July 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 07/26/2005

    In response to our article "Roundup--How Toxic Is It?" , we received various reader emails pointing out that we used the term "pesticide" incorrectly. As an example, Doug H. wrote: For what it's worth, Roundup is not a "pesticide"...
  • Harry Potter for President?

    The sixth J.K. Rowling book "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince" sold more than 9 million copies worldwide on the day of its release. The book went on sale at 12:01 am on July 16, with lots of media attention and midnight parties held at...
  • Growing Brain Cells in the Lab

    Though it's received scant attention in the mainstream press, one of the most significant scientific accomplishments of our time was recently achieved at the University of Florida. A team of scientists working at the university's McKnight Brain...
  • The Wall of Worry, Part I

    For pretty much all my adult life I've been a speculator. That is to say, someone with an appreciation for the relationship between risk and reward, an appreciation far too many people clearly don't share. Take, for example, ostensibly conservative...
  • London After the Attacks

    Robert Groezinger is a German writer, translator, and copy editor who has been living with his British wife and two children in Bath, Great Britain, since 2000. Among other things, Robert writes and translates articles for Germany's one and only libertarian...
  • Roundup--How Toxic Is It?

    According to the Illinois-based Safer Pest Control Project (SPCP), 67 million pounds of pesticides are applied to American lawns every year, and compared to agricultural areas, suburban lawns and gardens receive a much higher dose per acre. The U.S. Geological...
  • Reader Feedback 07/19/2005

    Reader reactions to last week's article "Raptured, Part II: Commercialized Apocalypse" : Thank you very much for the well-researched articles on the rapture mania. I learned a lot about the, umm, genesis of this belief set. I think it would...
  • Deep Impact on Astrology

    Most people interested in outer-space exploration would consider NASA's Deep Impact mission a "smashing success", as Space.com put it last week. On July 4, the 39-inch projectile launched from a VW Beetle-sized flyby probe hit its target...
  • Plugged in: Electric Cars on the Rise

    In WWNK 5/24/04 , we ran the article "Golf Carts Hit The Streets," in which we discussed how to make the little whizzers legal to use off the links. Thousands of upgraded electric carts are now driven on public roads by people who enjoy running...
  • The Sharecropper Society

    When Warren Buffett speaks, people listen. In this year's annual letter to shareholders, Warren Buffett warned that the U.S. trade deficit risks creating a "sharecropper's society" as a result of Washington's trade policies and the...
  • Reader Feedback 07/12/2005

    Reader reactions on our article "Raptured, Part I: Darbyism and the Middle East" : While you are correct in stating that the word "rapture" is nowhere used in the Bible, you are absolutely wrong in stating that there is not "any...
  • What Goes Around, Comes Around

    Americans concerned with the preservation of their civil liberties and especially the right to private property have cried out in indignation when on June 23, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that local governments may from now on seize people's homes...
  • Plastics in the Microwave

    Microwave ovens are a part of our daily life like blow dryers or TVs. Yet it seems that--unlike the latter two--microwave technology, being a mystery to most people, still scares the bejeepers out of us. Which makes for a multitude of urban legends and...
  • Raptured, Part II: Commercialized Apocalypse

    Last week, we explored the origins of the Christian concept of a "rapture". Here in Part II, we'll talk about the popularity and profitability of the end times. According to a 2002 Time/CNN poll, 36% of Americans believe that the Bible is...
  • Reader Feedback, Old and New 07/05/2005

    Curiously, more than any article we ran in last week's WWNK , what generated the most (and the most passionate) reactions were some of the reader comments we posted regarding the article "Libraries--Last Bastions of Freedom." The pro-PATRIOT...

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