Gongol.com Archives: May 2006
Brian Gongol

Weather and Disasters (2006.05.18)
New Orleans won't even have pre-Katrina flood defenses until after hurricane season begins
AccuWeather predicts an especially active hurricane season and an "ominous risk" of a hit along the upper East Coast. Related: Pat Robertson is exploiting the forecasts to make ideology out of meteorology.

Business and Finance (2006.05.18)
$1 million homes
Amazingly small in bubble markets

Threats and Hazards (2006.05.18)
Did the NSA tap phones or not? Did it do so with or without the cooperation of phone companies?
The whole mess is getting profoundly confusing. The biggest problem is the dependence upon ye olde defense, "It makes us safer." Lots of things can make us safer, but not all of them are good decisions. Questions remain about the legality of what may have been done, as well as the quality of supervision. It should be known that Gen. Hayden, nominated to head the CIA, believes strongly in "signals intelligence." Related: Is the press the last line of defense?

Computers and the Internet (2006.05.18)
Open Content Alliance: A rival to Google Books

The United States of America (2006.05.18)
Republican speechwriter: "2006 will not be a good year for Republicans"

Socialism Doesn't Work (2006.05.18)
One's home is no longer one's castle in Britain
Government ministers want to tell people to whom they can sell their homes and to whom they cannot. It's ostensibly a way to prevent vacation towns from turning into ghost towns in the winter, but it's a preposterous overstepping of bounds. If one cannot choose when, how, and to whom to sell one's house, then private property is a joke.

Humor and Good News (2006.05.18)
"Ten Things I Hate About Commandments"
(Video - some foul language) Hilarious spoof of teen movies and Charlton Heston

Water news: Drought officially over in eastern Iowa
Graphics: Pop Culture