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Late November 1999

In this issue:    Ash Vs. Cleveland, Ohio   Sleepy Hollow   Elvira   Ash's Movie Manifesto   Austin Powers 2   and   Y2K - A OK?

So it’s the year 2000 ahead of us…yada yada! What does this have to do with entertainment? Just about everything. But maybe not the way you think it does.
If for some odd reason you don’t know what Y2K is, then don’t worry because you are about to receive a crash course [in the next 5 minutes to 35 days you will understand at many levels].
Y2K stands for Year 2 times 1000 which translates as Year 2000. The big to-do surrounds the fact that a lot of time sensitive computer code only uses two digits for keeping track of years. This was done back in the 1950’s to 1970’s due to the high cost of computer memory storage. Believe it or not it saved millions of dollars. Around 1975 the banks noticed that there was a significant problem with computing some of their mortgages and long term bonds, so they began to correct the problem. And so it continued for the next 20 years until a lot of people started to buy computers and discover the Internet [which had been around for 30 years at that point in time, but that’s another story]. Suddenly, the year 2000 problem was a big ugly monster, lying in wait to destroy the world on December 31, 1999 at 11:59:59 p.m. by causing all of the interconnected computers of the world to experience a time crisis. Every computer will be unable to assess whether the 00 is for 2000, 1900, etc. This will lead to the breakdown of all communications systems and the crash of the global market. Power will fail and mob action will take over the rule of law. It will be the end of the world as we know it. Now even the authorities are legitimizing this gobbly-gook. Some police forces have warned people to store a few weeks worth of food, water, and fuel in order to survive the crisis. The hoi polloi has been converting some of their hard earned money into gold coin, so that they will have something to trade with when the entire banking system has gone kaput.
So the authorities are telling us that law and order will break down and we should look out for the individual. If this is the case then it is time to learn how to live in a dog-eat-dog world. What is the best way to learn something very quickly with little thought or involvement?
TV documentaries.
Being of the video generation, I figure watching movies about a post apocalyptic world, filmed in Australia where marauding gangs on motorcycles fight each other for dwindling supplies of food, water, and gasoline, will teach me all the requisite skill sets I will need when law and order collapses.
Who said you can’t learn anything from the movies?

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