Although outlaw motorcycle gangs are only a sliver of all gangs, law enforcement professionals view them as more dangerous than their size would suggest, at least according to the center’s 2013 survey. In that survey, 14 percent of law enforcement professionals said an outlaw biker gang was the most problematic gang in their jurisdiction. Eleven percent of respondents said outlaw biker gangs were the most violent type of gang in their jurisdiction.
It is possible that outlaw biker gangs wind up as the No. 1 threat in many jurisdictions because of their geographical distribution, rather than as a result of their patterns of violence. A highly mobile gang that operates outside of cities has the chance to affect more jurisdictions than an urban gang concentrated within one city.
Rob Duke's insight:
Nope. That's not it. Your typical neighborhood gang exists to protect the neighborhood and to take advantage of the underground economy in an area that would otherwise be under-served with legitimate jobs and other economic opportunity (SBA loans, etc.). Criminal Biker Gangs are ideologically different in that they seek control and profit; and, as the article suggested, they're mobile and have confrontations with rivals in many different jurisdictions.
Capt. Michael McNair of the State of California Department of Corrections told the AIP investigator that he had spoken with the Fairbanks Police Department. “I told him we didn’t know if the information is accurate or not… we just felt it was our moral responsibility to pass it on in case someone was in prison who shouldn’t be.”
Fairbanks police confirmed in court documents that Lt. Dan Wellborn took the initial information from McNair, and passed it on to Detective Christopher Nolan to “check it out.”
At that time, Wellborn sent the information to Scott Mattern of the Fairbanks District Attorney’s office. Nolan said he has copies of the email correspondence between the two, according to the affidavit filed by AIP’s investigator.
If we are to succeed in countering jihadist terrorists, we must rethink the battlefield and understand there are no foreign fighters, just combatants bent on a philosophical mission, regardless of territory.
George Stephanopoulos said he doesn’t believe media bias exists when asked at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. When he discovered he was being interviewed by the Media Research Center and was asked to confirm his answer,...
Rob Duke's insight:
See Chomsky's early work: it's all biased. When all major media is owned by a handful of corporations, what can you expect?
Another argument of your book is that science can never explain itself, and we will have to rely on philosophy and religion and humanistic endeavors to actually explain what science discovers. What will happen if the current trend at universities continues, of prioritizing those disciplines with concrete economic gains above those of humanistic inquiry? People feel, for good reason, that when they're at university, if they spend their time on humanistic disciplines, they'll have no obvious, clear economic payoff. They feel they'll "pay for it" later. And that feeling was well-founded, was it not?
On Monday, California Senate passes a bill that enables “beer bikes” to run on streets. Beer bikes are commonly known as pedal powered quadricycle operation. It is a new kind of buses that permit up to 15 people to pedal at slow speed. The bill, dubbed as SB530, would allow beer bikes to share the …
The immature teen brain was mentioned in the closing summary presented by the defense. From the perspective of sound science in the courtroom, the teen brain defense in the Boston bomber case was feeble. Nevertheless, it is part of a larger project of criminal justice reform that invokes mechanical explanation of brain function in the service of exculpation of blame or mitigation of guilt.
DENVER (AP) — Colorado's governor is signing into law a new crackdown on medical marijuana. Gov. John Hickenlooper was scheduled Monday to sign a bill that directs state health authorities to set new guidelines for doctors who recommend pot for "severe pain." That's the most common condition on Colorado's medical marijuana registry. The new law will also direct marijuana caregivers to inform patients that the pot they're using may not be tested for potency or contaminants. The measure updates ma
When five of the world’s biggest banks plead guilty to an array of antitrust and fraud charges as soon as next week, life will go on, probably without much of a hiccup.
The Justice Department is preparing to announce that Barclays, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup and the Royal Bank of Scotland will collectively pay several billion dollars and plead guilty to criminal antitrust violations for rigging the price of foreign currencies, according to people briefed on the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Most if not all of the pleas are expected to come from the banks’ holding companies, the people said — a first for Wall Street giants that until now have had only subsidiaries or their biggest banking units plead guilty.
The Justice Department is also preparing to resolve accusations of foreign currency misconduct at UBS. As part of that deal, prosecutors are taking the rare step of tearing up a 2012 nonprosecution agreement with the bank over the manipulation of benchmark interest rates, the people said, citing the bank’s foreign currency misconduct as a violation of the earlier agreement.
Aimed at sharing information about the fledgling industry, the three-day Northwest Cannabis Classic at the Dena’ina Center features panels, demonstrations and products that range from lighting technology to smoking instruments to flower enhancers and plant food.
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