Gongol.com Archives: May 2008
Brian Gongol

May 2, 2008

Humor and Good News Socialism
The new branding strategy for the Obama campaign

Business and Finance Russia could be the next big threat to home-heating costs
Russia's government-controlled natural-gas company already handles about a quarter of the world's natural gas -- widely used, of course, to heat homes throughout Europe and North America. But now it's spending billions of dollars to develop natural-gas resources in Africa. The goal? Probably to put a tight grip on the world's natural-gas supply, which would give it power over prices similar to what OPEC enjoys in the petroleum universe.

Aviation News How much is your first officer making?
Mesaba Airlines, which serves lots of smaller markets in places like Iowa, starts its first officers (co-pilots) at $24 per hour, with a monthly guarantee of 75 hours. That's $1,800 a month, or $21,600 per year.

Water News Eastern Iowa struggles against flooding

Threats and Hazards Your consumer spending at work
What's the Chinese government doing with the staggering amounts of cash being sent its way by consumers in other countries? Building nuclear submarines and a big semi-underground naval base at one of its southernmost locations, right next to strategic shipping lanes out of southeastern Asia. They're also talking about leasing cropland from the former Soviet republics.

Business and Finance How's this for a housing bubble?
The average home price in the UK has fallen by an average of $1,000 per week since the start of 2008

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