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.

  • 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-...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Hurricane Charley Pays Off

    Ronald Reagan--a famous skeptic of social assistance--once said, "Welfare's purpose should be to eliminate the need for its own existence." What then would Reagan say about billions in government handouts going to recipients who just keep...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...

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