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Oregon pot stores sell more than $11 million in first 5 days

Oregon pot stores sell more than $11 million in first 5 days | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
SALEM, Ore. — Retailers sold more than $11 million of marijuana during Oregon's first week of legal recreational sales, outpacing the early business done in other states that have legalized pot, according to the Oregon Retailers of Cannabis Association.Oregon retailers had sales of $3.5 million by the end of opening day, Casey Houlihan, executive director of the association, told the Statesman...

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Be on the alert for these suicide warning signs

-Talking about feeling trapped or being in unbearable pain.

-Talking about being a burden

-Increased drinking or drug use

-Extreme mood swings

-Showing rage or seeking revenge

-Withdrawing
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Giving valuable and sentimental stuff away, also.

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Ice-T Has Had It With America’s Overcrowded Prisons - The Daily Beast

Ice-T Has Had It With America’s Overcrowded Prisons - The Daily Beast | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Ice-T is the latest member of hip-hop royalty to put his name on a petition to pressure Congress to reform the criminal justice system.

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California's drought is about economic inequality

California's drought is about economic inequality | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Racial disparities and political dysfunction are at the heart of the state's water crisis.
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Here's the troubling new evidence on how the media inspires mass shooters

Here's the troubling new evidence on how the media inspires mass shooters | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Plus: 6 things news outlets can do to help prevent copycat attacks.
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Do taxes on plastic bags make a difference? This video presents the evidence.

Do taxes on plastic bags make a difference? This video presents the evidence. | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Today Britain will start charging customers for plastic bags.

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Orion Hutchin's comment, October 8, 2015 1:40 AM
Taxes appear to impact everyone around the world. I would have no issue with using reusable bags. A tax is a good way to change the behavior of a group of people. I don't want to it sound like I want more taxes, I am merely saying they are an effective way to change in this instance
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Family of Pot Patients Sentenced to Prison

Family of Pot Patients Sentenced to Prison | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Barely a month after her husband died of cancer, Rhonda Firestack-Harvey got more devastating news: Obama administration prosecutors had convinced a judge to imprison her for tending their medical marijuana garden, which fell on the edges of complying with Washington state law.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Rice sentenced Firestack-Harvey on Friday to one year and a day in prison for violating federal law by growing between 50 and 100 marijuana plants. Her son and daughter-in-law, who helped with the garden and like Rhonda and her late husband were state-legal medical pot patients at the time of a DEA raid in 2012, also got prison sentences for the 74-plant garden.

Rolland Gregg, an alternative energy developer, received the harshest penalty, 33 months. His wife – Michelle Gregg, who works at Microsoft – got a year and a day in prison.

"The fight continues," says family media coordinator Kari Boiter, who attended the daylong sentencing hearing. "It certainly should have ended before now."

The three are free pending appeal and through Boiter declined to comment. Earlier, the family had hoped for a slap on the wrist, perhaps probation, after beating almost all charges at trial.
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California governor signs bill legalizing physician-assisted suicide

California governor signs bill legalizing physician-assisted suicide | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Physician-assisted suicide will become legal in California under a bill signed into law on Monday by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, despite intense opposition from some religious and disability rights groups.
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Courtney Thompson's comment, October 6, 2015 9:38 PM
I know that this is a very controversial topic but I think that this is a good thing. If someone is not recovering from an illness such as cancer where they are given a time period to live I say that they should have the right to decide when they want to die and why not have it by someone who can help you pass in comfort. No one wants to suffer.
Orion Hutchin's comment, October 7, 2015 9:43 PM
I think that an individual should have the right to choose their own ending. I do see potential for harm, however the greater harm in my opinion is of the person who suffers. I have to wonder how we as a society can prolong peoples suffering and agony without compassion to let the person end their own suffering. We afford the option to our pets, we end their suffering, but yet if it is a human being it is a sin or the state deems life has intrinsic value.
The Planetary Archives / San Francisco, California's curator insight, October 10, 2015 11:11 AM

Thanks Jerry, for FINALLY doing something "progressive."

 

The only real difference between humans and other beings is that we can decide when we've had enough.....

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PreThe Law According to the Comic Strips: Any Questions?

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Pretty simplified.

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Chinese blogger points to luxury watches as sign of corruption

Chinese blogger points to luxury watches as sign of corruption | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
An eagle-eyed Chinese internet activist has raised questions about the rampant corruption in China after spotting countless senior Chinese officials apparently wearing wristwatches they could not possibly afford on their official salaries.
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Thorstein Veblen's scalp displaying behavior.  We want people to know how successful we are....

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Judges need more feedback on their work, new research concludes

Judges need more feedback on their work, new research concludes | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Bristol University’s recommendations welcomed by the President

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Darn tootin' they're political....It's a profession of lawyers, by lawyers, and supervised by lawyers.

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Jay Fulk's comment, October 7, 2015 1:34 PM
I think that this is a very good idea. I feel like for every profession to excel in their field, they should have constant feedback on their performance. A judge is no different, they are people with the task of making extremely difficult decisions on their own. I couldn't imagine being a judge in a family court and never knowing how I was doing, or how people perceived I was doing. I'm all for this!
Orion Hutchin's comment, October 7, 2015 10:07 PM
I would agree with you Jay. Although Duke provides make a good point, this is a club of lawyers basically. There probably has to be some form of loyalty their like any other group situation.
Jay Fulk's comment, October 8, 2015 3:25 PM
Yes, the loyalty will more than likely always be a factor for sure.
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Justice denied: Japanese prisoner dies after 46 years on death row - Amnesty International

Justice denied: Japanese prisoner dies after 46 years on death row - Amnesty International | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The death in prison of a Japanese man who spent more than 46 years facing execution, after a conviction based on a forced “confession”, underlines the urgent need for a review of all similar cases, Amnesty International said today.

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Here's the dark side of a "good" Justice system.  The lawyers, the police, even the Yakuza serve some theoretical cultural values, but the individual is often left unserved.

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Ben Bernanke wanted Wall Street's worst in jail

Ben Bernanke wanted Wall Street's worst in jail | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Ben Bernanke, the former Fed Chair, said in an interview that he wishes more Wall Street bankers went to jail following the financial crisis.
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Why sex crimes have statutes of limitations

Why sex crimes have statutes of limitations | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
"Over time witnesses' memories fade, evidence is lost or never found, and in many instances perpetrators or witnesses may be deceased,” explains a spokesperson for the church. Some counter that survivors of sexual abuse should have more time to press criminal charges or sue in civil court, as years or decades may pass before victims realise the gravity of the violation.
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Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight, October 9, 2015 2:03 PM

dOr find the needed help to receive justice and not just-ice but God gives His perfect peace and provides His grace and mercy and is why God provides opportunities for forgiveness and God justice is mighty mighty sweet as He loves us all not just one or the other but He hates some of the things done but God has an overcomer plan no matter what God time is not our time watch God

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America’s Mass-Shooting Capital Is Chicago - The Daily Beast

America’s Mass-Shooting Capital Is Chicago - The Daily Beast | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
People living in Chiraq’s worst neighborhoods are more likely to be killed than citizens of the world’s leading countries for murder.

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Now wait a minute, are we calling gang shootings mass shootings now?  If so, this is too inclusive of a term.  We know what causes gang shootings: economic interests combined with too few dispute resolution mechanisms.  Mass shootings, however, are so far a mystery.  I think it's a mistake to lump both gang shootings and, for lack of a better term, school shootings, together.

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Weight-loss surgery linked to increased suicide risk

Weight-loss surgery linked to increased suicide risk | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
- Patients may be more likely to harm themselves or attempt suicide after weight-loss surgery, a Canadian study suggests.
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Divergent theories outlined in latest round of Fairbanks Four murder case

Divergent theories outlined in latest round of Fairbanks Four murder case | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
About 40 people attended the opening of what is expected to be a month-long hearing in which four men convicted of a 1997 murder will argue that they should be declared innocent and set free.
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Paris police crack down on pickpocketing of tourists in public transit, department stores

Paris police crack down on pickpocketing of tourists in public transit, department stores | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Paris police say they are getting a handle on crime against tourists.
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Criminalizing the second oldest profession, part 1: Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)

Criminalizing the second oldest profession, part 1: Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The demand for bribes from politicians and the attendant temptation to succumb to those demands has been an ever-present reality for businesses since antiquity. As observed by former President Ronald Reagan: “It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession.” For centuries, bribing public officials has been a...

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Oregon college shaken by massacre reopens with counselors, comfort dogs

Oregon college shaken by massacre reopens with counselors, comfort dogs | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Students still shaken from a shooting rampage days earlier that claimed 10 lives were welcomed back on Monday by grief counselors and comfort dogs to their community college in southern Oregon, but classes remained canceled through the week.
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Why Asia is the new Europe

Why Asia is the new Europe | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A 20-second video shows 35 years of the rise and fall of the world economy
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This is pretty neat.  The U.S. stays about the same....

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Ciudadanos pide a Cifuentes que recupere la Academia de Policía de Madrid

Ciudadanos pide a Cifuentes que recupere la Academia de Policía de Madrid | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
El grupo de Ciudadanos en la Asamblea de Madrid ha registrado una proposición no de ley en la que insta al Gobierno de Cristina Cifuentes a recuperar la Academia de Policía regional, suprimida en...
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I'm not sure what's going on with the citizen group asking to "recover" the police academy, and there's no other news stories that I can find on this....

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Hong Kong's former leader Donald Tsang charged over corruption allegations

Hong Kong's former leader Donald Tsang charged over corruption allegations | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it

Hong Kong’s former leader Donald Tsang was Monday charged with misconduct during his time in office the latest high-profile corruption case to hit the city.

Tsang ended his term in disgrace in June 2012 after admitting to accepting gifts from tycoons in the form of trips on luxury yachts and private jets, but insisted there was no conflict of interest.

He has since been under investigation by the city’s Independent Commission Against Corruption.

Tsang, 70, who held the leadership post of chief executive for seven years from 2005, is expected to appear in court Monday afternoon, according to reports.

He would become the highest-ranking Hong Kong official to face a corruption trial.

The charges against Tsang are in connection with his failure to file conflict of interest declarations to the Executive Council – the de facto cabinet – according to government-owned broadcaster RTHK.

They come less than a year after Hong Kong property tycoon Thomas Kwok and the government’s former deputy leader Rafael Hui were jailed for graft after Hui was found guilty of taking bribes from Kwok and Kwok’s brother Raymond.

While serving as chief secretary for administration, Hui was Tsang’s deputy from 2005 to 2007.

He was jailed in December for seven and a half years on a total of five graft charges, making him the highest-ranking official in the city’s history to be found guilty of taking bribes.

Prosecutors said Hui had enjoyed an extravagant standard of living that far outstripped his official salary, having spent millions on a mistress in Shanghai, for whom he bought gifts from bags to watches to properties.

He was accused of receiving HK$34 million ($4.39 million) to be the Kwoks’ “eyes and ears” in government.


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Air France executives had their shirts ripped off by workers losing their jobs

Air France executives had their shirts ripped off by workers losing their jobs | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Two Air France executives had their shirts ripped from their backs and clambered over security fences to escape after staff members facing job cuts burst into a meeting.

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Here's an example of that French indignation that I was telling you about in class.

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4 Students Arrested in Northern California, Suspected of Plotting Killings in High School

4 Students Arrested in Northern California, Suspected of Plotting Killings in High School | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The sheriff of Tuolumne County, east of San Francisco, said the boys had “very detailed” plans to shoot specific people, including teachers.
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Miranda Kay Grieser's comment, October 5, 2015 4:48 PM
This is still mindblowing to me that kids can just so openly talk about doing things like this. I think it was the teacher's right call to have these students taken from the school as soon as they heard the students talking about shooting up the school. They may have just saved many lives from being taken. The fact that they think these kids got the idea after the Oregon Community College is just sickening and proves that social media and mass media in general promoting and talking about these incidents is starting to cause a repetitive act. These shootings are inhumane, and I just cannot understand why people would want to shoot other people with no real motive.
Courtney Thompson's comment, October 6, 2015 9:41 PM
Just like Miranda has stated above me, this is absolutely shocking that shootings are now considered to be so normal that students are now willing to openly talk about it and fear no consequences. The teacher was completely in the right to report these students as, with recent events, one can not take these threats lightly. The fact that this was just after the Oregon shooting makes it even more sickening.