Gongol.com Archives: May 2010
Brian Gongol

May 9, 2010

Threats and Hazards Is today's biggest threat cyberterrorism?
There's no doubt that the United States has become massively dependent upon the Internet in order to keep the economy functioning -- not to mention lots of critical infrastructure. Are we well-defended against attack? It certainly doesn't seem so.

Business and Finance Europe gets one colossal new bailout package

News Chicago gets new CTA trains
Passengers face one another more often than in old-style train cars. And because things are done differently in the Midwest than in other parts of the United States, people behave differently in those cars where they're forced to face one another.

News India cannot have sustainable growth until it gets reliable electricity

Health College students create a $30 portable centrifuge
Human ingenuity remains a remarkable force of nature

Business and Finance If you're an American taxpayer, you own the Red Roof Inn
(Video) Representative Alan Grayson is an interesting fellow: He's rightly outraged by the way that investment banks passed off some lousy assets to taxpayers. He goes a bit off the rails, though, when he insists that the Congress audit the Federal Reserve. The Fed needs to be strictly independent of political influence, and an "audit" certainly sounds like cover for a grab for control. And to be perfectly reasonable, Congress, which has gotten America into a downward spiral of potentially-catastrophic structural debt, needs to be kept as far away as possible from control over the currency.

Science and Technology Scientists want a little more respect
Group letter to Science magazine says they're tired of being accused of malfeasance in the climate-change discussion

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