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Russian Parliament Declares Amnesty for White-Collar Crime - RIA Novosti

Russian Parliament Declares Amnesty for White-Collar Crime - RIA Novosti | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Russian Parliament Declares Amnesty for White-Collar Crime RIA Novosti MOSCOW, July 2 (RIA Novosti) – The lower house of Russia's parliament on Tuesday declared an amnesty for people convicted of white-collar crime for which about 100,000 people...
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The Many Meanings of Gentrification

The Many Meanings of Gentrification | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Changing neighborhoods may be a class issue, but in America, that means it's also a racial one.
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Explaining a Cornerstone of Game Theory: John Nash’s Equilibrium

Explaining a Cornerstone of Game Theory: John Nash’s Equilibrium | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Dr. Nash extended the analysis beyond zero-sum, I-win-you-lose types of games to more complex situations in which all of the players could gain, or all could lose.
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Watch the video clip from a beautiful mind to understand the basic genius of Prof. Nash's idea.  We all win if we all cooperate.

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My Grandma the Poisoner | VICE | United States

My Grandma the Poisoner | VICE | United States | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
In later years, her meals featured courses of ready-made, or nearly ready-made, food, and eventually that became her favored methodology. She had this effective strategy of finding the food you loved most, buying it in ridiculous amounts, and feeding it to you unrelentingly. You'd eat it—the imported Jarlsberg, the ice cream. And you'd pass out on the couch, or on the train back to the city. Of course, the longer you stayed with Grandma, the more likely something bad would happen to you. If you visited her for a week, you'd suffer from the shits, you'd be exhausted, and your vision would start to blur.
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Grandson of Hamas Founder Says He Faces Certain Death if Canada Deports Him Back to the West Bank | VICE News

Grandson of Hamas Founder Says He Faces Certain Death if Canada Deports Him Back to the West Bank | VICE News | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
"This is problematic," she told VICE News. "The question of the age at which one participates in activities, whether or not one participates in activities, and the extent to which one participates in any kind of criminality, those things are all relevant in Canadian criminal law. But the standards of proof and definition of proof in an immigration law context are much poorer and much fuzzier than in the criminal law."

Calvin says he faces certain death if sent back to the West Bank. "It will be a race between my family and Hamas to kill me," he told VICE News.

If not executed for his Christianity, he will be killed for his sexuality, he says, after coming out as gay to Canadian media earlier this year. 
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The Real 'Wolf of Wall Street'? | VICE | United States

The Real 'Wolf of Wall Street'? | VICE | United States | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
In the mid 1990s, Leonardo DiCaprio was the king of the world. He was also friends with Dana Giacchetto, a former investment banker who went to jail for misappropriating $9 million and claims he's the real inspiration for The Wolf of Wall Street.
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Noam Chomsky: Why the Internet Hasn't Freed Our Minds -- Propaganda Continues to Dominate

The noted scholar offers his thoughts on the current media landscape in the era of the World Wide Web and Edward Snowden.
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With Booze and Tobacco Taboo, Utah Leads Nation in Candy Eating

With Booze and Tobacco Taboo, Utah Leads Nation in Candy Eating | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it

"More than 60 percent of Utah’s residents are Mormons, who typically abstain from alcohol, caffeine and tobacco. With those vices frowned upon, candy is an acceptable treat.  Hispanics like Hershey’s Cookies ’n Creme bars in disproportionate numbers, and Minnesotan buy six-packs of Hershey bars at higher rates than any other Americans, particularly in the summer (think s’mores)."

 

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This report brings up three interesting tidbits about candy consumption in the United States, but this is also a good article to discuss how businesses should take geography and demographic statistics seriously when crafting their marketing strategies.  

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11 Facts That Will Change The Way You Think About Jails In America

11 Facts That Will Change The Way You Think About Jails In America | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A new report by the Vera Institute of Justice that shows just how costly jail stays can be for inmates, for their communities, and for taxpayers.
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Though jail is pre-trial, it's much more likely to result in prison over those who make bail or are released for other reasons; yet, those who are poor are much less likely to be granted pre-trial release....and, even if found innocent, the person is going to come up more poor than ever.

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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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Why John Nash Matters

Why John Nash Matters | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Similar questions and scenarios come up in baseball, hockey, tennis and virtually every other sport. Indeed, once you get in this mode of thinking, you start seeing it everywhere (much like with Bayesian inference, or Tetris).

In 1994, for his contributions to the field of Game Theory, Nash received the Nobel Prize in Economics. But his greatest accomplishment may be the role he played in the emergence of a whole new and important way of thinking about the world and the things that happen in it.
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My Social Energy Theory owes a great deal to Nash.  I could not lay out a scenario where, contrary to expectations, people are more successful through cooperation without his work.  Of course, Elinor Ostrom's work on Common Pool Resources is also extremely important, as is Doug North's Institutions, and Ron Coase's theorem.  As Newton suggested, we all stand on the shoulders of giants.

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Law expert: Feds may push GM guilty plea

Law expert: Feds may push GM guilty plea | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Decision in delayed ignition switch recall to come as Justice Dept. has been taking harder line on corporate wrongdoing
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As you'lll see the fallout from the "Holder Memo" is that the DOJ is taking a harder line with companies.

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Our dogs can read our minds: The new neuroscience of animal brains and understanding

Our dogs can read our minds: The new neuroscience of animal brains and understanding | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Dogs seem to have an almost uncanny knack of understanding what’s going on in the minds of human beings. They readily understand pointing. For instance, if two containers are placed in front of a dog, and a person points to the one that contains food, a dog will understand that the gesture of pointing is designed to indicate the food. The food is hidden from the dog ’s view, and experiments show that the choice is not based on smell. They will also go for the food if the person points to a container behind them. They will even choose the correct container if a person simply marks it by placing some object on top of it. Puppies without much human experience act in the same way. Chimpanzees, in contrast, are much worse at such tasks.
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Shimane Prefecture will give you a house…but only if you promise to stay for 25 years

Shimane Prefecture will give you a house…but only if you promise to stay for 25 years | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Tsuwano in Shimane Prefecture thinks they’ve hit upon an idea for injecting some new, young blood into their town. They’re giving houses away for (kind of) free! Of course, there are a few stipulations.
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7 Things People Who Say They're 'Fiscally Conservative But Socially Liberal' Don't Understand

Social and economic issues are deeply intertwined.
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Defendants Using Biographical Videos to Show Judges Another Side at Sentencing

Defendants Using Biographical Videos to Show Judges Another Side at Sentencing | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Defense lawyers are embracing video as a way to help them tell what they hope will be a more favorable story about their clients.
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Suspect being chased by cops calls 911 to get rid of them

Suspect being chased by cops calls 911 to get rid of them | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
"Stop chasing me! I am going to crash!" said the man being pursued in a stolen car from Concord to Berkeley, in the Bay Area. "Tell him to stop chasing me! Tell the helicopter to get away from me!"

The California Highway Patrol was chasing the suspect late Sunday night, driving down three separate highways, jeopardizing other drivers with the police chopper on his tail, but refusing to pull over. Eventually, he crashed into an SUV, injuring the other driver.

But he also managed to escape the crash and police have launched a manhunt for him. Watch the video to here the 911 call.
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Forged Drug Lab Results Could Lead To Release Of Thousands Inmates (VIDEO)

Forged Drug Lab Results Could Lead To Release Of Thousands Inmates (VIDEO) | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A recent court decision could help free tens of thousands of people who may have been wrongly accused of drug-related crimes, based on forged evidence from a state crime lab.

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John Nash, mathematician portrayed in A Beautiful Mind, dies in taxi crash at 86

John Nash, mathematician portrayed in A Beautiful Mind, dies in taxi crash at 86 | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
John Nash, the Nobel prize-winning mathematician whose life story inspired the film A Beautiful Mind, was killed with his wife Alicia in taxi cab crash in New Jersey on Saturday night, police said.
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Nash brought us the stunning revelation that working together improves everyone's lot.  Life is a Team Sport--proven by economic theory.  He won the Nobel Prize for this work.

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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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