June 27, 2010

The Glenn Beck Effect

Regardless of your personal opinion of Glenn Beck, we can probably agree on at least one thing; if Beck promotes a book, it’ll be sure to skyrocket to the top of the charts. We’ve seen this happen again and again in recent years, as Beck promoted both his own books and the works of other authors that he just happened to like (or so he says).

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June 21, 2010

The Death Penalty

There are few discussions that result in as much heated debate as those that revolve around the use of the death penalty. Although the concept of taking an individual’s life for the commission of a crime has been around since the dawn of organized civilization, it is not something that can be easily agreed upon. Why is it that some people oppose the death penalty, while others strongly support it? Does the death penalty work in deterring crime, while punishing the offender for the crime that has been committed? What are the chances that an innocent person will get sentenced to death?

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June 16, 2010

The Courtroom Work Group

Let’s face it; the criminal justice system is a slow and painful place to be stuck in. To help speed up the processing of an ever-increasing number of cases, a certain relationship forms in courtrooms between the main actors in the system, including the judge, defense counsel and prosecutor.

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June 14, 2010

Warrantless Searches

As a criminal justice student, I’ve heard professors cover search and seizure law in great detail many times, but still the numerous exceptions to the warrant requirement can be somewhat hard to follow.

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June 10, 2010

Poverty in America

This week the radio show that I’m a panelist on decided to tackle the issue of poverty, with a focus on how it affects people in the United States. The idea was to open a dialog on a subject that many people would rather brush aside than talk freely about.

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May 26, 2010

Pascal’s Wager

Do you want to make a bet? Are you willing to risk a finite secular life for a chance at infinite happiness? Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? Not according to Blaise Pascal and his famous wager.

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May 24, 2010

The Truth About Corn

A few days ago I reviewed a documentary titled King Corn, which was an investigative report on the secret side of corn farming in the United States. This post is a follow-up to the last, sparked by my curiosity to understand how a simple crop such as corn could be exploited by large corporations to the point of adding to the current obesity epidemic.

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