Insight on the News

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

Articles from Vol. 12, No. 31, August 19

Access, Privacy and Power
The technological leaps of the last decade have spawned an Orwellian state of anxiety about security and personal confidentiality. Never mind House Speaker Newt Gingrich and all that fashionable Republican talk about "third-wave" thinking. If you're...
Alarmed Chairmen Express Concern about Big Brother
Filegate and Big Brother, also known as the White House Office Data Base, have struck a negative chord with Americans. Like Watergate, now two decades ago, the scandals are becoming a morality play. I'm not sure we have the tools to do it, to put the...
Are Privacy Rights Still Inalienable?
The word "privacy" is not mentioned in the U.S. Constitution or the Bill of Rights. But it was nonetheless very much on the minds of the Founding Fathers, says Robert Ellis Smith, editor of the Rhode Island-based Privacy Journal and a longtime privacy...
A Slap on the Wrist for 'Naughty' Kids
Rarely do you hear the phrase "juvenile delinquency"--a term prevalent decades ago that signified worrisome but not cataclysmic behavior. As ever-younger predators not only violate personal safety and property rights and disregard moral standards,...
A Writer's Bid for Eternal Life: The TV Museum Is Screening the Last Works of Dennis Potter - TV's 'First Fully Developed Auteur.' (Museum of Television and Radio, New York, New York)
The TV museum is screening the last works of Dennis Potter -- TV's 'first fully developed auteur.' Aside from speeches by Steven Spielberg praising the primacy of the word, scriptwriters rarely receive the recognition they deserve. S.J. Perelman and...
Charges Continue to Haunt Hillary Rodham Clinton
Sworn testimony says Craig Livingstone, the man who obtained those confidential FBI files on top Republicans, was Mrs. Clinton's creature. The first lady denies it. Would this woman obstruct justice? I didn't want to come right out and say 'the first...
Chessmasters Who Would Be Balkan Kings: The Rivalry between Russians Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov Has Turned Political
The rivalry between Russians Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov has turned political. The war on the Balkan battlefields was halted by the Dayton peace accord, but a new front has developed -- on chessboards. The two world chess champions, Garry Kasparov,...
Cold Lazarus
The TV museum is screening the last works of Dennis Potter -- TV's 'first fully developed auteur.' Aside from speeches by Steven Spielberg praising the primacy of the word, scriptwriters rarely receive the recognition they deserve. S.J. Perelman and...
Computer Geeks Hit Jackpot with Not-So-Nerdy Concept
A couple of American University students -- self-described computer geeks -- used the Internet as their entree into the business world. Now they are designing interactive kiosks for the nations capital. While many of his collegiate buddies flipped...
Cyberspace: A Terrorist Frontier?
A century ago it was common knowledge that an enemy only had to locate the water hole of its adversary's horses to incapacitate an entire army with a single vial of poison. Now, the multidimensional infrastructure of the United States is similarly vulnerable...
Data Flowing Freely onto Info Highway
For 30 years people used the Freedom of Information Act to monitor Uncle Sam's behavior. Congress now wants to apply the law to cyberspace - and the future of electronic recordkeeping depends on it. When in 1995 the Congress first considered the Freedom...
Geologists Now Know What Makes the World Go 'Round
Scientists have discovered that Earth's inner core rotates faster than the planet. Their findings could advance planetary science and unlock the secrets of Earth's fluctuating magnetic fields. Two new studies indicate that Earth's iron inner core is...
Give Us Your Dutiful and True, Your Diligent Yearning For
Californians have proposed a monument to responsibility as a mate for the Statue of Liberty in the New York Harbor -- although it might be an island, or a mountain ... As far as Garden Grove City Councilman Mark Leyes is concerned, the Statue of Liberty...
High-Tech Snoops Get Real Personal
The evolution of data collection is outpacing the legal system's ability to protect your privacy. As more than 700 former Republican White House staffers have discovered, the Privacy Act no longer means much in today's highly partisan atmosphere. Given...
How the FBI Files Were Moved
Requests from the White House for personnel-file materials from the FBI are written on "buck slips," preprinted sheets with the stamped signature of the White House counsel, a Justice Department official tells Insight. These sheets are formatted as letters...
Karaoke
The TV museum is screening the last works of Dennis Potter -- TV's 'first fully developed auteur.' Aside from speeches by Steven Spielberg praising the primacy of the word, scriptwriters rarely receive the recognition they deserve. S.J. Perelman and...
Launch War on Terrorism
With terrorism being the first thing that comes to mind upon hearing of the crash of TWA Flight 800, when will the United States muster the political will to institute a comprehensive plan of action against weapons of mass destruction and terrorism?...
Learning to Fly African Skies: A Little Risky, a Lot Wonderful
It's inexpensive and incomparably beautiful: Novice aviators from all over the world come to Zimbabwe to soar above elephants and antelope and through the double rainbows of Victoria Falls. Look out for elephant droppings on the runway," shouted Neil...
Lone Star
Critically acclaimed independent filmmaker John Sayles proves that less equals more. You can't always draw the line between good and bad," notes one of the 60 characters who play a part in writer-director John Sayles' new film, Lone Star. The movie...
Low Budget, High Art: Critically Acclaimed Independent Filmmaker John Sayles Proves That Less Equals More
Critically acclaimed independent filmmaker John Sayles proves that less equals more. You can't always draw the line between good and bad," notes one of the 60 characters who play a part in writer-director John Sayles' new film, Lone Star. The movie...
New American Revolutionaries March to a Very Different Beat
I met Don Smith, the elected chaplain of the Citizens Militia of Greene County, southwest of Pittsburgh, at a recent dinner meeting of the local Libertarian Party at Del's Restaurant in the city. Given the Libertarian focus on individual freedom...
Q: Was the GOP Proposal to Reform Campaign Finance a Good Idea?
Yes: Require all candidates to raise most of their funds from within their e electoral c districts. Although defeated in the House on July 25, the campaign-finance reform bill (HR3820) nonetheless broke new ground by redefining the meaning of campaign-finance...
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