February 2006 - 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.

  • The Caribou Factor

    In the 1970s, it was feared that construction on the Trans-Alaskan pipeline would disrupt the migratory patterns and feeding habits of the Porcupine Caribou Herd. Speaking on behalf of their cloven-hoofed brothers, environmentalists held up construction...
  • The Mohammed Malaise

    Last September, the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published several cartoons depicting Islam's founder Mohammed, much to the chagrin of devout Muslims who felt ridiculed and disrespected. Since then, the ripple effects of this incident have led...
  • Pathological Consumption

    "I've spent a lot of money on booze, birds, and fast cars - the rest I just squandered." (The recently deceased George Best) Apparently, burying yourself in debt is a viable motive for murder these days. On the day I began writing this piece...
  • Gold Shares in a Crashing U.S. Stock Market by Doug Casey

    As some of you probably already know, there are a multitude of reasons why I believe the broader stock markets are about to meet a financial Freddy Krueger. I won't repeat myself here, other than to say that we are fast approaching the point at which...
  • Domestic Detention Centers

    Sometime, probably in late 1983, a young Marine lieutenant colonel sat in his office in the basement of the White House and began to dream of a new world. It was a world in which the president of the U.S. would assume to himself a vast array of powers...
  • The Road to Sedition

    "Sedition: incitement of resistance to or insurrection against lawful authority." That's how the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it. What concerns us from WWNK is that lately, more and more often criticism of the U.S. government or U...
  • Homemade Wind Power

    Every day, the United States consumes 20.77 million barrels of oil and produces 7.9 million--that's a 12-million-barrel gap. The EU doesn't fare much better, and to boot, some of the largest oilfields in the Middle East seem to be in decline....
  • Synthetic Biology

    Can bacteria be genetically manipulated to behave like machines? That is the central question of synthetic biology, a fairly new scientific discipline; one that can be answered with a resounding "yes." In an experiment that was published in...
  • Reader Feedback 02/07/2006

    Down one minute, up the next: After we received hundreds of touching reader emails professing your sadness that What We Now Know should die, last week we announced our decision to continue the newsletter. Again, dozens of letters fluttered into our inbox...
  • Reader Feedback 02/28/2006

    Last week's article " The Road to Sedition ," generated some interesting reader emails we don't want to withhold from you: I read this article with great interest. I believe it's not far for all our futures led by small "patriots"...
  • Doug Casey Speaks Out... on Gold and the Economy

    If you've ever heard Doug Casey speak, the fact that he is one of the most in-demand speakers at investment conferences won't surprise you a bit. His enviable track record and his caustic and highly quotable commentary make for first-class financial...
  • Would You Like Fries with That?

    Disclaimer: Due to the considerable "yuk" factor of this article, reader discretion is advised. Your junk food joint could be junkier than you've ever thought: Aside from record amounts of trans fats and sugar in your burger, fries, and...
  • Nightcap or Nightmare?

    "A lot of people, myself included, like to have a couple of glasses of wine to unwind in the evening," wrote one of our editors in an email last week. "My wife often tells me, however, that drinking in the evening can cause a person to...
  • Reader Feedback 02/21/2006

    After last week's article "The Mohammed Malaise," many of our Christian readers commented on a particular sentence in that story, namely our statement: "Well, then what about the penalties for the mock depictions of Jesus, who is obviously...
  • Reader Feedback 02/14/2006

    Our article " A Hundred Billions Here, a Hundred Billions There... " from last week generated numerous reader emails. Here, as usual, only a small selection: Is all this money being handed over in cash? I.e. the $700,000 in the unlocked foot...

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