April 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.

  • WHO WOULD YOU VOTE FOR?

    The following fun quiz recently circulated around the Internet, and we liked it so much that we decided to give it a place here. It is time to elect a new world leader, and only your vote counts. Here are the facts about the three leading candidates....
  • ELECTROCUTING DEPRESSION

    Clinical depression is, according to the WHO, the number one cause of disability in the world. Of the 121 million people worldwide suffering from it, 15-30% are "refractory cases", i.e. unresponsive to traditional treatment. But a team of scientists...
  • SECURITY SPENDING SPREES

    Since 9/11, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have implemented some rather drastic measures to make America safer. But how much safer is it really, and how wisely do these agencies spend their...
  • DOOMED BY DEMOGRAPHY

    The conflict between the Judeo-Christian West and the Muslim East is generally thought of as an open battle against fundamentalist Islam, fanaticism and terrorism. But there's a silent revolution in progress that, in the long term, will be of far...
  • ENVIRONMENTAL SCARES

    For decades, environmental groups have (metaphorically speaking) rung bells and worn sandwich boards predicting the end of the world as we know it. But for the most part, their track record in foreseeing eco-disasters has been as lousy as that of the...
  • HEALTH CARE IN THAILAND

    A friend of ours, a former U.S. military officer, has been living in Thailand for over a decade now, a country that Doug Casey regularly rates among the best places in the world to live. Because we know many of you are interested in the topic of international...
  • THE END OF THE EUROPEAN UNION?

    In six weeks, France will vote on the new European Constitution, which is viewed as a milestone toward a legislative consolidation of EU member states. The goal of the EC is to improve current regulations, clearly divide powers between Brussels and the...
  • TRUE DELETE

    You've been storing some files on your office laptop that probably should have stayed on your home computer. You transfer them onto a CD and quickly send the original files to the Recycle Bin. As your cursor hovers over the Empty Recycle Bin menu...
  • THE BUZZ ABOUT ENERGY DRINKS

    Red Bull gives you wings, Go Fast! makes you a mental sprinter, and Warp 4 will shoot you into orbit. But do they really, and are they good or bad for your health? So-called energy drinks, of which Austria-based pioneer Red Bull leads the market with...
  • RESOLVING THE HEALTH CARE CRISIS: READER FEEDBACK

    Our WWNK team at Casey Research can once again congratulate themselves on the intelligence of their readers, proven (again) by your informed and thoughtful responses to "Resolving the Health Care Crisis, Part II". Here are a few letters for...
  • THE SEEDY WORLD OF SCIENTIFIC PUBLISHING

    Teens that take abstinence vows are still likely to get STDs. Aspirin can treat pregnancy-related disorders. Heart drugs harm your kidneys. Genetically modified crops are bad for nature. Weekly sex makes people just as happy as a $50,000 raise. Laughter...
  • BRAINWASHED

    Commonly, we associate the term "government propaganda" with dictators in remote third-world countries or rogue regimes of the past, the most notorious being Nazi Germany. "It is the absolute right of the state to supervise the formation...
  • SPRAY THE SHARKS AWAY

    Hikers commonly use Deep Woods Off to keep mosquitoes and black flies away, and savvy outdoors people carry mace to ward off bears. Now two New Jersey chemists have developed a chemical spray that is supposed to repel a surfers' hazard: Great White...
  • RESOLVING THE HEALTH CARE CRISIS, PART II

    Last week, we talked about the looming Medicare crisis, asking "Is Medicare a train wreck waiting to happen?" This week, we'll look into potential ways to turn around the situation. Regarding the issue of health care in general, the solvency...
  • PASSING OF THE POPE

    Pope John Paul II is dead, at age 84. Elected in 1978, for many of our younger readers he is probably the only pope they consciously remember. Although we at WWNK usually don't concern ourselves with religious affairs, we were curious as to what happens...

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