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Scientist that discovered GMO health hazards immediately fired, team dismantled

Scientist that discovered GMO health hazards immediately fired, team dismantled | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
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Taylor Altenburg's comment, October 26, 2012 7:34 PM
This article is really interesting. It’s shocking that the researchers were looked down on and fired for finding such health hazards. After watching several documentaries on the food industry it’s kind of gross what actually goes into the process of making and packaging our food. My opinion on this is perhaps the researchers did not necessarily need to take this information right to the media and rather address the head of the companies and work to fix the problem instead of giving the country a major scare about the toxins.
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Mexican drug cartels still have market niche for low end marijuana

Mexican drug cartels still have market niche for low end marijuana | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
there’s still a market niche for Mexico’s lower-end drug trade weed, since legal marijuana in states like Washington and Colorado is more expensive. “Complete substitution has not gone into effect,” he said, “The market is definitely changing, but cartel adaptation will happen in years not months.”
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We should consider having lower taxes for 3% and lower THC concentrations of Cannabis Sativa strains.  This would reduce the ability of cartels to compete and, yet, allow market differentiation for those with more exotic tastes.  For instance:

 

-higher THC concentrations;

-hash;

-hash oil;

-Cannabis Indica strains and IndicaXSativa strains.

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The GOP’s Sex Trafficking Shell Game: How Laws Against ‘Sex Trafficking’ End Up Hurting Women

The GOP’s Sex Trafficking Shell Game: How Laws Against ‘Sex Trafficking’ End Up Hurting Women | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Republicans are insisting on tacking anti-abortion language onto an anti-sex-trafficking bill—and it’s just their latest effort to exploit the issue to fight “sexual immorality.”

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Italy's top court overturns Amanda Knox conviction

Italy's top court overturns Amanda Knox conviction | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
In a final ruling, Italy's highest court on Friday overturned the convictions of American Amanda Knox and her former Italian boyfriend in the sensational murder case of Knox's British roommate.
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Regulators launch major crackdown on payday lenders

Regulators launch major crackdown on payday lenders | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Federal regulators are launching a major crackdown on payday and other short-term, high-interest lenders by proposing tough new regulations to halt the cycle of debt that cripples some consumers.
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7 Things You Shouldn't Say To Someone With Anxiety

7 Things You Shouldn't Say To Someone With Anxiety | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Humphreys says it’s also crucial to let your loved ones know that there is a way to overcoming any anxiety or panic disorder -- and that you’re there to be supportive.
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Orion Hutchin's comment, March 27, 6:02 PM
The lines are triggers for the person suffering from anxiety. The author does a good job explaining each of the lines that trigger the increase of anxiety within the person suffering from the issue. I would compare this to like telling a smoker that is trying to quit smoking to just quit. There are many factors we don't know or have a challenge explaining. Much of it just depends on the person.
Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight, March 28, 2:19 AM

THERE IS ALWAYS BLESSINGS IN THE PROVISION OF HELP! AND THERE ARE WAYS AND MEAN THAT CAN MAKE LIFE BETTER, BASED UPON THE HOPE THAT A PERSON HAVE THAT MAKES THE CUP HALF FULL NSTEAD OF THE CUP IS HALF EMPTY!! EVEN LIFE FROM A DOWN PERSPECTIVE OF MAN , IS ALL UPHILL WHEN IT IS ADDED WITH OUR HOPE AND FAITH IN GOD!!!  NO CROSS, NO CROWN! SO TO SPEAK!

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L.A.'s minimum wage plan doesn't make sense

L.A.'s minimum wage plan doesn't make sense | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Our report was underwritten by the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, which will certainly lead some to accuse us of acting as a mouthpiece for the profit-minded business community. But that's not the case. Lifting families out of poverty ultimately helps everyone — including business owners. The focus of this debate should be on whether higher minimum wage is an efficient way of achieving this laudable goal.
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Prosecutor: German co-pilot hid illness from employer

Prosecutor: German co-pilot hid illness from employer | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The co-pilot blamed for deliberately crashing a German airliner into the Alps had concealed an illness from his employers and tore up a doctor's note that called for him to go on medical leave on the day of the tragedy.
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More and more info comes out and points directly to the worst conclusion possible: the crash was deliberate; and, that there were clues available that the co-pilot was unstable.

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Kimberly Maddigan's comment, March 28, 11:29 PM
This is a sad story that could have been prevented. It's unfortunate that the co-pilot deliberately crashed the plane. Not only did the pilot have a medical illness, he was hiding it from his employer. The article mentions that on several occasions his training at Lufthansa's flight school in Arizona was interrupted for mental health reasons after he had a "serious depressive episode." In my opinion, this should have been grounds to remove him from the program, and make him ineligible to become a pilot. Or, it should have been noted in his records, and he would have to provide monthly reports from his doctor regarding his stability. I understand that there are many people depressed in the world, and this shouldn't keep them from doing a job that they love. However, when the lives of other people are in a person's hands, they should be monitored by the employer or they shouldn't be doing the job. The issue should have been taken care of during his flight school. I wonder if there are some type of circumstances where doctors can break the doctor-patient confidentiality in cases like this.
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Face-to-face meetings for criminals and victims

Face-to-face meetings for criminals and victims | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Victims and criminals are to be given the chance to meet face-to-face.
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(Empathic Policing) How Empathy Matters: The Role of Empathy in Crime, Policing, and Justice

(Empathic Policing) How Empathy Matters: The Role of Empathy in Crime, Policing, and Justice | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Chad Posick, Georgia Southern University

 

My associates and I have reviewed recent research and done some additional analyses to pin down what is currently known about empathy – and perceptions of empathy – in the realm of crime and justice. When other factors, like age, sex, race, education, and income are taken into account, empathy turns out to matter in several ways:


Empathetic people are less likely to engage in delinquency or crime. But those who have trouble perceiving how others feel, and have difficulty sharing those feelings, are more likely to engage in wrongful acts – everything from minor juvenile delinquency to the most serious of violent crimes. 

 

Empathy affects how people think about crime and punishment in complex ways. People capable of empathy tend to support tough punishments for crime, but at the same time they are less likely to call for the harshest punishments, such as the death penalty.

 

Empathy and perceptions of empathy help to shape the interactions of police and members of the communities they are assigned to protect. Research on citizen interactions with the police has consistently indicated that the way officers behave determines how they are evaluated by people with whom they interact. When we probe in detail, it turns out community members have more positive evaluations of the police when officers communicate that they understand the issues that matter to community members. Studies specifically show that the police are more likely to be trusted and considered effective at their jobs when they display empathy with the community’s concerns. 

 


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Who, What, Why: How are cockpit doors locked?

Who, What, Why: How are cockpit doors locked? | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
How would the cockpit doors on the crashed Germanwings Airbus have been secured?
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Brandal Nicole Crenshaw's comment, March 26, 4:28 PM
Interesting. Sad that this happened, but in theory I can the reasoning behind this design. I do think the two in the cockpit rule is a good idea.
Alexander Yakovlev's comment, March 27, 5:17 AM
It is upsetting that because of one person many other passengers were killed. Interesting enough that all of the gadgets that were made to protect the pilot, actually helped him to kill more than 160 passengers.
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Answers emerge

Answers emerge | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
THE final few minutes on board Germanwings flight 9252 are too horrific to contemplate. The passenger jet operated by Lufthansa’s low-cost subsidiary crashed in...
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What is our best weapon against ISIS?

What is our best weapon against ISIS? | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
ISIS recruits shared three things in common.

– They were devout Muslims.

– 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.”

 

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Highest court reviewing Amanda Knox’s fate

Highest court reviewing Amanda Knox’s fate | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The high court ruling will determine whether to uphold the verdicts, order another appeal or toss out the convictions altogether.
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Convicted. Overturned on appeal.  Released from jail. Re-tried and convicted. Now awaiting second appeal.

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Rodney Ebersole's comment, March 26, 2:22 AM
What a mess of a case this has proven to be. This seems similiar to me like in the case of double jeopardy. Someone can't be convicted on the same crime twice. So Amanda was convicted of a crime but then found not guilty so she left the jurisdiction of Italy and returned to the USA. Now the US should have jurisdiction over here. Italy no longer should have a say in the matter if they let her go.
Alexander Yakovlev's comment, March 27, 5:13 AM
In this article, the case was going back and forth from an appeal court to Italy’s Supreme Court. While I was reading it, the thought that there is lots of corruption crossed my mind. Also, it is kind of weird that the court’s process goes for 4 years already, and Knox is behind the bars.
Orion Hutchin's comment, March 27, 6:30 PM
I agree with Rodney this is double jeopardy. Unfortunately in Italy she doesn't appear to be protected by that. Clearly this is a challenging case with apparently very subjective evidence with how much back and forth this case has gone through. I wonder if the supreme court members who initially ruled on the case are the same ones seeing it again. This is a nightmare but a tough situation. On one hand it appears to be double jeopardy, but if they did it then justice needs to be served.
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Finland millionaire gets 54,000 euro speeding ticket

Finland millionaire gets 54,000 euro speeding ticket | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
As the BBC reports, businessman Reima Kuisla was pulled over for driving 64 mph in a 50-mph zone in Finland earlier this March when he received a 54,000 euro fine (almost $60,000), because speeding tickets in the country are linked to the recipient's annual income.
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Juxtapoz Magazine - NYPD to Put 30,000 More Crime Scene Photos Online

Juxtapoz Magazine - NYPD to Put 30,000 More Crime Scene Photos Online | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The New York Police Department, with the help of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, plans to digitize and make around 30,000 crim...

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The Radical Humaneness of Norway’s Halden Prison

The Radical Humaneness of Norway’s Halden Prison | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The goal of the Norwegian penal system is to get inmates out of it.
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For Successful Kids, It’s Family Stability Over Family Structure - Citings and Sightings

For Successful Kids, It’s Family Stability Over Family Structure - Citings and Sightings | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it

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How Anxiety Leads to Disruptive Behavior | Child Mind Institute

How Anxiety Leads to Disruptive Behavior | Child Mind Institute | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A great masquerader
Anxiety manifests in a surprising variety of ways in part because it is based on a physiological response to a threat in the environment, a response that maximizes the body's ability to either face danger or escape danger. So while some children exhibit anxiety by shrinking from situations or objects that trigger fears, some react with overwhelming need to break out of an uncomfortable situation. That behavior, which can be unmanageable, is often misread as anger or opposition.
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IT;S HARD FOR DULTS TO UNDERSTAND AND FIND A WAY TO DEAL WITH ANXIETY WHICH IS IMPOSED BY SITUATIONS OR CIRCUMSTANCES INFLICTED BY OTHERS THAT THEY HAVE NO POWER TO CHANGE  THEN FOR  A CHILD TO UNDERSTAND AND RESPOND NOT LIKE A CHILD IN THE SAME SITUATION OR CIRCUMSTANCES IS UNTHINKABLE BUT SOMETIMES EXPECTED AND THE ADDING IN OF MEDS I MORE FOR THEIR BEHAVIOR BEING EXCEPTED BY OTHERS BUT WHEN THE MEDS ARE OUT OF THEIR SYSTEM THEY STILL HAVE THEIR SAME PROBLEMS. WHICH THEY NEED TO BE TAUGHT AND ALLOWED TO WORK THRU THEM. AS THEY WANT ALWAYS BE CHILDREN WHEN THEY BECOME ADULTS OTHER SEVERER ELEMENTS OF THE PROBLEM UCH AS JAIL AND PRISON IS ENFORCED .  AS SOME PEOLE WITH ANXIETY DO NOT LIKE TO BE TOUCHED AND WHEN THERE IS AN ISSUE WITH THE POLICE THE VERY THING THAT TAKES THEIR TRIGGER OF THE ANXIETY TO THE MAX IS WHAT THE POLICE DOES OR TAKE OFFENSE IF THE PRSON DOESNT NOT IMEDIATELY COMLY WITH WHAT THEY HAVE ASKED, CHARGING THE PERSON WITH DISORDERLY CONDUCT, RESISTING ARREST AND MORE . ADDED THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES IN SUCH SITUATIONS WITH THE POLICE! SAID BUT TRUE AND IS WHY EDUCATING EVEN THE POLICE ON HOW TO PROPERLY CONFRONT, APPROACH AND OR SPEAK TO AND WHAT TO EXPECT FROM A PERSON WITH ANXIETY CAN EVEN DETURE ARREST. AS I WATCH THE ANDY GRIFFIN SHOW AND HOW OTIS AS DRUNK AS HE COULD BE HAS AN ON GOING SCHEDULE TO WORK MONDAY THRU FRIDAY BUT HE GOT TO UP FROM THE FLOW UP, DRUNK AND RESTED IN HIS OWN CELL IN JAIL DURING THE WEEKEND. WHICH ALSO WAS HIS FEW DAYS AWAY FROM HIS WIFE  ALSO. HE SAID THATS WHAT KEEPS THEM TOGETHER. SOMETIMES IT TAKES TO STEP AWAY SO TO SPEAK FROM THAT WHICH IS CREATING ANXIETY, IF YOU CAN THEN RETURN WITH A BETTER WAY. PRAYER TO GOD CAN CHANGE THINGS AS GO REVEALS THAT WHICH WE CANT SEE WITH 20/20 VISION THAT IS OFTEN RIGHT IN OUR FACES AND WE ARE TO BUSY LOOKING LEFT TO SEE THE SITUATION OR CIRCUMSTANCE PER GOD  RIGHT!!

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The Medicaid bill that doesn't go away when you die

PAT MCGINNIS, California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform: Having a home is one of the key factors in being able to escape poverty.

SALLY SCHILLING: Pat McGinnis, the executive director of California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, says estate recovery hurts the people who need inheritance the most.

PAT MCGINNIS: What you’re doing, again, destabilizing low-income communities and creating a cycle of poverty that people will never get out.
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Kimberly Maddigan's comment, March 27, 5:54 PM
I never knew that federal law requires Medicaid to charge recipients after they die. I think that it is unfair that the fees are charged after they die, and are left to their leftover assets. There should be some type of payment set up on the recipient of the care, so that the burden isn't placed on the ones they leave behind. I also think that it isn't right that when Rod Morgan asked about Estate Recovery before signing up for Medi-cal, he was told that they couldn't possibly charge him. Because Rod was reassured this sort of thing (estate recovery) wouldn't happen, he signed up. After they were approved, they received a letter in the mail congratulating them and on the back it said, " you are subject to estate recovery, and do not contact your social worker about this." I think that recipients of Medicaid should be informed of this estate recovery before they sign up. The problem with federal health care is that someone needs to pay for it. Matt Salo said, "Medicaid is the largest payer of long-term care in this country. Medicaid shouldn’t and cannot sustain itself if it continues to provide all long-term care to all people, especially those who have the means of paying for some of it on their own." I completely agree with him.
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Willie Nelson to open chain of marijuana stores

Willie Nelson to open chain of marijuana stores | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Veteran country star plans to launch his own brand of weed, Willie’s Reserve, to sell in states where marijuana is legal
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Orion Hutchin's comment, March 27, 6:10 PM
I would agree with the idea of pot being a drug we should allow. They brought up the economical aspects of pot that I would agree with. However the taxes are way to high. The black market is much more affordable then recreational at this point. Its an okay start for this product. The industry still has a lot of growth in battling the federal regulation.
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Jury finds ex-San Francisco bank executive guilty of fraud

Jury finds ex-San Francisco bank executive guilty of fraud | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag said Thursday a federal jury in Oakland found 66-year-old Ebrahim Shabudin guilty of conspiring with others within the bank to falsify key bank records as part of a scheme to conceal millions of dollars in losses and falsely inflate the bank's financial statements. United Commercial Bank received $298 million from the Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP, in 2008 during the height of the nation's financial crisis.
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15 of the Most Absurd Police Department Names - Uniform Stories

15 of the Most Absurd Police Department Names - Uniform Stories | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
I'm sure these police departments are tired of all the jokes, but for the rest of us...
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Alexander Yakovlev's comment, March 27, 5:02 AM
I think, it’s kind of funny and silly police agencies with this kinds of names; however, it shows that they love their city and they are ready to serve. Coincidence sometimes happens, and such names looks silly but cool. I think North Pole police should be there as well.
Orion Hutchin's comment, March 27, 6:21 PM
I would also say these cops have embraced who they work for. They are confident, probably have a sense of humor. I would definitely be in trouble with many of these police forces.It would help to lighten the mood a little bit if a person got pulled over. I think the police presences in this town might actually be more embraced by the people as well.
Kimberly Maddigan's comment, March 28, 11:35 PM
This article gave me a good laugh. I found the police department names funny. I'll bet that the citizens that actually live in the town don't even think twice about their police department names. They are probably so used to seeing them. I'm sure that many people that aren't from there get a good laugh though. Plus, what other name would their police department go by if they didn't use the city name?
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Germanwings plane crash: Co-pilot 'wanted to destroy plane'

Germanwings plane crash: Co-pilot 'wanted to destroy plane' | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The co-pilot of the Germanwings flight, named as Andreas Lubitz, intentionally started the plane's descent before it crashed into the French Alps, officials say.
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Chomsky: Myth of American Success Goes Hand in Hand With Racial Oppression / Sputnik International

Chomsky: Myth of American Success Goes Hand in Hand With Racial Oppression / Sputnik International | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
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...

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Investigation and Forensic Science Case Study: Human Remains Found In Wood Stove

Investigation and Forensic Science Case Study: Human Remains Found In Wood Stove | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
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.
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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.

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Brandal Nicole Crenshaw's comment, March 26, 5:07 PM
Yeah. I had a hmmm reaction to. It is nice to see the two groups working so closely together in this case.