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Gongol.com Archives: February 2005
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Broadcasting (2.2.2005)
Australians Obsessed With News Anchor in Low-Cut Top
Apparently the new "relaxed" network news spins her around the desk and lets her show a little leg.

Iowa (2.2.2005)
Governor Wants Minnesota to Become "Saudi Arabia of Renewable Fuels"
Iowa produces 716 million gallons of ethanol a year, versus Minnesota's 389 million. But Iowa's government is too busy talking about spending $800 million of some Iowans' earnings on subsidies for others.

Weather and Disasters (2.2.2005)
More Than a Month Later, UN Gets Around to Appointing a Tsunami-Relief Chief
It's former President Bill Clinton. The tsunami happened over a month ago...where has the UN been all this time?

Socialism Doesn't Work (2.2.2005)
Czechs Commemorate Fall of Secret Police
It's the 15-year anniversary of the death of the Communist secret police there. Sometimes the rest of us need to be reminded that Communism wasn't a well-intentioned system that happened to be run badly, but a system that was so morally and rationally bankrupt that it cannot last.

Socialism Doesn't Work (2.2.2005)
Iowa Legislature Thinking of Reviving the Values Fund
At what point will it be realized that most contemporary economic development incentives punish many businesses in order to subsidize a few?

News (2.2.2005)
Canadians Surveyed Want a National Referendum on Gay Marriage
About a third want legal gay marriage, about a third want civil unions without marriage, and about a third don't like either solution

Socialism Doesn't Work (2.2.2005)
Possible Reversal in Late Strains Between China, Taiwan

Business and Finance (2.2.2005)
Japan, Inc. Now "Japan Worried-About-Foreign-Takeovers"
Amazing what fifteen or twenty years will do. Now the G7 are worried about China, and for good reason.

The United States of America (2.2.2005)
President Proposes $350 Million to Help Build a Palestinian State
A healthy, democratic Palestinian state would certainly take the wind out of some dangerous ideological sails. But Iowa gets about $350 million a year just in Federal road dollars. Full State of the Union text.

Business and Finance (2.2.2005)
Greenspan II
Potential successors debated; NBER president Martin Feldstein, deficit hawk and private-accounts guru, is a front-runner

The American Way (2.2.2005)
On "Moderates" in Europe and America
"The misunderstanding comes whenever an American describes another American as being on the political right. To a European, that means he's a nazi. Now that the Democrats are taking all of their cues from Europe, it means the same to them."

The American Way (2.2.2005)
Russian Paper Protests Censorship with White Space
Brilliant protest. And it's been done before.
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