Blogs

  • The Apodictic Autobiography

    In last year's film, The Final Cut , writer/director Omar Naim posits a near future in which unborn children can receive an implanted audio/visual transmitter that will allow the recording of every moment of their lives, as seen through their eyes...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 06-14-2005
  • Triple Waterfalls: excerpt from Basic Points

    Introduction This week we look at another interesting essay by Donald Coxe, the Global Portfolio Strategist, BMO Financial Group. He is also the Chairman and Chief Strategist of Harris Investment Management in Chicago, and Chairman of Jones Heward Investments...
    Posted to John Mauldin's Outside the Box by John Mauldin on 06-13-2005
  • Whither Europe and the Euro?

    Introduction What if the Malthusian doom and gloom crowd is wrong? What if the trend of lower population growth clearly evident in the developed world is echoed in the rest of the world? This week we look at a remarkable book by Ben Wattenberg called...
  • CANADIAN HOUSE ARREST

    Our 2004 article " A Nation Behind Bars " conveyed that few countries hold more of their citizens prisoner than the United States. In June 2004, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2,131,180 prisoners were held...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 06-07-2005
  • READER FEEDBACK: "THE SEX OFFENDER DILEMMA" 06/07/2005

    As we noted in our article last week, no crime stirs up more emotion than sex offenses, especially child molestation. Case in point: We received a tidal wave of emails from our readers, most of them with rather strong opinions on the matter. The probably...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 06-07-2005
  • NONSENSE RESEARCH

    20 degrees. Remember the super-computer Deep Thought in Douglas Adams' bestseller The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy , which worked seven and a half million years on finding the answer to "The Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 06-07-2005
  • SOUSVEILLANCE: WATCHING THE WATCHERS

    The classic work on surveillance is British author Jeremy Bentham's Panopticon Letters , written in 1787. Bentham, attempting to redefine penitentiary management, proposed the Panopticon, a tower structure that sat at the middle of a circular, multi...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 06-07-2005
  • How To Boost Returns In A Low Yield World

    Introduction Serious readers of this weekly E-Letter know that it has been difficult to make good returns using traditional strategies in the market environment we have been in since late 1999 and the end of the greatest bull market in stocks. Some nice...
    Posted to Forecasts & Trends by Gary D. Halbert on 06-07-2005
  • Reader Feedback "The Sex Offender Dilemma"

    Due to a flood of letters on the topic, this is only a selection of reader emails handpicked by our WWNK editors. Some of the letters have been edited for length. ******************************* Granted, there is a world of difference, (regardless of...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 06-07-2005
  • Rethinking Bonds and Another Conundrum

    Introduction This week's letter is again by one of my favorites, Stephen Roach of Morgan Stanley. We will look at two pieces, one from May 31st and another from June 3rd. The first article lays out why Roach is moving from a bond bear to a bull or...
    Posted to John Mauldin's Outside the Box by John Mauldin on 06-06-2005
  • Can the Fed Find the Sweet Spot?

    Introduction The questions of the day seemed to revolve around Fed policy, the US trade deficit and the dollar. We look at all of these questions and more in today's letter. Specifically, I want to try to lay out three scenarios involving future Fed...
    Posted to Thoughts From The Frontline by John Mauldin on 06-03-2005
  • The Sex Offender Dilemma

    Last week, New York State became the target of a public outcry when the state's comptroller found out that for the last five years, 198 convicted rapists and other high-risk sex offenders had been receiving Medicaid- reimbursed Viagra. The crimes...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 05-31-2005
  • Anti-Tumor Combo

    In Europe, they have been doing it for years: Applying radiation combined with heat to fight cancerous cells. However, since early tests in the 1990s didn't turn out as positive as expected, the method never caught on in the United States. That may...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 05-31-2005
  • The Amazing Disappearing Lake

    Magic, a miracle, or some sinister plot? Last week, residents of the Russian village Bolotnikovo stepped out of their houses in the morning, only to find that their lake was gone--disappeared literally overnight, leaving just a muddy hole. The force must...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 05-31-2005
  • How the Government SOX it to Business

    The Enron/Arthur Andersen scandal was bad. Okay, we know this. The firms involved lied, cheated and stole. Crooked corporate officers cooked books and defrauded consumers. Shareholders and employees lost billions. It was a terrible tragedy for many, many...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 05-31-2005