Gongol.com Archives: December 2005
Brian Gongol

Aviation News (2005.12.07)
Shots Fired Onboard Airliner at Miami
But all kinds of confusion in the initial reports: Was he running up the jetway? Was he pursued just by the two air marshals on board or by a whole team of Air Marshals? Was he shot or just arrested? Was he off his medication for bipolar disorder? Was he telling people he had a bomb?

Socialism Doesn't Work (2005.12.07)
Castro Wants to Create "Silicon Havana"
Cuban propaganda agency says 8,000 students studying IT will "put the island on the cutting edge of technological development." Or they could just get rid of the Communist dictatorship and let the chips fall where they may.

News (2005.12.07)
Jailed Member of Al Qaeda Films Video Telling Iraqi Terrorists to Release Hostages

Socialism Doesn't Work (2005.12.07)
Medicine: Just Because It's Socialized Doesn't Mean You Don't Pay For It
Britain's National Health Service has a huge deficit (about $1 billion) and it's going to get worse -- even though funding is on the rise. And from where does that funding come? Oh, yes: Taxes.

Socialism Doesn't Work (2005.12.07)
Chicago City Council Approves Huge Smoking Ban
Governments don't need to ban smoking -- it's much better for the private sector to do it. Bans just end up making criminals out of good people. Smoking is filthy, but overbearing government is an abomination.

Aviation News (2005.12.07)
Tehran Air Crash Echoes Chernobyl Disaster
Iranian government looks like it's trying to cover up its role in causing the crash. The Soviet government's role in covering up the Chernobyl disaster gave teeth to the reform movement in the USSR; perhaps a similar effect will be found in Iran.

Computers and the Internet (2005.12.07)
Apple's iTunes Sold 3 Million Video Downloads in First 55 Days

We All Need a Little Humor (2005.12.07)
"Rest Of U2 Perfectly Fine With Africans Starving"

The United States of America (2005.12.07)
Political Parties Need New Leadership
Republicans are spending like leftists, and Democrats are wandering in the desert under Howard Dean

We All Need a Little Humor (2005.12.07)
V8 Snowblowers
Northerners understand why this isn't entirely as absurd as it sounds (site contains lots of embedded sounds)

We All Need a Little Humor (2005.12.07)
Smashing Review of "Rent"
If everyone wrote movie reviews like this, the world would be a better place