June 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.

  • Reader Feedback 06/28/2005

    This week, because of a lack of space, we're going to focus on reader feedback on last week's article "Libraries--Last Bastions of Freedom". Here are some selected comments. "I generally support President Bush, but in the case of...
  • Making a First Impression

    The folk wisdom "You never get a second chance to make a first impression" has become an academic hot topic lately. While psychologists know that first impressions happen quickly, last long, and impact later evaluations (often in the face of...
  • The Flavor Faction

    What do Christoph Columbus and multi-million-dollar businesses along the New Jersey Turnpike have in common? The hunt for flavor. Columbus, as most explorers of his time, engaged in his journeys mainly for trading purposes--with oriental spices and especially...
  • Indecency and the FCC

    In WWNK of 6/7/04 , we took a second look, so to speak, at Janet Jackson's millisecond baring of a *** on national TV. Though we concluded that this "wardrobe malfunction" was truly a tempest in a teapot, it has nevertheless had some far...
  • Reader Feedback 06/21/2005

    Paul B. had his own thoughts about our article "U.S./China: A Look over the Fence": "In your article [...] you say, 'TV has once been described as "chewing gum for the eyes", and the writer of that quote might have been here...
  • The Real Health Risk

    Avian flu is for this year what SARS was for the last. Media outlets across the nation beat each other in ever more sensational findings, additional infections, and projected casualties in the millions if the flu strain should mutate into a virus transmittable...
  • Fallacies of Non-Skeptics

    Optimist or pessimist, atheist or believer--whatever your life philosophy, it can never hurt to apply an ounce of skepticism to everything you read, see and hear. We stumbled over the wonderful "Skeptic's Dictionary" at http://skepdic.com...
  • Libraries--Last Bastions of Freedom?

    Civil rights proponents have reason to cheer. Last week, in a 238-to-187 decision, House leaders showed a rare display of unity when they thwarted President Bush's demand for a roundabout renewal of the PATRIOT Act. [Ed. Note: We refuse to spell it...
  • Creative Stock Scams

    Stock scams have been around since, well, probably about five minutes after the invention of stocks. Over the years, their variety has been limited only by the collective ingenuity of the scammers. The classic scam of our time is the pump-and-dump, recently...
  • Reader Feedback 06/14/2005

    Regarding last week's article "Canadian House Arrest", reader Mark H. comments: "Your article on this subject was very interesting, but left out the most important question, which is: "How did it work?" "You covered the...
  • Better Breath through Yogurt?

    Halitosis, the more sophisticated term for 'bad breath', is embarrassing for the sufferer as well as his environment. The common solution for breath odor is to cover it up with mints--but of course that doesn't really change the condition...
  • America's Overworked Workers

    With summer break and family vacation time on the horizon, we considered it timely to gather some highly quotable factoids on American work and vacation behavior. Here they are: Americans work about 350 more hours per year than most Europeans and 70 more...
  • U.S./China: A Look over the Fence

    What do Americans really think about the Chinese, and vice versa? Antony Peyton, "our man in China", takes a closer look. What concerns most Americans about China is the economic threat it represents, and its rising status as a military power...
  • The Apodictic Autobiography

    In last year's film, The Final Cut , writer/director Omar Naim posits a near future in which unborn children can receive an implanted audio/visual transmitter that will allow the recording of every moment of their lives, as seen through their eyes...
  • CANADIAN HOUSE ARREST

    Our 2004 article " A Nation Behind Bars " conveyed that few countries hold more of their citizens prisoner than the United States. In June 2004, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2,131,180 prisoners were held...

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