Gongol.com Archives: July 2008
Brian Gongol


July 14, 2008

Water News Floods introduced lots of manure to natural waterways

Business and Finance Hidden liabilities: The government may be on the hook if Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac get into trouble

News Jesse Ventura may want back into politics
He plans an announcement on running for the Senate seat from Minnesota this evening

Business and Finance Boards approve sale of Anheuser-Busch to Belgian brewery
InBev offered $52 billion (of which $45 billion is debt financing) for the company. Those who are disappointed by the sale (a group which includes many in the St. Louis area, which saw hometown airline TWA wither after its acquisition by American Airlines) might be asked why they didn't mount a buyout plan of their own. If the answer is that it is too difficult for groups other than existing large corporations to mount such efforts, then that's something we need to address as a country. If, on the other hand, the new owners are really "thinking about the next 100 years", then the buyout ought to be good news for the company. Independence only comes to those willing to take the risk of owning the capital, and the Busch family only owns about 4% of the company today. It had been in the family since 1860.

News How not to cover a major news event
Former newspaper reporter has some harsh criticism for how the Omaha World-Herald handled the shootings last December

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