Gongol.com Archives: January 2008
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January 6, 2008

Humor and Good News A brief history of not quite everything
(Video) A fun fan video that extends the terrific intro to "The Big Bang Theory" to include the entire full-length song by Barenaked Ladies

Broadcasting Show notes from the Brian Gongol Show on WHO Radio - January 6, 2008

Science and Technology Predicting the future is a different game than it used to be
Says The Economist: "We assume our determining forces to be ones that 99% of us do not understand at all: genetic engineering, nanotechnology, climate change, clashing cultures and seemingly limitless computing power"

Weather and Disasters Winter storm beats up on California

Threats and Hazards A free press is important at almost any cost
Ethiopia's government is denying licenses to newspapers that have covered anti-government protests. If those in power have virtually any power over those who report on those in power (beyond, say, the lightest touch of libel and slander enforcement), then those in power can basically assure themselves of remaining untouchable. The importance of the underground press in places ruled by oppressive regimes can hardly be overstated. Ethiopia is a huge country -- with 76 million people, it's bigger than Iran, France, or the UK. But if the government there can determine who does or does not have a right to a free press, then the press isn't free at all. And that's going to mean trouble for the West sooner or later.

Computers and the Internet Intel pulls out of One Laptop Per Child project
Intel wants to develop and sell its own super-cheap computers; OLPC wants them to stay on the non-profit team

Iowa A view from inside the Iowa caucuses