Gongol.com Archives: April 2006
Brian Gongol

Socialism Doesn't Work (2006.04.06)
Government Paternalism: "Soft" or "Hard," It's Still the Government Telling People What to Do
Perhaps the biggest risk of "soft" paternalism is that it tends to pave the way for the harder kind -- like smoking bans and mandatory behavior. There is always a cost measured in lost liberty, and one that ought to be consciously avoided -- certainly inasmuch as humans are and ought to be self-directing individuals.

The American Way (2006.04.06)
Immigrants Have Little to No Impact on American Wages

The American Way (2006.04.06)
How Bad Lip-Synching Accelerates the Demise of Communism

Computers and the Internet (2006.04.06)
How Google News Gives Press Releases Unwarranted Traction

News (2006.04.06)
National Geographic Puts "Gospel of Judas" on Display
The "lost gospel," unsurprisingly, suggests that Judas wasn't a bad guy, but rather an obedient servant. Apparently the text suggests it was written about 100 years after the death of Judas.

Weather and Disasters (2006.04.06)
Britain Re-Assesses Risk of Catastrophic Flood in London
Hurricane Katrina re-ignited Londoners' fears, and the risk of a London flood is the subject of a spooky Discovery Channel show

Health (2006.04.06)
Bird-Flu-Infected Swan Found in Scotland
It's definitely in the H5 family; now, whether it's H5N1 is being determined

News (2006.04.06)
Can George Mitchell Avoid Conflict of Interest While Investigating Baseball?
Former Senator is on the board of the Red Sox and chairs Disney, which owns ESPN

Socialism Doesn't Work (2006.04.06)
House Approves Restrictions on Free Speech
Specifically, restricting contributions to "527 committees" that try to influence campaigns

Science and Technology (2006.04.06)
One Evolutionary Missing Link Found
Shallow-water fish with joints that look like predecessors to those of advanced animals