Insight on the News

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

Articles from Vol. 16, No. 33, September 4

A 4 Percent Solution to Military-Readiness Woes
Finally, there is reason to believe that one of the most important challenges likely to confront the next president actually will become a focus for the 2000 elections: the present and future readiness of the U.S. military to fight the nation's wars....
A Letter from the Editor
Dear Readers, Late at night is not a good time to watch The Green Mile, a movie about life and death, good and evil -- testing whether this old news dog can keep a dry eye about something as mushy as old-fashioned right and wrong. He can't. Your...
America Tunes in Political Ad Blitz
At least $600 million will be spent on political advertising this year. All of that money must be raised, many profit along the way and viewers can't miss them. As the feting and feasting of the national political conventions ends, the candidates...
Are Owls to Blame for Fires?
The forest fires tipping through several Western states have sparked a blame game. On one side, opponents of heavy-handed federal environmental regulation, such as New Mexico's conservative Lt. Gov. Walter Bradley, contend that the conflagrations have...
Big Bucks for Barristers
A law license can be a ticket to big money for the cream of the legal profession. Major law firms offer $155,000 a year, plus maximum bonuses, to youngsters fresh out of law school. Last year, the nation's richest law firm -- New York's Skadden,...
British Vigilantes Don't Suffer Perverts Lightly
A wave of vigilante mob violence struck several housing estates in Britain after the News of the World, a tabloid owned by Rupert Murdoch, published in late July a name-and-shame list of suspected pedophiles. The newspaper has promised in the coming...
Chat Rooms Breed Disease
The Internet may become the bathhouse of the new millennium -- a venue for strangers to meet for sexual purposes, says an editorial in the Journal of the American Medical Association, or JAMA. The editorial is based on two studies suggesting that...
Computer Virus Toll Tops $1.5 Trillion
For businesses, computer bugs no longer are a curiosity but an operating expense. Security and cyber-intelligence firms, however, are profiting from virus proliferation. Computer viruses will cost businesses around the world more than $1.5 trillion...
Cost of Drugs Bugs Bernie Sanders
Rep. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, the only acknowledged socialist in the House, provided his unique perspective on the two major-party conventions, observing that most Americans "perceive that both major parties are heavily dominated by big-money interests...
Digging for Gold in L.A.'S Courts
Millions of dollars are hidden in a trust fund overseen by Los Angeles County's Superior Court, which a pair of insiders have plundered in a major bribery scandal. It was the gold in them thar hills that brought on the California rush of 1849. Although...
Lieberman Can't Help Gore's Moral Failings
Breaking with the boss is no easy matter, and as the convention phase of this political season passes and the general-election campaign looms Vice President Al Gore has little time left to distinguish himself from Bill Clinton. His choice of Connecticut...
Lieberman Choice Has Many Angles
It seems that every constituency has an agenda when analyzing the selection of Joe Lieberman as Al Gore's running mate. Pity the Connecticut senator at the center of this political vortex. For nearly nine months, Bill Clinton wrapped himself ever...
Limousine Liberals Are Democrats' Unnoticed Power
Rich Republicans -- plutocrats writing campaign checks with one hand as they beat their liveried servants with the other -- were a major theme in coverage of the GOP convention. Democrats will pick up the beat at their gathering next week. Republicans...
Media Finds Faith Is Fashionable
There's no point in muttering about how predictable and scripted political conventions have become -- the Republicans' in Philadelphia and the Democrats' in Los Angeles. The pols always have tried to minimize the unexpected and control the momentum...
Muslim Vote Undecided
What new political constituency Is morally conservative, liberal on social-welfare issues and highly educated with a median income approaching $70,000? Led by a cohort of generation-X believers born in the United States and educated in American...
Nader Leads the Way to a Green Alternative
Ralph Nader is running for president on the Green Party ticket and has a vision for the country that places society above corporate economic interests. Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader is en vogue among campaign-finance reformers,...
Political Faith
Al Gore's selection of Joseph Lieberman as his running mate reveals a Democratic strategy that plays on appearances as Clinton did in 1992. Many a political pundit has been scratching his topknot at Al Gore's choice of Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman,...
Practitioners Almost Bulletproof When It Comes to Client Complaints
Lawyers have a reputation as the only professionals who can't be tamed, inevitably outrunning their accusers who flood disciplinary boards with complaints. Indeed, only a minute percentage of American lawyers who formally are charged with wrongdoing...
Revolutionary Evolutionary Diets
Call them evolutionary eaters, neoprimitive gourmets or simply fad dieters. But some Americans, increasingly disgusted with processed foods, high-starch snacks and fast-food fixes, are taking the popular protein diets one step further. They are vowing...
Symposium
Q: Should Americans be concerned about the digital divide? Yes: Gaps between computer haves and have-nots will put the underclass further behind. The digital divide is one of those policy issues -- global warming is another -- that is fobbed...
The FBI Targets Key Spycatcher
The U.S. intelligence officer who exposed China's theft of nuclear-weapons designs from U.S. government labs is being harassed by an agency that lets Beijing's agents roam free. When the FBI couldn't bust the Chinese spies stealing U.S. nuclear-weapons...
The Quiet Calcium Crisis
Got calcium? Experts are concerned by the deficiency of this vital nutrient in children's diets - particularly teen-agers, whom they say are at risk for problems later in life. One of the most important investments in the future is found in a glass...
Waste & Abuse
Pork-Barrel King Concedes Limited Sovereignty As former chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, West Virginia Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd long was recognized as the "pope" of pork-barrel politicians. This prodigious pillaging of the Treasury...