Gongol.com Archives: December 2011
Brian Gongol


December 5, 2011

Business and Finance 42% of Americans over age 45 have less than $25,000 saved for retirement
That's a truly terrifying number. Even accounting for the weak stock market over the last decade, that says far too many people have been saving far too little. This is why some sort of mandatory old-age savings system is necessary -- unfortunately, Social Security is poorly-designed for the task. On the other hand, there are some nauseatingly overpaid people atop some businesses who seem to be very good at extracting unreasonably large sums from their paymasters.

Business and Finance Nonsensical non-speech is contaminating business
There are a lot of people who are counting on flashy words to cover up the fact that they don't have any useful ideas. You can "engage" and be "social" all you want, but the fact of the matter is that businesses grow by producing more output more efficiently every year, and then selling it.

Science and Technology Japan's monster earthquake produced a rare "double tsunami"
Different waves overtook one another and compounded the damage all over the Pacific Rim

News Weak showing in Russian elections for Putin's party
Maybe he's not quite as bulletproof as conventional wisdom has suggested so far

News Ron Santo gets elected to baseball's hall of fame -- a day late and a dollar short
The legendary Chicago Cub should've gotten in while he was still alive to enjoy the honor. The way the current voters are treating their ballots like the golden ticket in a Wonka Bar is just plain wrong.

Humor and Good News Solving America's transportation headaches with high-speed buses
(Video) Another great spoof from The Onion

Humor and Good News Respect
There's little else that can be said for a guy who's still a bartender -- at age 100

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