Gongol.com Archives: February 2006
Brian Gongol

Iowa (2006.02.20)
Iowa's GOP Gubernatorial Pack May Thin
Report says Bob Vander Plaats will drop from the race and join Jim Nussle's campaign as running mate. Given the number of Democrats still running, it could be a very smart strategic move.

Computers and the Internet (2006.02.20)
Signs of a "Blog Bubble"
At least as a moneymaking venture, weblogs may have hit their peak

News (2006.02.20)
London's Guardian Newspaper Named World's Best-Designed
Distinction shared with the Polish paper Rzeczpospolita

Humor and Good News (2006.02.20)
Mr. T Teaches Storm Chasing

News (2006.02.20)
Danish Publisher Defends Decision to Print Muhammad Cartoons

The American Way (2006.02.20)
February 20, 2006 Carnival of the Capitalists

Humor and Good News (2006.02.20)
Pop Lingo: "I'd Hit It" Doesn't Apply to Hamburgers
(Coarse language implied) Advertising isn't cool when it gets the slang wrong

Threats and Hazards (2006.02.20)
Austria Sends Holocaust Denier to Jail
As loathsome as Holocaust denial is, making it illegal only has the tendency to create martyrs for the cause. Deniers should be exposed for the fools they are.

Computers and the Internet (2006.02.20)
How Wikipedia Threatens the Chinese Communist Government
An issue which also highlights the risk with using Wikipedia elsewhere; just as China can hire agents to pollute the Chinese-language version of Wikipedia, it can also hire them to do the same to the versions in other languages, too. Clearly that behavior isn't beneath them.

Humor and Good News (2006.02.20)
Effective Communication on the Web
(Crude language) The article is actually entitled, "How to Write Like a Wanker"

Weather and Disasters (2006.02.20)
Denver Threatened by Flooding
Two giant stormwater-control reservoirs could flood the city if the dams give out. It's an unlikely scenario, but that's no excuse for the city to be without a plan.

Threats and Hazards (2006.02.20)
Government Official in India and Cleric in Pakistan Offer Rewards for Killing Danish Cartoonists
The publisher of the Rocky Mountain News says he's ashamed that other editors haven't stepped forward to boldly defend the right to free speech and a free press over the controversy. A British scholar says that if the government there isn't careful, parts of England will fall under sharia law in the next few years. There's no reason why Islam, Christianity, and other faiths can't coexist peacefully -- but it won't happen unless the values of open societies predominate.