Gore Out of Balance 

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March 17 2000 9:30 PM

Gore Out of Balance 

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New Republic, March 27

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The cover story argues that the Internet and globalization will overcome China's resistance to political change and will lead to democracy. The multiple dialects, distinct script, and geographic isolation that insulated China from Western values are being subverted. A piece predicts that Republicans will bludgeon Al Gore for Earth in the Balance. Religious right radio hosts will emphasize its "New Agey bent." Rust Belt Republicans will underscore Gore's call to get rid of the internal combustion engine. Grover Norquist is already comparing the book to the Unabomber's manifesto.

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Economist, March 24

The cover story claims that India and the United States could become key "strategic partners." They agree on new economy issues, and India is emerging as an ideal "counterweight to China." An article explains why the Nasdaq is "ever more volatile." Option trades, which are surging in volume on Nasdaq, are much more destabilizing than traditional stock sales. 

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New York Times Magazine, March 19

The cover story laments income segregation. The new, tech rich are cocooned more than the millionaires of yesteryear, who at least had to meet blue-collar workers at the bargaining table.  A photo essay follows a pregnant homeless woman around Santa Monica. She died two days after the last picture was taken. A profile explains why Russians adore acting President Vladimir Putin. While Westerners worry about Putin's KGB past, 70 years of propaganda favorably dispose Russians to Secret Service veterans. And though Westerners deplore the war in Chechnya, Russians think Putin's clampdown is necessary to crush terrorism.

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Advocate, March 28

The " Gay Guide to the Oscars" argues that this year's Academy Awards are chock-full of gay themes and gay stars. Among many examples: Gay-themed Best Picture nominee American Beauty is written and produced by gay folks. Jude Law is honored with a nomination for his homoerotic role in The Talented Mr. Ripley. Hilary Swank is recognized for portraying a transsexual in Boys Don't Cry; Chloë Sevigny gets a nomination for playing her lover. Gay director Pedro Almodóvar's All About My Mother is favored for best foreign film.

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Atlantic Monthly, April 2000

A cover package of previously unpublished writings by Vladimir Nabokov includes an essay on the transformation of the butterfly: "[W]hat is the feeling of hatching? Oh, no doubt, there is a rush of panic to the head, a thrill of breathless and strange sensation, but then the eyes see, in a flow of sunshine, … the large and awful face of the gaping entomologist." …   An article questions the wisdom of  "regulation by shaming." Companies are forced to disclose harmful ingredients in their products, prompting them to remove the offending ingredients. But because interest groups exaggerate the risks from the ingredients, consumers aren't able to rationally evaluate which products are actually hazardous. A piece condemns France for failing to arrest Bosnian war criminals. Radovan Karadzic openly lives in the French-patrolled sector of Bosnia. As long as indicted suspects remain at large, there can be no peace in the Balkans.

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