Early one weekend morning, just after the nightclubs had closed, three young white men ambled into the harsh fluorescent light of a South African takeout food franchise. They whistled at the staffers, all of them black, tugged their clothing and pulled their caps askew. When customers Sikhulekile Duma and two fellow black students told them to stop, they said people who didn't speak Afrikaans didn't belong there.
There is now pending legislation in the United States Senate and the U.S. House involving the diversion of justice-involved individuals with behavioral health disorders from standard prosecution. Both bills use the Sequential Intercept Model (SIM), developed by Mark Munetz and Patty Griffin in collaboration with Hank Steadman, as an organizing tool to help structure the proposed law. What is the SIM? How can it be used?
Motorbike gangs in America date back to the 1940s, when thrill-seeking former soldiers spent their earnings on powerful machines. According to the FBI, there are now more than 300. Some traffick drugs and weapons, and in many parts of the country police claim they are the most violent threat present. In other ways, however, they are more like Rotarians: they also run charity events and attend annual general meetings.
They have spread globally, too. The Justice Department thinks the Bandidos have up to 2,500 members in 14 countries; only the Hells Angels are bigger. Recently they have become infamous in the Netherlands; on May 8th Dutch Bandidos members smashed a café in Sittard. They have been fighting for years with Hells Angels in Germany and Sweden.
How to stop people carrying out unethical behaviours.
People who anticipate temptation are less likely to do bad things, a new study finds. The research also found that when people thought unethical behaviour reflected poorly on them, they also resisted. Dr Oliver Sheldon, one of the study’s authors, said:
“People often think that bad people do bad things and good people do good things, and that unethical behavior just comes down to character.
But most people behave dishonestly sometimes, and frequently, this may have more to do with the situation and how people view their own unethical behavior than character, per se.”
It sounds like some dystopian future where our behavior is altered whilst we sleep, but scientists have been able to show that levels of prejudice can actually be modified by influencing the way the brain learns during nap time.
"The city of Paris will start removing padlocks from the Pont des Arts on Monday, effectively ending the tourist tradition of attaching 'love locks' to the bridge. For years, visitors have been attaching locks with sentimental messages to the bridge in symbolic acts of affection. Some further seal the deal by throwing keys into the Seine River below. It was considered charming at first, but the thrill wore off as sections of fencing on the Pont des Arts crumbled under the locks' weight. The bridge carries more than 700,000 locks with an estimated combined weight roughly the same as 20 elephants."
Always consider the source, but it's an interesting question: is the Holder Memo reasonable in this? Should we be interested in collateral damage? Should we reward companies that cooperate and later admit guilt after fixing the problems? Should this include only fines and no imprisonment?
WITH competition and technology improving the substances on the market, these are high times for discerning drug users
Rob Duke's insight:
As to be expected as these markets become more transparent and more competitive. Ulbrecht did wrong by ordering murders, but Silk Road (and other copycats) are providing alternative markets to the "street".
Like the IRA, some leaders were able to be converted to "political" operators. Once this occurred, it was just a matter of letting the people decide in legitimate political forums. Eventually, even the Real IRA bowed to these popular masters.
Nation building is more complex than this, but it's encouraging to read this story (assuming Hersi is genuinely interested in renouncing extremism and violence).
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