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Interesting idea.
 
The proven method is: Spend some resources on violators - pay off court costs, place them in jobs, or in college. Track them, and if they go back on the street with gangs or violence, take all that resource away.

This works well. I've read about similar programs that address recidivism successfully. AND, these programs incur a ton of jealousy from people who aren't misbehaving in the first place. Which is why we can't sell this sort of thing politically.

Unless, of course, we had a universal basic income.

By the way, I seriously doubt that programs like this would do anything at all to stop spree killings such as Columbine, Sandy Hook, etc. They might, who really knows, but such incidents seem to have entirely different origins and motivations.
Despite proven success, Project Ceasefire, first trialled in 1996, has been continually cut back, even as gun homicides keep rising
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Because leaving your kids in the car with a loaded weapon is an A number 1 idea.

H/T to +Adam Kenigsberg who directed me to an article with this as a link on the side.
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Instead of having a blank screen appear when you open a new tab, you can have a donation to charity made every time you open a new tab.  Why not sign up today?  It supports charities like Water.org and SaveTheChildren.
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Interesting things to think about:
-Government monitoring vs corporate monitoring
-Is opting out really a choice?  What are the costs of opting out?
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If my attorney friends and relations are not aware of this website, they should be.
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I really enjoyed this article.
by Jackie Goldstein Without a doubt, Israel is one of the most rapidly developing countries the world has ever known. Israelis work hard, and it shows. Nevertheless, there are gaping holes. These c...
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If, like me, you live on the internet, you should use Tab for a Cause to make donations with every new tab opened.  You can choose which of the chairities they support to contribute to.  And right now, if you join via a link like this, 25 cents are donated to Ebola relief efforts in Africa.
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This is a darn useful article.  The Jewish part is on point.  I'd love to see additional religions included.
Religious Diversity: Practical Points for Health Care Providers Chaplain John Ehman (john.ehman@uphs.upenn.edu) 4/20/07, revised 5/8/12. [For a printable PDF of this resource, click HERE.] Presented here are brief lists of points for health care providers to keep in mind when caring for patients ...
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Thanks, William. It looks useful. What are you up to? What's the baby up
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I am listening to a biography of C.S. Lewis as a book on tape.  It has reached the time in his life when he was giving the radio lectures which would become Mere Christianity.  That made reference to natural law.

Some months ago, I went to a lecture on the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Healthcare Organizations.  The presenter started off by talking about Catholic ethics originating in natural law.  At the time, I meant to look into it, but didn't have time.  

My brief beginning of looking into this led me to a discussion of deontology.  When I was a college senior, I took a course in logic from a professor I liked who encouraged experimentation.  Towards the end of the course, he gave worksheets to experiment with to explore the question of which of the rules of logic we had learned would work in a deontic ethical argument (Would modus ponens work on "If the baby is sleeping, be quiet"?)  There wasn't enough time to explore that as fully as I wanted to.  Every so often, I pull out some scrap paper and try to figure out what I can on this front.  I don't know that I ever get very far, or save the work so that the next time I want to play with it, I am that much further along.  I should work this out with someone and see where it leads.  Recreational logic of ethics, anyone? 
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Interesting to note how the nearly infinitely modifiable meal is good for some and bad for others.
In Panera Bread CEO Ron Shaich's vision of the future, every restaurant could have "a different menu for every person." Shaich's chain and others are bringing his vision closer to reality, making it easier for diners to order exactly to...
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