Gongol.com Archives: November 2008
Brian Gongol

November 13, 2008

Business and Finance Congress: Pallbearers at the funerals of the Big Detroit Three
Lots of people have suggestions for how to save General Motors (and Ford and Chrysler, too). But it's hard to believe that the calls for a bailout are little more than political maneuvering -- too little, too late. Nobody wants to see the companies go belly-up, but where does the government intervention end?

Threats and Hazards Sleepwalking into a surveillance society - what's the backlash?
Futurist Ian Pearson predicts that the cumulative effect of lots of little and annoying bits of surveillance in civil society is going to be a public backlash. Maybe not quite yet, but sometime in the near future. Just because government can, for instance, monitor traffic via red-light cameras doesn't mean they should. Yet some do anyway, and people begin to get annoyed -- especially when they can see real criminals getting away with much more ominous crimes. The temptation all too often emerges that because government can do something, people think it should. That's not the way it ought to be.

Science and Technology Perhaps the best way yet to depict election results
Changing the intensity of a color to depict the relative population in the county shown -- simple, but very effective

Water News A short history of the quality of the Cedar River