Gongol.com Archives: September 2005
Brian Gongol

The American Way (9.25.2005)
Demolition Bonds
Would a requirement that every new home and office be backed by a bond for its own demolition improve our long-run prospects for managing urban blight?

Science and Technology (9.25.2005)
Has Any Progress Really Been Made in Home Architecture?
Is anyone really living in a home substantially better than what was being built in the 1950s?

Weather and Disasters (9.25.2005)
A Peculiar Way to Handle Evacuation Gridlock
Suggestion to pay willing non-evacuees to prevent congestion on the roads doesn't seem as wise as revising our methods of evacuation. Diffusion, rather than concentration, should be the model for evacuations.

Threats to Western Civilization (9.25.2005)
It's Not Just Government that Wants to Track Everything People Do
Companies are willing to spend lots of money building consumer databases, and some of what they collect and track might be a little spooky

Business and Finance (9.25.2005)
History of Road Maps Issued By European Oil Companies
Amusing in its own right, but an especially good example of how practically everything is now on the Internet

We All Need a Little Humor (9.25.2005)
British Prime Minister from 1960s and 1970s Drank Before Question Time
How much different would politics and international affairs be if every world leader had to carry a drink in his or her hand at all times?

We All Need a Little Humor (9.25.2005)
Mel Gibson Preparing "The Passion of Benjamin Harrison"

News (9.25.2005)
Why Economic Growth is a Good in its Own Right
12-year-old Indian girl commits suicide because her mother couldn't spare two cents to buy a school lunch. This isn't a problem of dividing the pie; it's a question of making the pie bigger.

Health (9.25.2005)
Using Technology to Teach Kids to Brush Properly
Lights on toothbrush handle indicate when the kid is brushing too hard or just right. Signal lights up when they've brushed long enough.