Gongol.com Archives: December 2016

Brian Gongol


December 28, 2016

News Buckle up: Petty disputes are about to become the norm in Washington

The incoming President turned to Twitter in the morning to complain about "roadblocks" erected by the sitting President. Later in the day, when asked, he blew off the issue as nothing at all. Not a lot of people go through life with a strictly momentary, transactional approach to their encounters with others -- it's extremely strange, since most of us expect to deal with the same people tomorrow whom we encountered today. But the incoming President has been programmed to behave as though there are no consequences beyond what's on the table in the moment. For a primer on this, read "The Liar's Ball", which tells the story of a single Manhattan office building and how it's changed hands (including in and out of Donald Trump's). His world is not the same as that of people who live in communities or who have durable relationships. In his world, your rival this morning may be your partner by lunch and your counterparty by dinnertime. You can love, hate, curse, and do business with the same person from day to day, and it doesn't have lingering consequences.

Computers and the Internet Russia will be punished, says Obama administration

CNN cites an unnamed official who thinks the government failed to exercise the necessary imagination to see what Russia sought to gain by cyberwarfare. A repugnant election later, and that failure of imagination seems pretty distressing.

Threats and Hazards Twin Cities police officer threatens to "put two in the back of your head"

Trust between the community and the police is built up over time -- and it can be damaged by those who assume too aggressive a posture. In the long run, this kind of behavior quite likely puts other peace officers at unnecessary risk.

Broadcasting Central Iowa is somehow the world hotspot for "The Big Bang Theory"

The New York Times illustrates the popularity of 50 television programs as heatmaps across the country. Really intriguing stuff.

News Not everyone needs a McMansion, but this is ridiculous

Nebraska family wants to stick four kids, two parents, and a dog into "tiny houses". That can't be good for the mental health of the kids.


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