Gongol.com Archives: June 2006
Brian Gongol

Agriculture (2006.06.15)
World Food Prize winners revolutionized agriculture in Brazil

Humor and Good News (2006.06.15)
What did we laugh about before the Internet?
Some guy declares that his life was saved because he was at a website-inspired convention rather than at home when a car crashed into his house. In a case of overreaching, he heaps praises upon website that started the convention. Harry Hutton posts a spoof of the same, suggesting that the same site saved his life, too -- because it was so dull he was running his head under a faucet of cold water when a Zulu warrior crashed through his window. The oversensitive audience at the original site catches wind of the joke and cries "foul" with righteous indignation, lashing out at everyone who laughed at the original joke, calling them right-wing hate-mongers. But the parodist gets the last laugh by pointing out that one of the specifically-accused hate-mongers is actually a left-wing newspaper columnist. Stuff like this didn't happen before people had networked computers.

The American Way (2006.06.15)
Thatcher, Gorbachev, and Mulroney

News (2006.06.15)
More cameras to watch British motorists
Now they're planning to crack down on speeding in 20-mph zones. How much surveillance is enough?

Socialism Doesn't Work (2006.06.15)
Photos from a trip to North Korea
In 2006, people are still living under the categorical failure of Communism

Threats and Hazards (2006.06.15)
25 will go to prison for planning to blow up the Eiffel Tower
The longest prison terms are for 10 years; others will get less

Water news: Using ultraviolet light to disinfect water
Graphics: Tech Talk