Gongol.com Archives: July 2007
Brian Gongol


July 24, 2007

Graphics Graphic of the day: The First Amendment

News Philippines about to launch "all-out offensive" against Islamists

Health US Army veteran gets world's first bionic hand with independently-moving fingers

The United States of America Why the First Amendment counts

Weather and Disasters Large parts of Iowa are still much too dry
It's hazardous to the corn crop, for certain. It's really hard to believe that it was only a month ago that flash floods were making parts of West Des Moines look like Venice. Even with low soil moisture, though, parts of the state are still getting severe weather. Related: Flooding in Britain is getting critical.

Water News In defense of plain old tap water
On the other hand, though, our nation's critical infrastructure is terribly insecure, as proven by a newspaper reporter's project to penetrate 48 different chemical plants and railroad terminals.

Iowa Des Moines Police increase patrols in four neighborhoods
Drake, Sherman Hill, River Bend, and Carpenter -- all four neighborhoods are on the west side of the river and north of downtown

Business and Finance Bad home-equity loans pound Countrywide Financial
And in a perverse bit of irony, video-game sales are up almost as dramatically as payments on home-equity loans are down.

Business and Finance Department of Energy projects gas prices staying level through 2009
Meanwhile, the president of the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank says "markets will continue to handle energy problems well".

Health Mothers who eat crap tend to have fat kids
Hormones produced during pregnancy affect the way metabolism is handled in adulthood

Broadcasting Drew Carey will replace Bob Barker
"All I'm doing is giving away prizes. And it's not even my money."

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