Does anybody know of a quick and dirty way that I can connect to a news
server, retrieve a list of all newsgroups beginning with alt. (or comp., or
blah., or wibble., doesn't really matter), and also the newsgroup
descriptions, and then dump them all in an html file?

'Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the
experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination
to do so.'
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