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The Subway Gangs of Mexico City | VICE United States

The Subway Gangs of Mexico City | VICE United States | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Local gangs known as combos made up of reguetoneros (“reggaeton fans”) in their late teens and early 20s haunt the subway stations of Mexico City.
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Brix Hahn's comment, October 21, 2013 2:32 AM
At first I thought it was really cool that there was a sort of trending epidemic of young people getting together and gathering in public, but the more of the video I watched the more uncomfortable I became. I think it’s very nerve-racking knowing that so many young people are basically willing and ready to serve a their “leaders” hand whenever he or she calls upon them. Now, I don’t mean this in a negative light at all, but just thinking about it, that’s a lot of power.
Brix Hahn's comment, October 21, 2013 2:32 AM
At first I thought it was really cool that there was a sort of trending epidemic of young people getting together and gathering in public, but the more of the video I watched the more uncomfortable I became. I think it’s very nerve-racking knowing that so many young people are basically willing and ready to serve a their “leaders” hand whenever he or she calls upon them. Now, I don’t mean this in a negative light at all, but just thinking about it, that’s a lot of power.
Maria Guadalupe Sutherland's curator insight, October 28, 2013 10:09 PM

It looks disturbing to see such a large group "reggaeton fans" getting together to form a familia because their family unity is one they don't feel like they belong to.  I've been going to Mexico City since April 2010 a few times I've been with my (3yr old, now 6) and sometimes with two of my boys the other was 18 in 2010.  We took the subway a few times and not once did we encounter any of these groups.  In 2010 the World Cup was going on too and the streets of "El Distrito Federal" (Federal District) were extremely full and roudy but not once did any of these groups in this ad cause any problems I don't remember seeing them.  I did like that the subway personnel were willing to provide the transportation on the weekends by emptying the last  cart in order to avoid issues with the rest of the passengers.  I think that was a really good sign.  I was also happy to hear that not all of them are high school drop outs and that not all of them gather to do drugs, but instead are just looking for a common area where they can all enjoy listening to Daddy Janky and the rest of the regeatones!

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Shattering The Norms Of Traditional Economics - Strategy - Malta

Shattering The Norms Of Traditional Economics - Strategy - Malta | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
17 Oct 2013 - Malta - Strategy - Shattering The Norms Of Traditional Economics - KPMG Malta - Agents in an economy are supposed to be rational.
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Could a Vaccine for PTSD Protect Soldiers? : DNews

Could a Vaccine for PTSD Protect Soldiers? : DNews | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Controlling levels of a hormone produced during stress could prevent formation of PTSD.
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Michael McColley's comment, October 18, 2013 10:12 AM
I think it's a great idea as being a fellow soldier luckily never really exp anything that would cause a severe case of PTSD, but I do knkow several people that have and I know the struggles they go through everyday with it also I think it will help people to maybe get back to leading a normal life that they had before the PTSD causing incident.
Ashley Bartolowits's comment, October 20, 2013 2:26 PM
The idea of a PTSD vaccine is rather wonderful. If it worked in the way that it is proposed it could prevent much suffering and go far the ease the transition from active duty to life back home. However, it sounds as if such a vaccine is a long way off, which I can appreciate. Using caution when playing with our bodies natural hormones is always a good idea. I do have to say, while I see how this vaccine could be very beneficial for those in combat situations, I think it is sad that we as a society have to explore a way to medicate those we venerate because of the terrible situations that we place them in.
Colby Wallace's comment, October 20, 2013 8:33 PM
PTSD has plagued the minds of the veterans. Finding a cure for this disorder would be a huge step. The general suffering of the veteran and the people around him and her would be a welcomed changed. Testing would have to be extensive in order to keep out false hope however.
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The fall-out from Falciani

The fall-out from Falciani | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A  41-YEAR-OLD native of Monaco increasingly looks to be to banking what Edward Snowden is to American surveillance. In 2008 Hervé Falciani walked out of the...
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Baby Hope’s mom recalls ugly encounter with daughter’s confessed killer 

Baby Hope’s mom recalls ugly encounter with daughter’s confessed killer  | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The confessed killer of “Baby Hope” lied to the face of the slain girl’s mother about her murder — and then coldly tried to shake her down for cash.
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Brix Hahn's comment, October 21, 2013 2:40 AM
Are we really all that surprised by this article? Of course the defendant would lie and of course the mother would look back on it and ask if she could have done something differently, or what if she took a right turn instead of a left, or what if …whatever. The point is, this is a sad, sad story, but what sucks is that there isn’t a way to “fix” the situation this poor, old mother was put in.
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Man arrested over dry ice blast at Los Angeles airport

Man arrested over dry ice blast at Los Angeles airport | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A 28-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday in connection with a dry ice bomb that exploded in an employee restroom at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday night, police said.
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Ricky Osborne's comment, October 17, 2013 12:17 AM
One would think common sense would be used by individuals who are working at an airport. Though the man created the dry ice bombs as a prank, he will be punished for his actions as they are seen as unsafe and dangerous. Creating such a “bomb” was eradicable behavior as many might panic when it is set off. This is a serious crime and must be dealt with harshly to deter similar incidents in the future.
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Cops: 4 Terror Suspects Nabbed in London

British police shot out the tires of a car carrying two suspected supporters of terrorism in London late Sunday as part of a "pre-planned intelligence operation" that ended in four arrests.
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Ricky Osborne's comment, October 17, 2013 12:23 AM
This goes to show you that the U.S. is not the only country affected by terrorism. A top notch anti-terrorism unit and surveillance are key to preventing terroristic acts as shown in the article above. Deviant behavior such as that present in this article can be caused by various factors including ones environment, income, and religion. By combining such factors criminal behavior can also vary in severity.
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Is the word Allah for Muslims only?

Is the word Allah for Muslims only? | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A Malaysian court has ruled that non-Muslims cannot use the word Allah to refer to God, even in their own faiths, overturning a 2009 ruling by a lower court.
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Wyndam Childress's comment, October 14, 2013 1:40 PM
This just seems silly. Granted it would be weird if someone started using the name "Jesus" to refer to their god, but is it really worth a trial? In Arabic the word for god IS allah. In order to communicate with Arabic speakers about ones faith one MUST use the word allah. How can someone just claim a word? How is this going to be enforced?
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Mom Who Killed Kids Wants a Cut of Their Estate « Faces of Lawsuit Abuse

Mom Who Killed Kids Wants a Cut of Their Estate « Faces of Lawsuit Abuse | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
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Angie Crow's comment, October 12, 2013 1:47 PM
I don't think that this woman should get any of her children's estates. I understand that she was not convicted for the murders due to mental illness, however she did take three innocent lives. I think it is absolutely ridiculous that they are even considering giving her the money. I truly believe that they are not going to rule in her favor for this because most probably see it the same way and feel like it is not right that she gets rewarded for killing her three children!
Kelly Logue's comment, October 13, 2013 4:52 PM
I am honestly bewildered at the fact that she would even think she could try to obtain anything from the children that she murdered. She must be even more mentally unstable than she was when they found her not guilty for pleading insanity. First of all, I think that pleading insanity for the most part is a cop out, and it's a way for people to throw all of their problems away and onto someone else because it wasn't "their" fault, they are just unstable. This makes me think about the Social Process Theory and how each social control, social learning, and social reaction could have all had an influence in why she did and is doing the things that she is. Makes you wonder which one...
Lacy Church's comment, October 16, 2013 2:17 PM
I don't think that getting the kids estate is a smart move on the part of justice system. I could see maybe where using her input to place the money in influential places might be helpful for herself as well as the kids. For example placing the money towards certain children's charities and or maybe a Postpartum or other mental health charity. It's already been established that she is not mentally stable to handle her children and so she should not be able to handle any money coming from their death that she caused. She should be punished to the full extent of her mental break but she also deserves treatment and a possible step could be her being able to help others from becoming child victims or mental health victims.
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Jury convicts inmate of killing Oklahoma couple

Jury convicts inmate of killing Oklahoma couple | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Albuquerque, N.M. • The leader of a self-styled Bonnie and Clyde couple who staged a brazen prison escape and a three-week crime spree was convicted Monday of murder in the killings of a retired Oklahoma couple who crossed their path on an eastern...
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Brix Hahn's comment, October 9, 2013 3:37 AM
I don’t think I’m necessary surprised by this article, as much as I am saddened. It’s a love story gone rogue (in terms of the old couple being murdered). Also, on the other hand, I find it so exciting and novel when a prisoner escapes custody. It’s really is very Bonnie and Clyde.
Wyndam Childress's comment, October 9, 2013 4:06 PM
Fiance/cousin...that is already a bad beginning for a relationship. I wonder if someone studying these cousins could argue for a "criminal gene" or perhaps criminal upbringing that lead them to this series of events.
It seems a shame to kill the elderly couple just for their vehicle. The police already knew he'd escaped, it's not like killing the couple really did much for hiding his identity. Granted he was the one who pulled the trigger, but I hope his lover gets a stiff sentence too. They both have metaphorical blood on their hands.
Rashaad's comment, October 11, 2013 6:13 PM
I think that this is an example when the death penalty should be applied... I am not a big fan of the death penalty, but in cases like this, I do not believe that there is any hope for neither of them to "become a better citizen"... If there is a hope, I think that there should be a second chance offered, but in cases like this, I do not believe there is any hope... On the other hand, where is the line between the "hope" and "no hope", and isn't it in the end all just subjective?
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America, Take Note: Three Lessons the Netherlands Learned After Decades of Evolving Its Drug Policy

America, Take Note: Three Lessons the Netherlands Learned After Decades of Evolving Its Drug Policy | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Open Society Foundations (OSF) released a report this summer, Coffee Shops and Compromise, analyzing the history and effect of the Netherlands' drug evolution starting with a revision to the Opium
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BridgetM's comment, October 12, 2013 7:30 PM
I have long believed this to be true, and I am glad studies are focusing on this issue. Our country is so consumed by right and wrong, that we are constantly trying to control and criminalize things that may not be morally favorable to some (mostly smaller) populations. Things like abortions, gay marriage and less-harmful drug use are illegal in most states, where most kids have access to any number of pills in their parents medicine cabinet. It's a double standard that is hard to correct, but I think this country is slowly moving in the right direction. I think this process will take time, and it will also take politicians listening to studies and research, rather than uninformed Americans. I know people who use drugs for recreation and I would consider alcohol a much worse "drug" than marijuana. For a newer "progressive" country we are really behind the times on this.
Rashaad's comment, October 12, 2013 10:18 PM
This is a very interesting article. I was surprised by the fact that decriminalization of drugs actually decrease the consumption and misuse by under-aged population. The reason might be that since it is not illegal anymore, it loses its beauty, so teenagers actually stay away more... This might be interesting to present to the local government in connection to alcohol consumption laws, since the same effect might be discovered also in the alcohol use and would actually make the situation better in the USA. The reduction of the drug-related harm is also interesting and in the case of alcohol might actually help to decrease the terrifying statistics of DUY's and dead drunk drivers.
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Report: U.S. soldier killed in possible hate crime

Report: U.S. soldier killed in possible hate crime | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Tevin Geike, 20, was fatally stabbed in Lakewood, Wash. Saturday after allegedly being taunted for his race
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Ruth O'Neal's comment, October 16, 2013 8:54 PM
I think that this article shows that hate crimes don’t always have to be on the minority of people. It can happen to anyone. Geike being a Caucasian male, he was a target, if the people that committed heard that they were ex-military would have maybe restrained from any conflict. It’s a sad story but things like this happen constantly. The fact that he is ex-military it’s even more of an unfortunate event because he just got out of a dangerous and a high respectable job.
John Philip Tilden's comment, October 17, 2013 10:19 PM
This is awful. This man fought for his country, and what does he get upon his return? Getting stabbed to death on the street. Unbelievable that someone would do this.
Michael McColley's comment, October 18, 2013 10:20 AM
I think this is just sad, and the thing is that this case now you don't really hear about it on the news anymore, but the one that happened in Florida they made it a huge deal so I just hope justice is done with this and the men that committed this crime are brought to justice.
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Gun battle at Fresno biker club kills 1, wounds 12

Gun battle at Fresno biker club kills 1, wounds 12 | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A "running gun battle" at a Central California motorcycle club's annual dance that left one man dead, a dozen others wounded, hundreds of partygoers scrambling for cover, and now investigators...
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Ricky Osborne's comment, October 17, 2013 12:28 AM
Its a miracle that there were not more casualties. At first glance this incident seems to be gang related just by reading the title of the article due to the word “biker” being present. I may be wrong but I'm sure more people will agree with me than not. Such public incidents seem to be more prevalent within gang activity. They seem to be able to commit such crimes with others joining them than they would if they were alone.
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Move over, Proust: New theory explains where old memories go

Move over, Proust: New theory explains where old memories go | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Research out of Johns Hopkins reveals why some memories disappear, some remain, and others blend with fiction
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Maria Guadalupe Sutherland's curator insight, October 19, 2013 9:16 PM

I like this article because there's quite a few memories that are starting to 'fade away' and my kids and I have discussed them loudly at times because they have to do with their dad. 
We debated wether red or blue were my husbands' favorite colors and in what order and it made me sad when our two older ones agreed that I was wrong and made fun of me for getting old and forgetting their dad's favorite color. Some things in my life I don't care to remember and I wish I could forget, like the knock on the door when the chaplin told me my husband was killed in the war.  I want to keep focus on all the positve and wonderful memories we did share so I can one day tell our 6 year old that never met him what an incredible man his father was.  I will keep that in mind next time I decide to pull up a memory, to do it as often as possible and to remember as many details as possible to activiate as many neurons each time so I never forget my beloved husband.

Ashley Bartolowits's comment, October 20, 2013 1:52 PM
This is a fascinating explanation of how we are all able to change our memories. This new theory seems like a very succinct way of integrating the competing content versus age based theories of memory. Assuming that this theory is true, it seems like this could have further implications for manipulating memories. What I mean is, how ethical or accurate is it to ask a witness to recall an event over and over again if evidence suggests that the more the memory is revisited the more it may change? Frankly, this whole topic is a bit unsettling. It is hard to admit to yourself that what you remember may not be real.
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Man charged with sexually assaulting a woman in downtown Fairbanks parking lot

Man charged with sexually assaulting a woman in downtown Fairbanks parking lot | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
FAIRBANKS — A Fairbanks man is accused of raping a woman in a downtown Fairbanks parking lot Sunday afternoon.
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Joshua Matheny's comment, October 18, 2013 8:47 PM
What a slimeball, to do it in a public location with a blacked out individual. Obviously the guy wasn't really trying to get away with, letting other people see him doing the act. It was very good of the Diner workers to approach the incident and call Law Enforcement, often times people do absolutely nothing and that is what is so sick and twisted about our culture these days.
Maria Guadalupe Sutherland's comment, October 19, 2013 9:37 PM
I'm glad to see that those diner workers weren't afraid to get involved and did the right thing by flagging down a patrol car. Some people to avoid getting involved might have turned the other way and just ignore it. It happens all the time in domestic violence cases and other rapes that get a cheering section instead of contacting authorities. Aveoganna is obviously sick, who wants to have sex with someone that's unconcience? Only sick individual does that. I hope he gets the punishment that he deserves for taking adventage of this poor woman.
Brix Hahn's comment, October 21, 2013 2:37 AM
I’m just so disgusted by sex crimes. But what I think is more disgusting, is that men are often taken advantage of as well, but they may not realize it immediately because historically, they’re not used to being in that sort of vulnerable situation. Additionally, there are almost no restorative justice or rehabilitation centers for female sexual offenders, whereas there are countless ones for males.
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Horrifying New Drugs! Does New Zealand's New Synthetic Drug Law Offer a Safer Way Forward?

Horrifying New Drugs! Does New Zealand's New Synthetic Drug Law Offer a Safer Way Forward? | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
As a tool to protect the public from the risks of drugs not being used for medical purposes, the prohibition model has not worked well -- for old drugs or new ones. However, the nation of New Zealand is now trying a different approach.
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Two Girls Charged with Felony Stalking in Rebecca Sedwick Suicide Case. That’s Not the Answer.

Two Girls Charged with Felony Stalking in Rebecca Sedwick Suicide Case. That’s Not the Answer. | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
After 12-year-old Rebecca Ann Sedwick committed suicide in Florida in September, I asked why kids write cruel taunts online like “Can u die please?
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Ruth O'Neal's comment, October 16, 2013 9:14 PM
Juveniles are hard to determine what kind of punishment they should receive for their actions. The question that is brought up is, do they understand the consequences of their actions? <br>Parents have a great influence on their children’s mindset. Maybe these parents didn’t know of what was going on at the time? Who knows? But I think that parents need to teach or inform their children about what kinds of things come out of bullying. In this case the young girl did commit suicide and that’s a huge upset to the community and the families involved. <br>
Stalking Violates's curator insight, October 16, 2013 10:12 PM

Perhaps something good will come out of a senseless tragedy. Maybe  this case will get people thinking about women who are cyber-stalked by an ex.  Stalking is stalking, regardless of by phone, email, or Facebook.

Haley Gagnon's comment, October 18, 2013 3:53 AM
Back when I was in high school, I remember having a good amount of friends whose parents had no clue what their teenager was up to. They were either too busy with work, being at the office all the time, or they just wanted to play dumb and be oblivious. One of my close childhood friend's ended up trying to kill herself when we were in 9th grade, because her boyfriend had been cheating on her. He was friend's with her older brother, and thought it would be funny to call her while he was with the other girl and in the middle of sex. She ended up having a psychotic break and was sent to a mental institution for 4 months. I personally have been bullied through several years of school and when I saw others bullying someone, it's always been that that person is "different" and is more of an individual so, the majority of kids think that they are weird and a loser. Kids are harsh. I find that the writer does make a valid point about the parents. Where were these kids' parents when all of this was happening? I believe that with kids, it all starts with their parents. If the parents are too busy for their kid's, they will either act out in a negative way or rise above it. I am not condoning one bit what these girls were doing to Rebecca, but they should have to take responsibility for their actions just as much as I think the parents should have to take some responsibility for their children's actions. It's not like they are 18 years old. They are 12 and 14. That's not okay one bit. Also, you think after Rebecca killed herself over being bullied and picked on that these girls' internet usage and sites they were on would be monitored by the parents. I used to come home crying and finally my mom went to the counselor about it and the counselor talked to the individuals who were picking on me. One boy even spit several spit wads at me because I was into the "punk" style in middle school. My parents have always been there for me, even through boy's telling me to go kill myself. I know kids will be kids, but the parents should be the ones to parent these kids and pay more attention to their doings.
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What Germans Can Teach The Rest Of The World About Living Well

What Germans Can Teach The Rest Of The World About Living Well | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The people of Germany, with their reputation for having an industrial-strength work ethic, may not spring to mind as the happiest or healthiest people around. Yes, Germans are better known for their beer and brats than their wellness rituals.
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Robert Luch: 60 years for killing his wife in West Anchorage

Robert Luch: 60 years for killing his wife in West Anchorage | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
State prosecutors wanted a harsher sentence for the one-time patriarch for a group of Anchorage running prodigies who was earlier this year convicted of killing his wife at their Turnagain home back in 2010.
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Mary Grubbs's comment, October 16, 2013 1:34 AM
What a sad story this was. The father, who I believe is morally deficient, has clearly manipulated these children. They appear that they have lost the ability to think for themselves or show emotion. It is like they are possessed by one mind, their fathers. Often people who have such morals do not even realize what they do or have done is morally wrong. They justify these things in their minds in order to act on them. He has a major control issue and probably is somewhat of a psychopath.
Ruth O'Neal's comment, October 16, 2013 9:05 PM
My question is why would the children defend their father in this situation? There were probably some things that he was going through psychologically. Though he claims he didn’t mean to kill her, he did. He had a gun loaded and ready to shoot. There are no other thoughts or actions that explains his behavior.
Zach White's comment, October 17, 2013 9:30 PM
I remember reading the initial article in the news minor about the shooting, and one later when it went to trial. I definitely think he's a scary man who manipulated his kids, I also think his wife shouldn't have cheated. They both had that coming. Cheat>risk getting shot. Shoot somebody>risk going to prison. The only people here who deserve our sympathies are the children. Their scumbag dad and his choices have irrevocably changed their lives.
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Nigerian highwaymen

Nigerian highwaymen | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
THE number 419 (“four-one-nine”) is a verb, a noun, a way of life, a cliché and a curse in Nigeria. It refers to a section of the criminal code that...
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Cindy Slats's comment, October 14, 2013 9:51 AM
It seems to me that our vulnerability is wanting something for nothing, to get rich quick. "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is." That does not excuse the behavior of these bandits, but it is our own desires that make us vulnerable.
Wyndam Childress's comment, October 14, 2013 1:52 PM
Imagine what these 419s could accomplish in the sales industries. They are selling something that doesn't exist with beautiful lies....basically something they could do in an electronic shop too. I am not sure if you can blame this social phenomena on lower class opportunities and social stratification. It seems like it may have started that way, but evolved into something else entirely. In an anthropology class we read read a few studies, and watched a documentary on this matter and a way of life, media, and even religion has sprung up around this phenomena. It seems to have actually seeped deep into the culture of the area.
Maria Guadalupe Sutherland's comment, October 19, 2013 9:53 PM
This is insane to me. How can this people get away with doing this? Is it because they're ghosts out in cyber space? I'm not really sophisticated with computers and the internet. I type my work on word, do my financials on excel and my presentations on powerpoint. I check my emails to keep up with class and with friends in family in mexico and in the lower 48, but I never ever open emails from strangers. I was once a victim of ID theft but only because I left someone who I thought was my "friend" in my house with all my documents while I went away for 6 months to complete basic training. She opened accounts under my name from utilities, to credit cards, to new lease on an apt. I hope I never become to involved in the media (i do have facebook) as to become a victim of 419 scammers.
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Crime on the rise in Town Square Park

Crime on the rise in Town Square Park | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Businesses, police concerned by persistent problem
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Ashley Bartolowits's comment, October 9, 2013 10:28 PM
I feel for the owners who's businesses have suffered due to the illegal activities that are going on near by. It must be very frustrating. One commenter on the article stated that a possible solution, if there were adequate resources, would be to have an officer stationed in the park. However, it appears that these resources are not forth coming. I have to wonder if the recent increases in illegal activity are a result of larger problems that cannot be addressed by the police. Could the increase be linked to economic factors, changes in housing availability, or reduction in mental health care? All questions that I do not know the answer to, but I think could be very interesting.
Robert Tanner's comment, October 14, 2013 2:10 AM
Even if they had more police to patrol that area, what can they do? They stated it is the same group of people, so they must not be afraid of any repercussions. This is a break down in the system. The people know the police really can’t do anything about it. The owners could hire private security, but there is still no fear of retribution. The law protects them, while indirectly punishing the local businesses.
Wyndam Childress's comment, October 14, 2013 1:59 PM
I understand what they mean about shady parks. We have some really beautiful riverside parks and bike paths in Fairbanks but locals know to stay away from them because they are right next to down town. People get drunk and do drugs in those parks. Unless you are looking to get harassed, stumble upon alcohol bottles and needles, or worse, you don't go there. Especially at night.
These may seem like minor problems, but they become bigger. They effect businesses, for us it threatens tourism to certain areas. It could also pose a threat to public health with dirty needles, broken bottles, and people passing out in parks at 40 below only to die of exposure.
These issues DO need to be addressed, but the question is how.
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Dan Walters: New California immigration laws could increase chaos | State News | FresnoBee.com

Dan Walters: New California immigration laws could increase chaos | State News | FresnoBee.com | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Dan Walters: California sows confusion in effort to semi-legalize its illegal immigrants
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Maria Guadalupe Sutherland's curator insight, October 8, 2013 11:55 PM

True! CA is creating a very conflicting issue for employers by punishing them using state laws for discriminating against immigrants and then the federal government can also turn around and sanction the employer as well, possibly costing him/her their way of earning a living.  Both Arizona and California should wait and let the federal government deal with immigration.

 

 

Rashaad's comment, October 11, 2013 6:00 PM
This article fascinates me from several reasons... the first reason is: how an illegal immigrant can get a driver's license? If he comes to the local DMV and they are aware that he/she is illegal, how come they don't report it and even issue the license? Also, the reasoning is that they need to drive to work - as mentioned in the article - it is a federal crime to employ an illegal immigrant - why would you give them a license to drive somewhere to break the federal law? I do not doubt the point that they are a necessity for the economy, since they supply a cheap labor force. On the other hand, I do not feel that it is good that the government "closes its eyes" and acting like it is alright, There must be rules to be followed, the only question is the amount of restrictions and what to do with the illegals already living in the US... The advantage for economy is good in sense of cheap labor, but if they all become legal residents - with Obamacare, unemployment and social security support - the costs might be even bigger than the benefits...
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Biker: 'My Intention Was Never to Make Him Stop'

Biker: 'My Intention Was Never to Make Him Stop' | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Christopher Cruz, the 28-year-old biker accused of starting a bloody encounter between a group of bikers and an SUV driver on a New York highway, says he does not feel responsible for the attack.
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Rashaad's comment, October 12, 2013 10:27 PM
As some of the other members of this discussion mentioned, I do not know either what to think of this case. It sounds like both sides of the story are having a different version and point of view on the case, and I guess the best way how to resolve this would ask the under-covered policemen what really happened over there. One interesting point is that the undercovered cops didn't do anything. On the other hand, if they did, the problem is that they would probably disclose their real identity...
Kelly Logue's comment, October 13, 2013 6:01 PM
This definitely shows how forceful a big group can be and how things can get out of hand fast. This reminds me of the bellingham riot that happened just last night where a huge party was happening but then SWAT was called in because people were tearing down street signs and throwing things at cops. Im sure some of the people that were there don't feel as if any of it was their fault, but they were still there witnessing what was going on and not doing anything to help prevent it.
Joshua Matheny's comment, October 18, 2013 8:50 PM
I completely take the SUV driver's side in this case. The bike gang and the mentality that went with it was violent and disruptive, the SUV driver simply had a hard time driving near all of those bikers who were obviously being dangerous in the road as the vehicle hit one of them moving in front of him.
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Dating Website Evidence Debated in Holmes Case

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James Holmes is returning to court Monday for two weeks of hearings focusing on what evidence prosecutors can use against him in the Colorado theater shooting case. Holmes is charged with killing 12 people and injuring 70 others in 2012.
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Ashley Bartolowits's comment, October 9, 2013 10:33 PM
This is very intersting. The article states that he underwent a 'sanity evaluation' at a state hosptial.
Ashley Bartolowits's comment, October 9, 2013 10:35 PM
'Sanity' and 'insanity' are not psychological terms they are legal terms. I am wondering if the article has its jargon confused and they simply meant a psychological evaluation or if this 'sanity evaluation' is part of the legal process?
Kelsey Scott's comment, October 11, 2013 3:04 PM
It bothers me that they are being so damn sensitive to this guy. He killed people, he doesn't deserve sensitivity. I think all this stuff needs to be out on the table so he can take the consequences upon himself, regardless of his standing on sanity.