Gongol.com Archives: April 2006
Brian Gongol

Business and Finance (2006.04.09)
Hyundai Boss to Be Charged with Corruption
South Korea's explosive economic growth has a price: Too much mixing of government with business. Corruption is the inevitable consequence.

The United States of America (2006.04.09)
How the Current Climate Makes it Hard to Defend Immigration
Even though it's the right thing to do

Weather and Disasters (2006.04.09)
San Francisco Preps for 100-Year Anniversary of Great Earthquake
Technology and progress have made life much better since that time and have reduced the risk of massive calamity, but it sure seems silly to have one of the nation's most densely-populated cities in one of the highest-risk areas imaginable

News (2006.04.09)
EU Likely to Withhold Aid from Palestinians
It's an effort to get Hamas to renounce violence. Nothing is going to get better in that region until the Palestinians can move toward prosperity through trade and markets -- living on foreign aid isn't a way out of poverty.

Threats and Hazards (2006.04.09)
Aussie Police Gave Classified Info to "Psychic"
Pseudoscience has real costs -- there's no valid evidence that anyone has psychic powers, and spending time, money, or other resources on "psychic" help takes those resources away from useful solutions. It's serious, too: The case involved a threat on the prime minister's life.

Health (2006.04.09)
Polish Doctors in Public Health-Care System Threatening to Strike
Without a market structure to determine their earnings, their best hope of getting more money could be a strike. Does government-managed health care still sound like the best idea?

Threats and Hazards (2006.04.09)
White House Reportedly Considering Airstrikes on Iran
What's the most efficient way of responding to Iran's nuclear ambitions? Especially when the government there is already hostile to the West? Iran officially brushes off the report, saying it's just psychological warfare.

Broadcasting (2006.04.09)
"The Bad Touch" Live in Germany
(Video) And in Leeds and on MTV