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  • HEALTH CARE TO DIE FOR

    "One thing is for certain about health in our country," said George W. Bush in a speech to the Illinois Medical Society in June 2003, "is [sic] that we've got the best health care system in the world and we need to keep it that way...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 01-17-2005
  • DRACONIC MEASURES

    Last month, a Utah court sentenced 25-year-old rap record producer Weldon Angelos to 55 years in prison without parole... for selling small bags of marijuana to police informants while carrying a concealed weapon. Angelos, who is a first-time offender...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 01-17-2005
  • THE CORONATION OF THE PRESIDENT

    On the morning of March 1, 1801, a 57-year-old Virginian named Thomas Jefferson took a leisurely breakfast with his fellow residents of Conrad & McMunn's boarding house on New Jersey Ave. in the newly created District of Columbia. Afterward, Jefferson...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 01-17-2005
  • 2004 Quarterly Review and Outlook

    Introduction This week's letter is once again from two of my favorite economists, Van Hoisington and Dr. Lacy Hunt of Hoisington Investment Management Company in Austin, Texas. They offer a view on bonds which, as Van noted in a conversation with...
    Posted to John Mauldin's Outside the Box by John Mauldin on 01-17-2005
  • The Problem of the Endgame

    Introduction Last week we looked at my 2005 Forecast. This week, we ponder the far more interesting question of where I could (or will be!) be wrong and why and what would be the consequences. This week's topic came about as I was talking on Tuesday...
  • Baby Boomers Face Tough Decisions - Read This

    Introduction The Baby Boom generation (those born from 1945 to 1964), is facing a savings/retirement dilemma. I would say “crisis” but arguably that overstates the problem. Crisis or not, most Baby Boomers have not saved nearly enough for their retirement...
    Posted to Forecasts & Trends by Gary D. Halbert on 01-11-2005
  • VEINS OF HOPE

    A brand new treatment developed in Germany over the last ten years and just now being studied in the United States gives hope to 12 million Americans who suffer from coronary artery disease: Growing new arteries. Compared with bypass surgery, one of the...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 01-10-2005
  • UNREAL REAL ESTATE

    Owning a 6,000-acre tropical island, a steal at $26,500, may sound like a dream come true, except for one tiny detail: the fantasy property is just that--fantasy. This was the case, reported in New Scientist last month, when 22-year-old Australian David...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 01-10-2005
  • THE DARK SIDE OF CHARITY

    What do the following people have in common: Bill Clinton, Gerald Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Cher, Bill Cosby, Natalie Cole, Suzanne Somers, and Sylvester Stallone? They all accept cash or other expensive gratuities in return for appearing at charity...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 01-10-2005
  • RUSSIA--FROM GREAT BEAR TO LAME DUCK

    In addition to the usual holiday festivities, Ukrainians had another reason to celebrate the dying days of 2004: the election of a new prime minister, one who may reinvigorate the struggling nation, and, ultimately, shift the balance of world power. Thousands...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 01-10-2005
  • The Sure-Thing Syndrome

    Introduction This week I put out my 2005 forecast that called for a See-Saw Economy. The theme being that the economy will not take off or crater but continue to move along at a relatively slow upward pace. There will be an end game to this cycle, but...
    Posted to John Mauldin's Outside the Box by John Mauldin on 01-10-2005
  • Forecast 2005: The See-Saw Economy

    Introduction Once again it's time for me to demonstrate the foolhardy part of my nature by putting to electronic pen my forecast for 2005. I spend more research time on this one letter than on any four or five combined, simply reading hundreds of...
  • The Bank Credit Analyst's Forecasts For 2005

    Introduction This week, I will review the latest forecasts for the economy and the major investment markets for 2005 from The Bank Credit Analyst. BCA is one of the most widely followed and respected research groups in the world. As long-time clients...
  • PURITAN PAST, PURITAN FUTURE: READER FEEDBACK

    Our controversial article "Puritan Past, Puritan Future?" in WWNK 12/20/04 generated more than 200 reader emails. We thank you all for the great participation and engagement-whether you agreed with us or not. In fact, the feedback was almost...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 01-03-2005
  • CELL PHONES TO FLOWERS

    The U.S.-as most countries in the world-still has a problem with turning swords to plough shares, but at least there's some good news: Researchers have now devised a way to turn phones into flowers. A team from the University of Warwick's Warwick...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 01-03-2005