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The Social Economics of Thorstein Veblen | Michael Hudson

The Social Economics of Thorstein Veblen | Michael Hudson | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Book Review as published at the Economic History Association David Reisman, The Social Economics of Thorstein Veblen, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2012, ...
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Homeless man steals $350,000 from Paris airport

Homeless man steals $350,000 from Paris airport | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A homeless man stole 300,000 euros ($353,000) from an unlocked room in Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport on Friday, according to a court spokesman.
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Swedish police question suspects after synagogue attack

Swedish police question suspects after synagogue attack | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Police are guarding Jewish centers across the Swedish city of Gothenberg following an arson attack on a synagogue there, police said.
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Christopher L. Baca's comment, December 11, 10:18 PM
It will be interesting to find out if these three individuals acted solely through their own means or if they are part of some organization.
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Murder map: Deadliest U.S. cities

Murder map: Deadliest U.S. cities | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
You might be surprised by the murder rates in 61 major cities across the U.S.
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Sure Chicago's not the worst, but it's in the top 6 with stellar cities like Kansas City, St. Louis, and Baltimore ahead of it.  It's murder rate is nearly 5 times the "average" of about 1 per thousand.
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Christopher L. Baca's comment, December 11, 10:30 PM
Baltimore is the number one crime city because of the amount of "uprisings" or "riots" there are. At these riots, everything from cash to pharmaceuticals get looted, and then the murder rates go up. Everyone wants drugs or money so people start going on killing sprees.
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Seven case studies for complete streets

Seven case studies for complete streets | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The following video covers examples from around the US of busy, automobile-oriented thoroughfares that were transformed into complete streets using design that responds to urban context.

CNU wrote the case studies for a new book by the Institute for Transportation Engineers called Implementing Context Sensitive Design on Multimodal Corridors, a Pracitioner's Handbook.

The book is a long-awaited follow-up to the influential CNU/ITE manual Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares. Enjoy the video.
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Go to the scoping sessions and advocate for these features.  It will make your policing job easier.
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Safety improvements prepare South Broad Street for a residential future

Safety improvements prepare South Broad Street for a residential future | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The city is installing its first raised intersections to slow traffic and give the avenue more of a residential feel.
- Inga Saffron, Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News
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More safety design ideas to help calm traffic and make a neighborhood more attractive.  Making a sense of place is one of the key elements of reducing crime.
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Volkswagen manager jailed for 7 years in diesel scam

Volkswagen manager jailed for 7 years in diesel scam | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Schmidt was charged with 11 felony counts and federal prosecutors said he could have faced a maximum of up to 169 years in prison. As part of his guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to drop most of the counts and Schmidt consented to be deported at the end of his prison sentence.

Related: So where exactly will we charge all these electric cars?

Engineer James Liang cooperated with the FBI and was sentenced to 40 months in prison last summer. Six others at VW or Audi were charged, but they are in Germany and out of reach of U.S. authorities. Among them is Heinz-Jakob Neusser, who was described as Schmidt's boss. He was head of engine development and, later, VW brand development.

VW pleaded guilty as a corporation in March and agreed to pay $4.3 billion in civil and criminal penalties on top of billions more to buy back cars.
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This is a rare case where a White Collar Criminal is sentenced to any serious jail time.  See the Holder Memo for more on why that is the case.  Generally, when Eric Holder was an attorney for George W. Bush's A.G.'s office, he wrote a white paper suggesting that the Enron case had the unintended consequence of killing off both Enron and Arthur Anderson, the accounting firm that helped Enron execs doctor the books.  This sent tens of thousands of innocent workers to the unemployment line.  What Holder suggested was that the government use re-integrative shaming for any corporation that fully cooperated (open records, forthright testimony, paying restitution and fines).  This policy meant that most banks involved in the sub-prime scandal were allowed to survive and relatively few executives went to prison.
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Masha Nuss's comment, December 8, 2:40 AM
So... I'm not particularly understanding why they weren't tried in Germany, since these are cars imported from there. Am I missing something? Would Germany be able to try them as criminals on their own soil?
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Calendar starring shepherds proves an unexpected hit

Calendar starring shepherds proves an unexpected hit | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
2018 calendar promoting a worthy cause immediately sells out
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Christopher L. Baca's comment, December 11, 11:23 PM
I am scarred for life. Yes this is for a worthy cause, but buying something such as a calendar full of undressed shepherd males, should be prohibited.
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Parents of suspected Tampa serial killer 'devastated' by his arrest

Parents of suspected Tampa serial killer 'devastated' by his arrest | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
They have not seen Howard Donaldson, who goes by the nickname Trai, since he was arrested, Rosita Donaldson said, adding that he does not have the "personality" to have committed these crimes.

"Anybody that knows Trai knows that's not Trai," she said. "... That's not my son."

Emanuel Donaldson said the news of his son's arrest has been "difficult for everyone" and that they are going to lean on their faith to "get through this ordeal."

"It's your ability to pray for people you don't even know," he said, adding that he hopes the love he and his wife have for their son "gets him through."
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Christopher L. Baca's comment, December 11, 10:42 PM
If Trai grew up surrounded by faith and religion all of his life, what made him go and shoot those people? Did he experience some kind of traumatic experience that caused his brain to rewire?
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Arrest made after missing North Carolina girl presumed dead

Arrest made after missing North Carolina girl presumed dead | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Authorities announced an arrest Saturday in the case of a North Carolina toddler missing for nearly a week — and added that the 3-year-old girl, Mariah Woods, is now presumed dead.

Earl Kimrey, the 32-year-old live-in boyfriend of Mariah's mother, was taken into custody late Friday and charged with concealing a death and second-degree burglary, among other charges, the Onslow County Sheriff's Office said. He was being held on a $1 million bond.
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Christopher L. Baca's comment, December 11, 11:02 PM
What goes through the mind of a grown man to make him want to kill an innocent child? Did he just want the mom all to himself? Why would the mother let this creep near her kid? Did she know he hated the child? Any indicators?
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Record drug bust in Spain

Record drug bust in Spain | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Police intercept 331 kilos of heroin most of it at Barcelona's port where it was hidden inside cement bags.
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War criminal dies after drinking poison in court

War criminal dies after drinking poison in court | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Seconds after a U.N. judge confirmed his 20-year war crimes sentence on Wednesday, former Bosnian Croat military commander Slobodan Praljak shouted, “I am not a war criminal!” threw back his head, drank liquid from a small bottle and told the court he had taken poison. A flustered judge halted the hearing and Praljak was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he died.

Shocking images of the 72-year-old former philosophy professor and theater director who became a wartime general shouting and drinking what he said was poison were streamed live on the court’s website and around the Balkans.
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This is a dramatic way to demonstrate the world criminal courts that we talked about in class.
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Christopher L. Baca's comment, December 11, 11:19 PM
You have to get screened before you can enter the courthouse, how in the world did this guy get poison in without it being flagged? Did someone else bring it in for him?
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'Attacks trying to derail' Romania’s anti-corruption drive

'Attacks trying to derail' Romania’s anti-corruption drive | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Romania’s anti-corruption chief has slammed what she called ‘unbelievable attacks’ on attempts to rid the country of graft.

Laura Kovesi told Euronews that politicians and businessmen are kicking back against a drive to clean up one the EU’s most corrupt countries.

It comes as MPs debate a draft law that could put Romania’s judicial system under political control.
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Analysis | Following marijuana legalization, teen drug use is down in Colorado

Analysis | Following marijuana legalization, teen drug use is down in Colorado | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Fewer teens are getting high in Colorado now that weed's legal there.
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Great idea: Transit-oriented development

Great idea: Transit-oriented development | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Transit-oriented development links transportation and land use—providing people with maximum choice in how to get around by intensifying activities near transit nodes with high quality public space.
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T.O.D. or Transit-Oriented Development is great for a community.  It can save an old mall or train station or even a whole downtown.
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South Carolina serial killer Todd Kohlhepp says there are more victims

South Carolina serial killer Todd Kohlhepp says there are more victims | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A South Carolina man convicted of killing seven people says he has more victims who have not been discovered.

The Herald-Journal of Spartanburg reports that, in an eight-page letter, Todd Kohlhepp wrote that he tried to tell investigators and informed the FBI, but he said "it was blown off." He also wrote, "At this point, I really don't see reason to give numbers or locations."


Todd Kohlhepp appears in court on May 26, 2017 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. John Byrum / The Spartanburg Herald-Journal via AP
Don Wood, chief division counsel with the FBI's Columbia office, said the agency has a pending investigation, but wouldn't comment specifically on what the FBI is doing.

The 46-year-old Kohlhepp pleaded guilty in May to seven counts of murder for killings that took place over more than a decade, all as he ran a real estate business. He was sentenced to life in prison.

His string of crimes was uncovered in 2016 after police rescued a woman chained at the neck in a storage container and investigators found a body buried in a shallow grave. The woman told investigators she saw Kohlhepp shoot and kill her boyfriend, who went with her for a cleaning job on the suspect's property.
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Daimler Tore Apart a Rented Tesla to Learn Its Secrets Then Tried to Return It

Daimler Tore Apart a Rented Tesla to Learn Its Secrets Then Tried to Return It | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
If you’re a car company trying to build a better car than your competitor, often you’ll want to pick up one of your competitor’s cars to see just how good they are. Maybe you'll just test it, or maybe you'll even disassemble in order to learn their secrets.

It seems like Mercedes’ parent company Daimler didn’t think this strategy all the way through. According to a report published in German magazine Der Spiegel, Daimler picked up a Tesla Model X to put through the paces. Only the Model X in question was rented, not bought, and the car's owners are left paying thousands of dollars in repair costs.

Bavarian couple Man­fred van Rins­um and Mo­ni­ka Kind­lein often rent out their three Teslas for extra income, using rental company Sixt. When Sixt reached out to them to rent their Model X to an unknown party for seven weeks, the couple didn’t think anything of it.

It was only after they got their car back heavily damaged that the couple started trying to figure out what happened. According to Der Spiegel, the car had been disassembled and screwed back together, as well as being put through several extreme tests, including heat and vibrations.

All together, an appraiser estimated that the Tesla sustained around $20,000 in damages thanks to Daimler. Van Rins­um wrote an invoice to the company for over $100,000, adding in expenses due to lost income while the car was being repaired and a fee for breaking the rental contract, which forbids testing and disassembly.

Daimler has said in a statement that “renting vehicles for comparison purposes is a common procedure in the automotive industry,” but refused to comment on this particular incident. Sixt stated that they’ve compensated van Rins­um and Kind­lein for the damages, but the couple says it's not enough and they don’t believe they’ll ever get all of their money back.
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Reimagine cities with me

Reimagine cities with me | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
I’m a believer in cities. That’s why I’ve devoted my career to them and helped to found the Congress for the New Urbanism 25 years ago.
 
CNU was founded on the belief that working together we accomplish more than working separately. Today, CNU continues to be a convener and laboratory for the great ideas cities need to respond to climate change, transportation pressure, and the imperative for greater social equity and community. The design and development of cities is an increasingly crucial factor in the health and well being of their residents, and in the sustainability of the planet.
 
That’s why this winter, culminating decades of work that sprang from my participation in the New Urbanist movement, I am unveiling a powerful tool for reimagining cities, UrbanFootprint. This is the first online software to provide all the data you need to fully understand a site, a library of place types to build alternate plans, and multiple analytic engines to quantify the economic, health, social, and environmental co-benefits of urbanism. It provides a sound, factual basis for decision-making and a community process that can lead to more livable, resilient cities. Sign up for a demonstration at UrbanFootprint.com.
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Calthorpe is a giant in the field of urban planning....
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Alaska edible pot maker suspended amid product testing probe

Alaska edible pot maker suspended amid product testing probe | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Alaska's marijuana regulators are investigating whether Fairbanks' largest edible manufacturer is following product testing protocols.
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Masha Nuss's comment, December 8, 3:49 AM
The store owner "declines to discuss testing practices," does she. I wonder how much more of these kinds of mistakes we'll be seeing in the future.
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The truth about Portugal's net neutrality, as explained by an expert

The truth about Portugal's net neutrality, as explained by an expert | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
While the first the impression was that Portugal's internet neutrality policy was unregulated, the country follows the EU net neutrality standards put in place by the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communcations (BEREC). Local regulator Communications National Authority (ANACOM) is in charge of making sure the neutrality measures set up by the EU are met within the Portuguese territory.

But, despite the situation in Portugal´s internet offers being more net ´neutral´ than what was originally reported, it still is a cause for concern for some.

Euronews spoke to Eduardo Santos, lawyer and president of D3 Association - Defence of Digital Rights, who clarifies the issues within this scenario from a Portuguese perspective.

Santos describes net neutrality as a concept in which internet providers should limit their roles to providing the access to internet, with no discrimination of traffic.

Selecting certain apps to feature in the packages, and not others, is then a problem.

“With this spirit in mind, despite being add-ons, these packages, are still problematic. MEO is using its positions as a provider to make business and discriminate what kind of apps or websites people may access, or even, it encourages the use of certain apps and discourages the use of others. This is a position that an internet provider should never have.”
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Toronto Neighbors Calm Street Using Only Leaves and Chalk

Toronto Neighbors Calm Street Using Only Leaves and Chalk | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
ou’ve heard of the sneckdown — when traffic after a snowstorm creates patterns that reveal how much space can be claimed for pedestrians. Now a group of neighbors in Toronto has made “nature’s traffic calming” a multi-season activity.

Dave Meslin wanted to demonstrate how a local intersection could be transformed into a safer, more neighborhood-friendly space. He and some of his neighbors went to work with some leaves and chalk, Meslin wrote on Facebook:

Using only chalk and leaves (and maintaining all existing road widths at 28 feet) we revealed a surplus surface area of 2,000 square feet which could be transformed into a parkette, new sidewalks, and much shorter/safer crossings.

The “leafy neckdown” is the talk of Toronto, reports BlogTO. Meslin told the blog’s Lauren O’Neil that prior to the group’s intervention, drivers never seemed to understand where to stop, even though the intersection has three stop signs. But the chalk lines seem to have clarified what drivers are supposed to do, and it feels a lot safer.
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It'll take some of the adjacent land, but a round-a-bout would be a better option.
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Christopher L. Baca's comment, December 11, 10:29 PM
I find it interesting how a few member of the community got together to do this "social" experiment. It shows promise for the results that they were going for, but whether or not city officials will execute these plans will take time.
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German Christmas market evacuated after suspicious package delivered

German Christmas market evacuated after suspicious package delivered | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A Christmas market on the outskirts of Berlin was evacuated Friday after authorities found what was thought to be an improvised explosive device (IED), police said on Twitter.
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Christopher L. Baca's comment, December 11, 11:43 PM
There was no detonator found, wouldn''t the perp want to cause the most damage? I would be in the crowd watching to see when the most damage could be done.
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"The Devil's Job": ex-Vatican Bank chief Tedeschi on finance and morality

"The Devil's Job": ex-Vatican Bank chief Tedeschi on finance and morality | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, Banker, ex-President of Vatican Bank:
“Many people did not understand what had happened after the 11th September 2001 and did not understand that the new international regulations, which determine banking systems, were going to become stricter. Secondly: numerous people in the Vatican were afraid of a loss of sovereignty in agreeing to yield to these new international norms. Thirdly, in terms of culture, many people believe that the controls are not “legitimate” because at the Vatican there are facts, events to defend, and so people confuse on the one hand secrets, with confidentiality on the other hand. They did not understand that, in the context in which we were living, the absence of internal controls would have provoked more external controls. Fourthly, there were people who did not understand that the danger concerning this anti-money laundering legislation would lead to a loss of credibility for the Holy Father. The problem at the heart of this debate, is that they tried to deter me and pursued me, giving nine totally false reasons. I demanded an immediate inquiry on these nine points, and there never was one. And no-one ever asked me about it. And what hurts most, which remains even in the Church, is that they didn’t want to understand the truth, nor to know my truth.”

*euronews :
But when you were dramatically sacked, you were afraid for your safety and you also compiled a dossier on the Vatican Bank’s secrets…*

Ettore Gotti Tedeschi:
“The facts went in a completely different way, however all that is a question which was passed onto the public prosecutor. I prefer not to speak about it.”
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Tampa killings suspect charged with 4 counts of murder

Tampa killings suspect charged with 4 counts of murder | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
After a nearly two-month search, Tampa police arrested and charged a 24-year-old man with four counts of murder in connection to a series of fatal shootings that terrified residents in the city's Seminole Heights neighborhood.
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Pakistan law minister resigns; blasphemy protests disperse

Pakistan law minister resigns; blasphemy protests disperse | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Protesters in Pakistan are dispersing Monday after the country's law minister Zahid Hamid resigned under pressure following weekend clashes that killed two people.

For weeks, protesters have been demanding Hamid's resignation because they claimed a change in the wording of the oath of office weakened rules requiring lawmakers to reference the Prophet Mohammed.
The government has apologized and denied making the changes, calling them clerical mistakes.
The issue came to a head on the weekend, when the government called in Pakistan's armed paramilitary force to remove protesters who've been blocking a key road between Islamabad and the neighboring city of Rawalpindi.
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