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Articles from Vol. 126, No. 2634, March

10 Misconceptions about Financial Derivatives
The tremendous growth of the financial derivatives market and reports of major losses associated with derivative products have resulted in a great deal of confusion about these complex instruments. Are derivatives a cancerous growth that slowly but...
13 Ways to Insure a Miserable Divorce
A Divorce isn't fun or pleasant, so why not try to make it even more miserable? There are 13 steps you can follow to ensure that your divorce will be a misery for you, your soon-to-be-ex-spouse, and your children, relatives, friends, and attorneys....
A Lack of Confidence
Among the various indices that measure everything from soup to nuts is that of consumer confidence. With the high employment rate and the long-reigning bull market, this has scored consistently strong. Yet, when it comes to confidence in various institutions,...
Americans Seek More Novelty in Vacations
What do American families want in a vacation? How are they spending their time once they unpack? According to the Yesawich, Pepperdine & Brown/Yankelovich Partners National Leisure Travel Monitor poll, seven in 10 pleasure travelers wish to see...
A Plethora of Paradoxes
Paradoxes pervade American government and politics. The contradictions are so embedded in the system that we scarcely notice them or reflect upon the deeper truths they reveal. Here are 10 worth pondering: 1. Americans change their fundamental...
Atmospheric Watercolors by Turner
Joseph Mallord William Turner is regarded by many as the greatest British artist of the 19th century and one of Western painting's monumental figures. He was born in 1775, the son of a London barber who encouraged his pursuit of painting from an early...
Avoiding Respiratory Infections in Midair
A few simple precautions can reduce the possibility of catching a respiratory or other infection while traveling in a crowded plane -- or bus or train, for that matter -- suggests Lucy Tompkins, the head of Stanford (Calif.) University Medical Center's...
Bad News for Us All - Pete Noyes Is Quitting Again
Pete Noyes says he's quitting the TV news business again. He's been quitting the TV news business for nearly half a century, almost since TV news began. The reason is always the same: too many people calling the shots who haven't the slightest idea...
Confronting the Public Nudity Taboo
"... It seems inevitable that we will become increasingly comfortable with nudity so that, some day, pictures of naked models and actors and the presence of nude bathers on public beaches no longer will shock the moral sensitivities of most Americans."...
Disabled Employees' Higher Risk of Injury
Employees with certain disabilities are more likely to be injured on the job than workers without disabilities. As a result, further research in the design and evaluation of workplace accommodations for these employees may be needed, according to...
Foreign Aid Does Not Prevent Social Breakdown
Few programs have consumed as many resources with as few positive results as has foreign aid. Since World War II, the U.S. alone has contributed more than one trillion dollars in bilateral assistance to various countries. Other nations, directly and...
Milt Hinton's Jazz Legacy
Milt Hinton, fondly called "The Judge" by his fellow musicians, is regarded as the dean of jazz bass players. He was born in Vicksburg, Miss., in 1910 and, at the age of 11, moved to Chicago with his family. His musical education began with private...
New IRAs, Capital Gains, and Investment Planning
The Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 offers workers new investment opportunities for wealth accumulation and to save for a comfortable retirement. These vehicles are structured either as tax-deferred with an up-front deduction for your retirement investment...
Promise Keepers: Who, What, and Why?
ON SATURDAY. OCT. 4, 1997, an estimated 500,000 men gathered on the Mall in Washington, D.C., for the Stand in the Gap Sacred Assembly of Men. The event climaxed a series of revival-like rallies held in sports stadiums around the country since 1991....
Restructure Baseball along Traditional Lines
Even staunch traditionalists know in their hearts that there's nothing wrong with modernizing baseball. Trouble is, the game's architects don't even begin to grasp the simplicity of their task. Our Plan A is the gem that can reinforce the game's structure...
Russia's Spiraling Nightmare
On the cusp of the millennium, conditions in Russia seem ripe for a reiteration of the ageless kashmar! (nightmare) of mass disorder. The specter that haunts the country is the bunt: a peculiarly Russian spasm of violence. The bunt is the apparition...
Sales Plummet as Birth Dearth Arrives
According to a demographic study commissioned by KGA Advertising, Middletown, Conn., businesses that continue to view the 18-34-year-old market as a lifeblood to their success either are currently on life-support systems or already have succumbed...
Sexual Discrimination and School Sports: The Title IX Compliance Challenge: Will Increasing Funding for Women's Athletic Programs Require That Existing Men's Sports Be Cut?
Title IX, signed into law as part of the Education Amendments of 1972, prohibits sexual discrimination in any educational institution receiving Federal funds. Specifically, "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from...
Should Psychologists Have Prescription Privileges?
A number of articles have been published by psychologists in favor of their profession being permitted to prescribe psychotropic medications. A review of studies surveying practitioners, though, reveals that the majority of psychologists are opposed...
Spouses Don't Share Chores Equally
In the battle of the sexes over housework and child care, men are not always to blame when women carry a heavier load of responsibilities. Women can be reluctant to give up their traditional roles, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign research...
The Decline of Public Debate
A central idea of many theories of society, whether they are concerned with social structure, power, or communication, is the public sphere. "Sphere" does not refer to a physical shape or place, but to an orientation or perspective for activity. When...
The Ongoing Fascination of 'Star Wars'
Each semester, when my students offer their proposals for term papers, I am amazed by the number who wish to write about George Lucas' "Star Wars" trilogy. It is apparent what a formative influence these pictures have had on two generations of moviegoers....
There's Nothing New about Big-Spending Presidents
Which presidents were the biggest domestic spenders in the 20th century? Contrary to most people's expectations, higher domestic spending growth occurred under the watch of Republican rather than Democratic presidents. This is because domestic government...
'Titanic': The Ultimate Epic
Director/writer James Cameron's "Titanic" looks to be the epic film of the 1990s. Cost overruns and his perfectionism originally had critics predicting a "Heaven's Gate" (1980) debacle, Michael Cimino's costly, now-notorious spectacle of a western....
Viral Hepatitis: The Quiet Disease
Pick up a newspaper anywhere in this country and you are likely to find a story about how viruses are invading and destroying major computer programs that control communication networks, municipal power plants, and waste disposal systems. Hepatitis...
Why Spy? the Uses and Misuses of Intelligence
U.S. intelligence agencies should devote their resources to serious security threats, such as international terrorism and adverse political trends. Instead, the Clinton Administration has diverted their mission to economic espionage. When Pres....
Women, Cigars, and the Mating Game
Norman Sharp, president of the Cigar Association of America, reports that sales of cigars dropped steadily from 1973 to 1993. Starting in 1994, though, they surged from 3,400,000,000 to 4,400,000,000 in two years -- partly due to cigars' fast growing...
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