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New year’s resolution: better satellite images bode well for many civilian applications – Media

New year’s resolution: better satellite images bode well for many civilian applications – Media – Brief Article Fred Reed Various companies long have sold satellite imagery of the Earth — SPOT in France, for example. But image resolution is getting better. In February if all goes well, a company called DigitalGlobe in Longmont, Colo., will […]

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Automaker offers cars running on propane, natural gas, ethanol – Ford Motor Co

Automaker offers cars running on propane, natural gas, ethanol – Ford Motor Co – includes related article on Volvo C70, BMW Z3 and Porsche Boxter Eric Peters Ford has taken the lead in developing alternative-fuel vehicles, which include much-touted electric cars. These autos are friendly to the environment and some may offer real choices to […]

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Americans should be so lucky

Russia and the flat-tax rate: Americans should be so lucky Deroy Murdock Once again, U.S. taxpayers are struggling to complete their income-tax returns. They will pay accountants and attorneys some $140 billion this year to generate paperwork to accompany their checks to the IRS. The 46,900-page U.S. Tax Code governs the whole process, with enough […]

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Americans are sporting the latest fashion accessories – for the people

Americans are sporting the latest fashion accessories – for the people – Brief Article Stephen Goode What are Americans doing these days? In Salem, Ore., high-school student Sarah Ball brought along her favorite pet to sit on her shoulder while her yearbook picture was being shot. A hamster? A parrot? No, her darling little guy […]

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And for Renoir, a rich and varied life

And for Renoir, a rich and varied life – motion picture director Jean Renoir Stephen Goode This year marks the centenary of the birth of Jean Renoir, the director of two of this century’s most notable films: The Grand Illusion, the poignant story of inmates in a German World War I prisoner-of-war camp, and The […]

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‘Clearinghouse’ for laser tests could reveal vital intelligence

‘Clearinghouse’ for laser tests could reveal vital intelligence – critics allege national security danger posed by Clinton administration plan to share sensitive laser technology Bill Gertz Even as arms-control advocates criticize the Pentagon for militarizing space, President Clinton is presenting a plan to share sensitive laser technology that critics say could compromise U.S. defense. The […]

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do prohibitions of hate speech harm public discourse?

Q: do prohibitions of hate speech harm public discourse? Paul Gottfried A frequently heard complaint among civil libertarians and old-fashioned scholars concerns the rise of speech codes on American campuses. As reported by Glenn Ricketts, research director of the National Association of Scholars, more than 300 colleges and universities have introduced speech rules, usually disguised […]

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Voters caught in Miami vice

Voters caught in Miami vice James P. Lucier In Miami-Dade County the dead walk, the absent return to vote in spirit, felons get reelected and an aide to Janet Reno rises to become deputy assistant secretary for public information. Miami long since has supplanted Chicago as the epicenter of this nation’s most colorful political life. […]

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Tide turns against the chicken littles – lack of scientific evidence undermines claims for environmental regulations

Tide turns against the chicken littles – lack of scientific evidence undermines claims for environmental regulations – Column S. Fred Singer The late columnist Warren Brookes really started something — a tradition of environmental skepticism that has now reached a full flowering. Even the Washington Post and the gray, old New York Times have joined […]

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Misinformed about missile defense – news alert!

Misinformed about missile defense – news alert! – Brief Article Hans S. Nichols Four in 10 Americans incorrectly believe that the United States is protected by a national missile-defense shield, says a new national poll conducted by Fabrizio, McLaughlin & Associates. “While national missile defense is a well-worn issue inside the Washington Beltway, this polling […]