Gongol.com Archives: December 2009
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December 12, 2009

News People are naturally good, but circumstances can make them thoughtless
A UPS driver in New Jersey found $5000 in a truck and returned it. It was an act of good, but the news story was written in such a way as to suggest that it was the kind of thing most people wouldn't do. That's unfortunate; returning lost or stolen property should be assumed to be the minimum standard of behavior in a civilized society. That New Yorkers might assume otherwise is sad. But maybe that's the result of spending too much time in a place where callousness is too easily accepted. Sure, the driver should be applauded, but he's also right that it shouldn't be considered an exceptional act.

Humor and Good News Jeremy Clarkson reviews the Lincoln Town Car
(Video) "If you can imagine sharing a waterbed with a babboon that has just been doused with itching powder, then and only then can you begin to get the picture" about the suspension.

Science and Technology What government-funded research should be available to the public?
How, how quickly, and how completely should the results be made available? That's the question being posed right now by the Office of Science and Technology Policy within the Executive Office of the President. Good question.

Business and Finance Americans bought more of just about everything in November 2009 than in November 2008

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