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  • The "Free Flow Of (Mis)Information Act"?

    Introduction The "Free Flow of Information Act" (H.R. 581), allowing journalists to keep their sources confidential, has received relatively little attention since its introduction in February of this year. So little attention, in fact, that...
    Posted to Forecasts & Trends by Gary D. Halbert on 07-26-2005
  • Reader Feedback 07/26/2005

    In response to our article "Roundup--How Toxic Is It?" , we received various reader emails pointing out that we used the term "pesticide" incorrectly. As an example, Doug H. wrote: For what it's worth, Roundup is not a "pesticide"...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 07-26-2005
  • Harry Potter for President?

    The sixth J.K. Rowling book "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince" sold more than 9 million copies worldwide on the day of its release. The book went on sale at 12:01 am on July 16, with lots of media attention and midnight parties held at...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 07-26-2005
  • Growing Brain Cells in the Lab

    Though it's received scant attention in the mainstream press, one of the most significant scientific accomplishments of our time was recently achieved at the University of Florida. A team of scientists working at the university's McKnight Brain...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 07-26-2005
  • The Wall of Worry, Part I

    For pretty much all my adult life I've been a speculator. That is to say, someone with an appreciation for the relationship between risk and reward, an appreciation far too many people clearly don't share. Take, for example, ostensibly conservative...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 07-26-2005
  • London After the Attacks

    Robert Groezinger is a German writer, translator, and copy editor who has been living with his British wife and two children in Bath, Great Britain, since 2000. Among other things, Robert writes and translates articles for Germany's one and only libertarian...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 07-26-2005
  • What We Don't See - July 2005

    Introduction This week we will turn once again to a group headquartered in Hong Kong with offices in Stockholm and New York called GaveKal Research Limited. They did a long piece on What We See And What We Don't See and we have edited it down to the...
    Posted to John Mauldin's Outside the Box by John Mauldin on 07-25-2005
  • Those Clever Chinese

    Introduction Last week I said that for this week's letter we would look at the US trade deficit and China, and in particular the possible revaluation of the currency and its effect upon the trade deficit. China obliged by revaluing the yuan (Renminbi...
    Posted to Thoughts From The Frontline by John Mauldin on 07-22-2005
  • China To Revalue Yuan - Is It Time To Invest?

    China To Revalue The Yuan At Last? For the last several years, the Bush administration has been pushing China -- directly and indirectly -- to decouple their currency (the renminbi, or more commonly referred to as the yuan) from the US dollar and revalue...
    Posted to Forecasts & Trends by Gary D. Halbert on 07-19-2005
  • Roundup--How Toxic Is It?

    According to the Illinois-based Safer Pest Control Project (SPCP), 67 million pounds of pesticides are applied to American lawns every year, and compared to agricultural areas, suburban lawns and gardens receive a much higher dose per acre. The U.S. Geological...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 07-19-2005
  • Reader Feedback 07/19/2005

    Reader reactions to last week's article "Raptured, Part II: Commercialized Apocalypse" : Thank you very much for the well-researched articles on the rapture mania. I learned a lot about the, umm, genesis of this belief set. I think it would...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 07-19-2005
  • Deep Impact on Astrology

    Most people interested in outer-space exploration would consider NASA's Deep Impact mission a "smashing success", as Space.com put it last week. On July 4, the 39-inch projectile launched from a VW Beetle-sized flyby probe hit its target...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 07-19-2005
  • Plugged in: Electric Cars on the Rise

    In WWNK 5/24/04 , we ran the article "Golf Carts Hit The Streets," in which we discussed how to make the little whizzers legal to use off the links. Thousands of upgraded electric carts are now driven on public roads by people who enjoy running...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 07-19-2005
  • The Sharecropper Society

    When Warren Buffett speaks, people listen. In this year's annual letter to shareholders, Warren Buffett warned that the U.S. trade deficit risks creating a "sharecropper's society" as a result of Washington's trade policies and the...
    Posted to What We Now Know by Doug Casey on 07-19-2005
  • Quarterly Review and Outlook 2005

    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 specialize in management of fixed income portfolios for large institutional...
    Posted to John Mauldin's Outside the Box by John Mauldin on 07-18-2005