March 2007 - 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.

  • Impressions of India II

    In the last WWNK issue, Jayant Bhandari gave us his assessment on the state of affairs in his home country. Here's the second installment of his insider look at one of the two emerging economic powerhouses. As I mentioned in my last dispatch, I tried...
  • The Goodbye Effect

    Back at the end of January, the U.S. military, with little fanfare, unveiled the newest weapon in its arsenal. No, it's not an advanced fighter/bomber, cruiser or missile system. It's a human cooker. Manufactured by Raytheon, its official name...
  • We Fight Them Over There...

    ... so we don't have to fight them over here. That sounds good in theory, but recently fate has thrown the Republican party a curveball. Turns out that a suspected terrorist financier has been an enthusiastic donor to the National Republican Congressional...
  • Is Income Inequality a Legitimate Worry?

    (originally published on 2/2/07 on Rick's blog, " Rick Sincere News and Thoughts ") In his 1996 book, Hidden Order: The Economics of Everyday Life , polymath economist David Friedman wrote: "When a psychiatrist wants to get his audience's...
  • Minority Report

    There are few among us who haven't thought, at one time or another, "If I could only read his/her mind..." Well, be careful what you wish for. Because somewhere in the territory jointly inhabited by your desire to understand your spouse...
  • Chinese Environmentalism

    The Laoshu mountain in southwestern China had been quarried for more than twenty years before complaints from villagers living in the foothills contributed to shutting it down. What do you do to revive a barren mountainside? You re-green it, or at least...
  • Catholic Tribulations

    It's not funny what the Catholic church has to go through these days. In the same month that the desperate Archdiocese of Washington launched an ad campaign with the slogan "The light is on for you," trying to lure reluctant believers back...
  • Toddlers in Detention

    They wear jail uniforms and live in prison cells. They line up for a daily head count, get meals from the detention center cafeteria and one hour recreation time per day. Their only crime: they are children of immigrant families that seek asylum in the...