Browsing Month December, 2002

“Asia adopts Christmas,” by Robert Marquand, from

“The second-biggest Western import holiday is probably Valentine’s Day. Paper hearts, love letters, and chocolates are all the rage in Asia. In Japan there are separate men’s and women’s Valentine’s days. But the exchange of cards and gifts is still often a cosmopolitan affair that gets frowned on in rural areas. In India’s heartland of more…

“U.S. capitalism is natural by-product of desire to acquire,” by Philip Martin, from the

“They’re [in New York City] because they have to be somewhere, because they can’t imagine being anywhere else, because there’s really no other place to be that’s genuinely real to them. But maybe they’re not buying stuff like they used to either, maybe the show in the street is just that—maybe all those Fendi bags, more…

70 percent of Canada’s 1.8 million citizens with firearm licenses have registered their weapons, a new requirement expected to be met by 1 January 2003.

An art gallery owner compliments paintings by chimpanzees. From “Rescued chimps at Quebec reserve pa

“They were quite good. I was really happy with their work. You can see their feelings. Their work was very authentic and passionate.”

“Do they know it’s Christmas in Beijing?” by Miro Cernetig, from [url=

“Beijing, Dec. 24, 1998: It’s our first four months in China, and our Mandarin is limited to hello (ni hao), goodbye (zai jian) and thank you (xie xie). Nobody told us—or they did and we didn’t listen—that the city would empty of foreigners at this time of year. So here we are, my wife and more…

“Beyond the Oaks,” by Bridget Hall Grumet, from the

“The fact is, the river is either an Outstanding Florida Waterway or it’s not. In other words, either this is a precious commodity and is going to be treated like it, or not. And you can’t tell me putting that many people in a small place on the river that is already hard pressed is more…

The Teacup Ministry and Other Stories, Subtle Boundaries of Class,” by Rhoda H. Halperin. 200

“In the 1950s I heard people talk about ‘the pineys,’ unusual folk living in the dense mainland pine forest. They were said to be ‘different.’ Pineys were supposed to be scary for their disorganized lives and their potential for violence. There was talk about pineys sitting on porches with shotguns to keep outsiders out of more…

“A Model for a Smallpox-Vaccination Policy,” bu

“Nations or terrorists possessing a smallpox weapon could feasibly mount attacks that vary with respect to tactical complexity and target size, and patterns of spread can be expected to vary according to whether index patients are hospitalized early. For acceptable results, vaccination of contacts must be accompanied by effective isolation. Vaccination of contacts plus isolation more…

Drivers in California can be fined

Drivers in California can be fined $271 for driving without passengers in lanes designated for high-occupancy vehicles.

Hump-shunting is when a ra

Hump-shunting is when a railway locomotive propels rail cars to the summit of an artificial hump in the track, where the locomotive stops and the cars, propelled by gravity, roll into a number of sidings.