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We have the gig economy all wrong: Here’s how we reinvent the organization man in the Uber-age

We have the gig economy all wrong: Here’s how we reinvent the organization man in the Uber-age | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The argument is stuck: "The gig economy will destroy all jobs." "The gig economy will save us." Here's the truth
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Japan's 'Black Widow' Arrested Again After Poisoning Her Eighth Male Victim | Broadly

Sixty-eight-year-old Chisako Kakehi has a long history of wedding and dead-ing her suitors.
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A licence to kill - the slippery slope of 'assisted dying'

A licence to kill - the slippery slope of 'assisted dying' | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A couple of years ago I contacted Holland’s top pro-euthanasia organisation. Our House of Lords looks likely to approve a bill legalising euthanasia here, I told them. ‘Very exciting!’ came… Read more

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There’s nothing good about the rise in zero-hours contracts – ban them now | Peter Fleming

There’s nothing good about the rise in zero-hours contracts – ban them now | Peter Fleming | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Businesses use spurious arguments to support these contracts but they prop up the wealthy while the poor worry about their weekly shopping
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America’s national vacation problem

America’s national vacation problem | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it

"As Americans enjoy an extra day away from the office over the long Labor Day weekend, many will reflect on the end of a summer when, once again, they took far fewer days of vacation than workers in other countries. 40% of Americans do not take all of their vacation days."


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Chelsea Martines's curator insight, September 10, 2015 9:35 PM

Americans have been said to be the least vacationing people compared to many other countries workers. But, according to the article, 40% choose to do this, and do not take off as many vacation days as they can. Many Americans would like to, but feel pressured to keep up with the American stereotype and keep being 'hard-working' citizens. BBC did a poll on their Facebook page to find this out, and many Americans said that their bosses as well do not make it easy to take time off sometimes, restricting their vacationing days, although at a federal level, they should be able to do so easily. 

Kevin Nguyen's curator insight, September 16, 2015 1:07 PM

It is amazing to look at American society and their struggles with taking days out of work on vacation. In this competitive economy, people need to be hard working to keep their jobs and excel in their field of work. Taking days off usually would be wise in order to refresh and rejuvenate from the long working hours. However, people are fearing that their work load will be too overwhelming to take on upon their return if they chose to take time off. One of my managers at work (JCPenney) would stay passed her scheduled time to make sure the men's department would be clean and organized before she leave. She usually does this after she clocked out and will stay for 3-4 hours after. I can definitely relate this situation to the article. The fact that most Americans working at a job that they have tons of responsibilities for will feel stressed and overwhelmed if they take vacation days. 

Tracy Harding's comment, September 22, 2015 10:15 AM
You need to include global impact and personal thoughts.
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How Einstein Thought: Why “Combinatory Play” Is the Secret of Genius

How Einstein Thought: Why “Combinatory Play” Is the Secret of Genius | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
"Combinatory play seems to be the essential feature in productive thought."

For as long as I can remember -- and certainly long before I
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Dope springs eternal

Dope springs eternal | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
ROBIN DOUGLAS apologises for not putting on his shirt while giving a sermon to a parishioner via Skype. His listener doesn’t mind; she doesn’t feel well enough...
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Love (and money) conquer caste

Love (and money) conquer caste | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
HALF a dozen young technology workers are gathered around a table in south Mumbai. In between checking their smartphones, they describe an Indian social revolution...
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Bethel vandals target city vehicles, others in latest destructive incident

Bethel vandals target city vehicles, others in latest destructive incident | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Vandals smashed windows of at least five vehicles, including two city SUVs, sometime Sunday night or Monday morning in the latest round of damage in the Southwest Alaska city.
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Have to get some of those embedded cellular/sat trackers.  Attach to bikes, embed in cel phones or laptops and activate when moved.  Will have the suspects in custody within minutes.

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Jay Fulk's comment, September 8, 2015 10:23 PM
Wow, it's hard to believe that a pair of 10 year olds can cause upwards of $100,000 in damage! What has gotten into these kids? I think that the largest problem facing our country today is the disintegration of the family unit. Parenting goes a long way in preparing a child for life and for making rational decisions. There is something going on with these kids that is obviously making them act out. I have a hard time believing that they are doing this purely out of boredom.
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The Worst Board Games Ever Invented

The Worst Board Games Ever Invented | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Last week, I dove into the data and design of Twilight Struggle — the best board game on the planet, according to the popular gaming site BoardGameGeek. I spoke with game’s designer, and tapped in…
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...just because I, too, hate board games.

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For More Teens, Arrests by Police Replace School Discipline

For More Teens, Arrests by Police Replace School Discipline | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A generation ago, students caught fighting at school, sassing a teacher or skipping class might have ended up in detention. Today, there’s a good chance they will end up in police custody. Some communities are trying to reverse the practice.

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Jay Fulk's comment, September 8, 2015 10:29 PM
This sounds like it is a bit excessive. When I was in middle school and high school, I was in situations that would be considered borderline criminal by todays standards. I was playing touch football during lunch recess in 8th grade and the game turned a bit rough. I ended up getting into a short fist fight with a classmate. We both recieved detention for the fight and that was it. Today, we both could have been arrested for that. It sounds like we are overreacting as a society to these small infractions. I do not agree with a zero tolerance policy for these small crimes that kids are committing at school.
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Donald Duck in Der Fuehrer's Face (1943 Disney)

Donald Duck in Der Fuehrer's Face (1943 Disney) | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Der Fuehrer's Face (originally titled Donald Duck in Nutzi Land) is a 1943 American animated propaganda short film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released in 1943 by RKO Radio Pictures. T
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Sprechen Sie power?

Sprechen Sie power? | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
SUCH was the status of German in the 19th century—for Europeans generally and for Jews in particular—that Theodor Herzl, the founder of Zionism, once proposed making it the official language of a future state of Israel. In the event, devotees of Hebrew won out. After the Holocaust, German was particularly despised. But times change. Israeli 14- to 15-year-olds going back to school after the summer holidays now have the option of German as a foreign language for the first time at five public schools, to be followed by more.
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Curiouser and curiouser

Curiouser and curiouser | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
ONLY the wildest optimists still believe that Thailand’s military junta, which seized power in a coup last year, intends to step down soon. A farce that played out...
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The Complex Connection Between Gentrification and Displacement

The Complex Connection Between Gentrification and Displacement | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Gentrification can push residents out of their neighborhoods, but the ultimate effects of displacement are less clear.

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What ​California Inmates Are Saying About Prison Gang Leaders Getting Out of Solitary Confinement | VICE | United States

"Its like a quasi-release for these guys," Ramsey says. "It's like being released to the streets, because none of these dudes are going to see the light of day, so just being able to get on a yard, being able to hug your family, hug your kids [is huge]. Some of those dudes were up there for decades with no phone calls and no contacts. In Pelican Bay, you don't get direct sunlight. It's gonna be a culture shock to those guys."

Of course, the release of the gang leaders could spark violence as they battle for position and resources in an environment where scarcity is the name of the game. According to the LA Times report, the man held in solitary the longest in California prison history—Hugo Pinell, who was in there for 43 years—got killed during a riot just days after his release this summer. But big names can actually decrease violence if they demand respect.

"One thang fa'sho tho, their presence will add an abundance of diplomacy to the yards that they get acclimated to, to the point of voicing their opinions and what not, hence that is where respect begins," a convict named Mac tells VICE via text. "Cats respect individuals on a personal level by the way they carry their self, the way they talk and express their self."
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Iceland Recovering Fastest In Europe After Jailing Bankers Instead Of Bailing Them Out

Iceland Recovering Fastest In Europe After Jailing Bankers Instead Of Bailing Them Out | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
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After Iceland suffered a heavy hit in the 2008-2009 financial crisis, which famously resulted in convictions and jail terms for a number of top banking executives, the IMF now says the country has managed to achieve economic r

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Federal judge says California early-release program can’t exclude male inmates

A Sacramento federal judge ruled Wednesday that an early-release program for female inmates in California’s prisons is unconstitutional and must be expanded to include male inmates.
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Courtney Thompson's comment, September 14, 2015 2:07 AM
I am from Napa California and I did not even know that this was happening in my state's jail. I understand a lot of the concerns addressed in this article especially the recidivism rate but that is not a reason to deny men the chance of early release. If they are proving themselves in jail to possibly be an effective member in society and not doing any harm then they should get the chance of early release. Personally now after many course with Professor Duke, May, Dake, DeCarro, and Jarret I am starting to see the benefits to restorative justice programs as that is what can immensely help with the recidivism rates.
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Teen charged with encouraging her boyfriend to kill himself

Teen charged with encouraging her boyfriend to kill himself | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
At first glance, the text messages appear to show a disturbing case of cyberbullying: one teen urging another to kill himself. But the texts were not sent by a school bully. They were from a 17-year-old girl to her boyfriend, whom she called the love of her life.
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Courtney Thompson's comment, September 14, 2015 2:14 AM
My friend sent me an article that had the full text message transcript and I could not believe what I read. It was absolutely disgusting. She is the true definition of a evil human being and a bad person. Her boyfriend was showing signs of not wanting to commit suicide and choose life but she is the one that nagged him for weeks to just kill himself. She claims to love him but if she truly did then she would have valued his life and would have done anything to save him. Something is not right with this girl and his death is completely her fault. This whole situation just doe not make sense to me. I do not understand how someone can encourage someone they supposedly love to kill themselves.
Rob Duke's comment, September 17, 2015 6:11 PM
Yes, I agree. I wasn't sure of the circs until this article came out.
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How Baby Boomers Get High

How Baby Boomers Get High | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Reports over the past decade have detailed higher rates of illicit drug use, drug-related hospital admissions and overdoses among baby boomers in their later years than previous generations. A Wall…
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Child Mortality Rates Drop, But Targets Prove Elusive

Child Mortality Rates Drop, But Targets Prove Elusive | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
More than 16,000 children under age 5 die each day.
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This is a biggie for quality of life....
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High school kids use e-cigarettes to smoke cannabis: Study

High school kids use e-cigarettes to smoke cannabis: Study | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
High school students have found a creative new use for e-cigarettes, researchers reported Monday.
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Cheech & Chong, but with geeked out like the guys from Weird Science....

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Brandal Nicole Crenshaw's comment, September 8, 2015 3:10 PM
I suppose that this would have happened eventually. However, at least in Alaska, smoking is illegal for anyone under the age of 18. Isn't the cannabis laws the same? Therefore, regardless of methods, they are still breaking the law.
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How Cannibals Might Cure Degenerative Brain Diseases | VICE | United States

The Kore tribe in Papua New Guinea ate its dead during a prion epidemic called kuru. Eventually, many of the cannibals developed a resistance to kuru altogether.
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See where women outnumber men around the world (and why)

See where women outnumber men around the world (and why) | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it

"A new study maps the population gaps between men and women around the world."

 


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Laura Lee Smith's comment, September 7, 2015 7:19 PM
This is actually something I discussed a while back with a friend of mine who is from Russia, how there is such a huge lack of marriageable men that women there consider being a mail order bride a good alternative to spinsterhood.
Laura Lee Smith's comment, September 7, 2015 7:19 PM
This is actually something I discussed a while back with a friend of mine who is from Russia, how there is such a huge lack of marriageable men that women there consider being a mail order bride a good alternative to spinsterhood.
Cohen Adkins's curator insight, September 8, 2015 4:59 PM

Its amazing how well balanced some countries are with the ratio of men to women how ever some of the 3rd world countries are off balance but not to an extreme.

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Why Istanbul Should Be Called Catstantinople

Why Istanbul Should Be Called Catstantinople | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
In this ancient Turkish city once ruled by sultans and emperors, the real king is the humble alley cat. Now, Istanbul’s feline fetish is adapting to the digital age, with thousands following social media sites offering daily pictures of the city’s cutest street cats.
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