February 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.

  • EARLY TEST FOR ALZHEIMER'S

    A treacherous disease that creeps up on its victims so gradually that it can go unnoticed for years, Alzheimer's is not easy to detect and diagnose. But now science has made what seems like a breakthrough in the early diagnosis of the condition, using...
  • THE LATEST FADS FROM JAPAN

    In the late 1990s, the world press reported a new epidemic sweeping Japan: Tamagotchi fever. Extremely contagious and afflicting youth and adults alike, the 'virus' was a small plastic egg with an LCD display and three buttons--resembling a primitive...
  • DIRTY DOZEN INVESTMENT SCHEMES

    For a certain segment of our society, dreaming up new ways to separate people from their money is a full-time job. For these hucksters, the current economy is a dream come true--lower investment returns have made many Americans extremely receptive when...
  • WHY IRAN IS NEXT

    In recent weeks, the news media has been overflowing with reports on the increasing tension between the U.S. and Iran, supposedly based on the Islamic country's unwillingness to drop its nuclear programs. A clear-cut case of another tyrannical nation...
  • WHERE HAS ALL THE HUMOR GONE? by Doug Casey

    Back in the bad old days, we made moron jokes, Polack jokes, and a whole host of others that are frowned upon in our present-day, politically correct society. That such humor has disappeared from polite company is not necessarily a bad thing. There is...
  • SERVING REVENGE

    Whoever said that 'Revenge is a dish best served cold' obviously never worked in a restaurant. From spitting in the food to much, much worse, nowadays vengeance in the restaurant kitchen is so widespread that diners should think twice before leaving...
  • THE LIFE OF AN EMAIL

    What is the life of an email in the business environment? It's a question without a clear-cut answer, and that fact alone should make you pause the next time you send a personal email from work, particularly if it contains private or confidential...
  • AFGHANISTAN REVISITED

    The eyes of the world were on Afghanistan's capital city Kabul on November 13, 2001 when U.S. forces toppled the Taliban regime, a repressive group that had held power for nearly a decade. One month later, leaders around the globe celebrated as Afghanistan...
  • NANOMEDICINE NOW By Doug Casey

    In WWNK 6/14/2004 , we reported on the promising future of nanomedicine. While the advanced technologies scientists are feverishly working on seem nothing short of miraculous, their practical application is doubtlessly years, if not decades, away. But...
  • THE NEW CELL PHONES

    New cell phone bells and whistles are arriving so quickly that most consumers should be cautious before spending hundreds of dollars on the latest product offering. It may be obsolete next month. But the mega-trend you should keep an eye on is the move...
  • RELIGIOUSLY BREAKING THE RULES

    Motorists have long feared the Israeli community of Bnei-Brak, where jaywalking is so rampant that drivers report they need "seven eyes" to watch for meandering pedestrians. The problem was striking enough to catch the eye of transportation...
  • CHERTOFF'S CRIMES

    After the dismal failure of Bernard Kerik--President Bush's first choice for Tom Ridge's successor as head of Homeland Security--to survive media examination of his past, it might have been expected that the President would be more cautious next...
  • FOLK MEDICINE: SWEET TREATS

    Folk remedies have been ill-reputed in our days of high-tech medicine, mostly dismissed (including by the ever-present skeptics in the WWNK office) as old wives' tales and snake oil therapy. However, recently grandma's cures have quietly crept...
  • LOYAL TO THE ROYALS

    Throughout history, kings and queens have ruled over Britain. With a national anthem of 'God Save the Queen' and the monarch-of-the-day's face emblazoned on every British pound note and coin, British heritage is steeped in this time- honored...
  • A HAIRY TURN OF EVENTS

    The '60s youth rebellion in the United States, it might be argued, was as much about hair as it was about sexism, race relations or the War in Vietnam. Who, among those present at the time, can forget the gorilla jokes, the enforced shearings, and...

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