How much money would it take to get you to steal a piece of candy? $10? $50? $200? How about to steal a car? Or how about this—how much would it take for you to kill someone? Is there any amount of money that would justify taking someone’s life?
Turns out your answer to these questions may vary widely depending on one factor: Your gender. A new survey found that men are much more willing to commit crimes—and for much lower sums of money—than women.
This information was taken from a survey fielded by Get Safe, a company specializing in home security, which asked 2,000 Americans (53% male and 47% female) a series of hypothetical questions using Survey Monkey to gauge how far they’d be willing to stretch their moral compass—and just how much money it would cost to get them to do it. The results were unsettling.
The survey found that 80% of respondents would steal a piece of candy for money. Not too bad—it’s just candy, right? Well, 71.8% said they’d be willing to punch someone in the face for money, which feels a bit more unsettling. More than 55% of respondents said they would steal a car for cash, and scariest of all, 40.6% said they would be willing to kill someone if the pay was high enough. Whaaa? Granted, most respondents said it would take millions of dollars to add murder to their resume—but the point is that there appears to be a line, and many Americans say they’re willing to cross it.
Roger Ailes, who built Fox News into a money-making ratings powerhouse, has resigned as chairman and chief executive of the popular cable channel following allegations of sexual harassment, according to the company.
Wonder where he got that idea? Care to comment, Obama, Sharpton, Jackson?
Rob Duke's insight:
How is the community (White and Black) radicalizing men who are several generations separated from slavery? Yes, these men should care and none of us should forget our past, but how do we cultivate this sense of rage...? We're not unique, just look at the Palestine/Israel situation; or Cyprus/Greece/Turkey; or England/Ireland; or any of 100 other multi-generational feuds.
FEMALE politicians are easily labelled: from the battle-axe to the national mum. Everything they do contributes to the media’s desire to pop them into ready-made boxes, whether it’s their hairstyle, clothes or shoes. But the way they speak, the main task of politicians everywhere, is the most important source of their influence and the biggest potential pitfall. How women leaders talk to voters and each other is soon to get more scrutiny than ever, with Britain’s new prime minister, Theresa May, joining Angela Merkel as two of the most powerful leaders in Europe, and perhaps soon to be ranked with President Hillary Clinton at international summits. The pitfalls for women’s political language come at every level, from tone of voice to word-choice to the topics of conversation to conversational styles.
Authority, for example, is linked to male voices. A study in 2012 showed that a bland political slogan, digitally altered to make it deeper, was more appealing to voters, no matter whether the voices—or the voters—were male or female. This hardly needed experimental proof, however. Margaret Thatcher took elocution lessons in the 1970s as she prepared to become the Conservative Party’s leader and ultimately prime minister. A surprisingly girlish voice from the 1960s became a commanding and much-admired tone during her premiership.
New details emerged about the accusations of assault against the Alaska House’s spokesman, Will Vandergriff, in charges filed against him by the Anchorage district attorney, including assertions by his girlfriend, a legislative aide, that he held her by the throat and hit her repeatedly.
The mother of four young children who were stabbed to death in a gated apartment complex in Tennessee is being held for questioning, but authorities have not charged her with a crime.
The deaths on Friday saddened and dismayed neighbors and county officials, as authorities tried to piece together what happened in the apartment located near a verdant golf course in a typically quiet neighborhood in suburban Memphis.
Deputies were called to the complex in unincorporated Shelby County shortly before 1 p.m. Friday. They took the mother into custody after finding the children's bodies.
Officials have not released the ages of the children, but sheriff's office spokesman Earle Farrell said deputies responding to the scene called them "babies." Authorities were waiting to contact next of kin to release the names.
Shelby County Sheriff Bill Oldham did not specifically allege that the mother had stabbed the children. He said investigators did not know if she had mental health issues.
"This is an egregious act of evil that has shocked us to our core," Oldham said. "I will never understand how anyone can do this."
Oldham said the district attorney general's special victims' unit has been called in and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell has promised all resources necessary for the investigation.
"One of the most difficult questions in any investigation is always, 'Why did this happen?'" the sheriff said.
The deputies claimed to smell marijuana but found nothing when they searched her car. The female officers told Corley to remove her pants and shone a flashlight onto her exposed genital area to conduct a "visual strip search," according to the plaintiff's complaint.
Next, the deputies decided to do a manual body cavity search while still in the parking lot, according to her lawsuit.
When Corley protested, "the deputies forcibly threw Ms. Corley to the ground, while she was still handcuffed, pinned her down with her legs spread apart, threatened to break her legs, and without consent penetrated her vagina in a purported search for marijuana," keeping her pinned to the ground for about 11 minutes, the complaint states.
Rob Duke's insight:
This back in the news. The deputies dispute this version of events, but there's enough probable cause to indict and probably go to trial.
In 2014, six years after she filed for divorce, Nikki was living on her own with the girls, at that point 7 and 8, in Southwest Portland. She and Ian were still arguing over custody, and he still had his guns. On a Monday morning in November, Ian broke through Nikki’s front door carrying a gun. Neighbors told the police they heard five or six shots and saw Ian come out with the girls, leaving Nikki dead. He took the children to his house across the city. As a police tactical squad surrounded his Northeast Portland home, he went to the rear porch and fatally shot himself. The girls were physically unharmed.
“She sought and was given all the protection the court has to offer. She did everything we like to think of as ‘right’ to protect herself and her children from Ian’s abuse. In the end, none of our efforts were enough,” Multnomah County Circuit Judge Amy Holmes Hehn, who presided over the Eliases’ custody case, told The Oregonian at the time. “The grim reality is that when an abuser wants to murder his intimate partner, he’ll likely find a way to do it.”
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