August 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.

  • Open-Source Biotech

    Open-source licensing changed the tech world when Linux was released in the early 1990s. Now, it's threatening to shake things up again--only this time, it's targeting the biotech industry. In the case of Linux, "open source" guarantees...
  • Cogito Ergo Sum

    Shakespeare said, "A rose, by any other name, would smell as sweet." It seems that he was wrong. Recent research shows that scents in a test tube, labeled incorrectly to confuse the "sniffer," trigger incorrect responses in the brain...
  • Driving Under the Inference

    What's the most powerful lobbying group in the U.S.? Liberals might argue that it's the NRA, while conservatives might nominate the NEA. Many from both sides of the aisle would put forth the oil industry. But for sheer proven effectiveness, it's...
  • The Great Resource Bull Markets, Then and Now (2)

    Last week, in Part 1 of this article, Doug began to explain the similarities between the Great Resource Bull Market of the 1970s and the one that's still in its infancy today--using the 7 Ps, his trademark test for sound investment. Here's the...
  • No Constitution for the EU

    In an article titled "The End of the European Union?" (WWNK 4/11/05), we mused about the then upcoming referenda on the EU Constitution. We all know how that did (or better, didn't) work out; so here's a commentary from our new European...
  • The Great Resource Bull Markets, Then and Now (1)

    There is an old saying: to look into the future, you must first look to the past. A more Darwinian interpretation of this maxim is that those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it. In that context, studying the last great resource bull...
  • Bargains at any Price

    If Boobus americanus were as passionate about defending his civil rights and liberties as he is about getting a good bargain, the United States, we speculate, might be in much better shape. Last week, the Henrico County school board in Virginia held a...
  • To Blog or Not to Blog

    Do you blog ? If you are one of the ever-increasing number of Americans who like to publish their opinions on the Web, there are some things you need to know regarding the kind of regulation that may be headed your way. In case you have spent the previous...
  • Antibacterial, Anti-Life?

    Antibacterial soaps, dish soaps, laundry detergents, toothpastes, shampoos, and household cleaners can contribute to the development of resistant bacteria, so-called "superbugs," say natural-health proponents like Dr. Joseph Mercola M.D., whose...
  • The Housing Bubble Revisited

    If there has been any doubt that a housing bubble really exists, recent news should have changed that. In early July, word got out that trailers in a mobile home park in Malibu were selling for over $1 million. Well, granted, it's not your ordinary...
  • U.S./China: Energy Fuels Fears

    Antony Peyton is "our man in China", keeping us in the loop about what's happening on the other side of the planet. Today, he talks about the U.S.-Chinese energy "battle." "Keep your friends close and your enemies even closer"...
  • Pet Replicants

    (originally published on 8/2/04) If you've ever looked at your pet and wished it would live forever, a company in California may have the solution for you. Sort of. For $50,000, Genetic Savings & Clone (GSC) says it will clone your cat. And dogs...
  • Healthcare: America's Leading Cause of Death

    (originally published on 10/11/04) In 1999, the Institute of Medicine released a groundbreaking report on a largely unrecognized affliction amongst hospital patients: Doctors. The study estimated that between 44,000 and 98,000 hospitalized Americans die...
  • Phi--the Golden Number

    (originally published on 7/12/04) Nature has a plan. Even though many natural phenomena seem random, a surprising number is the common denominator: Phi. Known as the "Golden Section" to the Greeks and as the "Divine Proportion" to...
  • Coal Liquefaction--Alternative to Oil?

    (originally published on 7/26/04) What would happen if U.S. foreign oil imports were cut off tomorrow? While that's not likely, the war in the Middle East and our war of words with Venezuela make us painfully aware of our Achilles Heel: we need far...

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