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Articles from Vol. 247, No. 12, October 31

A Dukakis Opportunity: George Bush's Regulatory Flop
Then Ronald Reagan finally attempted to answer the question "Where was George?" he proudly told the Republican National Convention that George had "headed up the task force that eliminated . . . regulations." The next day Michael Dukakis could have...
Bird
Meanwhile we have Clint Eastwood' Bird. Eastwood has a genuine love o jazz -he is known to be an able pianist and clearly intends this very long and very somber film to be the epic that is called for. Eastwood must also feel a kinshi with one facet...
Dead Ringers
The scene is a gynecologist's office. Spread-eagled on the examining table, Mrs. Bookman gasps in pain. The procedure she says with forbearance, is hurting her. Dr. Beverly Mantle rears back, outrage in his eyes, and pulls from her body a surgical...
Free Will and the River
Every street in town ends at the tanker where the river used to be. Without Alaskan oil the ship rides high, blocks wind, blocks light angled through clouds releasing rain so slowly the drops seem to turn around, rise and fill the clouds again. ...
Hidden Issue: A.C.L.U. vs. C.I.A
With both presidential candidates running to ward the center (when their campaigns are not busy running negative ads), neither seems willing to own up to, campaign on or elaborate the core difference that distinguishes them -namely, the difference...
Minority Report
In judging a regime," Palmiro Togliatti once remarked to Ignazio Silone, very important to know what it finds amusing." Consider, then, the answer given by Ronald Wilson Reagan to a questioner on Tuesday, October 4. In the wake of the release of...
Patriots and Pig Bones: The P.O.W.-M.I.A. Rescue Hustle
Navy Captain Eugene (Red) McDaniel is getting to be something of a regular on The Morton Downey Jr. Show, albeit one who seems more than somewhat out of place. Courtly, softspoken, altogether well behaved, he waits his tum to speak, raises his hand...
Reversing Brawley
The Tawana Brawley affair eludes all conventional interpretations, even though a New York State grand jury has now found that the black teen-ager was not, as she still claims, abducted and raped by a gang of white men who then wrote racial slurs on...
Running on Empty
I One might imagine, from a bare description of this premise, that Running on Empty is a political film -at least a film that reflects on political commitments, past and present. If you go to see it with such expectations, you will be disappointed....
Secret Economics
It is impossible to know from the words of the Presidential candidates, and from the media that transmit them to a dazed audience, that the United States is well into a condition of extreme economic distress. Most analysts who are not actively promoting...
Talk Is Cheap
A No one's ever accused Keith Richards of not being a rocker, but he's always been more avid than most about scavenging other sounds. While co-writer and co-producer Mick Jagger has been drifting hiply (and fruitlessly) into MTV land for his own...
The AIDS Quilt
The AIDS Quilt is composed of 3x6-foot graveshaped fabric panels, sewn together in groups of eight. These groups can be assembled in any configuration. The first panel was made eighteen months ago by gay community organizer Cleve Jones, in memory...
The Cutting Edge: A Report from Turtle Island
A movement is, of course, supposed to be more than its constituent parts, but what struck me most about the bioregional movement, as evidenced recently by its third North American congress, was the strength and scope of the disparate organizations...
The Kahane Connection: How Shamir Used J.D.L. Terrorism
If it were not for Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir and Tehiya Party leader Geula Cohen, Rabbi Meir Kahane might still be just another obscure Orthodox rabbi giving Hebrew lessons in Flatbush, Brooklyn. Despite their recent vehement denunciations...
Uncivil Liberties
Doubts about whether President Dan Quayle can deal effectively with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev intensified today after President Quayle interrupted his first superpower summit meeting three times in one day to phone his dad. White House aides...