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How Prohibition Put the Cocaine in Coca-Cola

How Prohibition Put the Cocaine in Coca-Cola | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
When the beverage first debuted in 1886, it was described as "Coca-Cola: The Temperance Drink."
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Christopher L. Baca's comment, February 9, 1:59 AM
At first read, my initial comment is "So we'll put a ban on alcohol, but add in addictive drugs/chemicals into our drinks and that's perfectly fine. Sounds about right."
I gave a bit of a laugh to myself and then took a glance at what my surrounding friends were consuming. Coke, Mountain Dew, Coffee, Red Bull..all these drinks with tremendous amounts of chemicals in them and adverse affects to prolonged usage of them.

Back to the article though, I think its humorous that Coke was only created to compete with a different drink that was sweeping the nation by storm.
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Americans Overestimate Class Mobility

Americans Overestimate Class Mobility | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
New research finds we believe class boundaries are more porous than they are in reality.
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Christopher L. Baca's comment, February 9, 2:08 AM
"Rags to Riches" or the "American Dream", whatever you choose to call it is still alive and well. The idea that through hard work and determination, anyone can achieve greatness, I believe that is still around.
It is harder to achieve than it was initially, but it is still there.
From this article, we see that there is a general difference in the mobility of different groups of people. It's easier of course, for someone who comes from a wealthy and well connected family to make something big of themselves where-as a child who comes from a poor and troubled family will have to work harder to overcome a multitude of obstacles to reach "success".
I think a real problem with our culture, is that many of us confuse needs with wants. To live within our needs and not above them. You don't need the best car or the newest cell phone, you just need a car and you just need a cell phone. Or maybe you don't even need either. Ya know?
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How to Beat a Polygraph

How to Beat a Polygraph | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Visualize cool beers on warm summer nights.
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Kyle May's comment, February 5, 7:09 PM
I think it is very interesting that many states and even some federal courts have the polygraph as inadmissible for evidence. This questions why do we keep it if our federal government doesn't trust it? This goes back to what we talked about how fingerprinting isn't 100% with the misidentification of a Brandon Mayfield for the Madrid Spain Bombing. Fingerprinting is much more reliable. If the fingerprints match, generally it's your person. It's extremely hard to tell if someone is lying, and if you're nervous when taking the polygraph - it could be seen that you're lying even though you aren't.
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The Role of Public Spaces After Tragedy

The Role of Public Spaces After Tragedy | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The urban environment functions as more than just a setting. It also gives meaning to demonstrations, like the one happening in Paris.
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The Toddlers Are on to You

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A new study suggests children as young as 13 months understand more about social interactions and intentions than we'd previously thought.
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Does threat of punishment deter psychopaths? Their brains respond differently, brain scans show

Does threat of punishment deter psychopaths? Their brains respond differently, brain scans show | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The brains of violent offenders with psychopathic personalities don’t process punishment in the same way as other offenders, according to an MRI study.The Daily Beast summarizes the study of
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Colorado is making so much money from cannabis it's having to give some back to citizens

Colorado is making so much money from cannabis it's having to give some back to citizens | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Colorado's marijuana experiment has been an empirically rousing success thus far, with crime down and tourism up, and now the state has collected so much money in tax from sales of pot that it might be legally obliged to give some back.
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Alaska could use the revenue right now....

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Kyle May's comment, February 5, 7:16 PM
I'm glad that Colorado led the way with this. This study, which is turning out to have more states in support of it, could potentially free up a lot of time within our Justice system. With decrimilization of pot, and legalizing sale - the tax money can help the local area. As you said Rob, Alaska could use this right now. Our economy is suffering from the lack of oil cost. The reduced cost of having police work, court time, and prison time costs being reduced due to Marijuana related crimes.
Raquel Young's comment, February 11, 1:22 AM
You also have to look at the population of colorado. They have a way more people and thats why they are doing so well with the sales.
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What counts as a home and who is really homeless?

What counts as a home and who is really homeless? | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
San Francisco's homeless problem has vexed the city for decades and is important enough to the Obama administration that the president sent his chief of staff out to walk the streets last week in the biennial homeless count.

The count determines the level of federal funding so the city g

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Destine Edgeworth's comment, February 3, 4:21 PM
That's crazy that is a lot of kids going without homes.
Kimberly Maddigan's comment, February 3, 5:38 PM
Being homeless is something that I could never imagine, and it is sad that the number is constantly rising. Everyone's situation is different, some of those that are homeless could have probably prevented it, but then there are those who have done everything they could and are still homeless. It is especially sad that there has been an 85% rise in homeless students, even more sad that only 1 in 10 are eligible for federal housing assistance. Children are helpless when it comes to having a home, they shouldn't have to worry about where they are going to sleep, eat, get their clothes etc. They should be focusing on their school and future. I think that more needs to be done for homeless children, as this can really impact them and their future in a negative way. I hope that in the future, legislation does realize that these children need their help and real housing. Hopefully something can be done for the qualifications for children to get housing.
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Americans Think Upward Mobility Is Far More Common Than It Really Is

Americans Think Upward Mobility Is Far More Common Than It Really Is | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Abel Santiago serves a customer at a 7-Eleven convenience store in Santa Monica, California.

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The means to an end

Audio and Video content on Economist.com requires a browser that can handle iFrames. OVER 40,000 Americans committed suicide in 2012: approximately one death...
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Rat Park drug experiment cartoon – Stuart McMillen comics

Rat Park drug experiment cartoon – Stuart McMillen comics | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Comic about a classic experiment into drug addiction science: Rat Park. Would rats choose to take drugs if given a stimulating environment and company?
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File-sharing site The Pirate Bay back online with reports of 'staff' rifts

File-sharing site The Pirate Bay back online with reports of 'staff' rifts | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
It's up and running again with a few modifications, though some "staff" aren't exactly happy about it.
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Kyle May's comment, February 2, 3:50 AM
I see pirating as one of those 'grey crimes' such as smoking pot has become nowadays. You're not 'hurting' anyone by doing it, there is no harm done. Yet, it's still illegal. Do not get me wrong, I don't mean to say legalize pot, because it has addictive properties and can potentially lead to addictive nature, but pirating has no addictive nature. It's the transfer of data, of ideas, for free, rather than a monetary transaction. For those who are poor in college, it could make life easier. It is letting you keep the money that you would have spent on the product to save for something else. The opportunity cost is reduced greatly by this. I really do think that this service is a victimless crime.
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The economics of optimism

The economics of optimism | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
“THE lives of people in poor countries will improve faster in the next 15 years than at any other time in history. And their lives will improve more than anyone...
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Growing Up Poor Has Effects on Your Children Even If You Escape Poverty

Growing Up Poor Has Effects on Your Children Even If You Escape Poverty | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Breaking the cycle of poverty is more difficult than just moving out or moving up.
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Jeffrey Evan's curator insight, February 5, 1:45 AM

I personally believe that you tend to grow up to be what your environment consists of.  Just because you make it out of poverty, moving out or moving up would not change how you always come about doing things.  You tend to carry it around as a weight on your shoulders unless you try to shake it off. People basically absorb their environments, that is my opinion.

Christopher L. Baca's comment, February 9, 2:17 AM
This article directly goes into learned behaviors that branch off of Differential Association Theory. Directly from the article, there is a multitude of facts and figures that support the notion of Differential Association theory and the affects that an environment has on individuals. Even if you get away from those environments, individuals learned skills and ideas to thrive in these types of areas and as such will have a higher rate of continued use with these already learned behaviors.
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The Experience of Dignity: Community Courts and the Future of the Criminal Justice System

The Experience of Dignity: Community Courts and the Future of the Criminal Justice System | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
At the Red Hook Community Justice Center in Brooklyn, the idea is deceptively simple: People are more likely to get better if you treat them with fairness and respect.
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(Even More) Unintended Consequences of Police Use of Force

(Even More) Unintended Consequences of Police Use of Force | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Mistrust and resentment may make arrestees more violent once they’re in prison.
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How to Convince Someone They've Committed a Crime

How to Convince Someone They've Committed a Crime | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A new study finds that providing true details mixed with a fake event convinces two in three the story was real.
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DNA Solves 1981 Murder of 17-Year-Old Duluth Woman

DNA Solves 1981 Murder of 17-Year-Old Duluth Woman | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Investigators have finally solved the 1981 murder of 17-year-old Carolyn Andrew. They said new technology led them to a DNA match, Cecil Wayne Oliver. Police said Oliver killed himself in 1988 at the age of 30.
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Alaska state senator: Make NYC's Central Park a wilderness area

Alaska state senator: Make NYC's Central Park a wilderness area | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
An Anchorage Republican lawmaker has a suggestion for where President Barack should look for America's next wilderness area.
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Have some Fed BLM cops stopping people and writing tickets for feeding squirrels out of season....

 

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'Peaceful School' conference: Justice, empathy and equity in classrooms

'Peaceful School' conference: Justice, empathy and equity in classrooms | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Saint Mary's lecturer Dr. Toni Antoinette Johns keynote speaker for 2015
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Psychology: the man who studies everyday evil

Psychology: the man who studies everyday evil | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Why are some people extraordinarily selfish, manipulative, and unkind? David Robson asks the scientist delving into the darkest sides of the human mind.

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Dirty deeds done dirt cheap?

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Destine Edgeworth's comment, February 3, 3:50 PM
That's kind of scary to think about since I myself am defiantly a night owl.
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Pedestrian Bell: The Urban Gadget We’ve Been Waiting For

Pedestrian Bell: The Urban Gadget We’ve Been Waiting For | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Living in an urban area has all sorts of advantages, but every urbanite knows the frustration of moving through a crowded street or on a busy sidewalk when you're in a hurry. A couple from Tokyo comes up with a long-awaited solution — a little bell for pedestrians to notify others they have to go out of the way.
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Kimberly Maddigan's comment, February 3, 5:46 PM
This is a really neat idea, but also incredibly hilarious. I don't even think that this is something that we should have. First of all, people who are running for exercise shouldn't be doing it on crowded streets. They should do that in a park, or a gym-a place that is meant for that sort of thing. Second, dividing the streets into two lanes- one for people using their phones, and a fast lane??? This is crazy! I absolutely hate it when people are walking and staring into their phones, it should be illegal or something. Many times, in a crowded street there isn't a lot of room for people to move anyway. If someone rings a bell, I doubt that people will be likely to move out of the way. Most people are just as selfish and in a hurry as the next to get to their destination. So, why would they move out of the way for you?
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Saudi women’s rights activist freed after she promises to ‘reduce her activities’

Saudi women’s rights activist freed after she promises to ‘reduce her activities’ | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A woman who co-founded the Saudi Liberal Network Internet discussion group with blogging activist Raef Badawi has been freed after about three months in prison, her daughter said on Sunday.

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Debate Persists Over Diagnosing Mental Health Disorders, Long After ‘Sybil’

Debate Persists Over Diagnosing Mental Health Disorders, Long After ‘Sybil’ | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
After the book and film “Sybil” were released, diagnoses of multiple personality disorder skyrocketed. Was it more awareness by doctors, or overdiagnosis?
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What are British values? - The Guardian

What are British values? - The Guardian | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Open thread: Historian David Starkey has said British values include “drunkenness and self-loathing”. We want your view

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