– They were at an age when they tended to be going through an identity crisis.
– They were “sensation-seekers,” the kind of personality that seeks risky behavior.
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But Stoet says that connection is obvious, and in fact, if we’re going to stop young people from joining ISIS, we need to challenge them on their religious beliefs.
“Even if we accept that people hold these views, we should at least teach children to think very critically about everything. We want to teach people to trust their doubts. If they have doubts, it’s harder for them to hold such extremist views,” he says.
When we asked him how that might be accomplished, he said, “You have Bill Maher, for example. I think he’s doing the right thing by challenging religion on television.”
According to a new study by Media Matters for America, four New York City television stations consistently reported crimes by black people at a higher rate than their arrest rates. (Chart to the right/ below.) Between August 18 and December 31 of last year, WCBS, WNBC, WABC, and WNYW (Fox)...
But Lott's group said a major flaw is the fact that the data was gleaned from news reports, and noted recent accounts were more accessible, and thus over-represented. Recent cases of the far more common “active shooting incidents” were added to legitimate cases of mass shooting incidents, making the more recent years covered by the report appear to have a large increase in both mass shootings and deaths from them.
Liberals used to love the First Amendment. But that was in an era when courts used it mostly to protect powerless people like civil rights activists and war protesters.
These days, a provocative new study says, there has been a “corporate takeover of the First Amendment.” The assertion is backed by data, and it comes from an unlikely source: John C. Coates IV, who teaches business law at Harvard and used to be a partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, the prominent corporate law firm.
“Corporations have begun to displace individuals as the direct beneficiaries of the First Amendment,” Professor Coates wrote. The trend, he added, is “recent but accelerating.”
“Once the patron saint of protesters and the disenfranchised, the First Amendment has become the darling of economic libertarians and corporate lawyers who have recognized its power to immunize private enterprise from legal restraint,” Professor Wu wrote.
The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States - CARERS - Act is the most comprehensive medical marijuana bill ever introduced in Congress. The CARERS Act will do the following:
Allow states to legalize marijuana for medical use without federal interference Permit interstate commerce in cannabidiol (CBD) oils Reschedule marijuana to schedule II Allow banks to provide checking accounts and other financial services to marijuana dispensaries Allow Veterans Administration physicians to recommend medical marijuana to veterans Eliminate barriers to medical marijuana research.
Males looked specifically at the more than 50,000 homicides in California from 1991 to 2002. As one would expect, teenagers perpetrated more of the homicides than other age groups—but only when he did not control for poverty. When he did control for poverty, teenagers committed more crimes than other age groups only in high-poverty areas. In the areas where teenagers had as much money as other middle-aged people, they tended to commit fewer violent crimes. And in the areas where middle-aged people had as little money as other teenagers, those middle-aged people tended to commit just as many violent crimes.
When The Rolling Stones sang "Mother's Little Helper" back in 1966, they weren't talking about drugs. They were talking about a specific drug that was prescribed for everything from severely ill mental patients to recovering alcoholics to comfortable middle class people who sometimes felt anxious. It was called "Miltown."
Anonymous said: I've been googling a bit and I'm still a little confused about decriminalization vs. legalization. Decriminalizing sex work would mean that sex workers wouldn't be subject to arrest or...
Highly anxious people have more trouble deciding how best to handle life’s uncertainties. They may even catastrophize, interpreting, say, a lovers’ tiff as a doomed relationship or a workplace change as a career threat.
In gauging people’s response to unpredictability, scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Oxford found that people prone to high anxiety have a tougher time reading the environmental cues that could help them avoid a bad outcome.
Their findings, reported today (March 2) in the journalNature Neuroscience, hint at a glitch in the brain’s higher-order decision-making circuitry that could eventually be targeted in the treatment of anxiety disorders, which affect some 40 million American adults.
“Our results show that anxiety may be linked to difficulty in using information about whether the situations we face daily, including relationship dynamics, are stable or not, and deciding how to react,” said study senior author Sonia Bishop, an assistant professor of psychology at UC Berkeley and principal investigator of the study.
In the United States, the best cities for making a living are usually the least affordable. Minneapolis-St. Paul has been an exception, thanks in part to progressive laws on education, tax sharing and housing. But even in the Twin Cities, there’s a sharp racial inequality gap. Judy Woodruff interviews writer Derek Thompson as part of a collaboration between The Atlantic and the PBS NewsHour.
American economic prosperity is inextricably linked to its history of slavery and racial oppression, and fears that black people will take revenge are 'deeply rooted in American culture,' says academic, author, and dissident Noam Chomsky in a...
Police were tipped of by a witness who saw Owens dumping bags of items into a dumpster in Candler, which is just south of the couple's home town of Leicester. Police searched the dumpster and found items belonging to Mrs. Codd, and identified Owens as the person who dumped them there.
Rob Duke's insight:
This is a great example of detectives mining tips to find clues to a difficult case. Then, forensic techs combing several scenes for evidence, which then is used to confront the suspect(s) with inconsistencies in their original statements. Leading to charges.
Strange that the crime scene burned down shortly thereafter. Things to make you go hmmm.
Mr Rognlie mounts three main criticisms of these arguments. First, he argues that the rate of return from capital probably declines over the long run, rather than remaining high as Mr Piketty suggests, due to the law of diminishing marginal returns. Modern forms of capital, such as software, depreciate faster in value than equipment did in the past: a giant metal press might have a working life of decades while a new piece of database-management software will be obsolete in a few years at most. This means that although gross returns from wealth are rising, they may not necessarily be growing in net terms, since a large share of the gains that flow to owners of capital must be reinvested.
Second, Mr Rognlie’s research suggests that Mr Piketty has overestimated how high the returns on wealth are likely to be in the future. These should also decline over time, he reckons, unless it is very easy for the economy to substitute capital (like robots) for workers. Yet the historical evidence suggests that this is far harder than he suggests.
And third, Mr Rognlie finds that growing returns to wealth have not been distributed equally across all sectors. The return on non-housing wealth has been remarkably stable since 1970 (see chart). Instead, surging house prices are almost entirely responsible for growing returns on capital.
Rob Duke's insight:
1. NIMBY policies are allowing the older home owners to collect the benefits of increasing capital at the expense of younger non-property holders.
2. A focused tax approach targeting these older homeowners is better than Piketty's suggested 2% per year tax on wealth.
ISRAEL’S creation has many causes, but among the most powerful, argues Bruce Hoffman, is terrorism. For a decade, the anonymous soldiers of the Jewish underground waged a terror campaign to establish a state, targeting first Arabs, then British forces, then Arabs again.
Rob Duke's insight:
The Economist does an excellent job at book reviews. See this one for an idea of how we might convert terrorists, even Al Qaeda, to political states.
Building wealth is simple. Not easy, but simple. We'd all like to make more money, but if your long term prize is financial independence, there aren't any shortcuts. There are only these four basic rules.
Rob Duke's insight:
...but these skills have to be taught and then folks have to be given the opportunity to do so. Minimum wage doesn't cut it.
A Canadian police video showing a motorcyclist going to, shall we say, unusual lengths to avoid getting captured was accidentally posted to social media, police said. The chase, which occurred Feb. 20 in Surrey, British Columbia, showed the motorcycle rider doing the typical stuff — going through red...
Rob Duke's insight:
...but the public continues to think the Hells Angels are just misunderstood....
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