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Gongol.com: July 2004

Socialism Rears Its Ugly Head (7.8.2004)
Protest and Counter-Protest
The un-protesters at ProtestWarrior.com have been infiltrating the more radical leftist crowds and their demonstrations. The full video is almost 45 minutes long, but any given five-minute segment seems quite enough to get the point across: There's a lot of anger without a lot of purpose on the radical left. Not to mention that the protests are often led by Communist front groups. No, really.

Threats to Western Civilization (7.8.2004)
Suicide Terrorists Aren't Who You Might Think They Are
Some studies suggest they aren't poor and uneducated, but rather relatively well-off and better-educated than their peers. The difference lies in the intensity of their religious feeling. Worth considering.

Aviation News (7.8.2004)
On the Pilot Pay Dispute
Read as a professional pilot gives some background

Election 2004 (7.8.2004)
Ditka for Senate
A push is apparently on to put former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka in office

Business and Finance (7.8.2004)
State-Granted Corporate Welfare Hurts Small Businesses
If the government must be in the business of active involvement in economic development, far better for it to be in the habit of making entrepreneurship easier rather than in the habit of subsidizing very large businesses

Socialism Rears Its Ugly Head (7.8.2004)
More Reasons to Hate Los Angeles
Curfews, violence, crime...and now they're passing laws that restrict the hours when cyber cafes can allow juveniles. Let the proprietors decide, especially if the problems are contained within the cafes themselves.

The American Way (7.8.2004)
Isolationism Will Lead to Death
Why the world doesn't need a policeman -- but does need an armed, moral force for good

Threats to Western Civilization (7.8.2004)
Radical Muslim Cleric to Bring Hate to England
UK opposition leader: "Does the Prime Minister agree with me that someone who backs child suicide bombings and is banned from the US because of his alleged terrorist links should not be allowed into this country?"

We All Need a Little Humor (7.8.2004)
Skinny Reporter Dons Fat Suit
It's all been done before, of course, but this version comes from the UK: "To the men, I had, quite simply, disappeared. The little courtesies, smiles and assessing glances from the opposite sex that usually punctuate my day were gone. I had performed the magic trick of being 4ft wide and invisible." Not to be outdone, a competing paper swears Britney Spears's in-laws-to-be hate her. But who cares?

Computers and the Internet (7.8.2004)
Homeland Security Says Don't Use Internet Explorer
It's one of several recommendations for reducing exposure to Internet attacks. The problem is that so much of the population uses IE that any critical security flaws that are exploited could bring everything to a screeching halt. Alternative browsers include Mozilla, Firefox (PC World discussion), and Opera. Other alternative browsers are also available. Lots of people seem to like Opera because it's very fast. Mozilla has usually been slow in my experience, but there are some suggestions for making Firefox as fast as Opera.