"Just in case you haven't seen the news, two separate teams in the UK and USA have independently reported the likely presence of a huge 'undiscovered' planet orbiting the sun on the outer reaches of the solar system. They believe the planet may be up to twice the size of Jupiter, and lies up to 1 million million miles from Earth. Its presence has been inferred from perturbations in the Oort Cloud þ one group of comets were observed which did not have random directions but were strung out across an arc in the sky. From the drawing in The Daily Telegraph, it looks as if they think the new planet lies at an angle of 30 degrees to the ecliptic. The report states that it cannot have been formed from the primal solar nebula along with the other planets, but must have originally been outside the solar system up until 2-3 million years ago. I hope someone will name it Marduk!
"In an associated snippet, the paper also reports an American astronautical engineer, Dr. Robert Zubrin, stating that humans could be on Mars in a decade, and a new civilization established there within a century. He claims the only obstacles are political (!) because the technology already exists, and Mars has all the resources to enable it to support life and colonization."
"Officials at Britain's Greenwich Observatory, guardians of the line of zero longitude, and at its American counterpart the U.S. Naval Observatory, are categorical: the end of the second millennium and the beginning of the third will be reached on Jan. 1, 2001.
"In a century of 100 years, century's end logically comes at the end of the 100th year, and as a result the millennium festivities will be exactly a year early. The reason for this is that there was no year zero in the A.D. (Anno Domini, `in the year of our Lord') calendar created by the sixth-century monk Dionysius Exiguus (Dennis the Short), and the millennium started out with the year 1 A.D.
"However, logic will take second place to the popular feeling that a year designated by such a round figure as 2000 is a more suitable starting point for a new millennium, not to mention the commercial imperative to cash in.
"It was very different 100 years ago. Virtually every important public celebration heralding the 20th century was held on or just before Jan. 1, 1901.
"The 'century-end' date dispute is an arbitrary problem. Dennis the Short almost certainly miscalculated in establishing his benchmark, since there is objective evidence that Christ was born at least four years before the start of the calendar which bears his name. "This means that the second millennium of his birth happened some time around 1995, and the upcoming celebrations are somewhat late."
John, bless his heart, commissioned a sound engineer who put the tapes on compact discs and enhanced them, eliminating the unwanted background noise. All of the Love and Light conference tapes are now fixed.
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