Gongol.com Archives: January 2006
Brian Gongol

News (2006.01.24)
Mutiny on the Queen Mary 2
Damage to the ship early in their cruise means they've skipped several ports-of-call. Now some of the passengers say they won't leave the ship as a means of "sit-in" protest.

Threats and Hazards (2006.01.24)
BBC Website Blocked in Iran
No explanation given. Follows closely on the heels of the ban on CNN that was lifted after CNN apologized for a faulty translation.

Water News (2006.01.24)
Large Parts of Missouri River Basin Still Way Below Normal

Water News (2006.01.24)
$1 Billion Price Tag for Iowa Water Improvements

Socialism Doesn't Work (2006.01.24)
Senate Wasting More Time on "Broadcasting Indecency"
Providing an open forum for Brent Bozell to pander on the taxpayer's dime, when tastes and preferences are lousy points of regulation. And yet Congress still can't get its act together on issues like disaster response, corruption and graft, or the Patriot Act.

Business and Finance (2006.01.24)
Buffett Thinks $700 Billion Trade Deficit Threatens US Economy
Trade deficits aren't necessarily bad, but the capital imbalance -- on the order of $3 trillion -- is probably more worrisome, since it's reminiscent of sharecropping

Iowa (2006.01.24)
No Surprise: Iowa Legislators Trying to Spend Money They Don't Have
Commissions, governor, caucuses proposing hundreds of millions in new liabilities, but we're already spending more than we have.

Health (2006.01.24)
Los Alamos Database to Provide Real-Time Tracking of Flu Mutations
Fears of a possible pandemic haven't abated

Socialism Doesn't Work (2006.01.24)
Mind-Numbing Minutiae Over Medicare Means Government Could Pay $22 Billion Extra Over Next Decade