Gongol.com Archives: October 2008
Brian Gongol

October 21, 2008

Science and Technology In times of stress, people are wired to see patterns that don't really exist

Business and Finance Mapping Wal-Mart's spread across America

Business and Finance A few reasons why we might not need most derivatives at all
The more effort expended on hedging bets and doing things peripheral to the actual conduct of real business, the greater the chance we'll take our collective eye off the ball and remember that business is about doing something profitable, no more and no less

Socialism Doesn't Work The independence of the Federal Reserve is eroded once again
When Chairman Ben Bernanke chooses to endorse yet another round of "economic-stimulus" checks, he takes a step too far in the direction of turning the Federal Reserve into a political tool. His job is to watch the money supply like a hawk and keep his mouth shut unless absolutely necessary. Unfortunately, the politicization of the Fed will make the job of future chairs even harder -- since all of these stimulus packages and bailout plans are going to lead to huge inflationary pressures over the long term.

Business and Finance It's definitely not a depression
The differences between what's happening now and what happened in the Great Depression are many and great

Broadcasting "Young and Restless in China"
An intriguing Frontline report on young people growing up in China today

Water News Iowa's SRF plan updated for 2009

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