October 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 10/31/2006

    Reader responses on our article "Please Help Us--STOP": I agree with Doug Hornig in his recent column about the erosion of civil liberties in the U.S., however, he makes a common layman's error when he says that plea bargaining has eroded...
  • The North American Union

    With almost no fanfare, a new Bush Administration initiative has been quietly unfolding over the past year and a half, and it has a broad range of people from across the political spectrum up in arms. It's officially known as the Security and Prosperity...
  • Happy Halloween!

    Today is Halloween, the night when miniature ghouls, vampires and other monsters go trick-or-treating from door to door. Here are some Halloween fun facts. In 2005, there were 36.1 million potential "trick-or-treaters" (kids age 5-13) in the...
  • Dollar Illusion--the German View

    In the recent past, some of our readers have criticized our tendency to present economic "gloom-and-doom" stories--most likely, they argue, to make our own services look more attractive. While we don't deny that we're interested in selling...
  • Solar Power Made Affordable

    In a speech this year, President Bush said we'd have to get rid of "our addiction to Middle East oil." Now one man in South Africa seems to have taken a big step in that direction--at least when it comes to heating homes. A team of scientists...
  • Reader Feedback 10/17/2006

    Here are a few selected reader responses on our article "False-Flag Operations II" (some of them were edited for length): Thank you for presenting this information in a coherent fashion. To anyone with even a high school chemistry education...
  • Bagged Liquids

    In the last WWNK issue, we did a write-up on the (purported) dangers of bringing liquid explosives on a plane. Lately, the initially strict regulations for bringing liquids on board have been somewhat loosened. Now the TSA allows passengers to carry on...
  • Who's Keeping Oil Down?

    Oil had energy investors reaching for the Tums the last few weeks. After crude tagged a record intra-day high of $78.40 on July 14, it drifted lower through the end of summer and on August 29 closed below $70 for the first time since June 20. On September...
  • Improbable Research

    Everybody knows about the Nobel Prize. What is almost unknown in the public mainstream, however, is its quirky little cousin, the Ig Nobel Prize for Improbable Research. Once a year, scientists of the world get together to celebrate this event, and the...
  • Please Help Us--STOP

    Over thirty years ago, Kinky Friedman, maverick singer/songwriter, mystery novelist, and lately candidate for governor of Texas, penned the country & western classic, "Western Union Wire." In it, he used the words, "Please help me-...
  • Sound Money

    Money. It's the one thing that is never far from most people's minds. We strive after it and fight over it. We can have enough, or too little, but never too much. Yet few give even a fleeting thought to what it is, or whether what is generally...
  • False-Flag Operations, Part II

    Toothpaste. Bottled Water. Shampoo. Baby formula. All things that are deemed too dangerous to bring on board of an airplane now. Or to be exact, since August 10, when British authorities foiled a terror plot by Islamic extremists to blow up ten planes...
  • Reader Feedback 10/03/2006

    A few selected reader responses to "False-Flag Operations, Part I": I find it amazing not that one-third of the country believes the government was behind 9/11, but that one-third of this country believes the government is capable of pulling...
  • What a Preedickamink

    That's what Popeye would surely say: "What a preedickamink !" All those years of pouring spinach down his gullet in order to build a strong body, and now he'd be hard pressed to find a supply. The culprit is, of course, that old devil...
  • Bankrupt over Pensions

    As we have mentioned numerous times in this publication, finances don't look too rosy in the good old US of A--especially when you are one of the baby boomers approaching retirement. In 1950, there were seven people of working age (20-65) for every...