Gongol.com Archives: February 2007
Brian Gongol


February 16, 2007

Water News No more unsupervised pumping from sand pits

Computers and the Internet The $100 laptop costs a little more than $100, but it's now a reality
3500 of the units will be shipped in the first round, with more to come later this year. The first recipient countries are Argentina, Brazil, Libya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Thailand and Uruguay.

Iowa Clive's red-light cameras aren't even in the most-dangerous intersections

Graphics Graphic of the day: Talk About It

News Irish bishops want their parishioners to stop drinking so much

Business and Finance Maxim Magazine is for sale

Business and Finance Reinvestment in quality content helps newspapers make money
Ripping off the wire services, on the other hand, does not. And the Internet probably aggravates that: Anyone can get wire copy for free anywhere and anytime. Why in the world would a person voluntarily wait to get it the next morning and pay for it, too?

News Original plans for Iraq assumed only 5,000 US troops still there by now
That a lot of these plans show up in PowerPoint slides is a bad sign; PowerPoint slides aren't exactly conducive to clear thinking. And those original plans may have missed assumptions like arms shipments to Iraqi factions from Iran. If PowerPoint slides were banned forever, and everyone were forced to actually write clear, detailed reports instead, it's worth wondering whether government (and the military) would operate differently.

The United States of America Anne Frank: A case study for liberal immigration laws
"Anne Frank could today be a 77-year-old woman living in Boston." Immigration into a nation like the United States ought to be open to just about anyone who shares American ideals -- life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That, not one's nation of origin, ethnic identity, or religion, ought to be the determinant of one's ability to come here.

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