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Legal team steps in for street vendor facing hundreds in fines

Legal team steps in for street vendor facing hundreds in fines | Criminology and Economic Theory |
"What kind of work can a woman of 80 years do?" Arce said later, pushing her own cart full of ice creams down Los Angeles Street. "Nothing."


The tickets amount to an occupational hazard for the throngs of sidewalk sellers who shill fresh orange juice, hot dogs wrapped in bacon, used clothing, toys and a laundry list of other goods in bustling stretches of downtown and MacArthur Park. The police come. The sellers scatter. Those unable to escape get citations.

But, like Calderon, many simply come back.
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Should there be a rule?  Should it make exceptions?

Is there any room in the law for human dignity?

Rob Duke's comment, April 28, 2015 2:30 AM
The LAPD commander makes a good point that tends to support the deontology perspective--there ought to be a rule; and, if there is, then it should apply to everyone.
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Sewol Ferry Captain Escapes Death Penalty in South Korea — Again | VICE News

Sewol Ferry Captain Escapes Death Penalty in South Korea — Again | VICE News | Criminology and Economic Theory |
He is the ferry captain that will forever be remembered for the video that shows him leaping from the MV Sewol in a soaking sweater and his underwear as hundreds of passengers, mostly children, drowned in the hull of the dilapidated ferry, which sank off the coast of South Korea on April 16, 2014.

Nothing, not even Lee Joon-seok's lawyers, who appealed his 36-year prison sentence for negligence and abandonment, could erase the photos and footage of his hurried exit from the public records. Yet, despite testimony given by several survivors of the tragedy and the unflattering public perception of Lee that helped establish his guilt, judges decided Monday to once again spare the captain from the death penalty at the final hearing of an appeals trial at Gwangju High Court — a fate the 69-year-old had already managed to escape last November. Instead, Lee was sentenced to life in prison.
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Ship Captain is a huge responsibility.  I wonder how much of this is cultural and how much is law of the sea?

Kyle May's comment, May 7, 2015 5:33 AM
I do believe that he showed gross negligence by not ordering an evacuation of the ferry while their was time. Ordering the students to stay in their cabins while the ship was sinking, and while he was getting off the boat? I say that shows that he had no regard for their lives, and should result in the death penalty.
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Poll: Should cops be allowed to swear on the job?

Poll: Should cops be allowed to swear on the job? | Criminology and Economic Theory |
Should cops be allowed to swear on the job? Steve Osborne, a Jersey City native and a 20-year veteran New York Police Department cop, couldn't believe the language that was coming out the mouth of an NYPD deputy commissioner...
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Take the poll if you dare.

I'll tell you how I voted after we get a few voters....

Kyle May's comment, May 7, 2015 5:35 AM
I think that it is inevitable to not have cops swear. They have a stressful job interacting with people who are on their worst behaviors. Anger, or just the moment that they are in can cause people to say somethings - and in our society we have turned to swearing as an outlet. I know I swear even when I don't mean to - and I don't have a stressful job or anything, so I can't imagine how hard it must be for cops not to.
Mark Stoller's comment, May 7, 2015 9:08 PM
I agree with this article. Police should be able to cuss when the situation calls for it. Yes, when your dealing with a stubborn or dangerous individual, but no if it comes with lesser individuals such as obnoxious teens or other kid related incidents.
James Greer's comment, May 10, 2015 9:58 PM
I have no problem with cops swearing in the heat of the moment -- after a shooting, trying to convince someone to follow an order. "Get on the ****ing ground!" It adds a bit of oomph which might just be enough to convince a subject that the cop isn't messing around. That being said, I don't think they should make a habit of it -- I try not to swear as much as possible while outside of the station as a CSO -- I would expect the cops to hold themselves at least to that standard. It just doesn't look very professional.
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Uneasy rider

Uneasy rider | Criminology and Economic Theory |
But most Poles are alarmed by the way Russia is using the history of its victory over Nazi Germany to justify intervening in Ukraine and throwing its weight around in eastern Europe. The Night Wolves' ride was clearly part of the propaganda offensive, and Katyn Rally's support for the gang may not be as inexplicable as it seems. One of the Katyn Rally bikers at the Warsaw ceremony hinted at what might be the main reason for the group's support of the Russians: “I just want to continue visiting my ancestors' graves in the East.” Condemning the Polish ban on the Night Wolves is a good way to ensure that they are not banned themselves by Russia.
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Get your motor running;

Head out on the highway;

Get stopped at the border :(

That's the end of the song....



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Bamboozled: What the bar codes on your driver's license reveal about you, and why it matters

Bamboozled: What the bar codes on your driver's license reveal about you, and why it matters | Criminology and Economic Theory |
Why you should ask questions before you allow a merchant to scan your driver's license.
Meagan Olsen's comment, April 27, 2015 7:38 PM
I thought this article was interesting, I respect that the lady didn’t want the doctors office she was at to make a copy of her license and I think it is a little crazy that they would not see her without scanning her license. I didn’t know you could get so much information from your license by just scanning the bar codes on the back. It makes sense that the police use these to quickly scan your license and view things about you but I didn’t know that anyone could just buy one of these scanners or download an app that lets you scan these and get all of your information! I have never even thought about this or considered it and it is scary how far along technology is coming.
Megan Earle's comment, April 29, 2015 4:16 AM
I had no idea that the barcodes held that much information. I think the woman was right in her decision to not let the doctor's office make a copy. The article said that one of the barcodes holds information other than height, weight, birthdate, and eye color, but those being interviewed wouldn't comment on it. I'm curious as to how much more information they hold and it's pretty concerning that there are apps available for anyone to download to read these barcodes.
Riley Landeis's comment, May 3, 2015 11:37 PM
Crazy, I didn't know a license contained that much information. Makes you wonder what they might do with it and makes you more wary of who wants a copy and what not.
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What California can learn from Saudi Arabia’s water mystery

What California can learn from Saudi Arabia’s water mystery | Criminology and Economic Theory |
Beginning in the late 1970s, Saudi landowners were given free rein to pump the aquifers so that they could transform the desert into irrigated fields. Saudi Arabia soon became one of the world’s premier wheat exporters.

By the 1990s, farmers were pumping an average of 5 trillion gallons a year. At that rate, it would take just 25 years to completely drain Lake Erie.
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Is this a green collar crime?  Or just an oops....?

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Scandal-scarred NYPD detective defends his most infamous cases

Simpson also ripped Scarcella for his personal conduct, taking issue with his not being able to recall details of the investigation and with the wording of business cards he used on the job.
The cards described him and Chmil as “adventures [sic], marathoners, regular guys, and mountain climbers,” which Simpson said showed a “cavalier disposition to the serious obligation of investigating homicides.”
She noted his statement on the “Dr. Phil” show that he “did not play by the rules,” and she alleged he came into her courtroom with his gun after she told him not to.
“This indicates a lack of boundaries or no regard to any consequences in violating rules,” Simpson wrote.
Her conclusion: “The testimony provided at the hearing by Scarcella was false, misleading and noncooperative . . . The pattern and practice of Scarcella’s conduct. which manifest a disregard for rules, law and the truth, undermines our judicial system and gives cause for a new review of the evidence.”
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Not the whole story, of course, but what he says about the judge's ruling appears to me to have some merit.  Cases years old that are similar to other cases--will I remember details?  No way.  Bringing a gun when told not to?  Who's going to protect me from the front of the court house to my home on the subway (in a city where I was a cop for 30 years)?  Sounds a bit like Aristotle's Natural Law to think a cop would need to pack a weapon.

And the business card leap of logic? How does listing one's hobbies make one a dirty cop?  Columbo was fiction, but there was a lot of truth in getting people to drop their guard by showing you had things in common with them.

Rob Duke's comment, April 26, 2015 10:26 PM
BTW, he checked the gun into the security check point. So, she's not mad that he brought a gun into her court, but that he carried a gun to court and checked it into a gun locker.
James Greer's comment, May 10, 2015 10:03 PM
I'm with you, professor. A cop needs a gun on him at all times he isn't under a security detail; there have been enough shootings just in the last couple weeks where an officer -- whether Federal or otherwise -- was shot on the way out of his home, his station, or even on the way to his car while off-duty. While it's not as common as "random" traffic stop or DV shootings, criminals DO target police. I'd imagine all cops would rather be safe than sorry.
James Greer's comment, May 10, 2015 10:04 PM
Adding onto your bit about remembering details: I'm not even a cop, but I've assisted on a dozen or so cases as part of my internship at the UAFPD. And while I remember them better than most things, I'm already starting to forget minor details -- what color did this person wear, what time were they here.
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How Fishing Pros Finally Caught George Perry's Miracle Bass

How Fishing Pros Finally Caught George Perry's Miracle Bass | Criminology and Economic Theory |
In late 2009, two men walked into a room somewhere in Japan and found a fisherman hooked up to a polygraph. His name was Manabu Kurita, and he was there to answer some questions. The 32-year-old fishing guide had claimed to have caught a bass that weighed just under 22 pounds, 5 ounces — a weight that would make it co-world-record holder in the all-tackle weight category for largemouth bass, the most hallowed class in all of fishing. The other men in the room were representatives from the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) and, with the polygraph running, they asked Kurita about the precise position of his boat on Japan’s Lake Biwa and the tackle he used to haul in his catch. His answers from the hourlong session evidently passed muster; six months after he hauled the fish in, the catch was certified as the IGFA’s co-world-record holder.
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Weird, but true.  Unusual use of the polygraph.

Rodney Ebersole's comment, April 27, 2015 2:57 AM
Interesting article about the joys of fishing and the race to catch the biggest bass. I’m not surprised a lie detector is being used to verify the winners of those who catch these large fish, this competition sounds like the holy grail in bass fishing and I could see someone trying to cheat. A lie detector levels the playing field and ensures the authenticity of any winning catch.
James Greer's comment, May 10, 2015 10:13 PM
My only complaint would be that lie detectors are about as trust-worthy as a palm-reader or crystal ball. They're 50/50 on being right, because it just isn't based on any form of actual science or reality. It relies on the operator to be able to read you more than the machine -- which is slightly better, but it's still putting far too much power in the hands of someone who could just say literally anything and be taken at face value.
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Risks of ‘Brain Damage’ associated with long-term exposure to air pollution – Harvard study says

Risks of ‘Brain Damage’ associated with long-term exposure to air pollution – Harvard study says | Criminology and Economic Theory |
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Environmental Justice?

Meagan Olsen's comment, April 27, 2015 7:23 PM
The fact that air pollution could have affects on the brain is a scary thought. Something will have to dramatically change in our environment if we wish to change the amount of air pollution in our world. I don’t think it is enough to affect people in an every day lifestyle, only people who are exposed to the pollution a lot and like the article said, the elderly.
Maddie Davis's comment, May 3, 2015 7:01 PM
– I think it’s really scary to think about how the air we breathe on a daily basis could have some serious effects on our health in the long run. I think of other cities or countries around the world that are way more populated than us, such as India and China, and their air pollution is probably way more extreme than ours, which is really sad and kind of scary.
James Greer's comment, May 10, 2015 10:15 PM
I wonder if, in the future, there will be any form of legal proceedings against companies that deliberately do everything in their power to avoid changing how much pollution they put out; whether it be through legal loop-holes, or "purchasing" credits towards their pollution output. We KNOW pollution does nothing good for us -- and the negatives keep building up, but still major companies/corporations keep on keeping on. I realize business is about making money, but if you're not around to enjoy that wealth -- what's the motive?
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Legacy of Agent Orange

Legacy of Agent Orange | Criminology and Economic Theory |
As April 30 approaches, marking 40 years since the end of the Vietnam War, people in Vietnam with severe mental and physical disabilities still feel the lingering effects of Agent Orange.

Respiratory cancer and birth defects amongst both Vietnamese and U.S. veterans have been linked to exposure to the defoliant. The U.S. military sprayed millions of gallons of Agent Orange onto Vietnam's jungles during the conflict to expose northern communist troops.
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WCC and Comparative might find this interesting.

Rob Duke's comment, April 27, 2015 1:24 PM
Yes, and I wonder how the effects the culture. We saw a great outpouring of peacemaking post-nuclear Japan and I wonder how the Vietnamese have responded.
Meagan Olsen's comment, April 27, 2015 7:29 PM
4.8 million people in Vietnam have been exposed to the herbicide and over 3 million of them have been suffering from deadly diseases. The pictures that go with this article are incredible, they show how much the Agent Orange has continued to affect them even after the Vietnam War, which has been over for so long. Lots of the people in these photos have multiple noticeable defects all because of the Agent Orange that was sprayed during the war to try and hurt soldiers. The Agent spoiled their land still though and is still affecting the people who live there today.
James Greer's comment, May 10, 2015 10:34 PM
The effects of Agent Orange are a tragedy beyond what words can describe. And I think it feels worse because there's not really anyone to blame -- no one intentionally sprayed that stuff realizing what it would do to the US Soldiers, the South Vietnamese, or even the North Vietnamese. It was just a very effective defoliant meant to be used to take away the hiding places of our enemy at the time. Worse atrocities have been committed in war -- and deliberately with the intent of harming humans, too -- but I think Agent Orange was deployed and its effects are still being felt at a point in our history as a species where we can see what's going on, understand why, and pinpoint the exact cause.
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India's Good Life Slowly Growing to Include Gays

India's Good Life Slowly Growing to Include Gays | Criminology and Economic Theory |
Several hundred men and women, waving rainbow flags, danced, stamped and sang their way through the city centres of Delhi, Bangalore and Kolkata (Calcutta) on June 29th—the first such national event in this conservative country. The parade was lent a uniquely Indian flavour by flamboyant cross-dressing hijras, known as eunuchs, although many modern hijras are gay men who feel alienated by mainstream society. Though hijras, once trusted courtiers of the Mughal emperors, have a well-established identity in India, gay men and women do not; indeed the practice of homosexuality is illegal, punishable with ten years' imprisonment.
Robert M. Purcell's comment, April 26, 2015 8:54 PM
Interesting how the view of the ‘good life’ from nation and culture to nation and culture can be different, but that over time, things can change, even dramatically to bring the different cultures closer together in some ways. In the past few years, several of my friends have come out of the closet, finally feeling that they no longer had to hide their sexual orientation from friends, family members, or even coworkers. As society changes and its values are opened to interpretation, we find that things formerly shunned may come to light as not nearly the evil they were portrayed as before. India rests under laws that are over 100 years old in this case. Criminalization of homosexual acts though, was still going on in the US until fairly recently as well. This is a case of another issue that will have to come to a head sooner or later. I hope that India finds a fair and equitable way to solve the legal dilemma without causing too much social upheaval too soon.
Rob Duke's comment, April 26, 2015 10:22 PM
John Gardner (Stanford) said that this was the strength of our system: we allowed insanity and weirdness to exist with very little harassment. Gardner thought this was why liberal systems, such as ours, always seemed to respond to changing times. What other systems ostracized and no longer had in their systems, we allowed to (if not flourish) exist on the edges.
James Greer's comment, May 10, 2015 10:41 PM
I think Purcell's point on the 'good life' changing over-time is probably due in large part to the progress and globalization made possible by advancements in technology. I think within a couple hundred years (at most -- I'm probably over-estimating), instead of countries being different similarities, they'll be similar but with differences. The internet has made it possible for people in Saudi Arabia to converse with people in No Name, Arizona and learn more about the cultures of different peoples.
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Gunmen kill prominent female activist in Pakistan

Gunmen kill prominent female activist in Pakistan | Criminology and Economic Theory |
KARACHI, Pakistan - Gunmen on a motorcycle killed a prominent women's rights activist in Pakistan hours after she held a forum on the country's Baluchistan region, home to a long-running insurgency, police said Saturday.
Rob Duke's insight:

Contrast this story with the one last week about the first female lawyer in Saudi Arabia.  Say what you will about the Saudi's, but they don't have gunmen killing prominent "uppity" women.

Kyle May's comment, May 7, 2015 5:40 AM
It's sad that other places on this world do not have the luxury we have of freedom of speech. I know this is one of the many killings that have happened over there over someone's opinions due to my research for Comparative. Recently, two bloggers who were critical of Islam were murdered because of their views. It must be scary living over there and expressing what you think due to these murders, and I feel that these examples will silence others from having an opinion.
James Greer's comment, May 10, 2015 10:44 PM
I think progress will likely always require some form of sacrifice. There was a LARGE number of beatings, lynchings, and worse done to both White and Black Americans during our Civil Rights movement. For the Gay Rights movement more recently, the sacrifice has been less of a physical one, and more of a mental/emotional one. In order to publicly combat that kind of discrimination, you have to first publicly admit that you're different. In this case over in parts of the middle-east, I can see progress slowly being made: I look at Jordan and see things like women becoming allowed to divorce their husbands; the age of marriage being bumped up to 18 for women and men; the rights for women to have a job written in their constitution.
James Greer's comment, May 10, 2015 10:45 PM
Things tend to get bad, before they get better -- man-kind is best at solving problems when they've allowed those problems to grow so large as to back them into a corner and FORCE them to change. For better or worse -- we eventually do the right things.
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Indonesia defiant as UN leads condemnation of looming executions | theSundaily

Indonesia defiant as UN leads condemnation of looming executions | theSundaily | Criminology and Economic Theory |
JAKARTA: Indonesia on Sunday signalled it was determined to push ahead with the execution of eight foreign drug convicts, despite a growing wave of global condemnation led by United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon.
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The story continues....will Jakarta fold?

Robert M. Purcell's comment, April 26, 2015 8:39 PM
In the United States, it has been long contended whether or not the death penalty acted as a deterrent. In most cases, the length of time before an execution happens can dull the fear-factor. Additionally, the death penalty in the U.S. is generally reserved for murder convictions, while it seems that in Indonesia, the penalty extends to drug trafficking. Though I’m generally not a proponent of the death penalty, I don’t feel that the origination nations of these criminals should have a say in what happens to their citizens on foreign soil where they knowingly and willfully broke the laws of that sovereign nation. Moreover, though I feel the death penalty ultimately is not an effective deterrent for murder, I can honestly see the application being much more deterring for drug trafficking. Despite this, I feel as I stated in a comment in the article ‘How Mississippi Discovered the Drug War’s “Golden Egg”, that the real focus should be more on the demand side and less on the supply side. Stronger sentences for buyers, more focus on treatment, an emphasis on killing the demand for illicit drugs will cause the supply market to fall apart.
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Nine await execution in Indonesia, as foreign hopes for reprieve fade

Nine await execution in Indonesia, as foreign hopes for reprieve fade | Criminology and Economic Theory |
Nine drug traffickers were being held in isolation cells at an Indonesian maximum security prison on Tuesday awaiting execution by firing squad, after Indonesian authorities notified them they had no hope of reprieve.

Security at the prison was heightened and religious counsellors, doctors and the firing squad were alerted to start final preparations for the execution of the four Nigerians, two Australians, an Indonesian, a Brazilian and a Filipina.
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Alleged Gambell pizza thieves try to sell them to police officers

Alleged Gambell pizza thieves try to sell them to police officers | Criminology and Economic Theory |
Of 80 frozen pizzas stolen Sunday in the village of Gambell, 75 have been recovered, according to Alaska State Troopers. 

Village police officers received their "strongest investigative lead" in the case when John Koozaata, 29, and Lewis Oozeva, 21, called the Gambell Police Department and tried to sell the pizzas to on-duty officers, according to a trooper dispatch posted online Monday. 

At 10 a.m. Sunday, troopers in Nome received report of the burglary in Gambell, a village on St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea. 

Investigation revealed that Koozaata and Oozeva had broken into the Gambell Native Store warehouse in the early morning. They took five cases of frozen pizza, troopers said. The cases (80 pizzas in total) were valued at more than $1,100, or about $13.75 per pizza, according to troopers. 
Kyle May's comment, May 7, 2015 5:30 AM
I truly wonder why they thought that this was a good idea. Why in the world when you commit a crime, especially a second-degree felony in Alaska, go to the police and try to sell the spoils of your crime? The intelligence on this actually hurts me to think about. I can only imagine them sitting in the back of the patrol car going, "What went wrong?"
Mark Stoller's comment, May 7, 2015 9:04 PM
This is why I love people because sometimes they do the stupidest things.
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How Mexicans know when an earthquake is coming

How Mexicans know when an earthquake is coming | Criminology and Economic Theory |
The impact on society was greater still. Some historians believe it contributed to the end of the hegemony of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, whose incompetence in the aftermath of the earthquake undermined its claim to be the party that knew best how to govern. The scale of the disaster, and the ineptitude of the official response, galvanised civil society like never before. Mexico City’s residents resolved that next time they would be prepared.
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Here's some of that societal impact that I talked about in another article this last week....

Mark Stoller's comment, May 7, 2015 9:13 PM
This is remarkable, that geography is the main thing that disallows for other highly populated places to form the same technology.
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Is LSD about to return to polite society?

Feilding has dedicated her life to the reversal of this proscription, first as an artist and latterly as a tireless supporter of scientific research, courtesy of her Beckley Foundation. The dangers of abusing recreational drugs have been well documented since the 1960s, and for many scientists and policy-makers they remain as urgent as ever. Feilding hopes to show that the risks are overstated and that the laws surrounding their use should be relaxed. After decades of perseverance, there are signs that her work is coming to fruition. A handful of studies using LSD and psilocybin (the psychedelic compound found in mushrooms) has turned into a steady trickle, and the results have been promising to her cause. More remarkably, some of the theories thrown about half a century ago might be borne out by modern science.
Riley Landeis's comment, May 4, 2015 12:05 AM
interesting to think of how progressive we have become, what with marijuana slowly being legalized and how it can help with many human ailments, it'll be interesting to see what comes out of these drugs in the medical field.
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Alaska, where rivers reign

Alaska, where rivers reign | Criminology and Economic Theory |
Because fewer than 6,000 miles of certified public roads and highways probe Alaska's 570,374 square miles, rivers are especially important. Alaskans' dependence on rivers for in-state travel is critical, particularly for rural residents whose road systems are at best localized and short.
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A French Soldier's View of US Soldiers in Afghanistan

To those who bestow us with the honor of sharing their combat outposts and who everyday give proof of their military excellence, to those who pay the daily tribute of America's army's deployment on Afghan soil, to those we owned this article, ourselves hoping that we will always remain worthy of them and to always continue hearing them say that we are all the same band of brothers".
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How one French soldier saw us when he served in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army.  Makes me proud.

DERRICK NELSON's comment, April 26, 2015 10:34 PM
Wherever terrorist reap havoc causing political crimes in Afghan the U.S. military will always look and fight with professionalism.
Megan Earle's comment, April 29, 2015 4:08 AM
I think this is a great article. It's very interesting to hear another country's view of our armed forces. Most opinions from outsiders on the US military are very negative and mostly due to assumptions, not first hand experience.
Maddie Davis's comment, May 3, 2015 6:51 PM
This was a really great article to read. It’s interesting to hear another countries view on our soldiers. When I first read the title of the article I figured it was going to be some form of criticism but instead it was the complete opposite.
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Push, Don’t Crush, the Students

Push, Don’t Crush, the Students | Criminology and Economic Theory |
In Silicon Valley, mixed messages fuel a best-in-class mentality.
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Just a reminder during the stress of finals--if you see something, say something?  That can mean all the difference to someone struggling.

Riley Landeis's comment, May 4, 2015 12:20 AM
many times the school system can be stressful for students, it makes you wonder if the system should be refined.
Maddie Davis's comment, May 6, 2015 12:40 AM
It’s really sad that the pressure students get from school sometimes results in suicides. Parents can be very tough on kids too and I don’t think they always realize that. I know from experience with sports, it happens all the time. Parents put a lot of unnecessary pressure on their kids to perform to a certain standard or level and it is just too much sometimes.
James Greer's comment, May 10, 2015 10:00 PM
Like you said -- if you see something, say something. You don't have to be aggressive, or confrontational -- just be there for that person. And there are a myriad of help hotlines that can be utilized by you or the person in need. Just make sure you do SOMETHING -- you don't need a suicide weighing on your conscience because you wonder if you could have tried to do something.
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Five Years After The BP Oil Spill, The Industry Is Still Taking Big Risks

Five Years After The BP Oil Spill, The Industry Is Still Taking Big Risks | Criminology and Economic Theory |
In early April of 2010, I flew to Mobile, Alabama, to report a story for The Wall Street Journal. I covered the oil industry for the paper, and a few weeks earlier, President Obama had announced pl...
DERRICK NELSON's comment, April 26, 2015 11:03 PM
The bottom line is money motivation. Although simple safety precautions are followed, giant corporations such as BP will forego risk in an effort to produce top dollar returns. As long as money is a prime motivator in corporate America green collar crimes will always prevail.
Rob Duke's comment, April 27, 2015 1:07 AM
Derrick: Truth over Justice. I think Socrates said that. The RCAC in Valdez is a good model of citizen involvement in the oversight of resource extraction.
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The FBI Faked an Entire Field of Forensic Science

The FBI Faked an Entire Field of Forensic Science | Criminology and Economic Theory |
For more stories like this, like Slate on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. The Washington Post published a story so horrifying this weekend that it would stop your breath: “The Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed...
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Wrap back to week 1 where we talked about careers.

Rob Duke's comment, April 27, 2015 7:28 PM
Yeah, I think a lot of us are in shock....
Riley Landeis's comment, May 4, 2015 12:22 AM
With everything that has been going on lately and the seemingly nationwide distrust of the police, it is insane that something like this would come to light. this leads to distrust now of the federal government as well.
Maddie Davis's comment, May 6, 2015 12:54 AM
Wow this is really bad for the FBI. I can’t imagine how all those people in prison would feel if they found out and if the people that did get executed actually were innocent, then that would not look good on the justice system at all.
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Key Events in Path to Trial for Colorado Theater Shooter

Key Events in Path to Trial for Colorado Theater Shooter | Criminology and Economic Theory |
Key dates in the life of James Holmes, on trial in the 2012 Colorado theater shooting: Dec. 13, 1987 — Holmes is born in San Diego County, California, to Robert and Arlene Holmes. 2006 — Graduates from Westview High School in San Diego. 2010 — Graduates from the University of...
James Greer's comment, May 10, 2015 10:11 PM
I remember when this happened, people were upset that there were no legal (or at all) concealed carriers in the movie theater. But I wonder if that would have actually made a positive difference -- the theater was dark, the suspect had rolled smoke grenades and activated them, and he wasn't exactly wearing a neon-orange outfit. Would it be wrong to think that additional shooters would have likely taken down the shooter, but not before potentially doing even more damage than was already done. I suppose it's impossible to play the what-if game under circumstances as muddy as this one -- but I'm not sure this was one of those situations where more people with guns INSIDE the theater would have made things better.
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Aftermath | Criminology and Economic Theory |
WHAT happens right after a natural disaster matters almost as much as what takes place during the calamity itself.
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How much can you tell about a culture from how they deal with disaster?

Meagan Olsen's comment, April 27, 2015 7:44 PM
I think it says a lot about a country of how they react to disaster, and it says that natural disasters strike Nepal regularly, which is really sad. The article said that there are still 200 people missing near Mount Everest due to the avalanches triggered by the earthquake. The earthquake that hit Nepal’s capital was a 7.9 magnitude earthquake; it killed many people and caused lots of destruction there.
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Milwaukee man suspected of shooting van driver who hit nephew commits suicide in Illinois

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Rodney Ebersole's comment, April 27, 2015 3:15 AM
What a horrible example of mistakes and anger used to end four people’s lives. The man who started shooting should have been mad at himself for not watching that little boy. I don’t know how I would handle someone running into my kids but I am a very protective parent and I really try to keep danger away from them as much as I can. I understand toddlers are quick and if you aren’t watching them constantly they could do exactly what this toddler did. I still don’t understand though why the Uncle didn’t try to help his nephew first before starting firing. The driver was trying to help the child, it’s not like he just drove off. Mr. Chiles clearly had anger and self control issues and I agree with the article on the fact he was cowardly to try and avoid justice by ending his life.
Meagan Olsen's comment, April 27, 2015 8:04 PM
This is a sad incident that probably happens way more often than it should. This man decided to take the law into his own hands and more people ended up dead, which could have all been prevented. I can understand how this man felt but I don’t think that it justifies him shooting someone and taking the law into his own hands, that isn’t his place even though I’m sure his emotions and thoughts weren’t in a good place.
Riley Landeis's comment, May 4, 2015 11:05 PM
It's too bad this had to happen, emotions took over. people need to step back and think before they act.