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Doomsday for three doomsday cult leaders

Rob Rosenberger, Vmyths co-founder
Tuesday, 14 September 1999

SPEAKING OF INDONESIA: a Reuters newswire says cultists killed three fearmongers whose 9/9/99 doomsday predictions flopped. "Members were told to prepare for the end of the world at 9 a.m. on September 9. They sold their personal possessions and for nine days before the big day, locked themselves up in their homes. When nothing happened, the cult members lost control."

"Police are investigating," Reuters noted.

Computer users, on the other hand, forgive & forget bad doomsday predictions. They go right on believing fearmongers who now cite 9/9/99 as a curse instead of a blessing. "Woe are we that the Internet didn't self-destruct at 09:09:09am on the appointed day! Skeptics will use the non-event to bolster false claims. They will tell people not to heed my dire Y2K predictions. But you must heed me! Or your PC will bathe in the hellfire of the coming Internet armageddon."

Decisions, decisions. Should I hole up on 12/31/99 with military Y2K infowar virus hermits, or should I flirt with inebriated party-goers? Hmmm. I think I'll get rip-roaring drunk over the New Year weekend -- it's the only time I can kiss a bunch of other women full on the lips with my wife's approval. Testosterone affects me far more than a Y2K virus ever will...