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Articles from Vol. 13, No. 46, December 15

Abandoning Deterrence Will Be Nuclear Nightmare Come True
For seven years, the West has been an unwilling participant in a variation on the fabled game of Russian roulette. Let's call it "Iraqi roulette." The difference is that the Russian version involves a player spinning the cylinder of a revolver loaded...
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard Talks about Secret Life of Bill Clinton
This British investigative reporter says the trouble with American newsman is that they have accepted a liberal consensus that doesn't always fit the truth. But one man's truth is another man's balderdash. Ambrose Evans-Pritchard may be back in England,...
America's Appetite for Forbidden Fruit
Nearly 50 years ago, a scientist released a landmark study describing Americans' sexual proclivities in excruciating detail. Shocking? Yes. Fascinating? Let public reaction be the arbiter. When Alfred C. Kinsey's Sexual Behavior in the Human Male...
Blair, Clinton Scandals Beg Question Time
He looked shaken, gave as good as he took initially but then appeared resigned to no one believing him. The charm he mustered as the queries came thick and fast evaporated when Martin Bell, the respected former British Broadcasting Corp. war correspondent...
Can Better Sex Come with a Pill? the Nineties' Impotence Cure
A trio of new drugs promises to help men suffering from impotence, a condition that affects millions of Americans. But some doctors fear the pills may will be abused by men seeking instant virility. Approximately 52 percent of men worldwide between...
Conservative Balance Upsets Boston Globe's Spin
By 1994, editors at the Boston Globe were tired of hearing readers complain that the paper's editorials and op-ed columns were all saying the same thing, so they took a daring step: They hired Jeff Jacoby, a young lawyer, "to provide a conservative...
Flaky Climate Data Will Cost U.S. Dough
Only 13 percent scientists believe that global warming will result in catastrophic consequences, so why the push for the world's signature on a faulty treaty? Wait until you see the bill. On Dec. 7, 1941, the Japanese launched a devastating sneak...
Lawyers 'Discover' How to Beat the Rap
The discovery phase of civil litigation has become a tactical weapon used by plainffffs' and defense attorneys to drag out lawsuits. Each side blames the other for abusing the process. If you're a typical nonlawyer citizen, you probably don't like...
'Little Beige Book' Stokes Fires of Campus PC Battle
Forces of tradition have established a new beachhead at Georgetown University in Washington. Some female students have the temerity to challenge the campus' prevailing feminist ethos. The Washington Times reports that in early October, two conservative...
Long on Losses, Short on Funds, BU Football Lets Clock Run Out
While many universities depend on football for revenue and fundraising, Boston University has ended its pigskin program. The school plans to invest heavily in more egalitarian athletic pursuits. When several thousand alumni from the University of...
Making Up Memories?
Pop psychology often results in diagnoses that straddle the line between science and fantasy. The latest example is `repressed-memory syndrome,' which many are claiming is a figment itself. Treatments ranging from frontal lobotomies to repressed-memory...
No Secrets at Energy Department
Times were, back in the golden age of nuclear spying, that one needed to be a highly trusted insider -- a fellow-traveling physicist, say, fine-tuning Armageddon in remote Los Alamos -- to get one's hands on the world's most wanted secrets. But today,...
Q: Are Public-School-Based Health Clinics an Idea Whose Time Has Come?
Yes: They are the best sites through which to treat students without medical insurance. Are school-based health clinics a good idea? Just ask Roberto, a third-grader from a predominantly Hispanic community in West Texas. His young Anglo teacher was...
Raiders Search for New Talent: U.S. Companies Desperate for Skilled Employees Are Buying out Competitors for Their Workers
U.S. companies desperate for skilled employees are buying out competitors for their workers. During the roaring 1980s, takeover artists such as Henry Kravis sought targets with huge physical assets, such as RJR Nabisco. After raising $25 billion...
Sex & Salvation: Mainstream Pop Culture Is Beginning to Reflect Changes in the Country as Baby Boomers Mature into Reflective Wonderment at What the Seventies Hath Wrought
Mainstream pop culture is beginning to reflect changes in the country as baby boomers mature into reflective wonderment at what the seventies hath wrought. In early October a million men, more or less, gathered on the Mall in Washington as part of...
The Burials at Arlington
A House committee promises to get to the bottom of Clinton administration claims that politics or favoritism were not involved in waivers for burial given to unqualified candidates. Disclosure Quiets Uproar Over Arlington Burials" was the Washington...
Who Has the Right to Go Straight?
Reparative therapists say they can help gays become straight, but some activists want medical associations to outlaw such a practice even for patients who demand the right to change. Less than 25 years ago the American Psychiatric Association, or...
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