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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

LOS ANGELES -- Hundreds of federal and local law enforcement fanned out across Los Angeles in pre-dawn sweeps, serving arrest and search warrants as part of a three-year investigation into the ultra-violent street gang MS-13. [...]

Acting U.S. Attorney Sandra Brown said the 127-page anti-racketeering indictment targets 44 members and associates of the gang, including the one-time leader of a Los Angeles faction of MS-13.

Twenty-one people named in the indictment were arrested in pre-dawn raids across Los Angeles and Brown said warrants were served at more than 50 locations. Jail officials around the region also conducted cell searches, as some of those indicted were already in custody on unrelated charges. About a dozen of those arrested were so-called "shot callers" for the gang. At least three people were still at large Wednesday.

"It's one of the largest and most entrenched gangs in Los Angeles," Brown said. "Today's actions will deal a critical blow to the top leadership." read more

Friday, April 14, 2017

The Independent: All of the necessary things to support life have been found on one of the moons that orbits Saturn. Enceladus has chemicals that when found on Earth tend to indicate life, suggesting that there might be living things under its icy shell. Scientists have long thought of Enceladus as one of the prime candidates for life within our solar system, in large part because of its subsurface ocean that covers its entire body. But the new research gives the best look yet at that moon, showing that it has a chemical energy source capable of supporting life. read more

Monday, April 10, 2017

The removal of vast quantities of chemical weapons from Syria's soil was indeed an achievement. When Obama contemplated attacking Syria, a major problem with his plan was that most of the chemical weapons would not have been destroyed.

But the Obama administration had a tendency to oversell what was accomplished, perhaps because Obama received so much criticism for not following through on an attack if Syria crossed what Obama had called "a red line." We have a reasonable-person test here at The Fact Checker, and it's doubtful many NPR listeners realized that "known" was code for the fact that Rice only was referring to chemical weapons stocks declared by Syria -- or that chlorine weapons were not covered by the agreement.

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Saturday, April 08, 2017

Noam Chomsky: Bernie Sanders "would have won the primary if not for the shenanigans of the Obama-Clinton party managers who kept him out." read more

Thursday, April 06, 2017

President Donald Trump on Wednesday weighed in on the recent controversy surrounding Fox News host Bill O'Reilly. In an interview with the New York Times, Trump defended O'Reilly against new revelations that he, Fox News and parent company 21st Century Fox had paid a total of $13 million in settlements to five women who accused him of sexual harassment or verbal abuse. "I think he's a person I know well -- he is a good person," Trump told the Times. "I think he shouldn't have settled; personally I think he shouldn't have settled. Because you should have taken it all the way. I don't think Bill did anything wrong."


I totally agree with the criticisms leveled at police. Having said that, crime and murder rates are climbing in certain cities as a result of this - it's called "The Ferguson effect".

Exploring the Ferguson Effect: Myth or Material Fact?

[...] The conclusion: when the police are being scrutinized, evidence suggests that crime rises. Whether or not that is the result of less aggressive policing is less settled and in fact appears not to be the case. Taken together, the most recent, sound evidence, implies that when communities lose faith in their police officers, they not only stop reporting violations of the law but they may also simply stop following it. In short, it's not that the Ferguson Effect does not exist. It's just that the underlying causes of the effect may be different than what its supporters originally thought.


This is right up my alley, Jefe. I conducted a master's of criminology thesis with a central focus on legitimacy theory (look up Tom Tyler). It's crazy to me that the above does not mention Tom Tyler or legitimacy theory. However, what is being described in the above article parallels the tenets of legitimacy:

Legitimacy and Criminal Justice: The Benefits of Self-Regulation

[The perception of legitimacy in law and law enforcement involves the] feeling of responsibility and obligation to follow the law, to accept the decisions of legal authorities, and to cooperate with and help legal authorities to do their jobs. Legitimacy is defined as "the property that a rule or an authority has when others feel obligated to voluntarily defer to that rule or authority. In other words, a legitimate authority is one that is regarded by people as entitled to have its decisions and rules accepted and followed by others" (Fagan 2008; Skogan and Frydl 2003, 297).


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