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Origin of the family: In Defence of Engels and Morgan

Origin of the family: In Defence of Engels and Morgan | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
“The great antiquity of mankind upon the earth has been conclusively established”, wrote the American anthropologist Lewis Henry Morgan in the opening preface of his pioneering work Ancient Society, published in 1877.
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Lie Detector Brain Scans Could Be the Future of Murder Trials | VICE | United States

Lie Detector Brain Scans Could Be the Future of Murder Trials | VICE | United States | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
As Gary Smith prepares to go into his third (and likely final) trial for the murder of Mike McQueen, VICE takes a look at the cutting edge lie detector that could have shifted the balance in Smith's favor.
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New Dark-Web Market Is Selling Zero-Day Exploits to Hackers | WIRED

New Dark-Web Market Is Selling Zero-Day Exploits to Hackers | WIRED | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A darknet marketplace called TheRealDeal Market has emerged, focusing on brokering hackers’ zero-day attack methods.
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The VC Who Bought the Silk Road's $19M Bitcoin Cache | WIRED

The VC Who Bought the Silk Road's $19M Bitcoin Cache | WIRED | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Casascius/CC The nearly 30,000 bitcoins auctioned off by the U.S. Marshals Service last week will be put to use building digital currency businesses outside of the United States. The bitcoins are part of a massive cache of digital currency seized by the feds in connection with last year’s bust of the Silk Road online drug…
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Darpa Is Developing a Search Engine for the Dark Web | WIRED

Darpa Is Developing a Search Engine for the Dark Web | WIRED | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A new search engine being developed by Darpa aims to shine a light on the dark web and uncover patterns and relationships in online data to help law enforcement and others track illegal activity. The project, dubbed Memex, has been in the works for a year and is being developed by 17 different contractor teams…
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Read the Transcript of Silk Road's Boss Ordering 5 Assassinations with the Hells Angels

Read the Transcript of Silk Road's Boss Ordering 5 Assassinations with the Hells Angels | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Courtesy Ulbricht Family Many of the ideological supporters of the Silk Road have described its sprawling online black market for drugs as an experiment in victimless crime and a nonviolent alternative to the bloody turf wars of the streets. But prosecutors in the trial of Ross Ulbricht, the 30-year-old accused of running that anonymous bazaar, have…
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I have been asked before in my classes why I give so much benefit of the doubt to street gangs and not the bikers: read this transcript and you'll understand what problems we have from these folks.  Kids on the street are doing the best they can with what life dealt them.  These men are on a different level from those kids.  They fancy themselves the government and the police and they have veiled themselves from the harm they cause.

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How the Feds Took Down the Silk Road Drug Wonderland | WIRED

How the Feds Took Down the Silk Road Drug Wonderland | WIRED | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The dramatic takedown of the Silk Road drug market and the arrest of its alleged owner on drug trafficking and murder-for-hire charges last month began in part with an offhand tip to Department of Homeland Security investigators in Maryland in mid-2011.
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Ross Ulbricht Didn't Create Silk Road's Dread Pirate Roberts. This Guy Did | WIRED

Ross Ulbricht Didn't Create Silk Road's Dread Pirate Roberts. This Guy Did | WIRED | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
As Ulbricht's trial unfolded over the last month, one character appeared again and again in the chat logs prosecutors pulled from the laptop seized at the time of Ulbricht's arrest: a character calling himself Variety Jones, and later, cimon.
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JUST 251: this series is key to a component of criminology: the cyber cops.

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The Untold Story of Silk Road, Part 2: The Fall | WIRED

The Untold Story of Silk Road, Part 2: The Fall | WIRED | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
As Ross Ulbricht's online drug empire mushroomed, he became rich, arrogant, and sloppy. Meanwhile, the feds were closing in.
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Ireland legalizes gay marriage in a landslide, both sides say

Ireland legalizes gay marriage in a landslide, both sides say | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
DUBLIN — Irish voters have resoundingly backed amending the constitution to legalize gay marriage, leaders on both sides of the Irish referendum declared Saturday after the world's first national vote on the issue.
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Cop Found Not Guilty in Unarmed Couple's Shooting Deaths

Cop Found Not Guilty in Unarmed Couple's Shooting Deaths | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
O'Donnell ruled that his use of deadly force was constitutionally reasonable.

"I find that the state did not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant Michael Brelo knowingly caused the deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, because the essential element of causation was not proved for both counts," he said. "It was reasonable despite knowing now that there was no gun in the car and he was mistaken about the origin of the gunshots."

Attorneys for Brelo argued that other officers fired during the final barrage of bullets and prosecutors couldn't prove when the fatal shots were fired.
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A Sex Worker Explains How to Talk to Sex Workers | VICE | United States

A Sex Worker Explains How to Talk to Sex Workers | VICE | United States | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
I would be an ass if I didn't understand that sex and money are compelling subjects. You would be an ass if you didn't understand that I don't want to be singled out as puerile entertainment. If you're curious, go for it! Try to keep away from nuts and bolts, and nothing too deep, too fast. Pretend I put animals to sleep for a living—not because it is a similarly sad profession, but because they are similarly touchy. No need for "Do you feel the spirit leaving the cat's body?" And if only for the sake of our mutual friends, don't ask me about STDs over food.
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Questions We Have About the Masonic Fraternal Police Department | VICE | United States

Questions We Have About the Masonic Fraternal Police Department | VICE | United States | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Illuminati-loving police impersonators were in court Thursday, but so far they've stayed quiet on what they're up to and why there's a photo of one of them with Bill Clinton.
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Army Infantry Veteran's comment, May 23, 8:17 AM
This article reminds me of stolen valor when it comes to Military personnel when civilians put on a Military uniform with awards, ribbons, stripes, bars, etc. that they have not earned. Just like in the Military, no one should pretend to be part of the uniform if they have not earned their entitlement and honor of serving. The same law and rule apply in Police Officers. These fake individuals who are pretending to be police should be punished for their actions. Their uniforms are quite ridiculous also. In my opinion they have no value to society.
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(Empathic Policing) This Cop Used Empathy Instead of Force, and it Worked

(Empathic Policing) This Cop Used Empathy Instead of Force, and it Worked | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Then I think of the philosophical approaches known as restorative and transformative justice.

 

By viewing potential conflict situations with an emphasis on peacekeeping, rather than using force to punish wrongdoing, the goal is to find root causes for societal problems and seek alternatives to imprisonment as the solution. It is a cultural evolution as well as a tactic for restoring peace. What I witnessed on the western shores of Canada was a small event, but representative of a larger cultural difference in how criminal justice is understood.

 

To cite just one dramatic statistic, there have been a total of 75 people killed by Canadian police since 1932. In contrast, U.S. police killed 111 people in March alone.


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The Darkest Place on the Internet Isn't Just for Criminals | WIRED

The Darkest Place on the Internet Isn't Just for Criminals | WIRED | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Dissidents around the world use Darknet services to avoid authoritarian forces.
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Want to See Domestic Spying's Future? Follow the Drug War | WIRED

Want to See Domestic Spying's Future? Follow the Drug War | WIRED | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The early targets that have signaled shifts in America's domestic surveillance techniques weren't activists and political dissidents, or terrorists. They've been drug dealers.
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A Heroin Dealer Tells the Silk Road Jury What It Was Like to Sell Drugs Online | WIRED

A Heroin Dealer Tells the Silk Road Jury What It Was Like to Sell Drugs Online | WIRED | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Ross Ulbricht. Courtesy Ulbricht FamilyFor its two and a half years online, thousands of drug dealers sold every kind of narcotic imaginable on the anonymous online marketplace known as the Silk Road. But put one of the site’s heroin dealers in a courtroom and ask him questions under oath, and the scale and consequences of…
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Silk Road Boss' First Murder-for-Hire Was His Mentor's Idea | WIRED

Silk Road Boss' First Murder-for-Hire Was His Mentor's Idea | WIRED | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A newly revealed chat log shows it was not the creator of the Silk Road who first suggested enlisting the services of a hit man, but rather his top advisor and mentor.
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The Most Dangerous People on the Internet Right Now | WIRED

The Most Dangerous People on the Internet Right Now | WIRED | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
If only the internet had its own version of Lost in Space’s robot to herald every lurking hazard or menace with an unequivocal warning. Unfortunately Robot B-9 isn’t available. So in his absence we’ve compiled a list of candidates we consider to be this year’s most dangerous. We’ve taken a broad view of danger, though—it’s not just about who is potentially a danger to public safety, but also about entities who might be considered a danger simply because they rock the status quo.
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The NSA (although with cliped wings as of yesterday);

Stingrays (capturing cell phone data in a neighborhood near you);

Edward Snowden (tattletale extraordinaire);

Kim Jong-un (Hacker in-Chief);

Cody Wilson (3-D printable gun guy);

Amir Taaki (He and Cody W. brought you Dark Wallet);

Verto (Something even worse than the Dark Web with no server backbone, P2P);

Preet Bharara (Prosecutor from hell).

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Feds Arrest Alleged 'Dread Pirate Roberts,' the Brain Behind the Silk Road Drug Site | WIRED

Feds Arrest Alleged 'Dread Pirate Roberts,' the Brain Behind the Silk Road Drug Site | WIRED | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The FBI has arrested the San Francisco man they say ran Silk Road, the notorious underground digital bazaar that allowed traffickers to anonymously peddle heroin, cocaine and nearly anything else illegal.
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The Untold Story of Silk Road, Part 1 | WIRED

The Untold Story of Silk Road, Part 1 | WIRED | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
How a 29-year-old idealist built a global drug bazaar and became a murderous kingpin.
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A Few People Lead Many Of The Anti-Muslim Groups In The U.S.

A Few People Lead Many Of The Anti-Muslim Groups In The U.S. | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Pamela Geller organized the “Draw Muhammad” contest and art exhibition held Sunday in Garland, Texas, where two gunmen opened fire before being killed by police. Geller also placed an order for sub...
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These photos of sea creatures soaked by oil in California will break your heart

These photos of sea creatures soaked by oil in California will break your heart | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Poor little pelicans!
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If the company has a a pattern of safety violations, is this White Collar Crime?

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Thou shalt not kill

Thou shalt not kill | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
RELIGIOUS faith and capital punishment have always been intertwined. Christianity's primordial event was the execution of its founder, and the...
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G.M. Inquiry Said to Find Criminal Wrongdoing

G.M. Inquiry Said to Find Criminal Wrongdoing | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
As the investigation draws to a close, prosecutors are said to be negotiating a penalty that is likely to eclipse the $1.2 billion paid last year by Toyota.
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Man with life sentence for pot has sentence commuted

Man with life sentence for pot has sentence commuted | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KTVI) – Governor Jay Nixon commuted the sentence for Missouri’s only man serving life in prison for non-violent marijuana-related offenses. Jeff Mizanskey, now 62, was arrested ...

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