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Articles from Vol. 133, No. 2714, November

Agriculture Census Results Are In
Half of America's farms and ranches have Internet access and nearly 39% report using a computer for their farm business, according to data released from the most recent Census of Agriculture. "These data illustrate the importance of the eGovernment...
All Hail Hasbro!
Prompted by the runaway success of VideoNow--the first-ever kid-friendly portable, personable video player, Hasbro, Inc., Pawtucket, R.I., has taken it up a notch with VideoNow Color ($75). It offers the hottest names in children's entertainment, featuring...
America as Captured on Canvas: An Extraordinary Exhibition of One of the Foremost Private Collections Ever Assembled Brings to Life a Vibrant Nation through Its Captivating People and Breathtaking Landscapes
AMERICAN MASTERS from Bingham to Eakins: The John Wilmerding Collection" showcases one of the most important private collections of 19th-century, American art. The exhibition of 51 paintings by 26 artists displays works by such talents as George Caleb...
America as Western Europe
RARELY DOES ONE PRESIDENTIAL election decide the future of the country. Three in American history come to mind: the elections of Abraham Lincoln in 1860, Franklin Roosevelt in 1932, and Ronald Reagan in 1980. It is not clear if the 2004 version will...
An American Mentality
IN THE FOREIGN INVESTMENT and globalizing world, political risk is a critical factor in go and no-go decisions and in projecting management needs to deal with the vagaries of social and cultural environments. A variety of models are employed to assess...
A "Singular" Tax Penalty
FORGET THE MARRIAGE PENALTY. Fact is, singles get a worse break from the tax code than marrieds do. Worse yet, sometimes you can be treated as a single even if you are married. Here are some of the most egregious problems singles face. Bracket...
A Super Blast from the Past
Arcade-type games are all the rage this season and leading the way is Jakks Pacific, Malibu, Calif. Adding to their tremendously popular line of TV Games, new titles for this season include Ms. Pac-Man, Spider-Man, Atari Paddle Games, and Disney TV...
Black Vote Vaulted "First" JFK
With Pres. George W. Bush and Sen. John F. Kerry both after the African-American vote, a recently unearthed recording reveals how Martin Luther King, Jr., regarded blacks' influence in an earlier presidential contest. According to a transcript by the...
Brown vs. Board of Education: Celebrating a Half-Century of Hope
WHEN THE HISTORIC Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education was issued in 1954. I was a sophomore at Morehouse College in Atlanta. The response of the university's hierarchy and professors, along with the shared thoughts and debates of...
Clergy's Open Letter on Same-Sex Unions
Although the Federal Marriage Amendment already has been defeated in both the Senate and House, the debate continues. As such, a coalition of faith leaders has released an Open Letter in support of marriage equality. Functioning under the umbrella...
DVD on the Go
What we really love about the high-tech electronics revolution is portability. No sooner does the latest marvel hit the shelves than a smaller, slimmed-down version--that still retains all the bells and whistles-is available as well. And the list of...
Enjoying Video Games Galore
If you look at the top of most kids' wish lists, you are bound to find new titles for their gaming systems. We looked at a bevy of the latest releases and they're sure to please this holiday season. Based on the immensely popular Nickelodeon television...
Executives Thankful for Interesting Work
When people sit down for Thanksgiving dinner, they often express appreciation for their family, friends, and good health--but what are they grateful for on the job? Forty-three percent of advertising and marketing executives polled said they are most...
Frogs: A Chorus of Colors: This Is "A Fascinating and Fun Exhibition That Explores the Incredible Diversity of This Important Group of Amphibians Which Has Been Roaming the Earth for More Than 200,000,000 Years, at Least as Long as the Dinosaurs."
THE EXHIBITION, "Frogs: A Chorus of Colors," featuring more than 200 live frogs from over 17 countries, introduces visitors to the colorful and richly diverse world of these complex amphibians through an exploration of their evolution and biology,...
Good for Going ... and Staying
Jeep Consumer Products is a registered trademark of DaimlerChrysler Corporation, So, it's a safe bet that the folks over there know a thing or two about putting out quality modes of transportation. Actually, we weren't looking for a car, mini-van,...
How Political Ignorance Threatens Democracy
AN INFORM ELECTORATE is a prerequisite for democracy. If voters do not know what is going on in politics, they cannot rationally exercise control over government policy. Inadequate voter knowledge has two major negative implications. First, it prevents...
Journalism's High-Tech Revolution
LOOKING DOWN FROM the window of Air Force One, the U.S. often looks small and vulnerable to me, just as it did that morning of Sept. 11, 2001. Was it really more than three years ago? Sometimes, it feels like only yesterday. For reporters covering...
Life at the End of the Reaganomics Rainbow
SINCE RONALD REAGAN'S death, man inspiring speeches have been delivered and adulatory" articles written about his presidency. Few of the tributes, however, have recognized Reagan's greatest achievement, which was indispensable to the U.S. triumph in...
Life Just Gets Sweeter All the Time
Looking for e sweet, elegant gift for the holidays? Look no further than Joseph Schmidt Confections, San Francisco, Calif., for an incredible selection of delectable chocolates. Known for its innovative creations and chocolate sculptures, JSC uses...
Lunatics, Authors, and Getting Black on White
I RECENTLY WAS AN INSTRUCTOR at a writers' conference. Like most authors who are not named Stephen King, I need a day job. That would be teaching film theory and history, at Ball State University, although I do the occasional writers" conference, too,...
Medicare Cuts Endanger Hemophilia Sufferers
THE PRESCRIPTION DRUG and Medicare Improvement Act of 2003 has one major flaw--reimbursements on medical supplies and home health care. The problem is that legislators are embracing a new reimbursement model without fully understanding its impact on...
No News Is Good News
IN CHINA AROUND 1160 AD, there was an enormous public appetite for inside news about the government. Private reporters who were connected with these sensation-seeking newspapers--which, at the time, were handwritten--often were accused of leaking official...
Now That Makes Scents
A revolutionary twist in home fragrance has arrived for the holidays. Scentstories, from Proctor & Gamble's Febreze, Cincinnati, Ohio, is a specially designed disc player that will have your house, apartment, or office smelling better than ever....
Patch Proves Perfect Once Again
The old reliables are ... well ... just that--old reliables. Each year, we're always sure to search out the latest line of games and puzzles from Patch Products, Inc., Beloit, Wisc. We're never disappointed. This season, Patch has ventured into...
"Presidential Cycle" Helps Investors
Pocketbook issues always have played a key role in deciding presidential elections, and, mindful of that reality, candidates for the nation's highest office spend enormous amounts of time, energy, and money during the campaign season trying to convince...
Radica Is Way Radical
Who says today's kids don't get enough exercise because they are too busy vegging out in front of the television set? Certainly not the folks at Radica USA, Dallas, Tex., whose interactive Play TV line not only is a blast, it keeps youngsters on their...
Read Me a Story ... Then Another and Another
Described as "the next best thing to a parent's lap," Story Reader, from Publications International, LTD, Lincolnwood, Ill., is an electronic storybook reader for kids aged three to eight. Children only are required to turn pages--neither button nor...
Setting the Record Straight concerning Low Voter Turnout
EVERY YEAR as Election Day approaches, especially during presidential campaigns, critics of American politics decry low voter turnout. They note that it has declined steadily since the halcyon days of the 1960s. Some trace that drop to the baleful...
Storage Tips for Boaters
Soon it will be time to make sure your warm-weather toys--especially boats--do not deteriorate during the "hibernation" season. There are a few simple measures for winterizing and protecting that can pretty much guarantee your water sporting pleasure...
Thanks for the Complaint
WE ALL ARE GRATEFUL that our nation celebrates a special day on which to give thanks for our blessings. As a fundamental part of our Pilgrim heritage, we cherish Thanksgiving Day by making it a holiday, arranging free meals for the poor, and gorging...
The Death Penalty as Delineated by the Old Testament: From Adam and Eve to Cain and Abel to Noah and the Flood to Abraham and Sodom to Moses and the Ten Commandments, Biblical Passages Trace the Roots for How Modern Society Deals with the Execution of Killers
AN OVERWHELMING MAJORITY of Americans support a death penalty for those--and only those--who deserve to die. These same citizens also embrace the Constitution, which ensures equal protection under the law, commands due process, and forbids "cruel and...
The President and the Terrorist: Does George W. Bush Have Business Ties to Osama Bin Laden?
"... Isn't it a concern that [former Pres. George H.W.] Bush, having traveled the world soliciting business for a giant defense contractor with deep ties to Saudi sheiks who funded Al Qaeda ... may have been whispering into the ear of his commander-in-chief...
The Quandary over Mental Illness
IN 2001, there was an important event concerning the decades-old struggle between critics of psychiatry and worldwide institutional psychiatry. The Fifth International Russell Tribunal on Human Rights in Psychiatry--of which the author was a member...
The Sixth Great Extinction
ALMOST 440,000,000 YEARS AGO, some 85% of marine animal species were wiped out in the Earth's first known mass extinction. Roughly 73,000,000 years later, lane quantities of fish and. 70% of marine invertebrates perished in a second major extinction...
The Unstoppable Spongebob Revolution
It's an obvious understatement to say that cartoons have changed dramatically since we were kids. Far be it from us to take sides and claim that one generation's animation holds sway over another's. However, we will go on record as stating that there...
The U.S.'S Befuddled Approach to the War on Terrorism
BY JUNE, 2004, virtually all government experts on terrorism agreed that Al Qaeda would strike the U.S. in the coming months. The experts were wrong, again, because Al Qaeda has become decentralized, narrowly focusing on regional targets overseas....
'Tis the Season to Be Tempted
If you are tempted by festive parties and treats lurking around the office cooler this season, a University of Iowa, Iowa City, heart care specialist has suggestions that can help you cut down on calories or balance them with exercise during the holidays....
Trail Biking with the Best
When we think of the great outdoors, our mind can't help but drift to the American Northwest, which is sort of strange since we've never been anywhere near there. Nevertheless, to us at least, if there is one place to engage in outdoor recreation,...
Turning Game Time into Brain Time
There's really no denying the fact that kids love video games, but should we be concerned when very young children play the games designed for their older siblings? One of our favorite companies has answered a call from parents to provide safe and...
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