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.

  • Flu Season Part II: Much Ado about Nothing?

    For the first time in years, Americans are not afraid of terror attacks. That would be good news, if it weren't for the simple fact that the al- Qaeda scare has been (temporarily) outmatched by another: The flu. A nationwide panic has erupted since...
  • Privatizing Social Security

    According to a recent poll, those young Americans who believe in flying saucers outnumber those who think Social Security will be there for them in their old age, by about two to one. While they may or may not be right about UFOs, the kids' skepticism...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • WTO MAKES AMERICAN LAW

    Many of our readers will remember that back in the early 1990s, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) attempted to expand its influence in the realm of nutritional supplements. The agency sought to reclassify vitamins, herbs, and the like as drugs, rather...
  • CONTROVERSY-FREE STEM CELLS

    In WWNK 12/15/03 , we mentioned stem cell research and TriStem for the first time. Since we think this new science deserves a place in the spotlight, here's an extensive write-up on what may well be the world's most spectacular stem cell breakthrough...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Internet Telephones Go Mainstream

    After the Internet became available, it didn't take advanced users long to realize they could use the service to speak to each other. It was only necessary to convert voices into digital packets using a new Voice-over- Internet Protocol, or VoIP-...

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