November 2004 - What We Now Know

You won't find specific stock recommendations in "What We Now Know", but you WILL find a remarkable array of fascinating, entertaining, and always useful information on a wide range of trends in the economy, geo-politics, health and technology and more.

  • EUROPE'S MECCADONALD'S TREND

    If Coca-Cola is as American as apple pie, then Mecca-Cola is the Islamic counterpart. Targeting specifically Muslim soda drinkers with slogans like "Shake your conscience, drink with commitment", the Coke competitor positions itself as a political...
  • RAMPANT PEANUT ALLERGIES

    So, what about those peanut allergies just mentioned by Bill Bonner? WWNK thought the topic worth a deeper look. Here's our report. Remember when you were a kid and peanut butter sandwiches were a staple of school lunches? Back then, proposing a "peanut...
  • A FALSE SENSE OF INSECURITY

    (Originally published on Daily Reckoning.com ) "Americans are afraid of terrorism," say the pollsters. The fear is so jacked up by the media, politicians and generals, it is to the point where the average man could see his house firebombed,...
  • RETIRING ON A CRUISE SHIP

    You remember our tongue-in-cheek story "Retire at the Holiday Inn" ( WWNK 2/16/04 )? Here's the sequel, and it's not even a joke. Rather than walking the hallways of an assisted living facility, seniors should consider riding the big...
  • MONEY: MAKE IT OR FAKE IT

    For over a decade, U.S. secret services have been suspiciously eyeing North Korea. Not for their WMDs but for their weapons of mass inflation: near-perfect counterfeits of U.S. banknotes. Just recently, a new batch of fake $50 notes was found and confiscated...
  • ANTI-AGING SCIENCE, PART II

    (This is the concluding installment of a two-part article, and focuses on three important discoveries/trends in the Genomic Sciences) RNA INTERFERENCE ~ Silencing Genetic Instructions A cell--whether plant or animal--possesses DNA (dioxy-ribo-nucleic...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...

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