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Trooper probe shows Alaska Senate candidate Bob Bell knew how to get around law

Trooper probe shows Alaska Senate candidate Bob Bell knew how to get around law | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
In a decision that appears to make a shambles of efforts to keep trophy hunters out of subsistence hunts, Alaska State Troopers have concluded Alaska state Senate candidate Bob Bell found a big loophole in the law.
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Greece not alone: Several Eurozone countries are still paying back debt from WWI and even 18th century debt!

Incredibly, because the 4% Consuls were used to refinance even older debt, some of the debt being repaid in early 2015 goes as far back as the 18th century. “In 1853, then-chancellor Gladstone consolidated, among other things, the capital stock of the South Sea Company originating in 1711, which had collapsed in the infamous South Sea Bubble financial crisis of 1720,” the UK Treasury said. And Chancellor George Goschen converted bonds first issued in 1752 and subsequently used them to finance the Napoleonic and Crimean Wars, as well as the Slavery Abolition Act of 1835.
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Gruesome weekend leaves Chicago police chief reeling - CNN.com

When a city has seven killings in two days, including the death of a 7-year-old boy, something is systemically wrong.
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Does too much testosterone make men behave irresponsibly?

Does too much testosterone make men behave irresponsibly? | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Research published yesterday by Imperial College London suggests that hormones testosterone and cortisol may be having a negative and potentially dangerous influence on the decision-making processes of City workers.
According to the study, the naturally-occurring steroids have been found to markedly increase the chances of risk-taking and audacious behaviour in men whose responsibilities include commercial and economic transactions.
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Photos of Kids Playfully Crossing the US-Mexico Border | VICE | United States

Photos of Kids Playfully Crossing the US-Mexico Border | VICE | United States | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Recently a storm took out a chain link fence separating the two countries at a park bisecting Tijuana and San Diego, letting people jump back and forth between nations.
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I interviewed a guy from Nayarit, Mexico who told me that he came to the U.S. for love.  I thought he had followed a girl, but he told me that his brother had been lucky to find his love when they were both children.  From an early age they both pledged their love to each other.  When they were of age, they wed and were living the "good life", but then one day a drug kingpin saw the bride and wanted her for his own.  She was, you see, a rare beauty...the kind that turn out to be princesses in storybooks.  But, alas, this was no fairy-tale: the kingpin had the groom killed and took what he wanted.  On the day of his brother's death, this man told me that he started walking north.  He no longer wished to live where you could die just because you loved.  He knew that if he ever would love in peace it would be here in the U.S.

 

This is why I don't believe we will ever stop the tide of people who wish to be here....you cannot stop love.

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Bethany McNutt's comment, Today, 1:04 PM
I think we are all really quick to judge illegal and even legal immigrants. We think, “They are going to take our jobs”, “there won’t be enough jobs for Americans”, “they are here illegally, what else will they do that is illegal”, “they are here illegally so they need to commit crime to get by” etc. However, I watched a recent ted talk which was very thought provoking and it opened my eyes immensely. The video essentially revolves around human rights and the idea that we should think to ourselves, “what are they running from”. The fact of the matter is that we should look to see what these people are running from, rather than getting upset for them being here. The numbers of increased dead bodies that they have found just in the last 10 years along the border is absolutely astonishing and really helps paint a picture that these people would risk death than continue living in Mexico. I left the link down below for anyone who is interested in watching it. It gave me a whole new perspective on immigration and the Mexican border.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPlpbFKWc6E
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We Asked Foreign VICE Offices What They Think About America | VICE | United States

John Cena
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Sort of cartoonish, but fun...

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Aren't markets manipulated on the way up?

Aren't markets manipulated on the way up? | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
CHINA'S stockmarket sell-off continues, with the Shanghai Composite sell-off reaching 10% in a week and approaching 30% from the peak. Somoene must be to blame and the authorities are investigating "market manipulation" with some short-selling accounts suspended. Earlier this week, measures were announced to prop up the market, including a proposal to allow traders to pledge their houses in margin accounts; one of the craziest ideas ever announced. What next? Pledge your kidneys on commodity futures?
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Another reason why WCC isn't always easy to differentiate....

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Why The Rules Of The Road Aren't Enough To Prevent People From Dying

Here’s how speed limits are established in most states, according to Federal Highway Administration research: Traffic engineers conduct a study to measure the average speed motor vehicles move along a road. The speed limit is then set at the 85th percentile. From then on, 85 percent of drivers would be traveling under the speed limit and 15 percent would be breaking the law. Sometimes other factors2 are taken into consideration, but in most places, speed limits are largely determined by the speed most people feel safe traveling.
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Haines man charged for shooting brown bear, cubs in his trash

Haines man charged for shooting brown bear, cubs in his trash | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Alaska Wildlife Troopers said that the man couldn't invoke state laws allowing animals to be shot in defense of life and property because his improper storage of garbage had caused the incident.
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This is the jist of those who advance the idea that victims can contribute to their own victimization.  See Routine Activities Theory, for instance.  In rape investigations, this has been extremely controversial (e.g. the idea that the rape victim might contribute by failing to wear proper clothing, etc.).

 

What do you think?  Does the victim have to be 100% correct in order to be a "true" victim?

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Jay Fulk's comment, July 5, 7:31 PM
I have mixed feelings on this one. I do see the point of having such a clause in the laws about disposal of trash. I, however, do not agree with the charges being brought as misdemeanors. I think that he should face a fine and lose hunting privileges for a year or two. At the end of the day, these are just animals and they were on his property. I grew up in Ketchikan, so having black bears in our trash was not uncommon. We never shot a black bear for getting into our trash though.
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A costly mistake

A costly mistake | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
OVER five years after BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil platform exploded in waters off the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 men and unleashing millions of gallons of crude...
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Appeals court blasts lawyers and 'scorched earth tactics,' publishes opinion despite settlement

Appeals court blasts lawyers and 'scorched earth tactics,' publishes opinion despite settlement | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
“We find FCI’s conduct with respect to this entire case demonstrative of a particularly nasty type of scorched earth tactics,” the court opinion said, referring to Finton Construction as FCI. “While we strongly suspect that FCI is the prime mover behind the prosecution of this lawsuit, we remind FCI’s counsel–and indeed, all attorneys–that while they owe their clients a duty to zealously represent them, that zealousness does not trump the duty they owe the courts and the judicial process to prosecute only lawsuits with merit.

“The type of uncivil behavior and specious tactics demonstrated by filing this case represents conduct that brings disrepute to the entire legal profession and amounts to toying with the courts.”
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Undercover drug agent pleads guilty in Silk Road case

Undercover drug agent pleads guilty in Silk Road case | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The lead undercover agent in the federal investigation of the drug-dealing website Silk Road pleaded guilty Wednesday to using his position to extract $500,000 in digital currency from the drug kingpin and an investor in another enterprise. In a plea agreement filed in federal court in San Francisco, Carl Force also admitted signing a contract with 20th Century Fox in March 2014 for a movie about the Silk Road investigation without authorization from the Drug Enforcement Administration, where h
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'Magic Mike’: Come For The Pecs, Stay For The Economics

'Magic Mike’: Come For The Pecs, Stay For The Economics | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
For fans, it's been a difficult several years since "Magic" Mike Lane left the male stripping industry in 2012, but like a phoenix with magnificent pecs, the Channing Tatum character returns in "Ma...
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ACLU: Why we can no longer support the federal ‘religious freedom’ law

ACLU: Why we can no longer support the federal ‘religious freedom’ law | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The law is often used to discriminate against women, gay and transgender people, and others.
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Thomas Piketty has wise words on German hypocrisy and how to solve the Greek debt crisis

“The history of public debt is full of irony,” he said. “It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.
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Police suggest drastic step for Anchorage home neighbors call magnet for crime

Police suggest drastic step for Anchorage home neighbors call magnet for crime | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The Anchorage Police Department has asked the city to deploy a drastic, rarely-used tool known as criminal abatement if things don't change. The city would go through a judicial process to seize the property from its owner.

The technique is used only in “exceptional circumstances,” said Gary Gilliam, head of the Anchorage Police Department’s Community Action Policing team. He couldn’t think of the last time it was used against a private homeowner.

“You don’t want the government to suddenly come in and take somebody’s property, like right now. There has to be due process. This is huge: You’re taking a man’s home from him.”

Fenner, a former municipal snowplow driver who retired after an on-the-job injury, denies his neighbors' claims. He says they have launched a campaign to harass him with “nonsense” calls to the police.

“I’m not trying to damage the neighborhood,” he said.
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This is a Problem Oriented Policing tool normally reserved for seedy motels, and crack houses....what do you think about it's use here?

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Woman Shot, Killed at SF Pier Reportedly Wasn't Intended Target

Woman Shot, Killed at SF Pier Reportedly Wasn't Intended Target | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Police said there doesn't appear to be a connection between the suspect and victim, Kate Steinle.
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He was trying to shoot sea lions? WTH?

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Shalt or shalt not

Shalt or shalt not | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
But, some might ask, aren't the commandments so much part of the Western world's broad cultural heritage that they hardly count as an affirmation of one particular doctrinal viewpoint? In certain contexts, perhaps. For example, a frieze on the wall of America's Supreme Court shows some of the great law-givers of history, including the Roman emperor Justinian, Moses and Muhammad. They are presented as people who helped establish the principle that human societies must live by a clear, transparent and fairly applied set of rules; this does not imply that any one of them had a monopoly of truth.
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Ironic that the Supreme Court can have Moses and Mohammed on their wall, but a state court can't have the 10 commandments....

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Georgetown police create safe zones for Craigslist sales - The Boston Globe

Georgetown police create safe zones for Craigslist sales - The Boston Globe | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Two designated “Online Safe Zones” located outside of the department’s headquarters are monitored by police cameras.
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Jay Fulk's comment, July 5, 7:27 PM
I actually really like this idea! I would feel much better knowing that my wife could meet someone outside of the police station, rather than our home. We sell things on craigslist sometimes, and I usually meet people at my office during the daytime. I feel like being in a public place during the middle of the day is perfectly safe. This just gives the seller and buyer more comfort with the transaction. I don't think that anyone should sell things at their home and in the evening. Those two things are recipes for disaster.
Rob Duke's comment, July 5, 7:38 PM
Yup. Millions of satisfied customers in eCommerce, but all it takes is one (and there've been enough incidents to make this a legitimate concern). This is an interesting idea, though, to shine some transparency on a quasi-legitimate marketplace. I think we're wise to figure out ways to tame these markets.
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Final certainty

Final certainty | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
LAST year Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old Californian, was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Rather than let the illness take its dreadful course she moved to...
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Bethel liquor store debate postponed at Alaska ABC Board meeting

Bethel liquor store debate postponed at Alaska ABC Board meeting | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The application by Bethel Native Corp., through Bethel Spirits LLC, for a liquor store in Bethel was put on hold Wednesday during a meeting of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board in Fairbanks.
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Zip it

Zip it | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
IT IS not often that a criminal trial involves a prosecutor pushing for rehabilitation and appropriate counselling", and a defence lawyer urging the judge to jail his client. But that is what happened at a hearing on June 2nd for Amos Yee, a 16-year-old Singaporean blogger found guilty of circulating an obscene image and insulting Christians.
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Walker names appointees for Alaska's first Marijuana Control Board

Walker names appointees for Alaska's first Marijuana Control Board | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Alaska's Marijuana Control Board will craft regulations surrounding legalized recreational and commercial marijuana. Of 132 applicants vying for the spots, here are the five chosen by Gov. Bill Walker.
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Short and too sweet

Short and too sweet | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
“DON’T use anything you can’t pronounce,” Johnson read recently about shampoos. The writer was making a pitch in favour of natural oils, and against those...
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Violent crime drops again in California

Violent crime drops again in California | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Homicides, robberies and overall violent crimes fell statewide in 2014 to levels not seen in decades, according to a Department of Justice report released Wednesday.
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Huge prison releases have not seemed to have resulted in the increased crime that some expected.

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Can Mr Obama really help?

Can Mr Obama really help? | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
WHAT’S the easiest way to boost America's sluggish wage growth? President Barack Obama thinks that expanding overtime pay may be the answer. On June 30th details...
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