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Tag Archives: Crime

Make America Safe, Again?

The theme of the first night of the Republican national convention was “Make America Safe Again”. As Rudy Giuliani put it: The vast majority of Americans today do not feel safe. They fear for their children, they fear for themselves. They fear for our police officers, who are being targeted with a target on their […]


Shell Game

© Rob Rogers One of the things I find strange about the whole Panama Papers scandal is that shell corporations are not actually illegal, and there are legitimate legal reasons for setting them up. In fact, when one of the companies I started years ago was bought by another company, the merger involved two shell […]


Guilty until proven Innocent?

The Washington Post has a very scary article about the FBI forensic unit, the people like those we have all seen in movies who analyze hairs and other physical evidence to establish guilt or innocence. This kind of evidence is frequently used in capital cases, such as rape or murder. Unlike in the movies, the […]



When you hear the exact same warning from people as divergent as Rand Paul and the CATO Institute, Glenn Greenwald and the ACLU, and even nonpolitical sources like Popular Mechanics, you suspect that you should take the problem seriously. The problem? The escalating militarization of police departments across the country. Do police still protect citizens, […]


Violent Thoughts

Ironically, while gun violence in the US has dropped significantly, most Americans think gun violence has gone up. In under 20 years, since its peak in the 1990s, gun violence has nearly been cut in half. The number of killings due to guns dropped 39% between 1993 and 2011, while gun crimes that weren’t fatal […]


Get the Lead Out!

Wouldn’t it be ironic if, after spending billions of dollars on prisons, police, and the war on drugs, the real answer to reducing crime was as simple as getting rid of lead in our environment? That’s the conclusion of new research that strongly indicates that the hidden villain behind violent crime, lowered intelligence, and even […]