Posted: September 3, 2017 Filed under: Art & Culture, History, Mediasphere, U.S. News | Tags: 2015 Clinton Correctional Facility escape, Academy Award for Best Actress, Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, Cinema, Millennials, Movies, Prison, Prison escape, Rob Reiner, Saving Private Ryan, Stephen King, The Shawshank Redemption, The Shining (film)
It appears that the “Golden Age of Cinema” has lost its sheen to the young over the years, as millennials are turning their back on classic movies.
A new study finds that less than a quarter of millennials have watched a film from start to finish that was made back in the 1940s or 50s and only a third have seen one from the 1960s.
Thirty percent of young people also admit to never having watched a black and white film all the way through – as opposed to 85 percent of those over 50 – with 20 percent branding the films “boring.”
Top 10 most common movies millennials have seen
- “The Lion King” 81.60 percent
- “Forrest Gump” 74.60 percent
- “Back to the Future” 66.80 percent
- “The Dark Knight” 66.50 percent
- “The Matrix” 63.20 percent
- “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” 60.90 percent
- “Terminator 2: Judgement Day” 59.20 percent
- “The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King” 59 percent
- “The Silence of the Lambs” 54.90 percent
- “The Godfather” 55 percent
Top 10 most common movies over-50’s have seen
- “Forrest Gump” 84.30 percent
- “Back to the Future” 80 percent
- “The Silence of the Lambs” 71 percent
- “It’s a Wonderful Life” 70.50 percent
- “The Godfather” 69.90 percent
- “Raiders of the Lost Ark” 69.30 percent
- “Saving Private Ryan” 68.30 percent
- “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” 66.40 percent
- “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” 65.90 percent
- “The Green Mile 65.60 percent
A new survey polling 1,000 millennials and 1,000 Americans over the age of 50 conducted by FYE.com, reveals that looking back into the history of cinema isn’t the preference of youth today, with millennials exponentially more likely to have binged on films of the last 15 years than on classics from bygone eras.
Less than half of millennials have seen the likes of “Gone with the Wind,” “The Sound of Music,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” or even “The Shawshank Redemption” — rated the greatest film of all time on IMDB.
Only 28 percent have seen “Casablanca,” 16 percent have watched “Once Upon a Time in the West” and only a measly 12 percent have seen the Hitchcock classic “Rear Window” – though the director’s “Psycho” fares moderately better at a rate of 38 percent.
On the other side of things, some over-50s appear to have the tendency to stick to their old classics and ignore new cinema altogether with one in ten admitting they aren’t sure if they have seen a film newer than 2010 – and eight percent straight up saying no, they have not. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: February 1, 2017 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption, U.S. News | Tags: Amazon rainforest, Amazonas (Brazilian state), Brazil, Department of Corrections, Manaus, Massachusetts, Primeiro Comando da Capital, Prison, Prison officer, Prison riot, Shirley
All Delaware prisons went on lockdown Wednesday morning due to an ’emergency situation’ unfolding at Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna, according to the state Department of Correction.
Department of Correction Response Teams and the Delaware State Police responded to a hostage situation Wednesday morning at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, according to Jayme Gravell, a spokeswoman.
All Delaware prisons went on lockdown because of the situation.
Dozens of police vehicles, as well as ambulances, continued to pour into the entrance to Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna. Helicopters were also circling over the prison and the nearby areas.
Rep. William Carson, a member of the House Corrections Committee, said he had been told it was an “apparent hostage situation.”
“The inmates have taken over a building,” he said.
Carson said details were still scarce and said he had no more information.
DOC released no other details. Gravell said it is protocol to lock down all state prisons when an emergency occurs at one of them.
Staff were on scene trying to gather details and handle the situation, Gravell said. Area firefighters were called to the scene, she said, but the particulars of what prompted the call were not immediately available.
While few details have been released, officials will surely review what procedures were in place that created this situation just as they did when inmate Scott A. Miller abducted and raped a prison counselor on July 12, 2004. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: June 2, 2016 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Law & Justice, Politics | Tags: Administration of federal assistance in the United States, Berkeley, California, East Bay (San Francisco Bay Area), Felony, Jail, New York City, Prison, San Francisco Chronicle
Will AB2466 pass in the state Senate? Hint: in 2014, three state senators — more than 10 percent of the Democratic caucus — were charged with felonies. The state Democratic Party owns Sacramento, and it’s still not enough. Democratic lawmakers must look at jail and think they hit the jackpot: a captive audience of kindred spirits.
Debra J. Saunders reports: California lawmakers seem intent on making Sacramento the place where reasonable reforms, much like runaway trains, jump the tracks. In that no-speed-limit spirit Tuesday, the California Assembly voted 41-37 to allow convicted felons to vote in jail. (Yes, you read that correctly — in jail.) If Assembly Bill 2466 becomes law, the ACLU estimates that 50,000 adults will be able to vote behind bars. The state doesn’t trust these people on the streets, but they are welcome in the voting booth.
“If Assembly Bill 2466 becomes law, the ACLU estimates that 50,000 adults will be able to vote behind bars. The state doesn’t trust these people on the streets, but they are welcome in the voting booth.”
When individuals commit crimes that endanger public safety, they forfeit their civil rights upon conviction. The National Conference of State Legislatures notes that the concept of “civil death” goes back to the Greeks and Romans. In some states — Florida, Iowa — convicted felons are permanently disenfranchised. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe recently made news by suspending permanent disenfranchisement by temporary order.
[Read the full story here, at SFGate]
No need for that in California. In 1976, voters amended the Constitution to end the permanent disenfranchisement of felons. The California Constitution now reads: The Legislature “shall provide for the disqualification of electors while mentally incompetent or imprisoned or on parole for the conviction of a felony.”
With such clear language, you would think that a measure to allow felons to vote behind bars first would have to go before voters as a constitutional amendment. But voters get no say thanks to an unholy alliance of California politicians, California courts and the ACLU. In 2011, Gov. Jerry Brown signed the Realignment Act, which mandated that low-level felons serve their sentences not in state prisons, but in county jails or under county supervision. It was Brown’s clever way of alleviating state prison overcrowding by moving felons to largely overcrowded jails.
In the county system, “it’s not called parole any more,” explained Assemblymember Melissa Melendez, R-Murrieta (Riverside County) who, like every other Republican member, voted against AB2466. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: January 4, 2016 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Education | Tags: aperville, Arraignment, Brooklyn, Child sexual abuse, Christine Taylor, Prison, Sexual abuse, Teacher
44-year-old teacher Christine Taylor of Naperville, Ill. has been accused of sexually abusing a 16-year-old teen after inviting the teen and his mother to her home for pizza on New Year’s Day.
“Around 9 p.m., police said Taylor convinced the victim’s mother to allow him to walk Taylor’s dog with her. Instead of walking the dog, Taylor allegedly took the boy to her bedroom and sexually abused him.”
Taylor, a language arts teacher at Jefferson Middle School, allegedly convinced the mother to let her son go with her to walk the dog. Little did the mother know that “walk the dog” meant “take him to the bedroom.”
“The mother apparently caught her in the act. Another resident in Taylor’s house called the police and Taylor was arrested.”
According to ABC7, “around 9 p.m., police said Taylor convinced the victim’s mother to allow him to walk Taylor’s dog with her. Instead of walking the dog, Taylor allegedly took the boy to her bedroom and sexually abused him.”
The mother apparently caught her in the act….(read more)
Source: Rare – ABC7
Posted: December 23, 2015 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Law & Justice, U.S. News | Tags: Computer Glitch, Criminals, Dan Pacholke, Department of Corrections, Early Release, Prison, Washington State
DOC Secretary Dan Pacholke apologized for the error, and said those released early likely include violent criminals.
OLYMPIA – Brandi Kruse reports: The head of Washington’s prison system offered no excuses Wednesday for an error that allowed thousands of inmates to be released early over a 13-year period.
“It’s an unforgivable error. I certainly appreciate their feelings and understanding that, I would certainly offer an apology…We’re going to fix it, and it will never happen again.”
The state claims a computer glitch is to blame for 3,200 offenders serving shortened sentences between 2002 and 2015….(read more)
Source: Q13 FOX News
Posted: December 19, 2015 Filed under: Crime & Corruption | Tags: Amazon tax, Australia, Central London, Edward Davenport, London, Prison, Vice, Wolf of the West End
Matt Shea writes: Google image search “Edward Davenport” and you’ll see a mosaic of celebrity selfies featuring everyone from the Prince of Monaco to 50 Cent. “Welcome to the website of Edward Davenport,” the website of Edward Davenport proclaims, “one of London’s most flamboyant and best-known entrepreneurs, as well as a true English gentleman from an established British family.”
But this public persona—that of the aristocratic socialite—is Eddie’s trick. It’s how, in the past, he gained people’s trust and got what he wanted. The man behind that selfie smile—the subject of the new VICE documentary Wolf of the West End—has bankrupted business partners and made an estimated £34.5 million [$51.5 million] through fraudulent activity, according to the Serious Fraud Office (Davenport says the figure wasn’t anywhere near that much).
The 2000s were good to Eddie. After buying Sierra Leone’s London embassy—the Central London mansion, 33 Portland Place—for just £50,000 [$75,000] in 1999, he turned it into an arena for decadent sex parties, spending the next ten years entertaining celebrities and aristocracy. However, in 2011, “Fast Eddie” was convicted of engineering a multi-million pound fraud and sentenced to nearly eight years in prison, before being released in 2014 as an “act of mercy” because of ill health due to one of his kidneys failing.
So what was it like to go from a life of luxury to a South London cell? How would a serial partier cope with life between the sexless walls of Wandsworth Prison? What’s life in jail like for a wealthy white-collar criminal? I spent a fair amount of time with Eddie during the filming of Wolf of the West End, so I got back in touch to find out.
VICE: What’s your worst memory from prison?
Edward Davenport: There were occasions where there was a staff shortage or things would get canceled. So when you normally play badminton on, you know, a Saturday afternoon or something, and then suddenly it gets canceled due to staff shortages, it’s not like you’ve got a lot of other things you can arrange at short notice.
So your worst memory from being in prison was having to reschedule badminton?
[Laughs] I’ve been raided in the middle of the night before.
Why did they raid you?
I think they were looking for illegal contraband items.
What about, like, the solitary nature of it—the boredom and the lack of intimate company. Did that not get to you?
Well, it was a bit like being a virgin again when I got out. I think I had plenty of women before I went in. I mean, maybe if you’ve been into prison and you haven’t done anything before with your life, but I had a bloody busy 45 years where I had had, you know, I suppose you could say, more than anyone could ever dream of and ever want. I had been out most nights—I’d done everything, you know.
[Read the full story here, at VICE]
The staff are almost up to the standards of politeness and friendliness and professional-ness as hotels. They call you by your name, you know.
OK, but there must have been some bad bits about prison.
Well, having a kidney transplant wasn’t exactly ideal. This is supposed to be a very civilized country, a very sophisticated country, yet here I am for a white-collar crime being taken to do dialysis and, during the whole of the dialysis, left in handcuffs
The kidney story does sound quite bad, but what about the rest of it? I mean, prison can really get to some people. Are you telling me you experienced none of that?
I’ve seen none of that. I think you might have been doing articles on prisons in different countries.
OK. In that case, what was good about prison?
Well, I became quite good at badminton. There wasn’t much else there except playing badminton that was quite good.
Is the rumor true that you used to somehow get the prison guards to give you lobster for dinner?
Well, of course I’d have my own food, yeah. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: September 30, 2015 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Law & Justice | Tags: Life imprisonment, Phoenix, Pinal County, Plea, Prison, Rape, Stephanie McCrea, Teacher
Stephanie McCrea seen in a photo from Evergreen High School Drama’s Instagram account
Prosecutors say McCrea and the boy had sex in her home and her office beginning in December.
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — A former Vancouver high school drama teacher has been sentenced to five years in prison for having sex with a 15-year-old student.
“The witness tampering charge came from communication she had with the victim through a fake Facebook page. Prosecutors say she asked the boy to keep their relationship quiet and practiced what to say if he spoke to law enforcement.”
The Columbian reports that 36-year-old Stephanie McCrea previously pleaded guilty to four counts of third-degree rape of a child and one count of tampering with a witness.
[Also see – Vancouver drama teacher pleads guilty to sex with student]
[More – Vancouver, Wash., drama teacher accused of sex with 15-year-old]
Prosecutors say McCrea and the boy had sex in her home and her office beginning in December….(read more)
Source: Q13 FOX News
Posted: August 8, 2015 Filed under: Law & Justice, Mediasphere, Religion | Tags: Blake Bailey, Commissioners' Court, Court order, East Texas, Girlfriend, KLTV, Marriage, Prison, Say Yes to the Dress, Texas, Wedding
The Marryin’ Judge: Judge Rogers declined to interview about an open probation case. He also declined to comment generally about his sentencing practice.
Julia Jenaé reports: An East Texas couple says their choice to marry when they wanted to was taken away by a criminal court judge.
In July, a Smith County judge sentenced Josten Bundy to get married to his 19-year-old girlfriend as part of his probation, which also included writing Bible verses and getting counseling.
“You know, as a part of my probation, you’re going to have to marry her…within 30 days.”
The court case stemmed from a February altercation between Bundy and the ex-boyfriend of his girlfriend, Elizabeth Jaynes.
“[The ex-boyfriend] had been saying disrespectful things about Elizabeth, so I challenged him to a fight,” said Bundy. “He stepped in and I felt like it was on and I hit him in the jaw twice.”
“It just felt like we weren’t going to be able to have the wedding we wanted. It was just going to be kind of pieced together, I didn’t even have a white dress.”
Bundy said the ex-boyfriend did not require medical attention, but pressed assault charges.
“I took matters into my own hands and I know that’s wrong,” Bundy said. “I know I was raised better, but it happened.”
At his sentencing hearing, Judge Randall Rogers asked Bundy about the fight.
[Also see – Can a judge sentence you to marriage instead of jail? – Hot Air]
“Is she worth it?” Judge Rogers asked Bundy, according to court transcripts.
“I said, well to be honest, sir, I was raised with four sisters and if any man was talking to a woman like that,” recalled Bundy, “I’d probably do the same thing.”
Judge Rogers asked Bundy if he was married to Jaynes and then said, “You know, as a part of my probation, you’re going to have to marry her…within 30 days.”
If Bundy declined to do the probation, he would be sentenced to 15 days in jail.
“My father didn’t get to go, and that really bothers me, I know he would have liked to be there. None of my sisters got to show up, it was such short notice, I couldn’t get it together.”
“He offered me fifteen days in jail and that would have been fine and I asked if I could call my job [to let them know],” said Bundy. “The judge told me ‘nope, that’s not how this works.’”
Jaynes, who was in the courtroom said the proposal from the judge embarrassed her.
“My face was so red, people behind me were laughing,” said Jaynes. “[The judge] made me stand up in court.”
“I used to watch ‘Say Yes to the Dress’ and all those shows and all the dresses and think about what kind of dress I would have. I would have liked a spring wedding when it’s not too hot and not too cold.”
Afraid of Bundy losing his job if he spent two weeks behind bars, the couple applied for their marriage license and scheduled a date with the justice of the peace to get married.
[Read the full story here, at KLTV.com]
“It just felt like we weren’t going to be able to have the wedding we wanted,” said Jaynes. “It was just going to be kind of pieced together, I didn’t even have a white dress.”
The pair said a summer courthouse wedding was nothing like what they pictured when they imagined their future nuptials while they were dating.
“I used to watch Say Yes to the Dress and all those shows and all the dresses and think about what kind of dress I would have,” said Jaynes. “I would have liked a spring wedding when it’s not too hot and not too cold.”
Bundy said they talked about getting married just six months after they started dating. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: August 6, 2015 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Law & Justice, Politics, U.S. News | Tags: ABC News, Activism, Atlanta, Baltimore, Baltimore Police, Black Lives Matter, breitbart, Cops, Democracy Alliance, Law Enforcement, New Orleans, Periscope, Prison, Riots, The Washington Post, Violence
The results are in. They’re written in blood.
Lee Stranahan writes: A sharp spike in the murder rates of Democrat-controlled cities across America is one of the consequences of the increased tension between police and black Americans; tension that has been stirred up by both the liberal media and by Democrat-aligned radical political activist group Black Lives Matter.
As Baltimore announced it is embedding federal agents with its homicide unit after one of the highest murder rates in years, the Washington Post took note of the sharp increases in other cities like New Orleans and Atlanta:
Some blame the increase in violence on the “Ferguson Effect” — officers pulling back on tough enforcement because of the intense focus on police-involved shootings like the one that killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., last August.
In neighborhoods where police have long been viewed with suspicion, people use their cellphones like all-seeing periscopes every time police officers get out of their cars. Officers and the unions that represent them describe a combination of surveillance and skepticism, with body cameras, ACLU recording apps and jeering wherever they go.
This increased pressured on law enforcement is a direct result of radical anti-police activist groups like Black Lives Matter using social media and community organizing to urge inner-city black Americans toward confrontations with the police as they are trying to do their work keeping the public safe.
[Read the full text here, at Breitbart]
As with the recent confrontation between Black Lives Matter activists and Cleveland police showed, the press usually sides with the acitivists and against the police. The unrelenting anti-law enforcement atmosphere is taking its toll, as CNN reported in May:
The latest homicide statistics arrive amid reports that Baltimore police officers have lost confidence in the chain of command and that officers have coordinated a work slowdown by not talking to community members and showing less initiative. The drops in arrests and increase in murders are the result of officers refusing to follow their marching orders, according to one Baltimore officer who spoke with CNN. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: July 21, 2015 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption | Tags: ABC7, Arraignment, Crime, Gang Member, media, murder, news, Prison, Robert Holguin, Twitter
Posted: July 14, 2015 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Economics, White House | Tags: Counterfeiting, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Injury, Kingsport, List of U.S. federal prisons, Money, Pennington Gap, Prison, Tennessee, Virginia
Woman Blames Obama For Counterfeiting Money
Police say that counterfeit bill was printed on computer paper and that each side had been glued together
KINGSPORT, Tenn. (CBSDC) – A woman reportedly told police she was counterfeiting money because she read online that President Barack Obama created a new law stating that people can start printing their own money.
The Times News reports Pamela Downs tried to use a counterfeit $5 bill at a local grocery store in Kingsport, Tennessee, on Sunday.
Police say that counterfeit bill was printed on computer paper and that each side had been glued together.
According to the Times News, Downs told the officer she received the money from a gas station a few days prior, but that she never inspected the bill.
Police then searched Downs’ purse and found a $100 bill which was also counterfeit. The Times News reports the bill was printed in black and white and that the back of the bill was printed upside down. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: May 22, 2015 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Mediasphere, The Butcher's Notebook | Tags: Biker Gang, Bikers, Criminals, Jail, McLennan County, McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara, Mugshots, Peckerwood, Photography, Portraits, Prison, Texas Biker, Waco
Mugshots: Texas biker shootout 172 photos
A fight broke out among rival biker gangs in Waco, Texas, on Sunday, May 17, leaving at least nine people dead. At least 170 people were arrested, and they all face charges of engaging in organized crime. McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara said that bond was being set at $1 million for each of them….
[Bonus – One Group That Definitely Doesn’t Benefit from White Privilege: Biker Gangs]
Here’s a few peckerwoods I saved for my personal collection. Visit the gallery and pick your favorites, too!
[Photo Gallery here]
Posted: April 2, 2015 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Education | Tags: American Association of School Administrators, Atlanta, Atlanta Public Schools, Dana Evans, District Attorney, Prison, Ron Carlson, Superintendent (education), The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Thirty-five Atlanta educators in all were indicted in 2013 on charges including racketeering, making false statements and theft. Many pleaded guilty, and some testified at the trial
Kate Brumback reports: A group of former Atlanta educators convicted in a test cheating scandal were locked up in jail Thursday as they await sentences that could send them to prison for years.
“Evidence of cheating was found in 44 schools with nearly 180 educators involved, and teachers who tried to report it were threatened with retaliation.”
In one of the nation’s largest cheating scandals of its kind, the 11 defendants were convicted Wednesday of racketeering for their roles in a scheme to inflate students’ scores on standardized exams.
“They are convicted felons as far as I’m concerned. They have made their bed and they’re going to have to lie in it.”
— Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter
They include teachers, a principal and other administrators, who were accused of falsifying test results to collect bonuses or keep their jobs in the 50,000-student Atlanta public school system. A 12th defendant, a teacher, was acquitted of all charges by the jury.
“It has to send a message to educators here and broadly across the nation. Playing with student test scores is very, very dangerous business.”
— University of Georgia law professor Ron Carlson
The racketeering charges carry up to 20 years in prison. The convicted former educators are set to be sentenced later this month.
— Kevin D. Williamson
“This is a huge story and absolutely the biggest development in American education law since forever,” University of Georgia law professor Ron Carlson said. “It has to send a message to educators here and broadly across the nation. Playing with student test scores is very, very dangerous business.”
“Bob Rubin, the attorney for former elementary school principal Dana Evans, said he was shocked by the judge’s decision and called it ‘unnecessary and vindictive’.”
A state investigation found that as far back as 2005, educators fed answers to students or erased and changed answers on tests after they were turned in. Evidence of cheating was found in 44 schools with nearly 180 educators involved, and teachers who tried to report it were threatened with retaliation.
“Over objections from the defendants’ attorneys, Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter ordered all but one of those convicted immediately jailed while they await sentencing. They were led out of court in handcuffs.”
Similar cheating scandals have erupted in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Nevada and other public school systems around the country in recent years, as officials link scores to school funding and staff bonuses and vow to close schools that perform poorly. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: March 5, 2015 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Law & Justice, U.S. News | Tags: Centennial High School, Prison, Rape, Riverside Superior Court, Sex Crime, Sexual assault, Summer Hansen, Teacher, Underage Boys
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Former Corona special-ed teacher Summer Hansen is expected to get a 3-year jail sentence when she returns to Riverside Superior Court April 3rd.
She pleaded guilty Friday to 16 sex-related crimes involving five underage boys when they were students at Centennial High School.
The incident occurred over a 12-month period in her classroom, a utility room, in her vehicle and at the home of one victim.
Hansen, 32, was charged in 2013.
Posted: February 24, 2015 Filed under: Asia, China, Entertainment, Global | Tags: Adrien Brody, Alibaba, Beijing, China, Chinese New Year, Hong Kong, Jackie Chan, Jaycee Chan, Martial arts film, New Year's Eve, Prison, Renminbi
Driven by the Spring Festival period, one of the golden times for Chinese productions, China’s domestic movies are gaining more momentum
The Chinese New Year is approaching an end, but the country’s movie industry boom seems to have just begun, thanks to record high box-office sales during the New Year holiday.
Statistics show that across the country there were over nine million Chinese going to the movies during that period. On the first day of the Spring Festival, there was a record high intake of 356 million yuan or about $57 million at the box office. That’s about 44 percent up on the same day last year.
Even on New Year’s Eve, a time traditionally devoted to family reunions, home banquets and the grand CCTV gala, Chinese moviegoers still spent 21 million yuan ($3.5 mln) in the country’s cinemas.
By Sunday, box offices for the Spring Festival holiday reached 924 million yuan ($154 mln), a 42.15% increase from last year. Industry experts say that China’s movie market is expected to gross nearly 2 billion yuan ($300 mln) during the period.
There were 7 new movies released on the first day of the Chinese New Year, which could be one reason for the high sales.
The costume action movie “Dragon Blade” starring Chinese Kungfu star Jackie Chan leads the box office charts, creating about one third of the total income. It’s followed by Chow Yun-Fat’s family comedy “The Man from Macao II” and fantasy adventure “Zhongkui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal”.
Rao Shuguang, the secretary-general of the China Film Association, says the recorded growth is also partly to do with the increased number of screens across the country, now at over 24,900.
Driven by the Spring Festival period, one of the golden times for Chinese productions, China’s domestic movies are gaining more momentum. Last year, Chinese domestic box-office revenue hit $4.7 billion, ranking the second largest in the world. Made-in-China movies accounted for 55 percent of the total. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: February 7, 2015 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Global | Tags: 2014 FIFA World Cup, Aaron Hernandez, BDSM, Brazil, Cuiabá, Heilongjiang, Nova Mutum, Prison, Prison officer, Prison Officers Association, Prisoner, Wang Dong, Whisky
Police found a bag of lingerie and dominatrix police uniforms believed to have been worn by the escapees.
Twenty-eight inmates escaped from a Brazilian jail after three women in fantasy police costumes “seduced” prison wardens.
“From the moment they drank the whisky the agents don’t remember a thing. One was found dizzy, trying to wake up. Another slept for the whole afternoon and couldn’t even be questioned.”
Police found three wardens naked and handcuffed inside the Nova Mutum public jail, near Cuiaba, central Brazil, the morning after the mass break-out.
Dozens of prisoners escape with weapons after wardens at Nova Mutum public jail, near Cuiaba in Brazil succumb to female temptation
The women reportedly drugged the prison guards by giving them spiked whisky after convincing them to take part in an orgy, according to investigators.
“The plan was to seduce them. They served them cheap whisky with some substance to knock them out, then unlocked the central gate which accesses the internal cells.”
Inmates then left the prison through the main doors, even taking with them guns and munitions they had taken from prison caches.
Police later found a bag of lingerie and dominatrix police uniforms believed to have been worn by the temptresses.
Last night photos of one the naked wardens, believed to have been leaked by amused police officers who found him, had been shared thousands of times on social network sites.
The three women – one of them reportedly the girlfriend of one of the prisoners who escaped – arrived at the prison at three o’clock on Thursday morning and asked to be let inside to “chat and drink”, police said.
The prison guards reportedly obliged and were soon persuaded to leave their posts, accompanying the girls to staff sleeping quarters.
After drugging the wardens the women handcuffed them, took their keys and unlocked all the prison’s cells, according to chief Angelina de Andrades Ferreira.
She told a news conference: “The plan was to seduce them. They served them cheap whisky with some substance to knock them out, then unlocked the central gate which accesses the internal cells.”
“Whoever wanted to escape left by the front door.”
“From the moment they drank the whisky the agents don’t remember a thing. One was found dizzy, trying to wake up. Another slept for the whole afternoon and couldn’t even be questioned.”
The inmates took three 12 caliber rifles shotguns, two 38 caliber revolvers and munition, she said. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: December 7, 2014 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Law & Justice | Tags: Apple Inc, Associated Press, California, Confidentiality, iPhone, Mail and wire fraud, Money laundering, Plea, Prison, San Jose, United States Attorney
A former Apple executive who sold some of the iPhone maker’s secrets to suppliers will serve a year in prison and repay $4.5 million for his crimes.
Paul S. Devine was sentenced in San Jose federal court earlier this week, more than three years after he pleaded guilty to wire fraud, conspiracy and money laundering.
The U.S. Attorney’s office announced Devine’s penalty Friday, but declined to explain the reason for the lengthy delay in his sentencing.
Devine faced up to 20 years in prison. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: November 4, 2014 Filed under: Education, Mediasphere, Politics, U.S. News, White House | Tags: Academia, African Americans, Barack Obama, College Enrollment, Department of Education, Disinformation, National Center for Statistics, Prison, propaganda, Race Baiting
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Posted: October 21, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption, Law & Justice, Mediasphere, U.S. News | Tags: ABC7, abduction, Jail, kidnapping, Manhunt, Prison, Robert Holguin
In 2012, Pfeifer, 32, was arrested in France last December after violating custody orders that she return with her sons.
“The safety of the two sons that are at issue in this case was my primary concern.”
— Prosecutor Deanne Castorena
LOS ANGELES (KABC) Robert Holguin reports: A mother accused of keeping her two young sons from their fathers has escaped jail time. Maria Pfeifer was the subject of an international manhunt for violating custody orders and failing to return from vacation in Europe.
“For us, for the defense team, the big result was she’s not serving a day in jail on this case.”
— Pfeifer’s attorneys
On Monday, Pfeifer, a former Los Angeles resident, was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to pay restitution.
[See ABC7 VIDEO Robert Holguin‘s report here]
Prosecutors says Pfeifer plead guilty to one felony count of custody deprivation. The sentence imposed Monday allows for Pfeifer, who is nine months pregnant, to travel out of the country. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: September 12, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption | Tags: Andy Green, Life imprisonment, Lima, Lima Ohio, Ohio, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Prison, Robbery
Lane captured after an search that involved a helicopter and several law enforcement agencies
A 19-year-old Ohio man serving life in prison for killing three students in a high school cafeteria in 2012 briefly escaped from prison on Thursday, the authorities said.
The man, T. J. Lane, who was serving three life sentences for the murders, escaped with two other inmates from the Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution in Lima, Ohio, said Sgt. Andy Green of the Lima Police Department. Early Friday morning, the Ohio State Highway Patrol announced that Mr. Lane had been captured after an search that involved a helicopter and several law enforcement agencies.
The police had said the men, who escaped on foot, were unarmed but dangerous, and that a search was being conducted in the area around the prison. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: June 25, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption, U.S. News | Tags: Arkansas, Buffington, Jefferson County Sheriff's Department (West Virginia), murder, Pine Bluff, Pine Bluff Arkansas, Prison
PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Arkansas’ corrections system, which is looking for a murderer who walked away from a work detail, said Monday it isn’t unusual for a killer to enjoy a special status that lets convicts perform tasks on either side of the prison fence.
“Until he escaped Saturday evening, the only blemish on his record is that escape.”
Timothy “Bo” Buffington, 47, disappeared Saturday night from outside the Pine Bluff Unit. Buffington was serving a 20-year sentence for first-degree murder and would have been eligible for release in four years, Correction Department spokeswoman Shea Wilson said.
CBS affiliate KTHV reports Buffington broke into a safe at a house located on prison grounds Saturday and made off with a shotgun. Wilson said that, even though the door was dead-bolted, the convict managed to kick out the doorframe.
Jefferson County Sheriff‘s officials told the station on Sunday night that they believed Buffington was also armed with a backpack of ammunition to go along with the shotgun. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: May 28, 2014 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Diplomacy, Global, U.S. News | Tags: Afghanistan, El Hongo, Fox News Channel, La Mesa Prison, Mexico, Prison, Tahmooressi, Tijuana, Twitter, United States Marine Corps
For Fox News Latino, Andrew O’Reilly reports: The first new state penitentiary in nearly two decades to open in Mexico’s Baja California Norte, El Hongo, was hailed as a model prison when its first inmates were bused into the maximum security facility back in 2002.
[UPDATE: Jailed Marine’s friend claims he was beaten, chained to bed in Mexican custody]
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Located on a windswept, arid plain dotted with creosote and mesquite bushes about 30 miles from downtown Tijuana, the prison houses some of the region’s most dangerous criminals – murderers, rapists and drug cartel hitmen, to name a few.
And for the last two weeks, the jail has been the home of U.S. Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi. The active U.S. Marine reservist who served two combat tours in Afghanistan was moved to El Hongo after spending over a month in the notorious La Mesa prison in Tijuana.
Tahmooressi was detained in the early morning hours of April 1st as Mexican officials surrounded his black Ford F-150 pick-up loaded with everything he owned – including three registered firearms – after he made a wrong turn and ended up in Mexico. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: April 25, 2014 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, U.S. News | Tags: Archer, Gawker, John Souther, Kingsport Tennessee, Prison, Prison officer, Tennessee
Andres Jauregui reports: Cops say a Tennessee teen who got arrested for driving with a suspended license on Monday had a surprise in store for police.
When a female corrections officer at Kingsport jail performed a search on 19-year-old Dallas Archer, she allegedly discovered an “unknown object” lodged in the young woman’s crotch. She alerted another female officer, who accompanied her during a further examination, according to documents obtained by the Smoking Gun.
The officers allegedly discovered a loaded, five-shot, four-inch .22 caliber mini-revolver concealed in Archer’s vagina. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: March 14, 2014 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, U.S. News | Tags: Harry Houdini, Houdini, Los Angeles, Prison, Twin Towers Correctional Facility, Twitter
Christopher Lee Brown, 37. Photo: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
KTLA 5‘s Melissa Pamer reports: A county jail inmate who escaped from the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in downtown Los Angeles after a security lapse prompted a search on Thursday, authorities said.
“…Brown, who had been sentenced on Wednesday to four years and eight months in jail for stealing computers from a medical center, was able to impersonate another inmate and escape…”
“As a result of the inmate’s actions, and that it appears that mandated security practices may not have been followed, the inmate was able to escape through the jail Inmate Reception Center release area door,” Parker said in a news release issued about five hours after the escape was first announced on Twitter. “Identified security concerns were immediately remedied.”Christopher Lee Brown, 37, walked out of the release area in the jail about 10 p.m. Wednesday after staff apparently failed to follow security practices, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Mike Parker said.
Brown, who had been sentenced on Wednesday to four years and eight months in jail for stealing computers from a medical center, was able to impersonate another inmate and escape, Parker said.
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An inmate wristband count during the night revealed Brown was “not where he was supposed to be,” and a subsequent search and surveillance video revealed Brown had left through the “release area” at 10 p.m., the news release stated. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: January 8, 2014 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, U.S. News | Tags: Blackburn Correctional Complex, Department of Corrections, Hartford Connecticut, Kentucky, Lexington Kentucky, Monday, Prison, Spokesperson
‘What are you looking’ at? Hey. It’s really f$*@&!!n COLD out there’
This item, from FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP), demonstrates that even hardened criminals aren’t as tough as they used to be.
Authorities said the inmate escaped from a minimum security facility in Lexington on Sunday. As temperatures dropped into the low single digits Monday, officials say the man walked into a motel and asked the clerk to call police.
Robert Vick, 42, of Hartford told the clerk he wanted to turn himself in and escape the arctic air, Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said.
Vick was checked out by paramedics and returned to Blackburn Correctional Complex, Roberts said.
“This was definitely of his own volition,” she said. “It’s cold out there, too cold to run around. I can understand why the suspect would turn himself in.”
Vick would have been dressed in prison-issued khaki pants, a shirt and a jacket when he escaped, Department of Corrections spokeswoman Lisa Lamb said. Wind chill readings were 20 below zero Monday in Lexington.
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Posted: December 23, 2013 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Global, Law & Justice, Mediasphere | Tags: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Prison, United Arab Emirates, YouTube
Abu Dhabi (AFP) – A UAE court jailed on Monday an American and four other men for one year after they made a YouTube video that mocked Dubai teenagers, The National daily reported.
Shezanne Cassim, a 29-year-old from Minnesota, has been held since April after being charged with endangering the security of the United Arab Emirates under a cybercrimes law.
He was also fined 10,000 dirhams ($2,725).
Two Indian defendants were handed a similar punishment, while two Emirati brothers, already behind bars, were jailed for eight months and each fined 5,000 dirhams ($1,362), The National reported.
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Posted: October 19, 2013 Filed under: Entertainment, Humor, Mediasphere | Tags: Canine, Cat, Dog, Escape, Feline, Humor, Pets, Prison
The human couldn’t figure out how his cat and dog escaped the kitchen, so set up a cam and found out that the cat had been helping the dog out the whole time.
Posted: September 3, 2013 Filed under: China | Tags: Justin Lee, New Taiwan dollar, Prison, Privacy, Privacy laws of the United States, Rape, Sex scandal, Taipei, Taiwan
Justin Lee (left) PHOTO: APPLE DAILY
Justin Lee, the man at the centre of the most notorious sex scandal seen in Taiwan in years, has been sentenced to a total of 22 years and four months’ jail on nine counts of non-consensual sex and 15 counts of privacy violation for filming himself having sex with multiple women including celebrities.
The 28-year-old socialite was found not guilty of more serious charges of aggravated rape by the panel of judges at the Taipei District Court, where the sentence was read out this morning, due to lack of evidence.
Lee was also ordered to pay NT$14.25 million (S$611,587) to 12 of his victims, who had sued him for a total of NT$75 million in damages.
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Posted: July 25, 2013 Filed under: Economics, Mediasphere | Tags: A Beautiful Mind, Business Insider, Game theory, Lower Saxony, Prison, Prisoner's dilemma, Student, University of Hamburg
And The Results Were Not What You Would Expect
The “prisoner’s dilemma” is a familiar concept to just about anybody that took Econ 101.
The basic version goes like this. Two criminals are arrested, but police can’t convict either on the primary charge, so they plan to sentence them to a year in jail on a lesser charge. Each of the prisoners, who can’t communicate with each other, are given the option of testifying against their partner. If they testify, and their partner remains silent, the partner gets 3 years and they go free. If they both testify, both get two. If both remain silent, they each get one.
In game theory, betraying your partner, or “defecting” is always the dominant strategy as it always has a slightly higher payoff in a simultaneous game. It’s what’s known as a “Nash Equilibrium,” after Nobel Prize winning mathematician and A Beautiful Mind subject John Nash.
In sequential games, where players know each other’s previous behaviour and have the opportunity to punish each other, defection is the dominant strategy as well.
However, on a Pareto basis, the best outcome for both players is mutual cooperation.
Yet no one’s ever actually run the experiment on real prisoners before, until two University of Hamburg economists tried it out in a recent study comparing the behaviour of inmates and students.
Surprisingly, for the classic version of the game, prisoners were far more cooperative than expected.
Menusch Khadjavi and Andreas Lange put the famous game to the test for the first time ever, putting a group of prisoners in Lower Saxony’s primary women’s prison, as well as students through both simultaneous and sequential versions of the game.
The payoffs obviously weren’t years off sentences, but euros for students, and the equivalent value in coffee or cigarettes for prisoners.
They expected, building off of game theory and behavioural economic research that show humans are more cooperative than the purely rational model that economists traditionally use, that there would be a fair amount of first-mover cooperation, even in the simultaneous simulation where there’s no way to react to the other player’s decisions.
And even in the sequential game, where you get a higher payoff for betraying a cooperative first mover, a fair amount will still reciprocate.
As for the difference between student and prisoner behaviour, you’d expect that a prison population might be more jaded and distrustful, and therefore more likely to defect.
The results went exactly the other way for the simultaneous game, only 37% of students cooperate. Inmates cooperated 56% of the time.
On a pair basis, only 13% of student pairs managed to get the best mutual outcome and cooperate, whereas 30% of prisoners do.
In the sequential game, way more students (63%) cooperate, so the mutual cooperation rate skyrockets to 39%. For prisoners, it remains about the same.
What’s interesting is that the simultaneous game requires far more blind trust out from both parties, and you don’t have a chance to retaliate or make up for being betrayed later. Yet prisoners are still significantly more cooperative in that scenario.
Obviously the payoffs aren’t as serious as a year or three of your life, but the paper still demonstrates that prisoners aren’t necessarily as calculating, self-interested, and un-trusting as you might expect, and as behavioural economists have argued for years, as mathematically interesting as Nash equilibrium might be, they don’t line up with real behaviour all that well.
via Business Insider Australia.