Gongol.com Archives: April 2009
Brian Gongol

April 14, 2009

News China turns pocketbook into soft power
The Chinese government is creating a $10,000,000,000 investment fund for "cooperation" on infrastructure projects with other Asian countries. That's about the same cost as the bill to replace or repair all of the levees in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Undoubtedly, the Chinese government intends to use the funds to influence its neighbors. And since the United States is more than $11,100,000,000,000 in debt, it's going to be difficult to counter that influence.

Iowa 15% of electricity in Iowa now comes from wind

Threats and Hazards GAO says the US passport system is deeply unsecure

News Dirty tricks, bitter campaigns, and political smear tactics are by no means exclusive to American democracy
India is embarking on national elections and charges from almost half a century ago are being levied between the main parties. And in the UK, people are being fired for planning a campaign of personal attacks by e-mail. Democracy gets messy sometimes, but it's a lot better than totalitarianism.

Business and Finance Waterford will continue making crystal
But the company is being split up, and it won't be the same as it was before. Unfortunately, it seems their business plan wasn't built for the long-enough term.

Water News EPA orders Fort Madison to change its stormwater treatment

Broadcasting Podcast: Freedom and the rule of law
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Broadcasting Podcast: Seeing Earth from space
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