May 7th, 2003


Самуэльсон о застое в экономике

Stubborn Stagnation

By Robert J. Samuelson

Wednesday, May 7, 2003; Page A31

The economic news since the war in Iraq suggests that we remain in the grips of what I've called "the new stagnation." It's a baffling twilight zone. We're not in an economic free-fall; indeed, most Americans enjoy almost unprecedented prosperity. But there's also rising insecurity (over jobs, stock prices) and a persisting squeeze on both government social spending and corporate profits. People yearn for clarity and confidence, while the new stagnation provides mainly uncertainty and contradictions.Collapse )

Зачем дают Оскаров?

Пианист Поланского обошелся в 7 млн, плюс 10 на маркетинг, и собрал в прокате 17. После получения 3х Оскаров, сразу собрал еще 30, по 10 мульонов на статуэтку.

Солярис с Клуни обошелся в 47 млн, плюс 30 на маркетинг, и собрал лишь 15.

О Шмидте с Николсоном обошелся в 30 и собрал 64.

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'Not Too Much for An Alien'

By David Cole

Wednesday, May 7, 2003; Page A31

Sixty-seven years ago, the Supreme Court reviewed a case involving a confession coerced by torture from a black defendant in Mississippi. The deputy sheriff who presided over the interrogation admitted that the defendant had been whipped, "but not too much for a Negro." The Supreme Court rejected that reasoning and held that the due process prohibition on coerced confessions applies equally to all detainees, no matter what their race.

Last week the Supreme Court resurrected a due process double standard, ruling that incarcerating people without any individualized showing of need was not too much for an alien. By a 5 to 4 vote, the court for the first time upheld a law authorizing the preventive detention of individuals on a categorical basis. It did so by insisting that the constitutional guarantee of due process means something different for a noncitizen than for a citizen, thus reneging on its own statement 50 years earlier that the due process clause does not "acknowledge any distinction between citizens and resident aliens."Collapse )