November 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.

  • French Riots--Beginning of the End?

    Cars going up in flames by the hundreds every night, busses, stores, factories, schools and even police stations burnt at random... France has recently seen the worst violence since the student-worker uprising of 1968. With the help of decentralized communication...
  • Million-Dollar Ideas

    Does the term "million-dollar idea" make you think of an inventor who spends 10 years puzzling out some new product, testing and revising it again and again, eventually building a prototype, and then spending another 10 years trying to sell...
  • 5 Reasons the Dollar Is Headed for Hard Times

    [Ed. Note: Given the importance of U.S. dollar strength to the price of gold, we asked Chuck Butler, author of the Daily Pfennig, a daily commentary on global currency markets... and the head of EverBank World Markets, the innovative bank that offers...
  • The Rootkit of All Evil

    We like to keep tabs on what GenX is thinking and doing, for a lot of reasons, one of them being that these young people are so much more computer literate than we are. Thus it got our attention when we were recently chatting with one of our favorite...
  • The Unwiring of America 2: Creative Destruction

    Last week, we took a look at how WiFi is changing the way we access the Internet, send text messages, and make phone calls. Today, we examine two other cutting-edge communications tools that will have far-reaching effects on our lives. How do you currently...
  • Reader Feedback 11/22/2005

    Secret Bingo cells seem to worry not just us; read Rick W.'s comment on our recent article " Bingo Terrorists ": It is comforting to know that our government is on top of such potential threats to our homeland. I am continually inspired...
  • 13 Things to Bounce

    What Granny knew... just like baking soda and lemon juice, dryer sheets seem to have more possible applications than you'd think. Although we haven't tried all of them, the few we tested did indeed work. (For the record: even though we mention...
  • China's Great Population Plight, Part 2

    In the first part of this article , I talked about China's vast imbalance in the population's boy-girl ratio. That being a major problem in itself, the country has to deal with another dilemma that only exacerbates the first: A rapidly aging population...
  • The Practice of Speculation

    In this sequel to last week's article "The Speculator as a Hero", Doug talks about how to recognize the proper time to enter a market. There are certain rules that will likely be just as good in the future as they have been in the past because...
  • Signs O' the Times

    "To prevent sinburn, use sonscreen." Church signs, a popular object of drive-by photography, can be inspiring, thought-provoking, or plain hilarious. And now there's a website that lets you make your own, email it to your friends, or even...
  • The Unwiring of America

    There is a quiet power shift occurring in the broadband industry that promises to dramatically change how we access the Internet and its many features. Instead of DSL, digital cable, cellular, and POTS (Plain Old Telephone System), we will use high-speed...
  • China's Great Population Plight, Part 1

    Imagine a world where men outnumber women, where the vast surplus of sexually frustrated males could threaten the very fabric of society, and where females are a rare and almost dying breed. This might sound like some far-fetched science fiction novel...
  • Reader Feedback 11/08/2005

    Not all our readers agree with us all the time, but that's what keeps our work interesting. Jim P. wrote the following pertaining to our article "Era of Mega-Hurricanes": The article on hurricanes in What We Now Know is accurate but only...
  • Alzheimer's--Hope and Science, Part 2

    Last week, we looked at research on the early detection of symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease and the results of a meta-analysis of 47 AD studies by the Karolinska Institute and Stockholm Gerontology Research Center. But what are the reasons some people...
  • The Alaskan Pork Pie

    Sometimes (okay, a lot of times), the things that our political representatives say leave us stunned at what is either sheer gall, or an absolute disrespect for the intelligence of the American people, or both. A prime example occurred at the passage...

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