Did you know?
- that a Nobel prize-winning economist, Professor Robert
Mundell, has sketched out a blueprint for a single world currency
encompassing the United States dollar, Europe's single currency and Japan's
yen. More than 50 years ago, the original proposals for setting up the IMF
included plans for a world currency but the US shot down the idea because it
was not in its interests.
- that Police in Britain are using cameras set up on the
side of the road to read registration stickers of every car that goes past.
An expired sticker earns the car's owner a fine.
- that BMW is planning a world first production series of
hydrogen powered vehicles. They say water is an ideal source of energy for
the future with no harmful emissions, just steam. BMW is planning to
establish a network of hydrogen gas stations across the whole of Europe by
the year 2010.
- that Applied Digital Solutions demonstrated a working
prototype of their Digital Angel tracking device on the 30th
October 2000. "...The audience, which included government officials,
members of the national and international media, potential
joint-venture/licensing partners and selected Wall Street analysts,
witnessed an historical first: the first-ever operational combination of
advanced sensor technology and Web-enabled wireless telecommunications
linked to GPS location-tracking systems. U.S. Secretary of Commerce Norman
Mineta also addressed the gathering, stressing the importance of greater
"digital inclusion" by spreading the benefits of the Digital
Revolution to all segments of society... ...The demonstration of Digital
Angel's technological building blocks showed how Digital Angel can be used
to monitor a person's key body functions -- such as temperature and pulse --
and transmit that data wirelessly, on a real time basis, along with the
accurate location of the person, to a web-enabled ground station or
monitoring facility... ...The potential applications include: monitoring the
medical condition of at-risk patients; tracking endangered wildlife or
household pets; managing livestock and other farm-related animals;
pinpointing the location of valuable stolen property; finding lost airline
baggage and postal packages; managing the commodity supply chain; preventing
the unauthorized use of firearms; and providing a tamper-proof means of
identification for enhanced e-commerce security." For further information
visit the company's website: http://www.digitalangel.net
- that if Japan were a company, it would be bust, according
to a Finance Ministry draft of a national balance sheet that shows in the
worse-case scenario, Government liabilities exceed assets by 780 trillion
yen (NZ$18.04 trillion)
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