October 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.

  • Iran--the Inevitable War?

    "If Washington wants a war with Iran, then there'll be a war with Iran. That's the great lesson of the Iraq war; once the decision is made, there's no turning back." --OpEdNews.com We already reported on the possibility of a war...
  • Creator with Meatballs by Doug Casey

    "And the Flying Spaghetti Monster saw the light, that it was good: and with His Noodly Appendage divided the light from the darkness." Thus might read the Book of Genesis in the Pastafarian Bible. Pastafarianism, according to its followers,...
  • A "Guaranteed" 20% on Every Nickel You Invest

    Dr. Steve Sjuggerud is an Investment Advisory Panelist of the Oxford Club , one of our favorite investment organizations founded, in part, by Daily Reckoning editor Bill Bonner. Here's an excerpt of an article from the Oxford Club Communique you might...
  • Gold in the Modern Age, Part 1

    The following article was originally published in the International Speculator of December 2004. We think that its content is now more timely and important than ever--considering that the U.S. dollar is increasingly gravitating towards its intrinsic value...
  • China: The Parallax View

    If I had to sum up China in one word, it would be dirty . After two years of living here, I'm in a position to offer a much more "close-up" perspective than when I first stepped off the plane and into my exciting new world. Pollution is...
  • Reader Feedback 10/18/2005

    We fully expected a wave of hate mail pouring into our inbox after last week's article "Iran--the Inevitable War?"... yet the responses we received were amazingly subdued or even--aw shucks!--supportive. Read some of the replies here. (The...
  • Bright Green Sperm

    Infertility affects about 6.1 million people in the U.S., according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Yet scientists may have discovered a light at the end of this dark tunnel--a bright, fluorescent green light, that is. An intriguing...
  • The Ultimate Backseat Driver

    It's a classic Catch-22 situation. On the one hand, we're told that our vehicles need to be more efficient in order to lessen our dependence on foreign oil and to decrease greenhouse gas emissions. Yet, as traditional cars are designed to burn...
  • Gold in the Modern Age, Part 2

    Last week, you learned about how and where to buy physical gold and silver. This week, it's all about "intangible" forms of gold. [This article was originally published in the International Speculator of 12/2004.] Physical Gold Substitutes...
  • Government Spending Caps

    Our loyal readers know we are appalled by profligate government spending. It is a well-documented fact that politicians--at all levels of government--simply cannot resist the temptation to layer on the pork... and almost always to a key voter block. While...
  • Miracle Mice

    Lately, we've seen a lot of progress in anti-aging science--from the relentless activism of Aubrey de Grey in search of the "Methuselah factor," to the prospect of nano-robots being someday able to repair faulty cells from within. But the...
  • Reader Feedback 10/04/2005

    Our article about the Estonian flat tax, "A Flat-Out Success", generated some reader emails we don't want to withhold from you: I'm not sure why fat cats like Steve Forbes would still advocate a flat tax when they can now simply structure...
  • Avian Flu--Pandemic or Panic?

    Bird Flu Could Kill 150 Million People (BBC News, 9/30/05) Spanish Flu of 1918: Could It Happen Again? (BBC News, 10/5/05) Bird Flu Pandemic Risk "Very High" (CNN, 10/12/05) Bush Plan Shows U.S. Is Not Ready for Deadly Flu (New York Times, 10...
  • Reader Feedback 10/11/2005

    Here are some critical and some laudatory reader comments on "Creator with Meatballs." Your article on the FSM Church made me smile. It has always been maddening to listen to those who feel that Creationism (I'm not falling for that renaming...
  • Placebos, the Mystery of Medicine

    By now, most people have heard of the "placebo effect", whereby participants in the control group of a new drug trial who get a dummy medication often report the same effects as those receiving the real thing. This result is usually attributed...

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