Gongol.com Archives: December 2013
Brian Gongol

December 21, 2013

The American Way Economic freedom results in prosperity for the poor
Why is it so hard for people to see that a person like Paul Ryan could both believe strongly in economic freedom, and also in improving the lives of the poor? The two go utterly hand-in-hand, especially when a healthy civic community takes care of people via private charitable work. You can't donate to charity unless you have at least a little more than what you need to get by. You can't have that surplus without economic freedom and opportunity.

Computers and the Internet Kids aren't starting blogs anymore
Aside from the fact that "blog" is a stupid word, there's nothing wrong with the conclusion. However, there's going to be something badly lacking about our digital memories if people don't set about creating and controlling their own websites from early ages. The services being used today (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and so on) are deeply ephemeral and won't leave much to look back upon...other than our biggest mistakes, which can get quickly amplified in the atmosphere of heroin-like addiction to being first, being popular, or being the most outlandish. People should retain that little flame of conscience that reminds them not to say profoundly stupid or insensitive things just in the hope of getting a laugh.

News It only took the author of "The Anarchist Cookbook" 44 years to realize he was wrong
It isn't that free speech doesn't allow for books like it...but that reasonable people don't write and publish them

The United States of America Tech investor puts his name and money behind a plan to split California into six states
Overall, that would leave the voters of today's California with greater net representation in the Senate, and make Republicans there more relevant in Presidential elections

Computers and the Internet Why you should probably put tape over your computer's webcam
Yes, there really are ways for crooks to hack into your computer and turn on the camera without your knowledge

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