“Muhammad Rifan said that the judges were pressured from certain parties to give the death sentence, and the judges had also conveyed to Muhammad Rifan that they were willing to give a lighter sentence than death sentence to his client if they were given some money,” the letter from the men’s lawyers said.
The letter named the six judges involved in the two cases. A panel of three judges in the Denpasar District Court heard each case.
IN THIS week's print edition, we take look at land and its importance as a factor of production. In particular, we argue that poor land use in the world's biggest cities carries a huge cost. Many economists have argued for a land-value tax, which could be used to make the property market more efficient.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California's senate education committee approved a bill making it mandatory for children to be vaccinated before starting school despite opposition from “ant-vaxxer” parents
More and more young people are moving to urban centers because they prefer to live in walkable areas with lots of public transportation options. Still, developers are reluctant to build compact housing using this smart growth approach. But perhaps a new economic case against sprawl can convince these developers to think twice.
Sprawl costs America over $1 trillion a year, according to a new report by LSE Cities and the Victoria Transport Policy Institute, because it can increase per capita land consumption up to 80 percent and car use by up to 60 percent. Together these outcomes create social costs that amount to $626 billion a year for people living in sprawling areas and $400 billion for those outside of them, the report estimates.
Artist Shani Ha came up with a very special Table for Two at a restaurant located on 7th Avenue in New York. The table, that's split between the inside and the outside and has a glass panel in the middle, aims to play with the boundaries of public and private spaces.
The Alaska Department of Transportation has shifted more than $1 million designated in 2012 for design of Anchorage bicycle infrastructure to other projects and bike advocates say it's a setback for improving safety in Alaska's largest city.
Finland, one of the leading educational hotspots in the world, is embarking on one of the most radical overhauls in modern education. By 2020, the country plans to phase out teaching individual subjects such as maths, chemistry and physics, and...
“Gee, Warren,” I had the temerity to say to my fellow Nebraskan, “You don’t seem to like competition much.”
“I don’t, Walter” he replied heartily, “I don’t like it at all. I don’t know any good businessman who does.”
In subsequent pronouncements and actions, the Sage of Omaha has made clear his preference for businesses with “a moat” around them, a monopoly position or a formidable brand that spares them the necessity of constantly fighting off scrappy would-be rivals. The lesson seems clear: If you can avoid competing, by all means do so.
Rob Duke's insight:
Um? Yeah, and that's why government must watch out for market failures that allow non-competition or anti-competition to exist for any significant period of time (more than 3-5 years--that's just an arbitrary number that I pulled out of the air that is intended to give someone with a brilliant idea enough time to recoup expenses and make a buck--after that, if competition hasn't found a way to enter the market, government should help them institutionally).
Vermont and New Hampshire are similar in a lot of ways -- they’re both small, heavily rural New England states that root for the Red Sox. But when it comes to taxes, they could hardly be more diffe...
Rob Duke's insight:
Alaska needs to revamp its tax system. Here's a list of some best practices from 49 other states. As I've said before, the revenue stream should be diversified and spread across sectors. A small sales tax on both services and goods (2-4%), a small income tax (5%), Gas tax (20¢ gal.), Sin taxes (booze, cigarettes, marijuana), fees & permits, Tariff on imports (encourage local manufacturing and collect revenue on those profits that exit the state---I'm looking at you Walmart!), state shares in the property tax (to pay for schools throughout the state). To the greatest extent possible taxes and fees should be tied to the service that they pay for....
The Arctic Waterways Safety Committee, formed to develop the best practices for managing Arctic waterways, held its first formal meeting this month in Juneau, electing officers and meeting with the governor and Alaska's state committee on the Arctic.
A black Nebraska state senator compared American police to Islamic terrorists and suggested he'd shoot a cop if only he had a weapon.
Rob Duke's insight:
Before you got off on this guy, consider what he actually said. I agree that it's dangerous to talk about violence because too many people don't know the difference between hyperbole to make a point and actual threats. Having said that, he is just saying that he understands why his constituents are upset.
Let's face it (cops reading this): in 1990 if we were serving a regular old search warrant, we have done it with 11 officers: 2 entry with a supervisor, two teams at the back corners to cover the back and sides, and a couple uniforms to block the street and/or protect the perimeter in the alley (2+1+4+4=11). That was about as good as it got. High risk warrants were, of course different, but now, as the good Senator points out, we see routine warrants served with 20 officers, plus a tank for good measure. When did this start and why?
I think we started down this road after 9/11 when all the homeland security dollars started rewarding us for buying new and surplus military gear. All those returning vets even knew how to use the stuff, so we did. Combined with other strains such as the economic crisis, assaults on cops reinforced the need for deploying in this manner. If we're honest with ourselves, I think we need to ask what responsibility we've had in this escalation.
This suite of cases is a challenge to how the EPA regulates pollutants from power plants. Here’s the question before the court: “Whether the Environmental Protection Agency unreasonably refused to consider costs in determining whether it is appropriate to regulate hazardous air pollutants emitted by electric utilities.”
Rob Duke's insight:
It's too close to call at this point. See article for more.
There are thousand's of schools that share this same problem. People say they understand why having a Native American as a mascot is offensive but do they really? Think about if Jesus Christ was a mascot. How would people feel about watching some guy dressed up with bloody hands and wreath around his neck dance around and try to energize a crowd? Well when you use an Indian chief as a mascot, the same problem arises with Native Americans.
The recording was made from the backseat of a taxi shared by Coffey and an ally on the assembly, Bill Starr. With his cell phone in his pocket, Coffey accidentally dialed an Assembly foe, Allan Tesche. Tesche wasn’t home, but the conversation was recorded on his answering machine.
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