Gongol.com Archives: January 2006
Brian Gongol

Health (2006.01.06)
Child and Infant Development Milestones

Threats and Hazards (2006.01.06)
Signs Your Society Is Headed Down the Wrong Path
When people shrug off privacy concerns with answers like, "I say, if it makes the city safer, go ahead."

Threats and Hazards (2006.01.06)
Ultra-Nationalist Party in Australia Gave Beer and Anti-Immigration Leaflets to Rioters
Immigrant nations like the US and Australia shouldn't forget where they came from

Broadcasting (2006.01.06)
Google Video Store: Buy Your Network TV
Reinforces a few notions: (1) Google wants to be everywhere, all the time; (2) Content is king; (3) People will pay for what they really want. Related: The DVD is about to change again.

Humor and Good News (2006.01.06)
Motorcycle Ride Across London -- Tron-Style

Agriculture (2006.01.06)
Biodiesel Replacing Hybrid Engines as Buzz-Maker in California

Computers and the Internet (2006.01.06)
Microsoft Issues Emergency Patch
Designed to cover the WMF vulnerability. Everyone using Windows should get the patch post-haste.

Humor and Good News (2006.01.06)
Chicago Head Coach Agrees to Help Defensive Coordinator Get Head-Coaching Job
Defense drove the Bears' successful season

News (2006.01.06)
Dubai a Good Example of Two Trends in Economic Growth
First, that prosperity tends to depress the people's interest in terrorism and violence. Second, that increasing prosperity tends to increase the demand for political liberalization.

Science and Technology (2006.01.06)
High Natural-Gas Prices, Russian Flakiness Scaring Europeans into Re-Evaluating Nuclear Power

Business and Finance (2006.01.06)
Japanese Brokerage-Firm Employee Accidentally Orders 2,000 Shares of Company, Rather Than 2
Which is a problem, considering he needed $10 million for the transaction, but only had about $135,000 in his account

Threats and Dangers (2006.01.06)
22-Year-Old London Suicide Bomber Had Huge Estate
One of the terrorists who committed the suicide bombings in London on 7/7 had 121,000 in his estate -- or about $212,000 at today's exchange rate. Which is rather odd, since he only worked part-time in his parents' restaurant. Ought to raise suspicions that he was connected to a broader terrorist network which funded the attack and gave him the money.

Computers and the Internet (2006.01.06)
Internet Classes to Help Some Katrina Evacuees Finish High School on Time

Socialism Doesn't Work (2006.01.06)
Detroit Approaches Bankruptcy
Mayor's pathetic response: "[O]ther cities are in bond trouble, too."

Socialism Doesn't Work (2006.01.06)
Editorial: States Rely Too Much on Washington
Case in point: Home heating oil costs in New England. If the first response to any problem is to look to Washington for help, then the Federalist model needs CPR.

Humor and Good News (2006.01.06)
Japanese Gifts You'd Probably Give Back

Computers and the Internet (2006.01.06)
Wal-Mart Computer Snafu Gives Offensive Movie Recommendations