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New Mexico teen accused of family slaughter loved 'violent' video games, police say

New Mexico teen accused of family slaughter loved 'violent' video games, police say | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
 
A 15-year-old video-game fanatic accused of killing his parents and three younger siblings because he was mad at his mom will be tried as an adult, a New Mexico prosecutor announced Tuesday.
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Rob Duke's comment, January 24, 2013 8:34 PM
Excellent point. The media spins the story to what they think will get the story picked up for a much broader audience.
Carolyn C.'s comment, January 25, 2013 4:13 PM
Using video games as an excuse for violence needs to stop. There were no video games during the Civil War, during the Crusades and past wars and violent crimes. What about George Stinney, he was the youngest boy to be put to death during the 20th century because he murdered an 8 and an 11 year old girl. I think they all should be tried as adults, as they most of the time are. At the age of 15 you should know right from wrong, especially when it comes to murder! Also, why didn't Nehemiah Griego's girlfriend report any of this? She was probably too scared to, but now look what happened.
Kristie Major's comment, January 26, 2013 1:14 AM
Violent video games seem to desensitize people to violence. They make people used to it, but this does not mean that these people would go out and commit violent acts. I think that environment, peer pressure, and a desire to belong are part of what encourage people to commit violent acts. It also seems to me that violence is a large part of what is shown in the media today. This is shown also in the ratings of movies because many movies involving violence are rated PG-13. I have seen some of these movies and know that I would never take any thirteen year old to see them.
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Ferguson injustice: Cop deaths denied equal treatment by Obama, news media

Ferguson injustice: Cop deaths denied equal treatment by Obama, news media | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The response by law enforcement to protesters in Ferguson, Mo., is being criticized for its level of force and use of military-style equipment. We've labeled the weapons and gear being used by police in these photos from Ferguson.
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5 reasons Americans are unhappy

Why people living in one of the wealthiest countries in the world are glum
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Durkheim, Marx, and Weber all had variations of the idea of "alienation", a better explanation that the article gives, but perhaps each of these 5 reasons is a symptom of "alienation", "anomie", "the Iron Cage of Bureaucracy".  Also, see Alberto Guerreiro Ramos' excellent analysis on the subject in the seminal "The New Science of Organizations: a reexamination of the wealth of nations", 1984 Univ. of Toronto Press.

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Ferguson business owners aren't counting on police protection

Ferguson business owners aren't counting on police protection | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Many say they have little confidence that the police, despite their numbers, will be effective in stopping their stores from being looted and vandalized.
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What a grand jury will look for in the Michael Brown shooting

What a grand jury will look for in the Michael Brown shooting | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
“He has everything he needs to make an arrest,” Benjamin Crump, an attorney for the Brown family, told msnbc Tuesday. “If he’s going to do it, it’s up to him.”
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What kind of prison might the inmates design?

What kind of prison might the inmates design? | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The workshop leaders came laden with markers in colors other than red and blue (gang colors), drafting rulers crafted from museum board (too dull to double as weapons) and kiddie scissors (ditto).
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The Ivy League, Mental Illness, and the Meaning of Life

The Ivy League, Mental Illness, and the Meaning of Life | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
William Deresiewicz explains how an elite education can lead to a cycle of grandiosity and depression. 
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LA schools to end zero-tolerance policies and criminalization of students | Al Jazeera America

LA schools to end zero-tolerance policies and criminalization of students | Al Jazeera America | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Critics say policy created 'school-to-prison pipeline' that unfairly targeted minorities, lessened chances of graduation
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'Civil disobedience': Businesspeople reject Imran's call | Business Recorder

Chambers and federations of commerce and industries across Pakistan have rejected the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) call of 'Civil Disobedience Movem
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Comparative Criminology: there's a long history in the former Ottoman Empire of tension between the civil authority and the clerics.  During some periods, the Sultan was king and leader of the religion, but in other times, clerics have wielded considerable and independent power.

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Gunmen Ambush Saudi Prince's Motorcade in France

Gunmen Ambush Saudi Prince's Motorcade in France | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Armed robbers ambushed a motorcade of a Saudi prince in France, stealing a car and a large sum of money, French authorities told ABC News.
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The Danger from Within

The Danger from Within | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Business management magazine, blogs, case studies, articles, books, and webinars from Harvard Business Review, addressing today's topics and challenges in business management.
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The three types of unemployment

The three types of unemployment | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
DURING the recent downturn, the unemployment rate in America jumped from 4.4% to 10%. Economic growth has since pepped up. But unemployment is nowhere near...
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Texas father accused of fatally shooting DUI driver who killed his sons

Texas father accused of fatally shooting DUI driver who killed his sons | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
David Barajas denies killing a drunk driver in a fit of rage after his two sons were fatally struck in 2012 on a rural road in Southeast Texas.
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Study: US is an oligarchy, not a democracy

Study: US is an oligarchy, not a democracy | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it

"The US is dominated by a rich and powerful elite.

So concludes a recent study by Princeton University Prof Martin Gilens and Northwestern University Prof Benjamin I Page.

This is not news, you say.

Perhaps, but the two professors have conducted exhaustive research to try to present data-driven support for this conclusion. Here's how they explain it:

Multivariate analysis indicates that economic elites and organised groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on US government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence.

In English: the wealthy few move policy, while the average American has little power.

The two professors came to this conclusion after reviewing answers to 1,779 survey questions asked between 1981 and 2002 on public policy issues. They broke the responses down by income level, and then determined how often certain income levels and organised interest groups saw their policy preferences enacted."


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'Frozen Ground' serial killer Hansen dead

'Frozen Ground' serial killer Hansen dead | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Serial killer Robert Hansen died early Thursday morning, the Department of Corrections confirmed.
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Michael Brown's Autopsy: What It Can (and Can't) Tell Us

Michael Brown's Autopsy: What It Can (and Can't) Tell Us | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The results of two autopsies of Michael Brown, the unarmed teenager shot by a St. Louis police officer on Aug. 9, can't provide crucial information about the circumstances surrounding the shooting.
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Cultural ties may help prevent suicide, experts say

Cultural ties may help prevent suicide, experts say | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Suicide rates for Alaska Natives 70 and older are only half the national rates for that age group, according to information gathered by James Allen, a professor of psychology at the University of Minnesota, and his colleagues.
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Study: Skipping sleep may increase risk of false memories, compromise criminal investigations - Newsday

Study: Skipping sleep may increase risk of false memories, compromise criminal investigations - Newsday | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Skipping a few hours of sleep here and there, or even on a regular basis,
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South Pasadena Alleged School Massacre Plot Foiled

South Pasadena Alleged School Massacre Plot Foiled | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Two Southern California male teenagers were being held in juvenile hall today after an investigation by authorities using social media discovered the two were in the early stages of a plot to allegedly commit a mass shooting at South Pasadena High School. “It was a very viable threat what they were plotting,” said South Pasadena Police Chief Art Miller. “They were making a huge plan of a school massacre. … During our interviews with the suspects, they, more or less, confirmed what they had talked about, very cold-heartedly.” Miller said the suspects, whom police did not identify, were 16 and…
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The Tax Dodge That Has Plagued the U.S. for More Than a Decade

The Tax Dodge That Has Plagued the U.S. for More Than a Decade | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
And why it keeps resurfacing
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Fugitive sex offender beats to death two Washington men ‘grooming boys for sex,’ cops say 

Fugitive sex offender beats to death two Washington men ‘grooming boys for sex,’ cops say  | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A convicted rapist has admitted to Washington state police that he killed his two roommates because the men were plotting to have sex with boys, authorities said.
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Missing Marine Wife's Body Found in Mine Shaft

Missing Marine Wife's Body Found in Mine Shaft | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The body of a Marine's wife who was pregnant when she went missing two months ago was found in at the bottom of a mine shaft, authorities said today.
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Kodiak troopers seek two men accused of impersonating police officers

Kodiak troopers seek two men accused of impersonating police officers | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
On Saturday night, two men dressed in black and wearing ski masks approached a 17-year-old male saying they were police officers and asking the minor to identify himself, according to Alaska State Troopers. 
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Montana Lee Nolan's comment, August 18, 8:57 PM
This is terrifying. One wouldn't think that an event such as this would ever touch the streets of a town in Alaska, but clearly you never know. I don’t have any particular knowledge about the crime of Kodiak, or what the crime rates are, but having stories such as these in our backyards is still very discomforting. On what could be done with catching these “impersonators” is out of my league, but with a smaller sized town such as Kodiak word tends to spread, and whoever these impersonators are will most likely be caught. The fact that they decided to impersonate police officers shocks me. For one, how did they think that putting on masks and questioning juveniles would ever trick an individual into obliging to them? Just the thought of that frightens me. I am just wondering that when these impersonators are caught that we come to find out that they are juveniles themselves. Something such as this event seems to be the actions of a bored delinquent.
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Trigger happy

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THE shooting of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African-American, by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, is a reminder that civilians—innocent or guilty—are...
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Should we regulate poop as a drug?

Should we regulate poop as a drug? | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The future of fecal transplants, and a bevy of entrepreneurs, hinges on how the FDA decides to regulate the procedure.
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Here’s a Terrible Idea: Robot Cars With Adjustable Ethics Settings | Autopia | WIRED

Here’s a Terrible Idea: Robot Cars With Adjustable Ethics Settings | Autopia | WIRED | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Neither the car manufacturer nor the driver wins if we get to set a dial for who lives and who dies in unavoidable car crashes.
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