September 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.

  • A Flat-Out Success

    In America, the flat tax is a joke. So much so that an obscure TV journalist named Bernard Goldberg could launch a best-selling book career with Bias , in which the centerpiece story (told and re-told) is about how one of his CBS colleagues poked some...
  • Reader Feedback 09/27/2005

    Let's start with a passionate response to last week's article "Jesus Saves, But Americans Don't" from Ron G.: I think you're way off the mark regarding the US savings rate. Firstly, most people begin to seriously save in their...
  • Trust in Bottles

    What kind of investor are you - the happy-go-lucky, trusting type, or the guarded, overly suspicious kind? Your answer may not have to do as much with your upbringing or personal investment philosophy than with your chemical makeup. Swiss researchers...
  • Science of Cold Heats Up

    Half a century ago, it was discovered that single cells could survive freezing if protected by a glycerol solution. Although there have been isolated successes in freezing tissue and even some organs such as intestines and ovaries, generally success at...
  • FEMA--Everything Old Is New Again

    "FEMA has been accused of being a 'political dumping ground filled by the Bush administration with inexperienced appointees who [have] mismanaged the agency, misled Congress, and funneled contracts to their friends,' to quote the Washington...
  • Reader Feedback 09/20/2005

    The comments on Katrina still trickle in. After last week's two reader emails that put the blame squarely on the state and local governments, Theodora G. protests against their allegations: The spin is in, I see from the feedback some of your readers...
  • Jesus Saves, But Americans Don't

    Will Katrina be the pin that finally pricks the bloated bubble that is the U.S. economy? Perhaps. Only time will tell. But there were ominous signs that we're headed for recession (if not worse) well before Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf...
  • The Latest Cyber Scam

    We've been reporting about cyber scams like phishing and pharming here occasionally. Alas, it is hard to keep up pace with the innovative web spies and their latest pet projects. Spyware programs are "growing more sophisticated, harder to detect...
  • Reader Feedback 09/13/2005

    Our most commented-on article from last week was--predictably--"Where Was the National Guard?" Numerous of our vigilant readers wrote to let us know that we messed up and called the (male) Senator Lindsey Graham a "she." Sorry for...
  • Federal Gold Diggers

    Two weeks ago, the Associated Press reported an incident that--in the chaos surrounding Katrina a few days later--didn't receive a lot of public attention. However, we think it deserves this attention, maybe as much as the recent Supreme Court ruling...
  • How to Do Business with China

    If you value the indirect approach over the direct, the complicated over the simple, and slow, painstaking routines over the pragmatic, then you will feel very comfortable doing business in China. Cross-cultural communication is always difficult, but...
  • Cure for Cancer = Cure for Aging

    I want to start by considering three questions about the War on Cancer that Nixon launched 35 years ago: was it appropriately named, was it a success, and was it well-motivated at the time? You'll see why. The term "War on Cancer" was a...
  • Reader Feedback 09/06/2005

    Katrina and its horrendous aftermath has been on everyone's mind. Here is one reader's reaction to the events of last week: What is going on at the Super Dome and Convention Center? No food, no water, no one in charge, people dying there, rapes...
  • Floating the Yuan

    On Thursday, July 21, the People's Bank of China (PBoC) announced that the country's currency, the RMB yuan, would henceforth be allowed to float, rather than being strictly pegged to the U.S. dollar. For eleven years, the yuan had been traded...
  • Where Was the National Guard?

    Last week, we watched New Orleans sink into chaos. Fortunately, many of the hungry, thirsty and exhausted residents have been tended and evacuated over the weekend--after up to five days with no food and little to no water. Response to the disaster was...

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