Gongol.com Archives: February 2006
Brian Gongol

Health (2006.02.16)
Distribution of Health-Care Premiums
Iowa's Blue Cross provider says it keeps only a 2.1% operating margin, with another 13.9% devoted to taxes, commissions, and operating expenses. That's pretty efficient, as businesses go. So why do people think that universal health care in California would be more efficient? Maybe they just need more competition.

Broadcasting (2006.02.16)
State Department Wants $75 Million for TV, Radio Broadcasts to Iran
Broadcasting is a very effective tool for conducting diplomacy, but where's the money for the Voice of America around the world? Unfortunately, those funds are being cut. For a network that costs vastly less than $1 billion a year, well, that's just plain stupid: We spend more to run the Chicago Transit Authority each year. It gets worse: NPR will replace the VOA in Europe.

News (2006.02.16)
The Long Story of the Danish Cartoon Fight

Computers and the Internet (2006.02.16)
Slew of New Patches from Microsoft
Some of them are labeled "critical" -- a sign that users should get to downloading and installing them pronto

Threats and Hazards (2006.02.16)
FBI Secretly Tracks Cell Phone Locations Without Warrants