Year Zero Research/Proven Leads
First Clue: NIN Tour Shirt
On the back of a new NIN Tour Shirt, some of the letters are highlighted. These letters form the phrase "I AM TRYING TO BELIEVE."Using this information, fans discovered that www.iamtryingtobelieve.com is an actual site.
Text Collages in Site Images
Several pages have text scrambled in background images from media banned in Year Zero such as this excerpt of "Slaughterhouse-Five" by Kurt Vonnegut found on the U.S. Wiretap website:
Year Zero in 2022
According to both a statement from Trent Reznor and an image clue from The Year Zero Website entitled "I Am Trying To Believe", Year Zero occurs in 2022.
The faded image to the left of the main article shows the date "2022", yet the article itself is reduplicated and clearer, showing the date "0000".
In an MTV News Article from February 15th, 2007 Trent Reznor reveals:
"Concept record. Sixteen tracks. What's it about? Well, it takes place about 15 years in the future. Things are not good. If you imagine a world where greed and power continue to run their likely course, you'll have an idea of the backdrop."
One of the shards from The Mailstrom contains the following:
"Belize has completely recovered from hurrican Imagard in 2020–(that’s -2 BA for those of you on the American System) and rebuilding has led to improvements in our infrastructure!"
My Violent Heart
It has been decoded to be: 24.10.1
"opalo.mp3"  is one of the three (so far) mp3s linked to on the Another Version of the Truth forums. It is a woman talking about a DEA battle with a Columbian drug cartel.
It has been decoded to be: 24.10.3
ballgameOver.mp3 (here) is one of the three (so far) mp3s linked to on the Another Version of the Truth forums. The mp3 is a recording of a man (presumed to be "Angry Sniper") giving a lesson on recommended methods and best practices for conducting effective acts of rebellion, whilst simultaneously carrying out such an act. He laments the difficulty of getting a message and news coverage of revolutionary acts out to the people due to tight government restrictions on the media. To work around this, he conducts his operation at Wrigley Field during a live televised baseball game. He explains how he cheaply displayed his written message to the ballgame attendees, and then reveals that he has planted bombs of Silver Nitrate around the stadium and is stationed in a rented apartment across the street from the ballpark. Once his message is seen, he detonates the bombs. In the ensuing chaos, a prominent religious leader steps up to give a speech of promised retribution. Anticipating this, the man uses a sniper rifle to assassinate him on live television.
It has been decoded to be: 24.10.5