Insight on the News

Insight on the newspaper is a magazine specializing in General topics.

Articles from Vol. 12, No. 26, July 15

Alien Invaders Stir Earthly Imaginations
UFOlogy may lack scientific credibility, but its impact on pop culture continues to grow. Judging from this summer's movies, as well as popular television programs, extraterrestrials are desperately in need of a public-relations consultant. Unlike...
Alternative Therapy Is Harassed by Politics
Republicans and Democrats claim to favor alternative medical treatments. However, observers are pessimistic about the chances of congressional action on the proposed Access to Medical Treatment Act. Despite bipartisan efforts, the likely prognosis for...
Crime and Reformation: An Outspoken State Supreme Court Judge as Become the Darling of Ardent Conservatives
An outspoken state Supreme Court judge has become the darling of ardent conservatives. Harold Rothwax is a rare bird. Known as the "Prince of Darkness" for his no-nonsense courtroom demeanor, the 65-year-old New York State Supreme Court judge has won...
Despite Less Bang for the Buck, Fireworks Industry Is Booming
Americans love fireworks - and not just on Independence Day. But new GATT regulations may throw cold water on the $250 million business, which is looking to Congress for help. America's love affair with the rocket's red glare has lit up the fireworks...
Evaluating the Holistic Approaches
The mission of the Office of Alternative Medicine is to conduct research into unconventional medical treatments, such as acupuncture and shark-cartilage therapy. To some elements of the medical/pharmaceutical establishment, however, the OM is a busybody...
Filegate Demands Answers, Not Excuses
Despite the best efforts of the White House, Rep. Bill Clinger, chairman of the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee, is slowly prying the lid off one of the Clinton administration's dirtiest episodes to date. Clinger discovered that President...
Frank and Ollie
This memoir of two Disney animators affirms well-spent professional and private lives. Frank and Ollie is a lavishly illustrated chronicle of two artists -- Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston -- who for nearly four decades contributed to the enduring charm...
Great Artists - and Nice Guys
This memoir of two Disney animators affirms well-spent professional and private lives. Frank and Ollie is a lavishly illustrated chronicle of two artists -- Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston -- who for nearly four decades contributed to the enduring charm...
Hillary Clinton Created Climate She Now Decries
A few weeks ago, the only first lady to testify before a grand jury, Hillary Rodham Clinton, was on the Larry King Show lamenting the criticism she and her husband have received, particularly regarding the firing of the White House Travel Office staff....
More Personal Secrets on File @ the White House
There's an old maxim: If you put it on paper, one day it will come back and bite you. The same can be said in the nineties of storing information on a computer database. The Clinton snoops are about to be bitten. At the same time President Clinton issued...
Physicists Prove That Matter Can Be in Two Places at Once
Quantum mechanics has held that matter can be both particle and wave, but researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have 'smeared' one atom in two places at the same time. Splitting atoms has been a routine task for nuclear physicists...
Physicist with Sense of Humor Spoofs Earnest Cultural Critics
Practitioners of cultural studies argue that science is a 'social and linguistic construct'. One scientist disagreed - and plotted a wicked scheme to expose their smug and shaddy scholarship. Would a leading academic journal in the trendy field of "cultural...
Politically Correct Memorials Are Figures of Speciousness
The "neo-Puritans" is how the London Economist once described the zealots who have become a cultural force in this country. Their scope of prescribed righteousness extends across the spectrum of behavior: speech and manners, dietary and drinking habits...
Q: Should Consumers Hold U.S. Retailers Responsible for Child Labor Abroad?
Yes: Let retailers certify that their merchandise was note made with exploited labor. Listen to the children. Despite demurrals by celebrities, retailers and manufacturers who insist that they do not use child labor and oppose the use of sweatshops,...
Smart Surveillance Gadgetry Redefines Policing, Lifestyles
Law-enforcement authorities are singing the parties of increasingly sophisticated surveillance equipment, while civil libertarian are bemoaning the fact that Big Brother is expanding his field of vision. This summer's Olympics in Atlanta will sport...
The Struggle to Stretch the Long Arm of the Law
All 50 states have antistalking laws on the books, but none legally restrain predators from interjurisdictional menacing. Proposed federal legislation would add some bite to the buffer. Kathleen Baty finally is learning how to live a normal life after...
To Recuse to Not Recuse
As news alert! was going to press, the Senate Judiciary Committee was negotiating with the Justice Department over the terms for holding a hearing on U.S. Attorney Janet Napolitano, a Clinton appointee who has been accused by Republican lawmakers of...
Whole Bodies, Divided Minds
To its advocates, a holistic approach is the commonsense response to the crisis in which American medicine finds itself these days. To opponents it is a grab bag of superstition and mumbo-jumbo that threatens to do far more harm than good. Holistic...