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Builder of Calif. 'Phonehenge' sentenced to jail

Builder of Calif. 'Phonehenge' sentenced to jail | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
(AP) — A man who built a quirky Mojave Desert compound known as Phonehenge West was sentenced to nearly 18 months in jail because he failed to pay for its demolition, Los Angeles County prosecutors said Friday.
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Can cities break Geoffrey West's laws of urban scaling?

Can cities break Geoffrey West's laws of urban scaling? | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I recently read Geoffrey West's fascinating paper on urban scaling laws, "Growth, innovation, scaling and the pace of life in cities". The paper applies to cit...
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Predicting Urban Crime? There's an Equation for That - YouTube

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2011/07/25/Why_Cities_Grow_Corporations_Die_and_Life_Gets_Faster Theoretical physicist Geoffrey B. West discusses his work ...
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Robert M. Purcell's comment, July 23, 4:20 PM
I find it interesting that science seems to be catching up (relatively) to science fiction in this video. Years ago, I read a book called Dorsai! which was based around the premise that using mathematics, society as a whole could be predicted. Of course, this science allowed for the reality of the fact that individuals don’t always fit into the general category, and so can at times be unpredictable. This video sounds almost exactly like the science fiction version. The reality is that as a whole, using mathematics, he’s probably right. Given the right data, he can probably predict certain features about the population and the area including police, crime rates, and other things. It sounds ridiculous, fanciful, and even a little crazy, but what is humanity but another population of a species? We use mathematical formulae to describe all sorts of things in nature including the rise and fall of populations. It makes perfect sense that given the right data, we might be able to make certain calculations and from those, we can make general statements regarding those populations.
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Grand jury indicts Fairbanks fire victim for murder, arson

Grand jury indicts Fairbanks fire victim for murder, arson | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Police say a man burned in a deadly Fairbanks apartment fire last January now faces charges of murder and arson for starting the blaze that killed two women.
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Police investigate whether to bring criminal charges over nickel leak in Finland

Police investigate whether to bring criminal charges over nickel leak in Finland | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The nickel spill, the largest in Finnish history, is blamed for deaths of mussels and fish.
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Dan Markel’s Death Reverberates Among Legal Scholars

Dan Markel’s Death Reverberates Among Legal Scholars | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The death of Dan Markel, a leader in the world of legal online scholarship, has been called a murder by the police in Tallahassee, Fla.
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Albuquerque Homeless Killings: Man Who Found Bodies Haunted by Sight - NBC News

Albuquerque Homeless Killings: Man Who Found Bodies Haunted by Sight - NBC News | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The Albuquerque man who found the bodies of two friends beaten beyond recognition — allegedly by three giggling teens who preyed on transients for kicks — sa...
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Lying commies

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My other car is a Porsche “UNDER capitalism”, ran the old Soviet-era joke, “man exploits man. Under communism it is just the opposite.” In fact new research...
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Four Signs of a Fake Job Opening

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Finding a job is hard enough, but now candidates have to worry about losing their personal identity and financial information.
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NYC gives green light to the building of apartments with 'poor door'

NYC gives green light to the building of apartments with 'poor door' | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The City of New York approved a proposal by one of the largest real estate developers in the city to build in a 'poor door', or a separate door for residents living in affordable housing to enter their building.
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How to get ahead in a dictatorship

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MOBUTU SESE SEKO, who ruled Congo for 32 years, was notorious for his “musical chairs” approach to his cabinet. His deputies were constantly shuffled around,...
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Why Big Tobacco Shrugs at a $24 Billion Verdict

Why Big Tobacco Shrugs at a $24 Billion Verdict | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The dollar amount won't stand up on appeal and the tobacco industry long ago accounted for liability
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Ricky Osborne's comment, July 21, 10:53 PM
It is interesting to see that cigarette companies have already calculated punitive damages into their business expenses as the article pointed out. This industry has flourished over the years even though their products have been known to be hazardous to the human body. Tobacco is far worse than other drugs such as marijuana yet it is allowed to be sold on the market and bought. I think that the excessive rewards given to the widows of tobacco users who have died should not be reversed. Tobacco companies such as Reynolds America must be penalized for the deaths they cause. Such penalties are carried out for every other company and the products in which they create. This is only fair.
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Why Big Tobacco Shrugs at a $24 Billion Verdict

Why Big Tobacco Shrugs at a $24 Billion Verdict | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The dollar amount won't stand up on appeal and the tobacco industry long ago accounted for liability
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McDonald's, KFC supplier in China accused of selling expired meat

McDonald's, KFC supplier in China accused of selling expired meat | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
McDonald's and KFC in China faced a new food safety scare Monday after a Shanghai television station reported a supplier sold expired beef and chicken.
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Ricky Osborne's comment, July 21, 10:59 PM
The use of bad or expired food products seems to be a staple in the country of China. This news that McDonalds has been selling expired meat does not suprise me one bit. The regulations of such products are not up to the same standards as they are here in the U.S. This leads to companies, even reputable ones like McDonalds, to bend the rules and save money anyway they can. I'm not saying this was done intentionally but there is a high probability that is was.
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Do urban casinos increase local crime? Not in this case study

Do urban casinos increase local crime? Not in this case study | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Residents protested the opening of Philadelphia's SugarHouse Casino in 2010, but researchers found that crime rates were largely unaffected by the introduction of the gaming establishment. The study found that crime rates in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia were largely unaffected by the introduction of the gaming establishment, and that any potential significant crime increases either did not occur or were effectively controlled by a reassignment of existing local police officers.
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California man found guilty of meth trafficking in Anchorage

California man found guilty of meth trafficking in Anchorage | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
 Prosecutors said David Alan Gonzales was caught with a package containing 52 grams of pure meth. Gonzales, whose rap sheet includes similar convictions in California, faces life in prison and a $20 million fine. 
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Is Sweden really one of the world’s greenest countries?

Is Sweden really one of the world’s greenest countries? | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The country is a leader when it comes to renewable energy and carbon-dioxide reductions, but it lags EU counterparts in some other environmental areas.
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Legendary Alaska guide's fall from grace

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One of Alaska's oldest and most respected big-game guides, Joe Hendricks was a victim, in large part, of letting other guides use his exclusive hunting area in the Brooks Range. But as he admits, he wasn't totally innocent either.
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Police: Pregnant teen strangled, boyfriend decapitated after arranging sex with man online

Police: Pregnant teen strangled, boyfriend decapitated after arranging sex with man online | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A pregnant Michigan teenager was strangled and her boyfriend was decapitated after apparently connecting with a stranger through the online service Craigslist for a sexual encounter, police said Monday.
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Dad Admits Son Stopped Him From Killing Alleged Abuser - NBC News

Dad Admits Son Stopped Him From Killing Alleged Abuser - NBC News | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
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Judge's modest proposal: Bring back the firing squad

Judge's modest proposal: Bring back the firing squad | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
"Firing squads can be messy, but if we are willing to carry out executions, we should not shield ourselves from the reality that we are shedding human blood."
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Robert M. Purcell's comment, July 23, 4:07 PM
This article honestly made a lot of sense to me. Federal Judge Alex Kozinski may seem a bit wild and on the fringe to a lot of people, but like the article says, he’s also willing to say what’s on his mind, and that seems to be the same as what other people are thinking. I can honestly agree that there is no ‘humane’ method of execution and that by using drugs meant for the easing of pain for hospital patients in overdoses designed to kill a person, we really are avoiding the reality. When we execute someone, it is a brutal thing, no matter how nicely we try to do it. The taking of a human life is not humane. It’s an execution, which means we are ending the life of a human being for whatever their crimes might have been. Though I have my own reasons for arguing against the death penalty, I find that I agree with Judge Kozinski’s thoughts. If we are going to execute someone, what is the point in using a method that can and has failed? I think he’s right, and the guillotine is a bit inappropriate for our day and age, but a firing squad is still a realistic and sure method. Yes, there is trauma involved in firing squads for the people squeezing the trigger. Killing a person is a traumatic experience. Oh, unless you decide to drug them to death instead. Which might or might not work of course. It’s no more or less brutal if you have them lined up by a squad than if you inject them. Though I don’t think the death penalty is the best solution, if we are going to execute people, let’s not pretend we’re just putting them to sleep. If people want to make the choice to kill a human being for their crimes, let them face that execution with the reality that it is.
Dorothy Retha Cook's comment, July 23, 7:57 PM
I do thank ypu for your opinion. but as this is a new age even per you the thing is there is more than one way to kill as there are people that are innocent of crimes but have been found to be guilty by the court system only to find out 20 years lather in their serving time and others are dead that they didn't commit the crime at all but what then we cant go and exume the bodies say we are sorry for the horrible mistake and breathe life back into their dead bodies. then we have those that have been killed but are yet alive the court nd all the other systems of government has been used against them and their families to the point they just cant take it any more so yes their bodies are alive but the abuse of authority has been so severe that they are scared to fight or even say they have been done or is being done wrong. a firing squad is used in more than just one way in this age of technology firing guns is not even considered because those that do the shooting will be forever remembered by themselves an others as murderers themselves and that person's blood will be required upon their hand before God and I as just doing my job is not going to work for him. Then who be we if one day we find ourselves standing in as a firing squad participant and you find out the person we have to shoot to death is one of your own loved ones would you be able to pull the trigger and then find out your love one was innocent all the time but it was your hand with the help of other firing arm participants that killed your innocent relative.
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In Defense Of The 'Poor Door': Why It's Fine For A Luxury Condo Developer To Keep Its Low-Income Units Separate

In Defense Of The 'Poor Door': Why It's Fine For A Luxury Condo Developer To Keep Its Low-Income Units Separate | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Trying to de-marketize housing fails.
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Robert M. Purcell's comment, July 23, 4:45 PM
I read two articles on this topic, one outraged by the ‘poor door’ and one showing all of the reasons why it should be allowed. Frankly I’m not sure if I like the idea of a segregated door. I understand that developers want to make bank, and I also understand that the City of New York wants to increase the number of affordable housing units and also to try and put such units in nice enough areas to attract people who want to live a decent life. If we limit the creation of ‘affordable housing’ to buildings solely for that purpose, and then we put them in areas where the developer will make the most profit, we can rightly assume that the area will be a poorer and more run-down area. Adding a new building to a declining neighborhood doesn’t bring the neighborhood up, it means that new building will likely be cheaply built and will probably end up declining faster to catch up to the rest of the neighborhood. This in turn won’t attract stable and healthy but not wealthy renters, but instead people that don’t have the means to go anywhere else. That’s basically asking for more crime. That’s exactly what city planners try to avoid. So… Now we’re forcing the developer to make some concessions. They have a structure with some less expensive units and some more expensive. That’s fine. Now they’re putting a totally separate entrance in an alleyway. Excuse me? Let’s just take this nice new building with people living in relative harmony and put a back door because half the population is better than the other half. No. This is not a nation that lives with the idea that people are better just because they can afford a nicer apartment. This is not a nation where we accept being shuffled off into alleyways where we’re more likely to be mugged or even murdered. If you want a separate entryway, put it right next to the ‘rich people’ door. I don’t care if the two doors lead to totally different hallways and elevators. What I see is the developer adding a poor door so that the rich people don’t have to associate with ‘lower elements’. That’s sickening and disrespectful. Well done capitalists. You’ve just shown us the dark side… Again.
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South Korea ferry disaster: Body of missing shipping tycoon found

South Korea ferry disaster: Body of missing shipping tycoon found | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
South Korean police said Tuesday that they have found a body of a fugitive billionaire businessman sought over April's ferry disaster that left more than 300 people dead or missing.
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Saturday Essay: Economic mobility is alive and well for Americans who pursue technical or practical training

Saturday Essay: Economic mobility is alive and well for Americans who pursue technical or practical training | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Economic mobility is alive and well for Americans who pursue technical or practical training. The U.S. economy's future could lie along the career paths of welders, nurses and franchise owners.
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Saturday Essay: Economic mobility is alive and well for Americans who pursue technical or practical training

Saturday Essay: Economic mobility is alive and well for Americans who pursue technical or practical training | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Economic mobility is alive and well for Americans who pursue technical or practical training. The U.S. economy's future could lie along the career paths of welders, nurses and franchise owners.
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Fruitland Park, Florida, town of 5,000, stunned by news of police KKK ties

Fruitland Park, Florida, town of 5,000, stunned by news of police KKK ties | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Ann Hunnewell and her central Florida police officer husband knelt in the living room of a fellow officer's home, with pillow cases as makeshift hoods over their heads. A few words were spoken and they, along with a half-dozen others, were initiated into
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