December 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.

  • Seat 29E

    Last week your senior editor, browsing through a marketing e-letter she finds in her inbox every day, discovered the ominous sentence "[...] innovation, because it so often manifests itself as more choices, tends to breed complexity, which sends...
  • Gold Stocks and Burning Matches

    Gold stocks move with the price of gold, but their price swings are more emphatic. In other words, gold stocks have leverage with respect to gold. That's the broad-brush picture, and it's the starting point for thinking about gold stocks. But...
  • Reader Feedback 12/27/2005

    Again, our recent article " Christmas Warfare " ignited the minds of our readers. Here are some comments (and a few from us): The liberal penchant for political correctness and anti-Christian attitudes have reached such a crescendo in recent...
  • Brains on Meth

    Do you remember "crack babies?" The pitiful little tots born to crack-using mothers, already addicted to cocaine while still in the womb? At least that's what the media made us believe. Today we know that the story of the physically, mentally...
  • Update on the War on Cancer

    We are almost used to the fact that cancer treatment is all about nasty chemicals and horrific side effects. But maybe it doesn't have to be that way. For example, there are lots of cancer drugs out there that would be effective if only they didn't...
  • Does Google Want to Rule the World? (2)

    The invention of the personal computer marked the first revolution in the way business is conducted. The advent of the Internet was the second. Google's expansion is the third. It is by no means the end of the story, though. Ultimately, the original...
  • Corn Stoves Wildly Popular

    If you wanted to make a fortune this winter, we'd recommend--aside from reading Doug Casey's International Speculator --you go into the stove business. With natural-gas prices shooting into the stratosphere, wood- and especially corn-burning stoves...
  • Christmas Warfare

    Silent Night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright... Not quite. In fact, we think the Baby Jesus would have a hard time sleeping in heavenly peace, with all the racket going on about his birthday. For several years now, Christian fundamentalists and...
  • Reader Feedback 12/13/2005

    As was to be expected, last week's article " Chiroquackery " stirred up our readers' emotions. Due to the volume of emails, we can't run all of them--or even most of them--here. Read two representative letters and click here for...
  • Ground-Up Red Beetles

    The next time you open a container of strawberry or raspberry yogurt and admire the pretty, appetizing pinky-red berry color, you can thank the pre-Hispanic Aztec and Maya cultures for the lovely shade, as well as 16th-century Conquistador Hernan Cortez...
  • Watering Your Nose

    Yogis have known about its beneficial effects for centuries, and contemporary Western medicine is slowly catching on: Nasal irrigation with an isotonic solution (meaning, a saline solution similar in salt content to the body's fluids) is becoming...
  • Does Google Want to Rule the World? (1)

    At first glance, a seemingly silly question. And yet, some forward-looking people believe that, in a sense, that's exactly what Google is all about. Consider that when Google held its much ballyhooed stock IPO in late 2004, the opening price was ...
  • Is the Recent Inflation a Flash in the Pan?

    The word "inflation" covers two different concepts, and it's important to keep them separate. One concept is monetary inflation , which is when the supply of money increases faster than the supply of goods and services. The other concept...
  • Update

    After reading last week's article , several of our subscribers alerted us to the fact that Sony BMG has not gotten off easily with their scheme of infiltrating customers' computers with XCP spyware. After a major public outcry, Sony has recalled...
  • Reality, Made in Asia

    "Lode Star of the Twenty-First Century"... if you think this has something to do with astronomy, think again. The deferential moniker is one of 18 titles recently listed by Harper's Magazine . The titles, North Korea's state television...

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