Blogs

  • DISASTROUS DONATIONS

    Almost three months after the South Asian tsunami, which--according to latest numbers--has killed 286,000 and left 1.6 million homeless, the tidal wave of disaster reports in the mainstream media has slowed down to a trickle. Apparently, so have the relief...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 03-07-2005
  • THE GREAT SOCIAL SECURITY DEBATE, PART I

    President Bush has made Social Security reform (a/k/a "partial privatization") the centerpiece of his second-term domestic agenda. But the bewildering array of "facts," theories, plans and proposals makes it increasingly difficult...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 03-07-2005
  • The Mystery of the Awful Economists

    Introduction This week's letter comes to use from Barry Ritholtz, Chief Market Strategist of the Maxim Group and a frequent guest on CNBC. I have been reading his commentary for several years and this special report takes a look at the employment...
    Posted to John Mauldin's Outside the Box by John Mauldin on 03-07-2005
  • Why Trade Deficits Matter

    Introduction We have been looking at the US trade deficit and the global trade imbalance for the past two weeks. It is currently an unsustainable trend, and thus will stop at some point. The questions are when and how? We will conclude this series today...
  • Freedom Flourishing - Bush Finally Gets Credit

    Introduction President Bush said some things in his January 20 inaugural address that sent the liberal media into yet another conniption. In his speech, Bush emphasized that the administration’s policy in his second term would be to spread freedom around...
  • EARLY TEST FOR ALZHEIMER'S

    A treacherous disease that creeps up on its victims so gradually that it can go unnoticed for years, Alzheimer's is not easy to detect and diagnose. But now science has made what seems like a breakthrough in the early diagnosis of the condition, using...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 02-28-2005
  • THE LATEST FADS FROM JAPAN

    In the late 1990s, the world press reported a new epidemic sweeping Japan: Tamagotchi fever. Extremely contagious and afflicting youth and adults alike, the 'virus' was a small plastic egg with an LCD display and three buttons--resembling a primitive...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 02-28-2005
  • DIRTY DOZEN INVESTMENT SCHEMES

    For a certain segment of our society, dreaming up new ways to separate people from their money is a full-time job. For these hucksters, the current economy is a dream come true--lower investment returns have made many Americans extremely receptive when...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 02-28-2005
  • WHY IRAN IS NEXT

    In recent weeks, the news media has been overflowing with reports on the increasing tension between the U.S. and Iran, supposedly based on the Islamic country's unwillingness to drop its nuclear programs. A clear-cut case of another tyrannical nation...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 02-28-2005
  • The BoK's Announcement & the US$

    Introduction This week we will turn once again to a group headquartered in Hong Kong called GaveKal Research Limited. Louis Vincent Gave's GaveKal Ad Hoc Comments for Wednesday, February 23, 2005 looks at the possible implications of the recent announcement...
    Posted to John Mauldin's Outside the Box by John Mauldin on 02-28-2005
  • The Dollar as the Old Maid

    Bretton Woods 2, Redux As I wrote last week, the first Bretton Woods system came about when representatives of most of the world's leading nations met at Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, in 1944 to create a new international monetary system. Under the...
  • Tax Reform - Don't Get Your Hopes Up

    Introduction During his re-election campaign, President Bush piqued interest among voters, especially conservatives, when he said that replacing the current income tax code with a national sales tax was “an interesting idea.” Then just after the election...
    Posted to Forecasts & Trends by Gary D. Halbert on 02-22-2005
  • WHERE HAS ALL THE HUMOR GONE? by Doug Casey

    Back in the bad old days, we made moron jokes, Polack jokes, and a whole host of others that are frowned upon in our present-day, politically correct society. That such humor has disappeared from polite company is not necessarily a bad thing. There is...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 02-21-2005
  • SERVING REVENGE

    Whoever said that 'Revenge is a dish best served cold' obviously never worked in a restaurant. From spitting in the food to much, much worse, nowadays vengeance in the restaurant kitchen is so widespread that diners should think twice before leaving...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 02-21-2005
  • THE LIFE OF AN EMAIL

    What is the life of an email in the business environment? It's a question without a clear-cut answer, and that fact alone should make you pause the next time you send a personal email from work, particularly if it contains private or confidential...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 02-21-2005