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Italy’s Gruesome Migrant Organ Transplant Murders

Italy’s Gruesome Migrant Organ Transplant Murders | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A human trafficker turned informant exposes a sinister ring where migrants and refugees who can’t pay their bills are sold to an Egyptian gang for their body parts.
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If this story is true, and it appears to be, it speaks to the depravity to which we humans can sink. How can we allow such horrors to exist in our world? Is it not time to reach out and provide safety and a decent way of life for all of us? Isn't it time to make the world safe for humanity (and while we're at it keep the world safe from humans)? 
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On Crime Bill and the Clintons, Young Blacks Clash With Parents

On Crime Bill and the Clintons, Young Blacks Clash With Parents | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Young African-Americans are challenging Clinton-era policies on crime, diverging from their elders who enthusiastically support Hillary Clinton and the former president.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
Did the Clinton reforms work to make lives better? Not really. Like much done in Washington, the unintended consequences were seriously harmful. One reason is that laws like the Clinton Crime Bill and Welfare Reform are based on the goal of controlling abuse and misconduct rather than on the goal of inducing better, more positive conduct. Government should be helping those who need better than trying to keep them for reaching for the brass rings they can see before them. When real chances are available then we will see people give up the false promises of drugs, crime, and cheating. That's one reason that older Black Americans should be supporting Sanders even as they give the Clinton's a wave of fond farewell. 
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The Insiders: The murder spike in America’s cities is part of the Obama legacy

The Insiders: The murder spike in America’s cities is part of the Obama legacy | Upsetment | Scoop.it
President Obama and his fellow Democrats either remained silent or joined the chorus when radicals in their own party called for less incarceration, fewer arrests and a pullback of police presence in high-crime communities.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

While there is assuredly a failure to address lawlessness and violence in this nation, suppression is not the answer to that growing problem. Education, creation of jobs that are steppingstones to a future, legalization of drugs: these are part of the answer. Providing decent support for families, especially in the inner-cities is part of the answer. Curbing the culture of guns and the glorification of violence in the media, video gaming, and political rhetoric might also help. Providing meaningful incarceration with training and respect for inmates and assisted living for those released might help. There is much that can be done. Perhaps it is time that we as a nation start doing some of those positive things instead of falling back on our heritage of lynching, whipping, and enslaving as a model of creating a civil society.

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Italian mafia group linked to senior politicians, investigation reveals

Italian mafia group linked to senior politicians, investigation reveals | Upsetment | Scoop.it
An investigation uncovers links between the Calabrian Mafia — one of the world's most powerful criminal groups — and senior politicians on both sides of Australia's political fence.
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Sounds like something out of "Times to Try the Soul of Man." The role of crime and corruption in government is a real problem everywhere.

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Three young Muslims shot dead in their home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Three young Muslims shot dead in their home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A family of three young Muslims has been shot dead in their home in a quiet neighbourhood of North Carolina in the US.
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I wonder how this piece of crap came to target these fine people. It seems almost incomprehensible to me that such contemptible behavior takes place fueled by hate that is as irrational as it is pathetic. Obviously, the world has lost three major contributors and now the state of North Carolina is faced with the task of caging a rabid animal. How sad for everyone.

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Probe of FBI agent leads to release of convicted drug dealers from prison

Probe of FBI agent leads to release of convicted drug dealers from prison | Upsetment | Scoop.it
At least two significant drug cases could be jeopardized because of an agent’s alleged misconduct, officials said.
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The War on Drugs has become a cancer in our nation not only making drugs appear more desirable and strengthening the roles and finances of criminals but also infecting the law enforcement community. It is time to stop the madness. Prohibition didn't work and neither does the "Farce on Drugs."

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It's Really Hard to Be a Good Guy With a Gun

It's Really Hard to Be a Good Guy With a Gun | Upsetment | Scoop.it
My wife and I got into an argument last night over a dead man. His name was Joseph Robert Wilcox. He was 31 on Sunday, the day he tried to stop cop-killer Jerad Miller in a Las Vegas Walmart and was shot by Miller's wife Amanda. Wilcox was a good guy with a gun. It cost him his life.
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In the madness of the NRA and its refusal to support reasonable gun control, the mantra has been "The only thing that can stop a bad man with a gun is a good man with a gun." If you believe that, you might want to read this personal essay.

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How Davontae Sanford, wrongly imprisoned for murder, found justice

How Davontae Sanford, wrongly imprisoned for murder, found justice | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Davontae Sanford, a Detroit man who pleaded guilty to four murders he did not commit when he was 14 years old, was released from prison Wednesday after nine years in prison.
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As long as we need the Innocence Project and similar programs, we have to recognize that our system of justice is flawed and needs  attention. The nine years taken from this young man cannot be replaced. How do we hold the police who were responsible for this travesty accountable? 
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Paying criminals to stay out of trouble? D.C. could be next city to try experiment.

Paying criminals to stay out of trouble? D.C. could be next city to try experiment. | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The controversial plan has pitted the D.C. Council against Mayor Muriel E. Bowser.
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If this includes real assistance and actual and effective monitoring, it could make a difference. Certainly, the solution cannot be to lock up more and more people or watching the civil society of a city slip into chaos.
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10 of the World's Most Unusual Prisons (prisons, worst prisons) - ODDEE

10 of the World's Most Unusual Prisons (prisons, worst prisons) - ODDEE | Upsetment | Scoop.it
From a 5-star jail to another made just for two prisoners, meet some of the most unique jails in the world. (prisons, worst prisons)
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In college, I considered a career in penology. Perhaps it was a reaction to my sense of being confined in my own life (summer camp every summer and boarding school and of course my family). At any rate, while I didn't go into the field of locking people up, I have no doubt that it was part of the motivation behind "Memoirs From the Asylum." So I found this piece rather fascinating. I was particularly fascinated by the Norwegian prison that stresses ecology and the American prison that stresses complete control.

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Mexican Vigilante Justice Hits $7 Billion Gold Mine

Mexican Vigilante Justice Hits $7 Billion Gold Mine | Upsetment | Scoop.it
When members of a regional mafia kidnapped laborers and fishermen, locals pleaded for government help. When they shut down a billion-dollar gold mine, they got it.
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Can the government of Mexico ever learn how to protect its people from crime? Until then the spirits of Pancho Villa and Zapata will have to do. Call them vigilantes if you will, at least they are forcing the government and the property owners to act.

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Patients Screwed in Spine Surgery ‘Scam’

Patients Screwed in Spine Surgery ‘Scam’ | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Spinal Solutions is accused of running a multimillion-dollar scam in spinal surgery hardware that could leave thousands in pain if their shoddy materials fail.
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I cannot imagine the appropriate punishment for the bastard who was behind this scam or for those who were complicit. It certainly would start with paralysis and a great deal of pain. IMHO sometimes cruel and unusual should be the standard for punishment not the prohibition. Do you agree that there are some crimes that deserve cruelty not just prison or even death?

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Report: Russian hackers steal 1.2B passwords

Report: Russian hackers steal 1.2B passwords | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Russian hackers have stolen 1.2 billion user names and passwords in a series of Internet heists affecting 420,000 websites, according to a report published Tuesday.
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Perhaps it is time to think about the role that crime plays in modern life. Some days it seems that there are more criminals than there are honest people. Is that because we are some money driven and preoccupied? It is obviously not enough to throw people in jail, especially when most of the people who are incarcerated are the penny-ante criminals. How do we change the propensity for criminality in our culture?

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A Convicted Murderer's Case for Gun Control

A Convicted Murderer's Case for Gun Control | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Why a man serving 28 years to life at the Attica Correctional Facility believes a few simple laws could significantly affect criminal behavior
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How come a thug in Attica gets what the U.S. Senate can't. We need better gun laws, and this guy gives some good basic reasons why.

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