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Spain May Launch Criminal Case Against Lance Armstrong

Spain May Launch Criminal Case Against Lance Armstrong | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Lance Armstrong is under criminal investigation in Spain.The disgraced former cyclist and Livestrong figurehead could face criminal charges if he is found guilty of "trafficking, distribution and commercialization of doping drugs" while in Spain.
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Brittney Ward's comment, March 31, 2013 3:55 PM
I agree with Kassandr, nobody should get a free pass. If you break the law you should face the consequences of prosecution. It's amazing to me that he though an apology was just enough, he is a role model across the world and he should acknowledge that young people are watching and duplicating his actions.
Sarah O'Leary's comment, March 31, 2013 5:35 PM
People seem to think that because they are in the limelight, the justice system should go easier on them because it will impact their career. Armstrong should definitely not get any special treatment especially because this case is becoming an international one. He needs to pay the price, socially and monetarily, for the things he did.
Paris Cooper's comment, April 3, 2013 7:53 PM
I agree that he isn't above the law, but then again they are only making him more famous than he already was. They are giving him publicity that he wants and even though its bad attention, attention is attention. If they are going to prosecute him then they should keep it under wraps and not publicize it. You don't see everyone else who is being brought up on drug charges plastered all over the news. What makes Armstrong any different? We shouldn't give anyone any kind of special treatment, including publicizing their crimes and cases.
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Affordable Obamacare in California a Resounding Success

Affordable Obamacare in California a Resounding Success | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The study is the third in the series that started last 2013. It’s objectives revolved around knowing how the new law affects the lives of its dependents.

“For people that didn’t have health insurance, California has been very successful in enrolling two-thirds of that group. But the group that is left is a harder-to-reach group,” stated senior vice president Mollyann Brodie from the Kaiser Family Foundation, which released the survey’s results.
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In California, the elected to have their own plan (they already had an insurance commissioner, so this made a great deal of sense for them: also, they had advanced medicare and medical, so they spent a good bit of state money on health care, anyway).  Under the California run system, a Bronze plan runs about $446/mo. for a median age/median income family of four (minus an $82 mo. tax credit for a total of $364/mo.).  In contrast, the median income/age family pays: $800 with no subsidies for a comparable plan (if you live in Anchorage or Fairbanks).

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Jay Fulk's comment, Today, 9:52 PM
I'm sure glad that it is helping someone because it completely screwed me over. I was paying just under $500 a month to Assurant Health for my family plan. We had a $2,000 deductible and then it paid 80% up to an OOP maximum of $10,000. It was not a great plan, but it was good enough and affordable. I was kicked off of this plan after obamacare rolled out and went to sign up for a new one. The cheapest plan was $900 a month with much worse benefits. This plan would of had a deductible of $5,000 and an OOP maximum of $15,000. I cannot afford nearly $1,000 every month. So, we are uninsured right now.
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Texas Attorney General indicted for felony securities fraud, prosecutor says

Texas Attorney General indicted for felony securities fraud, prosecutor says | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A grand jury has indicted Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on felony securities fraud charges that accuse the Republican of misleading investors before he became the state’s top law enforcement officer, a special prosecutor said on Saturday.
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"Ban the box" removes questions about criminal record from job applications

"Ban the box" removes questions about criminal record from job applications | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
"Ban the box," which prevents employers from asking job seekers about their criminal records, is gaining in popularity. The goal is to give ex-offenders a fair chance at landing employment by delaying questions about a criminal past until further in the hiring process.
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Simon to expand restorative justice - Canberra CityNews

Simon to expand restorative justice - Canberra CityNews | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
SIMON Corbell says the ACT Government will expand restorative justice to include adult victims and offenders from 2016. Simon confirmed that the Restorativ
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New Research Shows that Teen Marijuana Use is Declining

New Research Shows that Teen Marijuana Use is Declining | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
As laws prohibiting marijuana become less punitive, the question, “What about the kids?” becomes more pressing to parents and other adults.
We at the Drug Policy Alliance urge young people
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JonHochendoner's comment, August 1, 12:44 AM
Be open and honest in educating these kids. Scare campaigns and propaganda, as we've seen in the past, is ineffective and damaging. Kids and teenagers are intelligent, they can make better decisions with research-backed information.
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Cleaning up

Cleaning up | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Consequently, people like Ms von der Heyde have some tough decisions to make. She is unwilling to raise prices to pass the extra costs along to customers, as London is already expensive. So pay differentials may have to go, meaning that senior employees won’t get wage rises in line with the lowest-paid. The hospitality industry already employs a younger workforce than any other big sector (about one-third are under 25); many hotels and bars will hire more youngsters, who do not qualify for the new living wage until they are 25 years old. That should at least help to reduce youth unemployment, currently 16%.  
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The Murders Don't Stop - War on Drugs Responsible for Outrageous Death Toll in Mexico

The Murders Don't Stop - War on Drugs Responsible for Outrageous Death Toll in Mexico | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
When I first shook hands with Felipe de la Cruz Sandoval this winter outside of the Mexican Consulate in NYC, images of my one of my favorite tios sprung to mind, creating an immediate sense of kinshi
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I was traveling throughout western Mexico in the Spring of 2006 and saw that Felipe Calderon's Presidential campaign to get tough on drug traffickers was being received well by the voters.  I also never had any perception of danger towards me as an American and the streets were relatively safe.  I would not travel there now.  

 

Even though Presidents in Mexico serve only 1 five-year term, Mexico is still plagued by this unfortunate policy change.

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Boozing it up

Boozing it up | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Who really drinks the most alcohol?TO JUDGE by national averages, Belarus, Moldova and Russia are the biggest drinkers in the world, quaffing between 15 to 18 litres...
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Compare Saudi Arabia (total prohibition) to the U.S. (mostly legal, but regulated).

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Homeland Security Today: NEW - What is the Most Secure Web Browser?

Homeland Security Today: NEW - What is the Most Secure Web Browser? | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Three security strategies
 
Minimize damage. The browser is going to be penetrated, but it doesn’t generally contain much sensitive information. Compartmentalize your environment to prevent attackers from accessing sensitive data and resources directly from the compromised browser.
 
Contain the attack. The initial infection isn’t where the real damage happens. However, attackers use it to launch follow-on attacks on ever more useful and privileged accounts and devices. Ensure that attackers can’t use the browser as a beachhead to expand their attacks into the rest of the network.
 
Automate recovery. After detecting a breach it can take significant time and effort to lock down the affected machine and restore things to a safe state. This is expensive, and delays might give the attacker time to move on before the infection is cleared. Also, it tends to limit recovery to cases where an infection has been definitively detected. If recovery can be made quick and cheap enough, it can be done when there is even a suspicion of infection. Better yet, the system can be recovered to a safe state very frequently even if nothing has been detected to remove any advanced or zero-day malware.
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Purchasing marijuana puts kids at risk - D.A.R.E. America

Purchasing marijuana puts kids at risk - D.A.R.E. America | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
As a former deputy sheriff, I know from enforcing senseless marijuana laws that children only are being put in more danger when marijuana is kept illegal (“ Legal pot poses another threat to children,” July 8 letter from Dr. Johanna Said). The term “controlled substance” is very misleading.
The goal of prohibiting marijuana was to eradicate its use, but in reality, the drug has become infinitely harder for law enforcement to control. People like me, and other advocates of marijuana legalization, are not totally blind to the harms that drugs pose to children. We just happen to know that legalizing and regulating marijuana will actually make everyone safer. Merely decriminalizing it will do nothing to undercut the dangerous illicit market that is currently selling to kids everywhere.
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Education would be the most effective tool. First, a broad research campaign to build a knowledge base.
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How Do You Stop Intractable Conflict? Take Away The Profit

How Do You Stop Intractable Conflict? Take Away The Profit | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
“Our idea is that using these different tools — whether it’s sanctions enforcement or civil assets forfeiture or criminal cases for pillage as a war crime or anti-money laundering or even basic bank or mail fraud — that there are opportunities the nodes of the system where people are making a profit off of the conflicts that are ongoing in parts of eastern and central Africa,” Kumar explained.
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MIT researchers figure out how to break Tor anonymity without cracking encryption | CyberSecurity | Privacy

MIT researchers figure out how to break Tor anonymity without cracking encryption | CyberSecurity | Privacy | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it

 

 

Researchers can identify which hidden service you're connecting to with 88% accuracy.

 

 

 

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/securite-pc-et-internet/?tag=TOR

 

 

 

 


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This could kill the Dark Web....

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Researchers can identify which hidden service you're connecting to with 88% accuracy.



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Multiplier effects

Multiplier effects | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
César Hidalgo tackles the question in another way. Economies grow, he says, because the information contained in them grows—not just in people’s heads, but also in the social networks that connect everyone and even in the objects that populate the world. What is more, this ever-expanding pool of information did not start with humans, but dates back to the beginning of time. “[W]e are born from it, and it is born from us,” he writes gnostically.
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This is the basis of my Social Energy Theory.  Life's a team sport and those who cooperate and share do better than those who don't; or are kept from doing so by whatever institution is altering incentives (e.g. vertical c.j. system; or drug lords...either are detrimental, but the trick is in telling which is which.....).

Dwight Waldo, H. George Fredrickson, Chester Newland, and Elinor Ostrom all pointed towards ways that public administrators could help balance the way people deal with one another.  See the work of Alberto Guereirro Ramos also for a great discussion of how both the left and right tend to stifle these tendencies toward cooperation.

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LA's #100days100nights Gang Murder Bet Is Probably Bullshit

LA's #100days100nights Gang Murder Bet Is Probably Bullshit | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
You don’t need to pray for LA.
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...or maybe not b.s., too....boots on the ground are worried....

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Is The Moon To Blame?

Dear Mona,

Do hospitals experience a larger number of patient admissions to the emergency room and/or labor and delivery during full moons? My nurse friend claims that this is a fact.

Brian, 34, San Ramon, California

Dear Brian,

When there’s a full moon, hospitalization rates do not increase (or decrease for that matter). That pretty definitive conclusion is based on several studies I’ve read this week, all of which tested the hypothesis that the moon affects our health.
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....but it sure seems like it.  When I was working the street in L.A., we also seemed to go batpoo crazy during the Santa Ana winds, too....

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BREAKING- Appellate Court denies petition in Fairbanks Four case on sealed evidence

BREAKING- Appellate Court denies petition in Fairbanks Four case on sealed evidence | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
FAIRBANKS- The Court of Appeals has denied a petition meant to keep alleged statements out of court that support an alternate confession in the case of the Fairbanks Four.

In a ruling obtained by the Newscenter this afternoon, the Court of Appeals declined to take the petition and further ruled that alleged statements made by Jason Wallace under attorney-client privilege could indeed be brought into the Superior Court should the Judge rule they are admissible.

Contained in the three page response, it is confirmed that Wallace (referred to as J.W.) "made statements to an investigator working for his attorney which, if true, would tend to exculpate four defendants who were previously convicted of the same crime that J.W. described."

Wallace's attorney Jason Gazewood has fought to keep those allegations sealed and out of court as the four men Kevin Pease, Eugene Vent, Marvin Roberts, and George Frese continue forward with their litigation in a post-conviction relief filing.

Yesterday Superior Court Judge Paul Lyle ruled to lift the temporary stay based on the Appellate Court's decision.
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Jay Fulk's comment, Today, 9:55 PM
I did not live in Fairbanks with Hartman was murdered, but I have taken a special interest into this case over the last few years. I cannot help but think that there is some underlying reason why the confession should be kept out of court. Is someone hiding or covering up something that they do not want out in the open? I can't help but think that way because that confession, if true, sets free four innocent men. This ruling by the Appellate Court definitely makes things interesting now. I look forward to seeing what comes next.
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Is #100Days100Nights Just a Threatening Hashtag or a Full-Blown LA Gang War? | VICE | United States

But conversations with locals, gang experts, and law enforcement suggest that, so far at least, the social media threat is just that—a mostly internet-based phenomenon, albeit one that is having some ripple effects on the street.

"Social media takes a big toll on the community when everybody is seeing it and everybody is paying attention to it," Reynaldo Reaser, executive director of Reclaiming America's Communities through Empowerment (RACE), a South LA–based gang intervention organization, tells VICE. "Law enforcement is paying attention to it to where they have a level of concern for violence in the area, so they put out a tactical alert on this."

Rightly so. But is the online game actually resulting in an increased body count? The LA Times reports that a series of shootings in South LA left one dead and 12 wounded this past weekend, but also that the bloodshed was largely confined to the city's most traditionally dangerous neighborhoods and did not represent a departure from the normal amount of gang violence.
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JonHochendoner's comment, August 1, 12:35 AM
It should be monitored but if it is a legit contest, how will the winner be determined? If these gangs are enemies they're not going to come together and tally up the stats.
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Attorney general says tribal protective orders must be enforced

Attorney general says tribal protective orders must be enforced | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Attorney General Craig Richards in an opinion issued Thursday said that law enforcement officers must enforce tribal protective orders just as if they came from an Alaska court.
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Carson: 'Term limits create more opportunities for fresh ideas'

Carson: 'Term limits create more opportunities for fresh ideas' | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Carson: 'Term limits create more opportunities for fresh ideas'
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As a City Manager with a few dealings in Sacramento, term limits meant that legislators are no longer in charge. Term limits shifts the power to lobbyists and the Sentor's/Assembly Person's professional staff.  California has the Line Item Veto, so much of the power has already been shifted to the governor (power of the purse); by enacting term limits, you also move the power of persuasion. Instead of researching and writing new laws/amending old ones in partnership with their constituents, the legislator never has the time to figure out what they should do (because they term out), so they begin to depend on the lobbyists to help them. Laws are now written by interest groups and not by your reps. When I in grad school, I felt this way too despite what my professors recommended. It took having to witness the impacts for me to change my mind.

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Jay Fulk's comment, Today, 9:56 PM
I am a Ben Carson fan and he is absolutely right. Term limits should be set in place for every single office in our country. The creation of career politicians is exactly what is hurting our country right now. Give them two terms and then get new blood in there. Like he says, get some more fresh ideas in office.
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BBC News | MIDDLE EAST | Getting a drink in Saudi Arabia

BBC News | MIDDLE EAST | Getting a drink in Saudi Arabia | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
But, as in every country that has tried to ban alcohol, smuggling and trying to make drinks locally has become the alternatives for those who want to have a drink, or for those who want to profit from selling banned substances.
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DEA Chief says: "Marijuana probably not as dangerous as heroin, but I'm not an expert..."

DEA Chief says: "Marijuana probably not as dangerous as heroin, but I'm not an expert..." | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
On a recent policy call the new head of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Chuck Rosenberg, said marijuana is probably less dangerous than heroin. He went on to say, “I’m not an ex
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Wait? I thought Captain Obvious was already working for Hotels.com....

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JonHochendoner's comment, August 1, 12:39 AM
Wow. I thought Leonhart was bad. He's the head of the DEA and this is his statement. Where is the science?
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What laws in the jungle?

What laws in the jungle? | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
SPYING typically involves stealing secrets by lying and cheating. How then should law-governed states deal with this lawless branch of government? Technology is...
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Does It Make Sense To Split The Check At A Restaurant?

Does It Make Sense To Split The Check At A Restaurant? | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The results were consistent with the economists’ hypotheses: Those who were getting a free meal spent the most (especially one cheeky person who, judging by this chart from the study, really went all out). Those who were splitting the bill spent less, and those who were paying individually spent the least — costs are in Israeli new shekels.
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Free riding is always a problem in society, so we have to be careful with the incentives and disincentives that we set up.

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7 Things Leaders Do to Help People Change

7 Things Leaders Do to Help People Change | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
We found that some behaviors were less helpful in changing others. We found two that had little to no impact, thereby providing useful guidance on what not to do:

Being nice. Sorry, but nice guys finish last in the change game. It might be easier if all it took to bring about change was to have a warm, positive relationship with others. But that isn’t the case.
Giving others incessant requests, suggestions, and advice. This is commonly called nagging. For most recipients this is highly annoying and only serves to irritate them rather than change them. (This is the approach many tend to adopt first, despite its lack of success.)
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1. Be inspirational;

2. Notice problems;

3. Make sure goals are clear;

4. Challenge standard approaches;

5. Build trust in your judgment;

6. Have courage;

7. Make change a top priority.

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Can Congress over-ride a Supreme Court decision?

Can Congress over-ride a Supreme Court decision? | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
LAST WEEK, in a fit of chutzpah or foolishness, Rick Santorum, a GOP presidential candidate known for his unyielding social conservatism, accepted an invitation to...
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Um, no not really Mr. Santorum....better go back and read the Constitution.

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Kaitlyn Evans's comment, July 30, 5:46 PM
I don't understand how someone can think that Congress can scale back on rights given to individuals. I'm sure if we wanted to scale back on the right of freedom of religion Mr. Santorum would feel the same as Ms. Maddow does about same sex marriage.
Rob Duke's comment, July 30, 9:54 PM
I think he's saying that when the court makes a narrow ruling, Congress has some room to close that problem, but he claims much more power than that (at times). Of course, Congress can amend the Constitution, but, if that's what he means, he glossing that point over and underestimating how difficult it is to do so.