March 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.

  • THE GREAT SOCIAL SECURITY DEBATE, PART I

    President Bush has made Social Security reform (a/k/a "partial privatization") the centerpiece of his second-term domestic agenda. But the bewildering array of "facts," theories, plans and proposals makes it increasingly difficult...
  • DISASTROUS DONATIONS

    Almost three months after the South Asian tsunami, which--according to latest numbers--has killed 286,000 and left 1.6 million homeless, the tidal wave of disaster reports in the mainstream media has slowed down to a trickle. Apparently, so have the relief...
  • THE E-LEARNING BOOM

    The growth of personal computing, advances in technology and increasing public access to the Internet has spurred widespread availability of online education. Today, courses and even full college degrees are only a mouse- click away. Over the past eight...
  • PROSTATE PROBLEM SOLVER

    Prostate enlargement or BPH (Benign Prostate Hyperplasia) is the most common prostate problem in men over 50--and with an aging population, it is becoming an increasing concern for the average American. Common symptoms are the frequent need to urinate...
  • RESOLVING THE HEALTH CARE CRISIS

    Recently, WWNK took a hard look at Social Security, and discovered that it is not nearly in as rough a condition as the fear mongers in politics would have us believe. Today we turn our attention to Medicare, another federal program that's received...
  • FLOSSING--THE GREAT IN-BETWEEN

    Flossing your teeth daily can save more than just your smile. According to dental experts, flossing is not only important for oral hygiene, but for our hearts and overall good health. Of course, those already familiar with the power of the string will...
  • OUR MAN IN CHINA

    Mr. X, our insider in Iraq, has recently kept silent. But since his views were very popular with our readers, we have found someone in another political and economic hotspot: The People's Republic of China. UK citizen Antony Peyton has been living...
  • NEW GOOGLE GADGETS

    What if there were a software that lets you find and organize all the pictures on your computer--including the ones you forgot about--edit them, share them with others, arrange them into slide shows, movies, and collages... all for free? Google , tirelessly...
  • THE HOUSING BUBBLE

    One of the biggest considerations overhanging the economy at this point is: Is there a housing bubble? You can find opinions on both sides of this question, but there is no doubt that housing prices have been on a tear. Whereas from 1950 to 1995, housing...
  • CAN HIV CURE CANCER?

    An estimated 60,000 Americans will be diagnosed with melanoma this year. Another 8,000 people will die from the disease, according to the American Cancer Society. To fight that dreaded disease, for 20 years researchers have unsuccessfully tried to find...
  • GOVERNMENT SECRETS ON THE NET

    Pundits from both major parties agree that--aside from the Nixon administration- - the Bush group is the most secretive administration to date. Want to see the federal government's regulation that authorizes airport security personnel to pat you down...
  • MONSTER FOR SALE

    We've recently seen the Virgin Mary grilled-cheese sandwich, spoonfuls of water from a styrofoam cup Elvis supposedly drank from, and a haunted cane being sold on eBay. But the creativity of eBay sellers seems boundless: Now a Philadelphia mother...
  • WHAT THE @#$% DO WE KNOW ABOUT LEBANON?

    That is the question of the day, isn't it? The former Prime Minister of Lebanon is killed in a massive car bomb explosion and as a result, tens of thousands of people take to the streets demanding that the occupying Syrian army leave their country...
  • THE TROUBLE WITH TRANS FATS

    In May 2003, trans fats had their 15 minutes of notoriety when Stephen Joseph, a San Francisco public interest lawyer, filed a lawsuit to ban the sale of Oreo cookies. The nutritional villains, argued the lawyer, that made the white cream so creamy and...
  • THE GREAT SOCIAL SECURITY DEBATE, PART II

    In last week's WWNK , we analyzed how Social Security currently works and whether it's indeed on its last legs, as politicians would like to have us believe. In Part II, we're going to dissect Bush's reform plans and see if they can really...

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