are
ignored by most people.

What are the likely consequences of Y2K for banks?
According to the government, hardly any. But, just in
case, we are told to keep good records. This means we
should keep our bank receipts. That's all? Yes.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation is a
government agency, or at least a quasi-government agency.
It has a Web site with .gov ending its address. On the
FDIC site, the Y2K-concerned reader is told this:

"As always, keep good records of your financial
transactions, especially for the last few months
of 1999 and until you get several statements in


Why should we keep good records? We are not told. It
is implied by the FDIC that these records will get you your
money on any account up to $100,000. Well, they won't --
not according to the FDIC's own rules. Read Section 330.1
from the pertinent FDIC Web page. Pay close attention to
the words, "books and records of the insured institution."
They are not your books and records. Here is what you
possess: "account statements, deposit slips, items
deposited or cancelled checks." These are specifically
exempted as evidence. Here is the text:

330.1 Definitions. For the purposes of this part:

(e) Deposit account records means account
ledgers, signature cards, certificates of deposit,
passbooks, corporate resolutions authorizing
accounts in the possession of the insured
depository institution and other books and
records of the insured depository institution,
including records maintained by computer, which
relate to the insured depository institution's
deposit taking function, but does not mean
account statements, deposit slips, items
deposited or cancelled checks.

[Codified to 12 C.F.R., 330.1]

[Section 330.1 amended at 58 Fed. Reg. 29963, May 25, 1993,
effective December 19, 1993; 63 Fed. Reg. 25756, May 11,
1998, effective July 1, 1998]

You can verify this by clicking through:


This is also spelled out in detail in the FDIC booklet
for banks, "Financial Institution Employees' Guide to
Deposit Insurance" (Fall 1996):

For the purpose of determining legal ownership of
accounts, deposit account records do not include:
Account statements, Deposit slips, Items
deposited and cancelled checks.

Are you getting the picture? The FDIC has soothed the
fearful hearts of Y2K-aware depositors by telling them that
all they need to do is keep good records. But these
records have no legal status. What has legal status are
the records of the banks. Problem: the computers are
non-compliant. If your bank's computer will not give access
to your accounts' records, you are left without recourse.
Your account is closed. You cannot get your money. The
FDIC owes you nothing. It only owes the bank that paid its
FDIC insurance premiums.

What we have here is deliberate deception. The FDIC
knows exactly what it's doing. It is calming the public by
means of a false hope. It is trying to head off a bank run
that will bankrupt the FDIC. It is a self-interested party
that is misinforming the depositors.

The depositors know nothing about all this. This
information is buried in the FDIC's regulations. The press
has not picked up the story, even though I published it,
with the full documentation, on July 2. I have not
received any inquiry from the press on this matter. The
press is not going to break ranks with the banks. The
government's greatest Y2K fear today is that there will be
a run on the banks. The press will not risk creating a
bank run by exposing this chicanery.

All digital money is at risk. The risk is so great
that the FDIC is playing games with the public. This means
that all forms of capital that derive their present value
from markets based on digital money are also at risk.


You have a bank receipt. Goodie for you. Try to spend it.

The receipt is at least a month old. It's probably
six weeks old. Does it prove what is in your bank account
today? Obviously not. You probably wrote checks on the
account since then. Your bank records are ancient history.
Yet the obviousness of this fact is not obvious to tens of
millions of depositors who take seriously the warning,
"keep good bank records."

You go to the teller. She says, "I'm sorry, our
computer is down." Tell me: What good is the print-out of
your bank records? It's worthless legally, according to
FDIC rules. It's worthless economically because it's out
of date. You've got nothing of value.

But you are told by the highest civil government
authority not to withdraw currency from your account
because all you need are good bank records.

Are you being conned? You bet!

Why? Because the banking system can't pay off its
depositors if they all go down and withdraw their accounts
in currency and then fail to re-deposit the currency.
Fractional reserve banking is based on a lie. Y2K is about
to make the public aware of this lie. The authorities are
hoping for a silver bullet to solve the banking system's
problem before the bank runs begin. There is none.

There is no compliant money-center bank.

One banker recommends that you get traveler's checks.
They are safe, you are assured. They are indeed: safe for
the banker. They are not legal tender. They are not
liabilities for your bank. They are issued by a profit-
seeking company, such as American Express. Why would they
serve as money in a banking crisis? They won't.

Why would a bank recommend traveler's checks? To keep
you from pulling out currency. They will say anything,
promise anything, to get you to hold onto non-currency
forms of money.


Here is what will happen to fast food restaurants in a
monetary crisis. Small bills will be hoarded. The fast
food restaurant must give change for $20 bills. Where will
it replace them? The banks will run short, fast.

Then managers of local stores will start writing
personal checks at the end of the day and pulling out bills
and coins. I would. Why wouldn't he? It's legal. It
requires no currency withdrawal reports by the depositor's
bank. It's quick and easy.

Small bills will disappear so fast that the Federal
Reserve will not be able to respond. At that point, the
entire fast food industry will go bankrupt. A bank run
will kill this industry. It's a big industry.

The car wash industry is doomed. So is the laundromat
industry. Yet you can buy coins from a local car wash
owner today. Bring in a $100 bill and buy 400 quarters.
It's easier for him. It's better for you.

Your goal is to avoid buying anything in 2000 for
which the seller cannot make change. That's why large
bills must be exchanged now for small bills. You have only
a few weeks to get this done.

You get $20 bills from an ATM. Take those bills, one
at a time, and buy a small ticket item. Keep breaking
bills into smaller denominations. Ask for two $5's instead
of a $10. Never give up coins. Never add a few cents to
get a $1 bill in change. Get the coins.

Do you belong to a church? Offer to buy all of the
paper money at the end of the worship services. This is
what the toll booth operators did in the late summer of
1963, when silver coins started going into hoards. On
Sunday night, they went to the churches and bought coins.

There is liable to be competition for currency in some
churches, now that I have recommended this Y2K savings
strategy. If pastors had any Y2K awareness, they would
have been doing this for years.


Paper currency will. Coins will. People will
recognize them as money. That's why I recommend that you
have small bills and token coins for your defensive

Gold and silver coins are not readily recognized as
money today. Their value is not widely known. It will
take at least a year for gold and silver coins to come into
widespread use, even under a collapse scenario. I think it
will take even longer. These are long-term investments for
the rebuilding phase, depending on how bad things get.

Why buy them now? Because there may be no local
market where you can buy them later. When it becomes clear
to a few million people that they need a few gold coins,
the coin stores' phone lines will jam up.

One day, the banks will close. The day that the banks
close, a coin store cannot get delivery of coins. Worse:
every coin buyer's money that was "in transit" on that day
may go down with the banks.

Time is running out.

Then there are the old favorites: cigarettes, chewing
tobacco, bullets, condoms, toilet paper, and other easily
recognized items for which there is demand. These are
near-money: barter items that have broad appeal.

For any commodity to serve as money, it must be easily
recognized, portable (high value to volume/weight), and
divisible. Things that have some of these features can
serve as money in very bad situations, such as in a
prisoner of war camp (cigarettes).

You must do your best to be out of the markets in
2000. The worse things get, the more true this is. To
expose yourself as an owner of valuable assets is risky.
It is better to avoid such exposure. This means that you
should have consumer goods in reserve.

There is a question of risk. Will it be safe to be on
the roads? Will gasoline be rationed? If fuel is
rationed, anyone in a car or truck will be assumed to have
assets or military power. Do not make yourself a target.

This is why you should make plans for being in a
community where there is not much interaction with
outsiders. You do not want word of your assets to get
beyond the local group with which you trade.

I realize that this sounds like advice to "head for
the hills." But local urban neighborhoods will become
sealed-off communities in 2000 if power and water go off.
Residents will seal off access by setting up cars in the

But urban communities can break down if there is not
trust. This is a theme of the 1997 movie, "The Trigger
Effect." Unlike the movie, there will be no clear highway
out if water and power go off. There will be military
roadblocks or else bumper-to-bumper traffic. There are not
enough roads out of our cities to allow ready escape.

The person with a swimming pool will own a valuable
asset: drinkable water. He can grow food, too. It's time
to buy a hand pump for your pool if you own one.

The person with non-hybrid seeds will also be in a
good position. For information, click through:


I would rather have $1,000 in non-hybrid seeds than
$1,000 in currency, if I had my choice of one or the other.
But I would prefer go $600-$400 in favor of the seeds.


Clean out your wallet or purse. Start putting aside
all of your currency at the end of the day.

Start thinking of ways you can get currency quietly,
outside of the bank. There is no question: it's legal to
buy currency from non-bank sources. But I would not want
the sellers to know who I am or where I live.

Move from large bills to small bills. Move from small
bills to coins.

Visit a hardware store. Buy PCV tubes with screw-on
ends. They make great dirt safes.

Gov't Offering Y2K Warnings Abroad...09/14/99

WASHINGTON (AP) - The State Department is preparing country-by-country
advisories to warn Americans living or traveling overseas about possible
failures related to the Year 2000 technology problem. The warnings, to be
released Tuesday, will include details about 194 nations where visiting
Americans could be affected by power outages, water shortages and other
potentially serious problems caused by the Y2K computer glitch. The reports,
which were compiled by embassies worldwide, promised to be the best road map
yet for identifying global trouble spots. Experts have long complained about
the difficulties collecting adequate information from foreign governments
about possible computer failures.
(See our Y2K page)

Mitch Battros
Producer - Earth Changes TV