May 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.

  • Reader Feedback 05/29/2007

    We received several comments from Canadian readers on the latest border control issues between Canada and the U.S., outlined in Doug Hornig's article "What's Happening in the War on Terror?". Here are two representative letters: Canadians...
  • How to Outsmart Burglars

    No one likes to lose their valuables, and especially not by way of a burglar raiding their home. Even though property crimes have drastically dropped since 1991, there are still more than 2 million burglaries per annum in the United States. So how can...
  • Gold--a Barbarous Relic?

    How many times have you heard gold described as the "barbarous relic"? It is a favorite phrase of gold-bashers everywhere who are trying to make gold the object of derision. I cringe every time I hear it, which is all too frequently, because...
  • Google Revisited

    About a year and a half ago, we ran a two-part article in these pages, called "Does Google Want to Rule the World?" (Answer: Not consciously, but they may end up doing it anyway, by default.) Since then, Google has solidified its place as one...
  • Reader Feedback 05/15/2007

    received a flood of reader emails regarding our article "Appeasing the Muslim World." Here are two representative pro and contra replies: Thank you for this excellent article. What I am most worried about is the blatant pro-Islam indoctrination...
  • China's Food Scandals

    In our recent article "Honeybees and Food Supply," we mentioned that due to insufficient pollination of certain crops and vegetables, the U.S. might become more dependent on food imports from foreign countries, among them China. According to...
  • The Iranian Gold Card

    In the minds of most, an attack by the U.S. or its allies on Iran would be an act of extreme foolishness. And that's putting it charitably. Not that the U.S. would actually lose, at least not in military terms. While the precarious position of the...
  • What's Happening in the War on Terror?

    Let's just make this clear at the outset: We do not in any way deny that the threat of terrorist violence exists in this country (and around the world). Nor do we wish to minimize the suffering of people who have been victims of that or any form of...
  • The Gene Patent Debate

    Recently, author (and medical doctor) Michael Crichton published an op-ed piece in the New York Times entitled "Patenting Life." A title like that might initially suggest the story about the guy who showed up at the U.S. Patent and Trademark...
  • Reader Feedback 05/01/2007

    Some reader emails regarding our article "Expanding Executive Power": As you sit safely at your desk lamenting your loss of freedom, think about the fact that you can sit there safely. Think about no major internal terrorist attacks, thank God...
  • The Health of the State

    Randolph Bourne once sagely noted that "war is the health of the state," by which he meant that war is particularly fertile soil for growing government power. At the beginning of WWII, the U.S. government was powerful but on a par with a half...
  • Appeasing the Muslim World

    On April 12, the UK Daily Mail reported that British schools have started to drop teaching about the Holocaust from their curriculum in order not to offend Muslims, many of whom deny it ever happened. "There is also resistance to tackling the 11...