May 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 Sex Offender Dilemma

    Last week, New York State became the target of a public outcry when the state's comptroller found out that for the last five years, 198 convicted rapists and other high-risk sex offenders had been receiving Medicaid- reimbursed Viagra. The crimes...
  • Anti-Tumor Combo

    In Europe, they have been doing it for years: Applying radiation combined with heat to fight cancerous cells. However, since early tests in the 1990s didn't turn out as positive as expected, the method never caught on in the United States. That may...
  • The Amazing Disappearing Lake

    Magic, a miracle, or some sinister plot? Last week, residents of the Russian village Bolotnikovo stepped out of their houses in the morning, only to find that their lake was gone--disappeared literally overnight, leaving just a muddy hole. The force must...
  • How the Government SOX it to Business

    The Enron/Arthur Andersen scandal was bad. Okay, we know this. The firms involved lied, cheated and stole. Crooked corporate officers cooked books and defrauded consumers. Shareholders and employees lost billions. It was a terrible tragedy for many, many...
  • READER FEEDBACK: CHILDREN IN HANDCUFFS 05/17/2005

    Last week's WWNK article on treating children like terrorists has solicited a flood of reader email. To sum it up, most readers were outraged about the detainment of the two Muslim teenagers... which fortunately has found a happy ending. Both girls...
  • IDENTITY THEFT

    It seems that not a week goes by that we don't hear about security breaches in American corporations like ChoicePoint, Lexis-Nexis and Bank of America, putting at risk sensitive personal information of millions of U.S. citizens. In the first two incidents...
  • THE 65% SOLUTION

    There seems to be one thing upon which everyone--from academics to politicians to the folks in the street--agrees: Our schools are failing. If by failure one means falling behind, relative to other nations, then the research studies certainly bear out...
  • THE HOAX OF DEMOCRACY IN IRAQ

    Iraq's January 30th election was a glorious day, and a great success, say federal officials and the mainstream press. A step toward promoting democracy in the Middle East, it was, but is that a good thing? For Westernized Muslims--those who want their...
  • READER FEEDBACK: CHILDREN IN HANDCUFFS

    Thanks for bringing the 2 girls in NYC up. That is very wrong. But, the 5-year-old is another case. What could they do? The teachers are not allowed to discipline the kids, and the parents won't. The Assistant Principal had her hands tied, as did...
  • THE POWER OF CALI

    Coming soon to a movie theater near you will be "Killing Pablo," a film based on Mark Bowden's best-selling book of the same name and starring Spanish actor Antonio Banderas. "Killing Pablo" profiles the dramatic manhunt for Pablo...
  • SKEETER SEASON ALERT

    Did you know that only female mosquitoes bite? Not that this fun fact is likely to comfort you--especially if you're one of those who, for some mysterious reason, are in the "Favored Prey" category of the flying bloodsuckers. If you have...
  • CHILDREN IN HANDCUFFS

    "This is post-9/11 America and post-9/11 America is out of its mind," commented cartoonist Ted Rall in a rant about the latest U.S. trend: Treating children like terrorists. In April, two unnamed 16-year-old Muslim girls from New York City,...
  • THE PEAK OIL DEBATE II: ECONOMICS

    Last week, we took a look at the science behind the abiotic oil theory (i.e., that oil is not a fossil fuel at all, but is continually generated by natural processes deep within the earth, and is therefore a renewable resource). Today we'll consider...
  • READER COMMENTS

    Article "Security Spending Sprees" in WWNK of 4/25/05: Several of our readers pointed out to us that our casual quote "They have a river somewhere", regarding (landlocked) Oklahoma's access to federal funds for port security was...
  • THE PEAK OIL DEBATE

    We're running out of oil. Such is a wisdom so conventional--in the media, in the world of political and economic theory, in the popular mind--that it has attained the status of unassailable truth. The argument goes like this: Oil is a fossil fuel...

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