August 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.

  • Mine Your Own Business

    Increasingly, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are one of the major forces to be reckoned with in the mining industry worldwide. Such is their clout that they can completely derail new mine construction, or cause such lengthy legal delays that exhausted...
  • All the Trouble in the World

    (excerpt from Doug's lead article in the International Speculator of July 2007) It's been said that if you spend 15 minutes a year trying to figure out the direction of the economy, you're wasting 13 minutes. First, it's impossible to...
  • Government Contractors Living Large

    In recent years, the U.S. government's no-bid contracts have become infamous. After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005, for example, the Bush administration awarded 1,237 contracts valued at $500,000 or more - for a total of over $10...
  • Reader Feedback 08/21/2007

    Some comments on our recent articles. Some of the letters were edited for length. "Mass Extinction by Gases" I think the article is based on a lot of theoretical and unprovable ideas which only add to the scare tactics of the gloom and doom...
  • Mass Extinction by Gases

    These days, be it in politics or science, things seem to accelerate at a speed that occasionally makes us wonder what we really know. Or if we know anything, for that matter... a humbling thought. Take the dinosaurs, for example. We all know from biology...
  • Questions for Doug

    Every month, Casey Research subscribers ask for Doug Casey's take on resource investing and big-picture economics. Here is one of Doug's answers from the February 2007 issue of the International Speculator . Q: The big picture question I wrestle...
  • The Sinking Ship

    Anyone who writes about politics for public consumption risks having his or her views mischaracterized, and we are no exception. In one notable example, a reader recently branded us "left-leaning." Such a laughable notion would quickly be dispelled...
  • Reader Feedback 08/07/2007

    Some comments on our recent article "Celebrity Carbon": It's easy to criticize a rock super group for wasting our precious natural resources. Bono has said many times that he is not some kind of saint to be emulated. His point is to try...