Gongol.com Archives: January 2006
Brian Gongol

Weather and Disasters (2006.01.26)
Washington Post: "White House Got Early Warning on Katrina"
What would be worth seeing is just how the information was delivered. As has been extensively documented, the quality of reports makes a huge difference to how they're understood

Socialism Doesn't Work (2006.01.26)
Government Trying to Evaluate $20 Billion Communications Bid
Taxpayers trying to evaluate how a contract that big is really in their best interest

Science and Technology (2006.01.26)
Canada May Have More Oil than Saudi Arabia
Oil sands in Alberta could be the key

Business and Finance (2006.01.26)
Sunkist Considers Becoming a Public Firm
It's been a growers' cooperative since 1893

Computers and the Internet (2006.01.26)
How Newspapers Could Make More Money Online By Removing Ads from the Home Page
Also a brilliant statement on comment pages and why they don't make the Internet more useful. The Washington Post had to close its comments section on at least part of its website because it had devolved into nothing but an anonymous flame war.

Business and Finance (2006.01.26)
New York Times Rapidly Losing Hometown Subscribers

Socialism Doesn't Work (2006.01.26)
Google to Offer Censored Version in China
It's one step forward for Google (resisting US government demands for private data) and one step back (self-censoring in order to maintain market share in China). Here's the rub: If Chinese consumers have memories like American consumers, they may hold it against google when the death of the Communist government there finally arrives.