July 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.

  • A Patent on Foolishness

    Have you ever used a laser pointer to drive your pet crazy? You may soon have your day in court because you infringed on Patent No. 5443036, "Method of Exercising a Cat," including "any other animals with the chase instinct." And if...
  • Would You Survive a Natural Disaster?

    Hurricane season is upon us. Scenes of Americans evacuating their homes or defiantly enduring the heavy winds and downpours will once again fill our TV screens. But even if you're not in the danger zone of hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, or blizzards...
  • China and India: Battle of the Titans

    After 44 years, the Silk Road pass that connects India and China was reopened. Closed in 1962 due to a border war between these two great Asian powers, the restoration of the Himalayan route on 7 July 2006 is heavy on symbolism and hope. Back in 1954...
  • The End of Roe v. Wade: The El Salvador Experience

    In the latest battle between pro-choicers and pro-lifers, in March of this year, South Dakota passed legislation to ban all abortions, except those that are necessary to save a woman's life. Of course, state law cannot override the 1973 landmark Roe...
  • A Tooth for a Tooth

    What happens if one of your teeth goes AWOL? Currently, the stump will be extracted or covered with a porcelain crown--both procedures that are less than optimal. That may soon change, though, thanks to some Canadian scientists at the University of Alberta...
  • Virus Myth, Part 2

    In our last issue , we presented the views, and some of the evidence, of a large group of very prominent scientists who have challenged the hypothesis that the HIV retrovirus is the cause of AIDS. This time, we'd like to examine other aspects of this...
  • Selling Your Soul to the Telecom Store

    Imagine if your physician, tax accountant, and psychotherapist (or if you're Catholic, your priest) would get it into their heads to start selling the most intimate details of your life to interested parties: what diseases you have and what pills...
  • The Sacrifice Ratio

    Whither interest rates? That's the question everyone wants the answer to. Each time the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) has a scheduled meeting, economists and analysts tie themselves in knots trying to anticipate what will happen. Even between...