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Gongol.com Archives: December 2004

Business and Finance (12.29.2004)
BBC Show Slams Korean Cars; Hyundai Mad
Top Gear calls them washing machines and refrigerators on wheels

Threats to Western Civilization (12.29.2004)
Car Bombings in Riyadh
Terrorists continue their campaign against the monarchy

Threats to Western Civilization (12.29.2004)
Random Drug Testing in Schools: A Bad Idea
It bodes ill for the future to make students comfortable with random intrusions on their privacy. The seeds of totalitarianism can be planted young.

Socialism Doesn't Work (12.29.2004)
China Escalates the Saber-Rattling
Canadian intelligence service says there's a concerted effort by foreign governments to spy on our northern neighbors. China implicated. China is also openly threatening military action over Taiwan: "Should the Taiwan authorities go so far as to make a reckless attempt that constitutes a major incident of 'Taiwan independence', the Chinese people and armed forces will resolutely and thoroughly crush it at any cost". And they're escalating the rhetoric in China's national legislature: "No sovereign state will allow actions of secession, and every sovereign state has the right to take necessary means to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity."

Weather and Disasters (12.29.2004)
Tsunami Death Toll Now Projected to Hit 100,000
In one of the strange stories to come out of the event, a woman says she was saved by a snake. Another personal account from near the epicenter makes the whole disaster seem more vivid. The US, Australia, Japan, and India are working on a relief coalition; the US and UK are the leading donors thus far. For those who want to do something to help, the US Agency for International Development says send money. Both Bainbridge (on his widely-read website) and I (filling in on Jan Mickelson's radio show) have thrown our support to Catholic Relief Services, which has an easy online donation form. There are many other active relief programs underway.
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