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Time Magazine Contents Page Vol. 136, No. 23 NOVEMBER 26, 1990

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BUSINESS: Dress it up as direct mail or denounce it as junk, Americans love the wash of third-class tidings as much as they say they hate it

In the past year, 63.7 billion pieces of third-class mail landed in mailboxes across America. Where does it all come from? How did they get your name? And how can you curb it? — Fax and phone solicitations: the newest generation of junk. — Fighting recession blues by giving greed another chance. — A Harlem bank failure wounds local pride.


NATION: The rumblings of conflict in the gulf stir a growing debate: Should the U.S. declare war before it goes on the offensive?

President Bush’s shifting rationales for his policy are designed to unsettle Saddam Hussein, but they have also rattled Americans. A new antiwar movement is awakening both in Congress and on Main Street. — Noriega asks the Supreme Court to drop his case because the government tapped his phone calls. — The Keating Five on the griddle.


WORLD: Can a new union treaty end Soviet chaos?

Maybe not, nor a Gorbachev-Yeltsin pact either. — Thatcher could lose even by winning her Tory contest. — Putting on the brakes in Saudi Arabia.


HEALTH: By deciphering the cause of diabetes, scientists are finding new ways to battle its devastating consequences

An insidious, often overlooked killer, high blood sugar affects some 100 million people worldwide. Insulin injections, pills or special diets allow many of them to have normal life-spans, but they may develop eye, nerve and circulatory damage. In the not too distant future, drug treatments and vaccines may stop the affliction cold or block its onset.


FOOD: A poultry boom spreads salmonella

Traveling from farm to market, chickens and turkeys can get loaded with bacteria. For now, the best safeguard against food poisoning is caution in the kitchen.


IDEAS: From heroic voyager to dark villain

As the quincentenary of 1492 approaches, Protestant leaders and American Indian activists denounce Christopher Columbus as the precursor of genocide and destruction.


PROFILE: Houston police chief Elizabeth Watson

The top cop in the nation’s fourth largest city is popular, plain clothed, passionate about reform and very pregnant — and outranks her husband.


ART: A native prophet’s myth — and its limits

Albert Pinkham Ryder had visionary gifts but also, a new show reveals, feeble draftsmanship, overblown poeticism and techniques that have caused his canvases to deteriorate disastrously.


THEATER: Shogun sails stormy seas to Broadway

It took an hour’s worth of textual cuts, the leading man’s miraculous survival of a freak onstage accident, and blessings by five Shinto priests, but James Clavell’s epic musical has arrived.

11 Letters

18 Critics’ Voices

20 Interview

27 Grapevine

59 Behavior

78 Milestones

86 Cinema

87 Books

88 Music

90 Medicine

94 Technology

103 People

106 Essay

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