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.
Why people living in one of the wealthiest countries in the world are glum
Rob Duke's insight:
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.
Chambers and federations of commerce and industries across Pakistan have rejected the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) call of 'Civil Disobedience Movem
Rob Duke's insight:
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.
"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."
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.
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…
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.