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Lighten Up 22 June 2001 Edition
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Million $ Ideas
At last, the contents of Aardvark's "million-dollar ideas" notebook are revealed for all to see!
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Come on readers, I'm starting to run out of material for this weekly feature. Please send me the URL of anything you think might qualify.

Chronicle Of The Future
Why wait until tomorrow to read tomorrow's news. This site will give you all the news that's fit to read for the next 50 years.

The LNSEMS Foundation
I can't for the life of me see why this guy even bothered to build such drivel-filled website -- but he did.

Things You Never Knew Existed
Here's a site where you can buy stuff you didn't even know existed -- check out the special "PANIC" button for your computer's keyboard.

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Politicians as Internet Stars?
My, how our political situation is different ot Japan's!

According to this story, Japan's Prime Minister, Junichiro Koizumi now has almost two million people subscribing to his emailed newsletter.

Even if we scale that figure to match NZ's meagre 4 million population, it's the equivalent of Helen Clark having an online fan club of over 60,000 people who might feel keen enough to subscribe to a mailing list of her prose.

The Japanese figure is even more astounding when you realise that for a great many Japanese Net users, their mobile phone is their primary email and browsing tool.

I see that Helen does have her own website which has a sparsely populated section titled "Column" but that seems to be about as close as she comes to matching her Japanese peer.

But have I missed anything?

Is there a WeLoveHelen.govt.nz fan site somewhere?

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Open in New Window Clear 'not spamming' with new ad arrangment
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Open in New Window Internet Campaign Urges Americans to Pull the Plug
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Open in New Window Japan PM Reaches Out to Masses Via E-Mail
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Open in New Window Microsoft to XP users: Passport required
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Open in New Window Echelon Panel Calls It a Day
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Australia

Open in New Window Domain standoff tests ICANN
THE Australian domain authority's application for .au to be redelegated is looming as a test for the global authority which will handle the request...
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Open in New Window ATO irons out e-tax creases
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Open in New Window Six months max for Anna virus suspect
The suspected author of the Anna Kournikova virus that cost businesses millions will be tried in a police court, meaning that if guilty, he faces a maximum of six months in jail or a $38,000 fine...
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Open in New Window Intel: Linux has 'no place' on desktop
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Open in New Window The great domain race has begun
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Open in New Window Porn spam flood bedevils Usenet
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