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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Neuroscientist discovers part of human brain responsible for criminal behaviour

Neuroscientist discovers part of human brain responsible for criminal behaviour

Studying the implications of brain psychotraumatization for criminal behaviour in humans, Dr Gerhard Roth discovered recently that some people might actually be to be criminal In his experiments Dr Roth showed short video clips of murder scenes to a group of violent killers, rapists and robbers, while simultaneously monitoring their brain activity. After studying the results Dr Roth found that most criminals had a dark mass in the lower central lobe of the brain that prevented feelings of empathy or sadness while watching the violent scenes. Dr Roth also observed that when the patch responsible for criminal behaviour was damaged, as a result of brain trauma or a tumour, people became less prone to violence or criminality. As a result, the researcher concluded that some criminals had a predisposition to violence and to antisocial behaviour more generally.

Dr Roth cited a 66 percent probability of an adolescent with such a brain abnormality becoming a criminal, though the doctor does not claim that this predisposition to criminality is exclusively biological. While biology plays a crucial role in the process of becoming a criminal, whether or not a person actually does so also depends on the parental environment and access to social support.

One of the main criticisms of Dr Roth research was the fact that central lobe doesnt exist in the human brain. Indeed, each side of the brain consists of four different lobes: the frontal, parietal, occipital and temporal lobes, it would seem therefore that, either the German scientist has found a completely new area of the human brain, which would in itself be a revolutionary discovery, or his findings lack scientific merit.

At the same time though, Dr Roth study should not be discredited. Despite deep skepticism about the scientist report, past research indicates that the brains of some criminals can indeed be significantly different from the norm; according to a 2009 brain study of 27 psychopathic individuals, published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, people suffering from this condition have pronounced deformities in the amygdala. More specifically, the psychopaths brain scans showed an 18 percent reduction in volume of this area and a substantial thinning of the outer layer of the amygdala cortex. It was later found that the amygdala is central to controlling human emotion. Because psychopaths are known to have difficulties with feelings such as remorse or guilt, it seems reasonable to believe that this part of a psychopathic brain could indeed be significant deformed. Another study, that examined people diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder, a condition found in most convicted criminals, found an 18 percent reduction in the volume of the middle frontal gyrus and a 9 percent reduction in volume of the orbital frontal gyrus. The two regions are contained within the frontal lobe and are supposedly deeply connected with moral processing, the human ability to differentiate between right and wrong.

On a more general note, it is important that research into any biological differences in criminals should continue. If it can be proved that there is a neurological basis to criminal behaviour in people, not only will it be possible to learn, at an early age, about an individual being prone to criminality, but it may also be possible to the problem and provide help and support to prevent the realisation of that biological potential. The human brain is extremely flexible and there are many parts of it that are not fixed until adulthood. Neurogenesis, or brain plasticity, can occur even at the age of 25. If an individual is found to be biologically likely to become a criminal, intervention along his or her developmental pathway could make a big difference. In some cases, brain surgery might not be necessary, social intervention could be just as effective as more invasive methods. Fontaine studies, for instance, suggest that children displaying limited emotions do not respond well to punishment; instead, parenting methods that reward good behaviour with positive reinforcement seem to work better. Medicinal intervention could also be an option; investigations are underway to determine the effectiveness of supplementary omega3 fatty acid pills, usually called oil at helping children who display antisocial traits. Fish oil is a nutrient that is used in cell growth and it may also help some brain cells to grow, regulating braingrowth deficiencies.

All in all, with such a wide variety of ongoing research into criminal behaviour, perhaps the human race might well be heading toward a times when criminality will truly become a thing of the past.

For many people of the world the Bradley Manning case seems absurd and his persecution by the US Government something difficult to comprehend. He was something that the US government is afraid of, he was a soldier with a conscience who exposed war crimes being committed by US forces. The way the US has turned logic upside down by going after one who exposed crimes while protecting those who commit crimes should have the world up in arms. Only an illegal and illegitimate government would protect criminals while persecuting and even torturing a moral and upstanding brave individual who had the courage to stand up and blow the whistle on what he saw, rather than being rewarded and seen as a hero. Those protecting the criminals have decided to make Mr. Manning an example in order to throw fear into the hearts of anyone who would dare to expose their illegality.

The Children Rights Commissioner for the Russian President, Pavel Astakhov, asked the Federal Migration Service head to grant asylum for a daughter of a Russian woman who has escaped from her husband in Norway. The girl can be granted asylum in Russia as a minor needing protection, a lawyer, Roman Stepanov, said to the Voice of Russia. The girl and her mother are currently staying in transit zone of Moscow Sheremetyevo airport in much the same way as exCIA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden had for three weeks.

Fonterra, the world leading exporter of dairy products, is recalling a number of its milk products after a food poisoning scare. China, which is the major importer of milk powder from New Zealand was the first country to impose bans on Fonterra products. The Chinese decision was supported by Russia that has also put Fonterra deliveries on hold. Russian Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Rights Protection and Human Welfare is now investigating whether contaminated products from New Zealand were imported to the markets. Professor of economy at the New School University Max Fraad Wolff talked with the Voice of Russia about the impact of Fronterraban on New Zealands market.

Keeping a killer dog in Britain may become a risky business. The government has come up with new sentencing proposals for dog owners whose pets attack people in public venues. The options for the owner of a dog which injures a person or an assistance dog could range from a tenyear prison terms to a life behind bars. At present, the maximum sentence is two years in jail. Mr Dave Joyce, the National Health, Safety Environment Officer at The Communication Workers Union, talked with the Voice of Russia about the new policy.

Lakeland mother shoots

Lakeland mother shoots

According to reports, 86yearold Nancy Pennypacker told deputies she had shot her son, William Pennypacker, 64, in selfdefense after he punched her in the face and fired a gun at her.

Deputies said moments later the two began shooting at each other, leaving Nancy with a bullet wound that shot through her finger to her shoulder.

According to arrest records deputies arrested William twice in the past for allegedly beating his mother and assaulting her with a deadly weapon, but the charges never stuck.

He was arrested for that, taken to the Polk County Jail, booked in and his mother wouldnt press charges so he was released, said neighbor Larry Mccrann.

Its something that had thier senior community on edge, until now.

Unfortunately and sadly enough, theyre not surprised that this happened and with his demise, the living on pins and needles about it is over with. They feel relief, Mccrann said.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

grandmother drown in Visalia pool

grandmother drown in Visalia pool

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VISALIA In a tragedy that no one witnessed, a grandmother and her grandson drowned in a backyard pool after they apparently went swimming, Visalia police said Wednesday. on the bottom of the pool by family members who went looking for them.

They were last seen about an hour and half earlier.

Tulare County Sheriffs Sgt. Thom Wright said the Coroners Office will perform an autopsy to find out if the grandmother might have suffered a heart attack or other medical emergency.

Dale Lilly, husband of Hollie Lilly, said his wife knew how to swim.

We have no idea what caused the drownings, he said. They were outside together. Normally they dont get in the pool. Its a terrible tragedy.

The family has lived in Visalia since 1990, and moved to the home in a new west Visalia neighborhood about 12 years ago, he said.

Hollie Lillie was employed by Visalia Unified School District as a behavioral intervention aide in elementary grades.

Braiden is the son of a daughter and her husband, he said.

Visalia police Sgt. Paul Esquibel said the drownings are being investigated as accidental, but fully piecing together what happened is a challenge.

We will never know what happened, Esquibel said. There are no witnesses.

However, theres evidence they had been swimming: Both victims were wearing swimsuits, and beach towels were around the pools, he said.

Family members told police that Lilly was a proficient swimmer and the 3yearold was learning how to swim, Esquibel said.

When police arrived, family members had pulled the woman and boy from the pool and were administering CPR. Police assisted until an ambulance crew arrived.

A family member in the home told police she last saw them about an hour an a half earlier.

The bodies were discovered by two other families members who had left home about two hours earlier, returned, began looking for the grandmother and grandson, and discovered them in the pool, police said.

Huge marijuana joint seized at UC Santa Cruz

Huge marijuana joint seized at UC Santa Cruz 4

The annual tradition is not a universitysanctioned event; however, no one stops students from getting high on marijuana. Under Saturdays brilliantly sunny skies, pot smokers wearing a lot of neoncolored sun glasses and Keep Santa Cruz Stoned Tshirtslit up and got giddy while police officers watched.

But one marijuana enthusiast took the opportunity a little too far.

A joint weighing nearly 3 pounds was found by officers. When a large crowd of students noticed 3 pounds of marijuana rolled into a single joint was being carried away, they booed the officers and recorded them with cellphone cameras. A video of the incident wasuploaded onto YouTubeSaturday and had been watched 28,000 times by Monday morning.

A 25yearold man who was suspected of creating and bringing the massive joint, UCSC student Gennady Tsarinsky,was escorted away from the field and arrested.

Tsarinsky was arrested for possession of more than an ounce, UCSC spokesman Jim Burns said. Burns said he could not confirm the exact weight of the joint.

A second pot smoker was arrested for disorderly conduct, but overall students said the marijuana smokeout was a carefree counterculturefun fest.

Everyone is superfriendly, supereasygoing, really accepting, UCSC student Trio Harris said. You can just be yourself and not be judged, and thats why I love 4/20.

How Sreesanth tries to fix his luck with god in Tihar Jail

How Sreesanth tries to fix his luck with god in Tihar Jail

New Delhi, June 4: 30yearold pace bowler from Kerala S Sreesanth has landed in a serious legal trouble over his alleged role in IPL spot fixing scandal. The cricketer, who currently is being lodged in Tihar jail, seems to have been trying to fix his luck after impressing god.

According to a report published in Times of India, Sreesanth has been keeping fast in jail everyday and praying to several gods.

The report quoted one jail official as saying, He keeps offering prayers to various goddesses and tells others that he is innocent. He has refused to shave since he got here and will only agree to eat one meal a day.

He is totally unused to the life in jail which is far away from his usual lifestyle. He has no friends, no luxury, and though he denies any involvement, he is highly agitated and nervous about the investigations and the outcome of the case. He is usually seen either nervously pacing about or just sitting in the shade, with a dull look on his face, the report quoted another official as saying.

Earlier it was reported that Sreesanth has been watching television news and reading newspapers to keep an eye on the ongoing developments in the IPL fixing controversies.

The Kerala pacer reportedly has lost around eight kilos and has low blood pressure since his arrest. Now, it will be interesting to see whether Sreesanths prayers work for him or not.

The cricketer was sent to judicial custody which ended today Tuesday, June 4. A court in Delhi would hear his bail plea. Sreesanth along with his two other Rajasthan Royals RR teammates Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan were arrested from Mumbai by Delhi Police on May 16..

Hasan tells court

Hasan tells court

Maj. Nidal Hasan made that blunt declaration Tuesday at the outset of his courtmartial in the 2009 massacre at Fort Hood. The Army psychiatrist is charged with killing 13 comrades and wounding more than 32 at a processing center for soldiers heading into combat zones overseas.

The evidence will clearly show that I am the shooter, Hasan told the panel of 13 senior officers who will decide his fate. The evidence presented with this trial will show one side. The evidence will also show that I was on the wrong side. I then switched sides.

Prosecutors said Hasan turned the processing center into a combat zone himself. Investigators found 146 spent shell casings in the room where the attack began, Col. Michael Mulligan said. Prosecutors hope to show that the devout Muslim had undergone a progressive radicalization, giving presentations in defense of suicide bombings and about soldiers conflicted between military service and their religion when such conflicts result in crime.

Hasan did not want to deploy to fight against other Muslims and believed that he had a jihad duty to kill as many soldiers as possible, said Mulligan, the lead prosecutor in the case. He carried 420 rounds of ammunition, his pockets lined with paper towels to muffle the sounds of the magazines banging together, and opened fire in the processing center with two lasersighted pistols, Mulligan said.

At the outset of his assault, Hasan cried out Allahu Akbar . and starts shooting at the soldiers sitting defenseless in chairs, Mulligan said.

Internet searches on Hasans computer used keywords like terrorist killing, innocent, Quran, fatwas and suicide bombings, Mulligan said.

And Hasan told the panel, We mujahedeen are trying to establish the perfect religion. But, he added, I apologize for the mistakes I made in this endeavor.

Giants get ready to chill out

Giants get ready to chill out

DETROIT Should the NHL lockout ever end, the Winter Classic will be played about 45 miles west of here at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor.

Baseballs Fall Classic resumes tonight with Game 3 of the World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. It will have a decidedly Winter Classic feel as the Giants try to expand their 20 lead in the bestofseven series. ET game time and could dip below 40 by the later innings. While neither team is looking forward to playing in the cold, they also realize it is part of the deal of playing in late October in a northern city.

Its the World Series. You cant be worried about how cold it is, said righthander Ryan Vogelsong, who will start for the Giants against Tigers righty Anibal Sanchez.

I threw a game in Chicago last year where it was 34 degrees and it was raining and sleeting. I threw the ball pretty well that night. I dont suspect the cold weather is going to be much of an issue. If I am thinking about how cold it is, it means Im not thinking about that Im doing on the mound.

Though it was just chilly during batting practice, both teams will be bundled up for the game and have heaters in their dugouts and bullpens.

It would seem the Tigers are better equipped to handle cold weather than the Californiabased Giants. Yet while the first two games of the World Series were played on gorgeous early autumn evenings in San Francisco, there is usually a nip in the air at night at waterfront AT Park.

Whats more, of the nine players in Detroits lineup, all except right fielder and Kansas native Andy Dirks hail from Sun Belt climes such as Florida, Texas, California, the Dominican Republic or Venezuela. The Giants? They will start four Venezuelans, two Texans and one player each frorm Puerto Rico, Georgia and California.

Tigers righthander Max Scherzer, who will start Game 4 on Sunday night, said there are tricks to beating the cold. He should know as he pitched cold springtime games while growing up in the St. Louis area and starring at the University of Missouri.

Wearing shorts underneath your pants, finding the right long sleeves, warming up extra long, anything you can do to keep your body warm, Scherzer said.

The Tigers need to beat more than just the cold. No team has ever fallen behind 30 and won the World Series and just 11 of 52 21.2% have rallied from being down 20.

Were two down with five to play and were playing the team weve got to catch, Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. That pretty much simplifies it.

The designated hitter rule is in effect with the series shifting to an American League city and Bochy has chosen backup catcher Hector Sanchez to be the Giants DH. Bochy said he also considered veteran outfielder Aubrey Huff.

Sanchez hit .280 with three home runs in 74 regularseason games while Huff batted just. 192 with one homer in 52 games.

The Giants lineup: center fielder Angel Pagan, second baseman Marco Scutaro, third baseman Pablo Sandoval, catcher Buster Posey, right fielder Hunter Pence, first baseman Brandon Belt, left fielder Gregor Blanco, Sanchez, shortstop Brandon Crawford.

Pagan is 6for23 .261 against Sanchez. Sandoval is 1for6 .167, Posey 1for8 .125, Pence 6for18 .333, Belt 2for6 .333, Blanco 4for7 .571 and Crawford 0for5.

The Tigers lineup: center fielder Austin Jackson, left fielder Quintin Berry, third baseman Miguel Cabrera, first baseman Prince Fielder, designated hitter Delmon Young, right fielder Andy Dirks, shortstop Jhonny Peralta, catcher Alex Avila, second baseman Omar Infante.

Cabrera is 1for5 .200 against Vogelsong. Fielder is 0for3, Young 1for3, Dirks 0for3, Peralta 1for2 .500, Avila 0for1 and Infante 7for11 .636