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Blind man tests DMV's exam methods

Blind man tests DMV's exam methods | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Have you heard the one about the blind man who walked into the Department of Motor Vehicles office in Santa Monica, took an eye test and left with a new driver's license?
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Kiara's comment, November 1, 2012 5:19 PM
This is a very interesting article. When I started to read it, it made me think of other drivers who are on the road but shouldn't be. I'm glad the article addressed the issue of the elderly along with people with visual impairments, dementia etc. I think it's important for DMV's everywhere to make more responsible decisions on who they are issuing Drivers licenses' to. I believe that it can be just as dangerous to drive under the speed limit, as it is to drive above the speed limit. I'm glad that this article pointed out that anyone can report a persons driving skills when they feel concerned about someone’s driving ability. It is very true that bad drivers are all different ages, so any factor that a person believes contributes to dangerous driving should be reported. It could mean saving the lives of drivers, passengers and other motorists that share the road. It’s disturbing that a man who lost 94% of his vision was able to essentially walk out of the DMV with a driver’s license. Yeah, he told this story not wanting anyone to lose their jobs but really they should. Whoever issued this man his license should no longer work there. The whole point of their job is to ensure that people have the adequate skills necessary to safely drive a vehicle. It’s scary to think that not everyone is as honest as Mark Overland and they are out driving when they shouldn’t be.
Kimberly's comment, November 15, 2012 8:47 PM
This was an interesting article to read.There are many people on the road that shouldn't be driving, and I wonder if this is due to holes in the DMV's exam methods. The person who was issuing his tests realized there were some things off about this man. He was reading the wrong thing and she realized that. That should be a red flag. The DMV is responsible for who they give licenses out to, and that the person who is going to operate the vehicle can do so safely. It is disturbing that Mr. Overland got his license and has lost 94% of his vision. It is good to know that there are still some honest people out there who are willing to not drive because they know that it will save lives and it will be more safer that way.
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Police Unions 'Standing Down' After Controversial Comments In Wake Of NYPD Shooting

Police Unions 'Standing Down' After Controversial Comments In Wake Of NYPD Shooting | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- New York City's police unions have agreed to refrain from putting out more statements on Saturday's cold-blooded murder of police officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, after the unions came under scrutiny for blaming Mayor Bill de Blas...
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Yup, even cop unions have no voice....whether right or wrong, they should be able to talk about the issues.

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Hidden benefits

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What lies behind? COVERING a woman’s face (as well as her body) is said by some devout Muslims to protect her virtue. But the full veil has long lent itself to...
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“Forgiveness Is Liberating”: Desmond Tutu on Healing a Nation’s Racist Past

Archbishop Desmond Tutu oversaw South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. In this 1997 speech, recently reprinted in Yes!

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Armored car driver arrested in Colorado

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Police in Texas are searching for an armored truck driver after his truck was found abandoned and emptied of hundreds of thousands of dollars and arrested his father for allegedly attempting to block the investigation.
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Alaska Bar Association weighs in on ethics of attorneys and pot

Alaska Bar Association weighs in on ethics of attorneys and pot | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The Alaska Bar Association's Ethics Committee has offered informal advice regarding personal use and other ethical issues attorneys may face as Alaska prepares to legalize recreational marijuana use and develop a marijuana industry.
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A Different Approach to Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

A Different Approach to Breaking the Cycle of Poverty | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Two-generation programs focus on improving education for children and job opportunities for parents at the same time.
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Would You Rather Be Born Smart or Rich?

A recent Brookings study suggests that brains and drive have more to do with lifelong success than family wealth. But there's a big catch.
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Advocates cry foul as bans on homeless camps increase around the country

Advocates cry foul as bans on homeless camps increase around the country | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
For Teresa Sigerson, a former waitress who has lived under a Chicago expressway bridge for three years, the camp she shares with eight others provides shelter, companionship and some measure of security.

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Disposiciones legales en torno a la evaluación y prestación de servicios a estudiantes con Problemas Específicos de Aprendizaje a través del lente de la Justicia Terapéutica (Legal Provisions Conce...

Disposiciones legales en torno a la evaluación y prestación de servicios a estudiantes con Problemas Específicos de Aprendizaje a través del lente de la Justicia Terapéutica (Legal Provisions Conce... | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Spanish Abstract: En este trabajo, a través del lente de la Justicia Terapéutica, se examinan algunas de las disposiciones federales y estatales que regu
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PSA encourages kids to steal parents’ guns, hand over to teachers

PSA encourages kids to steal parents’ guns, hand over to teachers | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A startling new anti-gun ad released by a San Francisco-based production company encourages children to commit a series of crimes by stealing their parents’ guns and turning them over to school officials, The Daily Caller reported Monday.
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Welfare drug testing program signed into law by Michigan Gov.

Welfare drug testing program signed into law by Michigan Gov. | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation Friday that creates a drug-testing program for adult welfare recipients who are suspected of using drugs.
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The economic threat to cities isn't gentrification; it's the opposite

The economic threat to cities isn't gentrification; it's the opposite | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Many urban neighborhoods are places of concentrated poverty, and it's killing opportunity in the US.

 

American cities are growing, and as they grow, they're adding lots of high-poverty neighborhoods. Nearly three times as many "high-poverty" census tracts existed in 2010 as in 1970.  That's unsettling on its face but even more so when you see the havoc a poor neighborhood can wreak on a resident's chances at a good life. Forget gentrification — this is a bigger problem. 

 

The chart above tallies up the people living in these neighborhoods in 1970 and 2010. What it shows is that the number of people living in high-poverty neighborhoods — those with poverty rates of 30 percent or more — has roughly doubled since 1970. That's because these neighborhoods of concentrated poverty have a tendency to stay that way, even while new ones sprout up.

 

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Michelle Alexander Gives A Fascinating Analysis On How White Privilege Allows Criminals To Go Unpunished - Atlanta Blackstar

Michelle Alexander Gives A Fascinating Analysis On How White Privilege Allows Criminals To Go Unpunished - Atlanta Blackstar | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
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Aviator Buffs Yearn for Watches, but Few Pilots Actually Use Them

Aviator Buffs Yearn for Watches, but Few Pilots Actually Use Them | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Jet setters covet costly timepieces for their air of high-tech machismo, but pilots say they’ve never seen anyone actually use an aviator watch to do a calculation.
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Ah, maybe we don't buy these watches for function, but for prestige...Thorstein Veblen would recognize this behavior.  See his "Theory of the Leisure Class" for a full discussion of the various "scalp displaying behaviors" that we humans engage in to distinguish ourselves from other members of the pack.

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LAPD wrongly reclassified some serious crimes as minor, Times review finds

LAPD wrongly reclassified some serious crimes as minor, Times review finds | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
On a July night in 2013, a customer attacked cocktail waitress Alicia Alfaro in the face with a set of car keys outside the El Recreo Room in Cypress Park.
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Good Neighbors — Auto Safety: The Road Behind – And Ahead In...

Auto Safety: The Road Behind – And Ahead In movies and daydreams, America in decades past was a land of open highways, stylish vehicles and a simpler life. It was an era of Route 66, drive-ins and...
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17 Things We Learned About Income Inequality in 2014

The Atlantic's Business editors break down the year's most divisive economic conversation.
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Tribes tread carefully into pot discussions

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Navajo Nation had bitter debates when it was deciding whether to allow casinos on the reservation and if alcohol should be sold in them.
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Cyberattack on German steel factory causes 'massive damage'

Cyberattack on German steel factory causes 'massive damage' | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The hack is one of the rare examples in which a digital attack caused physical damage
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AMONG THE REINDEER

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A woman running a media consultancy in New York takes a DNA test. She learns that she is descended from the Sami people, who herd reindeer in the Arctic Circle. What happens next? A memoir by Laura Galloway
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