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Suddenly, Pot Is Legal in (Part of) the United States

Suddenly, Pot Is Legal in (Part of) the United States | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
While you were watching to see whether Romney or Obama won Ohio, both Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana for recreational use on Tuesday.
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Kiara's comment, November 12, 2012 6:28 PM
This didn't come as a huge shock to me. It's been a topic of discussion & debate for entirely too long, in my opinion. I don't have a straight forward opinion on whether I think its a good or a bad thing. I think that unintended consequences will result from the legalization of marijuana. I also know that it will greatly improve the economic issues, the major debt problem that the U.S. is dealing with. When I started reading this article, the first thing that came to mind was the fact that the Federal Government probably isn't on board with these states. This will likely cause a lot of issues because there are two different laws being implemented, one says yes & one says no. I foresee this being a huge issue among distributors of this substance. I just hope that people take this new "right" of theirs and deal with it responsibly where as not to affect people who don't want any part in it. I just hope that the government can come to an appropriate method of monitoring the growth, distribution and consumption of it. The end of the article stating that by the 22nd century, Americans will be buying a pack of joints makes me laugh. So far that they know it hasn't caused lung cancer...more power to them. Regardless of whether it's legal or not I won't personally run out to smoke a joint. Not for me! Good reading!!!
T Hall's comment, November 14, 2012 1:36 AM
I think the progression towards legalizing marijuana is a wise decision. If people want to smoke and put themselves at risk, they should be allowed to do so while others benefit from their choices. The high tax on marijuana would potentially give America the educational boost we so desperately need to give students a useful education. In addition, though there has been little research done on marijuana (I believe due to Federal regulations), marijuana is one of the “safer” drugs one may choose to use. If alcohol and tobacco, which are leading causes of deaths and may influence poor behavior, can be legal, what’s the problem with marijuana? From a utilitarian standpoint, legalizing this drug would bring about the greatest good for the greatest number in terms of revenue that could go towards education.
Mari Freitag's comment, November 19, 2012 12:19 AM
I'm pretty fascinated with the legal power struggle between the state and federal governments that this is creating. I expect that we'll see some monumental supreme court opinions come out of this in a few years, which will be very interesting to read. I think that the article does predict well that this movement is continuing to gain momentum. What worries me is that the federal government isn't going to give these states a "free pass" when it comes to the drug. I think that it would probably take a statement by President Obama on behalf of states' rights, but I doubt that's going to happen. This is going to create a huge industry in CO and WA, but also make interstate trafficking that much more of an issue. I suppose that this already happens with alcohol between wet, dry, and damp boroughs and counties. Overall, this will be an incredibly interesting legal battle to watch over the coming years.
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Trying to Fix the American Way of Dying

Trying to Fix the American Way of Dying | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A national panel said the health care system was geared toward delivering costly additional care that patients often do not want.
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Chimpanzees are naturally violent, Human interference plays no role

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It's Time for the U.S. to Ban Spanking

It's Time for the U.S. to Ban Spanking | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Studies show that spanking is harmful — and it doesn't work
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Russian Billionaire's Arrest Causes His Company's Stock To Plunge

Russian Billionaire's Arrest Causes His Company's Stock To Plunge | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The arrest of billionaire Vladimir Yevtushenkov, one of Russia’s richest men, caused shares of his companies to plunge on Wednesday as investors feared a replay of Yukos, the Russian oil company that was nationalized after its billionaire leader became disfavored by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Shares of Sistema, a Russian holding [...]
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Federal Judge Uses Hobby Lobby To Excuse Testimony In Child Labor Case

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A federal judge in Utah has ruled that a member of a fundamentalist offshoot of the Mormon faith may refuse to answer questions in a child labor investigation as a result of the Hobby Lobby ruling on birth control.
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A Brief History of America's Attitude Toward Taxes

A Brief History of America's Attitude Toward Taxes | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
And how the rise of the talent economy has changed it.
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A history of who pays the taxes and how we feel about it.  Four eras and headed for a fifth.

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From the War on Poverty to the Fourth World

From the War on Poverty to the Fourth World | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
By Susie Devins (United States)In 1968, in the middle of my second year of college, I got accepted to a War on Poverty program called VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America), known today as Americ...

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Schizophrenia is umbrella disease of 8 gene disorders, study finds | Al Jazeera America

Schizophrenia is umbrella disease of 8 gene disorders, study finds | Al Jazeera America | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Study finds debilitating mental illness results from distinct clusters of gene variations, not a single gene
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If Teens Said The Stuff Their Parents Say

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Hey, Mom and Dad -- how was school?

It's always kind of wonderful when kids are able to turn the tables on their parents, and that's why we love this Buzzfeed video so much.

In the video, the teens echo what we've all heard time and time again ...
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We talk about other cultures, but how about other generations within cultures...

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China Travel Warning To The Philippines; Manila Ensures Chinese Citizens Safety

China Travel Warning To The Philippines; Manila Ensures Chinese Citizens Safety | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Filipino authorities try to quell concerns prompted by Chinese government over the safety of Chinese travelers.
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COLD WAR ARGENTINA: THE DIRTY WAR

COLD WAR ARGENTINA: THE DIRTY WAR | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
In Cold War Argentina, a brutal anti-communist campaign called the Dirty War left between 9,000 and 30,000 Argentineans among the “disappeared.”
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Argentine - Le Labo Urbain

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ARGENTINE - Le labo urbain, C’est un projet de BD du réel, funky, groovy, urbaine, pleine de couleurs, qui a pour objectif d’illustrer l’impact d’un « urbanisme schizophrène » sur le quotidien des Argentins. A travers le prisme de l’urbanisme ...
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Translate the page for a little on Argentine life...I'll post some other things related to Argentine history related to Justice, governance and nation building.

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7 Little Things That Almost Everyone Steals

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Even if you're not a thief or bank robber, odds are you've stolen at least one of these items.
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Modern Europeans’ gene pool an amalgam of three interbreeding ancient peoples

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Modern Europeans may be descended from three ancient populations that interbred, a new study shows. Near Easterners, west European hunter-gatherers and ancient Siberians all seem to have contributed to today's gene pool.
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Dancing Traffic Light Helps Pedestrians Moonwalk Safely

Dancing Traffic Light Helps Pedestrians Moonwalk Safely | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Smart, the company behind the original smart car, has devised a clever way to help pedestrians wait for the walk signal and keep the streets safer.
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The Painkiller Abuse Problem Doctor's Can't Stop

The Painkiller Abuse Problem Doctor's Can't Stop | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
State laws aren't doing much against a growing overdose epidemic
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'Violence Is Violence': Adrian Peterson and the Science of Spanking

'Violence Is Violence': Adrian Peterson and the Science of Spanking | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A four-year-old can barely distinguish between right and wrong, between cause and effect, between his or her home and the whole world. Good and bad are still vague notions for a preschool child...
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New BJS figures show that mass incarceration is getting bigger | Prison Policy Initiative

New BJS figures show that mass incarceration is getting bigger | Prison Policy Initiative | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
New report serves as a sobering reminder that state-level criminal justice policy decisions are continuing to ensure that our nation remains the top incarcerator in ...

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Thriving or surviving?

Thriving or surviving? | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
How people judge their own well-beingONLY around a quarter of humanity feel they are "thriving" along numerous social and financial dimensions. And only 17% of...
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Black Hole: Solitary Confinement

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Learn about the history of this practice, as well as its cost and the affect it has on the prisoners.

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See David Rothman's excellent Discovery of the Asylum: Social Order and Disorder in the New Republic (1974?) for a good contrast with the American experience with early solitary confinement in the original Pennsylvania experiments with incarceration instead of corporal punishment.

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His Brilliant Invention May Lower Accidental Gun Deaths In America

His Brilliant Invention May Lower Accidental Gun Deaths In America | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Seventeen-year-old Kai Kloepfer's idea for a finger-print sensitive smart gun came to him in a dream. This week, the Colorado teen won a $50,000 grant from the Smart Tech Challenges Foundation with the hopes of bringing that vision to life.

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It would need to be ambidextrous for right or left hand shooting; and, it truly needs to be durable (all weather, drop-able, etc.).  

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Chile Since Pinochet: On The 25th Anniversary Of The Dictator's Ouster, Is He Among The Disappeared?

Chile Since Pinochet: On The 25th Anniversary Of The Dictator's Ouster, Is He Among The Disappeared? | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
This year marked the 40th anniversary of the beginning of Pinochet’s dictatorship, and the 25th anniversary of the plebiscite that ended it.
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Chile' has a similar history.  Pinochet made trouble makers "disappear".  Eventually, for many reasons, Chile stabilized, but at a huge human cost.  Now, as a stable country, they have a social security system better than that of the U.S. (sustainable)...

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Mothers of the Disappeared, a gift person essay by Robert Ellsberg

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A dark history.  The government in trying to control the chaos, repressed many people (most of whom were exercising protest rights)...

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LEGO’s Girl Problem Starts with Management

LEGO’s Girl Problem Starts with Management | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Half the population is not a niche.
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Yup, when I take my 10-year old shopping, she walks right by the girls' legos products and goes to the ones made for boys.  She likes legos, just not the Barbie ones (and she also likes Barbies).

Isn't this an interesting insight into our culture and that of the Danes?

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