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  • NGO'S: THE HAPLESS HELPERS

    It sounded like a heinous injustice. The evil World Bank was foisting a dam-building project on unwilling citizens in Uganda, causing environmental destruction and the forcible relocation of nearby villagers. What was worse, the people being moved wouldn't...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 11-22-2004
  • THE INFLATION SCAM

    Inflation is tame, we are told, over and over. It is under control. And it has been since the advent of the easy money, low-interest-rate policy championed by Alan Greenspan and the Federal Reserve since 1995. In fact, they say, between 1995 and 2003...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 11-22-2004
  • Things That Go Bump in My Worry Closet

    Introduction From ghoulies and ghosties And long-leggedy beasties And things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us! --Old Scottish Prayer Coming back from Canada this morning, where the Canadian dollar is on a breath-taking rise, and reading...
  • Oil-For-Food - Much Worse Than We Thought

    Introduction I last wrote about the “Oil-for-Food” program in Iraq in May shortly after the United Nations (UN) engaged former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker to conduct an internal investigation of the scandal. Only limited attention was focused...
  • Life After Gold

    Introduction This week's letter is part two of a series by my good friend, Andy Kessler, author of Running Money about his days running a hedge fund in the 1990's, a book that I highly recommend, especially to anyone in the "running money"...
    Posted to John Mauldin's Outside the Box by John Mauldin on 11-16-2004
  • CANADA: GONE TO POT?

    In the land famous for its red maple leaf, there is a very real prospect of another leaf-- typically green and seven-fingered--stealing the spotlight: Canada's Parliament is preparing to decriminalize marijuana possession. But while many liberal-minded...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 11-15-2004
  • GOOGLE-MANIA

    We at What We Now Know always liked Google as a search engine; it's just so much better than Yahoo. The news page is more extensive, the searches more efficient, and the gambler in our brains just loves to play with the "I feel lucky" button...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 11-15-2004
  • ANTI-AGING SCIENCE, PART I

    "Who wants to live forever?" asks the title song of the 1986 blockbuster Highlander that deals with immortality; yet we should ask, who doesn't? Wouldn't you like to be a frisky 200-year-old if it were possible to maintain your health...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 11-15-2004
  • THE IWATE MODEL: LESS IS MORE

    Iwate is a small backwater prefecture in Japan that, for years, was struggling economically, trying to catch up to buzzing Tokyo's standard of living. Until in a daring move, Governor Hirova Masuda told his fellow citizens to give up the rat race...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 11-15-2004
  • ELECTION RESULTS: THE REAL DEAL

    The 2004 Presidential election took place a full two days after Halloween. But the way things have gone in the weeks since, you'd think the ghouls must have hung around for the voting. Across the country, Americans have been coming out of the woodwork...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 11-15-2004
  • Sometimes They Do Ring A Bell

    Introduction With many sub-market indexes hitting new highs, and given the recent performance of the market, how can I maintain we are still in a long-term secular bear market? Shouldn't we get back in, as so many advise? That is a reasonable question...
  • Will The Post-Election Rally In Stocks Continue?

    Introduction The stock markets rallied strongly last week after the election, not only here in the US but in much of the rest of the world as well, as I predicted in my October 19 E-Letter. In that issue, I suggested that stocks would rally regardless...
    Posted to Forecasts & Trends by Gary D. Halbert on 11-09-2004
  • Gold Bites the Dust

    Introduction Confirmation bias is a very real psychological phenomenon. It especially infects investors. What we mean by confirmation bias is the tendency of people to read material which reinforces their present views. They associate with people who...
    Posted to John Mauldin's Outside the Box by John Mauldin on 11-08-2004
  • SCHOOLS OUT OF TOUCH WITH STUDENTS

    In February 2004, the American education community received an explosive report, titled "Educator Sexual Misconduct: A Synthesis of Existing Literature", by Carol Shakeshaft, a professor at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. The report is...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 11-08-2004
  • PORTABLE POWER PLANTS

    It's not easy giving away nuclear power stations these days. Lots of countries want them, especially developing nations. But for countries like the U.S. that possess the technology, giving the gift of atomic energy can be a nail-biting experience...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 11-08-2004