Gongol.com Archives: December 2005
Brian Gongol

Computers and the Internet (2005.12.18)
New "Critical" Microsoft Patch Screws Up New IE Browser

News (2005.12.18)
Spies Saw London's July 7th Attacks Coming

The American Way (2005.12.18)
Hong Kong Talks Lead to Limited Trade Deal
Paves the way for a broader free-trade deal next year

Computers and the Internet (2005.12.18)
New Company Plans to Revive Commodore Brand Name on Electronics

The United States of America (2005.12.18)
States Recovering from Financial Problems
48 states have had troubles since the turn of the century; now many seem to be shoring up their finances. Except Iowa.

Science and Technology (2005.12.18)
Global Warming May Be Causing Polar Bears to Drown
Melting ice shelf forces them to swim farther for food; some can't make it

Threats and Dangers (2005.12.18)
Homeland Security Apparently Monitoring Inter-Library Loan Requests
UMass student visited at home because he requested a copy of Mao's Little Red Book. If true, it's an absurd violation of privacy rights. (from Slashdot)

The United States of America (2005.12.18)
Senate Rejects Reauthorization of USA Patriot Act
One would think they've had four years to think about it, so the rush to re-approve probably needed to be stopped. Now for some serious thought about civil liberties, please.

Threats and Dangers (2005.12.18)
President Authorized Domestic Eavesdropping Without Court Warrants
Confuses duty to "protect the American people" with sworn duty to "protect, preserve, and defend the Constitution." It's been going on since 2002.