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Curled Up With a Good Book and a Cup of Tea: "Gang Leader for a Day" by Sudhir Venkatesh

Curled Up With a Good Book and a Cup of Tea: "Gang Leader for a Day" by Sudhir Venkatesh | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
My review of "Gang Leader For a Day." Sudhir Venkatesh embedded himself in a gang for 7 years, this book is fascinating http://t.co/WjiLIMAy
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The man of make-believe

The man of make-believe | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
OVER the years, all sorts were tried. One was a navy football coach; one ran a fencing company. One was a jobbing actor in police dramas; one lived in the New York...
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Some insight into the good life "American-style"...

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Ivory mafia: how criminal gangs are killing Africa's elephants

Ivory mafia: how criminal gangs are killing Africa's elephants | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Shortly before 11 am on the last Saturday in May, a heavily laden white Mitsubishi truck pulled into the Fuji Motors East Africa car dealership in an industrial neighbourhood on the northern edge of Mombasa.

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Demographics of Sexual Fantasy

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The Demographics of Sexual Fantasy: Analyzing the authorship of 290K erotic stories
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Which Cities Sleep In, And Which Get To Work Early

Which Cities Sleep In, And Which Get To Work Early | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
I’m not a morning person, so I appreciate living in New York. The workday here starts later than in any other American city, and about half an hour later than in the U.S. as a whole. A decade or so...
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11 Months After Marijuana Legalization, Here's What's Happening to Mexican Cartels

11 Months After Marijuana Legalization, Here's What's Happening to Mexican Cartels | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
There's never been a better reason to legalize it.
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Christopher L. Baca's comment, Today, 6:40 PM
From firsthand experience with growing up in neighborhoods directly affected by the growth of an illegal marijuana usage, I find that the idea of legalization with certain restraints is a wonderful idea. As stated in the article, by legalizing the product, we not only cut the import and profit of cartels, but we also open a new venue that provides a new economic gain for U.S. citizens.
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Why wealthy Americans’ delusions about the poor are so dangerous

Why wealthy Americans’ delusions about the poor are so dangerous | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Regressive state and local tax policies don’t just harm the working class -- they can ruin entire economies
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Living with a record: How past crimes may drive job seekers into poverty | PBS NewsHour

Living with a record: How past crimes may drive job seekers into poverty | PBS NewsHour | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Applicants with criminal backgrounds, including those with nonviolent criminal convictions or even arrests, are increasingly being driven into poverty. Even if it has been years since they've served time for past criminal infractions, those applying for jobs are often unable to find work -- especially in a climate of extreme job competition. NewsHour's Stephen Fee reports. Continue reading →

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First evidence of PTSD dates back to 1300BC - USA TODAY

First evidence of PTSD dates back to 1300BC - USA TODAY | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
It's not uncommon for modern-day soldiers to return from Iraq suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Our brains are made up of chemicals that react and change over our life time. It no wonder after doing something traumatic or going through something changes the way we think and act.
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Here's the Secret Silk Road Journal From the Laptop of Ross Ulbricht | WIRED

Here's the Secret Silk Road Journal From the Laptop of Ross Ulbricht | WIRED | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
As the saga of the Silk Road has unfolded over the last four years, everyone has had an opinion about the unprecedented, billion-dollar online narcotics bazaar, from press to politicians to prosecutors. Even the pseudonymous mastermind of the site, the Dread Pirate Roberts, gave an interview and posted many thousands of words to the Silk…
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FBI: No bombs found on planes in Atlanta

FBI: No bombs found on planes in Atlanta | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Two passengers planes were escorted by F-16 fighter jets after a bomb threat. 
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Geopolitical friends

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The China-Pakistan Axis: Asia’s New Geopolitics. By Andrew Small. C. Hurst & Co; 319 pages; £30. Buy from Amazon.co.uk WHEN China sent swift condolences to...
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Unshackling themselves

Unshackling themselves | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A RECENT move to introduce physical education to government girls’ schools met the same response as most attempts to give Saudi women equal rights with men. A...
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New gang intervention plan launched

New gang intervention plan launched | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it

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some would say that gags a re like a social group, but the difference is social groups don't break the law
John David Murphy's comment, Today, 9:24 PM
a social group is made for social reasons, I suppose a gang is made for similar reasons but goes way over the line in how to act and better themselves.
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How to “trick” people into caring about nature

How to “trick” people into caring about nature | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
M. Sanjayan talks to Salon about why conservation is in our own self-interest VIDEO
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...or just give the property rights to someone and let a market develop.  Countries that "give" the right to harvest elephant ivory, have a healthy elephant population, whereas countries that "protect" elephants are facing species extinction.  See the Coase Theorem:

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The Parents Always Wondered Why Their Dog Attacked Their Baby Sitter, The Truth Is Disturbing!!

SHOCKING: Parents discover a horrifying truth about their son’s babysitter!
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Sometimes animals are smarter than we give them credit for....... I like the idea of recording what happens in your home if someone you barely know is in it.
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Is there a microchip implant in your future?

Is there a microchip implant in your future? | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Microchip implants like the ones pet owners use to track their dogs and cats could become commonplace in humans in the next decade.
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Marijuana growers in Mexico are switching to producing heroin poppies as pot prices drop in the U.S.

Marijuana growers in Mexico are switching to producing heroin poppies as pot prices drop in the U.S. | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Drug farmers in Mexico switch to poppies as pot prices drop
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14-year-old girl films father’s sexual abuse with webcam

14-year-old girl films father’s sexual abuse with webcam | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Police were unable to arrest the man until his daughter was able to produce video proof of her allegations
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“SNL” brilliantly tackles gentrification: “You’re acting like someone put gluten in your muffin”

“SNL” brilliantly tackles gentrification: “You’re acting like someone put gluten in your muffin” | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Three friends discuss the changes to the "hood" and what it means to hang with their "b**ches" VIDEO
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S.F. takes new direction on homeless camps with 1-stop aid center

S.F. takes new direction on homeless camps with 1-stop aid center | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The plan being spearheaded by the San Francisco mayor’s point man on homelessness is to create a one-stop homeless aid center in the heart of the Mission District that’s unlike any seen in America. Usually, when an encampment is broken up, aid workers offer shelter beds and other assistance as the angry campers start heading for the hills. Some take the offers, but many wind up doing what happened in December when San Jose officials busted up the huge Jungle encampment — about half spread out like melted Jell-O into new camps. Cleanup efforts are also thwarted when campers who do land in housing feel alienated or guilty because they abandoned their street community — and they go back to it. [...] are neighborhoods aching to get rid of homeless camps that have been burgeoning as tech-driven housing costs and gentrification shove them into new urban nooks and crannies. “I don’t know how it would ever be possible to help me, and I don’t really trust the system much, but hey — if they can get me and my friends into some kind of center like they’re talking about, we might give it a try,” Gember, 33, said as he tied off the entrance to his tent on San Bruno Avenue to go forage for food. Once in the center, the goal is to move people within three to 10 days to permanent rooms, rehabilitation centers, bus rides home or anything else that can lead to stable lives — and will stick. From creating thousands of counseling-enriched supportive housing units to the periodic Project Homeless Connect daylong, one-stop help fairs, the city has long gone the extra yard to help its street people. The always nettling challenge has been to deal with acutely troubled people who resent the constraints of shelters, distrust government and are afraid to leave their survival routines in the street — and legally can’t be forced to take help. Bending over backward to convince an indigent to take offered assistance seems counterintuitive, but studies show that moving a chronically homeless person out of the gutter actually saves cities money. According to the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness and the United Way, someone living hard-core on the street costs more than $60,000 a year in police busts, emergency ambulance rides and the like, compared with about $20,000 in a government-funded supportive housing unit with counselors on-site to provide help. Several city agencies, including the Police Department and the Human Services Agency, will participate, along with nonprofits such as the Mission Neighborhood Resource Center and the Homeless Youth Alliance. The units will not just be lumped into huge complexes, but spread throughout other developments and smaller residence hotels away from traditionally troubled areas such as the Tenderloin — and they will come with added counseling, a crucial element for helping people stay inside. The new units are also to be partly funded by private donations, and the nonprofit HomeBase is conducting an exhaustive study to locate available spots for the city to lease. Street counselors have long said that if you can deal with whole communities instead of individuals, the whole process of getting to a stable life moves more quickly — and Dufty found this out firsthand in 2013 when the then-biggest encampment in the city, a sprawling mound of tents and trash at the Interstate 280 on-ramp alongside the Caltrain station, was broken up. All 30 campers were put up in a church auditorium for almost a week instead of just being offered housing vouchers or shelter beds, and within days all but five had been moved into permanent spots. A similar effort involving Pathways to Housing in Philadelphia has moved 450 severely mentally ill homeless people inside over six years, and the one-stop Connections Housing center in San Diego reduced homelessness downtown by more than half after it opened in 2013. “It’s actually a brilliant idea to bring in a displaced community of people,” Chris Simiriglia, Pathways’ executive director, said of San Francisco’s plan. Ray Bramson, homeless services manager for San Jose, likes the concept of one-stop help complexes such as the Navigation Center, although he warns it can be hard maintaining funding and that getting all the agencies to coordinate can be “like herding cats.”

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Viewers respond to report about euthanasia in Belgium | PBS NewsHour

Viewers respond to report about euthanasia in Belgium | PBS NewsHour | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Hari Sreenivasan reads viewer comments about a recent NewsHour Weekend segment on Beligum's euthanasia law, the least restrictive law governing physician-assisted suicide in the world. Continue reading →
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More homeless camps are appearing beyond downtown L.A.'s skid row

More homeless camps are appearing beyond downtown L.A.'s skid row | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Evicted four months ago from their Highland Park apartment, Louis Morales and his 18-year-old stepson, Arthur Valenzuela, live half-hidden by brush along the nearby Arroyo Seco riverbed.
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'I Wanted Justice': Con Victim Turns Focus to Changing Rape Law

'I Wanted Justice': Con Victim Turns Focus to Changing Rape Law | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
After learning the man she loved was an international con man with a roster of ex-wives and children, New Jersey nurse Mischele Lewis did all she could—inclu...
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How Women In Saudi Arabia Lived Under King Abdullah

How Women In Saudi Arabia Lived Under King Abdullah | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Saudi Arabia has never been known as a progressive place for women to live -- women there need permission from a male guardian to undergo certain medical procedures. But after the country's ruler, ...
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James Bond’s body language

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Most disguises are less obvious WHICH of the foreign diplomats in your country are spies? Which of your spies is a double agent? And which foreign leaders are...
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