January 2005 - 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.

  • DOMAIN NAME HIJACKING

    One of the problems that have been plaguing residential long distance customers for years is an illegal tactic known as "slamming" wherein a customer's long distance provider is switched without consent. Now the Internet version of "slamming"...
  • THE NEW GUYS IN GOVERNMENT

    The wake of President Bush's re-election has brought the usual changing of the guard within key cabinet posts. Gone are high-profile officials like Secretary of State Colin Powell and Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham, replaced by new faces on Capitol...
  • TRASH OR TREASURE?

    So the old saying goes, "One man's trash is another man's treasure." However, when the 'treasures' in question are 10-year-old grilled cheese sandwiches, or even human toe-nail clippings, one has to wonder: Who on earth would...
  • INVENTED DISEASES, PART II - PHYSICAL CONDITIONS

    In last week's WWNK , we reported about invented or hyped mental disorders. This week, we tackle the more tangible part of medical hyperbole: Physical conditions the truth about which has been twisted and warped to aid the financial goals of the pharmaceutical...
  • WAVE RATS

    Those donating money to tsunami relief efforts should be wary of "wave rats" who are posing as victims of the tragedy or even masquerading as charity organizations. With billions of dollars in donations en route to Asian countries hard-hit by...
  • NUCLEAR WASTE--A REALISTIC SOLUTION

    Water is the greatest enemy of nuclear waste storage. There is no alloy known to man (yet) that won't corrode or leak over time, threatening to release radioactive substances into the environment. Even though all industrialized countries have been...
  • U.S. CONCENTRATION CAMPS

    Back in the waning days of the Nixon Administration, one wry joke that made the rounds was that America had come a long way in the leadership category, from a President who couldn't tell a lie to one who couldn't tell the truth. While the assertion...
  • INVENTED DISEASES, PART I: MENTAL DISORDERS

    " Conservatives push for psychiatric diagnosis of 'loony leftists' ", screamed the headline of an article on the Swift Report blogsite on January 5. The article, an obvious hoax, has nonetheless been picked up as a true story by dozens...
  • SHORT-LIVED SYMPATHY

    The international community has pledged nearly $2 billion in disaster relief for tsunami-stricken South Asian countries. Sounds great, but a pledge is just a pledge, not real money. What chance do those countries really have of getting the promised funds...
  • HEALTH CARE TO DIE FOR

    "One thing is for certain about health in our country," said George W. Bush in a speech to the Illinois Medical Society in June 2003, "is [sic] that we've got the best health care system in the world and we need to keep it that way...
  • DRACONIC MEASURES

    Last month, a Utah court sentenced 25-year-old rap record producer Weldon Angelos to 55 years in prison without parole... for selling small bags of marijuana to police informants while carrying a concealed weapon. Angelos, who is a first-time offender...
  • THE CORONATION OF THE PRESIDENT

    On the morning of March 1, 1801, a 57-year-old Virginian named Thomas Jefferson took a leisurely breakfast with his fellow residents of Conrad & McMunn's boarding house on New Jersey Ave. in the newly created District of Columbia. Afterward, Jefferson...
  • VEINS OF HOPE

    A brand new treatment developed in Germany over the last ten years and just now being studied in the United States gives hope to 12 million Americans who suffer from coronary artery disease: Growing new arteries. Compared with bypass surgery, one of the...
  • UNREAL REAL ESTATE

    Owning a 6,000-acre tropical island, a steal at $26,500, may sound like a dream come true, except for one tiny detail: the fantasy property is just that--fantasy. This was the case, reported in New Scientist last month, when 22-year-old Australian David...
  • THE DARK SIDE OF CHARITY

    What do the following people have in common: Bill Clinton, Gerald Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Cher, Bill Cosby, Natalie Cole, Suzanne Somers, and Sylvester Stallone? They all accept cash or other expensive gratuities in return for appearing at charity...

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