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Man avers that he is going to Costco to buy food, which DEA agents believe is code for illicit dealings. Ninth Circuit: No need to suppress the evidence from search of the man’s truck. Judge Kozinski: “This is a green light for the police to search anyone’s property based on what officers subjectively believe — or claim to believe — about someone’s everyday conduct…. I dissent, and I’m off to Costco to buy some food.”

HT: Volokh Conspiracy
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Народ в надежде вопрошает: "Может, фейк?" Да нет, похоже, так и есть:

иногда банан - это не просто банан

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We heard just a day or so ago of a young teacher who had been trained to believe that learning was a process that belonged to the pupil rather than the teacher and who conducted her class on that basis. It was a living school. The pupils asked more questions than the teacher. Comprehension rather than pagination was the text of work. Subjects rather than textbooks were studied. What was done was done by the pupils and what was undertaken was undertaken because the pupils could live in it, not in spite of it. Their minds worked. It was the best class in the school. But when it was promoted the teacher of the next grade found that these pupils did not understand her method of sitting still and conning a book until its words had been memorized, and then repeating them parrot fashion in the recitation. The system of the school had been sadly disarranged. The course of study had been flouted. She consulted the principal and he immediately checked the unauthorized activity of the only good teacher in the school and set her to marking time with the others.

If the experience of this teacher were unique it would not be recounted here. [...] Why do we spend so many years in teaching reading and yet do not succeed in teaching our pupils that reading is not a thing for an idle hour, a luxury, but an indispensable aid in accomplishing whatever they seriously undertake? Why do we teach writing in such a way that the generations take their pens in hand with pain? Why do we teach history to every boy and girl in the land and not get a better return in terms of citizenship? Why do we teach literature without greatly affecting the moral tone of the people? Why has our devotion to nature study resulted so largely in dulled observation and lack of interest on the part of children? [...]

What are you going to do about it? One schoolmaster to whom this question was put replied: "I am going to give it up. I am going into a business in which improvement is possible. I am not going to devote my life to vain and profitless things."

Care to guess the provenance of the above text?
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The Coming Tax Bomb


As the presidential campaign enters its final stages, there will be increased debate over budget priorities and how they will be paid for. Many commentators and political leaders, including Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, believe that tax increases are needed to restore near-term budget balance and finance longer-term entitlement growth.

These claims fail budget arithmetic and economics. Worse, they raise serious questions about the nation's broad fiscal policies and its commitment to economic growth.By historical standards, federal revenues relative to GDP, at 18.8% last year, are high. In the past 25 years, this level was only exceeded during the five years from 1996 to 2000. Still, we stand on the verge of a very large tax increase, one that will occur unless the next Congress and president agree to rescind it. Letting the Bush tax cuts expire will drive the personal income tax burden up by 25% – to its highest point relative to GDP in history.[The Coming Tax Bomb]

This would be the largest increase in personal income taxes since World War II. It would be more than twice as large as President Lyndon Johnson's surcharge to finance the war in Vietnam and the war on poverty. It would be more than twice the combined personal income tax increases under Presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton. The increase would push total federal government revenues relative to GDP to 20%.

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