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Lighten Up 10 August 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 baby, light my carrot
Did you know that carrots and microwave ovens can be an "en-lightning" combination?

Extreme Ironing
The latest danger sport that combines the thrills of an extreme outdoor activity with the satisfaction of a well pressed shirt.

I can think of no comment that accurately describes this page -- wierd!

Thank Goodness For Politicians!
Just like those poor Californians, New Zealand is facing a power crisis.

Yes, most of our power is generated from renewable resources -- but it's nature which decides exactly when and at what rate those resources will be renewed -- so we're at the mercy of the lake levels.

But wait... we don't need to be!

Now if Jim Anderton is reading this I suspect we'll see some real action in the next few weeks. Based on his whole-hearted support of those great magnetic fuel-savers which, for some strange reason, have yet to slash the nation's fuel bill by up to 20%, I think he'll be interested in what I've found.

It seems that some really smart guys in the USA have developed a "remarkable 30KW generator [that] could eliminate your electric utility bill & provide total 'energy independence'"

But wait... there's more!

How much would you expect to pay for this incredible device?

Well, believe it or not, you can sign up and receive a FREE generator for just US$5. That's right, it's not a typo -- just five US dollars will get you one of these amazing devices.

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Now I know you're probably thinking "this can't be true" -- but it must be -- because:

  1. I read it on the Internet
  2. It uses magnets -- just like that fuel-saver device!
So come on Jim -- save NZ from the tyranny of low lake levels -- take another few million dollars from the health vote (those kids don't really need those operations do they?) and sign up every household in New Zealand to this amazing scheme!

If you don't believe me -- you can see for yourself how wonderful this new system is by visiting their website for more information.

Uh-oh... sorry, I've just heard from Helen -- she's told me that despite what almost 90% of New Zealanders say, she knows (as if by convenient magic) that not only don't they want fewer MPs, they also don't want free electricity.

Oh well, so much for that idea. I'm so glad we have trustworthy and altruistic politicians to tell us what we're thinking -- aren't you?

I must be confused -- can someone explain the difference between the democracy we now have and an autocracy?

Can I quote from a speech given by Jim Anderton just last month:

"Democracy is a precious and valuable idea...
This brings to mind the graffiti "Democracy used to be great, but now it has got into the wrong hands". In the 1980s and early 90s in New Zealand Parliament 'got into the wrong hands' and lost touch with most New Zealanders"

In light of the recent words of Helen Clark, and the Alliance's opposition to reducing the number of MPs as clearly demanded by more than 80% of voters (reiterated by a 90%+ confirmation in a Holmes poll taken last night) I think Mr Anderton's words ring decidedly hollow!

Need Egg? See Microsoft
Oh dear, poor old Microsoft has done it again.

Once again their "do as we say, not as we do" attitude to security has left them with more egg on their face than a 5-year-old in a food-fight.

It seems that a number of its HotMail servers were hit with the Code Red worm -- oh dear, how sad, never mind.

If I were a real b*stard I guess I could email them a copy of the security bulletin they sent out to admins a week or so ago - but I could never be so rude :-)

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