May 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.

  • Reader Feedback 05/30/2006

    In the last WWNK , we asked for your feedback on our controversial article "State-Sponsored Child Abuse." Here are some sample letters. Thank you for your interesting article regarding government human experimentation. Unfortunately, you have...
  • Are Real Estate Agents Going Extinct?

    Considering the recent housing boom, surely real estate agents are making a fortune these days--and are the people with the greatest job prospects. Not quite, if we are to believe the Freakonomics authors Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner. The writers...
  • China: East of Eden

    Just before and during the Beijing 2008 Olympics, the Chinese government will be taking extraordinary steps to combat its perennial bugbear--pollution. Phenomenal economic growth comes at an environmental price. Now the city's bigwigs are planning...
  • The New Miracle Sweeteners, Part 1

    If you have been a longtime subscriber to What We Now Know , you may remember us ranting against artificial sweeteners such as aspartame (a.k.a. NutraSweet) and sucralose (a.k.a. Splenda) as potential mass killers of mankind. While we wrote about aspartame...
  • Depends on How You Define "Wetlands"

    What does a politician do when his approval ratings precipitously drop? Find some good news to talk about to placate the masses and make himself look better. Like many other U.S. governments before it, the Bush administration has turned the development...
  • Gold Over $700: Too Much, Too Fast?

    Recently there was much ado about an ambitious Harvard student (a redundancy) who got caught with someone else's prose on her hands. So that I don't suffer the same embarrassment, I will forewarn you that parts of what you are about to read were...
  • State-Sponsored Child Abuse

    Of course you have heard of the Nazi Angel of Death, Dr. Josef Mengele, who became infamous for conducting grueling medical experiments on concentration camp inmates during WWII. Some of his victims were children. He tested unsafe drugs on them, injected...
  • The World's Wackiest Taxes

    It seems governments can and will tax just about anything--no matter how bizarre. Over the centuries, right up to today, taxmen across the globe have enforced crazy and nonsensical tariffs on a mixed bag of oddities: From beards and urine to tattoos and...
  • Gas Crisis Next?

    And we don't mean gas, as in gasoline. That crisis, everyone who depends on the turning of four rubber-tired wheels already knows about. So this has nothing to do with OPEC. Instead, it's about an acronym you may not have yet run across: GECF...
  • A False Sense of Confidence

    If you have read our recent article "Shadow Statistics," you already know that most government statistics such as GDP, unemployment numbers, and inflation rate are tweaked to make the big picture look more appealing. We conclude that the only...
  • Driving on Air

    With rising gas prices and Peak Oil fast approaching (if it hasn't happened yet), droves of experts are feverishly working on alternative fuel solutions for automobiles. You may have heard of hydrogen or ethanol as gasoline substitutes, but both of...
  • Money in Djibouti

    Ron Enders is a retired non-profit executive and grandparent who spends about three months a year globetrotting for pleasure and enlightenment, usually traveling on a bicycle. This year he took his first bicycle trip in northern Ethiopia, leaving the...