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FBI: Hacker Says He Made Plane Change Course

FBI: Hacker Says He Made Plane Change Course | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The security researcher told federal agents he accessed in-flight networks more than a dozen times, according to an affidavit.
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9 Bikers Are Killed in Shootout in Waco

9 Bikers Are Killed in Shootout in Waco | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A fight among members of rival motorcycle gangs broke out in a chain restaurant at a shopping center in Texas and escalated to gunfire, the police said.
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Then they started shooting at the police--big mistake....

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5 Big Banks Expected to Plead Guilty to Felony Charges, but Punishments May Be Tempered

5 Big Banks Expected to Plead Guilty to Felony Charges, but Punishments May Be Tempered | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it

When five of the world’s biggest banks plead guilty to an array of antitrust and fraud charges as soon as next week, life will go on, probably without much of a hiccup.

The Justice Department is preparing to announce that Barclays, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup and the Royal Bank of Scotland will collectively pay several billion dollars and plead guilty to criminal antitrust violations for rigging the price of foreign currencies, according to people briefed on the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Most if not all of the pleas are expected to come from the banks’ holding companies, the people said — a first for Wall Street giants that until now have had only subsidiaries or their biggest banking units plead guilty.

The Justice Department is also preparing to resolve accusations of foreign currency misconduct at UBS. As part of that deal, prosecutors are taking the rare step of tearing up a 2012 nonprosecution agreement with the bank over the manipulation of benchmark interest rates, the people said, citing the bank’s foreign currency misconduct as a violation of the earlier agreement.


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For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact, Unaware of World War II

For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact, Unaware of World War II | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
In 1978, Soviet geologists prospecting in the wilds of Siberia discovered a family of six, lost in the taiga
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Industry and curiosity draw crowds to Anchorage cannabis trade show

Industry and curiosity draw crowds to Anchorage cannabis trade show | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Aimed at sharing information about the fledgling industry, the three-day Northwest Cannabis Classic at the Dena’ina Center features panels, demonstrations and products that range from lighting technology to smoking instruments to flower enhancers and plant food. 
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State, Native leaders talk tribal sovereignty at Alaska Bar Association convention

State, Native leaders talk tribal sovereignty at Alaska Bar Association convention | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
"If we started trying to argue about the extent of our powers as tribes, that would have taken up all the time. And so in a sense we tried to avoid that. In fact, I don't even remember a single AFN board meeting in which we discussed the administrative aspects of the settlement. We were focused on the land. And of course the land allows a culture to exist," he said.
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You can't give up something that is tied to the very essence of humanity and culture.  The devil, however, is in the details.  Just because you can't give up certain rights doesn't mean that the state shouldn't step in when there is no system in place to effectively provide these rights.  However, at some point, there needs to be a withering away and transition to something that resembles autonomy within the Federalism system.

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Connection Between Lead Poisoning and Criminal Behavior

Connection Between Lead Poisoning and Criminal Behavior | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The keynote speaker at a Rochester conference on lead poisoning says there's a definite connection between lead exposure at an early age and criminal
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Correlation is high, but is that causation?  We still don't know enough about the lead--crime connection.  It certainly enhances lab rat aggression, but it's dangerous to equate lab results with those that we'd expect from a complex social and economic environment.

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Slavoj Žižek about Ayn Rand libertarianism

Zizek talks about Ayn Rand during a radio interview. All rights and credit go to the Australian Broadcasting Company. Video by me with photos from Wikipedia.

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Rob Duke's comment, May 17, 2015 4:55 AM
Zizek is, in my mind, the leading philosopher alive today (though, I also like Amartya Sen a great deal).
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Man who shot at George Zimmerman's truck in central Florida charged with assault, battery

Man who shot at George Zimmerman's truck in central Florida charged with assault, battery | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A man who shot at George Zimmerman during a confrontation earlier this week along a busy central Florida road has been arrested.
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Student who told Jeb Bush 'Your brother created Isis' speaks out about incident

Student who told Jeb Bush 'Your brother created Isis' speaks out about incident | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
“A Bush was trying to blame Isis on Obama’s foreign policy,” Ziedrich told the New York Times. “It was like somebody crashing their car and blaming the passenger.”
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LOL.  Exactly what she did.  Blame a state governor for the actions of the President because they happen to be related? 

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The Social Construction of Reality - Part 1 - YouTube

This is a video aiming to illustrate key concepts from the book "The Social Construction of Reality" by Berger and Luckmann. It was created as a class projec...

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Militia opponent to Alaska Bar Association: Influence of extremists growing

Militia opponent to Alaska Bar Association: Influence of extremists growing | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A national opponent of the militia and sovereign citizen movements warned the membership of the Alaska Bar Association on Friday that extremist right wing groups are dangerous and growing more influential in mainstream circles.
Mark Potak, the editor of the Southern Poverty Law Center's "Intelligence Report" and "Hatewatch" blogs, came to Fairbanks this week to speak at the bar association's annual convention at the Westmark Hotel and Conference Center.
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Boomers' biggest retirement regret? They didn't work longer

Boomers' biggest retirement regret? They didn't work longer | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Many baby boomers wish they'd worked longer, and some boomers have jobs in retirement -- but maybe not for the reason you think
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Jury Awards $21M After Woman Dies of Brain Surgery She Didn't Need

Jury Awards $21M After Woman Dies of Brain Surgery She Didn't Need | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Attorney: Michigan woman admitted for routine jaw procedure “suffered horribly” after right side of skull sawed off due to x-ray mix-up.
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Jihad Without Borders: There Are No Foreign Fighters - Huffington Post

Jihad Without Borders: There Are No Foreign Fighters - Huffington Post | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
If we are to succeed in countering jihadist terrorists, we must rethink the battlefield and understand there are no foreign fighters, just combatants bent on a philosophical mission, regardless of territory.

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Police arrest suspect in Alaska for Maryland double murder

Police arrest suspect in Alaska for Maryland double murder | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Police have arrested a suspect on a cruise ship in Alaska and charged him with a double murder after he confessed to killing a Maryland couple found slain on Mother's Day, police said Sunday.
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Stephanopoulos: 'I Don't' Believe in Media Bias - Video Flashback

George Stephanopoulos said he doesn’t believe media bias exists when asked at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. When he discovered he was being interviewed by the Media Research Center and was asked to confirm his answer,...
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See Chomsky's early work: it's all biased.  When all major media is owned by a handful of corporations, what can you expect?

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Through Flaws in the Machine, Robots May Develop "Souls": An Interview with John Gray | VICE | United States

Through Flaws in the Machine, Robots May Develop "Souls": An Interview with John Gray | VICE | United States | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Another argument of your book is that science can never explain itself, and we will have to rely on philosophy and religion and humanistic endeavors to actually explain what science discovers. What will happen if the current trend at universities continues, of prioritizing those disciplines with concrete economic gains above those of humanistic inquiry?
People feel, for good reason, that when they're at university, if they spend their time on humanistic disciplines, they'll have no obvious, clear economic payoff. They feel they'll "pay for it" later. And that feeling was well-founded, was it not?
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Ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi Sentenced to Death

Ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi Sentenced to Death | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
An Egyptian court sentenced ousted President Mohammed Morsi and over 100 others to death Saturday over a mass prison break during the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak and later brought Islamists to power for the first time in Egypt.
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Morgan Freeman Shoots Straight: On Legalizing Marijuana and His Escape From New York

Morgan Freeman Shoots Straight: On Legalizing Marijuana and His Escape From New York | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
He pauses, and points to the glove-aid jutting out from his left suit sleeve. “Marijuana has many useful uses,” he says. “I have fibromyalgia pain in this arm, and the only thing that offers any relief is marijuana. They’re talking about kids who have grand mal seizures, and they’ve discovered that marijuana eases that down to where these children can have a life. That right there, to me, says, ‘Legalize it across the board!’”
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Attorney blames murder 'confession' on language barrier

Angelika Graswald accused of drowning fiance in Hudson River
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The arguments against the Human Rights Act are coming. They will be false | Keir Starmer

The arguments against the Human Rights Act are coming. They will be false | Keir Starmer | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
As Michael Gove prepares his attempt to repeal this fundamental act, here’s some myth-busting about what it is, and how it works
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Amnesty International USA Responds to Death Penalty in Boston Bombing Case

In response to the announcement that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death after being convicted in the Boston Marathon bombings, Steven W. Hawkins, executive director of Amnesty International USA issued the following statement: "We condemn the bombings that took place in Boston two years ago, and we mourn the loss of life and grave injuries they caused. The death penalty, however, is not justice. It will only compound the violence, and it will not deter others from committing similar crimes in the future. It is outrageous that the federal government imposes this cruel and inhuman punishment, particularly when the people of Massachusetts have abolished it in their state. As death sentences decline worldwide, no government can claim to be a leader in human rights when it sentences its prisoners to death."


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I understand the deep human need for justice. The death penalty is a tragic expression of that need, teaching that the state has ultimate power over people. When will we learn that a restorative and a protective justice model does not include legal killing? Do you choose to not kill because you are afraid the state will kill you? Or are you motivated to protect and serve life because you are alive, your nature is to live compassionately?

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US court orders release of three anti-nuclear activists - BBC News

US court orders release of three anti-nuclear activists - BBC News | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A US federal appeals court orders the immediate release of three anti-nuclear activists, including an elderly Catholic nun, the group's lawyer says.
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Victims Find Solace and Sorrow in Boston Verdict and Are Ready to Move On

Victims Find Solace and Sorrow in Boston Verdict and Are Ready to Move On | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Victims and emergency medical workers reacted online and off to the jury decision that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should get the death penalty for the 2013 attack.
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