Gongol.com Archives: February 2006
Brian Gongol

Socialism Doesn't Work (2006.02.17)
Prison Camp Escapee Says North Korea is Jailing Cheerleaders
Literally: The North Korean cheerleaders went to South Korea for the Busan Asian Games, and apparently they talked about the trip when they got home.

Computers and the Internet (2006.02.17)
Pay More to Get Your Internet Traffic Delivered Faster?

Weather and Disasters (2006.02.17)
Too Cold for "Frigid Fest"
Temperatures way below zero make it too cold for the University of Minnesota at Duluth to hold "Frigid Fest"

Computers and the Internet (2006.02.17)
Plugin Problem with Windows Media Player Creates "Critical" Risk
The exploit is public -- Microsoft's latest round of updates patches it. There's also a newly-found security problem with embedded fonts, which is also patched by the newest round of updates from Microsoft.

Weather and Disasters (2006.02.17)
Probably 1,000 or More Killed by Mudslide in Philippines

Agriculture (2006.02.17)
Why Some Farmers Till and Others Don't
Tillage still helps "clean up" the field, reducing the incidence of weeds. But no-till is often better for soil and water conservation.

Humor and Good News (2006.02.17)
An Unexpected Word in a Serious News Story

Threats and Hazards (2006.02.17)
Anti-Trade, Anti-Science Activists Complicit in Murder
Estimate suggests 100 million more people will be living hungry on this planet in just ten years. The solutions are better living standards through science and trade. Period.

Iowa (2006.02.17)
Patty Judge Drops Out of Iowa Gubernatorial Race
Joins the campaign of Chet Culver as running mate. Iowa's gubernatorial campaign is considered one of the most interesting among a total of 36 up for grabs in 2006. Comparing the Iowa gubernatorial candidates' economic plans, Culver's is certainly not the most free-market.