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Broken-Windows Macroeconomics

Broken-Windows Macroeconomics | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The author makes a good point that we must consider what the dollar used to clean up a socially disorganized neighborhood might have been used for in the alternative; but, the author fails to recognize the symbolic power of allowing the broken window to remain in a state of disrepair. James Q. Wilson and George Kelling seem to have discovered a universal truth that if it seems like no one cares, then no one does. If no one cares, then I can do whatever I want. Thus, we must keep things in good repair, we must design neighborhoods for "natural" surveillance, and we must be willing to say "what are you doing there?"
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Smithsonian series chronicles lives of oil patch residents

Smithsonian series chronicles lives of oil patch residents | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
But there's a darker side to the story of the high-paying jobs, and Judge Greg Mohr witnesses the pitfalls of the boom on a daily basis. The money flowing from the Bakken fields has fueled everything from methamphetamine and heroin networks to prostitution rings operating out of motels.
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Funeral Strippers Are Focus of Crackdown in China

Funeral Strippers Are Focus of Crackdown in China | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
China will crack down on strippers who perform at rural funerals, the Ministry of Culture said, taking aim at performances it described as illegal and which corrupt "social morals."
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Um? I guess we file this under the good life....sort of like an Uber wake....

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The Myth of “Value-Free” Social Science - Dissident Voice

The Myth of “Value-Free” Social Science - Dissident Voice | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
For many decades, mainstream social scientists, mostly conservative, have argued that political commitments and scientific research are incompatible. Against

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Jury convicts Tanana man of evidence tampering after killing of troopers

Jury convicts Tanana man of evidence tampering after killing of troopers | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Prosecutors claimed Arvin Kangas moved handguns belonging to the two troopers after his son allegedly shot and killed them last year.
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The FBI convicted this man using hair analysis. It was a dog's hair.

The FBI convicted this man using hair analysis. It was a dog's hair. | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
He would go on to serve 28 years until the truth came out.

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Yikes! What do you say after this?

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Portugal's Police Under Fire for Racism

Portugal's Police Under Fire for Racism | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Four separate investigations are underway into what happened. Both the Interior Ministry and Portugal's racial discrimination commission are investigating the conduct of the police.
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Held up as an example of good drug policy, here's another angle on this Country's police....

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Technology Sector as microcosm to illustrate aspects of Critical Theory

Audio and Video content on Economist.com requires a browser that can handle iFrames. INTERNATIONAL Business Machines (IBM) must rank as a case study in corporate...
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This is a great graphic to illustrate the functionalist vs. the instrumentalist views of critical theory.  If in fact the power brokers in the system use the system to maintain control, wouldn't we expect IBM to still be "in control"?  But that's not the case, companies have their day and then recede in importance.  Just as we had railroads and robber barons, which gave way to the progressive era, we continue to have different sectors in command.  This seems to support the functional perspective that the system seems to have some element or ability to sustain itself.  Winners and losers change to the extent that they help stabilize the system.

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Attorney: Full Tsarnaev cell video could cause backlash

Attorney: Full Tsarnaev cell video could cause backlash | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Showing jurors a courthouse cell video of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev fixing his hair and flashing both a V sign and his middle finger at the camera could backfire on the defense, one court watcher said.“One has to wonder if there won’t be some serious backlash to that decision. Ordinarily, the defense would move to suppress something like this. It’s almost incomprehensible,” said attorney Geoffrey Nathan, who is not associated with the case.
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Hmmm....seems like a questionable strategy, but it may give Tsarnaev an argument that he had inadequate representation?

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How the Alleged Paris Terror Plot Was Thwarted

How the Alleged Paris Terror Plot Was Thwarted | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
An ensuing search of his apartment revealed more weapons and unspecified evidence linking him to religious extremism, officials said.

"Documents were also found and they prove, without any ambiguity, that the individual was preparing an imminent attack, in all probability, against one or two churches," French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said.
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Attack on French church foiled after Islamist shoots self in leg

Attack on French church foiled after Islamist shoots self in leg | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
France said Wednesday it had foiled a jihadist plot to attack a church after an Algerian who accidentally shot himself was found with a stash of weapons and documents mentioning Islamist militant groups.

The 24-year-old IT student Sid Ahmed Ghlam’s plans were exposed purely by chance after he called an ambulance saying he had been shot during an armed robbery at his Paris home, prosecutor Francois Molins told journalists.

However, police uncovered an arsenal of weapons in his car and home, and detailed plans to attack one of two churches, as well as DNA evidence linking him to the murder of a woman who was found shot dead in her car over the weekend near the capital.
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So, here's a great example of how the Inquisitorial, or Civil Law System, works....

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California’s approach to crime is costly and shortchanges victims

California’s approach to crime is costly and shortchanges victims | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
This endless cycle of incarceration is largely driven by mental health and drug addiction issues that continue to be punished instead of healed. This is exactly what happened with the man who shot my husband.
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Fallen officer's wife has some observations about the offender-centric system....

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Cops and rockers

Cops and rockers | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Busking has not been a crime on New York city’s streets since 1970. In 1985 a New York court ruled that banning subway music was unconstitutional, too. Yet some police still think buskers need a permit.
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Busking....I learned a new word.

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A millennium-old argument

A millennium-old argument | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A THOUSAND years ago, Baghdad presented a extraordinary scene: a city of a million people, the centre of a Muslim realm which stretched from Spain to Central Asia,...
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For the comparative folks, here's an interesting background article for how the middle east views interpretation of older writings....

 

For today's anti-Islamic polemicists, the next page in the story is a simple one: the Christian West accepted Aristotle, and therefore became enlightened and progressive; the Muslims rejected Aristotle and therefore sank into the mire. But that is just too simple. Today's understanding of space, time and the emergence of the universe is at least as far removed from Aristotle's static cosmological system as it is from any religious narrative; sticking too closely to that system can easily become a form of dogmatism in the worst sense. When the medieval Catholic church was persecuting Galileo and Copernicus, it was doing so in the name of an Aristotelian view of the universe. So accepting Aristotle certainly didn't make the medieval Vatican into a paragon of reason and tolerance.

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Nenana Ice Classic remains anyone's guess after ice jam stalls breakup

Nenana Ice Classic remains anyone's guess after ice jam stalls breakup | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A century ago and more, Alaskans paid close attention to the exact timing of breakup because it signaled that riverboat travel was about to resume. And because gambling was one of the main forms of entertainment, most Alaska towns on rivers had betting pools in the early 1900s in which winter-weary residents wagered large sums of money on when the ice would go out. The version in Nenana began in 1917.

“A stake set in the ice just a few feet from the stretched wire is kept illuminated by a strong electric light by night and guarded always against tampering,” a 1926 account of the ice classic said. “Volunteers act as patrolmen for the two or three anxious weeks, expecting and generally accepting rewards from the winners.”
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Interesting methods (institutions) that they use in Nenana  to avoid cheating on the ice classic.

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Earth Day co-founder killed, composted girlfriend

Earth Day co-founder killed, composted girlfriend | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Although Einhorn was only the master of ceremonies at the first Earth Day event, he maintains that Earth Day was his idea and that he's responsible for launching it. Understandably, Earth Day's organizers have distanced themselves from his name, citing Gaylord Nelson, an environmental activist and former Wisconsin governor and U.S. senator who died in 2005, as Earth Day's official founder and organizer.
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Here's a morbid story to go along with Earth Day....

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Jon Stewart: The Difference Between Atlanta Cheating and Wall Street Scandals Is Who Got Punished (Video)

Jon Stewart compared the “eerie” similarities between the Atlanta teacher cheating scandal with fraud on Wall Street, and discovered that the only difference between the two seems to be who was actually punished. (Spoiler alert: It was the teachers.)

On last night’s Daily Show segment, Stewart looked at the basics of both cases to see where they overlapped and diverged. The similarities were endless: widespread lying for personal gain, a culture of secrecy and intimidation and a refusal to admit to wrongdoing. But the stories had very different endings: teachers and administrators involved in the Atlanta scandal will actually be doing hard time, with some sentenced to years in prison. Wall Streeters “whose financial crimes nearly broke the Earth” escaped almost unscathed, with the exception of one conviction.

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Denmark: Increase aid and go after smugglers - The Local Denmark

Denmark: Increase aid and go after smugglers - The Local Denmark | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Denmark will support the EU’s ten-point plan to stem the tide of migrants crossing the Mediterranean but will not take in any additional refugees, PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt said on Thursday.

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We've talked about one of the aspects of other societies' lower violence than the U.S.  This is a great example of the concern from, even a forward thinking country like Denmark, that heterogeneity is causing their society to become more disorganized and violent.

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Could Bees Be Addicted to Pesticides? : DNews

Could Bees Be Addicted to Pesticides? : DNews | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Like nicotine for humans, certain pesticides seem to hold an addictive attraction for bees, which seek out tainted food even if it may be bad for them, according to new research.

Not only did bees show no signs of avoiding neonicotinoid-laced food in lab tests, they seemed to prefer it, said a study in the journal Nature.
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Here's an example of the complicated nature of white collar and green collar crime.  Is this a crime?  If so, who's responsible?  It's difficult to tell in these situations.

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How Baby Boomers Get High

How Baby Boomers Get High | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Reports over the past decade have detailed higher rates of illicit drug use, drug-related hospital admissions and overdoses among baby boomers in their later years than previous generations. A Wall Street Journal article last month described a “Woodstock mentality” that’s causing aging Americans to carry their youthful drug habits with them into middle age. A look at the data shows that plenty of baby boomers drink and smoke pot. But a relatively small percentage consume drugs other than alcohol and marijuana. Our analysis further reveals that boomers who do use drugs, including alcohol and marijuana, tend to use a lot.
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You know, this graph really doesn’t surprise me considering the times Baby Boomers grew up in. I can see them having easy access to cannabis, but then also to prescription drugs, considering America is quite literally addicted to them. What did surprise me about the article was that, “50 to 64 have lower rates of drug use overall than their younger contemporaries.” I just didn’t expect there to be a gap that big between them and their offspring.
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Robert Downey Walks Out of Interview After Being Asked About Jail and Drugs - NDTV Movies

Robert Downey Walks Out of Interview After Being Asked About Jail and Drugs - NDTV Movies | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
"Are we promoting a movie?," he asked, later saying it was getting "a little Diane Sawyer"
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A nice contrast between England and U.S. media: U.S. is extremely forgiving of past indiscretions....  Is this journalistic shaming a one-off or characteristic of Britain's media and, perhaps, culture?

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True Stories of Life on the Dole: Poverty From State to State

True Stories of Life on the Dole: Poverty From State to State | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
More than one in four Americans—many of them employed—receive some type of government anti-poverty assistance. We are bringing you their stories. Today, seven different experiences from people in seven different states.
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This article illustrates the conflict perspective that we discussed.  One side suggests that folks abuse welfare while the other asserts that working poor can't survive without it.

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Learning to love 'lucha' in an L.A. 'Aztec Temple'

Learning to love 'lucha' in an L.A. 'Aztec Temple' | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it

 The company is hoping to revive interest in the lucha libre style of wrestling, a staple of Mexican culture that has often struggled to gain national prominence in the U.S. The group also wants to strengthen cultural pride among Boyle Heights' Mexican American residents, placing its "Aztec temple" where its luchadores take flight in a warehouse district just off the Los Angeles River.

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Here's an interesting cultural difference on a pastime that popular on both sides of the border.....

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Iowa Man Found Not Guilty of Sexually Abusing Wife With Alzheimer’s

Iowa Man Found Not Guilty of Sexually Abusing Wife With Alzheimer’s | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Henry Rayhons was accused of sexually abusing his wife in a nursing home after staff members told him she had become cognitively unable to give consent.
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He was charged with a felony that carried a 10-year sentence.  He and his wife had had a long and loving relationship prior to her having dementia.  What are your thoughts on the way we deal with aging?

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This article was so heartbreaking, no matter the outcome it’s an emotional case. I don’t condone having any sort of sexual relations with anyone who cannot give educated consent. I don’t think the man was right having relations with his wife who could not give appropriate consent, but I also don’t think he sexually assaulted her.
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17 Best U.S. Cities for Hippies

17 Best U.S. Cities for Hippies | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
While some may think all the hippies have burned out or faded away, the truth is they're still out there, still busily making love, but not war. We here at
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Just for fun....

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Brix Hahn's comment, Today, 2:09 AM
I thought this article was very uplifting and fun. It was a nice change of pace for the course (no offense). I also really enjoyed that Eugene was top of the list (I went to the University of Oregon). I think this article just goes to show how peaceful and happy people can live if they chose to simple mind their own business and don’t hurt one another.
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The Economist (@theeconomist) • Instagram photos and videos

The Economist (@theeconomist) • Instagram photos and videos | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Official account for the current affairs publication, providing peeks behind the scenes, article updates and editor interviews.
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Lots of good life examples in this instagram account operated by the economist.

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