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Beyond Scared Straight: Fearless

In this scene from the episode Suffolk County, MA, A teen shows no fear when prison inmates corner him and prison gaurds intervene before things get out of hand...

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Lori Jo's comment, November 5, 2012 5:37 PM
Whoa. So, I feel like, maybe their idea of scaring this kid into submission might have backfired. Either the kid thinks he's hard enough to tell those inmates to take off, or he knows he is. Regardless, that's a scary mentality to go in with. That kid is going to be a problem. No doubt there will be violence involving him. He clearly has no fear, or respect for anyone that was in that room. Now, it may be in part because of the cameras, but I don't think that is going to make much of an impact on his actions in the future. I also imagine a majority of his time will be spent in solitary confinement.
Rob Duke's comment, November 5, 2012 5:40 PM
Yes, the downside of trying to scare the young ones is they want so bad to be tough and grown up so jail may become a symbol for maturity.

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Poll: Should cops be allowed to swear on the job?

Poll: Should cops be allowed to swear on the job? | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Should cops be allowed to swear on the job? Steve Osborne, a Jersey City native and a 20-year veteran New York Police Department cop, couldn't believe the language that was coming out the mouth of an NYPD deputy commissioner...
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Take the poll if you dare.

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Uneasy rider

Uneasy rider | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
But most Poles are alarmed by the way Russia is using the history of its victory over Nazi Germany to justify intervening in Ukraine and throwing its weight around in eastern Europe. The Night Wolves' ride was clearly part of the propaganda offensive, and Katyn Rally's support for the gang may not be as inexplicable as it seems. One of the Katyn Rally bikers at the Warsaw ceremony hinted at what might be the main reason for the group's support of the Russians: “I just want to continue visiting my ancestors' graves in the East.” Condemning the Polish ban on the Night Wolves is a good way to ensure that they are not banned themselves by Russia.
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Get your motor running;

Head out on the highway;

Get stopped at the border :(

That's the end of the song....

 

 

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Bamboozled: What the bar codes on your driver's license reveal about you, and why it matters

Bamboozled: What the bar codes on your driver's license reveal about you, and why it matters | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Why you should ask questions before you allow a merchant to scan your driver's license.
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Meagan Olsen's comment, April 27, 7:38 PM
I thought this article was interesting, I respect that the lady didn’t want the doctors office she was at to make a copy of her license and I think it is a little crazy that they would not see her without scanning her license. I didn’t know you could get so much information from your license by just scanning the bar codes on the back. It makes sense that the police use these to quickly scan your license and view things about you but I didn’t know that anyone could just buy one of these scanners or download an app that lets you scan these and get all of your information! I have never even thought about this or considered it and it is scary how far along technology is coming.
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What California can learn from Saudi Arabia’s water mystery

What California can learn from Saudi Arabia’s water mystery | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Beginning in the late 1970s, Saudi landowners were given free rein to pump the aquifers so that they could transform the desert into irrigated fields. Saudi Arabia soon became one of the world’s premier wheat exporters.

By the 1990s, farmers were pumping an average of 5 trillion gallons a year. At that rate, it would take just 25 years to completely drain Lake Erie.
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Is this a green collar crime?  Or just an oops....?

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Scandal-scarred NYPD detective defends his most infamous cases

Simpson also ripped Scarcella for his personal conduct, taking issue with his not being able to recall details of the investigation and with the wording of business cards he used on the job.
The cards described him and Chmil as “adventures [sic], marathoners, regular guys, and mountain climbers,” which Simpson said showed a “cavalier disposition to the serious obligation of investigating homicides.”
She noted his statement on the “Dr. Phil” show that he “did not play by the rules,” and she alleged he came into her courtroom with his gun after she told him not to.
“This indicates a lack of boundaries or no regard to any consequences in violating rules,” Simpson wrote.
Her conclusion: “The testimony provided at the hearing by Scarcella was false, misleading and noncooperative . . . The pattern and practice of Scarcella’s conduct. which manifest a disregard for rules, law and the truth, undermines our judicial system and gives cause for a new review of the evidence.”
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Not the whole story, of course, but what he says about the judge's ruling appears to me to have some merit.  Cases years old that are similar to other cases--will I remember details?  No way.  Bringing a gun when told not to?  Who's going to protect me from the front of the court house to my home on the subway (in a city where I was a cop for 30 years)?  Sounds a bit like Aristotle's Natural Law to think a cop would need to pack a weapon.

And the business card leap of logic? How does listing one's hobbies make one a dirty cop?  Columbo was fiction, but there was a lot of truth in getting people to drop their guard by showing you had things in common with them.

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Rob Duke's comment, April 26, 10:26 PM
BTW, he checked the gun into the security check point. So, she's not mad that he brought a gun into her court, but that he carried a gun to court and checked it into a gun locker.
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How Fishing Pros Finally Caught George Perry's Miracle Bass

How Fishing Pros Finally Caught George Perry's Miracle Bass | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
In late 2009, two men walked into a room somewhere in Japan and found a fisherman hooked up to a polygraph. His name was Manabu Kurita, and he was there to answer some questions. The 32-year-old fishing guide had claimed to have caught a bass that weighed just under 22 pounds, 5 ounces — a weight that would make it co-world-record holder in the all-tackle weight category for largemouth bass, the most hallowed class in all of fishing. The other men in the room were representatives from the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) and, with the polygraph running, they asked Kurita about the precise position of his boat on Japan’s Lake Biwa and the tackle he used to haul in his catch. His answers from the hourlong session evidently passed muster; six months after he hauled the fish in, the catch was certified as the IGFA’s co-world-record holder.
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Weird, but true.  Unusual use of the polygraph.

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Rodney Ebersole's comment, April 27, 2:57 AM
Interesting article about the joys of fishing and the race to catch the biggest bass. I’m not surprised a lie detector is being used to verify the winners of those who catch these large fish, this competition sounds like the holy grail in bass fishing and I could see someone trying to cheat. A lie detector levels the playing field and ensures the authenticity of any winning catch.
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Risks of ‘Brain Damage’ associated with long-term exposure to air pollution – Harvard study says

Risks of ‘Brain Damage’ associated with long-term exposure to air pollution – Harvard study says | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
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Environmental Justice?

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Meagan Olsen's comment, April 27, 7:23 PM
The fact that air pollution could have affects on the brain is a scary thought. Something will have to dramatically change in our environment if we wish to change the amount of air pollution in our world. I don’t think it is enough to affect people in an every day lifestyle, only people who are exposed to the pollution a lot and like the article said, the elderly.
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Legacy of Agent Orange

Legacy of Agent Orange | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
As April 30 approaches, marking 40 years since the end of the Vietnam War, people in Vietnam with severe mental and physical disabilities still feel the lingering effects of Agent Orange.

Respiratory cancer and birth defects amongst both Vietnamese and U.S. veterans have been linked to exposure to the defoliant. The U.S. military sprayed millions of gallons of Agent Orange onto Vietnam's jungles during the conflict to expose northern communist troops.
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Rodney Ebersole's comment, April 27, 3:07 AM
It is amazingly sad the devastation done by a product used in war, the Vietnamese will continue to suffer from their past dealings with America and it saddens me to think of so many children paying the price for a manmade war machine. I know many Americans have suffered as well and their children and grandchildren. I have to wonder if modern pesticides used on are foods are linked to some of the health problems prevalent in today’s society. Toxic chemicals can have a crippling effect as these sobering pictures show.
Rob Duke's comment, April 27, 1:24 PM
Yes, and I wonder how the effects the culture. We saw a great outpouring of peacemaking post-nuclear Japan and I wonder how the Vietnamese have responded.
Meagan Olsen's comment, April 27, 7:29 PM
4.8 million people in Vietnam have been exposed to the herbicide and over 3 million of them have been suffering from deadly diseases. The pictures that go with this article are incredible, they show how much the Agent Orange has continued to affect them even after the Vietnam War, which has been over for so long. Lots of the people in these photos have multiple noticeable defects all because of the Agent Orange that was sprayed during the war to try and hurt soldiers. The Agent spoiled their land still though and is still affecting the people who live there today.
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India's Good Life Slowly Growing to Include Gays

India's Good Life Slowly Growing to Include Gays | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Several hundred men and women, waving rainbow flags, danced, stamped and sang their way through the city centres of Delhi, Bangalore and Kolkata (Calcutta) on June 29th—the first such national event in this conservative country. The parade was lent a uniquely Indian flavour by flamboyant cross-dressing hijras, known as eunuchs, although many modern hijras are gay men who feel alienated by mainstream society. Though hijras, once trusted courtiers of the Mughal emperors, have a well-established identity in India, gay men and women do not; indeed the practice of homosexuality is illegal, punishable with ten years' imprisonment.
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Robert M. Purcell's comment, April 26, 8:54 PM
Interesting how the view of the ‘good life’ from nation and culture to nation and culture can be different, but that over time, things can change, even dramatically to bring the different cultures closer together in some ways. In the past few years, several of my friends have come out of the closet, finally feeling that they no longer had to hide their sexual orientation from friends, family members, or even coworkers. As society changes and its values are opened to interpretation, we find that things formerly shunned may come to light as not nearly the evil they were portrayed as before. India rests under laws that are over 100 years old in this case. Criminalization of homosexual acts though, was still going on in the US until fairly recently as well. This is a case of another issue that will have to come to a head sooner or later. I hope that India finds a fair and equitable way to solve the legal dilemma without causing too much social upheaval too soon.
Rob Duke's comment, April 26, 10:22 PM
John Gardner (Stanford) said that this was the strength of our system: we allowed insanity and weirdness to exist with very little harassment. Gardner thought this was why liberal systems, such as ours, always seemed to respond to changing times. What other systems ostracized and no longer had in their systems, we allowed to (if not flourish) exist on the edges.
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Gunmen kill prominent female activist in Pakistan

Gunmen kill prominent female activist in Pakistan | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
KARACHI, Pakistan - Gunmen on a motorcycle killed a prominent women's rights activist in Pakistan hours after she held a forum on the country's Baluchistan region, home to a long-running insurgency, police said Saturday.
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Contrast this story with the one last week about the first female lawyer in Saudi Arabia.  Say what you will about the Saudi's, but they don't have gunmen killing prominent "uppity" women.

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Indonesia defiant as UN leads condemnation of looming executions | theSundaily

Indonesia defiant as UN leads condemnation of looming executions | theSundaily | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
JAKARTA: Indonesia on Sunday signalled it was determined to push ahead with the execution of eight foreign drug convicts, despite a growing wave of global condemnation led by United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon.
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The story continues....will Jakarta fold?

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Robert M. Purcell's comment, April 26, 8:39 PM
In the United States, it has been long contended whether or not the death penalty acted as a deterrent. In most cases, the length of time before an execution happens can dull the fear-factor. Additionally, the death penalty in the U.S. is generally reserved for murder convictions, while it seems that in Indonesia, the penalty extends to drug trafficking. Though I’m generally not a proponent of the death penalty, I don’t feel that the origination nations of these criminals should have a say in what happens to their citizens on foreign soil where they knowingly and willfully broke the laws of that sovereign nation. Moreover, though I feel the death penalty ultimately is not an effective deterrent for murder, I can honestly see the application being much more deterring for drug trafficking. Despite this, I feel as I stated in a comment in the article ‘How Mississippi Discovered the Drug War’s “Golden Egg”, that the real focus should be more on the demand side and less on the supply side. Stronger sentences for buyers, more focus on treatment, an emphasis on killing the demand for illicit drugs will cause the supply market to fall apart.
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The Entire History of the World—Really, All of It—Distilled Into a Single Gorgeous Chart

This “Histomap,” created by John B. Sparks, was first printed by Rand McNally in 1931. (The David Rumsey Map Collection hosts a fully zoomable version here.)
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Best history of the world summary.  Wouldn't you love to understand each of these societies?

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The feds say one schmuck trading from his parents' house caused a market crash. Here's the problem.

The feds say one schmuck trading from his parents' house caused a market crash. Here's the problem. | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Federal regulators say that Navinder Singh Sarao, a 36-year-old British futures trader whose company was reportedly based in his parents' home, illegally placed huge sell orders he never intended to complete, artificially driving down the price of a key futures contract so he could later swoop in to buy it cheaply. (This is called "spoofing" in financial jargon.)
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Another type of white collar crime....

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DERRICK NELSON's comment, April 26, 11:29 PM
Wall street is the central area of vulnerability to white collar crimes. The system structure alone opens up the gate for potential entrepreneurs to scandalize investors. The attraction to try and monopolize the stock market is overwhelming.
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How Mexicans know when an earthquake is coming

How Mexicans know when an earthquake is coming | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The impact on society was greater still. Some historians believe it contributed to the end of the hegemony of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, whose incompetence in the aftermath of the earthquake undermined its claim to be the party that knew best how to govern. The scale of the disaster, and the ineptitude of the official response, galvanised civil society like never before. Mexico City’s residents resolved that next time they would be prepared.
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Here's some of that societal impact that I talked about in another article this last week....

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Is LSD about to return to polite society?

Feilding has dedicated her life to the reversal of this proscription, first as an artist and latterly as a tireless supporter of scientific research, courtesy of her Beckley Foundation. The dangers of abusing recreational drugs have been well documented since the 1960s, and for many scientists and policy-makers they remain as urgent as ever. Feilding hopes to show that the risks are overstated and that the laws surrounding their use should be relaxed. After decades of perseverance, there are signs that her work is coming to fruition. A handful of studies using LSD and psilocybin (the psychedelic compound found in mushrooms) has turned into a steady trickle, and the results have been promising to her cause. More remarkably, some of the theories thrown about half a century ago might be borne out by modern science.
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Alaska, where rivers reign

Alaska, where rivers reign | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Because fewer than 6,000 miles of certified public roads and highways probe Alaska's 570,374 square miles, rivers are especially important. Alaskans' dependence on rivers for in-state travel is critical, particularly for rural residents whose road systems are at best localized and short.
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A French Soldier's View of US Soldiers in Afghanistan

To those who bestow us with the honor of sharing their combat outposts and who everyday give proof of their military excellence, to those who pay the daily tribute of America's army's deployment on Afghan soil, to those we owned this article, ourselves hoping that we will always remain worthy of them and to always continue hearing them say that we are all the same band of brothers".
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How one French soldier saw us when he served in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army.  Makes me proud.

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Rob Duke's comment, April 26, 10:29 PM
BTW, not a soldier, but proud of them just the same.
DERRICK NELSON's comment, April 26, 10:34 PM
Wherever terrorist reap havoc causing political crimes in Afghan the U.S. military will always look and fight with professionalism.
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Push, Don’t Crush, the Students

Push, Don’t Crush, the Students | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
In Silicon Valley, mixed messages fuel a best-in-class mentality.
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Just a reminder during the stress of finals--if you see something, say something?  That can mean all the difference to someone struggling.

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Five Years After The BP Oil Spill, The Industry Is Still Taking Big Risks

Five Years After The BP Oil Spill, The Industry Is Still Taking Big Risks | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
In early April of 2010, I flew to Mobile, Alabama, to report a story for The Wall Street Journal. I covered the oil industry for the paper, and a few weeks earlier, President Obama had announced pl...
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DERRICK NELSON's comment, April 26, 11:03 PM
The bottom line is money motivation. Although simple safety precautions are followed, giant corporations such as BP will forego risk in an effort to produce top dollar returns. As long as money is a prime motivator in corporate America green collar crimes will always prevail.
Rob Duke's comment, April 27, 1:07 AM
Derrick: Truth over Justice. I think Socrates said that. The RCAC in Valdez is a good model of citizen involvement in the oversight of resource extraction.
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The FBI Faked an Entire Field of Forensic Science

The FBI Faked an Entire Field of Forensic Science | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
For more stories like this, like Slate on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. The Washington Post published a story so horrifying this weekend that it would stop your breath: “The Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed...
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Wrap back to week 1 where we talked about careers.

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Rob Duke's comment, April 26, 10:16 PM
Robert: well said.
Meagan Olsen's comment, April 27, 7:18 PM
I think it is crazy that the FBI faked an entire field of forensic science, this could lead to people not believing some science in the future and it gives them a bad reputation.
Rob Duke's comment, April 27, 7:28 PM
Yeah, I think a lot of us are in shock....
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Key Events in Path to Trial for Colorado Theater Shooter

Key Events in Path to Trial for Colorado Theater Shooter | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Key dates in the life of James Holmes, on trial in the 2012 Colorado theater shooting: Dec. 13, 1987 — Holmes is born in San Diego County, California, to Robert and Arlene Holmes. 2006 — Graduates from Westview High School in San Diego. 2010 — Graduates from the University of...
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Aftermath

Aftermath | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
WHAT happens right after a natural disaster matters almost as much as what takes place during the calamity itself.
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How much can you tell about a culture from how they deal with disaster?

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Meagan Olsen's comment, April 27, 7:44 PM
I think it says a lot about a country of how they react to disaster, and it says that natural disasters strike Nepal regularly, which is really sad. The article said that there are still 200 people missing near Mount Everest due to the avalanches triggered by the earthquake. The earthquake that hit Nepal’s capital was a 7.9 magnitude earthquake; it killed many people and caused lots of destruction there.
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Milwaukee man suspected of shooting van driver who hit nephew commits suicide in Illinois

Milwaukee man suspected of shooting van driver who hit nephew commits suicide in Illinois | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Damani Terry just wanted to join a group of girls dancing in a park across the street.
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Rodney Ebersole's comment, April 27, 3:15 AM
What a horrible example of mistakes and anger used to end four people’s lives. The man who started shooting should have been mad at himself for not watching that little boy. I don’t know how I would handle someone running into my kids but I am a very protective parent and I really try to keep danger away from them as much as I can. I understand toddlers are quick and if you aren’t watching them constantly they could do exactly what this toddler did. I still don’t understand though why the Uncle didn’t try to help his nephew first before starting firing. The driver was trying to help the child, it’s not like he just drove off. Mr. Chiles clearly had anger and self control issues and I agree with the article on the fact he was cowardly to try and avoid justice by ending his life.
Meagan Olsen's comment, April 27, 8:04 PM
This is a sad incident that probably happens way more often than it should. This man decided to take the law into his own hands and more people ended up dead, which could have all been prevented. I can understand how this man felt but I don’t think that it justifies him shooting someone and taking the law into his own hands, that isn’t his place even though I’m sure his emotions and thoughts weren’t in a good place.
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Indian girl, 13, writes emotional letter begging for her child marriage to be stopped

Indian girl, 13, writes emotional letter begging for her child marriage to be stopped | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A 13-year-old girl in India has written a letter begging her headteacher to save her from becoming a child bride.

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Robert M. Purcell's comment, April 26, 8:48 PM
This is a sad, and rather disheartening practice, but it’s also disgusting. And then you look at it from the traditional side of things as something that was done for hundreds of years. Arranged marriages are nothing new in the world, and in fact if anything they are now something more antiquated than any other descriptive word. To marry a child to another person, whether their prospective spouse is another child, or someone older, is unconscionable in our society today, but it’s not the same elsewhere. Economic concerns for the parents are a factor, along with customs, tradition, and even some old societal rules that run afoul of the law. I still just can’t wrap my head around the idea, nor can I accept the traditions. It IS a human rights violation, and it puts these children in danger as well as any children they may become pregnant with.
Meagan Olsen's comment, April 27, 7:50 PM
This is really sad, a 13-year-old girl wrote a letter begging her teacher to try and stop her child marriage from happening. She wanted to not get married until she was 18 because she wanted to continue to go to school, and if she gets married that could stop her from being able to go to school! The teacher failed to convince her parents to stop the wedding so this poor girl is being forced to get married at age 13. These girls getting married so soon is threatening to their lives and health, it also limits their future prospects, said a spokesman. A lot of these girls also become pregnant with increases the risk of complication in pregnancy or childbirth, these complications are the leading cause of death.
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Gun violence costs America $229 billion a year—more than $700 for every man, woman, and child

Gun violence costs America $229 billion a year—more than $700 for every man, woman, and child | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
HOW MUCH DOES gun violence cost our country? It's a question we've been looking into at Mother Jones ever since the 2012 mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, left 58 injured and 12 dead. How much care would the survivors and the victims' families need? What would be the effects on the broader community, and how far out would those costs ripple? As we've continued to investigate gun violence, one of our more startling discoveries is that nobody really knows.
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Probably not a popular topic in AK, but something to consider when we compare ourselves to the world....

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