By God, this is frightening (and is perhaps an opinion in inverse proportion to the time spent teaching students what these Constitutional amendments, which have survived robust legal challenge for over 200 years, really mean and bestow): Support For 1st Amendment Slipping (CBS News): <<Support for the First Amendment has eroded significantly since Sept. 11 and nearly half of Americans now think the constitutional amendment on free speech goes too far in the rights it guarantees, according to a new poll. >>
That's why we need to carefully read and understand something like this, in Secrecy is Our Enemy: (NYTimes) <<Judge Keith wrote an opinion, handed down last Monday by a three-judge panel in Cincinnati, that clarified and reaffirmed some crucially important democratic principles that have been in danger of being discarded since the terrorist attacks last Sept. 11.
The opinion was a reflection of true patriotism, a 21st-century echo of a pair of comments made by John Adams nearly two centuries ago. "Liberty," said Adams, "cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people."
And in a letter to Thomas Jefferson in 1816, Adams said, "Power must never be trusted without a check.">>
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Four MILLION people?! How do they compile these statistics... A census question? <<The Psychology and Neuroscience of Alien Abduction. If the figures are to be believed, up to 4 million people have been abducted by aliens in the US... Although the existence of human hungry aliens might be impossible to disprove per se, it is unlikely that extra-terrestrials could manage such mass kidnappings without being commonly noticed. This suggests that there are many people who falsely believe they have been seized by creatures from outer-space, perhaps after experiencing unusual and bizarre phenomena. [kuro5hin.org]>>
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<<Publicans who try to attract tourists with a lively blast of traditional music may have to rethink their strategy, following complaints about the noise coming from some Killarney pubs.>> (Irish Times, subscription required)
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